How Stay Healthy When Traveling

How Stay Healthy When Traveling

Good morning loves!

In the midst of traveling, we thought we'd put together our best tips to stay healthy when traveling this summer.

  • Bring an empty, reusable water bottle with you in your carry-on. Most airports have drinking fountains and water stations, so if you bring one with you, you won't have to purchase the high-priced airport water ;)
  • Bring snacks! If you have a long-day of travel ahead, its best to keep you system on track by packing snacks it's already used to eating. Fresh fruits are a US-approced TSA carry-on item and granola bars are nice and easy!
  • Pack your carry on with a mini bathroom bag. Of course under 4oz of liquid is required for carry-on items, but things like dental floss, mints, hand lotion, chapstick, a hairbrush, and hand sanitizer can come in super handy if the rest are in your checked baggage. Plus, it gives you a nice way to refresh yourself between connecting flights.
  • Hydrate! Back to step one, make sure to hydrate yourself because flying can be extremely dehydrating to your skin and body. Although it's not ideal to slam down water prior to a flight, after it's over, make sure to up your intake to keep energized and feeling yourself. 

Safe Travels!

XO, Oh My Glow Team

 

June 26, 2016 by Alexa Martens
Summer Beach Survival Guide!

Summer Beach Survival Guide!

Hello loves!

We LOVE the beach! BUT - we know how messy and aggravating it can be to pack up for a day in the sun. So here's some pro tips to help YOU make the best of it! Enjoy!

1. Bring an old fitted sheet to use as a beach mat

Flip it inside out and use your cooler, towels, shoes, (basically whatever you've got) to help keep the sides up. That way, when you step into it, you won't bring the sand in, and best of all: the wind won't blow the sand into your mat!

2. Worries about your belongings while your away? Bring a (clean) diaper!

No really, roll up your valuables into a clean diaper and it'll look like a dirty diaper near your beach bag. Likely no one will venture into THAT to check what's inside. OR for a more practical option, clean out an old lotion bottle and store keys and valuables in there :) 

3. Invest in some good beach chairs

We've found lugging a chair around isn't the brightest idea when searching for the perfect spot to plop down and relax, EXCEPT for when you have a backpack chair! Easy to cary, store, and super practical to help keep you off the hot sand. 

4. Aloe vera ice cubes really help with sunburn

Freeze it to help cool off and relieve the burn! Coconut oil is also great as a post-bur moisturizer :) **We suggest sunscreen, but whether or not you plan, sunburn can still happen, so this is our favorite fix.

5. Bring an extra set of towels for the car

If you're like us, getting sand and water on your car seats is not a very good option. So we stash an extra few towels in the car and use those to sit on during the ride home. PLUS, they make a great way to cover the center console or steering wheel to protect it from the heat

 

Happy Beach Days!

XO, Oh My Glow Team

June 26, 2016 by Alexa Martens
Recipe: Breakfast Popsicles!

Recipe: Breakfast Popsicles!

Happy Summer Oh My Glow loves!

With the beach, pool, boating, and many more fun outdoor activities on our mind, we've found a perfect way to enjoy an on-the-go breakfast that's good for you and will help keep you cool during these hot days :)

The best part? All you'll need is a popsicle mold, yogurt, sliced fruit, and a freezer!

 

  • Start with the yogurt (we used vanilla, but go on and experiment!). Add a layer to the mold as a base. 
  • Next, add in your fruit slices (the closer to the edge of the mold they are, the more they will show through and look nice).
  • Glaze over with another layer of yogurt 
  • Put into the freezer and serve when frozen! Now You have HEALTHY frozen yogurt pops!

 

*Dip into granola or add granola to the mix for an extra yummy (and healthy) way to enjoy!

**Boost the nutrition and taste by adding in 2 tbs Oh My Glow to your mold!

 

XO, Oh My Glow Team

 

 

June 26, 2016 by Alexa Martens
Coconut-Berry Detoxing Smoothie

Coconut-Berry Detoxing Smoothie

Summer's here! What's better than cooling down with an ice-cold smoothie? A good-for-you smoothie, that's what! This one is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and even some protein! And even better - It's super simple and FAST to make, which we all have time for!

 

Here's the recipe:

- 1/2 cup blueberries 

- 1/2 cup strawberries 

- 2 tbs Oh My Glow 

- Chia seeds (to taste -- we added 1 tbs)

- ~1 cup Coconut milk (to taste/texture again, it's up to you!)

