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My Husband's Latest Fear Of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction Can Be A Serious Problem
The other day my husband and I were talking about how much stress plays havoc with our lives lately and that got us searching for all the illnesses we can think about related to stress. And, of course, you get your "usual suspects" everyone is aware of like various types of cancers - but the one disease that kept on coming up in our searches was erectile dysfunction!

I honestly never considered how many men are actually affected by this - and also how many guys are actually afraid of having the symptoms right now - my husband included! I guess there is so much secrecy and stigma related to this particular issue that men feel that they cannot think or discuss the possibility of this happening to them. My husband did not ever have to deal with any of the symptoms, but just talking about it - I could see him cringe! :-)

It is estimated that over 32 million males worldwide have experienced some kind of erectile dysfunction symptoms. Only about half of them really get it detected however. And a large number of others remain embarrassed by exactly what has actually occurred so they try to hide it. They don't wish to discuss any of this with their sexual partners or with their physicians.

There are particular medical issues that can result in a guy suffering from erectile dysfunction. The most typical one is diabetes. Data shows that 50% of men with diabetes end up with some form of sexual dysfunction. By taking the time to get your diabetes under control, that risk can be considerably reduced.

Cigarette smoking is also a substantial aspect that can affect erectile dysfunction. Various studies show men that smoke one pack each day have two times the likelihood of erectile dysfunction signs occurring. If they smoke even more than that - the probability of onset of erectile dysfunction symptoms goes up to 300%. For older guys that smoke, the danger of erectile dysfunction goes up exponentially with each year.

During last few years, more guys are inclined to discuss their problems with erectile dysfunction, but mostly when involved in studies where they do not have to be identified. In those studies as much as 56% of the men in the study confessed to some level of problem. Nevertheless, the seriousness of the illness could not be determined from those reports alone. It is however quite obvious that the problem needs closer attention and publicity.

Of all the different treatments out there for erectile dysfunction, the one men are the most inclined to use is using prescription medications. Close to 89% of men stated they would try this treatment first and see if this would cure their erectile dysfunction. This is in spite of the widely published adverse effects, allergies, and possible health threats. It is clear how important this is for men and why this isn't something most men are ready to give up without a battle.

Every year more than 600,000 men are seen by physicians due to problems with erectile dysfunction. This is a pretty clear indication that this illness is more prevalent now than ever before. The truth of it however is that with all of the educational info out there the subject isn't really taboo any more. Guys are looking for help for their erectile dysfunction at a higher rate than ever previously. They now understand that there are feasible solutions readily available and that they can easily find the ed protocol that works the best for them.

As more men begin to understand the significance of quality medical care for their erectile dysfunction, the research data will certainly be more trusted. We will certainly have the ability to properly determine how big of a problem this really is in society today. At the same time though, we will have to be careful and see how reliable the numerous kinds of treatments for erectile dysfunction are. The great news is that more than 90% of guys with erectile dysfunction can take advantage of the different treatment techniques provided.

Getting Ready For Spring Painting

Painting The Room
The winter is slowly going by and, I don't know about you, but just around this time I start looking towards the March break and house painting! I know, I know it's way to early but, oddly enough, it keeps me going through these few months until I get to uproot the home and start painting away.

Now, this year I probably won't do the whole house and plan to do a "strategic" painting of one or two kids' rooms. But what I'll do this time is take a more spiritual approach. I've been reading a lot of spiritual teachings lately and picked up a few courses related to the topic as well. So I'd like to start implementing a few things I learned and see if they actually work!

A lot is being said about the relationship between the colors in your life and the levels of energy that you experience in your daily life. And you've probably heard about chakras, the energy vortexes that are housed in our bodies, and how they each have their own corresponding color. Well - there's my experiment - I'll pick a couple of colors related to specific chakras and paint the rooms of my kids accordingly. We still have to sit down and discuss this and I'll let them pick the color of the chakra they feel is the best for them!

I hope the "experiment" turns out ok! If not, there's always more paint to buy! :-) Here is an excellent article written by Carol Tuttle (the author of the Carol Tuttle Healing School) describing the chakras, their matching colors and how they affect us and our lives...

Each of our chakras has its own unique color which energetically influences healing and the senses. Raising our vibration while balancing mind, body, and soul.

Color therapy or chromatherapy, is a form of holistic healing that has been effectively treating physical and emotional issues for thousands of years. When decorating your home using color therapy techniques, you bring healing energy into the space and release negative ones. Balancing the flow in all our energy centers can manifest a life of joy, contentment, happiness and abundance.

The Root Chakra color is red.

1st Chakra stones are red jasper, onyx, and garnet. Black, brown and grey are also associated with the 2nd chakra.

