Your Questions About Stress Relief

Mark asks…

How do you beat the embarrassment of working out in front of others?

I work out a lot. Mainly because I’m new to town and have no friends, and also because I’m health conscious. I find that exercise is the best form of stress relief and keeps me mentally healthy.

The problem is, I am sharing a room with someone else. I’m not able to work out there because my room mate claims that I look weird and it’s distracting him. It’s a very densely populated neighbourhood with high rise apartments. I try working out in the park. I get all these weird gazes from people who go to university with me..they say stuff like “jeez, don’t you have anything better to do?” or “you look TOTALLY awkward working out in front of others..go join a gym or something”.
To make things even worse, some people are sad enough to approach me after class and say, “is it true you were flapping your arms all around at the park, all by yourself? you are totally weird man”.

I do a crossfit style exercise routine, so I admit that it’s not as “normal” looking as just a simple jog listening to ur ipod. But why do people have to be so damn nasty to others!

How do I beat this embarrassment?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Wear this:

people will stop complaining

Richard asks…

Why do people get annoyed with me for masturbating on chat roulette or omegle?

I work long hard days at a nursing home, and I find no better method of stress relief than publicly masturbating to strangers.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Why would they know you are masturbating, unless you tell them? That isn’t public if you aren’t together, and they are on the Internet. You need to get a partner.

Ken asks…

Where do the presidential polls come from and do you think that they are accurate?

I’m trying to find out if people just don’t like any president at all and if there is some reason all presidents get low polls in their terms. Maybe we like to stick it to the man whomever he/she is for stress relief. Maybe not.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Polls accurate can I laugh out loud , used to do the polls for companies depends who is doing the asking honestly would take polls with pinch of salt accurate nope …

Lisa asks…

Can you use baoding balls as kegel balls?

So I was just looking at ways to help work out my kegel muscles to help strengthen them and came across BenWa Balls and I was planning on buying them but then realized I already had Baoding balls for stress relief. So I was wondering if it is okay to use these to strengthen my kegel muscles or should I just buy the BenWa Balls?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Oh, you definitively want to buy the Ben Wa balls.
Ben Wa balls come attached one to the other with a string so removal is easier, they are designed for this so washing them is easier.

You definitively want the Ben Wa balls.

William asks…

What is a good workout routine for someone who isn’t looking to lose/gain weight?

I’m young, active, and healthy. But I would like to start a day to day workout routine for stress relief. I am already my ideal weight; I don’t want to put any muscle weight on.

Areas I would prefer to focus on include: thighs, bum, and abdomen. I don’t want muscle tone- a healthy firmness is what I’m looking for I guess.

Help please!

Thanks :)

Insomnia Stress answers:

The key to starting an exercise routine is to make the changes slowly. You can’t go from being sedentary to active overnight and hope to succeed. Start out by exercising 1-2 times per week and eventually moving up to 3-5 times per week. Only increase the amount of exercise you do per week when you feel ready.

Exercise routines also have to be well rounded to be successful. You need elements of flexibility, cardiovascular and strength training. You don’t need to go to the gym to get a good workout, but having access to that type of equipment is a definite plus. Flexibility isn’t very intensive and can be done on most if not all days of the week. It won’t directly help you with your goals but it will lead to better performance – it will make exercising a lot easier.

Cardio should be done 3-5 times per week while strength training should be done 2-3 times per week. The more weight you want to lose, the more you need to exercise. If this seems confusing, you can get a free personalized workout routine at

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Your Questions About Sleepys

Mark asks…

Examples of Romanticism in Sleepy Hollow?

What are some exmaples of Romanticism in the film Sleepy Hollow??

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 period horror film directed by Tim Burton, interpreting the legend of The Headless Horseman and based upon the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The third film collaboration between Johnny Depp and Burton, the film also features Christina Ricci, Sir Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Richard Griffiths and Christopher Walken. The story centers on police constable Ichabod Crane sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman. The style and themes of the story take inspirations from the late Hammer Film Productions.

