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All Natural Home Spa Treatments
Looking for a way to mix up your beauty routine? With just a few simple ingredients, you can hydrate and nourish your body right in the comfort of your own home. These remedies are completely natural and leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on the day.   Papaya For a hydrating face mask, put half of a papaya in a blender and then apply the mixture to your face for five minutes. The papain enzyme from this tropical fruit helps to dissolve dead skin cells, creating the perfect exfoliating treatment for a fresh, healthy glow. Cold Tea Bags Steep caffeinated tea bags (green and black tea work well) in a pot of water, allow them to fully cool and then apply them to closed eyelids. This process will constrict the blood vessels around your eyes, reducing swelling, puffiness and inflammation. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your scalp. It can be used to treat itchiness and flaking as well as for removing product buildup. Go straight for your roots, massaging them with apple cider vinegar (I like the Bragg Organic Raw version). Leave it in for a minute or two to provide your hair with extra conditioning and your hair will be left feeling soft, shiny and smooth. Coconut Oil Coconut oil strengthens skin cells, working its way into the tissue to providing a deep moisturizing effect.  Massage a dime-sized amount (coconut oil goes a long way) of this all natural nourisher into your hands and apply to skin. A spoonful is enough to moisturize your entire body with the tropical scent as an added bonus. Fellow Oakley Women Ambassador Jenny Kalmbach also talks about other uses for coconut oil here- Lemon Brown Sugar Foot Scrub ¼ cup brown sugar 1 Tablespoon of oil (olive or almond) 1 Tablespoon of ground coffee Juice from ½ a lemon Mix the ingredients and apply, focusing on rough areas like the heels. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The combination of these ingredients is particularly beneficial for a few reasons. The sugar acts as an exfoliator, the oil as a moisturizer, the coffee as a circulation stimulant and the lemon as a preservative (so you can save some for later if you want :) )   Hope you enjoyed these home remedies and as always, feel free to reach out with questions or comments! -Caitlin O’Hara @CaitlinO’Hara Read More

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To improve running efficiency and power, consider a track workout, once a week. A fast running effort requires a full body effort. At no other time in your workout or training routine will you recognize the importance of a strong upper body than when you are doing speed work on the track. Basic track workout: 1600M warm-up 10 min dynamic stretching Main set: 4-8 x 400M @ goal 5K race pace (or 90-95% effort) w/ 200M jog/walk in between 1600M cool-down (reverse direction if possible) Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, LD/N Oakley Women Ambassador 7x Ironman finisher Read More

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Tuscan Bean Soup
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil     1 diced yellow onion     1 cup diced celery     1 cup diced carrots     4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped     2 quarts vegetable broth     2 heads kale, stems removed and cut into bite size pieces     ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning, more if needed     1 can diced tomatoes     1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed     1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed     Salt and pepper to taste   In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery, carrot and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Add the diced tomatoes, the cooked and drained kidney beans, cannellini beans, and the vegetable broth. Season with the Italian seasoning. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, then add the kale. Continue cooking until the beans are completely tender. Serve the soup in large bowls with grated Parmesan. Read More

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Setting A Daily Intention
  Waking up each morning, our minds are clear, natural and organic.   We haven’t yet been bombarded with news or to-do lists, and this is the most influential time to set our daily intention.   About 8 months ago, I noticed myself waking up and immediately checking my email, instagram and anything else I could find on my phone.   I realized my brain was getting inadequately stimulated early in the morning, and I wasn’t giving myself time to reflect, set goals, and ultimately setting my intention for each beautiful day I was given.                 Each morning that I get the chance to open my eyes and breathe in the sweet air, I know that this is the day that will completely change the rest of my life.   I ask myself, what is one thing today that I want to accomplish?   How I can influence others to live their most extraordinary life ?   And, how can show my community how much I care and appreciate them?   Finding the answers to these questions everyday allows us to have a clear and intentional outlook on our thoughts and processes throughout our days.   We are setting goals and giving ourselves a purpose during our days.   We are allowing clarity to start our day, and giving each moment the ability to shine.                 I challenge you to set daily intentions.   Do your mind a favor and take a few moments each morning.   Open your eyes with a purpose, and set your daily intention as your body starts a new day.   Dream up the adventures, the freedom, the friendships and the new beginnings that each day can bring us.   You have complete control of the days that you live, and you can live a life that you love. Read More

