Have You Ever Wondered What Inspired The Lyrics To Coldplay’s Song Trouble?

Imagine. You’re sitting on the floor in your bedroom. Lights off. Back against the cold wall. You’ve had a hard day. Harder than most. You just broke up with your girlfriend and the only friend you can find for miles who truly understands you is Coldplay’s song Trouble. You pick up your headphones. Hit play on your iPod and let the music crash into your tympanum. After listening to it on rotation for several hours a question sparks in your mind…”what inspired the lyrics to Coldplay’s song Trouble?” Was it something as heart-braking as a breakup or something deeper?

After such a terrible day I decided to do some research. Here’s what I came up with…

OK so first of all, if you’re searching for the song you’ll find it hidden in the nooks of their debut album “Parachutes”. Track 3. And just like track 3, this song was actually their 3rd single release. Totally coincidental, I’m sure. The band and their producer, Ken Nelson, produced the song back in 2000 and it was later released in October 26th. They recorded the song a total of 4 times before they got the take they wanted. The would try a take and not be satisfied with it. By the 3rd take they decided to try something different…they had just a simple shaker come in to lay the foundation for the song and then the drummer would play over that. After that Martin would come in with his piano. Lastly, the bass and guitar were the final entries into the recording of the song. The song was later mixed in New York by engineer Michael Brauer.

Martin has a great mastery of his falsetto. It’s one of his most attractive qualities. He pretty much starts the song off using his it and by the 4th word when he sings “Oh no, I SEE”, you hear his falsetto reach out. Weaving in an out of this vocal technique with such ease it creates an almost eerie touch to the song. The word “Trouble” is repeated several times in the song giving you a minimalist feel to the song. Whether the song is in 4/4 time or a snail’s 70 beats per minute this song consistently brings a nostalgic chill through my heart. I find that to be rather curious in a world where most songs are recorded at 120 bpm.

Now, according to frontman Chris Martin, the inspiration for writing “Trouble” actually came from his own personal behavior. In an interview Martin is recorded as saying “There were some bad things going in our band … the song is about behaving badly towards somebody you really love and I was certainly doing that to some members of the band.” He added that it was written during a time he was acting like a knobhead. It’s very interesting to see that some of us might see this song as a “boy breaks up with girl” scenario. But Coldplay reminds us from time to time that they are deeper than just your run of the mill love songs.

The Development of Old Age and Related Issues

In traditional Chinese and other Asian cultures the aged were highly respected and cared for. The Igabo tribesmen of Eastern Nigeria value dependency in their aged and involve them in care of children and the administration of tribal affairs (Shelton, A. in Kalish R. Uni Michigan 1969).

In Eskimo culture the grandmother was pushed out into the ice-flow to die as soon as she became useless.

Western societies today usually resemble to some degree the Eskimo culture, only the “ice-flows” have names such a “Sunset Vista” and the like. Younger generations no longer assign status to the aged and their abandonment

is always in danger of becoming the social norm.

There has been a tendency to remove the aged from their homes and put them  in custodial care. To some degree the government provides domiciliary care services to prevent or delay this, but the motivation probably has more

to do with expense than humanity.

In Canada and some parts of the USA old people are being utilised as foster-grandparents in child care agencies.

SOME BASIC DEFINITIONS

What is Aging?

Aging: Aging is a natural phenomenon that refers to changes occurring throughout the life span and result in differences in structure and function between the youthful and elder generation.

Gerontology: Gerontology is the study of aging and includes science, psychology and sociology.

Geriatrics: A relatively new field of medicine specialising in the health problems of advanced age.

Social aging: Refers to the social habits and roles of individuals with respect to their culture and society. As social aging increases individual usually experience a decrease in meaningful social interactions.

Biological aging: Refers to the physical changes in the body systems during the later decades of life. It may begin long before the individual  reaches chronological age 65.

Cognitive aging: Refers to decreasing ability to assimilate new information and learn new behaviours and skills.

GENERAL PROBLEMS OF AGING

Eric Erikson (Youth and the life cycle. Children. 7:43-49 Mch/April 1960) developed an “ages and stages” theory of human

development that involved 8 stages after birth each of which involved a basic dichotomy representing best case and worst case outcomes. Below are the dichotomies and their developmental relevance:

Prenatal stage – conception to birth.

1. Infancy. Birth to 2 years – basic trust vs. basic distrust. Hope.

2. Early childhood, 3 to 4 years – autonomy vs. self doubt/shame. Will.

3. Play age, 5 to 8 years – initiative vs. guilt. Purpose.

4. School age, 9to 12 – industry vs. inferiority. Competence.

5. Adolescence, 13 to 19 – identity vs. identity confusion. Fidelity.

6. Young adulthood – intimacy vs. isolation. Love.

7. Adulthood, generativity vs. self absorption. Care.

8. Mature age- Ego Integrity vs. Despair. Wisdom.

This stage of older adulthood, i.e. stage 8, begins about the time of retirement and continues throughout one’s life. Achieving ego integrity  is a sign of maturity while failing to reach this stage is an indication of poor development in prior stages through the life course.

Ego integrity: This means coming to accept one’s whole life and reflecting on it in a positive manner. According to Erikson, achieving

integrity means fully accepting one’ self and coming to terms with death. Accepting responsibility for one’s life and being able to review

the past with satisfaction is essential. The inability to do this leads to despair and the individual will begin to fear death. If a favourable balance is achieved during this stage, then wisdom is developed.

Psychological and personality aspects:

Aging has psychological implications. Next to dying our recognition that we are aging may be one of the most profound shocks we ever receive. Once we pass the invisible line of 65 our years are bench marked for the remainder of the game of life. We are no longer “mature age” we are instead classified as “old”, or “senior citizens”. How we cope with the changes we face and stresses of altered status depends on our basic personality. Here are 3 basic personality types that have been identified. It may be a oversimplification but it makes the point about personality effectively:

a. The autonomous – people who seem to have the resources for self-renewal. They may be dedicated to a goal or idea and committed to continuing productivity. This appears to protect them somewhat even against physiological aging.

b.The adjusted – people who are rigid and lacking in adaptability but are supported by their power, prestige or well structured routine. But if their situation changes drastically they become psychiatric casualties.

c.The anomic. These are people who do not have clear inner values or a protective life vision. Such people have been described as prematurely resigned and they may deteriorate rapidly.

Summary of stresses of old age.

a. Retirement and reduced income. Most people rely on work for self worth, identity and social interaction. Forced retirement can be demoralising.

b. Fear of invalidism and death. The increased probability of falling prey to illness from which there is no recovery is a continual

source of anxiety. When one has a heart attack or stroke the stress becomes much worse.

