4 Simple Ways to Cleanse the Body

The process of detoxing is one that is often talked about in the health and wellness sector. Essentially, this involves people making certain lifestyle changes that help to clear the body of toxins which are things that cause negative health effects.

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People do this through various different methods. Some will use specific programs designed by companies like nutritionalcleanse.co.uk, while others will choose their own path. In our daily lives, we constantly come into contact with substances that may cause us harm – they are pretty much impossible to avoid. Your body is constantly working to remove these toxins, so here are a few ways that you can give in a helping hand.

Choose the Best Foods

What you put into your body on a regular basis makes all the difference. So, you can help your body out by avoiding some of the toxins that you put into your body in the first place. In many cases, making the distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad food types should be fairly obvious. Foods that are heavily processed should be avoided as much as possible, while organic fruits and vegetables will provide you with various essential nutrients. What constitutes a detoxifying diet really varies from person to person, and while some decide to live a vegan lifestyle, others go for an all-juice cleanse.

Exercise and Meditation

Both exercise and meditation can work side-by-side in a good program of detoxing. Exercising causes you to sweat which, in turn, promotes the release of toxins through the skin. And many people also view detoxifying the mind as an important part of this process which is where meditation comes in. When you have a lot of negative thoughts running through your mind, the physical body can end up not functioning as well as it could do.

Purify the Air You Breathe

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If you are breathing clean air, you can reduce your overall exposure to toxins. Obviously, you can’t control the whole environment, but you can make a difference in your own home. One of the ways that you can make a difference is through an air purification device, but a more natural way of affecting the air within your home is with a few house plants which help to filter out the air.

Drink More Water

Pretty much every piece of information that you find regarding detoxifying includes drinking more water. All of the body’s most basic functions require plenty of water, and removing waste through perspiration and urine are just two of them. Many people substitute water for some kind of alternative, but pure water is always going to be the best substance to drink. If you are one of those people who forgets to drink enough water, try setting a reminder on your phone.

The best kind of detoxifying requires various different lifestyle changes, and the above methods are just a few of the most common. Try a few to see what a difference they could make to your health and life.   

  

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How To Actually Be Happy With The Way You Look

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Everybody has some grievance with their appearance, but that’s to be expected. We notice the blemishes that nobody else notices and we see the small weight gains or losses that nobody else notices. If you want to be happy with the way you look then you need to make changes for yourself. That’s the most important thing. Don’t look the way you think other people want you to look. Act on your behalf. Here are some tips to help you on that journey.

Exercise and dieting.

People have such a bad relationship with these two things, and it’s because we often fall into the trap of thinking there are only two extremes: you either go hard or you don’t do it at all. This isn’t the case. Exercising could mean a 10 minute jog around your local park; you don’t need to hit the gym for 10 hours. Eating well isn’t about starving yourself either. You can cut out some bad foods, but you need the good foods (not all calories are evil). You might want to read about the HCG diet because it’s also a fascinating approach to losing weight and being healthier; there’s a strong link between the HCG hormone and your metabolism, so it could help your efforts. Of course, there is no magic fix, and even methods such as this require your adherence to a strict diet and exercise regime.

If the thought of exercising and eating well frustrates and bores you then you’re approaching it in the wrong way. It shouldn’t seem like a chore. You need to find something that works for you. Rather than banning sugary snacks from your life, have the occasional biscuit or chocolate bar as a treat after a healthy and balanced meal (you’ll enjoy it more). What matters is finding a diet you can stick to permanently; a good variety will help with this because you won’t be starving yourself of anything important in your diet and you won’t feel the need to suddenly binge on snack foods because you’ll be getting a good filling variety of proteins, nutrients, vitamins, and so on. Eating a good combination of vegetables, fruits, and low-sugar high-protein foods is a good start. You’ll have the appearance you want, and you’ll be doing it in a healthy way.

Your skin.

