Yummy Tummies! Achieving a Healthy, Strong Core


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We live in a society that is obsessed with personal appearance. We take pictures of ourselves and post them online for the approval of family, friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, and strangers. We spend more of our hard-earned cash than ever on beauty products and cosmetics. Everything is about how we look. But with so much focus on physical aesthetics, it can become easy to forget to pay attention to what is truly important: our health. There’s no use looking great if you feel awful at the same time and are having a difficult time functioning. So, it’s time to strike a compromise between the two. Here’s how you can look and feel great at the same time. Let’s focus on the centre of our bodies first. It’s time to start working towards a yummy tummy!


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Diet

If you experience bloating or perhaps suffer from a condition such as IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome), you’ll be extremely familiar with the importance of diet when it comes to the overall health of your gut. Try to incorporate as many gut-friendly foods as possible into your diet. Bananas are a good place to start. They help to restore normal bowel functioning, reinvigorating your body with lost electrolytes and potassium. Bananas also contain plenty of fibre to aid digestion. Whole grains are also a great source of fibre. Aim to get between twenty and thirty grams of fibre into your diet each day. For a complete gut-friendly meal, try kimchi. This is a Korean dish that comprises cabbage, radish, onion, and plenty of spices. If you’re looking for quick results that can offer you a Flat Belly Overnight, you can try out specialist diets. However, when it comes to changing your body shape, it’s beneficial to remember that patience is a virtue.

Exercise

Having a strong core is massively beneficial for your overall health and will also have to give your outward appearance a toned, athletic look. Consult your GP or a professional personal trainer and request help with drawing up an exercise regime that will be able to tone up your abs. This will likely consist of stomach crunches, oblique crunches, the plank, the side plank, and variations on these moves. Do a ten-minute exercise regime every day, and you will see positive results sooner than you’d expect.

 

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Pregnancy

You shouldn’t attempt to change your body shape when you’re pregnant. Afterall, your body’s changing shape to accommodate the growth of your child. However, there are certain things that you can do to make things more comfortable and to reduce changes in your permanent appearance once you’ve given birth. Try out cocoa butter on the stretched skin across your stomach to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and soothe any tenderness.

So, there you have it! Achieving a healthy, strong and smooth stomach area can come down to the right combination of diet, exercise, and specialist knowledge. Remember to consult your GP before making any major changes to your lifestyle so you can achieve the best results possible in the safest manner.

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Do You Let Your Skin ‘Breathe?’

We’re often told to let our skin breathe. According to plenty of beauty experts, it’s essential to avoid clogging up your pores, keep your skin in good health, and give you a beautiful, glowing look that will be the envy of everyone.

So, first thing’s first – your skin doesn’t actually ‘breathe.’ Ask any dermatologist you like, and they will all confirm it. The fact is that the top layer of your skin is dead, and the living, growing cells below your top layers are given oxygen from your blood supply.

As https://www.allure.com/story/does-your-skin-need-to-breathe points out, what people are actually saying when they mention your skin needs to breathe is that is that you need to avoid clogging up your pores. Failure to clean up properly will ultimately result in breakouts, acne, and other skin problems like oiliness, flakiness, and damage.

So, the big question is, what can you do to make sure your skin can breathe – or in this case, stop your pores from attracting vast amounts of sweat, pollution, grime and other nasty substances that will end up causing breakouts? We’re going to take a look at some of the simple things you need to consider – let’s get started right away.

 

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Clean properly

Wearing makeup for 7-10 hours a day won’t cause you too many problems – unless you are wearing the wrong type of makeup, of course (we’ll go into that in a moment). However, if you go to bed every night without a proper cleaning routine, you are going to cause yourself problems. Cleansing is critical to any skincare routine – and if you skip a night, don’t be surprised to see a pimple or two developing.

Use the right makeup

A lot of makeup products are full of heavy oils, preservatives, and all kinds of allergens, which could be causing you problems. Most products are harmless, but some can be harder to remove and cleanse properly, so consider switching brands if you keep getting breakouts. According to https://soundbodylife.com/best-all-natural-mineral-makeup-brands/, products with natural minerals can help your skin ‘breathe,’ and you should also consider spending a full day a week without any makeup at all. A good excuse for a lazy Sunday, perhaps?

