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If you’re looking for a great meal replacement shake, typically you’re hoping to supplement either your weight loss or your workouts, either as a way to help build muscle, or in recovery after burning calories. If all the correct nutrients are there, a great shake will fulfill all your intents. But did you know that the shake also has to have the correct balance of micronutrients, macros, and calories for it to be worth your investment?

Before you begin adding meal replacement shakes to your fitness, bear in mind to keep up your calorie count; performing on a low amount of calories won’t help you in the end. Also keep in mind that many shakes contain tricky ingredients and might not be completely free of sugar, even if they claim to be. You should also only be drinking a shake in place of a snack and a meal, not in place of your entire day’s consumption.

Keeping all of this in mind, these are the top five meal replacement shakes for men from Cure Disease.

1) Ample Meal

Ample Meal is great-tasting, as it’s delicious and creamy with flavorings like cinnamon and vanilla. Each bottle comes with pre-measured powder, so you can merely add liquid on the go. This shake is also rightfully balanced, so it gives enough macronutrients, and certain flavors are vegan and keto compatible. There’s no artificial sweeteners, gluten, soy, or GMOs in the powder. However, a negative aspect is that there aren’t any minerals or vitamins in the formula, and Ample can be expensive for some so be sure to use coupon code CL15to save 15% off your order.

2) Soylent

Soylent aids your energy with caffeine, but also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid, so you don’t feel as jittery. You can also feel satisfied for an extended period of time given the formula’s three grams of fiber. It comes in four different flavors and is vegan compatible. However, many people say that some flavors are bad, and that at first the shake is tough to digest.

3) MET-RX Extreme Chocolate Replacement Packs

These packets may not be enough for you, as they’re only 240 calories, but that depends on what you mix them in. If you follow the directions, the resulting shake can be very thick, so if you prefer an easier, thinner shake, mix it with lots of water. An overabundant sweetness is a big complaint among consumers for this shake, but, since this shake comes in packs, they come in handy if you’re on the go, and they provide lots of calcium and protein.

4) Iconic Protein Drink

Cows that are grass-fed provide all the protein in this shake. It also contains every amino acid, so it’s a great shake to use for recovery after a workout. Since the drink has 130 calories, it should be consumed as a snack, and should not be used on its own as a replacement for meals. The shake contains no artificial sweeteners, lactose, or soy.

5) RSP TrueFit Lean Meal Protein

Although it’s low in calories, this drink offers a lot of nutrition and comes in four different flavors. It’s a great shake if you want recovery for your muscles, as it contains both BCAA and whey, as well as probiotics and fiber, which are necessary for positive digestive health. The drink is completely natural and offers lots of protein at 25 grams. However, the powder is difficult to blend, and one of its ingredients, sucralose, can lead to upset stomachs.

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Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream For The Softest Skin and Skin Healing

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For over 3 years I have had a skin condition Ichthyosis, where my body grows excess skin. Ichthyosis is a group of about 30 skin conditions that cause skin dryness and scaling. The condition gets its name from the Greek word for fish because the skin looks like fish scales.

People with this condition lose the protective barrier that keeps moisture in their skin. They also make new skin cells too quickly or shed old cells too slowly. This leads to a buildup of thick, scaly skin. I have mine on my rear end and it is so embarrassing even though most people can not see it. It goes from mild to out of control and there is no rhyme or reason for the condition. .

Ichthyosis can’t be cured, and I have tried every treatments and ointment. Some work, but mildly. Then I was sent Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream ($40) sold on Amazon and ShareASale and viola not totally cleared but barely there.

This Aloe-Powered hydration is enriched with Aloe Vera, and it effectively hydrates and soothes dry, irritated skin.

It calms Eczema, Psoriasis, Burns, and more, offering targeted solutions for various skin concerns. By offering deep moisturization, it uniquely penetrates the skin, provides lasting hydration. It also reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

I understand now why they call this product a miracle.

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Author/Speaker David Rabadi Helps The World be More Aware of Mental Health Issues Prompted by Repressed Sexuality

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Profile by Brad Balfour

After David Rabadi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – previously known as “manic depressive” illness — he followed a long path to coping with his illness. Not easily understood by most, the condition prompts swings from deep depression to an abnormally elevated mood.

Though Rabadi’s childhood was filled with joyful memories — house parties, family outings and dinners — he was a curious kid who loved Arabic music and belly dancing. He picked up the dancing from his cousin, Suhair, who was his babysitter.But when he was four, he accidentally caught a family friend who was secretly masturbating. The man then shoved his erect penis into the young boy’s mouth and threatened to kill him.


