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Beat the Heat ~ Don’t let it beat You !

Beat the Heat to Enjoy Summer !

Beat the Heat to Enjoy Summer !

Hi Folks,

Some quick tips to help you handle the summer heat.

Welcome your ideas too !

Different season bring with them different forms of enjoyment as well as health problems. In winters we can enjoy the warmth of bon fires but cold and flu may dampen our spirits some times. Similarly summer season has its own share of fun activities and health concerns.

Hydration is very important during the summer. Perhaps everyone has experienced a time when no matter how much water you drink, there seems to be no way to quench your thirst. You must have also felt a time when the humidity and the heat seems to penetrate right through your body and stays right there. When things like these happen again this summer, gulping down some soothing herb can help you get through the heat, with flying colors!

Herbs in the form of teas or other beverages can cool down your body naturally. Some of the most widely-used herbs include raspberry leaves, lemon balm, catnip, mint leaves, rose petals, chamomile, alfalfa, thyme, strawberry leaves and rose hips. Kitchen herbs such as rosemary, fennel and marjoram are also effective summer soothers. You can even make your own herbal tea blends to contain a combination of these refreshing and flavorful herbs. In fact, you can make your own mineral rich and zesty herbal drinks from almost any edible herb.

Herbal beverages are quite simple to do. It can be as easy as adding just a few mint leaves when brewing your next cup of green tea. Or it can be as sophisticated as floating one bright blue borage flower petal over a glass of white wine. There are a variety of recipes and choices that you can choose from. The simplest refreshing herbal drink can be made by adding 6 ounces of boiling water into a teaspoon of fresh or dried herb, and allowing it to steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. You can add in honey or sugar afterwards, depending on your preference.

Herbal beverages are definitely more thirst-quenching than water. Herbal tonics and beverages not only quench your deep down thirst and help you avoid dehydration, but they naturally cool down your body from within. If you want something to go with your refreshing drink, you can pair it with salad greens topped with the zestiest seasoning and fresh herbs. These are definitely healthy and effortless ways to cool down your body naturally and to enjoy the weather.

Here are some herbs which can help you get through the summer with lots of enjoyment by keeping summer related health problems away.

1. Lemon Balm: lemon Balm is an excessively helpful herb in healing exhaustion and fatigue caused by heat. It is a member of the mint family. This herb has an appealing smell and tastes like lemons. Lot of herbalist recommend lemon balm to people who have to stay long hours in the sun to cure fatigue caused due to heat. It has a cooling effect on the body and also has anti depression properties. This herb is also helpful in treating cold sores. Lemon balm does not have any known interaction with any medicine hence it can be taken by elders as well as kids alike. Adding some herb concoction in water or lemon balm herbal tea on a hot summer day will keep you fresh and energetic. If you have lemon herb growing in your herbal garden then just chop little leaves or stem and boil it in water to make a fresh lemon balm tea.

2. Lavender: we all are aware that aloe vera is a good plant to treating burns. However, the cooling action of aloe vera may not be enough to treat sunburns. We need something stronger like Lavender. Take a spray bottle fill it with clean water and mix ten to fifteen drops of lavender oil in it. Whenever you go out in the sun spray some lavender water after coming back. Instead of water you can also use lemon balm herbal tea and add lavender oil in it, this will increase the cooling action.

Lavender has many more health benefits. You can use it soothe sore muscles. Mix two or three drops of essential lavender oil in a teaspoon of base oil and massage it on the area with sore muscles. Any tense muscles can be healed by massaging with lavender oil mix.

If you have headache after spending long hours in the sun then massage your head using lavender essential oil on your forehead and your neck. Also sip some cooled lemon balm herbal tea to cool your body.

3. Plantain: plantain is an herbaceous plant (do not confuse it with the banana known as plantain). It has many herbal benefits. You can use this herb to cure burns, bee stings, bug bite, abrasions, cuts, itchy mosquito bite, and abrasions. You can even use it to remove splinters. You can use it raw as well as procure plantain essential oil or tincture to use it in your everyday life. Plantain herb is helpful in drawing out objects or poison from the body, be it a stuck splinter or even insect poison. Take a leaf of this plant and rub it on the affected area, this will help ease the itchiness. You can make a paste of the leaves and place it on the affected area and tie it with a bandage. You can also take leaves of plantain and boil it in water. Make a hot or cold compress by dipping it in the water and place it on the affected area.

Enjoy a Boundryless Happy and Healthy Summer Everyone !

Control it ~ Don’t Lose it !

Control for Health !

Control for Health !

Hey Folks,

Know it’s been a while. Been traveling during summer vacation.

Here’s a great one to help you …especially on getting the Beach Body Ready !

 10 Ways to Conquer Cravings ~ Manage Hunger and Appetite !!

1. Eat a lean protein with every meal. Lean protein foods suppress appetite better than any other macronutrient. A study from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle found that swapping out a small amount of carbs and putting lean protein in its place (increasing from 15% protein to 30% protein) improved weight loss by increasing leptin sensitivity and reducing appetite. By the way, casein protein, which is available as a protein powder supplement, is a slow-released protein. A study at Maastricht University in the Netherlands reported that having casein protein makes you feel fuller.

