So as you may or may not know a few months ago I packed up my bags, saddled up the beetle, grabbed my fun gal pal Lauren and headed West to Los Angeles. Finally.  Some of the most dreadful words I heard my friends from another lifetime say to me were, “You’ve been saying that for years.”  It’s what happens when you get distracted by the bells and whistles of life, you realize that not only are you years older but that your dreams are not some random new thoughts.  As you continue reading the blog you will also come to love the fabulousness of my reality sobering friends.  They are frank.  They are honest.  They are beautiful.  And fit.

This move, has been the most life altering venture of my time.  I earned my stripes with this one. Let me tell you… Gray hairs, wrinkles, cellulite… ohhhhh my.

Yup, there… I said it.  Cellulite. It’s only pockets of fat lodged* under the layer of the skin often found on hips, thighs, arms…butt.  :)

I almost got chewed up and spit out; no amount of consolation from friends with similar stories could soothe or ease the various levels of discomfort.  One day I will share with you the magnificence of all the great things God did for me and how I exited with grace and in favor beyond anything I could wish for myself.

For now, I will tell you all you need to know right now about cellulite.  The good news: it is not an incurable disease.  The pretty good news: it takes some intentional effort to erase it from your life.

Here we go:

1. Put down the muffins and croissants

This is not limited to just muffins and croissants but to all the transfatty starchy white breads, pastas, bagels, donuts, cakes, brownies, cookies and company… they will undoubtedly create inflammation in the body.  They may taste good mid chew but they do more damage than good because they break down the cells and set up camp on your hips, thighs and butt.  They will take away the pretty sheen from the skin making it dry and dull.  Instead replace them with healthier, natural and filling foods like sweet potato, oats, rye bread, brown rice.

2. Add weight training

Ladies… please.  Fear not.  Trust me, you’re not going to look like a man. Lifting weights will start to create {I’ve got to say it…m.u.s.c.l.e.} which in turn will help chew up the fat pockets lodged beneath the surface of your dermis.  Leg curls will help clean up the cellulite on the back of the legs.

3. Drink an ocean’s worth of water daily.  Move the toxins out of the body by drinking a lot of water.  This will clear up the complexion and start to dilute the fat deposits.

4. Omega 3 your life .  Unless you’ve  been living under a rock for the last few years {and you haven’t} you must have heard or read about the massive benefits of using Omega 3s.  If you’re not already taking them then you should look into it under the guidance of your doctor.     When added to your diet, Omega 3 fatty acids help stimulate brain function and protect the heart, and the fights inflammation in the body and even pesky wrinkles.  So here are some sources of Omega 3s…Write these on your grocery list for next week: fresh water fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, sardines. Nuts like sunflower seed, flaxseed.

5.  Circular Rubbing.  Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in the raw form are like magic in a bottle and will practically revolutionize your skin.  Alternate these two, every two weeks and massage them into the skin in a circular motion.  I know you probably feel like it should be more complexed than that but no.  The answer is often quite simple..

6. BONUS.  Follow your dreams

Butt let me tell you…I would do it again… in a heartbeat because following your goals and dreams gives your soul… unexplainable joy.

Hugs on a Monday,

-Dee

*temporarily housed there if you do something about it; begin with these 5 solutions