Archive for May, 2011

Dead tired? here’s why.

We tend to say our busy lives are the reasons for our fatigue and most of the time we are right. But other reasons could be causing the fatigue specially if it’s a fatigue that has lasted more than 2/3weeks.

1- Anemia: Women out there who have heavier periods are more at risk for anaemia. The symptoms are: Fatigue is a major one. Others include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heart beat, chest pains and a headache. Simple excercise, such as climbing the stairs or walking short distances, can cause fatigue.

2- Diabetes: It’s a very common illness which often goes unseen. The symptoms are: Aside from exhaustion, other signs include excessive thirst, frequent urination, hunger, weight loss, irritability, vaginal yeast infections and blurred vision.

3- Thyroid Disease: When your thyroid hormones are out of whack, even everyday activities will make you feel wiped out.Here are the symptoms:Hyperthyroidism causes muscle fatigue and weakness, which you may notice first in the thighs. Exercise such as riding a bike or climbing stairs become more difficult. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, feeling warm all the time, increased heart rate, shorter or less frequent menstrual flow and increased thirst. Hyperthyroidism causes fatigue, an inability to concentrate, and muscle soreness, even with minor activity. Other symptoms include weight gain due to water retention, feeling cold all the time (even in warmer weather) ,heavier and more frequent menstrual flows and constipation.

4- Depression: And I don’t mean ” the blues” but depression as in the illness which can affect our lives in a major way. Symptoms are decreased energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, problems with memory and concentration, and feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness and negativity.

5- Rheumatoid Arthritis: RA happens when your immune system turns against itself and attacks healthy joint tissue, sometimes resulting in irreversible damage to bone and cartilage. It has many symptoms including fatigue, low energy, loss of appetite and joint pain. Also anaemia and thyroid disorders are more common in people with RA.

6- Sleep Apnea: it’s a disorder characterised by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. In the most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, your upper airway actually closes or collapses for a few seconds, which, in turn, alerts your brain to wake you up to begin breathing again.The symptoms are  snoring and is generally followed by tiredness the next day. Because sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, it’s important to be tested. It can be really serious.

7- Chronic fatigue: Being too tired all the time to even carry on with your daily activities. Symptoms are: headache, muscle and joint pain, tender lymph nodes, and an inability to concentrate. It remains puzzling, because it has no known cause.

I really hope that none of you has any of these conditions. But if you have doubts, go check it out.

Wish you days full of energy and no tiredness :p

Cheers xox


May 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Fast food that won’t ruin our diet? WHERE?!

We all like fast food but feel guilty eating them. I literally feel the fat settle down in my tummy when I eat them. But some fast food could be guilt free! Great news right?? Here’s a list!

1- Burger King: BK Veggie Burger  and you can use mayo! that way you’re eating grains, protein, fruit, and dairy 🙂

This is 465 calories.

2- Blimpie: Turkey and Provolone Sandwich 

This is 380 calories.

3- Panera Bread: Black Bean Soup & Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich and order an iced tea next to it for a total of 462 calories.

4- Ranch 1: Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This is 400 calories

5- McDonald’s: Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken add a ull dressing packet, and soda for a total of 420calories.

6- TacoTime: Soft Chicken Taco it’s full of taste and only for 360calories

7- Great Steak: Chicken Philly Slider this looks sooo yummy and it’s only 415 calories. Perfect for lunch with a friend, don’t you think?

8- Samurai Sam’s: Teriyaki Chicken Bowl The grilled chicken provides an excellent source of protein, while the brown rice has more fiber than white rice and the fresh steamed vegetables round out the meal. For reasonable 470 calories.

9- Subway: Roasted Chicken Sandwich. Yeyyy we get to eat subway and don’t feel guilty!! A yummy 382calories!

OK prepare yourself for the next one because God it’s yummyyyyyyy!!!

10- Cold Stone Creamery: Sinless Cake Batter with Fudge and only 230 calories!!!! 😀

So what do you think? makes you happy knowing this doesn’t it? At least it makes me happy!


May 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

10 tips to give u a faster metabolism. Who doesn’t want one?

Who doesn’t envy people who eat and never gain weight? lucky them they were just born with a fast metabolism. Interested in having a fast metabolism? well here’s 10tips to help you get there overnight.

1. Eat little and often 

Every time we eat, we burn off calories through excess heat production, digestion and absorption of the food. This is called dietary thermogenesis and accounts for approximately 10% of our daily use of calories.

Research shows that eating small, regular meals helps increase the amount of dietary thermogenesis that takes place and therefore burns more calories than eating one large meal per day. It also helps to keep hunger at bay reducing the likelihood of over eating.

2. Pack in some protein 
Protein rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, seeds and tofu require up to 18% more energy to be eaten, digested and absorbed than carbohydrates or fats so make sure your diet consists of the recommended intake (15% of calories coming from protein) by adding a little in to each meal or snack you have. His will also help to slow the rate of digestion helping you to feel fuller for longer.

3. Spice up your life!
Several clinical research studies have found that an ingredient known as capsaicin found in spices, particularly chilli, can raise the metabolic rate slightly after a meal. This is because the heart rate increases when spices are eaten. Spices are also a great way of flavouring low fat dishes and they’re good for you as many contain high concentrations of antioxidants so use them liberally without guilt!

4. Give yourself a caffeine kick!
Just two and a half cups of caffeine containing coffee or cola can raise the metabolism by 10% – 30% for 1 to 3 hours after drinking them. This is because caffeine increases both the heart rate and the circulating amounts of the hormone, adrenaline. Good news for calorie burning but not so great for overall health if drunk to excess so limit your intake to a maximum of 3 or 4 cups a day.

