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9 Steps To A Healthy Diabetic Diet December 1, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 10:38 am

Eating an appropriate diet is significant for everyone, but for diabetics, eating decent is crucial for optimum health. In decree to best balance your blood bread degree, better your power to take insulin, preserve a robust eye and remain at a perfect weight, it’s significant to consume little bread, plump, cholesterol and sodium. At the same moment, you should consume more complicated carbohydrates and fiber. Look to these guidelines to assist preserve a robust diabetic diet:

1. Eat foods made from whole grains – such as whole wheat, brown rice, oats, and whole-grain corn – every day. Use whole-grain bread for toast and sandwiches; substitute brown rice for white rice for home- cooked meals and when dining out.

2. Eat plenty of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables—leave the edible skins on to add extra fiber into your diet. Fruits are colorful and make a welcome centerpiece for any table. Enjoy the company of family and friends while sharing a bowl of fruit.

3. Eat moderate amounts of fish, poultry and lean meat. Try alternative protein sources, such as lentils, dried peas and beans.

4. Find a water bottle you really like (from a club event, favorite sports team, etc.) and drink water from it wherever and whenever you can.

5. Gradually work your way down from whole milk to 2% until you’re drinking and cooking with fat-free (skim) or low-fat milk and milk products.

6. Try baking, broiling, poaching, steaming or microwaving instead of frying.

7. Look out for food labels with phrases like “no sugar added,” “dietetic,” or even “diabetic.” These products can contain other objectionable ingredients, like sugar substitutes, that cancel out health benefits.

8. Cook with a mix of spices instead of salt.

9. Slow down at snack time. Eating a bag of low-fat popcorn takes longer than eating a slice of cake. Peel and eat an orange instead of drinking orange juice.

By Tong Bee


Symptom Of Pregnancy July 9, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 10:59 am

Do you have a desire to be pregnant? Are you already pregnant? Do you want to know more about pregnancy?

Read on to find the answers to these questions and more. It is very easy to confuse symptoms of other illnesses with symptom of pregnancy.

We have given below some of the most common sign of pregnancy. Read them.

Symptoms Of Pregnancy – Common Signs

To begin with, morning sickness is a very common early pregnancy symptom. It is also a very annoying signal for many would-be mothers, who are yet unaware of their pregnant state. The common complaint of vomiting and feeling of nausea usually happens after a month of pregnancy, and slowly ebbs in the later stages of pregnancy. Morning sickness may appear earlier in some cases too.

Missing a period is another symptom of pregnancy, which appears soon after a month of pregnancy. In fact, this is the most important signal, which indicates that you are pregnant. Although, there may be other reasons for missing a period like polycystic ovary syndrome, stress, pills, losing or gaining too much weight, etc. In such cases, you have to search for other sign of pregnancy. Always try to maintain a pregnancy journal to overcome anxiety.

Another symptom of pregnancy is the initial tenderness of the breasts. Then later you will also notice that the breasts get heavy. You get used to this feeling as you progress through your pregnancy. Side by side, you will also notice the darkening of the areola, which is another pregnancy symptom.

Frequent urination may be another symptom of pregnancy. There are two reasons for this condition. The first reason is the reduction in the size of the urinary bladder, due to the growing uterus. The second is the rising level in the hormone progesterone in the body, which gives a feeling of fullness in the bladder.

Constipation and a sour mouth can be two other annoying symptoms of pregnancy. Constipation gives you a bad taste in the mouth and everything you eat tastes insipid as well.

There is a very important thing to understand over here that only a woman can become pregnant. The joys and pains related to pregnancy are borne by the mother alone. Other persons related to the mother, including the father, can only play a supportive role. Therefore, never take this issue lightly. It is the duty of every mother to be assertive and informative. If you are strong-willed, you will do everything which will be the best for the baby. Again, if you are informative, you will purchase the best products from the market. You will also get things done from others in the best interest of your baby as soon as you see the early sign of pregnancy.


Alzheimer’s – The Emotional Journey April 20, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 8:18 am

We know what we know and we like it that way. We all have our own ideas on how our parent are supposed to be. Maybe they are our rock. Maybe they were never there for us. One thing is for sure we feel they are supposed to be there for us no matter what. Our image of parents, tells us they are to nurture us, give us strength, and provide for our needs. Our society dictates this. We all have our own unique perspective on how our childhood went. Some think their parents failed the parenting test, other feel blessed to have had the parents they had. Whatever our perspective, our childhood definitely has a lot to do with who we are now, and how we deal with the trials and tribulation life sends our way.

