The Diet Solution – Oatmeal Vs Cheerios

Do you want to lose weight? Don’t skip breakfast!

A good nutritious breakfast is essential to healthy living and weight management. Should you include oats in your breakfast?

What are the healthiest breakfast cereals?

The U.S. FDA ruled in 1998 that labels on foods that contain soluble fiber from whole oats (oat bran, oat flour and rolled oats) can include the health claim that these foods may reduce the risk of heart disease as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

According to Wikipedia, oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain, resulting in slower digestion and an extended sensation of fullness. One type of soluble fiber, beta-glucan, has been proven to help lower cholesterol.

So if oats are good for you, should you eat oatmeal or toasted oat cereal?

Toasted Oat Cereal

A top brand of toasted oat cereal makes this health claim on its web site: “Eating (this brand of toasted oats) each day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can help lower your cholesterol, and that could help reduce your risk of heart disease.”

That brand’s web site says that it is —

  • made from whole grain oats
  • has no artificial colors or flavors.
  • has only one gram of sugar for each little “o”
  • low in fat
  • no saturated fat
  • naturally cholesterol free
  • an excellent source of folic acid
  • good source of fiber.

This top toasted oat cereal brand is among the “healthiest breakfast cereals” asserts one online author. She cites the fiber content, the vitamins and minerals, the micronutrients of this brand.

But not everyone agrees that this toasted oat brand is good for you. One nutritionist claims that eating processed grains, especially in the form of cereal can actually make your cholesterol go up. Toasted oats has 1 gram of soluble fiber per serving. You can get 2 grams of soluble fiber from an apple, 3 grams from broccoli and carrots, and more than 4 grams from kidney beans.

She believes that processed cereals packaged in a box are not healthy. To be stable on the shelves of food stores, the cereals have to be processed often with chemicals and fillers. She says ditch the cereal and substitute wholesome. natural foods like fruits and veggies.

Rolled oats oatmeal:

Rather than ditch cereal, try oatmeal. It is a less-processed oat product as compared to toasted oat cereal. Choose rolled oatsf oatmeal. You get the demonstrated health benefits of oats without the high glycemic effect of carbohydrates in toasted oat cereals made with flours.

To be specific, the top brand of toasted oats has a glycemic index (GI) rating of 74 and a glycemic load (GL) of 12 versus old fashioned rolled oats, which have a GI of 46 and GL of 9. Lower GI and GL ratings indicate that a food has less impact on blood sugar levels.

Take a bowl of rolled oats oatmeal, add some water, heat in a microwave oven, add skimmed milk, fruit and nuts — Walla, you have a good-tasting, healthy breakfast dish.

Dieting Motivation – Slinky Hipsters to Self-Confidence, What Keeps You From Ditching the Diet?

You tried to lose weight, made it but like lots of others, you started out fine but then lost some of that “steam” along the way and had trouble getting motivated again.

Every one of us struggles with staying motivated and reaching our goals. Just look around you – how many of your friends go on diets, lose weight, and then gain it back again!

Obviously dieting motivation isn’t strong enough to hold you and them “in place”……

This is because in real life, changing or making a new start on something, no matter how small, is no small feat.

But it’s do-able. With the right approach, you can definitely do it.

The right approach to dieting, that is.

Here we go:

1. Turn Around Your Mentality On Why You Hate Dieting

Boring, no fun – because you got to be careful with what you eat all the time

Pain – because you got to forgo all your favorite foods

Starvation – because you got to eat small portions and “starve” yourself

Very inconvenient – because you can’t eat out; can’t drink; can’t eat to your heart’s content…..

Don’t hate dieting. It’s not the subject of your hatred here. What you need to do is to turn around these “hatred” into something positive by…..

2. Facing The Truth

a. Dieting is a whole lot less boring than being fat

Ah…..when you go on a diet, you need to change your eating habits. This change can be uncomfortable and you wish you could skip it instead…..

But have you thought of it this way?

