Friday, 25 May 2012

Fitness Expert-Larysa Didio-Psyched-Body

Your best body ever starts NOW! Sign up for our free HSN 60 Days to Healthier Wa...

Your best body ever starts NOW! Sign up for our free HSN 60 Days to Healthier Ways program and you'll be entered for chance to win a free T-shirt. PLUS join #60Days trainer Larysa Didio today at 1pm EST as she hosts our Facebook page and shares her secrets for a summer slim down. http://on.self.com/JV9hV4 read more..

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We're psyched to have Larysa Didio, our HSN 60 Days to Healthier Ways fitness ex...

We're psyched to have Larysa Didio, our HSN 60 Days to Healthier Ways fitness expert here to chat with us! Comment on the thread below as Larysa shares tips 'n tricks for getting healthy and SLIM in time for summer! Watch her video below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fOYkBQlPac read more..

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Monounsaturated Fats-Nutrients-Protein

A new study suggests that nighttime fasting may help you lose weight, even on a...

A new study suggests that nighttime fasting may help you lose weight, even on a high-calorie, high-fat diet. Surprised? We were too! So we went to the experts to get more information: http://bit.ly/JiTApD
Nighttime Fasting: A New Way to Lose Weight?
If you couldn’t let anything cross your lips from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., but you were allowed to eat anything you wanted for eight hours a day and still lose weight, would you try it? read more..


You already know that nutrients like fiber, protein, and monounsaturated fats ar...

You already know that Nutrients like fiber, Protein, and monounsaturated fats are necessary for long-term health. Now our Diet Doctor tells you where and how to get them to help you optimize your weight-loss progress: http://bit.ly/JlTnBT
8 Super Nutrients that Slim You Down
How to use food to fast track your weight-loss results. read more..

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Gluten

TELL US: Do you think it's healthy or all hype to go gluten-free?

TELL US: Do you think it's healthy or all hype to go gluten-free?
Should You Give Up Meat, Dairy, or Gluten? | Fitbie
It’s become fashionable to trim an entire category of food from your diet, but before you agree to a life without meat, cheese, or bread consider this expert advice read more..

Miranda Lambert-Blake Shelton-Alternatives-Wise Words-Body Image

"I could have kept it to myself, but I'm glad I didn't." Wise words from Mirand...

"I could have kept it to myself, but I'm glad I didn't." Wise words from Miranda Lambert!http://on.self.com/KpFNKK
Miranda Lambert on Body Image, Marriage to Blake Shelton and Hating...
The country superstar's got some bold opinions about the pressure to be slim, life with hot husband Blake Shelton and packing heat. You'll fall... read more..

source:self.com

If your body (and brain) is bored of the treadmill, it's time to take a new appr...

If your body (and Brain) is bored of the treadmill, it's time to take a new approach! Try staying fit with one of these high-intensity alternatives: http://bit.ly/JK1UOu
8 Gym Classes that Don't Feel like Exercise
Sick of the treadmill? Get fit with these high-intensity alternatives! read more..

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Mental Disorders

     In other news, I decided to go through some new followers’ blogs and then clicked one...

In other news, I decided to go through some new followers’ blogs and then clicked one blog link from one of those because of the scary url and… well, now I am sad because the urls are about starving themselves. I hope you all know that the abc diet, purging, starving… none of those things work. If you want real, lasting results, if you want to be happy with your body… a healthy lifestyle is 100% what you need. I mean, think about it. I know eating disorders are mental disorders and these things are tough, but plenty of people have beaten theirs and that doesn’t mean you (those of you with problems like this) can’t. What truly sounds more effective… not eating, throwing up the food, eating like a bird, and hurting your body… or eating healthy, whole foods that nourish your body and give it strength to be what it’s meant to be. Nature intended us to eat these foods. If you believe in any god(s), then you know he/she/them put these things here for a reason, and that reason is for us to eat them. Not that any of what I’m saying really matters. You may read it, you may not, but I hope you really read this and not just look at it and feel hopeless or in denial.     I know some of you who follow me are struggling with ed’s and ed behavior, and if you ever need someone to talk to, to rant to, to come to for advice… I am here. I don’t just say that to be nice and even if you wrote to me every day telling me what happened, what you might have accomplished with getting better, your entire ed story, anything. It won’t bother or annoy me. If you want to tell me about the other girl you saw with the perfect body and how fat you think you are, talk to me. I know I don’t have any experience dealing with ed’s, but I can still try to help and I can direct you to people who have struggled with and have overcome their ed’s. If you truly do need help losing weight or having a leaner/more tuned figure, message me! I can and will help you. This sort of turned into a rant, but I’m serious. Going on blogs and seeing these things seriously makes me sad. This is something that I want to help people with. I want you all to be happy, ed or not. I am here for all of you. read more..

