Weight Loss Diets

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It's a perennial problem, too much body fat. Constantly people are driven to lose extra body fat so they go on deprivation diets in which they eliminate an entire food group from their diets. There must be a non-weight motivation for this kind of diet since it takes so much mental energy and special attention. I'll leave you to figure that out.

I remember the cabbage diet in which people ate cabbage soup EVERY BLESSED DAY. The soup looked really good but who can stand eating the same thing repeatedly day after day.

Weight Watchers has stood the test of time. That's a healthful eating regimen that people can stay on for life. I grew up eating WW with my obese relatives and it is quite good. I still eat WW for its excellent, delicious quality.

The Atkins diet was enormously popular in the late 1990's and early 2000's. It was an elimination diet in which carbs were scorned and avoided while meats and fats were scarfed down with abandon. The social drink of the Atkins diet was a clear, carb-free hard liquor.

People would have bbq's and serve grilled hamburgers without buns, toppings or condiments. Just cooked meat. It would be washed down with the aforementioned clear booze. Meat patties and clear hard alcohol. What a dinner party! Fresh fruits and vegetables were completely avoided. For a snack, they would have deep-fried pork rinds (pig's skin) and eschew fruits and veggies -"I cannot eat a carrot stick, that would put 20 pounds on me!" I'm not going to tackle the nutrition of such a diet but I'll bet they were all constipated the whole time. Was the health damage lifelong?

That diet trend went by the wayside for a few years but it has returned re-labeled as The Keto Diet and here we go again. Instead of following a healthy, balanced, dietary lifestyle with a healthy exercise regimen, the dieters are back to elimination of an entire food group - anything that has carbs is BAD and will make them fatter. What does the elimination of carbohydrates do to the human body? Yes, I know, ketosis. Let's not go there.

A recipe for de-licious, non-fattening Chocolate Pudding popped up on my feed. It is on a healthy recipe site. Yay ra-ra said people on the fitness and healthy foodie group! I like healthful and delicious so I clicked on it to see the recipe. Here is the recipe: take a blob of solid white fat from a can of coconut milk, stir in cocoa and some sweetener et voila! you have "carb free, non-fattening" keto Chocolate Pudding dessert. Yummy! Delicious! No guilt!

Here is the kicker - in order to lose body fat they eat blobs of fat flavored with cocoa and sweetener or any number of other things. Tell me, that works how? Forgive me if I sound incredulous. It makes no sense whatsoever to me.


Start Them Out Right With Kid-Friendly Produce

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Let children help you make menus and shopping lists, they'll become invested in the process. Give them their own garden. They will eat what they grow.
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For Boston Marathon Wounded, Daunting Cost; for Aid Fund, Tough Decisions

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For victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the terrible physical cost may come with a daunting financial cost as well.

Many of the wounded could face staggering bills not just for the trauma care they received in the days after the bombings, but for prosthetic limbs, lengthy rehabilitation and the equipment they will need to negotiate daily life with crippling injuries. Even those with health insurance may find that their plan places limits on specific services, like physical therapy or psychological counseling.

Boston bombing survivors face staggering medical bills. For comparison, the average cost for a shooting survivor is about $50,000. In worst cases, much more than that. One can donate atwww.onefundboston.org

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Oh no, not again - the Atkins Diet is back

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From what I have been reading in the news, the Atkins Diet is making a comeback. This time it will allow more salt, more fat - and possibly more veggies, though I doubt that's what entices dieters to follow the plan.

For the record, if you are on the Atkins Diet, please stay far away from me until you come to your senses and DO NOT invite me to dinner, then feed me a chunk of dead animal and nothing else. Puh-leez. Everyone I know who has been on the Atkins Diet is heavier than when they started, with the exception of one person who has been lately following Weight Watchers.

I am flabbergasted that this is coming back. How can otherwise intelligent people be so dumb as to follow this nonsense? I think I'll go stick my head under a pillow, unplug the phone and bolt the doors until it becomes passe again.


Rose Petals and Warm Water

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For the last two days I have arrived home to a hot bath in a bathroom warmed with a space heater, rose petals floating on the surface of the water, a vase of multicolored roses sitting under the window, a glass of wine waiting for me, multi-color votives flickering on the sink counter and along the tub's edge. While I soak, a lovely vegetarian meal is being prepared in the kitchen.

Men, the competition is on!


Exercises To Prevent Carpal Tunnel

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So many people are at risk that I thought I'd share this-

If you have a job or hobby that involves repeated hand movements, take breaks every hour and perform the six hand-stretching exercises below:

1. Hold your left hand up, palm facing outward. Using your right hand, pull the fingers back toward your wrist until you feel a stretch, and hold that position for 5 seconds. Repeat the stretch on your right hand.

2. Press the palms of your hands together at chest height. Lower them towards your lap until you feel the stretch in your wrists. Hold for 5 seconds.

3. Spread your fingers wide for 5 seconds.

4. On your left hand, gently pull the thumb back towards your wrist until you feel the stretch. Hold it for 5 seconds, and then repeat the move on your right hand.

5. Curl your fingers into a fist: Start with your pinky finger, and gradually fold the remaining four fingers into a fist. Then curl your wrists inward until you feel the stretch, and hold it for 5 seconds.

6. Massage the inside and outside of each hand, and then gently shake them out. www.rodale.com