The Best Foods to Eat to Get Pregnant – How a Healthy Diet Will Help You Conceive
By Karen Jurgensen
We all know the importance of eating right to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When you’ve made the decision to get pregnant, your diet becomes even more vital. Eating the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones, can make the process of conception that much easier, and prepare your body for pregnancy. So what are the best foods to eat to get pregnant?
Fresh fruits and vegetables- Fresh fruits and veggies can help supply you with vital nutrients including folic acid, iron, and vitamin c. All of which are great for supporting good health and increasing fertility. Try to eat fruits and veggies raw, or steamed (but still crunchy) as these are the most nutritious options. Remember to give them a good scrubbing first, to remove any pesticides or harmful bacteria.
Whole grains and lean meats- These are some of the best foods to eat to get pregnant because they promote a healthy diet. It is important to maintain a healthy weight prior to pregnancy, as being both underweight, and overweight can contribute to infertility. Lean meats, particularly when prepared grilled or broiled are important sources of iron and protein. Whole grain foods, such as high quality cereals, and breads contain healthy carbs and folic acid.
Dairy products- You know the importance of calcium for building bones. Make sure to give your body plenty of calcium each day by enjoying milk, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, even ice cream, in moderation. Most prenatal vitamins do not have a full daily allowance of calcium, making this group some of the best foods to eat to get pregnant (and some of the most important!)
Prenatal vitamins- Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated to provide your body with the right amounts of folic acid and other vitamins and minerals necessary to health of your baby. Folic acid in particular is necessary almost immediately after conception, before you can even be certain you are actually pregnant. Taking a prenatal vitamin before you conceive ensures that you and your baby are getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.
What to avoid- Several foods and substances can inhibit your ability to conceive and affect the health of your fetus. Reduce the amount of sweets and high fat foods you eat. Cut down on soy products. While fine in small amounts, studies have shown that regularly eating large amounts of soy decreases fertility. Try to reduce your intake of alcohol, and caffeine; if at all possible stop all use of tobacco/nicotine products and recreational drugs. These substances are known to reduce your fertility and can cause significant harm to your fetus.
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet is one of the simplest ways to prepare your body for conception and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Enjoy some of the best foods to eat to get pregnant and increase your chances of a smooth conception!
Painted Clogs – A New Twist on an Old Classic
By Charles Robinson IV
Painted clogs are back again and more popular than ever. In the 60s and 70s a few artistic souls aspired to achieve both beauty and comfort. They didn’t want to sacrifice style for comfort. That’s when they discovered clogs.
Clogs are orthopedically designed shoes on a wooden platform or sole. They’re designed to be worn for long periods of time and still support your feet. For people who stand a lot on their job, this type of footwear can make a big different in how your feel at the end of the day.
The top of a clog is made from various colors and textures of leather. You can find clogs in many of the following colors: lavender, black, red, fuchsia, white, navy, and brown.
But for those who want another level of artistic appeal in their footwear; there are painted clogs. Special designs are painted on the leather upper sole of the clogs.
The designs are often flowers including daisies and other small flowers. But that’s only the beginning. You can free your true artistic nature with a multitude of designs including:
- Peace symbols
- Rubber ducks
- Mystical symbols
- Pet portraits
- Dragon flies
Clogs are made in several styles including open back, closed back, and sandals. They are usually on wooden soles but you can find them with plastic soles, too. They’re available in sizes to fit the whole family.
For those of you with artistic talent, you might want to get plain clogs and try painting your own designs. Or some stores will let you send in your own drawing and they’ll put in on clogs for you. Some will paint your name in various styles.
When you’re looking for a casual look that’s still stylish and unique; then painted clogs are a perfect choice. You can also find styles with high heels or platforms made of cork or plastic. There are also designs with different types of straps and buckles.
Don’t worry if you can’t find the selection of clogs you want locally. You can find clogs with hand-painted designs at many online web stores. They carry a wide variety of styles and sizes so you can find the pair that’s perfect for you. Painted clogs let you make a unique fashion statement while still treating your feet to comfort.
Use the Law of Attraction Wisely
By Deborah Ailman
The Law of Attraction. It’s always working. Whether to bring us good things or bad, it’s there putting in overtime. So if we know that, why don’t we watch our thoughts more carefully?
You walk down the street and you notice another person walking. “Look at her, she looks like she has the I.Q. of a rock!” Was that a nice thing to say? You don’t know a thing about her, and even if you are right, and she isn’t that smart, is that any of your business?
No! And the Universe was right there, noticing your feelings when you said that. Now that didn’t really make you feel good to say something mean like that, did it? Of course not. It most probably made you feel angry, even snub. So guess what you’re getting back, served to you on a silver platter courtesy of the Lae of Attraction-more stuff for you to get angry about!
Being mean, feeling jealous, and getting angry really don’t benefit you. They don’t! These feelings along with a host of other equally negative ones don’t make your life any better. They just close you off and make other people avoid you. They make you lonely and hurt you. So why do you want to cultivate them?
