Archive | July 2017

Air Ball!

 

Hi there!

 

It was one of these dreadful mornings when she
woke up but wished she could go back to sleep again.
She was feeling so sluggish and groggy that it was
absolutely impossible for her to focus and go through
her morning routines.

I feel so weary and drowsy;   I’m still asleep, and 
I have to get up and deal with my daily tasks.
But I can hardly move she said.

Her mental alertness was down to zero, and she did
need to be more awake.
This horrible sensation was really familiar to her,
because she has been experiencing this most mornings.
As a consequence, she was awfully irritated as she was
unable to do even the simplest things.

She wasn’t ready to start her day, yet;
all she wanted was rest more rest ……

 

Cloudy Sky

 

Sleep Inertia

 

According to scientific research most people feel
dizzy as if drunk, and disoriented when they
wake up from sleep.
This is considered a normal part of life and a
reasonable behaviour.

Due to our modern life, most individuals have 
mornings when they wake up with their mind out
of focus and they wish they could go back to sleep.

It seems that when we wake up some parts of our 
brain will awake with us but some others will still
be inactive and will need more time to recover.

It takes everyone a little while to revive and start
functioning properly.
The time varies between one ( 1 ) minute and 
four ( 4 ) hours.
For many people it takes thirty ( 30 ) minutes, but
for some others it can take all morning.

Contributing Factors

The root causes of experiencing this Not Fully Awake
situation after a sleep are the following:

a)     Sudden awakening by a loud noise during the 
wrong stage of sleep.

b)     Lack of sleep in general that will cause tiredness.

c)     The duration and quality of your sleep.

d)     Taking an afternoon nap.

e)     Eating a rich meal the night before.

f)     General Sleepiness Disorder, Sleep Apnea or Insomnia. 

 

Choppy Sea

 

Double Trouble

 

Morning grogginess has a number of unpleasant and 
dangerous effects, as follows:

1)     Excessive stress during waking up.
2)     Incapability to make correct decisions.
3)     Loss of concentration and focus.
4)     Inability to perform simple daily tasks.
5)     Ineffectiveness during the morning hours.
6)     Difficulty in driving and handling machinery.
7)     Lack of memory and recollection.
8)     Inability to perform properly at work.
9)     Concentration of high adrenaline levels.

Cure – All

Here are some simple ways to combat your symptoms:

a)     Avoid naps during the day completely.

b)     Have a light dinner during the evening, and avoid
drinking any alcohol altogether.

c)     Go to bed more or less at the same time every evening,
including weekends.

d)     Get enough sleep by making certain you go to bed
only when you feel sleepy, and ensure you wake up next
morning naturally, with no alarm clock.

e)     As soon as you wake up ( similar time every morning ) :
    Think of something you look forward to.
    Switch on the radio to your favourite music.
    Open the windows to get the natural light. 

f)     Have a drink first thing in the morning to hydrate,
like a glass of water and a teaspoon of honey or a
cup of peppermint tea.

g)     Eat a healthy and wholesome breakfast.

h)     Go outdoors, be a little active and enjoy the sun
and the natural light.

 

Glittery Ocean

 

Worn – Out Syndrome

 

The human body likes cyclical routines.
So if you develop specific evening and morning
healthy habits, your body will know what to expect
and 
it will react accordingly.

The fallacy

A huge number of people drink a lot of caffeine
every morning, wrongly believing that it helps them
wake up and feel active.

But this is the mistaken approach, which in fact has 
long term negative health consequences; 
because caffeine has only superficial result,
since it increases the heart rate and raises the
blood pressure.

Caffeine does not address the root of the problem;
actually, this is what it does:

There is a neurochemical in your brain that promotes
sleep, called Adenosine.
This substance continues to increase during the day, 
and by the night your brain has enough of it to make
you feel tired and sleepy.

Caffeine now imitates Adenosine and establishes itself
into the same receptors in your brain, keeping you
awake and active continuously.

At the same time, Adenosine can not do its normal job;
so your brain starts fighting back by producing more
and more Adenosine.

As a result, you will be feeling incerasingly tired every
morning, and you will be needing more and more
caffeine every day to get the same results, feeling awake.

That is, a Vicious Circle.

The only solution is to remove caffeine from your diet
completely , so that your body can start working as
normal, the way it was originally intended.

 

 

 

Jelly – Belly !

 

Hi there!

 

Cat and Chez met at their gym this afternoon, since
they were both taking the six o’clock aerobics class.
They warmed up in the jogging machines for a
while, then entered the room waiting for their
trainer to start the class.

It was an extremely enjoyable routine for fifty
uninterrupted minutes, after which they went
next door to the cafe for a drink and a chat.

I’m still very concerned about this bulge in my
abdomen;    I’ve already limited my calories, and
as you know,  I’m exercising every day.
But to no avail  —  it still persists ,
Cat said feeling distressed.

