5 Reasons Why Losing Weight Isn’t Always Easy

We all know that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to good overall health. Why, then, is losing weight and shifting the extra pounds we have put on so hard? After all, gaining them was the easy bit!

Of course, being responsible for our own choices is important, but you might be surprised that some things that you experience every day can actually sabotage your weight loss efforts if you aren’t aware of them.

Reason 1: Finding the right diet is not always easy.

Whether it is high carbohydrate, high fat, low-fat or diets high in protein, the choice of diets is wide. The reality is not one of these diet types is necessarily better than any of the others. At the end of the day, burning more calories than you consume will result in weight loss and consuming more calories than your body needs will result in weight gain, regardless of the source of those calories. For optimal health though, you should maintain a balanced diet that is sustainable in the longer term.

Reason 2: Mixed messages from the press

Glossy magazines, usually aimed at women, are known for showing articles about the latest trends for rapid or fast weight loss. It is also easy to be confused by the seemingly endless number of weight loss studies in the news, many of which contradict each other. Try to ignore the fads and anything that seems sensationalized. Common sense should always prevail.

Reason 3: Well-intentioned family and friends can do more harm than good.

Our loved ones tend to mean well, but they can do you no favors when they insist that we have “just one more” especially when you are focussed on losing weight. It’s hard to maintain your will power in the face of such temptation. The best approach is to address it directly with your loved ones. Let me them know you need their support far more than you need a second serving. Schedule cheat days to coincide with special occasions like birthdays etc can often help keep everyone in the family happy.

Reason 4: Food companies aren’t always on your side

We all lead busy lifestyles, so it’s no surprise that we sometimes choose to eat out for convenience. However, fast food outlets and restaurants can be dangerous ground for people watching their weight. Most fast food or take out is high in fat and sodium and relatively devoid of any real nutritional value. Try to cook your own meals from whole foods where possible. Keeping processed foods to a minimum will improve both your health and wallet.

Reason 5: Changing habits can be hard work.

Finally, it takes time and effort to transition into healthier lifestyle habits. When you first start your weight loss journey, it might feel a bit like an uphill battle as you contend with years of ingrained unhealthy behavior. It is said to take 21 days to make or break a habit so make sure you stick at. Make small and gradual changes to improve the chances of success.

Remember, the key to sustained weight loss is burning more calories than you consume, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly for optimal health. Ensure that any changes made are sustainable ones, not quick fixes.

Waiting For A Health Miracle

They are calling the ex-president’s cancer a health miracle. And so many people wait and pray for just this type of thing.

But, how often do health miracles really happen?

Turns out, not that often.

Many people have a false view of what health care really is.

Real health care is preventing illnesses, diseases, cancers, and problems from happening. It’s eating well, exercising, visiting alternative medicine practitioners because they can make sure you stay well. If you take care of yourself, most of these will never occur.

But, when they do (and something will happen, be a cold or cancer), then we turn to sick care. This is what people pay for in insurance. This is what doctors and hospitals do. This is what most people expects will cure them.

Problem is, sick care can’t cure anything, they don’t ever provide a health miracle. All they can do is aid the body in healing itself.

Antibiotics don’t kill infections – they reduce it so the body can handle the shock.

Medications don’t cure disease – they suppress natural reactions until the numbers look good.

Surgery doesn’t cure a problem – it removes or repairs the issue to a certain degree, then the body does the rest.

What people need is to understand that health care and sick care need to be on the same side. Modern medicine has demonized health care and alternative treatments, like what I do. They tricked people into believing they could do anything they want and sick care will fix the problem.

Society is cottoning on that sick care can’t fix the problem, only suppress it.

Look at the diabetes epidemic. The cure is out there: eat healthy foods and exercise. However, doctors rarely tell this to their patients, and those that do just add it on and don’t push it. What the doctors do push is medications and coming back often (which means more profit for them).

