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Weight Gain

Facts About Constant Weight Gain

Do you sometimes feel like a yo-yo when trying to lose weight? The truth is, it is not an uncommon phenomenon. Losing weight . . . and keeping it off is one of the hardest things we have to do and face in our lives.

Weight Gain

Don’t you just envy those folks who can seem to eat anything and everything we are not allowed to eat, and they do not gain an ounce.

It has become quite popular with severely overweight people to opt for the gastric by-pass surgery to lose weight. This is not the safest of surgeries though people may feel it is a quick fix to lose weight quickly and permanently.

However, if you have gone through this risky surgery, it is extremely important to follow doctors’ orders because the weight can easily come back, even with this surgery, if you return to your old eating habits.

I have seen many successes with this surgery, but I have also witnessed several women who went through all this pain and suffering of this particular surgery only to gain all the weight back. This is a very unhealthy and serious move on your part.

Many of us have also have experienced the weight gain associated with the task to quit smoking. Of course, it may not be a big weight gain but something we sure do not want to do. It doesn’t have to happen.

You first have to realize that smoking is much worse for your health than a couple of extra pounds. You probably are not going to be able to lose weight at the same time as you are trying to quit smoking. Once step at a time.

Quit smoking

I have found, to quit smoking, turn to some non-caloric habits in order to get healthy while quitting. Whether you are quitting cold turkey, through help with your doctor, a patch or the um, plan ahead to keep any weight gain to a minimum.

Keep a lot of sugarless gum on hand at all times, keep a straw to chew on (out of habit), stock your fridge with a lot of healthy munchies, anything to keep your hands busy with healthy options other than that “smoke”. It may not happen overnight but it does work and you will be much healthier.

When it comes to the real issues with weight loss and gain, there always seems to be an underlying issue as to why we cannot be totally successful. Most of the issues have to do with stresses in our daily lives, lack of self worth, and trying to live up to the images put forth by the media.

If this is a constant issue for you, the suggestion would be to get some kind of support with any emotional issues either through professional therapy, Overeaters Anonymous, or at the very least start journaling and exploring your feelings and emotions. Emotional issues generally will not go away on their own.

In fact, they usually get worse as the weight keeps going up and the self-esteem goes down.

Maybe a nutritionist can get you on the right road to successful weight loss without the yo-yo effect but without digging into those underlying issues mentioned, you may be fighting a losing battle.

If you are always struggling on the weight loss ladder, you do need to have enough confidence in yourself to be a success.

Just come to the realization that it is not you but an underlying issue that can be resolved if you are willing to get the help and assistance you need to build your self esteem and make you realize, you do deserve to be the best that you

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Quick Iced Tea Made Frothy in the Blender

You can make strong, iced tea in quick time with your blender:

  1. Boil 1-1/2 to 2 cups of water.
  2. Add three black tea or favorite herbal tea bags.
  3. Let the tea steep for, at least, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Place 24 ice cubes in the blender.
  5. Pour the tea over the top (minus the tea bags, of course).
  6. Sweeten with raw sugar, honey or whatever you prefer.
  7. Hit the “frappe” switch on your blender.

The result will be a strong, invigourating, frothy iced tea you can serve immediately.

There’s no faster way to “get ‘er done.”

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Fresh Juices: A Remedy for Kidney and Bladder Infections

The following information has been gathered and compiled through personal experience while traveling, teaching T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, Chinese Herbal medicine, martial arts and other health related subjects. The article also contains feedback from students and anecdotal information from readers of my columns.

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The following are my opinions and deductions from those sources..

If you own a juicer you have the tool(s) necessary for ridding yourself of chronic bladder and kidney infections. Healthy kidneys are necessary for skin health and a clear complexion and if that’s your objective, a juicer may be your answer.

One of my alternative healer friends uses the following techniques to help her patients. Juice enough raw carrots to make one pint of juice and combine that with one pint of raw spinach juice. Each quart must be consumed that day. The juice has to be fresh daily.

  1. To juice spinach, roll a few leaves up like you would roll up pieces of paper.
  2. Then stick the leaves, stem and all and stem first, into the juicer.

The stems contain lots of vitamins, minerals and have a high water content.

