10 Summer Foods You NEED to Eat Right Now

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Yes, it’s amazing to be able to hit the beach or the pool whenever you want. But another great part of summer is all of the deliciously healthy options available right now. Take advantage of the season by loading up on these perfect warm-weather foods that taste amazing—and are packed with vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Frozen Cherries
You’ve probably heard about, tried, and loved frozen grapes—but what about frozen cherries? Cherries are packed with anthocyanins, which give them their deep red color and anti-inflammatory properties. Granted, we’re not talking about those bright red maraschino cherries you find bottled in syrup. Just take fresh cherries, and toss them in the freezer overnight for an anytime sweet treat. Alternatively, you can also buy unsweetened cherries that are already frozen; they’re available at most supermarkets.

Gazpacho
Sick of salads? Try gazpacho. It has all the nutrient powerhouses of a salad—such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. Plus, it’s super-refreshing (and definitely a great way to beat the heat).

Grilled Pineapple
Fire up the grill, and throw on some pineapple! Unlike your typical cookout treats and desserts, pineapple is vitamin-rich and low in calories. Plus, since it has fiber, it’ll help keep you full and prevent you from overeating. Pineapple is also the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. Thread a few slices on a skewer, and grill them for a few minutes on each side for a smoky-yet-tropical dessert.

Ceviche
Ceviche’s not just delicious; it’s also packed with satiating protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Just mix your favorite assortment of raw fish and/or shellfish, and let it chill overnight in lime juice. The next day, add some chopped veggies, olive oil, and herbs (like cilantro or parsley), and voila—you’ve got a fabulous and refreshing entrée.

Grilled Corn
What’s a cookout without corn? This summer staple is packed with antioxidants and fiber to help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day. Make sure you keep turning the cob so that every inch of corn is grilled to perfection. You can also sprinkle some cotija cheese or cayenne pepper on top for an added burst of flavor.

Watermelon and Feta
This is a match made in summer heaven. Watermelon is rich in lycopene and vitamins A and C. Plus, it’s more than 90 percent water, making it a refreshing way to stay hydrated. Mix watermelon chunks with some crumbled feta, fresh mint, and lime juice for a sweet and salty summer appetizer.

From http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/best-summer-foods

5 Things That Ruin Your Clothes

1. The label on the neckline of your new blouse is probably sewn right into the seam. So don’t cut it out yourself.

2. Never iron a garment right-side out, especially anything made of silk. If you don’t turn those gabardine pants inside out first, they’re going to end up as shiny as a mirror.

3. Don’t douse a stain with club soda — the sodium in the water just makes it penetrate more deeply into the fabric.

4. If you get food on your favorite outfit, don’t wet your napkin and blot the stain. White restaurant napkins are usually soaked in bleach at a commercial laundry — and the water can activate the bleach and discolor your clothes.

5. Whatever else you do, don’t lie to your dry cleaner, even if you panicked and used some crazy remedy you got from an old book.

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11 ways you can trick yourself into dozing off

Sleeping-womanA survey has found that 86% of us suffer from sleep disturbance. You can trick yourself to sleep by trying these expert natural tips…

1. Inhale through your left nostril
This yoga method is thought to reduce blood pressure and calm you. Lie on your left side, resting a finger on your right nostril to close it. Start slow, deep breathing in the left nostril. This technique is particularly good when overheating or menopausal hot flushes are preventing sleep.

2. Squeeze and relax
Relaxing all your muscles can prepare your body for sleep. Lying on your back, take a deep, slow breath in through your nose and, at the same time, squeeze your toes tightly as if you are trying to curl them under your foot, then release the squeeze.

On another slow breath, curl your foot up toward your knee, then release. Breathe again, contract your calf muscles, then your thighs, buttocks, belly, chest, arms, and so on until you have moved all the way up your body, squeezing and releasing the muscles one by one.

When you have gone from head to toe, your breathing should be steady and you should feel ready for sleep.

3. Try to stay awake
Challenge yourself to stay awake – your mind will rebel! It’s called the sleep paradox. Keep your eyes wide open, repeat to yourself “I will not sleep”. The brain doesn’t process negatives well, so interprets this as an instruction to sleep and eye muscles tire quickly as sleep creeps up.

4. Rewind your day
Remembering the mundane detail in reverse order clears your mind of worries. Recall conversations, sights and sounds as you go. It helps you to reach a mental state that’s ready for sleep.

5. Roll your eyes
Closing your eyes and rolling the balls up three times can do the job. It simulates what you do naturally when you fall asleep and may help trigger the release of your sleepy hormone, melatonin.

