Eat these 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Shrink Your Waistline

Eat these 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Shrink Your Waistline

We all know, some of the most tempting foods (fries, burgers, buttery carbs) are the unhealthiest, and too much of these foods make our waistlines grow. These types of fatty carbohydrate-rich foods can cause inflammation in your body, which contributes to weight gain, and could lead to diseases like diabetes, cancer, and depression. Scary right? So, next time you’re thinking about indulging, try one of these five anti-inflammatory foods instead.

Kale

Kale may be one of the most popular super foods, and for good reason! This dark leafy green is rich in inflammation-busting Vitamin K, along with fatty acids. Other leafy greens like spinach and chard will also do the trick.

Ginger

Gingerol is the chemical in this versatile spice that reduces inflammation in our bodies. Ginger goes great in vegetable stir-fries or salads. I fit ginger into my diet by drinking a cup of ginger tea before bed.

Blueberries

Frozen or fresh blueberries contain tons of antioxidants, which fight inflammation in our bodies. Try snacking on this yummy fruit for desert, and watch that waistline shrink! 

Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the best plant-based foods for incorporating anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Walnuts make a great snack, or can be easily incorporated into your breakfast.

Salmon

Salmon is not only high in protein, which keeps you fuller for longer, but it’s also chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, which stop inflammation in our bodies. Incorporating more salmon into your diet can be seriously delicious, and awesome for losing weight! 

6 Haunted Airbnbs You Can Rent Right Now

6 Haunted Airbnbs You Can Rent Right Now

As an average young traveler I’m well aware of the benefits of using Airbnbs to get a good deal when I travel. In fact, sometimes I pick weird options that are cheaper, but a little… odd to say the least.  However, regardless of how eccentric and how out of the normal a place is, I can’t say I’ve ever stayed at a place that was haunted.  But if you’re into the haunted, creepy and mysterious, Airbnb actually has an assortment of scary places that you can rent and what better time than Halloween?

If you’re thinking that staying in a haunted Airbnb might be fun, you’re definitely not alone.  In fact,  there are several people who seek out these scary rentals just for the thrill.  While some rentals are just old houses with stories about supposed ghosts, other places have infamous backgrounds and some places are just downright strange.

So, if you’re ready for a vacation that’s a little spooky (and potentially less relaxing) you should definitely check out these Airbnbs.

Parks-Bowman Mansion: New Orleans, LA

This haunted Airbnb has become notorious through sites like Ranker and Buzzfeed. It’s located in one of the most haunted cities in the world and as a bonus It’s one of the cheaper rentals you can find because it’s a private room in a shared house.  While there are three guest rooms available to rent, the particularly haunted room you’ll want to rent is called the Haunted Bedroom…a nice original name. 

The owner states that the ghost who inhabits this room is a young girl in a yellow dress who lived in the house in the 1980s.  She’s known for being shy and not causing too much trouble.  Even though it’s unlikely you’ll see her, her presence is confirmed by many people.

What people have to say…

“I’d recommend this room to anyone, as long as you’re okay with possibly having the somewhat creaky floor suddenly start to creak as though someone’s slowly pacing at the foot of your bed at 2 AM as you try to get back to sleep.”

“The Boweman mansion is magical. You could walk through the house 100 times and see something different every time.”

“As advertised, the room is haunted. Our first night there we turned off the lights. 15 minutes later the lights switched off and on 3 times. There was a pause then the lights turned off and on until I touched the wall. The light switch was off the whole time. My girlfriend felt the bed vibrating as I checked the light. She fell asleep and had a dream of a shadowy female figure approaching the bed. Crazy.”

The Haunted Chamber Apartment, York, United Kingdom

While the details of this listing are few, the owner states that the haunted chamber apartment is called the madness chamber and that it’s haunted.  At over 600 years old, even if it’s not haunted this rental still reeks of ages past. 

What People Have To Say…

“No ghostly presence but it feels like it could be haunted just from the atmosphere! You will not be disappointed!”

