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How You Can Adopt Better Eating Habits

Everyone wants to eat better. Even those who already eat balanced diets search for new and innovative ways to improve upon their already-spotless routines. For the millions upon millions of people around the world who struggle with eating right, however, life can be difficult. While it might seem difficult to completely change the way that you eat, it is important to rethink how you are looking at eliminating bad habits. Instead of trying to reshape the entire way that you approach your meals, it can be much more useful to try to make small adjustments at first. Here are a few ways that you are able to make positive impacts on the way that you eat.

Keep Your Heart Happy

A great way to begin with your improved diet is by focusing on one of the more important areas of your body. Every year, millions of people die from complications related to heart disease. Paying attention to how your food consumption impacts your cardiovascular system is an important way to go around and determine a new set of simple eating habits. Having high levels of cholesterol, for example, is one of the factors that lead to heart disease. When you are looking to improve your health, it is a great idea to start working on cutting back on the cholesterol that you consume.

Unfortunately, you might find this difficult, especially when you are a big fan of a specific food item that is rich in cholesterol.

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7 Reasons Why a Retreat Will Benefit Your Life

Finding yourself overwhelmed by the daily worries and stress of today’s fast-paced modern world is easy. Our ‘to-do lists’ seem never-ending and burden us with seemingly unachievable tasks that our mobile devices serve to continuously feed. In a day where we can be reached around the clock it can at times feel as though there is nowhere to hide.

Just trying to keep on top of everything can be exhausting and it can feel as though there are just not enough hours in the day! We are rarely gifted opportunity to take a deep breath and relax before one day ends and another, much the same, begins.

Our bodies and minds, worn down by the daily urban grind, are deprived of enough time to rest and recover. The constant rush makes it easy to pick up bad eating habits and more difficult to make time for exercise.

A health retreat can be a perfect solution to recuperate, revitalise and learn how to establish or re-establish good habits to boost your overall health and wellness.

Offered at some most beautiful locations on the planet, a temporary retreat can yield permanent benefits that you will take home.

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How to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life for Your Wedding Day

As you begin your wedding countdown, your wedding checklist probably includes looking good on your wedding day. Knowing that you'll be in a starring role on the big day can help bring focus to your workout plans to emphasize losing weight for your wedding and looking your best. As you plan your wedding workouts, here are some tips to make your bridal fitness plan a success.

By Joli Guenther for Johnson Fitness

Your Six Months (or more) Plan for Bridal Fitness:

It's not too soon to get started on your wedding workouts. As your wedding becomes a reality, the pressure to have everything, including yourself, as perfect as possible can be stressful and even increase your tendency to procrastinate getting started on your wedding workouts. Beginning a six month workout plan gives you plenty of time to build a strong base and make gradual changes so that you don't have to lose weight for your wedding right before the big day. Also, keep the day in perspective. While looking good for your wedding will make you feel even better about the wedding photos and your time in the spotlight, remember that your husband to be and the family and friends around you are there to celebrate the beginning of something much bigger than that day.

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Exercises For People Who Have Back Problems

Back pain is a common problem not just for the elderly, but to young people as well.

According to an article from The Star, about 80% of the Malaysian population experiences back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can be an indicator of a serious health problem, especially in the spine area. There are different causes such as fracture, infection, severe spinal nerve compression, aortic aneurysm, and even cancer.

Pain doesn’t usually originate in the lower part of your back. Cases reported show that 65% suffers from lower back pain, 25% is caused by the hip and sacroiliac joint, and there are causes unknown accounting for 10% of Malaysians.

Back Pain Affects Quality of Living

Feeling pain in your back can be a symptom for a more chronic illness but don’t panic just yet. Back pain can also be caused by simple reasons such as tension, stress, muscle spasm due to carrying heavy loads, and more.

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What Is The Right Diet For Cancer Patients?

Good health is directly linked to a good diet. Whatever you eat is used by your body for the purpose of growth, tissue repair and replacement, and boosting vitality and vigor. Cancer patients are no different. In fact, if you're a cancer patient it is absolutely important that you have a particularly healthy diet before, during, and after active treatment in order to recover faster, and to stay healthy.

