May 25, 2012


After being the right hand woman of a famous Britain designer, Sarah Burton became a national treasure in Great Britain. After each fashion show Burton presents, pictures of her fantastic designs take the world wide web by storm and spread like wild fire within seconds, with hundreds and even thousands of comments, re-tweets, and likes on all the major social networking sites.















Burton had also walked in the path of Alexander McQueen’s style where she brought the softness of romance to her fashion. The talented designer has undisputable skills, as she feels like she still has something to prove, and that is the right attitude to have to guarantee more success in the future.

















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Important facts about nutrition!




Important Facts about Nutrition

Knowing about good nutrition is nothing new, but being aware that the body is a marvelous piece of machinery that has evolved intricate defense mechanisms is where facts about nutrition becomes invaluable when it comes to losing weight.

What are the facts about nutrition and why is it so important to know certain things. Nutrition is the method by which the cells in the body aquire what they need to maintain them. That’s the scientific explanation. Nutrition comes from the food that you eat and it’s pretty obvious that the better the quality of food, the better nutritional value it will have.

An essential fact about nutrition is that our body has “famine mode”, and this is a really important piece of information about nutrition you should know if you’re thinking about losing weight. During times when food was scarce, which has been for the greater part of man’s evolution, the body developed ‘famine mode’ as a defense system. However, the body also reacts this way if the food it is gettiing is of poor nutritional quality.

Famine mode is really quite simple to understand. If the body isn’t getting enough calories then it begins to store what calories it does get. To do this the body significantly reduces the metabolic rate (which is the rate your body burns calories while at rest). In order to make up the calorie deficit the body then starts to convert muscle tissue into energy. Muscles are very ‘expensive’ to maintain as they need lots of calories, so in times of ‘famine’ it will store body fat and use muscle tissue.

Why should you know this? The answer is because many weight loss plans restrict the number of calories you have each day and that will trigger the body’s famine mode. By going into famine mode not only will the metabolic rate diminish but it will also result in you losing muscle tissue which is the very thing that makes you look great and burn up the calories – a double tradegy!

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Of course, in order to lose weight you do need to eat less calories than you burn but in order to do this without triggering the body’s famine mode you need to reduce the calorie intake slowly rather than suddenly and massively. You want to have a differential of no more than 500 calories per day between the calories burned and the calories eaten this is a good ballpark figure.

Having resistance training in your exercise regime not only will alter your body for the better but will also aid in staying away from famine mode. By adding resistance training e.g. doing weights you then prompt the body to send the calories you eat to build muscle tissue rather than fat. The more calories you burn will depend on how much muscle you build.

Another way to fool the body is to eat small meals regularly. If you are continually sending food (recommended 3 hourly) into the system the body will happily burn from the fat rather than from the muscle. Of course the food must be of high nutritional value.

Do these couple of things, get your head around ‘famine’ mode and know about good nutrition and you will be on the way to looking and feeling great.

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Nutrition Tips for Kids

February 4, 2011

Nutrition Tips for Kids

boy eating watermelon

boy eating watermelon

Children who typically opt for sugary snacks or fast food in lieu of healthier meals featuring fruits and vegetables run the risk of becoming overweight. notes that childhood obesity can lead to additional health problems, such as high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and diabetes. In addition to encouraging children to partake in more physical activity, adopt methods to encourage them to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

Check the Food Pyramid

Children can consume the correct balance of nutrients if they follow MyPyramid, a food plan designed by the United States Department of Agriculture to help consumers stay healthy with a well-balanced diet and sufficient exercise. The pyramid lists the number of servings and recommended types of foods in categories such as grains, fruits, dairy, vegetables, oils and meat. You can hang a copy of the chart on the refrigerator or print checklists that your children can complete to ensure their eating habits are on the right track.

Improve Breakfast Choices

If your children avoid breakfast or choose sweetened cereals or junk food in the morning, give them healthier alternatives that they can grab on the go. KidsHealth from Nemours recommends such breakfast foods as yogurt with a fresh fruit and nut topping, a bagel or toast with a slice of cheese or whole-grain waffles or pancakes. The website also suggests ideas such as a banana, peanut butter and raisins wrapped in a bun or a tortilla with cheese and tomato salsa wrapped inside.

