Dealing with Low Porosity Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, December 21, 2017
FroBunni | Low-Porosity Hair

Despite having medium/ high-porosity hair, when it comes to porosity, the most common questions I get are for low porosity hair. Low porosity hair, unlike high porosity hair, has tightly sealed cuticles making it difficult for water to even penetrate the hair. It's also prone to build-up since products cannot penetrate the hair shaft. To effectively care for low-porosity hair, check out the tips below.

1. Limit Protein, Silicones, and Heavy Oils and Butters: Because low-porosity hair is prone to build-up, you'll want to avoid all things protein, silicones, and heavy oils and butters. Make sure you read the label before purchasing a product to ensure that its free of these ingredients, or at least has them farther down the ingredient list.

2. Use Warm Water to Wash Hair: Heat helps to open up the hair cuticle making it possible for moisture to enter the hair shaft. When washing the hair, use warm water to help remove build-up that may be on or in the hair shaft.

3. Use a Clarifying Shampoo: This may sound counterproductive when it comes to caring for natural hair, but if you're low porosity, a clarifying shampoo can really prep the hair to be moisturized more effectively. It doesn't need to be used every wash day, but when it becomes difficult to moisturize hair, despite following the other tips, it's time to clarify.

4. Use Light, Water-Based Moisturizers and Oils: Because low-porosity hair is prone to build-up, lighter moisturizers and oils are better for the hair. Use moisturizers like Giovanni's Direct Leave-In, Kinky Curly Knot-Today, Taliah Waajid's Protective Mist Bodifier, and Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries; and oils like grapeseed, avocado, and sweet almond oil.

5. Use a Steamer and Heating Cap Before Moisturizing and Sealing: To effectively moisturize low-porosity hair, you'll need to open up the hair cuticle. You can accomplish this by using a steamer, such as Q-Redew, or spraying hair with water, and warming hair with a heating cap, like Hot Head heating cap, for 20 minutes before moisturizing and sealing.

6. Deep Condition with Heat: If there's one tip that works for both high porosity and low porosity hair, it's deep conditioning hair with heat. But if you're low porosity, just make sure the hair is clean so that the deep conditioner can penetrate the hair shaft.

Do you have low porosity hair? What are some tips that work for you?

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3 Affordable, At-Home Design Services

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, December 19, 2017
FroBunni | 3 Affordable At Home Design Services

If you followed me from the very start of my blog, I have done this three times now. But I’m serious this time! I promise, scouts honor. I’m going to redecorate my apartment, and not just redecorate, but move and be in a whole new place. I decided earlier this month that I want to be back in DC. I currently live in one of the outside suburbs, and while I like it, between work and play, I spent most of my time in the nation’s Capitol. And even though the thought of moving again, and moving away from an area that I truly love, is stressful and a little scary, I know in the long run, it’s the best decision for me.

This past weekend, I looked high and low for a new place to call home, and while I haven’t found something just yet, the thought of redecorating is rather exciting. I have a little more than six months left before I turn the big 3-0, and I feel it’s time to have a big girl space. I also think it’s time that I acknowledge that unless I get a little help, I won’t have my dream space. So I’ve been looking into online design packages, and I’m really digging these options.

Havenly: Take a quiz, pick your designer, decide on your style, and in 2-3 weeks, you’ll have a space perfect for you. The most affordable option out of the three, Havenly gives you a beautiful space for a fraction of cost of a typical interior designer. It’s free to get product recommendation and style advice, but if you want a concept and curated shopping list, it will cost at least $79.
Similar Options Include: Laurel & Wolf Interior Design

Decorilla: With Decorilla, you’ll get multiple proposals from which to choose, 3D renderings of your space to help you visualize the finished product, and discounts on popular stores like Crate and Barrel. Of course, the extra service is going to cost you. While prices vary, you’re looking at $500 to have someone design a small living room.
Similar Options: Stellar Interior DesignDecorist

Home Polish: With Home Polish, you get a designer and an account manager to help you through the process of redecorating your space. Unlike the other options, you’ll need to live in places that have Home Polish designers. While it’s not nationwide, there are over 15 locations, which include New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, and Seattle. You’ll also be given a rate per hour, meaning it could cost you a little bit more. While this may be a turn off to some, Home Polish will give you the most personal experience than the other options.

While I haven’t decided on which service I will use, I am really excited that I have so many different options. Check back soon to see what my new space will look like, which service I choose, and what my new space will look like!

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7 Tips for Running Your First Spartan Race

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, November 21, 2017
FroBunni | 7 Tips for running your first spartan race

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love yoga. I post a lot of my poses and thoughts on the practice, but that's not the only type of physical activity I do. I'm also quite fond of high intensity cardio workouts, such as tabata, and I even go to a boutique gym in DC called Elevate Interval Fitness that specializes in athletic-style interval training.

I've been going to Elevate since January; while the workouts are exhausting, they've made me faster and stronger, and in July, I had an opportunity to test this improved athleticism at a Spartan Race.

Spartan Races are obstacle races that vary in difficulty and distance. This particular race was at National's Stadium, and was only 3 miles, but a large chunk of the running was up and down stairs. When it was first mentioned at Elevate, I was almost sure I wouldn't do it, but the more people talked about it, the more interested I became.

After a lot of pep talks with myself, I decided to sign-up and just go for it. After all, what did I have to lose? And on July 15th at 9am, I stood at the beginning of the race course ready to test my strength and endurance. I ran up stairs, jumped rope, climbed walls, lifted water jugs, and after an hour and 15 minutes, I crossed the finish line sweaty and exhausted, but also proud and accomplished. Not to mention, I had fun! Yeah, running an obstacle course can actually be fun! I even decided that I will run again next year!

If you're trying to get healthy, want to get out of your comfort zone, or even if you're scared of the unknown, like me, I totally recommend running a Spartan Race. But since it's not as straight forward as running a 5K, you may not even know how to start training for it. Well, that's why David Magida, founder and owner of Elevate and a professional Spartan Racer, is here to explain how to prepare for your first Spartan Race.

First and foremost, how did you get into Spartan Races?

