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Back to Perfection



September 2010

StepS to SUcceSSfUl Weight loSS

Save your kidS from thiS curSe!

The supplements you should take


the antioxidantS and tonicS yoU ShoUld take, page 17

Worried abouT Your sexual healTh?

Change Your healTh habiTs— 6 WaYs To geT Yourself Moving, page 7
a Winning formUla to Stop Smoking, page 15


A note from the Publishers

living in a


golden age
Stress, diet, and general lack of good health practices can also affect one’s sexual drive and performance. Popping the usual pharmaceutical fix is just what it is: an easy solution, but not a lasting one. On page 17, Sacred Eden gives you different options on the daily vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that can help your body regain its balance, and ultimately, pump up your sexual health to acceptable levels. From modern day medical research to ancient Chinese wisdom, there is a supplement for you. (Speaking of supplements, we’ve also got an article for women and the options available to her for fighting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Turn to page 5 to read more about it.) As in every issue, we devote a good chunk of it to helping you look and feel trimmer and better. This issue’s got tips on staying motivated and keeping your goals in mind and in sight, to make sure you don’t falter (page 7); and ways to help you successfully keep those extra pounds off—and make sure they stay off (page 8)! A Golden Age this may be, but it’s up to us to keep it golden. It’s up to us to open ourselves up to new, well-researched information and enlightened decisions to achieve our highest potential—not just for ourselves, but for the generations that follow us, and for this beautiful planet we call home.

ne could say we live in a Golden Age. Technology brings information on a sundry different topics in a flash; medical science and wellness breakthroughs are allowing us to get closer and closer to everlasting youth; and everyday, the beauty of before-unchartered areas around the globe are being made available to us, as we too, are opening ourselves more and more to becoming citizens of the world. There are inevitable prices to pay for such developments however: this “instant generation” is breeding bodies and minds that are loathe to get up and break a sweat, ethics are put into play in the name of science, and for each piece of paradise found, a swathe is lost in the name of progress. This issue is dedicated to the little things we take for granted while living in this Golden Age. With everything – music, games, entertainment, football statistics – available with just one click, and food readily available with just a quick call to fastfood delivery and a few punches of the button on the microwave, time and effort may be efficiently cut down, but so is our ability to burn wasted calories. These unwise decisions in lifestyle options affect no one most than our children. It affects more than their weight, however—their precious self-esteem is dented, sometimes permanently, by teasings and the feeling of being left out (whether imposed by others or by oneself). Parents, guardians, older friends and relatives can all do their part in developing a child’s health habits early on to prevent obesity. More on this on page 13. Whether for work or play, the computer or laptop has become an indispensible part of our lives. Most of us spend most of the day at our workstations in the offices or homes, and some don’t give a second thought about how those long hours affect our health. Some very minor tweakings in one’s work area or habits can go a long way in preventing long-term bone and muscle wear and tear, and eyesight problems. Simple exercises to beat these are on page 6.

The Sacred Eden Team

Halting it. starts with the parents. but stopping this habit will not only benefit you. Taking centerstage. as well. Here’s why you should begin your process now—and what it takes 15 17 food and nourishment 10 19 Artichokes—A Strange But Healthy Food. From its trunk to its leaves. If you suspect you have it. fighting heart disease. The watermelon is a nutritious and delicious source of vitamins. every part of the coconut tree is beneficial to humans. Relieve Stress By Meditation. pronto 7 8 9 Working Out: How Motivated Do You Feel? Working out is fun and all. It could kill your social life and cause deep embarrassment. Moderation and balance unlock the key to shedding off those pounds and toning that body. to say the least. Luckily. Great for appetizers. but how do you keep on track? When Your Kids are More than Fluffy. minerals and fiber—and it’s fun to eat. face it now and find your permanent fix! Yes. Here’s what you can do to curb this no. but your close family and friends.Table of Contents 4 6 1 3 10 11 A Note From the Editor regularS healthy Solutions 5 Ways to Stop Your Snoring. there are supplements and options to get it back “in the mood” A Juicy Way To Take Your Vitamins. Tips to Get Started With Detoxification. Failure to have your body behave “in a manly way” when it rightfully should can be disheartening. successfully The Curse of Bad Breath. too! . though. this sensual vegetable is also good for digestion. You Can Quit Smoking! It may be the hardest thing to do. Fat isn’t cute when your kids are afflicted with obesity. ABCs Of Staying Healthy. is the oil from its meat—virgin coconut oil or VCO—which can help you lose weight and fight disease Get Yourself A Healthy Workstation! Pay more attention to your work area and cut down work-related discomfort and ills. Simple bed rest and relaxation just doesn’t cut it with CFS. Time to load up on your vitamins and minerals! All Hail the Coconut Tree. The Dangers of Crohn’s Disease featureS Body 11 13 15 17 5 6 13 A New Way to Fight Fatigue. 1 health threat 8 Ways To Lasting Weight Loss. and lowering blood sugar Enhance Your Sexual Health with Anti-Oxidants. though.

Put some relaxing music on your iPod. When horizontal. You could have an intolerance to certain foods which affects your breathing.HealthySolutions 5 Ways to stoP your snoring t ake a look at your diet. Being overweight is another significant contributor. thus removing or preventing blockages. children. it’s worth a try. table tennis ball or similar size object into the back of a shirt and wear that in bed. your mind will be able to quiet itself. When you take the time to relax and really stop. Each time you roll on your back it will dig into you. especially when lying on you back. If your desperate. you maybe could even find some answers to some of your nagging questions. Abstinence should be practiced by the person in declining the things that would not make him healthy. causing you to roll back again ñ providing you donít take your shirt of in your sleep. this collects causing heavy breathing and snoring. they open the air passage for you. but the cost can add up over the days. ask your spouse for an half hour alone. or stay behind the office to collect your thoughts. Not only does daily calisthenics improve the cardiovascular flow of the body. Often used by athletes. Exercising the muscles in your throat. Use nasal strips. For example.com aBcs of staying HealtHy A Is For Abstinence Most probably many would already be thinking that this seems like the same ABC tip for responsible sex. 3 sacrededen . finances. Excess weight in the neck and chest puts pressure on the breathing passage. Abstinence should be the basis of any individual to serve as a disciplinary concept. too much (or an intolerance to) dairy produce is likely to cause you to become blocked up with mucus. tongue and doing breathing exercises can completely cure your snoring. You could stow a walnut. For more detailed information and more tips go to http://stop-snoringtreatment. B Is For Be Faithful Being faithful is being able to hold out and maintain focus on your objective of staying healthy. Taking the time to meditate in your own way will help with the stress. Breathe in and out slowly while focusing on a peaceful scene. there is an old trick that may be worth considering. Find a way of meditation that will work for you and you will see that even if it's for only a few minutes. Sleep on your side or front. You have to remember you are using your thoughts to meditate so you want to take the time to clear out all the negative feelings. it also adds up to the amount of calories to be burned for the day to maintain the desired body weight and fitness level. Close the door behind you. Find a comfortable position and close your eyes. C Is For Calisthenics Calisthenics are simple activities which would allow one’s self to move about and permit the proper flow of blood to the different parts of the body for optimal oxygenation of the cells. months and years. Now this is easier said than done. because it’s hard to control your sleeping position when you are asleep! However. relationships. The word meditation simply is defined as to be in a continuous contemplative thought. Alcohol is another common offender. relieve stress By Meditation W e all have different types of stresses in our lives--our jobs. Calisthenics should be done everyday for at least 30 to 45 minutes which includes mainly aerobic exercise. Find some quiet time for yourself and yourself alone: let the kids get out of the house.