Eat Healthy School Lunches

Children adopting healthier eating habits should also know how to make better food selections in the school cafeteria. Tennessee Today, a website of the University of Tennessee, recommends going over the lunch menu with your children to help them avoid fried foods and opt for more nutritious choices, such as chicken and rice or a chef’s salad. If nothing looks appealing on the menu, pack a lunch that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, pretzels, whole wheat crackers and a sandwich with protein, such as meat, cheese or peanut butter.

Rethink Fast Food

If your children eat at fast food restaurants, teach them to make menu substitutions that can increase the nutritional value of each meal. recommends opting for water or skim milk instead of sugary soft drinks and choosing carrots, apples or applesauce over French fries. You can also encourage your children to select foods such as pasta with tomato sauce or a grilled chicken breast and vegetables instead of hot dogs or macaroni and cheese when you dine at a sit-down restaurant.

Enjoy Healthy Snacks

Since children eat snacks to refuel throughout the day, Your Child Development & Behavior Resources of the University of Michigan Health System recommends keeping raw fruits and vegetables cut into bite-sized chunks in the refrigerator for easy and nutritious snacking. Offer dips, such as tomato salsa, yogurt or fruit preserves to make the nutritious tidbits even more enticing. You can also let the children make air-popped popcorn or refreshing fruit smoothies.

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Basic of a good nutrition!!

February 3, 2011

Basic of a good nutrition!!

Good Nutrition

The Basics:

Staying healthy includes a balanced diet, staying clean, getting plenty of exercise as well as keeping your heart strong and free of drugs.

People who practice good nutrition, hygiene and exercise patterns develop a lifetime of habits that will keep them healthy for many years. Especially when they are older!

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Let’s see, how can we be sure to get a balanced diet? We think the nutrition information given below will be very helpful for you.

MyPyramid for Kids helps to promote the 3 basic rules for a healthy diet:

  1. Variety
  2. Balance
  3. Moderation

Variety means that you must include many different foods from each level of the Food Pyramid because no single food can supply all of the nutrients that your growing body needs on a daily basis. This can help to expand your food choices. It is best to eat foods of all colors. The more colors and textures in your daily meals, the better range of nutrients you’ll get.


Balance means that you must eat the right amounts of foods from all levels of the Food Pyramid each day. This way you will get all the calories and nutrients you need for proper growth and development.

Moderation means that you are careful not to eat too much of any one type of food.

Let’s take a closer look at the Food Pyramid to see how it can help you to plan good meals.

To make the most out of the Food Pyramid, we’ll need to figure out what counts as a serving. Let me help explain this. Next to each section of the Pyramid below you will see how many servings of each food it suggests that you have each day.

The size of each serving depends on your size. That is why there is a children’s menu at restaurants, so you don’t get stuck with an adult sized meal!

The right amounts of servings from each of the food groups depends on your age, sex, body size and activity level, but the table below will give you an idea of where you fit in:

Preschool children
Most children and Teenage girls
Teenage boys
Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta
6 servings
9 servings
11 servings
2 servings
3 servings
4 servings
3 servings
4 servings
5 servings
Milk, Yogurt, Cheese
2-3 servings
2-3 servings
2-3 servings
Meats, Fish
5 ounces
6 ounces
7 ounces

MyPyramid for Kids reminds you to be physically active every day, or most days, and to make healthy food choices. Every part of the pyramid symbol has a message. Click on the different food groups in the picture below to get a closer look at the common foods that make up each group.


If you would like to find information about what vitamins and minerals do, Doctor P. Body thinks you might enjoy visiting the food section at

Want to know the amount of each food group you need daily? By clicking here, you may enter your information to find out and receive a customized food guide.

A lot of the time you will find that the meals you eat are made up of parts from more than one food group. Let’s take a look at some examples:

This meal includes a piece of toast with butter, an egg, 2 slices of bacon and a glass of orange juice. There are 4 different food groups included in this meal:

  • butter = 1 from fat group
  • eggs and bacon = 2 servings meat group
  • orange juice = 1 serving fruit group
  • toast = 1 serving bread group
This meal includes a sandwich with bread, turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, a banana and a glass of milk. There are 5 different food groups included in this meal:

  • 2 slices of bread = 2 servings bread group
  • turkey = 1 serving meat group
  • cheese and milk = 2 servings milk and cheese group
  • lettuce and 2 tomatoes = 2 servings vegetable group
  • banana = 1 serving fruit group
This meal includes a slice of pizza with crust, tomato sauce, cheese, green pepper, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni and a can of soda pop. There are 5 different food groups included in this meal:

  • crust = 2 servings bread group
  • cheese = 1 serving milk and cheese group
  • tomato sauce, green pepper, mushrooms and olives = about 2 servings vegetable group
  • pepperoni = 1/2 serving meat group
  • olive oil and soda pop = 2 from fats and sweets group

Can you think of your own examples? For more food fun, look in the activity section for some pages to print and color.

