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How to quickly lose weight.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

Before I start, you’re beautiful. Don’t look at thinspiration or anything like that, it’ll just motivate you the WRONG way. If you plan on losing a few pounds, guess what? There’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂 You should want to lose weight so that you feel good and so that you’re healthy. Don’t worry about what other people think because it’s your body.

I’m going to enlighten you with the basics a little bit:

How do you gain weight?
-When you take in more calories than you burn, you gain weight. A lb of fat = 3,500 cal. Your body stores extra calories as fat. So, for every 3,500 cals you consume, you gain 1 lb.

How do you lose weight?
-If you eat calories or exercise, you lose weight. Say you eat 250 cals less than normal and burn off 250 cals. That is 500 fewer cal a day. If you do this every day, you will lose a lb a week.

500(cal) x 7(days in a week) = 3500 cal or 1 lb

[Try to aim for no more than 2 lbs a week. If you try for more, you’ll probably lose more lean muscle and water instead of fat. Just remember, “slow and steady”.]

Anyways, here’s what you can do to quickly lose weight.

  1. EXCERCISE
    1. This might be what everyone says but it’s true. The more muscles you have, the faster your fat will burn away. You build up muscle first and then you lose the fat. Even if you start noticing your legs or whatever increasing in size, eventually after keeping up with it for a while, you WILL see results. Try to maintain a consistent schedule, workout at least 3+ days a week and keep up with it. It’s up to you, if you wanna see faster results you have to either to more HIIT (High-intensity interval training workouts) [This is great if you’re lazy and quickly want to get done with the workout] or do other workouts for a longer period of time. If you want to see faster results, you yourself need to work for it.
      1. If you want to do more HIIT workouts, or just any workouts in general I recommend you start with Blogilates, the Sworkit app or 7-minute workout app because from experience, those are the best.
    2. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Many people think that if you do arm workouts, you’ll lose fat on your arms but in reality you’re only gaining muscles in your arm. If you want to keep the muscles and strength you have, you have to constantly work those muscles or else it’ll just go back to how it was before. In order to truly lose weight in one specific place is to lose it everywhere at the same time. Fat is balanced out in your body so you can’t really get skinnier arms and have a thicker thigh.
    3. If your body isn’t used to working out, don’t jump into brutal exercises like pushups and pullups. Start in moderation and gradually work your way up to the harder stuff. During your first few sessions, I suggest just stretching and get your body acclimated to moving around a bit. Then you start launching into the workouts. I suggest you get a premade workout plan or watch a YouTube video with workouts that are already given so you don’t get discouraged and say, “Oh I can’t find any good stuff to do”
    4. GET A GYM WORKOUT BUDDY. THIS WILL HELP YOU SO MUCH. I workout by myself and this usually leads to procrastination and not getting anything done. If you workout or go to the gym with a friend, you guys can push each other.
  2. Eat healthy
    1. Eat healthy! But don’t deprive yourself! If you’ve been doing great for a few weeks and are craving.. lets say.. a donut, go eat a donut and reward yourself! I mean you’re not gonna gain ten pounds from one donut. If you have a hard time eating healthy, TRUST ME, I know how it feels. It’s hard, but once you get used to eating healthy, it’ll be a piece of cake!
      1. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! It gets your metabolism going and makes you fuller throughout the day! To boost your metabolism even more, drink hot water with lemon water every morning and/or add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your breakfast somehow every morning to make your metabolism boost up.
      2. Remember to always add a healthy side to your lunch meal! You can add things like fruits, bell peppers, hummus instead of mayo in your sandwiches, baked potatoes instead of french fries, Kale chips (Remove the leaves from the stem, drizzle some olive oil and salt over it and bake for 10-15 min until the edges are brown)
      3. You may think it’s smart to skip meals or snacks to save on calories, but if you deal with hunger as it happens (by eating every three or four hours), you’ll eat less over the course of the day! It works as long as you treat snacks like tiny healthy meals– not just as junk food breaks.
  3. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    1. Drinking water is directly correlated with losing. A lot of people confuse thirst for hunger so they  tend to eat rather than drink water.If you’re craving a midday snack and want to make sure your pangs are caused by hunger, not hydration, drink a glass of water first. Then see if you’re still hungry 30 minutes later.
    2. Drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated is part of a healthy weight-loss system and healthy weight in general. It helps flush out harmful toxins, increases metabolism, etc.
      1. In a small recent study, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found that, on average, people who drank water 30 minutes before some or all of their three meals a day lost between 5 and 9 pounds over the course of about three months. [source]
    3. If you’re anything like me and don’t like drinking plain water or just need something to help boost your weight loss process try the SlimQuick products
      1. I like their products because they:
        • Increase Metabolism
        • Reduce Appetite
        • Boost Energy
        • Reduce Excess Water
        • Support Hormones
        • Reduce Stress

These are the main ways one can really loss weight and I hope these have helped. Always remember that the number on your scale doesn’t define who you are and if you didn’t reach your goal, it’s ok, tomorrow is a new day. Stay beautiful ♥

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How to make your hair grow faster.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., raving reviews

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Hey guys, I’ve been busy working on some new things for my blog (like ^) so that’s why I haven’t been as active but I’m back and I’m here with a few great tips.

  • DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY
    • I cannot stress this enough. Just like our skin, our hair can get dry but unlike our skin we have limited things we can apply to our hair so prevent it from drying out. When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils. Your body then thinks, “omg their hair is too dry, lets me produce some oils to moisturize their scalp”; eventually after a while of too much shampooing your hair is used to producing so many oils that you’ll have to shampoo even more which will just dry out your hair, ruin it and prevent it from growing.
  • Eat foods that have a lot of protein.
    • Your hair is made up of keratin (a protein that’s made up of amino acids). The more protein you the longer your hair will get and just remember the healthier you eat, the better you’ll look, your body, skin, hair, nails, etc.
  • Limit the heat and chemical you use on your hair or else your hair will get brittle and start breaking.
  • Try to deep condition your hair once a week. I love to use coconut oil 30 minutes a week before I shower then I wash it off. I also love coconut oil because it has so many beauty benefits. Check them out here.
  • Damaged hair takes a long time to fix and if your hair is damaged it takes it a long time to repair and unless your hair is healthy, it’ll never grow.
    • Because of this you shouldn’t try to manipulate it too much and this includes getting it colored, a perm, etc.
  • Get a lot of vitamins into your body through your diet or supplements.
    • Omega 3 is one of the best things that can help you get and maintain smooth and shiny hair. It’s known for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp. The benefits of omega-3 EFAs include adding luster, sheen and elasticity to your hair. Both DHA and EPA are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega-3 can help restart hair growth, help hair grow quicker and stronger and even prevent or reverse hair loss. (If you want to read more about the science behind it, read all about it here).
      • As a Muslim, it’s really hard for me to find supplements that don’t contain pork or just meat products in general so when I found this Omega-3 I was thrilled. It also has Omega 6, Omega 9, DHA, EPA and unlike other fish oil supplements I’ve had, this doesn’t taste weird or leave a lingering smell. Honestly, all their products are amazing.
  • Try to brush your hair often so it doesn’t knot up and force you to pull at it (which makes a lot of your hair rip off.
    • I’ve heard a lot of people raving about The Wet Brush but personally since I don’t have too much of a problem with my hair, I never had to resort to buying one but if you need it, you definitely should buy it.
  • Don’t always keep your hair in the same style, part etc. After a while, your hair gets pulled too much, your hair gets weak and your hair starts thinning which contradicts the whole idea of making your hair grow faster.

