Sunday, December 7, 2008

The "Dream Match" Won at 8th Round by Manny Paquiao

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I slept late last night as I watched reviews about Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Paquiao on TV. I too was so excited to watch the dream fight that I couldn't get to sleep. Past 1:30am and my eyes became sleepy. Well, I had to retire for a few hours and give my exhausted body some rest.
Since I slept late last night, I woke up late too. Thanks to my aunt who came to my room and woke me up. Had breakfast at 10:00am then joined my uncle who was watching the earlier fights. It seemed like forever waiting for the dream match.

After more than two hours of waiting, finally it came and honestly I was nervous at the start. Oscar had so much advantage of Manny. His reach is longer, his body is bigger, he's taller and he's a more experienced fighter than Manny. Round 1 came and to my surprise, Oscar didn't have the agressiveness that I was expecting of him. I knew people were expecting a more aggressive and faster fighter than what they saw in rounds 1 and 2. Well, basing on his earlier statements about the fight and that how he would make Manny feel what true pain really is in the ring. Round 3 and again, Manny dominated the fight. Fast forward, round 8 finished and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Manny really was dominating the fight and De La Hoya was becoming his punching bag. I felt sorry for Oscar and I realized size and reach are not enough to win a fight. It's using the right strategy and techniques. Oscar's coach was telling him to pressure Manny but Oscar just couldn't get the right timing. Manny was so fast and De La Hoya was kind of confused with the punches. They were coming from different directions and Manny showed incredible speed. I thought Oscar could win in the later rounds as I was thinking he would surprise Manny and all of us. However, after the 8th round, the doctor advised to stop the fight as Oscar was not in great shape anymore. His left eye was swollen and he just can't return punches with Manny anymore. In the end, Oscar just had to surrended and Manny was declared the winner. Oscar told the interviewer that Manny deserved to get all the credit as he had fought a great fight. Manny told De La Hoya that he is still his idol. Oscar on the other hand told Manny that now, he is Oscar's idol. What a great victory for Manny and as a Filipina, I too am so proud of him.

Jinky, his wife, said that she was just relaxed as when she saw how Manny performed in the first and 2nd rounds, she knew Manny would win the fight.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Will Manny Paquiao Win His Fight this Dec. 6 Against Oscar de La Hoya ?

Well, it's a question most of us would want to answer with "yes". Manny Paquiao is the Filipinos' pride and as a Filipino myself, I want him to be victorious on this day. Many people has a great confidence on Paquiao being one of the best boxing fighters in this generation. Some people believe that he will win this fight because he is a few years younger than Oscar De La Hoya. They also say that Oscar is not as fast and strong anymore as compared to his younger years. However, some people also believe that Oscar will win this fight because of his longer reach and his height advantage. It's a series of questions we can't answer yet for now. Better watch out for their fight on December 6 and let us witness together the most awaited fight of the decade.

Jinky Paquiao, Manny's wife.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Miss Writing in Daily Nuggets

I have been inactive here for a few months as I've concentrated with article writing in blogging communities. I enjoy writing there and I was aiming a target income last month in adsense so I tried to make as many articles as I can. I decided to make this blog active again. From this day on, I will be writing here often and I will tackle everything there is to write about that will be very much of help to the readers of this blog. Keep on reading and I'll try to post very informative articles as I can.

Monday, May 19, 2008

How To Spot A Dangerous Poker Player

By : Alan England

Let’s examine what we think a dangerous player is to us. Players that we respect, fear, admire, and would like to imitate, all at the same time. Most of us have heard the old saying, "If you don't know who the fish is in the game after the first fifteen minutes, then it's you." Let us take this one step further, and look at it a bit differently. "If you don't know who the most dangerous player in your game is within the first fifteen minutes, then you don't belong in that game." This of course does not apply if you happen to be the most dangerous player in the game. Let us assume that you are not the most dangerous player in the game, and want to know who is. What traits would look for to find out? It is just as important to know the player that you should fear in a game, as it is to know which players you can intimidate, or out-play.


What would you consider the traits to look for to judge whether a player can be dangerous competition to you in (Hold'em, Stud, Omaha etc.) A player that you would consider "dangerous" in so far as deceitful play, changing gears, betting or raising strategy, that would cause you to play very carefully against him.

Opinion 1

I would consider a dangerous player one that I could rarely put on a hand. A player who appears to play a generally proper tight and aggressive game, but is still deceptive enough to surprise you repeatedly when they do show down a hand.

Opinion 2

There are two kinds of dangerous players. The first is dangerous because they are very stupid. The second is dangerous because they are very good. Some of the specific behaviors I look for to recognize dangerous players are,

(1) When the flop falls, they watch the players, not the cards.

2) They are capable of raising and releasing a hand in the same betting round.

(3) They never voluntarily show a hand.

(4) They induce bluffs on the river. This last one is the subtlest of the four and may be one of best indicators of a dangerous player.

Opinion 3

Some of the traits that I look for in someone that I consider dangerous:

1) They are aggressive

2) They consistently makes good decisions

3) They do not play many hands, but when they do, they win a very high percentage of them.

4) They allow nothing to adversely affect their game

Let me get slightly off-track for a second. This is not one of the signs of a dangerous player. Years ago one of the things that used to intimidate me, and make me think someone was a dangerous player, was when I was seated in a game in an unfamiliar card room. I would then notice that one or more of the players personally knew, and were friends with each other, and the dealer. I always suspected them of being good players because they knew everyone, and must be good because they played regularly. I figured that they knew how each other played, so they only had to concentrate in learning how I played. I, in turn had to watch how all of them played to pick up any information. This was a much more difficult task. It didn't take me long to see that I had did not have to fear players who were strangers to me, but were friends with the other people in the game, and even knew the dealer's grandmothers maiden name. I found that many of them still played worse poker than I could have ever imagined.

When I sit down in a game I never judge anyone by his or her appearance. I judge them by how well they play, after watching them in action. Some people think that just looking the part, will put fear into the hearts of the other players. Me, I watch the quiet ones, those who just sit back and take in all the action, I call these types "chameleons". It is the chameleon's that blend cleverly into the game background, that you have to worry about. They are not loudmouths, they do not brag, give lessons, or berate other players.

