Become More Healthy Tips 81-90

81. Put a sign on your fridge and cupboard: “Closed after dinner.”

82. Brush your teeth after meals to remind yourself: No more food. Not only will it lessen your urge to eat you’ll have nice looking teeth.

83. When you eat, eat. Don’t read or play at the computer. Focus all your attention on your food.

84. It isn’t the time of day that makes you gain weight 100 calories at 10 in the morning is the same as 100 calories at 10 at night. It’s how many calories in total you eat that determines whether you gain or lose weight.

85. Remember that just because it says fat free it may not be good for you. Compare nutritional information and make informed dieting choices.

86. Never skip breakfast. It will slow your metabolism and leave you feeling cranky throughout the day. You’ll more then likely binge later because you’re hungry.

87. If you are absolutely starving and have no choice but to turn to a vending machine pick the nuts.

88. If you are feeling tired in the afternoon skip the cup of coffee and reach for a cup of yogurt. The yogurt will give you a sense of fullness and give you vitamins and minerals coffee can’t.

89. Change up your pantry. If you use peanut oil switch to olive oil. If you eat white bread switch to whole wheat etc.

90. You may be surprised but some frozen vegetables have more nutritional value then fresh ones. Frozen vegetables also last longer.

Protect Your Heart and Live to 100 Tips 71-80

71. Know what’s in your arteries: Get your doctor to perform a C-reactive protein blood test. This will help them determine your heart disease risk.

72. Sleep in the quiet: People who don’t have a quiet sleep and are exposed to at least 55 decibels of sound like a washing machine or coffee percolator suffer from high blood pressure.

73. Use a stair climber: Exercising on a stair climber for 45 minutes a week 4 times a week can improve your sensitivity to insulin.

74. Eat apples: Eating apples often can reduce your risk of heart disease by 20%.

75. Eat fish: Eating fish twice a week or taking a supplement can lower your blood pressure and clear plaque from your arteries.

76. Push Yourself: Men who feel like they are working out vigorously have a 28% less likely to develop heart disease then men who felt like they weren’t working hard enough.

77. Switch your spread: Buy fat free margarine. When compared to butter it can lower bad cholesterol levels by 11%.

78. Slice your risk: Enjoy whole wheat bread its packed with nutrients and can lower cholesterol.

79. Eat concord grapes: Compounds found within this type of grape help to slow bad cholesterol levels. You can lower your blood pressure points by 6 percents by enjoying 12 ounces of juice.

80. Close car windows:  Men who are exposed to airborne chemicals have a harder time letting their hearts adjust to different activities.

Become More Healthy Tips 71-80

71. If you family decides they need to have a sweet treat compromise with them. Serve low fat ice cream with some fruit. Or fruit with a dollop of whipped cream.

72. If you have a craving for sweet or salty foods try to go 2 weeks without eating it. You’ll be surprised at how your cravings will disappear.

73. Eat more fruit. This helps people who have sweet tooth’s keep their cravings under control.

74. You can eat sweets but be smart. Keep your treat under 150 calories. There are a lot of ice creams out there that have snack pack sizes that are between 50-150 calories.

75. If you want some healthy sweets try eating a few frozen grapes, some sugar free cocoa made with skim milk, fruit or homemade popsicles.

76. To avoid binging later at night eat balanced meals throughout the day and don’t skip meals.

77. Eat all your meals at the table away from distractions.

78. Drink unsweetened cold raspberry tea.

79. If you are prone to overeating at night change up your schedule. Find a hobby that you can do or something to keep you occupied so you won’t overeat.

80. If you eat because of emotions you need to focus and find out what it is that is really bugging you. Then you will be able to focus on changing it instead of turning to food for comfort.

Introducing Ask Malewail

Some of the readers of Malewail have been emailing me some questions, anything from relationship advice to health advice. I decided it would be a good idea to start a column where readers can send in some of the questions they have to be answered by one of our writers.. Maybe it is something you don’t feel comfortable asking people you know or maybe it’s something embarrassing. Whatever your issue we invite you to write in and ask any questions and we will do his best to get back to you.

