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Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Fall Juice Cleanse with OnJuice





Top Left: Before and after photos from my juice cleanse, Top Right: My final juice of the entire cleanse, Lower Left: Last day of the cleanse and feeling amazing, Lower Right: My first post-cleanse meal.
If you've been following me on Instagram or any other social network known to mankind, then you know that over the past three days I've been conducting a Fall/Winter juice cleanse to detoxify my body.  Despite the controversy that fashion people don't eat, indeed we do.  Over the course of the past few weeks, my daily coffee intake amongst other desserts (think caramel french macaroons and miniature cupcakes galore) significantly overcame me and my body began speaking to me.  It was telling me, Lynsee, a detox is in order.

Allow me to re-introduce OnJuice.

Although I've mentioned them before, OnJuice is my go-to when I need to cleanse my body of impurities and kickstart healthier choices once again.  Since I would like to categorize myself as a juicaholic, this time around I went with their Advanced Cleanse.  Ultimately, this detox materialized as a way for me to re-energize the body in the purest way.  Therefore, the Advanced Cleanse consisted of four nutrient-packed green juices, one lightly sweetened root juice (carrot and beet infused), and a detoxifying lemonade (also known as the Master Cleanse).  The best part about doing a juice cleanse is the amazing feeling that I receive upon completing one.  It's partially because it takes more willpower than anything, and the body feels fresh and alive once again.  Believe it or not, a juice cleanse is an exceptional way to receive benefits from the world's healthiest foods and experience medical healing properties as well.  

If you're interested in detoxifying your body for the new season or simply have a desire to kickstart a healthier lifestyle, visit www.OnJuice.com and enter the promo code JUICELIFE for 20% OFF a cleanse!
What I'm rocking:
Rave N' Flow Tank  ℅ Under Armour
StudioLux Ombre Leggings ℅ Under Armour
Neon Liner Socks ℅ Under Armour
SpeedForm StudioLux Shoes ℅ Under Armour



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Staying Active with Target® C9

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As the end of Summer nears its dreadful departure, two thoughts come to mind - it's time to switch up the workout routine and my face should no longer melt off when I step outside.  Therefore, I'm teaming up with Target® C9 to share my favorite ways to remain active toward the end of Summer and beginning of Fall.  Since Miami tends to cool down slightly post-Summer, it gives me the opportunity to do a variety of outdoor activities such as going for a run or doing a little yoga by the beach.  Although if you know me well enough, it's apparent that I usually do a Beachbody workout in-home.  When the seasons change over, I like to dive into a different program though. 

Lately, I've been quite fond of P90X3 since it allows me to refrain from being soaked in the heat while Summer ends and it's also something that I can do within 30 minutes while still taking care of my little guy at home. What are some of your favorite activities that you keep you fit while transitioning seasons?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bikini Slim Down Results with DeliverLean

For those who don't know, I began a "Bikini Slim Down" with DeliverLean about one month ago and the benchmark is almost up for completion.   This can only mean one thing - it's time to share my results.  Let me preface this by stating that I am only sharing my results to give readers an idea of what to expect from eating clean with DeliverLean's meal plan and living a healthy lifestyle.  Additionally, staying active is added into the mix of a slim down because the pair go hand in hand.

DIET
My meal plan with DeliverLean primarily consisted of pescatarian and vegan options with no gluten.  Cold-pressed OnJuice juices and raw desserts were also added to my plan, which made it even better.




A typical day of my meal plan:
Breakfast - Cultured coconut yogurt parfait with organic granola, mango, blueberries and raw cashews
Lunch - Candy corn salad with corn, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, hearts of palm and vinaigrette
Dinner - Herb mahi scallopine, quinoa cake and lemon dijon kale
Dessert - Gluten-free molten chocolate lava cake

WORKOUT REGIMEN
Each morning, I performed a P90X3 workout (30 minutes) followed by 200 squats and a walk to the park with my little guy.  I also incorporated ab-focused exercises in the evenings, such as Tone It Up.

SLIM DOWN TIPS
1) Drink a glass of water upon waking up to speed up metabolism
2) Drink a detoxifying tea in the evening


RESULTS
Over the span of a month, I slimmed and toned my body while losing 2 inches in my waistline and about 8 pounds.


If you're interested in a similar meal plan customized to your dietary needs, check out DeliverLean for delicious and healthy meal plans that work!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Healthy Habits: How to Prepare for a Juice Cleanse


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The best way to start off a new season is by detoxifying the body for a refreshing transformation, which is a typical routine in "casa de Lynsee."  Juice cleansing has become quite the "trend" throughout the nation, but it often gets misconstrued regarding its purpose.  Many people have an assumption that by doing a juice cleanse means that a weight loss of 50 pounds in two weeks will occur.  It is true that by doing any type of detox cleanse some weight loss is bound to happen; however, most of it is water weight.  Additionally, the main purpose of a juice cleanse is to allow the body to heal itself.

