Juicing With Your Exercise And How To Derive The Maximum Benefits

There are quite a few brave souls that are trying out what is known as a juicing de-tox diet. What does that mean to you and me? Well, for one thing, the detoxification process entails a natural cleansing process. The daily exercise of taking in only freshly prepared home juice as part of your only natural diet for the next week or two can be a stringent one for those who have become accustomed to overeating, even on their good days.

To be quite honest with you, I’m more in favor of using juicing with your exercise. Instead of drinking sodas or even sports drinks to quench your thirst before, during and after exercising, you can replenish and strengthen yourself with freshly squeezed natural juice. This, to my mind, is a lot better than starving your body and mind of what it needs and what it desires. If you are one of those that need to lose weight yesterday, your body most certainly needs its exercise, never mind detox diets and fad crash diets that don’t really work on its own.

The reasons for not using sodas to replenish your thirst during and after exercise should be quite obvious by now. If you’re drinking from a can, that can already has at least eight teaspoons of white, processed sugar in it. This is not conducive to losing weight successfully and reducing your bad cholesterol levels. But sports drinks? Now that’s quite interesting. At least what I’ve come to learn about sports drinks so far.

While weighing up on what to write about on health and fitness for women, I also had to do a bit of reading to give some of my drafts some gravitas. And what I dug up was quite startling. Sports drinks may just only be safe to use by professional sportsmen and women or the most physically active among women. The less sedate exercisers, like you perhaps, should give sports drinks a complete miss. Because, guess what, just one single 500 ml bottle contains even more processed sugar than that bad old can of soda.

Nutritionists have also come out with guns blazing by recommending that parents don’t purchase sports drinks for their children. Supermarket juices are now a known health hazard as well. First of all, most supermarket juice products are packaged in plastic. This is not good for the environment and there are chemicals within the packaging materials. The cheaper store juices are also watered down, robbing the consumer of most, if not, all, of the health and nutrition benefits.

It’s safer to go juicing instead. Take time out to research your own recipes and then gleefully go off and do a bit of shopping for fresh, natural ingredients. Go organic with these, if you can. And whether you’re going to be enjoying your juice before, during and after your exercise, just remember that your tasty juice doesn’t only have to be all fruit. I often mix my concentrations with some of my favorite vegetables.

If I’m not using favorites, I’m using vegetables that complement the selected fruits nicely. For instance, a few sticks of celery, a sprig of parsley and freshly juiced tomatoes go quite nicely with apples. But in saying this, it’s also a matter of taste. Health benefits far outweigh those trivial matters of taste. Wouldn’t you rather be healthy and happy? I know I would. Finally, this is exciting, exercise.

Take a small juice bottle along with you on your run or to the gym. A vegetable-based juice for the gym is also loaded with protein and will give you plenty of energy during the course of your workout.


Health And Fitness For Women, As Told By A Woman

This is my personal and juicy take on what it means to become healthy and fit once more. I say once more because I have only just turned the corner from being overly unhealthy and unhappy for at least the second time in my short life. That being said, I am now highly determined to live a long and healthy and happy life without any let up. This, to my mind, can only be successfully accomplished once you all have the right amount of determination to succeed. Ladies, health and fitness for women, as seen in glossy magazines online or in print, are not to be overrated or ignored.

Imagine my personal, private surprise when I was commissioned once more to write on health and fitness from the personal female point of view. Also, the commissioning editor requested that I insert a take on yet another dieting phenomenon that is slowly but surely taking the rest of the sedentary world by storm. It’s simply called juicing. Juicing entails working with freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice only.

Smoothies is a drink I favor because it is a wonderful complimentary addition to both juicing and your daily exercise and health and lifestyle habits. So, it’s like this. Instead of having to sip on green tea, or just an ice cold orange juice, you get more variety in terms of liquefied nutrients and antioxidants as well as protein sources from the smoothie drink. I think it is fair to say that there is more possibility for variety with flavors.

But more important to me is the matter of protein in the diet of physically active women, particularly those who are approaching middle age or are already in those critical stages of their lives, and older. It’s like growing girls and boys. And it’s like men are really just getting away with murder, yet again. Girls and boys need their daily intake of vitamins, minerals and proteins, as well as all the other essential nutrients, to ensure that they grow up healthily with good bone structures, muscle balances and blood cholesterol levels.

One essential ingredient that children will always be craving for is calcium. What child does not enjoy a good glass of milk? And what a pity that more women, young or old, do not take advantage of this healthy dairy drink. Instead of at least a pint of milk a week, many of us, including the physically active ones, prefer a cup of tea or coffee or even an ice cold soda. Soda drinks are a bit of a controversial topic now, isn’t it.

It seems as though we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about nutritional needs instead of giving a truly new balance to health and fitness issues facing women today. I’m not about to lose the thread of that initiative. So, here is what you can look forward to in the next couple of articles. If I’m not mistaken, we’ll still be chatting about nutrition in the next article. This time, we’ll be remarking on the juicing craze and how easy it is for you to step into the vitamin C and D sunlight.

Then there’s two exercise themes close to my heart. Let’s go for a walk in the park while we have a heart to heart about running and skipping. No jokes, but no chokes either, because skipping offers you one of the best cardiovascular workouts possible. And those who love a bit more fun with their freedom can look forward to a bit of trampolining which carries equally effective cardiovascular effects, only this time it’s a lot easier on those shoulders and calf muscles.


Health, Fitness, Dieting Principles Of The Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one of my favorite superheroes. I like Cat Woman too. I had to wonder in awe just how fantastic Wonder Woman looked while Batman and Superman were dueling it out as if Metropolis and Gotham City depended on the outcomes. Well, as it turned out, it did. But Wonder Woman? What did she do, and how did she handle it all? To me, she seemed to take everything in her stride. She didn’t need to be able to fly.

