And To All A Good Night...
forty winks on your way to health
One of the most important things you can do to improve the quality of your life is nothing. That's right... do nothing--- not exactly nothing but, rather sweet slumber. Sleep; it heals us it rejuvenates us and many times we wake up with a new perspective on life. But, it is what goes on behind the scenes that really makes sleep important. Take for instance your memory. Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. Studies have shown people that took a nap after learning a new task tested better for recall than those who went without sleep. Besides helping you remember things sleep plays a huge role in your metabolism. Not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain by impairing the way we process and store carbs. It also can tweak our fat burning hormones that affect our appetite. Want to improve your mood? Sleep your way to happiness. Not getting enough winks can result in irritability, impatience, concentration impairment, and of course moodiness.
So get your eight hours a night and you can avoid hypertension, increased stress hormone levels and it might even help fight cancer.
I think I will take my nap now.
Have a sensational week!
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You Can Make It If You Try
You can't be beaten at anything, until you quit in your own mind.
There is no failure except in your not trying.
There is no defeat except from within.
You have no really insurmountable barrier except your own inherent
weakness of purpose.
The odds are with you if you keep on trying.
Consider yourself on a very long journey.
Sustain your personal vision of success until you achieve it.
In the end, you can fail only if you don't try.
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to is.
Success is a road that's paved with perseverance.
Copyright 2010 www.yourdailymotivation.com
Making Your Way To Middle Management
five rules for awesome abs
The surefire way to a firmer, flatter stomach is to dedicate yourself to a daily abdominal routine. Besides contributing to your overall physique, strong stomach muscles support the often over-stressed lower back and improve overall athletic performance. As you perform your daily crunches, keep in mind these five basic rules:
Defy gravity. "Letting yourself fall back down during the lowering phase of a crunch puts your abs through only half a workout," says Kravitz. Slow yourself down as you return to the floor. This is an essential part of the movement because your body actually builds muscle by sustaining microtears that are repaired to build muscle.
Go low. Raise up only as high as you need to. When your torso goes beyond 45°, you stop emphasizing the stomach and start to use your back and leg muscles to pull yourself up. It's important to keep constant tension in the muscles by coming up only until your shoulder blades clear the floor.
Squeeze up. Most people think the premise of the crunch is to curl the shoulders up and forward. "This causes people to tighten the muscles of your upper back and neck, placing unnecessary strain on these areas as you exercise," says Kravitz. The emphasis should be on contracting your stomach muscles and drawing your ribs to your hips, as if your midsection was an accordion. Your shoulders still lift off the floor but your aim is the ceiling, not your knees.
Suck it in. Pulling in your stomach not only gives you the appearance of a flatter stomach, it can actually help you get one faster. "Holding in your abdominal muscles as you go helps target the muscles to make the exercise more effective," says Kravitz.
Mix things up. Your abdominal muscles have the attention span of a four-year-old. "Always be on the lookout for creative ways to vary your routine and surprise your muscles," says Kravitz, "Challenging them from new angles and with different exercises will keep you in the best shape possible."
Don't forget to pound the water. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.
This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Rain can be experienced through all of your senses, allowing you to understand how important each drop of water is.
There are times when we might feel the need to wash away all of our troubles and call forth freshness into our lives. Since perhaps the most cleansing substance on this earth is water, we can think of the joy rain brings as an energetic bath, rejuvenating our minds, bodies and souls. Just being able to spend a few moments every time it rains to become aware of the healing powers water brings to us can renew us in so many ways. As we do this we will find that the more we appreciate the universe's gift to us in the form of rain, the more we can see that a gentle rain shower is a strong reflective tool that has the ability to cleanse our entire being.
The next time it rains might be a good chance to experience the rain through all of your senses, allowing you to truly understand just how truly important each and every drop of water is. First, take a few minutes to look outside and notice how each individual raindrop seems to come down in a continual stream. By noticing this you can contemplate how it takes many small accomplishments to create the whole of your existence, for nothing exists in isolation. Then you might wish to focus your attention on the sound of the rainfall, letting the sounds of drops penetrate into the innermost recesses of your self. Listening in this way may bring you a greater sense of connection with nature and the world around you, knowing that the sounds you hear are an integral part of not just the physical sustenance you require but also nourish your spirit as well.
Consciously using our senses to feel nature's healing energy as it comes to us in the form of rain is an act of internal cleansing. Just as the rain physically washes over the earth and rinses out any impurities and imperfections, so it also bathes our spirit in the joy that comes from knowing that we are in fact one with the world around us.
Brown Bag Turkey with Herb Rub
Carbs Per Serving: 0.0 g
Prep Time:> 60 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
I know what you’re thinking. Cooking a turkey in a paper bag sounds crazy… I know, right? Well I have tried this myself and I can personally tell you that your turkey will turn out with crispy golden skin on the outside and juicy and succulent on the inside. The paper bag will not start on fire and the turkey will not have any paper like taste. You will not have to baste it our anything. Basically as Ron “Ronco” Popeil says “just set it and forget it”. This is super easy with almost guaranteed success every time. But, we are going to mix it up a little by adding a sweet and salty savory rub. This rub will seal the juices and flavors in and deliver a unique and delicious bird. Your guests will do back flips or just smile with delight.
1 turkey, 20-25 pounds plus or minus a few pounds
1 large brown paper bag (grocery bag)
Butter, soft but not melted
4 tablespoons of olive oil or butter
2 tablespoons rubbed sage
2 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 to 3 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash of Stevia Powder
3 bay leaves
Remove neck and giblets from cavities. Rinse the turkey and pat dry.
In a small bowl combine all the spices and seasoning except for the bay leaves.
Brush the skin and inside cavity with the oil or melted butter.
Rub half the seasoning mixture in the cavity of the turkey; add the bay leaves. Stuff, if desired.
Rub remaining mixture over the turkey skin.
Tie the drumsticks together and place turkey in the paper bag. Seal the bag with staples or paper clips. You can use two bags if one is not big enough.
Place the bagged turkey in a roasting pan breast up.
Bake at 325° for about 5 hours. Reduce the cooking time to 4-4 1/2 hours for an unstuffed or smaller turkey.
Once done, remove from oven.
Let stand for 15 minutes. Remove the turkey from the paper bag.
Slice and serve.