Beauty Foods You Don’t Even Have To Eat

scattered coffee beans leading to a cup of coffee(BlackDoctor.org) — At a time when more people are turning to natural remedies, there is a lot of discussion about the connection between diet and beauty. What you may not hear as often is that there are a number of foods that offer beauty benefits…whether you actually eat them or not.

Here are four examples that may already be on your shopping list…

Coffee

We kick off the list with coffee since it is how many of us begin the day. If you are looking for a cellulite solution, turn to your coffee machine. Mix coffee grounds with olive oil, rub the mixture onto the affected area, and cover it with plastic wrap for 10 minutes. You should notice immediate improvement.

Coffee fights cellulite because it dehydrates fatty cells, resulting in smoother skin. It is also constricts blood cells, which has a tightening effect. For these reasons, coffee is also highly recommended to treat puffy eyes and the fine wrinkles that often surround them.

There are two things that you should remember. Since coffee pulls moisture out of the skin, topical use should be followed by application of a good moisturizer. Also, the effects will be temporary, so regular treatment is required.

Coffee prices have been on the rise. If you need a little more to feel that you are getting your money’s worth– no problem. Coffee is also an excellent deodorizer. If there are odors that you would like to sever ties with, maybe under your arms, on your hands or between your toes, you can neutralize them with coffee grounds.

Lemons

These bright, cheap citrus fruits can work wonders on your skin if you have pimples. The citric acid eliminates the excess oil, and it’s astringent, so it will help to eliminate bacteria, combating two of the main causes of acne.

The citric acid is also good if you need some rejuvenation. It will act as a natural chemical peel, eliminating the dead, dull skin cells, which paves the way for a fresh new surface.

Beware that lemon juice can be extremely drying and it can be unpleasant on sensitive skin. You can solve both of these problems by using it with olive oil.

Honey

This sticky, golden substance offers several beauty benefits. To begin with, it is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture. If you have dry, dull skin but would rather have soft, smooth and moist skin, indulge in honey baths.

You can also make a natural moisturizer by mixing one cup of almond oil with 1/3 cup of honey and applying it to areas where it is needed. Some people leave the mixture on and others rinse it off after 20 to 30 minutes.

Your hair can benefit from honey’s nourishment too. Make conditioner by mixing honey with olive oil and applying it to your wet hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and either cover that with a hot towel or sit under a dryer for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.

One more thing– research indicates that honey has healing properties and is a great wound dressing. It is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial, so it kills bacteria and prevents infections from developing, while creating an ideal environment for healing.

Olive Oil

As you may have noticed, olive oil is often used with other natural beauty items, but it is highly worthy of attention in its own right. Extra virgin olive oil provides full body beauty benefits in its natural state. To promote shininess and strength, you can apply it to wet hair for 5 to 10 minutes and then shampoo it out. If you have problems with dandruff, apply it directly to your scalp afterward.

To remove makeup, relieve chapped lips or to moisturize the skin and cuticles, olive oil can be applied directly, including to your face. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which scavenge free radicals preventing and repairing damage caused by factors such as sun exposure and smoking. Combine this with its ability to promote elasticity and you have an excellent anti-aging product.

If you need to exfoliate, olive oil is an ideal choice. Simply mix in sugar or sea salt, apply it to the affected areas and enjoy the results.

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Is Reality TV Hurting Your Weight Loss Goals?

man relaxing in front of TV(BlackDoctor.org) — Reality TV shows focusing on weight loss have become all the rage. It’s obviously satisfying to see others battling the bulge…and it’s certainly inspiring when you see them get results. Suddenly, the “if they can do it, I can do it” adage becomes truer than ever.

Right?

Maybe not. The fact is, the truth is deceiving. What you see on TV is not necessarily what you really get. Past winners of The Biggest Loser have confessed to starving themselves and stop drinking water in hopes of winning the final prize. And it’s hard to know what happens once the curtain goes down and the contestants are out of the public eye.

And there are other reasons why these shows are just bad for you:

They Encourage Unhealthy Behaviors

BridalPlasty is a show that pits women against each other in order to win cosmetic surgery procedures so they can look “right” at their wedding. Hilary Kinavey, a therapist who specializes in eating and weight-related concerns, believes reality TV shows like this one are doing more harm than good.

“They promote a dieting culture that ensures a focus on body dissatisfaction instead of achievable health-centered behavior changes,” says Kinavey.

Other shows, like The Biggest Loser, focus on behaviors that can be easily considered as eating-disorder behavior: chewing gum instead of eating, obsessive calorie counting, and excessive exercise.

They Show Unrealistic Results

Wellness coach Suzanne Pantazis has a particular gripe with NBC’s new show, Heavy. In the show, two contestants are removed from their home and spend six months in a secluded facility, where they concentrate on their weight loss without distractions from the outside world. There’s no prize and no competition. The goal is simply to lose weight. However, Pantazis feels these people are doomed to regain the weight because of the unrealistic demands put on the contestants.

“For individuals who have been overweight most of their lives, a 3-lb. weight loss in a month is a huge improvement,” says Pantazis. “But based on what they see on television programs, they often feel like a failure!”

Instant gratification is in, and if weight loss efforts don’t seem to be working after a very short time, it is very discouraging.

They Make Exercise Look Like Torture

Watch The Biggest Loser and you’ll quickly start thinking “wow, that looks painful.” According to fitness and wellness consultant Luci Gabelma, these type of behaviors discourage people from starting an exercise program because they think they’ll need to kill themselves in order to do it.

Some of the exercises that the TV trainers do with their clients are actually dangerous, especially for someone carrying that much weight on their knees, hips, and back. Gabelma also points out that the shows highlight trainers yelling and screaming at their clients, making them cry and making them throw up, when this is really nothing like the experience one would (or should) have with a true professional trainer.

They Ignore Long-Term Needs

Dieters need a structured program and long-term follow-up to keep the weight off for good. Too often these weight loss shows focus on quick weight loss schemes that ultimately fail to teach people the skills they’ll need to survive in the real world. Weight loss plans that require you to go “all in” as in poker will never succeed because they’re impossible to maintain over the long run, according to Ed Boullianne, author of You Can’t Outsource Weight Loss.

Their Requirements Are Unrealistic

Weight-loss reality shows are, at best, unrealistic. At worst, they present a confusing image to society. On The Biggest Loser, contestants eat less than 1,500 calories and work out up to six hours a day. Nobody in the real world can spend that much time in the gym. As a result, there’s no way they can achieve the same level of results.

They Don’t Address Emotional Eating

Most of the people on these shows are emotionally overweight.

“These people are carrying around an extra 100 or more pounds of hurt, low-self-esteem, and unexpressed anger,” says Pantazis. “If they’re going to lose weight permanently, they need to rebuild their self-esteem and become familiar with how it feels to be treated properly.”

Although the shows sometime display the contestants talking about their problems, the emotional side never becomes a big part of their weight loss program.

At the end of the day, reality TV shows are fine if they encourage you to get off the couch and start moving. But don’t think of them as the ultimate solution to all your weight loss problems.