Various spices in bowls and spoons

Eat Well: Foods for a Peaceful Life

Most of our lives are lived at a breakneck speed rushing from one commitment to another. Sometimes, it seems that the last thing we have time for is to eat mindfully and for our physical health. However, eating not only helps improve our physical health, it truly does affect your mood. A diet high in sugar, fat and junk tend to leave you susceptible to mood swings as your body goes from sugar to sugar crash throughout the day. Not only does your mood fluctuate, but poor diet has been linked to anxiety disorders, depression and lack of energy. Check out the following tips on choosing foods for a more peaceful life.

Large cup of coffee with coffee beansDrink Your Coffee
Sure, energy drinks and soda are quick, convenient and available everywhere. And in the short term, they seem to be awesome because caffeine triggers the release of dopamine in the brain which increase clarity and focus. However, with the caffeine boost from sugar laden drinks also comes with a mood busting sugar crash. However, you don’t have to go without caffeine, simply switch to coffee. A 2011 Harvard School of Public Health survey found that women who drank at least two cups of coffee daily were at a 15% lower chance of suffering from depression. Additionally, coffee contains plant-based nutrients that work in the body in a manner similar to how anti-depressants work. Like anything, coffee should be enjoyed in moderation as too much stimulation can lead to anxiety and trouble sleeping.

Salmon dish with side salad Scarf Some Salmon
Today, people are pretty programmed to avoid fatty foods, but a little bit of fat can go a long way in improving your mood. However, your diet is probably significantly lacking omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish, such as salmon, is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Your brain contains more omega-3 fatty acids than anywhere else in your body. Research supports the use of omega-3 fatty acids as a part of psychiatric treatment. These may help even out moods and decrease depression. Experts suggest that you aim for two to three servings of salmon (or other oily fish such as sardines or mackerel) per week.

Carved turkeyGobble up Some Turkey
You know that you tend to feel drowsy after a big Thanksgiving meal and you most likely know that the turkey is the cause. Turkey contains tryptophan which is an amino acid that the body does not produce on its own. Tryptophan is important because the body requires tryptophan in order to make the feel-good chemical, serotonin. Experts recommend ingesting about 320 milligrams of trytophan each day. A four ounce serving of turkey or chicken is plenty to receive your daily amount. If you aren’t a big fan of turkey, or you’re vegetarian/vegan, you can find the same amount (320mg) of tryptophan in one cup of soybeans.

Bowl of spanish Eat Your Spinach
Eating spinach may not result in the immediate muscle-boosting strength that Popeye got, but it does significantly impact your mood. Spinach is high in the B vitamin, folate. Research shows that when you have a high concentration of folate in your blood, you are less prone to bad moods, clinical depression and you think more clearly. In just 1/2 cup of cooked spinach (or 2 cups raw) women receive 33% of the recommended daily allowance of folate. An important thing to note is that folate is water-soluble, which means that you do not store it in your body. Because it isn’t stored, you need to consume it continuously to reap the zen benefits.

Various spices in bowls and spoons Spice up Your Life
Besides not being good for you, lots of salt on food as the sole flavoring can get boring. Instead, experiment with different spices to create dishes that will blow your mind. One of the most highly touted spices is tumeric. The reason experts advise tumeric is that it contains curcumin, which gives tumeric it’s signature yellow color and acts as a natural anti-depressant. Some preliminary research suggests that curcumin also lowers levels of chronic stress and that it also stimulates the release of both serotonine and dopamine.

Foods are not only meant to nourish your body, but to nourish your mind. Improve your mood while keeping stress levels at bay by chowing down on some of these super good mood foods.

Beautiful living room with natural lighting.

Resveralife Live Well: Make Your Home a Zen Oasis – Vine Vera Reviews

You already have enough stress in your life. From pressure at work to keeping up with kids, you probably spend a fair amount of time feeling drained and exhausted. You do not want your home to be another source of stress. Your home should ideally be a place where you can completely relax, shut out the outside world and feel 100% comfortable. With all of your obligations your house may not be high on your priority list but it should be. Stress is linked with obesity, heart disease, headaches and depression among other illnesses and conditions. This Resveralife Live Well Guide shows you how to transform your home into a zen oasis and finally get the peace you deserve.