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Training Tip
This is my very simple tip for any sort of fitness training plan or routine. Whether you're aiming for a daily jog, strength training, yoga, or long distance running, this is one of the best ways to reach your goals and keep a healthy relationship with training. Here it is:  Have a fitness friend!   Here are just a few of the reasons why a workout pal can help you train better: 1. They will hold you accountable. 2. They will push you to improve, and recognize your improvement. 3. You can share information about gear and events related to your sport. 4. Many workouts go by faster when there is someone to chat with :) 5. Achieving a goal with a companion feels twice as good as doing it on your own!   Sharing your enthusiasm for fitness will inspire you and keep you committed to your goals. So get out there with your friends and show them what you've got!    Your ambassador,  Christine Donaldson      Read More

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Blueberry coconut muffins
Blueberry coconut muffins 1 cup flour (I used  Bobs Redmill gluten-free all purpose flour ) 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1 cup blueberries (I used frozen) 1 large egg 1/3 cup milk (I used organic skim milk) Unsweetened coconut shredded   1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray non stick muffin pan with cooking spray (you will use 7 muffins tins) 2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a bowl. 3. Lightly beat egg in small bowl then whisk in milk. 4. Stir in egg mixture into flour mixture. Then fold in blueberries. 5. Divide batter among 7 muffin tins (about 1/4 cup). Sprinkle with coconut shreds (about a tsp or two per muffin) 6. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until muffins are light brown on top or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.   Nutrition facts: (without added coconut) Servings: 7 muffins Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 114 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 23g carbohydrates Sugar: 9g sugar Fiber: 1.4g Protein: 3g Sodium: 136 mg   Created by: Marni Sumbal MS RD LD/N Oakley women ambassador Read More

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Spring into a new season!
The first day of spring is on March 20, and while the warmer weather and smell of fresh flowers will leave many of us happy and motivated, it's also that time of year for allergies and zapped energy, leaving many of us feeling under the weather.  I know I've already felt the effects of daylight saving time, but here are a few tips for you to get an extra "spring" in your step for the new season!   If you are still adjusting to the new time change, aim to get eight hours of sleep and turn off electronics an hour before bed! That way you will feel more awake and rested the next day.   Take your workout outside! For those of us who don't live in a warm climate throughout the year, now is the time to run, bike, or swim outside, and appreciate the beautiful spring season.   If you typically get seasonal allergies, try to avoid allergy triggers and try to take allergy supplements a few weeks before allergy season starts up! (Here are some other allergy tips: )   Bring spring into your kitchen and meal plan! Check out this list of spring fruits and vegetables (and post your delicious/healthy recipes on here!):   And last, but not least--set some spring goals for yourself! Whether it is to enter a race, master a new yoga pose or just look good in those short shorts, set a goal and get after it!   Have a happy and healthy spring season!       Read More

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Fitness Tip: Hill Training
I read somewhere that running hills is like doing speed-work in disguise.  I live near my fair share of steep inclines and I have put this theory to the test…..not by choice, necessarily.   Since I have moved near a large amount of hills, I don’t have the option to avoid them if I want to take a run around the “neighborhood”.  So have I seen results?  Absolutely.  I am not a trainer, nor am I a pro athlete, but I have seen my overall pace improve tremendously.  My length strength has improved and my overall stamina on long runs has been awesome. Why and how am I getting these results? There are many great articles on “Hill Training” and I will let you do the research on your own– but, bottom-line, I know adding hills into my daily runs has helped me become a better runner.     Photo courtesy of Read More

