June 2017 - Real Beauty Spotlight


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How I Lost 20 Pounds by Cutting out Sugar

weight loss by cutting out sugar

Let me start off by saying I have a huge sweet tooth. I find it very difficult to refrain from cakes, cookies, candy, and ice-cream. The saying is true is that; "the foods that taste good are bad for you". But I knew that in order for me to drop those few pesky pounds I needed to cut down on my sugar intake. I knew that it was going to be a challenge because this is something that I have struggled with all my life.

To be clear, I have always been on the slim side wearing sizes 6-8 for most of my adult life. But then I started to slowly gain some weight.  I began to panic when I struggled to fit into my size ten clothing. Then I knew I had to do something fast. I am 5 foot 5 1/2 inches, and although I did not look overweight in other people's eye's they would mention how tight my clothes were. My clothes were not tight, I was putting on weight at an exponential rate and was not about to buy a new wardrobe to accommodate my new size. So I started to do a lot of research on ways in which I can lose weight. And I knew that sugar was the main culprit of my gaining weight in the first place. So that had to be dealt with first.

I wondered how I would accomplish such a feat but knew that had to be done. Walking through the candy aisle of the supermarket without picking anything up was very hard. So eventually I stopped working in that aisle altogether. There was a vending machine outside of my office that was filled with sweet and fattening goodness that I also had to bypass. It was not easy because everyone in the office would snack frequently throughout the day. But I was determined not to let this get in my way of progress.

Another thing that needed to change was my poor eating habits. Often times I did not eat breakfast. But in my research, I learned that not eating breakfast will make you overeat throughout the whole day in order to compensate for what was missed in the morning. So I changed that.  I would get up a little earlier and make breakfast filled with protein. Eating protein in the morning will prevent you from being hungry throughout the course of the day. I heard that statement all the time but I didn't really believe it until it worked for me. And found myself eating less throughout the day.

Sugar also comes in the form of carbohydrates, which I ate a lot of. Yes, I love my rice, potatoes, and pasta. I wasn't going to cut this off completely because carbohydrates have its place in any diet. But I definitely could reduce the number of carbs I ate to 1/3. I added more vegetables to my diet in place of what I would be missing. So my lunch and dinner consisted of protein, about 2 tablespoons of carbs, and 2 cups of vegetables. And when I needed a snack between meals I would eat fruits.

Another benefit I gained from this journey was the amount of energy that I felt. I would not get tired as I used to. I would wake up feeling more refreshed. I drank a lot more water which also helped with my endurance. My face became clear and my complexion smoother. I did not do that much exercise but I found myself being more fit and toned. Well, I do a lot of walking so maybe that helped with the fitness.

This change in my diet proved to be very effective. In my first week, I lost whopping 4 pounds and I never felt deprived or hungry like I would before. When your body gets used to not eating something it craves it less and less. My cravings for sweets have been diminished but not gone altogether. But because my caloric intake is smaller I can afford to eat a little sweet here and there. Before I knew it I lost 10 pounds and finally, my clothes were fitting normally again. Everyone wanted to know what I was doing and when I told them that most of my weight loss mainly contributed to cutting out sugar they were shocked.

Nine months and 20 pounds off later I would definitely call this a success. My original goal was to lose 25 pounds but I look pretty thin the way I am now and I am pleased with the end result. I managed to keep the weight off after all these months. I have not been eating as healthy as I should be but I still manage to keep the weight off. I guess that's because I do more exercising now and the calories that I do consume is still within a healthy range.

I still enjoy my sweets but I know to keep the consumption of it at a minimum. With the right determination and discipline weight loss can be achieved. Just remember to keep your eyes firmly focused on your goal.

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Benefits of Wearing Natural Makeup

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The use of makeup has been around for decades all over the world. Women, mostly, use it to enhance physical beauty and make them more appealing. The desire for beauty should, however, should not make one acquire it at the expense of their skin's health. Some cosmetic products contain harsh products which can have negative effects on the skin. This has caused a number of cosmetic companies to venture out because they know the benefits of wearing natural makeup. It is becoming increasingly popular because it does not cause harm to your skin.

