Monday, May 26, 2008

The Art Of Forgiving

The Art Of Forgiving

I once had a neighbor who was always yelling about something. My garbage cans were too close to her driveway. People parked their cars in front of her house. The neighborhood dogs were digging in her garden. Understandably, she wasn't my favorite person. One afternoon, I heard an ambulance coming down the street. I looked out my window and saw it turn into her driveway.

The paramedics loaded the woman into the vehicle and, lights flashing, took off for the hospital. That day I found out my neighbor was a very sick woman; she had a serious liver disease, chronic back problems, and lived every day of her life in constant and excruciating pain. My anger at her disappeared instantly. When she came back from the hospital until she died a year and a half later, I not only felt differently toward her, I found myself doing anything I could to help her [Read more]

Getting And Keeping The Attention Of Beautiful Women

You raised your voice (a little) and dropped in another question, but she only replies you a single word. This is when you will have to realize that you are in the danger zone. Danger of losing the attention of the beautiful woman that is! Well, if you want to be an effective seducer, then you will definitely need to know some of the tips to getting and keeping the attention of beautiful women. They will do you good, someday somehow.

So when you are in this kind of situation, what do you do exactly? There is no way you are going to let the beautiful one flutter off into the arms of another man. So learn to be quick and seize this opportunity [Read more]

Goal Setting? Too Boring...

Here take this blank sheet of paper. Now draw two lines down the page and split it into three sections by drawing a line across the page near the top. In the furthest left section at the top write “Objective”. In the middle section write “Method”. Finally in the furthest right section write “Date”.

Yawn… are you as bored as I am?Well while we’re into this lets have a little fun. Let’s fill up the whole sheet with some things we could be doing instead of this. I mean really we have other things to do that are far more exciting than this right? [Read more]

How Does America Really Feel About Black Celebrities

High profile athletes have the ability to bring all colors and creeds together in unity at any professional sporting event across the world. For those few hours that we are at a stadium or arena, we seem to forget about our differences and problems because of the exploits of some superbly talented athlete.

After earning an excessive amount of money, many Black superstars have the false notion that have crossed over and are above the struggles of ordinary African Americans.In Spike Lee’s controversial film Do the Right Thing, bigoted pizzeria employees implied that icons such as Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan were beyond being Black because of their success. They argued that their prejudice toward African Americans did not include their Black heroes because they had risen above regular Black folk [Read more]

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

People Driving You Nuts

Why Some People Drive You Nuts

On our planet a very large percentage of people exhibit characteristics of being tough, highly independent, stubborn, impossible to please, restless, perfectionists, etc., and they continue to lead their entire life like that. And everyone would have definitely experienced or heard true stories of such people who drive others nuts through their irrational behaviors.

The traditional methods of interaction that works for normal or sweet people just don’t work for them. So how do you deal with such tough people? The simple answer is you cannot in most of the cases. Nor can you fully blame the other person for acting irrational, as there is usually a specific scientific reason for such behavior. And that reason is biological in nature as man is not a uniformly programmed species like animals and birds. As you would have observed animals and birds of a species behave in exactly the same manner [Read more]

Perfect Gift For A New Mother

When the new mother arrives home, it is nice to have someone to help for the first few weeks, especially if she has no close family living nearby. The new father may be home also, but may not be capable of taking care of everything. Offering to prepare home-cooked meals and to clean the house is an ideal gift and will help to keep the mother from getting too overwhelmed as a new parent.

Having someone to care for the baby while she can get some well deserved rest would be greatly appreciated also. You can offer to babysit as well as running any necessary errands. The less the new mother has to do the faster she will recuperate form the effects of childbirth.
Many people purchase items for the new family, but the gesture of giving your time freely so that they can enjoy some spare time without the baby can be the greatest gift of all [Read more]

What To Do If He Suddenly Withdraws

The moment you started to feel "safe" and things became stable, he out of a sudden withdrew. From one moment to the next he became unavailable, found excuses not to see you or even worse, stopped contacting you at all. You were totally shocked and disappointed.What on earth had happened? The answer is: Nothing. Yes, you understand correctly.

What you have to know about guys is that they - in contrast to us - have what I call an "automated withdraw-mechanism", that gets triggered whenever he experiences sudden intense emotional closeness to a woman. Even if he enjoys being together with you as much as you do, his masculine instincts tell him there is danger and he has to defend his freedom. Consequently, he starts pulling away. So how should you react when that happens? [Read more]

Manic Depression: What Are The Symptoms?

Manic depression can affect both men and women. There is no specific age at which this disease usually starts. However, experts believe that the onset of this disease takes place in late adolescence. Manic Depression is not something to be taken lightly. It is a serious disorder and needs serious professional and personal care.

