How To Create Successful New Year’s Resolutions

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profile_michelle_johnsonRight now many of us are thinking about our new year’s resolutions? We mentally try to set the tone, but are not willing to follow through on any level until January 1 or let’s say January 2! So why not do as much as we can to avoid confronting the very thing we set out to do earlier in the year and that’s correct this thing that is our nemesis.

Do you identify with any of these:

You start a new diet and quit within a few weeks
You joined a gym, but never go and when you do, you feel lost
You say you are only going to have one drink and wind up wasted
You swear off a person only to forgive them again
You are going to throw out old clothes, but never do
You swear off sugar and all carbs only to binge heavily on both
You write off an intimate partner only to find you are in bed with them again
You are going to spring clean, but never do
You are going to go to Church every Sunday and find you only go one
You are going to save a lot of money this year and wind up more in debt
You are not longer going to gamble
You are going to quit smoking cigarettes
You are going to get 8 hours of sleep and be in bed by 10:00 every night

All of these things seem like simple things in writing. However, when we have an addiction to something, it is a strong magnetic tug of war between us and our demons. Something as simple as not going to bed on time, seems simple. Underlying it could be a well of anxiety that the night triggers from childhood trauma. We suffer much deeply from some of these things than our consciousness may want to admit, while others have no issue with it and we are in awe of them! How the hell do they go to bed at the same time every night and wake up so bright eyed and bushy tailed? It must be some good melatonin they take! We think we need to gain or achieve something outside of ourselves to acquire a solution. Yet, the thing that should bring you peace is knowing the drug is inside of you. Yet, that alone seems to flare up some deep anxieties about self-reliance.

What triggers you to do the same thing over and over, is the definition of the insanity of a situation. So how do we find our way out? The first step is recognizing a very powerful force that lives within us all that we do have to tap into. This is Courage. Courage is the willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty and intimidation. In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning according to Wikipedia online. Mentally we begin to prepare for the New Year. We all want to set the tone by achieving some of our long lost goals. We create resolutions and like a mantra, we repeat to ourselves, “this year I am going to do it!” Yet, each year do we do what we say we are going to do and keep our promises to ourselves? Many of us will come out of the New Year’s gates strong and ready to conquer the prior goals we had set that left us feeling defeated. Many of us will fade out around two-six weeks into our goals returning to old habits. Why do we quit what we set out to do again and again? Why do we create a filter that prevents us from confronting our own bad habits and return to our old comfort zones? For many the issue is we lack the courage, which is the WILLINGNESS to confront. We lack the Fortitude, which is the fuel and drive we need to finish and finish strong.

The hardest thing we all must do in life is face our fear. The greatest challenge is the fears we have about our own nature, being exposed and ourselves. We fear rejection, failure and ridicule. We don’t want to do some things like tell the truth, in fear of upsetting another. But, is it upsetting the other that is really the issue or is the issue more a measure of how upset they will be at us and we have to deal with it. We don’t like to deal with things as a society. We have emotional Band-Aids and excuses for everything! We are trained to disassociate, even in the office. We are expected to be non-reactive, non-emotional and human all at the same time. It’s a real crisis for many of us. When we set out to achieve a goal, the reason we fail is due to this huge imbalance. Human=non-emotional=not possible. We may not show our emotions, but on the inside we are living in our own personal prison of emotions that is festering within us and this we can’t escape. We only wish we could fake it until we make it. The problem with emotions is you can only fake for so long until it chops you off by your knees and flares up. When emotions flare up, we in turn, wind up inflamed physically, mentally and spiritually. This can lead to very serious things like depression, a life threatening illness, the end of valuable relationships or thoughts of suicide.

