Dillion Harper on Oct. 23 @ 5pm PST
286 posts and growing daily!
To fast or not to fast?! THAT is the question!

Hey guys! Welcome back! I missed you!

Today I want to talk about fasting and plant based diets. There have been many people over the years whom I have known to fast. I have literally ALWAYS thought they were crazy AF. People telling me to STOP eating. Uh, no thanks bro. Do ya even know how heavy I lift everyday or the extreme HIIT cardio I do?? So I always wrote them off as being bat shit crazy folks that didn’t know what they were talking about. Vowed to never trust anyone who told me NOT to eat real food.

Fast forward to today. I am about a third of the way through my studies in becoming a Holistic Practitioner. I am learning new things about health, nutrition and our bodies every day. I am opening my mind to new ways of thinking and new ideas. To date I have watched a LOT of health related movies, documentaries & lectures. Learning the many benefits of a plant-based diet, especially for someone like me. You know, the Ferrari-type. Nice to look at on the outside, but needs lots of engine work?! Lol!

You can’t argue with science. Well, I guess you can argue if you want to be a brat but if you open your mind to other ways of thinking, ESPECIALLY if what you’re doing isn’t working…well then, my friend, you are becoming enlightened! The mere thought of transitioning to a plant based diet was OVER-WHELMING! and was kind of giving me panic attacks.  I finally decided to let go and commit to an experiment on myself. I had begun to open my mind to a possibility of a juice fast of my own. Something more of a detox, not deprivation.

If you think about all of the years you have fed your body, the process of digestion. What is actually required of your body to break down every single piece of food you put in your mouth-good or bad. Can you imagine never taking a day off of work for your brain to recharge? Well, in the past, I have been pretty bad about that too! (that’s a whole other story!) Imagine a machine working day in & day out for decades upon decades with no rest. Do you think that it would start to slow down, or maybe even start to malfunction? Think of your body in that way. It takes quite a bit of energy to power the millions of chemical reactions that take place in your body. I started to think about that and also started thinking of my future, my auto-immune health, all of the medicines that I take but am trying hard to get off of. I pondered & talked to my family, my Doctor and friends.

Finally I decided on a plan. As nerve-wrecking as I had let this decision become. Mostly because I didn’t want to alienate myself even more than I already was! I made the choice to fast. A juice fast actually. I still think the extreme water only fasting is not safe or healthy. My plan was to let my Dr know, and then take the plunge as soon as I returned home from my travels. (I travel abroad for work each summer) I obtained a high quality juicer and started practicing.

Now WHY am I choosing to juice fast?

My personal goals over the next several months will include detoxifying my body as much as possible. My father being a young Dr when I was little gave me antibiotics every time I had a sniffle. I continued that into my early 20s. This creates a lot of bad yeast buildup and destroys your gut not to mention builds up a resistance to antibiotics rendering them useless when you really need them! I’ve also had severe asthma since then and have always had to take very strong steroids daily in order to breath. Then there’s my good ole Hashimotos for which I take several medications. I refused to start taking RA meds (a recent diagnosis) and my ultimate goal at the end of my transition will be to completely get off of ALL of my medications. Its going to be tough but I know that I am strong enough to do it!

Here’s why I am starting the transition with a juice cleanse, these are just some of the potential health benefits.

  • Maximize Detoxification
  • Rest my stomach
  • Rest my liver
  • Rest & repair my gut
  • Eliminate inflammatory foods (coffee)
  • Flood my system with super nutrients
  • Improve energy
  • Heal my cells
  • Reduce physical problems.
  • Offer an easier transition of off animal meats

((*While doing this juice cleanse, I will have to reduce my heavy lifting at the gym temporarily. While I will lose a little muscle, I will beast mode right back when I am done!))

After the cleanse I will be shifting to a more plant based diet. I already eat pretty darn healthy but I am going to experiment with plant-based to see if in fact, for me, it helps all of my many inflammatory diseases. I will take you along with me on my juice cleanse journey! Check back for TO FAST OR NOT TO FAST Part II. Wish me luck! I will be vloging my experiences too! Yikes-not sure we need to see my being hangry but here goes! Lol!

Here’s a fun juice recipe to try! Its the first one that I tried actually, and it wasn’t bad at all!

Lean Green Fighting Machine

  • 1 zucchini
  • 6 kale leaves, stems trimmed
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 celery stick
  • 2 medium green apples, cored
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled

Add ingredients to a juicer (I have the Breville Juicer which is AMAZING! The recipe is by Breville)

 

Thanks for spending some time with me on my blog!

Add my new INSTAGRAM TWITTER  pages for fun & exciting posts!

