Acne And Diet

If you do not have acne or know someone suffering from this condition, you would not be reading this. And as you're reading I'm sure you're wondering if diet can really, really help the spread of this nuisance and embarrassing situation.

For years we were told that French fries, burgers and any other foods which are high in fats caused acne. But is that true? Well, it is partly true.

For years we were told that foods that we love, including chocolate, were the culprits for the dots all over our face. Is that true? Again, it's partly true.

What is more true than both of those statements is not WHAT you eat but what you DO NOT eat. So are there foods that can actually help fight against this terrible situation you're in? Yes, that's exactly what we're saying.

Many people's diets today are deficient in many of the vital vitamins and minerals which would help control acne. Vitamin A, E, Zinc, Carotene and Polyunsaturated fats all help to keep your outbreaks at bay.

If we would learn to eliminate some foods and add others, we could really help to eliminate the acne that you deal with. And you do not have to eat huge quantities. A small amount of foods which are high in the above vitamins can help to a great degree.

Just remember that this is not the cure all. Eliminating foods high in fat, greasy foods and foods with empty calories will also greatly help to cure this condition once and for all.

Starving for Intimacy

Some are seeking love in a bottle. Others look for it on the streets and many are trying to find it in their food.

Most of our food is grown on acres of land, sprayed by airplanes, cut by machines, transported by trucks or boats to plants adjusted to grind, package and ship. It is sent to stores where in bright colored wrappers; we are sold by seduction the richness of this product. We take it home open the can, package or jar one at a time to "feed" ourselves and maybe our family. The goal is often speed as we have or have had other obligations in the day. TV may be our entertainment as we consume this meal intended to nurture us.

This food is also sold to a distribution plant where it is sent to food chains across the country to feed a growing segment of the population. They take the food, mix it to their formula in large vats, package it in measured amounts, ship it by trucks to their envelopes to be prepared quickly by workers for their breakfast lunch and dinner crowds. In these restaurants or at drive through windows food is dispersed in plastics or paper with speed as the goal so each of us can meet deadlines, time limits and multiple obligations. Some of us eat in our cars as we drive to other destinations or eat at our desk. What would happen if each day we had a pause in the day's occupation as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said in his poem The Children's Hour

Between the dark and the daylight,

When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

That is known as the Children's Hour.

Every day we hear on TV or read in newspapers and magazines of this new disease – obesity impacting all ages, cultures and communities. Is it any wonder for we are starving for intelligence and are trying to feed that need.

There is a growing market these days for organic and slow cooking and is it any wonder. We are coming to the realization of how to meet our needs as we feed ourselves each day .. Organic farmers know their soil is the foundation for their crop production. They have prepared it to meet the needs of each seed they plant. They walk their fields observing the soils' needs and the challenges and the requirements of each crop The food may be picked by family or they will run the machines. Their cows or chickens may have names and they raise their family in this true home-based business. This food is usually sold at a farmers market or sent to the co-op or health food stores who buy from regional suppliers. The food bought this way is taken home and prepared as a meal served at the table feeding one or a large number as they gather to share and laugh together.

There is a growing trend with chefs to buy from these farmers and they often ask for specialty foods for their demanding customers. These customers are people who dine out in a relaxed atmosphere and get fed food prepared by inspired hands.

We can find a similar commitment to feed their customers in the Mom and Pop restaurants. They may specialize in grits and eggs or chili and stews and they prepare it from their recipes and often times with food from local sources.

There is a saying "A bitter cook bakes a bitter bread". Is it then not true there is a missing link in our food chain; that of caring. Caring for the food that feeds us. Caring for the food as it is prepared. Is love not the missing ingredient in much of our food supply today. Is that not why many of us are staring for intimacy. Would not love in growing, love in preparing and joy in eating change the way we look and feel. Food, in order to feed our body and our souls must be grown, prepared and ateen with an intention of caring, of love.

Sophia Loren said the most vital ingredient in any recipe is love. Would it not be wise to add love to every dish we make, serve and eat.
Save some of those candy hearts and serve them with each meal as a reminder of the love in your food and the joy in your life. I think it might be the best diet you will find for the next year.