This disorder can be found among people irrespective of their age, race, social classes and ethnic groups. Medical experts feel that this disease has a genetic link and even tends to run in the families. The disease does not only affect the patient but also the person who attends to him or her. The immediate family circle is known to suffer a lot [Read more]

Monday, May 19, 2008

Keep the fire burning - that's all that matters

Keep The Fire Burning

Billionaire Richard Branson, the entrepreneur behind the Virgin brand, is one of the world's most successful and adventurous businessmen. Not being satisfied to run several highly profitable businesses Branson also engages in occasional feats of courage, or stupidity, depending on your stand point.

Branson had called a meeting a few hours before he and his co-pilot were due to embark on an attempt to fly from Japan to America across the Pacific non-stop in a hot air balloon. The attempt would be fraught with countless difficulties, challenges and life-threatening risks.

After an intense 3-hours' briefing, covering everything that could go wrong, on this, one of the most complex and risky aviation record attempts in history, Richard Branson came away having written just eight words into his notepad;” Keep the fire burning - that's all that matters.” [Read more]

The Middle Child

The middle child may feel as if he has to struggle just to get noticed. Growing up as a middle child can make the youngster feel like they go unnoticed by his parents. The oldest children are held in high esteem due to their accomplishments while the youngest are coddled and babied. Parents tend to expect more from their youngest and oldest children as it may be difficult for them to define their expectations for the middle child. In most cases, parents may have taken pictures and documented every “first” that their oldest child did and may have lightened up these efforts in relationship to the second child. While the parents may have done this as a result of being more relaxed about their second experience at parenthood, a middle child may view this as solid proof that they mean less to their parents than their older sibling.

The middle child may also constantly compare themselves to the other siblings, especially the older ones. He may seek interests in different areas that will allow them to stand apart from their elder. This attention-seeking attitude also tends to make the middle children the “risk-takers,” often participating in dangerous sports or choosing careers that have an element of danger and/or risks involved [Read more]

Are We Building Superman?

I believe that's exactly where we are heading. As we continue to advance the big four technologies — genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology — we will create a new version of humanity that will have as little in common with us as we have with Cro-Magnon man. The next three to five decades will place humanity firmly on the path to this new reality.

I don't mean to sound gloomy, because the destination will be pretty damn good for the most part. It's the transition that concerns me; technological evolution will proceed so rapidly that many will fall by the wayside. Underdeveloped countries may fall far behind, lost forever. Even in technology-rich North America, pockets of people may lose their way. Don't let it happen to you [Read more]

7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight And 7 Secret Fixes

Many people see weight loss as being “for the wedding,” “for summer in my bikini” or “for my high-school reunion.” But weight loss is for keeps, so train yourself in habits that last a lifetime. When you figure the changes you’re making are for the long term, you’ll make better, more realistic, decisions. Like not banishing everything sweet from your taste buds.

Most of us don’t have the facts on foods. Calories, fat content, portion sizes. And those who have been on many diets begin to merge them together. That could actually cause weight gain. Example: If you ignore calories and use the Atkins diet strictly, that may work, at least in the induction phase. But if you eat the high-calorie proteins and fats Atkins allows and also snack on carbs, you’ll gain weight. Get clear on the path you’re following and keep a log until you’re absolutely sure you don’t need one [Read more]

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Drinking Water Safety

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water... Really?

The water that ends up in our taps comes from a variety of sources. The ocean of course is one of the largest sources followed by ice caps and glaciers. A smaller amount of water also comes from groundwater, lakes, rivers and streams and the atmosphere. The concern for drinking water comes from the worry of what is contained in that water.

Microbes are a big threat to the water you drink. They include viruses and bacteria that may come from parasites. Diseases can be communicated through drinking water as well such as infectious hepatitis, gastroenteritis and dysentery. The source for these microbes comes from storm run-off, animals such as wildlife, livestock and even pets. Septic systems can breed microbes as well as sewage treatment plants.

Pesticides are another concern for drinking water. There are many ways that chemical pesticides can infiltrate water systems such as rainfall, wind transfer, and urban waste. They can also seep into groundwater supplies and end up in rivers, lakes and streams. Some effects of pesticides in your drinking water can include headaches, diarrhea for short term and for long term effects may include certain cancers and fertility problems [Read more]

Don't Count On a Bird Flu Vaccine!

A Bird Flu vaccine is months and months away from production, and production will be a problem since health officials believe it will take at least 1 year to make enough for all citizens. Even then, it may not be effective, since it was based on an earlier seed of the virus. Bird Flu, or H5N1, mutates rapidly. Today, Bird Flu is something entirely different than when it was first discovered.

But there is one, off-the-shelf, device that will protect you and your family against Bird Flu, SARS, and ordinary flu, right now. It's called Animas®, manufactured by a company that originally was tasked to make a better biomass for our military troops.

Why is a filter mask the best tool you can have against Bird Flu? Because of its new nana-technology. A Animas® isn't just an ordinary N95 mask like you see in hospitals or on construction sites [Read more]

Are Electronic Muscle Stimulation Devices Safe For All Ages To Use?

