Sleeping Late will ruin your Diet

According to Time magazine if you like to sleep late you are more likely to have problems with weight management. And here is why…

Staying up late to binge watch Bloodline may be one reason you prefer fries over broccoli, suggests a preliminary study that was recently presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Northwestern University researchers looked at 96 adults, aged 18 to 50, who slept more than 6.5 hours a night. (On average, they logged about 7.5 hours.) The participants wore monitors that measured their sleep and physical activity, and completed food diaries for seven days.

The researchers discovered that late sleepers ate fewer vegetables and more fast food, and were less physically active than early risers. On average, these night owls went to bed at 12:45 a.m.

The researchers discovered that late sleepers ate fewer vegetables and more fast food, and were less physically active than early risers. On average, these night owls went to bed at 12:45 a.m.

But there’s a kicker: You’d expect these folks to be overweight, right? Yet their body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage were both in the normal range.

Oddly enough, late sleepers didn’t eat more calories, according to study co-author Kelly Glazer Baron, PhD, assistant professor in neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “That may be why they don’t weigh more despite a poor diet,” she told Health in an email.

Still, since the calories they ate were junkier, it’s surprising they hadn’t put on weight. Sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, author of the upcoming book The Power of When, has a theory: “Night owls might genetically be programmed with a higher metabolic rate that makes up for eating high-fat, high-calorie foods.” Future research might look at the metabolism of both night owls and early birds, says Breus, who was not involved in the current study. (But needless to say, even if people who stay up late reallycan eat more junk food without packing on pounds, that doesn’t meant they should!)

Baron points out that the study looked at just a short snippet of the participants’ lives (one week), so they don’t know if a poorer diet and exercise could lead to weight gain over time. Plus, she notes people who go to bed late also tend to sleep less. “The interaction of late timing and short sleep duration may lead to weight gain,” she says.

http://time.com/4377390/sleeping-late-bad-for-diet/

Top 5 Summer Sandals ideas

Summer 2016 top trends are dreamy, sexy, comfy and super chic. I love that this season my favourite colour is super popular, white is back! I love white sneakers, high heels and all other styles in white. Its not just elegant, its a statement, it goes with everything and always make you look sharp and feminine.

White is a royal colour. So make sure you have  a pair of white shoes this summer. I have written about other spring trends before, so today I just want to focus on summer comfy sandals that would go great with your office outfit and cocktail wear. I also should say that this season Celine made exceptionally trendy shoes, that reflect current trends and class. Check out my pick of Top 5 styles from the sexy high-fashion to sporty street wear.

  1. Rainbow Colors

Why not to enjoy bright colours? This type of shoes would go great with any solid colour outfit.  Rainbow sandals would add some edge and glamour to your look.

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 2. Pointed-Toe

Pointed toe trend has been moving from one season to another for a reason. It makes your look more elegant and feminine. It’s a perfect choice for an office.

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     3. Gladiator Style

Lace up shoes may not look classy for a business meeting, but you could definitely put a pair in your handbag, so you could change in the evening. It could transform any casual look into a more bohemian goddess.

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4. Slippers

Love this trend! So comfy but stylish at the same time. Try to wear slipper shoes with trousers and a blouse. Million compliments are guaranteed and women colleagues will envy you because these shoes are so comfy for the summer.

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   5. Sneakers with chunky heel

Cool and funky sneakers are back. If your business environment allows you to wear sneakers, try to buy a pair that would go well with a skirt, dress and summer pants. Sneakers now are like Chanel’s black dress. Must have.

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Energy-Boosting Salad

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit

3 bananas

5/8 cup (50 g) crushed almonds

2 oz. (50 g) raisins

4 baby carrots

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. clear honey

 

Preparation:

Divide grapefruit into segments and dice into cubes; thinly slice the bananas and mix in with the grapefruit in a bowl. Add almonds, raisins, and carrots. In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, and seasoning, and shake well until blended. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss together.

Moroccan Bean Salad

Ingredients:

10 oz. (280 ml) chicken stock

6 oz. (175 g) uncooked couscous

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 bunch fresh coriander

6 oz. (175 g) sweet corn

2 cans black beans, drained

½ cup chopped celery

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

Cook couscous in the chicken stock until it’s ready. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, and cumin. Add red pepper, celery, coriander, sweet corn, and beans. When couscous is chilled, add it to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well.

