Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Watch What You Eat!

The kind of food or diet that you have has an impact of having a beautiful skin. The reason is that the diet for overall health slows down the physiological mechanisms of aging in all tissues including the skin. Having a good diet will result to having a beautiful, radiant skin and healthy body as well. Below are some of the guidelines.

  1. Balance and variety- this is usually imply a diet that contains all necessary nutrients within a certain optimal range. It is usually selected in such a way as to prevent protein malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. And the simplest way to achieve this is to follow the following suggested foods.
    1. Consume a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables while staying within the energy needs.
    2. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables each day.
    3. Consume 3 or more ounce equivalents of whole grain products per day. At least half of the grains should come from whole grains.
    4. Consume 3 cups per day of fat-free or low fat milk.
  2. Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are important in preventing premature skin aging because they contain a wide variety of antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect skin from damage by free radicals which are especially rampant in the skin due to environment exposure. Be sure that fruits and vegetables are fresh and minimally cooked since heat inactivates most antioxidants if overly done.
  3. Fluids – A well moisturized skin is less prone to developing wrinkles. Drinking plenty of fluids or 6-8 glasses throughout the day ensures proper hydration of the body and helps reduce skin dryness. Remember, coffee and sodas are not a good substitute for water because they contain caffeine which is diuretic- a substance promoting the excretion of water through urine. And also do not drink too much fluid 2-3 hours before bedtime because this may cause morning inflammation and excessively stretch your skin.
  4. Calories – The desire to have or retain youthful skin is to watch your calorie intake and avoid weight gain. Always keep in mind that gaining and losing weight may have negative effects not only on the skin but on the overall health as well.
  5. Cooking. Watch out in cooking your food! Every time a food is heated up the rate of reactions of degradation and oxidation of nutrients jumps up dramatically. In other words, cooking depletes food of many essential nutrients and antioxidants and increases the content of oxidative by products or free radicals which resulted to consuming less essential nutrients and more aging promoting free radicals. Just a reminder for everybody to reduce cooking time, avoid deep frying, grilling and cooking in large amounts of oil and avoid continuous opening of cover because it will evaporate the nutrients to the air.

To ensure that all essential nutrients are consumed in an adequate amount, it is advisable to consume a wide variety of foods.

Friday, November 27, 2009

How to Live Healthy

Living in a healthy lifestyle is one of the most satisfying thing that a person can do. There are many ways but it depends on the goal or on how you balanced yourself to achieve it. Below are some tips to stay healthy, balanced and energetic throughout the day.

1. Wake up early. It gives you a fresh start and give you the chance to enjoy the sunrise and see the beauty of nature.

2. Meditate. set a time especially after waking up in the morning to meditate. It will give you the most blissful life and give you extra energy for the rest of the day.

3) Yoga - performing yoga postures such as the Sun Salutation can really increase overall well-being, energy, focus, and revitalization to all the body organs.

4. Eat meals regularly. This will provide you the energy to be used for the day.

5. Drink 6-8 glasses of water everyday.

6. Exercise. It will decrease your chance for having any major diseases.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stress can make you older

Don't you know that stress can make you older than you actually are. A recent study of women who experience prolonged stress revealed changes in chromosomes within their cells that added the equivalent of 10 years or more to their biological age. Oh my God, if that is true I'd rather not to be stressed out. So girls don't be stress! You might look older than your age.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Amazing Power of Banana

Do you eat banana? If you do then you are keeping yourself healthy and keeping yourself away from the doctors. It is because of the power of banana. Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest
ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the
Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness.. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, 'eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around .So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!". Never keep your bananas in the refrigerator, because you have to eat right away.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sweet Potato

Do you want to get rid those fats in your body just by eating? Yes by eating sweet potatoes. Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, which means there is no drastic insulin jumps and less fat pack into your body. You bake a small sweet potato top with nonfat cottage cheese. Or you can simply boil sweet potato and eat it alone. Since it is high in fiber it can easily be digested and helps remove waste regularly.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How To Manage Diabetes

