Chestnuts Season!!

Uncategorized | November 13, 2013 | By

They are finally here!!!!
Who can resist the amazing smell of roasted Chestnuts!?
Like in hundreds of main city squares of Europe, we got them too, in the same corner of the main square in Macau – the Leal Senado Square. Guess the only difference is the machine where the chestnuts are roasted – very traditional and quiçá the authentic one, and the vendors her, don’t scream out loud chestnut songs like they do in other places to call in buyers…Maybe they are shy!

For me and my Family, the chestnuts season kick off in my Father’s Birthday – November 11th.
It is Saint Martin’s day in Portugal, and is tradition to eat boiled or roasted chestnuts..i personally prefer them roasted!In that today and this year was not an exception, we eat them for dessert with a dessert wine called Jeropiga…one of the funniest name ever! Which tastes like Port Wine..is sweet and quite strong…The duo is amazing.
Roasted chestnuts commonly spark thoughts of the holiday season and sitting by an open fire. These tree nuts are more than just the topic of song lyrics. 



In Portugal, St. Martin’s Day is commonly associated with the celebration of the maturation of the year’s wine, being traditionally the first day when the new wine can be tasted. It is celebrated, traditionally around a bonfire, eating the magusto (some schools still have the tradition on making this bonfire and roast the chestnuts in there, also here in Macau), chestnuts roasted under the embers of the bonfire (sometimes dry figs and walnuts), and drinking a local light alcoholic beverage called água-pé made by adding water to the pomace left after the juice is pressed out of the grapes for wine – traditionally by stomping on them in vats with bare feet, and letting it ferment for several days), or the stronger jeropiga (a sweet liquor obtained in a very similar fashion, with aguardente added to the water)

So what do we know about this cozy winter guilt-free feel good snack?!
We have plenty of good news. Next time you are in doubt between buying them or not…get them and enjoy it!!!

Have a look:

  • Chestnuts are nutritionally closer to a wholegrain than a nut is low fat, low GI protein source and it’s definitely not just for Christmas…
  • These winter favs are a source of vitamin C…but, if you opt for the traditional roasting the Vitamin C content will be decreased.
  • Like all nuts, chestnuts are Gluten-Free uhuu.A serving of chestnuts has the same amount of fibre as a slice of wholegrain bread, lots of protein and just 1% of fat!
  • Chestnuts have a high content of the trace mineral manganese – an antioxidant, which soaks up free radicals in the system and reduces the risk for cancer and heart disease.
  • Copper is a trace mineral that enhances bone strength, helps with red blood cell formation and nerve function and boosts the immune system. A trace mineral is only needed in a small amount by the body. Chestnuts contain 22 percent of the recommended daily value of copper per 3-ounce serving. Pair roasted chestnuts with dried prunes for a snack high in copper.


Glowing Winter Skin Favs!!!

Uncategorized | November 13, 2013 | By

Autumn is upon us!!!
Today, it was quite fresh here in Macau…so fresh that i had to wear a turtle neck sweater – not a cashmere one tho…still early for that! But it was cold, for the first time since i said goodbye to the winter cloth and heaters back in March.
Have to admit that my mid seasons, mainly winter cloth is back in my wardrobe, looking nice and cozy. But this year, i am adding a few twists to it…all because i am a Mom now. Last winter, what a beautiful one, i gave birth to my baby Sienna – yes, almost 1!!!My wardrobe was the habitual one…why buy new winter cloth when you are about to deliver right?!?
This year…this year is different…managed to save 40% of my old cloth…the other 60%?I bought…i needed it and i wanted to change style. Shoes are pretty much the same…with a few add ons…can’t resist Aldo!
I needed a change, almost like an image Spring Clean…so i did: i changed my style, changed hair color and cut, discovered new tastes and likes…i’m ready for this winter happy, healthy and at ease….

In order to look good and feel good under the cloth you are wearing, you need to feel good and comfortable with yourself…inside out!Besides the cloth and the hair health, is important to take care of the skin…face and body!!!!We can’t forget the parts that are not exposed during winter, like arms and legs…i know we all get lazy sometimes and we skip the legs lotion or body lotion…either because the cream is cold or because these parts are protected by kilos of cottons and wools…Mistake sugar!Or worse…Make up on the spot – without a moisturizer beneath it, wearing expensive and fashionable cloth, hair on the spot, heels polished but underneath….cracking and flaky dead skin wanting to leave your body!!!Ladies…hello?!?
We can’t take it for granted….Lotions, scrubs, buffs is year round..not only for Spring/Summer!!!  
Below you will find a range of treatments that you can prepare in your kitchen and indulge it in your bathroom.
Have a look at the Spa at Home corner and my Ready, Set Cleanse article for recipes, ingredients and healthy skin rituals:
http://lifestyleinshavasana.blogspot.com/2013/07/ready-set-cleanse.html
But, if you need something else for your skin, if you can’t establish a good face ritual for example, rely on what you eat – at least!And this is what this post is about.