A peaceful Japanese styled bedroom

Get Rid of Clutter
There is a tendency today to own too much stuff. You have knick knacks from all your vacations, gifts from friends that you have no use for, papers you’ve kept for documentation but that haven’t been touched in 5 years, baby clothing when your child is 15…the list truly is endless. Often, you keep things for sentimental reasons. The problem is that having so many possessions not only clutters your house up, it also creates stress. And it is completely aggravating to never be able to find anything. 

With the amount of things in your home, the idea of going through all of them may seem completely impossible and overwhelming. Experts suggest that taking just a few minutes each day to work on getting rid of clutter makes a huge impact. Additionally, often once you start to see some cleanliness and order, you will be more encouraged to do more. Try to spend 15 minutes at night cleaning things and putting them in in their proper place or removing items that you no longer need.

A bonsai tree used as decoration in a bathroom.

Get Some Green
You know how taking a walk in nature helps your unwind, calm down and refocus? Keeping plants in your home has the same effect. Once you have your clutter under control and you have free space available, add some plants. There are tons of options to match any decor or personal style. Also, there are plants that are totally low-maintenance, such as succulents, geraniums or Boston ferns are all indoor plants that require a small amount of work. Be sure to place your plants in areas of your house where they will receive adequate light. Not only will plants brighten your space and bring you a sense of calm, they actually do help clear your air and rid your space of toxins.

A bedroom with soothing lighting.

Use Soothing Lighting
Most spaces use overhead lighting as the primary source of light. However, these lights are not only unflattering, they also tend to increase the frequency of headaches. Rather than relying on harsh overhead lighting, light your home with plenty of desk lamps, table lamps and floor lamps. To increase the effectiveness of these lamps, use shades that help reduce the brightness of the light.

Beautiful interiors with wooden flooring and soothing lighting.

Be Color Conscious
Think about your favorite relaxing spa. Chances are the colors that fill the space are neutral and light. This is because color has a significant effect on your mood. In order to create a completely zen environment stick to colors that are earthy neutrals: cream, beige and soft shades of blue. If you are a person that craves color, use pastels to brighten your space. Mints, dusty pinks and robin’s egg blue are all shades that work perfectly with a neutral palette and that create a calming atmosphere.

Aromatherapy

Use Your Nose
Scent is a powerful tool in creating a zen ambiance. Depending on the scent, you can help yourself wake up in the morning or fall asleep at night. A linen spray with lavender promotes a peaceful sleep while grapefruit essential oil stimulates your brain and metabolism.

Sure, it’s great to have reminders of the important or fun events from your life, keeping an object from every single moment of your life leads you to forget the good times and focus on how everything is constantly in your way. Reducing the amount of clutter and keeping your home organized are the first steps in making sure that your home is truly your oasis from the world.

Friends having champagne at a party.

Resveralife Live Well: Best Champagnes for Celebrations

It seems that many important milestones and moments in life are celebrated with a bottle of bubbly. Got a promotion at work? Champagne. Completed graduate school? Champagne. Became husband and wife? Champagne…you get the idea. The name Champagne has become synonymous with celebrations, special occasions and good times in general. A celebration just isn’t the same without a sip of this effervescent delight.

Champagne
Though many people use the term Champagne and sparkling wine interchangeably, this is not correct. Champagne is a very specific sparkling wine hailing from the Champagne region of France. The Champagne region of France is northeast of Paris and covers 85,000 acres. It may seem like a matter of pride and a bit pretentious to only label these specific sparkling wines as Champagne, but it is actually a legal matter. A sparkling wine may not be labeled as Champagne unless it hails from the Champagne region 90 miles outside of Paris as decreed by the World Court.

Despite what you decide to call it, sparkling wine is still the consummate celebratory drink. The Romans initially planted the grapes in the Champagne region of France, and the wine they produced was actually  still wine. However, in the 1700s Champagne got it’s signature bubbly sparkle. Associated with nobility and royalty, Champagne still holds a connotation of elegance.

Glasses of champagne in a black background.

