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EFT and the Amazing Disappearing Hives

As an EFT practitioner, I have many examples of how our mind can cause actual physical changes in our body. I have never seen a case more compelling, however, then an experience that I had myself.

I was scheduled to do a session with someone that I was a bit intimidated by. By the day before the session, I was full of anxiety about the session, although I really wasn’t at all sure what the reason was for all that anxiety.

I woke on the morning of the scheduled session and noticed some itching in the palms of my hands. The itching was only mildly annoying at first, and I didn’t pay much attention to it. As time went by, the itching became more annoying and more severe, until I finally turned up the lights to take a good look at my hands. I was horrified to see that both my hands were covered with big, red, incredibly itchy hives. There were so many hives that you could barely see any normal skin.

My first thought was that I had inadvertently touched something to which I was allergic. I started tapping immediately.

“Even though I have these red, itchy hives all over my hands and it looks like an allergic reaction, but I don’t know what the reaction is to”

“Even though these itchy hives are driving me crazy, and I must be allergic to something, I’m ready for the reaction to reverse itself”

“Even though I must have touched something that I’m badly allergic to, and whatever it was made me break out in hives”

What I found as I tapped was that the hives would start to clear a little, the itching would become a bit less intense, and I would get a small amount of relief, but as soon as I stopped tapping, the hives would return, just as severe as they had been prior to the tapping.

After tapping on an off for a couple of hours, with no sustained relief, I contacted a friend and fellow practitioner. I explained what was going on, and we started discussing what might be behind those awful hives. With a little push in the right direction from my friend, I realized that the hives were a manifestation of my anxiety over the upoming session.

For an EFT practitioner, it made a weird kind of sense. The tool that a practitioner uses in sessions is their hands. If my hands were so badly broken out that I couldn’t use them to tap with, how could I possibly conduct the session that I was so anxious about?

Now tapping with my practitioner friend, the focus of the tapping changed.

“Even though I’m so anxious about the session I’m supposed to do with ________ that the anxiety is showing up in my hands”

“Even though I have _________ in my hands, and I’m having an allergic reaction to that”

“Even though I’m so nervous about the session that my nerves are causing red, itchy hives all over my hands”

Tapping with this focus started to finally bring me some relief. Gradually the red bumps grew smaller and smaller, and the itching became less and less intense. My hands started to look more normal, and we continued tapping.

“Even though I can’t do this session if I have ____________ in my hands, I’m ready for the hives to disappear”

“Even though I’m still a little nervous, I really want to do the session, and I’m ready for my hands to return to normal”

At the end of 45 minutes, the hives were completely gone, there was no more itching, and my hands appeared to be totally normal again.

I still marvel, though, over the power that my head had over my body, and how strongly my fears manifested in a physical way. Since then I have thought many times of how many other ways we all must be manifesting feelings and emotions physically, without ever having a clue as to what is behind those physical manifestations.

Mind over matter? Absolutely!

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Quiz – What’s the Best Makeup Look For Your Quince?

Nothing’s worse than planning every single detail for the perfect Quinceañera, only to find that the look your makeup artist gave you isn’t exactly what you had in mind. A makeup job you don’t like can not only make you look weird, but it can make you feel totally uncomfortable for the rest of the day and potentially ruin your quince celebration. In order to avoid that, it is important to know exactly what look you want (preferably one you are comfortable with), and to communicate that to your makeup artist. Not sure what look is best for you? Take our quiz below to help you figure it out!

1. Your Quince dress most closely matches the following:

  • a. A simple, white gown… nothing too fancy.
  • b. A kitschy quince dress that is just as cute and unique as you are.
  • c. An elegant pink gown that accentuates your regal neck.

2. You personalize your style by:

  • a. Always looking put together.
  • b. Being daring and different with your look
  • c. Adding dazzling accessories.

3. Your favorite ice cream flavor is:

  • a. Vanilla
  • b. Wild & Reckless Sorbet
  • c. Strawberry swirl

4. When you have a crush on a guy, you usually:

  • a. Pray to God that he bumps into you in the hall.
  • b. Approach him directly and ask him out as soon as you notice him.
  • c. Send ‘hints’ that you are interested such as smiling at him shyly… and you wait for him to approach.

