The Perricone Weight Loss Diet

I just read on this book called “The Perricone Weight-loss Diet”. Well you can guess that this book is written by some Perricone guy. Wel, not exactly Some Perricone guy. He is Dr Nicholas Perricone and he formulated this whole new dieting concept that may revolutionise the why diets work.

Dr Perricone is the author of three other number one New York Times bestsellers. He is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist and adjunct professor of medicine at the Michigan State Univeristy’s College of Human Medicine. He holds a lot more credentials. You can see that he is no simple Joe whom devise another diet plan without any scientific basis.

What is impressive about Dr Perricone’s weight-loss diet is that it isn’t only a weight-loss plan. This diet plan actually contains anti-aging formula as well. This kills “two fat birds with one stone”.

The thing I like about The Perricone Weight Loss Diet program is not just a diet plan, it also contains easy to follow lifestyle tweaks that will work hand in hand with the program. The best way to cut the fats is do have a multi-prong strategy, and this is what Dr Perricone is promoting.

Dr Perricone’s Diet program consisted of 3 parts.The first part consist of scientific information about the causes of weight problem and the mechanism behind it.

The second part consists of 3 steps. First step instructs you on the function of various component found in food and how can it help the body to loss weight. The second step provides you with supplements that you can use to enhance nutrition that food can only provide in limited quantity. The third step are various fitness activities that definitely promotes weight loss but doesn’t tire you off the whole day.

The third part is the actual Perricone weight-loss plan in full. It also consists of tips for weight loss.

Like what I always said, a good diet is a diet that doesn’t feel like much of diet, and this is what The Perricone Weight-loss Diet can achieve.

Following A Plant Based Diet Is Easy With Home Gardens

Many people today are turning to a plant-based diet as an alternative to diets too rich in saturated meat products, junk food, and highly processed foods. In some cases, it involves spending more time in the produce section of your local grocery store, looking for fruits and vegetables that are grown organically and spending extra money on them.

You can follow a great plant-based diet in an even better way while growing your fruits and vegetables in your own home garden. If you live in an apartment, you can start a container garden in front of a sunny window. If you have a plot of land to turn into a garden you can go big with a garden filled with healthy fruits and vegetables. You can grow almost anything in a small garden so you have the spring, summer and fall to eat off your own land.

Vegetables Easily Grown At Home

Tomatoes lend themselves well to container gardening and can grow like wild in the good earth of your back yard. They grow and ripen all season long so you can pick what you need for sandwiches, salads, snacks, fresh sauces and even for juicing.

You can grow your own peas or beans in a container or in your backyard garden. They are rich in phytonutrients that have their maximum potency if you simply pick what you need and eat them as soon as possible; you have the greatest amount of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants in the food shortly after picking them.

Peppers, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and greens like Kale are great options for a home garden and allow you to reach for healthy and super fresh produce all summer long and into the fall.

Your Home Garden

If you decide to have a back yard home garden, you need to decide if you want to grow organic foods or not. Organic gardening is the best possible choice because the food is grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. This means no harmful chemicals exist with the food you pick and you can even eat them straight out of the garden without having to wash them extensively.

Grow a wide variety of foods that become ripe at different times of the season:

Radishes, for example, take only a few weeks to become edible and, after pulling them up, you have room to grow a row of something else. Most people grow tomatoes and some people grow carrots, lettuce, and potatoes.

Both potatoes and squash need the entire summer to become available for eating so all you need to do is to keep them weed-free and watch them grow. In the early autumn or late summer, you can dig up the potatoes and harvest the squash. These types of produce can be kept at room temperature or in a cool place for many months so you have instant winter eating from vegetables you grew in the summer.

Lettuce and other greens can be grown and harvested all summer long for the best in salads that are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. All you need to do is harvest some of the leaves, wash them, and enjoy them in a healthy salad with tomatoes, carrots, or radishes you grew yourself. This is the core of a plant-based diet that will give you benefits far beyond a meat-based diet.

