Curvy Fit: The Power Of Cinnamon

IMG_1648My mentor and CurvySwagger wellness contributor Amankeda (www.triplejewel.com) has always urged me to improve my #diet and use natural remedies to heal. I’ll admit it, I’m a challenging student, but I’m getting better and determined to change my ways.

A few months back she told me about her recipe for #Cinnamon #Tea and the excellent health benefits it has. Cinnamon can rev up your #metabolism and curb your craving for sweets. She is a pretty strict #vegan, so her body leaned out even more drinking the tea,which would be expected considering how clean her diet is. I, on the other hand love the fact that my #cravings for #sweets are diminishing, I have more energy even with my long hours and my water intake has increased.

(http://www.livestrong.com/benefits-of-cinnamon/)  According to http://www.LiveStrong.com the additional benefits of Cinnamon include:

Helps Lower Blood Sugar + Reduce bad cholesterol

Helps Boost The Immune System

The Aroma Boosts Brain Activity

Aids in Digestion

There are several versions of cinnamon tea and water online but here are (4) four options I’ve discovered including Amankeda’s. All these recipes use cinnamon sticks and NOT powder:

1. AMANKEDA’S  – CINNAMON TEA

1 Cinnamon Stick per 8 oz of water (I use a gallon pitcher = 16 cups/16 sticks)

*Bring water to a boil, drop the cinnamon stick(s) in for (1) one minute, turn off heat

Steep for 2 minutes

Pour in cup/pitcher

Add water according to taste (I drink the stronger version) Put in Fridge

**Minimum (1) One cup per day to experience the benefits.

2. LIVESTRONG.COM – CUP OF CINNAMON TEA

Crush a cinnamon stick at the bottom of a cup and pour boiling water over it. Steep tea for 10-15 minutes.th-5

Apple #33. ANDIE OF WWW.MAYBEIWILL.COM – CINNAMON + APPLE WATER

Makes one big pitcher ( I used a Gallon Pitcher), re-fill water 3-4 times before replacing apples and cinnamon… I did this every couple days

1 Apple thinly slice (Whatever your favorite is) — I used Fuji ApplesDelicious!!!
1 Cinnamon Stick

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher (save a few to drop in your glass later) and then the cinnamon stick, cover with ice about 1/2 way through then with water. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving.

4. KATHLEEN A., BLOGGER (IN RESPONSE TO ANDIE’S WATER)

*get a refillable water bottle.
-thinly slice 2-3 pieces of circular ginger root pieces.
-thinly and narrowly slice apples in ( I use pink ladies they’re so sweet!)
-drop in half a cinnamon stick
-fill with water and let steep over night and it’s ready!
( also you can refill this plenty of times!! Until the apples are bad)
When the water is a quarter left I fill it back up.
When you take your nasty apples out or when they first start turning darker you can eat them or throw away (they are delicious!) & just replace apples! Leave cinnamon in! )

The water versions will have a more subtle taste while the teas are sweeter. *I added green apples to Amankeda’s tea recipe and I’m hooked. Be careful that you do not boil the apples because this will create a large amount of natural sugar added to the drink.

Let me know how you like it and how it’s benefitting you. Be well.

Fitting Curvy – From The Runway Onto Your Curves

Image via live.huffingtingpost.com
Image via live.huffingtingpost.com

Hopefully the fashion industry will support the curvy lady with the same gusto they do for the standard sized gal. In the meantime I am thrilled whenever I discover information like this this segment featured on Huffington Post Live. Industry fashionistas discuss the importance of shapewear, choosing classic silhouettes and taking risks with fashion trends. .

(CLICK ONTO THE LINK TO WATCH THE FEATURED SEGMENT)

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/fashion-for-curvy-girls/50f6d5c1fe34447bbf0000ee

Our CurvySwagger.com fashion contributor Timothy Snell www.ModernCurves.com always says, “wear your underpinnings”. When we wear an outfit that fits our body well we feel confident and sexy. Tight does NOT equal fit and yet it is so common to see so many women confuse the two.