Some persons face death with equanimity, often psychologically supported by a religion or philosophy. Others may welcome death as an end to suffering or insoluble problems and with little concern for life or human existence. Still others face impending death with suffering of great stress against which they have no ego defenses.

c. Isolation and loneliness. Older people face inevitable loss of loved ones, friends and contemporaries. The loss of a spouse whom one has depended on for companionship and moral support is particularly distressing. Children grow up, marry and become preoccupied or move away. Failing memory, visual and aural impairment may all work to make social interaction difficult. And if this

then leads to a souring of outlook and rigidity of attitude then social interaction becomes further lessened and the individual may not even utilise the avenues for social activity that are still available.

d. Reduction in sexual function and physical attractiveness. Kinsey et al, in their Sexual behaviour in the human male,

(Phil., Saunders, 1948) found that there is a gradual decrease in sexual activity with advancing age and that reasonably gratifying patterns of sexual activity can continue into extreme old age. The aging person also has to adapt to loss of sexual attractiveness in a society which puts extreme emphasis on sexual attractiveness. The adjustment in self image and self concept that are required can be very hard to make.

e. Forces tending to self devaluation. Often the experience of the older generation has little perceived relevance to the problems of the young and the older person becomes deprived of participation in decision making both in occupational and family settings. Many parents are seen as unwanted burdens and their children may secretly wish they would die so they can be free of the burden and experience some financial relief or benefit. Senior citizens may be pushed into the role of being an old person with all this implies in terms of self devaluation.

4 Major Categories of Problems or Needs:

Health.

Housing.

Income maintenance.

Interpersonal relations.

BIOLOGICAL CHANGES

Physiological Changes: Catabolism (the breakdown of protoplasm) overtakes anabolism (the build-up of protoplasm). All body systems are affected and repair systems become slowed. The aging process occurs at different rates in different individuals.

Physical appearance and other changes:

Loss of subcutaneous fat and less elastic skin gives rise to wrinkled appearance, sagging and loss of smoothness of body contours. Joints stiffen and become painful and range of joint movement becomes restricted, general

mobility lessened.

Respiratory changes:

Increase of fibrous tissue in chest walls and lungs leads restricts respiratory movement and less oxygen is consumed. Older people more likelyto have lower respiratory infections whereas young people have upper respiratory infections.

Nutritive changes:

Tooth decay and loss of teeth can detract from ease and enjoyment in eating. Atrophy of the taste buds means food is inclined to be tasteless and this should be taken into account by carers. Digestive changes occur from lack of exercise (stimulating intestines) and decrease in digestive juice production. Constipation and indigestion are likely to follow as a result. Financial problems can lead to the elderly eating an excess of cheap carbohydrates rather than the more expensive protein and vegetable foods and this exacerbates the problem, leading to reduced vitamin intake and such problems as anemia and increased susceptibility to infection.

Adaptation to stress:

All of us face stress at all ages. Adaptation to stress requires the consumption of energy. The 3 main phases of stress are:

1. Initial alarm reaction. 2. Resistance. 3. Exhaustion

and if stress continues tissue damage or aging occurs. Older persons have had a lifetime of dealing with stresses. Energy reserves are depleted and the older person succumbs to stress earlier than the younger person. Stress is cumulative over a lifetime. Research results, including experiments with animals suggests that each stress leaves us more vulnerable to the next and that although we might think we’ve “bounced back” 100% in fact each stress leaves it scar. Further, stress is psycho-biological meaning

the kind of stress is irrelevant. A physical stress may leave one more vulnerable to psychological stress and vice versa. Rest does not completely restore one after a stressor. Care workers need to be mindful of this and cognizant of the kinds of things that can produce stress for aged persons.

COGNITIVE CHANGE Habitual Behaviour:

Sigmund Freud noted that after the age of 50, treatment of neuroses via psychoanalysis was difficult because the opinions and reactions of older people were relatively fixed and hard to shift.

Over-learned behaviour: This is behaviour that has been learned so well and repeated so often that it has become automatic, like for example typing or running down stairs. Over-learned behaviour is hard to change. If one has lived a long time one is likely to have fixed opinions and ritualised behaviour patterns or habits.

Compulsive behaviour: Habits and attitudes that have been learned in the course of finding ways to overcome frustration and difficulty are very hard to break. Tension reducing habits such as nail biting, incessant humming, smoking or drinking alcohol are especially hard to change at any age and particularly hard for persons who have been practising them over a life time.

The psychology of over-learned and compulsive behaviours has severe implications for older persons who find they have to live in what for them is a new and alien environment with new rules and power relations.

Information acquisition:

Older people have a continual background of neural noise making it more difficult for them to sort out and interpret complex sensory

input. In talking to an older person one should turn off the TV, eliminate as many noises and distractions as possible, talk slowly

and relate to one message or idea at a time.

Memories from the distant past are stronger than more recent memories. New memories are the first to fade and last to return.

Time patterns also can get mixed – old and new may get mixed.

Intelligence.

Intelligence reaches a peak and can stay high with little deterioration if there is no neurological damage. People who have unusually high intelligence to begin with seem to suffer the least decline. Education and stimulation also seem to play a role in maintaining intelligence.

Intellectual impairment. Two diseases of old age causing cognitive decline are Alzheimer’s syndrome and Pick’s syndrome. In Pick’s syndrome there is inability to concentrate and learn and also affective responses are impaired.

Degenerative Diseases: Slow progressive physical degeneration of cells in the nervous system. Genetics appear to be an important factor. Usually start after age 40 (but can occur as early as 20s).

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Degeneration of all areas of cortex but particularly frontal and temporal lobes. The affected cells actually die. Early symptoms resemble neurotic disorders: Anxiety, depression, restlessness sleep difficulties.

Progressive deterioration of all intellectual faculties (memory deficiency being the most well known and obvious). Total mass of the brain decreases, ventricles become larger. No established treatment.

PICK’S DISEASE Rare degenerative disease. Similar to Alzheimer’s in terms of onset, symptomatology and possible genetic

aetiology. However it affects circumscribed areas of the brain, particularly the frontal areas which leads to a loss of normal affect.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE Neuropathology: Loss of neurons in the basal ganglia.

Symptoms: Movement abnormalities: rhythmical alternating tremor of extremities, eyelids and tongue along with rigidity of the muscles and slowness of movement (akinesia).

It was once thought that Parkinson’s disease was not associated with intellectual deterioration, but it is now known that there is an association between global intellectual impairment and Parkinson’s where it occurs late in life.

The cells lost in Parkinson’s are associated with the neuro-chemical Dopamine and the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s are associated the dopamine deficiency. Treatment involves administration of dopamine precursor L-dopa which can alleviate symptoms including intellectual impairment. Research suggests it may possibly bring to the fore emotional effects in patients who have had

psychiatric illness at some prior stage in their lives.

AFFECTIVE DOMAIN In old age our self concept gets its final revision. We make a final assessment of the value of our lives and our balance of success and failures.

