Friday, December 31, 2010

Organic Food Shpping: What Do I Need to Know About Organic Grocery Shopping?

When you are looking at your cupboard and wondering how you can eat more healthily, you'll find that there are a number of different options open to you, and that one of the first things that you can think about is organic grocery shopping. Organic grocery shopping can help to promote better agricultural methods and to ensure that you and your family eat better. Consider shopping for organic groceries and think about what the benefits can do for you.

What are organic foods? At the most basic level, organic foods are foods that have been grown in line with certain production standards. They don't have regular pesticides sprayed on them, they have not been cultivated with man made fertilizer or sewage trash, and they don't have food additives also. In most countries growers are not allowed to call fruits or vegetables organic if they have been genetically modified. Neither growth hormones or antibiotic medications are given to animals that are a source of organic meat.

Is there a local resource where I can find organic foods? The grocery store is the best place to begin looking for organic foods. There's the organic foods section. You may also find that you can take advantage of organic foods through shopping at your local co-op, or that you can find a community supported agriculture project, where membership will entitle you to a share of a local farm. During the summer months, you should visit your local farmer's markets, too.

When you are looking to eat healthier, remember that you have plenty of choices with organic grocery shopping. Be sure to take advantage of all options available in your local area.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 tips :Fitness for Women- Stay Fit and Healthy!

Here are 10 tips for women to stay fit and healthy:

1. Staying fit and healthy starts with a balanced diet. Know and monitor the right weight for your age. Consult your doctor to learn what food you should avoid and follow your eating discipline routines. If you are trying to lose some weight, foods with high calories should be omitted from your meals. Food with high fiber and low fat should be included a priority in your grocery list instead of red meat, sugars and fats.

2. Drink plenty of water. Drinking at least eight glasses of water everyday. This cleanses the body from impurities. It is also advised for lactating women to increase water intake to keep the body hydrated.

3. Take Vitamins and Supplements. Do not forget your Calcium supplement. Sufficient Calcium intake is beneficial for women of all ages. This has been proven to prevent having cramps and Pre-Menstrual Period (PMS) Symptoms. It also prevents Osteoporosis especially for menopausal women. Vitamin E boosts strong immune system. Women who undergo menopausal period should take Vitamin E-400 as it stops night sweats and hot flashes. Also, Vitamin E is said to be best in avoiding wrinkles when aging.

4. Quit smoking. If you are smoking, stop. It is also a big “NO” for pregnant women, as this will affect the health of the baby. Pregnant women who smoke may pass the harmful content of cigarettes to babies through the bloodstream. Recent studies have shown that women smokers are more prone to diseases than men smokers. Women who smoke have a high risk of getting breast cancer. Also limit your alcohol intake.

5. Incorporate exercises in your daily routine. Take a walk after work, use stairs instead of elevator or play with your kids when you are at home. Home exercises are also effective especially when you do not have time to go to the gym and would like to lose some weight. Yoga and Pilates are only a few of the many effective exercises you can do at home. Exercises help in limiting the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

6. Avoid stress. Many women are prone to too much stress. Stress has been known as cause to many sicknesses. As much as possible take time to relax. Read a good book, hang out with friends and engage into sports. Pamper yourself by going to parlors or you can do some shopping. And do not forget to get enough sleep to revive your energy.

7. Use sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Wear hats when under the sun to protect your skin. Too much sun is bad for your skin. The skin is prone to cancer when exposed to too much sunlight. It also speeds up the aging of skin cells, which causes wrinkles to women.

8. Make sure to visit your dentist to keep that beautiful smile. Always have it cleaned to prevent cavities and bad breath.

9. Visit your Gynecologist. Women who are eighteen and above should have their Physical Examination annually especially for the Pap Smear test. Women who are forty and up should have their mammograms and the Breast self-exam is encouraged once puberty has been reached and should be a habit as they mature

10. Safe sex is strongly recommended. Use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving and Holidays

I had a great Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings, uncles and aunts! Oh it was so fun! My mom and my aunt are great cook, they had made really great dishes including 4 type of pies!

I made rice side dish which was liked by everyone! We had great time sharing stories and laugh! Black Friday was crazy busy day! I was too lazy to wake up 4 am, so I went lazily around 9.40 am, and many great deals were gone but I still was able to get some great online deals and some great clothes deal.

I am thinking about starting my new year right so I got this book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements and The Healthy Slow Cooker. It is Recipe book and health and well being book. I think I want to be healthier, since losing weight in my europe trip, (see my previous post), I am inspired to keep up the momentum and eat and be healthy.

How about you? How was your holidays?

I found Cookware site which has some neat details about cookware and I found about Kitchenware articles and learned a lot. I got a book from Library on cookware and knives which is pretty educational.

I want to start cooking more at home but learning how to techniques and save money and be healthy at the same time. I am looking forward to Christmas!