For the people I help, we take the healthy approach and return the body to a healthy state. Yes, it takes time and effort. But, isn’t being healthy and not needing sick care worth it?

Together, health care could prevent many, many problems from ever occurring. Then, sick care can work on fixing the other problems. Sick care could spend the money and time on real problems, like autoimmune disease, genetic defects, and injury healing.

But, those aren’t profitable. Keeping people slightly sick and on medication is.

Discover How to Lose Weight With a Personal Trainer in the Best Gym

There are many factors to take into consideration when you wish to lose weight-and one of the biggest is willpower. It is easy to decide one day that you will lose a hundred pounds and sign up in the nearest gym, but actually doing it is another matter. The weight loss process is an uphill climb that makes people want to quit in the middle. This is why it makes sense to hire a personal trainer who can ensure that you don’t give up when the going gets tough. The finest personal trainers will inspire you to be your best and push you to your limits. The best gyms in the country offer various personal trainers with different specialties. You are sure to find someone who can help you reach your fitness goals.

The best gyms offer exceptional training services partnered with nationally-certified trainers who will personally make sure that you achieve your targets through a custom, high-quality fitness program. The program is designed to match your pace and is aimed at producing visible results. Their coaches are experts at teaching, motivating, and inspiring their clients to work harder. When you are ready to hire a personal trainer, they can give you someone who matches your schedule, understands your health history, and can work with your current fitness level.

Some of the best gyms categorise their trainers into four tiers: the kick starter, the innovator, the mobilizer, and the life-changer. The first tier will help you achieve a strong foundation. Such a trainer will aim to greatly improve your flexibility and cardiovascular strength while conditioning your body. The second tier is for those who want a more advanced fitness routine. You will be given a more specialized program that will target specific problems in your health or body. Trainers in this tier either have specialty certifications or a degree in exercise science or a related field. In the third tier, you will be given more seasoned coaches for a more focused routine. This tier is mostly for those who require a sport-specific training or rehabilitation. The final tier is where you can find highly sought-after professionals who have proven track records of successful and satisfied clients-some of them celebrities.

By going to the best gym in the area, you can have access to experienced coaches and personal trainers. Your choice could mean the difference between successful weight loss and failure.

Caregiving and Football

Yesterday I was watching the Super Bowl and at some point in the game I was struck by the similarities between football and caregiving. Now don’t think I’ve lost my mind. I was rooting for the Patriots, but it wasn’t their day. It was evident if you watched the game that Eli Manning, quarterback for the Giants, had a much stronger team supporting him during the Super Bowl. This is not to say that Tom Brady didn’t have an outstanding team, only that on Sunday, February 5, 2012, he didn’t get the kind of support he needed. I watched him dodging tackles and doing everything to avoid getting sacked. It’s hard to lead the team when you are running for your life. It’s hard to keep your wits about you. Tom Brady is very skilled at keeping his wits about him, but even he has challenging days and this year’s Superbowl was one of those days.

Caregiving and football are similar. When you are caregiver, you are the leader of the team. The success or failure of this journey rests on your shoulders; and it’s a heavy responsibility. Your team consists of the person needing care, doctors, nurses, accountants, lawyers, family members, outside forces, a home to keep in tact, prescription medicine, dietary needs, organization, insurance claims, and any surprises that might present themselves to you along the way. It’s a very complicated team and it doesn’t always operate as a unified force; in fact usually, it doesn’t. So imagine what happens when someone tries to do caregiving ALONE – with no team in place; with no family support; with no outside help; without communicating with doctors; without asking for help. Imagine what that is like. I’m betting most people reading this can very well imagine, because most people have never set up a TEAM!

Here’s the thing: it’s not easy to get a good team in place; let alone a great team. It takes time, energy, persistence, clarity, a willingness to lead and an ability to bend and change as needed. It requires you to not take “no” for an answer. It requires you to say “I love you” when you are the most frustrated. It demands that you hold up in the face of adversity. It calls upon you when you think you have nothing left, but you find out you do. It requires that you be the ultimate leader.

