Lose weight and keep it off

The hardest part of losing weight is getting started,

once you start seeing results you’ll get hooked and it will be smooth sailing from there!

Losing ten lbs overnight is unrealistic.

Losing ten lbs in one month can be accomplished. The recommended amount of weight you should loose is about 2-3 lbs per week. Daily exercise along with a healthy and balanced meal plan will give you that body you’ve been wanting. Keep reading for a few simple tips you can follow to loose weight and keep it off!

1. Drink water daily.

8 glasses a day is the recommended amount.

2. Workout for thirty minutes daily.

You have to do cardio and weight training in order to loose lbs and tone your body as well. You can trade off doing weights one day and cardio the next to give your muscles a rest.

3. Plan your meals in advance and try to eat at about the same time daily.

If you know what you’ll be eating in advance there’s less of a chance that you’ll eat junk or more than you should. Portion control is the key. Don’t restrict yourself, just eat in smaller portions. And remember, always eat breakfast and never skip meals. This aids in keeping your metabolism active throughout the day.

4. Keep a food journal.

Jot down your meals, caloric value, and physical activity done per day. Doing this will make you aware of everything that goes in your mouth and help you change your eating habits.

5. Weigh yourself at least once a week.

I know people say “don’t weigh yourself daily you’ll get obsessed!” but there’s a difference between being obsessed and aware. Remember being healthy and fit involves more than a number on a scale. Don’t freak out , run to the gym and starve yourself if you gained a pound. Your weight fluctuates daily between 5-10lbs because of a few reasons including weather and water intake. Also, muscle weighs more than fat so don’t give up if the numbers don’t go down right away.

6. Lifting weights means you have to get your protein.

Eat foods high in it like meat, chicken and fish. Eat your veggies as well, mom was right they’re good for you! Remember that food pyramid from back in health class?

7. To get sleek- well defined muscles use light weights and more repetitions.

For example, lift lighter or moderate weights and do about 5 sets of 10-13 reps.

8. Take up yoga or pilates.

These workouts are great in toning your entire body. They use your own weight for resistance and target specific problem areas. Circuit training is another great option. It’s a combination of light weights and exercises to help tone your body and burn fat.

Remember a healthy and balanced diet along with daily physical activity are needed for your success.

These tips have helped me out and I hope you enjoy them as well!

* This information is not intended to substitute medical opinions, seek a health-care professional for that*

Shower time beauty recipes

my adorable bunnies
photo credit: ~ezs

Homemade recipe for frizzy hair:

You will need olive oil (amount depends on hair thickness and length), a plastic cap, half a lemon, and water.
Warm up olive oil and apply to your hair from root to ends, put plastic cap on for about 30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. For extra shine rinse with a half lemon half warm water mixture and say goodbye to frizzies! Do this once a week for best results.

Olive oil
photo credit: Shishb

Homemade recipe for sugar body scrub:

Mix one cup of sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Use in shower like a regular scrub once a week to leave your skin feeling oh so yummy! ( you can also grate a lemon and add the zest in to brighten and even out your skin tone.)

Homemade beauty recipe for oatmeal face wash:

you will need oatmeal, witch hazel, and water. First wet the oatmeal then add about two tsp. of witch hazel. You can also add two drops of olive oil if you’re skin is dry. Add a few more drops of water to make a paste and apply to your face with a gentle massaging motion. Rinse with warm water.

Irish or Steelcut Oatmeal
photo credit: Mr. T in DC

Quick Tip: Ever run out of shaving cream? Use olive oil or hair conditioner for a smooth shave.

Homemade blackhead removal method:

all you need is some honey. Warm it up and apply it to affected areas on face leave it on for 12 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Facial steamers are also good for blackhead removal.

Homemade energizing coffee foot scrub:

you will need ground coffee, ground oatmeal, sea salt, olive oil, peppermint oil. Mix the ingredients well ,about four tsps. of each ingredient and two drops of the peppermint oil. Scrub feet in circular motions, rinse off with warm water and dry with a warm towel.

Hope these homemade recipes were useful.

Got any of your own?!

221/365 - Eve L
photo credit: helgasms!

Less can be more

Makeup is defined as cosmetics used to accentuate or change your appearance. In good taste, makeup can make you look like a flawless version of yourself.  Sometimes girls opt for a little (or a lot) more and look way overdone.

