Nov 2, 2020

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Sleep Like Sleeping Beauty

5 Tricks to Getting a Good Snooze at Night

Ever gone to bed promising yourself that you’ll sleep at 10 PM, only to stay up the whole night watching your favourite series? Well, if you find yourself doing this regularly, all the while complaining about feeling groggy the next day, then you’re not practising good sleep hygiene. Observing proper hygiene is crucial for getting a good night’s sleep, and here’s how you can do just that:

Sleep and Wake Up the Same Time Everyday

Waking up the same time every single day helps in stabilizing your circadian rhythm. This means you’ll also start feeling sleepy the same time every night, thereby normalizing your sleeping pattern. Health experts even advise to avoid extending your sleep, as it’ll only make you feel more tired later in the day. So turn off your snooze button, and just get up and start your day.

Adjust the Temperature in Your Bedroom

Adjusting your bedroom environment is part of proper sleep hygiene. One way of doing is to by lowering your room temperature, since a drop in body temperature help in inducing sleep. The ideal temperature is between 15 to 19 degrees centigrade. If it’s too cool for you, set your AC to a temperature that’d still prevent heat build-up at night.

Keep Your Bed Space Quiet and Dark

Along with lowering the temperature in your room, this is another way of adjusting your bedroom environment. External disturbances like bright lights and noise will just keep you up and about. Sleep specialists even say that people slept earlier during the time before electricity was discovered. So when it’s time for your hit the sack, ensure that you put the lights out and turn the radio or TV off.

Use Your Bed for Sleeping Purposes Only

Your bed should be a furniture piece that you’ll only use for sleeping – no other activities, such as reading or eating should done on it. If you wake in the middle of the night, get out of your bed and read. Just ensure that you only read a book, and just go back to bed when you’re feeling sleepy again.

Get Rid of the Blue Light

The blue light emanating from the screen of your phone is notorious for slowing melatonin production, which is essential for helping you sleep. To lessen its effect, wear eyeglasses that cancel out these blue glares. You can also put your phone on night shift mode, but the most ideal option is to just put your gadgets away.

Getting a good snooze at night won’t only make you look good in the morning, it’ll also help you focus more at work. So get the good shut-eye that you deserve by simply putting the aforementioned tips to work.

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Nov 2, 2020

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Fashion Items You Should Stop Wearing in College

Going to college and starting a new phase in your life can be daunting, but it can also be quite exciting since it’s the time when you’ll get to know yourself more. Your taste in clothes will differ and your style will completely change. In short, your college wardrobe will now be a completely different ball game. So get ready to leave some of your clothing pieces behind as you learn which fashion items you won’t be needing for college.

Band Merchandise

We know how much you love your favourite band, but you no longer need to wear their merchandise when you’re in college since it’s already time to experiment with new styling and clothing pieces. You can wear it minimally, but just ensure that the face of your favourite artists isn’t printed on the entire shirt.

Worn Out Flip-Flops

Some universities in Singapore may allow wearing of flip-flops in school, but it might be time for you to trade in your good old flip-flops for some cute flats and sandals. Although flip-flops are extremely comfortable, it could give other people or your professor an impression that you won’t even bother to wear some presentable shoes for college.

Bright Coloured Pants

Your college outfits could last you either a year or the entire four years you’ll be studying at the university. For that reason, do invest in a good pair of jeans – not the bright coloured ones, since it’ll less likely last you a year in college.

Eccentric Shorts

Taking the lead from ditching your coloured jeans, it might also be best if you already put your eccentric shots to rest. If your shorts have more than one pattern or colour in them, then it’s best to leave them behind and get yourself a pair of plain or denim shorts that would match your outfits better.

High School Shirts

University life is about embracing the new place and culture you’re in. You could still show off your school spirit with your new school tees and not your old high school shirts. You could still wear them every once in a while, but remember that you’ve already worn them enough during your high school years.

While it may feel a bit overwhelming, getting into college could also be exciting since you get to learn more about yourself – and that includes discovering your personal style. Your college outfits are on a completely different level now, and one of the best ways to kick-start your new styling in this upcoming years is to ditch the aforementioned fashion items from your college wardrobe. With this, you’ll be able to enjoy your new life with a new you.

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Jan 30, 2020

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What Can You Get from Whole Wheat Food?

Most of the diet regimen you might have read about almost always included whole grain and fiber, but do you know what can get from such food?

What is whole grain and refined grain?

Grain refers to food made from wheat, oats, corn, rice, and other related cereals. Whole grain contains all three major parts of a kernel, such as the germ, bran, and endosperm, which are high in nutrients. Whole grain for some people are less tasty than refined grain and have a shorter shelf-life.

Refined grain on the other hand, refers to grains that have been milled or ground into meal or flour to remove the bran or the germ in the kernels. Some refined grains are fortified with the missing vitamins and minerals, but still retain the fine texture and longer shelf-life.

What are the nutrients found in whole grain?

Whole grain food contains fiber, B vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, and folate), iron, magnesium, and selenium. Although the nutrient content will vary based on the type of grain, the dietary fiber is the most important benefit you can get from the food. It will help individuals who are trying to lose weight and keep their blood glucose levels and blood pressure manageable.

How do I find whole grain food?

Some food manufacturers label their wheat products as whole wheat even if they’re not, so make sure to look at the list of ingredients and the food nutrition label (look for the “nutrition facts” table).

A whole grain food should have “whole grain” listed first and the dietary fiber included in the nutrition label. Some products will also include a “heart check” seal, which indicates that the food has limited trans fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

What is dietary fiber?

