They Won’t Say It To Your Face But Employers Avoid Fat Job Seekers

February 26, 2015 at 2:16 AM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

What do you see in the mirror when you hop in the shower? Chances are you’ve added a little here and a little there over the years and have grown accustomed to the mass reflected in the looking glass.

You need to put yourself in a perspective employer’s chair – what do they see?

A recent study revealed that 2% of job seeking participants considered themselves obese while 26% of those surveyed actually met or exceeded the body mass index criteria for obesity. As we have become a ‘super-sized’ culture we grow more comfortable with our girth and bulges.

Why you may not be clear on the definition of “obese” you can rest assured that employers are.

Why does this matter?

Because obesity is the next “smoking” and employers are keenly aware of the additional costs associated with obese employees. Among those:

* Obese employees file twice as many workers comp claims
* Obese employees have seven times higher medical cost
* Obese employees rack up more lost work days than non-obese employees

There are protections in place for the morbidly obese under the American’s with Disabilities Act but there are many “work-arounds” for employers and in today’s competitive job market there are plenty of qualified candidates available to camouflage an employers decision to pass on an obese job seeker.

That means that no matter how impressive your resume, skills and work experience, your prospective employer may be so distracted by your appearance that he doesn’t even see it.

So, what to do?

Of course the first fix is cosmetic. Do your clothes fit properly, at least your “interview uniform”? The only thing worse than being large is wearing clothes that draw attention to that fact. Strained buttons, stretched sleeves, rolled waist bands, etc. are all visually distracting like the sliver of parsley stuck to your date’s tooth.

Along that line, are your fashion choices “large appropriate”? You must accept the fact you may not be able to wear some of the styles that find their way to advertising spreads without highlighting your size.

Addressing wardrobe is still just treating the symptom and not the problem. Next you need to get serious about making the changes necessary to reshape yourself.

70% of all chronic disease, including obesity, is a result of nutritional choices. To be clear, that means only 30% of people are likely to have a legitimate medical reason (notice I didn’t say “excuse”) and that isn’t to say that you can get substantial results by addressing nutrition even if you are in that category.

There are a number of alternatives for weight management, from diet pills to surgery, but there is only one method that gets immediate results while at the same time building habits for the future that support lasting change:

Meal Replacement Shakes

The biggest challenge facing anyone who wishes to lose weight is getting enough nutrition within the limited calories they need to consume if they are going to have timely and measurable results. Most diets leave the individual tired and the mediocre nutrition manifests in lost muscle mass and reduced bone density. Those are all serious concerns but the last thing you want to be in a new job is tired!

Getting complete nutrition is a challenge under the best conditions and When you start reducing caloric intake the odds of short-changing your nutrition work against you.

Available since the late 70′s, meal replacement shakes have helped hundreds of millions of people around the world to effectively lose weight and maintain an ideal weight longer than any other method. Nothing beats them for simplicity, convenience or the ability to pack so much nutrition into so few calories.

Most baby boomers remember Carnation Instant Breakfast and the more ubiquitous Slim-Fast is an iconic contemporary brand. This retail product comes in a can just like your favorite soft drink and it, or one of it’s knock-off cousins, can be purchased by the case and stored just about anywhere for just about forever. Shakes are easily the best tasting meal replacements you can get.

Meal replacement shakes offer an amazing flexibility. From the ‘pop and drink’ options that you can open and down with barely a thought to the mix and drink formulas to which you can add favorite fruits, additional protein or extra fiber, you can have variety and simple tunability that can’t be achieved with any other method.

Premium meal replacement shakes, which are usually sold though independent distributors of specialized health and wellness companies, offer other advantages as well.

First of all, these products are generally backed by higher quality science and production controls than what you buy at a big-box wholesale club or chain store.

They are usually accompanied with targeted supplements to achieve specific nutritional goals and include one on one coaching by the trained distributors. One of the biggest obstacles to effective and lasting weight loss is accountability and motivation. Having your very own coach dramatically increases your chance for success.

And best of all, they are incredibly affordable. In most cases the most deluxe and complete programs cost less on a daily basis than the usual trip to your favorite espresso bar or fast food drive-thru.

You will need to address your weight just as you’d address any other gap or deficiency on your resume. Tackling the problem head on with a declaration to the interviewer that you are working on your nutrition and have seen great progress toward your long term goal will go a long way to assuage their silent concerns.

