Father's Day - New Dad Survival Guide

Sunday, June 17, 2012

There are millions of articles on tips for new moms but I think it’s as equally important to provide tips for new dads too. Just like moms, they are new to the process and they need just as much guidance as moms do. Here are a few great tips that I thought would be helpful for that new dad.

Seek Guidance – Before you leave the hospital ask the nurse to show you the basics. They are great teachers. They can show you how to hold the baby, swaddle and bathe the baby. Don’t leave the hospital without asking about anything that may be on your mind.

Be Supportive -Moms emotions are flying all over the place after having a baby. Remain supportive and patient as she works through these new emotions. The best thing for a new dad is just say yes and how may I help? Sit back and wait for a response.

Be Available -Make time with your family a priority. When you look back on your life years from now, you won't regret not having worked longer hours. What you might regret is not having spent more time with your kids. Time spent playing on the floor or watching your baby sleep is time well spent. Enjoy this great excuse to hang around and "do nothing.

Be Smart-Don't say you're babysitting. The mother of your child may be too tired to catch this slip but any woman who has had more than 20 minutes of consecutive sleep is going to do a slow, Chucky-head-turn and hiss "You're not babysitting. You're parenting." Use terms like "Daddy Duty", "On call" .We are just trying to help :)

Take care of yourself. Keep an eye on your driving, your diet, and your risk-taking. Your baby needs you for a long time. Being a healthy and happy dad is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your kids.

Take One Day At A Time – You don’t become a great parent overnight. It takes time and patience. Trust your instincts and learn as you go along.  As time goes on you will get better and better at it. Remember to your child you are their superstar!

Your job at this time is really important. You're the voice of reason, the pillar of strength and the cavalry wrapped in to one. You need to be there for your spouse because she's probably terrified, tired and overwhelmed and the worst time is mostly at night. Mostly. 

It takes a great guy to step up and dig in during those first few months, but a guy who says "I'll be home early, I'm bringing dinner and I want to take the baby for a walk as soon as I get home", now that's a Great man.

Happy Father's Day!

Travel : Do You want to Find the Best Restaurants on Vacation , We Have Some Secrets !

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Secrets to Finding the Best Restaurants on Vacation
Food, fun and vacation(NEXT STOP, bARBADOS) :)

Ready to hit the road this Summer to see some new sights? Well,  you can’t very well go about doing
 that on an empty stomach! Food can be what makes the entire trip, but the trick is finding
 the right places to eat in a city that you have never been to before.
 We got some tips from Janice Wald Henderson, renowned food and travel journalist,
 to steal her secrets for finding the best places to eat while on the road.

Local knowledge

Nobody knows better than the locals. They know the best, the worst, the overrated, and the
 unknown. Don’t be shy! Locals love to share their knowledge because they are proud of their city, 
so ask them! Henderson gets the bulk of her information from taxi drivers, doormen at hotels,
 and just people she finds around the city. Her biggest tip is to look for crossovers. 
If a friend recommends a place, and then the taxi driver says it’s his personal favorite,
 you know it must be great!

The Real Deal

Yes, you may be a tourist, but you don’t want to eat like one. Give us the good stuff! 
The real local flavor! So many restaurants in well-traveled cities cater to tourists, and the food
 loses its originality and traditional flavor. You want to see local food on the menu. 
First, if you are in a non-English speaking country, check out that menu. 
If it is written in English instead of in the local language, it’s a sign to pick a new place!
 Henderson warns us that if it the restaurant promotes the view, the food probably isn’t as good. 
Go to the restaurant for the food, not the view. Also, stick to the locally obtained food. 
The closer it is grown or caught, the fresher it is going to be.

Use Your Senses

There is never a better opportunity to trust your instincts than when picking a restaurant.
 In every city there is a street or area that is filled with rows of restaurants, but the question lies in
 which one to choose. That’s where your senses come into play. Walk into each restaurant. 
Look around. If it smells good and looks good, it’s probably good. If every plate you see makes 
you say “I want to eat that!”, then go for it! According to Henderson, 
“If your mouth starts to water, it is the right restaurant for you”. If not, move onto the next one.

Mix up your sources

There are a ton of restaurant review sites available online, but they are most beneficial when
 cross referenced with other sites or opinions. With the Internet and social networks so 
commonly used, somebody is going to know somebody who lives in the city you are traveling.
 Explore your sources and ask around! You can even call a local food critic or editor for their 
opinion. You can get a professional opinion about the restaurants in a specific area.

