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How To Improve Your Diet & Eating Habits

How To Improve Your Diet & Eating Habits



 




Eating healthy is going to make you feel better overall, and you’ll likely find you have fewer health issues. If you’re sick and tired of your poor eating habits and are ready for a change, then you’ve come to the right place. It starts by you being motivated and dedicated to making wiser choices so that you can avoid the adverse side effects that come from eating poorly.
There are a few ways, in particular, that will help improve your diet and eating habits so that you can get your wellness back on track. Changing your behaviour isn’t always easy and may take some trial and error, so be kind to yourself as you adjust and make changes to your daily routine.

Keep A Food Journal

You can improve your diet and eating habits by keeping a food journal and documenting what you’re putting into your body all day. It won’t take you very long to do and will be an excellent way for you to turn your eating habits around quickly. You may realize that you’re eating the wrong foods or are overeating at mealtime. I’ll also help you not cheat yourself and be honest about what you’re choosing to put in your body when you write it down. It’s a great reality check that creates awareness around your eating habits and food choices so you can make better decisions in the future.

Read Nutrition Labels

Another way to improve your diet and eating habits is to read nutrition labels. There’s a lot you can learn by taking a quick look at this information and these details. Stay away from saturated fats and focus on consuming foods that are high in fibre and protein. The writing and labels can be small, so make sure you invest in a good pair of glasses if you have bad eyes. You can check out some options here and save yourself time and money by ordering a new pair of eyewear online.

Cook at Home

Buy a healthy-recipe book and cook for yourself to improve your diet and eating habits. Eating out is not only more expensive, but you’re likely consuming more calories and fat than what is healthy for you. You have control over what ingredients you put in your body and portion sizes when you make your own food and meals at home. It can also be an enjoyable and relaxing activity for you if you get the hang of it. You may want to challenge yourself to difficult recipes as you get better at cooking and want to put your skills to the test.

Clean out Your Fridge & Pantry

You’re setting yourself up for struggle right from the start if your house is full of unhealthy foods and snacks. Therefore, improve your diet and eating habits by taking the time to clean out your fridge and pantry and stock and organize your kitchen with nutritious options. You won’t feel enticed to grab cookies or chips if all you have are other healthy alternatives in your fridge and pantry that provide more nutritional value for you. You may miss these treats initially, but eventually, you’ll notice that you feel better when you eat healthily throughout the day.

Plan Ahead for Work & Travel

It’s easy to make excuses and fall off track when you don’t prepare in advance. Plan ahead for when you’re not at home, such as for work and travel. Improve your diet and eating habits by packing a lunch and healthy snacks for the office, so you’re not tempted to eat out. Also, when you travel, make sure you fill your plate with nutritious options and stay away from sweets and caffeine. Commit to your new eating habits no matter where you are so that you don’t let all the hard work you’re doing at home go to waste.

Conclusion

You should now feel empowered and knowledgeable about how you can improve your diet and eating habits. It’s an excellent first step in helping you live a healthier lifestyle so that you can have more natural energy and improve your mood. The foods you eat have a significant impact on your physical and mental health and wellness. Any positive changes you can start making now will set you up for a brighter future where you experience better health and happiness. Be willing to experiment and give these ideas a try so that you can see for yourself what a difference they make in your life. 
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xoxo

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Feeling Trapped? Motivate Yourself by Making Life Easier

Feeling Trapped? Motivate Yourself by Making Life Easier






It’s not uncommon to feel like you’re stuck in a rut. You may be doing things as usual but find that you’re not going anywhere. Additionally, some of the things that you found enjoyable may start to feel less exciting. When you’re stuck in a rut, you will remain stagnant instead of working to achieve your goals. Such feelings can be frustrating, but you can easily motivate yourself by making life easier and doing simple self-care.