Of all the virtues courage is the most important Without having courage you won’t be able to going into a void of your life and handle the unknown. You will always play it safe, so safe that you may miss valuable opportunities for the most important growth – spiritual. Fortitude means that you have firmness in spirit. How eloquently this ties into our level of courage. Isn’t this what we need “firmness of spirit” in order to get to the other side of our goals! The difference when it comes to my regular weight management clients and my competitors are that the competitors love the challenges the direction I give presents to them. They have an attitude of bring it on and want to beat the obstacles. They thrive on the energy of overcoming tough situations and somehow this causes them to focus and function even better! As the saying goes “a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner!”

When approaching our New Year’s Goals this year, rather than play the game of psyching ourselves out with the “I am going to do it this year!” mumbo jumbo, let’s DO IT this year. There is power in the play of language alone. The word “going to” already implies at sometime vs. NOW. The power is NOW right? We all know the book by now and do we need to read hundreds of pages about NOW to understand this simple concept? You must begin with an attitude of now since time is of the essence. What if before the New Year you begin to set your body up by starting to do more movement so by the New Year your body is in better condition to pound it come the New Year. How about instead of overeating as much as possible before the new year strikes, you go into the new year with no weight gain because overall you ate clean and healthy, allowing yourself a few cheats here and there. We must stop taking extreme actions because this is how we fail ourselves and lack fortitude. We create situations that are not realistic. You must begin with the blocks that build the foundation of your house first. This may sound like playing it safe, but it’s not, it’s smart because that is your pillar. You have to get serious as well about what is sabotaging you. What people and situations trigger you into regressing to old habits and attitudes? Once you have this key, you can open the door to your inner home and take a good look inside.

We have to learn to remove the obstacles that withdraw the WILL from following what we know is best for us. We know if we don’t we will wind up back where we came from and that is usually a place that’s not of abundance, but makes us feel like we are lacking. It’s another type of a hangover when we don’t follow through. Our emotional health will continually demand that we aspire to go higher in our thinking and virtues. This is what brings movement into our life in the directions we want to go. What creates a good life is aspiring to obtain a life that reflects all that is truly good. When we are out of alignment with our true nature and are living an authentic life where we are doing this, we don’t feel loved, appreciated, respected and successful. Inside we are empty on some level. The purpose of creating more form, function and goodness in your life is the path to success in all things you set out to do, but you must be the one shaping this. It doesn’t happen automatically for many and for those who get handouts there will be repercussions at some stage. It is our quest in life that brings passion, vision and purpose into us! We must have a quest and that vision needs to be balanced with all that is around us. Everything in our life should be a true reflection of this soul purpose. The writing has been on the wall a very long time for many of us. Are we working in this direction? Or are we more focused on vain efforts that continually have us coming up empty? We already know our weak spots, we just need to stay awake, with eyes wide-open, and temper them with strategies in place ahead. When you see something coming your way or find yourself in the same situation, just say, ” AHA, there it is again!” This in itself will have you be lining out of the situation knowing you don’t want to go backwards. Keep reminding yourself of the consequences, the suffering, the let downs and disappointments that go you to the point of wanting this to be your GOAL in the first place!

If you make a pact with yourself this New Year, make it much bigger than losing a few pounds. Your goal is to set the intention of beating the obstacles that come your way with strategies in place. You don’t have to have a third eye to know what is going to come your way in the future and tempt you to abandon your virtues. Go within and pull out your own punches by using the courage that lives inside you to face your own weaknesses. Use the virtue of temperance to manage yourself through these temptations knowing if you do, there will be gift for you on the other side. Each time you beat the foreseen obstacles; you will be that much closer to the finish line. Fortitude is achieved through this momentum. What we all have in common is resilience. Some are just more in tune with theirs. Champions never see losing as failure and winning as success, they learn from both and get stronger, better and more determined. As my grandmother always told me, “never wait until tomorrow to do what you can today!”

How To Get Through the Holidays Without Sabotaging Your Diet!

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The holidays are an easy time and excuse to get distracted from your dietary goals. It’s important that you come up with sound strategies that do not make it torture, but a time you can still enjoy them.