Our Favorite Champagnes/Sparkling Wines
Many people associate Champagne with a high cost and while there are bottles that cost a significant amount of money, just like any other wine there are options at every price point. You do not have to spend a fortune to celebrate in style. This Resveralife Live Well Guide highlights our favorite celebratory sparkling wines and Champagnes.

Avissi Prosecco DOC
From Veneto, Italy this sparkling wine is an excellent way to begin a celebration. It is incredibly light and features a bouquet of floral and fruity notes. Serve for the toast prior to serving food for the occasion.

Menage a Trois Prosecco
Another Italian sparkling wine, this Prosecco is perfect for romantic evenings. With a flirty name, this wine immediately puts you in a cheeky, romantic mood and the taste of this sparkling wine echos this sentiment exactly. Menage a Trois has a floral fragrance but bursts into light fruitiness when sipped. Serve this at any time during a celebration when you want to add a bit of romance. It does pair well with sweets and desserts.

Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage Brut 2000
We would be remiss if we made a list of our favorite Champagnes and left out Dom Perignon. Contrary to popular belief, Dom Perignon did not invent Champagne, though he was a considerable contributor and was considered an authority on Champagne. While Dom Perignon Champagne can run you more than $1,000 per bottle, the 2000 Vintage Brut is far more affordable at $120. It has a crisp taste with notes of sweet citrus and floral, fruity and yeast aromas. Serve this with a rich food experience such as a succulent lobster.

Moet & Chandon Millesime Rose 1996
Another Champagne with a reputation for expensive Champagnes, there are very affordable bottles. The 1996 Millesime Rose is a complex Champagne as it is a wine crafted using all three grapes from the Champagne region. It has a fruity aroma and flavors that are a bit deeper such as chocolate and exotic spices. Because of the complexity of this Champagne, it can be served at any time during a celebration. Pair it with appetizers, entrees and desserts and the taste will work beautifully with all dishes.

Champagne and sparkling wine does not have to cost a fortune. Simply pick a few and experiment to find the bouquets and flavors that you like best. As the fabulous Coco Chanel stated, “I only drink Champagne on two occasions. When I am in love and when I am not.” We’ll toast to that.

Friends having fun at a get-together.

Resveralife Live Well: Quick and Simple Entertaining Hacks

Hosting gatherings with friends and family seem like a great idea when you plan them. When you have to actually prepare for the party, you may wonder why you agreed to host in the first place. Being a host/hostess does take a lot of your time and energy but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few entertaining hacks not only will your guests enjoy the gathering, but you can have a good time too. This Resveralife Live Well Guide offers a few quick, simple and exciting entertaining hacks.

Beautiful looking cocktails served at a house party.

Set up Stations
Who wants to be up all night or spend an entire day prepping elaborate dishes and making signature cocktails. Sure, it would be great to do so if you had all the time in the world, but you don’t. To make the food and drink part of the party a bit easier, set up stations around your place. For instance, you could set up a Make Your Own Taco station by prepping chicken, beef and pork and storing them appropriately. The day of the party pop the meat into bowls and include other taco toppings such as bowls of sour cream, salsa, guacamole and cheese. This is not only a time saver, but it allows your guests to tailor their food to their exact tastes. For dessert, who doesn’t love a great candy bar? If you have a brunch gathering, set up a mimosa bar with your champagne and juices such as orange and pomegranate. Stations are only limited by your imagination and guests often enjoy having options at parties.

Planning for a party.

Plan in Advance
You know that your party is going to require a lot of work, so why not get started immediately? Make a schedule of what tasks you need to do and when you need to have them done. Give yourself plenty of time in advance and do a small amount of work each day. Devote 15 minutes each day to doing something for the party whether it is rolling napkins or selecting a playlist. You won’t feel overwhelmed and you’ll be surprised at how much a little work every day adds up.

Frozen fruits used instead of ice for drinks at a party

Improvise
Forget to buy the ice? Pop fruit such as grapes, lemons, limes or oranges in the freezer. These act as ice cubes for the drinks an add a bit of sophistication and whimsy. If you don’t want to spend time scrubbing out stains on your carpet, grab a fun blanket and through that on the floor before setting everything else up. Not only does this add a unique touch, but you can throw it in the washing machine and be rid of stains quickly.

