Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LAE Beauty Inc's Newest Inner Beauty Campaign

      Hello LAE followers! Sorry for the long time no talk. We here at LAE would like to let you know about the new campaign we're running. Starting in November we began "Beauty Is." This campaign is based off of recognizing and embracing your inner beauty.
      Through our newest blog Real Beauty Is we post two stories a week about people with true inner beauty. These individuals have done selfless acts of kindness and showed amazing spirit in their charitable and notable actions. It's a true inspiration to show was real beauty is.
      Through Facebook we began posting other inspirational stories that we have found in the news, through YouTube, or stories people have recommended to us. We also post happy songs that remind you that you're beautiful just as you are and to love the skin you're in.
      Through our Twitter account we basically just post inspirational quotes to brighten anyone's day.
    
      This truly is an inspirational campaign and we are just hoping to build awareness about beauty and that you decide how you feel about it.


Beauty Is...

Let us help embrace the beauty in you.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Great #FHS Cure for Life's Not-so-Great Moments!


            Losing a job, fighting with a friend, breaking up with a loved one, or whatever it may be is always a hard time in someone’s life. However, sitting around and sulking about the things you lost does not bring them back, nor does it let you see all the things you do have. So when going through a slump or a rocky period in one’s life all you can focus on is the one thing you can depend on, yourself. You are your greatest compliment and your greatest weakness. By making yourself stronger, you’ll make yourself unstoppable.

First thing’s first, get out of bed! There’s an entire life waiting for you outside of those windows and you cant achieve anything by just looking out of them. So get up, shower, do your hair and makeup for no one but yourself, and walk out the door. You don’t even have to have an exact destination, just do something simply to do it.

 Go get a new haircut, style or color. Of course it’s a cliché to come back from a tough time with a new look; but the part that is not cliché is that is always makes you feel better. That is, of course, unless you go to the wrong salon, so don’t get too spontaneous and go to the first place around the corner! It doesn’t’ have to be completely drastic, just something fresh and new to spark your confidence.

 Treat yourself. Go buy that box of chocolates, and don’t worry about the calories. Go buy a full mani/pedi package and let yourself be pampered. Spend a day at the beach and feel natural endorphins from the sun. Best of all, buy that pair of shoes you keep picking up and checking to see if the price has change, just buy them!
(Manolo Blahnik shoes)

If you really feel like you just want to sit in a corner and cry, we still strongly don’t recommend that. Instead, grab your closest friends, your sister, your mom, your pet, and squeeze on the couch with endless popcorn and bottles of wine. Pair the night with sappy movies that give you a real reason to cry, but at least you wont be alone! Company is one of the best cures to a broken heart or a broken spirit.

 Find yourself a hobby. That doesn’t mean you have to take up knitting. There’s endless options in a growing world, you just have to chose what’s right for you. Start taking a pilates class, make a scrapbook, create your own blog, join a sports team or simply go back to an old hobby you forgot you loved, like painting or writing. Any hobby to keep you distracted should be a positive thing, we just hope for your sake that your hobby doesn’t wind you up on TLC’s new show, My Strange Addiction.

             If you’re still feeling alone and helpless, buy a pet. You don’t have to jump straight to getting that puppy with the adorable big eyes. Think cautiously about what you have the time for, but getting a pet and knowing this little life will need you will fill you with comfort. Whatever pet you chose wont fire you, wont ditch you or break up with you. They may have an accident on your shoes or chew up your carpet, but in the end you can count on them which makes it worth it.

            Have a night out. Go out with people you care about, people you always have a good time with and just let loose. This doesn’t mean over drinking, this simply means not caring what the people around you think or what problems you left at home. Just be yourself, sip that drink, and smile back at whoever looks your way.

            Pull yourself together. Make a list of all the things that make you happy, because happiness is achievable for anyone who wants it. Stop analyzing every part of your life and just live. Stop thinking 'what if' and 'what nots', because what happened has happened and the only thing you can control now is the future, your future. Fix what needs to be fixed and appreciate what needs to be appreciated. Look in the mirror and truly see yourself. See the person you are and instead of feeling pity for yourself, feel pity for whoever did you wrong.

