Holiday Diets: Staying on Track from Thanksgiving Through the New Year

From family gatherings to office potlucks, the holidays can be a nightmare if you're trying to manage your weight. Combine that with emotional eating and less time to exercise, and you have a recipe for weight gain. In one study, researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases found that people gained about one pound during the holiday season. That may not sound like … [Read more...]

Is a Lack of Sleep Keeping You From Losing Weight?

Are you struggling to lose weight even though you are eating a low calorie diet and squeezing plenty of exercise into your day? A lack of sleep may be to blame. Research has shown that those who get less than 6 hours of sleep have much more difficulty losing weight than those who get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. Sleep and Activity Levels When your body is not well rested, it tends to conserve energy to prevent you from becoming even more exhausted. As a result, you … [Read more...]

Judaism: The Religion Founded On A Contract

The philosophical and ethical tenets of Judaism have served as the foundation for much of Western civilization. Yet, many people – including those with Jewish ancestry – are unaware of the history of the Jewish people and religion. The “official” start of Judaism occurred approximately 2000 years before the birth of Christ, when Abraham entered into a contractual relationship with God. Abraham lived in the land of Canaan (the region now known … [Read more...]

Hot Weather Illnesses: Know the Symptoms and Protect Yourself!

Summer’s hot temperatures offer special dangers for those who work or play outdoors. Extended periods of time in the mid-day heat can cause severe dehydration, heat stroke and even death. Even if you are accustomed to being outdoors in the heat, you should be alert to symptoms of overheating and be prepared to go indoors and apply the remedies. Failure to do so could mean an extended stay in the hospital or worse. Understanding Dehydration The human body … [Read more...]