Monday, 28 January 2013

and the healthiest salaad dressing is...

 

Healthiest Fats

Salad dressing is solely responsible for turning many healthy meals into unhealthy ones. While it's understandable to want more flavor on your salad, make sure you're making healthy choices when it comes to your diet.
The first tip is that healthy fats are actually a liquid at room temperature. These oily fats are much better for your heart than dressing made with mayonnaise, for example.
 

Boosting Nutrition

You can increase the nutrition value of a salad by using citrus juices instead of dressing. Add a dose of vitamin C with sweet red grapefuit or orange juice. Sweet red peppers and kiwi are both great sources of vitamin C as well!
 

Healthy and Creamy

Non-fat yogurt makes a delicious and creamy guilt-free dressing. Thin out the yogurt slightly with water or vegetable juice and pour it over your leafy dinner.
 

Fat-Free Dressings

Salad dressings that contain little to no fat are obviously better for you. The juice of watery veggies combined with herbs make for a great tasting, fat-free dressing. Making the switch to fat-free dressing will save you hundreds of calories a day.

Good Fats

The healthy fats in avocados make a nutritious, creamy dressing. The combination of low-fat buttermilk and mashed avocado packs vitamins, minerals, and good fat. Avocado lovers might even forget that regular dressing even existed!
 

Anti-Aging Options

Fight aging while dressing your salad by creating your own homemade batch. Adding a dash of turmeric to your homemade dressing introduces antioxidants that kill off free radicals, and it will give it a spicy kick!
 

Vinegar Dressings

If you have fresh herbs available, douse them in vinegar and add them to a salad for an immediate flavor boost. An even better choice is rice vinegar, which is smoother than regular vinegar. This is a much healthier option than fatty or oily substances, and a little goes a long way.
 

Fruity Dressings

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, then color your dressing with bright fruit flavors to keep the calories low. Fruit vinegars are naturally sweet, and you'll need less oil to create a dressing. You can also use fruit juices in small amounts to add that sweet flavor.
 

Avoid Hidden Sodium

Something to watch out for is sodium. Often, the "healthy" low-fat varieties of salad dressing contain a lot of sodium. That hidden sodium adds up fast, so make sure to check nutrition labels on bottled dressing for salt content.
 

Measure, Don't Pour

One of the biggest reasons why people are getting fat off of salads is portion control. Pouring a full cup of salad dressing onto your salad might make it more fattening than a hamburger. Keep an eye on measurements. Two tablespoons of dressing is more than enough for one serving of salad.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

saudi champagne



Saudi Champagne
This a very famous Saudi drink that is
soothing and refreshing esp in hot
summer days. 'Saudi' and 'Champagne' are 2 words that do not go together, but this drink is totally non-alcoholic.
Ingredients

1 cup Mixture of fresh fruits(apple
with skin, Oranges skin, strawberry
and pineapple) cut into chunks.
Few mint leaves washed
500 ml (cold) apple juice
500 ml (cold)sparkling water 1 can (cold) 7 up
Lots of ice.

Method

1. Put all your fruits in a serving jug.

2. Just before serving pour in the Apple
juice, sparkling water and 7-up.

3. Decorate with mint leaves and ice and Serve chilled.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

yeah baby! BIG BROWS ARE BACK!!

Clinic reports a surge in women wanting eyebrow enhancement as Duchess of Cambridge's Power Brow creates a new trend for big brows.



If ever there was a moment to embrace the Power Brow, it is now. With everyone from Chanel model of the moment Cara Delevingne to the Duchess of Cambridge rocking a heavy eyebrow, there has never been a better time to be hirsute.
But many of us sadly jumped tweezers first into the Nineties' trend for plucking our brows into tiddly tadpoles - and those few years of over-plucking are all it takes for some never to recover their brows in all their glory.
Then there are those of us born with fine or very light eyebrows - yet we all know that a good strong brow not only frames the face, but it has youthifying properties too.





