So I got myself, very generously, a few samples of great tea’s from teavivre.com. I must admit their Green Tea selection is amazing. The taste is very pure (not like any other I’ve tried) and it’s truly very genuine. If you do hope over to their site to try the teas,I highly suggest the following should be tasted as they are heavenly!
1) The Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) These are sort of long shaped leaves which can be used in very small amount to give you the most aromatic taste. Must try!
2) Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea, – This was my absolute favorite. It not only smells divine but tastes great too. A nice color is achieved after you make it just right. I usually add a sweetener to my teas but you don’t have to! It actually loosens up once it boils. Its like cute little rolled up pearls at first.
3) Taiwan Milk Oolong tea- These teas are getting really popular because they are extremely tasty! I must admit, I did not know about them until my friend brought some for me and I was hooked. I’m glad I got to taste
Teavivre’s oolong tea because it’s so yummy! Must try tea for those who haven’t. Oolong is very beneficial not only in weight loss efforts, but also boosts your metabolism. Adding such teas to your daily lifestyle is very good to keep an healthy weight..that is why I love to try all types of teas.
4) Ripened Aged Loose Puerh Tea- Puerh tea is of course a huge hype and it deserves to be because its great for weight loss and overall health. Having Puerh tea on a daily basis can help maintain your weight. Even celebrities drink it! It’s become quite popular. Teavivre’s Puerh teas are by far the best I have also come across. Great in taste and good for you is a major steal!
So I finally decided to work on my new design portfolio. I was tweaking a design I saw and absolutely loved it. I don’t know if I will go with this one or one of my personal designs, but for now, I’m loving the whole layout of it. Its easy to navigate through and will be easier for anyone looking to get to me as their designer. I can’t wait to start it up. Here’s a screenshot, tell me what you guys think of it: And yes this is me =) One of my newer pics.
Lately, I have become a Mac Addict! Everything I have been buying is Mac Mac Mac. From makeup to even skincare essentials, Mac has become a top favorite. Here are 3 products which I have recently tried and loved. I will be reviewing more in the near near future!
1) I didn’t know about mineralize charged water until I came across it, thanx to one of the mac girls. I’ve always been using FIX+ for a quick MAKEUP PICK ME UP and refreshing my face after I’ve applied makeup. Charged Water is great for that as well, if not better. It really refreshes instantly and the smell is real nice as well. I like charged water more now because it really provides that cooling after effect and your makeup instantly looks like you literally redid it (when I really don’t). I keep it in my purse when I don’t feel like carrying all my makeup for touch ups. Charged Water was definitely a good buy!
2) My next review is for Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15. I honestly at first did not want to buy this because I heard its usually for girls with almost perfect skin, and my skin is almost getting there lol. But no doubt, after putting this on, its sheer and natural but seriously hides the few flaws I do have and I was absolutely amazed how bright and nice my face looks! I can actually stop wearing super makeup when I feel like, thanx to studio tint. Studio Tint also has some great ingredients like Aloe Leaf and essential vitamins your skin needs. I haven’t broken out or anything. It actually creates a nice plump effect and makes your face look gorgeous, just like all the other Mac makeup. If you are trying to go for a more Natural makeup look or having a lazy day, Studio Tint is really good! It doesn’t dry out your face either.
It’s not easy to move and shift all the time, and trust me, I know. I think I’ve moved and shift houses so much in the past that it gets frustrating, yet weirdly enough, the vagabond status really gets fun sometimes. My mother, on the other hand, is enjoying visiting and seeing new places. I had one of my friends shift after years, so i know what she was going through. Throwing away and moving everything can be a big hassle. Now that she is in Florida, I can actually go there sometimes and have fun. She works in Disney World now, which, is super exciting.
I told her to get a car as soon as she can, because it would be a better investment to get that over renting a car. I personally love the Scion or the Nissan Sentra as a choice. She loves anything small and cute. The used car dealership of Florida has many great cars to choose from with financing available as well. You can make them an offer on the car you like after browsing through their inventory. I explained everything to my girl-friend. She has her eye on the 2009 Scion. Their auto market is great because you can choose from quality vehicles and be free of any dealer fees. It’s no hassle really.
After I told my friend to see what car she wants, getting her apartment was net on the list. Obviously there are tons of places to choose from and the prices were within her range. I currently moved to a new place myself and its been about a month without me really setting in. I still have A LOT left to do before I can get back into normal routine. Getting a car will definitely be the next thing on my agenda as well.
Arthritis can make it tough to do a number of everyday activities, but there is some relief—and it doesn’t always have to come in the form of medication. Here are some foods to avoid to help reduce joint inflammation and pain.
Meat and Dairy
While the ethical benefits of a vegan diet are sometimes called into question, the physical benefits are undeniable, especially when it comes to reducing the effects of arthritis. Studies indicate that people who eat a vegan diet (with no meat, fish, or dairy products) tend to have a lower rate of arthritis incidence, and among those that have arthritis, the effects are reduced. In particular, red meat has been shown to cause the most serious increases in joint pain because it contains a compound that triggers inflammation of the joints. For milk, the situation is a bit more complicated. Milk and other dairy products are high in nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, which work to strengthen the bones and joints. Some doctors recommend staying away from dairy at least temporarily to observe any possible benefits.
Whole grains can have a variety of important nutrients, so this category doesn’t need to be completely avoided. Fortified cereal and bread frequently comes with high vitamin C and vitamin A content, and both of these nutrients can be extremely helpful in alleviating discomfort as a result of arthritis. Still, studies indicate that a diet high in gluten can result in joint inflammation. This comes about as a result of the immune system’s response to gluten intake.
Nightshade vegetables are a class of vegetables that contain certain alkaloids that affect digestion and neurological function. In people with arthritis, they also tend to cause increased joint pain, as the solanine content in these vegetables leads to increased inflammation in the joints. There are a variety of vegetables that fall under the umbrella of nightshade vegetables, including potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and various spices. For people that love to eat potatoes, there is a way to minimize the effects of the alkaloid content: Identify green or sprouted parts of the potato to figure out how high the alkaloid content is, and slice off any sprouted areas thoroughly.
Caffeine might help you get through the morning, but if you suffer from arthritis, it might make it a lot harder for you to get through the day. This is because caffeine naturally leads to the loss of important nutrients in the body. A variety of nutrients are important for healthy joints and joint comfort, and drinking caffeine can reduce the effectiveness of these nutrients in reducing the effects of arthritis. Coffee with sugar is double trouble for those with arthritis, as sugar does not absorb nutrients and can lead to more problems for your joints.
Foods that Are High in Fat
Fat, in itself, does not have much effect on the joints, and, in fact, the proper fat intake each day is important for good digestion and consumption of nutrients. Foods that are high in fat, though, can lead to weight problems, and increased weight puts more stress on the joints. This category of foods to avoid is more about the natural effect than the chemical reaction of the food. If you weigh more, your joints will face more strain.
Alcohol is a detrimental for a variety of conditions, including for people that are perfectly healthy. For those with arthritis, one of the main concerns is that alcohol consumption results in reduced calcium processing in the body. Calcium deficiencies can cause problems with the bones and the joint tissues, meaning that, when possible, those with arthritis should try to stay dry.
Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.