The focus on the health of our planet has never been greater. Between fires raging, animals on the verge of extinction, rainforest devastation and a vortex of over 1.8 trillion plastic pieces floating between California and Hawaii, the enormity of the situation and lack of solutions can feel overwhelming. The question becomes what can we do as individuals and how can we empower ourselves to help while living our day to day? With the idea that small consistent action produces epic results, what if we did one thing, consistently to be part of the solution? And, what if we got healthy while we were doing our part to keep the planet healthy?
Some creative souls from around the globe have come up with ingenious ways to save the planet while getting in shape. Here are a few that are currently trending.
Plogging: Plogging is really jogging, and picking up litter while you’re doing it. The trend started in Sweden and has since gone global. People have been seen Plogging in Southeast Asia, Japan and other countries around the globe. Why not start a Plogging group in your neighborhood?
Strawkling: Strawkling is basically the act of snorkeling or diving while picking up plastic straws, bags and even discarded fishing lines that are causing so much harm to our sea life. Any plastic we can get out of our oceans and keep away from sea life is a big deal. If you’re a diver or snorkeler, starting a monthly clean up with your snorkeling or diving buddies could have a big impact.
#TrashTag Movement: The #TrashTag movement is a social media effort to encourage picking up trash. Sharing it on social media will hopefully create a domino affect and inspire others to do the same. Way better than sharing pics of what you had for #dinner.
Green Gym Movement: The Green Gym movement is a conservation effort for people who love to work outdoors and in nature. Green Gymers help trim trees and prune bushes in public parks, donating some free time to help the environment thrive.
The scary fact is that by 2050, experts believe that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Anything you can do to help keep our planet healthy while you get yourself healthy is a major step, swim or dive in the right direction.
Is there such a thing as the Mango glow? Mangoes are full of 20 different minerals and vitamins, making it one of the most nutrient dense fruits available. The benefits from eating them are endless and the benefits for your skin are just as impressive. Check out just 10 of the ways your skin can benefit from using the King of Fruits in self care products.
- The Mango glow is real. The vitamins A, C and Beta Carotene all contribute to skin cell renewal giving skin radiance and glow.
- The abundance of vitamin A in mangoes can help improve fine lines and wrinkles, helping to keep skin elastic and firm.
- Mangoes are a great exfoliator. Not only the enzymes in mango help renew skin cells, it can also slough off dead skin, allowing new skin cells to emerge.
- Mango works as a natural astringent helping to clear up pores, blackheads and scarring.
- Mangoes vitamin A content can reduce the damage of UV rays and protects against free radicals.
- Mango extract is hydrating (thank you, vitamin E) and may help with skin tone.
- Mangoes have Vitamin B6 that reduces skin sebum (oily skin).
- The Magnesium in Mango helps reduce oil, acne and rosacea.
- Mangoes have vitamin K that help reduce stretch marks and may have a positive effect on spider veins.
- Mangoes are high in both antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect the body from free radicals that damage the skin and induce premature aging.
Trash talk is trending — in a good way. People all over the globe are looking for solutions to living more consciously and eco-friendly. If you’re thinking about going waste-free, then we applaud you. It’s not the easiest route, but the staggering fact that every day 38,356,164 pounds of trash are dumped into our oceans and 8 million pieces of plastic pollution finds its way into our oceans is enough to make us all want to give up our single use conveniences and opt for a more conscious and earth friendly lifestyle.
At home, we’re looking for solutions to leave a smaller footprint. Our parks and recreational areas are asking us to “leave no trace” and companies are constantly searching for ways to make packaging and products more healthy for our environment. For example, Raw Sugar bottles are made from 25% recycled plastics and bamboo tops. Formulas are made with plant-derived ingredients with no sulfates or parabens and items like bar soap are completely zero waste.
If you need a few ideas on how to start producing less trash and more thoughtful action, here are some top tips to get you started. Thank you for being aware and conscious of our beautiful planet.
Things to Give Up:
- Plastic Straws
- Plastic, single use water bottles and soda bottles
- Plastic food containers (Your body doesn’t want the BPA leaching into your food anyway)
- Plastic utensils
- Plastic bags and take out containers
- Plastic toothbrushes
- Tossing food leftovers in the trash (see composting below!)
