Plus One Positivity

Seasonal socializing when you’re solo

It’s December again, and you know what that means; parties, presents, and too many cocktails to count! It’s prime time for socializing and odds are good your calendar is jam packed with soirees and stop-ins that seem cut out for couples. This is great if you’re in one, but if you’re flying solo this season – whether it’s because you’re actually single or simply away from your nearest and dearest – this time of year can be more intimidating than intoxicating. But It doesn’t have to be! Here’s your guide to navigating the holiday season solo:
 
Don’t Wait – Decorate!                                                                   
When you live alone, it’s easy to blow off the urge to decorate. After all, no one will see it but you, right? Even if you don’t have an ounce of company (see tip number two ahead), a little dose of the holiday spirit at home will take the edge off winter’s chill and instill a dose of gratitude for all that you have. So, whether it’s a little tree, a menorah, a string of lights or something else that warms your heart, get to it! You’ll enjoy the festive glow, even from the sofa.
 
Entertain en Casa!
Now that you’ve gone the extra mile to up your home’s holiday mojo, it’s time to stoke the hearth. Whether it’s a dinner party for four or a few cocktails for anyone who’s still in town over the holidays, have a few friends over to embrace the aura you’ve created. You’ll make memories to outweigh any lingering sense of loneliness and maybe even last a lifetime.
 
Don’t Be Afraid To Go Solo
You may feel the urge to hibernate, but don’t skip that Saturday night holiday party just because you don’t have a date. Mingle! You’re likely to find you’re far from the only solo attendee and community is about more than your relationship status.
 
Be Grateful
Whether your life is everything you’ve ever dreamed of or you still have a long way to go, you have plenty to be grateful for. Take a moment each day to practice saying thank you for the past year. Whether it was good, bad or in between, lessons were learned and ground was gained. You are the master of your own destiny and with ever year’s end, comes a new beginning. Put yourself in the space to seize yours and have the New Year of your dreams.

Healthy for the Holidays

How to eat, drink and be merry, in a healthy way

The focus of many winter celebrations are the delightful high-calorie foods we share with family and friends. Some of us just go for it and indulge in festive feasting and worry about the effects later, while others stress over every single bite. Consider a happy medium with these healthier holiday food strategies.
 
Food Game Plan
Just because you’re trying to be party health-conscious, doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. Have a food plan prepared before each event. An hour before your gathering, have a healthy snack; a handful of almonds, a bowl of greens or an apple, to curb your appetite. Saving yourself for the party will only leave you hungry and vulnerable to unintentional binging. You can apply the same snack prep rules to any traditions or celebrations that restrict eating for a certain amount of time.
 
Analyze Your Options
Survey the table before filling your plate and make a B-line for salads, veggies and proteins. Pass on the gravy and other sauces and keep track of your starches; they stack up fast on those holiday buffets. If you can’t help yourself, pick the foods you’ve been looking forward to all year. Totally worth the calories…in moderation, of course. If you’ve opted out of desserts entirely, make it easier on yourself by bringing along your own teabags. Sipping a tasty cup of hot peppermint, ginger spice, or cinnamon tea is a zero-calorie alternative to sweets and after dinner drinks.
 
Pass On The Spirits
Alcoholic beverages are full of calories. Look up the nutritional details of your favorite cocktails before you go out in case you want to find a more calorie conscious option. Fun Fact: Mixed drinks tend to have more calories than wine or champagne. If you don’t drink, or choose to forgo drinking, consider sparkling water instead of a soft drink. Order it with a splash of pomegranate or cranberry juice and a lime. Mock cocktails, or mocktails as they’re so fabulously called, are satisfying and just as festive!
 
Thanks, But No Thanks
You may feel obligated to partake in high-calorie homemade favorites around the holidays for fear of insulting a coworker or family member. Instead of giving into politeness and taking everyone up on their offers, know that it’s okay to just say, “No, thank you.” If you still feel guilty, mention that it’s hard to turn down such a delicious offer, but you’re being mindful of your holiday intake. ;)
 
Keep Exercising
It’s easy to abandon your exercise routine during the holidays. Be sure to schedule a regular time to break a sweat or it may slip to the bottom of your to-do list. After a holiday meal grab a friend or relative to take a walk with you, even if it’s just around the block. It will help you burn a few calories and keep your energy up.
 
