Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

One of the best ways to spruce up your wardrobe without spending a ton of money is to accessorize. With just the right addition of a rich leather bag or long layered necklace, you can revitalize many outfits, and don't forget about a trendy belt.

One of my favorite go-to looks is a white t-shit that's fitted, a pair of denim jeans, a black or brown leather belt, a black leather bag and some black shoes or boots. I bring this look together with a beautiful silver or gold long chain, some hoop earrings,  and I'm ready for anything. If it's chilly outside I grab my denim jacket or my black blazer or even my leather jacket. Instant chic.  Don't forget the red lipstick! You can substitute denim jeans for black jeans and have an equally dressy chic look. Want to make an even bigger statement, try red shoes!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazon Prime Day!

Tonight at 9pm starts Amazon Prime Day. It's the biggest shopping day of the year on Amazon. Lots and lots of deals so be sure to check it out!
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Should You Go Unprocessed With Your Foods

A year ago, I decided that I would no longer eat unprocessed foods. I came to that decision as part of my journey back to nature and my desire to live as much of my life as I could in the way the human body was intended to live. That meant that if a food was cooked or manufactured by someone other than me and contained things like hydrogenated oils, sodium nitrates, sodium nitrites, artificial colors blue, green, red and yellow, high fructose corn syrup, etc. that I would avoid them. For me that meant reading ingredient labels and avoiding whole classes of foods like deli meats in order to stay as close to my eating unprocessed choice as possible without being completely impractical. By impractical I mean, I was not going to grind my own flour or make my own butter, I was simply going to eat whole foods, cooked by me or someone else, that were void of processing and chemicals.

In my research for optimum health and consciousness of the ecosystem which we share with all living things, it became obvious to me that our bodies were not designed to filter chemicals made in a lab. That in doing so, we slow down the body's natural processes and immunity and burden it with the demands of filtration and removal rather than regeneration and healing. That we should live our lives as much in harmony with the earth as we can.  That means getting fresh air and movement every day. Sunshine on our skin every day. Clean water to drink, and wholesome foods to eat, and rest. You literally are what you eat, drink, and breath on a regular basis. Unfortunately, in today's busy, fast-paced society, attention to these natural requirements can be difficult to achieve.  As I already do much of these natural requirements for optimum health, and already ate a healthy diet for the most part, I needed only to do some further tweaking. So I stopped eating any processed meats, frozen dinners, injected meats and any foods that contained the following toxic ingredients:

1. Hydrogenated fats -When a regular fat like corn, soybean, or palm oil is mixed with hydrogen and whipped into a solid, it becomes what's called a trans fat. These chemically-altered ingredients help packaged foods stay fresh longer so they can sit on store shelves for years without getting stale or rancid. Eating foods with trans fats can cause inflammation in your body and raise your "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while lowering your "good" HDL cholesterol. They also increase your risk of blood clots and heart disease. That means you should avoid them and foods that contain them; things like fried foods! Choose healthier, plant-based liquid monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. I use olive oil almost exclusively when I cook with oil, with avocado oil coming in second.

2. White Flour - When a whole grain is refined, the bran and germ are removed which are the parts that contain the fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This leaves these refined grained void of nutrients and make them incredibly easy to digest. This is not a whole food and not natural for your body to process. Digesting them is too fast and easy and raises your blood sugar and insulin. This can lead to weight gain, mood swings, bowel issues, and other health issues.  I recommend replacing all processed grains with whole grains, like brown or wild rice, whole-wheat breads and pastas, barley, and oatmeal. You will feel full longer and much more satisfied when eating cause foods made with whole grains are much more hearty. They also help regulate hormones and carry unwanted cholesterol out.