Brianna, Holistic Healing Fit Club

(Please note: Juicing is not for everyone. Check with your Doctor first, its not recommended for people that are pregnant, nursing, have diabetes, a viral infection, unstable heart disease or low blood pressure, or who have life-threatening health risks)

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Reply
Daily Dose of Macros!

Hey ya’ll! Glad to see you back for a little quality time with yours truly! I wanted to chat about food diaries and how important it is to track what you put in your mouth! I am asked SO often what EXACTLY I eat on a daily basis, so today, I am going to get into the nitty gritty of my macro intake.

First, you need to know that everyone’s daily intake needs are very different from one another. They vary based on age, height, weight, activity level, etc. So the best way to determine your intake needs is by figuring out your BMR (basal metabolic rate-how many calories you need to sustain life with what your body expends doing its normal internal metabolic thing each day). You can cheat & download a free BMR calculator on your phone :O) There are several. but the correct formula is as follows: (for the women, I will do mine for reference) *Keep in mind that you must adjust & redo your BMR for every 5 lbs lost.

WOMEN: 655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years) My BMR is 1531.5

MEN: 66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years)

Calculate Activity:

• If you are sedentary : BMR x 20%

• If you are lightly active: BMR x 30% • If you are moderately active (You exercise most days a week.): BMR x 40%

• If you are very active (You exercise intensely on a daily basis or for prolonged periods.): BMR x 50% This is me because I workout 7 days per week with a lot of heavy weights, intense intervals as well as incorporate everything else, plus my jobs are physically demanding. Most people fall into ‘lightly active’. So my BMR x 50%=  2,297.25

• If you are extra active (You do hard labor or are in athletic training.): BMR x 60%

Add this number to your BMR. That is how many calories you need to maintain what you are working with now. In order to lose weight, you need to eat less than that number. (when you lose weight, you need to recalculate your BMR). Does that mean I am only going to eat 1500 cals per day and be a skinny bitch in a month??? NO! I actually did that to myself years ago-knowing that I was doing the wrong thing but because I had hashimotos without knowing, it was the only way that I could stay ‘thin’. I did a LOT of damage to my body. I was constantly sick & injured and never saw any improvements in my training. (I write about metabolic damage in another blog post).

So now that I have my shit together and KNOW that you MUST eat in order to lose. I stay with about 2000 calories per day. I change my macros around a little every so often to keep my body guessing. Currently I am doing a sugar cleanse with my group of fit friends at TWL (Lyzabeth Lopez) which requires very low sugar, very low carbs, high fat and high protein. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding why I eat what I eat and we’re all different, so this may work for you but different things might work for you as well.

My Macros are currently at approximately: 40% Protein (180g) 38% (100g) fat 22% (90)carbs.

I am eating no gluten/dairy/low sugar. I am also cutting around 1-200 cals off of my normal avg daily intake for a period of time to see how it effects me. In the past, when I do calorie cuts, I GAIN lbs…and I do NOT want to do that, so I am experimenting. If I gain, I will go back to 2k cals/day.

I have eaten healthy and worked out for YEARS, before they had health trackers on your phone, I kept a paper food diary. Lol, back in my body for life days. I am decades later still keeping track of my food intake EVERY day. This requires measuring everything out instead of eye-balling it. Even though by now, I know what 4oz of chicken looks like. You can easily slip up when your eyes are hungry 😉 Measuring is super important, and so is tracking. I use MYFITPAL which is on iPhone & android. Its super user friendly and it allows you to enter in your daily goals; calories, macro %’s. It even has a scanner on it to enable you to enter in the correct food item.

So, let’s get to it shall we? Normal food intake for me:

 

Pre-breakfast

Lemon water (I generally have this on my nightstand so I can drink it asap since I am always in a rush in the am)

*I workout fasted most days, only because I have seen better results on myself this way, however, if you are new to working out or are not working out immediately upon getting up, please eat. I have seen grown men puking at the gym due to lack of eating before heading out. I actually puked once when I started working out & starving myself. Gym supps

After gym breakfast

Protein Crepe with 1 Tbsp organic Almond butter ((I usually have 1 Tbsp raw local honey but not during my sugar cleanse)) (the crepe has 2 organic eggs, 1 scoop Veganmax protein powder) + supps

A couple hours from then, Quest bar.

Lunchtime:

5oz organic chicken breast, 1 cup organic zucchini + supps

Snack:

Protein Shake with 1 scoop vegan protein, 1 c organic almond milk, 1 tbsp organic cashew butter, 1 tbsp organic hemp seeds, ice, cinnamon etc.

Dinner

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers (see the recipe in separate post!) with garlic olive oil broccolini +supps

Snack

Protein Shake, almond milk, nut butter and ice

 

Bedtime Supps & No eating 3 hours before bed.