Kimberly Caldwell, Marketing Director at Linda The Bra Lady

Get fit for a bra every 6-9 months, it can change your look completely and instantly. The #Squeem corset will give your body a smooth hourglass shape http://youtu.be/kqTFgdcP1qc. Don’t forget fit when you’re buying swimwear. #Linda The Bra Lady has swimwear with built-in support that will keep you confident by the pool and at the beach www.lindathebralady.com.

Christina Anderson, Fashion Editor – HuffPost Style

Choose a classic silhouette like the wrap dress and don’t be afraid to us #double stick if you are concerned about spilling out of the dress. Take risks with trends that have otherwise have been “off-limits” to curvy bodies like animal print. Start of small with accessories and work your way up to a skirt or top.

Chastity Garner, Blogger – GarnerStyle.com

Don’t be afraid to wear the trends that you love, like horizontal stripes, we’ve been taught not to do it as curvy ladies but wear what you love.

KamariaGboro, Blogger – LipstickHipsAndHeels.com

The plus-size shop at the mall is not generally going to be your friend, so go online and make sure you know your measurements. There are so many more resources and options for curvy style online.

Curvy Wellness – CicLAvia : The Best Bike Groups In LA

CicLAvia 2012

http://www.ciclavia.org/events/682/iconic-wilshire-boulevard/692/about

I learned awhile back that the best way for me to exercise was doing something I loved and cycling definitely works. A friend just came back from a CicLavia event raving about how much fun she had. It looks like a plan!

Neighborhoods close down streets so that cyclist can enjoy a traffic free ride for miles.

Curvy Swaggerette – Model, Crystal Renn

Image via bing.com
Image via bing.com

Plus-size is not a phrase I agree with by any stretch and yet its how our fashion industry describes any woman over a size 10. When you’re a curvy girl you practically have to be a detective to find gorgeous, chic fashion with your silhouette in mind. Crystal Renn is a very successful model who graced the catwalk with beautiful curves as part of the curvy revolution just beginning to emerge a few years ago.

Here is an episode of ABC news with Robin Roberts featuring Crystal who at the time just released a book about her experience as a model.

Kicking The 40+ Belly – Denise Austin Trainer’s tips

Image via yahoo.com
Image via yahoo.com

“I think it really helps if you focus on losing weight one week at a time,” says Austin. “Aim to eat healthy six days out of the week, and then enjoy what I call a “super splurge” on the seventh day. It helps you enjoy yourself and not feel so deprived, so you’re ready to recommit to healthy eating the following week.”

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/yourbestfitness/denise-austins-top-tips-fighting-belly-fat-after-40

It’s Not Funny If It Hurts – Beauty + Obese

Maria Parkinson
Maria Parkinson

Maria Parkinson is an actress, comedienne and writer whom I’ve known for many years. Here is an excellent post from her blog “Growling At The Sun”.

http://growlingatthesun.com/?p=83

…”Making fun of someone may seem funny, but it’s about making yourself appear superior at the expense of someone else. To my sensibilities, making fun of someone based on their looks isn’t funny; it’s the act of a bully. And bullying in the guise of a joke is the act of a coward.” – Maria Parkinson

Nigella’s New Fit Curves

Nigella Lawsonhttp://www.news.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-bars/the-new-nigella-cooking-goddess-talks-dieting/story-fn93ypt9-1226478083712

One of my favorite curvy divas, Chef Nigella Lawson is looking extremely fit and as always gorgeous ready to launch two different series for the BBC and as co-host of “The Taste” here in the states.

Here is an interview in which she talks about her weightloss as a result of adding exercise and moderation NOT that she’s ashamed of her curves.

As curvy ladies our health and fitness must be our concern first and foremost, because our bodies  make us unique.