Celebrate Chocolate for the Skin

dark chocolateIn honor of National Chocolate Day this month, we have to point out some of the key benefits this craved sweet delivers to our skin! Products containing cocoa are known to hydrate the skin and smooth fine lines resulting in younger looking complexions. So be guilt free – this indulgence packs a powerful beauty punch!

In an article titled “19 Amazing Benefits Of Dark Chocolate For Skin, Hair And Health” on StyleCraze.com it states “dark chocolate is also packed with potent antioxidants and contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthy and beautiful. Powerful antioxidants like flavonoids help avoiding cardiovascular disorders and reduce risks of strokes.”

In addition to health benefits, skin benefits are realized as well. In the StyleCraze.com article, 6 skin benefits are provided from using dark chocolate.

  1. Dark chocolate is a skin-friendly ingredient that helps keeping your skin healthy, glowing and just flawless.
  2. As mentioned above, dark chocolate hosts a range of potent antioxidants. These antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage; keeping it soft, supple and juvenile for long.
  3. With great sun protection properties, it shields your skin against detrimental UV rays and thus helps preventing conditions like sunburns and skin cancer.
  4. Regular consumption of dark chocolate helps you achieve a smooth, problem free complexion. It also keeps your skin moist and well nourished.
  5. Dark chocolate makes an excellent skin-detoxifier in combination with caffeine. It sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.
  6. Stress is a huge beauty bummer. If not checked, it can ruin your entire personality. Dark chocolate boasts wonderful stress-relieving qualities and work wonders in getting you a glowing skin by reducing elevated stress hormones.

A Reader’s Digest article concurs as it featured an article titled “3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate”. It believes dark chocolate can protect the skin. “German researchers found that the flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, and improve skin’s hydration and complexion.”

So when reaching for the chocolate, select the dark chocolate though as it has a much higher concentration of the beneficial antioxidants that deliver results to the skin! So whether a tasty treat, a chocolate spa treatment or a topical skin care cream with chocolate, go ahead and splurge! After all, it’s National Chocolate Day!

New Year: Use your mind for change in 2015

New Year: Use your mind for change in 2015Why do people try and fail at setting New Year’s resolutions year after year?
The answer is, most us are unable to access the innate power of the mind that we all have to create the change we want in our lives, says Joey Klein, a word-renowned personal development expert, martial arts champion and author of the new book, The Inner Matrix: A Guide to Transforming Your Life and Awakening Your Spirit.

Why do so many people buy gym memberships after the holidays only to quit after a few days or weeks? It’s because most of us lack the mental discipline to successfully complete our New Year’s resolutions, Joey, who is the creator of Conscious Transformation™ – an internal development system that allows people access the vast untapped power of the mind to create desired outcomes in their lives.

The answer to break out of that pattern and create the change we want in 2015 lies in mindful meditation – and its ability to rewire our brains.

The National Institutes of Health has funded more than 120 studies on meditation at many of the United States’ most prestigious universities and teaching hospitals, and as Joey notes: “The research uniformly supports meditation as a powerful tool for brain health and overall well-being on the mental, emotional, and physical levels. It is hard to think of another area of science where the outcomes of such a large and diverse number of studies have been so positive and compelling.”

Tips to achieve goals in the New Year

  • Start with a modest time commitment: Research shows that a small amount of daily meditation, just 15 to 20 minutes a day, actually alters the size of portions of the brain, the blood flow in the brain, and what parts of the brain are active in any given situation -–¬¬ all changes for the better. “To begin discovering the imprints in the mind, just sit with the mind for 20 minutes a day,” Joey says. “During that time, do not play music, focus on your breath, meditate, or use any techniques to try to quiet the mind. Instead, just sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, and give the mind permission to think whatever it wishes.”
  • Stressful thoughts? No worries: People often find stressful thoughts come flooding in when they first try to meditate. The key is not to try to suppress them but let them unfold, Joey says. “When you have a thought, acknowledge it: That is my mind thinking a thought. The thought is not good or bad, positive or negative; it simply is an expression of energy created by my mind….Do not judge or become attached to what shows up in the mind; just be an observer of the mind’s internal function.”
  • Sit up straight and breathe! “When meditating, always sit with the spine straight, either on the floor or in a chair, close the eyes, and breathe in and out through the nose,” Joey says. “In this practice, your attention is on the breath. As you begin to breathe, focus on your center. Your center is located approximately two inches below the belly button and an inch back toward the spine. Gently inhale through the nose, drawing the breath into your lower abdomen while imagining a small golden sun in that space. Imagining a sun or a star in your center gives your mind something to focus on. Then just continue breathing a circular breath—breathing with as brief a pause at the top of the inhale or the bottom of the exhale as possible.”
  • Pick a set time each day: “As you engage in certain activities in your daily life, your brain connects these circumstances with certain ways of being in the world,” Joey says. “Knowing this, you can structure your mindfulness practice so the brain’s love of pattern is at work for you. Routinely practicing in the same place and at the same time of day is just one small way that we can use the fact that the brain likes pattern to support our transformative work.”

“After you get proficient at this practice, you can then begin the process of creating your thoughts,” Joey says. “The goal of this meditation practice is to take the new awareness and tools developed there and apply them in your daily life.”

Here is to releasing the power of the mind for positive change in 2015!

End Morning Skincare Mistakes

morning skincareAs we assess our daily beauty regimen, many are incorporating products and processes to slow down or reverse aging effect; but, actually there are some morning beauty steps women are taking that can be doing the opposite.

In an Oprah.com video “Morning Skincare Mistakes That Make You Look Older”, celebrity skin expert Nurse Jamie discusses the two major skincare mistakes women make and how to avoid accidentally adding years to your complexion.

  1. Using retinol in the morning is a mistake. Nurse Jamie recommends using at night as retinols make you light sensitive. Adding SPF on top does not make it safe for daytime use.
  2. Not rinsing properly after women cleanse. Those who don’t rinse properly can result in a cleanser residue that can lead to clogged pours and dry skin.

