Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thought For The Day!!!

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Thought For The Day!!!

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Honey and Cinnamon For Weight Loss - Does it Really Work?

Recommend ArticleAll through the internet and media, there is a huge hype about the magic new weight loss cure, "honey and cinnamon for weight loss". But, does it really work? Or is it just another fad? Being a nutrition and diet consultant for many years now, I decided to get to the bottom of this! What I found may surprise you.
First of all, lets look at what is suggested. The recipe is simple. You have to combine one tea-spoon of honey to one tea spoon of cinnamon and boil it in one cup of water. It is suggested that you consume half of this cup, half an hour before breakfast. And you consume half of this cup, half an hour before going to sleep at night. That's it!
The claims are, that by just doing this much, and not making ANY other changes in your routine and your diet, you can expect to lose 3 to 5 pounds within a week. It is said that the honey and cinnamon, actually prevent your body from storing fat!
Unfortunately, the practitioners of this "honey and cinnamon for weight loss" idea, do not offer any clear scientific explanation for why this should work.
Here is the scientific analysis...
Cinnamon: Actually, cinnamon does have weight loss benefits. It has already been proved in scientific studies that cinnamon helps to reduce bad cholesterol & blood sugar. A reduction in blood sugar helps in increasing insulin levels and which in turn prevents the body from storing fats. So, we know that cinnamon defiantly helps to lose weight.
Honey: There is no doubt that honey is good for health. In fact, people who have tried this "honey and cinnamon" idea, do report that they feel more energetic. This fits in perfectly with the fact that honey is a "simple sugar" that is very easy for the body to process and release energy. But, honey has the opposite effect that cinnamon has. It increases the blood sugar levels.
So, its not very clear from the scientific point of view, how this "honey and cinnamon for weight loss" idea could really work. But, there are still people out there that claim it has helped them. Unless a proper scientific study is done on the subject, making any conclusions would be pointless. So, if you want to try it, go ahead! If it does not help, it surely will not hurt! But, there are better and faster ways to lose weight out there.

By Khoj Kaizar Badami

How To Lose Weight Fast and Easy (NO EXERCISE)

I found this video on You Tube very entertaining and inspiring, although I don't condone the 'no exercise' approach personally! Check it out. The girl done good.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Thought For The Day!!!

Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.

Monday, 14 July 2014

 Be Generous - It's Good For You!

The Dalai Lama famously said, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." The same is certainly true for generosity! Generosity -- the quality of being kind and understanding, the willingness to give others things that have value -- is often defined as an act of selflessness; however, studies are now showing that generosity is actually (selfishly) in your best interest. Practicing generosity is a mental health principle, and it could be the very key to a happy and healthy life.
Year after year, more and more studies are highlighting the benefits of generosity on both our physical and mental health. Not only does generosity reduce stress, support one's physical health, enhance one's sense of purpose, and naturally fight depression, it is also shown to increase one's lifespan.
If a longer, less stressful and more meaningful life is not enough to inspire you to rev up your practice of generosity, consider that generosity also promotes a social connection and improves relationships. According to Jason Marsh and Jill Suttie of the Greater Good Science Center, "When we give to others, we don't only make them feel closer to us; we also feel closer to them." This is because being generous and kind encourages us to perceive others in a more positive light and fosters a sense of community, a feeling of interconnectedness.
Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellant of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving, we create a more outward orientation toward the world, which shifts our focus away from ourselves. While maintaining a healthy level of self-awareness and sensitivity to oneself is important, too often we narrow in on ourselves with a negative lens. We spend too much time listening to the "critical inner voice" in our heads, which scrutinizes our every move and nags at us with negative thoughts towards ourselves and others. These negative thoughts undermine our confidence and can lead to self-sabotage. Being generous distracts us from the critical inner voice's barrage of nasty thoughts and creates a strong argument against it as well. When we see someone else benefiting from our kind actions, for instance, it is hard for the inner voice to argue that we are worthless. 

Four Steps to Fully Practicing Generosity 

Give something that is sensitive to the other person.
Generosity is most effective when the gift you offer is sensitive. Think about what the other person wants or needs. It's not always about material things; it's about being giving of yourself. Sometimes just being present and available to a loved one who is having a hard time is the greatest gift you could possibly give. 