Monday, 21 May 2012

Water Weight-Detox

Went a little overboard last night? It's okay. This 2-day non-crazy detox will g...

Went a little overboard last night? It's okay. This 2-day non-crazy detox will get you back on track: http://ow.ly/b0Ebp You'll feel healthy, drop some water weight, and we promise, you won't feel deprived or hungry!
Print It: The Look Better Naked 2-Day Cleanse
This short and sweet cleansing diet will help you get on the road to faster weight loss read more..

Women&Amp;#39;S Health-Favorite Foods-Size Portions-Inactivity-Diet Plan

Need a reason to sign up for the Drop 10 Diet? Every day, you get 200 calories o...

Need a reason to sign up for the Drop 10 Diet? Every day, you get 200 calories of your favorite foods to enjoy-today we're really in the mood for bacon! Try this BLT with avocado spread for lunch: http://on.self.com/IGUnyh
Sign up today! http://on.self.com/yocdCp read more..

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strengthforsuze:Can you limit your inactivity to just 23.5...

strengthforsuze:Can you limit your inactivity to just 23.5 hours a day? The importance of even light exercise in our daily routine.Take the 10 minutes to watch. read more..


"Elephant size portions of noodles aren’t in my diet plan right now." -WH's Fit...

"Elephant size portions of noodles aren’t in my Diet Plan right now." -Wh's Fit Bride. What to eat when you're craving pasta: http://ow.ly/aVODs
Faux-ghetti: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs | Women's Health Fit Wedding...
For a rainy Tuesday, this quick meal will hit the spot and leave you satisfied and, yep, comforted read more..

Skincare Products-Healthday News-Aaron Tabor-Junk Food-Research

Your skin reflects your overall health," Dr. Aaron Tabor, skincare and anti-agin...

Your skin reflects your overall Health," Dr. Aaron Tabor, skincare and anti-aging expert, says, "so the best thing to remember is to eat a healthy diet and avoid junk food, do not smoke, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water. It is also important to read the ingredients on all skincare products and avoid any that contain "Glycols" or "PEGS," as they contain harmful chemicals." For more good-skin tips, read on: http://bit.ly/J2iMgi
10 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About Your Skin
From the right way to wash your face to the important product you're not using. read more..


Research: It's not WHAT you eat, it's WHEN you eat when it comes to weight. For...

Research: It's not WHAT you eat, it's WHEN you eat when it comes to weight. For mice, at least... http://ow.ly/aZd7D
It’s Not Just What You Eat, It’s When You Eat, Mouse Study Finds -...
THURSDAY, May 17 (Healthday News) -- While most of the research on diet and obesity focuses on what people eat, a new study in mice suggests that... read more..

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Weight Resistance-Diabetes

I'd like to lose fat in my legs - how would I go about doing this?

You can not target fat loss in specific area’s by doing any specific thing. A clean, healthy diet and exercise (cardio and weight resistance) is what you need to follow to lose weight. If you would like that in more detail, let me know. read more..


High-intensity workout to diabetes-proof your body

To ward off diabetes, the solution is simple, according to a new study: Move more. The more you exercise, the better your body handles blood sugar and insulin, scientists found. read more..

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Memorial Day-Diet

Memorial Day is around the corner! Eeek! How are you progressing on your Drop 10...

