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Smaller Portions = Smaller Butt!

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Travelling abroad could be a cultural shock… Especially when you travel to Europe!

I’m not talking about landscape, language or even architecture. I am talking about portions. Yep, this article is about what and how much you have on your plate!

For a foreigner visiting the US, or for you coming back from, let’s say France, the average-size plate can seem astronomical. Because it is!

“Research from New York University shows that virtually every food in supermarkets exceeds standard serving sizes. Some “single-serving” foods surveyed were seven times larger than they should be, per standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. (Of course, the big serving-size offenders were cookies.)”

 

It is often really difficult not to finish your plate. I know it is for me, as I was raised with the “finish your plate before leave the table.” When I liked the food, I even often licked my plate clean. So what happen when I have a huge plate of penne arrabiata in front of me? I finish it, even if it makes me feel sick! No wonder why I keep getting larger. And no, I’m not growing up anymore… But I’m definitely growing out! Unfortunately, I’m not alone…

That situation is uncomfortable, being 10-20 lbs heavier than European woman for the same height 🙁

But it is also dangerous for us!

So what can you do?

The easiest way to control the size of your waist line is to control the size of your portion: serve a smaller plate! That way, even if you finish it all, you’ll eat less calories, but you’ll still feel full.

When going out:

  • Share your meal, order a half-portion, or order an appetizer as a main meal.
  • Take at least half of your meal home.

At home:

  • Eat off dessert plates or small bowls like ramequins.

“If you currently eat from 10-inch plates, an 8- or 9-inch plate filled similarly may end up feeling and looking like virtually the same amount of food while in reality being a meaningful reduction.”

  • Start by filling half your plate with vegetables, then add grains, proteins and carbs… In that order. If your plate’s full, good for you (still talking about a dessert plate here!)

One comprehensive review published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that prioritizing the addition of low-cal, nutrient-dense foods like veggies to your diet, as opposed to the subtraction of high-calorie foods, is a far easier way to maintain healthy portion sizes for weight loss.

 

Take a look at this website to find out what you really need: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/proteinfoods_amount.aspx

 

And what about snacks?

There are tons of snacks that are healthy and still filling while staying low in calories… But you should still keep track of your portions!

  • 1 small apple = 78 calories
  • 12 raw almonds (unsalted, unroasted) = 82 calories
  • 1 large hard-boiled egg = 78 calories
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter = 94 calories
  • 1 cup of fresh grapes = 62 calories
  • 1 single-serve (4 oz) plain & non-fat greek yogurt with cinnamon = 70 calories

And the list goes on. You’ll be surprised by what you can eat to feel satisfied and stay within your calorie-limit!

One more trick…

Often, you feel hungry when you’re actually thirsty. Try to drink a glass of water and wait for 5-10 min. Then, if you’re still hungry, get a small healthy snack. But remember to subtract whatever you ate from your next meal portion…

You could also try a slimming tea. Some of these teas ingredients will make you feel fuller faster. They can also help boost your metabolism so you spend more calories every day.

 

But, no matter what you decide, do it today and every day!

 

Hope it helps!

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Shea Butter: Cleopatra’s Favorite Cosmetic You Can Eat

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No matter where you go, no matter where you shop, you’ve seen some kind of Shea Butter. You’ve certainly heard it called “the best of what nature has to offer” but you don’t really know why. Is it just a marketing gimming? Could one simple product offer that many benefits? What actually is Shea Butter?

Shea Butter, Where Do You Come From?

Nuts3Sometimes referred to as “women’s gold” in Africa—because so many women are employed in its production—shea butter is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of Karite trees—also called trees of life. Not cultivated, these trees grow only in the wild Sub-Saharan Africa. They can take up to 50 years to mature and live up to 300 years!

 

Shea Butter’s skin care and healing properties were first harnessed thousands of years ago, in Ancient Egypt. Accounts from as early as Cleopatra’s Egypt speak of caravans bearing clay jars of valuable shea butter for cosmetic use.

7 Health And Beauty Benefits Of Shea Butter

While Africans have known for thousands of years, Western countries are just beginning to recognize the considerable health and beauty benefits of shea butter. Here are only a few of them:

1)    Moisturizer

The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to help protect the skin’s natural oils and it is the perfect remedy for winter skin. A drop or two in your bath will feel like an instant moisture injection.

