• 20Jun

    When you’re a new mommy, you have so much to do and somehow, you end up at the bottom of the list. Even though the new baby is important, don’t forget about yourself. Consider these ways you can develop your appearance and enhance your beauty as a new mom.

    1. Makeup Routine
    You won’t be getting a lot of sleep during the first few months. In order to balance it all and look bright-eyed, dab some concealer under your eyes. Put on some mascara and these two steps will help you look well-rested and stunning. Add a bright-colored lipstick or pretty lipgloss to pull the look together.

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    2. Hair
    Consider wearing a simple style that allows you to be comfortable and effortlessly chic. Whether it’s a specific haircut that’s easy to maintain or a sleek bun, find ways to pull your hair together and keep it moving. You can also throw on a fun bolero or stylish cap whenever you’re having a bad hair day.

    3. Wardrobe
    Choose outfits that are effortless and easy to clean. It makes no sense to have a bunch of designer clothes that the baby will eventually spit up on. Chances are you’ll have to change your clothes multiple times every day. Consider a uniform of a cute cotton v-neck t-shirt in a bright color matched with a pair of comfortable jeans or leggings. Accesorize with a fun necklace, a few bangles or a nice pair of earrings. Keep it simple and fresh for those first few months when everything is hectic.

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    4. Nutrition
    Eating right is so important. If you’re a mom who prefers to snack, find healthy options for your favorite snacks. If you like chips, try carrots and hummus instead. You can also purchase popcorn kernels and create your own popcorn at home. It’ll be a lot healthier and it’ll taste great too. Just be sure to add the right seasonings like nutritional yeast flakes and a dash of vegan butter. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink tons of water before you reach for that beloved cup of coffee. You can even get assistance by checking out weight loss programs that work from ThinCo.

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    5. Positive Affirmations
    Pregnancy activates a whirlwind of hormones. It’s easy to get into a place of post-partum depression or dissatisfaction due to lack of sleep. One of the ways to manage it all involves listening to positive messages that affirm who you are and who you want to be. Listen to motivational and inspirational speakers every morning. They’ll help you get the strength and determination to keep pushing every day. When you have the right mindset, your life will follow in the same direction.

    6. Exercise
    Exercise is such an important facet to include as a new mother. You don’t want to get into the habit of skipping workouts. Once you receive clearance from your doctor, start with light exercises like walking. Take the baby for a walk in the stroller on a nice day. While the baby is sleeping, do a workout video in the living room. Go to a Zumba or swim class while the baby is with your spouse. When you take this time to invest in your physical body, you’ll feel stronger and more capable to conquer anything.

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    7. Undergarments
    There’s a reason why a brilliant woman came up with Spanx. So many women swear by its capabilities to tighten, tone and shape the body. As you work on getting your body to a place that’s ideal for you, consider trying waist-shaping undergarments that tuck you in and help you feel better when you walk out the door.

    8. Treatments
    As a new mother who just pushed out a baby, you deserve all of the special treatment in the world. However, you have to make sure you prioritize yourself. In addition to making sure the baby goes to all of the important appointments, schedule your own appointments for pampering. Get your nails done and your hair done. Sure, these are tasks you could’ve done yourself at one point, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do it. Plus, this is a great opportunity for you to sit back and relax while someone else does the hard work.

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  • 13Jun

    Mangoes are in peak season now and are selling for a song at most places  in where I am living.  The kids are the happiest now as the refrigerator is always well stocked with sweet mangoes. They help themselves to the mangoes anytime they wish. Sherilyn loves whizzing up smoothies from mangoes mixed with a variety of other fruits and frozen bananas.

    Can Diabetics Eat Mangoes And Bananas? Top Endocrinologist Decodes Diabetic Diet Myths

    Belonging to the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae and going by the scientific name Mangifera indica L., mangoes are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

    One cup of diced mango contains the following:

    100 calories
    28 grams of carbohydrates
    3 grams of fiber
    0.8 grams of protein
    46 milligrams of vitamin C (76 percent daily value (DV))
    1262 IU of vitamin A (35 percent DV)
    23.1 micrograms of folate (20 percent DV)
    0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6 ( 11 percent DV)
    1.8 milligrams of vitamin E (9 percent DV)
    0.2 milligrams of copper (9 percent DV)
    6.9 micrograms of vitamin K (8 percent DV)
    257 milligrams of potassium (7 percent DV)

    Mangoes also provide calcium; iron; magnesium; and powerful antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, quercetin, astragalin and beta-carotene.

