Carbs & Weight Loss

Eating Carrots reducing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet is one of the best ways to lose weight.

It tends to reduce your appetite and cause “automatic” weight loss, without the need for calorie counting or portion control. This means that you can eat until fullness, feel satisfied and still lose weight.

Why Would You Want to do Low-Carb?

For the past few decades, the health authorities have recommended that we eat a calorie restricted, low-fat diet. The problem is that this diet doesn’t really work. Even when people manage to stick to it, they don’t see very good results.

An alternative that has been available for a long time is the low-carb diet. This diet restricts your intake of carbohydrates like sugars and starches (breads, pasta, etc.) and replaces them with protein and fat.
Studies show that low-carb diets reduce your appetite and make you eat fewer calories and lose weight pretty much effortlessly, as long as you manage to keep the carbs down.

In studies where low-carb and low-fat diets are compared, the researchers need to actively restrict calories in the low-fat groups to make the results comparable, but the low-carb groups still usually win.

Low-carb diets also have benefits that go way beyond just weight loss. They lower blood sugar, blood pressure and triglycerides. They raise HDL (the good) and improve the pattern of LDL (the bad) cholesterol.

Low-carb diets cause more weight loss and improve health much more than the calorie restricted, low-fat diet still recommended by the mainstream.

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Donuts are healthier than Bagels.

Donuts, even the plain kind, are perhaps one of the most fattening breakfast options available. However, that doesn’t stop millions of people from indulging in these sweet treats for breakfast. On the other hand, bagels can be considered a much more traditional breakfast food than donuts ever will be. But while bagels only seem healthier because they are not deep-fried like donuts, they are surprisingly unhealthy as a breakfast option (or as an option for any time of day) and may, in fact, even be unhealthier than donuts.

Health Issues With Donuts

Donuts are not ideal for breakfast because of their high calorie content and also their high carbohydrate content. Even as a snack, they are unhealthy, so your best course of action is to limit how many donuts you munch on. You can eat more donuts if you correspondingly increase your daily exercise in order to burn off all those extra calories and carbohydrates that you are taking in, but that is not realistic for most people due to the stresses of life. A typical donuts, such as a simple glazed donuts, already brings with it 229 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrates. Other, fancier types of donuts such as those with chocolate or filling will easily increase those totals by a significant margin.

Health Issues With Bagels

While bagels are generally a more traditional breakfast food than donuts, they are surprisingly unhealthy. They may be even worse than donuts in some nutritional aspects. Calorie-wise, you are basically just as bad off eating one bagel as you are eating one donut. For example, one basic, plain bagel has 215 calories, which is just a little bit better (but not significantly better) than the calories in one glazed donut. However, carbohydrate-wise, just one plain bagel takes a harder toll on you because it comes with 42 grams of carbohydrates. The real shocker about bagels is their extremely high content of sodium. Just one plain bagel can already account for a good chunk of your daily recommended intake value of sodium. A plain bagel carries with it an astounding 443 milligrams of sodium, and just a few bagels can already take you well beyond your daily intake recommendations for sodium.

Which is Healthier?

I asked Amy Goldenberg, Consumer Research Analyst, SurveyStud, Inc, between Donuts and Bagels, which is heathier, and these are her thoughts:

“Donuts are just a little bit healthier than bagels as a breakfast food. Based on two things: carbohydrates and sodium.”

While this can vary based on the type of donut that you have, carbohydrates and sodium are not as high in donut as they are in bagels. While bagels have, generally, fewer calories, they are worse for you in terms of carbohydrates and sodium content.

If you add additional things to your bagel–such as the ever-popular cream cheese spread–you will only add to the already higher amounts of both carbohydrates and sodium in your bagel.

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Prep & Treating Vaginal Odor

An offensive odor from the vagina is an ailment that many women suffer with and may be the cause of much embarrassment, especially during times of intimacy. Preventing vaginal odor is unavoidable but the presence of an offensive smell needs to be tackled as it may indicate other health related issues. In most cases, a ‘smelly vagina’ is harmless and proper hygiene will correct the problem.

The causes of vaginal odor may be a result of a number of factors that impact on the overall health of the affected area.

Vaginal infections (vaginitis) may result in a smelly vagina, typically the fishy odor from the vagina, that may occur as a result of a bacterial infection or even thrush. Typically, vaginal discharge may be noticed. Pain, burning and itching are other signs of a vaginal infection and if present with the sudden onset of a fishy odor, it should be further investigated by a doctor.

Things to note are:

– Poor hygiene of the vagina can also result in vaginal odor. Infrequent bathing or washing of the outer parts of the vagina, along with long and unkept pubic hair creates an environment for bacteria to thrive on the outside of the vagina. Coupled with perspiration, this will lead to vaginal odor.

– Frequent vaginal douching which may be performed to prevent vaginal odor can actually contribute to a smelly vagina. Douching kills normal bacteria that lives in the area thereby allowing ‘bad bacteria’ to invade the area and lead to vaginal infections and odor.

– Certain hormonal conditions, like pregnancy, during ovulation, oral contraceptives (the pill) or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), may cause excessive vaginal discharge which may be a contributing factor to an offensive vaginal odor.