If you want to improve the appearance of your skin then that probably says a lot about your health. Of course, that’s a good thing; you now have the motivation to look after your body more effectively in that you want your skin to look nicer. What you might not realize is that even things as simple as sleep deprivation and not drinking enough water could be leading your skin to look dry or acne-ridden. You need water to keep your skin hydrated, and you need sleep so that your body can repair its damaged cells. Stop denying yourself both of these things and you’ll definitely notice an improvement in your skin’s appearance.

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Fashion and confidence.

Fashion is a huge factor in your appearance, but confidence is the biggest part of this. Why do you think celebrities look good even when they make wacky and “vintage” fashion decisions? The answer is that they’re confident in the way they look. In fact, you’ve probably seen people walk down the street in bold clothes before. They don’t look better in that thing than you; they just feel better in it than you would, and that’s why it works for them. You just need to find a style that makes you comfortable. The only objectively crucial thing is that the clothes fit you well too. Go for that tailor-made look.

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5 Tips To Keep Your Body Looking Tanned For Longer

Now and over the next six weeks, there’ll be a special breed of human returning to the UK after lapping up the sun in a far-flung, exotic destination: The Tanned Man/Woman. These folks walk among us, looking healthy, attractive, and as if they have a tale or two to tell. You might be one yourself. If you are, you’ll want to hold on to this state of being for as long as possible. Below, we offer five tips that’ll help you keep your tan for as long as possible.

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Know How To Tan

A longer lasting, more even tan begins with knowing how to get that healthy glow in the first place. We know, it can be tempting to lie in the sun for as long as possible, waiting for the sun to do its thing. But this is a mistake. The best method is tan slowly. You’ll need to wear plenty of sun lotion and avoid spending too long in the sun at any one time. Start small; say, 20 minutes or so of sun exposure, and then gradually increase it as the holiday moves along.

Keeping Skin Healthy

Any degree of tan is a form of skin damage, but it’s not one that’ll cause you any long term effects if you’ve tanned properly. However, you’ll still need to correct the ‘damage’ that you’ve done to your skin, and this means making sure you have plenty of remedies in your cupboards. Throw on enough skin care products to keep your skin from drying out, and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, too. It’s an essential part of keeping your skin sufficiently moisturized.

Trick of the Eye

You might want to buy some new clothes when you’re back in the UK. Remember, a tan is all relative. When you were in the Mediterranean (or wherever you hopped to), you’ll have looked positively pasty next to the locals. Back in England, you’ll look tanned. You can accentuate this look by wearing colours that bring out your brown look, specifically white. Even when your tan fades slightly, there’ll still be signs of that tan.

You’ve Made It, Now Fake It

Your tan doesn’t have to be entirely natural. You might have picked up your tan from tanning yourself on the beaches of Europe, but you’ll have few opportunities to keep your tan topped up when you’re back in grey old Blighty. Pick up a bottle of fake tan and gradually blend it in as your tan begins to fade. People will already be used to seeing you with a tan, so it’ll all look natural – whether you decide to tell them the truth is entirely up to you.

Back on the Plane

Not that you needed another excuse to head back to the sunshine, but…tans do work best when they’re spread out over a longer period. If you had the option, it would be better to have two single week holidays two months apart, rather than having a two-week trip all in one go.

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Holiday Hacks For Great Summer Skin

It may feel a little bit like we have had our summer over here in the UK, but we should have some more warm temperatures coming up. One of the things that many people forget is that during the summer, or skin needs to be taken care of slightly differently than in winter or colder months. There are some subtle differences in the care that your skin needs in summer, but it is good to pay attention to them to make sure that your skin is looking as good as it can be.

