Depending on where you live, you may or may not have come across ticks. Ticks can’t fly or jump, so these little pests transfer onto an animal, or person, who brushes up against any foliage that they may have crawled on. Once on a host, they normally make their way to a warm, moist location such as the armpits before settling down to draw blood.
While not all ticks cause illness, they are known carriers for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, and others.
As with most things, the easiest thing to do when dealing with ticks is to not have to deal with them at all. Preventing the little bloodsuckers from grabbing hold in the first place is easy. Continue reading “How to Protect Yourself Against Ticks”
There is no shortage of diet books, weight loss programs, shake diets, cleanse protocols, exercise plans and DVD box sets selling the answer to your weight loss goals. The promise of shedding those extra pounds you’re carrying around, and doing it fast, is something that cannot be ignored.
But those pounds that have been added on gradually over 10 years, 20 years or even 30 at a rate of maybe a few pounds per year… they don’t want to come off so fast. Annoyingly enough, slow and steady wins the race here too.
But there’s another issue here. The diet plans themselves. They may be effective at promoting weight loss. I can’t argue that. They may even tout dietary and lifestyle habits that are actually good for you long-term! Go figure. But as long as we’re following a plan, a “diet,” we’re often not actually learning and building long-term habits. Continue reading “Where Weight Loss Goes Wrong”