It’s no secret that the summer may have left your skin, hair and, lips feeling a little tired and in need of some extra love. With all of the fun (yet damaging) exposure to salt water, UV rays, and heat, your body may be in need of a revival. At Raw Sugar Living, we’ve got the goods to get your body out of distress and into a hydrated, supple and smooth zone, just in time for fall. Keep your skin fabulous and natural, from head-to-toe today! It’s time to get #Rawlovin Sugars!
As we wave goodbye in the direction of the hot summer sun, it’s time to turn over a new leaf with your hair care game! If you, like plenty of other Sugars, took the free-spirited notion of living in the moment a little too literally this summer, you, like many others, your strands may have taken a bit too much heat (whether it be from the summer heat or your own hair tools).
If you, like us, joined in the summer spirit of letting go and living free a little too literally, then your home might be in need of a mini-overhaul. There’s never been an easier way to reconnect with your roots and to get grounded than by working on increasing the zen in your home. With the weather slowly getting cooler, now is the perfect time to declutter and create the perfect home environment to soothe your mind, body, and soul.
Calling all summer lovers, this one’s for you. If you plan to relax in the sun and lay out on the beach this summer, it’s vital to make sure your skin stays protected and hydrated. While a day of snorkelling, hiking or lounging by the pool is amazing for lifting your spirits – it can be quite drying on your skin, because the sunshine can draw much-needed moisture out of your skin.
You’ve heard the phrase ‘After all, you’re only human’, after you’ve made a mistake or misjudged a situation. Our flaws, personalities and individual traits are what creates the wonderful world and society that we live in. Nobody is perfect, and when we are living in a world full of pressures and expectations, it can be easy to slide off the train tracks for a little while. Whatever your situation may be, there are always lessons to learn from and ways to improve yourself. Instead of beating yourself up about a mistake or failure, let’s look at some ways that you can grow and benefit from such situations:
Because a healthy outside starts with a healthy inside.
For healthy, glowing skin, the old saying, “you are what you eat” still remains
true. Choosing the right thing to eat can help you nourish your skin from the
Our bodies are truly magnificent. Old cells are always being shed and replenished by younger ones. To support this constant change, we need to feed our bodies with nutrients. If we eat a good balance of nutrient-rich foods, our skin will receive the vital nutrients it needs to be healthy and beautiful.
It’s important to treat your skin with kindness and optimize your nutrition by enjoying antioxidant-rich fruits that provide the optimum levels of nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.
With that in mind, here are the top 5 fruits that will help you eat your way to healthy skin.
Did you know that Vitamin C is a super antioxidant? It works to effectively support the
immune system and encourage radiant, smooth skin. One of the best sources of
Vitamin C is blueberries. They’re also rich in anti-oxidants, which helps to keep skin healthy and produces collagen that strengthens the skin’s capillaries.
Don’t throw away the peel! Researchers from the University of Arizona studied a group of people who consumed citrus fruits, juices, and peels every week. The people who ate orange peels instead of discarding them had a 33% increase in skin health. Orange peels also offer protective UV-benefits to keep your skin strong and well.
Small but packs a big nutritional value. Kiwis are packed with a lot of vitamin C (it has almost 120% of your daily needs in one little fruit). They work to keep the skin smooth, taught, and young looking, while also adding hydration and glow.
Mangos work to perk up and brighten your complexion, leaving your skin feeling and
looking younger, bouncier and more alive. It’s jam-packed with antioxidants,
and works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also helps with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
It’s often argued whether coconut is a fruit or nut, one thing almost
everyone can agree on is that coconut is magical for the skin. Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties your sensitive skin dreams of and needs. Coconuts have a natural antibact power that is super effective for relieving inflammation and helps sensitive skin look and feel, calmer and brighter.
A diet rich in fruit is essential for optimum health – but try telling a kid that.
If you have a nagging feeling that your children aren’t getting
sufficient amounts of fruits into their tummies, you’re probably right. According to recent research, an astounding 60% of children are eating
less than the recommended daily intake of fruits.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and high in fiber, fruits are a necessity for healthy growth and development.
The reasons why are countless!
To start, fruits are an instant energy supplier. It’s a natural source of vitality and will help kids stay alert and active longer. Fruits are also
naturally low in calories, and its powerful combinations of flavonoids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and the countless micro and macronutrients this makes fruits wonderfully easy way to keep kids healthy and reduce the risk of colds and flus.
All of this begs the question: how do you actually get a child to eat more fruits? Here are 7 easy ways you can guide them to a more balanced, fruit-rich diet. Trust us, not only will they be eating fruits, they’ll be loving it, too.
