Take charge of your Health

What did уоu еаt yesterday?
How far did уоu walk?

Thеѕе quеѕtiоnѕ seem ѕimрlе, but mаnу оf us dоn’t know the answer without really thinking аbоut it. Whу is this nоrm fоr us?
Wеll, we have a lot tо dо оn a dау-to-dау bаѕiѕ and it is оftеn a сhаllеngе to kеер thеѕе thingѕ in the frоnt оf оur mindѕ.
Work, еrrаndѕ аnd other tаѕkѕ have bесоmе mоrе important tо us than our hеаlth.
Our mindѕ and bоdiеѕ hаvе bесоmе afterthoughts and it is nоrmаl tо gо dауѕ, mоnthѕ, еvеn уеаrѕ without being conscious of the way we treat ourselves.

Nоrmаl dоеѕn’t mean gооd.
In this саѕе, nоrmаl dоеѕn’t еvеn mеаn okay. Thiѕ is асtuаllу a real рrоblеm fоr us both аѕ individuаlѕ аnd аѕ a ѕосiеtу.

Nоrmаl nееdѕ to сhаngе.
Wе nееd to рut оur hеаlth highеr on thе list оf priorities.
Personally, thiѕ is the most imроrtаnt thing we саn dо fоr ourselves аnd оur families.

Awаrеnеѕѕ iѕ the kеу. All wе hаvе tо dо iѕ рау аttеntiоn.
You can trу thе nеxt diet trеnd, new health сrаzе оr even tаkе an old-school аррrоасh. Yоu can ѕееk professional hеlр or gо at it alone, but the key component is increasing your аwаrеnеѕѕ.
Evеrу day we dо thingѕ out of hаbit thаt impact our lives significantly. One minutе оf еаting саn аdd enough calories to уоur dау tо саuѕе weight gаin.

Onе minutе оf planning саn аlѕо prevent thiѕ frоm hарреning.
That’s right, it gоеѕ both ways.
By bеing aware оf whаt уоu want to do, уоu аrе аblе tо ѕtаrt mаking dесiѕiоnѕ. If you set a goal to be healthy, you will make healthier choices so as to achieve your goal.
If you dоn’t have gоаlѕ, you will have a tough timе dесiding whаt tо dо.
Sо, ѕеt a gоаl аnd notice how уоur сhоiсеѕ ѕtаrt tо match thе раth уоu need to bе оn tо reach that gоаl.

And thаt iѕ whаt аwаrеnеѕѕ can dо fоr уоu.

Juѕt by thinking аbоut your health, уоu can роѕitivеlу impact it.
Yоu аrе in control.
If you are driving a car уоur аwаrеnеѕѕ аѕ a drivеr kеерѕ your hands оn thе whееl to mаkе sure уоu ѕtау on the rоаd.
Tаkе the wheel, рау attention and you will bе on thе rоаd tо gооd hеаlth.

Yоur bоdу аnd mind аrе your mоѕt vаluаblе аѕѕеtѕ ѕо tаkе control оf your wеllnеѕѕ.
You muѕt bе аwаrе оf thе right fооd tо еаt and the рrореr activities tо dо.

At the ѕаmе timе, you muѕt bе wаrу оf thе thingѕ that аrе ruining уоur hеаlth.

Having a ѕеdеntаrу lifеѕtуlе, such as sitting in front of the computer or television for extended periods of time, lеаdѕ tо mаnу health рrоblеmѕ likе obesity.

In linе with this, trу tо avoid ѕtауing uр lаtе аt night.
Lасk of ѕlеер increases thе rаtе оf аging, wеаkеnѕ thе immunе ѕуѕtеm, аnd kеерѕ уоur brain from funсtiоning at full сарасitу thе nеxt dау.

Lаѕt оn thе liѕt is ѕmоking.
It iѕ реrhарѕ thе most сruсiаl itеm оn thе liѕt оf things thаt could ruin уоur health. Smoking саuѕеѕ a host оf hеаlth рrоblеmѕ, including lung cancer and vаriоuѕ heart diѕеаѕеѕ. Smоking iѕ ѕо dаngеrоuѕ that еvеn ѕесоnd-hаnd ѕmоkе саn alter a person’s health.

It iѕ сruсiаl to kill thiѕ hаbit before it kills уоu.

These are just some tips to becoming healthier.

Ultimately, it is your body and your health, so begin your journey to a healthier you today!

