Food swaps to a healthy diet!

Going on a diet to lose weight or to get healthy doesn’t automatically mean cutting down on food or giving up something for life. Most of the time, it all boils down to making a healthy choice.

Here are some food swaps that you can do to reach your health goals:

  • Swap your sugary, calorie-laden soda for water or other sugar-free options

A 12-ounce can of Coke shockingly has around 9 ½ teaspoons of sugar, which in Coke’s list of ingredients, is hiding behind the name high fructose corn syrup.
This is way above what the American Heart Association has recommended, which is no more than 6 teaspoons a day for women and up to 9 teaspoons for men. So drop the coke and reach for plain water and see the pounds drop.
A study has shown that people who switched to water were twice as likely to lose 5% or more of their body weight.
There are also other health benefits to drinking water.
But if you’re one of those who don’t like the bland taste of water, go for soda water and add a bit of flavour with a little cranberry juice or a slice of lemon.

  • Swap your regular butter for ghee, nut butter and other spreads

Butter might have a bad reputation among some groups for being a health villain, an unhealthy ingredient that should be avoided at all cost.
However, it’s actually margarine, which is chockfull of trans fat, that should be avoided. While butter might have saturated fat, full fat butter that’s produced from grass-fed cows has vital nutrients like Vitamin K12 and butyric acid, which helps keep our colon healthy. The trick here now is choosing an organic butter or its healthier alternatives, like ghee.

  • Bake better brownies with black beans

Make your pastries or baked goods healthier by adding black beans. Black beans can minimize the blood sugar spikes people experience when eating sweets.
Using black beans in brownies, for instance, won’t affect the chocolate taste. But it will add much needed protein and fiber.

  • Replace tortillas with spinach

Put a paleo spin to your favorite fajitas recipe by ditching the tortillas and using spinach instead. You still get to enjoy the meats, spices, peppers and onions that make fajitas great, but you won’t miss the carbohydrates and calories the tortillas bring.
On a related note, this swap can also be used on another Mexican favorite – the burrito.

  • Swap pasta for vegetable noodles

It’s hard to imagine living in a world without pasta. Luckily, you don’t need to give it up as you can make noodles out of almost any vegetable and even some root crops with the help of a good vegetable spiral cutter.
Once you have one, you can start making your own squash or zucchini spaghetti.
There are a wide range of sauces that you can do, like sesame ginger sauce or ginger almond butter sauce for your veggie pasta.
You can even go all out and make your own pesto bacon sauce.

To achieve a healthy diet is by making healthy food choices.
This is not just about choosing fresh produce over frozen ones, but also the kind of produce you pick.

Keeping healthy or losing weight is not always easy.
But with a little know-how, some creativity and these healthy food hacks, you can be on your way to a healthier and happier life.

5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

The relation between women and moisturisers has been going strong for generations.

Undoubtedly, moisturiser is a critical part of a healthy skin routine, however, there are a few tales going around which advise you to avoid moisturiser completely.

But, lovelies, let that not bother you. The moisturiser has always been an integral part of our daily skin regime, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here we are all-set to bust a few popular moisturizer myths for you.
Let’s get started.

  • Myth 1: All creams are same

If you feel that all creams are same, you might need to reconsider your views. It is true that all moisturisers contain water and other ingredients in a certain proportion. However, the basic difference lies in the proportion of the ingredients used.

Thus, there is nothing like one fit standard solution. A moisturizer might work wonders for dry skin and can be a complete disaster for the oily skin.

This is why it is highly recommended to choose a moisturizer which is in line with your skin type and skin needs.

  • Myth 2: Your skin gets addicted to moisturizer

Our skin tends to lose its moisture quite quickly than you might think. It gets dehydrated due to harsher climates, air conditioning systems at our homes, water exposure and genetics.

Since you overall cannot escape these unavoidable factors, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized with the help of a moisturizer on a daily basis.