As we head to the colder and darker months of the year, you will notice that your body starts to crave denser foods to give and energy boost.
Seasonal produce available at this time of the year includes rich, starchy root vegetables and squashes.


Carrots, beetroots, sweet potatoes and butter squash are all ideal beauty food substitutes when fruit and  summer salads abundance are not a choice.



Rich in Vitamin A, antioxidants and minerals, these root vegetables are our complexion’s best friend. They can be sweet or savory, raw or cooked, spicy or blend!They can be eaten raw or cooke and can even be made into healthy gluten free cakes – what a delicious way to get gorgeous winter skin!!!
So invest in some, parkn’shop and local markets offers you the best of the best!!!!


No excuse to get a glowing and healthy skin this Winter!!!

Glow all winter long with the season’s favorite Veggies – Know your Roots and Let’s Glow!

Eating to beat the common cold!

Uncategorized | November 13, 2013 | By

With the cool weather and winter seasons  looming, it’s and ideal time to consider giving your immune system some additional support.
The change of seasons can put extra stress on the body. This, combined with less exercise and a shift to more comforting carb-rich foods can weaken our immune response making us more vulnerable to winter ills.
A healthy immune system is dependent on an optimal intake of the right nutrients – the best way to boost these is through your diet!!

Take action and support your immune system naturally with this guide to the best winter-bug-fighting foods




Leafy Greens
Eating leafy greens may help stimulate the production of a special type of immune cell – innate lymph cell – that helps protect the body from invading pathogens, provides a good balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in the intestine.
Leafy greens like kale, spinach and broccoli are also knows for their anti cancer properties.

Oats
This grain is rich in immune supporting nutrients like selenium and beta-glucans – they enhance the action of neutrophil (a type of immune cell). Oats can also act as a prebiotic stimulating the growth of health bacteria in the gut.

Mushrooms
Have it in soups, salads or in a yummy roasted veggies side dish – we love it at home – all time favorite!
Shitaki, maitake and reishi mushrooms contain immune boosting polysacharides, including beta glucans  which can enhance our body’s defenses, protect against cancer and also possess anti-viral properties.

Green Tea
I have at least 4 cups of green tea a day!
The active polyphenol found in green tea has the ability to increase the number of regulatory immune support T-cells, improve immune system functions and reduce inflammation in the body. Also, is an amazing diuretic, which helps you release the toxins from the body.
Thumbs up for Green Tea!

Yoghurt
Various fermented foods like yoghurt and Kefir can help maintain healthy bacteria to crowd out harmful microbes and stimulate immune-cell production.
Kefir is also a useful source of vitamin K and D – both important vitamins to maximize immune health.

Butternut Squash and Sweet potato
Orange-flesh fruit and vegetables are packed with health giving caratenoids, vitamin A (has anti-viral properties) and vitamin C – all essential nutrients for immune function.

Salmon and other oily fish
Essential fatty acids found in oily fish are important for maintaining the cells in the gut!an omega 3 fat – DHA – appears to increase activity of immune system cells – specially B white blood cells.
Salmon is also a god source of vitamin D, which is essential for a healthy immune system!


Whey Protein
Quality whey protein powder provides all the key amino acids our body needs to support the production of glutathione – an immune boosting antioxidant that preserves levels of glutamine. It also contains immune enhancing constituents that are needed for tissue repair and maintaining a healthy gut barrier.

Citrus Fruits
Oh Yes!!!!The always loved Vitamin C
Citrus fruit are PACKED with Vitamin C, which we all know, makes immune cells stronger and helps the immune system identify and attack invaders. It helps making interferon which is part of the body’s own natural defense system enabling us to fight off infection.
During the winter, is worth increasing the intake of any form of Vitamin C – this can helps prevent flu.
Other good sources of this vitamin are: berries, kiwi fruit and red peppers.

Nuts and Seeds
Alongside their other benefits, nuts and seeds – especially sunflowers seeds and almonds are good sources of Vitamin E. This important antioxidant protects our fatty tissues and cel membranes from damage while fighting infections. You can add this lovely seeds in your cereals or salads!

Honey and Bee Propolis
Honey-lemon tea is commonly used for sore throats. Honey helps coat irritated membranes and soothe coughs and has antimicrobial properties, especially if it’s manuka or raw honey.
Bee propolis is also known for its antimicrobial and immune enhancing properties. 

Raw Cacao
Raw cacao powder, as we know, is rich in flavonoids – the antioxidants that help combat fee radicals.
It is also packed with zinc which is an anti-viral nutrient.