How well a person adapts to old age may be predicated by how well the person adapted to earlier significant changes. If the person suffered an emotional crisis each time a significant change was needed then adaptation to the exigencies of old age may also be difficult. Factors such as economic security, geographic location and physical health are important to the adaptive process.

Need Fulfilment: For all of us, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory, we are not free to pursue the higher needs of self actualisation unless the basic needs are secured. When one considers that many, perhaps most, old people are living in poverty and continually concerned with basic survival needs, they are not likely to be happily satisfying needs related to prestige, achievement and beauty.

Maslow’s Hierarchy

Physiological

Safety

Belonging, love, identification

Esteem: Achievement, prestige, success, self respect

Self actualisation: Expressing one’s interests and talents to the full.

Note: Old people who have secured their basic needs may be motivated to work on tasks of the highest levels in the hierarchy – activities concerned with aesthetics, creativity and altruistic matters, as compensation for loss of sexual attractiveness and athleticism. Aged care workers fixated on getting old people to focus on social activities may only succeed in frustrating and irritating them if their basic survival concerns are not secured to their satisfaction.

DISENGAGEMENT

Social aging according to Cumming, E. and Henry, W. (Growing old: the aging process of disengagement, NY, Basic 1961) follows a well defined pattern:

1. Change in role. Change in occupation and productivity. Possibly change

in attitude to work.

2. Loss of role, e.g. retirement or death of a husband.

3. Reduced social interaction. With loss of role social interactions are

diminished, eccentric adjustment can further reduce social interaction, damage

to self concept, depression.

4. Awareness of scarcity of remaining time. This produces further curtailment of

activity in interest of saving time.

Havighurst, R. et al (in B. Neugarten (ed.) Middle age and aging, U. of Chicago, 1968) and others have suggested that disengagement is not an inevitable process. They believe the needs of the old are essentially the same as in middle age and the activities of middle age should be extended as long as possible. Havighurst points out the decrease in social interaction of the aged is often largely the

result of society withdrawing from the individual as much as the reverse. To combat this he believes the individual must vigorously resist the limitations of his social world.

DEATH The fear of the dead amongst tribal societies is well established. Persons who had ministered to the dead were taboo and required observe various rituals including seclusion for varying periods of time. In some societies from South America to Australia it is taboo for certain persons to utter the name of the dead. Widows and widowers are expected to observe rituals in respect for the dead.

Widows in the Highlands of New Guinea around Goroka chop of one of their own fingers. The dead continue their existence as spirits and upsetting them can bring dire consequences.

Wahl, C in “The fear of death”, 1959 noted that the fear of death occurs as early as the 3rd year of life. When a child loses a pet or grandparent fears reside in the unspoken questions: Did I cause it? Will happen to you (parent) soon? Will this happen to me? The child in such situations needs to re-assure that the departure is not a censure, and that the parent is not likely to depart soon. Love, grief, guilt, anger are a mix of conflicting emotions that are experienced.

CONTEMPORARY ATTITUDES TO DEATH

Our culture places high value on youth, beauty, high status occupations, social class and anticipated future activities and achievement. Aging and dying are denied and avoided in this system. The death of each person reminds us of our own mortality.

The death of the elderly is less disturbing to members of Western society because the aged are not especially valued. Surveys have established that nurses for example attach more importance to saving a young life than an old life. In Western society there is a pattern of avoiding dealing with the aged and dying aged patient.

Stages of dying. Elisabeth Kubler Ross has specialised in working with dying patients and in her “On death and dying”, NY, Macmillan, 1969, summarised 5 stages in dying.

1. Denial and isolation. “No, not me”.

2. Anger. “I’ve lived a good life so why me?”

3. Bargaining. Secret deals are struck with God. “If I can live until…I promise to…”

4. Depression. (In general the greatest psychological problem of the aged is depression). Depression results from real and threatened loss.

5. Acceptance of the inevitable.

Kubler Ross’s typology as set out above should, I believe be taken with a grain of salt and not slavishly accepted. Celebrated US Journalist David Rieff who was in June ’08 a guest of the Sydney writer’s festival in relation to his book, “Swimming in a sea of death: a son’s memoir” (Melbourne University Press) expressly denied the validity of the Kubler Ross typology in his Late Night Live interview (Australian ABC radio) with Philip Adams June 9th ’08. He said something to the effect that his mother had regarded her impending death as murder. My own experience with dying persons suggests that the human ego is extraordinarily resilient. I recall visiting a dying colleague in hospital just days before his death. He said, “I’m dying, I don’t like it but there’s nothing I can do about it”, and then went on to chortle about how senior academics at an Adelaide university had told him they were submitting his name for a the Order of Australia (the new “Knighthood” replacement in Australia). Falling in and out of lucid thought with an oxygen tube in his nostrils he was nevertheless still highly interested in the “vain glories of the world”. This observation to me seemed consistent with Rieff’s negative assessment of Kubler Ross’s theories.

THE AGED IN RELATION TO YOUNGER PEOPLE

The aged share with the young the same needs: However, the aged often have fewer or weaker resources to meet those needs. Their need for social interaction may be ignored by family and care workers.

Family should make time to visit their aged members and invite them to their homes. The aged like to visit children and relate to them through games and stories.

Meaningful relationships can be developed via foster-grandparent programs. Some aged are not aware of their income and health entitlements. Family and friends should take the time to explain these. Some aged are too proud to access their entitlements and this problem should be addressed in a kindly way where it occurs.

It is best that the aged be allowed as much choice as possible in matters related to living arrangements, social life and lifestyle.

Communities serving the aged need to provide for the aged via such things as lower curbing, and ramps.

Carers need to examine their own attitude to aging and dying. Denial in the carer is detected by the aged person and it can inhibit the aged person from expressing negative feelings – fear, anger. If the person can express these feelings to someone then that person is less likely to die with a sense of isolation and bitterness.

A METAPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVE

The following notes are my interpretation of a Dr. Depak Chopra lecture entitled, “The New Physics of Healing” which he presented to the 13th Scientific Conference of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Depak Chopra is an endocrinologist and a former Chief of Staff of New England Hospital, Massachusetts. I am deliberately omitting the detail of his explanations of the more abstract, ephemeral and controversial ideas.

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In the lecture Dr. Chopra presents a model of the universe and of all organisms as structures of interacting centres of electromagnetic energy linked to each other in such a way that anything affecting one part of a system or structure has ramifications throughout the entire structure. This model becomes an analogue not only for what happens within the structure or organism itself, but between the organism and both its physical and social environments. In other words there is a correlation between psychological

conditions, health and the aging process. Dr. Chopra in his lecture reconciles ancient Vedic (Hindu) philosophy with modern psychology and quantum physics.