Todays total was 1857 cals at 40%P/40%F/20%C

Every day will be slightly different with different meals prepped ahead of time and then in 2 weeks, I will add a higher carb day. Just not whole grains (because I am gluten free with hashimotos) but fruits/veggies & maybe a couple of organic corn shelled chicken tacos lol.

 

This isn’t perfect for everyone, but I wanted to answer the inquires of many ladies asking exact #s :O) Hope this helps!

HHFC Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Difficulty: Medium   Serves: 8   Prep time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

1.25lb Organic Lean Ground Turkey Breast

1 bag Organic Cauliflower Rice

1 Organic Sweet Onion

1-2 Jalapeno peppers

2 Organic cloves minced garlic

2 Medium Organic Zucchini-cubed

8 Organic varieties of Bell Peppers

1 Organic tomato paste

¼ C Organic Curly Parsley

Flavor God: Everything Spicy, Garlic Lovers, Red pepper flakes, Goya w Pimento-season to taste

Organic Olive oil Spray

Calories: 226; P: 23g C: 14g F: 8g

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375-400deg
  • Cut top of peppers & de-stem/seed, place in boiling pot for 10 min-remove & place on paper towel upside down to dry
  • Sauté diced onion, jalepeno & garlic 5 min
  • In separate pan, saute zucchini until warm, 3 min, set aside
  • Add turkey & parsley to onion mixture, cook until brown
  • Add cauliflower rice & tomato paste to turkey
  • Add zucchini, gently mix
  • Scoop into peppers
  • Place peppers you are eating immediately in baking dish & cover with foil
  • Bake 30 min
  • Store remainder as meal prep
  • Serve & enjoy!

Thanks for spending some time with me on my blog!

Add my new INSTAGRAM & TWITTER  pages for fun & exciting posts!

Brianna, Holistic Healing Fit Club

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
Chemical Side Effect Nightmare!

Hello again everyone! I haven’t been able to explain exactly what’s been going on with me but have mentioned a few issues I’ve been having each day with my health 🙁 I finally decided, why not share my experience in the hopes that I can help at least one other person!

As some of you know, a few months back I dropped a 50lb weight on my thumb. Breaking the real nail from the skin. OOOOUCH! I started a course of strong meds to avoid infection, however it still happened. I was told that I needed to do this in order to save the nail from falling off FOREVER! (In my line of work, where outer beauty is how I make a living…that was NOT going to fly!)

I continued the meds as directed as my doctor & over the last few months…my health greatly deteriorated. Yes, I’m as holistic & natural as possible but there are occasions when meds are necessary. This specific medication had so many horrific side effects-most of which were not mentioned upon starting this course of treatment, and all of which I am experiencing.

  • difficulty with swallowing
  • pale skin
  • redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • stomach pain
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • yellow skin or eyes
  • bleeding gums
  • bloating
  • chest pain
  • constipation
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • feeling of discomfort
  • flu-like symptoms
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • hair loss
  • high fever
  • hives
  • indigestion
  • inflammation of the joints
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet,
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle aches
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • persistent loss of appetite
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • red, scaling, or crusted skin
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • sores, welting, or blisters
  • stomach pain, continuing
  • swollen glands
  • swollen lymph glands
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
  • unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Stomach pain
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • liver abnormalities
  • vertigo
  • change of taste or loss of taste
  • heartburn
  • toothache
  • Decreased vision
  • difficulty with moving
  • discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • loss of sense of smell
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscle stiffness
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating

 

!!!! YES, I HAD/HAVE ALL of those symptoms! I know, what the hell?! Chemicals are always what I stay away from :O( Couple that with the symptoms I already have with my Hashimotos/hormones & Rheumatoid arthritis! FML. Luckily, I’m a tough chick or I wouldn’t have been able to continue working or working out it’s been so bad. I was advised to continue the meds even though I felt like my insides were honestly dying. I simply couldn’t live like that anymore. The reason they advised to continue taking was to avoid losing my entire nail permanently-which for obvious reasons, I cannot allow to happen.

 

After much stress & debate, I’ve decided to stop the meds. I decided to go to Los Angeles (for the provider closest to me) for a new treatment that isn’t offered here in Vegas with laser therapy. I wish I would have found out about this months ago before I began destroying all of the hard work I put into my body by eating & living organically & holistically. We live & learn, which is why I’m posting this. Not because I want everyone all up in my biz, lol!…but in case anyone else is going through something similar. I’m blessed to have the resources avail to try this course of therapy where many would not. Wish me luck & Healing!  It will take about a month of detoxing from the meds to feel better. It has been 2 weeks now, I am starting to feel better although I am still experiencing many of the side effects. The laser was preformed by LASER NAIL THERAPY and didn’t hurt at all. I didn’t really feel much except a warm sensation. 

