Reese Witherspoon is easily one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She first made a name for herself in the entertainment scene in 1999 with her role in Cruel Intentions. At the time, she was just 23 years old. At the start of her career, Witherspoon definitely had eyes for other actors. She famously married Ryan Phillipe after meeting him on the set of Cruel Intentions, though their marriage only lasted seven years until their split in 2006. After that, Witherspoon dated another Hollywood star, Jake Gyllenhaal, for roughly two years.
It seems Reese’s love for fellow actors eventually died out. In 2011, she married Jim Toth, a practically unknown name in Hollywood. Rather than being an actor, Toth is a big talent agent who also happens to be a big fan of Reese’s work. The two welcoming their son in 2012 and have been happily married for the past nine years with no signs of a separation on the horizon.
Showbiz Fun Fact
1. Robert Downey Jr.
After a meteoric start to his career, followed by a more difficult period due to substance abuse and legal troubles, the actor has made a strong comeback in the world of American showbiz, so much so that in 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. From 2013 to 2015, Forbes also named him to its list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors.
2. Johnny Depp
In spite of the various substance abuse and legal problems that surround the actor, he remains one of the most appreciated by the public, and for good reason. Whether you like the person or not, no one can deny his talent as an actor; his 10 Golden Globe Awards nominations (including one he won for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), 3 Academy Awards nominations, and 2 BAFTA Film Awards nominations prove it.
3. Chris Hemsworth
Best known for his role as Thor in 8 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the actor began his career in an Australian television series called Home and Away. His role as a superhero allowed him to be considered as one of the leading and highest-paid actors in the world.
4. Bradley Cooper
3 times nominated for the Forbes Celebrity 100, named to Times‘ list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015, and recipient of 2 Grammy Awards and a BAFTA Award, the actor has long been a fixture in Hollywood showbiz.
5. Matt Damon
According to Forbes, the actor is one of the most bankable stars due to the fact that the films he has played in have together earned more than 3.12 billion at the North American box office. That’s what we call being profitable! His talent has also earned him 5 Academy Award nominations, 3 British Academy Film Award nominations, 8 Golden Globe Award nominations, 7 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and 6 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations!
6. Will Smith
Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards and 2 Academy Awards, and winner of 4 Grammy Awards, the actor was named “the most powerful actor in Hollywood” in 2007 by Newsweek. We can thank The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series for propelling him in the 90s!
7. Leonardo DiCaprio
8 times among the highest-paid actors in the world in the annual ranking, this actor is also one of the most profitable in the industry. In 2019, its films have grossed worldwide 7.2 billion. Winner of 3 Golden Globe Awards, the incredible actor won only one Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award in 2016 for his role in The Revenant, despite a total of 6 nominations during his prolific career.
8. Dwayne Johnson
It can be said that the former professional wrestler and football player has made his mark in the Hollywood world, especially in terms of profitability. Indeed, his films have grossed more than 3.5 billion in North America and 10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2016, he was also named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.
9. Tom Hanks
Winner of 2 Academy Awards, 7 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tom Hanks is one of the world’s best known and loved actors. He is even considered an American cultural icon! His films have grossed over 4.9 billion in North America and 9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America.
10. Jennifer Lawrence
The only woman on this list, the 30-year-old actress was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. Her films have grossed over 6 billion worldwide, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013, and she was on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2014 and 2016. Her Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook made her the 2nd youngest woman in history to win this award.
Routine has set in, and you don’t really know where you stand in your relationship anymore? Would you be happier alone? Here’s 10 questions to ask yourself to help you know if you should put an end to your relationship.
Romantic relationships can be complicated. Some situations are easy to overcome, but sometimes, there’s something more complex to uncover, and the relationship can’t be saved anymore. When in a relationship, each individual must be in peace with himself or herself, but also with the other one. Compromises are in order, but when they make you unhappy, maybe it’s time to reconsider your relationship, and evaluate if this relationship still is viable for you. Here’s 10 signs that may be telling you you should put an end to it for your own good and happiness.
1| Do I feel understood and valued?
Even if we are crazy in love, we have to remain able to respect ourselves enough to require a decent treatment from the other. Is your lover making you more reproaches than compliments? Do you feel supported, understood, and respected in your choices? Everyone has their own limits when it comes to relationships, and it’s important that they’re not being transgressed.
For example, some women have male friends, and vice versa, and don’t want to sacrifice that friendship over a love affair. And, for them, it could even be normal to go out for dinner at a restaurant, one on one, with that friend—even when in a relationship. For others, that same situation would be unacceptable. That’s a situation in which your lover’s opinion should matter and be considered, because when you love someone, you don’t want to hurt them.
If your significant other and you are always fighting for the same reasons, though, maybe that’s because one of you doesn’t understand the other, or simply doesn’t care.
2| Does this relationship make me grow?
Some people allow us to be the best version of ourselves, but others only bring out the worst in us. Are you growing? Does your significant other help you to become the best person you could be? Or, on the contrary, do you feel oppressed?
If your relationship is driving you down because you’re always fighting, or because you’re under the impression that you’re going nowhere, then you have to stop and ask you these questions: do I feel good in this kind of relationship? Do I need more challenges or new adventures? With that person in my life or not? Does this relationship brings out the best or the worst in me?
3| Do you share the same fundamental values and life principles?
We say both “birds of a feather flock together” and “opposites attract”. In which cases differences between you two are positives? When it comes to character, there’s no problem if one individual is calmer than the other. The same goes for your favorite hobbies; no need to share all your favorite activities with your partner. However, you should have some important things in common.
When it comes to fundamental values, those that guide your behavior and your choices, like honesty, fidelity and loyalty, you must be on the same page. And it must also be the case for your life principles. If your life priorities, your limits and your long-term goals are too different, even if it seems banal to you at the moment, your relationship won’t survive time.
Are you dreaming about traveling around the globe while your significant other hates it? Do you want to buy a condo in the city while he wants to live in a house in the suburb? Do both of you want kids? What are your political, religious and spiritual beliefs? For some of these differences, it’s possible to compromise, but if something is well anchored into you and is very important, you’ll want your lover to share it with you.
4| Do you look elsewhere or envy other couples?
You have to understand the nuance between finding someone attractive and falling for that person. It can be very difficult to know exactly when our fantasies are impinging on our relationship, but usually, when you feel like being somewhere else, it’s not a good sign.
