BODY | AT-HOME WORKOUT
MY BODY HAS CHANGED A LOT SINCE GIVING BIRTH. I REALIZED I NEEDED TO SWITCH UP MY WORKOUT AND ADJUST TO WHAT MY BODY NEEDS NOW. I’VE NEVER BEEN SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS GOING TO A GYM. I LOVE BEING OUTSIDE MUCH MORE. I LOVE HIKING OR DOING YOGA. THIS TOP AND THESE LEGGINGS ARE MY FAVES RIGHT NOW. BUT AT 35 AND HAVING HAD A CHILD, I'VE REALIZED I NEED TO INCORPORATE MORE CARDIO AND LIGHT WEIGHT LIFTING TO TONE MY BODY IN THE PLACES IMPORTANT TO ME. I FOUND A WAY TO WORK OUT THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY, WITHIN THE TIMEFRAME I HAVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY, AND WHILE TAKING CARE OF MY BABY. I INVESTED IN A FEW SIMPLE WORKOUT SUPPLIES AND HAVE STARTED EXERCISING AT HOME. I USE ELASTIC BANDS, LIGHT WEIGHTS, AND A GOOD WORKOUT MAT. EVEN IF I HAVE 10 MINUTES WHILE THE BABY IS NAPPING, I’LL TRY TO GET IN AS MUCH I CAN, USING THE SPACE IN MY HOUSE AS BEST AS POSSIBLE.
BEAUTY | ALKALINE LEMON WATER
EVERYONE SAYS HOW IMPORTANT DRINKING WATER IS.ONE RITUAL I’VE STARTED POSTPARTUM, IS BEGINNING MY DAY WITH A CUP OF ALKALINE WATER AND LEMON, WHETHER IN A GLASS I CAN ENJOY IN BED BEFORE THE BABY IS UP, OR IN MY WATERDROP BOTTLE WHEN WE'VE ALREADY STARTED OUR DAY. EVEN BEFORE MY COFFEE (VERY HARD FOR ME! ), THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE AND EASY SWAP TO MAKE, TO SUPPORT BODY AND GUT, AND TO START THE DAY RIGHT. GIVING MY SYSTEM THAT GENTLE FLUSH IN THE MORNING IS SO BENEFICIAL, IN SO MANY WAYS. I USUALLY SQUEEZE HALF OF A LEMON INTO EIGHT OUNCES OF COOL, ALKALINE WATER AND I ENJOY BOTH THE TASTE AND THE BENEFITS! JUST ONE CUP IS RICH IN VITAMIN C. LEMON JUICE PROTECTS THE BODY FROM IMMUNE SYSTEM DEFICIENCIES AND MAINTAINS A HEALTHY PH BALANCE IN THE BODY.
BABY | BABY-MAMA SMOOTHIE
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SNACKS TO MAKE, EVER, IS MY BABY-MAMA SMOOTHIE. WITH MY DAYS BEING SO BUSY, I WANTED TO FIND SOMETHING THAT I COULD MAKE FOR MY BABY THAT’S NUTRITIOUS AND TASTY FOR HIM... BUT ALSO ENJOYABLE FOR ME. I LOVE SMOOTHIES, AND THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE. I LIKE TO USE MY NUTRIBULLET BLENDER FOR THIS BECAUSE I CAN MAKE SMALLER, INDIVIDUAL CUPS, AND DON’T HAVE TO WORRY AS MUCH ABOUT EXACT MEASURING IF I’M IN A HURRY. I JUST PACK IN AS MUCH OF WHAT I LOVE THAT WILL FIT. IT’S IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE A HEARTY BASE FOR THE SMOOTHIE SO IT DOESN’T GET TOO WATERY: I LOVE USING AVOCADO, MY FAVORITE JUSTIN’S ALMOND BUTTER, BANANAS---OR SOMETIMES ALL THREE. THRIVE MARKET IS MY FAVORITE FOR PRODUCE AND FOOD BECAUSE IT'S CONVENIENT. YOU JUST ORDER FROM YOUR PHONE. THEY HAVE A GREAT VARIETY OF HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS. I START BY ADDING A HALF A CUP OF ALMOND MILK AND THEN MY HEARTY BASE. IN THIS PARTICULAR SMOOTHIE I’M USING AVOCADO AS MY BASE. I ALSO TRY TO ALWAYS INCLUDE GREENS. SPINACH IS MY FAVORITE. THEN, I FILL THE REST OF THE CUP UP WITH WHATEVER FRESH ORGANIC FRUITS AND BERRIES I CAN FIND AT THE MARKET. AND BLEND UNTIL IT’S AT THE CONSISTENCY THAT I LIKE. I LOVE THAT IT’S READY TO ENJOY FOR BOTH ME AND MY BABY. JUST ONE CUP FOR EVER CONTAINS AN INCREDIBLE SOURCE OF PROTEIN, IRON, OMEGA‘S AND GOOD FATS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BEING SUPER YUMMY! WE USUALLY HAVE OUR SMOOTHIES AFTER HIS NAP, FOR HIS SNACK AT 3PM. HE LOVES DRINKING FROM HIS LITTLE CUP FROM LALO!
Lea Michele is an award winning actress, singer and NY Times Best Selling author. She is best known for her role as Rachel Berry on Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning series, Glee. In 2010, Michele was honored with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Actress – Comedy. In 2012 and 2013, Michele won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy. In 2013, she also won a People’s Choice Award for Best TV Comedic Actress. At just eight years old, Lea Michele made her Broadway debut as Young Cosette in Les Misérables. Since then, Michele has shared the stage with Broadway greats Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime, as well as Alfred Molina in the 20th anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof. She also received raved reviews for her stage performance in the role of “Wendla” for the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, which earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. While appearing on television and stage, Michele’s love for music has been a focal point in her career. Michele has had the honoring of singing for The President and performing at the Superbowl. She has released three albums and has also traveled around the world on multiple concert tours.