Planning Healthy Lunches

Vegan sandwich wrap

When it comes to healthy eating, a little advance planning will always make things much easier. This is especially the case when it comes to lunches, as these midday meals are often all-too-easy to rush, meaning that you wind up eating something that is not as healthy as you may have liked. If you want to ensure that your lunches are as healthy as can be, yet still absolutely delicious, have a read through these tips.

Simplify
Rather than counting calories or trying to work out fat percentages of different foods, try to keep things as simple as possible. Opt for natural, whole foods rather than packaged and processed foods, and try to focus on ensuring that you eat as many different colors as possible. The more colorful the fruits and vegetables that you eat, the more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you will be putting into your body. Be adventurous when choosing vegetables of different colors, for example, opting for Chinese cabbage or mustard greens instead of lettuce.

Make Small But Healthy Changes
The best way to begin tackling unhealthy lunch choices that often become a habit is by starting off with small changes. Swap your fried chicken for a grilled fish, and do the same with your sides, opting for a fresh salad instead of a packet of crisps. This will ensure that the unhealthy trans fats that would have otherwise ended up causing havoc for your body will now be replaced by healthy fats, which will give your body the nutrients that it needs to thrive for the rest of the afternoon. You should also be trying to replace all of the unhealthier carbs that you eat with healthier carbs, such as brown rice or brown pasta instead of the white and processed alternatives. If you do not particularly enjoy the taste or texture of the whole grain versions, you can start by mixing in a small amount of them and building this up slowly, so that your tastebuds get used to it.

Cut Back on Sugar
A sugar rush may seem like a great way to help you through a long afternoon, but this only does the body more harm than good, as this energy spike has been linked to diabetes, depression and more. Again, this is something that can be easily done by replacing processed foods with natural alternatives, as the processed versions often contain a large amount of added sugar. There are many foods that will give your body a healthy boost of sugar, such as sweet vegetables, from sweet potatoes to corn to beets, berries and other fruit.

Planning healthy lunches does not need to be difficult, but it can often be hard to resist the temptation of all of the unhealthier alternatives on offer. To counter this, try to set aside a small amount of time each evening to prepare your lunch for the following day, taking the time to put together a meal that you will really look forward to.

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Is it Worth Buying Organic? OROGOLD Reviews

Rather than dying down after a few years, the hype around organic food is still steadily growing. Ten years ago, it would have been hard to find a good selection of organic produce in the shops, but now, not only are the shelves full of organic products, we are being actively encouraged to choose these over the regular varieties. ORO GOLD tries to help you understand whether it makes sense to buy organic.

Fresh red and yellow capcicums

What Exactly is Organic Food?
Before the growth of industrial-scale farming, organic food would have just been called ‘food’. It is generally assumed that organic food has been grown without the use of any chemicals, but this is not exactly true. Instead, organic produce is grown with a minimal use of chemicals, with farmers still having access to a small selection of pesticides. In comparison, non-organic produce is repeatedly sprayed with many toxic chemicals, which work their way into the plant, ending up in your body.

Does Organic Food Cost More?
You will generally find that organic food costs more, often being 10% – 100% more expensive than the alternatives. The reason for this is because organic foods are much more labor intensive to grow, and can often result in smaller yields. The high price of organic products is usually what steers many people away, which, for some items that do not contain a high level of pesticide residue, is absolutely fine. However, certain products soak up much more of the toxic chemicals, meaning that by prioritizing the organic products that you buy, you will be able to keep your ingestion of these chemicals to a minimum.

Fruits and Vegetables
The most common fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of pesticide residue are celery, apples, carrots and lettuce. Any non-organic products that have been made with these ingredients, such as apple juice or carrot cake, would also contain the same chemicals. To keep your shopping simple, opt for organic varieties when you plan on eating the outside as well as the inside of a fruit or vegetable, and choose non-organic for the rest.

Cheese and ham on a chopping board.

Meat and Dairy
The term ‘organic’ applies to meat and animal products as well as to fruit and vegetables. In this case, non-organic meat production involves injecting antibiotics into the animals, which end up in your body when you eat the animal products. The growth hormone that is commonly given to cows has been linked, on numerous occasions, to the development of certain cancer cells in women. When it comes to meat and dairy, it is usually best to buy organic whenever possible.

Imported Organic Foods
If a product with an organic label has been made in another country, be sure to do some research before trusting in that label. Many countries, such as China, export common organic products, including tea and tinned tomatoes. However, their standards are much lower when it comes to organic rules and regulations. If you are unsure, it is best to stick to a variety that is made as locally as possible.

