Health and Wellness, Organic, Skincare

Turn That Frown Upside Down and, “Wear Makeup Wednesday!” ;) Here are some tips…

these are for particular attention to our eyes and lips

For our brows…

  • pluck any strays
  • apply a brow fiber formula product and highlighter – the fiber formula helps to fill in thin brows; the highlighter is applied right under our arches; blend in both directions
  • redness on our eyelids?  – apply neutral eye shadow to conceal
  • smudge a gray or brown eye shadow into the lash line – by doing so, our lashes will look fuller
  • when it comes to mascara?…apply just a little at the roots…this will make our lashes appear darker, but in a ‘subtle way’
  • got ‘stubby’ lashes?  do the same thing as the previous tip, but, apply only one coat at the roots

For all of those green-eyed beauties!

Want super vibrancy?

*go with any shade that would be included in the red family (the greenies’ opposite color), resulting in flare!

*this includes pink and purple shades, for red isn’t always the most complementary 😉

*both pastel and bold hues work!  Be brave.  Let’s go beyond our boundaries.  🙂

And, then the blue-eyed beauties!

*your best color is orange (again, complementary color)…when paired, your eyes will look the ‘brightest and most intense’

*your wonderful-pairing hues include ‘peach, champagne, copper, terra-cotta, and rust’

*shades of orange are so great because they do not overpower the delicate eye color of blue

Brown-eyed gals!

  • ‘almost anything goes’
  • ‘high-shine neutrals’, such as a shimmery gold, would make a for a good daytime look
  • want a more bold look?  sapphire and amethyst create ‘dimension for night’
  • want the most striking effect?  ‘concentrate the color on the upper lash line and blend out, smoking it up gradually…focusing the intensity closer to the eyes – instead of the crease – will make them sparkle more’.

Hazel eyes, like me?

*perhaps, apply the tips provided  :), and use any color we wish  🙂

Makeup does make you feel good, doesn’t it?

Love,

Lisa

P.S.

So important to wash our face each morning and night, being sure to splash our face at least ten times with water.

*see my regimen under “Skincare” on the Menu, if curious 😉

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Health and Wellness Tip: Let’s Take Real Good Care of Our Skin. Here’s how! :)

Some little pointers…

  • use cleansers that don’t contain sulfates…they can be drying; instead, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid – they keep skin smooth by ‘eliminating dry, flaky skin cells and speeding up your skin’s natural shedding process.’
  • use a retinol cream at night to even tone and boost glow, three days a week
  • use hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin – it ‘acts like a sponge, soaking up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture and binding it to the skin.’
  • if your goal is smoother skin, opt for a serum that has retinol and vitamin C – the two combined can increase collagen production and protect against free-radical damage.
  • use a sheet mask that has peptides – will make your skin feel instantly firmer.
  • be sure that your daytime moisturizer has an SPF of 30 or more.

That’s it for the skincare tips, for today.  Here are some other helpful tips…

Ladies!  If you have painful PMS, try…

  • flaxseed – pour in 2 tablespoons into your cereal or smoothie
  • salmon – one serving, three times a week can help with breast tenderness
  • eggs – they are a great source of vitamin D, B6, and E; eat a few every day

And, then there’s the belly bloat

some fixes are

  • parsley – great for preventing water retention
  • papaya – eat 1 cup
  • whole grains – add 5 grams/week until you reach the goal of 25 grams/week

Oh, and, then there’re the ‘killer headaches’

try

  • pickle juice – drink 1/4 cup before bed to prevent a hangover (a Polish folk remedy).
  • watermelon
  • dark leafy greens, Swiss chard and spinach, in particular, because they are rich in magnesium, which reduces migraine frequency.

Are we feeling ultra tired, most of the time?

Let’s give these a try.

  • quinoa – 1 cup provides 15% of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
  • coconut oil – throw in a dollup to your coffee to slow the absorption of the caffeine to allow for a longer caffeine “buzz”.
  • cherry juice – a shot of melatonin will help with rest

Sweet dreams.

Love,

Lisa

P.S.

Must go to bed.  Our Bread returning tomorrow.  xoxo

 

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Tip: Maybe We Should Fast

Ever heard of the expression less is more?  Well, when it comes to food, it just may be the case…that less is more!  After reading an article in the April 2017 edition in Taste For Life magazine, I now feel compelled to give fasting a try.  Here’s what I got from it…

Taking the time to fast has shown to decrease inflammation and to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of some diseases, including some dreadful “C’s”.  One study, where over 2,400 women were followed in August 2016 and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that women who fasted an average of 13 hours overnight, decreased the chance of breast C from recurring.  Researchers concluded that it was most likely due to more regulated glucose levels and sleep.

Apparently, Indian women have used fasting therapeutically for thousands of years, ‘echoing the disease-prevention benefits of intermittent fasting.’  Fasting showed to ‘starve tumors of the blood supply that they needed for growth’.  Interesting.

Fasting can have several other health benefits for the body:

  • improves reproductive features – menstrual cycle, ovulation and fertility
  • improves metabolism
  • pain and stiffness relief from rheumatoid arthritis
  • lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol levels – arteries become less inflamed

When we fast, our cells become mildly stressed, which forces our bodies to deal with the stress and ward off certain diseases.

