6 Steps to Weight Loss Success

Weight loss can be accomplished no matter what time of year. When you find some lifestyle habits that you can change, it can make your weight loss seems easier and effortless. The trick is to learn as many habits as you can, then pick a few to work into your daily routine. As you learn to replace bad habits with good, you can accomplish your weight loss goals. Here are some weight loss steps to get started with.

Avoid fasts or crash diets for days at a time. One example is attempting a fast or something like the Master Cleanse. These types of techniques are not meant to be used haphazardly. They work only for those who have prepared their bodies by leading up to the fast for weeks or even months before.

The rest of us can get very sick by doing this type of crash diet. Our bodies are not ready for it. Going from the average American diet to fasting can lead to hair loss, muscle loss instead of fat loss, hypoglycemia, and even fainting. And as far as weight loss, you may lose some but you will gain it back very quickly after you start eating again.

Always eat a healthy breakfast. You have been fasting through the night and should break this with a healthy, morning meal. A healthy breakfast will help your metabolism rev up and burn calories. The right breakfast will keep you energized and less prone to snacking or binge eating for lunch. Try organic eggs with steamed vegetables, whole grain toast with almond butter or yogurt with fruit and granola.

Set a goal that is reasonable. Sometimes watching the scale makes it seem like the weight loss is too slow. If this sounds like you, find a pair of jeans that are only one size smaller and go for that. Only check the scale once per week. Do not expect the weight to come off too fast, instead keep in mind that it will take two to four weeks to start seeing results. Then promise to stick with your plan at least that long.

Exercise regularly. It can not be stressed how much exercise helps with weight loss. It enhances your weight loss diet by further stimulating metabolism, increasing your immune system and can make you feel more energetic.

If exercise seems too hard, then find something you like. There are many fun activities such as hiking, swimming, yoga classes, kickboxing to music, and even salsa dancing. You can join a class and meet others or do a DVD from home at your own convenience. And just because a DVD workout is 40 minutes does not mean you have to do that long. Start with 10 minutes and work your way up, if you need to. Just do what it takes to move every day.

Be sure to practice portion control. Often , people eat a healthy meal but do not pay attention to how much. Portion control is important because your body can digest only certain amounts of food at once. What is not digested within a few hours after the meal will get stored as excess weight. This is true for eating too much protein, too many grains or too much bread as well as desserts.

Lastly, if you go off your weight loss plan by eating something fattening or skipping a workout; do not worry about it. Just enjoy the food or your workout break and get right back on track. It is not what you do that one time, but what you do most of the time that will determine if you lose weight or not.

Weight loss may be hard at first; but keep in mind it gets easier as certain habit become routine. This holds true for diet and exercise. Try to work some of these healthy steps into your weight loss plan and you can have weight loss success. And do not forget to check with your doctor before any diet or exercise change.

Stained Glass First Aid

Owners of older homes appreciate the beauty of stained glass. In some cases, the stained glass windows may have been the emotional “reason” that prompted you to buy your house. But as with so many other aspects of old house ownership, stained glass needs maintenance and care. Below are some suggestions on how to care for your windows — and how to recognize when to call in an expert.

A stained glass panel is constructed of 1) individually cut pieces of clear or colored glass, or bevels; 2) held together by a matrix of lead came or copper foil. Lead came dates to mediaeval times and is the traditional method of assembling leaded glass panels. Zinc came is associated with the prairie designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries. Copper foiling is the method introduced by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and is the preferred method for constructing intricately designed art glass panels and lampshades. An additional step in the construction of leaded glass panels is the application of cement to fill the space between the glass and the inside surface of the lead or zinc came. Cement is applied to the front and back of the panel to weatherproof and add strength to the panel. Large panels also should be braced with saddle bars or reinforcement bars.

Inspect your windows for age and buckling. To assess the condition of the lead or zinc cames, look for telltale signs of metal fatigue and corrosion. Old lead is still functional if the exposed face of the metal (the flanges) can be lifted and flattened without cracking. Lead covered in a fine white powder has oxidized and has reached the end of its useful life. Zinc covered with small white spots is worn out, too. Examine the metal for hairline cracks near the joints, particularly around the border of the panel. These indicate metal fatigue.

Large or especially elaborate glass panels are often reinforced with steel or brass bars. These saddle bars, about 1/8″ thick by ¼” wide, are attached to the cames and notched into the sash to stiffen the window and help support the panel’s weight. Some reinforcement bars are soldered to the cames, while others are fastened with twisted copper wires. If the bars have separated from the came, they should be reattached using the original method. Bars that have split the came will require releading by a professional restorer.