Bad Effects of Traditional Makeup
Some of the makeup which is manufactured is not made from natural products. They contain harsh chemicals that can ruin your face. Paraben, a chemical used in the preservation of makeup, is not good for the skin. Research has pointed out that it results in a disruption of the levels of estrogen in the female body. This ultimately leads to a lower immune system. In addition, cosmetics which are not made from natural products contain toxins such as mercury and lead which have bad effects on the skin. So why not choose natural healthy makeup?

Benefits of Wearing Natural Makeup
It is always best to use natural makeup. Not only do you still get to look beautiful but also you get to maintain healthy skin. Some of the advantages of natural cosmetics include;

· Natural makeup does not contain comedogenics oils. Comedogenic oils have the tendency to cause pores to clog which can cause acne breakouts. Natural make up does not contain comedogenic oils so you will maintain the natural look of your skin.

· Natural makeup is safe to use for anyone. The main reason being is that it does not contain harsh synthetic chemicals. It is not only safe for the skin but also for the environment.

· Those that have conditions such as asthma, allergies or sinusitis can enjoy natural makeup as they do not have strong scents. The other type, however, uses strong scents mask the smell of the chemicals they put in it.

· It is healthy makeup. This is because the skin has the ability to absorb certain nutrients. Organic makeup is nutrient rich. For instance, they contain fatty acids while others have extracts from natural products which are great antioxidants. 

· Enjoy a youthful look. Natural cosmetics provide the skin from harmful UV-light from the sun. Too much exposure to direct sunlight might cause aging which conventional makeup does not protect one against. 

In conclusion, if you want to have great skin, fewer breakouts, and a youthful glow, then natural makeup is the way to go. Healthy, natural makeup as it is gentle on your skin. Keeping these things in mind, consider giving natural makeup a try so that you get to enjoy the benefits that come with. Your skin will thank you.

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The incredible health benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina health benefits

When you think about super foods you usually think about the common ones that you always hear about such as; green leafy vegetables, fruit, and nuts, fish and seeds. While these super foods are no doubt healthy, you rarely ever hear about the one that is considered the healthiest super food on the planet.Let's now examine the incredible health benefits of Spirulina.


As the cousin to its powerhouse counterpart Chlorella, these blue - green algae are arguably the most nutrient based freshwater plant in the world. It is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals including a, k, b, e, manganese, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, riboflavin, thiamine, protein, niacin, and iron and much more.  It contains considerably more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than the typical healthy foods you know of.
The rich green color in spirulina is caused by the presence of a particular pigment called phycocyanin. And it's because of its vibrant color is why many scientists believe that it is so beneficial to health.

Spirulina can be found as an addition to many superfood supplements and shakes on the market. Taking Spirulina every day can have a dramatic effect on the overall improvement of your health and can be taken in both pill and powder form. There has been extensive research done on Spirulina throughout the years to prove its validity. Just take a closer look at some of the science-based benefits that Spirulina can have on the body.

It has anti-inflammatory properties
Increases energy levels and helps alleviate anemia symptoms
Boosts the immune system
Effective treatment for HIV / AIDS
Detoxify the body and is effective for treating poison in the body
Protects the brain against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Rich in vitamins and minerals
How to treat and prevent certain forms of cancer
Eliminate Candida
Regulates high blood pressure
Good for cholesterol
Increases muscle strength and endurance
Improve memory
Lowers blood sugar levels
Helps with weight loss
Increases breast milk production

Basically, you cannot come up with a more complete and well-rounded superfood. Its benefits are many and taking it regularly will improve your health in a dramatic way. So when you are thinking of what to take to improve your health, remember all the good things that Spirulina can do for you. And your body will thank you for including it in your daily regimen.

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