Mannequins, Camden
photo credit: ~ aliwin ~

What’s up with that? Personally I believe the culprit is, as usual, the media. Most celebrites wear tons of makeup and are sometimes humiliated when spotted without it. In their business they have to wear all that makeup, taking pictures, shooting movies, regardless off all the photoshop done on them afterwards. They have to cover up every oversized pore, and conceal every pimple, vamp out their eyes, and plump their lips, because they are portraying an image. But it’s pretty normal to see girls walking down anywhere from the grocery store to grabbing a fast food meal with full caked on makeup. Specially if they work at certain makeup counters. I understand they’re trying to sell a product but is it a job requirement to advertise every item on their face? Don’t get me wrong, those girls have talent and do great looks, but personally sometimes they’re a little too overdone.


photo credit: milena mihaylova

Wearing too much makeup daily isn’t great for your skin either it needs to breathe.
I’m not being judgemental, I love makeup and wear it most if not every day, but I prefer accentuating one best feature and keeping the rest more natural. For example, if you have gorgeous lips wear your favorite shade of lipstick, liner and gloss and keep your eyeshadow bare or to a minimum. Stunning eyes? Play with shadows, eyeliner, mascara and keep the rest soft. Great cheekbones? Show them off with your blush blending skills. There’s no need to wear tons of foundation, heavy eyeshadow, dark lipstick, and sultry blush all at once, unless you’re going to an event or such. Its unbelievable how some women go to certain extremes as to waking up before their husbands to apply their makeup before the hub realizes they have a few freckles. It just seems a little too much, at least in my opinion.
Makeup is an art and a way to express individuality, it’s one of those things that make being a girl great but it shouldn’t have to conceal your face. It’s not much of a turn on for guys getting all that lipstick, foundation, and other products all over them, even worse not recognizing a girl when all the makeup washes off.

DJ Darku J
photo credit: Ben Chau
Just remember ladies, makeup should be used to accentuate a woman’s beauty, not define it.

Dry Skin fixes

Ever wonder how to get rid of the dry and chapped skin you get, especially around winter time?

Dry skin happens for various reasons including genetics, diet, vitamin deficiencies, skin conditions and most often environmental factors.

Around winter, temperatures drop, the air is dryer, and winds are harsh. All these factors can irritate your skin making it dry and sometimes peel or even crack.

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Here’s a few things you can do to prevent and treat dry skin.

This ones hard to avoid but even cutting down helps.

Tap water has many chemicals that can be tough on your skin. try limiting the amount of times you use tap water esecially on your face. Also remember to use lukewarm water rather than hot since hot water takes moisture from your skin.
moisturize daily!

Normal everyday activities and weather conditions affect skins natural moisture level so it’s very important to replenish lost moisture. look for creamy but light moisturizers so they won’t leave your skin looking greasy. one of my favorite body lotions is Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Body Lotion ($7.99 local drugstores).
Use creamy bodywashes rather than using a bar soap since they can strip your skin of natural oils and dry it out.

There’s a vast amount of body washes promising to leave skin silky but everybody is different so it’s a good idea to test out different ones and see which one quenches your skin better. I prefer bodywashes that are infused with oils and have Shea butter, aloe vera or other natural moisture enhancing ingredients.
Exfoliate to remove dead cells and flaky skin.

Limit exfoliation to twice a week maximum, or once weekly or bi-weekly depending on how sensitive your skin is. over doing it can cause skin irritation and dryness.
Take vitamins.

They help maintain your body from the inside out. Omega 3 fish oil pills (sounds bad, it’s not) are excellent for dry skin.
Don’t forget about your lips, hands and feet.

Use lip balm to prevent chapped lips. One that works for me is Burt’s Bees Lip Balm ($4.99 local drugstores) or for very chapped lips try Carmex tube ($1.69 local drugstores). Avoid licking your lips and don’t over do it with the lip balm since too much can make chapped lips worse. to keep hands soft use a hand salve. try Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($12.50 at kiehls.com). A good fix for very dry hands/ feet is to apply a thick lotion or Vaseline before going to bed and wear gloves/socks so moisture is sealed in.

your curl
photo credit: Victor Bezrukov

Here’s an all natural homemade facial recipe for extra dry skin.

It’s used as a mask and recommended once a week to help heal dry skin.
you’ll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. of olive oil

application: mix ingredients and apply over face. leave on for about 15 mins remove with lukewarm water.
Try it out and let me know what you think! or share any recipes or tips you have to battle crocodile skin around the holidays!

Crocodile Hunter
photo credit: Tom@HK

Stop sugar cravings

Sitting around on an empty stomach is the perfect chance for those dreaded sugar cravings to arise. Imagine working late waiting around for the clock to tick faster with a vending machine inviting you to try its goodies. It’s hard to resist the temptation when your mind is occupied and the only thing around is junk.

