Nutrisystem Diets

There are many different kinds of diet plan to help people to lose weight in the easiest way possible. One of these is Nutrisystem and their special brand of convenience diet system has been devised specifically to help people to lose weight who lead busy lives and don’t have a lot of time for the more conventional kind of diet program. This article takes a look at how this particular diet plan works and what the benefits to the dieter are.

If you haven’t already heard of this company, then you probably don’t watch much TV or read magazines, because if you did, you would have seen their advertisements everywhere. Even the Internet is full of a variety of reviews of Nutrisystem, some good, some not so good but most worth reading in any case. What you will learn is that this is a company that creates a very simple to use diet system, takes all the hard work out of dieting for the customer, provides all the food they will need to eat and then ships all that food to their home.

You can probably see how this could be a very easy way to lose weight. It means, basically that you don’t need to go to the store in order to purchase any food, unless you really want to follow the company’s own recommendations and buy the extras that you are allowed to add to the meals. These are only recommendations by the way and are in no way obligatory! It means that you don’t have to fill in any complicated diet charts or count calories because all that is done for you too. You don’t have to prepare or even cook any of the food you will eat because, yep, you guessed it, all that is done for you too!

So what you are left with is to pay for the diet plan, which may at first glance look like a substantial payment but when you break it down over the month that covers all the food, it’s not so expensive. When you do the math and work out how much you normally spend on the food that got you overweight in the first place, then deduct that from the Nutrisystem cost, you might be pleasantly surprised as many people are that it can even cost less than what you are already spending on food. Which, of course if you do the Nutrisystem diet you won’t be spending!

That leave on last thing you need to do. That is to eat the food and watch those unwanted pounds of fat fall off you as if by magic. Well, maybe not magic, but it works as long as you stick to it and don’t go cheating! Good luck!

Tonsil Stones Cause Bad Breath

In most cases, having tonsil stones will not cause immediate harm nor have long term serious effects. The most common symptom that effects people who suffer from tonsilloliths is simply having bad breath, or in correct medical terms, halitosis. Those who suffer these symptoms would agree that this is NOT the typical bad breath in the morning, but rather a more chronic symptom that is much harder to fight.

It is not hard to place halitosis symptom as the number one indicator that you are suffering from tonsil stones. Even though this symptom is number one among medical professionals, keep in mind that the symptom can also be caused by a variety of other factors including simple bad oral hygiene. Most of those who seek medical attention for halitosis as a more chronic problem find out that they do indeed have tonsilloliths.

So how are such stones and bad breath linked together?

Tonsil stones actually smell horrible! They will often directly affect the smell of your breath.

Most people would be amazed to learn about all of the bacteria and fungus that grows daily inside the mouth. It’s a whole ecosystem of nastiness! But take a breath, because most of these critters are actually not harmful and many actually play an important role in digestion.

The link between tonsil stones and halitosis can be traced to the underlying formation of the stones. The stone continually formed day after day. Bacteria and fungus actually find a nice habitat in the crypts of the tonsils. The bacteria and fungus feed off of many things and perform chemical reactions to live. These reactions generate chemicals that have a foul smell that is similar to many sulfur compounds. Once these compounds are released into the mouth, they often come into contact with other chemicals and food particles. This mixture accumulates and fills up the tonsil crypts and hardens, becoming calcified and forming tonsil stones. As they grow, more serious symptoms can occur.

Once the tonsilloliths and halitosis have formed, your options are limited and fighting the bad breath is a difficult battle. As time goes on, the stones loosen and eventually break free (hopefully not while your eating dinner at the table in front of family and friends!).

Having Vitiligo and Avoiding Pain

There would be not any single person in this world who would like awkwardness, discomfort, pain and uncomfortable in his life when he/she has got this kind of white spots on skin. Do you? Probably there are few (very few rather) who have learned how to deal with awkwardness, discomfort and pain that life gives. Well, you can put me in this category.