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Protect Your Pout

 

Our lips can get dried out in the heat of a sunny day (so this is especially important when you’re on holiday and out in the sun all day). So make sure that you look for a lip balm to use as a base that has sunscreen in it, and make sure that you reapply it regularly. There are many products out on the market that do have SPF in as a lip balm. But one that works for your lips, as well as other areas on your face is from La Prairie and their Ultimate Protection Stick. As you might imagine it is a little pricey, but if you’ve got it in your budget, then it can be worth it, especially if you’re prone to dry skin on your face and lips.

 

Keep Cool

 

When you’re on holiday, it is important to keep as cool as possible. You don’t want to overheat your skin as it can lead to some other problems with your health. Plus, it can lead to quite leathery looking skin if you never give your skin a break from it all. A face spray mist is a good idea to have with you. They help to cool your skin as well as giving it a quick burst of hydration. So if you are going away on holiday soon, that needs to be in your beauty and skin essentials.

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Use Sunscreen

 

This is pretty much a no-brainer in summer, right? And especially on very intensely hot days. When we damage our skin from the sun, it can lead to it breaking and getting dehydrated, as well as possibly some further complications later in life. So always use a sunscreen! One of the best ways to protect yourself, at least on your face, is choosing a foundation with a built-in sunscreen. Pretty much all of them have it these days but do check for cheaper brands.

 

If you suffer from acne, then the sun can be a help to your skin. The UV rays can help it to heal. So you need to check that the sunscreen you are using just blocks the sun’s harmful rays and not the ones that can help your skin. Having said that, there are options for you. For acne sufferers, gels such as duac, can be bought online and they can work as a base to help clear your skin, before applying your normal foundation (with SPF). Have you ever had to use anything like that before?

 

Cold Showers

 

After a hot day out on the sun, and even after a busy commute, having a hot shower can make your skin dry out even more. It also delays the cooling down of your skin too. So the best thing to do is to have cool showers after a hot day. There are many benefits to it. It will help to cool your skin, as well as help to stop you from sweating excessively (gross in two ways; smell and dehydration). It also helps your skin to close its pores, which is more likely to lead to clearer skin, especially if they have been open in the heat all day. Left open can lead to more spots. So something to think about, right?

 

Drink Red Wine

 

In summer you might prefer something colder, but there are reports that red wine can act as an anti-inflammatory. So if you have some mild sunburn, something that is naturally found in the skin of red grapes can decrease the redness and help it to heal. I mean, you could have a bowl of grapes instead. But red wine sounds like a better option. Cheers!

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Wide Brim Hats

 

Not only do these look good, but they are actually going to help to keep you safer in the sun. Smaller hats, like a baseball cap or a trilby, aren’t going to protect you from the sun coming in at all angles. So if you’re heading away on your summer holiday, this is a must in your suitcase. Team with a pair of oversized sunnies and you’ll be looking and feeling good all holiday.

 

Eat Plenty of Water-Based Fruit and Veg

 

We all know that drinking plenty of water is not only good for our skin but is a vital part of staying hydrated over summer. But another way to get some extra water into your body, without having to drink more and more water, is to eat a diet that is full of watery fruits and vegetables. To me, that is pretty perfect, as there is nothing more that you want than some watermelon on a hot day! All members of the melon family are good choices, as well as things like cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, strawberries, celery, pineapple, and spinach.

 

Treat Sun Spots

 

If you’re my age, it probably won’t be too much of a problem. But as we age, we can find that the sun can give us some dark spots, or sun spots (melasma) after being out in the sun for a while. There are fade creams out there that can be applied at night to help, though. Clinique has one that I’ve heard good things about, so that might be worth a try if you do suffer. It is best to treat them as and when they occur rather than just leaving them.

 

Are there any other summer skincare tips and tricks that you would add to the list?

 

 

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Miss Pork Pie’s Make Up – Collection Mulberry Burst Lipstick Review

I never used to be that interested in lipstick, but over the last few months, since I decided to buy MUA totally nude lipstick I haven’t stopped wearing it! I feel totally wrong going out without something on my lips, kind of like many of us feel if we leave the house without mascara!?

