MY PLANT BASED DIET MUST HAVES

I've gone Hollywood y'all!! I'm KIDDING!!! If you've been following my story on Social Media, I watched the documentary  WHAT THE HEALTH on the 4th of July (after eating my weight in bacon wrapped hot dogs...Keepin' it all the way real. And needless to say it changed my life. So here I am more than 60 days later living that plant based life. I feel better, I have more energy and my skin is clear as can be. I know it's not for everyone, but it's working for me!

The first thing people say when I tell them I'm not ingesting anything animal based (No Dairy, Eggs, Meat, Poultry or Fish) They roll their eyes and go, oh I need so much protein, I can't do that. The irony is, I'm eating more plant based protein now, than I did when I was eating meats/fish So I thought I'd show y'all some of my favorite products that make me keep full and fabulous! (I'm not a spokesperson for any of these products, I just really dig them!)

 

 

 I can't say enough amazing this about  BEYOND MEAT PRODUCTS  I eat them every week and the  Feisty Crumble  in the frozen section, makes the best tacos and nachos ever!!!

I can't say enough amazing this about BEYOND MEAT PRODUCTS I eat them every week and the Feisty Crumble in the frozen section, makes the best tacos and nachos ever!!!

 I have a small obsession with  Chive Cream Cheese , and I'm very picky about fake cheeses in general,  Kite Hill Products  get it SO right and their  Yogurts  and  Ricotta  are amazing too!

I have a small obsession with Chive Cream Cheese, and I'm very picky about fake cheeses in general, Kite Hill Products get it SO right and their Yogurts and Ricotta are amazing too!

  Gardein Beefless  ground is SO GOOD! I use it all the time from lasagna to chili and everything in between it's so darn good!!!

Gardein Beefless ground is SO GOOD! I use it all the time from lasagna to chili and everything in between it's so darn good!!!

 I have a real problem with tortilla chips, I swear they should be a food group on their own.  Siete Foods  is my new favorite and their grain free! Your welcome and I'm sorry because you will now be obsessed.

I have a real problem with tortilla chips, I swear they should be a food group on their own. Siete Foods is my new favorite and their grain free! Your welcome and I'm sorry because you will now be obsessed.

  Orgain Protein Powder  is Dairy free, with 21 grams of plant based protein and it tastes amazing. Also Costco and Amazon carry it so it's easy to get. I'm a fan of the vanilla, but the chocolate is delicious too!

Orgain Protein Powder is Dairy free, with 21 grams of plant based protein and it tastes amazing. Also Costco and Amazon carry it so it's easy to get. I'm a fan of the vanilla, but the chocolate is delicious too!

My Swimsuit Ready Quick Tricks & Tips

 SHipwreck beach on kauai, Hi.

SHipwreck beach on kauai, Hi.

Who's ready to feel fierce in your body this summer?!

Gettin' it right and tight is an all year round battle...but then I see tacos and margaritas and it becomes slightly seasonal....Anyone else? I am constantly in the struggle of eating clean and living in real life. I also work in a business that being "camera ready" is part of the job. Thank GOODNESS I don't have to throw on a bikini and go to work! Those women are rockstars and I applaud them! Luckily I am friends with so many awesome women who are cool enough to share their swimsuit ready secrets with me, so CLEARLY I had to share them with y'all... I mean... what are friends for!!

 

You're sackin' me up in what?

OK, I know y'all have seen women snatched up in every version of a Waist Trainer all over social media and I too was completely skeptical until my girlfriend Kelly insisted I get one so that we can be sacked up in them together. I instantly wanted to tell her can't we just wear spanx and drink wine, but since she's an actress and a fitness model I figured she knows what she's talkin' about. I ordered it and let's be real, a Waist Trainer is basically a Boujee word a good ol' fashioned corset...You know, like Scarlett O'Hara used to have to get sacked up in by 3 people in GONE WITH THE WIND... Well, I  have been wearing mine in 2 hour increments and I have to say I now realize I have NOT been holding my core in, in my everyday life. Which, let's face it we all slack on from time to time. and I can really see a difference. PRO TIP: Don't sit for long periods in it or drive in it! I got stuck in LA traffic wearing it, and it wasn't cute.

I'll Drink to that!

Did y'all know that most of the time, when you're so hungry you could eat a 3 day old half eaten  protein bar you found in the bottom of your purse you're actually just dehydrated and thirsty! It's true!! The best tip that I've been given to curb my appetite and stay hydrated is to drink half my body weight in ounces a day. So if you weigh 130 pounds you drink 65 ounces of water a day. You can also get that hydration and add to your daily water goal from drinking Iced Tea or Hot Tea (try to stay away from sugars) but sadly not coffee or wine (because you know I asked.) Go here for more tips on staying hydrated this summer.

 

Everyone looks better with a Tan.

Ok, that might not be a true statement, but my Mama has sworn by this my entire life so, naturally It's a personal life goal to keep a sun kissed glow...Which I have to be careful, because I love a tan so much I can quickly turn into Magda from SOMETHING ABOUT MARY if I don't check myself. I used to never wear sunscreen (PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN) now, I wear it everyday and I don't have the time I wish I had to be outside soaking up the sun safely. SOOOO, I've got 2 products that I swear by AND that work! Oh, and  smell good! The first is  Tarte Brazilliance Plus Self Tanner and Mitt it's only $39 and Sephora carries it. The mitt makes it easy to see going on and it's really is streak free and the closest I've seen to a natural glow for every skin tone. My personal method is to shower and exfoliate and put in on before bed wait about 10 minutes before I put on clothes. (I also have only white sheets and it never rubs off)

When I don't have time for Self Tanner and I need an instant tan I use Tarte Better Bod Bronze & Contour +Mitt  Its no joke and it's waterproof (full disclosure I have never swam in it, but I have sweat to death in it and it didn't come off) Now, be careful, because you can get REAL dark REAL quick! Then, the next thing you know you look like you're competing on DANCING WITH THE STARS. (Not that I'm ever opposed to that, especially if I got to wear one of those magical outfits!) So use it sparingly and know that what it looks like going on, is the actual color you will be. I like to let it dry a good 15 to 20 minutes before I put on clothes. You will have to scrub it off in the shower because it really is waterproof.

I did my first Facebook Live this week with my girlfriend Kelly Dowdle and we covered all this and more go here to watch it, Like it, Share it, and turn on notifications so you can follow all the fun!