Premature Precognitive Commitment: Dr. Chopra invokes experiments that have shown that flies kept for a long time in a jar do not quickly leave the jar when the top is taken off. Instead they accept the jar as the limit of their universe. He also points out that in India baby elephants are often kept tethered to a small twig or sapling. In adulthood when the elephant is capable of pulling over a medium sized tree it can still be successfully tethered to a twig! As another example he points to experiments in which fish are bred on

2 sides of a fish tank containing a divider between the 2 sides. When the divider is removed the fish are slow to learn that they can now swim throughout the whole tank but rather stay in the section that they accept as their universe. Other experiments have demonstrated that kittens brought up in an environment of vertical stripes and structures, when released in adulthood keep bumping into anything aligned horizontally as if they were unable to see anything that is horizontal. Conversely kittens brought up in an environment of horizontal stripes when released bump into vertical structures, apparently unable to see them.

The whole point of the above experiments is that they demonstrate Premature Precognitive Commitment. The lesson to be learned is that our sensory apparatus develops as a result of initial experience and how we’ve been taught to interpret it.

What is the real look of the world? It doesn’t exist. The way the world looks to us is determined by the sensory receptors we have and our interpretation of that look is determined by our premature precognitive commitments. Dr Chopra makes the point that less than a billionth of the available stimuli make it into our nervous systems. Most of it is screened, and what gets through to us is whatever we are

expecting to find on the basis of our precognitive commitments.

Dr. Chopra also discusses the diseases that are actually caused by mainstream medical interventions, but this material gets too far away from my central intention. Dr. Chopra discusses in lay terms the physics of matter, energy and time by way of establishing the wider context of our existence. He makes the point that our bodies including the bodies of plants are mirrors of cosmic rhythms and exhibit changes correlating even with the tides.

Dr. Chopra cites the experiments of Dr. Herbert Spencer of the US National Institute of Health. He injected mice with Poly-IC, an immuno-stimulant while making the mice repeatedly smell camphor. After the effect of the Poly-IC had worn off he again exposed the mice to the camphor smell. The smell of camphor had the effect of causing the mice’s immune system to automatically strengthen

as if they had been injected with the stimulant. He then took another batch of mice and injected them with cyclophosphamide which tends to destroy the immune system while exposing them to the smell of camphor. Later after being returned to normal just the smell of camphor was enough to cause destruction of their immune system. Dr. Chopra points out that whether or not camphor enhanced or

destroyed the mice’s immune system was entirely determined by an interpretation of the meaning of the smell of camphor. The interpretation is not just in the brain but in each cell of the organism. We are bound to our imagination and our

early experiences.

Chopra cites a study by the Massachusetts Dept of Health Education and Welfare into risk factors for heart disease – family history, cholesterol etc. The 2 most important risk factors were found to be psychological measures – Self  Happiness Rating and Job Satisfaction. They found most people died of heart disease on a Monday!

Chopra says that for every feeling there is a molecule. If you are experiencing tranquillity your body will be producing natural valium. Chemical changes in the brain are reflected by changes in other cells including blood cells. The brain produces neuropeptides and brain structures are chemically tuned to these neuropeptide receptors. Neuropeptides (neurotransmitters) are the chemical concommitants of thought. Chopra points out the white blood cells (a part of the immune system) have neuropeptide receptors and are “eavesdropping” on our thinking. Conversely the immune system produces its own neuropeptides which can influence the nervous system. He goes on to say that cells in all parts of the body including heart and kidneys for example also produce neuropeptides and

neuropeptide sensitivity. Chopra assures us that most neurologists would agree that the nervous system and the immune system are parallel systems.

Other studies in physiology: The blood interlukin-2 levels of medical students decreased as exam time neared and their interlukin receptor capacities also lowered. Chopra says if we are having fun to the point of exhilaration our natural interlukin-2 levels become higher. Interlukin-2 is a powerful and very expensive anti-cancer drug. The body is a printout of consciousness. If we could change the way we look at our bodies at a genuine, profound level then our bodies would actually change.

On the subject of “time” Chopra cites Sir Thomas Gall and Steven Hawkins, stating that our description of the universe as having a past, present, and future are constructed entirely out of our interpretation of change. But in

reality linear time doesn’t exist.

Chopra explains the work of Alexander Leaf a former Harvard Professor of Preventative Medicine who toured the world investigating societies where people  lived beyond 100 years (these included parts of Afghanistan, Soviet Georgia, Southern Andes). He looked at possible factors including climate, genetics, and diet. Leaf concluded the most important factor was the collective perception of aging in these societies.

Amongst the Tama Humara of the Southern Andes there was a collective belief that the older you got the more physically able you got. They had a tradition of running and the older one became then generally the better at running one got. The best runner was aged 60. Lung capacity and other measures actually improved with age. People were healthy until well into their 100s and died in their sleep. Chopra remarks that things have changed since the introduction of Budweiser (beer) and TV.

[DISCUSSION: How might TV be a factor in changing the former ideal state of things?]

Chopra refers to Dr. Ellen Langor a former Harvard Psychology professor’s work. Langor advertised for 100 volunteers aged over 70 years. She took them to a Monastery outside Boston to play “Let’s Pretend”. They were divided into 2 groups each of which resided in a different part of the building. One group, the control group spent several days talking about the 1950s. The other group, the experimental group had to live as if in the year 1959 and talk about it in the present tense. What appeared on their TV screens were the old newscasts and movies. They read old newspapers and magazines of the period. After 3 days everyone was photographed and the photographs judged by independent judges who knew nothing of the nature of the experiment. The experimental group seemed to

have gotten younger in appearance. Langor then arranged for them to be tested for 100 physiological parameters of aging which included of course blood pressure, near point vision and DHEA levels. After 10 days of living as if in 1959 all parameters had reversed by the equivalent of at least 20 years.

Chopra concludes from Langor’s experiment: “We are the metabolic end product of our sensory experiences. How we interpret them depends on the collective mindset which influences individual biological entropy and aging.”

Can one escape the current collective mindset and reap the benefits in longevity and health? Langor says, society won’t let you escape. There are too many reminders of how most people think linear time is and how it expresses itself in entropy and aging – men are naughty at 40 and on social welfare at 55, women reach menopause at 40 etc. We get to see so many other people aging and dying that it sets the pattern that we follow.

Chopra concludes we are the metabolic product of our sensory experience and our interpretation gets structured in our biology itself. Real change comes from change in the collective consciousness – otherwise it cannot occur within the individual.

Readings

Chopra, D. The New Physics of Healing. 735 Walnut Street, Boulder, Colorado 83002,

Phone. +303 449 6229.

Coleman, J. C. Abnormal psychology and modern life. Scott Foresman & Co.

Lugo, J. and Hershey, L. Human development a multidisciplinary approach to the psychology of individual growth, NY, Macmillan.

