Beware of Healthy Choices because they will Jack up your Calories

The most difficult part of trying to eat well and make the healthy choices is that there are so many variables that we need to understand in order to have that happy life.  You have done everything from cutting sugars, carbs and sugar out of your diet still you feel that you’re missing something.  The good news is that you are on the right path but you still need to consume the calories needed for your body to function.  This is my issue because I was felt tired because I cut a lot of foods out of my diet but I didn’t add enough calories to my body.

You have to be careful as well on how much calories you consume in a day.  On average for a lady it is best to stick around 1200 cal per day in order to lose weight but to maintain your weight, it is best to hover around the 1500 cal.

The Surprise – Beware of these Foods

There is one food ingredient that got me by surprise as I thought it was minimal in calorie count and it’s that of peanut butter.  I like to spread it on my toast and it is indeed healthy for us especially for kids, but spreading one slice of toast amounts to 150 cal already.  And usually for the average human and I’m talk about you, we usually have at least two slice of toast right?  So the total amount for this peanut butter toast sandwich is around 300 cal.  I just want you to be aware of this especially for most spreads as they can add the calorie count.

From researching another article I was surprised to see that bread that is considered low-carb has apparently more carbs than your average mixed grain variety of bread.  Another interesting vegetable(*grow your own) or fruit as I’m not sure what category it fits in, is the avocado.  This popular ingredient has increased in popularity over the last couple years.  But did you know one avocado of the average size has over 300 cal ?  And sometimes we make dip in our household and we certainly use more than one avocado.  You can easily increase the calorie count without knowing it when you are putting avocado down your system.

Before I end this article I forgot to mention how much calories the average male need on a daily basis.  In order to maintain your weight as a male it is good to consume around 2500 cal.  And if you’re trying to lose weight, it is best to hover around the 2000 cal mark.  Understand that for both male and female there are so many variables to know and these calorie counts are used for the average person.  If you’re concerned or have question please consult with a specialist or your health physician.

Are you ready for Daylight Savings Time’s this weekend

The Sunday is the dreaded daylight savings time where you have to push the clock forward by an hour unlike in the fall .  This is dependent on your area but most North Americans will have to deal with the feeling of getting up hour earlier to go to work.  Not loved by many and the majority of us are confuse on what’s the point of doing this?

Less Electricity?

There are some who say that it provides the country the upper hand on saving energy.  Strange isn’t it?  The saying goes is that there is an assumption by having a longer hours in the summer day leading to more sunlight will make the population reduced energy use.  This myth seems odd and it may go back several decades back because it apparently doesn’t hold true.

From a business article I was reading, the American Congress started to implement day-light savings time during both World Wars because of this hypothesis.  Ever since then, we have been stuck with this notion of daylight savings time.  There was a study done in order to figure out if this hypothesis was somewhat true in base from the results it stated that there was only savings of .03% per year.  Another study from the state of Indiana back in 2006, researchers saw a spike in electricity use and rose by 1 to 4% depending on the season (high percentage in the fall).

Increase in Exercise?

One study focused on kids to see if there is more exercise being done in the summer with the longer days.  This was held true in a study from Britain but from another study from the States had reported that there was an increase of heart attacks by 10%.  This is being quite knit picky now because we can find one positive and another negative on the benefits of pushing the hour ahead and back.

What the People are Saying

A little more than a third of the population think it’s worth the effort to change the clocks but this has been on the decline.  The year before close to 45% thought was worth it.

Getting your Young Children to Eat Healthier

Definitely when you have kids, you know the hardship associated with raising them but it is a worthwhile experience and totally worth it.  One of the hardships is trying to feed your kids things that are healthy.  Never mind the chasing and the mouth wiping that is needed on a daily basis.  Food preparation is nowadays really important because of the busy lives we live today.  Another problem is that we don’t have time to stay up to date on information, basically we are overloaded especially being a busy parent.  Feeding the kids healthy food is just another chore doesn’t it?  I know my cousin focuses on providing healthy eating to her young daughter and this in turn helped her Eczema.  Here are some tips that may relieve some of the information overload in hopes to get your kids on the healthy food train as I call it.

Number 1 Tip

First things first, don’t spend so much energy trying to clean up during the time they are eating.  You can do that after as much as it seems not right.  By doing this, you’re letting them eat on their own and providing the time for themselves.  They know when to stop eating and it is way better than see them not eating at all.  Let them explore their own surroundings while at the chair by giving them adult foods such as salads, noodles and soups.  Just give them a small sample on their plate and they will be interested.  Kids are curious as you must know that already.  This is very important to give those adult foods and foods that they aren’t used to.