Dr. Toledo, MD, medical director of the Buchinger Wilhelmi clinic in Germany and Valter Longo, PhD, of the University of Southern Californa both agree that when we fast for three days, our body can “reset” the immune system and ‘trigger the production of new white blood cells, helping to ward off disease’.  Some studies have even showed that fasting can help to ‘mitigate the toxicity of chemotherapies used to kill C’s.

So, what are the ways we can fast?  Here are three techniques:

  • Every-other-day-fasting – limit ourselves to only 500 calories (600 for men); we have to be sure to eat nutrient-rich foods, such as lean proteins and fresh produce
  • Half-day fasting – 12 hours on and 12 hours off; over time we may find that we can increase our fasting to 16 hours; health benefits can come when we limit our eating to eight hours per day.
  • 5:2 fasting – eat normal for five days a week and, then limit our caloric intake to 500 calories the other two days.

*Please note:  Fasting is not recommended for people with diabetes, those whom struggle with eating disorders, women who are pregnant or nursing, the elderly, and children. Always check with your doctor before beginning any fasting regimen.

You think you want to fast?  I think I’ll try it!

Love,

Lisa

Food, Health and Wellness, Organic

Health and Wellness Tip: Perhaps, A Smoothie? a.k.a. MEAL In A Glass?! See tips…

Smoothies are fun for everyone!  Our family likes to call them “fruit swirls”.  Whatever your family’s name is or will be for them, it’s a guarantee your little people will enjoy them and, they won’t even complain that they are eating a bunch of healthy green stuff, too!  (sneeeaky 😉

Here are some tips that we’d like to follow when we whip up these bad boys…to get the most bang for our buck, you know what I’m saying?  😛

TIP #1:  Pour in your liquids first for the smoothest consistency.  Then, do as follows:

  • add in any powders (protein, cacao, superfoods)
  • cover with soft items (berries, avocados, bananas, cucumbers)
  • hard ingredients next (frozen fruit, raw fibrous vegetables)
  • last, add ice

TIP #2: Soak your raw nuts, seeds or oats first.  

  • cover the item in boiling water for 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and add to the blender

TIP #3: Choose high-quality, easily-digestible protein powders.

  • organic, raw, sprouted
  • 1 tablespoon or 1 scoop to start; can leave a powdery aftertaste if too much is used

TIP #4: Bump up the nutritional value of your smoothie by putting in add-ins (1 tsp – 1 tbl)

  • chia, flax, or hemp seeds
  • or, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of green powders…spirulina or chlorella…or, 1/2 – 1 tsp. of wheatgrass powder; “good” bacteria…1/2 tsp. probiotic powder
  • 1 tsp. to 1 tbl. of healthy fats…olive, hemp, flax, pumpkin seed, macadamia nut, coconut, and avocado

TIP#5: Add in an extract if your smoothie is need of flavor (1 or more of the following):

  • extracts: almond, mint, vanilla
  • fresh citrus zest; fresh herbs: mint, basil, parsley, cilantro
  • ground spices: cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamon, cinnamon
  • lemon, orange or lime juice
  • raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder

TIP #6: Use frozen vegetables.  

  • flavor is different than fresh (you just may be able to use broccoli or brussel sprouts)
  • adds convenient nutrition
  • reduces flavor sensitivity
  • gives a frosty texture

*Clean blender right away with warm soapy water to avoid stress.  😛

Have fun smoothie making!

~Lisa

P.S.

Leave a comment and tell everyone about a recipe you loved!

 

 

Health and Wellness

Health and Beauty Tip: 7 Reasons to Drink More Water

Ahhh, the power of water.  After reading the article in Good Housekeeping, written by Lisa Mulcahy, I learned some new things about the importance of drinking H2O.  I’m hoping that we can come together and commit to increasing our daily water intake. Whaddya say?!

Reason number…

  1. Water boosts our mood.  When researchers asked study participants to increase their daily intake from 5 cups to 10 cups per day, they reported feeling calmer and more satisfied with their life after about 5 days.  🙂

2. We may heal faster.  If we get a cut, treat the wound and, then sip 16 ounces of                   water.  Drinking water ‘improves microvascular circulation in our skin – important           for healing – in just 30 minutes.’

3. It can lower our odds of a stroke.  A study conducted at Johns Hopkins Hospital                   showed that 44% of people whom suffered a stroke were found to be dehydrated.               Being dehydrated can cause our blood to thicken, making it harder for our blood               to pass through our blood vessels.  Recovery was better for these stroke patients                 when they were hydrated.

4. We won’t ruin our workout.  According to the American College of Sports Medicine,            having water before, during and after our workout can prevent problems such as              heat stroke and painful muscle cramps.

5. It can quiet a headache.  The next time our forehead starts pounding, let’s drink                 anywhere from 1 to 6 cups of water.  We could be pain-free in as little as half and               hour!

6. We’ll drive better.  When we drive dehydrated, we are more likely to make more                 mistakes behind the wheel.  It’s a good idea to sip 16 ounces of water before take-off           and have another 7 ounces every hour we’re on the road.

7. It increases our brainpower.  ‘Even mild dehydration can suppress blood vessels in           our brain.’  ‘This will result in short-term memory problems, poor attention and                 slow reaction times.’

Learn something new?  Hope so!  🙂

Happy agua drinking,

Lisa