Thus, it is wrong to conclude that our skin gets addicted to moisturiser, instead, moisturiser helps our skin to stay hydrated.

  • Myth 3: People with oily skin should avoid moisturiser completely

No, you should not avoid the moisturiser completely, but be careful while choosing a moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser which doesn’t add oil to your skin but just hydrates it enough.

You should investigate the ingredients present in your moisturiser for best results. Essentially look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which keep your skin hydrated without making it look oily.

  • Myth 4: You don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser has sufficient SPF

Well, this depends.
In winters, a moisturiser with enough SPF might work, but in summers, and especially when you are visiting warm places like the Caribbean, you should always apply a high quality sunscreen for full proof UVA protection.

  • Myth 5: You should always apply moisturiser to a dry skin

This again is a myth. Your skin absorbs the moisture best when it is slightly damped. Thus, make it a point to apply the moisturiser once you have taken bath and within 3 minutes of patting your body dry with a towel.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to lock in the moisture of the skin.

Your Turn

We hope that this article would have cleared a lot of myths we often hear and there. So, stay confident and slay with your beautiful skin!

5 Tips on Selecting the Right Outfit for Gym

When it comes to choosing the right outfit for the gym, it can be tough to decide. With seasonal weather and ever-changing fashion trends, it is difficult to keep pace with fitness fashion industry.

As a matter of fact, we would highly advise you to focus more on comfort, and less on fashion. This is perhaps because what you wear while working out can impact your body in a range of ways.

Thus, let’s get started and have a quick look at how to select the right outfit for the gym.

Take a look!

  • Is it comfortable?

It is highly recommended to wear clothes that let you move and don’t constrict you. Simply put, choose fabrics that allow your skin to breathe.

Further, pay attention to the fitting of the clothes because outfits that are not too tight and fit just perfectly will let you move in all directions. However, this doesn’t mean that you should choose baggy clothes as those will come in your way while you exercise.

  • Can it be layered with other outfits?

Make your wardrobe versatile by including outfits suitable for both hottest and the coolest months. Avoid overspending as seasons change. You can do this by layering your outfits during winters. You can start with a t-shirt or a top and then add a pullover over it. For wind-proofing, cover yourself with a windbreaker. Further, try shopping in off-seasons to save your money.

  • Is it flexible enough?

Try purchasing clothes that provide you enough flexibility like gym shorts, sweat pants, track pants or yoga pants. Such flexible cloths will let you stretch your hands and legs easily during workouts. Along with flexibility, do take care that the clothes are breathable enough.

  • Are the chosen outfits in line with your daily exercise regimen?

                                                                                                                                                              Make sure that the outfits you buy are a perfect fit for the activity you are performing. You should always make a trial by performing activities you intend to do in order to gauge if it is the right fit.

  • Do you need any advanced features?

If you like to keep pace with technology, it is important to mention about a new range of outfits that are available today. Outfits today come with in-built treatments that fight the microbial action on the skin due to sweat. This helps you in fighting the body odor.

Further, you can also choose the outfits that provide ultra-violet protection to fight sun’s harmful UV rays. Similarly, gym outfits with permethrin, that is an insect repellant, are also available in the markets today. Such clothes protect you from all the ups and the downs you while exercising in the gym.

Your Turn

The more frequently you exercise, the more important it is for you to wear the right kind of clothes. Keep yourself as comfortable as possible with the perfect clothes.

So, do a proper inspection of the clothes before buying and select the right one for yourself.

Mistakes You Are Making When You Air Dry Your Hair

Hair dryers are our ultimate saviors.

From helping us deal with our bad hair days to drying our hair on the go, there are various instances when having a hair dryer by our side solves a lot of problems.

But did you know that we all are guilty of making certain mistakes while drying our hair? Let’s find out.

