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Sending Personalised Chocolates as Gifts to Loved Ones

Whatever the occasion is, we always love to give gifts to our loved ones. One of the best gift ideas are chocolate gifts, a wonderful surprise that they will always enjoy simply because most of us love to eat chocolates.

Besides, personalised chocolates make perfect gifts to our loved ones because we can customise the chocolate boxes exactly the way we want them to be. We can also put our own personal message to the recipient with a unique greeting card.

What is it in chocolate that we find hard to resist?

For one thing, chocolate has an enduring taste that gives a lasting impression on us. Depending upon our taste preferences, we can include the bitter dark chocolate bars from Hershey's, the sweet milk chocolate from Cadbury, the fruit-flavoured chocolates from Pink Lady, and the multicoloured, candy-coated M&M's in our gifts. People always love chocolate's diversity of sizes, shapes, and flavours.

Chocolate boxes are great gifts for our loved ones all year round from simple birthday party giveaways to lavish Christmas gifts. The increasing popularity of chocolate gifts has created a lucrative industry; in fact, personalised chocolates are now easily accessible on the internet as many online chocolate stores nowadays specialise in chocolate gifts.

Do your loved one appreciate the effort put into personalised chocolates?

Yes, our loved ones appreciate the gift especially if you made an effort to make the gift special by providing a personal touch to it. Girls would love to see heart-shaped chocolates inside the gift boxes they receive. Children would love the assortment of chocolate-coated peanuts and almonds together with gummy jellybeans and sweet lollies. Give a chocolate gift basket to your grandparents and make sure it has sugar-free and bite-sized chocolates inside. Don't forget to put your greetings and personal messages of thanks and well wishes.

What do you need to customise?

We always love surprises because getting the same gift over and over can be so boring. The good thing that online chocolate stores can do it for us is that they allow us to choose the appropriate gift wrapper for the occasion, select the right chocolate boxes, and fill the box with an assortment of chocolates, candies and lollies of your choice. Then all you need to do is write a meaningful message and have it delivered to the recipient.

Why buy at online chocolate stores?

Online chocolate stores offer a better selection of chocolates than those offered in the supermarkets and confectionery stores. Besides, you can have personalised chocolates that you can't normally buy anywhere else. Aside from that, they offer cheaper prices and help you cut down your time hunting around stores for the perfect chocolate gift, it's just a click away!

With all the reasons listed above, getting personalised chocolates as a gift for your loved ones is a practical and convenient way of showing how important they are to you. The choices you have made from the types of chocolates and candies you choose to the type of chocolate boxes you selected will undoubtedly show your personal touch. At the end of the day, it's the thought and friendly gesture that really counts but the fact that they LOVED the gift is always an added bonus.

 


Energy Drinks And Food Bars, Fact Or Fiction ?

While many people eat food bars and consume energy drinks every day, we are increasingly hearing that they're not as healthy as the manufacturers would have you believe. Some energy drinks have been linked with health problems and, in extreme cases, even death. Avoid overusing energy drinks and food bars and learn everything about what's really in them to keep yourself on the healthy side. Pay close attention to the following tips about energy drinks and food bars.

The main source of energy you get from energy drinks is caffeine. This is, of course, the same stimulant that motivates people all over the world to drink coffee or tea in the morning and throughout the day. What you'll find in these energy drinks is an exacerbated amount of caffeine when compared with a cup of coffee.

While some food bars are little more than glorified candy bars, sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, you can find some truly healthy energy or food bars on the market. Is there a simple way to tell the difference, yes, read the ingredients and monitor how you feel after eating them. Sugar will give you a burst of energy which will end in a sudden crash. The healthiest food bars have no added sugar, and are made primarily with raw foods such as nuts, seeds and fruits. There are a few energy bars that are completely organic and raw foods based, and these are quite healthy as snacks.

You may have seen energy drinks in your grocery store that claim to be fruit infused water or something similar? They aren't really energy drinks rather they are water with a hint of fruit flavoring. Because these drinks lack the sugar and caffeine of an energy drink they are more healthy for you.

Finally, no matter whether energy drinks and food bars are healthy of hype or outright dangerous really depends on the kind you are consuming and how much of it. Don't be a "RockStar" and think it's OK to consume five energy drinks in one setting if you want to keep your health. You can use the above tips to help guide you, along with a healthy dose of common sense.

