How to make your own Facial Cleanser

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What isn’t apple cider vinegar good for? For real, this stuff is probably the answer to everything In the world of natural beauty.
Apple cider vinegar makes an incredible facial toner which is what I use for my skin and also I will drink one tablespoon daily as a detox. That is the reason for the Chia seeds in the pics below. You won’t need it for the toner but for a tonic throw 1 tsp of Chia seeds into an 8oz glass of water and 1 tbsp of ACV…shake well and drink once daily for an awesome digestive system, clean skin, and great hair. Apple cider vinegar is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, plus it helps balance the pH of your skin (which is actually supposed to be slightly acidic).

The smell is a bit potent at first, but don’t be dismayed! You won’t walk around smelling like a salad all day. The smell quickly dissipates. You can add different ingredients like brewed green tea or herbs to mask the smell, like lavender oil is one of my favorites. The Cleanser/Toner is super easy to make (which you’ll see below).

Step One-You want the good stuff. Trust me. Don’t skimp on whatever is cheapest at the store. You want raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that is still full of enzymes, minerals, nutrients, and beneficial strains of bacteria (called the ‘mother’). My favorite by far is Braggs.

Step number two – add your ACV to a small glass container mixed with filtered water. Start with a 1:1 ratio (50% ACV, 50% water), but you might find you need to dilute the mixture more based on the sensitivity of your skinStep number three – take a cotton pad or the corner of a washcloth and dip it into the solution. Spread evenly all over your face after washing and Don’t rinse it off, but just let it air dry, then finish with a light layer of coconut oil as moisturizer.

This toner is incredible for balancing your skin tone, getting rid of acne, and giving you that ‘glow’ – naturally! And did I mention how cheap this is?! Believe it or not I use coconut oil in place of my lip balm, eye cream, moisturizer and good healthy fats for cooking. Those are just a few ways ill use it but it has made my hair thick and long, boosted my metabolism and super inexpensive.

To look beautiful doesn’t need to be expensive just takes little work and research on what works for your body. Hope this helps make some home facials…along with saving you a ton of money for beauty products;)

xo

Gia

 

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Why Making the Switch to Water is So Important

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Im sure you have heard this over and over. “Drink more Water!” but do you know why its so important?
Well, Im about to explain to you and give you my secret to how you can switch from soft drinks to water.
Water shuttles nutrients throughout our body and helps rid it of toxins along with flush fat, toxins and promotes healthy skin. There are too many benefits to drinking water that I could go on and on so ill keep it quick. Basically it plays a role in every chemical reaction within our cells.

The liver, for example, is nearly 95% comprised of water. I can’t emphasize how important your liver is to your body. The liver breaks down toxins and removes them from the body. It stores fat soluble vitamins. And most importantly it has a huge role in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. Your liver is responsible for breaking down fatty acids and transporting them to the blood to be metabolized.

What does water have to do with the liver? With the liver being so important for fat oxidation, it is imperative that we are keeping it running at 100% efficiency. When you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys, which are also responsible for removing toxins and waste material, cannot fully function. As a result, your liver has to pick up the slack. If your liver has to work twice as hard to remove toxins, fat metabolism is not going to be able to function 100% efficiently and so your body ends up storing things it shouldn’t in places you definitely don’t want it too and that means you will not have that tight & toned figure your after.

Sometimes being hydrated is the difference between getting those last two reps in. It may not seem like much of a difference, but that better workout could be just what those thighs need to get rid of that dimple…if you know what I mean;)
So make sure you are drinking enough water to support your fat loss goals. Aim for 1 gallon of water a day. If it makes it easier, fill up a 1 gallon jug of water, and make sure it’s gone by the end of the day. This might seem like a lot, but that is only 8 – 16 ounces glasses.

If you drink a glass at each of your five meals, you only will have 3 to go and at least for me, I can get those in at my workout. Hardest part is just getting the habit of drinking it to begin with. You may not be thirsty at first, but as your body starts to let the water go that it’s been holding onto, you’ll notice that you’re thirsty more often.
your body will crave it and you will see appetite will decrease.

This is what I do during food prep day and is my secret to staying tight…I add slices of lemon, limes, & oranges to my gallon of water and store it in the refrigerator. I grab this in the mornings on the way out. It saves money because you won’t be stopping off to buy drinks full of sugar and chemicals and by drinking the water you will burn more fat all day.