Accept appreciation.
It is important to be open to the people who express appreciation toward you. Generosity is a two-way street, allowing someone to express their gratitude is an important aspect of generosity and part of what makes you feel closer to them. As researchers in the Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered, "The emotion of gratitude uniquely functions to build a high-quality relationship between a grateful person and the target of his or her gratitude, that is, the person who performed a kind action." So it is important to not brush off a "thank you" with comments like "Oh, it was nothing." 

Accept the generosity of others.
Some people have a much easier time being giving than receiving. However, it is important to let others do things for you. I call this the generosity of acceptance. Being pseudo-independent or self-denying robs your loved ones of the opportunity to feel the joy of giving. Accepting the generosity of others may make you uncomfortable if you felt unlovable or unworthy in your early life. Generosity is often an act of love, and, though it may seem counterintuitive, many people respond negatively to being loved.

Show appreciation.
Remember that gratitude is an important part of the equation. Show your appreciation for the generosity that is directed toward you, even if you feel shy or uncomfortable. Resist the temptation to say things like "This is too much," or "You shouldn't have." Instead just say "Thank you!" Or, better yet, let the person know what their generosity meant to you. Generosity is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Each day life presents us with hundreds of opportunities to be generous; by making a lifestyle out of generosity, we can do ourselves and others a world of good. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

Reduce Belly Fat Video - my results!!!

I've done the 10 minute workout once a day for 2 weeks and today is the day that I have remeasured myself and had a good look in the mirror to see if I look any different. My torso is looking more defined and my core does feel much stronger and tighter.
Measurement-wise I have lost half an inch from my waist, half an inch from around the widest part of my thigh, and......drum roll inch and a half from my lower waist (around my belly button area).
I certainly feel more toned and am amazed that just 10 minutes a day has made a difference. I am absolutely going to continue with my mini-workout for combatting belly fat!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Thought For The Day!!!

Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.

Five Superfoods For A Toned Beach Body!

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Spring is finally here, bringing with it the joy of lighter evenings and warmer weather, along with the fear of getting our bodies out on the beach. If you feel you’ve let yourself go a little thanks to overindulging during the winter months, try feasting on these body toning superfoods instead and you’ll soon feel confident enough to don that swimming costume once again.

A report from the Diabetes Care journal found that dieters who ate monounsaturated fats lost more weight from their stomachs than those eating the same number of calories, but less fat. Spikes in your blood sugar encourage your body to store fat around your tummy, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes and therefore the fat. Half a medium avocado provides 10 grams of this magic fat, so get eating!

Lean chicken breast
Plenty of protein helps you build bigger and stronger muscles, which help you burn more calories, and helps you burn them quickly, as well as toning you up and anchoring all those wobbly bits. A grilled chicken breast is ideal for this as it’s almost entirely protein and contains very little fat. If you’re vegetarian, try boiled or poached eggs. Avoid frying them, as you’ll be absorbing the fattening oil that they’re cooked in as well as the good stuff.

Those dark green leaves are absolutely packed with iron and vitamin C, which, apart from generally being very good for you, help your bodies to produce collagen. Collagen is a protein that is amazing for your skin and muscles, giving them their toned and elastic properties and making you look youthful. Spinach is also a great source of fibre, which keeps your stomach fuller for longer and stops you from snacking.

Brown rice
You won’t tone up without exercising, and exercise requires that you have plenty of energy, which means eating carbs. White, refined carbohydrates cause spikes in your blood sugar that encourage your body to store fat, whereas complex, wholegrain varieties, such as brown rice, help control blood sugar levels. Brown rice is also a good source of protein, so, like spinach, it will keep you feeling full.

Green tea
Green tea speeds up your metabolism and makes your body to burn fat quicker, as well as inhibiting fat absorption and helping glucose regulation, all thanks to the natural antioxidants it contains called catechin polyphenols. If you drink three to five cups a day you’ll soon notice the sculpted body that you always wanted appearing. 

Friday, 4 July 2014

Thought For The Day!!!

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.