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Memorize Out Loud

A study published in the journal Memory suggests that

Saying words out loud can help you to remember them.

Canadian researcher, Colin MacLeod, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo discovered this study and coined it: “production effect”. Speaking something out loud results in variations of the production effect on memory. Typing something out, mouthing it, or writing it down also helps, but just not as much as speaking it loudly. 

MacLeod first identified the production effect in 2010, His team tested four ways of remembering by asking students to read a list of words silently, read them out loud, listen to someone else read them and listen to a recording of their own voice repeating the words. Then the students were asked to look at a long list of words and remember which ones they’d already seen.

“Silent was the worst,” MacLeod says. “It’s a little better to hear someone else’s voice. It’s better still to hear your own voice, but it’s best to produce [the word] yourself and both hear your own voice and move your own mouth.”

Another way that vocalization improves memory is in short term memory in everyday life, such as “I turned off the stove”; saying it out loud will help you remember that and wont affect you as you leave the house wondering if your house will burn down or not.

So, lesson of the day today is repeat out loud to better your memory!

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Should You Over Cuddle Your Baby?

Infants that are held less by caregivers show lasting changes to genes involved in immune response and metabolism, according to a study of children from British Columbia. Ottawa Citizen

If you have had a baby or know someone that has a baby, you will know that there is this unknown in baby cuddling… Should you hold the baby when they cry, should you not… So many questions, some fear that not holding them will result in attachment issues and other from the other spectrum believe that over holding them will result in attachment issues. Tough one right?

It is, but recent BC studies have shown that fussy babies that are cuddled regularly are more likely to develop normally than those who are cuddled the least. I have friends with babies and this article struck me. To be honest, I am glad to read this because although I do not have children, this particular question has always caught my attention. You can potentially ruin your child’s personality if you make one wrong move. There are so many ifs and buts, there are so many whys and hows, so many what should I do and what consequences am I looking for.

I can rest at least reassured that you really should not ignore a crying baby … imagine how they must feel, they are crying for comfort, and no one is coming, as a new born. I can imagine myself as an adult, crying in my room and my family completely ignoring me. That would alter me, that would ruin me, it would affect my trust in my family, in anyone, it would nurture resentment, independence, lack of trust, and so much more. So as I stand today, I will never ignore my baby, I will never let my blood cry on their own while I purposely ignore them. It is so sad to think of what they may be thinking and not even able to express themselves verbally. Maybe they had a really bad dream and just need that reassurance, maybe they are babies that had something happen to them in the womb and need to be comforted until they can be more independent on their own. Never ignore your baby when they are crying, no matter how fussy they may be. Support your baby, support their healthy growth, love them unconditionally.

Put yourself in their shoes for a few minutes, imagine every scenario…. Do you have the heart? Your flesh, your blood, your baby. The thought makes me so sad.

STAY HAPPY!

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Happiness is a drug, actually, it is. Hormones is what keeps you happy, it is what drives your happiness. I workout to be happy, I eat healthy to be happy, I live Love Laugh, to be happy. Some may ask why I work out so much, why I am shall we say ¨Addicted¨.

Simple. Happy Hormones:

Dopamine: Hormone that drives brain reward system which drives well being. Doing a good job and getting rewarded for it. Seeking pleasure seeking behaviour will satisfy this too. Music is a great way to heighten your dopamine levels.

Serotonin: Hormone for mood-boosting neurotransmitters. Most effective/natural method is Exercise. Carbs are another great way to boost serotonin, and it is in fact this reason that your body craves Carbs when you are depressed or low. It is the body’s natural way of seeking self help. Indulging in good carbs like quinoa and whole grain is one thing, but bad carbs, that can just ruin the happiness cycle, and lead the body into another struggle that may deteriorate your happiness.

Oxytocin: This is the Love hormone, where spending time with loved ones and being good and kind to others stimulated happiness.

Estrogen: This hormone helps form serotonin and protects you from anxiety and mood imbalance. For women, estrogen decreases this hormone. Moreover, smoking and over exercising can also decrease it.

Progesterone: Like Estrogen, this hormone helps prevent mood imbalance and anxiety. Lack of Progesterone can be instigated with high stress and unhealthy food.

Finally, to Stay Healthy and Happy, Increase your Oxytocin by doing things that bring you pleasure and cuddles. Increase your estrogen levels with things that bring your stress level down such as yoga, meditation, and more. Keep your progesterone levels up, always eat well and exercising.

Stay Healthy, Stay Active, Stay Lovable, Stay Happy!

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Preventing Fitness Injuries

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Alex Cromartie, a certified personal trainer and health coach who founded Clermont-based Awakened Fitness in 2013 introduces a strong article on Tips to Prevent Fitness Injuries, and it is nothing but brilliant if you ask me. I would love to share his Tips with you as they are very essential to every body builder, fitness trainer and athlete.

Enjoy your read via Tips to Prevent Fitness Injuries

Consistency and Weight Loss

weightlossLosing weight is a life long plan that many of us go through on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly basis… Some struggle more than others, some have more of a problem, some are just overweight, others just want to keep healthy, some want to keep fit. Losing weight, there is no easy answer. It is never just a quick fix. Losing weight is long term process that you need to maintain and keep consistent.

