Is Your Bra Killing You?

10 Health Reasons to Wear the Proper Bra

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#1 Pain. It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience breast pain when exercising. Insufficient support leads to chronic back, shoulder and neck pain and headaches. It is not linked to the size of a woman’s breasts.*1

#2 Breathing. Ill-fitted bras can restrict the rib cage and put pressure on muscles, which can cause breathing problems.*2

#3 Sagging. Your bust has no muscle. Breasts are held up by fragile ligaments that attach breast tissue to muscles. Over time, unsupported ligaments will be stretched and weakened; causing sagging that cannot be reversed.

#4 Posture. Unsupported breasts cause slouching and inwardly rounded shoulders that will stretch out your rhomboids and also lead to tight pectorals.

#5 Circulation. Problems can develop when the pectoral muscles in the chest are compressed, affecting the neurovascular bundle of nerves to the arms causing a pins and needles sensation.*3

#6 Skin. Chaffing, rashes, and yeast infections may occur when the skin is irritated by too tight or too loose fitting bras.

#7 Breast tissue migration. With an incorrect fit, the breast tissue can be displaced by the ill-fitting bra to other areas, such as under the armpits, sternum, and even the back.

#8 Marks and grooves. Deep red marks and shoulder grooves can be indications of permanently damage to the shoulder tissue.

#9 Lymphatic System. Without proper support, lymphatic drainage is impeded, which interferes with cellular health.

#10 Digestion. A tight bra can obstruct the flow of the digestive system causing indigestion and can be linked to other digestive issues such as heartburn and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).*4

[1 University of Portsmouth, 2007]
[2 According to The British School of Osteopathy, ]
[3 “Evaluation of professional bra fitting criteria for bra selection and fitting in the UK” Ergonomics March 2012]
[4 Study according to Sports Medicine Australia and the Breast Research Australia]

PS. Isn’t it time your stop putting off your professional bra fitting? Schedule yours with me today- in the comfort of your home (DFW area) or a virtual fitting. Email me at discoveryourperfect[at]gmail.com.
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2 Minutes to Glowing Skin

Do you want to look younger and have glowing skin everyday? I know, dumb question.

In about 2 minutes every morning, you can look in the mirror to a more youthful, radiant face!

But first, there’s a few things to understand about your skin.

Did you know that it takes less than 30 seconds for chemicals to absorb into your skin?! Since your skin is your largest organ, it super important to pay attention to your skincare cleansers and lotions.

Do you know exactly what you are putting on your skin? I don’t just mean what brand you use but specifically and more importantly what is INSIDE (or not inside) that bottle of lotion or makeup?

If you already use & love skincare products that are pure, safe & beneficial for your skin, kudos to you! Seriously, you are ahead of the game.

If you don’t have a clue what you use or the nearest bar of soap is your answer…I’ll show you how in 2 minutes or less you can have the skin that’ll leave everyone around you wondering, “Did she or didn’t she?” (as in facelift, botox etc.)

2 minutes to glowing skin

My 2-minute, 5-step Skincare Regimen:

Step 1: Cleanser – choose a gentle daily cleanser that deep cleans without stripping your face of natural oils.

Step 2: Toner – A step often overlooked but its an important one because toning closes the pores. Use one made with witch hazel (not alcohol) to soothe skin and zap blackheads. I love my Arbonne toner because its a mist and can directly spray on my face – I don’t lose any precious product in the cotton ball!

Step 3: Serum – Do you like uneven, patchy or dull skin? Didn’t think so. Choose a serum that is not only full of antioxidants, vitamin but also peptides for younger, radiant and smooth.

Step 4: Eye Cream – a MUST have. Choose one that tackles it all – dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Use your ring finger and dab cream under eye (on that top part of cheek bone) and just under the eyebrow bone. its the weakest finger and your eye area is very delicate skin (do not want to pull or drag here!)

Step 5: Day / Night Cream – I recommend that Day cream include SPF to protect the skin for the sun’s rays. Also, choose a day cream that moisturizes to provide necessary hydration so skin doesn’t get too dry or oily.  At night use a moisturizer formulated to repair damage overnight. As you sleep your skin cells will renew and you will wake up with soft, velvety skin!

Key tips: For best results use products from the same line because they are meant to work together. Always use upward motion when putting on products – you want to work against gravity! And don’t forget your neck.

**Personally, I use and recommend Arbonne’s Re9 Anti-Aging skincare line. Its 100% Vegan, botanically-based, Paraben-free, pH correct, Gluten-free, and free of fragrances and dyes. If you would like to learn more about Arbonne and the line of skincare click here to check it out.

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The Smart Way To Save Money on Healthy Food

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In a world where drive-thru hamburger joints and $1 pizza slices outnumber farmers markets and grocery stores, eating healthy can be a challenge. Even when you make up your mind to resist deep-fried temptation and go for a salad, you too often end up in sticker-shock.

Trust me, I know how this goes — I’ve been that person in shock at checkout. A small bag of jerky shouldn’t cost 7 times the cost of french fries – and luckily I’ve discovered a new online marketplace that combats this trend. Thrive Market, a recently launched website, sells the wholesome, healthy food I love at wholesale prices everyone can afford.

The company’s merchandising team works directly with brands to purchase natural, healthy foods and products at wholesale prices. These prices are typically 25 to 50 percent lower than what the same products sell for in brick and mortar stores, and even traditional online retailers. I know I’ve found some amazing deals on Thrive Market — like this Nutiva coconut oil that I saved more than $6 on!

Instead of adding on the typical retail markup, Thrive Market passes the savings on to their customers. All of the products Thrive Market offers are sold at true wholesale prices. They’re really looking out for the average shopper!

