Nutrition and Eating: Friends for Life

I’ll bet you’ve never even taken the time to consider what your nutritional needs might be, or the importance of that nutrition on your health.  Did you know that if the brain doesn’t get enough protein, it doesn’t develop correctly, or if the healthy female body doesn’t get enough flax oil, omega-3 and omega-6 her body’s metabolism will not function correctly and she is more susceptible to weight gain?  All these pieces of information and many more are contributing factors to our nutritional needs, and our nutritional needs are met through our eating habits, good or bad.

Nutrition as it applies to our daily lives means that we take in what we need to maintain our body’s healthy state.  Nutrition has become an important word thanks to the involvement of the USDA in our daily food requirements, and the FDA’s involvement in determining what is and is not dangerous for us to consume.

But what is our responsibility in the nutrition game?  Do we understand what our nutritional requirements are, how to fulfill those requirements, and how to look for real nutritional value in our foods?  I’m not sure that nutrition has been successfully addressed in its own right.  We hear nutrition in relation to our vitamin intake, our fortified cereals and milk, and in the context that we need “nutritional value” from our food choices.  But what really is nutrition when applied to our daily bodily functions?

Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do.  Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes.

How do we determine that we are providing the essential nutritional needs?  That knowledge comes by educating ourselves about what our individual needs are, the needs of our family, and then taking that knowledge and applying it to the foods we buy, that we prepare, and that our families consume.  Our nutritional needs and caloric needs change as we age, the nutritional needs of a 13 year old teenager are much different to those of a 30 year old woman.

Quite often, our vitamin and mineral needs outweigh our caloric needs.  In those instances, we turn to manufactured vitamins and minerals to fill the gap.  This is a part of our nutritional needs, also.

Nutrition is one of the most complex areas to gain useful knowledge about, because there are so many components, and because each person has their own individual needs.  Women’s needs differ from those of men, and older women’s needs differ from those of a young girl.  As we age, our needs constantly change; therefore continual education about nutrition is a fact of life.  The information we have available about the health choices and alternatives available to us change daily.  Very few medical doctors ever address our nutritional needs, past the needs of a pregnant woman, or an already ailing patient.  What about the needs of the well patient?  In order to stay healthy, there is nutrition, exercise, mental, and emotional needs that must be met.

Muscle vs. Fat and Your Energy Level

Right now, the greatest results in raising our metabolism come from exercise and building our muscle mass, while reducing our body fat.  Adding more muscle to the body, in turn causes us to burn more calories, and this helps to elevate our metabolic rate.

What determines our metabolic rate, as far as our genetics?  Generally, we tend to inherit the same tendencies for metabolic rates, body frames, and other related body functions from our parents.

All of this metabolic process is related to our calorie intake, our vitamin and nutrition needs, our thyroid and endocrine production, and how well all of these processes come together

The body’s metabolism is a unique process for each individual person.  No two people metabolize food at the same rate therefore no two people have the metabolism.  We all use our calories at different rates, with different results.  Our metabolism, like our fingerprints is unique to each of us.  But the need to understand and accommodate this metabolism is an issue that we all face.  I said all of that, to say this, our metabolism affects our energy levels, and our muscle mass and body fat also affect our energy levels.  When you bring the two together, you have the opportunity to create lots of energy, raise a person’s self-esteem, and give them a new lease on life.  But all of this isn’t easy to attain.

Some people have really high rates of metabolism.  In other words, when they consume food, their bodies burn it up almost as fast as then consume it.  Then there are those of use who use our food intake so slowly, as to not even notice that we’re burning calories.  These people who burn quickly are often slim and trim, the people who burn more slowly are the people with a tendency toward obesity. The people with really high metabolic rates are generally the people who feel better and have the most energy. Their body is using the food intake to its maximum, and the body feels alive and full of vitality.  The sluggish metabolism on the other hand, can have almost the opposite situation; low energy levels, with very little motivation to make lifestyle changes.

The only recourse we have in trying to control our body weight, metabolic burn and health is through our thorough understanding of the role food plays in our calorie consumption versus our calorie need, and control how much of the calories we take in.

Our metabolism functions also depend on how well we have taken care of our nutritional needs.  The process of burning calories and creating energy is a delicate one, and one which must be carefully tended, or it can become imbalanced.  It is often through these natural imbalances that we tend to “inherit’ our metabolic rate, our body weight, and the lower energy levels.

I believe through careful analysis, and attention to each person’s unique needs, we could bring about a more natural balance of the metabolic burn vs. the calorie intake. To a level where optimal health and weight control are in equilibrium.

More Fat, Less Carbs

Over the last thirty years, food nutritionists and the food industry as a whole have embraced the idea of lowering our fat-intake.  This was a direct result of the information published by the government that encouraged less egg consumption because of the cholesterol found in eggs.  After that particular piece of information, doctors began to discover that when we consume fat, we have higher incidences of cholesterol problems.  The logical conclusion: fat must be bad for you.  And so, an entire generation as grown up with fat-free foods.  A whole generation grew up believing that fat was what made us fat, clogged our arteries, and generally caused ill-health.

So what did we do? We turned to carbs to make up for the loss in taste of food that had the fat-removed; for you see, fat is what gives many of our foods their delicious taste.  When you remove the fat, the taste must be artificially injected into the food.  The end result is a food that is higher in carbohydrate content, but lower in fat.  Hence, all the wonderful labels displaying  the claim of “fat-free” but neglect to mention the higher level of carbohydrates.  Lowered fat should have created a population of slim, trim, healthy people. Right?

We could not have been further from the truth.  As it turns out, fat is a necessary part of our metabolic processes.  We need the fat in order to properly utilize many of the vitamins and nutrients we consume.  When did we make this discovery?  Probably some thirty years too late for some people.

Now, more in-depth research has revealed that maybe it wasn’t the fat that created the cholesterol levels that were out of control.  Maybe it was a combination of lifestyle and food habits that created dangerous levels of cholesterol.  The startling discovery that there are two kinds of cholesterol: HDL and LDL. There are certain kinds of fat that contribute to the overall health of our arteries, not to their detriment. How could we have been so wrong?  Because, just as many times before, the doctors performing these tests, found what they wanted to fine, not necessarily the truth.  Further testing could have produced the same results in the beginning that they produced in the end.

Now, we have whole food industry formed around low or no-fat food alternatives. These companies have large amounts of money invested in the production of these foods, and is not going to be able or willing to turn around on a dime.  It’s because of corporate investment that current knowledge about the “good” fat has been suppressed as long as it has.  It is a very expensive piece of knowledge that is being passed on to the public today.  So expensive, that some companies would be out of business were they to try and reverse their food processing.

Some of the fat that our bodies produce protects us from sickness and disease, and some forms of fat that we produce are necessary for our organs to function correctly.  Many of the carbohydrates that we artificially inject into food become stored fat that creates obesity.  It would seem to me, that we have traded the normal, necessary good, for the artificial bad.

Metabolism and Eating Habits

The body’s metabolism is a unique process for each individual person.  No two people metabolize food at the same rate therefore no two people have the metabolism.  We all use our calories at different rates, with different results.  Our metabolism, like our fingerprints is unique to each of us.  But the need to understand and accommodate this metabolism is an issue that we all face.

The dictionary defines metabolism as the sum of all biochemical processes involved in life, or the sustaining of life.  In application concerning our health, metabolism is related to the intake and use of food.  In reference to the case in point it is our ability to utilize our food to the fullest extent.

Some people have really high rates of metabolism.  In other words, when they consume food, their bodies burn it up almost as fast as then consume it.  Then there are those of use who use our food intake so slowly, as to not even notice that we’re burning calories.  These people who burn quickly are often slim and trim, the people who burn more slowly are the people with a tendency toward obesity.

Right now, the greatest results in raising our metabolism come from exercise and building our muscle mass, while reducing our body fat.  Adding more muscle to the body, in turn causes us to burn more calories, and this helps to elevate our metabolic rate.

What determines our metabolic rate, as far as our genetics?  Generally, we tend to inherit the same tendencies for metabolic rates, body frames, and other related body functions from our parents.

All of this metabolic process is related to our calorie intake, our vitamin and nutrition needs, our thyroid and endocrine production, and how well all of these processes come together.  For years, people have sought ways to raise the metabolic rate.  If you can raise someone’s metabolic rate, you are then better able to control the burn of calories, especially for overweight or obese people.  This would make the goal of better or improved health a much easier reality for those people.  Efforts to date have produced very little results.  There are foods that we can consume that naturally raise our metabolic rate, but not to a great extent.  What we need is a way to directly alter the rate.  We need to be able to raise our metabolism to a point where we can actually see a benefit.

The only recourse we have in trying to control our body weight, metabolic burn and health is through our thorough understanding of the role food plays in our calorie consumption versus our calorie need, and control how much of the calories we take in.

Our metabolism functions also depend on how well we have taken care of our nutritional needs.  The process of burning calories and creating energy is a delicate one, and one which must be carefully tended, or it can become imbalanced.  It is often through these natural imbalances that we tend to “inherit’ our metabolic rate.

I believe through careful analysis, and attention to each person’s unique needs, we could bring about a more natural balance of the metabolic burn vs. the calorie intake. To a level where optimal health and weight control are in equilibrium.

Men versus Women: Who’s Healthier?