© 2004 Susan Bacon Trumpfheller

Epoxy Floor Vs. Urethane Mortar Floor for Food and Beverage Facilities

Urethane mortar floors (a/k/a cementitious urethane flooring or urethane cement flooring) excel over epoxy floor systems in food & beverage plants for many reasons; this USDA accepted flooring material reduces downtime, is durable in hostile environments with thermal shock, and withstands heavy impact and damaging chemical agents. For new construction, urethane concretes can be applied to 10 day old concrete, thus eliminating the typical 28 day wait for curing concrete. Use of polyurethane cement mortar systems has now surpassed once standard epoxy floor coatings and vinyl ester flooring systems such as Tufco flooring, in these special need environments. Products such as Ucrete, Flowcrete, PurCem, and CastorCrete are gaining substantial market share. Tufco flooring has even developed a urethane mortar floor system. These floors may be found in industrial kitchens at food & beverage processing industries such as meat/poultry, dairy, seafood, bakeries, breweries and all beverage processing. Poultry flooring and brewery flooring endure some of the most severe conditions for industrial flooring. Urethane mortar flooring can even withstand years of hard service in these areas.

Compared to epoxy floors, urethane flooring products have enhanced resistance to impact and abuse from dropped pots, steel parts and utensils in industrial kitchens and food plants. They handle repetitive scraping and scratching better than epoxy, acrylic and competitive systems. They are extremely beneficial in plant areas where steel wheels are used, such as bakeries. Urethane mortar floors are used as waterproof flooring, providing a “bathtub effect” in areas of the plant requiring a waterproof floor. They are non slip when wet, and provide a permanent non slip texture, due to the integral large, hard wearing aggregate, throughout the thickness of the floor system.

Cementitious urethane mortars have a similar modulus of elasticity and thermal coefficient of expansion to that of concrete. When applied over concrete, brick or tile, this prevents delamination when the flooring is stressed due to thermal conditions. These food grade floor materials withstand hot spills and repeated thermal cycling (hot washdowns, steam cleaning, etc.) without breaking down. In addition, moisture and cool temperature tolerance allows for installation on cold (above freezing), damp concrete surfaces, often found in operating food plants.

Cementitious overlays have very little odor, since there are no VOC’s. This means that there is no risk to open food products. Urethane concrete mortars can be applied next to fully operational food processing areas, eliminating the need to shut down an operation to resurface the floor. One pass installation with no primer coat required, means that many floor restoration projects can be completed over weekends, with no costly production downtime. Additionally, urethane cement flooring has excellent all around resistance to chemicals used in food & beverage plants.

The most durable urethane mortar floor systems are typically trowelled, and are applied at ¼ to 3/8 inch thickness, and provide a seamless matte finish. These trowel applied urethane mortars have physical properties that are twice that of concrete. Self-leveling “slurry” systems were originally developed for contractors that were not able to install the urethane mortar floors. These systems typically applied a 1/8 to 3/16 inch thickness. They provide a heavy duty surface in areas which require a high gloss, urethane or polyurethane concrete top coat, maximum cleanability, and high aesthetics. Applications consists of screeding, broadcasting with natural quartz aggregate, and top coating. They are available with a novolac epoxy topcoat, which allows for installation in chemical storage areas, with concentrated spillages. These systems may also be finished with colored quartz or vinyl chips.

The original system, Ucrete HF, is an FDA type USDA flooring, USDA approved, trowel applied urethane, and is the original system (has been around for more than 40 years). It has withstood the test of time in the harshest environments. The trowelled ¼ inch system offers the highest level of durability with a lifespan of greater than ten years. The only drawback of urethane mortars, is that they are slightly more expensive upfront, than epoxy; however they offer long term performance and the maximum return on investment.

Cactus Diet Plan

Who wants to eat a cactus? Just about everyone in the world wants this particular cactus. You may not have heard about the Cactus diet but most people have heard about Hoodia.

The basis of the Cactus diet is a substance called Hoodia. Several diet pills on the market claim to contain the substance. Hoodia is the name of a rather ugly cactus that grows in the Kalahari region of Africa. The Bushmen that live there use the Hoodia cactus, specifically Hoodia Gordonii, to keep them from getting hungry on long hunting trips.