Physical therapists and doctors prescribe these devices to reduce or completely avoid muscle atrophy in patients, especially after a surgical procedure or a severe injury. EMS devices are also used in those with paralysis and in anyone who needs to improve their blood circulation, improve their range of motion, or even increase muscle endurance. In addition, EMS devices may be used to relax muscles, re-educate nerves, and also in the management of pain.

As far as the safety of these devices, they are safe as long as they are used as directed. The medical community has used them for years for many of the reasons that were described above. EMS devices are regulated by the FDA, which means they regulate the sale of the many different kinds of EMS devices within the United States. This means that those companies who manufacture EMS devices must comply with regulations set forth by the FDA before they can ever sell their device. Their use is mainly meant for rehabilitation and other medical purposes, however there are bodybuilders using them all of the time to aid in the toning of muscles [Read more]

Childhood Obesity - Getting Your Kids Off The Couch

The first thing that you need to do is to teach your child to eat healthier. In the world of working mothers and two-income families, it may seem that fast food is the best way to get everybody fed. In reality, there are many healthy meals that can take the same amount of time to prepare that it takes you to drive to the restaurant, sit in the drive-thru line, order your food, and drive back home. There are also foods that can be fixed the night before and placed in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. The food cooks all day and is ready as soon as you get home from work. There are many microwavable foods available at the grocery store also. Another advantage of having a microwave oven is the ability to defrost foods quickly if you forgot to pull something out for dinner.

To create a healthy meal, you should have a meat, a vegetable, bread, a dairy, and a fruit. While this may sound complicated, a plate of spaghetti with parmesan cheese, a salad, bread, and a can of peaches with a glass of milk would cover all these groups and would take about fifteen minutes to fix. Another way to help your kids eat healthy is to remove all the junk food from your house and replace it with healthy snacks. Replace a bag of potato chips with cheese and crackers. Replace those cheese curls with celery sticks smeared with peanut butter. The children may complain at first about losing their favorite snack foods, but once there is nothing else in the house they will eventually eat these healthier alternatives [Read more]

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Value Relationships

Discovering Pleasure, Ecstasy And Value For Value Relationships

Most believe that selfish and giving are mutually exclusive things. How wrong they are. This is another illusion that has resulted in much misery and unhappiness. Giving and receiving pleasure is both selfish and generous. Give the best that you have--and receive as pleasurably and as graciously as possible.

A perfect example of the above is a sexual relationship between two lovers. I know from my own relationship that the more pleasure I give to my woman the more pleasure I experience.

You can draw the conclusion that if one person is sacrificing and the other is benefiting--it is not a value for value relationship. In the end the relationship will break down and both individuals will suffer the loss [read more]

The Quiz Of Relationship

The questions are designed to assess the likelihood of your relationship being a success in the long term. Take the results seriously, but realize that no quiz can take into account everything that may important to you. Please do not feel completely discouraged if you don't score well. Instead, use what you learn from the questions, and let the results motivate you to identify patterns of negativity and areas needing improvement.

Please answer the following questions using the 3-point scale provided. Answer according to how often the experience occurs in your relationship to either you or your partner. For more honest results, take the test alone before comparing results [read more]

Time To Be Alone

Alone time is important for anyone, of any age and any walk of life. Spending some time in solitude can be a valuable opportunity to take stock of one’s life, to reevaluate one’s priorities, and look at things from a broader perspective. Funny how “alone time” is often used as a punishment for rambunctious children, when, for adults, it’s often viewed as a real reward! Remember how we all hated nap time as children? Now we’d give anything for a nap during work! As we mature, alone time becomes a crucial element of our lives.

At the same time, human beings are social creatures. This is a fact of our genetic programming. Anyone who spends too much time alone, or who is downright frightened by the idea of venturing out into society, or who fails to establish any meaningful human contact, might have cause for concern. Ironically, too much solitude can produce the same levels of stress as too much social interaction. Obviously, moderation is called for here—a healthy balance between one’s social life and private life. No one wants to feel lonely, and if we have too much alone time, feelings of isolation can take over. These feelings can produce chemical imbalances in the body that are actually physically unhealthy. This can disrupt sleep and even lead to heart trouble [read more]

An Effective Way To Combat Dark Circles

There are loads of reasons as to why dark circles develop under the eyes that takes the natural radiance from the beautiful eyes. The most common factors are process of natural ageing, lack of adequate sleep and heredity.

There are other factors that attribute to the formation of these dark circles under the eyes. These unwanted circles point towards improper functioning of kidney or liver. On the other hand, people who suffer from sinus problem are likely to develop these loathed circles. Also, people who have the history of problems like asthma, eczema, or hay fever get these dark circles developed on the contours of eyes. Dark circles become a common phenomenon due to the process of ageing too. The chief culprit responsible for occurrence of these highly unwanted circles is the delicate vein under the skin of eyes. The under eye skin gets easily damaged due to which it is always the foremost to show.