After consuming multiple juice cleanses over this past year, I've learned that it truly helps give my body time to heal after putting toxins in my body and get back on the healthy eating track.  For example, I was eating my fair share of pizza and cupcakes prior to the approach of Spring.  Therefore, a juice cleanse was necessary for my body.  My body and mind felt fatigued and I lost focus, but after a seasonal detox I felt amazing.

The thought of not chewing on anything edible for three days is quite frightening, especially for juice cleansing first-timers.  Hence, my latest video "How to prepare for a juice cleanse."  Check it out and let me know if you dare to try it out!  Trust me, you will feel amaze balls afterwards.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat: Tips for a Flat Stomach


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In continuation with my Beautiful Confidence series, today's post highlights healthy habits for losing stubborn belly fat and tips for a flatter stomach as bikini season nears.  Stubborn belly fat is one of those annoyances that sticks around and doesn't go away, like a lurking ex-boyfriend.  However, there are ways to evict that muffin top and create six-pack abs for the Summer season.

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1. Eat clean

There is an infamous saying that goes, "abs are built in the kitchen."  From my experience, this is absolutely true.  There are moments where we all cheat and get tempted by pizza or pasta, which is perfectly fine in limitations.  When it's time to slim down, eating junk food all day will not help in the weight-loss process.  Therefore, the goal is to eat clean or unprocessed foods such as:

Fruits - Apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mangoes, etc.
Vegetables - Kale, spinach, romaine, cabbage, bell peppers, mushrooms
Carbs - Sweet potatoes, brown rice, gluten-free oats, gluten-free pasta, quinoa
Protein - Lean meats like chicken breasts or lean beef, white fish like tilapia, salmon, whey protein, egg whites, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese
Healthy Fats - Coconut oil, avocado, fish oil, nuts, flax seeds

2. Eat more often

No, you didn't read that incorrectly.  Many people mistake starving themselves as the miracle weight-loss solution when in reality, it only makes things worse for the body and metabolism.  Eating the correct amount of protein, whole foods and healthy fats, promotes fat loss.  On the other hand, starving oneself will have a domino effect where the body is deprived of nutrients after so long.  Therefore, it will scream "feed me everything" at one point.  Eating at least 5-6 small meals per day will also help the body burn muscle into energy, in conjunction with healthy exercise.  By eating every three hours, the body won't starve and you will feel satisfied.  Some tips include:

Eat proteins, vegetables/fruits with every meal
Eat carbohydrates after workouts only

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3.  Drink more water

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day is not only good for cleansing out the body and the  detoxification process, but it may be the solution for what the mind believes to be hunger.  Sometimes the body is dehydrated rather than hungry.  Drinking a glass of water before and after each meal helps reduce overeating and allows for better digestion. 

4.  Boost up cardio and get stronger

Cardio helps to burn fat quicker, while weightlifting strengthens the muscles and increases fat loss.  Ever since I began lifting weights, I've noticed a drastic change in the definition of my body and my ability to eat more (which is a plus for me because I love food)!  If you aren't sure what to do, start small by walking or jogging for 30 minutes per day and lifting for 30-45 minutes.  Slowly begin to increase the cardio time and reps.

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5.  Try a skin toning solution

Lately, I've been applying the Bliss Fat Girl Slim Six Pack tummy-toning gel to my stomach for more definition in my abs.  After having a baby, the skin on my lower abs isn't as firm.  Therefore, the Fat Girl Slim Six Pack gel has been helping me to tighten and tone to prepare for bikini season.  Obviously this is no magic solution where it's applied to the stomach and magically a six-pack appears the next day.  It requires a combination of a healthy diet, exercise and the tummy-toning gel.  The treatment contains 6 active ingredients: caffeine plus amino acids, creatine, oat kernel extract, latex-rich manikara tree extract, menthol and a special botanical extract.  I apply it post-workout and massage it into the skin for about 20-30 seconds with the massaging applicator.  





