How To Spot a Quality Heel

When it comes to my purchases I need to make sure it is worth every penny, because spending money on poor quality items is a major let down. So, today, we wanted to provide you with some solid tips for buying quality shoes.

TIP 1- WEAR YOUR real SHOE SIZE
If you are an 8 ½, wear an 8 ½, and not an 8. Don’t focus on the number think about how you would look after a couple of hours in that too small shoe. Your face would be a lot happier if your feet were. Get your size! Plus you won’t have to stretch them out which extends the life of your shoe also.

TIP 2- LOOK AT HOW THE SOLE IS ATTACHED TO THE SHOE.
If the sole is stitched on, make sure the stitches are even and look secure. If it’s glued on, check to make sure that there is no space around the edges where the sole could start to peel off. You want a bottom that’s seamless and isn’t going anywhere.

More expensive shoes are usually sewn to the sole, hand-stitching, or more likely machine stitching is more time consuming.

TIP 3- PAY ATTENTION TO THE LINING.
In high-quality shoes, the insole lining is usually made of leather, not a synthetic material, and goes all the way around the inside of the shoe. If the shoe only has padding on the bottom but not the sides (that’s where people get confused on stretching their shoes if it doesn’t have a full leather insole it’s not going anywhere).

TIP 4- MATERIAL MATTERS.
The leather is the most popular material for high heels. Make sure that you buy shoes that aren’t made out of synthetic fibers like nylon or plastic. These will be extremely uncomfortable after a few wears, and won’t last nearly as long.

Also, with non-leather shoes, they don’t allow your feet to breathe so you will more likely slip out of your shoes because of the moisture wrapped inside the shoe.

SOMETHING ELSE TO NOTE:
Manufacturers put a stiffening agent in the heel area or the counter of the shoe, so it retains its shape. The stiff nature of the heel makes it a prime spot for friction and blisters. If you have leather shoes, they will be more pliable and allow your feet to move with the shoe instead of a plastic shoe that doesn’t move with the foot. It forces it to stay in place.

TIP 5- A QUALITY HIGH HEEL WILL BE SECURELY ATTACHED.
Look to see if it is reinforced with double stitching and the stitching will not be visible to the naked eye. Make sure your shoes are tight. Take a good look at the sole before you take it to the cashier. All the embellishments need to be as secure on the shoe also. If you see the stitching, make sure it is quality all around the shoe. Otherwise, the adornment will fall off and then your sole will separate.

TIP 6- HIGH QUALITY HIGH HEEL SHOES HAVE LEATHER HEELS AND WILL HAVE A RUBBER OR NYLON TOP PIECE LOCATED AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE HEEL.
A leather heel aids in the overall structural design of the shoe and will make you feel secure when walking in them. Unlike high-quality heels, a low-quality heel will be made of plastic. When you walk in the plastic heels, they will feel unstable. If you do spot a shoe that has a plastic heel avoid it at all costs. The $40 heel is so cute and affordable, but when you get the corns or the heel breaks on you, you’ll wish you got the better shoe.

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Healthy, Healing Comfort Food You Will Love

What food makes you feel comforted and satisfied? Is it cookies? Ice Cream? Mashed potatoes? Or maybe just Macaroni and Cheese. How about all of the above? Yum!

You can have most any comfort food that tastes just as rich and delicious, and is just as satisfying as the traditional version or even more, but in its healthiest, even healing, form. How is that possible? Simply substitute ingredients that will create a similar look and texture, but with even more flavor. For example, if your favorite comfort food recipe starts with butter, use ghee, or clarified butter. You can find it in the international section of nearly every health food store, or on-line. If you’re very industrious, you can make your own.

In place of sugar, use whole leave stevia extract (health store or on-line), which can actually help the pancreas, from what I hear. How to get it to taste more like sugar? Add fruit to the recipe. For example, baking a cake with unsweetened apple sauce plus stevia.

Need to replace an unhealthy thickener? Use the same amount of Kuzu Root or Arrowroot powder. Kuzu root is said to be good for the stomach.

