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Natural Ways to Boost andTake Charge of Your Metabolism

Natural Ways to Boost and Take Charge of Your Metabolism

Metabolism is a process. It’s the way our cells change the food we eat into energy we need to breathe, move, think and do… everything. It keep us, as it keeps all living things, alive.¬†

Basically, metabolism is the process your body uses to convert calories into energy. Whether you know it or not, your body is always burning calories. Even when you’re sitting around watching Gossip Girl for the third time, your body is using energy to run the inner show that goes on behind the scenes – stuff like keeping your ticker running, blood circulating, repairing your cells, breathing, and the list goes on. We are all born with a metabolic rate that suits our body and disposition. Some people are naturally fast burners, and some are naturally slow burners, but that doesn’t mean we have zero control. We do have some authority over the rate at which we metabolize food and use it for fuel. Here we look at some key ways to access that power.¬†

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Stay well hydrated –¬†Try to consume at least half your bodyweight (lbs) in ounces of water per day. Recently, a study done among overweight children found that consuming the recommended amount of water increased their metabolism by 25%.¬†

Stay rested –¬†Clocking at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night keeps your metabolism running strong. When you’re chronically sleep deprived (consistently getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night), your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. This uptick in cortisol throws your hormonal balance out of whack, which can slow down your metabolism. Plus sleep deprivation increased your appetite for carbohydrate-rich foods, like sweets and snacks, making sleep loss a double whammy for weight gain.¬†

Eat an appropriate amount, and make sure you get protein –¬†lets start by stating that eating five to six small meals throughout the day is not helpful for your metabolism. This was a fad that had it’s time in the spotlight, but it doesn’t give your body the break it needs to digest and utilize nutrients. Grazing throughout the day means your body is constantly releasing insulin, the fat-storing hormone. This also means that the body will become less dependant on carbs for fuel, which allows your blood sugar to stay steady. This results in less cravings, better energy, mental clarity, and a sense of control. Having a steady blood sugar also supports an efficient metabolism.

Don’t¬†skip meals –¬†When you skip meals, you actually allow the body to dip into its protein-aka, the muscles-for fuel. So, not eating lunch when your body is asking for fuel isn’t going to strategically pull from, that soft pocket of fat in your inner thighs like your hoping. In fact, it may make your body hold onto it for longer. When you trick your body into worrying that it might not get fuel for a while (or when it needs it), your metabolic rate slows down, so you hang onto your calories longer in case you need them for an emergency. In other words your fat stores will be the last to go.¬†

Build muscle –¬†Thirty minutes of weight-bearing exercises 3 to 4 times a week can help you increase and maintain muscle mass, which keeps your metabolism running high. A pound of muscle burns about 6 calories a day whereas a pound of fat only burns 2 calories a day. So the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism.

Reduce your stress level –¬†Maintaining a healthy metabolism is also connected to our levels of stress and overwhelm. So if you want to lose the weight and keep it off, then stress reduction practices, like meditation, breath work, exercise, talk therapy and other self-care strategies, are important parts of your overall plan.¬†

Try cold exposure and heat therapy –¬†Many studies suggest that cold water immersion has a consistent effect on raising the metabolic rate in humans. If immersing yourself in cold water seems daunting or maybe not accessible, a rinse in the shower will do. I am personally a huge fan of alternating hot and cold water in the shower. You can start with smaller spurts of cold water and work your way up, but it’s always a good idea to end on cold. On the other end, heat us another way to boost your metabolic rate. A hot, relaxing, salty bath or a sit in the sauna can purge your pores while boosting your metabolism.¬†

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How to Prevent MASKNE

How to Prevent MASKNE

The MASKNE is real.

Is the coronavirus mask now officially apart of your daily outfit? If so (I sure hope so), then it might be causing irritating skin breakouts you’ve never had to deal with before. Masks provide a layer of protection (obviously), but they can irritate sensitive skin and clog your pores to then flare up acne. The maskne is REAL (ugh). If you’re like us then you are experiencing little pimples around your chin, jaw line and nose (gross). With that being said, we’ve come a long way in terms of mask options to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 . We now have more breathable options made with antibacterial fabric, thanks to all the wonderful companies and their technology we can protect our communities and our skin.

