Foods to Avoid if You Want Healthy Looking Skin

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We know, thanks to great lengths of research and scientific inquiry, that different foods and nutrients work within our bodies in different manners. We know that eating a delicious candy bar causes our bodies to behave differently than when we eat a plate full of brilliantly green broccoli. In order to build our best bodies, we need balance – a blend of both tasty but not-so-nutritious foods along with the vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious items that build muscle, help body function, and improve skin. But what, exactly, should we eat when we want to focus on certain areas of the body in particular? Scientists have narrowed down what foods work best for every area, organ, and health matter involving the body – and many foods are directly connected to our physical appearance. If you want to make sure your outer appearance looks its best, consider staying away from these most problematic foods for skin.

Rice Cakes

Think bland and boring rice cakes are the secret to your weight loss, or to an overall healthy body? You might want to reconsider that thought – according to recent research, rice cakes are actually terrible for your skin. Although they were once the rage among gorgeous supermodels and health fanatics everywhere, rice cakes actually contain ingredients that screw up your blood sugar levels and facilitate the formation of wrinkles. Rice cakes contain simple carbs, which your body metabolizes just like sugar. As rice cakes are converted into glucose by the body, they work to damage and break down collagen – a crucial part of our skin that fights off wrinkles.

Milk

Who doesn’t enjoy a full glass of smooth and cool milk at breakfast, and perhaps at dinner as well? Milk has long been touted as the best beverage beyond water – a drink that offers protein and body-friendly nutrients, one that should be ingested as often as possible. Unfortunately, milk isn’t as healthy as medical professionals once believed. It’s full of growth hormones that are biologically active even after the drink has been pasteurized, and it’s those hormones that alter our bodies’ insulin, create inflammation in the skin, and increase oil production. While milk may be strengthening your bones, it’s also causing you to break out, and creating acne everywhere on your skin.

Smoothies

Finally, there are secret skin-harming ingredients in your morning smoothies. You might think that blending up a bunch of fruit, milk, and healthy greens like kale or spinach is doing your body and skin good; instead, it’s upping your sugar intake. Smoothies are a hidden source of sugar, especially when you ingest the premade or pre-bottled varieties. Yogurt, juice, and sherbet all add to a smoothie’s sugar, which causes you to ingest more sugar. Sugar, unfortunately, causes adverse skin effects and leads to breakouts, oil, and overall dullness.

Top 5 Dinner Ideas that are Great for Your Skin

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When it comes to skincare, we often don’t think very far beyond our bathroom cabinets – after all, that’s where all of our best skin products sit. However, as much care as you take to look after your skin and keep it healthy, there are other ways to make sure you look as youthful and glowing as possible. In fact, the food that you eat on a daily basis plays a significant role in the appearance and health of your skin. Make your skin a priority every day by eating one of the following skin-benefitting meals.

A Vitamin-Packed Salad

Although salads are a healthy meal, most of us think of them as boring, unappealing diet food. However, building the right salad can make your taste buds and your skin happy. Combine quinoa, spinach, feta, and almonds for a salad that’s full of vitamins that help keep your skin glowing. Quinoa is a grain full of B vitamins, vitamin E, foliate, zinc, potassium, iron, and even proteins. Almonds add even more protein, along with healthy fats, and spinach offers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory capabilities – together, these ingredients will help your skin stay perfectly colored and ward off harmful toxins.

Damage-Reversing Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a food favorite, but they can be even better when you’re trying to protect your skin from age and environmental damage. Include a skin-friendly protein like tuna to create tuna stuffed bell peppers, and you’ll do your body even more good. Tuna is full of the antioxidant selenium, which works to protect skin from UV damage. Bell peppers themselves are also fantastic food for the skin, loaded with vitamin C, which helps rebuild collagen and also keep skin as firm as can be.

A Green and Fruity Salad

Salads are a great choice whenever you’re trying to be healthy – and here’s another to add to your skin-healing repertoire. Dine on a kale salad with avocado, quinoa, pecans, goat cheese, pomegranate seeds and a lemon vinaigrette, and you’ll enjoy a meal that protects from within. Dark and leafy greens like kale feature antioxidants and vitamin K, both of which help your skin look younger than its years by increasing elasticity. Pomegranates are a great addition as well, full of antioxidant-loaded polyphenols.

