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Why Everyone Should Consider Meal Prep

Have you ever considered meal prep and planning?

Don’t think it applies to you? Wondering why you should bother? What’s in it for you?

Meal prep is often considered something you do when you want to lose weight, or save time. But there are reasons why everyone should do this more often. Here are some extra tips on why everyone should consider doing it, at least some of the time:

You Save Money

One of the top reasons to start meal prepping is that you will save money. That’s because you’re able to buy more foods in bulk. Consider how much you would save by purchasing your meat and veggies in bulk, instead of just buying small portions that you need for one or two meals. You can then prep your meals, and gain all of the other benefits as well. Plus you save money by not making as many different meals, and by avoiding eating out.

It Allows You More Time During the Week

If you’re someone who often skips making home cooked meals during the week because you don’t have a lot of time due to work and other responsibilities, meal prepping will be perfect for you. Choose an evening or weekend day when you have some extra time, and prepare or cook most of the meals for the week. That way, all that needs to be done is to put your meals together and some minor heating up or cooking the rest of the days of the week.

You Can Eat Healthier

Meal prepping ensures that you will eat healthier meals since every single meal is very carefully planned out. You’ll be making multiple healthy meals at one time, often using fresh or frozen produce, lean protein, and other natural ingredients. It also helps you to learn portion control. Use meal prep containers that include compartments that separate different parts of the meals into proper portion sizes.

Preparing your meals ahead of time is not difficult to do. Start by accepting the fact that it will take a bit of time, especially the first time you do it, if you’ve never tried it before. There may be weeks when you want to include special meals. Maybe you’ll want to go through cookbooks and/or look for recipes online. That’s okay. You’ll become super organized. You’ll have your list of ingredients, so no more realizing as you’re cooking that you don’t have everything you need.

And, as you can see, you’ll benefit in many other ways.

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HypoManiacs Often Misunderstood

Are you a Hypomaniac? If you are you have some definite advantages over others. Hypomaniacs are often superstars in their fields, but they are often misunderstood by those who work so hard to profile personalities and put individuals into neat little boxes.

Regarding this article which seems to be the present day thought on the Hypomaniac Syndrome: ‘Hypomanic’ executives often most successful Associated Press 04/26/2002 Washington-

I too have been studying this group of people as I observe the superstars and read the biographies of the most driven individuals. Here are my thoughts on the subject. Perhaps you can assist and shed some light on this subject.

First off the Very good article. But how does an individual know if he has this “Hypomanic” Thing? I submit the hypomaniac person maybe much more complicated than was introduced in this article.

And having those traits myself (many times those who chose the subject of psychology actually have questions about themselves which causes them to go into such subject matter as a profession). I have read 100s of biographies of the greatest leaders, sports figures, inventors, entreprenuers, warriors, scientists, etc. Yet I have a hard time placing many of these people into those categories. So it seems hard to find a correlation to these comments in the article and also difficult to see the downside of such a person for society, it is a plus and allows many of us to live without worry because those hard chargers are protecting the heard so to speak.

Most hypomaniacs would not see the drawbacks. I too do not see them as negative; I do see them as an advantage. This is very interesting indeed. I first must question and wonder about the “risk taking” thing a little, in that I do not believe these people see it as a risk, I know I do not. Challenge yes, risk, not really. Innovation is a necessity of any of these people, and that maybe perceived as out on a limb or a risk. As far a the grandiosity issue I think that too maybe debatable, because nothing is impossible, anything can be achieved it is more a matter of mind and perseverance which I guess a PhD in the psychology field would not be able to readily recognize. Any person like this Hypomanic, constantly has others tell them they cannot do something, yet they do it for spite. Is it really grandiosity of the Hypomaniac or is it misjudgment of the observer? I think it maybe the psychologist are thinking they are so special that they cannot conceive of these people and their reach. For instance many Entrepreneurs and I use this context because the article does (I suppose scientists have other traits if they were hypomaniacs) do poorly after their first big win, in their next big thing or endeavor.

