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Dry Eye Care - Don't Let It Go Untreated

Dry Eye Care - Don't Let It Go Untreated
By Madonna Jeffries

Our eyes need to be coated with moisture so as to function
properly. It is easy to compare our eyes and the need for a
lubricant to coat the eye ball to that of a motor, where as a
comparison a lubricant (usually oil) is needed so as to ensure
the moving parts work properly. As we know if a motor was
required to perform without the parts being well lubricated it
would only take a short time before the non-lubricated moving
parts would suffer from abrasions. In situations where our eyes
do not have enough lubricant the condition is known as ‘Dry

Dry eye, or dry eye syndrome as it is often known, is a medical
condition that occurs when the sufferer’s eyes lack the correct
formation of lubricant. Usually the lubricant is in the form of
tears and dry eye is as a result of the body not producing
sufficient quantities of tears to oil the eyes and make them
relaxed. This condition is more prevalent amongst older people.
In America alone around 30 to 40 million people suffer from dry
eye syndrome. About three quarters of sufferers have fairly mild
cases, however many of the remaining 10 million or so sufferers
experience extremely serious cases of the affliction. 

One of the very important aspects of dry eye care is having the
sufferer understand the symptoms associated with the condition
and address the problem correctly. As a guide most people
suffering from this problem usually experience constant
irritation, their eyes ache and they experience a burning
sensation as well as a grainy feel in on and around the eyes. 

If you suffer from this condition it is important that you
undertake an eye care program as soon as possible because if the
eyes go untreated it can possibly result in more serious
problems occurring in the future. These serious symptoms can
include scarring, infection of the cornea and in the most severe
of cases even permanent loss of vision. It is vitally important
that dry eye syndrome be treated because failure to do so may
result in serious consequences. 

Preventative Suggestions

Dry eye care starts with preventative measures to ensure
adequate moisture is present in the eyes. If you have noticed
that you have a distinct lack of moisture in your eyes it is
recommended that you take steps to avoid the use of hair driers,
use glasses to deflect wind from the eye region, avoid extremely
warm rooms and of course avoid smoke. Other preventative
measures include wearing glasses rather than contact lenses,
using a manmade tear ointment at night before going to bed and
use humidifiers in rooms that have been heated. 

From Dry To Damp

When Dry Eye Syndrome cannot be prevented, your dry eye care
should include treating the eyes with formulated eyedrops. Many
brands of effective eyedrops can be bought over the counter and
do not require a doctor’s prescription. In essence these drops
work as fake tears. Currently a great deal of scientific
research is being undertaken to develop more advanced
medications for the treatment of this eye condition.

In more serious cases the eye’s cornea becomes terribly
irritated. In some of these situations the use of
anti-inflammatory agents are encouraged to combat the condition.
An effective dry eye care remedy for short-term usage only,
includes topical steroids as an ingredient in the eye drops.
However, it is not recommended that these compounds be used over
an extended time frame because of the known side effects. 

As part of the modern treatment regime researchers are trying
to find out ways of restricting the extent of the eyes swelling,
instead of just oiling the eye’s surface. They have developed a
number of methods to reduce the dry eye condition, including one
method where the doctor attempts to close the channels from the
eye to the nose. Another method involves using very small plugs
to control the speed and volume of the flow of tears as they
drain from the eyes. 

So if you think that you may suffer from this syndrome and are
in need of dry eye care please consult your doctor for advice on
preventative measures as well as effective treatment for your

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Manic Depression Symptoms: The Two Ends Of The Spectrum

Manic Depression Symptoms: The Two Ends Of The Spectrum
By Flor Serquina

Manic depression is a mental disorder that is also called manic
depressive disorder. To some, it is known as bipolar disorder.
Manic depression symptoms are known to be on the extreme sides
of the spectrum. They are either on the high end or the low end.
The high-end symptoms are known to be the manic symptoms while
the low end is known as the "hypo" symptoms or the depressive

This type of mental disorder is hard to spot because the
patient may appear to be going well after an episode of
depression. Unknown to people around him, he becomes sunny all
of the sudden not because he has overcome depression; it is just
that he shifted to mania, the other symptom of his illness.