5. Go green
A Swiss study found that people who drink green tea burned significantly more calories than those who didn’t. It is thought that the phytochemical flavanoids found in the tea may affect the ‘energy’ hormone noradrenalanie which in turn, may speed up the rate at which fat is burned in the body. Green tea is also extremely good for overall health.

6. Start fidgeting
According to researchers at the highly renowned Mayo Clinic people who naturally fidget, move around and change posture burn up to 400 more calories a day than those who are less active. The researchers labelled this factor NEAT (for non-exercise activity thermo genesis).

7. Get excited
Emotions such as excitement or stress can increase the amount of adrenaline that is released into the system. This hormone speeds up the metabolic rate therefore increasing the amount of calories burned overall.

8. Turn down the thermostat
Try turning down the thermostat in your home or office by just a few degrees.  This will force the body to burn more calories so that it can stay at its preferred temperature of 37 degrees.

9. Update your CV – and no, we’re not talking about your resume!
It won’t come as any surprise to learn that cardio-vascular (C.V) exercise such as walking, swimming, running, dancing and cycling automatically increases your metabolic rate.  However, you may be surprised to learn that by adding a few short, sharp bursts of higher intensity exercise into your usual workout can ensure your metabolic rate remains elevated for up to 38 hours after leaving the gym!

So, pepper your usual jog with a few short sprints, alternate every fourth length of breast stroke with one of super fast front crawl, increase the resistance on the exercise bike for 30 seconds out of every five minutes or power walk between every second lamp post and then go home and collapse on the sofa content in the knowledge that you’re burning extra calories even whilst you rest!

10. And finally, start strength training!  
It might not work overnight but strength training (working your muscles against a resistance sufficient to ensure you cannot do more than ten repetitions of the exercise) is still one of the most effective ways going to increase your metabolic rate.  In fact, you’ll burn an extra 50 calories a day for every pound of muscle tissue you put on.

May 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Let’s start by connecting with the inner us

So I kinda gave up on my blog for a while because of exams and studies but now I’m back! So I’ll be posting stuff all the time you might tell me to stop! :p

The 1st thing I wanna let you know about after the comeback is a few questions that I think every person should answer, they help you connect with yourself more and discover yourself. So here you go, start having a deeper look at yourself.

  1. What is that thing that no one, not even your partner, your mother or your best friend, knows about you?
  2. What would make you feel embarrassed in public?
  3. What do you think is your biggest flaw? What have you done about it?
  4. What is your biggest strength? How did you develop it?
  5. What do you have to put up with in your life? How long have you been tolerating it
  6. If you could change your name, what would your new name be?
  7. If you could change your appearance, how would you decide to look?
  8. What color dominates your wardrobe? How do you feel when you wear that color? Why?
  9. Which song do you sing only when you’re alone? What memory does it bring back?
  10. Whom do you secretly envy? Why?
  11. What do you really want? But really…
  12. What is the way you often sabotage yourself?
  13. Who would you like to please the most?
  14. What do you think a stranger’s first impression of you would be?
  15. What recurring dream do you have? What do you think is the message your subconscious is sending you through that dream?
  16. What would you try now if you were sure you wouldn’t fail?
  17. What was that thing you never tried because you were afraid of failure?
  18. What was your greatest disappointment in life?
  19. As a kid, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
  20. What are you really good at?
  21. What can you do better?
  22. What worries you the most when you think about your future?
  23. What really sucks in your life? Who has the power to change it?
  24. What is your life really about? What is your purpose in life?
  25. What fear could wake you in the middle of the night?
  26. What joy could wake you in the middle of the night?
  27. What are you grateful for?
  28. What time of the day do you feel the most energetic? And what do you usually do in those moments?
  29. If you knew you had only one week to live, how and with whom would you spend it?
  30. Why do you think your most favorite film touches you so deeply?
  31. What are you really bad at?
  32. Who would you like to forgive and forget?
  33. What do you want people you meet for the first time to think about you?
  34. What’s your most striking physical attribute? Do you like it?
  35. If you had the opportunity to go back in time and make a change, would you still want to have the same parents?
  36. f you could get rid of one of your responsibilities today, what would that be?
  37. What is the biggest lie you tell yourself?
  38. What do you think is missing in your life?
  39. What do you think is the biggest injustice that was ever done to you?
  40. What type of person angers you the most?
  41. Who never fails to make you feel good about yourself?
  42. If you could start all over again, what would you want to study?
  43. Which type of intelligence do you wish you had: kinetic, visual, interpersonal, linguistic or mathematical?
  44. What was the one opportunity you always believed you’ve missed out on?
  45. What do you like about yourself the most?
  46. What do you regret the most?
  47. What is the most hurtful thing you’ve ever witnessed? Why did it affect you?
  48. What would you like most to be acknowledged for in your life?
  49. What is the first thought that usually crosses your mind the second you open your eyes in the morning?
  50. What is that thing about yourself you’re sick and tired of?
  51. Who really depends on you? Why?
  52. What was the main factor that played a role in your biggest mistake?
  53. What was the main factor that played a role in your biggest success?
  54. What childhood memory sizzles your heart?
  55. What was the most frustrating period in your creative life?
  56. Do you love yourself?
Yes there’s a FEW questions but they are really worth it and I hope you all answer YES to the last one because no matter what we gotta love ourselves.

May 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

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