Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

101 of How Can CBD Products Make Your Fitness Game Stronger

May 8, 2019

Hemp oil, Medical marijuana products including cannabis leaf, dried bud, cbd and hash oil over black wood background

Many fitness enthusiasts reach a plateau and stall. They struggle to break through this plateau, which is intensely frustrating. Small tweaks to diet and training plans often have the desired effect. Sometimes, having a break can help, and you’ll return to your training stronger and more motivated than ever before. But what happens if none of the above make a difference?

CBD products are a rising force in the health and wellness industry. CBD oil can help treat various mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, and it can reduce inflammation and pain. Sabaidee has several different products, including Good Vibes pure hemp extract with coconut oil. In this article, we are going to examine how CBD products can give your fitness game a significant boost.

Recover Faster with CBD

Recovery is an important component of any fitness regime. Every time you push your body to the limit, you are breaking down muscle fibers, so they grow a bit stronger. Inflammation is all part of your body’s recovery time. It’s the reason why your muscles ache after a tough workout. Stretching, ice baths, and taking anti-inflammatories help, but CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that won’t hurt your stomach or cause you discomfort. Take CBD after workouts to reduce the time it takes your body to recover.

Keep a Handle on Your Anxiety

When you reach a certain level in your fitness game, it is not unusual for anxiety to rear its ugly head. Many athletes competing at a high level struggle with anxiety, particularly before a major competition. If you are not careful, anxiety and nerves can seriously derail your training and make it impossible to take part in events.

This is one area where CBD products have proven to be very effective. Many people who have used CBD products have noticed a fall in their anxiety and stress levels. CBD is known to affect the body’s serotonin levels, which are the neurotransmitters that affect our mood. When our serotonin levels are low, we feel anxious and depressed, which has an effect on our training. After all, it’s much harder to start a workout if your mood is low.

If anxiety and stress is impacting your fitness goals, try taking CBD products, such as edibles, oil, or vape juices. It might be enough to stabilize your mood and help you push through that plateau.

Are CBD Products Legal?

CBD products extracted from industrial hemp are legal in all states. Hemp-based CBD contains very low levels of THC, so you don’t get ‘high’ from taking it. Always check that any CBD products you buy are made from hemp, not marijuana, as marijuana CBD is still illegal in some states.

How to Take CBD

CBD comes in several different forms. CBD oil is popular, as it is quickly absorbed when ingested. Many athletes put a few drops of CBD oil under their tongue to keep inflammation at bay. You can also buy CBD edibles, which last up to five hours. Another way to take CBD is to buy it in a salve, which you can rub into affected areas. Again, this is useful if you want to keep inflammation at bay. Finally, if you vape, try CBD vapes. It is fast-acting and, therefore, useful if pre-race anxiety is a problem for you. The effects are not as long-lasting, though.

CBD Side Effects

While side effects are rare, some people report dizziness, changes in blood pressure, a change in appetite, and a dry mouth after taking CBD products. Be on the lookout for side effects and if you experience any adverse effects, stop taking the CBD immediately.

Sweet Flower Opens In LA

April 23, 2019

A new cannabis retail boutique with deep roots in Southern California.

On a mission to set a new standard for modern cannabis retail that is inclusive, diverse and approachable by all.

Think easy, breezy so-call shopping – airy and bright – exuding with ‘wellness’ vibes. Sweet Flower is the new classy cannabis shop on the block. In the heart of We-Ho, enters this finely curated, ‘quality conscious and environmentally sound’ market for top of the line cannabis in all shapes and sized.

“Our limited series, ocean grown flower blossoms just up the coast in Carpinteria, cultivated with scrupulous care and environmental sensibility. The other brands we’ve finely curated for our stores are equally quality conscious and environmentally sound.”

Sweet Flower

True to their brand promise, the shop feels elevated and sophisticated. For the consumer who knows their way around product and savvy packaging but eager to learn more and engage with the “Sweet Florists” who will help curate a usage plan for you.

They Sweet Florists, as the sales people are referred to as, are lovely and well educated cannabis concierges, ready to guide you through our selection and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Customer experience is clearly a priority.

HIGH NOTES:

Unparalleled customer service

Highest quality, locally-sourced products, and retail environments distinguished by their design and inviting ambiance.

Committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer and to addressing the needs of the communities it serves. 

The store is so bright, sunny and lovely – the sales peeps were incredible and overall, an amazing welcome addition to the neighborhood. It’s perfect for someone like me who only identifies with cannabis for its wellness capacities.