You can argue until your blue in the face about whether it’s fair, or even legal, but discrimination against overweight, obese and morbidly obese people is real and growing.

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Tom Bradley is a Personal Wellness Coach who offers Free coaching to anyone who wants to improve quality of life through nutrition.

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Flesh and Seeds.

February 24, 2015 at 9:51 PM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

Mostly known for being a part of Halloween decorations or a pie filling, pumpkins are also packed with nutrition and offer a wide range of health benefits. Pumpkins are a storehouse of vitamins, mineral and other healthy nutrients. Whether it is the pulp or the seeds, pumpkins are great for your health and can offer some incredible benefits.

Nutritional Composition of Pumpkins

High Carotenoids Content – Pumpkins owe their bright Orange color to the high amount of carotenoids present in them. Carotenoids assist in staving off the free radicals in the body, and help in preventing premature aging, cardiovascular diseases and other infections. They are also high in Lutein & Zeaxanthin which protect the eyes against free radical damage and prevent formation of cataracts and degeneration of the eye tissues.

Protein – Pumpkin seeds also known as Pepitas are a rich source of protein. One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains approx. 7 grams of protein. Their oil is high in phytosterols or plant-based fatty acids and their chemical composition is the same as cholesterol. Phytosterols can replace cholesterol in the body, and help in reducing the blood cholesterol levels.

Essential Fatty Acids – Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits. From providing protection against serious health diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer to promoting healthy skin and improving brain power, essential fatty acids present in pumpkin oil offer several health benefits.

Vitamin A – Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamin A. Regular consumption of pumpkin (both seeds and flesh) can promote the health of your eyes and boost your immune system remarkably.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps fight free radicals, improves immunity and promotes the production of collagen. The high Vitamin C content in pumpkins also offers protection against various forms of cancer.

Magnesium – Both the pulp and seeds of pumpkin are rich in magnesium, which is an important mineral required for various biological functions. Magnesium is also required for the maintenance bones and teeth.

Potassium & Zinc – Pumpkin is loaded with potassium and Zinc. Studies show that eating a potassium-rich diet can prevent onset of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Zinc is important for providing bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis. It boosts the immune system and promotes reproductive health.

Fiber – Pumpkin flesh is very low in calories and contains abundant quantities of extremely good dietary fiber. It is extremely effective for treating gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, indigestion etc. The high amount of fiber also helps in lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the blood and in regulating the blood sugar levels.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Flesh and Seeds

Prostate Cancer – The protective compounds present within the pumpkin seeds, called phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. These work by shrinking the prostate and stimulating the secretion of chemicals that protect against the transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High DHT levels can cause enlargement of the prostate glands.

Anti-Inflammatory Effect – The Beta carotene present in pumpkin seeds and flesh has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of pumpkin can protect against joint inflammation and arthritis. Pumpkins have been known to provide relief from inflammation quickly, without the harmful side-effects of anti-inflammatory medicines.

Great on your skin – The high amount of Vitamin A, C and E as well as Zinc present in pumpkin, make it a great choice for those who want a healthy and glowing skin. Have a cup of pumpkin seeds per day to prevent appearance of wrinkles and to keep your skin hydrated and nourished.

Prevents Kidney Stones – Have 5 to 10 grams of pumpkin seeds every day. This stimulates the kidneys and prevents the formation of calcium oxalate stones.

Depression – Pumpkin flesh contains L-tryptophan, a chemical compound that triggers feelings of well-being and happiness. Having pumpkin as a part of your daily diet can keep your spirits high and prevent depression.

Treatment of Parasites – In various cultures especially China, pumpkins are used to treat infections caused by tapeworms and other parasites.

Diuretics – Pumpkins are natural diuretics. These help in flushing out the toxins and unwanted waste material from the body, leaving you refreshed and healthy.

With so many health benefits, it is no wonder that pumpkin is an important part of the list of Super Foods. Next time you are carving a pumpkin, do not throw away the pulp or the seeds – instead boil, bake or cook them in any form you like.

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Their oil is high in phytosterols or plant-based fatty acids and their chemical composition is the same as cholesterol. High Carotenoids Content – Pumpkins owe their bright Orange color to the high amount of carotenoids present in them. Health Benefits of Pumpkin Zinc is important for providing bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis.

