The unique properties of lettuce

Crunchy and green, ordinary lettuce is one of the most amazing greens, loaded with essential nutrients that are beneficial to our overall health.

 The modern variety iceberg that is sometimes likened with cabbage, recently shifting his ordinary relative, acquaintance from the yard of her grandmother. From a nutritional standpoint, it should be the opposite! In comparisons with iceberg lettuce, green lettuce has:

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  • Twice as much protein
  • Two times more calcium
  • Four times more iron
  • Eight times more vitamin C
  • Seventeen times more vitamin A (hidden in green!)
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 Lettuce leaves are one of the most low calorie green vegetables 100g provide only 15 calories. However, they contain many phytonutrients and high levels of fiber, useful for disease prevention. Lettuce are rich sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a role a role in bone metabolism, which promotes an increase in bone tissue. Also plays an important role in blood clotting.

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 Currently Fashion Detox diets and turns to green juices and smoothies (nectar), let’s say that lettuce is perfect for this purpose! It is good to combine with the juice of carrots, spinach, green peppers and alfalfa. Such juice promotes growth of hair and some doctors even regained its normal color. For lettuce juice must be used dark green and not pale inner leaves. It is advisable to select organic lettuce or homemade, to avoid the potential for high levels of nitrates.

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Holi Festival of Colours, India

Spring has arrived and the sun is shining brightly.

 Well-known worldwide, Holi Festival of colors is one of the oldest Hindu festivals observed during the spring season, with adults and children who participate in the celebration. Depending on the region, it is also in Holaka, Phagwa, Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi. For those on holiday, Holi is time to move darkness last winter and spring Celebrate colors.

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 The festival of colors in India is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Phalguna on the day of the full moon in late February or early March. The celebration includes bonfires and Hindus shower each other with colored water and powder. Although it is easy to buy colors in today’s market, many people will make flowers home from tesu and palash flowers. The festival is celebrated by all ages, as well as shops and offices are routinely closed to the main event, which is throwing colors.

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 Mythology plays an important role in the festival, and the most famous stories of origin, Holly refer to “Holika Dahan” and the legend of Radha-Krishan. tradition of “Holika Dahan” is the kindling of fire and celebrates the victory of good over evil. Legend of Radha and Krishna is more about throwing colors. Young Krishna was jealous of his beloved Radha fair complexion, and a sense mischieveous one day he puts color on his face. To this day, lovers of color with each other as an expression of their love.

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Egypt offers an underwater gateway to Alexandria

Egypt revived the idea of ​​a giant underwater museum off the coast of Alexandria. o reveal the beauty of centuries ago mired palace of Cleopatra. The idea for the unusual archaeological museum has existed for years and has generated thousands of ancient treasure discovered in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern port of the famous city. A treasure trove found on the seabed in the last decade includes 26 Sphinx , several huge granite blocks weighing up to 50 tons , as well as alleged debris legendary lighthouse on the island . Pharos is considered one of the seven wonders of the world . According to scientists, around here are found the remains of the palace complex of the last ruler of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra , lost after a series of earthquakes in the IV-V century AD .

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In the near future the admirers of historical tourism will have the unique opportunity to glimpse these submerged treasures closely ,promise the Egyptian authorities . Under their ambitious plans, in early 2010 they should start building a giant underwater tunnel fiberglass and it should be completed in two and a half years. The project is made by the famous French architect Jacques Ruzhri who has an extensive experience with underwater structures and the support of UNESCO.

The appearance of the first ever archaeological museum below sea level to attract millions of tourists in the second largest city of Egypt , however, remains questionable because the necessary $ 140 million for its constructionOfficials hope the money will come from private companies and organizations , but some experts fear that the huge technical challenges associated with the construction of such an unusual structure can repel them . Among the main problems are ensuring visibility among frustratingly murky waters of the bay, and the creation of stable enough structure to resist the strong undercurrents .

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Food against spring fatigue

Energy in a plate

 Whether you recognize the concept of spring fatigue or not, undoubtedly is that after the short, dark winter days our body needs a strong dose of energy. Good nutrition is not only the consumption of products that satiate us but also those that provide quality energy  in life!