    Mangoes can possibly help protect and strengthen the body in the following ways:

    Age-related macular degeneration
    The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in mangoes, filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.

    A higher intake of all fruits (three or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease the risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

    Asthma prevention
    The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in mangoes, papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots.

    Cancer
    Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer in a Japanese study.

    In a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research, food scientists tested mango polyphenol extracts on colon, breast, lung, leukemia, and prostate cancer tissue; mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested but were most effective with breast and colon cancers.

    The researchers are planning to do a follow-up study; they will focus on individuals with increased inflammation in their intestines and therefore a higher risk for cancer.

    Bone health
    Low intakes of vitamin K are associated with a higher risk of bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin K is important for improving calcium absorption, essential for optimal bone health.

    Diabetes
    Studies have shown that people with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels; and individuals with type 2 diabetes may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels. One cup of mango provides about 3 grams of fiber.

    Digestion
    Mangoes, because of their fiber and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.

    Heart disease
    The fiber, potassium, and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of hypertension.

    Skin and Hair
    Mangoes are also great for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

    Adequate intake of vitamin C, found in just 1 cup of mango per day, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

    Boosts Brain Health
    Considered one of the great brain foods, mangoes are packed with vitamin B6, which is essential for maintaining, if not improving, brain function. Vitamin B6 and other B vitamins are crucial for maintaining healthy brain neurotransmitters and also help in supporting a healthy mood as well as healthy sleep patterns.

    Naturally Treats Anemia
    Mangoes are also rich in iron and may be part of the answer for the millions of people worldwide who are iron deficient. In fact, an iron deficiency can lead to becoming anemic, since iron deficiency is the most common feature of anemia. If this describes you or a loved one, consider eating more mangoes and other iron-packed foods. A year ago I was severely anemic and I think I am still slightly anemic, thus I am definitely going to indulge in more mangoes while they are in peak season now!

    Relieves Constipation
    An average-sized mango can have up to 40 percent of your daily requirement for fiber, and fiber offers many health benefits, including acting as a natural remedy for constipation.

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    Diabetics and Mangoes
    There’s a lingering myth among diabetics, especially new diabetics, that you just  can’t indulge in sweet foods and fruits. It isn’t a bad rule when it comes to cakes and cookies, but it certainly doesn’t apply to healthful fresh fruits such as mangoes. A reasonable portion of mango has little effect on your blood sugar and is good for you in many other ways, so feel free to enjoy them in moderation.

    According to diabetes.co.uk, mangoes are good for diabetes and pre diabetes.  Eating a mango every day could protect people against high cholesterol as well as diabetes.

    Similarly, Dr. Sujeet Jha, an eminent Endocrinologist in India has recently decoded Diabetic Diet Myths.

    More reading and researches on how mangoes can help prevent and treat pre-diabetes and diabetes can be found here.

    Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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  • 13Jun

    Misinformation
    Medical marijuana has been a hot seat issue for years. Doctors claim certain things about it, while politicians claim other things about it, and it can be difficult to understand if it’s actually good for you or not. Because of all the misinformation or misguided information out there, one of the best methods you can take to learn more medical marijuana is to attend a cannabis seminar in Florida that covers the topic in detail. Tetra Health Care is a facility that specializes in medical marijuana and holds events and seminars that go over the health benefits that can be derived from marijuana. Since they work closely with its use, they understand well exactly what cannabis can do for the body.

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    Health Benefits
    Doctors who include medical marijuana into their practice often use it for patients who suffer from muscle spasms, nausea that is often associated with cancer and chemotherapy, poor appetite as a result of a chronic illness, seizure disorders, Crohn’s disease, and many others. The secret behind how marijuana works to help heal the body is that the body actually already produces many of the effects that marijuana performs on its own. By using marijuana, however, you can help your body to boost these effects and reduce inflammation and instead promote healing and relief.

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    It can be taken in an assortment of ways. It can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, and taken as a liquid extract. If you suffer from one of the diseases or conditions mentioned above, then you may want to consider trying medical marijuana.

    Guidance
    Tetra Health Care can meet with you if you’re interested in trying medical marijuana to reduce your pain. By meeting with a doctor, they can determine if the treatment is right for you, and then help set you up with a provider. As with all things, however, you should perform some simple research to see if it’s something that you think might help you. Attending one of Tetra’s seminars could be the first step you need to take.

     

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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