Phytonutrients & Weight Loss

Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals or functional foods, are chemicals or nutrients found in plant foods. If you’ve never heard of them, you’re not alone. Unlike vitamins and minerals, which have long been touted for their health-giving properties, phytonutrients are just coming into the nutritional spotlight, and researchers are just beginning to discover their powerful health benefits. Phytonutrients’ most basic function is protecting the health of plants, not people.

Some guard against plant viruses, bacteria, and other threats. Others repel bugs and other predators. Yet research shows that these same nutrients are effective against human threats as well: when you eat plant foods, you get phytonutrient-powered  protection against a whole range of  health woes–and researchers are adding to the list each day.

Based on what’s known so far, phytonutrients appear to serve three major functions in the human body: they act as antioxidants; they regulate hormone levels; and they eliminate toxins. Most phytonutrients help fight disease by acting as antioxidants. They protect the body against free radicals–oxygen molecules that have lost an electron due to damage from sunlight, pollution, or other natural or environmental causes. Phytonutrients create a protective barrier between our body’s cells and free radicals.

Do you or don’t you Send Back your Restaurant Food

The first question should be why the meal is not to your liking? Is it because of the way the food was prepared or is it the food itself? Most people will expect to not always be pleased with dealing with the service of others, therefore an occasional meal that is not up to expectations should be no big deal. A scene certainly should not be made over it. However, if the food is undone, overcooked, or something that was on the menu is lacking, then by all means bring it to the attention of the waiter. Either you can be polite and say nothing, or you can rave and rant and make a scene.

Lots of polite people will settle for doing nothing and will pretend not to be hungry. They will eat the other food on the plate while making a mental not to order that food again when eating in this particular restaurant. If the food is not good owing to the fact of its preparation which was substandard, then they never eat there again. Whatever the price of the food, it is still a bargain when considering your reputation of not being a trouble maker. This, too, can be carried too far. At best, chalk it up as a letter on where to eat the next time, and what not to order, if prior experiences at the same restaurant has been satisfactory.

This is to be filed under those daily little annoyances and aggravations that one must endure, little bumps in the road of life not to be made into mountains. Thinking through these disappointments will make the difference between spoiling an entire evening, or afternoon, or only dampening an hour or so of precious time. The clue to the discovery of why it is not tasty to the palate will make all the difference in how diners are to react to it: Is it a foreign food; an everyday food that was poorly cooked and reeking with burnt fat, or is it an often eaten food that is disgusting to the taste. Consider the following scenarios:

*A Thai restaurant has opened up and it is the latest place to go out to dine. The food is fancy, is expensive and is exotic looking in appearance and in smell. Most diners are heartily eating and appear quite ecstatic about their dining experience, but one young woman, not knowing what to order, simply chose a choice item and with the first bite knew she had made a wrong choice. It was not too bad, and the second bite went down better than the first.

Considering the and the look on the face of her companion, she decided to eat slowly and allow her palate time to adjust. She lied a little to her escort, her husband, a Thai, and ate a few bites of the poor choice food, but ate the side orders that came with it. To compensate, she ordered a piece of pie for dessert. The evening was not ruined. He, being quite frugal, finished off the food.

*Driving through barren territory and hungry, a man finally found an eatery along the long dusty Midwestern highway. He was starving. As he opened the door and got a whiff of the burnt fat and the unpleasant odor emitting from the kitchen, he knew he had made a mistake. Yet, the burger and fries were inedible. Being a nice man and seeing the friendly faces of the lone cook, waiter and dishwasher, he decided not to make a scene. He told him to wrap it up and he would take it with him. He was anxious to get on the road. He bought some snacks and a couple cans of soda, paid the bill, thanked the cook and went out. About an hour later he stopped at a better place and ate.

*A friendly new college student decided to try out the restaurant around the corner. She had heard many complaints about the poor food of the place, and had been advised not to go there. She went anyway. Not only that, the waitress was rude, was insulting when she complained about the beef stew being lukewarm. She asked politely to have it warmed up. When she was ignored, she asked again. She got a sassy retort of ‘can’t you see we are busy.’

