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Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 155



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Monday is Blog Carnivals Day. A Blog Carnival 155 is a collection of articles or blog posts relating to a similar subject gathered together for viewing pleasure. You can quickly and conveniently see a list of Article Titles and click on the ones that interest you to read the full post. Blog Carnival 155 is a great way to see a wide variety of ideas and opinions on a similar subject. Click here to see a list of all previous posts in the Blog Carnivals category.

Want to see your article or blog post featured on Here is this week’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 155.


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Roxanne Webber presents 50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks posted at




Brady presents Good Body Building Foods posted at Building Body Mass, saying, “Get all the info you need about body building, Fitness tips and more. One location with body building and fitness videos and products.”


billspaced presents Are You Skinny posted at The Blog.


Cheryl Ragsdale presents Paris Hilton vs Roxanne Modafferi Demonstrating Different MMA Training Styles posted at That Girl is Funny, saying, “Dana White says there aren’t enough women trained to the expert level that fight fans expect. Give us time!! Women are training heavily to move forward. There’s a wave of new women gaining depth in their mixed martial arts training. The sport is still evolving and women are evolving with it. Even Paris Hilton is joining in…”


educationmediabits presents Sleep Better, Think Better posted at Medical Billing Training.



christopher foster presents Top ten ways to be unhappy posted at, saying, “Many people want to be happy and there is a lot of information out there to help them. But where can people go if they enjoy being miserable — and want tips on how to be even more miserable…”


Dr. Armughan Riaz presents Foods that can lower blood sugar posted at Diabetes Symptoms.


Andrew Edgington presents Stop Smoking Tips For Pregnant Mothers posted at How To Stop Smoking, saying, “Discover scientifically proven “STOP SMOKING TIPS” that will show you how to stop smoking once and for all. No need to look else where for stop smoking tips!!!”


Michael presents citrus blackhead treatment posted at Acne Redness 101, saying, “Acne can effect anyone in your family including adults”



savvybrown presents I ♥ Tomoka’s Twists! | Savvy Brown posted at savvy brown, saying, “Tomoka’s Twists!”


Aparna presents Get rid of your double chin with this simple exercise posted at Beauty and Personal Grooming, saying, “For those who have a double chin due to excess weight, the best thing to do is try and lose weight. And overall weight loss ensures that you lose weight on your chin too. It is as simple as that. Or maybe not too simple for you. Then read the instructions given below. That could probably help you eliminate this unsightly extra projection clinging on to your original chin, almost like a ‘Siamese twin’.

Avoid pillows – sleep on a hard bed. If done daily, the following exercise will gradually reduce the double chin.”


Madoline Hatter presents 50 Great Sites for Menopause Support posted at Nursing School Search Blog.


Antoinette Patterson presents Need a Makeover? Try 1 Year of UGLY posted at HelloMissPatterson, saying, “If you tried everything to make yourself beautiful and it doesnt work, why not become ugly to get a blank canvas? Read on to find out more..”


Aparna presents Do women deal better with aging than men? posted at Beauty and Personal Grooming, saying, “women deal with aging better than men, indicates a survey from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.”



BWL presents Best Credit Cards For Cash Back Rewards posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “According to consumer reports, these are the 9 best credit cards you want to have if you are looking for rewards…”



Freda Stephen presents Benefits of a Juice Fast | Juice Cleanse posted at Juice Cleanse, saying, “blog about benefits of juice fasting” presents Early Detection is Still Better than Cure posted at Respiratory Therapist Schools & Career Guide.


Bona fide Blonde presents Fighting the urge to eat junk food: Step 2 posted at Bona fide Blonde.


Michael presents Cure Haemorroids posted at Cure Hemeroids, saying, “Treatment for hemorrhoids comes in many forms, and you have a great variety when choosing what to do. The most important thing, however is to do anything at all.”


Sarah Scribe presents Weight Loss around the World posted at Healthy Revelations Blog.


Angelita Williams presents 50 Ways You Can Be A Greener Eater posted at Nursing School Search Blog.


Linda@NHE presents 6 Health Benefits of Ginger posted at Natural Health Ezine, saying, “These are a few great reasons that you might want to stock up on ginger…”


Michael presents Herbs For Colon Cleansing posted at Colon Flush Tips.


Renee Benzaim presents Treating Gout with Stinging Nettles posted at Gout Cures, saying, “Stinging Nettles are an often overlooked natural treatment for gout pain. Since before the Romans, this method decreases the original pain by reducing the level of inflammatory chemicals in the body and interfers with how the body sends pain signals to the brain.”


paystolivegreen presents Why Do We Eat? posted at Healthy Intake.