Here’s what I am doing to detox: 

Daily: As usual-all organic foods & extra nutrients from my supplements. Chlorophyll water, and a mix of supplements: (added to my already awesome super doses I get now) Camu Camu, milk thistle, Adeeva Oil of Oregano, Ginko powder, holy basil, ashwaganda.

Some of the most interesting benefits of camu camu include its ability to boost the immune system, protect against chronic diseases, reduce inflammation, detoxify the body, prevent viral infections, reduce mood swings, promote eye health, protect the sexual organ system, and prevent cognitive disorders. It supplies 60 times more Vitamin C per serving than an orange! A teaspoon has 1180% of your recommended daily intake for vitamin C, which is important for gum health, among other functions in our body.

Weekly: Lemon & Coffee enemas along with some attempted meditation to try and de-stress.

For the laser, I will be removing all of my acrylic (and if you follow my social media, you know that my nails are life! lol) Luckily, I will only have to remove the acrylic for 2.5 days, and then I can continue being a fancy pants. So all in all, no big deal. The laser is 85% effective and I may need to do it one more time, although I am hoping & thinking VERY positively that this will be a one and done situation 🙂

 

I’m positive that I will be feeling much better & back to my fabulous nail designs in no time!

 

Thanks for spending some time with me on my blog!

Add my new INSTAGRAM & TWITTER  pages for fun & exciting posts!

Brianna, Holistic Healing Fit Club

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
What’s SUPP with your nutrients?

Hi again everyone! Brianna back to talk to you about the supplements I personally take and why!

Most of the people asking me for fitness advice, or even the ones that just witness me taking all of my varietal supplements ALWAYS ask…”Is that necessary? It seems a little much!”. After laughing, I say…depending what your life goals are, for me, YES! You need a balance of nutrients to maintain good health! Let’s face it, we all need a little extra help when it comes to actually consuming the proper amounts of essential nutrients. The amount of essential nutrients we need everyday varies greatly on a lot of different variables; age, gender, weight, genetics, illness, pregnancy, breast feeding, medication use, and exposure to environmental contaminants.

What are the essentials?? Well they are nutrients that our own bodies cannot make and are required by diet or food intake. The ones that are made in our body naturally are the non-essential ones. (example: cholesterol & glucose) There are 6 classes of nutrients: Protein, carbs, fats (lipids), water, vitamins and minerals. Have you been hearing everyone in the fitness industry talking about counting, staying within or hitting their macros? The nutrients that provide energy are called macronutientsprotein, carbs, fats. (water is considered a macro-nutrient but doesn’t yield energy) The big boys… the macronutrients are required in large amounts in the body. Micronutrients are only needed in small amounts in the body; vitamins & minerals. Together, your macros/micros work to provide energy, structure, and regulation which are need for growth, maintenance, repair and reproduction.

As I mentioned, everyone’s body is markedly different from one another…but according to the National Nutritional survey, in the US alone we are:

60% deficient in Iron (Iron is essential for the creation of hemoglobin ((carries oxygen to the blood from the lungs)) Iron deficiency is a common issue for adult women due to blood loss during their period or in female athletes. Lack of energy, dizziness, pale skin, bruising, are common deficiency symptoms. In kids, hyperactivity, and ADD point to an iron deficiency.)

57% deficient in Vitamin A (A is needed for growth, reproduction, healthy skin & vision, immune & bone health. If you’re deficient, you might experience: night blindness, eye sensitivity to bright light, dry bumpy skin on the back of the arms, dry hair, increases susceptibility to respiratory infections due to lowered immune system. Vitamin A is a major antioxidant)

43% deficient in Vitamin C (C is very important for the immune system, it helps absorb iron, lowers bad cholesterol, helps fight the common cold and is even used as alternative treatment of certain types of cancer! If you’re deficit, you can expect: Dry hair, gingivitis, anemia, slow wound healing, a weakened immune system, and nosebleeds.)

39% deficient in Vitamin B1 (Thiamine ((B1)) is responsible for energy metabolism, creating DNA, and nerves. If you’re deficient, you can experience; muscular weakness and fatigue, tingling sensations in the body, heart palpitations, lung congestion, forgetfulness, psychosis, confusion, etc)

30% deficient in Protein (Resposible for many things in your body, some include; acid base balance, energy transporting, antibodies, fluid balance weight maintenance, etc.  Include enzymes, amino acids, and more that our body needs for all of the many things protein is responsible for.)

