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3 Tips To Handle Cravings And Hunger When Losing Weight

It’s inevitable, there will be some hunger and cravings when you’re trying to lose weight. For most people, feeling hungry is very uncomfortable which leads them to indulge and negate their weight loss efforts. What’s happening when you’re losing weight is that your body is trying to preserve its fat stores in case of a real famine. When you’re dieting, you have to eat in a calorie deficit to lose weight so your body interprets this as if there is no more food available. The hunger hormone known as ghrelin increases and causes you to feel that grumbling tummy and seek out food in order to save your life. Unfortunately our bodies don’t realize we are really just trying to shed some pounds and no, we aren’t actually dying. The leaner you get though (think those last 10lbs), the more hunger you will feel. This hungry feeling is a survival mechanism so don’t worry, you’re not alone with this feeling. Here are some tips you can use to help you feel full and quell cravings even when you’re dieting.

Tip 1: Volume

Sometimes simply filling up your stomach with high volume foods does the trick. A volume food is something that is low in calories but is high in quantity/mass. A great example of a volume food is vegetables. Eating a large bowl of sliced cucumber or celery sticks will not derail your diet because they are so low in calories and are filling. You’d be amazed at how adding 4-5 servings of vegetables a day can do wonders for cravings and keep you feeling full. Here are some more examples of volume foods:

• spaghetti squash

• kelp or konjac noodles (low carbohydrate noodles)

• puffed rice, quinoa or millet

• pickles

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Benefits and Downsides of Bringing Your Pet Dog to the Camping Ground

Perhaps camping can be more interesting when someone keeps you company. However, everyone else is busy with what they are doing and cannot accompany you when you feel like camping.

The best companion could be your own beloved pet. Do you plan on taking your pet to the camping site? While some pet animals may or may not be suitable as a camping companion, your dog can be the best choice in the camping ground.

If you have planned a family camping beforehand, you must also think about your dog accommodation.

However, many people are apprehensive about letting their pet stay in dog stay houses, since they can spread or get different diseases, while some owners are too attached to their pets that they just could not leave them in such places. So, a lot of dog-owners would rather take them along to the camping ground.

Some campers are hesitant to camp with their dogs since this may offer advantages as well disadvantages. Know the pros and cons to decide whether or not to take your dog to the camping ground.

The Benefits of Camping with Your Dog

Going camping with your dog is exciting for you and your dog. It is like getting double benefits. Anyone will find outdoor camping energizing. Dogs love to play outdoors, which is like a pick-me-up for pets and your dog is no exception.

Your dog will be curious about all the things around, and will enjoy the different aspects offered by the camping ground. It will explore the new environment, seeing things and hearing sounds that are unfamiliar.

The fresh air you breathe in the woods is beneficial for your health and so, this also applies to your dog. Camping gives a break from your usual boring schedule and offers a lot of exercise. Your dog will also love the break ...Read More

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Doghouse Plans – Selecting the Proper Size Doghouse For Your Pet

Before you purchase dog house plans there are several things to consider. It is very important to select the proper size Doghouse for the safety and comfort of your pet. The first step is to measure your dog to determine which category he or she may fit into. If your dog is just a puppy then you need to refer to the list of breeds below to estimate the size your dog will be at approximately one year old.

The typical sizes of doghouses are small, medium, large, and extra large. Be sure to choose a plan that is large enough so your dog can easily turn around inside. The interior width and length of the dog house should be equal to or greater than the overall length of your dog excluding his tail. Choose a width that is an inch or more, greater than the length of your dog. Select a length that is approximately 30 percent greater than the length of your dog.

The interior height of the doghouse should be 25 percent greater than the overall height of your dog. As an example; if your dog is 20 inches tall from the top of his head to his paws the interior height should be 25 inches tall.

Be sure the door is large enough that your dog can enter the doghouse without crouching. A good rule of thumb is to make the door opening a minimum of 1 inch taller than the height of your dog as measured at his shoulders. Your dog will lower his head as he enters the dog house.

Select a small, medium, large, or extra large doghouse plan to suit your breed based on the list below.

Small Dog House Plans for Small Breeds:

Chihuahua, Dachshund, Pomeranian, Toy Poodles, Toy Terriers, or Yorkshire Terrier.

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Useful Tips for Using Dog Carriers For Your Pet

The dog owners often find commuting with the pets very problematic. If you are in a hurry then it is better to carry him or her in a carrier rather than strolling. Normally the carriers are bought when the owners have small species in their home. The big boys are better on their feet rather than on your back as it might cause back pain.

