Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Mid Night Craving

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I just made a comment in Marzouq’s post regarding how I beat the mid night crave with Kellogg’s Red Berries cereal. I mean just last night (11ish) when I was watching The Holiday on DVD; I suddenly got the urge for something sweet. In few minutes, I made myself a bowl of cereal with skim milk and resume watching. Not only it filled me up nicely but also got some good nutrients. If you don’t see this brand in your local community Supermarket in Kuwait, then I suggest to go to Sultan Center and snatch a box for yourself. Believe me, it’s worth the trouble.

Prostate Cancer Presentation

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I forgot to tell you guys about the Cancer Conference that our professor arranged for us last Saturday. He assigned all of us to either make a presentation or a poster about any type of cancer. One of my friends who she also taking the class with me insisted on a poster so I went along with her idea. We went to the professor and told him that we are doing a poster about prostate cancer because we were sick that women get all the media attention with their breast cancer awareness and the fact its mortality rate surpasses breast’s. Don’t get me wrong, I am big supporter of breast cancer awareness (hell, I even wear its wrist band) but we need attention too you know. He gave us the green light and went on with the poster.

Forward to last Saturday. The conference started at 8:00AM and lasted to 7:00PM. Not only I have to wake up extremely early that day but I also had to sit through at least 20 presentation about different types of cancer and of course our part in the 2 hours poster session. We gave away flayers to the people who came to our poster place and blue wrist bands (it represents prostate cancer support) to the panelists who were to grade our poster. We also wore blue garments and the wrist bands; I wore a dark blue dress shirt with a light blue tie and black pants. After 11 hours in the conference, we finally finished and had a little celebration in the Olive Garden. I was tired but I honestly had tons of fun. I never get to watch a movie that weekend though but it’s all for a good reason; to fight the number 2 cause of death to men (#1 is lungs cancer).

No Stomach Cancer For Kuwaitis

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While attending my usual cancer class today, we were learning about cancer epidemiology and its prevalence in different countries. Then we reached to this lecture slide that the Professor has shown in class and it reveals that Japan has the highest incidents of stomach cancer while Kuwait has the lowest of them all. I was so thrilled. When the Professor mentioned Kuwait, I made a loud yet short burst of “Woohoo”, the class laughed and the Professor smiled but he didn’t bother to check who made that sound; he’s a great teacher anyway with a great sense of humor.

Now I realize that some of you are surprised especially since poor diet is the main culprit of stomach cancer, and I bet you think “But we have poor diet in our culture.” However, since the survey is recent, it might actually say something on our current lifestyle. Nowadays, there are gyms everywhere you go and the “low-carb diets” awareness has reached its peaks comparing to the last 10 years, so maybe we are going somewhere and maybe we are becoming a “granola society” sooner than expected, but I honestly cannot help being a little cynical since the rates of fast food is also increasing sharply.

Any thoughts?

Armpit Hair Dysfunction

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One of the things that I don’t understand about Americans (and maybe Westerns in general) or in this case American men, is the armpit hair thing. I was sitting in class today and I couldn’t help looking at this guy on the other side of the class who was wearing a tank. He leaned back on his chair and stretched his arms upward and then literally a black forest of hair emerged from his armpits, or to put it in another way, millions of timy black people were like screaming for air (they were really long); I was literally about to puke when I saw this. I mean eww, what the hell is that about? Girls claim that armpit hair is sexy, but I wonder: what is sexy about it? I mean for the God sake if you want to keep it and look “sexy”, can you at least trimmer it a bit; or just shave it entirely.

So word of advice: Keep your armpit clean please.