To achieve beauty is to maintain a good health, because when your healthy you will also look beautiful. Many of us don't bother to take care of our health. It just too late to react wherein the illness is already present in our body. It is too late to regret as they said. The most common illness that most of our constituents are experiencing now is Diabetes. If you are already infected in this disease, how are you going to mange this kind of disease? Below are some of the suggestions:
1. Learn and understand everything you can about diabetes. Know the disease.
2. Make the necessary lifestyle changes:
2.1. maintain ideal body weight
2.2. exercise regularly
2.3. limit alcohol, low sugar, low fat, low salt diet
2.4. stop smoking
2.5. reduce stress
3. Monitor your blood sugar regularly
4. Pay attention to the following:
4.1. foot care
4.2. blood pressure
4.3. blood lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides)
4.4. the state of your kidneys (test microalbuminuria)
4.5. the state of your eyes
5. Visit your doctor regularly and follow your doctor's orders and advice.
5.1. take your medicines everyday or as advised
5.2. maintain follow up appointments with your doctor.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Avocado as Herbal Medicine

In my previous post I mentioned about the facial mask using avocado. Now aside for using it for beautification, there are also benefits that we can get from this fruit. It can also be use as alternative medicine and can help cure the following ailments.
1. Hypertension
Procedure: Boil 2 parts water with one part leaves. Take as a tonic drink.
2. Stomachache
Procedure: Put a plant part in a glass and pour boiling water. Cover for 15 minutes. Drink like tea.
3. Headache and Migraine
Procedure: Apply warmed leaves on forehead.
4. Skin Inflammation
Procedure: Mix powdered seed with oil and use it as an ointment.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Good Skin With Milk

Do you want good skin, but don't have all those spa products? Then, nothing to worry about because you can achieve that good skin by using milk. There ways to make it.

1. Drink. Milk has a lot of good stuff for your skin. It also helps your body to become active. Drink it daily then you will have a better skin.

2. Dip a cotton ball in a dish of milk. Rub it around your face in a circular motion.

3. Apply milk to your face. Leave for at least 15 minutes. Rinse well with water and apply facial moisturizer.

4. If you have enough milk, you can use it by filling your bathtub half way with hot water. pour three bottles of cold milk. soak for 15-20 minutes.

Very is it not? Try now!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

It's a long vacation again. To my fellow bloggers I hope you will still continue visiting here. I will be out for about four days from now and will be back on November 3 for the Halloween Celebration. I will just double my time to visit you back as soon as I'm back in the limelight (lol). I'll be missing you all. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How to Get Rid of Wrinkles

Wrinkles are lines or creases on the surface of the skin. They are a natural part of aging. But even young people develop skin aging because of some factors. Almost all women in their 30s and 40s begin to worry, conscious about their skin and the wrinkles that are beginning to appear. But nothing to worry about because there are already dermatology clinics, creams to prevent or diminish those wrinkles. The question is how about those who cannot afford to go to the clinics, to buy those creams and moisturizers? Below are some of the easiest ways to prevent and diminish the wrinkles without spending so much from your budget.

  1. Don’t Smoke. It is because cigarette and cigar smoke can constrain the production of collagen, the tissue that is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. It also decreases the flow and circulation of blood to the vessels of your face which causes to wrinkles.
  2. Wear Sunscreen. For the reason that sunscreen contains helpful ointments that prevent the effectiveness of the suns UVA and UVB rays. By applying sunscreen you can protect yourself from the damage of the sun which can lead to sunburn or skin cancer.
  3. Avoid Strong Chemicals. Be careful in using face washes, there are chemical ingredients that can cause excessive drying or pain after applying that can cause also to wrinkles.
  4. Eat Healthy. Always make sure that you eat fruits and vegetables everyday. Especially with vitamins A, C, E and K because they will help nourish your skin and prevent wrinkles.
  5. Hydrate Well. Drink plenty of water about 6-8 glasses a day.
  6. Moisturize. Apply lotion each morning and evening to promote healthy skin.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Soft Hands Solution

As we all know that our hands are the busiest part of our body. We use it every second of our daily activities. Have you notice that due to daily activities our hands become rough and dry? For me I really had a problem with my hands especially after washing clothes or washing dishes, my hands get dry even if I applied lotion. Then my friend shared her secret to me on how to achieve soft hands without spending too much from expensive moisturizer and cream.
All you need to have are lemon juice and three fingers full of brown sugar. Mix together. Rub your hands to the mixture for about two minutes, and then wash it off with water. You hands will be soft even if you will not apply any lotion to your hands.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Avocado Facial Mask

Achieving a beautiful and glowing skin is never a problem anymore. It can be yours anytime without spending too much of your budget. It is very easy to prepare and it can be done at home. I would like to share this very effective facial mask. All you need is an avocado fruit (the riper the better) and an olive oil. It seems messy but the result is worth fulfilling.