 


Bottled Water Safety Standards Address Health Concerns

While the term bottled water is widely used, the term packaged water is perhaps more accurate. Water sold in countries for consumption can come in cans, laminated boxes and even plastic bags. However, bottled water is most commonly sold in glass or disposable plastic bottles.

So when you buy your drinking water, you are assuming that it is "pure." After all, that is why you bought it. You figure that it must be cleaner and healthier for you than your regular tap water. If it was not, then there is no real point in paying the exorbitant costs of the bottled water. However, you might be wrong in your assumption.

Drinking-water may be contaminated by a range of chemical, microbial and physical hazards that could pose risks to health if they are present at high levels. Examples of chemical hazards include lead, arsenic and benzene. Microbial hazards include bacteria, viruses and parasites, such as Vibrio cholerae, hepatitis A virus, and Crytosporidium parvum, respectively. Physical hazards include glass chips and metal fragments.

Because of the large number of possible hazards in drinking-water, the development of standards for drinking-water requires significant resources and expertise, which many countries are unable to afford. Fortunately, guidance is available at the international level.

The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality which many countries use as the basis to establish their own national standards. The Guidelines represent a scientific assessment of the risks to health from biological and chemical constituents of drinking-water and of the effectiveness of associated control measures.

WHO recommends that social, economic and environmental factors be taken into account through a risk-benefit approach when adapting the Guideline values to national standards. As the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality are meant to be the scientific point of departure for standards development, including bottled water; actual standards will sometimes vary from the Guidelines.

It should also be noted that water used for making edible ice should be subject to the same drinking-water standard and include specific sanitary requirements for equipment for making and storing ice.

In applying the WHO Guidelines to bottled waters, certain factors may be more readily controlled than in piped distribution systems and stricter standards may, therefore, be preferred in order to reduce overall population exposure. This has, for example, been argued for the case of lead.

Similarly, when flexibility exists regarding the source of the water, stricter standards for certain naturally-occurring substances of health concern, such as arsenic and fluoride, may be more readily achieved than in piped distribution systems.

Contrary to this, some substances may prove more difficult to manage in bottled than tap water. This is generally because bottled water is stored for longer periods and at higher temperatures than water distributed in piped distribution systems. Control of materials used in containers and closures for bottled waters is, therefore, of special concern.

In addition, some micro-organisms, which are normally of little or no public health significance, may grow to higher levels in bottled waters. This growth appears to occur less frequently in gasified water and in water bottled in glass containers compared to still water and water bottled in plastic containers.

 


Roasting is the Key to Quality Coffee Blends

It might seem a little hard to conceive, but all the rich flavors of coffee depend mostly on two different types of beans - the Robusta and the Arabica. The varying flavors themselves, for the most part, are actually created during the roasting process. This is where a master roaster will take ordinary beans and make them extraordinary by enhancing their flavors during the cooking process. The skill of the roaster and the beans in question will result in the flavor of coffee a drinker desires.

From the coffee plantation to the roasting stage, beans themselves go through several processes. They must, of course, first be harvested and then dried. Beans that are dried, but are not roasted, can actually hold their full flavor for a very long time - up to two years in some cases. These beans are generally referred to as "green." Once the roasting process is completed, the time clock begins ticking on the full-bodied flavor of the beans. It will begin to diminish, but generally not enough for anyone other than a serious connoisseur to notice.

The key to making different types of coffee - from America light to espresso dark - lies in the hands of the master roaster. Using specialized equipment that carefully turns and roasts beans evenly, the roaster cooks the concoction to just the right temperature and time to yield the flavor brew desired.

The types of roast most common include:

* Light roast. This is generally considered "American coffee." The roasting process is cut short of the bean's natural oils and sugars beginning to caramelize. The flavor is weaker than a European roast, but favored in coffee houses and homes all over the USA.

* Vienna or French roast. This is kind of the all purpose medium-bodied roasting. Here the beans are left in a bit longer to give the end product a richer, bolder taste. The beans' natural oils and sugars start to caramelize, but aren't allowed to do so for too long.

