When is the best time to exercise?

Most experts will say that there is really no best time to exercise, but when you exercise in the morning you are more likely to stick to it, because in the morning there are fewer obstacles to get in your way of getting to the gym. Morning exercisers also have the need for less caffeine and feel more alert and productive during the day.

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Which foods are better raw or cooked?

Carrots? Cooked. They are better cooked because they release beta-carotene when cooked. Beta Carotene is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body.

Red Peppers? Raw. The Vitamin C in peppers is water soluble, so when cooked the Vitamin C is leeched out. Eat them raw for the best benefits.

Onions? Cooked. Onions have flavonoids that are released when cooked. These flavonoids offer protection from heart disease and cancer.

New Uses for Coffee Beans

• After handling garlic or onions, rub coffee beans on your hands to help deodorize them.

• Fill a large vase with a pillar candle that sits on a bed of coffee beans. It will look nice and smell good too.

• When shopping for perfume, bring along a baggie of coffee beans to sniff in between scents. It cleanses your palate between fragrances.

• To help shrink your pores, fill a cup with light to medium roasted coffee beans, then fill with warm water. After the water cools, splash on your face for a tighter complexion.

• When baking a pie crust, place tinfoil over the crust and fill with coffee beans. The beans weight down the foil over the crust to avoid puffing or shrinking.

My First Abhyanga Massage and Steamy Wonder Session

by Arwen Rasmussen

I have always been a deep tissue massage kinda girl and I couldn’t really even tell you why. The first massage therapist I ever saw, Sarah, was a deep tissue therapist and so that is what I started with and that is what I have always gotten. And it makes sense, given the fact that I lift weights, cardio my butt off 5 times a week, and have two children under 3. Now, I have gotten other massages before. I had one after each of my children were born gratis from the hospital and I had one once at one of those day spas. Don’t get me wrong, they were nice with their soothing music, scented oils, and women who spoke in whispers. But when I want a massage, I always take the deep tissue, fatigue your muscles, man it hurts but when it’s done it’s all good, type of massages. So when Patricia, my Ayurveda doctor suggested I get an Abhyanga massage after my daughter was born, I was a little, let’s say, unexcited.

But Patricia said it would be good for me since I just had a baby and she (and myself) thought I could use some pampering, so I booked it. So picture this with me: sunlight streaming in the windows at just the right angle to give the room a warm, welcoming feel; quiet, soothing music to calm the noisiest mind; and oil being warmed by tea lights. After crawling onto the warmed massage table with a heating pad at my feet, I began my 90-minute Abhyanga experience and loved every minute of it. The warm oils and rhythmic strokes of Patricia’s hands seemed to melt away my stress and put me into a mental state I never wanted to leave. And the best part was that she hit every part, twice. That’s right; she did my hands twice, my feet twice, my forearms twice, and so on. It was wonderfully relaxing and was the much needed pampering I had been missing. And it wasn’t over with the massage either. Then I was introduced to the steamy wonder and let me tell you, wonder doesn’t even begin to describe it. A steam tent is fixed over you and the table with your head sticking out. Wet, cool towels are put over your feet and neck while 120 degree steam surrounds and wraps your body in a sauna experience like never before.

It was bliss. I recommend it as a gift to anyone who is stressed, who’s had a baby, or just wants the most relaxing 2 hours to themselves. It’s a treatment everyone should have at least once. I can say this for sure, my first Abhyanga and steamy wonder session won’t be my last.