5. When hanging out with your girlfriends, your favorite clothing style is:

  • a. Your favorite comfy jeans, sneakers and t-shirt … whatever you feel most comfortable in.
  • b. The latest designer jeans, a fashionable halter or tank top, and a killer pair of heels.
  • c. Skinny jeans and a cute blouse paired with ballet flats.

6. When someone asks you to sing karaoke you:

  • a. Turn beet-red and shake your head “no” emphatically.
  • b. What do you mean asks?! I’m the first one at the mic showing off my nearly-perfected renditions of Amy Winehouse tunes.
  • c. Agree to sing only if your best friend does it before you.

7. Which of the following celebrities do you most identify with:

  • a. America Ferrera
  • b. Pink
  • c. Scarlett Johansson

What your answers mean:

If you chose mostly a’s: You are the girl-next-door type. You prefer to stay away from the spotlight, and stick with things you feel most comfortable with. Your Quinceañera makeup look should be on the natural side. Ask your makeup artist and/or stylist to stick with neutral, earthy tones that enhance your naturally beautiful features and won’t erase them, and with clear or light colored lip glosses.  

If you chose mostly b’s: You are a daring diva. You are usually the life of the party and you like to make sure you always look the part as well. Your Quinceañera makeup look should be on the dramatic side to match your dress and personality. Ask your makeup artist to feel free and experiment with the latest trends in makeup, such as shimmery eye shadow and bold lipstick colors.  

If you chose mostly c’s: You are a classic beauty. Although you prefer things on the simple/natural side, you don’t mind experimenting with current trends once in a while. Your makeup look should be classic. Ask your makeup artist/stylist to stick with neutral tones that enhance your features, but to pair that look with a “bold but classic” lipstick color such as deep reds, browns, and earthy pinks.

Whatever your style, the basic rules with makeup applications for your quince are:

  • A great makeup job begins with a great canvas. To ensure that your face and skin are in their best shape for a makeup application, be sure to eat well, wash your face daily, get plenty of rest and exercise, and follow the beauty tips found in other articles on www.quinceanera.com.
  • Don’t wear too much or too heavy makeup. Remember that the trick is for your best features to be enhanced, not reshaped or contoured.
  • Always have the makeup person perform a test application before your Quinceañera to make sure that you like his/her work.

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Why The Schwinn 213 Recumbent Exercise Bike Is The Best Buy

Recumbent exercise bikes are become increasingly popular due in no small part to their comfort. Schwinn makes various models to try and cater for a broad client base, however if you’re thinking of buying a Schwinn recumbent bike then I’d recommend the 213 model and here’s why.

Schwinn currently make 5 different models of recumbent bikes; the 203, 212, 213, 230 and 231. Each differs in price and features but each falls in to the mid-price category, so they appeal to both entry-level and serious cyclists. But, without doubt, the 213 (at around $450) is the best of what’s on offer. Let’s take a closer look and compare it to the other models.

The 213 has been on the market a while and it shows. The overall look of the machine is a little boxy with hard edges and a chunky frame. But appearances can be deceiving. This bike comes with magnetic resistance of 16 levels that can be easily changed while still cycling by simply pressing a button on the console. The console isn’t at all bad – it comes with a built-in fan – and is easy to read and use. You get lots of feedback such as Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance and Alpha-numeric prompts. There’s a Bio-Fit Comfort Wide Seat with dual position lumbar support seat back and side bolsters, which is one of the most comfortable seats I’ve seen on a bike at this price.

However, it’s the workout programs that really impress. There are 23 in all, including 1 Manual, 2 Custom, 3 Heart rate, 10 Profile, Calorie Goal, BMI Measurement, Time trial w/ pacer, Recovery Test, Results Mode, Fitness Test, Quick Start. Unless you’re going and look at very expensive models, you aren’t going to find a machine with such a comprehensive set of workouts.

So, why is the 213 the best of the Schwinn recumbent bikes?

Well, you could go cheaper. The 212 retails for around $50 less but for the minimal drop in price you have to sacrifice on the preset workout programs. The choice on offer is limited when compared to the 213. Personally I’d rather pay the extra $50 and have that rich set of 23 workouts.