* Dark roasts. True European dark roasts are strong creations that require a longer cooking time.

* Espresso quality. The darkest of the roasts, this one involves not only the caramelize of the beans, but cooking right up to the burn point. For espresso, the beans must be very dark and roasted just right. The end result is coffee beans that are ideal for espresso and other favorites such as cappuccino and Cuban coffee.

Once beans are roasted, other flavors can be added. These can include such tastes as vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate and more. The key, however, is all in the roasting process where the real coffee flavor is unlocked.

Freshly roasted beans will hold their full flavors for a short time, but can be made to extend by not grinding them before use. Real coffee lovers grind their coffee beans just before brewing to ensure the richest, boldest flavors possible.

There may be only two major beans going, but that doesn't mean all cups of coffee are alike. When it comes to creating flavors, the key is all in the roasting process. When a master roaster proceeds in his or her craft, the outcome is truly gourmet.

 


Cheers To The Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is as South African as boerewors or braai.

Also known as redbush tea or red tea, rooibos has been popular in Southern Africa for generations. It is now enjoyed in many countries, especially as the awareness of its health benefits increases.

There are different ways to enjoy a cup of rooibos tea. From the health point of view, rooibos probably delivers most benefits when consumed without added sugar or milk. Restaurants and coffee shops in South Africa often have on their menu roibos tea made in several ways:

Traditional: the ordinary rooibos tea, possibly with milk and sugar.

Alternative traditional: as above, but with a slice of lemon instead of milk and with honey instead of sugar.

Iced rooibos tea: made from rooibos - well, like any other iced tea.

Red espresso: concentrated rooibos tea presented in the style of espresso coffee.

Red cappuccino: concentrated rooibos tea with steamed milk, in the manner of ordinary (coffee-based) cappuccino.

Cape Town Fog: as above, but with the addition of vanilla syrup.

There are no side effects associated with the use of rooibos tea. It does not contain caffeine, and its tannin levels are low compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves, so it can be drunk freely.

Traditional and anecdotal medicinal uses of rooibos tea include relieving stomach cramps and colic in babies; alleviating allergic reactions; soothing skin irritations when applied directly to the affected area to help with acne, eczema, sunburn, etc.; boosting the immune system; easing of irritability, headaches, insomnia, hypertension, nervous tension and mild depression.

Several researches conducted so far have confirmed that rooibos contains high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin and a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones, as well as flavonoids such as quercetin and luteolin. Some of the compounds found in rooibos have been linked with boosting the body's natural defences, slowing the ageing process, preventing cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease.

Though scientific studies are still limited, there have been several researches about the benefits of rooibos tea. One of them claims that drinking six cups a day promotes heart health.

Others say that there are countless herbs and teas that have health benefits. According to them, rooibos can provide antioxidants and while it is certainly a healthy addition to one's consumption, it's not a good idea to make exaggerated claims about it.

In any case, whether it's super-healthy or merely healthy, rooibos is doubtlessly a great thirst quencher and an excellent beverage for everyone, including children.

 


How To Find The Best Plastic Food Containers?

Plastic Food Containers are widely used in Packaging Industry because of their light weight and relatively low cost. Besides, plastics are attributed with exceptional moisture barrier properties, which is very important to protect the food from any damage during the course of storage. Availability of Plastic Packaging Solutions in a wide array of shapes, sizes and styles is yet another reason for their popularity. However, with a wide range of choice available in the market, it becomes necessary to choose the right type of Plastic Container. Some tips for picking up the Best Plastic Food Containers are mentioned hereunder.

Air Tight Containers
The Plastic Food Container should be moisture-proof to keep the food fresh for a long time. Air-Tight Containers can also be stored conveniently in refrigerators. If the container is not air-tight, the stored food will not stay fresh and may even perish during warehousing.

Shape & Size
Plastic Food Containers are available in mostly in round and square shapes. Round containers improve characterize better air circulation and thus maintain the freshness of food for extended duration. On the other hand, square containers can hold a larger amount of food and they maximize food storage space. The volume and nature of food to be stored should be kept in mind while determining the size of the container.

Product Identification
Apart from providing protection to the packaged food item, Plastic Food Container should be such that it facilitates product identification for efficient logistics management. Aesthetics of the packaging contributes to sales appeal and therefore this attribute should be kept in mind as well.