Exfoliate

As we discussed in the intro, as hideous as it sounds, all the skin you can see on your body is already dead. And unless you remove it, it will look even deader in a few days time. You’ll notice this pretty quickly if you don’t exfoliate, as your skin will take on a really unhealthy looking pallor – a dull, pale sheen, and blotchiness is a common result. Ideally, you should aim for giving yourself a scrub at least a couple of times a week.

The inside counts

Finally, to clarify – there isn’t much you can do to make your skin actually breathe from the outside – it doesn’t work like that. It’s the inside that counts. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables will result in more oxygen being delivered to your skin via your bloodstream. You’ll also avoid getting dry, flaky, and tight skin, and look a lot younger for much longer.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Four


Woohoo! Week four’s mission is here! I hope you had a fun time writing letters last week, I know I did.

This week I’m asking you to leave a positive or encouraging message on at least one public bathroom mirror! Bonus points for multiple mirrors! Be sure to take a picture and share them with the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission (but not location, both for safety and for fun!)

This is one of my favorite missions, so you may see this again in the future.

I hope you are all also continuing to spread kindness and love. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in these weekly missions.

Have a great week everyone!

Giving The Gift Of A Break From Work

Gift giving can be one of the hardest social challenges for a person to overcome. From knowing how much to spend on people, to figuring out which of the thousands of options could be best for them, there’s a lot of work to do. Of course, along with being hard, this sort of thing can also be a lot of fun. To help you achieve this in your gift giving, this post will be going through someone of the best gifts you can possibly give; time off. There are loads of ways you can do this, and this is here to help you out.

 

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  • Stage One: Choose The Gift

 

To begin, you may be wondering how you could possibly give someone the gift of time off. In reality, this isn’t possible, and you can’t magic leave out of thin air for them. But, you can still force them to take a break themselves. With a simple booking and some invites, you could make a time-off situation they won’t want to avoid. Below, you can find some good examples of the types of break a lot of people will pick.

  • Most people have a hobby or interest which can be made into a day. When you’re looking for gifts for men who have everything or for awkward family members who are hard to please, an experience day can be a great gift. Inviting someone to go racing on their favorite track, on a day with their best-loved animals, or anything else related to their hobbies, you’ll be on the right track.
  • Of course, for those closest to you, this sort of gift may not feel like enough to make the most of the time they have. A short break in another city or country can solve this issue for you. Offering the chance to experience another culture and lifestyle, this sort of gift will be impossible to refuse. This is perfect when it feels like work is consuming your other half.
  • Finally, as the last idea on this list, you could think about imparting some knowledge as your present to someone close to you. Most people have aspirations which go further than their work. By giving someone admission to a weekend course, you could be the catalyst for great things in the field they love, and it’s just a matter of choosing the right one.

 

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  • Stage Two: Planning

 

Once you have your gift in mind, you’ll have to do some planning to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Below, you can find some good examples of the areas you should be considering before you get booked up. Don’t waste time here, though, as a lot of the gifts in this area have to be chosen ahead of time.

  • The date is one of the first things you should be picking when you’re choosing this sort of gift. It is best to have the date be as close to the event you’re celebrating as possible, as this will help to tie them together. Along with this, it’s also wise to make sure you leave enough time for vacation time to be booked off, especially if your recipient is going to be gone for a few days.
  • Even if you don’t go with them to the gift they get sent for, you should still think about transport and logistics throughout their experience. You should plan their route to and from the gift, along with things like food for during the day, and even some extra activities for them to try. Of course, though, it’s also a good idea to give them a little bit of freedom.

 

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  • Stage Three: A Subtle Invite

 

With a gift in place and your planning done, all that you have left to do is giving a subtle invite to the person receiving it. In some cases, you won’t be able to be subtle, as forcing someone to take time from work can be very hard. If you can, though, you should try to keep your gift a secret for as long as possible. Managing to keep it quiet until the very last moment will build a huge amount of anticipation, only making the exchange better.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking for ways to give your loved ones some time out of work. People often overwork themselves, opting to spend months at the grindstone rather than investing time on themselves. Of course, though, without the right breaks, this won’t be sustainable, and your gift could be exactly what they need to fix it.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Three


It’s mission day!! How did the first two weeks go for you? I hope you are finding a little more positivity in your life, while adding some light to other people’s lives.