Entrepreneurs rarely have multiple wins in different industries, except people like Branson, Gates, Fred Smith (Fed EX), Wayne Hiezinga. The reason for these is they carried their same work ethic into the next battle, and they are not done yet, they want more. I see one of the traits at Harvard use to be hard work ethic, yet do not see it in these people anymore. Enron debacle was stupid, they had the world by the balls, but leadership slacked off, right when they should have been really turning on the juice. They needed a visionary, no prisoners leader, like the previously mentioned, too bad, because it hurt America. The reasoning being that commoditizing additional things that are omnipotent for our society is of value. I think also if the idea that Gates also has savant tendencies and you add Bi-Polar to it, then you have to go back to the drawing board and cannot relate his success or hard work ethic with that of the others.

Anyone out there is doing research on this Hypomanic personality trait should post their comments after this discussion. When studying great people such as, Gates “The Road Ahead” (And the Inner Circle Magazine), Turner “It Ain’t As Easy as It Looks”, Ellison “The Difference Between god and”, Richard Branson book “Virginity,” and Guzietta from Coke A Cola “I Want the World to Buy a Coke”. All seem to have many of these traits. I think the anger in stupidity, bureaucracy, and slow moving brain dead people, causes them to work harder, all seem to mention this in their autobiographical works. Perhaps they are trading the maniac mild depression into anger and steam and using it to heat up the soft tissue in the back of the head to drive their stick-to-it-ness back to the home front battle. I sometimes think that the anger of the brick walls in the way force these individuals to go crazy forcing them into their work. How can anyone be depressed if they are doing what they love to do? They love to win.

A hypomaniac which does not like what they are doing might be different. Tesla the famous AC inventor had many of these traits and yet loved his work. There maybe cases to prove this point wrong. Maybe these off the chart Hypomaniacs have other sides to them, but this mild maniac depression seems a little unlikely. If people have witnessed these traits in these people, I would say they mistook the depletion of vitamins due to the self inficted stress of the their own inner personal battle with the “human factor” resistance put in their way to get to where they are going to be. It is possible to go without eating and sleeping and then all of a sudden it hits you. Maybe these people if witneesed in a depression like state, just need some more Chormium Picolinate or protien for their brains. This particular article may have missed a couple other benefits, although obviously cannot be a whole book because it is just an article;

1. When people cannot put you in their frame of reference they mis judge your motivations and needs in negotiations and therefore give you the upper hand;

2. Also a person moving that fast cannot have too many friends due to time. Therefore does not get too caught up in “Familiarity Breeds Contempt” traps;

2.5 Competition cannot keep up, because if they copy them, they are already several more steps ahead and back around to flank them. They never know what hit them and then it is too late;

3. Misdirection and miss information techniques are easier to emloy because no body can figure out where you are going or coming from;

4. When they are moving that fast and have faith in future moves they do not need to worry, they will find a way. This looks dangerous to others, and it gives them an advantage because no one will dare follow;

5. A moving target is harder to hit and almost impossible to follow;

6. Their very existence intimidates people, which can also help you. People are afraid of you;

7. Their energy radiates out word and causes things to line up your way by your sheer will.

Now on the drawbacks side of things the articles fails to mention the following; Draw Backs:

1. They burn people out;

2. Others that emulate them often fail, it requires too much knowledge and skill to work at this level;

3. People question their judgment because they do not realize the multiple affect. ie… Ted Turner over paying in a merger so he had the movie classic content for his future project;

4. They have problems relating with people who cannot reason or do complex thoughts;

5. They do not do good at parties which are wasting your time. Although you can be the life of the party quite easily;

6. They are still stuck in linear time and therefore cannot do everything you want to;

7. They have to be careful not to run right over someone or through them, it is very easy to do;

8. They have no peers, this may actually be a benefit up for discussion.

Regarding the downer side of this hypomaniac title or labeling, I cannot see the mellow downer side of it. I do not see that maniac depression state? Perhaps that was put in there to capture the “Bi-Polar” thing to loop the story in a full circle, readers believe in all that Bi-Polar, lithium and Prozac ( a good book on this subject is “Living With Prozac” (scary book if you think of what this can do to our soicety) stuff. After all readers will not buy the superman idea without the kryptonite? Is the author sure that, that was not put in just to appease readers and make them not feel so little against these people?

