Amila Wickramarachchi Posts

Benefits of Wearing a Postpartum Girdle After Delivery

As a first time mommy, I was lucky that my doctor advised me to use a postpartum girdle after I gave birth to my baby. Following doctor’s advice my husband bought an abdominal binder from the hospital pharmacy. It is true that four years ago I was not much aware of the benefits of having a girdle for me after a C-section. However, today I am glad that I used an abdominal binder!

If you are a new mom or mom to be, here are some helpful tips that explain the benefits of wearing postpartum girdle after delivery. I used a postpartum girdle and I experienced all these benefits. So, I am sure these tips will help another mom to experience all these benefits after the delivery of the baby!

Benefits of Wearing Postpartum Girdle After Delivery

A Postpartum Girdle or an abdominal binder is a special garment that also compresses and shapes your body. This is why it is helpful to get the shape back after the delivery. Especially for those who deliver the baby via C-section, sometimes it is difficult to come back to the normal shape of the body. I remember the sagging and loose tummy I had during the first few weeks after the delivery. Luckily I could get firm belly skin and almost flat tummy in few months. When the kid was celebrating his first birthday I was almost in my pre pregnancy weight

 

Why You Should Use a Postpartum Girdle after Delivery?

Reasons are simple. A postpartum girdle will help you to get the shape. It gives muscle support after your delivery. A Postpartum Girdle will help you to tighten your abdominal muscles without giving much compression. Also this compression of muscles will improve the blood flow. As you can reduce the swelling of the muscles with a postpartum girdle, that will help you to recover and heal from the wounds after a C-section. This is the main reason for my doctor to introduce an abdominal binder for me after my C-section. That gave me comfort from the wounds and sagging muscles. Check this guide for top postpartum girdle options for more details of different types of abdominal binders available on the market.

 

How do you buy a Postpartum Girdle?

Postpartum Girdle or abdominal binders come with lot of features .So, if you plan to buy a girdle for you, it is better to read the features before you buy. It should fit you properly and it should easy to use. After all it should be a girdle that gives you comfort.

Considering the benefits you get after using a Postpartum Girdle, an abdominal binder can be a best investment for any postpartum lady!

Do you have any experience with using a Postpartum Girdle? Please share.

 

Remote Control Ride On Cars for Toddlers – Is it Worth Buying?

Little kids love ride on vehicles. It is same with my kid too. He loves ride on vehicles and every time he sees a kid playing on a ride on car, he gets excited. He shows me the car and asks me for a similar one. Now his birthday is around the corner, I am thinking of a perfect gift for him that he would love.

Remote Control Ride On Cars for toddlers

My kid loves to ride this remote control ride on car at my friend’s home 🙂

I am sure he will really appreciate a beautiful remote control ride on car which is especially for toddlers and small kids. That is why I started to search for tips and things to know before we buy a Remote Control Ride on Cars or a Remote Control Power Wheels for kids.

Remote Control Ride On Cars for toddlers

Before looking for things to know when buying a remote control ride on car, I wanted to check whether it is a unique gift idea or not. When I check the available designs for Remote Control Ride on Cars and Remote Control Power Wheels I was really impressed. Nowadays there are beautiful and exciting ride on cars available with great features that can make any kid get excited. But, what are the advantages of buying such a car for my kid? I want to know to make an informed decision before I buy.

Benefits of Remote Control Ride On Cars for kids

Here are the benefits that you can expect for your kids by using ride on cars or Remote Control Power Wheels.

Help to develop balance and coordination

Although a ride on car is powered using a remote control, kids pay attention on its track. They will focus on their ride and try to avoid any obstacle they see. This can be a great way to enhance the concentration and focusing skills of little kids from their young age.

Remote Control Ride On Cars for toddlers

Help to develop Role Playing Activities

Pretend playing or role playing is necessary for kids’ growth. Usually toddlers and preschoolers start role playing when they reach 2-3 years of age. This is a great way to enhance cognitive skills of kids. But how a remote control ride on car can help a kid to enhance role playing? Kids will find lot of role playing ideas around their ride on car before we mention such ideas to them! It can be a safari trip by a Remote Control Power Wheels or trip to the super market from his Remote Control Ride on Car. There will be many new ideas which help the kid to think, analyze and create a role play activity around the new car.

