BulletProof: A Way Of Life

bulletproof

 

I’m proud to announce that I will be an affiliate for Bulletproof starting today. After much consideration, I have decided to take this step. I’ve been using Bulletproof products for over three years, and I’ll never forget when I made my first cup of Bulletproof coffee. When you first take a sip of Bulletproof coffee, you’re going to feel like a superhero. You’ll feel energized, focused, and ready to take on whatever comes your way. The founder of Bulletproof coffee, Dave Asprey, has brought a lot of attention to how we eat, what we eat, and most of all, how we take care of ourselves. Dave Asprey continues to pave the way on how to be more healthy and how to achieve optimal performance in your everyday life. You can expect to see product reviews, informational posts, and how Bulletproof products fit into my lifestyle. Even if you don’t fully immerse yourself into the Bulletproof way of life, my goal is to inform you and educate you on something that will benefit the way that you live your life.

Sincerely,

Justin Marroquin

February 28th, 2017

Product Review: 1.M.R Vortex Pre-Training Powder

1.M.R Vortex

 

Choosing a pre-workout can be a pain. There are so many to choose from, and a lot of them just don’t work effectively. Have no fear: you’re in good hands. Being the human guinea pig that I am–I have tried several pre-workouts over the years, and I’ve come across some good (and bad) pre-workouts. About a month ago, I was at Walmart and came across this product. For twenty dollars, you can’t go wrong with this product. This pre-workout will give you the boost that you need for your workouts and more. But please be advised: taking two scoops of this product will give you an insane amount of energy, and I don’t recommend taking this product a few hours prior to your bedtime (unless you want to stay up the whole night). I really enjoy using this product, and I’ve been whipping through my workouts lately. So if you’re looking for something inexpensive and that will aid you in your workouts–then try this pre-workout out. You just might be pleasantly surprised.

Enrapture: Erica Gore

 

Erica Gore

Playboy has had some exceptional women represent their brand: Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson, and Carmen Electra have represented Playboy very well over the years, but there is one model that is ready to take the reins and represent the Playboy brand for years to come. Erica Gore was just recently named Playboy South Africa’s Miss March 2015. Erica is just getting started and with her gorgeous looks and great attitude–there is no limit on what she can do.

 

 

You were recently named Playboy South Africa Miss March 2015. What kind of emotions did you have when you found out?

Erica Gore: I was so excited that I was shaking! Ha ha. Like, what? Me? Really? I’m so honored and thankful for the opportunity! I couldn’t be happier.

 

What does it feel like to be a part of the iconic Playboy brand?

Erica Gore: Amazing! Growing up, I always thought those girls were so gorgeous and glamorous, but I never thought I would be in this position. To be able to be a part of something that you always looked up to is just incredible.

 

Erica Gore

 

When did you take an interest in modeling?

Erica Gore: I took an interest in modeling when I was about 12-years-old. I mean, what little girl doesn’t want to be a model? But I got turned down a lot for stuff at that age because I didn’t have the right body type for the typical model. My hips were too wide, and I wasn’t quite the height they were looking for. I moved to California to pursue a dance career, and that is where I discovered glamour modeling and completely fell in love with it.

 

You’re also into fitness. How important is being healthy and working out to you?

Erica Gore: So important! I’m at the gym everyday trying to keep in shape for my shoots. I love food way too much, so the gym is definitely a must. And plus, it just makes you feel like a sexy beast, ha ha.

 

Now that you’re a part of Playboy, what other companies/publications would you like to be involved with?

Erica Gore: I would love to be involved with Maxim or Sports Illustrated. Basically anything sexy.

 

Erica Gore

 

What’s the most difficult part about being a model?

Erica Gore: I would say the hardest part about being a model is teaching yourself that you aren’t going to be perfect for all of your audience, and even the people you work for. Everybody has flaws, but learn to love yours and realize it’s what sets you apart. You’ll have fans that absolutely adore you, and you’ll have people who will criticize everything about you. But when you learn to love everything about yourself, nobody in this business can bring you down.

 

How do you separate yourself and stand out from other models?

Erica Gore: I don’t think of it as a job at all. Every time I walk into a shoot, it’s just a blast! I’m always having fun and laughing with the whole crew. I mean, why not make their job fun too?