Is Fad Water Bad Water

February 24, 2015 at 4:50 PM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

I eat organic food and do my best to consume organic beverages rather than your average store bought juice. I figured since I’ve tried to maintain a healthy diet, why not check into the benefits of different types of bottled water? I decided to take a deeper look. I know which are my favorite, which are tolerable and the brands that taste like tap water. I’ve been wondering whether or not it’s worth spending the extra cash on some of the bottled waters that are out there. One thing I know for sure is that all waters are not created equally.

I describe the following brands of bottled water as “fad water” because they promise extra benefits such as a power boost or extra vitamins and look fun. The stylish labels on the bottles make them attractive and catch the eye of many health conscious consumers. The drawback of drinking fad water is that while many of them offer extra benefits, you might not realize that they can contain other ingredients that could very well be counterproductive. If you ask me, drink water because it is pure and your body needs it. If you want a drink with flavor or you want extra benefits, drink fruit juice or eat food rich in vitamins. Water is meant to keep you hydrated, healthy and quench your thirst. It shouldn’t need to taste like candy or work like coffee. Chances are if it does, it’s probably not good for you.

Vitamin Water

There are 13 grams of sugar per serving and most bottles contain 2.5 servings. Vitamin Water contains no fruit juice. A full bottle of Vitamin Water (2.5 servings) has only about 7 grams less sugar than a can of Coke. You will notice crystalline fructose listed in the ingredients but don’t be fooled because it’s just a fancy name for sugar. That’s not pure sugar by the way, so it can raise blood-sugar levels. This amount of sugar can increase your body’s production of insulin and lower your metabolism. This change in metabolism can also suppress your immune system so I say, “No thanks”. Could drinking this type of water actually make you gain weight? I suppose it’s possible.

Smart Water

Glaceau, the same company that owns Vitamin Water and Fruit Water also created Smart Water. The name of this water is meant to make you feel as if you’ve made a healthy and intelligent choice, but just how smart is Smart Water? Smart Water is referred to as the “new Vitamin Water” and it certainly sports a trendy label. Does this mean they’ve made an improvement in the sugar content or made a healthier version of Vitamin Water? It does have added calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as electrolytes so many people may see this drink as a healthier alternative to Gatorade. It has less sugar than Gatorade but consumers need to remember is that the “added vitamins” are usually the result of a chemistry experiment, better referred to as synthetic vitamins. If vitamins are what you’re looking for, your best bet is to eat organic food, take organic whole food supplements and invest in a juicer. Quench your thirst the old-fashioned way with real water.

These are just a few examples of where we are heading when it comes to something as simple as water. What has happened in today’s world that we are so consumed with commercial products that we cannot see the answer right under our nose? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not so ancient that I can talk about the “good old days” but I’m also not ignorant to the fact that today’s tasty quick fixes are not necessarily healthy choices. Water has been around since the dawn of time and if you ask me, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. If it is healthy, don’t taint it. We’ve sold ourselves to indulgence and little by little we go more for flavor than for health. Many people have good intentions to make healthier choices and search for ways to make it more interesting. Drinking this type of water is not the way to go. In fact, the amount of sugar in these types of water can actually contribute to dehydration!

Distilled Water Vs. Spring Water

Now that we know what not to do, which bottled water is the best? After all, there are so many to choose from, how do you know which ones are pure so you’re not wasting your hard-earned money on filtered tap water? Distilled water loses many of the minerals found naturally in water and may draw minerals out of your body to replenish what it is missing. Distilled water is generally less satisfying in taste. Spring water maintains its minerals and is more refreshing and hydrating. You could say that the best choice here is fairly obvious.

What brand of spring water is the best? I’ve done enough taste tests to learn that Evian is by far the best bottled water, though the price is borderline ridiculous. The truth is that you get what you pay for when purchasing spring water. If you buy Walmart brand water for eighty-eight cents, that’s exactly what it’s going to taste like. Wild Harvest is a Shaw’s brand and they too offer bottled water in gallons for just a dollar and change. This is what I use to cook my food and to drink in the summer when I consume more water. I’ve been splurging on Evian in the meantime. The main goal when shopping for pure spring water is to read the label and be sure that it contains no additives as these would take away from its natural state. Take a lemon, lime and some natural sugar and mix it in your water for those times that you simply must have flavor and hydration. Don’t forget the most important thing. Ten glasses a day of pure spring water keeps you hydrated, healthy energized and looking great!