Improve family bonding time

It is true that a kid needs to play his remote control ride on car with the supervision of an adult. This is a great way to spend family time together. Around the ride on car, you will create lot of fantastic moments. With curious kid who loves role playing with his ride on vehicle, definitely it will be a family fun time.

So, finally I found the reasons to buy such a great gift for my kid. After all benefits of Remote Control Ride on Cars for kids, I find that the most important benefit is that my kid will be really excited with his new toy.

Isn’t this a perfect gift idea for his birthday?

Preschool Field Trip to the Singapore Zoo

Kids easily learn through activities and observation. This is why field trips and outdoor explorations are important specially for early learners. At home we always encourage our kid to experience active learning as we know the benefits of such.My kid was lucky to join with his Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo and it was a fantastic opportunity for him as an early learner!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

My little explorer is learning to read the map!

Last week we had a fun day at the Singapore zoo. That was my kid’s first ever school field trip. His preschool teachers organized a field trip to the Singapore zoo. This is why we like the new preschool.Now our kid’s preschool days are full of different activities and experiences which also improves his social skills.

My kid has visited the Singapore zoo 3 times during the last year as family trips. However a preschool field trip is a great way to spend his day with teachers and friends.So we decided to join our kid to visit the zoo again. And of course, I visited the zoo again for the 5th or 6th time! 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Little explorers are walking to see the animals in the Singapore zoo!

However, Singapore zoo is always an exciting place to visit. It looks natural and attractive. With preschool kids, I really had a great time.

For my kid, it was an exciting day. He packed his bag with field trip essentials including snacks, hat and raincoat before he went to the bed. On the day of the field trip, he woke up early and was really excited. The bus ride with his preschool friends was an unforgettable experience for him. 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

My kid is watching dinosaurs with his friend

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Exploring the dinosaur statue

Other than watching the animals around the zoo, teachers planned to watch some animal shows during the field trip. It was exciting for the kids. But after the first animal show, my kid showed signs of tiredness. Light snacks were always helpful for me to keep him active. 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

These animal themed trams are fun to see!

A tram ride around the zoo was exciting. He could watch his most favourite animal, the Lion!He also loved to see elephants!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

We also watched the Elephant show at the Singapore Zoo!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Curious to see the exhibits!

Other than watching animals and their behavior, kids also learned to share and to spend the time together. At the end of the day, kids looked tired but still talkative and playful!

Do you like such field trips?

 

Ovarian Cancer – Spreading Awareness Together

Ovarian Cancer – Spreading Awareness Together

Cancer can be devastating for those who are touched by it. Whether a diagnosis is given to a family member, friend, co-worker, or of course yourself, we can all agree cancer can rock your mind, body, and soul inside-out. In light of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is in September, I’d like to share some eye-opening statistics, factors that increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, and ways we can try to reduce our risk.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Things to Consider

Did you know 14,000 women die each year from ovarian cancer? This is an alarming number, especially considering half of the women who develop ovarian cancer are under 60. Here’s another shocker: pap smears do NOT detect ovarian cancer. I’m sure this is upsetting to many women, including myself, since I thought my yearly trips to the gynecologist inherently included cancer screenings on top of STD testing and our general wellness check up. It’s no wonder only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1–  we didn’t know we had to ask for a separate test. Given that most women don’t “look forward” to the uncomfortable conversations at their yearly exams, this is something we need to be bringing up in addition to the routine Q&A, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel.

Period Pain or Cancer?

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Now think about it for a second. If most women are under the impression that they’re being screened for cancer at their yearly exams, then there doesn’t seem to be a reason to bring up telltale symptoms of ovarian cancer, which many women would commonly attribute to aunt flow. Speaking of symptoms, let’s take a look at what they are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

Out of these nine signs of ovarian cancer, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of women could confuse at least six of these symptoms with their monthly menstrual cycle, and a few others with a UTI. So ladies, please listen to your body and don’t feel shy bringing up any of these symptoms to your OB/GYN, and ask about getting screened for ovarian cancer if you have any inkling of these symptoms.