- 1 tbs honey for sweetness (again, add to taste)

- ice to taste/texture 

 

*Try substituting the fruits for a tasty new flavor! (Strawberry-banana, Mango-pineapple, Blackberry-mango, etc)

**Boost the protein by adding in a protein powder or a greek yogurt of choice!

 

xoxo, Oh My Glow Team

June 20, 2016 by Alexa Martens
Oh My Glow Summer Reading List

Oh My Glow Summer Reading List

Hey Loves!

Summertime is a GREAT time to slow it down and relax with an amazing book! (Or E-Book, we get it!) Either way, whichever floats your boat, we suggest these great finds to boost productivity, wellness, leadership skills, motivation, and FUN! 

 

1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - Jen Sincero

This one is a great motivational (and funny) pick-me-up, but also inspire-me book :) 

2. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek 

Again, another great feel-good book. But this one also lets you look into yourself a bit to challenge your way's of thinking and looking at the world. We give it two thumbs up for that reason :)

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie 

The title says it all! This is a motivational book on how to make ANY situation work FOR you :) 

4. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

AMAZING, AMAZING read. This one is completely positive and will leave you feeling EXCELLENT chapter after chapter. This also makes a really great gift for anyone going through a tough time

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling

OK -- This one isn't a motivational, leadership how-to, or an inspiring book as the rest are, BUT how could we NOT read this?? Of course it isn't released until the 31st of July, but hey, we're PUMPED! (When you grow up with these characters and story lines, it is a complete MUST-HAVE for any reading list)

6. ANY John C. Maxwell book (We suggest the complete collection for the fullest effect)

Motivational, inspiring, feel-good, and very informative, this collection will be sure to develop you in more ways than you knew possible. 

 

We're curious to know, what's on your summer reading list?

Send us some love using #omgdetox 

XO

June 20, 2016 by Alexa Martens
5 Exercises You You Need to Add to Your Workouts

5 Exercises You You Need to Add to Your Workouts

Happy #MOTIVATIONMONDAY loves!

 

Today we're talking fitness! We all know how important regular physical exercise is to our mind, body, and overall health. We've come up with a list of 5 exercises that we're willing to bet YOU aren't incorporating into your workouts, and you should for optimal results. 

1. Dead Lifts (Back days): While cardio, legs, and biceps are great workouts to keep in your regimen, we suggest adding 1 back day per week. Your back is going to be similar to your core, the better strengthened and conditioned it is, the stronger you will be. Fun fact: Adding in regular back exercises to your workout regimen will actually help to RELIEVE constant back pain by strengthening the muscles that ache. 

2. Bench Press: YES, this IS important ladies and gents! Chest workouts are not just for men! Ladies, if you leave these essential muscles untrained you are actually setting yourself up poorly for the other muscle groups you are training! This could lead to muscle strains, unbalanced/disproportioned muscle tone, and most certainly weaker muscles than if had you trained them. Fun fact: Training your chest muscles will actually HELP you train your other upper body muscles (biceps, triceps, etc).

3. Squats: Here's why they're important: We all want strong glutes! Want that nicely shaped, toned, and shapely back-side? Squats will help you get there! Don't skip out on these because they're difficult, CHALLENGE yourself to complete these at least 1x per week to help achieve your best back-side yet.

4. Push ups: UGH. Dreaded push-ups. But YES they are important, and YES they are valuable. Not only do they help to tone and strengthen your arms and chest, but they also help increase core strength (Hello, six-pack!) Add 3 sets of 10 into your routine at least 1x per week

5. Stretching: OK-so this isn't an official "exercise" move, but it IS incredibly important to your workout routine. After a great workout, stretching your muscle groups out will help promote recovery and flexibility. It is also a great way to warm-up before a workout session. Try adding 5 minutes in at the end of your workout this week and see what a difference you feel.

 

xo, Oh My Glow Team

 

June 20, 2016 by Alexa Martens
5 Tips to Surviving Weekend Workouts (and Actually Doing Them)

5 Tips to Surviving Weekend Workouts (and Actually Doing Them)

It's Friday loves (Finally!) and we all know what that means...THE WEEKEND IS HERE! Time to punch out on that timecard, throw some fun music on, roll the windows down and go anywhere but the office! OR THE GYM. (cue the horror music) ;)

Just kidding! We all know working out is good for us, but let's face it, working out on our precious weekends is just not motivating. We want to sleep in, eat what we want, lay on the couch or lounge by the pool - basically we want to do ANYTHING but think about exercising after how exhausted we are from the week (that's MORE work, duh)

So we've pulled together a few tips to help motivate you to get going this weekend and master that workout!