-That it’s a lot more fun than carrying extra weight around in your body that spoils your health and body shape?

-That it’s a lot more fun than having fat thighs? Fat legs? Love handles? Belly fat?

-That it’s a lot more fun than always having to hide your body in XXL T-shirts and pants?

b. Dieting is less torturous than having a fat body

With the craze now for a slim body, being fat can turn you into a “sore thumb” that stands out in any crowd. You feel like an “outcast” and a “socially disadvantaged” person because of your larger size……

I’m not trying to be sarcastic here – which is more tolerable? Dieting? Fat Body?

You decide.

c. Dieting does not equal to starving yourself

It doesn’t mean you eat less; it means to eat healthily and differently.

It sure doesn’t mean you eat very tiny portions or you go on a hungry pang, so as to cut down your calories.

What it means is this – that you choose not to eat high-calorie, high-fat junk food, but eat instead lots of less fattening food; foods that’re well-balanced in nutrients and that promote weight loss – whole grains, high fiber, rich protein and good fats. That you dig into plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water too.

d. Between fat and dieting, which one is “easier”?

Consider these situations:

  • Search shops upon shops for some clothings that fit?
  • Always have to frequent your doc because of your weight-related health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol?
  • Always feel tired and exhausted?
  • Very conscious of your weight and body shape?
  • Feel shy to show off your body?
  • Feel left out by friends?
  • Feel awkward and clumsy?

3. Now You Have A Reality Check

Hey! Being Fat isn’t a sin, a curse or a wrong even…..

It’s normally down to 2 culprits: lack of exercise and over-eating.

Trouble is, after you’ve been fat for a while it’s easy to fall into this thinking trap: “Dieting and exercise don’t work for me”.

Well, you better believe that the tried and true combo of exercise and eating healthy works for you because it works, unless you’ve a medical condition that interrupts with your weight loss.

4. Don’t Be Mistaken That Thin = Happiness But…..

Yes, being thin, it would bring you health but it won’t bring you happiness.

You still have a louzy job.

Your bills still keep rolling in, waiting for you to pay.

Family problems, children’s college education; nasty boss; back-stabbing colleagues…..They’re still there for you….

But you would feel wonderful because you’ve gained self-confidence – in how you look; how your body shape entices envious stares from people; how you feel so sexy in your tight-hugging jeans……And you’re full of energy and optimism.

Whatever problems you’ve, they all seem insignificant and more tolerable.

5. The Down Fall?

When you look for a short-cut to lose weight.

The idea that there’s a short-cut somewhere to lose weight kills your motivation pronto because you’ll always go half-heartedly in your own effort believing there’s a short-cut way to make up for what you don’t achieve.

The “sad” truth is – there’s no short-cut. Period.

Exercise and eating healthy diet is the way to go.

From Modesty To Bare Nothings: Ditching The Undies Revolution Part 1 of 4

“What has been the fashion once will come into fashion again…” Japanese proverb

Women are extremely self-conscious of their bodies, especially after having been married for years and bearing two or three children. Many become genuinely depressed when they glimpse themselves in the mirror and realize how much weight they have gained. What they see is harsh reality, a reflection of lumped, rolling flesh. Breasts are now fuller, butts appear larger, and cellulite thighs have the appearance of bubble wrap. Their self-esteem becomes even more deflated when they compare their bodies to the younger, more beautiful women showing off their shapely figures in their hubby’s supply of Playboy’s. How will she ever hold his interest in the bedroom and keep him from straying with that competition? She has to cook, clean, raise children, do laundry and hold her share of the financial burden. Now she needs a complete make-over to become a sex object for his pleasure? Is he worth it?