Genetic Factors to Look Into

Along with being proactive regarding these (confusing) symptoms by chatting up your gynecologist and stating any abnormalities in the exam room, ask your family about any history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, and report any findings to your doctor. And whether or not you have a history, it’s smart to get tested for the genetic mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genetic mutations greatly increase a woman’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. If you end up testing positive for either mutation, your doctor will be able to better identify any symptoms you’re having (if any), and take the proper steps to monitor your health. He or she may recommend oral contraceptives as one way to reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer. Oral contraceptives also seem to reduce this risk especially for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. To find out if you have the mutation, you can be tested with a simple blood sample.

Be Wary of Products

In the heat of the summer, it may seem like a good idea to grab some scented feminine wipes to use after the gym or dust yourself with a light powder in the morning to stay fresh down below. Or, perhaps you’re under the impression that during your menstrual cycle, you should be using scented tampons. To be honest, the marketing of feminine products can be confusing and even misleading, especially for the unsuspecting consumer. But, the vagina is self-cleaning, so scented tampons, feminine washes, and powders are totally unnecessary to keeping the vagina healthy and fresh, and can actually cause harm down below.

Not only do scented products of any kind, including scented tampons, kill the good bacteria that should be in the vagina, but these products allow the bad bacteria to overgrow. Dusting baby powder on your nether regions to stay fresh can also cause problems of a different kind. Numerous scientific studies and juries have found a direct link between talc and ovarian cancer, and doctors have associated the mineral with lung problems as well. If you’d like to dust yourself with a light powder to stay comfortable, try cornstarch, arrowroot, or rice powder. These have all been found safe for women and baby, and many brands have switched to these alternative minerals. Whether or not you choose to use any feminine products, remember that it’s recommended to use simply use a mild, unscented soap and warm water to clean your nether region.

Stay Active

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

We all know exercise has wonderful benefits, but did you know that keeping a healthy weight could reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer? If you’re like millions of Americans, this can take some motivation! Let’s break things down. Studies from the Mayo Clinic suggest 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. I know that sounds like a lot at first glance, but if you think about it, that’s a brisk walk around your neighborhood for only 30 minutes a day Monday-Friday! Not only can keeping a healthy weight reduce your risk of ovarian cancer, but exercise helps to balance out the neurotransmitters in your brain that affect mood as well as mental function!

Keep the Conversation Going

I hope this was helpful information and you share some life-saving information with loved ones everywhere since the more we know about our health, the better off we are! We can do small things to spread awareness. Text some girlfriends and ask if they know about the early symptoms of ovarian cancer, and if not, tell them. Call your family members and suggest you go for a walk together to keep active. Share information on genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 on social media for your followers and their families. Let’s all work together to help spread the word on common symptoms of ovarian cancer and ways we can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer for women all over the world. Remember, talk to your gynecologist if you have any questions or concerns about ovarian cancer.

Essential Items for Potty Training

If you plan for potty training your toddler or preschooler, then be sure to start it right. When you start potty training at right age with right products, it is not a struggle anymore. We actually started our potty training when the kid was just above 2 years old. However with right products, tips and tricks we could pass the initial phase of potty training without much hard moments. This is my trick. To make potty training a fun and interesting milestone, you need to have right products around you. It is not a list of fancy items. Instead this is the basic and Essential Items for successful Potty Training which any mom should consider.

Essential Items for Potty Training

Make potty training an interesting activity for your kid!

Here is our list of Essential Items for Potty Training

A Cute potty

Yes, to start potty training you need a potty. However consider spending time to select an attractive potty for your kid. Invest some money on a cute design and your kid will love it. This will make it easier to make your kid keep sitting on the potty. I found beautiful and cute potty designs at My Teeny Weeny which is an online shop for both moms and kids. They ship worldwide. So you don’t have to worry about the location you live.

