Lifestyle

Be Bold For Change

Every woman should develop healthy habits, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, stress management and routine health screening to detect potential health problems early.

On March 8, we observed International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change.’ I would like to encourage all women to take that bold step in taking better care of ‘You.’

Women often neglect themselves to care for family, friends and coworkers, among others. You may have adopted healthy practices but when last have you had a physical examination and the necessary tests to ensure you’re on the right track? Sometimes we adopt the notion that if it’s not broken don’t fix it, or I feel well so why go to the doctor. As you transition from one decade to another, many changes occur in your body. These changes could be so subtle you may not realise them until something goes wrong. Make it a habit of visiting your doctor annually. Continue reading

Is Your Diet Making You Sick

When you think of the word ‘diet’ what comes to mind?

First off, it is important to note that diet refers    to the food and drink that a person (or animal) regularly consumes and this can be altered to suit an individual’s specific needs, such as the desire to lose weight or manage an illness.

The food that we eat is responsible for nourishing our bodies. However, all too often we pay very little attention to what we consume and the benefits or consequences of adding or eliminating certain foods from our diet. Unfortunately, it is usually only when we become ill that we pay greater heed to certain foods, hoping that we can use them to ease our pain and discomfort or to simply improve our health.

We, in the Caribbean, are known to have a fondness for bush medicines and the various concoctions that we use when illness strikes. However, how many of us seriously consider the potential risks of certain foods that we eat regularly? Continue reading

How Good is Your Smoothie?

It’s 2017 and many of us have made resolutions for the New Year. Many will decide on lifestyle changes, including healthy diets, weight loss, exercise programmes and the cessation of smoking and alcohol, among many others.

Over recent years, our society has adopted a number of healthy habits and many of us have gone on a smoothie craze. Some have the perception that once I drink smoothies I will lose weight and I’ll be healthier. I’ve seen the look of disbelief on many faces when they’re told you’re overweight, your blood sugar or cholesterol is abnormal. Then I hear the expression, “but I don’t understand, I’m drinking smoothies everyday.”

When we subsequently go through their diet, including the ingredients of these ‘healthy smoothies,’ we discover the large amount of calories being packed into their systems first thing in the morning or after a nice, long workout. Continue reading

CUFFLINKS Yeah – they’re great.

Think about it – when else can a man wear a piece of ‘jewellery’ that’s both functional and ornamental Have you ever tried them?

What Are Cufflinks?

ufflinks are fashion tools used for fastening shirt cuffs. Similar to buttons, cufflinks vary in shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. They usually offer a little more contrast than  a button and are considered a more ornamental option, but they’re not inherently formal or less    formal.

Cufflinks might be traditionally associated with men’s semiformal evening wear (the tuxedo ensemble) but the versatile little fasteners can fill a surprising range of wardrobe roles.

So long as you’ve got a long-sleeved shirt with the requisite holes in the cuffs, you can work cufflinks into just about any outfit. Why not give them a try? You just might discover that they work great for you!

Go Green to Get Slim

Many people try different diets, follow different tips and tricks, looking for the most complicated way to achieve the body of their dreams, and ignoring the truth just because it seems too simple.

Do you remember as a child how our parents tried to make us eat our greens even though we never wanted to? Well, studies have shown that green leafy vegetables hold the secret to rapid fat loss and they are also rich in all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to burn fat and build muscle.

Whoever believes that you can’t receive protein from greens is absolutely wrong. Greens actually contain more protein per gram in comparison to meat. I guess there is something to the huge vegan phenomenon going on around the world, after all. Continue reading

Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are We Doing Enough?

Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are we doing enough? The Caribbean is plagued with many issues such as unemployment and poverty.However, the rise in sex crimes, in particular those involving children, is troubling.

This disturbing trend is of grave concern due to the disastrous effects of sexual assault on a victim. Many survivors battle feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide for long periods of time after being abuse, often suffering from post traumatic stress disorder – a condition often associated with veterans returning from war, now common among survivors of abuse. In addition, survivors may have to live with sexually transmitted diseases they have contracted from the perpetrators. Continue reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Tamarind

Most of us are pretty familiar with the tropical fruit called tamarind and there are plenty of reasons to love it. Before we get to the benefits, it’s important to note that tamarind is quite a popular fruit, even beyond the Caribbean region. Originating in Africa, it is also popular in India, Thailand, South Asia and Mexico.

Lots of Pluses

If the tamarind’s widespread availability does not impress you, its beneficial qualities,   which   are quite numerous, certainly will. First off, it’s rich in the following essential vitamins: Thiamine, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium. Continue reading

Want to Rock the Corporate Catwalk? Try the Simple Blazer!

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When it comes to dressing for the office there are a set of ‘guided rules’ to be followed in order to ensure professionalism, not only in behavior but also attire.

Traditionally the corporate catwalk is lined with neutral tones of browns, greys, blacks and navy’s, however that’s slowly changing. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the trusted colour scheme should be thrown out the window. If you work in an office environment where uniforms are not mandatory, there are a few simple tips you can follow in order to allow your personality to shine through your attire.

Personally, I am thankful that I get to express myself everyday where I work. My sense of style is somewhat eclectic with a mix of traditional … if that makes sense; and I love incorporating a few trending styles into my office wardrobe. Continue reading

Are You Proud of Your Belly?

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Many of us carry excess weight around our mid- section, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? There are several different types of belly out there and some people definitely fall into more than one category. Find out what type of belly you have and the best way to combat it.

Poor-Posture Belly

Having poor posture is definitely a sneaky culprit when it comes to developing an unwanted belly bulge. This one is mostly noticeable in smaller people as it gives them a little lump in their lower abdominals while the rest of their body is relatively small. Having poor posture causes this pouch because the muscles around your midsection are weak due to lack of engagement. This causes the pelvis to tilt forward more than it should, leading to that awful lower abdominal area protruding forward. Continue reading

The Nutritious Superfood

avocado

It’s scientific name is Persea Americana but it is commonly known as avocado.

This fruit is esteemed for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its tasty flavour and rich texture.

These days the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals.  It is often referred to as a superfood, which is not surprising given its health properties. There are many kinds of avocados with different shapes (from pear- shaped to round) and colours ranging from green to purple.

 

Has Way More Potassium than Bananas

A nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of is potassium. Avocados are actually very high in potassium. Potassium is important for the proper functioning and respiration of the body’s cells. It also helps to lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of salt. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. In fact, potassium is essential to the smooth running of nearly all bodily functions.

Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids . Did you know avocado is a high fat food? Don’t worry it’s the good fat.

Seventy seven percent of the calories in avocados comprise of fats, making the fruit one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. But they don’t contain just any fat. The majority of the fat in avocados is oleic acid. This is a monounsaturated fatty acid. It is the major component in olive oil and is believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects. Scientific studies have shown that oleic acid helps to reduce inflammation and aids in the prevention and treatment of cancer, particularly breast cancer.

The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat- induced oxidation. When fats oxidize, they produce stale or rancid odors. Oxidized oils may be harmful to your health. This is one reason why avocado oil is a healthy and safe choice for cooking.

 

Avocado Extracts Can Help Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are many types of arthritis, and these are often chronic problems that people have for the rest of their lives.

Multiple studies have shown that extracts from avocado and soybean oil, called avocado and soybean unsaponifiables (components of an oily, fatty or waxy mixture that fail to form soaps when blended with sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide) can reduce symptoms of arthritis of the bones, known as osteoarthritis. Whether or not this effect is due to the avocado itself or the extracts has yet to be determined.

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