This week’s mission is easy, write at least one letter. Not an email or text, but an actual letter. Bonus points if you write multiple letters! Thank a friend for the help they gave you, say hello to a Grandparent, tell a family member you love them.

Mail it, or hand deliver! Think of the recipient’s face when they receive such a heartfelt message.

I can’t wait to hear how this week goes, don’t forget to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on social media so others can see the kindness you are spreading!

Clothes Shopping Horrors (And Their Solutions)


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Clothes shopping is meant to be a good thing. Retail therapy, choosing to treat yo’self– there’s plenty of ways to express the simple fact that buying new clothes is meant to be something positive. You’re meant to come away from the store, new purchases in hand, already thinking about where you’re going to wear your new outfit.

Instead, so many of us walk away from clothes stores feeling angry, frustrated, and ready to give up and just wear a sack for the rest of our lives.

Okay, so it might not be quite that dramatic (even if it sometimes feels like it is), but the truth is that clothes shopping is usually more of a nightmare than a dream. Why not read through this list of common thoughts women have when shopping for clothes and see which of these thoughts you recognize– as well as a few ideas on how to overcome the issues they identify?

“Why isn’t clothes sizing standardized?”

Oh, how much easier life would be if sizing were standard across all stores! You’d be able to walk in, grab something off the rack, pay, and be out in less than 10 minutes. Instead, you find yourself frowning in the mirror of the changing room, trying to figure out why you suddenly can’t get your usual size over your hips. It’s not a fun experience.

What Can You Do?

Petitioning clothes manufacturers to actually standardize clothes sizes is about the best solution. Also try and consult size guides before you shop in a store; it’s the best way of having an idea of the sizes you want prior to wasting time trying things on.

“Why is one size too small, but the next size up is too big?”

It’s a mystery, but we’ve all been there. You try on one size, and it sort of fits, but it’s not exactly comfortable. You try the next size up, and it looks and feels like you’re being drowned in fabric. Unlike with shoes, clothing doesn’t come with half-sizes, so you’re stuck between a choice of choosing items that are too tight and restrictive and something that makes you feel like you’re wearing a maternity smock.

What Can You Do?

The best bet is to learn to alter clothes for yourself. Grab yourself a sewing machine for beginners and learn to adjust clothes; you’ll be surprised how quickly you can pick up the basics. You can then buy clothes in the larger size and alter them to suit your shape– bespoke is definitely better than off-the-rack anyway!

“Why is the lighting so terrible in here?”

Lighting in changing rooms is a menace. The lighting is usually on the ceiling — which is never flattering — and it’s also a harsh, yellow color. Everything that you try on will look terrible as a result, and you’ll leave the store feeling like your self-confidence is in tatters.

What Can You Do?

Ultimately, trying things on at home will give you a far better idea of how it really looks. Order online, try on at your leisure, and then send back the one that doesn’t work out.

While clothes shopping can be endlessly irritating, there’s no doubt there’s some fun to be found in there as well. Follow the advice to mitigate the damage of the experience, then enjoy!

What’s on Your Winter Shopping List?

Our shopping habits tend to change with the seasons. For instance, during the summer we tend to buy a lot more dessert, cold drinks and refreshing fruit. When it comes to the Winter (which will soon be upon us) we switch to hot drinks, hot meals and big coats and jackets that will keep us warm. So the next time you head out to go on a shopping trip, consider a few of these things that should be on your winter shopping list.

 

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Frozen Finger Food

Planning a Christmas party? Then don’t forget about frozen finger food. During the months leading up to Christmas, you’ll find plenty of things like fries and chicken nuggets on sale. While they might not be the healthiest things to eat at Christmas, a party simply isn’t complete without finger food. If you have fancier tastes, then consider recipes like smoked salmon rotollos or meatballs that are easy to make and taste fantastic.

Winter Clothing

You don’t want to get cold during these winter months, so why not invest in some winter clothing? Be it a bulky and comfortable ski jacket or a fluffy scarf to wrap around your neck, there should be plenty of sales going on for all types of winter clothing. If you don’t already own a large winter coat or thicker socks, then you’ll want to purchase them before the cold starts to settle in.

Thicker Blankets and Covers

And it’s not just your clothing that will keep you warm, but also your blankets and covers. Ensure that you’ve got a replacement bed cover with thicker sheets, and consider buying an extra pillow or two to cuddle while you watch Christmas television with your family. Getting an extra blanket isn’t a bad idea either if you need something to wrap yourself in to keep warm.

