Tips for Living a Wellness Lifestyle

For those who want to make long-lasting improvements to their health, it is usually necessary to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. From a healthy body to a balanced mind, these tips will help you to live more of a wellness lifestyle.

Exciting but Healthy Ingredients
The foods that you put into your body have a huge impact on your overall health, but the idea of healthy eating can often put many people off from a wellness diet. However, rather than focussing on the foods that you should not be eating, try to seek out new and exciting foods that are nutrient dense, because there is a whole world of fascinating, and extremely tasty, ingredients out there.

Woman seasoning fish with herbs

Herbs Instead of Salt
While a portion of herbs may be small in size, they are absolutely packed with antioxidants, are able to reduce blood pressure, and can often be a great replacement for a big shake of salt. For a sweet and spicy flavor, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon are great, while Italian seasonings work well for a light lunch. For stronger flavors in the evening, opt for basil, thyme, pepper, or garam masala.

Reduce Stress
Many may think that stress is just a mental or emotion condition, but it actually physically affects the body in many detrimental ways. In order to avoid this, you need to take steps to severely reduce the amount of stress that you experience, whether by meditating every day or by identifying the factors that cause you stress, and working out how best to eliminate them.

Woman exercising

Daily Exercise
The healthiest people out there are the ones that have some sort of exercise each and every day. Exercise does not need to be boring, and there are so many different forms of it that just about anyone can find a way to exercise that excites them. From learning a new water sport to signing up for a gardening club, staying active, and outdoors as much as possible, will help you to achieve a wellness lifestyle. As long as it gets your heart pumping and your joints moving, it will not be long before you begin to see the benefits that your regular exercise is bringing to your body.

Overhaul Your Morning Routine
Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day, and can have the effect of either building you up to be as productive and efficient as possible, or going in the opposite direction and wrapping your brain in a thick, dense fog. There are many ways to improve your morning routine, from taking five minutes for some peace and quiet to lower stress levels, to sipping on a glass of warm lemon water to give your body a hydrating boost to organizing your home in a way that makes life more convenient for you in the mornings.

It is so important to take care of your body, but many people make lifestyle choices that do just the opposite. By implementing each of these tips, you will soon be well on your way to living a wellness lifestyle, and enjoying the many benefits that come with this.

Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

Woman having a salad

With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey
Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

Sweet potates.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

Cranberries
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

Woman drinking hot cocoa

Cocoa
There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!

Make Yourself a Priority

The modern day woman needs to juggle between things like her career, family, kids, friends, relationships, colleagues and community involvement. As a result, she hardly ends up having time for herself. According to recent research, modern day women are less happy when compared to the women from 40 years ago. There could be a number of reasons for the same, but the lack of “me” time seems to be one of the biggest factors. The amount of pressure and stress put on women leaves them neglecting personal care as they channelize all their energies in taking care of their other responsibilities. However, having some occasional “me” time can do wonders in balancing out a woman’s life. In fact, it is more than likely to help a woman to take care of her other responsibilities better. So how to take out the time to make that happen? To answer this question, you need to take care of two things and two things only – making yourself a priority and scheduling your “me” time.

Before we talk about “me” time and how to fit it into your schedules, you need to understand its importance. The best way to look at the problem is to consider yourself to be a sportsperson. You need to train diligently to hone your mental and physical skills, but you also need to offer your body and mind with the necessary rest in order to be fresh and fit on the match day. Most sportspeople prefer to spend some “me” time the day before the match as this helps them perform better. Now that you’re convinced of its importance, lets talk about scheduling some “me” time in your day to day routines.

Accommodating “me” time into your routine is similar to scheduling any other appointment and it is as important as those business meetings and pediatrician visits. “Me” time helps you to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your minds. And this ultimately allows you to perform better in all other aspects of your life. You already live in a multi-tasking society. Hence, finding out the time is not a problem. Finding the will to find the time is the issue. And you don’t need too much time either. Spending anything between 5 – 30 minutes on yourself on a daily basis should do the trick. Here is a list of things that you can do to spend time with yourself depending on the time available.

Woman drinking a cup of coffee on porch

For Women who have 5 – 10 minutes

  • Stretch yourself, put on your headphones and go for a walk around the block. If going outside is not your thing, up and down a flight of stairs should also do the trick.
  • Call a friend to chat. No, this doesn’t mean planning a meet or talking shop. It simply means chit chat.
  • Sit on the porch with some coffee and a newspaper or with some coffee only. Watch the clouds sail away, listen to the birds chirp and immerse yourself into nature. No forms of electronics allowed.
  • Focus on your breathing. Allow your mind to wander, dream of faraway places, dream of those exotic things you want to see. Just go where your breathing takes you.
  • Spend time with your pet. Cuddling with your pets and playing with them is an instant mood lifter.
  • Listen to some music. Immerse yourself into the beats and shake a leg to those rhythms.

Woman reading a book

For Women who have 10 – 30 minutes

  • Continue with the book that you’ve been reading. Try out a crossword puzzle or update yourself with the latest gossip on your favorite blog.
  • Go for a brisk walk or jogging in a nearby park.
  • Spend time doing little things at home such as putting a bouquet together, trimming the bush, etc. Remember, this should include things that you enjoy doing, not things that are a part of your daily chores.
  • Soak yourself in a bathtub. Treat your body to some fantastic bath goodies and don’t forget that glass of wine.