The process of ageing as well the harmful rays of sun make the delicate skin translucent and thin, which allows the veins look prominent. These veins give the glaring dark circles under the eyes. As the elasticity of skin keeps on reducing with the age, skin even begins to look puffed and baggy. Lack of adequate sleep is another eminent factor that leads to dark circles but once you begin to take sleep normal course of 6-8 hours sleep, they vanish like anything [read more]

Monday, May 12, 2008

6 Fat Melting Habits

How To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat For Good In 21 Days With These 6 Fat Melting Habits

Men on the other hand don't want to admit that they want to have the coveted six pack abs. However, every time a cute girl walks by, just watch how they suck in that gut trying to hide the fact that they have a few extra pounds of belly fat themselves..

Doesn't it just drive you nuts to constantly work doing crunches just to get that flat tummy, only to fail miserably. We are bombarded with temptations that we give into and then before our very eyes the belly fat takes on another pound.

We all want to get rid of excess belly fat especially when summer is around the corner however it's not enough to just want to lose it, you have to actually do something to lose it. Dieting is not the way to do it because diets do not work. You get tired of the restrictions placed on you by diets so you end up going back to the way you were eating and the same bad habits and generally put on more weight than you lost. Like a yoyo, constantly going up and down. Well it's time to break that bad habit for good.

We allow habits to control our lives. Smoking, nail biting, cracking our knuckles, overeating or even eating the wrong foods are all habits we have learned. Well here you can learn a good habit and lose stubborn belly fat for good in 21 days with these 6 fat melting habits [read more]

How To Attract Beautiful Women

When you think of "beautiful women" , pictures like Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and other glamorous stars that are dripping with glamor just whiz past you and leave you gagging. Some would think that beautiful women are simply out of reach and they are just sexy goddess that we can dream of time and again.

Maybe you think that you do not have the looks, but hey, not every "good looking" guy gets what he wants all the time. Stop thinking that beautiful women only go head over heels for guys with good looks. Learn how to attract beautiful women, as these girls aren't very hard to get, if you have the right kind of techniques of course.

The key to impressing girls is having the aura of confidence that comes so naturally from you. These are the kind of men that tend to attract more women as compared to average or mediocre guys that are passive in their mindset. As such, when you are approaching a beautiful woman, it is vital to be let your confidence apparent [read more]

How To Meet Real Men

It’s partly society’s fault – after all, we were brought up to know better than talk to strangers. That’s why so many women would much rather stick to what’s familiar, even if it means relegating themselves to a very small circle of friends. And with so few men to choose from in that tiny network, it’s no surprise why they think it’s next to impossible to find “real” men anymore. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to meet new men, here are a few tips to help get you started.

Stop making excuses. While it’s true that everybody gets nervous now and then, it’s no excuse to shy away from initiating a conversation with a guy you’re attracted to. Neither is it an excuse to say that it’s the men’s “job” to make the first move. Put bluntly, men are actually just as scared as you are when it comes to establishing a connection with someone new. Some are even just plain terrified. Either way, making excuses for not establishing a connection deprives many, many individuals of happy, long-lasting relationships in society today [read more]

Fighting Debt With Extreme Savings

If your job is in jeopardy, your debts are high and getting higher, and you don't have an emergency fund - enough to cover at least 3 months' expenses - it's definitely time to consider extreme savings. Extreme savings involve more than just smart shopping. You need to do more than skip manicures. You need to cut your monthly expenses down to the bone. Achieving extreme savings may be painful, but remember: it's a way to gain some control over your finances. And you won't have to do it forever.

Think about what your absolute essentials are: food, shelter, medical expenses, health and other insurance premiums, electricity, heat, phone, transportation. Extreme savings call for extreme measures. Add up what the bare essentials cost you each month, plus payments for credit cards and other debt. Cut out everything else [read more]

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Preventive Medicine

Ayurveda: Preventive Medicine

There are many ways to enhance the immune system along with our natural ability to heal and help each other. 'Cleansing' auras or meridians of 'Chhi' or pranha, positive visualization and what is sometimes deemed holistic have been available for longer than books or politicians were practicing their questionable arts.

Ayurveda includes the use of herbs and plants combined with psychic arts of a healing nature. The proper practitioner includes psychology as part of the diagnosis and getting the patient to use their own mental or soulful energy. It comes from very ancient shamanism and has many names for its practice. This art is called ayurveda in India, and it has Taoist and Yogic corollaries.

The ancient priests and shamans who were corruptible became even more so as this knowledge grew. The Inca’s 'magic' and healing may have been one of the best balances of knowledge and compassion ever exercised on behalf of every citizen. When I lived in Vegas I grew Aloe Vera, and its Vitamin E may be part of why it works to heal so many things. Comfrey tea is something my brother took to help a broken leg that wasn't healing in the traditional medical approach [Read more]

Do Spells And Witchcraft Exist?

