The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and my face is . . . blotchy?! That’s right folks, it’s allergy season, which means we all have to deal with the dreaded ALLERGY FACE™! I’ve always considered myself lucky in that I don’t suffer allergies as badly as some people I know, but I’m not immune to the watery eyes, runny nose and flushed skin that seem to strike out of nowhere.
The biggest issue I face during allergy season is eye redness. I wear contact lenses (when I’m not wearing my beloved glasses) and I honestly thing that they are allergen magnets - or at least they attract the LA smog like no one’s business. So that I don’t look like I’m suffering from a bout of rabies, I like to carry eye drops with me at all times. But, if you suffer from different allergy symptoms, such as skin redness or puffiness, watch this video clip for tips on how to take control of your allergy face and still look amazing:
Check back for more tips from beauty and fashion expert Carmen Ordoñez, @VivaFashion, who has teamed up with the makers of ZYRTEC® to share her personal beauty tips to combat ALLERGY FACE™ !
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The most subjective question known to man: What’s Beautiful? In order to redefine what society has forced down our throats as the stereotypical idea of what it means to be feminine, Under Armour has once again launched a campaign encouraging women to create their own definition of the female athlete. The What’s Beautiful 3.0 campaign gives women a platform to establish personal fitness goals and hold themselves, and eachother, accountable for achieving them. I have been a feminist since I can remember, and as a lover of fitness, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get involved.
I like to push myself to my limit. Notice, I said MY limit. Although I look to others for inspiration, I try not to compare myself because we all have different strengths and goals. So for me, I decided to push myself to achieve something I’ve never done before. My goal is two-fold: first, I want to be able to do a split. Sounds juvenile, but it’s been something that I’ve NEVER been able to do. I have the tightest hamstrings in the world, and I worry that my inflexibility might lead to injuries (like when I pulled a hammie a few weeks back). My second goal: to get down to 14% body fat. This one obviously goes hand in hand with doing bikini competitions.
So how do you define beauty? And are you ready to join me and Under Armour to set new fitness goals? Let’s do this!
Cooking has always been a hobby of mine. Being in the kitchen is kinda like my therapy, and the result is (almost) always delicious! I get in the kitchen and cook, cook, cook but forget that I have a ‘food’ section on this site that needs some lovin’ every now and then! It took my cousin calling me out on Instagram to light a fire under my butt. So here you have it folks, not the best food photo I’ve taken, but definitely one of the best clean eats I’ve whipped up in a while.
The holiday season is here, which means a lot of over-indulgence, holiday parties and crunch time at work (hurray for burning through filming budgets at the end of the year!). Although it doesn’t happen often, I do like it when I have the opportunity to mix business with pleasure . . . who am I kidding, it happens quite often in my line of work! One of the most recent events I went to was the grand opening of Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills; I discovered them at their original location in Santa Monica where I took my first ever hot ballet barre class. It was killer. I loved it.
The grand opening event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony by the mayor of Beverly Hills and was done in conjuction with their holiday party; that meant an open bar and arts and crafts in the form of ornament making! Included on the guest list was a tarot card reader who had less than stellar things to say about my non-existant love life -_-
You might be wondering what the benefits of doing yoga or sculpting in a heated room are, well, here ya go:
Increased cardiovascular activity which helps burn fat and up your metabolism.
Flush toxins out of your body.
Superficial soft tissue structures, including the fascia, ligaments, muscles and tendons will warm up quickly and allow you to move further, more comfortably and more safely in all directions than while exercising in a cooler environment.
Improved spinal integrity and nervous system function.
The heat thins down the blood and allows it to perfuse deeply into body tissues and organs to facilitate healing.
I’m accustomed to lifting heavy weights, so imagine my surprise after feeling completely exhausted by the use of 2 lb weights! I definitely plan on going back for more.
Side note: Hot 8 is offering a $45 for 1 month of classes special. Check them out if you’re in the area!
A few weeks ago I discovered that my body was not alkaline. For some reason, my body’s pH balance was off and the acidity levels in my blood had gone up. A wonky pH balance like mine, known as acidosis, is very common in our society and could lead to a variety of problems if left unchecked; problems such as bladder and kidney conditions, weight gain, chronic fatigue, immune dificiency and premature againg. None of that is ok with me so I talked to both a nutritionist and a friend (who is also a nutritionist and former figure competitor) and they both suggested a simple solution: adding magnesium supplements and lemon or apple cider vinegar to my diet. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.
November 6 was an action-packed day for me. Not only did I head out to the polls and vote, but I also head to LabCorp to get my blood drawn. Even though I eat pretty healthfully and workout, I’ll admit that I’m not the most diligent when it comes to getting check ups and clinical tests. I decided that I would kick my ‘I’ll get checked when I feel like I’m dying’ philosophy to the curb and get my baseline by WellnessFX and make sure my health was on point.
Toneka will teach you the tools needed to live a clean healthy lifestyle through eating whole natural foods that not only nourish your body, but help you achieve physical beauty and pure radiant glowing skin from the inside out!
You will learn how to:
Uncover bad habits and learn to adopt clean eating habits.
Eat for radiant glowing skin. You will learn nutrition tips and secrets that will help you achieve pure beauty from within.
Understand the foods you eat. You will learn more about food and their purpose
Prepare recipes from whole natural foods. You will be given great recipe ideas that you can try and enjoy
Quick snacks-to-go. You will learn different snack ideas and options that are quick to prepare where you can grab and go
Read food labels. You will learn the importance of food labels and will have a better understanding of what to look for
Learn portion sizes and learn how measure food easily
I am a lover of (most) fruits and vegetables, but I know not everyone is. Yet I don’t know anyone that isn’t a fan of a sinfully sweet beverage. My favorite green smoothie features fresh veggies and fruit, and is my favorite way to sneak nutrients into my diet. In fact, I’m a little upset that I don’t have the ingredients left to make some more
My Favorite Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Spinach (2 big handfuls)
1/2 C Frozen Mango Pieces
1 Orange (peeled and chopped)
1 Scoop of ProFusion Pea Protein in Vanilla (or any unflavored protein you have)
1 C Water
In a large blender, blend all ingredients until a smooth consistency.
The frozen mango is what gives this that slushy, smoothie consistency so that you don’t have to add any ice!
Avocados have been a staple in my diet since I was a kid. I don’t know any Dominican that didn’t have a few slices of avocado with EVERY meal growing up. Ugh, my mouth is watering at the thought of sitting down to a family breakfast of eggs, queso frito (fried cheese), mangu and avocado. I may have that just as soon as my competition is over :-/
Now that I’m training and watching my diet, it turns out that avocados fall under the list of ‘healthy fats’ that I can still eat! Tuna, however, is a protein that I can eat freely but avoid like the plague. I’ve never found anything appealing about it. Little did I know that with tons of lemon and the mild creaminess of avocado, tuna can not only be palatable but delicious! I ate this as a post-workout meal, so I was allowed to have a bit of starchy carbs. With that in mind, I decided to pair the ceviche with home made pita chips. They only take a few minutes to make and taste way better than anything you get out of a bag!