Dennis. Psychology of human behaviour for nurses. Lond. W. B.Saunders.

Why It Is Important To Eat Healthy

Our health is our greatest possession. If we neglect it, we do so at our own peril so, why throw it away through ignorance. Unfortunately, many people never worry about their health until they are in danger of losing it. Then, they are willing to spend small fortunes trying to win back their lost figures or restore the good health they once had. Healthy eating requires a combination of different foods to keep the body in good working order.

Today, it is not easy to have a healthy diet with so many processed foods loaded with fat and sugar. Foods that are highly refined, high in fats or sugar are usually devoid of some of the most important nutrients needed by the body to maintain good health. The human digestive system was never intended to sustain this kind of abuse. Gradually, this kind of diet may leave us weakened and vulnerable to health problems and, also contribute to premature old age and a shortened life.

To function, the body must have nutrients we supply from the food we eat. While diet alone is not the answer to all health problems, healthy eating through a well-balanced diet will provide a constant stream of essential nutrients to keep the body functioning efficiently and in good working order. The more variety you have in your diet, the less you are likely to suffer from some dietary deficiency.

The Essential Nutrients

There are six essential nutrients that your body needs to keep it healthy and strong and all the organs working at full capacity. They are water, carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Unless these materials are present in our daily diet, we are likely to suffer from some deficiency and, sooner or later we will find ourselves in trouble.

Water

Water is the body’s most important nutrient as it is involved in every bodily function. Every cell in your body needs water to live, it is essential for the digestion of food, transporting nutrients and oxygen and flushing toxins from your body and, maintaining body temperature. An average person needs 6-8 glasses of water a day in order to function at an optimum level.

Proteins

Made up of amino acids essential for building, maintaining and repairing muscle tissue, regulating body functions and providing energy. The richest sources of protein are animal foods such as meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese and eggs. However, plant proteins such as beans (especially soybean), lentils, nuts and seeds are healthier because of their lower fat content. To get the most benefit, vary your protein sources so you get the full range of amino acids.

Carbohydrates

Starches and sugars are carbohydrates, the main source of the body’s energy. Simple sugars provide energy (calories) but no nutrients for that reason they are called “empty calorie” foods.

Complex sugars (carbohydrate) are better than simple sugars. Because it takes the sugar a lot longer to break down, they are released at a slower level therefore, your energy levels last a lot longer. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables are your best low-calorie sources of complex carbohydrates. Other sources include wholegrain breads, oats, muesli, brown rice, potatoes and pasta.

Fats

Most foods contain several different kinds of fats including saturated, trans fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats Too much fat in the diet can lead to obesity, heart disease and strokes.

Saturated Fats are almost always found in foods that also contain cholesterol and, usually, of animal origin such as meat, dairy products and eggs. A diet rich in saturated fats can raise the level of cholesterol in the blood, causing arteries to clog which in turn can cause strokes and heart disease.

Trans Fats are used in the food industry to prolong shelf life. They are found in many commercially fried foods, packaged snacks, high-fat baked goods and, any product where the label says “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils” which involves most processed foods. Today, we are eating far more of these bad fats than we should.

Polyunsaturated fats can be found in salmon, fish oil and, safflower and sunflower oils. One type of polyunsaturated fat, omega 3 fatty acids may be especially beneficial for the heart and for lowering blood pressure levels.

Monounsaturated fats are considered the healthiest fats helping to lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease. Sources of monounsaturated fats include olive oil, canola, avocado, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews and pistachios.

Vitamins And Minerals

Your body needs a combination of vitamins and minerals essential for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of many diseases. Vitamins are divided into two groups:water-soluble (B complex and C) and fat-soluble (A, D, E, and K). Minerals can be classified as major (those we need more than 100 mg a day) and minor (trace minerals) those we need less than 100 mg a day. Both major and minor minerals are needed for good health. There is no substitute for eating healthy. People who endeavour to eat healthy and, follow a balanced diet will feel the benefits of good health all their lives.

Caution:Always consult with your doctor or a qualified health professional before undertaking any program of exercise or change in diet!

Abdominal Weight Loss The Fast And Easy Way

Before I say anything in this article, I want to mention that abdominal weight loss really means “weight loss”.

There is no such thing as only losing weight in one part of your body. If you think so, please get that idea out of your head!

On second thought, the technique I’ll be talking about today actually does give you a little more abdominal weight loss than anywhere else, but just understand that you can’t only lose weight in one spot. This technique simply lets you lose “a little more” in your stomach region.

And in case you’re wondering, I have no idea why it gives you more abdominal weight loss – but that doesn’t matter either way.

Anyway, today I’m going to give you a secret so valuable that if you understand it correctly and give it a try, I can promise you that you’ll never go back to your old way of working out again.

At least that’s what I did.

So let’s cut right to the chase.

If you want to experience incredible abdominal weight loss, you simply need to start performing high intensity interval training (HIIT).

Now if you’re overweight and out of shape right now, don’t get scared. High intensity simply means high intensity for you. If speed walking gets you out of breath within 30 seconds, that’s all you need to do!

HIIT has been proven in many, many research studies to burn up to 6-9 times more fat off your body than regular cardio (the long, slow, boring kind).

So for example if one person walked for 45 minutes per day and another person performed HIIT for the same time, the person doing HIIT could burn more than 9 times more fat.

Incredible isn’t it? I know it sounds too good to be true, and I was skeptical at first too.

Until I tried it.

Now I won’t do anything BUT high intensity interval training because I’ve never experienced abdominal weight loss so fast!

So why does HIIT give you such incredible abdominal weight loss results?

It has to do with the way it increases your metabolism after you workout – also known as “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption”.

This simply refers to how much extra oxygen your body needs after you exercise. And if you didn’t know, more oxygen equals more fat burned!

By the way it’s also very fun to do. Your workouts tend to be much shorter since you’re working out a little more intensely, and the exercises are much more fun than simply walking on a treadmill or other boring cardio machine.

If you don’t think you can do it, please do yourself a huge favor and don’t think that. Of course you should start slow and talk to your doctor, but virtually anybody (except in rare circumstances) can do this.

Don’t count yourself out. Do a little research and start experiencing abdominal weight loss faster than you’ve ever seen it before.

Frequency Specification Of Vibration Fitness Machines

Around the globe, vibration fitness machines are gaining a lot of popularity in the health and fitness industry. They have a large vibrating plate that is usually in the shape of an oval or rectangle. These machines are well equipped with accessories like a pad to sit on, straps to fasten to the sides of the machine, bath mats, knee pads, padded gloves, aerobic steps, platforms, yoga mats / padded exercise mats, interlocking foam / rubber tiles , stretch bands, yoga balls / chairs and weights / weight vests (experienced users only). In a short amount of time, you get a whole body work out. The work out is the result of rapid muscle stimulation caused by the vibrations produced by the machine.

