Monday, March 9, 2015

Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Food Cravings

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Are you craving something you know you really shouldn't eat? Would you like to find a way to thwart that unhealthy craving? Here are some suggestions:
Learn to make healthy, frugal snacks of your own. 
  • Substitute a healthy option that has a similar texture or taste. For instance, you can  substitute things like pickles or pretzels with hummus for salty snacks, and fresh fruit for sweet snacks.
  • Try Weight Watchers recipes. They have a lot of healthy options. If you don't want to pay for their pre-cooked meals, check out their cookboooks instead.  
  • Understand why you're craving certain foods. Although a lot of cravings are emotional or circumstantial, there are real medical reasons behind some of them too. 
  • Always have snacks around for when a craving hits.  Keep things like  fat-free pretzels, fresh fruit, sugarless fruit strips, pickles, low-fat string cheese and hummus in your home, at your desk and in your car.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Toxins In Commercial Make Up: What To Watch Out For

Take a look at your makeup's label and you'll walk away feeling really confused. Many of the ingredients that are found there aren't easily recognizable. Even if you buy all-natural products, you may be surprised to find that they're not all-natural at all. With this in mind, here are some ingredients to look out for and avoid. 

Image result for say no to Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40) AVOID Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40) 

This ingredient comes from petroleum and dries out your skin as it strips off its outermost protective layer. In doing so it exposes your body to bacteria, fungus, mold and other toxins. It also promotes brown spots and premature aging.

Image result for mineral oilAVOID Mineral Oil (a.k.a liquid parafinum)

This is another byproduct of petroleum. It will coat your skin like plastic, disrupting your skin's natural ability to purge itself of toxins, slowing down cell function and causing premature aging.

Image result for silicone AVOID Silicone 

Emollients that come from silicone include Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, and Cyclmethicone. They also coat your skin like plastic, making it unable to breathe and release toxins, which will then accumulate in your liver and lymph nodes where they can cause the development of tumors.

What to Choose Instead

There are some all-natural ingredients that are really good for your skin, such as Eucalyptus Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sandalwood Extract, Lemon Oil, Apricots, Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Green Tea. You can find them in products like these:

Please note that this list is not all-inclusive but hopefully, now you'll be able to replace some of your toxic makeup with something that's actually healthy and good for your skin.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Be a Frugal Healthy Mom

Being healthy and being frugal don't have to be polar opposites. There are lots of things that you can do to be a frugal healthy mom. Take a moment to check this out for yourself...

Frugal Healthy Mom Tip #1: Water Is Your Friend 

Drink plenty of water to make sure your brain gets lots of oxygen, which keeps your organs clean. Add some lemon for flavor.

Frugal Healthy Mom Tip #2: Small, Frequent Meals 

Eat small portions more often. This stresses your body out less since it has a steady fuel supply.

Frugal Healthy Mom Tip #3: Watch What You're Eating 

Eat more fish and chicken while decreasing the amount of beef you eat. Fill up on more vegetables, especially raw ones, as well as whole grains, seeds, beans, and nuts. At the same time, you'll want to avoid fast food, fried food, white bread, over processed food, sugar (replace with Stevia instead), caffeine, and alcohol. Fill up more on salad, grilled meat, fresh fruit, yogurt, and tea. If you're having a difficult time with this, which is common with frugal healthy moms who are always on the go, consider using a food journal. This one even has a great, encouraging reminder on its cover.

Frugal Healthy Mom Tip #4: Take a Deep Breath of Fresh Air 

Deep breathing relaxes your muscles and energizes your body. You'll need plenty of these as a frugal healthy mama.

Frugal Healthy Mom Tip #5: Exercise Is Your Friend 

Get out and exercise. This is a great way to increase your energy level. Take a 30-minute walk outdoors and you'll get plenty of vitamin D too.

Now that you have a better idea of how to be a frugal healthy mom, here's to your health!

Be a Frugal Healthy Mom

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Temporary Tattoo Allows Diabetics Monitor Glucose Levels without Needles

The tattoo measures glucose levels in fluid between the skin cells, which reflects levels ...