Remember: Healthy eating does not have to mean giving up foods you like best, just learn to balance the food choices you make. You can enjoy snacks and meals while still keeping yourself in good health.

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Natural and Organic Food you are what you eat!!!



A natural and organic food diet should be at the center of a proper nutrition program. Have you ever heard the phrase – you are what you eat? By eating natural and organic foods, and consuming lots of fruits and vegetables through juicing, you can eat your way to good health. Now that is a diet I can live with!

I hate the word diet. It conjures up visions of starving myself to try to shed some pounds. In our society, the word diet has become synonymous with restriction of certain foods to lose weight. However, these fad diets generally do more harm than good. Once the goal is reached – if it is reached – old eating habits return. Generally the weight that was lost is regained quickly. Even worse, during the diet, unhealthy foods are substituted for natural ones, leading to worse general health. Take for instance substituting saccharin or aspartame for sugar. These man-made chemicals can do more harm than good.

The natural and organic food diet is not a temporary fad. It is a lifestyle change that promotes good health and long life. Because the natural and organic food diet is more likely to provide the nutrition your body needs and also has a cleansing effect on your body, it will allow your body to heal itself. By eliminating the foods that introduce or create toxins in your body, and by eating foods that are natural and organic, you will achieve good health.

The premise of the natural and organic food diet is to avoid foods that contain artificial sweeteners and other additives. Since these food additives do not naturally occur in nature and are created by man, the human body does not process them correctly. It causes the body to build up toxins and generally leads to bad health. Similarly, use of non-naturally occurring fats and oils can also lead to compromised health. Also find out why ultra-low fat diets may actually be hurting your health and why some fats are essential to your health.

Farmers feed growth hormones and antibiotics to animals raised for meats and dairy products, in order to increase the output of the farm. Additionally, farmers treat vegetables and fruit they grow with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Therefore, eating natural and organic meats and dairy products and organic produce relieves your body of the added burden of processing these chemicals present in the food we eat.

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As Elderly Population Grows, Good Nutrition and Exercise Become Key to Better Health

old lady exercising

old lady exercising

There is no end in sight to our focus on the baby boom generation, even as we approach the 21st century. Baby boomers will be a key factor in the coming “agequake,” when the elderly will comprise a much larger share of the population. In 1980, about one in 10 persons were 65 or older. By 2030, the 65 and older will number one in five. The first “boomers” will reach age 65 in 2011. And more people will be living longer. According to most projections, tomorrow’s 85-plus will be a fast growing group as the median age of death in the next century climbs to 84 years. That’s 11 years beyond today’s median lifespan of 73 years. The needs of an aging population will shape every facet of society in the next century, including nutrition.

“We don’t have a good handle on nutrient performance for older people,” according to Ann W. Sorenson, Ph.D., health science administrator at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The recently-revised Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) do not distinguish among older adults of various ages-there is just one set of RDAs for all adults over age 50. According to Sorenson, the Food and Academy of Sciences felt it did not have enough information to go further. Nonetheless, most experts agree that the dietary needs of people in their 50s or 60s are different from people in their 70s and 80s. Speaking at The American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Meeting last October, Irwin B. Rosenberg, M.D., director of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, reflected on the coming demographic shift.

“The challenge we face is to maintain a higher degree of physiologic performance throughout the life cycle,” Rosenberg said, “so that the individuals in our society are more independent, more mobile, more able to take care of themselves. “If we are going to achieve this,” Rosenberg said, “then it is going to be extremely important that we look at those kinds of health patterns in which we can intervene. Clearly, diet and nutrition are going to be very important aspects of this approach.”

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healthy food


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These are eight tips for healthy eating from Brisk cafe hamra

healthy food!!

healthy food!!

Eating well is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It can be simple too. Just follow these eight tips to get started.

The two keys to a healthy diet are:

  • Eat the right number of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat too little you’ll lose weight. The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day and the average woman needs 2,000 calories.
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body gets all the nutrients it needs.