3. Artificial Sweeteners - I have not had an artificial sweetener for approximately 26 years. These are chemicals, plain and simple, and they can make you think you can eat more of a food that you shouldn't eat a lot of. Chemicals knows as Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), Saccharin (Sweet'N Low, SugarTwin), and Sucralose (Splenda) are worse than consuming regular sugar. The body doesn't recognize this man-made chemical and doesn't send the right satisfying brain chemicals you get with regular sugar leaving you wanting more. So have a sweet treat when you desire it, but limit the quantity and use real sweeteners. 

4.  High Fructose Corn Syrup - Refined grains are turned into high fructose corn syrup. Again, another man-made substance. It increases triglycerides, boosts fat-storing hormones, and drives people to overeat and gain weight.  Avoid it.

5. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) - is a processed "flavor enhancer."  How harmful MSG may be as a chemical flavor enhancer and it's effects on the human body are still being studied. As it is a chemical, I avoid it.

So after a year of cutting out processed foods, I can tell you that I feel wonderful. I feel more connected in mind and body and I have more confidence in my body's amazing ability to take care of me and keep me in balance and in optimum health. I have more muscle mass and I stay full longer. I was not trying to lose weight, however my daughter who joined me on this journey of eating unprocessed foods, lost 10 pounds eating this way in only 6 months, and gained more muscle and self-confidence. When you realize that foods have the power to affect how you feel and look in life, the choice to eat better is easy. Learn to listen to your stomach. Feed yourself when you are hungry and reach for foods that will promote healing and wellness like those that come from the earth and not a laboratory. It's actually quite fun to eat healthy.  Try it for a month. Shop healthy. Go organic. Make one change only if that's all you want to do, but do it. You will feel so much better and you will be healthier for it. Shop for food items online if that's more convenient 

For me it is a lifestyle habit now and I don't miss any of those processed foods. There are many wholesome alternatives on the market, or I just make it myself! I still eat chocolate which is my favorite guilty pleasure. It is a processed food and I won't make it myself, but that's ok cause I'm not aiming for perfection, just better.

Good luck!
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

What To Do About Pimples on Your Butt Cheeks ?

Little bumps that pop out on your buttocks or butt cheeks can be cause by tight fitting clothing. Tight fitting clothing can slow the skin's natural exfoliating process and lead to the formation of bumps.  Normally, bacteria sit on the surface of the skin, but when you wear tight fitting clothing, it can rub the bacteria into the pores and cause breakouts. Also any sweat that you may have from sitting provides a moist  breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

To remedy this, wear looser-fitting clothing and wash the area with a mild soap.  I can highly recommend Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash You should also avoid using fabric softeners in the dryer because they leave fibers on your underwear which can irritate your skin further.

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Will Doing Facial Exercises Prevent Wrinkles

Facial wrinkles occur on our skin due to gravity pulling down on our facial muscles, and the natural breakdown of skin's elasticity due to aging. Lack of moisture and sun exposure will accelerate this process. In my opinion, as someone who has been practicing excellent skin care habits and health conscious living for my entire life, and giving advice to many people based on personal experience and my own research, facial exercises pull the skin too much, and once the skin starts losing it's elasticity, wrinkles can develop. Constantly wrinkling or furrowing or puckering will create wrinkles or worsen the ones you have. You need to do the opposite and that is to relax the facial muscles and help them smooth out, as I advocate in my facial massage videos on YouTube. Please check them out, I think you will find them very beneficial to smooth out your lines and wrinkles.
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Is It Bad To Eat Moldy Fruit ?

Who hasn't eating something moldy! I have and I'm sure you have and it doesn't taste good. Molds  grow on food both in and out of the refrigerator. So what should you do if you open a box of strawberries and you see a few fuzzy berries but the rest are fine, or if you left a peach on the counter and you pick it up to eat it and you see a moldy spot, or if you find a slice of bread in the package with mold but the others look fine. Should you discard these foods or can you safely eat them?

