Finally, coconut oil is getting the attention it deserves for promoting a healthy metabolism (and other health benefits) and for standing in as an amazing beauty multi-tasker.
Here are three of the best ways to use coconut oil.
Let’s face it. If you’re a makeup junkie (like me), you need a gentle, but effective way to take off your shadow, liner, and mascara. Rub coconut oil gently on your eyelids and lashes and you not only easily remove makeup, you also condition lashes. Seriously, if you’ve been abusing your lashes, you will see an improvement pretty quickly.
Cooking & Baking Substitute
Coconut oil is a great replacement for less healthy baking options like butter and shortening, which may contain Trans fats. Replace coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and use it at room temperature for flaky baked goodies.
If you’ve experienced childbirth, you know how hard it is to regain your pre-pregnancy body.
That hasn’t been the case with the Duchess of Cambridge. While joining in a volleyball game recently at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Kate Middleton shocked everyone with her amazing post-baby body.
Since she has been so influential with fashion, it’s no surprise that Kate Middleton’s fitness regime is now gaining attention.
How did the Duchess get back her toned stomach? According to the Daily Mail, Kate Middleton is now a follower of postnatal fitness guru, Judy Di Flore.
Nutrition Experts Up in Arms Over Beauty Gum
Women from Sweden are considered among the most beautiful in the world.
What’s their secret? Maybe their stunning looks can be attributed to a Swedish beauty gum that promises to keep users “looking their best.”
Want to slash your body’s fat cells?
Then, start snacking on blueberries as they reduce the number of fat cells in the body by up to three‑quarters.
A study performed at Texas Woman’s University found that blueberries reduced the fat content in tissue cultures taken from mice.
Convenience Store Diet Leads to Weight Loss
Forget about boring diet food like carrot sticks and cottage cheese. A professor of nutrition, Mark Haub, has determined that calorie counting, not nutritional value, matters when it comes to weight loss.
To prove his premise, the Kansas State University professor ate a Twinkie every three hours instead of meals (for variety, he added Little Debbie snacks, Doritos chips, cereal with sugar, and Oreos to his menu plan).
24 Hour Body Sculpting
When it comes to getting into shape for the summer, sometimes you need extra help.
Celebrities like Madonna use specialized salon machines and personal trainers to get rid of lumps and bumps. If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly solution, French company Garraud-Paris has an innovative way to treat orange peel skin and lower body fatty deposits.
Kosher Foods are in Demand
It’s not easy being a vegan. When it comes to food shopping, vegans feel it’s almost impossible to find foods that are animal-free.
Joining a growing group of food shoppers, vegans have discovered kosher foods as a source of products free of hidden meat or dairy. With consumers continuing to seek products that are high quality, healthy and safe, kosher food sales have increased by 64 percent over the last five years.
Bagels vs. Bacon
Researchers at the University of Alabama have recently discovered that eating a high fat breakfast may prevent metabolic syndrome which features abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, and other high risk factors.
The findings published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that mice fed a higher fat breakfast, followed by a smaller lunch and even smaller evening meal, were more likely to lose weight and were at less risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. In contrast, a high carbohydrate meal in the morning and a high fat meal at the end of the day caused weight gain and glucose intolerance.
Work Out Hard But Don’t Give Everything Up!
Jennifer Aniston is everywhere these days from the cover of several magazines to her new action comedy, The Bounty Hunter, with Gerard Butler.
Aniston appears on the cover of the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK and in the issue’s editorial with glowing shots by photographer, Alexi Lubormski.
Inside the magazine, Aniston talks about her life over the last five years (since Brad?) including her feelings on Botox, rebirth, and the launch of her new fragrance, Lovalie.
On Botox, Aniston confesses that she could do it but acknowledges that lines are just about living. The actress, who embraces the aging process, works out hard and eats really well but isn’t quite ready to give up coffee or a glass of wine. Her advice for all of us who want to look better is to “stop eating s–t every day”.