Get started

These practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating, and can help you make healthier choices:

  1. Base your meals on starchy foods.
    Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Choose wholegrain varieties when you can because they contain more fibre, and can make you feel full for longer. Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat.
  2. Eat lots of fruit and veg.
    It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day. It’s easier than it sounds. A glass of 100% unsweetened fruit juice can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for some dried fruit? Learn more in 5 A DAY.
  3. Eat more fish.
    Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim for at least two portions a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fats, which may help prevent heart disease. Oily fish include salmon, herring, fresh tuna, mackerel, sardines and pilchards.
  4. Cut down on saturated fat.
    Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in many foods such as cakes, pies, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard and hard cheese. Most of us eat too much saturated fat. Try to cut down, and choose foods that contain unsaturated fat such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados. Learn more in Fat: the facts.
  5. Cut down on sugar.
    Sugary foods and drinks are often high in calories, and could contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals. Cut down on fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and pastries, which contain added sugars. This is the kind of sugar we should try to cut down on, rather than sugars that are found naturally in foods such as fruit and milk. Check food labels to see how much sugar foods contain. More than 15g of sugar per 100g means the food is high in sugar.
  6. Eat less salt.
    Even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much. About three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure, and people with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt. Adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. Learn more in Say no to salt.
  7. Drink enough water.
    Try to drink about six to eight glasses of water, or other fluids, a day to prevent dehydration. When the weather is warm or when we get active, we may need more. But avoid soft and fizzy drinks that are high in added sugars.
  8. Don’t skip breakfast.
    Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet, and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. Wholemeal cereal, with fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and nutritious breakfast.

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You hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In general, a healthy person doesn’t smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

The trick to healthy living is making small changes…taking more steps, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water…these are just a few ways you can start living healthy without drastic changes.


One of the biggest problems in America today is lack of activity. We know it’s good for us but avoid it like the plague either because we’re used to being sedentary or afraid that exercise has to be vigorous to be worth our time. The truth is, movement is movement and the more you do, the healthier you’ll be. Even moderate activities like chores, gardening and walking can make a difference.

Just adding a little movement to your life can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
  • Improve joint stability
  • Increase and improve range of movement
  • Help maintain flexibility as you age
  • Maintain bone mass
  • Prevent osteoporosis and fractures
  • Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Improve memory in elderly people
  • Reduce stress

So, even if you opt for small changes and a more modest weight loss, you can see the benefits are still pretty good. One study has found that just a 10% weight reduction helped obese patients reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and increase longevity.

Simple Ways to Move Your Body

You can start the process of weight loss now by adding a little more activity to your life. If you’re not ready for a structured program, start small. Every little bit counts and it all adds up to burning more calories.

  • Turn off the TV. Once a week, turn off the TV and do something a little more physical with your family. Play games, take a walk…almost anything will be more active than sitting on the couch.
  • Walk more. Look for small ways to walk more. When you get the mail, take a walk around the block, take the dog for an extra outing each day or walk on your treadmill for 5 minutes before getting ready for work.
  • Do some chores. Shoveling snow, working in the garden, raking leaves, sweeping the floor…these kinds of activities may not be ‘vigorous’ exercise, but they can keep you moving while getting your house in order.
  • Pace while you talk. When you’re on the phone, pace around or even do some cleaning while gabbing. This is a great way to stay moving while doing something you enjoy.
  • Be aware. Make a list of all the physical activities you do on a typical day. If you find that the bulk of your time is spent sitting, make another list of all the ways you could move more–getting up each hour to stretch or walk, walk the stairs at work, etc.

Learn about more ways to fit in exercise.

Eating Well

Eating a healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can a clean diet help with weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older. You can use the new Food Guide Pyramid to determine how many calories you need and what food groups you should focus on or, if you’re looking for smaller changes, you can use these tips for simple ways to change how you eat:

  • Eat more fruit. Add it to your cereal, your salads or even your dinners
  • Sneak in more veggies. Add them wherever you can–a tomato on your sandwich, peppers on your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep pre-cut or canned/frozen veggies ready for quick snacks.
  • Switch your salad dressing. If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something lighter and you’ll automatically eat less calories.
  • Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy. Switching to skim milk or fat free yogurt is another simple way to eat less calories without having to change too much in your diet.
  • Make some substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you’re at the store, find lower-calorie substitutes for just those 3 items.

Find more ideas for healthy foods with this Healthy Foods Grocery List.

Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure. Making small changes in how you live each day can lead to big rewards, so figure out what you can to be healthy today.