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Saturday, April 7, 2012

7 Tips to STOP Getting Sick

Note: The tips in this article can work anytime of the year to keep you healthy, strengthen your immune system, and prevent you from getting sick…not just in the winter months!

First of all, let us clear up a HUGE misconception about why more people get sick in the winter compared to warmer times of the year.  Let's talk about cold temperatures first.  You should realize that there's no such thing as "catching a cold".   I can't believe how many people still have this huge misconception that cold temperatures can make you sick…

This is blatantly false… Cold temperatures do NOT make you sick!

In fact, did you know that there are multiple studies that actually show that exposure to cold increases your immunity?  It's true!  One study I read recently even showed that cold therapy such as ice water baths or other cold water exposure (such as cold water swimming) stimulates an improvement in your immune system.

What about so-called "germs"?

So are there really more germs and cold & flu viruses floating around in the winter?  No, of course not!  In fact, some medical articles I've read have indicated that there might actually be a slightly larger amount of cold and flu viruses all around us in the summer due to more favorable conditions for their survival on surfaces.

So then why do more people get sick in the winter?  Well, I'll give you a hint… it's not the temperature, but rather the strength of the suns rays, and how this affects your health… In winter in the northern hemisphere (Canada, US, Europe, etc) sicknesses spike, but at the same time, it's summer in the southern hemisphere (South America, Australia, New Zealand, etc), and while sicknesses are spiking in the northern hemisphere, sicknesses are at their lowest point in the southern hemisphere since it's their summer.

And then when we're in summer in the northern hemisphere and most sicknesses go away, it's winter in the southern hemisphere, so colds, flu, and other sicknesses spike in the southern hemisphere.

So is it the warm temperatures that decreases sickness?  Nope… It's actually all about the strength of the suns rays, and how much vitamin D your body produces due to the UVB rays on your skin!

There are 2 theories that many people pass around as to why more colds, flu, and sickness occur in the winter depending on which part of the world you're in…

Theory 1.  It may have to do with people generally spending more time indoors in the winter and thereby being exposed to more germs in enclosed buildings.  It's a nice theory, but people are generally still in offices from 9-5 all week long whether it's summer or winter.  As you'll see, theory 2 is the REAL culprit!

Theory 2.   The reason people get sick more in the winter is mostly due to a drastic reduction in their body's production of Vitamin D, which is directly responsible for how strong their immune system is.

The suns rays are too weak in the winter generally (depending on the latitude that you live), and therefore, Vitamin D levels in the body drop significantly, which reduces immunity. Most people don't realize how important sunlight and Vitamin D levels really are towards so many functions inside their body, including immune system and hormone production and balance.

Even for people that get outdoors in the winter often, if you live in the northern hemisphere to the North of an imaginary line from approximately Atlanta to Los Angeles, the suns rays are not strong enough in the winter months (approximately November through end of February) to stimulate any significant Vitamin D production inside your body.

This aspect of lack of Vitamin D production and lowered immune strength in the winter months is what is actually the REAL reason why more sickness goes around in the winter.  So you can silently chuckle to yourself the next time that someone tells you to "bundle up" so you don't catch a cold.

So how can you boost your immune system so that your body fights off sickness before it takes hold of you?

So here is my little ritual that I have been using for a few years now and really seems to keep me from getting any colds, flu, or any sickness at all.

As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I was legitimately sick. I think it's been 6 or 7 years since I've actually been sick.  How many times have you been sick in the last 7 years?

Every time I feel a cold or something starting to come on, I do this ritual, strengthen my immune system, and my body always fights off the cold or sickness before I actually get full-blown sick.

Here are my 7 most powerful tips to boost your immune system:
1. Focus on Vitamin D (but NOT in "fortified" foods or artificial pills)

This is probably THE most important of all of these tips!

If you get your vitamin D levels tested, you generally want to be between 40-70 ng/ml.  You might be surprised to know that MOST people have low vitamin D levels (especially in the winter), and you might be surprised to find that you could be dangerously low.  Some people I know who thought they were reasonably healthy actually had levels below 20 ng/ml, which is a range that could severely limit your immune system and hormone balance (and explains the frequent colds and hormone problems that they were having).

Personally, I found out that my winter levels last year were lower than I thought (around 35 ng/ml last winter) and then after getting a few weeks of summer sun, my levels had jumped up to 52 ng/ml, which is much healthier.  This was without any Vitamin D supplements as I wanted to get a good idea of where my levels stood from just food intake and sunshine as my sources.

When it comes to Vitamin D, you need to be careful about artificial forms of vitamin D in many vitamin pills, as artificial vitamin forms are almost always either ineffective or possibly even detrimental compared to natural forms.  Vitamin D2 is generally the artificial version in supplements.  Vitamin D3 from either cod liver oil or an oil-based D3 supplement are better options.

Keep in mind that it's best to get your vitamin D naturally from the sun.  The sun is the absolute best source of vitamin D, and leads to a powerful strengthening of your immune system when your body can naturally produce Vitamin D from moderate sun exposure.  When the UVB rays (not UVA rays) from mid-day sun hit your skin, it reacts with oils in your skin to produce vitamin D that is slowly adbsorbed by your body.  Note that sunscreens block the ability of your body to produce vitamin D.

Here is a previous article I did on how to get sun exposure in a healthy way without damaging your skin

I know not everybody can take a tropical vacation every winter, but if you can, it's best to try to take it right smack dab in the middle of the winter (when your vitamin D levels have dropped to their lowest)… getting even a few days of good sun closer to the equator in the middle of winter can really help increase your vitamin D and strengthen your immune system.

Remember that this does NOT mean getting burned in the sun… it means getting a moderate amount of sun on large portions of your body (not just your face) for approx 15-40 minutes per day WITHOUT sunscreen on (since sunscreen blocks the UV rays that directly stimulate the vitamin D increase in your body).   Also, as a warning about sunscreens, see this article here about why sunscreens can cause cancer and increase body fat.

Everybody is different based on their skin tone… very pale skin tones may only need 10-15 minutes or so in full sun in the middle of the day to get adequate vitamin D before any skin damage occurs, but darker skin tones may need a slightly longer time (sometimes 40-60 minutes) in the sun to produce adequate vitamin D.  To protect your skin, it's essential to get enough sun without sunscreen on, but NOT get burned.

In general, the UVB rays are only strongest from about 10 am to 3 pm to trigger Vitamin D production in your body (depending on time of year, latitude, and altitude).  For example, in NY city, while you may be able to produce vitamin D in your skin between 10am to 3pm in mid July, that time frame when UVB rays are strong enough might have shrunk to only 1130am to 1pm by mid September… and by the end of October in NYC, you probably won't be able to produce any vitamin D even in mid-day sun as the sun is too low in the sky and UVB rays too weak.

With that said, I understand that a tropical vacation in the winter is not possible for everybody's schedule based on either work or finances, so…

Since you may not be going on a tropical vacation this winter, how can you still keep Vitamin D levels from falling dangerously low in your body?

Well, the best food sources of natural Vitamin D are egg yolks, fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, organ meats, and some mushrooms (some portobella mushrooms and maitake mushroom are fairly good sources of vitamin D, although the type of vitamin D in mushrooms might not be the best utilized source).  However, keep in mind that it's tough to get enough vitamin D in the winter from food sources alone.

