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Supplements and Substitutes

Written on June 11th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Almost everyone acknowledges the fact that we need fiber in our diet however only a small percentage understand how important it is and where to get it. Fiber has an influence in our digestion from start to finish. The food that we intake should be chewed thoroughly, fiber contributes in slowing down the eating process by giving our stomach the feeling of being full. That’s why it is always advisable to start a meal with a salad or a lot of greens to satisfy our hunger preventing us from overeating.
Fiber also acts as a natural appetite suppressant which is important in weight management. It absorbs water which do not only gives us a pleasant feeling of fullness but it also impairs the ability of our body to absorb sugar and fats. These actually means that you can take small servings of these food while maintaining your weight keeping the insulin levels at a minimum while your body continues the process of burning fats. Isn’t that a delight?

Here are some of the foods which has substantial amout of fiber:

  • Whole grain brean
  • Cereals (all natural)
  • Vegetables – especially the green ones like spinach, kangkong, beet greens, and especially broccoli.
  • Beans – dried beans, peas, and other legumes
  • Nuts – peanuts, almonds, walnuts
  • Fruits – bananas, cherries, raisins and prunes and even dried fruits

Of course, we should also note that our food intake should always be in moderation and that does not exclude the food listed above. However, with the rigors of everyday life, we seem to forget that we need our daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, including fiber in the food that we eat which is why we need supplements and substitutes. These are taken in order to meet the required level of vitamins and minerals needed by our body.

Here are some of the many benefits of fiber:

  • Keeps your weight under control;
  • Improves digestion and bowel movement;
  • Lowers Cholesterol;
  • Preventing certain diseases like diabetes and colon cancer;

Before you start on any supplements and any other dietary substitutes, try checking the supplement reviews site and consult your physician.

Avoiding skin ageing

Written on May 29th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Whenever possible, I avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Every day before I go out, I never forget to put on my moisturizer with sunscreen. Prevention is better than cure. I have always been a believer of that. It’s easier to prevent damage than to repair it.

To a point, you can always prevent premature skin ageing when you can lessen your exposure to sunlight, smoke and stress. For me, without putting on SPF on my face, my bare skin can feel the tingling effect of sun exposure, that’s why I always make it a point to put on sunblock.

In addition, proper skin care never fails. Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and of course, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. With those steps in mind, you can never fail.

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Remember : Make sure to consult your physician when taking hgh supplements!

Making a Lifestyle Change

Written on April 13th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Since the start of the year, I have been making lifestyle changes and I can tap myself on the shoulder for keeping it until now. It’s the 2nd quarter of the year and although it’s really hard, I have made extra effort to remain faithful to a promise …. A promise to make a lifestyle change.

I have had it with yo-yo diets, it’s really the way I eat and the activities that needs to be modified. To persevere and remain with it will be the ultimate challenge.

Ageing is part of everybody’s life and we cannot stop it yet we can things to modify the effects on our body. For instance, if I go three times a week to the gym, I help my metabolism. This way I maintain the weight I have if not shed off some extra pounds. On the food that I eat, I go for 5 small meals a day rather that 3 giant full of servings. Plus I chose to have leafy vegetables instead of going for meat. Well, of course there are cheat days especially when you are on vacation or attending a feast. I am only human!

The most important thing I have learned is to get enough sleep and sleep on time. Although people think that lack of sleep can make them lose weight, however from my own personal experience it does the opposite. There was a time when my addiction to blogging and internet made me stay up to the wee hours of the morning … and made me really fat! I have since changed my habit and I can feel the difference not only in terms of the weighing scale but of my energy level as well.

As for vitamins, I can say I have been a fan of supplements that’s including my husband. It’s an admission that my diet do not meat the recommended vitamins and minerals needed by my body. I go for supplements that I feel I need the most like Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Once I hit the big 50, who knows what the doctor would prescribe, I might be looking into testosterone cream for women to increase energy and reduce the mood swings (wink!)

Bring the Wellness Experience in your home with Electrolux

Written on March 1st, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

I am one of the satisfied customers of Electrolux, having bought my 2-door side by side refrigerator almost three years ago. It was a major purchase and a dream come true for me to have a huge fridge since I always want to stock up on my fresh items — that’s why the major consideration was the big freezer.