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  1. Cleanse and¬†moisturize your skin daily.¬†Keep up with your daily skincare routine now more than ever. Washing your face with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser before and after wearing a mask is key – It’s not just in the morning and at night anymore.
  2. Skip the¬†makeup when wearing a mask.¬†Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead breakouts. If makeup is necessary, use only products labelled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.”
  3. Avoid trying new skin care products that can irritate your skin. Wearing a mask for even a short time can make your skin more sensitive. To reduce skin problems, avoid trying harsh products, such as chemical peels, exfoliant, retinoid, for the first time.
  4. Wear the right mask.¬†Wearing a mask that offers a snug, but comfortable fit helps to protect you and others from the coronavirus. ¬†A snug, comfortable fit also reduces skin problems. If the mask feels too tight or slides around on your face, it can irritate your skin. You’re also more likely to adjust a poorly fitting mask. When you touch your face, you can transfer germs to your mask and face.
  5. Wash your cloth masks. Many health care organizations now recommend that you wash a cloth mask after each use. Washing it also removes oils and skin cells that collect inside the mask, which can lead to skin problems.
  6. Consider buying a mask chain.¬†Buying a mask chain that you can wear around your neck is not only convinent (where’d I put my mask??), it also helps reduce ¬†the amount of germs and acne-causing bacteria spread by tossing your mask ¬†on a table or inside your purse.
  7. Apply a zit cream on your problem areas under your mask. Find a zit-removing product that works best four skin and apply it under your mask to protect your breakouts from getting worse. No one will notice!
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Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy While You Work from Home

Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy While You Work from Home

A list of activities to keep those kids out of your hair while working from home.

It’s almost month number 8 since our world has been rocked due to the pandemic, I know a lot of our careers have been moved from in office to at home for the remainder of the year and maybe longer. Well for some of us (the people with no kids) may LOVE this new transition (professional up top and pyjamas on the bottom), it can be rather difficult for the mama’s who have young children at home. If you fall in the category of needing to get work done, but struggling because the children are home too, then this big list of activities is sure to keep them busy for hours while you concentrate.

Activities List

Creative Activities

When children’s imagination is sparked, they will happily play In a world of their own for hours on end, giving you time to get some work done. Here are a few activities to get your children’s creativity flowing:

  • Create a living room fort with sheets, blankets, and pillows. This space can be perfect for reading, playing pretend with dolls and stuffed animals, or watching a movie.
  • Saved cardboard shipping boxes for a few days and then hand them over to your kids to become forts, rockets, or houses for stuffed animals or dolls. Throw in some markers or crayons and your kids will be happily entertained for hours and even days – building you valuable work time.
  • Ask your children to create a play to perform fro you after dinner. Provide them with puppet supplies, a song playlist, or costumes to dress up in.
  • Build a city with legos or blocks. Challenge the kids to use every single lego piece to build their own city.
  • For all the little girls a tea-party with their dolls will be perfect. Fill a pitcher filled with a special drink and some crackers or cookies and they will be set for the day.

Active Activities

It doesn’t take long for children to start bouncing off the walls when they are cooped up inside for a long period of time. Here are a few activities that will allow your children to burn off all that energy:

  • Have a dance party
  • Play a kids yoga/zumba video
  • Set up an indoor hopscotch in your hallway. Use masking tape to create the boxes and numbers on the floor and use a soft beanbag or whatever soft object you have laying around as the rock.
  • Create an indoor scavenger hunt. For a fun scavenger hunt that doesn’t require a lot of set-up, tell your kids to collect or take pictures of objects around the house that start with the letters of the alphabet.¬†

Quiet Activities

When you’re working from home, it can be difficult to find some quiet time until the kids go to bed or take a nap. These activities will give children the time to chill and you time to get some work done…peacefully.

  • Audio books are a great way to entertain children of all reading levels.¬†
  • Some parents feel guilty entertaining their children with screen time, but I say go for it! Whatever works best for the family – no judgement here. Throw on an afternoon movie, and to make it extra special you can lay down a picnic blanket and treat your kids to a yummy snack.¬†
  • Colouring is a great quiet activity that all kids are sure to enjoy. Allow them to pick out a colouring book the next time you are out or print some pages off the internet to save some money.

 

 

Hopefully these activities will help find you some time to yourself to focus on work, while allowing for the children to be fully entertained in productive ways. 

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