You would be thinking why these feelings don’t matter to me or why I love to deal with them? Actually you are able to learn several things through these feelings. I wanted to be a healthiest person and started working to achieve optimal health.

Probably the main reason of becoming healthy was to avoid Vitiligo in my life or to get affected by this widely spreading disease at the moment.

An exercise program was then selected by me whom I started initially as three times a week. Actually I live in San Francisco Bay Area and therefore hiking is my regular habit year around. This habit helped me a lot in losing weight but I regained pigmentation (especially on my hands). Though it helped me in gaining lean muscle mass, but some parts of my legs lost pigmentation, and some Vitiligo spots also became evident in different areas on my chest (which were not there previously). I am also used to do Yoga on daily basis and now I feel fit and healthy.

Though I feel little discomfort as well as pain by doing these exercises but eventually it helps me keeping myself fit. This discomfort and pain obviously were necessary for me only if it was my intention to remain in shape.

All other areas of my life are also evident to this same pattern. Actually the growth in these areas requires me to experience discomfort socially (particularly in my every day life and in relationships).

There was an amazing realization in my mind (not that far in my past). I suddenly realized that I didn’t keep Vitiligo in my mind while I was busy in keeping myself healthy and fit for several months. I totally ignored the lack of pigmentation while I was busy in shaving myself which became evident eventually on my neck as well as around my mouth. Even it spreads all over my face but I didn’t worry about. I regularly went on dates and never brought a single thought in my mind that what someone would think about me. I only see me whenever I see my reflection in my window glass and totally ignore my disease Vitiligo. The disease is really nothing to me.

What is Cystic Acne?

What is Cystic Acne?

Cystic Acne – also known as nodulocystic acne, it is the most painful and the most severe case of Acne Vulgaris.  People usually use the term Cystic Acne to define the most severe acne breakouts.  But in actuality, Cystic Acne is a type of severe acne breakout that is only made up of cysts, nodules, or boils.  Cysts affect the skin deeper and are more painful than normal acne.

Most people will squeeze their pimples at one time or another – BUT with Cystic Acne, you really must not squeeze it however tempting it may be.  Squeezing an acne cyst may only worsen the infection, making it more painful and longer lasting.

Like Acne vulgaris or Acne conglobata, Cystic Acne can and usually occurs in the face, chest, shoulders, and back since these are the places where there are the most oil glands.  It can also be caused by different things, varying from person to person.

Can I Catch Tonsil Stones from Someone Else?

Ingrid Bergman once said, “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous”. Now you’re probably wondering if while kissing your partner, you might be passing the risk of your tonsilloliths along with all your sweet love. The answer is NO.

Tonsil stones are not contagious, and it would be impossible to transfer your stones to another person even when kissing, let alone coughing. It is however possible that you might run the risk of transferring the bacteria, which might set up on the willing host. It would be essential to use q-tips to rub against your stones and use the same swabs to rub against another person’s throat to directly come in contact and run a risk of contamination.

Coming to the coughing question: You can’t just catch stones from airborne elements. The risk is equivalent to that of catching cold and other viruses from someone who sneezed or coughed near you.

Nevertheless, precautions are necessary. Try to refrain from kissing, wash hands and face if someone accidentally coughs or sneezes near you, and keep yourself clean in general. Using antibacterial soaps and cleansers is a good way to avoid any uninviting infection. One must not use the same utensils as the person suffering from tonsils stones as the debris might find a way to reach your throat and form those nasty crypts there. Make sure everything is thoroughly washed and cleaned. Using the same towels or handkerchiefs is also not a healthy practice. Remember, prevention goes a long way in helping you keep any infection at bay, including tonsil stones. Don’t forget to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine – brushing, scraping, and gargling! This regimen should be followed regularly by everyone in the family to be on the safe side. And you’ll see, it’ll do wonders for your oral health as well.