Hope these helped,

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Benefits of taking a cold shower.

Beauty.

1//Enhance immunity against infections and cancer

Cold showers are sometimes touted as a preventative tonic for colds, flu, and infections. Researchers believe that the increased metabolic rate, which results from the body’s attempt to warm itself up, activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells in response.

2//Give your glands a boost, improving hormonal activity

3//Jump-start your mood and motivation

4//Crank up your metabolism to fight type 2 diabetes, obesity, gout, rheumatic diseases, depression, and more Normalize your blood pressure

5//Decrease chronic pain

6//Train and improve your blood circulation

7//Detoxify your body

8//Fight fatigue

9//Strengthen exhausted, irritable nerves

10//Rejuvenate, heal, and tone the skin

11//Deepen your breathing

12//Help with insomnia Improve kidney function

13//Reduce swelling and edema Improve lymphatic circulation, thereby increasing immune function

14//Reduce stress by regulating your autonomic nervous system

15//Regulate temperature, fighting chronically cold hands and cold feet and excessive sweating

16//Keep your hair healthy Improve hemorrhoids and varicose veins

17//Reduce aches and pains

So why not?

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Easy exercises for lazy people.

Fitness., Health and Wellness.

Hahah I for one am super lazy so I don’t blame anyone but I decided to get up on my feet and do some workouts. By now we all know the dangers of eating too much and exercising too little: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. Seeing that I am a lazy person, I needed some that weren’t that hard but still gave me results are here are a few:

Chin Tuck

The Chin Tuck improves posture, helps stiff neck and limbers up the trapezius (neck, shoulders and upper back), as well as the throat and jaw muscles.

Sit or stand, facing directly ahead. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Push your head slightly forward, then pull your head back slowly. Bring your chin toward your chest, and imagine the top of your head is rising toward the ceiling.

Feel the stretch in the back of the neck. Remember to breathe. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat as desired.

Butt Clench

This is absolutely the best exercise for lazy people. The Butt Clench tightens the buttocks, helps strengthen the lower back, and helps release stress-related energy in the butt and thighs.

Tuck your tailbone in slightly. Clench your butt together. Hold for ten seconds. Relax. Repeat as desired.

Foot Flexes and Foot Rotations

A human foot has 26 bones, 20 muscles, 33 joints and over 150 ligaments. In one day, the feet take a cumulative force of several hundred tons. When your feet are tired, you are tired. Foot flexes and

rotations help limber up the feet and legs, de-stress the joints and muscles, improve blood circulation and give you an overall feeling of energy and well-being.

Foot Flexes: Slowly thrust out your heel, while pointing your toes toward your knee. You will feel the stretch in the back of the legs. Repeat 5 times with each foot.

Foot Rotations: Slowly rotate your foot at the ankle. Rotate to the left 10-20 times, then rotate to the right. Repeat with each foot.

Backward Elbow Stretch

This is a great exercise for the back, shoulders, upper arms, chest, and posture. The Backward Elbow Stretch can help prevent joint problems such as frozen shoulder.

Raise your hands to about waist-height. Keeping your back straight but relaxed, try to touch your elbows together behind your back. Unless you’re super-flexible, you won’t be able to do it, but you’ll feel the stretch in the shoulders, arms and chest.

Hold for ten seconds and remember to breathe. Repeat as desired.

The Backward Elbow Stretch exercise also helps strengthen the back muscles. Weak back muscles are a common cause of chronic pain and poor posture.

Tummy Tuck Exercise

The Tummy Tuck Exercise helps tone abdominal and belly muscles.

Exhale completely, allowing your stomach to deflate, while pulling your belly button towards your spine. Keep back relaxed, shoulders straight (don’t slouch) . Let the tummy do the work. Inhale, allowing your chest to rise, and let your stomach relax.

Scissor Abs

Scissor Abs

Working against gravity, this ab exercise will target your core quickly and effectively. Just be sure to keep a flat back and control the movement with your abs rather than your legs or arms. Here’s how:

Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides, palms pressing into the floor. Bring both legs straight up toward the ceiling, engaging your abs and pressing your lower back into the ground.

Keeping abs pulled in and lower back on the ground, slowly lower your left leg until it’s a few inches above the floor, then scissor your legs, lifting your right leg up. This completes one rep. Do 15 to 20 reps.

A few tips:

  • Instead of a chair at work use an exercise ball instead of in your armchair, you’ll strengthen your core muscles and improve your balance without noticing you are exercising. You can additionally use your exercise ball as a seat while reading or working on the computer.
  • To develop triceps, or back muscles on your upper arms, lie on your left side. Grasp your right arm between the elbow and shoulder with your left hand. Try to pull your right arm back while simultaneously creating resistance with your left hand. Do this for a few seconds and relax. Repeat five times before switching sides. Gradually increase repetitions until you are performing 25 on each side per day.

Stay healthy,

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Start working out today.

Fitness., Health and Wellness.

Happy March 🙂 Join me as I work with Cassie from Blogilates to get fit again. I always put off working out because I’m too tired or busy but if you’ve read this far, you have to join me as well. Since it’s a start of a new month, it’s also a great time to get things started.

Subscribe to her newsletter to get monthly workouts and health tips through out the month.

I love the way she creates them so that you start off slowly and end hard so you don’t have to force yourself from the start.

This month I’m going to be doing this one:

30 day thigh slimming challenge

If you want to focus more on your whole body, do this one:

March 2015 3

Sunday: Bunday (butt)

Monday: Legs & Thighs

Tuesday: Core Crusher

Wednesday: Hump Day HIIT

Thursday: Arms ‘n Back

Friday: Relax ‘n Revive (For stretch day, make sure you download the free Blogilates app and subscribe to the calendar to see my exclusive “Revitalizing Stretch Routine.”)
Read more here.

Enjoy and good luck.

50+ Ways to Cure Hiccups

Health and Wellness., Tips.

O1. SWALLOWING METHOD
– Breathe out as much as you can
-Swallow without letting any air out.
-Breathe in more, as far as you can. Do not let any air out!
-Repeat steps two and three as many times as possible. When you feel you can’t swallow anymore, swallow again. You may turn red and make squeaking noises, but keep swallowing and inhaling.
-When you absolutely can’t swallow anymore, exhale all the way.