Meat-based diets are low in antioxidants and high in saturated fats. You can get the nutrition you need from vegetables and fruits you grow yourself with a known reduction in fatty deposits in your arteries and a lesser chance for heart disease and stroke. There is a reduced risk of certain cancers with a low fat, plant-based diet.

Get Even Better Results With Composting

If you want an especially fruitful garden, consider starting a compost pile or box. All you need to do is put in vegetation and clippings from around your yard, add food scraps and paper, mixing everything with a little bit of soil. Worms thrive in the moist environment of a good compost heap so that you will soon have these things turned into rich soil that will make your organic garden thrive.

Get Started Today

There are millions of guides online for organic vegetable gardening, and many books on the topic. In reality, the best teacher is experience, so learn the initial steps, get the supplies and just do it! Remember to get the kids involved in the garden as well; it is a great learning experience, and a great opportunity to spend quality time together.

Healthy Food For Dogs – A Brief Review

If you want to live healthily, besides exercising regularly and sleeping well, you will also need to eat healthily. This is no different for a dog. The truth is, if you feed your dog junk food, there is a danger of it passing away at a premature age. If you feed it healthy food, you will have a healthy companion that will live a long life.

If you are at a total loss of what kind of healthy food to feed your dog, you may want to consider this guide, Healthy Food For Dogs Homemade Recipes. Without over 245 recipes to choose from, your dog is definitely in for a treat.

Here are some of the things that you can learn from Healthy Food For Dogs Homemade Recipes.

1) Insecticides that are safe for your dog

2) How you can make your dog’s own shampoo

3) Home cook recipes that can chase away ticks, lice and fleas

4) How to get rid of stale basement smell that dogs give out when they are on a certain diet

Do not feel overwhelmed by 245 recipes. Chances are, your dog may be picky and will like some of those food and dislike others. So, this is the opportunity for you to take note so that next time, you know which recipes you should focus on.

It is important that you take good care for your dog’s diet. A lot of dogs could have to live to their ripe old age if and only if their owners have taken the trouble to learn more about healthy dog food.

Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

A question that is asked by many people; "Is Diet Soda Bad for You?" Most diet sodas contain an artificial sweetener called Aspartame, which the majority of experts conclude, is not good for you. So, the simple answer to whether or not diet soda is bad for you is in fact "yes", it is bad for you! However, it is good to keep in mind that just about anything is bad for you if it is consumed in excess quantities.

While dieting, many people find that certain methods work well for them. Some dieters will even drink diet soda as a means to control their food cravings. There is no scientific evidence to support that consuming diet drinks works for this. However, many dieters are unwilling to part with their diet soda for this reason.

A lot of people claim that "soda is sweet, it tastes good and it even provides a reward while dieting". One reason the consumption of diet soda is popular is because it provides a sweet tasting alternative to a popular sweetener, high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup is the sweetener for most regular sodas. This ingredient is well known for being high in calories and low in nutritional value. Therefore, companies involved in making diet drinks are looking to provide consumers with a different kind of sweetener.

Aspartame is the artificial sweetener of choice for many of today's popular diet sodas. There is wide spread debate in scientific and medical communities about whether or not Aspartame can be directly linked to several life threatening diseases. Do an online search for the word "Aspartame" if you are interested in finding out more about this debate.

Although, any effective diet program takes a commitment, diet plans that are too strict for the individual dieter will usually not be effective. The dieter on an excessively strict weight loss program will often "fall off the wagon" and give up. Therefore it is important to find a balance in what works for you while dieting.

While finding this balance, it is encouraged to provide yourself with rewards. If diet soda is part of your reward, consider cutting down on it gradually. You will thank yourself in the end for consuming less diet soda because it's ingredients are in fact, bad for you!

Dog Training With Rewards: Food and Treats

Having spoken to a journalist today in Cambridge, we were asked about the methods that our dog training school uses.

