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The 10,000 Step Program to Better Health and Fitness Part II

2006-12-08T16:52:52.836-08:00

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The 20% Boost Program is basically "easing" into fitting walking into your life. To really measure your progress you will probably need to invest in a pedometer.

Week 1

The advice is not to change your life at all during this first week. Learn your baseline average daily step total. The goal for the next two weeks is to try and boost that average by 20%. You will need to measure your step sin a typical week. Don't try to walk more than normal. Each morning, reset the pedometer to "0." Set the pedometer to show steps, not distance or calorie counts. Keep the pedometer closed and attached to the front of your waist to the left or right of center. Wear the pedometer all day from the moment you wake up until going to bed. Do not immerse the pedometer in water. At night when you remove the Pedometer, record the number of steps you've taken. Note if you did formal exercise (wear your pedometer through formal exercise). An example of formal exercise would be a 20 minute treadmill walk. Note if there were activities in your day that caused more or fewer steps than usual. An example would be a museum tour or a day where you attended meetings all day. If you exercise on a bicycle, attach the pedometer to your shoe if it does not count the pedaling while attached to your waist.

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The 10,000 Steps Program to Better Health and Fitness

2006-12-08T07:57:28.766-08:00

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Walking to get fit may not be enough say researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada. Scientists at the University of Alberta compared a program which included taking 10,000 steps to more traditional exercise programs and found those on the 10,000 steps a day were less fit. The question they sought to answer was: Is gentle physical activity enough to achieve fitness when compared to more intensive activities?

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Finding the Appropriate Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders

2006-12-05T14:52:06.453-08:00

Eating disorders are illnesses with a biological basis influenced and changed by emotional and cultural factors. There is insufficient information about eating disorders and because of this fact the public and professionals do not recognize the dangers of eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious. They are potentially life threatening and there is help available. Recovery from eating disorders is possible.

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Is it Possible that Lifestyle and Health Behaviors can affect the Aging Process?

2006-12-05T05:28:28.336-08:00

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Many people feel life expectancy is all in our genes and the aging process is little affected by our living habits. However, several scientific studies have looked at the aging processes of twins who were reared together and apart to see what contributions genetics vs. living habits had toward longevity. In two famous twins' studies it was found that aging was less related to genetic factors than to lifestyle and health behaviors. With the results of these studies we can with a fair amount of confidence feel that we can affect the aging process with our lifestyles and health habits.

No one entirely understands why we age. Many of the theories of why we age propose the biological basis of aging. Many of the theories fit into two categories of aging theory:

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Enjoy Your Coffee: New Evidence Shows Coffee Can Even Be Healthy For You

2006-12-04T03:21:23.846-08:00

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New studies show coffee lovers can drink without fear of increasing their risk of heart disease. People who drank as much as six cups of coffee a day, versus people who drank less than one cup a month, showed no difference in the incidence of heart disease. These results differ from those of a study less than two years ago that showed even moderate amounts of coffee increased the risk of heart disease. This study was a very large study of almost 120,000 people being followed for between 14 and 20 years. Because of the size of this study it is not going to be repeated so easily says spokespersons from the American Heart Association. The study was done in the United States where we basically either drip or percolate our coffee, and this is what was studied. The study does not pertain to people who drink French-pressed coffee made with a mesh filter.

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Ways a Positive Attitude Can help You Each Day of Your Life

2006-12-03T12:13:30.800-08:00

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Research shows a positive attitude may:

* Delay the ageing process;
* Fight the common cold;
* Help you find a job regardless of low employment rates.

If you want to stay strong and show fewer signs of frailty as you get older in years try keeping an upbeat view of life. Researchers at the University of Texas say our genes, physical health and psychosocial factors play a role in how quickly we age. They believe there is a connection between the mind and the body, which helps to dictate how well or not so well we age. They found that those people who had a positive outlook on life were significantly less likely to become frail as they became older in years. More research is required to pin down exactly why there is a link. The speculation is that positive emotions may directly affect health by altering the chemical balance of the body. It may very well be that a positive attitude helps a person to have better health and be more successful in life, which in turn helps slow down the aging process.

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Be Smart, Eat Healthy, and Enjoy Your Holiday Season

2006-12-03T08:25:17.736-08:00

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If you are looking for ways to maintain your weight, blood sugar levels and work toward a healthy heart throughout the holidays this article will give you a few tips to help you along. It is always so much harder to resist high calorie, low nutrition treats when you're socializing with family and friends at parties and dinners. It is even more difficult if you bake delicious treats to take along to those parties not to nibble throughout the process.

Before you start your baking and party going activities this holiday season try some or all of the following tips:

* You can get a handle on your appetite by eating vegetables and high-fiber cereals. These foods help you to feel full while maintaining blood sugars at steady levels.