Ichabod Crane can be seen as an outsider to both the town of Sleepy Hollow, and his counterparts at his profession in New York City. Burton claimed this was another one of many influences to Hammer Film Productions with actors Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. The director said, “You see that they’re intelligent, but you don’t really know what’s going on with them. There’s some mystery to who they really are. You feel their aloneness, you feel like they don’t socialize much, that they’re having some problems, are somewhat tormented, are somewhat living inside their own head. That’s why you relate to them.” : Includes The Legend of Sleepy Hollow summary, character analysis, themes, style, historical context, critical overview, essays, media adaptations, compare and contrast, topics for further study, and sources.

Michael asks…

What is Sleepy Hollow?

I mean the place. Is there a legend about it? I heard there was a horror movie called sleepy hollow. Can someone please tell me about it? sSorry i’m Kinda out of it in terms of like legends and myths and stufff. :)
oh ya and btw anyone ever heard of that kids animated movie ichabod and mr.toad? Can’t believe they would make that sleepy hollow thing a KIDS movie. No wonder…it was disney. :P

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleepy Hollow is a small town in New York, about 30 miles north of New York City. It is the setting of a short story by Washington Irving, called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” first published in 1820. The story is set in the town around 1790, when it was still mostly Dutch in the area. It is the tale of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, who competes with the local bully for the hand of a young girl, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Crane is chased off by “The Headless Horseman,” never to be seen again; the story implies the bully was responsible. The 1999 film takes a lot of liberties with the plot, introducing elements of (apparently) real magic.

@Abby: no, Irving was born in Manhattan. He wrote “Rip Van Winkle” and “Sleepy Hollow” while living in England, but he was a native New Yorker, and returned to NYC in 1832. He remained in the area until his death in 1859.

Joseph asks…

why am i always sleepy?

I sleep about 8 hrs every night. But through out the day i always find myself sleepy. If i come in from walking the dogs i am sleepy, when i am done washing a load of laundry or doing the dishes i always end up sleepy. I can barely watch a movie because i just end up falling asleep on it. What’s wrong with me?

Insomnia Stress answers:


While your excessive sleepiness could be due to a number of potential causes, it is most likely related, at least in part, to a lack of adequate regular sleep. From your question, when given the opportunity, you sleep up to 8 hours and feel rested. This is normal for most individuals, who need between 7-8 hours a night to feel refreshed. Ensuring you get the required amount of sleep on a nightly basis will probably alleviate much of your problem. A chronic lack of sleep could have numerous bad effects on your health and well-being and thus getting more sleep is really in your best interest

While we don’t completely understand the reasons we sleep and what the function of sleep is, growing research suggests that adequate sleep is important for the process of functioning and health. Studies have found that individuals that are sleep deprived tend to perform poorly in test situations, have reduced concentration and tend to be more irritable and anxious. Chronic partial sleep deprivation can also affect our ability to learn and thus can have a significant impact on school and job performance. Believe it or not, but we actually “learn” (take daytime experiences or what we have studied during the day and store them into long-term memory) better with sleep than if we’re to stay awake all night.

We are really just now beginning to understand the wide ranging impact that lack of adequate sleep can have on our health and well-being. Recent research has shown, in pretty convincing fashion, that insufficient (lack of enough) sleep can contribute to significant weight gain. This appears to be due to changes in hormones that control appetite and cravings for certain foods. Weight gain, in turn, can lead to other medical problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc. While not as clear, chronic lack of sleep by itself may contribute directly to the development of hypertension.

As mentioned above, another area of concern is the impact that insufficient sleep has on vigilance, ability to concentrate and daytime sleepiness. These all can be impaired by insufficient sleep and, as a result, can have wide ranging consequences, including increased rates of car accidents and work-related accidents. Some of the largest man made disasters in modern times were attributed, in part, to sleep deprived individuals making poor decisions (Three Mile Island, the Exxon Valdez, etc.). As you can see, lack of adequate sleep can have serious consequences, affecting your learning, health and social function.

Of course there are other potential causes of sleepiness that could be impacting how you feel. These can range from the environment you sleep in (i.e. Too warm, too loud) to your other medical problems (i.e. Heartburn or breathing problems) to medications you may taking. Fragmented sleep from any of these conditions can lead to daytime fatigue and sleepiness. In addition, certain medications and medical conditions can make individuals feel tired and sleepy during the daytime, independent of their effects on sleep. Primary sleep disorders commonly associated with daytime sleepiness include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnolence, periodic limb movements in sleep and a delayed sleep phase (usually resulting in inadequate sleep time). In some cases, no clear cause for sleepiness can be found and the condition is labeled as idiopathic hypersomnia.