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Food Combining – Help Your Digestive System Do Its Job Easier

February 24, 2015 at 6:49 AM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

Digestive problems are very common. Heartburn, gas, and other digestive and bowel problems affect almost everyone. These problems are not only annoying to have, but they are also signs of poor digestion and eating habits. You can avoid these problems by chewing your food properly and using a food combining principle that will allow your body to digest the food easier.

Food combining is simply eating the right types of food together that make it easy for your body to digest it. Of course, eating a large variety of food is healthy for us to do, but it’s not good for our digestive system to sit down and try to digest it all at one meal. We are under the impression that we have to have one of every food group on our plate at every meal and that’s simply not true. In fact, it’s not good for us.

Our digestive system has one of the most important jobs of our body. When you eat food according to what will be easiest to digest you are doing your digestive system a huge favor by allowing it to do its job properly.

For example, digesting proteins and starches have different digestive requirements. So if you eat them in one meal it becomes hard for your body to digest either one of them well. Proteins require an acid environment to digest properly while starches require an alkaline environment. You digestive system can accommodate both environments at one time, but it obviously cannot create both at the same time!

Fruit has very special requirements and should always be eaten by itself. Fruit is one of those lovely foods that quickly passes through your digestive system on its own. But if you eat fruit with starchy foods or with protein the fruit cannot just pass on through the digestive track like it should, as it gets mixed up with other food that doesn’t have that privilege. The sugar will then ferment in your stomach and bring about bloating and gas.

Melons are even quicker at going through the digestive process and should be either eaten alone or with other melons. This will avoid sugar fermentation in the stomach.

Here are the basic rules for food combining:

1. Vegetables with starches are fine
2. Vegetables with proteins are fine
3. Protein and starch are a no-no – Think meat and potatoes!
4. Fruit is always eaten alone or with other fruit
5. Acid fruits with nuts and seeds are okay
6. Acid fruits with sweet fruits are okay
7. Melons are eaten alone

We have been living on the wrong food combinations for a while now thinking that they are normal. For instance, burger and fries are consumed daily by millions of people, but this combination of food is making their digestive systems work harder than they should, and they are possibly causing digestive problems just from that meal. Now pile on 3 meals a day like that, eaten every single day.

So the next time you sit down to eat, give your digestive system a break. Take it into consideration and make its job easier. Your body and health will thank you!

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For more tips on eating right for optimal health visit Kari’s website at Alternative Health Ideas.

Buy Sytropin HGH Spray

February 23, 2015 at 4:43 AM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

Life today has its conveniences. Making things handy has made it possible to purchase and things that help your life. You can buy Sytropin HGH in an oral spray to fight the course of aging. What is important though is that you enjoy your life and the essential things like friends, family, and activity matter.

Things are getting handy these days, thanks to the technology which we have. Twenty years ago, do you remember how the first cellphones looked? Some were even in attaché cases. These days you have cellphones smaller that pocket calculators. Even in the supplement market, there are handy things. You can buy Sytropin HGH spray that fits into your pocket. This is the anti aging Human Growth Hormone supplement that you can purchase without a prescription. How about the evolution of computers and where has it gone. The first mainframes needed buildings. These days, you have a personal digital assistant that is as big as your cell phone and is wireless as well. The age of convenience is here and it has its benefits and disadvantages as well.

As the world tries to make life less complicated by making it less burdensome for people to achieve tasks, it comes with a drawback as well. Though gone are the physical tasks of chopping wood, fetching water, milking the cow, walking a mile to school, we have also become more sedentary and in effect, less physically active. This has led to health problems as we gain more weight, do less physical activity, and in general become unhealthy. One of the leading causes of death in most western societies is cardio related. Heart conditions, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are frequent conditions often shown in physical checkups for people over the age of forty. Stress related incidents are also on the rise. The need for a balanced life is crucial for everyone. It helps us see perspective of what is important. While we can buy Sytropin HGH Spray to reverse the aging process, we must learn how to appreciate the years we have left. This is the other side of the coin, the need to find out what really is important.

