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13 Tips To Help You Lose Weight In The New Year

Wading through weight loss information can seem to be a confusing task. There are so many ideas, plans, and programs. It can be easy to end up so overwhelmed that you lose sight of what you started out to do. In this article we will reveal some sound tips to get you going again.

1. Know Your Daily Caloric Requirement – When starting a weight loss plan, you need to determine how many calories you should be having a day. Online calculators abound that will let you input your height, weight, age, activity level and the amount you want to lose and will provide you the total calories you should eat each day. If you know the calories you should consume each day, it’s much easier to stay within the guidelines.

2. Cut The Sugar – If you want to lose weight, try cutting sugar from your diet. Sugar adds a lot of unneeded calories to your diet. Sugar will often give you an energy boost, but it doesn’t last nearly as long as healthy foods and can leave you feeling drained afterwards. If you cut out sugar, you’ll cut out a lot of junk food. The less junk food you eat, the less calories you’ll take in.

3. Don’t Tempt Yourself, Eat BEFORE Shopping – A tip that may help you lose weight is to eat right before you do your grocery shopping. A classic mistake people make is when they do all of their grocery shopping when they’re hungry. They get overzealous and end up getting more food than they normally would have.

4. Ramp Up Your Fiber Intake – For losing weight, nothing is better than eating high amounts of fiber. Fiber is found in whole grain foods, nuts and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fiber takes longer for the body to break it down, so you feel full for much longer and won’t start craving snacks and unhealthy foods.

5. Eat Smaller Meals As The Day Progresses – One weight loss tip that sometimes goes unnoticed, is to eat more at the beginning of the day and less at night. Think about it, you need energy to complete your tasks for the day, so it makes sense to eat a moderately large breakfast, a regular lunch and a modest dinner. Plus, it’s a good excuse to make eggs and bacon for breakfast (turkey bacon of course!).

6. Fill Up With Water – Before sitting down to a meal, have a glass or two of water. This creates a feeling of being a little full, and you won’t eat as much. Water is a good way to make sure you don’t gorge yourself, and it’s also a good way to clean your system.

7. Slow Down When Eating And Enjoy – A great weight loss tip is to make sure you are not eating too fast. When you are eating, your brain requires some time to let you know you are full. You need to be able to have a conversation while eating. If you are eating so fast that you can not hold a conversation, then you are eating too fast. Otherwise, you are good.

8. Forget The Word “Diet” And Focus On A Sustainable Lifestyle Change – If you are trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life, stop dieting. Yoyo dieting leads to an overall weight gain over time and it is detrimental to your health. Instead, opt for making slow and steady permanent lifestyle changes that you can stick to for the rest of your life.

9. Cut Out Milk Or Switch To Almond Milk- Although milk really does do a body good, the fat in whole milk will wreak havoc on your waistline. So if you’re eating those fiber cereals for breakfast or enjoying a glass of milk in place of that sweet tea or glass of wine, remember to go for low-fat or non-fat milk. The taste difference is negligible, but there’s a big difference in the bottom line. Another option is to use unsweetened almond milk, it last substantially longer than regular milk, has no saturated fats and has a creamier texture than traditional non-fat milk.

10. Don’t Go It Alone – If you’re married, a dual diet might just be your ticket to losing weight. Trying a diet together is a great way to stay motivated. The two of you may start a little competition with one another and at the very least, you will have your partner there, to always remind you that you’re supposed to be on a diet. Even if you’re not married try to get a friend or family member involved.

11. Weight Isn’t Beat With Diet Alone, Get Moving Too – A type of good workout that is good for people trying to lose weight is yoga. It can be a very relaxing workout which is great for the mind, though you will also be earning an average of 350 calories for an hours workout. They have many classes you can join, or just find a good workout video and do it alone. If you find yoga is still pushing the limits of what you can do with physical activity just try walking. Walking at a medium pace of 1.5 mph – 2 mph for 1 hour can burn about 200 calories.

12. Plan Or Prep Your Meals In Advance – Planning plays a huge role in weight loss. You should always know what you are going to eat for the day, week or month. Making last minute decisions aren’t always the best choice. Have healthy foods packaged in serving sized portions, so that you can easily follow your plan.

13. Consult With A Doctor – Before beginning any diet, weight loss or exercise plan it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor. They can provide you with additional options and can help ensure that you are losing weight without putting yourself in danger.

