Expert are warning that excess of sugar in the diet can be as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco and is thought to be the leading cause of the obesity epidemic.
Sugar comes in two forms, the naturally occurring sugar like lactose in milk and added sugar like sucrose (table sugar) and concentrated form in fruit juices. The current recommendations from the world health organisation are that only 5% of the daily calorie requirement should come from added sugars, i.e. approximately five to six tea spoons of sugar per day for women and seven to eight for men.
Be sugar aware:
- Cut down the added sugar in hot drinks. Reduce it slowly so you will not notice it
- Better to eat fruit than drink fruit juice – each bottle of juice can contain upto to eight teaspoons of sugar
- Processed food like ketchup, sauces and precooked low fat meals contain a high sugar content
- Each can of fizzy drink contains upto eight teaspoons of sugar, try iced lemon water instead
- Save the chocolates and cakes for special occasions and weekend treats
Winter is a lovely time of the year, when we get relief from the harsh summer. It is a time for parties and catching up with friends. But we need to remember to nourish our skin through the winter months. The cold air and the heating indoors can have a drying effect on our skin. The skin looks sallow, sags and can look rough. Hands and feet need looking after as well. Some easy tips that we can all find time to fit in, into our busy daily routine.
- Use a cream cleanser which will clean the skin without removing all the natural skin oils. The moisturizer for winter should be richer, maybe oil based, to hydrate the skin well
- Use oil at night, at least three times a week to give the skin a supple appearance. Warm the oil, any like almond oil, and apply it over the face just before sleeping. Can use coconut oil for hands and feet. Once you apply oil at night, wear thin cotton gloves and socks to allow the oil to penetrate the skin
- Have a balanced diet and avoid too much oily or sugary food and alcohol
- Do not forget to use sunscreen as the winter sun can be harsh too
- Do not use very hot water in the shower, as it strips the skin of oils
- Have food containing vitamin C
- Mash half a ripe banana and massage it on the face. Wash off after 10 minutes and massage your face with honey for 10 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and apply a toner
- Use malai or fresh butter milk with a pinch of turmeric, let it be on the face for about 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water
- Use a rich, hydrating scrub like a simple mix of honey and sugar, on dry areas like elbows and knees
- Mix equal proportions of raw oatmeal flakes, egg yolk, and honey. Apply the mask on your face and keep for 20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water
- Take 5-6 tbsp. of raw milk and mix it together with 2 tbsp. of honey. Apply the paste on your face and massage for five minutes. Then leave it for another 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water
Hope you have all had a good festive season and are ready for the new year. I will soon be posting winter skin care tips. Look out for them!