Five weeks to summer: healthy eating and summer superfoods

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With Sunday barbecues, Saturday night cocktails and every flavour of gelato calling your name, it can be hard to stay on top of your healthy eating in summer. And when it’s 40 degrees outside, the last thing you want to be doing is running around trying to burn off those extra calories. So to help you make the most of summer and look after your body at the same time, we’ve compiled some of the best (and easiest) hot weather healthy eating tips. Plus, we share five hardworking summer superfoods to add to your grocery list.

 

HEALTHY EATING TIP #1 – Serve seafood 

Barbecues don’t have to mean sausages and burgers. Why not throw some prawns, salmon or calamari on the grill instead? Summer is the best season for finding and enjoying fresh seafood, and by making the switch, you’ll be eating foods that are high in nutrients, protein and omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats). As a bonus, they go perfectly with a big green salad so there’s no need to pull out the bread and sauce.

 

HEALTHY EATING TIP #2 – Snack at work

Yep, you read that right! When you’re rushing from the boardroom to the bar in the summer months, it’s important to eat consistently throughout the day to stay energised and full – and far away from the canapés and cheese platters at the post-work party. Of course, the snacks you stash at the office need to be healthy, so stock up on nuts, dried fruit and celery sticks.

 

HEALTHY EATING TIP #3 – Eat from your esky

Heading to the beach sans food is a bad idea, especially if you plan on spending a long time there. If you pack an esky full of goodies like fresh fruit, water, yoghurt, pita chips and hummus, you won’t be tempted to head up the road for chips or an cream.

 

HEALTHY EATING TIP #4 – Make your own icy poles

These aren’t just for kids! Homemade icy poles are a much healthier option than slushies and other frozen delights that are generally packed with sugar. Use freshly squeezed juice and fruit chunks for a refreshing treat without a side of guilt.

 

5 OF THE BEST SUMMER SUPERFOODS

 

1. Swiss chard

 Also known as silverbeet, this leafy green is low in calories and a rich source of vitamin K, A and C. Throw it in those big summer salads!

2. Cherries

 Believe it or not, these are bite-sized superfoods! They are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin C and powerful antioxidants.

3. Radishes

Nibble on these to get a hit of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc. Oh, and a radish clocks in at just one calorie. What’s not to love?

4. Blueberries

 The pretty blue hue that makes these berries so recognisable is actually a by-product of flavonoids, a natural compound that helps to preserve the brain’s memory function and protect the body from the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation. Not bad for a little berry!

5. Avocado

This nutrient-rich fruit contains so many healthy fats and nutrients, you’d be silly not to eat it. Swap butter and mayo on your salad rolls for this creamy alternative. 

 

What are your tips for healthy summer eating? Have you tried any of the superfoods listed above?

 

 

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

It's easy for me to eat healthy I during summer because I start to crave salads and juices when the weather starts warming up. I'm not such a fan of radishes, but I love the rest of the foods on that list.

Posted on: November 04, 2014 (Nov 4, 2014 8:36am)

Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

Great tips! I too in summer feel like eating salads instead of normal meals. It is too hot here to cook. There is so many veggies and fruit to choose from. I try to stay away from alcohol as it has got so many calories! Lots of water instead.

Posted on: November 04, 2014 (Nov 4, 2014 8:58am)

7 signs you’re neglecting your nails

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When it comes to nail care, where would you rate your efforts on a scale of one to 10? Like, if 10 was OCD about keeping them in tip-top shape and 1 was:

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Well, regardless of how well you think you tend to them, here are seven sure-fire signs you’ve been neglecting those bad boys (and that it’s time you do something about it).

#1: Your nails break constantly. You don’t even remember the last time they had some length.

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#2: You have to carry a nail file wherever you go because they tear all. the. time.

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#3: The nail peeling and flaking is so out of control, even you’re grossed out. 

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#4: You’ve become a nail biter purely to try and get rid of all the splitting, peeling and jagged edges.

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#5: Painting your nails just isn’t as fun as it used to be because you know the polish will chip in just a few hours’ time (along with some of your actual nail).

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#6: So as a result, any fun nail looks are completely out of the question.  

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#7: You’ve got a standing fortnightly appointment for a gel manicure to hide the real state of your nails. As far as you’re concerned, out of sight, out of mind.

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Weak and unhealthy nails aren’t any fun. But you don’t have to put up with them (or try and hide them, or pretend like they don’t exist). Because there’s a pretty easy solution that can help you get your nails back on track and make pesky things like splitting, breaking, and peeling a thing of the past.

Revitanail Nail Strengthener is formulated to harden, strengthen and protect your nails, so it works its darndest to treat and cure all that peeling, flaking and chipping. You just need to take one look at the reviews to see that it actually works.   

And if you’re sitting here thinking:

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It’s not actually that hard or time-consuming. On the first day, you apply two coats to your clean, bare nails. Then just one coat a day for the next five days. On the seventh day, you remove the product with nail polish remover and repeat the process again for a period of 25 days. That’s it.

