Wear loose fitting clothes
looser attire helps to wick sweat away so that it doesn’t stick to your skin. Wearing spandex makes your sweat stick to your skin, which can cause different skin infections.
Tie your hair in a high bun
pinning your hair in a bun will help keep the sweat off of it and give you that tousled look once you let it down post workout. After exercising you can dry your damp roots with a blow dryer to give it more volume.
Try dry shampoo and leave in conditioner
Does your hair need to a wash but you don’t have the time? Try dry shampoo to give it a clean fresh look without the water. If you don’t want to shampoo your hair every day, you can just wet it and add leave in conditioner. If you use shampoo daily, I would recommend finding a gentle formula shampoo.
Put your bangs up
use a pin or a head band to put your bangs up. This will help prevent sweat from getting trapped on your forehead, which can cause breakouts.
Wash your gym clothes after every use
Make sure to wear clean gym attire so you smell fresh. It’s just common gym etiquette. Also, change your sweaty clothes right after your workout. Not only is it uncomfortable, as a woman you can develop yeast infections from damp undergarments.
Bring your own towel
to avoid undesirable skin problems bring your own clean and fresh towel.
Remove all make up
makeup can clog your pores and not let your skin breath during your workout. If you must wear something, try a tinted moisturizer, along with a dab of water proof mascara, and lip balm.
Wash your face immediately after your workout
Get the sweaty remains off your face in order to avoid break outs. Washing it with cold water right after you are done will help unclog your skin.
Drink water like it’s your job
drink plenty of water before and after a workout to flush out all the toxins in your body and to restore the water you lost during exercise.
Keep your skin moisturized
Working out everyday can take a toll on your skin’s moisture, especially when you take a hot shower after it. Also, you will probably get calluses from lifting weights if you are not wearing gloves. Make sure your skin is always moisturized before and after your workouts.
For lasting moisture try Excegone Rocket Cream to help remove your calluses
If you are one of the many people that starts to get cracked hands or flaky legs once the weather gets chilly, then you’re not alone. Dermatologists say that dry skin is the number one complaint among their patients during the winter. Your skin is your body’s first defense against the sun, wind, and cold so naturally it’s going to need a little effort to rejuvenate it.
Dry skin can be caused by many different elements and feels very uncomfortable. If you exercise avidly, wash your hands with harsh soaps, or take long hot showers, you’re even more susceptible to getting dry skin.
Help save your skin by:
- Taking short showers
- Making sure the water temperature is lukewarm rather than hot
- Drinking plenty of water everyday
- Moisturizing skin after showers and washing hands
- Exfoliating skin at least once a week
- Staying away from moisture robbing soaps
- Not wearing wooly sweaters that can irritate the skin
- Researching the ingredients in moisturizers to ensure they are gentle and natural
- Using a humidifier
- Remembering to keep lip balm close by and using it several times a day to keep lips from getting chapped
Excegone rocket cream is made for dry skin
Moisturizes, heals, repairs, and renews your skin
Long lasting effect, even after washing your hands
If you suffer from winter dryness, try something that works!!
Your skin will thank you
Every new year most of us make the same resolution to lose weight! After we put on a few holiday pounds it’s only natural to become inspired to get healthier. The only problem is we tend to get off track and become discouraged. That’s when the weight comes back and sometimes more than before!!
To lose weight and keep it off, start thinking of a life style change, rather than a drastic diet. That’s the only way to really stay on track to a healthier life.
Step 1. Sleep a full 8 hours – Being deprived of sleep may increase hunger and threaten the body’s metabolism. Good sleep promotes a stronger immune system, less stress, and helps you lose weight. Time to take care of your body and catch up on some beauty sleep.
Step 2. Write down your goals– If you want to do something, write it down. Food journals, diaries, and to do lists are really important to keep you focused and on the right track. The most important part is to make them reasonable so you don’t get discouraged. A great acronym to follow while writing goals is SMART.
You can also set mini goals for yourself:
Week One: Drink 10 glasses of water per day.
Week Two: Take the steps at work instead of the elevator.
Week Three: Switch to green tea or juice
Week Four: Eliminate fried foods.
Week Five: Begin eating one vegetarian meal per week.