I used to be a runner but had not run for a number of years, opting instead to focus exclusively on strength training. I was living in Miami when one of the first Spartan Races came to town. It advertised itself as a unique combination of strength and endurance. I crushed myself to win my heat that day, finishing completely depleted and knew I had found my calling. The next year I registered for a number of events, including the Spartan Ultra Beast, at the time a 31 mile Spartan Race on the ski slopes of Killington, Vermont. By the next year, I was winning the Elite wave of races around the country and was quickly offered a contract by Spartan Race to travel the country, represent their brand and win as many races as possible.

Now, a few years removed from having the time to train and race at the level I was before, I currently host Spartan Live, a 4 hour LIVE broadcast of actual races, including the U.S. Championship Series and World Championships on new media (Facebook, YouTube and directly on the website, Previously I hosted Spartan Race on NBC Sports and I also authored the book, The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training.

There's a lot of different kinds of obstacle course races like Tough Mudder and Rugged Maniac. What makes the Spartan Race stand out from the crowd?

The biggest difference between Spartan Race and the other races is their goal of making it the most physically challenging event you can compete in. They really use the terrain against you, typically maximizing hills, mountains and rough terrain like off trail running, rocky downhills and riverbeds. Additionally, Spartan Race is the only major obstacle race that uses strength and power obstacles such as heavy sandbag and rock bucket carries, tire flips, and pulley hoists. It challenges every single element of your fitness from strength to endurance to flexibility and mobility. Spartan Race was also the first event that introduced a pro racing circuit, bringing the best racers from around the country together to compete for cash and prizes on nationally televised and online broadcast events.

When people want to get healthy, they often will sign up for a 5K, and training for a 5K is basically just running. But Spartan Races are so different compared to a 5K. So how should someone prepare for a Spartan Race?

The most important thing is build your endurance first. It’s still a running race so be prepared to run the distance (and then some). The reality is, the combination of strength and terrain means each mile of the race is equivalent to 1.5 or 2 miles on the road. Work on your muscular endurance, particularly your pull strength by doing plenty of pullups and TRX row work.

Two days prior to the race, I went to a workout, and I remember you saying I shouldn't be here because it was too close to race day. So, along with that mistake, what other common mistakes do first time racers make?

The worst thing you can do is change what you eat. Your body is used to what you traditionally feed it. Changing your food intake on the day of a race can have a disastrous impact on your digestive system. Other mistakes revolve around attire, where people select the wrong type of shoes and apparel for the terrain. Make sure you train in your gear before racing in it to be sure you’re comfortable with it.

What kind of obstacles can first time racers expect and how should they prepare for them to avoid the dreaded 30 burpees per failed obstacle?

The obstacles that give people trouble are typically the ones that involve hanging from something. Monkey bars, traverses and rope climbs for example. Go to your local playgrounds and practice your climbing, hanging and swinging skills and you will avoid most of the major burpee penalties.

Besides getting a good night sleep, what are some things people can do the night before and morning of the race?

Hydrate heavily for a few days leading up to the race, but be sure to increase your sodium intake as well so you don’t flush your system. The morning of the race, be sure to eat at least 2 hours before the race to provide yourself with ample fuel.

Even for reasonably active people like myself, that first race can be pretty hard on the body? What are ways that people can recover?

The best thing you can do the day after a race is go for a light jog. It could be painful because you might be really sore. But it will loosen you up. Do not just do nothing the day after a race. Also, a good ice bath after the race and a hot bath the next morning can be a game changer. And foam roll like crazy.

Awesome! These tips will really help someone get ready for their first Spartan Race. Do you have any more advice for a first time racer?

Go into it with an open mind and know that the race is going to test your physical and mental limits. Have a mantra and repeat it to yourself when you consider quitting. Do your first race with a friend of similar athleticism. You’ll keep each other engages and you’ll focus more on the fun of the event. And just go into it committed to the task at hand. You’ll get more from that experience.

Thanks so much David! I really appreciate this and I know my readers do too. If you live in DC, or you're visiting and just need a good workout, come to Elevate on 14th street. The first class is free and a 1-month unlimited trial is just $99. There's also a location in Fairfax, VA at the Mosaic District, and shortly a 3rd location in the Southwest Waterfront. Visit to book your Free Introductory Class.

Review: Giovanni's new 2chic Frizz Be Gone Collection

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
FroBunni | Giovanni Cosmetics 2chic Frizz Be Gone Collection review

I'm always reluctant to try anti-frizz products. My hair just gets frizzy and that's how it will always be. So, when Giovanni sent me their new line, 2chic Frizz Be Gone, I was a little skeptical. I  wasn't sure if it would work, or conversely, if it would weigh my hair down making it feel greasy and oily. But, I was left pleasantly surprised, and one product really stood out.

I was sent four products: Frizz Be Gone shampoo and conditioner, Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Hair Balm, and the Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum. I'll just come out and say that the balm really didn't work the way I thought. I was expecting it to help keep my hair from frizzing during the day. It didn't. Whether I used it at night to set my hair, or in the morning for a sleek bun. It really didn't seem to help much. It doesn't have PVP, so for me, that's good, but it might be why it just didn't have much hold. It also doesn't really play well with other products...even water. It just flaked up on my hair making it feel tacky and dry.

The shampoo and conditioner worked really well, and I did notice that it made my hair feel smoother and very moisturized. This makes sense; good anti-frizz products contain more moisturizing ingredients that help reduce and prevent damage, which can cause frizz. The Frizz Be Gone collection contains shea butter and almond oil, two ingredients that are great for moisture retention and smoothing the cuticle of the hair. The conditioner is super creamy and has slip, making it easy to detangle. I normally detangle before washing my hair, but for the sake of the review, I detangled during the conditioning process and my denman brush went through my hair like butter with no breakage.

So, let's talk about the star in this line: the Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum. I expected the least out of this product, so I actually tested it weeks after testing the other products. Yeah, that was a mistake. If you've used other Giovanni serums, this one feels similar to the Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Hair & Body Super Potion; it's very light and silky. But despite its light feel, it's really great at helping the hair retain moisture. The first time I used this product, I wet my hair with water, applied the serum, and twisted my hair. I was so busy that week that I didn't have time to take down my hair until wash day, five days later. I expected the worst; breakage and dry, brittle hair, which is what usually happens when I go that long without moisturizing my hair. But when I took my hair down, it was still moisturized, soft, smooth, and absolutely no breakage. The serum helped keep my hair moisturized longer than usual. So, if you have difficulty retaining moisture or your hair is high porosity, get the serum. Seriously, it's amazing and works like promised.