  • Strong start to the spring:

Оatmeal

It contains magnesium, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B – nutrients that influence the level of energy and the rapid eradication of fatigue. Combine them with raw nuts or seeds to make breakfast more healthy.

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Spinach

Spinach is rich in one crucial element – iron, which is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin and oxygen transport. Moreover, iron is involved in energy production, and its deficiency leads to a rapid fatigue.

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Pomegranate

This red fruit contains plenty of vitamins A, B, C, E, P, magnesium, potassium, manganese and cobalt. As a result it increases the forces against various infections and stimulates the appetite.

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Healthy tomato

The tomato is good to eat not only  because it does not make you fat, but because it is relating to the antioxidant lycopene, the pigment that gives the red color. The tomato has earned the blade of food for long life, the elixir of youth and protector from degenerative diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis.
The tomato is a  diuretic and refreshing food thanks to approximately 90 percent of water in it and because it is also  revitalizing for the wealth of mineral salts (especially potassium, phosphorus, iron, iodine), vitamins (A, C, E).

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Please note, however, that there are people who do not digest very well tomatoes or that are even allergic to them.

Tomatoes eaten in a  salad or centrifuged, satiate the senses and the stomach.If cooked they neutralize the fermentation of the starch.

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955

“I want to know what are the main principles which, when God created the universe. Otherwise do not care. “

 In the current development of mankind twentieth century was a period marked by tragedy and spectacular progress. Of the great tragedies remind the two world wars , and inventing , producing, and ultimately , the use of the atomic bomb , which brings to mankind the horrors of self-destruction .
As spectacular development in the twentieth century is the moment in which man is closest to the discovery of the great secret : understanding of the universe.
The paradox is that both aspects are indirectly linked to the genius of one person – namely, of Albert Einstein !
The creation of this contribution tortured genius scientist for the rest of his life !

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 Born in Germany, is a family of Jewish industrialist , as a child Einstein showed serious difficulties to adapt to school and the teachers declared it problem child that does not want to learn. After years he formulated the theory of relativity and enjoys worldwide recognition persecution by the Nazis , forced to leave their homeland to escape the compound in America. The fact that has contributed , albeit indirectly , for the creation of the atomic bomb , causes ugrezeniya and anguish of learning that his whole life is a fighter for world peace and became a symbol of the twentieth century.

In the childhood genius of Albert Einstein did not notice. He is introverted child , so often becomes the subject of jokes among his classmates . Not a brilliant student, but it does not read like any popular science books.
Tends to analyze in detail from various perspectives, every thought , idea or information stored however silence until lunch that his brain has exhausted a subject – something that causes people to think about the retarded and to underestimate .

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He was born in the small German city of Ulm . The story goes that when his mother first saw her newborn son Albert, nearly fainted . Newborn weighing more than normal and there were swollen and square head . His parents are worried and wondered if offspring with which God has given them , is normal.
Great is their astonishment , however , when one day the little open mouth and speaks with ease and vocabulary of an adult.   What happened ? By this time the child analyze the use of the word and then give outward expression of what has been learned .
At school, Einstein continued to use the advanced method of study. While certain items it stimulates interest , it quite differently things with physics and philosophy – two disciplines that really fascinating.
When still young , his father showed him a compass Herman , the fact that the pointer remains fixed regardless of the movement of the compass, endlessly surprising little Albert, who realizes that there exists invisible and independent of human will power that he can not understand.
At age 11 , Albert visited elite school in Munich , Germany. This is a school that operates under German military model , and teachers used the iron discipline and absolute obedience which is not appealed Albert who hates collective activities and strict discipline . The age of 15 moved to semeystvotmu Itliya , and he remained in Munich where the military school is required. Prepare your plan to leave the strict school and to avoid military service . Request assistance from lekar which to issue a document that the school  his mental health.
So Einstein came from Germany – the country where he spent his childhood and went to Italy with his family.