“I lather my entire body, including my scalp, from head to toe with raw African shea butter. It’s a routine that I’ve been doing for at least 15 years. I often tell people I have a shea-butter robe J I did it my entire pregnancy. My mother is worked up [with stretch marks] and I’m her only child. I was worried because it’s hereditary. But I have no stretch marks. It’s amazing.” Amber Rose

2)    Skin Protection

Since Cleopatra, Shea butter was and continues to be used to protect the hair and skin in the fierce sun and the hot dry winds of African deserts and savannah.

It contains cinnamic acid, a chemical that blocks some ultraviolet rays from the sun. When the pure butter is applied to the hands or face, it takes a while to soak in so it provides a barrier against irritation from wind, cold, and irritation from friction and harsh soaps and detergents.

“I started using African shea butter oil for the winter time because it’s good for windburn and super dry skin. My cheeks have started to get red and discolored in the cold, and it seems to be working.” Lindsay Walsh

3)    Skin Soothing

Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

Karite butter could also heal your skin. Its high fat content makes it an effective and soothing salve for minor cuts and burns—like surn burns or razor cuts—, and it is very effective in treating chapped lips, feet, and hands.

4)    Hair Care

karitem-arbre_kariteShea oil is rich in stearic and oleic fatty acids. It doesn’t saponify in the soap-making process, which leaves the oils free to moisturize and protect skin and hair. That’s why it is used in shampoos to repair damaged hair and reduce dandruff.

“Shea butter make your curl pattern come out much more defined.” Andrea Thomas

5)    Anti-Inflammatory

For centuries, Shea Butter has been used as a medicinal ointment to treat joint pain, muscle ache, bruising and swelling.

In 2010, results from a clinical test shows that Shea Butter contains triterpenes compounds that exhibits significant anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour activity. It helps to reduce joint inflammation while improving circulation.

If you have muscle soreness after a strenuous exercise, apply Shea Butter generously over the affected area—it may take a few hours to a full day before you notice the reduction in pain. For good joint health maintenance, apply Shea Butter on your muscles and joint before and after your exercise. This will help reduce muscle fatigue and pain.

6)    Nasal Decongestant

Nuts2A clinical test proved that Shea Butter was more effective in clearing the airway than conventional nasal drops.

For blocked nose or nasal congestion, rub Shea Butter into and around your nose. Apply onto your chest as well. You should feel better pretty fast. 

7)    Nutrition

The shea tree nuts are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. Inside the fruit is a seed rich in the mixture of edible oils and fats—the shea butter—a crucial nutritional resource for millions of rural households.

Raw African Shea butter is very high in antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids that help keep your cells young and properly lubricated. When ingested instead of applied topically, those same therapeutic compounds go to work inside your body.

So get a little adventurous! Try something outside the box and consider using Shea butter as a super food. Remember to source your Shea consciously and make sure it’s 100% pure, unrefined, raw and organic.

Knowing that something is so pure and clean that you can eat it is great confirmation that putting it on your skin is safe to do as well. Why use chemical laden lotions that can make you sick if swallowed when you can use a pure and clean plant butter that has a history of use as a food? After all, what you put on your skin eventually ends up in your blood.

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References:

[1] http://www.vitaminstuff.com

[2] https://books.google.com

[3] http://www.fao.org

[4] http://www.sofeminine.co.uk

[5] http://nymag.com/thecut

[6] https://wellnessmama.com

[7] http://www.huffingtonpost.com

[8] http://www.wisegeek.com

[9] http://www.sheainstitute.com

[10] http://www.thediysecrets.com/medicinal-shea-butter

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

[12] http://www.thediysecrets.com/practical-uses-of-shea-butter/

[13] http://sheabutter.com

[14] https://karitem.com

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Pregnancy Glow

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Congratulations! You are pregnant!!

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or not, you have an idea of what to expect. You know all about the nausea, fatigue and swelling. You might even be experiencing each one of those symptoms already.

So, when people tell you that you have that pregnancy glow, you have a hard time believing them. It’s just BS, right?

Well, not exactly.

“The pregnancy glow is one of the skin changes that is caused by the increase of hormones during pregnancy. If you are experiencing it, count yourself blessed and enjoy it.” [1]

What Is The Pregnancy Glow?

When you are pregnant your body produces 50% more blood, resulting in more blood circulation through your body.  This increase in blood circulation causes your face to be brighter. [1]

It’s like your skin is naturally producing a look that many women try to achieve with highlighter and brighteners.

