Benefits of cold water showers

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Good morning everyone!

Today is the Earth Day! And since our instructor wanted to celebrate it, they turned off the boiler!

At first we all were a little upset, but then we realized that we went out happier, we felt much more energized. And there’s a reason for that, here’s a list of benefits of taking cold showers.

  1. Improved blood circulation – showering with cold water is in going to improve your blood circulation between organs and skin considerably. With cold temperatures, blood flows to your organs for protection to keep them the warmest. Warm water sends the blood rushing to the skin so alternating between cold and hot (as I will detail later) can be a great way of improving your blood circulation. If you are just beginning, it might be best to stick to a cold shower only.
  2. Improved mood – it is hard to quantify mood and indeed it is altered by many things. As my Unbalanced Brain series indicates, there are scientific reasons for many mood disorders. Cold showers can stimulate noradrenaline secretion in the brain, which is associated with improving mood disorders like depression.
  3. Increased immune strength – unlike what your mother told you, spending time in the cold can actually increase your immune strength. Those who take cold showers typically exhibit higher white blood cell counts as well as higher concentrations of plasma, T helper cells, and lymphocytes.
  4. Increased testosterone levels – I’m always looking for healthy and natural ways of increasing my testosterone levels. It’s a boon in the gym, it makes me feel more motivated in general, and manipulating it naturally is the safest long term method I can think of. When I heard that cold showers can vastly increase testosterone production, I was even more thrilled. Not only is testosterone elevated during the shower, but throughout the day as well.
  5. Metabolic advantages – from a body composition perspective, cold showers are also incredibly useful. The cold water induces an increased metabolic rate. The cold temperatures force your body to re-regulate the body temperature continually, which utilizes many calories. Mark mentions that an evolutionarily retained adaptation to cold water exposure is a layer of protective fat. Therefore, get your cold shower short and sweet and then get out. Longer exposure to cold therapy is not necessarily better.
  6. Better breathing – you may hyperventilate as soon as you get in a cold shower, which is a pretty natural response. However, the panic will only make the experience worse so it is in your best interest to breathe calmly and deeply. Few people breathe deeply so you may need cold showers to help you do so.
  7. Cold showers burn fat – when fat is activated due to extreme cold, it burns calories to keep you warm, which could provide a helpful assist in your weight loss plan.

Which one do you want to take advantage of? Now you know it, let’s start taking cold showers!

Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #HealthyLifeStyle

Avocado Oil Marinated Flank Steak with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

Miss Mevi's Avocado Oil Marinated Flank Steak with Avocado Chimichurri SauceHello everyone!

This weekend I had a family reunion and we prepared this spectacular meal, it was just great! I asked for the recipe, because I wanted to share it with you. Even though the name sounds like a lot of trouble, it is not!

Avocado Oil Marinated Flank Steak with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce!

Remember how I always recommend easy to prepare recipes? Well, this one is very easy too, just involve a little more time since you have to leave the steak to marinate since a night before.

Let’s say no more, here’s the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

Flank Steak

  • 1 cups avocado oil #MeviOil
  • 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 2 lbs. flank steak

Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 cups lime juice
  • 2 roasted poblano peppers, peeled and seeded
  • 2 ripe, Fresh Avocados, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp. red chile flakes
  • 4/5 cups water
  • 1/2 cups avocado oil #MeviOil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Flank Steak
In a large mixing bowl combine oil, lemon juice and cilantro. Add flank steak and marinate overnight.
Grill Steaks to desired temperature and serve with the chimichurri sauce.
Begin preparation the day before to marinate the flank steak.

Avocado Chimichurri Sauce
In a blender combine all ingredients except the oil. While blender is on, slowly add oil. Reserve until needed and serve with grilled flank steak.

You can serve with a green salad or sliced heirloom tomatoes. Serve with a green salad or sliced heirloom tomatoes.

Hope you enjoy this, let me know if you like it!

Until the next time!

#MissMevi  #AvocaTips #Avocado #MeviOil

Peach and Fresh Avocado Salad

Miss Mevi avocado and peach saladHello everyone!

