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Healthy Living: 8 dieting hurdles for men

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Have you been trying to get rid of your shapely pot-belly for a
while, but the dastardly thing just won’t budge? Perhaps you’re
simply making one of these all too common dieting mistakes that guys are prone to fall for which includes thr following;

1. Man-sized meals
It’s kind of obvious, but you need to remind yourself of it every now and again: the more you eat, the bigger the chances of your weight going up. The most important watch-phrase is ‘portion size’. Rather than eating one humongously large plate of food once a day, go for more frequent, smaller portions.
And, no, eating large portions of health food isn’t going to help – a large portion is a large portion. Gradually cut down on the amounts you eat and you’ll find that your body will soon get used to less. Also: stop having seconds and polishing off everyone else’s leftovers. What you’re aiming for is a well balanced diet of regular healthy meals in moderate portions.

2. Liquid diet
Guys, our favourite dieting ploy of replacing food with a couple of pints of draught is flawed! Guess what? Beer has calories, too. Disappointingly plenty, in fact. To make matters worse, alcohol tends to lower your inhibitions. Let’s be honest: how often do we find ourselves ordering a plate of greasy pub grub with that extra bottle of lager. And if you’re hoping to drink yourself slim with fizzy sodas, energy drinks or even fruit juice, think again. They all tend to contain loads of sugar and won’t do wonders for your waistline. The most
appropriate drink for the thirsty man on a diet is a regular glass of delicious chilled water, which plays a crucial role in your body’s metabolism of fats.

3. Exercise is not enough
You can’t keep on pigging out on mega-burgers and family-sized pizzas and expect to remedy the problem with the odd extra gym session. Don’t get me wrong, regular exercise is important, but if you’re really serious about losing weight, you’ll have to adjust your diet. This is especially true for men in their 40s and older. As your
body’s metabolism slows down naturally with age, you’ll find it
increasingly difficult to keep up with poor eating habits by just
exercising.

4. Eating on the run
Many guys think they’re so busy all day long, they can only fit in high-speed meals between meetings and other more important bits of their lives. But the stress associated with such rapid-fire eating sessions can contribute to weight gain. If you’re always in a hurry, you’re less likely to make healthy food choices and it’s bad for your digestion, too. Make mealtimes a calm and enjoyable part of your daily routine and you’ll help your digestive system process
everything you send its way.

5. You’re no Jamie Oliver
For many a man the main stumbling block en route to a good diet is the fact that he can’t cook to save his life and is forever dependent on fattening, highly-processed junk food. Cooking may be a little intimidating at first, but once you get into it, it’s great fun.

Extra bonus: women tend to be really impressed by men who can cook. Buy yourself a nice entry-level cook book or two, find some
delicious-looking, healthy dishes and get cracking. You might even want to try cooking classes designed specifically for guys.

6. Skipping meals
Thinking that missing out on meals during the day will help you. lose weight is a fallacy. Quite the opposite is true: the practice tends to slow down your metabolism and encourage your body to store fat, most of it in your belly. So moderately-sized, healthy and balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner it is.

7. The weekend binge
After keeping on top of your diet all week long, you might be
tempted to think you have a free pass for an indulgent weekend, but this will only slow down your efforts to shed weight. Try to find healthier weekend food options rather than undoing all of the disciplined dieting you did during the rest of the week. The same goes for late night ice cream binges!

8. Diet pills and fat-burning supplements

Drugs definitely are the lazy way out of the dieting conundrum. But don’t kid yourself. You can’t get into shape through supplements
and pills alone. While they tend to suppress your hunger by lowering your metabolism, they also encourage your body to up its rate of fat storage as it snaps into survival mode because you’re
depriving it of calories. Once you go off the pills and return to your normal eating habits you’re likely to put all of the lost kilos back on again and more.

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in FRESH!, Health, Sports

 

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Ten Tips To Help You Control Your High Blood Pressure

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1. Make sure your blood pressure is under 140/90 mm Hg. If your systolic pressure (the top number) is over 140, ask your doctor what you can do to lower it.

2. Take your high blood pressure medicine, if prescribed, every day. If you have questions, talk to your doctor.

3. Aim for a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, carrying this extra weight increases your risk of high blood pressure. One way to determine if you need to lose weight is to find out your body mass index or BMI. If your BMI is above the healthy range (i.e., 25 or greater), orif your waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (women) or 40 inches (men) you probably have excess abdominal weight and you may benefit from weight loss especially if you have other risk factors. Talk to your doctor to see if you are at increased risk for high blood pressure and need to lose weight.

