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#88
Apr 3, 2014
 
Can you really cut daily calories by eating your meals more slowly? Researchers from Texas Christian University tackled this question by recruiting 70 men and women - half of them were of normal weight, and half were overweight or obese. In a research kitchen, the study participants were asked to eat an unlimited lunch slowly, pausing to put down their spoons during the meal, taking small bites and chewing slowly. At the next session, the groups were instructed to consume the food as quickly as possible, not putting down their spoons, taking big bites and chewing quickly. The researchers reported that the normal weight participants consumed 88 fewer calories during the slow meal than they did during the fast one. However, the overweight and obese participants consumed only 58 calories less during the slow meal, although at both meals they consumed fewer calories overall than the normal weight subjects, the investigators reported. Whatís more, both the normal weight and the overweight/obese participants reported being less hungry an hour after the slow meal than after the fast one. The main message here is that making an effort to eat more slowly may cut calories, enhance your enjoyment of your meals and keep you feeling full longer.

My take? I have long promoted mindfulness as a central strategy in building a healthy lifestyle. You might be able to cut calories a bit simply by paying attention to eating slowly, as this study suggests. Leisurely meals, in good company, can be a welcome change from the fast pace of 21st century life. One of the goals of the slow food movement - viewed as an antidote to fast food culture, microwave cooking, and eat-on-the-run meals - is to encourage us to slow down and reflect on our meals so that we can truly enjoy our food and drink. Bear in mind, however, that if you want to lose weight, what works in the long run is putting fewer calories on your plate. To lose weight while maintaining or improving your health, I recommend my anti-inflammatory diet coupled with calorie-consciousness and daily physical activity.

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#89
Apr 4, 2014
 
One should take care of his diet if they want to improve his stamina level. Make a table for your eating of a whole week or month. Keep fruits and vegetables dominating your recipies because it will make your health better. Also use protein balance, protein is very important. It makes your muscles strong. Do not take heavy foods and try to keep fasting for 2 or 3 days in a month to keep your body healthy.

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#93
Apr 10, 2014
 
I say tomato. Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. Theyíre also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads. The British Thoracic Society says that tomatoes and apples can reduce your risk of asthma and chronic lung diseases. Both contain the antioxidant quercetin. To enjoy the benefits, eat five apples a week or a tomato every other day.

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#94
Apr 11, 2014
 
A morning workout triggers feel-good endorphins and lowers elevated stress hormones, effects that can last for up to eight hours. Morning exercisers tend not to have midmorning slumps and are sharper mentally, too, than if they hadnít exercised. To get the most bang for your energy buck, do a workout that includes both cardio and strength training.

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#95
Apr 14, 2014
 
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Remember the "Five Rule", i.e. consume at least five fruits and vegetables every day as part of a balanced diet. This helps manage blood pressure and decrease inflammation in the body, preventing risk of cardiovascular disease. Replace saturated fats with mono or polyunsaturated fats and reduce salt intake to ensure blood pressure and cholesterol levels remain in healthy ranges.

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#96
Apr 15, 2014
 
The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

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#97
Apr 16, 2014
 
Choose a meal you love and plan accordingly so you have three or four helpings leftover afterward. This will spare you time in the kitchen but leave you with plenty of healthy home-cooked meals in the days to come.

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#98
Apr 17, 2014
 
To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the vitamin aisle. Supplementing with "good" bacteria (for example, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria living in the female genital tract and inhibit the growth of yeast in women with recurrent infections. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as well as yogurt with active cultures, also contain these bacteria.

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#99
Apr 21, 2014
 
It is easy for most people to take a particular fruit because of its taste and its availability in the market at a particular time among other reasons. Such people tend to overlook the health benefits that are derived from taking an apple or any other fruit. Apples belong to the class of fruits that are known to have uncountable minerals and compounds that go a long way in the prevention of different diseases and medical conditions as well as improvement of already diagnosed medical conditions.

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#100
Apr 22, 2014
 
According to some research, catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may increase alertness and improve memory. To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.

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#102
Apr 23, 2014
 
Hugging reduce stress and lower blood pressure. This helps to protect us from heart disease

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#103
Apr 25, 2014
 
Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that youíre getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.