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Cranberry Juice and Dark Chocolate: Two Easy Ways to Boost Good Health

2006-12-02T02:31:39.143-08:00

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Recent studies done at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health reveal that the chemical in cocoa beans has a biochemical effect similar to aspirin in reducing platelet clumping, which can be fatal if a clot forms and blocks a blood vessel, causing a heart attack. Diane Becker, M.P.H., Sc.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health says that these findings are not intended as a prescription to eat large amounts of chocolate candy.

Large amounts of chocolate candy also contain large amounts of sugar, butter and cream. However, as little as two tablespoons of dark chocolate a day may be beneficial to our health. Dark chocolate is the purest form of the candy and is made from dried extract of roasted coca beans.

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How to Buy the Right Exercise Equipment

2006-11-29T23:03:08.226-08:00

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Sometimes going to the gym is just not convenient. We have to work, take care of the kids and do the many chores that require us to live in a modern world. Unfortunately today's busy lifestyle can really take a toll on your health. We all know that we need to take the time to exercise but where do we actually find that time? A solution is to purchase exercise equipment for your home.

There are a few things to consider when you think of purchasing exercise equipment. How often are you going to use it? Do you have space in your home? What kind of exercises do you like to do? Should you purchase used or new? Do you want to buy equipment with a specific body area in mind?

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Snacks That Are Good For You

2006-11-28T22:11:20.303-08:00

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Taking off some weight is a goal that almost everyone has right now. The holidays and long winters that most of us endure also add some pounds that need to be removed.

When you are trying to take off a few pounds, you must eat regularly to "fuel the furnace". To put it another way, eating small meals throughout the day helps to keep the "furnace" of your digestion and metabolism going strong and enables you to use the fat in your body rather than protein to fuel your body. Think of the old coal furnaces that had to be tended by adding fuel and not letting the fire die out. If the furnace went out, then it took a long time to get the temperature back up to a comfortable level and to enable the furnace to do its job. The body is the same by needing constant help to burn off the fat and to create a situation whereby your body has all the nutrients necessary.

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The "Healthy Eating Pyramid" Pathway Toward Good Health and Long Life

2006-11-21T18:46:01.356-08:00

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Do you ever wonder what happened to the Food Guide Pyramid? The Food Guide Pyramid was created more than ten years ago by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Pyramid illustrated what the USDA said were the elements of a healthy diet. The Pyramid was taught in schools, appeared in the media and brochures, on cereal boxes and food labels. It seemed like the absolute final word on what we should really eat.

The Food Guide Pyramid is now like a fairytale. It did not point the way toward healthy eating. We are told now the Food Guide Pyramid was based on shaky scientific evidence. It still has not changed over the years to reflect major advances in our understanding of the connection between diet and good health.

Recently, the USDA retired the old Food Guide Pyramid and replaced it with MyPyramid, a new symbol and "interactive food guidance system. This revision is basically the old Pyramid turned on its side.

Good news about the new MyPyramid:
* It tears apart and buries the flawed Pyramid.

Bad news about the MyPyramid:
* The new MyPyramid does not give us enough information to help us make informed choices about our diet and long-term health.
* It continues to recommend foods that are not essential to good health. * The food quantities recommended may even be detrimental to our overall health.
So.....what do we eat to become and stay healthy?

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Ten Tips to Turn Those Blues into Rosy Hues

2006-11-20T21:11:58.496-08:00

Countless days are rose-colored when you accomplish every task with a smile and energy, but some days are blue and slow when it is an effort to even lug oneself through the day. Arising from bed in the morning is hard, choosing something to wear is difficult and preparing breakfast is arduous. At these times, a favorite cup also breaks, the milk carton leaks and the computer stops. It is truly a personal "blue" day. Everyone experiences ups and downs...that are part of life. First check that your health, diet and/or a medical reason is not the primary cause; A. Nature's body rest. Check if you are succumbing to a viral infection such as a common cold or sore throat. Nature's first sign is to encourage rest to allow the immune system be strong and fight infection. This could be a reason for feeling lethargic in the morning.


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Stetch Mark Prevention

2006-11-19T02:11:48.483-08:00

The human body is a complex system. It does, however, require the correct ingredients to function correctly. When there is a problem it is often indicated externally - this is the case with stretch marks. There is very little that you can do to prevent stretch marks that result from your genetic makeup. However, stretch mark prevention is possible when its cause is related to hormonal imbalance. The following are some easy tips for stretch mark prevention.

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Is Your Closet a Mess?

