Vegetable glycerin is a thick clear liquid that is made from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy or coconut oil. Found in many personal care products, vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant and attracts moisture to the product. I first came across vegetable glycerin when I was looking for a way to keep my hair moisturized through the harsh winter weather. At the time I was swimming at least three times a week and frequently outdoors. I also struggled with finding a hat that fit my head and hair, so I out was outside without one. None of these things...Read More
Month: December 2016
Blue light blockers or screen specs as I have dubbed them, are glasses that filter out the harmful blue light. Blue light blocking glasses are a must for people who spend time with computers, phones, tablets and other electronic equipment during the evening. These screens emit a blue light that tricks our brains into thinking that it is daytime and thus inhibit the production of melatonin which makes our bodies prepare for sleep. Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, helps regulate other hormones and maintains our body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a...Read More
Real Good Pizza Co. | Product Review The other day while in my local health and fitness store I came across this personal pizza box by Real Good Pizza Co. If there is one thing you guys should know about me, it is that I love pizza. It is hands down my favorite food. Naturally, I was skeptical right off the bat. I mean, isn’t what makes pizza so darn good is all the bad stuff? We may have been a little too quick to write off many foods as bad for us but you’d be surprised how...Read More
With the holidays upon us it can be kind of hard to turn down every offer of someone’s holiday cookies or homemade pie. People tend to get offended when you aren’t enjoying any holiday desserts. There is only so many excuses one can come up with as to why they aren’t having a piece of cake or didn’t try the gingerbread man cookies. Now, while one cookie or piece if cake isn’t going to kill you or ruin your fitness goals; the offers are especially heavy around the holidays. So, I decided to make my own grain and dairy...Read More
By now I’m sure everyone has heard something about the many uses of coconut oil. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m here to welcome to you the world that is coconut oil. To say that I have a slight infatuation with coconut oil would be the understatement of the year. I use it for everything from mixing it in my coffee for a morning boost to it being a main staple in my beauty regimen (works wonders on waterproof makeup). So, I’ve listed all the ways you can incorporate coconut oil in...Read More
Hey, I’m Melissa!
Welcome to my corner of the internet. I wanted a place where I could share my experiences with everything related to health. When it comes to living a healthy life it’s not a one size fits all formula. So I decided to decided to make a space to share everything that has worked and failed for me because what didn’t work for me might be someone’s saving grace.