Step 3. Remove all temptation – Go through your fridge and pantry and remove all bad foods, like cakes, pies, chips, and any other empty calorie foods. Fill your kitchen with nutrient enriched foods instead, such as lean proteins (chicken or turkey breast, fish, and eggs), fresh fruits (apples, oranges, grapes, and strawberries), vegetables (green peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms), healthy snack foods (non-fat cottage cheese, protein bars, and sugar free jello), and bottled water.
Step 4. Develop an exercise program – Have a regular exercise routine that you enjoy, but don’t be afraid to try out a few new classes to keep you challenged and excited. Aim to work out at least 3 times a week. A combination of aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility work make up a complete workout.
Step 5. Seek support of others – Find a buddy that wants to lose weight too and support each other to be healthier. It’s always easier when you have someone to through it with you so commit with a friend or coworker or even seek support online. You can contact Magic Herb for support as well.
Step 6. Break bad habits –This is the most difficult part in the process to lose weight but also the most important. Habits like eating while watching TV, snacking after dinner, and picking up that convenient fast food can hinder your progress to be healthier
As special as the holidays are, they just keep on going, lasting up to two months and that’s a significant amount of time to gain a few pounds especially with all the extra temptations around us. Making healthy choices and staying on track during the holidays is a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Having a solid plan with the goal of not overeating and making better choices is important.
Just remember if you get off track don’t give up!!
Prepare yourself mentally
Be prepared to encounter a lot of unhealthy temptations. They key is moderation. Enjoying one or two holiday cookies will not set you back. If you deprive yourself completely it may result in binge eating.
Eat before your holiday parties
That will help take the edge off your hunger. That way you can avoid overeating and choose better party foods. Filling your stomach slightly will help you take your time choosing what you will eat and you will probably help you consume less.
Find better food options
Your options are going to vary depending on where you are. If your hosts are health conscious then you will most likely encounter a few healthy options to choose from but if they aren’t so healthy then you are possibly a little more limited. Consider bringing a healthy dish to share so you can have at least one good option.
Stress about the holidays can occasionally arise, which might lead to over eating in order to relieve stress. Find better ways to relax, like a massage, or a bubble bath.
The busyness of the holidays can lead us to skip workouts. It’s difficult to go back into it when you get out of the habit. Not exercising along with all the unhealthy holiday food and can lead you to gain weight instead of losing it. Make time for exercising as much as possible.
Keep these tips in mind and look great in time for the New Year!!!
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- Eat breakfast – If you start your metabolism up early it will be burning all day.
- Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day – Stop eating 3 or 4 hours before you sleep so you burn all of it off while your active.
- Don’t starve – Eating less than 1000 calories per day actually slows your metabolism down.
- Eat smaller meals more frequently – This way your blood sugar is stable and your body has a constant energy flow to boost your metabolism.
- Exercise regularly– High intensity interval training is a great way to go. See our blog about it.
- Drink a lot of water – Your body needs at least 8 cups of water a day to help your metabolism work more efficiently.
- Snack right – Finding healthy snacks in the right portion helps prevent overeating.
- Build more muscles – Strength training a few times a week can build lean muscle in the place of fat and helps increase your metabolism.
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But thanksgiving only comes around once a year so why not just splurge a little and enjoy it!! You can enjoy your meal and still stay on the path of eating right.
Here are a few tips to enjoy your thanksgiving and still stay healthy:
Wake up early and get active – If you are hosting the dinner, then get up really early and get cooking. If you are just attending one, try getting a work out in early before your meal.
Eat breakfast – You are going to feel less hungry later so you will probably want to eat less and save yourself from a few extra calories.
Stick to water – Save your calories for the food and pass on the eggnog, hot chocolate, apple cider, or alcoholic beverages.
Lighten up – If you are making a few dishes, make sure your recipes are healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories in them. Look for healthy substitutes to use in your recipes.
Don’t take any leftovers – You will eat it later and depending on the portion, it can sabotage a lot of your hard work so just pass on leftovers so you can go back to eating healthier sooner.
Press pause on seconds – I know it is hard to resist but try to eat slowly so your brain has more time to register that you are full. If you are already feeling full there is no reason to keep eating.
Focus on family and friends – Thanksgiving is about much more than just food. It is about appreciating and spending time with the people around you and taking time to be thankful for what you have.