When they get older, you will be able to easily give them any types of food and they will happily receive them.  If they were stuck with the same foods at a young age, they will turn into picky eater later on.  Nobody really likes picky eaters right?  Also try to add some home-cooked meals to their diet to get their pallets used to different flavors and spices in a slowly manner.  This will also give you insight on what your particular child likes to eat.

Number 2 Tip

Another tip is try to change the serving type of the meals.  You could use a juicer to mix the fruits together or make a smoothie instead of giving them the usual slices of fruits.  This will provide them with exploring different textures of food and aroma.  Another tip is may be make some vegetable soup instead of giving them raw or boil vegetables.  On that note make sure to learn about the benefits of having your own garden.

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When you buy the foods for your children, make sure that many of them have different types of minerals and vitamins that are in them.  Purchase lots of colorful vegetables, lean meats, fish and many types of dairy products (be aware of their allergies).

Number 3 Tip

Another problem that I see many parents doing the past decade is letting their kids watch TV during main meals.  It is fine during snack time, but not during for example dinner.  This really depends on the family but it seems based on research that eating together as a family at the table is a good way to get them to be interactive.  It also provides the parents to observe their kids eating habits.  Children who watch their parents eat different foods will likely do the same but this cannot be done easily in front of the TV.  You can also observe if they are eating at a good pace or if they’re stuffing food down their throats.  They must learn to eat slowly in order to be healthy in the long run.

Why my Family Members have Asthma?

I have several members of my family who suffer from asthma and I noticed that most of them or all of them, or quite overweight. I didn’t really think about it but reading this article online made a bit of sense.

Researchers in California discovered based on recent data that having asthma at a young age has a link to an increase of 50% of being over weight within the next decade of their life.

This stems from data of 2000 students from elementary school in the state of California. This result is quite substantial according to the senior author Dr. Gililand(Preventive Medicine Professor of Keck – Southern California).  A real data study unlike the last article I wrote about a broken heart(which btw I do believe because of stress).


The interesting component is that kids who had asthma but had access to “Rescued” inhalers had the opposite effect of a lower risk of being obese within the next 10 years. Individuals with asthma have a narrow airway which can commonly be inflamed leading to asthma attacks. Many of the common symptoms are shortness of breath, tightness of the chest and constant coughing. The symptoms are usually triggered by physical activities or irritants/dust/pollution in the air. To be diagnosed with asthma, usually the patient has to go through a physical/laboratory examination (lung monitoring of air flow and measuring intake of air), looking at their medical history data, allergy/blood test and an x-ray of the chest area.

Connections between Weight Gain and Asthma?

The prevalence of asthma and being obese has shot up dramatically in the last decades and many researchers believe there could be a connection. Looking at older research, it was the other way around where obese kids had a very high prevalence of asthma. This means there could be a biological connection. Understand that the study looked that the Association of the two and not necessarily a direct effect and cause situation.

This means that it is possible the connection be that younger asthma patients usually do not spend a lot of time outdoors with their peers leading to having lesser physical activity. This could be the reason of the weight gain because of the symptoms of asthma usually being triggered by irritants in the air and physical activity. Another factor to add is that many of the side effects of the medication that asthma sufferers are prescribed leads to weight gain.

At the national level it has been prevalent that many physicians are seeing the link between obesity and asthma. In many cases, the main reason could be that the inactivity in asthma patients is a leading cause of weight gain in many of the younger individuals. The issue is how does a asthma suffer get their daily or weekly physical activities in? One solution is to understand and learn when your asthma is at its highest risk(seasonal?) in order to find the right timing to exercise. You will need to consult with your health advisor or physician for more information on better time management and developing a schedule system plan.

Here are a few some facts on asthma

  • Children who are diagnosed with asthma usually happens before the the age of five.
  • Current treatment can make life easier since there is no cure yet.
  • It is estimated that they are over 200 million people affected with asthma.
  • Most Asthma deaths occur 80% in lower income nation because of the lack of medicine and treatment.

Is Dying from Broken Heart a Real Thing?

It was a sad day for Star Wars fans when Carrie Fisher passed recently.  Days following her death, her mother Debbie Reynolds whom is a legendary actress also passed away.  Miss Reynolds was 84 years old and many have speculated she died of a broken heart after her loss of her daughter Carrie.  Now is this a real ailment and could she really die from?

If you look at many old Romance novels in history books in the past there has been many tales of people dying of a broken heart but medically is this possible?  If we look at it from a scientific point of view, we need to look at it as stress.

Scientific Answer?

