#GreenBeauty! I need to know these Reasons why

Green Beauty has hinted its arrival. And why not as it is all about natural, organic and eco-conscious skin care, hair care, make-up, etc. In beauty, ‘green’ means understanding nature and human body as a whole. In this way, you beautify yourself naturally, free from synthetic, hazardous chemicals. Green Beauty helps saving money and becoming healthy.

Today sharing with you Top Reasons to embrace and follow Green Beauty now.

  1. Recyclable Packaging. When huge waste is collected, recycling becomes a major concern. Due to this many eco-friendly beauty brands use recyclable packaging and clean ingredients like Eminence organic skin care, which utilises recycled, non-toxic plastic. Do big cosmetic brands maintain this thing?
  2. Remember your skin absorbs your beauty routine. There is no filtering of cosmetics (applied on skin) by the digestive system unlike the way body processes food. So even Toxins in cosmetics which we put on our skin can gather in our system gradually. In this way, Green Beauty is a saviour!
  3. Beware of Evil Parabens! They too get absorbed. Creams, lotions, ointments, deodorants, etc. contains a preservative called Parabens (a group of compounds). The shocking thing this Parabens were found in Biopsy samples of breast tumour. No need to explain further what it is hinting to.
  4. Synthetic products affect your hormones. Cosmetic chemicals causes hormonal disbalance that can create havoc especially in the body of teenage girls. They are major consumers to such products.
  5. No cosmetic ingredient testing by US Food and Drug Administration. Europe has banned parabens, phthalates (used in fragrance compounds), petroleum (from eyeshadow to hairspray, found in everything), etc. So their products are inexpensive and quite different. But looks like US standards are lowered for cosmetics. May be because its not a food or drug but a cosmetic.
  6. Speculations are women can consume upto 7 pounds of lipstick in a decade. You end up eating lipstick you apply on your lips so better use lip products filled with organic ingredients.
  7. For boys, it’s easy to take off. Since women use cosmetic products more than men, percentage of chemicals in their blood is also more than men. Beware of this situation.
  8. Do brands reveal what ‘fragrance’ means? ‘A couple of essential oils and the fragrance is ready’. An absolute lie. There can be dozen to hundreds of chemicals (that forms fragrance) that causes serious reproductive issues or allergies.
  9. Your pay goes fruitful by going natural. Paying for cosmetics with simple and more natural ingredients gives better quality instead of cosmetics with fillers and preservatives.
  10. Natural product ingredients are just yummy. Organic beauty ingredients are nourishing too like coconut oils. Start using green pastures that also treats your skin apart from nourishing.

So Green Beauty sounds like a miracle, Is it so? Do comment and tell us what you have to say on this. You can refer our Facebook page to see other exciting and useful posts.

 

 

Weight loss alert! Cherish these Yummy Recipes .

Weight loss without Dieting at all! This is not a joke. It’s true! Gaining weight is not an issue until it becomes a hurdle in your daily routine activities. Avoiding hectic dieting schedules still enabling weight loss is a dream you need to realize in reality now. Try these tasty diet recipes without including much cost and effort to prepare the same.

Energizing Oatmeal

A good breakfast recipe to start the day with a bowl of oatmeal covering so many nutrients for a healthy weight loss.

Items Required:

2 cups water, 1 cup rolled oats, 1 chopped apple

¼ cup of raisins and dried canberries, ½ tsp cinnamon

1 TBS of ground flax seeds, chopped walnuts and blackstrap molasses. 1 cup non-fat milk.

Procedure:

Boil water and salt in a saucepan, bring the heat to a low level and add oats, chopped apple, dried canberries and raisins. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed.

Add flax seeds, walnuts with cinnamon, stirring them in a pan. Cover the pan and turn off heat. Wait for 5 minutes and then serve with milk and molasses. You gain only 402.75 calories and 2.5 mg cholesterol.

Healthier Lifestyle Tea

It’s a combination of green tea and lemon and hence a very cleansing and energizing beverage. If you are caffeine sensitive, you can drink decaffeinated green tea.

Items Required:

1 cup green tea

1 tsp lemon juice

Procedure:

Fill water in a non-reactive pan (glass or stainless steel) and bring to a temperature of 160-170F. Measure 1 tsp of green tea into a sieve and place in 1 cup hot water. Steep for 3 minutes and add lemon juice. Steeping too long make it bitter.

Green tea is renowned for health due to their potent ability to fight free radicals (as they contain Catechin Phytonutrients) and lemon juice is a concentrated source of vitamin C.

Citrus Spinach Salad with Shrimp

Baby spinach is a popular salad ingredient. Enjoy this low calorie salad. It has oranges to boost vitamin C.

Items Required:

12 cups fresh baby spinach

2 medium oranges (cut into small pieces)

2 TBS of chopped Dates, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste, 4 oz-wt cooked shrimp

Procedure:

Combine all salad items with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

Pineapple chicken salad

A low-in calorie pineapple provides extra boost of vitamin C for added antioxidant protection and immune support.

Items Required:

2 cup diced pineapple, 2 fennel bulb, sliced thin

½ cup diced chicken breast, 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1 TBS lemon juice, 12 cups salad greens, salt and pepper to taste.

Procedure:

Combining all items except salad greens. Divide salad greens on 2 plates and top with half of the pineapple chicken salad mixture.

Black Bean Chili

A weight loss dinner recipe taking only 30 minutes to prepare is rich in nutrients and is flavorful too.