Yeah sure, getting angry sometimes does feel good-for about 2 minutes! After that, you usually feel worse than before you got mad. getting angry just makes you,well, even angrier.
Many people believe that it’s a good thing to blow off steam. Like you’re a valve on a pressure cooker. But last time you looked at yourself, did you look like a pot? Nope, you look like a human being so act like a good one!
Whatever feelings you put out there come right back to you. So think about it. What do you want coming your way? Wouldn’t you prefer happiness, and laughter. How about love and kindness? Sounds good,doesn’t it?
Okay, so you start. Smile at someone today.
The Addiction of Marijuana – Fact Or Fiction?
By Seb Grant
Many marijuana users say they can “take it or leave it” when it comes to getting high, and sometimes they use this rationale to assert that their marijuana habit is not an addiction.
So what exactly is this addiction of marijuana, and is it real or not?
While it may indeed be true that some people will never form a dependence on weed, the same can be said for those who use alcohol occasionally, and we all know that alcohol can cause addiction in those especially prone to its effects.
Before we make a determination on the addictive properties of marijuana, let’s take a second to define the word ‘addiction’.
Addiction is defined as being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit forming. Moreover, when addiction is present, the absence of the substance will usually cause intense cravings.
When marijuana is NOT an Addiction
According to our definition, there are a certain number of people who can use marijuana occasionally and sporadically and never become tolerant to or dependent on its effects.
However, these people represent a small percentage of the total number of people that use marijuana. Most marijuana users will develop a regular habit, and over a period of time will begin to show some of the classic signs of addiction.
The Addiction of Marijuana
Most people who smoke marijuana do so for the intoxicating effect it produces-a relaxed and almost euphoric state-and once these effects are experienced, the desire to replicate the feeling becomes very strong. Over time though, the small amount of marijuana that once produced these feelings cannot do so any longer, and users tend to smoke more and more attempting to achieve the same effect. This is the classic sign of tolerance-an early and reliable sign of addiction.
Dependence is another clear sign of marijuana addiction. Many people, especially those who have used marijuana regularly for long periods of time, begin to find that it’s difficult to function without it. When they’re not high or under the influence, they can spend much of their energy planning how they will attain the drug. Their entire world begins to revolve around the addiction, leaving very little room for anything else.
Consequently, as marijuana takes priority, these people often begin to experience problems in their lives, including difficulties at work and in their relationships.
The Ultimate Test
If you’re unsure whether or not your marijuana use has spiraled into an addiction there is a very simple way to find out for sure: Quit.
Stopping your marijuana use abruptly will give you a clear picture of how marijuana is affecting you. If you begin to experience the effects of withdrawal, including cravings, depression, irritability, anxiety, trouble sleeping and a whole host of physical symptoms, chances are your marijuana use has become a dependency and you actually are addicted to marijuana.
There is a small percentage of marijuana users who will avoid addiction, most, however, will not. Marijuana is a powerful, psychoactive drug which alters the mood and brain activity in those who use it. Over time, tolerance to the drug increases, requiring larger amounts of the drug to achieve the same effect. This increased tolerance eventually leads to dependence and begins to create a number of problems for those addicted.
If you believe your marijuana habit has become an addiction make the effort today and seek out help in quitting. The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll be able to reclaim your life, and the easier it will be.
Why the Mediterranean Pyramid Diet Works
By Sara Reynolds
If you consider for a second just what’s included in the Mediterranean Pyramid Diet you’ll find that what you are eating is actually very beneficial to your health. The vitamin rich foods, the minerals, antioxidants, fiber and essential fatty acids are all a part of the list of foods and help you to reduce cholesterol and keep a well balanced diet.
Most people are aware that not all fats are bad fats. We actually NEED fat in our diet, and the great thing about the Mediterranean Pyramid Diet is that olive oil is one of the main staples. You can use it in your cooking and baking as well as incorporate it into your dressings and other drizzling desires! Just think about dipping your breads into EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and balsamic vinegar. We all LOVE getting this at restaurants, no?
So the model that is created by the Mediterranean Pyramid Diet is pretty remarkable seeing as it does not omit the foods we all love to eat, but rather teaches us about choosing healthy foods and most importantly frequency of consumption.
At the bottom of the pyramid you find the grains, veggies and fruits.
Next you get your legumes. nuts and beans.
Then comes your cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products. This is where moderation plays a role. Instead of eating these things every day, the Mediterranean Pyramid Diet has you limiting them to a few times per week instead. Not too hard to do considering some other diets completely ban these 100% of the time!
Fish is next with its healthy proteins and essential heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The “GOOD FATS”!
You find that eggs and poultry follow, and eggs are especially good (minus the cholesterol) for those who do not eat meat.
Guess what? You actually do get to eat sugars. Just that this is where the few time per MONTH factor comes in. Sorry but it’s the truth. Especially if you are wanting to lose weight and shed the fat.