She left a note in the suggestion box about the cold, thin, skimpy beef stew. Where was the beef, the note began. A shred or two of something resembling a sliver from a cube of beef was floating on top, and the soup was thin indeed. A few cold potatoes cubes and a slice or two of onion was all it contained. There were no carrots, peas. She paid the bill, and left no tip. In a few months this place was bankrupt.

Lumping Gas with Oil is a Harmful Association

Oil and gas have been lumped together as like energy sources for a long period of time. While they’re both non renewable fossil fuels, and natural gas often accompanies liquid petroleum in wells, there are enough gas-only sources and uses that they should be considered as independent entities. When you look at availability, low emissions and cheaper price of natural gas, it should be considered as the preferred fossil fuel.

When addressing energy independence and national security, natural gas is a very attractive alternative to oil. Gas is abundant domestically, while more than 60 percent of the oil we consume needs to be imported, and largely from unstable and even hostile regimes. The domestic supply of natural gas continues to increase with new discoveries and new techniques such as horizontal drilling.

Gas burns much more cleanly than oil or coal. According to the Department of Energy, fossil fuels supply 85 percent of the primary energy consumed in the United States and are responsible for 98 percent of emissions of carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide emissions of oil is 44 percent, coal is 36 percent and natural gas is 20 percent. While natural gas is far from the zero-emissions goals of renewable energies, it’s abundance and cleaner burning profile makes

Compressed natural gas is an attractive alternative to gasoline as an energy source for vehicles. In fact, there’s a growing push for tax credits for cars that run on compressed natural gas, including a bill that recently passed in Colorado. Natural gas vehicles can also be fueled directly in the home via the home gas supply line, saving trips to fueling stations and fueling can be accomplished easily overnight when the vehicle isn’t in use.

The abundance of natural gas also makes it a cheaper energy source than oil, and the decoupling of the two could further achieve more favorable price margins. Currently, natural gas is 10 to 15 times cheaper than crude oil. Further globalization of the natural gas market could help drive the price of gas down further, making it much more attractive in the future.

Based on all of these above factors, it’s time to further separate gas from oil. Perhaps we need a national campaign to tout the energy advantages of natural gas a cleaner, safer and cheaper alternative.

Vertical Jump Training

I would like to let you know how you can improve your vertical jump capacity with various programs. For this purpose, you should go through this website’s information in a detailed manner. You will come across several tips that help you to increase vertical jump with proven methods. A comprehensive analysis too can be had from this website irrespective of your requirements and personality.

After you follow the exercises suggested, I am sure you will be able to make tremendous improvements in your jumping score. Additionally, you can also know about how to take a vertical jump test at your home itself.

The reason why I want you to concentrate on all these features is that best vertical jump scores can be achieved by keeping yourself fit. I have observed several athletes why have gained maximum advantage from the fitness programs that helped them increase their jumping record by a minimum of 8 inches. Believe me! All it takes is your sincere efforts and following a perfect fitness routine that you can get here. Train your muscles and keep your body fit not only to make records but also to break records.


The challenges faced by athletes to keep themselves fit and perform to their fullest builds a lot of pressure. However, lack of proper vertical jump training mechanisms and fitness manuals make them commit simple mistakes that affect their performance to a lot of extent. In order to avoid such a pathetic situation, there are certain fitness programs and virtual jump programs meant for you that let your know how to jump higher. These programs will help you in increasing your stamina and strength. Instead of making mistakes through improper methods, our focus is on those training methods that set your technique right first.

Our fitness programs have been able to be the only difference between speed and strength for athletes. Concentrating on the fitness of any sportsperson is the overall objective of such programs. You can follow them easily and the implementation of any program is much easy for you. Also, learn why it is important to improve your jumping skills. If you are able to learn how to jump higher, then you can benefit the most by having an edge over your fellow players. This will help you in performing better every time you play.