I really love the below cute potty from My Teeny Weeny.They have different cute designs which can make your kid happy.My kid loves animals,so I know he will love such a cute potty! Which kid doesn’t love animals! So,I am sure a cute animal potty will be their favourite item for potty training.

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Who doesn’t love to sit on such cute potty! With a cute potty,you can easily keep your kid sitting on it for sometime.

Toilet Paper and Flushable Wipes

Toilet paper must be an item that is already you use in your toilet area. However consider buying flushable wipes too that is easier to wipe and clean your kid. With such wet wipes you will feel it is easier to clean the kid than using toilet paper.

A good hand wash for kids

Together with potty training, you also need to teach the kid about basic hygiene practice. Therefore it is essential to train him to wash hands after the potty session. A safe and good hand wash is essential in such reason. Therefore look for a kid friendly hand wash before you start potty train your kid.

Potty training tools and other products to entertain the kid

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A potty training song is a great way to keep the kid entertained for few minutes.

Other than the above essentials for potty training, consider items which make potty training a fun activity. Rewards charts, stickers, potty training videos, songs, potty training apps and books for potty training are other items that you can consider before you start. With all these items, products and tools, it will be easier to train your kid to the potty!

Do you have any other ideas to add to this list of essential items for potty training?Please share as comments.

 

 

Kinzd Wallet Review – Elegant and Safe Wallets

Before writing this Kinzd Wallet review, I have a question for you. Usually what are the things do you consider before buying a wallet? Is it all about secure storing of your belongings or do you also check the gorgeous designs? I am sure you look for both secure storage and beautiful designs same as me. If so, read on this Kinzd Wallet review based on my recent experience.

Kinzd Wallet review

Kinzd Wallet review

Usually I use one wallet for my cards and notes together with small coin purse to keep the coins. That is fine when I travel with the handbag. However there are times that I need to travel or go around with minimum things on hand. This is why I was looking for a wallet which I can use both notes and coins without dropping.

Kinzd Wallet review: Accordion Wallet

Kinzd Wallet review

Kinzd RFID Leather Card Wallet for Women

This Kinzd wallet I received recently does the job. It is really convenient for me to use all my cards, notes and even coins making my life comfortable.

I selected this Accordion Wallet which is mentioned as RFID Leather Card Wallet for Women Credit Card Holder from Kinzd when I was asked for a review. I simply love the elegant design and its usefulness. After using it for few weeks, now it is time for me to share my review post.

Kinzd Wallet review

This Kinzd wallet comes with compartments for cards,notes and coins

If you look for buying a wallet, you can check this RFID Leather Card Wallet which comes with below features.

  • Elegant and stylish design
  • Safe wallet with compartments for coins, cards and cash
  • RFID Blocking material to protect   credit cards, ID cards etc. from identity thieves
  • Made of genuine leather but still soft in touch
  • Easy to use and small in size
  • Money back guarantee up to 6 months
Kinzd Wallet review

Zippered compartment is really useful for storing coins or even notes.

I am really happy with simple yet elegant wallet from Kinzd.It is soft in touch and easy to use with different pockets for cards and cash.

Check more details of this Kinzd wallet by visiting here

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Kinzd Wallet review: Women’s Large Makeup Bag

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Kinzd Women’s Large Makeup Bag review

Kinzd is not only a place to shop women’s wallet. It is also a place for buying other storage products too including makeup bags. This makeup bag is large enough to store all the necessary makeup items for a long trip or even for a short holiday. I really love this as this is helpful for me to pack everything for makeup when I travel to Sri Lanka for long holidays. Inside the makeup bag, there are compartments including a zipped compartment which is helpful for organizing the stuff. The zippered pocket is also suitable to store money or jewelry securely.

This cosmetic bag also comes with soft and clean waterproof material which is easy to use. You can check more details of this Kinzd Makeup Bag here.

You can also buy it here.

So far my experience with these Kinzd products is really good. You can check more details and designs by visiting the Kinzd website.

