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Health Benefits of QUAIL EGGS

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Have you heard about the benefits of quail eggs? Just three little eggs a day will do wonders to your health!

My coworker keeps quails at home. He told me he drinks three raw quail eggs a day to stay healthy. The first thing I did after I heard that, was googled it J It appeared that those little bitty eggs can do wonders. Here is what I found in one of the articles (you can read the whole article by clicking on the link):  http://www.ennyrehoboth.com/wonders-of-quail-eggs/

     HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUAIL EGGS

  • Remedy against digestive tract disorders such as gastritis, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer,
  • can help cure aneamia increasing haemoglobin level and remove toxins and heavy metals from the blood,
  • treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, diabetes and vegetative vascular dystonia,
  • strong anti-cancer effects and helps inhibit cancerous growth,
  • help eliminate and remove stones from liver, kidneys and gall bladder,
  • accelerates recuperation after blood stroke and help strengthen heart muscle,
  • powerful stimulant of sexual potency, they nourish the prostrate gland with useful substances and therefore help restore sexual potency in men,
  • promote good memory, enhance brain activity and regulate the nervous system,
  • strengthen the immune system,
  • slow down again of organs and increase life span,
  • improve skin colour and strengthen hair making it shiny and voluminous, thus it is used for facial and hair care masks.

Quail eggs do not have bad cholesterol. They are also safe from salmonellosis and resistant to different infections. The best way to eat quail eggs is to have it raw on an empty stomach in the morning before you eat anything else.

As for me, first I was afraid I wouldn’t stomach the taste, but with the right technique to eat them, I don’t even notice how they get in to my stomach. From now on, I am having three raw eggs every morning!

NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR 1 RAW QUAIL EGG

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Healthy Lifestyle vs. Diet

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healthy-lifestyle-bannerWhat is the difference between a weight loss diet and a healthy life style?

What is my goal?  Is my goal to lose weight so I look good and can go back to eating pizza? Or is my goal to lose weight and stay healthy for a lifetime?

A “weight loss diet” is a selection or limitation on the amount a person eats for losing weight in a period of time. A weight loss diet by its definition is predetermined to fail me. Why? There are so many ridiculous diets out there it’s amazing. Diets like: cabbage soup diet, watermelon diet, grapefruit diet, cookie diet, Subway diet, junk food diet- are dangerous! They do more harm than good. They are based on extreme rapid change of food consumption, without giving the body all the nutrients it needs. There are certain minerals, vitamins and nutrients that my body needs per day. If I don’t consume enough of the “good stuff”, the body goes in to starvation/survival mode; thinking “if I am not getting this stuff, let me store everything as fat and eat on your muscle”. So before starting this “amazing, miraculous” diet which guarantees that while eating my favorite cookies and pizza, I will lose 40lb in two weeks, I ask myself, what do I really want?

Why do diets work only for a short period of time?

– my mind is set to only do it for a short period of time;

– the goal is to lose weight in a certain period of time and after that go back to old eating habits;

– lack of knowledge about what’s healthy and what’s not.

Let’s look at healthy lifestyle. “Lifestyle” is – the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral, standards etc., which together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group. It all starts with understanding my body and treating it as a temple (heard this from a friend of mine). Would I throw junk in my temple? Of course not! Healthy lifestyle is for life! It’s all about what I eat, rather than what I don’t. It’s all about what I think of the food I eat and what it gives me. Would I like to run a marathon when I am 68 y.o.? Would I like to be glowing with energy and health when I am 90 y.o? Would I like to play basketball with my great-great-grandchildren? Of course i would, but no diet will get me there!

Why healthy lifestyle works for life?

–         I have a complete understanding of health, food and nutrition;

–         I am committed to having a great life;

–         I love and respect myself as a human being.

I have tried many diets and non of them worked for me for a long time, exactly because i was expecting a miracle and thinking “wow, while i eat all this delicious junk food, i will be losing weight” or “well, i will only have to suffer for a week and then can go back to eating what i want”. It never worked, never does and never will. Diets don’t work long-term. Only after i learned about foods, nutrients, exercise and my body, i was able to lose weight and maintain it till this day. I feel great, look awesome and stay happy!

Set your mind for a HEALTHY LIFE and you will have it!

FitAli

The importance of a good posture

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                                      Have you seen them?

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I’m sure you have, they are everywhere! New species discovered “homo slackass-erectus”. I personally think it’s not cool. It’s not sexy and not appealing. Bad posture means bad health. In 1920s it was popular to smoke and drink alcohol, and if you weren’t in to it, you were not cool. But somewhere in 1980s it has changed to “healthy is cool” and “cool is healthy”.

Now back to posture. Good posture is extremely important for muscle balance, flexibility and physical performance. Here are a few methods to perform a posture test:

–         One method is to stand straight with your back to the wall, your head, upper back, buttocks, backs of the calves and heels should touch the wall. If standing in that position is comfortable, then there are no deviations.

–         Another test, is to stand against something vertical, like a closed door, and to check if your shoulders and hips are aligned. If you have a good posture, you should be symmetrical.

Here are some exercises for your back to keep a good posture:

  1. “Wall exercise”. Just like we did the test, stand with your back to the wall, try to touch the wall with your buttocks, upper back, back of the head and try to form the letter “W” with your arms. Stand like this for 5-10 min every day. This exercise can also be used to track your progress.
  2. “Spiderman with weights”. Lying on your stomach perform straight arm lifts or rowing motion. This exercise builds up back muscles.
  3. Sit on your heels, lock your hands behind your back, try to lift your head and shoulders.
  4. Sit cross-legged with your back against a wall.

Good posture not only has a physiological but also a psychological effect on people. Straight posture creates an aura of confidence, strength and authority.

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How sleep helps us lose weight

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Many years ago we used to think that an adult needs 8-9 hours of sleep a day to get enough rest and function properly. But let’s be realistic…Who sleeps 9 hours a day now? In the recent years this number went down to 6-7 hours. When I asked a few of my friends how many hours of sleep they need to feel rested in the morning, the answers varied from 6 to 9 hours. Those who said they need 6 hours didn’t say it because they don’t have time to get more sleep, they simply don’t need more time. And those who said 9 hours, also didn’t say it just because they like to sleep, it’s because their bodies really need 9 hours to rest.

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It depends on the age group and each person individually. Some people need a longer time to recharge. Sleep is essential to life. Sleep is the time when our bodies relax, get rest, accumulate and re-energize. It’s also important to not oversleep.

What happens when we don’t get enough sleep?

The side effects of sleep deprivation go unnoticed most of the time. Such conditions as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and headaches could develop over a long period of time. Oversleeping may cause the same diseases!

How sleep helps us lose weight?

– It helps to eat less. Our hormone levels are regulated when we sleep. In particular there are two hormones that are responsible for our appetite. So get enough sleep and you may need to eat less.

– Sleep gives you energy. Our bodies re-energize while we sleep. So we have enough energy to go through the day and have a good workout.

– Sleep generates good mood. Don’t you just love this feeling when you wake up fully rested and the whole world seems to smile at you! When we are happy, the stress levels go down and we are less likely to overeat.

I learned about myself that I need about 8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. I may not want to get up when I hear my alarm clock in the morning, but when I do get up- I feel awesome!

P.S. It’s my beautiful kitty on the picture 🙂