This fiery color of luck and abundance is well known for also being the color of love and romance. Be cautious with too much red, as it can cause restlessness, over stimulation and angers out bursts. Use small amounts of red in the bedroom through accessories and decorations to keep passion in balance. Red is best placed in offices or areas relating to finances and success.

The Navel Chakra color is orange.

2nd Chakra stones are orange zincite and carnelian.

This bright, vibrant color is about relationships and ‘’relating’’, promoting lively conversations and good times. It is the passion center, our link to the world, where we manifest dreams, ambitions and goals.

A front hallway featuring orange will feel cheerful and inviting to all who enter. Place orange in any room that needs an exuberant, creative boost. Avoiding areas of quiet and reflection.

The Solar Plexus Chakra color is yellow.

3rd Chakra stones are yellow sapphire and citrine.

This cheerful, warm color symbolizes the sun’s radiant energy and is used for uplifting the spirit and building confidence. Decorate with splashes of yellow for enhanced learning, mental activity, movement, digestion and converting food into energy for the body. Friends and family will feel the benefits of a yellow kitchen, making this a pleasant area for socializing. Introverted or shy guests will feel at ease seated a table featuring a vase of welcoming sunflowers. Help a student struggling with low self esteem by painting a wall yellow, or decorating their desk with a yellow lamp.

The Heart Chakra color is green. Pink is also associated with the 4th chakra.

4th Chakra stones are green tourmaline or rose quartz.

The color green is connects us to healing emotions of heart love, trust, compassion, empathy and forgiveness. It also governs relationships and passion. Green is excellent for every space in the house. Adding an simple air cleaning houseplant to each room symbolizes the growing, healing power of green. Nurturing a living plant by watering, feeding, and providing sunlight is a calming effort that balances our emotional stability and well being.

The Throat Chakra color is turquoise and shades of light blue.

5th Chakra stones are blue lace agate and turquoise.

Blue is the color of artistic expression, communication and security. It alleviates insomnia, calms anxiety and lowers blood pressure. This color would be excellent for sleeping or studying rooms, artist lofts, craft rooms or as accent color in home offices.

The Brow Chakra color is indigo or navy blue and dark shades of blue.

6th Chakra stones are sodalite or lapis lazuli.

Indigo has a sedative effect and is a good choice in bedrooms, meditation areas or studies. Rooms with this color feel peaceful and tranquil. Indigo is best used with moderation as too much can cause feelings of depression or loneliness. This is a color to avoid using in high energy rooms or areas for socializing such as family rooms or kitchens.

The Crown Chakra color is purple/violet. Also associated with the 7th chakra is white or clear.

7th Chakra stones are amethyst and clear quartz.

Violet is the color of wisdom, intuition and consciousness. It assists in reflection, introspection and meditation. Violet or purple decor will balance spiritual and physical energies when used in bedrooms or libraries.

When chakra color therapy is incorporated in our lives it has a profound effect on many levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Maybe you are contemplating a whole house makeover or need a simple pick-me-up by adding a few chakra crystals or stones in windowsills. These decisions affect our whole being, by unblocking depleted chakra centers and renewing our overall joy for life.

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Mothers And Children Spiritual Independence

Spirituality And Motherhood
In one of our "fly by" chats with my kids, while we were getting ready to run out to another soccer practice, somehow the topic of God and spirituality got mixed in our usual daily banter and discussions. And, even though I know my kids are smart, it floors me every time that even at that young age, each one has a very distinct, unique and quite refreshing views of what spirituality means to them.

That got me thinking of how am I influencing them and preparing for the future as far as their relationship with God, deities, spirituality or however you might want to call it. So I started googling on the topic and you'll be surprised to see how many parents are not quite sure how to approach this whole subject. During these visits to related sites, I stumbled upon this great article by Donna Goddard related to spirituality and motherhood, but looking at this issue from a completely different angle.

I tell my partner that, at the age of sixty-three, he has still not outgrown his mother obsession. He finds that rude. I ignore him. Actually, most people never do, so it's not as insulting as it sounds. Few people truly outgrow their deep, inner referencing to their mother in their choices in life. It doesn't matter if the mother has died. It makes no difference at all. For most people, it is the mother that has the most power over consciousness.

"The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world." If the mother was weak or emotionally absent, it might be the father. Once outgrown, we find that no one can ever have that hold over us again. Once the pivotal person is internally conquered, all are conquered. Outgrow mother and we outgrow everyone.

I once heard Eckhart Tolle humorously suggest to his students that if they believed they were making great spiritual progress, to go and spend a week with their parents and see how advanced they really were! Everyone laughed because everyone instinctively knows the power of parental conditioning over our deeper selves.

