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My husband thinks it’s fun to

My husband thinks it’s fun to

gelatine

My husband thinks it’s fun to see the black dots whenever I use a biore strip on his nose to remove blackheads. Biore nose blackhead remover is a bit expensive though. There’s a very cheap alternative to try. Take a packet of unflavored gelatin and mix it with a couple teaspoons of milk…then paint it on your nose and let dry. Peel it off and lift off the dead skin and dirt. Try it. It’s fun and very inexpensive.

aloe-vera-gel

I’ve been buying “firming” cream over the past couple of years and this time I needed my “refill” I began to ponder about the miracle face lift cream I had been putting on for the past month. As I had the $40 item in my hand I thought twice even with a $2 off coupon. Should I be spending this much money for a “tiny” effect or should I spend my money more wisely, like on a whole bunch of delicious fruits and vegetables at the market. Could I do this…again? When would it stop? $40 a month for a year would be almost $5,000 in 10 years, $10,000 in 20. I continued to process my thoughts as I stood in front of the massive amounts of creams, lotions, potions and promises. I could definitely get a lifestyle lift for that amount and see some real dramatic improvement when “absolutely” necessary if I could dare myself to actually do something like that. I guess the lifestyle lift is the ultimate for when you are “ready” because no lotion is going to help like the lifestyle lift…but for now, I’m fighting father time along with fighting the diminishing funds from my bank account. I recall that I took a liking to the miracle lift because it actually had a firming feeling that lasted. So, I decided to look a little closer at the ingredients and see just why this could be and there it was, THE ingredient: ”aloe vera”…. that was my aha moment. So, while in Walmart, I found a good sized amount of the gel for just a few dollars. I must tell you that it wasn’t in THE “miracle” cream isle…I panicked as I thought the secret had been discovered and the big corporations seized it from the market. Still breathing, I found it! It was near the baby oil in a totally different isle. I rushed home in anticipation of completing my experiment. I washed my face as normal, patted it dry and rubbed small drops of the aloe gel into my skin and neck and I got that “sticky” feeling that dissipated rapidly. My face felt a little firm, so I decided to repeat after half a minute in upward strokes…careful not to get too close to my eyes. (As I found out, it will burn if it’s close). I applied the gel several times…okay about 4 times..maybe 5…who cares, it’s really cheap stuff. Apparently, my skin was drinking it up, so I definitely knew there was layer penetration. This is important to remember because a lot of the packaging of the beauty skin care products points out that ”it penetrates” multiple dermal layers. So, the Aloe Vera Gel definitely penetrated and gave me the feeling of firmness. That night before going to bed, I did the ritual again and when I woke up in the morning, my skin was gorgeous and felt just a firm as with the face lift miracle which says you’ll see improvement after 4 weeks (or 2 purchases later!) You have to realize that the cosmetic industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world. Why? well, actresses, marketing, employees and packaging are expensive…not the ingredients. It makes me laugh now when I think about getting reeled into the “melon” miracle 5 years ago. Good grief, really? Well, I’m no longer a sucker and will not be getting roped in to pay for a supermodel’s chemical treatments and the “melon man”. Okay, don’t argue with me on the “chemical” comment because if it’s not “chemical” then why do you have to travel to France and see a doctor. Why not buy melons and rub them all over yourself (which I tried by the way…didn’t work!)

I will try more tests this week and let you know how I make out. In the meantime, if you have a story you’d like to share about using Aloe Vera Gel, please share your comments.

I hope that this article was helpful in some way to help you live a lifetime of health and beauty.

rotten-bananas-beauty

When someone uses the cliche “how do you like them bananas?” you’ll be wanting to say “on my face”.

Here’s why:

Those rotting bananas can make you beautiful despite their ugly looks. I learned that you can put bananas on your skin and come out looking like you had BOTOX treatment. Yes, it ‘s true! Bananas deliver results similar to Botox without the pain, price or hideous side effects. The very ripe bananas (the riper the better) will soften and moisturize and plump your skin….It only takes about 20 minutes for the banana botox miracle to happen.

What I do is make a mask that uses not only the banana for moisture and botox benefit, but I add honey for firming along with yogurt for creaminess and more importantly, for it’s texture improvement, age spot reduction, anti acne treatment and skin balancing action. I have to tell you, that it’s truly an amazing natural botox miracle for skin.

Here’s my DIY Botox Beauty Mask Recipe:

1 ugly rotting banana, mashed (half if it’s a really big)

1/4 c of yogurt (plain preferred)

1 teaspoon of honey.

I make sure the banana is really mashed up and then I mix in the yogurt and honey. You can use a food processor if you’d like. I put it on my face and neck for 15-20 minutes and let nature do it’s work — try not to lick your lips even though you might be tempted! Rinse will cool water, pat face dry and apply your normal moisturizer. I’d be surprised if you didn’t become bananas over this banana botox secret! I have a batch in my refrigerator that I use every day! It’s a treat and I don’t want the mixture to go bad.