Face framers: The Duchess of Cambridge's brows are always accentuated with a brown pencil, giving Kate an impressive Power Brow.



Cara Delevingne has made the most of her bushy brows - and many make-up artists at fashion shows choose to accentuate her brows even further



An over-arched, over plucked eyebrow not only dates your look - it ages you too.

That is why, reports one cosmetic enhancement clinic, the number of women seeking to enhance their brows has surged in recent months over all - and even more notably, every time the Duchess of Cambridge appears in public.

what's your take on the brows?

Friday, 11 January 2013

5 must have beauty products in your 20's




A Lipstain : Revlon Just bitten lipstain or the Body shop Lipstain As well as the new clinique Chubby stick

WHY YOU NEED IT This decade is about fresh-faced, natural beauty , The colors really pop without feeling overdone—plus they last for hours and aren’t drying.



Your Blush: In a shimmer colour from fashions houses such as mac, bobbi brown, chanel, givenchy


WHY YOU NEED IT You can still pull off shimmer in your 20s. This powder has the perfect proportion of glitter to pearly iridescence. Use an oversized powder brush and apply liberally over your foundation.


Your Skincare: Benefit Foamingly Clean Face Wash

WHAT IT IS A gentle, foaming facial cleanser benefitcosmetics.com) that whisks away makeup.

WHY YOU NEED IT “Life in your 20s may equal late nights out,” says Frieda Pinto’s skincare expert Sunday Riley, “but it’s critical to wash your face before bed, no matter how tired you are.” A gentle foaming formula is a must.


Your Hair Product: Frederic Fekkai Tousled Waves Spray

WHAT IT IS A lightweight styling spray (fekkai.com) that adds definition—not crunch.

WHY YOU NEED IT "Women in their 20s like easy, undone hair," says hairstylist Marcus Francis, who works with Hilary Duff and Evan Rachel Wood. "A few spritzes of this spray and it's like you've been at the beach all day."

the wavy undone hair look is currently my new summer do, adore it. Give it a try!



Your Fragrance: YSL

WHAT IT IS A floral oriental fragrance with playful notes of rose, a very sparkly fragrance.

WHY YOU NEED IT There's just something fun about this iridescent fragrance. It's good for dancing nights and laughing days in.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

ways to say thanks, but no thanks to total diet saboteurs!

 
 
During the holiday season, food temptations are everywhere. From stuffing and pecan pies on the weekend to milkshakes and sugar cookies in December, the seasonal temptations are endless. It can be tough enough to navigate the braai buffet without having your  aunt force an extra helping of potatoes on your plate or resisting Grandma's  pleas that you take a second piece of her famous sweet dish.

Food pushers range from well-intentioned loved ones to total diet saboteurs. Regardless of their motivation, it's important to stick to your guns. You can always be honest and say that you're simply trying to eat healthier, but if that response gets ignored (or doesn't come easily), the following retorts to their food-forcing ways will keep you in control of what goes on your plate and in your mouth!

Note: These tips work year-round at birthday parties, family get-togethers and Sunday brunches with friends alike!
 

 

The Push: "It's my specialty, you have to try it!"

Your Response: "I will in a bit!"

Why It Works: Stalling is a great tactic with food pushers. Odds are the offender won't follow you around making sure you actually try the dish. If they catch up with you by the end of the party to ask what you thought, tell them that it slipped your mind but you'll be sure to try it next time.

The Push: "This [insert name of high-calorie dish] is my favorite. You'll love it!"

Your Response: "I had some already—so delicious!"

Why It Works: A white lie in this situation isn't going to hurt anybody. You'll get out of eating food you don't want or need, and the food pusher will have gotten a compliment on what probably is a delicious dish.

The Push: "It's just once a year!"

Your Response: "But I'll probably live to celebrate more holidays if I stick with my diet plan!"