2006-11-14T15:59:13.476-08:00

Is your Closet a Mess?by Connie Limon (Email: connielimon@yahoo.com) If your closet is a mess and needs some serious organizing this article should help you at least get started organizing it. Don't allow your nice shoes to be scattered all over the closet floor or anywhere else. There is a solution to scattered shoes. Try using a good shoe rack or shoe cubbies. They are very in expensive to own. I have used the over-the-door shoe bags and it solved the problem but not as neatly as a nice shoe racks or shoe cubbies. They are a bit more sanitary as well. Avoid the shoe racks that are slightly slanted. Shoes without heels have a hard time staying put on these types of racks. A good shoe rack is one that is flat with a minimum of two shelves. Another option is a shoe caddy with 9 to 12 squares (3 squares horizontal and 3 squares vertical. If you have a small chest or better yet if you can have a small chest of drawers specifically made to fit a small space in your closet it can provide a lovely place to organize your hosiery and sock collection. You can organize the drawers with plastic baggies. Place one pair of sock, tights or pantyhose in each plastic bag. If you have a little extra time try to organize even further. You can place a label on each bag to distinguish black socks from blue socks, casual socks from dress socks. This tiny organizational tip will save you time (you can post on your time management list as extra time to spent more constructively elsewhere) when you are looking specifically for a blue pair of socks. Black and blue socks seem to all look either black or blue when you are in a hurry, and it seems I am always pulling out the wrong color. Now that you have all socks, tights, and pantyhose neatly packed in plastic bags and labeled, line them up according to color and/or category. What is even nicer now is to place a divider in front of each category and/or color with the name of that category and/or color boldly printed on the front. Make it pretty and even more fun by decorating your dividers with some favorite graphic such as roses, butterflies or angels as a border all around and have the name of your category and/or color right in the middle of your decorations in whatever color that matches your border or simply dark black. You can use this same method to organize small change purses, billfolds, cigarette cases, key holders, glasses holders, cosmetic bags. If you have a lot of these as well, you might have two separate small chest made to fit inside your closet to store and organize both sets of items. As you go through these items and organize them you will find some you just do not want to keep anymore. Stash them away in a box for your yard sale or Goodwill donations. Small leather goods that are something like what you would call "antique" at some point in life can also be sold on places like E-bay. I am sometimes so pressed for time I will end up wearing blue socks when I should have chosen black socks. Worse yet, is wearing white socks with black pants......incidentally though this is my favorite combination, although not an acceptable fashion statement. If I could I would wear only white Hanes anklets. I do have a few pair of the other colors though and labeling the bags is a big help. One thing about it for sure if you have lots of clutter, you will feel more stressed. After I finish writing this article telling everyone else how to start getting organized at least in their closet, I probably should try and organize some of the things I see to the right on my desk area. It is more stressful to live in a cluttered and chaotic environment. As soon as I look over there, I feel a sudden drop in my heartbeat, then a speedy up heartbeat, and fee[...]



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2006-11-08T21:13:24.390-08:00

What is Your Role as a Parent to Help Prevent Drug Abuse?by Connie Limon (Email: connielimon@yahoo.com) The drug called Ecstasy/MDMA is just one of several that children as young as 8th graders are abusing. Ecstasy is a human-made drug taken orally as a capsule or tablet. The short-term effects include feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, enhanced sensory perception, and increased physical energy. Adverse health effects can include nausea, chills, sweating, teeth clenching, muscle cramping, and blurred vision.If you suspect or find out your child is actually abusing this drug or is involved in any kind of drug abuse what steps can you take to help them overcome the addictions?A family-based prevention program should include:1. Enhanced family bonding and relationships; 2. Education for parents to learn parenting skills; 3. Developing, discussing and enforcing family policies on substance abuse; 4. Training in drug education and information.What is family bonding? Family bonding is the foundation of the relationship between parents and children. You can strengthen your family bonds through skills training on parent supportiveness of children, parent-child communication, and parental involvement.One of the cornerstones for drug abuse prevention is parental monitoring and supervision. As a parent you can enhance your parenting skills with drug prevention program training.Benefits of participating in a drug prevention program are:* Being able to provide consistent rules and discipline for your child; * Ability to talk to your children about drugs; * Techniques of how to monitor your children's activities; * Techniques of how to get to know your children's friends; * Techniques of how to understand your children's problems and concerns; * And becoming involved in their learning.The importance of this parent-child relationship continues through adolescence and beyond.Below are some resources to help you find drug prevention programs:* National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) * National Institutes of Health (NIH) * U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) * Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) * Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), DHHS Phone: 301-443-9110 * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DHHS Phone: 404-639-3534 Phone: 800-311-3435 (toll-free) * Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program U.S. Department of Education (DoE) Phone: 800-872-5327 (toll-free) * Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Phone: 202-307-1000 * Knowledge Exchange Network, SAMHSA, DHHS Phone: 800-789-2647 (toll-free) * National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), SAMHSA, DHHS Phone: 800-729-6686 (toll-free) * National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH, DHHS Phone: 301-443-3860 * National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH, DHHS Phone: 301-443-4513As a parent you need to educate yourself as much as possible about drug abuse, stay in touch with your children's activities, and listen to their problems and concerns. Author: Connie Limon. Visit us at http://www.selfimprovementbook1.com and sign up for our newsletters. Self Improvement Book is a guide to information about self improvement, personal growth and self help tips. It is an organized directory referencing information in other websites on the World Wide Web.This article is FREE to publish with the resource box.[...]



