Luxuriate in wellness! Live every day like a Goddess of health, beauty, confidence, and abundance. End the cycle of corny affirmations, jank fitness plans, unrealistic goals, unsustainable results, guilt, frustration and feeling like a hot mess. Instead, incorporate fun movement, sensuous nutrition, joy and simplicity into your own juicy wellness plan. Here you’ll discover new ways to manage stress, be gorgeous, boost your body image, get fit on your own terms, and most importantly, savor the good life. I’m LifeBliss Lisa, and this lifestyle blog is about my favorite things:Bellydance • Tantra/Sensual Spirituality • Food • Beauty • Fun
You see, it’s all about perception. If you treat something like it’s the worst thing in the world then it will become so. For me, healthy eating is decadent. How? Let me explain. I’m a Goddess and Goddesses don’t eat nasty ass crap that either looks dingy, doesn’t taste good, or will eventually wreak havoc on our bodies. Check out that link, I promise you won’t believe the horror!
I know that it is ideal to have non-grain plant based foods 60-70% of my diet. I’ll be honest, I don’t always get there but I try to get as close as I can to that goal without beating myself up when I don’t. That said, if I have to eat all those vegetables, then they’d better be damn good. Remember, I don’t eat nasty ass crap. I just don’t. I made that decision years ago. So all that horrifically bland sticks and stones diet food? They don’t exist in my world.
My world and my kitchen is full of colorful, flavorful vegetables I can prepare all kinds of ways. Sometimes I feel like going old school, so I cook up some greens and blackeyed peas with some homemade whole grain corn bread. Other times (mostly) I like to make it international. Whether that means whipping up a totally random vegetable curry, gratin, pizza or stir fry, or adding vegetables to everyday dishes like chili and spaghetti, it’s all good. When my windows are open I know passersby can get a whiff of all that deliciousness because I hook it up just right. I wasn’t born knowing how to do this, it took years and years of trial and error, and experiments imposed on my poor family. But now I can share what I know. [Read more...]
I finally, finally FINALLY learned how to create my own videos. I had to learn how to use the camera, the tripod and the editor. So here we are with a video about smoothies. Enjoy!
You see, the cornerstone of excellent health and beauty is vegetable consumption, point blank. No matter what healthy eating plan you choose, or whatever expert you consult, it’s going to include large amounts of fresh, whole vegetables. There is just no way around it.
Generally, vegetables, especially dark green leafy kinds are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat. By nutrient dense I mean that these have the highest level of nutrients for the amount of calories they cost us. In other words, the foods you can get the most bang for your (calorie) buck! (Not that I count them, but good to know).
So you hate vegetables. ALL vegetables? What the…Well, right now it’s time to put on your big-girl (grown and sexy) panties because that’s just not going to work here in all this nutriliciousness, but don’t worry, I’m here to help. [Read more...]
This thing speaks for itself. OMG, the horror!
Eyebrows frame your peepers. They have to be groomed. Perfect eyebrows are a personal obsession for me, and there is only one salon that I’ll ever allow to touch my beauties, Georgetown Rejuvenation in Arlington VA. (Tell them I sent you) If you’re not in this area it’s important that you don’t just go to any-ole’ body to shape your brows.
- Look at the brows of the beautician. If they’re a hot mess, run away!
- Don’t let the mean lady at the nail salon do your eyebrows.
- I prefer threading over waxing, but if you do wax, pay attention to the hygiene.
- Tell the beautician to follow the natural shape of your brow
- Thin brows age a face. Keep them thick.
- Start with a clean face, wash again afterwards, and apply a soothing anti-bacterial or cortisone cream.
- If your brows are uneven or patchy, you can get a natural-looking tattoo.
- Dying the brows slightly darker than the hair on your hair may be all that is needed to perfect the look.
By now you probably know what I mean by shlump, shlumpy, shlumptitude…if not then listen here: Slouch + frump = shlump, which is not only a posture and (lack of) style, but a state of mind. A shlump is someone who just gave up, and is resolved to living a life that is dull and flaccid and completely lacking (both physical and spirit) energy. Shlumping represents a vicious cycle of sluggishness, unhappiness, and ultimately, poor health. Shlumping doesn’t occur overnight, you don’t just wake up one day shlumpy. The change is so gradual that most people don’t even realize it at all. It usually starts with settling in to a workaday lifestyle. Having less and less time to relax and have fun is most often the initial culprit. Boredom and fatigue lead to eating poor quality convenience foods, weight gain, lack of activity, bad body image, and more boredom and fatigue. [Read more...]