6. Just imagine
Visualization meditation works best when you use at least three senses. Imagine yourself in a situation where you feel content – a tropical paradise, sailing on calm waters, walking in flower fields.

As you explore your “happy place” imagine smelling flowers, feeling grass or sand under your feet and hearing water lap against the boat. You should soon feel relaxed and drift off.

7. Hum to yourself
This yoga meditation generates an all-pervading sense of calm.

Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, drop your shoulders, relax your jaw, but keep your mouth gently closed. Breathe in through your nose as deeply as is comfortable, ensuring your abdomen, not chest, rises.

Breathe gently out of your mouth, lips together so you hum. Try to hum for the whole out-breath. Notice how it vibrates in your chest. Focus fully on this vibration over six breaths then sit quietly for a moment. Tell yourself “I am ready for sleep”, get up slowly and go to bed.

8. Press here!
There are special points in the body which promote sleep when pressed gently but firmly. Put your thumb on the point between your eyebrows at the top of your nose, where there’s a slight indent. Hold for 20 seconds, release briefly and repeat twice more.

Next, sit on the edge of the bed and put your right foot across your left knee. Find the slight indent between your big toe and second toe and press in the same way.

Finally, still supporting your right foot, find the point just below the nail on the upper side of your second toe. Using the thumb and forefinger of your right hand, gently squeeze the toe.

9. Find your trigger
The key to this trick is to start the habit as you drift off during a period when you are sleeping well, then you can use it when you have difficulty.

Do something unusual, such as stroking your own cheek, as you nod off.

Focus all your attention on what the movement feels like. Over successive nights, your body will learn to associate it with sleep and repeating it should convince your body it’s sleepy.

10. Take a breather
Breathing naturally slows as you fall asleep. Synchronise your breathing with the wave as it becomes slower and you should fall asleep within a seven-minute cycle.

11. Make a worry list
Going over a to-do list in bed is a major cause of insomnia. Often it’s because you’re frightened of forgetting what needs doing. So before bed, write your list on paper so you can forget it until next day. You could also imagine filing your thoughts in a cabinet. You’ll be calmer and more likely to sleep.

 

 

20 Signs He’s in Love With You

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1. He looks up the movie you’ve been waiting to see and surprises you with a date night. He might not want to see it, but he knows all the show times in a five mile radius.

2. He brings you flowers for no reason. Some women think this is tacky. It isn’t. 

3. He really tries to make you come. Even if he lacks talent in bed, he’s making an effort to improve.

4. He doesn’t look at his phone when you’re around. Flappy Bird and status updates can’t win out over you. Suppressing the compulsion to check his phone, that’s love.

5. He texts you pictures of inside jokes and things that remind him of you. Somehow, he makes grumpy cat memes romantic.

6. He wants you to hang out with his friends. This might be hell for you, but he really wants you around.

7. He tries to hold you while you’re sleeping. You might wake up annoyed and sweating, but he just wants to cuddle.

8. He wants to know you got home safe. Don’t roll your eyes. There’s genuine concern in that “r u home?” text.

9. He cancels plans for you. You take precedent over guy’s night and sports schedules.

10. He teases you, in a good way. He can make fun of you in a way that makes you laugh, not in a way that makes you cry quietly in the bathroom later.

11. He remembers every little conversation you’ve had. That time you rambled about your nail polish preferences? He was paying attention THE WHOLE TIME, and buys you the right ones for your birthday.

12. He actively tries to express his emotions. This can be difficult. Ignore all the awkward pauses and uncomfortable shifting, and what he’s saying might be kind of sweet.

13. He compliments you when you’re not wearing makeup. Hell, he might not even notice you’re not wearing makeup.

14. He makes you dinner after a bad day. He might only know one recipe, but it always cheers you up.

15. Even if he’s not very emo, he has a sentimental streak when it comes to you. Dude has never cried, but he keeps a sweet love note from you in his wallet.

16. He surprises you with coffee. Just remembering your crazy convoluted order would’ve been impressive.

17. He thinks your annoying habits are cute. Even the thing where you separate all the foods on your plate with bread so they don’t touch.

18. He loves showing off your accomplishments. “This is my girlfriend, she just got her master’s and got a job a week later and is so smart and beautiful and isn’t she great?”

19. He remembers something you mentioned you hated one time, and never does it again. May you never fear sitting on a cold toilet rim in the middle of the night.

20. He begrudgingly gets into some of your girly habits. OK, a ton of pillows on the bed is pretty nice actually.

 

6 Steps to Make Your Room Mosquito Proof

Mosquitoes can be found around the world, especially during warm or rainy seasons. At worst they can transmit disease, or they may just provide annoying bites. How can you ensure you don’t have them all in your room?