Beautiful flower arrangement set up for an outdoor party.

Get Flowers
One of the easiest ways to make your place look more elegant is to get some flowers beforehand. While you can create an immaculate perfectly compiled arrangement, you can also set a more relaxed tone by using unexpected flowers and simple cases or containers. Consider grabbing a large bouquet of baby’s breath and separate it when you get home. Make one arrangement larger so it can serve as a centerpiece, and leave small vases of baby’s breath in various places of your home (don’t forget the bathroom!). Take it a step further for an evening gathering by adding tea light candles to your decorations.

Woman preparing food for a party.

Stick to Familiar Territory
You want your party to leave people talking, but in a positive way. One way to ensure that is to rely on tried and true recipes. While preparing a new dish sounds exciting, if it ends up not tasting good, you are stuck without something else to serve and guests that will grumble. Learn a few dishes well and stick to serving these. It will reduce your anxiety about serving food to your guests and the prep time may be shorter since you are already familiar with the process.

While you can’t get around the fact that hosting an event at your home will take a significant amount of your time and energy, it does not have to leave you wishing you weren’t hosting. Enjoy the process, and the party, more by using these entertaining hacks.

Beautiful dessert served on a plate in a restaurant.

Resveralife Eat Well: Desserts for Easy Entertaining

Throwing a dinner party, or any party really, can be totally overwhelming. Between cleaning, decorating and cooking you spend days in preparing for your party. And in the end it’s all worth it when you see the happy and satisfied looks on the faces of your guests. But wouldn’t it be nice to actually attend your own soiree? You can take some of the stress out of entertaining when you use these quick and easy dessert recipes that taste as if you slaved away all day making them. This Resveralife Eat Well Guide highlights the best desserts for easy entertaining.

Srawberries stuffed with cream.

Strawberries with Cream Cheese Stuffing
Not only does this dessert taste amazing, it’s the perfect party food. Guests can easily munch on these without requiring any utensils, or a plate. The very best part about these delectable treats is how simple they are to make. Added bonus? There are only four ingredients needed for this recipe.

Recipe:

  • Two dozen strawberries hulled
  • 12 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • Three tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract or paste

Even though your cream cheese is softened, you need to heat it a bit more to make it more malleable. Place the cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Whip the heated cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract together. Spoon, or pipe, the cream cheese mixture into the strawberries. That’s it. For an added bit of festivity you could dip the top of the strawberry in toppings such as flaked coconut, slivered almonds, miniature chocolate chips or sprinkles. If not serving immediately, chill until it is time for dessert.

Simplified Italian Sponge Cake

Simplified Italian Sponge Cake
Seriously, this recipe only calls for three ingredients and is a breeze to prep. This easy dessert is as easy to make, though it looks like it is far more difficult that it is. The greatest part about this dessert is that you most likely have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.

Recipe:

  • Six eggs, separated
  • One cup sugar
  • One cup cake flour (if you don’t have this, sift white flour multiple times until it is very fine)

To begin, grab two 9-inch pans and line with wax paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, separate your eggs and place the whites in a large mixing bowl. The yolks can go into a smaller mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into the egg whites and beat until they form stiff peaks. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to the yolks and beat until you see a very light yellow color. Gently fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg white mixture. Using 1/3 cup at a time, fold the flour into the egg mixture. Be sure that you don’t over-mix the ingredients and use a light hand when folding ingredients in. Pour the batter into the pans and place into preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the cake dry. Allow the cakes to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pans. Allow to cool completely before topping it, if you want to top it. You can certainly add frosting, a raspberry drizzle or powdered sugar to the top for a bit more flair.

Red velvet ice cream sandwich cake made using Oreos

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Seriously, who doesn’t love a good dessert with ice cream? This ice cream sandwich cake is guaranteed to delight your guests and is super easy to make.

