Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Pink

With Everything Pink! Have a glorious day! Show your best and
Carry On My Friends!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Skinny for Spring

Skinning in Black

Morning  glories! It's been a few weeks and we haven't discussed our healthy eating.Looking  to be fab in spring and summer. Let's see how we are coming along?  Not to worry if you  still need to loose a few more pounds , we still have many weeks to get to the finish line.  A gentle nudge, besides eating lighter,  we should be pushing for a  more  exercise. 

                                 Eating Healthy!

Once we start snacking on fruits and veggies, most of us will gradually eat fewer calorie-rich goodies,  that because produce helps fill you up and gives your body a boost, “you naturally eat less chips, cookies, and other foods that just don’t make you  feel good.”
Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh, Frozen, Canned, or Dried?
So the great news is that fruits and vegetables can give weight loss a real boost. Now the question is, how should you enjoy them: fresh or frozen, canned or dried?
“All of the above,” Gerbstadt tells WebMD. Though local, seasonal produce may have a slight nutrient edge at times, "dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables are usually picked just before peak ripeness and then packaged,” says Gerbstadt, “so you’re really getting very fresh food.”
Fresh and healthy -- so long as you avoid the butter sauce or drenching of cheese, say the pros.

The USDA suggests we get two cups of fruit a day, and two and a half cups of vegetables (for a 2,000 calorie diet).
  • Fresh, frozen, or canned fruit and vegetables: “When you’re eating canned fruit, watch out for additions like syrup,” Neville says, “Look for fruit packed in water or juice.” 
  • Fruit juices: 100% fruit juice can have more calories per ounce than sweetened soda, and because a lot of its fiber is missing, it also isn’t nearly as filling as fresh fruit. Stick to whole fruits when you can. 
  • 100% vegetable juices: Vegetable juices usually have far fewer calories than their fruity kin, but they often pack a sodium wallop, so keep an eye on portions here as well.

In Search of the Super Food

So maybe you’re sold on fruits and vegetables as a great way to “cheat” in a healthy eating plan. Now you might be wondering, which fruits and veggies will give you the most bang for your nutrition buck?
The answer is: all of them.
“Every fruit and vegetable is a super food,” Gerbstadt says. “You can say the colorful ones have more nutrients for you but…even the ones that don’t have as much color, we’re discovering that all along they’ve had nutrients we need -- we just didn’t have the lab test yet to analyze them.”
So while one lobbying board may tout the better-for-you benefits of blueberries, and another may talk up the antioxidant power of pomegranate, in the overall scheme of things it doesn’t matter so much which fruits and vegetables you eat “it just matters that you get them inside you,” Grotto tells WebMD.
And when you head down the produce aisle next time, take a laser-sharp focus on flavor first, Grotto suggests. Buy the fruits and vegetables you really love, “because no one cares if it’ll save their life if it doesn’t taste good.”
However you find yourself enjoying those peaches and potatoes, the asparagus spears and the spinach, one thing is important: Just do it!

 It’s as simple as eating more colorful, good-for-you fruits and vegetables.
Now we all know we’re supposed to eat fruits and veggies for their vitamins and minerals, their roughage, and powerful disease-fighting benefits. But apparently good nutrition just isn’t alluring enough for most of us. Only 20% of Americans eat as many as five pieces of fruits and veggies a day.
So maybe it’s time we turn the tables and instead look at fruits and veggies as a delicious way to “cheat” on a healthy weight loss diet. From fire-engine red bell peppers, and buttery-yellow zucchini, to juicy grapes as purple as wine, “eating enough produce seems to be one of the key elements in weight loss and weight maintenance,” says Dave Grotto, RD, LDN, dietitian and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life.
So how does eating more food actually help you weigh less?

The Secrets of Fruits and Vegetables

The first secret of fruits and veggies is simple: they’re nutrient dense. This means that for their weight, most produce is low in calories; so you can eat a lot more when your diet is rich in veggies and fruits -- and still not consume a whole lot of calories. Just try that with chocolate!
The second secret: Satiety. All produce, from a juicy pear to a crispy bunch of red lettuce is packed with water and fiber, says Seattle dietitian Kerry Neville, MS, RD, and both of these not only keep the calories down, they make you feel fuller longer. This means you could be satisfying cravings for something sweet or crunchy every day -- and still lose weight.
Think about it. Maybe you’re in a 3 p.m. slump and want a snack to get you through to dinner. Which will fill your belly better, a palmful of potato chips with 155 calories, or three cups of whole strawberries with 138 calories? A can of sweetened cola at 136 calories, or a heaping cup of grapes with about the same number? In each case, the produce lets you eat a lot more, fills you up fast, and keeps you full longer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pretty Hair

Wednesday and  holiday Holy week! While getting ready for Easter and Passover we may want to freshen up our hair does. When seasons  change  so does texture.  Today we look at pretty styles and tips for beautiful well kept hair. Like most experts tell us, great hair comes from how well we eat and take care of our bodies! Could products make up for bad eating habits?  Let's find out.

        • 1
          Calm your frizzy, out of control hair with natural coconut oil. Rub a small amount of oil into your hands and apply to your damp hair. Don't use too much or your hair may end up looking greasy. Shampoo your hair less frequently to minimize frizz, as excess shampooing can strip the natural oil from your hair.
        • 2
          Remove excess shampoo and styling product build-up with baking soda. In a large bowl, add 3 tbsp. baking soda and mix well. After showering, rinse your hair with the baking soda and water. Allow the water and baking soda to set on your hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
        • 3
          Bring life and a brilliant shine to dull hair with lemon juice. Add 1 tbsp. lemon juice to a 16 oz. bottle of water and apply to your hair after the final rinse. Do not rinse the lemon juice out; simply towel dry your hair and style as normal. If your hair is dry, use less lemon juice; if greasy, use more.
        • 4
          Stimulate growth and rejuvenate hair by adding ylang ylang and rosemary essential oils to your shampoos, conditioners and styling products. As a general rule, you should add one drop of each oil for every 2 oz. of hair product. Not only will these home treatments make your hair beautiful naturally, they will add a pleasant aroma to your hair care products.
        • 5
          Give you hair bounce and extra shine by rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar. Apply a one to one mixture of warm water and apple cider vinegar to your hair and allow it to set for at least 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Apple cider vinegar has a strong smell, so rinse well.
        • 6
          Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet of raw fruits and vegetables. The most effective home treatment for hair care is a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and what you put into your body will be reflected on the outside.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chloe Whites 2013

Monday and a chance of snow!   Not to worry, in a few days it will be April and chances are spring should be here soon!  Went back into runways for  the spring season and found Chloe whites irresistible.  Crisp, clean with cut outs, sheer tops and layering .   Take a look and take a deep breath to say good bye to winter for good!