Study after study has been done to determine the answer to this question.  Time after time, the results do not point to a clear winner.  Have we stopped to question why this is so?  Why is there no obvious choice between genders?

The answer is simple, there are too many other factors to consider that really affect our state of health that have nothing to do with male or female characteristics.

Our overall state of health is dependent upon several factors: our diet, our exercise, our work habits, and our genetics.  The first three contributors cross all gender lines, and we find we have males and females in all sort of occupations, with all sorts of eating habits, and exercise habits.  The only factor that contributes to our health that might possibly be gender based is our genetic disposition.

When you talk about our genetic disposition, you really have to understand that as a person, we received input from two parents: a mother and a father. While it is true that we normally take many of our traits from our mother if we are female, and from our father if we are male, it is not a 100% guaranteed fact that if we are male we inherit only our father’s traits and if we are female we inherit only our mother’s traits.

Our health is the culmination of inherited possibilities, and daily consistencies.  We might inherit the potential for heart disease, but if we live a life of good eating habits, good exercise habits, and attend to nutritional and rest requirements; we can often overcome the inherited potential.

This is why the line between, who’s healthier, is a hard one to draw.  Men versus women usually have nothing to do with the healthier side.  A better question might be to ask, who’s healthier, the person who exercises daily, or the couch potato?  Here it is possible to draw definite conclusions based on one party or the other’s distinct choices and lifestyles.  These are the genuine contributors to the health questions.

We are able to say with certainty that women have longer life spans than their male counterparts.  But does that equate to healthier? No, it just equates to longer lives.  Quantity is not equal to quality.  It is true, that the healthier you keep your body, the greater your odds of living a longer life.  But one does not always equal to the other.  There are other factors that come into play about life span that have nothing to do with health.  Men are often greater risk takers than women, thus they have a higher death rate at a younger age, simply because they aren’t the careful cautious creatures that women often are.

Women have longer life spans, but spend more of their time in sedentary activities.  Does this contribute to a healthier individual? No. Sedentary lifestyles make us less healthy.  It is the need for physical activity that contributes to our healthy state.  The more we sit, the less muscle we develop, the less we are able to condition our bodies for optimal health.  So as you see, it’s not a simple yes or no question.  No matter which gender would prefer to be the victor, it’s not a male versus female issue.

Lowering Your Calorie Intake, Eating Healthier

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health.  But in what quantities and which ones are the best?  These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs.  And the answers will benefit our unique needs.  Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you.  Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different.

As you study the food pyramid published by the USDA, we can examine some of the better foods, and try to decide what particular formulas make us the healthiest on average. The average person needs an hour of physical exercise, six to eleven servings of grains, two to four servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables, two to three servings of meat, two to three servings of milk, and enough water to make it all work.

The guidelines found on the general chart of the pyramid are as listed above, and this could be the formula for an eighty year old man, or a fifteen year old girl. The recommended daily calorie intake is just as vague and generalized as the daily food intake pyramid. Can you see how this might not work for either one?  When a guideline published is this general, it is up to the individual to determine what food regimen will keep them at their healthiest, provide the caloric intake necessary, but not excessive.

According to the guides published by the USDA, calorie needs vary from one age group to another, one gender to another.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  You can setup a journal for recording your daily caloric intake for about a month.  Make a note of your weight each day.  If you don’t gain any weight during the course of that month, you’re eating your recommended calorie level in order to maintain your weight.  Now, take that calorie information, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve this recommended daily intake, and still be enough to be filling and please the palette. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan.

If your goal is to cut calorie consumption, you would be among the latest wave of health conscious individuals who believe that a low calorie intake keeps us in our healthiest condition.  There have been studies done with rats that lend credibility to this claim.  Lowering the rat’s body weight by only 10% yielded a longer life; longer life spans were noted for up to a 30% cut in daily calorie intake.  Anything past that point produced unhealthy consequences.  Now, exactly how this translates into human life spans, we’re not sure.

Once the importance of a particular food plan is understood by us, it is a simple as learning our multiplication tables.  We simply memorize the food requirements, and incorporate it into our daily intake as needed.  As you take the time to incorporate a healthy food plan, don’t’ forget the necessity of exercise in our daily lives.  In order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning as expected, we need to keep it fit.  This comes through proper amounts of exercise

This guide will not work for Brother Bill or Sister Sue, but it is the unique blueprint for you.  It is at this point in the process that we seem to lack the direction to finish what the government started.  Maybe we need to incorporate these techniques into a class taught at school.  Maybe this would give our young people the direction and tools they need in order to begin such a process, make it a lifetime habit, and pass it along to their children.  Whatever the formula, your food intake and level of calorie content, will affect your general overall health everyday.  Overeating can bring on obesity, under eating can bring about anemia; you need to find that one right guide for you, and plan, plan, plan.

Lower Fat Means Higher Carbs

Over the last thirty years, food nutritionists and the food industry as a whole have embraced the idea of lowering our fat intake.  This was a direct result of the information published by the government that encouraged less egg consumption because of the cholesterol found in eggs.  After that particular piece of information, doctors began to discover that when we consume fat, we have higher incidences of cholesterol problems.  The logical conclusion: fat must be bad for you.  And so, an entire generation as grown up with fat-free foods.  A whole generation grew up believing that fat was what made us fat, clogged our arteries, and generally caused ill-health.

Now, what many of you do not realize is that fat flavors our foods, when you remove the fat; you remove much of the good taste. So what did we do? We turned to carbs to make up for the loss in taste in the food.  When you remove the fat, the taste must be artificially injected into the food.  The end result is a food that is higher in carbohydrate content, but lower in fat.  Hence, all the wonderful labels displaying the claim of “fat free” but neglect to mention the higher level of carbohydrates.

Now, we have a whole food industry formed around low or no-fat food alternatives. These companies have large amounts of money invested in the production of these foods, and is not going to be able or willing to turn around on a dime.  It’s because of corporate investment that current knowledge about the “good” fat has been suppressed as long as it has.  It is a very expensive piece of knowledge that is being passed on to the public today.  So expensive, that some companies would be out of business were they to try and reverse their food processing.

So what is the trade off for foods higher in carbohydrates?  Well, part of the trade off is that carbohydrates turn into sugar fast during the digestive process.  What happens when sugar levels become too high too fast?  Diabetes would be the number one bad effect.  Others can include insulin related problems with the pancreas, and hyperactivity in young and old.  Diabetes has been on the rise for the last twenty-five years, and can probably be traced directly to our increased level of carbohydrate intake.

When you combine the fact that food lobbyists and pharmaceutical lobbyists are two of the largest lobby groups in existence, it is astonishment that this news ever made it to the general public.  But it has, and it will continue to be a source of research and concern as many of the baby boomers continue to age and experience health problems thanks to the high levels of carbohydrate consumption.

Lower fat was not the answer many thought it to be.  As it turns out, we would have been much better off to have left our food as it was, and spent billions of dollars in the exercise industry.  Now, there is an area that would have benefited all of the population, more exercise.

Less Food A Healthier You

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health.  But in what quantities and which ones are the best?  These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs.  And the answers will benefit our unique needs.  Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you.  Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different

As you study the food pyramid published by the USDA, we can examine some of the better foods, and try to decide what particular formulas make us the healthiest on average. The average person needs an hour of physical exercise, six to eleven servings of grains, two to four servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables, two to three servings of meat, two to three servings of milk, and enough water to make it all work.

The guidelines found on the general chart of the pyramid are as listed above, and this could be the formula for an eighty year old man, or a fifteen year old girl. The recommended daily calorie intake is just as vague and generalized as the daily food intake pyramid. Can you see how this might not work for either one?  When a guideline published is this general, it is up to the individual to determine what food regimen will keep them at their healthiest, provide the caloric intake necessary, but not excessive.

If your goal is to cut calorie consumption, you would be among the latest wave of health conscious individuals who believe that a low calorie intake keeps us in our healthiest condition.  There have been studies done with rats that lend credibility to this claim.  Lowering the rat’s body weight by only 10% yielded a longer life; longer life spans were noted for up to a 30% cut in daily calorie intake.  Anything past that point produced unhealthy consequences.  Now, exactly how this translates into human life spans, we’re not sure.

Once the importance of a particular food plan is understood by us, it is a simple as learning our multiplication tables.  We simply memorize the food requirements, and incorporate it into our daily intake as needed.  As you take the time to incorporate a healthy food plan, don’t’ forget the necessity of exercise in our daily lives.  In order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning as expected, we need to keep it fit.  This comes through proper amounts of exercise

According to the guides published by the USDA, calorie needs vary from one age group to another, one gender to another.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  You can setup a journal for recording your daily caloric intake for about a month.  Make a note of your weight each day.  If you don’t gain any weight during the course of that month, you’re eating your recommended calorie level in order to maintain your weight.  Now, take that calorie information, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve this recommended daily intake, and still be enough to be filling and please the palette. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan for weight maintenance.  To produce a reduction in body weight, simply begin to cut calorie intake, without cutting too much from the daily recommended servings.

This guide will not work for Brother Bill or Sister Sue, but it is the unique blueprint for you.  It is at this point in the process that we seem to lack the direction to finish what the government started.  Whatever the formula, your food intake and level of calorie content, will affect your general overall health everyday.  Overeating can bring on obesity, under eating can bring about anemia; you need to find that one right guide for you, and plan, plan, plan.

