March 31, 2015

Skin Master- Coffee Body Scrub

Skin Master- Coffee Body Scrub
Did you know (realise it ) that the skin is the largest organ in our body? When you use the cosmetic products all of the ingredients in those products absorb right into your blood stream.
Before I was never thinking about my skin in this perspective. But when somebody told me about that, I started to take more care about the cosmetics I use. I am always taking care about what I eat, and about active lifestyle. When I realise that maybe I am "killing myself softly" with the cosmetics which I put on my body...I started to read a lot about the solutions and the cosmetics which are just free of toxic substances.The biggest and the most educative experience it was to find the cosmetics without parabens....

In my free time I started to produce and test the homemade cosmetics- the basic ones which I can do by myself- with a little bit ingredients and which I can prepare really fast  And I am still looking for the interesting recipes and in my "home base laboratory"  I am preparing body goodies. The biggest pleasure is testing them later on my skin.  I will start to share with you the recipes for homemade- -skin-body- masters which I found and tested. Today Coffee Body Scrub. Please check recipe :)

March 27, 2015

They want you to Think Dirty...

I was writing already about how to buy cosmetic products (Pick The Health- simple guideline- How to buy cosmetic products?)

My advice was simple- read the labels. Most of us know that it is not so easy to remember and understand which ingredients may be risky. But there is a tool which can help us to take a decision:  BUY or NOT TO BUY.  This magic tool its an app Think Dirty.

 You want to know more about Think Dirty, please check their web:

"Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows you to compare products as you shop. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and cleaner options."

March 27, 2015

Pick the healthy lifestyle plan

Pick the healthy lifestyle plan

Why the sport exercises are important? The first thing that comes to my mind is the breasts and the buttocks, a flat stomach and the slender legs. I love my body. In addition to these obvious elements, there is still something very important (maybe more important ), which is created during the regular sport activity - it is NATURE of MENTALITY.

It does not sounds nice...but I am proud that my body looks good. It was not an easy way.  I was also at the beginning of the road to success now I am celebrating. I safely lost 4 kilos. 

How I did it? First of all I changed my diet. I am not eating ready snacks, ready dishes bought in supermarkets/ snack shops, on the way to work. I am not drinking artificial drinks, I am buying only fresh juices and when I have time I am doing juices at home. I discovered that I am spending around 30 minutes per a day to prepare a good healthy dish, smoothies, my lunch box etc. Before work I am trying always have a good healthy breakfast ( believe me it takes only 10 minutes to prepare a smoothie). So my first advice is to forget about miracle diet. The quality of success is wholesome food and healthy menu.

My second advice I am training. By regular sport activity, I know that I can reach the top of my dreams. Four times per a week, I am running and doing pilates. Regularity is indispensable. I found  time with dedication only to myself (its around five hours per week ). I am working for my happiness, it gives me a power which I can share with the others - my family, my partner, my coworkers.My process of transformation was calm and peaceful. I was enjoying my activity. Now, I am happy in my  body

You should do a sport regularly. I do not say that everything will come super-easy. What is more, I am telling you that there will be the blood, the sweat and the tears. That is  very good. Someone, once told me that something that costs nothing is worth nothing. There is a difference between a person who got rid of the excess pounds, he/ she went to liposuction, and the person who trained hard at the gym. Hard work gives you the healthy benefits.

Regular sport activity makes woman/ men more attractive. You are learning what a life is... it is a daily trophies, but sometimes failures. Sport gives extraordinary experience and useful skills... we are learning from the success and the failures that we met.  
Remember success must be earned primarily by you, honestly and without shortcuts. Remember only person which you are cheating is yourself...

March 26, 2015

Pick a good snack

Pick  a good snack

Snack is a small portion of food eaten between regular meals. 
You know that feeling? Imagine yourself, it is 4-5 p.m. and your body wants again something. It is your rubbling stomach ....
The best solution is a small snack. 

To be honest I like pick some food during my work. And small bowl full of goodies is making me hold on. Especially that I am sure I will not put on weight. The snacks which I am choosing,  give me high nutritional value and stimulate positive thinking. 
For me the most important is to choose smart portion. My favourites snacks  are  crunchy and delicious cashew nuts and  goji berry, also called the wolf berry.
When I do not  have time for a good lunch or breakfast, I like to pick some cashews. They are high in calories. Believe me 100 g of nuts provide 553 calories.But  if  you pick  this nuts you will provide to your body vitamins (vitamins B5, B-6, B-1), minerals (manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium), soluble dietary fibre. * I like them because a few of them helps me to survive until another correct meal.
My other favourite snack is goji berry. This fruits are like SUPER HEROES. They will provide to your body all essential amino acids, proteins, vitamin C. Ohhh sorry how I could forget to inform you that they are boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach. They are awesome. But you have to take care and read information from where goji berries are come from. Buy only this ones from reputable source. Why I am writing about it? Because some of them are from commercial growing parts of China... they can contain harmful ingredients (pesticides).  Just read labels. :) **


March 24, 2015

It is Spring. Take care about your skin

It is Spring. Take care about your skin

Spring, sun, nature, green gardens. It's enough to finally be in a good mood. We start to wear less and less clothes... and showing our skin. 

