Jun 9, 2017
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50 Stress Busters That Work!

We can’t avoid stress – unless we’re six feet under, pushing up daisies. But we work better, feel happier, and live longer when we control it.

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Jun 5, 2017
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Shape up in 30 days!

Are you fat, flabby, frustrated – and motivated enough to do something about it? And are you in a tearing hurry to see results without too many tears?

Yes, you can. You can have a better body in one short month.

If your image in the mirror makes you want to squirm, no need to despair. It is possible to get a better body – and fast!

You need to adopt just a two-point programme:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Tone up your body

Excess body fat is possibly the biggest impediment to looking and feeling in good shape. So, losing those bulges should be your first marching order. But, although you want to see results in a month, remember that, paradoxically, the fastest way to weight loss is to go slow and gradual. One or two pounds a week is reasonable and healthy, and over a month that’s no mean drop in body fat.

The best approach to losing weight is based on two activities: eating sensibly and exercising. Continue reading »

Jun 3, 2017
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Diet Denials

How often have you heard, “I ‘m not on a diet, I’m just not eating wheat at the moment?” This is one excuse used by otherwise smart women in a bid to stay slim. Of course I don’t diet. I have a much healthier attitude to food. I’ve done the occasional detox – no wheat, no dairy, no booze, and no meat. I’ve dabbled with food combining, never mixing those evil opposites of fish and chips.

I’m not alone. Dieting or old-fashioned calorie-counting is difficult, boring, and out-of-date. So instead, many women are now imposing bizarre rules on what they can and can’t eat. Models often attribute their looks to drinking lots of water. What they don’t admit is that they drink water instead of eating food, not in addition to it. They chew gum constantly, because mouths full of gum can’t be full of food. Hands-busy technique: when not chain-smoking, models can often be spotted knitting or playing video games backstage, because busy hands can’t be full of chips.

And they pretend that they’re naturally, effortlessly slim. This ‘my metabolism’s faster than your metabolism’ one-upmanship sees famously skinny celebs pretending to be big eaters – such as Victoria Beckham claiming to at bags of crisps a day. And it leads us into cutting out wheat or dairy or food-combining – only eating foo that’s green, or never eating after 4 p.m., all in the name of health of course. Continue reading »

Jun 1, 2017
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Ready, Set, Go!

READY, SET, GO!

IF YOU CANNOT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU FELT HEALTHY, REJUVENATED AND TOTALLY ALIVE – THEN GET UP AND GET GOING. RUN. RUN. RUN.

Running is an excellent way to feel energized, both physically and mentally. It has a direct effect on the quality of life – it de-stresses the mind, jump starts the heart and knocks off kilos. How’s that for an exhilarating experience!

WHY RUN?

RUNNER’S WORLD MAGAZINE LISTS FIVE PRIMARY BENEFITS OF RUNNING

  1. It is the most efficient path to cardiovascular fitness.
  2. Running for 30 minutes a day, four days a week, greatly increases the body’s stamina and level of fitness.
  3. It is excellent for the heart. After a few months of running, the walls of the heart thicken and the ventricles increase in size. This leads to greater cardiovascular efficiency and decreases the risk of heart attack by 40 per cent.
  4. It makes you feel alive and invigorates your being. It improves self-esteem and confidence.
  5. It encourages weight loss, shapes and tones the legs and butt.

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May 29, 2017
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How Adequate Is Our Diet?

We may be very careful and try to eat a diet which may seem quite adequate, yet we may not be aware of many pitfalls in our selection process. What seems to be a good and nourishing diet may actually lack quite a few essential health promoting items.

A diet is a “good” diet when it provides all the nutrients that a particular individual requires after working out his health status, biochemical individuality and stress levels.

We hear it talked about everywhere doctors, dieticians, nutritionists are never consistent about what they hold as the right diet – today it is high protein, tomorrow it may be high fibre, yesterday it was high carbohydrates; no sugar; no fats, fruits eaten whole with skins, not as juices; raw, steamed, not fried; grilled, no red meats, butter, eggs, full milk – the “Notes” are endless “the musts” and “shoulds” increasingly forbidding and unpalatable! But all are agreed that a good diet should provide all the nutrients required but in the lifestyles and stresses of today’s modern living, this may not be possible.

Our comparatively healthy long-lived forefathers were predominantly vegetarian. With fruits and vegetables in bulk and later meat, dairy products and grains… their meats were from wild herbivores containing only 4% fat, while today’s meat from domesticated animals contains more saturated fatty acids (25 – 35 % fats): Plants foods too differed in composition. The diet would have included different plant species suited to the particular soil type of the area and a greater range, trace nutrients. The fibre content was greater than as in present diets, intake of grains and dairy products was less, less salt was consumed and refined sugar was unheard of. Continue reading »

May 21, 2017
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Be An Optimist In Two Weeks!

Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative!

Wishing won’t make it so, but hoping just might – even in the situations that seem hopeless.

