Glowing Spring Skin Healthy Diet

Spring is here, and it’s high time we took care of that dried-wintery skin again. Now it’s a whole process, and while we try to keep it fresh and simple here at Ja’s Lifestyle, we are sharing some of the best food to add to your diet, that can help boost your skin glow, and get ready for spring!

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Fatty fish

They’re rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining skin health.

Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to help keep skin thick, supple, and moisturized.

also a source of vitamin E, one of the most important antioxidants for your skin.

Getting enough vitamin E is essential for helping protect your skin against damage from free radicals and inflammation

fish provides zinc — a mineral vital for regulating inflammation, overall skin health, and the production of new skin cells

Avocados

Avocados are high in healthy fats. These fats benefit many functions in your body, including the health of your skin.

Getting enough of these fats is essential to help keep skin flexible and moisturized. 

Avocados are also a good source of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that helps protect your skin from oxidative damage. 

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are good sources of skin-boosting nutrients.

One ounce (28 grams) of sunflower seeds packs 49% of the DV for vitamin E, 41% of the DV for selenium, 14% of the DV for zinc, and 5.5 grams of protein (Source).

 Sweet potatoes

Beta carotene, which is rich in vitamin A, is found in oranges and vegetables such as carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes 

When consumed, this antioxidant is incorporated into your skin and helps protect your skin cells from sun exposure. This may help prevent sunburn, cell death, and dry, wrinkled skin.

Broccoli

Broccoli is full of many vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

It also contains lutein, which helps protect your skin from oxidative damage, which can cause your skin to become dry and wrinkled.

Broccoli florets also pack a special compound called sulforaphane

Sulforaphane is a powerful protective agent against sun damage. It works in two ways: neutralizing harmful free radicals and switching on other protective systems in your body.

Red grapes

Red grapes are famous for containing resveratrol, a compound that comes from the skin of red grapes.

Resveratrol is credited with a wide range of health benefits, among them is reducing the effects of aging. 

Studies suggest it may also help slow the production of harmful free radicals, which damage skin cells and cause signs of aging.

Green tea

The powerful compounds found in green tea are called catechins and work to improve the health of your skin in several ways.

Like several other antioxidant-containing foods, green tea can help protect your skin against sun damage.

Green tea also improved the moisture, roughness, thickness, and elasticity of their skin (study found on: Source).

You should avoid drinking your tea with milk, as there’s evidence that milk could reduce the effect of green tea’s antioxidants

How To Prepare For Spring

A new cycle has begun, Spring is here! We’ve got a lot to prepare for, mentally and physically.

We all know how seasonal changes affects our health; mentally and physically. But nothing is unpreventsilanl or even unpreparable for. Here’s a guide on how to be fully prepared for Spring Season!

1. Start by Cleaning your house.

Cleaning your house comes as an essential part of the process to embrace this new beginning. Cleaning your house, part by part, will help you change your physical ambiance to a more natural and springy feeling. This will put your mind in a welcoming calm vibe for spring.

2. Cleanse your energy

There are a lot of ways to cleanse and prepare your energies that are shifting into a new cycle. Rituals are essentials, stock up on sage, crystals, scented candles, and essential oils.

3. Draw yourself a cleansing bath.

Draw your bath as you normally would but, this time add some essential oils (lavender is a good choice), detoxifying bath salts. Warm water of course plays a very important role in this cleanse too.

4. Drink infused water

As the air gets warmer and the sun stays out longer to play, we most likely will need to up our intake of water. And what a better and more appealing way to start your water intake than by decorating it with some fruits and flowers. Here are some of the cool and delicious recipes: click here.

5. Get some nature in.

As the breeze and the cool weather starts to show more and more throughout the season, being in touch with nature is super important and highly recommended to keep you grounded and calm.

6. Start your workout plans

Spring will bring you more joy and motivation to workout, the sun is out the weather is warmer. So it’s time to work that summer body!

7. Step your skincare.

With the sun being much more out throughout the day, it’s important to keep your skin protected and safe. If you don’t already use sunscreen as part of your skincare routine it is important to apply it everyday.