But what I do to make sure I'm at least getting a decent amount of the best absorbed vitamin D is to take a moderate dose of cod liver oil daily in the deepest months of winter to make sure my vitamin D levels don't fall too low.  Make sure to take only small to moderate doses of cod liver oil (enough for about 100% to 150% DV of vitamin D), as large doses can give you an overdose of Vitamin A.

What I've done lately is to only take cod liver oil about 3 days per week, to prevent taking in too much vitamin A.  On the other 4 days per week (only in the winter), I take an oil-based vitamin D3 supplement. It's important to choose an oil-based D3 supplement as it's better utilized by your body.

I'm also a big fan of Prograde Nutrition's natural VGF-25 multi-vitamin, which derives it's vitamin D from natural fish liver oil instead of a synthetic form of vitamin D.  All of the other vitamins in VGF-25 (which stands for "25 veggies, greens, and fruits") are naturally derived too instead of most multi-vitamins that you find at your corner store that are synthetic.

By the way, fortified milk has added synthetic vitamin D, so it is NOT a good source.  In fact, I don't trust any "fortified" foods at all, including crappy breakfast cereals which claim to be good sources of vitamin D… not so!  Also make sure to read this article, which explains how our food supply has been modified in recent decades and now lacks the vitamin D that it used to contain.

2. Garlic to strengthen your immune system!

Garlic is one of the most potent of all superfoods!  Not only does high dose garlic go back thousands of years for treatment of sickness, but recent studies back up the legendary claims for garlic boosting your immune system.

What's best though — "aged" garlic pills, whole garlic in foods, capsules, etc?  I can't seem to find a consensus on this one, so what I simply try to do is use a variety of sources, including garlic powder on a lot of my foods, fresh chopped garlic in meals, and also a garlic capsule or two each day.

If I feel a possible cold or sickness coming on, I really start loading garlic into my foods heavily and I take a few extra garlic capsules that day too.
3. Kombucha tea (and other sources of probiotics) strengthen your immune system

Kombucha tea is a fermented tea (naturally effervescent) that contains billions of friendly gut organisms (probiotics) that help to strengthen your immune system by bolstering your levels of good organisms in your gut.

Remember that 70% of your immune system lies in your gut flora and the health of the friendly organisms in there to protect you against pathogens and sickness.

You can find bottles of Kombucha tea or other probiotic drinks at health food stores such as Whole Foods.

When I feel any sickness coming on, I start loading up on Kombucha tea or another probiotic drink, drinking it throughout the day. It has a strong taste, so I mix it with my normal iced teas at 1/3 Kombucha and 2/3 regular iced tea.  I've started seeing other probiotic drinks on the market recently too, so just make sure to look for one that has very minimal sugar per serving (3-6 grams per 8 oz serving is acceptable, but much more than that is too sugary).  Kevita is one brand of probiotic drink that is really delicious and has minimal sugar, while also containing around 20 Billion organisms per bottle I believe.

You can also get beneficial probiotics from fermented foods such as sauerkraut (non-canned), yogurt, kimchi, and other fermented foods.  There are also plenty of probiotic supplements you can take, one of which is a delicious drink called Athletic Greens, which contains 7.0 Billion probiotics per serving among 76 other superfood ingredients.  Great stuff!
4. Green tea, Chamomile Tea, and other teas

There is evidence that green tea and chamomile tea can help aid in strengthening the immune system.

Even if the effect is small, you can't go wrong because both are loaded with powerful antioxidants unique to each tea.

For that reason, I try to drink a couple cups of green tea with a small bit of raw honey early in the day, and then at night, I have a couple cups of chamomile tea.

This isn't a bad idea even for a regular habit, but it's even more important when you feel a sickness possibly coming on.  I also drink a lot of other teas too such as Rooibos tea, which is thought to be even higher in antioxidants than green tea.
5. Loading up on antioxidants

We already know how important antioxidants are to overall health as well as immune system support.

For this reason, I make sure to really load up on antioxidant-rich fruits, berries, teas, unsweetened cocoa (in smoothies, etc), and veggies to help prevent sickness.

I also make sure to take my daily Longevity Antioxidant blend from my friends at Prograde, which is a powerful synergistic antioxidant mixture of green tea, wolfberry, acai berry, Biovin grape, coffeeberry, and pomegranate.

I get that here:  Prograde Longevity Synergistic Antioxidant blend

Sometimes I make what I call my "Superhuman smoothie", which I believe can really bolster your immune system, with loads of powerful antioxidant-rich berries, raw cacao, maca, spirulina, chia seeds, etc, etc.

6. Light exercise (yes – light exercise, not hard)

When you feel a sickness coming on, a super-high intensity workout is not a good idea, as hard training forces the body to do a lot of recovery, this at a time when your body needs all of it's efforts on trying to fight off the oncoming sickness.

Although I usually recommend high intensity training most times… when sickness might be coming on, it's just a good idea to get some light exercise instead.

Personally, I like to get outside for some fresh air and go for a hike or go snowshoeing in the winter. These aren't very strenuous for me, so they won't cause my body to be forced to do a lot of recovery… but just getting out in the fresh air and getting the circulation going I feel is good to help the body fight off the sickness.
7. Avoid ALL processed foods and sweetened soft drinks

If you're serious about your health and getting lean for life, this should be an everyday rule for you anyway (except maybe for cheat meals)…

However, when you might have a sickness coming on, this is no time to bombard your body with processed foods, inflammatory omega-6 oils (soybean oil, corn oil, etc), fried foods, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, and chemical additives.

All of these force your body to do extra work to deal with all of this junk and the internal inflammation that they cause in your body.  And by the way, grain-based foods like bread, cereal, muffins, pasta, and bagels are a big culprit in causing internal inflammation and disrupting normal gut function, so avoid grains as much as possible.  In case you're new to the science of Paleolithic nutrition, humans don't actually need grains to survive…grains were never a part of the ancient human diet until agriculture came around just a few thousand years ago.

Instead, (especially when you might be getting sick) you need to give your body only wholesome unprocessed foods that are only 1 ingredient and that we were meant to digest most efficiently…fruits, berries, veggies, eggs, nuts, seeds, grass-fed meats, etc.

I also have a daily serving of immune system boosting Athletic Greens, which is surprisingly delicious, plus contains loads of probiotics and antioxidants, and other immune supporting superfoods (76 superfoods mixed into one delicious drink!).

These 7 tips will go a LONG way to helping to ward off that sickness that is trying to get a hold of you… Here's to a healthy strong body!

Note: I'm not a doctor, and none of these tips are prescriptions for any individual person… they are simply the steps I've personally used over the years to successfully fight off sickness pretty much every single time.  Again, I haven't been legitimately sick in at LEAST 6 or 7 years now that I use these steps!

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7 Super-Effective Tips for Losing Stomach Fat & Getting Lean Six Pack Abs for Life

1.  Mike, what is the number one component to getting a six pack?

MG: Your training style, nutrition, and mindset are all extremely important if you want to stand a chance at getting a six pack… However, if I had to choose 1 component that is most important, it would probably have to be nutrition. Maybe you've heard the saying before that "abs are made in the kitchen".get ripped six pack abs

It really is true, and that's where the majority of people go wrong in the goal to get super lean. Of course, this also ties into mindset, because you really have to get your mind in the right place in order to have the discipline to be able to eat consistently clean enough to get six pack abs.

