Preventing Callus Formation

Calluses form on the area of your skin that you apply a lot of pressure to. For example, guitar players may have calluses on their fingers due to prolonged playing of the instrument. These might not be painful on your fingertips but they will be if they form on your feet. They usually form when you wear high heels or very tight shoes.

Here are some tips to prevent calluses:

  1. Stay away from narrow toes shoes and those that are too tight.
  2. Avoid high heels or any types of shoes that pressurize your feet.
  3. Your shoes should fit you perfectly and should be supportive.
  4. Make sure you measure your size before making a purchase. Your feet won’t be of the same size all the time.
  5. Preferably, go about your shoe shopping in the evening because your feet are the largest in the later part of the day.

Simply be careful and avoid painful calluses.

Delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

We all love cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are an absolute favourite of many but how about pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? Don’t doubt them! They are amazingly delicious and extremely easy to make. You’ll know how right here!

You will need:

1. Pumpkin puree: 1 cup

2. White sugar: 1 cup

3. Vegetable oil: ½ cup

4. Egg: 1

5. Baking powder: 2 tsp

6. Pumpkin pie spice: 2 tsp

7. Salt: ½ tsp

8. Milk: 1 tsp

9. Vanilla extract: 1 tbsp

10. Semi-sweet chocolate chips: 2 cups

11. Cooking spray

Method of preparation:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the cooking spray to grease it.

2. Mix the sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil and egg together. Let them combine well. Then sift pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, flour and salt in another bowl. Once sifted, add vanilla extract and milk to the mixture.

3. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture slowly, mixing thoroughly all the while.

4. Now add the chocolate chips.

5. Use a spoon to drop scoopfuls of this mixture on to the greased sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.

Making your own Breadcrumbs

Are you the kind that picks up packaged breadcrumbs from the grocery? You don’t need to run to the grocery every time you need them actually. You can simply make your own and it is not even difficult. Here is how:

– Requirements: You don’t need much. You can use any type of bread like sliced bread, baguettes, bagels, hot dog buns and hamburger buns. All you need is a food processor and a few slices of any of these kinds of bread. Tear the bread into pieces and pulse them in the processor a few times. How much you pulse them will depend on what the recipe requires. You can get a coarse or a fine texture.

– If you want seasoned breadcrumbs, add the seasoning you prefer like chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese or dried spices.

Chocolate Banana Cookies for Cookie Lovers

We are all chocolate lovers. Most of us are banana lovers too! Combine these two elements and you’ll be left with an amazing banana cookie that you can’t have enough of! Here is the recipe for you:

You will need:

1. Brown sugar: 1 cup

2. Butter: ½ cup

3. Shortening: ½ cup

4. Eggs: 2

5. Bananas [overripe and mashed] – 3

6. Flour: 2 cups

7. Salt: 1 tsp

8. Rolled oats: 1 cup

9. Baking powder: 1 tsp

10. Cinnamon: 1 tsp

11. Mini chocolate chips: ½ cup

12. Icing sugar: ¼ cup

13. Vanilla extract: ½ tsp

14. Peanut butter: 4 tbsp

15. Heavy cream: ½ cup

16. Semi-sweet chocolate chips: ½ cup

The method of preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line with parchment paper.

2. Cream the butter, shortening and brown sugar at medium power in a stand mixer. Let it combine well and become fluffy. Once it combines well, add the eggs and bananas and beat thoroughly.

3. Take a bowl and combine the oats, salt, flour, cinnamon and baking powder and whisk well.

4. Add the above mixture to the creamed sugar mixture. Mix well. Fold the mini chocolate chips into the mixture.

5. Use a small scoop to scoop out the dough and put it into the baking sheet.

6. Bake for about 20 minutes. The bottoms should turn golden brown.

7. Let the cookies cool and then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

8. Store the cookies for two days in an air-tight container.

9. Combine icing sugar, heavy cream, peanut butter and vanilla in a bowl and mix until thick.

10. Frost the cookies with the frosting and then drizzle with melted chocolate chips.

11. Let it set for 3 hours before serving.

Preventing Osteoporosis through Diet

Osteoporosis was described long ago and since then there has been a lot of research on how to prevent it. Osteoporosis is essentially a disease which directly affects bones and results in bone loss. The bone density and bone tissue are also affected. True that it is okay to lose some of the density as you grow older but too much of it could result in osteoporosis. Thankfully there are means to lower your risks through diet and be safe. Here is some important information:

1. Calcium: Calcium is very important for bones. The body utilizes calcium each and every day. It also loses calcium by the day. If this calcium is not replaced through diet, osteoporosis will be the consequence. The reason why you must supply calcium through diet is that calcium is not made by the body. The food you eat is the only source of calcium. Hence, you must be sure to include calcium in your diet each day. Dairy products are a rich source. You could include cheese, milk, yogurt and other frozen desserts in your diet. Moreover, dairy foods also provide phosphorous which is important for calcium uptake because both work together in the body. Other sources are salmon, almonds, tofu, orange juice and cereals. If you are lactose intolerant and you can’t consume dairy products, you could take a dietary supplement.

2. Proteins: After calcium, proteins are the most important for healthy bones. Fish, poultry, meat, seeds, nuts, dairy products, eggs, beans and peas are rich sources of proteins.

3. Other nutrients: Vitamin D is important because it aids calcium absorption. Vitamins A and C, copper, zinc, magnesium and fluoride are also important nutrients. You should make sure you eat a balanced diet so that all these are included. You could eat loads of fruits, whole grains, meat, nuts, seeds, beans, etc.

Nail Care Information

Nails are just as important as your skin. Your nails contain a protein called keratin. Thus, you should be careful that your diet contains the protein in the required amounts. Those who choose crash diets or change their diet all of a sudden experience a change in their nail health. Nails can get brittle and thinner.