Food Grade Plastic
Plastics may contaminate food that has been stored for long time. Make sure that the plastic containers used are fabricated using Food Grade Plastic that is approved by Food & Drug Administration.

Thermal Stability
Plastic Containers have a tendency to expand or contract with variations in temperature. Choose the containers that exhibit high degree of thermal stability lest changing dimensions may pose serious logistics challenges.

Sarvodaya Company ranks among the leading Manufacturers and Exporters of Plastic Containers (blisters & trays) for food packing, in a wide array of designs and materials. Based in Thane, the company offers Agricultural Packaging, Plastic Food Packaging, Blister Packaging, Plastic Food Containers, etc. Besides, the company also provides Decorative Molding Items. For more details about the company and the Packaging Solutions, offered by it, you can log on to http://www.foodtraypackaging.com/.

 


Cocoa vs Chocolate Only the Winner is a Health Drink

Do you know the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate? Many people think they are the same but they are nutritionally on opposite ends of the spectrum. Hot chocolate is a sugar and fat filled mix that is mostly artificial chemicals and fillers with a chocolate taste.

Because chocolate is high in refined sugar and fat it is nutritionally void. However hot cocoa is the opposite. Nutritionally, hot cocoa is very beneficial. It is full of antioxidants and had been proven to be an extremely healthy food. Hot cocoa is naturally low in calories. You can make your own healthy hot beverage by adding cocoa powder and a small amount of sugar to milk, soy or even hot water.

Drinking hot cocoa has been around for centuries. Modern archaeologists have found evidence of cocoa beans in Olmec tombs as far back as 1500 BC. These ancient rulers drank a bitter mixture of hot water, cocoa powder and spices. The Mayans also fell in love with cocoa beans and developed a drink they named chocolatl.

These cacao beans were so valuable that they could be used as money. The rulers of the Mayan kingdom shared their love of cocoa with the Spanish who them brought it to Europe. It was in Europe that sugar was added and it became the drink we know as hot cocoa.

Cocoa became the Drink of the Gods

We think of hot cocoa as a desert drink but the original drink was a hot and spicy brew containing water, wine and peppers. The Mayan aristocracy had many variations of this beverage which they considered magic. After bringing the cocoa beans back to Europe sugar and milk were added to make a sweet after dinner beverage. Soon the general population could not get enough. Confectioners experimented with the cocoa powder and began making chocolate.

Nowadays people are discovering the powerful nutritional benefits of the cocoa bean. Recent research has found that the flavonoids in chocolate are more powerful than vitamins such as ascorbic acid in protecting circulating lipids from oxidation.

Researchers have discovered that people who eat chocolate and sweets up to three times each month live almost a year longer than people who eat too much or folks that steer clear of junk altogether. (This happy information is from a study done at the Harvard School of Public Health)

Are you Drinking Real Cocoa or just a sugar flavored brown drink?

Don't settle for fake hot chocolate when you can have real delicious and nutritious hot cocoa. Hot cocoa not only tastes better is is so much better for you. The best way to make sure you are getting the real deal is to start with quality cocoa powder. The best cocoa powder is dark brown and will taste bitter by itself.

You can make your won hot beverage by mixing this powder with hot water or just like when you were a kid: real milk. Milk substitutes like: soy milk, coconut milk or rice milk are great for those who are lactose intolerant or who just want to try something different. You can sweeten your drink by adding sugar, honey or agave nectar.

Cocoa contains several bioactive compounds that promote alertness, lessen pain and promote a natural feeling of well-being. For example, one such element, Tryptophan, reduces anxiety by producing serotonin. The compounds in cocoa also produce endorphins which lessen sensitivity to pain.

Scientists have labeled Cocoa "the new vitamin." Health experts are discovering that some of the chemicals in cocoa powder can have a positive effect on the heart and blood circulation.

Harvard researcher, Dr Vinson and his colleagues discovered that the flavonoids in chocolate are even more powerful than vitamins used for anti oxidation. Studies in Atherosclerosis show that the oxidation of lipoproteins is one of the ways that plaque clogs artery walls.