Also you can buy and check more details about Kinzd wallets here.

Visit Kinzd website to find more details and product designs : www.kinzd.com

 

Disclosure: I received these products free in order to facilitate this review.However all opinions are mine.

Happy National Day Singapore!

Happy National Day Singapore! Today is 52nd birthday of Singapore. The country is in a big celebration. Everywhere it is red and white national flags and bunting flags!

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Happy National Day Singapore!

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National day decorations everywhere

And preschool kids too had a National day celebration yesterday starting from singing the national anthem. As a resident of Singapore, I always admire these celebrations which always create a peaceful community for every people regardless of the race and religion.

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Some of the artworks found along the walking path

Yesterday my kid went to preschool with red and white dress code representing the colours of the Singapore National flag. On the way to preschool, I also captured some of the decorations done for National day celebrations.

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Ready for the National Day Celebration at the preschool.(Wearing red and white to represent the national flag colours)

After the Racial Harmony Day celebrations,this is another opportunity for the kids to learn about the country,national day,living in peace and harmony and lot more which will be really helpful for them to grow as responsible citizens.

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National day celebrations at the preschool

Happy 52nd Birthday Singapore!

Detoxing From Sugar? No Big Deal!

Addiction is real.

It means having a strong attraction or desire for anything, and the word itself suggests a negative connotation.

It is a force of habit, which has negative consequences, especially when it comes to our health. It may either be due to the corrosive nature of the parasitic character of the method itself.

Addiction has enormously disastrous effects on the body, mind, and soul of the addicted person. Addiction also ruins a person’s personal and social life. Society tends to discriminate against an addict in a very judgmental fashion, often to an extent where that person becomes extremely unacceptable to the patterns of society.

Such people become alienated from the routines of a normal life. Addictions tend to weaken the body and, after taking the addicted substances, the addict feels pacified or sated. However, this sated feeling does not last for a long time. It is incredibly short lived and not worth the consequences.

The problem is that in the long run, addiction results in weakening the body and paves the way for dysfunction of both the body workings and the brain. Addictions include anything: foods, drinks, or other physical substances, but also co-dependency, a hostile attitude towards others and greed.

sugar addiction is real

Human beings are programmed to like sugar and are genetically prone to enjoy sugary food more than other types of food.

Almost all of us are genetically hardwired to favor a sweet dish over anything else.

Excessive use results in diabetes, trouble losing weight and other sugar related problems that have begun to crop up recently.

Even people who do not want to take sugar are sometimes unaware of taking it because sugar is latent in almost all foods we have in our diet. Excessive intake of sugar keeps you overweight, unhealthy and fatigued. It’s not surprising then that many recent online diet programs like the South Beach Diet, Beyond Diet, Weight Watchers all ask you to cut down on sugar as much as possible (read this).

Sugar is quite hard to get rid of and can be very deadly for people who get a very little amount of exercise.

Watching diets closely is not something practical in the modern world. Most of us do not realize what is happening until it is too late. Sugar can cause addiction and sugar cravings, which is not natural.

For your health, sound and balanced life, sugar addiction can be one of the greatest impediments.

If you need to be sure of good health, a sound mind and permanent weight loss or weight stability, you have to be serious and selective about consuming sugar and sugary substances. In this post, I hope to help define what sugar addiction is, and help you identify the symptoms. I would also like to show you how to distinguish between a healthy usage of sugar and how it crosses the line to become an addictive substance.

I’ll also give you a quick treatment plan and steps on how to stop cravings. You can overcome sugar addiction! I’m here to help you do it, and the advice given in this book is sound advice, based both on experience and expertise in the subject. Rest assured. You will find help within this post, and it may just save your life.

Weight Loss and Sugar Connection

Research and studies have proven time and again that most people that remove or drastically reduce sugar from their diet are going to lose weight.

This is inevitable because when you are removing fatty processed and high sugar foods from your diet, this means you are taking in fewer calories. When you eat fewer calories, you’re going to lose weight. The numbers don’t lie.

