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11 plastic-free skin care products worth buying

11 plastic-free skin care products worth buying | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

What’s the point of buying non-toxic skin and body care products if you’re left with a pile of non-recyclable plastic containers that will sit for centuries and leach toxins into a landfill? A growing number of people may be rejecting conventional products in favour of safer ones, but more attention needs to be given to packaging.

The problem is that packaging is not nearly as glamorous as the product itself, and a customer’s desire for the product will often outweigh concerns about packaging. Organic Monitor, a marketing research firm, made this observation a few years ago: “Although packaging has the highest environmental footprint within the realm of cosmetics products, it appears to be largely ignored when beauty companies look at sustainability.”

Despite this, I do believe the tide is turning ever so slightly. Some companies, particularly small and homegrown operations, are starting to think about the entire lifespan of their products. It is possible to find biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable packaging, if you look hard enough. This list is hardly comprehensive, but at least it’s a start and can hopefully point you in a fresh direction when shopping.


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Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
I love making homemade gifts. The love that goes into creating a gift with your own hands makes it so special and personal.  This time of year, lip balm is a gift you can’t go wrong with – it makes for a perfect gift topper or stocking stuffer that is oh so usable. This recipe

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How fermented foods help the body - Times of India

How fermented foods help the body - Times of India | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Fermentation has been done for years but it is said to be back as a food trend in a big way.

Many opt for fermentation because it helps in increasing the nutritional value of food. It also has several other benefits. We take you through some of them...

Digestion: Fermented foods are easily digestible because of their probiotic content. The process of fermentation helps in making the meal more digestible because it breaks down, hard-to-digest cellulose in food.

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Truffles and Chocolates, Oh My! – 15 Recipes for a Vegan Christmas

Truffles and Chocolates, Oh My! – 15 Recipes for a Vegan Christmas | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

When you are boggled down by your holiday to-do list and need some “me-time” from family, try indulging in some delicious, vegan truffles, candy, and chocolates. These are healthier options to store-bought sweets.

 

Some of these desserts are also raw vegan, so you get the maximum nutritional benefits from a candy or truffle that you possibly can. Because, let’s face it, desserts aren’t  ”superfoods,” but these are definitely the healthiest. They also make great homemade edible Christmas gifts for those on a budget and you will sure to be remembered as the best chef/baker there is.

 

Best of all, you can eat more than one in a sitting without feeling guilty. So go ahead, what are you waiting for?

 

Indulge in some of these decadent, vegan truffles, candy, and chocolates for the Holidays!

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11 Secrets To Staying Happy Learned From My Parents' 30-Year Marriage

11 Secrets To Staying Happy Learned From My Parents' 30-Year Marriage | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

I have always looked forward to the possibility of one day being married. My parents are wonderful people and have been happily married for 30 years.

After hanging with them since birth, marriage seemed like a pretty sweet gig to me. Fast forward a few years, I went to college, started a career, grew up (somewhat), had a few relationships and experienced a taste of the real world.

Here is what I’ve learned: Relationships can hurt; love can stink; people split up all the time; marriage… is… HARD.

I was naïve to the undertaking of a marriage because I had two people who made it look pretty darn easy.

I know now that they didn’t coast through their marriage while harps played and angels sang, but made the conscious decision to devote their lives to each other and their family.

Here is what I have learned from my parents’ 20-year marriage.

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Influenced by nature – natural ingredients in use today

Influenced by nature – natural ingredients in use today | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Natural skin care goes back thousands of years to when the Ancient Egyptians used treatments for a variety of skin conditions and with the category still being popular today, we take a look at some of the more popular naturally-derived ingredients and influences.

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DIY Oatmeal Homemade Face Scrub and Mask

DIY Oatmeal Homemade Face Scrub and Mask | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Have a few minutes of “me time” to spare?  Why don’t you whip up a batch of oatmeal face scrub!  It’s easy, good for your skin, and you control the ingredients.

This homemade face scrub recipe was inspired by the all-purpose scrub recipe from the book, Organic Body Care Recipes, by Stephanie Tourles.  A great book for those interested in making their own organic beauty treats!

Oatmeal is great for all skin types, especially skin that may be irritated or sensitive (like mine).  It’s soothing and works well as a gentle exfoliant – a perfect addition to a gentle face scrub recipe.  I use this recipe nearly every day as alternative to washing my face with soap.

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11 Ways to Boost Your Energy With Food

11 Ways to Boost Your Energy With Food | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

When Health asked what nutrition topic you need help with RIGHT NOW, the response was unanimous: eating for energy! You told us you feel run down and exhausted, and turn to sugar and/or caffeine to bolster flagging energy reserves.

Bad idea, says Dina Aronson, RD: "Fatigue breaks us down physically and emotionally and wreaks havoc on the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, depression, and even chronic conditions like heart disease." Moreover, proper nutrition and the timing of what you eat can do wonders to make you feel alert and powerful, says Cynthia Sass, RD, Health's nutrition and weight loss blogger. Here, new rules for eating for energy.