The two variables which can be adjusted on a whole body Vibration fitness machines are:

· Amplitude: The distance the platform travels in a vertical direction
· Frequency: The speed at which the platform cycles.

By adjusting frequency, we can control the number of times per second our muscles contract. The strength of the vibration is adjusted by Amplitude. This amplitude controls the amount of force executed on our body. It all depends upon the degree of difficulty in stabilizing yourself and the flow of blood through our body. This also has been backed by research that different frequencies will have different effects on our body. It all depends on what your goal is and also what all effects you are expecting to benefit from. This will determine what frequency you should run your platform at.

All Whole Body vibration machine fall into one of two categories:

Lineal: Often referred to as vertical Whole Body Vibration platforms. There are some variants such as 3D vibration. These machines work great with higher frequencies and lower amplitudes.

Pivotal: Referred to as oscillating Whole Body Vibration platforms. These machines work great with lower frequencies and have higher amplitudes. Before you buy, always ensure the machine has a full range of frequencies. This is because many platforms are being sold in the market today with frequencies that do not exceed 11-14Hz.

6-8Hz is good for Balance and Stability,

11-14Hz for Relaxation of muscles, Injury rehabilitation, Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, Mobilization of joints, Healing scar tissue

15-22Hz for Muscle strength, Improvement Co-ordination, Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage incontinence.

23-28Hz for Muscle strength, Hormonal stimulation, Neurological stimulation, Increased mobility, Increased bone density, Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, Decreased lower back pain and Improved muscle tone.

A frequency of 12Hz is good for the therapeutic purposes or some light vibration training, but if you are after a good workout, you need a whole body vibration machine that will at least get up to around 25Hz.

Do You Know What Fish Oil Benefits A Supplement Can Provide You?

Omega 3 fatty acids which are essential to good nutrition and provide wonderful fish oil benefits. Modern diets do not contain enough Omega 3s and the richest source of these nutrients is wild fish. These dietary supplements have proven health benefits and have been recommended by doctors in the treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease and macular degeneration. Clinical studies on the effects of omega 3 on organic brain disorders like ADHD, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are being conducted.

Heart Health

The benefits for heart health have been known since the 1960s. This supplement is a mild blood thinner which improves circulation and Omega 3s help lower both cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. For people who are healthy this protects against the degenerative changes seen in heart disease and for those who have had a heart attack there is evidence that omega 3 can reduce the chances of a second heart attack by improving the condition of the heart and blood vessels.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age related eye disease that can ever result in blindness. Doctors often prescribe fish oil and lycopene as nutritional supplements for patients who suffer from this disease. There are currently US government studies to determine the effectiveness of the treatment with the intention to cover fish oils as a medication under government health insurance programs like medicare. Currently patients have to pay for the supplements themselves.

Cancer

There is evidence that Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish may play a role in preventing certain types of cancers like prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancers. Like heart disease, these cancers are reliably rare in populations that consume a lot of fatty fish in their diets. Clinical studies have been produced on lab animals, but at this time there are no clinical trials being pursued on humans. Further studies are being planned.

Organic Brain Disorders

One of the relatively unknown benefits, are those associated with improving brain disorders. Scientists believe that Omega 3 fatty acids exert a neuroactive action and may be responsible for neuronal growth in the frontal cortex which controls behavior. A controlled study on youth at high risk for schizophrenia was conducted and after a year 3% of those who received fish oil developed schizophrenia compared to 28% of the control group. Studies of fish oil as a treatment are being conducted on Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and ADHD.

Osteoarthritis

Omega 3 has an anti-inflammatory effect similar to aspirin but without some of the side effects like stomach upset or bleeding. There is evidence that osteoarthritis patients taking fish oil suffer less joint pain and have a greater range of motion than those who are only taking pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs. There is no comprehensive clinical evidence at this time to support fish oil as a treatment for osteoarthritis, but it is being investigated.

Many claims have been made for nutritional supplements and while some may be unfounded there is evidence that many of the claims are true. The Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants found in fish oil may actually retard the aging process and allow people to live longer healthier lives. It is important to follow dosing directions when taking nutritional supplements since more is not necessarily better. However, taken properly, the benefits of fish oil are many and can improve health and extend life.

Anti Cellulite Vacuum Treatment: Is It Really The Best Treatment?

Cellulite is one of women's greatest enemies. This gives specific parts of the body a wrinkled appearance. Most women would do anything just to get rid of these. Cellulites are found on the buttocks, abdomen, thighs and hips. These are the areas that stretch beyond their limit. Cellulite treatment is available but comes with a lot of varieties.

Anti Cellulite Vacuum treatment is one of the most famous treatments available. However many are also doubtful if this is really effective. This type of treatment is designed to eliminate toxins, tone the skin, stimulate the lymphatic system, increase blood circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. This could be applied to all cellulite problem areas such as the stomach areas, thighs, hops, arms and buttocks.

Multiple session with this type of cellulite treatment could help in breaking down the faty deposits and also assists in toning the skin. This will help in making it appear smoother. This works by pulling the skin from the muscle with the use of the vacuum pump. Heated massage is then applied that works to kelp make the skin and surrounding tissue become more resilient.

This type of treatment is widely available. This service is offered in medical spas. This treatment is even available readily in the consumer market. There are handheld devices made that uses this type of treatment. Higher quality devices would be available in medical spas under the use of experts.

The secret behind this treatment is the use of light and laser therapy that reduces the appearance of cellulite. This is brought about by the appearance of tighter, smoother and toned skin. This remodels the skin making it look younger. It also utilized an intensive subdermal massage that eliminates the excess fat. This will target the fats trapped below the skin. This is a painless procedure and requires a series of treatments for results to be seen.

Another effect of this treatment is the relief of spasms and improvements circulation in the body. This will also help those who are suffering from these conditions. Some machines even involve the outer and inner layers of the skin. This helps in reducing the cellulite and promotes the skin's firmness.

Even if many testify that Anti Cellulite vacuum treatment is effective, many are still skeptical about this. Many claim that this is effective in reducing the cellulite however it does not help in making these disappear. It would only be less noticeable but the cellulites would still be present. The vacuum therapy could indeed help in making the skin firmer and smoother yet the cellulites will never go away permanently. It would be up to you if you would like to try this cellulite treatment.

How To Lower Blood Sugar

You may have experienced high blood sugar levels come out of physical examination results. With this, and having observed symptoms of hyperglycemia – may put you in a panic state to quickly bring back your blood sugar levels to normal. You hurriedly find answers to your statement & action plan you entitled: "how to lower my blood sugar".