 

Erica Gore

 

What do you want people to think and feel when they see you?

Erica Gore: Oh lord, who knows. Um, I have been told that I bring really good energy wherever I go! It’s all about the vibes!

 

Erica Gore

 

Before 2015 ends, what is one specific thing that you would like to accomplish?

Erica Gore: This year I want to start competing in figure competitions, so that is what I’m currently preparing for. I also want to travel and see a lot more places in the upcoming months!

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to accomplish a goal that they’ve set in their life?

Erica Gore: To not give up! Every time you fail, that’s one step closer to achieving your goal. You learn a new lesson every time. Every dream comes to you for a reason and the harder you work, the harder it is to give up. Just know that you can achieve anything if you want it bad enough.

 

Erica Gore

 

Follow Erica on Twitter 

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See more of Erica at Playboy South Africa 

 

 

 

Why Bulletproof Coffee Should be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

 

Bulletproof

 

Have you ever considered putting butter in your coffee? I’m gonna take a wild guess, and say you haven’t. It might sound like a bad idea to you, but I can assure you that it’s not. Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof and author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet, is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who has sparked millions of people to try Bulletproff Coffee. The basis of Bullet Proof coffee is to provide you with razor-sharp focus, mental clarity, and boundless energy. Having tested and tried this coffee myself, I can vouch for the claims that Dave Asprey is making. Upon drinking my first cup of Bullet Proof coffee, I felt instantly energized, and I was focused like I’ve never been before. There was something to this special blend of coffee, and I was hooked. Needless to say, I got away from being “Bulletproof” and it wasn’t until recently–when my girlfriend was interested in trying Bulletproof coffee–that I got back into being “Bulletproof” and I realized that I was ignorant for ever getting away from it. Just like anyone would do, Mr. Asprey presents a business with his “Bulletproof” line of products. I’ve tried several of his products, and they’re all legit. The only problem that you’ll run into with his products–is that they’re a bit pricey. For some, that won’t be a problem but for others–it will be. So, I devised a plan for you to enjoy Bulletproof coffee on a budget. Now some “Bulletproofers” will not agree with my plan, but this is for people who want to enjoy Bulletproof coffee, at an affordable price. After trying a ton of coffee (some good and some not so good) and with the help of my girlfriend (she’s a barista at Starbucks) I came up with this plan. In addition to my plan, I will also include the original Bulletproof coffee recipe. Have fun making this coffee, and let me know if you liked it (or not).

 

The original Bulletproof Coffee recipe

2 cups of hot brewed coffee made with Upgraded beans

Up to 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter

Up to 2 tablespoons Brain Octane MCT oil 

 

Here is my alternative Bulletproof Coffee recipe

One brewed Starbucks K Cup (Veranda Blend Blonde or Pike Place Roast)

Up to 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter. This ingredient is an absolute must. If you try this with salted butter, you will most likely throw up; it’s disgusting (trust me).

Up to 2 tablespoons MCT oil.

Add Stevia to taste.

Once you brew the coffee, put in your MCT oil, butter, and stevia (if you like). Blend all ingredients in a blender. I use the “Bullet” brand blender, but any blender will do. Blend for 20-30 seconds, and you’ve just made yourself one heck of a cup of coffee. There you have it. Not everyone is going to like this type of coffee, but that’s okay. It’s all about experimenting and seeing what works for you and your body.

 

 

 

Why 7 Minute Workouts are the Secret Ingredient

7 Minute Workout

 

Should I workout or not? That question is always bouncing back and forth in our heads, like a tennis match. Well, now there seems to be an effective way to squeeze that workout in, whether you’re busy or not. The New York Times has come out with their “Scientific 7 Minute Workout” app on your phone, tablet, or computer. To be honest, I’ve only tried it once, and that’s not enough to tell if worked properly. I’ll be giving this workout a trial run, and if it’s effective or not, I’ll let you know. Until then, check out the app linked below.

