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Stop those Munchies!

If animals and babies know to eat only when they’re hungry and to stop eating when they’re comfortable, then what the hell is wrong with the rest of us? Why do we feel the need to have dessert after a filling meal? Why do we crave snacks and drinks even though we’re not hungry or thirsty? and why do we have a hard time with portion control when it comes to our favorite meals? All of these are challenging for me and I’m sure most of you as well!

I believe that the culprits for these munchies are lack of self control, lack of sleep, stress, depression, hormones and the way our society has conditioned us! I know whenever I feel the least bit stressed, I reach for junk food and whatever snacks I can find lying around,whether I’m hungry or not! Horrible right!

Most of us also tend to be multi-tasking eaters. We eat while we’re on the computer, watching TV, reading and even when socializing. For some reason, we feel the need to have something in front of us to munch on. But what we don’t know, is that our stomachs have “stretch receptors,” which send a signal of satiety to our brain when food hits our stomach to tell us “we’re full!” However, that signal does not work if we’re eating while distracted! So, the key to not overeating is to steer clear from distractions while chowing down. I know this may be difficult at first but it’ll just take a little getting used too and actually remembering to do so!

For me, as a child, my home always had snacks lying around so naturally when I felt hungry, I’d nibble on whatever there was, then go back outside to play. What a happy life! Back then, I used to eat like a bird, never having an actual full meal. I had the smallest appetite ever! But with getting older, naturally everything started changing. I started snacking more and filling up on junk food. I am naturally a petite person, measuring about 5ft maybe 2 inches at most. So, if and when I went overboard with my horrid eating habits, it would definitely become noticeable.

Because of this, I started practicing portion control so as to not go overboard. Two (2) pounds gained on me can look like a lot compared to 2 pounds gained on an average sized human. At first it will be difficult, but you’ll get the hang of it. When I first started, I found it was easy to just cut down the portion sizes of my regular everyday food. I hadn’t changed my diet yet simply because I wanted to get used to the new portion sizes first. It’s also easier to take baby steps into things like this, especially if it’s all new to you. It’s helpful to use a smaller plate size for your meals rather than what you’re usually used to. You can fill up a little plate and it will still be less than what you would’ve been having on your regular sized plate. This tricks the mind into thinking you won’t need more than what’s there in front of you. Once you get the portion control down, you can start adjusting your diet bit by bit.

  1. Cut out excessively sugary drinks and snacks!– I found that when I did this, the cravings weren’t as strong as before!
  2. Substitutions! – if you’re craving something sweet, like chocolate, have a dark chocolate instead, it’s healthier than regular milk chocolate, it helps to lower blood pressure and is filled with antioxidants. You can also try apple slices dipped in a bit of peanut butter for a cool snack. No matter what crazy snack you feel for, there is always a healthier alternative!

To curb your appetite, try not eating way past into the night. If you’re like me and stay up until ungodly hours watching Netflix, and you start feeling munch-ish, drink a cup of tea and nibble on some mixed nuts- that usually fills me up for the night. Once you start incorporating these tips, you should begin to feel a bit more in control. Remember to be conscious of what and how much you’re consuming.

Hope this helps your munchies! 😉



Beauty and The Diet

We are all aware that eating “healthy” is the way to go for a number of reasons.

Well, for beauty it is an absolute MUST! As far as trends go in the beauty industry, luminous, dewy, radiant glowing skin is in! Companies are constantly coming out with a lot more sheer finish foundations and powders and everyone and their grandma are obsessed with highlighters; including me! We all strive for that impeccably flawless, shiny, but not too shiny, soft and supple skin with and without makeup. Especially without makeup! Who really wants to wear makeup each and everyday from now until the day they die? Certainly not me! That’s why achieving that look on my bare skin is definitely a priority!

Now, this is where lifestyle comes in, I have concluded from my own observations and a bit of common sense, that faces with next to nothing foundation, (see what I did there MAC 😉 fyi: MAC has a new foundation that’s absolutely beautiful for that dewy and sheer look called “Next to Nothing”) must depend on something other than good genes and effective skin care products. Naturally gorgeous skin must start from the inside out and therefore must start with a proper regimen of diet and exercise! Ughh! the worst two things known to man….or at least known to me! I’ve been starting to realize that this is something you really cannot get away from, because believe me! I’ve tried!!

“I tell my patients that what they put in their mouths is as important as the products they apply on their skin” says Dr. Jessica Wu (dermatologist and creator of Dr. Jessica Wu Skincare). Well that’s one way to put it into perspective Dr. Wu!

The foods that you eat get broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that the body uses to build up healthy skin. For example, the amino acids from the protein you eat go into building your skin’s collagen. If your diet lacks excessively in protein, then you better start saving for some Botox girlfriend!

Try to cut out processed foods little by little and then all the way. I know that this may seem impossible given the scary number of fast food restaurants our countries have to offer, but we must try! And I say “we” because I am a victim of KFC which forces me to have a love/hate relationship with it, leaning more toward the love part 😥  Nevertheless,  processed, oily, greasy foods temporarily taste good as you’re eating it, but in actuality does your body the most harm once it passes your lips. Once you start to eliminate this, you will start to see a huge difference in the way your skin and body looks and feels. Trust me! I know! Start incorporating more avocados, fruits and veges and lean proteins into your diet. Also try to steer clear of sugary drinks, foods and snacks.

I’m going to be quite honest with you! Everyone always says the same thing. But, from my experience, you just have to find what works for your own skin and your own body. Everyone is different! Some people exercise constantly and eat well the majority of time, yet still have problems with breakouts. So, while diet and exercise may work for some, it may not work for others. You have to get to know your own skin. A good tip is to experiment with yourself. When you eat certain things, take notice of how your body and your skin reacts, then change up your routine accordingly. This I find, helps you to become more in tune with your own body and its needs. Listen to it!

The thing is, we all know how we’re “supposed” to be eating. So then, why is it so damn difficult to stick too? Maybe, it’s a mind thing. Maybe, we just have to decide we are going to eat better and actually do it! Resist all temptation! That is the key! But trust and believe that this change of diet paired with the easiest exercise of all- a little light walking will do wonders for your skin. Once you get a cool sweat in, that’s all you need!

Let me know how it goes! 🙂