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Harmony: The Unspoken Element Of Weight Loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 25/2005 - 08:49 PM
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I don’t know about you, but there are very few things I find more relaxing and enjoyable than listening to good music -- particularly when it’s accompanied by great vocal harmony.

Maybe it’s because I’m a musician who grew up during the 1960s, a heyday for folk music. The sound of beautiful voices dancing together in time always makes me stop and listen. What does this have to do with weight loss and healthy living? Well, turn up the volume and keep listening.

I was sitting at my desk and starting to get my thoughts together regarding a topic for this article....

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Women keeping young and staying fit

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 25/2005 - 08:41 PM
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The classes are for women of any age, but she wants to particularly target women fifty and over to get them active, and stressed that these exercise and will not put any stress on anyone’s bodies.

The oldest member of the group is eighty-four year old Clarice Myrie, who has benefited a lot from the classes, said Ms Brown. The group also discuss general health, including nutrition, with the aim of encouraging women to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“I’d love to see people get active. People think you have to have expensive equipment, but with this programme, we just use mats.

It’s....

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Overcome obstacles to weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/June 15/2005 - 01:57 AM
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The fix: Retrain your appetite. Many people think if they have even a little room for more food, they're still hungry. Stop eating when you'd like five more bites.

Eat more frequently. Beat deprivation by having six mini meals a day. This stabilizes blood-sugar levels, which keeps you satisfied and prevents bingeing.

"I hate it when people ask me how my diet is going." Experts believe that letting people in on your diet plans is a good move. If you keep the info to yourself, you're practically planning to fail. Yet the downside is that the "How's it going?" question makes you....

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Is the Key to Weight Loss in Your Genes?

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/May 10/2005 - 06:14 PM
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Could something called the DNA diet help you in your quest to lose weight?

Nutritionist Carolyn Katzin created the personalized eating plan based on your genetics.

"You may look at somebody who 's very skinny and they eat an enormous amount of food," she says. "You look at someone else, and they have this big fat round body ... and they eat a tiny amount of food ... so this diet is really helping them understand what is happening to them."

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Health news: Getting enough sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Monday/May 09/2005 - 02:39 AM
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What is the right amount? Try eight ahours of sleep to keep yourself out of sleep debt and problems The value of exercise and good eating habits have long been recognized in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

However, it is also important to balance your exercise regiment with the proper amount of rest. Leading experts in the field now believe that the proper amount of rest may actually add years to the life span. Diet, proper sleep and exercise, coupled with rest and relaxation, are all important factors in preserving the....

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Nutrition for Women

Posted by: smilie on Monday/April 25/2005 - 10:36 PM
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Women, Take Charge of your Health Are you grabbing fast food for lunch or, even worse, skipping it entirely? As you probably know, these patterns don’t help when it comes to your weight loss plan. But a busy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean an unhealthy diet. Here are some tips to help:

· Eat Many Mini Meals

Research shows that women who keep their weight steady are usually those who eat at least four times a day and don’t skip meals. This keeps your hunger to a minimum and is a great way to get more nutrients. ....

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L2W Week 15: Healthy lifestyle can still be maintained

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/April 21/2005 - 12:01 AM
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You made it. The last week of Lose to Win has arrived, and we're gearing up for the final celebration during the American Heart Walk this weekend.

But have you asked yourself, "Then what?"

You have to find what works for you and stick with it. Our experts offer a few last tips.

* Mental health: Think of yourself achieving a healthy lifestyle, NOT going on a "diet."

"You have the ability to set goals, plan your healthy lifestyle and to follow through on those plans," said Dr. Beverly Matthews, clinical director of the Psychology Office at Kenwood Medical Center. "To do so, you....

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Keep eye on the calcium-weight loss connection

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/April 06/2005 - 08:56 PM
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What comes to mind when you think of drinking milk? Most of the news about milk and calcium in the past several years has focused on how it keeps our bodies strong and healthy. Calcium, from a variety of sources, is important for building strong bones and teeth, maintaining optimal bone health throughout our lives, and combating osteoporosis or weak, brittle bones. Milk, yogurt and cheese are packed with calcium as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals to keep the rest of our body healthy too.

But a new health benefit has recently hit the press: dairy foods and the calcium....

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Getting in the spirit of a healthy lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Monday/April 04/2005 - 11:43 PM
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"You can't just say, 'Get up and move,' " Ms. Joyner says. "It's not going to stick. We have to reach their minds first. You have to reach their spirit. And when you have faith, you believe, and then you start to do something."

That's the idea behind the Pantene Total You tour, which rolls into Fair Park's Automobile Building on Saturday. Ms. Joyner, whose latest fitness video is Sweating in the Spirit, hosts the event. Tickets are $20 and $30.

The day includes entertainment and makeovers, free samples and a mass workout. Guests include gospel artist Yolanda Adams, hip-hop performer MC....

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Starting healthy with breakfast

Posted by: smilie on Monday/March 28/2005 - 10:31 PM
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Longganisa and sunny-side up for breakfast. Sitting down on your butt all day and the stress of traffic for the evening. Our lifestyle is killing us. Skipping meals, crash diets and nonsensical protein-only fads only make things worse. We spend our youth accumulating a fortune and we spend a fortune regaining our youth. Bombarded as we are with consumerism, we want what we don’t have more than ever before.

We need a lifestyle that makes sense. And it all starts with breakfast.

A balanced meal

“Skipping meals leaves you hungry by 10 a.m. The next time you eat the hunger will make you....

