This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love With You! 7 Days of Pampering

Day 1: Teeth – Whiten your teeth. The teeth whitening strips that you can buy at your local drug store work very well. Follow the instructions and keep it up for however long it says to see results. Some take a full 7 days, while others are quicker and take only 3 days. Use whitening toothpaste to accelerate the process and keep your teeth whiter longer…and don’t forget to floss. By V Day, your smile will be enhanced.

Supplement: Take at least 800mg of Calcium Magnesium each day to ensure strong healthy teeth (and bones).

Day 2: Hair – Deep condition your hair. Before bed, wash your hair and smear on your favorite deep conditioner or vitamin hair mask. Comb through using a wide tooth comb. Put your hair in a shower cap and go to sleep. When you wake in the morning and rinse your hair in the shower, your hair will feel soft and silky and look shinier than ever. Note: sometimes deep conditioning can cause your hair to be too soft and unmanageable at first. That is why you don’t want to deep condition your hair too close to an event. Day two or three of the week before V Day is a good time to do it.

Supplement: Take a multivitamin to ensure your body is getting the proper nutrients each day. This will help your hair and nails grow and be healthy.

Day 3: Face – Give yourself a facial. Cleanse your skin with a mild cleanser. Using a facial steamer or a boiling pot of water, steam your face for a good 10 minutes. There should be the perfect amount of moisture on your face to apply an exfoliator. Rub it on your face in circular motions (be gentle). After about 2 minutes, rinse off exfoliator, dab face dry and apply your facial mask. Apply a soothing mask that gently removes dead skin cells and helps balance the skin. Leave mask on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off and use your favorite toner. Dab on eye cream and rub on your night time moisturizer. Spot treat any blemishes. It is recommended to do this at night so you are not forced to put on makeup or go outside. Get a good night’s rest and when you wake in the morning, you will notice your face looks rejuvenated.

Supplement: Take Omega 3 Fish Oil for healthy glowing skin.

Day 4: Skin – Exfoliate and Moisturize for smooth touchable skin. Rub exfoliator all over your body in the shower for about 5 minutes to smooth dry or rough skin. Rinse off exfoliator and use your favorite bath gel. Apply a thick layer of moisturizer immediately after you get out of the shower. To get a little color, apply self tanner evenly for the next couple of days before V Day. On V Day, apply a shimmer lotion for an extra glow.

Day 5: Body – Detox. For the two days before V Day, detox and drink lots of fluids. Get rid of any water retention and bloating by giving up salty foods and all dairy. Eat a lot of fiber and do a non-aggressive colon cleanse. Green tea and water are good to drink throughout the day between meals. Eat a variety of fruits and veggies with lean protein. Keep it healthy and you will feel great for V Day.

Supplement: Take an antioxidant to rid your body of free radicals and keep your cells healthy.

Day 6: Hands & Feet – Get a manicure and pedicure. Either go to your fave nail salon and have a professional mani / pedi or do it yourself at home. Begin by exfoliating hands and feet, pushing back cuticles, filing nails, moisturizing hands and feet and painting nails with a brilliant V Day color. Finish nails with a top coat, let dry and you are good to go.

Day 7: Valentine’s Day – This V Day is on a Sunday, so take the day and make it about you. Relax. Enjoy a bath and a glass of red wine. Read something romantic. Take a walk and get some fresh air. Watch a love story. Whether or not you have a date this Valentine’s Day, the important thing is that you feel beautiful and sexy and love YOU!

A Nutritious Breakfast Makes For A Healthy Day

As another busy year starts it may be time for me to give breakfast a wake-up call. I do believe breakfast is no doubt an important meal for both children and adults. Research shows that children who eat breakfast do better in their studies at school. They have a longer attention span, can concentrate longer and can be more creative and energetic. Starting your day with breakfast is a smart thing to do.
By beginning the mornings with breakfast you are creating a positive role model for your kids. A health and nutritious breakfast would usually include three or more items from these food groups: grains, fruit and veggies, milk products, and meat/ alternatives. When I was growing up the breakfast my mom would serve me would include cereal, eggs, toast, waffles, bagels, milk or juice. These are great items, but not so easy to have on hand on the busy mornings that today’s modern family eat and run mornings.

Breakfast does not have to be elaborate or time consuming. Busy families are looking for nutritious, whole foods to fill the gaps in their diet. One would say superfoods are what most busy families are looking for. Superfoods are foods that are low in calories and despite their low calorie content they are rich in nutrition. Eating superfoods for breakfast will allow beginning your day with a diet rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds.

Everybody should be eating blueberries because they are a great source of antioxidants and a good source of dietary fibre. They provide some iron and vitamin C, and are best known because they have more antioxidants than any other food and they taste great! Eating blueberries can be as quick and easy as adding a handful, while splashing some milk over cereal. Adding blueberries to breakfast will increase the superfood health benefits. The key is to rely on a mix of fresh ingredients and healthy convenient foods. Choose the ones that have the fewest ingredients. Time invested in breakfast is more valuable than a few minutes of extra sleep you might get from skipping breakfast.