Food scientists from Cornell University state that they have discovered that cocoa has almost twice the antioxidants of red wine and nearly three times the antioxidents of green tea.

Drinking hot cocoa provides more antioxidants than simply eating chocolate candy. The heat releases more of the antioxidants. Some research indicates that ingesting dairy along with cocoa inhibits the absorption of the nutrients. You can get the most nutritional value by combining cocoa powder with a milk substitute like: coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk or even water.

Don't let the picture on the packet food you. Check the ingredients! The primary ingredient in most commercial hot chocolate mixes is sugar. The rest is fat, fillers and artificial flavors. Why settle for a facsimile when you can have the real deal? Real hot cocoa is not only better nutritionally it tastes better too!

The hot creamy cocoa you loved as a kid is now a health food. A guilt free pleasure that's good for you too. You can enjoy a rich cup of hot cocoa every day - just tell your friend it's a nutritional supplement.

 


The Perfect Food is Super Green

Many people are not yet aware that there is a type of nutritional supplement called a super green food that can help prevent disease and reverse the signs of aging. It is comprised of whole foods direct from nature that can actually help conquer cancer, nerve damage, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, clinical depression, as well as provide all the nourishment your body needs to stay healthy and strong - for life. If you want to boost your immune system, energy levels and brain power taking a super green whole food supplement every day can help.

Not your typical pond scum

Most super green foods contain blue green algaes called micro-algae, since they are microscopic forms of freshwater algae. Both chlorella and Spirulina are microscopic plants that grow in fresh water and contain a plethora of nutrition. They've been around for quite some time now: nearly a few billion years. even though these are some of the earliest and simplest life forms on the planet, they appear to have every form of nutrition the human body needs to survive.

These micro-algae contain an astounding array of abundant supply of nutritional elements: vitamins, macrominerals, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, nucleic acids, micro nutrients, chlorophyll, and a vast spectrum of phytochemicals. In fact a person could literally live off these micro-algae and nothing else. They make the perfect whole food supplement because are so nutritionally dense.

Bigger is not always better

These super foods range in size from 2 to 8 microns, which is about the same size as a human blood cell. They appear green due to their high chlorophyll content. Harvesting these nutrients form the algae requires special centrifuge equipment, which is one reason why people don't grow their own micro-algae for individual consumption. Most of these super foods are grown in vast water farms located in parts of the world where the climate is warm and sunny.

Chlorella and Spirulina, two of the main ingredients in most super green foods, contain zero refined carbohydrates; they are high in digestible protein, high in chlorophyll, high in essential fatty acids and have no "bad" fats.

Kelp is a type of seaweed that is a rich source of vitamins, especially the B Vitamins, as well as of many important minerals. Studies have shown that it can be beneficial to brain tissue and the membranes surrounding the brain. You need specific nutrition to support the function of the sensory nerves, and the spinal cord as well as the nails and blood vessels. Kelp can provide this nutrition. It has been used in the treatment of under active thyroid problems because of its iodine content, and is useful for other conditions such as hair loss, obesity and ulcers.

Many health practitioners recommend a daily green food supplement, especially for people with mineral deficiencies or mood disorders. My favorite super green food is Enerfood which you can read more about at ener health botanicals website. It has a mild pleasant taste and a quick boost.

Tryany super green whole food supplement like Enerfood, every day for week. One tablespoon in a glass of juice is all it takes. They are also cost effective. Taking a tablespoon of super green energy food, costs less than a typical fistful of vitamins.

 


Stevia Makes Sweet Healthy

Stevia has been around for several centuries, but research on Stevia started only in the early 20th century. Even with some research conducted, it was only in the past few decades that Stevia has gained recognition. Even then, the recognition has been partially due to the controversies surrounding it and the debates against and for its use. Although there have been different opinions arising on the importance and uses of Stevia, it is now widely accepted by countries and organisations as a sugar replacement, either as a food additive or as a dietary supplement.

Why choose Stevia sweetener?