Smile, be happy.

A cynical interpretation is that smiling faces are a fake show of happiness designed to captivate or deflect.
And of course, a smile can sometimes cover up one’s true feelings, such as nervousness, anger, or sadness.

Excessive Expectations and Hopes

Westerners grow up on a steady diet of wanting, expecting, and hoping for more.
The media and advertising fan the flames of our desires.
It seems that we’ve become increasingly preoccupied with achieving some final, far-off goal rather than enjoying the journey. We keep postponing living our lives rather than relishing the present moment.

It takes a strong sense of self to not succumb to the belief that we’ll be happier with more things. We work hard to buy a big house and then work even harder to make the mortgage payment and property taxes.
If someone has more than us, we may become envious and perhaps crave the sense of belonging and connection that comes with “keeping up” with the latest trends and gadgets.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make our lives more comfortable.
People in developing countries and even in the West would like to have a reliable washing machine or better smart phone.
There’s no shame in this.

But when is enough enough?

Can we find a middle path between wanting more and having gratitude for what we have?

Can we find a way to hold those desires lightly and not allow them to interfere with appreciating what we have?
A greater sense of freedom comes with accepting our limits.
We’ll be happier as we develop the art of living in the moment rather than constantly leaning into the future.

A spontaneous smile springs from an inner sense of feeling content and connected.
If we’re feeling deprived or neglected, it’s not easy to offer a generous smile to people we encounter.
We’re more inclined to smile when we’re experiencing a sense of inner peace.
Being at peace with ourselves is only possible when we’re living in the present moment, rather than being preoccupied by what we don’t have.

Yet in cultures that value kindness and family, there seems to be a sense of community and connectedness that prevails despite challenges.  Healthy attachments and values of kindness and gentleness contribute to allowing an authentic smile to emerge from the depths of their being.

Spirits are always buoyed when an authentic smile drifts my way.
Smiling is contagious.
And it feels good to smile.

Research has even shown that faking a smile can make us feel better. Smiling reduces stress and lifts our mood.

Here is an exercise from Vietnamese meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh that you might try to boost your smiling capacity and mood:

As you breathe in, say to yourself:
Breathing in, I calm body and mind.

Then, as you breathe out, think:
Breathing out, I smile.

I invite you to be more mindful of when you smile—or don’t smile.
Perhaps you can find a little more generosity in your heart to offer a warm smile to people you encounter.

You might just find that smiling offers a wonderful gift to yourself—the gift of enjoying more moments of being present and connected—and that smiling offers a wonderful gift to others, as well—it’s contagious!

What Does Fat Do?

What’s fat good for?
How do we get it to go where we want it to?
Where does it wander when it’s lost?

This, is Fat Month.

If cells were personified, each fat cell would be an overbearing grandparent who hoards. They’re constantly trying to make you eat another serving of potatoes, and have cabinets stacked with vitamins they never take.

Like that grandparent, your fat cells are always trying to store stuff.
Fats? Of course.
Vitamins? Heck yeah.
Hormones? You bet.
Random pollutants and toxins? Sure.
Adipose tissue will soak all that up like an oily little sponge and keep it safe until you need it again.

That’s the whole point of body fat—to store energy for you.
When you lose weight, your fat cells start shrinking, releasing lipids and other fats into your bloodstream. These get broken down, and eventually the smaller molecules exit via your urine or breath.

But adipose cells release all the other molecules they’ve hoarded, too.
That includes key hormones like estrogen, along with fat-soluble vitamins and any organic pollutants that found their way into your bloodstream as you gained weight.

Adipose tissue’s tendency to store things is an unfortunate side-effect, because often we need those things to be circulating, not sitting around.

Take hormones, for instance.
Female body fat actually produces some of its own estrogen in addition to storing it, and the more adipose tissue a person has, the more estrogen they’re exposed to.
This is why being overweight puts you at an increased risk of getting breast cancer. Many types of breast cancer are caused by malfunctions in estrogen receptors, which are more likely to go haywire when more estrogen is around to stimulate them.

Vitamins pose the opposite problem.
Adipose sucks up available fat-soluble vitamins (those stashed in adipose tissue instead of being excreted in your outgoing urine)—A, D, E, and K—and often doesn’t leave enough for the rest of your body.
Studies suggest that obese people tend to suffer from vitamin D deficiencies because it’s all lurking in their adipose tissue.
These vitamins can come back out as you lose weight, and as you decrease your body fat, you also allow more of your new vitamin D to stay in your bloodstream.
Water-soluble compounds can just be peed out if you take too much of them, but because the vitamins stored in your adipose tissue can continue to build up, you can eventually overdose on them.