it needs some kind of germ to trigger it. Interestingly. The following have tiPs to get started WitH detoxification If you’re a first-time detoxifier. which includes strictly water. but of certain degree to be significant. If you lose a lot of blood. Keep your focus! #2: Start Out Small One general rule of thumb if you’re a newbie is to make your detoxification diet last for two or three days during the whole process. These tunnels. however. while others only need to have the diseased part removed. and relieve other symptoms. can become infected and may require surgery. so too are there many ways in which a person is able to cleanse themselves on the inside. fever and tiredness. Patients suffering from Crohn’s disease may also develop complications such as arthritis. smokers and women who use a combined contraceptive pill are at higher risk. treatMent As of now there is no cure for Crohn’s disease. The reason for this is unknown. also been done to treat the disease: * Drugs to firm up the stools * Antibiotics to fight any infection * Acute inflammation is normally treated via application directly up the back passage using various drugs such as corticosteriods. Treatment includes measures to reduce inflammation.HealthySolutions tHe dangers of croHn’s disease a lso known by various other names such as granulomatous enteritis or colitis. J ust as there are many ways in which a person is able to physically cleanse their skin and hair. This process of cleansing our bodies on the inside is called detoxification. For example. and inflammation in the eyes or mouth. Some patients need surgery to deal with blockages or abscesses in the intestine. of not having anything to pass. or even the skin. Mouth ulcers are common. rectify nutritional deficiencies. resulting in blockage of the intestine. though. It is important that this detoxification process and weekend be a time of relaxation with no worries about the family or work at the office. Many people are easily side-tracked and overcome by the difficulties of the detox process. Crohn’s disease is chronic and patients may require medical care over a long period. The problems with surgery. along with herbs and vegetable soups. only water and less of the regular food should be allowed. or fistulas. on the first day you should allow yourself to have regular food along with some of the other elements of the diet. such as drinking horrible-tasting liquids. keep these things in mind: #1: Focus on the Benefits While on the detoxification diet. sacrededen 4 . The inflammation causes abdominal pain and often results in diarrhea. It causes ulcers that can tunnel into and affect surrounding tissues such as the bladder. Diarrhea may be mixed with mucus or blood. skin problems. The common opinion is that the inflammation in the intestine is caused by the reaction of the body’s immune system to a virus. Crohn’s disease also results in nutritional deficiencies resulting from a poor diet or intestinal loss of protein. Crohn’s disease causes the intestinal wall to swell. Patients with Crohn’s disease in the large intestine might require surgery to remove their entire colon. There appears to be enough evidence that it could possibly be inherited as about 1 in 10 sufferers have a relative who has also suffered from this condition. Some general feeling of being unwell with a loss of appetite. is that it normally causes the Crohn’s Disease to flare up again. along with natural and plain fruit and vegetable juices. vagina. then the area of pain would be on the lower right side of the abdomen. but meditation should also be practiced. Ulcers may develop which affect the raw area of the lining of the gut. Crohn’s disease is not easily diagnosed since its symptoms resemble those of other IBD. On the third and final day of the diet one should allow himself to undergo a full body cleansing. Other symptoms include persistent rectal bleeding. The pain is normally located in the area where the inflammation is. Using the example of the inflammation being in the ileum. as are painful cracks in the skin of the anus called anal fissures. The evidence isn’t absolute. The theory is that the germ triggers the immune system to cause inflammation of the gut. though some may experience periods of remission and can continue to function normally at work and at home. What is common is the feeling of wanting to go to the toilet but when you get there. #3: Relax A first-timer to the detoxification process could have many fears about the products and liquids that he or she may be drinking. one thing to remember is the benefits. Crohn’s disease has become more common in recent times. The sYMpToMs of Crohn’s disease The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are different dependant upon which part of the gut is affected and to what degree. * There may be some surgery required to fix damaged portions of the bowel or to remove obstructions. kidney stones. weight loss and fever. Although some people may be genetically predisposed to suffer from Crohn’s Disease. On the second day of the detoxification. then you may suffer from anemia. There are various theories about what causes Crohn’s disease. Individuals should not only engage in relaxing physical exercises during the day.

low-carb diets are the worst offenders. cantaloupe. Filling these nutritional gaps is easy if you practice good eating habits and eat the right types of food. and eye problems. spinach. rice milk. risk factors. diabetes. Some studies show that eight out of 10 patients with depression report fatigue. and proteins to speed up chemical reactions and allow our internal organs to function. It also helps repair skin cells and promotes the formation of bones and teeth. chronic illness. sleeplessness. However. fruit and vegetables. in turn. there are approximately 14 million people in the U. cottage cheese and spinach. A study looked at more than 500 women who had suffered heart attacks. Dr. The eight common CFS symptoms include muscle pain. heart disease. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects at least 800. The women were also asked about other health problems. yogurt. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that helps prevent cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. legumes and black-eyed peas are rich sources of magnesium. One of those conditions that supplements can help with is fatigue. according to the Thyroid Foundation. This mineral is needed for protein and bone formation. and bananas. Marianne Legato. steamed or raw carrots. Moreover. VITAMIN A. Mental alertness. headaches. citrus juices. due to our polluted environment and the toxins found in the food we eat. Reports say that high-fat. Excessive fatigue was the most common symptom. POTASSIUM. sustained exhaustion and decreased capacity for physical and mental work that is unrelieved by rest. It can be so debilitating that it affects their ability to function well at work and at home. proper digestion.000 people in the United States. turnip greens. Women who go on crash diets and don’t get enough nutrition can feel lethargic. This vitamin can be found in plain yogurt. carrot juice. Magnesium gives us energy and helps prevent muscle spasms. Time to load up on your vitamins and minerals! a bout 20 percent of adults experience excessive fatigue. are needed for the normal development of the bones and teeth. kale. It is a state of overwhelming. who have underactive thyroids and about 70 percent of them are women. which. mangoes. Debilitating fatigue can be an early sign and symptom of either multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. or taking some medication--but there is a significant number of people whose stressful experiences last longer that usual. CALCIUM. Indeed. Getting enough of this particular vitamin helps protect women against osteoporosis. and helps alleviate fatigue. cauliflower. a neW Way to fight fatigue Simple bed rest and relaxation just doesn’t cut it with CFS. joint pain. cheddar cheese. among others. sickness and muscle fatigue can no longer be totally eradicated. infection. enhances sexual performance. dependent on nutrients that come from the food and beverages we consume.” This is an auto-immune condition in which the person produces antibodies that have an immune response to the thyroid gland. nutrients from food serve as fuel. It plays a big part in the functioning of the entire immune system. lean meat. VITAMIN K. long way in boosting your energy levels and over-all health. or any of 37 symptoms which can accompany one.Body WoMen and faTigue Fatigue is more common among women. fish. sends nerve impulses. and peaches. and resistance to bacterial and viral infections are dependent on the proper working of internal organs which are. Some are able to bounce back after taking a short respite from work. Excessive fatigue can also be a result of anemia. These nutrients are the very foundations of good health. It is a mineral that maintains fluid balance. Excessive fatigue could also indicate an impending heart attack in women. This vitamin can be found in cheddar cheese. Dark green and leafy vegetables such as spinach. Fatigue often is an early sign of a neurological or psychological illness. medication effects or depression. This disabling fatigue usually persists for as long as six months or even longer. and the prevention of hardening of the arteries. About 70 percent had experienced unusually high levels of fatigue and 48 percent had reported disturbed sleep for more than a month before their attack. iodine. grains. researchers say. You can get this from potatoes. nonfat milk. The researchers said they studied women because they have higher death rates and higher rates of disease than men.S. and unusual fatigue after exercise. whole meal rice and pasta. The study focused on women with an average age of 66 who had suffered a heart attack in the previous four to six months. memory gaps or loss of concentration. fortified skimmed milk. Legato said that the most common type of thyroid disease is called “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University said in an interview that there are a number of conditions that can make a woman chronically feel tired or experience excessive fatigue. in turn. It also promotes good skin complexion. They were asked if they had experienced any of 33 early signs which can precede heart attacks. VITAMIN E. Foods that help boost energy include complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread. There are other nutrients that should be included as part of our daily food intake. All human beings eventually get sick and require medical treatment as well as supplements during the recuperation stage. calcium-fortified soy. Sunlight is also a good source of Vitamin D. Like a machine. 5 sacrededen . This can be found in broccoli. This mineral is vital for proper bone and teeth development. taking multivitamins will go a long. This vitamin helps prevent cancer. sore throat. dried potatoes. beef and sprouts. This vitamin is vital in bone mineralization. fats. Vitamin C. suPPleMenting your HealtH Our bodies need carbohydrates. dietary fiber must be consumed every day. MAGNESIUM. fish. Vitamins and minerals are necessary to maintain the many biological processes that take place inside our bodies. About 95 percent of the women said they had experienced new or different symptoms more than a month before their heart attacks that did not continue afterwards. medication and their social backgrounds. and releases energy. spinach. Vitamin D-rich foods include salmon and fortified milk. This vitamin is needed to absorb calcium and phosphorus. cellular growth. These are only some of the vitamins and minerals that one can consume daily in order to sustain health and consequently fight CFS: VITAMIN D.

