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Smart Nutrition for All

Nutrition is simply the fuel for your body’s metabolic and physiological requirements throughout your daily activities. Even though it sounds simple, it is not and unfortunately people seem to neglect the effects that proper nutrition can have on the quantity and quality of life you shall have. It is a Discipline and a Science and as all sciences must be treated with respect. Whether your goals range from general well-being to fighting a pathology or even improving athletic performance, nutrition will play its role.

Undoubtedly a vital factor to human survival is food. The only source of metabolic energy that humans can process is from nutrients and bio active compounds with direct health benefits, and these come from the food that we eat. And just when some people can probably get away from natural-born diseases or environmental toxins, they cannot get away from the food they ingest and its consequences. We basically are what we eat.

Benefits of Nutrition

As stated previously, even if your goal is targeted around body composition, although desirable, it is not the only benefit you will enjoy.

  • Improvement of bio-markers
  • Improvement in gene expression
  • Improved mental focus
  • Reduced risk of Metabolic Syndrome
  • Reduced risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Reduced risk of Cancer
  • Improvement in the quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatments
  • Improvement of Neurological disorders
  • Improvement of Autoimmune disorders

The list is simply too large to be included in full, needless to say that ongoing studies will bring more benefits to the surface but we will just have to wait for the data to be released. However, we see that within the range set by genetics, a person’s choice of diet influences long-term health.

Why is it so Hard… ?

As with any good deed in life, adopting a ”SMART ” and beneficial feeding style is hard and will drive most people crazy. We are now living in huge modern cities where food is constantly been promoted and there is simply no escape. Whereas an alcoholic can most likely come off the addiction by simply quitting the booze and avoiding the bars, the obese individual has a harder path to follow… there is simply no escape from food… It is everywhere… and it is addictive… !

People decide what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, and even whether to eat in highly personal ways based on a complex bundle of genetic, behavioral and social factors rather than on an awareness of nutrition’s importance to health.

  • Ethnic Heritage
  • Genetics
  • Personal preferences
  • Habits
  • Social interaction
  • Media
  • Convenience
  • Financial
  • Availability
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Lifestyle

SMART Nutrition

Any nutritional strategy you use to improve your health must be:

  • Specific: You are unique so the nutritional strategy you choose must be tailored for you and not the ripped dude you got it off from the gym. Specific data coming from you such as goals, age, weight, gender, medical history, activity levels, BMI. LBM. TEEE and previous nutritional habits are vital for creating a custom nutrition strategy.
  • Measurable: Any good strategy will require data in order to keep it in track, observe progress or even break plateaus. Calorie counting, calorie partitioning, weight measurements, body fat measurements and even bio markers will provide sufficient data to keep everything in check. Any protocol promising you results without the use of data, is a waste of time.
  • Affordable: There is no point in going on a diet that requires your whole salary to be spent on food and supplements. I know that proper nutrition is expensive but it can be tailored accordingly.
  • Realistic: Going on a low carb diet when you simply cannot live without carbs is not realistic neither is consuming 1.5gr/lb of protein if you are not training but decided to go on a high protein diet. Other variables such as meal timing and frequency will also need to be addressed according to your schedule
  • Tolerable: Diets that starve you to death at best are not tolerable let aside the metabolic damage they produce. The strategy you choose must include diet breaks, meal freedom once in a while and rewards. I hate the word cheat meal as it is of a negative nature and messes up with your psychology. A reward, is more self-fulfilling and boosts your ego!

So the next time you pick the latest diet frenzy or dogma at least make sure it fits the above requirements as we are all unique beings having specific lifestyles thereby making a ”one size fits all” kind of diet impossible to exist. By the way, do not use the term diet as it brings out negative feelings and makes the effort of sustaining a proper nutritional strategy horrific. My preferred use of words for me and my clients will be a ”nutritional strategy”. Now by simply changing from a diet to a strategy, you boost all sorts of positive feelings and suddenly you feel like a General kicking ass in war… That’s the exact kind of mental focus you will need!

Summing Up

I hope I did not bore you with stuff that you already know but realize that many people will need to be thoroughly educated in the areas of nutrition in order to take control of their lives. For all the science geeks out there waiting for data to be revealed, this was a general overview targeted towards the general public, but I will be analyzing several nutritional protocols with serious data in future articles, so be patient.

The benefits of a proper nutritional strategy are now more evident than ever, so choosing to adopt a S.M.A.R.T Nutritional Strategy is clearly the smart way to go.