National Celibacy Awareness Month- You Are Worth the Wait :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The month of June is known for many things , the beginning of Summer , My Birthday (LOL) And National Celibacy Awareness Month

I Always Say "Removing Sex from the equation raises your Value. Not everyone will appreciate that, but the RIGHT ONE will."

Celibacy = abstaining from sex, especially because of religious vows or chastity

"A great way for both single men and women to celebrate their celibacy is by mentoring teens in their church or local community,” suggests Shannon Ethridge, author of the Every Woman’s Battle series. “Teach young people that they don’t need to have sex to be worthy of love. If anything, knowing how to have a healthy relationship without sexual involvement sets them up for faithfulness in future relationships—We all have to learn to say ‘NO’ at some point. You will also help them avoid consequences that can negatively impact their lives such as unplanned pregnancy, STDs, infertility, low self-esteem, etc. As you pour wisdom into impressionable minds and realize what a difference these values could make in their lives, you’ll feel proud that you’ve made the commitment to Celibacy and can be a great role model to others.” 

Sex sells, and thus we constantly hear about the so-called ‘benefits’ of having an active, even promiscuous, sex life. However, we never seem to hear about the whole host of benefits that living without sex can bring. Here are just a few of the many benefits of living a sex-free life, whether it is temporary or permanent. We welcome any additions to the list!

The Benefits of Living Without Sex

  • Biblically and spiritually sound .
  • Enjoy feelings of self worth, empowerment and individuality.
  • Socialize with and date the opposite sex without the pressures and awkwardness of negotiating sex.
  • Know that someone loves you for who you are rather than what you can give sexually.
  • Avoid an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.
  • Avoid catching one of over 20 sexually transmitted infections .
  • Enjoy 100% protection against pregnancy and disease. No birth control method can guarantee against pregnancy or STIs. Every method, including condoms, has a failure rate. In lab tests, condoms fail 3% of the time, and studies show that first year condom users experience a 15% failure rate.
  • Waiting for sex until marriage is likely to increase your chances of a happy and lasting marriage. Studies have shown that people who have sex before marriage have an increased risk of getting divorced.
  • If dating someone who also has the willpower and commitment to stay sexually abstinent, there is the chance to live with your partner before marriage and enjoy the companionship, financial benefits and the knowledge that you are not ‘walking into the unknown’ after tying the knot.
  • Join an increasingly popular choice! Yes, sexual abstinence is becoming increasingly popular. A recent survey by the The Family Education Trust showed that around 85% of under-16s have not had sex, and the number of college students in the USA who say they are virgins has doubled in recent years. Several studies have shown that celibacy is becoming more common, even among those with previous sexual experience.
  • Avoid the heartbreak, regret, anger and emotional turmoil that a failed sexual relationship brings. Avoid giving away something precious, only to be left feeling used and worthless.
  • Learn how to love unconditionally rather than lust. Relationships based on lust are often doomed to fail, since once the lust that held them together has subsided; it leaves behind a void of emptiness. Relationships based on love are more concerned with the unchangeable inner person rather than outer appearances that are changeable over time.
  • Enjoy healthier dating without having to focus on sex. Many couples report that having sex ruined their otherwise strong relationship. They somehow stopped getting to know each other as sex became more and more a focus.
  • Enjoy feeling emotionally healthy and stronger, more able to face the future. Many people use sex as an escape from the disappointments and pain in their lives, only to find that sex brings them more problems than it solves.

Healthy Living : 12 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lower blood pressure naturally

High blood pressure is one of the most preventable conditions.
But it plays a contributing role in more than 15% of deaths in the United States, according to a new Harvard study. Although it causes no symptoms, HBP boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure. 28% of Americans have high blood pressure and don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. If you haven't had yours checked in 2 years, see a doctor.
While medication can bring down blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, most people can reduce their blood pressure without medication. First get to a healthy weight. Then add these strategies.

1. Go for power walks

Hypertensive patients who went for fitness walks at a brisk pace lowered pressure by almost 8 mmhg over 6 mmhg. Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn't work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Try increasing speed or distance so you keep challenging your ticker.

2. Breathe deeply

Slow breathing and meditative practices such as qigong, yoga, and tai chi decrease stress hormones, which elevate renin, a kidney enzyme that raises blood pressure. Try 5 minutes in the morning and at night. Inhale deeply and expand your belly. Exhale and release all of your tension.

