Category: LifeStyle Written by BlackDoctor.org
Want an instant facelift? Try this Mask!
All it takes is 2 simple ingredients:1egg white and ½ teaspoon lemon juice.
Whip egg white and lemon juice until foamy. Gently spread mixture on face.
Lie back and let dry for no more than 10 minutes.
Apply 2nd layer on top of dried mask on face. Lie back for another 10 minutes (maximum 15 minutes only). Rinse off with lukewarm water. Splash with cold water then pat dry.
Firming and Moisturizing Made Simple
Grab some honey (organic, if possible but not necessary) and 1 egg. For dry skin use yolk only. For oily skin use egg white only. For normal skin use whole egg.
Measure 1 tablespoon honey, heat in microwave for few seconds only. Thoroughly
Mix honey with egg.
Apply and leave on face for 15 to 20 minutes.
Completely rinse off with warm water.
Natural Cleansing for Sensitive Skin
Whip up this cleanser to gently cleanse pores, removes dead skin cells, and softens dry, sensitive skin without irritating it.
Measure 2 teaspoons yogurt with 2 teaspoons baking soda.
Mix ingredients well, then apply to face.
Gently massage into skin for at least 2 minutes.
Rinse well with warm water.
Daily Toner for Oily Skin
Freshly squeezed lemon juice on a cotton ball is a great toner for oily skin.
Miraculous Moisturizing Mask for Dry Skin
Put 2 ounces yogurt and ½ banana in bowl.
Apply to freshly cleansed face and throat area.
Leave on for 20 minutes.
Rinse well with warm water.
Wrinkle Fighting Made Easy
Erase the years and lines in your face with this yogurt antioxidant, anti-wrinkle mask.
Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice into 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt.
Apply to face and relax for 20 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water and blot skin dry.
Beat Those Blemishes
This tomato oatmeal mask works wonders on blemished complexions.
Place 1 ripe tomato, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp instant oatmeal (or rolled oats) into blender.
Gently blend until mixture is thick.
Apply to blemished areas and leave on for 10 minutes.
Use clean washcloth dipped in tepid water to remove mask and wipe face clean.
Use twice weekly and start loving what you see in the mirror.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 01:46
Category: Food Written by Robbie Darby/ Hello Beautiful
#1 Coconut Oil
Olive oil isn't the only cool virgin out there. Add coconut oil to your diet and rev up your metabolism in a way that no other oil can. Obesity researchers at McGill University found that medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), the type found in coconuts, actually use up energy when they are metabolized. The calories the body uses to oxidize the fatty acids in coconut oil is greater than the calories they provide. Hollla! So it's possible to burn more calories digesting coconut oil than you get from eating it. Eat it, breathe it, smell it, swim in it for goodness sakes! Okay, maybe that's a bit much...but you catch my drift.
These beautiful vegetable flowers are amazingly filling and they are inexpensive right now because they are in season! This power food is often times overlooked...but thank goodness I have the skinny for you: Artichokes contain inulin which a type of carbohydrate that has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. They also have active compounds called caffeoylquinic acids or cynarin- which are super liver friendly. These compounds are such show offs- preventing the build-up of fat and toxins in the liver, reducing gallstone formation during weight loss, promoting growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines and acting as a gentle laxative by increasing bile secretion. Are you sold yet? I am.
#3 Dandelion Greens
Romaine and spring mix scootch over...the new clean and mean green lady in town is the dandelion green. Throw this delicious diva in your next salad and drizzle her off with a sweet dressing- the slightly bitter taste of dandelion greens pair beautifully with sweet stuff. Packed with vitamins A, B, C, D, and fiber, dandelion greens are also a straight shot to weight loss. Annnnd best of all, dandelions contain taraxcin a chemical that is thought to speed up fat digestion and liver sluggishness. Don't know about you but, I think this green is just "dandy!"
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 13:49
Category: LifeStyle Written by Robbie Darby/ Hello Beautiful
So here's the deal, our breasts are primarily made of soft tissue (not muscle)- therefore what's holding them up (or down lol) is the surrounding skin and internal ligaments. Known as Cooper's ligaments, this web of springy coils are designed to rebound and retract- that is until jumping, genetics, and gravity catch up with them. But don't flip out. The right sports bra can cut this damaging movement nearly in half, and can help prevent permanent stretching/sagging.
Size Em' Up
The most common mistake women make when selecting a sports bra is buying the wrong size. Just like your regular everyday bras, sports bra sizing should be based on both cup and bandwidth- so get a good measurement before you start adding sweat to your ta-ta's honey. Smaller cup sizes can usually get away with the general sized options (ie. Small-X Large etc.), but if your cup runneth over you are going to want to holla at those cup specific sizes. So, now that you know the 411, the next step is to try it on before you take it home.
Here are 5 Things To Inspect:
1-Are you boobies trying to break free? Lift your arms up and if they slip out the bottom go a size down in bandwidth.
2-Look back at it? If the back of the bra is higher than the front of the bra then either adjust the straps (if that's an option) or opt for a smaller band size here too.
3-Chin check! When you look down the center underwire portion of the bra should lay flat. If not then size up in the cup department lady.
4-Overflow is a no no. On the side, in the front or in the back, there should be absolutely no spillage. So don't give up. Keep testing sizes until it is snug but not scandalous.
5-Nobody wants wrinkles?! A good fit is a smooth fit. Wrinkles on the cups, near the straps or along the back is a good sign that your brassiere dedicated to sweat is too big. Size down.