The cheapest model is the 203 and retails for around $350. Well, you really do loose everything when compared to the 213. If the 213 looks old fashioned, the 203 looks positively prehistoric. You don’t get the Bio-Fit Comfort Wide Seat, the console is pretty basic – no fan either, and the number of workout programs is 17. If you can’t afford $450 then the 203 is a pretty good compromise, but if you can afford it, then go for the 213.

Schwinn make two models above the 213. These are the 230 and 231 retailing at $450 and $550 resp. These are newer models and look it, with rounded edges, sleek looks and easy step-in design. But don’t be beguiled by exterior charms. The 230 costs the same as the 213 and comes with the Bio-Fit Comfort Wide Seat and nice console with built-in fan. So at first glance, the 230 looks the better bet. However, its workout programs can’t match those of the 213 and that’s the most important feature of any bike, so why compromise on this?

The only real contender to the 213 is the 231 in as much as it also has 23 preset workout programs. But I fail to see why this is a better piece of equipment. It looks prettier but I’d rather save myself $100; looks aren’t important but what is important is what features you get for your money.

The 213 recumbent bike represents the best value out of all of the models on offer by Schwinn.

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Male Sexual Wellness – 10 of the Worlds Best Natural Libido Boosters

Here we are going to look at male sexual wellness and boosting libido with natural supplements and we have selected 10 of the best from all over the world.

Today, many companies are not just selling one natural libido booster – but combining several into one pill for great potency. Here are ten of the most popular natural libido boosters on the planet.

1. Ashwagandha

Known as “Indian Ginseng,” Ashwagandha provides nutritional benefits which energize the body and act as an anti aging supplement. It also helps minimize the negative effects of stress and promotes sexual and reproductive balance.

2. Catuaba Bark

Catuaba comes from South America and the Amazon rain forest and is Brazils most famous aphrodisiac. Catuaba has been used in Brazil for thousands of years to treat sexual impotency and increase sexual desire.

3. Cnidium

Cnidium is found in china and the plant seeds contain several compounds including coumarins, osthol, imperatorin, glucides and hepatoprotective sesquiterpenes. Cnidium seeds are one of the most effective natural remedy to increase sex drive, boost libido and to treat impotence and erectile dysfunction. It works a bit like the blue pill to increase nitric oxide release and inhibit PDE-5, enabling an erection to be harder and maintained for longer.

4. Epimedium Grandiflorum Extract – “Horny Goat Weed”

For thousands of years, horny goat weed has been used in China as a medicinal herb in reproductive tonics for boosting libido and treating impotence.

Horny goat weed works as an adaptogen by increasing levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine when they are low-promoting energy-but reduces cortisol levels when they are elevated (an anti-stress effect). High stress conditions and increased cortisol levels cause fatigue and tiredness and this leads to loss of libido. Horny goat weed also works to restore of low levels of testosterone and the thyroid hormone to normal, improving sex drive.

Horny goat weed also contains a variety of flavonoids. One prominent flavonoid is icariin, which is a cGMP-specific PDE5 inhibitor like synthetic drugs but does it naturally.

5. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba improves blood flow and oxygen throughout the body, while its anti-oxidant action maintains healthy tissues, protects blood vessels and reduces arteriosclerotic lesions. Ginkgo increases the half-life of the endothelium relaxation factor, which helps maintain a long erection with an increased flow of blood.

6. Ginseng

Ginseng improves physical and mental energy, stamina, strength, alertness and concentration. As an adaptogen, it combats physical and emotional stress and fatigue. It has a normalizing effect on hormone imbalances in the body, boosts metabolic rate and increases blood flow to the genitals.

7. Maca Root Extract

The Inca Warriors of South America ate maca to increase their strength and stamina before fighting rival tribes. In South America it is used as a general nutrient to increase libido and maintain reproductive health.

Its effect is due to sterols which act on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, increasing hormone levels which, leads to increased energy and a stronger libido.

8. Mucuna Pruriens Extract

In 2002, a U.S. patent was filed on the use of mucuna pruriens to stimulate the release of growth hormone in humans.

The high levels of l-dopa present in the mucuna seed are converted to dopamine which stimulates the release of growth hormones by the pituitary gland.

L-dopa and dopamine are also effective inhibitors of prolactin. Increased levels of prolactin are thought to be responsible for up 80% of erection failures.