Notice the lowest line on the screen you can read without raising your eyes or head. The line of sight is defined as the imaginary straight line from your eyes to the screen. For 19 to 21" monitors the top of the viewable screen will be approximately two inches below the line of sight. you’re more revitalized and ready to tackle your current project. People tend to think that the interruption of thought will hinder their work. Take it to a different room every hour and a half. Taking frequent breaks and getting in the habit of stretching when you have downtime can lessen the possibility for problems in the future. though. that’s even better. Position the monitor height so that the information you are reading is centered in this area. Then repeat for the left side. almost two-thirds of their days are spent in front of the computer. If you are leaning into either armrest this could be an indication that the armrests are too low. you can do a few stretches. slouching in your chair you might be reducing your ability to take deep breathes due to collapsing your diaphragm. Walk around and do something different for a few minutes. In high position the neck will bend backwards to read the screen. If you use the mouse frequently and do not use the number pad on your keyboard you may consider an ergonomic keyboard with a 15" footprint. Relax your head and neck. sort of like your webpage does. thinking this is supporting them properly. SOLUTION: Try this ex- ercise. If your shoulders are shrugged at all then the armrests are too high. forward tilt. MONITOR TOO HIGH OR LOW: If the monitor is too low it requires bending the neck forward or down to view the screen. It is important that you get a "feel" for this. While your page is loading. If the shoulder muscles are tensed for any length of time with repetitive motion in the hands or arms. folks who actually take these breaks insist that they have twice as much energy and get nearly quadruple the amount of work done each day. varying levels of pain or discomfort may develop depending on the length of time in this tensed position. You want you feet to be flat on the floor or on a footrest. On the contrary. They are inadvertently raising their shoulders to a tensed position. When you get up for a break. Hold this position for fifteen seconds. This added tension in the neck can create varying levels of discomfort. SOLUTION: Place the keyboard directly in front of the monitor so that you can look at the monitor without turning your neck sideways at all. IMPROPER SITTING POSTURE: If you are CHAIR ARMRESTS TOO HIGH OR LOW: In most instances the armrests are adjusted too high. In this fast paced and competitive world computer users are so focused on their work that they are not aware of the physical comfort changes that are occurring in their bodies on a daily basis. Slowly. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds. If you have a laptop. This can cause fatigue and discomfort because oxygen and nutrients cannot travel efficiently to your lower extremities and your brain. Let your eyes and body determine what is comfortable. stop at the door frame of your office. is due to the faulty design of their workstations. shoulder or back if they work at a computer for more than four hours per day. Many experience pain in their wrists. however—many of them health-related. Be sure you know how to adjust your chair. This will balance the keyboard AND mouse with the monitor. Now relax your eyes by letting your eyes "fall" to their lowest position in your eyes. Watch how your overall energy increases as you change scenery once in a while! During the wait time on your computer. Take a look at the following and see if any of these circumstances apply to you. SOLUTION: Sit all the way back in your chair with the lower part of your back firmly touching the backrest. hands. Hold your arms in the “hold up” position ñ as if Jesse James were robbing you and you had your hands in the air (bent at the elbows). The chair is the foundation of the computer work area and if you have a great chair that is not adjusted properly then it will not do you any good. much of this pain. Most keyboards are placed on surfaces too high for them and the computer user will adjust the armrest to the height of the work surface. This will enable you to sit in a neutral posture with ease. When you come back to a task after a break. If you do this correctly your head will be in a slight MONITOR AND KEYBOARD NOT CENTERED TOGETHER: The computer user often will have the monitor placed to the side and will twist their neck left or right to view the screen. SOLUTION: Adjust the armrests up or down so that the shoulders muscles are in a relaxed position while resting on the armrests. Why? The brain refreshes. These little stretches can literally save you much stress. There are prices to pay for such attachments. it seems that the computer has become an indispensible part of our lives. turn your head to the right as far as you can. Many computer workers end up with a stiff neck or arm and hand pain. WorkStation! f By Wendy Young or many people. sacrededen 6 . Be it work-related or for recreation.get yourSelf a healthy sTop being a CoMpuTer poTaTo! Schedule breaks every 15 to 20 minutes. fingers. try these neck exercises to reduce strain and stress in this area. The best way to do this is to drop your arms down by your side and just let your shoulders relax. Then place the inside of your arms and your palms on each side of the door frame and lean in slowly. neck.

Can you SHOW me what you want to accomplish in the next six months? Personally I always thought that writing down your goals and to-do's was crap. do not have their goals written down anywhere. it's just a routine. Until I took a sticky yellow post-it and wrote down four things I wanted to accomplish on my website over the weekend. there's no sense of urgency after a bit and hence. "I know what to do. It's the bridge between wanting to achieve something and actually achieving it. simple and realistic. they get back to life and out of the gym. What sounds best to you? a) I want to lose weight 4. After a bit. a goal Must Have sincere eMotional aPPeal If you don't really care. Jeff Anderson--those guys are right. Why is motivation so difficult? How come the no. but I just need somebody to motivate me to do it all year round. Short term thinking but with long term results-if you know you can get the job done. Tony Robbins. Tom Venuto. but how do you keep on track? By Marc David l et me make a prediction. It's something to look forward to and think about. My story of wanting to do just foursimple things to my own website that I had the ability to do just kept getting buried under the complexities of life and schedules. 3. It didn't require any more work on my part but it was defined and clearly visible. trust me. you'll get frustrated with the lack of progress and your confidence in actually doing it will be compromised. gets boring and since there's no deadline to accomplishing anything. a goal Must Be Well defined If you've seen those Red Cross thermometers or any place that shows some type of chart with the money received and the ultimate goal. It creates a sense of urgency in ordering tickets and getting the hotel if you know you are leaving on a specific date. If there's no real goal for completion. That is your long term goal (specific too). 6. your passion for doing it will rise. 5.Body Working out: hoW motivated do you feel? Working out is fun and all. a goal Must Be difficult. your mind will find a quick way to end that gym session. So let's being with the Six Steps you must do to go from thinking about it. Nothing fancy at all but clearly the things I wanted to do. a goal Must Be stated in tHe Positive I'm not a medical doctor of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Jon Benson. how much passion do you have for that thing? Creating a goal should be a sincere effort with something tied to your emotional desires. if it's too easy. most 7 sacrededen . it had a magical way of getting done as I checked off each item. They were specific. start telling yourself what you will do.." So let me ask you: Can you clearly see your goals that you want to obtain? No really.. But if you had little yellow flags along the path to that red flag. it's not available in any gas stations that I know of--yet. But it's unrealistic to think you can achieve that in two months. people quit the gym after six months. Ninety six-point-eight percent of subscribers who actually are reading this have wished they had more passion in the gym. Passion is the fuel you are looking for and only you can create it." Even better is "I will enjoy eating healthy foods each day. B is clearly more defined and therefore more obtainable. if it's too difficult. "I won't eat junk food" is better stated as "I will eat healthy foods eat day. Use a positive mindset when creating a goal." Now your goal is an affirmation which can be used to kick-start some action! Rather then state what you won't do. a goal Must Be stated in Writing Life gets in the way. Heck. That is their secret to success. concentrated effort. And here I'd thought about them for six months! Goal orientation is the key element in establishing strong motivation. yet realistic With that said. Imagine a mountain top with a red flag at the very top. "I'm going to make it to the gym tomorrow. To make matters worse. b) I want to destroy 15 lbs of fat and get to 10 percent body fat with a year Please tell me you picked B. Let me say that again: Knowing what you want to accomplish is key in establishing the desire to actually do it! A goal is nothing more than a stepping stone from one goal to another. those would be short term. 2." is hardly an earth shattering revelation for most. I did them all over the weekend. but I know enough about the subconscious to know it doesn't understand negative goals. a goal Must Have a deadline for coMPletion How many of you get excited about payday? Or an up-coming vacation? Or even a UFC fight in Las Vegas? Simple. Needless to say. it's unlikely you'll give it enough attention to really focus on it or care. They write down what they want and once it's in writing. you know you can get the job done. Sadly. And a full 99 percent of those still reading. if you don't even care. 1 question I receive is from somebody who asks. An emotionally charged goal will have a sense of urgency and that leads to passion to complete something specific by a certain deadline. Now go get some yellow sticky notes! 1. That means you need to create goals in such a way that with a continual. it gets done. to actually doing it. Once it was a simple post-it note on my desk. that is pretty well defined. achievable goals you could look forward to with a sense of urgency because they could have a shorter deadline and time to completion.