Memorial Day is around the corner! Eeek! How are you progressing on your Drop 10 Diet http://on.self.com/yocdCp? We're so happy to have continued support and weekly check-in's with our official RD's Willow & Steph from C&J Nutrition. And we are LOVING their 50's inspired kitchen! What motivates you to cook healthy? Chat with them within the thread below! read more..

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Evolution Of Humans-Aerobic Exercise-Healthday News

Evolution May Explain 'Runner's High,' Study Says

WEDNESDAY, May 9 (Healthday News) -- The pleasurable feeling known as "runner's high" that's triggered by aerobic exercise may have played a role in the evolution of humans' ability to run long distances, a new study suggests. read more..


Slow down your workout and you just might speed up your results! http://bit.ly/I...

Slow down your workout and you just might speed up your results! http://bit.ly/IZZxlI
The Real Secret to Skinny
Will working out slower help you slim down faster? Find out now! read more..

Obesity

Everything's on table in fight against obesity
Health Problems-Junk Food-Obesity
Graphic shows the projected percentage of obese and very obese Americans

In the battle against obesity, just about everything is on the table, from creating healthier kids' meals to nagging people to exercise. read more..

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Healthy Eating-Temptations-Barrier-Dessert

According to a new poll, the No. 1 barrier that keeps women from eating healthy...

According to a new poll, the No. 1 barrier that keeps Women from eating healthy food is cost. While half of women feel good about themselves and their eating habits, almost 40 percent believe they could do better. If you're part of that 40 percent, but are worried about cost, follow these simple tips from our weight-loss coach on how to eat healthfully on a budget: http://bit.ly/JSx992
Your Biggest Healthy Eating Barriers Solved!
Why don’t you stick to your healthy diet? Is it because of cost, time, social pressure? Nutritionist Cynthia Sass busts your biggest barriers. read more..


Can’t say no to nachos? Always order dessert when you’re with the girls? Stay on...

Can’t say no to nachos? Always order dessert when you’re with the girls? Stay on the Healthy Eating track when social temptation hits with these expert-approved tips! http://bit.ly/KJWXoC
Overcome Social Eating Temptations
Don't let social temptations derail your diet! These expert-approved tips will help you stay on track. read more..

Obstetric Complications-Excessive Weight Gain-Healthy Dieting-Healthday News-Pregnancy

Healthy Dieting in Pregnancy May Be Helpful

FRIDAY, May 18 (Healthday News) -- Eating a healthy, calorie-controlled diet during Pregnancy can help prevent excessive weight gain and cut the risk of obstetric complications, researchers report. read more..

Friday, 18 May 2012

Diet And Obesity-Healthday News-Mouse Study-Gluten

It's Not Just What You Eat, It's When You Eat, Mouse Study Finds

THURSDAY, May 17 (Healthday News) -- While most of the research on diet and obesity focuses on what people eat, a new study in mice suggests that more attention should be given to when people eat. read more..


Just 10 years ago, barely anyone knew what the word gluten meant, let alone gave...

Just 10 years ago, barely anyone knew what the word gluten meant, let alone gave any thought to avoiding it. But now gluten-free diet menus are all the rage. What's the deal: Is Gluten Bad For You? http://ow.ly/aZ9Co
Is Gluten Bad for Your Body? | Women's Health Magazine
Before you hop on the bandwagon, read this read more..

Kimberly

Kimberly Linham, 36Glen Allen, VANow: 140 lbs., size 4Then: 235 lbs., size 2...

Kimberly Linham, 36
Now: 140 lbs., size 4
Then: 235 lbs., size 20
How she did it: Kim's "no excuses" attitude and a slow but steady diet and workout routine helped her eventually shed 95 pounds. read more..

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Women&Amp;#39;S Health Magazine-Public Health Issues-Allergy Medications-Allergy Season

Heart disease and cancer are huge public health issues and the span and scope of...

Heart disease and Cancer are huge public health issues and the span and scope of both diseases is rather broad, however there is one hormone that has been linked to both—and it can be controlled with your diet. What are we talking about? Insulin! read more..


Sugar can make you dumb, US scientists warn

Eating too much sugar can eat away at your brainpower, according to US scientists who published a study Tuesday showing how a steady diet of high-fructose corn syrup sapped lab rats' memories. read more..