Recipe:

  • 12 unwrapped ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 can chocolate whipped cream (6.5 ounce can)
  • 1 cup of chopped Oreos

Pick your favorite serving plate and place four ice cream sandwiches with their long sides touching on the plate. Squirt a layer of chocolate whipped cream on the top of the ice cream sandwiches. Use 1/3 cup of chopped Oreos and scatter on top of the whipped cream. Repeat the entire process two more times. Top with larger chunks of Oreos or a chocolate drizzle. Place in the freezer and freeze for six hours. You can experiment with all kinds of flavors for this dessert by using different types of ice cream sandwiches, different whipped creams or your favorite cookie (or candy!).

Entertaining should be enjoyable, and you should be able to mingle with your guests. Don’t get stuck in the kitchen all evening, these desserts can all be prepared ahead of time. Whip up these easy desserts at your next party and people will be begging you for the recipes.

Woman holding different makeup brushes in her hands.

Resveralife Look Well: Makeup Tips for Acne Prone Skin

It would be wonderful if you could use some magic potion and rid your skin of pimples and blemishes. Sadly, there is no such magic cream or face wash that will give your acne prone skin and immediately flawless face. Luckily, there is makeup. Covering up your pimples and zits may seem daunting or overwhelming, but there are some tricks that beauty insiders know to help ensure your makeup application isn’t too heavy, cakey or unrealistic looking. This Resveralife Look Well Guide has a list of the top tips for applying makeup to your acne prone skin.

Woman cleansing her skin with a cleansing pad.

Prep and Prime
You know that you should always apply makeup to a clean face. Also, you should wash your hands just before applying your makeup. If you have acne prone skin, the last thing you want to do is introduce more bacteria to your face. A clean face and clean hands help reduce the chance of spreading further bacteria. Next, if you want to, use a toner that is free of alcohol. A toner can help soak up excess oil prior to makeup application. Finally, make sure your skin is well moisturized because this helps your makeup glide on more smoothly and evenly.

Woman applying concealer on the skin around her eyes.

Foundation and Concealer
Before you can apply makeup, you have to select it and when you opt for the best makeup types for acne prone skin, it makes application that much easier. Renowned skin expert Paula Begoun suggests several formulas that generally work very well on acne prone skin. In all of your makeup, from foundation to bronzer, there are certain things to avoid. Begoun advises that it is very important to avoid alcohol-based or fragrance loaded  skincare or makeup products. Because alcohol is drying, it actually stimulates the skin to produce more oil, which is definitely not what you want. Additionally, Begoun suggests that you stay away from thick formulations such as creams, sticks, pancake makeup or cream-to-powder formulas. That advice is not only for your foundation, but all of your products like blush, bronzer and concealer.

So what formulations do work for acne prone skin? Begoun suggests using liquid foundations such as Urban Decay Naked Skin or Rimmel London Stay Matte. While you might be inclined to heavily cover your face with makeup, experts advise strongly against this. Famed makeup artist Lisa Eldridge recommends finding a medium coverage foundation that sheers out well and leaves your skin looking like, well, skin. She states that you should put on your foundation without worrying about your spots, but just to achieve an even coverage for radiant skin. Next, use a concealer to spot conceal your blemishes. Eldridge spends a good deal of time applying concealer with a tiny brush to cover the spot, then she blends outward to ensure the coverage appears seamless.

Woman applying blush on her cheeks.

Blush and Bronzer
You don’t want to leave your face looking one-dimensional with just the foundation and concealer, so you add some color with blush and bronzer. Though liquid foundation is recommended for acne prone skin, gel, liquid or cream blushes and bronzers are not suggested. Rather, stick to powder products when adding color to your face. Additionally, sticking to a matte powder product is your best bet as matte colors do not enhance the appearance of pores the way that shimmery products do.

As with any skin type, it may take a lot of trial and error before you find products that work with your skin. If you want to get a jump on figuring out what products may work best for you, stay tuned to your favorite Vine Vera channels for a comprehensive list of skin care and makeup products as well as their ingredients.

Resveralife Eat Well: Pinot Noir Pairings

Pinot noir is produced from a red wine grape from the species Vitis vinifera or Pinot noir may be made from predominantly Pinot noir grapes. Pinot noir grapes are grown worldwide, mostly in climates that are cool. The most frequently associated region with Pinot noir grapes is the Burgundy region of France though other regions of note include the Willamette region of Oregon, the Russian River American Viticultural Areas of California and Tasmani and Yarra Valley in Australia. Pinot noir consumption continues to rise in popularity as it is a lighter wine with a lower alcohol content that many wines.