If the panel has developed a bulge, measure its depth. A panel that is 1″ or less out of line and does not rattle should be professionally examined, but may not need to be repaired. Panels more than 1½” out of true need to be removed from the window and professionally flattened and releaded.

Check the glass. Because of the difficulty in matching some old glass, it is preferable to repair cracked glass rather than replace it. And not every crack needs to be repaired. If the crack is small and in no danger of falling out, leave it alone. If glass is missing or badly cracked, call a professional. If repairs are minimal and the panel is large, an on-site repair may be possible.

If you have to transport the glass to a professional restorer, start by securing loose cames and glass panes with painter’s tape. (Do not use duct tape!) Remove the sash with panel still attached. For added security, lay the panel on a larger sheet of plywood and tape it down. Smaller panels can be wrapped and laid flat in a wooden box.

Clean a sound leaded or copper foiled glass panel with a soft rag and a neutral pH soap. Wring the rag out well. Avoid abrasive products which can scratch the glass or metal. Do not use spray products or those containing ammonia. The liquid can get under the foil or lead came and the ammonia can react with the lead or cement. Windows in bathroom or kitchen settings can be cleaned with a dampened #0000 steel wool pad to remove soap residue, grease, and mildew. Polish with a paste product such as Glass Wax or a stained glass polish available at any stained glass supply retailer. Use a soft rag to apply the paste, let dry, and buff. CAUTION: This process may release lead dust into the work area. Clean any surfaces surrounding the panel (sashes, sill, and floor) with soap and water to contain any lead residue. And wear a dust mask.

Protective glazing, while not necessary, can provide protection to your stained glass panel from vandalism or a wayward baseball. To maintain aesthetics, the storm window sash should be of similar material to the original sash. Depending on local building codes, the glazing can be double strength glass or Plexiglas(R). Note that plastic glazing will yellow and scratch over time. Lexan(R), which will not yellow, is nonetheless very easily scratched. Tempered double strength glass is expensive, but offers the best protection.

Sending Flowers to the Hospital

When you can not be there in person as fast as you would like flowers are a great to tell some one you are thinking of them.

Fresh flowers can express celebration, joy, sympathy or condolences in a way that is often difficult to match with any other gift.

When sending flowers to the hospital, instead of a home or office, there a few more details to remember. Here are a few thoughts to consider when deciding on the flowers you want to send:

  • Hospitals are not always able to supply a vase so be sure what you are sending is in a vase or container (this is also easier to take home)
  • Hospitals Rooms are often stuffy and lacking in sunlight so be sure to choose an arrangement that is long lasting and easy to care for, ask your florist for advice
  • Lilies are beautiful but because of the pollen most hospitals will not allow them this also includes hybrid and oriental lilies
  • Everybody loves the smell of fresh flowers but in the hospital it can be bothersome to some patients so most hospitals have a no fragrance policy on fresh flowers
  • Balloons are always fun for celebrating a birth but latex balloons are generally not allowed in the hospital, most hospitals will allow Mylar

In addition to sending the right type and arrangement of flowers you want to make sure that you are using the right florist. Here are some questions you can ask when choosing your florist:

  • Will the florist phone the hospital to be sure the patient has not been discharged?
  • Not all patients are able to have flowers in their room. Will the florist phone the hospital to be sure that the patient is allowed to have flowers?
  • What happens if the patient is discharged before the flowers arrive? Will the florist arrange for a home delivery? Will there be an extra cost involved?
  • Does the florist know the all of the items mentioned above concerning the allowable types of flowers, balloons etc.?

Choosing the Best Eye Doctor to Suit Your Needs: How to Do It Right

Choosing the best eye doctor is one of the best decisions you can ever make when it comes to taking care of your precious eyesight. As a general rule, you need to have regular eye examinations and should consult your doctor at the very first sign of any vision-related problem to continue enjoying good eyesight even as you age.

Unfortunately, however, a lot of people take their eye health for granted. According to the data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 50% of the 61 million Americans who are at a serious risk of losing their eyesight have visited their eye doctors in the past 12 months. In addition, about half of the people who are suffering from glaucoma are not even aware of their condition and are at a risk of losing their eyesight because of it.

Choosing an Eye Doctor – Some Factors to Consider

So, how do you choose an eye doctor to suit your needs? Here are some tips that may help you get exactly what you need.

Ask for recommendations. Consider asking your family doctor for a recommendation since he or she is one of the few people who knows exactly what you and your family needs. You may also want to consider asking your friends and co-workers if they can give you some recommendations.