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2006-11-08T20:06:17.986-08:00

Exercise Recovery Nutrition Plan: Who Needs It?by Connie Limon (Email: connielimon@yahoo.com) How should you refuel your body after exercise? We seem to be surrounded by commercial recovery foods and fluids. These recovery foods and fluids offer a combination of carbs and protein, but are they the best for exercise recovery nutrition? If you are an athlete who exercises one or two times a day to the point of total exhaustion, you most definitely need to focus upon adequate recovery nutrition. A few examples of this type of an exerciser would be swimmers preparing for competition or even high school males and females preparing for any type of sport competition. For those athletes who need to focus upon an adequate recovery nutrition plan, you will be better off planning in advance the right foods and fluids to replace calories, carbohydrates, protein, fluids and sodium. Your best choices are probably not a commercially prepared plan. If you are tired, time is an issue and are without a planned ahead nutrition recovery plan, the simplest solution is to drink less water and more cranberry, grape or any other of your favorite fruit juice. Juices provide the fluid, carbs and calories you need right after strenuous exercise. If you need to lose weight and restrict calorie intake you are better off to fuel your body appropriately in daytime to ensure your ability to perform during strong workouts. Enjoy a light dinner and fewer evening snacks. The worse thing you can do is restrict calories during the day and exercise on an empty stomach. If you exercise solely for good health and fitness three or four times a week for 30 to 60 minutes per session, you can be less focused on recovery nutrition. Your body does not become depleted during fitness work-outs. You also have plenty of time to "naturally" refuel before the next work-out. What is a good recovery nutrition plan? Since muscles rely on carbohydrates, the athlete should plan to replenish depleted blood sugar and muscle glycogen within 30 minutes of post-exercise. It may require some concentration and definitely some planning to refuel your body with the appropriate carbohydrates after an intense work-out. Athletes who weigh 100 to 200 pounds need 300 to 600 calories of carbohydrates repeatedly every two hours for six hours. Now....the worse thing you can do is not plan ahead to have the appropriate carbohydrates on hand and grab a donut, a hot dog, a burger or chips right after your intense work-out. These things will not refuel your blood sugar and muscle glycogen and your muscles will of course not recover from the demands of strenuous exercise. If this type of eating continues your health will suffer some dire consequences. Be wise and plan ahead with the appropriate carbohydrates. Some quick sources would be an instant breakfast drink (I use these for myself often and always feel an instant healthy boost of energy). Fruit smoothies are excellent sources of carbs, fluids and protein. Dehydration is indicated by scanty, dark urine. Thirst is a poor indicator of whether or not you have had enough to drink. If you become severely dehydrated you may need 24 to 48 hours to totally replace the loss. To combat severe dehydration sip on an enjoyable beverage until your urine is pale yellow like lemonade. Fruit juices, smoothies and milk shakes are better than sport drinks. It is better to drink orange juice than Gatorade. Orange juice has much more potassium. Your best bet is to prevent dehydration altogether. A simple way to determine how much fluid you need is to weigh yourself naked before and after an hour of hard exercise during which you drank nothing. A two pound per ho[...]



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2006-11-02T04:31:33.710-08:00