2. It is not about following a perfect plan—it’s impossible to be perfect every day! Finding the right balance helps you to decrease your calorie intake. and rice to one half to one cup serving sizes. It is something you need to do regularly and something you truly enjoy so your subconscious starts to recognize it as a new choice. it’s time to check in with yourself and see how often you are falling into these food patterns. When you fill your plate up with fruits and vegetables you eat less of the higher calorie foods. pastas. 8. Not only does it add calories. This is especially important for any emotional eaters out there. what you think. Find the right balance for sugar. Plan to have a snack or meal every four to five hours. For example. Most Americans eat two to three times the recommended portion sizes. For many people food is the only thing they know that makes them feel better. tomatoes. WayS Body to laSting Weight loSS Moderation and balance unlock the key to shedding off those pounds and toning that body. minerals. The aerobic exercise helps you to burn the fat and weight bearing activity increases your metabolic rate. Small changes are the key. it stimulates your appetite. 1. Limit your grains. ORIGINAL MEAL: 8 ounce steak Whole baked potato with fixings One half cup steamed broccoli MEAL MAKEOVER: 4 ounce steak one half baked potato with fixings one half cup steamed broccoli Side salad with mixed greens. Food makes us feel good on many levels. It’s best to have three small meals and one to two snacks throughout the day. this isn’t anything you haven’t heard before but it is a crucial part of weight management. However. A little cake at a birthday party or some ice cream with friends is a good way to incorporate sugar once in awhile to avoid the negative outcomes. stoP WHen you’re full Our bodies have an innate weight management mechanism. poultry and fish to 4-ounce portion sizes. and ground flax seeds. 4. they eat up to 56 percent more calories without realizing it. cereals. it also causes insulin spikes leading you to store more calories as fat. increase your metabolism and keeps the self-sabotage at bay. and antioxidants. increase fruits and vegetaBles Fruits and vegetables are not only packed with important vitamins.8 t By Meri Raffetto he key to weight loss is finding the right balance of what you eat. Every time you eat past full you are taking in more calories than your body needs which will result in weight gain. However. Some reports show these fatty acids may be helpful in increasing your metabolism. When you start to do other things that make you feel good on a regular basis such as taking a hot bath. successfully By changing the balance of this meal to include more vegetables while decreasing the steak and potato we saved approximately 350 calories. Omega 3 fatty acids are an important strategy for weight loss success and yet most Americans are not eating enough of these healthy fats. 3. Avoid daily use of sugar and instead have some guiltless treats once in awhile. going for a walk. Include five to eight fruits and vegetables every day. You will be amazed how many times you wait too long to eat and how often you eat past full and enter into stuffed. The problem occurs when eating becomes the only coping mechanism your subconscious knows of. Restaurants are notorious for giving extremely large servings of food. having a hot cup of tea. 6. It is important to engage in regular aerobic and weight bearing activity. exercise regularly I know. they are also found in canola oil. and is a major food trigger for emotional eaters. Over time this will decrease the constant urge to use food. walnuts. Omega 3ís are found in fatty fish such as salmon. This is one of the most important diet changes you can make. eat tHe rigHt fats Yes some fat is important. It is hard to reason your way out of it. They are also shown to be a wonderful mood supporter and people report significantly less food cravings and triggers to eat when they incorporate omega 3 fatty acids on a daily basis. When people try to omit all sugar from their diet they can become obsessed about sugary foods and end up in a binge. Studies show that when people are given large portion sizes. By adding three to five pounds of muscle you could actually burn 100 to 250 additional calories a day. This is why that pesky urge to emotionally eat is so strong. then your subconscious starts to register these activities as coping mechanisms as well. mackerel. and what activity you do. our portion sizes are larger than they have ever been. PaMPer yourself regularly Who wants to argue with that?! The reality is many people eat for emotional reasons. This combination of aerobic and weight bearing activity is what really kicks weight loss into gear. they are also loaded in fiber and low in calories. You will feel more satisfied and eat less. let’s take a sample steak dinner. Muscle burns up to 90 percent more calories than fat. Start to become more aware of the portions you are served wherever you are. It performs this task by making you feel full when it is time to stop eating. It’s common for all of us to do this from time to time. and 1 Tbsp light vinaigrette dressing sacrededen 8 . Keep meat. it will tell you when you are physically ready for food and when you are ready to stop. The more muscle mass you have. WatcH Portion sizes Appropriate portion sizes are still quite misunderstood. You canít expect to have a bad day. it doesn’t mean you need to go all or nothing. To add insult to injury. Here are 8 steps to bring more balance into all corners of your life so you too can find weight loss success. go take a bath and not have an urge to eat. the more calories you will burn in a day. cod. liMit sugar Sugar becomes a major issue for many people wanting to lose weight. Start to become more aware of your internal cues for hunger and satiety (fullness). eat WHen you’re Hungry. Listen to your body. Eat half of the food on your plate or take the rest home for lunch the next day. Saving 350 calories daily can result in almost a one pound weight loss per week. 5. 7. Keep this in mind when eating out. eat More frequently during tHe day Skipping meals or waiting too long between meals can have a negative impact on your metabolism and results in overeating later in the day.

Lastly. mouth and gums. anti-bacterial mouthwash. more than 400 prescription medications. another cause of bad breath. These xerostomia treatment products contain a patented enzyme system developed to treat and restore health to a dry mouth and are available over the counter. Often. bleeding gums and canker sores. uremia. which help to keep your mouth healthy and neutralize bacteria that can cause bad breath. smoking. Dry mouth sufferers also are advised to avoid starchy foods. Another is to buy a good. digestive problems. Yogurt contains a bacteria that lives well in the body. How do you do this? There are several ways. after every intake of food. you may have a serious condition that. many medical and dental professionals agree that you should use products specifically developed for the treatment of the condition. drying of oral tissues. floss daily and have a dental checkup at least twice a year. So go see your dentist to rule this out. The condition also can cause cracked lips. then taking the appropriate steps to minimize the symptoms. and a wide variety of prescription drugs. there isn't a huge cavity or pharyngeal abscess to explain the terrible smell. leading to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you suspect you have it. This condition is called 9 sacrededen . hormonal changes. sinusitis. diabetes. you become more susceptible to dental problems. tonsilloliths. However. helminthiasis (intestinal parasitic infections). tonsillitis. gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).) that produce noxious fumes as a byproduct of their metabolisms. If a thorough brushing and a breath mint are ineffective in your fight against bad breath. Try it and see how it offsets the bad bacteria in your mouth. Dental researchers have discovered that saliva contains natural antibacterial agents. the disorder is often ignored until serious oral damage occurs. and maybe not so obvious. systemic diseases. Other causes of xerostomia include diseases such as diabetes and undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy treatment for cancer. trimethylaminuria (TMAU). medications are one of the most common causes of the disorder. But can you imagine (and some of you can) having bad breath chronically and so bad that simply brushing your teeth or avoiding spicy food at lunch is not enough. This kind of problem is easily remedied with simple hygiene. however. Unfortunately for people with dry mouth caused by medication use. can cause xerostomia . and because the etiology is less obvious the solution is less obvious as well. if not looked into. If you don't have enough saliva. could cause detrimental effects to your teeth. xerostomia. However. though—it just happens that some people with chronic bad breath were unlucky enough to have gotten a particularly smelly strain of bacteria. As bad body odors in general are secondary to the growth of microorganisms (bacteria. Some people have to live with this nightmare called chronic halitosis. is eating yogurt. More commonly known as dry mouth. Killing the bacteria is still priority. bad breath may be caused by a major infection that is causing the rotten (literally!) smell in your mouth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. yeast. diet. the curSe of causes and treatMent There are many causes of halitosis: deeply furrowed tongue. including some developed for asthma relief.a condition that is a major cause of halitosis.Body Bad Breath i It could kill your social life and cause deep embarrassment. depression and cholesterol reduction. cavities. One is to brush your teeth more often. kidney failure. etc. Severe cases of xerostomia can inhibit the ability to speak or swallow. Treatment of dry mouth depends on what's causing the condition. another is to get in the habit of brushing your tongue. lung or sinus infection. such as an increase in plaque buildup and bleeding gums. little can be done to correct it. or cirrhosis of the liver. sinus infection. face it now and find your permanent fix! t’s one thing to have bad breath once in a while or in the morning before we brush our teeth. if you suffer from xerostomia.

