Easy exercises to start the day

Yoga for all

Here’s a great way to start the day with yoga.

Complex solar exercises that will stir your entire body, especially the spine and joints.

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Рersimmon – Fruit of the Gods

Fruit of the Gods

If you bite into a piece of fruit, which resembles a strange orange tomato and your lips tingle and his mouth bitter taste, you feel just like the early settlers in North America who have tried to chew unripe fruit of the persimmon.

Then the Europeans decided it was unfit for consumption, while local tribes do not say “orange tomato” should be left to the first ice. The settlers thought that freezing weather will improve the taste of stiptsaviya fruit, but the Indians really like to tell them that they should be left on the tree until the first frost.

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During the ripening fruit has astringent taste, due to the high tannin content. Upon reaching full maturity, however, disappears completely tannin and flavor and texture reminiscent of persimmon apricot.

Bighorn persimmon had grapes and radically different from the familiar orange fruit today. Home of cultivated persimmon, also called the “food of the gods” is western Japan and China.

Drinks and your good shape

To get in shape is not just what you eat but what you drink. This is especially true for people who love sugary drinks that seamlessly add calories to their daily menu.

The problem with sweetened beverages is that they do not satiate , while contain significant calories. Most sugary drinks are delicious and this, together with the lack of satiety , makes us want to drink more and more of them .

The solution:


Many people do not drink enough water, which , if we add the increased consumption of sugary drinks , it is not good for health and good shape. The more often quench their thirst with water instead of soda , the better for you. Remember that muscles are about 80 % water.

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What else besides water?


This incidentally is one of the most popular beverages in the world .

Tea contains antioxidants, which may help the body to prevent heart disease . It is believed that antioxidants have anti-cancer activity .

Besides tea no calories if you drink unsweetened . If you choose to buy ready-made iced tea, read the label carefully because some ready teas contain too much sugar. To assess the best note that 4 grams of sugar is equivalent to a small packet or a lump of sugar .

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Like tea , unsweetened coffee virtually no calories, and contains some very useful substances.

Did you notice the key word in the above sentence ? If not, it is ” unsweetened .”

There’s no harm in occasionally to sip coffee with sugar, cappuccino or any other similar specialty. Just keep in mind that sugar in these drinks is small and that people who drink sweetened coffee drinks , eat more calories per day than those who drink their coffee brand . Also the coffee with milk , sugar, cream and various other facilities often contain some variation of sugar syrup, which slowly but surely undermine your success in the gym .


And do not forget – even with unsweetened coffee should not be overdone .

Not all drinks , however, are helpers in maintaining good form. There are those who must be careful.

Beverages, which should be more careful :


Scientists have long debated the issue with milk – Is it useful in the end or not.

Some say that milk is not a good drink if you plan to lose weight because they do not increase. Others point out that milk contains calcium and protein for which it is worth to include it in your diet.


The truth is probably in the middle , and if you love milk, there is no need to stop , you just have to be careful with the quantities . If you are on a diet , do not drink more than two cups a day. And in any case do not take sweetened milk with different flavors – it is full of unnecessary added sugar. If so please sweetened milk , put his honey. ( But you get real, not copper, whose label appear the words ” glucose-fructose syrup” ).


Alcohol is calorie and can even increase your appetite . Moreover – unlike fats, carbohydrates and proteins , calories in alcohol can not accumulate in the body and must be burned immediately. This means that your body continues to burn fat until you break down the calories from alcohol. It takes one hour for each cup.

This means that it is best to restrict your intake of alcohol to individual cases and to no more than one or two cups .


All this does not deny the possible positive effects of alcohol – some studies moderate wine consumption reduces the risk of heart problems. Again, however, there is a key word – ” moderate” . Which again brings us back to a maximum of one or two cups .


Not all fruit juices as much as they seem. Many contain not only fruit sugar , but also the added sugar and other sweeteners.


So if you love fruit juice , drink only those that are 100% juice, no added sugar. Also, exceptions and more secure healthy – eating berries themselves . In the skin of an apple as there are many antioxidants that can not get apple juice .

