Holidays are a perfect time to enjoy and chill out with families and friends. Parties with wide variety of food on display tempt one and all to indulge in mouth watering delicacies. If you are the kind who swears by a fitness routine, you might tend to enjoy less of yummy foods and spend more time worrying about the increasing waistline. You can still stay healthy and fit by savoring all the delicacies. Little of planning, a dash of goal setting and dose of old fashioned discipline and control over your self will let you enjoy the holiday season without any worries. Let me list down few ways wherein you can follow your diet and stay in great shape too. - Holidays are just an excuse to go off track from your fitness program. The mindset of people is that since we follow our fitness regime all week / month / year long, we can indulge in gorging over those cakes and ice creams. Aim to stay on track with your fitness program this and all other holidays. By skipping workouts, eating more, exercising less one tends to gain weight. Its like going back where we started off from. Make a decision to stay in shape with all the food around you.- Holidays are a hectic time. All premeditated schedules can go haywire. To stay on track, create a work out time table listing down all the parties, dinners and so on. Keep the time table at such a place where you are forced to look at it every day. This serves as a reminder to stick to your time table religiously.- If you think you would like to lose 25 lbs during holidays despite enjoying parties, set a goal much before and start working towards it. Goal can also be to gain few kilos also. - With so much lip smacking, gorgeous food all around, you will feel tempted to just give your fitness program. Keep one day aside where you can treat your self to all your cravings and give in to all your bingeing. Stick to your fitness program rest of the days. And dont feel even one iota of guilt while satiating your self. Schedule your day to cheat on fitness routine when you have major event lined up.- If you skip one day of exercise, dont despair. Get on with it the next day. Nothing goes waste. One day of holiday in your fitness schedule should be a motivating factor for you to get back on your fitness regime. - If you have planned a big dinner, you might tend to skip either morning or afternoon meal. Avoid changing your eating pattern. Treat the big dinner party at night just like regular dinner time and eat how much you would eat normally.- Control food portion size in holidays. Eat your favourite foods in moderation. Overindulgence will show around your waistline. - One always has choices, no matter where you are. Make the best possible choice based on the alternatives available in front of you. If its impossible, eat a small portion than a big one.- Drink 8 10 glasses of water daily. Drink few glasses of water before dinner to control your appetite and not kill those hunger pangs. If you just drink and not eat a well balanced meal, you will bloat. Drink water throughout the day to maintain a steady state of hydration.
It's time for back-to-school shopping, and parents around the country are preparing to help their children put their best foot forward with new shoes.The American Podiatric Medical Association advises parents wading through the countless styles and fashion trends in children's footwear to remember that comfort should always come first. The APMA offers parents the following shoe-shopping tips.* Shop later in the day. Feet expand when bearing weight, so they tend to swell throughout the day. Therefore, it's best to buy shoes in the afternoon or evening, when your children's feet have already increased in size.* Always measure the feet. Every shoe fits differently, and sizes tend to vary by style and brand.* Take socks. If your children aren't wearing socks already, take a spare pair. It's important that your children try on shoes with the same type of socks or stockings they'll wear with the shoes.* Examine the shoes for quality. First, check the heel to make sure it is stiff. Press on both sides of the heel; it should not collapse. Then, check toe flexibility. The shoes should bend with the toes; they shouldn't be too stiff or bend too much. Finally, look to see if the shoe is rigid in the middle. It should not twist.* Buy for the larger foot. It is common for one foot to be larger than the other, so be sure the shoes fit both feet comfortably. * Choose shoes that do not need a "break in" period. The shoes you buy should be comfortable immediately. If the shoes are too tight or pinch the toes, your children could wind up with corns, calluses or blisters.The APMA advises against handing down footwear from an older sibling. Just because a pair of shoes fits one child comfortably doesn't mean it will fit another child the same way. Furthermore, hand-me-down shoes can spread athlete's foot and other fungi.
