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Chalene Johnson’s Diet Beta Test

Chalene beta dietHappy Tuesday everyone, I hope you’re having an awesome start to your week. Me? I’m great at least so far. I am restarting a Beta Diet Prep tomorrow and thought I would take you along on my journey with me. I got about halfway through last time and ended up killing it with a weekend in Reno, then a nasty flu that had me down for about a week. If you didn’t figure it out from the Title it’s with Chalene Johnson- the PiYo lady (among many other things), and it’s what she calls a Metabolic prime and or prep before the heavy lifting of a diet starts. It is in Beta form so if you take it later on and there are different things for you to do that what I’m discussing here, that’s the reason why.

So What is it? It is being called a Metabolic Prime more than a Diet just to keep expectations low, it’s 3 weeks plus a transition week, starting with a two-week Ketogenic phase, then a week with a “fasting” option (more on that later) and lastly a week of transition back to a normal eating plan. It does not have a set meal plan, but there are parameters of what they would like you to include, stay away from and around the times they’d like you to eat. From there you make up your own personalized meal plan based on what you know about yourself and what your body tells you, you need.

Here’s a quick (not all encompassing) list of what you should strive to limit, due to their inflammatory qualities (now mind you this is only for a short time, they do not expect you to live like this for the rest of your life)
– Sugar
-Artificial Sweeteners
– Processed foods
-Dairy
– Known Toxins
-Gluten
-Soy
-Peanuts
-Carbonated beverages (sad face)
– fried food
– most all processed lunch meats
– saturated fats
– diet soda
– fast foods
– vegetable oil
-Artificial colors
– Cookies, crackers, cereals (etc)

Foods to eat (again not all encompassing)
Meats (grass fed, organic – as best as you can find)
Sustainable Fish
Eggs
Oils (coconut, avocado, olive)
Seeds and notes
Fats – ghee, organic whole butter, avocados
Fruits/veggies – olives, healthy greens (asparagus, mushrooms, bell peppers, artichokes, etc)
Dairy – (only if you can handle) full-fat yogurt, cream cheese

They want you to limit your snacks, try to keep your food intake to 3 meals a day and give intermittent fasting a try. And that’s it, you have to figure the rest out on your own – now mind you, if you were part of the Beta Test you do have access to videos, podcasts and a number of support people, including registered dietitians so it’s not like you’re left hanging, but the key to this prime is to learn about yourself, your food habits and your emotional triggers to food and eating.

For me personally I started off tweaking a little, with limiting my sugar (I just can’t give up my morning coffee with cream and sugar) and cheese/cream, I need that extra bit of fat in my diet or I can’t function. But I have a plan in place from recipes I pulled off of Pinterest and the web (I’ll make sure to link them all in later posts) I thought I would give PiYo another try since it’s low impact with a good deal of stretching that I hope will help with what some call the “Keto Flu” and I’m getting my grocery list in order today to start prepping for tomorrow.

Here’s my plan for the next few weeks, I hope you follow me on this journey and perhaps join when the beta opens up again.

Week 1 – 4/5 – 4/11 – I’m going to get used to the Keto process – I won’t be tracking calories, or exercise this first week, this is just to get a feel for my bodies rhythms and my moods. I will be tracking my weight each day, what I ate, when and how I feel at different points.

Week 2 – 4/12- 4/18 – I’m going to double down on making sure I get enough water intake this week, I’ll start tracking how many calories I’m consuming and really honing in on how I feel when I feel like eating and what’s really working for me.

Week 3 – 4/19 – 4/25 – Fasting phase – I’m not sure which track I’m going to take yet but as we get closer to week three I’ll let you know.

Week 4 -4/26 – 5/2 – transitioning back to a more normalized diet (because while I truly appreciate a high-fat low card diet and what it can do as far as transformations go, I really like fruit)

Today is Day Zero and I’m heading off to the grocery store to meal prep for the next few days and get my kitchen in order for my husband (He’s following along with me in a very modified format) I’ll make sure to add his information in as well as we progress through the weeks.

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Here’s a quick pic of my meal plan for the week along with a quick weight and mood tracker. I’ll keep a more detailed (and share it with you) spread on my week post.

Until then, XOXO Sarah

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NYX Lid Lingere Palette – Review

I found the NYX Lid Lingerie palette just before Christmas and instantly fell in love with its simplicity and colors. Anyone that’s read my lipstick love posts, knows I’m a sucker for a nude, and this palette fit the bill perfect. But I held off on purchasing until I could get to the NYX retail store and test out the wear of the powders, I’ve been burned by NYX shadow palettes before, drawn in by their colors and packaging, only to be dissapointed with blotchy products and bad wear. So how did this one fair? Read on to find out.

What do you get

This palette is a follow up to NYX’s Lip Lingerie line, it is a set of 6 matte colors, in various nude shades to be worn together or alone for a look anywhere between subtle and full blown nude smoky eye. You get six .04 oz pans of shadow for $10 on the NYX website breaking down to $1.66 a shadow.


Packaging

I love the simple packaging of this kit, it’s simple – no mirror or brush, which quite honestly I don’t feel I need anyway. It’s compact, about 2.5 inches wide and 3.75 inches long. but you get a decent amount of product for it’s size.

How did it look

NYX really nailed it with the look on this product, 6 square pans in an easy to see package, it is visually appealing to someone that likes sleek lines.

How did it smell

There is a little bit of a fragrance to the product but not much I really had to get in there to smell anything.

How does it wear

And now down to the nitty gritty of the product. NYX palates have a tendency to be hit or miss on blotchyness. Sometimes their darker shades just dont hold up. All in all, this Palette really wowed me, the colors have depth, they blend well, and they don’t muddy together. Here’s a pic with primer and without to give you an idea of the coverage.


Wear wise, I felt with primer it lasted all day with very little bleed or oxidation. I took a shot of one of the looks in the morning and the same at night for comparrison.


Any adverse reactions to the product

I have mild talc issues, which this palette contains, but it did not seem to trigger any of my normal reactions. I’ve worn every color multiple times without incident.

Value for price point

You get six .04 oz pans of shadow for $10 on the NYX website breaking down to $1.66 a shadow. To give an example of a similar 6 pan design, the Tartelette Tease palette has six .03 oz pans for $27 dollars breaking down to $4.50 a pan – mind you Tarte is a higher end brand, but I would wager this particular NYX palette could give the Tarlette Tease palette a run for its money.

What I love

I have had a lot of fun testing out this palette, in my opinion, it is very versatile for being a neutral palette with only 6 colors, I think it’s a great palette to wear during the work week. I’ve paired it with brown, black and oxblood eyeliner over the course of the looks and have been pleased with all of them. Below are just a few of the looks I’ve come up with over time for this palette.


What could use some work

The only true gripe I have with the palette are the warmth of the lighter colors, if I had my way, one of them would be a cooler neutral to really make things pop.

Final thoughts

All in all, I really love this palette, it’s a mainstay in my collection, and while I have a few others to choose from, I’ve reached for this palette more often than not to round out my work week makeup look. If you’re looking for an affordable neutral palette, look no further. You will be pleased with your purchase.

What do you think about this palette?

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