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Believing is Achieving

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Thoughts

How would you feel about the proposition that you can achieve anything – absolutely anything – in which you can believe? Well, whether you realize it or not, that’s what you’re actually doing at the moment – you’re living the life that you believe you can live. Years of research in various fields of psychology lead to the inexorable conclusion that normal people perceive only what they expect to perceive and experience only what they expect to experience. This psychological fact present us with a major stumbling block because, unfortunately, as a result of our socialization into a normal world and upbringing by normal parents, we have normal expectations and these normal expectations are way short of where we could set our sights. In other words, at this very moment in time, you are living down to your expectations – and you’re not even aware of it.

Psychology also explains that our lives are created by our subconscious mind’s view of the world. We learn our perceptions of how the world works, who we are, what we’re capable and incapable of, our strengths and weaknesses, in short, our own self image during our formative years. These perceptions, which over time gradually become deeply held beliefs, are stored in the deep recesses of our subconscious mind and, in later life, when faced with a situation in which we have to take action, our actions will be dictated not be what is actually happening but by what we perceive is happening based on those subconscious beliefs. In this way, we constantly replay the repetitive behaviors that we learned during our formative years and stop ourselves in our tracks. Worse that that, we are unable to spot opportunity when it stares them us the face, because it’s not something that we are expecting and, therefore, we are simply unable to see it.

The result of all this is that our subconscious perceptions, learned during our childhood, are our beliefs. These drive our expectations and our behavior and, in this way, our beliefs create our lives. Or, put another way, we achieve what we believe. The obvious corollary of this is that, if we change our beliefs, we will live a completely different life.

Effectively, you have to give yourself new beliefs – these new beliefs should, quite obviously, focus on the things that you really, really want out of life – not the mundane in which you currently believe by default. You have to be able to make a big enough impression on your subconscious mind to enable it focus on what you want to achieve to the extent that it believes that it is part and parcel of who you are and what you’re capable of. If you can make that impression on your subconscious mind, it will simply see the life that you really want and the things that you really want to achieve as the logical step up from your current life.

So, what does it take to believe? Believing is not wishing hoping and wanting – these aspirations mean absolutely nothing to a subconscious mind that is driven by its inner programming. Rather, believing is seeing, feeling, hearing smelling and tasting. Yes, that’s right – your five senses, which are your sole interface with the world, are the mechanisms by which the subconscious mind creates your life. They are the very ingredients that you used to form your views of how the world works, life in general and your own self-image, during your formative years. As adults, we pay little or no attention to our five senses, preferring to use what we learned during our childhood to make sense of today – and, in the process, make a complete nonsense of it!

To change your life, you really only have to take some simple steps to provide your subconscious mind with a new belief system. To do this, you’ve got to explain to your subconscious mind what it would be like to achieve your goal. You’ve got to explain to it what It is like to see, feel, hear, smell and taste the life that you really want – as if you already have it. Nothing could be simpler, nothing could be more powerful. You’ve got to immerse yourself in your desired outcome, imagining that you have arrived at that outcome already. But the subconscious mind – as distinct from your conscious, thinking mind – has to take it on board, it has to be deeply impressed and excited by your desired outcome. You can make the necessary impression on your subconscious mind by handwriting the experience of the outcome, as if you’re there already, using all five senses, writing only in the present tense – because you’re already there! The hand-eye coordination that handwriting requires captures an abnormal amount of your subconscious attention – you become ‘young and impressionable’ when you hand write.

But, something this powerful comes with a very large Government Health Warning! You need to be careful what you wish for, because a focused subconscious will effortlessly set about its task of bringing about what it believes to be the life that you live – after all, that’s what its’ doing already.

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3 Keys To Taking Control Of Your Finances

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Thoughts

The secrets to financial success are finally at your fingertips! No longer will you have to wonder about how other people do it. No longer will you have to deal with financial failure time and time again.

Read this article and find out the keys to financial success!

Secret to Financial Success # 1: Make Sound Decisions.

Hasty decision making rarely ever does anybody any good. It robs you of the ability to look at a situation sensibly.

If a genie were to suddenly appear before you offering three wishes but under a time limit, you would probably end up wishing for something that will only make you happy short-term, like a million dollars perhaps.

But if you had all the time in the world to think of what to wish for, you would be able to ask for something that could sustain you for a lifetime.

Secret to Financial Success # 2: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket.

