Saturday, 18 August 2012

Why do I feel Cold?

.. than Mcj most of the times? So here's the reason why according to bodyandsoul.com.au.
According to many researchers, women feel the cold more than males, but their bodies are better at conserving heat when the weather turns colder. They are able to do this by shutting off blood flow to the skin and extremities to maintain their core temperature at 37 degrees. A drop below 35 degrees can cause hypothermia. As most of our biological temperature sensors are located in the skin, we feel cold if our extremities are cold, however warm our internal organs may be. Associate Professor Nigel Taylor, at the University of Wollongong's School of Health Sciences, is an expert on human temperature regulation and has studied the differences between men and women's reactions to the cold. "The main difference is the way we lay down subcutaneous fat [the layer of fat below the skin]," Associate Professor Taylor says. "An average woman will have a more even distribution of fat just below the skin surface, whereas this is thinner for guys. "This is partly because an average woman might have 20 to 25 per cent body fat, whereas an average guy might have about 15 per cent. When we get cold, we conserve heat by reducing the blood flow to the skin. "When a woman reduces the blood flow to the skin, the temperature of the skin drops as the blood has been moved below her layer of fat. "A man will tend not to experience such a big change as a female, because he doesn't have the same distribution of fat. This is why skin temperature is, on average, cooler for a woman than a man."
In my case, I am always cold. Maybe if I am active all the time.. playing music or being a dj (with musicians friend dj controller) I won't feel the cold as much. That's another story though.
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Early Birds

I can say that I am a morning person as I can't be a night owl. I am already grumpy at 10PM. But at times, waking and getting up early do not come without battles. I may be awake but I keep on hitting the snooze. Here are some tips from bodyandsoul.com.au.
Rise and shine If you're determined to be a morning person, you have to kiss the snooze button goodbye. "It's better to set your alarm for the time you really want to get out of bed," Associate Professor Kennedy says. "You need to mentally tell yourself before you go to bed, 'I have to get up at this time', rather than thinking, 'When the alarm goes off I might get up, or I might turn it down'."
It could also be worth turning up your alarm. "I usually put my alarm on loud if I have an important early start," he says. Brabon, who gets up at 4am to set up for boot camp, says early risers need to be organised. "I have all my gym clothes laid out and I make sure my lunch is ready," she says.
And she promises it does get easier. "The first two weeks are always the hardest," she admits. "But it's worth it – you're up and you're motivated to do something for yourself that puts you ahead of everybody else who is lying in bed."

And maybe reward yourself of a carrera tag heuer when you have been very good at it.
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Changes

The Tatapilla had a dental appointment last weekend and the result bothered me a bit and the recommended procedure was not to my liking that I ignored it. Instead, we are undergoing a few changes on his diet especially on sweets. You see, we have very liberal rules on food at home. We don't buy as much sweets but sometimes we indulge.
These days, the juice and any drinks he may have will not have added sugar. No lollies for several days now. And brushing peggies often. I bought him tooth mousse that we apply locally - contains vitamins that are essential to the growing teeth.
We just need to be consistent and I believe that we can counteract whatever defect his peggies now have. They might not get better but my hope is for them not to get worst either. Besides, he will be losing his milk teeth soon anyway. Hopefully, we will not be meeting somebody with jobst compression stockings in the very near future.
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Friday, 3 August 2012

Sweet and Sour

This morning, my colleague was treating us to a morning tea and asked what do we prefer, type of cake that is. I volunteered something sweet with sour note on it. See I can't have of one thing in big doses at one time. I prefer eating sweet, sour and salty then I can eat lots of each. This recipe from taste.com.au will surely light my bulb so to speak.
The classic combination of strawberries and cream in a baked pastry shell. Bon appetit! Preparation Time 785 minutes Cooking Time 18 minutes Ingredients (serves 6) 1 1/3 cups plain flour 2 tablespoons caster sugar 90g butter, chilled, chopped 1 egg 250g cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon rum 500g small strawberries, hulled 1/4 cup strawberry jam, warmed Method Process flour, caster sugar and butter in a food processor until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg. Process until pastry just comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Press into a 10cm (diameter) disc. Wrap in greaseproof paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Place a baking tray into oven. Preheat oven and tray to 200°C. Roll out pastry on a floured surface to a 5mm-thick round. Line a 3cm deep, 19cm (base) loose-based tart pan with pastry. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Line pastry case with baking paper. Fill with raw rice. Place onto hot baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are light golden. Remove baking paper and rice. Bake for a further 8 to 10 minutes or until pastry case is light golden. Set aside to cool. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sour cream, icing sugar and rum until smooth. Spread mixture in cold pastry case. Top with strawberries. Brush with warm jam. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. Serve.
If only, it is easy to make or a quick one. I suppose, one that is so delectable will not be that simple to make. It's not as if everything is like customized gift cards by plastic printers. Pffftttt!
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