Use mineral-rich salts such as pink Himalayan Sea Salt or red Hawaiian salt. Yummy flavors!

Replace cow’s milk products with goat milk, or for vegans, use coconut milk for sweet recipes, and cashew cream for savory (soak cashews in water till they absorb it all and blend in blender).

Pasta-lovers try this for a change -julienned zucchini, which actually has a bit of flavor, as opposed to pasta, which tastes completely bland by itself. See recipe below for ideas.

Of course you should always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns at all.

Mac and Cheese for All!

Ingredients Per Person:

1 cup combination green and/or yellow zucchini, cut into “macaroni” size slices (julienne-style- thick)

¼ teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Kuzu or Arrowroot powder (health store)

1 Tablespoon purified Water

1 teaspoon Ghee (clarified butter- health store), OR Butter, OR for vegans, High Heat Oil of choice

½ cup grated Cheddar or other Cheese of choice. I recommend goat cheddar for healing ingredient. For Vegans/ dairy-free, use Almond Cheese or other of choice.

Directions:

1. Sautee’ Zucchini in Ghee or Oil, adding Salt. (Medium heat)

2. Melt Kuzu in Water while Zucchini cooks.

3. When Zucchini cooked to your liking, add grated Cheese, stirring while it melts.

4. Add Kuzu/Water mix and stir quickly until it thickens.

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Successful Diets

Successful Diets and Why Most Diets are Doomed to Failure

Is there a reason why some people go on successful diets while the majority are doomed to failure? The reason most diets are doomed to failure at the outset could be because of a simple mistake. This simple mistake is made by millions of people worldwide; millions of people, who have no idea why they struggle, week after week, while others seem to do well and achieve their goals.

No doubt you’ve been there, we probably all have. I was one of those people who made this simple mistake, the mistake that stopped me from losing any significant, or meaningful, weight without a gargantuan struggle. It wasn’t until I understood, really understood, the very literal way the subconscious mind, the part that runs our body, reacts to the way we think and speak, that I stopped making it.

If you’ve ever been on a successful diet in the past you somehow avoided making the mistake and that’s why you succeeded. Then, if you put the weight back on again, and most people do, and you went back on the original successful diet, only to find it didn’t work this time, you made the simple mistake.

The Simple Mistake that Stops Successful Diets in their Tracks

So, what is the simple mistake made by millions of unsuspecting dieters? The simple mistake they make is, they ‘go on a diet,’ or, ‘start a diet’ and when they ‘go on a diet’ that’s what they get, ‘a diet.’ What is a diet? Everyone who has ever been on a diet or on lots of diets knows what a diet is for them; this information is already downloaded into their subconscious mind.

For most people diets are hard, they comprise deprivation, calorie counting and denial. When you go ‘on a diet’ you will get all of that, and whatever else a diet means to you, and that may be all you’ll get, because going on a diet is as foolish as going on a journey.

Imagine setting off in your car, ‘on a journey,’ without a destination? A journey means travelling and so you would, on this journey, just drive round and round. You’d have to fill up with fuel every so often and probably you’d sleep in the car. The journey would go on until you decided on a destination. However, the idea of anyone being foolish enough to do that is so bizarre that you cannot imagine any sane person setting off on a ‘journey.’

Going, ‘on a diet’ without a final destination is just a crazy, for the same reason going on a journey without a destination is mad. When you get up to go somewhere, you have to have a destination in mind, don’t you? Even if it’s just the kitchen or the toilet you are going to, you have to direct your actions. That’s why, simply going ‘on a diet’ is utter madness yet that is what hundreds of thousands of otherwise intelligent people are doing, worldwide, every day.

On their ‘diet’ they turn down cake and treats, they count calories, cut out carbs, and increase exercise and then, when the diet doesn’t work they tell themselves they lack the willpower needed to succeed. Yet, what if, just what if, it wasn’t so much the lack of willpower but the lack of a final destination that was creating the problem? Your subconscious mind will take you unerringly towards the focus of you attention, if your attention is on ‘diet,’ then ‘diet’ it is.