Here are some of my strategies that have kept me on point and not gaining the usual 5-10lbs that most do at this time. You want to remember that the new year is around the corner and how nice it is to be ahead of the game not way behind. Rather than try to fix all the fat on January 2nd, work on fixing the real issue and how your mindset may be in your way. Check your weight every couple of days. Don’t skip meals and eat every 2.5 hours to keep your metabolism revving.

There are so many healthy things you can eat and even bake now a days that won’t leave you feeling deprived.

See some healthy recipes and top tips below!

1. Drink a lot of water.

2. Before parties eat something healthy or drink a protein shake

3. Avoid alcohol, cookies and chips (they add up and will sabotage your diet) drink 2 glasses of alcohol only and have a cookie (NOT A BIG ONE)

and have about 5 chips.

4. Just because they serve it doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Take bites of food and keep your plate small.

5. Instead of baking goods, try making things like doing some arts and crafts with the kids!

6. Sub your sweet ingredients with Truvia or Stevia

7. Use clarified butter or Smart Balance butter over regular

8. Stick with low sodium dishes or use Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

9. Fill your life up with gratitude, joy and count your blessings over overeating

10. Get exercise in no matter where you go. Make it a priority to exercise everyday or at least 75% of the time you are away or celebrating.

 

BONUS: On New Years decide how many calories you want to drink. Drink a ton of water while drinking and think about how you really wanna feel the next day. Starting your new year off with a big hangover is not what go-getters do when they set goals. Start the new year off with the right tone. Let it be a symbol of what you want ahead.

 

Write down your wishes for 2017 in an envelope – don’t censor – go for it and dream big! Seal the envelope, set the intention by lighting a candle and reciting a prayer. Don’t look at it until the end of the next year.
NO EXCUSES!!! Live in the reality of where you want to be after the holidays not in EXCUSEVILLE!

 

See some delicious and fun recipes below.

SNACKS & DESSERTS

COOKIE RECIPES

ENTREES

HANUKKA RECIPES

VEGETARIAN DISHES

SIDE DISHS

KIDS TREATS

DESSERTS

Have a Happy New Year!
– Michelle

Thanksgiving Recipes: Some Delicious and Healthy Options

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The Art of Living Beautiful With Uncertainty & Change

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must all learn to live beautifully and be kind to one another even when there is uncertainty and change. We tend to scramble when everything is in a flux. The very nature of our existence is in a flux. Things keep changing whether we are aware of it or not. So how can we live wholeheartedly in the face of impermanence? Is it possible for us to increase our tolerance for instability and change?

Life is not always going to go your way!  This is why it is so important to practice discipling your mind. The challenge is to notice the emotional tugs things have on you. Stay with the feeling for 1.5 minutes without the story line. This is also a somatic technique that is good to work on during meditation. How long can you endure the discomfort or struggle with sticking to this exercise without letting your mind shift into stories. Many times our emotions make a very wrong story or miscommunication right. So keep in mind perception is very relative to how you feel in the moment. Be aware that most stories we tell without facts are not even true?

We live in duality and buy into illusion. We create stories to justify much of what we do and believe our own why even when there is no truth in what we believe at all. Even when we know the truth we still make up our own versions. This is when we are truly vulnerable and a victim of our own mind. It’s when we unmask our real emotions, let go and open our minds that are hearts can open not constrict. We enter the rhythm of our lives and can be in our power. We get to know our own strength. Learning to move with the tides and be true to our own nature is a part of the path of healing. It has to be authentic to us, this truth. It can not be someone elses or prescribed. It has to resonate in your heart.

We can spend our lives suffering over things we lack control over or we can cease these opportunities as gateways for our own liberation. We can free ourselves from the lies and hate that create nothing valuable. We have a choice with the outcome of today, to embrace the open-endedness of the human condition and look at it in a fresh, unfixated and an unbiased way.

