Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A Modern Spin On Old Fashioned Recipes

There are two kinds of hand-me-downs that everyone loves. The first is a hand-me-down wedding dress for that “something borrowed,” and the other is tried and tested family recipes.

Some recipes have been handed down from one generation to another, from a mother to a daughter or a daughter-in-law. However, just as an old wedding dress might need some tucks and lifts to give it a modern spin, an old-fashioned recipe sometimes might need a few tweaks to bring them into the modern day.

Here are some classic recipes with a bit of a modern twist to them:

Weight Loss Help for the Holidays

The holiday season presents many fun opportunities to spend with friends and family. It is also one of the hardest times of the year for people to lose weight. Some venture out to lose the holiday weight they've gained after the fact while others battle to stay on their weight loss path despite the holidays. The holidays are particularly difficult to lose weight for three reasons: 1) food is abundant everywhere people go; 2) people are expected and persuaded to eat everywhere they go by family, friends and coworkers; and 3) the food served during the holidays is irresistible. However, there are some things a person can do to help ensure success on their weight loss journey through the holidays.

Because food is so prevalent, it’s a good idea to keep baggies of nutritious snacks and continually fill up on these foods. This helps people to avoid getting too hungry. In the face of temptation, hunger can cause people to eat things they normally wouldn't. By filling up on fruit, veggies or lean protein, people can avoid the sugary and fatty foods much easier.

Friday, 5 December 2014

What You Should Know About Investing In Gold

There are a number of stockbrokers who advise clients to invest in gold. Since gold isn't usually affected by a financial crisis and it doesn't tend to broadly fluctuate, it stays at a relatively stable value. Gold isn't held to the same standards in the market as money is, which makes it a safer investment.

How to Make the Best Investment

Today, the price of gold is decided upon by the London Gold Exchange, which meets twice daily to determine values. Before making any investment, it’s a good idea to get a basic idea of how the gold market works. Also, you should be watching trends in other, non-gold markets to stay on top of fluctuations and truly max out your returns. Many stock analysts find that the price of gold generally moves opposite from U.S. stocks, which makes it an excellent addition to your investments because it offers a sort of protection.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Your skin’s 24-hour cycle (because for skincare, timing is EVERYTHING!)

If I was to force feed you a rich beef stew at 6 am, followed by a roast chicken an hour later, it’s a definite possibility that your digestive system would rebel AND your energy levels would go into free fall. Similarly, there are reasons we don’t (usually) hit the gym at 3 in the morning, nor do we schedule killer tasks for midnight. Our bodies have a definite internal clock, which predetermines the best time to do work, eat meals and sleep. And for most of the time, we've learnt to understand and respect the same.

Unfortunately, we forget that our skin is also a biological entity (in fact, it’s the body’s largest and fastest growing organ) that has a similar internal clock. This internal clock determines the best time to moisturize, shave, wax or apply a treatment. There is also a time when skin will be most vulnerable, most oily or most sensitive. Often, we ignore this skin clock, which may well explain why all those creams, gels and serums are not delivering their promises. So don’t ignore your skin’s daily schedule, as that’s what decides the ultimate effectiveness of any product or treatment. Here you have it in a nutshell.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Why sex is good for your skin. And hair. AND it’s all backed by science!

Last week, when I was ranting to my doctor about a sudden outcrop of acne and dull-as-dishwater complexion, she said all I needed was more sex. Um? Uh? What? Because… WHAT?

Strangely enough, it seems she isn't the only skin expert who believes that more sex might be the answer to everything from acne to wrinkles. The more I research this subject, the more fascinating it gets… and there is loads of science to prove the connection as well. Dr. Yvonne Fulbright, author of The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Love Making, recounts a study where 3,500 men and women were put on one side of a two-way mirror and participants on the other side had to guess their age. The group with an active sex life had their age underestimated by an average of 10 years, while consensus was that the group with infrequent sex actually looked older!