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Healthy Skin For 2017

As we age, the glowing skin that once came naturally to us during our youth seems more difficult than ever to achieve and maintain. The good news is, you can help your skin look radiant and beautiful from the inside out. The easiest way you can do this is through incorporating specific foods into your diet.

Did you know that certain fruits and vegetables have excellent benefits for your skin? Pomegranates are a great source of polyphenol and ellagic acid which are believed to help increase the beneficial effects of sunscreen. In turn, ellagic acid will help prevent premature aging and free radical damage to your skin. Another fruit that is believed to contain dermal benefits are berries. They are great source of Vitamin C which helps with collagen synthesis, maintaining the elasticity in your skin, and aiding in the prevention of oxidation which is essential for those who desire healthy youthful looking skin. Vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes can also help stop the dreaded signs of premature aging due to their high amounts of Vitamin A. These super foods are contain antioxidant beta-carotene which ultimately become Vitamin A. Ingesting Vitamin A can help protect your skin from the inside out and is also excellent when applied topically as well.

Probiotics are next on the list for glowing radiant skin. Studies have recently shown that as you consume probiotics, they line the intestinal barrier, which can help prevent certain molecules from penetrating the walls. This lining ultimately helps prevent inflammation that these harmful molecules would typically trigger thus promoting a clearer complexion without redness and flare-ups.

In addition to food, you should always remember to drink lots of water and green tea. Water of course will keep your skin hydrated and healthy and help it to maintain that dewy glow. Studies have also shown that consuming regular amounts of green tea can produce amazing benefits for your skin such as preventing skin cancer. The properties in green tea paired with the use of sun screen can make all the difference in the wellness of your skin as they can help release free radicals and prevent UV damage from occurring.

Lastly, for those who love to indulge, we have excellent news. Red wine along with dark chocolate are also believed to be catalysts in maintaining a youthful appearance. Red wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol which may help decrease inflammation as well as preventing blood clots within our bodies. While dark chocolate has been shown to help prevent the harmful effects that UV exposure can cause. So next time you’re thinking of splurging, you may want to consider these options.

Although these are just some of the foods of many that that can help your complexion remain young and radiant, the main thing to remember is that what you put in is what you get out. If you eat healthy and are conscientious of what you are putting you’re your body then it will ultimately show on the outside.

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Wicked Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Did you know the holidays is also one of the most stressful times of the year? Yep! Neck and neck with tax season. (I know, right?!) Are you thinking? “But all the joy, the merriment, the family?” Who are we kidding, right? Probably right behind that thought is the laundry list of things to do. The list of presents to buy, the date of the kids holiday performances, not to mention making the costumes, decorating the house, trimming the tree, the office party, all the extra cooking, teacher gifts before winter break, who is coming in to town, and who in the family no longer speaks to the other (that always makes for an interesting dinner), where will all the money needed for this come from…the list seems never ending. We won’t even broach the subject of waiting in a million lines… EVERY WHERE.
Between the seemingly Santa sized list of to-do’s, must have’s, and not to be forgotten, it is incredibly easily to lose complete sight of your goals you set back in September. Did you know on average people gain between 10-15 lbs. over the holiday season? 10-15 LBS!!!! That’s a staggering amount especially when you have been working so hard to get it off. Stress, less time to exercise, and more time eating and drinking the worst of the worst, all that holiday merriment quickly gets out of hand and January presents itself to you no longer fitting in to your skinny jeans that you just got back into months ago.
Luckily, with some pre-planning, it doesn’t have to be this way! You have probably heard of the Elf on the Shelf or maybe even use it with your kids. The Elf keeps a watchful eye on the kids, reports back to Santa nightly and returns every morning in a different “sneaky” place. If you are like most of us, we use this “toy” to keep our kids behaving in the month of December. Man, it works like a charm too…the horrifying thought of “Santa” finding out they fought with their siblings or did something they weren’t supposed to…(like maybe steal a cookie from the cookie jar)… Well, maybe adults need an elf of the shelf as extra “eyes” to when they are being naughty as well. Someone watching when you are pouring that extra glass of egg nog to help deal with your in-laws. Here’s a start… don’t buy the eggnog. Around the holidays, extra junk inevitably finds its way in to our houses, pantries and even our work place. Yes, it is going to take some serious will power, but you can say no. Make sure you are bringing your snacks and lunch to the office so when the breakroom is full of calorie filled temptation, you can easily escape.
Don’t let yourself get hungry. If you get busy without preplanning your next snack/meal you are that much more apt to grab the first thing you can get your hands on, which will almost guaranteed be clean eating sabotage. Snack on vegetables galore and drink your water. Get enough protein daily which will lead to feeling less of a need to snack.
Don’t skip workouts. I realize time is of the essence and during this season there is never seemingly enough of it. Workouts easily get placed on the back burner, but they are IMPERATIVE for staying on track, not to mention mentally it’s the best combatant you have against all the stress that comes along with the season. An extra bonus, you aren’t just boosting good endorphins, but also your immune system to fight away the gift of the common cold that often shows it’s face around this time.
Choose your calories wisely! Imagine you are at an event, family gathering, office party, holiday get together and you are staring at a table of temptation and don’t want to seem bah humbug or anti-social. Suddenly the room seems smaller and panic mode sets in. Relax! If this is a pot luck event, you can start by making something clean eating YOU can eat and like. It might possibly even turn others on to a new recipe or even a whole new outlook on healthy living. If the food is provided, usually, there is healthier options. Almost every party these days offers a veggie and fruit platter, even meats and cheese (don’t go crazy on the cheese).
Let’s talk Liquor! With all the extra merriment of the season also comes extra drinking. When trying to cut weight, alcohol of any kind is not your friend, but if you are going to let your hair down and do some celebrating, certain options are better choices than others. Wine, red or white, you are looking at about 120 calories a glass (that’s in an exact 5 oz pour, which I can guarantee you are pouring possibly even twice that. Beer is loaded with empty calories, and leads to belly bloat. Mixed drinks of any kind are loaded with excess calories and sugars, easily racking up over 1000 calories if you aren’t careful. If you are choosing to drink, straight liquor in a shot or on the rocks, is really the way to go, when it comes to getting the most alcohol with the fewest calories. Keep in mind, the sweeter the taste of the liquor usually the more calories as well, so steer towards the “original” versus the flavored.
At the end of the day, the holidays, although packed with a ton of extra stress and things to do, can also be quite nice and a celebration of the year’s end. For some, a time to celebrate an amazing year with family and friends, for others a time to say good riddance and on to a better new year, but regardless a time of celebration. Life is absolutely for living in the moment and should be enjoyed, or else, what are you doing all this hard work for any way? Life truly is too short, but do not let all the hard work you have already done go by the wayside and derail you from the fast track to reaching your goals.

Who knows, maybe that Elf on the Shelf is making a pit stop at Wicked and letting us know what you have been up to. We do have connections at the North Pole.

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