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10 Summer Skincare Staples For Beautiful, Flawless Skin

Summer Skincare SecretsIs it safe to say that the rain and stormy weather is behind us? We really hope so! In the spirit of wishful thinking, we’re jumping into the summer frame of mind this week by featuring some of our favorite products and tips that will keep your skin healthy during the season of sunburns.

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Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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How to Silence Your Internal Critic and Stop Self-Sabotage

While I write mostly about healthy eating, I have been recently asked to address the challenges that many of us face when it comes to making changes. Especially when it comes to self-sabotage.

This is mainly because we have an internal critic that tells us how to eat, how to talk, and how to feel. This is a completely normal part of us. It becomes a problem when that critic takes over and is running most of our lives. It is so subtle, that we don’t even realize it. I took some time to discuss this issue with Margie Mader, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hypnotherapist and psychotherapist who has been specializing in working with body image issues for over 20 years.

 

Margie, where does the internal food and body critic come from?

It can come from many places. When we are babies, we see ourselves as perfect. We are in awe of our bodies. I remember one of my daughters rubbing her belly in the mirror, at 2-and-a-half years old saying “Mommy, I love my belly.” But, as we get older we begin absorbing all the verbal and nonverbal messages around us.  Women talking about dieting, men eating a certain way, the comments people make about their size­—that is when the internal critic is born.

 

So, what would be some steps to deal with the internal critic?

The first thing you want to do is notice it within you. When I ask my clients to identify the internal critic, they think it’s them. I always say, “The real you would never say mean things to you, judge you, or do anything except love you unconditionally. If you’re not feeling good within, chances are the internal critic is running the show.”

Now that you’ve distinguished it as separate from you, you want to start questioning its point of view. “I look fat,” the internal critic says. The authentic you would actually say, “I don’t feel comfortable in this outfit. I should get a different one I love.” Or “My digestion doesn’t seem to be serving me. I should look at how to eat differently to feel better.” The authentic you doesn’t put you down. That’s how you know this is the internal critic talking, not you. Don’t take what it says at face value. When you question the internal critic, you’re essentially looking for a different point of view within, not taking what it says as the “Only Truth.” Challenge it by saying, “Hmm, is that how I would feel if I was a 2 year old? Is that what I would say to myself?”

The next, and most exciting part of this journey is to begin to talk back to it. “I’m not fat. Stop putting me down.” Allow yourself to get angry, yell at it, journal, punch pillows, cry. These are feelings that are real and are way to release its hold on you. The more you practice talking back, the more you reclaim yourself.

This is not an overnight process, but one that takes practice and patience with yourself. I can assure you, it definitely works. I have helped thousands of clients reclaim their voice, their life and themselves as a result.

 

So, there is hope to actually make that judging part of us go away?

Definitely. it won’t go away completely, but it won’t run your life. When you hear it, you will be able to avoid reacting to it and will be in command of your life. What comes next is you get to create who you want to be. This is where positive affirmations are key to molding the new you. My personal favorite is, “I am a self-expressed, powerful leader who lives an authentic, miraculous life.” There is no way an internal critic will mess with that.

Margie Mader, LMFT, C.Ht., is the owner and clinical director of Growth and Healing Wellness Center, a private practice located in Fort Lauderdale. She also specializes in working with trauma, divorce, life transitions, eating disorders and self-empowerment. Her approach is holistic and experiential.

 

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week: Allison and Portia’s Top Picks

It’s that time of year again: Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week is in full swing at Town Center mall. Although the event started Sept. 16, it continues until the 24.Boca Mag sent us to Nordstrom’s early this week to check things out, and there’s a ton of great products and activities. Plus, you can sign up for skincare and beauty consultations. Here are our top 5 picks for this year:

 

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum, 3 oz., $122

Ladies, put this one at the top of your holiday wish list. Both Portia and I loved this warm floral perfume. The Datura flower is one of the strongest aspects of the fragrance, which gives it a sensual yet sophisticated style. Hints of pear, jasmine sambac, raspberry, white musk and white peony add a soft element. Sa-woon.

 

MAC’s Little $10 Display (items all $10/ea.)

Who doesn’t like high-quality makeup options, especially at reasonable prices? This “bargain tree,” so to speak, was something I liked because it gives consumers the ability to try new products without breaking the bank. Look for a new shade of lipstick to wear out this weekend. Try a new mascara or pick up some cleansing facial wipes. The options are endless and make great stocking stuffers, too.

 

Bodega Venetta Knot Eau de Parfum, 75ml, $160

Someone sprayed this as they walked past us, and I had to know what it was. Not only is the design simply elegant, but so is the fragrance. Clementine, lavender, rose and peony blend to create a floral scent that conjures memories of summers overseas. Wear it when you want to leave a lasting impression, or for a wonderful evening out.

