Healthy Byte: Go Ahead – Bare it All!

Here’s what you should do before you wrap a towel around your body. (Photo: Getty Images)

Does this sound familiar? The second you get out of the shower you immediately wrap a towel around your body before risking catching a glimpse of exposed flesh. If so, experts say you’re missing out on an important self-esteem booster.

Checking yourself out in the buff “desensitizes you to being so negative about your body,” clinical psychologist and body image expert Amy L. Flowers, PhD, tells Yahoo Health. “It normalizes the experience.”

It makes sense to do it — the mirror is usually right there — but most of us strain to avoid looking at our naked bodies.

Psychologist and body image expert Sari Shepphird, PhD, says there are two main reasons for that:

  1. We tend to zero in on our flaws instead of our assets.
  2. We naturally compare ourselves with others.

“We’re kind of trained in our society to think about the ways we can improve upon ourselves,” she says. “But the more we focus on our flaws, the more they’re magnified — and then we’re going to want to avoid looking at our bodies in general.”

The comparison instinct is also an issue, Shepphird says, because our minds naturally tend to go to the societal standards of perfection. And if you don’t look like a swimsuit model (because few people do), you feel as if you just don’t measure up physically.

Enter the mirror trick. To do it (and do it in a positive way), Shepphird recommends looking at yourself and naming five things you’re grateful for about your body or five things you like about your body on that day. It can be as small as liking the way your toenails are painted. Then, go about your usual post-shower routine. It seems minor, but it “can be very transformational,” Shepphird says.

If you struggle to come up with positive thoughts, Flowers recommends trying to remember any compliments or positive comments you’ve received about how you look. If you still don’t like what you see, you can also remind yourself that you’ve been exercising and eating healthy lately — both of which are good for your body.

Suffer from mirror anxiety? Start slow. Shepphird recommends trying the mirror trick once a week and building up to the point where you’re comfortable looking at yourself every day. Eventually, you won’t need to list out what you like about your body — you’ll just be more positive about it naturally.

Body-Peace Resolution is Yahoo Health’s January initiative to motivate you to pursue wellness goals that are not vanity-driven, but that strive for more meaningful outcomes. We’re talking strength, mental fitness, self-acceptance — true and total body peace. Our big hope: This month of resolutions will inspire a body-peace revolution. Want to join us? Start by sharing your own body-positive moments on social media using the hashtag #bodypeaceresolution

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Healthy Byte: Three Steps to Eating Healthier for Life

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Every January, people making resolutions to lose weight are peppered with loads of free dieting advice. Most of it is absolutely terrible, or plain lies. Even worse, many weight loss hucksters over complicate the very simple truths we know about eating for health.

That’s why I love this chart from the Swedish National Food Agency. Its succinct (and still impressively science-based) advice is summed up in this nice graphic:

Sweden’s dietary guidelines summed up in “one minute.”

While American guideline makers are reluctant to urge the public to eat less of anything (lest they offend powerful industry lobby groups), the Swedes are clear about what people really need to cut back on: red and processed meat, salt, and sugar.

Likewise, while fad diet peddlers often suggest people eat a certain “superfood,” avoid some overly specific substance like gluten, or follow a fat-busting workout routine to stay fit, the Swedes keep it real: Just eat more plants and exercise. Instead of suggesting people do the impossible and banish fat from their diets, these Scandinavians are advised to seek out “fabulous fats” in vegetable oils and nuts. (Again, these findings jibe with what researchers have found.)

 “In truth,” the experts at the Swedish food agency write, “most people know perfectly well what they should eat. It’s no secret that vegetables are good for you and sugar isn’t.”
So here’s an idea: Save your money, and tune out the fads you’ll be inundated with this year. Ignore the unreasonable diet plans that time has shown will fail, and forget the punishing workouts. Instead, eat like a Swede.
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Healthy Byte: Weight Loss Strategies for the Everyday Folks

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For some reason, people treat changing calendars as an event that marks the beginning of a new lifestyle, usually one that includes a focus on health. Sure enough, the two most popular resolutions are “losing weight” and “staying fit and healthy.” It’s pretty much a given that come January 1, gyms will be slammed and salad bars will be crammed.

But what about the folks who aren’t ready to dive into something extremely demanding, like CrossFit five days a week or a seriously restrictive diet plan? Are there less-challenging, yet still effective ways to lose weight? Absolutely!

 

Nix the sodas and fruit juices
Here’s something to think about: if you currently drink two servings of soda or juice a day, and you simply stopped drinking it right now, opting instead for healthier alternatives like sparkling water or just plain water, you’d easily be able to eliminate 300+ calories from your day and shed almost 1lb a week without any additional exercise.

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Simplify your coffee
Since coffee contains caffeine, it can stimulate fat burn and weight loss. Unfortunately, coffee loses all of its weight-loss potential when you cram it with unhealthy additives like super-sweet syrups and sugars. End result: a once-healthy black coffee becomes a fattening sugarbomb. So here’s a simple solution for coffee-lovers who also want to lose weight: start taking your coffee black, and if you really can’t stand the bitterness, go for a naturally low-calorie sweetener, like stevia. Bottom line, by going au natural with your coffee, you’ll tighten up your waistline.

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Reduce your carbs three days per week
Not all carbs are the devil, but eating a diet high in refined carbs (think white rice, pasta, cereal, bread) can cause elevated blood sugar and insulin. End result: eating a diet high in refined carbs can make you fat and sick— and it can make it harder to lose weight.

 

Originally Posted HERE

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Healthy Byte: Beauty Virtually

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The Laneige Beauty Mirror app borrows the concept from popular picture-editing apps such as China’s “Mei Tu Xiu Xiu”, where users can digitally apply makeup on their faces.

More than just a way of beautifying your photo, the app aims to help you try before you buy, such as in picking the correct shade of BB Cushion to match your skin tone and showing you if a certain shade of lip colour will suit you.

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The app tracks your movements and expressions in real-time, allowing you to watch as the makeup goes on your face and observe the end result from all angles.

Unlike most picture-editing apps, which make users jump through multiple layers of editing to get to the final point, we found the app pretty easy to use — no Photoshop skills required.

The app is also pre-loaded with complete makeup looks that are trending at the moment, so if you’re a lazy shopper, just pick your favourite look to try. If you like what you see, you can download the list of makeup products used — from Laneige, obviously — and pop into the store to purchase them. For those completely clueless about makeup, you’ll also be happy to know that the app can suggest makeup products that best suits you — it’s like having your own K-beauty Siri.

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I can see how it’ll help with indecisive shoppers — no more having to go into the store to try on 10 lipsticks at a go.

This app is also great for those who don’t really know what they want and are easily intimidated by shop consultants. Plus, it’s pretty fun to try on so many different looks and share it across multiple social media platforms.

 

Laneige launched the app together with its new flagship boutique at ION Orchard in Singapore, which is carrying a series of products exclusive to consumers here. One of them that stood out is the Lip Card, a lipstick in a card format that you can carry around with you in your wallet.

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Available in 20 different shades, the Lip Card works like rouge sheets that women used during the 19th century. All you have to do is fold the card in half and press your lips against it to transfer the colour.

The Lip Card makes for a novel gift because of its super cute packaging. But not all lips are identical so the lip colour doesn’t transfer evenly onto your whole lip and will require you to use your finger to spread it out.

Some clean up is required, but the colour payoff is excellent and the gel texture is great for hydration. At just S$10 ($6.90) for a pack of four, it’s pretty good bang for your buck, especially since you can get more than one application out of each card.

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