• 7 Celebrity Diet Secrets

    I always said if I had a personal trainer and personal chef I could look as good as some of these celebrity starlets do everyday (body wise). Celebrities are the epitome of appearance. They are constantly under the spotlight in regards to the bodies, clothes, hairstyle and every other aspect of their lives. We hold celebrities to a much higher standard than we do ourselves, probably because they get paid to look that good.  When celebrities are in the limelight they can’t afford to not look good or else they will get scrutinized publicly. That is why celebrities work so hard to make sure they look good no matter what.

    Just like us celebrities have their lists of dos and don’ts. They have little rituals, secrets, and agendas that keep them up to par everyday. Some celebrities have extreme workouts or well-planned diets. You can follow some of these extreme regimens and look just as good as they do. Take some secrets from the top women in movies (Gwyneth Paltrow), TV (Jennifer Aniston), music (Madonna), fashion (Claudia Schiffer) and talk shows (Oprah). Here are some of the celebrity secrets that everyone wants to know.

    1. Jennifer Aniston-

    Over the years Jennifer Aniston has mesmerized audiences with her charm, her hairstyle and her sexy body. Jennifer has always maintained her trendy style and trim figure. Jennifer stays so fit because she follows the 40:30:30 diet method. The way this diet works is she takes in 40% low glycemic carbohydrates, 30% lean proteins, and 30% essential fats. Low glycemic carbohydrates such as beans, fruits and vegetables and legumes ensure that the body breaks it down and uses the  carbohydrates instead of storing them in the body. Lean protein such as tofu, fish, chicken, turkey, beef and low fat dairy products is a necessary part of her diet to maintain and build muscle. Essential fats are found in nuts, seeds, fish and olive oil. These fats are essential for a healthy overall body function. It is crucial that every meal contain macronutrients from each group. This is to balance the body’s hormones for maximum weight loss.

    1. Kate Hudson-

    Kate Hudson always looks fabulous and fit. After her pregnancy she need to trim down and shape up for her next film. To do this she went back to her previous eating plan, however she switched to a higher protein diet.  She consumed small meals that contained high protein. In conjunction with her diet she added an exercise regime that included weight training and cardio. She regained her fit figure only four months after she gave birth (Something that every mom would like to do after having a baby). Now she looks stunning and even gained much envy for her new tight abdominal muscles.

    1. Oprah Winfrey-

    Oprah has always been one of those celebrities who has struggled with weight through out her career. However after turning 50 she set her goal on trimming up. To do this she combined a regular exercise program with a diet plan. She works out 5 days a week with free weights and cardio on the treadmill. Her diet consists of legumes, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, chicken and low fat dairy. Oprah also boasts that she never eats after 7pm.

    1. Gwyneth Paltrow-

    Gwyneth Paltrow has always been a slim actress, but needless to say she maintains her slim figure through a strict diet. Yes even though she is naturally slim she needs to stay on track to maintain her slim physique.  She avoids sugar and white flour that the body would store as fat. Gwyneth follows a macrobiotic diet. She eats foods such as vegetables, brown rice, and lean meat. She also eliminated dairy from her diet, which can be high in fat. She also stays limber and flexible through yoga.

    1. Madonna-

    Even at Madonna’s age she still has an exquisite body that she flaunts for all her fans to see. Even after having her children she always seems to stay in the perfect physical condition. She keeps her lean figure through Ashtanga Yoga and a strict diet. She adopted the macrobiotic diet, which includes all organic foods rich in lean protein. She is very strict about not eating junk food (something everyone wishes they could do).

    1. Claudia Schiffer-

    So the superstition is that supermodels don’t eat anything. Well that’s not the case for German supermodel Claudia Schiffer. She maintains her supermodel figure through salads and steamed vegetables for dinner and fruit for breakfast and early lunches. While on locations she drinks tomato juice and herbal teas.