The more sugar-filled foods you put in your body, the harder it is to resist them, but there are a few things you can do to stop your sugar cravings.

raspberry cake
photo credit: jonrawlinson

To stop first you must know why sugar cravings happen.

Two of the main reasons why you get sugar cravings are adrenaline which is pretty much when your body needs energy, and serotonin a feel good hormone which is released in short bursts by sugars. Usually sugar cravings are predominant when you’re distracted, stressed, or for some women before their period. Having some sugar in your diet isn’t bad. Your body needs some sugar to function, but most of the time we overdo it.

Sugar is found in lots of foods, here’s a few other names used to disguise it :

Brown sugar, corn syrup,demerara sugar,dextrose, free flowing brown sugars, fructose, galactose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup,invert sugar, lactose, malt, molasses, maple syrup, sucrose, and maltose.

Keep reading to learn a couple things you can do to stop your sugar cravings!

sugar packet
photo credit: TheTruthAbout…

-cut down your sugar intake over time don’t try going cold turkey. And if you do overindulge don’t beat yourself up for it, instead see why it happened and how you could change it. For instance, If your used to drinking a soda daily, try limiting to two sodas a week and keep cutting down as the weeks go by. Don’t try to live a sugar-free life we all need some sugar in our bodies. The key is portion control.

-drink more water. Drink at least eight glasses of water. Sometimes people mistake hunger for thirst, so before you go for that donut drink a glass of water! Keeping hydrated keeps you alert and prevents overindulging.

-exercise daily. Keep a balanced diet. Eat more veggies and fruits.This will help keep your body strong and healthy. Working out daily releases serotonin and prevents stress, which in turn will make it easy to prevent sugar cravings. Keeping a balanced diet and eating more veggies will keep you full longer and make it easier to skip that unnecessary sugary snack. Avoid processed foods. They are usually super high in sugar and salt.

-keep healthy snacks at hand. Such as sliced apples, baby carrots, nuts, dried fruits and berries. Avoid keeping too much junk food around. Instead of buying a gallon of ice cream and keeping it at home go out and buy a single serving when you want a sweet treat!

-get enough rest. If you skip your recommended eight hours a day you’re body will suffer overtime. You might experience health consequences Iike high blood pressure, trouble concentrating, and even high cholesterol. While you’re sleeping, you’re immune system and organs are working on cleansing and restoring.

-try to eat your meals at the same time everyday and don’t skip meals. This will help regulate your body and prevent eating when you’re not supposed to.

Hope you enjoyed and found these sugary tips useful. Are there any tips or tricks you use to fight sugar cravings? I’d love to hear them!

lollipop
photo credit: Flóra




Kawasaki Disease Awareness

Kawasaki Disease is a serious heart condition affecting young children.

Kawasaki Disease is an important issue facing children today. It is especially important to me because my beautiful niece is a kawasaki survivor and i feel urged to dedicate this special post towards raising awareness about this condition.

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First let me briefly explain what Kawasaki disease is.

Kawasaki disease is one that most often affects young children of Japanese and in some cases Latin/Hispanic descent. Symptoms of this disease usually start with high fever which can reach 104F or higher, bloodshot eyes, body rashes, cracked dry lips, red strawberry-like tongue, peeling skin, swollen lymph nodes, irritability, joint and abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and a rapid heart beat. It affects many organs including, the skin, mucous membranes, lymph nodes, blood vessel walls, and the heart.

If untreated Kawasaki can cause serious damage to the heart or in worse cases it can be fatal.

This weekend my sister, niece, and I attended the Kawasaki Disease Parent Symposium held in San Diego. We had the privilege of meeting Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki , who first discovered this disease in 1967. He was a very kind man and even though his English wasn’t great  (he brought his translator with him) he still got his point across and managed to throw in some jokes here and there! Mr. And Mrs. Dr. Kawasaki flew all the way from Japan to attend the symposium and gala afterward. It was held at the University of san Diego and attracted quite a few individuals looking to gain further knowledge. The point of this symposium was to teach about the disease as well as raise awareness on research that is being done. Since there haven’t been many cases it’s hard to fully understand it without research.

Overall this experience was great it gave me a better understanding of Kawasaki disease and I’m glad to know a team of specialists in San Diego is working hard to gain more knowledge in this issue.

Please show your support for Kawasaki Awareness!

Visit this blog to learn more about Kawasaki disease.

Raising awareness is the first step to battle this heartbreaking disease.

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