I recommend that first you attempt to get an adequate amount of regular sleep for 1-2 weeks. If you do this and your symptoms resolve, then no further evaluation is needed. However, if you do this, but still feel sleepy, then you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Further history will help determine if you need additional testing or evaluation by a Sleep Specialist.

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Donna asks…

literature help the legend of sleepy hollow?

example of each in the legend of sleepy hollow;
metaphor, allusion, personification

Insomnia Stress answers:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” written by early American Author Washington Irving, tells the story of Ichabod Crane and his hapless attempt to win the heart and hand of Katrina Van Tassel in the context of a comical ghost story. Ichabod comes to Sleepy Hollow, New York, from his home state of Connecticut, to be the schoolmaster of the village. Sleepy Hollow is a small, very quiet town said to be under some kind of enchantment. Its residents all seem to move a little slower, daydream a little more, and be more prone to believe in the supernatural. Sleepy Hollow, maybe for that reason or maybe because its residents are almost all descended from its original Dutch settlers, has more than its fair share of supernatural occurrences, or at least stories of them.

Sleepy Hollow’s most famous supernatural phenomenon is the ghost of the Headless Horseman, said to be a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannon ball during the Revolutionary War. The Horseman is seen most often riding by the church, where local historians say he was buried. He is believed to be always in search of his head. Ichabod is fascinated by this story, being especially interested (and prone to believe) in tales of the supernatural.

Ichabod is a strict teacher but not a cruel one, doling out his punishment of the rod only to those who can handle it. Ichabod makes almost no money, and it is customary in the village for the farmers whose sons he teaches to feed and board him in rotation. Along with this, Ichabod makes some extra money teaching singing lessons—he prides himself greatly on his magnificent voice. This arrangement keeps him employed and gives him many opportunities to hear ghost stories from the farmers’ wives and eat meals with the farmers’ daughters. He also has an insatiable hunger and a taste for the finer things.

Katrina Van Tassel, a beautiful young woman of eighteen, is one of Ichabod’s students. She is also the only child of Baltus Van Tassel, one of the more successful farmers in the area. Ichabod is quickly taken in by her flirtatious charms, but it is when he first visits her father’s abundant farm that he considers himself truly in love with her, or at least her likely inheritance.

He quickly sets out to win her hand in marriage, coming by the Van Tassel farm frequently to woo her. Ichabod is not alone in his attentions to Katrina, however. Her beauty, charm, and wealth have entranced many other men in the village, especially the formidable Brom Van Brunt, also known as Brom Bones. Brom is notorious for his boisterous personality, love of pranks, and great skill at horseback riding—all of which make him something of a village hero.

Brom has already scared off many of Katrina’s other suitors, but Ichabod is harder to shake, avoiding physical confrontation with Brom, which is Brom’s main method of intimidation. Without that option, Brom turns to his next best skill—pranks. He fills the school house with smoke, trains a dog to follow Ichabod around howling, and sets many other pranks to frustrate and humiliate Ichabod.

One day, a messenger comes to the schoolhouse to invite Ichabod to a party at the Van Tassels’. At this party, he apparently finds himself the best man in the house, and when the party is over he stays behind. For some reason, however, Katrina disappoints him. Ichabod leaves crestfallen.

He finds the path home dark and eerily quiet. He tries to keep himself from getting too scared, but soon after he has passed the possibly haunted Major Andre’s tree, he sees a large, dark figure looming nearby. It does not respond to his call, but as he passes by, it starts to move and joins him on the path riding a large, dark horse. Ichabod is greatly disturbed and tries to shake off his pursuer, but he fails. Finally, he notices that the rider has no head on his shoulders; the head seems to be sitting on the saddle in front of the man. Ichabod tries to get his decrepit horse to run home as fast as it can, but he is not a skilled rider and the horse resists.

They end up by the church, the scene of most of the stories of the Headless Horseman, and Ichabod races to the bridge where the ghost is said to disappear and not follow. Ichabod crosses the bridge and looks back, but he sees the Horseman, instead of disappearing, hurl his detached head at him. It knocks Ichabod off of his horse.