You’ll never get slim by going on a ‘diet’ but you may get slim if you ‘diet’ to reach your goal of your ideal size and weight and that’s what successful dieters do.

I help people to create their final destination and give them tools to keep it in mind, and keep walking towards it, until they arrive there. Successful diets seem to be out of the reach of most people but they no longer need to be for you.

Hi, my name is Christine Wesson. I’m a professional therapist and I’ve been studying the mind for over ten years. I have helped many people to overcome phobias, panic attacks and general anxiety. The techniques used are simple and effective and there really is no need to suffer any longer. If you have any of these problems and you would like to make the rest of your life the best of your life try clicking this link right now.

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Your Health Starts Here: Enrich Your Well Being – Eat Better Food

All of this starts at the moment you go shopping. Shopping smart is the beginning for better health. What you don’t buy or bring home you can’t eat. There you have your choice, it can become a lower weight shopping basket, or a lower blood pressure or an anti arthritis shopping basket etc. These are our choices, everything has a beginning in life, such as good health, bad health, and how we manage it. Most of the time these are our own choices. It is known through numerous researches that food can become our medicine and food becomes our healer.

But there is also another link to a healthy body – your mind, because mind over matter matters. That’s right, your mind. It’s called the mind-body connection. In a nutshell, what you believe in your mind can influence things in your body. Anxiety can make any illness worse or is even the starting point of it. Anxiety can make pain feel worse, lower defences and immune system that allows any virus or illness take hold and can aid in raising your blood pressure. A simple act of relaxing can do wonders for your health which is all part of the mind and body connection.

Combination Of Health And Well Being

Using the power of positive thinking and relaxing techniques including healthy eating will certainly help with any treatment of illness. Because of high depletion in food it is more important now than ever before to make the right choices when it comes to your diet. Your body can only stay healthy when it gets all the right nutrients it needs and all of that comes from the food we buy and prepare. But you may say: I’m taking my vitamins every day. Which are totally useless if your diet isn’t right in the first place. The body’s health reacts from many things which include all the minerals and vitamins that must work with each other; one or two on its own will have no positive effect.

The many fast foods which have become a quick, lazy and cheap way to have a meal does not give the body what it needs to stay healthy. Denying your body the right food that includes good nutrients for a long time will without any doubt become a serious health issue. To have a healthy body means having a diet rich in many mineral and vitamins every day and not just on occasions.

Medical research has discovered literally thousands of healing nutrients in foods. One type of phytonutrient found in vegetables has been known reducing cancer and other illnesses by as much as 44 percent. Many vegetables contain a substance called carotenoids; as well beta carotene, lutein and lycopene are all different varieties of carotenoids. They all have a strong amount of antioxidants that help the body fight disease.

Case Histories Of Remarkable Healing

Nature provides us with its remarkable healing power. Unfortunately, in many cases this been ignored not only because of disbelieve but more often because of lack of knowledge. There always be different opinions as well as disbelieves and wrong information. Many people continue to suffer from misguided wrong advice over the last several decades and still leading to poor health today. Some unscientific bureaucrats still have this backward stance that healthy food could have the power to prevent a number of chronic diseases, as well as obesity.

Although there is overwhelming scientific evidence that just the opposite is the case. It comes down to what you eat; you can trace every disease and illness to a mineral and vitamin deficiency. Even at the lowest level of deficiency in various nutrients will alter your body’s immunity and blood levels. The problem here is it has become harder to select a nutrient rich diet. The quality in our vegetables and fruits has reduced on average around 40 to 50 percent since the seventies because depletion of soil and the use of artificial fertilizers.

The healing powers are found in different vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium; these are just some of the many our body needs a percentage of every day and not just some times. Using supplements to overcome any shortfall, select carefully, many being made from synthetics and not natural ingredients.