She didn’t need gadgets and gizmos to get things done. All she needed to do was rely on her own fine health, fitness, dieting principles to outwit and outclass. You see, her healthy body, and very fine looking figure, one might add, empowered her to have a healthy mind as well. Now, as things stand, health, fitness and dieting all go together. All-round good health depends a lot on your fitness levels and your daily diet.

Superwomen, or soon to be superwomen, or even present day supermoms, let’s start with the daily diet. It seems a true case of stating the obvious. Of course your daily diet, from Monday to Sunday, must be healthy. But part of the health incentive means ensuring that your diet is varied and wholesome. Yes, it must include certain ingredients that are vital to your unique health condition. For instance, your body might need a bit more calcium than most other average women.

So you’ll be drinking more milk, or ingesting the calcium equivalents if you happen to be strictly vegan. If you’re already super-powered (I almost said like me, but I’m not) then your body probably needs more protein than the less sedentary among women. Your highly active body needs its regular and daily quota of protein which generally comes in the form of organic meat and fish. Poultry (but it must be organic) should be added to the mix as well.

On the go while you’re exercising, you can most certainly do a little bit of juicing with your exercise. It takes a bit of time to get going in the beginning and it may take some getting used to (but not for long). But I can tell you that making your own juice is a lot more fun than feeling bloated over sodas, supermarket bought sugar-inclusive and plastic bottled juices. And while you’re juicing, don’t forget that there is no substitute for natural replenishment to your regular glasses of water throughout the day.

I just stepped away from my workstation for a moment. I was thirsty. And guess what I had to drink? Water. That’s all; just plain and naturally fresh tap water. Of course, you may prefer to filter your water if your area’s pipelines are not sanitary. I’ll be having my favorite tomato and celery juice a little later. But first I must just finish this article for you. Then I’m off to the shops to purchase my healthy supplies, I’ve got my list ready, all done and dusted.

I suppose me being thirst and hungry in this last hour led to me focusing a little more on nutrition than exercise during my own personal crusade on health and fitness for women. But then again, the emphasis on these articles I have written for you is on nutrition. Without good nutrition, how can you be expected to be effective in your endeavors on the road, in the gym or even on the dance floor? Yes, why not. Why not dance as well over weekends.

Or you could enroll in dance classes. These days, most dance genres are catered for. Would you believe there’s even a new dance crave for women called pole dancing. Now, I don’t want to talk about where it originated from, but I did read that this form of dance-inspired exercise is particularly stringent and effective for women. The point I’m also making is to pick and choose your own exercise. You should be able to enjoy yourself with physical forms of body art that interests you the most.

But the basic fitness principles must never be forgotten. Wonder Woman may be doing two workouts of weights on some days but that doesn’t mean you need to. In fact, you’ll want to take care of your body toning as well, getting to look really fabulous while at the same time feeling good about yourself now that you’re glowingly healthy and fit. Light weights for no more than twenty minutes per session, and no more than twice a week is sufficient.

On those other two or three days, you will be doing something different. A run or something a little spicier that’s piquing your passions right now. And then there’s that long, lovely walk over the weekends. Finally, in all the hours that you’re not sweating and exercising, do make sure that you are keeping yourself as physically active as possible. By this I mean that you’ll be doing a lot more things around the house instead of relying on inefficient ciphers to do it for you.


What To Do About Bullying

Stories of the school bully extorting lunch money from the kids who were smaller and more timid are common. Parents are also aware of the “mean girls” who start rumors for fun just to make other girls cry. What is a parent to do if their child is the victim? What if you discover your child is the bully? According to experts, these are things parents need to be aware of and here are some tips on how to handle these situations.

Bullying in school is common and widespread. If your child is a victim, reassure them that they are not alone. Let them know that you understand their pain or fear is very real and there are lots of tools available to make the situation better.

What Did You Say?

English is not my husband’s first language, although it is mine. He speaks English fluently, however, sometimes I say something that he just doesn’t understand and when he asks me to explain it, I am often at a loss as to how to do this. Idioms are cultural expressions that, to me, it just seems obvious as to what it means. Over the years I have noted some of these sayings as well as recorded expressions from other cultures that I have encountered when traveling or conversing with people from another country.

Upgrade Me, Please

This fall my husband and I plan to do some traveling. We don’t have loads of money to book first class accommodations throughout the trip. There are, however, some secrets on how to manage to receive upgrades and get the star treatment.

How can such a thing happen before you even arrive? How can an upgrade at the time of booking happen? How can you score a free room-service breakfast throughout your stay? How can you receive the privilege of late checkout with no extra charge? And a complimentary spa package you say? Yes! It’s possible!

What Are Hugs Made Of?

Some time after my mother had been widowed after fifty years of marriage, we talked about some of the things she missed about having her partner. She told me she missed being touched by another human being every day. She missed holding hands and hugs. Although I made it my personal mission after that conversation to give her as much contact as possible, I know I can never make up for the loss of my father. But it made me question just what kind of psychological and emotional stuff are hugs made of?

The Water Wars

In our household there has been the great debate, or Water Wars, depending on who you ask, about what is better to drink: tap water, bottled spring water, bottled purified water, or distilled water. What’s the difference between them all? Do those differences really matter to the average drinker?

Simple gal that I am, as well as cheap, I’m all for tap water. I believe our local municipality is doing its job to provide clean water for consumption as well as to be used in personal hygiene and cleaning. I tell everyone that if they are so paranoid about the city being involved in some kind of conspiracy to turn us into social zombies through our water supply we can always invest in one of those purifiers that attaches to the sink or sits in a water pitcher.