Weighing your blood sugar levels is essential for overall fitness and well-being, healthy hormones, directing your body to burn more stored fat, and boosting your metabolism to shed pounds, according to Dr. Oz.
What happens is people make a habit of eating unhealthy sugary processed foods that trigger repeated spikes in blood sugars. This not only affects your mood and increased risk of disease, but it also interferes with your ability to lose weight.

With high blood sugar levels, you are communicating with your body to store more fat and not burn it. Balance is important, and that comes from removing extra sugars and eating a healthy well-balanced diet.

How To Start Detoxing

Having the courage to recognize you have a sugar addiction and WANTING to take action. Gain the knowledge required to create your plan and make it happen. Psychology Today experts say it takes more than six months of repeating an action to make it a habit. That’s where you don’t have to focus so intensely on the new action. Change is tough, and we are resistant to it.

FACT: If you want to leave your sugar cravings at the candy store you are going to have to crave change and make it stick. You are in control of you; so, ultimately, there’s nobody to point the finger at but yourself if you decide to jump ship and not climb back on. There are lots of different tactics and strategies to get the sugar off your plate and out of your mind.

Here are a 7 tips to get you started.

Give Yourself a Taste – WebMD dietitians believe you should start by giving yourself a little. Most people fail because they try to go cold turkey, shock their system, and quickly slip back into their unhealthy habits. Have two bites of cake or a mini chocolate bar. If you are feeling completely deprived, you are more likely to fail.

Try Finding Combinations – This one is just like sitting on the fence. You are looking to get nutritious with a little treat. Have a few strawberries dipped in chocolate. Or a sprinkle of brown sugar on your oatmeal. A nut mixture with a few smarties in it hits the spot. This will help you crave healthy foods, and the extras will soon fade away.

Flip the Switch – This is a tough move. Just be wary the first few days afterward you may be feeling a little “off.” Depending on how much sugar your body was used to. Your cravings will dissipate, but you have to be willing to wait it out.

Turn Up the Fruit Volume – Initially, this may seem like a cheap consolation prize. Out of your Halloween treat bag do you want an apple or a peanut butter cup? By eating more fruit, you will curb your craving for fructose faster. And if you stick with it long enough you’re going to start craving all-natural ripe and tasty fruit!

Take Up a New Hobby – I call this one the distraction method. If you start thinking about chocolate ice-cream or fresh baked cookies, hop on your horse or practice your golf swing. Get excited about something new in your life to help forget about sugar.

Get Support – It’s funny in life how many times we are okay with disappointing ourselves, but we’re not so good with letting other people down. Shout it out to the world your commitment to knock excess sugar out of your life and let your cheerleaders help keep you on track.

Eat every 3-4 Hours – By making sure you eat small meals regularly, you’ll keep your blood sugars level and ward off sugar cravings. Willpower gets incredibly difficult on an empty stomach. Get Back On Your Horse – If you happen to fall when you’re out with friends and decide to eat a big ice-cream sundae, or you dive into the cookie one night when you were feeling bummed; pick you up and move on. Don’t worry about it, because we all steer off course from time to time. One slip up won’t kill you. Just make sure it’s the exception to the rules.

What You Can Eat On The Sugar Detox

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Sugar is evil, and it will sneak up on you in the most hidden ways. If you are even remotely looking to lose weight, an addiction to sugar has to be quit, you absolutely need to go cold turkey. You cannot keep living your life according to ‘just one more dinner roll, and I will quit.’
Carbohydrates and sugars are as addicting, if not more so than a drug and for this reason; all sugars must be cut out of your diet completely.

Part of quitting sugar is to know what you can and cannot eat. While the diet will be focused around wholesome foods like proteins and nutrient-dense veggies, there are still foods that you must avoid like potatoes and similar starches. Keep reading to learn the foods to eat and avoid on the 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet.

Proteins – Proteins are an essential part of the sugar detox diet since they keep you feeling full and help balance your blood sugar. It is especially beneficial to start the morning with a breakfast packed full of protein.