16% deficient in Riboflavin (B2, the one that makes your pee bright yellow. It promotes eye health and normal vision. If you’re lacking, expect cracks, sores, or dryness around lips, nose, and corners of the mouth, red-purple inflamed tongue, swollen or sore throat. *common in people with thyroid disease or those having GI issues.)

Now that we have covered the basics, I will get into the supplements that I am currently taking that relate to my personal goals and health issues. I obviously don’t know everything I need to know about all of the nutrients I need but I am working hard every day to continue learning and adjusting as I go. I also make adjustments based on how I am feeling. For example, if I am starting to feel under the weather, I will take high doses of Vitamin C, and Lysine (hinders viruses and with C form L-Carnitine-more later).

Being that I am an athlete, I require supplementation to make sure that my body can keep up with all of the vigorous activity. I also have health concerns; severe asthma, hashimotos and Rheumatoid arthritis, that determine the supps I take daily. Like I said, I do change things up quite often as I learn new and better ways to do things, how to increase my absorption of the nutrients and things like that. Currently, I am taking:

*Chlorella 1/2 tsp 1x/day in powder form, its one of the most dense superfoods in the world

  • detoxifies heavy metals (it wraps itself around even stubborn toxins residing in our bodies, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium, and keeps them from being reabsorbed)
  • Detoxifies chemo & radiation (Chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to protect the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.)
  • supports your immune system (supports a healthy immune system response and helps “natural killer” cell activity)
  • promotes weight loss (helping to regulate hormones, helping with metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher levels of energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat, and removes stored toxins)
  • makes you look younger (increases levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and glutathione in your body which eliminates free-radicals and protects your cells)
  • fights cancer (studies have shown that individuals once diagnosed with cancer, chlorella enhances the action of T cells helping to fight new abnormal cells.)
  • Lowers your blood sugar and choloesterol

Now you can understand why I incorporate this into my daily routine! I use it in place of a multi-vitamin!

Vitamin C 2000mg x 3/day-keeps inflammation low and both auto immune diseases that I have are worsened by inflammation.

Naturally found in fruits and vegetables; especially citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, mangoes, kiwi, and peppers.

Vitamin D 5000iu x1/day-also combats chronic inflammation. I just increased this after getting back a CBC panel that showed deficincy, and am using liquid form to absorb it better.

Naturally in salmon, egg yolks, mushrooms, whole milk, and direct sunlight.

Vitamin B-complex x1/day-Bs all work synergistically and deficiency in 1 usually means imbalance in another. B vitamin deficiencies can be linked to depression, psychiatric disorders, memory function, cognitive impairment, and dementia.

Naturally found in Milk, eggs, lean organic meat, whole-grain breads, legumes, nuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, mushrooms, yogurt, cottage cheese, tomatoes, spinach, beef, coffee.

Omega 3s 1200mg x2/day- reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis

Found in seeds and oils such as flax, chia, and hemp; walnuts, green beans, and kidney beans.

Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg x2/day used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne also used for rhuematoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and asthma. (great source of Omega 6)

Selenium 400x 1/day, plays a role in immune system functioning and regulating the thyroid, reproductive health and longevity

Great natural sources include Brazil nuts, cold water wild fish (cod, halibut, tuna, salmon), lamb, turkey, mushrooms, and barley.

1 serving of fish can provide you with 100% of your recommended daily dose!

 Glucosamine w Chondroitin 2 1x/day, help slow or prevent the degeneration of joint cartilage and after over a dozen car accidents, I need all of the help there I can get!

Calcium citrate plus magnesium 2 1x/day, important for teeth and bones

L-Lysine 1000mg 1xday lowers glucose, antiviral, and increases calcium absorption.

Naturally found in cooked turkey, chicken, tuna, and in Parmesan cheese

L-gluatmine 5g 2x/day, brain fuel stimulating concentration/memory, most abundant amino, helps curb sugar cravings, helps restore muscle after a vigorous workout.

Found in protein-rich foods like beef, chicken, fish, dairy products, eggs, vegetables like beans, beets, cabbage, spinach, carrots, parsley, vegetable juices and also in wheat, papaya, brussel sprouts, celery, kale and fermented foods like miso.

L-carnitine 1500mg 1x day, right before cardio. Helps the body produce energy (best taken in liquid form)

Red meat is very high in L Carnitine!

Ashwaganda 450mg 1x/day, Its a superstar supp when it comes to balancing your thyroid, adrenal glands, hormones, improving mood and energy, preventing cancer, and supporting brain health. *many other uses in medicine

Holy Basil 200mg 1x/day, helps reduce stress & elevates mood along with being used in medicine for the common cold, influenza, stomach upset, and much more.