8. Start meditating

Morning outdoor meditation are a big win for your spirituality journey. It calms your mind, body and soul while absorbing all that fresh vitamin D from the sun. Click here for our guide on how to meditate.

9. Add some flowers to your house

Adding flowers, freshly collected from a garden if possible, is part of being connected more and more to spring and this whole shift in cycles. They give positive vibes all over the room and will make you calmer and joyful.

10. Change your diet

Changing your diet every now and then, is a fun and healthy way to keep your body amused and healthy. Eating with the season, is healthy, fun, and mindful too. So don’t be scared to switch it up a little every now and then.

20 Minutes Fat Burning Routine

Fat burning can be a difficult task for a lot of people; not the right diet and foods, not the right exercises, even an unhealthy lifestyle can worsen this process.

Life now has become nothing but a rush. We’re suffering from fomo: “fear of missing out” on our daily tasks. So usually we have no time to go to the gym perhaps or in this year’s case, Lockdown! Luckily there is a solution for this.

The Body Wizards team has put 20 minutes Fat burning routine that has shown big and important results in a short amount of time.

2 Rounds:

45-sec work / 15-sec rest

◾Jumping Jacks

◾High knees

◾Mountain climbers

◾Jumping lunges

◾Steam engine squats

◾Bicycle crunches

◾Burpees

◾Tuck jumps

◾Spider crunches

◾Jumping in and outs

For best results: Do this workout first thing in the morning before eating anything, just drink a cup of water and start right away, it will boost your metabolism by 3 times its original value.

To see their work and the video for instructions click down below and if it doesn’t work click here:

Home Remedy For Insomnia

Sleeping 7-8 hours a day is essential to lead a healthy and active life. Sleeping enough hours is suggested for your body, brain, and mental health. Thus, many people struggle with insomnia and don’t sleep through the night.

What’s “Insomnia”?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and or staying asleep. The condition can be short-term (acute) or can last a long time (chronic). It may also come and go. Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks. Insomnia is chronic when it happens at least three nights a week for three months or more.

And here are some home remedies that can help you deal with insomnia

Meditate:

Meditating will help you relax and feel less stressed and maybe a little more sleepy. So before bedtime, follow this guide: click here.

Drink some tea

The warmth of the tea will make you feel relaxed and sleepy again. So drinking a cup of warm tea, preferably chamomile will help you sleep well.

Take magnesium

 It plays an essential role in your nervous system, helping to activate mechanisms that quiet and calm you. It may also help relieve anxiety and depression, which can interfere with sleep.

Essential oils

Put on some lavender oil or chamomile essential oil in a diffuser and relax.

Reset your sleep schedule

Set your alarm every day to wake up at 6-7 am, and another one to sleep at night, 11-12 pm. That way you’ll be making your sleeping on time.

Yoga

Doing some yoga exercises before bed will help you relax and release some tension and boost your body’s melatonin.

Limit your activities

Limiting your activities in bed will help your brain fixate the idea of bed = sleep and sex.

Valerian roots

This herb has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep.

Avoid caffeine at night.

The most known effect of caffeine is that it will make it hard for you to fall asleep. One study also found that caffeine can delay the timing of your body clock. These effects will reduce your total sleep time. Caffeine also can reduce the amount of deep sleep that you enjoy.

Single Valentine night

A lot of us are single this Valentine which can trigger some unwanted emotional baggage. So here’s a guide to all my beautifull single souls out there, to spend a lovely, drama free lovingly night by yourself or if you could with some friends too.

If you decided to celebrate your single life alone:

1. PAMPER YOURSELF of course!

A nice hot bath, bubbles, music, candles and some wine are highly recommended becasue you deserve it. and let’s be honest nobody can love you more than you can.

2. Order some delicious food

Maybe try some new restaurants, and delicious meals for your special night alone.

3. Puzzle it up!

Order some puzzles to keep you company and enjoy your time alone even more! boardgames.andmore is one good store for you!

4. Give yourself a cute makeover

Makeovers never get old, it’s time for you to shine again!