I know this is a little unexpected for a beauty series but we all know that beauty is just health made visible, right? So it makes perfect sense that getting an annual check up would be a major step in a health/beauty regimen, right? But if you’re like me, you avoid the doctor like the plague. I can’t stand all that poking and prodding and meddling. But right now it’s time to grow up. The absolute worst part of the ordeal is when they go and suck the blood out of my arm (or hand if my veins are hiding). I hate to imagine what they would be doing to me if it turned out that I had some chronic problem that went undetected for years and years and graduated to crisis status.
On the brighter side, a physical could reveal any problem that could be keeping excess weight on and get it solved so you can finally slim down. Or an exam could give the all clear for you to start [Read more...]
Since I could understand words, we have been obsessed with having long hair. From expensive potions to DIY wives’ tales, super hair gro grease and everything in between was bought and sold in the name of getting long hair like the Asian lady on Soul Train. But that was back in the 1970s.
Fast forward to now, the obsession still exists but of course there are more ways to feed it: Weaves and wigs. Now I don’t want to get beat up, but I hate them both. It perpetuates a dark and nasty history that I would just prefer to forget. I’m not even going into the cultural implications of the wig and weave craziness because you all know what I’m talking about. Now you can just buy hair as long as you want, but is that really such a great thing? And then the natural hair movement came along (a good thing) but with it came a cryptic classification system for identifying texture and length that I still don’t get (until now, writing this post) and photos of people tugging at the back of their hair to prove how long it is, What in the hell!??:
Really, ladies? This just seems desperate. [Read more...]
Do you have a skin care routine? If so, how is it working? What used to work back in the day (even if back in the day wasn’t that long ago) may not be effective now, to maintain smooth, clear, soft skin. Over the span of several years I’ve had normal skin, dry skin, and super dry, parched skin and I’ve had to adjust my routine every time it changed.
How is your skin? Is it clear and radiant? Or splotchy and muddled? Are you struggling with acne, rosacea, dryness or oiliness? Could the condition be better? It takes TIME for skin to heal and improve so starting now, while it’s cold and we’re mostly indoors is key. Giving yourself a little internal boost with The Best Foods for Clear Skin can’t hurt either.
The last thing you should do is go to the department store cosmetic counter and let the ladies tell you what to put on your skin. Let’s be real here, nobody knows your skin (and how you feel about your skin) better than you do. I can’t even count how many times I got some bad advice about what to use, or was told that I had some problem that I didn’t even know (or care) I had. So start by just rinsing your face very very well in the morning after you wake up with nothing on your face. Wait 20 minutes and pay attention to how it feels. How does it look? What looks great? What bothers you? [Read more...]
It happens every summer. You’re ready to run out for your first dip in the ocean, lake or pool but first you must spend time removing the hair from the wintertime winter areas. Time, irritated skin and pains in the but induce you to seek professional help, only to find out that not only is your professional booked tight until dag-on November but also that these things take time to actually work. Bummer! Another year of shaving and you vow to start much earlier on this mission next year.
Now is the time. Fortunately, now there are laser hair removal machines that actually work on brown skin, so what was once available only to pale-skinned dark haired people is now available to women of color. But copious research is key. Some offices will claim to have these machines but either do not, or do not know how to use them, and so leave brown skinned women hairy and irritated and hundreds of dollars poorer. [Read more...]
Fab Friday: Don’t Ignore Dull, Ashy-Dry Winter Skin until the First Signs of Spring, Start Working on that Buttery-Soft Feel Now
Polar Vortex have you skin looking like a parched wasteland?
During winter, the air outside is dryer than in the warm humid months and our indoor heating systems also suck all of the little moisture there is out of the air and our skin. This is why so many of us feel tight and itchy during cold weather. That alligator dry skin can’t be fixed by drinking lots of water, that’s a myth. The real reason for the dry, dusty-looking mess is the inability of the skin to hold in moisture, because of a compromised barrier, due to sun exposure, inflammation, or just stripping off the oils. The most helpful things I’ve done to reduce the winter dry itchiness and maintain summer-smooth skin are to choose a body wash that is as mild as possible; gently exfoliate regularly, use a substantial moisturizer and sleep with a humidifier in the bedroom. [Read more...]