There's a lot of confusion out there these days about calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrates… every "expert" disagrees with one another on proper ratios and types of diets.  I think people make this way too complicated… If you are just to focus on a good balance between fats, carbs, and proteins, and make sure to eat only natural unprocessed organic foods (as close to their natural state as possible) instead of packaged, processed foods, a lot of the problems that most people have with cravings, a sweet tooth, overeating, blood sugar swings, etc all take care of themselves.

We still can't lose sight of the fact that you can overeat on healthy foods and gain fat even while eating healthy. Therefore, your caloric intake needs to be controlled to a level that will promote fat loss if that's the goal.


2.  Excellent Mike!  Next question… What is one thing I might be doing, unknowningly, steering my quest for a six pack in the wrong direction?

MG:  I'll give 2 things that may be steering you in the wrong direction…

a. Too much cardio

Some people, in their efforts to try to get lean, focus way too much on hours and hours of cardio exercise. The problem is that this can backfire on you by making you lose lean muscle mass over time, which decreases your resting metabolic rate. Once this happens, it becomes easier to pack on body fat than ever before.  I've even seen many people that do too much cardio and end up getting that "skinny fat" appearance, where they have very little muscle tone, yet they have excess stomach fat (even a "gut" possibly).

Instead of excess cardio, focus more on high intensity weight training (yes, even during a "cutting" cycle, where heavier training is even MORE important). This will help maintain your lean muscle mass throughout your body, so that you don't experience the metabolic rate decrease. Maintaining as much lean muscle mass on your body at all times is one of the most important things for staying super-lean for life.

b. Not eating enough healthy fats

This is another area where I see people go in the wrong direction. They are trying to lose body fat and they end up going WAY too low on their fat intake. When you decrease your fat intake too much, you are basically messing up your fat burning and muscle building hormones. It's not uncommon to see people decrease their fat intake too low and end up reducing their testosterone levels significantly.

Try to get some sources of healthy fats with every meal to make sure you don't go too low… This could be avocados, any and all nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, etc), seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), nut butters (almond butter, natural peanut butter, etc), virgin coconut oil (good source of medium chain triglycerides), extra virgin olive oil, grass fed beef (good source of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3s), whole eggs (yes, whole eggs…not egg whites), etc.


3. What is one unique way of boosting your metabolism, to finally burn fat, that I might be overlooking?

MG:  Incorporate any form of clean & presses into your routines twice per week. This could be barbell clean & presses or using kettlebells or dumbbells.  If I had to choose one exercise that burns the most calories and has the biggest impact on increasing your metabolic rate, I'd have to choose high intensity clean & presses (with squats and deadlifts being at the top of the pack also).  I like alternating the use of barbells for C&P's one workout and kettlebells for another.

If you want to learn more about how to train with kettlebells, see this article.


4. What is your number one plateau busting secret to lose the last 10 pounds?

MG:  When you get to the point that you're already fairly lean, but just need to lose that last 5 or 10 lbs of body fat that is covering up your abs, you really need to take your workouts to a whole new level of intensity.

Consider adding all-out wind sprints and/or hill sprints into your routine if you want to take it to the next level of intensity.

As for gym workous, this also means no jibber-jabbering for 5 minutes in between sets at the gym… Instead, you need laser-focused intensity, and one of the best ways to keep high intensity is super-setting or alternating sets. This means while you're resting one area of your body, you're working another area of your body. I usually like to do this by alternating a really tough lower body exercise such as a squat, lunge, or deadlift, with a multi-joint upper body exercise such as a bench press, overhead press, bent over row, or pullup.

Think short rest periods, full body exercises, multi-joint exercises, lots of sweat, and your chest heaving for air… if that's what your workout is looking like, then you're on the right path.  If not, then you're not working hard enough.


5. What is your advice for me to deal with the social temptations of alcohol, eating out, and junk food?

MG: This is something many people struggle with, but if you set some limits, it can be easy to deal with and still stay lean. One thing I'd suggest is to make sure to not get in a habit of drinking alcohol excessively on a daily basis. If you're going to go out and have some fun with friends, try to limit the drinking to only 1 or 2 days max per week. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we can still go out and have fun with our friends without getting totally smashed.

You need to decide what is more important in your life… do you want to live healthy and have a strong lean body, or do you want to get full-blown drunk every night? There's a lot more to life than alcohol.  This article explains some tips for moderate drinkers to stay lean.

As for eating out… If you're serious about getting and staying lean, eating out should only be an occasional event. Cooking your own food on a daily basis is extremely important as it's very hard to know what is in all of the junk at restaurants and fast food joints. One of the tricks I use when eating out is to NEVER eat fries or sodas (in fact, I never eat fries or sodas AT ALL).

Instead, go ahead and order that burger, but substitute steamed veggies or a salad for the fries. Almost every restaurant will make that substitution for you. And water or unsweetened iced tea are the best beverage options to keep the calories under control when eating out.


6.  Why do I lose motivation when trying to get a six pack?

MG: Most people lose motivation because they simply aren't seeing the results fast enough. If that's why you lose motivation, go back to all of the tips and techniques we've been talking about in here and see where your nutrition or training programs are going wrong so you can get faster results.  Be patient and consistent and the results will come.

Also, you can really stay motivated by focusing on what has been successful so far. For example, maybe your fat loss hasn't been what you wanted so far, but maybe you've increased your pullups from 8 to 13 and your squat weight from 185 to 225 lbs for the same reps. Keep focusing on your successes rather than your failures, and keep going for more successes.

More motivation tips — Train regularly with a partner. This will keep you both focused and will keep you accountable to someone other than yourself. You don't want to disappoint someone else that you've made a goal with.

Also, keep a picture up in your house or at work of someone's body that motivates you to strive for those results. Look at it every day and keep visualizing your own body improving. Set a realistic goal and a time frame to acheive that goal, such as "I will lose 15 lbs of body fat in the next 8 weeks". The important thing here is realistic goal… don't expect to lose 30 lbs in 30 days (despite those weight loss scam ads that you see everywhere claiming BS like this).


7. I understand you have the number one six pack abs program on the Internet – Truth About Abs.  Why do you think it's so popular?

My Truth about Six Pack Abs program is so popular because it works!  It's REAL nutrition and REAL training programs instead of useless gimmicks and fads.  I give the TRUTH on what people really need to get lean sexy abs for life and why they DON'T NEED fad gimmicks like diets, ab infomercial gadgets, and bogus fat burning pills that people waste way too much money on.


8.  Who should order Truth About Abs and who is this program not for?

program for getting six pack absThis program is for anyone that wants to truly live healthy and get super-lean for life. I have college students, parents, busy professionals, and even grandparents using this program successfully.

Who is this program NOT for?  Anyone who is lazy, or thinks that there is a "quick fix" out there.  There isn't! So stop looking for a quick fix, and learn the truth!

Plus, when you go to order, I'm actually allowing everyone reading this to "try it before you buy it", so that way you can try out the program, start seeing real results, and then decide if it's right for you.

Check out some of the tremendous results that other readers are getting with the Truth about Abs program

Also, you can view some of the most common questions and answers about Truth about Abs

The Real Cost of Buying a New Computer

So your computer is starting to slow down and you need to look into replacing it? Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars because you don't think your old rig is up to the speed of things, consider the real cost of upgrading that old machine.