Israel Baline presents 6 Essential Android Apps to Track Your Nutrition posted at Masters in Hospital Administration, saying, “The Android has a bunch of apps that are very useful in tracking your nutrition habits. This can help you live healthier.”


Kathleen LaBeouf presents 51 Healthy Living Cheat Sheets to Improve Your Life posted at LPN to BSN Online, saying, “If you want to improve your life, creating a better situation for yourself, you can do so. There are plenty of resources available for you. Here are 51 healthy living cheat sheets that can help you improve your life.”


Stress presents The Ups and Downs of Stress at Work posted at Medical Assistants.


Kaushik Chokshi presents Resisting resistance… posted at Beyond Karma, saying, “It starts with learning to let go…”



Aaliyah Williams presents The Ultimate Guide to the Types of Nursing posted at Online RN to MSN Programs.


Baily Hayden presents The Ultimate Guide to the Types of Nursing posted at Online RN to MSN Programs.


nissim ziv presents Sample Resignation Letters: Examples of Resignation Letters posted at Job Interview Guide, saying, “The decision to resign from a job involves emotions and sometime hard feelings but it can also provide a hope for better future prospect and continued success in your career development.”


Donald Latumahina presents How Strong Is Your Bargaining Power? posted at Life Optimizer.



Kathy Wilson presents 20 Incredible iPad Apps That Will Revolutionize Nursing posted at Online Nurse Practitioner Schools, saying, “The article has gathered 20 incredible iPad apps that will revolutionize nursing. Whether a student or have decades of experience, the way you nurse is about to change for the better.”


Glory Scott presents The Ultimate Guide to the Types of Nursing posted at Online RN to MSN Programs.


Joseph Gottlieb presents 25 iPad Apps Revolutionizing Healthcare posted at Master of Public Health, saying, “There was a lot of buzz in public health circles with the release of the iPad, since it promises a more mobile way of access patient information and of finding answers to common questions. Healthcare professionals make use of information everyday, and it is possible that the iPad can help streamline processes, as well as provide doctors and other healthcare professionals with the tools they need to diagnose and treat disease.”


Edna Goldberg presents The Ultimate Guide to Public Health Resources posted at Masters in Public Health, saying, “What is Public Health? Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities. Educating people about healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and developing ways to make communities healthier are all part of a public health professional’s job.”


Engelbert Hudson presents 7 Ways to Earn More Money in the Healthcare Field posted at Masters in Healthcare Administration, saying, “Look to see what diseases and health issues are on the rise. Chances are if you find yourself in a practice that focuses on a particular issue that needs more attention, your services are more likely to be indispensable and your pay scale may skyrocket.”


Julia Wells presents Nursing Informatics vs. Medical Informatics: What’s the Difference? | Masters in Health Informatics posted at Comments on: Nursing Informatics vs. Medical Informatics: What’s the Difference?, saying, “Some of the differences you might see when it comes to informatics are those that illustrate the difference between nursing informatics and medical informatics. While the two are related, they are not exactly the same.”


Bernice Frankel presents 7 Ways to Learn About Informatics posted at Master of Health Informatics, saying, “Informatics is an academic field covering information science, technology, algorithms and social sciences, usually involving computer science.”


Tom Hass presents How to Stop Overeating | Stop Binge Eating – Stop Overeating posted at test, saying, “I bet you are trying to lose weight,? ?improve your body shape,? ?or build more muscle.? ?That?s the popular hype across all the ads and infomercials.? ?Well I don?t have a miracle pill for you,? ?or the next diet book.? ?And you should be thankful,? ?because most weight loss products don?t address the real problem:? ?Overeating.”


Lisa Reynolds presents Binge Eating Treatment posted at test, saying, “Binge eating is the most common eating disorder and is mainly characterized by out of control eating episodes where one eats until their stomach hurts.”


Ferrari Dude presents 20 Useful Social Networking Sites for Expecting Mothers posted at Best ultrasound technician schools, saying, “If you are interested in sharing pregnancy stories and getting support from women who know exactly how you feel, here are 20 useful social networking sites for expecting moms.”


Tony Bennett presents 5 Excellent iPad Apps for Nurses posted at LPN to RN Bridge, saying, “With the release of the iPad, nurses now have access to a robust tablet that many industry insiders believe will revolutionize the healthcare delivery system.”