How Does Our Intelligence Affect What We Eat?

This is a double sided coin.  Does health affect intelligence? Yes.  Does intelligence affect health? Yes.  This is one of those wonderful situations where the cause and effect works both ways.  What happens in one area, will generally affect the other.

It is a known and proven fact, that the eating and health habits we use as children, directly affects our level of development.  This includes the brain.  Protein, one of the most important basic life building blocks, works directly in the brain’s development.  No protein, no proper development.

Well, it doesn’t take very much intuition here, to notice if the brain doesn’t develop to optimal operation levels, you will not have a health conscious individual. Generally, you do not have individuals develop to become productive, prosperous citizens, and certainly not healthy, productive, prosperous citizens.

Past the consideration of intelligence development, our level of education and intelligence plays a tremendous role in our ability to educate ourselves about the health options we should exercise.  With generations prior to the 20th century, physical energy expenditures used up whatever nutritional resources you had provided earlier.  Physical work and a real lack of nutritional supplements kept the body in constant need of nourishment.  That is a time past.  Today, with the advent of the computer, physical activity is no longer a part of the work equation.  We no longer lack for vitamins and minerals, thanks to the boom in the vitamin market.

Today, we must determine how much nourishment we need, how much physical exercise we need, and how best to accomplish those ends.  Calorie needs, nutritional needs, physical needs, and education about those needs now is information we should all understand, at least as it applies to our individual self.

Our level of income directly affects our eating habits.  Did you know that?  How much money you make helps to determine what you will choose and how healthy you will be.  Doesn’t really make sense, if you don’t’ look at the broader picture.  In the big picture, however, here is the view: you are educated, have a degree, and are exposed to tons of information during your college years.  You are exposed to health classes, athletes, and all sorts of professional people who already understand the importance of healthy eating habits in your life.

You graduate college, your income levels are quite nice, and you have the opportunity to purchase magazines, health and fitness of course.  Can you see how your education and intelligence levels affect your health now?  This is a generalization that has proven itself time and again.  All you have to do is observe your developed countries versus the third world, underdeveloped countries.  Standard of living and health are directly related.

If the evidence presented above is not enough to satisfy your curiosity concerning the role intelligence plays in our health, take the time to visit the US Census.  This information is available through the internet. There you will find all kinds of statistics, from income averages in areas of the United States, to education levels in those same places.  Also available is information related to the household.  Check for yourself.  You can see a direct relationship in many areas of the country between income levels and health statistics for that area.

How to Eat Right in 10 Minutes

It’s Thursday afternoon, you have thirty minutes to get from work, go by the house and pickup Heath, Jamie’s already at basketball practice, oh, and what about dinner?  Does this scenario seem familiar?  If you’re a working Mom, I can promise that it is a familiar scene.

So how do you make healthy food choices, when you only have fifteen minutes to prepare your meals?  Well, the first thing you should realize is that quite often, healthy choices do not necessarily equate to two hour meals.  You can make healthy food choices that are as quick to prepare or pickup as the unhealthy ones.

For example, sub sandwiches are a healthier alternative than pizza or burger and fries, but do not really take any longer to pickup.  Salads can be prepared in just a few short minutes, and provide for the necessary vegetable daily requirement.  Don’ care for the usual salad?  Make a Waldorf or fruit salad, either way you’ve changed it up a bit, and still provided a health choice.  As for the dressing, oil based or vinegar based dressings are much better for you than the cream based, and are really more tasteful.

Okay, suppose salads aren’t what your kids like.   What about other prepared foods that are also healthy foods?  Healthy Choice is a brand of frozen entrees or meals that take only a few minutes in the microwave to prepare, and are still healthy alternatives.  Baked rather than fried is always a better choice, and many supermarkets today offer baked products fresh from their bakery, ready to go.

Still aren’t satisfied?  You want a place to go and actually sit down and eat. There are still many healthy alternatives for a family when going to eat at a restaurant.  Restaurants that offer buffet style meals are great choices.  Thanks to many of the health conscious consumers out there, buffets have added baked, broiled, and fresh food choices to the display.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are usually always available on food bars, along with broiled or steamed vegetables.  Meats are just about as varied, with many of the choices being offered in a fried and baked option. And if you’re up for dessert, watermelons and grapes are just as satisfying as the Boston cream pie.

You can always throw up objections when it comes to healthy eat, the real trick is in realizing it’s your body that will suffer.  Or your children that will suffer from the unhealthy choices you make.  Why not start with healthy options, set the right example, and you will have children that make health conscious intelligent decisions about their eat.

Okay, now back to our Thursday afternoon juggling act.  You’ve dropped Heath at baseball practice, picked Jamie up from basketball, and you have exactly fifteen minutes to make a decision about dinner.  As you sit at the red-light contemplating your options, there is a Subway, a Pizza Hut, and a grocery store with a deli in the same shopping center.  How can this still be a difficult choice to make?

 

How Much is Enough?

As you study the food pyramid published by the USDA, we can examine some of the better foods, and try to decide what particular formulas make us the healthiest on average. The average person needs an hour of physical exercise, six to eleven servings of grains, two to four servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables, two to three servings of meat, two to three servings of milk, and enough water to make it all work.

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health.  But in what quantities and which ones are the best?  These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs.  And the answers will benefit our unique needs.  Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you.  Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different.

The guidelines found on the general chart of the pyramid are as listed above, and this could be the formula for an eighty year old man, or a fifteen year old girl. The recommended daily calorie intake is just as vague and generalized as the daily food intake pyramid. Can you see how this might not work for either one?  When a guideline published is this general, it is up to the individual to determine what food regimen will keep them at their healthiest, provide the caloric intake necessary, but not excessive.

According to the guides published by the USDA, calorie needs vary from one age group to another, one gender to another.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  You can setup a journal for recording your daily caloric intake for about a month.  Make a note of your weight each day.  If you don’t gain any weight during the course of that month, you’re eating your recommended calorie level in order to maintain your weight.  Now, take that calorie information, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve this recommended daily intake, and still be enough to be filling and please the palette. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan.

Once the importance of a particular food plan is understood by us, it is a simple as learning our multiplication tables.  We simply memorize the food requirements, and incorporate it into our daily intake as needed.  As you take the time to incorporate a healthy food plan, don’t’ forget the necessity of exercise in our daily lives.  In order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning as expected, we need to keep it fit.  This comes through proper amounts of exercise

This guide will not work for Cousin Kelly, or Aunt Tilley, but it is the unique blueprint for you.  It is at this point in the process that we seem to lack the direction to finish what the government started.  Maybe we need to incorporate these techniques into a class taught at school.  Maybe this would give our young people the direction and tools they need in order to begin such a process, make it a lifetime habit, and pass it along to their children.  Whatever the formula, your food intake and level of calorie content, will affect your general overall health everyday.  Overeating can bring on obesity, under eating can bring about anemia; you need to find that one right guide for you, and plan, plan, plan.

How Does Our Food Intake Affect Our Health?

We can examine some of the better foods, and offer advice as to what particular formulas make us the healthiest on average. On average, you need an hour of exercise and enough servings from all the food groups to completely cover the food pyramid.

This could be the formula for an eighty year old man, or a fifteen year old girl. The recommended daily calorie intake is just as vague and generalized as the daily food intake pyramid. Can you see how this might not work for either one?  When a guideline published is this general, it is up to the individual to determine what food regimen will keep them at their healthiest, and then implement such a plan.

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health.  But in what quantities and which ones are the best?  These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs.  So must the answer to what foods make us healthy be a unique one.

Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you.  Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different

Once the importance of a particular food plan is understood by us, it is a simple as learning our multiplication tables.  We simply memorize the benefit, and incorporate it into our daily intake as needed.  As you take the time to incorporate a healthy food plan, don’t’ forget the necessity of exercise in our daily lives.  In order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning off of healthy food, we need to keep it fit.  This comes through proper amounts of exercise.

According to the guides published by the USDA, your calorie needs are as individual as you.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  There’s one simple way to determine your calorie needs, simply keep a journal of your daily food intake.  Now, take that calorie information, check with a nutritionist about the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals that you need.  Take both pieces of information, calorie intake and nutritional requirements, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve these recommended daily intakes, and still be enjoyable food. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan.

What those foods might be, are entirely dependent upon the unique guideline you have just established.  This guide will not work for Cousin Bob, or Aunt Tilley, but it is the unique blueprint for you.  It is at this point in the process that we seem to lack the direction or the discipline to finish what the government started.  Maybe we need to incorporate these techniques into a class taught at school.  Maybe this would give our young people the direction and tools they need in order to begin such a process, make it a lifetime habit, and pass it along to their children.  Whatever the formula, your food intake, types and level of calorie content, will affect your general overall health everyday.  Overeating can bring on obesity, under eating can bring about anemia; you need to find that one right guide for you, and plan, plan, plan.

Healthy, Great Tasting Food Alternatives

The next time you visit the grocery store, take the time to stop by the produce section.  Instead of searching the snack cake aisle for your children’s snacks, try an apple, or orange, or banana.