They just sit there and wait quietly to ambush you. I am also interested in a player who can raise pre-flop and then dump the hand after the flop, if bet into or raised. These players are not afraid to release what may have started out as a great hand, but went South on the flop or the turn. When I pick out a dangerous player at my table, I will be very selective what hands I play against him, especially if he is on a rush. I will fancy-dance around him with any hands that are not premium. When he bets, and I am holding hands that I might play against a weaker opponent, I usually throw them away. What it all boils down to is this, you want all the behaviours of a dangerous player. If you have these same qualities, you will be the dangerous player, and the person that everyone will have to worry about.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

What should I have to prevent hair loss ?

There are two nutrients that you have to make sure you have plenty of every day, if you want to minimize your hair loss. These nutrients are Vitamin A and the B vitamins. To digest and absorb these nutrients you cannot use antacids.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a key component to developing healthy cells, tissues in the body, and reducing hair loss. Additionally it works with silica and zinc to prevent drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands, the glands vital to producing sebum. Sebum is an important lubricant for the hair follicle.

Vitamin A deficiencies commonly cause thickening of the scalp, dry hair, and dandruff. Air pollution, smoking, extremely bright light, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, laxatives, and aspirin are some known vitamin A inhibitors. Liver, fish oil, eggs, fortified milk, and red, yellow, and orange vegetables are good sources for vitamin A, as are some dark green leafy vegetables like spinach.

Be particularly careful if you take vitamin A supplements, as vitamin A is fat-soluble, allowing the body to store it and making it easy for the body to overdose on vitamin A. Vitamin A overdoses can cause excessively dry skin and inflamed hair follicles, and in some cases ironically can cause hair loss.

A safe dose of vitamin A is 10,000 IU or 25,000 IU. Most Vitamin supplements are sold in these quantities. Also take all supplements during meals unless you are working with a Nutritionist that recommends otherwise.


B-vitamins work interdependently and therefore all levels of B vitamins need to be sufficient in order to maintain proper health. Vitamins B-6, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B-12 are all key components in maintaining healthy hemoglobin levels in the blood, which is the iron-containing portion of red-blood cells.

Hemoglobin's primary function is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues of the body, so if these vitamins were deficient in your body, then hair and skin would suffer. Fortunately some of the tastiest foods contain these vitamins. Vitamin B-6 is found in protein rich foods, which is excellent because the body needs a sufficient amount of protein to maintain hair growth. Liver, chicken, fish, pork, kidney, and soybeans are good sources of B-6 and are relatively low in fat when they are not fried.

Folic acid is found in whole grains, cereals, nuts, green leafy vegetables, orange juice, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and liver again. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and other dairy products meanwhile provide healthy amounts of B-12.

Biotin deficiencies are rare unless there is a severe case of malnutrition or a serious intestinal disorder, since a healthy gut produces biotin through good bacteria found there.

There is one more important fact in making sure you are absorbing the B-vitamins. If you have heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD and are taking any antacids or drugs to reduce your stomach acid, you will reduce your ability to digest and absorb B-vitamins. Antacids make your stomach acid more alkaline, which does not support the digestion and adsorption of the B-vitamins.

If you are taking over the counter antacids, you decrease your ability to use the B-vitamins that you eat or take as supplements.

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How Social Bookmarking can Help You Succeed on IT Selling

When an online user surfs the internet and finds useful information that he likes to save for further reading, he usually uses the saving feature of his desktop by pressing Ctrl + D. Nothing complicated about that however when he uses another computer and wants to access his bookmarked pages that’s when trouble begins.

What does one benefit from social bookmarking?

Social Bookmarking has evolved from the difficulty most online users have experienced with desktop bookmarking when they tried accessing their bookmarked pages from another PC. With social bookmarking, an online user’s saved-for-later information gathered from the internet is now accessible to him on any PC. The system of social bookmarking also makes it possible for other users on the internet to access the stored information for their personal use, or share the link with others, unless the owner of the bookmarked information wants it private. Online users can also post comments and share their views with other online users about the topic of the bookmarked page or link.

This mode of interaction among a vast number of people makes social bookmarking an effective traffic generator and page ranking tool.

How does social bookmarking add value to your online business?

Bookmarking pages of your website or links to your products or services on the databases of social bookmarking sites makes people find them, and if the information proves useful to a lot of those who read your bookmarked page or followed your stored link, it will be voted on favorably above other bookmarked pages and links. When located on top of the list, your page or link gets more exposure, and consequently, more traffic. This makes social bookmarking a powerful marketing tool.

How does it work?

On most websites you will find image shortcuts to various social bookmarking sites, such as, Technorati and Propeller to name a few. Webmasters do this in the hope of getting their website’s pages bookmarked easily on social bookmarking sites by online users who happen to find them. When links to social bookmarks are displayed on a website, it provides convenience for online users to bookmark any page they want viewed another time.

Where does powerful marketing come in?

When you list your website’s pages or your blog to the most popular social bookmarking sites, you maximize the chance for your website or blog to be seen on the internet. Search for a category relevant to your product or service and list your website in the niche section of this category and see what happens. As exposure is guaranteed, large-scale traffic is possible when you deliver information on your web page that most people in your niche market would find useful.

Social Bookmarking is one of the more effective strategies a successful online marketer uses to generate links to a particular website. It is so simple; find out which among social bookmarking sites have become favorite online hubs of most users, sign up to be listed and bookmark your website for the world to see.

Try it!

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Brian Giese is President and CEO of IT an authority- site for “seamless, integrated sales campaign” for both industry leaders and start-ups. He is also best-selling author at with his book “I.T. Sales Boot Camp” (Adams Media Corporation; ISBN: 158062538X -2002), a “must-read” among IT sales professionals and organizations around the world.

Brian is also an accomplished motivational speaker and sales trainer to a growing list of clientele, with his highly-effective sales trainings and seminars, most-sought after in more than 30 countries.

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Best Travel Tips for a Fabulous Vacation

By: Sunne

Traveling is such a great experience that we thought we could do this all the time. Unfortunately, we get very less time to travel in this fast & furious world. Mostly of us only get a couple weeks a year (if we’re lucky) to take our vacations.

Make ensure that those trips are the extremely best which are having some kind of humor in that(unlike the many travel movies where there are nightmares around every corner), we are providing our top 10 travel tips to make your vacations unforgettable – in a superior way of course.

Top 10 Travel Tips

1. Plan early & book when a best deal fits your budget. Companies pop up everyday for more and more travel. Why? Because as the baby boomer age group gets grown-up & once they boot their kids out of the house, they are traveling more and more. Best deals are easy to get and many sound companies that offer great & economical rates and fares.