Enjoy your family and friends and have a healthy and happy holiday season! 

Fight the Fall Rut

Tips for staying up when the temperature goes down

As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter and darker, the weather has its way of slowing us down and yet, there’s so much more to do! To make the cool weather transition easier, take some time to organize your life and put things in place that will help you maintain your healthy glow from the summer months all year long. These small, but significant changes will help you maintain your mood.
 
Stay Healthy
Getting sick is one of the most time consuming beauty bummers ever. Make hand sanitizer a constant companion--in your desk drawer, in your bag, in your car, everywhere! Get plenty of rest as the weather changes, especially if your body is thrown off by the time change. Keep the heat down (around 66° F) in your bedroom and you’ll sleep better and stay healthier. Pile on cozy quilts and comforters for warmth.  Move your workout inside when the weather calls for it. Not only will you stay in shape, but exercise is the best way to keep your mood happy and positive throughout the season.
 
Stay Organized
Clutter can stress you out. When the weather changes, pick a day to go through your closet and make sure that the things you need for fall are clean and ready to wear When you clean house be sure to pay attention to what you do and don’t need. Get rid of anything you’re over from last fall season to make space for what you love now. Plus, you can make a list of new must-have fall items to shop for.
 
Stay Moisturized
It’s easy to put off self-care when you’re busy and it’s cold out. Besides, you’re covered up most of the time anyway, right? Wrong! Your skin and hair need even more TLC when the air gets colder and dryer. Up the moisture especially for your face and hands to keep skin from getting tight and uncomfortable. You can work out a monthly maintenance schedule for DIY spa nights and give yourself a mani, a pedi and a quick facial to stay refreshed. You’ll look your best every day, no matter how chilly it gets!

Beauty Inside & Out: Beauty Bars Recipe

A new kind of beauty bar

We’re taking snack time to a new level. Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles that feature recipes created with Thermomix , one of the most amazing kitchen appliances ever. These tasty treats have some of the same ingredients you’ll find in our JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual products, like Manuka Honey and Sunflower Sprout Extract. These recipes aren’t just good for your body; they’re great for your skin, hair and overall gorgeousness!
 
Beauty Bars
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
You’ll Need:
  • Oil (for greasing)
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) goji berries
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) almonds skin on
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) pitted dried cranberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana (approx. 4.5 oz.)
  • 2.5 oz. (4 tablespoons) Manuka Honey or other raw honey
  • 2.8 oz. (2/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) almond meal
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 
Directions:
For a standard food processor, pulse sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries a few times until coarsely chopped and beat eggs, banana and Manuka Honey until smooth for steps 2-4.
 
For Thermomix:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8 in x 12 in baking tin with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Place sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries in mixing bowl and chop for 3 seconds with the speed set at 7. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place eggs, banana and Manuka Honey in mixing bowl and beat for 30 seconds with the speed set at 4.
  4. Add chopped fruit and nuts, rolled oats, almond meal and ground cinnamon and mix for 15 seconds with the speed set at 3. Transfer to the prepared baking tin and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375ºF, or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into 20 bars. Allow to cool completely before separating and storing.
 
Added Bonus: The dried fruit in this recipe can be switched out for dried dates, figs, blueberries, apricots, whatever fruit you’re into! These bars store very well in the freezer and can be eaten without thawing.
 
The Beautiful Benefits:
Goji berries contain 11 of the 22 essential dietary trace minerals, so they pack quite the dietary punch. They help firm, tighten and plump the appearance of your skin. They also contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is also known for being helpful in firming, tightening and protecting your skin from environmental stressors. Sunflower seeds are a great source of protein and are enriched with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair and give it a beautiful shine. They are rich in vitamin E as well, which protects your skin from cell damage and promotes healthy skin. Sunflower seeds also contain copper, which is a must for maintaining healthy skin. Manuka honey promotes skin regeneration and soothes inflamed skin while reducing redness. It also lessens scarring and oxygenates your pores while drawing out bacteria to give you some extra help in acne-prone areas.
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