The native tribes eat the plant and can survive for days on little or nothing to eat while they search for food. The Hoodia cactus suppresses their desire to eat. It fools the brain into thinking that they are already full.

The discovery of this plant sent pharmaceutical companies after the secret to stopping the obesity epidemic. Taking Hoodia is supposed to suppress the appetite and therefore lead to weight loss. When hunger does start to kick in, Hoodia users can eat healthier foods to fuel the body.

Taking Hoodia and following an exercise plan leads to weight loss according to those who swear by the substance. Natural Hoodia has no side effects and can affect the appetite after the first pieces are eaten. Pharmaceutical companies are trying to synthesize Hoodia for market to the rest of the world.

The cactus diet plan is still not perfected. The Cactus diet involves taking supplements that contain Hoodia. There are many types of Hoodia and you may be buying a pill that claims to suppress the appetite but may not. The amount of Hoodia may not be enough to cause the same effects that the Bushmen experience from eating the actual plant. Since this plant has not been found outside of this desert-like region of Africa, to follow the Cactus diet plan, people have to rely on commercial pills that make boastful claims about their product having the same effects as the original Hoodia plant.

According to the Hoodia tale, the substance is hard to reproduce with the same efficiency. Those who buy products that contain Hoodia should beware. We all know what they say about something that seems too good to be true. Until further notice, watch what you eat and exercise regularly to lose weight. Set aside the gimmicks.

Natural Ways to Lose Weight Fast

America has an obesity rate that is increasing in this era of fast food .

Around 35% of Americans are overweight or obese. Our day starts at 5:30 am with a pop tart and juice and ends at the local drive through 12 to 14 hours later. However we can not leave out the convenience foods. These are the foods we take home to our families because we had a hard day at work. They are practically ready to eat, along with the preservatives and the msgs just to name a couple added ingredients.

Natural ways to lose weight fast

Make a list

The first thing we have to do is to decide if we are willing to make the changes that are necessary. Mind, body and spirit need to be balanced. You can do this by deciding what you want to happen in your physical being. Make a list of the things that keep you from enjoying your life.

Do you suffer from fatigue, memory loss, or depression just to name a few symptoms that we acquire as we age. These could have symptoms of a vitamin b deficiency. As we age our bodies are less able to absorb these vitamins not to mention the lack of proper nutrition in the foods we eat. Our mind being in balance is one of the natural ways to lose weight fast. When we feel good mentally and emotionally we are able to be more physically active.

Review the Food Eaten

As a child and young adult my father always told me to eat as close to God as possible. What he meant by this was eat natural and fresh foods. I learned the hard way after years of eating the fast foods and the convenience foods that go with today's lifestyles. Here are some things to help you get started.

  • Drink plenty of water through out the day.
  • Have a piece of fruit or vegetable for snacks.
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Eat slower.
  • Cut out sugar, use natural sweeteners. (Stevia)
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Do a whole body cleanse.

If you do all these things you will lose weight naturally, your energy will increase and so will your exercise.

These are all natural ways to lose weight fast. If time and convenience are important because of your busy lifestyle, maybe you should try meal and snack replacement products.

Natural meal and snack replacement substitutes are the way to go.

These meal replacements are natural, contain fewer calories, take less time to prepare and are more nutritious than the foods you have time for during the day. These are well balanced nutritional products, high in protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids and carbohydrates. They are stimulant free. I especially like the natural weight loss capsule. This capsule contains the exclusive ingredient blend called Converta. Use the weight loss capsules before meals. Replace 2 meals and 2 snacks a day with these natural products. Have your regular evening meal. This is two of my natural ways to lose weight fast.


The third thing you need to do is exercise. Figure out which fitness level you are. Start where you are at, do not force yourself. You can challenge yourself at every level. You will see your body tone and reshape as well as lose weight. Your energy level will increase. You can start to enjoy the things you have not been able to do, like ride a bike or hiking to name a few. Maybe you just want to feel better and have a better quality of life in your own body.

