Enjoy Delicious Food While Making Smart Choices This Holiday Season:

Living a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to food, has been an important topic of interest on my blog for the past couple of weeks. While I think it is important to lead a healthy life, it can sometimes be difficult at certain times of the year (hint, hint… The holidays!). With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to blog about how to enjoy a delicious holiday season while also making healthy choices.

According to a Women’s Health Article, 8 Disgusting Facts about Thanksgiving Food, chemically treated turkey’s are farmed in warehouses full of bacteria from manure. These turkeys contain harmful antibiotics that may leave you at risk for consuming a contaminated turkey with dangerous bacteria. If you can, buy organic to significantly lower this risk!

Although it may not always be convenient to choose organic food, try to as much as possible, especially if you are preparing your holiday meals. Personally, I have noticed a difference after switching much of my food to organic.

I’ve learned that you can have your cake and eat it too. Eating organic can be yummy and it also respects your body more than processed foods.

Women’s Health Article: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/healthier-thanksgiving-options?adbid=532627705468944384&adbpl=tw&adbpr=25087685&cid=socFO_20141112_35485087

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Calling All Ladies With Flat Hair! Here’s Your Solution:

After reading a Women’s Health article that described some of the same hair care remedies that I use, I was inspired to blog about my journey of finding the perfect shampoo for flat hair and how to apply it with the correct technique.

Through trial and error, I’ve learned that not all shampoos and conditioners are for everyone. Especially for me. Living with flat hair can sometimes be a challenge because several products will weigh it down, ridding it of the volume it deserves.

Firstly, I want to share that I’ve found Garnier Fructis, Pure Clean shampoo to be my saving grace. If you’re still reading this, I’m assuming you’ve been on the search for the perfect flat hair remedy, so go and try this shampoo out for yourself!

Secondly, not only does your shampoo matter, but the way you use it matters too! I’ve been conditioning BEFORE shampooing for a few months now. Ever since I began this new technique, my hair has gained much more volume! Conditioners can often remain in your hair even after rinsing. Conditioning before shampooing avoids this residue leaving problem. I suggest you give it a try for yourself.

I hope my suggestions and techniques will give your hair the body and bounce that it was meant to have.

Article inspiration: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/hair-conditioner-facts?adbid=532522026804580354&adbpl=tw&adbpr=25087685&cid=socBe_20141112_35438117

Make Sleep A Priority, Not An Option (And Improve Your Well-Being)

Sleep is precious to all of us. Yet almost half of adults over the age of 18 say they don’t get enough sleep. Sleep becomes an elective task as opposed to other responsibilities.

I think we can make sleep a higher priority by changing our lifestyles. Here are some changes I’ve made that have helped me (and will hopefully help you too!) :

  • Leave your work or school stress at the office or in the classroom at the end of the day.
  • Let go of feeling the need to complete numerous tasks a day. Complete what is necessary and use the rest of your time to get to bed earlier. Trying to do too much in one day will stress you out and over-work you.
  • Try to drink less caffeine and leave the consumption of it for the morning only. Too much caffeine (especially if you drink it during the day) will leave you awake at night.
  • Avoid watching T.V. and using your cell phone 20 minutes prior to falling asleep. (Blue light emitted from these electronics keep you up later, tossing and turning).

It is scientifically proven that good sleep makes for a healthier person. Work towards improving your well-being by giving these lifestyle changes a shot.

Inspired by: http://m.today.com/health/why-cant-we-sleep-today-snooze-or-lose-survey-may-1D80274530

What You Eat Affects Your Sleep

As a college student, I understand how difficult it can be to get a good night of sleep amongst all of the weekly tests and deadlines.

Did you know that what you eat before bed has an affect on the way you sleep? According to Ashley Patton in Women’s Health, there are certain foods you should steer clear of before catching your zzz’s. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Caffeine. This compound isn’t only found in coffee and soda. It can also be found in several OTC medications and teas. Be sure to check your labels carefully before consuming a product before bed!

Alcohol. You might as well throw the idea that wine will help you with falling asleep out of the window. Alcohol depresses your REM sleep cycle, leaving you to feel groggy tired when you wake up.

Fluids. Although water is healthy for cleansing your body and maintaining a healthy weight, drinking it 60 to 90 minutes before bed can cause those unwanted bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. This will also disrupt your REM sleep cycle.

Aged and fermented foods. Foods such as aged cheese, smoked fish and cured meats contain the amino acid, tyramine, which stimulates the brain, leading to a sleepless night.

Tomato-based products. Tomatoes contain acid. Anything with acid can cause heartburn. Avoid these products 3 hours before getting your shut-eye.

I hope this helps you and I to have a better night of sleep!

You can read the Women’s Health Article here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/things-that-keep-you-up?adbid=528671622345928705&adbpl=tw&adbpr=25087685&cid=socFO_20141101_34826787

Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

Choosing healthy, wholesome foods over processed foods is a challenge that many of us deal with. After reading Maya Dangerfield’s article on nutrients that we could all benefit from having more of, it lead me to the realization that making healthier choices is vital to our health… And that it can also be fun!

Without having enough nutrients such as potassium, fiber and calcium, we run the risks of developing diet-related chronic diseases. These nutrients are found in delicious, every day whole foods.

Potassium is found in potatoes, bananas, spinach and beets. Fiber is found in oats, beans, lentils, whole wheat, brown rice, legumes and a variety of vegetables. Calcium is found in several types of greens and dairy products.  My suggestion? Shop wisely, looking for the whole foods of your preference and make eating your nutrients an exciting part of each day! Tip: you can search Pinterest for savory recipes of your favorite nutrient enriched foods! Happy eating!

Review Maya’s article here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/not-enough-nutrients?adbid=526485975669563392&adbpl=tw&adbpr=25087685&cid=socFO_20141026_34432467

Outsmart Sneaky Marketers On Your Next Grocery Store Visit

Stepping into a grocery store, especially when you’re hungry, can really put a dent in your wallet. But did you know that the colors of food items have the ability to impact your shopping? They do! Here’s how you can outsmart the sneaky marketers who design your food packages:

According to the article, How Color Influences Your Grocery Shopping (And How to Outsmart It!) by thekitchn.com, becoming aware of the colors around you and knowing what each color means, will have you asking yourself why you’re truly buying a product.

Red is appetizing, yellow makes you happy, green is perceived as natural and healthy, orange satisfies and blue generates a good memory of the product.

According to the article, as many as 90% of grocery shoppers make impulse decisions to buy products based on their colors.

The next time you go grocery shopping, ask yourself if you’re shopping based on the color or the ingredients. This will help your health and wallet!

US Health Officials Prepare for Ebola

U.S. hospitals are preparing themselves for Ebola, according to a Fox News Health article by Nicole Kwan. Due to the first Ebola patient making his way into the U.S., hospitals don’t want to take any chances. It is comforting news to know that hospitals are more prepared for Ebola than the general public is aware of. The preparation requires that each facility have isolation rooms in case there is a potentially infectious patient. Although Ebola is deadly, health experts say that it is less contagious than the common cold.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/03/us-hospitals-are-prepared-for-ebola-experts-say/