…skipping meals the day after over eating will actually slow down your metabolism, making you burn less calories. Instead, make up for your bad day by eating lots of veggies and lean protein the next day, avoiding starches and sugars.
...even brief meditation (8 minutes per day) results in less overeating and better control of the triggers that lead to ‘emotional eating’. The findings suggest that the practice conditions participants to be more comfortable with anxiety or boredom instead of masking the feelings with food. Spend some brief time becoming more aware of your breathing or take a yoga class.
...eating a handful a day (about 28 grams) of so called ‘tree nuts’ is associated with a 10% decrease in obesity. Tree nuts include almonds, pecans, pistachios and hazelnuts. It appears that the high protein and fiber content of these nuts keeps you feeling satisfied and thereby decrease your desire to eat other high carbohydrate foods. But nuts are high in fat too so keep that daily portion size down just to a handful!
...a single serving of broccoli has twice the vitamin C of an orange and nearly as much calcium as whole milk. The high selenium content is known to have potent anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. Although all the benefits of this amazing veggie are best when eaten raw, ‘tender crisp’ cooking still preserves most of its healthy properties.
...an infertility evaluation is not indicated in couples without known risk factors until they have had a full year of unprotected intercourse without conceiving. A shorter trial (6 months) is recommended when the female partner is over 35. Any woman with absent or irregular periods should be evaluated immediately. A minimum recommended frequency of intercourse when trying to conceive is 2-3 times per week. In women with regular 28 day cycles, ovulation usually occurs approximately 14 days from the first flow day of the previous cycle. In these women, days 10-18 after the last period’s first flow day are her most fertile and frequency of intercourse should be increased during that week.
...children who were not breastfed are more likely to develop chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. In addition to lowering the risk for these conditions, breastfeeding babies also get sick less often. The immune system benefits significantly reduces the frequency of stomach irritability, diarrhea and ear infections.