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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Bikini Diaries with Mi Ola

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Despite the sudden cold rush that recently hit what seems like the entire nation, I have discovered the most comfortable swimwear collection that is my must-have item for a little "spring break" traveling.  The Mi Ola collection compiles vibrant colors with the sophisticated style and inspiration from tropical nature in Tamarindo, Costa Rica (think - the ocean, palm trees, gorgeous macaws, and tropical flowers).  I don't know about anybody else, but when I'm searching for the perfect bikini it must have: 

1) A snug fit that won't shift when I'm playing with son in the sand or ocean

2) A chic and sexy design that doesn't look like I'm rocking granny panties

3) Adjustable bottoms (just in case I have too many vegan cupcakes one day)

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After discovering the Mi Ola collection, I had the chance to find out the inspiration behind the beautiful swimwear from Founder of Mi Ola, Helena Fogarty. Helena expressed,

"I started Mi Ola because I needed a chic, sexy suit that would stay on while I surfed.  I couldn't find any!  I have a background in fashion and business, so I decided to make the beach better for women and design a line that combines high style, high quality and high function.  We don't have to wear granny pants on the beach to make sure our assets are covered.  And actually, if we do, those big bottoms often come down more easily in the waves!"


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Aside from the Triangle Slider Top that I wore in these photos, Mi Ola also offers a variety of top and bottom variations in colors such as black, true red, poppy, marigold, emerald, cobalt, magenta and fuschia.  Check them out at www.mi-ola.com


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The Mi Ola collection is perfect for those who are planning a vacation for spring break or simply living in warm climates year-round!

What I'm Rocking:
Triangle Slider Top by Mi Ola | SuperCheeky Bottom by Mi Ola

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Healthy Habits: How to do a 3-Day Juice Cleanse




A great way to kick off the New Year is by detoxifying the body of excess junk that builds up over time and cleansing.  Right before New Year's Eve, I did an at-home 3-day juice cleanse and posted my results on my Facebook and Instagram channels.  Despite the typical iPhone/mirror photography, I received plenty of feedback from viewers and friends who were interested in cleansing and asked questions such as:

What is a juice cleanse?
How long do you cleanse for?
What recipes do you use to cleanse?
What can I expect from a cleanse?
What should I do before I begin cleansing?
Will it help me lose weight?

Therefore, I put together this video encompassing my 3-day juice cleanse experience and how I went about performing one in-home.  Feel free to ask any questions and let me know if you decide to try it out!  Tweet or instagram me your before/after photos with the hashtag #HealthyHabitsWithLynsee




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fab to Fit Series: Episode 3: What I Eat

Happy Halloween!  In continuation with my "Fab to Fit Series," it only felt right that I share Episode 3 with you on a day where we are all tempted by sweet treats.  Although everything is perfectly fine in moderation, maintaining a clean diet is something that I have personally found to be beneficial for my body.  Therefore, limiting the amount of gluten or dairy is a large part of what helped me develop a balance that made me feel good on the inside and outside.

Drinking a gallon of water per day has helped me learn when my body is craving fluid rather than food by drinking a full glass of water before and after each meal.  Another tip that helps me stay consistent is the MyFitnessPal app which allows you to upload your daily food, water and exercise intake.  It's available for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, and Windows.

I am often asked what my diet consists of or what types of healthy foods I have eaten to help maintain a healthy body, so I put this episode together to give an idea of what a typical day in the life my diet consists of (even though no day is ever the same).




Monday, October 14, 2013

Fab to Fit Series: Episode 1 - My Workout Routine

As essential as fashion is to a girl's life, so is maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Therefore, I decided to put together a "Fab to Fit" series dedicated to wellness and how I maintain a healthy appearance both inside and out.  Many people ask me what my workout routine is or what types of food to eat in order to live a healthy life, which is the motivation behind this series.

Episode 1 - My Workout Routine



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Style By Lynsee on Instagram

I've really been loving my new arm candy, the Girl on Fire Stack by Ibiza Passion

A glimpse of my latest video up on my YouTube Channel : 5 Easy Tips to Shed Belly Fat in 7 Days

Spending my weekends basking in the sun on the sandy beach is so relaxing!

A few new goodies courtesy of 2B Bebe, which I can't wait to style!  I've already styled the Forbidden Blue dress in yesterday's post that can be viewed here

It was a pleasure to work on the Dwyane Wade Elite Camp in Chicago!  We had a great turnout for the underprivileged children in the Chicago area, and it went toward a great cause.


My favorite warm weather combo: Cold watermelon and a refreshing green juice.

Betsey Johnson's all pink soiree was such a fun and girly party!  Betsey is exactly how I imagined she would be: Full of life, fabulous, and exuberant.

Like mommy, like son.

Thanks to Allure Beauty for sending me the best beauty products for the Fall season!

An oldie, but goodie: Little Lynsee as a young buck (and yes, I rocked the bowl cut for years).