The Hardware

Many people thing the cost of the hardware is upfront. After all, there is a big sticker price on the machine that tells you what it costs. But, don't forget about the taxes, the rebates, and the warranties that you'll need to pay for. For example, a $500 computer will probably come with an extra $40 in taxes, as well as a $100 warranty to add on to the cost. Additionally, you'll find that many computers on "sale" are going to actually cost you more in cash as you have to take advantage of rebates that need to be mailed in.

The Service

Most new computers these days are loaded down with a ton of unwanted factoryware and don't even come with the restore discs for your operating system. So, the nice folks at places like Best Buy will offer to help you out by removing that software and making those discs – but it's all going to cost you. For a new computer, this can often cost up to an additional $100.

Old Peripherals

If you're running an older version of Windows, there is a very good chance that you may not be able to use things like your printer, scanner, or speakers with Vista or Windows 7. The companies that make these peripherals will usually only support hardware back to a certain version. If you fall behind that date, you may need to pay an additional $150+ to replace all those things you know you'll need.

The Total Cost

So what's the actual total of buying all that new stuff for your PC? Well, if you are interested in buying a $500 PC, it can cost you as much as $900 just to get that new PC home and useable. That's an outstanding amount of money that you may not have even realized you needed to spend. And that's for a barebones $500 machine. If you want higher end technology, be prepared to spend even more.

As you can see, the price of not keeping up with maintenance on your computer can be outrageous. So, keep up to date with spyware, adware, and regular maintenance. Your wallet will thank you for it.

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What Makes These Sugarless Snacks Taste Great?

I have to admit that when I heard about snack recipes which featured no sugar I was a little sceptical about how the end product would taste. After all, sugar makes the world go around, or so you might think after spending most of you life scarfing down an endless supply of snack types made with processed sugar.

But there is an alternative to the use of sugar in snacks. At least, this is what Carolyn Hansen says in her book . Nature has come up with some nifty alternatives that are actually quite healthy for us, and which can be used to impart all the sweetness you might otherwise miss in the absense of a dose of sugar.

Dates turn out to be a good way to naturally sweeten the recipes for snacks and treats that appear in Carolyn's book. Another alternative that most of us are familiar with is honey. Less known is agave nectar, which is also an excellent natural sweetener that appears in many of Carolyn's recipes, including those for tempting cheescake delights that you can eat without the least pang of guilt. Yes, that recipe for a pink Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake concoction is sure to become one of your favorites.

All done without sugar. Even without flour or butter. After all, who needs high-cholestrol butter in their diet when almond butter and coconut butter can be used instead?

Go check out Carolyn's site now and tell me that those images of the Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake and the Carob Fudge don't make your mouth water. The great thing about these recipes is that they are not just put together with ingredients that are good for you, but they are easy to make AND they do not require any cooking on your part. If you know how to use a blender, Carolyn says, you can easily follow her directions and churn out a plate full of yum yums in no time.

If this whole idea sounds like a treat to you (hee hee) then here's where you can go to find out more about how to add to your diet. Trust me, if you like to eat, this is something that is worth your time – especially if you would not mind losing a few pounds by eating stuff that tastes like it was designed to put on the pounds, not take them off!

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The perfect landscaping tree

There is no better way to spruce up a new home, or an old one for that matter, than to use a landscaping tree or two. These trees can add so much to your home, in fact they can even add to the value of your home for when it comes time to sell. There are many different kinds of tree for you to use when you are in need of a landscaping tree and the choice is all yours.

The best place for you to find out what kind of landscaping tree you should be using is the internet. Online you will be able to find out everything that you need to know about every kind of landscaping tree that there is on the market. Everyone will have a different taste in landscaping tree and that is why it is so important for you to find out what yours actually is. If you do not take a look at all the landscaping trees that are out there, who will you know which one is the right landscaping tree for you?

The kind of landscaping tree that you will choose will have something to do with where it is that you live. Some trees do not do well in certain places and certain climates. You will have to make sure that the landscaping tree that you choose can grow and flourish where you live. There is no point in spending money on a few landscaping trees only to find out that it is going to die in just a couple of months. So ask the seller and do some of your own research to find out just what you should be getting for your yard.

Trees matter to the look of your home. It is with trees that you will be able to give your home a pretty garden feel and lets fact it, trees are much easier to deal with than flowers and other plants. There is practically no maintenance for most trees. It will not be hard for you to find a great landscaping tree that will require very little work.

The Mimosa tree makes for a wonderful landscaping tree because it is so gorgeous and lovely. The foliage on this gorgeous tree is like fern in its delicacy. It will make any home instantly more beautiful with its addition and they are deciduous. This is a perfect landscaping tree for any home including yours

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Taking Advantage of the Phone Line’s Free Electricity

Each and every day there are minor things which can produce a great change in our lives. There are so many things which can make a difference in the way we live our lives and we do not even realize it. Think about the banal phone line. Would you imagine that apart from helping you stay in touch with the ones you love and solve the problems you have with just a phone call, the phone line can also help you save money? Well, probably not, but this is the plain truth: the phone line can make your life better and diminish the amount of money you have to pay for your electricity bill.

Many people are not aware of the fact that there is lots of power passing through the phone line each and every day, so for them the possibility of extracting power from the phone line is like a science fiction film. In fact, this is as real as it could be. Part of your phone bill covers that electricity passing through your lines, so why not take advantage of it if you can? You will only need a simple system that will gather the energy from the phone line and will make it ready to use for powering your household appliances. You will need to include in your system a battery to deposit the energy as well as a device which will transform the energy from the phone line into energy which can be used for powering the appliances from your home. This system is quite easy to make and with a little guidance you will be able to build it yourself, in the comfort of your home, without any additional costs or too much hustle.

With this system you will significantly reduce the amount of power you will be using from the main electricity provider, consequently you will pay less for the energy bill, while the phone bill and your comfort will be the same. Quite a great solution for those who were desperately searching for an alternative source of power that will diminish the amount of money they have to pay for electricity. You can try it on and see how this will work for you!

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Sore Throat Cure – The Natural Remedies

A sore throat is an infection that could be in the form of bacterial or viral. Both these sore throats have different reasons. Amongst the two the viral is the serious form of sore throat infection. Antibiotics respond well to the bacterial sore throat infections but not with the viral sore throats. That is why the most popular sore throat cure is the natural cure.

The first remedy in the list of the natural sore throat cure is the bayberry. A hot decoction of bayberry is best for the sore throat. All you need to do is to gargle with it. This makes your throat infection free.

Next remedy for sore throat is the Belleric Myrobalan. This is the best remedy for treating cough. It is commonly known as Behera. You need to make the pulp of this fruit and mix it with long pepper, honey and slat. This gives a quick relief from sore throat infection.

After this the next natural sore throat cure is Betel popularly known as Piper Betel. You need to crush the betel leaves and apply them directly on your throat externally. If you have cold along with the sore throat, you can take the berry of the plant along with the honey.

Another remedy for the infection is the Butea. The leaves of this plant are very effective in curing any type of throat infection. You can do gargles with the decoction of the leaves to get complete rid of this disease.

Cardamom is also a popular sore throat cure. You can do gargles with the infusion of the cardamom to get relief from the problem of sore throat. This is very useful especially to cure the serious throat infections. Many doctors recommend Cardamom to their patients for fast recovery. The best part of all these cures is that they do not cause any side effects to the patient.

At the last, sore throat is commonly caused due to the common cold accompanied by cough. So, it is important for you to cure cough and cold as soon as you catch them. And if do not succeed in that then try out a natural sore throat cure to relive yourself!