There may be brief times where you have to think a lot, to get them out of a jam they got into by hitting the wrong turn in the maze or running through the wrong door of opportunity. But then again that is only a short time frame, then you usually just find a way to use all the mistakes as advantages. This article now makes me remember, of a guy who crashed into his new house in his new Beechcraft Baron? He may have had a moment such as this depression thing, but killing one’s self is giving up and a person with unlimited energy and a brain to match would never give up. Now if you need a down side maybe it would be the “burn out affect” or something else, although that does not seem to work either, judging by history and the referenced biographies above. Of course if one does not eat right or take care of themselves this type of person will write checks that it’s body cannot cash, causing health issues, I suppose.

In this article are the PhDs or author really specialists in Bi Polar disorders? I once had a gentleman who worked for me who was Bi-Polar, he had his life really screwed up, nice guy and needed help. I had to cut him lose due to performance issues, we needed more output. Some days he was terrific and other not at all. I was wondering what type of job a person like this might be best suited for. He was not good at a sales, although everyone seemed to like him. My theory was that his displacement caused feelings of superiority in others around him and make him appear to have Charisma and be approachable and non-intimidating. He was on Litium. What does lithium do to people, well it seems wrong to give to people, does it have after side affects?

After all Bi-polar is interesting since the Cerebellum if unfolded is 1128 cu centimeters the size of a record album cover which is bigger than either of the left or right side of the brain. Even together the cerebral cortex including both halves is 1900 cubic centimeters. So those who use it well are able to do more faster. We know from those who have brain injuries that their brain uses the cerebellum as RAM memory and lights up on the computer screens with activity when the damaged part of either the left or right side cannot be used. There are more cells and neurons in the cerebellum than the rest of the brain, much more capacity. So when some is using it they can do more faster and process more data and crutch more numbers so to speak. You may wish to check up on Nueroantomist Santiago Ramon y Cajal.

Sharks have also huge cerebellums and they have 400 million years of evolution on the modern man no matter what you believe as far as 160,000 years, 40,000 years since Neanderthal or 10,000 years of Chinese recorded written history. The problem I see with the article is that everyone is a Doctor of something and they are the same people giving kids under age 6 Prozac and screwing up their brains before full development. Perhaps the Hypomaniac is a positive label although to try to narrowly title a behavior is unhealthy and can cause risks of mislabeling. People who appear to be different for whatever reason all share another familiar advantage in sports, war, business, game or politics. Their opponents and followers, who do not understand them, once they realize that they do not understand, often fear them. From a Machiavellian standpoint one could say this is good if you are in a leadership capacity and especially good in the unforgiving battle in politics. It’s best if your opponents think you are crazy and unpredictable, because that incites fear and hesitation, the edge needed in surprise attack or reciprocal response. If your followers do not understand your methods but understand your strength in intelligence they will follow you and not try to topple you out of fear and admiration. This too would be considered a positive attribute if this article Bi-Polar theory holds true from the Hypomaniac executive model.

Remember Patton use to say that if stood on his jeep to make a speech he had everyone’s ear, his troops knew he knew how to win, the media made him sound crazy beating up on hospital wounded or panic attacked soldiers and no one could figure him out and therefore to his advantage, he was able to fly by the seat of his pants into victorious battle. Hitler talked in mesmerizing cadence and put people in a beta state of mind. While also having the ups and downs of Bi-Polar tendencies. Vince Lombardi said to be one of the greatest sports leaders in history also had mood swings to the low, they say. Steve Jobs is a good example of bi-polarality in this article context from what I have read. Perhaps a bi-polar type tendency and a trend towards hard charging never give up individuals and hypomaniac label may actually be a strength of character to be addressed and watched for positive advantages and to keep from turning evil?

The premise that there is only room for one visionary at a time is false. Visionaries always seek out like-minded visionaries to vision with. If one is the absolute boss, then there is a problem but it is not like household pets where the first pet is the boss. Visionaries often work well together and two minds are better than one providing the fundamental issues are equal (Belief System Theory-Equally yoked principle). Now then people like Mr. Lear, Edison, Tesla, Copernicus, Leonardo de Vinci, etc. may actually be loners and work better that way, although they all had companions and understood they needed help to get out their message and inventions and bring things to market.