Maybe, after a while, the magic is gone and there’s no more attraction between you two. In that case, the honest question to ask yourself is: would I prefer being single? If not, is there something missing in your current relationship?
Lack of affection, lack of intimacy, lack of rapport… what do you see in other couples that makes you envy them? The grass is always greener on the other side, but chances are that your neighbor make sure to take really much care of his own.
On the other hand, if you’re the one who always has to work on the flowerbed while your partner doesn’t put any effort in, maybe you should stop taking care of it and see if he’ll finally take the lead, or if he will let weeds grow in. You understand the metaphor, right?
5| Are you in the same place in your life?
Timing is everything. Are you both ready to invest yourself in a serious relationship? If one of you is ready for the house-marriage-kids package while the other one still wants to party every weekend, you’ll have to sort this out.
Sometimes, maturity gaps can completely ruin a relationship, and trying to change the other person is never the right thing to do. Sadly, you’ll have to realize that your roads are going apart, and that your relationship must come to an end. You both have to follow your own path. Forcing someone into a life that doesn’t fit them, a life they’re not ready to live, will only postpone the problem, and you’ll have to face it one day or another. Who knows, maybe you’ll be reunited in a few years?
6| Do you share mutual passions?
Mutual passions allow you to reconnect with each other, so either if it’s a small or a big one, it doesn’t matter. Going to the chalet for the weekend is a small getaway, but it will reunite you for a few days, and you’ll be excited about the time you’ll spend together. Passions save you from your daily routine and from the monotony of your relationship. They are the key to keep away the day when you’ll realize that you don’t want to be with your partner anymore.
If you want to know if your relationship still worth it, plan something with the one you love. Start playing tennis together, promise each other to go on a date night once a month, do something different, go on a trip, go camping, anything! Stay open to new adventures together, that’s probably what was missing in your relationship to help you fall in love again. If, even with these novelties, your other half still is bothering you, maybe you should reconsider your relationship. Why stay with someone you don’t really want to be with anymore?
7| Do you feel like your lover is slowing you down?
Feeling slowed down by your significant other can take many forms. Are you under the impression that you always have to drag the other one around when you go out, and that you may have much more fun if that person wasn’t there with you? Do you act like if you were single when you’re not with your partner? If that’s the case, is it the attitude of your partner that turns you off? Because that can be discussed and solved. Instead, is it that you just don’t have fun with that person anymore?
Do you see yourself sitting besides this person for the rest of your life? It’s also possible that you’re feeling slowed down at a whole different level: if you’d like to follow your dreams, but those doesn’t fit with his own, a reassessment is necessary.
8| Do you secretly want your significant other to change?
We all have qualities and flaws. Maybe you’re willing to work on some of our defaults, but there’s always a limit before it become a question of modifying our personality. When you enter a new relationship, it’s really important to ask yourself: could I live with his or her flaws in the long term?
Time goes by, and our character defines itself, stiffens, and we have to project ourselves a few years ahead. At 50, or 70, will you still want to deal with your man’s impatience or your woman’s mess? If you live together, even the smallest habit can become overwhelming. Do you live with your lover’s flaws without saying anything while they really upset you? If so, you have to talk about it immediately, because by the time the other does something ONE time too many, it will be too late. You’ll probably say everything you didn’t for all that time, and the situation will appear worse than it is.
Try to put you in his or her shoes: how could your lover knew you couldn’t cope with him or her not replacing correctly the hand towel if you never said it? And be honest; it’s the accumulation that bothers you, not the only little trivial oversight. So, communicate! It’s the key!
9| Can you trust your partner no matter what?
Trusting. A hard thing. Do you want to know what could break a relationship like nothing else? A lack of trust in each other. Are you ok with your lover going out with his or her friends? Are you having doubts when your partner pretends to be somewhere? Are you dying to go through his or her Facebook or cellphone, and scroll for a good while? Can you count on the other to tell you the truth, and to respect you even when you’re not there?
If, even a little, you’re tempted to say no to all that, go find the reason to your doubts. Have you been cheated on or betrayed in the past? Are you feeding yourself with insecurity? Why? Is that you who should work on your confidence toward others, or do you really have reasons to question your partner? To give your trust to someone can take time, and you only need a sole lie to question everything a person could have said.
10| Are you happy? Do you feel, without any doubt, that you’re in the right place in your life?
Would you like to be somewhere else? Do you think you deserve better? Do you think you could stay with the person in front of you for the rest of your life? Are you ready to go through every moment, good or bad, by his or her side? Your answer in no? Don’t waste any more of your time, then. Leave and go find the love of your life!
You want to know if you’re alone in that situation? Here’s some testimony from some of our readers, to whom we asked to complete this sentence: “I knew it was over with my ex when…”
“I didn’t want to make love to her anymore. At all, never and under no circumstances. We were now friends, roommates.”
“I realized that strangers treated me better than my own boyfriend.”
“I realized we weren’t in the same place in life, I didn’t share the same values as her…”
“She betrayed me, there was no trust between the two of us.”
“We had different views on life, I couldn’t see myself growing old with him.”
“When she questioned everything, I told myself that I didn’t want to stay with a girl who, rather than deal with the problems, preferred to end the relationship. I had no idea she had doubts about the two of us, she didn’t give me a chance.”
“Everything I cared about, he didn’t take seriously.”
“I realized we were too young to start a serious relationship, we were probably made for each other, but the timing wasn’t right.”
“I didn’t want to put any more energy into saving our relationship, I was even trying to provoke him, I didn’t have the courage to leave him.”
“I started to imagine myself with someone else, even with anyone else.”
“I realized he lied to me about everything and I decided I didn’t want to get into it with him.”
“He stopped looking me in the eye and saying ‘I love you’. He’d moved on and I didn’t want to keep him in a relationship that didn’t suit him anymore.”
“He was distant. I was crying, and it didn’t even affect him anymore. I knew something was up, so I checked his cell phone and realized he had deleted all his messages. And that, my dear, is a DEAL BREAKER.”
Your feet can tell you a lot about your general health condition or warn you of underlying health conditions. From pesky foot pain to more serious symptoms, such as numbness, your feet often show symptoms of disease before any other part of your body.
1| Loss of hair on your feet and legs
Hair on toes is more obvious on men, but women also have fine hair on their toes. If you notice an absence of hair on your feet, it could signal peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
PAD is the restriction of blood in the arteries of the leg and may signal more widespread arterial disease, which can cause heart disease.