Middle Age Baby Boomer Adults are in Orthodontic Braces!by Connie Limon (Email: connielimon@yahoo.com) Adult orthodontia is big business. More 40-something year old parents have finally gotten all their children out of braces and now it's their turn. Some middle-age people are just now becoming metal mouths because they are at a point in their life when they can finally afford it. Still others opt for the wires because after starting over after a divorce they are finally ready to get that gorgeous straight smile! If you're considering taking the plunge yourself, here are a few bits of information you should know before making a decision. There are basically three types of braces moms and dads are opting for: standard metal, clear brackets and invisible. The standard ones are the most cost effective and you can even change the color of your rubber bands like all the hip, cool kids are doing. Clear brackets are a bit larger in size than the metal ones. Depending on your bite you may not have enough room to get the clear ones on your lower teeth, at least not initially. The wires are still metal and you can see the braces on your teeth, they're just not as noticeable. Drawbacks are they are slightly more expensive than the metal brackets and when it comes time to take them off, it's takes a bit more effort and is consequently a little more uncomfortable. Lastly there are the invisible braces which go behind your teeth, not on the front like most. It takes a while longer to correct your smile and is the most expensive type. Speaking of expensive, you should on plan on spending about $4,000 for your braces. Clearly you will find some orthodontists who will do it for less, and some for more. It really depends also on the length and severity of treatment. If you have orthodontia insurance coverage, some plans cover up to 50% of the total costs. Most orthodontists will allow you to make monthly payments. You'll be required to put a down payment on your new beautiful smile. One thing you may not hear during your initial consultation, yet other adults who have gone before you will testify to be that when you initially get your braces put on your teeth - it hurts! It hurts a lot and for along time! With children they tell them it may be a little uncomfortable for two or three days and to take Ibuprophin as needed for pain. That's not the case with adults, although they may give you the same instructions. Think about it. Children who get braces have their permanent teeth for generally three months or three years. Those big teeth haven't become too accustomed to hanging out in their current location. Adults, on the other hand, have had those permanent teeth affixed in their mouth for 20-35 years prior to getting braces. They don't move as easily or as willingly. One mother shared that she was glad she had left over heavy duty pain meds from her c-section five years prior. She lamented that she felt like an elephant was sitting on her head for 10-days straight. Further, she continued she'd rather go through another 52 hours of labor than to get braces put on again. This is not to frighten you. It does get much easier and you even forget you have them on. When you get adjustments every eight weeks or so, you're normally a little tender for 24-36 hours, and aspirin does help. The severe pain is just initially when you first get them on. Ask for pain meds. Do not let them tell you to take a few Tylenol and you'll be fine in three days. You're in for a rude awakening if you believe that. But in no time at all, average 18-24 months you will have a Hollywood smile and it will have all been worth it! Author: Conn[...]



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2006-11-02T03:57:51.086-08:00

Older Women Weight Loss Dilemmasby Connie Limon (Email: connielimon@yahoo.com) One of the best ways to ensure you will not have to compromise between saving your butt or face is to maintain an appropriate weight throughout all your lifetime. Exercise and eat right then when old age comes around there won't be these sudden decisions of which to save - your butt or your face. In this article let us take a glance at some of the more comical sides of the equation. There is an old cliché that unfortunately is true. When it comes to losing weight, an older woman will have to choose between saving "her butt or her face." This refers to the idea that if you lose too much weight your face may look more haggard and wrinkles may be emphasized. You could get rid of a double chin and end up with a flapping turkey neck instead. Jowls that have lost their pads of fat could hang and gaunter cheekbones could create a ghoulish or wolfish look on an older face. Eyes could appear more sunken and the skin could lose its dewy sense of tautness. Often older faces that have lost too much weight appear cadaverous or as if they are continually remembering the pain part of another old expression "no pain no gain." The truth is that a fatter face often looks much younger than a gaunt face. The extra fat pockets plump out hollows in just the right places creating a youthful appearance. Wrinkles and expression lines such as crow's feet are simply less noticeable and often the skin texture on a plumper woman is simply smoother and healthier looking. On the other hand, if you keep enough weight on you could end up with a rear end or thighs that are much larger than you originally desired. Notice that many older women with beautiful line free visages and gorgeous complexions usually tend to be apple shaped or pear shaped in their lower body. So are there any remedies for this all too familiar paradox? Do you really have to sacrifice your looks for a smaller rear end? Does it really have to be one or the other? Unfortunately the older you are the more inescapable this sordid truth is. You either settle for being slightly heavier or you can spend thousands of dollars on anti -aging serums and plastic surgery to get rid of excess skin and wrinkles caused by the weight loss. Or you can opt to have plumper, less lined features and spend a ton of money getting liposuction on your tummy, thighs and rear end. If you have a bit of "booty" you are right with the in group as has been demonstrated by sexy superstars such as Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. Keep in mind that there are also many celebrities who buy padding to insert into their underwear to keep their backsides looking plump and well rounded. This seems so unnecessary when all these "stick insects with mascara" (as Bridget Jones called them) could easily achieve this by consuming a few good meals. If you want to be "cool" you will go for having a slightly bigger butt and a younger face. Although being thinner is healthier then being too fat, the best compromise is to be the healthiest weight for your age and body shape. Keep in mind too that the people that look the youngest, no matter what their weight, are those that are the happiest and not stressed out by things like calorie restricted diets, painful plastic surgery or even caring too much what other people think. Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water daily. These are two of the most important skin and beauty products you can apply to yourself. Don't abuse your body with drugs and alcohol. When old age comes around you will be so glad you practice these simple health tips and the truth of[...]



How Do You Encourage Self Confidence in Girls?