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#104
Apr 28, 2014
 
Lite Wings: Cut the saturated fat and sodium with these cornmeal-crusted boneless buffalo wings. Serve them with a light blue-cheese dip.
Pizza-to-go: For maximum calorie control, make it yourself. If convenience is a priority, order a thin-crust veggie pizza from Domino's, Pizza Hut, or Papa John's. All three can deliver a pizza that weighs in at less than 250 calories a slice.
Chips and dip: Serve baked chips with a Greek-yogurt-based fat-free dip. At about 15 calories a tablespoon, you can have more than a handful. Discover which ingredient in yogurt hinders the storage of body fat.
Chocolate fix: Make your own 100-calorie fudge brownies using applesauce instead of oil to keep them moist. Short on time? Splurge on a box of Erin Baker's Organic Brownie Bites. They're only 90 calories each. Dark chocolate can also lower high blood pressure. Here's why.
Brewski: Okay, so light beers don't have the alcohol (carbs, to you) of full-strength brew. But if you're counting calories, these four (at 70 calories or less) can't be beat: Budweiser Select 55, Miller Genuine Draft 64, Beck's Premier Light, and Pabst Pearl Light. Read about a mineral in beer that helps build your bones.

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#105
Apr 29, 2014
 
Turmeric has a phytonutrient called curcumin, which is a liver protectant compound that may help to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, making it useful for treating liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice. When liver is cleansed, it will also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne, for it is a potent detoxifier.

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#106
Apr 30, 2014
 
Got a late-night sugar craving that just won't quit? "To satisfy your sweet tooth without pushing yourself over the calorie edge, even in the late night hours, think 'fruit first,'" says Jackie Newgent, RD, author of The Big Green Cookbook. So resist that chocolate cake siren, and instead enjoy a sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter (like peanut or almond) or fresh fig halves spread with ricotta. Then sleep sweet, knowing you're still on the right, healthy track.

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#107
May 2, 2014
 
Find your inner artist. Haul out your water-color set, old sewing machine, or woodworking tools. Feeling musical? Dust off your old clarinet, take a guitar class, or join a band. As long as you're having a good time with no high-pressure expectations, it's play.(Find other ways to look young and stay sharp.)

Flex your green thumb. Gardening doesn't just produce beautiful flowers and produce, it can also be a relaxing way to get your daily dose of exercise in a stress-free way. Once the ground thaws, make a pact to plan and plant a plot this year. Learn other simple ways to be more active.

Turn your workout into play. Haven't found a physical activity that you dig? Don't give up. Be brave in your search. Consider outside-the box activities, such as roller skating, salsa, or hula hoop, or join a sports league at work or in your community. Kickball, anyone? Find out how a video game can help you get fit and have fun.

Learn a new language. The ability to chat in Thai, Greek, or Arabic is good for more than ordering coffee abroad. Learning a new language as an adult or picking up where 10th grade Spanish left off exercises your brain cells in ways that guard against memory loss and fuzzy thinking. Play one of these online games to boost your brainpower.

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#108
May 2, 2014
 
keep fruits safe

Rinse fruits before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits briskly to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. After rinsing, dry with a clean towel

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#109
May 5, 2014
 
Snack Smarter
Research suggests that eating about three meals a day with two or three snacks in between can make your metabolism more efficient. Choose snacks that have roughly 100 to 200 calories and contain a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

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#111
May 8, 2014
 
Coffee is a Performance Booster

If you use coffee regularly then after sometime you will notice increase in your working capacity. One of my cousins who is very fond of coffee told me that whenever I have exams it is my routine to take coffee several times a day because it will help me to study for several hours regularly without tiredness. It is reality that many athletes and sportsmen use coffee to increase their stamina and performance.

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#112
May 10, 2014
 
Brush up on hygiene. Many people don't know how to brush their teeth properly. Improper brushing can cause as much damage to the teeth and gums as not brushing at all. Lots of people donít brush for long enough, donít floss and donít see a dentist regularly. Hold your toothbrush in the same way that would hold a pencil, and brush for at least two minutes. This includes brushing the teeth, the junction of the teeth and gums, the tongue and the roof of the mouth. And you don't need a fancy, angled toothbrush Ė just a sturdy, soft-bristled one that you replace each month.

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