Habits You Need to Break for the Holiday Season

The holiday season has arrived. Its a time of love, joy and the spirit of giving….

Let’s be real, though…the holidays, to most, are about gifts, good food, good company and time off of work. The next couple of months are packed with family gatherings and home-cooked comfort food, late night parties and last minute shopping. In short, the holidays are stressful. We buy things we can’t afford for people we barely see. We buy things for ourselves, we know we shouldn’t (but we can’t resist). We spend more time at the mall or bar than we do at the gym. Our activity bar drops to how far a walk we have to the kitchen and our beds. To make things worse, the holidays are a near-guarantee for weight gain.

It’s no surprise and who’s to judge? Between unending errands and the general stress of the holidays, it’s to be expected. We tell ourselves we’ll cheat a bit, then get back in line for New Years. Sometimes we do…sometimes we don’t. Our pennies are scraped and spent, and the family/friends/lover drama begins.

For those of you who have been dreading the upcoming holidays, your significant other (or lack thereof), your empty wallet and your hibernation body, there are a few tips you can follow leading up to and after your holidays celebrations. If you can make these adjustments a habit, they’ll be easier to keep up and, before long, it’ll be second nature to you.

1. Don’t Starve Yourself

I know you’ve got your eye on the prize. You’re waiting for the large meal with the anticipation of fasting to make more room for seconds, thirds and fourths. Or, you’re trying to erase some of the guilt ahead of time. No matter what the circumstances, trying to forgo food altogether is a recipe for disaster. When your body goes into starvation mode it holds onto as much of your body fat as possible. It’s an instinct of survival that you can’t teach your body not to do. If you go long enough without eating, once you start again, a similar issue occurs. Your body doesn’t take into account what you ‘want’ it acts on what you ‘need.’ Healthy eating and activity is a longer process, yes. But, in the long run it’ll have better, long-lasting results.

2. Don’t Snack TOO much…

Snacking is good for your body. Smaller, more frequent portions of food is better  than eating a couple huge meals a day. You’ll be satisfied more often and it’ll keep up your metabolism, BUT that doesn’t mean you should snack excessively. Eating three or fours snacks between each meal isn’t an ideal habit to get into. Balance is key!

 

3. Don’t Bypass Breakfast

This is lot more important than you think. Not only does breakfast jump start your body with some much needed fuel, it also jump starts your metabolism. When lunch or snack time rolls around, you won’t be ready to stuff your face and your will have an easier time digesting your remaining meals.

4. Smoking

The percentage of smokers has significantly decreased in the last few years. The most drastic of those decreases was in  the teenage population. Its a good start, but there is always room for improvement. As corny as it sounds, quitting a habit like smoking can change you life. Sure, when the going gets rough, all you want to do is get that lighter igniting. In our most stressful times, smoking is a saving grace. The power they hold over us makes it easy to forget the disastrous list of side effects. Quit while you can. Learn to cope without. You’ll be doing your body and your mind a favor.

5. Avoid Alcohol

We aren’t saying to avoid it completely. That’d be ridiculous. Most of us are going to need all the help we can to survive these coming weeks. Alcohol included. Just moderate your drinking. You don’t want to spend money you could be using on gifts. And you definitely don’t want to be that poor, passed-out soul that ends up in everyone’s shaming selfies.

6. Being Ungrateful

We spend way to much time worrying about what we don’t have over the holidays. If you’re reading this, you’ve got more than a lot of others. Stop wasting your time whining over the unfairness of the world. Think about the things you do have- the things that should make you grateful. It doesn’t have to be material items. Family, friends, a roof over your head, that is more than enough.

7. Ignoring Your Lack of Sleep

If you’re having trouble sleeping it could be more serious than you think. A few all-nighters for school is one thing, but constantly struggling to get a good night’s rest is like flicking the first domino to a whole line of them. Not making an effort to improve your sleep? Well than don’t say you didn’t expect them all to be crashed to the ground.

8. Getting Hung Up on the Past

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We make stupid decisions sometimes. We can’t go back in time and change it, but we can choose to move forward and learn from those mistakes. Other times, people make stupid decisions that effect us. We wish we could, but we can’t change others. Stop allowing the past to be apart of your present and your future. Leave it where it belongs and move forward.

