12 December 2018

5 Facts Which Help Us in Achieving Our Weight Goal

We say our body is like a temple. We believe that it really needs to be treated with love, care, and caution. But do you actually treat your body like a temple? We stand with our defenses up and speak confidently against people who body shame us continually about our weight, our skin color or our basic outer appearance. And we are right. It is indeed high time everyone stops body shaming people with extra small and extra-large sizes. But don’t you think that the biggest person who body shames you is yourself? If you really believe that your body is sacred, you would never experiment with it. We really need to love ourselves and understand the mechanism of our body.

What your body actually needs and badly craves for is: “Stability and Balance”. Just see how relatable it is with our lives. A stable, balanced life is the secret to get that perfectly dreamy toned and healthy body you have always craved or. Hectic lives and too much negativity can actually result in deteriorating the health of our body. 

We may not realize it, but we tend to ignore certain facts about how our body functions. This lack of awareness affects our body for a very long time causing problems in terms of its immunity, digestion, obesity and causes diseases which can occur in the body at a very young age. We work so hard to lose weight; we let go of our favorite food, we exercise too much, we try all kind of detox diets and drinks in order to lose few pounds and those extra inches. But we are still not able to get that flat belly. So what is it that is missing from our side that in spite of so many efforts and hard work, we still do not succeed?

Following are some of the things which can help us to attain a healthy life and reach our weight goal:

1. Timely meals: Eating your meals at an uneven and uncertain timing can be a very big mistake that you may be making. Even if you are eating a bowl of fruits or a healthy salad, the timings to consume your food always needs to be fixed and proper. We tend to skip the meals because of our busy schedule, or plan to eat it later because we already feel full due to the previous meal, but it is better to eat less than to skip it and save it for after an hour. When we skip meals, it increases your chances of excessive and overeating in the next meal. It usually increases the unhealthy cravings and you tend to prefer pizza over salad. Skipping or delaying meals also slow down your metabolism rate, which makes it difficult for you to lose weight.

2. Sufficient sleep: You may find it strange, or even amusing that how can your sleep affect your weight loss plan. It does not have anything to do with the number of calories you intake or the number of hours you spent in your gym. But it is scientifically proven fact that not sleeping enough can result in weight gain. This implies even when you are working out and eating healthy. Sleep is the only food which nourishes and refreshes our brain. With lack of sleep, our body releases major hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin, which send out signals of being hungry to the brain. This results in increasing your appetite and cravings and eventually, weight gain. Less sleep also makes you lethargic and lazy, preventing you from being active and working out with full energy.

3. Knowledge about helpful supplements: Our lack of knowledge about facts of how our body functions can prevent us from experiencing major weight loss. Certain diets and supplements helps in restoring the functioning of our body, lose the fat, inches and attain a flat belly. One such diet is HCG diet, which is very helpful in achieving major weight loss. HCG is a natural hormone which our body releases more during pregnancy. This hormone has proved very effective in reducing weight. The idea is to induce HCG through the means of supplements or injections. HCG diet is a very low-calorie diet, which limits your diet to 500 calories per day for several weeks then slowly increasing the number of calories, along with the intake of HCG. You can buy HCG drops and other supplements from https://hcgdiet.com/. This diet includes a protein, bread, a vegetable, and a fruit in each meal.

4. Too much stress and anxiety: Stress is bad, and we all are aware of this fact. It creates a lot of burdens, disturbs our mental health, induces a lot of negativity and is the reason formany diseases and problems we suffer in our lives. What we do not know, that it can be a very big reason for our obesity as well. Under the stress, our body usually releases cortisol, a stress hormone, which increases our appetite and our cravings for the food we love. Now you know why you turn to comfort food after a long, stressful day at work, or after a really bad break-up.

5. Balance between exercise and dieting: When you work extra hard throughout the day, doing Yoga, Pilates, Zumba or Cardio, the biggest mistake you can make after the amazing workout is rewarding yourself by grabbing a burger and fries, or any other unhealthy food you love. The real workout is exercising your brain to eat healthily. And it works the other way out as well. Healthy eating and diet plans work only to a certain extent. If you do not live an active life, do not go for a jog or walk, you can never be wholly healthy. You need to maintain a very healthy balance between dieting and exercise, as both of these elements play a very important role in helping to lose weight. They go hand in hand, working their way out and making way for a healthy life.

Disclosure: This is a contributed post.


11 December 2018

Anxiety and Your Child

It's unfortunate but true that anxiety and stress in children are issues that are increasingly common in today’s society that is activity packed, high tech, and fast paced. If you notice that your child is experiencing anxiety and stress, here are a few effective and simple ways to help them manage there upset, worry, and fear.