Researchers have suggested that allergies and weight gain go hand in hand, and t...

Researchers have suggested that allergies and Weight Gain go hand in hand, and that could have to do with the drugs you take or more subtle underlying problems. More info: http://ow.ly/aXwux
Are Your Allergy Medications Making You Fat? | Women's Health Magazine
Allergy medications may interfere with your appetite and your energy levels. Here's how to keep allergy season from derailing your diet read more..

Swimsuit Season-Jenna Wolfe-Experts

Jenna Wolfe: What's on my workout playlist
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology-Health Experts-Smart Phones-Medical Care-Baby Boomers
Have your healthiest summer yet! Ease into the dreaded 'swimsuit season' with healthy tips from TODAY experts. All throughout May, we'll offer smart do-it-yourself ways to look, eat and feel better. So stop stressing about that swimsuit, and read on.

Have your healthiest summer yet! Ease into the dreaded "swimsuit season" with healthy tips from TODAY experts. All throughout May, we'll offer smart do-it-yourself ways to look, eat and feel better. So stop stressing about that swimsuit, and read on. read more..

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Happy Hour-Cocktails

Whip up one of these cocktails tonight and enjoy a healthy happy hour before you...

Whip up one of these cocktails tonight and enjoy a healthy happy hour before you hit the town for a night out!
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/11-new-healthy-cocktail-recipes
These diet-friendly cocktails don't skimp on flavor. read more..

Vegetarian Myths-Meatless Monday-Tabs Section-Protein-Fb

Happy Meatless Monday! Fact: The average woman needs 46 grams of protein a day,...

Happy Meatless Monday! Fact: The average woman needs 46 grams of Protein a day, and a one-cup serving of chickpeas gets you about a third of the way there. Veggie Facts: http://ow.ly/aCeVE
5 Vegetarian Myths | Women's Health Magazine
Fact: The average woman needs 46 grams of protein a day, and a one-cup serving of chickpeas gets you about a third of the way there. Problems creep... read more..


Check out our latest FB game: The CarbLovers Head-to-Head Challenge! http://on.f...

Check out our latest FB game: The CarbLovers Head-to-Head Challenge! http://on.fb.me/Kp1SqN (and above in our tabs section) Test your foodie knowledge while learning new ways to lose weight. You'll even snag a FREE bonus from the CarbLovers Diet Cookbook at the end! read more..

source:health.com

Symptoms Of Urinary Tract Infections-Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil-Irritable Bowel Syndrome

milfblr:Health benefits of coconut oil.I hadn’t heard much...

milfblr:Health benefits of coconut oil.
I hadn’t heard much about coconut oil until recently, and as it’s a part of my new diet I thought I’d do a bit of research to find out why.
•    Coconut Oil is a rich source of fibre, vitamins (particularly B and C) and minerals (including iron, potassium and phosphorous).•    An effective energy booster.•    Helps reduce inflammation.•    A powerful antioxidant, which helps to boost the immune system andprotect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.•    Has anti viral, anti bacterial, and anti fungal properties.•    Assists in the elimination of parasites.•    Aids digestion, and is beneficial for sufferers of Crohn’s and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.•    Helps to restore the electrolyte balance during gastric upsets.•    Can provide relief for constipation sufferers.•    Coconut oil can assist in providing relief from yeast infections.•    Can assist in treating ear infections.•    A great moisturizer.•    Helps alleviate the symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions.•    Beneficial for  sufferers of asthma, and other respiratory conditions.•    A lovely hair conditioner and can help to control dandruff.•    Supports and helps to regulate healthy thyroid functioning.•    Helps reduce the signs of fine lines and pre-mature aging.•    A wonderful healthy heart tonic.  Naturally helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.•    Assists in the regulation of blood sugars.•    Can put it on cuts and wounds to protect from infection.•    Assists in weight loss.  Contrary to popular belief, saturated fat is not allbad!  An important point to note though, is DO avoid hydrogenated coconut oil.  Coconut oil can in fact, help to speed up your metabolism.•    Can help to relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections.•    Helps to dissolve kidney stones.•    Assists in alleviating the symptoms of menopause and PMS.•    Assists in the absorption of calcium and magnesium, leading to stronger bones and teeth, and therefore reducing the risk of osteoporosis.•    Coconut oil contains around the same amount of lauric acid that is found in breast milk. This wonderful nutrient is what helps to strengthen the immune systems of new born babies.I bolded the last one because it really stuck out to me. It must be pretty powerful stuff!
Do you use coconut oil?
(taken from http://abundanceofwellness.com/blog/benefits-of-coconut-oil/) read more..