But these are not the only beauty mistakes women are potentially making. In an Allure article titled “The 10 Beauty Mistakes That Add 10 Years” other bad choices are exposed including wearing heavy foundation that ages you versus selecting a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation. When it comes to foundation wearing a hue that is too light for your skin can accidently age you too. “Foundation that’s paler than your natural skin tone exaggerates fine lines,” according to Allure article.

Trying to cover up dark circles under the eye too heavily with a concealer can age you as well. “The skin under the eyes gets thinner as we age, making thick cover-up look like concrete,” the article continues.

Lots of emphasis on the eyes! Next time you apply mascara, consider skipping the lower lashes. “It highlights crow’s-feet. And dark circles. And it just generally looks bad,” believes Allure article.

An application mistake many make when applying moisturizer is rubbing or applying in a downward motion…this pulls on the skin downward, emphasizing sagging skin. Apply products in an upward position – lift your skin!

We all fight hard to have healthy, youthful appearing skin. Don’t sabotage your good intentions!

Apples, apples everywhere

applesWith photos of apple orchards flooding Facebook this time of year, there are many healthy and tasty uses for this power fruit beyond grandma’s apple pie, which of course, is a must-do autumn tradition. Below are two of our favorites that are simple but pack a powerful punch!

On EatingWell.com in an article titled “5 Health Benefits of an Apple”, the writer states “I know that apples have surprising nutritional benefits that justify the ‘apple a day’ adage,” she continues. “Packing in quite a bit of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (95) makes apples a filling, sweet snack. They also are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C (providing 14% of the Daily Value).”

Here is a healthy alternative to potato chips – think baked apple chips. On Mommyhatescooking.com, this recipe calls for two ingredients: apples and cinnamon. “First it’s simple, you will likely already have the ingredients on hand,” says the blog’s creator Kristy. “Plus, what a wonderful snack or lunch item for the kids.”

The recipe is simple and all you need is some parchment paper, apples, cinnamon, and a little cookie cutter to cut the center out of the apples, the article states. “The hardest part for me was getting the apples sliced thin enough so ours were a little bit more thick than I would of liked but still delicious!”

Simple to make. Here are the directions from Mommyhatescooking.com. Preheat oven to 275 degrees and slice apples in half and as thin as possible. Next use the cookie cutter and cut the core or center out. Place each apple slice on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over all of the apples. Place them on the top rack in the over for one-hour and after an hour, remove them and turn each slice over and then bake for another hour to one hour and 15 minutes.

On Lilluna.com, a healthy apple muffin is provided – sure to delight all ages in the morning!

Ingredients for this recipe from Lilluna.com include:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats {quick or old fashioned} + 3 tbsp for topping
  • 1 1/4 cup crushed bran cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

To make these healthy alternatives to cereal in the mornings, Lilluna.com provides the following directions: Preheat the oven to 375F and line your muffin tin with paper liners. Then mix the eggs, oil, milk, honey, yogurt, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Add 1 cup of the rolled oats and the crushed bran and let soak for 10 minutes. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the wet ingredients in and mix until blended {the batter will be quite thick}. Stir in the grated apple. Scoop the batter into the muffin tin and fill up almost to the top {they rise very little}. Mix brown sugar and the remaining oats together and sprinkle on top. Finally, bake for 15-20 minutes {until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean}.

Need more ideas to inspire you to cook with apples? Visit hellawella.com and view “10 sweet & savory ways to eat your fall apples” where they feature recipes for no-butter apple crisps, creamy coconut yogurt cranberry apple slaw, roasted sweet potatoes and apples and more.

Embrace Fall’s Harvest of Healthy Food Choices

Embrace Fall’s Harvest of Healthy Food ChoicesGood bye summer heat and humidity, flip flops and bathing suits and summer nights; but hello to crisp air, apples, colorful fall leaves, sweaters, bonfires, and everything pumpkin! Take a moment to enjoy the Fall harvest of produce and tasty delights for your healthiest autumn yet.

In an article featured in U.S. News & World Report titled “10 Tips for a Healthy Fall”, it suggests thinking beyond pies and jack-o-lanterns. “All hail The Great Pumpkin! The pulp of this fall favorite is dense with vitamins A and C, and its tasty seeds, called pepitas, are rich in phytosterols, which may help to lower cholesterol,” the article states. “With all the health benefits of pumpkins, don’t they deserve to be more than a craft project that rots a few weeks later?”

Take advantage of in-season produce and vegetables such as beets, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. “Not to mention cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale and squash,” the article recommends. “An abundance of tasty autumn vegetables makes it easy to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, such as diabetes prevention, hypertension control, heart health and more.”

In an article titled “Diet Detective: Fall Healthy Eating Tips” in the Ames Tribune, it also applauds the fall bounty choices that await us – especially the favorite fall apple. “Apples have been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers as well as cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes,” the article outlines. “Apples are loaded with flavonoids such as quercetin, which is important for keeping blood vessels healthy and reducing inflammation throughout the body.”

Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which is said to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the Ames Tribune article adds. “One medium pear has 5.5 grams of fiber, 212 milligrams of potassium and is a good source of vitamin C. All these fruits and veggies are also very low in calories and loaded with nutrients.”

The US News & World Report article also recommends to “Hydrate with tons of water throughout the day, and your immune system will thank you,” it continues. “The foods you eat can also help prevent the cold. Yogurt, with all its probiotic glory, has been shown to boost the immune system, and one serving of seaweed packs more vitamin C than an orange. Another immunity booster? The aforementioned autumn favorite: pumpkins.”

In addition to your fall food favorites, take a moment to embrace the outdoors and take a hike or a go on a bike ride. Take in the ever changing season and all of its beauty!

Loosen Up to Lose Pounds: Relaxation benefits

relaxation and weight lossAs school starts back up and we start to put away our flip flops and beach towels, a more hectic fall pace unfortunately awaits. However, a few relaxation tips, you might be able to ease back into your routine a bit easier and have the added benefit of weight loss!