nutty-flavored center that can be eaten whole. But some people have faulty phone lines. Somewhere along the line. You can also get help for your indigestion the way the ancient Romans did . both important for a healthy heart. An ingredient in artichoke leaves helps your liver form bile . but scientists think artichokes might someday be useful to people with noninsulin-dependent diabetes. or moldy.the heart. For four artichokes. The outer leaves are hard and a little bitter. you might be able to lower your cholesterol by eating them. CHOKES OUT HEART DISEASE. Several scientific studies showed dramatic improvements in people with dyspepsia (poor digestion) after being treated with artichoke extracts. Heavy. And then trim about one-quarter inch from the tips of the leaves since this part is inedible and rough on your hands. sacrededen 10 . Be sure to trim about an inch off the top with a sharp knife. you can microwave them more quickly. people might use plants. Artichokes can be steamed in a steamer basket or boiled in water. Don't buy any that look wilted. If you've never eaten an artichoke. First. Because they can help you make more bile. Just scrape off the soft fuzz with a spoon before you dig in.by eating a delicious artichoke with your dinner. It also helps break down cholesterol from the fat you eat. there is a soft. like artichokes. Bile from your liver does more than help you digest food. As it turns out. and you end up with stomach pains and indigestion. to keep their blood sugar production in check. STEPS UP DIGESTION. your food doesn’t get broken down properly. researchers found that substances in artichokes kept livers from making too much glucose. With only 60 calories. the Romans realized artichokes also made great appetizers. is really a tuber that grows in North America. Then wrap each one in microwaveable plastic wrap. Your liver is busier than you might think. rinse them with water to add some moisture. small heads are best. microwave on high for 10 to 15 minutes or until the meaty part at the base of the artichoke is tender. this sensual vegetable is also good for digestion. yogurt-based dip. But a liver that doesn’t produce enough bile lets too much cholesterol get by. After you've nibbled all the leaves this way. In addition to breaking down fatty foods. One medium artichoke supplies 20 percent of the vitamin C you need for the day. You can serve these veggies hot or cold. where they pull away from the stem. This is a soft. In animal studies. Some people serve a dipping sauce with artichokes. HoW to enjoy tHeM Choose artichokes with even. it's also a good source of potassium and magnesium. but at the bottom of the leaf. It would be a shame to ruin a lowfat food with a rich sauce. it's the flower of the plant that is sold in grocery stores. the bad kind. A study in Germany showed that taking artichoke extract for six weeks caused LDL cholesterol. artichokes were used by the ancient Romans to treat poor digestion. They should be tender and ready to eat in about 30 minutes. If you're in a hurry. dried out. The Jerusalem artichoke. it also stores extra glucose (sugar) in the form of glycogen and turns it back into glucose whenever it gets a phone call from your blood saying that supplies are too low. and their livers work day and night cranking out glucose their blood doesn’t need. the ancient Romans were onto something when it comes to artichokes and digestion. In the future. fighting heart disease.something necessary for good digestion. meanwhile. velvety hunk of "meat" that you can eat by gently pulling the leaf through your teeth. More studies need to be done. And like most fruits and vegetables. If your liver doesn’t produce enough bile. so try a low-calorie. artichokes might also be able to block some new cholesterol from forming in your liver. and lowering blood sugar healthy food 3 WaYs arTiChokes keep You healThY o riginally found around the Mediterranean. Small artichokes are good for appetizers. you're left with the best part of the artichoke .Healthy Eats artichokeS a Strange But Great for appetizers. LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR. green color. it's packed with disease-fighting antioxidants that nutritionists rave about. and larger ones can be used for stuffing with a variety of fillings and served as an entree. This overproduction of glucose can lead to diabetes and other health problems. to fall by more than 22 percent. People with liver problems can have high cholesterol even if they eat a low-fat diet. This is a great system in a perfectly working body. That’s where artichokes come in. As a bonus. Sometimes called French or Globe artichoke. and they have been a traditional Italian food ever since. The Latin name for this greenish-purple vegetable is Cynara Scolymus. you might be a little confused about what part is edible.

and digestive system. and inflammation. an improved immune system. therefore putting less strain on the liver. herpes. drink up Your CoConuT WaTer! Coconut water from young green coconut is low in calories. hepatitis. the coconut oil is extracted by grating the fresh coconut and by squeezing the coconut meat. Drinking natural coconut water optimizes muscle performances and can eliminate muscle spasms because of high levels of potassium. including coconut and VCO into your diet is probably the best decision you’ll make. or any other process that might take away some of the nutritional properties of the virgin oil. useful and beneficial to humans. an essential substance in the formation of monolaurin in the human body. soybean oil. and allowed to stand for about 24 to 36 hours. heating. and various pathogenic bacteria. By activating the metabolism. and lead to heart disease. influenza and other infections that may lead to illness. food. which naturally separates from the water content of the coconut milk. and anti-cancerous. covered. commonly known as “bad” cholesterol. every part of the coconut tree is beneficial to humans. though. herpes. and alternative medicine. the VCO is ready for consumption without cooking. Taking centerstage. At that stage. It enhances the immune system by destroying lipid-coated viruses such as HIV. which is classified as a medium-chain fatty acid. It’s said that one can stay alive just by eating coconut. The coconut milk is put into a sanitary container. It contains no dangerous trans-fatty acids which can raise LDLs. raises metabolism. safflower oil. Coconut oil is antiviral.Feature all hail the coconut tree From its trunk to its leaves. and even olive oil. The trunk is used as lumber. potassium. Using the “cold press” method. increased energy. It also boosts circulation. and more. magnesium. and calcium--making it a healthy drink. The “virgin” coconut oil. In the Philippines—a tropical country in Southeast Asia--coconut trees has been known to provide materials for shelter. the woven leaves are used for roofing. Coconut oil increases metabolism and supports healthy weight loss.” the coconut tree’s every part is in some way. antimicrobial. which means it is digested more easily than other fats. and has a natural balance of sodium. a good oil Taken from coconuts is a non-copra oil called Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). coconut oil is outstanding for weight loss and for those with thyroid issues. Studies add that coconut water relieves burning sensations and restores emotional stability in menopausal women. is then transferred to another container. and even midribs from the stems are brought together to form a native broom. Coconut oil's saturated fat is a medium-chain fatty acid. If you’re starting a raw or vegan diet. Coconut water also helps prevent intestinal gas and aid in removing toxins because it balances acid levels and flushes toxins out. 11 sacrededen . health experts also agree that coconut and coconut oil incorporated into one's diet may bring noticeable health benefits--weight loss. cholesterol. VCO is far more nutritious and beneficial than corn oil. and maintains the proper body temperature. Diarrhea and headaches are some of the illness that can eliminated because of detoxification. stroke. fat. Monolaurin is the antiviral and antibacterial element used by the body to destroy viruses like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Electrolytes that aid in the restoration of nutrients is present in coconut water and may help severely dehydrated people. What makes this oil so special is the lauric acid. Coconut water is also an excellent supplement for liver problems. the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are rapidly broken down and converted into energy. diabetes. Whereas other fats are stored in the body's cells. influenza. pancreas. Coconut water is considered by many as a natural stress buster because of its cooling and calming effects. peanut oil. is the oil from its meat—virgin coconut oil or VCO—which can help you lose weight and fight disease k nown as the “tree of life.