2006-10-15T20:22:45.566-07:00

Several studies show that girls' self-esteem and self-confidence tends to decline after about age nine as girls enter puberty. How do you encourage self confidence and increase self esteem during these early years? There are things that can be done. This article will review some of those things.Start with limiting your young girl’s television watching. Of course, this is easier said than done. Studies show television programs and advertising can have a negative effect on viewers. Television shows targeted toward children are mixed with many advertising messages. Some of these messages are very subtle, while other messages are quite clear.Of course we cannot blame the media for everything. We can, however, realize that too much television may negatively affect our children’s self esteem and confidence. For example, children who learn at a young age that food equals happiness, may have problems with body image later in life. Television advertising and programs present ongoing messages to young children that “things” are the solutions to problems and the route to happiness. These messages only exaggerate feelings of low self worth if a child does not possess all these “things,” or the “right things.”As children age, the "things" can change into a perfect body. Not have the right things can translate into body image problems and other self-destructive behaviors.Another method of encourage self confidence in young girls is providing positive role models. As girls become more aware of how women around them act and respond to various situations it becomes more important for those women to present positive impressions. If the women in a young girl’s immediate environment hide their anger or express their anger inappropriately the young girl may think it is not okay to be angry, open and honest about angry feelings. The young girl may feel as though she cannot stand up for herself as this is just not an appropriate expression of feeling angry about something. Internal anger can express itself in feelings of low self-esteem and low confidence. Depression may become a problem as the result of repressed anger. Unexpressed anger can surface in very self-destructive ways which may include eating disorders and substance abuse. It is unfortunate that so many women never learn how to express their feelings in an appropriate manner. They did not have positive role models. This cycle needs to be broken if you are going to encourage self confidence in the young girls of your immediate environment. For major issues consider seeking professional help for yourself and for the sake of the young girls in your immediate environment.It is important to encourage learning and education. There are studies that show girls with a strong educational background are less likely to run into trouble as teenagers. The more your young girls know, the better able they are to make decisions. Encourage learning in math and science. These seem to be two areas where “girls” have been pushed aside in the past. Girls are just as capable in math and science as is boys. This attitude is improving; however, girls are still viewed as less likely to succeed in these areas. Encouragement in math and science can promote increased self confidence and prepare girls for the changing work environment that relies more and more on technology. This is not to say other areas of learning are less important. Encouragement in these areas can help provide balance to an education that is still not quite equal between girls and boys.Encourage young gir[...]



A Short Review of Symptoms From Low Self-Esteem

2006-10-12T19:12:55.053-07:00

Category: Self Healing Tools)A Short Review of Symptoms From Low Self-Esteem

by Connie Limon (Email: connielimon@yahoo.com) People with low self-esteem often do not live their life to the fullest. They feel so down on themselves they distance themselves from others. People need to be close to others for love and support. People suffering from low self-esteem have a difficult time making full use of their abilities. They spend a lot of time feeling low and down about the injustices of their lives. Such people are a loss to their families and society. Some of them even take to crime, alcohol and drugs. They are uncomfortable with success and tend to believe they don't deserve success. They may blame themselves if things go wrong, and often take a sadistic pleasure in telling everyone else that they knew things would go wrong. This is an important symptom of low self-esteem, and one that needs to be treated at the earliest. Another symptom of low self-esteem is putting oneself down. A person with low self esteem repeatedly tell themselves that they are not good enough and they are destined to fail at anything they attempt doing. Eventually this type of negative self-talk turns into a negative self-belief. More than this are they try and implant seeds of negativity in people around them. They also seek out others who suffer from similar problems, sort of like, "misery loves company." The end result of these types of relationships is that they feed on each other's negativity, and become much poorer individuals than they initially were. Another indicator of low self-esteem can be a high level of dissatisfaction. These people do not see anything positive in themselves or in anyone else. They spend a good deal of their time "complaining." They just can't find anything good about themselves or anyone else. By contrast, people who value their abilities and have more positive feelings about themselves and others enjoy high self-esteem. Do you spend most of your time brooding about the past and worrying about the future? If so, this is an indication that you are suffering from low self-esteem. Not spending enough time in the present will cause you to not enjoy the present even though at the present time you may experience all kinds of success and events that should be pleasant for you. The end result will be that you prevent yourself from enjoying life and experiencing happiness. People with low self-esteem can receive help and become happy, well adjusted individuals contributing to society. The symptoms should be diagnosed by a professional or trained psychologist. Anyone desiring to overcome the symptoms of low self-esteem can even obtain help, sometimes from family members, friends, teachers, or many of the self help and self improvement programs offered on the internet and through our website at Self Improvement Book.