The next day, Ichabod’s horse returns to its owner’s farm, but there is no sign of Ichabod. A search party finds hoof prints and Ichabod’s hat, with a smashed pumpkin left next to it. Ichabod is never heard from again in Sleepy Hollow, although later on it seems that he is alive elsewhere and has told his story. Some of the townspeople believe that Brom Bones pulled off a great prank—which put Brom in the final position to marry Katrina—but the old women and local folklore maintain that he was taken by the Headless Horseman.

Richard asks…

Hessian troops near sleepy hollow?

I am curious about any hessian troops that would have occupied the area around sleepy hollow during the revolutionary war
yes I know the legend is a total fabrication , but I am an RPG’er and looking for a plot for a D20 modern mission for my players
thank you in advance

Insomnia Stress answers:

“The legend of the Headless Horseman begins in a town near North Tarrytown, New York named Sleepy Hollow. The Horseman was supposedly a Hessian soldier of unknown rank; one of many such hired to suppress the American Revolutionary War. During the war, the Horseman was one of 548 Hessians killed in a battle for Chatterton Hill, wherein his head was severed by a cannonball. He was buried in a graveyard outside an Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. Thereafter he appears as a ghost, who presents to nightly travelers an actual danger (rather than the largely harmless fright produced by the majority of ghosts), presumably of decapitation. He also carries a sword. In Sleepy Hollow, a Tim Burton film, the Horseman is seen to also be skilled with an ax and is depicted as genuinely sadistic. In Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, the Horseman is also depicted as being virtually invincible, able to easily survive gunshots, stabbing, even explosions. He is popularly portrayed as wearing a pumpkin to replace his severed head. ”

“5.0 What happened to the Hessians?

Of the soldiers from Hessen-Kassal, the following is known.

357 were killed in action (most at Fort Mercer)

2,949 deserted

8,029 were captured during the war.

4,626 died of other causes (disease, starvation,etc)

914 were paroled.

The fate of the deserters and captured Hessians varies greatly. Some were paroled into American factories and farms, others were merely made to stand down and not fight anymore. It has been estimated that some 6000 Hessian soldiers remained in America & Canada either from desertion or naturalization after paroling or capture. Most of the Hessians staying in America settled around Lancaster,PA, Reading, PA and Frederick, MD. While some true Hessians may have remained in Canada, the majority of them were actually Brunswickers and other German states.

Keep in mind that a Hessian that stayed in America may not have actually been a deserter. Large numbers of Hessians were paroled in America due to injury, completion of duties, or other reasons.

8.0 Where are the Hessians buried?

The Hessian who died during the course of the war are not buried in any special place. Most old graveyards that date back to the 18th century may have a grave or two. But it is unlikely to be easily found. The best known burial ground of Hessian soldiers is in Runnemede, NJ, where some 50 Hessians who fell at Fort Mercer are buried. Another grave, nearer to fort ( In Red Bank or National Park, NJ), may have once held an equal number. But during World War I, anti-hun hysteria seized a few locals, who promptly unearthed the remains in the grave and dumped them into the Delaware River.”

“The historic Village of Sleepy Hollow is located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of Manhattan. With a population of about 9,000, Sleepy Hollow is home to a diverse and vibrant community that includes a large number of professionals who make the easy forty-minute commute by train into Manhattan.

Immortalized in Washington Irving’s famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this quiet Village has preserved much of its history and natural beauty. Initially an agricultural district, Sleepy Hollow later became a manufacturing center, producing items such as steam-powered automobiles, shoes, and batteries. Around the turn-of-the-century, Sleepy Hollow’s bucolic setting and close proximity to Manhattan attracted millionaires like Anson Phelps, Ambrose Kingsland and John D. Rockefeller, who built beautiful mansions in the area, some of which are open to the public.

Today Sleepy Hollow combines city convenience and small-town charm. Residents enjoy a plethora of outdoor adventures with parks, forests, rivers, lakes, streams and trails along one of the most scenic stretches of the Hudson River.”

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Your Questions About Insomniac Games

George asks…

Is Ratchet & Clank for Playstation based off a comic book originally?