It is obviously not advised to be too fussy or clean about this whole thing. Following your regular hygiene regimen and avoiding being very near to the patient should keep you from getting any tonsillolith! If you’re too concerned, you could always set up an appointment with a dentist, or do a simple home diagnosis to see if you’ve developed any of those stones, which, by the way, is highly unlikely. It is advised not to sweat the small stuff and to continue with your life in a healthy way, of course.

Whole Wheat Shortbread

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Shortbread is said to have been a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots but dates back another 400 years before her reign so it is not surprising it is traditionally associated with Scotland.

Shortbread is one of those cookies that has a rule: the 1 – 2 – 3 rule – the ingredients should be in the ratio of 1 part caster or superfine sugar to 2 parts butter to 3 parts flour.  Simple.  Three simple ingredients bought together – well – simply.

  • 2 oz caster or superfine sugar
  • 4 oz butter, cubed
  • 6 oz flour

Sift the flour and sugar together, with some salt if you wish, then lightly rub in the butter until it resembles lumps of sand.

Draw it all together and lightly knead before placing the lump on a baking tray which does not have to be greased. Press it flat with the back of a spoon until it is round in shape and quite thin.

Bake it in a preheated oven set at 160 deg C  / 320 deg F /gas mark 3.  Let it turn a faint golden colour, anything from 8 – 12 minutes or even longer.

Take it out and let it cool for 10 minutes on its tray on a cake rack, then cut it into serving slices, and leave it on the baking tray until it is quite cold.  It will crisp up and make it easier to store in an airtight container.

It will be divine, crisp and buttery and perfect with a cup of tea.

Variations can be made with chocolate powder, replacing some of the flour with rice flour or even using nut butters but the rule is still in force.

But using whole wheat flour can alter the rule if you want to achieve the same melt in your mouth result, especially if it is the only flour that is used.

Using whole wheat flour, the ratios are 2 oz turbinado or demerara sugar : 5 oz butter : 7 oz whole wheat flour.  You will need to be more careful in handling this cookie dough since it breaks up easily and keep it thicker, up to one inch.  It is harder to make individual cookies.  It will be a darker colour to begin with and the timings increase to 20 minutes or so with the oven set slightly hotter at 180 deg C / 350 deg F / gas mark 4.

Using a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour, the ratios are still 1:2:3.  That is, 2 oz sugar: 4 oz butter: 3 oz of whole wheat flour and 3 oz of white flour.  A cookie cutter works well with this combination.

This is a good recipe for the food processor or electric mixer but as in all good things baked at home, the quality of the ingredients is important, and none more so than the butter – it gives the shortbread a flavour that cannot be duplicated with shop bought goodies, unless you have paid over quite a bit of money for an artisan product.

My Remedies for Dry Cough


As you may have already known, dry cough can be an indication of certain health problems and to be able to treat it, the root cause should be treated first. However, you can also try some home remedies for dry cough to relieve the condition.

  • Salt Water Gargling: this is considered as the best and most natural remedy against dry cough. Simply boil two glasses of water and add two tablespoons of salt into it. Allow the solution to cool down until it is lukewarm and gargle it. Repeat the procedure at least three times a day to relieve dry cough.
  • Myrrh Remedy: this is another effective gargling remedy for dry cough. Myrrh has natural antimicrobial properties that can soothe aching muscles and provides relief as an expectorant. You can create a solution by adding half teaspoon of myrrh to two cups of lukewarm water. You can garget this solution and swallow it 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Honey and Pepper: honey is popularly known for its natural antibiotic properties. Mixing honey and pepper can make an effective remedy against dry cough. In a bowl, add one tablespoon of honey and a pinch of red pepper. Mix both ingredients properly then slowly lick the mixture to relieve dry cough.
  • Vitamin C: as much as possible, make sure that your diet is loaded with vitamin C to enhance your body’s immune system. You can get vitamin C through supplements or certain foods that are packed with vitamin C like citrus fruits.
  • Drink Plenty of Water: in case your cough condition is due to dehydration, you can treat this by consuming sufficient amount of water daily. Water can help keep your throat moist, thus preventing dry cough.
  • Humidifier: if your cough problem is due to dry air, you can opt for a humidifier for remedy. However, make sure that you use distilled water on your humidifier and keep it free from dust. This can provide you with moist air that can help you prevent dry cough.
  • Steam Therapy: opting for a steam therapy is one of the most effective home remedies for this condition. This can help keep your throat and nose moist. For this, simply boil water and pour it in a bowl or basin. Cover your head with a towel or a blanket to prevent the steam from escaping. Inhale the steam for several minutes or until the water has cooled down.