O2. STOPWATCH METHOD
-Start a stopwatch and click lapse/ split every time you hiccup
-Slowly breathe in until you can hold no more breath, then begin breathing out slowly. Meanwhile imagine that the time difference between each hiccup lengthens.
-Repeat and before you know it, hiccups stop!

O3. SLOW-RELEASE METHOD
-Take in a really big breath, taking in as much air as you can.
-Hold it for 10 seconds than let a little go, not taking any more in.
-Hold it for 5 more and do it again.
-Carry on until you run out of air.
-Repeat 2-3 times.

O4. AMERICAN INDIAN METHOD
-Sit in a chair.
-Close your eyes.
-Very gently press your pointer and middle fingers on both of your eyes simultaneously. Apply the pressure until you see “white specs”.
-Slowly release the pressure.

O5. HOLDING YOUR BREATH AND DRINKING METHOD
-Hold your breath.
-Take 5-10 sips of water. (Be careful, start small if you have a hard time holding your breath for awhile.)
-Exhale slowly.

O6. OPEN-MOUTHED SWALLOWING METHOD
-Open your mouth and keep it open for a couple of minutes.
-If you feel the need to swallow, do so, but try to keep your lips apart when you do.

O7. GULPING METHOD
-Make sure you are not wearing anything tight around your chest. If you are, loosen it.
-Keep gulping every few seconds, especially when you feel a hiccup might be coming. A couple of hiccups might escape, but with continuous gulping, hiccups should be gone within 3 minutes.

O8. DRINKING METHOD 1
-Fill a glass with water.
-Bend over until you are as upside down as possible, then drink the water.
-Don’t stop to breathe! That should cure your hiccups.

O9. DRINKING METHOD 2
-Get a 12 ounce glass of water.
-Hold your nose shut by pinching the sides with your fingers.
-Drink as much water as you can as fast as you can. You should feel your ears pop slightly.
-Repeat the steps, if necessary.

1O. DRINKING METHOD 3
-Get a small glass of water.
-Take a sip of water but do not swallow it.
-Tilt your head back as far as possible and swallow the water. Its harder then drinking normally, but your hiccups should be gone.

11. DRINKING METHOD 4
-Fill a glass of water to the brim.
-With your thumbs, plug your ears.
-With your index fingers, plug your nostrils (squeeze to close).
-With both ears and nostrils plugged, use your remaining free fingers to grasp the glass and raise it to your mouth.
-Drink the entire glass of water without releasing your ears or your nostrils.
-You must finish the entire glass of water without releasing your ears or your nostrils!

12. DRINKING METHOD 5
-Fill two tall 12 oz. glasses with cool water and set them on a table in front of you. The second glass is for just in case you finish the first one, if you really need it.
-Close your eyes and settle yourself. Confidence and positive thinking are important here, so chill out and loosen up.
-Pick up the first glass and wait for a hiccup. Just after it hits, begin drinking slowly, steadily and continuously until the glass is empty.
-Try not to think about hiccuping as you set the empty glass down. Hopefully you will have interrupted the rhythm of the hiccups, but if not then you will have to go to the second glass and repeat the process.
-Drink the second glass of water, slow and steadily, and do your best to remain calm and relaxed. By the time you’ve finished, the hiccups should be gone.

13. DRINKING METHOD 6
-Fill a glass with cool drinking water.
-Get a clean paper towel. (If you have no paper towels, a thin cloth will work.)
-Cover the top of the glass with the paper towel. Fold down the edges of the paper towel to completely wrap the top of the glass. Hold the paper towel in place by grasping the glass in your hand.
-Drink a sip of water through the paper towel.
-One sip is often enough; if not, take a few more sips.

14. DRINKING METHOD 7
-Fill a glass to the brim with room temperature water.
-Slowly drink the entire glass of water by taking very small quick sips. Don’t chug the water and do not remove the glass from your mouth. You should be continuously swallowing small sips of water.
-Slowly drink the entire glass of water by taking very small quick sips. Don’t chug the water and do not remove the glass from your mouth. You should be continuously swallowing small sips of water.

15. DRINKING METHOD 8
-Fill a drinking glass with room temperature water.
-With glass in hand, bend over at your waist.
-Place your lips on the side of the glass opposite that from which you would normally drink. Your bottom lip should be above the lip of the glass where your top lip would normally be, and your top lip should be against the side of the glass against the edge where your bottom lip would normally be.
-Carefully tip the glass away from you and into your mouth.
-Swallow and repeat. Your hiccups should be gone.

16. DRINKING METHOD 9
-Get a bottle of water.
-Instead of drinking normally, drink with your bottom lip in the lower portion of the opening and your top lip over the top. You develop a “vacuum” to keep from spilling or pouring it down your shirt. It doesn’t take much; just a sip or two will work.

17. DRINKING METHOD 1O
-Start with a small glass of water (about 4 ounces).
-Put in about half as much crushed ice as you have water. Make sure that the ice bits are smaller than a pea, or choking may result!
-Drink the water slowly, swallowing the ice bits along with the water. If you encounter large pieces of ice, chew so that they break into pea-sized segments and swallow.
-Take deep breaths in between sips. Inhale and exhale, making sure that the air goes into your lungs, so your cheeks shouldn’t “puff up” and fill with air.
-If that does not work, repeat the above method but this time put in 2 tablespoons of sugar.

18. DRINKING METHOD 11
-Pour about a medium glass of water into a cup.
-Put a metal spoon in the glass with the handle side sticking out. The handle must be out of water.
-Tilt the cup toward your lips like your about to take a sip.
-Make sure the spoon handle is pressing against the area between your eye brows.
-Take a few sips of water while the spoon is pressing against the area between your eyebrows and your hiccups will be gone!

19. DRINKING METHOD 12
-Get a glass of water.
-Take a sip standing upright, but don’t swallow.
-Turn your head upside down and swallow slowly.

2O. DRINKING METHOD 13
-Get a partner and a cup filled with water.
-Stand facing the partner, bent forward at the waist.
-Have your partner tilt the cup to your lips, and drink.

21. STRAW & NOSE PINCH METHOD
-Get a cup filled with a non-carbonated beverage of your choice and a straw.
-Take a deep breath and hold it, and with one hand pinch your nostrils.
-With the other hand, raise the cup to your mouth and swallow as much as you can through the straw while holding your breath.
-Hiccups will be gone by the time you are done drinking.

22. THE 3O-SECOND CURE METHOD
-Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more). For overall best results, try to do this as quickly as you can.
-Try to not let any air out before you have completed the steps below.
-Swallow. You are not really swallowing anything but it seems that without this act, it doesn’t work.
-Now inhale some more. You don’t need to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in. It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying. You obviously can’t suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a “sip” of air).
-Swallow again. This too will become more difficult as you go.
-Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you cannot swallow again. While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more and the swallowing that gets to be impossible.
-When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway. It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds. But you can swallow one last time. By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well. While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little out before you can take that last swallow. If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.
-Exhale.