    1. Christie Brinkley-

    Christie Brinkley breaks the supermodel superstition again. She actually is a vegetarian. She makes sure she fulfills her nutrients through sweet potatoes and other vegetables. She never keeps junk food in her home or around so to avoid empty calories. When she needs to slim down quick she adopts a liquid juice diet.

    Although, we feel like celebrities are supernatural or out of this world, they are just like you or me. They keep their fit health bodies through old-fashioned exercise and eating regimens. However, for celebrities it is part of their job to maintain their sexy, trim physiques. Although, its not impossible for ordinary people to have fit and health bodies too. Use some tips and tricks from these celebrities to start your transformation. Remember to stick with it just like these celebs do.

  • Garlic: The Mystical Health Food

    Introduction

    I was raised in a garlic-eating family. My mom cooked with it, put it in salads, stews, spaghetti and roasts. We also ate it raw! My dad grew it in our back yard and ate so much of it that his skin had a garlic smell. He’s been dead for many years now but anytime I catch the scent of garlic, thoughts of him manifest in my heart and I become mindful with memories.

    When my grandmother was a little girl her mother would make her and her brothers wear garlic around their necks when they went to school in winter. The idea was that it would keep them from catching colds. And, as far as superstition is concerned, we had a friend who would set garlic around the house to get rid of unfriendly ghosts. It must have worked, however, because we never saw an unfriendly

  • A History of Western Astrology


    The history of Astrology begins around 2000 BCE, in ancient Babylon.  There, they began to develop a complex system of celestial omens.  The priests used the positions of the planets and the stars to state the desires of the gods.  They would document the movements in the sky and the earthly activities that followed them, and build a list of good and bad omens.  For example, if a full moon and a cloudy sky were followed by a great victory over an enemy the next day, then “full moon with clouds” would be recorded as a good omen.  Over time, this system spread across the ancient world.

    The Egyptians were very focused on astronomy, with good reason.  The Sun and Sirius were used to predict when the Nile would flood.  Traditionally, Rameses II is known for defining several of the signs of the Zodiac.

    Horoscopic Astrology made its first appearance in Alexandrian Egypt.  This new version of Babylonian and Egyptian astrology focused on the positions of the planets and constellations at the time of a person’s birth.  Ptolemy codified the system in his work Tetrabiblos, and very little has changed to this day.

    Through the middle ages, astrology and astronomy were almost interchangeable.  The majority of the early astronomical observations of sun, moon, and planets were all done by astrologers.  Where much of astrology was forgotten in Europe during the dark ages, the Persians kept the knowledge alive, and returned it to Europe with the Renaissance.

    With the Scientific Revolution starting in the 17th century, however, the two began to split apart, with astronomy becoming a science and astrology viewed more as occult superstition.

    In the twentieth century, astrology became popular in the United States around 1900 to 1950.  Astrology writers also tried to simplify some of the more confusing parts, which made astrology more available to the general public.  As a result, today there is a market for astrology books and “sun-sign” predictions.

  • Greater Inflation Is An Extremely, Very Bad Concept


    Lots of economists think that greater inflation and/or a weaker UNITED STATE dollar would increase the economy. It would not. Those economists’ belief amounts to a superstition. Today, we are going to take a deep dive into the numbers to show just why– and exactly how– an unpredictable, decreasing dollar hurts, instead of assists, financial development and jobs.

    A superstition is a psychological design that blinds you to truth. George Washington’s physicians bled him to death because they were in the grip of a superstition: that bleeding clients treatments condition. When physicians began taking a look at the information directly, instead of with the lens of their mental design, they recognized that bleeding clients was based upon a superstition, and they stopped this hazardous practice.

    Keynesian economists believe that larger government deficits increase GDP (financial stimulus) which higher inflation promotes work (monetary stimulus, with a Phillips Curve twist). Both of these beliefs are superstitions.
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    Keynesian traffic jam (Picture credit: alexfiles).

    Exactly how do Keynesian superstitions manage to make it through in the 21st century? Well, obviously, there is an element of self-interest/tribal interest at work here. Keynesians want a centrally planned economy, and it just so takes place that Keynesian policies create effective, distinguished, high-paying positions for economic main planners.