Garlic
This pungent bulb is a fabulous immune supportive spice – it’s antibacterial, antiviral and antifugal!WOW!
For optimal benefits the garlic should be fresh and crushed. Why? Because it helps converting th chemical allicin to its active form.

Coconut Oil
This healthier saturated fat contains monolarium made from lauric acid – which is known for its antimicrobial and anti fungal properties.
It is also effective against viruses including herpes.
You can use this oil in cooking and in your protein shakes.

Live Longer: Body and Mind Fix

Uncategorized | November 8, 2013 | By

FIT for LIFE


Exercise doesn’t just beat middle-age spread, but it can also boost our I.Q by making ou brain Younger :)

As we age, it’s harder to shift weight and drop in oestrogen means that fat accumulates in different places – not new for us. Taking care of your physical health isn’t just about looking good. It also increases bone density, boosts over-all energy and will do wonder for your self-esteem.

So Get MOVING
We all know that just 5 minutes of exercise each morning will assist in injury prevention and reduce your risk for oestoporosis, promotes healthy circulation, keeps the muscles active, assist the body in burning fat and helps you look and feel young…It’s no surprise for us the benefits of getting moving.

Stay tuned for my very own work-out routines.

Along with getting active and apart from choosing a healthy diet, i would suggest also brushing your skin…Having the patience for a massage would be the cherry on top of the cake…and hey, as you know, you don’t need to go to a Spa to get pampered and relaxed. You can do it in your very own bathroom.

The issue of Cellulite:

This last posts have been dedicated to the Anti-Ageing issue, like i have mentioned earlier…I try to gather as much information as possible to make the age process as slow as possible. For that, we need to go back to a few subjects that have been covered already in different posts…
As we age, cellulite often appears or becomes more visible…but again, you can combat it by giving your lymphatic system a hand.
Like i always explain to my students, the lymphatic system is one of the most important system in our body, that we know nothing about or just ignore…that’s the tendency ..but THEN, we all know about the lymphatic massage!!!!!How can we know about LM and no nothing or too little about out LSystem?!?
This system runs all through our body and carries toxins, excess fluids fat and fatty acids to the circulatory system for removal.
I believe that poor lymph health is one of the causes of a lot of conditions…from cellulite to cancer.

Remember to:
  • Brush your skin 1st thing in the morning or at least before taking a shower
  • Use a soft natural bristle brush, starting from your feet all the way up to the legs…Pay particular attention to the cellulite-prone areas like thighs and bum
  • All skin movements should be towards the heart – to encourage the return of blood and lymphatic flow
  • Take at least 3 minutes in the area
  • Don’t be rough…it shouldn’t be painful…Over brushing causes the skin to turn red and becomes irritated.
  • Make sure you wash your brush every week in water and let it dry before using it again.


You can read more about this “stubborn friend” of ours here: http://www.lifestyleinshavasana.blogspot.com/2013/08/body-fat-ohhh-body-fat.html

Mantras and Affirmations that make you younger!!!
“Mantras bring us to a rejuvenate state of lightheartedness, no worries, enthusiasm and open-mindness” Deva Prema and Miten

8 youth-boosting Affirmations
  • I radiate eternal youth, health and beauty
  • I am overflowing with positive energy and joy
  • Everyday i look, think, act and feel youthful
  • My body is ageless, my mind serene, my heart unconditionally loving
  • I choose peace, kindness and harmony in all my relationships
  • My youthful spirit is reflected in the mirror each day
  • I feel young, fun and full of vitality
  • Limitless love, light and laughter are my birthright
For more about mantras visit my article about this beautiful art here: http://www.lifestyleinshavasana.blogspot.com/2013/08/mantras-to-get-you-through-day.html

7 Steps to staying Happy, Healthy and Youthful
By Cher Chevalier, spiritual adviser

1. Live harmlessly
Living without causing harm to yourself or others is one of the greatest and most powerful ways to stay youthful.. When we cause harm it automatically brings on stress, worry and guilt – all leading to bad health and worry lines. Live harmlessly and celebrate being youthful from the inside out.
2. Eat healthy
Having a healthy, balanced diet allows the body and mind to function and flow naturally and peacefully. Good diet leads to good health. Good health makes you feel happy and energized. Good energy keeps you healthy, youthful and feeling happy from within. – Love the vicious cycle.
3. Enjoy beauty
Something we forget sometimes…Notice and be grateful for beauty wherever you see it. Absorb the beauty around you more and allow it to lift you from your heart’s core.
4. Speak kindly
Speaking kindly to yourself and others is guaranteed to make you feel happy, healthy and youthful. Say kind things to yourself and others often and see how magical kind words can work their healing power.
5. Act positively
Acting in a positive way is sure to make you good and those around you feel happy…it’s contagious  Turn negatives into positves wherever you can. Smile when others are frowning. Stay calm instead of giving in to anger. Think positive thoughts about yourself and others and watch your happiness levels soar.
6. Exercise gently
This is an absolute must for staying happy, healthy and youthful. Gentle yoga or pilates and brisk walking is good for the mind, body and spirit. Exercise gently daily and invite friends and family to join you.
7. Meditate regularly
Meditation is known to relieve anxiety and bring about deep feelings of peacefulness  even bliss. Meditating regularly, specially on waking or before sleeping will help increase levels of youthfulness dramatically. Focus quietly with eyes closed and smile as you think of all the things for which you are greatful for.