After all, our consciousness was born, bred, and fed on that parental mind and it takes years of deliberate effort to consciously overcome it. In fact, so widespread is this phenomena that most people have no idea that it is in operation within their thoughts. And there is no greater enemy than the one unrecognized.

My family of birth was an ordinary family. They did their best, as people generally do. In the grand scheme of things, "ordinary" carries with it many human problems. Most people never outgrow their families of birth or their own "ordinary" consciousness. For someone destined for the spiritual path, ordinary is not good enough.

Normal human problems are not accepted as inevitable and inescapable. Life is seen as a precious chance to evolve. One can rise above the innate clinging to the invisible mental structure of one's family for security, acceptance and an unquestioned agenda with which to approach life. The concepts of creative visualization, positive thinking, learning about and exploring different religions and achieving unlimited abundance can all be learned and absorbed even away from that secure family environment, but only if given a chance.

We sanctify family life as if it is God. It is not. We cling to it with rapt attention. It is the family romance - one which generally has a love/hate theme. We may spend many years reacting to it, trying to escape its influence. Either way, it is imprisoning. If we desire emotional maturity and spiritual power, we will tackle the uncomfortable but necessary task of outgrowing our family of birth. In fact, it is the first step on a really serious spiritual path. At the age of twenty-two I realized this, with the help of my beloved teacher Dr. Thomas Hora.

However, the power of family over our consciousness is so inbred and strong that it will generally take a lot of work to free ourselves from it. In my own case, I spent at least a decade away from my family, with very occasional visits, before I felt I could return without a transgression into a territory, within my own mind, which I no longer wished to visit. Admittedly, this a painful experience for a family who naturally has no idea why their adult child would do that. Nevertheless, all serious spiritual students (and even strong and emotionally independent thinkers) will tend to do the same thing in some version.

The process of disengagement is somewhat modified when the mental climate of the family already allows and encourages true independence, freedom, and respect. Nothing is held on to. Nothing is asked in return. The family romance is less commanding, certainly more conscious, and, to some extent, the disengagement is already active. The child, once grown, must take their rightful place in the world as any other fellow human. "Blood is not thicker than water" when all in the world is seen as brothers, sisters, and children.

Children must grow up and find their true emotional and spiritual independence, not just the pretense of independence while all the time being driven by unconscious family conditioning. Parents of adult children must also grow up and release their offspring to God and the fulfillment of their own destiny.

Such love is greater than normal parental love because it does not seek to satisfy its own desires for love and affirmation. It seeks that which is best for the long-term development of the soul that was, for one brief moment, within one's temporary care.

Best Healthy Eating Practices For Our Parents

Best Food For Our ParentsAs people age, their bodies require extra care and attention to ensure that health and vitality are maintained. The number of calories one needs begins to decline, making it important that every calorie consumed is filled with the necessary nutrients aging bodies require.

Many seniors notice that as they slow down, they need more rest and specific foods to feel energized. The diet one keeps as they age can make a big difference when it comes to longevity and energy, making it imperative that the right foods are included in one’s everyday lifestyle.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of choices to consider, and seniors may not know where to begin when building their new healthy diet.

Starting Out: Foods to Avoid

Empty calories are dangerous as people age because they literally deny the body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Though these food may have been part of one’s diet in the past, they should be avoided as they get older.

• Deep Fried Food: As people age they may notice dietary changes that prevent them from eating certain foods. The digestive system begins to slow down, requiring easy to digest foods that won’t cause a lot of strain on the stomach.

Fried food contains lots of fat, carbohydrates, and cholesterol, making it a difficult food to digest. Those with higher metabolisms can get away with consuming this food every now and again, but elderly bodies should avoid it completely.

• Processed Foods: Processed foods are those that have undergone procedures that strip them of their nutritional value in favor of additives such as artificial colors and flavors.

Due to the low nutritional value of these foods, they are known as being filled with empty calories that seniors really cannot afford. Consuming these foods can also cause digestive problems over time.

• Sweets: Loaded with sugar and filled with empty calories, sweets are not the best choices for seniors. These can be anything from candies and sodas to pastries and ice cream. While these foods are okay in moderation, they should certainly not be a part of the everyday diet. Eating too much sugar can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease in older adults.

• Undercooked Meats: While this may seem like a food people at any age should avoid, it is especially dangerous for seniors to consume undercooked foods.

Due to their compromised immune systems and aging digestive systems, undercooked foods can cause serious damage that can lead to hospitalization or worse. Make sure that all meats, fish, and eggs are properly cooked before consumption.