Protein powder this is a BIG discussion for another time, but for me, I take Veganmax proteins.

Digestive Enzymes with every meal, help break down your macros, especially great for someone like me with severe digestive issues.

Probiotics 13 billion 1x day, increases good bacteria in your body

These are pretty basic to give you an overview of supplementing to get you started. As you can see, our food can be some of our best medicine! Control what’s going in, so you have a handle on what your body is doing inside.

I know supplementation can be pretty overwhelming, so taking baby steps might be the answer for you! However best you can start to make changes that will improve your health and wellness, get to it! Happy supp’ing ya’ll!

Talk soon!

Brianna

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
Go Fund Me are rudey-poo douches

Hey guys! Just a quick note to you that have been emailing me about my GOFUNDME account for my Holistic Nutrition school fund. I am unable to accept donations there because they deleted me! WHY?? Because I am an adult model, although the actual fund had NOTHING to do with anything adult. People are judgmental fucktards and that is just life. No worries, I am now accepting donations via paypal through my amazing assistant!

You can send all donations to me at paypal via email INDULGEINME702@GMAIL.COM Please put in the subject your name & email so that I can personally thank each & everyone! I am offering multi-level donation rewards to generous donors.

$150-Autographed 8×10

$250-VIP Snapchat access

$500- Brianna’s Fun Box of goodies

$1000-Brianna Brigades ultimate box of goodies

I am NOW in school! Its pretty exciting as I love the subject matter. I have flown through the 1st course & scheduled to take my final exam this upcoming week! AHHH! Well being that I have 100% thus far, I’m sure I’ll be fine! Who likes test taking though?! Ugh! Also was able to see the next course info & order my books! Damn, I forgot how much this shit costs! ((I am a UNLV alumni with a BA-but that was finished long ago!))

I thank you all for your continued support & am sending BIG hugs! xxoo

Brianna

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
March Madness

I feel like I am going mad anyway ;o) Just kidding, always try to handle my stress in a way that doesn’t effect my health. Just very hard to do sometimes. So for now, we are going to focus on the GOOD things happening, right!?!

Good news #1

Most importantly, my Nonna has been making a LOT of great progress in rehab. She has SO much drive and focus on getting OUT of there. She was supposed to be in there for a long 6 months but we plan to move her to my family’s home in 2 weeks time. She can continue rehabbing in a safer & more comfortable environment. We are all so grateful that she pulled through. We will just now have to deal with her dementia, which is certainly pressing but one thing at a time. I’ll hopefully be able to go out there to see her again soon.

Good news #2

Once per year, I offer one of a kind CUSTOM videos direct to my fans. This is content that you will NEVER find anywhere, on any website, not even my own. It belongs to you. Whether you’d like a simple sexy strip tease or a full blown scripted video, I am able to create it for you. I am taking pre-orders now, so be sure to reserve a spot before I am unable to fulfill your request. (I eluded to this in the past, but its true…once I retire, there will be no warning. I just will be off of your social media timelines…forever. Everything great comes to an end, so don’t be the one who’s left out wishing they would have acted sooner!) Simply email me at meetbriannajordan@gmail.com

Good news #3

I was asked to work & shoot again in London! I am really grateful that after the several years of working there, they’ve once again asked me to come back. I’ll be shooting for a lingerie company in the UK (where fuller figured chicks are more appreciated I think lol) and I will also be working with someone new, for a new magazine. Very exciting!

Good news #4

Over the past year, I have learned a little about holistic nutrition and have applied what I have learned to my daily routine. Not only do I feel so much better but it has enabled me to reduce the amount/variety of medications I take daily. After so many years of being a guniea pig for Drs & none of them ever bringing holistic nutrition up, I have decided to go back to school and want to become an expert. I want to help as many people as I can to implement holistic nutrition in their lives. I’d be so honored and grateful to take you on this journey with me. I am asking for donations to get me through the initial part of the schooling.  I hope to get started ASAP! I will be using funds for classes & text books. The sooner I learn, the sooner I can start helping people. I plan to keep everyone updated on my progress via my free blog and social media platforms. I am grateful for any amount that you are generous enough to offer me, large or small. I’d like to thank each and everyone individually if given the option.

You can help by donating any amount to me at:https://www.gofundme.com/msbriannajordanED

Well everyone, thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic day & drop in again to see me soon!

XO Brianna

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
February has come & gone!

Still trying to rid my life of all of the monkey year energies. Seems to be sticking around a little as I have had a few pretty big setbacks health wise. Nothing that will ever stop me from continuing this journey. Just have to focus on staying positive & be grateful for where I am today. Right?! Right :O)

Hope you’ve all been amazingly well! I have been working really hard to continue to push out content that you’ll love!