As a Diabetic (Type 2) one of the last things I want to do is always prick my finger to test my glucose levels. Fortunately, Amay Bandodkar, a grad student at the University of California, San Diego is now creating a temporary tattoo that allows diabetics to monitor these levels without the use of a needle.

This works by measuring glucose levels in the fluid that's located between the skin cells, which reflects the levels that are in your bloodstream. Many people feel that this type of a test would be much more fun and a lot less painful. There are precisely-patterned electrodes that are printed on temporary tattoo paper. You would then apply this to your skin.

A "very mild" electrical current must also be applied to your skin. Sodium ions in your skin's fluid migrates towards these electrodes. There are glucose molecules in those ions. A sensor that's built into the tattoo measures the electrical charge that's produced by the glucose thus being able to determine the glucose levels that are in your bloodstream. This is just as accurate as the traditional needle testing.

Right now there's no numerical readout. However, a separate device is being developed for this. The team is also working to make more durable tattoos so that they'll last for longer than a day. Fortunately, these are very inexpensive.

In all honesty, I'm glad that this day is coming. I look forward to using these instead of pricking my finger. What are your thoughts about them?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The What and Why of Antioxidants

More than likely you have heard the term "antioxidant" by now. However, do you know what it is, why you need it or how you get it? Probably not. So, herein what you need to know about antioxidants will be explained.

The first thing that you need to know about in order to understand antioxidants is the process of oxidation. This is a fundamental and necessary biomechanical reaction. Not all forms of this process are helpful though. There are some that forms that happen at the wrong time and are thus disastrous to your health. However, antioxidants can be a big help in helping positive oxidation to occur so that you will have sustained, good health.

Antioxidants also play a key role in keeping the proteins in your cell membranes from being damaged. These proteins are large, complex and specialized molecules. They control the functions of important cell membranes, which are the basic defense system that lets nutrients in, sends waste products out and prevents entry of toxic and viral invaders. As such, they are actually responsible for immune responses. However, oxidation interferes with this process by splitting up the molecules and thus destroying it. Fatty acids can also be destroyed in this way.

It is important to understand that you can also come into contact with the oxidation process outside of your body. Sources for this include exposure to radiation, air pollution, synthetic hormones in food, pesticides, over-the-counter and prescription drugs and food additives. Of course, some of these things are things that you cannot easily avoid. This is why it is important to make sure that your body has plenty of antioxidants, which enable good oxidation to take place.

You can find antioxidants in really green, fast growing plants. This is because sunlight, which is a high-energy source, drives the photosynthesis process. In effect, photosynthesis is the opposite of oxidation. So, plants contain a large supply of antioxidants so that they can be protected from the dangers that sunlight can cause. It is these antioxidants that you will want to consume.

Some of the other great places wherein you can find antioxidants include immature barley and wheat grasses. Zinc also has a lot of antioxidant power, which is why it is used so much during the cold and flu season.

It is also a good idea to avoid partially hydrogenated foods whenever possible. This can be found in processed foods, air pollution and medications. A great way in which to counteract this is by drinking green tea, which has a lot of antioxidant power.

Furthermore, if all else fails, you can take specific vitamins so that you get more antioxidants. One of the best ones that I have found is Shaklee's Glucose Regulation Complex. This "food supplement," as Shaklee prefers to call their vitamins, contains both Zinc and antioxidants. As an added benefit, this is a good choice for diabetics who would like to get off of their glucose products. However, you should contact your doctor before starting it.

So, now that you understand just how important antioxidants are and where they can be found, you can start helping your body out by taking more of them. Here's to your good health!

Understanding Facial Waxing Products

Today there are a lot of facial wax products available to choose from. You will be able to choose from name brands that will help you to rest assured that they will work well for your skin. Of course, when you deal with a name brand, you also know that it will be relatively easy to find the next time that you need it. Regardless of the density of your hair growth or the level of your skin's sensitivity, there are enough facial waxing products on the market today that you will be able to find something that will work great for you.

Benefits to Using Verseo Epen

Electrolysis will cost you quite a bit of money if you have it done at a spa or salon. You will also find yourself having to return to the salon time and time again as this hair grows will back. However, with the Verseo Epen you can remove hair in the comfort and privacy of your own home, at any time that is convenient to you. This is great for anyone who wants electrolysis hair removal without the high cost.