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Though sad departure from Einstein’s Germany , his parents support it. So 16 years Albert an examination at the Polytechnic in Zurich, Switzerland , while failing to take the exam , the results are displayed on the science makes the evaluation committee to accept it.
So at the age of 20 years old he met Mileva Maric and his relationship with this woman played a big role for the rest of his life.
Mileva is an intelligent woman. Due to illness in childhood , she limps with one leg .
” The woman you love , you will do together learned research. I do not want to waste my time with ignorant and uneducated people who make me feel like I’m standing at the wall . “ With such love letters he reveals his feelings to Mileva .

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World of Physics 1905 is the year of the wonders of Einstein. For 100 days he published three original theories , one of which is the theory of the photoelectric effect , which later received the Nobel Prize . Published Theory of Relativity , which will continue to connect his name – Einstein.
Although his theories were published in several issues of some journals , they remain completely unanswered by the scientific community . Just when Einstein began to experience razacharovanie , received a letter from Berlin, which screamed : ” In your theory has some vague salient . “ The sender is the famous physicist Max Planck , who first discovered the young tester images.
Einstein’s theories represent an innovation for its time . He argues that the only quantity that remains constant prirodatam is the speed of light and therefore the concept of time is relative. This perspective, the key principles of Nyutyun physics that rule 300 years , by which time is constant. His theory caused astonishment in the scientific world . This astonishment is even greater due to the fact that these conclusions are formulated not by any professor and unknown tester images, which is only 26 years old.

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While the university continues to formulate theories. Firstly , that time is not an absolute value , and then takes on the relativity of space.
Theory of relativity , Einstein is not very understandable . But, as he argues , if someone came to the secret of the universe with the soul of a little child , then the most complicated theory seems simple.
In February 1919 declared his divorce with Mileva Maric . Three years after the divorce while back with a ship from Japan, learned that he was awarded the Nobel nagada physics . The story goes that he took the news very quiet and reserved, probably because of the fact that the reward is awarded not for relativity to his research on the photoelectric effect . The money that gets a gives Mileva , thus the promise given in the past, when they believed that one day I will win the Nobel Prize.

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Although it is entirely Jewish family Einstein fully perceived the German way of life.
Already gained worldwide popularity each year Ayshtayn invited to the United States at conferences . While Einstein in America, is distributed rumored to be preparing his murder . He traveled from America to Europe, but not going to Germany and Belgium , where under the protection of the royal family.
All materials left by scientists in Germany were destroyed by the Nazis. Einstein who first left Germany at age 16 , was forced to do it again 54 years of age.
For 20 years from 1933 when he left Germany for the rest of your life – Einstein lives in the university town of Princeton , New Jersey .
The release of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima deeply hurt him and turns it into a fierce supporter.

  • 76 years old witnessed two world wars, and his life is a mix of fame , recognition, bitterness and disappointment !

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Properties of goji berries

The goji berries are often cited as ” probably the result of more dense nutrients of the earth”

They have been used for millennia by the people of Asia , particularly in areas which are mostly inaccessible and in which  human life was and is still difficult , such as Tibet , Mongolia and in the more rural areas of China. The population of these regions have enjoyed for thousands of years the benefits of this berry , which are described in many books on Tibetan , Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as the berry of longevity , a definition that says a lot about the extraordinary properties of Goji berries .

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There are 41 varieties of goji berries , 40 of which  are Tibetan Goji . The Tibetan goji  grow in soil free of contamination and pollution due to the extreme isolation of the mountainous region, where as the Chinese goji berries unfortunately suffer from intense treatments of pesticides and DDT.

A Tibetan saying : “Eating goji berries in the morning makes you happy for the rest of the day .”

The goji berry has one of the largest percentages of Antioxidants (ORAC ) in the world, according to the table ORAC fruits and vegetables essential oils. The goji berries have 500 times the vitamin C than an orange and more iron than the spinach .

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Door to hell, Turkmenistan

A unique but little-known place near Darvaz, Turkmenistan

 Near the small town Darvaz in Turkmenistan is located a peculiar natural phenomenon called  “the door to hell.” In fact, nature has very little “guilt” in creating this phenomenon.