Food, or treats, is the primary reward that I find most effective. Most (but not all!) dogs respond well to food, and learn especially well when food is about. The second most common question then, is, do I need food all the time then?

For toy motivated pets, it works the same.

The answer to that is two sided:

1. If your training is poor, then yes, you’ll need food with you.

2. If your training is GOOD, then you won’t need to carry treats with you all the time.

Ideally, I want my pet to listen to me regardless of whether I am holding a treat, have a treat bag, or holding a toy.

Through our dog trainer courses, a dog is taught that a food reward is exactly that – a reward. It isn’t a bribe to create behaviour, it is a reward for successful behaviour. There is a clear distinction between bribing your pet to do something, and rewarding it for something they know.

Just using food won’t solve all the problems in dog training – if it did, then people wouldn’t be having the sort of problems that exist in the world today, and we wouldn’t be continuously asked how to stop their dog pulling on the lead, or getting more attention for their recall.

I originally started as a ‘food’ / ‘clicker’ trainer – but I quickly learnt that when a dog is full (or bored) of the food treats – there is little we can do to encourage an animal or enforce a command. The fact is, we should have full control over our pets at all times – regardless of whether they are hungry for our food treat or not.

Dog training is exactly that – the key is not to make an animal ‘work for you’, the key is to keep a dog motivated enough that he/she THINKS you have food with you (or whatever reward you are using). One goes from a continuous reinforcement (treat every time) eventually to an intermittent (every other) to a random. That means, sometimes they get 5 treats, sometimes gets nothing for the next 10 recalls.

The difference is, you HAVE to keep your dog motivated. For many, 10 recalls starts to teach a dog that there is nothing in it for them – then, for this specific dog, you HAVE TO reward your dog sooner, e.g. 5 recalls.

Dog training is simple when you know how, and having an instructor to guide you through, especially in practical problems, is one of the biggest advantages to a beginning dog trainer, or dog owner! If in doubt, call a professional who has proven time and time again they can train the problem that you have with your dog.

For advice on training your dog, or even videos of our dog training: visit us at G3 Dogs | Professional Dog Training.

Diet Success Stories

Have you ever wondered if there is a common denominator to all diet success stories? It’s a well cited fact that over 90% of diets fail, while real life diet success stories are rare. Permanent weight loss is, in fact, the exception to the dieting rule. Of course, the problem lies with the popular trend of fad diets. These are short sighted, ill conceived eating plans where, after a period of misery and deprivation, the unfortunate dieter ends up putting back on even more weight than they originally lost.

So, what is the magic formula that makes some diets work? What is the secret behind diet success stories? Is there some way to tell in advance whether a diet has the makings of real, long term weight loss or if it’s just another demoralizing regime?

The good news is there are two simple checks that will reliably predict a diet’s outcome.

The first is how strict the diet is. In other words, are you still allowed to eat your favorite foods occasionally? Is anything ‘off-limits’?

This is critical because, no matter how motivated you may be to lose weight, the practice of depriving yourself of the foods you love most is doomed from the start. It sets up all the wrong messages in your mind. It’s only a matter of time before you decide it’s not worth it and give up.

The second important check is whether the diet regime requires that you devote a lot of your time to following its rules. For example, are you being asked to prepare laborious salads or make up protein shakes each day? Similarly, are you being instructed to devote a set period of time each day to some form of exercise? If the answer is ‘yes’, then steer clear.

Both diet ‘rules’ may seem innocent and even reasonable at first. But, can you really see yourself preparing a lunch of goji berry salad with Japanese carrot, mint and coriander dressing everyday? Do you truly have time for that 1 hour swim four times a week?

If you undertake an unreasonable set of demands, you end up burning out, and worse, feeling like a failure for it. In fact, it’s the diet that’s the failure and not you!

A successful diet will always allow flexibility and never make unreasonable lifestyle demands.

When you can find a diet that focuses on getting back to basics and that is built around natural instincts, then you will have a true diet success story.