All this almost “laws” work very well. 
If we all lived according to this guidelines, trust me, the world would be a better place!

I have learnt so much with my yoga course that i became i new person. My lifestyle, my approach to life changed completely and i couldn’t be happier. The idea is always to share this achievements with everyone that is interested in changing life and lifestyle. At the end of the day, i love the lightness i feel in the body, the pure bliss after a yoga practice and the peace of mind after a tranquil time of meditation…This amazing feeling with a warm cuppa of your favorite tea paired with cozy warm socks and maybe with some soothing rain outside is one of the best ways to call it a day!






Best Age-erasing Superfoods!Stay Wrinkles free!!! Part II

Uncategorized | November 6, 2013 | By

Continuing from the previous post…


1. Apples –  An apple a day reduces swelling of all kinds, thanks to quercetin, a flavonoid also found in the skin of red onions. Quercetin reduces the risk of allergies, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and prostate and lung cancers. If given the choice, opt for Red Delicious. They contain the most inflammation-fighting antioxidants.


2. Alaskan King Crab – High in protein and low in fat, the sweet flesh of the king crab is spiked with zinc – a whopping 7 milligrams per 3.5-ounce serving. Zinc is an antioxidant and it helps support healthy bone mass and immune function.

3. Pomegranates – The pomegranate is high in vitamins and antioxidants. It has three times as many antioxidants as red wine and green tea, containing three types of poylphenols—tannins, athocyanins and ellagic acid. Various studies suggest that pomegranate juice and/or pomegranate extract helps support the immune system and promote healthy blood circulation, control bad cholesterol and keeps arteries clear, reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke and the risk of certain cancers. With its incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and ability to encourage radiant skin, the pomegranate has been incorporated into skin care; especially anti-aging and sun care products. It can help with a number of skin care issues that women of color can face, including dry skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne flare-ups and acne scars.


4. Bok Choi – This crunchy cruciferous vegetable is more than the filler that goes with shrimp in brown sauce. Bok choy is rich in bone-building calcium, as well as vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron, beta-carotene, and potassium. Potassium keeps your muscles and nerves in check while lowering your blood pressure, and research suggests that beta-carotene can reduce the risk of both lung and bladder cancers, as well as macular degeneration. 

5. Broccoli – This cruciferous veggie is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage.
6. Kiwis – Like bananas, this fuzzy fruit is high in bone-protecting potassium. They’re also rich in vitamin C and lutein, a carotenoid that can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Freeze them for a refreshing energy kick, but don’t peel the skin: It’s edible and packed with nutrients. 

7. Olive oil – The extra-virgin variety is rich in beneficial monounsaturated fats. Its fatty acids and polyphenols reduce inflammation in cells and joints. While you may reach for a thick, moisture-trapping emollient hand cream to help relieve your dry, cracked winter skin, you’ll likely get similar results with the extra virgin olive oil stored in your pantry – whether you ingest it or apply it topically.

Unrefined olive oil is full of inflammation-inhibiting antioxidants, which means it will help relieve skin conditions such as eczema for example.

8. Leeks Leeks are rich in dietary fiber, folic acid, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C. They are easily digestible as compared to onions. Thus, they offer several health benefits like:  protects the linings of the blood vessels against free radicals or reactive oxygen species, High Vitamin K content in leeks activates osteocalcin, a protein that is vital for bone health.Being a natural diuretic, leek detoxifies your skin by trapping harmful substances and flushing them out of your body. It is a perfect cleansing tonic that purifies your body, thus making your skin look radiant.

9. Artichokes – The rich supply of peptides and antioxidants from artichokes can make you look younger and makes the skin more luminous. Many skin creams and hair care products contain artichoke extract due to its anti-aging effects.

10. Chilli Peppers are one of nature’s best foods for you, and they have several ways of helping you stay beautiful.Any woman who is trying to burn fator lose weight needs chili peppers in her diet. The active ingredient in chili peppers, capsaicin, is the key here. It’s a thermogenic, which means that it amps up the body’s ability to burn fat. It affects your metabolism, causing it to burn through fat faster; they help reversing ageing skin and help reducing inflammation.