2| Ulcer on the bottom of your foot that doesn’t heal
If you have a wound on your foot that won’t heal, it could signal a risk of diabetes. Approximately 15 percent of people with diabetes develop an ulcer, or open sore, on the bottom of their foot. Anywhere from 14 to 24 percent of those people will require an amputation due to infection according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. People who use insulin are more at risk than those who manage their diabetes with other medications and diet.
If one or more of your toenails starts to thicken, change color or separate from the skin, you might have a fungal infection. People with autoimmune diseases who take immunosuppressant medications are more at risk of developing fungal infections according to an article in the Laboratory of Taxonomy. Other medications, such as corticosteroids, can also increase your risk of developing a fungal infection according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
5| Enlarged big toe
If your big toe swells, it could be a sign of gout. The first symptom of gout is often an enlarged and painful big toe according to the Arthritis Foundation. Gout is a type of arthritis causes by a build-up of uric acid, which forms in the coldest part of your body, which is your big toe.
6| Numbness in both feet
Having a persistent “pins and needles” feeling in your feet could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. People with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic neuropathy— nerve damage that begins in the feet and gradually progresses up the legs, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Treating the underlying condition may result in the numbness reversing itself. It is important to talk with your doctor immediately if you experience numbness in both feet.
7| Pitted toenails
Pitted toenails may be a sign of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Other signs of nail psoriasis include discoloration, crumbling, loosening, thickening, or horizontal lines in your nails. Treating the psoriasis can help. Some people also find that having regular manicures and pedicures by professionals familiar with nail psoriasis can help improve the appearance of your nails.
8| Toenails with spoon-shaped indentations
Sunken toenails or spoon-like indentations may signal chronic iron deficiency, or anemia, according to a report in The Permanente Journal. Concave nails, called koilonychia, can also be caused by high altitude, trauma, or exposure to petroleum products. You should see your doctor for an evaluation for iron deficiency if you notice indentations in your nails.
9| Stiff or sore joints
Sore toe joints may be a sign of a degenerative joint disease. Rheumatoid arthritis typically starts in the small joints of the hands and feet and causes pain during movement and tenderness in the joint according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. If you have persistent achiness or swelling in your joints of your feet or hands, talk to your doctor about seeing a rheumatologist.
10| Inability to lift the front part of your foot
The inability to lift the front part of your foot is called foot drop and is caused by paralysis or weakness of the muscles that lift the foot according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This condition may signal a number of underlying disorders, such as neurodegenerative disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or other muscle or nerve disorders. Treating the underlying condition may reverse the symptom.
11| Red or blue toes
Toes that turn blue when exposed to cold might signal Raynaud’s disease. This is a disorder of the blood vessels supplying the skin. Certain parts of the body, such as the toes and fingers, become numb and turn blue when exposed to cool temperatures or when you are under stress. People with Raynaud’s disease often take precautions such as always covering their hands and feet when going outdoors in the cool weather.
When that time of month rolls around, the sudden appearance of red splotches in your underwear is totally normal (if a little inconvenient). But if you’re noticing a different hue than usual, things could be worth a second look. As it turns out, your period blood doubles as a barometer for gauging how healthy you are overall. Who knew?
If you’re not quite sure what’s happening down below, get ready for a color theory lesson that extends way beyond art class. Here, a period blood color guide that breaks down every shade of the rainbow. And remember: visiting a healthcare professional is the BEST way to make sure your period is healthy.
The pink nest color often indicates low estrogen levels. The main reason menstruation blood is light in color is if you are a thirsty runner, as it has been proven that exercise, especially running, may cause estrogen levels to drop. This is something you should pay attention to, as some studies have found a link between osteoporosis and a decrease in estrogen in the future. The pink nest color often indicates low estrogen levels. The main reason menstruation blood is light in color is if you are a thirsty runner, as it has been proven that exercise, especially running, may cause estrogen levels to drop. This is something you should pay attention to, as some studies have found a link between osteoporosis and a decrease in estrogen in the future.
What it looks like: Light pink bubble gum.
What light pink period blood means: Us ladies love a faint period for our pants’ sake, but flow experts feel otherwise. According to Vitti, if your period has ever been so light that you barely counted it as coming, you may want to take a closer look at your lifestyle. For anyone who’s highly athletic or constantly exercising, experienced significant weight loss in a short period of time, or engages in restrictive dieting, a barely-there period indicates that estrogen levels are low. If you have a super-light period month after month (as opposed to if your cycle skips when you’re super stressed out), it’s likely due to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, which can put your bones and heart at risk for osteoporosis and heart disease, respectively.
What to do: Try eating more protein-rich snacks like Greek yogurt or almonds, and consult your doctor.
Meaning: You have a private and reserved nature and are a bit of a loner.
Healthy food has a major role in fighting dangerous diseases, and it also contributes to controlling some pathological disorders if infected with them. In this report, we highlight the best healthy foods in the world at all, as recently published on the American medical site “Medical News Today”, which includes :
They are rich in antioxidants and contribute to fighting many diseases, and a study supervised by researchers from Florida State University revealed that apples are the “miracle fruit”, as they contribute to lowering harmful blood cholesterol and raising beneficial cholesterol levels within 6 months.
They are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, iron, calcium and riboflavin, and a study published in the American Nutrition Journal revealed that almonds contribute to the enjoyment of exciting health benefits and reduce blood cholesterol.
Rich in calcium, potassium, folic acid, natural fibers, and some antioxidants such as vitamin “C” and beta-carotene. All of these elements contribute to reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. It is also rich in sulforaphane, which has wonderful anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rich in antioxidants, fiber and many beneficial vitamins that fight heart disease, and it also contributes to fighting obesity, in addition to its effectiveness in reducing the risk of developing high blood pressure, according to the recently published “American Journal of Nutrition.”
Rich in oil such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, they contain high concentrations of the fatty acid “omega-3”, which promotes the health of the nervous system and the heart and has anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to the fact that these fish contain vitamins “A” and “D.”
6|Green leafy vegetables
Such as watercress and spinach reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, as they are rich in vitamin A, B6, C, E and K, selenium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, potassium, iron and folic acid. It is useful for pregnant women and promotes the health of the fetus.
Rich in fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A and iron, they provide the body with tremendous energy, promote eye health, strengthen the immune system, and have wonderful anti-cancer properties.
8| Wheat germ
Rich in wonderful nutrients such as vitamin “E”, folic acid, thiamine, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, and fiber. Wheat germ contributes to enhancing immune health, improving heart health and also helps to enjoy a healthy weight.