What are the things that are really important? Have a great set of friends and family members that you can count on, who will listen to you, or even just be there when you feel down and out. This is your core support group. No man is an island and at some point in our lives, we will need help. Your friends and family will be there when that time comes. Leave work behind at the office. No one ever said in his or her dying bed that they wished they spent more time at work. Sometimes by not thinking of your work problems, the solutions to them do come out. There are more important things to consider. Go and see the world. You have to enjoy what is out there. Relax and recharge your batteries by going out on excursions with your family. They do not have to be expensive. Go out for walks in the parks or do some sports, play a game of tennis together. Enjoy life and you will live longer.

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Junk Food and Anxiety

February 21, 2015 at 11:38 PM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

Junk Food and Anxiety

Do you know how much junk food you are eating every single day? And do you understand that junk food is really junk?
It is not only junk for our physical well being. It is also junk food for our overall well being or its contrary. In fact, many of the foods you intake every single day, contribute to your not well being. It may contribute to your various difficulties at a physical and at a mental level, not to mention your psychical and emotional level.. It has been renowned now for some decades that the human being consists of various parts: the physical body, the brain with the mental and its spiritual part And not to be forgotten, the emotional part. You cannot take these as single parts of a person as they are just intrinsic of the person. They all need fuel in order to function well. Good fuel is not junk food. Good fuel is not necessarily organic food but it is natural food. Natural food means food stuff that has not been processed. Food that can be consumed either in its raw form or, if prepared and cooked, prepared and cooked in a simple way. Without the addition of too much oil and/or flour nor of too much sugar, especially the white one.
It means that our food should not be deep fried. .Among the deep fried junk food we find especially French fries. These are mostly prepared with low quality oils. And often with exhausted oils that have been used many times to deep fry whatever came their way. If you prepare your meals at home, you can eat French fries once in a while because you know that if you use fresh and quality oil, it’s ok. Another often encountered junk food is hamburgers. Again, they are deep fried. The quality of the meat is often very bad.
Just a word about the components of junk food: if taken separately, the ingredients of junk food may even be normal food. It is the way of their treatment, processing and cooking which often creates junk food. If you cooked your potatoes in a steamer or had them transform in hash browns, they certainly would not be junk food but highly valuable food. The same can be said of hamburgers. If you cook the individual parts of the hamburger mixture, separating the meats and cook them as short fried meat to eat together with pasta and without adding any ketchup, but maybe just a fresh tomato, you can eat a satiable, healthy meal.
And it can go on and on.
Apart from the salty junk foods, there is a huge range of sweets that are nothing else but junk. When you are suffering from anxiety or panic attacks, you often eat these junk sweets because they give you immediate satisfaction. However, the satisfaction does not last long and so you put more of them into your stomach. What you are not aware of is that this sweet stuff gives you too much sugar and hardened fats. Both these food stuffs are no good for you. Especially if you tend to put on weight, you should watch it and not eat these sweets. Sugar has a tendency to be transformed by your body into fat. And the hardened fats are dangerous for your heart. So, stay away from these kinds of sweets. It is better for you to eat a fresh fruit. It satisfies you as far as your hunger for sweet is concerned and it gives your body what it needs. Instead of a fruit, you could also eat a handful of nuts. They give you a wealth of good nutrients and satisfy your longing for sweets.

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I am a Swiss teacher author and coach who loves to help people overcome their anxieties and related diseases. I teach SpringForestQiGOng, EFT, Law of Attraction. I have written an ebook called Anxiety, Goodbye! which you can buy on

Wheatgrass & Briccoli Juice for Good Health

February 21, 2015 at 5:13 PM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

You can’t eat wheatgrass but you can drink the juice.

You can eat broccoli but who wants to eat 2 kilos a day?

The juice of wheatgrass contains vitamins and minerals but especially digestive enzymes. Wheatgrass has the enzymes amylase and protease to help break down fats and carbohydrates .

The juice of the four day old broccoli sprout has an abundance of Sulphorphane Glucosinolate (SGS) that helps prevent or treats cancer, macular degeneration, (eye disease) stomach ulcers, Alzheimers disease, and ageing in cells.

Universities around the world have studied SGS and published studies showing that it is useful in the prevention or treatment of numerous conditions such as cancer, , macular degeneration, (eye disease) stomach ulcers, Alzheimers disease, ageing and many more.

But wheatgrass juice must be fresh, it must never have been heated or frozen otherwise the live enzymes will decay.
To get enough of the SGS to do the job requires about 2 kilos of broccoli a day. No one can eat that much every day.
So how can a person get the benefits of wheatgrass and broccoli every day easily and without getting bored?
The answer is in juices. Wheatgrass juice and Broccoli sprout juice.