Check authority websites. Check the websites of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association to find credible local eye doctors in your area who can provide you with the right kind of care that you need.

Check your insurance plan. Narrow down your search to eye care providers that are covered by your health insurance plan to minimize out of the pocket expenses.

Choose the type of eye doctor based your needs. Do you need an optometrist or an ophthalmologist? Well, it all boils down to what you need. If you think you need glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision but don’t have any other problems regarding your eyes, an optometrist will suit your needs well. The same goes true if you are suffering from common eye problems such as dry eyes and eye infections. However, if you have eye health problems that call for specialized medical and/or surgical treatment, you need to consult an ophthalmologist.

Check their credentials. Do a simple background check to see your chosen doctor’s credentials and specialties. This can help you determine whether he or she is a good fit for your needs so don’t skip this step.

Do an honest assessment. Did you feel comfortable during your visit? Did your doctor take the time to answer all your questions or did you feel that he or she rushed right through the entire procedure? You need to feel comfortable with your doctor so if you don’t think you can trust your doctor, you should consider finding another doctor to take care of your eye health.

Choosing the right eye doctor can help ensure that you will enjoy healthy eyesight for years to come so take time to choose the best. You deserve it.

Environmentally Friendly Jeeps

Jeeps are not really known for their gas mileage or their environmental friendliness. Though newer models are being made with features that are more environmentally friendly, and there are things that you can do to help lessen your Jeep's impact on the environment.

Though Jeep has not made a hybrid vehicle yet, there are a few environmentally friendly features in some of the Jeep models. For instance, there are some Jeep models that can come with a catalytic converter. A catalytic converter converts carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide before the Jeep expels it out. A converter usually costs around $ 200, depending on the vendor you buy it from. A converter can help lessen your Jeep's environmental impact, help you save money on gas, and improve your Jeep's performance. If your converter wears out it could reduce your Jeep's performance, so if it is damaged or worn out you should get it replaced or repaired quickly. You should check your converter often to make sure that it is not wearing out.

Some Jeep Cherokee CRD models are being sold with a tank full of bio diesel to raise awareness about the fuel. This is not an environmentally friendly vehicle change, and just because they put bio diesel into the Jeep, it does not mean that people who buy the Cherokee will start using bio diesel. But by promoting awareness about bio diesel and how it performs and how good it is for the environment, Jeep is trying to do something for the environment.

There are also several other environmentally friendly parts available that you can find from different jeep part vendors online and at auto part stores.

The King of All Whey Protein Supplements

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different Whey Protein powders and supplements on the market today. Many people think that the only differences are in the added ingredients such as sugars, flavourings, vitamins, minerals and other blended together supplements.

But there are also different types of Whey Protein which have different effects on the body, which need to be taken into consideration when selecting the right Whey Protein for your needs. This article will show you some of the different types of Whey Proteins used, plus the pros and cons of each and what I consider to be the king of them all.

Whey Protein Concentrate

The most common one used in supplement powders is Whey Protein Concentrate.

This concentrated supplement is the cheapest of them all and is also the most popular on the market today. Let us weigh up some of the pros and cons.

Pros

• It is the cheapest on the market and easy to buy.

Cons

• Most people find it really hard to digest and end up feeling bloated and having really bad gas.

• Bottle shakers used to mix this protein will start to smell bad if not washed adequately.

Casein

The next form of Whey Protein that’s on the market is known as Casein.

Casein is different from Whey Concentrate as it is a slow releasing form of protein and is more suited to be taken before bed instead of after a workout.

Pros

• Can be used during the day to help people feel full and curve hunger cravings.

Cons

• It is not as good to take for post workouts as it doesn’t absorb fast enough to get to the body in time for repair.

Whey Protein Isolates

This is one of the quickest absorbing on the market.

Pros

• It is a better option than the Whey Concentrate for post workout recovery as it absorbs faster and can also be used as a pre-workout too.

Cons

• More expensive than Casein and Concentrates plus it is harder to find in stores.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate

This is what I consider to be the king of all of them. I recommend that you get a supplement that uses a Hydrolysate form as the base ingredient. Here are the pros and cons so you can see why I label this one as the king.

Pros

• Highest quality available.

• Highest absorption rate of all that’s available.

• Much better on the digestive system compared to other forms such as Concentrates.

• Can be used both pre and post workout.

Cons

• Most expensive source of protein you will find.

• Comes with a really bitter taste.