1. Try to eliminate all hidden surfaces in your room. Mosquitoes will often hide on hidden surfaces. For example, if you have a chest of drawers with a roof past your line of visibility, it is possible mosquitoes can lurk there.

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2. If possible, avoid huge, grand curtains, at least in mosquito season. They provide great hiding places for mosquitoes. Opt for a thin white lining, where you can see them clearly.

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3. Obtain a mosquito lamp and use it every night. You will need to wait until it is dark outside, turn off all other light sources in the room and close the door leaving only the light on. This special light attracts, then kills mosquitoes.

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4. Keep your room clean. More clothes on the ground means more hiding places for the mosquito. Don’t leave sweaty clothes around, this attracts them.

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5. Crush a few camphor tablets in your palm and sprinkle the resulting powder on some surfaces and your bed. It will repel mosquitoes.

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6. Keep a mosquito bat handy and know how to use it. It will electrocute the mosquito.

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Styling Trends 2014 – Accessories

An explosion of vivid fluorescent mesh, zips, chains and mini studs hit the catwalk. Some spectacular looks in homage of the Sixties. Accessories establish an organic dialogue with outfits.

Bags
• lively detailing on hand and shoulder bags
• matching clutches
• bags provide fertile ground for an element of playfulness, covered with tiny pegs
• openwork takes on a new surgical dimension, like laser-cutting applied to all kind of surfaces
• bags with variations of weaving surfaces
• natural minerals and wicker are mixed with ultra-sophisticated materials to recoup a natural energy
• bags with graphic and appliquéd decoration are the key and look super fresh when matched to the garment they are worn with

Belts
• weaving beltser lacework and raffia’ caps and visors

Shoes
• laser-cutting details on shoes
• shoes with weaving optics
• shoes with heels out of sea-worn wood
• shoes with shells and net optics
• pointed sandals and stilettos with chain details

Head wear
• hats out of wicker
• perforated leather fisherman’s updates or semi-sheer lacework and raffia’ caps and visors

Jewellery
• brooches out of sea-worn wood
• necklaces out of natural minerals mixed with ultra-sophisticated materials
• earrings and necklaces out of corals
• colourful necklaces

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THE 6 BEST APPS FOR VACATION FITNESS

Summer vacation is a welcome break from your normal, everyday routine. But just because you plan on getting some much needed R&R, doesn’t mean you should hit the snooze button on daily exercise. Striking the perfect balance between maintaining fitness goals and enjoying your serene surroundings is key when traveling. But, who wants to spend an hour at the resort gym when you could be on the beach, hiking, or exploring a new place? We’ve uncovered the six best fitness and travel apps tailored for all your summer plans.

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The App: Power 20
Where to Use It: At the Beach
Why It’s Awesome: Short, sweet, and to the point. This explosive, 20-minute full body workout focuses on strength training, balance, and muscle tone. You’ll fly through the basics (squats, crunches, lunges, plank, and wall sit) without any equipment necessary. And if you get bored by day two or three, upgrade to Power 20 Pro for $2.99. Bonus feature: The entire routine can be done from your beach towel.

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The App: Spring
Where to Use It: City Escapade
Why It’s Awesome: Walk. Run. Dance. Bike. Faux jump rope in place. Twerk at 1OAK. Every movement counts with this app. Plug in what you plan on doing and the app will automatically guesstimate your steps per minute. If you think the counter is too high or low for your personal average, perform a “Rhythm Analysis” to establish the most accurate step rate. From there, hit “Go” and Spring will calculate your time, miles, and calories burned, which makes getting lost in your favorite new city that much more rewarding.

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The App: Yoga Studio

Where to Use It: Nature Retreat
Why It’s Awesome: This app is totally worth the $3.99 price tag: You can instantly download 65 live-action yoga classes. Fit for all levels, cycle through 15, 30, or 60-minute practices to keep your chaturanga on point while fully immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Bonus feature: Yoga Studio keeps a schedule of all your activity, so you know which classes you completed and when.

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The App: MapMyHike

Where to Use It: High-Elevation Destination
Why It’s Awesome: This easy to use app is geared toward getting the most out of your hike and your workout. Specify your mileage goal and the “Route Genius” will design multiple options within your area. Once you select your destination, the app logs every aspect of your hike (including time, distance, pace, speed, and elevation). It’s also one of the only hiking apps that tracks your caloric expenditure (so that victory pisco sour outside of Machu Picchu will taste guilt-free). Bonus feature: Get the MVP upgrade and the app will notify friends and family of your location and progress via its Live Tracking.

