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A VEGAN IN VEGAS!

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You may not think vegan eating is synonymous with Las Vegas, but you can be confident in knowing that if you have chosen a meatless lifestyle, “Sin City” does in fact give up the goods! As a Los Angeles resident, I have visited Las Vegas quite a few times and I’ve never left hungry (or broke, thank goodness). Below, is my take on great places to enjoy vegan fare, whether on or off the strip!

Vegas StripThe Wynn and Encore on the strip offer vegan selections – owner Steve Wynn is vegan. I guess he wanted to be sure he could eat well in his own hotel! My go-to favorite is the Society Cafe at Encore.

Gonzalez Y Gonzalez at New York New York on the strip is another place to enjoy great-tasting vegan options. I ordered the veggie fajitas and I think those were the best I’ve ever had! The vegetables were grilled to absolute perfection and thank goodness I had someone with me to help eat them up! All I had to do was ask them to hold the cheese and sour cream!

We also traveled off the strip and went to Pura Vida Bakery and Bystro on Western Avenue. I came across this place from searching online and let me tell you – the reviews I read before heading over there are SO well-deserved! I love breakfast/brunch and the vegan French toast left me wanting more! All of Pura Vida’s dishes are non-GMO and organic – you could definitely taste the difference. Check out a full write up on Pura Vida on my website!

WholeFoodsVeganThere was also a Whole Foods nearby that wasn’t stingy at all with their vegan selections!

This, my friends, is but a short list of options and all it takes is a little research and ambition and to be eating well with the rest of them in between hitting the slots! You can find vegan grub just about anywhere, even in places you wouldn’t expect!

In between some of the more indulgent choices, I suggest filling up on fruit, veggies and greens as well! I was even able to squeeze in working out! When traveling, I say enjoy but don’t overdo it. Living a healthy lifestyle is a daily commitment so being mindful while traveling is always a good idea.

The vegan lifestyle is not about deprivation and difficulty, as some may believe. It may require a little more planning, but the payoff is always well worth it! The Happy Cow is a great resource in finding vegetarian and vegan friendly spots all over the world. So, happy travels and plant-based eating no matter where life may take you!

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Christa Shelton is a vegan health coach and speaker dedicated to educating and helping people transition to the lifestyle through personalized coaching and meal planning. She has been vegetarian since 2001 and transitioned fully to veganism in 2006. Christa also dedicates herself to maintaining an active physical fitness lifestyle that includes cardio and weight training and is in the midst of preparing for her first fitness competition

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

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Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy

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Leading Online Retailer Yandy.com CEO Dishes on Best Swimwear For You and Trends for 2017

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We think it’s fair to assume that our January cover feature, Elise Neal, can rock anything and make it look awesome – especially swimwear. In fact, her black and white mod one-piece suit from Yandy sold out soon after our cover release. 

So, but what about the rest of us (lol)? The summer season is fast approaching, and we’re all working hard to get our bodies ready. However, no physique is the same, so what swimwear works best for different body types? What are the hottest trends we can also look for? 

Black Fitness Today chatted with Yandy CEO Thom Brodeur to answer these questions and more. Beginning as a small, start-up business in 2005, Yandy.com has become the leading online retailer of sexy women’s specialty apparel. Yandy.com offers thousands of stylish items in everyday intimates, lingerie, swimwear and costumes for millions of women around the world, of all shapes and sizes. 


Thom, how is Yandy making a splash in the world of fashion?

Yandy’s goal is to make our mark by transforming the business from a marketplace of 10s of thousands of SKUs across a dozen+ categories to a fashion brand with a sharp eye for on-trend, fashion forward design, quality construction and materials, and the right fit for real women. Our objective is to provide a wide-but-manageable variety of sexy lingerie, everyday intimates (bra & panty), swimwear, active and loungewear to every woman in every shape, size and ethnicity all underscored by our core mission…to help every woman find and own her own brand of sexy.

The brand’s mission is to help every woman discover or re-discover her own brand of sexy. Whether a celebrity like Elise Neal or an everyday woman, how does Yandy swimwear cater to women of varying body types, and what styles/pieces are best for different body types (i.e., athletic, curvy, petite, etc.)? 
Our styles were designed with a wide range of tastes and requirements in mind. Our sporty high neck styles accentuate an athletic physique. Our sexy one piece suits with high cut legs look great on a petite frame, and our high waisted silhouettes hug a curvier figure in all the right places. If you saw the Yandy Swim 2017 Collection that debuted recently at New York Fashion Week; you would have seen models ranging from 5’7 to 6’, size 0 and up, body types from athletic to curvy and full figured, and a range in ethnicities to represent our perspective on what sexy swim is… on a global level. The ideal woman’s look, figure, shape and size is different any and everywhere in the world you go. Yandy wants to continue to bring more of that to the forefront.

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What are the biggest trends in swimwear for summer 2017?
We’ve designed and put a lot of high necklines, long sleeves, high cut hips, low plunging necklines, chic off-the-shoulder looks and high waisted styles into our latest swim collection, and so far, have seen very favorable customer response. We’re excited for swim season to kick into full gear. It’s always great to let the market pick your winners, and then refine your design efforts for future cycles based on real customer feedback.

The suit worn by Elise Neal on our Jan. cover was immediately highly sought after. What can a buyer expect when they receive their Yandy swimwear? 
Yandy customers can expect sophisticated, on-trend swimwear with unrivaled fit and quality, that when worn, will make them feel confident and sexy. 

Browse Yandy’s vast array of swimwear and specialty apparel, and keep up with the brand: 

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