Why It Works: People can sometimes see healthy eating as vain—a means to the end result of losing weight and looking better. It's harder for a food pusher to argue with you if you bring attention to the fact that you eat right and exercise for better health and a longer life. Looking good just happens to be a side effect!

The Push: "Looks like someone is obsessed with dieting…"

Your Response: "I wouldn't say obsessed, but I am conscious of what I eat."

Why It Works: Words like "food snob" or "obsessed" are pretty harsh when they're thrown around by food pushers. But don't let passive-aggressive comments like this bring you down—or make you veer away from your good eating intentions. Acknowledging your willpower and healthy food choices might influence others to be more conscious of what they eat. Sometimes you just have to combat food pushers with a little straightforward kindness.

The Push: "If you don't try my dish, I'm just going to have to force you to eat it!"

Your Response: "Sorry, but I can't eat [insert ingredient here], I have a negative reaction to it."

Why It Works: It's hard to argue with someone's personal food preferences. If someone doesn't like an ingredient whether its sweet potatoes, raisins, or butter, odds are that he or she hasn't liked it for a very long time. If you'd like to get creative with this one, go into detail about how you got sick on the ingredient as a kid or how your mom says you always threw it across the room as a baby. Who can argue with that?

The Push: "You need some meat on your bones."

Your Response: "Trust me, I'm in no danger of wasting away!"

Why It Works: This food push is definitely on the passive-aggressive side. Using humor to fight back will defuse any tension while making it clear where you stand.

The Push: "One bite isn't going to kill you."

Your Response: "I know, but once you pop you can't stop! And I'm sure it's so delicious I wouldn't be able to stop!"

Why It Works: This is another situation where humor will serve to distract the food pusher from his or her mission. It's a way to say "thanks, but no thanks" while making it clear that you're not interested in overindulging.

The Push: "But it's your favorite!"

Your Response: "I think I've overdosed on it; I just can't eat it anymore!"

Why It Works: If you have a favorite holiday dish that everyone knows you love, it can be especially tough to escape this push. If a loved one made the dish specifically for you, the guilt can be enough to push you over the edge. But people understand that food preferences change, and most have been in that situation of enjoying a dish so much that they can't touch it for awhile.

The Push: [Someone puts an extra helping on your plate without you asking.]

Your Response: Push it around with your fork like you did as a kid to make it look like you tried it.

Why It Works: While putting food on someone else's plate can be viewed as passive-aggressive, it was probably done with love. (Let's hope!) Making it look like you ate a bite or two can be an easy way out of the situation, but you can also just leave it alone and claim that you've already had your fill. (After all, you didn't add that extra helping!)


The Push: "We have so many leftovers. Take some!"

Your Response: "That's OK! Just think, you'll have your meals for tomorrow taken care of."

Why It Works: Not every party guest wants to deal with the hassle of taking food with them, and this makes it clear that you'd rather the food stay. If the host is insistent, you can feign worry that they'll go bad in the car because you're not going straight home, or it'll go bad in your fridge because you've already been given so many leftovers at other parties recently. Or be polite and take them. You'll have more control of your food intake away from the party anyway. So whether you don't eat the leftovers at all or whether you split a piece of pie with your spouse, you're in control in this situation.


These tactics can work wonders in social situations, but honesty is sometimes the best policy. A simple "No, thank you" is hard for a food pusher to beat, especially if it's repeated emphatically. Remember, too, that it's okay to have treats in moderation, so don't deprive yourself of your favorite holiday foods. Just make sure that you're the one in control of your splurges—not a friend, family member or co-worker who doesn't know your fitness and health goals!


Do you have a favorite way to say, "No, thank you," to food pushers? Share your strategies in the comments section

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

25 Things That Are Keeping You FAT/Overweight!!

Firstly, You can't follow a diet plan halfheartedly and expect to see results!
 
 
 
Even if you've kicked off a fitness routine and you're choosing healthier food, you may not be seeing the weight come off the way you'd hoped. While there are plenty of other healthy accomplishments to celebrate, you're probably wondering what's not working. One or a few of these 25 weight-loss culprits may be all that's standing in the way of your weight-loss goals.
 