  • Forgetting to section your hair

Sectioning the hair is very important while air drying your hair. If you are taking large sections of hair at a time, the hair dryer won’t be able to dry all the hair because of volume. This makes the left out wet hair frizzy.

If you are trying to save your time, take small sections of hair as they dry out quickly. Always follow a bottom to top approach to avoid mixing of wet hair with the dry ones.

  • Using the wrong type of hair brush

It’s all in the bristles and shape of the hairbrush you are using. While air blowing your air, only use round brushes with boar or nylon bristles. Do not use a brush with metal bristles as it heats up quickly and ends up damaging your hair.

  • Forgetting to apply the heat protector before blow drying

Not applying any heat protectant over your hair strands before air drying can also damage your hair. Apply or reapply the serum or thickening spray you are using even when blow drying the hair at your back. They are often left untouched. Work on your hair from mid-shaft to the ends first.

  • Your hair is towel wrapped for too long

Avoid wrapping your hair with a towel to stop the excess water from dripping, use a microfiber towel or a t-shirt instead. Wrap your hair just for a few minutes and then allow your hair to air dry for a while before blow drying them.

  • The air dryer is of poor quality

Among the ionic, ceramic and tourmaline hair dryers, you should choose the hair dryer according to your hair texture. For light hair, a ceramic hair dryer is enough and can provide the needed shine. For more powerful hair drying and for those with curly or coiled hair, ionic hair dryers are an ideal recommendation. They dry hair faster and reduce hair damage.

  • You threw away the concentrate nozzle attachment

Is this even a thing? Yes, it is. That nozzle attached to the front end of the hair dryer actually helps in balancing the heat and prevents the hair from direct heat. It lets the air to concentrate at a place and prevents hair damage. Hold the hair dryer facing downward for a better blowout.

  • Not cleaning your hair dryer

The back end of your hairdryer gets choked with dirt and debris that degrades the performance of your dryer. It will take longer than usual to dry your hair. Therefore, keep cleaning your hair dryer once in a while for a hassle-free experience.

That’s all, girls. Keep these important pointers in mind and flaunt healthy hair on the go.

Beauty Benefits of Using Ice Cubes on Your Face

Taking care of your skin in hot sunny days is a tough task. The sun is shining bright, and you are prone to sunburns, and breaking out.

Thankfully, ice can provide solutions to a range of skin woes. This wonder product is not only natural but relaxing too.

Here are a few benefits of applying ice cubes on your face:

  • Healthy, glowing skin.

During summer, the heat can do a lot of damage to your skin, making it rather dull. To get your radiant skin back, simply massage an ice cube on your face and relax.

Ta da! You will notice a sudden glow on your tired and dull skin! It is no rocket science. The ice constricts the blood vessels and the body starts circulating an increased amount of blood to your face. This improves the blood circulation, thus making your face glow brightly.

  • Absorbs makeup better.

This right here is a real smart makeup hack that will help you get the most flawless finish when you apply any product, like your foundation. Before you apply your base, rub an ice cube all over your face. The ice will constrict the blood capillaries and create a certain pulling effect that will make the absorption of your foundation or any other product easier. Simple, right?

  • Exfoliates.

There are many exfoliators available in the market that claim to do a fantastic job, but ice is the most natural of all of them, and obviously the easiest one to source and use! To get even better results, instead of using an ice cube, which as mentioned before will make your face glow, you can also use a frozen milk cube because it will very easily absorb the dead skill cells, leaving your skin clean and smooth.

  • Soothes acne.

Most of us tend to suffer from breakouts during the summer. This is because increased perspiration increases the secretion of oil which leads to acne. Applying an ice cube over the sensitive areas will not only soothe but also get rid of any bumps or redness and swelling that is caused by acne.

  • Get rid of those dark circles.

Late night parties and meetings not only leave us tired inside-out, but they also lead to dark circles around our eyes. Well, ice cubes can be of great help here too! ,

If you wish to completely get rid of those dark shadows under your eyes, then freeze some rose water and fresh cucumber juice and rub a cube of that gently across your dark circles. Repeat this as often as you can as it does not only case the dark circles to fade but is also rather calming.