 

When we become negative we pollenate in a way that does not help us grow, but squashes our light. We need to first look within and have compassion for ourselves. We need to shift into the uncertainty of not understanding some things rather than be so sure and seek to destroy or go into battle. Can we keep our differences in perspective?

When we dim our light and participate in negative energies, we lose our life force, we are subject to illness, addictions, bad relationships and so much more. If we shift into a place of really wanting to transform our lives, we can see that our enemies can be our greatest teachers. Those very moments we feel we are losing can create an inspiring comeback. People in our lives – all of them – are special messenger’s that show up to point out where we are fixed and where we need to be more in the flow. The comfort of always flowing is not a place you want to be too comfortable either. I have learned to find comfort in discomfort.

Some of fate may be in our hands, but much of fate is not. There are global reasons, national whys, personal agendas and more. For me, using prayer and meditation has helped me stay calm, pull back and learn to have faith in things. Most things find a way of working out or shifting and changing things in a way we need to learn to adapt. Panic, fear, bouncing around to the next best thing are weaker ways to cope. How can we be so certain or uncertain?

If you just can’t seem to shift, try to sit and sit still long enough to listen to the guru within for the answers. When we use discernment in our life and  sit back, we learn to be more conscious about how we really want to react. We can respond with intelligence vs. ignorance.

Learning to do these very things has helped me. I have been able stay in a marriage that comes with its challenges without running, it helped me raise a daughter through very difficult times and stay motivated to be all I can be, it helped me comeback when I had felt betrayed or lost an opportunity. I can only speak from my experience. I have received many gifts that I would not have known had I quite or always reacted poorly to change. I’m sure that love is a grace and fear is a curse. We create much of our own discomfort and pain through the choices we make that are not in alignment with our higher truths.

So what are we going to do about life and the many parts we lack control over? How will you handle these moments? My suggestion is to think ahead now. You need strategies to balance the areas you may know you are weak in. It’s important that we learn not to dim our light, but raise it especially when we or others experience the darkness. It will illuminate the soul.

Our nation needs us all to raise our vibration into a place of love not hate and global healing begins within. By shifting and changing through practice and right action, we do help the world gain some momentum. Our energy effects everyone around us and who we come in contact with. Get to know your own power & strength.

Benefits of Cucumbers: All You Need To Know

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Cucumber-Image-Design-1Cucumber is one of the nutritionally dense veggies in the health ecosystem. They originally belong to South Asia, but now they grow mostly on all the continents.

Cucumbers are scientifically known as (cucumber sativus) and belong to the same botanical family as melons. There are two types of commercially produced cucumbers: the pickling cucumbers and slicing cucumbers.

Slicing cucumbers are larger and have thicker skins, and you have to eat it fresh. Pickling cucumbers are usually smaller and have thinner skins.

Cucumber Nutrition

According to whfoods.org cucumbers are excellent sources of anti-inflammatory vitamin K, molybdenum, and energy producing pantothenic acid. They are good sources of copper, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, infection-fightingvitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B1 and biotin. They contain the nail protecting vitamin silica.

Cucumbers also containsome valuable compounds such as glycosides, flavonoids, steroids, carbohydrates, tannins and terpenoids

According to USDA National Nutrient Database, a cup of sliced cucumber contains:

  • 16 calories
  • 2 grams fat
  • 115 grams of water
  • 8 grams of protein and
  • 9 grams of carbohydrates.

One cup of cucumber provides the following RDA:

  • 4 percent magnesium
  • 11 percent vitamin K
  • 4 percent potassium
  • 4 percent vitamin C
  • 2 percent riboflavin
  • 2 percent thiamine
  • 2 percent vitamin A
  • 2 percent calcium
  • 2 percent folate
  • 2 percent vitamin B6
  • 2 percent pantothenic acid
  • 2 percent phosphorous
  • 2 percent iron
  • 2 percent zinc
  • 2 percent copper

How To Enjoy Cucumbers

Cucumber salad with greens and sesame

According to the Environmental Working Group cucumbers were ranked the most contaminated food and second in cancer risk due to their pesticide content. So it would be wise if you go in for organic cucumbers.