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Snacking For Kids Made Fun, And Healthy

“Mom, I’m hungry”. If you got a rupee every time your kid said that to you; you’d be a millionaire by now.

Kids’ ability to develop an appetite at any hour of the day is just amazing. Be it the after-school mini meal, or the evening snack after play, they love their daily quota of munching! We’ve all gone through the same phase of growing up.

However, arranging healthy food for kids always might not be that easy. This binging in between meals is actually the biggest reason behind obesity in children. While you may find it hard to turn down their snacking demands, you can always make sure what they’re eating is healthy. After all, the habit of healthy eating in children starts from home.

Whip your kids some tasty home-made snacks, that are as easy as making instant noodles, but a whole lot more nutritious! Make your children’s health your priority with these healthy snacks:

Fruit Flavoured Milk:

Milk and fruits are a good way to substitute chips and soda for that evening snack. Make it great by blending them both together! Use fruits like strawberries, peaches, or mixed berries with low-fat milk to make a delicious glass of Fruit-Shake, filled to the brim with healthiness.

Oatmeal pancakes:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also the most rushed. Make the most of every second by whipping up a super-fast pancake made with oat flour. Served with eggs, they take less than 5 minutes to make. The carbohydrates and proteins make it good food for the kids.

Green Kebabs:

Feeding green vegetables to kids is like taking on the toughest job on the planet. Fool them into eating spinach and peas by cooking up some healthy ‘green’ kebabs. Put in some potatoes for a balanced meal. They make excellent finger foods for kids and can be served any time of the day.

Yoghurt Dessert:

Swap that unhealthy ice-cream sundaes laden with fats and sugar with a cupful of fruit yogurt. Sweeten some Greek yogurt with some honey, mix in berries, and freeze it like popsicles. Dessert suddenly becomes a healthy food for the kids.

Sweet-Potato chips:

When hunger strikes, kids usually reach out for bags of potato chips. Give chips a healthy twist by using sweet potato instead of potato. Don’t fry them, instead, bake them until crispy, and serve them with homemade coriander sauce.

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How To Keep Your Spine Happy And Healthy

There are several things you can try in order to help your spine as healthy as possible as well as reduce complications from your back condition.

Tips For Keeping Your Spine Healthy

Rest your spine while sleeping – Once you are lying down, all the structures in your spine that worked all day can finally relax and rejuvenate. It is very important for you to use pillows and mattress to let your spine rest in a comfortable and supported way. Your choice of pillow and mattress is often based on personal preference, your specific neck or back problem, or your preferred sleep positions.

Find time to exercise your core in order to strengthen your back muscles and abs – Your core muscles (abdominal and lower back muscles) must be strong and supple to support your spine. It must be capable of taking the pressure off your lower back. Be reminded that most of the core muscles are rarely used on a daily basis. Hence, they must be toned via targeted exercises. These exercises are very simple and can only be done in 20-30 minutes every day.

Choose shoes that will support your spine – The kind of shoes you wear will have a huge impact in supporting your lower back. Good shoes will provide a supportive base that will help the body and spine remain in alignment. For instance, you need to make sure that the shoe will snugly fit the back of your heels. A good fit will prevent supination/pronation or too much rolling of the foot to the inside or outside.

Always practice good ergonomics whilst sitting – The discs in your lower spine are loaded thrice as much as when you are sitting as compared to when you are standing. Long periods of sitting will aggravate or create a painful back condition. If sitting at a desk, people usually slouch and lean forward. Doing this will stress your lumbar discs. It is indeed very important for you to choose the right office chair as well as practice good posture whilst seated. Most importantly, always avoid sitting for long periods by getting up to stretch and walk around every 20-30 minutes. For your spine to stay healthy, you need to move frequently. Movement will fuel the spine with healthy nutrients.

Reap the benefits of massage – A good massage helps boost endorphins in your bloodstream. Also, it can encourage blood flow that helps bring healing nutrients to the affected area and boost healing. Chiropractic treatments can also help.