Walking is a great way to exercise start slowly and gradually go longer distances. A lot of people do not have a safe place to walk. If you do not have a safe place to walk there is one piece of exercise equipment that takes the place of a whole gym. You can do both cardio and strength training. The point is to do something you will enjoy and be consistent with.

Consistency is the key to Natural ways to lose weight fast.

Ladies! Choose Sexy Lingerie and Become Sexier Just for Yourself

Few men can resist the temptation of women who wear sexy lingerie. Sexy underwear, especially pieces made of lace, leather, satin, fur, or even the metal, can attract so much attention of men. Many surveys also indicate that men hold that if their partners can wear sexy lingerie on the bedroom sexuality, they may feel more erotic fantasies. However, quite a lot of women are too shy to wear sexy underwear. The majority of them still are reluctant to wear sexy lingerie.

Many office ladies treat sexy dresses as a must-have piece and they believe suitable lingerie is the symbol of the high life taste. They pay much attention to what they wear under their outer clothes. On the contrary, still many women hold that they need not pay so much on their sexy costumes, because nobody can know what you are wearing under your outer clothing, except you.

Not all women want to be so sexy at the workplace. What is more, some people believe that since underwear is worn under your clothing, it would not affect appearances. So you can wear whatever you like and nobody can say anything on it. Even though your underwear is old, ugly, or even worn out, nobody knows. But I just want to say that such views are totally wrong and you may never know how sexy lingerie can work for you. Actually, a suitable piece of sexy costumes even can make your life become better.

Some people hate an old wine marketing technique now delivered in new bottle, but it still holds truth. Whether you care about what you wear can definitely indicate say something on your confidence level. Of course wearing sexy lingerie doesn’t means that you can become sexier right now, but it really can show your positive attitude toward life. To sum up, well-designed and charming sexy lingerie can be a feminine life style choice. Wearing suitable lingerie with high taste can has great influence on your emotional quotient. Attitude changes life, right?

In some points of view, women are facing more burdens such as workplace equations, family responsibilities, daily stresses, and even the peer stresses. They might not be able to spare time and energy to focus on their underwear. Even they cannot deal it and become simple, stuffy or even boring people; they are poor and should get some kind-hearted sympathy. But as a woman, you would never want to turn to such a kind of person, right?

Any woman can express herself by wearing special sexy underwear. For example, you can show your enthusiasm by wearing red lingerie; you can show your innocent and lovely personalities by selecting a pink dress. But no matter what you choose, please do remember that you wear it just for yourself and you change just for yourself. Nobody can make you become more beautiful or sexier, except you.

A Senior Dog Health Management – Rich Diet, Exercise, Vet Checkups & Supplements

As humans, your dog too ages and it is relatively earlier than a humans age. With age, numerous health issues arise in your dog such as deterioration of skin and coat, loss of muscle mass, digestion issues, obesity, arthritis, dental problems and decreased ability to fight back infections. However, large size dogs experience age-related changes earlier compared to smaller dogs who live longer. This gives us the hint to estimate when it is a time to feed your canine a senior diet food based on the size.

A standard guideline to follow to determine how dogs age related to their size is:

  • Small breeds or dogs weighing less than 20 pounds – 7 years of age.
  • Medium breeds and dogs weighing 21 to 50 pounds – 7 years of age.
  • Large breeds and dogs weighing 51 to 90 pounds – 6 years of age.
  • Giant breeds and dogs weighing 91 pounds or more – 5 years of age.

Say no to diets that have low level of proteins

Normally, it is believed that as dogs age, they require less amount of proteins. This is far behind the real fact. Senior dogs require as much protein as they were taking previously. Studies have proven that older dogs need to be facilitated with proper level of proteins, and this does not open gateways to the development or progress of renal failures. It is even crucial to feed senior dogs with optimal levels of easily digestible proteins to help retain good muscle mass.

Ensure to Provide Low-Calorie Diet

Senior dogs have been recorded to attain an extra body fat in spite of consuming fewer calories. Due to the age, this change in a body is unstoppable and may be triggered due to reduced energy spending or a sudden change in metabolism. Whatever the reason is, it is paramount to feed a low-calorie diet to avoid every possible weight gain and the problems arising due to obesity. However, meeting the proper protein level is important to support in retaining muscle mass.