It is one of the best healthy foods at all. It is rich in vitamin B, K and E, fiber and healthy fats, and it contributes to reducing harmful cholesterol levels and combating oral cancer.
It has wonderful properties in reducing blood cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease, and it contributes to controlling blood sugar levels, and it is rich in wonderful nutrients including: Vitamin B complex, Omega-3, potassium and folic acid.
Looking and feeling your best is very important. And by best, we’re referring to the most radiant, fabulous, youthful version of ourselves. There are many ways in which we can “slow down” the aging process (thankfully). Whether it’s drinking gallons of water, exercising twice a week, wearing an SPF lotion, eating natural/healthy foods, or using good skin products, all are beneficial ways to keep you looking/feeling young. And when you look young, you feel good. And when you feel good, life is good! Check out some of our favorite quick and easy beauty tips — a more confident and fabulous you begins now!
Alright, lets jump in for why you’re really here. You want to feel more beautiful. Here are my ways to becoming more of it.
1| Use Red Lipstick As Blush
Touching up your makeup throughout the day can be inconvenient and heavy lugging around your makeup bag all day. Well ladies you can say goodbye to your compact, and hello to red lipstick! Using a red or pink lipstick is a great replacement for blush. The lipsticks satin formula perfectly blends right into your skin, giving your cheeks that natural flush look.
2| Stamp Your Lashes For A Fuller Look
Getting those lush lashes you’ve always dreamed of has never been easier or quicker thanks to “mascara stamping”. Simply press your mascara right against the underside of your lashes every-so lightly and vuela, you’ve just mascara stamped. The result: fuller and darker lashes. Time to flaunt your new lashes!
Ps – waterproof mascara is recommended.
3| Highlight Your Lips
Your matte lipstick is about to get glamorized! First apply your lipstick per usual, then add shimmery and/or frosty powder to the center of your lips, and finally put your dancing clothes on because you’re going to want to show off your new fuller lips. Hello beautiful
4| Buy your health
If you spent just as much on health products as you do at Sephora how much better would you feel and look? The more you take care of your body and give it the things it needs the more you are going to feel amazing. What happens when we feel amazing? We start to show it on the outside! I am a huge believer in feeling your best and looking your best will follow. Buying your health can come in all sorts of products such as, skin care, nutrition, natural products, clean food, gym passes, and more! Start with a few things and work your way up. It gets fun the more you dive in!
5| Self care is the best care
The more you give yourself time to do you, you will feel free within your body. I promise you this. Maybe you start with 10 mins a day to do something nice for yourself and work up. Your body, mind, and spirit need time to decompress and reset. If you don’t allow yourself time to rejuvenate, you might find yourself all over the place, and feeling not so great. If you want to dive into more self-care, click here for my previous blog posts on self-care. ***fix that sentence and add link***
6| What’s in your closet?
Do you have some clothes that you pull out of your closet here and there, you put it on, and right away you take it back off, landing on the floor? I am sure you do! But here is the question, why? Why continue to have something in your closet that does not make you feel amazing? It is time to let go of the clothes that no longer make you feel confident. Start wearing more clothes that are true to you. Get rid of that shirt that everyone else is wearing and replace it with that eye-catching shirt that makes you look fabulous! You’ll start to love your closet, and laundry will feel better even. Isn’t that crazy? Try it on for size!
7| Mindset is everything
Stop right now! You are enough! You are strong enough, pretty enough, tall enough, short enough, curvy enough, skinny enough, and whatever else enough!
Humans need to embrace more of the body they have been given, because you know what? You are stuck with it and might as well love it. Start right now and give yourself permission to embrace your body completely. Practice looking at yourself deeper and discover what you like about your body. Look into your own eyes and be proud of what you have. This alone will make you feel the most beautiful you have ever felt if you can master it. Confidence is a skill and it’s up to you to obtain it.
8| Look at others and compliment them
How does complimenting others have to do with your beauty? Think about it, if you are making others feel good in their skin and giving them a tiny boost of confidence, maybe they’ll do the same for you. But, better yet, maybe others will start to be feel good around you, and if you’re seeing others do this, you are bound to join in! Inspire others to create beauty around you and watch shift happen.
9| Be more you
Get silly, weird, and let loose! Why are you holding anything back? If someone doesn’t like it then you’ve just cleared way for someone to love you more! Anyone that doesn’t fuel your joy does not deserve to be in your life. Surround yourself with people that will light up when they see you and gravitate towards your beauty.
Start being thankful for everything you have vs everything you don’t. Remember, not everyone has great health. Not everyone can see, hear, talk, or walk. The list could go on, but start being excited that today you woke up to you. Nothing is truly better that now is it?
If you got anything out of this post I hope that you got the message to believe in your beauty, and create more of it in the world. I truly have a vision in helping others around the world discover their real and raw beauty. When I look around the world I see you. I see the beauty that you could be. Being true to yourself wholeheartedly gives you more than I can even write about.
Spread, create, and believe in beauty with me, wont you?
Don’t let snoring ruin your relationship or a good night’s sleep. Learn what causes snoring and how you can cure it.
What causes snoring?
Just about everyone snores occasionally, and it’s usually not something to worry about. Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.
If you regularly snore at night it can disrupt the quality of your sleep—leading to daytime fatigue, irritability, and increased health problems. And if your snoring keeps your partner awake, it can create major relationship problems too. Thankfully, sleeping in separate bedrooms isn’t the only remedy for snoring. There are many effective solutions that can help both you and your partner sleep better at night and overcome the relationship problems caused when one person snores.
Since people snore for different reasons, it’s important to understand the causes behind your snoring. Once you understand why you snore, you can find the right solutions to a quieter, deeper sleep—for both you and your partner.
Common causes of snoring
*Age. As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases. While you can’t do anything about growing older, lifestyle changes, new bedtime routines, and throat exercises can all help to prevent snoring.
*Being overweight or out of shape. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring. Even if you’re not overweight in general, carrying excess weight just around your neck or throat can cause snoring. Exercising and losing weight can sometimes be all it takes to end your snoring.
*The way you’re built. Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary. Again, while you have no control over your build or gender, you can control your snoring with the right lifestyle changes, bedtime routines, and throat exercises.
*Nasal and sinus problems. Blocked airways or a stuffy nose make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.
*Alcohol, smoking, and medications. Alcohol intake, smoking, and certain medications, such as tranquilizers like lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium), can increase muscle relaxation leading to more snoring.
*Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway. Changing your sleep position can help.
Ruling out more serious causes
Snoring could indicate sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is briefly interrupted many times each night. Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnea, so if you’re suffering from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day, it could be an indication of sleep apnea or another sleep-related breathing problem. Call your doctor if you or your sleep partner have noticed any of the following red flags:
You snore loudly and heavily and are tired during the day.
You stop breathing, gasp, or choke during sleep.
You fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as during a conversation or a meal.
Linking the cause of your snoring to the cure
Monitoring your snoring for patterns can often help you pinpoint the reasons why you snore, what makes it worse, and how to go about stopping it. To identify important patterns, it helps to keep a sleep diary. If you have a sleep partner, they can help you fill it in. If you sleep alone, set up a camera to record yourself at night.
Type of snoring
What it may indicate
May indicate a problem with your tongue
May be related to the tissues in your throat
Snoring when sleeping on your back
Probably mild snoring—improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures
Snoring in all sleep positions
Can mean your snoring is more severe and may require a more comprehensive treatment
Almost all treatments for snoring revolve around lessening the breathing discomfort by clearing the blockage in the air passage.
Self-help strategies for snoring
There are so many bizarre anti-snoring devices available on the market today, with more being added all the time, that finding the right solution for your snoring can seem like a daunting task. Unfortunately, many of these devices are not backed up by research, or they work by simply keeping you awake at night. There are, however, plenty of proven techniques that can help eliminate snoring. Not every remedy is right for every person, though, so putting a stop to your snoring may require patience, lifestyle changes, and a willingness to experiment with different solutions.
Bedtime remedies to help you stop snoring
*Change your sleeping position. Elevating your head four inches may ease breathing and encourage your tongue and jaw to move forward. There are specifically designed pillows available to help prevent snoring by making sure your neck muscles are not crimped.
*Sleep on your side instead of your back. Try attaching a tennis ball to the back of a pajama top or T-shirt (you can sew a sock to the back of your top then put a tennis ball inside). If you roll over onto your back, the discomfort of the tennis ball will cause you to turn back onto your side. Alternatively, wedge a pillow stuffed with tennis balls behind your back. After a while, sleeping on your side will become a habit and you can dispense with the tennis balls.
*Try an anti-snoring mouth appliance. These devices, which resemble an athlete’s mouth guard, help open your airway by bringing your lower jaw and/or your tongue forward during sleep. While a dentist-made appliance can be expensive, cheaper do-it-yourself kits are also available.
*Clear nasal passages. If you have a stuffy nose, rinse sinuses with saline before bed. Using a neti pot, nasal decongestant, or nasal strips can also help you breathe more easily while sleeping. If you have allergies, reduce dust mites and pet dander in your bedroom or use an allergy medication.
*Keep bedroom air moist. Dry air can irritate membranes in the nose and throat, so if swollen nasal tissues are the problem, a humidifier may help.
Lifestyle changes to help you stop snoring
*Lose weight.Losing even a little bit of weight can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease, or even stop, snoring.
*Quit smoking.If you smoke, your chances of snoring are high. Smoking irritates the membranes in the nose and throat which can block the airways and cause snoring. While quitting is easier said than done, it can bring quick snoring relief.
*Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives because they relax the muscles in the throat and interfere with breathing. Also talk to your doctor about any prescription medications you’re taking, as some encourage a deeper level of sleep which can make snoring worse.
*Be careful what you eat before bed. Research shows that eating large meals or consuming certain foods such as dairy or soymilk right before bedtime can make snoring worse.
Exercise in general can reduce snoring, even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss. That’s because when you tone various muscles in your body, such as your arms, legs, and abs, this leads to toning the muscles in your throat, which in turn can lead to less snoring. There are also specific exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles in your throat.
Six anti-snoring throat exercises
Studies show that by pronouncing certain vowel sounds and curling the tongue in specific ways, muscles in the upper respiratory tract are strengthened and therefore reduce snoring. The following exercises can help
Repeat each vowel (a-e-i-o-u) out loud for three minutes a few times a day.
Place the tip of your tongue behind your top front teeth. Slide your tongue backwards for three minutes a day.
Close your mouth and purse your lips. Hold for 30 seconds.
With your mouth open, move your jaw to the right and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the left side.
With your mouth open, contract the muscle at the back of your throat repeatedly for 30 seconds. Tip: Look in the mirror to see the uvula (“the hanging ball”) move up and down.
For a more fun exercise, simply spend time singing. Singing can increase muscle control in the throat and soft palate, reducing snoring caused by lax muscles.
Medical treatment for snoring
If you’ve tried self-help solutions for snoring without success, don’t give up hope. There are medical options that could make all the difference. New advances in the treatment of snoring are developing all the time and devices are becoming more effective and comfortable.
Talk to your primary physician or to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT). Even if they recommend something that was uncomfortable or didn’t work in the past, that doesn’t mean the same will be true now.
Medical cures for snoring
Your physician or otolaryngologist may recommend a medical device or surgical procedure such as:
*Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). To keep your airway open during sleep, a machine at your bedside blows pressurized air into a mask that you wear over your nose or face.
*Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) uses a laser to shorten the uvula (the hanging soft tissue at the back of the throat) and to make small cuts in the soft palate either side. As the cuts heal, the surrounding tissues stiffen to prevent the vibrations that trigger snoring.
*Palatal implants or the Pillar procedure, involves inserting small plastic implants into the soft palate which help prevent collapse of the soft palate that can cause snoring.
*Somnoplasty uses low levels of radiofrequency heat to remove tissues of the uvula and soft palate that vibrate during snoring. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes.
*Custom-fitted dental devices and lower jaw-positioners help open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward during sleep. For best results, you will need to see a dentist who specializes in these devices.
*Surgical procedures such as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP), tonsillectomy, and adenoidectomy, increase the size of your airway by surgically removing tissues or correcting abnormalities.
Snoring and your relationship
No matter how much you love each other, snoring can put a strain on your relationship. If you’re the one lying awake at night as your partner snores away, it’s easy to start feeling resentful. And if you’re the snorer, you may feel helpless, guilty, or even irritated with your partner for harping on about something you can’t control.
When snoring is a problem, relationship tension can grow in the following ways:
*Sleeping in separate rooms. While this may be a solution for some couples, it can also take a toll on emotional and physical intimacy. And if you’re the one snoring, you might feel lonely, isolated, and unfairly punished.