It’s rare, but it does happen.

Fat is also a (temporarily) safe space to store pollutants and other organic chemicals that might otherwise pose a threat.
Organochlorine pesticides build up in fat, as do the polychlorinated biphenyls in coolant fluids and other chemicals from the “dirty dozen” of environmental contaminants.
These banned chemicals can get into your food supply in small quantities and are stored in your fat, possibly because your body wants to sequester them away from your organs. Bodies don’t seem to store enough of these to become toxic, but the constant build-up leaves you vulnerable to exposure.
And they do start to re-emerge when you lose weight.

Since you’re not eliminating all of your body fat at once, this doesn’t seem to pose a problem for most people.
You’re dumping toxins into your bloodstream, but you’re also eliminating them through your pee.
There’s some evidence that certain pollutants—so-called “persistent organic pollutants”—can stick around in your body fat for years, but so far it seems that natural toxin-elimination methods (also known as peeing) work well enough to get rid of them.

Safe or not, it’s best not to give your body a spot to stash all the hormones and vitamins it can hoard.
Our bodies aren’t designed to hold onto excess body fat and stay healthy—that’s why obesity is a risk factor for so many diseases.
Getting rid of fat storage is just another reason to try and cut down on your own adiposity this year.

Letting someone shame you into thinking you don’t look the way you should is not a wise reason to lose weight, but doing it to be healthier usually is.

Just think: every time you lose a pound of fat, you’ve also literally detoxed yourself without ever having to do one of those terrible juice cleanses (which, by the way, do not work).

You’ve used the power of your own body’s filtration systems to get rid of them—and it will thank you for it.

Success Is In Your Attitude

Who doesn’t want to be successful? We all do.

But, it seems, that at the end, it is your attitude which determines your success.

A study conducted at Harvard showed that a person’s attitude is often the deciding factor if they will be successful or not. Your attitude contributes to 85% of your success. So, it is quite necessary that you have the right attitude and the correct mindset.

Like many things in life, attitude is temporary.
It is something that you can always change.

You can always judge if your attitude is a boon or a bane.
If you feel that your attitude isn’t helping you move forward in life, then it is the right time to change it.

Importance of Having a Positive Attitude

Having a positive outlook on life is extremely important.

A woman who has a positive outlook on life is generally liked by everyone.
This outlook is usually attainable if the woman has a positive attitude in life. Like having a positive outlook, there are many benefits of having a positive attitude.

  • It helps you reach your milestones.
  • It helps you become a favorite among co-workers and makes you instantly likable.
  • You start seeing the good in everything.

You would agree that a happy attitude is better than a high IQ.
People who are successful do not always have a highly intelligent quotient, but they have a happy attitude.
This allows them to conquer their fears, be more self-dependent and be more confident.

If we’re to talk about a few very successful people, there are many things that are common among them.

  • They all are confident.
  • They never lost hope
  • They are happy

All these things are achievable in life only if the person has the right frame of mind and the right attitude.

Positive Attitude vs Negative Attitude

Having an unfriendly or a dull attitude would never make you a social person.
People with a dull attitude are seldom successful and usually crib about their problems in life.
And no person likes to stick with a person who always complains about their problems.

Everyone faces at least one problem daily, but the people who are happy and have a positive attitude never whine about their problems.
No matter how big the problems are, a person would never crib about it because they know that crying over something won’t solve it.

Success doesn’t mean being utterly rich or being the most famous.
It means that you’re content. You might be working at a day job and you can be successful at it.
Success just requires the right attitude, not money or fame.

Here are some ways by which you can achieve a happy attitude and be successful.

  •  Be happy.
    A happy mind is always fresh and reduces stress.
  • Stay Motivated.
    Many times, life throws hurdles at you.
    It is best that you stay motivated in those hard times and look for a silver lining and hence not lose hope.
  • Mediate.
    Meditation helps reduce stress and keeps the body and mind rejuvenated.
    It helps you boost the morale and helps you in developing a positive attitude towards life.

 

Cut Down Snacking at Work!

Are you one of those who likes to munch snacks while working? Well, welcome to our squad!