A few years later, at seven, he had another traumatic experience when his aunt Josephine passed away from breast cancer. Dad decided that he had to go to her funeral. There, with her body was in the casket, Rabadi’s father told him to “Go kiss her goodbye!” Given no choice, the boy walked up close to his aunt and kissed her forehead. Then, terrified, he quickly ran outside. Throughout the lad’s entire childhood, he spent much more time with females. He was a boy who liked playing with dolls and wearing his mother’s clothes. Even then, he knew that he was somehow different.

Once, at a special family party with a professional singer, a cousin grabbed Rabadi’s arm and moved him to the center of the room. “Dance!” she said, and everyone applauded as the boy happily followed the instruction. But another male relative said in a harsh tone, “You dance like a girl. You’re a faggot!” The young boy didn’t even know what a “faggot” was but he knew his cousin was right: he danced in a different way from the other men and boys. From that moment on, he never wanted to dance in front of a crowd. And if he did, he tried his best not to “dance like a girl.”

During this Pride Month, it’s important to consider the mental health issues prompted by denying one’s own sexuality.

Today, Rabadi is an inspirational speaker — a result of learning how to manage his disease and sexuality. He addresses diverse audiences, ranging from high school and college students to business professionals and mental health experts. In his talks, he stresses the importance for each of us of being honest with ourselves by facing our realities.

As Rabadi tells his listeners, “Accepting one’s reality is crucial to living a life that’s happier, healthier, more satisfying and productive.” This is further highlighted in his book, “Live Your Truth: Live To Be Yourself or Die As Someone Else” which came out a few years ago and describes his struggle with a bi-polar condition that emerged as he confronted being gay in a world which condemned his gayness.

Rabadi’s path to this enlightenment was not one that came easily. His own self-healing involved accepting his truth that he is gay. Instead of denying this mental and emotional reality, this encouraging speaker now acknowledges and embraces this. To quote from a speech of his, “My message to each of you is, don’t feel shame for who you are. For example, if you discover that you have some mental illness, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Or if you’re struggling with sexuality, give yourself permission to discover your own reality.

“You’ll make wiser decisions if you don’t automatically judge but actually listen to your authentic self. Then, after acknowledging our truths, we can start to discover the approaches — even medicines, if appropriate — that will allow us to live and enjoy our lives to the fullest.”

When this Arab American’s parents came from Jordan, they brought along two older brothers and a sister. Born in Yonkers, New York, the child became a first generation Arab American along with his younger brother John. His father was an example of a strong work ethic and a willingness to do whatever was needed. He worked two jobs, one in a factory and the other as a cab driver while his mother stayed home to raise the kids.

When Rabadi became a teenager, he realized that he was indeed attracted to other males. Being a teenager is challenging for anyone, but being a closeted Arab American is even harder. Homosexual acts are forbidden in traditional Islamic cultures, sometimes punishable by death. Jordan and Bahrain are the only Arab countries where homosexuality is legal.

Even so, most LGBTQ people in Jordan face social discrimination. Until 2013, it was even legal there to kill a homosexual in a so-called “honor killing.” Ironically, many of the very progressive oriented protestors supporting the Palestinian cause are identified as LBGTQ nonbinary. In many Middle Eastern countries, they would be quickly rounded up and killed because of their sexual orientation.  Today, Rabadi accepts his reality as a gay Arab American. He no longer feels embarrassed for having bipolar 1 disorder. Instead, he now functions effectively and publicly as a published author and journalist. Having learned the positive value of accepting himself, he now actively spreads awareness as an inspirational speaker for a wide range of audiences, from students to adults.

T2C: How old were you when you first realized you were gay? Describe the moment you realized it and how did you feel?

David Rabadi: I was seven years old when I realized I liked boys. I had a friend that was the same age and one day we were in his room and he asked me if I wanted to see what he saw his older brother do with a girl. I said ok. He told me to lay on the bed and then he got on top of me and started humping me. I felt a sensation in my stomach and I immediately liked the feeling. At the time I didn’t know that it meant I was gay. As I grew older, I learned that I was gay but kept it to myself because I was told it’s against God’s word and I would go to hell.

T2C: Once you understood it, how long did it take to develop relationships?

David Rabadi: Once I understood that I was gay, it was very difficult for me to form relationships with boys because I’m Middle Eastern. In our culture it was the deepest point of shame and dishonor. Gay people in the Middle East are put in jail and even killed. I had a lot of fear so I suppressed my sexuality for a long time. I did engage with gay sex but I never had a boyfriend.