How to treat colic in infants

Is your newborn gassy and fussy? Perhaps its a colic. What is colic and how to treat it? Here is a great advice from whattoexpect website.

The reality is, all babies cry: It’s the best (and only) way for them to communicate their needs at this tender age. And as parents, we’re biologically programmed to respond so those needs get met. But in babies with colic, the crying starts suddenly for no apparent reason…and has no apparent cure.

Colic is not a disease or diagnosis but a combination of baffling behaviours. The term is really just a catch-all term for problem crying in otherwise healthy babies — the problem being, there’s no solution to it besides the passing of time. And it’s common, occurring in one in five infants. Episodes can go on for hours at a time, sometimes late into the night. Worst of all, try as you might — and try you will — it’s extremely difficult to calm a colicky baby, which only compounds your frustration and exhaustion.The true definition of colic follows the “rule of three.” Baby’s crying:

The good news is that colic doesn’t last. Most bouts peak at around 6 weeks and then end as abruptly as they started, around the time a baby hits the 3 months old (later in preterm babies). In the meantime, a little knowledge and a lot of patience will help you survive until the storm subsides.

While the exact cause of colic is a mystery, experts do know it’s not the result of genetics or anything that happened during pregnancy or childbirth, or parenting skills (or lack of them, in case you’re wondering). Nor is it anyone’s fault. That said, here are some theories on what’s behind colicky crying:

Remember, you should never give your baby any medication, herbal or otherwise, without talking to your pediatrician first. And always talk to your doctor before making major changes in your diet or your baby’s.

If you suspect overstimulation:

Observe baby. Watch how your baby responds to certain stimuli — and steer clear of any that seem to offend.

Create calm. Instead, try to create a peaceful environment might help her relax — dim the lights and keep noise to a minimum.

Avoid the try-everything approach. Rocking, bouncing, driving, swinging and singing may actually make things worse.

If it might be gastrointestinal issues:

Apply pressure to baby’s tummy. Some colicky babies find relief when pressure is placed on their abdomen — and the power of touch alone can be very soothing for both mother and child. So place your baby face-down on your lap or upright with his tummy against your shoulder, or try the “colic carry,” where your baby lies facedown with his belly resting on your arm. Then gently rub or pat her back as you hold him.

Ask about gas drops. Studies show that reducing gas may reduce the discomfort (and crying). So ask your pediatrician about trying trying gas drops (the active ingredient is simethicone; brands include Mylicon or Phazyme), which can alleviate gas. However research hasn’t yet shown that this treatment definitively helps with colic.

Consider probiotics. Probiotic drops may reduce crying in some colicky babies, probably because they ease tummy troubles (probiotic bacteria grow naturally in the digestive tract and help promote intestinal health). Again, research has yet to back this up.

Try gripe water. In the category of “little evidence, lots of anecdotes” is gripe water, a natural colic remedy made of herbs and sodium bicarbonate in drops. Many parents swear by gripe water, but no reliable studies have shown its effectiveness in reducing colic symptoms. And just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe — so ask your doctor before giving your baby this or any herbal remedies.

Watch what you eat. If you’re breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about whether you should try temporarily eliminating any foods from your diet that can cause tummy troubles, such as gas-causing cruciferous veggies (cabbage, cauliflower) or allergenic foods (dairy, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish).

Switch formulas. For some formula-fed infants, swapping a standard formula for one that doesn’t contain cow’s milk can make a difference. Studies have found that giving colicky babies hypoallergenic whey-hydrolyzed formula decreases colic symptoms in some babies. Just remember that these formulas can cost up to three times more — so since only about 3 percent of babies are allergic to cow’s milk, it’s worth getting your doctor’s take before making the switch. Also steer clear ofcasein-hydrolyzed formula or partially hydrolyzed formulas as therapies for colic — there simply isn’t enough evidence that they work.

Other calming remedies for colicky babies:

Swaddle. Toss a blanket in the dryer and while it’s still warm,wrap it snugly around your baby. The combination of warmth and the feeling of security may help calm baby’s tears.

Make white noise. The hum of the vacuum cleaner or dryer can be comforting to babies (it reminds them of the womb). You may even want to invest in a white-noise machine.

Play soothing music. A crying baby might also respond to quiet singing or the melodic strains of a lullaby CD; other infants enjoy the sounds of nature. Experiment to find something your baby seems to like.