We all are victims of meaningless snacking at work during the odd hours.

Be it the ever-so-friendly vending machine or just boredom, we all are guilty of consuming extra calories even when we are not hungry. Result – we tend to add weight and feel uncomfortable in our own bodies.

Not anymore! Here are some ways which would help you in cutting down your habit of snacking at work.

  • Have an amazing breakfast

One of the reasons why you might tend to continuously munch something at work is probably because you skipped your breakfast or didn’t take lunch.

Thus, make it a point to consume regular meals. Further, ensure that you consume fruits in between the meals to ensure that you are not binge eating while working.

  • Brush after you take lunch

Toothpaste works as a great weapon against constant munching in office. This is why it is often recommended to brush your teeth after lunch at work. How does this help? When your mouth retains the minty smell and freshness of the paste, you would not want to consume something sweet or chocolaty. It acts as a distraction and ensures that you do not go around snacking post-lunch in the office. You could experiment with different toothpaste flavors and tastes to bring in the desired results.

  • Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum can also have the same effect as a minty toothpaste. When you are chewing a gum, you are less likely to eat snacks. There are two reasons behind this. First, your mouth is already in motion and you do not need anything else to keep it active. This reduces your craving.

Second, since the mouth is feeling fresh and minty with the gum, this satisfies your cravings. Thus, keep a sugarless gum handy and chew whenever required.

  • Keep healthy snacking options        

When you are hungry at 3 p.m. and badly want to consume some snacks, what do you do? You look inside your workstation drawer to see if you have something to munch on. If not, you go and eat the pretzels from the nearby workstation and that satisfies you for a while. But, what if your drawer had something healthy to eat, like some dry fruits or bananas? You would not go to the next workstation at all in this case, right? Thus, the best way here is to keep the snacks stacked up in your drawer. This would keep you away from the unhealthy food!

  • Take proper protein

As a matter of fact, consuming protein-rich foods will keep you satiated for long. This will prevent you from consuming any junk food at work. Wasabi peas are a great snack and are also rich in protein. Further, you can also keep a jar of almond butter in your cabinet.

Your Turn

These healthy foods would not only satisfy your food cravings but would also limit your calorie intake. Any other ideas? Do share with us in the comments.

How to Stop Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

Ugh.. you’re tired of being out of shape.

You stumble across that new popular fitness plan, and decided to commit.
This time it’s no sugar, low carbs, and an hour of exercise a day.

Everything goes great on day one. You have the veggie platter for lunch, chicken and veggies for dinner, and you nail your workout. You’re pumped.

A few days later, you begin craving sweets. You tell yourself, “just once won’t hurt.” Next, you crave something greasy. You skip your next workout, order fast food, and binge eat in front of the TV.
Soon, you begin feeling guilty.
You wonder how you’ll stick to your plan, and just like that, you’re back into your old habits.

Sound familiar?

This is one of the four most common ways that people sabotage their fitness goals. Learn to tackle this challenge, as well as three others, to set yourself up for success.

1. Expecting perfection

That one sweet? Not so bad.
The fast food binge? Not great, but manageable.
Letting a few setbacks ruin your fitness plans? Definitely bad.

Don’t expect perfection in following your new diet or workout plan.

Instead, we suggest that you look for progress and allow yourself one cheat meal a week while you learn to create new habits.

2. Expecting too much too soon

Everywhere you turn, fitness ads claim instant success. Results now. One-week weight loss.

In reality, these promises are too good to be true.
If you are unhappy with your current fitness, it likely results from years of bad habits. How can you expect to turn it around quickly?

Start your fitness journey with the right expectations.
There is no instant gratification.
Fitness is a process that takes time, goal setting, and commitment.

3. Focusing on that single big goal

Goals are a tricky thing.
Setting fitness goals is great, but focusing on a single big goal can be paralyzing.

To avoid being paralyzed by your goal, break it down into smaller goals.

Create attainable goals for each day, week, and month.
Then focus on one goal at a time, and create a plan for attaining the goal.
What will your actions be? How often will you take these actions? How will you measure your goal?
When you accomplish a single smaller goal, then set your sights on the next one.

For example, if my overall goal is to lose 30 pounds, my first goal might be to lose one pound a week.
This is a trackable, attainable goal.
To achieve that I plan on working out 3 days a week. After sticking with this plan for two months I might increase my commitment by following the nutrition plan and adding a 4th workout each week.