This time I decided to go for a bold colour, something that would stand out a bit more. I went for Mulberry Blast by Collection. As you can see, it’s going to make much more of a statement than my nude lippy!

Price wise I think it’s very reasonable, it cost me only £2.98 from Boots and it’s also currently in the 3 for 2 offer, the cheapest item being free. I didn’t go for that deal this time, but I certainly plan on going back to take advantage of it!

The lipstick claims to be long lasting, and I was quite dubious as I always somehow manage to wear through my lipstick all of the time. I was pleasantly surprised. It lasted about 2 hours before having to touch it up, and in that time I had eaten and drank too so I agree with the long lasting claims!

It’s a nicely textured lipstick, how you’d imagine it to be really, it glides on easily and feels nice when you rub your lips together. I did find that I had to apply it quite liberally though, as the colour didn’t hide my natural lip colour straight away.

Over all I am really happy that I bought this lipstick, and I have already gained so much use from it! For that kind of price you really can’t complain!

Has anyone else tried the Collection long lasting stay range? What did you think?

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Big news in the Miss Pork Pie Household!

I am super excited to be able to share with you all the news that I have taken the leap and decided to become a full-time blogger! It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for ages, but never thought I’d achieve, at least not for a while anyway.

It all came about because I have been really struggling to find childcare for Dinky over the summer holidays. There are plenty of people that could and would help me but I just couldn’t expect them to have him 5 days a week for the whole 6 week period. I really struggled to pull it together last summer holidays, and even on just the half term holidays I sometimes only just scraped it together.

So I went into work and asked if I could reduce my hours so that I’d be able to work in the afternoons when Dinky could go to my parent’s for a few hours. It seemed like the perfect plan. Unfortunately, my employers couldn’t offer me the hours I was after, so understandably I was told to keep my hours or resign. It really hit me hard, to be honest, I felt stupid because I’d assumed that everything would work out okay. Now though I was faced with a decision to either beg for childcare from my friends and family or to leave my job that I’d worked hard at for two years.

Dinky always comes first, that’s a given but if I can’t provide for him and support and earn money alongside Mr. Pie’s wage then what use is it being at home? So that’s where I decided to jump in feet first and become a full-time blogger. I’ve been blogging as a hobby for three years now and more recently than not my views have started rocketing, and I’ve been offered work from various brands. I’ve had to turn a few away because of working full time but I know that once I’m at it full time I can take on so much more.

I have also recently started taking on some freelance writing jobs for various people/companies, which I plan on continuing once I have finished my current job.

I am really looking forward to beginning this journey into becoming self-employed. I am going to be doing vlogs on mental health, beauty, and parenting. I also have many other ideas in the pipeline, but for now, I’d love to hear any ideas that could help me get going or even share your stories on how you became a full-time blogger.

 

Much love xx

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Miss Pork Pie’s Make Up – MUA totally nude lipstick review

I have always found it hard to find lipstick that actually looks good on me!

I have quite plump lips naturally and I’m very aware how much they stand out on their own, never mind with lippy on! I also have very red skin due to my psoriasis so I don’t really like wearing too much red, otherwise I end up looking like a tomato.

I managed to pick up a super sexy nude lippy last week from MUA. I went for the totally nude shade which really suits my skin colour.

Even better, it was £1.00! Who can argue at that?!

It’s fairly long lasting and glides on my lips so nicely. The coverage seems kind of thick at first but it’s such a velvety feeling on your lips that you get used to it!

I’ve worn in everyday since and felt more confident about wearing lipstick than I have ever felt.

Has anyone else got any make up bargains they’d like to share?

Much love xxx

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5 tricks you NEED to follow to successfully lose weight (and not go without your favourite foods!)

So to kick off #WeightlossWednesday I am going to share with you 5 tricks you should follow to successfully lose weight, and with the added bonus of still being able to enjoy your favourite foods!