There can be other experiments to determine if these hypomaniacs really exist to the degree mentioned in the article. By using naturalistic observations and a limited control group of other over achievers and we will have created a random assignment. I question the validity of subjects like Gates and Jobs as proof that the Bi-Polar theory holds true to the Hypomaniac hypothesis. The correlation in such limited data set along with the PR bull that their companies and books promote make it difficult to know the truth of any of this. I mean, the theory still may have some validity, and it cannot be proven either way unless we can have them at our disposal for a week or two which is impossible based on the justice departments needs of gate’s time when he should be working on R and D projects and Jobs incredible schedule and interview rounds with his latest new product rollout. And if these subjects were taken away from their artificial lives compared with that of normal folks we could lose the whole project. For instance if we took all these people and put them on a track with go carts and watched their behavior we might see some interesting things similar to all, but we may also find none to that of the HS Athlete, full of piss and vinegar wanting to conquer their world. Does this make sense? If the article and theories hold true and we cannot have off the chart in one direction without off the chart in another, which I believe too, then the Bi-Polarity between Major Depression and Mania maybe a good answer for things. And if this is so then we should not condemn those who are too far off the end on one side, because they have so much to offer the world on the other. Interesting.

This subject matter is fascinating as we try to understand the human spirit and will of top performing individuals, what on Earth makes them tick? The examples presented are interesting indeed and we need to take a real look into the theory, which seems to be too simply defined in the article and there has to be more to this. Although the article hits home for me, thus I find this subject matter of value, it appears we might all learn from such hard charging super stars like Gates and Jobs. I think I still have to question trying to pigeon hole any individual as people are complex and are an accumulation of all their observations, experiences, genetics and achievements are unique and therefore such simple classifications may be highly invalid, why don’t we simply ask them? If any one has any data on Hypomaniac Syndromes, please post them below so that other Think Tank members can review this as many over achiever tend to also join think tanks to make a difference.

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How to Choose Kannada Bridal Jewellery for the Most Special Day?

India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Weddings in particular, are celebrated with zeal and involve a lot of customs, celebrations, events and ceremonies. Each community celebrates wedding in a unique manner, incorporating rituals that have been passed on from previous generations. But there is one thing that’s common all Indian weddings and that is the bejeweled bride. The bride is adorned with exquisite jewellery from head to toe. When it comes to Kannada marriages, the bridal jewellery is chosen by the parents and relatives along with the bride.

Some tips to be followed by parents when purchasing jewellery

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting Kannada traditional jewellery as there are many varieties to choose from. Following these tips will help you choose the best designs of bridal jewellery.

  • Before buying jewellery, make sure that you choose a reliable shop as there are many jewellery stores that pose hidden charges.
  • Always go for light weight jewellery as they will not be too heavy and you can wear them at ease. Almost all the jewellery stores provide special lightweight jewellery specifically crafted for weddings.
  • Do not forget to compare the rates of the jewels as it will help you save money. Check out a few stores, compare the rates and then choose the best one that charges reasonably and suits your budget as well.
  • Surf the internet and get an idea about the different types of fashion jewellery in Kannada. There are both online and regular shops that sell various types of antique jewellery at pocket-friendly rates.
  • The best time to buy wedding jewels is during festive season as many shops announce discounts and special offers.
  • Most of the shops sell latest models with diamonds, rubies embedded in platinum. This is preferred by many as platinum jewels are stylish and attractive to look at.

The Kannada grooms also purchases beautiful and stylish jewelleries for the bride and it mostly comprises of chains, bangles and earrings. The parents of the groom purchase specific ornaments such as the Thali, wedding rings, etc.

Important Kannada wedding jewellery items

These jewellery designs are attractive, traditional but at the same time have a contemporary feel to them. Here are some of the commonly used wedding jewellery items.