Cucumbers are often waxed after harvest to withstand the long journey to their destinations. Organic produce will not contain petroleum-based waxes. You can use a natural fruit and vegetable cleanser to remove the wax, pesticide residues, and debris.

If you eat conventionally grown cucumber, wash the whole cucumber under cold running water and gently scrub with a natural bristle brush.

Cucumber makes an ideal base for your vegetable juice. You can cut half inch cucumber slices as serving dishes for veggie salads. You can use fermented or raw cucumbers in vinegar based salads

Mix diced cucumbers with mint leaves and sugar snap peas and toss with rice wine vinaigrette.Add cucumber pieces to chicken salad recipes and tuna fish.

Puree tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and green peppers to make a fresh cold gazpacho soup. Sprinkle salt and pepper for extra flavor.

Health Benefits of Cucumber

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Reduces Cellulite And Wrinkles. Cut thick pieces of cucumber and rub them on the area where you want to treat for cellulite. Cucumber contains phytochemicals which tighten collagen and firms the outer layer of skin. This action reduces the appearance of visible cellulite. They also reduce wrinkles so can be used as part of your regular moisturizing routine.

Boosts Your Energy Levels. Cucumbers are great energy boosters because they are rich in B vitamins. The B vitamins help your body turn food into energy. The European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep them from starving to death. You can avoid soda, coffee and other health hazard energy drinks and feast on cucumber to get yourself energized.

Frugal Facial. Cut cucumber into pieces and boil it in a pot of water. Remove the pot from the fire and lean over the steam. Your skin will become more healthy and radiant. You can apply pieces of cucumber on your face and keep circles of cucumber over your eyes. It cools your eyes and reduces dark circles because it is rich in vitamin K.

Fights Bad Breath. Take a thin slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Keep it in place with the help of your tongue for 30 secs to one minute. The phytochemicals present in cucumber will attack the bacteria and removes the bad breath.

Hangover Cure. Eat a few pieces of cucumber before going to bed. They contain enough B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes to replenish the essential nutrients reducing the intensity of the hangover. The water rich cucumbers suppress your symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH.

Moistens Cracked Heels And Dry Nails. Cracked heels are due to insufficient moisture. When the skin loses its moisture content, it dries out and cracks. Deep fissures can be very painful. You can apply pieces of cucumber onto your cracked heels and dry nails. It moistens, nourishes and enhances the beauty of your feet.

Promotes Brain Health. Cucumber seeds are rich in copper; they stimulate the process of neurotransmission which in turn improves overall brain coordination. Regular consumption of cucumber seeds reduces stress and improves brain function.

Fights Intestinal Worms. Cucumber is a natural remedy to eliminate tapeworms. It contains the enzyme erepsin that is known to kill intestinal worms.

Silences Squeaky Door Hinges. When a door hinge develops a squeak due to wear or settling,you can fix it with a couple of slices of cucumber. Rub them on the defective area and you have a cheap alternative for WD-40.

As a Dietary Source

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The nutrients found in fresh cucumber extract:

  • Scavenge free radicals
  • Inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes.
  • Boosts your antioxidant status
  • Prevents overproduction of nitric oxide which can cause various side effects.
  • And enhance the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lignans. Cucumber contains three lignans which are unique polyphenols. They are:

  • Lariciresinol
  • Pinoresinol and
  • Secoisolariciresinol

The lignans bind with estrogen related bacteria in the digestive tract and contributes to a reduced risk of several cancers such as breast, uterine, prostate and ovarian cancers. The lignans can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cucurbitacins. Cucumber is a rich source of phytonutrients called cucurbitacins. You can enjoy their benefits from the fresh cucumber.  Cucurbitacin A, B, C, D, and E have excellent anticancer properties. Recent discoveries show that cucurbitacins have a strong inhibiting effect on cancer signaling pathways.