Diet drinks

Though they are high calorie , it does not mean they are good for health and figure. First, if you drink large amounts of artificially sweetened beverages, it reduces the quantity of natural drinks you have – for example, tea and water . Second, some scholars suggest that consuming artificially sweetened drinks can lead to increased appetite for sweets .

8 Ways to Cut Sugar from Your Diet

Have you ever been told that you have a sweet tooth? Do you ever daydream about candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, donuts or all things chocolate? If this sounds like you, you may be consuming more added sugar than you need. But even if you are not a sweets fanatic, your diet may still have more added sugar than you think.

Of course, some healthy foods naturally contain sugars–including fruits, dairy, whole-grains and vegetables. However, when I mention “added sugars,” I’m referring to sugars that manufacturers add during processing. Additionally, sugar has become such a prevalent ingredient in our food supply that it’s often added to foods that we don’t realize. For example, sugar is added to non-sugary foods such as hummus, breads and soups. Why is too much added sugar bad for our health? It can contribute to weight gain, high triglycerides (fat in your blood and tissues that can increase your risk for heart disease) and dental cavities.

Even condiments are actually quite high in sugar. Shockingly, a single tablespoon of ketchup contains a teaspoon of sugar and we often use much more than a tablespoon of the stuff. Other common condiments and sauces, such as barbeque sauce, teriyaki sauce, chili sauce, marinades, jams and jellies, pasta and pizza sauces and salad dressings, have a great deal of added sugar.

Although a diet completely void of added sugar is nearly impossible, there are definitely ways to reduce your added sugar intake. With a few simple steps, you can reduce the sugar in your diet.

1. Check the Ingredient List

Because some foods will contain natural sugars, you can’t always tell from the grams of sugar if the product contains natural sugar or added sugar. If you see the words “sugar,” “dextrose,” “fructose,” “maltose,” “sucrose,” “glucose,” “cane syrup,” “cane juice,” “corn syrup,” “fruit juice concentrate,” “honey,” “molasses,” “brown sugar” or “malt syrup,” you’ll know sugar has been added.

2. Be Conscious of Condiments

Check the nutrition facts panel to see how much sugar it contains. Generally, your best bets for low-sugar condiments include mustard (yellow and Dijon are low in sugar, but watch out for honey mustards), light mayonnaise, hot sauce, fat-free plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, fresh salsa (not jarred), horseradish and dill pickle relish. You can also add a ton of sugar-free, low-calorie flavor with vinegars.

3. Be Wary of Flavored Yogurts

We know yogurt is chock-full of calcium, protein and tummy-taming probiotics, but it can also sneak in a substantial amount of sugar. In fact, some single-serving containers of yogurt contain more sugar than a 12-ounce can of soda. All yogurts have some naturally-occurring sugar from lactose, but if your yogurt contains more than 12 grams of sugar, you can bet added sugars are to blame. Seek out varieties with about 12 to 15 grams of sugar or less.

4. Choose Sugar-Free Beverages

We often don’t think about the amount of calories and sugar in beverages because they’re not solid “foods.” However, according to recent research, beverages contribute about one-third of our daily calories from added sugars.

5. Choose Lower-Sugar Desserts

If you’re going to eat dessert, opt for fruit (fresh, frozen, or canned in its own juices) or a sugar-free option, such as sugar-free jello or pudding.

6. If You’re Craving Candy or Something Sweet to Munch On

Reach for a piece of sugarless chewing gum. A piece of sugarless gum usually has about five calories and doesn’t promote tooth decay. In fact, it’s been shown to improve oral health because it stimulates saliva production, reducing the risk of dental cavities.

7. Choose Low-Sugar Cereals

Cereals, regardless of their other beneficial nutrients, often contain a lot of added sugar. One particularly naughty offender: granola. Sure, it contains oats (loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber) but it also houses a load of sugar. You’re better off making oatmeal from regular oats to get all the fiber without the added sugar.

8. And Lastly: Choose the Right Bread

Choose breads that contain little added sugar. Breads often add more sugar than necessary.

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain, Seoul, South Korea

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain. The fountain is programmed to play different shows during the day and night. During the day, the fountain shows a hundred different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches and willow leaves. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it sends up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music.

The park also has outdoor stage, eco-observatory and picnic spots.