The Best Foods

Whole foods that have retained their natural nutritional values are the best for seniors. These foods are rich in necessary nutrients and vitamins that older adults need to stay health and feeling great.
Not only will these foods provide energy and nutrition to the aging body, but they can also promote longevity when paired with other healthy practices like proper exercise, getting enough sleep, and practicing self-care. Seniors should add the following to their everyday diet:

• Fruits: Fruits contain good sugars as well as vitamins and nutrients the body needs to carry out standard functions. Citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, and limes are high in Vitamin C, while dark fruits like berries, pomegranates, and cherries are high in antioxidants.

These fruits are excellent for slowing the aging process by eliminating toxins in the body. Bananas, plums, and prunes are fruits high in potassium, which helps keep ones strong and cells functioning correctly.

• Veggies: High in folic acid, which is an essential B vitamin known for combating anemia and poor nerve function, vegetables are a necessary staple for any diet.

Leafy green veggies like kale, spinach, and arugula are a delicious and nutritious way to add folate to one’s diet.

• Dairy: While unpasteurized dairy products should be avoided, seniors need dairy items such as milk, cheese, and yogurt to get their necessary amount of calcium.

This nutrient is most important for building and maintaining strong bones, but it also plays many other major roles in the body. Avoid brittle bones and the risk of fractures by adding calcium to the everyday diet.

• Grains and Beans: These foods are high in fiber which is highly important for seniors. As the digestive system slows down, irregularity can become a problem for many seniors.

By consuming fiber rich foods like beans, whole grains, and some fruits and veggies, seniors can keep themselves regular and maintain a healthy colon.

How The Right Diet Encourages Longevity

Just as children require certain nutrition and care options, the elderly do as well. Seniors are in a time of their lives where they are winding down physically and mentally. While this is natural, it doesn’t have to be final.
]The right foods and lifestyle practices can actually slow the aging process into a gradual progression, offering seniors years of energy and vitality so they can do what they want with their time.

When the right nutrients and vitamins are regularly fed to the body, all the systems function well, vital organs maintain health and vitality, and the body can keep going strong for years to come.

Moms and Special-Needs World

Mother's Views On Special-NeedsI've stumbled upon a recent and very interesting survey done by the Parents Magazine.

This study/survey focused on the children with special needs and the fact that they are more and more tightly integrated within existing communities that may or may not support their efforts.

The fact that surprised me the most is that 15 percent of mothers thought that children with special needs (just based on the diagnosis) should not be together with their school peers.

This provides a sobering look at how parents with or without kids with special needs try to work with the system and navigate all these obstacles.

There's been a massive sea change in how we view children who are not developing as expected, or, in other words, children who have special needs. From growing numbers of special-needs PTAs, playgrounds, camps, and toys to Pinterest's "Special Needs Blogs" board (3,500 pins and counting) to plotlines of the TV show Parenthood, physical, mental, and behavioral conditions that were once hidden away in specialized schools and doctors' offices are now woven into mainstream society in ways we haven't seen before. The prevalence of parent-reported childhood developmental disabilities jumped 17 percent between 1997 and 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This works out to nearly 10 million children. The most recent data show that one in 88 kids has a diagnosis of autism.

For the April 2014 issue of Parents, we created a 20-page section devoted to the special-needs world that we all inhabit, whether or not we have a diagnosis. Teaming up with Quester, a research company in Des Moines, we surveyed nearly 500 moms of children ages 3 to 12, roughly divided between those whose kids have special needs and those whose kids are typically developing. To define just which diagnoses fall into that first group, we looked to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, the federal special education law that ensures public schools serve children with disabilities. We settled on conditions that require intervention and accommodations at school -- including ADHD; autism spectrum disorder; developmental delays and disabilities such as Down syndrome; epilepsy; hearing and vision impairment; behavioral/conduct disorders; arthritis and joint problems; and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

Some of the survey's most enlightening findings:

  • Only about 15 percent of all the moms surveyed believe children should be separated from their peers in school based on a diagnosis.

  • One in four moms of typically developing kids wonder whether their child needs to be evaluated because of a potential developmental disorder.

  • Only 17 percent of moms of kids with special needs say children's conditions are overdiagnosed today. The number jumps to 30 percent among moms of typically developing kids.

  • 89 percent of moms of kids with special needs say their children seem pleased with their social network. Meanwhile, 79 percent of moms of typically developing kids gave the same response.

  • 73 percent of moms whose kids have special needs have talked to their children about people with special needs; 81 percent of moms of typically developing kids have had that discussion.

  • 32 percent of moms whose kids have special needs will acknowledge another child's special needs with that child's parents, compared to 22 percent of moms of typically developing kids.

