Food prices are like Jack’s beanstalk. They just keep rising and there’s no end in sight. This year marks a time when unemployed, underemployed and even employed are cutting back the frivolous spending and tightening the budgets. As the holiday season approaches, Reuters asked 1000 Americans how this Holiday season would affect their lifestyle,

A total of 28.4 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed by Americas Research Group said that rising food costs would cause them to cut back on their Christmas shopping “somewhat,” while another 7.2 percent said that they would “most definitely” cut back.

Have you considered cutting back on gift-giving this holiday season Roughly 1 in 4 sure have.

Regardless of your financial status, there are simple ways to cut back uncessary spending on food that will result in an extra $20, $40 or more in your wallet each month. Whether you decided to allocate that money on gifts for family and friends or into your 401K, taking these simple steps will give you the freedom to decide.

1. Leftovers are your friend. A package of meat can be made into four different meals throughout the week from meatballs to a meat based stew. Not sure about how long to keep food One of my go-to resources is the Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart by the FDA. This chart shows you how long food can last in your fridge or freezer depending on the type and is also an excellent resource for food safety.

2. Expensive Desserts. Does the Cheesecake Factory come to mind While dining out is a pleasure many of us enjoy there is no reason we must shell out $7 for a small sliver of cheesecake. It sure tastes great going down, but after going out once a week for 52 weeks, you’ve already spent $364 a year on one piece of cake considering you’re only paying for yourself! If your parents or loved one pays, think of the money they could save too!

3. Jamba Juice/Starbucks. An adage at this point. If you haven’t heard of David Bach’s “Latte Factor”, it’s as simple as it sounds. A latte a day costs on average $5. $5×365=$1,825. Okay, maybe you don’t drink one every day. The point is you could put that money to better use. Addicted to caffeine and need your boost Make it at home for a fraction of the cost.

4. Multiple Uses for Bread. How many types of bread are in the grocery store Rolls, bagels, slices, baguettes. I’ve seen people buy flat breads, garlic bread, and sliced bread all in one trip! If you buy one loaf of bread (for a single person) it can last you the entire week. Get creative! A piece of toast with breakfast, two slices for your sandwich and your burgers at night can be sandwiched between two slices put in the toaster oven. Why do you need to spend an extra $15 on bread that really serves a similar purpose If you’re serious about savings, you will have to make cut-backs.

5. Don’t Save Everything. Buyer Beware: Too much saving and restriction may cause you to be unhappy, miss out from events with friends/family or worse, cause you to binge once you get a little cash in your pocket. By using the rational thought process you can safely determine whether to buy the sliced bread AND the bagels, or if you really just need one item that can act in different ways. Friends going to the Cheesecake Factory If you’ve been saving money in other ways, give yourself a treat.

The only way to truly save money on food is to be disciplined. Clip coupons, read eFlyers, eat your leftovers and avoid throwing away $5 a day.

The Baduanjin or brocade was discovered 800 years ago by the Chinese people.

Baduanjin has greatly impacted the World of Medicine. Baduanjin is a movement that can be done standing or sitting. Each position targets different areas of the body.

Before Beginning, stand with width apart and hands down to your sides relaxing. Work on being focused and naturally breathing.


Drawing the Bow to shoot the Hawk

This Baduanjin movement works the lungs and liver. To begin the lower body must be in a Horse Stance while mimicking the drawing of a bow. After drawing the bow on one side switch to the other. The left side helps raise the Qi to the liver, the right side sinks the QI in the lungs.

The movement is executed by extending the chest cavity, stretching out the arms and turning the head.

As you practice this movement you will:

Expand your Rib cage

Increase elasticity in the shoulders and neck

Increased blood circulation

Raise Hands on Each Side to adjust the Spleen and Stomach

This Baduanjin movement adjusts the Spleen and Stomach. The Chinese believed that the Spleen and stomach could not remain healthy on their own accord.

To do this movement raise one hand while pressing down with the other hand. Alternate between each side, this is create a massaging effect through out the stomach and spleen. The key purpose of this movement is to adjust and regulate the spleen and the stomach.

Turn Head Back to Help Prevent Diseases and Injuries

This Baduanjin Movement is helps prevent the 5 Damages. Chinese medicine believed that if you look for too long it will hurt your blood; sit for too long and you will hurt your muscles. Walking for too long will hurt your tendons, stand for too long and you will hurt your muscles.

To do this movement simply turn your head and focus your eyes on your back. Next is the the rotation of the arms, the arm has six meridians this movement will help the yin and yang in these meridians.