2. Be familiar about your destination and the best times to travel. Remember when Angelina Jolie takes the whole family to cross-country only to find out favorite Fun Park, which is closed? Do not let that happen to you. Know what is going on and when the best times to travel are. For example, most people know that March and April tend to be spring break times. Well, if you take your little ones to Panama City Florida during these months, chances for you to go to run into wild.

3. Take care of your belongings. Making sure the family pet is also taken care off.

4. Budget wisely. Make sure that if the worst happened you still have resources to fall back on. If you are on a budget, be smart & enjoy doing things on a trip.

5. Don’t forget your key documents. There is nothing more frustrating than forgetting something when you are hundreds or thousands of miles away from home.

6. Again, pick up your area of choice to determine how close you are to different activities and restaurants. Its nothing like landing a great deal on a hotel which near by beach, market & restaurant for a fabulous vacation. For example, a hotel that is so far away from the beach you need to catch a train or rented car just to get there. In addition, you want to make sure that everyone traveling with you will have fun! Again, in Las Vegas Vacation when the kids are too young to gamble, they have to come up with creative ways to have a good time.

7. Sign up for online magazine & newspapers keep your ear to the ground about your destination of choice.

8. Plan it properly it can really bite you in the behind on certain things like rentals and such.

9. Make a checklist and to be sure, that everything is in order before and during the trip. From booking to packing to check in relaxation, do not fail to remember anything.

10.. Having a great fun and enjoy No matter what type of vacation you are going on.

These are our Top 10 Best Travel Tips and we live by them each time we take a vacation. Hope you will too as we know your trip will be much more enjoyable.

If you want your Trip in a Budget, I promise that if your try it out you will be pleased. Besides, you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying it but you will miss some great airline deals if you do not try it. I suggest you for best travel website as I found while searching on Google. These are,,,, for Last minute cheap airline tickets.

Happy Traveling

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Self-Storage Facility Tips

by: MilfordStorage


The first thing you need to consider is which self-storage facility to use. Visit a few local self-storage facilities before you make a decision. It's always best to remember that you're planning on storing your own items in the facility and you want it to remain in the condition you left it in. By the time you make your choice you should be confident of the following:

The self-storage facility has adequate security measures.

You can access your self-storage unit when you want to.

The units offered in the self-storage facility are the right size for you

You could cope with any future needs you might have to increase or decrease the space you rent.

The self-storage facility offers units that will suit the goods you want to store - for example, if you're storing valuable items you want an enclosed unit with concealing walls so that nobody can see what's inside.

The climate control in the self-storage facility is adequate for your needs - particularly important if you're looking to store upholstered items, business goods or archive documents

The storage units are tidy and well-maintained - professional self-storage facilities are well kept and clean.

Pest control shouldn't be an issue - the self-storage facility should be able to tell you what types of measures they take.

The small print of the contract for the self-storage facility has no hidden surprises.

If you're planning on storing a large amount, check that the self-storage facility has adequate access for the removal vehicle you've chosen. Many self-storage sites don't have the space or access for large removal trucks.


Unless you plan on paying the storage unit to pack for you, you’ll have to box things up yourself. Before you begin, you'll need to put some thought into the packing process. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items even in storage.

The first thing to remember is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you've put away. Make an inventory of what you've packed and where it is as you go along. Other packing and storage preparation tips include:

Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store to help with accurate insurance policies and in case of unforeseen damage in the self-storage facility.

Invest in quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. If you buy boxes of similar sizes it'll be easier to stack them securely in the self-storage facility and will save you space.

Box everything that you can. Everything that is left unboxed in a self-storage facility will get dusty and potentially dirty.

Fill boxes to capacity wherever possible to avoid breakages but don’t make them too heavy - remember you'll have to be able to lift them. You can use materials such as paper or towels special packing materials to fill spaces if necessary. Depending on the space you opt to rent from your self-storage facility, you might be stacking boxes on top of each other and the lower levels need to be sturdy enough to take the strain. Boxes that are only partly filled may tip over or collapse.

Label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than one side so you can see what's what quickly. Mark 'Fragile' on any boxes containing breakable items.

Don't be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books as they'll quickly become impossible to carry and may break. You can buy small book boxes from your self-storage facility that will do the job just as well. If you do pack heavy items in a large box put in just a few and then fill the box up with lighter items or filler.

Don't pack items into sealed plastic bags, since humidity can cause mildew. Don't store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mold and mildew.

Large appliances need care before placing in a self-storage facility. Make sure you defrost fridges and freezers thoroughly before storing them, to avoid water damage. Tie doors up for the move, but leave them slightly ajar once in storage to stop condensation forming and help ward off bad odors. Drain washing machines before storing them and tie down hoses etc. Appliances should be clean and dry and it'll be worthwhile to wipe the insides with bicarbonate of soda before storing.

Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, and ornaments separately. Paper will do but bubble wrap is a good investment. Pack them tightly into strong boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Try to avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones in a self-storage facility.

If you're going to be storing clothes think about buying wardrobe or clothes boxes so you can simply hang the clothes in them and they'll keep their shape. It's not wise to simply put your clothes in bin liners in a self-storage facility as moisture can get trapped inside when they're sealed and your clothes could be ruined.

For the best protection for mirrors and pictures in a self-storage facility, wrap them in a protective covering such as bubble wrap and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat. Mark them as 'Fragile'.

Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.

If you're storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas in a self-storage facility it might be a good idea to invest in covers, bags or sheeting to give them some additional protection. Stand sofas and mattresses on end wherever possible to save space and don't stack too much on top of soft furnishings. Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting.

If you're storing a few items of furniture on top of each other a simple dust sheet or cover placed between items will minimize scratching and damage.

You'll save space if you can dismantle furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover furniture sections and keep them together, clearly marked, for quick retrieval. You can put components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly and tape to the relevant piece of furniture. Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space.

Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space. Cover chair legs with protective wrapping for extra protection.

Spray your wood furniture with a quality furniture spray before storing it to give it some added protection.

Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes if possible. If this isn't possible, pack them into boxes that are the right size making sure that you pack gaps with paper etc. Make sure you tie down the player arm of a record player and secure your turntable.

If you're storing items with fuel tanks such as lawn mowers and cars etc in a facility, expect to drain the tanks before you put them in storage. Fuel is one of the few things that you CANNOT store in a self-storage facility.

Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing to avoid rust formation.

You can tie tools and long-handled items in bundles. Don't store a brush resting on the bristles.

Don't store vacuum cleaners with the bag, throw it away before you store them.
Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.

Think hard about whether you really want to store photographs in a self-storage facility. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and tape them together to avoid curling. Photographs will suffer temperature damage and, if the facility you have chosen is not climate controlled, you might want to keep them out of storage to avoid losing them.

Think creatively and you'll make more space. Plan to use furniture drawers as an extra box (they are especially good for fragile items) and you can use the inside of wardrobes to store boxes. Kitchen appliances such as stoves and fridges can also be used in this way.
Seal all your boxes with packing tape before you put them in a self-storage facility - this will help keep dust out of the contents.


It’s worthwhile to take some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Unit sizes are determined by price so you can save money by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently - a smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is badly organized.

There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. Firstly, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items you've stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care of your things when storing - these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in storage.

If you're worried that the floor space in the facility is not clean enough and might cause damage to your items, put down protective sheeting or boards.

If you're storing heavy items or boxes check with the facility to see if they have trolleys or other machinery you can use. Some self-storage companies will offer these free of charge.

In all but the smallest units, try to create an aisle and leave enough room to be able to get around the back.

Store your largest items first. If you're stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.

Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.

Try not to lean furniture against outside walls. If you're storing metal objects avoid resting them against items susceptible to damage.

Try to assess what you'll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.

Fill anything that's hollow - i.e. wardrobes, drawers, washing machines and fridges with small boxes and other items to maximize your available space.

Make sure to stack boxes and containers so you can see the labels you put on them.

Wedge the doors of all kitchen appliances whilst in the facility open to avoid bad odors and mildew etc., building up.

Don't store anything in the facility you're not sure is sturdy vertically; if it seems wobbly store it horizontally.

If you're worried about the atmosphere/environment in the unit put down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin bait.

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Pamela Smith is a manager for Milford Storage, a public storage facility located in Milford, OH.

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Put More $$$$ In Your Pocket

by: Pancho Villa

In today’s economy every penny counts. Many of us are wondering how we are going to make ends when prices are going up and our pay remains flat. Well here are a few tips that can put an extra paycheck in your pocket every month.

* Budget your cash expenses for the week and when you are out of cash - stop spending for the rest of the week

* Eat a big breakfast and take a lite lunch to work. Fast food is unhealthy and costly.

* Rent movies instead of going to the theater. Invite friends over enjoy a fun filled inexpensive evening.

* Carpool at every opportunity, work, school, shopping, medical appointments etc.

* Use public transportation whenever possible.

* Buy a used car. Many car lots have used cars that are only a year or two old and have very low mileage.

* Skip the morning or evening stop at Starbucks. If you need coffee in the morning take it with you from home.

* Stop all costly habits such as smoking, buying snacks at gas stops etc.

* Shop with a list only. Never shop with out knowing what it is exactly you are going to buy. Buy it and STOP.

* Keep your car tuned and don’t carry any extra weight. This will get you the most mileage per gallon of gas.

* When eating out bring home leftovers. Some restaurants serve enough for two meals on one plate.

* Each thing you buy should be preceded by thinking to yourself “Do I really need this, or can it wait.

* If you have small children try to leave them with someone while you shop. This alone can save you a fortune.

* LEAVE YOUR CREDIT CARDS AT HOME. It does not make sense to be paying interest on something you ate months ago.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.

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Pancho Villa - a bleeding heart liberal Revolutionary. Work with nature - plant a tree for more oxygen and less pollution.

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Child Support

by: Pancho Villa

Just the mention of child support conjures up images of lawyers, judges, and endless legal expenses. Nevertheless, of all the considerations in a divorce none equals the importance of determining the correct amount of child support.

Some divorcing couples come to an agreement on child support. It is always best to seek legal advice from an attorney before entering into such an arrangement. For those that do not agree, a court must determine the amount to be paid. Most jurisdictions have a formula that the court applies. Some Judges consider one third of the paying parent’s gross income plus an additional $150.00 to $200.00 for each additional child per month as a minimum.

The amount to be paid is not clearly stated in child support laws. The law simply states the child must be maintained in the style to which it is accustomed. It is this vague pronouncement in the law that leaves parents and some Judges pondering the amount of child support to award.

Once the amount of child support has been determined, by agreement or court order, there arises the question of collection and enforcement. Many resources exist to facilitate the collection of child support. The parents may agree between themselves and have the non-custodial parent authorize a bank transfer once a month. Alternatively, the child support-paying parent may send the payments by other means. The court may order the paying parent to send the payments to the court and the court will forward the payments to the custodial parent. Some states require that payments be sent to the Child Support Enforcement Agency for that state if the custodial parent is receiving public assistance.

If the child support agreement is in default, the custodial parent may attempt collection by several processes. The first is to speak with the parent in default. If this does not resolve the problem then the next step would be to retain a professional (i.e. lawyer, child support enforcement agency, etc.).

Most states have authorized the State Attorney General to enforce child support payments. The Child Support Enforcement Division of the State Attorney General’s Office has numerous tools at its disposal to encourage compliance with child support orders.

The office of the Attorney General may bring a civil suite in state court for the collection of child support owed. The Attorney General’s office has the power to suspend any license issued by the state to the parent in default, including driver’s licenses. In extreme cases, the Attorney General may move the court proceedings from civil to criminal court. The non-complying parent runs the risk of being charged with “Criminal Non-Support”. In most states, this charge is a felony punishable with jail time in the state penitentiary.

Many people think of child support as punishment for the non-custodial parent. This is far, far from the truth. Firstly, child support is meant to provide a certain measure of food, clothing and shelter for the child. Secondly, child support is intended to keep children off public assistance and thereby easing the burden on taxpayers.

The parent receiving the child support payments is, by definition, in a fiduciary position. Great care must be exercised to ensure that the funds are expended only for the benefit of the beneficiary.

At the minimum, a custodial parent seeking child support should consult with an attorney. At the first consultation, the parent should bring the following:

* Birth record of the child(ren)
* Prima fascia evidence of paternity (marriage document or birth record)
* Name and current address of absent parent
* Current place of employment of absent parent
* Social Security Number of absent parent
* A DNA test should be requested if the child was born out of wedlock

Every child deserves a loving caring family. Sometimes that is not possible. At the least, the child should have a safe, warm place to sleep and healthy nutritious food. To this end child support exists.
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Pancho Villa - a bleeding heart liberal Revolutionary. Work with nature - plant a tree for more oxygen and less pollution.