A while back I saw what seemed to be comics of Ratchet & Clank on the net? Not sure though, or is it just an actual game series originally developed by Insomniac? Thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

It was a game series first. There have been a fe small tie-in comics for some of the games I think. Or you could have been reading a fan comic!

William asks…

Why isn’t Resistance 3′s graphics as good as expected, and why aren’t they as good as Uncharted 3′s graphics?

Resistance 3′s graphics were meant to be better, but why weren’t they?

Insomnia Stress answers:

There could be several reasons, Insomniac probably went for game-play/frame rate instead of pure graphical capability. Personally, I think that they are good graphics and that’s my personal opinion – just as yours is your personal opinion.

To answer your other question, we’ll have to wait until the 1st of November to find out for sure ;)

Sandy asks…

How can I fall asleep earlier?

I’m always distracted by my iPod and cell phone so then b4 ik it’s so late and I have to go to bed. How can I break these bad habits and go to bed earlier

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yeah, you just have to turn them off and place them in the opposite corner of the house. It is a very difficult task indeed! But in order to go to sleep, especially if you are having trouble restraining yourself, you have to do it.

Try doing something else to distract you, like reading a book, or doing some activity that has an end (ipod and phone are continuous activity so they are hard to put down, but things like puzzles or small games have quick ends which you can put down).

Also if you are an insomniac you could try melatonin pills. They are not drugs, they only stimulates your brain to produce more of the hormone melatonin (which makes you sleepy).

Thomas asks…

Did you ever play a game called Spyro?

One about a cute little dragon that saved dragon adults. I suddenly remembered that game and felt like playing it. (:

Insomnia Stress answers:

I loved Spyro! The Insomniac trilogy for the PS1 remains my favorite game series ever! :)

Maria asks…

What does it mean to “palm the round”?

Like in a game perhaps… “He palmed the round.” ?

Insomnia Stress answers:

The muscles of the eyes, like the rest of those all over the body, must be exercised to remain healthy. We naturally did that as children when we played games, like ball games, running etc. These involved complex eye movements. However, these days, with even children confined to the desk, TV, or media (computer, electronic games) that involves only a confined strain by the eyes the muscles within the eye socket are not worked out. Reworking them, even with gentle movements, including peripheral ones, can help contain degenerating sight.

A few poses that may be safely practiced to help maintain eye sight:
Trataka (Yogic focusing exercise)

Hold your right hand in front of you. Extend the thumb, folding back other fingers lightly. Ensure hand is at eye level. Look at thumbnail. Then switch focus to nose tip. Back at right thumbnail, then switching focus to nose tip. This is one round. Rest your eyes. Do palming (see above). Do up to five rounds. Then switch hands, to do for left hand. Do palming after each round.
Benefits: This helps with the eye’s ability to switch focus from distant to close viewing. Most problems, according to yogic occur when the eye muscles slacken and do not accommodate this important skill. Unlike with reading a book, staring at a computer screen reduces our vision skills, creating eye problems. This exercise rectifies this. Plus, when done regularly can boost mental focus. It is also advised for insomniacs.
Avoid: If having glaucoma or cataract.
Rub palms together. Place them gently on closed eye-lids so the cups of the hand cover the eye-lids. The palms should feel the eye socket. This would ensure that your holding the hand over the eye in a correct position. There should be no pressure. This is called palming and may be practiced several times during the day for a quick rest, not just for the eyes but for the mind too. If the duration of the final hold (of palm over eyelid) is lengthened and if palming is done several times during the day, it is believed that eye problems will be controlled.
Benefits: It soothes eyes strained by an effort to see. Also, keeping the eyes in a dark, soothing mode creates a healing impact by tweaking the master glands, like pineal gland, which reacts to excessive exposure to light or artificial lighting by hitting sleep etc. In yogic eye exercises palming is seen as the most important of healing exercises.

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Your Questions About Healthy Dinner Recipes

Sharon asks…

What are some healthy, easy dinner recipes?