Moms were very candid in their responses. This is what mothers of children who have special needs want other moms to know:

  • "I may look tough, but know that I'm as fragile as my child. I just don't have the option to show it."

  • "Please don't tell me to just relax. There is always something to be done: doctor appointments, therapy appointments, insurance people to talk to, papers to be filled out, extra encouragement and praise and attention to be given. It's exhausting."

  • "We often can't do activities other people with kids the same age do, [but] I still relish the adult friendships [with moms whose kids don't have special needs]."

  • "Be more sensitive when bragging about [your] typically developing kids. Even though we are blessed and thankful for our kiddos, [we also] feel sadness for not being able to experience certain things that other people might take for granted."

Mother Of Three And Her Inspiring 200-Pound Weight Loss Story

Weight Loss Success - Mother Loses 200 Pounds
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You know how much we struggle to keep the unwanted weight off! No magic secrets there - it all requires hard work and dedication - but having a few kids, running and driving the gang around to soccer practice and piano lessons - where can we find the time to do it?

There are so many stories and methods and various diet plans like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or Weight Destroyer Program, which are great - don't get me wrong, but in the end it all boils down to self-discipline and determination to stick to any of the weight-loss plans you picked!

That's why I love stories like this one, recently published in Chatelaine. It talks about Jenn Taylor, a mother of three and 31 years old from Alberta, Canada. Jenn succeeded in losing over 200 pound and all on her own! Fantastic! It definitely motivates me to keep on going, eating right and providing an example for my kids. Check it out - and maybe you'll pick up some new weight loss tips that might work for you too!

I had spent my whole life overweight. I was a pudgy baby, a chubby child, and at 21, an obese adult.

My weight had usually been around 270 pounds, but after a complication due to my first daughter’s birth left me immobile for six months, my weight skyrocketed, topping out at 346 pounds.

The issues

I never understood why I was overweight. I never thought I ate much, and since losing the weight, this has become one of the most common things I hear from people I talk to. Since then I’ve learned it was when I ate, how I ate and what I ate that was the issue.

I had no idea about calories and no idea about food at all, other than the fact it tasted good. Looking back, I was consuming more calories in a single meal than I should have been eating in a whole day! It wasn’t the quantity, but the lack of quality — fried food, fast food, everything covered in cheese.

In 2004 I was a stay-at-home mom with a toddler. I would take my daughter to the park and watch her play. I could never chase her around or play with her, even pushing her on the swing would leave me winded – everything left me winded.

Putting my daughter’s needs first, I would skip breakfast and often lunch, left starving by the time dinnertime hit, which led to my biggest downfall — nighttime eating. Once my daughter was in bed, I’d relax and watch TV with my glass of pop and bag of (insert fatty snack here).

My turning point was on one of those nights.

Getting on track

I was watching The Half Ton Man — I always loved those shows, perhaps it made me feel better about myself – and he was talking about his many health problems. I lay there picturing myself bed-ridden. How could I take care of my daughter like that? Everything changed.

The next day I woke up and made my daughter’s breakfast. I made myself breakfast too. For the next few weeks I ate breakfast and lunch every day. I also, replaced pop with water. When dinner came around I felt less hungry and my desire to eat at night was gone.

A few weeks in, my clothes getting looser, I started reading about nutrition. I learned about calories and fat and it was then I realized how poor my diet had been.

Finally, encouraged by the slack in my clothes, I stepped on the scale. Without even noticing it, I was down to 316 pounds! Up to that point, the only changes I’d made was eating breakfast and lunch, substituting water for pop and not eating at night. I kept an eye on portions and made better choices.

In addition to helping me lose weight, these foods were giving me more energy. I started to play more at the playground with my daughter. We went for walks together, we danced together, I felt better than I had in years. I felt like a better mom too.

Keeping the ball rolling

After I got below 300 pounds I began walking, which eventually turned into jogging. Every few days I would add a few minutes to my run and the more I learned about food, the better my choices became.

Within a year I’d shed 150 pounds and by the end of year two I’d lost 200 pounds! Two years ago I had surgery to remove the excess skin from my tummy and I feel amazing.

Jenn Taylor lost 200 pounds
As cliché as it sounds, if I can do this, so can you. Here are my eight basic tips for creating change in your life:

1. Small changes are lasting changes: Most people think you have to cut out everything right away but the best way is to start small. If you don’t eat breakfast, start. Regulate your meals and avoid nighttime eating. Small changes give your body time to adjust, so set realistic ones.

2. Get to know what you’re eating: You can’t make changes without understanding what’s good for you and what isn’t (Canada’s Food Guide is a great place to start). Understand serving sizes, find out the amount of calories you need to eat daily, and plan around that.

