Category Archives: Health

Defy Aging: The Secret To Looking Up To 40 Years Younger

The Secret to Looking Up To 40 Years Younger
Did I get your attention?  I know what you’re thinking.  This must be too good to be true.  As crazy as it sounds, research is saying this is possible.  We all know the importance of regular exercise to keep the body healthy but recently researchers at McMaster University in Ontario did a study to show how exercise can actually reverse aging in the skin.  Could this be the fountain of youth?  

The Study
Researchers first conducted this study on mice.  After seeing the positive results exercise did with on the mice, it was rolled out to a small group of 29 men and women aged 20 to 84.  The skin that was tested was on the buttock as the researchers wanted to test a patch of skin that is not regularly exposed to the sun.  As we age, the outer layer of skin becomes thicker and the inner layer or dermis, becomes thinner.  Young skin, on the other hand, has a thinner outer layer and thicker dermis.  Participants were split up into two groups – one that did moderate to vigorous exercise for a minimum of 3 hours per week and one that remained sedentary.  Skin was biopsied before and after and in the active group, researchers found the skin to have altered back to a more youthful composition. Their outer layer became thinner and healthier while the dermis became thicker.

How exercise makes the skin look younger
The exciting part of this study is that is shows that it’s never too late to start an exercise regime.  This is where the 40 years younger part comes in.  A second part of the study showed that even in older participants, just two 30 minute sessions of exercise per week yielded significant improvements to the skin.  After 3 months of sticking to this exercise program, the skin on participants over 65 years old was closer in composition to that of a 20 – 40 year old.  The only change that these people made was adding exercise.

The domino effect
Adding regular exercise will cause a positive domino effect.  The simple act of exercising will force you to drink more water and that is always a good thing for the skin.  So, on top of getting the benefits of the exercise, you top it off by flushing the system with water which makes your skin very, very happy.  Heart pumping activity gets the blood moving  and perspiration helps the body eliminate toxins.  Plus, endorphins make you feel great after a workout.  So, the more you exercise, the more you will want to exercise.  I love the quote below because it is so true.  The only workout you will ever regret is the one you miss.

I really regret that workout said no one ever

And if you haven’t been on a regular exercise routine, you will be amazed at how quickly you will start to see results in your body and your skin.  Which leads to the next bonus – eating healthier.  Once you start seeing some positive results in your body, you are going to think twice before hitting the vending machine for your 3 pm fix.  Eating cleaner and getting rid of processed food is another great way to ensure a healthy body and healthy skin.

It may seem that this is all a lot to take on at once.  My recommendation is not to do it all at once.  Do one thing at a time.  And given that the research has shown that exercise is king, why not start there?  Don’t try too much.  Start small and when in doubt consult a professional, your doctor or a personal trainer.  But start and be on your way to a younger looking you.

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Tasty Tuesdays: Ritual Recipe – Mini Breakfast Frittatas

Welcome back! I am happy to share another delicious and healthy recipe with you. Before we start, let me declare my love for breakfast. It is my favorite meal of the day (I guess that makes sense being that I am a morning person). With breakfast, there are so many food options. Sweet or savory, hot or cold, anything goes. I am on Day 44 of my Whole90 adventure and recently discovered these mini frittatas. They are super yummy and the protein and vegetables in each little one will keep you going until lunch. After I made these for the first time, I realized all the many options. You can use any kind of meat though I’m partial to breakfast sausage. And then throw in any other veggies you have on hand and season a million different ways. Cook these babies up on Sunday and you have breakfast ready for the week. These can be eaten cold or at room temperature but I prefer to heat them up in the microwave. I usually have 2 or 3 frittatas and a piece of fruit for a quick, easy and healthy breakfast.

Brown up your meat, add onions and mushroom and then the broccoli slaw

Brown up your meat, add onions and mushroom and then the broccoli slaw

Whisk the eggs - look, I think one of my eggs was a twin!

Whisk the eggs – look, I think one of my eggs was a twin!

Fill each cup with the meat and veggie filling

Fill each cup with the meat and veggie filling

Pour in the eggs

Pour in the eggs

Bake and enjoy

Bake and enjoy

My son saw me making these and he thinks anything with a cupcake liner means birthday cake. So, we refer to these frittatas as cupcakes. It makes me so happy when he asks for cupcakes for breakfast. Look at how happy he is eating them.

Ready, set, yum!

Ready, set, yum!