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Public Health Staff-Public Health Units-Physical Activity-Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health staff took part in the alPHa challenge...

Ottawa Public Health staff took part in the alPHa challenge yesterday!   Yesterday, Ottawa Public Health took part in the province-wide alPHa Challenge, where Public Health units across Ontario were competing to have the highest percentage of staff completing 30 minutes of physical activity on May 10th. Yesterday, 40 Ottawa Public Health staff took part in the urban pole walking clinics that were organized by the Healthy Living Team.Has your workplace organized a similar event? We want to hear about it @ottawahealthAdding 30 minutes of exercise into your day doesn’t have to be hard. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Become an “active tourist” by exploring the City of Ottawa by walking or biking along the many paths and trails or taking a heritage walk with your family.
  • While out on your walk stop by your local library and borrow a pedometer to make every step count!  Visit the library website for more information and helpful how-to’s on setting goals and tracking your progress.
  • Stairs are a quick way to increase stamina and boost muscle and are usually faster than waiting for the elevator.  Challenge yourself and some coworkers to join the ‘Stairway to Health’ this May!
read more..

source:ottawa.ca

Friday, 11 May 2012

Physical Activity-Ottawa Residents-Nutritious Food-Healthy Choices-Healthy Eating

Board of Health approves a new healthy eating and active living strategy

On May 7, 2012 the Ottawa Board of Health approved a three-year Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) strategy in order to help residents make healthier choices about food and physical activity. The strategy is supported by community and municipal partners, and focuses on three determinants of healthy weights: poor nutrition, inactivity and the societal pre-occupation with weight.“We are aware that our residents are not eating enough vegetables and fruit, that they are not getting enough exercise and that the settings Ottawa residents live, learn, work and play in do not consistently support Healthy Choices and behaviours,” said Councillor Diane Holmes, Chair of the Board of Health. “The implementation of the HEAL strategy will support residents to eat healthy, be active and maintain a healthy body image.”[[MORE]]Increasing access to nutritious food, nutrition skills, active transportation and physical activity will remain strategic priorities of Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Board of Health.In the short-term, OPH will focus on:

  • Reducing consumption of foods that lack nutritional value and are high in calories and sodium, and increasing access to healthier foods;
  • Increasing physical activity and active transportation; and
  • Dispelling myths and biases around obesity by changing social and physical environments.
OPH is working with a number of partners in order to achieve the changes outlined in the strategy. “In order to reduce the obesity trend, it is key that organizations and policy-makers work together to make changes so that people have greater access to healthy affordable foods and physical activity,” said Christina Marchant from Centretown Community Health Centre, host of the Ottawa Good Food Box program.“One key way to improve the food environment is for restaurants to disclose calorie and sodium information on menus,” said Bill Jeffery, LLB, from Centre for Science in the Public Interest. “This will help people make healthier choices and spur restaurants to make their food more nutritious. We look forward to working with OPH on this valuable initiative.”For more information on the HEAL strategy or the Healthy Eating, Active Living and Healthy Weights in Ottawa, 2012 report, visit ottawa.ca/health or call OPH Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth) for the latest public health information.Resources:
Ottawa Public Health 2011 Annual Report
Healthy Eating, Active Living and Healthy Weights, 2012 read more..

source:ottawa.ca

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora-Pink Carpet

It may be gloomy in NYC but it's nothing a PINK carpet can't cure! Bring your Ma...