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Sexless Marriage | Relationship Advice

Sexless Marriage | Relationship Advice | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Marriage does not necessarily kill the spark in your sex life. The happiest couple I know has been married for thirty years, and not only they still have great sex, but they also kiss in public. As for statistics, an American nationally representative survey found that married couples have more sex and enjoy it more.

However, most studies find that the frequency of marital sex declines sharply during the first year of marriage, with a slow but steady decline thereafter. Let’s see some numbers from the survey: 13% of married couples reported having sex a few times per year, 46% reported a few times per month, 34% reported 2-3 times per week, and 7% reported 4 or more times per week. About 15% of couples in the U.S. alone live in a sexless relationship, that is, when sexual activity occurs ten times or less in a year. A sexless marriage is more likely to end in divorce, or what’s worse, in complete indifference for the situation. You’ll be surprised how many couples “survive” without sex, claiming that “sex isn’t what matters in marriage”. And while such marriage may last many years, thus earning the coveted title “a stable marriage”, such couples miss quite a lot.

Sexual intimacy is one of the most important things that binds partners together. It makes us feel attractive and loved, emotionally closer to our beloved person, relieves stress and ensures a good night sleep.

There are quite a few reasons why your husband/wife doesn’t want sex anymore, and I’ll only mention the most common: Fatigue, boredom resulting from routine sex practices or when your partner’s body no longer excites you as it used to do, one of the partners (or both, mind) is gaining weight, emotional problems between the two of you, unresolved differences in attitude toward sex, a medical condition or a past affair led by one of the partners. Age may also be a factor, but many couples in their late 70’s continue to have regular sex, leaving much younger competitors behind.

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The 14 Athletic Wear Companies That Are Actually Good for the World

The 14 Athletic Wear Companies That Are Actually Good for the World | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

The data supports it: People want people to do good. Charitable donations are steadily increasing at the same time that 83 percent of Americans want companies to support causes, and it’s becoming clear to even gigantic corporations that philanthropy, environmentalism, and human rights aren’t just good for their own sake — they’re good for business. Since the deadly collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh this year, consumers have become even more conscious of corporate social responsibility. But given the vast complexity of multinational clothing production, it can be difficult to figure out which companies are really trying to make your workout gear as humane as possible, and which ones could care less.


That’s where we come in. We scrutinized dozens of companies — assessing them for their manufacturing practices, environmental ethics, and philanthropic projects — to settle on 14 athletic wear companies who go above and beyond when it comes to social good and corporate ethics*. Check out the list below (arranged in no particular order) to learn where spending your dollar really counts.  


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10 Ways To Declutter Your Home (And Life!)

10 Ways To Declutter Your Home (And Life!) | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
The last time I moved, my rooms were filled to the ceiling with boxes. I felt weighed down, both literally and spiritually. "How can I feel free to pick up and move — to a better city, to a better
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The #1 Change That Could Reduce Anxiety (That Almost No One Tries)

The #1 Change That Could Reduce Anxiety (That Almost No One Tries) | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
"I had so much anxiety this weekend," a client will share with me during a Monday session. "I had been feeling so good for the past couple of weeks, but this weekend I seemed to have taken five giant
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Forbidden ''butter Beer'' Recipe

Forbidden ''butter Beer'' Recipe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Forbidden ''butter Beer'' Recipe Beverages with firmly packed brown sugar, Country Crock® Spread, whipping heavy cream, club soda
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Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders Recipe

Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders Recipe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders Recipe Desserts with marshmallows, powdered sugar, starch, candy, candy, licorice ropes
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How to make kombucha - Mother Nature Network

How to make kombucha - Mother Nature Network | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Combine the current interest in probiotic drinks with the DIY craft brewing movement and the endpoint is kombucha, a health drinkpresently making inroads among the health and wellness crowd. The piquant slightly fizzy concoction starts out as sweetened tea and morphs into fermented goodness with the help of a scoby. That is a "symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast" to newcomers to the burgeoning fermenting and brewing scene.

 
Why drink it? Advocates claim kombucha benefits the gut flora inhabiting our intestines that boost our immune system and the perceived wisdom is a daily dose promotes overall good health. But I would argue that the real reason for making a batch of the "booch" is the thrill of experimentation and the taste. It's a sweet and sour blend with a memorable zing brought together by the fermentation process.
 
How to get started: First, find a kombucha-making friend by posting a note at the food co-op or online at sites that cater to the fermenting community. Next, gather your supplies and equipment. A scoby resembles a translucent flattened jellyfish, and is a bit slimy to the touch. Yum. Keep in mind, a scoby is a living culture, so it requires nutrients and a stable environment in which to prosper. Once activated, they tend to grow, and then divide into more scobies. So be prepared to share scobies with other people.
 
Making a small batch of kombucha isn't all that difficult, but attention needs to be paid to details because taking a slapdash approach toward brewing the stuff will likely lead to poor results. The following are guidelines for continuous kombucha, a brewing technique that keeps the scoby healthy that streamlines the fermentation process.



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10 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget — Reader Intelligence Report

10 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget — Reader Intelligence Report | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

When you've got a tight budget, meal planning and grocery shopping has its challenges. And, when you have a tight budget andyou're dedicated to eating healthy, it's even trickier.

