Do It with Dukan Diet

Dukan diet is fast gaining grounds as one of the most effective diets to reduce weight. It was introduced by French dietician Pierre Dukan, from which the name of the diet was derived. In 2010, Dukan published his book I Don’t Know how to Get Slimmer, which chronicles his years of research in dietetics and nutrition. Ultimately, his book introduced the Dukan Diet in the general public. That was when the popularity of the Dukan Diet came into a jumpstart.

In a short period of time, Dukan Diet has already gained a huge following from diet aficionados. This is because this diet follows a systematic process which is easy to follow and does not need detailed understanding. Some people found the principles of the Dukan Diet very easy to grasp, thus very ideal for people who just don’t want to crack their head on plain things such as dieting. Moreover, Dukan Diet is perhaps the most “considerate” form of diet because it allows the consumption of a large variety of foods, unlike it some diet plans, which restrict their followers to few, sometimes unflattering, foods.

Dukan Diet has four phases: Attack Phase, Cruise Phase, Consolidation Phase, and Stabilization Phase. These phases are strategically designed to make sure that Dukan Diet followers gain weight the fastest, easiest and safest way.

In the Attack Phase, followers see a rapid loss of weight. Some followers reduced 2 to 3 kilograms from their weight after only a week. Some even report that they have lost 10 pounds in just a week! How is this done? Followers are allowed to eat only protein-rich foods. The plan provides a list of 72 foods which followers can only consume during the Attack Phase.

In the Cruise Phase, 32 more foods are added in the list of consumable foods by diet followers. Slight weight increase may be observed in this phase. Also, followers must now adhere to a stricter diet pattern which includes a schedule for protein food and fiber food consumptions.

The third phase, Consolidation Phase, is said to be the most crucial phase, because followers may gain weight rapidly if not proper diet is followed. Slowly by slowly, followers are allowed to consume previously forbidden food such as bread and cheese. Followers are also allowed to eat whatever they want (called Celebratory meals) on two occasions a week.

The last phase, Stabilization Phase, provides the diet plan followers must stick to for the rest of their lives. This includes the consumption of 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day, and one pure-protein meal per week. But of course, in this phase, followers are allowed to eat whatever food they want, provided they also consume the aforementioned diet. In this phase, followers must use the stairs as frequently as possible to avoid gaining weight.


The Wonders of Cupping

Last week, I came across a very unique method of treatment. I went to a local spa only to have my feet pampered and treated, but then when I saw one of the spa masseurs using what I sensed were pieces of glass cups, I immediately got my nose into what I sensed as something interesting. I inquired about the treatment, and after a series of chitchat with the spa personnel, I learned that the unique treatment is called cupping.

And so, curious as I am, I surfed the Internet and researched about this treatment. And the more I learned about cupping, the more I got thrilled at trying this treatment on my next visit to the spa. So here is what I found about this exciting and unique method of treatment called cupping.

Originating from the Oriental Medical tradition, cupping is a century-old medical treatment that employs the use of cups made of thick glass (but plastic, bamboo, iron and clay-made cups are also used), and heat, which is derived from small candles or other flammable materials like cotton balls soaked in alcohol.

The small candles are placed in specific parts of the body. They are then lit up until the flames are strong. Next, the cups are turned upside down to cover the candles. You will then notice that the skin rise up until the flames died.

This is because this treatment works as a vacuum which sucks the skin up inside the cup. While this sounds very horrific, this method is very safe and painless. Sucking the skin up does a lot of health benefits for the body: it opens up pores to release toxins out from the body, it regulates and stimulates blood flow, and it balances the body’s qi, or in Chinese’s tradition, the energy innate in our body.

This method is said to target the body’s ‘meridians’, which are the channels throughout the body where energy immensely flows to reach every body organ and tissues. These meridians are located on the back, that’s is why cupping is usually done in that body part.

This method is said to cure different ailments, including headache, dizziness, asthma, bronchitis, flatulence, abdominal pain, arthritis, and congestion. Cupping is also used to treat patients suffering from depression and other psychological disorders.

Cupping is made more relaxing and enjoyable with the use of herbal oils and medicated oils. The fragrance from these oils surely completes the healing experience cupping provides to our body.