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A guide to living not so large

Posted by: smilie on Monday/March 21/2005 - 12:17 AM
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Some secrets include chocolate, leek soup and champagne

When French native Mireille Guiliano decided to spill her secrets, she had no idea they'd land her on Oprah and the New York Times best-seller list.

She didn't write a Hollywood exposé, propose a get-rich-quick scheme or implicate athletes in a steroid scandal.

To her, it was just common sense.

But French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure (Knopf, $22) has exceeded her wildest expectations, she said during a book tour that brought her to Houston last week.

The book has been published in 22 countries. Promoting it in the United States alone....

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Makeovers help ease the effects of chemo

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/March 19/2005 - 09:39 PM
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When Kim Bourdages of DeKalb was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she was concerned about losing her hair during chemotherapy, so she went to Patty Pumfrey at Unique Concepts Salon for help in choosing a wig.

That's when Pumfrey told Bourdages about a program to help women with cancer deal with the visible effects of the disease.

"At first, I was like a dog going to the vet," Bourdages recalled with a laugh. She was skeptical, but reluctantly agreed to attend a session of "Look Good ... Feel Better," a national program sponsored in part by the American Cancer Society.

"I called....

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Yoga: Which Type Is Right for You?

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/February 26/2005 - 02:27 AM
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This article tells you about different types of yoga and their various diffulity levels. It suggests that you find the style tthat best fits you. It also recommends yoga for increased flexibility, stress reduction, relaxation and strength building. Check out the article if you are interested in practicing yoga and want to find the style of yoga that fits you best.

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Control cholesterol for heart health

Posted by: smilie on Monday/February 21/2005 - 05:54 PM
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Almost 150,000 of all people killed by cardiovascular disease annually are younger than age 65.

At least 12,600,000 people alive today have a history of heart attack, angina pectoris (chest pain) or both. More than half of these are female.

Cardiovascular disease is caused by arteriosclerosis — the thickening or hardening of the coronary arteries. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, it can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Many risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke can be changed and controlled by making healthier lifestyle choices. One factor that can be controlled or changed all together is....

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Pilates: Mind and Body

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/February 19/2005 - 07:18 PM
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Enthusiasts swear by this method of exercise that incorporates into its 500 well-defined, controlled movements a philosophy of focus and concentration derived from yoga and Zen meditation

What Is Pilates?

Pilates is one of the most popular forms of exercise today -- nearly 500 studios nationwide teach it. Compared with step aerobics, cardiokickboxing, or indoor cycling, Pilates relies less on "going for the burn" and more on gradual, methodical placement and movement. Instruction is provided by a trained teacher on a one-to-one basis or in very small groups. Because of the small student-teacher ratio, you can begin Pilates exercises at your own....

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Dillon: Self-discipline, exercise core of weight-loss plan

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/February 08/2005 - 03:32 PM
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Darren Dillon

Age: 41

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 302

Body mass index: 44

Target weight: 220

I've made a promise to myself to get this weight off. I need to lose roughly 100 pounds.

So far, I've lost nine pounds in a little over two weeks. I want and need this for my health. People say they're going to lose weight for different reasons — for someone else, a class reunion. I'm doing this for me. I want to live past 50-years-old; I just turned 41. I'm tired of being exhausted and short of breath. Since I've starting working out, I feel better already.

Lifestyle change ....

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Couple promotes healthy lifestyles

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/February 03/2005 - 03:38 PM
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It’s one month after New Year’s and it’s probably safe to say most people’s resolutions—whether to stop smoking, exercise more, or lose weight—already have gone by the wayside.

While willpower and determination play a large role in keeping those resolutions, being armed with the right knowledge and having a good support system is just as important.

That’s something Cliff and Roxanne Marsh are hoping to provide.

The Marshes are hosting free “StepFast” seminars at the Joy of Life Fellowship Church here every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. until March 5.

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High Amounts Of Vitamin B Help Younger Women

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/February 03/2005 - 01:34 AM
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A new study shows young women who take large amounts of vitamin B can reduce hypertension.

An eight year study of 150,000 women found those who get large amounts of the vitamin folate have a significantly lower risk of developing high blood pressure.

Results were most dramatic among women ages 27 to 44. Folate, a B vitamin, is found in oranges, dark green leafy vegetables and beans and legumes.

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Rev Up Low-Energy DaysRev Up Low-Energy Days

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/February 01/2005 - 04:34 PM
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Six moves in 6 minutes for more get-up-and-go.

When you're trying to cram 27 hours' worth of work, play, and chores into 24, you have no time to feel tired. Although any type of exercise can give you a boost, these explosive power moves will give you the biggest payoff. The reason: Speed and jumping exercises train muscles to recover quickly so you'll feel less fatigued when you're on the go, says Joe Signorile, PhD, an exercise physiologist at the University of Miami who helped create this workout.

High-intensity moves also nudge up your calorie burn both during and after the workout,....

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No magic pill for living longer

Posted by: smilie on Monday/January 24/2005 - 12:21 AM
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Daily exercise, nutritious foods top experts' lists

By Craig Stoltz and January W. Payne

Washington Post

In addressing the topic of aging well, we wanted to do a story not on the illnesses associated with aging, but with how to prevent those illnesses: heart disease, dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis and any number of cancers. We braced for a story exploring the leading edge of genomics, customized pharmaceuticals, advanced multidimensional imaging and, we figured, something or other about nanotechnology.

Alas, we were disappointed or disabused. A majority of the most conclusive research studies we found on prevention of age-related disease kept pointing....

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