The following are manic depression symptoms observed in
patients who suffer from the manic or high end of the mental

o Extreme kindness and euphoric mood.
o Being provocative.
o Inability to concentrate, always and easily distracted.
o Talking very fast due to the racing thoughts that flood the
o Extreme energy level, hyper activity and restlessness.
o Excessive and uncharacteristic spending.
o Incoherence and mixed ideas.
o Increase in sexual drive.
o Intrusive behavior.
o Overly aggressive behavior.
o Very poor judgment
o Believing in his own super powers and unrealistic abilities.
o Extremely irritable.
o Sleeps too little but still have too much energy.
o Abusive use of substances such as cocaine, alcohol, and
sleeping medications.
o Falling into a denial stage and not believing that anything
is wrong with him.

The following manic depression symptoms are observed from
patients on the low or depressed mode of the disorder.

o Sadness that stays for a considerable length of time
accompanied by anxiousness and feeling of emptiness.
o A constant feeling of fatigue and a very low energy level.
o Feeling hopeless and always pessimistic.
o Loss of sexual drive.
o Inability to feel pleasure from anything.
o Inability to concentrate.
o A gnawing sense of guilt and feeling worthless.
o Forgetfulness.
o Restlessness.
o Extreme irritability.
o Inability to make rational decisions.
o Insomnia or oversleeping.
o A drastic loss or gain of appetite that leads to either
weight loss or gain.
o Constant body pains that can not be confirmed by medical
o Suicidal tendencies.

Psychosis is another phenomenon that can be observed as a manic
depression symptom. It occurs in both manic and depressive modes
of the disorder. It is characterized by hallucination and
delusion that is sometimes mistaken for schizophrenia (another
form of mental disorder that also manifests hallucination and

It is important that proper diagnosis be done to tell whether
it is manic depression symptom or schizophrenia because the two
types of mental disorder need different types of psychological
and medical attention.

There are people who exhibit mixed manic depressive symptoms.
They manifest both the high and the low end symptoms of the
disorder at the same time.

When To Seek Help

As mentioned, it is not easy to determine if a person has manic
depressive disorder. If you suspect that you or a loved one is
suffering from this mental illness, it would be best if you go
and see a psychiatrist to fully assess your condition
immediately since the person with this illness has a very
erratic and unstable behavior. It can go from shoplifting to
promiscuous sexual behavior to suicide. What's more, these
behaviors may be manifest within a short period of time.

Proper diagnosis of the manic depressive symptoms is necessary
in order to provide the proper treatment needed by the patient.
The symptoms are confusing. The assistance of professional
people is important in order to recover properly. Administration
of medication is almost always necessary to stabilize the
patient. Medications would help a patient respond well to other
forms of psychiatric treatments such as psychotherapy and
cognitive therapy.

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Abs Workout Exercise And Diet

Abs Workout Exercise And Diet
By Pete Marks

If you want rock hard visible rock hard abs diet abs workouts
and exercises alone will not do it. You have probably already
tried the latest ab gadgets, ab pills or burning pills and have
yet to see results but feel like failure trying to reach that
goal. No matter how hard you try the truth is you may never see
real results.

Ab diets and workouts are effective in building up stronger gut
muscles and back muscles and may help reduce some fat. Spot
burning or trying to reduce flab or fat on one area of the body
with one specific exercise such as sit ups or gut crunches is
just a myth and many fad gadgets usually focus on one group of
muscles. Focusing on one group of muscles may add strength and
tone. The truth is that if you have washboard abs and you have a
layer of tummy fat or love handles no one will ever see those
ripped abs.

You really need to focus on reducing your overall body fat thus
reducing the fat around your waist if you want to see visible
rock hard washboard chiseled abs. The typical diet can sabotage
your goal if it is not tailored to you or it is not low fat. To
lose weight takes a whole approach and this includes eating more
whole foods, avoiding fats, avoiding lots of processed foods. A
good weight loss diet plan will not be too extreme but will
usually get you back to the major food groups. This can sound
difficult but with the right knowledge and training it makes it
easier to achieve sexy flat abs.

There are certain things to seriously consider in a workout
regimen and you want to seriously consider the following about
overall body fat. The ideal body fat for a health male adult is
about 10 - 12%. The ideal body fat for a healthy female adult 14
– 16%. BMI is usually an indicator of health and is computed
using charts that are based on age, height and current body
weight. Even if your body weight falls within your BMI or Body
Mass Index it is still possible that you may not fall within the
guidelines of body fat mentioned above. A really extreme athlete
may not even apply to a BMI chart and it may also depend on the
sport. It really is unique to each individual. But if your close
to your BMI then closer to desired body fat you are close to
achieving your goal of flat hard washboard abs.