Slow Down the Effects of Aging
You can spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging creams or injections that don’t always give you the results you’re hoping for. Or, you can easily prevent wrinkles using these time-tested tips.
1. Avoid Repeated Facial Expressions
Some people call them “the elevens”. They’re the vertical lines that show up between your eyebrows from repeatedly creasing your brows. Wrinkles can also occur when you repeatedly squint your eyes. You don’t have to eliminate expression from your face, but you can prevent wrinkles by keeping your face relaxed throughout the day.
Reducing wrinkles may be as simple as drinking a cup of hot tea. Scientists at Kingston University in London analyzed the health properties of various plant extracts, including white tea. Research showed that white tea may reduce the risk of developing cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent wrinkles.
What They Found
Researchers discovered that white tea had anti-aging capabilities and high levels of powerful antioxidants. As it prevents the activities of the enzymes which break down elastin and collagen, white tea may stop wrinkles that accompany aging.
“Elastin supports the body’s natural elasticity which helps lungs, arteries, ligaments and skin to function. It also helps body tissue to repair when you suffer wounds and stops skin from sagging,” said Declan Naughton, a professor at Kingston.
Drinking White Tea
White tea is an unprocessed tea. which consists of buds and young leaves. The name “white tea” refers to the silver fuzz on the buds that turns white when the tea is dried.
For a richer flavor, use loose leaf teas instead of tea bags. When making tea, pour filtered water over the leaves and steep for about three minutes. Store tea leaves in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to make their short shelf life last longer.
Not a fan of a cuppa? Enjoy a White Tea Smoothie with frozen fruit and sip away your wrinkles.
More Anti-Aging Secrets
You can also try a white tea anti-oxidant facial mask by combining green tea powder with white tea as recommended by Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty. Check out all of the anti-aging secrets she recommended on her recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show here.
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Diet and Fitness Secret of Hollywood’s A-List
It’s a long way from Toronto to Beverly Hills, but that hasn’t stopped Harley Pasternak from reshaping the bodies of some of Hollywood’s top celebrities. From Jessica Simpson to Halle Berry, Pasternak has been sharing his expertise on how to to successfully incorporate fitness and nutrition through his 5 Factor Diet.
The 5 Factor Diet plan advocates eating five meals a day (including lean protein, complex carbohyrdrates, and fiber) and working out a minimum of 25 minutes of five-minute cycles, five times a week. Developed through research with some of the world’s leading weight lifters and military organizations, Pasternak originally created the weight loss program for movie actors, who often eat five times per day to accommodate their busy shooting schedule.
To speed up results even more, Pasternak has designed a multi-use workout bar called the HarleyBar. This unique workout tool can be used as a traditional weightlifting bar or disassembled to use the end pieces as hand weights. To increase the intensity, you can also add extra weight. The good news is that you can take this portable workout bar wherever you go. The not so good news is that you can no longer make excuses for not going to the gym.
Update: Harley is back at the The Shopping Channel with the HarleyBar on January 24th.
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Guilt-free Fast Food
If you’re having trouble getting into those skinny jeans, you don’t have to give up junk food completely. According to Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, “It’s not about going on a diet or being on or off a diet – it’s about finding foods that can fit into your lifestyle forever and still feel satisfied.”
After struggling for years with her weight, Lisa decided to abandon flour, bread, pasta, and starches for a year to change her way of eating. In the process, she developed replacement recipes for fast food favorites like onion rings and chicken fingers. Today, Lisa watches calories by following Weight Watchers’ point system and keeping carbs to a minimum, as she searches for the latest trends in food and dieting to incorporate into her philosophy.
On a recent Rachael Ray show appearance, Lisa demonstrated her food makeover talents by reforming a classic fast food chicken burger. While a take-out chicken burger usually includes a deep-fried batter, Lisa’s HG Crispy Chicken Sandwich uses Fiber One cereal as a coating which results in one-third of the calories and almost no fat (yummo!).
You can find healthy recipes at HungryGirl.com as well as daily tips and tricks.