On energy consumption — I honestly did not feel the difference it’s energy efficient and according to the sales personnel it has the capability to reduce energy consumption for the times you’re rarely using it, like when on you’re on vacation.

Now that summer is coming I am on the lookout for a new air conditioner, that’s why I didn’t pass on the chance to grace the launching of Electrolux’s newest range of air conditioners.

Electrolux Halsa invitation1

True to its promise of always thinking about its consumers with the “Thinking of You” theme, they added a unique brand of wellness or “Halsa” into their newest line of air conditioners. With a combination of advanced air purifying technologies that will help keep your family healthy and give you that wellness experience you’ve been seeking in your very own home.

FACTS:

  • Integrated Air Filtration System that eliminates dust and other harmful particles, ensuring that the air your family breathes is clean and pure.
  • Bio HEPA Filter that traps very fine particles of airborne dust, bacteria, fungi and microbes then destroys the organisms by dissolving their cell walls with a biological enzyme in turn eliminates over 95% of bacteria and 99% of dust particles.
  • Plasma Air Purification Technology that helps keep annoying summer sniffles away from your family.

With these facts in mind, I am sure to consider Electrolux in my next purchase.

I will stop feeding my Emotions

Written on February 27th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

emoeating1Yes, I admit I am an emotional eater or compulsive eater as others call it.

They say that the first step to correct a problem is to accept it and that’s why here I am… Guilty as charged!

No matter what I do, even if I have an exercise regimen or take in weight loss pills, I now know that I cannot be successful in my weight loss.

I always give in to my cravings… I eat and pig-out when I am upset, too exhausted or  celebrating which I know is wrong. Adding to the fact that my metabolism isn’t helping at all, I should learn how to control myself.  I find comfort in eating especially my comfort food, chocolates. I always have a stash kept away for myself.

My weight problem has been a roller coaster ride for me. I guess the determination and the persistence is missing. Now, I am making a pact to myself — I shall stop FEEDING MY EMOTIONS!

Say what? Yes, no more giving in! This is way to hard but when you’re announcing it, I guess the pressure is on. A challenge to myself and this is Day 1.

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Weather is changing

Written on February 23rd, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

I don’t know if its me, but I can really feel that the weather is changing. When you get out in the sun in the morning, you can feel the heat but the wind brings some chill. I heard a radio commentator say the same thing so I guess the weather is really changing.

After Christmas, I have suffered from cough and until now I still haven’t fully recovered. I observed that the weather changes in an instant, one minute it’s bright and sunny and the next thing you know it’s already drizzling.

From experience, this sudden changes in weather can bring so much sickness. I cannot tell you how paranoid I am with my kids, I just do not want them suffering from any illness. That’s why I do not forget to buy supplements especially Vitamin C, and make sure that they take it everyday.

In the coming months, hotter days are expected because it’s already summer. We need to be ready to beat the summer heat.

10 Tips to de-stress yourself

Written on February 22nd, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Juggling your time between work, dealing with household tasks, taking care of the children can leave you feeling exhausted everyday. You also need to take time for yourself, take a deep breathe and de-stress yourself.

Identify your stressors – During the time that I was still working, I always find myself rushing back home to check on my kid’s home work. It leaves me feeling exhausted even though I am already home. I told myself and the kids that we should device something to make this activity less stressful. I asked them to do their homework on their own and my job would be just to check on them.

Identifying your stressor is the most important thing. Take a little time to jot down the tasks you do every day/week. Why is it stressing you out? Maybe it’s the activity or even the people involved in doing the activity. Find ways to eliminate them or just make it less stressful for you.

Be Organized - Take time to de-clutter. Organize and free up more space. When you see clutter, it prompts us to think about the things we need to do (backlogs). This activity does not only lead to an organized home/work space but it also de-clutters your mind. Try this and you’ll see positive results and will give you a fresh, new out look.

Don’t Whine – Always remember that the only thing you can control is yourself. Try not to whine over the things that you cannot control like the people you work with, the work place or your appointments. Instead, try to change the way you look at these things. If you keep on whining about things you cannot control this can cause so much energy drain on your part. Try to be positive in everything that you do.