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Need Higher Traffic and More Visibility on Your Website?

by: isaacchu

Many clients talk to us and ask about "how to increase website traffic". They said they have get the website ready, optimize and get it listed in the search engine. But the traffic of their website is still very low. There are different techniques to advertise your product or your website and drive tons of qualified traffic. Here are some low cost "must-have" traffic-generation techniques:

#1 Search Engines and online directories
Search engines, like Google and Yahoo!, are one of the primary sources of free targeted traffic. We've discussed this before. Let's swap up some important points here:
(1) Create keyword targeted content-rich web site;
(2) Optimize your web pages to get high ranking by search engines;
(3) get your site indexed in the search engines and online directories.

#2 Email Marketing
Visitors who have interest in your product or service are potential customers. Therefore, opt-in list building is the right way to implement a system that brings visitors into repeat customers.

If you have an opt-in List, you are in the right position to follow. Keep in touch with your customers and keep them informed about latest updates for your product or services and making sales.

If you don't have an opt-in list, it is time to start it right now.

#3 Forum Marketing
Forums are one of the main gathering places where people look for free advice, tips and chat. There fore if you properly use these forums, you can get some great exposure, and highly targeted visitors.

One of the biggest mistakes people using forums is, to blatantly advertise their product or website. This will violate the forum culture and annoy people. What you need to do is just share your view there and leave your signature or link to your website.

#4 Article Marketing
You can share your tips or view about your business by writing article. For example, you can provide tips on cleaning silver if you run a jewelry shop. You can post the article in your website and also in article directories. You can published article on Article directories. Remember to including a good signature line with each article will sparkle the reader's interest, resulting in continuous driving traffic for your website. Article writing help you attain a "Expert" status. Moreover, it also helps to improves your google and yahoo search engine ranking.

#5 Tell a friend Scripts
"Tell a Friend" Script is one of the popular ways to drive traffic to your website. It is just a simple script you put into your website where the reader use it to refer friends to a particular page by clicking a button on your website.

The tricky way is you can add your promotion statement in the email. Your promotion statement will get into a prospect by his friend.

#6 Pay Per-Click
Pay per Click (PPC) campaign is one of the fastest and easiest ways to drive targeted traffic to your website at a very low cost. With PPC advertisement, you will get targeted visitors to your website after minutes of writing your ad. To exploit the full benefits Pay per Click advertising, you have to understand how PPC advertisement works properly.

About the Author
Isaac Chu is Project Director of Evinco Solutions Limited. Evinco provides innovative business softwares, include emarketing web solutions, email marketing software, e-catalog publishing software, invoicing software, and electronic cheque writer. Visit:

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Three Mistakes You Should Avoid in Google Adwords

by: isaacchu

You may try the Google Adwords and post an ad to promote your company or product. You can setup an ad in 15 minutes and let the world know your product. It is so simple but you should be care on expense on the pay-per-click advertisement. There are three mistakes you should avoid.

#1 Long List of Keywords

Do you go crazy to find out "every keyword" related to your company, your product and your ad? You want to make the keyword list longer and longer, such that when people use search engine can see your ad. The fact is you should not make the list long, you should make it targeted.

For example, if you are a software company, keyword "download" may be suitable for your ad. What happen if people click the ad with this keyword? You need to pay much but most probably got zero feedbacks. Why? The reason being is that the cost per click (CPC) for such a generic keyword will be much higher compared with a more descriptive relevant keyword. You need to compete with different company on this "download" keyword, include MP3 download site, Musical Website, big software company or even MP3 manufacturer. The price must be much higher. Why not pick a descriptive keyword like "download printing software"? You will not compete with those musical or mp3 websites or even those big software company.

#2 Landing to your home page

Don't bring your visitor to your home page. When visitor clicks on the ad, you should bring to the page with exact information your ad described and not to a generic home page or welcome page. Why? Visitors are busy to look for information. When they click on the ad, it will bring them to a page. They will skim through the page to locate the information. If they cannot find the information they need, they will close your page and click on another ad. You pay for the ad but got nothing.

You should bring your visitor to the landing page with the exact information. If the keyword is "Printer Cartridge", you should bring your visitor to "Printing Supplies Page" and not the "Computer Store Page" or "Printer Page".

#3 Missing Keywords in Your Ad

When creating your ad, you shouild add your keywords in to your title and descriptive text. If your ad does not have any relation with your keyword, the quality of your ad will be lower. You need to pay more to get into a higher position. You should keep your ad related to your keywords.
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Isaac Chu is Project Director of Evinco Solutions Limited. Evinco provides innovative business software, include emarketing web solutions, email marketing software, e-catalog publishing software, invoicing software, and electronic cheque writer. Visit:

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Three Dimensions to Protect your Computer

by: isaacchu

Step 1 - Strengthen the defense of your computer

- Install Firewalls
"Firewall" is an isolation technology to separate the internal network and the Internet. The firewall carries out some filtering when two networks communicate. It lets the data/person that you "agree" to enter your network, and also block the data/person you "do not agree" from your network. It can prevent they changes, copy, or destroys your material. To ensure the firewall get into work, you must keep it update.

- Install Anti-virus software
The key on computer virus is not "Kill" is "Prevent". You should install the Anti-virus software and start the real-time monitoring process and keep the software and the virus definition file updated. To guard against the newest virus, you should set the update process in a daily mode. Also, in every week, you should scan the computer completely for the virus.

- Guard against Spyware
Spyware is a program that is installed without the user authorization. It can get the information and send to a third party. Spyware can attached in software, executable image and break into the user computer. They are used to track the computer usage information, record the keyboard hits, or take a screen capture. To get rid from spyware, you can
- raise the security level of your browser
- install software to guard against from spyware
- verify with the official website about the software plan to install

Step 2 - Against from attacks

- Refuse unknown software, emails and attachments
Don't download unknown software. Save all downloaded softwares into one single directory and scan it before install. Don't open any unknown email and its attachments. Many viruses are spread through by using email. Don't open unknown emails, especially those with interesting headline.

- Don't go to hacker and pornographic website
Many virus and spyware are come from these websites. If you browse this website and your computer is not secure enough, you can imagine what will happen next.