Why Your Diet Does Not Work and How to Fix it

Many people who diet and exercise still have trouble losing weight. What most people do not realize is that their diet, though low in calories, will not create significant weight loss. The problem is that most diets, even the diet pyramid developed by the US Department of Agriculture, tend to be low in fat but high in carbs. Unfortunately as we age, our body becomes more resistant to high carbs and stores them as fat.

Keep in mind that there are two types of carbs. The first is simple carbs, which should always be avoided. Simple carbs comes in the form of sugar, white, bleach or refined flour and other assorted junk foods.

Complex carbs are known as good carbs and come in the form of vegetables, fruits, beans, brown rice, oats and whole grain. These foods are good for us because they are nutritious, high in fiber, and reduce cholesterol, so all carbs are not bad.

The problems with most diets are three fold:

1. Too much hidden sugar.

2. Breads, pasta, noodles and packaged foods which usually come in form of bleach or refined flour and do not be fooled by wheat bread. The label must specify whole grain.

3. Too many Complex carbs (the good carbs).

Complex carbs are a great energy source because it gradually raises blood sugar instead of the sudden peak and crash that happens with simple carbs. Complex carbs feed muscle and brain cells and are necessary as part of the body's nutritional need.

However, as we get older, our body tend to store fat more efficiently. This is probably because of poor dietary habits over a life-time. Most people eat too many carbs and the body learns to store it as excess energy better know as FAT.

Many people over 35 are "carb sensitive" and can not even lose weight on a 1300 calorie a day diet. So the way to defeat the body's inclation to store fat is to give it less carbs towards the late afternoon and increase the intake of lean protein.

You can easily lose weight on 2100 daily calories of reduce carbs and higher protein and NOT LOSE a pound on a 1200 calorie low fat, high carb diet.

So what is the bottom line if you're one of those "carb sensitive" people who can not lose weight on a typical low calorie, high carb diet? Here's the secret.

1. The only carb you should eat after 4 pm is from non-starch vegetables. In other words, reduce your overall carb intake after 4 pm to 20 grams or less.

2. Reduce your total carb intake to 100 grams or less, eating most of your carbs in the morning and early afternoon where you typically need more energy.

3. Other than vegetables, avoid eating carbs in the evening because your body will turn those excess carbs, into stored energy or fat as you prepare for bed. Energy demands are not usually very high in the evening and sleeping hours.

4. The bulk of your carbohydrates consumption should come from complex carbohydrates such as:

* Oats

* Brown rice

* Wild rice

* Barley

* Sweet potatoes

* Legumes

5. Eat frequent, small meals to maintain stable blood sugar which promotes increase fat burn. Plan to eat every 3 hours. You can have small between meal snacks such as nuts, protein shakes, beans mixed with ground turkey or lean beef, salads, chicken breast.

6. Lunch and dinner should consist of lean protein with 2 vegetables. Sweet potato is an excellent early mid day vegetable along with a lean protein such as chicken breast, turkey, roast pork loins, lean pork chops, lean turkey or beef patty with no bread. Avoid sweet potato or any starchy vegetable after 4 pm.

7. Never skip breakfast. Start the day with oatmeal or with a whole grain cereal. Egg whites or egg substitute make a good protein source in the morning.

8. If you have to snack in the late evening, snack on a protein source which does not convert to sugar as easily as carb sources. Deli lunch meat, protein shake, At Atkins protein bar or even sugar free jello (no carbs) makes a good late night snack if you get the urge.

9. Get started today by writing down your meal plan or go to reputable websites like the Diet Forum to get a good plan.

Keep in mind that bodybuilders do not have trouble losing body fat and it's not because they work out all the time. Their secret is diet. Months before a contest, they reduce carbs take but still eat plenty of protein to build muscle. Bodybuilders also eat the majority of their carbs before mid afternoon. They avoid bread, pasta, sugar products and white flour like the plague and can lose 20 to 30 pounds of unwanted fat in less than 12 weeks.