1. Start your day early (Yes...for real. Trust us, it's worth it). When you start your day off with a great workout, even on a weekend, you basically feel like a super-human version of yourself. Get up at a decent hour, get to the gym early and knock it out. You'll feel productive right off the bat! (Wait too long into the day and you'll inevitably convince yourself to not go). So just do it, get it done, and move along! After a good workout, you pretty much feel invincible, so take that as a great feeling to start your weekend. 

2. Update your playlist! It's super difficult to get motivated for a run, walk, or gym session without the proper mindset. Music is one of those "things" that can put you in just about any mood you desire, so if it's difficult to get yourself motivated, throw on a playlist that really gets you pumped! It'll be much easier to get through your workout :)

3. Get a gym buddy. If you are held accountable by another person (friend, family member, whoever!) you are much more likely to actually get the workout done (and done well). Plus, workouts with a friend are great for changing up the workouts you would normally do by yourself (and if you weight train, now you have someone to spot you!)

4. Get outside! Want to motivate yourself to enjoy working out a bit more? Do something that your mind won't see as a "workout"! Paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, hiking, walking in a park, walking your pet(s), getting involved in a weekend recreation club or league that plays a physical sport like kickball, soccer, football, etc! There are SO many ways to "sneak" your workout in without even noticing you "worked out" (until after when you're super sore and were glad you ended up working out on the weekend) 

5. Try something you've never done! Working out CAN be fun! Whether you try Yoga or Pilates, Crossfit, a new class at the gym, or even a new jogging route, try and spice up your routine on the weekends! After all, you do have more time do devote to it, so you might as well use it to try new things and figure out what you like to do best :) 

 

And lastly,

Fuel your body with GOOD FOR YOU food! Don't kill your weekend workouts with an awful post-workout meal. Make sure to fuel up pre and post-workout to set yourself up for success and the feeling of ultimate satisfaction. You'll be energized and ready to tackle whatever else you want to do with your days off! 

Enjoy!

xo, Oh My Glow Team

June 17, 2016 by Alexa Martens
How to Fight the Mid-Week Slump

How to Fight the Mid-Week Slump

It's that time of the week again, loves!

 

Time to re-group, re-focus, and get excited about what's to come throughout the rest of our week!

BUT... It can be hard to keep up motivation and positivity throughout the week. 

The work week is long, the days seem to NEVER end, the work piles on, there are errands to run, and just when you thought you had the weekend to relax, BAM! You get invited out, (which is really fun, and SHOULD be exciting, but not when you're exhausted). 

 

So today, we've come up with a few suggestions on how to fight the mid-week slump and put some excitement, positivity, and motivation back into your work week!

 

1. Find something to inspire and motivate you throughout the week (something to look forward to!) For example, an event at then end of the week you are excited to attend! If you've written down your goals for the week and already have a great head start, CELEBRATE! That in itself is something to be excited about! 

2. Remember your WHY. (You know that vision board we talked about last week?) Time to have it completed and displayed for daily inspiration and motivation! This is what DRIVES you. These are the things you are working so hard for. Those "why's" in themselves should help push you forward :) 

3. You are the sum of the 5 people you surround yourself with. No, seriously. You are. Got unmotivated, unhappy, pessimistic friends or co-workers? Time to switch up your frequent contacts list and jump cubicles! I know it sounds harsh, but if you want to keep up your positivity and motivation throughout the week, you've got to help yourself by associating with other people with similar mindsets! Think, "you are what you eat..." OF COURSE you'll still love your friends and family, but we promise, spending more quality time with positive and optimistic people will unconsciously boost your mood and outlook on life :) 

4. Get a GOOD workout in! Nothing relieves stress quite like working out! It is scientifically proven to be more effective in treating depression than some medicines! Jumping on the fitness bandwagon will most certainly boost your mood, (health), and mindset :) 

5. Remember to RELAX :) It is SO important to relax and recharge, even mid-week if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and exhausted from the day's work. Take a night off! See a movie, go on an early (or late) date night, go to bed when YOU want to, whatever floats your boat! We are big advocates of listening to your body and gut (it usually steers us right) :) 

 

Have a GREAT week! 

We'd love to hear from you! Use #omgdetox to share how YOU are fighting the mid-week slump :) 

 

 

xo, OMG Detox Team

We're LOVING Coconut Oil! Here's Why:

We're LOVING Coconut Oil! Here's Why:

Hello Beauties!

Today we're talking why we are absolutely LOVING coconut oil! Unless you've been completely living under a rock as of late, chances are, you've heard about the many ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine, and trust us, there are MANY. 