Scoop out the flesh and use fork to mash the flesh until it will become smooth paste. Add a little olive oil and mix.

Apply to your face and leave for 10-15 minutes while lying down.

Gently wipe off with warm water. Pat dry using a face towel. If there is some unconsumed mixture, just cover it and store it inside the refrigerator.

Try this too! My office mate tried already and was amazed of the effect .I can assure you that your skin will feel conditioned and soft. It will look soft and smooth. It also works for dry and oily skin types.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Glowing Skin Formula

Are you looking for a formula to make your skin glow and looks beautiful? There’s no need to go to a dermatologist, skin clinic and pay for expensive soaps, ointments etc. It is just within our reach and in fact we use it everyday and every morning and can be found in our kitchen. I would like to share this very simple tip for achieving a glowing skin without spending too much. All you need are the following:

  1. some pieces of lemon fruit- squeeze it to produce juice
  2. a pinch of sugar (brown sugar)

  1. Mix them together. The more sugar the better but not too much.
  2. Wet the sugar with sufficient lemon juice but do not dissolved it. Make sure that the sugar is still granules.
  3. Apply or rub over your face, hands and elbow.

Repeated use will result to lighter, smoother and softer skin, since Lemon is also a natural bleaching agent. This formula also prevents pimples and gives a glowing skin.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Toothpaste: Treatment for Pimples

It is really disturbing when you see pimples around your face. For me, I felt bad every time I touched my face with some protruding, sometimes painful pimples. I will not hesitate pricking them up which was not really good to do it, because it will irritate more and more and becomes bigger in size and red in color. In my case, after I prick my pimples it leaved a brown scar which was not good to look at. So I discovered a solution for reducing the size and redness of pimple until it will gone. All you need is Toothpaste (any brand of toothpaste). Do it at nighttime or before going to bed.
1. Wash your face (as your usual beauty routine).
2. Instead of applying moisturizer or pimple ointment, squeeze toothpaste into your finger, apply or dab a very small amount directly to the pimple(s) ONLY.
3. Leave it for 6-8 hours and wash off when you wake up in the morning.
You will discover that the pimple(s) will become smaller and the redness will be minimized. So worry no more about your pimples. Try this simple tip without spending too much of your budget.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Secrets of Having a Beautiful Skin

Hi friends! I was not able to update my page because I'm a little bit busy with my work and also I have an on-going site to be launch in few days later. Well, I just want to share this beauty tips which I've heard and seen on television last Monday in Ruffa and Ai Show. They were discussing about on how to maintain a beautiful skin and figure. They invited some artist to talk about their secrets of maintaining a beautiful look. Here are some of their secrets:
1. Have enough sleep, about 8-9 hours a day.
2. Avoid smoking and avoid smokers too.
3. Drink plenty of waters-8-10 glasses per day.
4. Eat a balance and nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits.
5. Exercise everyday- walking can be considered as a form of exercise also.
6. Always apply sunblock whenever and wherever you go. This will protect the skin from the harmful effect of sunlight.

Friday, September 18, 2009

How to Get Super Soft and shiny Hair

Are you a person who is hair conscious? Or who is satisfied with just shampooing and conditioning it. They said that the hair is the crowning glory of a woman. That’s why women are so particular about it. They go to the parlor every month for some treatment and repair of their hair. But going to the parlors is expensive, what about the others who cannot afford for the parlor. Here are a few great tips to help become softer and shiny without spending too much at all.
1. Put mayonnaise in your hair thick from the roots to the tips and placing your head in a clump. (It should be done by another person or you can request a friend to do it)
2. Then put a plastic bag on over the top of your head around your hairline. Take the plastic bag around the back of your hair and make sure that you get all the hair inside the bag. Tie the bag in the back below your hair. Press out the excess air out of the bag and leave your hair for 15 minutes in the mayonnaise wrap.
3. After 15 minutes, take a shower and wash out the mayonnaise with shampoo and conditioner. This will improve the softness of your hair and make it shines as well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How to Keep a Healthy Younger Looking Skin Part II

Keeping a young looking skin is not difficult to do. There are many possible things a person can do in order to achieve a beautiful skin for a lifetime.
1. Used vitamin C-enriched cream with L-ascorbic acid, ascorbic palmitate or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate as ingredients. According to research that when vitamin C is placed on skin, it helps stop cell damage that causes skin aging and keeps skin young looking.
2. 2. Don’t you know that drinking 12 ounces of tomato juice each day can boost skin’s production of collagen? And in a matter of 10 weeks it will keep your skin looking young.
3. Consult your doctor for a prescription cream containing vitamin-A based retinoid which help erase age spots and fine lines.
4. In order to avoid sagging skin, stay away from sugar. Sugar triggers free radicals which can cause wrinkling.
5. Regular exercise helps keep the wrinkles away. So be sure to eat right and do exercise everyday.