            Believing in yourself makes others believe in you. So take the risk you never took and buy a new lipstick for the new smile of yours. Sometimes you find a strength in yourself that even surprises you, you just have to find it.

#freshhealthysmart

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Top 10 F.H.S. Things To Do Before Summer Ends!

Top 10 FRESH HEALTHY SMART Things to do before Summer Ends!
 1. Subscribe to Groupon & Living Social
      The Perks: TONS of discounts on health and beauty stores (massages, facials, teeth whitening) in your area. LAE has even used Living Social for a $100 MediSpa credit!
      The Extra Perk: Book a discounted vacation this summer so that your vacation doesn’t have to end yet! For example going on now, for the next three days, is a $335 special for a trip to Torres Mazatian Mazatlan, Mexico! This trip includes: a four-night stay for two in a suite, transport to and from the airport, and full gym access. Or spend about a hundred more for Cabo which include amenities such as: $50 spa credit/day, all inclusive food and drink, 10% discounts on car rental and tours!

2. Go to the Beach
      The Perks: The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D benefits include: longer life, fewer diseases, stronger muscles and bones, less depression, pain and inflammation. The ocean water not only is soothing to soak in but it also helps heal cuts, minimize swelling and could be a source for exercise when swimming. The ocean air and atmosphere also reduces stress.
3. Get a Gym Membership (if you haven’t yet)
      The Perks: In order to live a healthy life exercise is a must. For someone trying to maintain weight, lose weight, or just to feel good and have energy, the gym is the perfect solution. Take the effort to finally work out those 4 days a week that you keep telling yourself you’ll do. Also, for singles, the gym is one of the best places to meet people! Summer romances are always the sweetest.

4. Have a Spa Day (at LAE of course)
      The Plan: 20 minutes relaxing in one of our lay-down tanning beds for some peaceful time and a little extra color, a 50-minute facial to cleanse and repair your skin while relaxing in our serene facial room, a massage to relax your muscles and take stress off of your back, two 20-minute back to back teeth whitening sessions while laying down and watching television, chose an enerdermology session to roll out cellulite from your problem areas and ending with a shot of B-12 for added energy and to reduce fatigue.
     The Perks: Rejuvenating your mind and body while adding touches of beauty in every step. You’ll leave relaxed, brighter smile, tighter skin and pleasant endorphins bursting for the rest of the day.
 5. Read a Book
      The Perks: Reading is always a source of relaxation, especially when one needs some alone time. Reading also increases vocabulary and all around intelligence.
      -For the Romance Reader, try The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (the sequel to The Notebook).
      -For the Adventurer: read any one of Dan Brown’s books. They are filled with thrill and never ending page turners.
      -For the Lover with a Touch of Lawyer: read one of Jodi Picoult’s books. Usually filled with a thrilling court case and a bubbling romance. Famous titles such as: The Pact, and Change of Heart.
     -For the History Reader: The Book Thief is one of the most eloquently written books, centered around the Holocaust. Empress Orchid is a dazzling novel about the old Japanese Culture and it’s last empress.
6. Buy yourself a New Outfit
      The Perks: Buying new clothing is always a positive experience, as long as you don’t overdue it. Towards the end of summer most stores are having their “end of the season sale”, so don’t miss out on amazing deals that wont hurt your wallet!

7. Buy a New Perfume or Cologne
      The Perks: Changing up your scent with make you feel fresh and new every time you spray it on. It will also grab the attention of those around you.