coconut oil has been given much attention not only for its use in cooking but also for its value as a hair and skin care product. VCO is also high in antioxidants that penetrate into the concealed tissues of the skin. cottonseed. usually found in health food stores. medicines and unhealthy fat that gets transferred to us when we eat it. It is better for cooking than olive oil. these oils help us to get fat. smoothies. because olive oil can be damaged by the heat of cooking. but they will decrease levels of good cholesterol in the blood stream and transfatty acids have been linked to heart disease. According to Dr. Polyunsaturated oils are the vegetable oils we commonly see in the grocery store. The healthy fatty acids in coconut oil nourish babies and aids them in their growth. the end results showing up as problems like diabetes. When heated and eaten. As mentioned earlier. babies Can drink iT Too! Mother’s breastmilk is still best for babies. the lauric acid in VCO makes the antibacterial. they turn into something like poison in your system. Organic saturated fats and oils are actually good for you and should be eaten daily. but they way that they do is not healthy. VCO on the other hand helps protect the body against the formation of free radicals. which carry toxic fatty acids (long chain fatty acids or LCTs). These oils are easily oxidized and damaged by free radicals. rapeseed and safflower. USDA standards low-level heating to preserve natural nutrients made from fresh coconuts. It turns out that the bad guys are polyunsaturated oils. because it has been discovered that coconut oil is nature's richest source of MTCs. Trans-fat is one of the worst. juices a skin moisturizer a massage oil Some requirements to look for would be: certified organic. Fat in VCO is easily absorbed without the aid of digestive enzymes. It is what they do to vegetable oils to make them into hard fats such as margarine and vegetable shortening. anti-viral and anti-fungal properties possible. ear and throat infections. And if that is not enough. This process aids the digestive system. lower the metabolic rate in our bodies. VCO kills many forms of viruses and bacteria that cause pneumonia. VCO softens and moisturizes the skin. This causes damage to our body at a cellular level. Unlike most skin care products in the market today that use vegetable oils that have gone through various refining processes. The body needs these fats for healthy functioning. We have been told that they lower cholesterol. such as soy. making it shiny and smooth. because it from the best part of the coconut and has not been chemically bleached and heat processed. Many Filipinos use coconut oil to maintain a youthful. Mary Enig’s Eat Fat. The truth is that some fats are very bad for us and some fats are actually very good for us. Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats. are medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) and they promote weight loss by increasing the body's metabolism to create energy. Organic grass fed and free range meat and eggs avoid these problems. even in the refrigerator. which helps us lose weight and gain muscle. crackers. Trans-fats not only increase levels of bad cholesterol.TWo Tablespoons a daY Some medical experts recommend that at least two tablespoons of VOC a day can act as a preventive measure against bacterial infection. VCO can also be used to treat sunburned skin. They also serve as health booster that protects babies from virus and bacteria while their immune systems are still weak. Lauric acid helps prevent disease-causing bacteria that may lead to skin infections. coconut oil is used in hospitals as an important ingredient in baby formulas when breastmilk is impossible to produce. good for tHe skin Lately. FDA required that food products to label the amount of trans-fat they have in them. Coconut oil has become popular lately. but in some instances. which are molecules that rob electrons from the millions of cells in the human body. cancer. especially if it is from organically raised animals (free range and grass fed). Organic butter has a very high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content. pesticides. Most grocery store meats are filled with hormones. and can actually cause a role in its prevention. These bad fats are used almost exclusively in fast foods that are fried. and removes dirt from the outer layer of the skin. as it ends up collecting in the liver. it is recommended that you purchase virgin coconut oil (VCO). When cooked they become rancid in a few hours. But non-organic meats may still be dangerous because of the way the animals were raised or fed. help suppress the thyroid function and cause our skin to age quicker. It is used in the prepared food industry in baked goods like cookies. Even saturated fat from animals is not as bad as it once was thought to be. meanwhile.S. Trans-fatty acids often appear on ingredient labels as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. and most supermarket peanut butter to prolong the shelf life. hypothyroidism and heart disease. These tissues are responsible for keeping the skin elastic and flexible. If you decide to add coconut oil to your diet. Free radicals damage and destroy these cells including the body’s connective tissues. and other illnesses—a much healthier alternative than popping antibiotics and other synthetic drugs! Take VCO also if you have digestive problems. corn. . VCO helps to strengthen these connective tissues and aids in the prevention of skin sagging and wrinkling. These LCTs tend to produce fat in the body. Fats such as margarine and shortening should be totally avoided. By January 2006 the U. The fatty acid chains in coconut and olive oil. not dried no chemical additives no refinement non-GMO no hydrogenation no hybridized coconuts noT all faTs are bad Fats have been unfairly lumped together as being all bad for too long. Fat doesn't necessarily cause disease. making these products prone to free radical generation. as well as foods items that contain them. cancer and diabetes. because your body can not process this kind of chemically-made fat. making it similar to the other vegetable oils in the body when cooked. enabling it function properly. A fit digestive system is essential to maintain proper weight and enables the body to absorb the right vitamins and minerals. and give us a much healthier source of protein and saturated fat. What is frightening is that trans-fats are found in over 40 percent of the products on our supermarket shelves. wrinkle-free skin. coconut oil can also be used as: a stable cooking oil a salad dressing in shakes.

To some point. 1. childhood obesity may develop into life-threatening complications including: diabetes. Various conditions such as hypothyroidism. Cushing’s syndrome. This is usually brought about by shared stePs to take It is never a good idea to ignore signs of obesity in children. caused by psychological factors. though. Fifteen percent of United States’ child population has also been reported overweight. unhealthy eating habits observed from the parents. Most often than not. Around the world. Children born of obese parents are more prone to being overweight and obese themselves.Acquired. sadness. than seeing an obese child—and seeing him or her suffer. Obesity may have come secondarily to children who overeat to cope with stress and/or negative emotions such as boredom. This helps come up with a more accurate dietary 13 sacrededen . high blood pressure. obesity is characterized by having a weight measurement and body mass index well above the norm. Your goals shouldn’t be too far-fetched and should still allow room for normal growth and development. Like any other medical condition. If a child continues to indulge in poor eating habits and does not engage in physical activities to burn off the calories. All around the world. violence and even discrimination by his family. Keep a journal or diary of your child’s daily food. anxiety or depression.Psychological factors. 1 health threat fluffy i n 2004. But obesity is a rapidly growing problem all over the world. Halting it.Feature When your kidS are more than Fat isn’t cute when your kids are afflicted with obesity. Overweight kids are likely to grow up as overweight adults as well. hereditary. Obesity may either be: acquired from external factors. A recent study has shown that in the United States alone. Here’s what you can do to curb this no. or secondary to a present condition. Start small. heart diseases. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked obesity as the number one health threat facing America. Manage your child’s diet. To describe it scientifically. This causes children to grow up with extremely low self-esteem and depression. cancer. 2. it even leads to harassment. so as not to overwhelm or discourage your child with the changes you’re planning to implement. an estimated three hundred million adults are obese. anger. 4. Set an achievable weight-loss goal. the U. an estimated twenty-two million children aged five and below are overweight. most often in combinations. Obesity means having too much fat content in the body. starts with the parents.Hereditary. 65 percent of the population is overweight and obese. tHe oBese cHild Nothing can be more heartbreaking. sleeping problems. and other health concerns. Intervention should be taken to establish good health before your child’s obesity worsens.S.Illnesses. 3. child obesity may be caused by a number of factors. This may be a result from poor eating habits and a lack of physical activities to burn off the calories. It results from high amounts of calorie intake and very little expenditure of energy. depression and other neurological concerns may lead to obesity and weight gain in children. obese children get subjected to teasing and public humiliation. though.

but it is slowly and gradually changing the behavior of the child-and sometimes of the whole family—that can ultimately help him. not sweet cakes and cookies!). and can pave the way to combat obesity. good and bad. high blood pressure. children still do not understand the connection between eating. Weight loss camps for pre-teens and teenagers are a viable solution. the camps provide access to a network of nutritionist across the country. “The inactivity among young people can not be blamed solely on the evolution of Internet technology and television in itself. “We need far better choices if we want our youths to get on track and stay on track. And when your child does achieve this. with more weight loss and a better fitness and daily routine. longest running weight loss camp in the world located in the New York Catskill Mountains. You can start with a family meeting. more energy. Motivate them to get into sports. Tracey Redford of Curves International says. WhaT To do Get your kids out of the house and do outdoor activities together-gardening. Keep your children away from carbonated drinks that have high sugar content. Redford explains. Once the events have been reviewed and points made clear. Children and parents shouldnt be turned off by the words. candies. stop stocking up on unhealthy foods at home—chuck those chips. The psychological impact this has on our youth triggers an imbalance in eating habits and leads to a lack of motivation creating a domino effect. No matter how many times we read about or see it on the news. learn about nutritional balance and have fun doing so. Don’t forget to compliment the child where compliments are due. Just make sure that the goals are realistic and can be achieved in a month or two of hard work. These camps are sometimes referred to as ìfat campsî for young children and teens to guide them and educate them on making good healthy choices. Another technique uses imagination and positive thinking to encourage obese children to maintain a diet and physical activity routine. making sure you explain why it is not good to eat candies. skipping and cycling can help to prevent obesity. You can also join their activities to show them they are not alone. instead of simply jumping into the car. A nutritionist designs an appropriate menu enabling campers to lose the weight and provide the necessary tools to keep the weight off upon returning home from camp. WhaT To avoid Parent’s eating and lifestyle habits affect the way the whole family views food and physical activity. Try grilling or baking (meats and fish. exercise and a healthy body.campshane. Take a healthy cooking class together! The fighT ConTinues in faT CaMps Fitness and nutrition expert.” What exactly is a weight loss camp? It’s a place where the goals are about building a better self-image and self-esteem while promoting health and wellness with individualized programs geared to weight loss that yields long term results. This is the foundation of the whole weight loss summer camp experience. When children feel they have no options. This food journal should be as detailed as possible. For a start. the government spent over $2 billion on medical procedures surrounding obesity. the original. studies also indicate tHat Breastfeeding a BaBy May reduce His cHance of BecoMing oBese later in life. Exercise is necessary for continuous weight loss. The new behavior patterns can be treated as rules first.” Redford goes on to say. Again.assessment. “fat camp” which simply means a place where children of all ages can get fit. we need more resources and programs that can be offered such as summer camp programs specializing in weight loss. Substitute them with fresh juices and other sugarfree drinks. social admiration and so on. Have a weekly talk with your child and go over the last week events. . they continue on the same path of poor eating habits leading to a state of helplessness. crafts. Ditto with fried foods. and try to explain what happened and why. macaroni. Make it that the children feel that they are setting these rules. Set aside time for physical activities. Rather than pointing fingers and placing blame. This also helps redistribute body fat into muscles. Fast foods such as burgers. Build up exercise time slowly for better results. Sending a child to a gym where they feel isolated and eventually lose motivation is not the solution either. you both close their eyes and imagine how it would be like in a month or two ahead. processed foods out the window. Encourage your children to walk down to school or the market. chocolates. and gradually easing them in from time to time—but not completely blocking and deleting the treats from their lives. start small to avoid discouraging the child. and heart disease from the combination of improper nutrition and lack of exercise. Talk about the benefits of losing weight--nicer clothes.” Last year in Canada alone. violence and divorce all having a downward spiraling affect both physically and emotionally. hot dogs. Understanding that the parent’s role is crucial in encouraging proper weight control for their children. Getting to participate in sports. “We live in a complex society where children of all ages have to contend with social issues such as depression. and making make new friends while achieving weight loss in a nurturing environment provides a positive alternative for kids. pizzas. Child obesity has led to a number of other health related issues such as diabetes. remind him of this talk how belief and will power has real effect on life. for example. More Ways to deal A child that suffers from overweight or obesity is one that should be regarded as having a temporary disease.com. cakes and crisps should be avoided. Written on behalf of www. Physical activity and diet come naturally to the mind.

Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of second-hand smoke because their internal organs are still developing. The dangers of breathing in second-hand smoke are well known. pancreas. Other smoking-related cancers include cancers of the mouth. esophagus. Stronger withdrawal symptoms may be 15 sacrededen . and ear infections. All of these substances accumulate in the body and can cause serious problems to the heart and lungs. And women. Smoking is the cause of 90 percent of lung cancer cases and is related to 30 percent of all cancer fatalities. Besides cancer. All sorts of health problems are related to breathing in second-hand smoke. bronchitis. Quitting smoking is easier said than done. stomach. These babies are more susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome and may also have lifelong health complications due to chest infections and asthma. Cigarette smoke is composed of 43 carcinogenic substances and more than 400 other toxins that can also be found in wood varnish. bleeding and nausea. Smoking can also be dangerous for unborn children. It is this nicotine "hit" that smokers crave. it has also received the greatest attention from the medical field and the media. it is dangerous. and babies of smoking mothers have reduced birth weights or may be premature. This can be explained by the high rate of exposure to toxic substances which are found in cigarette smoke. nail polish remover. have an even harder time quitting than men. as well. On average. it turns out. No matter how it's taken. but stopping this habit will not only benefit you. the large surface area of the lungs allows nicotine to pass into the blood stream almost immediately. and smoke it in the form of cigars or cigarettes. Cancer is the most common disease associated with smoking. pneumonia. kidney. Smokers have shorter lives than non-smokers. Smokers harm their loved ones by exposing them to the smoke they exhale.Feature yeS. but because smoking is the most popular way to consume tobacco. When a smoker inhales a puff of cigarette smoke. there are more than 4000 chemical substances that make up cigarette smoke and many of them are toxic. You can chew it. smoking takes 15 years off your life span. but there is a lot more to smoke than just nicotine. second-Hand sMoke and WoMen WHo sMoke Smokers also put others at risk. you can Quit Smoking! It may be the hardest thing to do. smoking is also related to several other diseases of the lungs. but your close family and friends. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more vulnerable to asthma. and larynx. sudden infant death syndrome. and rat poison. Emphysema and bronchitis can be fatal and 75 percent of all deaths from these diseases are linked to smoking. inhale it through the nose. Mothers who smoke are more likely to suffer from miscarriages. urinary bladder. In fact. Here’s why you should begin your process now—and what it takes t here are many ways to take tobacco.

than physical. Rooibos Tea and Jasmine Green Tea in particular helps relax and calm down the nerves (something smokers crave. cancer). but these symptoms will pass in a matter of minutes. question yourself and my habit. blindness. List down all the positive effects quitting will bring you. to replace something you’ve enjoyed doing with absolute nothing. and the hot water cleared his throat. billboards. the everyday routine. restlessness and trouble in concentrating will have to be tackled. First. Gradually cut back on the amount of cigarettes you light. 3. gum disease. and not going cold turkey.S. Condition your body. That’s right. it is just a matter of holding on to your will a little longer than usual. attributed to hormones or the bigger nicotine dose absorbed by smaller female bodies. 5. All halfhearted measures are bound to fail. 6. Women who smoke also harm their appearance as smoking speeds up the aging process and produce more facial wrinkles. Mark the date. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you’ve failed a few times before. Tea also contains large amounts of anti oxidants to fight against the increased level of free radicals in one’s body from smoking (the cause of aging skin and of course. Something as little as one stick every one or two weeks will help your body ease out of your usual nicotine fills. the tobacco industry realized the potential of women as a market for the expansion of the cigarette industry. Smoking causes heart disease. anger headache. The key to deciding is to understand your habit and yourself. Negativity will only make you lose your drive to quit easier. irritability. Make it sacred. These marketing campaigns not only depicted women smokers as beautiful. Over-expecting may magnify little failures. So. 2. This was followed by “You've come a long way. cleanses my body of toxins. and osteoporosis. They miss the behavior. Write down all the activities you can enjoy once you’ve let go of smoking. Understand what you’ll be battling while trying to quit. anxiety. let nothing or no one break it for you. It may help that you make the quitting date fall on a significant date to make the event something to look forward to. Make a list. Cigarette ads are banned in kids and teens magazines but billion of dollars are spent on TV. The dangers of smoking contribute to respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. baby” as a tribute to the burgeoning women's liberation movement. deciding to quit The real problem is the decision process. Admit it. however. 4.Practical stePs to take health is also affected due to depression and anxiety disorders. While cigarette smoking was rare in women during the beginning of the 20th century. At times you feel that the only way to get over them is to smoke--just one last time. can something tangible be achieved. About 87 percent of all lung cancer cases in America is directly attributed to smoking. dental decay. as well). Set the date when you will finally quit smoking. tobacco companies launched the campaign slogan “Instead of a sweet. habit. each and every cell is surcharged with nicotine. You’ll experience withdrawal symptoms. Since 1987. It has become part of the blood. Most likely. Ask yourself if it is really so important to inhale something bad. lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Prepare yourself for the battle you’re about to face. Get started in a moderately-paced exercise routine that will help get your body in the best condition to fight your cigarette cravings. then it is doubly difficult to restart the pilgrimage to the smoke-free zone. Remember. not a simple decision. Know what you’re getting yourself into. Keep your expectations simple and attainable. Jot down every reason you have in mind to want to quit smoking. The everyday repetition of the same process creates a very powerful link in your brain and your whole being. reach for a smoke” to encouraged women to smoke so as not to gain weight. Regardless of women's age. with lots of determination. the dangers of smoking contribute to infertility. think only of positive thoughts. In fact. as well as many kinds of cancer. Psyche yourself up. Some will approach it by “slowing down”. and adult magazines which can easily be accessed by the youth. depression. Only when the resolution to quit. Some women. and halitosis. Women are more likely to be depressed than non-smokers. but also sent subliminal messages that smoking helps women control their weight. TrY Tea One method to consider is drinking tea. it’s more and emotional. One ex-smoker found that the steam helped him breathe. This is fine as well. which is the number one killer of women in the U. It is also best to keep in mind that most quitters never got what they wanted in their first tries. If you succumb and slide. independent and fun. How does one begin to quit smoking and keep their promises to remain smoke-free? 1. and aids in the recovery of sore throats. That’s the main reason why some people eat like crazy when they quit. it’s a process. in the blood of a hard smoker. Mental . Your biggest opponent here is your self: your will and determination to say no to cigarettes. are finding creative ways to break the habit for good. This gives you something to look forward to when you’ve finally achieved your goal. just to control your state? Here are some questions and tips that can help you understand your habit more. It doesn’t help to abruptly deprive yourself of the cigarette and nicotine intake that you’re body has gotten used to. and that women with anxiety disorders are more likely to smoke. this dizziness. It’s a decision that you want to change your state and your behavior. Each withdrawal symptom is powerful and difficult to endure.

