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The adaptations of man and the need for healthy foods

women fashion industryWhen man was living in the cold jungles, his body was covered in hair as an adaptation to his environment. He then discovered fire and started cooking his food and enjoying warmth by the fire place, this among other factors contributed to hair shed in man. He also started building houses to keep warm at night.

However, man had to go out every day into the wilderness to hunt and gather food. He therefore needed to keep warm and also protect his now vulnerable skin. He also became aware of his nakedness and this resulted to the need for some form of covering. He then started making clothes from leaves; then hide and skin. This intellectual growth process in man happened over a period of time.

Today, clothes are regarded as a norm in the society. It is expected that one should be modest and also fashionable as one interacts with the others.  The fashion field sprung up from the need of man to have an appealing look. Trends in fashion are changing daily. The type of clothes that were worn in the 50’s are now obsolete and fashion is always changing. In a bid to look fashionable, fashion designers keep experimenting using different styles.

Designers in the are the busiest lot of designers. Women are very dandy and fashion conscious. How women look on the outside really matters a lot to them more than it does for men. The designers have come up with fancy types of clothes for women ranging from bras to the very interesting leggings that have been widely accepted and worn by women across the globe.

Men too have become fashion conscious and the designers in the men’s domain too are busy as they search for interesting attires for men. It is no secret that in the modern world, that the choice of attire matters in respect to different occasions. It is therefore paramount for every person to wear clothes that fits the occasion and also those that are morally accepted in the community.

The body shape matters in the inquest for looking fashionable; for example leggings are better looking on a slender body than on an excessively fat body type. It is therefore important to intake a balanced diet to ensure that lifestyle diseases such as obesity do not limit a woman from the clothes that they choose to wear.

When the body extracts the required fat, excessive fat is stored in the body. Lack of exercise and poor eating habits will lead to unhealthy body and an unappealing overweight body. It is therefore important to consume only the required amount of fat. Foods such as hummus are very popular foods in helping one to remain lean.

Hummus has gained popularity among countries in the west, even though the food originated from the Middle Eastern.  The dish has low cholesterol which means a healthy heart. The dish also contains nutrients that help alleviate diseases such as anemia. This has led the dip to be regarded as an alternative to unhealthy laboratory manufactured foods.

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My new job and its free burgers is getting me fat!

My new job and its free burgers is getting me fat!

Last week I checked my weight and I was shocked. In two months I had gained a massive five pounds! I was horrified!

I hate being overweight and I had stubbornly ignored the remarks of my friends when they had commented on me adding weight after I started my new job. As it is, I thought that my friends were just making jokes and teasing me due to the nature of my new job. I recently got a job as a cashier at a fast food restaurant.

I had never been overweight in my life and I had never thought that I would see the day when I would gain excessive weight. I thought being overweight was beyond me. I had even had funny ideas that fat people could feel their weight. Maybe that is why I was reluctant to accept that I had gained weight. I thought that if I got fat I would feel myself bulge or something.

The weight check had been a true shocker, I had to double check just to be sure that the weighing scale was not faulty and that my eyes were not playing tricks on me. I finally confirmed the weighing scale’s declaration when I went and stood before my full size mirror and carefully analyzed my image. As a guy who is not particularly concerned about looks, I would normally give my mirror a mere glance mostly to check the state of my hair, this time I gave the mirror all my attention. The bulge on my midsection was quite obvious.

It is obvious that the food that I have been munching on at the fast food outlet was responsible for my getting fat. My job is as a cashier and one of the benefits of my job is that there are some of the products we sell that I can have a daily free supply of. These includes soft drinks, French fries, and my favorite; Beef burgers!

I do not have a big appetite and I do not eat much. This has been one of the reasons I have always been slim. Even now I do not eat a lot. In fact, I have not changed any of my eating habits apart from eating different types of food. The difference is that, now I am increasingly feeding on junk foods.

The fact that I am seated for most of the day makes it even worse. The heavy cholesterol and bad calories that I continuously eat up are not used up but are stocked up in my body as fat. The short walk home is insignificant exercise for the day.

I have to make extreme changes to my eating habits. I have to stop eating the junk food freely supplied at my work place and I have to find healthier foods. I am thinking of investing in a calorie watch that will help me manage my calorie intake. To reduce the already accumulated fat, I also need to do some physical exercises. I am thinking of every day going for a jog early in the morning before coming to work.

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Emulating my grandparents perfect example of living healthy

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My grandparents are well into their seventies although many people who are not aware of this would argue and say that they are much younger than this. My parents are still quite active and they still manage to go about their activities without a problem. However, some onsets of arthritis are manifesting themselves in both of them. My grandfather who has started experiencing some pains in his leg joints. My grandmother has some pains in her hands.

The major reason that has seen my grandparents outlive many of their age mates and have better health than people their age is the fact that they have always tried to eat healthy and have healthy lifestyles.

This is largely due to my grandmother having been a nurse for all her active working years until she retired.

Being a nurse, and having embraced her profession with passion, my grandmother had extended her nursing expertise into all her ways of life. Her home has always been spick and span. Even today, she is very particular about the cleanliness of her home. Although she cannot do the cleaning herself, she still demands hospital like standards in cleanliness.

When it came to food, my grandma fed my mother and her siblings with diets that were unique from what other parents were feeding their children, my mother and her siblings would often complain with the often bland tasting foods.

