The Biggest Loser: Being the Right Weight Makes You Better Looking

  • Posted on: 9 December 2009
  • By: mokshalom

If there's one takeaway I got from watching the Biggest Loser finale last night, it's that being the right weight makes you better looking.

Note that I wrote being the right weight. Not being thin per se.

One thing that happens sometimes on the Biggest Loser is that contestants go way overboard sometimes in an effort to win the big prize. Contestants may dehydrate or starve themselves to the point of looking emaciated, not healthy. We saw a little bit of this last year when Helen won, looking more scarecrow-like than healthy.

This latest season fortunately did not reward someone who looked skeletal - Danny, the winner, looked like the right weight for his height. And he looked fabulous! His face had changed so much he said people didn't recognize him. He looked 10-20 years younger.

3 Mini Meditations to Help You Through Your Day (or Night)

by Ed and Deb Shapiro
Authors of Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World

What stops you from sleeping through the night? Is it when things are not going your way or they look topsy-turvy and you just want to scream; when your life appears chaotic and you are not sure if you are coming or going; or when it feels like everything is piled on your shoulders?

Life should be an exciting and outrageous adventure. Isn't it a wonder how a spider weaves a web or a bee makes a hive? Did you ever notice the small, everyday miracles, like the fact that you can breathe in and out? But how many of us get to experience this miracle? Sometimes life just feels too awful. We want to feel good, we want to be happy, in fact happiness is our birthright. But so often there are just too many difficulties to deal with. And although we may know that meditation chills us out, if we are feeling stressed or irritable then it just doesn't seem so appealing.


Can Meditation Transform the World?

by Ed and Deb Shapiro
Authors of Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World

Meditation is now the IN thing. Cross-legged yogis and Buddhist monks can be seen in advertisements for everything from computers and credit cards to herbal teas, major newspapers and magazines carry stories on the benefits of meditation with tips from famous film stars, and no self-respecting bookshop is without a how-to-meditate section.

It is only in the last few decades that the general population has begun to realize how valuable the practice of meditation really is, regardless of spiritual or religious interests. Yet meditation has been the main focus of spiritual practice for thousands of years. You do not have to be a hippie or on a spiritual quest to meditate: we have taught everyone from housewives to athletes and musicians, and therapists to CEOs, in town halls, high school gymnasiums, corporate boardrooms, and on our own TV series in London.


Detoxify the Body E-Book With Resale Rights

"Detoxify The Body - How To Detox The Quick And Easy Way At Home" provides helpful information on how to physically detox to help improve your health and well-being.

This package includes the e-book and full resale rights to the e-book. You can:

[Yes] Includes Reseller Website
[Yes] Can sell Master Resale Rights
[Yes] Can be added to paid membership sites
[Yes] Can be offered as a bonus
[Yes] Can be packaged
[Yes] Can be offered through auction sites
[NO] Can be given away
[NO] Can be added to free membership sites

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Help Me Help You...

  • Posted on: 1 December 2009
  • By: mokshalom

Thank you to everyone who has sent in kind comments about my website. I am looking to upgrade and enhance it - more content, more news, more holistic resources, more frequent updates. Perhaps not quite as overflowing with content as, say, covering a lot of alternative health issues and adding more spirit to the mix.

Aromatherapy Basics E-Book

Learn the basics of aromatherapy with this easy-to-understand e-book, "Aromatherapy for Cynics." (This e-book is not just for cynics, but for anyone who wants to learn about aromatherapy!)

Aromatherapy can provide relief for a variety of symptoms including asthma, chronic back pain, eczema, joint inflammation, influenza, depression, stress, and can even help if you catch cold too often.

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10 Day's Worth of Mood-Boosting, Waist-Shrinking Lunch Ideas

by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.
Author of Eat Your Way to Happiness

1. Wrap It: Fill a Mission Life Balance flour tortilla with 2 ounces of turkey breast meat, 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons grated carrot and 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar salad dressing. Serve with a glass of 1% milk and a piece of fruit.

2. Salad Fixings: Top 3 cups of baby spinach and/or romaine lettuce with 1/2 cup berries, 1 tablespoon pecans, 1/2 cup broccoli florets, 1/3 cup kidney or black beans and 2 tablespoons low-fat dressing. Serve with 100% whole-grain bread and a slice of low-fat cheese.

3. Pocket It: Fill a 100% whole-wheat pita with 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4 cup grated carrot, 1/4 cup chopped cucumber, 1/4 cup diced red peppers and 2 tablespoons light Italian salad dressing. Serve with Rachel’s yogurt and a glass of 100% juice.


Tara Gum in Your Ice Cream?

  • Posted on: 16 November 2009
  • By: mokshalom

I rarely buy ice cream, but I do buy pie on occasion, and when Albertson's offered me a free box of Breyer's ice cream with a purchase of a pie, I could not refuse.

So I bought Breyer's vanilla ice cream - you know, the one with the vanilla beans. Only, when I opened up the ice cream, the beans seemed a lot smaller than I remembered them. I did a quick Google search and it turns out there's more than just smaller vanilla beans (or bean flecks) - Breyer's "all natural" ice cream also has an ingredient that it did not have before: tara gum.

Tara gum is apparently some sort of stabilizer that is made by grinding the endosperm (?) of tara tree seeds. It was added to Breyer's ice cream to make the product more consistent despite the temperature differentials that happen during transport. (Apparently, some customers were complaining of ice in their ice cream!)