The human body is really resilient and can handle stress really well because we can’t escape stress in our everyday life.  Stress can be caused by many factors such as ink stuck in traffic, paying bills, meeting work deadlines and making sure kids get to school.  The list goes on.  The way our body responds to those stress levels is controlled by a hormone that regulates our bodily functions.  This stress hormone helps us gets through many types of stress especially the high level ones such as losing a loved one.

Now if you look closely at the broken heart issue, it can be very real.  This is considered a serious issue especially if the person grieving is not healthy in the first place or of an older age.  It can increase the intensity in that person if he or she is suffering from other issues especially involving health.  When an individual is under a lot of stress there is a huge release of adrenaline that affects the blood and heart vessels.  It is yet understood very well but the current theory is the surge of adrenaline can cause the muscles of the heart to enlarge.  This makes the heart very inefficient at pumping our blood’s through her vessels.  Because of this, it can cause symptoms similar of having chest pains, asthma and even a cardiovascular attack.

The so-called broken heart syndrome, individuals usually make a full recovery in a couple of weeks.  There has been documentation of patient is dying but this is really rare.  It is serious when the individual is over the age of 50 like in the case of Carrie Fisher’s mother, or has other health issues such as depression or anxiety.  Overall there isn’t really a solid answer but the key is to live a positive life, eat well and exercise!


Listerine helps fight gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea along with Chlamydia is one of the leading STDs among young people.  Gonorrhea rates in the world have apparently increased especially among men who are not protecting themselves with condoms.  Both can be cured by taking the necessary medicine provided by your medical facility.  The symptoms varied so if you feel that you may have it because of recent sexual encounter please seek medical advice from a professional and get tested.
The reason I am speaking of gonorrhea because I was looking at mouthwash to purchase online and discovered one brand that had a statement on it that mentions it can cure gonorrhea.  How is this possible?

Upon further research I found an article by Web MD that speaks of this mouthwash.  The brand of mouthwash is Listerine which you probably have heard of.  If you didn’t know the company of Listerine has stated that it cures gonorrhea all the way back to the 1880s.  I’m shocked!

Researchers have looked at the efficiency to see if it does his job.  In recent laboratory test looking at particularly the 22% alcohol version of Listerine, has shown that it has reduced the levels of the bacterial of gonorrhea.  Another test compared individuals whom tested positive for gonorrhea in their mouths who used a salt solution versus the Listerine solution by gargling it for one minute.  What they discovered five minutes later after doing a culture test is that the gonorrhea in those who use Listerine found a gonorrhea culture of 52% versus 80% that used the salt solution.

So it seems there is a positive claim of Listerine reducing the culture bacteria but actually curing it might be a different story.  As stated by Web MD I larger study is on its way based on the preliminary findings that I just tension above.  In conclusion if you test positive for gonorrhea seek medical help immediately and get the proper medicine to treat it.

Natural Treatments for Eczema That One Should Know?

Nowadays are so many different treatments on the market to help alleviate eczema.  What has become popular are the so-called natural treatments for this skin conditions.  Many are treating their eczema simply at their homes following a more natural way following different skin tips found in Tv and the internet.  Many of whom have a change of lifestyle were they are more focused on living a more healthier one by eating good foods and doing some exercise.  Also let’s not forget the mental aspect of simply living a non-stressful life.

What are some natural treatments for your baby?

The baby industry is a large one and parents would spend lots of money no matter the price in order to provide the best healthy lifestyle.  One popular ingredient on the market is tea tree where the oil is used in bathing.  Other types of oils that are popular are Aloe Vera, olive oil and witch hazel.  All of these oils when used in the bath water, provide a soothing factor in help alleviate any kind itching.

Also look into vegetables and help treating eczema.  Try to add lots of greens into your everyday diet such as spinach, broccoli or kale.  It is very simple actually just head to the vegetable section and look for anything that is green.  Always avoid canned foods or canned vegetables because they have so much bad additives that is it good for you.  This in turn affects the skin health.

Adult treatments

The first check is to look into your diet.  Make sure to remove any kind of ingredients that you could be allergic to.  Go get an allergy test and talk with your dermatologist on what symptoms to look out for.  Another tip is to have a little notebook to write down the foods you eat.  This sort of notebook journal will guide you if you have a episode of eczema as you can refer back to see what you have eaten.  The same goes for any liquids you consume or any cosmetics that you apply on your skin.

Some very common symptoms that you will find when you have an allergic reaction is redness, swelling and itchiness around the area affected.  The symptoms will proceeded by other factors that could increase or heighten eczema such as itchy eyes, abdominal pains and sneezing.

Also look into the type of detergent you are using to wash your clothes.  There may be some irritants in the detergent that may affect you.  It is best to go for the non-fragrance types.

