All natural face mask

Sometimes natural ingredients may be better for fighting those stubborn blemishes rather than drug store washes, masks, and moisturizers. Here is an apple pie face mask recipe from Never Homemaker that works wonders!

The recipe is simple:

What you’ll need . . .

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Simply put all ingredients in a bowl (or mortar and pestle) and mix well. Use a fork or spoon. Just make sure everything is well incorporated.
  2. Then wash your face with a mild soap. Take about 1/3 to 1/2 of the mixture and place it on your face and let sit for between 5 and 10 minutes.
  3. I recommend washing the mask off your face in your kitchen sink to avoid clogging your drain (from experience!). Then pat dry with a towel.
  4. Store the remaining max in a small container. Refrigerate. Use within three days.

Why these ingredients?

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: It has excellent cleansing properties as a powerful skin detoxifying and purifying agent.
  • Banana: According to the blogger, it helps oily skin by narrowing pores.
  • Oats: It can help with multiple skin problems such as acne, pimples, dryness, wrinkles, blemishes, dermatitis, shingles, eczema, and excessive tanning.
  • Cinnamon: It is a great acne remedy.
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It is important to have a cheat day while dieting

“Cheat days” may be a touchy subject for dieters because many are all for it, yet many are also quite against it. Some struggle with it because they feel like being allowed to indulge in unhealthy foods for a day will make them feel guilty and consequently make them develop bad habits again. However, your physical and mental health can actually benefit from a cheat day every so often.

It’s important to understand what a cheat day actually is. It doesn’t mean that you can spend an entire day eating whatever you please, once a week. Instead, it means you can designate one day where you can eat something that you may have cut out of your diet such as bread, pizza, cake, cookies, or ice cream. It can even be as simple as ordering a carbonated drink rather than water.

The purpose of cheat days are to reward yourself for all of your hard work; it can be something that you look forward to and work towards. It can help you fight with your temptations knowing that you already designated a day where you can have that treat, rather than constantly fighting it every day. Without a cheat day, you may be in danger of binge eating if you finally give in. Then, it can lead to starving yourself or crash dieting which will ultimately be harmful to your overall health and fitness plan.

See Dr. Oz’s “Fat-urday” cheat day for an example of what you could do if you are struggling with this.

Tips for eating healthy when eating out

Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in.” – Unknown 

Eating out while being on a diet does not have to be a cause for panic. I am sure that you hear all about oversize restaurant portions and the plethora of fattening menu choices available all the time, but that does not mean dining out will doom your dieting efforts. 

When I am on my dieting plan, I still treat myself with a nice dinner at a restaurant once a week. It is usually on the weekend. Sometime it is a good thing to treat yourself to a good meal at the end of the week because of all the hard work that you do throughout the entire week. 

When I eat out, I usually ask for water or order fat-free or low-fat beverages, such as unsweetened tea or other drinks without added sugars. When I order sandwiches, I will ask for whole-wheat bread. In a restaurant, I advise you to start your meal with a salad, packed with veggies. It helps control hunger and you feel satisfied sooner. Do not forget to ask for salad dressing to be served on the side, then use only as much as you want. 

Choose main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fries, kabobs, or pasta with tomato sauce. You can order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed. If the main portions at a restaurant are larger than you want, you can order an appetizer-sized portion or a side dish instead of an entree. Other options are to share a main dish with a friend or take leftovers home. 

To keep your meal moderate in calories, fat, and sugar, you can order foods that do not have creamy sauces or gravies, add little or no butter to your food, and choose fruits over dessert. Do not feel bad about modifying your food as long as you are nice to the server. 

WayofGray shares 5 simple tips for dining out. Her tips are:

  • Get garnishes for your water
  • Ask for herbal tea with a big glass of ice
  • Do not be afraid to ask if anything is added to your meal
  • Ask for your sauces on the side

“Do not allow your healthy lifestyle to have you left out of the fun.” Gray said. “It is not about being 100 percent all the time. Do not be so hard on yourself, and ease up once in awhile.” 

Preventing athletic injuries

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.” – Alan Paton

I have been bowling for 12 years. I spend half of my life throwing 15 pounds bowling balls. It is not surprising that it does some damages to my body. When I was 13 years old, I had really bad knee injury. It started with a sore on my left knee. I kept the painfulness to myself because I was scared that my parents would stop me from practicing. Week by week went by, and my knee kept bothering me even more. The sore became painful. Eventually, my father noticed the odd behavior and brought me to the doctor. The doctor said I was very lucky. If I went a week later, I might not be able to walk. I stopped bowling for 6 months to recover.

My point is that it is impossible to prevent every injury. However, research suggests that injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if athletes took appropriate preventative action, such as:

  • the importance of stretching and warm-up exercises
  • developing a strong core
  • using the right safety gear the right way
  • proper nutrition
  • dealing with injuries immediately

The most importantly is a recovery days. It reduces injury rates by giving muscles and connective tissues an opportunity to repair between training sessions. Athletes with many consecutive days of training, have more injures. Rest is a critical component of proper training. Rest can make you stronger and prevent injuries from overuse.

It is important to understand the importance of preventing injuries in any type of athletic pursuit and learn some basic practices we can follow to keep ourselves injury free.

Build core strength and learn control

Simplify less is the new more, simplify yourself as much as possible.” – Zen

When you hear the term strength training, you probably think weight training, meaning numerous reps of muscle contractions using weights as resistance. However, have you ever had sore muscles after a good yoga class? If you have, you probably wonder whether yoga counts as strength training.

People often ask if I get my endurance from lifting weights. Honestly, I get my endurance from lifting my own body weight during yoga. When I do yoga poses, I am putting my body in positions and orientations that make me support my own muscles.

Yoga’s focus on building core strength and learning control are really benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside-out, so you do not just look good, but you also feel good. Each of the yoga poses are built to reinforce the muscles around the spine. The spine is the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When your core is working properly, your posture is improved.

Yoga builds muscle in deeper ways than lifting weights. More focus is required because most poses are held for five full breaths versus the usual one to three breaths. Muscles are challenged as the mind and body have to work together simultaneously to hold a position or continue a succession without giving up. Breathing, posing, moving, and increasing flexibility happen all together at one time, which solicits a new level of discipline in your mind and body.

How to lose belly fat

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Anonymous

When you want to lose belly fat, you cannot only depend on exercise, but also the food that you eat daily.

fitbie.com describes 12 different kinds of food that fight belly fat:

A – almond and other nuts B – beans and legumes– spinach and other green vegetables

D – diary products I – instant oatmeal – eggs – turkey and other lean meats

P – peanut butter O – olive oil W – whole-grain bread and cereals E – extra-protein powder R – raspberries and other berries

You just need to be sure to incorporate two or three of these foods into each of your meals and at least one of them into each snack, diversity your food at every meal to get a combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, and sneak a little protein into each snack.

Breast cancer awareness month

“We do not know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.” – breast cancer awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Although most people are aware of breast cancer, many people forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. If breast cancer is detected early, the survival rate of the disease is as high as 98 percent. However, 33 percent of women around the world are too scared to get mammograms, which is a way to detect breast cancer in its early stage.

Getting your breasts checked every month is really important. Breast cancer is scary. Getting a mammogram does not have to be.