Saturday, May 16, 2009
Losing weight is sometimes a challenge. So, here is a little tip for you that hopefully will give you what you need to promote your progress. The first thing that many of us do is limit how much we eat. Of course, if you take in more calories than you burn up, your weight loss efforts will be slow to show you results. But be sure you donít restrict your calories too much. The right amount of calories is essential for you to get the right amount of nutrients everyday and help to stimulate your metabolism for optimal weight maintenance.
So, how many calories should you get each day? The quick answer is it depends. Age, activity level, gender, and general eating patterns are some considerations. Here is a neat tool to help calculate the correct amount of calories you need. This is just a tool, so donít take it as absolute gospel. Depending on your individual situation, you may want to have more or less than what is suggested for you.
Monday, May 11, 2009
When I was little, like many kids, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. She always told me to chew my food slowly and at least 20 times before swallowing, especially when eating things like nuts or meats or when eating vegetable such as broccoli, green leavy vegetables, or asparagus. She said itís healthier that way. Now, Iím reading all kinds of things about the benefits of chewing your foods more before eating it. One recent report suggested that it help losing weight and maintaining weight loss.
As an adult, I am not usually aware of my chewing. Iím sure that when Iím very hungry, I probably gulp my food down without thinking about it at all.
Do you chew your foods a lot prior to eating? Do you even pay attention at all to your chewing? If you do not, you may want to think about paying attention to that. It apparently is an important weight loss strategy and enhances a healthy lifestyle. Below are some articles on the topic.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
When it comes to a medical diagnosis and treatment, never underestimate the importance of a second opinion, particularly if the diagnosis is something serious or if the treatment requires surgery. I know of several people who were incorrectly told by their doctor they had one thing, only to find out later they had something else. For one of them, it was too late to do anything about it since the disease was too advanced for treatment. A second opinion could have given her the right diagnosis the first time. When deciding your treatment options, doctors often ask you what you want to do. If he or she doesnít know Ė with the many years of training and experience they have had Ė why do they think their patients would know? Deciding what is best for you may require you to seek a second opinion.
Not to take anything away from doctors, as they have a difficult job to do; however, sometimes you have to take your own health and your own treatment in your own hands. Even if the second opinion differs from the first, the options they recommend for treatment may differ. But different or not, having an additional viewpoint just might save your life.
Monday, April 27, 2009
In case you didnít hear, the latest warning about tainted food is for raw alfalfa sprouts. The Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning stating that the sprouts are next in a long list of warnings about foods tainted with salmonella. So far, only sprouts distributed in California have been affected. Even though I'm not in California, it would make me nervous eating sprouts no matter where they were from.
A part of me often wonders whether agri-terrorism is to blame, deliberate attempts of company executives sabatoging the products and services of their competitors; I hope that's not the case. Regardles the reasons or cause, itís scary for everyone.
The FDA warning is below:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Well itís the time of year, when people are smiling at the ending of Winter and the beginning of Spring. As much as many people like springtime, lots of people arenít so happy, as itís the time of year they suffer from terrible allergies. Most of the things I have read say that about one in every five Americans are stricken by allergies. Many OTC and home remedies work just fine for many. But for many others, their outbreaks are so severe, they take lots of prescription meds and in some cases, allergy shots.
The types of allergies that affect people include things like grass, tree pollen, and cat and dog dander. Some people even have food allergies. A lot of people become gravely ill and may die if they donít receive treatment quickly, though many just suffer from wheezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, and nasal congestion.
If you have allergies, itís important to let people you spend time with know about them and what to do if you have a reaction. Many people are only mildly affected; but a lot of people lose the ability to breathe or even speak. In a matter of seconds, their airways close up, nearly choking them to death. Doctors recommend you created some laminated index cards with your known allergens, the medications you take (or shots you may need) and where to find them. This is especially important if someone is around you who is not familiar with it. You can also get a Medic-Alert bracelet, anklet, or necklace.
For additional information on allergies for yourself or for a friend or a family member, see the links below. Allergies are frustrating but are also manageable.
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