Monday, July 23, 2007

JULY 23, 2007

You want to lose a huge amount of weight, run the Comrades and never smoke again. Let's get real here. Start by avoiding these things today.

Caffeine overload.
By all means have a cup or two, but don't have six or seven. That could be problematic, as it dehydrates you and could send your blood pressure skyhigh. Watch out for fizzy drinks, as they also sometimes contain loads of caffeine. So does tea, for that matter.

No seatbelt.
Wearing your seatbelt costs nothing, could save your life and might spare you a traffic fine. It takes about three seconds to click it into place. Let's face it, if you're in an accident, having the seatbelt crease your linen shirt is infinitely preferable to having a fractured skull.

Not a drop to drink.
Often when you feel hungry, you are actually thirsty. Don't forget to drink a few glasses of water today. Dehydration can actually cause fatigue and depression. Have a large jug of water on your desk and drink from it regularly.

Getting mugged.
Don't draw money from dodgy ATMs in deserted areas. Go to ATMs inside shops. Don't carry a purse or cellphone in your hand and be on the lookout for muggers when you get in and out of your car. Always walk purposefully and, if possible, not on your own.

Losing your temper.
When you lose your temper, your blood pressure shoots up and your energy resources are drained. If you lose your temper once in three months, OK, but if it is a daily thing, you need to look at your anger management skills. Do you take life too seriously? Do you make too many things your problem? What's it really to you if someone at work used your coffee cup? Keep your energy for really important things.

Headache blues.
We all get these from time to time, but have them checked out if they're becoming a constant daily companion. It could be caused by stress, by failing eyesight, by diet. Find out what it is. Make sure you always have a few painkillers at work, as there is nothing worse than feeling really grim just before your big presentation.

Missing appointments.
Keep a diary – your life is busy and you cannot remember everything. Missing appointments creates a huge amount of stress in your life – especially if it is with the only dentist you don't have a phobia about. Write these things down in a central and accessible place. Cancel well in advance if you can't make it.

Being used by others.
Others can only use us with our consent. If we are doing things for others that they should be doing for themselves, we are not doing them a favor either. Why are we so eager to please? Are we scared people won't like us if we decline to do the runaround for them? Learn to say no – it could be the most liberating experience.

Doing the couch potato thing.
It is very tempting, after a hard day's work to do the slouch-on-the-couch thing. But in the long run, it's not very good for you. Try and get out there – even if it's just for a brisk 20-minute walk round the block.

Eating junk food.
Remember that the first syllable of convenience foods is 'con'. Yes, you fill up your stomach with pies and burgers and chips, but they don't provide you with much nutrition, while their high calorie content increases your waistline and the fat in them clogs up your arteries.

Nutritionists say these foods have strong links to disease prevention and a wealth of nutrients that it makes sense to eat them every day.

--Oranges (or orange juice): A great source of folic acid, fiber, antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C, and anti-cancer compounds flavonoids and carotenoids.

--Dark Leafy Greens: Full of anti-cancer compounds, vitamins and minerals. Contains folic acid to help prevent neural-tube birth defects, antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C, fiber, and anti-cancer compounds beta-carotene and lutein. Try spinach, collard greens, kale, turnip greens.

--Bran Cereal (or other rich source of wheat bran): Prevents constipation, is a potent anti-cancer agent, prevents polyps, may fight breast cancer by diminishing estrogen supplies.

--Yogurt (low fat, with live cultures): Supplies calcium to prevent osteoporosis, boosts immune function, fights bacteria, has anti-cancer properties, may prevent yeast infections.

--Soy: Contains phyto-estrogens that may help relieve hot flashes and fight osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, anti-cancer activity may be antagonistic to breast cancer, source of high-quality protein. Eat as tofu, tempeh, soymilk or boiled soybeans.

Feeling too fat today? Once you hear about MANUEL URIBE, you'll hopefully feel better about yourself.

According to, the 41-year old Mexican is officially the world's fattest man. The folks from Guinness certified Manuel's current weight at a whopping 1,234-pounds.
As fat as that sounds, Manuel recently lost 440-pounds! When he wanted to leave home to celebrate that milestone, he couldn't. So Guinness stopped by his place instead, awarding him a glass plaque.

Ironically, on top of being the 2008 record holder for fatness, Manuel might also set a record for most-weight-lost. See what a half-ton human looks like HERE.

The five jobs men hold that women find the most attractive...

1) athlete
2) fireman
3) doctor
4) architect
5) model

That's according to women polled by FastLife, a singles event service.