  • Netri Chutti – Worn on the forehead, Netri Chutti is a beautiful piece of jewellery that adds style and beauty to the bride’s eyes and forehead. Traditional Netri Chutti comprises of white and red stones, but nowadays different colored stones are also used.
  • Necklace – Necklaces come in different sizes ranging from short chains to long chains. They come in attractive stone colors, styles and designs and add sophistication and style of the bride.
  • Bangles – Bangles give a stylish look to the bride’s hands and they come in different sizes and patterns. Some wear gold bangles whereas others love to wear fashionable ones with stone work.
  • Jimki Mattal -It is one type of earring and it comes in elegant styles. They enhance the look of the bride. One can choose from short, medium and large Jimki Mattals.
  • Haram – Better known as long mala, Haram enhances the look of the bride. These thick and long chains come in traditional designs and add extra beauty to the bride!

Kannada wedding jewels reflect the culture and ethos of the people of Karnataka.

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The Order of Things – What Happens in a Kundalini Yoga Class?

“Keep the teachings as given. Each kriya is whole unto itself, a perfect jewel that acts to create a flow. [Kriyas] are perfectly designed sets meant to produce predictable and subtle impacts on the total Self.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga is more than just exercise to stimulate the body. This yoga moves energy! KY is all about having an energetic experience. It is important to deliver the teachings correctly to produce expected results. How can we be pure vessels for the teachings if we mess around with the formula? It is specific and proven. It ain’t called a science for nothing!

To give you a bit of background, Kundalini Yoga classes have a specific 6-part teaching structure to follow, as outlined below.

  1. Tune in with the Adi Mantra
  2. Pranayam (breath work) and/or appropriate warm-up
  3. The Kriya (the exercise set)
  4. Relaxation
  5. Meditation
  6. Ending prayer and Long Sat Naams

Within this teaching structure is a critical piece involving the third point, the Kriya. The critical piece is not to omit or alter the Kriya in any way other than duration.

That means that we teach the exact sequence of exercises in each set. We do not change the order or add or subtract poses. Kundalini Yoga is a science to bring a specific outcome. Don’t mess with what works.

Another important point to acknowledge is that we really are honor-bound to maintain the integrity and sacredness of the Kundalini Yoga Teachings, especially now that Yogi Bhajan has passed on. It is the legacy of every teacher to preserve the purity of the teachings.

The system and techniques are proven to work. Period. Why be so arrogant as to think that you should change them? Can you do any better than perfection? Yogi Bhajan tells us, “It is a three-thousand-year-old proven path – it’s not going to stop.” So stick with the program…because it works. The only way you’ll reach Infinity is to give yourself the capacity to experience the teachings as they were meant to be taught.

┬ęCopyright 2010 Kundalini Yoga With Sharlene Starr. All Rights Reserved.

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The Connection Between Indigestion and Breathing Problems

When someone is diagnosed with GERD or acid reflux disease, they are already well aware of many of the symptoms. They probably experience upset stomach, acid pain in the esophagus and throat, and they may already know that they need to adjust their diet, eat smaller meals and take some form of medication. What might surprise them is that there are other impacts that GERD can have, and one of those factors is the lungs. There are many people that have indigestion and breathing has become a problem for them. When a person isn’t aware of the connection between GERD and breathing things can become very scary.

Most patients are aware that acid from the stomach can back up into the throat, mouth and even make it as far as the sinuses. What many don’t realize however, is that it can seep into the lungs as well (called aspiration), causing damage and bringing on a host of problems.

People suffering with uncontrolled reflux often experience wheezing and other breathing difficulties, and they may go through a myriad of tests that are inconclusive until the reflux and lung connection is found. Most people with GERD know they have it, but there is a small percentage that have no idea it is a problem for them, and that makes the connection harder to find.

The stomach is equipped to deal with its own acid, but the other parts of the body are not. Even so, there can be damage in the stomach from the acid. This usually is found in the form of an ulcer. Though acid causes damage to the esophagus it can handle it in small doses, with damage occurring only over time.

The lungs, however, are very vulnerable when acid reaches the tissues, and damage will follow quickly. The larynx (or voice box) will be the first place with noticeable damage. The larynx performs the role of opening and closing to allow air into the lungs.

People with acid moving through the voice box might experience coughing, a rough voice, and some pain in the area. When the acid leaks into the lungs (usually while lying down at night) the lungs react to protect themselves from the caustic substance.