Lead By Example
Why not make eating fruits a fun family activity after dinner? If you make it a habit to snack on fruit when your kids are around, they’re more likely to pick up an apple when they’re feeling peckish.
Familiarize them with fruits
A lot of children say “no” to fruits because they’re afraid of its unfamiliarity. This is not because they dislike the taste. You can get them used to certain fruits by keeping them on display in a fruit bowl in your home, talking to your kids about it, and subtly sneaking them into meals that they enjoy so they can slowly get familiar with the flavor.
Slice it up
Children are curious little creatures, and may take more kindly to fruits that have been sliced into bite-sized pieces than whole fruits.
In fact, a study of 14 elementary and middle school cafeterias showed schools that sold sliced apples received 71% more apple sales than schools that sold their apples whole.
Make fruits fun
Get children more excited about fruits by making it fun. Stickers of their
favorite cartoon characters will work great. Research has shown that
kids are twice as likely to pick up the piece of fruit in their lunch box if it has a picture of a cartoon character on it. A simple yet effective method.
Prepare fruit together
Making fun no-cook creations with the kiddies will make them proud and eager to taste their fruity culinary delights. This can be as simple as fruit salads or as cool as real-
fruit popsicles. Either way, kids will love eating what they helped make.
Give them picking power
Get kids involved in the grocery shopping process and they’ll be more likely to eat what they’ve chosen at home. Giving children the chance to explore and discover different colors, textures and shapes will get them more interested in tasting the fruit.
Mix it up
Allow kids to learn that fruits comes in different forms. They can eat the same fruit whole or they can drink it in a juice. Teach kids that fruit can be frozen, canned, and dried to take on different tastes and textures.
It’ll be like a mini science experiment – they’ll love participating in it!
With summer slowly approaching, many of us feel a fresh sense of hope.
A new day is on the horizon, and our bodies and minds are telling us that it’s time for improvement.
Instead of focusing on a specific area of physical refinement for
tomorrow – like signing up for a gym membership, for example – why not start living your happiest, healthiest life… today?
There are many things you can control in your everyday life to ensure you’re living at your best. If you make a habit of the following 5 things every day, we guarantee you’ll feel better because it.
Start Your Day By Setting Intentions
Setting positive intentions is a wonderful thing. By understanding what you truly desire and how you desire to feel, your everyday life your life will glow with a brand new sense of being.
Setting intentions helps you get your power back. Once you’re
clear on how you want to feel and what you want to achieve, you can make clearer and more assured day-to-day decisions that will lead you to the life you truly want to be living.
Make Gratitude Your Attitude
It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of everyday stress, but when we do, we
forget to stop and smell the roses. When we get so busy chasing what we want, we don’t often appreciate what we already have.
Practicing gratitude, or thankfulness as a daily
ritual can greatly improve our mental and emotional well-being. In fact, studies have shown that gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. People who make gratitude a priority tend to have enhanced levels of
creativity and power, are more resilient, have stronger immune
systems, and even have stronger social relationships with other people.
Find the Exercise You Love
Our bodies are designed to move. Your body is an extraordinary thing – capable of doing so much if you treat it kindly. Moving your body will not only benefit your physical health, but your mind too. Exercising releases endorphins, the feel good hormone your body produces to create a positive boost in your mood.
We know gyms aren’t for everyone, and you can’t force a habit you
simply don’t enjoy. Experiment with a few types of activities to find the one you truly
love – and when you do, it won’t feel like a chore, but rather a daily hobby that you look forward to. Perhaps you’ll enjoy yoga, or maybe nature walks. Maybe your thing is competitive
sports, like soccer, or could it be something water-based, like swimming or surfing?
No matter what it is, you’ll find it. Once you do, it won’t even feel like exercise!
Repeat Positive Affirmations
What you think, you become. Choosing positive patterns of thought and repeating positive affirmations will lead you feel more optimistic and happy. In Western society, we’re all programmed from birth with scripts that play through our minds all day long. Unbelievably, more
than 75% of those scripts are skewed toward negative thinking.
The power of your mind is incredible, and you can equip yourself with the tools that change the way you talk to yourself. By practicing daily affirmations that reassure and inspire, you’re setting yourself up for more self-love, self-acceptance, and self- belief. What could possibly be better than that?
Practice Inner Peace
A powerful way to find greater contentment is to practice inner peace.
Giving your mind time to stop and take a mental deep breath allows more clarity and harmony.
Whether you choose to meditate, pray, practice yoga, or even listen to music, giving your mind a few moments of peace will help you center yourself and really feel the blessings you already have in your life.