All in for Acupuncture
NAD+ | What it is and why you should care
If you’ve been following along with the Blondes lately, you already know we are huge fans of acupuncture. If you are new to the #FitCityFam, first and foremost — WELCOME , second — FYI, we are huge fans of acupuncture! Over the past year, J and I have been using acupuncture and Chinese medicine via our doctor friends at Aligned Modern Health (shoutout to Dr. Madden and Dr. Para — y’all are the real MVPs!).
I originally experimented with acupuncture because I wanted relief from cystic acne.
How I Got My Cycle Back pt. 1
Though it’s been around since 1906, this little-known, but highly essential coenzyme is slowly gaining popularity in the health and wellness scene. In the last hundred years, further research has been made related to NAD+ and discovering that supplementing NAD+ levels could provide a way to maintain long-term health. Here’s what happened when I tried an IV infusion of NAD+.
When the Foam Roller is No Longer Cutting It...
There were so many times I believed I would be writing this post. I’d written it out in my head, wanting to pour it out and explain how simple it is to regulate your cycle after getting off of the birth control pill. Oh how I was wrong time and time again.
My story with physical therapy is a tale as old as time. I grew up in a household where chiropractic adjustments were a weekly occurrence, acupuncture was encouraged, and we had a specialty physician for every part of the body. My mom suffered from debilitating migraines for a few decades (God Bless her!), so fortunately for us, there was a large emphasis placed on healthcare, and my brother and I were introduced to specialty medicine at an early age.
In the summer of 2017, I had a quarter-life crisis and decided to sign up for the Chicago Marathon (I mean, why else would anyone sign up for a marathon, like ever?). While it was a great idea at the time, gave me something to channel all of my life’s frustrations into and taught me discipline, I only made it to a 15-mile practice run before I was plagued with debilitating shin splints. I visited a chiropractor/PT who informed me that I could have shin splints, but I could also have a stress fracture, and advised that I go get an x-ray and that I take a break from running.
Staying Aligned in the New Year
Does your workplace help or hinder your health goals? Sharing a few tips to stay on track at work!
Self-Care with Aligned Modern Health
New Year’s reflections - I am a huge fan. As 2018 comes to an end, I have spent some time reflecting on the great times, the I-could-have-done-without-that-but-thanks experiences, the straight up ugly crying moments, and all of the beautiful lessons learned along the way. Charles Dickens summed up this year so eloquently -- “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” I think it is safe to say that 2018 had a lot of ups and downs for all of us, but we made it.
Holistic Healing with Green Circle Wellness
Let’s talk about self-care for a second.
In my yoga classes, I often ask people to think about how many instances per week they dedicate at least an hour of time to themselves. Without the distractions of text messages, email, social media, television, or even other people. An hour to be present with YOU, whatever that may mean.
And now I’ll ask you.
3 Products for a Healthier, Happier Home
As you may have noticed on some of my instagram posts as of late (here and here), I’ve started to work with the experts at Green Circle Wellness, an integrative and functional medicine clinic in the Chicago Loop. Yes, I’ve been a little cryptic about the whole thing, but I’ve decided to lay it all out on the table for you in this blog post. Here goes nothing...
Getting Back on Track ON Vacation
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you begin each day and where you celebrate what you’ve accomplished at the end of it. [If you’re like me and often work from home, it’s where you get to spend the middle part of your day too!]
We all know the importance of keeping our homes clean—but are you aware that most of those cleaning products we grew up with are doing more harm than good? Toxic ingredients and impurities frequently found in cleaning products have been linked to cancer, asthma, and reproductive issues.
If we’ve already freaked you out and you’re tearing through the cabinet under the sink to chuck products into the garbage, take a breath. We know it is majorly overwhelming to do a complete overhaul of all those toxic products, so we wanted to bring you our shortlist of brands that you should know. These companies are all about making healthier, happier homes—for the safety and well-being of you and your family.
Cystic Acne Relief & Weekly Visits to AMH
Sometimes the best way to get on track if you've been off the wagon for a bit is to go on vacation. I know what you're thinking: who gets back on track while on vacation, but trust me - when everything you need is sitting in front of you - all measured out - it works!
Hormonal Health + Acupuncture
A few months ago, I opened up regarding the struggles I have faced with my skin. I told you that for the past year or so I have struggled with horribly painful cystic acne. I was shocked by your responses - so many of you have dealt with and are currently dealing with the same thing. I’m so comforted to know that I am not alone.
Thank God For [Mask] Monday
My recent journey with hormonal health and how acupuncture has played an important role!
Give the COLD SHOULDER to muscle soreness with The Cryobar
Let's be real. While its purpose is undeniably amazing, the reality of having a #SelfCareSunday every week just isn't in the cards for me. With only two days in a weekend, I'm having trouble fitting it all in.
Instead of packing it ALL into 48 hours, I've extended my weekend rituals into Monday with MASK MONDAY. Thank God For Mondays. [I promise you, this is the only time you'll hear that from me].
How to Eat for Vibrant Skin
Just as temps are starting to warm up in Chicago, we are getting more and more addicted to freezing ourselves.
As you may have seen on the blog and our Instagram, Christina and I have been loving cryotherapy at The CryoBar lately. But we realize we haven’t really given you the full scoop on what it is, what it does, and why we can’t get enough. Until now.
A Lesson on Muscle Recovery
Skincare routines - we all have them. We all live by them (perhaps religiously). But do we really know if they're working? Beyond that, do we know what they are doing to our bodies under the surface? And lastly, are our routines all-encompassing - meaning, are we thinking about everything we're exposed to/consume and our skin is responding?
10 Signs of Gut Imbalance & 5 Tips to Get Back on Track
After a grueling workout at my new favorite Chicago gym, I was struggling to recover quickly. I knew I had worked hard, but thought there had to be something to help the soreness. So I started asking around and doing my own research. I’ve summed it up for you.
In no particular order, here are my top ten tips for recovering from a difficult workout...
Decaffeinate Your Life: My Journey to Balanced Wellness
“Roughly 80-90% of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood, social behavior, sleep, appetite, memory, and even libidio, is produced in the gut.”1 In addition, 60-80% of our immune system is location in our gut, meaning that “gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and other chronic health problems.”5 Yikes! We can clearly see its importance, but what exactly is our “gut”? The term does seem kind of vague.
Overcoming Stress & Negativity with Meditation
For those of you who are just tuning in, a few weeks ago I began working with Pressed Vibrance in a quest to heal my body from inflammation and fix my imbalances…aka put an end to the painful cystic acne that has plagued my face for the past year or so, and to do it naturally. I identify as an HSP - highly sensitive person - and with that comes an array of health issues since birth. Some of the many issues I’ve struggled with over the years include: many allergies (to food, pets, the environment), eczema, and IBS. Basically, about once a quarter, I find myself in the doctor’s office for some chronic illness or rash. Joy!
10 Tips for Better Sleep
My meditation practice started only months ago, making me feel a bit like a bandwagon adopter of the age-old method for reducing stress. What may have been considered “fringe” for many years has now become mainstream. There is no doubt a resurgence of meditation happening in the wellness community today. I’d heard about it, read about it, talked about it...but had no idea how to incorporate it into my own life. I wondered when I would find the time, where I would go to meditate (would I have to dedicate space in my house for meditation, buy a pillow and a gong??), and if I would even be able to meditate at all. Silly excuses...
How much do you value sleep? Do you proudly boast that you can function on only 5 hours a night or are you essentially useless without a full ten hours?