Mini Breakfast Frittatas
Makes 24
Ingredients:
1 pound breakfast sausage
1 small onion, diced
1 package mushrooms (8 oz), diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt
Pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 bag broccoli slaw
12 eggs
¼ cup coconut milk

Preheat oven to 375˚. Line two 12 count muffin tins with silicone baking cups. If you don’t have the silicone cups, you can use paper liners sprayed with Pam or coconut oil. Brown meat until no longer pink, drain. Add the onions, mushrooms and garlic and cook down for a few minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Add the broccoli slaw and cook until soft, about 7-8 minutes. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and coconut milk and transfer to a large Pyrex measuring cup. Fill each muffin cup with the meat and vegetable mixture filling about 2/3 full. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the filling leaving some space at the top for the frittatas to puff up. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate pans and cook for another 6 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before storing in the refrigerator.

You can also eat these for lunch, dinner or pop one for a quick snack. Bon appétit!

Tasty Tuesdays: Ritual Recipe – Chicken & Spinach Mediterranean Salad

As I mentioned last week, starting today, I am going to start posting a healthy recipe once a month. Simple and delicious food chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats to help you look and feel your best from the inside out.

After I had my children, I found it fairly difficult to get back into shape. I had gotten lazy in my eating and exercising so it was no surprise that I wasn’t able to spring back into my pre-preganacy size. No matter what anyone tells you, it takes effort to be your best physically. Over the years, I have learned that I have to plan out my meals for the week otherwise I will grab whatever is fastest (pizza rules) and regret it later. I also have to plan my workouts. But we are just going to stick to talking about food today.

In January, I did my first Whole30 program and at the time, I had only heard of it a few times. The Whole30 program is simply eating real food: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits and good fats from nuts and seeds. You eliminate all grains (including corn), dairy, white potatoes, sugar, legumes, soy, and alcohol. I made the Whole30 a last minute New Year’s Resolution and jumped right in on January 1st. It really was not that difficult as long as I had my meals prepared in advance. And at the end of 30 days, I felt great and had dropped 7 pounds without really doing much more than 1 or 2 days a week of exercise.

I have decided to do another Whole30 because my sweet tooth has gotten out of control lately. But this time I am extending it to 90 days for a couple of reasons. First, I think if I go longer without sugar, it will help curb my sweet tooth and second, my 20th high school reunion is in the Fall and it would be nice to attend it being a little lighter (and will give me a good excuse to go dress shopping).

Some of the recipes posted will be geared towards the Whole30 program but do not worry, they will still be delicious. Most recipes will be clean eating though there may be a something sweet from time to time. You’ve got to live a little.

Chicken & Spinach Mediterranean Salad
This is a salad I made up on a visit to Uncle Madio’s one day. I really like Uncle Madio’s as it’s the only fast food place I know of that has so many fresh vegetables and organic chicken available. Since I could not find a salad on the menu that met the Whole30 requirements, I decided to make my own. I have since made this salad at home. It is really easy and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

Ingredients

Can you tell I like Trader Joe’s?

As I said before, I plan my meals for the week. Sunday is usually my cooking day and I will cook up a bunch of chicken breasts in the oven to have on hand. I prefer to have the chicken warm on the salad so during the week, I’ll take a chicken breast out of the fridge and heat it up in the microwave, dice it up and add to the salad. But you could also have the chicken cold.

My Sunday batch of chicken

My Sunday batch of chicken

Ingredients:
Spinach – couple handfuls
1 cooked chicken breast, diced
¼ cup Artichoke hearts, diced
1 Tbsp Sliced black olives
¼ cup Portabello mushrooms, sliced and marinated
1 Tbsp Sundried tomatoes

Place spinach in a bowl. I have a thing for chopped salads so I always chop up salad greens. And then I simply add all ingredients over the spinach. The chicken can be hot or cold. Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar on top for the dressing and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

This is a great lunch salad, filling and delicious. Enjoy!

So easy and delicious!

So easy and delicious!

Make Mine a Double: How Antioxidants Make Sunscreens Work Better – Guest Post at Pammy Blogs Beauty

Blogging is still pretty new to me and I am constantly learning new things.  I have been having a great time meeting other bloggers, reading their fun posts and looking at their gorgeous pictures.  In the process, I met Pam of Pammy Blogs Beauty.  Her fun, light-hearted blog covers everything beauty and I am honored to be a guest blogger on her site.  Check out my post Make Mine a Double: How Antioxidants Make Sunscreens Work Better where I cover some amazing antioxidants that go the extra distance to protect your skin.

Have a great weekend!

Announcing Tasty Tuesdays…Coming Soon

I am excited to announce that starting next week I will start posting delicious, healthy and easy recipes once a month called Tasty Tuesdays.  Why recipes on a beauty blog you ask?  Well, because Ritual Beauty is all about helping you Look, Feel and Be your best.  And while there are products that help us look good on the outside, to be our best, we should also be taking care of the inside.  When you eat healthy you will find that you feel so much better.

Stay tuned for the first Ritual Recipe next week!