Dietary fiber cannot be digested, but will help your body reduce bad cholesterol. It can either be soluble or insoluble and can hold excess water, help digestion, redistribute fat, cut inflammation markers, and reduce LDL cholesterol. Some dietary fiber sources, however, are high in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar, so read the labels thoroughly.

What are the examples of whole grain?

Some examples of whole grain include whole wheat, brown rice, whole grain barley, wild rice, whole grain corn, oatmeal, whole oats, whole rye, freekeh, buckwheat, bulgur, quinoa, and whole wheat couscous.

The amount of grains your body needs will depend on your age and calorie needs. For example, a 2,000-calorie diet requires 25 grams of fiber daily, so the grains in your diet must be at least one-half whole grains.

What are gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Unfortunately, not everyone is supposed to eat whole wheat, because of gluten intolerance and celiac disease. The former refers to an individual’s sensitivity to gluten found in most grain products. On the other hand, celiac disease, which is different from gluten intolerance, will cause the body to attack the small intestine that absorbs nutrients from whole wheat food.

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Jan 30, 2020

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How to Pick Facial Hair Styles for Your Face

Like your clothes and hairstyle, your facial hair can give indications of your personality and preferences, but these are not the only things you should consider when deciding on a beard style.

It’s Not for Everyone

Before you decide what type of facial hair you think is best for you, let’s discuss the possibility of growing beards. Not everyone can have a full beard just like a shiny frizz-free hair on the head isn’t for everyone, and that is not something the barber will decide for you, but your genes. How thick the hair is, its color and texture, and the areas where hair will grow on your face are all determined by your genes.

Most boys by the age of 15 will start having facial hair, but others will not have any until later. Moreover, the pattern of the beard is determined by the time he gets in his early 20s. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t grow facial hair, it just means that you need to make the most of what you already have.

How to Pick the Best Style

There are some things you need to consider when choosing a style besides how much hair you can naturally grow. First, you need to determine your face shape, then aim as much as possible to make your face look oval to hide your narrow or short face.

Here are some tips for each face shape.

  • Circular Face: pick a style that is long on the bottom, but short on the sides
  • Diamond Face: pick a full beard (if you can grow it) to hide the angles on your chin, but the sides should be trimmed and the bottom longer
  • Oblong or Rectangular Face: pick a style that will broaden the face, so the sides have to be full and the bottom short
  • Oval Face: most facial hair styles will look fine, but your sides and bottom should be even if you want a short facial hair style
  • Square Face: pick a style that will add length, but will shorten the sides of your face
  • Triangular Face: pick a style that is long on the bottom, but short on the sides; the chin, however, should have wide, graduated parts to make your face look oval

Different Beard Styles

There are various beard styles to choose from, so we’ll narrow the choice to the following 16 styles:

  1. Clean Shaven
  2. Stubble (short, medium, and long)
  3. Full Beard
  4. French Fork
  5. Ducktail
  6. Circle Beard
  7. Goatee (goatee and extended goatee)
  8. Imperial
  9. Van Dyke
  10. Anchor
  11. Balbo
  12. Mutton Chops (mutton chops and friendly mutton chops)
  13. Verdi
  14. Garibaldi
  15. Dutch
  16. Bandholz

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Dec 9, 2019

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5 Amazing Tricks for Keeping Fruits and Vegetables at Home

After cooking your own meals for a while, you may think that you’ve got everything figured out in the kitchen and even have a dedicated cooking section in your bookshelf – but there’s always more you can add to enrich your experience and improve your culinary skills. Here are a few tips and tricks for cooking and preparing vegetables that will completely change the way you do things in the kitchen:

1.  Ripen fruits more quickly

There’s a reason why you don’t want to keep certain fruits like bananas and papayas grouped together in the same place for too long. That’s because they release ethylene gas, which can make certain fruits and vegetables spoil much faster. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to your advantage. In fact, to make your fruits and vegetables ripen more quickly, all you need to do is to throw the occasional banana in there and then separate them when they’re ready.

2.  Re-use that pickle brine

Don’t drain that water away! Whether you made that jar of pickled vegetables yourself or bought it from the store, you can always make more than one use out of it by adding fresh vegetables in it and storing it in the fridge for a few days. For best results, you can even par-broil these vegetables before pickling them to speed things up.

3.  Keep vegetables crisp for longer

While wrapping in foil doesn’t work for all vegetables – it certainly doesn’t work for most leafy greens – using it for specific food items like broccoli and lettuce certainly helps to keep them crisp for a lot longer.  

4.  Slice your bell peppers in advance

To get the most out of your bell peppers by making them last as long as possible, the best thing you can do is to simply slice them up and store them in a zip-lock bag in your refrigerator. You can also slice them a lot more easily than normally would by doing the following steps:

  • Slice the top and the bottom off; save them for later.
  • Cut on one side of the bell pepper lengthwise. Be sure to slice down on just the skin for this.
  • Roll out the skin and slice the parts connecting the core.
  • Push out the middle part of the bell pepper’s top.
  • Dice the skin, including the top and bottom parts of the bell pepper.

5.  Keep soft fruits from getting crushed

No one likes dealing with squished or saggy fruits, and the good news is you don’t have to deal with them, either. When storing fruits and vegetables in your fridge or pantry, you want to make sure to place the hardest items at the bottom, such as potatoes and cucumbers, and the softest ones, like tomatoes or mangoes, on top. This allows the weight to be evenly distributed among these various food items and keeps certain fruits plump rather than saggy.

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