Simple Things You Can do to Make Life Easier

Go for a walk

A walk around your neighbourhood is one of the best low-intensity exercises. While it won’t leave you sweaty, it will get your blood moving and increase your heart rate a bit. The increase in blood flow, the fresh air outside, sunshine, and the ability to explore your neighbourhood makes a short walk a great way to take a little break from your normal routines. Remember, a break is as good as a rest.

Go to bed early

Have you stopped to ask yourself which is the easiest way to make life easier? Resting! According to Medical News Today, getting enough sleep is vital for your wellbeing. However, getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night may be impossible for most people. But you can try to get enough sleep for at least one day every week. Choose a specific night when you’ll be going to bed early, even if it means leaving the dishes in the sink.

Appreciate what you already have

When you’re stuck in a rut and feeling less motivated, you can easily start seeing life through a negative lens. However, when you pause to think about what you have and stop worrying yourself about what you don’t have, you will be able to change your perspective for the better.

Read a section of a book

Are you curious about a certain topic? Visit the library and get a book about the topic, and read it in bits. Read a section of the book to avoid reading for an extended period. Reading is one of the best ways to enjoy life on a daily basis. However, it’s important that you make sure that you’re not harming your eyes by wearing the right Eye Contacts. By reading a thoughtful book, you will most likely have a few interesting ideas occupying your head as you go about your daily activities.

Take a longer shower

Taking a shower is a daily hygiene routine, but most of the time, it’s an automatic and quick task that you do before and after the day. However, rather than just taking a quick bath, you may want to take a long and luxurious shower. Let your body soak in the water and scrub every inch carefully. When you finally leave your bathroom, you will feel refreshed.

Bottom Line

We humans, tend to complicate things. Complexities bring along unnecessary stress, conflict, and difficulty. When you find yourself complaining about being tired, stressed, and unfulfilled, you’re most likely falling into a rut. However, even when you don’t want to do anything, simplifying life will help motivate you. 

Until next time,


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5 Ways to Properly Wind Down after a Workout

5 Ways to Properly Wind Down after a Workout


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If you prefer exercising in the afternoon or evening, or that’s just simply when you have free time after work, it’s important to wind down before bed. Fitness experts usually recommend doing exercise a few hours before your bedtime as optimum, because then you’ll have time to relax. 

Doing any kind of sport gets your heart pumping and gives you an energy boost. It’s important to make sure you do a proper cool down afterwards to bring your heart rate back down. In addition to stretching and relaxing the muscles, this also helps to soothe your mind.

Here are five relaxing ways to wind down after a workout.

Massage

If you can afford the luxury, massage is ideal. For any sports injures, aches or pains look into physiotherapy as well. If you’re stuck at home alone, or your partner isn’t heavy-handed enough, get creative. A tennis ball makes a good massage prop. Take a look at this video tutorial

Breathing exercises

Some people prefer meditation and mindful activities after a workout. For a beginner, a good way to start is with some breathing exercises. Cross your arms over your stomach and try to breathe deeply in and out through your diagram. Proper breathing is also an important part of yoga. Try out these yoga breathing exercises and accompanying poses. 

Proper stretches

Stretching needs to be controlled, careful, and take time. Speak to a personal trainer about how to stretch properly after your particular choice of sport. Your online and app workout routines should have stretches built into them, whatever the sport.

Stretching is a fundamental part of your workout and prevents you from feeling stiff the next day. It also enhances performance, strength and flexibility. Stretching is great for stress and relieves physical and psychological tension. Have look at this Stretching 101 for complete guidelines.

Aromatherapy

Give your senses a soothing treat after a workout with aromatherapy. Herbal remedies such as lavender, mint, and rosemary stimulate your olfactory and tell your brain to relax. You can also try essential oils on your aching muscles. Eucalyptus and chamomile are a couple of examples of natural muscle relaxants

Take a hot bath and read a book after you finish your exercise. It’s important to destress and take some time for yourself. Light some candles or incense. You could even try a relaxing milk bath. Have a look at these recipes for making your own milk bath at home.