5. Start a new show.

No it doesn’t have to be a romantic one, so you don’t trigger more emotions. 🙂

6. Start a book.

Starting a book can open a new chapter and help get your mind out of thinking.

7. GET YOURSELF SOME VALENTINE GOODIES.

Yes because you deserve them. Some delicious cakes or butter/sugar coated cookies for your tummy. ss_events_lb ❤

8. Bake yourself a cake!

There’s really nothing to say here, but Tasty is here for to help you 😉

9. Make yourself a drink.

Well what better night to toast your beautiful, independent single life? Tasty will also help you with that 🙂

10. Practice some self-love

I mean it’s the celebration of love after all. Love yourself always and celebrate it too!

If you decided to celebrate your singleness with a group of friend:

1. Cook a delicious meal with your friends.

Inviting your friends over for dinner is fun and all, but have you ever cooked a meal all together?

2. MASSIVE Game Night

Boardgames.andmore is your best solution here. 🙂

3. Exchange small gifts

Yes it would be fun to do a valentines version of secret santa with your friends on your Singles Valentines night. Mdgiftsss is the perfect store for that.

4. MOVIE MARATHON.

The night is just getting started, so binge watch some movies while snacking and drinking.

5. Blast some music and hit the dance floor.

It’s been a while since you’ve went out clubbing and shaking those hips, so this is your time to shine cutie-pie!

6. Give each other makeovers!

This is super fun and you can have a blast from it.

7. Have a heart to heart conversation

We all have thoughts and emotions that are triggered during this “lonely” time, it’s good to let them all out.

8. Shake up the night with some delicious cocktails.

Tasty can help too, some anti-valentines group drinks.

9. Smash break a piñata.

An anti-valentine piñata to be specific

10. Do a Valentine’s cleansing ritual

Throw and burn everything that reminds you of past relationships, toxic exes… It helps a lot 🙂

Valentine’s Gift Guide!

Valentine’s this year is a little different, chaotic if you must. But now with the lockdown partially lifted, it’s time to go back and celebrate love! ( For those whom are single out there stay tuned for tomorrow’s article for a single night celebration done the right way).

I thought why not while celebrating let’s support some local stores and show them some LOVE TOO!

First of we have mdgiftsss by Maria Daccache

This is a small store, owned by The Daccache family, the Valentine section is all you need from small boxes to cute little high quality gifts.

2. It must be real

It.must.be.real is the newest most adorable business, owned by Joelle and her mother. Customize your plain old clothes and give them a new life with painting.

3. Ss events lb

Ss_events_lb by Sybelle Semaan is a gorgeous, tasty and professional event planning service. Treat yourself and your loved one on valentine with some delicious goodies that makes your stomach and heart happy.

4. Boardgames.andmore

Who doesn’t love a good freaky game night on valentines? Order your massive game choices from Boardgames.andmore owned by Peter Abou Jaoude, and spend some fun, hot and cute moments with your love.

5. Shiny Pinch Lb

Handmade gorgeous cute accessories are a necessity on Valentines. Beautiful items and a large choice with affordable prices and high quality products come in one place.

6. The engraved yard

Handmade, high quality, wooded variety gadgets are the perfect small gesture to your loved one this Valentines. The engraved yard is a family business owned by the Abboud family, ensure you high quality, customizable products.

7. Gifts with style

Eyo… customized products expert check… For this shop nothing is impossible, from mugs to spotify plaques this store will provide you nothing but high quality and fast delivery.

8. Mandala with a message

Well an honorable mention (because i’m late to write this article and the order time should be made before 3 weeks), why not celebrate valentines everyday with a mandala of your choice customized to tell your unique love story .

How to have a relaxing/healthy bedroom?

Having a healthy and relaxing bedroom is an absolutely gorgeous goal to have in our houses, so for the second time, i asked Jessica Abou Jaoude to tell us more about the renovation of the bedroom!

Each area in the project follows the same steps in order to be delivered in a proper way.

In this article we will be discussing bedroom’s design as a first example.

Starting by the layout.

It is better not to place the bed under the window.