These pathways are required by cancer cells to survive and proliferate. The cucurbitacins could be used as a future anticancer drug in clinical trials.

Fisetin. Cucumbers contain a flavonol call fisetin that has anti-inflammatory properties, and it enhances your brain health. Fisetin prevents progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease. It improves your memory and protects nerve cells from age-related decline.

Antioxidant Flavonoids. Cucumbers contain vitamin C and beta-carotene. Apigenin, Quercetin, kaempferol, andluteolin are antioxidant flavonoids that are present in cucumber and provide additional benefits.

Quercetin prevents histamine release. When histamines are released into the bloodstream, they can cause symptoms of an allergic reaction. Kaempferol fights cancer and lowers your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease.

B vitamins. Cucumbers contain B vitamins such as vitamin B1, vitamin B7, and vitamin B5. These vitamins help reduce feelings of anxiety and cushion the damaging effects of stress.

Potassium. Cucumbers contain potassium which helps to lower blood pressure. Low levels of potassium can cause heart rhythm disturbances and muscle weakness.

Fiber. Cucumbers are rich in fiber.They are low in calories and has great satiety value and make a filling snack. Cucumbers help you to maintain a healthy weight because their soluble fibers dissolve into a gel-like texture in your gut.

This process slows down digestion and helps you to feel fuller. The insoluble fiber present in the skin adds bulk to your stools and helps in healthy elimination.

Anti-Diabetic Advantages. The Cucumber juice contains a hormone needed by the pancreatic cells for producing insulin. Thus cucumbers are highly beneficial for diabetic patients. Scientists say that sterols are present in cucumbers which may help reduce cholesterol levels.

Silica. Cucumbers are excellent sources of silica which promote joint health by strengthening connective tissues. It boosts the health of your bones, nails and hair.

As A Juice Detox Cleanse

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Cucumber is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It regulates body temperature and eases inflammation. Due to its abundant water content, cucumber is a natural diuretic. It helps in elimination of waste, aids in cell hydration and removal of kidney stones.

Cucumber is famed for its silica content, and it is very good at removing toxins, waste materials and heavy metals from the body. Silica is a good addition to any detox program to cleanse your cells deeply.

Silica helps to reduce the symptoms of hair loss, psoriasis and eczema. It enhances collagen production and helps to achieve hormonal balance.

Thus it ensures the luxurious growth of hair and beautiful skin. Silica strengthens your nails and feeds your nail bed resulting in stronger and healthier nails.

To enjoy the optimum benefits of cucumber, juice the entire cucumber including skin and seeds. Calcium, vitamin K, and zinc are found just under the skin.

Detox Juice Recipes

Cucumber Cool Green Juice

Source: The Blender Girl Recipes

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber

½ lemon rind removed

1, green apple cored

One handful cilantro (you can substitute flat leaf parsley also)

Method:

Put all the ingredients into the juicer. Whip it up, pour into glasses and enjoy.

Cucumber Apple juice

Source: Detox body cleanse.com

Ingredients:

One cucumber

100g spinach

Two green apples

½ head of iceberg lettuce

Mint for garnish

Method:

Wash the ingredients and put them into the juicer. Blend well. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy.

Cucumber Water

Clean the cucumber and cut into ½ inch slices. Put these slices into theater and top with ice. Allow to marinate for at least an hour.For best results allow it to marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Topping with ice is important to keep the cucumber pieces submerged.

You can play with your creativity and bring in more variation. Here are some cucumber water variations:

Cucumber Beet Juice for Detox

Source: Best Juicer.net

Ingredients:

One beet medium size

1 cucumber

1 apple

1 cup spinach

One knob ginger

Method:

Wash all the ingredients, cut and clean as per required. Put everything into a juicer. Serve chilled in tall glasses. Enjoy.