We make our juices using blenders from Vitamix, it’s just more time consuming:

  1. First, cut the leaves into small pieces using a good pair of scissors and chop the carrots into small pieces also.
  2. Add a small amount to the blender along with just enough reverse osmosis or distilled water to blend.
  3. Add more spinach and carrots as the blender liquifies the ingredients.
  4. After blending, strain the liquid and drink immediately.

If you suffer from frequent night trips to the bathroom, you may be getting a message that you have a bladder infection or it may be that you aren’t drinking enough water. “Not enough!”, you say, “My problem is too much water. That’s why I end up spending so much time walking down the hall in the dark.” Let me explain.

If you drink less than eight glasses of water a day, you increase the acid pH factor in the urine. In children, it’s usually the opposite. Without enough water the waste products and urine from the kidneys becomes too concentrated and irritates the bladder.

When that happens you feel the urge to urinate. One sign of excessive acidity in the urine can be a burning sensation upon urination. Fried and starchy foods, white bread, sugars, carbonated beverages, fresh meat and especially processed meats, all raise the body’s acid levels.

Eating most fruits, melons, beans, potatoes and milk, many milk based processed foods raise acid levels, can help alkalinize the body. One of the latest fads for alkalinizing the body is to dissolve baking soda in a glass of water and drinking it once a day. If you have a problem digesting your food because of low hydrochloric acid, this process will really cause problems.

An overly alkaline pH can lead to bladder infections and creates a friendly environment for E coli bacteria. The majority of information I’ve found indicates the baking soda everyday fad can lead to a serious imbalance in the body’s pH. Either way, too acidic or too alkaline, an imbalance in pH isn’t beneficial for long-term health.

An exercise known as Kegels can help with bladder control:

  1. Tighten the muscle you use to control urination, the pubococcygeus, and hold it under tension for the count of five.
  2. Relax and repeat fifteen times, three times a day.
  3. Next, tighten, and release the same muscle as quickly as possible fifteen times, three times a day.
  4. Then, bear down on the muscle without using the stomach muscles, ten times, three times a day.
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Raw Food Diet for Yeast Infections

There are times in life when we will feel health problems that we have no idea how to properly treat them. For most of these minor occurrences we take a trip down to the local drug store and buy whatever cream or pill they have, being marketed to people with our problem. Sometimes you might feel some relief the next day and think that the product has worked.

Raw Food Diet

When in fact actually the pills and creams are not really solving anything. All that the medications do is kill the yeast cells, which provide momentary relief from the discomfort of a yeast infection. It helps first to understand the root of the problem. When your body is producing yeast it is safe to assume that you are out of natural balance.

What you have to do to make sure that your body never has to produce yeast again is to get back in that precious natural balance that will lead to greater health in all areas. Luckily there is a way of eating that will help restore you body’s natural balance after a few months. It will scrub your body clean and make you feel healthy.

Eating a raw food diet for a yeast infection can be quite the challenge for most people. It requires a total departure from there normal way of eating that can make it a difficult transition for some people to cross. However, if you stick with it you will start to see some results and these results will lead to greater health as time goes on.

This is the simplest diet on the planet. You eat raw vegan fruits, veggies, nuts, and anything else that can be eaten raw and does not involve an animal. You have to avoid meat , cheese, eggs, and any kind of processed food. These foods will only add more toxins to your body.

Raw food is packed with enzymes. Enzymes help the body with the many chemical reactions that need to take place in order to keep you alive. Cooking food kills these enzymes as well as many of the nutrients and vitamins.The easiest way to get started, so the diet is not overwhelming, is to add raw food to every one of your meals.

So a portion of every one of your meals will be devoted entirely to a raw entrГ©e. As time goes on your raw food will slowly take over your plate and you will feel more and more results from the switch. A raw food diet for a yeast infection is great because it restores your body’s natural balance.

Source: Changing Shape

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Raw Smoothie Delights

Directions for all of these raw food smoothies:

  1. bring all ingredients down to a reasonable size,
  2. remove all pits and inedible hulls,
  3. then toss them in the blender and take it for a spin!

Each recipe should serve one adjust proportions as necessary for more people, or hungrier people.

Raw juices may be acquired from your local natural foods store, but I prefer to make them at home in a juicer — there’s something very delectable about fresh juice.