Neither to place it directly in front of the door As per the feng shui(it reminds of the dead body while taking out of the room)

The ideal location of the bed is where it is welcoming you as shown in the picture below

It is better not to place a tv in a bedroom to keep it relaxing and specific to sleep.

Do not place a mirror infront of a bed.

Let’s step into few tips for the bedrooms

By feng shui

-do create a safe haven for sleep rest intimacy and recharging your spirit and body

-don’t keep more than a few books in your bedroom they are too stimulating.

-do remove as much electronic equipment from your bedroom as possible especially televisions, stereos… which emit electromagnetic energy that is determinantal to rest, health and fertility

-don’t use round windows, skylights or unusual ceilings in a bedroom as these shapes create odd pockets that collect negative energy.

-do use plants and flowers to introduce healing yang energy into an ill or convalescing person’s bedroom

-do keep your bedroom free of clutter and minimize the amount of furniture so that chi, or life energy can flow easily throughout the room

-don’t have any aquariums in your bedroom, where they are considered unlucky and can lead to loss of wealth

-do encourage your child to study in the NE area of his or her bedroom to facilate learning and achieve scholarly success.

Once you achieve all these points correctly you can start by picking your favorite palette

(we will be discussing colors in another article)

And you can design whatever suits your bedroom correctly…in order to start the execution based on that!

How to “house decor” well-being

Home decor is an important factor in boosting your well-being. It’s a fun activity and a necessity at the same time. So, to bring more information about the impact of good home furniture and items organization on our mental health, I allowed myself to ask my friend, Jessica Abou Jaoude, to answer some of the most popular questions related to our topic today.

 Jessica Abou Jaoude is an Alba graduate with an amazing eight years of experience in architecture-landscape-interior design-furniture consultant, who also adopt a healthy lifestyle, 

So first, How can interior design affect our mental health?

<<Interior is very important because wherever we go we might be affected by an interior ambiance. Our house – hospital – restaurants – malls. Due to quarantine lately, we might notice the importance of our interior and how it’s affecting our mental health.

To start with, it is important to know what we like and feel comfy around.

A simple exercise can answer this question to the people who don’t know what color they like. “Open your closet and search for the color you wear the most, It may help figure out the color we will need the most because it will be the color you feel comfortable in.

If you like black or neutral colors, you are more into minimalism.

This step can help you identify the style you like and feel comfortable with within your house.

To understand the importance of applying each color in the specific area,

Close your eyes and imagine redecorating your room with red ceramic tiles, red wall painting, Red lights, curtains, and bed. Then tell me how many seconds would you resist in such a Red space. Red is a yang energy color that is too active and will disturb the occupant.

Here comes the feng shui to explain and help us turn our interior into a comfy one.

It helps us by allowing us to listen to our five senses and turning the interior to be as perfect as our mother nature.

Fast food restaurant colors are yang therefore, you eat quickly and leave.

Spa and hospitals are more into blue and green relaxing colors.

Now, how can we fix our houses and bedrooms decors and make them greener:

<< First of all, we need to pick a style we like. It’s important to reduce the quantity of furniture and stuff in our room or living area fix colors to our interior (the right color to the right place) and add some greeneries.

Materials are so important and, they affect our mood and mental health as per the furniture selection and colors:

Mirrors in small places to make it bigger. Painting can help but, it depends on the drawing and where to hock it.

Lightings are so important either from the sunlight (we must have a window in each bedroom) or warm bulbs color can help stay calm and relaxed (bedroom). Cool lights can be used in spaces we need to stay focused and awake (kitchen sometimes in a living room)

Daylight can be used as task lights (in our kitchen above the island or countertop / on any desk we have or working office or space).

And finally, do green plants affect our mental health?

<<Greenery helps a lot with reducing stress and staying calm plus having a special mood, a view on our garden from either our room or reception area is always a plus And in case we don’t have this luxury we can bring the outside into the inside (feng shui style)

Adding some plants inside our house can help a lot (we must be careful about the kind of plants we pick a few plants are specific for the interior and can provide oxygen to have a healthy interior)>>

So to sum up, the interior can affect positively or negatively. It’s our job to take it seriously and make our living areas more comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you so much Jessica Abou Jaoude, for these important pieces of information you provided us with!