Vegetables – Low-starch veggies are encouraged on the Sugar Detox Diet. They contain carbohydrates, but these are not digested the same way that starches and sugars are. In fact, you can eat as many fresh veggies as you want since they are low-calorie and full of nutrition.

What You Cannot Eat

Processed foods – ‘Healthy’ foods like yogurt and granola bars may be full of sugars or artificial sweeteners that harm your dieting efforts. Others like pre-made lunches and crackers are even worse. Avoid all processed foods and replace them with wholesome choices that will help curb cravings and leave you feeling full and energized.

Grain products – In the first ten days of the diet, you should avoid all grain products. Switch out tortilla shells or a hamburger bun for a lettuce wrap. Avoid artificial sweeteners and additives for your coffee, as well as sports drinks and other sugar-filled products.

Starch-filled Vegetables – You should also avoid any starchy vegetables in the first ten days of your diet. This includes winter squash, sweet potatoes, beets, and other potatoes (red, white, yellow, etc.).

Dairy – Something else to avoid in the first ten days of the 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet is dairy products. This is because you may have a sensitivity to the lactose in dairy without realizing it. You can switch this out for alternatives like almond milk and soy.

So that’s it, simply by eating the foods recommended and avoiding the ones mentioned above, you should be able to reduce your sugar cravings and addictive behavior by at least 75-80%.
As for weight loss, simply give this way of eating a try and you will actually start losing weight without even doing anything else!

BONUS: The 5 best drinks on the detox

Water: When it comes to hydration, water is the best option for people with diabetes. That’s because it won’t raise your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can cause dehydration. Drinking enough water can help your body eliminate excess glucose through urine. Women should drink approximately 8 glasses of water each day, while men should drink about 10 glasses. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, create some variety by: adding slices of lemon, lime, or orange

Unsweetened tea:
Research has shown that green tea has a positive effect on your general health. It can also help reduce your blood pressure and lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Some research suggests that drinking up to six cups a day may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. However, more research is needed.

Whether you choose green, black, or herbal tea, you should avoid sweeteners. For a refreshing taste, make your own iced tea using a chilled fragrant tea, such as rooibos, and add a few slices of lemon. If you don’t mind caffeine, Earl Grey and jasmine green tea are also great options.

Unsweetened coffee: A 2012 study found that drinking coffee might help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that the level of risk dropped even lower for people who drank two to three cups per day. This also held true for people who drank four or more cups per day.

This applies to both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees; so, if caffeine makes you jittery, feel free to grab a cup of decaf. As with tea, it’s important that your coffee remains unsweetened. Adding milk, cream, or sugar to your coffee increases the overall calorie count and may affect your blood sugar levels.

Sugar-free fruit juice: Opt for something that’s sugar-free and 100 percent juice. If you’re using a meal plan, make sure you account for the juice you choose. On average, four ounces has about 15 grams of carbohydrates and about 60 calories. You can also try vegetable juice alternatives.

Blend a mix of green leafy vegetables, celery, or cucumbers with a handful of berries for a flavorful supply of vitamins and minerals

Low-fat milk: Dairy products contain helpful minerals, but they add carbohydrates to your diet. Always choose unsweetened, low-fat, or skim versions of your preferred milk.

You should limit yourself to one or two glasses a day. You can also try dairy-free, low-sugar options, such as fortified nut or coconut milk. Be aware that soy and rice milk contain carbohydrates.

Concluding…

Sugar addiction is a big hurdle when it comes to weight loss. You can give your health and weight a big boost by drastically reducing the amount of sugar you consume.

If not for anything else, at least give this 21-day diet a try for the sake of your body, and just gauge how you feel after just 3 weeks.

I am willing to bet my hat you’ll stick with it for many more months or years to come!

Parental Advice: Active Learning for Kids

Educational organizations such as schools, colleges, universities ensure that they do the basic job of educating their students by teaching them what they need to know. This type of education is rarely ever useful and consists of the student taking a bunch of notes and then doing their own research to understand the topic better, which makes attending the class and lectures a waste of time.