The Pure Fruit Basics

  • Orange juice and banana1 cup raw orange juice,
  • one fresh banana,
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (or the berries of your choice) and half a peeled mango,
  • plus some crushed ice if you’re so inclined.

This one is simple, user-friendly, and loaded with fresh fruit carbohydrates for immediate energy. You can also substitute peach for mango.

The Immune Rocket

  • 1/2 cup raw carrot juice,
  • 1/2 cup raw apple juice,
  • one fresh banana,
  • 1 cup spinach,
  • kicker ingredients: garlic and ginger.

Now, there are two ways to get the garlic and ginger into your smoothie. The way I recommend, should you happen to have a juicer handy, is to push one clove of garlic and a segment of fresh ginger about the size of a marble into your juicer with the apple and carrots.

The other way is to simply blend them up with the rest. If blending, I recommend cutting the green shoot out of the center of the garlic clove first, and peeling the ginger.

Garlic offers immune protection and improves heart health, while ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and adds a delicious spice.

The Avo-Lution

  • 1/2 cup raw apple juice, one fresh banana,
  • one fresh small avocado,
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice,
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice.

The avocado smoothie may sound odd, but it’s a traditional treat in Southeast Asia, and your first exposure will win you over. It can be a delicious, creamy light meal in a glass. If you have access to raw coconut milk, or want to cheat, you can replace the apple juice with coconut milk.

The Almond Builder

  • 1 cup raw almond milk, or 1 cup raw apple juice if almond milk is unavailable.
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw almond butter,
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates,
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries.

Almond butter is very high protein for raw vegan food — this is a great smoothie for after the gym!

The Salad Days

  • 1/2 cup raw tomato juice,
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes,
  • 1 cup greens of your choice,
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber,
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice,
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice.

You can add garlic and ginger, as per the directions in the Immune Rocket, for a little extra kick! Chopped red pepper also makes a good alternate addition to this smoothie.

The Wicked Cool

  • 1 cup raw milk (vegans can replace this with nut milks),
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cashew butter,
  • one banana,
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey,
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice,
  • a pinch of grated vanilla bean.

The idea is to create a tasty treat much like ice cream!

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How to Make Fresh Summer Fruit Juice

Juice is a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day, but bottled juices are often full of corn syrup and preservatives. Plus, bottled juice tastes, well, bottled.

The only way to get that fresh juice taste is to make it yourself on the spot. You can make a wide variety of fresh juices, going beyond the standard bottled juices, orange and apple. All you need is a juicer or a blender.

Watermelon juice

Watermelon juiceWatermelon juice is a rarity in the U.S., but one of the most refreshing beverages on a hot summer day. Any watermelon fan who tries watermelon juice will be hooked at once. To make your own watermelon juice, get some fresh watermelon and remove the seeds.

Put chunks of the watermelon fruit in a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it! Pour into a chilled glass for a luscious summer drink.

You can also blend other fruits or mint into the watermelon juice to create different flavors of watermelon juice.

Cucumber juice

Another cool summer juice is cucumber juice, which might sound odd at first, but is actually delicious and refreshing. You can make cucumber juice with a juicer and fresh peeled cucumbers.

This juice is best served cold, because the chill will accent the natural coolness of the cucumber. A soothing, refreshing beverage that will definitely cool you down when you’re all sweaty from being out in the summer sun.

Grapefruit juice

Grapefruit juiceGrapefruit juice is another juice that is tastier when fresh squeezed. This fruit juice can be made with a simple hand juicer. Grapefruit is plentiful in the late summer, and this is a great time to capitalize on the health benefits of this fruit.

Many people might have heard of the grapefruit diet, in which eating some of this citrus every day is supposed to help you shed pounds. Whether grapefruit juice helps you lose weight or not, a tall glass at breakfast will at least guarantee you a big dose of vitamin C and nutrients first thing in the morning.

Those are a couple of my favorite summertime fruit juices that you can make fresh. As far as other fruit juices, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Also, don’t forget vegetable juices. Carrot juice and cucumber juice can be just as tasty and satisfying as fruit juices-and a lot easier on the stomach for anyone susceptible to heartburn.

Drinking juice doesn’t have to mean empty calories and preservatives. Drink up with your own freshly made fruit juice this summer.

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