Make It Last Forever (Or As Long As Possible)
Been rockin' the same sports bra since the series finale of Sex In The City? Throw them suckas out girl! The average lifespan of your sports bra is 9-15 months or 72 washes. With that said, wear beyond this time is comparable to being a Double D yet choosing to sport a training bra. Not only has the elasticity worn out by then, but the proper amount of support has thrown up the deuces too. So reinvest and take care of your sweaty lingerie by, 1) washing them only in cold water with mild detergent (skip the fabric softener and bleach) and 2) by laying them out flat out to dry (if you must use the dryer, use it on low).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 01:52
Category: Food Written by Robbie Darby/ Hello Beautiful
#1 Google Your Grub
Technology saves the day yet again. Most if not all restaurants have websites where their menus are regularly posted. This coupled with apps like Yelp and MenuPages there really isn't an excuse for not Googling your grub.
#2 Think Before You Drink
Before you even think about browsing the cocktail menu gulp down a glass of good old H20 -as this will give you a moment to address your thirst first. Then, once your thirst has been quenched, avoid sugary blended concoctions such as margaritas, piña coladas and other exotic mixed drinks. Sipping your calories is such a waste, so instead opt for a glass of wine, a light beer, a vodka and tonic or a simple martini.
#3 Dress To Impress
Not only is getting dressed up fun it can also help you save a few calories. If your sexy get up is holding you in nice and tight chances are you may not have such a problem passing on that second roll- I mean really...who wants to have to suck it in all night?! So dress to impress and stay fine while you dine.
#4 Read In Between The Lines
Words such as creamy, breaded, crisp, sauced or stuffed is code word for "loaded with fat." Other thug words to be aware of are buttery, sautéed, pan-fried and au gratin. However homie, look out for healthy diet-friendly words such as baked, steamed, grilled or broiled. Easy peasy.
#5 Divide & Conquer
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that serving sizes have grown significantly over the past 20 years. Hamburgers have expanded by 23%, a plate of Mexican food is 27% bigger and let's not forget soft drinks– they have increased in size by 52%! So follow this rule: Sharing is caring. Next time you step out to dine out share a dish with a friend or ask for a doggy bag asap and carry out (in your hands, not your belly) the other half. Hello tomorrow's lunch.
#6 Balance Things Out
Eating out doesn't have to be boring and bland. If you absolutely have to get that high cal dish, then don't wash it down with a fish bowl frozen cocktail. Or, order two appetizers instead of one thing from every course and skip out on dessert. Make sense? Basically live your life without losing your mind when you eat out and truly enjoy yourself (sans guilt).
#7 Start Strong
The best way to get some healthy fun in before your meal is to order a side salad or broth based soup. This will fill you up before the main event hits the table as well as help you get your recommended five a day in. Personally I find plain side salads to be a waste of time and money...so, if I am able, I just whip up one at home before I head out. The commute allows my garden greens to digest, that way once I plop down in a booth I am not ravishing.
#8 Sideline Side Sauces
That secret sauce is actually a secret diet wrecker. So sideline those high calorie high fat ramekins and dip (don't dunk) in moderation. By asking for all sauces on the side you are better able to stay in control. Do. This. Always.
#9 Be Fruitful
When the waiter slams the dessert menu on the table, look for the ones made with fruit like you are trying to find Waldo asap sis. Chocolate and ice cream-enhanced desserts will set you back, however that fruit tart won't be too off the charts...so make that your sweet treat.
#10 Chat And Chew
If you focus more on what comes out of your mouth (ie. words) as opposed to what goes in (ie. handfuls of calamari) your dining experience will instantly become "light." The fact that the body takes at least 20 minutes to digest food is no secret, so spend some of that time telling your man how funny your spin instructor is or your girls how hot that bartender (10 feet away) is. Either way run your mouth more, fill your mouth less and enjoy the entire dining experience.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 13:57
Category: Food Written by BlackDoctor.org
According to CNN, hepatitis A outbreaks from Costco frozen fruit have grown from 34 cases to 87 cases in one week.
So far, the cases have been reported in eight states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.
Here are the facts you need to know:
What is hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious virus that is typically transmitted by contaminated food or water, or by someone who's infected with the virus, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The infection causes liver inflammation. While mild cases don't require treatment, severe cases can lead to liver failure and death, according to the World Health Organization. Globally, there are an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A.
Vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure, and those who have already been vaccinated are unlikely to become ill, according to CDC.
Which product is causing this outbreak?
Health officials have link the hepatitis A outbreak to a frozen fruit mix used in smoothies, called Organic Antioxidant Blend, and manufactured by Townsend Farms, which has issued a recall of the product.
Health authorities have evaluated 68 of the 87 reported cases. Forty-six people reported purchasing the fruit mix from Costco.
Who has been most affected?
Forty-five of the 68 cases are women; ages range from 2 to 84 years, authorities said.
The outbreak has been traced to pomegranate seeds from Turkey that are in the fruit mix, according to Townsend Farms. The mix contains pomegranate seeds and other produce from Argentina, Chile and the United States.
Has anyone died?
36 people have been hospitalized, but o deaths have currently been reported.
I may have purchased this. What are the product recall codes?
At Costco, the recalled codes include T012415 through T053115; consumers can find these on the back of the package near the words "Best by." Harris Teeter packages have "Best by" codes of T041615E or T041615C.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 11:58
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