11. Ginger – Ginger is great for treating oily skin, some minerals contained in ginger would eliminate oil, mixed with some other ingredients such as sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Aging skin, such as dullness, wrinkles and sagging making appearances become less attractive. The combination of ginger, coffee, avocado and cinnamon leaf oil will take care of the skin to stay young. 


12. Cinammon – cinnamon is rich in antioxidants that inhibit blood clotting and bacterial growth (including the bad-breath variety). Studies also suggest that it may help stabilize blood sugar, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.It can help with everything from high blood pressure to diabetes, not to mention the fact that its antimicrobial properties can benefit your skin.

13. Apricot – Dried apricots juice can be used to treat itching due to sunburn, eczema and scabies. This also helps to clear acne and many other skin problems. Apricot scrub is often used to exfoliate the skin.

14. Pineapple – Like papaya, pineapple is great for anti-aging skin care. With its potent mix of vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes—in particular, bromelain—pineapple is an all-body anti-inflammation cocktail. It also protects against colon cancer, arthritis, and macular degeneration.

15. Eggs – Those who have eggs for breakfast lose 65 percent more weight than those who down a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories. eggs have lutein, which can be immensely necessary to make your skin elastic and hydrated. Egg protein comes with an important purpose in repairing of skin tissue and tightening the skin. Proteins found in eggs, are furthermore helpful in improving the look of hair and imparting strength along with luster. Eggs offer you an adequate level of protein, which is essential for growing nails and hair. Try to include eggs in your diet, and in your beauty regime to enhance your skin and hair naturally!


Best Age-erasing Superfoods!Stay Wrinkles free!!!

Uncategorized | November 6, 2013 | By

The latest science on the muscle-building, brain-enhancing, wrinkle-erasing, heart-strengthening, bone-protecting, immunity-boosting, and inflammation-fighting foods you should be eating every day.
 
This foods were covered already in previous posts, in different subjects. You might be quite familiar with many of them, as they should be part of your everyday healthy diet. If not for their Anit-ageing benefits, you should consume them mainly for your overall health. I want to see you glowing, healthy and with a supercharged immunity!
 
 
Can you decrease Wrinkles with food? That’s the question!!!
Wrinkles are inevitable developments that men and women eventually face as they age. Collagen production naturally decreases with age, causing skin to lose its firmness; wrinkles and fine lines result. Some lifestyle factors like smoking, sun exposure and stress contribute to their onset. The good news is that many natural foods that contain plenty of antioxidants can delay and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
 
Consume this Super foods and start seeing results in a few weeks!!!
Eating healthy is essential for healthy glowing skin. don’t forget “You are what you eat” Some of the best foods to eat for wrinkle free skin are below:
1. Almonds –  These energy-rich snacks lower bad cholesterol, thanks to plant sterols, and benefit diabetics by lowering blood sugar. They’re also rich in amino acids – which bolster testosterone levels and muscle growth. Almonds are also stuffed with vitamin E, which helps defend against sun damage. In a study, volunteers who consumed 14 milligrams of the vitamin (about 20 almonds) per day and then were exposed to UV light burned less than those who took none. And because vitamin E is an antioxidant, it also works to keep your arteries free of dangerous free radicals. Low levels of vitamin E are also associated with poor memory performance and cognitive decline
 
2. Flaxseeds – Rich in protein and fiber, these little seeds offer a payload of omega-3 fatty acids, which erase spots and iron out fine lines in the skin.
3. Tomatoes – red are the best, because they’re packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene; and processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it’s easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. A diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, and help eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays. 
 
4. Sweet Potatoes – these tubers are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. In addition to countering the effects of secondhand smoke and preventing diabetes, sweet potatoes contain glutathione, an antioxidant that can enhance nutrient metabolism and immune-system health, as well as protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, liver disease, cystic fibrosis, HIV, cancer, heart attack, and stroke. What’s more, they’re also loaded with vitamin C, which smoothes out wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.
 
5. Spinach – It may be green and leafy, but spinach—a renowned muscle builder—is also the ultimate man food. Spinach is replete with the essential minerals potassium and magnesium, and it’s one of the top sources of lutein, an antioxidant that may help prevent clogged arteries. Plus its vitamins and nutrients can bolster bone-mineral density, attack prostate cancer cells, reduce the risk of skin tumors, fight colon cancer, and, last but not least, increase blood flow to the penis. 
 
6. Rosemary – The carnosic acid found in this spice has been shown to reduce stroke risk in mice by 40 percent. Carnosic acid appears to set off a process that shields brain cells from free-radical damage, which can worsen the effects of a stroke. It can also protect against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and the general effects of aging. 
 