- Avoid share folders
Share folder is risky and outsider can surf around your folder freely. When you want to share folder, remember to set a password. If you are no need to share the folder any more, remove the sharing immediately. It is extremely danger to share the whole drive. If someone removes the system file, your machine may be down and cannot start up again.

Step 3 - Keep Checking/Update

- Set different and complicate password
In Internet, there are thousand needs to use password, like e-banking, login account, email. Try to use different password for different operation, this can limit the loss if one of the passwords is broken into by someone. Avoid using meaningful password, like birthday, telephone number. You should use password with letter and number. One more thing is do not choose "Save Password" option.

- Beware of defraud
The number of defraud case in Internet is keep increasing. Build up a fake bank website, send out an email to ask for password. Before take any action, try to verify it is real or not. You can phone to bank hotline to ask, go to the bank to contact directly.

- Backup
Backup is the last step to guard against the attacks. If your computer is hacked, the operating system and softwares can be reinstalled. But the data can only be restored if you frequently make a backup.
About the Author

Isaac Chu is Project Director of Evinco Solutions Limited. Evinco provides innovative business softwares, include emarketing web solutions, email marketing software, e-catalog publishing software, invoicing software, and electronic cheque writer. Visit:

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5 Essential Guides on Posting Resume Online

by: thurrz

If you are still stuck on the habit of searching job ads on the newspaper then you are certainly missing the great wonder of technology and Internet that makes job search easy, convenient and successful. Through the idea of postings your resume online, you are into great career opportunities that would come to your way. Here are the 5 essential guides on posting resume online.

1. Resume Posting is a service where job seekers post their resumes to an online job search site for employers and recruiters to find. Employers or recruiters usually find you within the resume database, of an online job search site, using key words will put up the chances for most of the applicants to find easily by the employers and finally call for a job interview. However it depends on how you select appropriate keywords for your resume and remember that this service is usually offered free for job seekers.

2. Use a word processing programs such as MS Word that have basic and advanced tools to create and format your resume. You should also create an electronic friendly version of your resume by making a back up data in MS Word based resume to a Notepad. The former application will convert your resume into ASCII text which allows your resume to be read in email format.

In order to ensure that the employers can find you, your resume should contain key words that is strongly related to the position that you are applying for.

3. The primary advantage of posting your resume online is that your resume will be available to a wide array of employers and recruiters in the shortest period of time. Presumably, you will gain access to a large number of job opportunities compared to the access you will have by viewing employment advertisements, company web sites, employment web sites or the newspapers. And it is easy, fast and rather practical.

4. The biggest advantage of online resume posting is also its biggest disadvantage because it makes your resume along with your personal information available to the public. It can result to numerous phone calls from headhunters, agencies, employment consultants or even telemarketers. Its a reminder for everyone to not give too much personal information in their resume online, be careful and wisely before putting any remarks that might become a problem.

5. You should choose your resume bank wisely. Some offers their service for free while others have a monthly free. Aside from the service cost, you should consider the scope of the service that you choose. Some resume bank offers national exposures while others might be run by professional association or network of businesses. Weigh in the pro’s and con’s before finally submitting your resume online to avoid regrets at the end.

Posting resume online through resume banks or job search sites will certainly help you form a wide network in your career search. The key reminders are: prepare a strong resume, search for the best resume bank based on your needs, post your electronic resume and prepare yourself for the great career opportunities that awaits you. Build a confident before and after meeting with an employer and be sure to take all the charges when it comes to present yourself professionally and elegantly.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Keeping Your House Free of Mice and Rodents

by: Stephanie

Mice and rat infestation can be a serious problem. They can spoil and foul food, and spread disease. No one likes to share their homes with rodents. You throw out food, spend hours cleaning up their droppings and listen to them skittering in the walls and floorboards at all hours of the night. Here are some tips to help you keep your home mouse and rodent free.

1. Prevention is the best policy.
It's far easier to keep mice out than to get them out. Start by blocking holes and tunnels that provide access into your home for the furry little rodents.

Start with a careful visual examination of the foundation and all outside walls in your house. Look for cracks and holes that allow access. Mice can squeeze under the crack below a door, so no hole is too small.

A trick for finding small cracks and holes is to turn on all the lights in your house after dark, then walk around it carefully outside, looking for any places where light leaks through.

Patch any holes or cracks that you find, or stuff them with steel wool. It's one of the few things that mice can't chew through.

Make your lawn unfriendly to mice and rats. Keep it trimmed, and trim any bushes or shrubs near the house that make it easy for them to hide.

Trim trees so that the lowest branches are at least 18 inches above the ground.

Make sure that three branches that over hang roofs are at least three feet away from the house to discourage tree rats that can make the jump from a tree to the house.

Make sure that all window screens are secure and in good repair.

Cover chimneys with a spark arrester to keep mice and rats from coming down the chimney.

Install a sweeper at the bottom of garage doors and any other doors to outside. A mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime.

While you're at it, look for any holes around pipes that go through floors, and for vents. Seal them off with steel wool.

Mothballs stuffed into holes or scattered along foundation walls and behind furniture can help keep mice out, but be aware that they are poisonous. If you have pets or small children, be sure to place the mothballs in places that are inaccessible to them.

2.Cut down on the attraction factor.
Mice are attracted by food, of course. Once you draw them close to the house by leaving food out for them, it's just a short step to inviting them inside. Keep all garbage in covered metal or heavy duty plastic cans, preferably in an area that's not attached to the house. If you have a shed or enclosed porch that is attached to the house, don't use it for garbage storage unless the garbage is carefully stored away in covered tins or cans. Use mothballs to cover up the scent of food that might attract them as well.

3.Don't feed the animals.
Indoors, keep food and garbage off the floor and counters. Don't leave foods out on counters, including bread and cakes in cardboard or plastic bags. Mice will chew right through to get at the goodies inside.

Make sure that all dry goods are stored in plastic, glass or metal tins. Use canisters for flour, sugar and other dry goods. Put boxes of cereal in sealed plastic containers, or at least behind closed cabinet doors.

4. Opt for all natural rodent prevention.
Tom and Jerry fans take note - the mouse does not always win. One of the best ways to keep your home rodent free is to keep a furry companion. Not all cats are great mousers, but their presence is often a deterrent to mice and rats who will look for a more hospitable home.

5. When all else fails, call in a professional.
Professional pest extermination services are the best way to get rid of a rodent problem. A professional will know how to find access points and places where mice will travel, and has the license to use strong poisons and traps that will eliminate your problem.

