6 Appetite Controlling Technniques for Weight Loss

It can be hard not to overeat. You eat a healthy meal at home, think you’re doing well, then you head out (to almost any destination) and are surrounded by junk food. You get hungry, and pretty soon you’re at the local burger joint, diet forgotten.

Or maybe you stick to the “right” foods, but they’re just so good that you can’t have just one portion. We’ve all been there. That used to be me.

The following six strategies have changed the game for me—now I’m healthier, enjoy my meals more, and my appetite is low enough that, if anything, I have to make an effort to eat more!


Add Vinegar and Cinnamon to Meals to Control Blood Sugar More...

15 Nutritious Recipes under 400 Calories

Kick off 2015 with my 15 must-try recipes! Here at al Covo, healthy is delicious. Here’s to a happier new year and a healthier new you in 2015!

1. Zucchini Fritters | Damn Delicious
Nutritious and delicious zucchini fritters is a great way to sneak color and veggies onto the plate. Grated zucchini, parmesan cheese and eggs are whisked together then pan-fried to a golden brown crunch! Recipe makes 4 servings of fritters for a snack or appetizer.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 162; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 52mg; Sodium: 720mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 7g

2. Garlic Prawns + Avocado Crostini | Cafe Delites More...

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Kiwifruit

The kiwifruit makes a perfect addition to fruit salads and desserts because of its beautiful, brilliant green colour and exotic taste. But aside from its attractive appearance, the uniqueness of kiwifruit comes from its amazing health benefits too. Come in for some Nutritional Therapy at al Covo if you would like to know more about the benefits of fruits and vegetables, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Kiwis offer the following benefits:

1. It helps control your blood pressure. The high levels of potassium found in kiwi makes it a great snack option for people with heart conditions. Potassium helps keep your blood pressure in check by combating the effects of sodium in your blood, which is a known factor for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

 

2. It helps fight heart disease. Eating 2-3 kiwis a day has been shown to reduce the likelihood of blood clotting by 18 per cent and bad cholesterol levels by 15 per cent. More...

It Cold Outside - 5 skincare tips for the colder weather

Icy pavements, chilling winds, sky-high heating bills and frosted car windshields are all part and parcel of the winter experience. And here's another seasonal fact: your skin can suffer during the colder months too. Thankfully, al Covo has everything you need to help fend off any winter grooming woes.Or, come in for a Men's Facial Treatment and let me ease the strain.

As the winter months sets in and the weather turns colder, windier and drier, a change in your skin care routine is necessary. Loss of moisture is the most obvious problem for skin in winter cold temperatures and drying winds do their part to lower humidity.

Likewise, conditions indoors are harsh on skin with arid central heating drying it out. Couple these issues with the fact that your skin produces less oil as you age and it's easy to understand how your skin can quickly become prone to dehydration. But there is hope...

1.Keep it clean

The very first thing to consider for your skin during the winter months is how you clean it. Forget about harsh soaps, this will only strip away natural oils and rob your skin of moisture even more. Instead, start and end each day with a mild face wash - your skin will feel clean without the feeling of tightness. Try Neals Yard Remedies Organic Men’s Facial Wash - A refreshing, mild facial cleanser especially formulated for men's skin. Gentle enough for daily use. Removes excess oil and debris from the skin's surface without stripping away vital moisture. More...

10 Healthful Snacks for 100 Calories or Less

Do you feel guilty every time you snack? You shouldn’t be. Snacking isn’t bad. As a matter of fact, nutrition experts and dieticians recommend eating between meals to help manage hunger and prevent the possibility of overeating.

But to stay lean and healthy, you should snack wisely. Choose foods that can ease your hunger and at the same time, give something beneficial to your body. Reach for snacks that are high in fibre and water content, and as much as possible, only contain 100 calories or less. Here are some snack options that can satisfy your hunger without too much calorie.

1. Six Cups Air-Popped Corn (100 calories)

Sounds a lot but all these only contain 100 calories. A good way to prepare popcorn is to air-pop them. Ditch the salt and cheese. This low-calorie snack is high in fibre, which can help you stay full for long.