 

Classic Maison Candel in Prosecco Bellini, Voluspa, $29

Portia really has this thing for scents. (Ok, we both do a little.) But she REALLY has a thing for candles—Voluspa candles, actually. Nordstrom has a great selection of them, and when we found the display, it was hard to pass up. Her favorite candle is the Prosecco Bellini: 12 ounces of coconut wax with evidence of peaches, apricots and sparkly Prosecco. It’s perfect for the in the kitchen or the outdoor patio.

 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, 1.7 oz., $27.50

This 24-hour moisturizing cream is great for a variety of skin types and can be applied in the morning or at night. It’s light, has a clean scent and leaves skin soft and smooth after regular application.  Make this a part of your regular skincare routine.

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Tropical Triathlon

This is the 19th year for the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon in Lake Worth. The sprint distance triathlon, which is a quarter-mile swim, 13-mile bike and 5K (3.1-mile) run, starts at 7 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at Lake Worth beach (10 S. Ocean Blvd., at A1A and Lake Ave.).

The cost for an individual entry is $100. For high school students, it’s $60. Relay teams can participate, too. All participants get breakfast after the race.

Nadine Burns, who is the contact for the race, tells bocamag.com that proceeds from the Tropical Triathlon help to buy road bikes for local high school triathlon clubs. Two high schools are on board so far: Lake Worth High School and Santaluces High in Lantana. Each school has a six-to-eight member tri club. Thanks to the not-for-profit Friends of Lake Worth High School organization, each school got six road bikes, which each cost thousands of dollars to buy retail. Burns helped lead the program to give schools incentive to start tri clubs.

U.S.A. Triathlon Association (USAT) has taken notice and plans to attend the Lake Worth event to use the program as a model to encourage high school based tri clubs, Burns says.

“It’s real simple. These bikes are expensive, so in order for the kids to have them the easiest way around that is to get a sponsor. Our organization sponsors it. We raise money and … get them six road bikes. We donate them to the school, to the tri club. That way the bikes are always secure there and available to the students, so they can train and compete,” Burns says.

Schools can reach Burns by calling 561/358-8501 or emailing her attropicaltriathlon@gmail.com to get the tri club ball rolling.

The organization does this, in part, through donations that race participants can make when they’re signing up for the triathlon. Or if you like the idea and want to give but don’t want to participate in the upcoming tri, contact Burns about making a donation.

“Our goal is to have a tri club at every Palm Beach County School …,” Burns says.

To register for the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon, click here. 

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

21 days to fitness

Might a 21-day weight loss challenge be the tune-up you need before indulging in the holidays?

The folks at the Institute of Human Performance (IHP) Fitness in Boca Raton think so.

IHP, at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., is starting its 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge in early October. The full 21-day package costs $360 and includes a month membership at the gym, nine one-hour personal training sessions, three weeks of nutritional guidance, body measurements and fitness programming.

The fittest male and female the end of the 21 days (by weight lost) each wins a free full-year IHP gym membership.

The $360 is a highly reduced rate, considering one-hour individual personal training sessions at IHP are $90.

How can you get in on the weight loss action? Contact IHP at 561/620-9556 or visit www.IHPFitnes.com. The initial orientation for the 21-day challenge is October 6 at 6 p.m. at the gym. Space is limited.

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Digital marketing and communication professional with over 20 years experience and comprehensive understanding of platform development, content marketing, online media buying, and brand management. Successfully launched digital platforms for numerous start-ups to rebranding fortune 100 companies. Leadership style is a native driver with analyzing and collaboration as key components to achieving success. Can work both as a technologist and technician at many levels for marketing and development.
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Save the Jaguar 5K

Animal lovers get ready to lace up Sept. 3 for the Save the Jaguar 5K at the Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach).

The start time is 7:30 a.m. for this 3.1-miler that will take runners through Dreher Park and into Palm Beach Zoo.

The race’s tribute to jaguars is timely. The jaguar population used to flourish in the Southern U.S., but humans forced them out of North America. Now, they’re left to roam only in South and Central America, according to the race website.

To help save the jaguars, the Palm Beach Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society have worked together to support species and habitat research and protection atMadidi-Tambopata Landscape in Bolivia.

A portion of the registration fees of $25 for adults and $20 for runners 17 and younger will help to fund that support, according to the Save the Jaguar 5K website. Note: registration fees go up as you get closer to the event.

Runners and walkers who participate will pass the zoo’s tigers, wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots and the howling primates siamang gibbons on their ways to the finish. The cost of registration also gives participants a free admission that day to the Zoo.

To sign up, click here, and learn more here.