Setting up your support team when you are a caregiver will save your health, your emotional strength and your physical stamina. It will save your life. I know, because I tried to do caregiving alone and I almost lost my life. And then I put a team in place and I worked with my team and I trusted that my team would be there for me and in effect, I won the Super Bowl… my Super Bowl, but we won. We all won. Our season lasted for six years, 365 days a year, 24/7 care and we didn’t have an off season. We showed up and we played every day. We showed up and we did our best every day. We showed up because we worked cooperatively as a team. We didn’t have to be perfect; we just had to show up and do our best. And when our season ended we knew that we had played our hearts out; given it our all; gave the best we had to give to someone who needed our help and we felt like winners in our own Super Bowl of caregiving.

Caregiving is easier when you have a TEAM and yes, caregiving IS a lot like football.

Benefits of Lavender Green Tea

In Health

Organically grown Green Tea is rich in polyphenols and anti-oxidants that fight free radicals that damage cells and tissue. An 8 oz. Cup of Green Tea has as much potency as a cup of blueberries, a best source of anti-oxidants and as much vitamin C as a lemon. It also contains magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, folie acid and potassium.

Larch Arabinogalaetin (AG) is a good source of natural dietary fiber. Women who increase fiber from 12 to 24 grams absorb 90 fewer calories from fat and protein. Men who increase fiber from 15 to 36 grams absorb 130 fewer calories. Larch (AG) moves waste through the digestive tract promoting intestinal cleansing, making it the safest dietary supplement. Unlike psyllium, larch increases mineral absorption, and like our green tea, it contains no sugar, sweetener, seasonings or colorings.

AG provides us with healthy bacteria that fight free radicals in the digestive tract. The digestive tract is the site of the vast majority of free radical production. A healthy digestive tract directs nutrients to the organs of the body and eliminates waste.

Skin Care

We eliminate toxic materials through the digestive and urinary tract. Should these organs fail, toxins will attempt to exit via our skin, decreasing the quality of our skin. Green tea, larch, and lavender are frequently used in skin care products.

Weight Management

Green tea has been sold in health food stores as a safe way to reduce weight. Green tea is thermogenie. That is, it bums fat. If we don’t burn fat, we will soon wear it.

Weight Management & Stress

Does stress causes you to reach for comfort food7 Comfort foods are often used to deal with emotional events. Lavender is emotionally balancing; that is, it picks us up when we are down and helps to calm us when we are tense. Possibly reducing our desire for high calorie sweets. Long before Lavender was used for fragrance, it was considered a culinary delight. Enjoy the taste of Lavender Green Tea with Larch and profit from the many nutritional benefits without the calories.

Progressive Contact Lenses (Varifocal) Help Cycling Fans

You love cycling but you can tell you’re getting older because without eye correction you can’t focus on objects in the distance nor can you see up close to read anything! What do you do?

Progressive vision correction, known as varifocal lenses in Europe, may be the answer you’ve been looking for. With progressives, you don’t notice a sharp change in vision when looking from the top to the bottom of the lens like you do when wearing standard bifocals. Instead, the top of the lens corrects for your distance-vision and the near-vision correction begins slightly below the middle of your lens and continues as you look out the bottom.

Unlike bi-focals, you will need to get used to moving your head a little more than you have been. Rather than just looking up for distance-vision and down for reading, you now have a range of focus. To see objects somewhat close to you, you will raide or lower your head to see through the prescription that provides you with the best focus.

The ever-changing correction takes some getting used to. With bifocals you know when you’ve changed prescriptions, while with progressives it happens gradually so that your brain can get “fooled” into making things like steps seem steeper than they actually are.