T2C: Given this revelation how did it impact on your bipolar condition which I assume had expressed itself as you went through your teen years. Describe when you realized you needed therapy/medication?

David Rabadi: I believe because I was suppressing my sexuality, it manifested as bipolar disorder. I firmly believe you can brush anything off your shoulders but all that’s doing is changing its location. It wasn’t until I was 30 years old that I was diagnosed with “Bipolar 1.” Before that I experienced shifts in my mood, but I thought it was normal and that everyone experiences it. I was very productive. I graduated college with my BA in theatre and communication. I worked full time. I thought I was perfectly fine except for my denial of my sexuality.

T2C: When did you start your book? Was it a result of speaking out or did it come first?

David Rabadi: I started writing my book after I came out as gay and was diagnosed as bipolar. It took me eight years to write my book. I had to become comfortable in sharing my personal experiences and the trauma endured.

T2C: What did you feel the book needed to include to be inspirational?

David Rabadi: It was important to me to share my story so I could be a person that faced adversity and triumph. I am the first Jordanian to come out as gay in the Arab community in Yonkers. I know I’m not alone. I’ve met other gay Arabs who are still scared to come out and they tell me I am an inspiration. And in regards to sharing I have bipolar, there is a big stigma when it comes to mental illness. I’m on a mission to make mental illness look so good everyone wants it. It’s time to live our truth and not be embarrassed or feel shame for who we are and what we struggle with.

T2C: Describe your talks and what’s happening on that front?

David Rabadi: I go around to different universities and organizations and share my story. I ask the audience in every talk I give, “Do you want to live to be yourself or die as someone else?” Life is precious and we only live once. So do what makes you happy. And know that living your truth is the biggest gift you can give yourself.

T2C: How do you keep the bipolar condition under control nowadays after your revelations?

David Rabadi: I have learned to keep my bipolar disorder under control. I have to take my medication every day. I have to exercise to build endorphins. I see a therapist every two weeks and it’s a great way to keep things in perspective for me.

Rabadi is represented by the All American Entertainment (AAE) speakers bureau:

https://www.aaespeakers.com

Video sample of Rabadi’s message:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AanDuF21ur0

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Wellness and Beauty in June

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June is an amazing month to feel your very best. The sun is shinning and the weather is lovely. Make yourself feel the same kind of bliss with some of our favorite things this month.

Yum Cha Tea Company

With over 250 tea varieties, Yum Cha Tea Company is at the forefront of holistic wellness with its wide assortment of delicious offerings. We fell in love with their incredible Mushroom Tea Collection. Such delicious offerings as Creamsicle Cordyceps, Forestberry Sangria and Cordyceps Chai are both original and scrumptious. Simmer and sip all of their wonderful offerings that promote wellness and comfort as well as help boost immune systems and your mental and physical health.

Nicole and Zac together out of love created this fantastic brand that also has a giveback component.

“We love bees, and we can’t live without them. We know bees are dying all over the world. Our mission is to save the bees through teaching others about how they can help,” they state. “Each year, we allocate funds from sales of all products to pay for the creation of the beehives we plant. We buy and lend gear to new students that want to learn, until they’re interested enough to buy their own. Each yard maxes out at about 25 hives at a cost of about $30 to $50 each (depending on materials and how many boxes are added). During harvest, we bring the community together, provide a honey extractor, wax removers etc so everyone can learn the full process. Students provide their own ball jars, buckets etc so they can take what they want home. We then show the students how to package the excess for retail if they wish. With every purchase, you help make all of the above happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Visit HERE for more info and to order from this wonderful small business.

Amalgam

Amalgam’s Heal Thy Roots – Hair Growth Oil is a necessity when it comes to haircare and scalp routines that are the foundation for thick, luscious hair.

Rooted in a deep respect for nature’s bounty and a commitment to purity, this vegan, and cruelty-free product is thoughtfully crafted with 23 plant-based ingredients. Made with 100% natural ingredients and free of fragrance and color.

This light-weight pre-wash scalp treatment featuring an exclusive blend of exotic herbs (and zero essential oils, artificial colors, fragrances, or sulfates) is expertly formulated to accelerate new hair growth and control hair loss, leaving hair looking noticeably fuller, thicker, and healthier in a few months. The vegan formula works beautifully on all hair types, including color or chemically treated hair, and is intended for men and women.

