THE BEST MEDICINE-
LAUGH!

SECOND DOSE
Last night, my friend and I
were sitting in the living
room and
I said to her, "I never want
to live in a vegetative
state, dependent on
some machine and fluids
from a bottle. If that ever
happens, just pull the
plug."


She got up, unplugged the
TV, and threw out my wine
THE BEST MEDICINEf-
LAUGH!

FIRST DOSE
There are always two ways
to look at everything, I
guess. My wife and I were
sitting at a table at my
high school reunion last
October, and I kept staring
at a drunken lady swigging
her drink as she
sat alone at a nearby
table. My wife noticed me
staring and asked me, "Do
you know her?".

"Yes",
I sighed, "She's my old
girlfriend. I understand she
took to drinking right after
we split up those  
many years ago, and I
hear she hasn't been sober
since." "My God!" says my
wife, "Who would
think a person could go on
celebrating that long?"


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Weight Loss-Review of Effective Plans
Stop Family from Ruining Your Diet
February 23, 2008, last updated August 28, 2015
By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist


Losing weight is a matter of balancing 3 things --your diet,
your exercise and your intestinal health. The simple truth is that
most diets fail because they make you unhealthy. You start off
losing weight fine but you get tired because it is deficient in
some vital mineral or nutrient or you're eating too little or ---
and here's a common complaint --- you get constipated.  

Diet, exercise, bowel health. If any one of these 3 things is out
of balance, your body will sabotage your efforts to lose weight.
Here is a diet, a work-out you can do at home, and information
you need to avoid constipation.


Diet and Exercise

For diet, I have a simple one:

























1.
Breakfast. Eat egg whites, wheat toast and yogurt for
breakfast
. One piece of fruit (a pear, a small apple, a half a
banana or a small banana). Tall glass of cold water.
Drinking
cold water burns 70 calories a day. If you have to have coffee,
okay but use 1% milk instead of cream and artificial sweetener,
if you must have a sweet taste. If you are diabetic, substitute
the
Ideal Breakfast for Diabetics.

2.
10:30 AM Snack. You should eat an apple or pear, plus 3
walnut halves.  The fruits help to add fiber and the walnuts
help to
clear your arteries and improve heart health. An ounce
of walnuts also adds about 2 grams of fiber to your diet which
will help to keep you full.

3.
Lunch. A Huge green salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, vinaigrette
dressing, plus skinless chicken, turkey or fish.  Substitute a
turkey sandwich, lettuce tomatoes on wheat if you wish.  I
recommend vinaigrette dressing made of balsamic vinegar and
a spoon of olive oil for one important reason. Studies have
shown that
vinegar cuts your cravings for sweets. And olive oil
helps to slow your digestion, making you feel fuller quicker.
Drink a glass of cold water or sugar free lemonade. I prefer
lemonade sweetened with Stevia because of the d
ownside
health risks of other artificial sweeteners.

4.
3:30 PM Snack. Apple or pear, plus 3 walnut halves.

5.
Dinner. Fish and a huge amount of steamed ( or sauteed in a
little olive oil spray) vegetables, made up of greens, broccoli.
Again, a salad also. Big glass of cold water.  If you are diabetic,
substitute the
Ideal Dinner for Diabetics.

For exercise. The simple exercises that you can do either in a
gym or at home work best.

1. Squats. Do 3 sets of 8 to start with. When that's
comfortable, do 3 sets of 12.

2. Push-ups. Aim for 15 full military style if you've never done
any. Build up to 25.

3. For cardio, walk at least 45 minutes to 1 hour each day. If
that's too comfortable, try speeding up.

4. Dance. No matter your age, dancing is one of the best cardio
workouts. If you're young, try hip-hop. I did hip-hop classes
for fun this past summer, and believe me, it's a strenuous
work-out. Try modern, jazz, or free-style. There's a reason
dancers have such amazing bodies!
Dancing also reduces your
risk fro dementia by 76%
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5. Make sure you don't get
constipated. To lose weight over a
long period of time or to lose a lot of weight, you need to stay
healthy. Your bowel movements will tell you whether you are
eating right.  Think of them as your body's truth-teller.  If you
have the right diet and exercise going in, and the right kind of
bowel movements going out, then you're in balance.  