Organic food has been proven to have many more health benefits than non-organic, so in many cases, it really is worth buying. However, keep in mind that these still do contain some level of chemicals, so be sure to thoroughly wash all fresh produce before cooking or eating.

Healthy Ways to Detox Your Body – OROGOLD Reviews

Detoxification is all about eliminating toxins from your body, whilst giving it a rest and some much-needed nourishment at the same time. The body cannot survive without detoxification, and although it can usually regulate this itself to some extent, it often becomes overwhelmed due to the increasing amount of toxins that we put into our bodies everyday. Luckily, there are some simple and healthy ways to detox your body, which you can easily incorporate into your daily skin care routine to maximize the many health benefits that detoxification can bring.

Woman squeezing lemon juice in water.

Room Temperature Lemon Water
A glass of room temperature lemon water is a good way to start your day, as lemons are not only full of nutrients, but also give a huge boost to the immune system and curb hunger cravings. Lemon also stimulates the liver, helping your body to flush out toxins. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water, and wait for 15 minutes before drinking it. It is important to make sure that the water is room temperature, as cold drinks slow down the digestion process.

Woman having green tea in a natural background.

Green Tea Instead of Coffee
The idea of drinking green tea instead of coffee may seem horrifying to the serious caffeine-addicts, but even if you replace just one cup of coffee with green tea, it will make a big difference. Green tea contains important antioxidants, and still has some caffeine, meaning that you can still get your much-needed caffeine boost but in a healthy way, encouraging your body to naturally detox.

Woman eating a fresh vegetable salad with a fork.

An Organic Plant-Rich Diet
Foods that come in boxes or packets are never going to be as good for you as fresh produce. A diet that is rich in plant-based foods, containing organic fruit, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts, will again help your body to naturally detoxify. While it can be hard to only eat organic foods, there are some foods where this is now a necessity, due to the vast quantities of toxic chemicals that are sprayed onto the non-organic varieties. Generally, if you are going to be eating the outside of a fruit or vegetable, such as with strawberries or tomatoes, it is best to buy organic, as no amount of washing is going to fully eliminate the chemicals.

Cut Back on Snacking
The best way to cut back on the amount of snacks that you consume is to make sure that you are having three full meals a day. By eating all your nutrients in one go, and then not eating again until your next proper meal, your body will be able to fully digest the food and then focus on cleaning out the toxins once your digestive system is resting. When planning your daily meals, try to include as many herbs and spices as possible, such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, as these all help your body to reach its natural saturation point much quicker, whilst being extremely cleansing at the same time.

Integrating a simple but regular detoxing program into your lifestyle will give you a huge array of health benefits, allowing your body to look and feel its best. In addition to clearer skin and more energy, regularly detoxifying your body will also help your major organs to function better and improve the circulation of the blood in your body.

Luxe, Beachy Look – OROGOLD Reviews

A beach vacation can seem to do wonders for your skin and hair, giving you a natural beachy look. But, in reality, the intense heat of the sun ends up doing more damage than good. Luckily for you, OROGOLD reviews some easy and simple ways to achieve a luxe, beachy look, without having to spend weeks lying out in the sun.

Woman with beachy waves hairstyle.

Beachy Waves
Saltwater adds texture and volume to hair, making it naturally wavy and bouncy. To get this look without travelling to a beach, you can purchase a salt spray, which works on every hair type. Look for one that has added minerals, and a healthy oil, such as argan oil, to give your hair some shine, keeping it from looking dull. Use it sparingly on damp hair, scrunching up the ends of your hair as you spray. Let it dry naturally and then take a look at the result. Often, this can be enough to give you natural waves, but if you want to enhance them even more, you can use a curling iron to add even more texture. A tropical flower hair pin attached to the side of your hair is a great finishing touch to this look. When it comes to washing your hair, try to find a shampoo that has seaweed extracts, as this is brilliant for the health of your hair, retaining moisture and leaving it soft and easy to manage.

Woman exfoliating her skin with an exfoliator.

Sun-Kissed Skin
Before applying any product to your skin, it is important that you properly exfoliate. An exfoliator that contains both coarse and fine sea salt will help to invigorate your skin, taking away all of the dead cells and excess oil, giving you a good base to work with. Next, apply a tinted moisturizer to your face. This will quench your skin whilst giving it a hint of color and evening out your skin tone at the same time. A good bronzer is a necessity, as this will give you a sun-kissed glow, define your features and contour your face. Focus on the areas that would have been most likely to have been ‘kissed’ by the sun, such as your forehead, nose and cheeks. If you want to use a shade of blush on top of this, opt for a coral or pink shade, rather than a darker color, as this will give you a rosy glow without looking too overdone.