Already planning some fresh and delicious food for this spring? Here is a funny suggestion: Peach and Fresh Avocado Salad! Not only kids will love it’s sweet flavor, but parents as well!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb spring mix lettuce
2 fresh Mevi Avocados, sliced
2 peaches, sliced
8oz goat cheese, crumbled
4oz almond slivers, toasted

Mix all the ingredients. You can add some cherry tomatoes if you want to.

(Vinaigrette-Yields 1 ¼ cup)
6oz MeviOil Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
2oz red wine vinegar
2oz honey
Fresh herbs (parsley, dill, or rosemary), finely chopped, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste.

Shake all ingredients together in a tightly-lidded container or whisk together in a small bowl.

Serve and enjoy!

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Grilled Tuna Sandwich

 Miss Mevi grilled tuna recipeHello everyone!

This Avocado and Seared Tuna Steak Salad rivals any restaurant version. It only takes 20 to 25 minutes to prepare. It’s perfect for lunch or for friends reunion. Also, this recipe has my favorite ingredients all rolled into one.

Hope you love it as much as I do.

4 – 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds tuna steak
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 red onions, peeled and diced
2 scallions, white and half of the green part (about 6 inches), sliced
2 ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced

DRESSING
4 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons wasabi powder, wasabi sauce or wasabi paste
4 tablespoons lime juice
10 dashes Tabasco sauce (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon dried coriander (or 1 tablespoon fresh minced cilantro)

DIRECTIONS
Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
Wash tuna, pat dry and rub with salt and pepper.
Sauté 2 minutes on each side, until seared. Tuna should be cooked outside and still raw inside. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine dressing ingredients and warm over medium-low heat, mixing occasionally.
Meanwhile, place onions, scallions and avocado in a medium to large salad bowl.
Cut tuna into 1-inch chunks and add to bowl.

Hope you like it.

Enjoy!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

How to persuade others to live a healthy lifestyle.

Miss Mevi tells you how to encourage a healthy lifestyleHello and happy weekend!

I’m pretty sure you have been tempted to persuade and convince others to live a healthy lifestyle like yours. I understand, you feel so good living like that, that you want everyone else to feel the same!

But instead of persuade others you might cause the opposite effect. People say that you can inspire much better with your example instead of telling them what to do. So these are some recommendations when you want someone to adopt a healthy lifestyle:

1. Stay Away From Severity
Use praise and positive reinforcement instead of strictness or extreme restrictions. When you see a person you want to help engaging in healthy habits, draw attention to these behaviors in a positive and encouraging way. Expect that change may not come about immediately, but over time you can help a person have a better relationship with food. Remember there’s only so much you can do and you cannot force a person to live healthy.

2. Allow For Indulgences
People occasionally slip up while trying to live healthy, which does not mean all attempts at being health-oriented are derailed. When trying to persuade someone to eat more nutritiously, encourage moderation. Discourage using fattening junk foods as a reward, however, as this can prompt habits of emotional eating.

3. Point out the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
These include losing weight and having more energy. Harvard School of Public Health notes eating a healthy, balanced daily diet and avoiding processed meats and other unhealthy foods also reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

4. Lead by example.
The best reason you can give someone for adopting a healthy lifestyle is doing it yourself and letting her see how it has helped you. Another dimension of this leading by example is talking about what you’ve learned about yourself in the process and the benefits that may not be visible on the surface.

Finally, don’t expect others to make drastic changes in their lives. They must really commit with the idea of living healthier before making a real change in their current habits.

Hope this can help you!

Until the next time.

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #HealthyLifeStyle

Myths and truths about Avocado

Miss Mevi clarifies some avocado mythsHello everyone! Thanks for coming by again!

When we talk about avocados there are some myths that aren’t necessarily truth. Today I’ll mention the most common and the truth of them.

  1. Avocados are fattening. Really? Who said that? If that was right, I should be really big by now. I have included avocados in my meals almost four or five times a week. I drink avocado smoothies very often too.
  2. Avocados are a healthier replacement for cheese and even meat. Avocado offers not merely a “substitute,” but a food which is much superior in value for human maintenance. It is rich in protein and fat and comparatively higher than any other fruits in these elements. The fat is more digestible than animal fats.
  3. Avocado produces Glutathion, an important antioxidant needed to prevent ageing, alzheimer, heart diseases and cancer.
  4. Avocados promote weight loss, thanks to the slow burning energy and satiety feeling you get from eating them.
  5. Avocados are good for combating arthritis due to the high levels of monosaturated fats and antioxidants they have.