Eat and Rehydrate

You will need to rehydrate after a workout so drink plenty of water or a sports drink. Choose a small snack as well such as yoghurt or banana. If you workout before dinner, then don’t eat too close to your bedtime as it might disrupt your sleep. 

After a workout, your body will need to replenish nutrients and refuel your muscles. What to eat and how much can depend on the type and length of the workout. Here is a guide to food choices after exercise. Find out what healthy foods work best for you and your workout.

All of the above should help you choose the ideal way in which you should cool down after exercising, or just as a way to relax before your bedtime.
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"You've Put On Weight"

"You've Put On Weight"



A friend of mine is getting married. She has a wonderful figure. However, she’s being told by close friends and family that she has ‘put on weight’. She has been told this so many times that she’s started to feel insecure and panicky. She’s getting obsessed about how to lose the weight.

I don’t know why women do this to women. All the people who told my friend she’s put on weight, yep, they’re women. My friend doesn’t feel fat. Or as if she’s put on weight. She certainly doesn’t look out of shape or ugly. But she feels ugly because other women have started scrutinizing her body because she’ll be wearing a wedding dress soon.


My friend is a highly intelligent, talented and kind person. She has better things to obsess about than a few pounds of flab she might have put on because she’s happy and in love. It makes my blood boil when women start to make other women feel insecure about their bodies. We already have impossible beauty standards to reach up to. We don’t need to be pulled down by each other.


I’m here to tell you that if you’re one of these women who tells other women ‘you’ve put on weight’, STOP IT. Stop telling other women how their bodies need to look. All of us come in different shapes and sizes. There is no one shape or size that’s beautiful. Also, it’s really not nice to judge another woman {or person’s} body. Focus on your own shape and body, and what you want to look like, instead of telling others what they need to be doing. 

If you’re one of those women who feel insecure about your body, STOP IT. Your body is your home. It enables you to move, run, jump and enjoy life. Why hate the home you’re in? I agree you want to see a few changes in your body. We all do. That’s okay. You can love your body and go about making the changes you want to make instead of hating it and trying to change it. 


When you love your body, what you’re trying to do to make changes will be more effective. So your fitness regime, healthy routines and change in diet will all yield results faster. Because now you’re doing them because you love your body so much that you want to treat it right. Not because you hate the way you look and you want to punish yourself. You’ll also be happier!


As a fitness instructor, I see this all the time with the ladies who come to my classes. A lot of them are highly insecure about their shape and they ask me what they can be doing more to become thinner/ lose the flab on their belly/ get thinner arms. Some even consider lipo and gastric surgery. 


And it makes me so mad because these women are beautiful, inside and out. They’re lovely, kind and generous human beings. I don’t see a single flaw in their bodies. Yes, some have bigger hips and some have big arms and some are taller, shorter, bigger, skinnier than others. SO WHAT. It doesn’t make them ugly. It makes them who they are. 


One of the women who come to my classes is curvy and stunning. What makes her even more stunning is that she’s completely secure in her body. She often says that she’s not coming to my classes to lose weight, but because working out makes her feel good. I love that attitude! Because she’s so secure in the way her shape is, she’s always got her hair and makeup done well and she wears clothes that flatter her figure. She never moans about being fat or hating her body or how much she has to lose. That’s so attractive and affirming. 



Surround yourself with women who don’t care about these things. I have a fitness instructor friend who I moan to when I put on weight. This gorgeous human being NEVER makes me feel bad about it. She always tells me that I look incredible. She agrees that I’ve put on some weight, but that I look stronger because of it. I love that! Because of that, I stop obsessing about my weight and I relax. 


Lastly, if you’re getting married, don’t go crazy trying to lose weight. If you put on weight before the wedding, you know what you have to do, right? Alter your dress to fit you better. That’s all.