- To-Go coffee cups
- Plastic Tooth Floss
Instead, Opt for:
- Glass bottles and containers
- Refillable water bottles
- Reusable, or fabric bags
- Bamboo toothbrushes and other brushes (They’re compostable!)
- Buy in bulk, store in glass containers
- Composting organic waste (organics can’t decompose in a landfill because they aren’t properly aerated. 20% of all methane emissions are from landfills. One of the best things you can do for the environment is compost your food scraps!)
- Coffee mugs instead of to-go cups
- Silk floss instead of plastic coated tooth floss
Ways to affect change:
- If you can, start a home composting station or better yet, if you live in a multi-unit building, get your neighbors involved!
- Participate in ocean or neighborhood clean up days
- Spread the word. Knowledge is power!
We love it as guac and on avocado toast. We love it for all the healthy fats and yummy creaminess when we eat it, but how can such an ugly fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) make us more beautiful? Here are some of the ways avocados benefit us from the outside in.
- Avocados are full of natural oils that deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate.
- The hydrating properties in avocado may reduce help boost skin’s immunity against stress and other environmental factors such as pollution.
- They contain a ton of antioxidants such as vitamins E and C that protect cells from free radical damage — one of the best anti-aging helpers.
- Avocados contain lutein and carotenoid that promotes skin elasticity.
- Oleic acid and chlorophyll found in avocados reduced redness and inflammation.
- Vitamins B and E help protect hair from dryness and damage and may even control hair loss and repair scalp damage.
- Vitamin E helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
Empower yourself with more savings in 2020.
Weekly savings planners are helping people cut corners, pay off debt and even save up for something nice.
We’ve all learned our lesson from the Tortoise and the Hare. Consistent, steady steps are the way to reach our goals. This is especially true when it comes to stockpiling your savings. Small weekly contributions to a savings account can really add up and help you reach your goals, whether it’s paying off a credit card or saving for a vacation.
Establishing a weekly savings plan is all about creating achievable, short-term goals that line up with your long term plans. Short-term goals allow you to see an immediate improvement which, in turn, increases motivation. Without short term goals, it can be easy to lose sight of what you’re working toward over the long term.
So step 1, decide why you want to save. Step 2, figure out how much you want to save. Step 3, find a planner that aligns with those goals or make one of your own. Weekly savings planners come in all types, from bingo game savings challenges to simple savings charts. The internet is full of ideas and free downloadable charts to help you. Step 4, make your contributions faithfully. You can make it easier by setting up automatic transfers or find an app like Acorn that rounds up your purchases to and saves the difference, SoFi or Wealthfront that make it easy to save and invest straight from your smartphone.
If you want to spend 2020 painlessly saving, think small steps that lead you to a bigger goal. Every week, you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction and pride at having set a little something aside for your future. Happy Saving!
Watermelon is full of health benefits that nourish our bodies when we eat it. But it’s also a superstar when it comes to beauty benefits with its vitamin-packed and nutrient-rich flesh. Here are just some of the ways that watermelon can help give you plump, soothed, even, hydrated and glowing skin.
- Watermelon is full of lycopene which is one of the most effective antioxidants when it comes to attacking free radicals from sun exposure and pollution which means literally slowing down the signs of aging. And if that wasn’t enough, Lycopene is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties so it helps soothe and smooth skin.
- Watermelon is full of vitamin C that encourages collagen growth and supports elastin that helps skin stay supple. Try a hand wash with watermelon to keep them looking
- Watermelon has loads of vitamin A that has been shown to repair and create new skin cells. Try a hand wash with watermelon to keep hands looking hydrated and less dull and flaky.
- Watermelon is ultra-hydrating and we all know, dehydrated skin looks older, tired and no bueno. Watermelon extracts can give skin a healthy surge of moisture, giving it that plump, refreshed, J. Lo glow we’re all after.
- The smell of watermelon is a natural mood-booster and we all know, a happy, uplifted mind is the biggest beauty benefit of all. : )
The pressure is on to make resolutions, come up with your new year mantra and define your goals for 2020. All well and good, until February hits and then where will you be. If you’re like 80% of the population, your resolutions will have already been broken and forgotten. So how do you set goals that are actually attainable?