Cucumber Juice Detox for Pineal Gland

Source: Pintrest.com

Ingredients:

Four stalks of kale

½ apple

1 cucumber

One tsp apple cider vinegar

Method:

Wash and clean all the ingredients. Put them into the juicer. Add apple cider vinegar. Whip it up. Pour into glasses and serve chilled.

Benefits Of Cucumber Detox

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Cucumber Detox has the following benefits.

  • Boosts your energy levels
  • Helps the kidneys, liver, and colon to remove all the toxins
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Improves skin health
  • Gives you a lighter feeling
  • It gives you better sleep
  • Improves concentration
  • Reduces feelings of fatigue

Cucumber For Pain Relief

UTI Pain Relief. You tend to suffer from urinary tract infection when germs affect the kidneys, bladder, and tubes that connect them. The symptoms include burning sensation while urinating and pelvic pain in the women.

Cucumber has high water content. It helps to flush out the bacteria and prevents the infection by increasing the frequency of urine. Just cut some pieces of cucumber and enjoy.

Poison Ivy Rash. Poison ivy grows as a small shrub and has a potent irritant called urushiol that causes swelling, itching, redness and painful blisters.

Cucumbers are one of the simplest home remedies for poison ivy rash. Place the slices of this cooling veggie on the affected area. Mash it up and apply the paste over the affected area. It gives a soothing relief to the itching sensation.

Toothache. Cucumber cools and calms the sore areas in your mouth. Cut cucumbers into bite sized pieces, sprinkle some salt for extra taste and chew nicely. It contributes to healing a toothache precisely.

Soothes Sunburn. Cucumbers contain lots of moisture and are a great cooling agent. They can be used to treat sore, sunburnt skin. Rub a thick piece of cucumber over the affected area and you will feel immediate relief.

Eye Pain. Eye pain may be due to some allergies, Lyme disease, and tuberculosis. The symptoms include itchy red eyes, the sensation of a foreign body and crusting of lashes or eyelids.

Cucumbers have anti-irritation properties and help to reduce pain and swelling. Take some cucumber slices and cool in the fridge for 10 minutes and put it over your eyes for 15 minutes.

Fights Inflammation. Cucumber soothes the burning of the stomach, cools a sore throat, relieves acne pain, calms down inflamed skin and cures wounds and sores.

Relieves Gout And Arthritis Pain. Cucumber enhances joint health because it is an excellent source of silica and also strengthens connective tissue. You can mix cucumber along with carrot juice to relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering uric acid levels.

As a Household Cleanser

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Removes Fog In Your Mirror. Before you start turning the taps in the bathroom, rub cucumber over the mirrors and windows. This action will prevent them from fogging up. It will release aromas that will relax you while you soak.

Removes Crayons On The Walls. If you have small kids around then, they will try their creativity on the walls. Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub it over the crayon mark. You can also use this process to erase a pen mistake.

Removes Tarnish. Cucumbers act as eco-friendly custodians to shine your stainless steel taps and pots. Rub a thick piece of cucumber over the tarnished area and it removes the tarnish leaving the surface shiny and new. Cucumbers are gentle on your hands, unlike the harsh chemical cleaners.

Shoe Polish. If you want to clean your scruffy shoes, rub pieces of cucumber over your shoes. It will make them clean and glistening, and it repels water.

Drives Garden Pests. Place a few slices of cucumber in aluminum tin cans. Keep the containers around your garden plants. The cucumber and aluminum react together to make a handy repellant. You won’t smell it, but it will keep the pests away. Replace the cucumber pieces periodically; it acts as natural pest control.

Controls Ants. To reduce the menace of ants keep cucumber peels or slices in the kitchen or at the points where ants enter. Ants have a natural aversion to cucumbers. You can keep bitter cucumbers, and it works best.

Controls Cockroaches. Cockroaches often cause social embarrassment along with several health risks. Along with other natural pest control methods, you can use cucumber slices, bay leaves, and garlic in the roaches affected areas as deterrents.