These are the four most common Whey Proteins on the market. Depending on what your goals are will depend on which one you choose to supplement with. I always choose a Whey Protein Hydrolysate as it doesn’t give me gas nor leaves me feeling bloated and I can use it before and after workouts for performance and recovery.

I always recommend that you do your own diligent research first before buying any supplement.

Vitamin B12 Side Effects

Vitamin B12 is considered safe and non-toxic vitamin. There are no perceived side effects of this vitamin and for this reason, no Tolerable Upper Intake Level for Vitamin B12 has been prescribed by The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

An intake any one of the B-complex vitamins by itself for a sustained period of time can result in an imbalance of other important B vitamins in the human body. Because of drug interactions with other medicines, the potential for side effects although seemingly nonexistent can not be ruled out.

Antibiotics taken over a long period of time have an adverse effect on body stores of vitamin B12. A simultaneous intake of vitamin B12 with antibiotic tetracycline interferes with the absorption and effectiveness of this medicine. Therefore, it is recommended that both should be taken at different times of the day.

Anti-ulcer medications like Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists that are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcer disease slow down the release of gastric acid into the stomach. There might be some interference of this with vitamin B12, since gastric acid is required to release vitamin B12 from food prior to absorption.

While taking in Metformin for diabetes, vitamin B12 levels maybe reduced. Medication for Chemotherapy also has the same effect. Phenobarbital and phenytoin seizure disorders may also interfere with the body's ability to use vitamin B12.

During such situations, the ideal remedy would be to consult a physician and registered dietitian to discuss the best way to maintain vitamin B12 status when taking these medications. Therefore, it is pertinent to say that although there are no revealed side effects, it is necessary to maintain caution particularly vis-à-vis vitamin B12's interaction with other medicines.

Disposable Medical Gloves

Medical examination gloves are disposable gloves designed to limit both a patient and healthcare professionals exposure to infections matter.

In the past medical gloves have been made out of latex. Latex can be natural and synthetic, in nature it is found in the milky sap of many plants but it can also be made synthetically polymerisation. The term latex is derived from the Spanish word "leche" which means milk.

The limitations with using latex gloves are that they are powdered with cornstartch to make them easier to put on, but cornstarch can impede healing if it gets into tissue. For this reason more surgeons are now using non powdered gloves during surgery and during other sensitive medical procedures.

Glove Sizing There are two types of medical examination glove: examinations and surgical. The difference is that surgical gloves have precise sizing and are made to a higher specification. Examination gloves are cheaper and do not need to be so exact fitting.

Because of the prevalence of allergic reactions (latex gloves can cause anaphylactic shock) to latex among medical practitioners there has now been an increase in the popularity of gloves made from materials other then latex, such as nitrile and vinyl, which will be described in more detail later on in this article. However it should be noted that they have yet to overtake latex gloves for some procedures as they are unable to match the finer control and heightened sensitivity of latex gloves. Additionally non-latex gloves cost upwards of 2-3 times the price of latex gloves which has stopped nitrile and vinyl gloves being used as much in medical centres like hospitals that need to keep costs down.

Medical gloves that are powder free are also produced for use in procedure that require maximum cleanliness.

The 4 main types of medical examination glove have been described in more detail below.

Nitrile gloves are made from a non latex synthetics polymer. Since they do not contain any protein they are less likely to cause any irritation or allergic reactions to the user. They also provide a high degree of sensitivity and flexibility making them suitable for many medical procedures. Nitrile reacts with your bodies temperature and moulds the shape of your hand.

Latex gloves are still the most popular disposable glove because they offer a combination of strength, elasticity and slip resistance. Also due to their significant thickness and durability latex examination gloves are well suited to many high risk examinations.

Vinyl examinations gloves are cheap to buy because they are made from poly vinyl chloride. The positive accepts of vinyl gloves is that they are highly resistant to to acids, fats and alcohols and have anti static properties. The downside is that they are not suited to all examination tasks as they can tear easily, so the key to these gloves is to use then for the correct job.

Synthetic gloves mimic the qualities of latex gloves but do not cause allergic reactions. They are again made from PVC but are designed to have a soft feel and are a little looser around the cuff so reduce hand fatigue.

Hazardous Drug Exposure Can Be Fatal

Hazardous Drug Exposure can lead to health problems having short to long term impact on all the people involved with the handling of medicines containing toxic agents. Though it is important to heal the diseased patients, it is equally essential to protect the health care workers. The toxic agents contained in the drugs can cause devastating effects like skin problems, birth defects, infertility, leukemia and respiratory problems. Therefore while preparing and administering medications to patients, special care should be taken to prevent the health care personnel from being exposed to harmful medicines.

