Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Higher cholesterol, hidden fats and an expanding waistline are just a few of the reasons to say no to soda
America has a drinking problem. No, not booze. I'm talking about soft drinks. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, the average American guzzles 44.7 gallons of the sweet stuff every year. Not sure what 44.7 gallons looks like? It's about what you'd need to fill a small kiddie pool.
But the truth is, you don't need me to tell you that soda isn't healthy. We all know that America's drink of choice contributes to our country's ever-expanding obesity problem. But, as Rodale.com writer Leah Zerbe discovered, love handles are just the beginning. Read on for her report on three shocking soda facts that will have you saying, "Just water, please," from now on.
Shocking Soda Fact #1: Soda Fattens Up Organs
A recent Danish study revealed that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in dangerous hard-to-detect fats. Researchers asked participants to drink either regular soda, milk containing the same amount of calories as regular soda, diet cola, or water every day for six months. The results? Total fat mass remained the same across all beverage-consuming groups, but regular-soda drinkers experienced dramatic increases in harmful hidden fats, including liver fat and skeletal fat. The regular-soda group also experienced an 11 percent increase in cholesterol compared to the other groups! And don't think switching to diet varieties will save you from harm: Artificial sweeteners and food dyes have been linked to brain cell damage and hyperactivity, and research has shown that people who drink diet soda have a higher risk of developing diabetes.
TOXIC "WAIST": Processed foods have long been implicated in the obesity epidemic, and there's a growing body of evidence to suggest they might also be responsible for cancers, respiratory issues, and behavioral disorders.
Shocking Soda Fact #2: Soda Contains Flame Retardants
Some popular soda brands, including Mountain Dew, use brominated vegetable oil-a toxic flame retardant-to keep the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid. This hazardous ingredient-sometimes listed as BVO on soda and sports drinks-can cause bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions and memory loss, as well as nerve disorders. If that's not a good enough reason not to "Do the Dew," I don't know what is.
DRINK DISASTERS: Soda isn't the only dubious drink you have to watch out for. Many bottled beverages pack enough sugar and calories to foil your get-fit plans in one fell sip
Shocking Soda Fact #3: Drinking Soda Makes You a Lab Rat
Many American soda brands are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, a heart-harming man-made compound derived mainly from genetically engineered corn. The problem? Genetically engineered ingredients have only been in our food chain since the 1990s, and we don't know their long-term health impacts because the corporations that developed the crops never had to test them for long-term safety. Case in point: Some recent findings suggest that genetically engineered crops are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility!
These are pretty interesting facts. The article was found on MSN on 3/13/2012
Have a great day everyone. remember to drink plenty of pop.. Just kidding.
Drink 8 glasses of everyday for a better feeling you.
Monday, March 12, 2012
When men and women join the military, they must go through an intensive training process known as boot camp. The purpose of boot camp is to transform an individual in a physical, emotional, and mental way. This transformation process begins as soon as the recruits step from the bus onto the grounds of the boot camp. The training seems almost cruel at times as people are pushed to their limits and then pushed further.
One of the underlying objectives is to force the recruits to develop discipline. Initially, the discipline is external in the form of a drill sergeant, or instructor, who barks out orders, dishes out discipline for the non-compliant recruit, and pushes all of the men and women to go further than they thought it was possible to go.
At the end of several intense weeks, previously undisciplined people have been changed into disciplined teams (troops). The intensity of the training is designed to break old habits and thought patterns and instill new ones. Many times, the change in the young men and women is astonishing as they appear more confident, mature, and disciplined.
What if there was a civilian or personal boot camp that would challenge and change our patterns of behavior, thoughts, and actions? Imagine getting into mental, physical, and emotional shape in six weeks. But then, would we want someone yelling at us to break down our defense mechanisms, to push us further than we would push ourselves?
Would it be necessary to have someone yell at us to force us to make changes? Do we have the strength to make those changes on our own? What is lacking? It is the discipline to just do it! The word discipline carries with it a negative connotation, as it is usually associated with the word "punishment" as in, "she must be disciplined for her actions."
Discipline implies control and it can come from outside of us, through others such as parents, bosses, authority figures, or drill sergeants. It can also come from within, as we make a commitment to ourselves to take a certain action or to refrain from engaging in non-productive behaviors. The results from internally imposed discipline can be so power-filled as we enjoy our successes.
