The Benefits of Probiotics

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/30/2011 15:56:25
  • In: Health
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If you are someone that suffers from indigestion or other stomach issues probiotics may be something you should look into.

Helicopter Parenting Can Back Fire

Many parents these days over schedule and are over involved with their children. This way of parenting can back fire causing them to rebel and not engage in these activities and even avoid spending time with you. Of course as a parent you want the best for your child, but by over booking them in endless activities you may be missing what's most important for them, you. It's important to let them choose their activities and balance out their time effectively so that they have plenty of free time also. Spending time with them is crucial for creating and keeping a connection with them. You want to be supportive and listen, but not overbearing and hovering. They will appreciate the freedom you give them and will be more willing to come to you when they are dealing wit problems or even just to spend time with you.

Be Cautious of Guacamole and Salsa When Eating Out

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/22/2010 14:37:31
  • In: Health
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I recently read an article about eating out in places that serve salsa and guacamole and that you need to cautious about eating them. These two foods are both uncooked and therefore have no heat to wipe out bad bacteria. They can carry the same risk as being at home and not washing your hands or if your refrigerator isn't working properly. Also at times these foods could be made in very large batches where contamination ca affect many. Be sure and check with the place you are eating at about these foods and how long ago they were made and how long they have been sitting out you want to avoid getting food poisoning.

Don't Become Discouraged by the Gym

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/19/2010 09:02:37
  • In: Health
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In the beginning of your exercise plan it can be easy to get discouraged. All you need is the right approach to keep you on track so here are a few things to think about:
Find a gym that fits with what you're looking for. Most cities have several gyms, so shop around until you find that you get a feel for one. It's a good idea to find a gym that is nearby your work and home so it's not too much effort to get to. Find a gym that isn't too expensive so that the price tag doesn't keep from you going on a regular basis. Many gyms offer discount packages or guest passes, take advantage. Take classes or use equipment that you like, this  will keep you motivated. Set up a rewards system for yourself and you can train yourself to look forward to exercising since you will have set up a treat for yourself by accomplishing the goal you set for yourself. Going to the gym with a friend or family member can really help keep you motivated, you will be getting support in going to the gym. Most of all be easy on yourself and enjoy going for a workout.

Being a Better Supportive Co-parent

Co-parenting can be challenging but it's necessary to have an open and honest relationship in order for your child to thrive and be socially well adjusted. It's important to discuss your parenting goals together. Having this open communication will make it clear where you both stand on issues regarding your child. Honor their goals and decisions. When issues with your child come up try to respond in a way that honors both of your goals and decisions. When you are at a place where a major decision needs to be made, discuss it with your partner and be willing to compromise to reach a final decision. If your partner has made a decision that you are not in agreement with discuss it and try to come to an agreement on how to proceed. When your child sees that you and your partner can discuss issues and make decisions together they will understand the importance of how to compromise in a relationship and how to work with someone in order to achieve the results that they want in life.

Traveling with Your Teen

Summer travel is here and traveling with your teen can be a challenge, but I've got some tips to keep in mind for before during and after your trip. Let your teen have a say in how many place you will see ad stop at, if they feel included they will be more willing to participate. have everyone prepare a playlist for the road. Set a limit to electronics use, for you too,, don't be a hypocrite. Pick a plan that works best for you and your family. Keep food and drinks in the car so you don't have to stop so much and keep your teen happy. If you are staying at a hotel don't make them clean up, allow them to keep their room just as they do at home. Have a set budget for your teen that they can spend while you're on vacation or have one for each place that you stop. Most importantly give them some freedom, create boundaries where they can travel by themselves, like a five block radius that they need to stay within. All of these things will help your vacation go smoothly and you'll get to have some fun and so will they!

Eating Healthy on the Road

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/09/2010 16:11:43
  • In: Health
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It can be easy to just get some snack foods at the 7-eleven or the gas station when you're road tripping, but you don't want to get into that habit. If you must stop at a gas station look for refrigerated things with an expiration date. Nowadays fast food places have salads and sandwiches, if you must have the burger try the kid's meal. You can stop at a greasy spoon diner that usually serves breakfast all day or very late in the afternoon and should have healthy options like oatmeal, or a veggie omelette. You are sure to find a mexican restaurant which usually has many healthy options and have some guacamole to get some healthy fats. if you can find a deli or a subway you will be able to build your own sandwich. Another great idea is to bring as much of your own food as you can. pack a cooler with things that need to stay cold and bring snacks like nuts and dried fruit. You can save some money this way as well having your own stash and won't be left with nothing if you are driving late at night and there is no place to stop to eat.

Eating More Vegetables Decreases Wrinkles

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/05/2010 15:52:27
  • In: Health
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As if we really need more reasons to eat vegetables, a new study from japan studied over 700 Japanese women. They measured surface lipids, hydration, elasticity and vegetable intake. Even with controlling other variables like smoking, sun exposure and age they found some interesting things. The higher dietary fat intake of saturated and mono saturated was associated with improved skin elasticity. There was a decrease in skin wrinkles around the eyes with women who had higher intakes of green and yellow vegetables. Adjusting the intake of green and yellow vegetables, higher levels of saturated fat were associated with worse skin wrinkling. However, even with these results further studies with more accurate measurements methods are needed to see the role of daily diet in the aging of the skin.

Traveling Abroad With Your Kids

Traveling with your children is a great way for them to experience different cultures and see sights they have never seen before. The most important thing is to be prepared, with a little planning and research you can be sure your trip will be safe and fun. Read up on the locations you will be visiting to find out more about the surroundings. Prepare for any health issues that could come up, like if you will need to purchase drinking water or if you need medications for certain locations. If you are going to want some time alone check into any child care that may be available.  Talk to your children about where you will be visiting and the possible dangers. You will want them to bring things that make them, comfortable like a favorite toy, book, or magazine that they can have on hand when you are doing a lot of waiting, for trains, or planes etc. The most helpful thing you can do is t create a list of all the things you will need to take care of before you depart.

Protect Your Child from Dehydration this Summer

This is the season where children want to be outside as much as possible and if you live in a warm climate keeping them hydrated is really important. Know the signs of dehydration; tiredness, headache and decreased urine output. Some signs of severe dehydration that may need medical attention are extreme thirst, fever, rapid heartbeat and exhaustion. Keep cold water on hand in the car, having a cooler of water is also a good idea. Encourage your child to drink water. You can flavor it with a small amount of juice or even straight lemon or lime juice to avoid added sugar. Require some rest periods throughout the day even if they say they are not tired. Monitor your child's appearance taking notice if they don't look right or he is acting out of sorts. keeping your child hydrated will keep them having fun in the sun.
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