Normally, in healthy lungs there are small hair-like cilia lining the lungs that helps move toxins and mucus out of the lungs keeping them clean. However, when acid is present the cilia will be replaced with a growth much like the lining of the esophagus to protect the lungs. When this happens, the lungs struggle to perform their self-cleaning role like they normally do, and breathing problems are a result.

Left untreated, lung problems can become very serious. Infections can develop and turn into pneumonia and it can also trigger asthma. If left untreated, this can lead to serious and permanent damage to the lungs.

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When it comes to indigestion and breathing problems, there should be immediate treatment to get the acid reflux under control. Though heartburn might seem like an inconvenience at first, it is best to get it treated as soon as possible before the acid causes irreversible damage to other systems and organs of the body. Medications can clear things up in early cases, but other intervention might be necessary for severe cases and to get to the root cause of why the reflux occurred in the first instance.

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Side Effects of the Ice Cube Diet

One of the most common side effects of the ice cube diet is extreme hunger. You’re definitely going to feel the hunger pangs, especially if you went into the diet right away. It’s very important that you should at least give your body some time to get used to eating less food. Perhaps a week before you start on your diet, you should already start to cut down on your caloric intake.

You may also experience a little dizziness and lack of energy as your body adjusts. You will soon get that energy back. There are also others who experience moodiness primarily due to the change in eating habits and decreased caloric intake.

Almost every dieter goes through this phase. However, the good thing about these fresh frozen hoodia cubes is that their primary function is hunger control. Over time, with help of the ice cube diet, your brain and body will be retrained on how to eat, when to eat, and when you’re full. It’s a very good way of kicking a bad dietary habit and saying goodbye to unhealthy dishes.

Does the Ice Cube Diet Work?

Around 111 women participated in an independent study conducted by Desert Labs. These women wanted to lose weight but had suffered through their share of dietary struggles. For 40 days they were given instructed to take one fresh frozen hoodia cube daily.

After the study’s conclusion, more than 80 percent lost a lot of weight from their body and over 50 percent loved the healthy effects of the ice cubes in their lives. Most of all, over 80 percent of them didn’t mention any harmful side effects they felt during the tests.

Simply put, the ice cube diet works. However, because every person has his or her own unique composition, results may vary. Some may lose weight faster than others. There are also a number who will not see any weight reduction, in which case further medical tests should be conducted. There’s a good chance that an underlying issue such as a thyroid problem may be causing the hindrance.

Surely, you will find some negative ice cube diet reviews on the Internet-there will always be haters-but one thing is for sure; it does its job superbly.

It’s time to stick on a diet that truly works. The ice cube diet is a revolutionary method of losing weight minus the discomforts, side effects, and cravings. It’s cheap, reliable, and potent.

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Air Up There And1 Or How To Increase Vertical Jump

Since the term “dunk” was born in 1936 millions of basketball players tried to add this “move” to their repertoire or at least to learn it. Back then the New York Times journalist Arthur Daley watched some basketball players of the McPherson Oilers bringing the ball above the basket and throwing it through the rim. He compared this motion with dunking a cookie in your coffee and the most popular move in basketball was born.

Since then there has been an incredible evolution of the “move” called dunk. Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Vince Carter – they all took the dunk to the next level. Last year TJ Fontenette, aka The Air Up There from the streetball crew called AND1

became the first man to complete a 720-degree dunk – that’s two complete rotations in the air!

So nowadays every kid wants to dunk long before he can even make a layup. But why is the dunk so popular? Let’s ask Vince Carter, arguably the best dunker in the world:

“Because most of the people who watch or play basketball in their spare time can’t do that stuff. But they want it. A lot of guys have a killer crossover, everyone can deliver a behind the back pass and hit from halfcourt. But how many people can throw down a 360?”

It is simple – once you can dunk you never want to loose the feeling you get rising up in the air, throwing the ball through the rim, the nylon or the chain net, hanging at the rim and looking down on your embarrassed opponent who seconds ago was trying to block you…

“Dunking the ball is better than sex!” – Shawn Kemp, one of the best dunkers in NBA history

This comparison gives you a roughly idea what kind of feeling it is to dunk. Ok, but now let’s have a look why the most people who play basketball and want to dunk actually don’t make it.

