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

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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!

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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