A way of knowing that you and your family are getting everything they need to feel the gaps in their diets especially when you are eating on the run.

In an ideal world we would make every meal from scratch, using items we have grown in our gardens. The key is to rely on a mix of fresh ingredients and healthy convenience foods. But how do we find the good stuff, when so many packaged foods are high in fat, salt and preservatives? A good guide choose is to reach for the ones that have the fewest ingredients

Seven Steps to Healthy Habits, Healthy Weight

You know what you need to do.

Healthy food choices, healthy exercise, self-management…sure, you know what to do. You’ve been thinking about it for a long time. But actually doing it, day after day? That’s daunting. You may have already tried, and feel like nothing happened. Or you may make new resolutions every night, and fail every day.

You CAN make meaningful changes. You can build healthy habits. You can live more satisfied with your choices than you have ever been before.

So, no giving up! Here are seven things that will get you where you want to go; seven steps to the healthy habits that lead to success.

1. Get confidant. Small do-able steps in the right direction allow you to succeed. Begin every change with a plan you feel 80% confident you can successfully do. Big steps that you can’t actually take leave you stuck and hopeless. Walk a path that works for you, and be proud of your progress!

2. Get safe. Get rid of the sweets still hovering there on the counter; throw away the savory treats lurking in the refrigerator. Be ruthless. Those special foods do have a purpose-they are a gift of celebration to be shared with those you love. But they are not healthy nourishment for every day. Get rid of them.

3. Get stocked. Buy some really cool healthy stuff to eat. Check out the health food store, or the organic section of the grocery store-and get creative. You can’t simply eat less of the same old thing-it will not work unless you’re actually in lock up, and even then you’ll be miserable. You must eat MORE-more of the healthy new foods. Yes, I know it costs more to eat healthy. Your life is worth supporting. Buy the good stuff.

4. Get moving. Start your exercise with something you can do, but be sure it’s challenging enough that you’ll actually see results. The gym may not seem possible-yet-but a new exercise video may be just the place to start. And if you’ve been down this road before, and know you need more, why not try a personal trainer? I know you’re not Oprah-but hey, with just a few months investment, you could make some real changes!

5. Get the picture. Harness the power of guided imagery. Start each day with five minutes of future-casting. Sit, breathe, and visualize your healthy day, in all its temptation-filled detail. See yourself making the right choices, turning away from the negative choices you know will still be there, turning to new foods and new behaviors like walking and exercising. Let it happen first in your mind. You will be amazed at the support you will discover when the actual choice time comes-and that support can make all the difference.

6. Get specific. If you can’t clearly see each healthy choice, all day long and into the night, then those healthy choices can’t happen. You can’t do what you don’t know. So get specific. Get information. Join a support group on-line or in person. You can’t make hazy choices. You need the healthy option to shine clearly in each moment of decision. And you may discover that some of those “salads” are over 1000 calories! Get the real info you need to see the results you want.

7. Get on it. We don’t live forever, here in this body. Your life has a purpose; your time here has meaning. You can’t live your adventure richly and fully when you’re bogged down in unhealthy choices, struggling with an unhealthy body.

You are a beloved child of God. Respect that truth. Live a healthy, joyful life!

Healthy Breakfast Including Pancake Recipes and Omelet Recipe

Healthy breakfast is an important way to start of a healthy day. It is one of the most important element to a healthy diet. Here you can find a different twist of pancake recipes and omelet recipe that would certainly spice up your breakfast menu.

Potato Pancakes
Serves 4

Exchanges:
2 Starch

Nutrition values:
Calories 165
Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 610mg
Carbohydrate 34g
Protein 5g

Caution: This recipe is high in sodium.

Ingredients:
1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, grated
1/2 cup diced onions
1 large egg
2 tbsp matzo meal
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
Cooking spray

Cooking Methods:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Using the grater attachment on a food processor or a box grater, grate the potatoes and place them in a medium bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients (except cooking spray) and combine well. (The potatoes may turn slightly brown, but this will disappear during cooking.)

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray the skillet with cooking spray.

In 1/4 cup batches, place mixture in the skillet, making sure each potato pancake is evenly spaced. Cook the pancakes on each side until golden brown in color.

Transfer the potato pancakes to a baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked inside and out.

Serve immediately with a side of unsweetened apple sauce or fat-free sour cream (not included in nutritional analysis).

Omelet with Cheddar and Low-Fat Ham

Exchanges/Choices:
2 Lean Meat

Nutritional Values:
Calories 85, Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 325mg, Carbohydrate 2g, Protein 15g

Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 tbsp chopped low-fat ham
2 tsp grated cheddar

Cooking Methods:
Preheat a nonstick pan to medium heat. Remove pan and quickly coat with cooking spray for 1 second. Place back on the heat, pour egg substitute into pan. Allow egg mixture to cook until almost done. Add ham and press down, then flip and cook for 15 seconds. Flip egg again add cheese and slide finished omelet onto a plate to serve.

Tips for the kitchen:
Add some more flavor to this tasty omelet with one or more of these optional additions – mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, fresh spinach and herbs such as chives, thyme, basil, oregano or dill.