“Relaxation itself can have miraculous healing abilities and help you lose weight and keep it off for life…..physically, mentally & emotionally,” according to Dr. Brian Alman.

According to a Huffington Post article titled Calm Your Mind, Relax Your Body and Lose Weight, “Stress is often a major cause of weight gain and relaxation can ease your path to healthy weight loss. One way stress impacts body weight is behavioral. You just may eat more when you’re stressed, looking for quick comfort in food.”

Everybody may tell you that you need to relax more and you may already know that you do stress eating, emotional eating and have either a lot of bad habits, dependencies or may be addicted to over-eating and foods that are not going to help you lose weight and keep it off, Dr. Alman adds.

“One of the most effective ways to manage stress is also one of the simplest: Just breathe,” states the Women’s Health article titled Lose Pounds by Lightening Up. “You hear this a lot in yoga class, but you don’t need a mat to practice it. Simply set a timer for eight minutes and find a comfortable seated position. Now begin. Inhale for a slow count of eight, hold, and then exhale for a count of eight. The first few times you try this, your mind will likely wander. Be patient—even the most serene gurus on the planet have this problem sometimes.”

Dr. Alman outlines a guided breathing technique to help you remember to relax as you continue your journey of losing weight and keeping it off.

“Yes – you need to be reminded of it and that’s why we have to practice relaxation and remind ourselves to be relaxed,” he believes. “Focus on your breathing right now. Close your eyes, if you can, and this is called having ‘soft eyes’.”

With your eyes comfortably closed or open – whichever is more practical for you right now – simply accept your breathing however it is. “There is no way you can do this wrong and there is nothing you need to do right,” he adds.

Very much like when you look up at the stars at night, you accept them as they are, Dr. Alman explains. “You don’t try to re-arrange them, change them or fix them in any way.”

You are learning how to do this with your breathing. “Right now, in this very moment, accept your breathing however it is…nose or mouth? Big or little? Fast or slow? It really doesn’t matter.”

Dr. Alman correlates accepting breath patterns to being able to accept your body as it is. “This is just the beginning of a whole new way of using your breathing as a bridge to losing weight and keeping it off for life.”

The Women’s Health Magazine article continues “Our basic inability to relax is the reason most diets fail. When we’re stressed, we’re much more vulnerable. Maybe we eat emotionally. Or maybe because of a stressful life change—even a positive one, like having a child—we get so busy that exercise becomes a remote memory.”

Stress, like a roll of fat above your waistband, isn’t easy to shed, as stated in the Women’s Health article “But by learning a few key ways to slow down, put yourself first, and yes, relax, you can get both under control for good.”

Eating and Making Healthy Foods Last Longer

Healthy Foods We all know that incorporating fresh vegetables and fruits into our daily diets is important for a healthy lifestyle. However, have you ever trekked to the grocery store and loaded up on these important foods only to have them wither away in days? Or do they just sit in the refrigerator and you don’t use them in your meals?

“As the foundation of a healthy diet, consider fruits and vegetables your fountain of youth,” Sidney Fry, MS, RD says in a Cooking Light article titled 12 Ways to Eat More Vegetables and Fruit. “Rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and water, it’s hard to understand how so many can resist that gorgeous nutritional profile. But the hard facts tell us that less than 30% of us – that’s seven out of every ten Americans – are failing to meet the recommended 5 A Day.”

Try adding at least one recommended portion into your breakfast – which many still call the most important meal of the day – such as adding fresh peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms or onions to your egg dishes or stirring in some fresh berries into your cereal or oatmeal.

Another tip in the Cooking Light article is to double up on the veggies. “In soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and casseroles, most recipes call for a certain amount of vegetables,” the article states. “Our advice? Double the amount called for in the original recipe. You are already doing the prep work; so a little extra chopping can go a long way for your vegetable intake.”

So how do you keep these superfoods fresh? In a Shape magazine article titled “8 Hacks to Make Healthy Foods Last Longer” it states the perks of healthy, unprocessed foods are too numerous to even list. “But there are two main downsides: First, they’re often a little pricey. Second, they’re quick to go bad. That can be quite the one-two punch—if you spend the extra money on a fancy juice or organic avocado, it’s especially painful to toss it before you have a chance to enjoy.”

One tip to extend life of berries in the Shape article is to hold off on washing berries. “Moisture encourages berries to spoil, so wait to rinse them off until just before you’re ready to chow down,” as outlined in the article. “Also smart: checking the berry container periodically and picking out any spoiled fruit. They’ll bring the rest of the pint down with them faster.”

Here is a trick to extend life of an avocado. The Shape article suggests to paint an avocado with lemon juice. “Cut avocados contain an enzyme that oxidizes when exposed to air, causing it to turn brown. To halt the process, cover the cut flesh with a thin layer of lemon juice, then a sheet of plastic wrap, and stick it in the fridge. You can use the same trick to keep guacamole fresh too.”

Finally, the ever important salad. Nothing is worse than wilted lettuce that lost its crispness just a couple of days after coming home from the store. The Shape article recommends storing a paper towel with lettuce.  “The disposable cloth will absorb any moisture that forms while your greens are chilling in the fridge, keeping the leaves from wilting. The result: Your Friday salad will taste as crisp and fresh as Monday’s.”

Summer Rays – Choose a Healthy Alternative

sunless tanning While the summer sunshine and hot temperatures may be tempting you for basking in the sun to work on your summer tan, take pause for a moment and consider a sunless tan option that provides a healthy alternative to harmful ultraviolet A rays!

For those especially looking to stop the aging clock and realize the irreversible damage the golden sun can do, they still crave a sun kissed glow!

In an article titled “Sunless Tanning Techniques” in Neonline.com, spray tanning and hand application are two methods to help achieve a summer golden glow. However, regardless of which you pick, there are a few do’s and dont’s before and after treatments.