4. Increase your physical activity. Do at least 30 minutes ofmoderate activity, such as walking, most days of the week. You can do 30 minutes in three 10-minute segments.

5. Choose foods low in salt and sodium. Most Americans should consume no more than 2.4 grams (2,400 milligrams) of sodium a day. That equals 6 grams, about one teaspoon of table salt a day. For someone with high blood pressure, the doctor may advise less.

6. Read nutrition labels. Almost all packaged foods contain sodium. Every time you prepare or eat a packagedfood, know how much sodium is in one serving.

7. Keep a sodium diary. You may be surprised at how much sodium you consume each day and the diary will help you decide which foods to decrease or eliminate.

8. Use spices and herbs instead of salt to season the food you prepare at home.

9. Eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, and low-fat dairy foods.

10. If you consume alcohol at all, consume moderate amount or restrict from taking it. — with Raphael Adewoye Adekeye and 4 others.

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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in FRESH!, Health

 

Signs to know you are in love ;)

You’ve dated your fair share of women and have always enjoyed
keeping your options open; but lately, there’s this one woman that has
you wondering if she’s “the one.”
In order to help you figure this out, I have compiled the following list
of the top 10 ways to know you’re in love.

Number 10
You’ve forgotten your ex
More often than not, a breakup is followed by a significant amount of
time spent thinking about her and wondering whether or not you guys
made the right decision in going your separate ways. Depending on
how long the two of you were together, these doubts can resurface
again and again.
Ever since you met her , however, the thought of getting back together
with your ex is the furthest thing from your mind. Come to think of it,
you barely recall what you found so great about your ex in the first
place.

Number 9
You can’t stop thinking about her
Instead, you are consumed by thoughts of her . She just pops into your
head for no apparent reason, and you wonder if she thinks of you half
as much as you think of her. You wonder what she’s up to and even
consider calling her (but refrain from doing so for fear of looking
overeager).
If she’s the last thing on your mind before you go to sleep and the first
thing on your mind when you wake up — and you’ve even dreamed of
her on a couple of occasions — then you don’t really even need to read
on to know if you’re in love (but should anyway, just to be sure).

Number 8
You care about her
There is a reason why you don’t really want to know too much about
the chick you had a one-night stand with: you don’t love her. When
you’re in love with a woman, you want to know all about her: who she
is, what she thinks, what makes her laugh. You truly care about her
and her feelings.
If you truly love a woman, you feel bad if she had a bad day or is
upset about something. You don’t try to cheer her up because you have
to , but because you can’t help it.
Number 7
You find her quirks charming.
She does and says things that make her different, and you like it. You
can’t quite put your finger on why, but it doesn’t even matter. You like
her just the way she is.

Number 6
You have great chemistry
You can’t be in love with someone that you have no chemistry with. If
you and her seem to always be on the same wavelength, and think in
similar ways, that’s a great sign. If you also generate enough heat to
set off a five-alarm fire bell, then she is probably someone that you
could fall in love with, if you aren’t there already.

Number 5
You don’t notice other women as much
Although you can’t help noticing a beautiful woman when one walks
by, when you’re in love, some of them tend to slip under the radar,
while others just pale in comparison to her. Furthermore, you don’t
seem to be flirting half as much as you used to.
You are slowly realizing that she’s often the only woman in the room
that matters, and, for some reason, that suits you just fine.

Number 4
You love spending time with her
This one is pretty obvious but important nonetheless. You look
forward to seeing her, and don’t care much about what the two of you
will be doing. Lately, just going for a walk with her sounds like the
best way you could possibly spend an evening.
Furthermore, when you’re not together, you miss her and wish you
were.

Number 3
You don’t mind compromising sometimes
There was a time when it was your way or the highway, but, with her
it’s different. Not that she asks you to, but you don’t mind missing a
night out with the guys to be with her. And you find yourself trying to
incorporate her into your plans or altering them to accomodate her.

Number 2
Other priorities take a backseat
Your ever-important “to-do” list seems quite stagnant these days, as
being with her always manages to render your other plans and
obligations obsolete.

Number 1
You start thinking about the future and she’s in it
It used to be that the future with a woman meant your date on
Saturday night, but, with this woman, the future seems infinite. Not
only do you plan to see her this weekend, but you want to see her a
year from now as well.
She’s the one…

If you are currently dating a woman that makes you act in any of the
ways mentioned above, then you, my friend, are seriously falling for
her. It’s time to put away the little black book for a while and enjoy
the ride.

