Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Motivation

Source Etsy - chARiTyelise

"In a 2007, Laura Kubzansky, HSPH associate professor of society, human development, and health, found that emotional vitality—a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable, even when taking into account such wholesome behaviors as not smoking and regular exercise"

Read the entire article on Harvard School of Public Health here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Are we, Women, our Worst Enemies?

Top 10 Celebrities Who Are Not Safe From Stretch Marks. Stars Caught Without Make-up. The 20 Most Shocking Celebrity Plastic Surgery Transformations.

Are you familiar with those headlines? I am sure you are, they are everywhere, yet none of us would admit that we ever enjoyed reading such articles. I must confess, I used to read articles like that. I used to scrutinize their pictures in search of the slightest imperfection, and then I would treacherously criticize the model with a certain feeling of satisfaction. Shameful, huh? Magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, or the prestigious Vanity Fair, depend on women's addiction to gossip for their sustainability. This behavior is intolerable. As women in a male dominated society, we need to stand together in support of each other instead of being another headache to deal with. 
Strong women come in all shapes and sizes. Source Blogger
Nowadays, more women refuse to accept unhealthily thin body types as a female body prototype. Promoting unrealistic perfect bodies retouched by Photoshop, Social Media contributes to depression and negative body image in women and young girls. Campaigns spreading positive body image awareness among young women are growing in number. For instance, the controversial campaign led by the Italian fashion brand Lolita portraying the anorexic model Isabelle Caro. Unfortunately, what seemed to be the light at the end of the tunnel has lately turned against us. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Banana Bread Granola

I love baking my own granola, especially because it makes my home smell heavenly! Granola basically consists of rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruits. It's coated in syrup and it's then baked. We are free to create our own granola by adding almost any ingredient that we wish chocolate chips, shredded coconut, raisins, dried figs, pumping seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried apples, smashed bananas, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and a long etcetera.  

Rolled oats are high in protein and provide lots of fiber, which is important for good digestion. Dried fruits are an excellent source of vitamins and certain antioxidants. Nuts and seeds are high in magnesium and healthy fats. In short, Granola is a healthy source of fuel for an active lifestyle and it's copiously packed with necessary nutrients for your body.  
homemade banana bread granola

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