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Beauty Product Review- “Pearlessence Radiance Serum”

Today In “Beauty Product Reviews” I’m sharing with you my love for serums.  I love serums because they aren’t too heavy, they don’t make me break out, and they pull double duty and can be used as a primer also! I recently came across a new one and decided to try it out- “Pearlessence Radience Serum.” 

Does Cupping Really Work?

The ancient thereautpic art of Cupping is said to have been dated to as far back as 3000 bc but does theraputic cupping really work?

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient art of creating a vacuum with cups which are placed on the skin, where there is thought to be some sort of ailment, inflammation or congestion.  The vacuum is thought to cause a blood stasis and when removed pull out toxins and provide oxygen so healing can begin to take place.

The earliest record of cupping dates back to 1500 bc Egypt.  There have also been reports of cupping in ancient China dating back to 1000 b.c. Other ancient cultures also utilized the therapeutic art of cupping such as the greeks. Hippocrates, who was known as the father of modern medicine at the time used cupping for internal medicine.  The therapy soon spread thru the Asian and European civilizations each one having a different name for the ancient art and different medicinal uses.

Modern Day Uses for Cupping

One report in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acneherpes zoster, and pain management.

Other non-researched backed claims of cupping treated ailments include ;

Side Effects

Side effects to cupping include burns, infection and bruises.  Please seek out a trained professional when looking for cupping therapy.

My Personal Experience with Cupping-Did Cupping Work?

I have chronic shoulder and neck pain having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  Not quite ready to accept that diagnosis yet and   I refuse to take the meds that make me walk sideways.  When my pain is more than I can bear I get massages and seek out other non traditional treatments like acupuncture.  Luckily, my massage therapist Matthew is trained in some of the Ayurvedic arts and Cupping was one of them.

I was nervous but excited. I had heard good things about cupping and it’s benefits.  After my usual massage Matthew pulled out his very mysterious cupping case.  He explained that some were heated, we were doing non-heated today, me being a cupping virgin 😉  He placed the cups from the afflicted area and proceeded to create the suction.  Matthew explained there are levels of suction, and that because I am new he would be going to a moderate level. I personally like a little pain (not in a weird way) so I didn’t find it uncomfortable.  Matthew then left the cups on for a period of time for the therapy to work.  I found this time blissful, but not as blissful as when the cups were removed.  When the cups are removed the muscle and the fascia are completely at rest.  My always tense muscles were completely relaxed, which NEVER happens.

Important Side note; Cupping leaves scares for about a week that resemble giant hickies.  Does Cupping Really Work? Important Facts About Cupping!

The Take Away

I’ve had cupping done once more since originally writing this.  The effects last for a few days in my case.  With the reading that I have been doing, the lasting effects vary from person to person.  I will continue to have it done, I enjoy the temporary pain relief that only therapeutic cupping provides.




Getting Your Feet Summer Ready

Winter is over and it’s time to pull those sandals out and get your feet summer ready.  But yikes, your feet are in bad shape!  Winter months are often the excuse to not have to buff, exfoliate, and polish, and by the time summer gets here our poor feet are showing the results of months of neglect.  Now it’s time to pull out the big guns- foot peels….foot peels summer ready feet

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Before we address that question let me explain to you a little bit about my sordid relationship history with food.  It closely rivals the relationship between Glenn Close and Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction (minus the boiling bunnies.)

If you’ve been reading my blog lately you know I’ve been trying to lose weight.  I have been thin, overweight and everything in between, never having a healthy relationship with food.  Starting with attending weekly weigh in’s at weight watchers at thirteen.  Then binge eating shortly thereafter. One time, even going so far as to locking my sister out of the house so I could binge on Wonder Bread. Funny thing, I still remember the way it tasted over 30 years ago.  What wasn’t so funny, was having to take her to the ER for stitches after she put her hand thru the french doors trying to get into the house and my father’s rage at why I wouldn’t tell him the reason for locking her out.