Totally Tapas

Tapas, pinchos, banderillas, raciones, pulguitas, montaditos, cazuelitas. Before you think that those words are just the mere words you learn in Spanish 101, let me tell you that they are more than that. They are more delicious than what you think. Those words (yes, they’re Spanish words, so you’re right there) are just some of the most well-loved snacks from Spain. These are bite-sized foods, which are usually eaten with drinks such as beer or wine. They can all be collectively called as tapas alone.

Tapas is a favorite snack among our Hispanic friends, but it is just too good not to be shared to the whole country-nay, the whole world!

Tapas is a very interesting snack that gains the approval of every member of the family-from kids who get attracted by the snack’s colorfulness, to the grandparents who enjoy it because they can easily chew and bite it (read as dentures). This makes tapas really a food for the family, and thus is an ideal serving during family gatherings and occasions.

Practically, everything can make a good ingredient for tapas. However, the most-loved tapas is the one with tuna chunks and olives. Not only are these ingredients very delicious, they are also healthier ingredients that pork or beef.
Tapas also comes with sumptuous sauces and dips. These can be anything from simple tomato sauce to vinegar sauce to gravy. Sometimes, it’s the sauce which makes the snack more interesting and worth having a munch on.

As this snack became more popular, more recipes were also developed. But the classic tapas recipes would always be Spanish omelettes. These are omelettes in small-servings, which usually comes with a vinegar dip spiced with onions and pepper.

But tapas has now become more green, as vegetarian recipes are introduced. There is Patatas Bravas, which boasts of spicey fried potato sliced with matching brava sauce. There is also Stuffed Tomato Tapas, which are tomatoes creatively stuffed with delicious fillings. But vegetarians will surely love Green Asparagus with Salmon, which has the good mix of sweetness from fresh asparagus stalks and of saltiness from baked salmons.


How Healthy Are you- Take this Quiz

Nowadays, people are becoming more conscious about their health. From the food they consume to the lifestyle they lead, people are getting more mindful about every infinitesimal detail of things as these may affect their physical well-being. It has become popular that staying in healthy and fit has become sort of a fad. Why not?

After all, this is the kind of trend everybody must get into. And would you allow yourself get left behind this trend? Jump into this “healthy” bandwagon by first trying this interesting quiz on how healthy you really are. Here are ten statements that will test the stat of your physical well-being.

    1. I easily catch cold and flu. My daily activities are curtailed by these illnesses.

    2. I don’t take in medicines on a regular basis I only medicate when I feel sick.

    3. I always have a hard time getting myself into sleep. Sometimes, I find myself wide awake in the evening and only get to dose off when its morning.

    4. I frequently feel tired and exhausted. Every time I do some strenuous activity, I easily get worn-out.

    5. I eat a lot of junk food. I love food oozing with cholesterol, fats and oil.

    6. I also smoke. This lets me relieve the stress I encounter every day at work.

    7. Yes, I always get myself in stressful situations- at work, at school, in the home, even in the public transportation where I get into every day!

    8. Because of these stressful situations, I easily get irritated and hot-tempered. Sometimes, even simple things irate me!

    9. My line of work makes me deal with a lot of people. Healthy and unhealthy, these people I getin contact to everyday I shake hands with, among other bodily contacts.

    10. Because of the stress, I receive from work, I arrive at home extremely tired. Hence, to relax myself, I watch television while munching on pizzas and other fast foods. Outdoor activities? I’d rather stay at home during weekends watching my favorite TV show.

If you find yourself agreeing to most, if not all, of the statements above, here’s the bad news: you are unhealthy. You also notice that most of these statements are interconnected and interrelated, which means that everything you do affect your healthy and over-all well-being- physical, mental, emotional. Consider taking in regular medications (such as vitamins and food supplements), get rid of those nasty foods rich in cholesterol and fats, quit smoking, and try some outdoor activities. Try these and experience the goodness of leading a healthy life!


Yoga for a Better You

More people are getting into the practice of yoga after discovering the countless benefits of it. Yoga is said to unite the mind, the body and the spirit. The basic principles of yoga tell that relaxing the body both physically and mentally, positive outcomes may be observed in the body. People who have turned to yoga say that they feel fitter, happier, more energetic, and peaceful.