I am 18 taking care of my sisters for the weekend, instead of spending money on take out, i want to cook something easy but healthy. I am not a very good cook, things that i can make are pasta, sandwiches, some desserts, omelets. what is easy, does not require a lot of ingredients?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Pasta- spaghetti
sandwich- toasted chicken with tomato
desert- apple crisp topped with ice cream
and im known for my chocolate mousse: 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups whipping cream, whipped

heat choc, half of water, and butter until melted. Set aside and cool for 10 min. In small pot, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat, around 2 mins. Remove heat, whisk in choc, and set saucepan in ice. Stir until cooled, around 10 min. Fold in whped cream…. Put in serving dishes, refridgerate for 4 hours or overnight

Helen asks…

What is a good diet to keep a tight stomach?

I am a 13 year old girl. I have a tight stomach, but after i eat; i look like im pregnant. lol. I am skinny. I am only 95 pounds. When i gain weight its all in my stomach (and some muscle i guess) so my skinny arms don’t do anything. Anyway, I am wanting to start a diet (more of a healthy way of eating) so that i don’t eat so much and that when i do eat, its healthy. Does anybody have any ideas of what i should start cutting of of my diet, and start adding? Here is what my diet is now.

Breakfast: granola bars

Lunch: A butt load of pasta or pizza. (i cant go without Italian food cause its so good, but i can try healthier recipes)

Dinner: fast food

Insomnia Stress answers:


cut… Everything thing your currently eating haha

Nancy asks…

What are some quick and easy dinner ideas??

Help..need some fairly healthy dinner ideas that are quick and delicious. (i have a picky son)
Thank You…

Insomnia Stress answers:

Here’s one of my favorites:

Pistachio Encrusted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Maine Lobster Champagne Beurré Blanc Sauce

3 uncooked Maine lobster tails, 4 – 5 ounces each
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6 – 8 ounces each
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup ground pistachios
3 Tablespoons clarified butter

Blanch the Maine lobster tails in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes. Remove the meat from the shell and refrigerate.

Trim the fat and remove the rib meat from the chicken breasts. Place each breast between 2 pieces of waxed paper and flatten so they form what appears to be a “butterfly” wing. Place a lobster tail along the center of each chicken breast. Season with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and lemon juice. Roll the chicken breast up, enclosing the lobster tail inside. Roll each chicken breast in the ground pistachios and place in a greased baking dish.

Drizzle the stuffed chicken breasts with clarified butter and bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 6 minutes with the seam side down. Remove the pan from the oven, turn the stuffed breasts over, and continue baking until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. The chicken breast should be white in color and cooked completely thru. Remove the pan from the oven and let the chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes.

Slice each stuffed chicken breast into 5 – 6 medallions on the bias. Place medallions on plates or a serving platter and drizzle with Champagne Beurre Blanc sauce – recipe follows. Serves 3 people very generously, or 6 people as part of a large, festive meal.

Ingredient note: Clarified butter, also known as drawn butter, is unsalted butter that can withstand high temperatures without burning. To prepare clarified butter, place 1 stick (1/4 pound) unsalted butter in a small heavy saucepan and melt over low heat. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes. With a spoon, carefully remove the foamy white butterfat that has risen to the top and discard. Spoon the next layer of clear golden liquid into a bowl. This is the clarified butter. Discard any remaining solids that remain in the saucepan. Yield should be just about 3 tablespoons.

Champagne Beurre Blanc Sauce:
4 ounces Champagne
1 ounce Champagne vinegar
2 Tablespoons shallots, finely minced
2 ounces heavy cream
8 ounces refrigerated butter, cut into 1 tablespoon-sized chunks
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a small saucepan on top of the stove, combine the champagne, champagne vinegar and shallots. Bring them mixture to a boil and reduce by half. Add the cream and slowly bring the mixture to a boil. Gradually whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time until the sauce is smooth and the butter is incorporated. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Beurre Blanc literally translated means “white butter”. This classic French sauce is composed of wine, vinegar, and a shallot reduction into which chunks of cold butter are whisked until the sauce is smooth and thick.

Nutritional analysis per 1/2 stuffed chicken breast: 615 calories, 40 grams protein, 4 grams carbohydrates, 48 grams fat, 403 mg. Sodium, 2 grams fiber.