If you have the knowledge from a personal trainer you can
always do your ab exercises from home or while your on the road.
An active maintenance routine to stay fit is usually 3-4 days a
week and depending on how aerobic the activity is. It can also
pay to have a personal trainer but it can be costly and time
consuming to have to always do your ab workout at the gym. If
pays to get knowledge about health and fitness. Some products
over deliver and this is because they have usually been around
for a while and have shown that they deliver desired results
when applied.

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Learn How To Lose Fat In 3 Simple Steps

Learn How To Lose Fat In 3 Simple Steps
By Brian Bandler

Ever felt frustrated when one diet after another fails to
produce the results you desire? Want to lose fat but unable to
keep up a constant exercise regime? These are common problems
that people everywhere face everyday. However, the secret to
lose fat is not in going on one diet after another, or
restricting your food intake. Going hungry is not a necessity in
losing weight. Learn how to lose fat now, in these 3 simple
steps that you will find easy and possible to stick to.

Step #1: Count your Calories

Yes. It is as simple as that! The key to losing all that fat is
in counting the amount of calories that you are consuming
everyday. Keep a notebook to jot down what you are eating and
how many calories it is. You start off by calculating the
current amount of calories that you should consume. This can be
calculated by taking your body weight (measured in pounds) and
multiplying it by 16kcal. Discipline yourself to plan your diet
within the calorie count that you have just determined. You can
snack, or indulge in the occasional ice cream, so long as your
daily calorie count is not exceeded.

After one week, reduce the amount of calories intake by 500
kcal. Monitor your weight every week, and if you lose fat, keep
your calorie intake at the same level. Once you stop losing
weight at the same calorie count, reduce it by 500kcal and
repeat the process.

Step #2: SMART goals

Keep yourself motivated to stick to your calorie count, your
daily diet or your exercise plan. Remember that your calorie
count method is helping you to lose fat, and the focus of
setting SMART goals is not to lose weight, but to keep you on
track without losing sight of the end picture. Make sure that
the goals you set for yourself are SMART, i.e. Specific,
Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

It is not possible to lose weight drastically within a month,
so make sure you take constant measures so you can see your
progress. Weigh yourself once a week, instead of every day. Take
pictures of yourself once a month, wearing the same outfit, so
that you can see a noticeable difference. Visit your doctor to
check that your health is improving. These are all SMART goals
that will help to keep you moving towards your objective.

Step #3: A Healthy Diet

Carbohydrates are converted into fats when you consumer more
than your body needs. By lowering your carbohydrate intake and
increasing the amount of fats instead, your body will start to
burn fats. Ensure that you are getting the nutrients that you
need, including proteins, macronutritients, carbohydrates, water
and healthy fats. Cut out the junk food!

The secret to lose fat has never been so simple. Say goodbye to
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What is the Difference Between Lap Band Surgery and a Gastric Sleeve?

What is the Difference Between Lap Band Surgery and a Gastric
By Adrianna Noton

Due to the fast growing rates of obesity in our society, there
have been a number of different types of weight loss surgeries
developed to help people lose weight and live longer. When
deciding which weight loss surgery is best for you, it is
important to compare each surgery. Two such weight loss
surgeries are laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), also
called lap band surgery or gastric banding, and laparoscopic
sleeve gastrectomy, (LSG) also called gastric sleeve surgery.

