How I lost Weight and Found Love

 By Dawn Boykin       Impulsiveness has been the blueprint of my life decisions since I can remember. I reckon that a biological influence has much to do with not having the ability to delay gratification in an ongoing battle involving conflicting outcomes. Several years ago, after coming to terms with the fact that I was overweight and miserable because of it, the idea to do something productive about it was refreshing. It proved to be one of the most difficult tasks that I chose to face. In light, being overweight for me equated to an indefinite life of … Continue reading How I lost Weight and Found Love

Benefits Of Soaking Feet In Vinegar

Had a long day at work? How about keeping your feet soaked in warm water while you relax? A mixture of warm water and vinegar is the best one for relaxing your tired feet. Moreover, this method is known to cure various feet problems. Here are a few foot soak recipes you may try. Vinegar Soak Recipe for Regular Care Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 2 gallons warm water together and a few drops of essential oil. Soak your feet for 45 minutes in this mixture. Now use a pumice stone to remove the skin from heels and callused … Continue reading Benefits Of Soaking Feet In Vinegar

Foods That Trim You Down Naturally

With 2014 finally here, many people will be on a huge health kick, looking for all the best foods that trim down your body. It’s easy to want a quick fix solution to trimming down, but if you want to know a secret, most of us make it way too hard. Trimming down the natural and healthy way is really quite simple, and more so than you think. To trim down the easy way, and actually not go hungry or suffer from poor nutrition, all we need to do is choose a larger amount of simple, healthy foods. All the foods below will naturally help you drop pounds the way your body prefers and was meant to do. Try just filling your plate with these foods that trim down your body each day, and in no time you’ll slim down the natural and smart way, without going hungry or feel like you’re dieting. Better yet, pair as many of them together as possible for meals and snacks, and have fun coming up with new combinations!

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7 Snacks for Healthy Skin

7 Snacks for Healthy Skin ...

Snacks for healthy skin can be just as helpful as all those lotions and potions that you purchase to combat aging. You can use an expensive wrinkle cream, but you’re doing your skin no favors if you eat a lot of sugar and processed foods. Chowing down on healthier foods also has benefits for the rest of your body, including your hair, nails, and waistline. So put down those potato chips and cookies and munch on these snacks for healthy skin instead:

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Tips and Exercise Tips That Will Keep You Lean For Life

9 Diet And Exercise Tips That Will Keep You Lean for Life ...

1. No Fried Anything- Period

One of the most obvious, yet most neglected diet and exercise tips of all is to avoid fried foods. People know this, but often cave in to fast food and wonder why they can’t lose weight. Even a little bit is just not good for you, and it’s full of chemicals that slow your metabolism and even age you. It also hinders your exercise performance, a critical part of achieving a healthy and a lean body. Quit eating fried and fast food- period.

2. No Processed Stuff

Processed food is not only unhealthy for you, but anything with a bunch of ingredients is also harder on your body and metabolism. The harder your body has to work to break something down, the less fat you burn. Avoid processed foods and when buying food at the store that is processed, such as Greek yogurt, make sure you’re buying the healthiest form possible that still makes it a whole food. For instance, instead of getting the forms with added sugars and fillers, buy plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt and sweeten with some cinnamon and 100% pure stevia like NuNaturals brand. This gives you a much healthier treat that your body knows how to process. Buying veggies? Stay away from canned versions with added salts or sugars and buy fresh or frozen. These are still close to their whole food form and much better for you and your body. Say no to boxed cereal and eat oats instead. See how easy it is? With a few seasoning tricks, you can make any whole food taste delicious if it doesn’t already!

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5 Things You Need To Know About Waist Training


If you are struggling to keep your waistline snatched then you are just like all other humans in the world with two X chromosomes. Having an hourglass figure has been highly coveted by women since the beginning of time, however many new products and programs are selling lies to ladies everywhere.

“Lose 10 inches off your waist in 10 days,” may sound like a wonderful quick solution, but if you want a little middle that will last, the only thing you should be doing quick is reading this.

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Top 5 Secret Weapons To Fight Cellulite


Cottage cheese may be fun to eat, but according to majority of the female population, it is not so fun to see! In fact, research indicates that up to 90 percent of women have cellulite. So unless you are amongst that dimple-free 10 percent, keep reading in order to find out how to smooth those undesirable lumps out once and for all.

What In The World Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is simply this–a collection of fat that expands and pushes against the connective tissue of our skin ladies. Another female woe, I know. Men are usually exempt from cottage cheese thighs since their top layer of fat is held together by an organized network of elastic bands that run diagonally. Our bands however, run vertically. And over time–with age–they lose their elasticity and pow: here comes little pockets of fat poking through. Hello cellulite. Now you see why those fat-prone areas like the buttocks, thighs and stomach look the way they do? Don’t cry.

You know I keep it real with y’all, so I hate to say that I have some bad news: You can’t cure cellulite. Wait, don’t flip out just yet, because while you can’t get rid of it, you can reduce it. Don’t worry it’s not your fault. It’s your momma’s and your daddy’s, actually. The elastic bands that help keep the superficial fat from poking out and causing dimples comes from both your mom and dad’s genes. Plus, each person inherits a tendency to deposit fat in certain areas–which plays a role in how much cellulite they get. No wonder I have these same thighs like my momma! But I am going to help you win the fight against cellulite! Here’s my top five secrets!

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Get FREE Food and HELP Today

The Emergency Food Helpline, the Food Bank’s countywide referral program, will connect you to a source for a bag of groceries or a hot meal in your neighborhood. Our Emergency Food Helpline staff and volunteers make more than 3,000 referrals monthly and can assist callers in a wide array of languages.

It’s our No. 1 priority to connect anyone in urgent need with food the same day through an agency close to their home.

We can also connect callers to the following nutrition assistance programs:

  • CalFresh  (the name for the federal Food Stamps Program in California)
  • WIC  (food and nutrition resources for low-income pregnant women, infants, and young children)

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