Offer a pacifier. Some colicky babies seem to want to eat all the time — and that might because sucking is soothing, not because they’re hungry. So if your baby seems consistently hungry, a pacifier might help. (It goes without saying, but never use a pacifier as a meal replacement!)

http://www.whattoexpect.com/what-is-colic.aspx

La Mania – Polish Fashion House

I was recently introduced to inspiring and emerging fashion brand La Mania. Polish fashion label was established in 2010 and its still based in Warsaw. Today La Mania is the leading Fashion House in Poland, and its still evolving and plans to dominate European markets of luxury goods.

According to FMD portal: “The brand’s mission is to create an exclusive prêt-a-porter line for self-conscious and modern women, who perceive fashion as a key and integral element of their life and image. Each piece is created to highlight woman’s natural grace and beauty, and thus it becomes the guarantee of comfort and exclusivity”. What I love about La Mania is for refined tailoring with a sophisticated, yet accessible fashion approach.

The brand is inspired by art, minimalism and elegance. No wonder, that just in 5 years the brand’s unique designs have become the new icons of exclusive lifestyle. Today, you can spot many European celebrities in La Mania’s dresses.

http://www.lamania.eu/

Check out my favourite dresses and jumpsuits from 2016 collection.

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Best Food Festivals Around the World

You have been around the world? Not sure what else to see, try and taste? If you love adventure and food, you may want to consider to go to fun, exciting and sought after food festivals. CNN presents the best festivals for food, leisure, history and traditions.

Wildfoods Festival (Hokitika, New Zealand)

Held mid-March in the quaint town of Hokitika on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the Wildfoods Festival has visitors feasting on things they probably never thought could be cooked into a meal. Or even eaten raw. OK, seagull eggs are nothing to write home about and mountain oysters can be an acquired taste, but what about possum cutlets washed down with gorse wine? Earthworms? Huhu beetle grubs? The less adventurous needn’t worry — there are always the more conventional platters of frogs’ legs and snails in garlic to fill up on.

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Annual Golden Spurtle (Cairngorms, Scotland)

No food has been associated with Scotland more than porridge — a breakfast classic that can be as rough as gruel or as refined as muesli. The Scots celebrate their superfood with a highly competitive festival at Carrbridge, a village in the Cairngorms National Park.

This is the World Porridge-Making Championships, a quintessentially Scottish event that awards one winner a Golden Spurtle — a wooden stick traditionally used to stir the porridge pot. Successful contestants at the late September/early October event will be mindful of the superstitions surrounding the preparation of the oat-based dish. For reasons lost in the mists of time, or at least the steam from the saucepan, porridge must always be referred to as “they.” The pot must always be stirred clockwise. The finished product must always be eaten from a pottinger, or porridge bowl, standing up. Fussy, perhaps, but this meal and its traditions have kept Scots healthy and hardy for generations — and even inspired poetry.

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The Onion Market (Bern, Switzerland)

The Onion Market is the biggest folk festival on the Switzerland’s capital’s calendar. Yes, there are 50-tons of onion braids, rings and single bulbs on display, but textiles, jewelry, ceramics and children’s toys are also on sale. A highlight is the confetti war, which, this being Switzerland, starts at 4 p.m. sharp. Officially the festival begins at 6 a.m., but the city center fills with that distinctly pungent smell from 5 a.m, when the first onion soups start boiling and onion tarts are put in the oven. If your eyes start to water too much, there’s always a Gluhwein stand close by.

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Watercress Festival (Hampshire, England)

This quirky little festival celebrates the humble watercress; a versatile aquatic herb liberally used in traditional English cooking in soups, salads and sauces.

On the third Sunday in May the center of the village of New Alresford turns into a street fest where farmers bring local products to sell and celebrity chefs create special meals. Past years have seen recipes such as trout with watercress, beetroot and apple, beef Wellington in watercress and watercress sushi rolls. The early highlight comes around 10:30 a.m. when a brass band followed by Morris dancers announces the arrival of the Watercress King and Queen. They enter the festival in a horse and cart and distribute the first shoots of this year’s watercress harvest to visitors.

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Herring Festival (Hvide Sande, Denmark)

Each April the Ringkobing Fjord in Denmark sees schools of herring swim in to spawn in its sheltered waters. They in turn attract anglers to the tiny village of Hvide Sande from all over Scandinavia. Where there’s fishermen, there’s competitions, so the Herring Festival was born.