Lap Band Surgery

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding is a type of weight
loss surgery that involves inserting an access port under the
skin. The access port is attached to a gastric band that has an
inflatable balloon. The lap band is attached around the upper
part of the stomach which forms a small gastric pouch. The
balloon is filled with saline solution. Using the access port,
the surgeon will fill the balloon with saline solution. The
filled balloon reduces the size of the stomach. The saline can
be withdrawn or filled to modify food intake. The patient will
feel full with smaller amounts of food. Lap band surgery is the
only reversible weight loss surgery. The entire procedure takes
about an hour and is performed as an outpatient procedure. There
is very little scarring. Lap band is a minimally invasive weight
loss procedure.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG), gastric sleeve surgery,
is a procedure that is normally performed on patients who are
too obese to have an other types of weight loss procedures or
who do not meet the criteria to have lap band surgery. Gastric
sleeve surgery is performed on people so they can reach a safe
weight to have a more invasive surgery. The surgeon makes small
incisions and inserts a viewing tube that is equipped with a
laparoscope (small camera) to see inside the incisions in order
to remove part of the stomach. The remaining tube-shaped stomach
is closed with staples. It is normally followed by a gastric
bypass after the patient has lost a considerable amount of

The second surgery normally takes place within 12 to 18 months
after the gastric sleeve surgery. A gastric sleeve decreases the
size of the stomach by removing 60% to 80% of the stomach. After
removal, there is just a thin tube that is remaining. The
portion of stomach along the greater curvature is the part that
is removed and contains the portion that produces Ghrelin which
is the hormone that stimulates hunger. The result is reduced
hunger and it limits the amount of food that can be eaten. With
a gastric sleeve, there are few food intolerances and a low risk
of malnutrition.

When choosing a weight loss surgery, it is important to make
sure that you are well informed. It is essential that you do
your research and consult with a weight loss surgeon to
determine if you are a candidate and if you have any specific
health issues. By being informed about your weight loss surgery
options, you will know that the choice you make will be the best
choice for your situation.

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How a Busy Woman Burns Fat and Gets Fit

How a Busy Woman Burns Fat and Gets Fit
By Joe Gagliano

Someone asked me the other day which workouts should she choose
to do. She was a little confused because in my articles I talk
about weight training, kettlebells, interval training and
bodyweight exercises. So I could see how she was a little

My answer to her and all of you is use them all. You know the
whole variety is the spice of life thing. When it comes to fat
loss, gaining lean muscle and improving your fitness and health
variety is your best path. Now I mentioned 4 different ways to
exercise above do you know the combination and workouts you
could put together?

Using variety will keep you motivated and focused on getting to
your fitness and fat burning goals. I don't know about you but I
tend to get bored easily and let's face it exercise isn't always
the most exciting thing in your life. If you keep challenging
yourself with new and different workouts you will start to look
forward to them. Especially once you start seeing the rewards in
the mirror.

The one small problem with using exercise variety like I do is
you have to really plan ahead. Back in the old day's of doing
the basic bodybuilding splits you went to your garage or gym or
wherever you worked out and were going to do the same workout
over and over.

I tend to go by feel sometimes just for whatever reason I might
feel like doing a particular exercise or exercises so I do it. I
don't want it to sound like I just jump into a workout not
knowing what I'll do that day. I do have it planned ahead of
time but I will deviate from the plan also.

What I want to give you here is how to incorporate a variety of
fat burning and muscle building exercise programs to use. You do
need to plan this ahead on at least a weekly basis.

Commit to Weight training Monday and Thursday use total body
exercises. As an example:

#1. Deadlifts

#2. Pushups

#3. Clean and Press

Again these exercises aren't written in stone maybe for
whatever reason I don't have the feel to do pushups I'll do
Incline dumbbell presses instead.

Use heavy weights, keep your reps in the 4-8 range, 4-5 sets
each (best for lean muscle gains and losing fat). Yes it is only
3 exercises but with these 3 exercises you have also worked
virtually every muscle group, Workout with intensity, haphazard
workouts give haphazard results. You workout for a purpose, burn
fat, gain lean muscle and improved fitness and health.

Tuesday and Friday do some Kettlebell exercises - Use timed

Set a timer for lets say 5 minutes (this will depend on your
fitness level adjust time up or down)

#1. Kettlebell Swings - do as many reps as you can in your time

#2. Kettlebell Snatch - same as above

With timed sets every workout try to do more reps than the
workout before. You don't need to do 10 more reps if you can't
even 1 more than your last workout is progression.

Wednesday and Saturday could be Interval Training.

Do some bodyweight circuits, Jump Rope, go outside and do some
sprint intervals.

This is just an example of how you could set up your exercise
week. No you don't have to workout 6 days a week this is just an
example. You should set up your workout to your conditioning
level. Keep your workouts short 45 minutes(for weight training)
20 minutes and under(for kettlebells and Intervals).