The key is to think small. Instead of grand resolutions, try small micro-goals as a strategy. Setting smaller goals for yourself fosters success and puts you on the road to larger change. Instead of saying you’re going to run a marathon this year, try creating a weekly training schedule and commit to running 4 times a week.
The problem with bigger, all encompassing statements is that they are erroneous and we don’t break down the actionable steps go in to getting us to our goals. Break it down and your chances to create permanent change are much greater.
Don’t start the year expecting to transform every single area of your life. By focusing on one or two key goals, you can really affect change on a deeper level and naturally, that is a catalyst for other positive changes to take place.
So what small goals will you achieve this year?
These days, we’re all trying to cram as much as we possibly can into a day. We overbook, overextend and overcommit. And, in the quest for being a productive human, we sacrifice our sleep. But what we don’t realize is we’re not just sacrificing our sleep time, but our health and that productivity we’re striving for goes out the window. Our need for ZZZ’s is directly tied to our physical health and mental well being and when we don’t get enough, things will inevitably start to fall apart.
Our brains and bodies need sleep to recharge and renew cell function. Your brain is actually creating new pathways while you sleep to help you learn and remember information. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you may experience things like mood changes, forgetfulness, clumsiness, lower reaction time, not being able to focus, memory problems, depression, a weakened immune system, overeating and weight gain and a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, not to mention the dark circles under your eyes, skin laxity and a dull, tired appearance.
The need for sleep is even greater in babies, young kids and teens because sleep supports their growth, muscle development, their ability to focus, their mood, and how they learn. To say sleep is important is an understatement.
Making your bed time and awakening time the same every day will help keep you in a good pattern of sleep behavior. Late night weekends can disrupt your whole week and put you in “sleep debt.” Yes, there is a thing such as sleep debt and your body is going to want you to pay it back.
While every person is different, generally adults really do need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night and the younger you are, the more hours of sleep you need. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, teens need around 8-10 hours a night, pre-teens need between 9-12 hours a day, ages 3-5 are 10-13 hours a day, ages 1-2 need 11-14 hours a day (including naps) and babies need 12-16 hours, including naps.
More talent and tech are being dedicated to curing sleep deprivation. From wearables that track sleep to blue light-blocking glasses to mood-enhancing light bulbs and sleep coaches, products and people that help you wind down and wake up are flooding the market. Sleep is your biggest beauty and anti-aging weapon as well.
So turn off the TV, put down the phone an hour before bed, take a long warm bath filled with relaxing scents and curl up for the restoration your body needs and deserves. You will be your best self when you get all the ZZZ’s you need.
Your plane is delayed. The two hour drive you planned turned in to 4. And you just realized you forgot the key code to your AirBnB. Welcome to Holiday travel.
So what can you do to stay sane through it all? With a few simple travel hacks, you can take control of what you can and learn to let the rest go for a healthier, happier holiday travel experience.
- Opt for travel alerts. This is a game changer for cancelled or seriously delayed flights.
- If you’re traveling with gifts, don’t wrap them until you get to your location unless you’re going to check them with bags. TSA will likely have a blast opening them all and you don’t want to have to wrap twice.
- Stock up on your travel size, plane-approved self-care products because taking the time to treat yourself well while on the road will enhance your holiday and keep your spirits fresh.
- Pack hand sanitizer. Use it often! Planes, airports and packed public places are full of viruses waiting to find a willing host. Nobody wants to get sick during the holidays so do what you can to protect yourself.
- Stock up on travel snacks. Nobody wants a hangry traveler. Keep some healthy snacks on hand to get you through those blood sugar dips mid-flight or when no food options are available. This is especially important if you’re traveling with kids.
- Keep a folder on your phone with all your travel information including flights, flight numbers, lodging info, e-tickets, and any lists of local attractions or restaurants you want to try. Doing a little pre-planning and having everything in one place will be your saving grace.
- Let go of things you can’t control. Pack your bags knowing there will be some things you simply can’t control. Take deep breaths, send out good travel vibes and know it’s all part of the fun. 🙂