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Found in your own kitchen is a simple, chemical free cleanser – good ol' unboiled milk. All you need to do is dip a piece of cotton wool in milk and wipe your face with it. It also cleans unseen dirt and goes down into your pores. Another fine cleanser is almond oil, especially effective in protecting the delicate skin under the eyes.
Fat packs more than twice as many calories as the other two main food forms (nine versus four per gram of protein or carbohydrate). Since your body uses less energy processing fat than the other food types, more of its energy can be stored as fat. Some fat is absolutely essential to good nutrition--but most people eat almost four times as much as they really need. You actually only need about 10 percent of your calories from fat to be healthy, but the typical American man's diet is 35 to 40 percent fat.
Make your own fast foods! Is it any surprise that fast food restaurants are the busiest in the summer? Everyone is busy and on the go! You can make your own breakfast sandwiches, chicken nuggets, taco filling, and pizzas. Load them into the freezer and watch the time and money you'll save.
For normal skin care, you can take 1 cup of yogurt, 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and mix it into a paste. Apply it on your face as a mask and keep it on for 15 minutes. Clean it off with a wet tissue and watch your complexion glow. For dry skin, you could use a mixture of cooked oatmeal and honey; it will not only help moisturize the skin but also acts as a good cleansing agent.
For nourishing your face try a protein mask. You can prepare this mask by first soaking 1 tablespoon urad dal and 4 almonds in water overnight and then grinding them into a paste. You can then apply this protein mask to your face and wash it off after half an hour. This exceptional protein mask will not only nourish the skin but also bleach it.
Protein is what muscles are made of. It contains nutrients (amino acids) that are absolutely necessary to form muscle, and it helps repair damage to your body from illness or surgery. Your minimum need for protein is related to your body size and your activity level. Protein levels can vary from 1/3 of a gram to one gram per pound of body weight. Experiment with what works for you, or consult a nutritionist who can help you get it right.
Herbs and spices provide different flavor to the same foods--try pasta with basil, then flavor with rosemary. Season a baked potato with dill and steamed veggies for a quick meal. Steam, stew, or saute chicken breasts for a quick entree. Use canned fruits for nutrition with longer storage.
Cook rice and pasta ahead of time for cool, quick summer salads. Cooking, draining and chilling the pasta and rice is what takes the longest for these recipes, so do it ahead of time! Just thaw, add some fresh vegetables, shredded cheese, and Italian dressing and it is ready to serve!
Our immediate source of fuel is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates that aren't immediately used by our body are stored in our muscles and liver as glycogen. Once the body has filled its tanks with glycogen, the excess carbohydrates are stored as fat. Between 60 to 65 percent of your diet should consist of carbohydrates, mostly complex (whole grains, legumes, potatoes, etc.) as opposed to simple (sugar, honey, corn syrup, etc.)
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|