9. Stop Trying to Be Like Others

You are your best when you are yourself. Its okay to admire someone- to look up to them or aspire to be more like them. Ultimately, though, we can only find happiness when we are true to ourselves. Comparing ourselves to others is only a set-up for heartbreak, for ourselves AND for others. Don’t be that person. Be your person.

10. Don’t Wait for the World to Come to You

It won’t. If you haven’t figured it out yet, opportunity isn’t served to everyone on a silver platter. It takes time, effort and courage. Don’t be scared to make daring jumps towards your desires. The only way to fail, is to try. If you don’t try you can’t fail, but you definitely won’t succeed. Don’t wait for happiness to come to you. Go looking for it. You may find more than you could have imagined.

 

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The Art of Chinese Face Mapping

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Hello to all my lovely and beautiful Glamorous People! Let’s face it (literally): we all have struggles and insecurities about our acne. For real- who doesn’t? It’s totally normal and it’s a part of our human development. Recently, I noticed I started to breakout a few pimples around my T-zone area- mostly around my chin, mouth, and the center of my forehead area. It’s probably due to lack of sleep, stress, irregular eating schedules and a bunch of other factors that cause these red, painful bumps on my face.

That’s pretty easy to point out how you might have gotten acne. But did you know where acne might pop-up, can be a certain part of your immune system that causes it? This is called Chinese face mapping. Chinese face mapping is a longstanding, Eastern medicine practice used to determine how healthy your body. What it does is indicate the parts of the face that corresponds with a specific internal organ. If acne, pimple, or discoloration pops up on certain places on your face, it usually means that there is a deficiency with that internal organ. The only way to make it go away is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle.

There are many places on the face where it centers on different organs, but here’s a quick overview on the different parts of the face that indicates internal organ problems. (Plus, a bit of anatomy 101, just for you cool, biology geeks out there!)

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Forehead (Above the brows)

The forehead indicates the gallbladder and bladder in the body. These two organs, apart from the kidney, act as a filter for the body by getting rid of the toxins and other foreign materials that shouldn’t be good for the immune system. If breakouts occur there, eat less processed or junk food and reduce the intake of fat in your diet. Instead, try to consume more organic and raw foods and probiotics. Getting enough sleep will also do the job.

Between the brows

This area, also including the middle part of the forehead, indicates the liver of the body. The liver is a main organ that acts as a filter along with the bladder and gallbladder. Breakouts in that area can indicate that you might be consuming too much rich foods such as dairy and meat. Limit your intake on those two food groups. You can opt for eating more fruits and veggies in your diet. This also might have something to do with pollution, or the air you’re breathing, especially if you live within the urban, city areas. Every once in a while, try to get some fresh, clean air by taking a walk in the park or neighboring hiking trails.

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Cheeks

The right side of your cheeks is connected to your lungs, while the left side of your cheeks is connected to your kidneys (also related to your liver a well). Reasons being could be due to unhealthy foods, high stress, and smoking. Simplest solution to getting rid of skin problems on these areas is to eat healthy and consume less sugar. Eat foods that have a lot of water retained in them, such as cucumber and melons. The key to treatment is getting the proper hydration.

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Nose

This area is connected to your heart, can breakouts can happen due to pollution, inconsistent blood circulation, and high blood pressure. To counter this, exercise, watch cholesterol and high blood pressure levels, and sweat out toxins with soup, green tea, etc. Eating foods with fiber, vitamin B and omega-3 and 6 will also counter against constant acne on your nose.

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Mouth & Chin

Around the mouth and chin area is related to what goes on inside your stomach. The biggest factor to breakouts on these areas is due to bad diet and stress. Consuming too much fat, sweets, caffeine, and alcohol will cause some digestive problems in your stomach and will show on your face. Again, maintain a healthy diet of fruits, veggies, and fibers such as chia seeds and aloe vera can improve stomach health. Especially around the chin area, stress can cause hormones to break out and show as acne. To counter that, find ways to de-stress the body. You could start by drinking spearmint tea or taking omega-3’s to relieve breakouts. In any case, also check with your local doctor or dermatologist on your hormone levels.

Overall, maintain a healthy body and face can be obtaining a healthy diet with no processed ingredients, drinking a lot of water, having at least eight hours of sleep, and taking the time to de-stress your mind and body.