23. THE TEMPLE METHOD
-Hold in a very big breath.
-Have someone else hold your temples until you feel as though you cannot hold your breath anymore. (If you do it to yourself, then it does not work as well.)

24. BARTENDER METHOD
-Place 4 or 5 drops of Angostora Bitters on a lemon wedge and bite into the wedge, sucking in the juice. Sugar may be added to the lemon to ease the taste. (Don’t do this too often because the acid in the lemon juice is bad for tooth enamel.)
-Repeat until the hiccups stop.

25. STRAW METHOD
-Get a glass of water and two straws.
-Put one straw inside the glass as usual and the other straw pressed up against the side of the glass on the outside.
-Put both straws in your mouth at once, drink the water like you would normally, taking as big of gulps as possible.
-Drink a couple of gulps and then your hiccups should be gone.

26. STRETCHING METHOD
-Stand upright with your feet hip-width apart.
-Lock one thumb in the palm of your other hand with fingertips outstretched.
-Lift your chin, look up and stretch your arms over your head (reach for the sky).
-Pull your abs in as if trying to let your pants fall off your hips.
-Breathe deeply several times.

27. SUGAR METHOD
-Take a spoon and fill it with brown sugar.
-Hold the spoon in your mouth for five seconds.
-Swallow.
-Take a sip of water.
-Repeat until hiccups are gone.

28. ALTERNATIVE SUGAR METHOD
-Fill a tablespoon of sugar.
-Put the spoon in your mouth and slide the sugar off into it.
-Let the sugar dissolve, do not chew or swallow.
-When it all has pretty much dissolved (should take 15 or so seconds) you can swallow it. Hiccups should be gone.

29. AIRLINE ATTENDANT METHOD (Not recommended if you have back problems!)
-Find a straight-backed chair and sit down with your back fully pressed into the back of the chair.
-Slowly bend over in the tuck position with your arms crossed over your body – the same way you would when instructed by an airline stewardess to “get in the crash position”. Do this until you feel slightly uncomfortable.
-Slowly squeeze your arms and try to squeeze your body and hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds, and release.
-Stay in the same position but relax then repeat this procedure again at least 2 to 3 times. Then slowly sit back up.

3O. BALANCED BODY METHOD
-Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, arms relaxed.
-Close your eyes, and become aware of subtle forces on your body.
-Allow your body to sway with the forces, arms floating and drifting.
-Do this for 5-10 seconds, which is usually enough. Watching someone else do it also works.

31. BREATHING METHOD 1
-Break the rhythm. Hiccups happens at certain intervals (in rhythm). Try holding your breath or consciously not hiccuping to throw off the rhythm.

32. BREATHING METHOD 2
-Lean back in a chair and get comfortable.
-Slowly breathe in until you feel like you can’t inhale any more, trying to get a feel for extending the breath down towards your abdomen. You are trying to stretch your diaphragm to interrupt the hiccups.
-Hold your breath for 30 seconds.
-Exhale slowly until your lungs are empty.
-Repeat 4 to 5 times or until you feel better.
-Slowly bring your chair back forward as you exhale your 4th or 5th time of this exercise.

33. BREATHING METHOD 3
-Inhale and exhale once slowly. As you exhale, push as much air out as possible (until your body forces you to inhale again).
-Inhale deeply and stick out your tongue.
-Hold your breath and your nose for 40 seconds with your fingers in your ears.
-Exhale slowly.
-If you feel as if it is not going to work, try again. After all, 3 times is the charm.

34. BREATHING METHOD 4
-Imagine breathing in a figure eight. As the out-breath reaches the end, slow the breath and twist it around so that it becomes the in-breath. Then simply create a figure eight of continuous breath.
-The hiccups will subside almost immediately. It usually works within 10 cycles.

35. BREATHING METHOD 5
-Hold your breath for as long as you can. If you hiccup any time during this, start over.
-When you feel like you can no longer hold your breath (CO2 is building up in your lungs, but you still have a lot of air left), let it out slowly for ten seconds, counting in your head.
-Do not inhale during these ten seconds, but if you run out of breath, just skip to 1 and finish.

36. BREATHING METHOD 6
-Take a deep breath and hold it.
-Plug your nose and close your mouth.
-Now begin to move your diaphragm as if you were breathing in and out rapidly.
-Exhale once the hiccups disappear or you need more air.
-Repeat if hiccups persist.

37. BURPING METHOD
-Swallow some air until you burp.
-Burp.
-Repeat until hiccups are gone.

38. COUGHING METHOD
-Count the amount of time between hiccups.
-Around the time a hiccup should be coming up, or when you feel it coming up, cough loudly and/or scream!
-Repeat 3 or 4 times.

39. PICKLE JUICE METHOD
-Drink about a half a teaspoon of pickle juice every 7-10 seconds until your hiccups stop.

4O. EAR METHOD 1
-Drink a normal-sized gulp of water, but don’t swallow! Leave the water in your mouth.
-Pull down both your earlobes.
-Tilt your head back.
-Swallow. It works!

41. EAR METHOD 2
-Have someone cover your ears with their hands, applying pressure, but not enough to cause pain.
-Drink a glass of water normally. This works great!

42. EAR METHOD 3
-Place your thumbs on the little flap in front of the ear canal (called the tragus) and press inward, closing the canal.
-Close your nose with your pinkie fingers.
-Close your eyes, then take a deep breath and hold it as long as possible.
-Try and breathe normally after coming out of the exercise. The natural reaction is to breathe hard or pant.

43. THE MONEY METHOD
-If you are with a friend who has hiccups, wait until they hiccup.
-Tell him or her you will give pay $20 for a hiccup right now. The author of this suggestion has been doing this for years and has never had to part with his money!

44. PEANUT BUTTER METHOD
-Get a big tablespoon of peanut butter.
-Put it in your mouth and hold it for 5 seconds.
-Swallow the peanut butter without chewing.
Alternatively you can use Almond Butter or Nutella. Anything with a sticky gooey consistency similar to PB of which you can eat a tablespoon.

45. NECK METHOD
-Breathe inwards quickly until you cannot do so anymore.
-Look downwards so your neck is bent.
-like this for 10-20 seconds.
-to normal position, and think of the air staying down in your lungs. This disrupts the hiccup cycle, and you will no longer have hiccups!

46. STOMACH METHOD
-Suck in your stomach as much as you can for about 10 seconds.
-Release the air very quickly.
-Repeat.

47. COUGHING METHOD
-Stick out your pointer fingers straight in front of you, try to get them as close as possible, but not touching each-other. Try not to become distracted.
-Count silently.
-Hold your breath. Do not let out until you have reached 30 or 40, or it will get worse or stay the same. Between intervals, make sure to breathe evenly.

48. PENCIL METHOD
-Get a pencil and bite down on it, so that it’s sitting horizontally between your teeth.
-Drink a glass of water with the pencil still in your mouth.
-Drink as much of the water as you can without the pencil falling out. You do not have to drink the whole glass, just a couple sips will do.

