Getting rid of my DOUBLE CHIN.

Hello!

So there once was a girl who moved to LA, and as things go, she got a bit older and put on few lbs. It wasn't crazy and the weight went into places that were okay, but one of them just happened to be in her face.

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She really had chubby cheeks her whole life, but the double, the double was new.

This double appeared in every photo, in every video, anything that she was doing, and it was REAL apparent. 

Yes this girl is me.

A few months ago, I did a video for a brand, where I felt fine, whatever, and when the video was released, my GOD. My face was seriously chubby, and my chin had multiplied. I have always had a pumpkin head, but this was next level.

It was really embarrassing and honestly, I want to never see that video again. I feel bad for the brand actually, I didn't even promote it I was so embarrassed. You know those things you think of and shudder? 

Yes that's it.

So I looked into Kybella. Which is an injectable that dissolves fat, and does so for people under their chin. But I just didn't want to risk that, and it's expensive as fuck since you need to get more than one vial of it most likely. PLUS you puff up before it settles and dissolves. 

So I got an email from NuFace, about their new 'microcurrent' device. Not sure what it was, but when it came I was down to try it.

It's promoted like a workout for your face, to tighten, tone and lift. Which I needed! So it was perfect.

I need to be honest too that, I was not expecting for it to work, and I was not expecting for it to change my LIFE.

Honestly, my face structure is better than it's ever been. I like, understand how celebrities keep their faces tight, their cheekbones high and looking more chic. 

First I need to tell you that I was not paid to write this. I was gifted NuFace but I just really think it works and want to share it with you. I have been talking about it on The Almost 30 Podcast and in our secret FB group. 

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What it is:

"Microcurrent is a clinically tested therapy treatment, and one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry. It is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative anti-aging results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and most clients feel nothing at all.

Micro-current is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain and maintain a healthier, younger looking appearance. The results can be so dramatic that micro-current therapy treatments are often referred to as the "5 Minute Facial-lift."

It's a small, hand held device that you basically work along your face, to tighten. It doesn't feel like anything, and I basically think of it as little shocks that work to 'work out' the face.


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How I use it:

First, I cleanse the skin with a regular cleanser. I love Dermalogica, Kopari and BioClarity.

Next, I apply your choice of NuFACE Gel Primer in a mask-like layer in sections as you treat, beginning with the cheek. Skin should appear wet, and you should feel little to no sensation from the device. 

Then, I turn on the device and toggle the appropriate button until all of the blue lights are illuminated. Intensity can be adjusted. I keep it high just because. 

I run it over the structure of my face. So starting along my jaw line, under my chin, and underneath my cheekbones...I really just follow slowly the structure of my face. Concentrating on the areas that I feel need the most help like my chin and jawline area. 

You can read the official NuFace directions here.


Okay what questions? I have the NuFace Mini - which is perfect and I've been taking it on the go with me when I travel.

I will say that you do need to use it as directed to see a difference. For me that was once a day for 10-15 minutes for about 8 weeks. Now I use it a few times a week and for the amount of effort I put in (very little, I do it watching TV or in my car) it's been a game changer for my confidence level when in photos, videos, etc. 

Okay :) had to share! Let me know what Q's or tricks you have for your double?

xoxo

Krista

Why you need a SELF CARE WEEK

Two weeks ago, I had the best week ever. 

Honestly, I had no plans that week. I looked at my calendar and realized that there was actually no obligation for me to be anywhere, and I wasn't required to do anything. 

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I was elated. So I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity, and I decided to have a reboot week, where I dedicated each day/night or time that I could to self care.

This meant one week of:

  • Prioritizing Sleep: Getting 8+ Hours each night
  • Exfoliating 3x with a body scrub
  • Turning off my phone by 7:30 PM and not touching it until 9 AM
  • Scheduling 2 cryotherapy appointments (I go to CryoZone in Santa Monica)
  • Stretching each night for at least 20 minutes
  • Yoga 3x
  • Drinking as much water as possible
  • Walking 10k steps daily, by taking walks around the block when I can or either 
  • Mediating 2x daily (usually I do once)
  • Journaling in my gratitude journal for 5 minutes each morning
  • Less than 1 hour of social media time
  • 1 acupuncture appointment 
  • Eating SUPER clean (using KleanLA)
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As soon as I was able to get my week structured, I knew that eating clean was the key component. I needed to make sure that my diet was the foundation. Having clean, nutritious meals, where I'm eating tons of nutrient dense foods and making sure I am avoiding excess sugar and fake shit. 

I've written about my love for KleanLA previously when I was preparing for a bachelorette party in Cabo here, but I do KleanLA's 6 day reset when I want to really get myself feeling great. 