Dress: Saji's Couture, Watch: Olivia Burton, Sunglasses: Aldo, Cuff & Bag: Parfois, Heels: Matalan, Photos: Ancita Sherel


If you liked this post, I talk about body positivity, health and fitness, and loving yourself in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. Available on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books, and more. Get your copy today!

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Stay happy!
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Concealers And Powders I'm Currently In Love With And How I Use Them

Concealers And Powders I'm Currently In Love With And How I Use Them





If there's one thing I'm obsessed with in my makeup routine, it's concealer. Like most brown girls, I have shadows under my eyes. It's compounded by the fact that my facial bone structure makes my eyes sink in, adding to the shadowy look under my eyes. While I can't change my face's bone structure {and I don't want to get fillers under my eyes}, the best I can do is use concealer.
I love that I can put on concealer any time and it instantly changes my appearance. It makes me look fresher. My under eye shadows always make me look tired. Concealer changes that and makes me look awake and fresh. Which is why I almost never step out of the house without concealer. And in a bid to find the best one, I have tried thousands over the years. Okay, not thousands, but several. 
One of my friends asked me to write a post on my favourite concealers, so here we are. Currently, I have a lot of concealers. And honestly, I think it's okay to have a few because again as a brown girl, your skin colour changes from time to time. I go to Thailand and boom! My skin is a few shades darker. Forget Thailand. The Bahrain summer months of July and August never fail to give my face a tan. This is despite religious use of sunscreen. 
So it makes sense that I have a few different concealers in different shades. Not just that, but of different consistency and coverage. I have some concealers that are very thick and provide full coverage. I have some that are thinner and are great for when my under eye area feels particularly dry. I have some that I put on when I'm in a rush. Sometimes my shadows are really dark and I just layer on ALL the concealers in a bid to cover up the purple-y grey crescents under my eyes.
 Note: this does not work. But does that stop me from doing it? Nooooo.
So enough of my babbling, here are the concealers I'm currently using and in love with:
The Concealers

MAC Cosmetics Pro Conceal And Correct Palette in Medium Deep is my number one favourite concealer palette right now. I can't live without it. I was introduced to it last year when I went to a MAC store in Bahrain. One of the makeup artists, Abeer, showed me how to use this palette and I loved it! What I love the most about this palette is that it has 2 correctors and 4 shades. This makes it very travel-friendly and lets me customize my concealer needs whenever my skin tone changes. 
Before this palette, I used to have a separate corrector and many concealers in different shades. Now I don't need to. Everything is in one palette and that's so practical. I had taken this with me when I went on holiday to Thailand and it was the best thing ever! When I got tanned, I simply used the darkest shade in the palette and it was perfect! Such a relief!
The consistency of these concealers is very thick, offering full coverage. A little goes a long way. I hadn't realized that the corrector I needed wasn't orange, it's yellow! The yellow corrector in this palette is perfect to take away the greyness under my eyes. I also realized that if you mix the yellow and orange correctors, you can get any shade of concealer you need. 
My MAC concealer shade is NC 42, and this concealer has NC 42 as well as NC 40. I also found it very reasonable at BD 15 for the entire palette since you get 6 shades. And hey, after all, it's MAC.

L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in GC 976 Pure Beige is an evergreen {everbeige?} favourite. I don't think I can ever stop buying this. It's a creamy formula and this shade always suits my skin. Because the formula is creamy and light, I use it to cover the darkness around my mouth. It blends really easily into my skin and feels light. Sometimes if I feel the MAC concealer feels too heavy and matte under my eyes, I add a little bit of this concealer on top to make my skin look more dewy and natural.



I love the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark circles Concealer + Treatment because of its texture. It's super hydrating and has good coverage. The consistency is thinner than the LA Girl concealer, but because it's really moisturizing, like the LA Girl concealer, sometimes I put it as the last thing before I set my concealer with powder. The sponge applicator feels great on the skin and it makes the application really easy. I really like that it has goji berry in it. 