It may be gloomy in NYC but it's nothing a PINK carpet can't cure! Bring your May issue of SELF and join our Drop 10 Diet trainers from Tone It Up TODAY 4 - 6pm for a meet-up! We'll be at the Oakley store in Times Square! Walk the pink carpet, snap pics with your fave Cali beach babes, and get goodies like their new DVD and tarte cosmetics! read more..

source:self.com

Who's going to tune in to Around the World in 80 Plates tonight? We caught up wi...

Who's going to tune in to Around the World in 80 Plates tonight? We caught up with celeb chef Cat Cora to see what's cookin' in her diet, workout, and more. We also managed to snag a recipe for tuna nicoise lettuce wraps that's divine! http://bit.ly/K2WVoU
What's Cookin' with Celebrity Chef Cat Cora
Catch the celeb chef’s new show, Around the World in 80 Plates, tonight! read more..

Lindsay Ellingson-Victoria's Secret-Diet Secrets-Marathon-Carb

You've heard that carb loading the week before a marathon can improve performanc...

You've heard that Carb loading the week before a Marathon can improve performance, but is that really true? Here's why it may not be the best option for women: http://bit.ly/JCO5kb
Ask the Diet Doctor: The Truth About Carb Loading
Training for a marathon? Read this before you reach for the pasta! read more..


We caught up with Lindsay Ellingson at the Victoria's Secret launch of the new f...

We caught up with Lindsay Ellingson at the Victoria's Secret launch of the new fragrance, Love is Heavenly and managed to get a sneak peek of her gym bag essentials, steal her diet secrets, and more!
Lindsay Ellingson's Runway-Ready Secrets
The VS bombshell on working out, healthy eating, and how to find that oh-so-sexy confidence. read more..

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Exercises

Got love handles? Do these exercises, and watch them disappear: http://ow.ly/aHCoo

Got love handles? Do these exercises, and watch them disappear: http://ow.ly/aHCoo
Goodbye Love Handles
Give his arms something sexy to wrap around! Work off those love handles read more..

Women's Health Magazine-Weight Loss-Chocolate

According to a recent study, by fueling your body with the D-rich nutrients it n...

According to a recent study, by fueling your body with the D-rich nutrients it needs to stay out of a fat-storage state and in a fat-burning state, you can speed Weight Loss by 70 percent! Here's how: http://ow.ly/aEV5x
Burn Fat Fast: Nutrients For Weight Loss | Women's Health Magazine
Want to lose more weight without eating less? Add these fat-burning nutrients to your diet and accelerate your weight loss by up to 70 percent read more..


Ever have one of those, "I need chocolate now!" kind of days? Thankfully you can...

Ever have one of those, "I need Chocolate now!" kind of days? Thankfully you can have some on the Drop 10 Diet! http://on.self.com/Im2Jby
10 Ways to Enjoy Your Drop 10 Happy Calories
SELF Magazine: fashion, beauty, health, sex advice, news read more..

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Monday, 7 May 2012

Nosh-Cals

Keep your cals in check as you nosh on chips & guac in celebration of Cinco de M...

Keep your cals in check as you nosh on chips & guac in celebration of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow. Our Drop 10 Diet RD's Willow & Steph from C&J Nutrition will tell you how. They're talking tips on TWITTER today! No FB chat this week. Tweet to @CJNutrition all day with #AskW&S. Happy Friday, we love this candid pic of them. read more..

source:self.com

Avoid over-eating at dinner! Eating this water-rich fruit before can help you fe...

Avoid over-eating at dinner! Eating this water-rich fruit before can help you fe...

Avoid over-eating at dinner! Eating this water-rich fruit before can help you feel fuller before you lift a fork http://on.self.com/IoDveY
Weird Diet Tricks That Really Work
Shed pounds without sacrifice. These who-knew strategies will make you a naturally healthy eater. read more..

source:self.com

Grapefruit-Nutrients-Breakfast

Give your breakfast a boost. Grapefruit contains two nutrients that help shrink...

Give your Breakfast a boost. Grapefruit contains two Nutrients that help shrink your stomach! What did you eat this morning?
10 Super-Nutrients for a Flat Belly | Fitbie
Lose weight faster—and see results where it matters most—by packing your diet with these nutrients and super foods read more..

