“I’m on a diet”, “I can’t eat this and that because I’m on a diet”, “How many calories are there in this small bar of chocolate”…
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The diet culture has long affected people’s lives and it has gone into a whole different state where it became a lot more toxic than it should’ve been.
The diet culture is the unhealthy obsession with labeling “good’ and ‘bad’ foods, the constant struggle to lose weight fast, to be skinny like a model, and convincing yourself that this is normal.
Paranoia, anxiety, stress, anorexia, body dysphoria, and other eating disorders are all part of the toxic traits of the diet culture. People get so wrapped up in these ideas and thoughts that they stop everything they do to focus on how to execute their “genius” plan of losing weight.
The diet culture changed categories from a health issue/ healthy lifestyles to a pure business industry that “health” products are profiting of off.
Don’t get me wrong people sometimes need diet pan to stick to it and lose weight; whether for a health issue, or simply maintaining their body image. But in today’s world people stopped searching for ways to become healthy, they search for seasonal changes in their body because of what others might say if I went to the beach.
So for that and for many reasons, we will be tackling the diet culture in all its aspects and how to avoid it at all cost.
As of Tuesday’s post, we talked about the benefits of switching to a plant based diet. So this is your guide to doing so the healthy and easiest way!
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Here are seven simple strategies to help you easily transition to a wholesome, plant-based diet:
1- Start slow
Pick a few plant-based meals and rotate them through in a week. “Start with meals you have always enjoyed that just happen to be plant-based.
2- Cut down meat and processed food intake.
Instead of going cold turkey from the beginning, start by changing the proportion of plant and animal-based foods on your plate. This will give your mind and body time to accommodate to the new diet. Make simple changes like adding a large portion of salad or a fresh fruit bowl to your daily meals.
3- Go for plant-based breakfast.
Once you’ve tested the waters, you can take the next step by committing to eat at least one plant-based meal every day. A wholesome, vegetarian breakfast is a good place to start.
4- Stock up on healthy foods.
Take time to explore vegetarian and fresh produce aisles at your local supermarket. Stock up your kitchen with nutritious, plant-based foods and keep healthy snack options in easily accessible places like your bag, desk drawer, kitchen counter and fridge.
5- Keep your meals fun and exciting.
Focus on foods you like and ones that are easily accessible to you. Then learn new ways to make those simple recipes more fun and flavorful. Try out new recipes every now and then!
Lastly, keep in mind that any transition takes time. So try, make mistakes and test the waters to see hwta works for you and helps you keep your body in harmony.
Collagen is the new trend of 2021, different celebrities and tiktok dieticians are recommending collagen in all it’s form for the skin, hair and overall well-being. But is it something worth adding to your diet and do we really need new pills to take everyday?
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What is collagen?
Collagen is the magical stuff that keeps the skin plump and smooth, and it helps keep joints strong, too. The protein can be found naturally in the body’s muscles, skin, and bones, and makes up about 25 percent of your total body mass
Some Benefits of taking COLLAGEN supplements:
1- Improves skin health.
Collagen is a major component of your skin.
It plays a role in strengthening skin, plus may benefit elasticity and hydration. The wrinkle-reducing effects of collagen supplements have been attributed to their ability to stimulate your body to produce collagen on its own.
2- Helps Relieving joints pain
Collagen helps maintain the integrity of your cartilage, but as the amount of collagen in your body decreases as you get older, your risk of developing degenerative joint disorders such as osteoarthritis increases
3- Prevents bone loss
Your bones are made mostly of collagen, which gives them structure and helps keep them strong, just as the collagen in your body deteriorates as you age, so does bone mass.
4-Could boost muscle mass
This protein is necessary to keep your muscles strong and functioning properly.
Studies suggest that collagen supplements help boost muscle mass in people with sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass that happens with age
5- Promotes heart health
Collagen provides structure to your arteries, which are the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Without enough collagen, arteries may become weak and fragile
6- Hair and nails.
Taking collagen may increase the strength of your nails by preventing brittleness. Additionally, it may stimulate your hair and nails to grow longer.