One of the keys to financial success is to invest wisely. There have been far too many stories of people putting their savings or their retirement money on the line for a chance to win big in the stock exchange market, or in a business that promises huge returns.

It’s a fact that nothing in this life is certain. A good hunch is still a hunch. I’m not discouraging you from following your instinct. But make sure you dip your feet into the pool first instead of jumping right in.

Secret to Financial Success # 3: Manage Debts Properly.

Debts can very easily pull you down if you are not careful with your planning and decisions. But not all debts are bad.

In fact, credit card debts can be a good thing because you can pay for things without having to shed money immediately, and instead have that money earning interest in the bank for the time being. Plus you get to earn some points! Just remember to pay them when they’re due.

These secrets to financial success have been used time and time again by individuals who want to expand their wealth. You don’t necessarily have to have a lot of money to begin with in order for you to win it big in life.

You only need to use your common sense. Don’t decide on anything without even doing proper research. Don’t bet all your money on one horse and manage your debts properly.

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How to maintain a car for life

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Interests

No vehicle can ever be immune from the need for car repair. At various periods of a vehicle’s service life it will invariably need auto AC repair, brakes repair, transmission repair and engine repair. Adding up all those car repair needs can bring you to quite a huge sum. In this time of financial crisis, all vehicle owners would appreciate any possible way of lessening the need for, or frequency of, car repairs. The implementation of proper automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures at the right schedules would be one effective way to achieve this. Vehicle owners can save even more if they can do some of these procedures on their own rather than always paying an auto service mechanic for even the simplest task. This does not mean discarding one’s trusted auto service mechanic, though, because he will still be very much needed for the more complicated automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and, of course, for car repair. Following are some steps to remember on automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and car repair.

Foremost on the list is learning what is written in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The vehicle owner should know the contents of this document from cover to cover. Of course, it does not have to be memorized. It should, however, be kept in a safe place that is easily accessible. This is important because the owner’s manual contains all of the necessary automotive maintenance procedures for the vehicle based on its manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as the schedule of frequency for such procedures. This has to be complied with to the letter.

The vehicle owner is the best person to do certain automotive diagnostic procedures because he or she knows how the vehicle performs in normal circumstances. He or she will therefore be the first to notice even the slightest change in the vehicle’s behavior, including handling, acceleration, deceleration, steering and braking.

The vehicle owner should take gauge readings daily in order to track changes in fluid levels and gas mileage. He or she can then spot abnormal spikes in usage or depletion. Regular inspection of the vehicle’s tires, hoses and belts should be done to monitor wear and tear and damage.

Any strange noise, weird odor, leaks or vibration of the vehicle should be seen as signals of trouble. In fact, certain signs mean there is an emergency that should immediately be attended to. Smoke is one of these signs. Upon seeing smoke from the vehicle, it should promptly be pulled over and it should not be restarted before it is seen to by an auto service mechanic.

All of the vehicle owner’s findings should be documented in a logbook every day. This will ensure that nothing is forgotten and everything is reported accurately. The logbook should be submitted to the auto service mechanic periodically. If there are signs of an emergency, the logbook should also be submitted immediately. It will be used as an important reference as the auto service mechanic makes a diagnosis.

Ask for an official written copy of the mechanic’s diagnosis and repair recommendations from the auto service shop. Also ask the auto service shop to provide an official written quotation with details of the services to be done, parts that need replacement and the time schedule for the job.

A vehicle owner who faithfully complies with all the recommended automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and schedules based on the manufacturer’s instructions will surely be rewarded with much less need for car repair. This means less frequent auto AC repair, brakes repair, transmission repair and engine repair from the auto service shop, resulting in overall cost cutting and savings.

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What To Know When Buying Cars

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Interests

If you are also intending to buy a new car for yourself, but are confused regarding the selection of car dealer and the model, then internet can prove to be quite helpful for you. Apart from providing you latest information about the all new cars in the market, internet can also help you ascertain the credibility of the dealer. Even if you are looking for used cars for sale, then also you will find several options with online car sales dealers.

However, it is advisable to perform thorough research on the internet regarding the authenticity of the dealer, and the prices of the car of your choice on different websites. But you should beware of fraud car dealers who might try to lure you with extra low prices. You need to keep your eyes open for all specific details regarding the car, and use your mind to not fall prey to false claims and inconceivable high discounts. Be realistic and judge the value of the car, as no one will give you anything for free and incur large losses. If some one is providing you extremely low prices then there will be a hidden catch that you need to figure out.