 
 

You Overeat Healthy Foods

Nuts, avocados, whole wheat pasta, olive oil, and dark chocolate are all natural and healthy, but they aren't void of calories. You still need to watch how much you eat of the good stuff. For example, avocado offers a ton of health benefits, but an entire fruit is over 200 calories. Find out what the serving sizes of your other favorite healthy foods .
 
 

You Don't Eat Breakfast

Skipping breakfast may seem like a great way to save calories, but your body will actually hold onto fat because it thinks it's being starved. Keep in mind that people who eat breakfast regularly lose more weight, so make sure to eat breakfast each morning to jump-start your metabolism. Don't just grab anything; include protein to give yourself sustainable energy and fiber to fill you up for hours
 
 

You Don't Practice Portion Control

When it comes to a balanced diet, we know that portion control is one of the keys to success. Keep measuring cups and spoons on hand to make sure your serving sizes are appropriate, and learn how to give your body the "I'm full" signal in order to help you drop the fork when the time is right and move on with your day.
 
 

You Eat While Standing Up

Standing at the fridge or the counter to chow down isn't saving time or energy and can lead to mindless eating. It's best to designate time for snacking and meals that's set apart from other activities.
 
 

You Don't Sleep Enough

Making time for your workouts can mean less time for sleep, but it's important to get enough Z's if you're trying to lose weight. You need extra energy to keep up with your exercise routine, and skimping on sleep can affect your body's ability to control its appetite: not enough shut-eye increases appetite-stimulating hormones.
 
 

You Overindulge in Low-Fat Foods

Going for foods with a lower calorie count can be deceiving, since many times they're filled with extra sodium, sugar, or chemical additives to make up for the ingredients the company has removed or decreased. Not only are these light versions less nutritious, but they also end up tasting "lighter," leading you to eat more. You'll probably end up consuming more calories than you would if you just ate a regular-sized portion of the real thing
 
 

You Don't Get Enough Veggies

Eating five to seven servings of fruits and veggies a day is important for everyone, but dieters who go heavy on the produce are more likely to lose and keep the weight off, since a diet full of plant-based foods offers a greater variety of nutrients with fewer calories — and all that fiber keeps the body feeling fuller longer.
 
 
 

You Think Walking Your Dog Is Enough

A 15-minute stroll is better than nothing, but don't expect to see dramatic weight-loss results. You've got to kick it up a notch — big time — and do at least 30 minutes a day of heart-pumping exercise. Big calorie and fat burners include running, spin class, interval training, hiking, and circuit training.
 
 

You Don't Cut Your Food

Something as simple as slicing up your dinner can be helpful for your overeating woes. Cutting food into tiny pieces may seem slightly childish, but studies show that humans find smaller portions more satisfying and, as a result, are satisfied with less.
 
 

You Still Drink Soda

Soda offers literally no nutritional benefits, and continuing to drink the beverage is sabotaging your weight-loss goals — even if you only drink diet. Studies have shown that individuals who drink two diet sodas a day or more had waistlines that were 500 percent larger than the nondrinkers.
 
 

Your Partner Isn't on the Same Healthy Road

A partner who's on a similar path can be a huge help to your weight-loss goals, but if your partner is not on board, then your relationship may be making you fat. You can't expect to lose weight if your husband constantly suggests ordering takeout, wants to go out for ice cream, or encourages you to sleep in instead of hitting the gym! Communicating that you need his support in losing weight is a great first step in finding compromises — for both of you. For starters, the next time you have dinner out, offer to split an appetizer or skip dessert.
 
 

You're Addicted to Condiments and Toppings

A salad is one of the healthiest meals you can have, but when you top it with yummy bits, goat cheese, nuts, dried fruits, and ranch dressing, you can double the calorie amount in a flash. Be aware of how many calories your favorite salad extras add on. For instance, 10 croutons is an easy 100 calories.
 