3. Drink plenty of water: Drink a large glass before each meal and you’ll likely eat less. Water also aids in digestion, which can help eliminate waste more quickly.

4. Pass on the pop: People think that because diet pop is calorie-free that it’s OK. Wrong. The artificial sweeteners make your body react the same way regular sugar does. As soon as you’ve had one can, your body starts craving more sweets. Pop also messes with your hunger, takes away from your daily water consumption and the caffeine can mess with your sleep patterns.

5. Hold yourself accountable: Telling people your intentions will make you work harder to reach your goals. Keep a journal and track your progress. Sharing pictures of your success is also a great way to get a boost of encouragement, whether from an online forum or your loved ones.

6. Think before you eat: If you’re reaching for a less-than-healthy snack, before you eat it ask yourself, “How will I feel after?” Skip the unhealthy snack – it will pay off in the end.

7. Recommit yourself daily: It’s a good idea to wake up every morning and take a minute for you. Stand in front of the mirror and commit to yourself. Look at what you like about yourself as motivation. Tell yourself regularly, “I deserve to be happy and healthy.” If yesterday was a bad day, move forward. Don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week.

8. Be active: As a mother of three, I don’t always have an extra hour, or even 40 minutes for exercise, so I split my workout into two 30-minute sessions. Half while my little ones nap, and the other half when they go to bed at night. Another one of my favourite ways to get in exercise is to dance with my kids — you can burn a lot of calories in a half hour.


Mom's Workout Protein Powder Smoothie Recipes

Mom's Workout Protein SmoothiesOne of the most important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle is diet. Sound nutrition can truly make such a difference in your daily energy levels, disease prevention, health, and improving the results of your hard work in exercise.

Protein, along with carbohydrates and fat is what is known as a "macro-nutrient," this simply means the body needs large amounts of it as compared to micro-nutrients, which include, vitamins and minerals and are needed in lesser quantities.

In contrast to micro-nutrients, the body doesn’t store protein to draw on when it needs it, so it should be an important part of your daily diet.

The Power of Protein

• Protein is an essential component of every cell in the body.
• The nails and hair are made mostly from it.
• The body uses protein for vital internal functions, such as, to repair and build tissue.
• It is the building block of bones, cartilage, skin, blood and muscles.
• Protein also makes hormones, enzymes and other vital chemicals in the body.

Benefits Of Protein For Workouts

Along with the vital benefits of protein mentioned before, ingesting protein after a workout, especially after doing strength and muscle work is one of the most important times to get protein into the body.

This is because it will go to the muscles where it can begin the healing and recovery of the "micro tears," which, are small tears in muscle tissue caused by intense contractions of lifting weights.

The key to supplying and nourishing the body with protein is to choose the right forms.

When it comes to eating animal protein for example, it is best to choose lean varieties most of the time, such as, chicken and turkey.

And, then there is the highly efficient, convenient and fun protein powder and all that it can do to improve the efficiency of your workouts and nutritional stability.

Protein Powder Smoothies And Shakes

It is a fact that the best way to get the needed benefits of protein is through solid food, but, this is not always possible or convenient, as people are busy, and have hectic lives. Hitting your protein macronutrient goals day by day can be a really difficult task. This is how protein shakes can be of great use.

By enjoying delicious protein powder smoothies you can enjoy what you’re consuming while reaching your goals.
Because solid food takes more time to digest and to break down the protein and send it to the muscles, it can be best to take a protein shake immediately following a workout, since it will reach the muscle within 30 minutes of ingestion. Definitely, we can see the advantage to taking a protein shake in this instance.

Protein, alike any other macro nutrient is essential to make sure that you get everything out of your workout. Being dehydrated before a workout can be detrimental to your performance and cause a significant lack in strength and focus.

Protein smoothies, as well as, water, are an excellent way to keep hydrated before a workout!

Unlike standard protein powder shakes (typically mixed with water or milk) protein powder smoothies not only provide essential protein to reach daily goals, but, they are also an excellent source of energy from the natural sugar within the fruits that you include.

This means that with a single protein powder shake you can stay hydrated, reach your protein goals, enjoy a nice tasting drink, as well as, benefit from an increase in energy levels!

What could be better?

Does The Brand Of Protein Powder Matter?

Some people think of protein powders as a “magic solution” to building muscle. This is not the case. Protein powder is simply a convenient way of consuming grams of protein. A gram of protein from a chicken breast is identical to a gram of protein from powders.

Make sure you read the label when purchasing your protein powders. Typically, a solid protein powder will contain 20 grams of protein for every 25 grams powder. Some cheap protein powders are full of sugary carbs and little protein content. Always choose all natural products without unnecessary added artificial ingredients.