Aria & I in Lotion Love coming out tomorrow! 

I have also been revamping & adding some amazing new fun ways for you all to keep in touch with me. We all know that I offer custom pics/videos but I am now offering custom phone time…YUP, talk to me! Lol. You can purchase packages of minute blocks in which you will be speaking to me directly. No website sign up….just pure unadulterated me! I will send you selfie videos & pics too….that only YOU will have. Email me to discuss pricing, meetbriannajordan@gmail.com

 

Enjoy the rest of your week boys & girls! Hugs & kisses!

Brianna

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
Year of the fire Rooster!

Many of us have varying beliefs when it comes to spirituality and religion. Recently, I have been involved in a very interesting discussion with some of my family members who are very overtly religious. It can quickly become a very heated topic to some and I find it best not to impose my beliefs onto anyone else, unless someone asks specifically for advice. In that case, I love to share and in turn love learning how different people interpret things. I explained, its not that I do not believe in God, but my interpretation is much different and my main belief system is rooted in the laws of attraction. Of course when people say that they are praying for my family or myself, I appreciate it. When I was in Florida visiting my Grandmother in the hospital, I certainly participated in the daily prayers…although its not my way of doing things. I respect that everyone has their own beliefs and that’s completely OK. You can even be very religious and apply feng shui to your life. I started learning about feng shui years ago and started applying basic principles to my home, myself and my life. Things definitely shift when you start paying attention to energy.

“Feng shui is not a religion, nor is it a superstitious set of beliefs; in its best application feng shui is a powerful tool to improve the energy of any space. This, in turn, improves the energy of people who live or work in the space. It’s that simple!”  Rodika Tchi. She is someone I respect very much as a feng shui expert.

Its no secret that this last year has been one of my most trying times. From financial, relationship, family health, my own health, car accidents etc….In feng shui, 2016 was the year of the Monkey and being that I am a Monkey, it was a very hard year for me. I am really very blessed to have the strength to persevere through my bouts of severe depression and anxiety. I haven’t always had a strong support system around me as I tend to become everyone’s mother, but I am working on creating a more balanced supportive group around me so that when I am down, I am easily lifted back up. I had also let a lot of my feng shui practices fall to the way side over the past year as I tried to handle the many issues I faced.

2017, is the year of the Rooster which starts January 28th-TODAY! In preparation for the new year, I have spent all week cleaning, organizing and cleansing my home. Its never suggested to apply any feng shui cures to an unorganized or dirty environment. I have affirmations that I repeat to myself. I believe that putting positive intentions out into the universe will attract positive energy, or chi.


I have cleansed my space this year with a singing bowl. It is a tool used in meditation but can also be used to break up any stagnant or old energies. I said my affirmations for each area of my Bagua and also placed various crystals around my home to absorb negative energy and to omit positive energy.  I am very excited for a new year, a fresh start and overcoming my obstacles. If you want to learn more about feng shui, I recommend Rodika Tchi. Making a few small changes in what energy you chose to put out there can make a big impact on your life. Happy Chinese New Year! Blessings to you all!


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
The death of 2016

If you’re following my social media as of late, then you know of some of the many dilemmas 2016 has flung my way.  As I always say, life is 10% what happens to you & 90% in how you react to it. I personally chose to fight back & kick ass!

img_0647

Update on my Nonna, she has been moved to a rehabilitation center, which is good news. She is still in tremendous pain and cannot walk but we are all hopeful that being in 24/7 care will help her heal more quickly.

057Most of you that pay attention to the words I write & not just the pretty pictures 😉 (hahaha, lots of dudes don’t bother to read), know by now that I have Hashimotos disease which is an auto immune disease that attacks your thyroid, thus wreaking havoc on your hormones which control EVERYTHING in your body. Mood, skin, hair, weight, depression, lack of sleep, extreme fatigue, fog brain, dizzy spells, inflammation etc etc etc. I work very hard to fight it and not to let it control my life. It certainly effects it, but to rule me…nope, not gonna happen!

img_0650

I have been in quite a few car accidents in my day…I dunno what it is? but people just love crashing into my rear ;o) Lol…all of these accidents happened in my teen and early 20s and I really didn’t feel the effects of them until now that I am 30+. I have always had chronic pains that are worse than the average soreness from working out. My back/neck feels like it splinters at times, making it painful to sleep, sit, stand, workout, drive, really everything…BUT I do it all anyway and then some.  I generally have to get my thyroid checked every 2-3 months to make sure the levels are ok and make adjustments if needed. Well the last test, my Dr decided to run a full auto-immune panel because of the every day the pain I was feeling. It has been really hard on me and really puts a damper on how I would like to live my life. So I said, sure, let’s test everything we possibly can because thanks to Obamacare and my premiums going up to $900+/mth plus not covering anything, I would only have insurance until Dec 31st. I expected the tests to ALL come back negative. I already knew how badly stress effects the body and I am unable to process stress in a healthy way at this point. So all of the additional symptoms I had aside from Hashi’s, I chalked up to being over-stressed and under-slept! I really though there was NO way that I would have anything else wrong with me!