So, would I buy the products from this line? Outside of the balm, most definitely! I'll be restocking the serum when it runs out; that will be a permanent staple in my regimen. I would also buy the shampoo and conditioner again, but I haven't seen this line in stores yet, and with the ultra-Moist more readily available, you probably won't see it return in my regimen any time soon.

Also, it's important to note that this line currently has a total of eight products, and I've only used four. I have plans to purchase and review the Frizz Be Gone Smoothing Hair Mask and Frizz Be Gone Taming Cream. So look for those reviews in future!

Have you tried the new Frizz Be Gone Collection? What are you thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Don't Shave Your Edges in Hopes it Will Regrow Hair

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, October 03, 2017
FroBunnni | Regrowing edges, natural hair

You may have seen the video about the vlogger shaving her edges to regrow them...don't do this. Well, I can't tell you what to do, but let me explain why this won't work.

First, let's discuss why edges can disappear. For black women, the two most common reasons are chemically, like chemical burns from relaxers or perms, or manually, like braids being installed too tight and pulling the hair from the follicle. In both cases, consistent and regular use, especially regular damage, is going to thin out the hair, eventually causing baldness, and in some cases, depending on the duration and severity of damage, it may be permanent.

If you happen to have thin or nonexistent edges because of this, and you want to regrow them, it can take a long time, like months to upwards of a year or more. Why? Because the amount of damage done to the scalp is such that it will take awhile for it to get back to where it was before the damage. And even if visually it looks like it has healed, the layers of skin under the surface may still need time to fully heal.

Okay, so let's discuss this video. I watched it from beginning to end, and the biggest thing that stuck out was that she admitted she wasn't consistent and expected results rather quickly.

First, if you have thin and nonexistent edges, whatever you're doing, you need to be consistent with it. And the most important thing you should be doing is stopping whatever caused your edges to thin. So, if it's braids, relaxers, really tight buns, weaves, etc. Just stop doing them. Your scalp needs time to heal, and if you're just going to keep damaging hair, you're not going to see any progress. Second, while stopping whatever you were doing, you need to start implementing a good hair care regimen. Making sure to moisturize your edges is going to be huge. The hairline tends to be finer and weaker than the rest of the hair, so keeping it moisturized is key.

The second thing she said in the video was that she was expecting results quickly. Remember when I said it can take over a year to regrow your edges...yeah. Depending on the duration and severity of the damage, it may take over a year for your scalp to heal and for your hair to grow again. Be patient, very patient. It's also important to note that if the damage is really bad, you may never grow hair there again, without medical intervention (i.e. hair implants).

In regards to applying castor oil or using onion juice, they're not necessary. They may help speed up the healing process, but if the hair can grow, it will grow eventually.

Also, just really quickly, cutting your hair doesn't make it grow faster. This is a myth. When you compare no hair to, even marginally, more hair, it's going to seem like a lot and it's growing fast. When really, it's a normal amount that would be missed if your hair was longer. This is why I only do length checks, at the soonest, every three months, preferably every six months. 1/4 inch of hair when you're waist length isn't going to be noticeable, but 1/4 inch of hair when you're bald is shocking.

To close, if you want to regrow your edges, you don't need to shave your head. You can if you want; it will give you a fresh start, but it's not necessary. Just, like with everything I say, focus on good hair care.

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Back to School Lunch: 3 Easy, Vegetarian Stuffed Pita Recipes

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
FroBunni | 3 Easy, Back-to-School Vegetarian Lunches
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Sometimes I look back and wonder if I could be a vegetarian while growing up. Obviously, my mom bought all the food, and while she bought healthy food, I still had meat at almost every meal. I envision that she wouldn't have even let me try, assuming vegetarianism to be too expensive. And she definitely wasn't going to make two different meals for dinner. It's fun to look back and wonder, but I'm glad I made the decision at 29, as opposed to 16.

But if your child has made the decision to be a vegetarian, don't fret. Being vegetarian doesn't have to be expensive, in fact, it's quite the opposite. Many people think buying fresh fruits and vegetables aren't worth the price tag, but you can get fresh produce on a budget. Places like Hungry Harvest sell ugly fruits and vegetables, or fruits and vegetables that have aesthetic imperfections, and don't meet the standards of sale for retailers. Because they can't be sold in stores, they're often sold at a reduced price, meaning savings for your wallet.

Whether you use ugly or perfect fruits and vegetables, you and your child can use them to make these three easy, plant-based pita-stuffed lunches that can be eaten at your desk, in the cafeteria, or on the go.

Mediterranean Pita
Easy and simple, this pita sandwich takes a total of 5 minutes to put together, and the ingredients can be found virtually anywhere. It's packed with fiber and can keep you or your child full for hours.
1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup of cucumbers
1/4 cup of bean sprouts
2 tablespoons of hummus
3 tablespoons of feta cheese

Vegan Asian-Inspires Pita
3 tablespoons of peanut sauce
1/4 cup of edamame
1/4 cup of cabbage
1/4 shredded carrots
If you think vegan means boring and flavorless, think again! This vegan pita is flavorful and hits a home run when it comes to healthfulness with its blend of protein, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats. Mix all the ingredients together before stuffing the pita, and have some extra peanut sauce on hand to dip.

Buffalo Bean Pita
3 tablespoons of buffalo sauce
1/4 cup of canned white beans
1/4 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of shredded carrots
3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
Craving buffalo wings? Try buffalo beans instead! Beans are just as filling as chicken, but if you use canned, so much easier to cook (I have a history of poorly cooking chicken). I like to use white beans, but you can use black or pinto.

Disclosure: I've become so passionate about ugly fruits and vegetables and reducing food waste that I've become a Hungry Harvest Ambassador. Hooray, I'm a #hungryharvesthero! Use the code HERO5 to get $5 off your Hungry Harvest order. While I did not receive any compensation for this post, it does contain an affiliate link, and I may receive free or discounted products. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Tabata-Style Workouts

in , , by FroBunni, Monday, September 25, 2017

Don't have a lot of time? Or maybe you don't want to buy gym equipment? Well familiarize yourself with tabata! Tabata-style workouts are a type of high intensity interval training where you do an exercise for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. These workouts are easy to do at home, without equipment, and/or while traveling. Even better, they're very effective and can help with weight loss.

