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Tuesday, December 13, 2016


For two or three years Mary had known that her memory was slipping. First she had trouble remembering the names of her friends’ children, and one year she completely forgot the strawberry preserves she had put up. 

▶ She compensated by writing things down. After all, she told herself, she was getting older. But then she would find herself groping for a word she had always known, and she worried that she was getting senile.


You may have heard different terms for the symptoms of forgetfulness and loss of the ability to reason and think clearly. You may have been told that the person has "dementia" or "Alzheimer's." You may also have heard the terms ‘‘organic brain syndrome," "hardening of the arteries," or "chronic brain syndrome." You may have wondered how these conditions are different from "senility."

Doctors use the word dementia in a special way. Dementia does not mean crazy. It has been chosen by the medical profession as the least offensive and most accurate term to describe this group of illnesses. Dementia describes a group of symptoms and is not the name of a disease or diseases that cause the symptoms.

Whats the Major Conditions ?

There are two major conditions that result in the symptoms of mental confusion, memory loss, disorientation, intellectual impairment, or similar problems. These two conditions may look similar to the casual observer and can be confused. 

The first is dementia. The second condition, delirium, Delirium is important to you because occasionally a treatable delirium will be mistaken for a dementia. Sometimes people with Alzheimer disease or another dementia develop a delirium and have symptoms that are worse than the dementia alone would cause.

The symptoms of Dementia - The Best Part :


The symptoms of dementia can be caused by many different diseases. Some of these diseases are treatable, others are not. Thyroid disease, for example, may cause a dementia that can be reversed with correction of a thyroid abnormality.

Alzheimer disease is the most frequent cause of irreversible dementia in adults. The intellectual impairment progresses gradually from forgetfulness to total disability. There are structural and chemical changes in the brains of people with Alzheimer disease. 

At present, physicians know of no way to stop or cure it. However, much can be done to diminish the patient’s behavioral and emotional symptoms and to give the family a sense of control of the situation.

The Person with Dementia :


Usually the symptoms of dementia appear gradually. Sometimes the afflicted person may be the first to notice something wrong. The person with a mild dementia is often able to describe his problem clearly: "Things just go out of my mind." 

"I start to explain and then I just can’t find the words." Family members may not notice at first that something is wrong. The person with a dementia has difficulty remembering things, although he may be skillful at concealing this. 

You may observe that his ability to understand, reason, and use good judgment may be impaired. The onset and the course of the condition depend on which disease caused the condition and on other factors, some of which are unknown to researchers. Sometimes the onset of the trouble is sudden: looking back, you may say, "After a certain time, Dad was never himself."

How People Respond to their Problems ?

People respond to their problems in different ways: 
  • Some people become skillful at concealing the difficulty. 
  • Some keep lists to jog their memory. 
  • Some vehemently deny that anything is wrong or blame their problems on others. 
  • Some people become depressed or irritable when they realize that their memory is failing. 
  • Others remain outwardly cheerful. 

What’s more ?

Usually, the person with a mild to moderate dementia is able to continue to do most of the things he has always done. Like a person with any other disease, he is able to participate in his treatment, family decisions, and planning for the future.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016



Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15 – 20 mins

Ingredients :

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup low-carb bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large yellow squash, quarter-cut lengthwise, then cut in half widthwise

Preparation Steps :

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

2. In medium-sized bowl, lightly whisk the egg whites and milk.

3. In a different medium-sized bowl, add the bread crumbs, cheese, onion powder, paprika, parsley, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well.

4. Dunk the squash in the egg mixture and then coat in the bread crumb mixture.

5. Coat a baking dish in the oil and add the eggplant cut side up. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until browned.

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EATING RIGHT - CARBS (All You Need To Know)


✔ Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of glucose. Glucose is a simple carb that is stored in your muscles and liver as glycogen. Glycogen is the principal form of energy that is stored in muscles. When your muscles are filled with glycogen, they both look and feel full.

➙ Glucose also provides energy for your brain and making blood in your body. Glucose can be made from protein, but that requires the breakdown of body protein from muscle. If you’re not eating enough carbohydrates, your body will start breaking down muscle tissue for glucose.


➙ Carbohydrates should be the bulk of your daily caloric intake when you are starting a body building program. Focus on unprocessed complex carbs like sweet potatoes, potatoes, whole grain breads, oatmeal, and brown rice.

➙ These natural complex carbs are made of long “chains” of sugar and are digested very slowly. Slow burning carbs promote consistent blood sugar levels which help to offset fatigue while promoting the release of insulin which is the body’s principal anabolic hormone.

➙ For men, the amount of carbs that should be taken in by multiplying their body weight by three. That number will be the amount of grams that should be consumed daily. Women multiply their body weight by two to get their carb gram intake. For example, a 200 pound man should consume 600 grams of carbs per day and a 125 pound woman would eat 250 carb grams daily.

➙ Along with carbs, you must consume enough fiber in your diet. Eating fiber makes muscle tissue more responsive to anabolism by improving sugar and amino acid uptake, and aiding in muscle glycogen formation and growth. Beans and oatmeal are two excellent sources of fiber.


➙ Divide your carb meals into six servings throughout the day. This divide and conquer approach stimulates a steady release of insulin to create an anabolic, or muscle building, state. If you eat too many carbs in one sitting, the net effect is that fat-storing enzymes kick into high hear and you lose than lean and hard look.