If you do not have the right foods, or if your body is unable to absorb nutrients from the food you consume, it could lead to malnutrition and you might not get positive results from your treatment.

In this article, you will find some information about the right diet for adult cancer patients.

The right eating habits during treatment for cancer

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eDiets Dinner Review: Tex-Mex Chicken with Black Beans, Rice, Corn, and Salsa

Overall rating:  3 of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The Tex-Mex Chicken dinner entrée came in a 2-compartment plastic tray, with a small salsa-topped chicken breast cutlet and about 1/3 cup rice and beans in one section and approximately 1/3 cup golden, whole kernel corn in the other. 

The dieter is to provide fruit and dairy accompaniments for the meal.  I decided on a serving of mixed berries for my fruit, and I topped the chicken cutlet with some low-fat mozzarella cheese to serve as the dairy component.

The heating instructions called for the entrée to be microwaved on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  Based on my prior experiences, I heated mine for 1 minute 45 seconds since my microwave is a lower-wattage model.

Tex-Mex Chicken with black Beans, Rice, Corn, and Salsa

My General Impressions

The meal was colorful enough on the plate with the red salsa, black beans, red and blue berries, and golden corn kernels, but the salsa looked a bit on the dry side.  There wasn’t a lot of it, however; only about one or two tablespoons.   

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Autism Diets Controversy

by Anna Kaminsky

The "diet can cure autism" claims by many nutritionists and naturopathic doctors didn't slow down after Harvard Mental Health Letter publication, that talks about the factors that may be causing autism and the potential danger behind the so called “autism diets.”

The publication states that,

"Researchers have long disagreed about whether gastrointestinal problems may underlie some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. This has not stopped some researchers and celebrities from promoting theories and special "autism diets" with no scientific support."


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Weight Loss Oral Spray Proves its Mettle in Study

You shouldn’t be extremely surprised if, in a few years, a doctor prescribes a mouth spray as part of your anti-obesity medication.

This is because a team from the University of Florida has found a simple way to introduce a previously abandoned natural hormone without bringing about the adverse effects that resulted in its abandonment in the first place.

Codename PYY

The hormone, abbreviated as PYY, is usually produced by the gut after eating.  At a certain concentration, it signals the brain’s satiety center, making the person feel less like eating. The level of PYY produced is directly related to the calorific content of the food, not the amount; a small calorie-rich serving should induce the same amounts of PYY as a large serving of calorie-poor food.

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eDiets Breakfast Review: Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry-Apricot Compote

Overall rating:  5 out of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

I began Week 3 of the eDiets program with a breakfast of Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry-Apricot Compote.  The French toast consisted of a slice of whole wheat bread, cut in half, with a strawberry yogurt-cream cheese filling sandwiched between the two half-slices.  A spoonful of the compote was spread on top.

The heating instructions said to microwave the entrée on high for 30 seconds.  I know my microwave oven normally requires a longer time period, but I didn’t want to risk overcooking the bread, so I first heated it for 35 seconds.  This didn’t quite make it warm enough, so I nuked it for another 5 seconds.

I added some nonfat, plain Greek yogurt to the meal to serve as the dairy component the dieter is instructed to supply.

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eDiets Dinner Review: Salmon over Linguini

Overall rating:  5 of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

This dinner entrée consisted of about a cup of whole wheat linguini with a medium-sized salmon fillet atop.  A small amount of light tomato-based sauce coated both the noodles and the salmon. 

I was to provide items from the dairy and fruit sections of the food pyramid to supplement the meal.  I decided to top the main dish with some shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese and add a serving of unsweetened, frozen mixed berries (thawed).

The heating instructions called for microwaving the meal on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  I added an additional 15 seconds since my microwave oven tends to require a longer cooking time. 

My General Impressions

I normally don’t care for salmon, but I wanted a meatless dinner on this particular evening, and this was the only one I found on this week’s list of substitution meals.  Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.

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