7. Salmon – If you want to keep your wits about you as you age, start consuming omega-3s now. Aim for at least two servings a week.
8. Blueberries – This potent little fruit can help prevent a range of diseases from cancer to heart disease. Besides being rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, they’re also packed with antioxidants—only açai, an Amazonian berry, contains more—that neutralize the free radicals that cause neuronal misfires. Eat a cup a day, and opt for wild blueberries whenever possible, as they contain 26 percent more antioxidants than cultivated varieties.
 
9. Green Tea – Green tea releases catechin, an antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Research found that drinking 2 to 6 cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but might also reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin. Other studies show that green tea—infused with another antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—can boost your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of most types of cancer. 
 
10. Dark Chocolate – Flavonoids, a natural nutrient in cocoa, improve blood flow in the brain, which helps boost cognitive function. Plus dark chocolate contains a tannin called procyanidin, which is also found in red wine, that can keep your arteries flexible and your blood pressure low. It helps on the outside, too.
 
11. Tuna – Your favorite deli sandwich has a little secret: Selenium. This nutrient helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. The antioxidant is also believed to buffer against the sun (it stops free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells). Tuna is also a great source of protein, contains no trans fat, and a 3-ounce serving of chunk light contains 11 mg of heart-healthy niacin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol and help your body process fat.
 
12. Carrots – Think of carrots as orange wonder wands—good for the eyeballs, and good for clearing up breakouts. No magic here, though, just plenty of vitamin A, which prevents overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer. That means fewer dead cells to combine with sebum and clog pores. They’re also spiked with carotenoids—fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as a reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
 
13. Dried Plums – Also known as prunes, these dark shrivelers are rich in copper and boron, both of which can help prevent osteoporosis. “They also contain a fiber called inulin, which, when broken down by intestinal bacteria, makes for a more acidic environment in the digestive tract that, in turn, facilitates calcium absorption.
 
14. Whole Grains – Whole grains—oatmeal, wheat flour, barley, brown rice—are high in fiber, which calms inflamed tissues while keeping the heart strong, the colon healthy, and the brain fueled. Whole grains can be loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber, and because they can pack as much as 10 grams of protein per 1/2-cup serving, they also deliver steady muscle-building energy. But not all breads and crackers advertised as “whole grain” are the real deal.
 
15. Red Wine – Swimming in resveratrol—a natural compound that lowers LDL, raises HDL, and prevents blood clots—red wine can truly be a lifesaver. Vin rouge is also a rich source of flavonoids, antioxidants that help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart, and may make you less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. But limit your intake to two drinks a day.
 
16. Yogurt – Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of probiotic organisms that serve as reinforcements to the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body, which keep your digestive tract healthy and your immune system in top form, and provide protection against cancer. Not all yogurts are probiotic, though, so make sure the label says “live and active cultures”.
 
17. Avocado – Chock full of monounsaturated fat, avocados deliver a double-barreled blast to LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). They are also rich in folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that helps lower the levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can hinder the flow of blood through blood vessels. Eat a 1/4 cup twice a week.
 
18. Walnuts – Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken. A serving of walnuts—about 1 ounce, or seven nuts—is good anytime, but especially as a post workout recovery snack.
 
19. Turmeric – Curcumin, the polyphenol that gives turmeric its tang and yellow hue, has anticancer properties, anti-inflammatory effects, and tumor-fighting activities known in nutrition-speak as anti-angiogenesis. 
 
20. Black Beans – People who eat one 3-ounce serving of black beans a day decrease their risk of heart attack by 38 percent. And while other beans are also good for your heart, none can boost your brainpower like black beans. That’s because they’re full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. They’re also packed with superstar nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, folate, magnesium, B vitamins, potassium, and fiber.
 
 
Stay Tuned for more interesting facts

Time Reversing – Beauty Fixes

Uncategorized | November 5, 2013 | By

The non-surgery NATURAL face LIFT
Beautiful ageless skin
 


When it comes to anti-ageing, we all know the importance of a good skincare regime – but beauty is more than skin deep. It starts with the very foundations of your face…the muscles.

As we age, these muscles naturally atrophy, resulting in that sagging and creasing the we automatically associate with AGE. That’s because, unlike the muscles of the body, our facial muscles are small and delicate, and difficult to exercise.
It’s important to treat the muscles in your face just like the ones in the body…like this, you will boost the health and appearance of your complexion – just like when you have a body workout – impressive huh…

There are over 50 muscles in the facial area including the mimic muscles and chewing muscles on both halves of the face. These muscles get tense and tighten or weaken and get flabby like any other parts of the body.
Lines and creases on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth get more visible and increase in number, facial volume decreases and features sag.

Through facial exercise, you can treat these and many other muscle-based health problems and age related changes in the facial region.