    Nevertheless, the Keynesians have actually also developed analytical techniques that profess to support and justify Keynesian economic policies.

    Keynesians like their preferred policies to be judged based upon “counterfactuals,” which are back determined back determined from the observed outcomes by means of methodologies that assume that Keynesianism works as promoted. Accordingly, no matter exactly how bad the economy gets, the Keynesians’ estimations will always reveal that their policies are working, and that we have to apply even more of them.

    The utmost step of the strength of the dollar is its value in terms of gold, which has kept a reasonably constant genuine value over the centuries. Appropriately, we can divide America’s post-war financial history into four periods, based upon the trend in the gold value of the dollar during each period. We’ll begin with 1951, due to the fact that this is the first year for which Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) fixed possession data is readily available.

    Exactly how the Economy Really Works.

    Plainly, the economy does best with a stable dollar (like we had throughout the heyday of the Bretton Woods gold requirement system), next best with a rising, semi-stable dollar, and worst with a falling dollar. But, Keynesian economists are presently beating the drums for more inflation. This shows the power of superstition.

    OK, however exactly how does an unsteady, falling dollar do the damage it does? Let’s take a look at how the economy really works.

    Keynesians believe that financial growth is driven by “need,” and for that reason the way to buy faster genuine GDP growth is via financial stimulus (having the government spend even more) and monetary stimulus (having the Federal Reserve print even more cash).

    Is this real? No. If it were, Zimbabwe would now be the richest nation on earth, having set the world’s record for Keynesian stimulus during 2000– 2008. Keynesianism fails every time, and everywhere, that it is tried.

    It ends up that commercialism is driven by capital. (Who knew?) RGDP development, jobs, and salaries all depend upon the physical possessions that we have, and exactly how successfully we can make use of those assets. An unpredictable dollar disrupts our economy’s ability to develop and make use of properties to produce RGDP and utilize people.

    It serves to divide the country’s “produced assets” into 2 groups, domestic properties (housing) and nonresidential properties (it all else).

    Residential assets produce GDP in the form of “housing services.” This is great, but residential possessions do not support any jobs, and the BEA numbers show that the GDP return on these possessions is low. This return has averaged only 8.12 % over the past 44 years.

    Over the past 44 years, 91.5 % of genuine GDP, and 100.0 % of overall employment, have actually been produced/supported by nonresidential possessions. Yes, the economy requires labor to operate, but without capital (devices), there would be no jobs, and GDP would be no. And, it has actually been the patient build-up of nonresidential possessions that has made it possible to enhance GDP per full-time-equivalent employee by 83.5 % in between 1969 and 2012.

    Over the past 62 years, the GDP yield on nonresidential properties has averaged 44.01 %. Success depends upon building up nonresidential properties and utilizing them efficiently to produce RGDP.

    A steady or rising dollar (vs. gold) causes enhancing asset performance (nonresidential GDP per dollar of nonresidential possessions). A falling dollar causes possession performance to fall with it. The financial impact of this sensation is massive.

    Falling dollar minimizes capital financial investment (and for that reason the rate of possession buildup) somewhat, however its huge effect is on property performance– just how much nonresidential GDP the economy produces per dollar of nonresidential properties.

    Through 2012, gross nonresidential repaired investment as a percent of GDP has actually been below the average of the previous 44 years for 11 successive years. The four years ending with 2012 have actually seen the most affordable such investment rates in America’s entire post-war history. Obviously, America’s stock of nonresidential properties was substantially smaller in 2012 than it would have been if financial policy had actually been more positive to genuine investment.

    Even with our less-than-robust 2012 capital stock, if capital productivity in 2012 had actually been as high as it was in 2000, 2012 RGDP would have been $2.1 trillion higher, and we would have been at complete employment in 2012 ($2.1 trillion in GDP equates to 16.4 million typical tasks).

    An unstable, falling dollar enforces substantial costs on the economy. It interrupts the procedures by which America builds up efficient possessions, and then makes use of those assets to produce GDP and produce jobs.