They have vegan, low sugar, filling, healthy, nutrient dense foods delivered to my door 3x a week, and it's some of the best food, ever. With KleanLA you're able to eat 4x a day, these amazing mini-meals that keep you full and happy. 

Example Day:

Meal One
Chickpea Scramble Kale & Carrot
Mushroom, Bell Peppers & Red Onion on Spinach
Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Meal Two
Grilled Artichokes & Roasted Bell Salad
Grape Tomato, Dry Blueberries, Jicama & Cucumber on Mix Greens
Chile Lime Quinoa
Toasted Pepitas
Lime Honey Vinaigrette

Meal Three
Coconut Dijon Tarrago Butternut, Peas & Mushrooms
Haricoverts & Carrots
Brown Rice with Parsley
Lemon Wedge & Micro Flowers

Meal Four
Rice & Corn Burgers
Grilled Red Onion, Mexican Squash & Pineapple
Sweet Potato Mash
Micro Cilantro

Knowing that my meals are covered, I don't need to think about it, or stress about it, or even go to the grocery store to have the temptation of getting a treat, was the GAME changer for my week. It helped me to spend more time at home, relaxing, stretching, sleeping and journaling than I would have if I was focused on getting food each day. 

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I cannot tell you how good it felt to really recharge. To reset, and take a step back and just nourish and love my body through movement, walking, nutrition and just s-l-o-w-i-n-g down more than I have in a long time. I felt such a calling to make plans. You have no idea, I almost texted about 3 of my friends to make plans to do something, but resisted so hard and was so proud that I allowed myself to be. To watch some TV (Queer Eye is my favorite) and to relax.

You can try KleanLA by going here to check out their meal plans, and keep an eye on The Almost 30 Podcast IG Wednesday for an exciting giveaway for one week of their Get Going Special (the one I love!) 

For the babes that do not reside in LA, I would suggest that you:

  • Plan your meals ahead
  • Make them nutrient dense
  • Allow yourself more food than you want to, just make sure it's good for you
  • Buy things like sweet potatos, cauliflower rice, quinoa, carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, veggie patties...have them on deck so you always have a healthy option
  • Try having 4 300-400 calorie meals a day (or up it if you need more!) 

These are some of the foundation components of KleanLA that you can apply to your life if you're not here in Sunny CA.

Inspired? Me too! What else would you add to a self care week?

*Thanks KleanLA for partnering with me on this post!

xoxo

Krista

My Grocery List (all items I get sent directly to my door - vegan + healthy)

Hello!

So excited to share this one with you! My grocery list from Thrive Market. I have been using Thrive Market for the past year or so, and have LOVED the whole experience. I love them for a few reasons:

They are all about giving back: Each time you check out you have the ability to donate to a family in need. There is NOTHING easier than that. I always look for ways to give back, and Thrive is that way. 

They work with nonprofit partners like Feeding America to distribute free memberships to the families and individuals they serve. They also allow people to apply for a free membership right on Thrive Market. Additionally, they offer custom educational content to our Thrive Gives members, from shopping lists to recipes to a 22-part video course about how to live healthy on a budget. Learn More

It's delivered straight to your door, in really thoughtful packaging: I order my Apple Cider Vinegar from Thrive, and the first time I was a little nervous about the whole thing because there couldn't be a smellier liquid. Period. So when it arrived I was so grateful that the packaging was super thoughtful, it was wrapped up in a recyclable package, with no possibility of breaking or leaking. The box is brightly colored, beautiful and makes you happy when you see it. It really is, the little things.

I don't need to leave my house to get what I need: 'Nuff said, hehe.

Their prices are 50% off retail prices: Oh yes, and they do the price comparison for you. They are all about making sure that everyone can eat well, and so they cut out the middle man so everyone can eat healthy.

It has brands that I know about or need to know: I have found so many great brands on Thrive, that I would have never known about before! They really vet everyone so that you can be sure the brand is thoughtful and the product is great

It's EFFICIENT: I just use my favorites list and order what I need super quickly. It comes to my door a few days later. 

You can shop by diet (and it's all Non-GMO): I am vegan, and really tend to try to eat as well as possible, so there is the options to shop by diet. Keto, Vegan, Paleo...they have everything you need making it really easy to follow your diet. 

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So I am so excited that they are working with us through The Almost 30 Podcast, and that we have the ability to share a discount code with you, as well as the ability to shop our favorites! Check out my list below, and click the button to get a discount on your first order (which is already a huge savings!)


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For a great resource to learn more, you can also check out the Thrive Market CEO on Rich Roll's Podcast. This was when I first heard about Thrive and immediately fell in love with the concept and his ideals.

Happy to share this with you. Anything I missed on the list? 

Let me know!

xoxo

Krista