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Severe Sinus Infection

Sinus infections, in themselves, are painful. You can very well imagine how painful a severe sinus infection can be. Dealing with such discomforting pain for a few days, or at the most a week or so, is still bearable. But those suffering from such sinus infections bear this pain for anywhere between two to three months or even more.

Thus, a severe sinus infection can hamper your routine life due to the symptoms that last for a longer duration. This makes it inevitable to understand and recognize the symptoms of such an infection so as to ensure timely treatment.

A severe sinus infection is much the same as an acute infection, the only difference being the duration. In chronic infection, the symptoms last longer than in an acute infection. Also, there is resistance to treatment as the body takes a longer time to respond to the treatment.

Some of the common symptoms of such sinus infections include pressure near the eyes and nose accompanied with a pain, a thick discharge from the nose, breathing difficulties and a severe headache.

Other than the above mentioned symptoms, you can also suffer from a pain in the teeth, ears and the jaws. The symptoms of a sinus infection are not the same for one and all. They vary from person to person depending on the type of sinus one is suffering from. An important thing to be mentioned here is that it may so happen that not all the symptoms occur at the same time. So even if you experience only a few of the symptoms, do consult a doctor.

Whereas an acute sinus infection, that lasts between a few days to a week or so, can be treated with time-tested home remedies, a severe sinus infection, lasting more than a month and recurring frequently, needs the doctors' consultation and medication. The treatment may begin with antibiotics, followed by decongestants and nasal sprays. If all these do not prove effective, a surgery can be resorted to.

Though time consuming and painful, what is like a silver lining is the fact that a severe sinus infection can be treated with the plenty of options available!

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Parents: What You Need to Know About Baby Eczema

Eczema, also commonly referred to as atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that millions of Americans deal with.  Included in those numbers could be your new baby.  If you are the parent of a baby who was recently diagnosed as having eczema, you are likely to have many questions.  Now is the time to get answers.

The Cause

There are many different causes for baby eczema.  Eczema can be hereditary, meaning if someone in your family has it, your child may too.  Although eczema is often compared to allergies, it is slightly different.  Certain allergens, including food and airborne allergens can bring on an eczema outbreak.  Another common cause is the chemicals found in laundry detergents and scented bath soaps.

The Treatment

In adults, there are many ways to treat eczema.  There are ways to manage and treat baby eczema too, but they can be more difficult to implement.  If you or a medical professional believes eczema flare-ups are caused by food, it can be difficult to change your baby's diet if he or she is breastfed.  Actually, you are the one who needs to temporarily watch what you eat.

As stated above, there are many causes for atopic dermatitis in babies.  Two common causes are reactions to laundry detergents and soaps.  These products can irritate a baby's skin, since the skin is so sensitive at a young age.  If you suspect these are causes, make changes.  Laundry detergents for babies, those with low chemicals, or all-natural products are best.  Scented bath products are great because they leave your baby smelling cute, but not if they irritate his or her skin.  Instead, opt for organic on non-scented products.

You now know some of the most common causes and ways to treat baby eczema, but now what?  There is good news.  Atopic dermatitis affects individuals of all ages, but it is common in the early years of life.  Luckily, most children outgrow it by their teens.

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Learn to Manage Stress for Better Vision

The biggest cause of eye problems is stress; whether internal or external. The eyes are full of small muscles that help move them around and lengthen or shorted the lenses. A life full of stress and strain on the eyes can cause some serious problems later in life. The best way to prevent future eye ailments is to learn to manage stress today.

The concept of managing stress is much easy to say then to do. While some people are pros at stress management; other people can only take a little bit before they start screaming and pulling out their hair. Stress happens each and every day so learning how to best deal with the stress is an important and necessary step.

The first step in managing stress is discovering what it is that is stressing you out. If you have no idea what is causing stress, it is really hard to find solutions to the problems. For almost every problem there is a solution. If you are always late, start setting the clocks ahead 10-15 minutes. If your to do list is overwhelming, cut out the things that are not top priority and deal with them at a later date. If traffic gets you going, take a new route to work that is less crowded.

Work is almost always the number one stressor in people's lives. Most people feel overwhelmed with the amount of work they always have, but never ask for help and always take on more. Learn to say no. Saying no isn't going to get your fired; it tells your boss you are aware of your limits and you have just reached them. It is better to complete five amazing projects, then seven or eight mediocre ones. If the work load is too much, talk to your boss or co-workers and let them know you need help.

Simple relaxation techniques can help reduce the stress in your live. Take deep breaths. Close your eyes for a few moments and allow them to relax. Look around and away from the computer a three or four times an hour. Too much strain or stress on the eyes will only cause vision problems later.

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What your doctor never told you about lasik – The hidden costs of eye surgery

Just like every surgical procedure, there are risks. Although lasik eye surgery is a comparatively low risk procedure, meaning the vast majority of cases are complication-free, there are still complications that happen regularly that you might not be told about.
Most of the problems with LASIK involve healing of the flap. wrinkled flap, growing cells under the flap, etc. Other side effects include:
* Glare
* Seeing halos around images
* Loss of Contrast Sensitivity
* Visual Regression
* Difficulty driving at night
* Fluctuating vision
* Dry eyes
* Vision becoming worsen after 1 week.
Just type in the key words " lasik surgery dangers" and you´ll be surprised how much info there is on the Internet.
Generally most patients are lured into this form of eye surgery by its fallacious cost. They are never told about the veracity of the actual expense in the initial stage. The patients intending to go for the surgery are often led by the nose by greedy doctors who act like true mercenaries and make every possible attempt to make their ends meet.
One should know the ropes well or else repent later when it gets really hard on their pocket. Some doctors even go to the extent of misguiding the patients by giving them a false detail of the cost incurred on surgery which may be actually much more than what they are initially told about. The actual cost of Laser surgery may be around $1500-1700 which might not be an easy sum to shell for most people.
It might even increase by another couple of dollars if you install the latest technology which is the wavefront laser that ensures 99% clarity of vision compared to lasik which ensures only 88% of clarity. The mendacity applied to the charges in order to lure patients disgraces the profession of medical practitioners who are prompted to do this by mere cupidity.
One other important fact that doctors seldom tell you is this: Individuals should not consider LASIK until their eyes have stopped developing and their vision has remained stable for at least one year.

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What is landscaping rock?

You can use landscaping rock to add some depth and texture to your landscaping design. This landscaping rock can come in a couple of different forms, actually there are quite a few. Not only is there a find collection of colors of landscaping rock there is also several different kinds of stone to choose from. Different landscaping designs will require different landscaping rock. You can get small landscaping rock or larger landscaping rock.

The trick to using landscaping rock successfully is to fully integrate them into your yard and the design. You need to place them in places that will add to the yard, not in places that will make it look like you are trying to cover something up or take attention away from another part of the yard. If you were to just put your landscaping rock here and there you will be doing nothing for the yard and your yard will end up looking strange and unbalanced. You should plan exactly where each landscaping rock should be placed for the ultimate good effect.

If you take the time to bury your rock it will look much better. This will make them look planted and they will blend in and look as if this is where they really should be, not just where they got clunked down.

How far should you bury your roc in the ground? The depth will all depend upon the landscaping rock that you finally choose fro your yard. If you choose a very large landscaping rock then it should be deeper than a smaller landscaping rock. Four to six inches is a good depth for your landscaping rock to be buried.