The lactose intolerance is the partial or complete inability of some individuals to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. This is because these people produce in sufficient quantity or produce lactase enzyme responsible for breaking down and decompose lactose in the human body. Thus, lactose reaches the large intestine unchanged and has to be fermented by bacteria that produce lactic acid and gases.

It is important to differentiate intolerance to lactose of milk allergy. The first is a digestive disorder that occurs due to deficiency of the small intestine to produce lactase. The latter, moreover, is averse immune reaction to milk proteins, which usually occurs after the individual ingest a certain amount of milk or dairy products.

The degree of intolerance varies widely, but the disorder is very common. In Brazil, 70% of people have it to some degree, whether mild, moderate or severe.

Types and classification:

There are three main types where lactose intolerance is divided. Are they:

Congenital deficiency: it is a genetic problem, so the child is born with a problem that prevents the production of lactase, this type is considered chronic and very rare to happen.

Primary deficiency: it turns a natural and progressive decrease in the production of the enzyme lactase, beginning in adolescence to the end of life, such type is the most common to happen.

Secondary Deficiency: In this type, the lactase production is affected by any intestinal disease such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or allergy to milk protein. In these situations, the intolerance is temporary and disappears along with causing disease problem.


Symptoms only appear if someone who is lactose intolerant consume any product containing the substance. Generally, they happen from 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion. They pass naturally, but if the patient continues ingesting lactose, the symptoms tend to get worse.

The most common symptoms are: abdominal bloating, cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, anal burning, rashes and slower growth or weight loss for babies or children.


The lactose intolerance is not a disease, so there is no specific treatment for it. The patient can live normally adapting your diet and using certain medications.

Some dairy products are more digestible and can be eaten in moderation by who has the disorder. They are: butter and cheese milk; fermented dairy products such as yogurt; goat milk, which must be ingested together with meals and supplemented with essential amino acids and vitamins if offered to children; ice cream, milkshakes, and aged or hard cheeses; milk and dairy products without lactose; cow’s milk treated with lactase to older children and adults; soy formulas for children less than 2 years; soy milk or rice for small children.

Furthermore, there is the option of adding lactase enzyme to normal milk before ingesting it or take enzymes in capsules.

Milk is an important food in calcium, so it’s important that people who are intolerant to lactose find other ways to meet the need of the body’s calcium.

When you walk into a gym and asks its users what your goals are with practice exercises, we have the most varied responses, ranging from the simple act of losing a few pounds to more complex goals, how to reshape your body with muscles. But unanimity and the goal of many people in academia, especially the female audience is the search for a lisinha and healed belly without the unwanted fats, allowing the person to get off the street proudly displaying its defined silhouette.

Lose belly fat is not difficult, needing only discipline in diet and proper exercise. Talking about food is simple, where those who want to end the belly fat should cut out foods high in fats and sugars, including in your daily diet many fruits and vegetables, with colorful dishes and drinking plenty of water.

Regarding the exercises we can choose the best to lose belly fat, since there are numerous options that we find in the gym, which can cause many questions regarding the most effective practices to achieve the much desired plateau belly. Thinking of you who want to enjoy one piscininha or beach without embarrassment, separate the seven most effective exercises to lose belly fat, which coupled with good nutrition, will bring quick and perceptive results.

1 – Race

One of the main aerobic exercise, running, either on the treadmill or outdoors, it turns out one of the best exercises to lose belly fat. Acting directly on fat reserves, the exercise burns a lot of calories and results in the gradual disappearance of localized fat in the belly.

2 – Swimming

As well as running, swimming is an aerobic exercise. The advantage of this type of exercise is not only in burning of localized fat but also muscle synthesis. One of the biggest advantages of swimming to lose belly fat is the factor of not being a boring and exhausting exercise, being a very pleasant and even fun activity.

3 – Abdominal

A localized exercise that can be done in the gym or in the comfort of your home, abdominal is easy to do and does not need much space to be practiced. Abdominal can be done in several ways, with the aid of equipment and weights, and more than one position and may be released from the front or side. But the principle is always the same, which with fixed Peach on the floor, you should lift the breast to some extent, in a way that works abdomen.

4 – Bridge

This exercise is easy to perform and you can also make anywhere requiring little space to do so. As its name says exercise is basically to bridge with the body, where you will use your legs and back as a base. So you will still get up and down the bottom, which will make work with all the belly muscles.

5 – Solo Board

Easy and practical, this exercise will just need a bit of training for it to be done right. Lying on the floor and stretched, you should raise your legs to the top, in a way that forms an “L” with your body. At first it may seem a little difficult to keep your legs straight and unwrinkled knees, but with a little practice you managed to do this exercise is a great weapon to lose belly fat.

6 – Squat

Standeth take and position your arms stretched forward and go down slowly by bending your legs and without losing balance. The squat is an exercise a little hard to do at first, but certainly worth learning to be practiced, because their results in the abdomen are great.