Another tip is to remember to always wash your hands after eating but only using soaps and not those antibiotic kinds.

Depending on the season the weather will affect your eczema so be aware of this.  During the winter times this is when you’re clothing choice will change to a more thicker material such as wool.  In actuality will make you more itchy are so stick with cotton and dress in layers to keep warm.

Other recommendations are to be active and exercise as this will help you blood flow through your veins.  This will help boost your immune system to more of an efficient level.

Tips On How To Relieve Dry Skin

One of the most common skin conditions is dry skin. Anyone can get it, and while it may be a mild, temporary condition at the first glance, it can become more severe over the long term long-term if it isn’t cured or prevented.

Most common symptoms of dry skin include skin tightness and physical discomfort. If it becomes a long-term problem, it can even produce blotchy patches on your skin, leave visible scars and age your skin much faster. Skin wrinkles might even get produced because of prolonged exposure to this condition.

There are only simple measures that need to be taken if you get dry and rough skin. It can be medicated quickly as long as it is attended as soon as possible. Simple actions that can prevent it include not using irritating fabrics or by using skin products which includes lead that using a lotion that can bring back your skin moisture.

Any Cures?

While dry skin can be harmless at first glance, it can evolve into something more agitating if not attended for a long while. Here are some fool-proof tips that can help cure you improve your skin’s dryness:

  1. Colder Baths and Faster Showers – If you already have dry and rough skin, you need to take some time off when you use hot showers. Hot showers can only worsen your condition because it would continue to take out the moisture of your skin. You should also limit your time in the shower because longer shower durations can irritate your skin.showerhead
  2. Maintaining Good Skin Care Routine – Having a dry skin can make your skin feels rough and aged. To solve this problem, you need to make sure that you use skincare products ingredients will not harm your skin. Please read the ingredients carefully to make sure you are not allergic to any of it.  Using such products would be able to return your skin’s moisture levels to normal after a few days of use. You should also make sure that you don’t limit your skincare routine to your body. Give similar care and attention to your face so that it won’t have dry patches of skin.
  3. Use of Unscented Products – When you choose your skincare products, try to purchase products that are unscented. Scented products contain too much chemicals, and it would not be able to help your dry skin. In fact, it may worsen your skin condition.
  4. Use Moisturizers Regularly – For people who don’t have drier skin, it’s not necessary to use moisturizers more than one time daily. But for individuals who experience having dry skin, it would be better if you use moisturizers at timed intervals. After a few hours, apply moisturizers so that it can regulate your skin moisture. Make sure that you also use moisturizers when you feel your skin tightening or when you feel like your skin is irritated.
  5. Stay Warm, But Not Too Warm – Increasing your body warmth can improve your skin condition. When your skin is warm enough to create moisture, it won’t dry out. But even as you stay warm, make sure that you don’t take the brunt of the heat. It’s not only low temperatures that are harmful to your skin – high temperatures are also responsible for drying out your skin.blanket
  6. Meet A Dermatologist – In case you get severe dry skin conditions where lotions or creams are not helping, it may be the time for you to meet a dermatologist before your skin takes on further damage. Ask for a skin check-up from your dermatologist and follow through with the treatments and the medications that will be provided to you. Severe skin condition needs specialized treatment, depending on the severity.

Prevention Of Dry-Skin

As the famous saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Since relieving it would need medications and procedures before it can be fully healed or momentarily stopped, preventing dry skin would be able to save you from the hassles that come with medicating your condition.

Here are the most common causes of the skin condition and tips to prevent them:

  • Cold Weather – When the weather turns cold, and the temperature drops, the humidity level of your location also falls. Because there is minimal moisture in the air, chances of drying your skin are increased because your skin would be parched. To prevent this situation, turn up your heater or cover yourself in a blanket to keep yourself warm and the air around you humid.
  • Heated Showers – If you like using hot water whenever you bathe, there is a greater chance for you to making your skin worse. Hot water may let you feel refreshed, but it also dries out your skin in the process. If you really like taking hot baths, then you should make sure that you can alternate warm and hot water. Aside from that, make sure that you don’t stay too long in hot showers.
  • Loss of Skin Moisture – If you are the type to change hurriedly into your clothes after you bath, it may be time to change that habit. If you don’t lock in the moisture that your skin got from your bath, it would eventually turn dry. After taking a shower, make sure that you use a lotion that can lock the moistures to your skin so that you can prevent it from getting dry.
  • Skin Aging – There is no cure for skin aging, there is only prevention. If you don’t want to let your skin get parched by the time you reach an older age, then it is the time to maximize your utilities so that you can minimize skin aging. To prevent your skin from aging badly, make sure that you start every morning with an appropriate skin care. Use face and body creams after you wash up so that moisture would continuously be locked into your skin. Using products that have alpha-hydroxy acids and retinol can help you decrease the chances of dry skin in the long run.
  • Skin Allergies And Irritants – To prevent yourself from getting dry patches of skin, make sure that the clothing that you wear does not have any materials that can irritate your skin. Wear clothing with fabrics and products that make your skin feel comfortable.
  • Eat Healthy Vegetables – There are some research that shows the benefits of vegetables along with fruits to our skin.  Eating green leafy vegetables especially organic or growing your own is the best way to have beautiful skin.