James asks…

what are some healthy recipes for dinner?

i want to eat some healthy foods so do anyone know some recipes? if anyone know some can you please tell me thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

Here are some healthy dinner recipe ideas :)

* Grilled veggie & goat cheese pitas

* Crustless broccoli quiche

* Pasta salad with grilled vegetables & mozzarella

* Sweet potato fries

* Black bean burgers

* Grilled salmon with lemon & herbs

* Mediterranean crunch salad

* Tofu Pad Thai

* Grilled vegetable pizza

* Easy baked penne with ricotta cheese & basil

I hope this helps :)


Ruth asks…

What are some healthy dinner recipes?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Quick and Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less
Catfish Amandine.Here, we use healthier extra-virgin olive oil with a bit of butter added for its flavor instead of the tablespoons of butter usually used to make classic “amandine” sauce for pan-fried catfish fillets. The results are delicately flavored and have only a third of the calories, fat and sodium of a classic version.

1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound catfish, cut into 4 portions
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Heat 1 tablespoon oil and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and garlic and cook until both are just beginning to brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Set aside. Combine milk and egg in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, combine flour, salt and cayenne. Dip fish in the milk mixture, then in the flour mixture; shake off any excess flour. (Discard any leftover mixtures.) Heat the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fish and cook until lightly browned and opaque in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Return the almond-garlic sauce to the stove over medium heat. Add lemon juice and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the fish and sprinkle with parsley.
Seared Chicken with Apricot Sauce.Fresh apricots, white wine, apricot preserves and tarragon combine in a quick sauce that’s delicious on chicken. We pound the chicken thin so that it cooks in just a couple of minutes. Let this basic recipe inspire you to create your own variations. Try different combinations of wine (or even fruit juice with a touch of vinegar) and other fruits and preserves. Serve with: Quinoa or brown rice and sautéed spinach.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 medium shallot, minced
4 fresh apricots, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon , or 1/2 teaspoon dried


Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a rolling pin, meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, about 1/2 inch. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off excess. (Discard any leftover flour.)
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, cover and keep warm. (If necessary, cook the chicken in two batches with an additional 1 tablespoon oil.)
Off the heat, add wine and shallot to the pan. Return to medium heat and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Add apricots and cook until the fruit begins to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in preserves, tarragon and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Return the chicken to the pan and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

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Your Questions About Fatigue Causes

Lisa asks…

what are the causes of chronic fatigue?

The entire past week I’ve slept in. It’s happened before but only like 5-10 minutes later than I would have hoped. But now, I’ve woken up a full hour after my alarm went off.
This past week I didn’t even hear it go off. I just slept like a rock until my body naturally started to wake up. I don’t know what’s causing this, I went to bed at a decent time last night because I have a sports competition today, but I JUST woke up and I was supposed to be at school over an hour ago :/
Here are some things I’ve been dealing with that might help the diagnosis…
-emotional problems
-trouble keeping up at school
-I’m sick almost a whole month. I’ll be sick for 3 weeks, healthy for one, then the cycle starts again
-I’m doing more sports and more chores

Do I have chronic fatigue or is this something else?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I had fatigue myself. So Ok your young, so having fatigue with young people is very unlikely, what you need to do is first ask yourself HOW LONG you’ve had this fatigue, If you have had this fatigue for a month straight or more, than I would say go to the doctor and get these things checked:

Thyroid Checked. An under-active or overactive thyroid can cause tiredness.
Vitmain D Level checked, lack of Vitamin D definitely causes tiredness!
Iron Levels Checked, same with iron, lack of causes it.
B-Vitamin Levels Checked, same with B vitamin, lack of causes it.
Vitam C Levels Checked.
Cholesterol Levels Checked
Gluten Sensitivity Checked – A few specific blood, stool, and genetic profiles can indicate whether or not you’re sensitive.
Serotonin Levels Checked
Testosterone Levels Checked

Now I want you to know that I’m 19 and have hat fatigue as well which is weird cuz im YOUNG right, and I’m healthy to i work out every day. So i seriously doubt that it is any of those things above. Here are all the possible factors I think it is, from MOST LIKELY to LEAST. (top to bottom)

1 (most likely). You are over working your body, and your mind, you need to take some more breaks during the day and maybe stop working so much. I know you seem like me, trying to get a lot done and just DO a lot all day every day, but what I found was that I was over working myself, and that was one thing that REALLY caused my fatigue, So go ahead and stop doing so much! You must slow it down a little bit. Try this for a week or so and you will see a difference.