Interesting, huh?

I hope you find these facts useful.

Until the next one!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

Original source: yetundedaramola.com

Avocado and Aloe Bodywrap

Miss Mevi bodywrap recipeHello again!

I’m sure you all know now that I love avocado. Not only it’s delicious and nutritious, but also its benefits can help when you apply on your skin.

I already recommended you a face mask, today I want to share a recipe of a bodywrap, ideal for your skin because it calms and soothes it. A cooling mask is used on sun burnt skin and a warm mask for a moisturizing and relaxing effect. It’s also helpful on dry skin.

It’s very easy to prepare and apply.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Lots of towels
  • Plastic wrap

DIRECTIONS

Blend avocado pulp, cream and aloe vera gel to a thick paste. Place lots of old towels down where you will nap later. Apply paste to body. Wash hands and loosely wrap over masked areas. Lay down and relax for one hour. Rinse.

Share with all of us how did you like it, and if it helped your skin.

Until the next one!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

Original source: thriftyfun.com

Avocado, mango and chicken salad

Miss Mevi brings an avocado, mango and chicken salad recipeHello everyone!

Have you ever felt like you would eat something really delicious but you don’t want to spend so much time in the kitchen? Well, today’s recipe is great because you will really enjoy it, but you won’t have to be in the kitchen for hours.

This is a colorful and very tasty mix of chicken, mangos, and avocados in a spicy lime dressing.

This recipe makes 8 servingsChange Servings

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 cup chili garlic sauce
4 cups shredded, cooked chicken
2 medium mangos – peeled, seeded and diced
2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
10 ounce spring lettuce mix

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then pour into a medium bowl. Stir in the garlic chili sauce and lime juice. Set the dressing aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, mangos and avocados. Arrange the spring salad mix on serving plates, then top with a few spoonfuls of the chicken mixture. Pour dressing over the top.

Serve and enjoy!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

Original source: allrecipes.com

Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole!

Miss Mevi Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadilla with smoky guacamoleHello everyone!

I really missed to write you here. Thanks to all who already follow my blog and also leave some comments. I’m so glad we can share this blog.

Today’s recipe is an ideal appetizer but works as a very delicious lunch: Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole!

As you might have noticed, since I work and also take care of my family (my 2 years old baby and my husband) I prefer all the easy-to-prepare recipes which also are healthy and delicious.

This is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • A couple pinches salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, 3 rounded tablespoonfuls
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, available in cans on specialty food aisle in Mexican section
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausage, sliced thin on an angle
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 clove garlic, cracked away from skin and crushed
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed, ask for easy-peels at fish counter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (12- inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 pound, 2 cups, shredded pepper Jack cheese

DIRECTIONS

Cut avocados all the way around with a sharp knife. Scoop out the pit, then spoon avocado flesh away from skin into a food processor. Add the juice of 1 lime, a couple of pinches salt, sour cream and chipotles in adobo. Pulse guacamole until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown chorizo 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from pan. Add oil, garlic, then shrimp. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and cook shrimp until pink, 2 or 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and a large tortilla. Cook tortilla 30 seconds, then turn. Cover 1/2 of the tortilla with a couple of handfuls of cheese. Arrange a layer of chorizo and shrimp over the cheese and fold tortilla over. Press down gently with a spatula and cook tortilla a minute or so on each side to melt cheese and crisp. Remove quesadilla to large cutting board and repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into 5 wedges and transfer to plates with your spatula. Top wedges of quesadillas with liberal amounts of smoky guacamole.

Serve and enjoy!

Hope you like it. Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

Original source: http://www.foodnetwork.com courtesy of Rachel Ray

Benefits of practicing yoga

Miss Mevi recommends practicing yoga Hello everyone! Have I told you that I really love yoga? I just finished doing today’s routine, you get to meet new people when you practice on a new gym. Many people still don’t think of yoga as an exercise, but is a very complete workout that help us a lot. Let me tell you some of the benefits of practicing yoga, you will be amazed for some of them, take a very good look at numbers 3 and 4 ;O)

1) Emotional Health Boost
All exercise has been shown to help people with depression feel better, and yoga is no exception. In fact, a study from Duke University Medical Center suggested that yoga could benefit those living with depression, schizophrenia, other psychiatric conditions, and sleep problems.