Pre Treatment tips from Neonline.com include:

  • Shower pre treatment using a mild soap with minimal fragrance and oils
  • Exfoliate skin to ensure longer lasting tan
  • Shaving day of treatment is ok; however, waxing should be done 72 hours prior to avoid skin irritation
  • Dress wearing dark clothes to avoid color transferring to lightly colored clothing
  • Avoid applying lotion prior as that can prevent sunless tanning products from fully absorbing

Post Treatment tips from Neonline.com include:

  • Avoid perspiration
  • Don’t wear a bra
  • Immediately wash palms of hands and avoid splashing water on forearms to avoid streaking
  • Wipe bottoms of feet with wet wash cloth or baby wipes to ensure tanning solution does not tan this area
  • Wait 6 to 8 hours to shower post treatment; if possible sleep in your new tan
  • Avoid hot showers, hot baths, hot tubs and chlroninated pools as these can decrease life of tan while drying out the skin
  • Avoid a pedicure or manicure immediately post tanning treatment (avoid any water contact)
  • Don’t panic if when you do shower you notice color washing off as this is just the bronzer in the solution
  • According to an article titled “Sunless tanning: What you need to know” featured on MayoClinic.org, “The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is the color additive, dihydroxyacetone. When applied, dihydroxyacetone reacts with dead cells in the skin’s surface to temporarily darken the skin. The coloring typically wears off after a few days.”

Sunless tanning products might or might not contain sunscreen, the Mayo Clinic article continues. “If a product does contain sunscreen, it will only be effective for a couple of hours,” the article states. “The color produced by the sunless tanning product won’t protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. If you spend time outdoors, sunscreen remains essential.”

However, not all sunless tanning options are perceived as “safe”. The Mayo Clinic article advises against sunless tanning pills, “which typically contain the color additive canthaxanthin. When taken in large amounts, canthaxanthin can turn your skin orange or brown and cause hives, liver damage and impaired vision.”

Yet, topical sunless tanning options are considered safe as long as they are applied as directed. Be sure to protect mouth, eye and nose areas when applying these products.

So while hitting the beach or pool this summer, be sure to cover up and protect your skin from harmful rays and unnecessary aging. Sunless tanning products have come such a long way in a more realistic look than what used to be perceived as orange and splotchy. Just think you can achieve a sun kissed golden look year-round and at your convenience with no strap lines that you can be proud of and know that you got the glow without harming your skin!

 

Skincare Mistakes to Avoid: Dirty hands, Lack of Hydration & Wrong Type of Hydration

moisterizing dry handsDespite a strict daily beauty regimen to take care of and protect your skin, you could still be making some errors that might be hindering your flawless results. In a NewBeauty video titled “3 Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid for Flawless Skin”,

First mistake NewBeauty lists is not washing your hands prior to cleansing your face. “You’re putting all of that dirt, oil, and not to mention bacteria from your hands directly onto your skin,” according to the NewBeauty.com video. Using an anti-bacterial soap prior to washing your face with your hands reduces contamination.

A second mistake NewBeauty highlights is “not getting enough hydration.” “One of the biggest reasons you might notice lines and wrinkles around your face is the lack of hydration in your skin,” the video illustrates. To test skin hydration levels, use your forefinger and thumb and gently pinch the skin around your face. “Depending on how quickly it ‘snaps back’ will indicate how hydrated and how much elasticity your skin has.”

The third mistake to avoid is “not getting the right type of hydration.” NewBeauty recommends looking for a product that “hydrates from the inside out.”

According to a Real Simple article titled “True or False: Drinking Water Will Hydrate Dry Skin“, there is a fast fix to hydrate skin. “A good moisturizer is best at instantly improving the look and feel of dry skin, and applying one twice a day can help heal serious dehydration,” the article states. “The three key ingredients to look for include stearic acid (a fatty acid), emollient ceramides, and cholesterol.”

While quenching your summer thirst, don’t forget to give your skin a drink!

Summer Stress? Tips to Remove and Relax

-couple-sitting-on-beach-sandAs summer is here, did it arrive bringing a sense of relaxation and ocean breezes or did it roll in like a summer storm with added stress to ensure the perfect summer is planned? Stress has become accepted in our daily lives from work, school, relationships, money, illness and more; but in what decades ago summer break represented a time to relax, do all of the summer camps, playdates and continued work stress continue to mount?

“Now, stress in not always a bad thing. Sometimes it can actually help us concentrate, focus, and do our best in difficult situations,” according to Dr. Brian Alman in his article titled “The Cause of Stress”. “But the normal stress of daily life builds up and causes us serious problems when we push down or repress our perfectly normal feelings about the tough times we’re going through.”

Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. ~Bill Phillips

Think about that for a moment, he adds. “Stress overwhelms us and becomes harmful—becomes distress—only when we ignore, fight against, bury, or smother our feelings. Who knew?”

Dr. Alman lists a few effects of stress. “The effects of stress in your life are best thought of as your unique signals of stress,” he advises. “When severe, these signals can interfere with your life and ruin your health.” Following are some of the most common signals:

  • The cognitive (thinking) signals often include loss of memory, quick (“snap”) judgments, poor decision-making, and trouble concentrating.
  • The emotional signals include moodiness, irritability, sadness, loneliness, worry, anxiety.
  • The physical signals include body aches, a racing heart, nausea, constipation, excessive weight-gain, and the loss of sex drive.
  • The behavioral signals include poor sleep , over-eating, isolation from people, over-use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and neglect of responsibilities.

There are practical things we as adults can do to beat stress. Here are Dr. Alman’s tips:

  1. Breath through your stress
  2. Exercise stress out of your body
  3. Relax away your stress
  4. Talk it out
  5. Keep a journal to express your stress

Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. ~Judith Hanson Lasater

However, even if you achieve a summer easy breezy attitude and state of mind, there are the children. Yes, they too can experience stress even in the summer. Here are a few ways to combat stress this summer geared toward the kids, according to the Huffington Post article titled “5 Summer Stress Busters for Your Kids”.