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How was the door to hell formed ? It all started back in 1971 when scientists from the then Soviet Union were sent to explore the area for the presence of natural gas. Well, they indeed  discovered natural gas reserves . It turned out , however, that under the surface there is a huge underground cave and digging during stability studies violates its surface.It then collapsed and left a hole with a diameter of about 70 meters and a depth of about 20 meters. To prevent the free flow of poison gas, geologists decided it was best to ignite the hole.They  Expected the gas to burn a few days and then continue to work safely on the site. To their unpleasant surprise gas not only burned for a few days , but continues to burn to this day – over 40 years after the accident . Whether it was right or wrong  to ignite the gas one can not say definitely , but the fact is that during these four decades the door to hell has burned huge amounts of gas.

So , today we are witnessing the phenomenon “door to hell” due to the nature, with little help from  scientists’ error !

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The history of coffee…

We do not know exactly when the coffee was discovered for the first time , but archaeologists have found descriptions of the use of coffee as a medicine in the Arab world in writings dating back to 900 AD

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A legend attributes to the discovery of coffee to an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi (around 300 BC).
He observed that his flock was very active when the animals ate certain red berries ;
so decided to try them and discovered the energetic effect of the coffee berries . Gradually the  use of the coffee berries as food energy spread over the world and people learned that they could prepare a tasty drink by first boiling and then fermenting the berries .

From Ethiopia the use of coffee spread to neighboring areas , when the first coffee plantation was built in Yemen. The cultivation then spread to Arabia and Egypt, where coffee drinking (called ” Kahweh ” ) soon became a daily habit .

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The coffee became popular in Europe in the 17th century and its popularity grew very quickly. At the beginning of 1600 ” coffee houses ” began to rise a little everywhere, especially in Italy, France, Britain , Holland and Germany .
Earlier – in 1570 – the coffee was introduced to Europe by a Venetian doctor , Prospero Alpini . Venice was the first Italian city to enjoy the coffee and to have public spaces where it can be enjoyed. The oldest, the Cafe Florian,  continues to offer the precious drink  under the arcades of Piazza San Marco. In Italy , among the aristocrats , coffee soon became a precious gift to offer as a symbol of friendship or love. The coffee culture soon spread throughout the peninsula and also other cities had their ” coffee houses ” : the Greek Cafe in Rome , Caffè Pedrocchi in Padua , Caffè San Carlo in Turin.

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The first machine to make coffee at home was invented in Naples in 1691 by the famous Neapolitan coffee maker . People would use that tool metal , clean water , and 4-5 grams of finely roasted coffee to prepare three or four cups of coffee at once and drink it at home .It soon became a ritual in Italy to conclude the meal with a cup of aromatic coffee .
The coffee was freed early with a reputation of ” aristocratic drink ” and spread to all social classes. Then it became a daily habit to enjoy the pleasure of an invigorating drink . The Espresso was combined with other ingredients , and the most famous coffee-based beverages have Italian names : Espresso, Cappuccino, Macchiato . Over the years Italy has become the official ambassador of the philosophy of Espresso .

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How to awake your creativity

“Creativity is the power to connect what seems incoherent.” ~ William Plomar

Can we really become more creative?

 Being creative is a skill that can revive  only if we are willing to do so. Each one of us has the ability to create, explore and play. Each one is set in a natural curiosity that constantly provokes the question: “How does the world create’”. Over time we have began to stifle that part of ourself.

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 Usually, the human brain craves to go down the easy path, not the most creative. It is lazy by nature. When faced with a problem, the brain first looks in its database for ready solutions that have been used in the past and have been unsuccessful. He does not waste energy to generate a new solution when old ones can work just as fine.

What happens if you put yourself tempted to challenge your brain?Start putting it in different or more complex issues than those that are used to handle Then go beyond the standard and increase your creativity.

Anything can inspire us. We can increase creativity step by step.

Gain a first time experience! Take:

  • – A digital camera or camera phone
  • – Notepad and pen
  • – Folders, boxes, scrapbook, message board.

Another way to increase creativity is to change the habits and stereotypes.

Do you have a strict routine in your daily life? Do you get up at the same time,do  you dress a certain way, do you go to work as you walk down the same road every day, in two words do you move on autopilot?

This is a killer for your creativity!