Two weeks from now my grandparents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. We want to reward them with something special. Among the gifts we have decided to buy for them, we agreed that we have to buy them some kitchenware. I have been tasked with deciding what to buy.

I am thinking that buying the best immersion blender ideal for the aged would be good present for them. Stand-on-table blenders, such as the one’s they use are not very convenient when one wants to beat/ blend some light soup, yoghurt, or smoothie. They are also not very easy to clean. My grandparent would find an immersion blender very easy to use.

For my grandfather, I am thinking of buying him a wine cooler. He is an occasional drinker. He likes to have some of his favorite wine when he is reading or when he goes into the outdoors to relax with grandma. They are particular fond of visiting the beach where they can enjoy the sun and take in the view of the ocean.

My grandparents’ impact has been greatly felt in the family. The important teachings on healthy living that they instilled on our parents have been handed down and we, as the grandchildren, can also enjoy the benefits.

My desire is to grow into an old age having a healthy body. My mother has taught me how to eat healthy and live healthy but the example set by my grandparents are my strongest motivation. In an age where no care is given to the needs of the physical body, where people die prematurely due to health related complications, I want to stand out by living a long healthy life. My desire is to instill the same values to my children.

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Challenges faced by any successful fitness trainer

 

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As a fitness trainer, I have to lead my trainees by example. I have to be extremely fit to be able to coach my classes. My work is done by practically demonstrating and taking my trainees through various work out routines. This is my full time job. In a day, I might have up to four sessions and in each session I have to give my best. As such, in very simple terms, I have to be four times as fit as my students to be able to effectively coach during the four sessions in a day.

Since acquiring a good physique is one of the top priorities for most people who come to my gym, I have to maintain my body in top shape. This has been one of my biggest challenges in this job.

I had always been fit and acrobatic since my childhood days. I had decided to have a career related to this advantages that I was naturally endowed with. When I was finally training to be a fitness specialist, I had been hit with the realization that to be a good fitness coach, a fit, well-built physique was important. Unfortunately I was quite slender.

My teacher had advised me that I would need to build more mass. This meant building up more muscle. To do this, I had to do lots of weight lifting.

I remember that I had to intensively lift weights to work out different muscles in my body for four straight months before I was finally satisfied with the results. And I must say the results were astonishing. Every time I would meet someone whom I had not met for some time, they would be amazed at the changes in my body.

To achieve this rapid increase in muscle, I had to pay great attention to my diet. I had to eat healthy carbohydrates that would give me lots of energy and I had to make sure that these carbohydrates did not have bad calories that could get me fat. I also ensured that my diet consisted of a lot of protein which was essential for the building of muscle. It is during this time that I started taking whey protein powders.

At first I had not liked them very much due to the taste but I had later been introduced by a friend to some sweetened whey protein powders that were much more pleasant and manageable.

Even after acquiring the muscled physique, I have still continued with the weight lifting workouts and eating healthy. In my gym, I have a small kitchenette where I prepare most of my food. I rarely buy readymade food. Most of the eateries, especially fast food outlets have food made to be tasty but food that is not necessarily healthy.

I have an espresso machine that I use to make my coffee and thus I avoid all commercial soft drinks and beverages. I also have a blender which I use to make smoothies that are a good source of vitamins and beverages. I also have a small electric skillet which I occasionally use to make vegetable stews and to sometimes boil rice.

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Finally I decided to take action and manage my weight

weight lossEver since I was a teenager, I have struggled with a weight problem. I was not very fat but I hated my protruding belly and my love handles. I wanted to be as shapely as some of the other girls in school. Not that there weren’t other bigger girls, but as you know with girls, we always want to be the best.

My appetite did not help my desire for a slim physique. Ever since I was a kid I had however had a healthy appetite and so I did not understand why suddenly my waistline was bulging out of control. I however had a clue. When I was younger, I had been under the strict care of my parents who were very much against eating unhealthy foods. So no matter how much food we ate as youngsters it was not unhealthy food and most of it would be used up by the body or it would harmlessly pass through the body without accumulating as fat.

As a teenager however, I had more freedom to indulge in junk foods, I especially loved burgers, pizzas, French fries, cakes and chocolates. Whenever I needed a drink, sodas were my number one choice. These foods were quite instrumental to my bulging waistline.

Not that I was not physically active. In fact, the bulge would have been much more pronounced had I not been such an active basketball player. I was a reserve in our college team.

The bulge however quickly intensified when I left college and I stopped being physically active. My eating habits did not however change.

My rapidly increasing body weight worried me a great deal and I decided to put a halt to it. First I decided that I would put a check to eating chunk foods. I studied about healthy eating and adopted the lifestyle of eating foods that helped in weight control such as hummus. I also started eating foods which would help me in suppressing my appetite. This included foods such as apple cider vinegar.

Maintaining this lifestyle of eating a healthy diet that most of the time included bland vegetables was quite boring. The only times I enjoyed was when I ate fruits that would at least satisfy my sweet tooth.

Due to my craving for fatty or sugary foods, I often found myself reverting to them especially when I was in the company of friends, such as in the office. As such, I decided that to fight my weight I would need to do more.

I decided to start working out. Since I could no longer go back to basketball due to lack of time, I decided to enroll in a gym. In the gym I would do all kinds of cardio vascular exercises to burn up my extra calories. I also bought the best shoes for weightlifting to help me in the weight lifting routines. I had learnt that muscles help in burning calories faster. A little muscle would also go a long way in improving my physical appearance

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