The Negative Health Effects of Skipping a Single Meal

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Less is more, right? Yes, if you’re talking about miles per hour when you get pulled over for speeding, but not in the realm of eating. Whether you’re a celebrity-diet fan or experienced a night of too much booze and Burger King, chances are you’ve heard of the term fasting.  Fasting may seem appealing when you’re in a crunch or trying to undo some serious damage, but think twice before you consider it.

Here’s what happens to your body when you skip a meal (yes, just a meal!):

Digestion Disruption: Our bodies are used to having food to digest. When you stop eating for a day or a meal, your body’s digestive system gets thrown off. If you aren’t eating, your body has nothing to digest. Help your stomach do its job- eat regularly!

Cortisol Chaos: By eating throughout the day, you can help keep your blood sugar in check. Skipping meals releases cortisol. Increased cortisol is closely tied to increased abdominal fat.

Mental imbalance: Humans need food to survive, that’s not rocket science. When you skip meals, you can slip into a thought process where you convince yourself you don’t need food. Slippery-sloping into a thought process where food becomes a guilt-trip is a big no-no.

Onset of Overeating: Ever skip breakfast and then realize it’s halfway through the afternoon and you have yet to eat? What likely happens as a result? A huge dinner! Our bodies function best when fed in reasonably moderate amounts at spaced intervals. So slamming a huge dinner not only confuses your body but will likely result in an overconsumption of calories.

Fat Foraging: When we skip meals or don’t eat, our bodies go into “freak-out-mode”, aka starvation. Our bodies start to think we won’t be getting food. As a result, your metabolic rate is reduced for the time being.

If these are the repercussions of just skipping meals, imagine the scale of consequences when applying this to a day-after-day fast. The key to lasting weight loss results is investment of time and effort. Fasting may lead to temporary weight loss, but can result in long term damage. Stick to the old-fashioned hard work and healthy eating and you and your body will be much happier.

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. Now in Australia!

Review: Mix Up The Voltage – Lip Plumper

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So there has been a lot of talk about this product and I decided to give it a go.

 

I ordered this from eBay as most other places had either sold out or were selling it for a ridiculous price! Even on eBay it wasn’t cheap, I paid roughly £15.00!

 

Before, the product came in two boxes, one with the lip gloss and one with the plumping liquid. This time they have packaged it quite well and it comes in a slender box with the lip gloss inside and a syringe which contains the liquid.

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I had read a few reviews about this and about how much to put in, I didn’t want to risk my lips falling off, so I added 1 ml to the lip gloss, mixed it for 20 seconds and waited another 30 seconds (as told by the instructions).

Once I applied the lip voltage lip gloss, I expected some tingling, but what I didn’t expect was about 30 seconds after application was that my lips would be feeling as if I had rubbed raw hot chilies on my lips. It was quite intense, and this was only 1 drop! They say if you want to increase the plumpness of your lips to add 3 drops maximum.

The “tingle” (burn) lasted for roughly 2 minutes before it started dying down. However, I decided to put another layer on top to see what would happen. Again, the tingling and burning feeling came back but by this time I got used to the feeling and the second time around it wasn’t too bad (still quite intense).

Here are my results:

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As you can see – just above my cupids bow it had turned slightly red, this had happened in a previous review I had read to the girl who was trying it out so I figured it wasn’t too abnormal, it is something you can hide with a dash of make up.

Looking at it now, it did work. My lips weren’t too thin to start with but they definitely looked a bit fuller. They were also a lot more red in colour from the reaction the lip gloss caused.

I would recommend this for others to try, the effects last a couple of hours.

If you’re going out and wish to wear lipstick or another colour lip gloss (this one is clear) you might want to put this on, wait for the plumping action to kick in and slightly dab off the gloss with a tissue so that you can apply the colour you want.

 

Let us know your experience! Have you tried it? Did it work for you?

Review: Bodytox Detoxing Foot Patches

This Gets: 3 out of 5 rating

 

Bodytox: Detox Foot Patches

So, when I heard about the ‘detox foot patches’ I thought – Why Not?