However, in the case of primary or secondary schools, the age criteria is a lot younger than that found in college or university levels. Needless to say, the minds of children and the minds of adults differ in a lot of aspects and the way that they grasp and learn things from the information being given to them is a lot more different too. Because of these reasons, children need more things to help them interact and take part in fun educational activities.

Active Learning for Kids

Active learning refers to helping your children learn, not by writing and memorizing but by incorporating fun and interactive activities as well as props to help them understand things in a creative way. It is the concern of many parents to promote active learning for their toddlers and following are two ways to do just that:

Educational Toys

Active Learning for Kids

You don’t necessarily have to pick up a set of boring textbooks in order to educate your child. Although pictorial books help the child to learn certain things, there are a lot of toys, such as basic mathematics element. In a market that sells children’s toys, you’re likely to find dozens of good educational toys that help to not only sharpen the brain but make learning a fun, easy and creative experience for kids. There are several toys that you can find that are perfect for serving the purpose, and also allow parents to have a fun time educating their children.

Plan a Field Trip Yourself

Often times, we wait for the schools and educational institutes to arrange for a field trip event, such as a visit to the museum, or just a picnic at the beach. But, you don’t necessarily have to wait for other people to plan these things in order for them to happen. Take your children to interesting places to do something fun such as whale watching. This will boost their confidence and satiate their natural curiosity for new places and experiences.

Active Learning for Kids

The sooner you introduce your child to the love of animals, the more you will see how they flourish as human beings. Plan a trip to take your children to a nearby zoo or a sanctuary of marine animals, and have them observe things such as the migrating behavior of whales. This is also a good way to instill in them a love for animals.

Such things can greatly encourage your children to observe how different living organisms function and behave in a completely different atmosphere such as the ocean.

The Burden of Debt Arising because of Home Loan

The amount of money that is borrowed by one party from another is known as debt.  The money has to be repaid by the borrower within a specified date with interest.  A home loan is an agreement between a borrower and lender where the lender lends money to the borrower so that he can buy his property. The property is kept as security for the amount of money borrowed.  There are only a few people who can buy their house property without any financial aid. Let us discuss a few reasons for applying for a home advance.

burden of debt arising because of home loan

Different aspects of loan

Loans for homes can last for several numbers of years. It may exceed beyond ten years. You should apply for loans and make loans for repayment in an appropriate way.

  • Closure of advance by prepaying

You may go in for the closure of advance by prepaying the remaining portion of debt. You may be levied prepayment charges by the lender. It all depends on the terms of agreement.

  • Opt for one with prepayment facility

If you do not want to make that extra payment, then you should opt for a debt with prepayment facility. There are many companies which do not charge anything on the foreclosure of loan.

  • Capital appreciation

Investment in a real estate is a wise decision. In recent times, rents for homes and costs of construction are constantly rising. Now you may go in for a home debt by browsing online.

  • Take possession of your dream home

From the comforts of your home, you may make a well-informed decision. With an appropriate debt amount, you can finally be able to possess a house property of your dreams.

Hburden of debt arising because of home loan

Entitlement to Tax benefits

You will be entitled to certain tax benefits and can save to a considerable degree by taking a home debt. You can also claim tax deductions on the interest portion of loan. Deductions are also available for the processing fee. Visit here to learn more about it.

Rates of interest depending upon your requirements

There may be a fixed interest rate or floating interest rate associated with the home debt. A fixed interest rate is set at a certain amount and remains the same till the completion of payment of loan. A floating rate of interest fluctuates with the conditions of the market. You should opt in for a fixed or fluctuating rate depending upon your requirements.

Decision of taking a loan or not   

Taking a loan on home is a huge investment decision. It is a long term plan. Most of the people make home loans for a period which may extend up to thirty years. Many of them go in for floating interest rates. It is not a wise idea to make such a major decision solely by rate of interest. Twenty years or thirty years tenure is a long-term matter, and it is impossible to predict the outcome as the rates will be subject to changes. Once you decide to opt for a home loan, you should start your search for an appropriate lender who can offer the best terms after examining your eligibility criteria.

 

 

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