  • Address:
    8163 Melrose Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90046Hours:
    Mon – Sun: 8am -10pmTel:
    (323) 591-2662Get Directions
  • A few FYIs:
    ATM available

    Credit cards accepted through
    the Linx payment system

    Complimentary valet with purchase 
    during select hours
Exterior photo of the Sweet Flower Studio City store in Los Angeles.
Interior photo of the Sweet Flower Studio City store in Los Angeles.

Prolon Discount Code for Groomed LA Readers!!

April 11, 2019

For $25 off a single Prolon box, use: GROOMEDLA at checkout.

For Prolon subscriptions, get 10% off/month ($22.50), with GROOMEDLASUB

Super EASY – click this Prolon link which is my personal page – As you know I am obsessed  with with Prolon and hunted them down (re: stalked) until I was able to get a code for my listeners, readers and followers. This shows them I am not kidding when I say I want to and WILL share the fasting love. WOOT!

I had a few friends joining me on 2nd round (for first timers, it’s recommended to do 3 months in a row) and now I am getting us all mentally prepared for round 3. You totally need to join us on May for Mother’s Day! Yup. What better a gift than the gift of longevity?!

My first tip (and I’ll give a bunch as we get closer to May) is fast with a friend. We all know how the buddy system works. We text, we talk, we get into our feelings about not shoving food in our pie holes JUST BECAUSE. We talk to our hunger! And each other.

Here’s a sneak peak of the sched:

Next, my biggest tip: shift your perception from glass half empty attitude to half full. It’s not about five days going ‘without’ but rather what you will gain. You will be so surprised to discover ALL THERE IS when food is not there (for the most part, or, food on your usual terms). A feeling of spaciousness, quiet, clarity, serenity. You’ll gain control over your hunger (yes, you’ll feel ‘hunger’ and then it passes and you’ll think wow, that’s it?? I am totally fine!) and your fear of hunger once you see what’s on the other side.

But this is just one of psychological and emotional boosts – the Prolon #fastingmimickingdiet is for longevity and health, first and foremost. However I do believe our psychological attachment to food is the hardest thing to get over and why some people will lose out on the health benefits – for some it seems too scary to get going. Not to mention the fear of failure.

Cool thing is there is a huge community on their Facebook page too – with Q and A’s with the doctors and lots of support.

Head to my podcast with Dr. James Kelly to learn about the science of fasting. I can’t believe we are not all fasting more. (yet!)

So many levels of self-awareness revealed themselves to me, in my first round. But that was just icing on the cake (no pun). The 5 day fasting with food is the only way to get the full effects of fasting only WITH food.

Think: Enhanced Performance: Feel greater focus, clarity and energy, through the benefits of a leaner body. Fat Focused Weight Loss: Fastest way to lose fat (especially belly fat) while protecting lean body mass.Enhance Cellular Function: Trigger stem cell-based regeneration and autophagy, (the clean up of aging & damaged cells) & promote stem cell-based renewal. Metabolic Health: Maintain healthy levels of blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as markers of inflammation for overall wellness.

I completely mastered my hunger (and total FEAR of it) to the point where I’m now on a 36 hour fast and it’s like NO BIG DEAL (Thank you @metabolicmike for your FB group!!).

I feel INCREDIBLE – as in two months later – LASTING effects, weight loss, hunger and mind control – insane energy. It’s so damn good.

My third month is in May – WHO IS JOINING ME??

For $25 off a single Prolon box, use: GROOMEDLA at checkout.

For Prolon subscriptions, get 10% off/month ($22.50), with GROOMEDLASUB

 

Veda Spa – Your WeHo Home For Holistic Ayurveda Everything

April 9, 2019

How is it possible such a precious healing center is so close to me and it’s taken me months to get here? NO IDEA!
Anyway – let’s get right into this beauty. The ONLY true integrative wellness and treatment center in town.  

VEDA is the perfect combination of holistic ancient modalities with a totally savvy modern flair.

The perfect balance of our physical and spiritual selves. 

The treatments are a combo of Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Astro Psychology, Physical Therapy, Cupping, Hypnotherapy, Energy Healing, Physical Release Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Diet Management for preventative measures and in healing the mind, body, soul.

Seriously, what else IS THERE?

Panchakarma - 5 Day

“We are not your standard wellness center, our approach encourages the maintenance of health, strengthening the immune system, removing toxins and renewing energy by paying close attention to balance. Starting with a Consultation, our Therapists work with you to determine what internal imbalances may be causing discomfort, food sensitivities or intolerances, a sluggish metabolism, digestive issues, infertility or skin problems (just to name a few). Our Therapists use your test results to customize a dietary, physical and supplement protocol that fits your lifestyle to repair and balance your biochemistry to promote optimal health and happiness.”