Another reason for the popularity of Pinot noir is the versatility of the wine. Pinot noir is one of the most versatile wines when it comes to food pairings. There are foods that combine with any Pinot noir, while other foods depend upon the particular type of Pinot noir and the preparation of the food. The world of food and wine pairings is no longer limited to red wine with meats and white wine with fish. Modern food and wine pairings are far more creative and a bit more complex. The Resveralife Eat Well Guide features some of the absolute best food pairings for the Pinot noir wine.

Mushrooms and baked potatoes.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms invariably pair well with Pinot noir because they have an earthy, meaty taste. Mushrooms, like the portobello mushroom, often have a meaty taste and texture, which works perfectly with a robust and meaty wine. If you feel ambitious, you can pair your Pinot noir with portobello topped steak, bringing out the richness of both. If you are looking for fare that is a bit lighter, consider a twist on an Italian classic:  mushroom bruschetta. All that is required to make this classic food is a crusty, Italian bread, mushrooms, olive oil, garlic and herbs to suit your taste, such as thyme. For an even more low-key evening, pair your Pinot noir with a hearty mushroom pizza.

Freshly cooked peking duck dish with chopsticks.

Duck
Duck pairs perfectly with Pinot noir for two main reasons. The first reason is that duck has a strong flavor on its own and the second is that duck has a higher fat content than chicken. Even though Pinot noir has light tannins, compliment the fattiness of duck. One pairing that wine enthusiasts rave about is Pinot nNoir with Peking duck. A simpler to prepare pairing is roast duck with Pinot noir.

Salmon with a garnish of wild rice and basmati braised in celery, carrots and onions.

Fish
One of the most popular fish pairings with Pinot Noir is salmon. Though duck pairs well with Pinot noir for the fat content, Pinot is versatile and it also pairs equally well lighter choices such as salmon. Salmon pairs well with Pinot noir because it is a fish with a high oil content and a strong flavor. Salmon would overwhelm a white wine, but it pairs perfectly with the more rich Pinot noir. Preparing an oven roasted salmon with a butter sauce is an easy way to impress your taste buds. Other fishes can be paired with Pinot noir, providing they are a strong flavored fish. Some other fishes that can be paired with Pinot noir include anchovies, herring and mackerel.

Yellow curry with pumpkin and pork.

Pork
Pork, particularly roasted or grilled, pair well with Pinot noir. Pork and Pinot noir both share a sweet type of succulence and smoky undertones. Additionally, the fruitier notes of the Pinot noir bring out the sweet, the tangy and the savory flavors of pork. Pork and Pinot noir is such a popular pairing that there is an annual festival in Sonoma County, Pigs & Pinot, devoted entirely to the pairing of this food and drink.

Pinot noir is one of the best food wines because it pairs well with such a diverse array of foods. Resveralife recommends you to have fun trying different recipes and experimenting with food pairings for your Pinot noir.

Woman in white clothes sleeping on a bed.

Resveralife Live Well: How to Prevent Sleep Wrinkles

We all know that getting our beauty sleep is important. The amount of restful sleep that we get not only impacts how our faces, particularly those pesky under eyes, look and feel the next morning, but good sleep patterns improve mental clarity, increase energy levels and help maintain overall health. Though sometimes when we sleep, which is a good thing for our bodies, our faces and necks are negatively impacted. Sleep wrinkles are totally unfair and, fortunately, preventable. Learn how you can help prevent sleep wrinkles using our super easy tips.

Woman in white clothes sleeping on her back.

How you Sleep Matters
Experts agree that the most beneficial sleeping position for preventing wrinkles is your back. Sleeping on your back is really the only way to completely avoid sleep lines and the resulting wrinkles because when you sleep on your back there is no facial contact with your pillow. On average, you will change your position 20 times during the course of a night’s sleep and statistics indicate that 60% of your night is spent on your side. Sleeping on your back may be uncomfortable at first, but making an attempt to sleep on your back is a great method for reducing sleeping wrinkles. Doctors do warn that sleeping on your back may aggravate certain medical conditions like acid reflux or sleep apnea and in these instances it’s best to talk to your doctor to find out how to avoid wrinkles and sleep soundly.