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App Name: WaterMinder

Where to Use It: Everywhere
Why It’s Awesome: Chances are you already don’t drink enough water. However, when you’re traveling, hydration is a must. Between flying, spending long periods in the sun, and expending energy, you need to stay on top of your hydration game. And, of course, there’s an app for that! WaterMinder fills a cartoon version of you with water as the day passes—turning you into a Smurf look-alike once you reach your goal.

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The App: Calm

Where to Use It: On the Plane
Why It’s Awesome: From packing frantically to getting wanded by TSA in the security line to wedging yourself into the middle seat, airplane travel can be a total headache. By clicking on Calm, you will immediately be transported to a soothing naturescape with an equally tranquil score. Take a deep exhale and start “The 7 Steps of Calm” — a guided meditation series.

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How to Look Pretty and Slim

Eat healthy
Eating healthy is a very important thing. Eat good proportions though. Don’t eat too much of that food because it can be bad for you even though you may be eating healthy foods. Start  eating whole grain toast or more veggies. Eat less sugary things and cut down on fatty foods. Start drinking more water. You won’t be so dehydrated and won’t have as many headaches. Eating healthy can help cut down the amount of pimples on you without using makeup to cover it which just gives it a reaction and helps you get skinnier. Eating healthy will make you less tired and more energetic which is usually appealing to people. It can also help you concentrate just like if you sleep more.

Exercise
Exercise is an important thing to do. If we don’t exercise we get fat and lazy. Start doing push-ups and sit-ups. Less watching TV and playing video games. Just don’t over due the exercising. Anything you do too much is bad for you.

Posture
Stand up straight. If you improve your posture, not only do you decrease visibility of the rolls in your stomach, but you also gain confidence! Pair that with a winning smile and eye contact, you’re good to go. Especially if you have a small bust, try sticking your bust out when straightening your back out. This should make your shirt look less baggy near your tummy, rather making it appear more airy because of your bust.

Footwear
Match your shoes to your build. If you are short and heavy, a pair of understated platform clogs or boots can give you height, and also counterbalance your body size. If you are tall and heavy, a pair of dark colored flats or low heel pumps will make your feet look smaller without making you even taller. Avoid slender heels and sharp pointy toes; they will look small on you, and accentuate your size.

Makeup
If you like makeup, don’t wear too much. Too much can make you look like a clown or somebody who doesn’t know proportions. Wear some lip gloss and maybe some blush. Go for light colors in the eyeshadow like peach color or maybe light green. If you are a kid not in the teens yet, try not to wear any makeup at all. It will make you look like you are trying to grow-up too fast. Or at the most, minimize the amount you put on.

Color
Choose the colors carefully. Wear neutral color clothing. Colors like brown, grey, and black make you look skinnier and more mature. Colors like dark red can make you look dangerous which if you like that appeal go for it.

Confidence
Make sure to believe in yourself! You have to believe that you are beautiful in order to be beautiful. Remember, nobody is perfect or ugly. Everyone is unique and special in some way. Confidence is key.

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Choose the Best Makeup Brush Set

A makeup brush set is almost as important as the makeup itself. The brushes are what evenly distributes the makeup and allows for precise application. Choosing the right ones can mean the difference between flawlessly applied makeup or that which looks haphazard and, in some cases, as if it were applied in the dark or in horrible lighting. When choosing a makeup brush set, consider what each brush is for, what the brushes are made of and their quality, as well as how much the set costs.

The first step in choosing a makeup brush set is to know what each of the brushes is for. Purchasing a large set with a huge number of pieces is a waste of money if the majority won’t get any use. Whatever makeup is applied daily, learn what brushes are best for application and make sure those are definitely in the set. At minimum, you need four: a large powder brush, a slightly smaller fluffy brush (for blush, bronzer, and/or highlighter), an eye-shadow brush the size of a fingertip, and a smaller shadow brush (for smudging and blending). For each, look for a slightly domed shape — it rolls best across the skin with the least drag—and a nice fluffy texture, which deposits less pigment so you can be precise.

While some consist of synthetic materials, other fibers that can make up the brushes are pony, squirrel and goat. Natural brushes are typically fluffier and softer than synthetic brushes and also have a tendency to be more durable and costly. Some may not feel comfortable choosing a makeup brush set that consists of real fibers or they may feel it is the best option for what is often the best quality. The trick here is to use a natural bristle hair brush for the application of powdery makeup products, such as powder, blush and eyeshadow and use a synthetic bristle brush for wet makeup application, such as creams, lipstick and foundation.