All preparation, manufacturing and mixing of medication should be done in Biological Safety cabinets in area designated for such processes. The Biological safety cabinet is designed to protect the sterile medicine products from contamination and also moves the airflow in the medicine preparation away from the worker and avoids the workers from being exposed to harmful medicines. While handling the medications, the workers must wear protective caps, gowns, gloves and masks to avoid inhalation, absorption and ingestion of chemical aerosols, vapors, powders and droplets that can be leaked or spilled in the process.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration has prescribed guidelines for the safe handling of harmful medicines and other toxic chemicals. These guidelines indicate the various routes through which hazardous drug exposure is possible. It also advocates the methods to reduce such exposure. One of the methods suggested is the use of closed system transfer which ensures safe, enclosed transfer and minimizes exposure. The syringes, infusion sets, IV sets and other medicine delivery systems used in administering and transferring medicines should be fitted with Luer locks to avoid drips, leaks and contamination.

Many devices, machines and equipments have been devised to check hazardous drug exposure. However, traces of contamination have been found in the urine of nurses and health workers employed in hospitals. This is due to lack of adherence to safety measures and lack of seriousness among these health care personnel. This can be overcome by training and implementing policies.

How to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is mostly commonly found in younger and adolescent people. It is a disease that is caused when your body is unable to produce enough insulin to allow your body to function properly. Insulin is responsible for maintaining the blood sugar level in our body.

Type 1 diabetes is usually considered to be a genetic tendency that people may inherit. Certain viruses in young people may also be responsible for shutting down insulin production in the pancreas. Some of the symptoms associated with this disease are weakness, rapid lose in weight, and frequent urination.

Type 1 diabetes is not easy to prevent but can be treated by supplying more insulin to body. This is usually accomplished by providing the body with an insulin supplement by taking a regular dosage of insulin to help manage sugar levels in the blood.

Diet and exercise can also play a role in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. A diet rich in protein, carbohydrate and fiber rich food helps in management of sugar in the blood. The sugar rich foods such as desserts and chocolates should be avoided. Small planned meals eaten at regular intervals also help to keep the sugar levels more consistent in the body. A proper exercise plan will also help in managing the blood sugar level.

Individuals with this disease also need to have a regular blood sugar test. Since the insulin is administered to treat this diabetes, a proper check must be done to track blood sugar. A regular check up should also be a part of done your diabetes management program.

Heat Stroke – Heat Hyperpyrexia

Heat stroke follows exposure to heat and is characterized by hyperpyrexia owing to deranged heat regulatory mechanism. Neuropsychiatric disturbance are prominent. Heat stroke occurs at temperatures ranging from 4 to 45 degrees or above, but may also occur at wet bulb temperatures as low as 30- 35 degrees Celsius, especially if the humidity is high. Precipitating factors include unaccustomed and sustained heavy work at high temperatures, alcoholism, infections, dehydration, use of drugs like atropine, obesity, and lack of acclimatization. The abnormality in heat regulation is due to a suddent failure of the sweating mechanisms. Persons with congenital or acquired diseases of the sweat glands suffer more.

Clinical features: The onset is sudden or even abrupt with a rapid rise of body temperature to 41 degrees Celsius or more with acute neurological features such as confusion, restlessness, delirium, agitation, convulsions and coma. In a few patients there may be prodromata, including headaches, giddiness, thirst and restlessness and the onset is gradual.

The cardinal diagnosis features are hyperpyrexia, neuro-psychiatric disturbances, and a hot and dry skin (hot dry man). The temperature (oral or rectal) varies from 41.5 to 44 degrees Celsius. It is preferable to take the rectal tachycardia and tachypnea. Electro-cardiogram show T wave changes suggestive of myocardial involvement. Complications include jaundice, bleeding tendencies and acute renal failure. Untreated, the condition is fatal owing to circulatory hepatic or renal failure.

Diagnosis: diagnosis should be suspected in the presence of the three cardinal features, viz hyperpyrexia, neurologic disturbances, and a hot and dry skin in a subject exposed to high ambient temperature. It is important to rule out falciparum malaria. Malaria may co-exist with heat stroke but in cerebral malaria the peripheral blood will show signs of malarial hyperinfection. Other conditions like septicemia, typhus, pyogenic meningitis, encephalitis, pontine hemorrhage, and closed head injuries have to be excluded.