Talk to your vet regarding the change of diet of your older dog

Aging can directly affect a dog's intestinal function. It can hamper intestinal bacteria, which can surface the symptoms of gastrointestinal infections. When selecting a senior dog diet, ensure it contains FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, this invariably helps in proper digestion, preventing any digestive issues.

Pick foods with high ratio of vitamin E and Beta-carotene

Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene help in removing free radicals that can seriously damage the tissues of the body and can cause signs of aging. Senior dog diets should contain higher levels of these antioxidant compounds. Good amount of antioxidants is responsible for increasing the effectiveness of the immune power in older dogs.

Stick to Consistency

Never be inconsistent when it comes to a routine care of geriatric pets. Along with consistent daily routine, timely veterinary examinations should be involved to diagnose the presence or progress of a chronic disease. Stressful situations and abrupt changes in daily routines should be shunned. In case, you are looking to make a drastic change in your older pet's routine, remember to put it on a regular scale.

In a nutshell, senior dogs undergo a variety of physiological changes along with psychological changes. To tackle these changes, it is advisable to follow the right diet that is recommended for older dogs. Two things to care – their weight and agility. Your older dogs need not only proper diet and optimal weight but also regular health checkups at a vet office. Not limited to this, the care should be extended in adding the nutritional supplements to aid their physical health. Well, taking proper care of your older dog, you can help them pass their golden years happily.

Danger Foods For Hemochromatosis Sufferers

Many foods are iron rich foods. Eating these foods will increase the iron levels in your blood almost instantly. Consuming foods that are iron rich can be very beneficial for many people. However, for some people, iron rich foods can be detrimental.

For example, if a person has hemochromatosis, eating iron rich foods can cause more harm than good. In this article, we will review some of the iron rich foods that are out there. If you are trying to add iron to your diet, or you wish to avoid foods with excessive levels of iron for medical reasons, you should consult your doctor for an appropriate diet for your circumstances.

If a person has a low amount of iron in their body, they may become prone to anemia. Anemia results when the body is experiencing an iron deficiency. The body starts to crave and seek iron, so it weakens the body while trying to search for the iron that is required for the normal functioning of the body. A person may become weak and experience extreme fatigue if they have anemia.

If you have or think you have anemia, it is very important that you seek the care of a doctor. Anemia may be the result of more than a simple low level of iron; it may be caused by ulcers throughout the body as well as something more serious, like cancer in the body. People with anemia are usually given a diet that is rich in iron.

People who have a high amount of iron in their blood are best to stay away from foods that are high in iron unless directed by a physician. People who have a high amount of iron in their blood can develop conditions like Hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis can be a serious condition that can lead to organ failure and even death. If you have this condition, it is vital that you seek the care of a physician and stick to the diet that is prescribed to you.

One of the best forms of iron rich foods are meats that are red. If you are trying to keep your weight down, or are concerned about gaining weight, you may want to consume red meats that are classified as extra lean. One of the best sources of meat in the area of iron is liver.

If you do not eat meat for personal reasons, but wish to reap the benefits of additional iron, you may want to consider eating foods that contain high levels of Vitamin C. This vitamin helps the body to absorb the iron that it meets more quickly. If you do not eat meat and wish to implement more iron into your diet, you should ensure that you are eating a lot of beans, dried fruit, and grains.

There are many other foods that are rich in iron and they are as follows:

* Boiled Mussels

* Sausage

* Shrimp

* Sardines

* Sesame Seeds

* Almonds

* Hazelnuts.

Paleo Diet: What Is It?

Ever since this diet was launched, the question “what is the paleo diet” never ceased to be asked. So if someone asked you “what is the paleo diet?” – the answer would be: paleo diet is short for Paleolithic diet which is also known as the caveman diet. A short introduction to the paleo diet is simply that it is a diet that is based on animal nutrition established during the time of the cavemen. It is a diet so appropriate in a biological sense that it is quite astounding.