49. TONGUE METHOD
-Stick your tongue out.
-Hold it with your hand if you need to.
-Keep your tongue stuck out for several minutes.

5O. TONGUE ROLL-BACK METHOD
-Point your tongue back towards your throat.
-Hold it for as long as required.
-Maintain the position throughout.

For more techniques, please go to:
http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Hiccups
[Credit to that website ^]

Hope these helped,

DIY: Banana Face Masks.

Beauty., DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Tips.

LUSH | Oatifix face mask...but i DIY at home as its that simple to make!I know a lot of you guys out there don’t really like bananas but it can do wonders for your face. Bananas are full of beneficial nutrients for skin. They contain vitamin C and antioxidants that are fabulous for softening wrinkles and conditioning skin.

Banana peels are a great solution for reducing the inflammation associated with psoriasis and eczema. The peel also exfoliates skin removing loose, flaky skin simultaneously nourishing it with antioxidants and minerals. Simply store a banana skin in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three uses.

Here are a few easy face masks for you to try:

Getting rid of wrinkles//

  • Rub a fresh banana peel onto your skin to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants and acids will loosen flaky dead skin cells revealing smoother and fresher-looking skin.

Getting rid of acne\pimples//

  • Bananas are effective when used as an acne mask. They’re high in potassium which suffocates the bacteria in cells, helping blemishes heal faster. They also have anti-bacterial properties so when combined with honey, essential oils like tea tree, neem and lavender, it can make a simple but powerful acne mask.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 2 to 3 drops tea tree, neem and/or lavender oil (If you don’t have essential oils handy use a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and a pinch of baking soda or turmeric powder)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt to boost this recipe

Instructions:

Mix together well and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Stir and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off. You can leave the remaining mixture in an airtight container in the fridge overnight and use again in the morning.  Lemon juice stops the mixture going brown.

Getting rid of itchy\irritated skin//

  • Bananas combined with the soothing properties of oatmeal can make a great mask used to soothe inflamed itchy skin.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 teaspoon of oatmeal (pre-soaked in a little water or calming cooled chamomile tea)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Few drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.

Getting rid of dry skin//

  • This is a very moisturizing banana face mask recipe that is full of benefits for your skin and is worth the effort.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 teaspoon of almond, avocado or olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of coconut cream
  5. (OPTIONAL) 1 tablespoon mashed avocado

Instructions:

Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.

Have fun,

Getting softer skin in 20 minutes.

Beauty., DIY'S, Etc., Health and Wellness., Uncategorized

Who doesn’t want soft skin? Here’s a quick, easy and chemical-free way to touch up your skin once in a while.

What you need//

  1. Salt or sugar
  2. Water
  3. Towel
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Olive oil.

// Rub the oil onto the area of skin.
Pour a little bit of olive oil onto the area and rub it well. You can rub it by massaging in circular movements.

// Exfoliate the area with salt or sugar.
Put a generous amount of salt onto the skin area and scrub. Don’t be rough or you might hurt your skin. But don’t be afraid of scrub well. It’s important because this step removes dead skin.

//Leave it in for 10 minutes.
This step takes patience. You can scrub while you’re waiting. But be careful, because if you don’t leave it in for 1O minutes, you’re skin won’t be soft :c

// Wash the mixture off.
Preferably with lukewarm water. Note: don’t wash with soap or a cleanser. Why? it’s good to leave some olive oil in to keep the skin soft. And you can use the towel.

// Moisturize.
Get a healthy amount of moisturizer. Also, rub it into the skin area. But rub it in well, to make sure it makes the maximum effect.

That’s it 🙂

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Top 10 foods for your abs.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

1// Berries : Fiber is one of the best things to eat, especially when trying to lose weight. It can help regulate your digestive system and make you feel fresh and healthy. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all great picks.

2// Turkey : This is a superb lean protein. You can just buy slices and either snack on them or add them into a sandwich and it’ll keep you full and satisfied. It’s very lean, high in protein, and low in calories.

3// Almonds, peanuts and other nuts. : Fabulous source of protein and not to mention extremely delicious! But be careful, too much can add on more than half of what you need for your daily caloric intake. To reduce overeating, carry a limited amount in a Ziploc bag or small container so you don’t keep grabbing them from a jar.

4// Eggs : Eggs are so great because they’re loaded with protein to keep you full and satisfied. I love them poached or sunny-side up, with a dash of salt. Be careful about fried eggs, and scrambled eggs. They can add up grams of fat that you don’t need. Or, I love them in omelets, with fresh cilantro or something. Boiled eggs are good too.

5// Low-fat Dairy: Researchers believe that eating low-fat dairy can help increase the way your body breaks down fats. Not to mention it’s delicious! Try skim cheese sticks, low-fat milk, or low-fat yogurt.

6// Veggies/Spinach : I go through little phases where I just snack on vegetable trays or raw vegetables and even though I might not like all of them I try to always remind myself that it’ll make me more fit and make my skin clear. I like to eat cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc. They help supply your daily needs for vitamins, and can help keep you full. I know some people don’t enjoy them, but they are a food that is really important for overall health. EAT YOUR VEGGIES! 🙂

7// Apples : Apples are loaded with fiber, so you feel full, like berries. An apple a day keeps the doctor away 🙂

8// Salmon : Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They promote a faster metabolism, and helps curb cravings by improving your glucose/insulin response.

9// Peanut Butter : This is good for the same reason why nuts are good for you. A good source of healthy fats. But buy the all natural, it is better for you; less artificial flavor.

10// Oatmeal : Studies show that oatmeal is more filling than other dry cereal. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a little low-fat milk to give it flavor. I usually add in crasins, any frozen fruit really, dates and bananas. (obviously not all together)

Stay healthy,

Want to DeTox your body and look/feel so much better?

Freebies., Health and Wellness.

This AMAZING tea has become my life blood ❤️

Well it’s like $6 a box ha ha so not really. #doilooklikebillgates smh for 16 tea bags BUT it is from Europe and it really is worth it.

Just after 1 I seriously think it’s magic, it made my skin more radiant and my body just looked better and I was filled with so much energy for days. I defiantly recommend it to everyone. Get a free sample here. (get it from All-new or Well Being to get the DeTox sample)

You can buy it online or any store near you. (For me it was Kroger and Target)

Any of the DeTox teas are great but the Berry one (above) tastes the best.

Good luck,

Things to eat to settle an upset stomach.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

This is mostly for my friend and since I’m basically the nurse of my friend group I’m usually the one advising people health wise. So if you’re not having an upset stomach now, bookmark this till you do.

