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Healthy Foods to Lose Weight – Tea

Traditionally, green tea has always been a source of good health and even weight loss. But here are some other benefits of Green Tea:

Weight Loss. Green Tea increases your metabolic rate. It increases the level of fat oxidation.

Diabetes. Many sufferers of diabetes have experienced the effect of green tea helping to regulate glucose levels and actually seeing lower levels of blood sugar after meals.

Heart Disease. Green tea works by preventing clots, one of the main causes of heart diseases. It also has beneficial effects on the linings of blood vessels.

Oesophageal Cancer. It is widely believed that Green Tea no only has positive effects of preventing oesophageal cancer, but also kills cancer cells in general.

Cholesterol. The balance of good vs bad cholesterol is important. Green tea helps to regulate this and also increases the amount of good cholesterol.

Depression. Theanine is a substance that is believed to provide a relaxing effect and hence, it is a great benefit found in green tea.

Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Catechins found in tea are powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents. This means that they can help fight against a multitude of problems, from tooth decay to throat infections, from the common flu to cancer even.

Here is a simple Green Tea Recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed
3-4 green tea bags
Ice
Honey or agave, fresh lavender leaves (optional)

Preparation

Place mint leaves in a large glass or BPA-free plastic pitcher. Crush gently with clean hands. Add tea bags, and pour hot water over top, leaving a few inches of room. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Remove tea bags; serve over ice. Add honey or agave to sweeten and a few fresh lavender leaves, if you have them on hand.

Healthy Foods to Lose Weight – Broccoli

Broccoli is well known for its richness in vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fiber – excellent if you want to lose weight.

While it is true that the calcium content of broccoli is less than that of milk, broccoli is a really key source of calcium for those who do not take diary products for any reason.

For those interested in losing weight, the fiber content of broccoli is incredible. Not only is it very rich in fiber, it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. This is important as each type of fiber serves its own purpose.

Broccoli has always been touted as a “must-have” food in any healthy diet. This is because broccoli is believed to really help in preventing cancer. In fact, all cruciferous vegetables fall in this cateogry. This is because broccoli contains two important phytochemicals – indoles and isothiocyanates. Besides, broccoli has been shown to stimulate the production of our body’s natural enzyme that removes cancer causing agents.

Besides broccoli, broccoli sprouts are also very popular in healthy diets. China, India and the United States are the world’s top producers of broccoli. So, never fear that there would be any shortage of this wonderful, healthy food.

Healthy Foods to Lose Weight – Oats

Healthy eating does not mean that you have to eat bland or tasteless foods, especially when you are trying to lose weight. Oats have always had a bad reputation with common remarks like “yucks!” and “children hate them”.

Frankly, that is not true. There is only one reason why food taste bad – poor cooking. Try this delicious recipe for Oatmeal Chewies, you will learn to love oats: Oatmeal Chewies Recipe

Here are the benefits of oats:

Low Calories – one serving is only 130 calories!
High Fibre – fills you up so you don’t crave
High Protein – among the highest concentration of proteins among grains
Stabilize blood sugar – helps to reduce the risk of diabetes type 2
Removes Bad Cholesterol – helps with heart health and blood pressure
Contains Anti-oxidants – removes LDL, free radicals and improves heart health

There are many other benefits of Oats. Most importantly, it contains many essential nutrients and is a wholesome meal that will help fill you up without adding unwanted calories.

Oats Recipe – Oatmeal Chewies

Desserts and snacks are the bane of many people struggling to maintain their weight. That is why, it is important to know great recipes for fantastic tasting snacks that do not ruin your diet plan.

Try this delicious oatmeal chewies from QuakerOats.com.

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup caramel ice cream topping

Preparation
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of 13×9-inch metal baking pan.

In large bowl, combine oats, 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter; mix well. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of baking pan.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with chips and nuts. Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in small bowl; drizzle over nuts to within 1/4 inch of pan edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Continue baking 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.

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Healthy Foods to Lose Weight – Blueberries

During your search for healthy foods to help you lose weight, you must have heard about blueberries.

It is truly in a class of its own. How often have you heard anyone say that they hate blueberries? But surely, that negative sentiment has been placed on spinach, celery and many other healthy foods; even green apples!

Blueberries are ranked right up there in terms of “favourite” fruits. Only Strawberries have beaten them. Blueberries are well know for their anti-aging properties. But the real power of this fruit is in its abundance of anti-oxidants. Weight for weight, volume for volume, blueberries have the highest levels of anti-oxidant among all fruits. It is also rich in fibre, which helps to make you feel “full” with just one serving. This is a great help if you want to lose weight. You really do not want to over-eat, and rich fibre foods will help you achieve feeling full without actually loading you with excessive calories.

Health claims for blueberries are plenty. It is claimed that blueberries help improve your memory. Despite blueberries being a “sweet fruit”, it has been shown to have positive effects on regulating blood sugar levels. This is good news for those suffering from diabetes.

So, blueberries are not only good for your health, good to help you control your weight, but they are also a really delicious food that everyone enjoys.

healthy blueberries squares recipe

Blueberries Squares Dessert Recipe

Here is a nice simple recipe from http://www.canadianliving.com/ which you might like to try.

Ingredients
Squares:
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) rolled oats, (not instant)
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp (15 mL) grated orange rind
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup (175 mL) packed brown sugar

Filling:
3 cups (750 mL) fresh blueberries
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) orange juice
4 tsp (18 mL) cornstarch

Preparation
Filling: In saucepan, bring blueberries, sugar and orange juice to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; whisk into blueberries and boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cooled, about 1 hour.