Since pumpkins are at their most popular through the fall, they become more abundant in grocery stores, on porches, and even in the kitchen. However, the functionality of pumpkins goes far beyond seasonal decorations and a delicious taste. They are packed with nutritional value, amazing health benefits, and they are low in calories!! In fact, 1 cup of pumpkin has less than 50 calories in it so don’t be afraid to add it to your diet.
The orange color in pumpkins means they are high in beta-carotene. Pumpkins are also packed with Vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and more potassium than a banana! As a matter of fact, this super food helps your eye sight, boosts your immune system, keeps you feeling full, improves cholesterol, and can even aid in weight loss.
Improves eye sight
1 cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200% of the daily recommendation for vitamin A, which helps improve vision. Pumpkins are rich in cartenoids that also convert into vitamin A in the body.
Aids in weight loss
Pumpkins are low in calories and is a good source of fiber so it will have you feeling full longer, in order to consume less calories.
May reduce the risk of cancer
the antioxidant beta-carotene found in pumpkins help with cancer prevention. Food sources seem to help more beneficial than supplements. The same cartenoids are linked to healthier skin as well.
Make a great post workout meal
The high level of potassium and protein found in pumpkins help refuel the body and restore the balance of electrolytes after a hard workout, to keep muscles functioning at their best.
Can boost your immune system
Pumpkins are a solid source of nutrients, such as vitamin C to help boost your immune system, improve the formation of collagen, and fight off free radicals.
Act like a natural anti depressant
Pumpkin seeds are rich in L-tryptophan, the same ingredient found in turkey that puts you in a peaceful slumber after a big thanksgiving dinner. This amino acid is important in the production of serotonin, the feel good hormone.
Pumpkin seeds help your heart
different nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, have certain plant based elements called phytosterols that help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.
However, be warned! Not all pumpkins products are created equally. Many pumpkin breads, pies, and drinks taste great but are full of sugars and saturated fats. Try to steer clear of canned pumpkin with added ingredients, like salt or sugar.
I love this recipe because fish tacos are one of my favorite foods, but I know it is packed with calories it usually is. Plus this recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and is less than 400 calories. Almost any type of fish will work in this recipe. You can even season the fish and cook it on an outdoor grill. Also, if you are a cheese fan, just add a small sprinkle on top of your tacos.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 13 min
1 pound halibut filet
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 white onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, sliced
8 corn tortillas
If you like it spicy: ½ jalapeno chili pepper, chopped
- Combine onion, chili pepper (optional), lime juice, cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in bowl.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the halibut with chili powder, cumin, and the rest of the salt. Cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork, for about 6 minutes each side.
- Heat the tortillas (check out packaging for heating instructions). Fill tortillas with halibut, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and onions. You can even sprinkle a little more lime on top if you desire.
1 serving = 2 tacos
Total Fat 14 g
saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 430 mg
Dietary Fiber 6g
This recipe was taken and adapted from the 400 Calorie Fix book by Liz Vaccariello
All of us like to add a little bit of sweetness to our diet, but how much do we really know about natural and artificial sweeteners? Are artificial sweeteners really that bad for you? And if so, how bad are they? What can we use to replace them?
These are all really important to know.. So many critics have come out and expressed their concern towards chemically processed artificial sweeteners, while their manufacturers still proclaim there is no evidence that they are unsafe.
However, after many studies, evidence shows otherwise. Artificial sweeteners can cause cancer, brain damage, birth defects, multiple sclerosis, spasms, headaches, cramps, dizziness, joint pain, anxiety attacks, depressions, vertigo, memory loss, and so much more!!
Here is a list of the most popular sweeteners from natural to unnatural. Please read so you know what you are putting in your body before it’s too late.
Sugar is a natural sweetener that is made from sugarcane or sugar beets. Brown sugar is from the same source, except it is mixed with molasses. Originally the sugar cane was used to chew on until the method of crystallizing sugar came about in India. At one time it was worth as much as gold, and there was a lot of controversy around it since slaves were used in sugar plantations. Even though it is quite abundant and affordable today, it should not be eaten in excess. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, and many more issues.
Date Sugar is a nutritious and delicious sweetener. It is also great in oatmeal or any recipe using brown sugar. Simply dehydrate the dates, and then grind them.
Fruit juice concentrate and apple sauce are a great replacements for adding sweetness to smoothies or baked goods, especially if you are trying to lose weight in a healthy way.