How to Keep a Healthy Younger Looking Skin

Do want to know the secrets on how to achieve healthy, younger looking skin? I know everybody will say yes because all of us need to look younger than our age. Science created a faster way to achieve it but it’s too expensive. And for all you knew that there is an easier way and it takes a matter of minutes to achieve it without spending too much. Simple steps that can help transformed tired, dry skin to soft, glowing, radiant skin.


It’s a good idea to invest in some sunscreen to keep your skin youthful and fresh. Because sun exposure is the leading cause of wrinkle, dry and discolored skin. And the best way to prevent aging is to protect it with sunscreen that has an SPF 15 or more.

Step 2

To achieve younger looking skin, there is a need for exfoliation with a mask. This can be done with Oatmeal. Oatmeal rids the skin of dead cells, redness, and irritation. It also relieves dryness, can be used to heal bee stings eczema. It also has a nurturing ability that skin needs.

Step 3

Take Lecithin vitamins. It is a fatty substance that supports the nerve tissue and skin cells regeneration. It also offers a cleansing effect for skin by helping sebaceous gland to produce cleansing secretions.

Step 4

Eat foods rich in omega-3, such as fish and seafood. These fatty acids keep the skin cells moist and give a healthy glow.

Step 5

If possible use Olive Oil in cooking. It will also help enhance youthful skin because it contains a lot of vitamin E which works to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and age spots and restores skin natural oil balance.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Simple and Easy Way to Increase Blog Traffic

I would like to share this very helpful strategy to boost your traffic.

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Please read carefully then apply correctly....

A philosophy says "Honesty is the Best Policy (Honesty is the political / best strategy)," is what we will prove .... whether honesty concept we can use to generate traffic and more intense popularity beyond the concept of complex expert webmaster or SEO expert ..?... I believe we will achieve that goal if this concept is running properly ..., and if this concept is applying in your web according to the rules, by then:
-Your Web will be swamped with huge traffic visitors day by day, without fuss or tired of the SEO campaign to a lot of web in the internet world.
-Your Web will be flooded huge back link day by day, without fuss hunt link to a lot of web in the internet world.

If Albert Einstein use the equation E = mc2 to combine mass potential and speed of light to create extreme nuclear energy , then we will use equation = V1 + V2 to combine my web potential and your web potential to generate extreme web traffic and popularity also .

If Einstein use atom plutonium and uranium to make nuclear bombs, then we use the Honesty and accuracy to make a bomb of this traffic and popularity concept.

What do you need to do is follow these steps:

1. Create a post articles as I post this, or copy-paste this post from Copy start here until Copy Finish, and also be entitled: t = V1 + v2, How to increase traffic and popularity quickly and naturally.

2. Copy or make the next powerful sentence existing under the number 3 plug at this website on your part to section that most easily seen by visitor, for example at the top of the sidebar

3. Move or change a link or the url address post (here-1) with your url address, and (here-2) with my URL address post,to find out url address of the post that I make and that you make is to click the title / post title than we make this copy of the address bar.

The more authentic information about you know, the more likely people are to consider you a expert. Read on for even more facts that you can share.

Next is the post of "powerful sentence" you need to install in your web part (after the change in the url link to its corresponding provisions of the above)

"Want to increase visitor traffic and your web popularity quickly and unlimited ...? Let me ..., I'll do it for you FREE ...!.. here 1 and here 2"

-So after the powerful sentence is put on the your web then : if a visitor click the link here-1 he will directly to your link post, and if he click here-2 will directly link to my post ... and this is just keep going unbreakable chain link.

4. Finish, prepare tracker counter and link checker for example sitemeter and Technorati to see a flood of traffic and your web backlink

What is t = V1 + t2 ...?
t: Number of traffic that will be you get on your web in a day
V1: The number of visitors to your web in a day
v2: Number of visitors of the V1 (a visitor from your web visitors) in a day.