Did you Glamorous people find Chinese face mapping accurate? Let me know in the comments below! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper for other remedies to clear breakouts and improving your immune system!

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The Art of Beauty Sleep

The Art of Beauty Sleep

Hello to all my glamorous people! I want today’s topic a little different- just short and sweet. However this is a major impact to your lifestyle and should be done routinely. As of now, I am finishing up my last year in college at a California State University. I am planning to finish with my entire class curriculum by the end of winter. Literally, winter is coming for me.

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Unlike most colleges, my university runs alongside quarter system. A quarter system means the whole school season is condensed to around 10 weeks of school. Now that regular 15+ weeks of the semester system seems really nice huh? Since professors only have 10 weeks, the classes are running extremely fast. A lot of work gets compiled and it’s very time consuming for most students, me especially.

With this system, most students are running on at least four hours of sleep per night. Try balancing a short quarter system and keeping up with work, classes, and other curriculum activities within the two months. Yet, the lack of sleep can drastically affect the way they think, focus on studies, and their overall performance in both school and work life. This is obviously not healthy for anyone’s well-being.

A lot of people are slowly starting to forget the importance of sleep and how it affects the mind and body in positive way. Research studies show that getting at least eight hours of sleep per day will result in a lot positive impacts on your daily life.

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When you retain that beauty sleep, you’re less stressed and have an open and clear mind for the rest of the day. It affects your appearance as well. You prevent pre-mature wrinkles (around the forehead, under-eyes, sides of your nose and mouth, etc.) and slow down the signs of aging on your face.  You also prevent acne from appearing on your face and risks of scarring. Overall, your face will achieve that glowy complexion and your whole body and mind feels rejuvenated.

On my opinion, since around 90% of us do not have the luxury of getting that beautiful eight hour nap, here’s a suggestion. Try to get at least six hours of deep sleep and use the remaining two hours for power naps throughout the day.

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There are so many benefits on why getting enough sleep is extremely important, and I could go on forever on how important it is to get that beauty sleep. But the overall lesson is that to have a good night’s sleep is to have a healthy body, mind, and heart for the rest of your life. And that, my glamorous people, is the art and truth of it all.

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Sunday Paper: January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

A lot of people will start New Year resolutions and end up quitting after the first month. It usually can be attributed to bad habits, lack of motivation or simply feeling incapable of meeting their goals. Let me be the first to tell you that they are WRONG! I know what it’s like first hand to make New Years resolutions and fail because I was not prepared. So what’s my strategy now? Plan. Prepare. Repeat.

As a college student preparing to graduate in the spring my entire life has become one giant planner. Planning for the upcoming semester, planning for graduation, planning for future employment, it doesn’t stop! A great way I found to keep myself organized while I plan is to make lists. This might be the oldest trick in the book and hey, even your mom does it, but you’re mom is a pretty smart lady so it’s about time you listened to her (or me). Start by making reminders in your phone or using post it notes. I usually make a daily list the NIGHT BEFORE of things that I need to do or want to accomplish for the following day. If you’re really forgetful make yourself a note to make yourself a list of things to do. Post it on your bathroom mirror, pillow case, head board, or wherever you’ll see it and make yourself a list!

So you’re now a pro at making list. You’ve earned the title ‘List Master’. You’re unstoppable! Now it’s time to prepare. Review your list and look at the tasks you need to complete. Ask yourself, ‘what do I need in order to complete these tasks?’. Once you know what you need start to prepare for it. For example, if your goal is go to the gym then make sure your gym clothes are clean, gym bag is in order and membership card prepared to be swiped. Boom, you’re out the door. No excuses! You prepared! Here’s another example: Your resolution is to do better with money. Make yourself a budget list and include how much you have, an itemized list of how much everything cost and how much you can afford to spend. BE REALISTIC! Once you have your numbers together you can successfully have a good time and do what I call ‘ball on a budget’.

Lastly, repeat! Once you have gotten the hang of your list making and preparing you’ll notice yourself executing tasks like never before. You’ll be so productive you won’t even recognize yourself. Break your long-term goals down into short-term goals and break those short-term goals down into daily lists. One by one check things off your list as you have completed them. Prepare for your list and you’ll be on track to the new and improved you.

Now that you have recovered from your hangovers and a prepared to get out bed, let’s get started on those New Year resolutions.

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