9 Foods an Athlete Would Never Eat

You may not be a particularly athletic person, but there is always something to be learnt from those nutritionists who advise athletes as to their diets. The bottom line is that athletes need to be healthy, fit and at the top of their game to compete successfully. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, stop wheezing when you run for the bus or want to improve whatever amateur physical recreation you indulge in, it cannot be unhelpful to hear which foods an athlete would never eat and why. You could ignore this advice of course, or seek further information (and there are always many conflicting views and caveats/angles when it comes to discussing healthy eating) but you ignore it at your peril.
An athlete’s diet is more than just calories in and calories out—it’s fuel for performing. The right foods increase your energy, promote muscle growth, and aid in muscle repair (and general health). The wrong ones set you back. Or worse. Foods absent in nutrition like artificial sweeteners have no place in an athlete’s diet, or in your diet. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips used to be an old saying in the UK. It still applies. You want food that provides you with goodness, not food that does nothing except load up your fat cells. Here we go:
Canned soup might be convenient, but because they have to have a long shelf price, they are over- processed and often have added sodium (salt). That equals high blood pressure and little nutritional value. The solution: make your own soups. They are easy to freeze.
Rice cakes have long held a “healthy” reputation in the panoply of “good” fields, but the staple diet snack is practically empty—both nutritionally speaking and often in terms of flavour. They do boast a low calorie count, but then so does eating air. Athletes need calories to keep their energy levels up. And so do you. These are non-foods that will not make you feel full, satisfy you are provide you with energy.
Alcohol is tricky. Obviously it is banned anytime near an event because it can be a temporary performance enhancer, but ultimately it’s a no-no for athletes and should only be used in moderation for the rest of us. What serious athlete do you know shotguns beers or throws back shots on a regular basis? Too much booze slows muscle recovery, impairs motor skills, and decreases strength and sprint performance. It’s also a diuretic, so it dehydrates you. So athletes, just say no, for the rest of us, cut down.
We’ve been told since the Ark that artificial sugar is bad for you, but having too much of the real thing is just as bad. Too much sugar also causes a spike in insulin, priming your body to store more fat. There’s usually quite enough sugar in processed foods, so you shouldn’t have that spoonful in a tea or on your cereal.
When it comes to the next three- pastas, rice and bread, the divide is between white and not white. The bottom line is that white foodstuffs in this category are processed. That means stripped of natural nutrients and fibre. Always stick to whole-grain products; those derived from white flour are not going to give you lasting energy.
Popcorn. No no and thrice no! Saturated with unhealthy fats, huge levels of sodium, and in some cases, laced with chemicals, popcorn does not fuel an athlete’s body for a strenuous training session. It will also be a poor food for Mr and Ms Average, containing little your body will thank you for.
Granola. Looks and even sounds healthy right? Granola might seem 100% healthy with its fibrous oats as the base. Butmost versions of the cereal come stacked with high amounts of sugar, unnecessary fat, and an excess amount of calories. Do you really only have the minute ¼ cup serving recommended by nutritionists? A bowl of plain oats with a spoon or scoop of nut butter is a much better alternative.
So, athlete, aspiring athlete, or just some ordinary Joe Jo who wants to get a bit healthier, avoid the 9 foods listed here!

