Thursday, August 30, 2012

If you want to lose weight, never, never, diet!!

If you want to look great in that swimsuit, don't severely cut back on calories ! The answer isn't a "bootcamp" exercise plan either!

Severe cutbacks in food intake and unsustainable levels of exercise causes your body to release stress hormones and conserve energy.

1. Decrease that serving size, but never go hungry.

2.Swear off stressors, find the best way for you to relax your mind.

3. Find activity you enjoy and make it a habit.

4. Aim at losing about 0.5 to 1% of your weight monthly.

5. Weigh yourself no more than weekly.

6. Allow a splurge meal every week.

7. Walk more, drive and sit less.

8. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor, spouse, friends or family for help.

9. Once you reach your weight goals, maintain those good habits.

10. Eat healthy foods you enjoy at a slower pace to give your body a chance to signal you it is full. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Honey: A Sweet Alternative for Treating Cough in Children

In the current study, children with URIs and nocturnal cough were given either 1 of 3 different honey products or a placebo 30 minutes before bedtime, based on a double-blind randomization plan. The primary outcome evaluated was a subjective change in cough frequency, based on parent surveys. Secondary outcomes measured included a change i

n cough severity, the effect of the cough on sleep for both the child and the parent, and the combined score on the pre- and postintervention surveys.

Parents were asked to evaluate the children the day of presentation, when no medication had been given, and then again the day after a single dose of 10 g of eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, labiatae honey, or placebo (silan date extract) had been administered before bedtime. Pre- and postintervention subjective assessments were obtained using a 5-item Likert-scale questionnaire regarding the child's cough and sleep difficulty. Only those children whose parents rated severity as at least a 3 (on a 7-point scale) for at least 2 of the 3 questions related to nocturnal cough and sleep quality on the preintervention questionnaire were included.

"On the basis of our findings, honey can be offered as an alternate treatment to children >1 year of age," note Dr. Cohen and colleagues.

"Honey may be a preferable treatment of cough and sleep difficulties associated with childhood URI," they conclude.