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8 Tips to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

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Do Something You Love

The secret to enjoying exercise is actually no secret at all. As the saying goes – find something to do that you love and you will never feel like you’re exercising. If you love to be in the water, then try a water sport. If you love the outdoors, go for a hike. There is truly something out there for everyone. You just need to find out what your fitness passion is.

Eat at Least Two Fruits a Day

Not only are fruits incredibly good for you, taking two fruits to work a day will stop you from snacking

on other unhealthy calorie-packed items. When you begin to feel hungry just grab one of your fruits and munch away. Problem solved.

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Patience: a Fashion Designer’s Virtue

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As a fashion novice myself I do not purport to know all the ropes of the fashion designing business. My successes however small they may be, mean the world to me, but in the grand scheme of things I have hardly made any strides towards leaving a lasting mark in the industry.

One thing I am certain of is that I have made several mistakes. Mistakes that have cost me financially, that have caused me to lose customers or have negatively impacted the brand that I am trying so hard to build. The good thing about making mistakes is that it forces you to grow. Someone once told me, ‘Sometimes you don’t know, what you don’t know,’ which basically means that learning from a small mistake in the beginning will save you from major headaches later down the line.

The process of learning the business of fashion is a steep learning curve, and your best weapon against getting frustrated is by being patient. Continue reading

How to Keep Fit While Travelling

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Traveling for business has become a way of life for many business people. A number of companies in the Caribbean have offices in several islands. Hopping on a plane to go attend a meeting or to set up a new branch office in another island has become the norm for many.

Unfortunately, in the process their health and fitness often get neglected. The most common excuse I hear is, ‘I have no time’ or ‘there is nowhere to work out.’

If you are one of those who travel regularly for business, getting back into a regular exercise pattern after being away for a while can be difficult. Consistency is key if you want to maintain a good exercise regimen. This can be done anywhere, at any time. Here are some tips to help you keep fit while in transit. Continue reading

11 Power Health Benefits of Sugarcane

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When was the last time you drank a glass of sugarcane juice or munched on some sugarcane?

Sugarcane juice is obtained by crushing peeled sugarcane manually or in a mill. It is consumed as a beverage in many places, especially where sugarcane is commercially grown such   as

Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Latin America. It is served, often cold, and sometimes with other ingredients.

Sugarcane is an important member of the grass family. It contains sucrose and is filled with various other nutrients that aid in good health.

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Why Watermelon is the Perfect Summer Fruit

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Contrary to the popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, it is actually full of nutrients that provide high amounts of Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and a low amount of Calories.

Watermelons are great summer fruits and their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat. They are also a guilt-free, low-maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

Watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. There are five common types of watermelon: seeded, seedless, mini (also known as personal), yellow and orange. Continue reading

Choose the Perfect Swimsuit for Your Body

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With summer just around the corner, many women are no doubt going through the frustration that comes with shopping for swimsuits. In order to help you come up with the swimwear style that’s perfect for you, we’ve put together some tips that should help make it a lot easier to choose the style that’s right for you, regardless of your body type – from the curvier frames to athletic body types, we’re helping you sort through those endless swimwear options. Continue reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Carambola

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Carambola or as it’s popularly known in St. Lucia, star fruit, is a star-shaped, tropical fruit which is sweet and sour in flavour.  Carambola is native to the Malayan peninsula and cultivated in many parts of Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and China.  How interesting that it has made its way to our Caribbean shores and is very popular on our island.

Low Calorie Content

Star fruit is one of the very low-calorie, exotic fruits. A 100g fruit provides only 31 calories, which is much lower than any other popular tropical fruits. Nonetheless, it has an impressive list of essential nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins required for well-being. Continue reading

The Amazing Papaya Fruit and its Health Benefits

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This beautiful tropical fruit has many benefits besides being nutritious with an amazing taste. Papaya also known in many parts of the world as pawpaw, is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Improves Digestion 

A digestive enzyme present in papayas helps break down the tough protein fibers and helps in the digestion process.

The fruit’s water and soluble fiber content also make the digestion process easier. This promotes proper bowel movements and helps prevent constipation.  Also, the high amount of foliate, beta-carotene, and vitamins C and E in pawpaw can reduce the risk of colon cancer.

img_pawpaw2Improves Complexion 

Use a ripe pawpaw as a face mask to help open clogged pores. This will help with acne and skin infections.  The fermented flesh of papaya can also help dissolve dead skin cells and give you fresh, glowing skin.  Aging can also be reduced.