I challenge you to decide what you would like to be, have, or do and establish your own boot camp routine. Upon successful completion of your program, invite me to your graduation.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I am in charge of my body, mind, and emotions. Through my internal discipline, I achieve the success that I desire."
Have a disciplined week!
Article by Mary Rau-Foster
Have a great day ~ Donna
Sunday, March 11, 2012
By Zoe Schaeffer
1. Gold Treatment - Cost approximately $550
Taking luxe to a whole new level, this 24-karat facial (see at-home alternatives here) firms skin and reduces wrinkles, while leaving you with a golden glow—naturally.
2. Ice, Ice Baby - Cost $40 a treatment
Get ready for a deep freeze with this cold sauna cryotherapy treatment (in minus 110 degrees Celsius). The chilly experience is said to help with inflammation, improve joint and muscle function and reduce and relieve skin irritation.
3. Steam Clean - $50 for30 min treatment
In Santa Monica, Calif., Tikkun Holistic Spa offers a soothing treatment for your nether regions. Based on an ancient Korean treatment, the spa's V-Steam is said to reduce stress, regulate periods and boost fertility.
4. Dropping In - $180 for 60 min treatment
Geisha girls had fabulous skin partly due to a centuries-old secret topical called "uguisu no fun" (you won't believe what this is - bird droppings). Now that the word is out, it may be time to toss the old exfoliator and brighten your complexion the seriously old-fashioned way.
5. Smooth Moves - $ 75.00 a tube
New Yorkers looking for the latest anti-aging fix turned to a Townhouse Spa's facial with Spermine, an antioxidant made from synthesized human (ick, you guessed it) sperm. While the NY hotspot no longer offers the facial, die-hard devotees have tracked down this product, which contains the exclusive ingredient at Harvey Nichols in the UK.
6. Whip It - $225 a treatment
In the Ancient Cane Ritual treatment, raw sugar cane juice is combined with crystals and creamy oil to exfoliate and deeply moisturize. The massage also uses bamboo reeds (see pics) during a drumming, tapping and rolling session, meant to rebalance the body’s energy flow.
7. Firm Offer - $85 for 45 min
In this specialty treatment, botanicals and essential oils are used to firm up that particular part of our bodies that often goes south first. This "breast facial" (it's also called this - Algea) exfoliates and is designed to help remove lymphatic congestion (is a drainage network of fluid, organs and vessels that is responsible for the removal of cellular debris, large proteins, foreign bodies).
8. Couple's Retreat - $180 for 2 hours
If you and your special someone are looking for something relaxing and romantic, a couple's massage atop a Venetian-style gondola should definitely be on your "to do" list. Champagne and strawberries are included in the journey.
To view the actual link go to the following: Outrageous Beauty Treatments
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Everyone knows that weight loss is all about modifying your lifestyle habits if you are to succeed at losing weight . Like healthy living,healthy weight loss requires a lifestyle. What many don't realize that healthy weight loss cannot be done overnight! If you try to make significant changes in your lifestyle within a very short time, chances are that you will only be frustrated and disappointed with your weight loss efforts.
Also, there is more to healthy weight loss than just diet and exercise. In this article I will take you beyond the world of strict diets and rigorous exercise routines so you will be prepared for the challenge that lies ahead!
Avoid self-procrastinating thoughts:
Self-procrastinating thoughts will do you more harm than fake diet pills. Just imagine, if you always think that you cannot do the things you need to do in order to lose weight, how can you ever achieve your weight loss goals? If you think that you cannot do sit-ups and push-ups, you are probably jumping to conclusions and being too self-analytical even before you have tried these workouts!
If you think that doing thirty push-ups is overwhelming for you, start small. Start with 10 push-ups, and thank yourself once you have done it successfully! Then try to add one or two extra push-ups every day to your routine until you reach your target of thirty. You see, when you start small, it becomes much easier to reach your weight loss goals!
Instead of thinking too much, just take action and DO it! The amount of time you spend on thinking and criticizing yourself, you may as well as spend it on some exercise. While the former will do you no good, the latter will help you burn fat and lose weight!
Proper support is essential in order to keep you determined and motivated. Without support, you won't be able to lose weight successfully. That is why it is essential that you enlist the support of your friends and family who understand you and support your goals. It is also essential that you choose a weight loss program which offers support to its members in the form of a support group or forum. In a forum, you will get support and tips from your peers and experts alike!