Woman in mink underwear lying on a pink pillow.

What you Sleep on Matters
Beauty experts have long touted the multiple benefits of using a satin pillow case for sleep. These benefits include less tangled and healthier hair and clearer skin. Now you can add that a pillow case can be helpful in the fight against wrinkles. When you use a satin pillow case, there is less friction between your face and the pillow, which helps stop the fabric from bunching up when you inevitably move around during the night. The less the fabric bunches up, the more likely you are to help prevent sleep wrinkles.

Business woman resting after a tiring day at work.

Prep Your Skin
You know you should remove any and all makeup prior to hitting the sheets, but you may think you can get away with skipping washing your face if you aren’t wearing makeup. Not true. Experts recommend always going to bed with a clean face. While everyone can benefit from this next step, it is especially important for mature or aging skin. A night cream can help prevent sleep wrinkles by rejuvenating your skin and helping to repair skin damage. The reason that this is particularly important for aging skin is that as we age our collagen production slows down, which decreases the skin’s elasticity. Additionally, the older we get the less natural oil our skin produces and dry skin exaggerates wrinkles.

In addition to these tips, experts also recommend avoiding caffeine or alcohol before bed. Both of these substances dry out the skin and make your wrinkles appear more prominent after a night of sleep. We all know that there is no way to keep our skin from aging, but with a bit of extra care we can help delay the signs and severity of aging, such as sleep wrinkles.

Woman with an apple in hand lying on hay.

Resveralife Eat Well: The Hay Diet (Your Guide to Food Combination)

Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention. William Howard Hay, a New York physician, began developing what later became known as the Hay Diet in 1904. Hay was suffering from numerous medical issues including a dilated heart. Determined to improve his health and extend his life, Hay began researching the impact of diet on overall health. Through his research he created a diet plan meant to remedy his health conditions. In a period of about three months, Hay dropped 50 pounds and was free from his medical problems. Sound intriguing?

Potatoes with a meat dish on a serving plate.

What is the Hay Diet?
To combat his medical issues, a kidney disease, dilated heart and high blood pressure. Hay’s diet consisted largely of meat and potatoes, a staple at dinnertime for many families not only in the past. Many of us still prepare dinner with meat as the protein and some form of carbohydrate as a side dish. Hay decided to go vegetarian as his first plan of attack. He eliminated two meals from his day and only ate vegetables for the third. When Hay reached a weight he considered appropriate, he did not stop the diet. Rather, he continued working on it and researching the link between diet and health.

All of his research and personal experience lead to the conclusion that health is impacted based on the body’s natural chemical process, digestion. The Hay diet claims to work by separating food into three categories:  acid, alkaline and neutral. The body uses an alkaline digestive process for carbohydrates, The digestion of protein is an acidic digestive process. Hay suggested that if alkaline food and acidic food was consumed at the same time, the acid process interrupted the alkaline process. Hay presumed that the combination of incorrect foods caused people to retain excess fluids, gain weight and “drain vitality.” Thus, the Hay diet relies largely on eating according to what type of food you are ingesting.

Fresh vegetables overflowing from a basket.

Following the Hay Diet
This Resveralife Eat Well Guide shows you how to follow the Hay diet. To follow the Hay diet, you must learn which foods are acidic, alkaline or neutral. Hay classified starchy foods and sweets as carbohydrates while fruits were classified as acidic. Vegetables were classified as neutral foods which meant that they could be eaten at the same time as both alkaline and acidic foods. When following the Hay diet, it is no longer advised that you skip two meals per day. We know that food fuels our bodies and as such, we need to feed it. You can still use the Hay diet to your advantage by following the basic tenants of the diet.