Pregnant woman portrain“My partner has told me that I look different, radiant. I was so pleased because I’m tired and grumpy. I must admit my hair is very shiny and my wrinkles (I’m 40 and pregnant for the first
time) don’t look so bad.” 
Janet 

“My hair and my nails are fabulous and everyone says I’m glowing.” Felicity [2]

Hormones And Pregnancy Glow.

Your blood volume increases, and so does your production of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). These changes in your physiology work together to create the pregnancy glow. Greater blood volume brings more blood to vessels, resulting in skin that looks slightly flushed and plump. The hormones HCG and progesterone, which cause the skin glands on the face to secrete more oil, also help make skin look smoother and slightly shinier. [3]

pregnancy-glow3“I love the fact that my skin is so clear, my cleavage is amazing (just like I have always wanted) and my hair is so shiny.” Jodie 

Pregnancy sorted out my acne! I’d had very bad skin for over 15 years (since I was 11). I’d tried EVERYTHING to get rid of it and been to numerous dermatologists. When I became pregnant the spots got worse in the first trimester, then gradually started to fade away. Now my son is 14 months old and my skin has stayed completely clear! You can’t imagine how that feels after all this time.” Tess [2]

Can You Keep The Glow Long After Pregnancy?

When glow-giving pregnancy hormones disappear, your face can suddenly look like you’ve spent a weekend partying.

Most people experience dull, sallow skin when they have a young baby, due to stress and tiredness,” says Debbie Thomas, Advanced Skincare Therapist. [4]

Introduce exfoliation to your skin care routine. It will remove dead skin cells. You could also replace your morning cleanser with a gentle daily scrub. End your routine by appling a soft moisturizer that will leave your skin perfectly hydrated or look for an eye product containing antioxidants and vitamin C to protect the collagen in your skin. [5]

If you’re breastfeeding, drink at least 64 oz of water per day.

Celebrities And Pregnancy Glow

Pictures speak by themselves…

 

 

You are gorgeous, too!

And one of the best part of pregnancy is that people will naturally want to take care of you. So let them do and enjoy yourself as much as you can!

 

 

[1] http://americanpregnancy.org

[2] http://www.babycentre.co.uk

[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org

[4] http://www.motherandbaby.co.uk

[5] http://skinresearchinstitute.com

 

 

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Dive Deep Into The Healing Properties Of Seawater.

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It’s this time of the year again… You’re looking into what to do and where to go this summer.

If you’re covered in snow right now, I bet a beach vacation seems idyllic. But did you know that seawater has multiple health benefits?

Let’s dive in together…

Early Interests

SeaWater2Sea bathing and seawater became fashionable healing treatment in the early XVIIIth Century in Europe. In 175o, Dr Charles Russel recommended Thalassotherapy to heal several diseases. He then founded the first bathing resort in Brighton, England.

But these could be considered old news as Hippocrates was already talking about “thalassotherapy” in 400 B.C.! This word comes from the Greek “thalassa”, meaning water, and “therapia”, meaning to cure. Known also as the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates was the first to use seawater for healing purposes.

For the past couple centuries, multiple scientists studied the healing benefits of seawater, proving that it has nearly all the essential elements. Its major constituents—magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium— as well as the living microorganisms present in seawater—producing beneficial antibiotic, antimicrobial and antibacterial substances—get absorbed through your skin, making seawater the perfect natural healer.

Heal Your Skin

  • Swimming in the ocean can repair your skin barrier and speed up its healing process. [1]
  • Thanks to its huge salt concentration—3.5% sodium chloride—seawater also acts as a natural exfoliation, leaving your skin soft and hydrated.
  • And—last but certainly not least—, the constituents of seawater are the perfect natural antiseptics. They will reduce inflammation and heal irritation. [2]

Boost Your Immunity

“The components of seawater, similar to human blood plasma, are easily absorbed and utilized by your body while swimming. Inhaling a sea mist filled with negatively charged ions, or molecules that attach to your lungs also boosts your immune system,” according to naturopathic doctor Connie Hernandez. “In addition, proponents claim that swimming in seawater opens pores in the skin to allow the absorption of sea minerals and the expulsion of disease-causing toxins from the body.” [3]

Seawater has the ability to relieve cold and flu symptoms, as well as to cure bronchitis and sinusitis. Inhaling sodium chloride, or salt from seawater, helps loosen mucus and treat pulmonary problems. [4]

Heal Your Mind

As you now know, seawater has a high concentration in magnesium and has been proven to have calming properties—by stabilizing the serotonin, melatonin and tryptamin levels in your brain—, and therefore reduce stress, relax your muscles and help you sleep.