Fruits and vegetables are a great place to start.  There are so many choices in the filed of fruits and vegetables, that being picky isn’t even a consideration here. It does not matter where your location, the time of the year, or the method of preparation, there are fruits and vegetables to suit the most discriminating taste

The choices in fruits and vegetables run the gamut in color preference, leafy versus compact, fresh and raw, or freshly picked and cooked.  There are fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, or just plain high in flavor.

What about as a snack?  Do fruits and vegetables meet the snack requirement for taste?  We already know that they’re good for us, but if we’re going to snack, we want something that tastes really good.

There are fruits and vegetables that fill the bill, quite successfully.  What about celery?  Celery with pimento or peanut butter is quite delicious.  Or, you have the broccoli and cauliflower combination with ranch dip.  That’s a healthy alternative that any other snack would be hard pressed to surpass.  In the fruit section, you have so many snack choices it would require you to spend hours debating which one is best.  Apples, oranges, mangos, bananas, peaches and pears, and this just begins the list.

Exotic vegetables from Asian countries, tried and true vegetables from the backyard, or the latest from the Farmer’s market, the choices can seem at times overwhelming.  We should never run out of new recipes to try, new dishes to put before our families and friends, or just simply to fix and eat for our own enjoyment.

Summertime brings a rich bounty of vegetable choices, so many in fact, that most people preserve some in canning, freezing, and pickling.  As a child growing up in the south, summertime meant fresh vegetables straight from the garden.  Fresh peas, corn, and tomatoes on the dinner table with cornbread is a feast fit for a king!  I will have to admit here, that cornbread would not be the healthiest choice in bread, but it’s unbeatable in the taste department.

What about wintertime?  Thanks to greenhouse growers, and improved methods for winter crops, we now have many choices for fruit and vegetable consumption even during the winter months.  Soups and stews that abound during the colder weather are filled with wonderful vegetables to add just the right flavor and texture to a snowy, cold afternoon.

Generally, if you mention having a healthy alternative to that sugary snack, or calorie laden burger for a meal, the looks you receive would be enough to wither.  But healthy alternatives can be really good.  They can provide wonderful taste as well as healthy appeal

So, you see, healthy alternative doesn’t equate to a lack of taste, or zestful appeal.  Healthy alternative just means that while we’re enjoying the wonderful Cobb salad, we can also delight in the fact that we did a double whammy, good and good for you!

Healthy Food Fast

It’s Thursday afternoon, you have thirty minutes to get from work, go by the house and pickup Heath, Jamie’s already at basketball practice, oh, and what about dinner?  Does this scenario seem familiar?  If you’re a working Mom, I can promise that it is a familiar scene.

So how do you make healthy food choices, when you only have fifteen minutes to prepare your meals?  Well, the first thing you should realize is that quite often, healthy choices do not necessarily equate to two hour meals.  You can make healthy food choices that are as quick to prepare or pickup as the unhealthy ones.

Quite often, metropolitan areas provide a restaurant guide in their phone book, and you have access to full page menus that explain what a restaurant or drive thru offers.  Today, many of those options now include healthy alternatives as well as the usual fare.

Places like McDonald’s and Hardee’s now offer carbohydrate conscious consumers other options for their hamburger choices.  You can order with or without the bun.  Fruit and yogurt choices now appear on menus, as well as fresh salads.

Many restaurants offer salad choices as side orders or as a full meal.  Fresh vegetables served with chopped chicken, ham, roast beef, or bacon, are often more appealing than the standard menu items.  For summer consumption, salads often seam more pleasing because they’re lighter on our digestive system.

Local flavor restaurants are often serving the food that is also in season for local farmers.  Quite often, there are really healthy choices that are affordable, and taste really good.  Sometimes you will have restaurants that create their own recipes for healthy options, giving the consumer a completely new choice, and stimulating new clients simultaneously.

Suppose you aren’t in the mood for take out, and you’d like to prepare your family’s meal.  That just increases your options as far as making healthy choices.  A visit to your local grocery store or supermarket will reveal more healthy choices than you ever thought possible.  The fresh fruits and vegetables offered today are more varied than even a few short years ago, thanks to improved preservatives and transportation of the goods.  All kinds of cuisine can now be prepared, very quickly thanks to the choices of fresh, not frozen.  But, if you are a frozen foods chef, the choices there are just as many.  The demand for healthy frozen entrees and meals has risen right along with the demand for greater variety.  Today, you can walk down any frozen foods aisle, and see as many healthy choices as unhealthy ones.  The decision is yours, you can either set a good example, or you can choose to set a bad one.  Time is not the deciding factor, nor is availability and choices.

Okay, now back to our Thursday afternoon juggling act.  You’ve dropped Heath at baseball practice, picked Jamie up from basketball, and you have exactly fifteen minutes to make a decision about dinner.  As you sit at the red-light contemplating your options, there is a Subway, a Pizza Hut, and a grocery store with a deli in the same shopping center.  How can this still be a difficult choice to make?

Fruit, Vegetables and Health

As a teen, most of us don’t even care if we’re eating right, or begin to understand the implications of poor eating habits.  As we age, however, we do begin to notice the effects of improper exercise, poor eating habits, and how they affect our health.  Today, as the baby boomers begin their retirement years, health concerns and questions are on the rise.  These aging boomers are more concerned than any previous generations about their good health, their ability to keep their good health, and how their diet affects their health.

The easiest place to affect our health is through our eating habits; in fact it’s the most effective solution to better health, sharing the spotlight with exercise.  What about our food intake?  What choices do we have to make eating a healthier occurrence?

Fruits and vegetables are a great place to start.  There are so many choices in the filed of fruits and vegetables, that being picky isn’t even a consideration here. It does not matter where your location, the time of the year, or the method of preparation, there are fruits and vegetables to suit the most discriminating taste

The choices in fruits and vegetables run the gamut in color preference, leafy versus compact, fresh and raw, or freshly picked and cooked.  There are fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, or just plain high in flavor.

What about as a snack?  Do fruits and vegetables meet the snack requirement for taste?  We already know that they’re good for us, but if we’re going to snack, we want something that tastes really good.

There are fruits and vegetables that fill that bill, quite successfully.  What about celery?  Celery with pimento or peanut butter is quite delicious.  Or, you have the broccoli and cauliflower combination with ranch dip.  That’s a snack that any other snack would be hard pressed to surpass.  In the fruit section, you have so many snack choices it would require you to spend hours debating which one is best.  Apples, oranges, mangos, bananas, peaches and pears, and this just begins the list.

One of a southerner’s favorite snacks would be baked sweet potato.  Now, this is normally consumed with large amounts of butter, but doesn’t have to be, in order to be good.  The baked sweet potato can simply be peeled and eaten straight from the oven and it’s still delicious.

Back in the fruit section, you still haven’t covered plums, grapes, raisins, watermelons, cantaloupes, or honey dews.  My, my, I didn’t realize there were so many.

We haven’t even discussed fruit options that would require us to cook.  These are just the fresh and raw options available, most year round.  By the time you run the gamut with these ideas, you should be ready to start all over at the beginning.

You should have enough options now for snacking, that healthful snacking can become a standard, not an exception for you.  These ideas do not by any means encompass all options; these are just simply the most popular local favorites if you live in the South and in Alabama.

Food Labels: Fact or Fiction

It’s a proven fact that a manufacturer is in business because they make a profit off the items they sell to the consumer.  This has been a known fact since the inception of manufactured food.

And up until the last twenty years or so, manufacturer’s weren’t held accountable for their process, or the additives they put into your food.  Then we began the health revolution, and suddenly everyone wanted to know what was in their food, and if what healthy for them to consume.  In fact, had the consumer been aware of the level of sugar being added to manufactured cereals during the early part of the 20th century, they might have refused to purchase or eat something so poor in nutrition and high in tooth decay.

As soon as the manufacturer’s began to deal with that situation, along came the claims of “fat free” and “reduced fat” and the manufacturer’s were forced to prove their claims.  The FDA ruled that if they were going to claim those facts, they must label so that proof could be established.

But are the labels really true and accurate?  Or do the labels simply tell us what we want to hear.  Are they accurate about the fat content?  Well, let me ask you, when was the last time you took your bottle of ranch dressing and had it analyzed for fat content?  Exactly.  You the consumer aren’t going to analyze anything. You’re going to believe whatever those label states as fact.

Food labeling and accuracy are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, but that doesn’t always keep everyone honest, or true to a simple process of determining what the product you’re buying contains.  Many times, the product will provide two to three servings per package.  The obvious take, on the consumer’s part, when buying a snack cake or candy bar, is that the single package should constitute a single serving.  This is not the case many times.  The manufacturer in order to appeal to the consumers sense of sight, makes it appear as though the contents of the package would be a single serving, simply by the way the package is sold.  In reality, the serving size is ½ the package or a third of the package.  This is a deceit times two.  Naturally, as you read the calorie content, you don’t stop to check the serving information, because a product sold for a single serve consumer, should naturally be a single serving, right?  Wrong.

This is where we must carefully watch our food labels, read between the lines, and check the fine print.  Quite often, we only see what we want to see.  We don’t notice that we’re being deceived until much later, or sometimes not at all.

To a consumer just concerned with the calorie content because of weight issues, this is not a life threatening situation. For the diabetic patient, the improper reading of the package contents can mean the difference between normal healthy functioning, and a dramatic increase or drop in blood sugar levels.  As you can see, the manufacturer’s who are regulated do their very best to benefit themselves, not the consumer.