Stay safe, stay green, stay positive!

Home Remedy For Immune boost.

Coronavirus has made us all paranoid and scared about our immune system’s strength. Vitamins, a healthy diet, and exercises are the most common ideas and practices to come to mind.

While vitamins and medications come in handy with boosting your immune system and keep you safe from viruses, homemade remedies and foods are essential to boost your immunity and fight off bacteria stronger.

Most of our vitamins are taken from food normally, but adding a few smoothies of different fruits and vegetables to your diet is essential for your immunity boost.

The first one on the list: Citrus fruits.


Go ahead and squeeze that orange, beat that lemonade, and drink it as an addition to your breakfast. Fresh Vitamin C is highly recommended.

Second addition: Garlic.


Adding garlic to your diet is highly recommended. Garlic has a variety of strong immune-boosting properties. It is antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial. If you hate garlic as raw, there are supplements that you can use but, one important ingredient that should be available is the allicin.


Third addition: Lemon Ginger tea


This “magical’ soothing tea has so many benefits. In addition to the benefits provided by the lemon, Ginger is known for its medicinal properties, including a high level of antioxidants and antimicrobial elements. A warm cup of lemon ginger tea is effective for boosting your immune system and keep you feeling healthy.


Fourth addition: Stay active

Staying active can help your immune system gather some energy and fight germs and viruses. Adding regular workouts to your day is essential in improving your wellbeing.


fifth addition: Sun


Sun is one of the Universe’s great gifts. Getting sun regularly and, if possible daily, can help boost your immune system big time.

Sixth addition: Essential oils


Especially: eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemon and, rosemary. This combo of essential oils is helpful when it comes to boosting your immune system:
Eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree will purify the air while lemon and laurel leaf eases breathing and opens airways, reinforcing your immune system.

How to prepare yourself for a friend’s move

Change is hard, especially when it’s a permanent change in your circle. Having a friend move away from you and headed to another part of the country is hard, painful, and full of unwanted change that can mess with your routine.

2020 has sure been a hard year on all of us, and many of us have nothing else except moving out, even migrating to a whole other country. Many of us can’t afford to leave so we’re here staying put, watching our friends and people leaving for good to another country.

This change/ detachment can be super draining and sad. But there’s always a place for growth, adaptation, and making it work. I mean if 2020 and quarantine taught us something new is that digital friendships are doable.

So here’s a guide on how to prepare for a friend’s departure without letting it be so hard on you:

Be as involved in the move as possible:

Even if it’s hard, it’s essential to help and support your friend’s moving process. It’s hard on both of you and, you need each other to cope with the change. So helping them pack, organizing and, the whole process of moving will help you get the “closure” you need.

Friends taking a break from packing

Before they go, create recordable memories:

The moving process doesn’t have to be a sad and emotional change. We remember the people we love by going down the memories lane. So, what better way than to start the moving process by creating new memories that you can save. Whenever we feel life is hard or that we miss them but can’t reach them we can watch those recordings.

Express your feelings with them

You may feel like you don’t want to talk about your feelings and emotions with them but, it is important to talk things through with them. They feel the same way but, you’ll work it out. You’ll find your way around and handle your friendship, long distant.

Talk about staying connected:

Technology this year was a blessing to keep all of our relationships going from a distance. Video Calls, text messages, and all social media platforms are such a blessing to be available at the tip of our hands.

Consider throwing a goodbye party

Throwing a goodbye party to your friend is the perfect fun goodbye. If you can’t throw a big party because of quarantine and the whole pandemic issue, a home gathering of you two, or even a small group of friends is a good idea!

Friends toasting with fresh juice at dinner table

Exchange thoughtful gifts

Small handmade gifts are super warm and emotional to give each other and remember each other with. a scent, a photo album, maybe a letter.

Remember distance is not a problem.

Being distant will not change your friendship status, if you are true friends, no matter how far you’ve grown apart you’ll always find your way back to each other. Maintaining a long-distance friendship is hard but, with a little more effort it’s possible.