Fast Forward to adulthood; After delivering my first child I discovered phen-phen, G-d I loved that stuff (Yes I said it) but the FDA took it away.  Said I might die so, fine.  Then I rebounded and gained weight, and had more babies and the roller coaster of lose & gain began.

Recently my brother in law lost tons of weight with the Intermittent Fasting method.  I had been seeing tidbits about this method in my FB feed and in magazines so I was somewhat familiar with the term but I needed some more information so I immediately began my research.

Intermittent Fasting- What is it?

Intermittent fasting first showed up on the health scene in 2012 when the BBC aired the documentary Horizon documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer. and has steadily picked up momentum ever since.

Intermittent Fasting is basically time-restricted eating or an eating window.  There are many different types of fasting.  The most common being the 16:8 Fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8.  This can be personalized.  I, for example, do a six-hour eating window from Noon to 7.  This works best for me, it is suggested that your last meal be two hours before your bedtime.

Other methods are 24-hour fasting methods where you do whole 24 hour fasting periods two or three days a week.  One interesting type of Intermittent Fasting is the “Warrior Method” that is where you fast for 20 hours and eat what prehistoric man would have eaten for four hours.

Intermittent fasting goes on the belief or science of ketosis.  Basically in lay men’s terms if you don’t have food to burn for fuel you use your own fat stores for fuel, simple logic, right? In addition to that, they suggest basic eating do’s and don’ts below.
Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

What to Eat While Fasting

Just because your fasting doesn’t mean you can lose your mind when your window opens.  It is suggested you eat rather clean and low carb.  A low carb & high lean protein is recommended for best results.  While in fasting no eating hours you can, however, drink green tea/coffee with non-sugar sweeteners.  I found myself filling up with a lot of green tea.

Benefits of Fasting

Research has shown that Fasting has been known to have many benefits such as; Intermittent fasting decreases insulin in the blood, decreases cholesterol, and has been shown to reduce inflammation. I myself found that once I got over the initial slump my energy levels have increased and my belly bloat has disappeared.

My Experience with Intermittent Fasting

When I first started Intermittent fasting I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I enlisted the help of my older children. You need all the support you can get when you’re dieting , plus no harm no foul if two fewer people to cook breakfast for 😉  I weighed in on day one at 142.  I vowed to exercise the majority of the week and I stuck to it.  I alternated between walking/running on the treadmill and doing fitness videos.  

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

On the Intermittent Fasting Plan, you are encouraged to work out during fasting periods so your energy is taken from your fat stores.  Those first few days that was a doozy.  After day 3 of fasting, is when I think I got over the hump.  About hour 15 of fasting, I happened to be writing and looked at the time and realized I wasn’t hangry! I figured  I must be fueling off my own fat, unpleasant but reassuring thought that this diet was actually working.

Did Intermittent Fasting Work for Me?

YES! I had a couple of missteps because I’m human and married and eat my feelings. But from one Saturday to the next I lost 4 pounds! My daughter has lost 5, and my son is slimming down as well.  I am also cooking less breakfast 😉  The best part for me has been my tummy.  I’m sure everyone notices this too, but when you skip a meal your stomach immediately sorts of “deflates.”  I love that feeling, a  sort of immediate satisfaction.  That immediate satisfactions gives you that motivation you need to keep on going.

Here’s a quick summation or “Cliff Notes” for you!




Do Self Tan Sheet Masks Work?

I first stumbled across these gems in a department store,  I was immediately intrigued.  I’m always on the lookout for ways to get that natural looking glow.  It’s just an added plus if the glow lasts for days, instead of a make-up application that washes off immediately.  So of course I grabbed it and ran home to try this new mysterious product.

I had so many questions about the St. Tropez self tanning mask...Does it smell?  Does it last?  Does it streak like traditional self tanners?  I tried it out and am going to answer every  question for you, including the most important question,  DO THEY WORK? …

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