I don’t feel good in my body or in my clothes;
and I don’t know what to wear, especially in the
summer, to cover up this growth in front of me
she continued almost in tears.

I know exactly what you mean;   it’s very difficult
to lose belly fat  —  I’ve been fighting against this 
upsetting problem myself for many years now
Chez replied in a sad tone.

 

Fat Flower

 

Hot Potato

 

Lower body fat is a considerable worry for most
women.
Everybody wants to feel comfortable, attractive
and relaxed in their clothes.
Unfortunately, this abdominal fat is really stubborn,
and it will still stay there even if you diet and
exercise regularly.

This dangerous fat is connected with a number of
health problems, and it really is worse than just
being generally overweight.
So you do need to take all necessary steps to regulate
it and keep it under control.

Obviously it is not easy to eliminate this fat, so you must
be very willing, absolutely determined and completely
persistent to undertake solid permanent lifestyle changes.

A small amount of belly fat is good for you to protect
your lower internal organs.
But if it becomes a lot it is not healthy any more.

Apart from being overweight in general due to 
over-eating and muscle loss, the most common causes
of stubborn abdominal fat are the following:

 

Red Flower

 

a)     Adrenal Imbalance

When you are constantly stressed your adrenal glands 
keep on releasing excess cortisol and adrenaline,
causing serious hormonal imbalances in your body.
As a consequence, it starts accumulating surplus of 
fat in the abdominal area.

The Answer

Manage your stress levels by avoiding or minimising
all stressors in your life.
Also use meditation, deep breathing, herbs and nature
walks 
to reduce your cortisol levels.

b)     Oestrogen dominance

Excess oestrogen in your body encourages storage
of fat in the abdominal area.
Accumulation of this female hormone is encouraged
by eating conventionally raised meats and their
products as well as fish.
Also there is another contribution by the
environmental 
toxins and poisons.

The Answer

The only thing you can do to avoid oestrogen
overload is to avoid all the above mentioned
harmful items in your everyday life.

c)     Menopause

During the climacteric years the female hormones
fluctuate a lot, and as a result the body stores
fat in the abdomen to balance these changes.

The answer

Manage your menopause status by reading detailed
advice in my earlier post Vicissitude!.

d)     Insulin Resistance

If you follow an unhealthy diet , eventually your
body will be unable to respond properly to insulin
production.
The final result will be that the excess blood sugar
will be converted to fat and stored in your
abdominal area.

The answer

Eliminate all processed carbohydrates from your 
diet, and eat only pure whole foods.
Also eat healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, organic
meats and wild sea foods.

 

Fat White Flower

 

Cause Celebre

 

Here are some more tools for you to help you 
lose some abdominal fat:

1)     Exercise to build and maintain muscle tissue.
Adopt the simplest of the exercises, which is Walking.
Walk every day at a moderate pace for thirty ( 30 )
minutes.
Keep on moving and standing the rest of day.

2)     Sleep for seven ( 7 ) hours every night, including
weekends.
This will keep you relaxed and burn fat in the body.

3)     Boost and support your gastrointestinal microbiota
to help you digest and absorb your foods better.
Eat fibrous foods and take a high quality probiotic
supplement, every other day.

Believe in yourself.

 

 

Folliculus!

 

Hello!

 

During the Ice Age people used handbags to carry
their
tools and foods.
Ancient Greeks and Egyptians also used handbags to
carry their money and other valuable and personal
items.

Various bags were found in Switzerland and Britain AD.
Throughout history people carried bags and purses not 
only for practical purposes, but also status, power
and beauty.

All bags came in a variety of sizes and different designs,
which we influenced and kept on changing through the
years according 
to technological, societal and fashion
trends each time.

Bags were always used by both men and women, and
they were worn mostly attached to the belt;
but also they were hung on the shoulder or a specially
made hook, as well as held by hand.

 

Woman Shopping

 

Basic Principles

 

The handbag has always played the role of something
conveying various impressions, as well as hiding the
secrets of its wearer.

The empty handbag itself is supposed to represent the
female genitalia.
The contents of your handbag represent you as an 
individual:    your attitude and feelings, your thoughts
and habits, as well as everything that exists in your mind.

Nowadays all women carry a handbag that contains
many more items than they actually need.
Articles which are found in women’s handbags are:

Keys, mobile telephone, wallet, receipts, mirror, comb,
hair accessories, nail file, tweezers, perfume, lipstick,
cosmetics bag, jewellery, reading and sun glasses, 
medicines, dental floss, sewing kit, tissues, essential
oils, notebook and pen, chewing gums, hat, scarf, gloves,
hand antiseptic gel, small umbrella, biscuits or bars,
and other personal items.

I, myself, am one of these women who do carry most 
of these things;   and yes …… I do consider them absolutely
necessary    just in case I need something when I am out.