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Do Hair Vitamins Really Work?

in , by FroBunni, Friday, September 08, 2017

Should I take hair vitamins?

Well, yes, you can. Anyone can take hair vitamins. The better question is will they give you longer hair. I often avoid answering this question when asked because it takes a bit of time to explain, and why I don't think they're necessary for long hair. A lot of them are actually just marketing and wishful thinking. But before we begin why I don't support them, let's discuss how the diet affects hair.

Healthy Diet, Healthy Hair

Awhile ago, I talked a little bit about how a good diet can positively influence hair. Hair, skin, and nails are made up of mostly protein. And while optimum protein consumption is necessary for good hair, there are other vitamins and minerals that can support healthy hair development and growth. These vitamins and minerals include vitamin A, vitamin E, panthenol, biotin, and insolitol. You can find these vitamins and minerals in a variety of foods such as eggs, olive oil, whole grains, spinach, carrots, and many more.

But it's not just eating these vitamins and minerals that matters most, but getting enough of them. The body prioritizes nutrients; the most vital organs, such as the heart and brain, are first in line to ensure that the body continues to function properly. Hair and nails are a lot lower on the list since they aren't necessary to live. This means that we need to get an optimum amount of nutrients to ensure the hair and nails get enough nutrients to grow long and strong.

It's important to stop here and note the difference between recommended and optimum. I'm lucky enough to work with registered dietitians, and they talk a lot about this. The recommended amount of nutrients is the difference between deficient and enough to function. But often, we need significantly more than the recommended amount to get enough for the body to function at its best. (This is part of the reason why I'm working hard to get a lot more protein in my diet. I was getting more than the recommended amount, but this wasn't the optimum amount.)

So, in short, getting a variety of healthful foods in the right amounts will be enough to get an optimum amount of a perfect world. Unfortunately, most of us aren't eating perfectly every day. So we use vitamins to make up for our dietary short comings.

So This Means I Should Take a Hair Vitamin?

No, I didn't say that. Hair vitamins are rather insufficient compared to most daily multivitamins. Most contain a lot of biotin, and the reality is most us are getting an optimum amount of biotin because it's found in so many different foods. If you aren't getting enough biotin, you're either not eating enough food, or you're eating too much of the same food. Unfortunately, most hair vitamins give the impression that biotin is the most important vitamin for hair growth. It's not.

So, What Do You Recommend?

I recommend a healthy diet and a good daily multivitamin. Like I said, it's natural to have some shortcomings in your diet. Most people do. But trying to add a variety of food on your plate is a good place to start. Personally, I recommend getting MyFitnessPal, or any other calorie tracker, to track the amount of nutrients you consume daily; at every meal, try to get protein, carbs, and healthy fats; and take a good multivitamin daily (I'm currently taking SmartyPants).

Okay, Thanks...I Still Would Like to Take a Hair Growth Vitamin.

Well, I can't stop you, can I? Lucky for you, I decided to research this. If you want to take a hair vitamin, take one that can also be used as a multivitamin. The best one I saw that compared to an adult women's multivitamin was SugarBear. Like many other hair vitamins, it's expensive, but at least you're getting some vital vitamins and minerals in the process.

So, This Will Give Me Long Hair, Right?

Maybe. There's no guarantee. If your diet is already pretty good, you may not see much of a difference. Also, if your diet is extremely poor, you may not see much of a difference because the nutrients are being used for more vital organs and bodily functions. On the flip side, you may see increased growth and get the hair of your dreams. But, word of warning. If your diet is lacking, and you stop taking these vitamins, your body may not be able to continue supporting the increased growth, and may shed in response to the drop in nutrients. This is part of the reason why I stress a good diet.

Also, it's important to note that hair vitamins can't fix a bad regimen. If your hair care is really poor or even mediocre, the amount of growth you get from the vitamins, may be undone by breakage, damage, and poor hair care practices.

Thanks. This was helpful. Anything else I should know?

Yeah, a couple more things. While this blog post is informative, at the end of the day, I'm not a medical professional or register dietitian. So if you want to make changes to your diet, consult your doctor or a register dietitian. They can help you create a detailed, comprehensive meal plan specifically for you and your needs.

Also, if you have good hair care and diet (be honest with yourself), and you feel your hair growth is slow or you have bald patches, make an appointment with a dermatologist or trichologist who can help identify any underlying medical conditions.

One last thing, you can have too many vitamins. Thinking that "more vitamins means faster growth" is pretty faulty. Due to genetics, your hair can only grow so fast, regardless of what you're putting in your body. Also, you can have too much of a good thing. While the body will just get rid of too much biotin through urine, fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamin A, can actually be harmful if over consumed. So follow the directions and don't take more than listed.

That's it?

Yup, that's it. You're now free to make an informed decision about bringing hair vitamins into your regimen.

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This is What Happens When Spontaneity Hits

in , by FroBunni, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Natural Hair ABC | FroBunni

I started my blog with the intention to document my hair journey, as well as any other journey I may be having. This has included fitness, health, beauty, and recently, being a yoga teacher. And most of my social media channels show this. The only problem is I really, really, really like talking about natural hair. But I also really, really, really don't want to fill my social media pages with natural hair information. I wanted them to be authentic to who I am as a person, and I am more than just natural hair.

So on a whim, and after a brief discussion with my friend and author Princess Jones, I took the plunge and created Natural Hair ABC, where I get to discuss natural hair all the time. So if you're looking for hair advice, regimens, product reviews, and just good ol' inspiration, check it out! It's only on Instagram and Facebook, so you don't have to worry about remembering another URL. And if you don't have Instagram or Facebook, that's okay. You'll see a lot of those infographics here and on Pinterest.

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9 Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Monday, August 21, 2017
FroBunni | 9 Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair Header

Natural hair can be dry. Like really dry. There are a few things you can do to keep your hair moisturized, such as moisturizing and sealing hair daily (meaning apply water or a water based leave-in to hair, followed by an oil or butter). But one thing you should always do is deep condition every time you wash your hair. This will help prevent breakage and retain length allowing hair to grow long and strong. And if you can, deep condition using a heating cap, which helps the product penetrate hair more effectively.

Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner
Giovanni Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask
TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask
Original Moxie Intense Quench Deep Conditioner
OBIA Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
Jane Carter Revive & Repair Hair Masque
My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask
Maui Moisture Heal  & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner 

FroBunni | 9 Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair Infographic

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Fall Hair Challenge: Longer and Fuller Hair

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back in July, I did a length check, and I was tailbone length. It was nice to have reached my original hair length goal, but I'm still wanting a bit more. My hair isn't exactly where I want it to be (within the bounds of my hair type and texture); I feel it should be at full tailbone length and look fuller.

Truth be told, I've been slacking on my regimen, which has caused some of this. I haven't been protective styling as often, and my wash schedule has been all over the place. This has unfortunately caused a lot more breakage and damage. So what better way to resolve these issue than to do a hair challenge!

This hair challenge will focus on reducing breakage and growing thicker hair (read: a more uniform length). By the end of it, I should have greatly reduced my hair breakage, as well as be full bra strap length wearing a typical stretched hairstyle like a roller set or braid out.

  • Full tailbone length
  • Bra strap length or longer in stretched hairstyles
  • Reduce breakage
  • Alternate between washing and cowashing (this will probably be washing every 10 days with cowashing on the 6th day)
  • Pre-poo and tea-aloe vera juice rinse for every wash and cowash
  • Deep condition with heat for every wash
  • Moisturize and seal, at least, every 3rd day
  • Wear protective styles 80% of the time (this will end up being about once a week)
  • Blow dry hair either using Curlformers under a hooded dryer, or if using the tension method, blow dry hair so it's only 90% dry
  • Eat Healthy
Let's Discuss this "Eat Healthy"

The longer I blog about hair, the more I realize how a healthy diet and healthy hair are connected. This doesn't mean you can't have healthier, longer, fuller hair without a healthy diet, just that it can help, and for some women, it's key. Plus, what's the point of having long hair if you're too sick to enjoy it?

Since I've been doing the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) diet, I've noticed how much better I feel when I get enough calories and nutrients, compared to when I don't. And I know if I can consistently do this, it will translate into healthier hair. So with this hair challenge, comes a healthy diet component. While my hair rules can be applicable to many women (they're pretty generic if you think about it), my "eat healthy" can't. A healthy diet isn't going to be the same for everyone, so it's not something I recommend you follow. If you are trying to eat healthier, I recommend talking to your doctor or finding a registered dietitian.

For the sake of this blog post, I am going to include what I will do to attain a healthier diet. Every day, I will aim to get:
It's fairly simple, but still very personalized to fit the shortcomings in my diet. Later in the week, I will discuss the new multi-vitamin, as well as the age old question "Do hair vitamins work?"

Are you thinking about doing a hair challenge? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Steps to Frizz-Free Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Friday, August 11, 2017
FroBunni | 5 tips to frizz free natural hair

Summer humidity is the bane of my existence. I loathe it, but there’s not much I can do about it. Or is there? I’ve been testing ways to reduce frizz, and I have some tips that may help. But before we begin, let’s address why frizz happens.

Frizz is caused by one of two things, weather and damaged hair. Weather related frizz, usually in the form of humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, can affect both healthy and damaged hair. The water vapor gets in contact with hair, and your otherwise defined twist out can turn into a 10-day old wash and go. The best way to deal with this frizz is use barrier forming products, such as serums and gels, which keep water vapor from getting in contact with the hair.

The other form of frizz is caused by damage. Split ends, worn hair cuticles, and dry hair make it hard to obtain a sleek rollerset and defined bantu-knot out. If you have split ends, you’ll need to cut them. If the hair shaft itself is damaged and your hair dry, you’re going to have to invest in some proper hair care. Keep hair relatively clean, deep condition, moisturize and seal daily, and sleep on a satin pillowcase. These are starting points, but I recommend learning how to build a proper hair care regimen to help reduce further damage.

Regardless of if your frizz is caused by the weather or damage, these tips can help. Oh, and one more thing. Some frizz is normal for most naturals. So if you’re trying to obtain a super sleek hairstyle and find that it’s impossible, don't worry. It’s normal.

Keep Hair Clean: Clean hair absorbs moisture better making it resistant to frizz. Use a gentle shampoo to clean hair (and always remember to follow-up with conditioner).
Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo
Made Beautiful PUREifying Cleanser
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Rich & Funky Moisturizing Cleanser

Moisturize with a Creamy Leave-In: Compared to lighter ones, creamier moisturizers and leave-ins keep hair moisturized longer leaving hair shiny and frizz-free.
TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
Soultanicals Marula-Muru Moisture Guru
Bel Nouvo Beauty CoCo Castor Styling Pudding

Use a Serum: Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, can cause frizz. In humid weather, use a serum before going outside, which will form an invisible barrier around the hair protecting it from humidity.Giovanni 2chic Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum
Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum for Normal to Dry Hair
Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa Softening Serum

Gel Down Flyaways: Whether you are prepping your hair for a roller set, twist out, or protective style, gel can help keep hair in place reducing frizz.CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Control Edge Glaze
Kink Curly Curling Custard

Go Satin: Sleep on a satin pillowcase, invest in a satin-lined hat, and put your hair up using a satin scrunchie. Using satin, as opposed to cotton, will reduce frizz and keep hair moisturized.Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap
Natural Born Hats Satin Scrunchie
Accented Glory Satin Turban Headbands

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Reviewing Protein Supplements: Think Thin, Aloha, Svelte

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, August 09, 2017
FroBunni | Reviewing Protein Supplements: Think Thin, Aloha, Svelte

I'm getting better at it, but getting protein has still been difficult for me as a vegetarian, especially after an intense workout. I've begun to rely on protein supplements, like bars and smoothies, on days when my protein intake has been particularly low. Since I've been trying so many different ones, I thought it would be a good idea to make this a series and find out which protein supplement is best.

I'll be ranking each supplement from 1-5, with 1 being terrible and 5 being great. There will be three criteria: protein and nutritional content, taste, and availability.

For this post, I am going to review Think Thin High Protein Bars, Aloha Protein Bars, and Svelte Organic Protein Shakes.