Eating Habits: What We Learn as We Live

It’s 7:00 am, and you’re late for work.  You decide to just simply skip breakfast, and have a snack later, around mid-morning.  Your kids decide they don’t want breakfast, either.

Lunchtime arrives and you’re just not that hungry.  Maybe a quick snack bar, a diet soda, and back to work.  Do you ever wonder what your kids are eating for lunch?  Have they come to the same conclusion?

Alright, time to prepare dinner, and time is short.  You have three places to be in order to get everybody to practice, pickup the cleaning, and then on home.  On the way to the cleaners you realize dinner is going to be a lite one if you fix what you have at home. Where to stop?  How about pizza and soda?  Or maybe the kids would like burgers and fries.  While you try to decide what to provide for dinner, the kids have finished practice and they’re starving.  The gym has a food dispenser for snacks and sodas, and so they load up on candy bars and coke.

It’s 6:45 pm and you’ve made the last stop on the child pickup train.  Everybody’s loaded up and ready to go home. You’ve decided to stop for pizza, already called your order in, and it’s ready when you stop by.

Have you ever stopped to ponder why you eat the way you do?  Where did those habits develop from?  Do we learn these habits as we grow up?  That’s exactly where we learn them.  Then we just improve upon them as we age.  As the demands of really hectic lives intrude upon our mealtime, we simply skip meals, compact meals, or choose the quickest alternative.

These food habits are not lost on our children either.  They take note of our food habits, just like they do our hygiene habits, our work habits, and our exercise habits.  They will generally follow right along behind us parents.  What is it we say to them, “good habits are just as easy as bad”?

What we should absorb as we travel along life’s daily path is a way to incorporate healthy habits into our lifestyle.  There is generally just as much room for healthy as there is unhealthy, it just so happens that unhealthy holds more appeal.

Unhealthy receives more advertising dollars than healthy, and is often more visible.  But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier, more convenient, or cheaper.  Habits, generally take about two weeks to make the switch from conscious action to unconscious habit.  Two weeks is not long, it’s not long at all for decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life.  It’s also not long for the potential reward that comes from setting an example your children can follow, and you can be proud for them to follow. You teach them daily about the good habits you want them to develop, and then you demonstrate a bad one in your food choices.  C’mon, mom and dad, let’s practice what we preach.

Eating for Your Age

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health.  But in what quantities and which ones are the best?  These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs.  And the answers will benefit our unique needs.  Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you.  Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different

We can examine some of the better foods, and offer advice as to what particular formulas make us the healthiest on average. The average person needs an hour of physical exercise, six to eleven servings of grains, two to four servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables, two to three servings of meat, two to three servings of milk, and enough water to make it all work.

This could be the formula for an eighty year old man, or a fifteen year old girl. The recommended daily calorie intake is just as vague and generalized as the daily food intake pyramid. Can you see how this might not work for either one?  When a guideline published is this general, it is up to the individual to determine what food regimen will keep them at their healthiest, provide the caloric intake necessary, but not excessive.

According to the guides published by the USDA, calorie needs vary from one age group to another, one gender to another.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  You can setup a journal for recording your daily caloric intake for about a month.  Make a note of your weight each day.  If you don’t gain any weight during the course of that month, you’re eating your recommended calorie level in order to maintain your weight.  Now, take that calorie information, check with a nutritionist about the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals that you need.  Take both pieces of information, calorie intake and nutritional requirements, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve these recommended daily intakes, and still be enjoyable food. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan.

Once the importance of a particular food plan is understood by us, it is a simple as learning our multiplication tables.  We simply memorize the benefit, and incorporate it into our daily intake as needed.  As you take the time to incorporate a healthy food plan, don’t’ forget the necessity of exercise in our daily lives.  In order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning off of healthy food, we need to keep it fit.  This comes through proper amounts of exercise

What those foods might be, are entirely dependent upon the unique guideline you have just established.  This guide will not work for Cousin Bob, or Aunt Tilley, but it is the unique blueprint for you.  It is at this point in the process that we seem to lack the direction to finish what the government started.  Maybe we need to incorporate these techniques into a class taught at school.  Maybe this would give our young people the direction and tools they need in order to begin such a process, make it a lifetime habit, and pass it along to their children.  Whatever the formula, your food intake and level of calorie content, will affect your general overall health everyday.  Overeating can bring on obesity, under eating can bring about anemia; you need to find that one right guide for you, and plan, plan, plan.

Eating for Life

As a matter of course, all responsible persons should take the time to educate themselves, and their children, about the benefits of healthy eating.  Learning to eat for life in a health conscious way is one of the best guarantees for a long and fulfilling life. The quality of our lives is as important as the quantity to most individuals, but because of debilitating disease, we are often forced to make a decision and choose between quality and quantity.

Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, the average person’s life span now exceeds seventy years. If you stop to think, that’s quite a long time to walk around on this earth. Along with the wonderful life expectancy increases, however have the detrimental effects of overeating and unhealthy eating.  It seems that as we advance in one area, we regress in others.

As we set out on the course of life, from birth to death, eating is a constant.  We eat to sustain life to our bodies, and maintain optimal health as babies.  As we grow older, we eat because we enjoy the food we are consuming.  This is where the equation has become somewhat skewed.  We are supposed to eat because we need the nourishment, and hopefully enjoy the food as we consume it.  Not consume it just because we enjoy the food, with little regard to our need for nourishment.

Eating for life is a concept that should never have needed invention, however, here we are.  Learning about healthy choices, caloric needs, vitamin needs, and how to make the best choice in order to accommodate all needs, requires some education.

Many children reach adulthood with no thought being given at all to the most important conscious action we have: eating.  There is no room for food education in our school system; we’re too busy with mathematics and science.  Home economics classes, that were once a part of the required curriculum, are now optional and very few students are exposed to the notional education found in that class.

Health is taught as a science course, and addresses matters of personal hygiene, diseases, and the broad spectrum of health as it applies to the masses.  No individual attention is given to how to attain optimal health via our eating habits.  It’s funny that we skip the most important, fundamental building block to good health: our notional and caloric consumption in our food.  I personally believe we should have the field of neutrino and physical activity married into something combined to provide every person that enters the school system with a personal knowledge of their bodies’ needs, caloric, and nutritional, so that they complete their education with mental and physical competencies.

For now, we simply wait until our children have reached unhealthy, obese weights, and then put them through the painful process of trying to regain their physical health, and restrict their eating.  Don’t you think it would have been much easier to simply have prevented this problem, and taught them good physical fitness and good eating habits?

Eating for life is a concept that should be as important to our educational process as our ability to count. The ability to recognize our nutritional requirements, find the foods we need to fulfill those requirements, and differentiate between healthy food consumption and “unhealthy” eating habits is not an option.  Not for a healthy, happy, long, and quality life.

Do We Need Water to Be Healthy?

Do you know that your body is 98% water?  Do you find this fact hard to believe?  I did, and then I stopped to really think about it.  Most all of our body fluids are water, and many of our organs are mostly.  Do you suppose water is important to our daily functions?  I would hazard a guess of YES.

The daily recommended allowance of water is eight 8 oz. glasses.  That seems like a lot, until you stop to think about all of the liquid we consume, instead of the water we need to be drinking.  We normally consume 64 ounces plus.  It just isn’t all water like we need.

Our bodies need the water to effectively digest and perform all the necessary functions we ask of it each day.  You don’t stop to realize what we ask of this marvelous machine, we just take it for granted that it’s going to function properly.  Let’s talk about some of the things we ask our body to do, that requires water in order to successfully perform.

Physical activity is high on everyone’s list.  We run, walk, play, swim, and participate in all kinds of physically demanding activity.  None of this is possible without the proper functioning of our body.  In order to carry on all the processes of performance and replenishment, we need more than the usual 64 ounce requirement.  We’ve expended more than our usual amount when our body had to sweat in order to keep us cooled off.

Proper flushing of the body, filtering of the blood, and transmission of waste from our bodies can only occur when there are enough fluids present. Only through the intake of necessary amounts of water do our kidneys function as designed.

Without water, we don’t furnish enough of the fluid needed by our brain for proper functioning.  Now, I bet there’s one you didn’t realize.  If you’re not consuming enough water, your brain experiences a kind of dehydration.  Headaches are a result of this condition.  Teenagers who experience headaches are usually depriving their body of the water or fluids it needs to function correctly.

Many of the body’s organs depend upon fresh blood supplies in order to function properly.  Blood depends on the proper filtration and fluid replenishment from cell activity.  This cell activity doesn’t occur without needed input from our daily intake of water.  Study the body during bouts of dehydration. It is easily seen how many of our bodily functions reduce their work load, or don’t perform at maximum capacity, simply because there isn’t enough water.  Water is the foundation of physical existence.

Just in examining these few points here, you should be able to see the importance of water to our daily life.  What we don’t realize is that very few adults, or children, come anywhere close to drinking the recommended daily allowance.  We often skip meals, skip our nutritional requirements, and then don’t even bother to give the body enough water to try and compensate.  Shouldn’t we wonder why we are able to function at all, instead of why we aren’t functioning at top speed?

How Do We Determine Nutritional Need?

