Written by Joan Bramsch

GROWING FREE by Joan Bramsch

We often hearrepparttar term, "Growing free." These two words evoke a tranquil scene: a youngster skipping through meadows, wondering atrepparttar 131399 beauty of a wild flower and laughing atrepparttar 131400 wind andrepparttar 131401 clouds. The child is never threatened by exterior forces; he lives safe and protected within his childhood. Wishing only to be happy and free,repparttar 131402 child is permitted to pick and choose his activities.

Most often,repparttar 131403 child, because he is a child, wants onlyrepparttar 131404 privileges -- makingrepparttar 131405 noise, scatteringrepparttar 131406 toys, demanding unequal time. He cares little forrepparttar 131407 responsibility of growing -- making loud noises only out-of-doors, picking uprepparttar 131408 scattered toys, sharingrepparttar 131409 space and time around him. Surely, children must learn that responsibility isrepparttar 131410 twin of privilege. Withoutrepparttar 131411 first,repparttar 131412 second expands to undesired proportions; thus, if left untempered, we see irresponsible adolescents and adults.

Today, many adolescents, soon afterrepparttar 131413 onset of puberty, find themselves searching for a meaningful relationship with a member ofrepparttar 131414 opposite sex. Some take seriously their responsibility to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy, while others become unwed parents or victims of teenage marriage. Both groups,repparttar 131415 responsibly sexually active young people andrepparttar 131416 "it won't happen to me just this once" adolescent are often irresponsible to their duties inrepparttar 131417 home -- unkempt bedrooms, refusal to help gladly or altogether with family chores. In short, seeingrepparttar 131418 job but not doing it. Again, we hear their demand for mature privileges and their blindness to everyday responsibilities.

Most times, these young people have been taught to enjoyrepparttar 131419 good feelings of a job well done; however, during this period of their lives they live in a world of self-centered egotism, unable to fulfill their duties as a member of a family. Usually, afterrepparttar 131420 seventeenth year,repparttar 131421 egomaniac shrinks to manageable proportions and, once again,repparttar 131422 young person can become a responsible family member.

Trying to lose weight?? Eat more fat!/Cyndi Thomas, ND

Written by Joan Bramsch

Trying to lose weight?? Eat more fat!

The low-fat craze has gone too far. I talk to clients allrepparttar time who are upset and confused about low fat.

"Cyndi, I've cut out most ofrepparttar 131397 fat. I only eat low-fat, fat-free products. Why aren't I losing? I'm actually gaining weight!"

We need to clear up something right now. just because it says "low-fat", doesn't mean you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight. Sorry. sad but true.

We seemed to have forgotten all about calories. And contrary to popular belief, calories do count. And eating only low-fat foods will certainly cause you to eat more.

Diets with less than 20 percent fat leave you hungry, unsatisfied, and more likely to overeat.

If you keep chowing down on just carrot and celery sticks all day, you will be much more likely to snap. "I want some ice-cream and I want it NOW!"

Fat increases your sense of satiety, so you'll eat less. Fat will also give you a fuller feeling for a longer period of time.

When my kids want an afternoon snack, I can give them some raw carrot sticks and they will be back in about 20 min. wanting more. If I give them some raw carrot sticks and whole grain crackers with some almond butter on them. It will more than keep them out of my kitchen till dinner.

A diet rich in essential fats and oils works to increase metabolic rate and improverepparttar 131398 entire system of energy production. With this increase in metabolism, weight loss is not only possible but also inevitable. Blood sugar levels are balanced and food cravings become a thing ofrepparttar 131399 past.

Besides hindering weight loss, dramatically reducing your fat intake can bring on additional health problems. Low fat diets can increase your risk of heart disease by decreasing HDL's (the good cholesterol) and boosting triglycerides. It can also raise your risk for gout and gallstones.

For women, cutting back on fats will wreck havoc with your hormones. A healthy hormonal system relies on "fats". When you are experiencing things like, missed or irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome, dry skin, and oily skin. your hormones are not functioning as they should. You need fat.

However, (this is really important, so listen up) all fats are not created equal.

Saturated fats should be avoided. They create allrepparttar 131400 problems we just discussed. These would include fatty meats, whole milk, cheese, ice cream, and chocolate (that one hurt). saturated fats tend to be solid at room temperature. Some ofrepparttar 131401 fats that should be included are:

Monounsaturated Fats: These are found in, olives, flax oil, most nuts and avocados. These fats will bring your hormones into balance, lower your total cholesterol, while increasing heart-protective HDL's. Studies show that just 5 serving per week ofrepparttar 131402 "good fats" can decrease your risk of heart disease by 50%. (nuts should be eaten 'raw' forrepparttar 131403 greatest benefit)

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