Best Diets: Some Myth-busting

I guess you could say that the best diets are those that work! But its horses for courses as they say, and a diet that will suit and work for one person may not be a major mojo for someone else. There’s no shortage of people and companies ready to impart their knowledge, expertise, experience, and… it has to be said prejudices- sometimes for free, sometimes for money.
So do you think that losing weight is a simple issue of burning more calories that you are consuming?Zoë Harcombe, nutritionist and author of Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight (£9.99, amazon.co.uk) has a view. She says to get the best from your diet, you need to separate fact from fiction when it comes to nutrition so she was asked her to de-bunk some common diet myths to get you on track to eating right- or at least stop you wasting your time (and possibly money).
MYTH ONE: One shouldn’t eat Egg yolks (that’s the yellow middles) when dieting
Zoë busts the myth: From a micronutrient perspective, virtually all the vitamins and minerals of an egg are in the yolk. The whites have no vitamin A, D, E and K, and only a fraction of the B vitamins contained in the yolks. Egg yolks have almost 20 times the calcium of just the whites and nearly 30 times the iron. You’ll also feel more full from eating the whole egg and that should stop you feeling hungrier later in the day. Combine eggs for breakfast with some complex carbs like wholegrain toast to help to keep your blood sugar levels even. So eggs on toast gets a thumbs up!
MYTH TWO: Calorie-counting is a must to fight weight gain
Zoë busts the myth telling us that while Calorie-counting offers short-term weight loss gains, in the long term it’s not practical to count every single calorie consumed. In a review of 80 weight loss studies it was found that the pounds started piling back on approximately six months after dieting, regardless of the level at which study participants cut calories and increased physical activity. Calorie-counting can play havoc with your metabolism, and after you reach a plateau you’ll have no-where left to progress to and you can only end up back where you started.
You can lose weight by eating food consisting mostly of lean protein that is found in fish, chicken and pulses, “good”non-saturated fats (such as nuts and seeds), and the occasional complex carbs like brown rice. If you fill 50% of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, such as leafy green salads, tomatoes and peppers you’ll be well on your journey to lose excess pounds.
MYTH THREE: Fruit juice counts as 1 of my 5 a day
Zoë says: Yes, Fruit is real food, but fruit juice is a processed food commonly devoid of nutrients and often with added sugar and/or colourings. After you drink it, you get a rush of glucose in your blood stream that makes the body release insulin to help return levels to normal. This also happens when you eat fruit, but the fibre in apples, pears and the like reduces the insulin response. Fruit juice is also full of the sugar fructose, which is bad news if you’re watching your weight, as it’s turned into fat in your liver. Vegetable juices are better; cucumber, carrot, lemon, yellow pepper, celery and beetroot are great to make an energising start to the day drink.
MYTH FOUR: Fat should be cut off steak
Zoë says: Fat is vital. Without it, we’d die! It provides essential fatty acids that we obtain from food. It carries the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, needed for every cell of the body from eyes to bones. Eating fat doesn’t cause the insulin spikes you get from carbs, so you’ll stay fuller for longer and probably eat less overall. But don’t overdo it. Red meat is an essential element of a balanced diet for non-vegetarians as it’s full of protein and iron. However once a week is enough- your main protein should come from pulses like chickpeas and beans, omega 3-rich oily fish such as herring, mackerel and pilchards and for its B vitamin content, chicken.

Tips to Make Yourself look Great

In no particular order here are a brace of tips to enhance your look and make you feel good about yourself. Some are blindingly obvious (but worth repetition) while others may take you by surprise!
 First up is… Sleep. You should always try to get at least eight hours sleep a night. It not only calms the body but also soothes the soul. And come on, we all know what we look like when we’ve had a very late night and look in the mirror in the morning…

 Next get yourself a Classic Barrette. Because just slipping a simple curved clip into your hair behind one ear shows that you have got understated chic. Just the one mind!

 Get a decent thick body builder for your hair. Mousse makes your hair both look and feel thicker. Make sure you distribute the foam evenly: New York City hairstylist Cedric Celik tells you to put a big dollop in your hand, run a wide-tooth comb through it, then drag the comb from roots to tips. Got that?

 How about a spot of line eraser? Have you come across the latest hyaluronic acid filler, Belotero? It fills lines around the eyes and lips and plumps under-eye hollows, reputedly without the occasional side effects (tiny bumps, a blue tinge) of other fillers; tiny bumps and/or a slight colour tinge.Ok it’s serious intervention, but it lasts 6 months.

 How about a visit to the salon for a quick trim? Just taking taking one inch of hair away can add volume to your style and re-freshen your overall look. It’s also nice to be pampered and to catch up on any local gossip!

 Here’s a quick one that you can do almost anywhere. Slow deep breathing for just 2-5 minutes is great for calming your nervous system and sending away any tensions you may have. The tranquillity and sense of peace also shows in your face and enhances your looks. Here’s how to do it: Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat this cycle until 2-5 minutes have passed. See? Feel better already!

 Refresh your eyes without using any beauty product. Soak a thin piece of cloth such as a thin flannel or old T-shirt in cold soy milk and lay it over your eyes while lying down.
Soy milk is a terrific anti-inflammatory; it also hydrates to smooth fine lines. Cheap too!

 Here’s a great little trick for a magical manicure. First apply one coat of Essie Repstyle Nail Polish (around £10) maybe the silvery Snake, Rattle and Roll and deep green Crocadilly—then hold the magnetized cap over each nail. Hey Presto! A snakeskin pattern appears like magic. Fascinating!