Surround yourself with supportive people and stay away from the negative people who can only find faults with you!
Get rid of temptations:
Unless you learn to control your temptations, you won't be able to lose weight successfully. One overwhelming temptation most people suffer from is that of food. Whenever you are tempted to eat, do something that would distract you from the thought of food. You can do anything such as dancing, driving, walking around your house, doing some sit-ups, or drinking a glass of water. All of these things will help keep yourself away from the continuous food cravings!
If you follow these tips there is no reason why you won't be able to lose weight! Remember that you can achieve whatever you believe in your mind. If you believe you can lose weight, you WILL! It does sound cliché but is very much true!
Ran across this article this morning at articlesbase. Don't forget to be good to yourself along your journey to a healthier you. Reward yourself regularly. I don't mean with food. I mean with things you have been wanting but didn't think you could afford it. A trip, a piece of jewelery, etc. You are a priceless commodity. Treat yourself as such. Donna
Friday, March 09, 2012
Happiness Secrets: 7 Ways to Make the Best of a Bad Day by Amy Spencer
1. Thank the lemons
Why does it always take dating fifty nuh-uhs and interviewing twelve nannies before finding one that doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth? Because seeing the bad ones is the only way to appreciate the good. If you haven't tasted some sour lemons, you'd never be able to appreciate the sweet stuff. So thank the bad dates, the boring jobs, the drafty houses and the dull knives, because they're the things making you see how lucky you are when you get your hands on the gold.
2. Say, "Well, at least I'm not..."
If you lost your wallet, at least you didn't lose your phone along with it. If you lost your phone, at least your numbers are backed up on your computer. Oh, they're not? Well ... at least you TiVo'd "Parenthood" so you can cry it out with the Bravermans and get one good thing outta this dang day. The point is, whether you choose to see your glass as half full or half-empty, at least you have something in it at all.
3. Do the can-can
Okay. So now you can't eat gluten and you can't afford a Caribbean vacation this year, and for some reason, you can't stop thinking about how you can't do either one! It's no wonder: A 2007 study by James Erskine pitting hungry humans against yummy chocolate found that subjects who attempted to suppress their thoughts about chocolate ended up thinking about it more! So instead of thinking about what you can't have or do, focus on what you can. No, you can't have gluten; but you can have grilled artichokes, juicy New York Strip, sweet peaches, corn tortillas, and a glass of Cabernet Franc. (Well, check the label first ... you know how these things go.) And while you can't have the Caribbean, you can afford a fun road trip along the coast that has plenty of its own charms. Go head, look at your lists and see: What you can do is so much bigger than what you can't.
4. Plan your party story
When one thing goes wrong in a day, it stinks. When three things go wrong? Now you've got the makings of a really funny story. So take notes: When there's no hot water for your shower, you have a wardrobe malfunction and your credit card is rejected at the restaurant, then stop groaning and start building the hilarious tale you can tell tomorrow.
5. See life as a see-saw
Some days, you'll be the one stuck in the slow line at Whole Foods, losing the parking pass, or let go from your job. But some days? You'll get plucked to join the brand new line, find a pair of Ray Bans on a park bench and win the promotion! We split our time on both ends of life's see-saw. So, to make the bump you feel on the bottom a little less bad, remember that your upswing is coming soon.
6. Re-word it more positively
Are you having a "nightmare" week? Is your boss putting you through "hell?" Are you "never" going to meet the right person? Well, if you spend all your time focusing on what's wrong, you leave no room for what's right. So frame your life in a more positive way -- literally -- and things will feel more doable, bearable and possible. Try saying, "This is a tough week I'll soon get through," and "My boss is a way for me to practice my patience," and "There are great people out there if I keep my eyes and heart open to see them."
7. Put a bow on it for your future self
Huge life changes like job loss and heartbreak don't always have a bright side when your in the midst of them. And that's okay, because expressing your anger and getting out your grief is emotionally healthy, too. But when you're wiping off the salty stains from your cheeks and want something positive to focus on? Think this: Your future self called and has a message for you about this bad experience: "Thank you." Because you're becoming a smarter, stronger, more empathetic and more resilient a person with every hurdle you leap. If you can't see the benefit of a bad day in your present, then at least you're giving a present to your future.
You don't have to change your whole life to be happier. Just start by changing how you see the good life you already have.
Hope everyone had a great day. I know I did!!! Donna
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