Plus, dedicating a few minutes a day to getting gloriously healthy nails is not a bad deal at all.
 
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Have you been neglecting your nails? Do you suffer from weak and unhealthy nails?

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Posted by: dream-angels (Australia)

sounds like something my nails need

Posted on: November 03, 2014 (Nov 3, 2014 4:06pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I can't seem to grow my nails, have splitting problems, too. I think it's time to use Revitanail again. It is such a fabulous product, I just hate not wearing polish for 3 weeks, lol

Posted on: November 03, 2014 (Nov 3, 2014 4:20pm)

The rise of the waist training corset

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Mega-beauty Jessica Alba credited one with helping her to get her pre-baby bod back in 2013, and now Kim Kardashian is jumping on the waist-training corset bandwagon.

Yep, the stomach-crunching, ab-restricting garment is making a comeback, with Kim captioning her latest corset-clad selfie, “I’m really obsessed with weight training”.

 

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But are they actually safe? Well, most doctors condemn restrictive shapewear as it can cause shallow breathing – which can lead to fainting – as well as numbness.

Apparently, those who wear a tight corset for a prolonged period of time also run the risk of experiencing contact dermatitis (yuck) and abdominal pain (ouch) as well as a lovely condition called meralgia paresthetica – which causes burning and tingling in the outer thigh due to damage to a nerve in the groin.

Now, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the thought of a curvier waistline – but these health consequences don’t sound alluring to me at all.

Interestingly, corsets also aren’t the only culprit of these sorts of symptoms, with compression clothing such as ill-fitting shapewear and even too-tight skinny jeans known to inflict similar damage.

The bottom line? A portion-controlled diet (possibly aided by an appetite suppressant such as 4.3.2.1 Slim Evolution) and regular exercise is the only real (and risk-free) way to tighten up your tummy!


What do you think of Kimmy K’s waist-training corset?  Would you wear one?

 

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Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I much prefer to be comfortable, this isn't for me.

Posted on: November 03, 2014 (Nov 3, 2014 3:13pm)

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

Maybe under a costume for a party, that's it.

Posted on: November 03, 2014 (Nov 3, 2014 3:51pm)

Why we love rosehip oil

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So you’ve heard about the benefits of rosehip oil, but have you actually tried it? A daily treat for your skin, rosehip oil gives your skin a boost of radiance while leaving it smooth and soft.

bh’s Bree has been on the hunt for a rosehip oil for a while, and after trying the A’Kin range with rosehip oil, she hasn’t turned back.

Since adding the A’Kin Rose & Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser and Toner, A’Kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil and A’Kin Rosehip & Shea Intensive Moisture Anti-Oxidant Complex to her routine, she’s been bombarded with compliments on how amazing her skin looks, and the appearance of her fine lines and wrinkles has actually improved!
 
Check out bh Bree’s review of the A’Kin range in the video above to learn why you should let your skin reap the nourishing, hydrating and replenishing benefits of rosehip oil every day.


Do you use products with rosehip oil? Would you like to try the A’Kin range?


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Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

I think its great to have rosehip oil as an ingredient. I love A'Kin products but have never tried the rosehip oil. Sounds very nourishing.

Posted on: November 03, 2014 (Nov 3, 2014 11:10am)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Before Rosehip came into my life, i tried every expensive anti-aging cream under the sun but nothing compares to the wonders of Rosehip, since using this my skin has improved dramatically, it feels more smoother with less lines and it looks radiant, it is amazing.

Posted on: November 03, 2014 (Nov 3, 2014 11:15am)

Make-up transformations: Halloween edition

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By now we’ve seen our fair share of male make-up transformations, but when it comes to Halloween it’s women who excel in the beauty department.

On the eve of the year’s spookiest night, make-up artist Kandee Johnson has blown the bh office away with her character overhauls, showing just how transformative beauty products can be – and inspiring us to try something a little different from our usual face paint or talcum-powder-on-the-face look.

After all, why would you emulate a stock standard ghost or ghoul when with some precise contouring, you could look like the illustrious Elsa from Frozen?

Here is a selection of my favourite looks from the make-up guru:

A real-life Barbie:



Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones:



The Hunger Games’ eccentric Effie Trinket:



The Black Swan (I could hardly spot the difference):



A blue-haired Kylie Jenner:



To get a show stopping Halloween make-up look, you’ll need make-up products that pack a real punch. NYX’s theatrical Primal Colours Face Powder is great for creating a variety of spooky special effects, while the Face of Australia Lip Paint will deliver a strong, bold lip that’ll stay put all night.


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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

KANDEE!!! I love her so much! Isn't she great? She can transform into anyone! Even Michael Jackson! And she is such a lovely warm person, and so funny! She was the first YouTube beauty guru I started watching!

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (Oct 31, 2014 4:42pm)

Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Aw, she's so talented, there are some great works here, but I think my favourite has to be Effie!

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (Oct 31, 2014 4:47pm)