Remember that nails are not made of calcium or gelatine. It is thus a waste to take calcium supplements for your nails or drinking gelatine for them to grow faster. However, taking biotin supplements every day could help with the strength of your nails.

Many people experience nail splitting. There are many reasons behind this. Here are a few tips for you:

1. In order to prevent nail splitting, you should make sure you are kind to your nails.

2. Gentle care is of utmost importance. So make sure you don’t use your nails to open soda can tops or other packages.

3. Don’t ever peel your nail off when you see a split. File the edges and use a nail buffer to smoothen the surface. Doing this will stop the split right there.

4. Instead of filing your nails straight across, file them round. This will also increase their strength and decrease chances of splitting.

Don’t keep washing your hands all the time. Your nails will get dehydrated. Dehydration will increase chances of nail splitting. Once you wash your hands, be sure to moisturize them. When you wash dishes or go gardening, wear gloves to protect your nails. Cuticle oil is good for your nails.

If you love wearing nail polish, remember to always buy acetone-free nail polish removers. Acetone has the ability to dry your nails. Hence you must be careful and stay away from it.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type? Scary, isn’t it?

Skin cancer may be both genetic as well as induced because of the sun’s harmful radiations. In order to prevent any risks of skin cancer, you must protect yourself. Here are 8 ways for you to stay safe:

1. Sun Protection: Teach your kids the importance and harm of sun’s radiations from a young age itself. Let them know that excessive sun exposure could be very harmful for them.

2. High Sun: As much as possible, stay indoors from 10 AM to 2 PM because the sun’s radiations are worse during this time. Exercising this could indeed significantly decrease the chances of getting skin cancer.

3. Sunscreen: Don’t step out of your house without sunscreen even during the winters. Buy a sunscreen with at least SPF 20.

4. Reapply Sunscreen: Sunscreen won’t stay on all day. You have to keep reapplying it every 90 minutes and thus, if you are going to stay out for a long time, carry your sunscreen with you and reapply it when you go out in the sun or every one and half hour.

5. Clothing: Always choose protective clothing and wear sunglasses when you are going out in the sun.

6. Skincare: Examine your skin from time to time for skin abnormalities. If you see any changes or rashes appearing, go to a dermatologist before it gets worse.

7. Partner: You could ask your spouse or your friend to examine areas that you can’t see yourself such as your back to see if there is anything suspicious. You can do the same for them.

8. Check-up: If you have a family history of skin cancer, if you have many moles or freckles or if you are light skinned, you might need an annual check-up to find out the signs of skin cancer as soon as they develop and be safe.

Practical Ways to Fight Aging

Oh, aging is something we all dread but pre-mature aging is worse. Who’d want to look like they are in their 50s while they are still only in their early 30s? No one I know!!

But premature aging is a problem that most of us are facing. Some of the signs of aging include wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes, et cetera.

There are numerous products in the market that make big promises about aging. But do they really work? Some of them may but simply using these products is not enough. You need to have a realistic approach towards anti-aging in order to fight it. Here is some help:

 Eat well: The key to good health and the solution to all problems is a healthy diet. You need to include omega 3 fatty acids in your diet through foods such as salmon, olive oil, olives and avocado. Lutein, a carotenoid is also extremely helpful. Foods consisting of Leutin are corn, leafy vegetables and egg yolk. Leutin also protects you from UV radiations. Anti-oxidants are also important and you must include foods like berries, tomatoes and leafy vegetables in your diet.

 Hydration: Water is probably the best thing you could give your body. It is a superb anti-oxidant and thus flushes out the toxins naturally. Only when you are clean on the inside will you glow on the outside. Dehydration gives way to wrinkles and extremely dry skin. Thus, stay hydrated and always carry a bottle of water with you.

 Skin Care: Cleansing, Exfoliating and Moisturizing are a must. Use a good cleanser and wash your face twice a day. Exfoliate once a week and moisturizer everyday as soon as you step out of the shower.

 Protection from the Sun: This is very important. Sun’s radiations are very harmful and you need to protect yourself. It can cause your skin to dry, give you age spots, wrinkles and blemishes. In extreme cases, you could also have skin cancer. Use a good sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and wear sunglasses every time you step out.

A Healthy Green Bean Thanksgiving Side Dish

Did you know that the calorie trap is not actually the dessert? It is green beans. Green beans are loaded with calories. Hence, instead of adding up calories this Thanksgiving, here is an excellent green beans side dish with olive oil and feta that is healthy and low on calories! It is called the warm wine, green bean and feta salad.

You will need:

 Fresh green beans – 4 cups

 Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tbsp

 Chopped mushrooms – 2 cups

 Dry white wine – ¼ cup

 Onions, large, chopped – 1

 Minced garlic cloves – 2

 Salt and pepper

 Crumbled feta cheese – ½ cup

Method:

1. Heat the olive oil first and then add the onions. Cook for not more than 2 minutes before adding the cloves of garlic, green beans and mushrooms. Cook now for 6 minutes or until all the veggies soften.

2. Add the wine, pepper and salt. The wine needs to be cooked out. Add feta after removing the vegetables from the heat

3. Serve warm.

Freeze your Herbs

Fresh herbs are indeed the best. Fresh herbs give your dish an all new taste and make it even healthy because fresh herbs are rich in anti-oxidants too.

Just look online for procedures to freeze your herbs in ice trays and to use them. You will find step by step tutorials to aid you too. You can do this for oregano, mint and sage and keep them fresh with nutrients and taste for longer.

Freezing herbs is indeed very easy and of course very smart. Even thinking of it lightens me up and thus, I always follow this technique. Health experts approve of this enthusiastically.

You have no reason to think then. Go ahead!