All You Should Know About Day Off Dieting

Staying in shape, and losing weight is hard. We all know that its 80% diet and 20% exercise, but there are those days (or weeks) when you just want to be lazy and stay laying down on the couch, not counting calories or steps. Well luckily for you, here are some tips and tricks that you can do at home so that you can stay on that couch wrapped under that warm blanket watching Netflix and not feeling guilty about it.

Food:

Tip #1: Squeezing out three tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and mixing it in a cup of water is the first thing you should do when you wake up. Research shows that these small spoonfuls can reduce blood sugar level fluctuation by 15%.

Tip #2: Eat spicily! Simply adding jalapeƱos or a spicy sauce, or seasoning to your food can increase your metabolism by 20%, as well as help regulate digestion, which will result in a flatter stomach and less bloating.

Tip #3: There are some things that you can have right before bed. A cup of green tea before bed will help control your metabolism rate while you are asleep and can increase that rate by 10%, just from one cup of yummy green tea. The same goes for a teaspoon of peanut butter. Yes, you heard me; peanut butter. Your body must work harder while you sleep to digest that peanut butter, thus resulting in a faster metabolism rate and more calories burned at night.

Tip #4: You know when you had lunch, and you think you can last till dinner without a snack? Get that thought out of your head right now! There is a magical hour that happens every day between 3 and 4 pm; it’s called the Powerful Protein hour. 3 pm till 4 pm is usually the time between lunch and dinner, adding a protein-powered snack during this time will help increase metabolism speed, while the protein will keep you fuller longer, which will help you from over eating during dinner time.

Dining Etiquette:

Tip #1: Eat from dessert plates. Get rid of those big plates; big plates lead to big waist lines, and we don’t want that. Smaller plates = smaller waist lines. Now this regards psychology. You see when we eat from big plates we put more food on, and our brain tells us that we should finish more of the food. But eating from smaller plates will trick your brain into thinking that you finished a whole “plate full” of food, which will save you from over eating, and usually will save you from going up and getting seconds.

Tip #2: Contrasting colors, doesn’t only have to go for furniture or painting. But it goes to your kitchen as well. Eat your food from contrasting color plates. So, let’s say you are eating a green salad, try eating it from a red plate next time. If your food, and your plate, are too similar in color your brain will allow you to eat more than needed; contrasting colors will make you pay more attention to the volume of food on the plate and keep your brain from blending them both together.

Tip #3: Alrighty, raise your nondominant hand, now eat with it. Most snack binges occur because we don’t have to think about the process. Research has shown that eating with your non-dominant hand and thinking about the process will result in you eating less and become more aware of your eating decisions

So there we have it. These tricks will not only help you boost your metabolism without timing snacks and meals, and without counting calories. It also allows you to feed your sweet tooth at night with some yummy peanut butter. And the dining etiquette totally allows you to explain your new and bright cupboards to your friends. Enjoy that lazy day on the couch.

Treatment For A Cold And The Flu

Although the cold and flu have almost similar symptoms, the fact is they are two totally different conditions caused by two distinctly different viruses. As such the treatments too differ.

Symptoms And Treatment For A Cold

The most common symptoms of a cold are a runny nose or a stuffed nose and a congested chest. Sometimes this is accompanied by a cough, body ache and a low fever.

The primary treatment for cold aims to ease these symptoms so that your child may be more comfortable. Nasal decongestants are often prescribed to provide relief for older children. These work by constricting the blood vessels so that the nasal lining does not swell and block the nasal passage.

Other over-the-counter medication may sometimes be prescribed to reduce the fever and alleviate the body pain.

Symptoms And Treatment For Flu

Fever and an all-over achy feeling are the common symptoms of the flu. These are sometimes accompanied by a cough and cold.

The primary treatment for flu aims to reduce the fever and ease the body ache.

How to protect your child from getting a cold or the flu

The cold and the flu are both contagious. Most children contract the virus through their children that they come in contact with in school, at the day care or in the park. Avoiding these places is almost impossible. However there are a few things you can do to minimize the odds.

Making sure your child washes their hands after they come home from school or the park is one of the best protective measures you can take. While this may not be possible all the time, try and keep them away from other children who are sick to minimize the risk of exposure.

Should You Give Your Child Antibiotics To Treat A Cold Or The Flu

Many parents rush to give their child antibiotics in the hope that their child will get well sooner rather than later. The truth is these do not work on either colds or the flu because both of these conditions are caused by viruses.

Sometimes however, when the symptoms persist for an extended period of time, they are often followed by a bacterial infection such as a sinus infection or an infection of the ear canal. If this happens, antibiotics may be necessary.

Note of caution – antibiotics should never be given to children without first consulting your child’s pediatrician. In fact it is a good idea not to give your child any type of medication unless prescribed by the pediatrician who will first conduct a thorough diagnosis and only then recommend the appropriate medicines.