At the same time, make sure that you know each and every detail about the car that you intend to purchase, like exterior, interior, features, specifications, pricing, accessories provided with the vehicle by the manufacturer. For example, if you are looking forward to own one of the latest models from Subaru cars, then you need to know about all the furnishings, services and accessories that are provided with a new car by other manufacturers, like cushions, woofer system and others.

One more benefit of doing extensive research is that you will have a better chance at bargaining if you know what other dealers are offering before hand and you can choose the most beneficial alternative for your self. If you are tight on budget as well as time, then it is recommended that you opt for online car sales dealers. Moreover, if you are on a lookout for great deals and wide variety then consider dealing with Australian online car sales companies, as this country is considered as the epicenter of the entire online car sales business. You will find numerous big and small online dealers for car sales Melbourne, Adelaide, Victoria, Sydney, and other parts of the country that offers exciting deals on new as well as used cars for sale all over the world.

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5 Steps To Healthy Eating

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Thoughts

Every night when you go home, you have to make a decision about what to have for dinner. For the most part, we would like to eat nutritious food, but many of us didn’t grow up learning how to cook healthy meals. If you’re watching your health, eating out is not the best option, so most people look in their cookbooks for recipes. This isn’t always the best solution, because recipes lie. But, if you know the right way, it’s very easy to cook nutritious food every night of the week.

This is the process that many people go through:

1. You come home from work, and have to start planning dinner.

2. You’ve already cooked the 5 things you know how to cook this week.

3. You need more ideas,

4. You look through the pantry, consider calling for pizza…

It’s not only exhausting, but you have to re-educate yourself every single night. It’s not going to get you the results you want or deserve for yourself and your family. If you’re looking to cook more nutritious food at home, save time and have endless cooking ideas, you’re in the right place.

There are 5 simple steps to cooking with fresh ingredients.

Step 1: Get Fresh Ingredients

• The first step for using fresh, seasonal ingredients is to actually GET some.

• This could be the most difficult step for many of you that are used to the huge mega-mart grocery store.

There are alternatives. My eyes were opened to more alternatives during my trip to Paris, France. The food culture in Paris is so much different from where I live in the US. There were very few corporate “chain” restaurants there.

Many of the restaurants were small, 10 table places where there were three people on staff, the chef, the maitre’d and the dish washer. They had their service each night and went home. Each time I asked why their food tasted so good, they all had the same answer. And, not a single person bragged about their recipes.

Instead, I was told that I needed fresh, simple ingredients. I discovered that I needed to examine where my food is coming from. This doesn’t mean simply the store where you shop, but what is the country of origin for your food. Think about how you feel about your money going to another country when there are farmers in your community that need your help. Now think about how long ago that vegetable was harvested in the far away country, and what happened to it during its travels.

It might be inconvenient to drive past dozens of mega-marts to find a farmers market. But you may find that there’s a local produce roadside stand near you that you’ve avoided. In my case, I signed up for “The Produce Box” which delivers fresh community supported agriculture to my doorstep. Fresh is important because fruits and vegetables degrade as soon as they’re picked.

• Nutrients are lost

• They become visually unappealing

• Harder to cook successfully

• Loss of flavor!

Step 2: Select the freshest ingredients when you shop

Be aware of what you’re choosing, even if you shop at the local produce stand or farmers market. Some items may still be fresher than others and the most nutritious, healthy food is the freshest. You have to be even more aware if you shop at the local mega grocery.

In understanding how to cook healthy, you need to be able to understand the difference between fresh food and food that has been ripened artificially or is not ripe at all. Do you know how to tell a fresh orange or grapefruit? Did you know that color is NOT an indicator of freshness in peaches?

Step 3: Storing Fresh Ingredients

For maximum shelf life, nutritional preservation and budget savings, there are three issues in storing fresh ingredients:

1. Moisture

2. Air circulation

3. Temperature

Not everything can be thrown in to the drawer in the refrigerator and preserve their freshness. In fact, some things will suffocate in a plastic bag. Other produce will need to be wrapped tightly to retain moisture. Other items will need to be kept cold, while others will degrade under the cold.

Step 4: Master a few basic cooking techniques

At the very least, master the following techniques:

1. Understanding the transfer of heat

2. Saute method

3. Know how to make sassy sauces

But there are so many more. All of the basic methods in cooking are covered in my live cooking classes. Giving you the tools to understand these basic methods is what makes my approach to teaching cooking so unique and why people rave about my Web Cooking Classes. Web Cooking Classes empowers you with a thorough understanding of basic methods which allows you to cook and create without a reliance on recipes. Pure freedom!