Does the type of witchcraft and spell craft, which appears in the movies, really exist? Witchcraft is nothing more than the learning and practice of this particular type of prayer. Both of these things exist, they work hand in hand and while these things have been associated with dark and evil images, it is not necessarily the way it is.

Witch and spell craft is usually associated with certain types of religious practices. This is because often in time these spells invoke the name of a particular divine being to oversee the caster and the event or individual that the spell is intended for.

There are two main types of spells and witchcraft. These are generally referred to as White and Black. This is a simplified way of expressing the intention behind the spell. The words can be exactly the same; it is the intent behind the spell that makes it good or bad. Spells are like prayers. Candles are lit, incense is burned, stones are used all of which are designed to attract the attention of the intended action; words are written carefully in order to do the same. Everything in the universe is made of energy spells which are nothing more than ways of attracting a particular type of energy to the caster in order to obtain a particular result [Read more]

Make Your Relationships Stronger In The Midst Of Conflict

In the workplace as with all types of relationships, conflict can be either a positive “power driver” or counterproductive. Left unresolved, conflicts can sabotage the best of working environments and/or relationships. Conflict must be dealt with head-on, particularly when it is interfering with people working together as a team--whether at work or as partners, friends or any other type of relationship.

Conflicts run the gamete from minor to major. Anytime it interferes, whatever the conflict, it needs to be resolved. Confrontation is the only way. The trick, however, is to do it in a way in which the conversation stays productive and the relationship(s) remain intact. The skills needed to resolve a major conflict are the same skills needed to resolve a minor conflict. Let’s first take a look at the widely accepted five causes of conflict and their definitions [Read more]

Fat Burning Foods: Kick Your Metabolism Into Overdrive!

Fat burning foods that burn more calories during digestion then they contain are generally high in two things, fiber and water. Celery is a good example. Fat burning foods, or negative calorie foods, are supposed to be so low in calories that digesting these foods burn more calories than they contain.

Fat burning foods are readily available and will definitely fit into your budget as well. Fat burning foods not only helps us to lose weight naturally but also increase our body rate of weight loss. So include these foods in your daily diet helps speed up weight loss, build a healthier body and put you on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

Plus eating every 2-3 hours is the basis of a good fat burning diet because it helps keep your metabolism burning your fat stores and also you do not have to concentrate on the food you're taking in. Lack of activity combined with lack of attention to diet causes your body then ignores fat stores and works on what you are eating, packing the rest of the excess calories away for a rainy day since it feels you are not eating frequently enough [Read more]

Friday, May 9, 2008

Top Ten Modern Diets

Looking For The Top 10 Diets?

10) Ornish Diet - The Ornish diet was developed by Dr. Dean Ornish, as a low fat diet for vegetarians. His plan was to create a diet to help avoid clogged arteries rather than later having to deal with them. His credo is this is your life you should own it and learn to manage your diet and day to day stress.

9) Zone Diet - The Zone diet which was created by Dr. Barry Sears, is a reduced calorie diet, and has one simple premise - use food as fuel. Eating the proper ratio of low carbohydrates, dietary fat, and lean protein you can burn excess body fat and keep it off permanently.

8) Okinawa Diet - First published in 2001, the Okinawa Diet is an outline of healthy habits based on the lifestyle and diet of the Okinawans who have the highest rate of centenarians (40 per 100,000) on earth. With lots of vegetables and complex carbohydrates this diet gets a great deal of its protein from tofu [Read more]

Stretching Exercise: A Modern Lifestyle Mantra

Stretching exercise after the workout has yet another important role to play. After workout, the blood circulation fastens and body temperature increases. Some exercises cause muscle tightening. A 30-60 second stretch cools the body down and relaxes the muscles. However, it does not mean that these are the only times one can do stretching exercise. Anybody, anywhere and anytime can do stretching exercise unless otherwise prohibited for any health concern.

Modern fitness programs include proven stretching exercises literally for every part of the body. Appropriate body posture is very important factor to be considered while performing stretching exercises. Unless the posture is appropriate and comfortable, it may cause serious injury to the muscles. Concentrating on any pleasant object like a flower or a picture helps attain the right posture. Unlike some yoga positions, simple stretching does not require holding breath. In fact, it is the combination of relaxing the body and at the same time maintaining normal breathing.

Stretching also helps improving balance, co-ordination and concentration. Therefore, athletes and sportsmen prefer to do regular stretching exercise. It helps them keep their stamina high, heal the muscle pain occurred during sports and improve their balance while making fast movements [Read more]

Optimal Ways To Make Absolutely Sure You Get Nothing Done Today

Five minutes is the perfect amount of time to get something started but not completed. I recommend starting the day with a 5 minute shower (If you can get completely showered in less than 5 minutes, you’re a better woman than I am. Between the shampoo, conditioner and trying to get my legs shaved, I find it impossible.). No one will notice that the shampoo is still in your hair. Follow that up with a 5 minute breakfast (better make it a granola bar or you’ll never get it down in time). And then spend all of your time at work doing no more than 5 minute projects (Since that little mail icon always pops up every five minutes with a new email message, this shouldn’t be too difficult). Five minute dinner. No more than 5 minutes on any one TV show (just give the remote to the man in your house). And there you go, you’ve spent no more than 5 minutes on any one project today.

