I Tried It: Buti Sculpt…With Bands!

Disclaimer: As with any fitness post I write, anything I say about body image or body types applies to myself only. I have struggled with disordered eating and body image issues for years, and I think it’s important to be transparent and honest about it. Actually, it’s part of my healing and self-care to be forthcoming about it rather than act like everything is okay. Please understand, my thoughts are about me only and do no apply to women in general or promoting a certain body type. It’s just how I feel when I look in the mirror. Thanks for understanding.

Okay so…I’ve never wanted a butt. With beauty standards these days, I know that sounds weird, but I’m the girl who would love lifting then quit when her jeans started getting too tight in her thighs and butt. I’d gauge my fitness level off my thigh gap instead of actually feeling healthy and muscle gains. When I was in high school, I got made fun of for having muscular arms (I used to lift with the football team at lunch), so I think that had something to do with it going into adulthood. But anywho.

As we get older, we tend to lose muscle (sarcopenia) and elasticity in our skin, which has caused me to be more cognizant of muscle bearing and resistance exercise and not simply concentrating on cardio-cardio-cardio (elliptical queen at your service). It’s something of a mental hump for me (I literally just stopped lifting heavy a few months ago because I thought my thighs were getting too big), but again, part of my self-care routine is letting go of negative self-talk and feeling good about myself.

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Pixiefit Kitchen: Slow and Low Rosemary Ketogenic Ribs

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Hey loves! It’s a new year, and I’m excited that I just started the keto diet. I’ve been in a spiral of moderate carb, low fat, high protein eating over the past year, and honestly, I don’t think it’s doing much for me. So I decided to try out the ketogenic diet, where you eat around 70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% carbs. No bread, rice, pasta, or anything like that – you get your carbs from vegetables. You can’t even eat fruit, but honestly, I feel like fruit is a lot of work to eat and I’m lazy.

But I digress, tonight I made some bomb ass ribs without sauce and I wanted to share the recipe with you. You’ll need:

1 rack of baby back ribs (mine was around 2.6lbs from Wegmans)

Duh. Okay, so here are all the spices I used but I don’t measure spices in food, just make sure it’s not too bland and not piled on like an ant hill. Make sure you give the spices a good rub, too.

  • Sugar/Calorie Free Meat Rub (I used this one I have from Costco that has a little pig on the label, but you can use whatever you want)
  • Rosemary
  • Jalapeno Powder (optional if you don’t like a kick of spice)
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • Drizzle of truffle (olive) oil
  • 1 tbsp of grass fed unsalted butter for the pan
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (this is the last step!)

Let everything but the cinnamon sit on the ribs overnight. When you’re ready to cook them, preheat your oven to 300. Cook the ribs for an hour and 45 min. Then, sprinkle them with cinnamon and turn your stove to broil. Broil on each side for 6 minutes for a nice crisp. You can also add a bit more pepper before you broil as well. Boom, you’re done!

Now keep in mind, keto is a *moderate* protein and *high* fat diet, so while ribs are good because they are a fattier meat, don’t eat too much because it’s also very high in protein. I paired mine with 4 cups of spinach cooked in more truffle oil.

Let me know if you have any questions!!

 

Elle’s Black Friday Wish List and Discounts

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and you know what that means – Black Friday sales! Although I generally don’t support mainstream companies, I like to use this opportunity to re-up on my favorite hair products as well as try some new things on sale from small businesses. In the years past, I mainly focused on hair products, but this year I’m expanding to all things mind, body, and soul (I think my coat counts too because being cold isn’t good for my soul). Here’s my list:

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