With these simple tips you will be able to meet your weight loss goals. Take it slow and don’t fill your head with too many ideas at once. Take one, when you get that right, go for the next one. You may not feel motivated right away, but if you keep at it, you will be healthier in no time.

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Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk

Introduction: Pre-existing Conditions (i.e., Prejudices)

Is it possible to write a favorable review of a book (“Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief”) whose author traces the idea to write the book to an astrological reading? What if, in addition to that, the book is about a discipline that I have attempted several times, unsuccessfully, to enjoy? Yes, over the course of at least half a century, my dabbles with yoga has been uncomfortable, difficult to impossible and off-putting. Of course, the operant word here is “dabbles”-I admit that all such feeble attempts lacked conviction and perseverance.

A barrier between yoga and me is that it often seems steeped in mysticism, spirituality and/or New Age babble.

As if this were not enough, beginning to read what Julie had written, I poured over 14 pages of blurbs for the book and the author’s acknowledgements section. These extensive prefatory pages did not mitigate my preexisting reservations. Imagine-25 testimonial blurbs replete with suspect phrases and terms, including “ancient teachings, Eastern traditions, spiritual reflections, vinyasa practices, sankalpas, koshas, mudras and union with oneself.” Yike. What was I in for?

In any event, something happened that led to a new perspective on yoga. It started with a chance encounter, one that, however unlikely, involved yet another experience of taking a yoga class.

A Chance Encounter

Less than a week before I began reading Julie Lusk’s words about yoga nidra (not just the blurbs and acknowledgements sections), I signed up for a yoga class. Not just any yoga class, but one geared to the (very) young. This came about when I was invited to accompany my wife’s grandson to a class across the street at our local art institute.

What could go wrong? Maybe I’d get insights about yoga to help with the review of Julie’s book.

Upon arrival, I looked around at my fellow classmates. I sensed I was in the right place. I have a competitive nature and could not help but notice that I had at least 70 years on everyone in the room, except for the parents. (With them my advantage was only about 50 years). I figured I could use this experience and a bit of cunning to stand out, to crush the little tykes with athletic moves. If running about in circles were involved, I’d exhaust the tots with endurance and speed.

Oh, I know yoga is not supposed to be competitive, nor should the gifted flaunt their prowess, but being a one-time class superstar would be harmless fun, I suspected. Who knows, maybe I’ll be invited to teach the next class.

Well, things did not turn out that way. In fact, the opposite proved true. The five to seven-year-olds effortlessly performed poses I suspect were copied from Cirque du Soleil. When, 20 or so minutes into the contortions, the teacher instructed everyone to leap up and run around the room, I struggled to my feet. I had barely begun to lurch forward when a hoard of tots came charging by on their second loop around the room.

When the bell rang giving near-sacred relief, I was exhausted and sore. I knew for sure, after one last failed attempt, that yoga was not for me. How could I give a glowing review, as was my desire, to Julie’s book?

Encouragement from the Author

I sent an e-mail to Julie, mentioning that in order to get in the proper frame of mind to review the book, I had accompanied my wife and grandson to a kid’s yoga class. I mentioned that it was much harden than any triathlon I did last year. I enclosed two photos taken during class.

Julie replied in short order:

These pictures made my day!!! Yoga is all about joyfulness-and you and your family found it, judging from the looks on everybody’s faces, especially the little tyke. His grin gives me a grin every time. As for you, I’m happy you’re taking a dip. But the teacher in me can’t resist, especially when it comes to safety. See how your knees are… well up around your ears in sitting? To protect your knees and keep the proper curve in your back, they need to be below the hip crest or touching the floor. They’re probably up there due to tight hamstrings from all the other good stuff you do. The answer is simply to sit on cushions to lower your knees. Gotta take care of those knees! Doing hip openers will help too, but that’s a long-run solution. But once again, “real” yoga is ultimately about unconditional joy. BTW, the only posture needed for what’s in my book is lying on your back.

I predict it could help your running and other pursuits.

Another thing I’d like to say is that I sent you the yoga nidra book as a get-well present to help you recover from the stroke and give you a delicious yoga experience without having to practice mere postures, as is what’s commonly emphasized these days. If you turn to the very last page, you can register the book and have access to free downloads to the 3 primary yoga nidra practices featured.

So carry on, good fellow! Love – your yoga coach.

P.S. By the way, a triathlon would be way harder than any yoga I did last year-or ever!

I found this advice encouraging, motivating and just delightful. Most of all, I picked up on this comment in Julie’s response: “The only posture needed for what’s in my book is lying on your back.”