9. Tongkat Ali Extract (Eurycoma longfolia)

The root of the Eurycoma longifolia tree has been used for thousands of years as a general body tonic – to combat fatigue, loss of sexual desire, and impotence. It contains superoxide dimutase, an anti-oxidant enzyme that inhibits the chain reaction of free radicals. The bioactive Glygopeptide compounds in Tongkat ali were clinically tested and believed to increase free testosterone and decrease SHBG levels.

Both the above help a mans erection ability, general performance and sex drive. Tongakat ali also increases sperm count, sperm size and motility.

10. Tribulus Terrestris Extract

Tibulus can improve desire, performance, and increase sexual energy.

Tribulus is also an excellent circulatory system tonic and can help build muscle and strength, as well as reduce muscle recovery time.

Clinical studies on the sexual activity-enhancing effect of tribulus have shown the herb to contain protodioscin, a saponin constituent, improving libido in men with impotence due to various causes and sperm motility.

Natural libido increase

The above have been used for thousands of years to help male sexual wellness and increase libido and they work not just to increase sexual activity but promote overall health to.

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5 Most Common Types of Hair Extensions

It is every girl’s wish to look beautiful, and a big part of that beauty are the hair. Sometimes your hair is to your liking, sometimes they are not, nonetheless, extensions are an easy way to get the kind of hair you always dreamed of.

Today, several types of extensions and extension methods are in practice so that every kind of hair gets the best possible hair extension service.

Hair extensions are basically made from two types of material: synthetic hair and natural hair. The former have a silicon coat to give them a shine however they are cheaper and can’t handle the heat, whereas the latter are made from natural hair and can handle almost everything your own ones do.

In this piece, we will be talking about five common types of hair extensions and how you should be taking care of them by properly washing, shampooing, conditioning, and drying. The more people understand how awesome extensions can be, the more popular extensions will become.

#1) Tape-in Extensions

Tape-in extensions are one of the most common extensions currently in use. They don’t take too long to be installed and then don’t require further visits to the salon for adjustment. These tapes of hair are glued to either side of your natural hair using heat. Tape-in extensions can easily last for several months with proper care.

However, you should be careful with the use of heavy conditioners because they can cause the extensions to slip.

#2) Clip-in Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are the most temporary type of extensions, if you need to give your hair a new look for a function or a party, apply clip in extensions and you are all set. The good thing about them is that they can be placed anywhere on the head and are available in all types of colours, styles and textures. Thus making them a great option which can be put in and taken out in a very short time.

#3) Micro-link Extensions

These last for a few months and are also known as micro-bead extensions because they are applied around the natural hair, and finished using a metal bead. Since the extensions are looped through your natural hair, you can choose to move the beads up and down to a certain extent if you want. To prevent the beads from slipping, don’t out conditioner near the beads.

If the beads are made of metal, they require a little heat to be set up, silicon beads don’t need any heat or glue.

#4) Weft Extensions

Hair weft extensions are applied on and through the bundles of weaved natural hair by way of stitching. There are two types of weft extensions available today, hand wefted and machine wefted; machine wefted extensions are stitched closer to the tip of the hair whereas hand wefted extensions are closer to the head.

Anyone can get weft extensions regardless of their hair type, but if you have very weak hair, they wouldn’t be able to handle the stitching so you should try out another method.

#5) Fusion Extensions

The most expensive hair extension procedure, but it also requires almost no maintenance after the extensions have been installed.

The extensions are bonded/fused to the hair using adhesives like keratin and glue, however, keratin is now more popular because it is safer. A hot tool is used to fuse the keratin tip with each strand of natural hair and the whole process takes several hours. You can also choose to have wefts fused instead of every single strand.

Once you are done, your extensions are set for four to five months. If you take proper care and your hair grow very quickly, fusion extensions can last even longer.

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Physiological and Psychological Effects of Cancer

Cancer is, as we know, a life changing experience for both the cancer sufferer, their friends and families. Cancer and cancer treatment both have rather drastic psychological and physiological effects on the sufferer. Knowing of these effects before treatment may give you a head-start and a chance to mentally prepare yourself, just a little, for what is to come. This information may also help you weigh up the odds, on whether you want to go through with treatment or not.

Physiological Effects of Cancer.

Sexual Dysfunction: Some cancer patients and survivors, may experience a level of sexual dysfunction. This can happen to both males and females and there are ways around it.