Are you pulling my leg? Cheap athletic socks that don’t feel awful?

When I was training for a three-day walking event to benefit a breast cancer charity about six years ago, I ditched a huge drawer full of cheap, white cotton socks and invested in several pairs of spendy, structured athletic socks. Before that, I hadn’t considered myself an athlete and I certainly wasn’t doing rigorous enough exercise to warrant buying $15 socks. But when I realized that part of the reason my feet were badly blistered, aching, and sweaty was the stretched-thin cotton I was covering them, I was convinced it was time to switch over.

After one ten-mile walk in the expensive athletic socks, I went home and made sure all of the cheapy socks were gone for good. The good kind have held up well all these years later, and I still love the feeling of the cushioned heel and ball of my foot, the reliable arch support, the wicking fabric and meshy top that keep my feet cool, and that they never slip down when I really get going.

I considered myself a convert, specifically to Thorlo socks. At $13-$15 a pair, this is a commitment I am willing to make for the well-being of my feet and my workouts.

Then the other day, I was cruising through Walgreen’s for some first aid supplies, when I noticed that they now carry athletic socks among the knee-high hosiery and corn pads. They were on sale, and I wondered if Walgreen’s was stocking cheaper socks that would actually work well for walking. In my curiosity, I bought some.

I chose the most expensive kind I found on the rack — Kushyfoot Athletics. I chose them because they have padded soles and arch support and are made of organic cotton. They promised to massage my feet with every step. The package contained one pair of white, low-cut socks — for $3.49!

I have to say, they are very comfortable. Even though they barely peek up above my running shoes, they did not slip or leave my heel rubbed raw. I can’t say that I felt like my feet were getting a rub-down during my workout, but they were surprisingly more cushy to the many pairs of cheapy cotton socks I once owned.

I will still stay true to my Thorlos. Kushyfoot athletic socks are just not as structured and wicking as they are. But I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a few more packages of Kushyfoots as runner-up walking socks. That way, if one gets eaten by the washing machine monster or I accidentally leave them at a hotel, I won’t be as devastated. If have some kind of workout emergency and have to run in to a Walgreen’s, CVS, Publix, or Kroger (just some of the grocery and drug stores where they are sold, according to their website), I will be able to find inexpensive socks I’ve already road-tested. The best part I won’t have to sacrifice wearing socks that feel good.

What kind of socks do you wear to work out in? Are you a sucker for the spendy athletic socks or do you stick with the cheap kind?

How To Jump High Using Olympic Lifts

Hey Athlete’s,

Have you ever heard the phrase – Olympic Lifts make Olympic Athletes?

It’s TRUE.

Come On Guys… Work On Your Technique Dog-Gone-It!

So what exactly are Olympic Lifts?

What I’m talking about here are cleans and snatches. You know, those exercises for increasing vertical jump that everyone says you need to be doing but no one will take the time to show you how the heck to do them properly.

Yes PROPERLY… This is a very important term, not only for Olympic Lifts but for all vertical jump training.

We are talking about…

Technique… Technique… Technique…? It’s ALL about the “T” word.

A lot of coaches say Olympic lifts cause injuries and some claim that they are unnecessary to increase your vertical jump.

The TRUTH is actually the complete opposite!? These lifts can help your vertical jump fly… and the only way you get injured is by poor technique.