*Irritability due to sleep loss. Disrupted sleep isn’t just a problem for the non-snorer. Snoring is caused by disordered breathing, which means the snorer’s sleep quality also suffers. Poor sleep takes a toll on mood, thinking skills, judgment, and your ability to manage stress and conflict. This can explain why communication often breaks down when you and your partner try talking about the problem.
*Partner resentment. When a non-snorer feels he or she has done everything possible to sleep through the night (ear plugs, sound machines, etc.) but the snorer doesn’t take any action to combat the snoring, it can lead to resentment. Working as a team to find a snoring cure can prevent future fights.
If you value your relationship, make it your priority to find a snoring cure so you can both sleep soundly. Working together to stop snoring can even be an opportunity to improve the quality of your bond and become more deeply connected.
Communicating with a partner who snores
So, you love everything about your partner, except their snoring. It’s normal. Even the most patient amongst us will draw the line at sleep deprivation. But no matter how much sleep you lose due to someone snoring, it’s important to handle the problem sensitively. It’s common to be irritable when sleep loss is an issue, but try reining in your frustration. You want to attack the snoring problem—not your sleep partner. Remember that your partner likely feels vulnerable, defensive, and even a little embarrassed about their snoring.
*Time your talk carefully. Avoid middle of the night or early morning discussions when you’re both feeling exhausted.
*Keep in mind it’s not intentional. Although it’s easy to feel like a victim when you lose sleep, remember that your partner isn’t keeping you awake on purpose.
*Avoid lashing out. Sure, sleep deprivation is aggravating and can be damaging to your health, but try your best to approach the problem in a non-confrontational way.
*Beware of bitterness. Make sure that latching onto snoring is not an outlet for other hidden resentments you’re harboring.
*Use humor and playfulness to bring up the subject of snoring without hurting your partner’s feelings. Laughing about it can ease tension. Just make sure it doesn’t turn into too much teasing.
Dealing with complaints about your snoring
It’s common to be caught off guard—not to mention to feel a little hurt—when a partner complains about your snoring. After all, you probably didn’t even realize it was happening. And although it might seem silly that snoring can cause such relationship turmoil, it’s a common and a very real problem.
If you dismiss your partner’s concerns and refuse to try to solve your snoring problem, you’re sending a clear message to your partner that you don’t care about their needs. This could mean your relationship is in trouble, and that’s a bigger problem than the snoring.
Keep the following in mind as you and your partner work together to find a solution to your snoring:
*Snoring is a physical issue. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Like a pulled muscle or a common cold, improving the condition is in your hands.
*Avoid taking it personally. Try not to take your partner’s frustration as a personal critique or attack. Your partner loves you, just not the snoring.
*Take your partner seriously. Avoid minimizing complaints. Lack of sleep is a health hazard and can make your partner feel miserable all day.
*Make it clear that you prioritize the relationship. If you and your partner have this understanding, you’ll both do what it takes to find a cure for the snoring.
*Address inappropriate behavior. Although sleep deprivation can lead to moodiness and irritability, let your partner know that it’s not okay for them to throw an elbow jab or snap at you when you’re snoring.
Breakfast is the main and most important meal of our day which if every person knew how important this meal is to his body every morning, it would be impossible to skip it. It gives the body a lot of energy and vitality for the rest of the day.
It is essential that breakfast combines good carbohydrates and fiber with some protein. Below we’ll tell you about some great breakfast foods that you can start your day with:
Oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol when consumed regularly. Another reason to eat oats is that they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium.
Any type of oatmeal is a healthy choice. Just avoid flavored varieties, which can be sweetened with sugar. Alternatively, cook it with milk and a little honey, and you can also add some fruits and nuts.
2| Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt contains a lot of calcium and protein. Therefore, it gives you a feeling of satiety throughout the day. You can eat it as an ideal choice for breakfast with the addition of some fruits to give it some sweetness and delicious flavor, in addition to a dose of nutrition.
3| Wheat germ
Two tablespoons of wheat germ provides about 15% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E and 10% of the daily amount of folate. It is a great way, especially if you do not have a lot of nuts. You can combine wheat germ with any meal, such as yogurt or juice.
In an effort to lose weight, according to one study, eating half a grapefruit before every meal may help you lose weight faster, thanks to its fat burning properties in addition to its beneficial effect on sugar and insulin levels in the blood. Grapefruit is also hydrating, packed with antioxidants. For a great breakfast, you can have protein such as yogurt with eggs, plus a cup of grapefruit juice.
There is nothing like a banana at breakfast because it is rich in healthy carbohydrates that keep you full all morning. You can add a slice of it to your oatmeal, and it will add a delicious, naturally sweet taste. A banana will give you a dose of potassium, as it will help lower blood pressure naturally, so it would be an ideal choice for people with high blood pressure.
Eggs are a great source of protein and nutrients like vitamin D, and research has shown that they have less cholesterol than previously thought. Therefore, eggs are a great choice for breakfast, especially as they give you a feeling of satiety that lasts for a long time.
7| Almond butter
Almond butter is also a great source of protein, as it is very rich in monounsaturated fats. Plus, it’s really delicious on wholegrain bread, especially if paired with bananas or apples. Nutritionally, almond butter is similar to peanut butter, and each tablespoon of it has about 100 calories. Almond oil contains slightly less saturated fat, but it is a great choice for people who are allergic to peanuts.
Watermelon is an excellent way to re hydrate in the morning. Watermelon juice is one of the best sources of lycopene, the nutrient found in red fruits and vegetables that are important for vision, heart health, and cancer prevention. Watermelon contains 40 calories per cup, and I’ve been featured on lists of so-called low-calorie foods.
9| Flax seeds
Sprinkling flaxseeds for breakfast on some foods is a great option as it is a mine of omega-3 fatty acids Two tablespoons of flaxseeds contain more than 100% of the recommended daily intake for those heart-healthy fats. Flaxseed, which has a nutty flavor, is also rich in fiber and is an antioxidant that has been shown to prevent breast cancer. Warning, flax seed passes through the body without digestion, so be sure to grind it before eating it.
Eating a handful of cranberries for breakfast is a great option as it is rich in antioxidants, and it also improves memory and motor skills, as well as blood pressure and metabolism. One of the advantages of cranberries is that they are not rich in calories at all, as each cup contains only 80 calories, so you can add a pile of them to your cereal without feeling remorse around your waist.