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio is organized in the former capital of Brazil (1763-1960) – Rio de Janeiro. Situated between  mountains and sea it provides its visitors beautiful beaches, lovely scenery and unusual culture. Rio is the ideal place for such an event . Contributing to the mood of the town are the local people who live in the rhythm of their national music – choro , samba and bossa nova . Brazilians are very proud of the Carnival ; This year’s carnival is expected  to be visited by  700,000 foreigners.

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The Carnival in Rio is a real extravaganza of colors, movements and beautiful bodies all under the fiery rhythm of samba . The carnival is organized at the end of February or early March each year. The very first event was held in 1830. Rio pulsates to the rhythm of Carnival 4 days and 4 nights.It always starts on Saturday – exactly 40 days before Easter , and its end is the last day before Lent. Its appearance  is still preserved since its establishment, which includes a variety of events – from street parties, parades and circuses to masquerades , various theme parties and dances .

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During the Carnival themain boulevard Sambadrom – or also called Boulevard of samba is filled with thousands of dancers. The biggest event during the Carnival parade is the 13 samba schools in the city,which are dancing to the crazy rhythms on different platforms and structures for 2 nights. Each school has its own scene and theme of dance and creates its own original storyline , which contains a brief history . Each dance troupe openes the show with 10 to 15 people , which aims to promote the school and set up the audience for their upcoming choreography. Later in the performance each school involves some 5,000 dancers , and each has its own role and everything is exercised many times, so that it looks perfect . Usually the stands has about 100 000 people , although there are only seats for 60,000 . Sets and costumes of the schools this year reached a record 28 million dollars worth , as to win the Carnival in Rio is a great prestige.

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During the carnival in Rio a lot of  different music bands play and sing as many Brazilians dance and have fun. So that at any time when you want to join the fun , just join in with a dance step .

King of the Carnival or the so-called Momo , has always been happy and elected local fat uncle, as was required to be at least 100 kg, but for the sake of the global fight against unhealthy eating , Momo this year will be healthy , lean and muscular.

The combination of a parade , street carnival and crazy music makes Carnival in Rio the greatest show and the craziest party in the world. Combine all this beauty with the irresistible beaches in Brazil and it just becames an explosive combination that you should visit .

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Chocolate Hills, Philippines

Almost all children would be glad a lot if they see a mountain of chocolate. And what about the first 268m hill made of chocolate?

Consisting of 1268 hills with a perfect conical shape of the same size , spread over an area of 50 square kilometers, this highly unusual geological formation, called Chocolate Hills , is located in Bohol , Philippines. There are several hypotheses for the formation of the hills. Including eroded limestone oceanic volcanism , uplift of the seafloor and a more recent theory is that as an ancient active volcano that was self-destructed , it spewed huge blocks of stone which were then covered  with limestone and thrust forth from the ocean .

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Naturally, in Bohol people will tell you two stories about the origin of the hills. Better known for the two giants who are pelted with stones and large rocks. After almost two days of battle , they felt completely exhausted and soon forgot why they have started to fight and left as friends.
A more romantic version of a giant called Arogi who fell in love with Aloya . When Aloya died Arogi highly grieved and wept , and his huge tears rained down on the ground and then hardened , becoming the Chocolate Hills as evidence of his eternal sorrow.

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6 calcium-rich foods for your bones

Include these calcium-rich foods in your diet to maintain healthy bones and joints.

Milk: Milk is the best source of calcium, not only for children but also for adults. Moreover, the calcium is in a form that can be easily digested and absorbed by your body.

Yogurt: It is High in protein and contains healthy bacteria for your gut.Yogurt is said to offer 400 mg of calcium in a single serving. Choose non-fattening flavoured yogurt for a satisfying and healthy snack. Besides milk and yogurt, dairy products such as cheese is also a good idea for a source of calcium.

Leafy greens: Many vegetables, especially the leafy green ones, are rich sources of calcium. Opt from spinach, turnip, kale, romaine lettuce, celery, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and mushrooms or toss all of them into a salad.

Beans: For another rich source of calcium, try kidney beans, white beans or baked ones.

Herbs and spices: Herbs like basil, thyme, cinnamon, mint and spices like garlic not only enhance the flavour of your food but also provide calcium to your body.