The instructions said to use every night for 3 nights, obviously some people differ so they may have to use for longer. My initial thought was that this was just like any other detox product, they make you believe it will work and at the end of the day you don’t feel any different and the only thing that lost weight was your purse (or wallet – men are included in this, we don’t discriminate).

 

When I opened the packaging, I noticed a very familiar smell… Soy Sauce. I found this very strange but I was sure it was just the mix of special detoxifying ingredients that gave this peculiar aroma. The packaging included a handy leaflet which shows you which part of the foot is connected to certain parts of the body…

I did what any other person would do… Stuck the pad right in the middle and hoped for the best. I was pleasantly surprised that the pads on my feet didn’t bother me during my sleep. I hardly noticed them (thumbs up to that!)

The instructions said the next morning when the pads are removed there will be dark patches on the pads where the toxins had been drawn out of the feet. The darker patches means there are more toxins on that part of the body.

As I peeled them off, I was happy to see that it did what it said on the tin. Dark patches? Yes. Still smelling of Soy Sauce? Definitely.

 

I did as recommended, 3 nights in a row, each morning checking the foot patch and seeing whether it made any difference. There was a noticeable difference in colour by day 3. It was lighter, still patchy but definitely lighter.

I was happy that my money hadn’t completely gone down the drain, I admit I did not feel too different, but I suppose if I had maybe carried on for another 3 days I would have…

 

For those who want to try this – I would say go for it, it’s not very expensive and you can find them in your local super markets.

DIY Pedicure

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Summer is coming, whether you’re staying where you are or going on holiday, your feet deserve a bit of air! Being cooped up in your shoes and socks all winter, they want to be set free while it is still sunny and warm outside!

Let’s give our feet a bit of love this weekend and prepare them for flip flops, sandals or even no shoes!

 

Thanks to makeupandbeauty.com we have found a great way to do your own pedicure!

What you will need:

  1. Nail Clippers, Cotton pads, Nail Polish Remover, Cuticle Cream , Cuticle pusher, emery board or nail file
  2. Basin for soaking and towels for drying your feet. (Foot wash ingredients are listed below)
  3. Foot file, pumice stone or a loofah
  4. A good foot scrub
  5. Foot moisturiser

 

1. TRIMMING AND SHAPING:
Remove your old nail polish with some cotton dipped in nail polish remover. Trim your nails. Make sure you cut straight across and don’t cut the corners too much as this can lead to painful ingrown nails. Use an emery board or nail file to give them the desired shape. Some people may prefer to cut nails after soaking as they will be softer and easy to shape. I do this first as my nails get too soft for shaping once they are soaked.

 

2. FOOT SOAK

A good foot soak goes a long way in beating the stress after a long day. In a basin fill warm water enough to cover up to your ankles and add:

  1. Epsom salt ½ cup. This is an emollient and will soothe inflammations, reduce roughness and reduce muscle pain. Also helps with exfoliation. (Available in most medical shops). However if you do not have this you can use any other bath salts you may have on hand.
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. A few drops of a Foot Wash of your choice. You can substitute this with liquid hand wash or shampoo if you like.
  4. Essential oils of your choice. (10-12 drops). I use lavender and eucalyptus. Lavender soothes and rejuvenates the skin and helps calm the nerves while eucalyptus provides excellent relief to aching feet. It is also a very good antiseptic and disinfectant.
  5. Add a few smooth pebbles to the water. These will provide a gentle massage as you place your feet on them. Feels heavenly!! (Read this tip somewhere and totally love it!)
  6. Sit in a comfortable position, soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes. Dry them with a towel.

 

4. MOISTURISE:

Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet clean and moisturise them.

Use moisturiser of your choice. A face cream you found to be too heavy for the face can do the trick!!

Almond oil and olive oil (1tsp each) with 10-12 drops of your favourite essential oil also makes a good home made massage oil for feet.