Today, we must determine how much nourishment we need, how much physical exercise we need, and how best to accomplish those ends.  Calorie needs, nutritional needs, physical needs, and education about those needs now is information we should all understand, at least as it applies to our individual self.  If you will visit your local doctor, library, or fitness center, there is massive amounts of information available to help educate and to help you make good health choices, no matter what the age group.

Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do.  Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes.

How do we determine that we are providing the essential nutritional needs?  That knowledge comes by educating ourselves about what our individual needs are, the needs of our family, and then taking that knowledge and applying it to the foods we buy, that we prepare, and that our families consume.

Nutrition as it applies to our daily lives means that we take in what we need to maintain our body’s healthy state.  Nutrition has become an important word thanks to the involvement of the USDA in our daily food requirements, and the FDA’s involvement in determining what is and is not dangerous for us to consume.

But what is our responsibility in the nutrition game?  Do we understand what our nutritional requirements are, how to fulfill those requirements, and how to look for real nutritional value in our foods?  I’m not sure that nutrition has been successfully addressed in its own right.  We hear nutrition in relation to our vitamin intake, our fortified cereals and milk, and in the context that we need “nutritional value” from our food choices.  But what really is nutrition when applied to our daily bodily functions?

Quite often, our vitamin and mineral needs outweigh our caloric needs.  In those instances, we turn to manufactured vitamins and minerals to fill the gap.  This is a part of our nutritional needs, also.

Nutrition is one of the most complex areas to gain useful knowledge about, because there are so many components, and because each person has their own individual needs.  Women needs differ from those of men, and older women’s needs differ from those of a young girl.  As we age, our needs constantly change; therefore continual education about nutrition is a fact of life.

The nutritional needs of a cardiac patient are different than those of a healthy, middle-aged hiker.  Can you see the complexity of the situation now?  What we really need is to develop a scale that determines the nutritional needs of our bodies on a cellular level, so that as we age, as our physical condition changes, or our health changes, we can recalculate our needs, based on cellular changes and content in our body.  Individuality is the key to understanding each person’s nutritional needs, and then working to educate ourselves is the key to fulfilling those nutritional needs.  Good nutrition should be the ultimate goal of every person alive.

Calcium and Eating Healthy

Did you understand the importance of calciums in your diet before the widespread news of the effects of too little calcium was published?  Probably not.  Chances are you still don’t fully understand the effect of calciums on your digestive processes and the functioning of your heart.

Calcium is one of the essential elements that must be present during the metabolism of our food, and during the beating of your heart.  Calciums deficiencies in these two areas are what helps lead to heart disease and osteoporosis.  When you don’t take enough calciums in through your daily intake of food and vitamins, your body will draw on the calcium reserves in your bones in order to have enough to maintain body processes.  This is why women, who are older, often develop osteoporosis, and don’t even begin to realize they are at risk.  When the amount of calcium in your blood drops to a low level, the body will draw calciums out of the bones.  This causes your bones to become more porous and brittle. This explains the rise in broken hips in older people, especially women.

In order to absorb calcium into our bones, we need the presence of estrogen and exercise.  Both of these are in short supply during our later years, chiefly because your body doesn’t produce estrogen after menopause, and as we age, we lose the ability to exercise.  Vitamin D is a backup to the estrogen and exercise problem, however, because Vitamin D does continue to help our body absorb Calcium.  Hence, we have the addition of Calciums to milk, naturally high in Vitamin D.

If you have determined that you need supplemental Calciums, there are certain forms of calcium that are more easily digested.  The best absorbed form of calcium comes in a pill in the form of calcium salt like carbonate or phosphate.

There is a further warning to some forms of calciums that are available on the market today  Both the bone meal calcium and dolomite calcium have been  found to contain toxic metals such as arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium.  One additional piece of advice, if you’ve heard that antacids contain calciums that you can use as a supplement instead of vitamins, the information is correct.  However, you’d have to take a handful of antacids and quite often they contain substances that disrupt the digestive process. The best advice to date is to purchase a good calcium carbonate or phosphate as a vitamin supplement and establish a regular habit of taking them first thing in the morning with breakfast.

If you have heart, kidney, liver disease, or high blood pressure, you should consult a physician before taking calciums supplements as the medicine you’re already taking may contain a built in supplement, or may cause a reaction when combined with calciums.

The recommended daily dosage for children is 800 milligrams of calciums each day. This level is fairly accurate for women until they reach the post-menopausal age and the level of estrogen production is reduced or eliminated.  At that point, calcium intake should reach a level of 1500 milligrams per day; almost double that of pre-menopausal women.

Breathing, Exercise and Eating

If I had not gone through several diet and exercise programs, I would not believe the connection that the elements of breathing, exercise and eating share. Since I have however, received quite an education in these three areas, I can vouch for the certain fact that they are all interrelated and do affect the body individually and jointly.

Now, the eating and exercise you may have already figured out, but are you aware of the role our breathing plays in providing the body with the oxygen needed for maximum metabolism?  No, most people aren’t.

This is how the process works.  In order to metabolize food, the body needs certain elements to come together and create the right conditions for food breakdown.  Oxygen is one of the elements.  The more oxygen we add to the process, the better our metabolic process can work to properly utilize the energy from the food we have consumed.

It is here that our breathing plays a key role in the metabolic process.  The deeper, and more efficiently we breathe, the more oxygen we consume.  The more oxygen we consume, the more we provide to the metabolic process.  Makes sense doesn’t it?

What role does exercise play in this process?  Well, exercise conditions our body to keep it in optimal shape.  To keep muscles functioning correctly and build muscle mass.  The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn; the more calories we burn, the better our metabolism is at using up the calories we take in through food consumption.

Can you begin to see how our body is really a well functioning machine?  It’s a continual circle of events, one feeding off the other.  When all the events are coming together properly, we are healthy, happy individuals.  It’s only when abuse of the system begins to occur, that we put our bodies in jeopardy. Perhaps is we educated our children, while they are young, about the dangers of abusing their body, we would have better equipped young adults.  We educate them about the dangers of household appliances that are incorrectly operated, about the danger of driving recklessly, and improper operation of the car they’re driving; we just don’t take the time to educate them about the most important piece of equipment they will ever operate, their own body.

Exercise, breathing properly and healthy eating are the ingredients vital to the proper operation of the body.  Of all the things we ever learn, of all the thoughts we ever entertain, or the abilities we acquire as we grow, our health and the means to maintain it, are the most important.  Nothing else works unless our mind and body have been kept in working condition.  Have you ever noticed someone who is paralyzed?   So many of the choices they could make about how to spend their time, playing sports, skiing, or swimming, have been taken away.  The same is true for someone who has abused their body to the point of being an invalid; so many of the choices that could have been made to enrich their lives, have been taken away.

Are Cereals Good For Us?

In the beginning, there was cereal. The cereal was rather plain, not very tasty.  So, the ingenious cereal manufacturer added sugar.  He came up with great ways of adding sugar to the cereal, so that all the kids loved the way the cereal tasted.  This was a wonderful invention, and it worked for some twenty odd years.  Then one day, someone thought to ask what all that sugar might do to the children consuming the cereal.

The cereal wagon train had to circle the wagons, and come up with a better plan.  Thus was born the “vitamin fortified” label you see on the box of cereal now.  Vitamins and minerals essential to the development of our healthy children were added to the cereal mix, and all the parents were happy.

As a fairy tale, the cereal industry is a little lacking in appeal, as a breakfast food; however, they’ve remained an expert.  When cereal first came into being, almost 200 years ago, it did not have very much appeal. It tasted awful, and didn’t look much better. The purpose of the invention was for convenience and health.  And those were the only purposes it served; taste and presentation were not figured into the equation.

Then along came the Kellogg brothers, and cereal received a boost. Taste became an issue in the effort to sell more cereal.  The World’s Fair was in Chicago, and the cereal industry was primed for their piece of the pie.  It came, too.  The cereal was a smashing success, puffed rice.  It’s still around today, with sugar added.  It had the added sugar at the fair, too.  It sold like fire ripping through old lumber.  The Kellogg Company was on the map.  You still buy cereal from them today.  A better grade of cereal, with many drastic changes since the turn of the 20th century, but cereal none the less.

There is truth to the story in that at some point in time, parents began to question the good that cereal packed with sugar could do for our children.  They believed them to be consuming entirely too much sugar, and not enough of the food they needed to meet their nutritional needs.  The Kellogg Company, and others like them, saw part of their market slipping away, and set about to correct the problem.

It was during the 70’s that so many cereals acquired the “fortified with vitamins and minerals” labeling that you still see today.  Thanks to many advances in the processing and extracting of vitamins from their natural sources, they could be added to the cereal mix during the early stages of processing, and presto, good cereal that’s good for you.  This continues today in many of the varieties of cereal we have available, many of them just for your health.  Many cereals have combined wheat products, grains, and fruit into cereals that are not only vitamin fortified but also health fortified.  These cereals provide your vitamins, minerals, grain, and some fruit needs when you sit down to your breakfast meal.  Cereals are one instance where demand has had a profound effect on the market.

Advertising vs. Good  Eating Habits

I know we talk a lot about the effect of our eating habits on our general health, what we don’t mention is the effect television and advertising have had on our eating habits.  Until the advent of television, people simply ate what was available in their locality for them to eat.  Thanks to television, the demand for a product meant that the grocery had to find the product and have it delivered to his location.  But it happened, and continues to happen today.