Baked Salmon to Prevent Grease

Fish is one of the best foods for your overall health, and it also does wonders for your complexion. Salmon is an excellent choice for those concerned about their skincare – it contains omega-3 vitamins, which bring a light, youthful glow to the skin. Additionally, salmon isn’t a greasy fish, which makes it perfect for baking in a variety of meals. With baked salmon, you save yourself the added grease that can clog pores and cause skin problems.

Try a Vegetable Soup

If you’re more of a fan of hot, steamy soups, try roasted carrot soup for dinner. Carrots are an excellent vegetable and known source of vitamin A, a crucial skin component. By ingesting carrots and vitamin A, you’ll prevent the formation and accumulation of dead skin cells all over your face and body.

Greatest Diets Available Today

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Dieting trends seem to come and go as often as we change our underwear. And let’s be honest, we have all tried one of these diets at one point or another during our lives (or more than one). So how do we know which diet to choose? Which will actually work for us? Well unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a diet that works for everyone because everyone is different. You may need to try a few different diets before you find one that actually works for you. So what are some of the latest and greatest diets available today? These may be some great options for you to try, but it is always advisable to see your doctor before starting any diet or taking any medication.

Weight Watchers

This program is an oldie but goodie. It has been helping people lose weight for years by tracking all the food you have been eating and scoring each food based on many things. You then need to only eat within your score limit each day. Weight Watchers is a simple program which has produced many good results.

IdealShape

This one seems like a lose weight fast one but without the gimmick aspect. It actually helps you lose weight and fast. IdealShape Diet is one that can work for people of all ages and doesn’t leave you starving all day. They claim to be able to help you reach your ideal weight in only a few short months! They can achieve this with a combination of exercise and drinking these meal replacement shakes.

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten free is quickly becoming one of the most popular diets in 2015. This is basically eating food which is free of all gluten. This is harder then you may think as many of our everyday foods contain gluten such as bread. But beware or gluten free packaged products. Always read your labels as often the gluten free product is far worse for you then the product with gluten as they add many artificial ingredients and chemicals to still make the food taste good.

Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food Diet is quickly gaining popularity almost like it’s the latest fashion. The idea is that you only eat raw food which is mainly vegetables. The idea behind it is that cooking food at high temperatures actually removes most of the vitamins and minerals. Raw food is also meant to give you more energy which everyone wants, well almost everyone…

Baby Fashion

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Like me, you may have noticed the growing trend of baby fashion. It seemed to have started off with early teenagers then just got younger and younger. Now there is some great fashion for your new born making them look super cool and cute!

Onesie

Once upon a time, onesie’s used to be very boring. They generally just came out in white and your baby would wear them under their outer clothes. However, now onesie’s are super cute and there are so many different options when it comes to onesie’s. They now come in different colors and in many patterns. They have managed to make these onesie’s very stylish and what was once the most boring piece of clothing you could buy your child, it is now one of the best! Onesie’s now also come in different styles and fits. They come in long sleeves and pants, short sleeves, no legs, and a combination of these. Onesie’s can now fit any parents or child’s needs.

Diapers

I don’t think that I ever would have thought it would be fun buying diapers. And when it comes to disposable diapers, it’s not fun! But, reusable diapers in the form of cloth and hybrid diapers are making a huge come back. Not only are they far cheaper in the long run, but they are also super cute. They come in so many cool colors and designs which will actually make changing diaper time fun. They may even make you not want to put any pants on top of the diapers and let your child run around with their diaper only!

Shoes

Shoes are another changing piece of clothing when it comes to baby fashion. It used to be just for babies to wear shoes to cover their feet. Now however, baby shoes are increasingly looking like adult shoes. They come in all the great styles we have (minus high heels thankfully), but they look way cuter on our babies then on us.

All of these things combined makes it super fun to dress and change our babies. It also makes for more photo opportunities so make sure you free up some hard drive space for the new photos.

Sports Fashion – How It’s Evolving

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Sports fashion has evolved greatly over the last 20 years. Back in the day everyone had lose fitting clothes which made everyone look little. Now pretty much all sports clothes are well fitted, breathable, and super comfortable. But there are some sports which fashion took more of a drastic turn such as the ones below:

Golf

Golf is one of those sports which used to be VERY conservative including which clothes players wore. It was a game for gentlemen on a Sunday afternoon followed by tea and a meal. Players would almost always wear a plain colored polo shirt, trousers, and golf shoes. Boy has things changed since then. These days the clothes are getting more fitted and comfortable like I mentioned above, but the clothes are getting far wilder with strange colors, players wearing shorts, and even playing with no sleeves. The right gear along with the right equipment for golf will work wonders (if you have the right training of course!). In the pro circuit, you will even see players with tattooed arms, necks, and more. This may not seem like a big deal, but for golf, it is a really big deal as it used to be so gentlemanly.