For example, my web or your website in one day have an average of 50 visitors .., and all of this we apply the concept (powerful sentences) correctly, and that 50 people from each of 50 people also have visitors from his blog , then the web we will visit in a 50 plus 50 x 50 people on that day = 2550, and will also likely continue to increase day by day, because every day there are always new visitors in the internet world, each day also have a new blogger, or web internet in the world ... PROVE IT!

For example, our web visitors have 50 people in a day, and everyone implement this concept, then in the web that day you will get 100 linkback to your website, a link on Powerful sentence and a link on the link in my multiply 50. and will likely continue to increase day by day ....

Why the need to create links and link your link on my post ...?
... this is to maintain our link eternity, because as we get more links in the post less likely erased ....

Can we do not fair or not fair sabotage this concept, for example, "remove all links of origin" and fill in the web / blogs we own...? .... Yes, and this concept will not prove to be a maximum of Honesty is a strategy / political answer..... But I believe that we all want to throw them credibility by making such action cheap ...

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What do you think is it helpful to your site? I would like to thank Sida for this idea.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Healthy Break for Moms

The daily run of household work --- especially during school days --- can tire you, moms. Preparing the kids for school in the morning, fixing their merienda for the afternoon, and getting their homework done by bedtime can leave you highly stressed.

Stress is an unavoidable aspect of life, affecting both the young and the old. But to some extent, stress may give you the motivations you need to push yourself a little harder. However, remember that excessive stress leads to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Health specialists highly recommend a stress management plan that includes having time for relaxation to replenish lost nutrients and expended energy. So, the next time you find yourself with a few minutes for a break, try out these invigorating, healthy activities.

Breath in, breath out.
Breathing exercises circulate the oxygen our body needs. Too often, stress can shorten your supply of air, which is why you often feel short-of breath and light-headed when you’re tired. Aerobic workouts have a “cool down” stage to get the oxygen flowing. Breathe in deep to the top of your lungs, counting up to four, then hold your breath for another four seconds; and slowly release the air to a count of four. Do this exercise around three to four times.

Move that body.
Research indicates that there are mental health benefits derived from exercise, including reduced stress and increased confidence. So, get on your feet, stretch your arms, shrug your shoulders, bend your neck from left to right, or go for a walk to change scenery. This may be a short exercise but it keeps your energy up for your various physical activities.

Take a snack.
Pressure can often make us forget about food, which can leave us dehydrated. Pause for a minute and get something to eat. Replenish yourself with a glass of water or juice, or a quick, healthy snack.

Relax with a massage.
Give your hands, arms, legs and feet a good massage by rubbing them with a light fist. Massage eases up tense muscles, improves blood circulation, and restore that feeling of wellness. Make the most out of your massage by feeding your skin with a good lotion.

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Money Saving Tips

Want to save some money? I think all of us really wanted to save money even in a very simple way. May we never noticed it that some things that we consider garbage can useful in some other way and help us save money.Then follow these money saving tips:

  1. The end of a clean, empty 10 0Z. can makes handy cookie or biscuit cutter.
  2. Here's another use for the plastic bags from cereal boxes. Use them for coating or breading chicken or other meats and vegetables to be fried. The bags are sturdy enough to handle the job and it's much neater than dredging.
  3. Using left over wine is a snap if you freeze it into ice cubes--save calories and fat by sautéing in wine instead of butter or oil.
  4. Reduce fat, increase fiber and save money by replacing half of the ground beef or poultry in a casserole or meatloaf recipe with brown rice, bulgur, or cooked and pureed dried beans.
  5. Before you juice a lemon, lime or orange grate off the outermost part of the rind and freeze in a zipper food storage bag. When a recipe calls for zest, just pull it from the freezer.
  6. Do you have fruit in your kitchen that's ripening quicker than you can eat it? Puree it and use in smoothies or as topping for ice cream, pancakes or waffles. You can also freeze the pureed fruit in a plastic freezer zipper bag and use it later on.
  7. Saves bacon fat in the fridge. Use the bacon grease to baste roasting chickens or turkeys, to add additional flavor when frying, even ad it to potatoes when mashing. While it may not be the healthiest practice in the world, bacon fat does pack a powerful flavor punch to most vegetables cooking.
  8. For inexpensive flavored coffee just add ground cinnamon to the top of grind before perking.
  9. Freshening dry hard lemons is effortless by placing them in hot oven for a few minutes.
  10. Disposable water bottles makes dispensers for salad dressings, oils and sauces.
  11. It's handy to carry a couple of cans of evaporated milk on camping trips for pancakes or waffles or any other recipe that calls for milk. Mix half milk and half water to use as milk substitute in recipes. Covered tightly it last longer in the fridge than regular milk.
  12. Wrapping celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the refrigerator helps keep the freshness for weeks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Have you Tried Eating Street Foods?