  1. Make sure that your young kids and teens have structured summer plans with a balance of activities and some down time
  2. Neither make your vacations too long nor too short.
  3. Monitor your teens driving.
  4. Help your kids transition for those two weeks, one month etc. with your ex, if applicable.
  5. Beat Boredom.

This summer, take time to take in a sunrise and a sunset – capture your memories and relax!

Infuse summer dishes with fresh vegetables and fruits

fresh-vegetables-and-fruitsWith summer’s official arrival just weeks away, many of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables are in season and that translates to healthy seasonal eating and lots of cookouts! However, before you rush out to the grocery to stock up on healthy foods, it is important to realize that how you prepare them can be just as important.
In an Oprah.com article titled “How to Get the Most Nutrients Out of Healthy Foods”, it states “If you don’t prepare these foods the ideal way, you might be missing out on many of the nutrients that make them so potentially healthy.” You might not think of the microwave as a cooking tool that helps preserve antioxidants; but it can. “Properly cooking vegetables in the microwave can go a long way toward reducing nutrient loss,” says registered dietitian Sandra Bastin, PhD, in the Oprah.com article. “Microwaving limits the need for heat and water, both of which can cause vegetables to lose nutrients,” the article continues.

Some vegetables are better left uncooked. Kale is one that delivers a powerful punch in its natural form and loses much of its benefits when cooked. “According to one study, boiled kale lost 89 percent of its vitamin C, and its polyphenols (compounds that may lessen your risk of disease) were reduced by more than half,” according to the Oprah.com article.

Yet, cooking nuts, like cashews actually increase antioxidant activity. “Cooking cashews at around 265 degrees for 33 minutes produces nuts that not only are tastier, but also have a higher antioxidant level than their uncooked counterparts, according to research,” the Oprah.com article states.

Something colorful in many gardens this summer are tomatoes. While eating tomatoes raw has benefits, the Oprah.com article references “A 2013 study found that tomato paste had more than double the lycopene (a chemical that may help fight heart disease and cancer) of raw tomatoes; heat breaks down the insoluble fiber in the fruit, releasing lycopene.”

Need some encouragement to eat your veggies? EatingWell.com outlines three benefits of consuming these healthful foods in an article titled “Simple ways to cook 20 vegetables “. Just think that fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and it is known that consuming more fiber can contribute toward weight loss. Or you can reduce risk of heart disease by nearly 25 percent by adding 3 servings of vegetables (or fruit) daily. A third benefit is that eating vegetables (and fruit) in a variety of colors can help fight cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

So when you go to prepare your large summer salad or grilled corn on the cob or even steam potatoes this season, take a moment to research best ways these foods deliver highest nutritional value and enjoy!

Beauty “App”lications are a Tap Away

Beauty “App”lications Looking to enhance your beauty routine? Think the solution might be in the beauty aisle or even at the beauty counter? Think again…beauty tips are just an app away on your smartphone. Not to mention the tutorial videos and how-to photos available on YouTube and Pinterest. Inspiration for the beauty addict awaits!

In a Harpers’ Bazaar article titled “10 Must Have Beauty Apps“, apps allowing you to “virtually trying on makeup to ordering a hairstylists to your doorstep, these are the best beauty apps to download now.”

From virtual dermatologist appointments on Spruce, to scheduling a personal pampering session at your home with Priv (available in NY and LA), these apps add an ease of convenience to beauty and health issues.

For those who love to shop for beauty products, it has never been easier than with Keep Shopping app. “So now your beauty products from Chanel, CVS, Sephora and more can all be purchased at one time through the same cart, making for a seamless shopping experience,” the Harpers’ Bazaar article outlines.

For a personalized beauty profile, upload a selfie and try Visada. “The app breaks down an assessment of your skin and eye care, offering up suggestions on how to improve your beauty regimen,” according to the Harper’s Bazaar article. “For makeup and hair, Visada offers product suggestions in specific colors and shades to help you perfect your beauty routine to a tee.”

L’Oreal has developed an app offering the convenience at home to virtually try on various makeup looks and cosmetic shades. “This app has a real-time camera that allows you to virtually try on any beauty product or shade,” adds the Harpers’ Bazaar article. “The camera acts as a mirror and allows you to try on different beauty looks, showing the makeup on your face as you move.”

Here is a useful beauty app – Mirror. “It turns your front-facing camera into a mirror that is actually usable,” according to BuzzFeed Life article titled “17 Amazingly Useful Apps Every Beauty Addict Needs.” With Mirror, you can take a closer look at any small detail with the digital zoom.

Beauty apps are even designed with idea of saving money. Pop Sugar outlines their recommendations in an article titled “36 Free Beauty Apps You Need to Download Now” including SuperDuper – a pocket essential for beauty junkies on a budget. “This download allows you to find drugstore dupes for your favorite luxury nail polish brands. Love Chanel lacquer in Expression? Try Wet n’ Wild Red, Red for $17 cheaper.”

Beauty has never been more accessible and creative to showcase new looks, give ideas for new products, convenience for scheduling appointments or conducting virtual beauty and medical consultations.

Beauty Advice: True or False?

Beauty Advice Secrets Beauty advice has been passed down from generation to generation and some of the tips, while they sound true, are just myths. Have you heard the one about reducing pore size? Or what about the one to eliminate cellulite? Like the Wizard of Oz, it is time to pull back the curtain. Here is some truth to these timeless shared tales.