4 Protein Powder Smoothie Recipes

1. Banana-Oat Protein Smoothie
Bananas are essential sources of potassium that aids calcium absorption and protects the heart. This is the ideal drink before a strenuous workout - it will sustain your blood sugar and prevent muscle cramps.

1-2 scoops / 25-50 grams (depending on your protein goals) of protein powder
2 scoops / 50 grams of oats / Instant Oats
1 & ½ half bananas
1 & 1/2 half cups of low or non-fat milk

2. Blueberry Blast
With the various micro nutrients packed into blueberries it means that not only are you benefiting from all the pro’s already outlined but you are also becoming healthier all at the same time.

1 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 scoop protein powder (unflavored or vanilla flavor, but, watch the sugar content on the package)

3. Tropical Breeze
With a range of healthy fruits the tropical breeze is a healthy nutrient and protein filled smoothie that will provide excellent results when consumed.

1 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1 cup pineapple
1 teaspoon fresh shredded coconut (no sugar added) or coconut milk
1/2 cup blueberries (get frozen when out of season)
1 scoop of protein powder (unflavored or vanilla flavored)

4. Banana Bread Shake
Another excellent source of energy and potassium from the bananas along with the slow release energy from the oatmeal and bran flakes to keep you going throughout your workout and your entire day!

1- 2 Scoops / 25-50 grams (depending on your protein goals) of protein powder
1 banana
½ cup of Oatmeal
3/4 cup bran flakes
1 bottle of water
Sweetener to add taste

Best Times To Drink Protein Smoothies?

Some people like to consume their smoothie in the morning. This can be a great idea if you generally don’t feel hungry in the mornings. A protein smoothie can provide a boost of energy to get you started for the day if you also feel tired.

Generally, a smoothie that is consumed pre-workout (before the workout) can generate the best results due to the high amount of natural sugar carbs and fast release energy that can increase performance during workouts.

And, of course, a protein shake can be great after workouts to aid in muscle recovery.

Do You Know What Your Wife Wants For Her Birthday?

Gift For Your WifeA husband would know what his wife likes, better than anyone else. So finding her the perfect birthday presents for her and making her happy wouldn’t be a Herculean task. Women love to get attention, especially from the one they adore the most. Many men seem to find it difficult to express their love, so here are a few tips to sort that out.

So, on her birthday, making her a beautiful dinner and having it in the midst of candles would take her to the seventh heaven and she’ll eat it to the last morsel.

Men who are not masters in culinary arts, could take their significant other for a romantic dinner by the beach. Going out for a romantic movie or watching it at home would be a mood elevator.

One could pick movies like When Harry met Sally or eternal classics like Casablanca, or Gone with the Wind.

A woman loves jewelry no matter how old she is and she never really stops wanting more. Getting her a piece of jewelry on her birthday will make her smile and giggle like a teenager.

If she is an ardent reader, gift her a book that she had been craving to read for a very long time. Or, if she is a technology buff, an iPad would make a lovely gift.

Gifts to avoid on your wife’s birthday would be a blender, a vacuum cleaner, knife sets, washing machine and appliances that come under that group. Anyone of this would definitely turn her off and explaining to her why you gifted her any of these would be a big hardship for you.

Three-dimensional Approach to Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite TreatmentCellulite is a problem that affects most women and the outside appearance of the skin leads to unpleasant self-confidence problems.

Tips for treating cellulite recommend the different methods of quitting drinking liquid fats and sweets. But now experts recommend for the first time, a three-dimensional vision of treating cellulite.

How Does Cellulite Appear?

Under the skin, fat is grouped in bags, separated each other by walls perpendicular fibers that bind the skin, the deeper layers of muscle and fat package. Thus, any changes in volume of these packages of fat produces and promotes skin traction outlining, creating the appearance of orange peel.

Treatment involves a complete three-dimensional remodeling areas with cellulite. Treatment is effective because it addresses all skin defects: flaccid skin, fibrous walls and increase the volume of adipocytes.

Dimensional treatment includes:

- Removing the fibrous walls with a small under-incision;
- Reshaping fat Shock Wave
- Reduction of skin laxity with radio-frequency.

The program includes several sessions — both surgical and laser procedures.

An Alma Accent RF device reduces the appearance of loose skin where cellulite is visible on. Cutaneous tissue shrinks as a true natural corset reducing cellulite effect. It takes a full 10 days, and the results can be observed after at least 3 treatments.

Shock Wave Treatment reshaping fat volume and consists of 2-3 sessions per week, completely painless.