Click here: The New York Times 7 Minute Workout 

Unbreakable: Nicole Ferreira

Nicole Ferreira

 

Looking at Nicole Ferreira, you would quickly determine that she is a very beautiful woman. Aside from her beautiful looks, Nicole has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; and her Masters Degree in Social Work. If that’s not enough, Nicole was a former fitness and bikini competitor. She’s the kind of girl who sets her mind to something and when she achieves it, she moves on to the next. Always stretching her comfort zone and constantly finding ways to improve  herself, Nicole Ferreira is one woman who will always stick out in your mind.

 

When did you decide to become a model?

Nicole Ferreira: I decided to become a model in 2002, after I was asked to do a test shoot for newsstand magazines American Curves and Musclemag. At the time, I was competing in the Fitness America Pageant (this was the fitness competition that appeared on ESPN for 1/2 episodes in the 1990’s.) I was standing in line at registration and a photographer that worked for the magazines approached me, and asked me to do a test shoot. That photo shoot turned into my first eight page layout, and transformed into the modeling I continue to do today. I was 30 years-old when I started modeling, which is quite “non-traditional” and it had been a dream of mine since a child. I mistakenly came across a Playboy magazine when I was a tween lol. I thought the photos of the women were so beautiful. Also, in high school my boyfriend at the time (who now is my hubby) had photos of fitness models in his locker and I loved those images. I said, “I want to be a model like that some day,” and I did.

 

What was modeling like for you when you first started out?

Nicole Ferreira: When I first started, it was a dream come true. The modeling came to me, because I was competing in a renowned Fitness Pageant where magazines and photographers were looking for potential models. I was lucky to have been selected, and that photographer also owned his own newsstand magazines, and I became a monthly feature in his magazines, along with being the main writer. This photographer still shot on film, and there was no Photoshop. How the photo went into the camera was how it came out. I was trained well. In 2005, I had enough confidence to attend a Playboy casting call in NYC, and to my delight I was selected/hired to shoot with them. That evolved into four publications in Playboy Special Edition magazines: Vixens (twice), Sexy Girls Next Door and Hot Shots. That brought me up to the year 2007, and that’s when I had my son, and I took a few years off. I got back into modeling in 2010, and decided not to travel anymore due to my desire to be home with my beloved family. I’m so pleased that I continue to get published and featured in some major magazines like newsstand magazines Planet Muscle and Bizsu, along with a recent feature on Playboy Bulgaria online in May/June 2014 (at 42-years-old). I continue to get published monthly in a variety of independently owned magazines. I find it more challenging to stay in print consistently.

 

Nicole Ferreira

 

Did you want to achieve anything in particular when you decided to become a model?

Nicole Ferreira: Becoming a model came so quickly, and unexpected, that I really didn’t formulate any specific goals. Starting off with an eight page layout in a newsstand magazine was pretty terrific to me, so I was just ecstatic to continue to work with this photographer and be in print monthly. Going to the newsstand every month, and getting myself in a magazine, sometimes more than one at a time was surreal. After about two years, I thought about Playboy. As I look back, Playboy was definitely a top modeling goal of mine and I was so happy to be a part of that. I hope to be featured with another international Playboy in the future.

 

You have your Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and your Master’s Degree in Social Work. How did you get interested in both of those subjects?

Nicole Ferreira: Thank you for noticing. I became interested in psychology in high school. I was, and still am, intrigued by people’s thoughts, motivations, and feelings. I find parapsychology even more interesting.  After I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, I wanted a job that was secure and well-paying. In this field, you need at least a master’s level degree. I opted for the MSW(Master’s in Social Work) as this was a two-year program that you could be a therapist, third-party bill on your own, and become an administrator immediately. I concentrated on Clinical social work, which is basically a mental health therapist. I was the Clinical Director of an outpatient Mental Health Clinic prior to modeling full-time. I worked in the mental health field for eight years prior to modeling, and I found that I had lost me and only lived for work. That’s why I started competing Fitness Pageants as I had lost the artistic side of me, which was a significant part of me as a child and teen, modeling found me, and I left the mental health field and pursued modeling, with the support of my husband.

 

Nicole Ferreira

 

You’re a very well-balanced, well-rounded person. What/Who do you attribute to you being this way?