Some may subject themselves to a regimented routine of exercise and diet in an attempt to regain their youthful 18 year-old figure, while others try so hard but can’t seem to get past first base. However, there are countless men who are quite satisfied with their well-endowed woman, grateful for her sumptuous flesh, while others prefer a much leaner woman. How a man makes a woman feel about her body during sexual intercourse can either increase or destroy her self-esteem. This will also reflect in the way she dresses. If her sex life is a disappointment, she will see herself as undesirable, which will make her hate her body more. By virtue of her modesty she will expose less of it. Standards of modesty not only discourage exposure of the intimate parts of the woman’s body, they also obscure her shape by convincing her to wear non form-fitting clothing. On the other hand, if her partner says after a moment of sexual passion that she was hot and steamy in bed, she will flaunt her sexuality, to the point of immodesty.

Ah, the naughty word immodesty, or is it to be the other way around? These days, there is an overwhelming tendency of women who exhibit more flesh than ever, the less they wear the better. Whereas, if a naive woman behaves or dresses in a modest way, she is criticized by others as being “sexually repressed” or labeled a prude.

Design companies in the United States have capitalized on this “immodest” trend by making their products as beautiful and seductive as they can, thus tempting men to imagine what women look like beneath their clothes. Frederick’s of Hollywood and Victoria’s Secrets have morphed into a multi-billion dollar industry, creating exotic panties, lingerie and breast enhancers that have a lot of extra push-up packing for female fans. These sexy items bring out the sensuality in women, thus tempting many a godly man in a moment of weakness to fall from grace. Designers are the ones that have encouraged modest women to become immodest. Most of the malls now have stores that cater to preteens, teens and college-age customers, enticing them using the word “Sexy,” in ads that say: “Sexy and Cool” or “Smart, Modern and Sexy.”

But underwear didn’t begin as a sexy advertisement for the female body or did it? In this engaging 4 part article, we examine the history of the evolution of underwear, from its prudish, functional beginnings all the way through the sexual revolution of the 20th century and into today’s world, where underwear can even be a see through edible sex toy.

Modest women over the centuries have evoked man’s respect, yet today women have managed to do very well for themselves without giving a hoot what men think about them or the way they dress. However, immodest dressing may have its negative consequences because it can be distracting. Provocative clothing not only distracts but also puts an incredible amount of pressure on teenagers to keep their weight down unnaturally, through anorexia and bulimia, so they can see themselves in that sexy bikini, G-string or thong. These seductive garments only encourage further indecent behaviors such as “butt grabbing” which can lead to other forms of sexual abuse. Immodesty has encouraged extra-marital affairs and promiscuous sex as men are visually sexually stimulated. Indecent dressing not only creates an erotic impact, but it can also stimulate a man’s sexual desire to the point that they will commit rape. Just seeing busty cleavage or a figure hugging piece of clothing or underwear lines through a pair of tight-fitting jeans can sexually arouse any man, which doesn’t seem to take long.

So now I’m wondering, when did modesty become so shameless? Remembering that idea, let’s take a backwards glance at the history of lingerie as it has emerged over the last few centuries, evolving inevitably “From modesty towards bare nothings” into what it is today, “Ditching the Undies Revolution.”

Before going into this vast subject matter, I want to direct attention to the fact that, although I am a researcher and a historian who always has her head buried in books, I do detach myself sometimes to observe and make note of current issues that are reflected in the today’s world. However, as a modern philosophically mature woman, I assure you that I do feel comfortable discussing just about anything, and I do mean anything, whether or not I agree. Therefore, during this study I may have to take a bold approach in describing parts of the body and the use of certain underwear items.

Aside from trying to understand the complexity of people’s thoughts and actions in modern America, there is still a part of me that yearns for the past, a nostalgic desire for what once existed. Maybe for this reason I am fascinated by and drawn to the Victorian Era, with its pervasive influence and coexistence with the Modern World. People who lived during this time experienced a life quite different from that of today. It was a remarkable era of romance, inhibitions, etiquette, modesty and feminism of dress. In part 2 we examine the beginnings of women’s underwear in an era of sexual repression, examining the passion killer underwear that existed at the time, which will get you up to speed for parts 3 and 4 that examine the evolution of underwear into the sexy accoutrement it is today.