We also started a Video called Malewail TV where we have answered some of these questions. It might be one of your Questions that we answer on video.

If you would like your question answered email us askmalewail [at] malewail.com or leave a comment in this post.

Sexy Sunday 109

Heidi Mueller

Heidi Mueller was born in 1982 in Cincinnati Ohio. She first started modeling in Cincinnati for New View. Her first major TV experience was on the reality show Who Wants to Marry My Dad alongside her siblings. In 2003 she got the role Kay Bennett on the TV series Passions. She was engaged to Matthew Lawerence but the two have since called off their engagement. Heidi has also been romantically linked to Josh Duhamel, Mario Lopez, and Jamie Kennedy.

Protect Your Heart and Live to 100 Tips 61-70

61. Have Sex: Men who have sex at least twice a week lower the risk of stroke. Having sex may also lower your risk of heart disease.

62. Take Monday Off: Taking a few days off of work every now and then can reduce heart attack and stroke risk by up to 30 %.

63. Enjoy some oatmeal cookies: Men suffering from high cholesterol who consumed oatmeal cookies everyday for 8 weeks dropped bad LDL cholesterol levels by over 20%.

64. Pull it: 65% of men by the age of 20 have at least one misaligned wisdom tooth which would never come in properly. By leaving the tooth in you run the risk of getting a bacterial infection. You may even develop Periodontal disease which is linked to heart disease.

65. Toss olive oil in your salad: Diets that include at least 2 ounces of olive oil can reduce the risk of fatal heart attacks by 82%. Rich in monounsaturated fats olive oil can lower LDL levels.

66. Get your BP under 120/80: Stay below this number and you cut the risk of dying of heart disease in half.

67. Consume potassium: Eat a banana or bake a sweet potato with spinach to get potassium. Getting your daily level of potassium you reduce your risk of high blood pressure.

68. Eat fiber: Taking a fibre supplement like Metamucil before meals can slow the digestion of sweets and high processed starches. These foods are bad for your blood sugar and can increase heart disease risks.

69. Lower your BMI: Having a BMI over 25 can increase your heart disease risk by 26%.

70. Pick French wine instead of German: French wines contain 4 times more artery protecting enzymes.

Become More Healthy Tips 61-70

61. If you have a holiday party to go to eat before going. Fill up on some fruits and veggies. Don’t allow yourself to go to the party when your hungry or you will be sure to set yourself up for a binge.

62. When you are at a party don’t stand near the food or alcohol. If you don’t see it and aren’t near it you won’t be as tempted to eat it.

63. If you find yourself at a buffet don’t eat a little bit of everything. Pick 3 or 4 items making sure only one of them is high in calories. Eat your high calorie item last so you can fill up on the healthier food and avoid overeating.

64. During the holidays don’t let yourself wear loose fitting clothing. You want to wear clothes that are snug that way you have no room for expansion.

65. Instead of keeping all the leftovers give them away to your guests. If you keep them in the house you will be sure to overeat.

66. Walk around the mall 3 times before you start shopping to get in extra exercise.

67. Make exercise a nonnegotiable priority.

68. When you are at home dance around to music either by yourself or with friends or family. It’s a fun way to get some exercise in.

69. If you are having a sweet tooth moment eat a healthy salad for dinner and save your calories to indulge into a dessert.

70. If you know you have the temptation to eat sweets make sure you don’t keep any in the house unless you know for certain you can enjoy some sweets without going overboard.

Protect Your Heart and Live to 100 Tips 51-60

51. Get yourself a dog: The attention given to a dog whether good or bad allows your heart to become adaptable helping you to deal with stress which could lead to heart disease.

52. Stay warm: Cold spells can decrease the temperature by 18 degrees from one day to another can increase the heart attack risk by 13 percent.

53. Eat frequently: Men who eat 5-6 times a day have 5 percent lower cholesterol then men who eat one to two large meals. Eating 5-6 times a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 10-20%.