In large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt ; with pastry blender, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Press half into 8-inch (2 L) square parchment paper–lined metal cake pan; spread with blueberry filling. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, pressing lightly.

Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack before cutting into squares. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Home Made Hair Mask, Aloe Vera, Really Works for Dry Hair!

Referring to my previous post Hair Care – Treating Dry Hair Naturally with Aloe Vera, I shared about using the gel from the Aloe Vera plant to create a hair mask.

It is really a hassle free recipe that works wonderfully for my dry and frizzy long hair.

I bought a leaf of about 35cm long from the supermarket and cut it in half. One half was wrapped up and kept in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator for other uses. The other half was sliced horizontally from one end to another. I used a spoon to scrape off all the gel from the leaf. I took only the gel and not any of the green or yellow portions from the leaf. Next I put the gel in a mini food processor and blended it until it was very fine.

All the blended Alor Vera gel was then gently rubbed into the scalp and spread all over my long hair. There might be little bits and pieces of Aloe Vera but that’s fine because the result was totally worth it. I kept the gel on my head for  an hour. Once the time was up, I simply rinsed off the gel with water and dried my hair with a towel.

When my hair was completely dry, I saw a gleaming sheen that seemed to dance off my hair. I could also run my fingers through my hair without difficulty. My hair was  darker, shinier and definitely much, much smoother than before.

I have decided to apply this Home made Aloe Vera Hair Mask at least twice a week until my hair condition improves permanently.

Aloe Vera is a wonder plant that you can easily plant in your garden or even in a pot. You can use it as food, make it into a drink, use it as medical aid to heal wounds or like me, hair mask. Small wonder that people call it a miracle doctor

Additional Readings on Aloe Vera:  Aloe Vera – Fight 80 Disorders from Your Own Kitchen!

Coca Cola is a Major Cause in a Woman’s Death

Drinking too much soft drinks is bad, but what I didn’t know is that it can lead to death. According to the news report by Agence France-Presse, one of a major cause leading to the death of a New Zealand woman is her love for Coca Cola. Mrs Natasha Harris, a 30-year old mother of eight, from Invercargill in southern New Zealand, had a habit of  consuming  of 10-litre Coca Cola on a daily basis for many years, before her death in Feb 2010.

Coroner David Crerar said Mrs Harris suffered from a number of health conditions linked to the “extreme” amounts of Coke she drank, playing a role to the cardiac arrhythmia that finally ended her life.

15 Tips to Healthy Eating

Most people tend to over-eat when there is a celebration because it is tough to resist the mouth-watering food when it is laid out in all its glory all over the dining table!

Here are some tips offered by the medical practitioners of Parkway Shenton, a large medical group based in Singapore: .

1. Have meals at regular intervals and eat regular portions.

2. Do not substitute meals with snacks. Start off the day with a wholesome breakfast so that there’s less craving for sugar or fat laden food.

3. Train yourself to stop eating when you are no longer hungry. You don’t have to eat until you are full.
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Big Breasts are Better?

Big BreastReally?

Who is to say whether “A” cup or “C” cup is better? The guys? Or the women themselves?

I always thought the assets within me is more important. No matter how much I do, I will eventually grow old and look old. I may prevent the lines from creeping up my skin for some times, however, those wrinkles will eventually appear. That’s universal law. Knowing that doesn’t mean I don’t have an issue with that, it just means I have to manage my expectation and emotion when age catches up.

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Anixety & Panic Attack On The High

Long time ago, I witnessed an elderly woman experienced panic attack. She paced around the room with anxiety written all over her face, muttering to herself repeatedly in worried tone. She went to her daughter’s room every few minutes just to make sure the former was all right and she herself wasn’t alone in the house. She was suffering a panic attack. Only then, we weren’t wise to pick that up.
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Wellness Through Smelling Good

A lot of talk has been made about aroma therapy and how it has so many benefits to one’s health. There is a lot of truth to this as seen in the large body of testimonies given.

The Chinese believe that every human has qi flowing through the body. This means that as your blood circulates, there is also a stream of qi flowing. To a very large extent, aroma therapy works along that same principle.

But today, we want to share with you something more fun, something simpler – perfume. No, perfume is not the same as aromatherapy. That was just an example to show how smell can have profound impact on your body. Perfume does not hep you become healthier. Perfume helps you feel – better, nicer, warmer, sexier, lighter and so on.

Perfume uplifts your heart. Some may say it’s in your imagination and some may say it is just hocus-pocus. The fact is this, if something makes you feel good, then it is just that – it makes you feel good. Why question the “science” behind that? If you heard a story that make you feel inspired, say for example, “David vs Goliath”, small overcome big. Do you then embark on a 10-year quest through history books and ancient digs to verify the story? Or could you simply take the lesson from it and be inspired?

So, perfume makes you feel good. When you feel good, you also can be healthier. Let’s keep it at that.

Anyway, here is a two day offer that you might want to explore to feel good:

Perfume smell good

Hair Care – Treat Grey Hair Naturally

Some call it salt and pepper but I prefer my hair not to have streaks of white and grey anytime.

Again, this is a hair care treatment that you can make out of your kitchen. Take 100 gms of curd. Add about 1 gm of black pepper to it. Mix it well and apply it evenly on the hair and scalp. Keep it for 60 min and then wash with warm water and mild shampoo. You may do this once a week and witness the remarkable difference.

For more expert advice on greying hair, read
Grey Hair No More by Alexander Miller