Chronic Pain: The cancer patient may experience consistent, chronic pain after prolonged cancer treatment.

Infertility: Both male and female patients and survivors may experience infertility.

Constant Fatigue: Patients and survivors may feel like they are constantly tired and do not have the motivation or energy to complete simple, everyday tasks.

Numbness: Numbness is caused by a condition called ‘Neuropathy’. The numbness is most common in the patients hands and feet.

Osteoporosis: Is a condition which causes your bones to become very fragile and weak. Making the cancer patient more susceptible to broken bones and fractures.

Incontinence: Uncontrollable urination is an effect some patients may experience.

Multiple Cancers: It is possible to get a second cancer, other then the one diagnosed for. It is best to find this out through your doctor, as soon as possible.

Hair Loss: Hair loss is common during the treatment of cancer. If this is a problem, consult with your doctor on ways to deal with the hair loss.

Ostomies: An Ostomy is a surgical opening, with a tube connecting to a bag on the outside of the body.

Psychological Effects of Cancer.

Stress: A high level of stress is often attributed to cancer and can be a common side effect.

Low Confidence: Due to the physical and mental changes cancer and cancer treatment can have on the patients, it can often result in low self esteem and confidence.

Depression: Depression is commonly found in cancer patients and survivors. This could be attributed to

the physical effects of the cancer treatment.

If you see any of these side effects in either yourself or a loved one, after surgery, please alert your doctor so that they can give advice on what steps to take next.If you have found out that you have cancer, or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, try to help them understand fully what they are up against before they have any treatment. Get your doctor to explain everything in detail, the pros and cons and everything in-between so that you can be mentally prepared for what is ahead.

It’s very important for the cancer patient to have a strong network of friends and relatives, to help them to get through the problems that arise with having cancer and chemotherapy.

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Himalayan Pink Salt for Weight Loss

Himalayan pink salt has numerous attributed health properties which deem it rather preferable for use in our daily life. It is scientifically proven to contain more than 80 mineral salts that provide nutrients to the body and mind of the user.

Among the more important health benefits of the pink salt, weight loss is considered a crucial one. Details are discussed below:

Weight Loss using Himalayan Salt

The majority of our population suffers from obesity and unhealthy diet which leads to accumulation of fat on our stomach and thighs. This is the first sign of an unhealthy lifestyle and if this is not controlled in due time, it will takes its toll in the latter part of life.

A natural way to aid weight loss without the fear of side effects is the Himalayan pink salt. According to a few reports, people have reduced weight when they switched to the natural pink salt for their diet instead of the white table salt. Pink salt can be used just like the white salt: in flavoring, marinating, seasoning, preserving, etc. Another very popular method of using pink salt to promote weight loss is using Himalayan salt sole.

What is salt sole?

Himalayan salt appears reddish pink because of the addition of the mineral salts in it. The essence of the salt is in the salt sole.

To make this sole, put a handful of pink salt granules in a big jug of water overnight. Let is dissolve by itself. You can start using the salt sole from the next day, teaspoon by teaspoon. The salt sole will last until the salt dissolves completely.

How does the Himalayan salt effects weight loss?

Salt content in the body causes retention of water inside the cells of the body through the known phenomenon of osmosis. The excess of water causes body to look swelled and fat; it often is also the cause of cellulite too. The Himalayan salt crystals unlike the common table salt release this extra water from the cells. It also decreases the craving by the body for food high in sugar content and carbohydrates.

How to use Himalayan salt for weight loss:

  • For a natural way to intake mineral salts required for the growth and sustenance of the human body, use a teaspoon of concentrated Himalayan salt sole in a cup full of water and drink it on an empty stomach every morning.
  • Use a Himalayan salt massage stone from time to time. It aids in removing accumulation of dead cells from the surface of the skin which removes toxins and other impurities with it. The massage technique also regulate the circulation of blood flow and health hormones inside the body which cause reduction in puffiness, calms down the nervous system, enhances metabolism and improves digestive system.
  • It is also recommended that you use Himalayan bath salt twice a week to relieve symptoms of body sores and muscle pains.
  • To target a particular area of the body for reduction of fat buildup, like stomach, thighs, hips, etc. we recommend ‘salt sole compress wraps’. Elastic bandages are soaked in a 5% solution of salt sole. (Make sure the water is lukewarm.) Wring the extra water out of it. Apply the bandage on the targeted area and let it sit there for an hour or so.
  • Lastly, exercise and a healthy diet are mandatory to assist the use of Himalayan salt towards the goal of weight loss.

