Archive for the ‘Alternatives’ Category

Tanning System

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Some people want to have a great tan. They have different reasons to have a great tan and one would be to show off the new color of their skin. Though they get a new tan, they don’t need to stay under the hot sun just to get a great tan. They go to sunless tanning booths in order to get an even tan all over the body without experiencing the hours of being under the hot sun.

Creating Scrapbooks

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Creating scrapbooks is a nice way of passing the time while preserving some memories in a book. Some create digital scrapbooks and design it in a way that it tells some kind of story. The scrapbook may be the story of their baby or a story of their vacation somewhere. A lot of designs are available for scrapbooking. There are also software and sites that will help in digital scrapbooking to make it easier to design your own scrapbook.

Gift’s for Men

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

It’s not so easy to think about what to give to a special person. A woman may have a hard time thinking about what to give to her man. Some even think about cooking for him and making a special meal including a special Gourmet BBQ Sauce. It’s good to look online from time to time about what to give to a special person. There seems to be a lot that can be given but we just don’t realize it. We can sometimes see gadgets or even simple things and realize that those things can make a person happy.

Jewelry Making

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Some people like creating their own jewelry like necklaces and bracelets. They have creative ideas on how their necklace would look like on certain outfits. It has become a hobby for some and they are also able to sell them. Others choose to keep them as a hobby and also as a way to relieve their stress. They have their own jewelry making tools to help them design and create what they want. It gives them joy and fulfillment when they are able to create something that looks good on them and also praised by others.

Diet Programs

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Not every diet pill work for everyone and not all diet programs appeal or work for everyone. When regular exercise is not enough for a person, they try different diet programs until they find the diets that work for them. A diet program may require less meat or less food intake while others would give alternative or replacement food to take. Different programs have been developed for different people. For those who like physical activity, there are programs that may work for them.

A Better Alternative

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Here are some plant food alternatives to animal protein. You can use them to devise a diet that will help you lose weight without compromising bone health.

Almonds. A cup of dry, roasted, unsalted almonds contains about 30 grams of protein and very low amounts of cholesterol and sodium.
Tofu. Tofu is rich in both protein and calcium. From three ounces of tofu, you get about 20 grams of protein and about 170 milligrams of calcium.

Oatmeal. A cup of oatmeal yields around six grams of protein. Oatmeal is also low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, and selenium, and a very good source of manganese.

Spinach. There may be more to Popeye and spinach than a cartoonist’s tale. A cup of boiled and drained spinach has about five grams of protein. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and a good source dietary and other important minerals and vitamins.

Green peas. A cup of boiled green peas contains about nine grams of protein. Green peas provide a number of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, and a very low saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Youthful Hands

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Your face may be baby-soft and creaseless, but your hands will always give your age away. The passing years show on an aging woman’s hands, however well-preserved the rest of her body may be. The wrinkles, enlarged veins, and prominent tendons on her hands tell the story of her years.

To prevent your hands from drying and wrinkling, it is necessary to improve blood circulation and hydrate them. Skin experts advise the following:

  • Wash without soap. Regular use of soap and hand cleansers dries skin easily. Hand sanitizers and alcohol are better alternatives.
  • Moisturize. Apply a moisturizing cream after washing. If your facial moisturizer contains retinoid and alpha hydroxyl acids, it will work as well for your hands. These ingredients will help build collagen and plump up skin for younger-looking hands. Other moisturizing ingredients are shea butter, olive oil, glycerin, and vitamin E. A product with sun protection factor of at least SPF 30 is also recommended.
  • Massage. Aside from stimulating blood circulation, massage speeds up absorption of moisturizers and creams. Massage palms and the back of your hands using upward and downward strokes.

Stop Varicose Veins

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Varicose veins are often inherited. If your mother has them, there’s a good chance you will, too. Here are some tips you can do to keep them in check:

  • Avoid standing still for long periods. If you have no choice, keep your calf muscles, rising up and down on your toes, and squeezing your feet together in your shoes.
  • Avoid wearing knee-high nylons or socks daily. They can block the movement of blood up the leg.
  • Wear support hose. These stockings apply a gentle, graduated pressure to the leg from the foot upward, which help decrease expansion of the vein wall.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes every day.
  • Exercise with care. A well-toned leg muscle will pump out more blood than a weak muscle as you walk or move. When you lift heavy weights, however, make sure you blow out. Increased abdominal pressure can block the flow of the heart, forcing your veins to expand to get around the block.

Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

While some women develop a glow about them when they are pregnant, others are less fortunate. Hormonal changes may make a pregnant woman’s skin drier. Dry skin tends to itch and, in pregnancy, could turn into eczema due to changes in the way the immune system works. To relieve itchy skin during pregnancy:

  • Take a shower instead of a bath and reduce the number of times you bathe.
  • Keep cool as much as possible, as overheating can aggravate the itching.
  • Substitute your soap or shower gel with a soap free cleanser.
  • Wear soft, smooth clothes and avoid woolly fabrics, which can irritate skin.
  • Use a moisturizing lotion, cream, or ointment to protect your skin.
  • Consult your dermatologist if you have a skin problem like eczema to determine which product is safe for expectant moms.

A Different Approach to Getting Fit

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Many weight-loss programs propose changes in the propositions of the three main food groups–proteins, fats and carbohydrates. How effective are these programs? The Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, placed 811 overweight adults on four different diets over a two-year period. The diets contained varying percentage of fat, protein, and carbohydrate.

After six months, all four diet groups averaged a six-kilogram weight loss, or 7 percent of their original weight, which ever diet they were on. All again began to regain weight after 12 months. After two years, the average weight loss was about four kilograms for all groups. Earlier studies had claimed that higher protein intake reduced appetite and sustained muscle mass better during weight loss. The Harvard researchers’ conclusion: A diet program’s benefits result from the degree to which people stick with them, not from any specified energy reduction formula.