 

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Christmas Gifts

You either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s important to think about the gifts that you’re buying. Whether you plan to purchase something unique for a close relative or just need some random gifts to fill up a stocking, there are plenty of choices and it can end up overwhelming you. If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas gift, then take a look at GiftBeta gift lists or other sources of online inspiration to help get you started. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help because Christmas gift shopping is hard!

Cold and Flu Medication

You never want to get sick when it’s the holidays, so make sure you stock up on cold and flu medication. Just buy a box or two and stick them in your medicine cabinet for when you need them. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, then consider getting some lemon tea and mix it with honey to create a powerful immune-boosting drink.

Winter Decorations

Be it a Christmas tree or some simple festive lights to hang around your home, you can’t forget about winter decorations. It’ll help you and your kids get into the festive mood and it’s a fun way to spend time with your little ones.

Self Care Must Do’s For The Unwell

One of the most important, powerful things you can do for yourself when you’re sick, is care for yourself. While others may offer to care for you (and of course you can take them up on this), you’ll have a much speedier recovery if you choose to care for yourself too.

Here are the must do’s for when you’re feeling sick or under the weather:

Rest Up

First of all, you need to take some time to rest and recuperate. Even if you have a simple cold, attempting to carry on life as normal can hinder you in the long run. Going to the gym might not be the best idea and make you feel worse. Would it kill you to have a day off work too? Do you really want to spread your germs to others?

Getting ill can be annoying, especially if you’re really busy, but it can sometimes be a sign from your body that you need to slow down and relax, so take as much time for yourself as you can.

Take A Long Bath Or Shower

Staying clean will not only help you to avoid spreading those germs, it’ll make you feel much better. Take a bath or shower, whichever you prefer. If you can handle the heat, it could also help to clear your head and sinuses.

 

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Drink Plenty Of Liquids To Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated at all times is important, but especially when you feel unwell (unless you have been told to avoid drinking too much by a medical professional). Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, and potentially juice. You can also make yourself nice soups. These liquids will stop you from feeling too lethargic and groggy and clear up your sinuses further.

Have A Contingency Plan In Place

If you feel you need to carry on your life is normal even though you’re sick, then that’s how you feel. However, you should at least put a contingency plan in place so that you and others can have peace of mind. Save important numbers in your phone, and consider your options. For instance, medical flight services are available for serious instances. Ideally, you’ll take the time to rest, but we understand this isn’t always possible.

Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

Drugs like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine will only make you feel worse and prolong your illness. They aren’t going to do your body any favors!

Enjoy The Simple Things

Now is a time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. Spend the day watching an old favorite film, reading a book, and doing other low-energy activities that make you feel good. Don’t wallow in your own despair!

Seek Help If Your Symptoms Persist

If your symptoms persist, it could be time to go and see a professional. They might not seem serious at first, but there could be something scarier at play. Make sure you take your health seriously if you have these symptoms for longer than a few weeks.

Care for yourself and you’ll likely recover much faster!

The Actions to Take When All Else Wont Work with Your Teeth

Everybody, whether they care to admit it or not, has a desire to have nice looking teeth. It’s not a bad thing — not by a long shot. Everybody wants to have the confidence to smile whenever and whenever they want. Everybody wants to have others compliment them on the state of their teeth. Everybody wants their teeth to look fabulous. Unfortunately, however, a lot people today are stricken with the plight that is an unhealthy looking set of gnashers. And what’s even more unfortunate is that a lot of people give up on their oral hygiene because of the fact that they don’t think anything works for them. But this may just be where they’re wrong — there may be hope out there yet. And that hope may come in the form of the advice found below, so make sure to read on!


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Natural teeth whitening remedies

If it is the whiteness and brightness of your teeth that is stopping your smile then you’ve probably tried everything imaginable in trying to whiten them. You’ve probably tried all the teeth-whitening toothpastes on the market. You’ve probably done everything your dentist has told you to do. You may even have cut down on your tea and coffee intake, in the hope that doing so will stop your teeth from becoming stained! And, you’re probably still finding that your teeth are nowhere near as white as you would like them to be.

