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Pets Can Grieve

Pets are often credited with human characteristics that they actually don’t have. However, it is clear that they can grieve the loss of both a human and another animal in their life. Of course, they don’t do it the same way that we would, but there are definite signs you can see when your pet is experiencing a sense of loss.

Loss of Interest in Regular Activities

One of the signs of depression in humans is a loss of interest in activities that they previously enjoyed; this can also happen with pets. For example, if your dog is no longer eager to go running in the park or your cat will no longer play with her toys, this can be a sign of grieving. This is especially true if the animal previously enjoyed these activities in the company of a fellow cat or dog.

Try spending extra time with your pet, and maintain as normal and non-disruptive of a schedule as possible. This can help to bring her back to the way she was prior to the death, but will likely take some time.

Disruptive Behaviors

Some dogs may howl or bark excessively as a sign of grief. While the animal may feel the need to express itself, be careful not to encourage these behaviors. Discover a way that clearly lets the animal know that this activity is wrong and unacceptable. If this is reinforced effectively enough, they will hopefully stop.

Constant Searching for the Missing Friend

The pet may have trouble processing the idea that their companion is dead. This can result in them constantly checking areas that the missing animal often enjoyed. There is no easy way to cure them of this behavior, except to hope that they eventually stop after realizing the animal is no longer coming back.

Stop Being Frustrated!

Being frustrated is, well, frustrating! It stinks when things don’t go your way, especially when the reasons are beyond your control. Being consistently frustrated is not good…and that applies to both body and mind. Being in a state of high anxiety can be good for a short period; with our senses and emotions heightened, we are sometimes in a better position to deal with emergency or “fight or flight” situations. However, being constantly frustrated is not beneficial in any way. It can damage interpersonal relationships and take a toll on you as a person.

Do you find yourself becoming frustrated more and more often? Here are some suggestions that can help you to overcome this common, but troubling, state:

Avoid Things (and People) That Trigger You

Are there certain events or individuals that consistently leave you feeling frustrated? If so, do your best to avoid them. This can be tricky and awkward to pull off, but it is worth the effort and occasional embarrassment. There are times when it is fine (and even advisable) to put yourself first, and this is one of them.

Make Some Changes

This is a good time to think about what does and does not work in your life. The latter are guaranteed to make you feel frustrated, so what can be done to change them? There are some things in life that cannot be fixed and those will require some alternative strategy. However, for ones that can be altered, get to work on that. Be patient – change can sometimes require time, but is usually always worth the investment.

Walk Away

Sometimes when you are at the height of frustration, it becomes nearly impossible to think rationally. When that is the case, taking any kind of action is a bad idea because it will likely just make things worse. Walk away and think about the situation once you have calmed down. You will be in a better place and more likely to come up with something that works.

 

Hydro Bill Out of Control? Try These Money Saving Tips

One of the key ways to keep your personal books balanced is to practice smart financial planning. That means studying each of your costs every month and thinking of ways to bring them down in a manner that will cause minimal impact to your preferred lifestyle. There has been much in the news about hydro costs (especially if you live in Ontario), but in addition to government subsidies, there are other ways you can help to lower that monthly total:

Get a smart thermostat

Remember the days when your dad constantly complained about the temperature in the house, turned down the thermostat, and then you would secretly turn it back up? Do you use electric heating, such as baseboard heaters? Nowadays, a smart thermostat means that you can set it and essentially forget it. The temperature will automatically adjust to stay within a certain range that you want. It will even automatically turned off at night or when you are not home. The savings on your electrical charges can be substantial over time, more than justifying the installation costs.

Do things in the evening

Most areas have the day split into different times known as Off-peak, Mid-peak, and On-peak. The latter represents the time of day when electricity charges are the highest, typically between 11 AM and 5 PM. The Off-peak time is usually 7 PM until 7 AM; try to do things that require a lot of power during this time period as it will be the cheapest.

Be sure to unplug things

Just because you are not using something does not necessarily mean it then ceases to use power. Battery chargers, charging bases, smart TVs, and other modern electronic devices continue to use power when plugged in. Unplug them when they are not in use; a plug bar makes this process a snap.

Does the Change in Seasons Negatively Affect Your Mood?

I wish it could be fall all year round.