The skin is the best body reflect which shows our health both mental and physical. After long winter we are disappointed that the skin appearance is not perfect. Because we forgot about right diet, the right dose  sleep and rest. Spring is a good moment to be active and get the positive endorphins. 
 Happy mind is highly beneficial for our skin . To improve the skin appearance we have to nutrish body from the inside. Diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and  grains is the best think which we can give for our skin. Cosmetics are only the supplement for our vital force. We should eat a lot of vegetables and fruits to recover the natural beauty. Remember about suitable amount of water and forget about sweets- it is easier to replace them with oranges, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, apples. 

Try to reduce the cosmetics which you were using during the winter time. It is good to do a little bit of detoxification.

Start  your days with positive affirmation, yoga session, jogging. Spring is the time when the sport goals become easier. The days are longer, and weather is better - so there is not excuses for laziness. If most of the time you are sitting behind the desk, trapped between four walls... trust  me after work  - movies, couch time, chips, or a glass of wine will not  help you feel better. You can provide endorphins to your body only through physical activity.
After a busy day prepare yourself silencing and regenerating bath. Enjoy your body- enjoy your skin.

Just be happy :)  

March 23, 2015

Pick The Health- simple guidline- How to buy cosmetic products?

Probably there is not a person who did not use the toothpaste, deodorant, soap or face cream. First contact  with cosmetics we have immediately after waking up. Our morning in the bathroom:
-  body soap or gel,
body creams
- hair gels,
- antiperspirant, deodorant or perfume.  

We have to use cosmetic products to clean the body, to smell good and to be healthy (higenic).
So, as you can see the cosmetics are everyday with us- it is the part of our life.  

Please note that not all cosmetics for daily care can be healthy for your body. Most of them, even those expensive branded, contain chemicals that are absorbed into our body causing a very serious diseases. In most cases we are not even aware of the problem. It is no secret that in the cosmetic industry they use toxic chemicals, some of them are dangerous in contact with plain water, human sweat, and some react in conjunction with other products.It turns out that the harmful chemicals can be found not only in these cheap products, but also in a number of branded, often very expensive cosmetics.

So ... when you decide to spend  your money for cosmetics, it is worth check if the products are not poisoning your body. Cosmetic companies always indicate on the label the chemical composition  which contein product and it is worth to pay attention to this information.  

When buying cosmetics, carefully read the label and avoid these chemicals and their derivatives:


When buying cosmetics or any other product, check the label does not contain harmful chemicals, parabens, such as:
 Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isopropylparaben , Propylparaben, Butylparaben,
Benzylparaben, Glutaraldehyde, Hexamidine-Diisethionate, Phenol,
Phenyl Mercuric Acetate, Phenyl Mercuric Borate, Benzetonium Chloride.

When buying cosmetics, always check the label if the product does not contain harmful aluminum salts, such as:
Aluminium hydroxide, Aluminium oxide, Aluminium silicate, Aluminium stearate
Aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, Aluminium Chloride, Aluminium Chlorohydrate
Aluminium Chlorohydrex, Aluminium Chlorohydrex PG, Aluminium Distearate
Aluminium Sesquichlorohydrate, Aluminium Stearate, Aluminium Tristearate, Aluminium Zirconium Trichlorohydrex GLY.

Beware of these cosmetics that contain hazardous to health paraffin compounds:
Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffin, Synthetic Wax, Isoparaffin, Mineral Oil
Vaseline, Petrolatum, Ceresin, Isododecane, Isobutane, Isohexadecane
Ozokerite, Cera Microcristallina

Remember when you are going to buy any cosmetic, you should know that cosmetics manufacturers are obliged to place on the labels of the products their composition. It is your choice that you are buing sometihing. Use your freedom and choose well for yourself.

 People with weak eyes should equip themselves with a magnifying glass which will allow a correct reading of the content.

My knowlege:

Toxic ingrediens
Skin deep

March 22, 2015

Follow Weekend III

Follow Weekend III

March 21, 2015

Follow Weekend II

Follow Weekend II

Every occasion for movement is good. Sometimes we are dreaming about lazy- couch time Saturday. But sometimes we just must move- move a lot. Perfect proposition for an active Saturday is snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing on the sunny terraces  of mountains is just a dream come true. We were celebrating the first day of Spring in the mountains- still full of snow.  Snowshoe walking is a fascinating sport for nature-lovers and sportsmen. The quietness on the countryside together with the soft crunching of the snow... simply love it!

March 19, 2015

Pick The Health... run

Pick The Health... run
Regular exercise, running in particular— has good health benefits. I like running, it helps me look and feel great. It was not so easy at the beggining for me. How I started? It was 2010 ...I combined run/ walk for 30 minutes four times a week. I was doing slow walk for a 5 minutes and then jog for 5 minutes. After two weeks I tried to do more running than walking. And now after five years I easly, run 5 till 12 kilometers, three times a week. My effort... yeap it was not easy at the beggining but now I am just happy with that .. Running is a BIG PLEASURE. I am less stressed, I am feeling good and atractive, I am much more self- confident.For me running is a mental exercise, more than physical. I love sense of freedom that running gives me.