3. Pick potassium-rich produce

Loading up on potassium-rich fruits and vegetables is an important part of any blood pressure‚√Ą√¨lowering program, says Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medical. Aim for potassium levels of 2,000 to 4,000 mg a day, she says. Top sources of potassium-rich produce include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, orange juice, potatoes, bananas, kidney beans, peas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and dried fruits such as prunes and raisins.

4. Read food labels for sodium

Certain groups of people—the elderly, African Americans, and those with a family history of high blood pressure—are more likely than others to have blood pressure that's particularly salt (or sodium) sensitive. But because there's no way to tell whether any one individual is sodium sensitive, everyone should lower his sodium intake, says Eva Obarzanek, PhD, a research nutritionist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. How far? To 1,500 mg daily, about half the average American intake, she says. (Half a teaspoon of salt contains about 1,200 mg of sodium.)
Cutting sodium means more than going easy on the saltshaker, which contributes just 15% of the sodium in the typical American diet. Watch for sodium in processed foods, Obarzanek warns. That’s where most of the sodium in your diet comes from, she says. Season foods with spices, herbs, lemon, and salt-free seasoning blends.

5. Indulge in dark chocolate

Dark chocolate varieties contain flavanols that make blood vessels more elastic. In one study, 18% of patients who ate it every day saw blood pressure decrease. Have 1/2 ounce daily (make sure it contains at least 70% cocoa).

6. Take a supplement

In a review of 12 studies, researchers found that coenzyme Q10 reduced blood pressure by up to 17 mmhg over 10 mmhg. The antioxidant, required for energy production, dilates blood vessels. Ask your doctor about taking a 60 to 100 mg supplement up to 3 times a day.

7. Switch to decaf coffee

Scientists have long debated the effects of caffeine on blood pressure. Some studies have shown no effect, but one from Duke University Medical Center found that caffeine consumption of 500 mg—roughly three 8-ounce cups of coffee—increased blood pressure by 4 mmhg, and that effect lasted until bedtime. For reference, 8 ounces of drip coffee contain 100 to 125 mg; the same amount of tea, 50 mg; an equal quantity of cola, about 40 mg.
Caffeine can raise blood pressure by tightening blood vessels and by magnifying the effects of stress, says Jim Lane, PhD, associate research professor at Duke and the lead author of the study. "When you're under stress, your heart starts pumping a lot more blood, boosting blood pressure," he says. "And caffeine exaggerates that effect." If you drink a lot of joe, pour more decaf to protect your ticker.

8. Take up tea

Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as one, two, tea: Study participants who sipped 3 cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University—results on par with many prescription medications. Those who received a placebo drink improved their reading by only 1 point.
The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure, say the study authors. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients—this often indicates a higher concentration per serving.

9. Work (a little) less

Putting in more than 41 hours per week at the office raises your risk of hypertension by 15%, according to a University of California, Irvine, study of 24,205 California residents. Overtime makes it hard to exercise and eat healthy, says Haiou Yang, PhD, the lead researcher. It may be difficult to clock out super early in today’s tough economic times, but try to leave at a decent hour—so you can go to the gym or cook a healthy meal—as often as possible. Set an end-of-day message on your computer as a reminder to turn it off and go home.

10. Relax with music

Need to bring down your blood pressure a bit more than medication or lifestyle changes can do alone? The right tunes can help, according to researchers at the University of Florence in Italy. They asked 28 adults who were already taking hypertension pills to listen to soothing classical, Celtic, or Indian music for 30 minutes daily while breathing slowly. After a week, the listeners had lowered their average systolic reading by 3.2 points; a month later, readings were down 4.4 points.

11. Seek help for snoring

It's time to heed your partner's complaints and get that snoring checked out. Loud, incessant snores are one of the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). University of Alabama researchers found that many sleep apnea sufferers also had high levels of aldosterone, a hormone that can boost blood pressure. In fact, it's estimated that half of all people with sleep apnea have high blood pressure.
If you have sleep apnea, you may experience many brief yet potentially life-threatening interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. In addition to loud snoring, excessive daytime tiredness and early morning headaches are also good clues. If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor if OSA could be behind it; treating sleep apnea may lower aldosterone levels and improve BP

12. Jump for soy

A study from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found for the first time that replacing some of the refined carbohydrates in your diet with foods high in soy or milk protein, such as low-fat dairy, can bring down systolic blood pressure if you have hypertension or prehypertension.

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