Body Fat Percentage-Unhealthy Foods

   Excuse my ugly-ish self. This was me about 3 years ago (10th...

Excuse my ugly-ish self. This was me about 3 years ago (10th grade) when I ate heaps of unhealthy foods and weighed about 118 pounds. I now weight 10 lbs less than that, at about 108 lbs. I didn’t intentionally lose weight. It happened from eating less in general (but still more than enough and still plenty of junk), then from eating less unhealthy and fast food, then from accidentally not eating enough for a week or a few last year while trying to get my IBS under control (I didn’t notice it until being weighed at the docs), and I am now at a healthy weight for my body, eating a plentiful, healthy diet.   After seeing this, I realized why there seems to be more concern for my need to eat more cheeseburgers. I see why I get more comments about how thin I am now, as opposed to before I’d lost the weight and got healthy. I mean, I knew I slimmed down a bit. I lost a bit in my thighs and in my face, but that’s all I could really notice. I did wonder where all that weight went. 10 pounds might not be much for some of you but it’s different for my body. I’d be in the double digits if I lost another 10. Seeing this… I definitely see the change. I didn’t realize how much thinner my stomach had gotten. Yes, I am sitting slouched over in this photo so it makes my stomach look the way it does (I feel like someone would have something to say about that so I’m explaining before I hear about it). But sitting like that now, I have tiny “rolls” and a much smaller pooch, my stomach is thinner from the side now, in my arms a bit, and I can see the bits of fat even on my sides in this photo (like underneath the bikini strap).   It’s just a bit crazy to think that was my body. I can’t imagine myself looking that way now. All I see in that photo is how unhealthy I was. I am much healthier at this lower weight that I am at, even if some of my bones show more and I have a lower body fat percentage. All of the fat in the photo above came from nothing but junk food. So, I just thought I’d share with you all what I used to look like before I was healthy and at my highest weight, and talk about it a bit. read more..

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bicycle Crunches-Workout Routine

Workout Routine for Summer

1.To begin with just stand straight and jog on-the-spot for about 2 minutes just to warm up for the workout. Then stretch your arms and the entire body to the level of slight discomfort but not pain.
2. Next you have to do jumping jacks for 3 minutes. This will get your heart rate up and will prepare you for the harder workout ahead.
3. After jumping jacks do push-ups.10 push-ups will be enough.
4. Next you will do split jumping lunges for 30 seconds. Make sure that you knee does not go over your heel and you are pushing through your front heel.
5. Now grab your mat and get ready to work on your abs. Do bicycle crunches for 1 minute.
6. After bicycle crunches you will work on your abs and thighs together by doing mountain climbers. Work for another 1 minute.
Repeat the whole workout except for the warm up exercise and perform another set. Until now you have worked on your belly and thighs.
7. To work on your legs you will lay down on the mat with your one leg up and one leg down. Start moving the leg that is up making circle like movements.  It will be like drawing a big circle in the air with your let. Do this for a minute. Switch your leg and now do the same for the other leg. Repeat this one more time
8. The next move will work on your legs and waist together. You will start with your hands laced underneath you head and your legs will be straight up with you back on the floor. Bring your one leg down and bring your opposite elbow moving the shoulder towards to knee of the leg that is still up and try touching it. Now alternate and switch the movement and do it for both the legs and elbows. Do this for three minutes.
9. To work on your arms you can get a bottle full of water. Stand straight and hold the bottle your one hand and bring it up and down. Do the same for the other arms. Repeat this for two minutes. read more..

Friday, 4 May 2012

Transportation Committee Chair-Physical Activity-City Of Ottawa-Residents

The City of Ottawa has two campaigns this month that will...

