Eat like crazy: Britney Spears says she’s sugar free

I’m not sure if I should say this (or type it even) out loud, but I officially have something pretty big deal in common with Britney Spears.

No, it’s not blond extensions. Sadly, not even a future project with JT. It’s not fishnets (OK, we do have a love of fishnets in common, but I swear I toss mine when they’re torn and try never to wear them under jean shorts) and it’s not outbursts of the barber razor/umbrella/plowing past the paparazzi kind.

It’s our diet. Britney Spears recently spoke out about going sugar-free as a part of her reassembling-her-kooky- life commitment. Or at least shaping up her much-scorned body.

Brit Brit told OK! Magazine (what is it with the Spears sisters and that magazine?), “I’m the healthiest I’ve been all my life.”

Sure, her life’s only been 26 years long but we all know the lady’s lived a lot during that time. She went on to articulate that her goal is to “get cut,” which will be…ummm, awesome to see, I guess. Especially if she isn’t stumbling or swaying the next time we get to see her flex those abs on stage (I believe in you, girl…really, I do).

The pop star reports that she’s eating 1,200 calories a day of salmon, rice and avocados, all foods that we all know have healthy fat and other nutritional goodness that we all need and help us chase kids, award show performances and our dads down for a weekly allowance out of our own paychecks (oh, was that too much?).

To be honest, I should tell you that I am not completely sugar-free at this point, although I spent about five months off of the junk last summer. It took a solid, challenging four weeks to kick the sugar out of my system and my cravings. I stopped wanting sugar because a few bites of my son’s birthday cake or a few sips of a creamy vanilla bean shake made me feel sick and regretful. I wasn’t as extreme as Britney — she’s not even eating fruit — but I did feel and look much better after months of detoxing my system from all that white (and even raw and brown and syrupy) stuff. Since then, my sugar intake is a fraction of what it used to be, which only confirms for me that we all eat much more of it than we even realize. And while I decide whether I’m ready to return to a sugar-free lifestyle again, I will certainly be looking to our favorite hot mess as my nutritional mentor.

OK, I won’t be doing that at all. But I also won’t be smoking around my child or (did I already mention this?) pairing up with Justin Timberlake. Our commonality may be based solely on a once-sugar-free me and a currently-PRed Brit, and I’m good with the buck stopping there.

What do you think of Britney’s new meal plan? Is she really getting healthy or is this a great way to divert our attention from her unhealthy past?

Does this (or any other celeb diet plan) inspire you go sugar-free (hey, you never know when YOU might run into JT)?

Are you happy or not

I think happiness is one of the highest goals to set your sights on. There’s a reason America was founded on life, liberty and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. : D

As far as my own happiness, I am a very happy person. Based on this article alone, I should be. My stress levels are low, and my relationships flourish. I watch some TV, but not very much. Maybe 2 hours a night depending on how long it takes me to fall asleep. I have irregular insomnia, so lack of sleep gets to me sometimes, but I’m working on it. As far a seeking pleasure, eh, I have a few healthy things I enjoy doing for pleasure (and one or two unhealthy things) but my heart does not maintain a spirit of want. I gave up a prestigious position and 10K a year to pick the job that made me happy. I’m still here and it’s worth every penny.

I think majorly maintaining a spirit of humility, practicality and realism is a very important part of achieving happiness. You can only be happy when you have satisfaction. You can be satisfied without all the “needs” and wants. Jessica, based on that opinion I think your mom may be happy feeling the way she does about happiness. ; ) Maybe not worrying about being happy is all it takes for her to feel satisfied in her life, and thus, happy.

There are so many ways to pursue and produce happiness, it’s impossible to list them all.

8 ways to “give back” this holiday season

Everywhere we turn, it seems, we hear news of the economy and the impact it’s having on every American life. At this time of year with Thanksgiving upon us and the holiday season right around the corner, it may be hard to find ways to celebrate the season without breaking the bank.

Here are 8 simple ideas for giving back this holiday season.  Most are no-cost, some little-cost, suggestions for helping others. And we all know one of the best ways to help yourself feel better is to help someone else.

1) Donate your old cell phone to victims of domestic violence at
2) Forgive someone.
3) Tutor a budding writer at
4) Instead of giving the party hostess a bottle of wine, donate to a local charity in her name.
5) Save energy by shutting off your computer at day’s end.
6) Help fund supplies and field trips to underfunded public schools at
7) When you hear a siren, say a little prayer for the person(s) in need.
8) Use recyclable bags to grocery shop.

Give these a try and tell us about it in the comments. Or, share your ideas for meaningful, low cost, ways to “give back”.

Want more ideas?

