Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Product Review: Gaiam Yoga Gloves and Socks

Not only did I try out the Gaiam No Slip Yoga Socks and Super Grippy Yoga Gloves, but I also gave both of these yoga accessories to my sister who is also big into Yoga herself. 

How do they work?
The "innovation" behind these are the sticky grip socks and gloves are that it makes yoga without a mat possible. The socks even have separated toes, like those multi-colored socks your friend got for you in middle school. This feature is supposed to allow more control. The gloves are fingerless. This again, allows control over your poses but also keeps fingers free and cool.

After trying them...

I was really excited when I found them online and thought it would be SO COOL to try. It made logical sense that they would be helpful during my yoga practice, but unfortunately I WAS WRONG!  I was in downward dog and my socks started to pull uncomfortably and in other poses just fall off of my feet altogether!  =(  The gloves weren't that bad, but I finally realized that I would much rather practice with the least amount of accessories necessary! 

It also just feels more natural with just your body and mat! This is a product that I wouldn't really say was useful and it also isn't super aesthetically appealing either.  Oh and SORRY to my sister, Karen-- I owe you a new present!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

It doesn't have to be this expensive to be Fashionably Green.

Sonas San Francisco Eanya Jeans go for $240




The concept is fabulous. Perfectly fine denim, rejected by some big-brand jeans manufacturer and destined for a landfill, simply because it doesn’t meet a minimum yardage requirement.  Patching those jeans into the vision of awesomeness above which is sexy for the environment.

If you are someone who CAN drop the money for this, I guess you can tell yourself it's okay because they also donates 5-10% of its net profits to Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME) and other animal rescue groups and sanctuaries.

However, if you are like me-- you can conserve an old pair of jeans by patching them up yourself OR if you are talented enough to DO THIS. GO FOR IT. Perhaps, even ask a local seamstress (you can call that revitalizing the local economy! I doubt she would charge $200+ like this particular brand.)

-Kristine


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Monday, March 5, 2012

Kale in my oven, not in my Soup!

I know what you are thinking, "Ai, Jesus! O Caldinho Verde!"

-BUT- The Portuguese have it RIGHT.  Kale is a super healthy dark green!  If you don't have your Avo close by or are not craving a hot soup, I have one of the BEST SNACKS EVER if you are taking your health kick srsly.  Another secret to being healthy and watching your weight is cooking at home, so that is why I am imparting this Kale Chips Recipe to my friends, family, and followers!



Kale Chips


It’s SO simple — just tear up a head of kale, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt, chili powder, and pepper. Pop it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 and voilĂ  — you have crispy, crunchy perfection!
 
If you are doubting this receipe, JUST TRY IT and you will UNDERSTAND.  It's hard to not snack on salty chips at night so this should be your go to if you are on Kanye's Workout Plan. 
 
 
 
-AND- Eating healthy is actually trickier than you think, thanks to highly UNregulated food industry.  We are more convinced by marketing than fact. Our country’s agricultural system acutally produces twice what most people require, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. This encourages creative marketing to unload the excess, much of it with minimal nutritional value. Words such as “low fat,” “high fiber,” “multigrain” and “natural” used to excite me, but now they are red flags to look closer.  They convince many that what they’re buying is healthy.
 
Since I am talking about Kale Chips, I will say that I was definately a fan of non-fried chips and crackers.  Labeled as "baked" doesn't mean it isn't full of refined grain or starch with lots of calories and no nutritional benefits. Sadly, POPchips fall into this category. ::faint:: They are marketed like a healthy air popped chip, but are nothing more than refined potato flakes and Pita Chips are also not any healthier.  I wouldn't care about telling you guys to NOT EAT CHIPS, which even though I write this post I will still eat my Pita Chips, but this is just an FYI that research shows that too much refined grains and starches increases the risk for heart disease, cancers, diabetes and weight gain.

Kale Chips, YEAH! God help everyone who has to deal with me and my health lectures hahahah!

-Kristine


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