We've talked about each of these topics quite a bit in the past, and every time you guys responded with so many great tips and suggestions. Here are 10 smart tips from our readers that make eating healthy on a tight budget feel easy!

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If we eat healthy food, you will live for five to seven years longer... not so little... although I admit that I do not always manage to eat properly... that's why I am looking for information about healthy eating)) By the way, thank you! very interesting ) I also often watch the video about healthy eating on coursmos.com... there are a lot of recipes and tips... especially useful for those who have no time to engage in healthy cooking )
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Move

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Walk Your Way To Better Health #Exercise #Fitness #Walking
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Tom Kerridge’s London recipes

Tom Kerridge’s London recipes | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

My dad drove a Hackney cab when I was growing up. It was pretty cool, riding in a London taxi around Gloucester as a kid, but, thinking about it now, it was pretty eccentric. Dad was raised in south-east London – around Deptford, then Beckenham – and I suppose driving a black cab was one small way for him to stay in touch with his roots.

We went to London to visit my grandparents regularly, and even though I’d grown up in the West Country, I always had a strong connection to the Big Smoke. I felt I knew it, and the city excited me.

Early on in their careers, many chefs choose to work in France, America, or a whole host of other countries, but the only place I ever wanted to be as a young chef was London. Now, the beautiful thing about working in London kitchens is that you learn to have quick hands. The restaurant business is relentless. Mondays are as pacey as Saturdays and good restaurants never see a quiet day. You cope with the lack of sleep and you adopt a “work hard, play hard” attitude – it makes you feel alive. It’s a first-class grounding for a chef, and working there – first at the Capital hotel under Phil Britton, next at Stephen Bull’s on St Martin’s Lane with Gary Rhodes, and then at Odette’s in Primrose Hill – really set me up. In fact, the kitchen experience I had in London in my mid-20s still sits at the heart of everything we do at The Hand and Flowers – rooted in French technique, but prizing the seasonal produce of Great Britain.

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Guide to Saving Herb Seeds

Guide to Saving Herb Seeds | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Organic Transitions page.

While I have been a gardener for nearly thirty years, only recently have I begun saving seeds from my garden w

 

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/guide-saving-herb-seeds

 


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4 Diet Tweaks To Make Now That It's Freezing Outside - Yahoo Health

4 Diet Tweaks To Make Now That It's Freezing Outside - Yahoo Health | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Baby, it’s cold outside! While you may find yourself craving different foods than you would in the summer, that doesn’t mean your cold-weather eating habits have to leave you with extra padding come spring.

For the best ways to change your winter diet for the better, we turned to the top nutritionists and healthy eating experts and asked them the diet tweaks they make when the temps drop. Find out their secrets below:

Give in to your comfort food cravings (healthfully)

Foods like mac and cheese and mashed potatoes just sound all that much better in the winter, to warm you from the inside out. Unfortunately, these kinds of foods can also be loaded with extra calories.

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Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Sometimes eating healthy can be intimidating due to the fact that foods that are better for you often cost a lot more. This is especially true for people who want to eat only organic or non-processed foods. These food items can be very pricey in the grocery store especially when compared to other less healthy foods.

There are, however, some helpful hints to aid people in the process of making better food decisions while maintaining a balanced budget. Some of these tips include avoiding eating out, planning meals in advance, comparing prices, buying things in bulk, and preparing large meals that can be spread out throughout the week. Check out the tips below so you can start eating healthy on a budget – you body and wallet will thank you!


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5 Yoga Poses for Holiday Stress Under 5 Minutes Each - Care2.com

5 Yoga Poses for Holiday Stress Under 5 Minutes Each - Care2.com | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Do you get stressed out during this time of year? Me. TOO. Between travel messing with my toddler’s already tenuous sleep schedule, making gifts, cooking holiday meals, and somehow getting work done in between, the holidays can be a little bit overwhelming. Sometimes it helps to just stop. Take a step back. Remember to breathe.

Of course, that’s easier said than done, right? Part of holiday stress is that feeling that there’s just not enough time to do everything that needs doing. Who has a spare hour to practice yoga or meditation? We tend to put off self care when we need it most, so you can do any of the yoga poses below in under five minutes.

If you have more time, you can practice these relaxing, reviving postures for longer or even do them all as a sequence. It’s up to you! If you do choose to do them as a sequence, I suggest starting with a relaxing breathing technique of your choice and ending with at least a few minutes in Savasana to help your body really absorb all of the good work you just did.



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10 Tips To Make Anyone's Day A Little Bit Better

10 Tips To Make Anyone's Day A Little Bit Better | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
The word "nice" is often overused and misunderstood. Today, I have a healthy definition of the word "nice," but when I was a young girl in an alcoholic home, I thought being nice would make
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I Had Plastic Surgery At Age 13. Here's How I Finally Realized I'm Beautiful

I Had Plastic Surgery At Age 13. Here's How I Finally Realized I'm Beautiful | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
I had my first plastic surgery at the age of 13. My ears stuck out and the kids at school made fun of me. They called me Dumbo. I felt ugly and outcast, and I was sure that if only I were prettier,
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe Beverages with ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves
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