    It’s time for Keynesians to quit their superstitious belief in the financial equivalent of bleeding clients. The proof is just frustrating. I’m talking with you, Paul Krugman.

    Americans must turn down the Keynesians’ calls for higher inflation, and support a return to a lawfully specified dollar and support a go back to a constitutional dollar, one whose value is legitimately defined. A costs, H.R. 1576, has actually been presented into the 113th Congress in order to accomplish this.

    With a stable currency, capital financial investment would enhance, and asset performance would increase. The U.S. might finally climb out of its slough of Keynesian despond, and into the sunlit uplands of prosperity.

  • Superstition And Politics


    In a number of weeks, we usher in the Lunar Year of the Horse. The superstitious among us have begun searching for the zodiac to see exactly what the Wooden Equine portends.

    Superstition cuts across cultures, races and faiths. It is human nature to yearn for that good luck beauty, to stick to a specific routine if it bodes well, to be wary of omens which warn of pitfalls ahead.

    What about the political arena? Does superstition have a location in the running of a nation?

    It’s amazing the number of Singaporeans who have actually heard the story about Lee Kuan Yew being told by a revered monk that the nation’s fortune would remain to rise only if every citizen were to carry a bagua– the eight-sided fengshui symbol. This sparked off the brainwave of minting an octagonal one-dollar coin so everybody in Singapore will wind up pocketing an eight-sided sign. And to top it off, let’s likewise have octagonal road tax discs so every car needs to spot one.

    There are also tales about the 50-dollar costs, the Merlion and the Singapore Flyer, amongst others. Truth or fiction? Reality or report?

    In the book “Hard Truths,” Lee Kuan Yew brushes off the one about the eight-sided one-dollar coin: “People spin these yarns! It doesn’t bother me.” In fact, he proclaims he is not a believer in any of the things: “Utter rubbish! Utter rubbish! I’m a practical, useful other. I do not think in horoscopes. I do not believe in fengshui.”.

    Incidentally, when the Monetary Authority of Singapore presented the Singapore Third Series coins last year, the one-dollar coin, despite receiving a re-design, still kept its octagonal frame. Strange that it should keep its uncommon shape these previous 30 years. The exact same opts for that road tax disc.

    Even if Lee harbors superstitious beliefs, exists anything unfortunate? If he had Singapore’s finest interests at heart and was willing to go to fantastic lengths to protect the country and protect’s prosperity, there is no wrong, certainly.

    Superstition amongst politicians is not rare. It has actually been widely reported that during the Ronald Reagan presidency, virtually every significant move and decision made in the White Residence was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who prepared horoscopes to make certain the worlds were in positive positioning. Ideas that specific days were bad for the Head of state brought about the cancellation of speeches and interview and the curtailment of travel.

    Barack Obama is likewise superstitious. He plays basketball on every election day since it is said to bring him luck. The only time he failed to do so, he lost the New Hampshire main election. And prior to governmental disputes, he habitually dines on steak and potatoes.

    Superstition is all over in China. The number 8 is considered lucky, so it was no mishap that the Communist Celebration selected 8pm, August 8, 2008 for the launch of the Beijing Olympic Games.

    Back home, you might remember that last November, PM Lee Hsien Loong tweeted that he found a surprise visitor in the Istana through a barn owl “which had flown into the structure overnight, and perched itself easily high up out of reach”. In the native Cherokee culture, along with numerous various other Native American cultures, owls are an extremely bad omen.

    Soon afterward, Singapore’s first riot in 40 years broke out, ending the year on a bitter note. The riot also took the thunder from the ruling PAP, which held a weekend convention to launch its brand-new manifesto. The public interest was focused on the riot, not the PAP manifesto. On hindsight, we can see the owl as indeed a bad omen, or we might still dismiss it as plain coincidence.

    Whatever the case, whether one is superstitious, it’s difficult to disagree with the late Dr Goh Keng Swee who once stated that it is much better to be born fortunate than smart.