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Healthy Life, Happy Life

Healthy Living

The Pursuit of Healthiness:

One of my main pursuits in life is the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. So many times I said to myself: “This is the day I start a healthy lifestyle”, and then within no time, I find myself sitting on my couch eating fried food and chocolate like a careless teenager, and a year goes by without me exercising.

For the last few months, I struggled to lose that 1.5 kg that is keeping me away from my perfect weight (perfect in my opinion of course). And I feel like my super fast metabolism is beginning to become normal now that I am in my early thirties.

I also read all these scary things about being “skinny fat”, meaning even though someone appears skinny on the outside, their body fat percentage can be high. So, even if you look good, your body composition may be wrong.

Anyway, I don’t know what changed in me a couple of weeks ago, but I had enough, and I suddenly started working seriously on achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

So, what does this “being healthy” goal consist of?:

  • Decrease body fat percentage:

Which also means gaining muscle. I don’t want to lose weight, I want to be fit.

  • Exercising regularly:

At least 3 times a week, in order to gain muscle and strengthen my whole body. I am currently doing the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, which you can check out on this link: https://www.kaylaitsines.com/collections/guides. That program is tough, every muscle will be sore for a long time, but it is worth it. I also walk & run on my treadmill.

  • Cooking more:

With as many organic ingredients as possible.

  • Rely on healthy food:

Vegetables (mainly green veggies); fruits (especially those with antioxidants); good fat sources (example: avocado, sweet potatoes); proteins (example: salmon, chicken, quinoa); and food high in fiber (such as lentils).

  • Drink A LOT of water:

Yeah, like all the time, until you hate it & you’re running to the bathroom every half an hour.

  • The cheat meal is a must:

You have to be able to keep enjoying the food you love. You only live once right? So have a cheat meal every once in a while.

  • Stay positive:

A healthy body is nothing without a healthy mind, staying away from stress (if possible) or finding ways to manage it.

Finally, I am no nutritionist or healthy lifestyle expert, but the above seem like the main things to do if you want to live a healthy life. And I will try to post as many healthy recipes as possible and make my best to be the best motivation for myself, and for you as well.

Here’s one recipe that I posted a while ago: http://mysimpleobsessions.com/chicken-potato-recipe/

Have a wonderful healthy journey!

 

 

 

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Coconut Oil Benefits

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

My obsession with coconut oil began when I was looking for ways to naturally whiten my teeth. But it turned out that it has benefits that go far beyond just that.

So after researching quite a bit about it, I went online and ordered a couple of jars of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Below are the ways in which I have been using it:

Oil Pulling

Yes, it is the latest trend out there, but it is more than just a trend.

 “Oil pulling, also known as “Kavala” or “Gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 15-20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health”.

Be careful not to swallow the oil during the process, because you’ll be swallowing all the toxins and bacteria. After finishing, spit out the oil in the trash and not in the sink.

I personally oil pull with a teaspoon of coconut oil every morning on an empty stomach for exactly 15 minutes. Some people use organic sesame oil, which is supposed to be just as good, if not better.

Reported Benefits of Oil Pulling:

– promotes oral hygiene (whiter teeth, Cavity and gingivitis prevention, better breath, stronger teeth and gums)
– detoxes the body
– reduces headaches/migraines
– improves skin
The list in long and some claim it can also help cure some diseases!

Create a Whitening Toothpaste Using Coconut Oil

I Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda with a bit of coconut oil (just enough to make a paste), and I brush my teeth with it for 2 minutes two times a week. I brush with regular toothpaste afterwards.

I used to mix bicarbonate soda with fresh lemon juice and brush with the mix to whiten my teeth, but this mix is stronger and can weaken the enamel.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

I live in Dubai, and almost everybody here suffers from dry skin and hair due to the hot weather. Regular store bought conditioners and masks will surely help, put I prefer to use an organic product and stay away as much as possible from chemicals.

So, once a week, I apply coconut oil all over my hair and let it sit for 6 or 7 hours, putting it overnight with a hairnet is a good idea to people who can’t do it during the day.

Moisturizing with Coconut Oil

I make sure to moisturize with coconut oil as much as possible, I mostly use it under my eyes, on my hands and sometimes all over my face.

Make sure to try it first on a small patch of skin, to see if you’ll have an allergic reaction or sensitivity to this oil. Some people report breakouts, so you’ll just have to try it and see if it suits your skin.

Overall, it can’t hurt to try natural products, especially coconut oil, because it has no way of harming you (unless you’re allergic) and it is also edible. I am not saying it can or should totally replace your other products, but why not add it to your daily beauty regimen?

Make sure you buy the organic virgin coconut oil and nothing else because otherwise you won’t get the same benefits; and for oil pulling, you’ll have to put it in your mouth, so it better be edible & organic.

I ordered Coconut Oil from www.organicfoodsandcafe.com but you can also find it in supermarkets.

Did you get on board the coconut oil train? Let me know your thoughts!

Coconut Oil Benefits
Coconut Oil can help improve a lot of beauty/health issues!
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