Physioterapist Leena Kiviluoma created a program for the muscles and facial area called MimiLift Facial MuscleCare which is a medical based system which allows you to become actively involved in your won health and beauty care, giving you control over your won body.
This program, consists of precise stretching and massage techniques and relaxing and strengthening exercises aimed at the mimic and chewing muscles.
The exercises not only tone your face, but also make your jaw healthier and reduce headaches.

 

As well as these exercises, stay out of the sun and have a good skincare routine to age-proof your face. Stick to preservative-free natural creams for a fresher, more youthful complexion!

Instructions:

  • Perform the procedures at firts 4-6 times a week, once or twice a day – you can do them whenever
  • After a few weeks, having achieved results, maintain doing it for at least 2-4 times a week
  • Perform the exercises slowly, carefully, smoothly and evenly
  • Concentrate on creating controlled, well coordinated and fluent jaw movements
  • Maintain a good upper body posture with the head well-aligned when doing the exercises
  • Focus on your jaw and your neck…Keep them relaxed
  • When performing manual resistance exercises, apply just a gentle and light resistance with your fingers
  • Repeat each exercise the recommended number of times. You can increase the repetitions if you want
  • All exercises should be painless.
1. Jaw-opening and closing with resistance
 
Place your thumbs firmly underneath the tip of your chin.
Open your jaw and resist the opening with your thumbs
Place your index fingers over your front lower teeth and gently resist the jaw-closing movement. Repeat 10 times.
 
This exercise strengthens the chewing muscles and jaw joints.
Tones the cheeks
 
2. Jaw forward thrust with neck stretch  
 
Move your lower jar forward and then upwards so you can extend your lower lip widely over your upper lip
Keep your jaw and lips like this and tilt your head slightly back
Tip of your tongue should be against the roof of your mouth
Lift your chest (sounds soo much like my yoga poses instructions)
Hold this position for 3-5 seconds
Return your head and jaw slowly to the neutral position
Repeat 5 times
 
Tones the jawline. Prevents and softens neck creases.
 
3. Forehead and eye lift
This combination helps to strengthen the frontalis and orbicularis muscles.
a) lift your eyebrows
b) close your eyes
c) open your eyes
d) lower your eyebrows
 
Make sure you concentrate on lifting the outer parts of your eyebrows in particular. Close your eyes firmly, without screwing them up
Repeat the whole sequence 10 times
 
This enhances facial muscle activity in functional patterns
4. Upper cheek lift
This basic exercise strengthens the cheek muscles.
Lift the corners of your mouth towards the ears. Maintain for a while in the extreme position before returning to the starting position. Concentrate on elevating the musculature covering your cheekbones. 
Repeat this at least 20 times
 
This enhances facial muscle activity in functional patterns
5. Mouth stretch
Stretching and chewing muscles from inside the mouth helps to plump up your cheeks.
Put your thumb inside your mouth.
Push the cheek outwards with the thumb
Push the cheek with the thumb alternately diagonally downwards, straight to the side and diagonally upwards.
Open your jaw slowly during every stretch and leave the jaw in the position where you feel the stretch best
Hold the positions for 10 seconds and return to the starting position between the stretches
Repeat the stretches on the other side
Repeat twice on both sides
 
Relaxed chewing muscles in the cheek area will give the cheeks the appearance of youthful roundness

Looking Younger with Holistic Secrets

Uncategorized | November 4, 2013 | By

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!Happy Week!!!
Love the energy that every beginning of the week provide us!

Hope you had a fun and cozy weekend, surrounded by love and healthy food!

November is finally here, and i can feel it’s going to be a busy month…for me and for many of you out there! As i learn and discover new things every day, there is a huge urge of sharing it with you!
I will dedicate this post to every women and men that want and are interested in slowing down the anti-ageing process in a healthy and natural way. I am extremely interested and involved in this subject… I am embracing everything that is “Natural” out there, and i am extremely excited to share that i am now finishing my Naturopathy Diploma Course. It’s so important to learn, respect and use everything Mother Nature has to offer and educate our families and friends about it…

Baby Sienna is having her morning nap, i got my warm cup of tea next to me and my inspiration is on the spot,
so let’s do it!
Found a bunch of interesting articles about Looking Younger, Younger Skin, Wrinkles Free at every age among many other subjects…been working on this subject during the weekend and have a look at what i came up with :)

LOOKING YOUNGER…naturally
As we all know, we can’t slow the passage of time…but, if you could, you would?Sometimes yes, sometimes no..depends on the day right?!But, if you seat down and and ask yourself that question again, your mind will give you plenty of reasons why you wouldn’t want to slow the passage of time…We gather a wealth of experience every single day and that’s what we should be celebrating it.