Secrets to A Forever Marriage

While it is an important achievement to stay married in American culture where more than half of all marriages end in divorce, it is even better to nurture a marriage that grows stronger with time.

That said; trust is an important keystone of any relationship. Despite all the great things that we say about being honest… like honesty is the best policy or that the truth sets us free – studies have revealed that we are not great at being honest.

According to a study conducted, dating couples lie to each other once every three times, while married couples lie once in every 10 interactions.

This is something to worry about. Needless to say, we cannot create trust if we continue to lie with our closest and favourite people.

Thus, the question arises, what can you do to build an ever-lasting marriage and to promote trust between you and your partner?

  • Know yourselves better

In order to be honest with your partner, the first thing to do is, to be honest with yourself. You should try to understand the world around you and analyze what you think and feel about others.

It is important to protect yourself from the bad influences and to make sure that the harmful personalities around you do not reflect themselves on your behavior.

When you are true to yourself, chances are high that you would be able to stay honest with the people around you.

  • Respect your beloved

A man should respect his woman, and the woman should respect her man. It is a necessity if you want to be in a successful marriage.

Respecting your partner not only makes them feel confident and satisfied, but it also reflects a united front to the outside world.

Naturally, when both man and woman respect each other, there is more peace and harmony in a home. Some practical examples which demonstrate respect include controlling your tongue from speaking ill and keeping a friendly tone while speaking.

  • Maintain an open communication

No matter what, never stop communicating with your partner. Furthermore, make sure that you are not only talking with each other but also communicating honestly and respectfully.

Don’t surprise your spouse by taking crucial decisions of your life alone, or don’t do anything which might impact your lives greatly without your partner’s consent.

Marriage is a sacred institute wherein both man and woman should contribute equally to make it successful. Thus, do not forget checking with your partner regularly.

  • Choose your battles wisely

Do not let minor problems ruin your relationship. Ignore the weaknesses of each other and love them no matter what.

You should only invest your time and energy in resolving big issues that might be detrimental to your marriage and should be taken care of at earliest for the health of your marriage.

  • Keep your anger under control

Let not your anger control you. Avoid hurting your spouse by speaking harsh words or insulting them. Ask God to bless you with self-control such that you can redirect your anger in productive ways.

When you are arguing up with your spouse and the conversation gets heated up, it is always better to take a break and stroll around before resuming again and discussing the things.

Say Good Bye to Body Acne with These Tips

Summer is around the corner along with the stubborn and frustrating body acne.  Excessive heat, pollution, and dust are skin enemies and cause uninvited acne.

In here, we’re sharing some easy tips and lifestyle habits to fight body acne and get a clearer skin this season:

  • Hydrate, Feel Great! 

This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do for a healthier body and clearer skin. Make water bottle your all-day companion. Start your morning with lots of water and carry a BPA-free water bottle and sip frequently. This will drain the toxins and help you stay hydrated and, in turn, have a happy acne-free body.

  • Mask it, Honey!

Pamper yourself with a honey mask especially when your skin feels dry/tight/itchy. Honey is antibacterial, hydrating and fabulous for balancing skin pH and reducing acne. Your skin will love this treatment.

  • Veggies Please

Junk the junk food and include more veggies. A balance of vitamins and nutrients is all you need for the body skin to glow and feel alive. Make a bowl of rich green veggie salad to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients. Healthy food helps to lower inflammation in the body and detoxes it gently and deeply.

  • Sugar? Nah!!

Ease up on the sugar. Refined sugar spikes our blood sugar and hormones levels which can lead to acne while also making you gain weight. Sugar triggers the release of insulin in the blood, which further produces acne-causing hormones in the body. So, next time make sure that you watch the sugar content before buying anything at the superstore.