 Finally never underestimate the relaxation and satisfaction you can have with a warm bath, scented candles, and a little ambient music. After a long tiring day…Bliss!

Short-Haired Summer Solutions:Fight the Frizz!

Short hair is becoming much more fashionable these days. You see it out in the streets and on the runways of London, Milan, Paris, Tokyo and New York. Whereas a lioness mane of long hair was the norm a few years ago, more and more often you will see a pixie, a shag, a bob, a lob, to name just a few short hair styles. The styles were great for Spring- but what happens when summer hits? Your hair can get fluffy, frizzy and ends split. In a word your lovely short hair can begin to look tired and uncool. Your friends with long hair can simply have a side braid or top-knot or some other temporary device to get their hair off of their necks.
Tim Rogers is a hairstylist at the Sally Hershberger Salon in New York, creative director for Living Proof, and short-hair expert. He has worked with Linda Evangelista, Carey Mulligan, and Kate Moss to name a few. He gave advice on what to avoid and what to seek out to help you through a hot summer (or a holiday in a hot climate).
You should avoid products with silicones and oils. It may seem that weighing down your hair will give you more control but the reality is that oil and silicone are porous to humidity, so they may not be the things to fight the frizz. Instead he recommends Living Proof’s PHD Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. It works so well because it has OFPMA, which is a combination of two molecules that smooths frizz and enhances a lustrous shine. There’s an added benefit; unlike de-frizzers that rely on silicones, it won’t turn fine hair greasy the next day— which is often an unwanted fall-out from a de-frizzer. Another tip is to avoid thing to water. Water is one of the more common base ingredients in hair products, but anything with a high water content isn’t going to be particularly effective against frizz
Another common summer trick to make yourself cooler is to get your hair off of your face, such as by using a headband or barrette. But they can look a little too sweet and nerdy. Try a thin double-stranded headband or a head wrap that covers the tops of your ears. A good quality one of either can look really stylish and cool.
You should also wash your hair every day. It’s a good idea to start out the day with nice clean hair because you’re going to get more control that way, and it will be easier to layer in your hair products.
Finally, a suggestion. Go see the seminal Robert Palmer Addicted to Love video with the red-lipped black-haired girls playing the instruments accompanying him. Slicked-back hair is still a great look. Your hair looks wet, but isn’t- but you don’t want it to be crunchy and stiff. The solution recommended is to smooth a generous amount of Shu Uemura Art of Hair Fiber Lift gel through your hair and comb it back. That’s all you need to do except perhaps get some of that iconic ultra-red lipstick from the video!

V&A Fashion from a Bygone Age

The Victoria & Albert museum in central London(often abbreviated as the V&A), is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Not everything shown there is old: One of the most talked about recent exhibitions there was of the music, art, costume and life of the pop-star and one-time Ziggy Stardust- David Bowie and featured many of his outrageous stage costumes, lyric sheets, music equipment and a lot more.
The museum’s costume collection is the most comprehensive in Britain, and anyone who has even the slightest interest in fashion should spend some time there. It contains over 14,000 outfits plus accessories, mostly dating from 1600 to the present. Practical reasons mean that the collection is dominated by fashionable clothes made for special occasions and therefore preserved at the time they were made; people’s day-to-day wear tended to be hand-me-down until it was no longer viable and therefore very few clothes of that sort remain (although there are photos and drawings of what they looked like).
The museum got a real boost just before the First World War in 1913 when the V&A was gifted the Talbot Hughes collection containing 1,442 costumes and items as a gift from nearby famous department store, Harrods.
The collection includes such invaluable items as the wedding suit of James II of England. Collections subsequently acquired include items worn by Audrey Hepburn and Ruth Ford and works from the world’s best fashion designers. These include almost anyone who has been anything in the fashion world in the last 50 years-Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Guy Laroche, Norman Hartnell, Zandra Rhodes, Hardy Amies, Mary Quant, Christian Lacroix, Jean Muir and Pierre Cardin. Because it’s a living, breathing, museum its collection is constantly receiving new material- if you’ll excuse the pun.
The V&A runs a world-renowned textile and dress conservation programme. As an example a few years ago an important but heavily soiled and water-damaged 1954 Dior outfit called “Zemire” was restored to displayable condition for the Golden Age of Couture exhibition.
The clothing featured at the exhibition draws attention to the very high level of skill in dressmaking and design carried out by dressmakers and tailors in Victorian times. Being so skilled labour intensive they clothes of this period were expensive to make -they were high fashion comparable to today’s haute couture. A lot of (mainly male) visitors comment upon the absence of men’s clothing. That’s because very few examples of men’s clothing have survived from this period. That’s because men’s suits tended to be worn both at work and socially and so didn’t last that long.Why would they hang up and preserve a suit- even a wedding suit that they could wear for other occasions without having to have an expensive new suit tailored?
Finally, the museum tells us about opposition to some of the clothing made and worn in Victorian times. Members of societies such as the Dress Reform Movement and the Healthy and Artistic Dress Union were critical of heavy restrictive clothing and eye-wateringly tight corsets, which they thought unhealthy and lacking in grace. They favoured making garments from washable fabrics and making dress healthier in other ways. Almost like a temperance society for clothes! We are told that some enthusiastic dress reformers advocated woollen underwear in the belief that it allowed the skin to breathe better than other fabrics. Hmmm.
Go to the V&A museum in London if you get a chance- it’s free!