Surgical correction addresses the limited areas where cellulite can “liposhifting” (smoothing package without extracting fat) or sub-incision operation, which are sectioned under the skin that produce the fibrous bundles of orange peel with a needle.

The surgical procedure requires local anesthesia and the patient will go home after several hours wearing a corset designed to help a beautiful healing. The procedure is especially the gluteal area and requires a healing period of several weeks.

Choosing Between Grandparents and a Babysitter

Grandparents or a BabysitterIdeally, newborn babies should stay as long as possible with his parents, especially his mother. Only when he’s three years old, the child is psychologically prepared from spending several hours away from his family.

But we should all agree that nowadays, there are unfortunate cases, when the mother can’t deal with the baby for too long (maybe only a few months, sometimes even a few days) and that’s when families resort to nannies — a woman paid to take care of the child — or to grandparents.

Both have advantages and disadvantages.
Why did I choose the nanny, to the detriment of grandparents – assuming that parents can afford (from a financial point of view):

– a nanny usually follow the instructions and requirements of the parents; there are only a few cases in which the nanny tries to impose its own views about raising and educating children;
– she can have a professional qualification or studies on the rearing of children;
– she’s likely to have a larger experience (sometimes more current) in terms of care and child rearing;
– she tends to spoil the child less than a grandparent would;

On top of that, if parents are not satisfied with the work or if there is any sort of incompatibility the contract can be terminated in a jiffy.

But why would you choose the grandparents over a babysitter?

– it’s all about the confidence that the grandparents give to you (parents know how their child should be cared for and educated) so that you’re certain your child is in good hands;
– you’re making sure that the baby will be surrounded by love and affection;
– privacy; sometime it’s hard to find someone to trust;

Also, both options have disadvantages. If a “nanny” is always a risk by introducing a stranger to your family and entrusting your most precious “possession” – the child, constantly resorting to your grandparents will generate mixing family roles, and in many cases that leads to the infantilisation of the parents.

Those who choose a nanny assume she’s honest and loves their children. There are, however, cases when the lack of specialist advice and psychological testing prior to a nanny, parents make the wrong choice. The baby sitter may be a person mentally disturbed, aggressive, that has nothing to do around a child (despite the experience she has, or claims that she has).

On top of that, if especially grandmothers tend to usurp and take over the role of mother, some nannies can be emotionally uninvolved or uninterested in the evolution of the child.

When the grandmother assumes the role of mother, the baby’s mind (he hasn’t been explained) will have to deal with confusion regarding parental roles. The confusion will persist for a long time, unconscious.

And there’s always talk that grandparents spoil their grandchildren – perhaps to compensate somet gaps in the relationship with their children when they were small. Of course, pampering is not ruled out for nannies, but it can be limited with greater ease by parents.

Usually, the person who spends the most time with the child becomes like a second mother, reaching sometimes even to occupy first place in his soul. If the mother is forced to leave their baby in the care of someone, you should consider an adjustment period of 1-2 months, that care be taken in parallel and successor mother.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations for the Perfect Season

Christmas DecorationsAn auspicious time of the year to celebrate and rejoice! The time to cherish memories with your family and enjoy the warmth of togetherness – that’s what Christmas is for everyone. So that calls for doing up your abode where all in the family will get together and celebrate. As you know, you will not be able to do justice to the festive mood, if you fail to create the happy environment with proper decorations.

It’s important for you to know how to turn your otherwise dull and sober house to a life-filled one for Christmas. Apart from that the quality time you spend with your family, you need to have in mind decorating your home is important as well.

Outdoor decoration demands some really creative ideas. Manger, stars, Christmas trees and lights being regular components, why not think of something more to spruce up the season this time around?

Why not start thinking with the Christmas wreath? As you know the Christmas wreath is among the must have items, and you now need to finalize as to where all you hang it.

You can have it on the door, low braches of trees and gates to welcome Christmas. This ringed garland is available in different styles, shapes and prices – all you need to do is to choose one which matches your exterior decoration profile.

Don’t forget to pull out the string lights which look breathtaking in the cold dark night. Strings of white light dangling in the cold breeze will be a treat to watch. Available are different types of lightings in the market that can enrich your holiday experience.

Stars floating outside can be of different sizes and shapes. Go for a mix and match style – incorporate traditional ones among the latest film-inspired ones.

Being childish is one liberty you can take while you do up your house during Christmas. Include your child’s ideas extensively in outdoor decorations, we are sure you’ll be surprised. Christmas trees and a manger filled with dolls, paintings and small gifts are also advisable.

Keep in your mind that the act of decoration is as important as the celebration, as it brings back your childhood memories and give your family a sense of togetherness.