All posts filed under: Health

On Skin and Soul

Those free radicals can really get to you, especially walking through downtown Manhattan with mysterious smoke and odors taken in constantly. You make it look gorgeous, yet it is still unpleasant each time you pass that same Chipotle. You feel your skin absorbing the fumes, there’s this loss of glow. All you want is to go back to your apartment and finish watching that X-Files episode you watched three times over, but you notice your face breaking out along your jawline, or maybe even a touch of redness exposing your pores. Being the skincare/face mask addict that I am, I have tested, struggled, and cycled through different routines, masks, and trending skincare technologies to find what suitably helps my dry/sensitive skin. Moving from Hawaii to New York has been a shift for my skin, and it has helped me polarize what I should be using and what I should ditch. Although I cycle in and out of toners, essences, cleansers, and moisturizers, I will always hold my masks in a space untouched by the other …

Clear Skin Before the Weekend

So it’s Wednesday. You have that party, date or event this weekend and you want to look damn fine. The problem, your skin has gone crazy! A lot of skin care products promise you results within hours. Often, these are costly and really don’t give you the desired results. There remains, however, some truth in the claim that you can get on top of those breakouts before the weekend, and wear that dreamy skin to your desired event. This article aims to work as a week long detox program for troubled skin. This was my personal remedy, whereby my friends and flatmates were noticing my progress after just day one! Firstly, reduce sugar from your breakfast. As much as you swear by your daily coffee, this could be the source of your breakouts! The coffee itself is quite good for the skin, I swear by the frank body scrub. However, this extra dose of caffeine-loaded liquid is not the sort of energy your skin is craving in the morning. As an alternative, green tea is …

What Certain Foods Do For You

We eat certain types of food because we like them and they taste nice. Some of those foods are actually very beneficial and super healthy. Not only does your health benefit from these foods, your appearance benefits from these foods as well. Avocados! Avocado is very nutritious and has many health benefits. One of them is that avocados can lower your cholesterol. Heart disease is still the most common cause of death in the world. The substances in avocados lower your cholesterol and, therefore, reduces the risk of heart disease. Moreover, avocado is very delicious and easy to integrate into your diet. You could eat avocado on toast or you could add it to your salads! Happy hair! If you want to help your hair growth, eating greek yogurt will help with that. The protein and vitamin B5 in the yogurt help with building your locks and will blood flow to your scalp which stimulates hair growth. Salmon for shine! If your locks are a bit dull, add some salmon to your diet. It’s full of omega-3 …

Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food

 It’s summer here in America! Wherever you are, celebrate by kicking your unhealthy habits and eating some feel good food to keep your energy up for what this summer/winter has to bring you. 1. Trail mix in place of candy. Make sure your trail mix only contains whole ingredients, like nuts and dried fruits. 2. Kale chips in place of chips. (By the way, sometimes I prefer these over actual chips!) Remove the stems from the kale and tear the leaves into large pieces. Wash them and make sure to dry every leaf before going onto the next step. Heat up some coconut oil and massage it into the leaves. Remember, with oil, a little goes a long way. Sprinkle some sea salt, garlic powder, and paprika onto the kale – really, you can put whatever seasonings you desire! I like a little bit of chili powder on mine. Spread the kale onto a baking sheet and bake them at 300 for 10 minutes before flipping them and baking them again for around 10 – …

Homemade Protein Bars

Homemade protein bars quickly became my saving grace when I began working full time and had to leave my house so early in the morning that the sky was still dark and starry and my motivation to cook a healthy breakfast was at an all time low. Protein bars are delicious, healthy, and incredibly easy to make, as many recipes don’t require baking (just refrigerating) and few ingredients, thus resulting in an easy clean up too! Start with Base My favorite protein bar base is steel-cut oats (dry) but you can also use quinoa or brown rice. For whatever ingredient (oats, quinoa, etc) use 2 cups. Oats are high in fiber, which keeps you full, and quinoa is loaded with all 12 amino acids, making it a complete protein and perfect base for your bars. Add the Protein I highly recommend using 1 ¼ cup of Whey protein powder. Although it’s calorie dense, it tastes delicious and provides the same amount of protein as a chicken breast in just one scoop. You can choose from …

Think Healthy, Live Healthy.

Living a healthy life goes beyond the physical level of eating clean and exercising because your body isn’t the only thing that should be healthy – your mind should be, too. Thinking healthy takes a lot of practice but it’s very rewarding. Don’t compare yourself to others Everyone is beautiful in his or her own way; everyone is successful in his or her own way. This is because beauty and success do not have one definition. I can guarantee my definition of success is different from yours, and that’s okay, but that’s why it’s important not to compare yourself to anyone. I believe this rule is one of the biggest keys to happiness. Be grateful for the little things Find happiness in your morning cup of coffee, the flowers you buy for your mom or sister, or the words of your favorite love story. Appreciate life’s little pleasures just as much – if not more – than the bigger things in life. Acknowledge all that you have The roof over your head, the food on …

Healthy Diet

Everyone knows that the key to feeling good is eating well. Nowadays in this fast world even our food became fast, meaning what we usually consume throughout the day is frozen or quickly made meals. Not only is there no love or care put in such meals, they lack vitamins too. So, there’s no surprise if at the end of the day we feel tired, drained and go to bed with a stomach ache. Every healthcare professional, athlete or anyone who takes care of their body and health will say that you must control what you put inside you and make clear rules of WHAT and WHEN to eat. EAT BREAKFAST. This is really important. I know that no one is that hungry in the morning and sometimes we even think that while we’re skipping breakfast, we’re reducing the calorie intake. That’s not true at all. Eating a healthy, filling breakfast is the perfect start for a good day. First of all, you’re not only giving yourself energy in the morning, you’re also making sure …