You do not have to be a bodybuilder to lose weight but you should think like one. Follow the suggestions above and watch the fat melt from your body.

Health Benefits of Raw Milk

What is raw milk and why is it healthier than pasteurized milk? Raw milk is fresh milk straight from the cow or goat and used for drinking fresh or it is fermented into other products like yogurt, kefir, butter and cheeses. Raw milk is delicious, healthy and easy to digest. It is a complete food!

Here are some of the benefits of raw milk:

o Man has been using raw and fermented milk for about 8-10,000 years. Cultures like the Europeans, those from the Middle East, and from Africa have long enjoyed milk and meat in their diets. So it has a long and proven track history.

o It is the chief source of living enzymes and cultures. Enzymes are needed by the body to recover from disease and for health maintenance.

o It has 20 amino acids necessary to health.

o It is loaded with fat-soluble nutrients, calcium and other minerals.

o It boosts the immune system.

o Eliminates and destroys pathogens.

o It has natural fats the body knows how to assimilate.

o It's a rich source of vitamins A and D.

o If you are lactose intolerant, this should interest you: most people become lactose intolerant because pasteurization kills the living enzymes in the raw milk. So lactose intolerant could mean intolerant to pasteurized milk!

o In the past, children raised on raw milk had perfect teeth and no decay.

o In the early 1900's it was discovered that infants would develop scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) if they were changed from raw milk to pasteurized milk. Pasteurization kills off significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, folic acid, B12 and almost all the enzymes.

Clearly, the benefits outweigh those of pasteurized milk. Pasteurization kills off vitamins, enzymes and bacterial flora needed by the gut for digestion. Homogenization changes the molecular structure of the fat globules by pressing them into very small particles. Your body can not absorb these particles because they can now go through the intestinal lining.

The best sources are from past raised cows and goats. It starts from the soil up: good pasture, clean water, sunlight and fresh air keep animals healthy and that transfers the health promoting enzymes through the milk to us. The best way to find it is to start with your health food store and natural health care providers.

© 2009 Shanna Ohmes

Is Raw Dog Food Healthy For My Pet?

More and more pet owners are becoming convinced that raw dog food provides the best form of nutrition. Think about it – it's what animals in the wild have ate for centers. This is nutrition as only nature can supply. Years ago, pets were not fed canned and processed, additive- and conservative-laden foods. Many dog ​​lovers today believe that manufactured and processed "filler" dog foods are responsible for more human-type ailments that are afflicting pets than ever before.

Today, most of society is seeing the benefits of an all-natural and nutritious healthy diet. It works to keep humans thriving and at their optimum level of health. The same is true for pets. Dogs (and cats) by nature are carnivores and to receive the nutrition their bodies need requires a level of food that is more than can be found in canned or processed foods with ingredients that would not normally be found in nature. For dogs, it can be found in a raw dog food diet.

Some dehydrated dog food products are frozen and some remain fresh in their natural state until you add warm water to create a refreshing and unpolluted meal for your dog. Many raw food alternatives use hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats as well as 100 percent organic grains. When the ingredients can be referred to as 100 percent human grade food, you can be sure that food choice is a good one.

Raw food in dehydrated (dried) form is a natural process that has been used throughout the ages by humans. The nutritional value of the ingredients remains at premium quality through the use of this method. The moisture in the food (water) is removed in the process of dehydrating raw foods. When water is re-added to the food, it becomes whole again and offers the best nutrient-rich food source. For meat and egg components, the drying takes place at a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria that may have been present so that each food item remains completely safe.

How do you know if the raw dog food you choose for your pet is the right one? After a month or so, you should be able to notice a natural sheen on your dog's coat, healthy skin, a brighter attitude, and an increased energy level. If you notice these changes, and your dog gets a glowing annual report from your veterinarian showing good overall test results and strong teeth, you will have a good indicator that your best canine friend is receiving the proper nutrition.