  • No More Dairy

Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, and milk. They are difficult to digest and produce mucus which can block body pores and cause acne.

  • Goodbye Coffee

It might be hard to say goodbye to the coffee initially, but it will help you in the long run. Caffeine dehydrates the skin, ruins sleep, raises stress and the after effect is early aging and even worse skin. Coffee is known to trigger hormonal acne as well.

  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage makes the acne worse and extends its stay. Thus it is essential to apply the sunscreen on exposed body parts. It will help skin in so many ways by making you look younger and youthful.

  • Try a Topical Essential Oil Treatment

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can add some drops of tea tree, orange, cinnamon or rose oil to ward off acne from your body.     

  • Don’t Pick or Squeeze! 

Last but most important- After all the DIY remedies, try to have patience while the acne is healing. Avoid squeezing them as this will introduce and multiply bacteria’s on other parts of the skin and make the situation even worse.

Along with the above tips, it is highly recommended to wear loose clothes, sleep well and live stress-free. Go out and flaunt your body with confidence and show the world the real you.

Best Under Eye Wrinkle Treatment Tips You Need To Know About!

Do you hate those under eye wrinkles? We all do.

Eye wrinkles appear due to the presence of thin skin around the eye area. You could make use of some natural treatments at home to get rid of these wrinkles. Here are some ideas.

 

  • Sunscreen

A large amount of sun exposure can have an adverse effect on your skin.  When it is too sunny, your face squints naturally, and due to prolonged exposure to the sun, this becomes permanent in the form of wrinkles.

Thus, one way to prevent wrinkles due to the sun is by using a sunscreen cream. It protects your skin from cancer and aging. In fact, you should start using sunscreen as early as possible to prevent future wrinkles.

 

  • Proper skin care

With age, your skin becomes dry and tight. It loses its elasticity and when this happens, over time, you get wrinkles on your skin. In order to prevent that, you should take proper care of your skin right from the onset.

Moisturizers might not be able to prevent wrinkles directly, but they work well to moisturize and hydrate the skin. In turn, the skin stays less dry than usual. It also prevents the skin from tearing and bruising.

 

  • Face yoga

Believe us, face yoga can help you in controlling wrinkles to a large extent. Face yoga is a combination of exercises and relaxation treatment that can help prevent the skin from getting wrinkled too early.

You could try out some simple face yoga exercises and spend 20 minutes to 30 minutes every day to get naturally beautiful skin! Not only does this prevent the appearance of wrinkles under the eyes, but your forehead and cheeks remain fit as well.

 

  • Skin nutrition

While moisturizers and sunscreen lotions will help in the long run, there are a lot of things you can eat to keep your skin in shape. The idea is to infuse as many antioxidants in the body as possible.

This could be achieved by adding a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Antioxidants, in combination with Vitamin A, C and E can keep the skin healthy and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Controlling your diet from an early age can keep the skin nourished.

 

  • Eye massage

There are very few things that can have the same benefits as a good eye massage. The whole point of the massage is to enhance your blood circulation. What this does is basically delivers nutrients and oxygen to the areas around the eyes such that the skin stays fresh and healthy. It is best to apply some light cream and pressure for massaging the eye.

 

  • Face mask

Using a face mask every now and then can also help you treat eye wrinkles. You could choose a suitable combination like a potato-honey mask or brown sugar-milk mask and then apply it on the skin and keep it for 30 minutes before washing it off. 

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A Men’s Guide To Wrist Watches: Which Is The Right Pick?

Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.

FAIL.

This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.

When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.

So, how do you select the right watch?

Let’s find out.

  • Just one watch or a range of them?

The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?

If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.

If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.

If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.

 

  • Choose between leather strap and a metal band

Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.

If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.

Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.

 

  • Watch dial

The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or  numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.

Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.

 

So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?

The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:

  • It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
  • The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
  • The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
  • If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
  • A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
  • A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.

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.