Pick your battles – Learn to say no. Try not to dip your fingers into every little problem that comes your way. Learn to let go of things especially if it does not concern you. If you can delegate tasks, it can ease the burden on your end. Learning to let go of some things will have will free up not only some of your time but will also create some space for yourself.

emotional-wellness-dimension-of-wellnessEngage in physical activity – Give yourself an endorphin boost. Studies have shown that exercise helps to ease stress. Try brisk walking around the park, kick boxing or even yoga to help you de-clutter your mind. A regular exercise regimen is not only good for the mind but can boost our health too. This way you can also manage your weight and dwell your energy on weight loss pills that work.

Celebrate small achievements Give yourself a pat in the back once in a while. Go out with friends or schedule a weekend getaway with your family after finishing a project or a deadline.

Embark on something relaxing and creative – Squeeze out those creative juices and try to learn something new. It can be as simple as scrap booking or if you have the talent, you can try painting or even photography. These activities will give way for your mind to relax.

Live by the day – Worrying about what happened in the past and what you have to do in the future is a stressful way to live your life. Instead, take one thing at a time and focus your energy on what is happening now. Although it is always good to set goals for yourself but you have to work on it one step at a time. It’s a lot easier than to take giant leaps. Give yourself some time to breathe and try not to push yourself too hard.

Surround yourself with positive people and avoid difficult people. Among your friends and acquaintances, you know who they are –those people who whine about the little things in life and gossip about people. These people will drain your energy cause you more stress. It is much better to surround yourself with happy and positive people. These people will uplift your spirits and make amazing companions.

Be Thankful - An attitude of gratitude is one way of attracting positive things in your life. Learn to be thankful for the little things — your job, your family and friends, your house and all the comforts that you have and most importantly, the gift of life. Learning to be grateful is a wonderful to live life.

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Want to Golf?

Written on January 19th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Golf2Hubs started getting addicted to golf when he resigned from the corporate world. Ever since, no week shall pass without him hitting the driving range or the fairway. No, I am not preventing him to engage in this sport. In fact, I am very happy that he has found a way to get a little bit of physical activity since he refuses to join me in the gym. My only request is that he puts on a sunscreen every do often to protect his skin… and he has been very diligent in doing so.

A couple of weeks ago, he decided to invite me.
Hubs: “Want to golf?”
Me: looking surprised… “Are you talking to me?”
Hubs: Yup. Samahan mo ako. (Join me, he says)
Me: Ummmm… Hon, I’ll go with you but I won’t play.
Hubs: Okay.

Really, I felt bad not being able to join him in this hobby of his. That’s why I accompany him whenever he asks me. In another conversation I admitted that I really do not want myself getting exposed to the sun. I was relieved that he understands me.

It’s enough that I sometimes worry myself with acne solutions, let’s not add the wrinkles and age spots brought about by the excessive exposure to the sun.

Oh well, at least I am still a supportive wife… going with Hubs when he needs me there. ;-)

Back to the Gym

Written on January 17th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

For three weeks now, I have been hitting the gym at least three times a week. I promise myself to continuously exercise not just because I want to lose weight but more for health reasons.

No more excuses! Before I was nursing an aching knee but the doctor said I need to go back and have an exercise regimen to help my knees heal. So the lights are green and I am good to go.

I have accepted the fact that no matter which diet pills really work, I cannot lose weight without any physical activity. Diet should always be coupled with an exercise. Increasing my metabolism is a must especially with my age right now. Besides, I feel light and happy whenever I work out. I guess it’s the Endorphins that are coming out. Now, whenever I sense sluggishness, I go out and hit the gym.

It’s up to me to keep up with this regimen. Diligence is what I need right now.

In the comfort of my bed

Written on December 6th, 2010 by sassymomno shouts

If there is one thing I would like to go home to everyday is my bedroom, well cleaned and my bed neatly made. After a hectic day, my bedroom is my solace. It gives me comfort and let me relax and rejuvenate to prepare for another day ahead.

I personally believe that a comfortable bed contributes to a good night’s sleep and a good night’s sleep gives you the energy you need to perform efficiently the following day. Depending on my stress level, I sometimes find myself adjusting my pillows to conform to a position that I feel more comfy to give me better sleep. Lately, I have been thinking of looking at adjustable beds –if I can afford it, to give me the rest and relaxation I need with just a touch of a button. I think Hubs would also love the idea ;-) .

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