How to Recognize the Best Dog Food for Your Dog

Your dog’s health and well being is important to you and your family. Not to mention keeping down the cost of veterinarian bills! So you need to carefully consider the food that you feed your pet. People sometimes just pick the first dog food bag they see at the store. It’s easy to overlook the importance of what you’re feeding your pooch but it is essential to pick the right one.

To keep your pet healthy he needs plenty of fresh water and should be fed good quality food in amounts just right to meet his energy requirements. Always follow the guidelines on the package for recommended feeding amounts.

Selecting The Ideal Food For Your Dog

The first challenge in choosing what to feed your pet is picking one that has overall quality. The term that comes up a lot is human grade. Human grade implies that the food is good enough for us to eat…. Yummy! Many commercial brands are made from materials unusable or less desirable for human consumption. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans to eat.

Major pet food companies try to provide balanced proportions of vitamins and minerals for maximum benefit to your pet. Although you may see that many brands have almost identical labels, a reputable company will provide an explanation for each supplement and how it benefits your dog.

Always read the label to see what proteins, vitamins and minerals are being provided by the food. Try not to use the store brands as they not contain all the nutrition needed to keep your canine healthy.

Studies have shown that the primary ingredient in any food you feed your dog should be meat-based protein, not corn meal, flour or corn gluten meal. According to reviews a better quality dog food results in a healthier coat, fewer digestive problems and firmer stools. Pet-nutrition experts agree that the best dog food is made from human-grade ingredients like meat, whole grains and vegetables. Premium dog food is so important because good nutrition is essential for a long, healthy life.

What Are The Different Diets?

There are many varieties and types of dog food to choose from. The three most popular types are dry, semi-moist and canned products. Check the color of your dog food. Usually food made from natural ingredients will have soft earth tones and contain no preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.

A raw dog food diet is becoming more popular. More and more veterinarians recommend feeding with raw food. They feel that this is the best choice and is the healthiest diet for your pooch. After all, you’ve never seen your pet enjoy commercial food the way he enjoys a good meaty bone.

Raw food advocates concede the diet costs more than a traditional diet, but they argue it’s worth it. You may find that locating free natural home made raw food recipes is not easy. Try making a mixture of ground turkey, rice and carrot as your food. Your hound will thank you for it.

If you decide to go the commercial route, try and choose a good premium food since it contains more energy and protein than an economy brand. Unfortunately not all brands contain high quality and natural ingredients, so always check the label. It is best if you seek advice from your vet before deciding which is the best to feed your dog or puppy. He will know your pet’s dietary needs and you will find that veterinary offices and feed stores often carry excellent and natural dog food.

Going Down The Dried Food Route

A good high quality dry dog food will work out to be more economical than the generic brands even though they cost more per pound. The vast majority of dog owners go for dry style food for its convenience and ease of storage. The cheaper versions are made from soybean, corn or rice, while many premium dry foods are made with all-natural, human-grade ingredients.

The All Natural Dog Food Diet

Many natural dog foods contain only fresh, natural and wholesome ingredients for your dog. Not only are the protein ingredients digestible, but the carbohydrates in the food are digestible. This style has 100% nutritional value which is important for healthy strong dogs. Chicken, egg and fish are examples of protein that is provided in this type of food. There are also ingredients that really help the health of your dog’s skin and also your dog’s coat. One of the main draw backs of natural food is that it has a shorter shelf life and may spoil before it is used.

Can Dogs Go Vegetarian?

There are diets specially formulated for dogs that are allergic to wheat, corn, and/or chicken. There are also vegetarian dog foods marketed to owners who do not want their dogs to consume meat products. Most vegetarian foods use soy as a protein source. If your dog has allergies consult your vet before putting him on to a specialized diet.

Overall it’s usually best to let dogs enjoy their own food and not our food, even though they may prefer what we’re eating! Of course you can occasionally feed your dog treats, every dog needs some TLC from time to time!