Is Stevia good for you? Xlear Australia believes in Stevia's potent power to provide you and everyone else a better and healthier sugar replacement, that's why they offer quality Stevia products for your everyday use. Do you know why they trust this all-natural alternative to sugar? Is Stevia extract really more advantageous than sugar or will sugar be always better than a Stevia sweetener? These are all great questions and listed below are some of the reasons of why Xlear Australia believes so strongly in Stevia:

* This small green plant, bearing sweet leaves has been used as a sweetener by Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years and contains a variety of healthful vitamins and minerals that are great for the body.
- Non-toxic and nutrient-rich: contains calcium, phosphorous, sodium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin A and C, and other 100+ phytonutrients
- A digestive aid: reduces gas and stomach acidity, soothes upset stomachs
- A general tonic: increases energy levels and mental activity
- Zero calories (non-caloric): is safe for people with diabetes and hypoglycaemia
- Zero fat and zero carbohydrates: helps fight obesity

* It has medicinal effects that make it beneficial for children and adults alike.
- Ideal for weight loss control and weight management: reduces the craving for sweet, fatty foods or sugar
- Fluoride compatible and inhibits plaque development: helps prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Stabilises blood sugar levels in the body

* It is heat and pH stable.
- Ideal for cooking: does not ferment or darken

Naturally Sweet uses high-grade Stevia extract

It is because of these amazing benefits that Xlear Australia has sourced the best quality Stevia for their range of Naturally Sweet sugar alternative products. You also have to remember that there are some providers of low-grade Stevia being, so make sure you get the top quality product. With Naturally Sweet, you get the best prices without sacrificing quality. Xlear Australia ensures that the Stevia extract used in their Naturally Sweet Stevia sweetener products are of the highest quality - great taste, no bitter aftertaste, affordable, all-natural, and no chemicals or additives.

Xlear Australia understands your health-conscious lifestyle, so you can trust that you only get high-grade all-natural Stevia sweetener at affordable prices.

Where else can you find sugar in its sweetest, healthiest and most natural form? Thanks to Stevia, sweet is now healthy. So if you're trekking on the road towards good health, Xlear Australia's Naturally Sweet Stevia is your best buddy to living a great life.

 


Check Out The Following Guide In Case You're Looking At Acquiring A Meat Smoker

There are a lot of things that make the summer time a great time of the year. There are concerts everywhere, it's nice outside, and there's always something going on virtually every weekend. Also, there are those great weekend parties at your house. Or, at least there will be once you get a great Weber smoker to start cooking and smoking some excellent food.

Having a great smoker will help any one's backyard turn into the place everyone wants to be on one of those lazy Saturday afternoons. Finding the right one is sometimes a little hard because there are so many choices. This article will focus on picking out the right smoker for your backyard.

Most peoples idea of a smoker is a big shed type of enclosure that is up in the wilderness on the side of a mountain man's house and that takes space and a long time to build as well as having all the right material. This is simply not the case and the fact is there are smaller smokers that can do the same thing on a smaller scale that are around the size of a barbeque.

Let us take a look at some of the types of smokers in this category. The Weber Q 100 is a smaller grill that is very affordable to those with a small budget. The cooking area that these Weber smokers offer is around 189 square inches. The 8,500 BTU-per-hour input that this grill provides is good enough to cook just about anything in a short time. The burner is stainless steel, it has a removable catch pan, and the it is started by a push button. Now, lets look at a larger smoker.

The Weber Performer is another Weber smoker, but this one is a little larger than the Weber Q 100. It has a 22.5 inch bowl and lid. It can hold quite a bit of charcoal since it has two charcoal fuel holders. The hinged cooking grate that comes with the smoker is made of plated steel. The grill is started by an ignition button so you don't have to worry about fussing around and lighting it by hand. It also has a dual-purpose thermometer for ease reading of the temperature it is at. It also as the capability to cook just about anything in a short amount of time compared to other forms of cooking like stoves, grills and ovens.

One of the biggest Weber smokers available is the Weber Genesis S-310. This grill is simply huge. It has three stainless steel burners so a lot of food can be cooked at one time. It has an amazing 42,000 BTU-per-hour input! The cooking grates are made of stainless steel and have a diameter of seven millimeters. The cooking area is around 507 square inches, and the warming rack this grill has is about 130 square inches in size. I hope this article has helped you realize the many Weber smokers out there and which Weber smoker grills may be right for you.