Sources –

  1. – Dry Skin Remedy tips article.
  2. – Eczema Cure website – Tips on caring for skin and also has great product reviews.
  3. Youtube – Phan – Video on Dry Facial Skin Remedy from Michelle.


What are the benefits of growing your own vegetables?

There is now greater awareness that humans need to not only change their lifestyle but also conserve fuel and protect the environment.  With the prices of gas going up, inflation rising on a weekly basis and with job insecurity, many people are now modifying their behaviors. One area where change in lifestyle has been gaining steam is growing one’s own vegetables. The first thing to know about growing vegetables at home is that it requires a lot of hard work. Secondly growing home vegetables is not difficult at all and can be performed by almost all people. If one remains motivated, growing vegetables at home has a lot of benefits.

What to know?

The one requirement for growing vegetables at home is a few square yards. Growing one’s own vegetables will improve your health because these foods are far more healthier than eating meat and processed foods that you buy in a grocery store.

The other advantage of growing one’s own vegetables and fruits is saving money. The saving can be enormous considering how expensive vegetables and fruits are in retail stores. More important if you grow enough vegetables, you can store them in the freezer.

Other benefits of growing home vegetables is that you can grow them without the use of pesticides and insecticides. You have no idea how the vegetables in a store are produced but when you grow them, you know exactly what the foods contain. Not using insecticides is of great benefit to the environment as it avoids pollution of the water and air. Your food will be fresh and ready to eat.

When you grow your own vegetables, you have the choice what you want to grow. There are many types of seeds for all types of vegetables. Depending on what type of seeds you plant, your food will be tastier and fresher than almost anything you can buy at the grocery store. You will not have to worry about the safety of your food since you know that there are no chemicals in it.

By growing your own vegetables and fruits you will reduce food wastage; every single day, people throw away a lot of food which has either gone bad or is not consumed. When you grow your own food you will appreciate the hard work and are more likely to take care of it by preserving it rather than waste it.


Growing vegetables and fruits at home is a lot of work and requires energy. This allows you to stay fit and healthy. In addition, outdoor physical activity will also allow you to enjoy nature, enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.

Remember prior to any physical activity, do perform stretching or warm up exercises for at least 5-10 mins- this will prevent any stiffness or muscle soreness later on.  If you are lady you can read my exercise articles tips.

Finally growing your own fruits and vegetables gives you a sense of pride. Watching the first vegetables grow is a very gratifying experience. After all the hard work, you can enjoy your fruits and vegetables and even share them with your friends and family.


Exercise tip for the Ladies to get you in the groove

Exercise is a big commitment and me be really difficult when your life is so darn busy.  Many people new years resolution is to lose weight but sometimes the bar is set to high and becomes daunting.  Just to get off the sofa becomes a difficult state if you don’t get into the groove.  No sweat here are some tips.

Just do something that you enjoy doing that involves physical activity.  It may be a team sport or just leisurely swimming.  Yet the treated not as work but something fun to do.  Even dance classes with your girlfriends will do the job and get you out and about.  And hopefully that will motivate you to do even more physical activities that may seem foreign to you.  It is all about thing that first step.

Take advantages of smaller exercises as opposed to 45 minute exercise from the bat.  For example parking from a distance and shopping mall parking area so you’re forced to walk a bit even it is an extra five minutes.  Or even take the stairs in your apartment or workplace rather than taking the elevator.

If you’re under pressure at work or stress at home one not just leave the house and take a walk.  This way you can vent, take a deep breath, and walk for 15 to 30 minutes.  You will be amazed how much your head will be cleared.  It’s all about patients.

Get back to your sport that you love when you were younger by taking courses to reconnect yourself.  This is a good way to connect with your youth because is what you enjoy doing and it will be easy to get back into.

Remember all these tips do not have to cost money you can just head out to the park for a walk or do some stretches.  At the park bring your phone and get in exercise app or check out YouTube videos on meditation and stretching exercises.