Beware if you plan to use your progressive prescription in cycling-specific eyewear though. Purchasing eyewear with “prescription lens inserts” can be a problem because the eyewear conforms to the face, making the lenses curve more than with standard glasses. This means that it is extremely easy to end up with distorted vision if your lenses aren’t made correctly. Another issue is that the inserts are somewhat small and they may make your prescription unsuitable for progressive lenses to be made.

With progressive lenses, the larger the eyeglass the easier it is to make the prescription work. If you think it’s fashionable to wear small-lensed glasses, then you should probably plan on using 2 pairs of glasses – one for reading your maps and the other while riding down the road.

Larry Scott researches and publishes articles at http://www.contact-lenses-here.com and http://www.bicycles-n-cycling.com

Save Your Thighs: The Unstretched Truth About Cellulite Creams

Dimples in your cheeks? Not so cute if we’re talking about your other ones. Blotchy self-tanners, expensive lipo, invasive lasers… women try all sorts of treatments and potions to smooth out their cellulite. The most accessible treatment, though, is cellulite cream. Many of these products promise to melt away inches from your thighs and hips, firm and contour your skin into a taut expanse, and refine and minimize your imperfections. There are high-end brands and drugstore brands; gels, lotions, and crèmes; and botanical ingredients that range from white tea to black pepper. Which of these brews should you try? How do you know that a certain ingredient will work? How the heck does a cream get rid of cellulite?

Cellulite creams work on the surface of your skin. There is no miracle cream that you can put on your thighs to eat away the cellulite, but creams work by lifting and smoothing the surface of your skin to reduce the appearance of the wretched skin puckering. Cellulite is the accumulation of fat, fluid, and toxins trapped into a network of collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper levels of your skin. It forms because blood vessels under your skin get damaged, weakening the outer layers of your skin. Fat travels directly to these spots and settles in, creating a hill and valley effect. The dense fat also decreases circulation to the outermost layer of dermis, which gives you white, ripply, cold fish skin. Ew! Women are more prone to cellulite because they carry a higher percentage of body fat than men do, but even skinny women have cellulite. Actually, doctors say that 90% of women past puberty have it, so it doesn’t matter if you’re overweight, average, or even super thin. Your genes play more of a part in orange peel thighs than anything else, although a nutrition-deficient diet and high stress levels also factor in.

So bring on the fix! Doctors say that the two most important and effective ingredients in a cellulite cream are caffeine and retinol. These ingredients help the outer layer of your skin firm up to help relieve the bumps. The other ingredients in cellulite creams are there to improve the look of your skin. They smooth the surface, decrease any stretch marks, and give you that overall “baby’s butt” softness. When searching through the various creams, you will find ingredients like Par Elastyl and collagen, which are firming agents, ginkgo, green tea, soy, horse chestnut tree extract, all which tone the skin, and various pepper extracts to give your skin that “get up and glow.”

The formulation of your cellulite cream should be a personal decision. There are creams that contain ingredients that will make your skin tingle, like cinnamon, mint, cucumber, and other plant extracts. This tingle is supposed to help increase circulation to the area and give your cheeks a flush. You will find that most of these creams have a light, refreshing, and energizing scent meant to give you a pick-me-up.

Cellulite creams also come in different textures. The gels absorb quickly into the skin and often make your skin feel tighter very quickly. There are lightweight lotions that go on like regular body lotion and don’t feel greasy. Then there are the rich emollient crèmes that must be rubbed into skin very well to prevent oil slicks on your clothes. This formulation is best before bedtime. There are even creams that come with paraphernalia to help aid in absorption. Some bring a special mitt to rub the cream into your skin and there is even a brand that includes a special pair of neoprene shorts to put on over your cellulite cream.

