Natural Beauty from a Healthy Lifestyle

Becoming a generally healthy person requires gradual lifestyle changes. Good health is a priority and when you feel good, you look good as well. There are simple and effective steps that you can take towards enhancing your beauty from within while maintaining optimal health. Everyone can be healthy regardless of gender, age or current conditions.

Beautiful and Healthy Smile

Maintain a dazzling smile by protecting your teeth by brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Be sure to choose a reputable one for the best services.  Do not ignore any face and jaw pain as this can be a sign of something more serious.The muscle that connects your jaw to your skull, the temporomandibular joint, can became misaligned, damaged, or inflamed causing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which is better known as TMJ. Sore facial muscles and jaw aches caused by TMJ can greatly affect your overall wellbeing by interrupting sleep and causing pain, but you do not need to live with this pain, as a good cosmetic dentist can have this sorted very quickly, and can return your smile and your regular life pattern.


Exercise is highly beneficial and you should strive for a minimum of thirty-minute workouts on a daily basis for the best results. There are different physical activities that you can choose from ranging from swimming to brisk walking. Exercising regularly is also good for your skin, energy and happiness.


Healthy Diet

Healthy eating is important although you can spurge on your favorite treats occasionally. Maintaining a healthy diet will improve your appearance right from within and contribute to helping you look great. All your meals should be balanced and nutritious.

The recommended number of balanced meals per day is three, along with healthy snacks in between for extra energy. Skipping meals is not an effective strategy because you may end up feeling hungry and binge-eating.

Make sure that you consume a considerable portion of vegetables and fruits each day. Avoid over-processed foods or food that contains a lot of fat because they compromise the efficiency of the digestive system.


Skin Protection

Protect your skin to ensure that it always looks clean and healthy. Keeping your face clean and using the right products will help you maintain beautiful skin. Regardless of the skin tone you have, minimize exposure to the sun. If you cannot avoid constant exposure, invest in a quality sunscreen product for sufficient protection.

Stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Water is vital for hydrating your skin and preventing it from drying or peeling. You should wash your face at least two times everyday. Gentle cleaners are useful for different skin types and help to prevent breakouts and other skin problems.

Using a lip balm will keep your lips moisturised and you can consider wearing subtle makeup if you want to enhance your facial features. Whenever you have makeup on, do not forget to remove it before you go to bed.


Proper hygiene is an integral aspect of beauty and health. Staying clean and fresh makes a positive and favourable impression in everyone you meet. Take a bath or shower everyday, wash hair as often as recommended and wear deodorant. Your hands and feet work hard everyday and should be given the attention and care they deserve. Keep the skin on your hands and feet healthy by moisturising them.



Breakfast At The Ivy Birmingham

There are some invites that you say yes to. There are some that you politely refuse. And there are some that you receive, scream, and jump up and down shouting yes, yes, yes over and over again. An invitation to breakfast at newly opened The Ivy restaurant in Birmingham is just one of those invites. And that is where a beautiful Saturday morning took me last week.

The Ivy is one of London’s most iconic and stylish restaurants, and its Birmingham incarnation is destined to be the same. It opened last week in the former Louis Vuitton building on Temple Row and is definitely the new place to see and be seen in the second city. A mixture of Art Deco and Art Nouveau style, the restaurant is absolutely stunning, a vibrant, colourful space spread over three floors, with a private dining room on the top floor.

We were treated to breakfast in the private dining room, The Archer Room, a room festooned with beautiful vintage prints and artwork that celebrates the best of Birmingham’s industry and achievements.  The room is dominated by a long table that can seat 20 people, and was laid out in exquisite style for the breakfast, complete with silver tableware and fresh flowers, all creating a bright and beautiful space.

The breakfast menu is deliciously balanced and varied, catering for those who enjoy both sweet and savoury options. The Beet It juice was deliciously refreshing, with a surprising hit of ginger giving you a great morning kick. The pastries were as soft and tasty as you would expect, I loved the chocolate twist which was just the right side of sweet and complemented the very good coffee perfectly. In terms of breakfast mains, I opted for the buttermilk pancakes (totally sweet tooth time). These proved to be a fine choice – not too sweet because of the use of yoghurt rather than cream. The sweetness was added by a succulent strawberry sauce, and the dish looked just beautiful in it;s presentation with the addition of the berries. The dish was also surprisingly filling with three decent sized pancakes.

The whole dining experience was relaxed and yet decadent, this is the perfect place for a breakfast/brunch with the girlfriends before a mornings shopping, although you may find it hard to actually leave the place, it is just so beautiful.

For bookings and more information, visit The Ivy website here.

3 Slimming Alternatives to Traditional Pizza

If you’re trying to make standard pizza healthier, you’ve got to begin with blotting off as much grease off the top layer of cheese as you can. Pizza lovers, don’t despair – there are various ways that you can enjoy the crisp crust, gooey cheese, and flavorful sauce that makes up pizza without eating too many calories. Try this pizza ring recipe for a quick way to help control your portion and make your meals a little healthier. In addition, here are three other meals that all pizza lovers will agree taste great.

  1. Stromboli

Technically, Stromboli includes all of the ingredients that you would find in a traditional pizza. There’s cheese, which is stuffed inside instead of sprinkled on top. Stromboli has a crisp crust that envelopes all of the other ingredients that would normally be found on top, like pepperoni, green peppers, and onions. Lastly, you dip your Stromboli into marinara sauce so if your goal is to shave off calories you can use less dipping sauce if you’d like.

  1. Vegan Cheese Pizza

With the exception of pizza dough and cheese, pizza is already a vegan ready food. So, swap out the egg that comes in traditional pizza dough and use some vegan cheese and you’ll have a meal that is safe to serve to everyone. The trick to making vegan cheese it making it gooey enough. First off, realize that vegan cheese doesn’t really taste like cheese made with cow’s milk, so get that out of your mind. You need to soak some type of nut, like cashews or walnuts, in water for a couple of hours or overnight. Blend the nuts to make a choppy paste, then add in some nutritional yeast to help bind your vegan cheese. Add fresh chopped herbs to make the cheese more flavorful, then mold it and slice it for your vegan cheese pizza.

  1. Veggie Pizza Pockets

Take some pizza dough, flatten it out and add a scoop of each kind of vegetable you want to enjoy inside of it. It is suggested that you use veggies like portabella mushrooms, eggplant, onions, garlic, and tomato for a savory and low calorie treat. These pizza pockets can be made with cheese or without. After all vegetables have been placed on top of the dough, you want to pinch the pocket closed so that it takes on the shape of a rectangle. Bake the pizza pockets until light brown on top and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.

The type of pizza that you get from the pizzeria might taste great, but it will leave you feeling pretty bloated if you are a healthy eater normally. Try out these alternatives and your skin will stay smoother and you will have less of a risk of acne breakouts. Always enjoy pizza with a fresh made salad and perhaps a vinaigrette dressing so you can get the full effect of your Italian styled meal with much fewer calories. Your next pizza inspired meal will be a hit with your friends and your nutritionist.