Indeed, yoga brings positive changes in the body in the total package. It does only contribute to the improvement of our physical well-being, but also to other mental and psychological well-being. Yoga is said to help our body achieve homeostasis (or the state of balance), regulate blood flow, improve the functioning of the heart, lungs, muscles, and other internal organs, and many other physiological manifestations. On the other hand, yoga also improves our mental condition, as it improves our mood, attention span, memory and concentration. It decreases the occurrence of depression and anxiety; and develops our interpersonal and social skills.

With the plethora of benefits obtained from practicing yoga, there’s no reason you should not engage into it if you can do so. Yoga is a fun way to getting physically and mentally fit. So, if you are encouraged to get on the trend of yoga, read on to know some of the basic positions first-time yoga practitioners should take note of.

1. Kundalini Yoga Butterfly Pose. This is the most basic position in yoga. This is done by sitting on your buttocks, with your feet folded in front of you. Your knees should be opposite to each other, such that the soles of your feet touch each other in front of you. This position is called butterfly pose because your folded feet look like the wings of a butterfly. Remain still on the position for 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Yoga Baby Pose. This is also an easy yoga posture beginners can easily follow. Just kneel down the floor, then slowly lower your upper body until your forehead touches the floor (or if you can’t, just try to lower your body as low as possible). Put your hands on both sides and stretch them perpendicular to your folded feet.

3. Yoga Rock N’ Roll. This pose should be done in a mat or any smooth surface so as not to strain your back. To do this, lie of back, and slowly lift and curl of feet above yours, clasping them with your hands. Remain in the position for 2 to 3 minutes.


Treat Chronic Pain the Natural Way

Due to our course of work in school, at the office, or even at home, we always feel beaten up and in pain at the end of the day. The pain we feel in different parts of our body- in the neck, back, head, and joints- are so distracting they sometimes curtail our daily activities.

Chronic pain is the kind of pain that sustains for a duration of time. This is characterized by muscle strain, and aching sensation in body parts such as the neck, back, head and the knees.

What is worse is the pain does not only render us physical pain, but also emotional and even financial! The prices of medications for chronic pain are too high they cause a smack out of our funds.

But there are easy and inexpensive ways to soothe the hurt we feel from chronic pain. Here are some of the most common ways to get rid of chronic pain…the natural way!

    1. Exercise. This activity is said to be the safest, easiest and most effective way to soothe the effects of chronic pain. Doing some exercise makes our body release endorphins, which is a body chemical that relieves pain. Endorphins has the same healing effects as opiates like morphine and codeine, only that endorphin is free and safe.

    2. Sleep. When we sleep, our muscles relax and become less tensed. Sleeping also allows the flow of blood in our body smoothly and easily. In other words, sleeping lets our body function the natural and tension-free way. Hence, every strained muscle heals itself naturally and effectively. So, if you are feeling chronic pain, just make sure you get that complete and satisfying sleep.

    3. Music therapy. Who could have thought that music was more than just for our entertainment? Indeed, music can serve as fine as medication for chronic pain. Listening to mellow music while we rest allows our body to relax and get rid of tension, stress, anxiety and depression.


A Hope for Seriously Sick People

Affordable health insurance is not a myth, and even though it doesn’t sound plausible right now to find such plant, hope still remains. On short-term, websites such as affordablehealthinsurance.org diligently work to provide visitors with informative articles and educated advice, so that their chances of finding an affordable plan are maximized. By creating a network of specialists who are willing to share their knowledge and recommend the best agencies and organizations offering healthcare, they keep people in the loop and broaden their horizon.

On the long run, legislative changes such as the controversial Obamacare promise to make affordable healthcare a reality for millions of Americans. The costs of this reform might seem intimidating at the first glance, but on the long run, any investment in healthcare is bound to generate excellent returns. With billions of dollars spent on wars that nobody wants, it would be downright cynical to say that there is not enough money for improving a health care system that badly trails behind its counterparts.

While reading powerful observations about the aforementioned United States federal statute that was recently signed into law, visitors will find some effective ways of reducing the healthcare-related costs. The end goal is to direct them to agencies and programs that offer affordable health insurance, and to empower them to step back into the line. Contrary to popular belief, it is not greed but the sheer lack of resources that pushes so many Americans to take the huge risks of being uninsured.