Cellulite creams can be incredibly expensive, but there are brands that are sold in drugstores that are just as effective. How much you spend depends on what formulations, scents, accessories, and extra ingredients work best for you. Many doctors say that expensive brands do not necessarily work better because the creams contain the same ingredients, but if you like a particular scent or texture of a cream, go for it! No matter what type of cellulite cream you buy, use your cream according to the directions on the bottle or tube. Most treatments instruct you to rub on at least once everyday. As with most skin treatments, you won’t notice a transformation immediately. It is the cumulative effect of the treatments that will create the most dramatic change, so do use the cream at least once a day, and be consistent! It’s the massaging action that will make the difference between an effective cellulite fighter and a useless tube of body lotion.

Remember, cellulite cream is not a miracle cure. There are people that never see any more positive effect from their treatments than they would from rubbing cocoa butter on their skin. Creams cannot increase your metabolism or seep into the deepest layers of your skin to change your cellulite; but they can help your bottom appear tighter and banish the lumpy mattress look forever. Often, the texture of your skin will improve dramatically before your cellulite will–the lush ingredients in cellulite treatments are great for skin even if they don’t work for your cellulite. And even though it is possible to see a big difference, rarely will cellulite 100% disappear. Your cream should give you the boost to improve your diet and exercise habits, a tingle that can be the kick in the pants that you need.

Modern Miracles: Stem Cell Therapy and Lung Disease

Stem cell therapy is big business. Florida is the top growth area for anti-aging clinics and new research. It appears to be the state most dedicated to the establishment of this new medical treatment. These are widely found in south Florida. The aging Florida crowd has money to fund spending new healthcare products.

Several clinics are associated with research facilities located outside of America in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Switzerland. Cutting edge results of anti-aging medicine reverse mental and physical declines associated with aging of past generations. Looking and feeling better often impact other life choices.

Florida clinics specializing in lung disease treat all types of lung disease including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, COPD, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, interstitial lung disease, severely punctured lungs, trauma injuries in the lung area, and chronic low lung function due to smoke inhalation from fire or paint fumes. Local stem cells injections can improve lung function, restore bronchi, and increase oxygenation in the body. It may be possible to recreate missing areas of the lung in the future. These modern medical miracles require multiple treatments and benefit from good nutritional and vitamin protocols.

There is a wonderful lung clinic in Sarasota, The Trinity Stem Cell Institute in Odessa is another great location for this medical miracle. Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine offers stem cell treatment for spine and skeletal injuries. Stemedix, Inc. is a Florida based Stem Cell Therapy center in St Petersburg which treats multiple sclerosis with this therapy.

All injections must be screened for factors such as blood type and diseases. Some clinics will include other medications in the injections like growth factors. It is very important to exclude stem cell injections which do not match the patient’s blood type. Adult stem cells can be obtained from the patient’s fat cells. These are washed and treated for re-injection into the patient. They are not as effective as embryonic cells.

Umbilical cords and cord blood can provide embryonic stem cells without the need for a fetus. It is also important to continue to take medications for underlying diseases and inform the doctor of any prescribed or recreational drugs take by the patient in the preceding thirty-day period.

It is very important for patients to refrain from using recreational drugs, drinking, or smoking to allow the cell colony to grow and differentiate into the appropriate organ or tissue. Choose the clinic by its specialty and stay away from one size fits all clinics. Ask about the number of patients successfully treated by the doctor and/or clinic.

Wedding Makeup? Trust Only A Professional And Know How To Find One

There is absolutely no uncertainty in the actual fact that the humans are really possessive about just how they could look. The people may be female or male ensures each and every opportunity of looking good no matter what. That is absolutely why people can be ensured of the extremely fact they can complete with the best results only with proper makeup.

The wedding is definitely a situation that calls for proper makeup and that too in the most extravagant way. This is one particular time when people are simply gaga over the fact that they are going to look the most beautiful.

This can though happen only with the very help of the best available beautifying agent. Yes, it is extremely true that a good Wedding Makeup Artist is extremely necessary when it comes to the makeup in a wedding house.

Why trust a professional?