As a Canadian, I am supposed to love the winter. At least, that is the stereotype. However, I have never liked winter. In fact, I absolutely hate it. Ice, snow, and cold temperatures just suck the life out of me. My mood always seems low in the winter and even the fun things in life do not resonate to the same degree.

I figured it was just a character quirk until I discovered that some people are indeed negatively affected by particular seasons. This is known as a Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, and it is a fairly common problem. The “Winter Blues” are actually a real thing.

As it is triggered by the changing of seasons, Seasonal Affective Disorder begins and ends at predictable times. That places it in stark contrast to most mental health problems, which rarely have such clear beginning and end dates.

Psychotherapy is a good treatment for SAD, and it can be supplemented by light therapy. One of the reasons people get depressed during the winter is the comparative lack of sunlight and often gloomy conditions. SAD lights help to provide a simulation of what it is like during the sunnier times of the year. This can help to bring up the person’s mood and is easily performed in their home.

While winter seems to be the time of year that the most people have trouble with, SAD can affect your mood in any season. As with anything, this varies from person to person, and can also have an adverse effect on mental health problems an individual already has. For example, someone with bipolar disorder tends to be more manic during the warmer spring and summer seasons, while their depression increases during the fall and winter.

If you think you might be suffering from SAD, make an appointment to see your Doctor for an evaluation.

The Process of Filing for Bankruptcy

bankruptcyprocessBankruptcy affects many people, from all different walks of life. Going bankrupt doesn’t mean your life is over, simply that you need to hit a reset button, figure yourself out and keep going.

The thing that causes more stress is not really knowing what the process for going bankrupt is. It can be so overwhelming and the mind is often filled with ‘what if’ scenarios that make a person breakdown before they get through it. HOWEVER, that’s when the research wasn’t done and the right trustee wasn’t hired.

It’s more simple than one would think. However, If its done wrong there can be detrimental effects on a persons financial situation.

I’ve put together a quick list of things to know and what to do for Chapter 7 filing (see the difference between Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Bankruptcy here) :

  1. Qualification Checklist: Do you pass all Chapter 7 requirements? Filling out the ‘Federal Means Test’ form will allow you to figure overwhelmingthis out. If you don’t then you’ll really only have the options to go for Chapter 13.
  2. Find the right Trustee/Attorney: It’s really tough to find a good person for a good price, knowing these steps will help you understand what to look for in an attorney. I wouldn’t suggest doing it without a lawyer, but you could.
  3. Credit Counseling Appointments: You will need to go to credit counseling before you file.
  4. Paperwork Galore! Make sure you finish all the other paperwork that goes along with this. File a schedule of assets and liabilities, current income and expenditures, all debts in the bankruptcy, contracts and any leases or exempt assets you have. There are free bankruptcy forms online, however they are not perfect.
  5. File the Petition, Paperwork and Proof of Counseling You must file this with the area where you live. Once you file, most of the people you owe money to must stop calling you or stop lawsuits against you. Tip: apply for a fee waiver so you don’t have to pay the $299 fee when you initially file.
  6. Attend the meeting with creditors where they will ask you questions about what you owe and anything regarding your financial affairs and property.
  7. Complete a Personal Financial Mgmt Instruction Course after your case is filed (but still within 45 days of the meeting with your creditors)
  8. Wait to hear back and then get your life back on the right direction!

Hazards of Midnight Snacking

images (3) May it be due to nervousness, tension, stress, or merely a part of slumber party, mid night snacking must be avoided at all costs. To overcome the hunger pangs which arise in the middle of night, try drinking a glass of water or munch upon some fruit or any veggie. But many of us follow this habit mostly because we find fun in it. Especially late night party lovers, they have big meals comprising of carbs and fats, which they order from any fast food franchise, just for the sake of enjoyment. But they don’t realize what they actually do to their body in the pursuit of partying in the middle of night. Following are mentioned two most commonly observed bad effects of late night snacking upon health.

Weight Gain: No body would like adding extra unnecessary pounds to their body. But weight gain comes in as a deleterious effect of mid night snacking. According to experts, snacking after dinner can ignite weight gain mechanism in the body since it increases your total calorie intake per day. Moreover, during night time, your body is not active so much so that it can digest the food the way it does during rest of the day.