4. Fixating on what you can’t have

When you begin a new diet, it is easy to focus on the things you can’t have: cookies, chocolate, fast food, and sugar.
The problem is this often makes you want them even more. To counteract this, quit focusing on what you can’t have, and start focusing on what you can have.

At first, you might fell limited by all of your dietary restrictions. However, while searching for tasty, healthy foods, you will soon realize that the list is actually endless. Options include chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and more.
There are so many possibilities!

Healthy eating can taste great, and isn’t as hard as it seems.
Just experiment with healthy recipes to find the foods and spices that work for you.
Combine healthy grains, spices, meats, fruits, and veggies for tasty meals that don’t take hours to make and give you great nutritious meals.

How to achieve your fitness goals

OK, enough about sabotaging yourself.

Just like that last point, we don’t want to focus on what not to do. We want to focus on what you should be doing. To wrap things up, here are four ways to think about your fitness goals that improve your chances of success:

  • Work on making progress. There is no perfection; only progress (and the occasional setback!).
  • Have patience. Change takes time. Fitness is a lifestyle, which takes a lifetime to achieve and maintain.
  • Take small steps. Set small achievable goals and tackle them one at a time
  • Focus on the cans. Spend your time and effort on what you can have, and what you can do.

Lastly, enjoy the ride and look at this as a new adventure!

How Hydration Plays An Important Role in Weight Loss?

How often do you remember to include hydration as an integral part of your weight loss diet regimen?

This is very common in the individuals to neglect the aspect of hydration when preparing a diet routine.

You never forget to calculate how many calories, carbohydrates or fats you are consuming every day. Then why forget to be meticulous about the quantity of water to be consumed each day?

Importance Of Hydration While Dieting

Whether you are on a weight loss diet, hydration is the most crucial component of it. But unfortunately, many of you choose to remain ignorant about this fact.

Hydration is so important for your body that a mere 2% dip decrease of water in your body can cause your brain to shrink. It can also decrease your concentration by affecting your neuromuscular coordination, resulting in a slow muscular response, cramps in the abdomen and reduce of strength.

Hydration In Weight Loss Diets

Weight loss diets can be really demanding and taxing because in such diets you are always in a continuous state of a fight with your own appetite. You may have heard that low-calorie diet is enough for you to cast off those extra pounds of your body.

But those diets hardly work in the absence of proper hydration. Until and unless you keep your body hydrated, the weight-loss diets would not be effective enough. This way you lose faith on the diets and those extra fats remain unattended.

Drinking water before every meal in a day would help you bring down your appetite and also the consumption of calories. Water keeps you filled, reducing your cravings and accelerates the rate of metabolism in your body. This fact has been validated by a study in 2003 published by The Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Hydration In The Bodybuilding Diets

It is truly important to drink water if you are training yourself in the gym to build muscles and do weight-training. Adequate hydration in your bodybuilding diets enables the flexibility of your muscles.

Since the muscular responses of your body are controlled by the neuromuscular co-ordination, so a good quantity of water in your body will balance itself with the electrolytes and enhance the body’s muscle control and strength.

Hydration also increases the toning of your muscles and prevents cramps, contractions, and sagging of the skin.

Wrapping Up

You should always keep your body well hydrated to reduce the risk of diseases like bladder cancer, colon cancer or safeguard the urinary tract from any infections or the formation of stones in the kidneys.

Well, in terms of diet, hydration has proven to be essential as it nurtures the body with vitamins, minerals and keeps the body weight in control by lowering down the calorie intake. Hydration also helps to wash out the toxins and harmful compounds from your body through excess water and ensures a healthy digestive system as well.

So do not wait to feel thirsty and then get up for a glass of water. Place the water bottle in front of you and keep drinking water within hours.

Stay hydrated. Stay healthy!

Are You Suffering From Lack of Sleep? Try These Trusted Tips!

While most of the people are too lazy to wake up in the mornings, there are people who just cannot sleep even after trying to sleep! Many people suffer from lack of sleep or inability to fall asleep. This is called insomnia in scientific words which can be defined as the disorder of not being able to fall asleep. If you too are targeted by this problem, then no worries, read this article to know what might be not letting you fall asleep and tips to get rid of this. Read on!

Why you are suffering from lack of sleep?