 Woman at the spa

For Women who have 30 – 60 minutes

  • Go to a spa or the local salon for a massage, manicure or pedicure service.
  • Take a nap. Rejuvenate yourself before you begin to work again.
  • Practice a hobby. This could be anything you like – playing a sport, learning a new skill, fishing, etc.
  • Go for a long walk with a friend or a loved one. Just stroll along and enjoy the day. It’s about relaxing and enjoying your surroundings, not racing to the finish line.

 

If you don’t find anything that works for you, try out something else. Remember, there is no hard and fast rule on how to spend “me” time. Ultimately, you should be doing things that allow you to relax your mind and your body.

Look Gorgeous in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond

Three generations of ladies all look greatThe dreaded “Oh, you look great for your age” is not a phrase most people enjoying hearing; we all want to look great no matter our age. While we want to look good in general, not just “at our age” it is necessary to go about it in different ways at different ages. The things we need to do to take care of ourselves at 20 is drastically different from what is required at 50. Our guide show you how to look gorgeous at any age. It seems that as an overall rule the 80/20 concept works at any age; do 80% right and you can cheat the other 20%. We’ve even heard the 80/20 rule applied to getting our body in top shape; it is 80% diet and 20% exercise. But did you know that you can also apply this cannon to the effects of aging? Doctors say that 80% of the appearance of aging can be attributed to external influences – diet, lifestyle, pollutants and sun exposure – while the other 20% is due to genetics. Read on for OROGOLD tips on the 80% you can do in each decade.

Try many fun trends in your 20s to find out what you like

Experiment with fun styles in your 20s

20s

The decade that we are “finding ourselves” and “exploring our individuality.” This is the perfect time to experiment and figure things out. It is self-improvement by trail-and-error. So go nuts, wear that ultra-short skirt, try that neon eye make-up, go for the frivolous piece you will probably only wear once. Now is the time to frequent those fast fashion stores, you know the ones with the clothes that are cute and cheap but falling apart after the 2nd or 3rd wear. Go on adventures, explore the world! But whatever you do use sunblock! This is also the time when you should start thinking about building a skin care regimen. Whether it’s as simple as removing makeup at night and using sunblock, it’s a great start. It is also a good idea to look for something tailored to your skin type. Since lots of people begin to experience adult onset acne in their 20s, look for skin care products with acne fighting properties.

Choose silhouettes and colors that are most flattering

In your 30s work wardrobe will become more important

30s

In your 30s you begin to know who you are. You already went through all that experimentation in your 20s so you know a little bit about a little bit now. It is the time to begin refining not just your look but your routine also. Start choosing styles and colors that you know work well for you. Have you noticed a certain silhouette that makes you feel very confident? Or a makeup color that really makes your eyes pop? Make it part of your signature. After the excess of 20s it’s also great to refine your eating and skin care habits. As part of your body’s natural aging mechanism your metabolism will start to slow down and other natural processes that keep your body young begin to decline. But don’t worry you can use preventative techniques now. Eat better, focus on adding lots of colorful fruits and veggies to your diet. Begin investing a bit more time and money into your skin care routine. Now is a great time to start a basic anti-aging routine.

Examine your eyes to find out skin needs

Check the skin around your eyes for skin care clues.

40s

By now the aging process will be a bit more visible. You may experience uneven skin tone or a loss of elasticity. It is common to see evidence of this in the neck and chin area because they are usually neglected in most skin care routines. To help you decide how to proceed you can use your eye area as a litmus test. Inspect the skin around your eyes for clues: if it’s dry you may need more moisturizer, if you see lines consider a stronger wrinkle cream. Since you have already begun to refine your beauty routine you can add a couple tricks to your repertoire. Contouring and highlighting with your makeup can take years off your appearance and allow you to sculpt your face into the shape you desire. Now may also be the time to start to color your hair. Cover up those grays with a hair color that complements your skin tone. Begin investing in your wardrobe by choosing pieces that will last longer. Maybe even throw in an investment jewelry piece.

Including produce and aloe in your diet will lead to a healthy digestive system

Eating right is important at any age!

50s and Beyond

Now that you know who you are it’s a perfect time to invest in classics. A crisp white blouse or tailored trousers are perfect investment pieces because of their comfort and versatility. Simple and classic makeup will complement any look. A couple of steps are all it takes for a great look – fill in brows, add liner and mascara to eyes, and use a bit of color on your face. These easy steps will accentuate your looks without trying too hard. Be conscious of skin type when choosing makeup, your skin may be getting a little drier these days in which case it would be better to avoid powder textures which will accentuate this. Another thing that’s best to avoid is any makeup that is very shimmery or sparkly. This will draw attention to problem areas such as wrinkles or fine lines.  And finally be sure to keep a healthy diet. Aloe is a great ingredient to introduce to your diet for optimal digestive health.

Now that you are armed with many great tips you can look good at any age. Taking care of our bodies with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is the best way to look and feel amazing at any age. You may not fall exactly into these categories but all these tips add up to great ways to take care of yourself. Let us know what are your best tips for looking and feeling great?