What are the healthy benefits of running?

March 18, 2015

Healty dessert- frozen raspberry yogurt

Healty dessert- frozen raspberry yogurt
If you really love desserts but you want to have a healthy one - there's nothing better than homemade frozen yogurt.

Frozen yogurt is like ice cream, a frozen dessert made with yogurt instead of milk and cream. And all it requires is tree ingredients: raspberries ( you can use the fruits which you like- banana, strawberry, papaya, apple...), yogurt ( low- fat, full fat, plain, vanilla), honey or sugar ( optionally).  How to prepare a homemade frozen yogurt ? It is easy- check my recipe...

Health benefits of raspberries
**The Sweet Truth Revealed- Honey

March 17, 2015

Pick The Health... pick the coffee

Pick The Health... pick the coffee
I am a coffee lover. I just love this brewed drink with strong flavour and amazing aroma. After doing  some research I can even say that coffee is healthy for my body. About pros and cons of drinking coffee you can read here YES/ NO for a coffeeThis nice and short article will explain you all the positives and negatives effects of drinking a coffee.
My favourite method of preparing coffee is "Turkish coffee"( attention it is unfiltered) please find below my recipe for a nice morning glory drink:

Turkish coffee is regarded by UNESCO as part of Turkish cultural heritage, more about that beautiful tradition you can read here Turkish coffee culture and tradition.

Small dictionary: CEZVE is a pot designed specifically to make Turkish coffee. 

March 16, 2015

The best way to keep cosmetic products.

The best way to keep cosmetic products.
Cosmetics are playing a really important role in our lives. This products help us to clean our body and keep us in good shape. Personal care and hygiene supports our self image. In European society the appearance plays a  major role in  social life. Beauty care products and healthy lifestyle are helping us to feel happy. From cosmetics we radiate vitality and energy. Personal care is building the harmony between mind and body.

I am always taking care about what I  put in my body( nutrition),  what I put on my body(cosmetics) and what I do with my body( exercises). About cosmetics that  I use I will write another time.

I would love to share now some small information about how to store cosmetic products.
Beauty products to work well, must be properly stored. I always take care that beauty products are not exposed to sunlight and are stored in constant low air temperature area ( never near the radiator). Before I apply the cream I always wash my hands.  I clean the brushes and applicators at least once a week (it takes around 3 minutes). From time to time I disinfect and remove old cream which remains on the tubes, jars and caps. Once per month I am checking products expiration date- I do not want to put on my skin something which is old and maybe already just not healthy for my skin. 

March 14, 2015

Follow Weekend I

Follow Weekend I
I love Saturdays... especially the mornings. It is the perfect time for a long run. Running gives me a lot of positive energy and helps to burn the calories. I am in paradise. My mind is clear. I can forget about all the stressful situations and problems. Really soon, I will write more about my training schedule and about positive aspects of running.

After the run (you know that feeling if you are training) I just deserve for my full of good calories breakfast. Today green sandwiches. I will consume around 277 calories( I am sharing this prepared portion with my friend), but after 8km of intensive workout it's like nothing.

Enjoy your Saturday :)

March 12, 2015

Pick The Health- eat strawberry

Pick The Health- eat strawberry

I would love to introduce you Queen of the March: beautiful, red, sweet Strawberry.
Why you should very welcome the Strawberry in your kitchen? 

S- like a smile.
Eating the strawberries makes happy.
T- like a taste.
There is nothing better than the taste of strawberries… taste of sweet spring.
R- like a recipe.
Strawberry is the queen  of the desserts: strawberry cake, strawberry tart, strawberry jam, strawberry shake….
         A-  like the anti- aging properties.
On Eating strawberries you are giving to your body the resource of the ellagic acid, which protect the skin to prevent sagging. 
W- like a weight loss 
 B like a bone health.
In Strawberries you will find vitamin K, magnesium and potassium witch are indispensable for the bone health.
E- like an eye- health.
Strawberries may lower the risk of macular degeneration.
R-like a red colouring.
Red colouring contains anthocyanins- which stimulate the burning of stored fat.
R- like a red pleasure.
Sun, sweet and sweet strawberries – one of the best pleasures in life.
Y- like YES.
Yes, I want eat them everyday. 

I am sharing with you my recipe for a banana- strawberry smoothie.  Smoothie is a great way to start the day and will make the smile on you face( especially on Monday mornings). Enjoy.

March 12, 2015

Pick The Health .... ready steady GO ...

Pick The Health .... ready steady GO ...

Hello everybody,
Welcome to Pick the Health 

My blog is dedicated to people who likes healthy lifestyle or would like to change their bad habits.
In general, until now I didn’t have really healthy lifestyle …
but I am working on it since a while.… 
I want to live more eco and more healthy. I will share with you my new experiences with a food, cosmetics, clothes and my fitness improvement. 

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