2. Eat a substantial breakfast and eat small frequent meals throughout the day. Skipping breakfast correlates very highly with late day hunger and even binging. People who eat breakfast are far less likely to experience night eating syndrome, a clinically recognized eating disorder. If you eat something, at least a snack approximately every 3 or 4 hours – (4 to 6 meals, or snacks/mini meals per day), it curbs hunger very effectively for most people, as long as you choose the right foods in the right combinations.

3. Avoid very low fat diets. Don’t cut all the fat out of your diet. Nonfat diets often increase hunger. Physiologically speaking, dietary fats don’t curb hunger as well as lean protein. However, they do slow down gastric emptying and help even out blood sugar levels by providing a mixed meal that is not all carbs. Dietary fat also provides psychological satiety and satisfaction, as it adds flavor and texture to a food or meal.

4. Eat 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories of caloric intake. Fiber is satiating and provides bulk to your meals without large amounts of calories. Think veggies first, fruits second, and high fiber whole grains and legumes and root veggies third. Aim for approximately 25-35 grams a day. A recent study from the University of Kentucky provided a customized recommendation: 14 grams per 1000 calories per day energy expenditure. For a female at 2000 calories, that would be 28 grams fiber per day. For a male at 2700 calories per day, that would be 38 grams of fiber per day.

5. Drink a lot of water or find a non-caloric beverage to drink when you feel hungry.Water isn’t necessarily a strong appetite suppressant, but it does fill up your stomach and satisfy a psychological need to consume something. I know some folks who use sparkling water as they say the carbonation makes them fuller, at least temporarily. If you dislike artificial sweeteners, more and more non-caloric drinks are being made with the natural sweetener stevia and or sugar alcohols which are very low in calories. Given that regular soda and dessert coffees are two of the largest sources of excess calories leading to obesity, a non-caloric drink as a substitution for calorie-containing drinks has value to the fat loss seeker. Tea is also a great choice as is coffee in moderation (sans the cream and sugar).

 

6. Experiment with food substitutions – especially carbs – to see what makes you feel fuller. Some foods make you feel much fuller than others. For example, most people say that oatmeal gets them extremely full, while a boxed cereal like wheat flakes leaves them hungry. There are some generally accepted guidelines here (refined sugars and processed carbs being major culprits), but ultimately, it’s an individual thing. You need to experiment. A journal will help. Eat a food or meal, and then take note of hunger and how you feel immediately afterwards and for the three hour period afterwards. This type of food/hunger journal will reveal a LOT to you.

 

7. Use calorie/carb cycling or refeed days and allow yourself free meals. It’s a lot easier to stick to a program if you have planned free meals and refeeds. Lets suppose that nothing else helps; you are always hungry with the calories reduced. Well, who says you always have to stay in a calorie deficit 100% of the time? It’s actually a built-in feature of the Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle program to give yourself free meals that will satisfy your cravings and to give yourself refeed days where you eat more. Even if you do feel hungry, you can tolerate it because you know a higher calorie day is on the way. If you get a craving for a specific food, you can hold out because you know you’re allowed to eat it… just not quite yet. It’s a real psychological relief knowing you won’t be on low calories forever and that no food is totally ‘forbidden’

8. Training. Contrary to the nonsense that some anti-exercise pundits keep spewing out, the majority of research says exercise does not increase appetite and may even decrease it. What many people also don’t realize is that exercise helps psychologically to improve compliance to a diet. When you exercise you tend to eat better to stay consistent with your lifestyle (morning exercise in particular, sets a healthy tone for the day). There are some exceptions though. For example, cold water swimming is known to increase hunger. And some people are simply compensators who eat more after any kind of exercise because they feel like they earned the extra food if they worked out, but they end up putting back all or more of the calories they burned. Their bad. Not a reason to avoid training.

9. SLEEP! Get your zzzzz’s. Research from the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin has conclusively proven that sleep deprivation increases hunger hormones and leads to more inadvertent snacking during the day. DON’T IGNORE! This is a bigger culprit than you might think.

10. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Research has consistently found that alcohol can distort your body’s perception of hunger, satiety and fullness. If drinking stimulates additional eating, or adds additional calories that aren’t compensated for, and that leads to positive energy balance, then you get fat. Men should be on guard more than women. The correlation between drinking alcohol and body fat gain is stronger in men in almost all of the studies. It seems that women might be better at compensating for alcohol calories than men. In other words, men tend to drink and eat, while women tend to drink instead of eating.

Best to You in Boundryless Health and Happiness !

Plan ~ Control, ~ Enjoy !!

Plan ~ Control, ~ Enjoy !!

Being Alive !!

Feel ~ BE ~ Alive !

Feel ~ BE ~ Alive !

Hey Everyone,

Today, after doing my morning  Energy Boost of outdoor Jivamukti yoga, Afternoon Energy Plus of some body weight workout while hiking, then evening Recharger  of walking followed by meditation activities was enjoying reflecting on how much attitude, especially feeling, has when doing them (exercises).

It was amazing today, how though a busy day of remodeling at home, at more energy than usual.

The key….

The secret….

Is something you already have inside you….

Being Alive ~ Feeling it and Enjoying It !!

Best to all of You !!