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Gluten Free Make-UP

Being gluten free doesn’t stop at what you eat, it can include what is put on your skin as well; And that is the case for me, its not a trend, its an allergy!  My consumption or exposure to gluten comes at a high price, it can cause my throat to swell, itching, and even cause sever break out. In other words its a problem!  Until I became gluten intolerant I didn’t realize makeup, even some lotions, contain gluten (wheat).  Yes make-up!! Once I became aware that wheat can be found in make-up I went on a make-up hunt, as I am always down for a bomb beat.  

The gluten sensitive brand, that happens to be vegan, that I have fallen in love with is Hourglass.  It is easy to apply, has an incredible natural finish, doesn’t cause me to look oily after long time wear and doesn’t cause me to break out AKA my winner.  Although I found my go to brand quickly, I still did further research in case I work with a makeup artist who needed additional options.  

Too Faced Cosmetics’ entire line except for their Borderline Lip Pencil is gluten free.  Although I haven’t used their foundation, their eye shadows and Melted Gold Liquified Gold lip gloss, is to die for. Another gluten free line is Afterglow Cosmetics.  Their products are produced in a gluten-free facility and are gluten free certified. I’m also extremely interested in Sweat Cosmetics, it is a line specifically formulated for active women and also gluten free and vegan.  Lastly, Rihanna’s line Fenty beauty does not use gluten in their products.  Which is awesome, I haven’t tried it yet, however I’m eager to try the eye catching highlighter Trophy wife... need I say more!!

During my search I was happy to discover there are a number of gluten free make-up lines.  I must admit when I began my search I had NO IDEA what  I was going to find ;-)!

If you know other gluten lines DM me on IG @mackenziesjourney, or leave a comment below… I’m always interested in what else is out there!

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Pineapple Kale Smoothie

Try my refreshing and tasty Kale and Pineapple Smoothie. Below is the recipe… This is one of my favorite after practice drinks:

1.5 cup of Kale

1 cup of Frozen Pineapple

1 cup of Almond Milk

1 scoop of Mega Foods Daily Tumeric

Ginger to taste (helps with inflammation)

Honey to taste

want to make it with me? click here

 

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A Healthy Balance

Being an asthmatic Athlete isn’t impossible but is definitely a challenge. As an athlete with asthma, I’m constantly balancing my work load against my health. It’s important to understand that asthma is a beast sometimes it is dormant, nevertheless there, and needs to be managed; in managing it, it is crucial to understand your triggers, and pay attention to patterns.

In my case, my asthma is allergy induced. Anytime the Santa Ana Winds hit the probability of me having an attack is higher, or, if I am in an environment with my

allergens. Given my allergies are environmental, there are times I can’t avoid them, in these instances my plan of attack is:

– Limit my exposure as much as possible

– Use a Neti pot to rinse my nose when I get home

– Drink hot tea

– Drink juices with ginger

– Get extra rest

Even though I do all these things, there is still a possibility that my asthma will be triggered. In that case, I must accept that, I am not at my best, and training may require alterations. For instance, take more rest, do shorter reps, or back off all together. It’s better to prevent an episode and miss a day or 2 of training vs a week trying to push through 1-day.

Overall, being active with asthma is possible, in fact it is good for you. The key is to know your triggers, have a plan of action if you are exposed to your triggers, be able to identify if you are compromised, and be able to rest if needed.

I have dealt with my asthma and playing sports since I was 13, and have seen it change over the years, if you are interested in more information on how to manage it, do not hesitate to reach out.

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Welcome

Welcome to MacKenzie’s Journey!

At 13, I decided to be a track star and earn a scholarship to college ✅ At 21, I decided that I would compete for a spot on the US Olympic team and become an Elite Athlete ✅✅ At 25, I decided that I was ready to be my own boss ✅✅✅…

The drive, strength, and discipline learned in sport has set my foundation and has empowered me to believe in ME. Through my images, posts, and videos, I will share my experiences and tips in business as I build and grow my company, and will also share my interpretation of beauty,style, and my success and struggles on the track.

Through my journey, I have developed a passion for not only fashion and all things bling and glam, but an admiration to watch and help others succeed and reach their goals. I hope to provide my readers and followers with inspiration, motivation, the confidence to chase their dreams, and be the best version of themselves…. with that said, sit back–relax and join me on my journey!