img_1065

My Dr was out for an emergency but I needed to get all of the results of the many blood tests and MRI’s that I did this month, so I had to see her Physicians assistant, who was awesome and very knowledgeable. We’re going through my blood test results, Hormones were out of wack which was to be expected with all of the stress with my grandmother, a little tweak of supps will help….thyroid levels were low, which required another medicine tweak….then the auto immune panels, Lupus-negative…good, good, Rheumatoid Arthritis-POSITIVE, um hmmm, good, WAIT, WHAT?!  Geez la weez. I did not expect that AT ALL!

My little world started to spin, dizzy from the many questions I had and not really knowing much about RA aside from the fact that it can be debilitating to the point where you are in a wheelchair. FML, really?! The girl who does everything right health wise, who invests so much time and money into being healthy and staying fit? The girl who is SO independent and needs no one else’s help…

img_0471

I left the office with an appt to see my Dr next week so that she could go into more depth with a game plan and another appt with a Rheumatologist. I also left feeling pretty sorry for myself. Really upset at how unfair life is. I spoke to my family and a couple of very supportive friends (Taylor:) and started to realize…WAIT JUST A FUCKING SECOND HERE PEOPLE!

I AM ONE STRONG ASS BITCH AND NOTHING AT ALL WILL EVER CHANGE THAT. I am strong, I am a survivor or many horrible experiences and I am much more than just a diagnosis. Am I in a tremendous amount of pain, yes. Could it get worse, yes. Will I ever stop fighting? FUCK NO!

I started to research the holistic approach to dealing & treating RA and although I do have a few major life changes to make in order to combat this, I already do most of it. I eat a mostly organic, anti-inflammation diet with a good balance of protein, healthy fats and healthy carbs. I workout in a balanced way, incorporating many different forms and techniques. I utilize many herbs and supplements to treat my body instead of overloading on a million different medications.

chqz6942

The number one change I need to make is controlling my stress. I haven’t been able to find a way yet over the years. I think its tougher for me because I work for myself, so if I do not work, I do not earn a paycheck. There are no sick days, no vacation time and I have an irrational fear of being perceived as lazy. There are never times when I just chill out. EVER. So my new game plan to combat this naturally will be to start here. I am going to try to meditate, do yin yoga etc as well as start acupuncture and physical therapy. I will also add new herbs that are specialized to treat RA. Still lots of research to do, but I know that I WILL NOT stop fighting. I WILL be the example and not the rule. Will of course keep you posted on my progress as well. 🙂  So, as the year ends, I stopped feeling sorry for what is unfair in life and started to make a game plan to better my life and myself. We all have struggles, pains, heartache…but pushing through and still finding ways to be positive and lift others up around you is what makes your life.  This isn’t going to end me, just push me to a new beginning. A beginning to care about myself more, stress less. Hopeful to find more happiness and strength.

img_0083

So my motto in 2017…LIFE GOES ON, Time to work! Have a Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for your continued support and love, know that I have people thinking of me makes me feel very blessed! xxoo

Brianna

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
BYE 2016, die already!

WORST YEAR EVER! I can honestly say that this has been the absolute worst year of my life thus far. I have endured more than my fair share of being shit on and I am SO ready for 2017 to arrive! I am by no means wallowing in my sorrows..what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and at this point, I am a FUCKING BEAST! Grrrrr! Lol

img_0207

I am still getting through some hurdles that have pushed me way back and and very hopeful that my grandmother will start to recover soon, although we have been having setbacks after the second surgery as well. There WILL be a light at the end of the tunnel for all of it.

img_1151 057 img001

Thank you all for being kind to me this year. My actual few friends know who they are :O) You mean the world to me. Just knowing that you think of me often and try to make me smile through the sadness is everything!

My birthday was the highlight of this year, I said fuck it and turned a work trip into a mini vacay with my puppies. It was AMAZING to escape for a few days and ignore everything at home.

You will be seeing a bit more of me in 2017, I will be coming out and making some fun appearances! Will be announced soon!

Be safe if you are out NYE, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

xxoo.

Brianna

dsc_0086-copy dsc_0019-copy
dsc_0107-copy

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Replies