Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My Everyday Makeup Routine

I have a lot of women ask me how my makeup stays fresh, even with an active lifestyle in the gym and outdoors! Here are my tips and my favorite products that I use:

Tip 1: Get your eyebrows microbladed. Unless you are Jaclyn Hill and can perfect your eyebrows every single day- invest the $500 and get it done by a medical aesthetician! No more drippy eyebrows. No more waking up like naked mole rat. I went to CAPS in Columbus (in Easton). Let them know I sent ya over if you go see my girl! I also have my top and bottom eyeliner done as well!

Tip 2: A good spray tan will eliminate the need for a ton of product on your face. I swear by Rossa Self Tanning . It's organic and completely safe to use on your face. You can use my code "bowmarfitness" to save 15%

Tip 3: A solid skin care regiment will also eliminate a ton of concealer- the prettier your skin is underneath your makeup, the less you have to wear! Read this blog of mine on my clear skin tips

Tip 4: Invest in high quality makeup (cruelty free, of course). Below, you will find what I use:
Primer
Foundation
Foundation Brush
Mascara
Eyeliner
Concealer (hardly ever use)
Setting Powder (I only wear this on meetings/date night/events)

Tip 5: You don't have to wear makeup every single day- I sure don't! I like to let my face breathe from time to time!

No More BC For Me

After almost 15 years on the pill, I decided it was time to stop being a science experiment and just be ME. The hormones in BC were affecting my mood swings, weight gain, ability to have a normal period, sex life, etc. So- it was time to end the dependency of that little pill that I put in my body every single day for almost half my life. As a warning- you should always do your own research and consult with your doctor. I decided to keep a journal of what happened when I stopped cold turkey, so, here we go

Week 1: Like everyone on the pill, you start your weeks on Sundays and your period usually shows up around day 1 or 2 of the brown pill week (off week). I decided to stop taking my pills the Monday before my period week. Wednesday rolls around and I had the worst cramps every, my mood was terrible, and I got my period (almost a week ahead of schedule). I am sure this is completely unrelated, but my breath has been HORRIBLE as well this week

Week 2: The cramps only lasted about 2 days from my period in week 1! I also have ordered a NFP and it is on it's way! The one I ordered can be found HERE. This week I seem to be getting a ton of headaches but have had some really amazing lifts at the gym! I do notice a few more breakouts than usual but we have had a lot of family things happen in the past few weeks so I am not sure if it is from stress or the lack of BC

Week 3: The worst week of all. I will say though- my skin has cleared up and reverted back to normal, my headaches have went away, and I feel more clear. That being said- I have been bleeding for five days straight. And cramping extremely bad. I am still 2 weeks away from what is supposed to be my period, but at this rate- I might need a blood donor

Week 4: No update for this week. Everything went really well. My skin is still clear, my mood is extremely high, my workouts have been better, I feel like I can finally lose weight again, etc!

Month 2: Periods have started to become more normal, however- the ovulation cramps are intense and very painful

Month 3: I seem to be losing fat quicker and gaining muscle much easier. My boobs have felt more sore about my period but that is about it!

Helpful Articles:
https://drbrighten.com/post-birth-control-syndrome/

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Their job- at the end of the day- is to improve gut health

Who needs them? 
Anyone who experiences the following issues:

  • Digestive issues like bloating, gas or diarrhea. These are the hallmark symptoms of gut dysfunction
  • Sugar cravings
  • Bad breath
  • Food allergies or sensitivities
  • Moodiness, Anxiety and Depression
  • Skin problems like eczema
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disease and suppressed immunity

Why Bowmar Nutrition?
Our product is comprised of 12 different strands of probiotics. Many companies use 1 or 2. Using a dozen strands like we do maintains flora and provides amazing benefits to your body as different strands perform different functions in the body. 

It has also been speculated that the strands used in our probiotics can help repair and restore your body's natural gut biome if you drink 1-2 diet sodas a day or other acid beverages


Why do yours smell?
Many companies use chemicals to remove the odor associated with the probiotics. We have decided to keep ours in their truest form