 

You Don't Drink Water

Besides keeping you hydrated, drinking water on the regular, according to recent studies, can aid with weight loss. Filling up on water before a meal helps encourage portion control, and eating foods that contain a lot of water (like fruits and veggies) will fill you up faster, causing you to eat less. A small study even found that drinking cool water can speed up metabolism and discourage cravings for sugary drinks like soda and juice. Now, that's a reason to stay hydrated!
 
 

You Don't Leave Time For Fun

Since stress is shown to cause weight gain by triggering the body to eat more — especially foods high in sugar and fat — make sure you give yourself time to relax and unwind. And it's an added bonus that so many fun activities (like dancing, hiking, and shopping) are already natural calorie-burners!
 
 

You're on a Diet. Well, Sort of . . .

Whether you're on Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or your own diet-and-exercise plan, you can't do it halfheartedly and expect to see results. Stay committed to your plan, or you'll see the pounds stay on your tush instead of dropping from the scale.
 
 

You're Always Dining Out

Hitting your favorite restaurant is a great way to unwind, but you're more likely to indulge in a huge meal complete with appetizers, drinks, fried foods, and dessert. Calorie counts are also a mystery, since many foods aren't labeled. If you don't want to give up your nights out, then split a meal with a friend, order healthy options like salads and grilled chicken, and sip water instead
 
 

You Don't Keep a Food Journal

Writing down what you eat is an essential way to monitor daily caloric intake. Don't think it's worth the effort? A study from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics surveyed 123 women and found that those who were the most successful at losing weight monitored their food intake by keeping a journal
 
 

You Exercise With an Empty Stomach

If you regularly exercise without eating first, you should reconsider: when you work out on an empty stomach, research shows that the calories burned come from muscle, not fat. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, the more muscle mass you have, the better it is for weight loss. Not only will fueling your body help you avoid losing muscle, but also, you'll have more energy to push yourself through your workout.
 
 

You Only Do Cardio

If you live on the treadmill but never lift a pound, then you're missing out on one of the most important pieces of the fitness puzzle. Not only does weight training prevent injury by strengthening the joints, but it also builds muscle mass and increases metabolic rate. Bonus: thanks to a revved-up metabolism, you'll keep burning calories long after you've slipped off your sneakers.
 
 

You Eat Without Thinking

Aligning mealtime with a screen like your computer or the TV can be hurt your weight-loss goals. Designating a special time for meals without distractions will help you connect to your food and, as a result, eat less. Sometimes you don't even realize how much you're scarfing when your mind is somewhere else.
 
 

You Wear Clothes That Are Too Big

Loose clothes are comfy, but they cover up the body and allow you to forget what you look like, which can work against your fitness motivation. Instead, opt for clothes that have a more fitted silhouette to help give you a sense of your body image. Or, better yet, start the day in your gym outfit to inspire you to do something active.
 
 

You Don't Eat Enough

Don't starve yourself to save calories for later. It'll not only mess up your metabolism, and by dinnertime, that famished feeling will likely cause you to eat more than you would if you weren't starving. Not only is starving yourself not sustainable for continued weight loss, but also, limiting yourself to too-small portions can lead to excess snacking between mealtimes.
 
 

You Leave Out Entire Food Groups

Giving up entire food groups can lead to a nutritional deficiency — not to mention trigger major cravings for whatever food has been cut. Rather than, say, eliminating all carbohydrates, focus on whole grains and remember to monitor portion control. Usually it's the extra servings that add to your waistline, not the pasta itself.
 
 
 

You Never Indulge

In an otherwise healthy diet, eating a few french fries or a piece of chocolate cake isn't going to ruin your weight-loss goals. A study found that it isn't necessary to up workout intensity the day after a piece of cake and that a daily variance of as much as 600 calories won't reflect on your waistline, as long as you maintain a healthy diet in the long run