  • No meat. The Hay diet as it originally existed when introduced in 1911 forbade meat. You can find protein from other sources such as tempeh, quinoa or in a smoothie by using pea protein powder. Alternatively, if you aren’t willing to forgo meats,  modern applications of the diet allow for lean meats consumed sparingly.
  • Know your food types. Acidic foods (fruits) are divided up into acidic fruits, sub-acid fruit and sweet fruits. Further, melons such as honeydew and cantaloupe are in their own category.
  • As with the acidic foods, alkaline foods are split into separate categories. There are low and non-starchy vegetables and carbohydrates/starches.
  • Identify fats and use sparingly within your diet.
  • Never mix alkaline foods with acidic foods. Ever.
  • Vegetables are neutral and you are free to, and encouraged, to eat them with all meals.

The Hay diet, like any eating plan, has it’s critics. Still, there are numerous advocates for learning what foods alkalize your body and what foods produce an acidic response. Is it really possible to eat yourself thin? Give it a try and find out.

Woman with bright makeup applying mascara.

Resveralife Look Well: Beautiful Shades to Try for Spring

Trends change from season to season and year to year. One trend that remains constant each year is that spring means the return of color. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with different hues in everything from your clothing to your eyeshadow. This spring, beuaty editors and bloggers are loving unique colors. Luckily, spring 2015 has a color for everyone whether you feel like going bold and bright with your makeup or you want to remain a bit more neutral. This Look Well Guide from Resveralife highlights the super hot shades to try for spring.

Eye shadows with lilac shadow

Lilac
Last year one of the hottest colors for spring was lilac. This shade stood the test of time and is making a huge return this year. The great thing about lilac is that pretty much all eye colors can rock this universal shade for spring. Lilac looks especially enticing on brown, green or hazel eyes, though don’t shy away from trying it if you are blue-eyed. This color can be worn on the eyes as a sheer wash of sweet purple, or can be deepened to be a vibrant purple.

Woman with mint makeup on her eyes.

Mint
Most people agree that spring is the perfect time for pastel colors. These soft yet fun colors are great to experiment with and one of the most popular spring pastels is mint. Mint may seem like a daunting choice for your eyes, but there are several ways to try out this trend without looking like Shrek. As with lilac, perhaps the easiest and least scary way to wear this color is to use a small amount on the lids for a sheer pop of color. If even that sounds like too much for you, try using a mint liner on your lower waterline. You know that a nude or peach liner on the lower waterline brightens the eye and mint will do the same. Using mint this way is a subtle, yet fun way to bring a bit of color to your eye makeup.

Woman with electric blue makeup on her eyes.

Baby Blue and Electric Blue
This color may conjure up scary images of the 80s, but the baby blue picked for spring 2015 is a bit softer and more metallic than the shocking blue popular in the 80s. Additionally, beauty experts suggest using this on the lid, close to the lash line and blending out with a more neutral color for the most wearable look.

Electric blue may be a bit harder to work into your everyday routine if you work in a conservative setting or if you are a bit too timid for bold colors. For those brave enough to try, you can use electric blue shadow all over the lid or grab a liner. The ever-popular feline flick looks super modern when completed with an electric blue pencil.

Woman with rose gold eye makeup and a yellow rose on her hair.

Rose Gold
Rose gold is the perfect eyeshadow choice for those who favor more neutral colors such as taupe and champagne. This shade compliments the romantic vibe that spring brings. It’s also great for those with dress codes at work or those who want to make another facial feature the focal point of their look. Try rose gold eyeshadow with an almost neon pink lip for a flirty spring look and a beautiful glow.

Woman with olive green eye makeup.

Olive Green
Olive green, like rose gold, is an excellent choice for those who want to play with colors but aren’t quite ready to commit to a shocking blue. Olive green is a great transition into the world of color and can be worn on any eye color. Apply all over the lid and blend out using a soft brown.

Though spring is usually associated with lighter, more pastel leaning colors, that fact doesn’t mean you have to store your darker colors. One of the biggest trends for spring 2015 is finding deep colors that have a duotone effect. This gives you double the interest on your eyes without adding any time to your morning routine. Additionally, peacock green and burgundy are colors that beauty experts are raving about for this spring. Resveralife recommends you to experiment with different colors, techniques and refresh your beauty routine.