Choosing the right carrier

When your dog likes to travel the world like you do then you need a carrier for a better journey. Sometimes, the roads and busy places are quite overwhelming for the pawed friend. This is why it is necessary to own a perfect dog carrier for your best friend. Choosing a carrier is not that difficult but there are certain factors that need to be taken care of.


The first thing that every dog owner does is to measure the pet. Previously the carriers were very bulky and were available in the form of crates but now they are found in various designs. Some of the designs are even wearable.

The pet must be measured properly. First, the height from the shoulder must be accounted carefully. There are mainly two types of carriers, one which rests on your body and the other that maintains its own shape. The backpacks, bags, and slings are the ones that will use your body to gain support. This type of designs must have 2 to 3 inches extra room for the shoulders of the pets.

The wearable designs are the best for the medium to small sized dogs where they can snug easily and be comfortable throughout the journey. The carriers with hard framework must have 3 to 5 inches clearance for the shoulders so that the dog does not feel congested or hurt itself while traveling.

Types of designs

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How To Prepare Your Pet Dog For The Arrival Of A Baby

A whole lot of change and plenty of adjustments have to be made around the house if you and your partner are expecting a child. A room has to be turned into a nursery, the entire house should be baby-proofed and some areas have to be rearranged to welcome the baby. While this change can be both exciting and overwhelming for parents-to-be, keep in mind that your pet dog is going through it, too. He, too, must be prepared for the arrival of the baby.

Such a huge change can be confusing to a pet – here’s how you can help them transition easier:

Plan ahead

Will the dog be allowed in the nursery? Can he go near and kiss the baby? Although it may seem trivial, these are questions that need to be addressed beforehand. Getting your dog ready for the arrival of your baby may also require a refresher on basic training such as SIT and STAY. It helps to list down what needs to be worked on, when to start training and who will train the dog.

Work on manners

Aside from refreshing basic commands, it is also important to fix some behavior issues that your pet may have before the baby arrives. This could be consistent barking, jumping up on people or simply not being obedient. Behavior like this re not ideal for new parents taking care of a newborn. Work on these issues as early as possible so that they are improved by the time the baby comes.

Familiarize them with new smells

Familiarize your furry friend with things that he can associate with the baby like baby powder, cologne and wash. Once he gets used to these new scents, it will be easier for him to recognize and welcome the newborn. You can also let him sniff some of the baby’s ...Read More

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Guinea Pig Cages – C&C Cages Defined

What are C&C cages and what makes them so popular? Let’s take a closer look at the C&C cage:

As far as we can tell, the original C&C cage design was developed (and made popular) a few years ago by an innovative guinea pig rescue organization. This cage style was developed as a matter of necessity so that the guinea pig shelter could efficiently house a large number of pigs in a cost-effective manner. For this reason, to this day, the C&C cage tends to have a very low cost per square-inch of living space — in other words – C&C cages tend to offer a lot of cage for the money.

The mysterious name C&C originates from the two main materials used to construct this category of small animal cage: Cubes and Coroplast.

The frame and wire lattice portion of the cage is built from wire grids normally used in the assembly of wire grid storage cubes. These square wire grids are usually 14-inches long on each edge. This sort of shelving is often seen in stores or boutiques where clothing or other items are displayed in arrays of wire grid cubes or cubbies. Hence, the first C in C&C comes from the word cube.

The second C in C&C comes from the other fundamental material used in C&C cage construction — Coroplast. Coroplast is a trade name and is essentially a contraction of the product description: corrugated plastic. Coroplast is corrugated PVC (polyvinylchloride) plastic sheeting and is used to form the litter pan or bin in the bottom of the cage. This material is commonly used by sign-makers in the fabrication of economical weatherproof signage.

Coroplast has some remarkable properties that make it highly suitable for its application in the pet cage arena.

First of all, it is constructed of PVC (yes, the same ...Read More

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There Will Be Distractions – You Must Learn the Art of Planning

The art of planning comes naturally to human beings. However, how right or wrong we are at it depends on our experience and calibre. From planning trivial things like what to eat and planning a timetable for studies to planning a marketing strategy for a billion dollar organisation, planning is an essential part of our lives. What remains common in all these planning activities is that we seldom plan on distractions. Our programs based on the assumption that we are living in an exclusive world where no one would disturb us in our tasks.

Though we face distractions in every plan, we still make our next plans with no consideration to the possible distractions. Why do we turn a blind eye to these obvious hurdles? The answer is called ‘high probability of low probability events’. While putting our art of planning at work, we never plan for events having a little likelihood of an accident or a flat tire while driving to work or a short deadline at work may be. However, the probability of one of the hundred small probability events occurring during your day is quite high.

