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Damage Control After Tempting Treats!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

There is no food that can be classified as to good or bad as long as you have it in moderation. Most of us are really quick to succumb to temptation, but adopting a strict control formula is not exactly practical either. What you need is to correct you diet pattern after giving in to those sinful yet OH- SO- TEMPTING treats.

Here are few tips on setting things right, once you have indulged to your heart’s content.

CHEESY PIZZA

Cheesy Pizza

After a cheesy pizza, your next meal should be a plain bowl of steamed vegetables to compensate for the fiber. You can couple it with some brown rice or multigrain bread.

CHOCOLATE CAKE

Chocolate Cake

After having a chocolate cake you may actually suffer with constipation and the best meal to beat that constipation caused by a chocolate cake is a bowl of piping hot vegetable stew teamed with whole grain bread or barley soup.

AERATED DRINKS

AERATED DRINKS

Beat the acidity by drinking gallons of water throughout the day. You can also have a tall glass of butter milk, cold milk, coconut water or apple juice.

ICE-CREAM

Ice Cream

Most of the ice creams have artificial color and preservatives that meddle with the digestive juices, making it difficult to process. Gulp down a glass of butter milk. Your next meal should be a bowl of spinach soup with a slice of rye bread which will ensure smooth bowel movements.

SPICY FOODS

Spicy Foods

Eating spicy foods can lead to stomach distension and acidity. A plain glass of cold milk will help fight that acidity. Your next meal should be a bowl of sprouts salad. These foods contain Vitamin B and Vitamin E that help eliminate acids out of the body.

CHINESE FOOD

Chinese food

Most of Chinese meals are cooked with a generous sprinkling of ajinomoto whose hazards are well known. Water and green tea is the best way to detox our body. Balance the excessive salt intake by consuming a glass of coconut water. Make sure to end your day with a bowl of mix fruits. Fruits such as papaya, peach, musk melon and pear too as these help ward off severe acidity.

Age Reversal With Some Resistance Exercise

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Resistance Exercise

Can you really grow younger as you “age”? We can never think that muscles can literally turn back the genetic clock. But yes it’s true and is possible when you regularly exercise with resistance.

Resistance exercise can be weight training or just using your body weight. You can exercise that is heavy enough to cause some strain but not so heavy that it is painful or dangerous.

Resistance Exercises

Some of the biology aspects of our body are really unbelievable.

The mitochondria is the energy factory of the human cell. As we age our muscles begin to show what researchers call “mitochondrial dysfunction”. This is what causes all the bad stuff associated with “sarcopenia”. Sarcopenia is just the wasting away of muscle due to age and under-use. As we age most of us will experience a gradual loss of muscle. Here comes the main problem, as muscle is active tissue it is responsible for most of the calories we use during the day.

The less muscle you have, the more body fat you will gain if you eat the same amount of food. Muscle loss is also related to the onset of many bone diseases. The muscle that holds our spine in alignment can deteriorate as we age and cause major back problems. The same is true for the muscle and tendons around the knee and hip joints.

Resistance training obviously builds muscle and it does so at any age. After just six months of resistance training strength increases by over 20%, reversal of most of the genes gets started, genes literally “revert back” to the same markers as “younger” genes and affects age in muscle tissue.

It is one thing to maintain muscle as we age while to gain muscle is even better. That is downright amazing isn’t it? Strength is not a luxury as we age. It is absolutely necessary for longevity and health. And this all takes place at the genetic level. You’ll look better and feel better than you ever have to boot.

So many people turn to plastic surgery and drugs for this same effect. There is nothing wrong with that but wouldn’t you rather use a natural and safe alternative the one that helps you in a hundred other ways? It certainly makes a body look and feel younger than any thing else can. It is a gift that can add years to your life and take away years from your looks all at the same time.

Travelling tips for Pregnant Women

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
by Sue

Pregnant woman

In today’s fast paced life the modern busy woman even when pregnant has no option but to travel and there is hardly any time for taking break. Many women are working even when they are in an advance stage of their pregnancy and that involves travel too. Many don’t like the idea of being home bound.

Pregnant woman

Its not that traveling is not safe for pregnant women but you just need to remember few things that will help you to make your travel comfortable and safe. Of course, you will need to take more into consideration depending on which stage of pregnancy you are at, and the nature of your travels. If you’re just popping to the shops or perhaps going for a house viewing, then you may not be required to travel very far at all. On the other hand, journeys which include flights might require a little more preparation.