Honey is derived from honey bees. High quality honey contains natural antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Unfortunately, most of the honey sold in supermarkets has been chemically refined using excessive heat, which results in the destruction of critical nutrients. Look for unprocessed Manuka Honey or raw honey.
Stevia is an all natural derived sweetener that’s from the leaf of the Stevia plant. This plant is found in Central and South America and is called sweetleaf or sugarleaf. It is available in stores as a white powder or liquid extract, but it can also be found in some health food stores in the form of a green or brown whole plant or extract. Stevia is very sweet and many countries are starting to use it to sweeten their diet sodas.
Agave nectar is an extract that comes from the agave plant, which is mostly grown in Mexico (this is the same plant tequila is derived from). It helps not spike blood sugar levels as much as regular sugar does. Agave contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium and is composed of fructose and glucose. Agave is safe in moderation, but has shown to be toxic when taken in large doses consistently.
High Fructose Corn Syrup was first created in the 1970s and since then has become more popular than regular sugar. HFCS is considered to be very unhealthy by many, but since it’s cheap and sweet manufacturers tend to use it in processed foods. It has quick dangerous effects on the body, and can cause extreme weight gain. In one study 16 volunteers consumed a high fructose diet for 10 weeks. The results showed that new fat cells formed around the liver, heart, and digestive organs.
Sucralose is another synthetic chemical to stay away from. It is chlorinated sugar and is much sweeter than sugar. It made by replacing the dyroxyl group with 3 chlorine atoms. It is not nutritious at all and leaves the body the same way it came in. it is mainly known as Splenda and is offered in most coffee houses and restaurants as an artificial replacement to sugar. It is also found in sodas, baked goods, cereals, and frozen desserts. With all the chemicals added and altered in sucralose, it begins to resemble the chemical composition of pesticides. There are many negative side effects reported after ingesting sucralose, like rashes, sneezing, swelling, headaches, bloating, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
Saccharin was banned in Canada and in several other countries due to its negative side effects. More commonly known as sweet n low, saccharin has been around since the 1970’s. This sweet substance is said to be zero calorie, but also has no nutritive value. Studies have been done to show that saccharin causes bladder cancer in rats. After that, a warning label was required on its packaging. However, that label was removed after more than 20 years of its placement. Its removal was due to another study showing the cancer in rats was not relevant to humans.
Aspartame is one of the most controversial artificial sweeteners due the many side effects that it creates. It has now been banned in many countries, such as Indonesia, South Africa, India, Philippines, and so many more. Europe even banned it in children’s products. Aspartame is marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, Benevia, and NutraTaste. It is a synthetic chemical compound of three different ingredients – two amino acids (Phenylalanine and aspartic acid) and one methyl ester bond. These amino acids actually go in and attack your cells, and even pass the brain barrier to attack brain cells. There are over 50 symptoms that can be caused by aspartame, all the way up to coma or death. Please remember the names of the amino acids and check the ingredient lists of the products you purchase to make sure it is not in there under any other name. It is found in many popular foods, drinks, and even gums.
Stuffed vegetables have always been a normal meal at home growing up, given that it is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. Baked stuffed tomato, stuffed with lentils and onions, can make a delicious low fat, high fiber appetizer.
Prep: 20 min
Bake: 20 min
4 large ripe tomatoes, hollowed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small garlic clove, chopped
¼ teaspoon stuffed oregano
1 cup cooked lentils
1/2 small onion, chopped
¾ cup uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons grate parmesan cheese
1 cup flesh and juice cooped from tomatoes
¼ cup chopped and boiled mixed vegetables (beans, carrots, green peas)
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoon fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, butter a baking dish, and place the hollowed tomatoes inside. Lightly brush the tomatoes with olive oil and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine onions, garlic, vegetables, oregano, tomato flesh, lentils, quinoa, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Spoon the stuffing into tomatoes until they are filled to the top. Bake about 50 minutes until quinoa is cooked and tomatoes are browned in spots. For the first 30 minutes cover the dish with aluminum foil so the tomatoes don’t brown before the quinoa is cooked.
- Remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil and garnish with fresh basil. If you like, a squeeze of fresh lemon.
1 serving = 2 tomato halves
Total Fat 9.7 g
Fiber 19 g
Protein 18 g