Hydrating Face Mask: Make Your Own in Three Easy Steps

Oatmeal and honey are known for
their hydrating properties

The key to avoiding skin dehydration is to moisturize the body inside and out. 

Skin dehydration occurs when the body lacks moisture both inside and out. The average person needs from eight to 12 cups of water per day.

Sometimes we have hectic days that don’t allow us to consume what is required to stay hydrated. Your body has mechanisms which trigger thirst, so it knows when to get you to drink more. Your skin will also let you know when you’re dehydrated by making it look dull, tired, irritated, flaky and rough.

Dehydrated skin can happen anytime during the year, and it can be aggravated by hot or cold temperatures, air conditioning, saunas, travel and other lifestyle choices.

It’s easy to start alleviating the signs of dehydration on your skin and body. You can start by consuming more water and getting the proper nutrients to stay hydrated, which include fruits and vegetables. Your skin is a reflection of what you consume, so if you’re not getting the proper nutrients, the negative signs will show up on your skin. You also need to be vigilant about your skin care regimen; using skincare products that contain harsh and irritating ingredients can affect your skin. Look for products with gentle ingredients like aloe vera and antioxidants. Also, an extra step you can take at home is to create a hydrating mask.

All you need are three simple ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe gel
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl. Then, apply the mix to your face with a facial brush. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Oatmeal and honey are known for their hydrating properties, and aloe gel has skin conditioning ingredients.

To finish, wash thoroughly using warm water and a gentle cleanser. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and make sure you have removed all traces of the mask before applying a hydrating moisturizer. It’s an easy, quick way to treat your skin. After a long day or even a long week, your skin deserves to be pampered.

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Recipe: Quick Fried Rice With Beef

A complete one-dish meal.

This quick beef fried rice is a complete one-dish meal that can also be served as a side dish.

It’s a delicious way to use leftover rice, and a healthy way to satisfy your Chinese food craving. It’s an Asian-inspired recipe that that will bring Zen to your hectic life.

 


Ingredients:

2 TBSP chicken broth
2 TBSP rice wine or other sherry (or 2 TBSP more broth)
2 TBSP soy sauce
½ tsp white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
1 TBSP canola oil, divided
1 cup finely chopped broccoli
½ cup finely chopped carrots
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups cooked brown rice, cold
12 oz. cooked lean steak, diced
3 green onions, finely chopped
(4 scoops Simply Probiotic)

For sauce, combine broth, wine, soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over high heat. Add asparagus, carrots and bell pepper, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until tender-crisp. Remove vegetables from skillet and set aside.
Pour remaining 2 teaspoons of oil into skillet and pour in beaten eggs. When the eggs are set on the bottom, add the rice and steak to the skillet. Cook and stir, breaking up egg, until egg is cooked and mixture is hot.
Add vegetables to the skillet and then add sauce mixture (and Probiotic). Stir until well combined. Top with chopped green onions.

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Sound Sleep: The Best Kept Secret for Your Skin

Cleanse your skin before bedtime.

Getting quality sleep is key to having youthful, glowing, great-looking skin.

When it comes to having youthful and glowing skin, you may think you need expensive treatments to achieve it.But I’ll let you in on a small secret – getting sound sleep can do wonders for your skin.

Sleep is the closest thing there is to the fountain of youth. Your body works to repair itself while you rest. Sleep also benefits your appearance in numerous ways. The secret is to get six to nine hours of sleep each night. Now, you can blame your lack of sleep on all the hundred things you have to do before you decide to rest, or you can take control and get your beauty sleep. Not only will your skin look amazing, but as your body renews itself, you’ll also produce new collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s what gives your body its firmness, supports elasticity, and when collagen is abundant in your body, it can maintain existing skin structures.