Tennis

Tennis is another sport where the fashion has changed greatly. Once again, players used to play in really baggy clothing but now the men play in short shorts and dry fit shirts. However, some of the females play in very skimpy clothing which sometimes is not appropriate for general viewing of the game. It has almost turned into a fashion show rather than a game of tennis. Which this is actually good for some people as they may not like tennis but do like fashion.

American Football

This sport started off with everyone wearing the same thing which was basically lots of padding and a helmet. However, I have recently seen for the first time that there is now a Lingerie Football League for woman! So these woman are basically wearing nothing but lingerie, crazy stuff! Quite inappropriate, some of these girls don’t have the slimmest of bodies or visible stretch marks. But if they want to play football, there is much more money in this sport this regular football for ladies. Never thought the sport would evolve into that.

4 Great Snacks Ideas On The Go

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None of us want our days to be based around our food schedule. So what to do? We can prepare healthy and filling snacks for when we are on the go. This way we don’t need to head home for some food of stop in for a long lunch. With snacks on the go, we can quickly eat something which is filling and tasty and keep the day going. So what’s our favorite snacks for when we are on the go? See the list below:

Beef Jerky

Now this one isn’t for everyone, people generally either hate it or love it. But if you are one of those who love beef jerky, they are actually a really good snack to take on the go. They are high in protein which will keep you going and taste really good.

Protein Bars

Protein bars are really convenient and keep you going and going. They are really easy to take with you anywhere whether it’s in your pocket or your hand bag. Depending on which brand you buy, protein bars usually taste great.

Trail Mix / Mixed Nuts

Try to get a healthy version of trail or nut mix. One which has nuts which are not roasted or salted. These are not quite as convenient to bring around as the packets are usually a little larger, but great if you are carrying a backpack or hand bag. Again, if you get the right trail mix, they taste great!

Boiled Eggs

A really simple one, but a great option – boiled eggs. Make sure you boil your eggs to a hard boil and for extra convenience, peel the eggs before you head out. It’s most convenient to have these plain so if you don’t like them plain, try bringing a small sachet of salt and pepper.

4 Dinners That Can Help You Lose Weight

Healthy Dinner

Who says we can’t have a delicious dinner which can actually help us lose weight? Well, we can. There are plenty of healthy options out there, you just need to look at the ingredients that you are putting into your food. Here are four of our favorite healthy dinner recipes that can help you lose weight.

Salmon With Vegetables

Salmon is great for helping you lose weight. It is very filling and keeps you full for a long time. It also has essential vitamins and minerals and omega 3’s which are all great for us. Couple this with some steamed vegetables for a great tasting dinner. If you like, add some unsalted butter (not margarine) on the vegetables for extra flavor.

Salad With Tuna Or Grilled Chicken

Most people know this, but salads are a great way to lose weight. But what many people don’t know is that we can make salads taste great. Here are some recipes for example. Just make sure you are not using a creamed based dressing such as Caesar dressing as those tend to be full of sugar, fat, and other nasty ingredients.

Stir-fry With Chicken

Stir-fry’s are a great tasting dinner which is super quick to make. You could make the whole dinner from scratch in around 20 minutes. And what’s better is that it could actually help you lose weight! Just make sure you use a natural rice such as brown rice, Jasmin, or wild rice. And be careful about which sauce you use, many of the pre-packaged sauces are full of stuff that will make you fat! So either check the ingredients carefully and make sure the sauce has no added sugar, salt, or any ingredients you don’t understand. But it’s always best to make your own sauce, try making this honey garlic sauce.

Steak With Mashed Potatoes And Salad

Another favorite of ours is steak, potatoes, with salad. Make sure you get a good piece of meat preferably organic and from grass fed cattle. Then simply add fresh mashed potatoes (without mashing any nasty ingredients into them) and a great little side salad. Once again, don’t use a creamed based dressing or one with lots of sugar or artificial sweeteners.