Have you tried eating street foods? They're tasty, inexpensive and convenient. Indeed, street food has gained in popularity through the years because they are not only readily available, but may actually even be economically practical in these uncertain times. In Davao especially in the afternoon vendors carry their carts full of different variety of street foods and so much more during Sundays. However, despite their sometimes positive attributes, the type of food may actually be the cause of diseases due to poor preparation and other unhealthful qualities. Here are a few things to consider when biting on that delicious burger or "isaw".

The food stand. Food stands and/or counters are usually the places where street food are usually prepared and served. As such, look and see if the stand is properly cleaned as dirty stand or counter may harbor dangerous bacteria. If the stand has a grill or a pan for deep frying, see if the former is rid of grime and ask whether the latter's cooking oil is regularly replaced.

The water& always the water. It's understandable that roaming food vendors don't have an immediate source of water. Indeed, most of them bring along their own bottled water for cleaning and preparing food. This could be problem though as water could easily harbor germs and bacteria.

Eat hot... eat cold. Hot street food should be consumed hot, and cold street food should be consumed cold. Why? Simply because they're freshly-prepared. Also, the shelf-life of most street food are notoriously short.

Here's a short list of the 'exotic' street food to be found in the Philippines.

Head or helmet. This is literally the barbecued head of a chicken. Surprisingly, the name's provenance actually refers to a certain t-shirt brand called, what else? "Head." Sometimes, it is also referred to as "helmet."

IUD or Isaw. This refers to chicken entrails, skewered on a barbecue stick. It is said to resemble an intra-uterine device or IUD in common parlance. Thus, the name. It is also called isaw ng manok (chicken). Isaw may also refer to a part of a pig's intestines, specifically the last portion that has lots of fat. Isaw like IUD is barbecued.

Betamax. This refers to cubed, curdled chicken blood, that is then barbecued. A variation of this delicacy is actually that of cooking the cubed blood adobo-style before barbecuing. No one really knows how this delicacy acquired its name. Others hazard the guests that the cubed blood resembles the shape of the betamax tape.

Adidas. This athletic shoe brand refers to chicken feet, cooked adobo-style or marinated, then barbecued.

Kwek=Kwek and tokneneng. Kwek-kwek is chicken egg or 'balut' dipped in 'orange-y' batter then deep fried. It is then eaten with a dip made of vinegar, onions and birds-eye chili. Tokneneng is a smaller version, albeit it uses quail eggs instead. However, the tokneneing is usually eaten as is.

Walkman. This is pig's ears which is again barbecued. Again, a variation of the walkman involves cooking it adobo-style before skewering and barbecuing.

Day-old. This refers to literally 'day-old chick's that are deep-fried to a crisp and eaten with a dip of sauce or vinegar.

Proven. This is probably the latest addition to the list of Pinoy street food. This barbecued chicken part comes from a portion of the chicken's entrails that is harder than most. It is cooked adobo-style or marinated then barbecued.

Hotcakes. They are small pancakes cooked in small moulds. The way it is served is sandwich-style, with a filling in the middle. This is not a prevalent in the streets as it is usually cooked using a special mould/pan.

Others. Of course, Pinoy street food won't be complete without mentioning the ubiquitous fish balls and squid balls; and lately, the kikiam - all of which are seafood based and deep-fried. Likewise, the taho, balut and binatog (boiled corn kernels) are still available and going strong, as is the seasonal 'iskrambol' (native shake).

Seemingly gone, however, are the kaligay and the carioca. The kaligay is a specie of shellfish that is boiled and sold by the cupful and the carioca is a bread-like confection dipped in syrup.

Actually I really don't eat on any of them but my hubby told me that it's delicious and as I can see that people are craving for it. So I tried eating. And I was amazed because it is really delicious, it makes me craves for more and got addicted to it. It's only in the Philippines (lol).Try some!