Step 5: Finishing the Process with Fresh Herbs

This is the number one question I get during my live cooking classes:

Q: “Which herbs to use and how much to use?”

A: “Use the ones you like.”

Seriously! Use your nose to see what it reminds you of, use the ones that you like and use as much as you like.

You want to know my number one herb secret? Herbs go last! Fresh herbs should not be cooked. In fact, just the heat of the finished dish is enough to release the aromas of fresh herbs.

These are the secrets that chefs know about how to cook healthy which are so easy to incorporate into your every day cooking. You can cook nutritious food that you want to eat for your health and for how wonderful it tastes.

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Secret to getting cheap flights

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Interests

Life has become extremely stressful, today? The stress of work, home, studies etc. leaves us no time or energy to relax and de-stress. In such a scenario, a long vacation is the one thing that can provide us with all the relaxation and freshness we need in our life.

Whether it’s the sandy beaches of Kerala or tall mountains of Himalaya, shopping malls of Malaysia or ancient history of Egypt, a vacation helps us live a life that’s out of our own life. Most people think that one has to splurge in order to make a vacation luxurious. Thus, they don’t even think twice while buying air tickets from their regular travel agent. They pay whatever price is demanded.

But, if you purchase your air tickets from the right place, you can save a lot of money. There are a number of websites which have become the hot-spot for cheap flight tickets for travelers. These websites allow travelers to search for the best deals by providing information about all available flights in the given time period to a particular destination. Thus, it makes it easier for travelers to compare and also avail special discount offers given by airlines.

Most of these websites are absolutely free of cost. You will have to simply enter the information about your trip, such as date of departure and arrival, number of tickets required, destination, etc. You can also choose the class i.e. economy, business, executive etc. that you want to travel with.

Besides being extremely convenient, online airlines ticket reservation is also a very good way to save money. These websites feature best deals and offers on various holiday packages and air tickets. If you are planning a vacation, but don’t have the time to look for best hotel deals, leisure activities, then these websites can be of great help to you.

They offer pre-booked holiday packages to different destinations for a fixed period of time. These packages are the most convenient way to enjoy a holiday as you don’t have to make each reservation individually. You also save a lot of money with these packages as hotels, airlines and other parties offer discounts on their prices.

But online booking is not just for vacations. You can book cheap flights for pretty much any kind of travel through these websites. Whether you are going on a business trip or on a personal visit, simply log on to one of such websites and book your tickets. All this takes less than 10 to 15 minutes and you don’t even have to call a travel agent for this.

The best thing about booking online tickets is that you don’t have to worry about getting ripped off by anyone. You can check the prices yourself and pay only the amount that you are required to. You don’t have to pay any travel agent fee or other hidden charges.

So, in your next trip, don’t waste your time and money on expensive air tickets and book air tickets online.

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Top Vacation Destinations

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Interests

Indulgence is all about taking your vacation in style and living life as a fantasy. A must to escape from daily grind and give beat to burnout, choose any luxury packages to luxurious hotels and retreat in the world where you will live a life like a dream come true. Just make a fantasy of your desires and wishes and list down below are bound to make it real and oh so happening and the world of this place is for you to take at some price and your every whim shall be taken care of.

• Vacation destinations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain

Imagined yourself where there is wine and more wine wherever you see. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain will let you live a life of wine connoisseur, which is hidden deep in Rioja region. Here there is indulgence in elixir, from the vineyards view surrounding the retreat and have the pleasures of tasting best wines. Since 1980, designed by architectural brilliance Frank Gehry, this is wine’s love haven from the time you check in and to time you check out, you will be in kicked in world of fantasy. You won’t even think about spirits and mixers, but will enjoy delicious meals served with wine sauce. And then move on to the The Wine Bar Vinoteca for nightcap or two and gulp in some more delectable wines. And on waking up there is sore head, The Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa will take care and there you again indulge in exclusive wine therapy massages and treatments. Don’t drink their spa dry!