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Lebanese Meatball Wraps
Last night, I went over to my friend Devon’s house to cook a nice Sunday night dinner. She had worked with a blogger that wrote a cookbook  “Well Fed 2″ . It is a Paleo cookbook. I personally don’t follow any particular diet, except a well-balanced one, and I was excited to try something new. She threw out some options, Chili, shrimp, buffalo chicken salad, or Lebanese meatball lettuce wraps. The latter intrigued me, as I had never made or had these before. Here was our grocery list:   And one thing missing was a few cloves of garlic. Anyway, already I knew I was going to like this meal, because it was fairly easy. We made a relish with the cucumber, tomato, and half an onion. – just chop it up finely – or use a food processor to chop it up, which is what we did. We made cauliflower rice – we chopped up the cauliflower in a food processor, very finely, so it was almost like rice, and then shopped up the other half of the onion, we heated it on a hot skillet with some olive oil, and the cauliflower rice was good to go. The meatballs, we combined the lamb and beef, and made fairly big meatballs, threw some garlic, coriander, and chopped up pinenuts in there, and we were good to go. We browned them on a hot skillet. And lastly, we made a yummy creamy tahini sauce with finely chopped garlic tossed in. The lettuce was used for the wrap part to put the meatballs in. So, simple! Seriously. The first time always takes longer, but now that I’m writing this out, it seriously wouldn’t take long at all to do again. It was healthy yummy, and we both went back for seconds. ha! The meatballs cooking, along with the onions before throwing in the finely chopped cauliflower. The cauliflower rice, with the relish and the sauce.     And the final product! Delish! Seriously. So easy! Try it next time you are looking to make something a little different, or try something new. Read More

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Easy and Tasty Fajitas
I seriously do not “cook”. I want Tasty Tuesdays to be all about how to eat clean, how to make VERY simple meals, while at the same time feeling satisfied. This weeks “Keep It Simple” meal is FAJITAS! 1 chicken breast 1/4 green bell pepper 1/4 red bell pepper 1/4 yellow onion Half a packet of McCormick’s Fajita mix A 5sec spray of olive oil 3 small whole wheat tortillas Total of 500 Calories This took 5min to prep and 10min to cook. I cut up the chicken breast, and tossed it in the pan after spraying the pan with olive oil. Tossed in the chopped up bell peppers. Tossed in the chopped up onion. Mixed in the fajita seasoning. Only half a packet. Supplies. I cut a 1/4 of each bell pepper off. And then chopped it up into little squares. I cut only a sliver off the onion, and then chopped that up. Final product. YUM! This whole meal was only 500 calories! Totally delicious. Satisfying. Healthy. And most of all SIMPLE.  Would love to see your Project Neon Keep It Simple Fajitas on twitter and instagram. Just hashtag #projectneon Read More

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Crazy for Coconut Oil
After moving to Hawaii in 2005, I was introduced to the many uses and benefits of coconut oil. There are hundreds of ways to use coconut oil and countless benefits. I love the unrefined, fresh pressed virgin coconut oil because it smells amazing. I keep a jar at home, in my workout/surf/paddle bag and I always travel with it because I find my skin dries out as soon as I leave Hawaii and it works so much better than any lotion. Hair Care - I use a small amount of coconut oil in my hair before and after a surf or paddle session. It keeps my hair soft and helps to keep it from getting super tangled  Body lotion/Moisturizer - I have found that even the most natural lotions contain ingredients I can't pronounce or have no idea what the are. Instead of wondering what I'm putting on my body, I'd prefer to stick to something that is 100% all natural. I love the way my skin feels and looks after using coconut oil, it smells delicious and the fatty acids in the oil help lock in moisture, promoting hydration.  Makeup Remover - On the rare occasion that I wear makeup, I use coconut oil to take it off at the end of the day. It's effective and gentle on my skin. It's also reassuring to know that the oil is natural and I'm not putting a bunch of chemicals on my face.  Massage Oil - You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or enjoy on it's own!  Shaving Cream - Instead of buying shaving cream (with who knows what in it) try using coconut oil  There are so many more ways of using and enjoying coconut oil but these are a few of my favorites!  Read More

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