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5 Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconut food is on the list of foods that fall under the category of superfood. The oil offers a lot of benefits, such as improved brain function, weight loss and a lot of other skin health benefits. Here are 5 major benefits of the product for you if you are going to use it for losing weight.

1. Coconut Oil Has Fatty Acids

The oil contains a lot of fatty acids with effective medicinal properties. As a matter of fact, it is heavy with saturated fat. According to the latest research, saturated fats are harmless, and most of the research studies concluded that it doesn’t cause heart diseases.

Aside from this, coconut oil has the same type of fat that can be found in steak or cheese. In your diet, most of the fatty acids are long-chain fat acids. The metabolizing process of the medium-chain acids is different.

2. Exotic Foods

In West, coconut is on the list of exotic foods. Typically, most of health conscious people go for exotic dishes. But in some countries of the world, people have been thriving on coconut and use it as a dietary staple.

Tokelauans who reside in the South Pacific love coconut oil. According to reports, more than 60% of the calories they consume come from the coconut. As a matter of fact, these people are on top of the list of saturated fat consumers. Their health status is great and they have no heart diseases.

3. It Helps You Burn More Fat

As far as health problems are concerned, obesity is one of the most common problems. According to some people, obesity is due to the calories alone. On the other hand, some people are of the opinion that It’s the sources of the calories that matter.

The fact is that our hormones and bodies get effected by foods in a different way. As far as this fact goes, there is a lot more that you need to know about calories.

The MCTs found in coconut oil may increase the number of calories you can burn and the amount of other types of fat that you can burn.

4. It Kills Harmful Microorganisms in Your Body

It’s important to know that half of the fatty acids consist of the Lauric Acid. And when you digest it, your body produces monolaurin. The great news is that both monolaurin and lauric kill fungi, viruses and bacteria in your body.

5. It helps you eat less

Coconut oil helps you control your hunger, which is another great benefit of the food. This is the result of the digestion of fatty acids in your body. Moreover, ketones can reduce your appetite.

So, if you have been trying different methods to get rid of the extra fat from your body, we suggest that you try coconut oil as well. This natural food can do wonders and may help you get that slim body. So, you will have a great shape by reducing the extra fat in your body.

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Get Tipsy the Healthy Way

Some healthy alcoholic drinks that will get you in the right mood and in the right state of health. There are many health tips out there but none like this one. Before we jump in and read further, let’s go through the warning signs.

If you’re a chronic alcoholic, then it’s best that you consult a doctor. If getting wasted is your idea of having a good time, then maybe it shouldn’t be. If you want to have a relaxed Sunday afternoon with your friends and want to remain healthy too, then this might be the best thing you will read this holiday season. Also, remember health is a relative term, especially when it comes to alcohol.

Vodka soda and a lime on top

Well, vodka, soda, and a slice of lime might sound like a boring drink. But you know what? It is amongst the lowest calorie drinks out there. It might make you sleepy if you’ve had one too many. Vodka averages 96 calories per 1.5 ounces. And soda has no calories what so ever. This drink does not have any nutritional value but sure is a drink for people who are trying to maintain their weight.

Wine is the winner

Wine is certainly very good for you. Red wine has a lot of nutrients in it. It contains iron, potassium, and magnesium. These minerals are essential for a healthy body. A good wine is also full of antioxidants which are great for healthy skin. So go ahead, open that vintage that you’ve been waiting to pop open. And, let the sparkles help you maintain your healthy outlook. Again, one too many might cost you.

Beer it with Guinness

This thick lager that most people love is also a healthy brew. This Irish stout is a refreshing drink is healthy at the same time. If you know a brewery that serves this tasty beverage nearby, then head there and have one. Even though it is heavy and has an alcohol content, it is made of whole grains, which are healthy for your body. It has somewhere around 128 calories per 12 ounces. Which is great for an average beer, or shall we say stout? Well, in a nutshell, Guinness is nutritious lager for those who wish to remain healthy.

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