Victoria Kennedy presents Top 25 Public Health Jobs Sites Worth Using posted at Masters of Public Health, saying, “You can find public health jobs through job search engines, through major employers in the public health field and through local to federal government positions. This is how we have categorized the following top 25 public health jobs sites worth using.”


JoelGray presents Getting Started Marketing Online posted at Internet Marketing Ace.



Be sure to tune in every Monday for the next Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival, and if you want to submit your own article for inclusion, submit it before midnight (eastern time) on Sunday.


Getting the Whole Family Involved



Getting the Whole Family Involved

If you have a family, you may find it difficult to initiate new eating and exercise habits for yourself without changing their habits at the same time.

The least successful diets usually require people to eat in isolation from their families, cooking one meal for themselves and another for the other members.

Because low-fat foods control weight and contribute to good health, changing dietary habits is important for the entire family. Aim to change your family’s preferences for high-sugar and high-fat foods and enlist their support for reaching your long-term goals.

But be prepared: You may encounter resistance when trying to work your new lifestyle into your family’s routines. Here are some easy solutions to common excuses:

Excuse: Nutritional needs for children. Your own diet may create unforeseen nutritional problems for your children.

Solution: Because children are still growing, they should not have their calorie intakes restricted, but it is important to introduce them to healthy eating habits while improving your own. By adapting your meals, they get the necessary calcium and other nutrients for growth. Keep a supply of whole milk for the children and low-fat or skim milk for yourself. Add cheese for them to low-fat salads that you prepare for yourself. If you are serving baked potatoes, make fillings more calorie-rich for the children with creamy sauces while you fill your own with water-packed tuna or yogurt.

Excuse: Finicky eating. Your children and perhaps your partner resist or oppose changes to their favorite meals.

Solution: Adjusting your family’s favorite recipes by reducing fat whenever possible is a way of subtly changing habits. Make hamburgers healthier by using extra-lean meat and serving them on whole-wheat buns. Gradually cut down the sugar in desserts you prepare and in other items you buy.

Excuse: Lazy family habits. The family may prefer watching television to sports and other physical activities.

Solution: Gradually wean everyone away from the television. Begin by playing board games, then move on to more active pursuits that are also fun, such as swimming or in-line skating.

Excuse: Your partner doesn’t support your plan. If your partner is overweight, he or she may have a vested interest in keeping you plump. A partner may even sabotage your best efforts by bringing home treats or take-out food to relieve you of the burden of cooking.

Solution: Discuss your goals with your partner. Ensure he or she understands the importance of what you are trying to do and some of the principles of healthy eating and exercise you are attempting to introduce. Get your partner involved with meal preparation and exercise ideas. Perhaps he or she has a favorite sport you could share.

If your partner brings home treats, try to maintain your self-control. Explain that these make your task harder and, though the occasional treat is fine, if this happens on a regular basis, it will undermine your careful eating.
Healthy Eating For Kids
Essential For Your Children’s Wellbeing

Teach your kids to eat healthfully, and they will learn healthy eating habits that will reward them with a lifetime of good health. All kids can be taught to be healthy eaters. The best time to start is when they are infants. But even older children, with the proper encouragement and motivation, can learn to eat healthfully and enjoy healthy food.

  • General Guidelines To Help Get Your Kids Eating Healthfully
  • Get the whole family involved.
  • Choose only fresh whole foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, a little whole grains, and healthy proteins.
  • Sit down with your child and list some healthy foods your child likes and can substitute for the foods you want to eliminate from his or her diet. Encourage your child to suggest healthy foods.
  • Make sure your child agrees to the healthy foods so that he or she will eat them instead of the unhealthy foods. Try to get some healthy foods everyone agrees upon, though they don’t all have to be the same.
  • Make this a healthy eating adventure, exploring new and healthier foods instead of a dull, boring diet.
  • Use the “80-20 Rule.” If you eat healthy food 80% of the time, you can have an occasional “forbidden” treat. However, after eating healthfully for 6 months to a year, depending on how quickly you transition to healthy eating, you’ll probably forget about the “80-20 Rule” because you won’t crave unhealthy foods anymore. If you do, your body isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs.
  • Teach them how to read food labels.
  • Allow them to ask questions about healthy eating and food choices. Use The Reverse Diet book as a Role Model as an educational tool.
    Here are some guidelines for the different age groups to help you get your kids to eat healthfully.