First lets talk briefly about molds so you understand what you're dealing with. Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plants and animal matter. They are threadlike organisms that produce spores. Spores can travel around and land anywhere as they are transported by air, water, and insects. Once they land on your food, they begin to feed and grow and often mold grow deeper into the food.  The mold you see on the surface of your fruit can have invisible thread-like branches and roots that go deeper inside the fruit. The higher the moisture content of the food, the more the mold can have penetrated the food. So if you see heavy mold on the surface of your food, you can assume that its roots run deeper.  Molds can cause allergic reactions in some people and some can even produce toxins in the body called mycotoxins which can make you very sick.

According to the USDA, you can safely cut the mold away from some foods and eat the rest, but this applies mostly to hard food, including hard cheeses. The USDA advises cutting off at least one inch around and below the mold making sure that you keep the knife out of the mold so it doesn't contaminate the rest of the cheese. Mold on hard vegetables like pepper, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, etc. can be cut off at least one inch around and below the moldy area and safely consumed.  The USDA  recommends discarding certain foods with visible mold including lunch meats, left over meats and chicken, cooked grains and pasta, yogurt, sour cream, bread, jams and jellies, peanut butter and nuts. So if you see mold on your yogurt, discard it because it probably is moldy throughout the yogurt since yogurt has a high moisture content allowing the mold's thread-like branches to travel deeper.

But what about bread? If you see a slice of bread in your package with mold, you should discard the whole package because the mold may not yet be visible on the other slices, but is present. Again, bread has a higher moisture content.

The peach I talked about earlier. I think it's best you discard it. As for the strawberries, discard the moldy ones, but you can still eat the rest. Also always discard berries that are clumped together with mold or fuzz.  That's my rule of thumb.

If you are pregnant or have a compromised immune system, practice extra care and avoid eating anything with mold or fuzz.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Rules To Prevent Premature Aging and Wrinkles

I recently uploaded a video to YouTube to help share my best tips to young adults to prevent wrinkles and premature aging of the skin https://youtu.be/q6s6CsjKmZg. If you are conscientious about taking care of your skin in your teens and twenties, you will have younger looking skin in the decades to follow. Damage that we do to our skin when we are younger is cumulative and shows up on our faces and bodies decades later. Here are 10 rules to follow if you want beautiful ageless skin:

1.  Drink lots of water. Reach for spring water when you can.

2.  Don't Smoke. Enough said.

3.  Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol, like smoking, dehydrates the skin and causes premature aging.

4.  Exercise. Increases blood flow and nutrients to skin.

5.  Wear sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. While I don't think you should be a vampire and avoid the sun because we all need sunshine to be healthy, I do want to remind you of the importance of having a barrier if you spend time in the sun. Ideally, you should always seek shade and cover up when you feel your skin becoming sensitive to the sun. That's your body's way of saying "I've had enough". However, there are times when we can't seek shade or we have to be outside for a bit longer than we would like (our kids' baseball games, hiking, etc.) For those times, sunscreen is a must.

6.  Get enough deep sleep. While we sleep, our bodies repair and rejuvenate.

7.  Eat a healthy plant heavy diet.

8.  Avoid dehydrating your skin with excessively long and hot showers or baths. Opt for quick showers.

9.  Wear sunglasses when in glare or bright sunlight. This helps to prevent squinting which causes fine lines to develop and they also help protect sensitive eye skin from the sun.

10.  Keep stress to a minimum. Excess stress starves your body of oxygen and prevents nutrients from reaching your skin.

11.  Moisturize your skin after you wash or shower.  Keeping skin hydrated and supple with deter the formation of lines. Our faces are moving all day. This repeated movement causes wrinkles to appear as years go by. You can slow this process down dramatically if you do not have dry skin. Lines are more easily etched into dry skin, so keep your skin soft and smooth and hydrated by moisturizing.

I know when you're in your teens and twenties, your forties and fifties seem far away, but believe me the years go by quickly and before you know it, you look in the mirror and see wrinkles. Better to see them develop in your fifties, than in your thirties.  You can start today taking better care of your skin, not just for your outer beauty but for your health as well.