Think Thin High Protein Bars

FroBunni | Think Thin High Protein Bars

Protein and Nutritional Content: With 20 grams per bar, the Think Thin High Protein Bars contain the most amount of protein compared to the other two protein supplements. And while vitamin and mineral content varies among flavors, many contain some calcium and iron.
Taste: Not bad. It was a little chalky but not too noticeable. Sweet, but not overwhelming, and chewy but not gummy.
Availability: I got these at Giant Food Store, and I've seen them in Target and Costco, as well as Amazon. So they're pretty easy to find.
Overall: I would give the Think Thin High Protein bars a solid 3/5. They're good. Not great nor bad, but will do after workouts or if I need a quick snack. They have vegan options, and with so many flavors, there's something for everyone.

Aloha Protein Bars

FroBunni | Aloha Protein Bars

Protein and Nutritional Content: It varies from flavor to flavor, but it's about 14-16 grams of protein. They're also packed with fiber, as well as calcium and iron.
Taste: Oh boy, where do I begin? I've always wanted to try Aloha food and supplements, but these were probably not the best to start with. The chocolate fudge brownie tasted better than the peanut butter chocolate chip, but not by much. There wasn't much flavor, and they were so dense, it hurt to chew.
Availability: They're at Giant Food Stores, as well as many places online, so I don't think it's that hard to find them.
Overall: Aloha Protein Bars get a 2/5. For me, I won't be purchasing again, but being vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, they're a good option for those with dietary restrictions. I will say that I would try other Aloha foods and supplements, just not their protein bars.

Svelte Organic Protein Shakes

FroBunni | Svelte Organic Protein Shakes

Protein and Nutritional Content: What Svelte lacks in protein (11 grams), it makes up in overall nutritional content. Along with fiber, they also contain a substantial amount of vitamin A, B12, D, and E, as well as zinc and riboflavin.
Taste: Svelte surprised me. I expected that, out of the three, it would taste the worst. It actually tasted the best. I had chocolate and cappuccino; both were tasty, but I like the cappuccino better.
Availability: I also got these at Giant, but I haven't seen them anywhere else. They are also online, and I found them pretty easily on Amazon.
Overall: Svelte Organic Protein Shakes get a 4.5/5. They taste great, and with protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, they make for a pretty well-rounded snack or even late-night light meal. The only reason I'm docking half a point is for availability, but that could easily change if I see them at other brick and mortar stores. I have repeatedly bought the Svelte Organic Protein Shakes (and currently have two in my refrigerator). I have only tasted the chocolate and cappuccino, but I plan to get other flavors.

Let me know if you want me to try a specific protein bar, shake, or any other supplement!

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5 Things You Should Know Before Being a Yoga Teacher

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, August 08, 2017
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It's been a year since I took the plunge and signed up for yoga teacher training. I can definitely say that it's one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I was taught at 405 Yoga, and my teachers had a solid and well-rounded curriculum. I got lots of hands-on practice, but even with all the preparation, being in yoga teacher training and being a yoga teacher are two completely different things. My first time teaching, I had a student walk out of my class, frustrated that it was too slow paced, and I was sure that I made a huge mistake. But with each class, I got more confident and settled in my teaching style. But it would've been nice if someone told me these five things before I started.

You'll Be a Ball of Nerves Those First Few Classes
The very first time I taught a class on my own, I was nervous to say the least. I was in my head most of the class, and when one of my students walked out, it only got worse. You're still finding your rhythm and style those first few classes. Continue to practice your sequences, as well as cueing, and trust me, it will only get better.

It's Actually Mentally Strenuous
Teaching is mentally exhausting. I was told this multiple times during yoga teacher training, but I didn't fully know what it's like until I began to teach. Coming up with and remembering creative and meaningful sequences prior to class, cueing correctly, adjusting students, and remembering names (my personal vice) can be a lot. You may also be exhausted after teaching, and that's okay and normal. But that leads me to my next point...

You'll Need to Learn Work-Life Balance
With everything going on in my life, teaching twice a week is enough. Occasionally, I sub an extra class here and there, but my normal schedule is only two classes. Go slow with taking on yoga teaching jobs. Start with one, if you can handle that, add an extra class. Got a handle on that, add another one. You can add as many as you like, but just make sure you're not getting burned out. Otherwise, you'll find it to be a chore and won't enjoy it.

You're Not Done Learning
Another lesson drilled into me during yoga teacher training is you're never done learning. Continue to take classes from other teachers, go to seminars, and network. I've taken this one to heart, and it's only made me a better yoga teacher. From sequence ideas, better cueing, music, meditations, and more, I've literally picked up bits and pieces from other yoga teachers and implemented it into my teaching style. It has help me tremendously as I continue my yoga journey.

You Have to Build-Up Your Own Following
This is one I mentally struggle with quite regularly. Even with the best social media, it can take some time to consistently have classes filled with students. Be patient, be consistent, and it will happen. When you start to see the same faces at your class over and over again, just know you're doing something right.

Are you a yoga teacher? What lessons have you learned after teaching training?

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How to Make a Great Tasting Green Smoothie

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, August 04, 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love smoothies, especially green smoothies. They're a great way to get 3-4 servings of fruit and vegetables in a single cup, and even better, they taste delicious. I always recommend them to people who are trying to get healthy or just trying to eat more fruits and vegetables.

I'm always asked how to make green smoothies taste good. It's actually really easy! I have a few tips that will always give you delicious and nutritious green smoothies.

Most green smoothies contain about 3-4 servings of fruit, and to get it to blend smoothly, you'll need some liquid, about 1/2 cup. I like to use water, but I've also used tea, milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. You can use whatever you want, but the most important thing is you have 1/2 cup of it.

The Ratio
Green smoothies, or any smoothie with a vegetable, will require the 2:1 ratio, meaning two servings of fruit per one vegetable. This will help hide the flavor of the vegetable, while preventing the smoothie from being too sweet. While this ratio won't always apply (vegetables like sorrel and rhubarb have a more tart flavor compared to other vegetables), it's the general rule of thumb for a great tasting green smoothie.

Pick a Green
When most people think of green smoothies, they think kale and spinach, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Collards, turnip greens, swiss chard, and arugula can easily replace the two mainstays. If you're not fond of those, consider herbs, like mint, lemongrass, and basil, which offer a slightly sweeter and tart taste. Quick tip: always blend greens first before adding the fruits. Greens tend to be more fiberous than fruits, so blending them twice helps to create a smooth consistency.