What Are Masturbation Maladies For You

Masturbation has been an area of social concern and censure throughout history. Religion teaches that procreation is the only legitimate purpose of sexual behavior. This is the moral of the story in the bible story about Onan, who was punished for “spilling his seed” on the ground rather than impregnating his brother’s wife.

In 1760 Samuel-August Tissot wrote about the damaging effects of “self-abuse.” He thought semen was an essential oil and stimulus that when lost in great amounts would cause insanity. His writings influenced the medical attitudes in Europe and North America for generations.

In the 1800’s the regimen prescribed to decrease the desire for single-sex included abstinence, simple foods, and exercise. Diets rich in meat were thought to cause lascivisiousness. Reverend Sylvester Graham promoted the use of whole grain flours and created the graham cracker to limit masturbation. John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., carried his work even further and created the cornflake to discourage the wantoness that led to masturbation.

Other means of controlling masturbation included the use of chastity belts made from leather and metal. Young girls were often prohibited from horseback riding and bike riding because the sensations mimicked masturbation.

Individuals whose religion teach that masturbation is sinful usually feel an overwhelming sense of guilt. But, masturbation has no physical disadvantages. The only concern is that men who masturbate rapidly have a high correlation to premature ejactulation.

Decades of cautionary tales and religious damnation cannot be undone easily. But, masturbation is normal and healthy and should be viewed as an option for sexual expression. For more information on the positive aspects of masturbation please read Masturbation Merriment.

Skin Tag Removal: How to Deal with the Problem

Everybody would definitely want to find simple tips on skin tag removal. You would not want to live with skin tags for the rest of your life, would you? Covering them up may also be not the answer as doing so could cause irritation and discomfort. Not being able to get rid of such tags may cause the growth of multiple tags making the skin look more unsightly. Most people are also embarrassed because the tags are already so obvious and they just could not hide them.

Removing a skin tag is something you should learn about especially if you are struggling to get rid of these nasty tags for a long time already. Well, worry not because listed are some tips on how to deal with them and get rid of them for good.

Generally, skin tags are harmless but they could really look ugly and this is basically the reason why we would definitely want to get rid of them. If you are really bothered by it, have them removed. However, it would still be important that you go to a doctor to know what removal procedure would be most appropriate for you.

There are many removal methods you can choose from. Depending on what your doctor advises you to do, you can choose something you will be comfortable doing. Of course, it is also important that you are financially prepared for it because some procedures are quite costly.

The remover options can vary from surgical and medical procedures to more natural remedies. Here is a review of tag away product. Surgical procedures include cutting the tag off, burning, or freezing the tag. Laser treatments are also used to get rid of the tags.

If you want to settle for less expensive removing methods, you can always choose to use natural remedies such as onions, honey, apple cider vinegar, and dandelions.

Question on strengthening VMO by exercises

I’m looking for some exercises that can strengthen my VMO, and I’m hoping you can help me out. I already lift weights,vertical jump training, and it was actually during squats that I noticed I was heavily favoring my left side.

I went to the physical therapist, and had some things assigned…I’ve been doing them, and reduced the *GRIND-CRACKLE-POP* to just a *GRIND-CRACKLE*, but I still can’t bend my leg without pain (or without wrapping it, which I do so I can play ball). Its been over a month, and I’m really not seeing the kind of improvement I’m used to seeing with working out for a month. Am I not seeing the gains because of limited range of motion? Is it really going to take a long time to get the VMO strong again? Can you recommend something a little more strenuous than “side leg lifts” (for lack of a better description) or simple contraction?

Sometimes vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) rehabilitation can be confusing because there is so much debate on what does or does not isolate the muscle. The VMO is a medial stabilizer of the patella, so therefore it competes with the much larger vastus lateralis and IT band, which are lateral stabilizers of the patella. The patella links the lower limb with the upper limb, so dysfunction may be caused from either direction. Overpronation of the foot (flat feet) may cause the knee to internally rotate. Anterior tilting of the pelvis causes the femur bone to rotate inward also, causing the same problem. Both situations cause overload to the gluteus medius and VMO. These muscles become overworked and eventually hypercontract and basically shut down. The IT band and vastus lateralis will then pull the patella laterally, altering the movement of the patella in the groove in the knee called the trochlea. With this in mind, the major goal in rehabilitating the knee should not only focus on the VMO, but the glute medius and proper muscle balance in the hip and foot as well. Sometimes orthotics can help tremendously, but remember that this will not correct the muscle imbalances. Check out my muscle imbalance article serious in the archive section. Correcting muscle imbalances will be the first step to improve your situation. Quick fixes will not keep you healthy in the long run.

Some Information About Nursing Schools And Their Programs

Caring for people as a profession is not given much serious thought to by our society. Nevertheless there a few special people like physicians, surgeons and nurses who dedicate themselves and their lives to the care and health of others. Becoming a accredited nurse is fairly easy for someone who is serious about it and plenty of information can be obtained from a number of sources about nursing schools, the certificates and the degrees that they offer.