Fear of the unknown and of thing we do not understand. Alzheimers falls into this area very well. No one is quite sure what causes it, how to prevent it, or what to expect from it. The disease is as unpredictable and unique as the individual that has it. The only definite is that it causes great emotional pain and fear for every one involved.

Fear surrounds Alzheimer’s, nobody wants it, everybody is afraid of it. Families of people who have it are afraid of what they see happening. How can we over come the fear? We over come our fear by acknowledging the roots of our emotions. The time to start is in the every beginning. When we notices the subtle little changes such as the forgetfulness, repetitive questions or thoughts. There is a lot of fear involved with just those simple changes. How we react to those changes sets the stage for what’s to come. It is a normal response to react to fear with anger, aggression, impatience’s, we go into the defense mode. We have little time for patience and understanding because we are to busy protecting our hearts. If we ignore it or get angry at it, maybe it will go away. We block or put off thought of the future because the future holds pain and sorrow. We feel guilty for being afraid and not being able to deal with the changes. This is not the way we had our lives planned in our imagination of what life is suppose to be.

Understanding loss is one-step to understanding some of the emotion that surface when a loved one has Alzheimers. When we think of losing a loved one we automatically think of death. Loss is loss; the emotions of loss are the same regardless of the cause. The cycle of grief is the same, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. What makes the losses caused by Alzheimers so difficult is that you see a person you are very familiar with, one who has played a certain role in your life. They look the same, they sound the same, but nothing is the same. What is not realized is that this is where your common ground is found. For the person that has Alzheimers, People, places and things look familiar, but they have no idea why. They can’t put together the, who, where, what or why of things. They have the same emotional confusion you are experiencing.

When it comes to matters of the heart, logic is quickly replaced with emotion. Our emotions are influenced by our life experiences and from the foundation that we have chosen to build our lives. We can’t always control our emotions, but we can learn from them. By taking the time to look closely at our emotions and finding there roots, we can come to accept what is before us. Acceptance does not remove the fear or pain, life doesn’t instantly become joyful and bliss. Acceptances teaches us how to live in spite of our fear and pain. We learn to accept and acknowledge life on life’s terms. We admit we are powerless over many of the thing we want to control. Most of all we learn to have faith. We also learn what is deep inside ourselves that makes us uniquely who we are.

Researching Alzheimer’s and reading all the information about the disease and the entire practical how to care for someone with Alzheimers is important. However, it is not going to be very useful until you can come to terms with the emotional effects Alzheimers has on everyone involved. Come to terms with your feelings and emotions then you can process the practical information from a completely new perspective.

By Angelica White


Morning Fat Burning April 16, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 8:54 am

While morning cardio has been a favorite among bodybuilders, exercise scientists have yet to reach a verdict on it’s fat burning effects. In addition, body builders like to do A.M cardio in the fasting state. They assert it mobilizes more body fat and burns more calories all day long.

The argument in favour of morning cardio goes like this:

* Upon waking, your body has been fasting for 7-10 hours and is glycogen depleted. Performing cardio in this state will burn more fat due to the lack of carbohydrates “floating around”.

* Fasting before exercise is superior because eating causes a release of insulin which reduces the amount of fat mobilized.

* There is less carbohydrate in the form of glucose in the bloodstream in the morning, thus you should burn more fat.

*Eating before a workout forces you to burn off what you just ate before you start on your stores of body fat.

* A.M. cardio raises your metabolism for a longer period of time as compared to evening training simply by extended afterburn. This is a function of having less waking hours in the evening.

While many exercise scientists disagree with the notion of morning cardio, there is still some good research to support it. These studies have unquestionably shown that endurance training after an overnight fast enhances fat oxidation.

Despite the fact this research exists, scientists are still skeptical. Some concede you do burn a greater mix of fat in a fasted morning state but they qualify it with “so what?”. “Does it really matter that much? Does it really increase real world fat loss?”

The answer is probably yes to a bodybuilder who needs every fat burning edge they can get and less so for the average fitness partcipant. It is simply not as important in a 24 hour time period when the average gym goer performs their cardio.

In conclusion, morning cardio in the fasting state does burn a greater rate of fat to carbohydrate than cardio performed at other times of the day. For most of us, however, the real life fat loss is negligible. This topic will continue to be one of debate and more research is necessary to find all the answers.