Your monthly friend, your Aunt Flo, your “gift” — your menstrual period, in other words — is, for many,a sign of a regular, healthy reproductive system. And it’s important that you know what “normal” looks like for you, so that you can identify a pattern if your period begins to shift. But what period symptoms should you particularly watch for? Everything from consistency and clots to cramps and accompanying pain may provide a clue to underlying health conditions that you need to address.
1| Large Clots or Gray Tissue
This, according to the data scientists at Clue, may be a sign that you’re not actually experiencing a period at all. Significant clots and the presence of gray-colored tissue can indicate that you’re experiencing a miscarriage. “When a miscarriage occurs very early in pregnancy (for example, less than or equal to two weeks after an expected period),” the scientists tell Bustle, “it can be difficult to tell the difference between a normal menstrual period and miscarriage, especially if a person occasionally or regularly experiences heavy or painful periods.”
But, they add, “the later into a pregnancy a miscarriage occurs, the more it will differ from a menstrual period. Bleeding from later miscarriage will contain fetal tissue, and blood clots will likely be larger than during normal menstrual periods. The tissue will likely look different from menstrual blood in color (ex. gray), consistency/texture, and shape.”
2| Serious Pain From Pelvis To Shoulders
If your period or a period-like bleed is accompanied by severe pain from your pelvis to your shoulders, along with abnormal bleeding, the Clue scientists say, you need to seek medical help immediately. “These could be signs of an ectopic pregnancy (when a fertilized egg attaches and grows somewhere other than the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube),” they explain. “Ectopic pregnancies are life-threatening and should be treated as medical emergencies.” The phenomenon is rare, but it needs to be treated immediately using either drugs or surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy from the body.
3| Cramping Out Of Nowhere
“Symptoms of both menstrual periods and miscarriage can include heavy bleeding, pain, and cramping,” note the Clue scientists. Outside of that possibility, though, particular types of unexpected cramps can signify different health issues. A sharp pain on one side, for instance, might indicate that you have an ovarian torsion, an extremely painful condition that involves the ovary’s blood flow being cut off. Seriously agonizing cramps may also indicate that you’ve developed fibroids in or around your uterus, creating more pressure on the lining and more problems as the uterus contracts to attempt to dispel its waste.
4| Fever, Dizziness & Fainting
You should not be feeling feverish or miserably ill while you’re on your period. That is not normal, and it could indicate an infection, like pelvic inflammatory disease, which is often contracted via sexually transmitted illnesses and involves infections of the reproductive organs. It can also be a sign of the rare condition known as toxic shock syndrome, which can be associated with tampon use and needs immediate medical attention. Whatever’s happening, a fever of more than 102 degrees while on your period needs a GP or emergency room visit ASAP.
5| Heavy bleeding
Menorrhagia is heavy or long-lasting menstrual bleeding. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people have heavy bleeding if they:
have a period that lasts longer than 7 days
bleed through a pad or tampon within 2 hours
need to change a pad or tampon during the night
pass blood clots larger than a quarter, or another large coin
Heavy bleeding could indicate a hormone imbalance or a health condition that affects the uterus.
Spotting, or any vaginal bleeding between periods, could indicate a condition such as:
benign uterine cysts
pelvic inflammatory disease
changes to hormone levels, such as during puberty, perimenopause, and menopause
endometriosis, a condition that causes the tissue that forms the uterine lining to also grow in other areas
In rare cases, vaginal bleeding between periods or after menopause could be a sign of uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer.
7| Skipped periods
Stress, excessive exercise, and some forms of birth control can all disrupt the menstrual cycle and cause a missed period. If the cause is temporary, a person’s period may return as usual the next month.
Pregnancy causes periods to stop, and they may not resume until the woman finishes breastfeeding.
The medical term for the absence of periods before menopause is amenorrhea. The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) explain that a person may have amenorrhea if:
they miss more than three periods in a row
they have not had a period by the age of 15
The OWH note that some other causes of amenorrhea can include:
eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa
extreme weight gain or loss
severe, long-term stress
polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
8| Breast Tenderness
Mild breast tenderness can be expected during a period.
accompanies any other symptoms, such as a lump in the breast or changes in the nipple or the skin of the breast
Some have an upset stomach or diarrhea around or during their periods.
This can be due to the release of chemicals called prostaglandins from the uterus, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, and lightheadedness.
If diarrhea is severe or an unusual period symptom, speak to a doctor.
Some clotting is a regular feature of menstrual bleeding, particularly on days with a heavier flow. Clots smaller than a quarter can often be expected, particularly at the beginning of a period.
If a person notices clots that are larger or appear more frequently than usual, it could indicate an underlying health issue, such as:
adenomyosis, in which the uterine lining grows through the wall of the uterus
Also, if a woman who is pregnant, or suspects pregnancy, passes clots, this could indicate pregnancy loss, or miscarriage. If this happens, it is important to see a doctor right away.
11| Unusual consistency
The consistency of a period may change from the beginning to the end of the period, with a heavier flow to start with, which then gets lighter towards the end of the period.
If people experience abnormal menstrual blood consistency, which is different from their usual consistency, they should see their doctor.
Pink, watery menstrual blood or unusually thick blood could indicate an underlying condition, such as menorrhagia.
The medical term for pain during periods is dysmenorrhea, and cramping is often a cause of this pain.
Mild cramping in the abdomen can be an uncomfortable but expected part of the menstrual cycle.
Extreme or unusual cramping could be severe dysmenorrhea, and indicate an underlying condition such as:
13| Period not stopping
The duration of bleeding can vary from person to person, ranging from about 2–7 days. For each person, it should be fairly consistent from month to month.
If the duration of a period changes from month to month, or if the menstrual cycle becomes unusually long or short, this can signal an underlying health issue, and it is a good idea to speak with a doctor.
The OWH note that changes in levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone can cause low mood, which is a common PMS feature.
However, severe changes in mood, which may keep a person from daily activities, could be a sign of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. People with this issue often benefit from a combination of lifestyle changes and medications.
It is also important to note that any mood changes related to regular hormonal shifts can worsen symptoms of existing mental health conditions.
15| Irregular periods
Typically, a menstrual cycle is 28 days long, but can vary from person to person. A regular menstrual cycle may be 24–38 days long.
An irregular period is one that occurs more frequently or less often than usual.
Irregular periods can point to an underlying condition, such as:
premature ovarian failure
Don’t be shy about seeing a gynecologist or a mammologist (actually, it’s recommended that you see them 1-2 times a year) and discussing everything you’re worried about with them. There are no awkward questions when it comes to health.