For more information, visit HERE.

 

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The Benefits of a Lymphatic-Drainage Massage

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I recently had the chance to try the icoone experience at the Organic Spa Media Event. What this machine does is give an intensive lymphatic drainage massage is the course of a short amount of time. The all-new icoone machine delivers 21,600 microstimulations every minute with Multi Micro Alveolar Stimulation that help to achieve quicker, longer-lasting results. The experience is extremely enjoyable and also does body shaping, anti-cellulite treatments, skin rejuvenation, lfirming, and improving blood circulation as well.

Getting a Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized form of massage therapy that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to promote the flow of lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells, throughout the body. This type of massage helps to remove waste products, toxins, and excess fluids from the tissues, improving overall health and boosting the immune system.

The lymphatic drainage massage was developed in the 1930s by Danish doctors Emil and Estrid Vodder while they were working on the French Riviera. They noticed that patients with chronic colds had swollen lymph nodes, and through gentle massage techniques, they were able to relieve the swelling and improve the patients’ health. This technique has since been refined and is now used worldwide as a therapeutic treatment.

The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the immune system, consisting of a network of lymphatic vessels, nodes, and organs. It helps maintain fluid balance, absorb fats from the digestive tract, and protect the body against infections. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump (like the heart) and relies on muscle movement, breathing, and manual manipulation to move lymph through the vessels.

A lymphatic drainage massage involves a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes and light pressure techniques that follow the direction of lymph flow, usually towards the heart. The therapist uses their hands to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and nodes, starting from the extremities and moving towards the body’s core. What this machine does is masterfully get in deeper and quicker.

You will feel small, circular movements on the skin. Then a gentle pressure and releasing it in a pumping motion. A scooping motion encourages lymph flow, while rotational movements on larger body areas.

Lymphatic drainage massage offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • Detoxification as it helps remove toxins and waste products from the body.
  • Reduced Swelling: Alleviates lymphedema and reduces fluid retention, especially after surgery or injury.
  • Improved Immune Function: Enhances the body’s ability to fight infections by stimulating lymph flow.
  • Pain Relief: Can reduce pain associated with conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Skin Health: Promotes healthy, glowing skin by reducing puffiness and improving circulation.
  • Relaxation: Induces a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety.

Lymphatic drainage massage can also help with post-surgical recovery to help reduce swelling and speed up healing. In chronic conditions, such as managing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps reduce puffiness, improve skin tone, and manage cellulite.

Lymphatic drainage massage is not suitable for everyone. Especially if you have a chronic infections. Massages can spread an infection. Also if you have blood clots, heart conditions, cancer or kidney problems, as it can increase fluid load on the kidneys.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, effective therapy for enhancing lymphatic flow, supporting the immune system, and promoting overall health. When performed by a trained therapist, it can provide significant benefits for a variety of conditions, contributing to both physical and mental well-being. However, it is essential to consider individual health conditions and consult with healthcare professionals before undergoing this type of massage therapy.

In NYC you can get this treatment here

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The Ultimate Wellness and Beauty Summer Guide

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Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate annual wellness and beauty guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun. The time to feel and look remarkable is now.

For a Perfect Summer Glow –

Transform your skin with the power of Glutathione with Auro Skincare. Dr. Nayan Patel ’s newest venture into skincare is right on target to bring you a perfect summer glow. The line showcases products that have potent antioxidants and adaptogens delivered with the Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. Transformative results are set to come your way and there is no better way to discover the power than an introduction to the company’s travel kit which highlights how you can allow your skin to absorb Glutathione and other antioxidants like Vitamin C and Resveratrol in a deeper way than ever before.

Auro Skincare is a protocol of potent antioxidant formulas powered by the patented, first-of-its-kind Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. By combining powerful ingredients and technology, Auro Products penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin providing you with results powered from the inside out.

For a Perfect Summer Smile –

Davids sensitive+whitening nano-hydroxyapatite premium toothpaste with peppermint is the refreshing thing you need for an amazing smile this summer. Harnesses the regenerative power of nano-hydroxyapatite to relieve tooth sensitivity, repair enamel, remove plaque, smooth the tooth surface, and naturally whiten teeth. We love the line that focuses on safe and clean ingredients that are fluoride free and SLS free. The line also carries a great 100% medical grade stainless steel professional tongue scraper designed to lift bacteria and debris quickly to make your tongue and mouth healthier and cleaner.

