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How Long Can You Freeze Your Meals Before They Go Bad?

Making your meals ahead of time and freezing them to keep fresh until you’re ready to eat them seems like a pretty fool-proof plan. But what exactly are the rules that come with meal freezing? How long do they stay good for when they’re chilling in your freezer? Is there anything that’s off-limits when it comes to freezing meals? Can you get sick if you eat them after they’ve been frozen for too long?

Legs Up the Wall

Reversing the blood flow is a total win for the skin on your face. Staying in this pose for several minutes with your eyes closed, focused on your breathing, also promotes a well-rested look on your face as your muscles will relax.

  • Sit sideways next to a wall, with the wall on your left.
  • Lie down on your right side, facing away from the wall with your butt touching it.
  • Using your arms, lift your legs up the wall as you roll over to the left onto your back.
  • Allow your left hand to rest on your heart, and right hand on belly. Stay here for at least 10 deep breaths.

Photo: Jessica Howes

Half Seated Spinal Twist

Twists are the ultimate detox, and the fewer toxins you have in your body (or mind!), the better your skin will look.

  • Sit in staff pose with legs long and in front of you. Bend right knee and place right foot on the ground outside left thigh.
  • Turn torso to the right and take the right hand to the ground behind sacrum.
  • Gently hug right leg with left arm to twist. Use each inhale to lengthen the spine, and use each exhale to press into the ground and twist.
  • Keep this breathing pattern for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Photo: Jessica Howes

Camel Pose

Along with stimulating the endocrine glands and allowing your lungs to expand more so that you can get more oxygen, camel pose is amazing for digestion, which is vital to having clear skin.

  • Start in a high kneeling position with hips over and lined up with knees, and weight supported by shins and the tops of feet.
  • Place palms on sacrum—fingers facing up or down, whichever feels better, tailbone reaching down—and draw elbows in to one another so that they aren't winging out.
  • Keep thighs rotating inward and pull shoulder blades toward one another and down back.
  • Look to the ceiling as you lift chest upward. Release hands to heels and arch spine.
  • Tip head back to keep the whole spine in extension if that is appropriate for your neck. Breathe here for at least 5 deep breaths.

Photo: Jessica Howes

Shoulder Stand

Shoulder stand stimulates the thyroid gland and reverses the blood flow.

  • Lie faceup on the ground with the knees bent, feet on the floor, and arms on either side.
  • Soften knees and press arms into the ground to reach feet up toward the ceiling and then back behind you (any amount that feels good on your neck) to plow pose.
  • Place hands on lower back for support and try to keep elbows about shoulder-width apart.
  • Soften through the knees and, one at a time, reach feet toward the ceiling.
  • Breathe here for at least 5 to 10 deep breaths and then trace steps out of the pose.

Photo: Jessica Howes