Let’s face it we all know how to eat healthily. We all know that an apple will be better for your health than a bag of crisps, but the crisps taste better. So what if there was a way we could have best of both worlds? Well there is and I’m going to tell you how. I’ve basically taken the best and most useful bits out of every diet I’ve ever tried and popped a bit of common sense in there.

  • Drink plenty of water

This is one tip I will be pushing everyone to make sure they do. Quite often the symptoms of thirst trick the mind and body into thinking it’s hungry. So if you feel hungry, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. If you still feel hungry after that then it is hunger and you should eat.

Water is also the best way to keep your body hydrated, which in turn will make your skin glow, your nails longer and your hair stronger.

  • Listen to what your body wants.

When you are eating, really notice what your body is telling you. After you have established that your body is actually hungry, you need to retrain your brain and your body to realise when you’re full and need to stop eating. The best way to do this is put your cutlery down between each bite and chew slowly. Once the feeling of hunger has gone then stop eating. This may result in you eating little and often, but this is easier for your body to work off.

But remember – if you’re not sure if you’re hungry, water first, everything else comes later.

  • Everything in moderation

You’ve probably heard that a thousand times and probably hate it when someone gives you that advice but trust me, it’s the best way of losing weight and still being able to enjoy your favourite foods. Use the same principle as my last point, only eat your desired food until the feeling of hunger goes. Also remember that you should be putting nutrition into your body. Over time your body will begin to stop craving “goodies” and it will crave more of the nutrition.

Another good way of keeping things in moderation is to reward yourself for victories along your journey. For example you walked to work instead of taking the bus all week. Having one chocolate bar will not undo all of that hard work you have done to eat healthily, especially if you keep up your activity levels.

 

  • Exercise

Another thing that a lot of people don’t want to hear. People often picture exercise as countless hours in the gym on the treadmill. This is an option but exercise is any form of movement that gets your heart rate up.

As I previously mentioned, walking to work (if possible) will up your exercise massively and you will see those pounds drop off. If you’re stuck for exercising ideas I always browse Pinterest for ideas. Another site I have found inspiration from is http://www.mensfitness.com/training/workout-routines/8-at-home-workouts-to-lose-weight-and-build-muscle

  • Use your common sense.

You know that a glass of coke isn’t as good for you as water, you know a chippy dinner is worse than a grilled chicken salad. What I’m saying is use your common sense when making your meal decisions. It doesn’t mean that coke and chips are banned it just means that having them more often than not is a no go.

Here are some ideas for some healthier alternatives to junk food – https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/healthy-alternatives-for-favorite-junk-foods

If you follow these simple tricks you will lose weight.

Remember to link up to #WeightlossWednesday every week to find out how everyone has done!

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I challenge YOU to better yourself.

Who’s up for a challenge?

I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for years now. I’ve tried everything from weight watchers to slim fast, slim pod, slimming world, crash diets, boot camp and even “magic” pills.
None of these worked for me because I felt like I couldn’t eat certain things. After a few days or weeks of eating like a rabbit I would give in and binge out on crap.

I’ve been feeling like I’m always going to be overweight, and for a while I’ve not really cared too much until recently when I saw some photos of myself at a family get together. I felt sick looking at how bad I’ve let myself down. I’m don’t just look big, I look unhealthy.

So the challenge…

I challenge anyone out there that wants to lose weight or improve their health to join me. I will be doing weekly posts to share my success and I’m inviting you to all leave your links so myself and everyone else can read your blogs. We can all encourage eachother.

Here are the 5 tricks you NEED to follow to successfully lose weight (and not go without your favourite foods!)
I run a Twitter account that I plan on sharing the best tips and tricks, and also motivation for all of us! Follow me over at www.twitter.com/missporkpie

I also run a Facebook group over at www.facebook.com/missporkpie – come along and join me in improving your health!

I am going to be using the hashtag #WeightlossWednesday – I hope you will all join me!

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