Items Required:

1 medium chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed.

2 cups cooked black beans, 115 oz can diced tomatoes, ½ cup cilantro and 2 TBS chilli powder.

 Procedure:

Chop onions and press garlic, place all ingredients except cilantro in a pot, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Top with cilantro and serve.

Guacamole (just 3 minutes)

Popular in Mexico and Southwestern cuisines, it takes only 3 minutes to add this version in your healthy weight loss plan and get extra boost of vitamin A, C and K.

Items Required:

½ medium avocado, 1 TBS lemon juice, ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

Mashing avocado using fork and add the remaining items.

Getting full fledged nutrients is more important that does not always depend upon eating more and more. These foods are amazing to include in your routine and don’t require hectic efforts to prepare. They are cost effective. Try this to ensure that ‘This time No Dieting, only Weight Loss’.

The 8 Foods that make you Bloated

I ate something and later felt that stomach had swollen. Is it due to overeating? Feels like Bloated! Of course, yes, as the gas builds up in your stomach/intestines. Bloating can also occur when your body retains too much water, thanks to high-sodium grub. But getting bloated can slow you down and drain your energy. It can be avoided by limiting our consumption to these foods.

  1. Beer: Full of bubbles and worse than other carbonated beverages, along with alcohol, it can cause bacteria overgrowth in small intestine, hence leaving you inflated.
  2. Frozen Dinners: Frozen dinners and canned soups are often packed with salt. When buying such processed foods, do check the label to know the level of sodium present. The salt is added for flavouring and shell life but may retain water and hence bloating.
  3. Broccoli: Too much fibre based veggies become difficult to digest and produce gas in your GI tract. Cruciferous veggies like Kale and broccoli has raffinose, a sugar producing extra gas when breaking down. But veggies are rich source of nutritional benefits so don’t skip it completely. Instead cook your vegetables, the heat will break some fibres to reduce the effort of your body.
  4. Dairy: To some extent, many people are sensitive to milk products. When your gut bacteria breaks down milk, a gas releases giving uncomfortable feel. Try Elimination Diet where you abandon milk and cheese for 21 days and afterwards observe the body change, you will come to know whether milk products are real culprits for your bloating.
  5. Diet Soda: Your body does not know how to digest those artificial sweeteners wrapped under diet sodas. These sweeteners disrupt the Microbiota (body’s natural balance of gut bacteria) leading to bigger belly.
  6. Legumes: Its quite tedious to break down legumes. The body produce more gas in your gut when working overtime in digesting sugar and fibre. But legumes are a great source of protein, folate and iron so don’t skip it totally. When having a big meal (that may cause swelling), its probably best to steer clear of things like beans and edamame.
  7. Gum: When people tend to swallow while chewing gum or sucking a hard candy- then a part of what you swallowed is air. All of that extra air can back in your digestive tract and leave you feeling bloated. Like Diet soda, most sugar-free gum has artificial sweeteners that are difficult to break down by your body and hence causes bloating.
  8. Onions and Garlic: Onions have Fructans i.e. soluble fibres that may cause bloating. People who are allergic to garlic/onions are more prone to bloating. People can use collard greens, leeks, chives, basil, etc. as alternatives to onions and garlic.

Antidotes to Bloating!

1 Bananas: A potassium-packed fruit that can regulate your body’s sodium levels and eliminating the salt-induced bloat as potassium has reverse reaction to gut-busting effects of sodium.

2 Fennel: Your friend for digestion! They allow you to pee and flush out excess water weight (diuretic) and also have compound to settle digestive issues. You can add it in a meat or pasta dish as a stomach-friendly ingredient to consume.

3 Watermelon: Your body may retain water to combat dehydration but this can even cause Bloating. Ironically, drink more and eat water-filled fruits to flush out excess water. Watermelon is pioneer in this regard.

4 Peppermint: It’s oil can help fighting cramping and gas. Next time sip a cup of peppermint tea and say bye-bye to bloating.

5 Cucumber: A watery veggie containing anti-inflammatory element and may reduce the swell.

6 Papaya: It contains Papain that puts a stop to tummy troubles. Papain breaks down protein in your GI tract to make easy digestion.

7 Ginger: An anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, helps in fighting everything from ageing to the big bad bloat. Sip a cup of ginger tea to feel the change.

These are some stuffs to help you understand that Bloating is not always a normal thing and treat it seriously to feel light, comfortable and, yes, bloated-free!

Living like Vegan in a Non-veg world. Is it cool?

In the midst of both veg and non-veg food, being a vegan may sound tedious and too strict. By vegan, I mean ‘an ultimate, hard-core vegetarian who won’t tolerate any product derived from animal ingredient’. Although people are habitual to dairy products and meat/chicken, changing your eating choices can give you a unique experience to cherish.

Presenting top reasons to know why taking a vegan diet can be cool as well

Its heart friendly and cancer resistive

Heart diseases have been no. 1 enemy of human life. A vegan diet can help in tackling coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity as the diet has low fat and zero cholesterol (only animal foods have cholesterol). Continue Reading

These Processed Foods are Amazing! Know why.

When we here ‘Taste and Fitness don’t go hand in hand’, it disappoints somewhere especially the foodies. If you are so mesmerized to taste and fitness, you may think of including both in your food. Due to time constraints people often take Processed Food i.e. ready to use/eat foods without household procedure but end up neglecting fitness and so on. But no worries at all!

Here presenting you some processed foods that will take care of both taste and fitness. Take a look!

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