All day long, adults and children are bombarded with television, radio, newspaper, and billboard advertising that will affect what they choose to eat, when they choose to eat, and how they choose to eat.  Good eating habits are difficult to find, and even harder to instill in our children.

Thanks to Saturday morning cartoons, and all those cereal commercials, we have a whole generation of children who grew up on cereal and pop-tarts.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t think it’s bad to eat those things, but when you restrict your diet to only those kinds of food, it is bad.

The effect of advertising on our eating habits is such big business, that companies spend billions on advertising budgets each year.  If you are one of the lucky ones to hit upon the “catchy” idea of the month, you are quite a bit richer at the end of the journey. This is a concept many people don’t seem to understand. Those companies aren’t doing that advertising because they’re concerned with your health.  They’re doing it because they’re concerned with making a profit.

Consider the Super bowl games every year.  Companies spend billions of dollars for the opportunity to advertise with a 30-second spot.  But you know what they stand to gain? Increased sales for an entire year, because the vast majority of America watches the Super bowl; they also see the commercials.  It’s a huge game of hit or miss, but if you hit, you’re a major winner.

The cereal industry is one of the major players in the advertising game.  When it comes to influencing our eating habits, everyone should take lessons from Kellogg.  Another big player used to be Campbell’s soups.  Today we have so many vying for the piece of the food pie, that it’s hard to name a super advertiser.

When do the advertisers attempt to reach the consumer?  The prime time for advertising is during what’s called prime time viewing. From around 6pm until 10pm each and every night, most of America is in front of their television set, and tuned into the latest hit TV show.  They’re also tuned into the latest advertising influences.

Don’t misunderstand, it’s not just the food advertisers that do this to consumers, every car manufacturer in the world uses the same advertising principles to sell huge volumes of cars.  Beer companies the world over have advertised and made millions appealing to the consumers sense of “cool”.

Who suffers?  The consumers who are not educated with the knowledge of the real facts that affect their health are the real losers in the advertising game.  Most of the time, it is our young audience that pays the highest price, for they are the least knowledgeable.  This is a huge contributor to the obesity issues faces our young people today.

The ABC’s of Eating

The ABC’s of Eating would be a great title for an education course that addresses all of the food groups, the benefits and detriments of those groups and how to ascertain what our individual needs are from each category.

That doesn’t seem like such a difficult concept, but do you see any class being taught that addresses those issues?  No, and more than likely you won’t.  Because our society doesn’t feel like it is an issue that should be addressed by our education system.

Let me put this proposition before you, however.  Has there always been an evident need to learn to drive?  No, driving wasn’t around until the turn of the 20th century.  Driving is included in the education system, and taught as a matter of course each year.  The need to be educated in the ability to drive is relatively new, and is not one of the “old world” school topics, but it’s included because a need developed.

Education about our eating is a need that has developed over the last 30 years, and has now reached epidemic portions. Advertisements about our eating choices are driven by the need to make a profit.  The commercials our children are watching have nothing to do with their real nutritional needs, or the foods that actually are good for them to consume.  Here is where the educational process should bridge the gap.  Just as our education system teaches our children how to count, read, and write, they should teach them about their eating habits.  We educate our children because knowledge is power.  It provides them with the power they need to make good decisions, acquire jobs, create new products and processes, and to live out their lives as they see fit.  Shouldn’t they also have a basic knowledge of how to utilize the food resources around them?

Teaching and educating about the basics of the food groups, how they work with your body, the metabolic process of digesting those foods, how the body uses and stores energy, and how to keep all those processes working at optimal levels is as important as understanding the algebraic theorems  and how they apply to our ability to perform mathematically.  Determining just where in the education realm that such a class would fit is another matter.  Members of the educational system will probably tell you that it simply isn’t a matter of concern for the school system, that it is an issue best addressed at home.  But how can it be addressed at home, if the person at home has no knowledge to impart?  We don’t just acquire the knowledge needed for intelligent food consumption with the birth of our children.

The basic food groups and what foods fall into each category is a topic lightly addressed during the health classes taught at our middle schools.  But what about the metabolic process of digesting those foods, the interaction of the food, the nutrients, and our energy needs? Knowing how to differentiate between what foods will provide both energy, nutrients, and good taste is a learned knowledge.  Do you suppose children would continue to stuff something in their mouth if we addressed the consumption of Twinkies in the same way we do dirt?

Fashion Essentials for Men

Fashion is usually synonymous to women. For men, it is mostly thought of that they have nothing to do with fashion and that all that they have an option is to wear a pair of trousers and team it up with a shirt or t-shirt. Not anymore though! Like women, men too have some wardrobe essentials. With some essential stuff in the wardrobe, a versatile and unique collection can be easily carried out with panache. In terms of styling, men too have some do’s and don’ts. Adhering to these major factors would help in deciding the personality and style of a man. A sensible choice of these essentials can make a man look elegant, classy and charming. Picking right clothes is very important both in casual and professional scenarios. Right clothing injects confidence, makes a person look stylish and also attracts women. Apart from clothes, accessories play an important role in completing the look. Shoes, belts, sunglasses, and so on go a long way in complementing the style. Proper combination of clothes and accessories is required for a perfect flawless look. Check out some essential options for men in the following lines.

Suits

A man’s wardrobe is incomplete without a classic suit. Whether it is a formal party, a wedding or an important business meeting, a man’s wardrobe without suit is unthinkable. For businessman and professionals, suit is the most important wardrobe essential. The suit must be traditional, having only two buttons, dark color and of comfortable fabric. Men often choose woolen fabrics which look good at any place, from a business meeting or wedding. Pick up a suit that fits you well and makes you look handsome.

Formal Shirts

A plain white button-down shirt is the very basic essential in a man’s wardrobe and a must-own for all men! Formal basic shirts can be teamed up with anything such as jeans, trousers, with a tie, under a suit, etc. Shirts with light strips and neutral colors also fulfill the same. Checks are also in fashion these days. If you want to flaunt your body, go through the racks to find nice-fitted slim shirt. These are available in large numbers and offer a smart, elegant and stylish look to the wearer.

Denims

What is salt to food is denim to wardrobe – cannot be done without, by any chance. Well-fitted basic denim cannot be compromised with anything and is a must-have for all men. While in the yesteryears, basic blue denim ruled the roost, the place has been taken over by hues of black and grey. For a young guy, baggy, ripped, or distressed jeans are great option nowadays. However, the glory of having basic blue denim is simply unmatchable. A plain straight cut jean when combined with a shirt or any polo t-shirt will never let you down.

Ties

Ties with dark colors and diagonal strips are unbeatable. Remember to have a black tie in your wardrobe. Always go for dark neutral shades. Combine basic tie with a formal shirt for that dashing look. However, make sure you make a wise color combination; lest you end up looking like a clown.

V-neck Sweaters

V-neck sweaters are casual and add an extra elegance to the overall attire of men. They can be worn over jeans, formal pants and even nice shorts. If you are teaming a v-neck lined sweater with a formal shirt, top it up with a nice blazer for that enhanced effect. Else, you can simply wear it over jeans and on a white shirt.

Polo Shirts

For a business casual look, the wardrobe must have polo shirts in a variety of colors. While polo shirts look good with blue denims, you can pair it up with khakis and chinos as well. Don’t make a clown of yourself by opting for different color shirt, bottom and shoes. Make a wise color choice.

Khakis

For a little casual look, khakis are the best choice. They can be worn with any kind of upper. If you want to add an extra charm to your look, team it up with a nice elegant blazer.

Belts

What is jewelry to women is belt to men – crucial accessory that is a must-have. Most men today wear pants without a belt, which is a complete disaster. Belt is an easy way to add polish and bling to the entire outfit, making the whole appearance range from being just fine to fantastic. Traditionally available only in leather, belts today can be found in various textures and designs. While adorning a belt, make sure that the color of your shoes and belts matches, lest you give an uncoordinated look.

Shoes

It is believed that the personality of a man is judged by the kind of shoe he wears, which itself goes on to prove how important shoes are in a man’s wardrobe. Shoes are available in a number of types and colors. One can have a pair of black shiny shoes with tie up laces for a formal look, a pair of sneakers for a complete casual look, stylish sandals defining the cool look. On trousers always go for formal shoes. With jeans, you can either go with the sandals or sneakers. For those who want to give off a cool look, go for slip-ons.

Other Essentials

  • A hat is another essential which adds a classy look to men.
  • For the formal wear, an elegant dark colored leather bag is perfect, while for a casual look, one can go for long denim bags.
  • Most of the professionals carry their laptops, so a strong, durable, dark colored laptop bag is a must for them.
  • Sunglasses also make a necessary wardrobe essential, especially during summers. They not only provide protection to your eyes, but also make a person look handsome and charming.
  • Nice deodorants and perfumes are also very essential in a man’s wardrobe.

These are some essential wardrobe options for men. Including these in your wardrobe collection will make you look extremely handsome, charming, attracting and perfect.

Summer Dress for Teens

A summer dress basically called as sundress. It’s a dress that is supposed to be worn during the summer and comes in various shapes, sizes and styles.  The fabric is used to put together a summerdress, cotton making is the ideal fabric. Summerdresses are also conventionally worn short or only to the knees. However, there is no hard and fast rule that demands that all summerdresses have to be worn short. It’s really more about comfort and going with the season. Fashion is all about the change of seasons.