There is no better way to get your day off on the wrong foot than to get up late. It almost guarantees that you will not be on time to anything all day and that you will feel like you’re constantly trying to catch up. This is also a great way to make sure that you stay stressed out all day. Of course if you really want to make sure you don’t get anything done today, just don’t bother getting out of bed at all.

Do not, under any circumstances, write out a “to do” list or task list for the day. This would be a much too productive use of your time. Better yet, write out what you’re not going to do today. Of course, don’t spend more than five minutes on this list (see point number 1 above) [Read more]

Exercise for Immunity

I'm not a body builder, although I respect people who are. My ideal is to keep a slender, wiry body, such as a runner or swimmer. Typically I spend only 15 to 45 minutes per day, which is nothing compared to an Arnold Schwarzenegger work out.

After breakfast and before my shower, at least 20 to 30 pushups, then 20 to 30 knee curls. For the curls, I lie on my back and draw my knees to almost touch my chest. After my shower, long enough for my arms to recover a bit, I do at least 15 to 20 chinups from an in-door-way bar.

Thus, I have stimulated my arm and chest muscles, abdomen, and lower back. If I have any lower back aches, which can happen from too much sitting, I tilt my pelvis back and forth, either while still on my back or standing, 10 to 30 times. By the way, this stretcher can be done nearly any where, if one does not make the moves very obvious [Read more]

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Guess What’s In Your Bed?

We are currently in an age when we seem to be worried about every little thing. ‘Are the preservatives and artificial colorings in our food making us ill?’ ‘Is the environment giving my child asthma?’ ‘Why is the occurrence of allergies and food related disorders at an all time high?’

But the simple fact is; we are only worried about the things that we see and hear about on the news – there are lots of other things that are not mentioned lurking in the crevices of our homes and offices.
I don't mean to gross you out or anything, but… eeewww, guess what’s in your… [read more]

Beware Of Your Super Performers

While being super efficient is not a crime, a hyper performer can often make other team members (who work quietly without fanfare) look bad and inefficient, either intentionally or unintentionally. To understand this, just go back to your school and college days. Remember in school where a couple of smart kids would quickly shout answers before the other kids could even understand the teacher’s question. They were the class "Know it alls."

And slowly those speed kids would become the teacher's pets, and the rest of the students would constantly be compared with them leading to an icy jealousy. Similarly a super performer in a team can corrode the manager's opinion of others as they will invariably be compared against the team's hero. But people hate being compared with others as it will make them look inferior and dull. This in turn kills teamwork, collaboration and can lead to various internal politics. [read more]

Staying Calm Under Pressure

Each of us have things that make us feel anxious. For some of us we feel anxious as soon as the alarm clock goes off in the morning because we know that there are going to be things that we cannot control during our day. If this describes you, you may find that greeting each day with a series of free positive affirmations will help you repel this instantaneous anxiety upon wakening. Instead of waking up in the morning and instantly being filled with anxiety about what you need to do, you can slow down and say a few anxiety affirmations. You may very well be amazed at what this can do for the rest of your day!

Other people start to feel anxious when they get to work. Maybe it's because their boss starts making intense demands or their co-workers aren't doing their job as well as they should, leaving you to pick up the slack. Before you allow anxiety to take over completely, why not take a deep breath and recite one of the very simple anxiety affirmations that you know to help you calm down a bit? Sometimes just stopping and saying one of many simple free positive affirmations is enough to allow us to gain our composure. [read more]

The Early Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy

While each woman will exhibit different symptoms when she's pregnant, the one that is most important is a menstrual cycle that's been missed or delayed. It's important that you understand the various possible symptoms of pregnancy, since most of these symptoms could also be a sign of something else.

Some women will begin exhibiting signs of pregnancy only a week after conception. Others will take several weeks to have symptoms. While each situation is different, here are some of the most common signs of pregnancy. If you experience any of these, and especially if you experience two or more, you should take a pregnancy test as soon as possible.

• Implantation bleeding. Somewhere around six to twelve days following conception, the embryo is implanted in the wall of the uterus, causing some bleeding. Some women experience cramping and spotting. Other causes could be actual or altered menstruation, infection, intercourse-related abrasion, or changes in your birth control pills. [read more]

Monday, May 5, 2008

Do You Wonder Where Your Day Went?

Time is a very personal thing. It is man-made. Actually it doesn’t exist. Time takes on different characters: it can be long, short, boring, stressful, valuable, the best time in my life, horrible, the good old times… you get the idea? If time is man-made I can influence the way I’m experiencing it.