Oranges: Citrus fruits like oranges are not only rich in calcium but also contain vitamin D that is essential to absorb the calcium in the body. Have it as a fruit or squeeze out its juice and have it as a drink.

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Lake Superior, Canada

 Lake Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes in North America. Bordered on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Minnesota , and to the south – with the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Michigan. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world that has an area of 82 103 km2. Only the area of the Canadian territory of the lake is 28 700 km2 , thus it is the third largest lake in Canada and 2nd in the province of Ontario. The altitude of the water is 183 meters.

 Lake Superior is the third largest freshwater lake in the world by volume of 11,600 km3  after it is Baikal in Russia(we have a post for it as well!) and Tanganyika in Africa.

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3 ways to keep yourself fit

Incorporate more movement into your daily life and watch what you eat. Here are three ways to keep fit through proper nutrition.

  • Avoid added sugar

A scoop here , two there, and here’s a bunch of empty calories . The most common sources of unnecessary added sugar than spoons of sugar in coffee are sweetened sodas , pasta, breakfast cereals , confectionery , sweetened dairy products ( sweetened sour and fresh milk ) , ice cream and fruit drinks containing sugar.

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  What remains as healthy then ? Meat, vegetables, fruit , eggs, whole grains and dairy products without added sugar.

  • Do not be afraid of fat

 Yes , fats contribute to weight gain . No, do not avoid them completely.

Benefits of fat is that they sate and add flavor to your food . For these two reasons, it is better to include them in moderate amounts in your diet to avoid feeling hungry and deprived of delicious food.

Still depends on the fat. You should not be afraid of the fat in meat, cheese , milk, butter , olive oil , nuts , avocados.

 How much fat should you accept? Experts say 1.1 grams per kilogram of body weight.If you weigh 75 kg you should take no more than 82 grams of fat per day.

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  • Preparing your own meals

The more time and effort you put into this, the less you’ll have to eat out at fast food restaurants. Studies show that people can take up to 500 more calories on days they eat out compared to the days they do not eat out.

 Clearly, when you’re busy, you can not sit down and cook, but this does not preclude efforts. On weekends and evenings you can spend time on something homemade and healthy.

Burn fat, summer edition – Part 1

Summer is the season in which you will have to throw away the thick winter clothes and put something sexy and emphasize your figure.

 Winter slows down metabolism and  alongside the many holidays we eat not the healthiest food,therefore it is normal to put in some extra kilograms.

 Now is the last train that you should definitely catch if you have missed for one reason or another the other – bring  into shape for the summer season.

 So start with the principle of the pyramid. The fastest way to get in shape (less body fat percentage) is cardio. It can be practiced both in the gym and outdoors – in the park or a stadium for example. I recommend you to combine both. When the weather is nice, you can run outdoors, preferably on level ground, but it  is preferable to be equipped with a calorimeter so that you can see how much you burn.

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Legend of Baba Marta

Baba Marta is a mythical character from the Bulgarian folklore. According to the folk tradition the name is associated with March. Except March, January and February also have a special place in Bulgarian mythological ideas. January and February are presented as brothers with a spicy character – Large beetle-Small beetle, January and February . Baba Marta is considered their sister ‘s mood – sometimes smiling and benevolent , sometimes unpredictably evil.The Nature of Baba Marta is consistent with the changing weather in March.

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Old are the sources describing how the Bulgarians have been decorated with red and white threads for health, strength and longevity. Most likely, the holiday is inherently Bulgarian originating from 580 – 630th AD. From Asia ( the continent on which initially Bulgarians live ) the tradition is transferred to Europe with the migration of a large group of Bulgarians led by Khan Asparuh. The tradition is observed today in the territories that were once Bulgarian – part of Romania, Macedonia, part of Greece, Serbia, and also in some of today’s Russia .

Each year, before the beginning of March, Bulgarians give ‘martenitsi’ made ​​of red and white threads , traditionally of wool . This makes for health and happiness. On March 1st Bulgarians put martenitsi clothes or wrists and wish health and happiness with the words “Happy Baba Marta .” The holiday symbolizes the end of winter and the coming of spring.

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