8. Go on a HEALTHY Diet
      The Perks: Go on the summer diet you always talked about going on. It will leave you with more positive effects in the mirror, compliments from those around you, and a healthier body and mind, if done the right way. Try healthier versions, such as the Special K diet, or refer to our previous blog entry “Lean by Design” for more dieting tips.
     The Warning: Don’t go on any crazy diets like: the cookie diet or the liquid diet. These will only hurt your body and as soon as you’re off of them you’ll gain the weight right back.
9. Take A Mini Vacation
      The Perks: Take your loved ones, whether friends, lovers, or family, and give yourself a break for once. You don’t have to dish out a ton of money for a mini-vacation. Fun is necessary in life and so is quality time with those that matter most.
Ideas:
      -A theme park. Florida Residents receive great discounts, and there are other online vendors that give an even bigger discount is researched. After all, Disney is the happiest place on the earth.
     -Ginnie Springs. Buy your tubes and bring your drinks while you relax and float for hours in the springs with those that matter. A cheap, fun day in the sun.
     -Sight seeing. Florida has more to offer than theme parks and beaches! Go visit the historic and beautiful landmarks in St. Augustine and have dinner at an old restaurant. Visit the “Celebration” town in Orlando, Florida or take a walk down South Beach in Miami!
10. Do Something Crazy
       The Perks: It’ll leave you remember this summer for more than just a blur of memories but for a moment that made it! Whether it’s skydiving (coupon on Groupon open now for Tampa Bay Area $115) or getting that dreamed-about tattoo! Take a risk and do something wild, because you only live once and summer only lasts so long.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Beauty Questions You're Scared to Ask, Answered!

       Ever had that embarrassing beauty question you didn't know who or how to ask? Well we've got your answers right here! The answers have come from www.webmd.com  and their article
The Ominous Unibrow
The Why: The most common reason for unwanted facial hair comes from genes. Sometimes it could be a more serious problem, such as polycystic ovary syndrome.
The Fix: Waxing, plucking and depilatory creams create short-term solutions while laser hair removal provides a long-term solution.


The Cottage Cheese Effect
The Why: An excess fat called cellulite stores itself in areas such as: buttocks, hips and thighs.
The Fix: First and foremost exercising will help reduce the appearance of cellulite. One can also try cellulite creams, especially ones that contain caffeine.


Blushing Too Much?
The Why: Most commonly someone blushes when embarrassed or shy. However, when red patches randomly show up on one's cheeks, chin, or forehead, it may be a chronic skin condition called rosacea. Another explanation for too much blushing could be a social anxiety disorder.
The Fix: Consult your dermatologist as to whether your condition could be related to rosacea, which can be cured by pills or creams. 


Grey Hair at 30
The Why: Finding grey hairs before the age of 40 could attest to three reasons: genes, thyroid or pigment disorder.
The Fix: Consult your doctor for possible thyroid/pigment disorder or go to your best salon for a dazzling new hair color!


Stretched Out Skin
The Why: Excess weight gain, excess weight-loss or pregnancy can all lead to stretch marks.
The Fix: Lotions and creams prove to have little effect in fixing the appearance of stretch marks. For better effects try laser surgery or chemical peels. 


Big Bad Wolf Breath
The Why: The biggest reason for bad breath is your diet. Other reasons that can account for the bad taste in your mouth even after brushing your teeth are: a sinus infection, dry mouth, acid reflex or gum disease.
The Fix: Stay away from garlic and onions before a meeting or date or consult your dentist for more serious possibilities. 


Razor Bumps
The Why: When stubble curls back onto itself and grows into the skin.
The Fix: Take a hot shower first to open up pores and then use a thick shaving gel. You can also consider laser hair removal or hair removal creams.


Not So White Smile
The Why: Red wine, coffee and tea can easily stain your teeth. The biggest culprit, however, is tobacco and smoking. Some medications can also discolor your teeth.
The Fix: Brushing your teeth after certain drinks/foods and flossing regularly. You can also use teeth whitening methods; whether you chose at-home solutions or ours at LAE via Gator Brite Teeth Whitening.


Callused Feet
The Why: Thick layers of dead skin gather on the balls of your feet or your heels.
The Fix: Soaking your feet into hot water and them rubbing rough patches with a pumice stone.


Sweating Too Much
The Why: Your body naturally trys to cool you down which causes sweat. However, if you tend to sweat in uncommon situations such as calmy in a cool room, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis.
The Fix: Consult a dermatologist if you're truly worried. Prescription anti- perspirants and pills are available. Sometimes injecting Botox also subdues excessive sweating. 


Hair Thinning
The Why: Hormonal or thyroid problems could be one of the reasons for early hair thinning. Other reasons include: hormonal imbalances, pregnancy or certain medications.
The Fix: Topical solutions, pills and vitamins such as Biotin can help. Consult your doctor.