As a Skin Care Alternative

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Revitalizes Your Skin. Cucumbers improve dull, greasy complexion. It prevents blackheads, dryness and hydrates your skin.

Cucumber Revitalizing Mask. Puree cucumber in a blender along with one tbsp. Greek yogurt, one teaspoon, honey, one teaspoon aloe vera gel, and half a teaspoon lemon juice.

Apply it to damp skin, leave it for 5 minutes and then reapply the mask with the interval of 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and splash some cold water.

Reduces Skin Tanning. Cucumber contains mild astringent properties and helps to remove tan. Dip a clean washcloth into the juice of cucumber. Squeeze it and apply onto your face. It has mild bleaching properties and helps to achieve even skin tone.

Rejuvenates Skin. Cucumber with all its nutrients rejuvenates your skin, giving it a youthful and glowing complexion.

You can make a face pack with cucumber juice, few drops of lemon juice, fuller’s earth powder and sandalwood powder. Apply it on your face and neck and wash it off after 15 minutes.

Cucumber Face Masks For Acne

This mask is gentle on acne prone skin, reduces inflammation, reduces acne and heals acne scars.

Puree fresh organic cucumber and aloe vera gel. Add desired essential oils just a couple of drops and full-fat milk powder to get a thick paste and apply onto your face and neck. Wait for 15 minutes and wash it off.

Fights Wrinkles. The hydrating properties of cucumber greatly reduce wrinkles.

Mix two tablespoonsof cucumber juice with 2 tablespoons of egg white and a tsp of lemon juice. Apply all over your face and rinse it off after 20 minutes. This healthy mask keeps wrinkles at bay.

Reduces Dark Circles. Place two circles of cucumber on your eyes and leave them for 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can soak cotton balls and place them over your eyes.

The abundant amount of antioxidants and silica slowly reduces the dark circles. Cucumber also reduces water retention and puffiness of eyes.

Cucumber For Hair. The Silicon and Sulfur content in cucumber enhances hair growth. Apply cucumber juice to your scalp and leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off with a natural shampoo.

Cucumber Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating your skin removes ingrained dust, old dead skin and gives a healthy glow.

Puree ½ a cucumber and add ¾ cups of sugar, ½ tablespoon of olive oil and one small handful of chopped up mint leaves. Stir together and put it in a jar. Keep it refrigerated. Apply onto your face leave for a couple of minutes and wash it off.

Cucumber Foot Mask

Take two whole cucumbers, two tablespoons olive oil and two tablespoons lemon juice. Puree all together in a blender. Pour the mixture into a bowl and heat it up to a warm temperature.

Place half the mixture in a large bag and the remaining in the second bag. Slide your feet into it and remain for 15 minutes. Wash your feet with warm water.

The cucumber foot mask refreshes your tired toes, moisturizes, exfoliates and keeps your feet beautiful and soft.

Soothing Cucumber Lotion

This lotion soothes and regenerates your skin and is very useful if you’ve spent lots of time in the sun.

Mix 1 cup of cucumber juice, ¼ cup coconut milk and ¼ cup aloevera juice. Pour the contents into a lidded container and stir well to combine. Keep it refrigerated.

You can apply the lotion to the skin using aspray bottle or a clean washcloth.

Cucumber Body Scrub

Take ¾ cup of chopped cucumber and a few basil leaves in a blender. Add 1 cup of white sugar and ¼ cup of coconut oil. Whip until you’re happy with the consistency.

Pour into a jar that can be sealed and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. This scrub makes your skin soft and gives a refreshing smell to your skin.

Conclusion

Cucumbers have antioxidant and anti-diabetic properties, they cleanse your body of toxins and waste and produces soothing relief against skin irritation.

You can relish cucumbers by making pickles, in fresh salads and whipping up Tzatziki sauce.

To bring in more variety enjoy a perfect English sandwich, sip a cool cucumber cocktail, fry cucumber slices, and relish a tasty raita sauce.

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