Good luck with your nutritional journey.

Does Free Continuing Education For Nurses Exist?

People choose to go back to school for a variety of different reasons. Some of us want to finish a degree. Others want to explore other career options. Some simply wish to learn more about a subject that has always interested them. For nurses, however, the pursuit of continued education isn’t optional. In most states, continuing education for nurses is mandated in order to maintain an active license.

But meeting your continued education requirement can be expensive, either for you or for your employer. Most programs, even home study and online courses, cost money. Free continuing education for nurses may be hard to come by… but it does exist. Taking advantage of these no-cost opportunities to meet their education requirements can help nurses keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date without incurring excessive costs.

Free continuing education for nurses isn’t just important from a cost-cutting perspective; continued education for anyone working within the medical field is absolutely essential. With the medical field advancing at such a rapid rate, it is absolutely crucial that health care workers are aware of and trained in the most current methods of caring for patients. This is why so many states mandate a certain number of continuing education activities for nurses per year in order to continue practicing.

Most commonly, nurses fulfill their education requirements through programs offered by or paid for by their employers. Attendance at a nursing conference and the completion of academic courses are both examples, albeit costly, of the types of activities that can earn nurses their state-mandated continuing education units.

So what types of free continuing education for nurses may be available to you? First, check with your local hospital to see if they offer inexpensive or no-cost training programs for nurses. The demand for registered nurses is at an all time high-the U.S. Department of labor predicts the creation of 587,000 new jobs for RNs between 2006 and 2016, one of the highest rates of growth among all occupations. For this reason, medical facilities may be more willing to provide low-cost or free continuing education for nurses looking for employment.

There are also several online opportunities to obtain free or low-cost education units. These programs are especially advantageous for working nurses as they don’t require you to take time away from work in order to complete your training. A surprisingly rich selection of material is available, from training in pain management to pediatrics to critical care. There are also directory services available to help you identify no-fee courses at just the click of a mouse.

While continuing education for nurses is certainly important, it doesn’t have to be costly. With a little bit of effort you can find low-cost or free continuing education activities that will allow you to update and enhance your professional skills without adversely affecting your financial situation or placing an excessive burden on your employer.

Kerala Tourism – A Destination For All Reasons

Kerala, a strip of land along the south-west coast of India, looks like a piece of earth stuck to the mainland as a divine afterthought. It indeed is, for this state is something quite different from the rest of the Indian states.

Kerala is not only pretty and prim, it is only here you can enjoy an all-in-one trip-health tourism, pleasure tourism, nature tourism, educational and eco tourism, pilgrimage and so on.

Where else but in Kerala can you find at one go hills, valleys, backwaters, seashore, great places of scenic beauty and religious places and structures of yore?

Kerala tour operators’ collective wisdom and studies have proved that most visitors from abroad and inland come to this place with an all-rolled-into-one tour programme. Physical rejuvenation, spiritual replenishment, sensory pleasure, eco-tourism, educational experience are all possible when one comes with an experienced professional team like the Great India Holidays people who are dedicated to Kerala Tourism.

The State is pleasantly endowed with all three geographical features-highland, midland, and coast. The highlands slope down from the Western Ghats which rise to an average height of 900 m, with a number of peaks well over 1,800 m in height.

The midlands– lying between the mountains and the lowlands– is made up of rolling hills and valleys. It has the good of the both world-rugged hillocks and placidity of the plains. The long coastal belt is made up of the river deltas, backwaters and shore

You could scale mountains, sleep to the lullaby of winged friends in the vast midland locales or do canoeing or boating along the vast canals of backwaters.

Kerala is the powerhouse of Indian system of medicine; Ayurveda, and the State is sprinkled with Ayurveda homes, both traditional and startups. But it needs a familiar hand to steward you to the right place.

Or, you could check in and get a refreshing Ayurveda massage by qualified men and women in any one of the numerous Ayurveda centres.

Get into another key and indulge in a bit of ethnic splash: take a heady sip of the ethnic drink, toddy, and sample the cassava-and-fish combination or if your whims compel, go about the farmlands and walk in the slush feeling the exhilarating touch of Mother Earth. If on a honeymoon, take a boat ride with your love under the smiling moon along the placid lakes of backwaters. After of a week or a fortnight package Kerala tour you will go back with vim and vigour.

Whichever way you look, there is a bit of Kerala for all occasions and reasons. Seasons are: June-Oct Monsoon period with spells of rains and bright sun. Nov-Feb temperate climate. Mar-May summer.