➙ Eat some simple carbs after your workout and eat more of them. Honey, sugar and refined foods such as white bread and white rice - typical simple carbs - are digested quickly and easily. The resulting insulin spike is a double edged sword, however. After training, it can prevent muscle catabolism while promoting anabolism. If you have not been working out, the intake of simple carbs can stimulate fat storage.

➙ A high carb intake at your post training meal will have less chance of being stored as fat, as carbs must replenish depleted glycogen levels before they gain the ability to stimulate fat storage. 
Eat about 25% of your daily carbs at this meal. 

➙ Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day, and besides your post-workout meal, it is also the best time to load up on carbs. Blood sugar and muscle glycogen levels are low from your overnight fast. Your body must replenish these levels before stimulating the fat storing machinery in the body.


➙ As your day wears on, your carb intake should decrease. Your energy requirements will also decrease at this time, so your body won’t need as much. If you eat carbs late in the day, your body will store them as fat and increase weight gain instead of muscle mass.

➙ If you are needing to lose some fat along with building your muscles, you will want to rotate your carb intake. Bodybuilders who rotate their carb intake tend to lose more fat than bodybuilders who maintain a steady flow of carbs while dieting.

➙ For example, instead of eating 600g of carbs every day (the typical daily total for a 200 pound bodybuilder), try varying the volume of intake. Eat 50% fewer carbs (300g) for two days, then the standard 600g for the next two days, then 50% more (900g) for the next two days.

➙ The total carb intake is the same, but this schedule works because it lowers muscle glycogen in the first stage (promoting fat loss), and then increases insulin levels (ensuring no loss of muscle) on the final two days. Carb rotation gives you the best of both worlds: decreased fat with no loss of muscle.

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Servings: 8 (1 bar per serving)
Prep Time: 5 mins

Ingredients :

  • 8 scoops chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 package sugar-free fat-free pudding (use same flavor as protein)
  • 2 cups skim milk


Preparation Steps :

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until a sticky batter is formed. Coat a shallow baking dish in cooking spray and spread the mixture out over the dish.

2. Place in the refrigerator overnight, cut into 8 equal bars once set. 

Nutritional Values :

✲ (Per Serving)
  • Calories : 284
  • Protein : 31 grams
  • Carbohydrates : 30 grams
  • Fat : 4 grams

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Servings: 1
Prep Time: Under 5 mins

Ingredients :

  • 1 container (6 ounces) fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 packet (1 gram) stevia or other sugar alternative
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh peaches, banana, or other fruit, chopped

Preparation Steps :

1. Mix the yogurt, protein powder, stevia, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Stir until fully combined.

2. Top with fruit.

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Servings: 8 (1 bar per serving)
Prep Time: 5 mins

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 4 scoops chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon stevia or other sugar alternative

Preparation Steps :

1. Combine all of the ingredients except the stevia in a large bowl and mix until a sticky batter is formed. Coat a shallow baking dish in cooking spray and spread the mixture out over the dish.

2. Evenly sprinkle the stevia over the mixture and place in the fridge overnight. Cut into 8 equal bars.

Nutrition Values :

➤ (Per Serving)
  • Calories : 278
  • Protein : 20 grams
  • Carbohydrates : 27 grams
  • Fat : 11 grams

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Do you have any tips on how to get started ?

➙ Finding something you enjoy is key, otherwise you won’t carry on with it. For me music inspires me to work hard during exercise but everyone is different. To get started it could be a walk each evening after dinner, taking up a new sport, trying a Zumba class, cycling to work, trying aqua aerobics – the possibilities are endless.


▶ This sounds obvious but the first thing to get right is the overall balance of the diet. There must be sufficient carbohydrate, protein, and essential fats vitamins and minerals in the diet to enable quality training to take place. 
▶ All food groups should be included and the importance of simple strategies like eating a wide variety of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables every day to provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants should not be overlooked.


▶ Another key thing is to think about correct fuelling before exercise. It’s important to have eaten some carbohydrate rich foods (cereal, bread, pasta, rice, potato etc.) a few hours before exercise especially if it’s going to be a fairly high intensity cardio–based session otherwise there will be nothing in the tank. 
▶ Include carbohydrate foods that release energy more slowly (low glycaemic index) such as multigrain bread, muesli, porridge, sweet potato and pasta.


▶ Hydration is also important as it affects exercise capacity, perception of effort and mental functioning. Starting exercise already well hydrated is important and checking for pale coloured urine can be used as a crude indicator of an adequate hydration state. 
▶ Taking fluids on board if exercising for more than 30 minutes is important. Water will often suffice for short periods of exercise but during longer periods a sports drink containing carbohydrate can have performance benefits.

Recovery nutrition:

▶ This is really most relevant for athletes training for periods of an hour or more several times per day. For them, consuming carbohydrate in combination with some protein either in the form of a drink orsnack as soon as possible after the session makes a big difference to how they feel and perform in the next session. 
▶ It also positively enhances the physiological adaptation that takes place following exercise. The target amounts post–training are in the region of 1 – 1.2g carbohydrate per kg and 0.3g protein/kg body weight but this will vary according to the type of session completed.

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