“Magnesium depresses nerves to relieve nervous irritability for an increased sense of calmness”, according to wellness pioneer and author J.I. Rondale. [5]

But if ever you feel too lazy to swim, no worries. Pick up your towel and go lie down on the beach for a while—after a full body massage with a high IPF sunscreen of course. The heat of the sun will boost your endocrine system—the natural chemicals in our body designed to make you feel relaxed and less stressed effortlessly. [6]
Vacation is relaxing by definition. But, when you think of it, wouldn’t it be perfect it could cure some of your health issues at the same time? You’d come back well rested, tanned and healthy. Ready for the marathon of life. And, if you wanna dive even deeper into healing your body and your mind, you could try swimming with dolphins… [7]

seawater5

 

[1] https://www.allergybestbuys.co.uk/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

[3] http://www.livestrong.com/

[4] http://youqueen.com/

[5] http://www.livestrong.com/

[6] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

[7] http://www.dolphinhealing.net/

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Does RenewGlow hair supplement work? – My experience

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Having noticed my hair thinning over the past 4 years I’ve been looking for help everywhere. At first I noticed when I brushed my hair that more and more would get stuck to my brush, then the hair it self began to look less full and it only got worse from there, my nails began to be more brittle… Being in my forties I knew this came with age, I just didn’t want it to…

I’ve tried many different products, from shampoos, to biotin supplements, and oil based hair masks… Some showed improvement but very little and nothing I could really feel sure off. Two month ago I was back to researching options to make may hair thicker, and something for my brittle nails. I read a few websites about biotin in combination with certain vitamins and started looking for products like that.

Somethings I already knew like, your hair, but also your skin and your nails get weaker with age, one of many aspects that speed this up, which I did not know, is oxidative damage from the environment, in the air, as well as certain food we eat, for example the ones that contain pesticides.

So I began my search for a product that would contain a variation of biotin, and some vitamins against oxidation, and came across three websites praising RenewGlow, but being a sceptic, and having tried half the sephora store already I wasn’t about to just get it.

So I began doing more research about the ingredients in renewglow as well as the company that produces it.

What is Renewglow?

Well the company says it is a dietary supplement designed to promote stronger, fuller and shinier hair, smoother skin and stronger nails.
We all know that a healthy diet makes your whole body glow. The opposite is also true. Unfortunately, so true. I remember my mom telling me to stop eating salami if I wanted a clear skin. Did I listen to her? Of course not. Well, here I am, 42 years old, looking for a cure to my thinning splitting and brittle nails. Much of my research pointed to the ingredients being fairly good, and one ingredient I’ve never heard about Gotu Kola extract, that apparently is undergoing a tone of research for collagen growth, the number one factor for hair strength, springy and tight skin, as well as a major component of nails. So I decided to give it a try and ordered two bottles of renewlgow.
In one word: RenewGlow, is incredible!

It has a combination of essential vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts, a ton of vitamins —B complex, C & E to name a few— and super-loaded with Biotin, which plays a major part in maintaining the health of your hair, nails and skin. And, because the best way to enjoy Biotin maximum benefits is by eating it.

It’s about two months from my first order, I just ordered three more bottles, and thought I had to write about it.

I started taking RenewGlow once a day slightly over two months ago and was surprised by how fast and how much my hair improved. I’ve always had some what thin hair, but, within two weeks I started to feel it stronger, less and less hair was left on my brush. Since finishing both bottles I barely have any hair coming out at all. I am finally starting to get the full and shiny crown I hoped for. On top of that, my skin seems just a bit shinier and more clear—I’ve always had some kind of small acne, and my nails feel much stronger and have grown out, so strong I haven’t needed nail polish for over a month.

I wouldn’t have believed a simple supplement could give me such results I just hope it continues.

I gladly recommend you to see for yourself, but will also suggest to do some research on your own so you also know what’s behind the ingredients.
You can find ingredients and renewglow on their website RenewGlow hopefully you get the same results as me when you try it and please share your opinion by writing me, I would love to see if anyone else gets the same results.