Laboratory features of heat stroke include neutrophile leucocytosis, thrombocytopenia, elevation of blood urea and bilirubin, and reduction of plasma bicarbonate.

Treatment: Heat stroke is a medical emergency . Treatment aims at the reduction of the rectal temperature to 39 degrees Celsius within one hour and restoration of the circulating blood volume. The patient is covered with wet sheets or towels and sprayed with cold water while air is blown or fanned over him to promote evaporative cooling. As an alternative, the patient may be immersed in cold water. The limbs are gently massaged to promote circulation. When the rectal temperature falls to 38 degrees, the patient is transferred to a cool room and watched for further rise of temperature. Recurrence is quite common and temperature regulation may remain unstable for weeks.

Prompt and effective cooling restores neurological functions in the majority of patients. Chlorpromazine (25-50 mg) administered intravenously is a useful adjunct during cooling. If there is suspicion of malaria, antimalarials are given parenterally. Shock and cardiac failure have to be treated appropriately. Sequelae include headache, insomnia, giddiness, cerebellar dysfunction and even coma. Most of these clear up in the course of weeks or months.

Prognosis: If left untreated, 50-70% of subjects die of stroke. Early treatment reduces the mortality to 15-20%. Shock also carried a bad prognosis. Prognosis worsens in patients who have high temperature and in whom treatment is delayed.

What Does the Raw Food Diet Consist Of?

You’ve heard the buzz. The raw food diet is gaining momentum! The audience for the raw food books is expanding at a very fast pace. This is because the Baby Boomer generation, many of whom refuse to grow old, is looking for answers. Another reason is that the rising cost of health care (as well as the disappointing side effects of drugs and surgery) is creating a consciousness in people that they need to take responsibility for their health and not hire someone else to be in charge of their body’s fate.

The word is getting out—the raw diet is not just another weight loss fad. This is the natural diet and people on this diet have reversed cancer, heart disease, hepatitis, and other major diseases-as well as minor nuisances such as herpes, athlete’s foot, dandruff, and even sleepwalking.

The younger generation has also caught on to this diet. Most of them have come from the vegan population. These are ardently opposed to the eating of any animal products. Many feel the next step for them is to “go raw.” Many of them view this diet as a spiritual practice, since the energy normally used to digest cooked food is freed up to go to the higher centers.

Then there are the women who also get hooked into this diet for beauty. Model Carol Alt is the ultimate example, and she showed the power of a raw diet to create a beautiful body and maintain youth by posing nude in December 2008’s Playboy magazine. Women love this diet for weight loss and maintenance, soft and radiant skin, loss of cellulite, full hair (sometimes even reversing the gray!), and more.

The word is also getting out that the raw diet helps with athletic performance, getting the competitive edge at work, mental health (being freed from depression, schizophrenia, and more), and creativity.

But what does this strange diet consist of? Are all these raw fooders eating salads and munching on carrots and bananas all day? How could that possibly provide enough calories and variety to sustain people for the long run?

A typical raw food vegan diet consists of unheated (not above 118 F) fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains and lentils. From this seemingly limited fare, however, one can create a wide variety of dishes, ranging from the “fast food” smoothies and salads to the gourmet imitations of cooked food dishes. Most raw fooders eat this way. They expand the variety of plant food they consume, eating a wide variety of olives, or exotic fruit, for example.

A raw vegetarian might also include raw egg yolks (providing they are from an organic, preferably flax

seed-fed, free range chicken) as well as some raw dairy such as kiefer (available in raw dairy states like California; otherwise you have to buy from the Amish or own part of a cow or goat).

There are also those who eat raw meat, such as steak tartar, ceviche, and sashimi. Marinating it overnight in lemon juice it is supposed to kill the parasites.

Omitting cooked food might seem like a huge sacrifice, but raw fooders don’t feel deprived once they have weaned themselves from addictive processed food, filled with sugar, wheat, dairy, monosodium glutamate, table salt, aspartame and intense spices, all of which serve to hook the consumer into food addiction. Raw food actually tastes better than cooked food, because the flavor isn’t cooked out into the air. You just don’t need to add all those spices and toxic ingredients.

It is easy to make a raw, whole food recipe which most of us are very familiar with: guacamole is an example—just make it from whole foods instead of a mix! Or make trail mix from raw shredded coconut, nuts, seeds, and sundried raisons and apricots.

Many people who go raw use raw gourmet recipes that mimic their favorite cooked dishes until they are used to eating raw, after which they boast spending no more than 10 minutes a day in the kitchen. The raw gourmet dishes often require expensive machines, such as a Vitamix and a temperature-controlled dehydrator, but you can do a lot with just a blender and a food processor.