 


How to Treat Eating Disorders

Treating people with eating disorders id not always possible and studies have shown that treatment only works on 60% of people with disorders. By the treatment actually working, it means they are able to get back to and stay steady at a healthy weight as well as keep normal eating habits. Their relationships improve with their famlies and friends and their careers blossom.

The treatment has different levels and even the more intense treatments and programs yield 20% of people not being able to recover fully. They continue to worry about eating too much and they constanly monitor their weight. There relationships and work do improve drastically compared to how they were but are not quite at their full potential.

The last 20% of people that go through treatment show no improvement whatsoever and continue to keep food and their weight as the center focus of their lives. This is not a good statistic because those with eating issues that don't get treatment will die early. If they stay in therapy and are cured their chances of fatality drop down to 2-3%.

When people go through treatment for an eating disorder there is no set plan that everyone can follow. It varies from person to person since everyone is unique and has different reasons for why they have problems with their food and weight. It is usually a good idea to have a number of people in your life helping someone get over their disorder such as a doctor, therapist, dietitian and anyone else that can provide support to help someone change for the better. Counseling can help a lot as well and is recommended in one on one as well as group sessions.

Some of the goals set forth by this group of people helping are to:

- Get the person in treatment to get back to a normal weight for their age and height.

- Them being able to have normal eating habits such as eating all types of food rather than just those low in calories and fat.

- Re-building and strengthening relationships with friends and family.

- Learning how to deal with emotions and to cope when they feel anxious when they feel like they use to when they had the disorder.

The main eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. They all have different reasons for happening to a person as well as having different treatments to help recover.

Anorexia is a very serious issue and 25% of people with it have to be checked into a facility to recover or until they get back to 85% of their normal weight. Outpatient programs are also good for those that have not lost too much weight. Drug therapy has not been effective with anorexia but can be prescribed for depression issues. The treatment for anorexia often includes therapy, counseling and nutrition therapy.

Bulimia treatment is similar to anorexia but is most often an oupatient process. Psychotherapy, and group counseling are common effective treatments as well as drugs prescribed for psychological issues and depression. Prozac is one of the main drugs and was approved specifically for bulimia.

 


Foods That Help Your Heart

You already are aware that the body needs the heart to be healthy. Give it some thought: How can the rest of your body stay healthy if your heart isn't healthy? You already know that if you want your heart to be healthy, you need to lead a good and healthy lifestyle and get regular exercise. Did you know, though, that some specific foods are good for improving the health of your heart? If you want to know what to eat to improve your heart health, keep reading.

Beans--seriously--are super good for your heart. The after effects of eating them might not be so pleasant to smell, but they're good for the inside of your body. It doesn't mean, though, that just eating beans will undo the detrimental effects of eating unhealthy foods or make your heart better by magic. What this means is that substituting in edamame or kidney beans for the chicken on your salad or eating a soy burger in place of the hamburger is what you need to do. The good news is that beans taste good--good enough that you might not miss the beef or chicken.

Blueberries are great for your heart. Blueberries have lots of antioxidants, especially pterostilbene. Pterostilbene acts much like the resveratrol in grapes. This particular antioxidant helps your body to be a lot better at breaking down your fats and cholesterol. The easier it is for your body to break down fat and cholesterol, the less likely it is for those things to build up in your system and cause problems for your heart. That means that it helps keep your heart as healthy as it can be.

Fish is just about the healthiest food you can eat. You probably already know this because you've probably been told to make sure that you eat fish at least a couple of times a week. This is especially true if you have problems with your heart or if your heart is unhealthy. Fish has lots of Omega 3's which are what allows your body to process unhealthy cholesterol. Try to eat fish in at least two meals during each week.

Do you remember being told "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Apples are packed full of things that will help your heart be healthier. They have tons of soluble fiber which acts kind of like a scrub brush on your artery walls so that cholesterol can't take hold and build up into blockages. A single Red Delicious apple every day can make your LDL levels drop by as much as eight percent! This is a fantastic number for a person who wants his or her heart to be healthier.

There are lots of foods that you can eat that are good for your body. It's true that everything mentioned in this article can help your body in a variety of ways. They are particularly good, though, for keeping your heart as healthy as it can be. Try introducing these foods into your diet on a regular basis. Your heart will be grateful for it!

 




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