If you’re a pessimist, you conduct a bleak monologue with yourself.

Your boss doesn’t say “Good morning,” so you think, I messed up that presentation; I’m going to get fired. Or you watch a debate and think, Politicians are hypocrites.

The pessimist believes that bad things are permanent, pervasive and unchangeable. The optimist, by contrast, believes that bad things are temporary, specific and changeable.

If you scored more than eight points on the quiz on the last page, you are indeed a pessimist. You suffer in three ways: On average, you are more vulnerable to depression, you achieve less than your talents augur, and your health is worse than an optimist’s.

Can you change your way of thinking? Can you create the stuff of hope within yourself?

The answer is yes, but you will not be able to do so overnight. It takes about two weeks of optimism. I can’t convey all the skills of learned optimism in a few paragraphs, but I can tell you the essence of the change: Use a skill that you already have but that you don’t deploy in the right place. Continue reading »

May 14, 2017
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The Optimist Test – Is Your Glass Half Empty Or Half Full?

The following questions, developed by psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., can give you an insight into how you see the world – in a reasonably positive light, or otherwise.

This quiz and commentary are adapted from the Attributional Style questionnaire in his book Learned Optimism.

Read the description of each situation and vividly imagine it happening to you. Perhaps neither response will seem to fit; go ahead anyway and circle one, choosing the cause that is likelier to apply to you. Don’t choose what you think you should say, or what you think would sound good to other people. Be yourself. Continue reading »

May 8, 2017
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What Hope Can Do For You?

Science says you can hope for the best – and get it!

Pandora, Greek myth’s Eve, was given a mysterious box by the Gods, who told her never to open it. One day, tempted, she lifted the lid – and loosed into the world all the evils now known. But she closed the box just in time to save an antidote: HOPE. The ancient myth of Pandora heralds today’s scientific fact.

Some Of The Most Provocative Research Shows That The Hopeful Life Is Demonstrably A Healthier One, Too!

Rigorous new studies identify hope as a powerful positive force in human endeavor – a secret ingredient that can help nurture your health, well-being and success.

The findings are especially significant for women, who on average are twice as likely as men to become severely depressed during their lifetime.

Hope, then, is something more than a poetic abstraction, an ephemeral feeling or an article of faith. Indeed, an area in psychology is developing around hope and its astonishing impact. Continue reading »

May 1, 2017
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Is Your Job Giving You A Pain In The Neck?

…And in the shoulder… and the jaw… and the arms… and the back?

Muscle in with some help!

Griping about inhuman bosses, unforgiving project deadlines, or promotions deserved but denied, may help you get through a high-stress job. But it does nothing for the aches you get all over – in your jaw, neck and shoulders (which often lead to headaches) and in your lower back and legs.

Physicians today are seeing the same gallery of minor aches and pains all the time among their white-collar clientele. Often the underlying problem is a lack of exercise or bottled-up aggression. Executives who don’t get enough physical activity can’t diffuse the energy that builds up from day-to-day frustrations. The repressed urge to punch or kick somebody results directly in muscular stresses, particularly among lower-level executives who have a lot of responsibility but no control over their jobs. They become walking – rather, sitting – textbooks on what doctors in America (where else but America) are today calling execu-pains.

To get an idea of where neck pain actually comes from, clench your fist and visualize what’s going on inside. Muscles are hard, contracted, pressing against the skin. These muscles also push against nerves, and over time those nerves can become irritated. Different people express their tension in different parts of the body. Some get ulcers, some develop high blood pressure, some will get a heart attack in 20 years – and some get neck pains and tension headaches. In certain people there seems to be a kind of constitutional pre-disposition – a weakness – to muscular pain. Continue reading »

Apr 23, 2017
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What Do You Know? – Unravelling The Mysteries Of The Human Body!

Do you know… Why heartbeats make a noise… Which is the most difficult food to digest… Why pinpricks on the fingertips are more painful than on the buttocks… The secrets and mysteries of the human body never cease to fascinate. Here below, we unravel a few…

Can a small child recognize its mother by smell?

Since human babies are born in hospitals and clinics, it has been possible to make some very interesting observations on their reactions. For many years it was thought that these crying, wriggling, red-faced parcels needed only milk, warmth and cleanliness and, as a very minor consideration, an infrequent tickle under the chin from the mother. This was measured by the strict discipline of these institutions. Now, experiments based on commonsense are under way, in order to overturn the rigidity of the established rules.

It is now known that a new-born child recognizes his mother’s milk. If he is offered several teats impregnated with milk from various mothers, he will grope with his little mouth towards the one which has his mother’s smell and taste.

A baby also reacts to his mother’s voice. Whilst he is growing inside the womb, he hears her voice. But it sounds deeper in his warm, cosy world. After birth, he recognizes these sounds among all the others which now reach his tiny ear. For him they represent well-known, friendly signals in a strange world. Continue reading »

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