Time To Put Down 'The Pink Drink'

Time To Put Down 'The Pink Drink'

Attention, Plexus fanatics, it's time you see past the pink hype.
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Lately, I've just seen far too many of the 'I love Plexus and my pink drink' social posts. Have you done any sort of research into the negative side effects of this product and how it's nothing more than a massive pyramid scheme?

It's really a simple Google search away. Type in 'Plexus lawsuit' 'Plexus banned in Australia' 'Plexus Slim Class Action Lawsuit' 'The Pink Drink Scam,' the list goes on and on.

Sure, you see plenty of skinny girls posting pictures of their 'pink drink' and you think, "I want to be just like them!" And in one Facebook message or comment, you are one of them. Because guess what, that's their 'job'. To suck in as many unsuspecting girls as they can so they can make money off you, and probably get free shipping on their next order of chemicals.

If you look at something and think, "Wow, this is too good to be true" it probably is. Also, if you have been trying to lose weight for months and you take this drink a handful of times and then you start to lose weight, don't you think that's just incredibly unnatural? Losing weight is difficult, it requires a complete lifestyle change, lots of dedication and hard work. It does not happen overnight. Excuse me, it does not happen in a safe and long lasting manner overnight.

Plexus hasn't been on the market all that long, so who knows what the long-term side effects of taking this product are? Yet, the appeal of feeling 'better' and losing weight quickly overshadows the downsides of this un-researched product. Plexus does not even have an FDA approval, but the company does have an FDA WARNING that was issued in 2014, which you can read here. It basically states that the products are illegally marketed as drugs, without proper instructions for safety. Yes, this is from 2014 but if you Google 'Plexus FDA Warning' you will find numerous articles, some as recent as April 2017.

You might also see the 'Plexus Parties' and think "That's so cool. This company must be really amazing to offer that to their ambassadors." That's exactly what they want you to think. But all it is more free advertising and marketing for them. All these girls are posting pictures, using the company hashtags, posting Snapchat stories and promoting the crap out of their event and Plexus doesn't have to lift a finger.

If you want to feel better, and want to improve your gut health then eat REAL food. Chances are all the fried food you eat does not make your stomach feel good. All the greasy and trans-fat laden food you eat does not make you feel good. All the pre-packed food with ingredient lists as long as CVS coupon receipts does not make you feel good. What does make you feel good is natural food, fruits and veggies and lean protein. If you are looking to help your digestion, drink lots of water (you are supposed to drink 64 fluid ounces a day) and eat some yogurt that has protein and probiotics.

Plexus Block is taken with food and only allows your body to absorb half the sugar and half the carbs of whatever you're eating. HELLO! This is so unnatural and disturbing. If you are concerned about your sugar intake, then make the effort to physically cut out the sugar in your diet. Take out sugar in your coffee, don't drink soda or sports drinks, stop eating candy. Don't take some unnatural pill to make you absorb only half your food. That's just so absurd. Also, not all carbs are bad- your body needs them.

Just as alarming, these drinks and pills make you not feel hungry. Does no one see a problem with this? Feeling hungry is your body's way of communicating it needs nutrients to sustain your daily life. Taking something that takes this feeling away is so SO dangerous especially if you combine these drinks and pills while working out or leading an active lifestyle. Just because you feel hungry, does not mean you have to go and eat a bag of chips, or a cheeseburger or a tub of ice cream. Eat a salad, have some lean protein, make a smoothie - give your body the nutrients it needs to keep you alive and functioning.

Furthermore, starving your body or "curbing your appetite" is not a healthy or effective way to lose weight. Starving yourself makes your body think it will be without food for a long time so it eats away ate your muscle for the nutrients it needs and actually stores fat, not knowing when the next meal will come. The most effective way to lose weight is to build up your metabolism by eating small, nutrient rich meals every two to three hours.

Eat healthy food. Workout. Throw away the ridiculous pink drink, and stop helping this manipulative company use you as free marketing and as a guinea pig for how all these pills and potions will affect you in the long run. If you want a lifestyle change, then get off your couch, get a gym membership, throw out your junk food and put in some blood, sweat and tears achieve your goal. Yes, it will take time. Yes, it will be hard. Nothing worth achieving comes easy. Stop taking the easy way out and actually work for your goals. You will feel so much better for so many reasons actually putting in the work than beginning a diet of pills and potions.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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It's Time To Take More 'Me Time'

Did you ever stop and think about how important "me time" is?

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I know it's not everyone's first priority to think about just hanging out by themselves for a day, but why isn't it? Self-care is so important and some people don't do enough of it. Here are some way you can get some me time in, while still having a productive day.

Me time doesn't just mean relaxing

Yes, sometimes we all need a break, maybe it's just taking a long shower, laying in bed for an extra hour, or treating yourself to a yummy dessert. But, having me time doesn't necessarily mean you can't be productive. Have yourself a day and learn to enjoy your own company. Being around family and friends is certainly nice, but sometimes taking some time to yourself and collecting your own thoughts is good for your health.

It's okay to say no

No thanks. It's something that some people don't realize that it's okay to say no, just let them know beforehand. Such a cleshay, but it's not going to change anything if you say no to hanging out with your friends for one night. Take a night off and put on a movie or your favorite tv show and chill in bed with some of your favorite snacks.

Schedule it

We schedule classes and dentist appointments in our daily lives, but why don't we schedule me time? Sometimes just telling yourself that you're going to give yourself 20 minutes before your next task gives you a time dedicated to relax and collect your thoughts. It may seem funny to think about, but this is how you will be able to fully remind yourself, and hold yourself accountable, to giving yourself some alone time.

Treat yourself

Do it. Buy it. Now. Second guessing is first nature, but who needs a second opinion when your gut is telling you one thing? Once in awhile it's good to get yourself a sweet dessert or the new pair or shoes you've been eyeing.

Reflecting

Journaling is something that I spent a lot of time doing in High School, but once I entered College I never really had the time or motivation to do any reflecting. Reflecting on your life doesn't even mean writing it down in documentation, but even just taking 5 minutes before you fall asleep, let your thoughts sink in and evaluate certain things in your life you want to change, and cherish the moments that you will think about for the rest of your life.

Never feel guilty for taking time to yourself. Others will understand, but in the end, they're not you! Remember that taking me time is important for your overall health and encourage everyone around you to do it. Keep in mind that carving out some time for yourself is vital for the long run. Laugh and smile more.

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