Archive | August, 2010

6 Foods for Healthy Skin

17 Aug

1. SALMON

Salmon is an ideal food for many reasons, but as far as your skin’s concerned, there’s only one that matters: It’s among the world’s greatest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Those are the essential fats that, along with bolstering the cognitive powers of your brain, concentrate in the walls of your epidermal cells to help lock in moisture. Plus, in one study, researchers supplemented two groups of mice with either omega-3 or omega-6 fats. After two weeks, the skin of the omega-3-fed group exhibited a 20 percent faster recovery rate from exposure to ultraviolet light. That gives salmon two crucial skin boons: keeping your skin from looking dry and helping it battle the dangers of excessive sunlight.
Other omega-3 foods: sardines, walnuts, flaxseed

2. CARROTS

Carrots are teeming with tiny orange pigments called beta-carotene, and when you ingest those pigments, you’re inviting them to nestle into your skin, fill in blotches, and give you a healthy glow. And what’s more, research shows that this can actually help prevent premature aging from sun damage. But is the accumulation of orange in your skin going to make you look like an extra from Jersey Shore? Well, hopefully not. But eating excessive loads of carotene-rich foods can lead to a condition called carotenosis, wherein your skin stops looking healthy and starts looking, well, orange. But the conditions is rare, so unless you notice yourself turning into a prison jumpsuit, feel free to chow down.

Other beta-carotene foods: sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, red grapefruit

3. AVOCADO

One study published by The Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people with higher intakes of olive oil had fewer wrinkles than people with higher intakes of butter. The reason: Butter is loaded with saturated fat, while olive oil is rich in monounsaturates, the same essential fats that make up more than 50% of the calories in an avocado. So why eat avocado over olive oil? Both are good, but avocados have the added bonus of B vitamins, which also help to keep your skin looking vibrant and smooth.

Other monounsaturated-fat foods: olive oil, almonds, peanut butter

4. BEANS

Legumes, to be more precise. This is the class of plants that includes black beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, and peanuts. And how do these puny pods protect your face? By smoothing out wrinkles. Australian researchers analyzed the diets of more than 400 elderly men and women and found that high intakes of legumes—alongside vegetables and healthy fats—resulted in 20% fewer wrinkles over time. The effect is likely a result of isoflavones—potent antioxidants—concentrated in the beans.

Other isoflavone-rich foods: alfalfa, tempeh, tofu

5. GRAPES

Besides providing protection from heart attack and stroke, antioxidants called polyphenols found in grapes can also help keep middle-aged skin from sagging. That’s because polyphenols improve skin’s elasticity by strengthening collagen, the primary protein in skin’s innermost layer.

Other polyphenol-rich foods: grape juice, blueberries

6. WATER

Okay, it’s not as fun to drink as wine, but water is the strongest weapon you have against lifeless skin. That’s why they call it “moisturizing”—because you’re trying to lock moisture, aka water, into your skin. To put it broadly, all the body’s processes rely on hydration, so if you’re not sipping throughout the day, you’re likely to have a slower metabolism, groggier head, and, yes, drier skin. One study suggested that it takes a mere half-liter of water to create a measurable increase in the capillary blood flow to your body’s outer layer. That’s just over 16 ounces. Try doing that a few times a day and you’ll have a face like a baby’s bottom in no time.
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Pineapple, Mango, and Jalapeno Salsa

17 Aug

Pineapple, Mango, and Jalapeno Salsa
From Sarah Kerr
Ingredients

1/2 pineapple, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 mango, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1-2 medium green jalapenos (adjust heat amount to your personal taste), small dice
1 1/2-2 small red onions, small dice
1 red bell pepper, small dice
2-3 large tomatoes, small dice
2-3 ripe but firm avocados, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently to avoid mashing the avocados and fruit. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate to chill the salsa. The acidic juice from the pineapple will keep all the ingredients fresh and colorful. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips.
Makes about 4 cups.

Liquid Valium

17 Aug

1 part Bourbon
1 part Peach Schnapps
Splash Cranberry Juice
Splash Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, two shot glasses or in a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Time to change my bedroom

6 Aug
Since i have to stay in the house one more year i am going to redecorate my rooms or i will go insane. i have to merge my modern love for his traditional sense. Here are some of my inspirations. i am feeling beiges heavy covers and very soft plush fabrics and heavy curtains.

Body Shaper

4 Aug

I will admit it…. I am 32 and I need a body shaper. I remember back in the day, okay i dont remember, but i saw in movies and heard my grandmother talk about those times. That woman had style and a sort of sophisticated fashion sense. They wore slips, gurdles, and undergarments.

Well my problem areas are my tummy. i am a slim athletic built person and when extra weight comes it comes to my mid section and rear end (which I have no complaints there). any way i have found a few items that i am going to have to purchase.

SPANX: Hide & Sleek Body Smoothing Camisole Smoothes the midriff, with a double layer along the bust for support. The search for the perfect undershirt is over. The SPANX® Hide & Sleek Body Smoothing Cami offers coverage from sheer fabrics and tummy slimming all at once.  $42.00

Style #050

Light body-shaping camisole

Constructed of moisture-wicking microfiber

Double layer compression starts below the bust

Smoothes and firms the midriff

Creates a smooth line underneath your clothing

Higher back to avoid visible lumps or bulges

Slick yarns won’t cling to clothes

Lightweight stitching on straps for comfort

Tucks into pants and skirts for an invisible look
 
 
 

 
SPANX: Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Panty $42.00
 
 Firm smoothing all the way up to the bra line! Smooth, seam-free fabric and nonbinding leg for a perfect silhouette under clothes. Ultra-sleek, soft fabric provides double layer compression to smooth and firm.

Style #140

Full coverage, high-waisted brief

Shimmering, stretch microfiber

Provides light control

Double layer compression smoothes tummy and rear

Moisture-wicking fabric for a cool, dry feel

Silicone elastic waistband maximizes comfort

Creates a smooth line underneath your clothing

No visible panty lines

Cotton gusset

Tagless for comfort
 

  Corselette Latex Body Shaper  $72.00
   

Va Bien: Ultra-Lift Low Plunge Body Briefer. $80.00                                                                                                                                                                                 Give your bust a boost and your tummy a tuck with this low-back, firm-control shaper. Patented Ultra-Lift underwire cups enhance cleavage. It even comes equipped with convertible bra straps!

Style #1500

Firm control, low back body shaper

Shimmery microfiber

Sheer mesh detail on front

Patented Ultra-Lift boned cups for shape and support

Side boning provides additional shaping

Double-lined front panel for extra tummy control

Converts to criss-cross or halter

Satin bow on plunging neckline

Fully adjustable straps

Cotton panel

Convenient hook and eye gusset

No closure – step into it like a bathing suit

European cup sizes. See size chart for U.S. conversion.

Flexees: Fat-Free Dressing Boyshorts $26.00 
 
Style #3017

Firm control boyshorts

Stretch nylon

Tummy flattening hidden panel

Cotton gusset

Covered elastic waistband
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All of these things can be purchased at barenecessities.
 
P.S. you know what is funny that all of these models are skinny  and they do not need a damn shaper