54. Lift weights: A Harvard study found that lifting weights for just 30 minutes a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 23%.

55. Stop after 2 cups of coffee: People who drink four cups of coffee had an 11% higher level of homocysteine in their blood.

56. Check for carbon monoxide: Regular household items can leak carbon monoxide. Large levels can kill you but exposure in small amounts can increase your risk of developing blood clots and increase your risk of heart disease.

57. Brush and rinse: Brush with Colgate and rinse with Listerine doing so can decrease your risk of heart attack by 200-300 %.

58. Snack on nuts: Men who replaced 127 carbohydrate calories with nuts decreased their risk of heart disease by 30%.

59. Sleep for 8 hours: People who get less then 5 hours of sleep on a regular basis have a greater risk of heart disease then those who get the full 8 hours. One possibility is that people who are tired have higher levels then fibrinogen a protein which can clot your blood.

60. Avoid the french fries: Intake of fatty acids lower your good cholesterol while raising the level of your bad cholesterol. Some of the worst foods are french fries.

Is it Cheating? Internet Flirtations, Affairs and Love Connections

Doug was engaged to be married in two weeks.  He was sitting at his fiancés computer, looking to find addresses to send early thank you notes when it happened.  Doug “accidentally opened” the email that changed everything in an instant. “Joe, thanks for sending me those pics last night.  They were even sexier then the ones you sent before.  I’m sure I’ll be thinking about you and those pictures tonight as I drift off to sleep with a smile on my face..  I’ll call you tomorrow after work on my drive home.”

Stunned, sickened and panicked, Doug confronted Amy over the phone while she was at work.  She was home in fifteen minutes and in a marathon fight that last until midnight Amy denied having an affair.  She said she’d met Joe online in a chat forum and had never even met him in person.  She wasn’t even sure Joe was his real name.  Amy explained the stress associated with the upcoming wedding was killing her and she was just mindlessly browsing the web when she stumbled into this chat with her new online “friend”.  At first they talked about day to day stuff, even the wedding plans.  But after a couple of weeks it turned flirtatious, and after a couple more, sexual.  She urged Doug to read the emails so he would believe her.  As painful as it was to read the sexually charged correspondence, Doug read far enough to believe they’d never met.  However, although they decided not to call off the wedding, Doug moved into the spare room.  Too humiliated to face it he told no one!  Fifteen days later he stood at the alter, all smiles.  Fast forward nine months to today.  Amy and Doug are in couples counseling.  The outlook is shaky at best.

This leads us to the question that is facing more of today’s couples than can possibly be estimated.  Is an internet fling or flirting cheating??  My answer is simple, that answer is totally up to you.  If you find out your mate has been heating up the internet with another man and it bothers you, which I’m fairly sure it will, then yes, without a doubt, that’s cheating.  The idea of “finding out” itself, indicates that there was hiding of the truth involved in the first place.  If your woman knew you wouldn’t dig it, so she hid it in the first place, then even she knew it was cheating – no matter what she says about how innocent it was.  If you are one of the very small minority of men out there that would not be bothered by this behavior, who would shrug it off, then you wouldn’t be asking this question in the first place.

Cheating used to be very black and white.  However these days a lot of men would like to think the internet has created a million shades of grey.  I beg to differ.  I think cheating is still black and white.  I think it’s fairly easy to define as a behavior that creates feelings of emotional or sexual betrayal.  I think men and women know when they are cheating, almost always confirmed by their hiding the behavior in question.  Now, I know, women do bad things too.  However, statistically men are much more likely to engage in “internet affairs”.  Not to mention many real world physical affairs start online and men who engage in questionable online behavior are vastly more likely to have a “real” affair.

So, in the end, only you know the answer.  Is it cheating?  Ask yourself one thing, “does it feel OK to me?”  If the answer to that question is no, then your answer is, yes, she is cheating.  Don’t cut her any slack on interpretation of the rules.  Trust me, in her heart of hearts, she knows it’s cheating too.

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