The City of Ottawa has two campaigns this month that will encourage people to put their bodies to work, including cycling and walking to their workplace. The month of May is both Bike to Work and Physical Activity Month.“Walking and cycling are great ways to get around our city that also benefit your health and the environment at the same time,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Ottawa is committed to providing the pathways and cycling lanes needed to promote active transportation and with the price of gas, people can save money while getting more physically fit.”The City’s Planning and Infrastructure Department, Ottawa Public Health (OPH), and EnviroCentre are working together to get residents to cycle to work and take up other forms of exercise, like walking, to become physically active.“Bike to Work Month focuses on encouraging residents to try cycling as a clean and healthy choice to commute to work,” said Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Transportation Committee Chair. “We encourage workplaces across the city to sign up and get their colleagues to discover cycling. We are pleased so many businesses and organizations have supported and accommodated cyclists by providing such amenities as showers, change rooms and bike racks.”Bike to Work Month includes various activities throughout May, including an online pledge at biketoworkottawa.com where participants input their commuter cycling distances travelled to learn how much money they saved and how healthy activities contributed to cleaning the air. All registrants will be automatically eligible to win many prizes, including a new bike.“Cycling and walking are great forms of transportation and activities to ensure you are exercising every day,” said Councillor Diane Holmes, Chair of the Board of Health. “May is Physical Activity Month and we encourage residents to leave their cars at home and bike or walk to work – it’s a great way to integrate physical activity into your daily routine.”One of the key objectives in OPH’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy is to increase active transportation and walking. Research has shown that adults who get 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity per week reduce their risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancers, such as breast and colon cancer. Residents can find tips for getting active at ottawa.ca/health.For more information, call 3-1-1 or visit biketoworkottawa.com or ottawa.ca/health read more..

source:ottawa.ca

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Binge Eating Disorder-Mindful Eating-Gain Control-Binge Eater

Gain Control Over Binge Eating

Signs that you are a binge eater:
Feelings of being out of control
Frequently eat large portions of food
Hiding food and eating in private
Feeling guilty after overeating
Feeling depressed
Having metabolic syndrome
How to Gain Control Over Binge Eating
Recognize that you have a binge eating disorder
Realize that it is normal to have a relapse while overcoming your binge eating
Enlist support from family, friends and a self-help group
Learn to eat naturally by eating only when you are hungry and never eating until you are full.
Eat frequent small meals throughout the day so you don’t get overly hungry and eat absentmindedly.
Be conscious of the kinds of food you put in your body
Practice mindful eating
Eat for health and energy rather than cravings
Try cognitive-behavior therapy or psychotherapy
Try an antidepressant
Find the motivation to exercise daily
Look for the silver lining – adapt a positive attitude
Benefits of overcoming binge eating:
Regain control over food
Better manage stress
Stop feeling like you have to hide your eating habits
Feel better about your body
Improve you overall health
Reduce chances of getting a life-threatening disease
Have more energy
Increase self-esteem  
And what can you do to stop a binge before it starts?
1. Already bought your Halloween candy? There’s still time to stop yourself. Save a bite-sized piece, eat it, and enjoy it. Give the rest to a homeless shelter. Don’t take it to work. Put your imagination to work on alternative treats to hand out - like raisins, cereal, pencils, party favors, etc. - and don’t feel guilty. You can count on your neighbors to provide chocolate to the kids.
2. Have a plan. Eat a nutritious snack before going to a party. Tell yourself you’ll eat just half of what’s served, then stick to your vow.
3. Plan active days off and vacations. Don’t assume you have to gain weight if you’re indulging. Compensate with physical activity.
4. Identify your triggers. For example, if you’re going to a family gathering, are you likely to feel resentful or guilty about long-standing differences with certain family members? Deal with these issues. Food can mask them but won’t make them disappear.
5. Distinguish between indulging and bingeing. Occasionally allow yourself to indulge without eating out of control. The tendency to engage in black-and-white thinking is the hallmark of a problem with food. “If you think one Snickers makes a disaster, then you might think, ‘Why not go all the way and really binge?’”
6. Snack often on nutritious foods to keep from getting overly hungry. Carry an insulated snack pack everywhere. It’s filled with foods such as dried and fresh fruits, baby carrots, nonfat yogurt, trail mix, whole-grain cereal, nuts, and baked chips. You have to defend yourself, you can’t go out into the modern ‘obese-ogenic’ environment and hope not to get fat, just as you wouldn’t go out in the rain without an umbrella and expect to not get wet. read more..