Smelly Feet
The Why: The bottom soles of your feet as an easy target for odor-causing bacteria that causes an unpleasant smell.
The Fix: Try to keep your feet dry, wear shoes that don't make your feet sweat. If your shoes still smell not to your liking, try a deodorizer.


Chapped Lips
The Why: Dry air can leave your lips dehydrated which can cause tiny cracks on your lips. The sun also causes dehydration.
The Fix: Do not lick your lips. Use a lip balm with one of the following ingredients: shea butter, petroleum jelly, or castor seed oil. 


Spider Veins
The Why: Being on your feet for a long period of time can lead to spider veins. Pregnancy and genetics can also lead to spider veins.
The Fix: The fix for this is usually just a cosmetic procedure. We even offer it at LAE! The procedure involves injecting saline solution to gradually reduce the appearance of spider veins. This procedure is called sclerotherapy.


      No matter what the issue, know that you're not alone! There are many reasons for embarrassing beauty questions. Chances are when you walk down the street half of the people you pass are worried about the same or a different beauty question as you. When in doubt, consult a doctor. Sometimes the best fixes are the natural ones, such as changing your diet or taking vitamins.


      Be FRESH HEALTHY SMART and revel in your skin. Because no matter what, you are beautiful.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How To: Perfect Smokey Eye via Lancome Cosmetics

         LAE has brought you a DIY tutorial for perfecting that smokey eye for an evening out on the town or any occasion at all where you want that sultry addition to grab attention.

Step One: Remove all makeup from your eyes.
Step Two: Put eye treatment cream around and under your eye for hydration and protection.
Step 3: Put on a waterproof eyeshadow base.
Step 4: Begin with a light color all over the lid, to lighten up your eyes.
Step 5: Add a medium color in the crease to add more depth.
TIP: To avoid eyeshadow from falling onto your face, pad the brush with the eyeshadow and press the brush upon the lid.
Step 6: Use a blending brush to blend the dark color across your lid.
Step 7: Use an eyeliner pencil to create a fine line under-neath the eye.
Step 8: Use liquid eyeliner to create a line across the top base of your lid.
Step 9: For more intensity, use eyeshadow powder to add to the eyeliner under-neath your eye.
Step 10: Use the highlighter color or cream under-neath your brows & between your eyes and nose.
Step 11: Clean up any spilt eyeshadow with a thicker brush.
Step 12: Put mascara on the bottom and top lashes.
TIP: For an even greater effect than just mascara, try Latisse. This product (sold at LAE) makes your lashes grow longer and thicker for a statement look 24/7! Check it out!
Step 13: Add concealer under-neath your eye to lighten up your face.
Step 14: Apply bronzer to the cheek bones to define your face and makeup.
Step 15: For a final touch, add some color on your lips. Use a light lip gloss to polish off the look with subtlety and class.
VOILA! You have your perfect smokey eye shadow makeup!

Meet the Makeup Artist, Monika Anis.
"It's all about the blending," Monika says, in order to achieve the perfect smokey eye.

Products Used:
Lancome Aquatique Nude Eyeshadow Base
Lancome Hypnotique Mascara
Lancome Star Natural Bronzer Glow
Lancome Artliner Precision Point (Liquid/Black)
Lancome Le Crayon Eye Pencil (Black)
Lancome Eyeshadows: 
Top- Bottom Eyeliner Shadow
Bottom- Highlighter
Right- Eye base color
Middle- Crease color
Left- Eye base 2 color (blend)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fresh, Healthy, Smart Hair Tips!

          It all starts with the hair. Everyone knows that a new haircut, new hairstyle, or new hair color always makes one feel more vibrant and confident. Instead of changing anything, just make your hair healthier and be confident with the natural beauty of your flowing locks!
For Thin Hair: Drop heavy conditioners and use a product with silicone (dimethicone or cyclomethlcone). This will make lifeless hair come to life, without looking greasy!