If you're having regular bowel movements without straining
and your movements are smooth--rather than hard and
marble-sized--then you're doing something right in your diet
and exercise. If you're straining or if your movements produce
hard little marbles, that's a warning sign. It means you have to
adjust your diet or your exercise or both. Here's why.

Your Bowel Movements --How they Relate to Your Diet

Bowel movements need sufficient water and sufficient bulk to
come out the proper size and in the proper frequency.

What is that ideal frequency? It depends on what you eat. It
takes meat between 48-72 hours to make its way from your
mouth, through your stomach, intestines and out.  It takes
most vegetables about 2 hours.

But, if you are eating a balanced diet, most doctors expect you
to void at least once per day, more if you're eating a lot of
vegetables and other foods containing
fiber.

Constipation --indicated by straining to void withoit successful
or minimally successful voiding---often increases as we age for
a number of reasons. The muscles in our rectum don't relax
when they should to allow voiding.

Sometimes, the problem is that we are too sedentary. Exercise
helps you to void by helping the intestines to move the
contributions along.


Sometimes, our medications are at fault.

Many drugs or minerals slow down the passage of our stool
through the large intestine.  Watch out for foods or drugs high
in iron, calcium blockers, antihistamines, opioids, high blood
pressure medications, anti-depressants, and antacids.


What if you are not voiding? How long can you go without
voiding before it's a sign of an emergency?  Unfortunately,
there is no magic number that fits all cases.  Simple
constipation is different from intestinal blockage.

Intestinal blockage means that the bowels cannot move
through because something is blocking them. This is a serious
medical emergency and requires immediate attention. See
www.mayoclinic.com.  The Mayo Clinic lists the following
symptoms for intestinal blockage:

crampy abdominal pain that comes and goes (intermittent)
Nausea
Vomiting
Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas
Swelling of the abdomen (distention)
Abdominal tenderness

Get Enough Sleep

New research has shown that a good's night sleep is necessary
to lose weight and combat obesity.


Losing Weight Also Depends on How You Eat  

Losing weight depends on
how you eat, not just what you eat.
Studies have found that when you chew for at least 30 seconds
at lunch, you dramatically cut down on the amount you eat
later in the day at dinner. (Read more to find out unusual
tips
to reduce how much you eat.)



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DIETS AND FITNESS


BOWEL MOVEMENTS

INTESTINES-KEEP THEM
HEALTHY

QUINOA-THE NEW
SUPERFOOD

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH SALT

HOW MUCH SALT IS IN MY
FOOD

SALT CONTENT OF COMMON
FOODS

150,000 DIE FROM EXCESS
SALT

I HAVE HIGH BLOOD
PRESSURE!

FOODS THAT LOWER YOUR
BLOOD PRESSURE

INFLAMMATION INSIDE THE
BODY

FAT--IT'S ALIVE!

WHY WE GO SOFT IN THE
MIDDLE

WHY EUROPEANS ARE
THINNER

>VEGETARIAN RECIPES


MY HEART ATTACK

CANCER SURVIVORS
BRAIN HEALTH

>CROSSWORD
PUZZLES
>LEARNING
>MEMORY LOSS


MONEY AND BUDGET

RESOURCES

AMERICAN HEART
ASSOCIATION

LINKS AND RESOURCES

American Dietetic Association
Squats --The Right Way to Do Squats


What is the right way to do squats?

Many people do squats improperly.
The thing to remember is that you
should never dip down too low.
When your derriere is level with your
knees, stop. Do not let your derriere
dip below your knees.

Think of it as sitting down in an
imaginary chair. Your derriere never
goes below your knees because the
chair's seat stops it. That's how low
--and no further--you should go
when you do squats properly. Any
lower strains your knees.

To heal, you must rest the knees.
Glucosomine/chondriatin also helps
sometimes but mostly the knees need
rest once they are strained.



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from our editors.  Rub the chicken  with paprika, cumin and a touch of
cinnamon. Stuff with 5 to 8 garlic cloves. We roasted this one over a
rotisserie but you can oven roast it at 350 degrees for an hour (you
may need to go a bit longer depending on the size of your chicken).
Cover the oven pan with aluminum foil to trap the moisture and keep
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