For Perfect Summer Hair –

Peter Coppola is a fantastic woman-owned company named after the famous stylist who developed keratin systems, Peter Coppola. Offering more than just treatments, the company showcases a vast array of products that you will fall in love with.

Some highlights we love are Total Repair Smoothing Shampoo, which instantly repairs your hair. The deeply moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo weightlessly strengthens, smooths, and restores lackluster locks with a unique blend of Keratin and Ceramides. The protection to combat humidity of the season is fantastic along with color vibrancy throughout the day. We also love the Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream, which keeps hair tidy, shiny and soft-to-the-touch with ultra-lightweight cream. Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream keeps curls under control and cuts blow-dry time while creating a barrier to block humidity for hair that is sleek and smooth until your next shampoo.

 

NEKKO is a pioneer of scalp and hair treatments geared toward achieving healthy and voluminous results. Believing in the principle that we must not neglect the scalp’s health and vitality; they showcase products that are meant to enrich with a carefully selected blend of plant-based ingredients and amino acids, strengthen and fortify hair and scalp with regular use,

NEKKO Scalp Oil makes a difference for those with a variety of hair issues. Cold-pressed to make for a gentle peeling effect and to purify the scalp, it removes loose dandruff flakes from the hair. This unique formula also works to regulate oily scalps. Delicately cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, which is important so much more in the summer as we expose ourselves to more sweat outdoors. You will love the way your hair feels over a few weeks.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

Zoya has the perfect polish shades to achieve the classic and beachy vibe for you any day this season. From colors that elevate summer to a product that lasts and shines through with true beauty, we adore everything about this brand.

Shades such as Lillian with a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish and Lauren with warm, pink-kissed light beige with very fine gold and copper metallic shimmer are our favorites. They are elegant and fun. To add to the joy is the fact that Zoya is non-toxic and cruelty-free.

For Perfect Summer Social Media Posts –

KISS is set to make all your summer social media posts look radiant. The newest lash collection, designed for a “no makeup, makeup” aesthetic with full sets and a brand-new half lash style is perfect for summer. This trend is about flawlessly imperfect lashes, featuring uneven, sparsely distributed lash patterns for a remarkably natural effect.

We love the way they are easy to apply, comfortable, and incredibly easy to apply. The lash lift effect emphasizes a longer and fuller lash look. Best of all the brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and good for contact lens wearers.

For a Perfect Summer Body –

Nuebiome is a leading plant-based and bioferment skincare brand dedicated to harnessing the power of nature and science to deliver clean, effective beauty solutions. Formulated with potent botanical extracts and biofermented ingredients, Nuebiome products are designed to nourish the skin while respecting the planet.

We love their Prebiotic Magnesium Muscle Recovery Flakes. They are a combination of magnesium flakes for muscle relaxation, paired with prebiotic bioferments for skin balance. This salt is designed to provide a soothing and restorative experience, promoting well-being and skin vitality. Crafted with 100% magnesium chloride for a relaxing bath or foot soak.

Reveka Skincare’s Tea Tree + Peppermint Body Bar is a perfect way to find balance and beauty for your skin. Developed by a woman named Darlene who understands the deep principles of clean and healthy skincare products through the benefits of topical magnesium, this soap is a gamechanger this summer season. Reveka is crafted with clean ingredients including no preservatives or dyes and are 100% made in the U.S. The rich lather of Reveka’s soap makes it perfect for shampoo, soap, and shaving cream. It’s made with tea tree, peppermint and shea butter and will hydrate your skin to the next level.

And the best part is the Magnesium Chloride from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed. Two weeks of use and you will see the difference ass use promotes new tissue growth and can help alleviate common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

 

For Perfect Summer Wellness Sips –

Summer is all about fabulous workout in the sun. Head to the park for a run or do yoga on the beach and know you have a perfect drink to be by your side with PWR LIFT.

The divine taste is refreshing and amps you up for an ultimate session followed by glorious recovery and hydration. This incredible electrolyte-rich, flavored protein water drink is infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins.  Scrumptious flavors of Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango refuel you in a delicious way from head to toe. Help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with zero sugar and  be grateful to add power to your workout.

 

 

 

 

Kubo Tea is a great way to get amazing clean energy this summer. Crafted with organic green tea caffeine, their blends offer a revitalizing boost without the crash. With more caffeine than traditional teas and coffee, Kubo Tea activates your metabolism and increases energy levels. We love the taste and the pumped-up vibe without the jitters. It helps you concentrate, and you feel the amped up love during workouts and long summer walks on the beach.

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