Nicole Ferreira: Thank you for the nice complement. I attribute that to a combination of things. As a small child, my parents always told me I was to go to college and get a degree. So that was not even a question in my life. I, however, have this strong artistic side that started as a child. I was always performing, singing, and dancing in a variety of ways. I was part of a music group at a local musical lessons studio, so I was singing on stage. I performed on TV singing as a child. I was dancing on stage. I was a competitive cheerleader; I was in the musicals in high school with lead roles, so I felt like a little “star” growing up. When I went to college and started working, I tried to reincorporate that into my life by working out and entering fitness competitions. I’ve always had my priorities straight: family first, education, and having fun; and pursuing our dreams. Having a mental health degree keeps you in check lol.

 

Most of the general population has no idea what it’s like to be a model, or how the modeling industry works. Can you share from your experiences what it’s like to be one and work in the industry?

Nicole Ferreira: Yes, I agree. There are many stereotypes of what a model is. In my experience, I believe you have to decide what your “goal” is with modeling. For me, it was never about making money or making it my source of income. Thus, I didn’t have to travel all over the place on a whims notice, or move to California, where there’s a concentration of modeling jobs all in one general location. I decided I didn’t want agency representation, because I wanted to be in control of who I shoot with and when. I’m only 5’2” and have a more curvaceous physique so fashion and runway modeling is out. Because of these aforementioned reasons, I only model for fun and artistic expression. Nevertheless, you still experience a host of “characters” on your way. Being told no, becomes almost as often as being told yes. Getting a “thick skin” in regards to the general public (social media) opinions becomes comical.

 

Nicole Ferreira

 

What motivates you to get out of bed every single day?

Nicole Ferreira: My son motivates me to get out of bed every single day. Having a child is truly a miracle. This type of is profound. I enjoy being home with him, teaching him, and being part of his every new experience.

 

We’ve all come across harsh criticism and negativity in our lives. How do you deal with it all?

Nicole Ferreira: I’m lucky to be married to someone who is truly my best friend. Surrounding myself with people who are like-minded is paramount. People will always have an ugly side to them. I disengage from people who are negative and bitter. No one needs that toxicity in their life. I seek out inspirational music, reading, and people. One of my favorite quotes is “when you judge another, you don’t define them, you define yourself.”

 

What’s your definition of success?

Nicole Ferreira: My definition of success is finding love, happiness, and health.

 

Nicole Ferreira

 

What can people expect to see from you in the future?

Nicole Ferreira: I plan to get published monthly in a variety of magazines. You can follow me on Twitter, or Facebook, to find my latest publications.

 

Check out www.nicoleferreira.com for more info.

 

 

January Bulu Box

bulubox-logoIs being healthy one of your resolutions for this year? If it is, I recommend you check out Bulu Box, and what they have to offer. January’s box had some great stuff in it, and I will break down what came in this months box.

 

energems

First up, is energems. Energems contains a proprietary energy blend to help enhance energy and focus. These chocolate candies are the real deal. Each serving (three energems) are equivalent to one energy drink. Sometimes I just don’t feel like making coffee, or drinking an energy drink—so instead, I eat three energems and I’m good to go.

 

Helps Organic R&R

Helps Tea is a 100% natural, herbal tea supplement. As I’m writing this, I am drinking it and it has a good taste. I’m a big tea drinker, and this particular tea is really good.

 

Wiley's Finest Peak EPA

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil contains 4X the Omega-3 than regular fish oil in just one soft gel per day. I’m a big proponent on taking fish oil, and since I train in MMA, it helps a lot. Fish oil should definitely be part of your supplement regimen, and this product is one of the best out there.

 

thirty30 enliven

Thirty30 Enliven is a pre-workout that provides amino acids, energy boosting B vitamins and  electrolytes to get you through your workout, or day. Personally, I take pre-workouts before I train—and they help me perform better and they always give me the boost I need to train hard with intensity. If you’re into pre-workouts, I suggest you give this product a try.

 

SmartyPants

Smarty Pants are adult multivitamins, and they contain added Omega-3’s and Vitamin D. Let’s be honest here: who doesn’t love gummy vitamins? These will bring you back to your childhood, but most importantly, you’ll be getting vitamins that your body desperately needs.

 

If you liked any of the products I just described, just click on the link here http://www.bulubox.com?acc=9dcb88e0137649590b755372b040afad