Archive for May, 2012

the best foods for a bikini-ready body

water, water!
H2O is the most important part of any weight-loss plan. Since water makes up about 80 percent of your blood and brain, it is vitally important to good health — plus, it can help beat bloating.  Thirst is commonly mistaken for hunger, so staying hydrated will keep you from overeating.

 

green tea, please
Switch out your coffee for a cup of green tea. Green tea naturally boosts metabolism and may even aid in weight loss. Filled with antioxidants, this little tea bag can keep you healthy and trim.

salad days
Always choose salad when you can! If you know you’ll be indulging in a high calorie meal, try filling up on the salad course first to help cut your intake of richer foods.

soups on…
Not just a delicious comfort food, soups are also a healthy diet option. Dieters who chose soup as a snack before lunch consumed, on average, 100 fewer calories per day than others.

grains

Whole grains are filled with fiber, which is key to maintaining a healthy weight — it can even help you shed some. Whole grains take longer to digest and absorb, which will make you feel full longer,  they also work to increase your metabolism.

protein
Eating protein can help you lose fat and build lean muscle tissue. Meat eaters your best option is lean turkey, while vegetarians should choose beans, lentils, and nuts.

oats
Oatmeal is your friend! Steel cut or rolled oatmeal contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Translation: you’ll stay full, consume your daily does of vitamins and minerals, and, you know, be regular.

fruits and vegetables

Who doesn’t love a fruit salad or veggie platter?

Filled with soluble and insoluble fiber,  fruits and vegetables are a super fat-burning foods. So fill up on as much as you want of them without  guilt or remorse. Now that second trip to the fruit salad doesn’t sound like a bad idea after all!

 

grapefruit
Grapefruit is packed with vitamin C which can help reduce insulin levels, this promotes weight loss. And they’re delicious — like a desert you can consume any time of the day!

the breakdown on SPF

Summer is at our heels, tartelettes — for you west coast girls it is already here (lucky)! But with rising temps come harmful rays, and by now you should know that sun protection is key to maintaining a youthful complexion. And today, I’m going to tell you why.

SPF

A sunscreen’s SPF, or sun protection factor, measures how much the product shields the sun’s shorter-wave ultraviolet B rays, known as UVB radiation, which can cause sunburn — this leads to wrinkles and skin damage, not to mention skin cancer. You should be wearing a daily protection level of anywhere between SPF 15 to SPF 30. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and when spending time in direct sunlight,  you should reapply your every two hours. Many people — like me before I wrote this blog — are not sure how much sunscreen they need to apply in order to achieve full protection; one ounce or a shot glass size full of sunscreen should cover your entire body.

When shopping around for sun block, you want to choose one that guards against both UVA and UVB rays, this will help  maintain and protect the health of your skin and  prevents signs of aging from sun damage. I’ve broken down a list of products that will keep you covered when frolicking around outside this summer,  wherever in the world you may be.

Replenishing Solar Defence copy.jpg1. For full face coverage try MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30

 

2. For all over protection try Suntegrity all natural moisturizing body protection, broad spectrum SPF 30

 

 

3. Hair too is in danger when exposed to the sun, prevent sun damage to your hair by applying REDKEN Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12

 

4. What about my makeup you ask? Not to worry tarte offers a smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted moisturizer w/SPF 20

5. Protective accessories!

 

Sunglasses..duh!

Hide under a hat!