Have you noticed that time tends to rush much faster when you have lots of things to do? In order to manage time effectively you have to be in control. This is not something you can figure out over night, it is a process which can take some time to accomplish.

My personal experience is that "getting things done" and the right time management gives you results rather than lots of unfinished tasks without the feeling of satisfaction. Will power is another important ingredient that helps you to focus on just the item you have decided to work on.

Save Your Relationship With Nothing But Words

Once the relationship gets past that early stage though, when the relationship becomes serious and a permanent fixture in your life, it's *then* that the power of words can be seen, and they undoubtedly have the power to make or break the relationship.

It's important to keep saying the nice things you like about your spouse. During the early stage you will have said those nice things over and over, but his/her own feeling of elation meant that you could have been reading out the phone book and it would have felt the same!

If you tell your spouse what you like best about him or her after the relationship has settled in, it's much more likely to sink in. Thinking that your spouse knows how you feel is a mistake. Although he/she probably *does* know, there is nothing like actually hearing it to boost someone's esteem. Positive re enforcement is a powerful mechanism! When you're in a relationship it's easy to stop noticing the good things and get overwhelmed by the negatives. Make a conscious effort to note the good things you like about your partner or things they do.

Eliminate The Myths And Create Wealth Through Cash Gifting

Have you ever thought to ask a renowned professor what he or she made in salary? Most are highly educated, but not all that wealthy. Formal education does not equate to wealth or performance in anything that you do. A strong vision and direction with a conversion of knowledge will lead to desired wealth.

Sounds a bit like an excuse, doesn't it? Business empires that are worth billions of dollars today have been started in a basement or the garage out back. Don't get me wrong… Some "seed money" can be helpful, but desire and effort will go a long way toward success.

There's an old saying; the more I learn, the more I see that I still need to learn more. Take action today… don't wait for tomorrow, it may never come. Opportunity passes us by every day. You need to first see the opportunity and then seize it and make it your captive.

Saving A Passionless Relationship

You’ve probably been in a passionless relationship before, and you might even be in one right now. A passionless relationship is obvious when you don’t feel the same “butterflies” when you first started going out with him. He seems to talk with you less openly, touch you less frequently, and initiate sex barely once in a blue moon. It’s almost as though he prefers to be on his own most of the time.

Naturally, you don’t want this to happen. You can save a passionless relationship by simply to stop doing what isn’t working. If nagging or arguing only makes things worse, then stop doing so and focus your efforts on doing things that do elicit genuine reactions from him.

Time To Start Your Engines

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!

The most important thing about staying in shape is to eat healthy. Even if you're not big on running, or lifting weights, bring your bike to a local park, or walk your dog. Just staying active will help your body to feel younger, and you'll be surprised how much stamina you have after a few weeks of the routine. Play volleyball, basketball, or any other recreational sport with friends, or even family. Working out doesn't need to be a chore, you can make it enjoyable.

Exercise! Splurging once in a while on a Big Mac is okay, but fast food isn't the direction you want to go. Eat your meals in regular proportions, not super sized, and eat things that are good for you. Not all health food is bland and tasteless- look around until you find what you like. Not only will you look better, but your body will also feel more energized.

Stress can cause major health issues such as cardiovascular disease, and depression. Keep your stress to a bare minimum. Managing stress may not seem very important, but it's a vital step to maintaining a healthy life-style. Try not to get too overwhelmed with work, money, or family situations. Take a day off, or do something to take your mind off of your personal problems. By living a stress-free life, you'll not only be healthier, but much happier and relaxed.

How to add enjoyable power to your workout

Agility is what lets my friend run rings around us, leaping from rock to rock along the Pedernales River in Texas. Agility is what you see in top athletes who make great skill look effortless. Agility is what helps a ballet dancer make it look effortless. Agility is how Jackie Chan can still do martial arts even while he is rolling over tables, bouncing off walls, leaping between the rungs of ladders.

Some sports and fitness activities promote agility more than others. For me, martial arts gave me agility. I've been doing Kung Fu for 25 years, and martial arts in general for almost 30. I have to be able to adapt to what an opponent is doing quickly and perfectly. I have to seize the advantage, gain and maintain dynamic control. I have to stay balanced and graceful even while moving rapidly and adjusting to the changing dynamics of sparring.

If you're not doing something to develop agility, today is a good day to start. You'll be amazed at the difference increased agility will make in feeling physically fit. Before long you'll move with the grace of a cat, you'll bound like a gazelle.

The Power of Fear in a Relationship

Why do we keep carrying around that fear? Very simple - many times we don’t know any better, and other times we are just afraid to be vulnerable, or to allow ourselves to open up. That fear can only bring unhappiness in the end.
Why have we allowed ourselves to be stuck in that relationship for so long? What is it that created this fear in us? Why have we allowed it to go that far in the first place? Asking that, and many other good questions that need to be addressed until we click in with the answer. Do not disqualify any answer because that is what most of us do in the first place. Our intuition seems to be the last thing we trust. Just learn to trust that inner voice of yours.