Woman wearing sunglasses with a pout.

A Juicy Pout
Whether or not you’ve been to the beach, the heat of the summer sun can make your lips extremely hard to care for. A lip gloss that has moisturizer and maximizer built in is the best product to take care of your lips, saving them from becoming dry and cracked. Choose a color that is light and soft, such as a peach or a coral, as you only want a hint of color, to keep you looking laid-back and beachy.

One of the best things about the beachy look is that it suits every skin tone, since it enhances and defines your natural features rather than altering them. These simple tips will help you to keep your luxe, beachy look lasting all summer, ensuring that you are never caught without beautiful sun-kissed skin and gorgeous wavy curls.

Get Ready for a Day at Sea – OROGOLD Reviews

Looking chic at sea can often be hard to achieve, as the hot sun and salt water sprays can play havoc on hair and makeup. To help you avoid this, OROGOLD Cosmetics has put together some great tips that you can use when getting ready for a day at sea, ensuring that you look and feel your best throughout the day.

Woman with natural makeup lying on a beach.

Makeup – Less is More
Wearing a full face of makeup is not usually a good idea if you are spending the day at sea, but, for many people, having a completely bare face is also not an appealing option. Instead, opt for a makeup look that is natural and as minimal as possible. Many products have SPF built in, meaning that they will protect your face whilst giving you a good base. A waterproof bronzing cream is a good product to give your face a golden glow. It is also important to protect your lips from the sun, to save them getting chapped, and a tinted lip balm or lip stain with SPF is a necessity. Avoid lip glosses, as these will just slide off your lips as soon as the water hits your face. When it comes to your eyes, avoid any heavy eyeliners. Find a good waterproof mascara, swiping it quickly through your lashes to give your eyes some definition without making it look as though you are wearing a thick layer. If you plan on being quite active in the water and don’t want to risk any black streaks on your face, then a clear mascara would probably be best.

Woman with a beautiful tan lying on a beach.

A Healthy Tan
It goes without saying that tanning your skin by lying in the sun is not going to do the quality of your skin any favors, but a bit of color can make the world of difference. An airbrush tanning spray would be the perfect solution, giving you a healthy looking tan without any of the dangers that come from exposing your skin to the sun. Purchase a lightweight formula that will not only set quickly but is also water and transfer resistant.

Beautiful model in a swimsuit with wet hair in an outdoor setting.

Hair Products
Salt water is one of your hair’s worst enemies as it dries it out extremely quickly. A leave-in conditioner will help to protect your hair from the water, keeping it healthy. You could also apply a conditioning mask the night before to towel-dried hair, before twisting it up into a bun. Let it down the next day for gorgeous natural-looking waves. The heat from the sun will also open up your hair cuticles, allowing the conditioner to penetrate deeper, saving you from a frizzy-haired nightmare. Don’t spend too long fixing your hair into an elaborate style, as it is likely to be quickly blown out of place. Keep your hair looking as natural as possible, embracing any curls or waves with a texturizing hairspray. A scarf is also useful, as you can tie this around your hair to keep it out of your face.

Looking stylish at sea is all about embracing your natural features. OROGOLD recommends you to always use products with a built in SPF, ensuring that your skin and hair will be protected. Try to avoid any complex styles, so that you will be able to fully enjoy your day without worrying that your hair and makeup might be out of place.

Wedding Beauty: Dos and Don’ts – OROGOLD Reviews

Wedding photographs are something that you will keep and treasure forever, so it is every bride’s aim to look as gorgeous as she possibly can on her big day. No matter what sort of beauty look you think you might go for, there are certain dos and don’ts that every bride should follow in order to truly look her best. OROGOLD reviews some of the most important wedding beauty do’s and don’ts.

Bride gets makeup applied by a professional make up artist.

DO: More than One Trial
Doing a test run of your wedding day makeup is absolutely crucial, but you should also be testing out different looks before you do your final trial. If you are using a professional make up artist, be honest with them about what you like and don’t like, and don’t let yourself be influenced by any ideas that you don’t like the sound of. As you are doing all of your makeup trials, be sure to take photographs of every look, preferably in the same sort of lighting that you expect to have on the big time. This will ensure that you know exactly how the makeup is going to photograph, and you will be able to adapt it depending on how the photos look.

