Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Weight Reduction - Losing 10 Pounds Now - Updated

By Scott Edwards

Modern lifestyles that pile on the stress, and shrink down the sleep might just be making us fat! Most of us would put our hand up and admit that we really need a thirty six hour day to fit everything we do into twenty four hours. We become anxious and overwrought sorting through all of our challenges. And so we turn to eating, to counteract the pressure.

But now it seems there's a scientific reason why we reach for the most fattening foods at times high stress and exhaustion. This is the thinking behind weight gain that is stress related: When the human body undergoes enduring tension, it exudes the stress-hormone cortisol.

This stimulates insulin release, as an attempt to stabilise our blood-sugar. This insulin release makes us feel hungry- particularly for carbohydrate and fat-rich foods. And so we give in to our cravings, and our energy picks up again.

Momentarily, we benefit from a lowering of stress, and we're satisfied. Although within the merest hint of time the high has gone. This is due to the insulin taking the glucose from the blood, and storing it in fatty parts of the body such as the waist and thighs.

Thus if weight loss is your objective, first try to create a more harmonious lifestyle! It's also thought that there could be a relationship between the amount of sleep we have each night and our weight. There was a time when the average person slept eight hours a night. This is no longer the case, with seven being optimistic for many today.

Respectively, the level of obesity in our society has risen. There could be a hormonal link to the two factors. Poor sleep patterns stimulate an increase in our appetite hormones. Since we have a longer 'day time', the body's logic is that it needs more food.

Evidently our longing for food rises as we become more tired, and again we veer towards carbohydrates and fatty food. Having eight hours of quality sleep may be just what's needed to retrain our hunger hormones.

And so to our conclusion. If we aim to reduce the tension in our lives, we might just find it easier to reduce our weight as well. Try saying 'No' sometimes to other people's requests. And when the chores of the day come to a close, what better than to treat ourselves to a long relaxing bath before heading off to the land of nod...

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