Corn : Is it beneficial?

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I have always loved eating corn but was never sure whether it contained any benefits. So today I decided to find out a little bit more about it.

Here is the nutritional contents of an average cup of corn (149grams) :

~Fibre 14.3% RDA
~Vitamin C. 13.6% RDA
~B3. 12.5% RDA
~Manganese. 12.5% RDA
~B3. 11.8% RDA
~Calories. 7% RDA

Corn is a whole grain food that is high in fibre, low in fat and provides our body with essential nutrients, beneficial methinks!?

Corn provides our body with two important carotenoids: lutein and leaxanthin which both support our eyes, reducing the chance of eye disease and slow cataracts. Lutein also reduces the chance of stroke or heart attack as it prevents hardening of arteries.

Corn also contains folate which supports out cardiovascular system and vitamin B1 that helps our body convert carbs into energy and aids the functioning of our heart, muscles and nervous systems.

As you can see corn is high in fibre; both soluble and insoluble. Dietary fibre is the soluble fibre which reduces chance of heart disease and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels, whereas the insoluble fibre helps prevent constipation. This can also be good for dieting as the fibre makes you feel more satisfied, meaning you eat less, aiding weight loss.

An average sized corn ear only contains about 80 Calories and over 10% of our RDA of fibre!!

So is corn beneficial?

I definitely think so!!

End of week one challenge..

So today marks the end of the first week of my 3 Week: 3 Move Challenge. So far so good.. right? Well I will admit I did miss one day but I’m catching up on what I missed out on! Its all about persistence!!

So how is everyone else doing? Start today and start seeing the difference!

This challenge will build your core muscles in no time!

Tip: switch up the type of sit ups you do. Try some of these:

•Oblique Ab curl:
These are similar to normal sit ups. Same position however you when raise your shoulders off floor , twist your torso so that your elbow from one arm moves towards the opposite knee and alternate direction after each sit up. These work the oblique abs or ‘side’ abdominal muscles.

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Air crunches : Same position as normal sit up, however legs are extended and knees move alternately towards face , at the same time the opposite elbow meets the knee. Works the upper and lower abs as well as obliques!

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•You could also incorporate an Exercise Ball !

Check out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOLheniTjHU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

3 Week: 3 Move Challenge

So Im on work placement for college for the next 14 weeks so I’m going to be busy everyday of the week! However I seen this 3 Week: 3 Move Challenge and I do love a challenge!

Lauren Conrad recently posted about this 3 Week: 3 Move Challenge and so I decided sure why not give it a go!

The Challenge involves completing 3 simple moves everyday for 3 weeks:

• minimum 100 ab crunches
•minimum 26 push ups
take the stairs instead of the elevator

To add to this try drinking a pint of lemon water before each main meal of the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), everyday for three weeks too! This will help help you detox your body along with many other health benefits.

Doesn’t seem too hard .. Right? ?
…well I’ll keep you posted on how its going, day one starting tomorrow!
Why don’t you give it a try with me!?

Love your skin!:)

Skin is important therefore we should look after it! You should make it routine to look after your skin and this 4 step process will help you keep your skin healthy and looking young!

Step 1: Cleanse

Buy a cleanser and use it at night before you go to bed to clean your pores and free your face from make-up and other dirt. There is no real need to cleanse in the morning as too much cleansing can also be bad for your skin.

If you have dryer skin use cleansers that are creamy and avoid alcohol-based cleansers. For oily skin clear cleanser will do.

Step 2: Tone

After your face is clean and dry, apply toner evenly across your face, be careful around eye area! Leave the toner on your face, it will return your skin pH to normal and kill any bacteria left on your face. If you have dry or sensitive skin buy a sensitive toner.

Step 3: Moisturise

When the toner has dried in your face will feel tight so now its time to moisturise. Apply a small bit of moisturiser and rub in using circular motions over your whole face. Moisturiser is essential for every skin type! It can come in many different types depending on what your requirements are so read the information on the moisturiser to get one to suit you!

Step 4:  Exfoliate

Once a week replace your cleanser with a exfoliator. Apply exfoliator and rub in using circular motions also. Use warm water and a wash cloth to clean the exfoliator off and remove dead skin cells.

Exercises for the Home:

These exercises are great for doing almost anywhere! Simple and easy to get you toned up in a just a few steps!

1. Modified Squats

The good thing about these squats is that you can do them almost anywhere, all you need is a chair, even your couch will do!

• Sit with your feet flat on the ground, arms folded, back straight, feet shoulder width apart, knees bent at a 90 degree angle.
• Lift upwards, just a couple of inches above the chair and hold for 30 seconds.

2. Press Ups

These will tone up your triceps ( back of upper arm) and also your pecs (chest).

•Lie face down with your back straight and legs extended straight, with your palms on the ground about shoulder width apart and have your arms extended straight so that they are supporting your body.
• Slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself towards the floor keeping your alignment and push back up through your arms and chest.

Tip: If you find these hard, first try by resting your knees on the floor, keeping back and neck alignment.

3. Back Extension

This exercise will tone up your back and stomach!

•Lie face down on the floor, arms straight at your sides, face facing floor and legs extended straight also.
• Lift your head towards the ceiling using your stomach and back and hold for 5-10 seconds.

Tip: Raise legs as well as head to further progress.

4. Plank

This effective and easy exercise is great for strengthening your core muscles.

• Lie face facing the floor, keeping back and legs straight, rest on your elbows and toes and hold for 30secs.