Brush up your art of planning by expecting the unexpected

How do you manage the occurrence of such an event which can fail your plans? While working with my clients as an executive coach and discussing the art of planning, I warn all of them that there will always be a crisis, no matter how foolproof the plan sounds to you right now and hence the process would take longer than you are expecting. If you want me to name the crisis in advance, I cannot do that. However, what I can tell you is that it will be real. It may be a defection or an acquisition or some product recall ...Read More

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Layap – The Nomadic Herders of Bhutan

The mule skids on the wet ice and slides forward on the steep track. The man springs forward and grabs it by the muzzle. They both strain against the slope, breaking skids on the edge of the sheer precipice. The mule is lying on its belly, its forelegs dangling over the cliff. Braced precariously, inches from edge, the man strains to hold the animal on the narrow track. Within seconds, the man’s teenage son runs back and deftly unloads the mule, handing over the heavy packs to the woman standing behind the animal, holding it by its tail. Together they haul the mule back on the path. Far below them the mist swirls over the jagged rocks which line the bottom of the deep gorge.

A few meters behind, a 73 year old woman is sitting on an icy path, inching forward on her buttocks, using both her hand and feet to maintain her balance. She sits still and watches calmly as her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson save the family mule and a year supply of food grain.

An hour later, along with other families, they reach a swift stream. Without a thought the men, women, children hitch up their Ghos and Kiras (Bhutanese dress) to the waist and wade across, oblivious of the water which is at about freezing point. Young men pass lewd remarks at the women who are forced to expose their upper thighs to avoid getting their kiras wet. The women respond with quick witty remarks.

By evening, families are camped along the way in caves or under leafy trees. They care for the horses first and then sit down to a simple hot meal. By dark, after a few bottles of Ara and Sinchang (Local brewed alcohol and wine); they share their experience of the past months. This ...Read More

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An Overview Of The Labradoodle Designer Dog

Labradoodles are basically a crossbreed of a Labrador retriever dog and one poodle. These particular breeds were crossed to merge the best of all of their traits; the minimal shedding coat of a poodle dog together with the docility and also ease of coaching associated with the Labrador dogs.

Fundamentally Labradoodles tend to be of 2 variations: An Australian Labradoodle as well as basic Labradoodles. So, while we are looking for a Labradoodle we will encounter terminology including F1, F2, F3 and so on. F1 implies being the very first cross breeding of one Labrador and a poodle. F2 identifies a labradoodle both of whose parents are essentially F1 and so forth. The breeding of Labradoodles over consecutive breed generations, provides Australian Labradoodles aka Multigenerational Labradoodles.

Speaking about the physical appearance of this unique breed, a labradoodle’s physical appearance is normally unspecific and it does vary greatly as a consequence of breed of dog happening to be relatively recent; it has not as yet been feasible to steadily reproduce a 100% pure lineage of Labradoodles. A few Labradoodles have a very a wavy coat, which is actually the most common sort; whilst others may have fur ranging from happening to be absolutely straight or having a hair with really wiry curls, similar to that of a poodle. An average labradoodle, which belongs to whatever group, usually has an likely life span of 13-15 years of age.

Now, while thinking of buying a puppy one of many fundamental and even the most important considerations is definitely the pet’s health and fitness. Any labradoodle’s health issues could possibly be a lot like that surrounding a Labrador or perhaps a poodle; including hip dysplasia as well as other joint troubles, and numerous sight issues. Also, it is recommended to refer to a pet doctor about potential ...Read More

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Relocating an Active Birdhouse

Human contact with bird eggs or a baby bird will not cause the parents to abandon all hope of the family. The parents will come back. Most birds can’t even tell that you have been there at all.

But this is what grownups tell children, likely to safeguard the birds from little fingers.

Birds don’t lay their eggs until they have put a lot of work into building a strong nest. And aren’t likely to desert it at a time when they need it the most. But no one can argue that it is probably best to leave them alone. Looking at babies when they have hatched from a suitable distance will be fun for your grandkids, but touching them is not advisable. They are babies, after all.

But there might come a time when you need to move a birdhouse. If it is not absolutely critical, the best option is to wait until the young have flown out. The breeding season is a short one, and the time it takes for eggs to hatch and babies to be strong enough to fly away is not such a long time if moving the birdhouse is not crucial. Waiting until the chicks have left the nest is the best choice.

But, if there is a reason that it must be moved… perhaps it is in a place where your cat can get to the nest— then by all means, move it.

First, make sure that the receiving location is set up completely. If you begin the process and have to interrupt it, you will stress the birds unnecessarily. Then plan to move the nest during the daylight hours, as gently as possible. You want to be able to preserve the eggs intact, if they haven’t hatched or keep the young ones from bouncing around. Keep the ...Read More