Now that put a whole new perspective on yoga in general and yoga nidra in particular. Maybe I didn’t have to meet the Cirque du Soleil standard to succeed at enjoying yoga. Now I was ready to read Julie’s book in earnest.

Learning to Understand and Enjoy Yoga

When I next settled down to read Yoga Nidra, finally past the blurbs and such, I encountered Julie’s opening sentence-a revelation I will long remember: “Did you know that yoga can be practiced without performing physical exercise?” A yoga washout, I was also cheered, as noted a moment ago, by the next sentence-“that meditation can be done lying down instead of sitting up still and straight like a statue.”

I did not realize that such points of view were held by yoga experts. Both sentences were revelations, almost Dickensonian in memorability, such as, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… ” From Julie’s two sentence beginning continuing throughout the 205 pages that followed, “Yoga Nidra” managed something I wouldn’t have expected of a yoga book-it held my interest.

Among the strengths of Yoga Nidra is the comprehensive information on the nature and dynamics of the phenomenon of stress. The treatment of stress incorporates creative techniques for managing it, even turning negative (as well as positive) energies to advantage via relaxation, guided imagery, meditation and disciplined thinking.

On occasions, I’ve wondered if yoga is mostly an art, a science, a skill, a discipline, a branch of knowledge or what? While that answer did not come right away, a related and welcome one did, namely, that yoga is not a religion. That I never doubted, despite jejune attempts by some religious zealots to defame it as such. Still, I welcomed the fact that Julie gave this looney notion short shift. While Julie assures those so inclined that people of all faith traditions can benefit from yoga, she added that “it supports their religious convictions in genuine ways.” Well, that’s nice, I suppose, but equally important is that it does not resort to or rely upon faith (i.e., “believing what you know ain’t so” according to Mark Twain) but rather that yoga is supported by ample research that underscores its healthful properties.

As with the 25 blurbs spread over eleven pages before the reader reached the start of the 205 page book by Julie Lusk, I think there are too many personal stories by yoga enthusiasts (not identified save for first names). These testimonials inhabit excessive space and slow the pace of learning. How many readers need continuous cheerleading from those who found yoga helpful? On the other hand, I suppose it’s possible many other readers will welcome this feature. I found it akin to advertising-at times I would have liked to have the literary equivalent of a remote device to mute or fast forward past the effusive commentaries.

Other positive features of Yoga Nida were 1) the guideline sections for making positive changes, 2) the extensive tips for establishing a regular pattern of practicing yoga and creating a home culture that supports enjoyable and healthy lifestyles and 3) the chapter on revitalization. Finally, readers will surely appreciate the extensive references and resources section particularly the audio files that Julie made available as free downloads to complement texercises provided in the book.

In short, Yoga Nidra delivers on Julie’s promise of complete relaxation and stress relief.

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You Are In A Beauty Contest Every Day of Your Life

Looking beautiful resides in the realms of every woman’s dreams but unfortunately, women have confined it to the outer world. Our women forget that looking gorgeous to one’s own self is even more necessary than to shine out to others. Their nothing a surprise than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others but a woman, who makes a home out of a house, and makes everything given to her greater and beautiful. Thus, she needs to treat herself like a queen, as she is supreme.

It is remarkable how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness, but beauty is incomplete without cosmetics. It is 2017 now and a vast variety of fancy cosmetics that are readily accessible to women of all ages and domains of life. Looking beautiful in the everyday life is as much essential as it is when you are out for work or some party. In fact, it is much more imperative than the former. If you look beautiful all the time, you will have a confidence boost and you will spread more love. Routine chores can be exhausting and after a tiring day, facing the mirror should just enlighten you. Using good cosmetics is a treat in itself.

So just, go ahead and look around for good beauty care stocks around. Self-pampering is invaluable, it is like a present from you to you. Take care of yourself and let the beauty radiate from inside your heart to the outside world. Build love for all things hair, skin, nails, hands, feet and powder & paint. A healthy skin is vital for appearing young and beautiful. Good cosmetics might be expensive, but genuine products are a one-time investment, that can bring home a healthy glowing skin.