In an article in Harper’s Bazaar titled “Debunking 9 Common Beauty Myths”, they tackle a few beauty myths including what happens to hair when you shave, damaging hair by brushing or wearing hair ties, getting wrinkles as a result of how you sleep and more.
Here are two beauty myths from Harper’s Bazaar set straight – one false, one true:

  1. Hair grows back thicker, darker and faster when you shave it.
    False: “Shaving hair is just cutting the end, so it has no effect on root and therefore no effect on growth,” says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, the director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “But shaved hair may look different because the ends are blunt, not tapered.”
  2. Wearing hair ties damages your hair.
    True: “If they’re too tight, they can pull out too much hair and strain and damage the follicle, causing hair loss. Also, wearing them for long periods causes headaches,” says Farel, who warns against sleeping in hair ties.

What about causing wrinkles while sleeping? Unfortunately, this one is true from a few sources. Beauty sleep expert and creator of the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow Patty Colman has one big “no no” while sleeping: Don’t sleep on your face (wrinkles result).

In an article in Cosmopolitan titled “Beauty Myths, Debunked” readers are set straight on a few untrue stories believed in beauty world. Here are two passed down beauty “truths” uncovered. First myth: DRINKING WATER PREVENTS SKIN DEHYDRATION. “Huge myth. It’s oil that keeps skin moisturized, not water. In fact, too much water on your skin will dry it out,” according to the Cosmopolitan article. Second myth: CROSSING YOUR LEGS GIVES YOU VARICOSE VEINS

Wrong. In fact, it’s more about standing too much. If you have a job or do an activity that requires you to stand all day, your veins work overtime to pump blood from legs to your heart, which results in pooling of blood and puffy, dark blue veins

Two of the most untrue beauty myths passed down for decades now is that tanning beds are “safe” and a base tan prevents you from burning. Both could not be further from the truth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a tan does not provide enough protection against the sun. “Actually, a tan is really like a big scab,” says the CDC. “When skin cells are damaged due to exposure to UV rays, the response is to produce more pigment.”

Regarding tanning beds, dermatologists from across the county will stand in line together to state that they are not safe. “In fact, even just one session in a tanning bed increases your risk of melanoma,” stated in a DivineCaroline.com article titled “13 Beauty Myths Debunked”. “When it comes to getting some color, the only safe option is self-tanner. “

What other myths have you been falling for? From crossing your legs causes varicose veins to chocolate causing acne, to toothpaste is an acne healer to majority of sun damage being caused by the time you are 18. Or what about the one that lack of sleep results in dark circles? Time to stop falling for hearsay and separate fact from fiction.

There are so many other widespread myths out there. It is important to research these claims before starting a new practice or stop doing something that could actually be beneficial for you because you have “heard” that is bad.

Meditation: Key to Healthy Eating and Lasting Change

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Joey Klein, author of The Inner Matrix: A Guide to Transforming Your Life and Awakening Your Spirit, shares how meditation techniques can help people permanently change longstanding patterns for better health and fitness. Meditation is one tool that can help people get off the rollercoaster of dieting and overeating.

Here are some of Joey’s tips for how to “eat mindfully” to break the diet/weight gain cycle:

Before eating:

  • Tune in to emotions: Before eating, identify how you feel emotionally. Be aware of the food you desire from this emotional state. Whether you are feeling sad, angry, or anxious, take 90 seconds to acknowledge the emotion that you are feeling.
  • Tune in physically: Ask what your level of hunger is. Is there a particular craving in this moment? Make sure any such craving is not from a level of addiction but instead is a healthy communication from the body.

While eating:

  • Tune in to the body again: Ask what affect is this food having how I feel physically? Does my body feel nourished and vibrant? Also check in on your hunger level again.
  • Stop eating before you are completely full (aim for two-thirds full): “If you quit eating at this point, then the body has plenty of energy to properly digest the food, and you will not be tired after you eat.”

An hour after eating:

  • Check in again with your emotions and physical sensations: Ask how your food choice has affected your overall physical, mental, and emotional state.
  • Look for patterns: If you see negative patterns, try eliminating those foods from your diet and take note of how you feel. Signs that certain foods may not be serving include congestion, fatigue, pain, swelling, foggy mind, and low emotional states. Signs that foods are supporting the body include a clear mind, high emotional state, and abundant energy.

“By developing awareness in this manner, we can see what foods benefit our health and consciousness and what foods are detrimental to our well-being,” Joey says. “Once we have such awareness, we can make conscious choices to eat only what is in service to our highest well-being.”

Spring Forward with Classic and Eclectic Beauty Tricks

Woman with a  secretJust turning the pages of a beauty magazine this time of year and readers might easily become overwhelmed with all of the new spring color palettes and beauty must-have products. However, to help you spring forward there are several beauty secrets that can be integrated into your daily regimen that result in younger looking skin, easier to use cosmetics and great hair.

In a Huffington Post article titled “50 Best Beauty Tips: The Only Beauty Advice You’ll Ever Need” the “do’s”, “don’ts” and even more obscure beauty advice is provided. We have picked our top five beauty tips that you can easily implement into your beauty routine.

The first tip deals with your cosmetics. Freeze your eyeliner. “Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Our friends at You Beauty recommend leaving it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup,” recommends the Huffington Post article. “It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.”

A twist on a tip that might be familiar – rinse hair with beer or vinegar. “Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will up the ante in shine,” the Huffington Post article continues. “Soak your hair in either liquid (not at the same time) for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.”

Warmer temperatures are starting to spread with spring’s arrival. Turn up the heat is our third favorite secret from Huffington Post. “For curlier, flirtier lashes, the experts at You Beauty recommend heating your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.” In fact, in an InStyle article titled “The 25 Best Star Beauty Tips of All Time”, Isla Fisher also recommends to blow dry eyelashes. “To make lashes curl better, take a hair dryer to your eyelash curler for one or two seconds before using it,” recommends Fisher in the InStyle article.

Now here is a twist on anti-aging product and it’s one you have readily available in your kitchen. Use ice cubes to keep fat, acne and wrinkles at bay.The experts at You Beauty recommend massaging an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control,” reports Huffington Post.

You might have heard about using Preparation H under your eyes to reduce swelling, but did you know that you can soothe your stomach and your face with Pepto-Bismol? “Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams,” Huffington Post details. “In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr. Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.”