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Digital marketing and communication professional with over 20 years experience and comprehensive understanding of platform development, content marketing, online media buying, and brand management. Successfully launched digital platforms for numerous start-ups to rebranding fortune 100 companies. Leadership style is a native driver with analyzing and collaboration as key components to achieving success. Can work both as a technologist and technician at many levels for marketing and development.
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Boca Teen Wins CrossFit’s “Fittest Teen on Earth”

Boca Raton resident Kaela Stephano, 15, went to compete in the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., last month and came home as the “Fittest Teen on Earth” in her age group.

Stephano, who works out at CrossFit HYPE in Boca Raton, was one of ten teenage girls her age in the world to make it to the Reebok CrossFit games. She competed in Carson, Calif., from July 19 to the 21 this year.

“I competed against the other top 10 girls in the world. We had seven workouts over the course of three days. I took first place in two of the workouts. I excelled in the strength portions of the workouts and many of the gymnastics movements. By winning the last workout, I received enough points to be awarded the fittest 14/15-year-old girl in the world,” Stephano tells bocamag.com.

She has been doing CrossFit for 2.5 years.

“… I started because my mom and my sister were at CrossFit and I wanted to get in shape,” she says.

Stephano says she likes that CrossFit workouts are constantly varied because she doesn’t get bored with the training. Her favorite CrossFit exercise is the ring muscle up. It was the toughest movement for her when she started and, she says, she has to work hard to master the exercise.

The local teen inspiration is a Boca Raton native, who is homeschooled. Stephano is not only fit, but she’s also smart. She tells Bocamag.com that she will be entering her senior year taking all college classes through dual enrollment.

“When I graduate in June, I will be 16,” Stephano says.

Stephano’s fitness journey continues. She was invited to and attended the girls’ weightlifting camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., just last week.

“Also, in June, I became the national champion in weightlifting for the 58 kg weight class. That accomplishment earned me a place on the U.S. team that will travel to Guatemala in September for the Pan Am games. This will be my first international competition,” she says. “In the fall, I plan on continuing to compete in CrossFit competitions. I also am planning on trying to compete at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit games, as well.”

For more information, click here.

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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A first for local heart patients at Bethesda Heart Hospital

Bethesda Heart Hospital, in Boynton Beach, announced July 25 that it was the first hospital in Palm Beach County to use a sutureless valve for aortic valve replacement surgery.

The Perceval valve for aortic valve replacements allows surgeons to replace diseased valves without the use of sutures.

“With more than 60,000 surgical aortic valve replacement procedures every year in the U.S., we are faced with a challenge to better treat patients with a simplified procedure approach with superior patient outcomes,” Dr. Juan Montoya says in a hospital press release. “As a new option for surgical aortic valve replacement, the Perceval sutureless valve helps reduce the complexity of an aortic valve replacement procedure by optimizing the speed and efficiency of the operation.“

Among the benefits for these patients, according to the release, is that compared to valves that have to be sutured in place, sutureless aortic valve replacement reduces the time needed to stop the heart from beating as surgeons position the new valve. Patients, as a result, spend less time under anesthesia and on the cardiac-lung bypass machine. This can lead to faster recoveries and fewer complications.

“I am delighted with the outcome of our 63-year-old patient today,” Dr. Montoya says. “This biological valve makes it possible for her to avoid taking blood thinners for the rest of her life. We expect this new valve will last her 15 to 25 years.”

Dr. Montoya’s father and fellow cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Alvaro Montoya assisted in this first such case in Palm Beach County. The elder Montoya is a Miami-Dade surgeon and has done research on the Perceval device. The father and son team has performed more than 1,500 cardiovascular surgeries together in South Florida since 1999.

For more information, click here.

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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Water Dos and Don’ts

The summer heat is upon us, and it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. While water is essential to our wellbeing, there are some water dos and don’ts that need to be addressed.


QUANTITY

When it comes to figuring out how much water to drink, I suggest listening to your body and looking at your tongue. If you have any cracks in your tongue surface, then your system may need extra hydration. See how it feels to drink about nine to 10 8-oounce glasses a day in the summer and and eight during the cooler months. Also, I suggest you increase your water intake when you exercise.

COLD WATER DON’T

Avoid drinking cold water before, during or after a meal. It can dampen your digestive fire and prevent you from absorbing important nutrients. It can also push the food out from your stomach faster, making you hungry sooner. Did you know that people who drank cold water after breakfast were hungry sooner than those who drank a hot beverage after eating? Best way to drink your water is between meals.

WARM and HOT WATER DO

To help digestion, do drink warm or hot water before and after the meal as it can actually help your digestion. But be careful not drink too much, so you don’t dilute your digestive enzymes and prevent proper absorption. When your body absorbs high-quality nutrients for the least amount of calories, you will crave less food and feel more energetic.

