Foods to Get You in the Mood…

NS EggsFoods to get you in the mood…the mood to exercise that is. As warmer Spring weather arrives and we begin to enjoy more outdoor activities, we often think about eating better and getting into shape. But working out requires energy. So, what are we to do to get ourselves motivated? We can begin by incorporating certain energy-boosting foods into our diet, so we rounded up some foods that can provide the body sustained energy and enhance your mood to get you going.

Here are some delicious and great energy-boosting foods:

  • Eggs: A good source of protein and iron to produce hemoglobin that carries oxygen to the blood.
  • Kale and Leafy Greens: High in folate, a naturally-occurring B vitamin, these types of vegetables have been shown to combat depression, promote cell growth, and provide vitamins and minerals for a healthy body.
  • Ginger: Stimulates circulation, boosts the immune system, and can give your body a lift when it’s feeling low.
  • Nuts: Magnesium-rich almonds, cashews, and other nuts can offer the body sustainable energy for the day.
  • Goji Berries: These little reddish-colored berries are a superfood that can help to manage stress and boost mood and maintain energy levels.
  • Raw Cacao: A great source of iron and antioxidants for the body and has been shown to reduce stress hormones.
  • Water: By staying hydrated, this prevents the body from feeling lethargic. Drinking 40-60 ounces of water daily keeps the body well-hydrated and flushes out toxins.

Happy Spring! And, thank you for being kind to your body!

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“Cures” for the Common Wrinkle

Laugh lines. Frown lines. Crows feet. However you refer to them, they’re wrinkles. Yes…we have them too. And, like many, we’ve searched far and wide for the fountain of youth.

Unfortunately, genetics plays a role in the onset of wrinkles, and while we haven’t found the cure for the common wrinkle, there are ways that may help to minimize and possibly delay their debut.

Here are some helpful tips to incorporate into your daily anti-wrinkle beauty routines:

Shield your skin with sunscreen. Not only during the Summer time. And, not only when the sun is shining. Wear sunscreen year round to protect your skin from harmful rays. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays that can damage cells and cause premature aging.

Yoga Gansevoort Plaza Meatpacking DistrictEmbrace the “ohm”. Some say that the jury is still out as to whether stress causes wrinkles. Yet, oftentimes stress can weaken our emotional and physical wellbeing. So, whether you practice yoga, meditate, or go for long walks, these are all great ways to manage stress and to help your body maintain a stronger immune system.

Slough off those dead layers. Exfoliation helps to rid your body of dead skin cells, allowing skin to breathe, new cells to regenerate, and beauty products to better penetrate the skin. Exfoliating once a week is often sufficient since over-exfoliation can damage the skin. For less abrasive exfoliants, try sugar scrubs and yogurt and oatmeal masks.

Eat your super foods. In addition to maintaining a skin-healthy diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant-rich foods are important in fighting free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cells that can lead to premature aging. Antioxidant-rich super foods include raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, pinto beans, apples, and our favorite…dark chocolate!

We confess that we have to work on embracing more “ohm”. But, we’ve got the other three well incorporated into our beauty routines. So, while we can’t promise you a cure for the common wrinkle or the fountain of youth, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can help keep you looking and feeling younger.

Be kind to your body!

~ Naturally Susan’s