Lifestyle Change: Tips to Fight the Flab

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As we slowly but surely head towards the winter here in Botswana, I worry about piling on the pounds because like most people, I tend to eat more in colder weather. What’s more, I always seem lazier and less inclined to do anything remotely resembling exercise. This inevitably means every winter I put on a little extra weight I’d rather not carry around. As I get older, I’ve also realized that every year it gets harder and harder to get rid of the excess weight. I now realize that I need to find a sustainable solution to this pesky problem. Forget diets, because I love my food and the minute I’m told I can’t have something, I start to crave it and lose interest. I have always preferred the idea of changing my lifestyle to fight the flab over diets anyway.

So with that being said, I have put together some tips to help any of those who may need it. The beauty of going down this route is that you can eat as much of the fruit and veg as you like, which will provide your body with essential nutrients without the added pain of calories. This is not a weight-loss diet, it’s a lifestyle change towards a healthier, more balanced diet.

Avoid processed food and opt instead for fresh, homemade food. Doing this will help your liver to detox and rid your body of toxins.

Avoid coffee, drinks containing caffeine and fizzy drinks. Go instead for herbal tea like Green tea and Redbush tea.

Up your water intake and aim for 2 litres a day at the very least. This will keep you hydrated but also stave off hunger pangs. Jazz up your water with a few slices of cucumber and a few drops of liver-boosting lemon juice.

Avoid eating while watching TV as it will lead to unconscious eating, as you won’t be able to keep track of how much you’re eating!

Do away with salt to reduce water retention, which also contributes to bloating. Have fun playing around with seasoning and different types of herbs, instead. Your food will contain less calories and taste a lot more flavoursome, too.

Start each day with a glass of warm water with a dash of lemon juice for hydration as well as to cleanse your liver.

Avoid rich, calorie leaden salad dressings and instead mix a little balsamic vinegar with some olive oil and a pinch of seasoning. It’s not only delicious but also very low in calories.

Avoid snacking on treats such as chocolate, sweets and biscuits and treat them as just that; TREATS to be had once in a while. Swap them for dried fruit and nuts, raw vegetables and fruit. Dried fruit and nuts are also best kept to a minimum; a small handful is really all you need to plug that hole.

NEVER starve yourself! This will only lead to binge eating later on, and will therefore undo all your hard work. Get in the habit of eating little and often instead.

Changing small things like the above tips really doesn’t require much effort, and if kept up, can yield some amazing results! On top of that, you are more likely to stick to these rules than if you were on a strict diet, where a lot of foods are usually banned for some reason or other. Follow these tips and throw in a bit of exercise maybe 2-3 times a week and you’ll get amazing results.

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My Quest For Strong, Gorgeous Nails

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My quest for strong, gorgeous nails never seems to go anywhere! As far back as I can remember; it doesn’t matter what I do, my nails always seem to be fragile, dry and brittle! I’m really not sure what I’m doing wrong because my diet includes foods rich in calcium like yoghurt and milk in my cereal almost every single day. Some of the supplements I take religiously even contain calcium. I even take a skin, nails and hair supplement, but nothing changes! Granted, sometimes I skip it out of frustration.

I’m sure like me, a lot of women like nice strong nails. The thing with me is, I’m not big on acrylics because whenever I’ve tried them, they’ve left my natural nails in a worse state than before! I also find the natural look prettier. I find fake nails also get in the way. Plus when you have an itch, it’s nicer to scratch with your real nails haha.

So what do you ladies do to help your nails grow longer and stronger? I’m not really asking for much because I don’t like very long nails. I just want them to be long enough to give them a pretty shape, and to be able to have French manicure whenever I want to. My nails actually grow, but then one or two will suddenly snap and break! Usually it’s at such a weird angle that there’s no point plodding along with it like that, and it’s too painful to ignore as it keeps catching on clothes. So I always end up having to cut all of them to start all over again. There must be a name for this sort of thing, because it consistently happens to me. I’ll suddenly notice a crack on the side of a nail, as far down into the nailbed as you can go, and I really wish I knew what causes it! What’s even weirder is the fact that even at their shortest, this can still happen!

Does anyone else experience this, or is it just my own personal, weird thing? What do you do to nurture your nails and keep them strong and supple? Please feel free to share your secret tricks, anything that works for you!

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Lansinoh HPA Lanolin: A Review

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Lansinoh HPA Lanolin is a described as a cream that nursing mothers can use to soothe their aching, extremely dry and maybe even chapped nipples. It’s meant to not only soothe but also to protect the nipple area by forming a protective barrier on the skin around that area. Many of those who have had babies will probably be able to relate to this problem, but I’ve yet to have a baby, so I don’t know how effective this product is on sore and cracked nipples. If it’s good for them, I know Lansinoh HPA Lanolin would be a Godsend because I remember seeing my mum on the verge of tears with this condition.