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in 18+, FRESH!

 

Self Defence, Safe Defence!

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Didn’t YOU KNOW that…..

Your Immune System is The Best Doctor:

A Strong Immune System means Having a Healthy Body

Nature has gifted man with a natural doctor right from his birth.

” The name of this doctor in our body is “immune system”. This doctor is born with us and dies with us.

” If your immune system is strong, the body is able to effectively fight diseases caused by bacteria, virus or simply body imbalances (e.g. elemental or nutritional deficiencies).
” However, when your immune system goes weak, the “foreign invaders” or toxins (poison) penetrate into the cells of the body and cause diseases.

” If lung cells are affected, it creates asthma or other respiratory diseases.

” If heart cells are affected, it gives rise to blood pressure, heart related problems, etc.

” If kidney cells are affected, the kidney organs lose the ability to excrete waste products leading to kidney failure, then dialysis will be required and eventually kidney transplantation.

” If joints and bones are affected, it leads to arthritis leading to impaired mobility.

” If brain cells are affected, it affects sensory and loco motor functions of the body. It may also lead to migraine, meningitis, paralysis, blurry vision, etc.

” Worst of all, if those affected cells become extremely abnormal in structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) that would spread affecting the good cells, we call them cancer cells.

” Thus, when the doctor in us looses his power of resistance, we become weak and contract diseases in various organs of the body.
The Immune System is our best defense against disease. It is a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect the body against attacks by “foreign” invaders or toxins. It destroys infected and malignant cells, and removes cellular debris.

The system includes:
1. Protective Barriers: Mucous membranes and Skin
2. Creation of Antibodies: Tonsils, Thymus, Lymph Nodes and Tissues, Spleen and Bone Marrow
3. Soldiers Cells: T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes

Exposure to Toxins:
1. Dust
2. Pollens
3. Smoke (1st & 2nd hand smoking) or polluted air
4. Micro organisms (virus, bacteria, fungi & protozoa)
5. Cumulative “mild” chemicals (preservatives,chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, etc.)

Many of these toxins get into our body as we breathe, eat, drink, and are exposed to the environment. Due to these daily exposures in varying degrees, our body cells become “out of balance”. Then, health problems or diseases develop to the point that they become chronic or lifetime. To avoid this, we should always keep our Immune-System strong.

Exposure to toxins cannot be avoided as we cannot stop breathing, drinking or eating.

So, we need a PERMANENT PROTECTOR against toxins!

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in FRESH!, Health

 

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5 REASONS TO DRINK COCONUT WATER

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1. It prevents dehydration

Coconut water helps maintain the body’s fluid levels and its potassium content helps maintain water pressure within cells and blood. In developing countries where clean water is scarce, coconut water can be life-saving and save people suffering from diarrhea, dysentery, or cholera.

2. It fuels your brain and muscles

Due to its electrolyte content, coconut water improves nervous system functions and nerve transmission. It also helps prevent muscle spasms and cramps.

3. It fights aging

Coconut water contains a compound called cytokinin, which protects cells from aging and cancer.

4. It aids digestion

Improves digestion and metabolism through bioactive enzymes. It can also aid the absorption of food.

5. It supports immune function

Its Lauric acid content is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system in fighting infection whilst helping to eradicate intestinal worms and candida.

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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in FRESH!, Health, Uncategorized

 

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Healthy Sex for Women

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In Your 20s…

Practice Safe Sex

Nearly two-thirds of all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in women under the age of 25. In addition, the average unmarried woman in her 20s is more likely to have multiple partners, which increases her exposure to STDs and infections and ups the chances of an unintended pregnancy. Birth control can prevent pregnancy, but to guard against herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs, it’s important to use a condom with every sexual encounter.

Get the HPV Vaccine

Although it’s recommended for 11- to 12-year-olds, many women age 13 to 26 can benefit from the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which guards against some high-risk HPV strains that cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Even with the vaccine, it is possible to contract another strain of the virus. There are more than 100 strains; the vaccine covers only four.

Have Regular Check-ups

If you’re sexually active, get a yearly Pap smear and pelvic exam starting three years after your first sexual encounter or by age 21. Because many STDs don’t exhibit any symptoms, a yearly STD screening is important, too.