Here are some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep and start achieving youthful, beautiful skin:

  • Food before bedtime – Make sure that you eat only a light dinner before you go to bed. Going to bed with a full stomach can lead to indigestion and disrupt your sleep. Also, make sure that you’re eating foods that will keep you satiated so that you don’t wake up in the middle of the night looking for snacks.
  • Water consumption – Even though drinking water is essential for the healthy maintenance of your body and skin, limit the amount of water you consume before bedtime. Drinking less water right before bedtime may help limit bathroom interruptions in the middle of the night.
  • Alcoholic beverages – Consumption of alcohol not only dehydrates your skin, but can also affect your sleep patterns. You might wake up multiple times during the night because either you need to go to the bathroom or because you’re feeling dehydrated and need a drink of water.
  • Skincare regimen – Just like you have an evening routine before going to bed by putting on pajamas and brushing your teeth, you should also prepare your skin for rest. Having a good skincare regimen, which includes a cleanser and moisturizer, will prepare your skin for the much-needed rest it deserves. Since you’re exposed to pollution during the day, make sure you use a gentle cleanser that removes makeup and impurities. Look for a cleanser that is dermatologist-tested and sulfate-free to prevent irritation to the skin. After cleansing, use a night time moisturizer, preferably with natural botanicals like aloe vera and essential oils that’ll leave your skin soft and moisturized.

We all have hectic schedules and responsibilities to attend to, but only you have control over the amount of sleep you get. So prioritize and make time to for your well-deserved skin renewal treatment – a good night’s rest!

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Making Diet Resolutions? Try Diet Changes Instead

Skip the cookies and try fruit for dessert.

Planning your diet resolutions for the New Year? Try making a few small changes every month – all year long.

When January 1st comes around, it’s time to dust off that list of diet resolutions you made last year (and perhaps the year before that?) and vow to tackle them again.

It’s in our nature to look upon the New Year as a time to start fresh. It’s a time of promise and hope. We promise ourselves we’re going to eat right and get into shape, and we hope we can stick with our resolutions. But we often don’t. A lot of times it’s because our diet and lifestyle “to-do” list is a mile long, and it’s just too hard to make many changes all at once. We’re creatures of habit, and it just takes time for new habits to take hold.

Diet Resolutions for the New Year – A Step-Wise Approach

Make a Few Small Changes Every Month

Here’s a suggestion for you. Go ahead and make that to-do list, but just don’t try to make all your changes at once. In fact, I’m going to suggest that you tackle just three small changes in January – another three in February, three more in March, and so on until the end of the year. And here’s why. If you work on establishing just three new habits for a month, you won’t be overwhelmed with trying to focus on too many things at once. By the end of the month, the three new habits will be part of your routine, and you’ll be ready to take on three more changes in the following month.

Keep Your Diet Resolutions Going All Year Long

Suppose that those three changes you make in January cut out a total of 100 calories a day from your diet. That might not sound like a lot, but let’s say the same thing happens in February and March and April and May. Five months into the New Year, you’ve made a total of 15 small, sustainable changes to your eating habits, and you’re now saving 500 calories a day – enough to lose up to a pound a week.

Think about what you’d like to work on first. Maybe you’d like to cut your fat or sugar intake. Maybe your portions are just too large, or your problem is that you don’t eat enough fruits or vegetables. Maybe you’re an emotional eater and you want to work on that. Then determine the three things you plan to do in January and get to work.

Three Small Diet Changes a Month

Let’s say you want to cut back on your sugar intake. Your diet resolutions for January might be:

  • I will have fruit for dessert instead of cookies
  • I will cut my soda intake in half
  • I will switch from pre-sweetened yogurt to plain yogurt

Maybe eating too much fat is your problem. In that case, your January diet resolutions might be:

  • Instead of chips or fries with my lunch, I will have a side salad instead
  • I will switch from regular salad dressing to low-fat
  • I will have my coffee drinks made with nonfat milk instead of whole milk

If it’s portion control you need to work on, your January resolutions might look like this:

  • I will use smaller plates when I eat at home to control my portions
  • When I go out to eat, I will ask the server to put half my meal in a take-home container and serve me the rest
  • I will weigh and measure my food portions a few times a week to make sure I’m staying on track

Maybe this is the year to take a different approach to your diet resolutions. Make a few changes, give them a month to settle in, and then build on those changes month after month. True, this step-wise approach isn’t the complete diet overhaul that you may attempt every January (and abandon by February) – but what have you got to lose?

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Recipe: Sweet and Sour Lettuce Cradles

A good source of protein.

The new year is the perfect time to start a healthy routine, but between work, kids and errands, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time.

These sweet and sour lettuce cradles are the answer to your busy schedule.
They’re quick to make yet healthy, and they’re a good source of protein to satisfy your hunger.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Sauce

2 TBSP oyster-flavored sauce
2 TBSP light soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine or dry sherry
1 TBSP brown sugar
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground white pepper

Stir in a small bowl to mix well. Set aside.