The Myths About Coffee

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It stands to reason that people need to take action to reduce their chances of it occurring. It is scary when you read that drinking coffee may be a factor in causing it then. Yet there are simply too many other factors that have to be considered as well. Drinking coffee can't alone be held accountable for it.

Some individuals have decided to drink decaffeinated coffee in order to reduce the caffeine intake the have each day. That was all good and well for them until reports came in that decaffeinated coffee was linked to high cholesterol. It seems that coffee drinkers out there just can win even when they are trying to make good choices.

The issue of obesity is definitely a concern in our society though. This is one area where coffee often does have a very bad reputation. The days of plain old coffee have gone out the window in many places. Coffee shops all over the place offer you a choice of many flavored drinks. Yet the calories you will get from the may astonish you. If you consume these types of drinks daily you may notice you are putting on a few pounds. You may be wondering why if you haven't changed your eating habits.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Coping With Carb Withdrawal

Golden Rules To Coping With Carb Withdrawal

During the first three to four days you'll go through strong carb withdrawal which consists of weariness, headaches, petulance, acute cravings for sugarinesses or starches, a few intestinal disruptions, mild sickness and a gain in overall hungriness. Sounds frightening doesn't it?

Well, let me assure you, these will pass. And before I explain the ways to cope with these very temporary side effects of car withdrawal, you should know that if you follow my advice, you will see amazing benefits over a short period of time. The reason I have stated these side effects is so that you know what to expect, at worst.

I think this is important for you to know and it helps you prepare using the following techniques. Ultimately, I didn't mention these things to scare you, but to make you realize the reality of what to expect temporarily. Of course, these side effects are not set in stone, and you may have a plain-sailing transition to your new low carb diet. Either way, it's important for you to know how to cope effectively.

Meditation Exercises – A Fulfilling And Efficient Way To Improve Your Health

Even though some might be inclined to doubt the efficiency of meditation exercises, the truth is that they are based on medical facts. For starters, meditation can not be done without a proper relaxation and proper breathing – and by proper, you should understand long and slow breaths that purify the body.

Breathing has numerous positive effects on your health, even if it sounds too simple to be true: what breathing does is that it basically slows down our heart rate and, at the same time, it normalizes your blood pressure. In addition, meditation exercises can actually strengthen your immune system and improve a wide range of functions, such as concentration, attention and memory.

To many people, being active is essential – if you are one of them, then the best type of meditation exercises for you is the one that can be done while walking. Basically, nature and a peaceful environment are excellent premises for a successful meditation session – in the case of these types of walking meditation exercises, breathing has a major role, since it allows the body to purify with the help of the fresh air and oxygen.

Putting A Dog On A Diet

On average, seven out of ten animals that are brought into a veterinary clinic each day are there because of a weight related issue. Torn ACL or knee ligaments, bad backs, aching joints, constipation, diabetes, respiratory issues, heart disease, skin conditions – get the picture? The same things that affect their overweight owners sideline the overweight dog.

Thankfully for our four-legged friends, they do not require willpower to lose weight – we supply it for them! No trying to decide what to salad to order at a restaurant when really what they want is a giant plate of Fettuccine Alfredo, no guilt over eating a sweet and hopefully no food addiction or compulsive eating issues (this can be a problem in a dog that at one point in their lives did not eat regularly).

But how to you put your dog on a diet? First thing is to have your veterinarian exam them from their nose to their tail. There may be an underlying condition such as a hypothyroid that is making them gain the unsightly pounds. You also need to know if your dog has any blood sugar problems before putting them on a calorie restricted diet or increasing their exercise level.

Effective Crate Training For Your Puppy Or Dog: Secrets From A Pet Expert

Many dog training experts have heard pet owners complain that it’s cruel to put a dog into a cage. This is the wrong way to look at crate training. Providing a crate for your dog may actually be doing him a favor. Dogs are den animals and actually prefer to have a secure place of their own to retreat to when they’re tired, stressed, or just want to be alone. If you crate train your dog properly, he’ll happily spend time inside this den-like environment.

Some dog owners are surprised how much their dogs really do like their crates. Many owners have told stories about how they would look all over for their dog and would eventually find him cuddled up with his favorite blanket and toys in his crate, sleeping soundly. Just like people prefer to have someplace that belongs just to them, dogs enjoy their own personal space too.

Crates are usually plastic or wire metal and are sometimes collapsible. In addition to providing you dog with a room of his own, the crate can be used to transport him and give him a suitable place to hang out when it may not be appropriate for him to be moving about the house (such as when you have company or are hosting a social event). It is also appropriate to take your dog’s crate on vacation with you so that he can continue to take advantage of his safe place especially during a sometimes stressful event such as traveling.