Humans are not built to live on carrot sticks and cucumber slices. Many of the crash diets, designed to help you lose as many pounds as you can a week, are actually a slow path to starvation. And you’ll feel the effects: dizzy spells, crankiness, fatigue, stomach rumblings, nausea.

Other diets are just very complex, requiring food scales, or have a list of no nos and a degree in chemistry to decipher the food labels. While some may have the patience and the time to actually weigh the grams of the steak they’re about to have for dinner, or even to cook a particular menu for weeks or months at a time, a good many dieters are pressed for time. That’s why they became dependent on take out and delivery, after all. And what about those who have limited menu options at the office or school cafeteria? Or those who have to wine and dine clients? Restaurant fare isn’t always healthy—and you can’t exactly ask the chef how many tablespoons of butter he used. A good option is to turn online for your dieting efforts which can not only make the process easy and simple, but you can also save some money with Coupon Code Diet Direct savings.

Here are some things to consider for any diet:

Ask, “Is this good for me?” Even if you drop 20 pounds, it won’t do you much good if you end up in the hospital, or are simply unfunctional at work.
Ask, “Can I sustain this?” Oatmeal sounds good on the first day, but by the end of the second week, you may rebel against the diet and go on a potato chip binge just to make yourself feel better. Better to do it slowly than to lose it all and gain it back because you can’t keep to a strict regimen.
It’s not about cutting back all calories, but getting the right amount from the right sources. For example, carbohydrates from a fruit are definitely better than carbohydrates from a chocolate bar. And if you are getting a fruit anyway, trade a high-fat fruit like avocado for an apple.
Listen to your cravings, just make smarter choices. Let’s say you’re in the mood to munch on something. You may miss your chips, but what exactly do you miss? Is it the crunchiness? Then satisfy that craving with celery sticks with a bit of peanut butter to give it some “healthy” saltiness.
Practice portioning. If you’re the type who can’t cut out favorite food, then just take smaller portions while removing any possibility of binging. For example, don’t leave a plate of brownies on the table, take out one piece, then re-wrap the rest and put at the back of the refrigerator. The effort it takes to stand up from the table and rummage through the rest of the tupperwares may be enough to stop you from a second serving.

A Fun Way to Sharpen Vision

January 2nd, 2010

Believe it or not, playing fast paced video games such as Counter-Strike can actually improve vision by providing excellent training for contrast sensitivity to the eyes. This is according to a study conducted on the premise that better use of information as provided by the retina to the brain can get better results in contrast detection than using glasses or having laser surgery.

The results showed that players which were given hard-core action games exhibited superior efficiency in contrast detection as compared to their counterparts who played with games containing lesser action. One good thing about it is the positive effect that can lasts for months.

Contrast sensitivity is relevant to daily human activities such as reading and night driving. Age plays a big part in its degradation which should make adults think whether engaging in some child’s play is actually good for them as they are for their children. Video games as training devices for the eyes are certainly a better option than other means when the optics of the eye needs to be changed.

Planning your Vacation

August 19th, 2009

Everyone needs a vacation every now and then, but sometimes planning a vacation can feel more like work than a vacation. With all the research and planning it takes to actually get you on a vacation, it sometimes doesn’t feel worth it. That combined with the things that go wrong once you are on vacation, such as not having the right room or food, and receiving horrible service can make it a complete nightmare. Vacations do not have to be that way though. If done correctly, your vacation can be as enjoyable and dreamy as it should be. I came across Breezes’ site recently. They are an online travel company that can provide you with an all inclusive vacation from a variety of Caribbean vacations. There are many other destinations to choose from as well.

You can visit the site and browse through the resorts and spas listed. There is everything there that you will need in order to plan your perfect getaway. An all inclusive vacation package from Breezes can be your answer to a painless vacation, and one you will never forget. Even better, there are always specials going on that can save you lots and lots of money.

Travel in Style

January 22nd, 2009

There are certain luxuries that are completely unnecessary, and then there are those that are generally unnecessary, but can be helpful and a pleasure at times. There may be cheaper ways to travel around New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut, but there isn’t a more elegant way than traveling in limos. It is well worth the cost to have a luxurious ride in a stretch limo from the airport, to a prom, or to a special event. offers the finest models and makes of stretch limousines, with the most experienced and professional drivers.

You can even order special packages that will provide you with the ultimate luxurious and pampering limo ride. Instead of making do with other ways of traveling, you can splurge a bit and it will be money well spent. Certain things need to be tried out at least once, if not more, and this is one of them. From stretch Range Rovers, to Cadillacs and Hummers, this site offers all of the most popular limos to its customers. You can expect to receive the highest level of service that will have you coming back for more pampering and luxurious rides. This is the way to travel in style.

No Longer Taboo

January 8th, 2009

There are many things that were once considered taboo, and are now widely acceptable. One example of such a phenomenon is plastic surgery. Now, even teenagers are having procedures done, with the consent of their parents of course. Many procedures are done solely in order to improve one’s appearance while others have a double purpose, one being to approve the appearance and the second being a medical need. Other procedures are done only because of medical reasons. Rhynoplasty surgeries are one of the most common types of plastic surgery. Known by many as a nose job, this surgery is often conducted because of respiratory problems often caused by a deviated septum. Once the surgery is being done, patients sometimes decide to change their nose cosmetically as well.

Breast augmentation is usually a cosmetic issue but it can sometimes have to do with health issues as well. Breast reductions are sought after many times because of the strain the breasts have on one’s back. An example of a procedure that is done mostly for the medical benefit of the patient is vaginal surgery. Women who have had children and who wish to improve the quality of their life once again can do so by undergoing vaginal reconstruction. deals with a wide range of plastic surgery that will not only leave one looking the way they want, but feeling that way too.

Home Plans for Less

August 7th, 2008

Since we spend much of our time, the time that we aren’t at work that is, it is important that our home is a place that we look forward to coming home to. In order for it to be this way it must not only be comfortable but attractive. Most people get a good feeling when they can return to an aesthetic looking place. In order o have a beautiful home that you absolutely love you can design it or have it built yourself and not buy secondhand. This can be quite complicated though. Getting ready made Home Plans can make the process simpler and faster. It can also be a lot cheaper than hiring an architect to come up with plans.

Although the plans are already made they are still according to your choosing and at there is a wide range of house plans to choose from including Contemporary house plans and French Country House Plans. These plans are affordable and easy to order. Once you have received your home plans and a building permit you can begin building your new dream home.