Panchakarma - 7 Day

I walked into this gem of a retreat nestled right across from Urth Cafe. It is so pretty, you’ll want to sit and chill and well, never leave. Especially after being greeted by the loveliest of women, warm and open-armed – clearly in the mode to give and share their expertise.

The Ayurvedic principles seek to balance the natural elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire. I need this is spades. 

Panchakarma is something I have been dying to do. It’s a daily commitment ( 5 to 7 days) and this is the only place in town that offers it.

“This traditional healing system promotes deep relaxation in the mind while balancing the entire nervous system. All treatments integrate herbal oils from traditional recipes and are prescribed according to your specific body and mind type. Panchakarma also includes a unique diet program and counseling, basic yoga therapy, herbal teas and recommendations on herbal supplements. Panchakarma can be effective for addressing acute ailments and is highly recommended on a yearly basis as a comprehensive part of health maintenance to promote longevity, beauty along with overall mental health and wellness. Private consultations with our professional certified practitioners, will determine your mind / body type to create a unique Panchakarma health program for you. Pancha Karma programs are designed to various health care needs from preventative health, for weight reduction, sleep issues, stress and even toxicity.”

Shirodhara Balancing Oil Treatment

Two Hand Abhyanga & Swedan

Abhyanga and Swedana therapy begins with Abhyanga, a rhythmic gentle body massage that uses warm medicated herbal oils to stimulate the circulation of blood, lymph, and prana (energy). After this relieving massage, you will enjoy Swedana, a herbal steam tent that removes toxins from the cells, stimulate lymph movement, improves circulation, detoxifies, relieves stiffness, loosens muscles and helps skin tone. This treatment combination improves blood circulation and reduces stress while nourishing the skin and opens up blockages.

Duration – 70 Minute

Ayurvedic Face Lift Massage

This Natural Face Lift Massage & Facial Rejuvenation is an anti-aging technique based in Ayurveda and is a gentle face massage that relaxes the facial muscles and stimulates the marma points (Energy Points) which helps remove physical and emotional energy blockages. It increases facial micro-circulation, lymph flow and, the natural metabolism of the skin tissue, thereby promoting regeneration of healthy, younger looking skin, as well as; improving the skin’s natural capacity to retain moisture. Through the use of warm fragrant oils and strokes, this treatment not only leaves the skin feeling smooth, glowing and revitalized, but also, relaxes the mind. Combining outer beauty and inner balance.

Duration – 60 Minutes

Visceral Manipulation / Craniosacral Therapy with Accupressure

Visceral Manipulation / Craniosacral Therapy with Accupressure

The first part of the treatment will include a visceral massage that focuses on your abdominal organs such as liver, kidneys and intestines. This gentle manual therapy aids your body’s ability to release restrictions that cause pain and dysfunction. The second half of the treatment will include a gentle touch craniosacral therapy. During this part of the treatment you’ll experience a wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body which helps to heal musculoskeletal diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Neck & Back pain, colic, migraine headaches and central nervous system disorders.
Duration – 90 Minutes

Shirodhara Balancing Oil Treatment

A deeply relaxing Third-eye Therapy where a stream of Ayurvedic herbal medicated warm oil is poured continuously over the forehead to promote physical and emotional balance. It calms the central nervous system as it opens up blocked energy channels. Benefits of this treatment include imbalances, stress, anxiety, depression, and  insomnia. Promotes circulation and detoxification giving you a peaceful state of mind.

VEDA

606 Westmount Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hours
Monday – Saturday
9am – 6pm

Phone
424.284.3800

WELLNESS WEEKEND WITH LOCAL MERCATO AND THE GRIFFIN CLUB

March 11, 2019

GRIFFIN CLUB: Address3084 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Check out the link here!

Join Local Mercato & the Griffin Club for a weekend of self care. Each day will focus on cutting edge restorative wellness, health & fitness.  Learn from experts (doctors & scientists), listen to community thought leaders, engage in workshops, and experience the latest in beauty and fitness.

Daily Programming from 9-4pm

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What you get:

  • Workouts
  • Speakers
  • Self Care (Mini Restorative Treatments & Workshops)
  • Shop a curated wellness marketplace of brands: HPE Athleasure, Roam Shoes, Cannabis Pop-Up + ULIV Skincare
  • All day access to one of LA’s most distinguished sports and lifestyle members only clubs . Enjoy the pool, locker room (sauna, steam, shower), and more
  • Delicious & Healthy Snacks throughout the day + Lunch
  • Restorative swag bag
  • Full day programming (see below)
  • Tickets: $60 (1 day pass) or $90 (2 day pass)
Phone(310) 836-4400