So what am I doing writing a review on the product, I hear you ask! Well, that’s because I suffer badly with very dry and cracked heels as well as very dry lips, and I reckoned if this product could help soothe and bring much needed relief to cracked nipples by deeply moisturizing the area, surely it would work on my chapped lips and cracked heels? So I went right ahead and bought it to see if it would be any good.

So What Is Lansinoh HPA Lanolin?

Although described as a cream, it’s a product that’s very similar to petroleum jelly type products such as the commonly known Vaseline. The makers claim it’s 100% natural, made from a single natural ingredient. This was one of the facts that made it very appealing to me. It was designed specifically for the relief of extremely dry, sore skin, in particular nipples.

 What The product Boast

·      Recommended by lactation consultants and US doctors

·      Soothes and protects sore, dry and cracked nipples

·      Contains 1 natural ingredient; no preservatives and additives

·      Hypoallergenic

·      Safe for mum and baby

Did it Work on My Lips and Cracked Heels?

This product is thicker than petroleum jelly, so it’s not nearly as easy to spread around.

What I would recommend is you take a small pea sized amount and work it in the palm of your hand before applying, because it then loosens up and becomes easier to spread.

A little goes a long, long way. However, I wonder if not containing preservatives means it has a very short shelf life. Mine went a weird colour and seemed to harden further, so I’ve not used it since just to play it safe.

I tried it at night before bed to give it time to work overnight. I put some on my very dry lips and cracked heels, and wow, this thing works like magic! By morning, both my lips and heels were soft and supple! Regular use brought even better results. 

I also have to say it works really well on cuticles. All you need is a tiny little bit to gently massage into your cuticles and nailbed.

As good as I found it, the novelty soon wore off and I found having to work it to make it more spreadable a little tedious, so in the end I left mine in the corner, collecting dust until it turned a weird colour.

Those who are patient with these sorts of things will be ok, but if like me, you tend to be a little lazy, you may lose patience with it. BUT it’s sure worth a try if you have extremely, uncomfortably dry skin.

All in all, I’d give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

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8 More Fat Busting Super Foods

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Earlier this week, I wrote an article titled 8 Fat Busting Super Foods, and I enjoyed putting it together so much, that I have found eight more foods that can help you on your way to fighting the flab!

Lemons claims state that lemons are a very good food item with which to tackle the flab. But not only that, they’re also said to be very good at cleansing the body of toxins, and can really do a good job of boosting the liver’s detoxification process! No wonder a lot of celebrities are very big on sipping water with a slice of lemon floating in it. The only thing I’d say is the lemon’s acidity can make your teeth sensitive, so you may have to consider using a straw.

Blueberries are especially good for those fighting belly fat, which is notoriously difficult to get rid of. A handful a day is all you really need to melt away your belly fat. Research has found blueberries, very rich in vitamins, may change the way fat and sugar are metabolized in your body. The only snag I’ve found is that this tiny superfood doesn’t come in very cheap. 

Chickpeas are suitable for everyone and are a very good source of protein. They make for a good meat substitute, but are high in fibre, rich in B vitamins and iron and low GI (they release energy slowly, and keep you fuller for longer). I like them in hummus and curries. The good thing about hummus is it’s delicious and you can have it so many different ways without feeling guilty.

Cauliflower is a delicious but very low calorie food item. It’s crammed full of detoxifying compounds, which help flush waste from your system. It’s also rich in vitamin C and E. The latest trend is to grate it, steam it and use it as a substitute for rice. I’ve yet to try it this way, but I bet it makes for a yummy change from rice. 

Raspberries like most fruits, are very healthy and packed full of vital nutrients. However, what sets them apart from the rest is that they contain a compound called ketone; which helps promote fat metabolism. What’s more, they’re very rich in anti-cancer antioxidants.

Apples– everyone has heard of the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and well, it can do a lot more that keep you healthy and fit! As we all know, apples make for very low calorie snacks, and can stave off that pesky sweet craving. But they can also help you drop some pounds. Eating them regularly will provide your body with roughage, which will help you shed some weight.

Turmeric is a very popular spice in India and has anti-cancer properties. It’s also been shown to contain a compound called Curcumin, which helps regulate insulin in your body, as well as keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Natural Yoghurt is full of probiotics, which look after the general wellbeing of your tummy, as well as help your belly fat at bay. Being rich in protein, natural yoghurt will also keep you feeling full for longer, allowing you to avoid too much snacking. Opt for non-flavoured versions for maximum benefits.

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