There are several ways that let you know how to jump higher. But, you should take your requirement and fitness into consideration before deciding upon a particular method. Athletes need to strengthen their leg muscles as far as lower body is concerned. At the same time, they should be able to build fitness levels in such a way that they are not that easily prone to injuries even after a strenuous workout. All the valuable tips can be had from us that make even athletes like basketball players completely fit. All you need to is to choose one of our fitness programs as per your needs and stick to its schedule. You will be able to gain several inches in your jump within few weeks of training.

What am I Worth?What are we worth?

I have suffered from a spinal injury for the past 12 years that has resulted in a chronic loss of quality of life.  When I was young, I never understood the statements pitting quantity vs. quality of life.  I know better now.  I have become a bed fungus.  After wallowing in self pity and pain meds for so long, a part of me is screaming enough is enough!!  The situation is what it is and your condition is what it is and will be no better unless you get up and fight for every little pleasure that can be squeezed out of life.  Are you not worth at least that much to yourself?  That extra effort to reach the next goal or to at least spare your dignity.  I need to rebuild my body, my mind, my life.  As I sit here (yes, in my bed) looking at the mountain set before me, I can’t stop feeling overwhelmed by all that I MUST do.  If I want to have any life worth living. If I want to LIVE!!

  1. lose 120lbs. (at least)
  2. quit smoking cigarettes
  3. ween myself off morphine (prescribed by doctors and weened with the help of same doctors)
  4. become active (that means actually leave my bed and yes!!! leave my house)
  5. forgive myself for those things that are lost that I can never have back like time and be more positive
  6. find a source of income (SSI doesn’t even scratch the surface)

Yes, I am definitely worth it!!  I am worth more than precious rubies!!  We are always saying what we will die for but the true test is; what will you live for?  Will I live for my 12 year old twins and 7 year old daughter?  Will I live for my marriage?  Will I live for Samsoness (me) who has endured even when she didn’t want to?  YES, YES, and YES!!!  I want my life back! And I’m taking it by force if I must!

When my injury occurred, I was a semester away from entering a masters program in physical therapy while already perusing a bachelors in sports medicine.  It saddens me to say that I dropped out and fell back on my manicurist’s license.  I knew that the level of strength needed would no longer be mine.  Eventually the level of strength needed to be a nail tech was lost as well.  I have always been a book lover and many years ago reviewed books for the Murder and Mayhem book-club and Coffee-time Romances (among other groups).  I hope to return to book reviewing soon, that was something I really enjoyed.  I am also considering keeping up a blog for the duration of my journey back on my feet.

My interests are somewhat eclectic.  I LOVE reading.  Most genres are intriguing to me as long as it’s well written and edited.  I am an animal lover an advocate for the conservation of wildlife and endangered species.  Wow, doesn’t that just sound ducky!  But seriously, I love all animals.  Right now I live with 4 dogs and 1 ferret.  Those numbers are subject to change at any given time.  I am a Christian and consider myself a virtuous woman.  I love to travel and am very concerned with world affairs and the planet as a whole.  I am also interested in movies, music, electronics, and video games.  I guess you could say I am a well rounded woman with many interests.  I really like photography too, and am hoping to go back to school in the digital media field.  With all this having been said; YES, I am more than worth the effort and so much more and so are you!!

What is Energy Modelling and Has It Changed Over Time

Models are tools that help researchers to understand energy related processes while also providing policy makers with useful information for decision making. There are different kinds of models and they can be used for different purposes. Some models attempt to gauge the relationship of energy production-consumption to the prevailing price of energy. In other cases, models can be used to generate information about the rate of energy consumption against development for specific regions or groups of regions.

Environmental models might assess potential energy development together with environmental paramters, thereby serving to mitigate impacts, for example. Models can be simple, running quickly and for short periods of time, or they can be used over longer periods of time and incorporate higher levels of complexity with more variables. Digital economy and infrastructure enables greater levels of modelling. Interestingly, in areas where less digital data is possible can result in less modelling, and that impacts the kinds of models that can be used.