Like I said sometimes I feel like doing something in particular
so I do it.

I guess in a round about way what I'm saying is if you say to
yourself I am weight training today but I really feel like doing
Intervals than do Intervals that day. You are motivated to do
intervals not weight train that day. Chances are if you say I
have to (instead of I want to) weight train you probably won't
even make it through your workout.

Use this article as your guide. As I mentioned change out
exercises for variety. Keep the workouts short (not only saves
time but also helps keep you motivated). At my new web site Fat
Burning Diets And Workouts we talk about all kinds of different
exercises and workouts you can do. We also talk about nutrition
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The Health Benefits of Drinking Water

The Health Benefits of Drinking Water
By Jim Plummer

Many people know that drinking water is good for them, but they
don't know exactly why. Here's information about the specific
health benefits of drinking water and how you can ensure that
the water you drink is clean and safe.

The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on
age, gender and amount of body fat. Water forms the basis for
all fluids in the body, such as blood and digestive juices, and
it's the catalyst in all metabolic functions throughout the
body. You lose water routinely when your body performs normal
functions such as breathing, sweating and eliminating waste. In
a typical day, you need to consume a substantial amount of water
to replace this routine loss.

Here are the primary health benefits of drinking water:

*Prevents dehydration.

*Removes toxins and waste products from the body.

*Carries nutrients to the cells of the body.

*Regulates vitamin and mineral metabolism.

*Naturally suppresses appetite.

*Helps the body metabolize stored fat.

*Enhances digestion and helps prevent constipation.

*Can often reduce joint pain and back pain.

The first benefit is especially important because mild to
moderate dehydration is actually a very common problem. Mild to
moderate dehydration can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, poor
concentration, headaches and dizziness. Many people who suffer
from one or more of these ailments have no idea that dehydration
is the cause, and that getting relief is as simple as consuming
more water.

It's commonly said that you should drink eight glasses of water
a day to stay healthy, but this is just a general rule. The
amount can vary widely from person to person depending on
factors such as age, physical condition, activity level and
climate. If you drink enough water so you rarely feel thirsty
(by the time you become thirsty it's possible to already be
slightly dehydrated) and you produce urine that's clear or light
yellow, your intake is most likely adequate.

You also need to make sure that the water you drink is as clean
and healthy as possible. Many people drink bottled water because
they think it's cleaner, safer and healthier than tap water. But
this isn't necessarily so. The truth is that bottled water is
often little more than tap water in a bottle. There are no
government standards that require bottled water to be any
better, purer or safer than tap water.

Bottled water, because it's defined as a "food" under federal
regulations, is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), while tap water is regulated under much stricter
standards by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Companies that sell bottled water do not have to divulge to
consumers the water's source, how it has been purified, and what
chemical pollutants it may contain. A report released in July
2009 by the General Accountability Office (GAO) found that the
FDA has little power to regulate the safety of bottled water,
and that even states with the power to regulate it concentrate
more on tap water.

You also need to be aware of the fact that all plastic bottles
leach plastic byproducts, like phthalates and BPA, into the
water. The longer water sits in a plastic container, the more
contaminated it will become.

So what do you do if you decide to cut back on or stop drinking
bottled water, drink more tap water? Even though it's more
strictly regulated than bottled water, tap water still contains
trace amounts of toxins, and there's also the risk of lead and
bacterial contamination. And tap water can oftentimes taste and
smell bad.

A water filter is the only way to ensure that the water you
drink is clean and free of contaminants. It's an economical and
convenient way of getting truly healthy water that tastes great.

In conclusion, don't underestimate the health benefits of
drinking water. Drinking plenty of good, clean water is an easy
and effective way to boost your health.

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Gum Disease: What You Need To Know

Gum Disease: What You Need To Know
By Gabriel Adams

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is not an enjoyable
experience! If you want to avoid gum disease, or if you already
have it and want to fight it, read this article.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

How do you know if you have gum disease? Here are some of the
symptoms you should look for. Often you will notice inflammation
of the gums and mouth – soreness, bleeding, and/or redness.
Another common symptom is bed breath (a.k.a. Halitosis), and /
or a bad taste in your mouth. Other signs of gum disease include
shaky or loose teeth, receding gums, and spaces between the
teeth and gums.