2. Cottage Cheese and Cantaloupe (100 calories)

½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese has 14 g of protein which satiates hunger. Add a small wedge of cantaloupe (which is also very low in calorie) and is very high in vitamin A.

3. Fourteen Almonds (98 calories)More...

12 Foods that Turn On Your Energy and Mood

It’s true – what you eat affects how you feel. Some foods have the power to boost our mood and energy levels by pushing our body to burn more calories effectively, stimulating the production of the feel-good chemicals in the brain, and by keeping our glucose levels steady.  If lack of energy is your problem, here are some foods you can add to your diet.

Healthy Carbs

Carbs often give a big ‘buzz’ to our ears, especially those who are trying to lose weight. But as long as you eat wisely, you can actually benefit from energy-giving carbohydrates. Basically, complex carbs like whole grains are essential for boosting your mood and energy levels. Avoid simple sugars like sweets, fizzy drinks and artificial sweeteners as they cause your blood sugar to spike and plummet. Complex carbohydrates are loaded with fibre that makes you feel full for longer and keeps your blood sugar levels normal.

Water

Never underestimate the power of water in keeping you energised. More...

10 Natural Ways to Induce Deep Sleep

Sleep is essential to good health. Poor quality of sleep has been linked to a wide range of problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is also a risk factor for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, according to statistics, 25 per cent of the UK population suffer from some form of sleep problem which usually results to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and the big word: STRESS.


While sleeping pills are always available, these medications are addictive and have side effects. Long-term use of sleeping pills has been found by experts to be potentially harmful to health. Good thing, there are natural sleep-inducing ways that are safe and effective! Here are some of them:More...

Top 10 Foods for An Immunity Boost This Autumn

As autumn hits early this year, so do flu and colds. It’s important to keep warm and health so our immune systems can fend off those nasty seasonal viruses. So to protect yourself and your family from the illnesses that come with the cold weather, make the following foods a part of your regular diet:


1. Yoghurt

Not all bacteria are bad. You need to load your gut with good bacteria (also called probiotics) to improve digestion and strengthen your immune system. If you are on a diet, plain Greek yoghurt is a great dessert option.

2. Green Tea

Instead of coffee, you may want to warm up your morning with a cup of hot green tea. More...

5 Natural Antibiotics that Destroy Superbugs As Nature Intended

Antibiotics are perhaps one of the most used drugs in the world. We take it for many health problems, from bacterial infections to viral diseases. These drugs have been greatly revolutionised in the modern arena and have saved thousands of lives. Nevertheless, we know too well that antibiotics do have negative effects too. Mass produced by pharmaceutical companies with little regard to the fact that regular use of these drugs may lead to both short and long-term health consequences.

Natural antibiotics are a different thing. The way nature intended it. You really don’t have to always rush to the nearest pharmaceutical store just to get yourself an antibiotic that has the potential to do harm as well as good. Perhaps, in your kitchen, you already have some of the best antibiotics in the world! Here they are:

Garlic   
Garlic is one of the best, natural antibiotics widely available today.  More...

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, commonly called heartburn, is a common condition wherein acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. Other symptoms include bloating, unpleasant taste in the mouth, flatulence, and difficulty swallowing. Many people experience occasional episodes of acid reflux and sometimes, over-the-counter medications or simply letting it subside is the best way to deal with acid reflux. However, some people experience it too often. If you are experiencing recurring symptoms of acid reflux, undergoing treatment is necessary.

Often, acid reflux is caused by the inability of the oesophageal muscles to contract after swallowing food – allowing the acid from the stomach to come up to the oesophagus. But what causes these muscles to contract poorly? Experts blame it to obesity, binge-eating, lying down after meals and eating lots of processed foods.

Medications are only going to relieve the symptoms and not totally the cause of your acid reflux. If you are looking for long-term solutions that involve no side effects, you better try the following natural remedies:

1. Increase your intake of digestive enzymes
Cut back on your consumption of processed foods.  More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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