Meat

1 tsp canola oil
1 lb. ground chicken breast or turkey breast

Place skillet over high heat. Add canola oil, then ground chicken. Stir and cook between 4 and 5 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Remove meat from skillet and set aside. Wipe pan with paper towel, return pan to heat.

Vegetables

1 tsp canola oil
1 medium carrot, grated
⅓ cup canned water chestnuts, minced
2 green onions, chopped

Add canola oil. Add vegetables and stir until they soften. Add cooked meat, then the sauce. Stir until evenly coated. Spoon mixture onto lettuce leaf.

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A Healthy Diet for Healthy Skin

Eat protein for skin health.

A healthy diet is essential to the health of your body, but it’s also essential to the health of your skin.

A variety of nutrients, including protein, antioxidants, vitamins and collagen can help improve the way your skin looks. Healthy skin is easily recognizable because it’s usually glowing. Here are some nutrients to consume for healthy, glowing skin.

Nutrition for Skin Health

Eat Protein

A diet low in protein, over the course of many months, can cause a loss in skin tone. Your skin may start to sag and wrinkle beyond what would be reasonable for chronological age. Proteins are essential for tissue repair and the construction of new tissue. Cells need protein to maintain their life, so the body uses protein to “replace” worn-out or dead skin cells. Including proteins in your diet from sources like chicken, meat, fish, soy or tofu will help you solve that concern. Meal replacement protein shakes are also great options for protein consumption.

Importance of Antioxidants and Vitamins

While protein is essential to achieving healthy skin, antioxidants A, C and E are also crucial. Deficiencies in any of these nutrients can affect the health of your skin. The skin easily shows the effects of oxidative damage, and antioxidants have been shown to be potent in protecting the skin from oxidative damage. Make sure your diet includes fruits like blueberries, strawberries and apples, and vegetables like broccoli, spinach and kale. Additionally, a multivitamin is an excellent way of ensuring that you are providing your skin with what it needs to look healthy.

Collagen Consumption

The human body’s collagen accounts for 25% to 30% of its total protein, of which about 75% is skin collagen. Collagen is located primarily in the connective tissue, and it’s responsible for giving the dermis its firm structure. Look for products with hydrolyzed Verisol® collagen. Verisol® collagen works from the inside out to support the structure of the skin.* Verisol® collagen supports skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles. For added benefits, there are products in the marketplace that also contain antioxidants and minerals to support healthy nails and hair.* During the aging process, which starts in your mid-20s, the skin suffers from a progressive loss of moisture and becomes increasingly dry. When this happens, the dermis becomes thinner; the connective tissue loses its firmness and elasticity, and wrinkles and sagging start to occur.

A healthy diet can support healthy skin. It’s the best way of looking and feeling great. When you nourish your body from the inside out, with the proper food and nutrients, your body will thank you with youthful and radiant skin!

  • Verisol® is a registered trademark of GELITA AG.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is a good source of vitamin A.

During the cold months, few things are better than a good cup of soup. This creamy and healthy butternut squash-based soup is filling, delicious and easy to make.

Butternut squash is a versatile vegetable and a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A. When bought in season, it’s budget friendly. Plus, butternut squash soup is easy to store. So what are you waiting for?

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 2 lb. peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 package soft tofu, drained and diced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and sauté for a few minutes until tender. Add the butternut squash and sauté a few more minutes, and then add broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. Add the tofu and ginger, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper to the pot, and simmer a few more minutes until the tofu is heated through.

Purée the soup in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to the pan and reheat until the soup is very hot, but not boiling. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh thyme or thin strips of lemon peel, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

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Eat Root to Leaf: Consume Every Part of Your Fruits and Veggies

Broccoli stalks have nutrient benefits.

Those fruit and veggie stalks, stems and peels you’re throwing away can add flavor and nutrition to your meals.

Have you heard the term “nose to tail eating”? It’s a concept that aims to reduce food waste by encouraging the use of all parts of an animal during food preparation.

Another similar trend – called “root to leaf eating” – is really the same concept applied to plants. Rather than throwing away skins, stems, stalks and peels, the aim of root-to-leaf is to make use of as many parts of the plant as possible when preparing meals.