Rub a generous portion into your feet and massage well, better still if you can get someone else to do the massage for you. Ask your hubby or a friend! Sit back and relax! Regular foot massages help keep nerve endings stimulated, improve blood circulation, nourish the skin and foot muscles.

If you have cracks, follow up with a cream formulated especially for that. You can also use Vaseline mixed with lime juice, wrap with plastic for 15 minutes. Wear loose cotton socks and tuck yourself in.

5. DRESS THEM UP!

Paint your toe nails with a colour of your choice. Always apply a base coat. Wait for it to dry and then apply a coat of nail polish. Let it dry completely before you apply the next coat. This will make your nail polish last longer.

Showcase your feet in stylish footwear, a beautiful anklet, pretty toe ring or even tattoos…whatever you fancy!

The Ultimate Grooming Tools for Beards!

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Us girls at TF have a weakness for facial hair, and I am sure we are NOT the only ones!

So guys, if you choose to grow a fancy tash, or a manly beard, please make sure you look after that facial hair! Trim it, cut it, shave it, whatever you choose, it needs to stay looking tidy!

Below we found on menshealth.com about the ultimate grooming tools!

 

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Whether you’ve got a beard, goatee or designer stubble you need to keep in check, Remington’s Touch Control Beard & Stubble Trimmer is the only piece of kit you need. With an incredible 175 different cutting lengths, self-sharpening titanium-coated blades and a Tri-Boost system to help power through even the thickest beard, it’s the ultimate tool for men who want to look their best without spending hours in the bathroom.”

Visit menshealth.com for the full article and videos about Remington’s Touch Control Beard & Stubble Trimmer

“300″ Spartan Work Out

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Another one for the guys! If you want that six pack like Gerard Butler in the movie, see below for the work out thanks to menshealth.com!

Follow the plan below!

1. PULL UPS (25 reps)

Grab the pull-up bar with an overhand grip that’s slightly wider than shoulder width apart, and hang at arm’s length. Pull your chest to the bar, pause, and then lower your body back to the starting position.

 2. DEADLIFTS WITH 135 LBS. (50 reps)

Load the barbell and roll it against your shins. Bend at your hips and knees and grab the bar with an overhand grip, your hands just beyond shoulder width. Without allowing your lower back to round, pull your torso back and up, thrust your hips forward, and stand up with the barbell. Squeeze your glutes as you perform the movement. Lower the bar to the floor, keeping it as close to your body as possible.

 3. PUSHUPS (50 reps)

Get down on all fours and place your hands on the floor so that they’re slightly wider than and in line with your shoulders. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause at the bottom, and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible.

4. 24-INCH BOX JUMPS (50 reps)

Stand in front of a sturdy, secure box that’s high enough so that you have to jump with great effort in order to land on top of it. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Dip your knees. Jump up onto the box with a soft landing. Step down and reset your feet.

 5. FLOOR WIPERS (50 reps)

Holding a 135-pound loaded bar above your chest, bring your feet up together to the left plate, down to the middle, and up to the right plate before putting them down in the middle. That’s one repetition.

6. SINGLE-ARM CLEAN-AND-PRESS WITH 36-LBS. KETTLEBELL (50 reps)

Stand shoulder-width apart with a kettlebell between your feet. Bend at the knees and grab the kettlebell with an overhand grip. Drive your hips and legs through the floor to bring the kettlebell up to your chest (note: your arm should be tucked in close to your body with the kettlebell resting on the outside of your forearm.) Push overhead before lowering it to the ground in a controlled movement.

That’s one rep. Make sure it touches the ground before each rep. Perform 25 reps per arm.

 7. PULL UPS (25 reps)

Grab the pull-up bar with an overhand grip that’s slightly wider than shoulder width apart, and hang at arm’s length. Pull your chest to the bar, pause, and then lower your body back to the starting position.

This is the ORIGINAL work out, there are beginner and intermediate alternatives for those just starting out!

Good Luck! We’d love to see results from people trying this out!