But, fear not as there are a host of natural remedies out there when it comes to teeth whitening — you just have to be willing to use them. And one kind of remedy that you should be willing to use, if you are serious about whitening your teeth, is the mixing in equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. When this done, and more to the point done correctly, a paste will be formed that is the number one fighter of plaque in the world of plaque fighting. What’s more, because of how strong a paste it is, any germs harbouring in the mouth won’t stand a chance. But, because it’s so strong a paste, you have to create and use this paste with caution. First of all, you have to be cautious with the way you mix the two substances because too much of either one will create a substance that will have the ability to seriously damage the enamel on your teeth when it touches it. And, you should never allow the substance to stay in your mouth for too long — 30 seconds will do.

Book an appointment with a different type of dentist

You can do everything right when it comes to oral health and still have a set of teeth you’re not proud of. You can visit your dentists regularly, take all the advice they give you and even floss, yet still have a set of teeth you’re not willing to show off in a smile. And it is because of this reason why you should be willing to book an appointment with a different type of dentist. If it is the positioning of your teeth that bothers you, then you should be thinking ‘where is the closest Orthodontist near me?’ — and you should then be booking an appointment with them! What an Orthodontist does is specialise in tending to the teeth of patients that improperly positioned or out of place. And whether it be surgery that they suggest, dentures or braces, they will find a cure to any teeth that are not positioned correctly in your mouth.
You could even go one step further and seek what is known as Digital Smile Design (DSD). What the dentists who are trained in this particularly unconventional branch of dentistry do is make their customers satisfied with their teeth using artistic vision. Basically, they go beyond and above what a normal dentist will do in regards to the aesthetics of the mouth and will fulfil the artistic potential of every set of teeth they work upon.

Your teeth are yours forever, and thus you should be proud to show them off forever. But, as you know, you can’t do this alone. You need help, but it’s down to you to seek that help and subsequently use it. Your dentist isn’t going to go out of their way to chase you up in regards to booking an apportionment. They aren’t going to come round your house to give you a check up. No, it’s down to you to seek the help you need — and that could very well be any of the help or advice found above.

Taking Ownership Of Your Life After Tragedy


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Sometimes life can test us, wouldn’t you agree? So often we can compare our life to pack of cards. Some hands you are dealt are life-changing and winning opportunities, others are sent to test us or certainly seek out our best poker face to get through. Life is challenging, there is no shying away from that fact. So what happens when tragedy strikes? Maybe you have lost a loved one, a marriage is ending or you have been involved in an accident that has left you with life-changing injuries, these are all things that can have an adverse effect on us. When the hand you have been dealt right now isn’t looking to promising there really is only two ways you can handle it, feel sorry for yourself or take ownership and move forward. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can move forward when tragedy has struck. I hope it offers inspiration and hope that things can and will get better.

Fix what can be fixed

In some cases fixing something sounds extremely simple and often it isn’t as easy as that, I understand that. But fixing something can come in all shapes and sizes. For example, a tragic accident leaving you with a painful back injury could mean that a simple positive step to see a spine doctor could improve your lifestyle dramatically. Opening up a line of communication between you and loved one could be the positive step for reconciliation. A job loss can be fixed by being proactive with hunting for a new one. Money problems can be solved with budgeting and taking ownership for your current situation. I understand that not all situations can be fixed, but you can choose to take the right steps forward.

Acceptance can be a vital step

As previously pointed out, often in some cases things can’t be fixed. The loss of a loved one or family member can be devastating, and you can’t exactly bring them back into your life, but acceptance of this time could be the positive step to take to move forward. Perhaps a relationship has broken down for good, maybe something unforgivable was done, so accepting instead of feeling hatred or hurt could be the ideal next move to make. It’s important to understand what you can do and what you can’t. But acceptance in both parts is a vital step.

Positivity can get you far

Positivity is something that has already been mentioned and it is something that can get you far with the process of moving forward and taking ownership of your life after tragedy. Negativity breeds negativity and you may find that the black hole you feel you are in now is only going to get worse if you wallow in self-pity. Make a habit of a positive thought process and don’t allow yourself to dwell for too long on anything negative.

Start taking care of you

Finally, start by taking care of yourself a little more. Accept when you need time, indulge in what makes you feel good and take care of yourself. No one can run on empty and it is vital to fill yourself up with your own fuel of positivity and energy. That might come from a long soak in the bath or some time doing a hobby you enjoy. Look at what you love and enjoy and make time for more of it. You will be a better person for it.