These products aren’t subpar or knockoff brands, either — Thrive Market carries many of the same brands I shop for at the natural foods store in my neighborhood. You can find products to fit your needs on the site and they have a robust Paleo and grain-free section, to boot.

The site includes the option to “shop by” specific dietary needs and certifications. You can filter the catalog by values including certified organic, non-GMO, hypoallergenic, raw and many more.

Thrive Market offers something for anyone and everyone who want to eat healthier and live well.Thrive has a really nice, curated mix of products to choose from that are the best-in-class of organic, non- GMO, vegan, raw, paleo and gluten free. However you like to shop, you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Like Costco or other warehouse clubs, Thrive Market is membership based. Thrive members purchase a membership for $59.95 per year. That’s just $5 per month, if you break it down. With a Thrive Market membership comes access to more than 3,000 of the top organic, non-GMO, healthy products. You can simply browse the website, fill your cart with whatever products you like, and have your order shipped directly to your home.

If the membership fee seems like a big commitment, never fear: Everyone can try out Thrive Market with a free one-month trial before you start paying the annual fee.

This membership model is a key part of the business model. There’s strength in numbers — in other words, Thrive Market’s buying power, and the ability to get great deals, increases as membership increases.

But your Thrive Market membership fee has an even more important function. For every paying member who joins, Thrive Market will donate one free membership to a family in need. This social mission fits into Thrive Market’s larger goal — making healthy food accessible for everyone.

Low-income families are most likely to eat unhealthy diets and suffer the longterm health consequences of those choices. Thrive Market is on a mission to make access to healthier choices easier — especially for those that have very little discretionary income, and are often forced to buy the cheapest food that isn’t always the most nutritious. I would much rather support a socially conscious company than an enormous corporation.

Not convinced yet? Just check out the Thrive Market website. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the savings add up — I know I was! Join the Thrive Market community, and you will be back on track to meet your healthy goals in no time!

xo,

Rita

{*Disclosure: I am a Thrive Market affiliate. If you purchase a membership through my links, I will get a commission, which will help to support this blog. Thank you if you do!}

3 Simple Tips To Jumpstart Your Day

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Does this sound familiar? 

It’s morning and the alarm goes off. You immediately hit snooze, grab your cell phone to see what’s happening on Facebook and check emails. 15 minutes later, you come out of the social media abyss, realizing you’re going to be late. As you rummage through your closet you begin to mumble that you “have nothing to wear” so you throw on an outfit you aren’t terribly thrilled about. And then as you try to leave the house, you can’t find your keys (or kid’s shoe/notebook…you get the idea.)  Basically, its mad chaos every morning, and feels like there’s no hope in sight!

Yes, I sadly admit, this was how my days usually started. Until I made some key changes.

Here’s the thing. Mornings don’t have to be stressful and definitely not chaotic either! Believe me that is a sure-fire way to feeling frustrated.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a morning person, and yet I absolutely LOVE the feeling I have when my morning is planned out and I’m able to move through it calmly.

Try these 3 tips. You’ll see that your overall mood will be lighter and your daily productivity will increase even double!

Want to know the best part?! You can start TONIGHT!!!

Because, how smooth your next morning and whole day will go actually depends on what you do (or don’t do) the night before.

Tip#1: Jot down your top 3 things you MUST do the next day.

Stick to 3 things MAX. Then identify your #1 priority. Putting your to-do’s down on paper gets them out of your head so you can relax and rest. If you go to bed without writing these down, not only will you most likely forget what you need to do tomorrow but you will also spend the night worrying instead of sleeping. This way, when you wake up in the morning, you will know exactly what needs to get done.

Tip #2 Set out your clothes for the next day.

This might sound like something your mom told you when you were a little kid in school. And yes, I do tell my kindergartner to set out her clothes at night too. But seriously, I do this myself every single night, and if I happen to fall asleep before doing this ONE thing, my whole morning is off. At night you have the time to try on different looks as well as make sure everything still fits and doesn’t need repair. I promise when you do this at night versus in the morning, you’ll see that you do actually “have something to wear.” (Darn! I know, I have no excuse wearing yoga pants. Unless I’m actually going to Yoga.)

Tip #3: Prepare your body for a good nights rest.

You probably already know that a good nights rest is important to having a good day. I bet you have a bedtime routine for you kids. Since they were very little babies you’ve been getting them ready for bed with a bath, pjs and then read a story (or something like that, right?) And you probably started this process earlier than the time you want them to be asleep so they aren’t cranky the next morning. But, how often do you actually follow through on preparing yourself for bed?

Just like kids, we can’t expect our body to shut down and get a good night’s rest when we are still wired from the days activities.

You’re thinking, who has the time for bedtime routine?! I get it.  Often my  routine” looked like this: quickly splashing water on my face, putting kids to bed (whew!), and finally open my laptop to work on projects until very late until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Definitely not a great way to set up my day.

Creating a routine is actually simple and once you start to implement you will find it easy to stick to. The key is to find what will work best for you. Maybe you like reading but never find time to do so. Well, now your NEW bedtime routine can include that.

Here’s an example: (1) nightly skincare regimen (aka not splashing your face!); (2) drink a glass of water or herbal tea; (3) read a few pages or chapter of a book.

When you carve out time, even just 20 minutes, for this every night you will find that you can actually go to sleep more relaxed and wake up refreshed. Yay!

Gretchen Rubin, author of Happiness Project, writes about the importance of having a bedtime ritual. One of her tips is start the process of your bedtime routine earlier in the evening before you get overtired.

A consistent bedtime routine will set YOU & your day up for success!

Tell me, what do you do to get ready for the next day? Do you have a bedtime ritual?

Share yours with us in the comments.

xo,
Rita