It’s just as well, since the herrings caught need to be eventually consumed — whether pickled, fried or ground into fishcakes. Spectators with lots of patience can attend angling demonstrations, or go to fishing classes and filleting workshops. Amazingly there’s also a fashion show demonstrating the latest couture for outdoorsy, waterproof and presumably smell-resistant clothing.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/17/foodanddrink/worlds-best-food-festivals/index.html

Arianna Huffington’s fashion style

I admire Arianna Huffington for sharing her wisdom with us through her books, business tips and inspirational speeches.

She is media business celebrity, an author of best seller book Thrive and a fashion icon for those in the corporate world. Its hard to believe that this stylish busy businesswoman is almost 60 years old. The energetic and elegant mogul is staying young and healthy by packing her own plane food, sleeping for eight hours, and meditating every morning. According to The Coveteur “Aside from sleep, Huffington’s also a flat shoe advocate – a worthy wardrobe segue”. It is true, Arianna prefers comfort over glamour. If you look at her outfits and media presence she always looks sharp, with minimum make up, minimum accessories; she carefully chooses colours, fabrics and silhouette. She is never overdressed.

Business Insider describes Huffington’s style as “feminine”. The magazine wrote that “She’s a big supporter of work-life balance and healthy living. In her book “The Female Woman,” published in 1973, Huffington writes about how women should embrace that they’re different from men instead of trying to fit in with the guys. Huffington’s personal style celebrates her femininity with no apologies”. And I just had to copy some of Arianna’s answers from Huffington Post interview, this is so inspiring. I think you will love her tips and advice on fashion.

What’s the best style and/or beauty advice you’ve ever received? 
The best style and beauty advice I’ve ever received is never to worry about repeats. This summer, I have a linen Dolce dress that I wear with different boleros and that is my go-to outfit for speeches, TV appearances, etc.

Who are your favorite designers?
I love Nanette Lepore, I love Dolce, I love Ports, and I love mixing and matching! I also love soft cotton T-shirts for the summer from Vince and Petit Bateau.

What is your most memorable outfit? 
I love the Domenico Vacca suit I wore a few years ago at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards when I presented the award to Queen Rania.

Lets take a look at Arianna’s style.

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Cell Phone-Cancer Link Seen in New Study

Concerned about your health and the use of the gadgets? You may want to consider to use headphones with your iPhone. According to Time magazine “An important new study has linked cell phone radiation to cancers in the brain and heart”.

Read the article for yourself…

The new research was conducted on rats by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, which exposed rats to radiofrequency radiation that comes from cell phones for about nine hours a day for seven days a week. They found that the exposed rats were more likely to develop cancers, specifically malignant gliomas—a tumor of glial cells in the brain—and tumors in the heart. The study was reviewed by experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the authors say more research on the link will emerge in the next couple years. There are some important caveats to the new report. A study in rats is never directly translational to humans. It does, however, give researchers evidence that can lead to further research on the impact cell-phone radiation has on people. The findings were also most statistically significant for male rats.

Other research has seen a link between cell phones and cancer, though research overall remains limited. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified cell phone use and other radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a possible carcinogen in 2011. “This study in mice and rats is under review by additional experts,” the NIH said in a statement about the findings. “It is important to note that previous human, observational data collected in earlier, large-scale population-based studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk for developing cancer from cell phone use.”Other studies have produced conflicting results. One cohort study in Denmark looked at billing information from 358,000 cell phone users and then compared it to brain-tumor data from a national cancer registry. That study did not find a link between the two. Another recent study published in May looked at incidence of brain cancer in Australia from 1982 to 2013 and did not find an uptick in cancer cases with the introduction of cells phones. Still, other government-funded studies have made connections between cell phones’ electromagnetic fields and changes in brain activity. And a June 2014 study found that radiation from cell phones can lower men’s sperm mobility by 8% and sperm viability by 9%.

The NIH says part of the reason research so far has been inconsistent is that there are various factors that can influence the results of a study. For instance, brain cancers are notoriously difficult to study due to their high mortality rates, and studies are also subject to issues like inaccurate reporting. There are also changes over time in the type of cell phones available as well as how much people use them. The researchers say this new report is unlikely to be the final word on the possible risks of cell phone radiation, and more data from their research is anticipated to be released in fall 2017.