Cost can be another factor in choosing a makeup brush set. Some sets are quite inexpensive while others can cost hundreds of dollars. While it may seem that choosing a good makeup brush set is as easy as buying whatever is on sale, it is better to consider other factors as well. In this case, spending a little more money could be a better investment as they could last you for years with the right care.

Take good care of your makeup brushes. Keep them clean and dust-free. Store away from bathroom products and preferably in dust-proof locations such as a container or a bathroom cabinet. Gently wipe down makeup build-up regularly from your makeup brushes. You can use water for synthetic brushes or simply wipe with a tissue for natural bristle brushes.

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How to Lose Belly Fat

Many women start gaining more weight in their belly as they age, especially after menopause. The body fat distribution changes — less fat goes to your arms, legs and hips, and more goes to your midsection. Some people even find their waistline widening while their weight remains the same. Nonetheless, the below steps will help to do away with belly fat.

Step 1
Jump-Starting Your Metabolism

Eat breakfast. It might seem counterproductive to eat if you’re trying to lose weight, but studies show that eating breakfast within an hour of waking up keeps your insulin levels steadier and your LDL cholesterol levels lower.

Eat breakfast around the same time each day. If you tend to sleep in on weekends, eat as soon as you wake up. Consider including protein and high-fiber foods (eggs, peanut butter, fresh fruit and vegetables) for breakfast — they take longer to process than refined sugars and complex carbs so you’ll feel full throughout the morning.

Avoid making sugary cereals, waffles, pancakes, French toast, breakfast pastries or instant oatmeal the sole focus of your breakfast. If you must splurge and eat something with refined sugars, balance it with protein or fiber.

Step 2
Decompress. Research indicates that the secretion of cortisol (a hormone your body produces during times of stress) is correlated with an increase in belly fat. Some strategies for combating everyday stress:

Enough sleep. Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep every night to function properly. Set aside time to relax. Even if it’s only 15 minutes on your lunch break, find time to simply close your eyes, breathe deeply, and forget your worries. Keep your stressors away from your sleeping area. If possible, don’t work or do anything stressful in the bedroom. That the area should be reserved for rest/relaxation, and resolve to leave your worries behind as soon as you step into that room.

Aim to take 10,000 steps a day. In one study where men reduced their daily steps from about 10,000 to less than 1,500 (without changing their diet), their visceral (belly) fat increased by 7% after just 2 weeks.

Get a pedometer and try to increase the number of daily steps you take. Take stairs instead of elevators; walk instead of driving. Stand up and walk for 30 steps every 30 minutes. If you have a sedentary job, consider getting a treadmill desk.

Switch out refined grains for whole grains. In a scientific study, people who ate all whole grains (in addition to five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of low-fat dairy, and two servings of lean meat, fish, or poultry) lost more belly fat than another group that ate the same diet, but with all refined grains.

Grains melt fat. A diet rich in whole grains changes the glucose and insulin response in your body to hasten the melting of fat, and visceral fat, that deep layer of fat, is easier for your body to burn than the subcutaneous fat under your skin (the fat that can be seen and grabbed). Avoid white grains. For instance, eat brown wheat bread instead of over-processed white bread, and favor wild brown rice over white rice.

Step 3

Drink plenty of water. Studies suggest that consistently drinking water throughout the day can lead to a more active metabolism, regardless of dieting.  Drinking more water also helps your body flush out waste/toxins and improves your overall health. Aim to drink an 8-oz. glass of water 8 times per day, or 64 ounces total.

Carry a water bottle so that you can drink whenever you feel thirsty. Know how to tell when you’re sufficiently hydrated. You’ll know you’re drinking enough water when your urine runs almost clear. If it’s still yellow, drink up. Significantly reduce alcohol, sugary drinks (like Coke, 7-Up, Pepsi and all the diet drinks), and carbonated beverages.

Limit Alcohol Consumption. To lose your belly fat, what you drink is as important as what you eat. Alcohol from time to time is OK.  But forget about losing your belly fat if you drink beer & sweet alcohols daily. Alcohol also stresses your liver which has to overwork to clear the toxins. This can get in the way of building muscles. Drink alcohol 10% of the time. Example  Friday & Saturday night. Normal alcohol consumption, not the get drunk. Rest of the time: water, water with squeezed lemon, green tea, etc. Either that or forget about losing your belly fat.

Step 4
Stay Motivated. Looking at your belly or in the mirror gives you inaccurate feedback. What you see is influenced by food intake, water retention, light and your own perception. Self-image issues can make the last one tricky.

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