I hope this article was helpful in some way in helping you live a lifetime of health and beauty.

bowl-of-nuts

The word nuts is being used very loosely here, so don’t read into it because I’m really not nuts. It gets better and you’ll understand the reason for this post and hopefully if you don’t eat nuts, you will start eating them. When most people hear the word nuts when used to describe a person, the translation is usually that the person has a strange obsession or is obsessed with something “normal”. Like being nuts about folding towels the same way all the time, or nuts about a clean house. You have to understand that there’s nothing wrong with believing in something so deeply that you live your life to accommodate whatever you believe you in, and that is perfectly okay. So, I want to tell you about one of my “nut” problems, or should I say obsessions. It started a long time ago. I was nuts about fitness to the point where that it what I lived for. I got up at 4 am and turned on “Bodies in Motion” and jumped around for the 30 minutes before getting ready for work. After work, I’d hit the gym and take 2 aerobic classes. I read fitness magazines in search of all the education I needed to get the perfect body, and that is where the obsession and nuttiness started. A particular article I read in one of my “girl” magazines, not very sure which one, although I am very sure that a magazine article is where my nut avoidance started. After all, what they say in magazines is the truth and by gosh they didn’t have some photoshop program back then to touch up photos…or did they? So, what you saw and what you read was the truth. Anyway, it was around the holiday’s when I read an article about how to not pack on the pounds at holiday parties. There was a picture of a skinny chick standing next to a fat chick who, by no coincidence, was eating peanuts at a party. The fat chick had a protruding butt on her that could have easily served as a table or a back cushion when sitting. My attention was laser sharp as I continued to read and learned that you really had to watch yourself during the holidays because the parties were equipped with snacks crying out your name in hopes of landing on your waistline, especially the cute little tiny peanuts. I learned that Just 15 peanuts was 150 calories! I was lored into believing that you could never stop at 15 either! By gosh, the possibility that you could gain 10 pounds in no time from some nuts and bear (or should I say “wear”) the hideousness of it caused me to react. There would be no way to walk without shame and no way to fit into my clothes if I indulged in nuts. So, when invited to parties, I avoided those cute little dishes of nuts and they stayed away from me. I wore a mental string of garlic to keep the evil little “nut” snacks away. So, hence my obsession with avoiding the nuts. After over 20 years of avoiding nuts and being concerned about my nutrition and overall health, I began to wonder if it is just plain nuts to continue avoiding those tempting nuts. So, I started to investigate the scoop on nuts. I came up some very interesting data that puts and end to the tarnishment of mind so many year ago. The first thing that I discovered is that nuts are essential to health and to the contrary, can result in weighing less when replacing other food. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people that ate nuts in place of something else reduced their waist sizes by more than half an inch. And we all know that half an inch is the difference between getting into the skinny jeans or not.

More alarming than learning about “skinny” nuts is learning that we REALLY need to eat nuts (as long as we’re not allergic) and THAT is the truth. Nuts are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an essential Omega 3 fatty acid and organic compound. ALA helps combat the effects of stress on our bodies thereby protecting our hearts from damage. It is a known fact that during times of stress, that our cardiovascular system is being threatened. Maybe you are one of those people that have stress? Even occasional stress beats your system down and with each bout of stress your body continues to be attacked and chipped away at until it breaks down. Stress is one of those things that has a memory of destruction and builds on it. It is kind of like the ocean tumbling shells and eventually turning these once solid and beautiful shells into sand. I know it’s frightening, but you can do something about it. If you are worried right now…go grab a handful of nuts and come back here and continue reading. Okay, so now for some really great news! Nature has provided us with a defense, that defense is nuts. Think of stress like the rain, when it’s raining you protect yourself with an umbrella, when you’re stressing,you protect yourself with nuts. So, don’t even think of going out into the world not prepared for stress. I’m not saying you need to gorge yourself on nuts…you only need a few to reap the benefits. Put a small bag in your purse or in your desk drawer too. Also, if you are making a salad, throw some slivered almonds on top. They add crunchiness and texture to salads and will not only give your body a defense against cardiovascular damage, it will satisfy hungry in a jiffy. So, now you have to decide which nuts to eat. I say, get 360 protection against cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, cancer, aging, brain health and skin health and eat them all, enjoy them and enjoy variety, the spice of life. Nuts will protect you and make you beautiful on the inside and the outside, and will not make you fat when eating only a few here and there.

As a MATTER OF FACT, since I started eating nuts including peanut butter thinly spread on a low fat piece of toast, I’ve gained a lot of energy and lost 2 lbs!

Want to learn more about specific nuts?

Almonds: This nut is one of the best food sources of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

Walnuts: Walnuts have a great balance of healthy fats, including omega 3 fatty acids. I even indulge in the ones that are candied! They are delicious in a chicken salad made with celery, red onions, non fat sour cream, a teeny bit of light mayo, cut up grapes and curry spice…just grab a few almonds and break them in little pieces and mix them in. You’ll never eat chicken salad any other way.

Macadamia nuts: Who doesn’t love Macadamia nuts? Although they are calorie large, they are packed with antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, so just have a few.

Pecans: Pecans are higher in fat than some of the other nuts, but they have a very rich nutrient profile. In addition to many antioxidants, minerals and phytonutrients, these nuts are also a great source for several important B-complex vitamins. I indulge in candied pecans which in my opinion are better than chocolate. Just take a few, break them up and add them to your salad and you’re in heaven.

Pine nuts: Pine nuts are rich in lutein and vitamins A, C and D. They make a great addition to most any dish. Just a few!

I hope this article will be helpful in some way to helping you live a lifetime of health and beauty.

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