Thursday, January 24, 2013

An Iranian chewing gum for motion sickness!

If you are one of those people who get nauseous during car rides, flights and especially boat trips, then this recent invention is perfect for you.
A team of researchers lead by Mohsen Sadatrezaei from the Islamic Azad University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Tehran, Iran) has developed a medicated gum that will alleviate motion sickness sooner.

1. What causes motion sickness?

Motion sickness is thought to occur when there is a conflict between what your eyes see and what your inner ears -which help with balance- sense. Your brain receives a jumble of contrasting information, which is thought to bring on the symptoms of motion sickness.

So basically, the latter occurs when your inner ear senses motion but your eyes cannot tell you are moving.

2. Conventional treatment

When you have a mild motion sickness, you can simply change your seat or lie down. You can even gaze at the horizon or listen to some music in order to distract yourself.

In more serious cases, medication is needed. And among the drugs that are used is dimenhydrinate, an anti-histaminic.

3. The anti motion sickness chewing gum
This medicated gum is made of dimenhydrinate. According to the researchers, the main active ingredient is absorbed into the bloodstream through the cheek.

Sadatrezaei stated that the most challenging part was to mask the bitter taste of the active ingredient. And in fact, the team was successful in creating a product that is easy to chew, well absorbed with an acceptable taste.

This formula is yet to be commercialized but looks very promising, not only in the treatment of motion sickness but also in other conditions where other active ingredients might be incorporated into a chewing gum!

So can you imagine having the pleasure to chew on all your medications?


Monday, January 21, 2013

Armed and ready to go!

When your job requires you to be constantly on the road, every diet seems bound to fail. I remember when I started working as a medical representative, I gained weight. YES! I’m a dietitian and I managed to fall into that trap! Fast food and high sugar snacks were a huge part of most of my days simply because they seemed more convenient. Suddenly, the alarm was set and I had to do something about it.
So, let’s see what you should do to stay healthy on the road…

1.       Have a good breakfast before moving!

The key to having a successful day is to start on the right foot. And breakfast is definitely a critical moment. In fact, you should fuel your body with the right elements in order to prevent hunger. Therefore, skipping this meal is out of question no matter how much you’re in a hurry. Wake up 10 minutes earlier so as to prepare your breakfast and pack it for the road.

You should…

Skip the high fat man’ouche as well as the not-so-filling croissant and knefeh.

Go for whole wheat bread because its fibers will fill you up for much longer. Add to it some low fat cheese, labneh or turkey. Put lots of vegetables in your sandwich as they can satisfy you even more. You can also, occasionally, add some olives because after all, your metabolism is the highest in the morning and you can always burn the calories. Breakfast cereals are not such a bad idea. But, of course, try to avoid the sugar coated ones.

So basically, the formula is: Whole wheat bread+ proteins + vegetables + just a little bit of good fats!

2.       Have a proper lunch

The easiest and cheapest lunch is definitely a drive thru at the nearest fast food restaurant. However, it can cost you a lot of extra weight! So if your goal is to stay healthy, you have to create a balance between your pocket and your belly.

Your best option is to eat a home-made meal. How?
Pass by your house for a proper lunch if possible, even if it’s going to take away 30 extra minutes of your time.If you find it too hard, think of someone you know who works close to the area you are in and plan your break in their office. Personally, I always pack my lunch in a cooler when I’m close to downtown so that I can have a decent meal with my friend.

If this is still impossible for you, you can always switch between lunch and dinner: have a healthy sandwich at noon and have your main meal when you get back from work. You can also keep a salad with you in a portable fridge. Now it may seem a bit ridiculous and inconvenient; however, once you try it, you will find it simpler than you think.

What's a healthy sandwich?
It is definitely made of whole wheat bread with chicken breast, steak, tuna in water,crab or even just cheese or turkey. You can flavor it with some mustard and a little ketchup. Avoid the mayonnaise, obviously! And again vegetables, vegetables and lots of vegetables so that the lunch experience becomes more enjoyable and durable!

And if you insist on eating out, which you probably will have to sometimes, you should make wise choices of ingredients. Read our article about eating out for more info.

3.       Arm your car with snacks

So you managed to have a good breakfast and a not-so-bad lunch. However, there are times during the day when you really get hungry and you should be ready for those moments. The most important thing about being constantly on the road is being armed with healthy snacks. This is the only way to keep yourself from stopping by a shop and walking out with a bag of chips, a soda and a chocolate bar.

You can have…
-          Fruits such as apples or bananas or even dried ones
-          Vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, etc.
-          Light cookies
-          Corn flakes
-          Cereal bars
-          Raw nuts, etc.
For more snack ideas, read this!
Even though this seems like such hard work, all it needs is just a little of your time. A few minutes of preparation in the morning or even the day before can save you so many calories and the frustration of weight gain! 

It worked with me, so why don’t you give it a shot?


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

TIME for 2013!

Time is something we can’t buy or make. We can only grab a few moments and try to make the most out of them.

Every year comes with new resolutions, written down in our minds. Sometimes we make them a reality; and other times they are postponed to future years.

My resolution for this year and my wish for you is TIME!

I wish you and I time,
Time to look at past experiences and learn from them,
Time to plan the future the way we want it,
Time to live our present the way it deserves,

And most important of all,

I wish you and I time for ourselves,
Time to take care of our body, mind and soul.

Because it is only when you give time to yourself that you can diet and become fit, exercise your mind and feed your soul!

Have a happy 2013!