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This Secret Smoothie Hack Will Make Losing Weight So Easy

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Smoothies are great for weight loss!

Smoothies have been used for years as a healthy and nutritious meal replacement for those that are dieting or trying to lose weight. When added to a well-balanced lifestyle which includes physical activity, you can expect to lose several pounds while on a smoothie diet.

Smoothies are so great because they are easy to make, improves digestion and can help you treach your daily allowance of fruits and veggies in a simple cup.

However, this recently discovered smoothie weight loss hack has shocked the world and you will be pleasantly surprised when you find out too. Keep reading below…

The Study

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study in which two groups were given two different dairy-based smoothies.

One group was given smoothies that were calorie dense and the other group was given smoothies that were made with thickening ingredients.

The two groups were tested at regular intervals of which they were asked about their satiety or how full they were feeling.

What was revealed was that the group which was given the “thicker” smoothie felt fuller longer, without regard to the caloric intake.

The scientist concluded that this phenomenon, now known as “phantom fullness” could be very effective in lowering caloric intake thus improving the overall conditions for faster weight loss.

The Bottomline

Thickening your smoothies, using ingredients such as Greek yogurt, nut butter, and protein-rich fruit such as avocados can help you stay fuller longer as well as thwart cravings in between meals.

If you are committed to your diet then thickening your smoothie will prove to be very beneficial during your weight loss journey.

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10 Personal Hygiene Hacks Every Adult Woman Should Know

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Let’s talk about hygiene for a sec. Yes yours, mine, our hygiene. As women, sometimes we have to go the extra mile to look and smell our best.  Here’s a few hacks that you should know that’ll help keep your hygiene in check.

1. Avoid using fabric softener on your your pillowcases

Pillowcases are notorious for collecting oil, dirt and sweat but when you launder them with fabric softener it leaves behind residue that could clog your pores which worsens your acne and increases breakouts. Remember to change your pillowcases every 2-3 days and skip the Snuggle.

2. Carry dental floss in your purse

Food that’s trapped in your teeth will eventually rot and cause bad breath. Always have dental floss or my personal favorite, Plackers on hand to clean in between your teeth after your meals.

3. Invest in a good tongue scraper

Yeah, the white stuff that you see on your tongue is bacteria, debris and dead cells. Sounds disgusting, right? Using a tongue scraper daily will help remove this gunk, keep your breath smelling fresh, improve the taste of food as well as boost your immunity.

4. Sleep without underwear

As crazy as it sounds, you do not need to have on underwear at night unless you’re on your menstrual cycle. Going commando at night will allow your lady bits to breathe and reduce your chances of developing a yeast or vaginal infection.

5. Soak your feet in black tea

This will help to kill bacteria, close your pores to prevent your feet from sweating and remove any odors.

6. Use hand sanitizer to kill armpit odor

This is extremely handy when you are in a pinch. The alcohol will kill the odor causing bacteria and dry your armpits fast leaving no stains on clothing.

7. Douching is bad

The vagina naturally cleans itself and does a pretty good job without any help. Avoid using scented tampons, pads and douches because it increases your risk of vaginal infections and pelvic inflammatory disease. 

8. Wash behind your ears

You have glands that secrete oil and sebum behind your ears. When this mixes with dirt and sweat, it can create an odor that can be quite offensive (Ever heard of the term ear cheese“?)  and make you smell bad. Wash behind your ears daily to prevent this from happening.

9. Use hair conditioner when shaving personal areas

Hair conditioner softens your hair and reduces chances of razor bumps and irritation.

10. Drink lukewarm water with lemon first thing in the morning

This mixture will instantly hydrate you as well as help detoxify your body.

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5 Ways to Create a Morning Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Stick With

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It’s no secret that figuring out how to develop an early morning exercise routine is hard work.

Each year, tons of people set out to accomplish new year resolutions related to exercise and weight loss, and many of these people begin their days at the gym.

By March, however, the gym is no longer as full as it once was, and yet again, tons of people aren’t able to follow-through on their goals of developing and maintaining an early morning exercise routine.

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I’ve been an early morning exerciser (specifically, a runner) for most of my adult life now, and I’m pleased to share with you some of my best practices to help make the early morning routine flawless.

Below, you’ll find some tips to help you create an early morning exercise routine. They include:

1. Set your alarm — and to be safe, set many of them.

Unless you’re already used to waking up super early, play it safe, and set an alarm, or even better, a few of them. Don’t expect to hop right out of bed initially because your body will need to acclimate to the earlier wake-up time. And, most importantly, be sure to set your alarm for AM, not PM! I’ve made that mistake before, unfortunately.

2. Get in bed at least 10 minutes earlier than usual.

Again, your body needs time to adjust to your new sleeping and waking schedule, so even if you go to bed earlier than usual but don’t quite fall asleep, that’s ok. That’ll come in time. Focus on setting up a new routine for yourself first.

3. When you’re in bed, put your devices away.

We’re all guilty of this. We go to bed, thinking we’re so tired, and then hours later, we’re still awake, watching stupid videos on YouTube, reading Facebook, and updating our twitter and Instagram feeds.

Once you’re in bed, either go to bed, or read a book (and not a digital book — a good, old-fashioned book).

4. Put out all your clothes the night before.

You want to make your morning as streamlined as possible, so leave nothing to chance.

Set out everything you’ll need for your workout before you go to bed so that when you wake up, you’ll be able to get going soon and won’t have to waste time looking around for an errant sock or a missing shoe.

Time is of the essence, so you don’t want to waste anything.

5. Don’t mess around on your phone in the morning.

Unless you must do something essential, like check the weather before working out outside, don’t mess around on your phone before your workout.

You’d be surprised at how big a timesuck it can be.

More than anything, when you’re developing a new early morning exercise routine, please remember to be patient with yourself and to be understanding and flexible.

There will be some days that you’ll fail because you overslept your alarm or because you wanted to be lazy, and that’s ok! That’s what makes us all human.

Don’t overthink things, and just try again the next day. Building habits takes time, but provided you do the hard work of putting good, reliable systems in place — like what I’ve suggested above — you’ll be able to succeed.

Simply stated, just give yourself a chance and believe in your potential. You’re completely capable.

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7 Incredible House Plants That Will Help You Get The Best Sleep Ever

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There are several plants that you can grow in your home that will improve your sleep, reduce stress and anxiety.

If a natural approach to cleaning the air in your home and improving your overall health sounds good to you then you will want these plants in your home as soon as possible.

1. Peace Lily

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2. Snake Plant

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3. Aloe Vera

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4. Gardenia

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5. Bamboo Palm

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6. English Ivy

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7. Lavender

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