Cause Of Gum Disease

What causes gum disease? Quite simply, gum disease is caused by
bacteria growing in your mouth. These bacteria normally begin
growing on particles of food left in your mouth. The infection
then continues to grow, causing inflammation and breakdown of
the gums and mouth.

Prevention Of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be prevented by discouraging the growth of
bacteria in the mouth. Proper dental hygiene goes a long way in
preventing bacteria growth in the mouth. Also helpful is a
healthy diet low in refined sugars and other foods that make
perfect bacteria fodder.

Treatment of Gum Disease

If you already have Gum Disease, there are several ways to
treat it. The first and seemingly most common is a professional
cleaning. A periodontist will clean your mouth to remove the
plaque, etc that harbors the bacteria causing the disease. Drugs
may also be used to treat gum disease. Recently, several natural
treatments have been developed for gum disease as well.

Hopefully, the information in this article will have given you
the information that you need to prevent and / or treat gum
disease, also known as periodontal disease. Trust me when I say
that you don't want to get gum disease – it's worth preventing,
and prevention is simple when you follow the steps outlined in
this article!

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Get Rid of Stretch Marks Quickly and Effectively

Get Rid of Stretch Marks Quickly and Effectively
By Mel Paterson

If you want to get rid of stretch marks, the first thing to
understand is the nature of this very common form of scarring
and how it can occur. Stretch marks are caused by rapid
stretching of the skin, mainly due to a drastic change in body
weight or shape. This is why stretch marks are very common in
pregnany women, and in men who engage in weight lifting or body

When the skin is stretched in this manner, the tiny fibers that
knit the skin together are torn, and the collagen in the skin
(collagen is the protein that keeps skin stretchy and supple) is
spread out too thinly to properly repair the damage. This is
what causes the streaky purple or red scars that fade into those
silvery white streaks. You’ll notice the skin is a slightly
different texture and color to the surrounding skin. This is
evidence of the collagen doing the best job it can to repair the
skin, but unfortunately not being able to properly repair the

As stretch marks are a form deep scarring on the skin, they can
be difficult to get rid of. Most people are unable to completely
get rid of stretch marks, but many have had great success in
drastically reducing their appearance through treatment and good
skin care. As you read above, the contributing factor to stretch
marks is the depletion of collagen in the skin. As such,
replenishing and boosting the production of collagen is the most
effective way to reduce the appearance of scarring and get rid
of stretch marks as effectively as possible.

Unlike some other facets of the cosmetics industry, there have
actually been several studies done into the effectiveness of
certain ingredients on reducing the appearance of stretch marks
and preventing them from occurring, using vitamins and compounds
that boost the production of collagen. From these studies a lot
of great products have been developed in the past couple of
years which can really help get rid of stretch marks.

However, the hocus-pocus cures are still around too, so make
sure you read your labels and do your research. The ingredients
to look out for are: Vitamin E, Elastin, Collagen (synthetic),
DL-Penthenol, Squaline, Vitamin D3 and Aloe Vera. If the product
you are looking at has a few or more of those ingredients,
chances are you've got something that's going to help with
reducing scarring.

There's treatments specially designed for new fresh scarring,
older marks, prevention, reduction, or any combination of these,
so make sure you get the right one for your particular problem
areas. Many reputable companies producing these treatments offer
unconditional guarantees too, so that's another thing to look
out for, so if the treatment doesn’t improve your scarring you
can return it for a refund and try another.

There are other options to consider as well, such as surgery.
The track record for surgery on stretch mark scarring is not
great, with the general consensus being it's costly, painful,
and ranging from not very effective up to some small results.
Laser surgery cannot remove scarring, only take off outer layers
of skin to hide the appearance of marks on the skin.

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Meals On A Budget

Meals On A Budget
By Jacob Mabille

Trying to feed your family while on a tight budget can be a
time-consuming and difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be.
Eating on the cheap doesn’t mean giving up great taste or things
that you love, it just means planning ahead and using what you
have. With these simple tips you can feed your family well on
less than forty dollars a week.