Spend every day of your life as if you are in a beauty contest. Boost your self-esteem levels. Look beautiful, feel beautiful inside out. Take care of yourself, drink lots of water, exercise daily, spread love and pamper yourself by using quality cosmetics that can prolong the aging of your skin. Yves Saint-Laurent quoted “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” Beauty is in the skin, protect it, take good care of it, oil it, clean it, and scrub it. An appropriately administered skin makes you look young and beautiful. Devote a few hours of your life each day to learn to look beautiful, like you are a celebrity. They say women who love themselves are threatening, so buck up, love yourself; it is time to allow the world. Keep smiling, life is short!

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The Meaning Of True Beauty

Unlike the traditional concepts, beauty is not just defined by humans. What comes to your mind when you see a Bugatti parked in your street (though let’s face it, that doesn’t really happen. Ever!!)? “Wow, what a beauty!”.

For this article, we have decided to focus on the physical aspect of beauty and ignore the rest for now. Beauty in our case is the quality of being pleasant especially to look at. Beauty in not limited to a specific gender. However more often than not it is used when it comes to women. A common misconception is that woman use makeup to look beautiful. That is not true. Natural Makeup can enhance your features so it just brings to notice your plus points and minimizes your negatives. That does not mean that it makes a woman beautiful. Beauty is not defined by physical attractiveness alone. Makeup is very common now and is an important part of our everyday regime. In fact for some people make up might me as important as oxygen. But for everyone out there who loves makeup, a small warning – do not over do it. The best way to go about using makeup is to try to make it look simple and elegant. The natural makeup look is the perfect one to try out this season.

For men, words like handsome and striking are a more common occurrence. However that does not deter us from the fact that both men and women may possess beauty. And yes this again is not limited to physical attributes. Some may perceive a person to be a beauty based on a random act of kindness done by said person. Some may even consider you to be a beauty based on the way you talk or cook or act and the list goes on. What we’re trying to say is that beauty is not just what you look like, it’s what you are and what you do with what you are.

Kindness, Selflessness and other such acts are bound to get you the title of a beauty in the eyes in the same way that having a nice face and figure will. It just matters on the people who are looking AT YOU. Some people place a lot of importance on the physical aspect of beauty whereas other place more significance on the spiritual one. In the end it is just about the type of people who are around you and the qualities that you yourself possess! It isn’t wrong if people place more importance on physical beauty because that is what we see about a person at first glance.

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5 Simple Anti Aging Beauty Tips That You Should Know About

Looking beautiful, graceful, and young is a thought that many people often cherish only in their dreams. However, the fact is that one can realize this dream by following these below suggested 5 simple, yet effective anti aging beauty tips.

#1 — Balanced Diet

Inadequate nutrition is one of the most important causes of premature aging. Therefore, one of the most important anti aging beauty tips is to consume a healthy diet comprising of fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, and fish.

To delay the appearance of wrinkles on the face and the skin, one should ensure that their daily diet is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential omega 3 fatty acids.

One of the most important anti aging beauty tips is to drink plenty of water as it helps to keep the skin hydrated and supple.

#2 — Exercise

A daily exercise regimen of at least 30 minutes can be of immense help in ensuring a health body and beautiful skin.

While exercise helps in improving blood circulation, it drives away toxins from the skin, keeps the skin moistened for a greater duration, and helps in opening the skin pores. Therefore, one of the most important anti aging beauty tips is to exercise regularly.

#3 — Proper Skin Care

Taking good care of the skin is essential for preventing the appearance of aging symptoms. Care should be taken to keep the skin moisturized, prevent the degradation of skin proteins, rejuvenate the skin texture, and reduce the level of toxins from the skin.

One of the most essential anti aging beauty tips is to use only those skin care products that contain natural or organic substances as ingredients. Examples of such substances include Cynergy TK, Nano Lipobelle H QK10, Jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, Manuka honey, and Tocopherol acetate.

#4 — No Smoking Allowed!

According to the available research data, smoking cigarettes causes destruction of skin proteins, and accelerates the process of aging by increasing the concentration of free radicals in the skin.

Therefore, one of the most important anti aging beauty tips is to quit smoking immediately and forever, if one wants to prevent the formation of wrinkles, dark spots and smile lines for a long time.

#5 — Sunlight

One of the most essential anti aging beauty tips is to protect yourself from getting exposed in the Sun because prolonged exposure to sunlight and high temperatures leads to skin dryness and causes the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines on the face.

The best way to stay protected from sunlight is to avoid going outside between 11AM and 4PM. During the period, sun emits light and heat with maximum intensity.

Whenever going out into the sun, always wear protective clothing that covers your entire skin. Apply a sunscreen lotion or a sun blocking agent that contains high SPF content.

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