But wheatgrass juice and broccoli sprout juice deteriorate very quickly and quickly lose the live enzymes that make them good for you. Heat, light, bacteria and oxygen can all impact the enzymes in wheatgrass juice so that within minutes the benefits begin to be lost.

Treating wheatgrass juice and broccoli sprout juice with high temperatures for pasteurisation will destroy the enzymes. Freezing the wheatgrass juice or broccoli sprout juice will be a phase change that subtly alters the values of the juices. And frozen wheatgrass juice or broccoli sprout juice must be thawed before you can drink it and that means exposure to air and or to heat both of them bad for the wheatgrass juice or broccoli sprout juice. Extracts and powders made from wheatgrass and broccoli or broccoli sprouts may also be heat treated, spray dried, freeze dried and may be diluted with chemicals or sugars such as magnesium stearate or maltodextrin – a complex sugar. Some commercially available products that call themselves wheatgrass or broccoli can have 25% or more of their content supplied by fillers such as maltodextrin.

But juices made from wheatgrass and four day old broccoli sprouts can be treated with very high pressure to kill the bad bacteria and leave the enzymes and SGS intact and available.

When these pressure treated wheatgrass juice and broccoli sprout juice are also given just a trace ( 0.2% ) of non-dairy lactic acid they will last for several weeks without refrigeration. This means that wheatgrass juice and broccoli sprout juice can then deliver the live enzymes and SGS that people seek. written by Mike Jones

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Shop Smart For Better Health

February 20, 2015 at 5:59 PM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

The way that you shop directly impacts your nutritional health. However, for many financial limitations often create challenges at the checkout counter. The healthy foods that you may want to buy sometimes seem out of reach financially. As a result, many of us, under the confines of a strict budget, cave when presented with the option to purchase the less expensive, unhealthy food item versus the sometimes more expensive, healthier one. Then we are plagued by a guilty conscious afterwards or stuck trying to justify the unhealthy choice solely on the basis of cost, an argument made easier in the midst of the current tumultuous economic climate.

Guess what though? You no longer need to put yourself on this emotional roller coaster. Simply create and realize the power of a grocery list. By shopping with a grocery list, you not only realize cost benefits, but you save time, make healthier food choices and become more conscious about the things that are important in your life. We’ve all experienced going into the grocery store with the best of intentions to buy only the healthiest of foods, but leaving with a trunk load of items, many of which will have us overcome by guilt by the time we turn out of the grocery store parking lot. Well, the time has come to stop using budget as an excuse to continue such an unhealthy lifestyle, starting with making a grocery list. Let’s explore how this tool can work for you to improve not only your shopping experience, but your nutritional health.

Making a grocery list forces you to be strategic in prioritizing and considering the boundaries of your budget. It also makes it easier to seek out competitive pricing because knowing what you need in advance frees up time for you to scan the local newspapers and sign up for newsletters and alerts with the local grocers or food manufacturers for coupons and sales. Most importantly, making a grocery list prompts you to be a more health conscious shopper and surprisingly enough so does being on a tight budget. A grocery list and a tight budget can make the choice between a $4 bag of chips versus a $2 bag of popcorn kernels an easy one.

Essentially, whether you’re on a budget or not, better health starts with smart planning, which in turns starts with a grocery list. This can in fact be challenging at times because not only are you attempting to realize cost savings, but you also want to make healthy food choices. Nonetheless, despite the challenges, smart shopping is not just about grocery list and coupons, it’s about making choices that in the end save you more than just money. It’s about making you a priority.

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Fish Oil Benefits – Discover the Effective Way to Optimize Your Health

February 20, 2015 at 3:37 AM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

Fish oil has been proven safe and effective to use if you want to have the optimum level of health. It has been regarded as one of the most effective solutions in taking care of your overall health. Whether you are suffering from a pregnancy disorder or heart disease, this supplement will be able to help you effectively and efficiently. All you need to do is to really help yourself in finding this amazing supplement for you.

There are different fish oil benefits if you will use this supplement. It will help you to have the best quality of health you ought to have. In this way, you will be able to enjoy living your life free from any conditions from arising. In addition, you should know the benefits this supplement can do for you in order to help you get the best health quality that can serve you for many years to come.