Bride looks at herself in the mirror and applies lipstick.

DO: Bring Along Your Lipstick
Remember to keep your lipstick with you as much as possible throughout the day. It is unlikely that your first application will last the course of the day, so it is important to have your lip color on hand to touch it up, especially before any photographs are taken.

Bride gets eyeliner applied on her eye lashes.

DO: Focus on Your Lashes
Defined eyelashes photograph extremely well, making your eyes look bigger without looking as though you are wearing heavy makeup. If you don’t want to use fake lashes, make sure you opt for a good quality waterproof mascara, as you don’t want it staining your face during any emotional moments!

DON’T: Wear Too Much Makeup
It can be tempting to want to try an elaborate style of makeup that really transforms your face, but your wedding day is not the day to do this. Although it may make you feel special at the time, you don’t want to look unrecognizable in your photographs. Focus on highlighting your best features with your makeup, keeping the rest of your face simple and looking natural.

Fashion model sporting a rock style with makeup.

DON’T: Make Any Drastic Changes
Whether it’s a spray tan, a new facial or a different hair color, make sure you do not drastically change your appearance a few weeks before the wedding. If you need a haircut, make sure you do this well in advance of your wedding day, giving yourself at least a month or two to get used to it, as you don’t want to be burdened by hair troubles on your big day. You also want to be certain that your hair and skin color goes well with your dress and accessories, and any last minute changes that may seem small at the time, could end up having a bigger impact than you expected.

Every bride should look her absolute best on her wedding day, using makeup only to enhance natural features rather than hide them. Choose waterproof versions of every product if possible, and don’t forget to try out your beauty looks well in advance of the big day, taking photographs in natural light to help you objectively judge the outcome of any new makeup styles.

Beauty Looks for Your Big Day – OROGOLD Reviews

Planning in advance is always essential when it comes to your makeup for your wedding day. The amount of information out there can be overwhelming, so begin by taking the time to gather inspiration, and testing out certain aspects of the looks that you love. Whether you want to keep your look classic, or take some risks with an edgier style, we have put together some go-to beauty looks for your big day.

Beautiful woman looking at her reflection in the mirror.

Prepare Your Skin
Preparing your skin can begin months in advance of your wedding, and if you are not someone who usually has regular facials, it is time to start doing so, whether you visit a salon or do them yourself at home. Schedule at least 3 monthly treatments before the big day, ensuring that your skin looks clear and luminescent.

Beautiful girl with a rosy glow, blond hair and bright red lips.

A Rosy Glow
The color on your cheeks needs to be applied carefully, in order for it to perfectly offset the whiteness of the dress. Begin with a primer, ensuring that any makeup you apply will last throughout the whole course of the day, leaving you to focus on having a great time. Trying out different beauty products that will help you to achieve the best look is important. Make sure that you are wearing a white top when you are trialling your makeup, to give you a better idea of what it will look like in contrast to the white. If you plan on using a fake tan, make sure it is one that you have used successfully before, and know exactly how much to apply.

Beautiful bride with simple makeup and flowers on her head.

Keep it Simple
It is likely that most of your wedding photographs will be taken using natural lighting, which means that any heavy makeup might look overdone in your photos. It is best to keep it simple, avoiding heavy foundations and defining your eyes without the use of dense colors. A look that is always romantically feminine is to subtly line your lids, keep your cheeks rosy and flushed, and use a rich wine-colored lipstick, for a gorgeous berry look.

Closeup of kissable lips with red lipstick.

Kissable Lips
The lipstick that you choose to wear for your wedding ceremony is possibly one of the most vital makeup decisions that you will be making. Do not choose a lipstick that is too glossy, as this will be unlikely to last for too long. You should also not choose a lipstick that is too matte, as you do not want your lips drying out before the big kiss. Instead, choose a long-lasting moisturizing lipstick and apply several thin layers of it, blotting your lips in between each application, to make sure that it will be long-lasting and will wear off evenly.

It can be tempting to follow current trends when it comes to choosing your wedding day beauty look, but it is usually best to stay clear of these and opt for something more classic. Once you have chosen the specific look that you want, experiment with it over the course of a few weeks, adapting it so that it works best for your skin tone and facial features. As long as you make sure that your skin is healthy and your makeup is kept relatively simple, there is no doubt that you will look absolutely stunning on your big day.