Mango Avocado Salad

Great recipe! I hope all of you enjoy it 🙂

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Fitness

ImageI’m off tothe gym! I like to have a variety of workout routines but I feel that going to the gym is the easiest way to stay fit. I usually begin on the treadmill and run at 6.0 mph for 30 minutes and then walk on an incline of 8.0-9.0 for 10 minutes. Then I go down stairs and do 10 reps on the “Ab Workout Machine” (for lack of a better word). I then go back upstairs and do another 20 minutes on the elliptical. That is usually a hard day workout for me. If I just need a small pick-me-up, I will run for 30 minutes and then hit the shower. Although gyms are the most convenient places for burning calories, they can also be super bacteria-infested. Make sure to ALWAYS clean your equipment before and after you use it, just in case. Have a nice workout!

Face

We all have our bad habits. Cracking knuckles, biting nails; I have experienced it all. But when it comes to my face, bad habits can reek havoc on my skin. If you are subject to poking, popping, pinching, touching, irritating, or picking at your face, you may find these tips very helpful. And do not worry, I am also trying to break a couple of these.

1. DON’T POP THAT PIMPLE

Everyone has popped a pimple intheir life. You think it immediately disappears, but in reality, you are only creating a bigger infection. Forcing the puss out of that red bump only pushes more back in, causing a bigger lump on your chin. And when it does heal, a dark red scar can appear from multiple irritations. PLUS popping a pimple doesn’t usually feel good. It hurts! Now doesn’t that make you think twice about picking at your skin?

2. Hands Off

I am guilty of unconsciously touching my face. You may have an itch, or have to wipe a hair out of your face; whatever it is, you are harboring all the oils and bacteria from your fingers to your face. And this can cause major breakouts for acne prone skin.

3. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

I cannot stress this tip enough. Fruits and vegetables are wonderful, natural sources of antioxidants, that help your face look fresh and healthy.

4. Change those Sheets

Changing your sheets, especially your pillowcase is crucial to keeping your face free of oil build up. After having the same pillow case for more than a month, it becomes a cozy spot for bacteria to settle.

5. Wash after Workouts

Sweat is great for flushing out the toxins and impurities in your skin. But if you keep it there for too long, you are prone to creating an oily, bacteria-filled film on your body; acne likes to show up in these conditions.

These only a couple of my many “skin rules” but I believe that they are the most important on my list. If you would like to see more posts like these, comment!

Food

Organic skin care routine. Check. Well almost. Even though the bumps faded and the redness was soothed, my acne was still a problem. I began to think about my everyday food consumptions and realized that I could weave in healthier alternatives into my meals without drastically changing my diet. For example, that vegetable that has everyone talking, yet no one can handle eating, KALE. I have a kale salad everyday for lunch and dinner; iceberg lettuce is so last year. The list of benefits from this veggie goes on and on: prevents cancer, contains antioxidants A, C, and K, helps eyesight, and more. Another one of my everyday rituals (which began as my new year’s resolution) is drinking three cups of tea. GREEN tea to be exact. I bring a large, reusable water bottle to school everyday and fill it with decaffeinated green tea. Yes, it can be difficult to find decaffeinated green tea on the shelf of your local grocery store. Usually I mix one bag of regular and one bag of decaffeinated tea just so I don’t run out of the decaf too fast. Tea, green tea especially, is a great, natural source of antioxidants and flushes out the system, helping clear the skin of impurities. My friends have noticed my habits and I am now referred to as “The Healthy One.” But who wouldn’t want to be known as that? I have inspired many of my companions to eat salad rather than candy bars (really, at least four of my friends bring salads to school now) and I hope to inspire more throughout high school.

Inspiration

My inspiration for this blog started with a little bit of acne. It was during that lovely pubescent time of 6th and 7th grade when those red unwanted bumps started appearing on my face. Of course, everyone goes through that phase, one pimple here, another one there, but I was the unfortunate one who was diagnosed with straight up acne.  I went to all extremes in the drugstore buying technology like Nuetrogena Wave to washes like the Clean and Clear Blackhead Scrub; nothing worked. I needed to dig a little deeper to help my face to clear up. It wasn’t until the end of 8th grade when I made the discovery of products that changed my face forever: organic skin care. From then on my breakouts became less frequent and I was motivated to research specific ingredients found in facial products. Juice Beauty, MyChelle, SkinCare Organics, Yes! To Tomatoes; these brands (and more) helped me create a more healthy, paraben-free skin care routine and made me aware of the benefits of organic face washes. So when you are going to the drugstore for face wash, think twice about what you are buying. Read the labels, check for parabens, and if it isn’t the product you thought it was, the organic aisle is always open.