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5 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER MORE POSITIVE YOU | ALEX AHREN

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER MORE POSITIVE YOU | ALEX AHREN

1. Ice Cream for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do.

Want nicer skin? Ice cream. Desire to lower your blood pressure? Ice cream. How about losing weight? You’re probably catching on by now. Ice cream, or rather “nice cream” is a guilt free ice cream made from raw fruit. Yes, raw fruit. You probably think I’m mistaken, that I’m referring to a smoothie.  Not quite. Nice cream is creamy and decadent and above all else... it’s healthy! No need to count calories. It’s raw fruit. A few frozen bananas, handful of berries & whatever other plant based goodness you can throw on top & voila! The healthiest breakfast you will ever have the pleasure of spooning down.  We have a step-by-step on how to make Nice Cream here:  Nice Cream | 3 Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream

2. One word: move

My father always used to say “the best exercise is the exercise you’ll do.” Wise words. Movement in whatever form has countless benefits: lowered blood, weight loss, increased circulation, better sleep, increased life expectancy, sexier thighs, glutes, legs, arms, and a plethora of other benefits. Not to mention the mental health benefits-improved mood and more clarity. Exercise releases endorphins which is just a way of saying “natural happy pill.” Pick something that you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be the latest fitness craze or a boring treadmill. If you like the water, go for a swim. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance, or perhaps it’s just a peaceful hike in the park. Take the time to figure out what you specifically enjoy so you can keep yourself motivated to continue. In the words of Nike, Just Do It-at least 30 minutes a day. Don’t stress about the results too much in the beginning. Just move and have fun, and the benefits will soon follow.

3. Nourish your skin with oil.

Oil applied topically is your friend. I wouldn’t suggest doing shots of olive oil, but when applied directly, certain oils like coconut, grapeseed, or jojoba can do wonders for moisturizing and giving you a more youthful appearance. If you have oily prone skin, you’re probably thinking this doesn’t apply to you. Not so. Oily skin is generally not caused by applying natural ingredients to it. If it’s extra oily, most likely it’s dietary. I know you don’t want hear it, but eliminate the processed foods, meats, and dairy & replace it with things like that previously mentioned delicious nice cream and I promise, you’ll see and feel a big difference. Water is absolutely essential not only to function properly, but to maintain a healthy glow. It’s important to drink a lot of it, specifically at least 64 oz. a day. Your skin is an organ. It’s a waste eliminating machine. What goes in will come out through your pores. Let’s flood them with H2O!

4. Me Time

Now I’m sure this seems obvious. It’s been in every lifestyle blog since the beginning of lifestyle blogs. But the important question is: do you do it? If you do, that’s wonderful. Continue doing so. If you don’t, continue reading. Most of our lives are in constant overdrive-career, kids, social media, and cell phones. It’s seems impossible to get away sometimes. You’d be surprised at what 30 minutes of “me time” can do for the soul. Whatever it is that gets you excited about life, you’ve got to squeeze it in. You and your family’s sanity depends on it. Enjoy scrapbooking? Do that. Like working on your motorcycle? Not my thing, maybe it’s yours. Always wanted to start a lifestyle blog? 30 minutes a day will get it done. Sometimes it’s just a half hour of self induced coma that’s enough to revive your spirit. Allow yourself to indulge for a short period of time for the sake of self-rejuvenation.

5. Turn that frown upside down

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Now, the “me time” bit will help get this done but if you’re only smiling a few minutes a day, we can do better than that. I smile... a lot, and it comes naturally. I’m not bragging. In fact, I wasn’t always smiling this much, but what changed for me was when I realized that I didn’t have control over as much as I thought. When that clicked and I Iearned to just “let it go,” all of those little things became humorous. Those little moments, and I’m a klutz so they happen often, are now comical to me. If you stand back and really examine what your day is made up of, you’ll probably realize how much of it is made up of the tiny things we can’t control, yet obsess and worry about anyway: the horrible weather prediction and my subsequent flat hair, the unreturned phone call, my main wholesale supplier being out of a must have essential oil, not winning the lottery. You can only do so much and after that, sometimes laughing it off is best. Laughing those moments off have helped to liberate 90% of my spirit. So next time the top scoop of your kid’s ice cream cone topples over onto your newly upholstered dining chair, don’t sweat it. Instead, whip out that cell phone and start recording the chaos for future memories and laughs.


Alex Ahren is a local entrepreneur and maker of natural, handmade, vegan soap and beauty products for men and woman.  To learn more about her philosophy and products click here:  Maker | Alex Ahren | You Bath & Beauty

Copy editing by Morgan Kohler

Photography by Tami Weingartner

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