Other benefits of using Himalayan salt

Himalayan salt is not only beneficial for weight loss but for following health benefits:

  • Improves circulation in the body
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Cures kidney problems
  • Balances pH levels inside the body
  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Decrease symptoms of asthma, sinus infections, and mucus buildup
  • Provides necessary minerals and nutrients to the body

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5 Tips To Take Care Of Your Skin

If you don’t have a lot of time for taking care of your skin, we suggest that you learn some basic ways to do the same. With healthy lifestyle and some skin care tips, you can delay the aging process in addition to prevent many skin issues. Below are 5 tips that can help you with this.

1. Protection from the sun

Prolonged exposure to the sun may cause several problems, such as age spots, wrinkles and cancer, just to name a few.

This is what you can do for protecting your skin from the sun:

Put on protective outfits: you may want to cover your skin with long-sleeved shirts that are tightly woven. Aside from this, you may want to wear wide-brimmed hats. You can also try out laundry additives that will give your outfits another layer of protection from the UV rays of the sun.

Use sunscreen: you can try a high-quality broad-spectrum sunscreen. Make sure you apply it generously. It’s a good idea to reapply it with an interval of 2 hours or more.

Sit in shade: you may not want to sit in the sun from 10 am to 2 pm. The reason is that the rays of the sun are the strongest during these hours.

2. Don’t smoke

If you smoke, it will give you wrinkles making your skin appear older. Apart from this, smoking narrows the blood vessels of your skin, reducing the blood flow. As a result, your skin doesn’t get enough nutrients and oxygen.

If you smoke, we suggest that you quit this habit, especially if you want to take care of your skin. You can ask your family doctor for tips to get rid of this bad habit.

3. Treat your skin softly

Daily shaving and cleansing may have a negative impact on your skin. So, what you need to do is limit your bath time, avoid strong soaps, pat dry, shave carefully and moisturize your dry skin.

4. Stick to a healthy diet

If you eat a healthy diet, you will be able to look your best. What you need to do is eat lots of fruits, whole grains, veggies and lean proteins. According to some research studies, if you stick to a diet heavy with vitamin C, you will be able to have healthy skin. Make sure that your diet is low in processed or unhealthy fats.

5. Manage stress

If you are going through lots of stress, you are more likely to have sensitive skin. As a result, you will suffer from acne breakouts and various skin issues. If you want to promote healthy skin, we suggest that you take some steps in order to manage your stress level. What you should do is stick to reasonable limits, work on your to-do list and find some time to perform tasks that you are interested in. You will see dramatic results.

So, if you have been looking for a few effective ways of taking care of your skin, we suggest that you try out these 5 ways.

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A Handbook of Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism

For Kind Attention of Guardians, Doctors, Psychologists having/supporting treating Autistic Ward/s

This book is meant to be read by parents and guardians of children afflicted by this disability. It will help them to become aware, get ready to bestow care and devote attention for as long as they possibly can to ease the hardship the surrounding society is likely to throw on their autistic son/daughter.

Child specialists, child psychologists, physicians, pediatricians, neurologists, speech & language pathologists, professional support personnel besides parents and guardians will find the book quite useful. They can advice guardians to become familiar with the contents of the book to serve 24×7 as a practical companion in the service of the autistic ward.

Written in a simple layman’s language, devoid of any technical complexities, this modestly priced book implores that the afflicted person, or for that matter their guardians also, has to learn to live with it and compromise with the situation as faced. It has to be understood that it is not the child’s fault. He is born with it. He has to be accepted ‘as is’. Society also has to be forbearing with this condition. The book tells readers that symptoms of this disability start appearing by or before the age of three. The condition affects the normal brain function characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, restricted and repetitive behavior. Children may fail to respond to their names and often avoid eye contact with other people. They have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking because they can’t understand social cues. Boys are four times more likely to be adversely affected than girls.

The book comes up with practical solutions to problems that may crop up from time to time. Unlike other books that carry western ideas, this one is written by an Indian and covers Indian settings with focus on Indian options. A list of addresses has been given at the end of the book to be made use of if and when a problem appears that warrants immediate attention.