Flavor Pairings
Generally speaking, certain fruits pair better with each other. For a taste of the tropics, add pineapple, mango, papaya, and coconut; while pomes - apples and pears - provide a lightly sweet and crisp taste to smoothies. Winter fruits, such as pomegranates, clementines, and kiwi are citrusy and refreshing. But even though certain fruits go better together, get creative and make your own combinations.

Other Tips
If you need to make your smoothie sweeter, instead of sugar, add some honey or a date (make sure you remove the pit first). If you need it sweeter, but don't want the extra calories, monk fruit and stevia are two natural no-calorie options (just be aware that monk fruit taste better cold). Nuts and seeds can be added for some protein, and for extra vitamins and minerals, add chia seeds, spirulina, or flaxseeds, though this may alter the flavor slightly.

And that's it! See, I told you making green smoothies was easy. And don't forget, these aren't rules, more so what's worked for me. So try different combinations and get creative. Your favorite smoothie may be one that no one has thought of yet!

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DC Life | Where I Go for Lunch

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Most days I bring my lunch to work, but once a week, I let myself splurge and enjoy the many delicious eats that D.C. has to offer. A creature of habit, I often find myself going to the same places, but thankfully, the food is so good, I have no reason to go anywhere else. Here are my five favorite places to do lunch in the District.

Chopt Salad: If given the choice, I could probably live off of Caesar salads. They're my favorite, and even better when I can add shrimp, eggs, or chicken. That's where Chopt comes in. They offer huge bowls of salad with a variety of options, from classics like Caesar and Cobb salad, to seasonal specials like the summer picnic salad.

Protein Bar: Not sure how to win me over? Just ask the Protein Bar. After a not so delicious grain bowl, their response to my twitter complaint was swift and also humorous. I gave them another chance, and I found my smoothie king. Their protein smoothies not only make for a quick and easy lunch, but they're also really good. They have tons of smoothies, but if you need a recommendation, you can't go wrong with the Federal A'Peel.

Brown Bag: I don't get sandwiches often, but when I do, I head to Brown Bag because they do sandwiches best. They offer so many different kinds of creative sandwiches from the Coltrane Chicken to the N.Y. Reuben. And for the times when I don't feel like eating meat, the Parisian and Roma are perfect.

Vapiano: What happens when I'm at work, it's lunch time, and I wish for nothing more than comforting, warm pasta? I go to Vapiano! Vapiano is a delightful experience. You can watch the chefs make your food, then sit down at a rustic table, and pick fresh herbs to add to your pasta. While it's great for lunch, it also makes for a nice place to meet up with friends or a date.

Abunai Poké: If you're just hearing about poké for the first time, you're definitely missing out. Poké, a dish from Hawaii with cubed raw tuna or salmon marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil, is not only delicious, but really healthy. Rice, seaweed, and sauce are added to make for a comforting, but surprisingly, light meal. I always recommend the garlic ahi, and you have to try the Hawaiian coffee.

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Where do I Get Vegetarian Recipe Inspiration?

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When I first thought about becoming (mostly) vegetarian, I was a little unsure of what I would eat. I'm a creature of habit, and I knew eating some fruit, eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt wouldn't provide me with enough nutrients to be healthy. And salads can be fun for only so long. So what did I do? I went to Google of course! And found...well, not much. There's not a lot of vegetarian blogs that I liked. When it comes to food, even though I have my favorites, there's still a lot I don't eat, like avocados, quinoa, chia seed pudding (chia seeds in my smoothies are okay), and various other fruits, vegetables, and grains.

I thought I would eventually go back to eating meat with no variety in my diet, until one day I found myself watching hair videos, specifically The Chic Natural. While I was watching one of her hair videos, I noticed she had videos on vegan recipes. Intrigued, I decided to check them out. While watching the video, I realized her vegan recipes could be adapted for my vegetarian lifestyle. After watching three more of her videos, I realized that I didn't need to find people who were making vegetarian meals, I already follow them. I just needed to adapt their food to fit my preferences.

Along with Pinterest (because you can never get enough ideas from Pinterest) here are some of my favorite people and sites I go to for vegetarian meal inspiration.

The Chic Natural: Even though the chic natural is vegan, it's easy to adapt her recipes to fit mine. In fact, it's pretty seemingly. Where she uses almond milk, I use regular milk. When she uses nutritional yeast, I use cheese. Her recipes are very accessible, aren't complex, and only require, at most, 30 minutes in the kitchen. It's a win-win.

Fit Men Cook: Kevin of Fit Men Cook makes mostly keto based recipes, but what's great about his recipes is, even without the meat, they're still chocked full of protein. His salads are very creative, and even better, inexpensive and easy to make.

Natural Vegan Mama: Natural Vegan Mama reached out to me after I made a Facebook post featuring women with long, natural hair. I checked out her YouTube page, and she makes vegan looks so easy and effortless. From reviews on vegan cheesecake, recipes, and grocery hauls, her channel shows you the day to day life of a vegan. And her cauliflower fried rice is amazing! I made some last week and it definitely tasted like I picked up some Chinese take out.

Simple Green Smoothies: I can thank my love of green smoothies to Simple Green Smoothies. And while their 30-day green smoothie challenge is a thing of the past, they have super delicious recipes on their Instagram page. When it comes to a quick breakfast, snack, or even light dinner, I rely on them to provide me with a healthy, quick, and easy meal.

Who do you follow for food inspiration?

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The Summer Wardrobe: When It's Hot Outside and Cold Inside

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, July 20, 2017
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I have a love-hate relationship with summer. Summer means my birthday, warm nights at beer gardens, yoga at the Georgetown Waterfront, and most importantly ice cream! But for all the good that summer brings me, the heat and humidity can be unbearable...and the AC, while often just what I need after an early morning run, can get really cold in the office. This makes choosing outfits kind of hard. They have to be cool enough to get me to and from work, but also warm enough to keep me cool at work. Luckily, I have some tips that can help for both women and men.

For Women:

FroBunni | What to Wear in the Summer for Women

Ditch the Cardigan: Unless it gets pretty cool, I leave my sweaters alone in the summer. Instead, I use one of my many lightweight button downs. I'll wear a cotton tank top on my commute to work, but if it gets too cold in the office, I'll throw on a button down shirt.