It is easy to build a landscaping rock. All you need to do is dig a spot about the size of your landscaping rock and them place the rock into it. You can then just tuck some dirt into the spot around the rock and then you are done. Voila!

Think about it, this is what rocks and boulders look like when you see them out in nature. The next time that you are out taking a walk or you are hiking keep an eye out for any large rocks, look at how they sit in the dirt and then try to get the landscaping rock in your yard to look just as natural.

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What Are the 5 Main Types of Skin Moles?

Different types of skin moles have different characteristics and properties. It is therefore important to be aware of the main types of skin moles that exist.

Skin moles are growths on the skin. They are usually round or oval-shaped. Their color is generally brown but can vary to different shades.

They are very common and they can occur all over the body but they occur more frequently on the trunk of the body, face and arms.

There are mainly 5 types:

• Junctional Moles: These are typically some shade of brown and can be very slightly raised above the skin or completely flat

• Compound Moles: These growths are usually raised and can be of a tan shade all the way through the color wheel to a deep brown. This type involves melanocytes (which are the cells that produce our skin color) and can be found in the upper and lower layers of the skin.

• Dermal Moles: These types of growths can contain hair and are very common on the upper half of the body. They can be the same color as the flesh all the way through a dark brown.

• Blue Moles: These are always raised slightly and as the name indicates are a deep brown or blue in color. They pull this color from deep down in the skin. Women have these type of growths much more commonly than men.

• Sebaceous Moles: This type of growth does not resemble the rest in that they are very rough to the touch and typically yellow in color. They are caused by oil glands being a bit over-active

Most of the different types of growths are non-cancerous but if your notice any changes in them you should seek medical attention. Some may develop into a cancerous growth.

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Ways to Cure Sinus Infection in Children

Sinus infection is also known as sinusitis. Basically, sinus is an inflammation of the sinuses. Now the question arises to what extent the antibiotics help in curing somebody from the sinus infection? Well, the truth is that only bacterial sinus infection can be cured by antibiotics. But there are several other ways to cure sinus infection. Especially when it comes to children it is best to go for the natural remedies.

If you are a mother and find any of the following symptoms in your child like pressure or pain on one side of the face; swelling around the eyes or dry cough then these are the symptoms of bacterial sinus infection. You need to consult your doctor immediately.

But if these symptoms do not last for more than 10 days, it means your child is having a viral sinus infection. Doctors have found out several natural ways to cure sinus infection in children. First of all make sure that your child takes proper rest. Make him/her sleep properly and avoid going outside the home. If you have a habit of cigarette smoking, try to avoid smoke near your child. This can make the condition of sinuses even worse.

Besides this, there are several other ways to cure sinus infection in your child. Give your child liquid diets like plenty of water, soups, tea. But avoid dairy products like milk, cheese etc. You can also give them the breathing steam from a shower or bath.

Besides this doctors have also found some other beneficial ways to cure sinus infection like elevating head of the child's bed and using warm facial packs for three to four times in one day. But make sure that you do not exceed the time limit of 10 minutes. Other than this you can also use non-medicated saline nose drops.

In most of cases the main cause of this disease is viruses and other than this there are causes like over exposure to smoke; dust or other small particles in the workplace, schools, or even in the house; allergies; bacterial infection. So, one of the best ways to cure sinus infection is to avoid these reasons as much as possible.

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The Plus Side Of The Shopping Experience

It seems only fitting, say many women, that if a size 14 was the best-selling women's size in 2005, stores should feature more stylish, contemporary clothing for the full-figured customer.

That's not what women have found in the past. While department stores carry a vast range of brands, many plus-size women feel these departments are hard to find and do not offer an extensive selection of merchandise, and they are tired of poor service. Some women have relied on the Internet for a wider range of fashions, but buying without trying on can be a hassle-not to mention trying to return an online purchase.

Fortunately, full-figured women no longer have to search for decent plus-size fashions or deal with the poor service that often accompanies such purchases. A new plus-size boutique concept with a warm and inviting atmosphere has been designed to make the shopping experience more satisfying.

Liz Claiborne Inc., the first company to create a line of clothing dedicated exclusively to the fit and fashion needs of women sizes 14 to 24, now offers several of the company's most sought-after plus-size brands and accessories all under one roof within 30 Elisabeth boutiques across the country.

The boutiques offer the signature classic style of Elisabeth, the lifestyle looks of Liz Claiborne Woman and the at-ease elegance of Emma James, along with the sophistication and elegance of Dana Buchman and Ellen Tracy, as well as the vivid color of Sigrid Olsen-all in one destination.

Fashion experts agree that friendly, knowledgeable sales associates, a wide variety of lifestyle, career, casual clothing and accessories and the much-searched-for plus-petite offerings are key ingredients to making shopping a pleasurable experience for plus-size customers.

"I think plus-size women will shop more frequently if they feel that their needs are being met. And the shopping experience is always more exciting when there are more options and choices. This whole idea of a mini-department store in one beautiful boutique, like the Elisabeth boutique, is a truly novel concept," says style expert Susan Redstone.

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The landscaping tip of all time

 

There is many a landscaping tip out there to satisfy even the most desperate of landscapers or would be landscapers and you can find hundreds of them online. But in all of my years as a landscape artist I have come to the conclusion that while there are many different landscaping tips only a few are universal and there is a good chance that only one landscaping tip will do you any good. The landscaping tip that you need the most will be different than the one I needed because each project is different, so take your time and learn about as many landscaping tips as you can before you start your project.

The landscaping tip that everyone can learn from is to always make your yard one that will look great at any time of the year. This can be tricky because in the middle of winter many things do not look so hot. This is why it is so important to learn about the kinds of plants and trees that will still bring beauty to your home in the depth or winter and in the summer heat.

To find the plants that will make this landscaping tip work will require you to do a little more work. You will have to find out what plants will thrive in your climate all year round. Of course some will do better during certain months but you need to always have something going on that is attractive in your yard. The best place for you to find out the best plants for this landscaping tip is your local garden center. They are the experts and they should be able to answer all of your questions about what your choices in plants and trees should be. If this does not work for you then take a trip to the library and check out some books on local flowers and trees. These can be gold when you are trying to choose just the right things for your yard.

Another good landscaping tip is to layer all of your planting beds. This will bring a sense of unity and balance to your entire yard. To get this particular landscaping tip working at its best you should also use repetition in this design. Have these layers repeated throughout the yard and it will look that much better to those walking by.

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The Key to Leveling in Happy Aquarium (leveling in Happy Aquarium)

There are a lot of different things you'll need to focus on as you play Happy Aquarium. The one thing that many players get stuck up on early though is leveling in Happy Aquarium. The game is a tough one to level up in if you don't utilize all the tools that are given to you. Since there are new levels being added to the game seemingly every week too (right now it's at 42), the game just continues to go forward, forcing players to find new ways to snag the XP they need to progress. If you're one of those looking for tips to help with leveling in Happy Aquarium, here are some tricks you can use to help you out.
How Leveling in Happy Aquarium Works
The leveling track in Happy Aquarium works very similar to the rest of the Facebook games. You will gain XP for every action you perform – from buying and selling a fish to cleaning your tank. You will then need to get about 200,000 of those points to reach the upper levels of the game. As a result, it takes only a few days to reach level 10, but can take an additional few weeks to get to the top of the game when you don't have the necessary tools to speed up the process.
Fast Tracks to Level 40 and Beyond
There are a few ways to speed up your leveling. To start with, you can go out and find new friends. Each friend will gain you XP when you visit them each day to clean their tank, snag coins from their treasure chests or send them gifts. You will also gain a lot of XP from buying and selling items in the store. Since the resale rate when returning items you already bought is 80%, you can make a nice big profit from reselling items that you might not need or that you just want to flip for easy XP.
If you're interested in leveling in Happy Aquarium, you need to spend a few minutes developing strategies that will allow you to play the game as fast and as effectively as possible. Don't waste time on fish that you can't get back to soon enough to feed and make sure you have lots of friends you can utilize for XP boosting activities. Train your fish, mate your fish, and sell them quickly. These are all things that will boost your XP gains and help you reach level 42 faster than you ever thought possible.