Secrets of Happy People

The earth is revolving so fast that in just a wink of our eyes we can see the many changes of our environment- fashion styles, cultures, foods, technologies and etc. The question is are we still safe and are we still staying healthy?. For the fact that almost everything can be reach instantly. Body enhancement, taking drugs in order to be slim and some find it hard going to the gym for work out. It seems that there is no contentment in everything that is already have. Are they happy with their life? Below are some of the tips on how to stay happy and healthy without spending too much.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
This is to replace water used and lost daily. The body will not function properly without enough water and can't metabolize stored fat efficiently. And when water is retained, it shows up as excess weight. To get rid of excess water you must drink more water. Water also controls the body's temperature, softens the skin, cushions and lubricates the joints.

Run 3 times a week.
Running is a rigorous cardiovascular exercise that allows you to burn an average of 100 calories per mile you run. It helps lower blood pressure by maintaining the elasticity of the arteries. As you run, your arteries expand and contract more than usual, keeping the arteries elastic and the blood pressure low. Running also helps maximize the lungs' potential, as it keeps them strong and powerful. It also strengthens the heart and helps prevent heart attacks. The large muscle exercise it provides helps keep the cardio system efficient and strong.

Sleep 8 hours a day.
Enough sleep is necessary for our muscles to grow and our nervous systems to work properly. Too little sleep leaves us feeling bloated, drowsy and unable to concentrate the next day. It also causes impaired memory and physical performance and reduced ability to carry out math calculations. Without enough sleep, we may develop hallucinations and mood swings.

Laugh as often as you can.
Laughter is one of the best muscle relaxants. Laughter expands blood vessels and sends more blood rising to the extremities and other muscles all over the body. A good bout of laughter also reduces the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol.

source: lutongbahay

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Eat Your Age

Are we eating the right food according to our age? Have you noticed that as we are growing older our appetite also change. Don't fear the changes that come with aging. We know more about the benefits of nutrition than ever before. You can put this knowledge to good use as you hit those "milestone birthdays". Instead of dreading the slowdown that comes with the passing of time, fight it! Feed your bones, skin and muscles the nutrients they crave to stay strong, healthy and vibrant.

Which food should be your priority as you hit each decade? Check out this easy-to-use guide--and eat your age.

The 20's… Setting the Stage

  • Eating Habits
  • Ah, the metabolically-blessed twenties. Some lucky young women can eat as much as they want without showing much change in body fat or weight. Unfortunately these carefree types may mistake thinness for nutritional health, overindulging in fat calories and under indulging in other nutrients. Over twenty something women go to the opposite extreme-calling a diet soda and a small green salad a meal. The risk: anemia, fatigue, and long term metabolic slowdown, which make it harder to burn calories later on. Or they splurge on junk food at night. They try to make up for it by skipping breakfast. Fight the urge to binge by giving yourself a small bowl of a treat food instead of nibbling straight out of the bag or box. Or stock up on "fun" healthy snacks, such as low-fat corn chips and a low-sodium salsa, which provides complex carbs and vitamin A & C.

  • High Fat, Low Fat
  • If you're chowing down on a high fat diet, youth is a good time to start paying attention to labels. How much fat is too much? For a food item to claim it is "low fat", it must contain 3 grams or less per serving based on at least a 100 calorie serving. An easier rule: Just remember that the calories of fat (1 gram equals nine calories) should be less than 30 percent of the total calories in the food. The type of fat you eat matters, too. Check out food labels for "partially hydrogenated oil" --- a classic man-made dietary villain also known as trans-fatty acid. Research has shown that this type of fat can raise bad serum cholesterol (LDL) and lower good cholesterol (HDL).

  • Complex Carbs
  • Another important goal for your twenties: Reduce simple carbohydrates and increase complex ones. Simple carbohydrates are junk foods such as white bread and sugary baked goods. These filling-but-empty taste treats are made from overly processed flour or other refined nutrients. Instead of grabbing another donut, learn to savor complex carbohydrates like whole grain bread and brown rice. Another tip: Eat potatoes with their skin on. Most pastas are also considered complex carbs, but they're relatively low in fiber and, when top with high calorie sauce, can add up to plate load of fat. A high fiber diet will help you normalize blood sugar and lower blood cholesterol, giving you a head start on disease prevention.

  • Calcium Concerns
  • Up until age 25, your body is still building bone that must last you for the rest of your life. How much calcium do you need and how do you get it? The National Research Council and the Food and Nutrition Board recommends 1,200 mg. of calcium per day, a sum you can get naturally by including yogurt, skim or soy milk, part skim cheese, broccoli, oranges, beans and tofu in your diet daily.

