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Just Say No – Ain’t Enough To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is coming up fast. For weeks magazines and newspapers have been printing recipes and alluring photographs of rich, mouth-watering goodies such as cookies, candies, dips, and calorie-laden drinks.

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Then, in the same issue, they offer guidance on how not to eat all this stuff.  Pace yourself, they advise.  Limit yourself to one tidbit every half-hour.  Eat a salad before going to a cocktail party, so that you wont be tempted by all the snacks.  Yeah, right – like my inner brat is going to forego the fondue because I pre-loaded with lettuce.
Nutrition experts tell us that on average, people gain 5-7 lb. during the holiday season.
It’s hard to resist all the treats, especially when we’re faced with them in ads and displays, as well as on counter tops at home, at work and when visiting.  Our inner brat nags at us, whining that we really do “need” that extra helping of pie.  Or it rationalizes that a couple of cookies don’t add up to much, and that we can exercise a little more later.

Controlling your eating is difficult at this time of year. To “just say no” is a good strategy for occasional temptations, but it doesn’t work when you’re bombarded with images, aromas and offerings of one treat after another.

Self-control is mentally draining. When you repeatedly say “no” to treats, you gradually deplete your mental energy.  That’s why most people fall off their diets later in the day, when their strength to resist is at a low point.

A better solution: not confronting the yes/no question in the first place.  The secret is to limit your exposure to temptation.  Here are some tips:
1.  Store treats in the back of a cupboard or fridge.  Wrap them in opaque paper or plastic, so that you don’t easily notice them.
2.  If there are goodies out on counters or desks at work, reroute yourself so that you don’t walk by.
3.  Avoid reading recipes for calorie-laden foods.  When you see photos of cakes and other desserts in magazines, turn the page quickly.  Less exposure is less temptation.
4.  If you go to business-related holiday cocktail parties, resolve to visit the buffet table only once.  If possible, stay no more than half an hour.
5.  Spend some time outside every day.  Nature helps clear your head, so that your cravings are less noticeable.
6. Get more sleep.  Not only will you get the usual benefits of being more alert and less irritable, but research shows that people who sleep more have a better balance of the hormones that regulate hunger – and they weigh LESS than those who don’t get enough sleep!

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Copyright Pauline Wallin, Ph.D. 2005. All rights reserved 
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A Better You

A Better You – Your 7 days program to self-improvement

I seem to lost count on how many times I’ve read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don’t), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairy-tale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.
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Skin Care Treatments – How To Look Younger in 2016

Have you had company over, or you visited family and friends for Christmas? Are you tired from the past holiday season? Whatever the reason, most people want to look their best, at least during the most important times of the year.

So, what ways are out there to make you look more stunning as fast as possible ?

Well, you could try and lose some weight, but that’s not easy of course, especially if you have lots of pounds to lose. And, can you lose it all within one month ?

You might also be able to go to an expensive Spa and get a total makeover. Good idea, but, that might cost $1,000.00 or more.

What about just going shopping and buying some high end shoes and clothes to make you look younger ? Another fair idea, but that might set you back $200.00 or more.

If you’re between the ages of thirty five and ninety five, you might want to try making your friendly face more youthful looking. After all that’s what people notice and remember the most.

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A premium anti wrinkle and anti aging skin care cream, or lotion, is often referred to as a face lift in a jar and can do wonders for your looks and often has excellent effects within thirty days. And the best products usually sell for less than $100.00. Truly, the ultimate way to quickly transform yourself into how you may have looked years ago.

So why do people get wrinkles anyway ? You can find an indepth discussion of this at www.skin-care-reviews.com/wrinkles-101.html, but to summarize, sun exposure, smoking, and your age contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep your skin firm and supple.

Try and buy a product that contains some or all of the following :

1. Alpha, beta and poly-hydroxy acids, which gently remove surface layers of skin to remove fine lines.

2. Argireline – is derived from amino acids that occur naturally. It works by relaxing facial tension because it reduces excessive release of the neurotransmitters, called catecholamines, that make your facial muscles tense up. When your muscles aren’t tense, they don’t contribute to wrinkles.

3. Edelweis Extract – isn’t just something found in a song from The Sound of Music. Edelweiss Extract is a strong antioxidant that cleans up the free radicals produced by metabolism and by pollutants as well. These free radicals voraciously combine with almost anything, including the components of your skin, causing serious damage. In addition to being an antioxidant, Edelweiss Extract helps protect skin by blocking ultraviolet light.

4. Shea Butter – is derived from the nut of the karite tree of West Africa, where it is commonly used in soap. Shea Butter is a natural moisturizer and skin tightener. It contains cinnamic acid, which helps protect your skin against ultraviolet light. It also includes natural latex, which has hypoallergenic qualities. The fatty acids in Shea Butter, along with the other ingredients, promote healing and regeneration of the skin, and work to prevent the skin from drying, cracking, burning and wrinkling.