So yes, taking collagen supplement is a huge plus to your daily skincare routine and overall well-being.
It’s Ja’s Lifestyle Approved!
A reminder, some supplements are made of different sources of allergies for some people. Read the ingredient list before taking the supplement.
All our lives, we’re wired to wait for big things to be happy about, a big announcement, big achievement are worth celebrating. But the process leading us to get that big announcement or achieve that big goal is important and there’s a rollercoaster of small successes that are worth celebrating that we ignore. (cute gifs are included)
Speaking of which, most of the time we get attached to big events happen that we get so sad while waiting to accomplish our goals, which delays our goal from happening.
So here’s how you can celebrate small successes and adopt a more celebratory approach to life.
1- Treat yourself
Go on that fancy dinner with your friends or alone too, buy something delicious or even a gift to congratulate yourself.
2- Take a day off
Spend a well-deserved, earned me day, celebrating and taking care of yourself.
3- Write your feelings
Writing your feelings about a happy event will help rewire your brain when things get bad one day.
4- Blast some celebrating music and have a dance party
Music is the body’s harmony, dance to the rhythm and forget the world around you, just celebrate yourself and your current reason for extreme happiness and joy.
5- Dress up for no reason
Dress up, for you alone at home, maybe cook a delicious dinner or go out have a fancy dinner with yourself
6- Go to dinner with your friends
Celebrating with your friends is a good way to share your happiness with.
7- Journal your small successful steps.
This way when you accomplish your goal, you’d have written proof of every little step you’ve gone through that lead you to your big accomplishment.
Working from home created a new chaotic household disaster. Moving your office, files, laptop, and your work stuff to your home has become a tricky business.
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But no problem has no solution at Ja’s Lifestyle! We had the honor of re-interviewing Jessica Abou Jaoude and get some ideas and a simple focus-list to turn your home into a more suitable office, that ensures your well-being, and helps you get your work done.
Stability comes first in this list as to its big importance in this process. Having a constant “Stable” place in your house that you can use all the time as your office, helps you get your work done faster, more efficiently, and so much easier.
Stay away from dining tables, the bedroom, and a very busy living room. Any place that can trigger unwanted distractions even falling asleep, should be avoided as much as possible. A closed balcony can do the work. It is spacious, bright, and isolated.
After deciding on the area of your new home office, it’s important to filter your choices based on 2 important things: A window in front of the desk, and behind us a wall and not another room.
Having a window right in front of your desk will help get the sunlight directly into the room, which will increase the room’s brightness to protect your eye vision. If there’s no window, choose a room with a painting in front of your desk. It is important to have a painting or a view in front of you, so you can look away and shift your focus to something natural other than your screen.
Choose an ambiance for your new home office that suits your style, but is comforting and professional at the same time. Who said you can’t be comfortable in your office while being focus and dedicated to finishes these files.
A coloring range can vary between white, light grey. oak. Some color that is light and sight comforting. Light colors make you feel in a wider space too, which can boost your motivation.
For decoration, you need to keep it simple as an office, but fuller as a house. You can add some plants, flowers, a piece of art hanging, or for example, dispose of a collection that you own of your interest. It is highly recommended to add a cactus next to your laptop, it can absorb the toxic radiations. The plants should be limited to oxygen providers ones.
Because it is your current everyday office, you need to keep everything organized and unmovable from the desk. For example, those files, these pens, papers, anything that you work constantly with, should always and never leave the desk. Plus you should buy yourself an office/desk chair it will help keep your posture straight.
Light is important, the more light there is in a room, the more energy it will provide you. The room where your new office is located should always have access to an abundant source of light. Natural and artificial. During the day, the sun will do its work of lighting the room, but working at night requires lots and lots of light to keep the work environment healthy.
You’ll need general lighting, and task lighting. General light will do the sun’s work during the day, (ceiling lamp), and task light is the focused light you put on your desk for details and no shadow over your paper. And go for cool lights and not warm light. Cool light will keep your brain awake while working at night, while warm light have the tendency to make you sleepy.