Food for Thought: As our previous article described, you are what you eat! Make sure your diet consists of fish and nuts for healthy hair. Your scalp will become healthier with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Green vegetables also carry tons of vitamins to boost hair health. Beware of certain diets that remove nutrients from your meals, which may cause you to be deficient in numerous nutrients such as: zinc, biotin, and protein.

Water and Shine: You hair has a natural conditioner called sebum. However, hot water can take some of this conditioner away. When washing your hair, try using lukewarm water.

For Split Ends: Too much work on your hair can cause damage. Luckily, there’s a solution for split ends! Try to find a conditioner that contains protein. This will repair split ends, only if you use it regularly.
For the Bounce: Use a leave-in conditioner or mousse to add more bounce to your hair. Dry the root area first and use a low-heat setting for any styling if you have fine hair.

For Dandruff: The cause for this is not because of a dry scalp, but rather an inflammation that affects the scalp. Don’t use oils to fix it; it will only make it worse. Be sure to use a medicated shampoo, like Head and Shoulders.

For Hair Loss: Don’t brush as much! Too much brushing can increase hair loss. It’s normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day. To minimize any more, avoid brushing your hair while its wet and use a brush with ball-tipped bristles.
Damaging Styles: Avoid doing much with your hair while its wet, which is when it’s most fragile. Don’t put your hair in a ponytail or braids while it is still wet. Also, be weary about tight ponytails, tight braids, or extensions (recommended to keep in for 3 months max.).

Saving Money on Hair: More expensive shampoo and conditioners don’t mean better results. The most important thing is picking a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your hair; whether that be oily or color-treated.

For Curly Hair: Use a pick verses a comb or a brush, because curly hair is more likely to break. Look for conditioners that contain polymers to keep your hair more manageable. As always, avoid straightening your hair as much to reduce damage.
For Hair Color: Dermatologists recommend to not go past 3 shades of your natural hair color to avoid damage. A larger difference risks damage.

About Hair Dye: Besides damaging your hair if use too much, hair dye doesn’t not have any bad effects on your health.

On Blow Drying: Heat tends to damage hair, so take a rest on blow dryer and let your hair dry naturally. Use a conditioner before styling for added protection.

Hair in the Sun: Sun doesn’t only affect your skin. Sun exposure can dry out your hair. Try wearing a hat while in the sun for long periods of time, or using a hair spray that includes SPF to keep your hair looking healthy.
Hair in Chlorine: Those showers are at the pool for a reason! Get your hair wet before taking a swim in the pool. If you hair is already wet, it won’t absorb as much chlorine as dry hair would. You can also try a pH-balancing hair product as well.

The Best Tip? Do nothing. Letting your hair just be, is the best tip of all. Besides, sometimes the un-done, natural look is the most beautiful.

Make sure you take notice to your hair. If there are any specific and noticeable changes, that could mean a health problem. If you notice anything different, consult a dermatologist.


Make sure to be on the lookout for Gainesville’s best salon, Salon5402, opening up soon next to LAE Beauty for all your color, cut, and styling needs! Check them out!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Create! Destroy! Conquer! An Artistic Entrepreneurship Story

           LAE Beauty was created by two entrepreneurs Kelley and Lauren Anderson. Therefore, for this week’s blog post we’d like to show a case study of a pair of entrepreneurs starting their business in Tampa, Florida, the area of LAE’s next stop in their Fresh.Healthy.Smart lifestyle.
           Creative Destruction Clothing is a clothing and shoe line that was started in Tampa, Florida, by two entrepreneurs: Daniel Fernandez and Cameron Barbas. The two 23-year-old men have collaborated with many prominent tattoo artists to create a line that showcases artistic expression that usually bears in tattoos.
            The shoes in their line have been trademarked with the name Tats. CDC also produces hats and apparel for men and women. This product line opens up opportunity for tattoo artists around the country to showcase their artwork on a canvas that is being sold nationally.

