Month: September 2019

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Gym Anxiety Got You Down? Here’s 7 Ways to Beat It and Finally Feel Comfortable in that Dreaded Weight Section

I used to be so intimidated by the gym… and TERRIFIED by the weights section. I thought I was never going to step foot in that area. Like ever. But of course, if you keep up with me on my other platforms (especially Instagram), you know that I love weight lifting now. So wondering how the heck I made that switch? Let’s chat. #1. Get Comfortable First If you’re a fitness newbie or just feeling out of shape from some time off, my first piece of advice is to jump back into fitness in an area that you feel most comfortable. For a lot of people, this means working out in your own home! When I first started working out, this is exactly what I did. And then continued to do for a couple years as I fell off and back on the fitness bandwagon (like over and over, lol). At that time, I knew NOTHING about fitness. So testing out workouts in the comfort of my parent’s basement was crucial for me in order …

Creamy Tomato Soup + Grilled Avocado Sandwich Recipe (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan)

I will never wish for colder weather, but I have to say… I am SO ready for cold weather food! Hearty and healthy soups, chili, and pastas are some of my favorite recipes to create. They’re just good for the soul kinda foods, ya know? I think we can all agree that there are few meals more comforting than the ultimate comfort classic that is grilled cheese and tomato soup. Thick buttery bread filled with gooey cheese dipped into creamy soup? Sign. me. up. But as much as I’d love to eat that meal 24/7, we all know it’s not the healthiest option. Store bought tomato soup can often be loaded up with hidden sugars (learn more about how to read ingredient labels in this blog post), and I like to keep the cheese and butter to a minimum in my diet. Don’t get it twisted though- I don’t believe in cutting food groups out entirely and I LOVE me some cheese, but if there’s a healthier alternative that I can easily swap in it’s …

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You Are Going to Drool Over These Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

One of my absolute favorite things to do is to create dessert recipes that are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. I’m always on the hunt to find the perfect healthier substitute for not so healthy ingredients! (Lucky for you, I have a list of my favorite sweet and savory healthy ingredient substitutes listed in this blog post! ) But this is also a tricky task for me because I almost never follow recipes to a T. I just like to play around and do my own thing in the kitchen! But unlike cooking, baking is actually a science and 1 wrong move can totally screw up a recipe. So I decided to not take such a gamble and to try to learn a little bit about the science behind baking. Turns out there are very specific ratios to follow depending on what type of dessert you’re making! Especially when it comes to flour vs. fats vs. sugar. However… if you know me, you know I like to keep sugar to a minimum …

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My Top 6 Favorite Foundations of All Time

Foundation has become my latest makeup obsession ever since I started putting more effort into my skincare routine. Like if I’m putting all this work into getting glowy, youthful skin, then I need a foundation that’s going to work with me and not against me! Agreed? PS: I chat through my entire skincare routine in this YouTube video: That means I’m super picky about my foundations. Here are my requirements: Long-Wearing Lightweight Natural, Skin-Like Finish (think subtle radiance without getting oily) Comfortable Wear Medium to Full Coverage (depending on my mood you know) Of course, foundation is going to wear differently on everyone depending on skin texture, type, etc. For reference, I’d say I have normal/combination skin that can lean a little bit oily in the summer and a little bit dry in the winter (lol, so helpful Abbey!!!). Ok, let’s chat brands! Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation This is my favorite of all time. It’s so lightweight it literally feels like I’m wearing nothing! TBH I really can’t imagine anyone disliking …

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My 11-Step Anti-Aging & Anti-Acne Skincare Routine (For Clear, Glowy, Wrinkle-Free Skin)

I am always on the hunt for skincare products that are going to help me maintain youthful, glowy, clear skin for as long as possible in the most efficient way possible. I’m not interested in all the b.s. skincare trends that come and go these days. And I couldn’t even keep up with them if I wanted to! I’d have a 600 step skincare routine by now if I bought every new “must-have” product that comes out. What I am interested in are tested products that WORK and are actually going to help me achieve my #skingoals. I posted my skincare routine when I originally launched Ask Abbey back in February- so naturally, my regimen has already changed since then (lol, do we expect anything less?). You know it’s not my style to keep beauty secrets from you guys, so it’s about time I share an updated skincare routine so I can dish on what’s old and what’s new. Keep in mind: This is my every day skincare routine. This doesn’t include any treatments or …