Summer Dress for Teens
The Shift Dress

The shift dress is an outfit that resembles a frock but does not flow as much. The shift dress is a short dress that can come with flowers on it or without. It’s a dress, the flow of which typically comes right above the knees. The dress usually comes in colorful variants and is one of those outfits that come extremely close to representing summer. Shift dresses are also generally worn loose.

The Tube Dress

If the shift dress is about comfort and a loose fitting, the tube dress is about comfort and a fitting that’s a lot tighter than that of the shift dress. it’s a figure hugging dress that can be worn to the knees or slightly above the knees.

The Shirt Dress

It’s a dress that is slightly longer than a shirt. Some shirt dresses also come with a dressy belt. The shirt dress is perfect for a summer morning ramp in a park, but along with a pair of leggings can also be worn.

The Strapless Summer Dress

The strapless summer dress is a dress, that comes without straps. It’s a dress that can come with frills or without. it is best to opt for the strapless summerdress variants that are blessed with color and bold prints. The strapless summer dress too can be worn extended to the knees or slightly below the knees.

Coats and its styles

Coats have a unique personality and style.  Depending upon the coat type and the inner suit put on, coat has a different distinguished look, which gives an individual an entirely different feel. We have professional coats, casual coats and also coat that give a sophisticated appearance despite being informal. Let’s now look at the different kinds of coats available.

Morning Coat: A morning coat has a front that meets in the middle at one button, gradually curving away towards the back into a pair.  A morning coat now has become the frock coat adorned as formal day wear or full dress.

Basque Coat: It is a long jacket by a close, contoured fit that extends the waistline over the hips.

Evening Coat: An evening coat should also give glamour and charisma. Faux fur coats and wool blend coat are the finest examples of evening coats. While soft fur coat reveal a classic look and luxurious feeling, wool coat display classy appearance and look best when worn over a dress.

Weekend Coat: A weekend coat is one for a more casual look, suede coat that are more suitable for weekend activities. Conversely, reveal a sporty look with parkas that come in different colors. If you prefer to enjoy the chilly winter season, choose long coats that provide warmer feelings. Or, sport a short coat for a more casual style.

Dinner Coat: Dinner coats are a dress code for semi-formal and formal evening events. Though it is generally black, but one can find men wearing midnight blue colored dinner coat as well. This is complemented by a black tie.

Spencer Coat: A Spencer coat was a woolen outer tail-coat with its tails chopped off. It was a waist-length, double-breasted man’s jacket that found its place over a long-tailed coat worn as an extra covering. It was usually worn by military officials and decorated with medals in a distinguished manner.

Braid Styles for Men

Braid Styles for Men

Braids are easy to style and come with tons of styling options. Someone had rightly said that when it comes to plaiting a man’s hair, imagination is the limit. Braid is and will always be high on fashion! Not only does it look tidy and chic, but also adds an interesting dimension to your boring hair days. Go for any of these braid styles for men and pep up your style quotient.

Micro Braid

Love it or hate it, the cool, funky and absolutely stylish micro braid is high on style and is a quite fashion statement in itself! A hair trend put in vogue by the Afro-Americans, this totally hip hairstyle, also known as ‘invisible braid’, comprises of several small, thin, finely woven, delicate braid. The best part about this hairstyle is that it’s extremely simple to style and easy to care for. You can wear your braid loose, tie them in a simple knot or customize your own unique style for a completely personalized fashion statement. No matter how you style your braid, make sure that you don’t cause much tension to your mane or else your hair might just turn fragile and break off. If properly cared for, your micro braids can look stunning and stay good for up to 3 months.

Cornrows

I cornrow are plaited close to the scalp and look extremely groovy and stylish. From simple and uncomplicated zigzags to cool intricate geometric-styled plaits, you can twist and turn your mane anyway you want for a perfect fashion statement.

Box Braids

Dig for a braid style that is simple. Go for box braids and you won’t wear your hair open ever. Comprising of several braids, this style offers a lot of flexibility in terms of styling. Since these braids are not attached to the scalp, they can be worn and styled in any way you want. A style especially created for long hair, box braids can last up to several weeks and is easy to care for.  you can pull back your box braids into a ponytail or twist the braids into a funky.

Short Braids

Try twisting your hair into super-funky spiked braids, styled especially for short hair. If you enjoy attention and love to play it cool, then short braids are the thing for you. Spiked braids are a sized down version of the conventional long braids. These braids are woven close to the scalp, tend to stand erect, and hence have been popularly called as spiked braids. However, if spikes aren’t your thing, then you can either go for x rows or settle with triangular braids which are equally high on fashion and style.

Choosing the right Shirt

The fashion industry offers you attires fulfilling all your needs and tastes. Be it any occasion whether professional settings, a night out, exercising or any casual outing, you have a shirts at your end. Available in numerous fabrics, colors and patterns, you will only end up getting puzzled to pick the best amongst the best. Look through the following lines to find out the different types of shirts for both men and women.

Different Kinds of Shirts

Shirts for Men

Dress Shirt

Amongst all the types of shirts for men, dress shirts prove to be a little expensive. Long sleeves with button-down collars, dress shirts come in several designs and colors. Their lightweight and crisp sleek lines make them popular amongst most men. Team them with a formal suit or a sports jacket, and you are all set to have those eyes locked on you throughout the day. Further, these shirts adjust to every kind of curve, so you need not bother about your bulging tummy.

Sports Shirt

Similar to a dress shirts in looks, a sports shirt fits body loosely. Available in long and short sleeves, a sports shirt is more versatile as it complements jeans and suit equally. Sports shirts form the uniform of most military and blue collared jobs.

Polo Shirt

A polo shirt is a short-sleeved shirts considered a little dressier than the usual the short-sleeved casual shirts. Also, known as the golf shirts, a polo shirt is popularly worn by polo players in Europe and golfers in America. It is characterized by a collar and three or four buttons on the top front of the shirt.

Men’s Jersey

A long-sleeved, non-collared shirt gives you a men’s jersey. No buttons, solid colored, and semi-fitted, defines the characteristics of a men’s jersey. In short, a men’s jersey is a pullover that fits you over your head down to the waist. Though traditionally these jerseys were available only in solid colors, you can very well find them in assorted patterns today.

Tuxedo Shirts

For a clean and chic formal look, put on a tuxedo shirts underneath a tuxedo. Not worn casually, a tuxedo shirt is generally worn on weddings or to the opera and is often covered by a tuxedo jacket. A tuxedo shirt is white in color with long sleeves and buttons down the front. The front is pleated down and is completed with a collar tightly closed with a bow tie.

 

Shirts for Women

Spaghetti Strap Shirts

Try out the spaghetti strap shirts for a casual setting or summers. Wear it on its own or team it up with a light sweater or shrug (light or jacket sweater open in the front with unique sleeves). Spaghetti strap shirts are made of light fabrics with skinny, spaghetti straps providing the wearer utmost comfort. These are found in various patterns and styles to reveal a trendy and cool look. They are best sported with jeans, skirts and shorts.

T-Shirt

A t-shirt is one classic piece of clothing that never goes missing from any woman’s closet or drawer. Usually worn on casual events with jeans, it forms a part of the popular phrase ‘jeans and t-shirts’ in the fashion vocabulary. Amongst all the shirt styles, a t-shirt is the easiest, most affordable, and most comfortable to sport. Simply put on a T-shirts and you are set to look fantastic and ready to go on.

Camisole

The fact that a camisole can be used as a sleeping garment makes it one of the most versatile pieces of clothing. Made from simple fabrics like cotton or high-class cloths like silk, a camisole can be worn with any kind of dresses. Right from sweaters to suit jackets, a camisole fits into all attire perfectly. And if your fabric has the oh-so-gorgeous cut and style, you can put on the camisole on its own as well.

Tank Shirt

A tank shirt has wide straps and no sleeves; hence, it is generally preferred by exercising women. It is a comfortable piece of clothing since it hides the straps of the support bras beneath them. However, it can be worn with jeans on casual events also.

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SUMMER SHORTS 2016

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SHOES AUTUMN 2015

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SHOES AUTUMN 2015

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Fashion Fall Trends 2015

MILAN, Italy — The elusive Giambattista Valli is not easy to catch. He is too busy single-handedly running his independent maison, and coming up with a different collection every month of the year: two for couture, four for Giambattista Valli ready to wear, four for his year-old line Giamba and two for Moncler Gamme Rouge where he serves as creative director. Valli is an authentic, restless workaholic with the agenda of a designer who wants to stay at the top of the game while playing it to his own rules — i.e. financing his own work with other work, no investor needed. Valli makes every possible effort in order to be his own boss, “I could not do otherwise, at least for the moment,” he concedes.

Global Brands For Models

Global Brands Holding — One of the world’s leading branded fashion accessories and lifestyle product has acquired the owner of the Planet Sox brand of socks, tights and accessories. The acquired business will be a core addition to Global Brands’ accessories business.

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Era of Professional Modeling Agency

Gone are the days when aspirants used to fall prey to small coordinators, or so called fly by night Agents in India. In the past few years Modeling aspirants have understood the right way of choosing their managers and agencies.