7 – Dance to lose belly fat

We leave the dance last to be without doubt the easiest to practice, because you will lose belly fat without seeing, having a great time and giving loud laughter. If you feel difficulty in exercising and has been struggling with a stomach without fat, dancing is a great choice.

Postpartum depression is a psychological disorder after the birth of the baby. Some women after giving birth, may feel irritable, lose sleep, cry easily or change the mood from happy to sad quickly. These are symptoms of postpartum depression, caused by hormonal changes, stress situation and the demands of a new baby.

Generally, the peak postpartum depression occurs on the fourth day of maternity and can be relieved around two weeks after delivery in the case of slight depression. In some cases, depression is not restricted only to the mother and can also affect the parent. It is important to make clear to the patient that postpartum depression is not a character flaw or a weakness and that immediate treatment should manage the symptoms and let parents enjoy rich your baby.

Causes and symptoms

There is no specific cause for the disease. In many cases, the combination of hormonal changes resulting from the termination of pregnancy with emotional and physical factors, like lifestyle, ultimately influence for postpartum depression.

Among the symptoms, it highlights: trouble sleeping, mood swings, crying, anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, irritability and poor concentration.

Risk factors and prevention

In view of the different behavioral conditions as well as the environment in which they live and the lifestyle they lead, some people are more likely to present postpartum depression. The risk factors include a history of postpartum depression; lack of support from family, partner and friends; high stress due to personal problems, family financial, labor, among others; previous physical limitations or after delivery; depression during pregnancy; bipolar disorder; familyhistory of depression or bipolar disorder; history dysphoric disorder premenstrual, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS); cases of domestic violence.

To avoid this situation from postpartum depression, the best thing to do is to take some preventive measures because, although they can not control hormonal changes, there are several factors that can be modified in the mother’s life to reduce the risk of developing this condition.

The first step is to keep body and mind strong, with healthy eating, at least eight daily hours of sleep and performing exercises frequently. It is highly recommended to avoid the use of caffeine, alcohol and other drugs or medications that are not recommended directly by a doctor or specialist.


Besides the support of family and friends, as well as counseling and psychological support, it is possible that the doctor prescribes some antidepressants to treat postpartum depression.

After starting antidepressant treatment, the patient should feel better within one to three weeks, but treatment can take six to eight weeks to really become effective. The use of medicines must be done for at least six months in order to avoid relapses, but the doctor can extend the use depending on the patient history.

Patients who have moderate postpartum depression to severe must combine medication with therapy. Conversely, patients who develop mild depression should not need the drugs.

Instead of grabbing a coffee or a sugary snack for a quick energy fix, here are five healthy ways you can instantly energize yourself.

1.  Belly breathing. Stress and poor posture are just a couple reasons why our breath doesn’t make it all the way through our lungs. When you chest breathe, only a small volume of air is drawn in. This causes shallow breathing. When you breathe through your diaphragm it pulls the bottom of the lungs downward, causing them to fill and the belly to lift. Belly breathing is the simplest way to boost your energy anywhere and at anytime. Take 60 seconds to breathe deeply. Place your hand on your belly and inhale through your nose.  Feel how your belly raises. Release by exhaling through pursed lips and feel how your hand lowers.

2.  Hydrate your body.  Drinking water is one way to hydrate your body.  Eating two servings of water-packed fruits and vegetables will provide your body the energy it needs to get through the day. Celery and oranges both contain 90 percent water, making them good energy-boosting choices. For a little extra oomph to your water, add a cucumber slice or a lemon or lime wedge.

3.  Pump up the jams.  Rev up your energy by listening to a fast-paced musical beat.

When listening to music with a fast tempo, your heart rate will increase and your breathing and circulation will speed up. Remember to be kind to your neighbor; wear your ear phones.

4.  Eat a snack.  Simply pairing a protein such as a handful of almonds with a carbohydrate such as a banana can enhance your energy, especially in the afternoon when our energy dips. Fruit gives you a natural high, and nuts slow down the glucose from the fruit in your blood stream. You want carbohydrates enter the blood stream slowly. Carbohydrates with a low glycemic index slowly trickles glucose into your blood stream keeps your energy levels balanced and means you will feel fuller for longer between meals.

5.  Get up and move.  Sitting all day can wreak havoc on your body, especially your back and shoulders. When you sit in a static position it increases stress in the back, neck, shoulders. Standing stretches get your blood flowing, giving your body a wake-up call. Try this stretch for the shoulders and upper back. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and raise your hands straight above your head stretching your arms out imagine someone is pulling your hands. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and remember to breathe.