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Combining Two Strategies Into One Plan Time Management Skills

2006-10-07T23:16:12.003-07:00

Transactional analysis time management is the process of combining two strategies into one plan. Your goal in transactional time management is to reach a specific target. For example, when we are working, playing, or doing anything that connects to a goal, we need social skills and effectual communication to make it work. If we are lacking in social skills and communication our time management scheme will most likely fail. When I attended college, I had a major problem communicating effectively with people around me. I thought the world was filled with chaos. I lacked confidence in myself to achieve any goal I developed. My life was filled with confusion. I had very few friends since they all talked in a language I could not understand. After attending college and working with my publisher I soon learned the problem was not only my own, but that of others. In fact, they were talking a foreign language.At college, my speech professor explained dialect. Dialect affects communication and social skills. To become successful we need to understand that each of us is different. Life and time management possess these basic principals that leads to success. Dialect consists of grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and language. Our world focuses on proper English as a rule to follow that leads us to productivity and effective communication. The fact is most American’s do not know proper English. Basically the reason behind not knowing proper reason is they fail to understand dialect. I visited my old elementary school and apologized one day to my principal. My old elementary school principal said: “you speak fluent English.” I began to think about that statement! The American English first came into focus in the earlier centuries and came directly from England. The English Language spoken in the United States is mixed up and visibly distinguished from British England, yet not as different as to be a divided language. This means everyone has their own method of communicating; leading us to believe that proper English is a diverse form of communication and it takes an open mind to communicate effectively as well as having social skills that develop good relationships. We are all different in our own ways, and so are our languages. No one really has the correct way of communicating effectively, yet all of us must conform to some rule. This is where we combine elements of one technique with another to make a complicated skill work. Now to combine transactional analysis to get time management in order, we must open our minds and think creatively to reach a goal. The transitional action is the process of communicative (open-mind) action connecting more than one person or things that equally have an effect on our influence of how we connect. Analysis then is the employ of purpose word in its place of inflectional forms as a characteristic method of a verbal communication. Inflectional is changes in your tone or volume in the voice, and the changes of form that words undertake to mark differences that meet gender, race, mood, tension, voice, number of people and so on in the process of communication and socializing. Breaking it down, when you keep an open mind you are combining transactional analysis, contributing to time management since social skills and communication are CRITICAL to reaching goals and managing time. We can also consider other facets of analysis that can help us produce effectual communication and social skills. After carefully analyzing words for years, I come[...]



Simple Tips to Help You Lose Body Fat in Less Time

2006-09-26T03:39:33.410-07:00

If you're looking to lose some unwanted body fat, this article will show a few simple, proven ways to shed more fat in less time.Drink more water throughout the day. Drinking water will help you feel fuller throughout the day. You will be less likely to be hungry and less likely to snack. Try drinking an 8 ounce glass of water or flavored water before you eat. The water should help you feel less hungry so you will eat less during the meal. If you are new to drinking water each day. Start out drinking one quart of water per day. Slowly increase your water intake up to a total of 64 ounces per day. If you are not use to drinking water and then you suddenly start to drink a lot of water, you can mess up your electrolytes. So start out drinking water slowly, just as you would start an exercise program slowly and slowly increase as the days go on. Did you know you can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water? Water is essential to overall good health and helps to carry out the toxins from the body through the urinary tract and bowels.Eat five to six small meals each day. One good rule to follow is to fuel the body with something small and nutritious every 5 hours. This helps to keep your metabolism running smoothly and efficiently, which in turn helps your body to burn more fat. If you eat one or two large meals each day will cause your metabolism to slow down. Skipping meals will cause your body to hold onto stored fat as a defense mechanism. Your body becomes unsure of when it will get its next meal. The body will conserve stored fat in case of future calorie needs.Each meal should be a combination of high protein, carbohydrates and a dash of fat. Your plate should contain more fruits and vegetables than the protein or fat. A good rule to follow with how much protein to consume at mealtime is just enough that would cover the palm of your hand. Anymore protein than this eaten at one meal will automatically turn into stored fat, which is exactly what you doesn’t want to happen. Never skip breakfast. You should eat a well-balanced breakfast within two hours of awakening from an 8 to 10 hour sleeping period. Good sleep is also important for good overall health and burning fat. Sleep that has some dreams throughout the period of sleeping is a good indication that you are getting the kind of sleep you need.High quality protein is found in foods like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk and cheese. Quality carbohydrates are fruits and vegetables. Berries are especially good for antioxidants. Use breads, cereals and pasta sparingly and only as condiments. Take Fish Oil everyday.Cardiovascular workouts 3 to 4 times per week are highly recommended to help you burn fat and calories. The safest exercise for bones and joints is a moderately brisk walk, 30 minutes at least per session, and 3 to 4 times per week. Cardiovascular exercise increases your metabolic rate and helps you to burn more calories throughout the day even while you are resting. Anymore than 30 minutes per day of cardiovascular exercise can lead to overtraining.Weight train three to four times per week. Weight training helps you burn more calories and fat in the future. Weight training does not burn a sufficient amount of fat while you’re training. It is important to add lean muscle to your body. You burn more energy/calories just to maintain that lean muscle tissue. If your body has lean muscle you will burn more calories even while sleeping. The[...]