Human beings are very adaptable. But one of the only things we absolutely cannot compromise on, however, is the position we sleep in! Don’t believe us? Ditch your regular sleeping position and try to adopt a new one. Just try, you! And tell us later about how many sheep you counted that night. Now that you’re convinced, we’re here to tell you something about yourself you probably didn’t know – what your sleeping position says about your personality. Believe it or not, it does give us some major clues about the person you are!
1| The Soldier Position
A PERSON THAT SLEEPS IN THE SLEEPY SOLDIER POSITION SLEEPS ON THEIR BACK, WITH THEIR ARMS STRAIGHT DOWN AT THEIR SIDE — LIKE THEY ARE STANDING AT ATTENTION.
Up and at ‘em, sargent! A person that sleeps in the sleepy soldier sleep position sleeps on their back, with their arms straight down at their side — like they are standing at attention. Sleepy Soldiers live up to their name. They are strong, silent, and focused people who don’t like a big fuss. They love structure and take themselves very seriously. This also means that they can have high expectations for themselves and others around them. This is also a sleep position that can lead to snoring.
The sleepy soldier position (sleeping on your back) is one helps a good mattress do its job. It is one of the best positions out there because it allows your back and neck to be in their proper alignment, especially if you aren’t using many pillows.
Snoring is more common the older you get, affecting more than half of all adults and there is a chance that sleeping on your back will increase snoring. This happens because our good pal, gravity, forces your tongue to the back of your throat when you are laying down on your back. This restricts your air ways, and may also be a poor sleeping position for those suffering from sleep apnea.
Meaning: You have a private and reserved nature and are a bit of a loner.
Learning how to fillet a fish means getting the meat of the fish without the bones. Instructions on how to fillet a fish step by step are listed below, but there are a few steps that need to come first.
Use a sharp knife and follow our step-by-step technique for perfect fillets
A note on fish scales: Before you fillet a whole fish, it should be scaled. Doing the job yourself isn’t difficult, but it’s messy, because the scales tend to fly all over and you find them in weird places around the kitchen for days after. For this reason, we always ask the fish monger to do the scaling for us. And actually, a good fish monger will also fillet the fish for you, but where’s the fun in that?
1. Choose a fish with clear eyes and firm flesh that springs back when pressed. The freshest fish will have shiny, close-fitting scales; avoid those with dry, flaky scales. You can choose to scale and gut the fish yourself at home, but it’s a messy process. Ask your fishmonger to do it — it usually takes only a few minutes.
2. At home, rinse out the gut cavity and pat it dry with a paper towel, then lay the fish on a large, clean cutting board. Place a sharp knife just behind the pectoral fin and cut diagonally down-ward until you hit the spine. Try to use one fluid cutting motion; sawing or lifting the blade can damage the delicate flesh.
3. Angle your knife parallel to the spine and push the blade toward the tail, applying steady downward pressure. Slice through the fish until you reach the front of the tail to make the first fillet. Set it aside, then flip the fish over on the cutting board and repeat the same cuts to make the second fillet.
4. To debone the fillet, angle your knife under the top of the rib bones and cut them away. Some species also have pin bones, which you can choose to keep or remove. They tend to run in a straight line through the thickest part of the fish. To remove them, press the flesh so the tips of the bones poke above the surface and pull them out with tweezers or pliers.
5. To skin your fillets, cut downward to the tail skin near the end of the fillet, then push the blade toward the front of the fish while holding the tail skin with your free hand.
People have touted the powers of superfoods. Thought to benefit your overall well-being, these foods have been linked to a sharper mind, clearer skin, a healthier immune system, and more. And while many dietitians have questioned superfoods, there is no arguing that some fruits, vegetables, and proteins offer more health benefits than others.
So the next time you want to switch up your salad or try something new, consider stocking up on the best “superfoods” for your body. Whether it’s brain-boosting blueberries or cancer-fighting broccoli sprouts, these options aren’t just great for your health — they’re also delicious.
The importance of spices for nutritional benefits is also quite understated, as 2021 is about the return of traditional Indian spices such as cinnamon, saffron, turmeric and fennel seeds. Dr. Anju Sood says, “Cinnamon powder contains aldehyde which is a chemical compound that helps bring down blood sugar level and maintain metabolic levels.” Similar benefits can be stated for fennel seeds, also known as saunf, which contain antioxidants and can also help fight pollution. Turmeric too has a number of health benefits such as being anti-inflammatory and helping in boosting immunity.
2021 is all about the seeds – basil seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds are the superfoods this season. Rather than simply having Chia or Flaxseeds, use Basil seeds,” recommends Dr. Rupali Datta. These seeds can be had as a snack or included as a topping on any dish. The nutrients such as protein, fiber, iron, vitamins, and omega-3 present in all kinds of seeds promote healthy skin and hair and support cardiovascular well-being.
3| Whole Grains
There is a strong trend which sees an increasing return towards whole grains such as Kuttu, Ragi and Jau, our experts say. These whole grains can be easily used to replace sooji, besan, or even oats. The reason behind this is that they are rich in micronutrients such as zinc, magnesium and calcium. These are nutrients that the Indian diet traditionally does not have enough of, but can work miracles for overall health. Grains such as Rajgiri, aka Amaranth, as recommended by our nutritionists are also wonderful for their detoxifying and cholesterol-controlling properties.
4| Local Fruits
Dr. Rupali Datta emphasizes the need for inclusion of locally grown fruits in the diet, as much as vegetables. Fruits are one of the most underrated superfoods that have existed in the Indian diet since times immemorial. They are now slowly making a comeback this year due to their inherent nutritive properties. For instance, Guava actually has more Vitamin C content than, say, even an orange. “Seasonal fruits such as papaya can work wonders for the diet, ” says Dr. Datta.
5| Leafy Greens
Having local produce and hyperlocally sourced vegetables is something that cannot be emphasised enough in 2020. For instance, spinach is a leafy green that is packed with vitamins and minerals and contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant flavanoids too. Spinach is great for maintaining overall bone and heart health. Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora ND suggests, “All the green leafy Saags cooked in ghee and a dollop of white butter loaded with vitamin K can be great for assimilation of vitamin D in the body.”
To conclude, superfoods for 2021 are all about going regional and rediscovering the roots. To quote Shilpa Arora ND, “Superfoods for 2021 have to be simple and not fashionable.”