I have a friend who famously says every weekend that “today is a day for beach, babes, & boats” & most weekends in South Florida, he is RIGHT. He’s even more correct on memorial day weekend!
BUT, for us nutritionally savvy babes & dudes, memorial day can come at a HUGE price to our diets & the rocking bikini body we start off with at 9 a.m. can take a turn for the flab come 5 p.m.
Part of Do(ing) It Like A Woman is being the healthiest, best version of ourselves–so, how do we maintain our standards & memorialize the weekend? Here’s how to do just that.
BRONZE, BABY, BRONZE.
Without a doubt, we are sex goddesses and gods when we are a glowing brown hue…Cellulite is non-existent, we look thinner, & we feel goddamn good. BUT, tell me you entered into a tanning booth to get that glow & I might slap you. For years, I was right there with you–in fact, I might have asked to borrow your peepers or some tanning lotion–but when I finally took my fingers out of my ears and listened to the research linking melanoma and tanning booths (really listened)–I was SCARED & I stopped: cold turkey.
So, how else can we get a fast tan fix? EASY. SELF TANNING LOTION. Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know you don’t want to look like Snooki & you don’t want to clash with your orange bikini…ME NEITHER & neither does anyone who isn’t from the jersey shore cast.
I self tan weekly (I live in Miami, a tan is a pre-requisite) & because I care about your glow & your health I’ll happily share my secrets.
1. EXFOLIATE. I am in love with Sprout Skincare Products! IN L-O-V-E. Their Exfoliant ($28) is all organic, all-natural & all AMAZING. Best part: a little goes a looong way. Exfoliate with this first & I’ll guarantee your body will be a streak free, glowing masterpiece.
2. LOTION UP: I alternate between two lotions: Jane Iredale’s Tantasia ($36) and Origin’s The Great Pretender ($20). They are easy, smooth, & know how to operate. What more could you ask for?
3. RUB IT IN. Applying the lotion has been a topic of debate in many beauty and health magazines (I’ve read them all). My advice: Use a glove. Two great options are the St. Tropez Tanning Mitt ($6) or Ulta’s Sunless Tanning Mitt ($4.99). So, give yourself a rub down & get going!
Now, on to the GRUB…
My friends will tell you, I am not one to sacrifice the party for ANYTHING & for years that included my health. But, with the amount of effort I put into my health and with the new research linking even small amounts of weight loss with a decrease in the return of breast cancer: i’m not willing to sell my soul to the God’s of Fat in return for a slice of memorial day cake–& neither should you be.
BURGERS are synonymous with Memorial Day. And who doesn’t look sexy in a bikini at the grill? Guys, you also know how to work it in those grilling aprons! So, here are 6 bikini-friendly burger recipes that won’t leave you purveying the room for a better option! (via Women’s Health Magazine)
To see more burgers & for recipes, click here.
Whatever your plans are, this weekend, take time to toast your friends with a creative concoction (remember to keep light on the liquor, heavy on the water) and make this memorial day one full of honor. Honor for our troops & honor for yourself!