Your technique has to be really good and you need to have plenty of practice before incorporating cleans and snatches into your vertical jump training.


You won’t get much out of them. So let me help you get this technique down and you will love Olympic Lifts once you technically master them.

Start with a broomstick, then work your way up to a bar.? You will begin to athletically adapt and your vertical gains will follow!

Still not convinced…

Statistically, all those who achieve a snatch weighted to their own body weight, nearly all have a 40 inch standing vertical!

How Freakin Crazy Is That!

Here are articles that give you sound technique on the two Olympic Lifts that will really give you an advantage on the basketball court and ultimately help train you how to jump higher for basketball!? They are the Jump Snatch and the Hang Clean.

Need to know more exercise for you to jump higher, just read this article at :

Ways to Stop the Pain After Having Tonsils Out

Foods, Drinks, and Other Methods

It’s common information that having tonsils surgery causes a significant quantity of pain, and not just within the throat. Two or a day after having the surgery the ears start to hurt, which is equally as debilitating as the throat issue. Use the pain to cease after having tonsils out, and supply relief to an adult or a child with ear and throat complaints.

Precautionary Statement

Unlike popular belief, other dairy products and ice cream aren’t recommended when attempting to prevent the hurting after having tonsils out. Dairy items naturally encourage the forming of mucous, which may cause nausea and raise the risk of vomiting. For this reason ice cream and other dairy foods aren’t proposed as a means to stop or reduce the pain. These may be appreciated a couple of days after having the tonsils outside – if excess mucous is no dilemma then. Regardless, consult with the discharge papers supplied by surgeon and the hospital seeing the best way to treat the foods and beverages and the pain that may be safely have.

Eat Ice Chips

Ice is the very first kind of sustenance after having a tonsillectomy that patients are given. Crush ice at continue eating the pain at home, when attempting to prevent it after having the tonsils out. Put it in a freezer bag, and work with a hammer or a heavy meat mallet to smash it in to bite-dimensions bits. Even the crushed ice that comes from the ice maker might need additional crushing. Eat until have a whole cup to help prevent the pain it a little piece in a time. This can also help raise intake that is liquid. Not taking in enough liquids could lead to intravenous feeding, and dehydration, a hospital visit.

Eat Popsicles

Another one of the best ways after having tonsils surgery to cease the pain is with ice pops or popsicles. These are also usually supplied after a tonsillectomy in the hospital, and they taste much better than crushed ice that was basic and water. Additionally they help someone fulfill with their daily consumption necessity of liquid. Not everything will not taste bad after having the tonsils outside, particularly when pain is intense, so keep various flavors available. Avert real fruit juice varieties that include citric acid.

Help Halt the Pain by Maintaining the Throat Moist

Throat pain will not be better than ever when first waking up after a nap or each day. That is particularly when breathing through the mouth, because it dries out during intervals of sleep. Make an effort to keep a moist throat, after having the tonsils out. Maintain a cup of ice water alongside the bed, and take sips through the nighttime. It is likely that the pain will affect sleep, and although it’s going to damage to consume regardless of what’s have, keeping the throat moist will help reduce the severity.

Use Damp Temperature for Ear Pain

After tonsils surgery, ear pain is experienced by a lot of people. This really is entirely standard – unless it’s accompanied by a high fever. Quit by pressing moist heat from the ears or at the very least reduce ear pain,. This can be quite soothing. Work with a damp washcloth or perhaps a heating pad that’s tagged with a damp cover to be used.

Take the Recommended Pain Medication

A lot of people don’t need to use pain medication, and they attempt to cope with it using methods that are natural. This is wonderful once they work, but after getting the tonsils outside it’s frequently essential to use prescription pain medicine. Take the proposed drugs and levels as needed, and proceed to consume and drink drinks and the recommended foods. It’s going to really help accelerate the healing process, although consuming hurts.

Source: Personal Experience and Hospital Recommendations