• Vacation destinations: Hilton São Paulo Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil

Fantasy of living like some President or Prime Minister will cease and become alive here. Hilton São Paulo Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil which offers this dream package at $5,500 and live Like A Mogul. Immerse yourself in presidential lifestyle, beginning and ending with helicopter ride to and fro from São Paulo and ending at drop at Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. On arrival you will be welcomed with Champagne and chocolate and then presented with key to Presidential Suite. Award winning chefs serving you dinner for romantic two, and sleep on Fretté sheets for such a good night. And in morning you need not do anything of presidential duties , but have a presidential breakfast and then wrap in Hilton dressing gown head on to having a presidential treatment in Sensory Spa, done by masseuses who are Brazilian beauty and indulge in massages, foot treatments, body scrubs and facials, as many as you like. When going for sight seeing, your personal chopper will be awaiting ready to ferry you round the city and have power trip.

• Vacation destinations: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur India

Want to be a Maharaja- that’s emperor and live life king size and sleep in a bed that can accommodate some four to five couples and yet there be space? In a very picturesque location of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, A palace like hotel which is set afloat in Lake Pichola, an abode of Taj Hotels, resorts and palaces. Feel like a maharaja- king of world, in the palace hotel amidst the Aravalli Mountains. Gleaming white marble structure, with majestic suites having stunning murals, exotic carpets, sweeping arches, claw-foot bathtubs and maharaja-size beds. And this can be seen and experienced only in India. And you will love and have the pleasure of ‘Hookah’ or being fanned by pretty Indian girl in sari; laze on chaise lounge and everything there are vibrant. Take a ride on decorated camel; pamper yourself with princely massages at Taj Spa. At night admire the brightly lit palace and take a romantic walk in the fountain lined courtyards. You will feel like Alladin and there will be so many genie’s out there to serve to your every need. Also enjoy the traditional folk and dance performed for you and dinning on exotic cuisine of India will be do delectable and you may ask for fireworks to go to show your princess jasmine and have a romantic and passionate night in your candle lit suite.

• Vacation destinations: ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

You may live in New York or California or Paris or Singapore but you may have dreamed a life where you are an Eskimo, living in such a cold place and keep on snuggling to feel cozy and living in a place made up of ice. Wow, that’s not a fantasy or dream because this has been made possible and into a reality. Enter yourself into the world famous and brilliant marvel of design and idea that’s ICEHOTEL which is in Jukkasjärvi, some 200 km in northern of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Absolutely amazing and mind blowing fantasy retreat. Well I have only one word for it and that’s Astonishing, mimicking the construction idea and methods of nose kissing ancestors, the place is completely made up of ice. I mean, every thing, from the reception desk that shall greet you to the bed of ice for passionate love on it. The whole place is made up of ice from River Torne. As you check in, you shall be wrapped in warming furs. But its not just eyes blocks that makes the hotel, the décor of hotel is done in breathtaking and beautiful arts which are dotted around hotel. Heading on Icebar is first thing people do after donning on warm garbs, sipping on cocktails in the glasses made up of ice. As you may start feeling too cold and cannot even feel as if you have your feet below, go to warm up in ICEHOTEL restaurant which is only structure there which is not made up of ice but serves delicious local delicacies on ice slabs. You may unwind here, in a very elegant stylish restaurant before heading to cold or hot accommodation as per your choice. The retreat also has exciting and fun filled activities like ice sculpting, ice fishing, snowmobile rides and snowshoe excursions. But the best and most romantic sight is to watch the glittering northern lights in the sky together.

• Vacation destinations: Samudra, Byron Bay, Australia

Surfing paradise and Yoga retreat, Samudra, Byron Bay, Australia will serve your desire to ride on waves and feel the solidarity within. One of the best places on earth to catch the waves is Down Under, despite of Great Whites intimidating under the surface yet the water is lovely with such a panoramic view of vast and deep ocean. Byron Bay Manor, a retreat that combines surf and yoga at superb place of Samundra, you will be flying to relax as well as for having surfing adventure at the luxurious and lavish Byron Bay. This fantasy retreat is situated in New South Wales, Australia in some twenty seven acres of verdant grounds. The place has a distinct ambiance, a student bohemian vibe and suiting to surfer dude’s lifestyle. Here you may get a good training on surfing, initially you may not stand up but by the time you are about to live you may be doing like Kelly Slater. Invigorating Yoga in early morning is ritual of Manor, and then heading on the pristine golden sandy beach!

. Other then Surfing and yoga, you can simply relax at solar heated pool, which has just the right temperature which will sooth your nerves and in spa for treatment and massage that will take away all your anxious worries. You can even unwind with a book or sit in the ocean view veranda while seeing the sun going down in Samundra. Also a very good chance to improve on your billiards technique and challenge people back home.