Goal Setting Tips

2006-09-24T20:29:45.213-07:00

Setting and achieving goals can be stressful. Start out with a goal you just about know for certain you will achieve. For example, if you actually want to lose a total of 20 pounds. Set your first goal to lose only 10 pounds. Once you celebrate reaching this first goal, then go for the maximum of weight loss goal you wish to achieve.Each new year brings new resolutions. People make unrealistic promises to themselves knowing that many of them are sure to be broken. But we do it anyway, because it is a tradition that has been passed down through many generations. When we make these unrealistic promises and goals we only set up ourselves up for failure and unhappiness.There are several ways to plan for reaching your goals that can greatly increase your chances for success and reduce the amount of stress involved.First, goals should be written down. They need not be etched in stone. For example, say if you want to lose 20 pounds in the next two months, and two months later, you have only lost 15 pounds, don’t punish yourself as being a failure in reaching your ultimate goal of losing 20 pounds. Celebrate that you almost made it. Then set your next goal for losing that last 5 pounds. You can do it!Many people would see this as a failure, get depressed, and go back to their unhealthy habits. The results are predictable. They gain back the weight they lost (or more) and end up back at square one. You don’t have to be one of these. Achieving part of your goal is still a success. You just need to realize that perhaps the first goal you set for yourself was a little unrealistic at the time. All is not lost. You at least achieved “almost” what you set out to achieve. Don’t stop now. Set another goal and go for it.Achieving a goal is like driving to a different city. You never travel in a straight line. You make turns, take detours, and sometimes get lost (although most men would never admit to this). Do you go back home and start over? Of course not. You just make adjustments from your current location.Taking the above example once again, losing 15 pounds instead of 20 is not failure! You need to make the necessary adjustments in your goal and continue on. Instead of dwelling on your inability to lose 20 pounds, consider that you now only need to lose five pounds. Since you just lost 15 pounds in two months, losing five more in the next month should be a snap. But if you do not, you simply make the necessary adjustments once again from that point. Each goal gets easier and easier.You should also make reasonably achievable goals. If you need to lose 100 pounds, do not plan to lose it in the next six months. That is not only unreasonable; it can be dangerous to your health. However, losing 100 pounds in 12 months breaks down to slightly less those two pounds per week. That is certainly within reason.If your goal is to earn a million dollars in the next year, that is admirable. But have you thought about how you are going to do that? If you are starting from scratch, that may not be a reasonable goal. Perhaps you should start by building a foundation first and shooting for your first million dollars next year.Of course, if you plan on making a million dollars next year and only make 20 bucks, you only have $999,980 to go. Try not to have an all or nothing attitude when working toward your goals. If you make some progress, give yourself credit for it. Sometimes people set goals unrealistically for themselves without ev[...]



Self Improvement Book

2006-09-23T00:06:06.866-07:00

Self Improvement Book is a new article and resource directory all about self improvement. Topics include:AddictionsAnger ManagementAnti-agingAttractionBuild MuscleCreativityDepressionExerciseGrief-LossHappinessInnovationInspirationalLeadershipManic-DepressionNutritionOrganizingPositive AttitudeStress ManagementSucccessTime ManagementWeight LossMotivationGoal SettingSales TrainingSpiritualityBeautyWebsite Mission:Helping others overcome the difficulties of life and re-making these challenges into strengths. We can make weak areas strong. We can expand and stretch our minds for an increase in the capacity to think and reason through problems, create new ideas and discover innovative solutions.I am on a personal journey of self improvement. On the website I offer self improvement resources from Higher Awareness Products, Life of Learning and Audio Motivation, AudioFire and CopyforCoaches products among other self improvement resources.I also offer you products from Oasis Advanced Wellness - natural solutions for maximum health. Please visit us and sign up for our newsletter. I will be sending out a newsletter about every two weeks. Send me your suggestions for improvement of the website and your self improvement articles or resources. I will add them to my directory.Connie Limontechnorati tags: self improvement, addictions, anger management, anti-aging, attraction, build muscle, creativity, depression, exercise, grief-loss, happiness, innovation, inspirational, leadership, manic-depression, nutrition, organizing, positive attitude, stress management, success, time management, weight loss, motivation, goal setting, sales training, spirituality, beauty, higher awareness, personal growth, natural health del.icio.us tags: self improvement, addictions, anger management, anti-aging, attraction, build muscle, creativity, depression, exercise, grief-loss, happiness, innovation, inspirational, leadership, manic-depression, nutrition, organizing, positive attitude, stress management, success, time management, weight loss, motivation, goal setting, sales training, spirituality, beauty, higher awareness, personal growth, natural health icerocket tags: self improvement, addictions, anger management, anti-aging, attraction, build muscle, creativity, depression, exercise, grief-loss, happiness, innovation, inspirational, leadership, manic-depression, nutrition, organizing, positive attitude, stress management, success, time management, weight loss, motivation, goal setting, sales training, spirituality, beauty, higher awareness, personal growth, natural health [...]