Here are a few gourmet raw recipes from The Live Food Factor, A Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet:

Sunflower Seed Pâté

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight, rinsed

1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight, rinsed

½ cup pitted olives

2 red bell peppers

½ bunch cilantro or favorite fresh herb

1 t Celtic or Himalayan salt

½-1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and cut into small pieces with scissors

Put the seeds through a blank screen of a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer with a blank screen, you can use a food processor with the “S” blade to blend them, but it won’t be as creamy. Then, mix all other ingredients in the food processor with the “S” blade.

Raw Candy

Nuts, soaked 6-12 hours, rinsed and drained

Dates

Raw carob powder, to taste (optional)

Raw shredded coconut or unhulled sesame seeds

Mix nuts, dates and carob in food processor. Mix in a food processor with the “S” blade until the mixture forms a ball that bounces around inside that machine. Remove and form little balls. Roll the balls in sesame seeds and/or raw shredded coconut. These keep a long time in the freezer. Experiment with ingredient proportions and quantities to suit your own taste.

Deluxe Macadamia Nut Cheese

12 oz (3 cups) macadamia nuts, soaked 6-12 hours, rinsed and drained

1 t Celtic sea salt

2 cloves garlic

1 T fresh cilantro

¼ cup lemon juice

3/8-½ cup unpasteurized olive oil

Blend in food processor with the “S” blade, adding the nuts a little at a time. Mix until creamy, the texture of cream cheese.

Note: For a creamier mixture, you could put the nuts through a juicer with the blank screen before putting them into the food processor. In that case, you will need about half the olive oil! You might have to add one or two tablespoons more of oil.

Blend until it has the creamy texture of cream cheese. Serve on flax crackers, or use as a vegetable dip with zucchini, baby carrots, sliced bell peppers, fresh broccoli and so on.

Tahini Sauce

1 cup raw tahini

¾ cup unpasteurized olive oil

2/3 cup orange juice (about 2 medium-sized oranges)

3 cloves garlic

1½ inches fresh ginger

1 T nama shoyu (optional)

1-2 t Celtic sea salt

¼ cup fresh cilantro (optional)

Mix in food processor with the “S” blade, adding ingredients a little at a time. Mix until creamy. This is great on raw Oriental vegetables for a stir-fry or on Nori Rolls.

Chinese Stir “Fry”

1 foot long daikon radish

4 carrots

1 bunch green onions

5-6 stalks celery

½ head small cabbage

2 zucchinis

1 red bell pepper

1 cup mung bean sprouts

¾ cup watercress

3 stalks broccoli

1½ cups snow peas

Slivered raw almonds or raw cashews

Sesame seeds

Tahini sauce (see “Sauces, Salad Dressings, Condiments”)

Tempeh (optional)

With the food processor, grate the daikon radish, and slice the carrots, celery, green onions, cabbage, zucchinis and bell pepper. (This is one time you will be especially thankful for your food processor: A job that could otherwise take an hour will be finished in minutes!) Put into a large bowl. Cut off florets from broccoli and toss into the mixture. Chop off tips of watercress and toss in, along with mung bean sprouts. Cut off stringy ends of snow peas and toss in. Fold in about a cup of tahini sauce. Top off with almond slivers (or truly raw cashews, sliced) and sesame seeds. Chop up tempeh and fold into mixture.

Serves 8-10.

Raw Hummus

2 zucchinis

¾ cup unhulled sesame seeds, soaked 6-12 hours, rinsed, drained

¾ cup raw tahini

¼-½ t cayenne

½ t celery salt

3-4 garlic cloves

1 t Celtic sea salt

¼ cup lemon juice

Blend in a food processor with the “S” blade, adding ingredients a little at a time until creamy. Serve on flax crackers or use as a vegetable dip with sliced zucchini, baby carrots, sliced bell peppers and fresh broccoli.

With a bit of effort, it is easy to transition to a mainly raw diet. After a year or so, most are satisfied with eating simply. Nothing could be tastier than Nature’s fast food, after all!

What To Do When Your Child Needs Speech Therapy

When your child has issues speaking, you may feel at a loss for what to do to help. Speaking properly is a problem many children have and is often detected by the age of three or four. If your young one has trouble saying certain letters, such as “s” or “r,” you may want to consider getting them professional help. Learn what to do if your child needs speech therapy.