The most popular excuse goes like this: “I’m just too small!” And this one is definitely wrong. Why? Because if you’re over 5’7″ – that’s the height of the smallest NBA slam dunk champion Spud Webb – and have no chronic health problems (knees, ankles, back) you definitely can learn to dunk!

So, if it’s not the height, what’s the secret about dunking? Why do so many people, even guys who play basketball regular actually fail learning to dunk?

Because the only thing they think about is how to increase vertical jump. They simply disregard that there are some basic but decisive principles that determine your success and besides the concrete exercises you have to be aware of:

1. Discipline. You have to work constantly on your jumping ability. Without discipline you won’t reach your goals and will loose your motivation.

2. Motivation. Wanting to dunk is just not enough! Face it: Every basketball player wants to dunk. You gotta have the right motivation. Dunking the basketball has to be a real goal for you – and an important one.

3. Workout plan. Write down a concrete workout plan and stick to it. For example: week one: losing extra pounds, running, stretching; week two : Squats/Jumps, Calf Raises/Jumps, Jump Rope aso.

4. Concrete Goals. You must have some concrete goals. For example: Gaining some inches in your vertical every week. Just check and note your progress. You also can concentrate on touching the rim with one hand first, then with both hands.

5. Patience. A lot of people think that they can learn to dunk in two weeks or less. That’s rubbish! Just notice the progress you make every week, your highlights (maybe you already can dunk with a tennis ball?) and the motivation will last.

P.S. If you take the whole thing seriously you will have serious results!

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The Best Way to Lose Weight in 2017

Mary and her friend, Jane were taking a stroll in their neighborhood one evening when all of a sudden, their skills for a 100 m dash race was put to the test by a wild creature that had gone loose. The two ladies had to help themselves with their feet. Mary, known for her agility had raced faster ahead of her friend to take succor in a nearby safe corner. Jane on the other hand tried to follow in the footsteps of her friend only to see herself falling down like a log because of an entanglement that came between her legs. She tried to lift up herself again and continue in the race, but was finding it difficult as a result of fatigue due to her overweight body. She was lucky not to be bitten by the nasty looking dog when neighbors rushed to her rescue to stop the massive dog that accidentally came out its cage.

Jane cried bitterly like a little baby when the whole episode ended and Mary came out from her hiding place. She complained to her friend why she felt bad about the incident. She told her of all the efforts she had made to knock off the excess flesh without success.

You may happen to be in the shoes of Jane as you read through this piece. The important message to take home is that you should not give up in your effort to get your dream shape and body. Many have been through the same path and finally got success after a lot of persistence and hard work. After trying many things that did not work for you in the past, the best way to lose weight in the New Year will be to consider your diet closely.

A lot of persons get scared when the issue of diet is mentioned in their search to get that shape they so much cherish. The main reason they give for this fear is missing their favorite diets. That shouldn’t be so. The truth is that you could still eat what you want and still shed off some excess pounds of flesh. How is that possible you may ask? The answer is for you to know what you really want to achieve and go for it. It is possible for you to maintain your dieting program and still take bits of those favorable foods of yours once in a while. Just make sure you maintain discipline.

Having said all that, going green is the best way to lose weight in 2017. Make sure you learn to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits this New Year. Avoid foods that contain too much of sugar or salt. Beverages which contain alcohol or caffeine should be avoided. Observing these tips together with constant exercise will help you achieve your goal of having a perfect body.

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Healthy Diet for Men: Build Yourself in Your Early 20’s

The diet choices you make during the early days of your youth can seriously affect the rest of your life. Studies show that men who have had a healthy lifestyle in their 20’s which included a nutritious, balanced diet were less likely to develop heart diseases as they aged, in comparison to those who did not have a balanced diet. Getting the right amount of calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals during your younger years may help you in many ways, a few of which are lowering the risk of neurological disorders, cancer and more. Having a healthy diet for men isn’t difficult. The key here is to avoid the intake of high-sugar, high-fat, processed foods instead of fresh produce, lean protein whole grains and healthy fats.