But I recognise that there is a number of items, which are
totally useless to carry with you around.

 

Turquoise bag

 

Defoliated Area

 

Here are some tips for you how to cut down your
handbag weight.

To start with, I hope you already have a personal
drawer, where you keep all the things you usually
need to be carrying with you from time to time
when you go out.
Otherwise, create one now.

a)     Clean your handbag out well, so you can refill
it clean with all the necessary things at the moment.

b)     Remove:
*   All things that you have never used.
*   Any items of which you have more than one.
*   All seasonal things.
*   All receipts, and either throw them away or file them.
*   Any old chewing gums and foods.

c)     Buy a nice biggish wallet and put in it:
  Your credit/debit cards.
  Your store cards.
  Your personal documents.
  A small notebook.
  A pen.
  Your money.

 

Fashion bag

 

d)     Buy a nice mini cosmetics bag and put in it
all the cosmetics you will ever need when out,
as well as all other personal items you may want.

e)     Place loose in your handbag:
1.   Your keys.
2.   Your mobile.
3.   Your reading and sun glasses.
4.   A packet of tissues.
5.   Your full wallet.
6.   Your full cosmetics bag.

Now you must have a nice, clean and tidy handbag.

 

Pink Bag

 

The Chameleon Object

 

The handbag is an essential part of every woman’s
wardrobe  —  and it is all about you.

It reflects who you are and how you live your 
whole life.
The way your handbag is arranged  reveals how
well organised you are in your personal life and
your home.

It also shows whether you are tucked away from 
your relationships and everyone else, or you are
a proud and confident person who respects
herself.

Embrace organisation, tidiness and order in your
life.
You will feel much happier, relaxed and peaceful.

 

 

 

Child’s Play!

 

Hi there!

 

……” I follow a very strict beauty routine, which 
comprises of a cream cleanser, a toner, an eye cream,
a serum, a day cream, a night cream and a tinted
sunscreen during the day.
It takes me some time to put all these on my face
every morning and every night, all the year round.

For the last six months I’ve been trying to simplify
my whole life.
I want to make things easier and quicker for me,
as well as reducing daily stress.
This is my goal at the moment, and it includes my
beauty routine, too.

I happen to be a natural health addict, so I am
determined to start using not only less but also
more pure products on my face.
That means I’m going to make my own cosmetics
using clean and unrefined home ingredients ……”

Izzy said to me last week, looking really set in her mind.

 

Bumblebee on Yellow Flower

 

Aesthetic Principle

 

You read every day how all these toxic chemicals the
companies use in your skin care products can be
damaging to
your health.
But the only way to avoid all these toxins is to make
your own skin care products.

Certainly there are many reasons to make your own
cosmetics like,

    you have full control of all the ingredients used,
*     you avoid all chemicals, toxins, additives and preservatives,
*     they will be gentler on your skin,
    they will be a much healthier solution,
    they are easy to make in your kitchen,
*     natural ingredients can be more effective on your skin.

The top most important creme to keep the external layers
of your skin smooth, soft, elastic and flexible is a moisturizer.

This vital emulsion will keep your skin well hydrated and
maintain your youthful looks for much longer.

 

Margaritas with Bumblebee

 

Ways And Means

 

Here are a few basic and very simple to make suggestions
for you to try out:

Soothing Cleanser

10 tablespoons pure organic almond milk
5 teaspoons pure organic almond oil
5 teaspoons pure thyme honey

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a bottle.
Apply on your face and neck using a pure cotton beauty
pad,
every morning and every night.
Keep refrigerated.

Refreshing Toner

1 cup pure organic coconut water
1 teaspoon lime juice

Mix the ingredients together and store in a bottle.
Apply on your face and neck using a pure cotton beauty
pad,
every morning and every night after the cleanser.
Keep refrigerated.

Eye Cream

2 tablespoons pure organic coconut creme ( moisturizer )
2 capsules Vitamin E  ( antioxidant, firming )
2 capsules Evening Primrose Oil   ( anti-ageing )

Place the coconut creme in a bowl.
Open all capsules and mix into the creme.
Mix well all ingredients together.
Place in a jar and store in a dry cool place.

Apply the cream every morning and every night.

 

Lavender with Bumblebees

 

Natural Moisturizer

1/2 cup pure organic coconut creme
4 capsules Vitamin E
10 drops pure Lavender or Rose Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients together, place in a jar and
store in a dry and cool place.

Use a small amount of the cream on your face and
neck every
morning and every night.

Quick Exfoliator

Squeeze the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon, depending on
its size, on a pure cotton beauty pad.
Apply on your face and neck.
Leave for 30 to 40 minutes.
Clean your face as usual.

Making your own skin care products will benefit
you in many ways.
Not only you will be putting on your face the most
natural and pure ingredients, but also they will
be the most safe and efficient.

Good luck !!