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Tis the season to be extra sparkly and shiny, and we're not just talking tinsel on your tree; the "glow", both inner and outer, is all the rage these days. Long gone are the desires for a deep, dark tan, or conversely, we've also said "goodbye" to days of chasing down the Vampire look as a hallmark of beauty. Today, both men and women alike, seek out an internal and external "glow" brought about from healthy living which includes nutritious foods, an active lifestyle, and mental + emotional balance.
Experts say the best way to achieve this "glow" is to start from the inside and work outwards; we're talking about what you're putting into your body. Eating a diet full of color {think VEGETABLES!! and fruits} will provide your insides with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients essential to getting your skin hydrated and GLOWING! Avocados, blueberries, Salmon, Lemon, and Turmeric are all foods recommended to get your skin glowing; they are all loaded with antioxidants which fight off inflammation in your body/skin and gives you a non-puffy, tight, glowy look!
Drinking enough water will also flood your cells and keep the body hydrated and dewy {aka look like it's lit from within.} Without enough water, skin looks sallow, dry and haggard.
Believe it or not but your thoughts and the energy of the people you surround yourself with also have effects on your "glow". Studies show that happy thoughts and spending time with those that lift you up, affect how you look; people tend to rate more attractive when they are in a more positive frame of mind {can someone say "book me a bike in the Saddle Room?"}
And if you're not cutting it with the intrinsic "glow" provider you can always go with a fake-it-until-you-make-it route; these days both skincare and makeup offer up the best in healthy phosphorescence.
As always our staff was loaded with the best advice and tips on how to glow, both internally and externally; here is what they had to say:

   

For the final blog post of 2017, we typically survey everyone's favorite memory of the year, and collage them together for a "best of GritCycle look back"; we think it's safe to say that our unanimous, most favorite and treasured memory of 2017, was the coming together for one of our own, Kelli, on December 23rd, to raise money for her growing medical bills resulting from a terrifying brain surgery and stroke recovery.

   

With less than two-weeks notice, with only two days before Christmas, our staff and clients showed up physically, mentally, and with their hearts wide-open to express how much our Kelli means to us.

   

Kelli's 90-minute ride had an instantaneous waitlist, and instructors and staff were generously donating their Saturday afternoon without a second thought.

It was a fantastic chance for the Monarch Beach crew and the Costa Mesa crew to shine together.

   

In addition to the ride, we raised money with an outstanding raffle where our winners took away generously donated gifts from TK Burger, Citizen Water Co, LululemonStyle Society BoutiqueBear Flag Fish Co., Jans Health Bar, Wild Taco, 2145 and The Lost Bean - Tustin.

Oak and Coal, Tabu Shabu, Mutt's and State Farm provided food and refreshments

   

We still are selling the much-coveted "Kelli" tees and tanks----and again, all the money will go to Kelli's gofundme account.

   

A special "thank you" and mention must go out to Casey Line and her Husband, Patrick Field, for creating and managing Kelli's gofundme account. Dear friends of Kelli, Casey + Patrick immediately stepped in and saw to Kelli's pressing need for financial assistance with these astronomical medical bills.

 

 

When we asked those closest to Kelli what they remember most about this special day, it was a concordant agreement: although the day itself had several unforgettable moments, nothing could top Kelli gettin' back on the mic for "Drop THAT Kitty!!!":

 
Kelli is the type of girl who gives so much of herself to everyone around her. She always has a smile, a compliment, and a positive outlook for every situation. Watching the community rally around her, and give those gifts back to her has been amazing. There was so much love and positive energy radiating throughout the entire studio that day.