Skip the Sneakers: I walk a lot in DC, so I always keep a pair of sneakers with me. But in the summer, sneakers can get a little bit too warm. Instead, I opt for a cotton oxford shoe or a supportive sandal. They'll keep me cool, and I can wear them at the office and still look professional.

Scarves aren't Just for Winter: When you think of scarves, you think of heavyweight wool for those blustery, winter nights. But there are scarves that I wear in warmer weather. Loose and light, these scarves can be paired with many different outfits and come in a variety of styles.

For Men:

FroBunni | What to Wear in the Summer for Men

Chinos are Your Friends: Chinos are lightweight and perfect for when you can't compromise on the length of your pants. Just make sure you choose lighter colors that will reflect sunlight keeping you much cooler than black or navy blue.

Bring Back the Polo: Polos were really popular when I was growing up, but I haven't seen them as much lately. But they're great for hot summer days and cold offices. Short sleeves, but professional, they can be paired with virtually any color pant.

Stay Fashionable with Embroidered Button Downs: Button down shirts can get pretty boring for men, but embroidery can add a unique and unexpected touch of style. Keep the shirts light weight, to keep you cool outside, and warm inside.

Some More Tips:

  • Read the Employee Handbook: My job is pretty casual, so while these tips may work for me, they may not work for you. Just read the Employee handbook or talk to HR to make sure your summer attire is up to code.
  • Keep a Sweater or Even a Blanket at Work: If your office is really cold, you may need to keep a sweater, or even a blanket, at work. I actually keep a snuggy at my desk because the temperature has actually dropped below 70 degrees.
  • Buy Some Fashionable Bobby Pins: I always keep my hair up in the summer, but I still like my hair to look good. Fashionable bobby pins keep the humidity from destroying my hairstyle, but also give my hair a little touch of bling.
  • Bring a Water Bottle with You Everywhere: Whether you're outside or inside, make sure you're drinking lots of water to keep you hydrated and prevent heat exhaustion. 

While summer can get pretty confusing when it comes to your wardrobe choices, there are ways to make it easier. Hopefully, these tips can help you stay cool, but also warm during the summer.

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Five Ways to Get Free Yoga Classes

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, June 29, 2017
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So you've been doing yoga at home for awhile, and you're finally ready to practice at a studio. You do some research, find one you like, only to get to their pricing page and see $18 per class. Eek! With prices like that, who needs yoga?

This is one of the unfortunate realities of yoga. It's rather expensive. Of course, you can go to a gym and take yoga there, but it's not the same as being in a studio where you can really further your practice. If only you could take classes for free...lucky for you, you can! Here are five ways you can take discounted or free yoga classes.

Community Classes: Many yoga studios offer teacher training, where they train people to become yoga teachers. To give these students teaching experience, they often offer community classes, which are generally free of charge to the public.

Off-Peak Classes: Some studios offer off-peak classes for a discounted price. They're generally in the middle of the day around lunch time when there is less attendance.

Work Study: A lot of yoga studios will offer people positions to manage the front desk or clean the studio in exchange for free classes. If you're able to commit to a couple hours a week, this option may be perfect for you.

Check Out Yoga Apparel Stores: Stores, like Athleta and Lululemon, often offer free fitness classes to the public in the evening and on weekends. Because they rotate teachers, it gives you a chance to find a teacher you like before fully committing to a specific studio.

Just Ask: It sounds so simple, but you would be surprised at what asking can get you. Some yoga studios offer special pricing for those in need, but they don't openly advertise for it. While others have sliding scale pricing for different incomes. And then there are some that just want you to take yoga. You never know what asking can get you.

If you're interested in community or off-peak classes, just check a studio's class schedule. Athleta and Lululemon have their event schedule on their website (it's generally on the local studio website, just go to "find a store"), and inquire about work study and other pricing options in-person, which often works better than emailing. Now, go forth and practice yoga without breaking the bank.

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Getting More Protein in a Vegetarian Diet

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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I've been doing the IIFYM (if it fits your macros diet) for over a month now, and wow! It's been really hard getting protein in my diet. I'm supposed to be getting 93 grams a day, but I consistently average a little more than 60 grams. It has been frustrating to say the least.

Two weeks ago, I tried to eat meat again, but, no surprise, I ended up wasting it. So, that was a bust. Last week, I bought some protein bars to see if they could help (I'll be writing a review on them), and while they definitely have helped bridge the 30 grams gap, I only eat them on days when I go to Elevate. It's definitely been a struggle, but slowly but surely, I'm getting a little better at it.

Here are some tips that have helped:

Eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese are my friends: Since I'm vegetarian and not vegan, I can still consume animal byproducts like dairy, which has a lot of protein. I just make sure to keep the saturated fat intake low by buying low-fat or no-fat options. I will generally have some dairy twice a day, such as eggs for breakfast and yogurt for a snack.
Whole grains have more protein than refined grains: Whole grain pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal are my go-to when it comes to grain-based carbs. Compared to refined grains, they have more protein, and when you're vegetarian, that can make a big difference.
Stock up on protein bars and powder: You'll see a follow-up post and some reviews sometime in July, but I've been testing protein bars, drinks, and powder. Because of my dietary restrictions and preferences, I find that it's hard to get those last few grams of protein, even if I eat perfectly. And on days when I lift or go to Elevate, these are a necessary post-workout snack.
Nut butters and beans provide protein and healthy fats: Whether it's adding some peanut butter to a smoothie or having hummus with red peppers for a snack, nut butters (I can't have whole or chopped nuts because I have Crohn's disease), add not just 5-6 grams of protein, but also healthy unsaturated fats.
Meatless "meat" can be a lifesaver: Veggies patties, chik'n, and meatless crumbles are great to add to any dinner for an extra few grams of protein at the end of the day. For a super quick dinner that can be made in less than 10 minutes, I will have some chik'n with tomato soup or a veggie pattie with some roasted vegetables.

It's definitely been a wake up call seeing how pathetic my protein intake has been all these years, but I'm hoping this really makes the difference in my diet, and I will feel more awake and stronger (because for real, I may be doing a Spartan Race in July, and if I do, my protein intake needs to really be perfect).

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