In the first place you have to come to a decision as to what kind of nurse you intend to be before beginning your search for an apt nursing school. There are many choices: a nursing mid-wife, a forensic nurse, a psychiatric nurse or a legal consultant nurse at the basic level. There are also options for going in for higher studies and get even a doctoral degree in nursing. There is an abundance of schools, colleges and universities that offer the kind of education that you wish to acquire, both campus based and online. If you do not have sufficient financial resources to fund your education there are a number of scholarships, work-study programs, grants an loans to help you out. Once you have qualified yourself, the Internet will provide you with all the information you need abut getting a job.

Once you have completed your nursing education, the job opportunities are many and you can even opt to go abroad for a job. If you have the travel bug biting you, then a nursing career is an apt one because there is a shortage of nurses, not only in this country but in q large number of countries in the world. There are a lot of agencies where you can register and apply for jobs abroad. Working abroad not only broadens your knowledge of the different cultures of the world but also the different health care systems that is practiced and country specific diseases.

Most educational institutions offering nursing as a part of their curriculum, offer different levels of accreditation from entry level courses to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. You have the choice of going from Licensed Vocational Nurse to a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science; from a Licensed Practical Nurse to an Associate in Nursing Science or a Registered Nurse to a Master’s degree in Nursing Science. There are also other programs like Certified Nursing Attendant etc. at the entry level. These qualifications can be earned not only by attending regular campus schools, colleges or universities but also online. These online schools provide you with all the material needed for studying at home and also provide practical nursing training in affiliated hospitals.

So, if nursing is your passion and you also have an urge for traveling, get started and become a nurse and give your all to the care of the sick and the elderly and probably satisfy your urge to travel also.

We’re Still Here

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything but that’s mainly to do with our enchantment by Matt Smith’s portrayl of the Doctor.

Yes, you heard us right.

We love Matt Smith as the Doctor. He’s the best Doctor since Tom Baker. Really, we’re honest.

Of course that’s not to say we don’t think that Doctor Who has a lot of work to do to get to the standard that we’re hoping for, oh no.

Matt Smith may be a phenomenon and we’re going to tell you exactly why, sadly we’re going to tell you exactly why we think the show is still dreadful…

Stay tuned for that, it’s coming soon. We promise.

Some comments here:

As one of the most devout haters of Russell T Davies and his era of a ‘mockney’, wishy washy doctor, man-whoring his way through the universe, can i say that i whole heartedly agree. Personally, Matt Smith has come into a tie with Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton as my favourite doctor…. im just dumbstruck, I’m…. having fun again. What’s going on? Love the Tardis, Doctor, Assistant (especially as she has no family baggage to weigh down the series in transient motherly issues), EVEN the new Daleks (YES I DO!). While, i agree that there is still much to work on, i will say this: LONG MAY NO 11 REIGN!

Well, we’ve two episodes left.

Remember how I said I hated the new theme tune? It grows on you, it really does. I don’t mind it so much, although it does still feel as if it’s missing a note at the beginning of the OO-EE-OO (more of a WEE-OO now, really). But I digress.

Most of the episodes have been half-decent ones. The only one I can say I haven’t liked at all was Vincent and the Doctor, an episode dedicated to the manual gratification of a dead artist. Pardon my French.

I loved the Dream Lord. There lied a darker side to the Doctor we haven’t seen in a long, long time. It sort of reminded me of the Valeyard, which was cool. And I couldn’t help but grin when I recognised a few hints towards the ‘classic’ series that New-Who fans just don’t appreciate.

The ‘best of humanity’ stuff was a bit of a throwback to Tennant’s constant ‘Humans!’. And they could have come up with a better excuse for the Doctor to stop the buxom fish from space than, ‘you didn’t remember Isabella’s name’. Remember when we used to save different planets? No, neither can I.

I was also disappointed with the end of Flesh and Stone, where we see the Weeping Angels move. That was a very cool way to break the fourth wall, and you’ve gone and ruined it now. Also, the Angels are supposed to be fast (faster than you can believe). Why are they moving so slowly? Ah well. There’s continuity for you.

Um, Skittles brand Daleks, too-clever-by-fifteen-sixteenths assistants, and giant flying eyeballs. It’s not the Doctor Who I remember from days gone by, but it’s still pretty great.

You know the feeling when you’ve been eating chicken breast for the past few months, and then you go out and eat what seems to be the best roast ever, but only because you’ve forgotten what good roast tastes like? That’s the feeling I’ve got.

But, I’ve learned two new things through this season of Doctor Who. First, we hit bottom already, and we’re slowing learning to walk again. Second… bowties are cool.

So why do I get such a bad feeling about the resolution to the series?