I fucking hate mornings. FUCKING. HATE. MORNINGS. I work at a computer all day and my eyes get so damn tired. I tried a coffee mask this morning and my eyes weren’t puffy, I didn’t have any dark circles, and I’ve felt more alert. Didn’t even get the tired 12:00 eyes! I definitely recommend this either as an under eye mask, a face mask, or an all-over body mask (it also helps reduce bloating and puffiness on your body).
1/2 cup ground coffee (any kind, I used Folgers dark roast, just make sure it’s not decaf)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil (I used coconut cause it’s bomb)
Mix the ground coffee and cocoa powder together with a fork. Pour in the milk and whisk together. Fold in the honey and oil and mix until blended. Apply to your face (I used an old paintbrush to this face). Let it dry for about 10 minutes or until hard, then rinse off in the shower or with a warm rag. FEEL AWESOME ALL DAY.
That backfired!!!! The use of rape was irresponsible and careless. Not even a warning at the beginning…SMH
And she uses said rape as leverage against her rapist to further Fitz’s political life. Like who does that shit?!
A confounded ass who does not understand the mechanics of human relationships that is who.
Yesss I’m surprised at how little conversation I’ve seen on the use of rape in Scandal. Every instance (3 that I remember off the top of my head) was problematic in some way. Shonda does not know how to handle difficult subjects!….or plot twists….or consistency…or accuracy….or…..ok im done :)
Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.
Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.
Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.
Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.
Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.
Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.
Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.
Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.
Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.
Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.
Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.
Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.
Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.
Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.
Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.
Cold Sore – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.
Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals.
Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.
Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.
Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.
Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.
Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.
Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.
Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.
Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.
Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.
After Shave – Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.
Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.
Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.
Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.
Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.
Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.
Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.
Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.
Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.
Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.
Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.
Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.
Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.
Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.
Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.
Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.
Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.
Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.
Alzheimer’s – Some research points to coconut oil as a way to slow the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.
Epilepsy – Coconut oil may reduce the incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen.
Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.
Another coconut oil master post. Several of these I can vouch for personally
Green tea, blueberries, walnut, salmon (target belly fat)
Replace processed grains like white bread, white rice, anything using white flour with whole grains (brown rice, whole grain bread, cook with whole grain flour)
Reduce your meat intake. Cut red meat down to once a week or less, if you can. Stick to un-breaded chicken and fish. Use spices, not salt, to season your food. Bonus tip: hot spices like cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, etc. can temporarily boost your metabolism. Just watch out for excess sodium added to the spices.
Consider this a guide for every meal: your plate should be divided up like so — 50% fruits and vegetables, 30% grains, and 20% protein.
Going vegetarian (or even including vegetarian meals sometimes) can be incredibly helpful. Read up about complete proteins, or I can give you more information if you’re interested. Basically if you eliminate meat, you need to combine grains and other protein sources to get all your nutrients. Some examples include: beans and rice, quinoa or soy by itself is complete, whole grain bread and peanut butter, grains and dairy, or pita bread and hummus.
Smoothies are another good weight loss tool and they can be customized to whatever you like. Basically, add Greek yogurt, a juice or tea (green tea is good in smoothies), and frozen fruit or fresh fruit and some ice cubes and blend. There are also some products you can add to smoothies to help boost their nutrition and weight loss value: apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil, ginger, cayenne pepper.
Exercise is key. Find something you enjoy doing (dancing, running, going to the gym, etc.) and commit to doing it for 30 minutes every day minimum. Partner with somebody if you can and hold each other accountable. Consider all types of exercise: cardio, resistance training, flexibility training. If you don’t like exercising, do a wide mix of exercises. There are lots of good apps and websites that give you examples of workouts; just google what you’re interested in (“ab workout”, “15 minute workout”, etc.).
There are also calorie counting apps and tools online. My favorite is the LiveStrong app that I’ve used for months. Based on your age, gender, height, goals, and some other factors, it calculates how many calories you need and allows you to enter them manually, search for them, or even scan a barcode. You can also track your exercise/calories burned and see how that changes your calorie allotment for the day.
Make sure you get enough fiber, either from your diet or from supplements. On a 2000 calorie diet, you should have 28 grams of fiber per day. FiberOne and FiberPlus make yummy granola bars and other products to help you get more fiber. You can also get it from spinach, beans, whole grains, nuts, baked potatoes with the skin, berries, oatmeal, and vegetables.
Drink PLENTY of water. Try to only drink sugary drinks as a rare thing. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated. If you want to have some juice, water it down either with water or seltzer water. If you want some flavor in your water, add some cut up fruit, mint leaves, or cucumber slices to a pitcher of water and let it steep overnight.
If you drink alcohol, try to be aware of your sugar intake from it. There’s a line of vodkas and mixers called SkinnyGirl that are comparably low in sugar. The best thing is to just cut out alcohol, but if you don’t want to, trying lower calories spirits and mixing with juice or flavored seltzer water can help.
Keep yourself in the zone and don’t neglect yourself mentally. Dieting and losing weight is hard work and your body will fight the change. If you treat yourself, just acknowledge that you ate something unhealthy, don’t guilt trip yourself, and increase your workout for that day if it’s really bothering you. Look at diet and exercise as a healthy hobby rather than something that is defining you or something that is completely strict and all-consuming.
Some of my favorite low calorie snacks:
Skinny Cow candy bars and ice cream
FiberOne gummies, granola bars, and brownies
Low sodium pretzels
Fresh veggies with hot sauce (or dressing if you like, just dip them lightly in the dressing to cut down on calories and fat)
Baked zucchini chips (cut zucchini into slices, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle on some spices and/or parmesan cheese, bake at 375F for 30 minutes or until cripsy)
Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn with Old Bay seasoning or cinnamon
I hope this helps! Also, if you want any recipes, I have tons that I’ve personally tried. Let me know how it goes!
A man is 631 times more likely to become an NFL player than to be falsely accused of rape.
"We end on a serious note. Because 1 in 33 men will be raped in his lifetime, men are 82,000x more likely to be raped than falsely accused of rape. It seems many of us would do well to pay more attention to how rape culture affects us all than be paranoid about false accusers.”