The average American throws away about $1,600 worth of fruits and vegetables every year, and much of what we toss consists of plant parts that are perfectly usable, delicious and nutritious. Rather than tossing them in the trash or the compost heap, you can make use of some of your plant discards to increase your nutrient intake.

Beet and turnip greens take a little longer to cook than more tender greens like spinach or chard, but they’re equally delicious. If your supermarket sells your beets or turnips with the tops still on, you’re in luck – you get two veggies for the price of one. Like other leafy greens, they’re loaded with nutrients – especially vitamins C and K, beta-carotene, folic acid, copper and potassium.

Broccoli stalks are often tossed out, but they’re rich in nutrients – especially vitamin C, folate, fiber and a phytonutrient compound called sulforaphane, which acts as an antioxidant. They can be finely shredded into a salad or slaw, or added to soup during the last few minutes of cooking. You can also try slicing them into ¼-inch thick slices, adding a little olive oil and salt, and roasting them in a hot oven until tender.

Carrot and fennel tops make a nice garnish, but they’re also completely edible and can be snipped into salads, sautéed with a little olive oil and salt to make a fresh sauce for grilled chicken or fish, or made into a pesto with olive oil, nuts and garlic. Carrot tops have more vitamin C than carrots themselves, and fennel tops are a good source of B vitamins.

Celery leaves are delicious, and I’m always surprised when people throw them away. I actually look for the leafiest bunch when I buy celery because I love to add the leaves to green salads, sandwiches and soups. Like the stalks, the leaves are a good source of vitamin C.

Citrus Peel contains compounds called bioflavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Finely grate the peel (avoid the white part, which tends to be bitter), and add to salad dressings, cooked vegetables or smoothies. You can also add strips of fresh peel to enhance the flavor of water, mineral water or tea, or add some citrus zest into the water when you cook rice.

Stems from leafy greens like chard, kale and collard greens can be tough, so many people cut them out before cooking the greens. But you can chop them coarsely and add them to dishes like soups and stews – they’ll soften with the long cooking times. Or cut them finely and sauté with a little oil and garlic or onion until they begin to soften, then add the leafy tops and finish cooking. You can treat green cauliflower leaves the same way. Adding the greens and stems of these nutrition powerhouses boosts your intake of vitamins A, K, iron, potassium and fiber.

Strawberry tops are great to add to a pitcher of drinking water or to hot or cold tea. They’ll add a bit of flavor and a dash of vitamin C to your drink.

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Your Winter Fitness Guide

Get active at least 30 minutes a day.

In order for your body to be fit, you have to get active. Let me help you get started with an activity plan to help you get the results you want. My approach to getting fit is sustainable and long-term, so you can get and keep your results progressing week after week.

Everyone should be active in some way, especially as our modern technology filled life keeps us seated for too many hours a day.No matter what your current fitness or activity level is, there’s so much research that shows us that balanced nutrition and a consistent approach to being active is a great long-term strategy for improving and maintaining a healthy body. If you’ve been resisting fitness and trying to control your body composition with diet alone, let me show you how to enhance your nutrition results and sustain them by adding regular activity into your week.

Get the amount of activity you need

Each person should strive to get active for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. Some of the many health benefits associated with exercise are improved bone density, improved muscle tone, cardiovascular improvements and increased energy levels. If you want to make a big impact on body composition or improve your athletic performance, you’ll need to strive to be active for longer periods of time. Aim for 60-90 minutes of varied intensity levels that fit in with your specific personal fitness goals.

Don’t be scared of exercise

The reason so many people avoid exercise is because they associate it with many negative things, like not feeling good, sweating, hard work and sore muscles. Now, I can’t promise that getting active won’t make you sweat, but I can tell you that if you follow a slow, progressive approach to getting active, you’ll start to associate fitness with improved body composition, body confidence and feeling great. Jumping into a routine too quickly can lead to increased muscle soreness, so be kind to your body and increase your intensity as your fitness level increases. If it’s too late and you’re already sore, plan a few days of easy exercise to recover, such as gentle walking and stretches. During your next session, push yourself enough to get results, but not so hard that you can’t walk the next day.