Here are some of our faves!

1. Use as a healthy substitute for butter, margarine, and other cooking oils. This is perhaps the most practical way to incorporate coconut oil into your lifestyle because it is incredibly simple and easy to do. Coconut oil is a GREAT substitute for those with food allergies. Need to cut out dairy? - Use this in place of butter. Need to cut out soy? (Found in margarine spreads and aerosol non-stick sprays) - Use coconut oil! We've found that using it in place of these foods does not sacrifice taste and is much better for us on the inside :) 

2. Use as a topical skin treatment. From lotion to fighting skin infections, coconut oil helps with just about everything skin-related. It is an excellent moisturizer (a little goes a long way!) and is effective in aiding skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and even yeast-based infections. *Add to a mix of honey and cinnamon for an amazing face mask*

3. Use as a deep conditioning treatment on your hair. Add into wet hair, throw on a shower cap, let sit for desired time, rinse out, and woohoo! Moisturized locks! 

4. Use as a moisturizing sugar scrub. Ok- so this one's not ALL coconut oil. But, mix equal parts sugar and coconut oil and use while showering to exfoliate and moisturize all in one! *Add in an essential oil of your favorite scent to boost the awesome-ness of this* 

5. Add it into your diet to help curb your appetite and aid in fat burning. This goes hand-in-hand with the food substitutes we mentioned in #1, but further than that, coconut oil has been known to help burn fat faster since it contains fatty acids that pack a powerful punch on your metabolism. In addition, these fatty acids found in the oil help keep you feeling "full" longer than other foods. 

 

 

So go on and give it a try! With all of the benefits we mentioned, plus MANY more out there, what have you got to lose?

 

Have a fabulous week loves!

xo, Oh My Glow team

 

June 14, 2016 by Alexa Martens
How to Tackle Stress and Boost Productivity

How to Tackle Stress and Boost Productivity

Happy Friday loves!

Glowing from the inside out is our mantra here at OMG Detox, so we've put together a post focused on helping YOU get glowing from the inside out by managing your stress and boosting your productivity!

Let's face it, we live in a hectic world where everyone needs something done NOW. Stress levels are at an all-time high, time seems to magically just disappear, and there are simply NOT enough hours in the day to accomplish what we need to get done. 

Whew. I'm exhausted just typing that!

 

So here are some healthy tips aimed at helping you manage your stress level while boosting your productivity :) 

1. Invest in a really good planner (and use it!)

Nothing hurts productivity quite like not knowing which project to tackle first, so organization is KEY in combatting overwhelming amounts of tasks. You'll want to jot down all of your tasks and organize by importance level and time sensitivity to make the most out of it. We suggest finding one with space to write down thoughts, takeaways, goals, etc.. That way they are easily referenced. We've found the hardest part about starting a planner is sticking to it, so we suggest having a sort of accountability partner to help you stay on track PLUS, finding a planner designed in a user-friendly way for YOU and how YOU work. 

2. Get into a routine (and stick to it!)

Starting off your day with a routine helps to keep you on track to reach your goals. It basically is your secret to a successful day. Here's a few ideas:

  • Don't pick up your phone 1st thing in the morning! Use that time to actually wake up and prepare yourself for the day- even if it's just 5 minutes of stretching or yoga
  • Start and stick to a skin care routine - stress and exhaustion can have bad effects to you skin, so by starting a routine or regimen, you'll be sure to be proactive about nourishing your skin--PLUS, it feels super nice to have a clean, fresh face to start the day :)
  • Add in a nutritious breakfast so you can fuel your body for the rest of the day. We suggest adding 2 tablespoons of Oh My Glow to a super-food smoothie filled with greens and protein to start your day strong and focused.

Once the morning routine is completed, you can move along with your to-do list in your planner :)

3. Take care of your body

Stress from having too much work to do can really take a toll on the body's health (inside and out!) Not only can it leave you with acne blemishes, dullness, and heavy under-eye bags, it can also play a key role in how your immune system functions. Making sure you are putting the right foods and nutrients into your body (even when super busy) helps your body to help YOU fight and tackle stress. 

4. Take some time off! (Really)

We all need time to "step away" from whatever project or work we are putting so much time into. Honestly, your focus cannot remain at 100% all day long on one project. Studies show that the brain (a muscle) actually gets tired from continued stress! Taking a break every 50 minutes or so will help you to re-focus on the task at hand and help ensure your hours spent on your work are the most productive!

 

And for added stress relief: IT'S FRIDAY! Woohoo!

xx Oh My Glow Team