Get Help

If you think that a family change, like the death of a member of the family, a divorce, move, or a new sibling is the cause of your child’s anxiety, you might want to seek help from a child therapist, your pediatrician, or the school counselor. They will be able to suggest methods that can help them through the situation or even suggest something like an adolescent treatment program.  

Don’t Poo-Poo Their Feelings

If you want to raise a happy and healthy child, telling them not to concern themselves with their fears might have the effect of making them feel as if feeling anxious is wrong. Let them know that it is ok to feel upset or bad about whatever they are dealing with and encourage them to share their thoughts and emotions.


You are more than likely aware of the comfort that can come from having someone listen to whatever it is that is bothering you. Do that for your child. If they don’t feel like talking, make sure that they know that you are always there for them. Just remain by their side and let them know that you support and love them.

Other Distraction and Comfort

Why not try doing something that they adore? This might be anything from reading to them like you did when they were younger, cuddling them in your lap, or maybe playing a favorite game. When all is said and done, even kids who are 10 years old can appreciate a good old dose of TLC.

Get Them Out

Exercise can work wonders when it comes to boosting your mood. To that end, get them moving. Even if it’s a simple walk around the block, physical activity combined with fresh air can be just the thing to raise their spirits and give them a fresh perspective.

Routines Are Critical

You can always balance any changes if you attempt to keep them as close to their normal routine as possible. For example, stick with regular mealtimes and bedtimes when possible.

Set an Example

As a parent, you can set the tone when it comes to how anxiety and stress in both adults and children are handled in your home. It can be nearly impossible to completely block stress out from our lives, but what you can do something about is how you deal with your stress. Turn the TV off, play a bit of music that is soothing, and maybe try a few yoga poses or try a few other strategies for relieving stress.

The more that you are capable of keeping things peaceful and calm at home, the less likely it is that stress and anxiety will become an issue for any children who might be in your home.

Disclosure: This is a contributed post.


10 December 2018

Benefits of Co-Sleeping with Your Baby

Where your baby sleeps is as important as how he sleeps. You'd find many controversies stemming from what many take as the ideal place for a baby to sleep. Co-sleeping has however proven to have various benefits for both mother and child. Many would say, "it is unsafe to have your baby sleep in the same bed as you," well, maybe for people who haven't learned about the benefits. 

Co-sleeping refers to a sleeping arrangement where a mother sleeps in close proximity with her baby. The benefits of having your baby share your bed are innumerable; the following are a few of them; 

         It helps to build emotional bonding

One of the most significant ways a mother can bond with her baby is through co-sleeping. Co-sleeping helps to build an attachment with your baby. It helps in the release of the love hormone which fosters bonding and attachment.

        It gives the baby a healthy emotional health

Co-sleeping surprisingly has an effect on your baby's emotional health. It helps your child to grow up feeling loved and confident of mama's love. A child that is well cared for during the night receives a constant reassurance of love and safety. 

        It makes breastfeeding easier

Moms who share a bed with their babies are likely to breastfeed longer. Co-sleeping allows you to attend to your baby's need more quickly. It also helps to reduce the long period of wailing during the night. Your baby doesn't have to cry till forever before he goes back to sleep because you are right there to tuck him back to bed by breastfeeding him. 

        Co-sleeping helps your baby to have a sound and peaceful sleep.

Co-sleeping reduces the rate at which your baby startles during sleep. Babies who share a bed with their moms seldom cry at night. They tend to enjoy a more peaceful and sound sleep. With Co-sleeping, startling and night cries are reduced to the barest minimum. 

        Reduced the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Studies have shown that Co-sleeping prevents SIDS. Babies who share a bed with their moms tend to sleep more on their back or side which is one of the ways to prevent SIDS. Other studies have also shown that carbon dioxide from the parent helps to stimulate the baby's breathing. 

What are some of the negative effects?

        Potential health risks

It is not uncommon for babies to suffocate while sleeping because the parent sleeps on them or rolls over on them. Although, can still sleep in the same room as them which somewhat counts as co sleeping. 

        Less sleep for you

Lots of tossing and turning could potentially keep you up many nights. 

        Loss of sleep for the baby

Your overly attentive habits of coming to your baby with every whimper may be worse than leaving them be. 

Co-sleeping is something that you should take seriously and talk with your loved ones prior to doing so. There are many positive things about Co-sleeping but there are some risks as well that you’ll want to address first. Finding some nice baby pajamas and snuggling up does have its perks. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.