            The company began its marks two years ago between local tattoo artists and the creator/founder, Daniel Fernandez. “As a graduated photography major I am truly passionate about art, style, and color. For years this is the reason for all of my tattoos. People go out and think its cool to have tattoos, which it is (he says through a smile), but people miss the artistic value of what most of these artists possess. This is an opportunity to work together with people who have the same drive and beliefs I have and it still gives me goose bumps to think of where we’ve come as a company and the potential we have to reach,” says Daniel Fernandez.
            The first thirteen designs of Tats came from two Tampa local tattoo shops, Ink Fink and Las Vegas Tattoo. Mucca, of Ink Fink, designed the first two pairs of Tats. Mucca airbrushed with a style of tattoo art, called sugar skulls. “I love that CDC opens the door for me to get my style of art out there,” says Mucca.

            A few of the other current designers for Tats come from Ybor City’s Las Vegas Tattoo. Steven “Fish” Warner, Jon Clark and Michael Hall all bring in their own sense of style to the CDC brand.
            “The difference between designing shoes and tattooing is that CDC allows me so much more freedom. There is no specific avenue with these guys; they just want me to draw…the shoes allow us to go beyond the tattoo enthusiasts and into a realm where people normally wouldn’t look at our artwork because of the negative stereotype some people have of tattoos and the artists,” says Steven “Fish” Warner, tattoo artist.
            From airbrushing, to markers, to pencils, the designs behind Creative Destruction Clothing come from all angles. All the shoes are said to “come to life” in their designs. A unique sense of fashion for a range of age groups has emerged with this company. Fan favorites for the 35+ age group appear to be the By the Bay and Gone Fishin’.
           This company, based on artistic expression, “gives credit where credit is due”. Not only are the artists paid for their work, but they are also paid commission when the designs they produced sell on the products. Once paid for the design, it is shipped to a manufacturer. The design is then reproduced on a canvas that then molds into a shoe. Finally, the design is covered with a protective mold to protect the artwork.
            The doors truly opened for these two entrepreneurs at their first trade show in Tampa, Florida. According to Cameron Barbas, “Artists were approaching us from all over the state and other parts of the country asking how they can be a part of the team and design a pair of Tats, Without hesitation Dan and I told them the process, gave them a pair of blank shoes and the rest is history."
            There are now artists working on designs from all over, including: Tampa, Tallahassee, New Port Richey, Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, California and Indiana. The CDC storefront will be opening next month at 500 S. Howard Avenue in Tampa, Florida. The store will include clothing, shoes, hats, and even girl’s bottoms.
            Through hard work and determination, Daniel Fernandez and Cameron Barbas have created an inspiring company in the heart of a rough economy. Their products showcase unique styles and creative fashion sense. For those that support tattoos, and those who support the intricate designs behind them, these products are just the things to sport. The two uphold their motto: Create! Destroy! Conquer!
            Cameron Barbas, one of the owners of CDC, says he will even visit LAE Beauty Inc., once we make our way to Tampa, Florida.

            This story just goes to show, that anything is truly possible. From opening a tanning salon and nurturing it to becoming a prominent and up scale Medi-spa that is becoming ready to brand nationally, to creating a clothing line based around artwork from the talented community, opportunities are what you make them.
             "The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams,” so wake up and go out there to make your own dreams come true. From one entrepreneurship story to another, good luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lean By Design: The Fresh. Healthy. Smart way to Weight Loss!

            Struggling with weight loss? Beth Dalton, owner and founder of Lean By Design in Gainesville, Florida, has the perfect plan for you to implement. Her mission for her business is “empowering others to live their dreams of healthy living.”

            First thing’s first. You have to visualize your goals for success in order to achieve them. Beth tells us that you are six times more likely to achieve your goals if you list them on paper. Next comes the right attitude. You have to be prepared for a lifestyle change when it comes to healthier eating, so make sure you prepare with the right attitude because 80% of weight loss begins with proper balanced nutrition. Keep hydrated, eat your breakfast, and start a cardio routine that reaches your target heart rate so that you can keep burning calories even after you workout.
            There are some dangers when it comes to weight-loss. Dalton tells us to stay away from the following foods: fried transfatty foods, high sugared fruits (in excess), low-fiber starches (white bread/crackers), too much protein in one meal, and high fructose corn syrup. Dalton also suggests avoiding alcohol and caffeine as much as possible because they dehydrate the body and prevent the metabolism from being as strong as possible. Also, let yourself take that afternoon nap or sleep in on that Sunday afternoon. Sleep is important for your body to regenerate, adults need at least 7-8 hours.
            Dalton belives that a lot of problems with obesity have to do with confusion and ridiculous diets like: the cookie diet, the peanut butter diet, the 500 calories/day diet, etc. Even though you may lose weight on some of these methods, beware that it will not be in a healthy or long term way.