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Start Flying with a Flight Simulator Free Download

Start Flying with a Flight Simulator Free Download Flight Simulator GameYou can find many flight simulator free download packages and many of them are available on the internet.

But you should analyze each one and then decide which one is the best for your download.

The level of truth of each flight simulator free download is flying within the clouds on your imagination for fun and improvement of your mental alertness.

The free downloads give you an insight of 3D graphics exhibiting the realness of flying inside a cockpit.

The realness is felt when you see the nature, stars and other things inside the cabin.

The astounding effect of these flight simulator free download are that you can choose your variety of plane, customize them and fly on their existing technology.

You can choose different game designs and models of your choice and become a pilot or a co-pilot to assist the plane flying.

The games are such designed where a novice can also fly and a competent pilot can also improve his standards of flying in hazardous conditions.

There is another aspect of Flight simulator free download where, if you have a GPL License you can freely download the flight gears with totally free simulators and having over 20,000 airport scenarios along with runways and city citing.

This software's also giving a vision of sloping runways, airport lighting and directional changes.

Flight simulators free download can take you from your home town to anywhere in the world including the places you never have imagined in your lifetime.

You have the pleasure of flying solo or can play the game along with one or many other partners communicate with them over the usual radio communication and interact with the ATC.

The other flight simulator free download give you the excitement of flying beyond the confines of the hemisphere.

You can launch the space shuttle to the orbit and enjoy the exciting booster reactions of the flight and can land your shuttle at a station in the space of a planet or dock yourself to the space laboratory.

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Sinus Pain Treatment

Have you ever suffered from sinus pain? Do you hate even thinking about the fact that it might relapse again? Is it the pain? Or is it the long duration of the illness that confines you to you bed? Wondering what is it about sinusitis that makes them dreadful? Read on to know more about the causes and the symptoms of a sinus infection as well as the sinus pain treatment.

A sinus is a cavity, in the bones near the nose, that is lined up with a membrane producing mucus. Mucus is sticky in nature. An infection or allergy or bacterial invasion leads to an inflammation of the sinuses and a swelling of the membrane. This traps the mucus in the sinuses and causes severe pain.

The symptoms of a sinus infection primarily include pain, pressure around eyes and nose, tenderness in the face, headache and fever. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting up to three weeks, or chronic, lasting between three to eight weeks or even more. Sinus pain treatment depends on the symptoms, nature and cause of sinus infection.

The first sinus pain treatment is to inhale steam from a vaporizer. It helps in thinning the mucus and makes its evacuation easier. The most common cause of sinusitis is common cold. So the next treatment is, well, to avoid catching a cold.

A regular intake of vitamin C helps in fighting the sinus infection as it acts as a preventive. Staying away from allergens than can cause irritation and sinus infection is another way of preventing the disease. This includes steering clear of smoke in any form as well.

Another sinus pain treatment is drinking a lot of warm fluids, like hot tea and warm water, as they keep the body warm and help in easing the congestion by retaining moisture in the sinuses. In addition to these, decongestants, nasal sprays and antibiotics may also be prescribed for curing sinus infections.

A surgery can also be done, as a sinus pain treatment, to widen the sinus openings and speed up the process of decongestion of the sinuses. However, if none of these seem to work, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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Sharp Your Eyesight – Focus on the Center

Eyesight is perfect when you see things dead on most clearly.  This is called Center Fixation and means whatever you see in the center of your vision is what you see the best. Perfect eyesight works when you look at things straight on and don't have to move your head or eyes to the side to focus.

           

When your vision is off, you actually look at the side of an object to see it clearly. Test this theory and see where you currently stand. Find a piece of paper with small print on it. Look at the words straight on and then turn your head to the side until you can read the print. Move your head one way and then the other until you find the best position for reading the print perfectly. Are you straight on or to the side?

The retina is located in the center of the eye and is full of small light sensing rods. This area is called the fovea centralis and is the area of the eye created to have the best line of vision. If you are tilting your head to the side to see properly, the fovea centralis is not working correctly.  The fovea centralis may actually even be turned off. As a defense against outside dangers or stress, this area can shut down to protect itself. If it is turned off, your vision will not be as perfect as it can be.

Vision can be affected by our feelings and emotion. Center fixation can be off because of negative feelings inside our minds. Negative memories, experiences, or people can force our eyes to turn away and avoid head on contact. A lot of vision problems are 'all in our heads'. Learning to deal with tough situations in a relaxed way can be difficult, but it's necessary for good vision. Every situation should be looked at and dealt with head on, not with a turned away from.

Simply learning how the eyes work can help us to use them properly. Training the eyes to focus on things straight on will help avoid strain and keep them relaxed.

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Plus Size Clothes Shopping Tools

Today shopping for trendy plus size clothing that fits well and looks great is easier than ever before. Clothing designers and merchants have finally discovered the huge market full figured women have to offer. We want stylish and comfortable clothing – and we are willing to pay for it.

Fabric choices, slimming cuts & shimmering glamor are available to us in abundance, but how to choose the best fit and most flattering size when shopping online? Trying clothes on before we buy is not an option.

But the good news is that as online shoppers, we have two very handy tools at our disposal:

Sizing Charts & Refund Policies

You will find plenty of websites online specializing in ladies plus size fashions. Before adding anything to your shopping cart (also called shopping bag or basket), check out the sizing chart on site. You will usually find this linked to in the same spot where you choose the size, quantity and color of the item to add to your shopping cart. If it is not there, look in the main menu navigation bar.

You will find that most stores offer sizing that is true to offline department store sizing. So if you are normally a size 2X, you should find that size fits the same when shopping online.

You will also want to know what the store Refund Policy is. The industry standard is between 30 and 60 days from time of shipment. You will see the date listed on the packing slip when your package arrives. With a generous Refund Policy, you are free to order 2 or 3 different sizes of the item you want! Try them on, keep the item that you are most happy with and return the other items for a refund.

What you will want to watch for is any shipping and handling charges. Most times the stores offer a full refund, but it is good to note any charges that may apply if you do opt for a refund. Sometimes it is still worth it if you find that perfect dress you just cannot get locally.

Because most of us do not have a lot of options when shopping for plus sized clothing at our local department stores, shopping online provides us with a happy alternative. Now we too can enjoy a wide variety and plenty of options for fun, trendy fashions!

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Photoshop Plugins

Adobe's Photoshop software is a very powerful image editing program that is by far the market leader for editing image files. I use Photoshop extensively when creating, and editing images for the web sites that I design. Almost all professional photographers and printers also use Photoshop to create all of the wonderful images that appear in magazines, billboards, and even on television. I am not the best artist in the world, but with Photoshop I have enough power to create brilliant images with tools that are built-in to the software.