– Fungal infections of the skin around the vagina may lead to a damp moist smell in the area.

– Allergic reactions may cause inflammation as a result of hypersensitivity to certain textiles in the underwear, cheaper tampons or sanitary pads as well as soap or body lotions used in the area. Inflammation may lead to vaginal discharge with an offensive odor.

– A fishy odor often occurring at the time of menstruation (periods) may be a result of the menses coupled with poor hygiene. Regular change of tampons or pads as well as proper bathing and good hygiene should be practiced during your periods.

– Certain sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) may also contribute to vaginal odor and should be treated immediately once noticed.

Now you know…

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Building (Personal) Self-Esteem

This morning lets discuss building “personal self-esteem.” I spoke with Amy Goldenberg, Consumer Research Analyst, SurveyStud, Inc, and she was able to provide data points from a 2015 survey conducted with 300 women between the ages of 16 – 47.

Based on the data self-esteem is not fueled by hope—“I’ll be successful any day now”—or by false beliefs—“I’m the greatest.” It’s fueled by authentic experiences of competence and ability, and well-deserved feedback. More so the data shows if those elements are lacking in your life, take action to bring them into your daily experience by demonstrating your abilities and opening yourself up to positive feedback (from yourself as well as from others) once you do this you can expect a positive change in your life.

So a few ways to Nourishing Personal Self-Esteem:

1. Avoid generic positive affirmations.

Positive affirmations are like empty calories. You can tell yourself you’re great but if you don’t really believe it, your mind will reject the affirmation and make you feel worse as a result. Affirmations only work when they fall within the range of believability, and for people with low self-esteem, they usually don’t.

2. Identify areas of authentic strength or competency.

To begin building personal self-esteem, you have to identify what you’re good at, what you do well, or what you do that other people appreciate. It can be something small; truth is a single small step in the right direction, can provide emotional nourishment.

3. Demonstrate ability.

Once you’ve identified an area of strength, find ways to demonstrate it–show it off like its a super power. If you’re a good bowler, join a bowling league. If you’re a good writer, post an essay to a blog. If you’re a good planner, organize the family reunion. Engage in the things you do well.

4. Learn to tolerate positive feedback.

When personal self-esteem is low we become resistant to compliments. Work on accepting compliments graciously (a simple “thank you” is sufficient). Hard as it might feel to do so, especially at first, being able to receive compliments is very important for those seeking to nourish their self-esteem.

5. Self-affirm.

Once you’ve demonstrated your ability, allow yourself to feel good about it, proud, satisfied, or pleased with yourself. Self-affirmations are specifically crafted positive messages we can give ourselves based on our true strengths (e.g., I’m a fantastic cook). Realize it is not arrogant to feel proud of the things you are actually good at, whatever they are, as when your self-esteem is low, every ounce of emotional nourishment helps.

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Dating Women That Overthink

Being a woman who overthinks absolutely everything is no cake walk. You analyze every tiny detail from the time you wake up in the morning until you get back into bed at night and try (in vain) to shut your brain down so you can get some sleep. Here’s what it’s like for those of us who just can’t help but overanalyze every single thing about the guys we’re seeing.

1. HIS TEXT MESSAGES ARE HEAVILY DISSECTED.

Whenever we get a text from a guy, we’re always trying to read between the lines for an underlying message. It’s a constant question of, “What does this mean?” and yes, we even try to understand why you used that emoji at the end of the message. Sometimes we even screenshot messages to ask our girlfriends to weigh in because we can’t help but welcome some outside interpretation.

2. NOT GETTING A RESPONSE DRIVES US NUTS.

If we don’t receive a response for long periods of time, we immediately start to doubt his feelings, intentions, and behavior. “Maybe he doesn’t like me. Maybe his phone died. Maybe he got into an accident. What if he read it and didn’t respond on purpose? Why would he do that?” Just try to keep us in the loop — even the most minor details help.

3. WE LIKE A GUY WHO’LL TAKE CHARGE.

Nothing is more frustrating to us than having to be the decision-makers in our dating lives because we’re already exhausted from overanalyzing everything else in between. It’d be great if you could plan the dates and not make us pick the restaurant. It’ll save us an hour of Google, Yelp searching and reading through reviews and menus before we’ve even stepped out of our front door.

4. WE HATE DATING GAMES.

It’s especially bothersome when we encounter the “wait three days to call” guy or the “act cool and don’t talk about how we feel” guy. We would rather you call us the next day if you had a great time or just tell us straight up if you’re not feeling it.

5. WE LIKE TO BE HIGHLY ORGANIZED BECAUSE IT KEEPS US SANE.

We like to have our lives mapped out as much as we can. Not because we’re control freaks, but because it prevents us from spinning into an unnecessary thought cycle. We’ve probably got a 5- and 10-year plan because quite frankly, we’ve thought about it tons. We’re list makers, calendar keepers and like to keep our lives figuratively and literally as tidy as we can.