The paleolithic diet is not merely a diet; it is a lifestyle that gives emphasis to how our cavemen of ancestors lived and ate. In the past, our ancestors ate foods that were easy to hunt or the foods they could find easily in their location. So, the next question would be: what exactly is paleo diet of today?

If you are not getting a clearer, total understanding of this so-called scavenger diet, then this article is perfect for you to read. Basically, it is about eating what you want – any food that you want – with the only restriction that it has to be in the Paleo food list. And what are the foods belonging in this paleo food list any way?

Meat, fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables belong in the paleo foods list, but those that do not belong are legumes, dairy, dairy products and grains. Salt and sugar are also not in this scavenger diet because our ancestors didn’t have the luxury of having seasonings then in their foods. Basically, they just ate whatever animal they could kill and partnered it with leafy greens.

The only liquids that are accepted in the paleolithic diet are water or coconut water. And in this diet, you are only required to drink water when you are thirsty the same way that you can only eat when you are hungry. Organic green tea is also acceptable since it is less processed and there’s less sugar in it. You are not required to eat at a set time because that’s not how our cavemen brothers lived in the past. They didn’t live to eat at all – they ate to live.

The next question to be asked is: who are the followers of this diet?

Those people who are allergic to dairy and athletes are among the many who are avid paleo dieters. And yes, those people who want to avoid “foreign proteins” at all cost. Those who are also trying to avoid cardiovascular diseases, asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes are following the diet.

There are so many books and internet sites that are talking more and more about the paleo diet. When you have the chance to read up, definitely do, do not stop yourself from learning about the many wonderful benefits this diet can bring to you and your life.

The Paleo diet can improve your body and health in a big way — love the men and women who once walked on this earth, follow their diet!

Why Is Flax Becoming A Designer Food

Many Americans today have taken the conscious effort to evaluate their consumption habits and check the nutritional values ​​of the food items in their regular diet. Each day we are put upon an increasing number of commercially processed food labels that have been prepared with a tantamount of preservatives and additives.

Nutrition experts have called upon the shift of present dietary preferences towards placing in more organic food items in our meals to curl down on our high fat and high protein menus. The turn of the century has witnessed the influx of organic preparations and vital food supplements that seek to serve the increasing demand for healthy foods. Among the number of organic products to successfully penetrate the health food bandwagon is the botanical plant flax, which is widely cultured in the northern United States and Canada.

Flax seed and flax seed oil contains nutritional substances that are beneficial to our health. Its importance in the health care and food supplement industry is such that ground flax is now distributed commercially. Pertinent advances in bio-technology has put forth the nutritional wonders of flax in soft containers and in various preparations such as milled, cold-milled, sprinkles, and capsule form. These developments rightfully categorize the mundane flax grain among the designer foods available in the market today. Although organic in nature and not genetically-modified, flax products contain higher quantities of Omega 3, which is the naturally occurring substance found in flax, and is likewise known to bring a host of health benefits.

Looking closely into our unhealthy diets would give us aounding understanding on how important the fatty acid Omega 3 is to our bodies and how the regular intake of flax can help us correct nutritional imbalance. Mind you, it is a fact that many of us simply can not resist the delight of munching on those flavored chips or feasting on cold cuts for snacks, though we are aware that frequent intake of processed food would bring an adverse effect on our health. In the same way, most of us have simply adhered to a daily diet rich in protein and saturated fat that we take in an excess volume and miss out vital nutrients that stabilize pertinent bodily functions. This diet completed with a sluggish lifestyle has led to the increased rate of obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular ailments in recent years.

Feeding our bodies flax can remedy most of our ailments thanks to omega 3. This nutrient puts in more of the healthy, unsaturated fats in our bodies to correct the adverse effects of our unhealthy lifestyles. Omega 3, among many other health benefits, helps lower cholesterol levels and our chances of developing cardiovascular diseases. The intake of designer flax food supplements can also help our bodies take in more of the omega 3 fatty acid, which is rarely found in our regular diets.

Indeed, flax is a premium designer food that holds a guarantee of healthier lifestyle with a healthier you!