First, make a list of all the foods your family likes; include
prepared dishes like macaroni and cheese as well as single items
like ham. This will help you plan meals that incorporate several
of the same ingredients without feeding your family the same
dish over and over again. Add to the list things you’d like to

Next, make a list of what you actually have on-hand, and make
sure you note what you’ve had forever that hasn’t been eaten. If
you have a lot of junk food, you have a lot of empty calories
that aren’t feeding your family very well and cost a lot of
money. By noting what you have that hasn’t been used, you know
what to avoid (if it was something your family didn’t like) or
maybe you need to find a recipe that uses that item. For
example, I had garbanzo beans that I had no idea what to do
with. I found a simple recipe for hummus, a healthy
middle-eastern dip that goes well with bread, crackers and even
veggies, and my family loves it! I use it as a snack, or to
serve with "salad" dinners on nights when it is too hot to cook.

This will help you begin to build a basic pantry, which can be
a huge money-saving tool. I always have shredded cheese (cheddar
and mozzarella) frozen in week-sized packages, rice, bacon bits
(which you can home-make and freeze for later), ranch salad
dressing, vinegar, cooking oil and basic spices (basil, garlic,
thyme, rosemary, sage, cinnamon, chili powder and dried onion)
and condiments (ketchup, mustard, vinegar, barbeque sauce and
red cooking wine. You will want to build a basic pantry around
things you eat often and learn how to incorporate those things
into your weekly planning. Do this slowly, as you do not want to
stress your budget. Many of these things can be bought in bulk
and put into smaller packages or you can grow your own in a
small garden or several pots on a patio.

Once you know what you already have, sit down with a calendar
and see what kind of time you’ll have to prepare your meals. In
general, cooking things yourself will be less expensive than if
you purchase pre-packaged items. It is possible to incorporate
some items like these into your budget, or you can cook double
amounts and freeze portions for quick, healthy home-cooked meals
on a dime. Plan your meals according to the time you and your
family will have. Include in this planning some time to make
extras for days when time will be tight. My children eat cereal,
oatmeal or eggs and toast for breakfast and drink milk (no
juice!). For lunches we eat left-overs or peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches with seasonal fruit or carrots. Snacks are
usually fruit, carrots or bread with peanut butter or goodies
I’ve made myself. After dinner we like to have a treat of ice
cream, so that is my family’s splurge. You should make sure you
plan a splurge into your menu.

When I plan, I start with the things I have on hand and build
around those. I also noted that chicken was on sale at the local
grocery store, so I bought a several pounds – again, some I will
freeze and save, and the rest I will use this week. In the
shopping list at the bottom, I’ve only noted the amount of
chicken I used this week, not the total amount I purchased. I
always try to take advantage of sales on meat.

To begin the week, I’ll make simple grilled chicken either on
the grill or in a cast-iron skillet on the stove. Season this
with garlic, butter and basil, and serve with a side of rice and
a simple tossed salad and some grapes. The salad will re-appear
throughout the week, as will the grapes. I’ll make spaghetti
with meat sauce for Tuesday night. Using ¼ pound of hamburger
I’ll make my own sauce from tomato paste and any seasonable
veggies in my garden. I’ll serve the spaghetti with steamed
broccoli and grapes or cantaloupe. While the sauce and noodles
are cooking, I will assemble Wednesday night’s dinner, as it is
a late day for me. Using my broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, bacon
bits, grapes, ranch dressing and left over chicken, I’ll made a
salad for the next night. The salad doesn’t need to be served
with anything, but you could serve bread and butter. Thursday
night I’ll make chicken cacciatore using more of the pasta sauce
from Tuesday and the green pepper. Serve this over rice and with
the tossed salad and whatever fruit you like. Friday night is
another busy one, so we eat left-overs this night. Saturday
we’ll have the rest of the chicken over noodles in a sauce made
of milk, flour, basil, garlic and butter with steamed broccoli.
Sunday I’ll use the rest of the hamburger to make a meatloaf
topped with more of my sauce made on Monday.

Shopping List

3 pounds of chicken $6.44
1 small can of tomato paste $ .56
bag salad or lettuce $2.23
carrots $2.39
green pepper $ .75
red seedless grapes $1.46
cantaloupe $ .85
bananas $ .88
small head of broccoli $1.15
small head of cauliflower $1.23
1 pound hamburger (chuck) $2.76
milk (2 gallons) $5.14
wheat bread (2 loaves) $1.56
Cereal $2.35
Ice cream $4.67
Total $33.56

About the Author: This article was written by Jacob Mabille,
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