6. WE ACTUALLY ENJOY SPONTANEITY.

Even though we’re highly organized, we actually do love spur of the moment things. Sometimes we just like to get out of our own heads a little. Sometimes we just have too many thoughts and ideas, so it’s nice when someone else plans for us.

7. WE APOLOGIZE WITH TRUE SINCERITY.

If we ever apologize to you for anything, understand it’s a very calculated apology and we wholeheartedly mean it — if we didn’t mean it, we wouldn’t say it. There’s no need to keep pointing out where we went wrong, we’ve already overanalyzed that part a hundred times and don’t need to keep being reminded of it.

8. THE MORE DETAILS WE HAVE, THE MORE CONTENT WE WILL BE.

Overthinkers love the details. We’re a little bit obsessed with them. From knowing clearly what you mean when you say something to how you act when you’re around us, we like to be in the complete know. It might seem like we’re a bit complicated, and that’s probably true, but we really do appreciate the simplicity of straightforwardness, and more importantly, someone who can handle a chronic overthinker.

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Women Don’t Want To Be Rescued

“…Just move into my house, share my bed and help me raise my children.”

Is looking for a partner with an admirable career a sign of a “rescue fantasy” in thousands of women, or is just common sense to want a competent, courageous, well-paid partner?

A recent survey from SurveyStud, Inc revealed that the two most desired careers for potential mates of New York City women are “firefighter” and “Wall Street executive.” 

Your friends at SurveyStud chalk this up to a Cinderella complex. Women, by their line of thinking are so dissatisfied with their/our lives that we spend our days pining for that valiant hero to sweep us off our feet and ride us off into the “you don’t have to work anymore!” sunset.

On HuffingtonPost, Jessica Pearce Rotondi thinks it’s not so clear-cut—or at least not so pathetic. “Given the current economic climate,” she says, “The desire for sudden deliverance is more understandable than ever.” Women are still under-earning men and, in a period of job creation over the last year that netted 1.3 million jobs, only 10% of them went to the girls. At work that’s a problem.

Another interesting finding during the survey is the majority of married working moms shoulder more than 75% of parenting work and household chores nearly 80% of them are resentful towards their partners as a result.

These are women who say they bring home 50% or more of their household income.

Is it any surprise, then, that single women dreaming of the perfect mate would name professions that seem brave, trustworthy, physically fit, upwardly mobile, helpful, competent, supportive, oh-god-uniform sexy…?

I digress.

The point here, is that everyone fantasizes about the ideal. That’s the difference between McDreamy and the real guy in your life. For that, we’re looking for a partner: one we can trust to share life equally with, from paychecks to bartabs to missing-sock-finding and dirty-diaper-changing. He may be a math teacher. He may be a journalist or a customer service rep at the phone company.

But while we’re talking ideals, we’re gonna go ahead and make him a firefighter. It can’t hurt.

And it certainly doesn’t make us Cinderellas.

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Women cringe at the word: Moist

Say the word “moist” in front of a woman, any woman, and she’ll cringe while announcing her hatred of the word. The word moist is like the Jennifer Love Hewitt of the English language — every woman despises it but none can clearly explain why.

Amy Goldenberg, Consumer Research Analyst, SurveyStud, Inc was asked about a research study to get to the bottom of the vitriol for such a harmless word.

Twenty-one percent of the people in the study had an aversion to the unloved word. It turns out that the sounds don’t have much to do with that effect. Similar-sounding words, such as “foist,” did not generate the same reaction. Because those words also put your facial muscles in similar positions, we can also discount the disgust-facial expression theory.

So what about the meaning? Well, people found “moist” most aversive when it follows an unrelated, pleasant word, such as “paradise.” There seems to be a contrast effect going on here. “Moist” seems bad when following “paradise” but not when following a really negative word, like a racial slur. “Moist” also didn’t seem so unpleasant when it followed words related to food, such as “cake.” In contrast, it provoked the most negative reactions when preceded by overtly sexual words (use your imagination). These results show that reminding people of certain meanings of “moist” can affect one’s disgust reaction to it.

Further analysis showed that “moist”-averse people also tend to dislike related words, such as “damp” and “wet,” showing further support for the idea that it’s the meaning, not the sound, of the word that’s setting people off. “Moist”-averse people also tended to have more general disgust reactions to bodily functions, suggesting that it’s the connotations with bodily functions and sex that sets people off.

Here were the findings, summed up by the good folks over at Nautilus.

–  They gave participants a set of words and asked them to rate how, whether, and to what degree, each word made them uncomfortable.

–  They gave participants a set of words and asked them to rate how, whether, and to what degree, each word made them uncomfortable.

–  Can we go back and discuss the “moist followed by a racial slur” part because I’m dying to know what slurs they used in the study. Any slur I can think of sounds more hilarious than offensive.

So basically, half of the people hated the meaning of the word and the other half hated the sound of the word. Overall, people just love to hate on moist. Moist don’t care. It will still show up on cake mix boxes and in episodes of Barefoot Contessa. She tosses around moist like it’s a racial slur, too.

Now that we’ve got the whole moist thing wrapped up, ask your girl why she hates the word panties. And then ask her how she feels about the term “moist panties.” Watch her almost vomit.