Routine Disturbances: Ever heard of the term “biological clock”? It is actually the intrinsic clock that every organism possesses. Your body well knows when to eat, when to work and when to rest. If, at the time of rest, that is late at night, you go on nibbling upon snacks, this habit can disturb the intrinsic routine of your body in many ways. Like, you won’t be able to attain a proper sleep after gobbling down food, which can likely affect your morning routine.

Should you let your child spend time playing video games?

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Many parents are very much concerned about their children, who are addicted to video games. It is not their fault at all. Every parent want their child to be physically active, go outside and play like they used to when they were young. Unlike them, a twenty first century child is more attached to video games than to any physical sport. You must’ve heard how bad it is for a growing child to sit back for ours in front of the television playing those action video games and how badly it may affect their growth and their long term health.

It is interesting to note that after a lot of research, it has been proved that playing various video games can actually improve and polish the creativity in you and can also help you think outside the box. It is also seen that if children who had certain brain illness played video games, they showed remarkable fighting spirit.

When research was done on what kind of video games improve cognitive flexibility of a person, it was seen that people who played strategic games did well in the test. They showed amazing problem solving ability and it was seen that they were good in dealing with multiple tasks at a time.

It is also proved through research that playing video games can relief pain. Not only this, when a study was taken place on people of old age, it was found that those elder people who played video games were happier and were in better health than those who didn’t.

 

Garbanzo beans and their health benefits

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Do you know that if you boil 100 grams of Garbanzo Beans without adding any salt, what would you get? Well you would get:

Calories 164

Protein 8.86 grams

Fiber 7.6 grams

Minerals in Garbanzo Beans:

Following is a list of minerals that are found in Garbanzo Beans while some are present in very low amount:

Potassium – 291 mg

Phosphorus – 168 mg

Calcium – 49 mg

Magnesium – 48 mg

Iron – 2.89 mg

Sodium – 7 mg

Manganese – 1.03 mg

Zinc – 1.53 mg

Copper – 0.352 mg

Selenium – 3.7 mcg

Vitamins in Garbanzo Beans:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found in Garbanzo Beans while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin C – 1.3 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.116 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.063 mg

Niacin – 0.526 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.286 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.139 mg

Folate – 172 mcg

Vitamin A – 27 IU

Vitamin E – 0.35 mg

Vitamin K – 4 mcg

Health Benefits Garbanzo Beans:

It is quite interesting when you read the health benefits of the foods that you eat. Here are some advantages of eating garbanzo beans:

Garbanzo beans are an excellent source of dietary fibers including both the soluble as well as insoluble ones.

These act as detoxifying agent.

These are great for diabetics for they have a low glycemic index.

Garbanzo beans improve your immunity.

Due to the fact that Garbanzo beans are rich in iron, they act as a great food for women who suffer from iron deficiency anemia. By replenishing the iron supply, Garbanzo beans help pregnant, menstruating and lactating women from getting anemic.

Garbanzo beans are good for heart.

It is important to note that patients who have sulfide sensitivity may show some symptoms and eating excess amount of Garbanzo beans may lead to kidney stones. So consume Garbanzo beans in moderate quantity.

Mung Beans and its health benefits

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Do you know that if you boil 100 grams of Mung Beans without adding any salt, what would you get? Well you would get:

Calories 105

Protein 7.02 grams

Fiber 7.6 grams

Minerals in Mung Beans:

Following is a list of minerals that are found in Mung Beans while some are present in very low amount:

Potassium – 266 mg

Phosphorus – 99 mg

Calcium – 27 mg

Magnesium – 48 mg

Iron – 1.4 mg

Sodium – 2 mg

Manganese – 0.298 mg

Zinc – 0.84 mg

Copper – 0.156 mg

Selenium – 2.5 mcg

Vitamins in Mung Beans:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found in Mung Beans while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.164 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.061 mg

Niacin – 0.577 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.41 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.067 mg

Folate – 159 mcg

Vitamin A – 24 IU

Vitamin E – 0.15 mg

Vitamin K – 2.7 mcg

Health Benefits of Mung Beans:

These are great for liver due to the presence of lecithin which helps reduce liver fat and increase efficiency of liver function.

These are great for hypertensive patients for they help maintain not only blood pressure but also reduce bad cholesterol.

They act as detoxifying agents.

These are good for diabetics for they have a low glycemic index.

A good choice for those looking to lose weight

Mung Beans are healthy for your heart and eyes.

These can help you prevent breast tumors.

These are good for your hair.

