Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bangles: The More the Merrier

Bangles are everywhere! Bigger, bolder...

Lately my friend and I are becoming huge fans of bangles. Being trendy...yes! but we actually find it as an amazing choice to accessorize casual outfits. If you stack the bangles on your forearm; wearing at least wear 2-3 inches worth of bangles will help you achieve the right look and feel.

...And true " The more the merrier "

Celebrities wearing bangles hehehe....

More tips in wearing bangles:

1. Wear bangles in bright colors with jeans. Mix and match colors to fit with any color top.

2. Wear bangles for the sound they make. Bangles made from different materials, such as glass, gold, silver, wood, pearl and plastic, have distinct musical tonal qualities. The addition of gemstones or precious stones alters the tones, as well.

3. Let your jewelry style guide you to wear bangles that complement your attire. Many jewelry sets come complete with necklace, earrings, rings and bangles. If not, match the metal of the bangles with the base metal of the rest of your jewelry.

4. Wrap your wrist with costume, fashion or vintage bangles. Depending on your budget, you can start a collection of Indian jewelry, jewelry handcrafted in Mexico or bangles adorned with Swarovski Austrian crystals.

5. Mix round and square bangles. Square bangles are available in several metal options to mix and match with traditional round bangles

So...grab your own bangles now ;)

Monday, October 6, 2008

7 anti-aging Super Food

“I’m 33, I’m not getting older just getting wiser” this is my usual response when someone asks me of my age. But when I looked at the picture of me and my friend (10 years younger than me) it seems that there’s no way out, my signs of aging are already visible. (gasp)

I’ve seen various anti-aging creams and pills in the ads but I’m just timid to try. Anyway, I can still live with my looks though ( lol).
But when I found out this article “7 anti-aging super foods” undeniably got a big grin.

Read on to find out more about the 7 foods to keep you young:

Chocolate The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
Get sweet satisfaction in seconds with delicious chocolate recipes, such as Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites (which include two of the 7 anti-aging super foods!):
Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
8 1/4-ounce squares of bittersweet chocolate4 teaspoons almond, cashew or pistachio butter
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter of your choice (almond, cashew, pistachio). Two sandwiches make one serving.
Per serving: 79 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 12 mg sodium; 20 mg potassium. What you get: Magnesium, copper, chromium. 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving. Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat.

Blueberries In a landmark study published in 1999, researchers at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging fed rats blueberry extract for a period of time that in “rat lives” is equivalent to 10 human years. These rats outperformed rats fed regular chow on tests of balance and coordination when they reached old age. Compounds in blueberries (and other berries) mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function. Eat more blueberries with healthy blueberry recipes.

Fish Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native Inuits of Alaska were remarkably free of heart disease. The reason, scientists now think, is the extraordinary amount of fish they consume. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms. Eat some tonight with a healthy fish recipe.

Nuts Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.

Wine Drinking alcohol in moderation protects against heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory loss. Any kind of alcoholic beverage seems to provide such benefits, but red wine has been the focus of much of the research. Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits-and, according to animal studies, may activate genes that slow cellular aging.

Olive Oil Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete. Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases.

Yogurt In the 1970s, Soviet Georgia was rumored to have more centenarians per capita than any other country. Reports at the time claimed that the secret of their long lives was yogurt, a food ubiquitous in their diets. While the age-defying powers of yogurt never have been proved directly, yogurt is rich in calcium, which helps stave off osteoporosis and contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut health and diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness.

By Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the associate editor of interactive for EatingWell Media Group. In between editing and writing, she enjoys sampling the tasty results of the easy, healthy recipes that the EatingWell Test Kitchen cooks are working on.