Don’t just sit:

Pregnant woman

You may be traveling by airplane or by road it is important that you get up and move around every other hour. This is more important if you are in advance stage of pregnancy as this will prevent any soreness and stiffness.

Carry snacks:

Pregnant woman

It is a good idea to have snacks in long journey. It is also safe to carry snacks with you as there might be need of eating if you get stuck in traffic or your flight is delayed and you have to wait. This will also help you to deal with usual discomforts like feeling faint which is related to blood sugar levels.

Have enough fluids:

Pregnant woman

While you travel you tend to get dehydrated and pregnant woman need lots of fluids. You can carry a water bottle or juice with you.

Dress right:

Pregnant woman

Dress in a manner that you are comfortable during a trip. You can carry a light shawl as sometimes air conditioner around you can make you feel cold.

Be prepared for emergency:

Pregnant woman

You should carry your prenatal medical records with you. You may not face any problem but there is no harm in taking them along with you as it is safe.

Grab a coffee

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

coffee break

A coffee break is a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business and industry. For most of us, coffee break in the office is an old ritual which usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes and frequently occur at the end of the first third of the work shift.

coffee break Coffee break generally gives a chance of gatherings and provides time for gossips or a time to smoke a cigarette. But it can be evolved in many other things too.

coffee break More generally, people can use the phrase “coffee break” to denote any break from work in any arena; popular culture often portrays housewives as taking a coffee break in their kitchens. Celebrity magazines use the term “coffee run” to describe people going for a short coffee break in the morning at a nearby cafe.

Most of us take a coffee between the start of the day and lunch and another between lunch and leaving time. This gives you a break from monotony of work place, it signals an interval between two sessions.

Do you use that break to your advantage?

Me time:-

coffee break for ME time

Use this time to pamper yourself a little. During a coffee break you can fix that lip gloss which has got a little dull or just run a hair brush and get back to work. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you work better.

We time:-

coffee break for WE time

May be you are served with a coffee at your desk but you can always refresh yourself by walking over to a colleague with a cup of coffee and speak about issues which are completely unrelated to work. Avoid gossips, thoughtfulness goes around you feel good about being good to others. Walk over to a different colleague each day and be appreciative.

Fitness time:-

coffee break for Fitness coffee break for Fitness coffee break for Fitness

Coffee break will also give you time for some rest and you can do few exercises as well. Sitting in front of computer for long hours can affect your health. Dry eyes, carpal tunnel fingers and back ache are common complaints. Blink your eyes fats for around 20 times as we blink less when we stare at screen. Exercise your fingers by flexing and bunching them several times. Twirl the thumb around clockwise and anti-clockwise. Take a short walk if possible. Stretch your back. Before getting back to work take a deep breath and shut your eyes for a while. Open your refreshed eyes and win the world over in the next session of work.

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Excess abdominal fat - More risky than you think!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Did you know that majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat?

Excess Abdominal Fat

The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible and makes them self conscious. However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular is not only ugly but is also a dangerous risk factor to health.

Two Types of Abdominal Fat

There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance.

Both of them greatly increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat.

If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones then I believe that reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your top priorities. So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat?

The first thing you must understand that there is absolutely no quick fix solutions or pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. The only solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound strategic nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Dieting only will help you lose significantly less abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined.

The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place. I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only ugly, but also dangerous.

Here are few exercises that you can do and get a flatter and more toned stomach. When performed correctly and combined with proper nutrition the following exercises can aid in the efforts to have the abdomen that you desire.

• The use of movements that do not restrict the body and do not use weight such as side bends and twists or hanging from a bar are all good for the oblique muscles of the abdomen.

side bands twists hanging

• Standing crunch which brings one shoulder and elbow in and down to the side of the upper torso.

• Lower your body to an angle of seventy degrees and curl the torso forward until you crunch into a full contraction of the abdominal muscles.

• Crunches are also good for exercising the abdomen.

Crunches

• By lying on a bench with your arms extended behind you as if reaching for something. Then bring the knees up and as far in as possible while keeping the pelvis flat against the bench.

bench crunch

• Hang from a bar and keep the knees even with the abdomen, then raise them toward the head as far as you can get them.

hanging crunch

• Sitting on a bench cross legged while holding onto the sides to support you. Pull the knees toward your chest by raising the legs.

sitting bench crunch sitting bench crunch

Don’t waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for major diseases. Get the solution to get rid of it work hard, eat right and enjoy your life to full extent.




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