Take a fun approach to getting active

Your chosen activity should be fun because it’s what’ll keep you coming back for more. Avoid the extreme January jump or summer push and slowly progress your activity level as your fitness level improves. If you fall off-track, you’ll have to start back at the beginning. When you stop exercising, you lose some of your cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength.* Have confidence, though, because the climb back to where you left off may be faster than the first time you started out. Your body has an amazing muscle memory.
How to improve your fitness level

Here are some simple tips to get you started:

  • Perform simple stretches to ensure you’re moving your muscles and joints through their full range of motion each day.
  • Increase your daily activity level by taking the stairs, parking in the furthest space from the store, gardening, dancing, and playing with your children. Just get moving!
  • Start adding regular walks to your day. You can slowly increase your time until 30 minutes feel comfortable. Then increase your intensity level by walking faster. Start including varied terrain such as hills, and then progress to a jogging or running pace.
  • Perform bodyweight resistance exercises, such as simple squats, lunges, push-ups, and then progress to using weights.

The most important thing is to listen to your body. Push yourself enough so you feel like you’re challenging yourself, but not too hard that you risk getting injured or walk around feeling terribly sore the next day.
*Egner IM, Bruusgaard JC, Eftestøl E, Gundersen K. A cellular memory mechanism aids overload hypertrophy in muscle long after an episodic exposure to anabolic steroids. J Physiol. 2013 Dec 15;591(Pt 24):6221-30.

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5 New Year’s Skin Resolutions

Sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Between pollution, unprotected sun exposure and non-existent skin care routines, it can really take a beating.It’s time to break some of your bad habits and avoid common skin mistakes to give your skin a break.

We’ve all made mistakes in our beauty regimen. Maybe you wash your face with plain old bar soap or don’t regularly use body lotion. It’s time to stop theis cycle. Here are five New Year’s resolutions to benefit the health of your skin:

Using the Right Cleanser
Cleansing is the first step in any skin care regimen, and that cleanser choice is important. So many people make the mistake of picking up any old random bar of soap to wash their face. Most bar soaps that are designed to cleanse your body contain harsh deodorizers and detergents that are not gentle enough for your face. Evaluate your skin to determine what type of cleanser your skin requires. If it’s oily, look for a cleanser to target sebum production. Perhaps a lightweight foaming gel cleanser would be best. If your skin is on the dry side, look for a cleanser that will moisturize the skin while cleansing. A lotion-based cleanser may be perfect for you. Pay attention to your skin and choose the right cleanser. But whatever you do, put down that ordinary bar soap.

Don’t Worship the Sun
You might look better with a suntan, but there’s a good chance you’re doing mor harm than good. Put down the tanning oil and pick up the sunscreen. And whatever you do, avoid tanning beds at all costs. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. These rays burn your skin and are a leading contributor to early aging. You might look good with that savage tan today, but flash-forward and you might not be happy with the wrinkly person staring back at you from the mirror. Sunscreen is critical when it comes to protecting your skin and you should never go out into the sun without it. Sunless tanners have come a long way and you don’t need to worry about the orange ‘fake bake’ look anymore. And the best part is you can get that gorgeous tan 12 months out of the year.

Avoid Over-scrubbing
You probably love the way you look after a good buffing and polishing, but there‘s such a thing as too much of a good thing. Exfoliation of the face and body is something that you should be doing on a regular basis. But you need to be gentle. Remember, your skin is a living organ and you need to take care of it. The last thing you want to do is scrub your skin so much that it becomes red and irritated. Take it easy when cleansing and exfoliating. Use soft and gentle circular motions to achieve the most desirable skin. Nothing good can come from over-scrubbing your skin.

Never Pop Pimples
You’re probably guilty of popping a pimple or two at some point. It’s so tempting to do that it seems almost unavoidable. But it’s very important to resist the urge to jab at outbreaks. Every time you start attacking a pimple, you run the risk of making the problem even worse. You can spread bacteria to other areas of your face. The troubling spot can now look bigger and much redder than before. Not only that, but the picking could result in permanent scarring. No matter what, resist the urge to pop those pimples and be patient in weathering the breakout storm.

Reduce Stress
It’s amazing how a lack of sleep and stress can negatively impact your skin. It’s impossible to look your best when you’re exhausted and stressed out. Your skin loses its glow and vibrancy, the circles under your eyes become darker and more apparent. Beyond that, it just makes you look older. Remember, we call it “beauty sleep” for a reason, because we definitely look our best when we’re well rested. You’d be surprised at just how many people aren’t getting enough hours of sleep in a night. So, for the sake of your skin, get a good night’s sleep and try to unwind and relax.

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