  • Bananas
    • Bananas are filled with Potassium and that helps you especially if you’re dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea. They also contain pectin which helps to naturally firm bowel movements.
  • Burnt Toast
    • Burnt toast is great what you have an upset stomach because the char absorbs toxins that are making you feel sick. Eat is with some butter and sugar or jelly to avoid the gag reflex.
  • Any citric products
    • When you’re sick you need to consume as much Vitamin C as you can.
  • Plain Yogurt
    • Try to find one that contains “active cultures: because these will help increase the production of good bacteria which will help get rid of that bloated feeling and will also help in digestion.
  • An antacid
    • ‎Some examples are Alka-Seltzer and ‎Tums and they  help neutralize stomach acidity.
  • Apple Cider vinegar
    • Eat a mixture of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one cup warm water, and one tablespoon honey will ease indigestion and may alleviate cramping and gas in your upset stomach. It can also lessen discomfort caused by heartburn.
  • Papaya
    • Eating papaya helps encourage digestion, ease indigestion, and also help with constipation. The magic is in the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which help break down proteins and soothe the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment.
  • Rice/Boiled Potatoes.
    • My mom always has be eat this after I vomit/get diarrhea because your stomach will still be acting a bit uneasy and you’ll need to eat really simple foods which will absorb fluids and add bulk to your stomach and poop in general.
  • Ginger/Ginger Ale
    • This works if you’re feeling really queasy and nauseous because it helps digestion since it’s a relaxant/accelerant. The flavonoids in ginger helps neutralize the acidity in your stomach. Either drink a cup/two, chew on a bite size piece of ginger or but it in some hot tea.
  • Apples/Apple sauce
    • Just like ginger, apples have the same relaxant factor and help reduce the symptoms of an upset stomach. I suggest making or buying apple sauce because the cooked one will be so much easier to digest.
  • Cranberry juice.
    • Avoiding solid food for a day is sometimes recommended when you’re nauseated and vomiting, but don’t give up the fluids. Drink cranberry juice during your fast. It’s generally easy on your digestive tract.
  • Lime juice
    • For an immediate nausea/vomiting stopper, mix 1 cup water, about 10-15 drops of lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Then add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and drink.
  • An extra:
    • Sometimes the smell of vomit can cause additional vomiting, or continued nausea. After you vomit, rinse the remaining particles out of your mouth with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar in a 4-ounce glass. The stomach acids in vomit can be harsh on tooth enamel. Just rinse, don’t gargle. This freshens your breath, too.

Hope you get better soon,

Get a heap load of FREE MAGAZINES for you or a girl/woman you know.

Freebies., Random

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Knock yourselves out,

Soothing a sore throat.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Where I live it’s Fall and is pretty cold and its only October 😛 I feel like it might snow around the end of the month.

A lot of people are also getting sick and I felt like I was sorta getting a sore throat and was looking up stuff so I decided why not put this up as a tip?

So here are a few things that will help sooth a sore throat:
Garlic//

Try it when: You begin to notice a tickle.

You could microwave a few cloves for about 10 seconds (so it taste less yucky) and crush them up and eat it with honey or crackers.
Zinc Lozenges//

Try them when: You have mild soreness along with a stuffy nose. Pop in one every two to four hours as needed.

Honestly I’m not sure what there are, never seen them before, but they seem like a better and more sick curing thingamajig cough drops. So if you don’t have that suck on a cough drop.
Warm Salt Water//

Try it when: Your throat is feeling sore and scratchy.

Subtitle says it all. The water shouldn’t be hot cause you don’t wanna burn your throat. If you don’t want to drink it try gurgling it.

Also you could try warm water mixed with honey if you want add a few squeeze’s of lemon’s too.
Herbal Tea//

Try it when: The pain persists all day.

Cause it’s warm and soothing.
Over-the-Counter Numbing Spray//

Try it when: Every swallow aches a little.

I used to have one, i think it was Chloraseptic. I might be repurchasing it because it is AMAZING. but all they do is mask the pain 😛 but at least i got sleep.
Humidifier//

Try it when: Your throat feels dry.

It’s good to keep this on all night so when your nose gets all stuffy it’ll open up cause of the humidifier. It’s really nice especially because the heater will be on in the winter and that could dry out your nose and throat even more, which isn’t good 😛
&& make sure to keep it clean.

Also take a shower in the morning, cause the steam will help clean up yucky mucus.
Sleep//

Get a lot of rest. That is the time your body will be fighting off germs and working harder then usual. Try sleeping on top of 2-3 more pillows to help improve breathing through out the night.
Get well soon 🙂

How to get rid of under eye circles.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Random, Tips.

1// Sleeping position
 
Try to sleep on your back rather than your side or stomach. Sleep on two pillows stacked on top of each other. This will decrease the build up of blood flow to your eyes during the night.
 
2// Sleep
 
Just sleep more! Lack of sleep can lead to under eye bags. Try to go to bed earlier or find ways to keep yourself asleep.
 
3// Diet
 
Having a bad diet can affect your under eye circles. Lack of nutrients are the cause of this. Eat your veggies, fruits, vitamins, and drink lots of water! Water can flush out the toxins in your body, helping reduce the look of under eye bags.
 
4// Allergies
 
You may just have allergies, eczema, or asthma. These things can cause darkness under the eyes due to frequent itching because of irritation. Try to get your allergies treated.
 
5// Sunscreen
 
Wearing sunscreen everyday is very important! Make sure you slather some on before you go out. You can also wear it if you’re staying indoors.
 
6// Home remedies
 
Here are a few home remedies you can try to reduce those under eye circles.
 
-Place two slices of cucumber in your freezer for a couple of hours. Take them out of the freezer. Lay down and place one cucumber on each eyelid and stay there for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Put two spoons in your freezer and leave them in overnight. When you wake up, grab the spoons out of the freezer. Press the underside of the spoon (the side you wouldn’t eat with) gently underneath your eyes and keep them there until the spoons are no longer cold. This will help tighten the skin 🙂
 
-Take two slices of potato and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Take them out and place them one on each eyelid & allow them to stay there for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Dab a small amount of almond oil on your under eye circles before bed. In the morning rinse it off with cold water.
 
-Make some tea (preferably black tea). Take the tea bags out of your tea and place them in the freezer to cool down. Put one tea bag on each eyelid and keep them there for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Dip a cotton ball into some rosewater. Dab the cotton ball all over your eyelids and dark circles. Don’t touch your face for 10 minutes. You don’t have to rinse off the rosewater after the 10 mins.
 
-Wrap a frozen bag of vegetables in a clean towel and set it down on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Crush up some mint leaves and apply them to your dark circles. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth.

 

Good luck, 

Becoming Taller.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Tips.

I guess I could say that I’m just a bit taller than average, I’m 16&& 5’6 but many people aren’t and  if you are or aren’t but want to here’s a tip to help you.

Also, yes I do know genetics plays a large part in your height but their are some things that you can avoid or do to help you.
 
 
1// Avoid growth stunting factors

-Caffeine (No, it doesn’t make you short. But it can keep you awake. You do most of your growing in your sleep. So you really don’t need that much sStarbucksa week, enjoy it in moderation)
 
-Smoking (I haven’t got much to say about this, you should know the risks by now)
 
-Steroids (You don’t need performance enhancers! Do your best naturally. Steroids can give you health problems 😦 )
 

2// Sleep

 
-This should be easy! Who doesn’t like sleeping?
 