Hope this helps you on your way to living a more healthy lifestyle;)

Sunday Prep-Day

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 I don’t care who you are, or how long you’ve been cooking and how much you love it, at the end of the day we all would love to put our feet up and have food delivered to our doorstep or swing through the drive-thru.  You can always take that option, but who wants processed garbage full of artificial ingredients. The secret to getting “THE BODY” can only be done by prepping your meals ahead and keeping portions small and nutritious. You will find that it’s not only rewarding physically but quick on time if you follow these steps.

Sunday night has become my prep night for the week.  If I spend a couple hours Sunday night getting ready for the week, it’s pretty much a given that I will eat clean, healthy meals the rest of the week and with no hassle.  
There are a few things I do to make the rest of the week easier when I’m putting away the groceries.  This takes some time to do, but it’ll save you so much time throughout the week!  If you clean and slice everything when you first get home you don’t have to constantly clean the cutting board, knives, and colander, and the fresh fruits and vegetables are easier to snack since they are ready to eat!

▪ Slice and chop anything that needs to be, and place them all in separate bowls so they are easy to grab
▪ I like to cut celery into about 4″ sticks and place it in some water so it stays crisp
▪ Breaking down garlic will save to lots of time throughout the week. I love garlic in everything and it’s easier to use when the cloves are separated and cleaned.

 Here are some ideas for you to prep ahead and store in refrigerator:

1. Cook your pasta, quinoa, sweet potatoes and rice ahead and place it in a covered container in the refrigerator.
2. Grill chicken and veggies place them in a covered container to use throughout the week.
3. Protein Pancakes are always a staple for me and they take just minutes to make.  I will make a double batch Sunday night to use for breakfast.  Then if any are leftover after a few days, I will freeze them.
4. Oatmeal is great to make a few days ahead.  I usually make enough for 4-5 days .

5. Cook Meats such as; chicken, beef and turkey, scale portions out in containers and refrigerate for the week ahead.

Once these foods are stored in easy-to-grab containers already portion out for you, then all your need to do is grab-and-go. This makes working, training, family and everything else more efficient during the week.

Hope this helps you on your way to living a fit & sexy life!

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Keys To Gain Muscle Mass

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Gaining muscle mass is not as easy as you may think, and it takes patience and devotion to achieve the goals that you have set forth.
I get asked daily what I do to stay in shape so Ive decided to write about it since there isn’t really any secret.

Here are my top 5 that has helped me go from skinny to curvy in as little as a year, and contrary to what most believe, girls and guys don’t train that different so follow these steps and get sexy:)

1. Set a realistic time frame. I have trained a lot and I see this all the time. People want instant results which set you up for failure. Muscle takes time and training is only part of it, so be patient and give your self a realistic time frame. 

2. Eat often and make sure you eat good quality protein, veggies and carbs. Food is not your enemy when it comes to muscle building, and you are going to eat plenty of it. First thing to realize with weight training is that your muscles are tearing the tissue, and food/protein is what helps them repair and recover, which then becomes the process of muscular growth. Supplements help get you there faster so stop by my Bodybuilder/friend Randy McManus on Facebook and also Facebook page,’The Body Shop Inc’. I also recommend Scitec Nutrition as well!

3. Train heavy don’t be afraid to lift. My very first rep I feel it! by the 5-6 one Im needing someone to spot me. I don’t worry about sets & reps as much as I rely on feeling each and every rep. Form too must be right.

4. Change your routine. I never do the same thing twice. Don’t get me wrong I train each body part weekly but I challenge those body parts so they never know what to expect. 

5. This does not mean to completely take out cardio from your routine, but rather to keep it to a minimum when you are trying to gain muscle mass. The simple reason why is because when you run, hormones in your body begin to eat away and break down your muscle tissue. This is known as a catabolic state, which is the complete opposite of what you are trying to accomplish when it comes to muscle gains.

Happy training! 
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Gia Macool’s Tips For Girl’s Who Want To Model

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Lets face it, beginning modeling is tough, but exciting! Fashion modeling for every women is almost every young females dream. Its not only every girls dream but pays well if your a top model and allows you to travel to exciting places. There are other perks in the business like when you become a female model such as sponsorships and meeting some amazing designers, cat walking on various runways in exciting city’s. You may ask yourself this in the beginning…”Do you have what it takes?” Continue reading