When your baby is ready to start eating solid foods, feed them only fresh whole foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, a little whole grains, and healthy protein, organic if possible. Use a baby food grinder to grind up the same fresh foods you eat. If your child eats only healthy foods, they will have their favorites that they will ask for and eat eagerly without coaxing or bribing.
Do not feed them candy, cookies, ice cream, chips, or sugary, refined, and processed foods. Keep the food additives out of their foods. Let your relatives, friends, and childcare providers know they are only to eat the healthy foods you allow and not give them any “forbidden” treats.

Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

If your child has already tasted sugary, processed, and refined foods, make a game of using the “The Reverse Diet” book with him/her. Help your child choose healthy foods to substitute for unhealthy foods. Cut the fruits and vegetables into different shapes and make pictures with them. There are tons of wonderful ways to make fruits and vegetables appealing- have them help, too.
Use praise generously when they are eating healthy food choices. You may want even to have a reward system for eating healthy foods. Have a special non-food reward for them every time they eat healthy foods. If they stick with it for a whole day, a few days, or a week, have a special non-food treat as a reward, such as a sticker program. Make a weekly chart for their eating times and add different colored stickers for each level of healthiness. Bigger rewards for longer periods of time, like a trip to a favorite place, going to a movie, or something they value but don’t get a chance to do often. Be creative.

School Age

When children get into school, they will be around kids eating unhealthy food and want to eat what the other kids eat. Start talking with them about health and healthy food and what unhealthy food does to your body on a simple level. Even young elementary-age kids can understand this when put in language appropriate to their age.
If they have a hard time thinking of healthy choices, start listing some of their favorite healthy foods they can choose from. Have them write down their choices and let them take ownership of them. Have them write in a personal food journal, too.
When your child goes to school, always pack a healthy lunch unless you have an outstandingly healthy school lunch program. Let them help choose the healthy foods you put in their lunch. If they have a hard time coming up with healthy choices, give them several choices to choose from. And give them a special healthy treat they like as a reward for eating the lunch you pack for them. Also, you may want to send a favorite healthy treat to school with them on special occasions when you know the kids will have refined, sugary treats. As kids age, using my “80-20 Rule” as motivation for eating healthfully is helpful.


Teenagers have a lot of peer pressure and need to do what the other kids do to fit in. With this age group, it is very important to teach them about nutrition and why it’s important to eat healthfully.
Do not be afraid to teach your child what you have learned. Let them read “The Reverse Diet†and be prepared to answer questions or have them send a request to me. I would be more than happy to help in any way.
Make sure the whole family is working on eating healthfully at home and discuss how they can eat more healthfully when they are out with their friends. Talk with them about the consequences of not eating healthfully. Use non-food rewards as appropriate for making healthy food choices. They could be as simple as a dollar store inspirational statue. It just needs to be something for recognition of their conscious efforts for better health.


Healthy eating should be a family affair. Kids eat what they are taught to eat. Teach them to eat healthy food and show them by example. Talk about healthy eating and healthy food at home, the importance of eating healthfully, and the consequences of eating unhealthy food – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and disease in general.
Parents play a big role in shaping children’s eating habits. When parents eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and sugar and high in fiber, children also learn to like these foods. It may take 10 or more tries before a child accepts a new food, so do not give up if your child does not like a new food right away.
Parents have an effect on children’s physical activity habits as well. You can set a good example by going for a walk or bike ride after dinner instead of watching TV. Playing ball or jumping rope with your children shows them that being active is fun.
With many parents working outside the home, childcare providers help shape children’s eating and activity habits. Ensure your childcare provider offers well-balanced meals, snacks, and plenty of active playtime.
If your child is in school, find out more about the school’s breakfast and lunch programs and ask to have input into menu choices, or help your child pack a lunch that includes a variety of foods. Get involved in the parent-teacher association” PTA” to support physical education and after-school sports. I am an advocate and committee member of a wonderful program, in conjunction with the American Heart Association called The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The ever-popular program from the Clinton Foundation.
Your child’s friends and the media can also affect his or her eating and activity choices. Children may go to fast food places or play video games with their friends instead of playing tag, basketball, or other active games. TV commercials persuade kids to choose high-fat snacks, high-sugar drinks, and cereals. When parents help their children be aware of peer and media pressures, youngsters are more likely to make healthy choices outside the home.


Tricia Cunningham

Author of “The Reverse Diet”

“No Excuses, Only Solutions”

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Benefits of Exercise with Muscular Dystrophy



Benefits of Exercise with Muscular Dystrophy

Learning to live with the diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy is a trying road.