The 30's… Shifting Gears

  • Calories & Metabolism
  • By now, you may have established some healthful eating patterns in your daily routine (such as eating dark leafy green salads on most days, lots of fresh fruits, only whole grain breads, and limited fatty foods), plus a reasonable amount of exercise. So why are you gaining weight? One contributing factor is a small but predictable decline in your metabolic rate that starts when you turn 30. The unfortunate result: a gradual reduction in your lean body mass… a.k.a. muscle tissue. Since muscles account for the bulk of our energy needs, less muscle means lower calorie requirements. Working out can help you maintain the optimum level of muscle you want, but you should also eat fewer, though more efficient, nutrient rich calories.

  • Bone Mass
  • Another big change as you turn 30: you stop building bone. What's more, you can start losing bone mass, unless you get the calcium you need to head off osteoporosis. Supplements can help, but it's important to make sure you get plenty of calcium-rich foods such as almonds, parsley, and dried fruit --- especially if your diet is low in dairy products. Calcium-supplemented orange juice is another excellent way to get the nutrients you need.

  • Raging Hormones
  • Women who suffer from PMS may notice it getting more severe as they hit their thirties. Recent evidence hints that the estrogen in soy products may even out the symptoms, reducing the need for chemical remedies like ibuprofen. Soymilk, tofu and soy nuts are all great choices. Pour soymilk on your granola in the morning: chop up some tofu and stir-fry it with some of your favorite crisp veggies.

  • Aging Skin
  • Moisturizer companies know who their market is: women in their thirties who are just starting to experience the result of sun damage, stress, and a genetic predisposition to aging, wrinkling skin. Drinking water can help hydrate, and wearing sunscreen is key. But your diet can also help you preserve the skin on your face and body. Fortify yourself daily with natural antioxidants --- molecules which help fight the "free radicals" that contribute to the aging process --- such as orange juice, melon and green leafy vegetables like spinach and chard. Vitamin A and beta-carotene (in carrots and squash) are also crucial skin-boosters. A big, tasty salad full of romaine, diced carrots, and chopped up oranges can be as much a part of your skin regimen as your cleanser and toner.

The 40's… Staying Strong

  • Prevention
  • As you hit forties, you may become increasingly aware of the health risks in your family history. How can you get the best disease prevention from your diet? If heart disease runs in your family, you may want to pay close attention to the fat content of your food. What's more, you should make sure you get folic acid, which is present in orange juice, leafy green vegetables, dried beans, and wheat germs, especially if you have a high homocysteine level. If you have family history of breast cancer, you'll also want to cut fat from your diet; research is still tentative, but there's evidence that a high fat diet can exacerbate already present risk factors. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, you should pay special attention to the fiber you get. Take in at least 25 grams a day, ideally in high-quality, high nutrient foods like kidney beans. If diabetes is a concern, keep your diet low in concentrated sweets, exercise regularly, and make sure to keep your weight at a healthy level.

  • Fatigue Factor
  • Tired? The increased responsibilities of adulthood can take their toll, whether you're raising up a passel of kids, organizing city council, or both. Sixty percent of your diet should be complex carbs --- the most efficient source of energy in the form of glucose. If you do not get enough high quality carbs (such as brown rice), you burn protein, which is less efficient. High protein diets are all the rage right now, but too much protein can affect your kidneys, in some extreme cases causing headache, bad breath, dizziness, fatigue and nausea (not to mention that most high protein diets are also high in fat). Another important priority for energy is to get your B vitamins. You can get these key nutrients in many grains, fruits and vegetables, including baked potatoes, watermelon, banana, soybeans, and sunflower seeds. Or you can take a supplement to make sure you're getting enough.

  • Eat your Breakfast
  • The most important meal of all. Never skip eating your breakfast meals or else! A rushed morning, and no breakfast. Or if you do get breakfast, you're grabbing a donut or pastry --- yummy, but low in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Instead, prep your kitchen with quick-to-make oatmeal, whole grain cold cereals, grapefruit, banana, skim milk, low fat yogurt, whole wheat bread, and low fat cream cheese. Foods like these will give you fiber, protein, calcium, and a good carbohydrate source, as well as B6, C, and potassium --- and provide the energy to help you resist the roller-coaster energy-boost temptation of coffee or snacks.