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Christmas is round the corner, which means winter has arrived and with it that itchy skin sensation. Don’t let winter rob you of your well-deserved joy!
Let’s take a look at a few tips on how to take care of your body during the harsh winter months.
Take lukewarm baths or showers
While it may be tempting to take a bath in real hot almost sizzling Jacuzzi like temperature water, you want to keep the water lukewarm as hot water strips your skin from its natural oils.
Exfoliate your skin
Removing dead skin cells and moisturizing to penetrate deeper into your skin is one of the most important things you can do for you body during wintertime. You can even try and put together your own homemade scrub with a few simple ingredients.
Try a lavender body scrub:
1/2 cup of coarse sea salt.
1/3 cup of grape seed oil
1 tablespoon of dried lavender.
16 drops of lavender essential oil.
Or, you can whip up a super simple coffee scrub:
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup ground coffee
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. sea salt
Take care of your face too
Your face will be screaming for extra pampering during winter. You also want to exfoliate this area at least 3 times a week. Plus, if you don’t have one already, it’s not a bad idea to purchase a night eye cream. The area around your eyes is real thin and needs extra care during the colder months of the year. You don’t want to look 15 years older in the upcoming Christmas parties, do you?
Don’t forget your sunscreen
Remember that while it may be cold outside, the sun is still shinning and those UV rays aren’t taking a vacation. Make sure you apply sunscreen daily, as the winter sun will still cause havoc on your skin.
A healthy diet makes all the difference in the world. Not just on the outside and keeping your body health, but also on the inside and maintaining your emotional-self well and balanced. This is where superfoods make a grand entrance.
According to medical research, superfoods are foods that have gigantic doses of vitamins and minerals that can help you fight off diseases and live a longer, healthier life.
Superfoods are not only nutritional, but also delicious and a great excuse to gobble on pumpkin pie, blueberry muffins, cream cheese and chocolate-covered strawberries. Well, there are a few modifications to be made – such as reducing the added sugar – if we want to get the most benefits
Let’s take a look at 5 of the greatest superfoods we can consume to lead a happier and healthier life
Greek yogurt – a delicious white, fluffy topping.
Greek yogurt by itself is already delicious, but you can turn into so much more and still get its superfood benefits. You know when you’re eating Mexican food you want to add cream on top of everything? Well, add Greek yogurt instead! You can also replace mayonnaise and cream cheese with this superfood for a super delicious and healthy spread.
Quinoa – what’s this tiny grain all about?
When we think about quinoa, we think about a semi-new grain. This seed is as tiny as can be, but packed incredibly nutritional fortitude. With a taste similar to rice or couscous, but without all the carbs associated with these, quinoa is unique in the way that it provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can't produce alone. What’s more, it’s full of protein. Talk about a super superfood right there!
Blueberries – Oompa Loompa’s favorites!
These blue, sweet berries need no real introduction. Blueberries are famous for appearing in your pancakes, but there are many other ways to eat this fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting filled fruit. Try making blueberry overnight oats, blueberry zucchini muffins and blueberry and pecan granola! Some studies even suggest blueberries help improve our memories, so there – that surely helps qualify this berry type as a superfood!
Pumpkin – a superfood just in time for Halloween
Carving pumpkins is always a fun activity to do with the kids. But, pumpkins pack so much more than scary faces. Full of antioxidants and vitamins, these squashes are composed of beta-carotene, a provitamin that the body converts to vitamin A, which helps boost our immune system and keeps our vision extra crystal clear.
Strawberries – Vitamin C mixed with berries
Good on top of or mixed with almost anything and everything – these berries are the queens of Vitamin C. One cup of these juicy red ladies meets the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women and 90 for men) and pack antioxidants that help build and repair the body's tissues, boost immunity, and gets rid off extra free radical damage.
Do you feel like you’re always on a diet? And by any chance, is this diet getting old and boring? It’s time for you to try something new. Get a hold of the latest nutrition trends of 2018 that actually don’t feel like your common routine diet.
Slow down your cooking. Or shall we say, stop coking at all? The raw food diet it’s what’s in and cooking is out. Cooking your meals apparently gets rids of all types of nutrients. And who wants to miss out on those nutrients? Try some uncooked vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes and mix these up with unpasteurized milk and cheese, raw fish and meat. Deliciously raw!
The lowest of the low – carbs style
Going to the lowest point hasn’t felt this good since…well, never. The so-called Ketogenic Diet averages only about 5 percent of calories from carbs. That’s close to, nothing. This diet calls for tons of meats, poultry, fish, eggs, higher-fat dairy (like butter, cheese, and cream), healthy fats (such as oils, nuts, seeds and avocados), plus vegetables that are low in carbs. Avoid anything starchy!
30 Days of Clean Eating
There’s a new trend in town and it takes 30 days of your time. The Whole30 diet consists of you consuming whole, unprocessed foods for one month. You must also quit all added sugars, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, grains, most legumes and peas, soy products, dairy plus processed foods with certain additives. What can you eat? All sorts of veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds (including nut milks and nut butters), eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and a few types of oils and fats. Clean eating can also taste good!