Here below are two ways through which you can build and maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

Heap on Whole Grains: The United States of Agriculture says that moderately active men, especially those in their early 20’s must consume about eight 1-ounce servings of grains every day. An ounce of grains counts as 3 cups of air-popped popcorn, one slice of bread, 1 cup of ready to eat cereal, ┬Ż cup cooked rice, pasta or cereal grains or one corn or flour tortilla. However, keep in mind that at least half of these grains must be whole grains such as whole-wheat couscous, noodles or bread or brown rice. To have a healthy diet for men, it is also essential to avoid commercially baked goods such as cakes, pastries, cookies or crackers as they are made from refined flour which contains trans fats that have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Fruits and Veggies- Include them in your daily diet: It is said that men must eat about 2 cups of fruits daily, especially in their early 20’s. They must also consume plenty of vegetables, at least about 3 cups a day to have a healthy diet for men. To ensure that you’re getting enough, it is essential that you design each meal so that you ensure the consumption of fruits and vegetables. It is also advisable to choose fresh or frozen produce over canned fruits or vegetables whenever possible. In the case of using canned food, make sure to pick low or no sodium brands of vegetables and look for a fruit packed in 100% juice without any added sweetener.

Besides these, numerous other foods are essential for to have a healthy diet for men that help the various body functions and improve male health. However, this is just a few of the foods that are crucial to ensure a healthy living.

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Treating Phobias With Acupuncture – Is There Any Point?

Many people may find it very difficult to believe that acupuncture is considered by some to be able to help treat phobias. This article investigates if there is any point in using acupuncture for phobias. Firstly let’s compare the difference between a phobia and a fear.

Phobia Definition

Originating from the Greek word Phóbos, which means either a fear or a morbid fear, a phobia falls into the scope of anxiety disorders and is different to a fear. A phobia is an irrational fear and is defined as:

"the manifestation of intense fears towards specific situations and objects, which in reality, produces minimal to no threat."

Fear Definition

Fear on the other hand is built into our natural survival response and is linked to the fight-or-flight response. All human beings and animals possess this instinct and it is crucial when dealing with a potential danger. It can help us escape or fight the danger that does exist in our current reality.

The Brain Plays A Starring Role

So fear is based in reality whereas a phobia is based only in the person’s perception. There are plenty of phobias that are commonly held amongst numerous people and there are also many different genres of phobias. Phobias can be social or specific. Yet like other types of anxiety and fear we know that there are several parts of the person’s brain which play key roles in the production of phobias, anxieties and fears.

Scientists study this starring role in order to understand how phobias and anxieties are created by the brain, so that they can be treated, as well as learning about the generation of new cells during a human’s life. Then it could be possible to stimulate new neuron growth for people with certain conditions, such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

Amygdala And Phobias

Part of the limbic system, the amygdale is shaped like an almond and lies deep in the brain. It is thought to process and interpret incoming signals, trigger anxiety and fear responses to the rest of the brain and store emotional memories. Therefore it is currently believed that it plays a role in phobias such as spiders and flying.

Hippocampus And Phobias

It is the hippocampus that has the job of encoding threatening events into memories. Some studies have shown that the size of the hippocampus is smaller in those who served in violent combat, as well as child abuse victims.

Acupuncture And The Brain

As the brain plays a huge part in creating phobias and other types of anxiety disorders, if acupuncture can’t treat the brain then how could it have any real affect on a phobia?

Acupuncture can treat the brain as the acupuncture points relating to the brain can be found on the human body. So in other words without taking any drugs, acupuncture can stimulate a reaction in the relevant parts of the brain to start the healing process.

It is considered that acupuncture can have a positive effect on brain chemistry. At the beginning of a treatment the needles stimulate blood flow locally, which has the knock on effect of an increase in both nutrients and immune cells. During acupuncture endorphins are also released.

The treatment will generally strengthen the nervous system as well as the immune and hormonal system. It will bring the entire system back into a more balanced and healthier state of being.

Experienced qualified acupuncturists will take the time to diagnose their patients using a range of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) diagnostic tools and during this time will consider other relevant acupuncture points to needle. The root cause of the phobia plus any other knock on effects will be treated.

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