-Studies show growing teens and even adults should get 8-11 hours of sleep each night.
 
-Try not to use any electronics 1 hour prior to sleeping, using electronics can keep your mind racing and thinking too much.
 
-Sleep in a calm environment to get your best sleep.

 
3// Eat right

 
-The food we consume has an effect on everything we do and everything that makes up us.
 
-Take a daily vitamin everyday
 
– Dairy=calcium. Lots of calcium is good and promotes bone growth
 
-Vitamin D is necessary! Go outside and soak up the sun. Eat fish, mushrooms, and alfalfa sprouts. Maybe even take a vitamin D supplement
 
-Proteins! Meat, eggs, tofu,etc. they all have the essential building blocks for your body to grow. Have one to two of the above suggested proteins in at least one of your meals each day.
 
-Zinc. Zinc deficiency can set you up to end up being short 😦 So eat some peanuts, asparagus, peas, chocolate, eggs, etc.
 
-Eat 3 MEALS a day! Don’t skip out on anything please 🙂 Eat some snacks in between meals.
 
4// Exercise

 
-Light exercise is good if you’re not into heavy.
 
– Swimming
 
– Biking
 
– Jogging
 
– Yoga
 
-Stretching is good as well and some people claim it can help you grow taller (not sure if thats true?)
 
-Make it fun and exercise with a friend
 

5//Good Posture

 
-This doesn’t help you GROW taller as much is it does make you LOOK taller (same difference right? :P)
 
-Don’t slouch. Not in chairs and not while walking
 
-Keep your shoulders back and your chin up
 

6//Little things you can do
 
-Stretch in the morning when you wake up
 
-Stay HYDRATED (drink lots of WATER)
 
-Drink Milk! 🙂
 
-Make your meals have a variety of foods
 
-Sleep with your neck and back straight
 
-Don’t fret if you’re not super duper super model tall. Who cares? Height isn’t the most important thing in the world. You can’t change everything about yourself to make you happy. So embrace how you look!

 

Good luck and remember growing takes time.

What do your breakouts mean?

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Who doesn’t like to have clear skin? I know I do and I thought I would find out why I have breakouts and just wanted to share them with you guys.

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//Forehead:
Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night.

//Above the brow:
The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. breakouts
tend to happen here right before,
after, or during a cold or flu. drink
plenty of water.

//Between brows:
breakouts between the brows can
be caused by unhealthy foods or
a food allergy. to clear up skin in
this zone, cut back on sugar & dairy.

//Cheeks:
your cheeks are linked to your
respiratory system. smoking or
breathing polluted air can cause
breakouts here.

//Side of chin:
the sides of your chin are affected
by hormones. breakouts here occur
around the time of your period.

//Chin:
if your diet has been loaded with
rich and heavy foods then consider
a detox or adding more fiber to your
diet and exercise to routine to help
with digestion.

//Nose:
this area is skin full of dilated pores
so make sure your make-up brushes
and anything that you bring close to
your face are kept clean. also, get
more fresh air and exercise daily.

//Ear & eyes:
spots close to your ear and even
dark circles around the eyes can be
caused by dehydration. avoid coffee,
tea and salt whenever possible.

//Lip:
to clear zits here, eat less spicy and
fried foods. also, include more fresh
fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Hope these helped.
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Free subscription to Cosmopolitan and Shape Magazine.

Beauty., Fitness., Freebies.

It’s back again…Head on over to score a FREE 2-Year Subscription to ‘Cosmopolitan’ Magazine and click here for a free subscription to Shape magazine. Just fill out the survey to snag yours. Your first issue should arrive within 8 to 10 weeks!

I’ve done this and have never received a bill at all. It’s all complimentary and is like a gift subscription. 

Hope you enjoy.

 

Food that helps fight stress.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., School., Tips.

We’re all under a lot of pressure lately. Whether it’s school, family or work, a boy, friends etc. these can really drag you down.

The bad news? Things might take a while to get better.

The good news? Your diet, can actually help lift off some of that pressure.

If lately you’ve been noticing that you have been gaining weight, I know I have, stress might be playing a key role in it. Hormones relocate to your stomach when you stress causing belly fat and for you to eat a lot.

Eating the right foods, however, can do wonders. Chinese nutrition views anxiety and stress as the result of kidney and liver imbalances, and there are plenty of foods that nourish these organs, reducing the crazies and enhancing the calm.

Foods to beat anxiety:

Help minimize some of the stress and anxiety in your life by incorporating more of these fruits, veggies and leafy greens into a whole, balanced diet:


Root veggies: yams, radishes, parsnips, beets, carrots and potatoes

Serving Tip: Bake yams, potatoes and beets; juice beets and carrots with greens below, and cook parsnips in a soup with lentils and leeks.


Dark, leafy greens: chard, kale, spinach, arugula and watercress

Serving Tip: You can add any of these greens in a salad or juice.

Sea vegetables: kelp, nori, wakame, hijiki, dulse and kombu

Serving Tip: Sprinkle some in your salad, or add to sushi with brown rice and avocado or to miso broth.

Protein: black beans, black sesame seeds, tofu, mung beans and millet

Serving Tip: Add black beans to chili; sesame seeds on salads or with steamed veggies; sprouted mung beans in curry or in salad; millet instead of rice and tofu with steamed veggies and quinoa.

Berries: blackberries

Serving Tip: Add in fruit salad, smoothie, or mixed with coconut kefir or almond yogurt.

Nutrients You Need

You also want to make sure you’re getting plenty of the following nutrients:

Folic acid

Found in: brown, red and wild rice, beans, oranges and dark greens

Vitamin B12

Found in: sea vegetables, nutritional yeast, miso, fortified and fermented foods. (People with vitamin B deficiencies are more likely to have severe depression.)

Magnesium

Found in: wheat and oat bran, brown rice, nuts and molasses. These magnesium-rich foods support brain function and are helpful for mood disorders, including PMS and bipolar disorder.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Found in: seaweed, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, borage oil and primrose oil. Omega-3 fatty acids help build healthy brain cell membranes and facilitate neuron-to-neuron communication.

Chromium

Found in: broccoli, grapes, oranges and whole grains. Chromium assists with symptoms of depression, particularly for people who also crave sugar. Chromium is a blood sugar stabilizer.

Zinc

Found in: beans, nuts and oatmeal. Zinc helps metabolize omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Low zinc levels are often found in those suffering from postpartum depression.

Hope these helped.

Exercise everyday with Blogilates.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Cassy Ho aka Blogilates is the queen. Her YouTube videos and app are the best things ever! I’ve just started so I’ve been doing about 1-3 workouts a day and my body has been dyingggg but I’m loving it.

The thing is working out isn’t just about getting skinny and all that, it’s about becoming healthy, fit, stronger and better inside and out so that you can live a better, longer and healthier life. Whatever your goal may be I’m not here to judge but just to help you out. 