Copyright 2006 Stacey ZimmermanHow many times have you gone out to dinner and drank a little too much? Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us. Many of us may only have this happen a couple of times a year, however, many individuals may do this once a week or more. Theyre not drinking everyday and they dont go too far overboard with alcohol and they dont consider themselves to have a problem with alcohol. However, alcohol does in fact harm the body regardless of how many times each month you drink. The more you drink, the more you damage the organs in your body. Even if you dont drink that much, cleansing the body of toxins should be done on a regular basis.The fact is if you drink alcohol, the cells in your body are trying to fight off the toxins from the alcohol. Often, after only drinking session, the liver cells can become swollen from an overload of fat globules and water. This fatty liver, as it is called, can also be the result of other things, such as diabetes, obesity, and there are certain drugs that will induce this condition. If you do have a fatty liver caused by alcohol consumption, it is reversible when you discontinue using alcohol. While there are generally no physical signs that one has a fatty liver, it can be diagnosed with blood tests. Cleansing the body of toxins will help your liver to function more efficiently and help you to reverse the fatty liver condition.Your kidneys can also not function properly when you consume alcohol. The kidneys help to regulate the fluids and the electrolytes in your body and help filter out waste that is in your body. As alcohol induces urination within a short time, the body may become dehydrated and the kidneys will not be able to perform their functions properly in regulating the electrolytes. While the kidneys are not directly damaged by a moderate amount of alcohol once in awhile, it will stop them from functioning properly while drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to kidney failure. Cleansing the body will help your kidneys to be able to properly filter out the waste that has accumulated in your body from drinking alcohol.Cleansing the body will also help you to increase the functioning of your intestines. Alcohol, even a moderate mount, can prevent the intestines from absorbing and breaking down nutrients. As the intestines eliminate waste from the body and absorb necessary nutrients, it is very important that your intestines are doing their job efficiently and effectively.The fact is while moderate drinking does not necessarily damage any of your organs, it can prevent them from functioning properly. Cleansing the body should be a regular part of your life if you consume any alcohol, even a moderate amount. When cleansing the body, you can start with the colon and move on to a kidney cleanse and liver cleanse. By cleansing the body, you will make sure your body is functioning at top performance.You owe it to yourself to learn more about this exciting and new common sense approach to healthy weight loss. If you are tired of all the bologna flying around these days on "weight loss" and diets and have tried many things without much or any success, I invite you to visit my website for more information on this awesome concept that is literally transforming thousands of lives. I wish you all the best of success and health in your life.Sincerely,Stace Zimmerman
Obesity is the new epidemic sweeping the nation. Reported levels of obesity have soared within the last couple of years and are an all time high. Being ibese is not something that should be taken lightly and a lot of effort should be put in place to hep people who are obese loose weight, if they dont loose the weight serious consequences await them.Obesity opens up doors for all sorts of health problems, not only that being obese cant make you feel good in general, you will always be panting after walking only a short distance, you wont be able to manage stairs, finding clothes will be hard and expensive (not to mention the clothes arent very fashionable) and basic tasks will take you longer than usual. Many people are unhappy about being obese but sit there waiting for someone else to take over and get them into shape, that has to stop and obese people need to take responsibility for their own actions.Albeit some people are obese due to medical problems, for example glandular conditions and thyroid problems, but most of the time it is due to the fact that people are lazy, not eating properly and are shunning exercise! Obese people need to open their eyes and look in the mirror closely, they are not healthy and wont be until they loose weight, loosing weight will be a struggle but there is plenty help available from doctors and services. If you dont loose weight then you are digging your self an early grave.Health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and arthritis can all be cause due to obesity and sometimes you can end up bed ridden because you are to large to get out of bed. In more serious cases people die because of strokes and heart attacks caused due to being obese! These health problems are serious ones and they inhibit day to day activities. The first step for someone suffering from obesity is to go to see their doctor and they will refer them to a qualified and registered nutritionist who will then help them on their road to weight loss.Obesity needs to be addressed and the government are taking steps to emphasize the problems that it is causing, more health articles, adverts and surveys are being done and the government are plastering their findings as far and as wide as they can, but they can only do so much the rest is up to you.
Little is known about nicotine, besides the fact that it is addictive because of cigarette smoking. Nicotine is included among the class of psychoactive drug in cigarettes, and when ingested, gives the smoker a mild euphoric feeling. Research has also shown that nicotine can be as addictive as heroine, alcohol, cocaine, and other hard recreational drugs, and is the most common form of chemical dependence here in the US. Not all smokers know that the average cigarette contains at least 2 milligrams of nicotine that is rapidly distributed to the brain within ten seconds of inhalation. These are just some harsh information about the dangers of smoking, and this alone could make the smoker get help in quitting smoking.Since most people who always start smoking again soon after quitting, the first few days of quitting is always crucial to one's success in getting rid of the nicotine addiction. Due to the effects of nicotine withdrawal, and the mere fact that they are not yet used to life without cigarettes, this may be the most difficult time for all smokers. But when prepared, those who survived without smoking may pass this stage much easier.Since the smoker's body and mind is used to smoking, it is helpful to have a number of items to substitute a stick of cigarette. If a person feels the urge to smoke, use either toothpicks, lollipops, sunflower seeds, mints, chewing gum, carrot or celery sticks, or even coffee stirrers in order to prevent the physical cravings of wanting a cigarette stick. Usually, a smoker may associate smoking with his or her different behavior while living with their daily activities. See if cutting back, or even eliminating them completely from one's daily routine can help in quitting smoking. Common behaviors include drinking alcohol and coffee, smoking when during work breaks or between classes, smoking during stressful situations, smoking after meals, and while driving; and smoking as the first morning ritual. By identifying these behaviors, this can be a great way to help one predict their cravings and be prepared for such.Since quitting smoking can affect one's body chemistry, it is important to adjust one's diet so that one can provide nutrients that the body needs during this difficult time. Help flush out toxins from the body by drinking eight glasses of water each day. This will also keep the body hydrated and refreshed. Substitute milk, juice, or tea for coffee during breakfast, since caffeine is a powerful drug that can affect both the body's chemistry as well as one's mood. By eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding junk food, this could better regulate one's sugar and salt intake that could help in quitting smoking.Exercise can also be a good diversion from smoking, besides being great for the body and one's general well-being. Small, short bursts of exercise can help overcome those sudden rush of cravings that come out of nowhere. By doing exercise such as jumping jacks, crunches, short jogs, push-ups, a walk around the block, and bike riding --- one can gradually improve his or her health and outlook in life.At the end of the smoke-free day, be sure to reward yourself. By having a nice meal, buying new clothes, seeing a movie or concert, or buying the latest music CD --- you can replace your cravings for cigarettes with more positive and healthy rewards.