Staring with 6 Youth Boosting Secrets!!!!

For your eyes wrinkles:
Get some glasses IF you spend your day seated at the computer. This could make you develop premature creases around the eyes and forehead.

For your Bones:
It’s know that from about the age of 35, we lose gradually the bone density…which is a normal part of ageing. According to some studies, the best exercise to reduce the risk of osteoporosis (for example) is aerobics! Adding a little bit more to your fitness regime it will make you good too, for example: swimming, jogging…

For your Eyes:
Age related eye problems could be caused by vitamin deficiencies. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin A found in carrots, sweet potatoes and fish for example, Lutein found in kale and collar greens and Vitamin E found in sunflower seeds, almonds and hazelnuts.

For your dear Hormones:
Menopause is a natural part of agein too. But you don’t need to suffer the side effects that many women experience. My suggestion to beat the flushes is aromatherapy…combine a mix of essential oils to prevent hormone fluctuations. For example: mix 3 drops of rose, clary sage and geranium in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. You can either pour some drops in your bath.

For your Spirit:
Interact with others. It’s known that interaction is essential for keeping us fit and healthy as it reduces the stress hormone.

For your Brain:
Love this one!!!A new study found that a little bit of dirt can prevent cognitive agein, as a lack of exposure to germs, viruses and parasites harms the immune system and could even contribute to Alzheimer’s…so Leave the dishes!!!

Is sugar making you OLD?

The science behind ageing has shown that a good bit of what happens or doesn’t happen to us as we grow old is a result of our genetics – natural or intrinsic ageing. But there is another type – the one we should be concerned about – extrinsic ageing, that occurs mostly because of our own bad behaviors, including our diet.

We all know that excess sugar is unhealthy and fat but it also causes you to age prematurely. That’s because the sugar that builds up in the blood and in the body’s tissue has nowhere to go, so it attaches to the proteins, lipids and nucleic acid – glycation. The sugar complex in this form accelerates the ageing process and contributes to age related issues. They cause cross-linking of proteins like collagen and elastin that leave your muscles, tendons and arteries stiff and the skin will get more wrinkled.

How fast your collagen and elastin glycate is directly related to your sugar and refined carbohydrates intake.
Cooking technique: some Advanced Glycation (AGEs) are formed – as we learned – with the sugar intake, but others are due to the cooking techniques such as fring, grilling or roasting. Foods cooked in a high heat at a high temperature without water form that good looking browinish skin. Poaching and steaming do not produce AGEs because water-based cooking doesn’t cause browning – How interesting?!?
Power Foods:
Lemon & Lime:
A squeeze of either of these is like a shot of Vitamin C. This citrus vitamin helps build collagen.
Pistacchio:
Consuming about 60g of pistacchios along with high-carbohydrate foods lowers blood glucose response after meals.
Chia Seeds:
Is high in protein, loaded with fibre and full of omega 3 fatty acids. This last two components are what makes this seeds effective in lowering blood sugar. They can also reduce belly fat. Our worse enemy!

Knock 10 years off your Metabolism


The right holistic fitness routine will speed up your metabolism and help you gain the youthful body that some of you been pining after.

From the Holistic Workout Classes you can opt for our Forever Yoga, Pilates or Tai chi.
At this point we all know the extremely positive benefits of Yoga.

But first things first: What is metabolism? Metabolism is the chemical processes when the body burns energy from foods in order to sustain itself  To carry out basic functions like breathing and digesting food, the body must draw its energy from the protein, fat and carbs that we consume on a daily basis. The body will continue to burn calories only if it needs more energy to maintain itself. 
Why some people have a faster metabolism?  Because their body needs more energy and they can consequently burn more calories at a quicker rate. 
Your metabolism will slow down as you get older – no doubt about it – as the body gets older, it requires less energy to maintain its functions and burns fewer calories. Therefor, the tendency is for people to become less physically active BUT by following a carefully crafted exercise regime, which adapts itself to your age and personal capabilities, it is possible to boost your body’s need for energy and reverse the ageing of your metabolism.

With Yoga for example, you are increasing your metabolism and this can help you loosing weight. One of the most notable examples where Yoga targets your metabolism is the way it boosts your muscle mass – making your body need more energy and burn the calories a lot quicker.
Both Yoga and Pilates target our digestive system and circulation – which are hugely important components when it comes to metabolizing your food. Blood must be flowing through the body at the correct rate to ensure that all your organs are stimulated and working correctly, while breathing exercises done in Yoga and Pilates ensure circulation. 

Safety Comes first: Whatever activity you choose, if you want to target your metabolism, seek the advise of the field  experts and professionals. You have to ensure that you’re getting the right advice tailored to your age, weight, gender and other requirements.
Live young because you deserve to look and feel amazing