The coolest thing about Photoshop is that even as powerful as it is out of the box, there are many different plug-ins to make Photoshop even more powerful. The Photoshop plug-ins can be grouped into a few major categories which include 3D, color management, digital asset management, photographic, retouching, and special effects.
The Photoshop plug-ins which are available can help perform tasks much faster and more efficiently than performing these tasks by hand. The 3D plug-ins are used to create 3D images and type very quickly and elegantly. The color management Photoshop plug-ins can create new colors to correspond to the printer that you are using, or the monitor that you are using to create your graphics. The digital asset management plug-ins are used to organize all of the digital images that you have created so that finding the correct image is much easier than without it. The photographic ones give many different professional lens techniques that you can apply to any picture to create amazing effects.
The retouching plug-ins can intelligently change the contrast, color, sharpness, and many other common filters to make a picture look as crisp as possible. The special effects plug-ins are my favorite, because they can make a rather plain image into something fantastic. If you use Photoshop on a regular basis, then you need to look at some of the plug-ins that are available, because they can make your life much easier, and your graphics look much better.

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New BusinessWeek Report on Password Security Spotlights the Need for Password Reset Software

 

This week Google announced it is awarding $20,000 to anyone who can hack its Chrome browser.
Very few companies award hacking – but let's face it – how can anyone know where the cracks are if
no one points them out? That said, hacking is not generally awarded as most hackers are considered
cyber criminals out to steal people's financial information. Staying one step ahead of hackers means
having a good anti-virus software and strong passwords to safe-guard your data. In addition, a good
password recovery program is always sound solution to have in case you forget your "strong and
secure" password.

Recovering a password is not hard anymore. Online passwords are easily changed – but to recover
a Windows password – that is another story. A good solution to recover Window passwords like
Password Resetter can be a life-saver and will help you recover the Windows password in no time at all.

Is it always the case we can't remember a password when we are on deadline?

Here is how password recovery software works in order to retrieve Windows passwords:

1. Download the software
2. The software will instruct you to create a bootable CD or USB flash drive that becomes your
password reset disk that you will use to recover your Windows password.
3. Install the reset disk and the software will recover your Windows password, delete it and allow
you back into Windows without a password.

There are many password recovery software programs out there – but premium ones like Password
Resetter will supply you an easy and cost-effective solution to recover your Windows password. There
are free password recovery programs available on the internet but generally these products are more
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Is WoW Crusher All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

 

Every now and then a new guide hits the market that captures a niche or hole in information that no other guide has yet covered. Recently, I had a chance to sit down with just such a guide; the incredibly detailed new monthly guide being released by the folks over at WoW Crusher.
The idea is simple. You pay a small upfront fee for full access to a past library that holds a treasure trove of information and every month, for $17 you get the newest guide in the series.
Each guide comes with PvP strategies, recent news in the game, class strategies, recent gold making options, action plans, and information that is as up to date as it comes, written as often as it is.
You also get a nice bonus in the form of an Action Plan that guides even the noobs among you to build an account from the ground up to be as effective as the pros out there.
What WoW Crusher does is nothing short of astounding, creating a new product that allows users of all skill levels to start out with nothing and build their way up to pro status every month with sharp, pointed strategy guides.
It's not a select guide – you don't get a leveling guide or a gold guide or PvP guide alone. But, unlike the guys offering those guides, you get information that isn't three months old and mostly nerfed. You get info as it is added to the game and you get strategies that no one else has seen yet. I was astounded at how much information is included each month in these guides.
To top things off, the guide writers – Markco Polo and Kevin Richardson – are the geniuses behind the #1 Gold-Making site on the internet (JustMyTwoCopper and the authoritative PvP guide, unsurprisingly titled PvP Ownage (respectively), making them the best possible sources for all the top new info in the game.
You can't get much better than the best around in PvP and the best around in gold making. If you're looking for the next big thing in Warcraft guides, this is it folks – don't miss out on WoW Crusher.

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Information About Battlefield 3

Being the much anticipated game of the year in itself is a reason good enough to make a purchase. However there is more to it for the more serious and discerning gamer. Those gamers who absolutely get their trills from one army blow out or another will be equally trilled with the inception on the battlefield 3 design. Perhaps the hype centered around the competiveness of the already up and running and ever so popular Call of Duty and the new kid on the block which is Battlefield 3. When two competitors are focused on out doing each other to create the best possible gaming scenario the results are delightful and encouraging to say the least.
The more notable and seemingly authoritative players seem to further endorse this much anticipated release with some going as far as to state the awe inspiring and distracting and immersive experience promised all definitely present. The use of a greatly enhanced sound frame, the massive battlefields, the disintegrating cover, the vehicles, the element that encourages the players to get interactive and spontaneous, coupled with the newer levels of wonderful graphical content and detail all contribute to the enhanced, sharpened and captivating experience.
The experience of selecting the best team to put together in terms of medic, assault, engineer and sniper also presents a welcomed challenge for the gamer as this plays a very important difference between a win or lose situation. The need to find the perfect balance of classes is vital to the final outcome as instant disaster tags the wrong choices made. The realistic game play delivered is an enormous factor for the multiplayer of battlefield 3. Adding to this the assistance of the analysis done for the playing styles does give the multiplayer a better overall frame of the chosen team.
This game is not for newbies without a guide. If you want to find a very good guide that will accelerate your learning curve, I suggest you grab 'T Dub's' Battlefield 3 Secrets which is really good at teaching you how to master all the elements above.

 

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From Skeptic to Enthusiast – My Review of Mad WoW Skills

Let's face the facts – whether you are a casual or hardcore player, getting ahead in the World of Wacraft will not be easy – anyone remember how insanely difficult it was back in the early days of The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King? Even if you plan to spend a lot of time playing, you'll soon realize that you will not be getting anywhere fast a proper strategy or the right team setup.
This is exactly what Mad WoW Skills is going to address, and you will find that this no holds barred blueprint written by Alan Hunter, an expert authority on all things WoW and raid leader of one of the best PvE Guild in the world, reveals the blueprint to total domination for practically every aspect of the game. Incredibly comprehensive and masterfully written, Mad WoW Skills tackles every topic imaginable in its quest to get you to exactly where you want to be in the game.
Among the chapters include the basic, yet vital, need-to-know stuff, such as the raiding fundamentals every raider should know, complete class guides, detailed and comprehensive walkthroughs for every instance in the game and so much more.
To wrap up our review of Mad WoW Skills, it must be mentioned that this Guide is written to appeal to players of all skill levels, making it a wonderful change from other guides on the market that seem to be tailored solely for players who already have all the basics covered. With this guide, you will be able to learn a ton of tips and tricks that will help you cultivate the skills needed to become a top level raider, PvP, gold-making tycoon and all-round player.
PS: If you head over to the Mad WoW Skills site, you will be greeted by Alan revealing his limited introductory trial of the program for just $1. That's right, I'm not sure if he's lost his mind or it's a clever marketing ploy, but for a limited time only, the lucky few who sign up for the program will get to experience everything the system has to offer for the dirt low price of just $1.

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The planes and helicopters with simulators are very simple but you should study well lest you tend to nose dive or belly land.

There is numerous other flight simulator aircraft downloads which are commercially making a viable profit but eventually many simulators are created also by the persons with a hobby.

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