The Application
I’ve tried a lot of concealer brushes and I have come to this conclusion- my fingers are the best tools. The warmth from my fingers melts the product and makes it easier to apply. It's also really easy for me to get into the tricky corners of my eyes using my fingers. For the Maybelline and LA Girl concealers, I put it on my skin directly then spread or pat it in with my fingers. 

The Powders
I like to set my concealers with powder. I wish I could leave this step out because I really like the dewy look of just concealer, but living in a terribly humid country like Bahrain means that your concealer will slip off if you don't set it with powder. 
Here are the ones I love the best and am currently using:


MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, BD 15

The MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder in Medium Dark was a game-changer for me. Because finally, FINALLY, I found a powder that actually matched my exact skin tone! Before this, I was always recommended powders that were too light for me. Because this powder matches my skin colour so well, even if my concealer isn't the perfect match, a little bit of this powder makes everything look seamless. This is a fine powder that sets concealer beautifully. It doesn't cake and looks very natural on the skin. I like to apply this powder with a wedge-shaped sponge because the thin part of the sponge gets into my sunken under eye area perfectly. A beauty blender never does.
The Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder in True Translucent is one of my favourite finishing powders. I've tried a lot of finishing powders but I really like this one because 1. it's really translucent, 2. it's super, super fine, and 3. it feels very light on the skin. It doesn't feel like you're wearing any powder on your skin at all. This powder is usually the last step in my makeup routine. I don't wear foundation, only concealer, so I need powder to set the concealer and also mattify my oily face. Under the eyes I use the MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, then I use a big fluffy brush to pick up very little of the Australis Finishing Powder and do a quick sweep of it all over my face.
And that's it! Those are all my favourite concealers and the powders with which I set them. I don't like the result of foundation which can look heavy and cakey, plus I believe in letting the skin breathe. Also, Bahrain with its super humid climate is not really the best place to put too much makeup on your face. Especially foundation. So I just use concealers and powders in places that need concealing.  
 
To end this post I'll say this- it's OKAY to be flawed. It's OKAY to have acne and rosacea and freckles and blemishes. Love the skin you're in. Don't obsess so much about covering it up or about looking a certain way. Don't think that you need to match a certain beauty standard. If you're a positive, kind person, you'll always look beautiful. Wear makeup for yourself, to look fresher and the way YOU want to look. Because it helps you feel better about yourself. And again, don't go crazy trying to completely cover those undereye circles or hyperpigmentation. It's alright if it shows. There are better things in life to obsess about than covering up your perceived flaws. 
Until next time,
Feel beautiful.
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The Perfect Things To Do When You're An Introvert and Just Want Your Brain To Shut Up

The Perfect Things To Do When You're An Introvert and Just Want Your Brain To Shut Up





As an introvert, I live inside my head more than I live outside my head. My inner monologue is always going on and on. Most of the time, I need to do something to either shush this inner monologue or to keep it company. 


Over the years I've discovered a few activities that do just that. They help me calm my brain babble or they give me more to think about. Good things to think about. Because we introverts love to get lost in our inner world of thoughts and daydreams.

I'm sharing these in this post because these activities help you relax and recharge your mind after all that peopling or simply when you’re bored or just need to bring your mind to that quiet space again {without having to meditate}. 



6 Unusual But Perfect Introvert Things To Do Alone:

1. Visit a Museum

I visited two museums recently and I realized how great they are for introverts. Firstly, they're so quiiiieeeet. That in itself is such bliss. Displays in museums require your full attention. Reading about a place or a piece of art’s history gets your mind thinking about it- the civilization, the people, what their everyday life would be like, how our times are so different now, so on and so forth. It’s such a great experience to have alone. You can completely immerse yourself in it. Better still- get the audio guide and you’ll be in quiet, introspective introvert heaven. I visited the Vatican museums by myself. I had an audio guide and I took my own sweet time in all 33 museums. 