By Dr. Lanny Schaffer


How to avoid overeating April 15, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 7:53 am

1. Slow down, chew atleast 20 minutes to consume a meal. Taking longer to eat will make you feel as though you are eating more. Enjoy the conversation and companionship.

2. Eat only while sitting down. Much extra food is consumed on the run. Make it a point to sit down while eating it will help you think about how much you are consuming.

3. Eat off smaller plates.

4. Drink a 12-ounce glass of water before eating. It will take up room in your stomach and make you feel less hungry.

5. Wait 10 minutes before snacking. Between meal snacks are usually impulsive acts. A wait before eating them will often make you realise you aren’t hungry after all.

6. Keep the right stuff up front. Make such foods as fruits and vegetables readily available by keeping them in the front of the refrigerator shelves.


Beauty Boosting Foods April 14, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 8:51 am

Mother Nature has blessed us with a cornucopia of food choices that give your skin and taste buds – a reason to smile. So, close the cookie jar and back away from the vending machine and give these four healthy-yet-scrumptious treats a chance.

ALMONDS contain heart-healthy monosaturated fats (the same fats found in olive oil). In addition to lowering your risk of heart disease, almonds will keep your skin plump by preserving the skin’s lipid structure. Eat them whole and with their skins as an energising snack throughout the day.

AVOCADO contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that lowers cholesterol and promotes supple skin. Mash it with lemon and salt for tangy guacamole or add slices of it to a salad.

The SWEET POTATO is loaded with proteins and potent antioxidants. It stabilises blood sugar levels and lowers insulin resistance. It is an excellent source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, fibre, Vitamin B6 and potassium. Zap the potato in the microwave and then mash it with olive oil and black pepper.

RAISINS are loaded with antioxidants like phenols that help prevent cell oxidation! Raisins also contain Boron, a mineral that helps protect women from osteoporosis and bone loss. Eat them plain or mix with nuts.


Paving the Way for Memory Lane March 31, 2007

Filed under: Health — sarah @ 8:40 am

Feeling like the absent-minded professor lately? Here are some memory-improving strategies to keep your brain sharp.

Ginkgo to Think
Ginkgo, the oldest surviving species of tree, has been traced back 300 million years and is one of the most widely studied plants. The leaf of the ginkgo tree is shaped like a human brain, and some believe this is why, in Asia, it has always had a reputation of benefiting the mental processes.

A dwindling memory and decreased concentration is largely caused by decreased blood flow to the brain and loss of brain cells; ginkgo has been confirmed to boost circulation to the brain and other organs, improving memory and cognitive functions. Additionally, ginkgo is used far and wide as a longevity tonic in Asia and Europe.

The best-known and most commonly available form of ginkgo is as teas and herbal extracts, but ginkgo nut, used in the culinary traditions of Asian cultures, also has therapeutic properties and is also said to strengthen lung function.

Mental Gymnastics Keep Your Mind Nimble
It is normal to become more absent-minded as we age, and in fact, most people over the age of 40 experience some memory loss. The most likely causes of a forgetful memory include poor concentration due to brain-chemical imbalance, tiredness, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

If you find you are more forgetful than usual, try these steps and see if there isn’t some improvement in your cognitive clarity:

  1. Get an uninterrupted eight hours of sleep each night.
  2. Do a half an hour of cardiovascular exercise every day, such as brisk walking, slow jogging, biking, or swimming. This will improve circulation and increase blood flow to the brain.
  3. Turn yourself upside down for a couple of minutes daily.
  4. Mental fitness activities are imperative to prevent age-related cognitive decline. Read and learn new things, find new hobbies, do crossword puzzles, add up your bill in your head while shopping, memorize a set of phone numbers forward and backwards; all these can stimulate brain cell activities and in some cases even grow new brain pathways.
  5. Work with your physician to find a supplemental regimen that helps improve your cognitive capabilities. Memory-enhancing supplements and herbs include B-complex vitamins, magnesium, CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid, fish oil, flax seed oil, Chinese club moss, ginkgo, and ginseng. A supplement that has been well-documented in Europe for reversing age-related dementia and memory loss is phosphatidylserine (PS), a compound made by the body from the amino acid serine. Taken in supplement form, PS lowers stress response and promotes the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that facilitate thought, reasoning, and concentration.

I hope you find your days more memorable for many years to come! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

-Dr. Mao