METABOLISM BOOSTING WATER TIP

One of my favorite metabolism boosters is sipping plain hot or warm water during the day. No lemon, no honey, no tea. Begin your day with 20 ounces of hot or warm water, and drink if before your reach for your morning coffee or breakfast. You may feel surprisingly refreshed without needing as much caffeine. Then sip on hot or warm water all day long, and you may find you have more energy and your cravings have gone away. Other possible benefits include clearer skin and brighter skin tone!

BOTTLED WATER DON’T

Bottled water is available in almost any convenient store, vending machine or gas station. Even though it’s a better option to stay hydrated than soda, there can be a lot of chemicals found in plastic water bottles. The biggest issue with plastic bottles is the heat. While being transported from the source to the retail outlet, bottles get heated and plastic can leak out chemicals into the water. That process is often repeated when the water bottles are left in the warm car in the sun. When you choose that water, you also choose the chemicals.

BOTTLED WATER DO

To avoid chemicals from the plastic, I suggest buying glass water bottles. They’re available by brands such as VOSS, Saratoga, Jana and Mountain Valley. My favorite brand is VOSS, as you can easily reuse their small bottles by washing them in the dishwasher and then refilling with the filtered or distilled water at home. Cases of these bottles are available at grocery stores or online. After all, we don’t drink wine from plastic bottles. So, why not show the same respect for water that nourishes our bodies on daily basis?

WATER FOR TRAVELING

When traveling or on-the-go, I recommend water bobbles or Brita bottles–filtered, refillable water bottles that are available online, at Publix and even at Office Depot. These bottles are lightweight, and they can be taken through security at the airport. They come in different colors and make drinking water stylish.

FILTERED WATER DO

Filtered water is a good option to reduce chemicals and trace medicine that is currently found in local water supplies. You can either get a filtered pitcher, under-the-counter filter or an all-home unit, depending on your budget.

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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Local Veteran to Cycle 2,500 Miles in Route 66 Race

When Pompano Beach resident Gavaskar Josephs gets on his bike this October, it will be for anything but an ordinary ride. He’ll pedal 2,500 miles, from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., with a purpose.

Josephs, an Army ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 1999 to 2004, is no stranger to long (extreme) cycling. Last year in June, he rode in the Trans American Bike Race with cyclists from around the world, powering his way from Astoria, Ore. to Yorktown, Va. That’s 4,400 miles in 29 Days. Josephs was one of 24 racers to make it to the finish line.

The upcoming “Race Route 66,” is self-supported. Josephs’ goal is to raise awareness and funds for Continue Mission, an organization founded by Iraq war veteran Sergeant Josh Hansen, which is dedicated to raising mental health awareness and helping physically and emotionally wounded veterans heal.

It’s always fun to ask amazing people, like Josephs, why and how they do what they do. Josephs agreed to give Fit Life readers a glimpse:

Fit Life: What is driving you to do the race in October?

Josephs: The main thing that is driving me to do the “Race Route 66” race in October is that I love these types of challenges. I love the fact that can push myself in these ultra-endurance events. You get a chance to learn a lot about yourself. I love to take on a challenge most people would never dream of doing. To do these types of races, I believe you have to be more mentally strong that physically strong. [I] enjoy challenging my mental toughness and [dragging] my body along for the ride. (Don’t get me wrong, your body has be able to endure the challenge, as well.)

Fit Life: How do you plan to raise awareness along the way for Continue Mission?

Josephs: I plan to raise awareness along the way for Continue Mission … with daily posts on social media. I currently have over 2,200 followers on Facebook, and I am a part of a few cycling groups totaling over 15,000 followers.

Fit Life: Why did you choose this charity?

Josephs: On average, 22 military personnel (veteran or active) commit suicide a day. Since the Afghanistan war started in 2002, more veterans have lost their lives by their own hands than have died in battle. That number alone is staggering. The founder of the organization tries to empower veterans and their families and referred service members in recreational and educational programs that promote health and wellness and positive life-changing experiences. They are dedicated to raising mental health awareness and taking an active role in suicide prevention.

Fit Life: Could you share some inspiration with my readers? What gets you through the tough times in sports?

Josephs: It is hard to say what gets me through the tough times, because when I am going through it, I don’t look at it as being tough. I thoroughly enjoy cycling. I see it as a challenge, but a challenge I have decided to do. Once you have made up your mind to challenge yourself, it is up to you to overcome those challenges. Prepare yourself mentally, and you can overcome any physical challenge. As it pertains to my long bike rides (18 to 20 hours a day), I pleasantly enjoy the solitude of being one with myself, depending only on my abilities. A lot of my friends can’t fathom being on the bike for that long, out in the middle nowhere by themselves, so they never get the chance to experience the pure joy and elation that I feel when I have completed one of my ‘epic’ rides.

To follow Josephs on his journey, you can find him on Instagram at @Garzarides or on Facebook. For more about Continue Mission, visit theirFacebook page or click here.  

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.