“The apartment is in the perfect location with just the right touch of a bit of spooky”

“Though our 5-year old wasn’t able to conjure anything with the ouija board, we had fun trying”

The Manor Master Chamber, Saint Paul, MN

The Manor is another Airbnb listed on many “haunted” lists, yet the owner doesn’t heavily play to this angle. Instead, he describes the house as something “not run of the mill” and casually mentions that the house was “once voted most mysterious house in Saint Paul”.  The only other mention of the hauntedness of the house is that the owner books paranormal investigations, rituals and murder mystery dinners for an additional cost.

What People Have To Say…

“No ghostly presence but it feels like it could be haunted just from the atmosphere! You will not be disappointed!”

“The apartment is in the perfect location with just the right touch of a bit of spooky”

“Though our 5-year old wasn’t able to conjure anything with the ouija board, we had fun trying”

Chateau Pitau. Castle with Ghost, Vidnoye Russia

If you’re in Russia and looking to stay in a castle with tons of amenities and a ghost than this might be the place for you.  However, you’ll need to time your stay at just the right day of the week if you want to experience the haunted nature of the building. According to the owner “The Ghost of the castle appears weekly at midnight :-)”.

What People Have To Say…

“The castle is very spacious, very well decorated, we very much enjoy the indoor swimming pool, the comfortable kitchen and rooms and the game room, in few words, we truly felt at home”

“We were impressed by the gorgeous decoration , the wide swimming pool , the astonishing forest behind the backyard,etc.”

“We will fondly remember our time there”

Historic Civil War Farm House, Gettysburg

At first glance it appears that this is just a historic home, but the owner states that while she’s the only living host, there are many others who live there and that she has many a story to share.

 

What People Have To Say…

“My only disappointment was I didn’t see any spirits. “Are there any ghosts,” I asked? “Do you want there to be?” said Stephani.”

“We loved the ghost stories and got great restaurant and tour recommendations from her”

“Stephani said she has many paranormal visitors due to the house being used as a field hospital during the war. Lots of books in the room about this subject. “

Haunted 1890’s Home, Port Angeles

This home is one of the few who uses ghosts as a primary selling point.  The owner states that “There’s ample opportunity to share your stay with a ghost”.

What People Have To Say…

“the prospect of ghosts made our stay just a little bit more exciting than usual.”

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These Earrings Have A Dark History

These Earrings Have A Dark History

Remember in history class that little period of time in France called the “Reign of Terror”?

No?

Hold onto your kitten heeled boots (supposedly those are in season right now).

In short, the Reign of Terror was classified by blood running down the streets, thousands of guillotine executions with a public audience and of course, lots of severed heads… 16,594 from June 1793 to July 1794 to be precise.

If you haven’t figured it out, the Reign of Terror was… a Reign of Terror. 

But to survive in such a gruesome time in history the French adapted their taste and the guillotine and executions of the beheading style became not only acceptable, but fashionable.

Yes, that’s correct.  Beheadings were fashionable.

That’s where these guillotine earrings come in.

These gold earrings are from 1793 and show off not only the guillotine, but the heads of beheaded Monarchs.

Classy

While crazy, barbaric and unhuman to consider such practices normal now, in 1793, people loved the guillotine and it was not only a part of fashion, but of music, art and everyday life.

Want a pair?

You can grab some replicas from Amazon or Ebay to show your love of the Guillotine too.

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10 Spider Web Eyeliner Looks Perfect For Halloween

10 Spider Web Eyeliner Looks Perfect For Halloween

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If you’re looking for a cute minimalist (or not so minimalist) eyeliner look for Halloween, a classic and simple spiderweb eyeliner might be right up your alley!

Spiderweb eyeliner is crazy easy and is perfect for everything from office parties to your actual Halloween costume. Not only that, but it’s also easy to make Spiderweb eyeliner conform to your own personal style by using different color eyeliners, styles, and placement. Read on to see some inspiration and a tutorial to get you started!

 

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