The body does not naturally produce zinc that is why it is important to take adequate amounts of this mineral. to say the least.000 milligrams per day. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin that may penetrate cell membranes and protect them from free radical attacks. and lifespan may also be improved because of Vitamin C supplementation. Often nicknamed as “nature's Viagra”. alternative oPtions Argentine is a nutrient that is considered a highly important ingredient for peak sexual performance. Vitamin E is also beneficial on the flexibility of the sperm walls. Zinc is important for cell division and production of healthy sperm. Daily supplementation of about 100 milligrams of Vitamin E is beneficial for overall sperm health and motility. Sperm count. sperm production. It is probably the most essential mineral for male sexual health.Feature enhance your health With Sexual anti-oxidantS Failure to have your body behave “in a manly way” when it rightfully should can be disheartening. It may strengthen the tiny vessels that carry oxygen and other nutrients that are sent to all parts of the body. Recent medical studies suggest that antioxidants may also bring improvements in male sexual health. prevent chronic diseases. Therefore. and many more. testicle growth. and motility are some of the health benefits of proper zinc supplementation. slow-down the aging process. proper blood flow will then make an erection successful. the antioxidant craze has been touted as the next big thing—that it may help prevent the development of cancer. current studies of this supplement suggest that it helps ensure nitric oxide secretion. Recent studies suggest that sub-fertility in men. motility. Men need a minimum of 15 milligrams of zinc in their daily diet. It is important for men to obtain adequate amounts of this vitamin because it plays a role in promoting sperm motility. This kind of vitamin is nontoxic and might be safe at 1. since an insufficient supply of nitric oxide can stop the penis from becoming erect. a substance that must be produced in sufficient amounts to keep the blood flowing to the penis. consider tHe folloWing: Vitamin C is one of the versatile antioxidants known to man. To back this 17 sacrededen . Supplements of 500 milligrams of this vitamin may reduce sperm clumping by over 23 percent in just one week. Testosterone metabolism. which is caused by sperm clumping (impaired sperm motility that prevents them to swim) can improved with Vitamin C intake. there are supplements and options to get it back “in the mood” f rom newspapers to television sets. Luckily.

This may be an after effect of previous illnesses or accidents. will then trap the blood within the corpora cavernosa. It affects most men around the age of 60 to 70 years old. individuals should avoid alcohol and cigarettes. thus improving concentration and memory. and such. . Erection begins through either mental or sensory stimulation of the male organ. also good as a revitalizing tonic that is both stimulating and restorative. Psychological impotence happens when erection fails due to too much thoughts and feelings occupying a man's mind during intercourse. The brain will then send impulses to the muscles surrounding the corpora cavernosa. Medications can either be taken orally or injected directly into the penis. an inconsistency in the ability to do so. the inability to sustain an erection. Gingko Biloba is a supplement that is used to improve blood flow to the brain. This will make the penis expand. A good reminder for men: you are what you eat. Cigarette smoking. Heavily processed foods and those with lots of preservatives also pose a health risk. This improves physical and mental energy. Symptoms of impotence may include an inability to get an erection. Don’t forget that it’s best to consult your health practitioner before switching formulations. As such. arousal. financial worries. even ones that may not necessarily be related to sexual health or the areas of the body that are directly connected to it. that it's not how big the package is but how one uses it that counts. thereby sustaining the erection. But what of cases where the man just “won't stand at attention”? Sexual impotence. the tunica albuginea. This is a supplement that helps reduce stress. penile implants or prosthesis. This is most commonly caused by artery blockages. Remember that the body does not work in groups and isolated portions. sexual iMpoTenCe: When You’re leT doWn They say penis size doesn't matter. generates enormous amounts of free radicals that make smokers vulnerable to sperm damage. when the body feels stressed out. It also doubles as an antioxidant. aged. One out of 10 men experience it. Various medications. Chinese body tonics are known to improve improving mood and blood flow around the body. Reasons for impotence may be classified as either physiological or psychological. it hits as early as age 20. and performance. may have side effects that alter one’s libido or physical ability to “perform. causing it to escape too quickly from the penis back into the body.Meds ThaT Can affeCT Your perforManCe There are definitely physiological and biochemical factors that can affect the physical aspect of the topic. Testosterone supplements are used for impotence caused by hormonal deficiency. such as serotonin. including the circulation of blood to the genitals. The effects from this sort of problem usually last for about as long as a person is taking the medication. multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease are only some physical conditions that may cause impotence. and the inability to ejaculate after intercourse. The flow of blood is very important to sexual performance. alertness. Argentine is available even without a prescription. Any medication used to treat hypertension and high blood pressure can potentially have effects on erection. An erection is similar to a hydraulic system in the sense that blood rushes to and fills the penile shaft to make it rise up. It fails to initiate when the systems necessary to get and/or maintain an erection malfunction. middle. and sex therapy are the most commonly used treatment for impotence. Men should eat a lot of vegetables and lean meat. Alcohol may hamper testosterone production and hasten the conversion of estrogen in the liver. and enhances mood-all of which help increase a man's sexual drive. Most antidepressants work by inhibiting various neural receptors in the nervous system and brain. Of course. Hormonal insufficiency. then an increase in both sexual health and libido can be expected. Medicinal herbs can also be used as treatment. spinal cord injuries. not the least of which can have repercussions in the sexual arena. or tired. and depression. This may lead to lowered sperm count and decreased sex drive. a study published in 1994 showed an 80 percent improvement of men who had erectile dysfunction who were given such a supplement.” Antidepressants can have an effect on a person’s sexual health. Normally. but rather functions well as a whole. a chamber located at the top of the base of the penis. frustrations. it can be a total inability to develop an erection or a tendency to maintain it only for a brief period. on the other hand. Pressure from work. For cases of psychological impotency. Alcohol may also hamper the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. Impotence can also be caused by the penis' inability to contain the blood in the corpora cavernosa within chamber. Another supplement called tyrosine supports and assists the functions of neurotransmitters in the brain. strength. TREATMENT Medications. Another muscle. and concentration. radical pelvic surgery. There are some circumstances where the mix of a person’s individual biochemistry up. or end of the process. It rare cases. mood is important in terms of male sexual wellness. Physiological impotence occurs when the erection is impeded at the beginning. The brain fails to send specific chemical messages to the necessary muscles to initiate the erection. anxiety. more commonly known as erectile dysfunction to health professionals. Tyrosine helps by lifting one's mood. any medications or drugs that have an effect on the circulatory system can have drastic effects on a person’s sexual health. stamina. can also enhance one's sex drive and libido. the availability of tyrosine is decreased. and major reasons for having short-term impotence can be stress. constant counseling and therapy helps a lot to help let a man let go of anger issues and relax his mind. Ginseng is and the effects of the drug can result in any number of side effects. a tendency to sustain an erection for just a short period of time. and as a consequence. and enhancing blood flow to the legs. Prostheses such as internal penile pumps and penile sheaths are used in worst cases wherein medications or therapy no longer work. If the body is generally healthy. to loosen up and let blood rush in. WHat to avoid In addition to taking the right supplements. Failure for blood to fill the penis disables it from sustaining an erection hard enough for intercourse. Recent medical studies suggest that refraining from alcohol may improve sperm quality. improves mental alertness. or feelings of anger and depression often contribute to psychological impotence.

then place it back in. Watermelon is a fun. Trim around the outside of the eye socket. With a melon baller. minerals and fiber—and it’s fun to eat. B6 and C. Watermelon is fat-free and also contains fiber. Cut out the tail shape and the melon balled fin-piece from the rectangular piece set aside earlier. It’s colorful and kids love it. apples. Delicious on its own. too. For the side fin. Its beautiful red color comes from all-natural lycopene. and it provides 7 percent of the recommended daily value of potassium. For the mouth. Then slice straight cuts to form the top and bottom of the fin. watermelon is a fantastic ingredient in recipes. seedless green grapes and balls of watermelon. cut half circles over half the top of the watermelon in a rectangular shape. The salad inside can be as simple as a mixture of blueberries. and it’s a wonderful snack for the whole family. cutting through the rind. and grapes. it’s 92 percent water. Fruit Salad You can also toss watermelon balls (cut out by a baller) with melon (cantaloupe). Drizzle with natural honey and you’re set! A two-cup serving of watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A. lunch or dinner. with only 80 calories. Watermelon can be eaten at any meal. Previously just a summertime treat. citrus fruits. cantaloupe and honeydew melon. round toothpicks. and the birthday boy or girl can help make it. point a paring knife at a downward angle above the stem and slice through 3 inches on either side of the stem. rind side out.Watermelon Fish Procedure: to take your a Juicy Way Slice 1/4 inch off the bottom lengthwise to provide a stable base. nutritious way to make sure active kids don’t get dehydrated. A watermelon carving makes a great addition to a kids’ party buffet. Cut out eyes using a melon baller. vitaminS The watermelon is a nutritious and delicious source of vitamins. This piece will be used for the top fin and tail. Push out the mouth from the inside. . Attach the fin and tail with sturdy. cut 3 cuts into the side using the melon baller to make the curves on the back of the fin. remove and set aside. tasty watermelon is now available year-round. too! t he solution to feeding picky eaters? Serve watermelon and you can both be happy. Scoop out the flesh. pears. an antioxidant that can help keep kids’ bodies healthy. breakfast.

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