Bonus secret is an oldie but goodie beauty tip from Woman’s Day’s article “75 Beauty Tips, Tricks and Hacks”. The concept of beauty from within is not a new one – in fact, it’s decades old from September 1961. “Beautiful skin stars from within,” the Woman’s Day article states. “Include lots of vegetables, fruit and water in your diet.” Not bad advice!
What’s your timeless beauty secret that has been passed down from generation to generation or one that you have invented yourself?

 

 

 

Time to spring clean the makeup drawer or bag

makeup-bagSpring cleaning your house is an annual ritual – for many it is the one time during the year when serious deep cleaning happens. When is the last time you cleaned out your makeup drawer or bag? Just like purging your refrigerator, there are certain cosmetic items that should be tossed after a period of time to avoid contamination.

In an article on EverydayHealth.com titled “When It’s Time to Toss Your Beauty Products”, Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California and a dermatologist in private practice in Los Angeles explains that “Most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and stable only for a limited period of time.”

Mascara, make up sponges, foundations and other beauty products all have a shelf life. Just because your mascara tube might still be nearly full, it is highly recommended to replace your mascara every 60-90 days due to germs and avoiding any eye infections. Foundations might be one of your more expensive beauty regimen products, so luckily, this item has a longer shelf life compared to other cosmetic items – typically liquid foundation lasts 6-months to 1-year.

Potentially serious infections can occur when using outdated foundation. Within months bacteria can being to grow that present health risks to your skin, according to EverydayHealth.com. “Some analyses of old makeup have found traces of staphylococcus and streptococcus, both of which have been known to cause potentially serious infections,” the article states. “Strep, for example, can break down the superficial layers of your skin and get into your soft tissue and blood, which can lead to life-threatening conditions including toxic shock and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease).”

Eye makeup is especially vulnerable to bacteria and can pose a health risk, so start here when reviewing your makeup cache for expiration dates, according to the EverydayHealth article. “You use mascara near your eyes, it’s liquid — which tends to grow more bacteria — and you double dip every time you re-insert the brush into the tube, all of which increase the risk of eye infection,” Dr. Wu explains. “Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all beauty products and should be discarded two to three months after opening.”

Another beauty product that can be a bacteria culprit is the eye liner. While eye pencils have a longer shelf life — about a year — old stubby pencils should be tossed out and replaced, recommended by EverydayHealth. “One of the best ways to extend an eye pencil’s useful time is to sharpen it before each use,” Dr. Wu advises.

Use this spring cleaning time to inspect your makeup brushes. Have you cleaned these in the past month? If not wash these to again avoid “recycling” your makeup on your face. It is recommended to clean these weekly. There are many brush cleaners available. Regular disinfecting will prevent bacteria buildup. If the bristles are loose or there is an odor, consider replacing.

In an article on PopSugar.com titled “Chances Are You Used Expired Mascara This Morning” it states “since expired cosmetics can cause skin irritation and eye infections, it’s important to replace them before they go south. Unlike food, though, cosmetics aren’t required to have an expiration date on their packaging. Instead, you’ll have to keep track of when you opened them.”

A popular beauty product that might be overlooked is the must-have lip gloss. Not only does springtime provide an opportunity to possibly update your seasonal color palette, it also allows you to toss a potentially dangerous product. “Cold sores are one of the most prominent health risks associated with old or contaminated lip products. “If you get a cold sore, toss whatever product you were using,” Wu says. “Like mascara, lip gloss is a beauty product you double dip, so you should only keep it for about six months.”

There are probably many other beauty products hiding in your drawer or cosmetic bag that need to be trashed. Think of a rule often used with clothing – if you have not worn it in a year, time to get rid of it. Not a bad guidance for your makeup. Think of beauty spring cleaning as an opportunity to freshen up your look and try the hottest new item you’ve seen reviewed. Not only might you discover a new favorite shade or product, but you are also reducing clutter and helping your overall health.

 

 

Rejoice in spring’s bounty with top superfoods

super foodsSpring’s arrival not only brings flowers and showers but it also contributes to boosting moods and energy. Being able to get outside and escape the snow piles certainly helps; however, time to shop for spring’s superfoods that we can fill our plate with and feel good. Spring is blooming in the produce department with superfoods this season.

In an article in Health Magazine titled “10 Superfoods for Spring,” foods are featured that claim to boost mood, energy, memory and metabolism. First on the list for improving one’s mood are walnuts. “Walnuts are packed with tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs to create the feel-great chemical serotonin,” according to the Health article. David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, also contributes to the article and these superfoods. Regarding walnuts, Dr. Katz says “They’re digested slowly. This contributes to mood stability and can help you tolerate stress.”

Another mood booster this spring is asparagus due to its folate, “a B vitamin that could help keep you out of a slump,” according to Health. Folate also is known to fight heart disease and is great for pregnant women. Asparagus is also a great source of fiber and vitamin C and even contains protein.

To help with weight loss, spring garlic is recommended because it has a milder and sweeter taste and contains allicin, which is the culprit to garlic’s smell. “Allicin may keep you from overeating by stimulating satiety in the brain,” says Tara Gidus, RD, a dietitian in Orlando, Florida, in the Health article.

Beans are also a known food to boost fat loss. “Beans are one of your best bets if you’re trying to drop pounds, says Health Magazine source Joseph Colella, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. “Your body has to work to break down the bean to get through the fiber, so you’re actually expending energy to digest it.”

Perhaps you might be starting a garden and growing spinach – another spring superfood – because it is a great source for iron, which is a key component in red blood cells that fuel our muscles with oxygen for energy, according to the Health article. Or another energy power food item is the artichoke, which peaks in the spring. “They’re loaded with magnesium, a mineral vital for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body—including generating energy,” says Forrest Nielsen, PhD, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research nutritionist in the Health article.

Salmon and strawberries are recommended to improve skin health and must-eat items to improve memory are eggs and blueberries.