These are a great source of both fibers and proteins as well as minerals and vitamins.

Mung beans are good for your skin and also contain anti-oxidants that help you fight off the phenomenon of aging.

 

What Artichoke has for you

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You might be blown away by the amazing health benefits that artichoke and its leaves have to offer to you. Let me tell you that a medium sized artichoke when cooked without any salt gives you:

Calories 64

Protein 3.47 gm

Fiber 10.3 gm

Minerals in a artichoke:

Following is a list of minerals that are found of artichoke while some are present in very low amount:

Potassium – 343 mg

Phosphorus – 88 mg

Magnesium – 50 mg

Calcium – 25 mg

Iron – 0.73 mg

Zinc – 0.48 mg

Copper – 0.152 mg

Manganese – 0.27 mg

Selenium – 0.2 mcg

Sodium – 72 mg

Vitamins in artichoke:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found in artichoke while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin C – 8.9 mg

Niacin – 1.332 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.06 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.107 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.097 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.288 mg

Folate – 107 mcg

Vitamin A – 16 IU

Vitamin K – 17.8 mcg

Vitamin E – 0.23 mg

Health benefits of artichoke:

It has a great many powerfully amazing antioxidants that help you fight off oxidative stress and keep you young.

It contains flavinoids which have rich anti-cancer properties.

It contains those phytochemicals that have the property to increase the flow of bile. Bile is important for digestion of fat.

It is great for liver and gallbladder health.

It is good for your GIT.

It has diuretic property.

It is rich in fiber content.

Best Benefits of Herbs

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Getting back to nature is what nowadays people do when it comes to health treatment. Herbs are now gaining its popularity, thanks to their major benefits to maintain one’s health and even cure some diseases. Centuries ago, people only counted on herbs for their daily needs. The cultural Chinese methods have been using herbs to heal sickness as well as maintain prime body condition.

These days, we can notice that the internet has offered thousands of websites offering herbs methods of curing diseases. Herbs are now available in forms of teas, ointments, powders, or salves. So far, there is no side risk of herbs intake and it is also cheaper as compared to medical treatment.

One of the most popular herbs treatments is Alfalfa. This is the latest method of reducing acidic condition on humans’ bodies. This kind of herb is also beneficial for liver detoxification. People suffer from liver because most of them do not eat regularly and they only consume supplements to replace their required meals. This is why there are so many suppliers of Alfalfa extracts available in the market. This herb treatment has increased demands. The benefits of Alfalfa are the same with Agrimony though this one can also help to maintain good digestive systems.

Other kinds of herbs, which give major benefits on humans’ health, include Angelica, Aloe Vera, ginger, aniseeds and so forth. Those who really want to consume fresh herbs in their original forms usually use them to cook. Good options of herbs, which are mixed with spices, can bring delectable taste without adding any monosodium glutamate. We can usually find the combination of spices and herbs on many eastern cooking recipes.

The latter option is much more beneficial because herbs which are prepared in natural ways are much better as compared to those which are made into extracts. So, why not finding recipes that use natural herbs and spices? All you can do is only exploring your creativity in creating cuisines based on your taste.

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Bye bye hair thinning

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Are your hair shredding like anything? Thinning of your hair may also shrink your self confidence and your beauty. So what can you do regain the volume of your precious hair? Following tips may help you get your desired volume:

Zero stress for zero hair fall is the formula for beautiful thick hair. Take a deep breath and kick the word ‘stress’ out of your dictionary. A bonus tip is, exercise for at least 20 to 30minutes. This will elevate the circulation throughout the course of your scalp and hence promote hair health.

Loss of hair may be due to the some sort of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. So in order to know if you are suffering from any deficiency, you need to see a doctor.

The secret ingredients for healthy hair are anti-oxidants. Fruits are rich in anti-oxidants and so are veggies. Try to consume food stuff that is rich in vitamins such as C and E.

Keep your scalp dandruff free because fungus is also responsible for hair loss.

Do you know there is a relation of the hair loss and hair thinning with digestion? Take care of your GIT in order to keep hair healthy. If you have constipation and diarrhea, you better see a doctor.

Keep iron in your diet because deficiency of iron is also an important factor for hair loss and thinning.

100 strands of hair shedding is normal, but if you think there is a lot hair damage and loss, you can use certain home remedies such as apple cidar vinegar etc.