In Your 30s…

Decide on Family Planning

In the security of a stable relationship, many women find that their libido lights up. But unless you’re looking to start a family, proper birth control is still important. The most popular method is the birth control pill. Other options: vaginal rings, birth control patches, shots, or injections, condoms (male or female), implantable rods, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Talk to your doctor about your future goals and decide which birth control is right for you.

Speak Up About Painful Sex

Pain during sex may be a sign you have endometriosis. This is a reproductive disorder in which the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, also grows on the ovaries, pelvis, and fallopian tubes. As the endometrium in your uterus sheds during your period, the misplaced endometrium in other parts of your body also sheds, causing inflammation and scarring in the pelvis. If left untreated, endometriosis may cause infertility and increase your risk for ovarian cancer.

In Your 40s…

Balance Your Hormones

The hormonal ups and downs of perimenopause (the five to 10 years before menopause) bring with them a lower libido, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness. A low-dose birth control pill or intrauterine device (IUD)—if you’re finished having kids—can help even out hormones and prevent unwanted pregnancies, which are still possible at this point.

Stay Alert for STDs

With half of all first marriages ending in divorce, many women find themselves single again in their 40s and 50s. You’re no teenager anymore, but the same rules of protection and precaution apply. Use condoms (or go back on the pill if you haven’t gone through menopause yet), and get regular STD screenings until you get into a monogamous relationship.

In Your 50s…

Mind your Menopause Symptoms

The average age for starting menopause is 51. With menopause comes a hormonal drop that can mean lower sexual libido, mood swings, and hot flashes—plenty of excuses to avoid sex altogether. But with your doctor’s help, you can manage the symptoms of menopause until your hormone levels even out.

Go for Lubricant

Lower hormone levels can leave your vaginal tissue thin and dry. That means sex may become uncomfortable—and undesirable. For many women, a little lubricant or moisturizer will help, but others may need a prescription cream that contains estrogen to relieve dryness and inflammation.

Talk About Your Surgical Options

After childbearing is complete, many women explore surgical options to ease abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, or a sagging uterus (caused by weakened tissues and muscles from pregnancies and aging). The most common surgical option is hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). In some cases, if you’re dealing with fibroids or bleeding, other treatments such as endometrial ablation or uterine artery embolization are easier and require less recovery time.

In Your 60s and 70s…

Don’t Quit on Sex

Plenty of women over the age of 60 remain sexually active. And as pregnancy is no longer a concern, many find they enjoy sex more. Plus, people over 60 who have regular sex tend to be healthier than contemporaries who have sex less often or not at all.

Slow Things Down

It may take a while for both you and your partner to get going. Let foreplay take as long as you need, and you’ll cut down on the risk of injuries such as fractures and sprains. You’ll also enjoy the experience more as you both build up together.

Be Prepared

With the increase in erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs (and their prevalence in senior living centers and retirement homes), active sex lives are on the increase in older populations. But that doesn’t change the facts of vaginal dryness, STDs, and infections. In fact, because vaginal pH rises with the decreases in estrogen, your chances for infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, increase as well. Keep condoms and lube on hand, and don’t use soap to wash your vagina. Instead, look for a cleanser that has the same pH as a healthy vagina (between 3.8 and 4.5)

With the increase in erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs (and their prevalence in senior living centers and retirement homes), active sex lives are on the increase in older populations. But that doesn’t change the facts of vaginal dryness, STDs, and infections. In fact, because vaginal pH rises with the decreases in estrogen, your chances for infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, increase as well. Keep condoms and lube on hand, and don’t use soap to wash your vagina. Instead, look for a cleanser that has the same pH as a healthy vagina (between 3.8 and 4.5)

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in 18+, FRESH!, Health

 

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Joseph Yobo blasts Stephen Keshi over Kenya exclusion

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The Super Eagles captain has said he was not told prior to not being picked for the World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars in Calabar last month

Joseph Yobo has said he felt ‘disrespected’ by Stephen Keshi for not being told that he would not be called up for last month’s 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Kenya which ended 1-1 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

The Super Eagles captain who is four appearances short of making a century of appearances for the national team said on a radio station on Tuesday that he should have been told before the list was made available to the public.

This statement rhymes with the same complaint made by Peter Odemwingie on the eve of the Nations Cup from which the West Brom striker was excluded.

“I’m disappointed nobody called me before the team list was announced,” Yobo told Brila FM on Tuesday.

“It’s disrespectful. I feel disrespected. I am the captain of the Super Eagles and I thought the coach should have put a call across to me.

“I have no problem being left out,” the 12 year veteran of the national team added.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in FRESH!, Sports

 

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