Savor the spring colors when putting together your plate too – a colorful plate tastes good and is good for you. Whether you grow some of these items or stroll through a farmer’s market or even purchase at your local grocer, spring is the time to go green and benefit from these foods including improved health and even the bonus of shedding some pounds.

Spring Training Kick Off: A Major League Fitness Beginning

woman-playing-baseball-in-parkSpring training time is officially underway for baseball enthusiasts but while the snow is still falling in parts of the country, it’s time to begin your own personal spring fitness training regimen. Taking advantage of spring activities is a sure fire way to shed the winter pounds you might have been collecting being forced indoors and wearing the mounds of clothes, you might not even have noticed the extra rolls.

Careful though. If you changed your fitness routine over the winter, you will want to ease back into a spring schedule. You want to take steps to not injure yourself. One way to avoid injury according to About.com’s article titled “10 Spring Training Fitness Tips” is to “Don’t succumb to the weekend warrior syndrome. Try to get some exercise 3-4 times per week on alternate days. One of the best ways to get injured or sore is to go hard all weekend and do nothing during the week.”

In an article titled “20 Ways to Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine” in Shape Magazine, and their editors state with spring’s arrival “It’s the perfect time to reignite your motivation by breaking away from your boring gym routine and embracing the great outdoors.” Not all of their tips are exercise based, but each one is a motivator to help you get into your best spring shape.

Following are just five of the 20 tips from Shape Magazine:

  1. Spring Training Fitness Tip: Clean Out Your Pantry
    Still have that tin of popcorn from the holidays or a box of chocolates from Valentine’s Day? Get rid of them. And while you’re at it, throw away other foods low in nutritional value, like chips, pretzels, sugary cereals, white bread and, yes, even those 100 calorie snack packs (a cookies still a cookie, even if you squash it flat and drop five in a bag).
  2. Spring Training Fitness Tip: Book a Physical
    Believe it or not, only about 20 percent of Americans get an annual check-up. Be one of them! While you might look and feel just fine (or really hate needles), it’s important to keep tabs on things like blood pressure, cholesterol, and vitamin deficiencies before designing your workout program.
  3. Spring Training Fitness Tip: Stretch Out
    The best way to prevent injury is to stretch before and after your workouts. Here’s how it’s done: Warm up with 10 minutes of light outdoor cardio exercises, then do dynamic stretching—as in, stretching while moving. This includes lunges, touching your toes and walking your hands forward, swinging your legs while standing and twisting from side to side. After your workout, complete “static” stretches—a.k.a. your typical “touch and hold” routine. Yoga, Pilates, and dance classes are also great ways to stay flexible.
  4. Spring Training Fitness Tip: Jump Rope
    Heading outside and doing this favorite childhood “workout” can burn about 208 calories in just 20 minutes. Add other outdoor cardio exercises like walking lunges, short sprints, and jumping jacks, and you’ve got yourself a circuit program you can do right in your backyard.
  5. Spring Training Fitness Tip: Sign Up for a Race
    Adding positive goals to your fitness routine will make you feel better and also give a purpose to your training other than losing weight or fitting into those skinny jeans. Look into local road races—the 5K distance is perfect for beginners—and sign up with your training partner. It’s also a great way to get involved in your local fitness community!
    Anytime Fitness has created its own Major League Spring Training fitness routine that you can do at home. Recommended exercises include

    • 34 high-knee step-ups
    • 49 footstep sprints
    • 7 bodyweight squats
    • 7 sumo squats
    • 7 goblet squats
    • 7 hop squats
    • 7 pulse squats
    • 70 second squat hold
    • 6 diamond push-ups
    • 90 second mountain climbers
    • 60 second plan

According to Anytime Fitness, complete this circuit 1x and you’ve hit a single; 2x, a double; 3x, a triple; and 4x a home run!
While creating the habit of working out this spring, carry over the newly inspired health self to healthy nutrition choices, use it as an excuse to spruce up your spring workout wardrobe, be inspired to try something new, and don’t forget to reward yourself for getting out of a winter rut.

Choose your foods wisely — avoid key culprits to escape beauty flaws

Choose your foods wisely — avoid key culprits to escape beauty flawsYou are what you eat! The foods we select can have beauty benefits or beauty blunders.

In an article on Oprah.com titled “The 4 Worst Foods for Your Skin” it details that dairy is often associated to a poor complexion click for info. “In 2010, an influential research review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found an association between dairy consumption and acne,” the Oprah.com article states. “Now the AAD suggests that acne sufferers talk to their dermatologist about limiting dairy to see if that helps.”

Another culprit linked to poor skin is sugar. “Eating a lot of sugar (raisins, soda, honey, agave nectar) or simple carbs (bagels, pasta, cupcakes) can throw off your insulin levels, which can lead to inflammation both inside the body as well as on your face,” explains Alan Dattner, MD, a holistic dermatologist who practices in New York and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in the Oprah.com article.

Think again before heating up the grill when temperatures warm up. While grilled meat might be a good protein, it also known that “heating meat at high temperatures produces a chemical reaction between the fat and protein that results in compounds called ‘advanced glycation end products’ (AGES),” according to the Oprah.com article. This can lead to aging of the skin.

A fourth food type to avoid is those items heavy in sodium, such as chips and popcorn that albeit might satisfy the salty craving it can result in skin puffiness and lead to water retention.

According to Dr. Julie Pena, a dermatologist who practices in Tennessee, in her video blog “Foods that impact acne”, she states that “foods with a high glycemic index are white breads, white rice, pretzels, popcorn, melons and pineapples.” Foods that are low in glycemic index include wheat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, beans, peas and lentils, Dr. Pena continues. “So if you are worried about acne, definitely eat foods in low glycemic index and consider cutting down on milk,” she advises.

When selecting foods, a nutritious diet in low sugar fruits and vegetables will help aid to keeping not only your inside healthy but your skin glowing too; but on the contrary, a poor diet can lead to skin issues.