Also, there are other fine ingredients like Vitamin A, Matrixyl, Dermox, Evening Primrose Oil, and more, that assist in bringing back that radiant looking appearance to your skin.

Some of the leading products on the market are Olay Total Effects Intensive Restoration Treatment with VitaNiacin, Revitol Anti Wrinkle solution, Pond’s Dramatic Results Active Face & Neck Mositurizer with glycolic acid, and Avotone Wrinkle relaxant cream.

The results are often amazing. Many people claim they look ten or more years younger after using the product for four to six weeks. However, like anything else, results may vary. You have to try it out for yourself. Best to go with a company that gives a thirty day or longer guarantee, so you’re protected.

A new you could be waiting right around the corner.

Happy holidays!

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10 Smashing Tricks To Burn Yourself To A Gorgeous Body

Most folks I know start off the New Year by making resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. often, this mission is often easier said than done. Some last a little longer than others, but for most, impetus starts to fizzle soon into the next buffet engagement.

Have no fear: ten delightful tricks / tactics can empower you to motivate your self to a better body. Whether you are looking to lose a lot or just a few pounds or you want to exercise more to tone your body, you can create an action plan that can help you stay motivated.
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“It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker.” (2)

New Year’s Resolution: Walk Your Way Fit!

With the new year upon us, everyone I know is looking for a fun and easy way to get fit. Here’s a solution I’ve developed that doesn’t involve costly equipment or a ton of time.

Before you commit, first ask yourself: Would you like to:

• Lose weight?start somewhere
• Improve endurance?
• Tone muscles?
• Enjoy long range health?

Did you know that you can reap these benefits (and more) just by walking? You can! But, what most people don’t know: In effort to achieve a certain result quickly, it pays to use a specific program (or a combination of them).

After you’ve make the commitment to a walking program, next you’ll need to establish your goals. Ask yourself: “What’s my main fitness priority?” Then you’ll need only match up your goal to one of these five programs. Choose from: weight loss, cardio conditioning, muscle toning, long term health or a combination of all of these.

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of each simple program:

Weight Loss:

Benefits: Flatten tummy, shrink hips, tighten thighs, reduces excessive fat.

Type of walk: Moderate; 45-60 minutes, daily.

Calories expended: 2,000-2,500 per week.

Cardio Conditioning:

Benefits: Strengthens heart, improves aerobic endurance, helps you perform better during other aerobic activities and helps you recover more quickly from physical exertion.

Type of walk: High intensity, brisk pace; 20-30 minutes 3-4 days per week.

Calories expended: 800-1,000 calories per week.

Muscle Toning:

Benefits: Improve muscle strength, endurance, body firmness and increase metabolism.

Type of walk: Moderate, with resistance; 20-70 minutes 2-3 days per week.

Calories expended: 500-3,000 calories per week.

Notes: Use hand weights-light hand or wrist weights and swing them in a controlled manner. When doing so, flex your arm muscles, keeping them as close as possible to your upper body.

Long Term Health:

Benefits: Done consistently, this walk will increase energy, reduce stress and fatigue, improve risk of heart disease, improve mood, improve self-esteem and ad years to your life.

Type of Walk: Consistent walks; 30+ minutes, daily.

Calories expended 2,000 per week.

My Mom’s story: When I was a teen-ager my mother and I used to exercise together. After some years, however, my Mom’s priorities changed and she found herself about 30 pounds overweight. Once she made the commitment to make a change, she used the combination of a daily walk and a sensible diet. The result? She lost one pound per week for 30 weeks and is back to her thin self once again!

A couple things before you begin. Most importantly, before you begin any fitness program, check with your doctor. Also, to make your walking workout a positive experience by investing in proper footwear. You will want to have flexible sneakers, walking shoes or (what I usually recommend) “cross-trainers.” They are available at all sporting goods stores: make the investment, you’ll be glad you did!

And speaking of proper form, most people also do not realize that there is a “way” to walk for the greatest benefit. It’s easy! First, strike the ground with your heel, rolling your foot to your toe. Then, push off with your toe. Repeat this with your opposite foot.

That’s all there is to it! With a little effort and your new flexible shoes “made for walkin'” you are well on your way to reaching your healthy goals for the new year!

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Overcoming Stress: Seven Ways To Manage Stress In The New Year

Because of the fast paced nature of our society, overcoming or reducing stress has made it to the list of top ten New Year’s Resolutions.

Approximately 19 million Americans suffer from stress related illnesses. The hormone, cortisol, is released during stressful events. When stimulated constantly, over time, it can lead to mental disturbances and a risk of infection and disease. Learning to manage stress leads to healthier and happier living. Here are seven solutions for regulating stress.

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