Keep in mind that even a professional rodent abatement service is not a quick fix. It may take a few months before you notice an appreciable decrease in the rodent population, and you will have to keep up prevention efforts to keep them out.

About the Author
Stephanie Larkin is a freelance writer who writes about large businesses for home owners such as Orkin and Terminix

Insect Bites – When do they become an emergency?

by: Stephanie

Most of the time there is little to worry about when one is bitten or stung by an insect. These attacks often cause very few problems other than initial shock and pain.

However, the same bite on small children and those with allergies can be serious. Make sure to heed signs that the victim may need medical attention. Rapid inflammation and other adverse reactions to a bite or sting could be an indicator of an allergy. The best way to keep calm and handle the situation effectively is to know what common reactions look like, so it is possible to identify emergency situations.

Even the most pristine summer day can be sullied by an ant bite. Thankfully most injuries caused by ant are only hurt at the time of the attack. In fact, the only species of at that cause serious problems in the United States is the fire ant. This insect originally came from South America and is only found in the southern states.

Fire ants sting any creature that is seen as a threat to their colony and usually leave a blister that may itch. Since they have very potent venom, the area may in some cases swell. About 15% of people may have an allergic reaction to the venom and go into anaphylaxis. Though the severity of the reaction can vary, in the most serious cases the victim may have trouble breathing, form hives, and feel faint. Cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose, and anxiety are less common symptoms. Those who are experiencing this reaction should be taken to a doctor as soon as possible.

Bees and Wasps
People who have been stung by a bee or wasp before know that though the sting can be very painful, it usually has no other adverse effects. In the case of a sting, remove the stinger immediately (in the case of a bee sting) and wash the infected area. A normal injury will be red and the area around it will swell, but some ibuprofen should virtually remove the pain and discomfort.

Being stung more than half a dozen times is always a concern. Multiple stings may cause serious reactions even in those who do not have an allergy. Children are especially susceptible to high doses of venom. Also, stings on the inside of the mouth or throat require immediate medical attention because they can swell and constrict the airway.

There are several symptoms that signal an allergic reaction for those who are unaware they have the allergy or cannot communicate the problem.
Itching or hives in other places than the affected area are a tip off that the venom from the insect is traveling through the body.
Problems breathing, difficulty swallowing, and faintness are all signs that the victim’s body is swelling rapidly.

Those who have severe common reactions may keep a dose of adrenalin around in the form of an Epi-Pen, but even after the shot is administered they should be taken to the hospital.

Mosquitoes and Ticks
Mosquito bites are mainly just a minor annoyance. Even those who are allergic to the bite may only experience uncomfortable swelling. A mosquito bite is never an emergency, but it can harbor dangerous diseases like West Nile virus and other types of encephalitis. Those infected will experience flu-like symptoms within a few days and should go see a doctor.

Ticks are found in wooded areas and tall grasses. They attach themselves onto animals and feed off of their blood. Most varieties of tick will leave no more than a small bite wound when removed, but the small deer tick can pass along Lyme disease to humans. Those who have been bitten by a tick will develop a bulls-eye rash or experience swelling if they have been infected and should seek treatment.

Though spiders are not insects, their bite can be cause for emergency medical treatment. Bites from spiders are rare because they are extremely defensive creatures that usually shy away from humans. About 2% of bites are any cause or concern and even less are considered emergencies.

Only two types of spiders found in the United States are fatal to humans. The black widow and brown recluse are easily identifiable. Within a few minutes of the bite the victim should be in intense pain. Those who are bitten by one of these spiders should go to the hospital immediately.

Handling a Bite or Sting
Most bites or sting simply need to be washed with soup or water. In a few cases, cold should be applied to reduce swelling. If the victim has a known insect allergy, it may be a good idea to go to the hospital anyway. Those experiencing any severe reactions should be taken to the emergency room.

About the Author
Stephanie Larkin is a freelance writer who writes about large businesses for home owners such as Orkin and Terminix

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Benefits of Free Website Templates

By: David Libert

The best way to start a website on your own is to create the design using free web templates. You simply cannot ignore the multiple features and benefits free website templates offer, the most important being that they are free. Of course, there are many more advantages of free website templates. No wonder they are not all that easy to find.

Free website templates are free, which is a great advantage, especially when you are just starting a website. But, besides that, they are designed by talented designers. Indeed, many times they are designed by the same designers who create the code custom sites.

The only snag is that there is a lot of repetition due to the fact that everyone can use the free website templates. But you really don't have to worry about repetition anymore because new platforms are introduced that create many templates.

Plus, you can customize them to suit your purpose. It is much easier to change an existing template than to create a new one. And you get this advantage with the basic design of a good high quality website template. This will not only save you a lot of money but also time and effort.

Often people have a bias against anything that is free. They think that the quality will not be as good as the templates that you have to pay for. And, there is no denying the possibility that some templates may actually be of a low quality, but most of the free templates are as good as the paid ones.

Actually, very talented designers often offer free templates of just a few of their designs as long as you show their name or website on your site. This gives them some free advertising and you get to save money as well. This means the quality is just as good as the custom site but you save money.

Of course, there is the problem of everyone using the same free website templates, including your competition. This is a matter of concern because you would naturally want your website to have a unique look on the Internet. If your website looks like any other on the Internet, you really don't gain much. But, there is a way to overcome this deficiency; you can always customize a free website template to suit your needs.

It pays to do some research to find a free template of good quality that works for your business. Once you start the research you will see that the quality of free web site templates can be quite different in different places. In addition, you need to have a basic understanding of some coding languages so that you can customize it to suit your purpose. Even if you do not know how to code yourself, it will ensure that you are on top of any problems that may crop up later on.

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Avoid These Web Site Design And Writing Gaffles

By: andy

Is your website doomed before it even gets off the ground? A badly-designed website can turn off potential customers before they even think about buying your product. Here are some website design mistakes that you should avoid.

1. Don't load your web site with a lot of high tech clutter. As a rule, avoid using fancy animation or script code unless it is absolutely necessary.. Those things only serve to distract from your sales message.

2. A website that loads slowly is just about the most annoying thing on the Internet. Don't use large graphics or anything else that dramatically increases your site's load time.

3. Don't make the mistake that everyone will totally understand your web site message. Use descriptive words and examples to get your point across.

4. Don't write your strongest point or benefit only once. You should repeat it at least 3 times because some people may miss it.