Trust me. Start off with the beginners calender and then work up to the monthly one’s and you’ll be fit, strong and healthy in no time.

 

She gives you a calendar to follow through everyday:

&& there’s a new one each month. 

If you download her app, you can just follow through with that and it’s available on Apple and Android.

She also has stuff for beginners:

 

Good luck.

5 minute abs.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Tips.

Obviously you’re not gonna get abs in 5 minutes BUT this workout, if done consistently like everyday for 5 minutes will eventually give you abs.

 

1. 25 leg lifts.

Position yourself flat on the ground, lying on your back, head and shoulders on the floor. Keep both of your legs and raise them to about a 45 degree angle, hold for two seconds, than bring them back to the floor; but DO NOT TOUCH them on the floor or it will wreck the workout. Also, make sure not to arch your back, keep the rest of your body flat as your legs lift and lower. If it does arch, badly, or your abs aren’t that strong bring your legs higher when you lift. 

 

2. 60 bicycle crunches.

Position yourself with your head and shoulders off the floor, your hands behing your head, your legs in the air, knees bent. Here is a picture of this position: 

Then, bring your left elbow to your right knee using your ab strength, push the other leg out straight. Then, bring your right elbow to your left knee, while pushing the other leg out. Keep repeating this motion. Here:

 

3. Side plank for 60 seconds. To start, position yourself laying on your side, then lift your body up with the arm that is on the ground, and the sides of your feet. (your body should be tight and your legs should be tightly together so you don’t fall. Lift your opposite arm straight in the air. If you are having trouble, look at this picture: 

 

4. Do 60 regular crunches.

If the full regular ones are hard for you, you can do these:

 

5. Do 60 leg flutters.

Position yourself flat on the ground, arms flat by your side. Then, lift your head and shoulders off the floor, and lft your feet slightly from the floor. Your arms should now be straight out infront of you, pointed towards your feet. Proceed to flutter your legs up and down quickly without ever touching them to the ground.

R E M E M B E R ; NO breaks between these five ab sequences! Good Luck! It will get easier as you do it.

 

Enjoy body sculpting 🙂

 

How to clean your pores.

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Aurora Mohn This has been requested by a lot of people. && its good to keep your pores clean so that you don’t get acne and stuff like that on your face. Before you start exfoliating you need to know what type of skin you have. There are 3 different kinds and they all need to be taking care of differently.

 

– Oily. If your skin is oily, it will look greasy and shiny and feel heavy.

This skin type is prone to acne and often has larger, visible pores. Resist the temptation to wash your face hourly to get rid of excess oils.

Limit cleansing to morning and night, or the pores will generate more oil, which will make the situation worse.

Use a mild oil-free cleanser for oily skin, but make sure it is not too harsh.

Regularly using a 10-percent benzoil peroxide cleanser is too harsh for most skin types and will only lead to further problems. Use one with a lower concentration of acne-fighting ingredients, or just a mild cleanser. You can use a toner after you cleanse, but again, you don’t want one with harsh ingredients.

Even oily skin needs a moisturizer and SPF protection, so don’t skip this step regardless of your skin type. If you need extra medication, use a night cream with alpha-hydroxy acids that act as a gentle exfoliant to keep the pores clear.

 

– Dry. This skin type is the opposite of oily, and often feels dry and tight, particularly after washing. It feels as if it can’t retain moisture and may have flaky patches.

This type of skin needs to be cleansed with gentle cream cleansers that won’t strip skin of needed moisture. If you like to use a toner afterward, make sure it is gentle and does not contain alcohol.

Dry skin can use a heavier lotion, but you should make sure it contains an SPF ingredient for sun protection. Even more than other skin types, dry skin is prone to fine lines that sun damage will only accentuate.

 

– Normal. People with this skin type have smooth texture and even skin tone with no oily or dry patches. They may have a few pimples due to hormonal changes, but it is not an ongoing problem.

Normal skin needs to maintain this balance by keeping a clean face with mild cleansers and warm water. Unless you need extra exfoliation, you can skip the toner and opt for a good moisturizer with SPF protection. Any of the moisturizers should work for normal skin – experiment and find one with a texture you like.

Be sure to keep your products mild, or normal skin can flare up and find itself in one of the other categories.  

 

– Combination. Despite the beauty industry’s categorization of “normal” skin, combination skin is actually the most common.

If you have oily patches on your forehead, chin and around your nose that are shiny, and dry areas on your cheeks and around your eyes, you have combination skin.

There are products out there that are balanced for this skin type, but you may have to experiment with different products for different areas of your face. Stick with products that are gentle, so they don’t cause irritation to either the oily or dry spots.

You can spot-treat with a product containing glycolic acids for exfoliation, or with mild acne treatments for the oily zone. As with all other skin types, you should use a good SPF moisturizer daily.  

 

How to clean your pores:

1. The first step to clean skin is to use a mild cleanser formulated for your particular skin type. Use warm water, not hot, for cleansing.

2. Use steam to relax your skin. You can either let the steam from a shower do the work, or hold your face above a steaming bowl of water. Do this for several minutes.

3. In addition to regular cleansing, you can add a simple mask to the home remedies for cleaning your pores. These are usually made with things you already have in your kitchen, but can be surprisingly effective.  

 

Masks to clean your pores with:

Baking soda- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water and scrub face using circular motions, rinse well with clear warm water. This will deep clean your pores removing built up oils and make up that often cause acne. It will also remove dead skin leaving your face looking fresher and younger.

 

Oatmeal mask- This is great for gentle scrubbing of all but the most acne-prone skin. Mix ½ cup of cooked instant oatmeal (plain variety only – apples and cinnamon won’t work for this recipe) with one teaspoon of olive oil. Smooth it onto your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wipe off and rinse thoroughly. Many like to rinse with cool or cold water. This will feel great, but it will not help to “close” your pores.

 

Eggs and honey- For dry skin, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Let this mixture sit on the skin for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

 

Avocado- Avocados have natural oils that are great for hydration. Mash half an avocado and smear it on your face. While you are letting that sit for 15 minutes, you can make guacamole with the other half. Wipe the avocado off with a wet washcloth and rinse well.

Cornmeal- Mix cornmeal and water to make a paste and gently rub it on your face. Let it dry and rinse off. This is great for oily or acne-prone skin.  

Some extra tips:

DO NOT touch your face a lot, cause it’ll cause dirt and bacteria to get on your face which clogs your pores.

Make sure your sunglasses and glasses are clean.

Remember to wash your makeup off before you go to bed, especially on your eyes no matter what. If you don’t, when you wake up your face will be all red and blotchy. If you wash it constantly you’re gonna get dry patches and breakouts all over your face because you’re getting rid of all the natural oils which are needed.

When you breakout or get a dry patch DO NOT clog your face with 50 products because it will get worse.

 

I hope this helped all of you ♥