Reclaim Energetic Mind With Seamless Spa Sessions

Traditional spa and massage services are provided for mind and body rejuvenation. Those, who are undergoing immense stress and anxiety recently due to many reasons, should try a relaxing spa session at the Ayurvedic spa centers in Chennai. The city boasts of nourishing traditional values, charms and heritage. Age old Ayurvedic spa and massaging services are provided here by many massaging centers. They are poised with experienced masseurs. Along with that, they feature various kinds of spa services, including various spa packages in Chennai.
Spa and massaging are considered as ancient methods for healing certain diseases. For example, spa sessions help treating stress and anxieties. A relaxing session at spa will be good for those, who often undergo blood pressure irregularities. It is also effective for those, who suffer from various nerve related issues. Overall, spa and massaging helps enhancing immunity level, which ensures healthy as well as energetic living.
Find the right spa packages in Chennai and indulge yourself in complete relaxing as well as refreshing spa session. It will bring the much needed mental as well as physical rejuvenation. You shall start feeling more energetic and healthy. Find a good spa center where different kinds of spa bathing are provided to the guests.

Preference For Adjustable Beds

An adjustable bed is a kind of bed which is made of multi hinged lying surface. This multi hinged surface makes it possible to change the bed into a number of positions which differ from each other. The upper body of the adjustable beds can be inclined from the lower part independent of it. Some of the other changes are the height adjustment. Adjustable beds can either be handled manually or even motors are used for this purpose. Recently, motorized adjustable beds are gaining popularity among the others. The choice of it being manually controlled or motor based mainly depends on the lifestyle choice and the comfort of the consumer. Some want it to be automated and prefer the adjustable beds that come with motor in them to change positions. They were originally made for the purpose of using in hospitals. It is during the last three decades that the use of these beds for domestic purposes in homes had increased. This is because of the reason that using this bed can give relief to people from various conditions. They are best suited for those who are recovering from a surgery as they aid better breathing and circulation of air and blood.

You Have Your Destination Of Weekend Rejuvenation In Pondicherry Massage Centre

The massage centre in Pondicherry offers you great services with multiple options of massage and aromatherapy that can revive you in great way after the end of a frantic week. You will have cohesive full body therapy here that will bring you to the ultimate layer of relaxation. By using various aromatic and herbal oils and medicinal herbs, they will lift the spirit of your body and mind to a level where you will feel yourself re-energised with the blessings of Mother Nature.
A good number of therapies are there for you to avail in the massage centre in Pondicherry
The massage centre in Pondicherry has multiple options of massage service which you can avail in accordance with your specific requirement. You can have therapy like Abhayangam massage, which is extremely beneficial in eliminating your vat and kopha dosha. You will find yourself completely rejuvenated after having the therapy.
Aphoza Mizrais another great therapy available for your revivification. You get massage with oil that contains camphor and other medicinal herbs which is extremely beneficial for you.
You are also offered service like Aromatherapy, which is truly beneficial in eliminating joint pain. The oil applied in this therapy contains aroma of different flowers and herbs and it will make you feel the touch of heaven.
You are also offered other services like foot and hand reflexology, hair growth treatment, hammam bath, etc. in the massage centre in Pondicherry.