Your "How To Lower My Blood Sugar" Action Plan would point out the details on your strategy to bring back or control your blood sugar levels so that it would range around normal. You find yourself researching over the internet for case studies and recent developments on how to go about a condition such as yours. You go over medical books and magazines just so you could include in your action plan the best approaches to improving your condition. And anything you have read that worked for others will be a candidate to be included in your list of options.

Indeed, if you constantly keep yourself reminded and say that "I really need to lower my blood sugar" – you will constantly find yourself evaluating everything to this statement.

Lowering blood sugar levels, while can be addressed medically, can also be approached proactively by taking personal measures of healthier lifestyle changes.

As known, any form of carbohydrates will be historically broken down into sugar or glucose by the body – whether it be fruits, vegetables, bread, rice, pasta, etc … There are carbohydrates though that are considered healthier than others – such are the vegetables.

Not only do they provide necessary nutrients for a healthy body, they contain fibers that will also do the body good. Highly refined carbohydrates as bread, cakes and pasta have high glycemic index – which means they will easily be converted to sugar – that means giving your blood sugar levels a spike much faster than those with lower glycemic index.

So, when you say that, "I want to lower my blood sugar" – you should keep your carbohydrates to a minimum. And when choosing carbohydrates, go for natural and high fiber ones – these mostly have low-glycemic index. An example would be going for brownsugar, brown rice and of course, green-leafy vegetables.

And lastly, when you are really serious in saying that: "I want to lower my blood sugar" – you should take on an exercise regimen in order to live an active lifestyle. Exercise brings a lot of good to your body – not only does it improve your circulation, get that body fat out, but it will also help on maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

In lowering your blood sugar levels, there is something you can do about it. A healthy diet and an active lifestyle will do your body a lot of good. All it takes is your commitment to stick by your plan of action.

Comfortable and Stylish UGG Boots

UGG boots enjoy a wide popularity through the world. Being both comfortable and trendy, they are fabulous shoes that everyone can possess. When it comes to buying them, people have a wide range of options. No matter which style you choose, just make sure it is made in good quality.

These boots feature lavish wool inside and a tanned outer surface. They come with luxurious Australian sheepskin which is thermostatic. You feet will stay warm in cold days and cool in warm weather with them. The sheepskin linings feel soft and comfortable and allow air circulation inside the boots. Therefore, you can wear them without socks even in winter months. UGG boots are designed for both comfort and durability. Genuine pairs are usually hand stitched and have synthetic rubber soles that offer slip resistance and light comfort.

These boots are crafted in many different designs, colors and sizes to meet the demands of people including men, women, kids and infants. Wen finding out the right outfits to pair up your UGG boots, jeans and skirts are great choices. If you want to draw attention in the crowd, chic accessories like hats and scarves will also help to enhance your look. Of course, you are not limited to wear your pair with pants and skirts. These boots actually go well with most outfit. Pair them with whatever you want to help you make a fashion statement.

UGG boots are really in vogue. There is no reason not to buy yourself a pair!

Running Shoe Types Explained

Some people are often confused by the wide array and different types of running shoes that are available in the market today. Walk into an athletic shoes store and chances are you will find yourself faced with so many choices it will be next to impossible to find the running shoe that's right for you. While you can pick any one pair to do your running with, you will still be faced with the risk of acquitting foot injuries from inadvertently picking the wrong one. Choosing the correct running shoe can be a complicated matter that can spell either success or failure for your foot health.

Wearing incorrect and ill-fitting shoes not built for running will put you at risk for injury. For instance, picking a shoe designed for walking will give you a difficult time pushing forward because the front part of a walking shoe is more rigid. Picking a basketball or tennis shoe for running will only get you a twisted ankle as these types of athletic shoes are made for side-to-side movement, and not the font-to-back motion design of running shoes.

Running shoes are a sport-specific type of footwear that must provide good cushioning for your heel and should be designed with shock absorption in mind. Running shoes should have a flexible forefoot for maximum momentum when you push your foot off the ground, and an Achilles notch at the back.

The first thing you need to do to ensure your foot health is to go to an athletic shoe store that specializes in running shoes. These stores are usually owned or managed by running experts who have their own running experiences and have the necessary knowledge about which running shoe to pick for the shape of feet you have, the amount of stability and cushioning you need, and the kind of running you are planning to do.

For competitive runners, the best type of shoes are known as Running Flats. Running Flats are good for short distances, particularly if you happen to be a biomechanically inefficient runner. Another running shoe category is one that comes with spikes. Spikes work well if you are a track sprinter, and some spiked shoes are built to go long distances.

Lightweight trainers are a category of running shoe that is designed with more cushioning and support compared to racing flats. It is build as light as possible for long distance running as well as short distance racing. Lightweight trainers are a favorite training shoe of competitive runners. A stability running shoe, on the other hand, is designed to control pronation but comes with limited cushioning.

With motion control running shoes, while no cushioning is provided, it stabilizes the foot and controls extreme pronation. Trail running shoes are moderately stable and have bottom parts that are designed to give more traction

With these factors and categories in mind, you will have an easy time picking out the best pair of running shoes guaranteed to give you comfort, support, traction, momentum, shock absorption, and above all, optimum foot health.

Rolfing Therapy – A Way to Align the Body and Relieve Pain

Rolfing is a method of structural integration accomplished by soft tissue manipulation and movement education. Developed in the 1950s by Ida Rolf, this bodywork method has allowed people to stand straighter, move better then ever and gain height through its focus on correcting tissue fixations.

It is no secret that physical and emotional stress leaves its mark in the body via tight muscles, cramps, trigger points, aches and pains. Every time we have been in a stressful situation, our body has reacted by tightening up and holding that stress in the tissues. Every physical sprain or strain we have suffered, is still locked into muscle memory. Is there any doubt as to why we suffer chronic pain, especially musculo-skeletal pain?

There are many hands-on pain relief methods, such as massage, trigger point therapy, reiki, stretching, physical therapy and others. Among these is Rolfing, which specializes in soft tissue release. Basically, by releasing the adhesions and scar tissue holding muscle, fascia and tendon locked into spasm, the body can be corrected and free motion returned. This is accomplished by direct deep pressure that a practitioner applies to the body of a client with their fist, fingers and elbows.

Rolfing may be painful for some because of the deep pressure and tearing actions used. However, the pain only remains while the treatment is in session. The pain is evoked by the pressure exerted into the adhered soft tissue areas. Once the adhesions are worked out, the pain subsides and the body is returned to normal ranges of motion and suppleness.

Since Rolfers differentiate between good posture and correct body structure, they strive to organize the skeletal system that has been made “Crooked” through injury and stress. By correcting the underlying structure of the body, and also removing adhesion of muscle and connective tissue, the body can realign and hold itself properly. And with proper structure and posture comes pain relief.

