Diminishing Eye Circles and Discoloration

Nobody wants their eyes to be surrounded by shadows, puffiness and discoloration, but these issues are, unfortunately, extremely common. If this is an issue that regularly seems to plague you, read on for some top tips on how to diminish those pesky eye circles and areas of discoloration.

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Adjust Your Diet
It may seem like an all-too-easy fix, but adjusting what you put into your body will have a huge impact on your skin, and, subsequently, any eye circles and discoloration. The amount of water that you drink can alone make a significant difference, because, if your body is dehydrated, it will try to hold on to as much water as it can, which then leads to puffiness and discoloration. Likewise, you should also be avoiding certain foods, in particular, ones containing caffeine, alcohol, sugar and salt, as these will simply make your discoloration worse.

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Invest in a Retinoid Cream
Creams that contain retinoid are fantastic for evening out any discoloration, and also to provide a boost to your body’s production of collagen, which, in turn, will help to smooth and tighten the skin. Regular use of a retinoid cream in affected areas will soon result in your skin looking brighter and healthier. There are also serums available that are designed to complement different retinoid creams, so take a look at these too as you are likely to experience quicker results by using them both together.

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Never Forget to Cleanse
If you are someone that often crawls into bed at the end of the day, forgetting to remove your makeup and cleanse, then this is a habit that you need to break immediately. Leaving your makeup on at night, along with all of the impurities that build up throughout the day, will irritate your skin, causing fluid to rush to the area around your eyes. To help remind you to remove your makeup each night, keep some makeup wipes next to your bed, and you will soon see the benefits that this positive habit will bring.

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Amount and Quality of Sleep
Everybody needs a slightly different amount of sleep in order for their bodies to perform at the optimum level, and, the amount of sleep that you get each night has also been linked to eye circles and discoloration. While sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of eye circles, too much sleep can cause the same thing, so an ideal balance needs to be reached in order for the clearest skin. You should also take a good look at the position in which you sleep, as lying down flat can cause fluid to build up around the eyes. By propping your head up with a couple of extra pillows as you sleep, you will be encouraging any fluid to drain down into the rest of your body, minimizing the amount of puffiness that you will experience the next morning.

Eye circles and discoloration will never do any favors to your complexion, only making you look tired and much older than your years. From altering your diet to investing in the best skin care products, these tips will ensure that you enjoy a clear and bright complexion for years to come.

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Planning Healthy Lunches

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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.

Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

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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.

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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!

Beach Foods That Won’t Leave You Feeling Bloated

Whether you prefer to pack your own lunch or eat at a beachside cafe, there are certain foods that you should be avoiding, to prevent you from feeling cramped and bloated. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the different foods that will leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy – perfect for a day at the beach!

Tortilla wraps served in a plate

Wraps
Not only do conventional sandwiches tend to get soggy, but they also easily fall apart at the beach, which is why tortilla wraps are one great alternative. They are also extremely easy to make at home, and should include plenty of dark leafy greens, as these are a fantastic way to add some volume without the heavy calories. Another alternative would be to make lettuce wraps, which, although more inconvenient, are much easier to eat with one hand than a salad. Once you have created your lettuce wraps, OROGOLD recommends wrapping them in foil, which you can then easily peel back and eat at the beach.

Healthy dip with an assortment of vegetables.

Healthy Dips
Fruit and vegetable slices with a healthy dip is a great snack to pack along to bring to the beach with you, and is extremely cooler-friendly. Apples with peanut butter is a perfect balance of fruit and protein, while hummus with fresh vegetables will fill you up without weighing you down. If you are bringing along a dip that contains dairy, OROGOLD reminds you to also pack a thermometer, so that you can ensure that the dairy doesn’t fall below a certain temperature.

Fruit salad on a plate.

High-Potassium Fruits
If you aren’t bringing any food to the beach with you, fruit is an easy one to find at most beach vendors. Fruits that are rich in potassium, such as bananas, melons and papayas, will help to offset any excess sodium in your body, which is one of the main causes of bloating. Fruits will also help to keep you hydrated during the day, and will give your body a boost of antioxidants, which will help you to look and feel even healthier.

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a much healthier alternative to the frozen yogurt you buy in stores, as that is usually packed with sugar. In addition to being full of protein, Greek yogurt also helps with digestion, which will ensure that you don’t feel cramped or bloated. Greek yogurt is easy to find at beachside convenience stores, but, for an extra treat, OROGOLD recommends freezing some at home the night before, and taking along some chopped frozen fruit to mix with it at the beach.

As satisfying as it may feel to indulge in a massive spread at the beachside pizzeria, or chow down on some burgers from the beach bar, the satisfying feeling won’t last for long, and you will soon end up feeling heavy and bloated, and unable to fully enjoy the rest of your day. OROGOLD recommends always bringing along some healthy beach snacks, just in case you can’t find any good alternatives while you are there.