Take Them to a Specialist

An ear, nose, and throat doctor should be the first specialist you see when you think your young one has speech problems. This type of doctor will make sure there are no physical defects such as an enlarged tongue, swollen throat, or issues with the shape of the mouth or gums.

Seek a Therapist

Speech therapy is beneficial to young children. Therapists can help children feel more confident using their words. A therapist uses special tools like cue cards and mouth exercises to help. Make sure they see a therapist once a week for several months or years as they learn to improve their communication.

Speech Therapy at School

Schools often offer special classes designed to help struggling students pronounce phrases better. Working in groups can be a good way for your student to practice communicating with better clarity. Sessions may last a half hour or more, depending on how severe your child’s impediment is. If you choose to do this in addition to using a therapist, make sure the professional knows what methods of learning are being used so that they can employ similar methods.

What You Can Do at Home

Helping your young one at home is key to their success. First of all, alert any other children in the home of the issue. Explain to them that they are not to tease, taunt, mimic, or torment their sibling because of the impediment. You can also use special tools given to you by your therapist to help your child learn how to pronounce sentences and individual sounds. Cue cards, follow-along videos, and tapes are essential tools you can utilize.

Many young children face this kind of challenge every day. You don’t have to suffer as a parent. It may take many months or years, but over time you should see success with speech therapy. Talk to a specialist who can refer you to an excellent therapist. The results will lead to a confident and happy child.

Homeland Security Associate Degree Made Easy

Taking the next steps of your life can seem overwhelming and scary if you aren’t sure what it is you want to do with your life. The one thing you do know at this point in time is that you are going to college for your associate of Homeland Security Associate Degree. That is setting the bar high. And why not?

If you have already done the leg work and decided what you want to do with your degree than why not start making some plans along with several short term and long term goals. This will help you stay on track, get the education you need, and pursue your professional goals as well.

Life will take you to several different places, but it will be important to go through and find out who it is you are, what you want from your life, and then sit down and create a strategic plan on how you intend on taking it. Life is yours for the taking, if it were easy everyone would be doing it.

Sit back looking at the dreams what could of been will only bring you misery and regret, take life by storm and think about how good it would feel to be the one to return to your 10 year class reunion as a member of Homeland Security. Take your dreams to new heights.

Self discover is something that we all need to stop and think about in order to live our lives to the fullest. Be the person you have always wanted to be, and start working through the different paths in your life to meet your goals. And your education is the first place to start.

If you find yourself unsure if this is the right path for you there are other things that you can use your associate of Homeland Security job for other than working in the department itself. There are other security jobs, consulting firms and other government based opportunities out there.

Take a few minutes and look at the following tips on what you can do to find out who you are, what it is you want from life, and how you can pursue your professional dreams.

Know who you are and stop and take a few minutes to reflect on where you been in life, and where it is you want to go.

Take a look at what it is you want to do with your degree, and what kind if income you are looking for.

Know if you are going to need any other for of training or education to pursue the career of your dreams.

Ask yourself if you are comfortable relocating for your job, or commuting long distances, or traveling for your job.

What will working for the Department of Homeland Security do to my personal life? Will there be sacrifices to make regarding the family or social life that you are willing to take? Take the time to take life by storm and make your mark on the world.

Advantages of Being a Technical Writer

Are you one of them who find themselves sitting on the fence of career options? Do you love writing but just can not see yourself writing a book, journal or for the media? Well, if you've got the passion for writing and the liking for various sectors, consider this: technical writing. A career in this field has got many advantages.

First, this job is one that is at high demand hence you would be guaranteed a solid career throughout your working years. You would also get to choose your method of working be it as a full time writer for a particular industry, a columnist or a freelance technical writer. In addition to that, you would be yielding a good income and it figures grow with experience. on average, a good writer can earn up to $ 90,000 a year.

Aside from that, you get to feel that great satisfaction. Once you're done with your piece, be it in print, on screen or published, you would be able to feel the great satisfaction of knowing that your work helps many people and is the piece that informs others with their products or services.

Technical writers have got variety. They get to experience the advance world before many others. They are exposed to all the latest gadgets, discoveries, technologies and etc and learn about them before you do, then writing a general summary or a guide as to how to work the gadget.

Writing can be challenging at times, and you would need to put your flow of thought in order and the little pieces would need to fit properly. The challenge it creates keeps your job exciting so long as you've got the passion for writing. This gives you the energy and pumps you up to look forward to your job rather than to loathe it.

There are many advantages which comes along with the career of a technical writer, so if writing is your field of interest, do not belittle this job but take it on instead.