Red meat is last. Why you ask? Red meats are ok in moderation but they are not the only way to get iron and protein. They are rich in fats and not always easy to digest.
Now, to top it off you actually get to include red wine into your Mediterranean Pyramid Diet. Yippee!
Last but not least, and this is actually found at the bottom of the pyramid, i.e. the biggest thing you can have, and that’s daily physical activity. If you want the healthy, lean body then you’ve got to get off the couch and move! It’s a simple scientific formula people: healthy diet + exercise = weight loss and healthy body!
Thanks for reading.
5 Best Things About a Babymoon Retreat
By Anna Woodward
Delivering an infant into the world is one of life’s most magical moments and Babymoon can help to set the stage. A Babymoon retreat is a sabbatical for expectant parents from their daily grind in order for them to get ready for their new offspring’s arrival. This isn’t a “how to” class on stocking the layette or toughening up the nipples for breastfeeding. This is about Mom and Dad nurturing themselves and each other in order to be able to nurture their new baby. Here are the 5 best things about the experience:
1) Setting: These retreats are situated in gorgeous and peaceful environments. For centuries, Feng Shui philosophers have demonstrated the ramifications of one’s environment. Loud, cluttered and chaotic environments invade a person’s core to make them feel agitated and out of sorts. Quiet, beautiful and harmonious locales make a person’s spirit feel rested and at peace. One absorbs their environment and a pregnant woman will pass her feelings on to her unborn child. Peaceful vibes will be sent inward in these awesome settings.
2) Massage: A massage doesn’t just feel good; it encourages health in one’s body. When a body is stressed, it secretes chemicals such as Cortisol which can build up over time into an unhealthy situation. Cortisol is associated with the “fight or flight” response, which can be a good thing in the case of an emergency. When it’s simply in response to a chaotic lifestyle, however, it can be detrimental. Massage can promote relaxation and the alleviation of toxins from the body. Moms and dads that learn to nurture each other with regular, gentle massages will have a wonderful tool in their relationship toolbox. Both the giver and receiver of touch reap the benefits. Baby will be a positive recipient in utero, as well.
3) Internal vs. External Gifts: Examples of external gifts are booties, blankets, car seats and teddy bears. These are all necessary and wonderful gifts to provide for a new infant but internal presents are something that can never wear out or be lost. Examples of internal gifts are love, peace, wisdom and experience. Once a person has been given an internal gift, it becomes stored in their DNA. A Babymoon retreat offers a way for both parents to experience love, wisdom and peace which will be tucked away within their core. This will be something that they can share with each other and their precious newborn upon his or her arrival.
4) Understanding: Expectant and new parents go through stages in feelings as they adjust to their new roles as mothers and fathers. While childbearing and birth can be one of the most joyful experiences of one’s lifetime, it can also be a time of conflicting feelings during the transformation and adjustment period. Babymoon retreats offer guidance for each partner to be able to understand the other’s process. Understanding is one of the best tools for harmony and peace.
5) Belly Casting Kit: What a miracle it is to see a woman’s belly grow and move during pregnancy, knowing there’s an infant stretching out within. A belly casting kit is a way to preserve the gentle curves of her belly forever. This plaster representation can be painted and decorated by mommy and daddy or girlfriends at the baby shower. The end result is an heirloom that will be treasured for all time, courtesy of Babymoon.
Info Product Creation Made Easy – Who’s it For?
By Taylor Andrews
When developing an information product, the overwhelming majority of Internet Marketers make one simple, but costly mistake. They pick their ‘Niche’ market, and choose a topic on which to create their product, then, forget about the most fundamental sales skill…Identifying ‘with’ your customer.
Before I go any further, I’d like to point out that Identifying ‘with’ your customer, simply means stepping into their shoes.
Let us take computers as an example. You decide to create a product about setting your computer up with a web cam. The uninformed, might go right ahead and write an e-book using all of the industry ‘jargon’ talking about such things as ISP address’s, Installation to hard drives, and so on.
Think about it though. Who is REALLY going to be interested in buying a product about installing a web cam?
I don’t know about you, but the first prospects that spring to mind are teenagers, and seniors (wanting to be able to contact relatives abroad).
With this in mind, it is time to begin the process of identifying ‘with’ your prospects. To do this requires a little imagination, so here goes:
I want you first to think about who your prospects are (let’s use the above example, and say teens and seniors) picture how they look and dress how do they speak, what is it they want from a web cam?
It will take a few attempts to nail it, but keep trying. Really try to get a handle on what they want from their computer. What is it they use it for most? How much patience are they likely to have?
Having spent some time doing this, I want you to think of another key consideration when creating an Info product, what type of product to create.
Based on what we have above, my immediate response would be to create a ‘step-by-step’ video tutorial which explains in detail “live” how to set up your web cam on your PC.
As I said at the top of this article, this is an old proven sales technique, which just seems to get overlooked by many. This is just one of the many steps and strategies to creating your own Info product, if you want to know more, read on.