2) Back Pain Treatment
Multiple studies have found yoga to be a more effective treatment for chronic back pain than usual care. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people living with chronic lower back pain reported better back function, though similar levels of pain, after a few months of practicing yoga.

In another study of 80 individuals with chronic lower back pain, the group that participated in just one week of yoga showed less disability and greater flexibility than patients who completed other physical exercises. Even if you don’t have chronic pain, yoga’s stretching exercises can improve your spinal flexibility.

3) Fertility Aid
In recent years, couples have increasingly turned to yoga as a means of decreasing stress and increasing their chances of conceiving a child. And though there are few studies that indicate that yoga benefits include enhancing fertility, it has been shown to reduce stress and could indeed play a role.

4) Hangover Relief
After a night of drinking, yoga may be the last thing on your mind, but Shaw says it’s exactly what you should do.

5) Heart Disease Helper
In a study of 19 patients with heart failure, adding eight weeks of yoga to the treatment of nine of the patients increased their capacity for exercise, improved their heart health, and enhanced their overall quality of life. “Yoga plays a huge role in reducing your risk of heart disease,” Shaw says. “The cardiovascular benefits of yoga also help reduce arterial plaque.”

6) Asthma Ease
In a study of 57 adults with mild to moderate asthma, adding an eight-week yoga session to their conventional care dramatically improved asthma symptoms. “Breathing practice, known as pranayama, is an essential part of yoga, and such exercises have been shown to help ease the symptoms of asthma,” McGrath says.

7) Arthritis Fighter
When it comes to the benefits of different types of yoga, a study indicated that iyengar yoga, known for its use of props like belts, blocks, and other positioning aids, might help people with rheumatoid arthritis. This pilot study of eight people with rheumatoid arthritis showed that a six-week yoga program improved pain, pain disability, mental health, depression, vitality, and self-efficacy. Other types of yoga might help arthritis symptoms, too. “Arthritis loves gentle movement and heat, so styles like bikram or gentle yoga can be very beneficial for arthritis,” McGrath says.

8) Insomnia Buster
According to a review article that looked at several complementary and alternative medicine strategies for treating insomnia, yoga was one of the most effective approaches for getting a good night’s sleep.
“When experiencing insomnia, practice relaxing asanas or postures, such as forward fold (uttanasana) or lying on your back with your feet up the wall,” says Tamal Dodge, director of the Tamal Yoga School. “This will help with circulation as well as calming your body and, most importantly, your mind.”

9) Multiple Sclerosis Help
The loss of muscle function, coordination, and other issues that come with multiple sclerosis can be frustrating, but some research indicates that yoga might help with MS by improving both physical function and mood. A study of people with multiple sclerosis found that six months of weekly yoga classes improved fatigue to the same degree as six months of weekly traditional exercise classes.

10) Memory Boost
The benefits of yoga may even extend to your brain. “I like to refer to yoga as ‘taking out the trash’ physically and mentally,” Shaw says. “By reducing mental stress and physical tension, we are able to recall easier and have more organized thoughts. Improved cognitive function happens when we are able to clear our minds and refresh. From a place of peace and calm, we are able to use our mental facilities more efficiently.”

11) PTSD Benefit
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found yoga could be a beneficial adjunctive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This pilot study evaluated the effects of 12-session Kripalu-based yoga versus no yoga intervention in 38 women with symptoms of PTSD. The women randomized to the yoga group experienced greater reduction in PTSD symptoms than women in the control group. The results of this study hold promise for people with PTSD who have found little success with traditional psychotherapy.

For 5,000 years, hardcore yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s mental and physical powers. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to reap the benefits — adding just a few poses to your daily routine can help your health in all kinds of unexpected ways.

If you are still wondering if yoga works for you or not, try practicing for one day, some of these benefits can be felt immediately.

Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #Lifestyle

Original source: everydayhealth.com