According to Medical News Today, a horrible reality that affects hundreds of thousands of men and women is, “Muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal or voluntary muscles which control movement. The muscles of the heart and some other involuntary muscles are also affected in some forms of muscular dystrophy, and a few forms involve other organs as well.” Incredibly frightening, if you have been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, it is sometimes hard to know which way to turn to take control of your life.

One place a person fighting this disease can turn to regain a connection with normalcy is to bring a regular exercise routine into their life. Why does exercise do a person with Muscular Dystrophy good? Here’s a look at five ways exercise helps considerably.

Exercise with Muscular Dystrophy

Exercise slows muscle deterioration. A regular strength routine using Nautilus and free weights and cardio activities is highly beneficial. According to the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, minimal movement with light weights or rubber resistance bands can considerably help a person’s arms, legs, and core. This assistance with strength helps with maintaining a healthy posture, remaining independent, and maintaining a range of motion as well as keeping the joints flexible.

Exercise assists respiration. One of the greatest benefits of cardio exercise for people with Muscular Dystrophy is that it assists the diaphragm and other muscles associated with breathing to remain strong and agile. A common issue for those suffering from Muscular Dystrophy is a decrease in the functioning abilities of the diaphragm. Experts recommend low-impact exercises like walking, yoga, biking, or swimming.

Exercise increases overall energy levels. As with all people, exercising helps the body remain healthy and have more energy overall. In regards to those people with Muscular Dystrophy, the March 2005 issue of Neurology published a study that showed that people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (a condition that affects the arm and face muscles) had less fatigue after having a regular workout plan for three months. Participants worked out on a bike for a little over a half hour five times a week.

Exercise helps boosts happiness. One issue for many people diagnosed with a disease is that they feel that their life has been limited to the illness, which results in depression. A highly beneficial way to counteract depression is to exercise. As little as ten minutes can turn a frown upside down.

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Chest Exercises for Men – A Top 10 List



Chest Exercises for Men – A Top 10 List

Recently I went out with a couple of friends for a couple of drinks to usher in the New Year and came across a few colleagues that knew me during the day when I wasn’t as conscious of maintaining a fitness level as I am today.

So, the first words were: My God! We couldn’t recognize you. Wow, you’ve lost weight.

(Quite frankly, three of the worst words put together from an English dictionary.)

And then the next few words hit me hard: We liked you better when you were plump and funny.

Seriously now?

This is what I get for putting in so much effort. How about that? Yes, I suppose they would love more if they saw my now non-existent man-boobs.

(Trust me – whoever coined the phrase “less is more” damn sure knew what they were talking about!)

If you’re dealing with the same issues, it’s time to start putting some effort into some chest exercises… because it sure will take you a while to get that huge chest that Arnie exemplified during the golden age of bodybuilding.

With that said, this aspect of “less is more” doesn’t apply to women, of course…

An Introduction to Pectoral Muscles

Known as the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor, they consist of all the chest muscles in the human body.

So, why is it important to know more about the human body (and these strange-sounding words) before moving on to chest exercises for men?

For the simple reason: if you look at the diagram of the pectoral muscles at this link, you’ll find that they spread out like a fan when fully developed.

It’s not something that happens by itself, as you might know, but it comes from working on chest exercises for men that can help you get the pecs you want.

Let me reiterate: this takes a lot of work… real hard work to make them look like Arnie’s “fans” in his heyday!

Chest Exercises for Men – A Top 10 List

Now that you are aware of the fact that it is going to take hard work to get pecs that are the envy of every able-bodied male but also the delight of every woman in the vicinity let’s look at some chest exercises for men that can help you do just that.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten chest exercises that have been agreed on by experts and which you can use in your workouts:

#10: Decline Bench Press

#9: Dumbbell Pullover

#8: Incline Dumbbell Flyes

#7: Upper Pec Cable Crossovers

#6: Dumbbell Flyes

#5: Cable Crossovers

#4: Dumbbell Bench

#3: Chest Press Machine

#2: Barbell Bench Press

#1: Incline Barbell Bench Press

You can read more about this compilation of the 10 best exercises at this link. Before you select a few of these exercises for your workout, it’s a good idea to read the tips at this link, as it takes an alternative approach to building pecs.

Because you’re going to need them…

In Closing

So, what chest exercises have you chosen for your workout for building bigger pecs?

Are you finding it hard to develop your pectoral muscles? If so, feel free to share your thoughts about this.


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