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Everyone Soap for Every Kid Review

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http://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Every-Tropical-Coconut-Twist/dp/B00ADJEU4K/ref=sr_1_77_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1461281048&sr=1-77

Everyone Soap for Every Kid Review

Every parent wants only the best for their kids. From head to toe, you may be one of those that want to keep your children happy and healthy by receiving the best possible care they could get.  One of those personal care products for children is a shampoo, but not all are made equal. That’s why you may be looking for reviews on the Everyone Soap for Every Kid, which is apparently one of the best shampoos for children on the market.

What Is the Everyone Soap for Every Kid?

This is an everyday soap that kids can use so that they can keep their skin healthy, moisturized and clean from head to toe. It comes with plant extracts, which provide them these benefits. It also comes with that perfect bubble bath that can provide kids with that calming, cleaning and soothing shower. It is also fragrant but gentle for their skin, so you don’t have to worry about any skin dryness or irritation they could get when they use this 3-in-1 shampoo. The product is made with natural and organic ingredients that promote skin health, while keeping it soft, supple and smooth to the touch.

Key Benefits

This product contains organic calendula officinalis (Calendula) that soothes kids’ sensitive scalp and protect their hair from free radicals.  It also prevents their scalp from any bacterial growth. And then there is organic coconut flavor extract that has been known for many years in treating many hair and scalp conditions, including hair loss. It can help in strengthening hair to protect it from split ends and hair fall.  It is also known for its moisturizing properties, which can prevent hair dryness, especially during winter.  It also has a cooling effect that your kids will love.

The product is ideal for active children who spend most of their time playing because the botanicals on this product can prevent their scalp from severe sweating. It can also keep their hair well nourished. The Everyone Soap for Every Kid can also help kids prevent scalp flakiness and dandruff with its natural ingredients that work in moisturizing and hydrating the scalp.

Features

  • Gentle but effective 3-in-1 shampoo
  • Best value for money
  • Gentle fragrance
  • Contains plant based ingredients and pure essential oils
  • No parabens, sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate and disodium EDTA, among other harsh chemicals

What Users Love About It

Many of them love it because of its nice lather and gentle formulation for their children. Mothers reveal that they love how their kids are now very excited to take a bath with this bubbly shampoo that keep them longer in the shower. Some of the users are adults who say that they use it even if they are not kids because it works great for them with its soothing and cooling effect on the scalp as well as its nourishing formula that keep their hair and scalp healthy and strong. Some of them say that this is one of the best value shampoos around because it is loaded with helpful natural ingredients and rich formulation, which makes it go a long way.

Final Say

For the positive remarks that the Everyone Soap for Every Kid get from users, there is no doubt that this kid shampoo makes them happy and satisfied. Plus, it has all of nature’s goodness when it comes to hair and scalp care, so it definitely is a great buy for parents who want the best for their kids.

Anti-Aging Supplement and Health Remedies

My Experience With Vitality Colostrum from Nutrition Topia

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vitalityI live in Toledo, OH. Lake Erie, a major source of drinking water in Toledo, is contaminated with cyanobacteria, which produces a group of chemicals called microcystins. When I heard this news (we were under state of emergency when elevated levels of microcystins were registered in our drinking water) I immediately analyzed what are the consequences for human health. They are known mostly for their liver toxicity in humans and cause skin rash and mouth sore. Studies showed that in rodents and in fish these compounds causes immune imbalance. Indeed that time I had swollen glands under my chin, very painful irritation in my mouth and abdominal discomfort.

Fortunately, I did my research and had bought a bottle of colostrum, from Vitality Colostrum, a few days into this outbreak. I used it for one week and all the symptoms were gone. Of course, I do not have a strong proof that my recovery was due to colostrum (there was no a control study on exactly identical individual).

However, I do believe colostrum is a supplement with great health benefits. Colostrum contains huge amount of IGF1 (insulin-like growth factor 1), Immunoglobulin, and other molecules, such as Lactoferrin, promote so-called innate immunity, which is characterized by the immune cells reaction to any foreign microorganism (not necessary a pathogen) with molecular patterns on their surfaces different from those present in the host organism.

I like Vitality Colostrum in particular because they guarantee to have 30% or more Immunoglobulin. Immunoglobulins are critical components in the colostrum since they promote so-called adaptive immunity to particular pathogens often present in the gut.

Another reason I decided to purchase Vitality Colostrum is because when I did my research, it is one of the few supplements that was 3rd party verified that it comes from cows free from pesticides, antibiotics and added hormones. To me, it’s most important that I buy a supplement that its pure and free for any chemicals.

If you buy Vitality Colostrum or any other Colostrum please comment and share your experience with me below.

– Risa