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How to Stay Alert and Enthusiastic

Most of the time, most folks just let themselves go with the current. It's easier to allow yourself to get lost in the hustle and bustle around you and mix with the crowd than to stay tuned to your own awareness, to your now.

And often, too, it's hard to stay awake---both in your consciousness and subconsciousness. Usually at around 10 am I feel sleepy while researching data for my articles and typing them on screen. Often, too, my thoughts would easily tag along and join what has impressed me online or what I'd seen while walking around malls---like an idea, a trend or bouncy or interesting music.

Sometimes, you just let yourself be affected by things. You feel kind of lazy fighting them off.

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But allowing yourself to "float" and be "taken" like that can eventually rob you a lot of your true self. You become just like the majority. Your identity is reinforced only if you stay alert and enthusiastic about your pres…

Both Laziness and Busyness Make You Fat?

Well, it's a combination of laziness, busyness and technology. In your laziness you relegate all chores to technology in the guise of busyness. Instead of manually washing your clothes, for instance, you buy a washing machine because you say you are too busy to do it yourself.

When I was in high school and college, not only did I do manual laundry, I also used an old-fashioned water pump for it. Since we had the water pump in the backyard, my dad said using it instead of turning on the faucet would save us lots of money on our water bill. So I did that for years. No wonder I didn't get fat even if I ate a lot.



Metabolism? Well, it helped some, but I also got easily overweight when I ate too much. There was a time when I gained weight so that my face doubled in size (no, I think it tripled). It was the time when I did nothing but man our small retail store where I ate most of the food items being sold.

Here's another example. You use the elevator or escalator even if you&#…

Harvard Study Says Chicken Skin is Healthy!

You used to take off chicken skin because doctors and nutritionists said it's bad for your heart. So, with broken hearts we did so, stripping the golden brown and juicy skin from our roasted or grilled chicken and couldn't believe we were actually throwing away all that goodness into the trash.

And we wondered why God made chicken skin so delicious just so we could throw it all away.

But a new Harvard study says chicken skin is actually good for your health---to be specific, your heart health. It says most of the fatty part of chicken skin (the most mouthwatering one) is unsaturated and healthy for the heart. And that's according to studies done by the Harvard School of Public Health, no less.

Unsaturated fat can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, the Harvard school said, according to an article on The Daily Meal site titled "Doctor's Got It All Wrong!" So, if the study is correct (I'm waiting for another "study" to contradict this---al…

How the Eyes are Indicators of Health and Proper Personal Care

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but how healthy your eyes are tells a lot about you. And don't think that only blue, green or brown eyes are beautiful. Even simple black eyes can be a thing of beauty if you know how to care for them.

I think it's useless to say here that watching TV or gazing at the PC screen a long time can be harmful to your eyes. I mean, most times you can't but watch TV a long time or stare at the PC screen for long periods---unless you leave the city and live in the mountains.

So, given the urban living conditions today, how can you care for your eyes?

One, eat red and yellow fruits and vegetables. The bright red color is actually lycopene and is good for the eyes. The yellow or orange or yellow orange color is a flavonoid which is really an antioxidant that fights free radicals. Free radicals can weaken your eyes.

I love eating yellow bananas (don't laugh because there are red, blue and green bananas) and I heard that the black dots you s…