Vacation destinations for fancy retreats will rejuvenate and reinvigorate you for back to daily life and memories of these exotic destinations will be like a talisman that will keep making you go on other fancy retreat on the list.

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Some jokes that made my day

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Interests

Having a boring day at the office or at uni, daydreaming about which bars or nightclubs you will be heading to this weekend? If so here is a few bar and nightclub jokes to break up the mediocrity of the daily grind.

A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for 5 double shots. The bartender, a little surprised lines up the glasses and pours them out, assuming his mates are just round the corner. The man then, calm as a coma, knocks each shot back one after the other. The bartenders, amazed by this feat of drinking turns to the man and goes “that’s a big effort.” The man replies “you would drink quickly too if you had what I’ve got.” Curiously the bartender asks “what have you got mate” to which the man replies “no money.”

A neutron walks into a bar and orders a drink and asks the bartender how much? The bartender replies “no charge”

A man, after having 27 drinks at a nightclub decides to head home, grabs his car keys and heads to the car park. Struggling to walk, he finally gets to his car, takes him 3 goes to get the keys into the ignition, reverses into the car park wall and drives straight through the boom gate. Realizing his wife is at home waiting for him, a decides to drive as fast as possible, swerving across the road erratically. A police car see’s this and pulls him over. The copper asks the man “mate do you know how fast you were going?” The man replies “How the fuck would I know, I’ve just had 27 drinks.”

A rabbi, a sheik and a priest all walk into a bar together holding hands singing “hari-krishna.” The bartender says to them “what is this some kind of bad joke?”

A penguin walks into a bar and with a sense of urgency asks the bar man “sir have you seen my brother, he’s missing and I can’t find him” to which the bar man replies “what does he look like?”

A man walks into a bar, and furiously yells ”all bouncer’s are assholes!!!” A man at the end of the bar stands up, slams his drink on the bar and yells “you better fucking take that back.” Shocked, the man says “why, are you a bouncer?” to which he replies “no… I’m an asshole.”

A cop is staking out a bar for drunk drivers. At closing time, he sees a guy stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and fumble for his keys for five minutes. Meanwhile, everybody else leaves the bar and drives off. When he finally pulls away, the cop is waiting for him, pulls him over, and gives him a Breathalyzer test. The test shows he has a blood alcohol level of 0.0. The cop says, How is this possible? The guy says “I’m the designated decoy”

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10 Ways To Lose Weight

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Interests

According to latest figures from the National Health Survey in 2007-08, men are more likely to be overweight than women, with 68 percent of men now being classified overweight or obese compared with 55 percent for women.

Unfortunately many overweight men don’t recognize their beer gut as a problem, with around 44 percent perceiving themselves as being an ‘acceptable weight’.

Being overweight increases the likelihood of many lifestyle problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, many of which are preventable via healthy eating and exercise.

Weight that’s around the middle – the apple shape or beer gut that’s typical of men’s weight distribution – poses another health problem. It puts men at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes than women with their pear shape. This abdominal fat is much more metabolically active than weight on hips and thighs as it enters the main circulation far more quickly and sends up your cholesterol or blood sugars.

On the plus side, abdominal fat is much easier to shift, so once a man makes up his mind to eat less and move more, his weight loss efforts are rewarded much more quickly than most women’s.

What weight to aim for?

Use one of these weight measures as a goal for a healthy weight for yourself:

1. Waist circumference

Run a tape measure around your waist at the largest part. Aim for a waist girth that’s less than 102 cm (40 inches) or 95cm (38 inches) if you’re of Asian descent.

2. Body Mass Index (BMI)

Work out your weight in kilograms and your height in meters. Divide your weight by your height squared. Your BMI should be less than 25. This applies to men over 18.

Top 10 diet-wise steps for men

Forget the fads and supplements. Follow the basics and the weight will come off steadily.

1. Aim to halve your alcohol intake. That male beer gut is not a myth – alcohol is a big contributor to kilojoules (calories). Stick to 1 or 2 glasses of red wine a night, trade down to light or low-carb beer, intersperse a mineral water or soft drink when you’re out.

2. Keep portions modest. Unless you’re working out or in training, aim for no more than 200g meat or chicken or 300g fish. Don’t go back for seconds.