            Dalton’s program is divided into four sections, L.E.A.N. The first, L: Learning the Basics about the Body with Love.
       First and foremost, understand what a “calorie” is…it is energy.  The foods we eat have chemical compounds that break down and give the body energy. Weight loss occurs when you balance the energy in from our foods verses energy out through movement. You must remember that 3,500 calories is equal to 1 lb of fat. Make sure you are aware of your appropriate daily caloric intake (per your body only). Official health guidelines provide that all the weight you should lose in a week is one to two pounds, which is 3500-7000 calories. Any weight over 2 lbs could be muscle mass loss and muscle is needed to burn fat and preserve the frame of our bodies.
            Dalton offers us a metaphor for viewing calories: “We all understand and appreciate the value of a hard-earned dollar. Think of calories like money. You have a certain amount of calories you can ‘spend’ each day in order to reach your goal weight, so you want to spend very wisely, or you will bankrupt your brain and body."
            The second part of Dalton’s method, is E: Exercise and Environment. There are a variety of reasons why exercise is important for weight-loss. In order to burn fat safely and effectively you have to reach your target heart rate to reach a process Dalton lists as E.P.O.C (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) which allows your metabolism to burn fat hours after working out.
            Your target heart rate is determined by: age, height, weight, resting heart rate, etc. Dalton suggests purchasing a heart rate monitor so you can personally track if you are working out too hard or too little. If you don’t go for the heart rate monitor then utilize the heart rate monitor on most cardio machines, but don’t forget to program them with most of these main basic settings (listed above).
         On average, the ideal exercise level for weight-loss, in the beginning, is burning 300-500 calories a day (3-5 times a week) especially for those who are severely overweight and/or obese.
            Lastly, consider your environment. “Our lives are made up of energy (both negative and positive). Too much ‘stuff’ blocks the flow of energy in our surroundings. A clear energy field around you enables you to focus on every area of your life without being overly distracted or confused".

            Dalton’s third level of her LEAN program is A: Attitude and Affirmations. She describes the 3 A’s one needs to nourish their mind with for optimal weight-loss: the right attitude, the right affirmations, and bringing the mind into alignment with your ultimate goal. You have to understand that your mind controls the body. Meditations are also encouraged by Dalton because it is an opportunity to connect with your higher self, think of it as your spiritual "food".
            Affirmations are very important in her process. “Thoughts create words, which create action and/or events within our lives to unfold. Beginning each affirmation with ‘I am’ is planting (in your mind) the possibility of success and nothing but success. Affirmations are like ‘Miracle Grow’ for the mind,” Dalton says.
            Dalton’s fourth and final level of her program is N: Nutrition and the Importance of Now! Protein is a key part in optimizing health and weight loss. After the age of 30, one loses approximately 5% of muscle and bone mass every decade (according to the world-renowned protein expert, Dr. Donald K. Layman…whose research she uses in her program).
            The best and first step to optimal nutrition is breakfast; so don’t think about skipping it! Also, don’t consider a bowl of cereal or a sugar-filled yogurt an appropriate breakfast. According to Dalton, “A balances breakfast will make or break your day."
            The reason for breakfast being so important is so that your body can begin a process called protein synthesis. Dalton describes this as the process that builds new proteins. She offers a number sequence for individuals seeking weight loss: 30/200/30/200/30. This sequence involves having at least 30 grams of protein coupled with high-quality carbs (which include fruits and vegetables) three times a day. Also, it is wise to have a 200-calories (or less) snack in between these meals to support a healthy and strong metabolism.
            Dalton warns not to consume more than 50 grams of protein in a single meal because your body will be unable to process it and it could just lead to fat storage. One of the nutritionists she follows, Dr. Layman, recommends between 1,400 to 1,700 calories/day for healthy weight loss.
            Hydration is also important to nutrition. Your body is 60% water and your brain is 80%. Many times when you feel as if you are hungry, you’re really just dehydrated because the hunger and thirst centers sit next to each other in the brain. The general rule of thumb that Dalton describes is to drink half of your body weight in ounces.
             When it comes to healthy foods for the brain, Dalton also follows the research of Dr. Daniel Amen (a world-renowned brain specialist and neuroscientist).  Some of these suggested brain healthy foods are the following: apples, blueberries, cherries, dark chocolate, garlic, grapefruit, green tea, lemons, nutmeg, olive oil, oranges, raspberries, red grapes, soy beans, strawberries, tomatoes, tuna and turmeric.
            *Key fact: Turmeric, found in curry, contains a chemical that has been shown to decrease the plaques in the brain thought to lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