CoverGirl's pop-up beauty bar was filled with glamorous goodies.
I hope you follow me on Instagram at @LynseeHeeKyeong for more Instagram photos!  XOXO


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Video: Healthy Habits | 5 Easy Tips to Shed Belly Fat in 7 Days

As many of you may know, I am quite obsessive when it comes to fitness and keeping a healthy lifestyle.  Maintaining a healthy appearance both inside and out is important in building self-esteem or confidence.  I receive a lot of inquiries regarding my diet or fitness routine, so today's post features a few of my top tips for shedding stubborn belly fat along with a quick abdomen workout.  Let me know if you would like more "healthy habits" videos!




Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Video: Healthy Habits - My 5-Day Juice Cleanse Experience

Beauty stems from the inside-out, and one of my favorite methods for resetting my body is juice detoxing (or cleansing).  After a juice cleanse, it leaves skin looking much smoother  and gives a beautiful glow that can't be applied with makeup.  Therefore, I decided to try a 5-day juice cleanse to help remove any excess toxins from the body.  Although I've done cleanses before, a 5-day juice cleanse was a new experience and amazing to say the least.

A typical juice cleanse consists of drinking 5-6 8oz. glasses of raw juice per day, along with water and/or green tea without consuming any foods.  It seems to be trending on the west coast, with brands such as the BluePrint Cleanse, Pressed Juicery, and Jugo Fresh.  These companies will deliver juice directly to clients which is rather convenient.  For this experience, I juiced my own natural or organic fruits and vegetables because I own a Black and Decker juicer, which worked well for me.

Check out my 5-Day Juice Cleanse experience here:



Recipe used in my Green Juice (it varies, but this is the typical one that I used often):
1 bunch of Kale
1 bunch of Romaine
1 bunch of Spinach
1 bunch of celery
2 cucumbers
2 apples (green)
10 grapes


Friday, December 7, 2012

New Video! My Weight Loss Story: How I Lost 55 Lbs in Two Months

For those of you who don't know, I lost 55 lbs once I had my baby about a year ago and I wanted to share my story with you because I've gotten a lot of requests from people regarding my weight loss regimen and tips on losing weight.  Therefore, I'm sharing my story with you  :)

Although the video is lengthy, it includes my entire story so I didn't really sum it up nor leave out any specific details.  Let me know if you'd like to see more weight loss videos, etc.




Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Habits - Comfort Food Swaps

Happy Friday guys and dolls.  Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn't have to be dreadful.  There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory.  Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind.  Enjoy ;)


1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn't always agree with your body.  Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.  


2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children.  No?  Maybe that's just me.  The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese.  Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.

  
3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl's go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs.  Ben & Jerry's came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt.  It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.



4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce.  I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.


5) Pizza
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food...or food, ever.  A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin.  You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni). 


Monday, February 13, 2012

Healthy Habits: A Twist on Chicken Soup

When I'm cooking, I typically like to put a twist on the usual dish by adding something unique that makes it my own.  Since it's been a little chilly lately, I decided to feature today's "Healthy Habits" post with this hot and delicious chicken soup I whipped up.  It's healthy, full of vitamins and whole grains, and it will keep you satisfied.  For those of you who are vegetarian, feel free to simply omit the chicken that I've added and opt for vegetable stock rather than chicken stock.

Another healthy tip that has helped me lose and keep off my baby weight is by incorporating organic foods into my diet.  I've used organic chicken and vegetables, along with whole wheat pasta for this particular recipe.  Check it out after the jump!

1) Chop up all of your favorite vegetables.  I'm using onions, mushrooms, carrots, fresh green beans, and sweet potatoes (1/4 cup of onion and 1 cup of the other vegetables).  Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamin C.

2) Gather all of the ingredients needed for your dish; Any whole grain pasta (I'm using rotini), your fresh vegetables, spinach, roasted red peppers, and cooking spray.

3) Spray a stock pot with cooking spray and toss your vegetables in to saute for about 5 minutes or until translucent.

4) Gather together your seasonings.  I don't cook with salt very often, but I use plenty of various spices to intensify the flavor of my dishes.  For this soup, I'm using: 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of sage, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin.  Add about 1 gallon of chicken stock.  Don't worry about adding too much liquid because it will condense as the soup cooks through.  Add your bay leaf and seasonings.


5) Add half of a chopped up roasted red pepper.  You can roast your own, but I just buy mine at the market. I also added a splash of white wine to intensify the flavor.

6) Let the soup combine and cook through for 30-45 minutes.  Season to taste.  Add 1 cooked and diced chicken breast.  I seasoned mine with garlic powder, black pepper and lemon juice.  Top it off with 1 cup of fresh spinach.  Remove the bay leaf from your stock pot once the soup has finished cooking.

7) Enjoy your delicious and HEALTHY chicken noodle soup!