3. Fill your plate with more vegetables or salad; cut back on potato, pasta and rice. A large baked/boiled potato or a cup of pasta/rice is ample for most men. Easy veggies for men to cook are tomatoes (also good for prostate health), broccoli, peas (frozen as nutritious as fresh), corn cobs, mushrooms and onions (good to barbecue along with the steak).

4. Steer clear of fast food with its super-sizes and artery-clogging saturated and trans fats. Filled rolls eg Subway, plain burgers, BBQ chicken, sushi rolls and Asian stir-fries with vegetables are usually healthier choices (but not always – it depends on the outlet). Say No to chips.

5. Swap white bread for wholegrain; trade in frosted flakes for high-fibre or oats options. These fill you up and stick with you for longer for the same kilojoules.

6. Look for the high-fibre option when you can in breakfast cereals, soups, cracker biscuits, vegetable sticks instead of crackers.

7. Buy fruit you can eat on the run without having to peel like cherries, grapes or blueberries. Or dice up 4 or 5 different fruits and make up tubs of fruit salad to take to work or have ready as a snack when you get hungry.

8. When dining out, skip entree and order fish or steak as your main. Make sure you ask for vegetables or salad. Avoid rich creamy sauces and gravy. Don’t feel you have to clean your plate.

9. Don’t skip breakfast. A pizza or a danish later in the morning adds more kilojoules than a simple bowl of wholegrain cereal with milk.

10. Get moving. Walk the dog with the kids, find a walking buddy in your street to meet up with twice a week, swim laps or in the ocean, join the local gym. Tip: write in two classes a week into your diary so you don’t forget. Notch up 30 minutes of brisk exercise every day.

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What is a good fat for your body

Jul 13 2010 Published by under Featured,General Interest,Thoughts

It’s always been drilled into our heads that fat is bad and we should avoid it at all costs. But some kinds of fat can actually lower your cholesterol and improve your health. But what kinds of fats are they and how can we incorporate them into our diets? Here’s a quick breakdown of each type of fat you’ll find in your food.

Monounsaturated Fats

Good or bad?

Good.

Why?

Monounsaturated fats are healthy because they not only lower your LDL cholesterol levels (the bad kind), but they may also raise your HDL cholesterol levels (the good kind).

Where are they found?

You can find monounsaturated fats in many kinds of oil, including olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, corn oil, avocado oil, tea seed oil, grape seed oil, and more. You can also find them in avocados, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios. Some whole grains contain monounsaturated fats, as well.

Polyunsaturated Fats

Good or bad?

Good.

Why?

Polyunsaturated fats can help lower your LDL cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. In addition, they often provide your body with important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Where are they found?

Polyunsaturated fats are found in oily fish, such as salmon and trout. Fish oil supplements contain polyunsaturated fats, as well. Besides fish oil, you’ll find these kinds of fats in sunflower oil, corn oil, and soybean oil, amongst others. Some foods that contain monounsaturated fats also contain polyunsaturated fats, such as nuts and other oils.

Saturated fats

Good or bad?

Bad.

Why?

Saturated fats raise your LDL cholesterol levels, which can result in heart disease or stroke. Correlations between saturated fat and some types of cancer have been reported, as well.

Where are they found?

Saturated fats are primarily found in animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and seafood. Some plant oils, namely coconut oil and palm oil, contain saturated fat, as well.

How can I avoid them?

If you regularly consume red meat, try to cut down your intake. You could change the way you eat meat, as well. If you usually fry your food, try grilling it instead. Also, avoid food that is covered in cheese or cream- based sauces. Pick broth or tomato-based sauces or soups instead, and use reduced-fat cheese in your cooking.

Trans fats

Good or bad?

Bad.

Why?

Trans fats are created when liquid oils are hydrogenated. This kind of fat is very dangerous because it not only raises your LDL cholesterol levels, but it also lowers your HDL cholesterol levels. This makes it a double threat. Higher LDL cholesterol levels can result in coronary heart disease, the number one killer in America. Trans fats have also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and infertility, but these correlations are still being researched.

Where are they found?

Because hydrogenated oils increase the shelf life of food products, you can find trans fats in many processed foods. You can find them in cookies, crackers, margarine, French fries, and pizza, amongst other foods. How can I avoid them? Read the labels on your food and try to avoid trans fats as much as possible. The American Heart Association says to limit the amount of trans fats you eat to less than 1 percent of your total daily calories. Also, do your best to cut back on the amount of processed or fried foods you consume.

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