            Coming from someone who had her own struggle with weight-loss and discovered a way through it, try out the Lean by Design way! Why hinder yourself from being proud of your body? Get L.E.A.N today, and live in a body that you love, trust, and admire!
          
           Beth Dalton is a personal trainer and healthy lifestyle coach, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is not a nutritionist, but studies the work of credible, award-winning nutritionists: Dr. Layman and Dr. Amen. She also recommends James Allen’s “As A Man Thinketh” for astounding “food for thought”.
            

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Smile Brigher, Feel Happier: The Secrets to a Whiter Smile

            As always, consider what you put into your mouth before you do it. Dark foods sit on your teeth the longest and have the ability to seep through your enamel causing staining. The main foods to be wary about are: coffee, red wine, tobacco, and tea. If you drink any of these, simply wash your teeth afterwards to prevent it from soaking through your enamel.

            Another way for a simple, whiter smile is teeth whitening or teeth bleaching. Teeth whitening brings your teeth back to its natural color, removing a degree of stains and debris. Teeth bleaching, which is more expensive and leads to higher teeth sensitivity, breaks into the molecules in the tooth to penetrate the stain and has longer results.
            At LAE Beauty we offer you an effective and low-cost teeth-whitening solution. You can purchase two 20-minute back-to-back sessions that produce teeth 3-5 shades lighter. This entire procedure is only $99! After this, or another treatment, it is recommended to avoid using abrasive toothpastes or mouthwashes, sodas and fruit juices with high acidity for about two weeks.
            There are certain foods that help keep your teeth white, too. Eating raw fruits and veggies helps create saliva that cleans your teeth. Swish water around your mouth for 30 seconds after each meal and try professional teeth-whitening gums as well (but make sure they are sugarless).

Your local grocery store also has many at-home remedies to try. You can try anywhere from teeth whitening kits, strips, or teeth whitening toothpastes. The old-fashioned teeth whitening trick that uses baking soda and a toothbrush is still a promising element in teeth whitening.

            Electric toothbrushes may do a better job at removing teeth stains rather than traditional toothbrushes. The key to maintaining a white smile is brushing your teeth and flossing daily. The minimum is brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. However for healthier and brighter results, brush after every meal and snack to avoid staining your teeth.

            Your yearly dentist check-ups also lead to whiter teeth. The professional cleaning methods dentists use brighten up your smile using polishes and abrasion.

“If you can make a girl smile, you can make her do anything” –Marilyn Monroe

Other things to avoid
If you have had lots of dental work, be careful with teeth whitening. Unnatural teeth will stand out among naturally whitened teeth. Also, avoid whitening your teeth too much (more than once a year, depending on the method) it could lead your teeth to become more translucent and wearing away enamel. 
One of the biggest no-no’s told by professionals is smoking. Tobacco stains teeth more than other products and penetrates teeth the furthest, making it harder to whiten. Smoking also could lead to gum disease (gingivitis), bad breath, and a higher chance of oral cancer.
            Sports drinks and lemonades can also erode tooth enamel. To avoid this from happening, don’t sip on these drinks for too long and rinse out your mouth with water afterwards.

Don’t be afraid to smile, and don’t be afraid to be beautiful.