5. Don't push all your words together on your web site. People like to skim; use plenty of headings and sub headings.

6. Stay focused. Don't use site content your target audience isn't interested in. If people are coming to your site to find info about fishing, then don't include soccer content.

7. Keep a unified theme. Don't use 50 different content formats all over your web site. Use the same fonts, text sizes, text colors, etc.

8. Stick to the basics. Don't use words your web site visitors might not understand. People are not going to stop and look in a dictionary, they will just go to another site.

9. Don't let your selling words and phrases go unnoticed. Highlight important words and phrases with color, bolding, italics, underlining, etc.

10. Don't forget to use words that create emotion. All people have emotions, people will have more interest when they are emotionally attached.

11. Don't use unnecessary words or phrases on your site. You only have so much time to get your visitor's attention and interest; so make ever word count.

12. Stay organized by avoiding the "cluttered" look. I see plenty of websites that have banners and graphics strewn all over the place with no rhyme or reason. These sites look awful and , needless to say, I click away from them as quickly as possible.

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Top Foods For Burning Fat

By: Linda Hinkle

It seems everyone these days is looking for the best foods to burn fat. Just eat those particular foods and see the fat melt away, or so we wish! Of course, it just isn’t that easy. But, research does indicate that certain foods seem to help burn fat when used sensibly.

The reasons vary for why some particular foods are better at burning fat than others. Some foods are thought to increase metabolism, some seem to satisfy cravings so that we don’t overeat, and still others work wonders because they are rich in Vitamin C or contain lots of fiber. However, most people looking to get rid of fat don’t care about the scientific details; they just want to know what works!

Instead of looking at specific foods, let’s look at the top categories of foods that tend to burn fat. For instance, some lists of top fat burning foods include cayenne pepper. However, there are several other similar foods that could also be listed such as garlic and mustard, which all fall into the category of spicy foods. Thinking in terms of these broad categories will give more variety in choosing foods to help burn fat.

Here are some of the top categories of fat burning foods:

• Spicy Foods – we already mentioned foods such as cayenne pepper, garlic, and mustard. Cinnamon and ginger should also be included in this group.

• Protein – lean meats such as turkey and chicken, very lean red meat.

• Essential Fatty Acids – best sources are fish, salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, and sardines.

• Dairy – low fat and nonfat milk, cheese, and yogurt, eggs, especially egg whites.

• Fruit – apples and berries, bananas, citrus fruits, especially grapefruit.

• Green Tea – natural and safe to use, it helps to rev up the metabolism.

• Water – good for you in so many ways, it’s necessary to flush the burned fat out of your system.

• Vegetables high in Vitamin C – these include broccoli and cabbage, celery, carrots.

• Soybeans – considered by many to be the newest wonder food, soybeans can be found at most health food stores.

• Whole Grains – oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain breads.

The above list is by no means all inclusive. And it has to be said that you can’t expect to just eat some of these foods and then sit around while the fat burns away. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way. As in all nutrition and dieting programs, a combination of proper diet and exercise is the key to healthy weight loss. But being aware of the food categories that can help burn fat will guide you in adding more of these foods to your diet.

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Is Someone Else Making You Fat?

By: Alice Greene

Can your friends and family make you fat? You might think so after reading about a study that created news headlines recently. The study about The Spread of Obesity in Large Social Networks was released in the New England Journal of Medicine in late July. Its lead author is a physician at Harvard Medical School, and he partnered with another doctor to evaluate the extent to which people are impacted by others who are overweight in their social network. They turned to data from the Framingham Heart Study to see if their hypothesis had any merit and found the correlation they were looking for.

They found that the weight gain in one person was linked to weight increases in their close friends, family and neighbors, and that obesity is found in groups of people who are socially and closely connected. This was most obvious between husband and wives, who followed one another in weight increases, as well as friends or siblings of the same sex. They legitimized what many of us have witnessed for ourselves but may not have fully understood.

Their study provides insight into our behaviors, and how easy it is to take on the behaviors of those around us. We’ve probably all done it. We do it unconsciously to fit in, feel better, have an excuse, ensure we aren’t alone, or free ourselves of any responsibility. Consider the following scenarios to see if you are or have been impacted by those around you.

How often do you overeat or chose unhealthy options when you are out with friends, colleagues or family? Have you ever turned to food for emotional support because you don’t like what you see in yourself or how others are treating you? Do you plan most of your social events around food? Do you encourage others to eat things they don’t want or need to ensure you aren’t alone, sabotaging their efforts to eat better? Or have you become desensitized to being heavier, because those around you are overweight?

This study is an opportunity to look at your own situation and to get in touch with what is contributing to your weight. While you may be influenced by others, you are ultimately responsible for your choices and your body. No one else can make you fat unless you allow it – consciously or unconsciously.
And here’s the crux of the problem. Most people are unconscious about their choices when around food.

If you aren’t conscious about the choices you are making, you can’t make different choices. Furthermore if you are conscious of your choice and harshly judge it, you will likely continue with the choice out of a need to punish yourself or prove yourself right. That doesn’t sound right does it, but ask yourself this: How often have you kept on eating when you knew it wasn’t in your best interest? The guiltier you felt, the more you probably ate, which is a classic case of emotional eating.

The solution is to become conscious of your hunger levels and to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied - before you get full, regardless of what others are doing. Whenever you overeat or eat when you aren’t even hungry, pay attention to why you are doing this without any judgment. If you judge it, you can’t look at it objectively. Are you eating just because others are eating? Are you eating too much because your spouse is still eating? Do you feel you have to eat as much as your spouse or others you eat with? Are you eating because someone offered you food, even though you aren’t hungry? Are you eating to please someone else? If so, why do you feel you have to do these things? Take a look at where your beliefs come from and if you need to hold onto them any longer. If they aren’t serving you, create new beliefs and a new understanding with the people you care about.

If we can negatively impact the choices in those around us, then we can also positively affect them by making healthier changes in ourselves. What step will you take this week to break the cycle?

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Alice Greene is America’s Healthy Lifestyle Coach and founder of Feel Your Personal Best. Alice is also co-host of Living Your Personal Best radio show featuring weekly lifestyle success stories. Alice understands why it is hard to make lifestyle changes and has a positive and unique approach that helps people change their relationship with food, exercise and themselves. Receive her free report, "9 Life-Changing Secrets Every Woman (and Man) Must Know" visit

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