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Study: Best Diet for Weight Loss

pants to big due to weight lossEating More Protein and Less Refined Starch Is Critical for Effective Dieting, Major Study Shows.  

A large-scale study  called "Diogenes"  has investigated the optimum dietary composition for  preventing and treating obesity. 

The results were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Faculty of Life  Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen.

If you want to lose weight, you should maintain a diet that is high in proteins with more lean meat, low-fat dairy products and beans and fewer refined starch calories such as white bread and white rice. With this type of diet, most people can also eat until they are full without counting calories and without gaining weight. Interestingly, this study also concludes that the official dietary recommendations are not sufficient for preventing obesity.

Body Spring Cleaning

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By Lisa Metzgar PhD. - Nutrition Tidbits
It is the time of year that I like to do a little spring cleaning.  Not only do I clean out the garage, I also like to do a little spring cleaning in my body.
Over the course of time, we all tend to build up toxins in our body.  Toxins can come from the environment, chemicals, food, and water.  We have several organs in our body that help to clear toxins but they can get a little clogged up over time.

Do Our Minds Need a Spring Cleaning?

woman in rainBy Dr. Howard Peiper -


Spring is in the air and many of us take time out to spring clean our homes, garages, etc to get rid of all the clutter and dirt we have accumulated over the past seasons. But as we go about doing this, have we considered giving our minds a spring clean too, to get rid of any emotional clutter and junk we may have accumulated?


We would be amazed at the kind of “baggage” we pick up over the seasons of our lives. These include esteem and confidence issues, lost identities, unresolved issues (past or present), poor personal boundaries and standards, negative emotions (fear, shame, blame, hatred, anger, resentment, etc.), unmet needs, inner conflicts and much more. And when we factor in the fact that many of us become emotionally battered and bruised through our challenging and/or painful life experiences, it is easy to see how we can end up amassing excessive weight of the emotional kind – consciously or not.

3 Quick Ways to Improve Your Mood in Winter

exercise womenBy Liz Madley

Surely everyone gets the winter blues at some point? Especially at this time of year, towards the end of the winter, when spring and summer are just around the corner, but the dark, dull days have worn on to a point where energy is flagging. Will spring ever come?

Well yes – of course summer is on the way- but here are some tips to banish those winter blues and get through the tail end of the cold season.

1.     Exercise


You have probably heard this many times, but it does hold true.  Getting some of your preferred method of exercise is the fastest way to boost your mood. My chosen weapon against winter blues is ashtanga yoga - the combination of increased heart rate and stretching releases endorphins for feel-good chemicals and stress relief. I like the way I can fit my practice in around my day to day activities, but if you prefer a regular class at the gym, go for it. Even just finding time for a walk in the park can have many benefits. Studies have shown that walking on grass is good for your psychological state and getting some sunlight rather than staying indoors gives you more chance to get vitamin D, which is a key ingredient for fighting depression.

But don't be too hard on yourself – exercise through the week but make sure that you give yourself time off when you are feeling run down. Never use exercise as a punishment and listen to your body.

2.     Do Something New


Research has shown that getting out of your comfort zone can improve your mood, because the experience of doing something alien tricks your brain out of routine thought patterns.  Recently I took my mother for a day out around Birmingham's historic "back to back" houses, which were built in the 1700s to be homes for thousands of city dwellers, and saved from demolition in the 1960s. Walking through these houses, furnished with the belongings of people from long ago was like going back in a time machine and definitely provided an escape. The National Trust in the UK is fantastic if you like history, but otherwise just have a look in your local area for new wildlife areas, new cuisine restaurants, art exhibitions, extreme sports shows – you might be surprised what you find.

3.     Go to Bed Early a Couple of Nights a Week


In general you need about eight hours a night to feel rested, as a requirement for the human body. However, what with work, family and – shockingly! – actually having a good time socialising, it's very easy to stay up late every night. Especially if you have had a long day at work, sometimes you feel like staying up late just to get some time back for yourself. The problem with this is that you can build up a "sleep debt" and being to feel tired all the time, which is a mood-killer. Try to aim for those 8 hours every night when you can – give or take half an hour to an hour – and see how you feel. Allow yourself to go to bed early a couple of nights a week and see how the world is a different place when you wake up.

Here's to a healthy and happy tail-end of winter for everyone!



Important Information About Whooping Cough

Mom and child and doctorNews Release from University of Michigan - 

In the current fight against whooping cough resurgence, perhaps the biggest obstacle is an incomplete understanding of its underlying causes, according to a University of Michigan population ecologist.

Though the root causes of the resurgence remain "elusive and contentious," public health officials in many countries—including the United States—have introduced whooping cough booster shots into childhood immunization schedules, Pejman Rohani and a co-author state in a paper scheduled for online publication Jan. 19 in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.