Through Rolfing sessions people can expect to improve flexibility, athletic performance, reduce swelling and pain, increase range of motion and correct posture. All types of performance improve and pain disappears when the muscles fire completely and rest completely. And this can only happen when the body is correctly aligned.

You might be asking yourself how Rolfing is different than regular massage? The difference is in the focus on the body treatment. Whereas massage improves circulation and helps relaxations and short term stress, Rolfing focuses on re-ordering the body to prevent the pains returning. Also, whereas massage works on muscle tissue Rolfing works on the fascia or connective tissue.

So if you suffer muscle or skeletal pain and have tried traditional massage, why not go one step farther and give Rolfing a try. Its a deeper therapy that may be the answer you are seeking.

Guide to a Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan – A General and Lifestyle Dietary Plan

A healthy weight loss diet plan is hard to find. For many years now people have been told that low-cal diets and aerobics are the solutions to their weight problems and yet the overweight problem is at an all time high. There are so many fat people everywhere. The weight management industry is a multi billion industry and fad diets are a dime a dozen, so what then is the problem? A so-called healthy weight loss diet plan will help you shed a few kilos only to gain it all back and then some. It is a trap and many people fall into this yo-yo trap and can’t stop themselves, they become addicted.

There are several reasons for this yo-yo trap. Every time you deprive your body of food or restrict yourself to small amounts of food in order to lose weight, you slow down the metabolic rate. The body then thinks there is food shortage and therefore it should conserve the little there is. It will therefore store energy in fatty tissues to allow the person to survive for weeks without eating. For a healthy weight loss diet plan, this is the opposite of what you want.

Most dieters then tend to binge after restricting themselves for a period of time. The body is not able to determine that the starvation was self-imposed, so now confusion sets in and the weight comes back with a vengeance. One of the best ways for a healthy weight loss diet plan to work is not so much how much you eat but instead what you eat. Instead of restricting yourself, simply learning how to eat in a healthy and balanced way can have a huge impact on your weight. Combine this with exercise and you are on your way to a slimmer body and a healthy lifestyle.

Both conventional medicine and natural alternative medicine agree that we should consume whole foods, such as whole grains rich in fiber, with less fat and animal protein and at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Processed foods are full of high amounts of fat, preservatives, food additives and other chemicals to prolong shelf life. Eating well-balanced meals at regular intervals during the day stabilizes blood sugar, speeds the metabolic rate and leads to a permanent and healthy weight loss diet plan.

Whole dietary fiber foods can have a major impact on your overall health. Wheat, oats, rice, rye, barley, millet have the highest amounts of fiber, followed by legumes, nuts, seeds, potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, fruits and leafy green vegetables.

Fiber reduces serum cholesterol and absorbs dietary fat from the body into feces. Fiber prevents constipation and stabilizes blood glucose levels. Cultures that combine all the above in their daily lives are the healthiest; they live longer and don’t have obesity issues.

A healthy weight loss diet plan alone is not enough though. An enjoyable exercise program should be incorporated into your daily activity. Alcohol consumption should be minimized, if you are a smoker, quitting can actually reverse cardiovascular diseases.

Useful Weight Loss Diet

In our society, we are trained to seek out immediate gratification. I cannot sit here and say that I am not guilty of this mindset for I prefer for things to happen quickly and have been told that I am an impatient person. This can be good sometimes but when it causes us to quit at reaching a goal, when the desired results are not achieved overnight, this is an example of shortsightedness and can often times dissuade us from seeing the race to the end.

This is especially true when it comes to dieting. It took us months or even years to put on the extra weight that we now desire to lose. Even though a correctly applied diet should not take years to work, the results do not happen overnight and immediate gratification seems to always escape those of us who expect it. Also, for those who have lost the weight, only to regain it a few weeks or months later, the desire to continue down that path towards an emotional and physical rollercoaster. Is something that most people do not look forward to, and understandably so.

If you have been known to eat out four or five times a week and you regard it as an important part of your social life, then cutting it out all together will not yield long term goals. I know this from experience. My weakness is Chinese food. I used to go out to eat at my favorite Chinese restaurant five times a week. The food is great but it is also very unhealthy. As a result, after I ate, my energy would decrease and the visit to the gym would be put off for another day.

I once started a diet and boldly told myself that for the next month, I would not go to my favorite restaurant at all. At first, this worked. I had more energy and was feeling good. Soon afterwards however, I could think of nothing else but eating Chinese food and when my day at work was more stressful then I had assumed or something else in my life went south, I immediately sought out the Chinese restaurant for solace.

Needless to say, I did not eat sparingly but instead, it appeared as though I was making up for lost time and perhaps a week of dieting had been erased. Instead, I realized that I should eat out as a reward for a week of hard work on my diet. I would only go eat out when I felt as though I earned it. Now I go out to eat Chinese food. As a result, I have decreased my weekly visits from five times a week to only once a week; a commendable feat when one realizes how much I love Chinese food!

As a result, when I have a stressful day at work, I do not seek out food to the degree that I once did, as a stress reliever as I once did and that has helped contribute to the sustainable weight loss that I now enjoy.

The Positive Effects Of Diet Pills

Over time the obesity rates in various countries like America have continued to climb. The overall selection of diet pills and weight loss supplements has also climbed because of this. Burning fat while losing weight it definitely possible without the use of these dieting options but there are so many advantages associated with these supplements to simply ignore them altogether.

Using these pills in conjunction with exercise and other methods can provide extremely explosive results for the average person. Inside most of these pills you will find stimulants which are very powerful when it comes to increasing your metabolic rate. There is a wide range of other ingredients found inside of your typical pill that can accelerate the fat burning process very efficiently.

The most powerful effect by far that these pills will have on your body is the appetite suppression. To achieve weight loss you need caloric restriction and this is what you will get with modern pills. The ingredients that can be found in your typical dieting pills have the power to suppress your appetite which will greatly increase the overall fat burning effect within your body.

By taking pills like this you will be able to keep all of your cravings under control while maintaining a healthy level of caloric intake. Most people underestimate the power of appetite restriction and this is bad since it is actually a very important factor when it comes to losing weight.

Aside from giving you the appetite suppression dieting pills can also provide a diuretic effect. This effect will basically help your body to get rid of the large amount of water that it is holding inside of it. Flushing a large amount of water from your body will only add to the overall amount of weight that you can lose from taking this type of pill.

Another powerful effect that you will find is known as decreased lipogenesis. The process that your body uses to generate new fat cells is called lipogenesis. Taking modern dieting pills can prevent this process from taking place. Make sure that you do your research on where to buy diet pills so you can make the best decisions.

This will prevent your body from creating an influx of new fat cells as you are trying to burn away the ones that you already have. You can even benefit from increased resting energy when you are taking these powerful supplements. The end result for most people that take dieting pills is a slimmer body and a reduced overall body weight.