Yes, doing the Bernstein diet can cause you to become slimmer, the no carb diet can help you shed some weight, Ketos lifestyle (no carb no sugar), Isagenix (shakes and low calories), juice cleanses, etc. I can name you so many diets out there and you can have many thoughts and opinions on them… Heck, I have my own opinions… But what is the best diets? A Healthy one. What is a healthy one? It is one that is consistent and can be continued for a long long period of time if not always.

Dr Emily Feig says:

It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control programme is really important for maintaining changes over the long term.

So, settle on a ‘diet’ that you can maintain for years, and not just weeks, not just months, settle on a health plan that will make you feel good about yourself day in day out. Don’t make drastic choices, shocking your body will only shock its functions, hence messing your metabolism and spiking up and down. The ONLY diet is a CONSISTENT diet. Shedding a pound a week may seem disappointing, but trust when I say, that shedding 5 a week is just not realistic for the long run. Stay healthy, make Doable choices, take your time, because patience is key when trying to alter your body. You need to slowly activate your body, you need to slowly grow into it, you need to slowly speed up your metabolism, because that is ultimately what will make you lose your extra weight, and keep it off.

I won’t stress enough, that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle and is key to the most ideal weight loss diets.

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Weight-Loss Gastric Band: Risky Business

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Being overweight is a problem and can be detrimental to one’s health physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is not easy to live life overweight, and various diets are present to help lose weight and be healthier. After many failed diets, desperation leads to desperate measures, including surgeries that are very invasive. Gastric band, designed to temporarily reduce the size of the stomach, is one that few consider as a drastic surgery to help one lose the struggling weight, but these can be very dangerous and can cause an even worse problem. Fact is,  gastric bands don’t always work and they are not a long-term solution.

Doctors say better options include gastric bypass surgery, which is permanent but offers better long-term weight control. Another procedure being offered is a sleeve gastrectomy, which also surgically reduces the size of the stomach to about 15 per cent of its original size. It is also irreversible and provides a long-term weight loss solution.

Watch: CTV National News: Warning about Weight loss

The One Menu Item You Should Never Order At McDonald’s, According To A Former Employee

You should always keep in mind… espresso drinks and ice cream should be avoided  at McDonalds!

Why? It is Not Well Cleaned!!!!!!

I have also heard it from a a former Supervisor at McDonalds, someone I know very well! 

Read this: https://www.shefinds.com/collections/menu-item-never-order-mcdonalds/

BE AWARE OF SOME VEGGIE RECALL

p-landing-veggie-slaw-blends.pngSome brands of fresh stir-fry, salad mixes, and veggie platters are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. Listeria contamination symptoms include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, and severe headache. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.

Important to note:  Those contaminated veggie products have a Best Before dates  between Oct. 12 and Oct. 17. and they entail brands suchs as: Mann’s, Compliment, and Western Family.

Read more at the CFIA website.

 

Fake It Until You Become It!

Your body language shapes you and demonstrates who YOU are. It affects how others see you and perceive you.

You can shape your own life, your own image, your own perception. The way you stand, the way you place your arms, the way you stare… you shape how others see you and most importantly, how you see yourself!

In primal situations in your life, such as a job interview, it is actually important how others see you; your image and your actions will determine how others see you fit for the job.

Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist,  reveals how you can shape yourself. Fact is, not all of us are confident, not all of us can demonstrate confidence, but you can “fake it until you become it”. So how about you try to act the part, until you become the part.

Remember, body language is very transparent. If you walk into a room with your head down, it will transpire into your actions and others’ reactions. First impressions are vital and can affect how you are perceived and affect your chances in life.

Nonetheless, if you are not a confident person, there is always hope for you to become one. You can influence how others see you and how you see yourself, you just need to try something new. Amy Cuddy shares how our body language can change other people’s perceptions, and perhaps even our own body chemistry, through her secret of changing  body positions.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

I strongly recommend that you watch her TED Talk and learn something today that may change your life and your future opportunities:

Did You Know Sunglasses Have an Expiry Date…

You may not be aware of this, but keeping the same sunglasses for longer than 2 years can damage your eyes.

Sunglasses should be changed every two years to protect eyes from sun damage say scientists

Exposure to the sun is now believed to wear down the protective lensing of your sunglasses, causing damage to your eyes, and Designer sunglasses now have a shelf life of only two years. Scientists have undertaken studies to measure the scale of deterioration due to exposure to the sun and have confirmed that if sunglasses aren’t replaced, the wearer runs the risk of long-term degeneration of vision.

The aim is to ensure lenses have sufficient UV filters as inadequate levels could affect the cornea and internal structure of the eye. When this happens, edema or swelling to the eye can cause distorted vision. Pterygium or the growth of fleshy pink tissue on the white of the eye can also affect vision while other side effects can result in retina damage or cataracts.

This is a lesson, to not take your eyes for granted and take care of your eyes, your vision is all you have.