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Three Best Uses for Coconut Oil

22 Jun


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.

Makeup Remover

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.

Cuticle Softener

If you’ve tried just about everything to whip your cuticles into shape, how about applying a bit of coconut oil? Rub in the oil once or twice a day and voila: softer cuticles which can easily be pushed back.

Amped Up Body Moisturizer

If you love your body moisturizer but want to take it to the next level, combine equal parts of coconut oil and your moisturizer for a super hydrator. Not only does coconut oil penetrate deeply into your skin, it leaves a glow without a greasy feel (H/T Lauren Conrad).

Coconut oil is incredibly versatile as a beauty product. Do you have any other coconut oil beauty tips? Let me know in the comments below!

This Book Has Inspired Kate Middleton’s Toned Stomach

20 Oct

The Complete Guide to Postnatal Fitness

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.

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Can Swedish Gum Make You Beautiful?

25 Jun

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.”

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Do Blueberries Fight Fat?

19 Apr

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.

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Can You Lose Weight Eating Twinkies?

8 Nov

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).

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Treat Cellulite with Micro-Patches

19 Apr

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.

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If You’re Vegan, Go Kosher

8 Apr

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.

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High Fat Breakfast May Promote Good Health

2 Apr

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.

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Jennifer Aniston’s Secret to Looking Good

1 Apr

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”.

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Easy Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

22 Mar

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.

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Is Eating Before Bedtime Bad for Weight Loss?

22 Feb

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Kelly Osbourne’s Bedtime Weight Loss Secret

For years, we’ve been hearing that eating before bedtime may lead to weight gain.

The most vocal supporter of this advice has been Oprah’s diet guru, Bob Greene, who recommends that you stop eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.

The theory behind a late night calorie cutoff is that you won’t get the same metabolism-boosting benefit because your body begins preparing for sleep a couple of hours after dinner.

If you eat close to bedtime, your body doesn’t dip into stored fat. You may even end up storing more fat.

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Kim Kardashian Serves up Salad for Carl’s Jr.

21 Dec

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Carl’s Jr. Launches Three Entree Salads

Following in the high-heeled footsteps of Paris Hilton and Audrina Partridge, Kim Kardashian is the latest reality star to promote fast food at Carl’s Jr®. What’s on the menu this time? Carl’s Jr. Premium Salads.

With her recent toning up and weight loss, Kim prefers salads over burgers because she’s “really into fitness and health” (check out an interview with Kim where she discusses Carl’s Jr. salads and more, courtesy of PopEater). In her upcoming ad promoting the salads, Kim also shares her love of bed picnics, where she puts out a towel and eats in bed.  Continue reading

Luxurious Beauty Treatments from Leftovers

28 Nov

Do you have leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner? You don’t have to let good food go to waste.

Pumpkin, cranberries, and mashed potatoes make great ingredients for simple at home beauty treatments. Just open the fridge and create your own home spa.

Pumpkin Facial Mask

A slice of pumpkin pie can add up to about 400 calories, but there are no calories involved when you apply pumpkin to your face as used in many expensive spa facials. Just mix together 2 teaspoons of cooked pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, and 1/4 teaspoon of regular or soy milk. Leave the mask on for five to ten minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.  Continue reading

Does White Tea Prevent Wrinkles?

22 Oct


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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5 Factor Fitness on the Go

10 Oct

Image: The Globe and MailDiet 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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