Nourishes Hair

Regular use and eating of the fruit can be beneficial to your hair. Rich in minerals, enzymes and vitamins, papaya can boost hair growth and strength.  It can also increase hair volume by nourishing the hair shaft. Papaya can also control dandruff.

Protects Against Heart Disease 

Eating papaya regularly can prevent atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Vitamins A and C are two nutrients that help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which is one of the main causes of heart attacks and strokes. Papaya is a great source of fibre, which can be very helpful in lowering high cholesterol levels.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Pineapple

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We may not all agree on the sumptuousness of the pineapple but the health benefits can’t be denied. They are fantastic!  Here are seven reasons why you should try a pineapple today.

Strong Bones: Pineapples are well known for their ability to build and maintain strong bones. This is because they contain manganese, which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build strong bones and connective tissues. In fact, if you consume a cup of pineapple juice, you can get 73 percent of your total body requirement for manganese.

Gum Health: People are always very concerned about their teeth but they sometimes fail to pay enough attention to the gums. Our gums are equally essential since they hold the teeth in place. If a person has unhealthy gums, his/her teeth would be in bad condition and will eventually fall out. Eating pineapple will strengthen your gums and that will in turn help keep your teeth healthy and strong.

I can see you! Time and again, studies have shown that pineapples protect against age-related eye problems because it is rich in antioxidants.

Helps with irregular bowel movement: Pineapples are rich in fibre, making them effective in curing constipation and irregular bowel movement.

Keeps your skin beautiful!  Pineapple contains enzymes that increase the skin’s elasticity, improves skin hydration and removes damaged and dead cells. As a result, it helps you achieve a clear and glowing complexion. The enzymes in pineapples also fight free-radical damage and can reduce age spots and fine lines.

Treats Intestinal Worms: Pineapples contain the digestive enzyme bromelain. A diet rich in pineapple helps clear certain intestinal parasites such as tapeworms.

Relieves Nausea: A key benefit of pineapple juice is that it averts nausea or morning sickness. This is very useful for pregnant women who usually experience nausea. It also helps people who are looking to travel on an airplane or go on boat trips, which usually cause motion sickness.

GOING BANANAS!

banana1Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world for good reason. They have many health benefits and they can be a great snack addition to your diet. In fact, after reading this article, you’ll never look at a banana the same way again.

A medium banana contains 110 calories and provides 30 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber. Bananas also contain a type of carbohydrate which is a starch that is resistant to digestion but it helps you feel fuller longer. Here are some reasons why you should include bananas in your diet.

Suppress your appetite by simply smelling it

According to the findings of a study by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, smelling certain foods when you are hungry can trick you brain into thinking that you’ve actually eaten them. One of those foods is bananas. If that’s not enough to convince you that you can enjoy bananas while losing weight, smell one next time you feel hungry.

They’re Natural Performance Enhancers

There’s a reason why most of the world’s leading athletes love bananas. Bananas are a perfect fuel for athletes because they not only provide the carbs your muscles need, they have the antioxidants that can help speed up recovery.

They Give you a Boost of Vitamin C

When most people think of Vitamin C, it’s usually oranges and strawberries that come to mind. However, a serving of bananas provides 15 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps neutralise damaging free radicals and keeps systemic inflammation at bay. It also helps produce collagen that holds muscles, bones and other tissues together. In addition, it helps keep blood vessels healthy and aids with the body’s absorption of iron and folate. It also keeps your gums healthy and aids in healing.

banana2Provides blood-pressure-lowering potassium
A medium banana has 422 mg potassium while being sodium-free.  Various studies show that those who have diets rich in potassium are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure and have reduced risk for stroke. Adults need 4,700 milligrams of potassium a day, so a medium banana provides nearly 10 percent of the daily requirement.

They Make You Feel Happy

How about having a banana to help you feel peachy? A small banana provides 27 mg magnesium, which can help brighten your mood and keep you from feeling blue. Men and women need 420 mg and 320 mg of magnesium per day, respectively. Low levels of this mineral are linked to depression, anxiety, irritability and other mood disorders.  Since many of us don’t get enough magnesium in our diets, consider a banana as your chill pill.

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