You should know that by having these benefits, you are increasing your health’s quality, allowing you to go on with your life in the most effective way. This supplement will help you to lower your blood triglycerides. Having an elevated level of triglycerides will let you suffer from diseases that may affect to even decrease your health. Particularly, it will affect your cardiovascular system, limiting you to do your daily work. This supplement can really help you in eliminating every symptom of this disease.

Also, included in fish oil benefits is its ability to limit blood clots. It is dangerous for your blood to clot because it may only make way for the passageways of blood to be obstructed. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, you should know that with the intake of this supplement, your blood pressure can be lowered into its normal level, making way for you to cut down any adverse reactions of high blood pressure into your health.

Furthermore, fish oil will also improve and boost your immune system, which can be very helpful for you. With this, you will be safe from acquiring several diseases that may only worsen your condition. You will also feel young and look young because you will have a positive outlook towards life; thanks to the benefits fish oil can give to you.

Generally, these fish oil benefits will let you continue with your life in the best possible way, with the elimination of the conditions that may only worsen it. All you need to do is to dedicate yourself in taking care of your health in every way, and with the use of this supplement, you will surely have the best outcome when it comes to your health.

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Why is Codfish the Solution for Nutrition?

February 19, 2015 at 10:33 PM • Posted in healthy eatingComments Off

Considered as the Super Food or Super Fish, cod fish is a good choice of seafood because of its nutritional value. It is one of the cleanest sources of protein, tryptophan, and selenium, all of which we will discuss later. As part of the Mediterranean diet, the codfish provides protein that the body can easily absorb. Aside from this, the codfish does not give too much carbohydrates and fat. So far, this is one of the most advised seafood to individuals who need to watch their weight and yet need protein so this is considered the best substitute for red meat. Red meat is unhealthy and is not really recommended to be part of the Mediterranean Diet even if it is rich in selenium. Codfish, on the other hand, is a type of seafood that does not pose any risk if taken even if not in moderation.


Proteins are the essential building blocks of the cell in any living organism. This is the very foundation of energy and nutrition. Its main function is to support life in several forms such as enzymes, hormones, and antibodies. Proteins also act as transmitters and catalysts that help the nerves communicated with one another to orchestrate the different body functions to ensure health and fitness. Proteins can be categorized as essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be formed by the human body but non-essential amino acids are the opposite. Therefore there are types of proteins thatcan only be taken from external sources such as the codfish.

Proteins are important part of growth. Our hair and nails are made of a type of protein. The maintenance of our body is also based out of protein. It helps in replacing dead cells, dead hair, and making nails grow. Whenever out bodies lack carbohydrates and calories, the protein serves as a back up and is converted into calories to support the body’s need for energy. Protein deficiency can lead to retarded growth, mental illnesses, loss of hair and skin color, edema, slow digestion, and poor immune system. For every 113 grams of codfish, the body gets about 52% of the daily requirement for protein.


This is a type of essential amino acids and this means that the body cannot produce it by itself. This is a nutrient that needs to be taken in its form from external sources. Its main function is to act as a building block for the synthesis of protein. It also helps in the regulation of appetite, prevent sleep disorder, and elevates the mood. Without adequate tryptophan, a person will experience anxiety, irritability, depression, impulsiveness, impatience, and several other moods related to behavior. A person will also experience lack of sleep and will definitely gain weight due to uncontrolled eating habits. For every 113 grams of codfish, a person will get 90.6% o the body’s daily needs of tryptophan.


Selenium is a trace mineral that is required by the body in controlled amounts. When combined with proteins, the end result is selenoprotein. This is a very important anti-oxidant that prevents external and harmful free radicals of chemicals from harming the human body. Studies have shown that selenium helps reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. This is a chronic disease that causes debilitating pain that is common to aged people. Selenium is also said to improve the body’s immune system. People with HIV or AIDS are known to have depleted levels of selenium and this makes it difficult for the body to make the immune system stronger. This entails that if the selenium requirement is not met, there is a high risk or association with poor immune system that can lead to serious complications, even death. For every 113 grams of cod fish, the body can get 52% of its required selenium content.

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Ray Darken has provided more at this link on the subject of Cod Fish. For related healthy recipes, read about the Mediterraneanean diet recipes club and while you are there download his free Mediterranean diet report.