2. Colour in a colouring book


I have a few adult colouring books gifted to me and I love them. Colouring in a colouring book is very soothing because it forces your brain to focus on the job at hand. You get lost in deciding what colour goes where, whether you want to stick to a colour theme or just use all the colours in your box, and to make sure you stay inside the lines so everything looks pretty. Or don’t, if that’s what you like. 
  

3. Bake something


    Baking is tricky. If one ingredient is too much or too less, it’s going to ruin your entire dish. That’s why I love baking as an introverted activity. You have to follow the recipe closely, measure everything precisely, and you’re rewarded with a fluffy cake or yummy cookies. It’s such a great activity to do by yourself. Bonus points if you get to eat the reward of your hard work all by yourself.


    4. Pinterest-ing


    Pinterest is one of my favourite social media platforms to lose myself in. It’s like a maze in which you want to be lost for ages. You can find an image you like, then find more like those. I especially like browsing through style ideas and different types of women's dresses, reading anecdotes about strong women, and short stories by unknown authors, written on Reddit and Tumblr. These stories are saved as images so you can read them fast and move on to the next one. Or of course, another favourite of mine is cat jokes and videos. If you love cats {or any animal}, this is the platform for an endless plethora of funny gifs, memes and funny animal videos. 



    5. Gardening/ looking after houseplants 

    Gardening or simply watering and looking after your houseplants is such a relaxing exercise for an overthinking mind. You have to focus on the plants, check how well they're doing, water each one according to the plant type, clean the leaves, spray all the leaves with water. Another reason why this is such a relaxing activity is because you get to see all the budding flowers and new leaves. Which is such a rewarding and pleasant sight. It's bound to cheer you up. 


    6. Organize anything 

    I think one of the reasons I'm such an organizing freak is because of how the act of organizing anything takes up every inch of my brain. {Every once in a while I'll reorganize my accessories, my makeup, my work desk and so on}. You can't think about anything else while organizing. Where everything will go, what type of storage to use, how to group things together. So many delicious decisions to make. So when you're bored or need to bring that zen back, organize or re-organize something. Just break it up into small bits or one chest of drawers or cupboard so you don't overwhelm yourself. Later on, you'll thank yourself as you use and enjoy the new way you've organized your things.



    These are 6 activities that I as an introvert really enjoy doing. They help relax a chaotic mind and stop all the mind chatter that goes on inside a typical introvert's head. You don't need people to do it with, so they make the perfect go-to for when you're all peopled out and need to recharge. 

    On A Style Note

    I purchased this skirt from AliExpress. I fell in love with the gorgeous watercolour floral print. Unfortunately, it was a size too small. But because I was {am} so in love with the print, I didn't want to donate it. So I asked my friend Sajida of Saji's Couture about what can be done with it. She took the skirt and added grey panels on the side, making the skirt a perfect fit. I still didn't like the length, so I added a matching white lace from my mother's lace shop, Lace Love, at the bottom to make the skirt longer. And voila! I have a beautiful, customized pencil skirt.

    It's always great to have a tailor or designer who can alter or customize your clothes. Or if you know how to sew and can do that yourself. That way even when your body goes up or down in size, you don't need to donate your favourite pieces.


    Top: Saji's Couture, Skirt: AliExpress, altered by SC, lace by Lace Love, Bag: from India, Heels: Steve Madden. Photos: Ancita Sherel.

    The top is by Saji's Couture. The great thing about black is that you can pair it with anything. But I usually don't like completely black clothes. Which is why I love the pearl detail on the neckline and sleeves of the top which reduces the blackness and sets the top apart. And pearls are always a classy touch.

    Black sandals and a blue bag complete this feminine but professional look.


    What are some of your favourite things to do by yourself that help you calm the brain babble? Leave me a comment below! 


    Until next time, 
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