Monthly Archives: November 2012

Color and Weight Loss

Weight loss is a very popular topic in America, especially during the week after Thanksgiving. Over indulgence seems to have been on every menu last week. But really, how can we resist that second turkey sandwich before we turn in? The right color can help.

We all know that wearing black can be slimming. This is our go-to color, after the fact. But what about before we even lift a fork?

There is colorful news for those of us who did not resist temptation last week: color can have a significant affect on appetite. Color psychology tells us that blue is the new Richard Simmons (the happy man who brought gold Lamé to the fitness world) of weight loss. Really.

Blue can help you lose weight.

According to Gary Blumenthal from International Food Strategies:
Color and the appeal of various foods is also closely related. Just the sight of food fires neurons in the hypothalamus. Subjects presented food to eat in the dark reported a critically missing element for enjoying any cuisine: the appearance of food. For the sighted, the eyes are the first place that must be convinced before a food is even tried. This means that some food products fail in the marketplace not because of bad taste, texture, or smell but because the consumer never got that far. Colors are significant and almost universally it is difficult to get a consumer to try a blue-colored food… Greens, browns, reds, and several other colors are more generally acceptable, though they can vary by culture.

3fatchicks.com tells us that there are some ways the color blue can help us find our slimmer selves:

  • Some diet plans would recommend eating your food on a blue plate. If blue is a color that you don’t want to associate with food, it would only make sense that you won’t eat as much if you are eating your food on a blue plate.
  • Another idea is to put a blue light in your refrigerator. Then, when you open your refrigerator to get food out, you already you won’t grab as much. You can use that blue light bulb, but this time put it in your dining room.
  • If you’re making food, you can put dye into the food. It’s another way to incorporate the blue. The thought of eating blue pancakes or blue noodles probably doesn’t sit too well with you. So, already adding the color blue is making you lose your appetite.

At Comfort Colors, we like to suggest: Blue Jean, Blue Spruce, Midnight, Denim, Flo Blue and Ice Blue. They could work wonders for you.

image credits: jacklalanne.com, Pinterest

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Giving Thanks and Giving Back – Happy Holidays

At Comfort Colors, we are involved in our community and actively support local, regional and national charities. Being an active part of the community is not just good for business, it actually makes you feel good (kinds like our shirts do).

According to Forbes Magazine, giving is the “best-kept secret to a healthy life and a happy career”:

Recent research conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National & Community Service reveals that charitable work literally makes the heart grow stronger. Individuals with coronary artery disease who participate in volunteer activities after suffering a heart attack report a reduction in despair and depression, and that, in turn, rives down mortality and adds years to life. It’s also true that those who volunteer have fewer incidents of heart disease in the first place. (http://www.forbes.com)

We thought we’d create a little inspiration by putting together a list of quick links to charitable organizations. Take a look and give if you can. It makes you feel good:

The American Red Cross  provides compassionate care to those in need. Its mission is preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Lifesaving Blood, Health and Safety Services and International Services.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.”

Heifer International‘s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Heifer makes gifts of livestock and training to help families improve their nutrition and generate sustainable income. “By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.”

Grounds for Health is a Vermont organization that creates sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs in coffee-growing communities, with the goal of decreasing the rate of cervical cancer.

When you’re comfortable, it’s easier to be generous.

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How Comfortably Can I Dress at Thanksgiving Dinner?

At Comfort Colors our emphasis, of course, is comfort. Our shirts are very comfy, our colors are comforting. Our style is pretty laid back. But laid back does not always work when it comes to the holidays.

Thanksgiving dinner with the long-lost relatives can be peaceful and easy or, for some people, just the opposite.

Even if the conversation is easy, the attire might not be. While some families opt for casual (read expanding waistbands that accommodate expanding waistlines), others dress up in their Sunday best. If you’re new to the family, or have been out of touch for too long to recall, donning the proper attire can be a daunting task.

We thought we’d check in with Mr. Google to see if he had any fashion advice for the big Thanksgiving Day feast. Here is a sample of recommendations:

  • Teen Vogue suggests something that’s both fashionable and family-approved.
  • Fashion Bomb Daily recommends wearing a shift, but “Turn it up with leopard heels and complementary makeup.”
  • EtiquetteGrrls.com: “For Girls, this would be a Pretty Dress, or Blouse / Sweater Set and Skirt, or a Suit, with Accessories to Match. Boys should wear a Jacket and Tie with a Nice Button-Down shirt and Dressy Pants, or a Suit, and Good Shoes.”
  • StyleList.com says: “If you’re going to a formal dinner party, you have no choice but to slip into a sexy girdle, suck it in all night in your taffeta cocktail dress, and restrain yourself from seconds. However, if you’re going to a friend’s or family member’s house for a casual, comfortable day of dinner and football, you can dress smartly for abdominal comfort.”

Common sense will tell you to match your partner’s level of formality. If she’s wearing a cocktail dress, wear a suit. If she’s wearing a ballgown, wear a tuxedo. If she’s wearing jeans and Comfort Colors, you wear jeans and Comfort Colors too.

But if you have absolutely no idea what people will be wearing, place it safe: dress as a pilgrim and bring a thoughtful house gift (a Nouveau Beaujolais is always nice with turkey, you can never go wrong with flowers). But remember, don’t talk about sex, money or politics and keep a security Comfort Colors t-shirt on hand.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Comfort Colors.

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Why are Comfort Colors T-shirts so Comfortable?

It’s a question we are often asked. In a way it is like asking ‘Why are jeans the most comfortable pants?’ The simple answer is the cut and the quality of the cotton. The cotton in Comfort Colors shirts is ringspun – this is probably true of the cotton in you favorite jeans, too.

Ring-spinning is a system of cotton production that uses thinner, stronger fibers twisted together to make a yarn. These yarns create a much softer, more durable fabric. Ringspun cotton has a soft hand, a smooth surface, and is more durable than other cottons, that’s why we use it in our t-shirts.

The second reason Comfort Colors are so comfortable is the cut. It gives your skin room to breathe. This is probably the case with your favorite pair of jeans, too. While tight-fitting clothing is fashionable and can look fabulous, there are certain risks involved in wearing it all the time.

Squeezing into the tightest skinny jeans can take a toll on the family jewels. Likewise, squeezing into a tight shirt can inhibit respiration. Back in the day, women (and some men) wore corsets. One of the greatest risks involved with sporting a corset was the fainting potential. Seriously. Some corsets were so tight that they caused very shallow breathing that ultimately led to people passing out. Comfort Colors shirts do not have this effect.

But the biggest reason Comfort Colors shirts are so comfortable is your attitude while you wear them. You can be yourself in these shirts. This is the time you can be most creative and most relaxed. Think of donning the shirt as a way to slip back into that Saturday feeling of youth. These shirts last so long, you may still have one from then…

corset image credit: http://www.delilahscollection.com

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