Wedding as already mentioned is definitely one of the major occasions and this is exactly why one simply wouldn’t love anything that might just ruin it. This is possibly the exact reasons why people can expect the best Wedding Makeup Artist to be the only choice during a wedding.

These people are well experience and more than that, they are extremely aware of the fact that if anything goes wrong then how they can make it right. Also these people are well knowledgeable about the makeup like they have studied about it and thus this knowledge as well works.

Know how to find the best:

Following are the various points that people can opt for if they look forward to getting through with a good makeup artist:

  • The very first point that people should necessarily remember is the very fact that the wedding is definitely something that they shouldn’t take risk with and this is exactly why the beauticians should be booked prior to at least 4 months of the wedding. There are high chances that they may get booked otherwise.
  • The very next point to remember is that the wedding beautician should only be hired if they are specialised in wedding makeup. This ensures that they do understand that which person exactly need what type of makeup in the very first place.
  • Checking with the experience of the beautifying agent is definitely a thing that people should do. Experiences speak a lot and this is exactly why the people should be aware of the fact that what the experience of the makeup artist is in the first place.
  • Reputation of the beautician matters the most. This is something that should be concentrated on thus. People should be aware of their past success cases always.

Knowing all these points will help a person in recruiting the best Wedding Makeup Artist for themselves.

How Effective Is Clove Oil Against Nerve Decay in a Tooth?

For proper dental care and to guard the teeth health against decaying and infection clove oil works faster and gives instant relief from unbearable dental pain.

The condition of nerve decay occurs from the accumulation of plaque in the mouth. The bacteria in the plaque can cause cavities by breaking down the hard enamel of the teeth.

Food particles when get stuck in the cavities can trigger unbearable pain due to bacterial attack. Being a natural antibiotic and antiseptic clove oil is a proven pain reliever when applied topically to the affected teeth.

Clove oil is an ancient remedial measure against the condition of nerve decay in a tooth. From a research, it has been proved that patients who has applied clove oil on their tooth or have used clove oil infused mouthwash has effectively got rid of stubborn plaque within a month.

Dental structure consists of three parts enamel, dentin and the pulp. The dental pulp is the conjunction of soft tissues, nerve, and blood vessels. These nerves can cause a lot of pain due to various reasons the prime being the tooth decay followed by injuries or any sort of damages.

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems in many people. Unhealthy food habits like intake of sugar contaminated food, lack of proper dental care lead to various dental ailments and tooth decay is one of the most complained problems among all.

If the deposition of plaque is not removed properly from the tooth it can cause serious dental issues. The bacteria forms due to plaque accumulation produce acid which can wear down the teeth to the nerve and in the process expose the dental pulp. This exposure of the pulp makes the nerves vulnerable to infections, sensitivity, and pain.

The Eugenol in clove oil is known to be an active numbing ingredient that helps to numb the damaged nerves from triggering pain and due to the antibacterial property it also fights with the germs and thus builds a shield against the decaying process. Apart from decaying the application of oil also help to reduce a toothache almost instantly.

Application of clove oil can definitely helps against nerve decay of a tooth by following simple procedure, such as:

At first, one needs to remove tiny food particle from the mouth by rinsing with lukewarm water.

Take a cotton ball and saturate it fully with two- three drops of clove oil.

The next step would be to place the saturated cotton ball on the affected tooth and bite it down firmly on the tooth by closing the mouth.

Then after 15- 30 minutes, the patient can remove the cotton ball and can sense an instant relief.

Clove oil is a traditional remedy and besides being so much beneficial for overall dental health it also holds certain disadvantages. It has a strong taste and smell which if ingested accidentally can have too many side effects like nausea, respiratory and liver problems.

Like other natural remedies and treatments clove also fits fine as an instant remedial measure against any dental problem but it is always wise to consult a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment of the problem rather than self medication with herbal ingredients at home. Prolonged ignorance of a small issue can led to serious condition in the future.

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