About the book:

Autism: A Handbook of Diagnosis & Treatment of ASD

ISBN: 9789381384541

Author: Sumita Bose

Retail Price: Rs.395/-

Publisher: V&S Publishers, New Delhi, India

Edition: 2015

The author has done a course in child psychology from Vermont. She has undertaken autism training from Autism Society of Maryland as well as from Illinois University. Besides, she is the Autism Ambassador in Melbourne, Florida. She has a decade of teaching experience in India and is currently teaching in USA.

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5 Tips For Taming Hunger

Do you find that you are always hungry? Is the hunger insatiable? This can be very frustrating especially when you’re trying to watch your weight or slim down. If you eat a meal, you want to feel full and satisfied and not hungry within an hour. It’s important to note that if you are trying to slim down and the leaner you get, you will experience some hunger. That dieting hunger is inevitable because it’s a survival mechanism. You are not dying of course, but your body is trying to preserve its body fat in case of a true famine. On the flip side, if you simply struggle with what feels like excessive hunger here are my top 5 tips for taming hunger:

Tip 1: Track Your Calories

Oftentimes people think they are consuming enough calories for their body but we’ve learned that most people are terrible at estimating calories. This tip is about using an app to track your calories so you understand exactly how much you are consuming. You won’t have to track your calories forever but it will start to give you a clearer picture until you figure this out. For weight maintenance you will want to eat in calories, your body weight multiplied by 14-16. This is a starting point, it’s important to monitor your weight and hunger levels. If you begin to lose weight eating those calories then increase them. Foods that are higher in calories are nuts and seeds so grabbing a small handful of those and eating them slowly can provide a boost. The fat in the nuts and seeds will also help with satiety.

Tip 2: Nutrients and Volume

If you are eating a somewhat restrictive diet whether on purpose to avoid certain foods or good groups or that is just how you eat, you could potentially be missing out on key nutrients. A hunger signal from the body is driving you to eat more in order to acquire what’s missing. Be sure to include lots of green vegetables and fruits to get those micro-nutrients in. Also, taking a greens powder mix daily will fill in those nutritional gaps. Alongside the nutrients think about volume. Volume foods are large in quantity, high in nutrients and low in calories. These volume foods will fill you up and keep you feeling full. Some great examples of volume foods are vegetables such as cucumbers, spaghetti squash, kale and zucchini. Berries are also great for providing nutrients and are low calories so have a bowl of sliced strawberries if you wish.

Tip 3: Drink Water

The part of your brain that interprets hunger and thirst signals is the same and signals sometimes get mixed up. When you are feeling hungry and you have recently ate, try reaching for a fresh glass of water instead of food. Oftentimes, having a big glass of water helps stave off hunger for another hour or two.

Tip 4: Sleep

When we get poor sleep, whether that be interrupted sleep or simply not enough hours it can affect our hunger levels for the next day. This lack of sleep will make you feel hungrier than normal and leptin levels go down. Leptin is our hormone that tells us we are full and to stop eating. Try working on creating healthy sleep habits in order to improve your sleep. Some tips for creating these habits are; set a schedule to lie down every night at the same time, dim the lights in the evening, remove all electronics and cell phones from your room, sleep in complete darkness, keep a journal beside your bed to write down any thoughts or ideas that pop up, and so forth.

Tip 5: Intermittent Fasting

Fasting (abstaining from food) has the ability to suppress appetite and reset leptin signals. A popular way to begin this protocol is to start with intermittent fasting. This is where you will fast for about 16 hours (mostly over night) and only eat your calories for the day in an 8 hour eating window. It depends on your lifestyle but it’s easiest to have an eating window later in the day to enjoy a big dinner. For example; fast from 8pm until 12pm the next day. Drink only water, black coffee or plain tea and eat your food between 12pm and 8pm. The eating window can shortened as you see fit as long as you consume all of your calories for the day in the eating window. By doing this, you will suppress your appetite throughout the day and feel full and satiated eating your calories in a shorter time frame.

Feeling hungry can be uncomfortable but do some personal investigative work and find out what the culprit could be. Once you know where an issue may be then you will feel confident in knowing how to correct it.

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