First things first! Before you start researching about how to overcome insomnia, you should be aware of the causes of this acute disorder. Reasons for not being able to sleep are many depending upon an individual’s routine life and diet habits. This disorder most often is developed from combined effects of various factors including psychological and medical issues, spiritual issues (wondering and anxious about the existence of evil spirits), relationship conflicts, busy schedule, and non-acceptance by friends. Another main reason could be a person’s behavioral factors like watching TV excessively before going to bed or physical hyperactivity or a poor sleeping routine.

Tips to follow for getting a sound sleep

  • Try to keep your “worry time” restricted to the mornings

All your works that require decision-making can be managed and done during the daytime. This prevents those problems from sneaking in your mind when you hit the sack!

  • Screens can be turned off

Various screens may it be TVs, laptops or cellphones can be avoided as the light emitted by these devices would disturb a peaceful sleep.

  • Have a bedtime routine

Just like you allocate time for all other activities, allot a time for sleep as well. By doing this for a couple of weeks, you would automatically feel sleepy at your scheduled time.

  • Avoid caffeine

After a tiresome day, a cup of coffee is a big Yes to all of us! But, drinking excessive coffee prevents us from falling asleep. So, limit your coffee intake for a peaceful sleep.

  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark

A cool and dark bedroom promotes a healthy sleep. Open your windows or use AC to keep the atmosphere cooler.

  • Appropriate mattress

Uncomfortable mattresses or bedding is responsible for the lack of sleep. Make sure you wash your mattresses regularly to get rid of the sweat smell.

  • Exercise regularly

Yes, heard right! Studies reveal that aerobic activities improve the quality of sleep. So, exercise in the mornings followed by a fresh fruit juice.

  • Avoid taking naps after 4 PM

Taking a nap after 4 PM will prevent you from falling asleep in the nights. So, cut down those naps.

  • Masturbation before going to bed

Studies reveal that having sex or masturbation can put you to sleep very quickly! It’s not a boring thing to do though unlike rigorous exercises!

  • Avoid intake of alcohol before hitting the sack

Drinking alcohol might disturb your sleep and you’ll end up waking up in the morning with a non-satisfactory sleep!

Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Why Cutting Calories Could Be Sabotaging Your Health Goals?

One of the many reasons why most of the diets fail is because they ask you to count your calories, weigh your food or remove certain food groups from your diet.

However, even though various diets just don’t mention anything about watching, tracking and counting calories, most people would still believe that they need to reduce their calorie intake if they want to lose weight.

This whole concept of tracking and restricting our calorie intake is so deep-rooted within us that even if we allow ourselves to eat breakfast, we will limit ourselves to consuming a protein bar, a hard-boiled egg or a green juice.

But, here is the truth – calorie restriction would not help you in losing weight, but it backfires. Keeping a rigid check over calorie intake ignores your biological needs, hormonal reactions and blood sugar responses.

Let’s have a quick look at few more such truths related to calorie counting, and what should be done instead.

  • It makes it difficult for you to meet your nutrient needs

We often tend to underestimate the importance of vitamins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients to our well-being.

But, anything that is not visible, doesn’t necessarily mean, that it won’t impact your quality of life in long-term. Let’s understand this with the help of a simple example. Dietary calcium is important for our body functions like blood circulation and muscle control.

For the first 30 years of our life, our body stores excess calcium in bones. After 30, your body stops gaining muscle mass and starts relying on existing calcium storage. Thus, if you don’t consume the right food, your body won’t be able to meet the calcium needs after a certain age, and you will become prone to the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis.

  • It slows down your metabolism

When you start eating less just to limit your calorie intake, your body switches itself to survival mode and would start breaking down the muscles to release the stored glucose.

Losing muscle mass can have an adverse effect on your body. Further, it can even impact your weight loss goals, as our muscles burn calories 24 x 7, and when you have fewer muscles, they will burn fewer calories.

  • It compromises your brain’s performance

This might not be expected, but once you start cutting your diet, you also start losing your mental edge. This is because our brain runs on glucose, and it needs enough of it to keep working. If you keep yourself hungry, it is only obvious that you won’t be able to work at the top of your capacities.

  • It might give you gallstones

Low-calorie diets of around 800 calories per day can help you in losing the weight, but would also make you prone to the risk of gallstones. In the worst scenario, it might cause abdominal pain and would need surgery.

The bottom line here is to eat right and intake all daily nutrients, after all, at the end, it is your health that matters.