The Agony Of Side Stitching

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Lately, I have been having agonizing shooting pain below my rib cage, in my right side in particular whenever I jog for a long period of time. I ignored it the first time I felt it, thinking maybe I didn’t stretch properly or maybe my body was dehydrated; but then I kept having it for the last couple of days. I got terrified. I thought that there was a problem in my liver or the fact it might have got “larger”. However, I thought I would search for it in the Internet first. And after playing around with some words on google, I finally got to understand what I was having; it is called “Side Stitch”. I found that the liver (the heaviest organ) was the culprit because it pulls downwards on the diaphragm and causes a cramp and therefore a stabbing pain. Side Stitch is therefore more likely to occur in sports involving up and down actions – like running, jumping, and obviously jogging.

So I had to practice “belly breathing” and special stretch exercises that push the liver upward. Another helpful technique I employed was “pursing” my lips like I am about to blow a candle and exhale constantly while jogging. And I have to say, these techniques worked beautifully, and boosted my performance about 10%. I feel relieved now because the pain is long gone and my liver functions normally; and I have to thank Google and Internet for that.

SoBe Life Water

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My friend recommended me this brand of flavored water for maximum hydration with minimum amount of calories; and I simply love it. I think Gatorade is over-hyped in the sport industry. Switch to SoBe Life Water (or at least give it a try) and you will not regret it, hopefully.

Recover With The Green

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Since I came from Kuwait last month and I have been hooked on green tea especially since I lost some weight when I returned my Kuwait and my mom was like “to maintain your current weight, drink green tea twice a day OK.” And honestly, it has been working. I usually drink my first cup before I go to school and the second one is when I’m done with dinner; and since then, I have been “visiting” the bathroom like everyday and that’s quite rare to moi (disgusting, I know). So guys, if you want to lose some weight or at least maintain your current weight, drink green tea twice a day and you will live longer…just like the Chinese.

Benefits of the Green Tea

  • Drinking green tea may help the immune system fight viral and bacterial infections.
  • Green tea contains the vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, B6, vitamin C, and folic acid; as well as the minerals manganese, potassium, zinc, and fluorine.
  • The more green tea people drink (particularly tea with lemon) the less likely they are to develop squamous cell skin cancer; thus, maintaining healtly-looking skin.
  • Green tea can help improve memory and slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Green tea can be an effective weapon in the fight against diabetes because it boosts insulin activity in the body by more than 15-fold.
  • Drinking green tea may raise metabolic rates; thus, can help people lose weight because it’s calorie free and a good source of fluids.

Create A Simple Gym

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I came up with the perfect solution for the whole gym problem and that is, if you cannot go to the gym then you better bring the gym to your own apartment. Here are the set of equipment that are sufficient to create the gym experience…sort off.

1. An Exercise /Medicine/ Swiss Ball:
a. Big size that you can sit on it. I usually use it like a bench for chest press or whenever I want to do my crunches.
b. Small size that you can hold in both hands.

2. Resistance Tubes (either 15 pounds or 20 pounds). Resistance Tubes are very flexible and you can perform various exercises from them for the whole body.

3. Weights and Dumbbells. To perform biceps curls and shoulder press and other stuff.

4. A Mat for various exercises that you perform while laying down or for pushups.

And that’s pretty much it. I actually had a good workout by using the mentioned tools. Although I kinda miss the treadmill and of course, my treadmill hunnies (God, I sure miss them).

Condom Testing!!

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A guy goes into a drugstore to buy condoms.

“What size?” asks the clerk.

“Gee, I don’t know.”

“Go see Sophie in aisle 4.” He goes over to see Sophie, who grabs him in the crotch, and yells, “Medium!” The guy is mortified! He hurries over to pay and leaves quickly.

Another guy comes in to buy condoms, and gets sent to Sophie in aisle 4. Sophie grabs him and yells, “Large!” The guy struts over to the register, pays, and leaves.

A high school kid comes in to buy condoms.

“What size?” The kid embarrassedly says “I’ve never done this before. I don’t know what size.” The clerk sends him over to Sophie in aisle 4. She grabs him and yells “Clean up in aisle 4!”

Sexy AIDS Ad

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Very informative isn’t it?