Modelling has grown in popularity. That growth is supported through increased knowledge about modeling processes but also attributable to higher levels of computerization, enabling digital infrastructure and policy issues demanding higher levels of accountability. In pactice models are used to understand processes better, and that has major benefits to the energy industry where more information translates into less risk. The implications of accurate modelling are real and can have significant impacts – reducing environmental impacts and to reducing safety risks, for example. But models are used for energy production, consumption and operations.

The United Kingdom recently published information about Energy Systems which is available through the UK Energy Research Centre. When considering energy that agency considers E4 modeling (energy-economic-engineering-environment). The purpose of this approach is toward integrating four factors into the development of overall energy research – a systems approach. This principle closely aligns with urban planning, for example, where multi-dimensional approaches are similarly used within a system structure. The idea here is to develop suitable (and sustainable) energy directions with a view to each of these factors. Clearly, if the production exceeds engineering capabilities then risk results, for example. Alternatively, it does not make much economic sense to impact a landscape that results in expensive consequences to remediate and reclaim. There is a balance to be established, but to achieve such balance, in some locations, or under specific conditions, may require modelling.The models would evaluate several factors so that the appropriate decision can be made.

Models are driven by data. It goes with out saying that models which seek to provide answers based upon little data are less reliable than those models that include more data. Geological information, seismic, sonar, wind and solar data are all useful for driving models. To enable appropriate tidal power energy development requires an understanidng of the tidal and wave conditions of the region where development is being considered. The European Marine Energy Centre has been involved in modelling tidal and wave energy for a considerable period of time.

While most energy related modelling was previously focused upon production of energy alone, today such models are more broadly based and can be found across independent company’s and throughout the energy sector covering business to production to energy transport, for example. The spread of energy related modelling has increased, driven in part by advances in energy technologies that produce data used to quantify processes, but also because of demands originating from policy factors.

Since the data created and used in energy modelling is digital, then advances in IT infrastructure have enabled the development of more complex modelling while growing a never ending thirst for more data as demands and expectations prior to decision making grow.The movement of this digital information is important since it connects the producers and users of modelling information in closer collaboration with decision makers. Accordingly, where telecommunications infrastructure supports digital data delivery – and modelling – then higher levels of modelling and the complexity of the modeling increases, particularly where real-time events are occuring and being modelled. We often refer to these as ‘mission critical’ systems and processes and they usually entail higher levels of authentification and security.

In most cases, modelling is uncoupled from live systems. That is, the data is collected, managed and processed for modelling. But the change in modelling over time has meant increasing amounts of real-time modeling. This also leads to a requirement for computing software and processing mechanisms that can integrate data suitable for modelling purposes, often pre-processing the information or processing it in an intermediary fashion prior to connecting to larger processing systems, often located on specialised servers and hardware.

Significant change has taken place in terms of the types of models, their complexity and who can use them. It is not out of the ordinary for competing agencies to be developing models based on similar portions of data derived through a common source. At the same time, these parties may be supplementing that information with individual developed and proprietary information created and collected through their own resources.

At the same time, the rise in tools for use to develop models has resulted in efficiencies that enable more people to operate them. Consequently, it would not be unusual for opposing forces to base their interpretations and goals on different approaches using similar tools.

So what’s the catch? Clearly, investment in data for modeling is important. Today’s tools can yield highly important, often critical results, that might not otherwise be apparent or available. Modelling enables enterprises with the ability to compete more effectively and completely while reducing risk and vulnerability.

Can a model be wrong? Yes, but usually weaker modelling is connected with the wrong types of information being used, or too little data driving the particular model for which specific answers are being sought. It is wise to use models as information sources, and to assign value to them based upon performance over time. But it is worth noting that energy models are increasingly connecting toward governance and consumers. This may be attributable to the fact that energy conservation and efficiency is most closely aligned to energy use and people making better decisions about how they use energy.