2. Stress, stress, stress!! Ahh!! Lol, you need to really not worry about the LITTLE STUPID THINGS, think about how your 80 year old self would think about the problems you are sressing over right now, you would look back at your young self and think “man I wish I didn’t stress over that, life is too short”, regardless even if it IS something to stress over, you need to look into stress techniques that will lower your stress levels, like meditation which I know sounds like doing too much but hey if it fixes the problem it’s doing JUST ENOUGH!!

3. You need to take MORE VITAMIN C SO YOU STOP GETTING SICK!!! Sickness causes everyone to get tired so that’s got to be ONE of the factors, I believe that it is not just one thing that is making you tired but multiple things, so what you need to do is take a lot more Vitamin C! Go to Safeway and get some Vitamin C powder that you mix with water, it tastes like JUICE!! And really helps me NOT get sick. Mine is by “Nature Made” (that;s the company) and is called “Immuni-C”.

4. You Could be EATING BAD, you should have plenty of Vegetables and Fruits because when your body lacks the nutrients it needs it works harder than it needds to! Also take your multi Vitamins every day

5. You may either not be getting ENOUGH sleep, or good enough QUALITY of sleep.

5. And lastly, part of it could be in your head. STOP THINKING TIRED, self prohpecy—> you are what you say you are.

Ruth asks…

Can anxiety cause fatigue?

I’ve been dealing with panic attacks for quiet some time. My college classes just resumed, and this has been the only time when I have had a really hard time sitting through my classes. I find that I am nervous at the beginning of them, but it usually eases up as the day goes on. However, once it goes away I am left with a shaky and tired feeling. Is this normal?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yes. Anxiety can cause fatigue as well as a lot of other symptoms.

Panic attacks are becoming quite common nowadays; but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them!

Try to see a counselor or mental health professional to get to the bottom of the cause of your attacks. In addition, maybe a very mild tranquilizer will get you through the day. Your mind/body is diverting an awful lot of useful energy to the wrong places (anxiety).

Don’t look for a band aid. You need to find out what bothers you and then work on confronting it so that you can get on with life. If you don’t, you will only acquire more and more physical & emotional problems that continually worsen.

I’m not kidding. Do something now or you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Mark asks…

What causes muscle fatigue?

what causes it? and how?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Fatigue is caused by depletion of glucose and accumulation of lactic acid (byproduct of anaerobic respiration) in the muscle tissue. When exercising hard, you nearly always fail to keep up with the muscles’ demands for oxygen (the famous oxygen debt), hence the transfer to anaerobic respiration, which is less efficient and produces lactic acid.

Stiffness after exercise is the result of waste products (lactic acid) not having cleared the muscle. When you are fit, this doesn’t normally happen. You can reduce stiffness by warming down – continued movement at low intensity – which promotes blood-flow and shifts that damned acid.

The longer-term fatigue won’t go away until you have (a) overcome the need for hard breathing, to repay the oxygen debt, which happens quickly, and (b) rested, eaten and given your body a chance to build up nutrient levels in your liver and bloodstream again. This takes longer.

Emotional fatigue – simple unwillingness to go and do it all again – also contributes to the feeling of tiredness after competition.

Mandy asks…

What would cause extreme fatigue?

I feel extremely fatigued not just tired..the neck muscles in the back of my neck are tired and hurt…I am not ill in any started yesterday afternoon and i still feel that way..I havent done anything out of the ordinary physically for my neck to hurt or to feel such extreme fatigue

Insomnia Stress answers:

Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insulin resistance/high blood sugar, viral infection, you name it. Here are a few more causes of fatigue (2700, in fact):

Sandy asks…

What can cause fatigue?

I have been really tired lately and I cant figure out what is wrong. I don’t drink
caffeine because I have been having heart palpitations. So is there anyway to boost up my energy without caffeine? I haven’t told my doctor because they aren’t serious. ( just thought I’d say that).

Insomnia Stress answers:

Fatigue can be caused by a whole host of diseases, some more serious than others, as well as by relatively benign factors such as interupted sleep cycles. Just to be safe I’d tell the doc and atleast check your blood. It could be as simple as anemia or high/low blood sugar. Additional info can be found at or mayo clinic’s website. Hope you get feeling better.

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Your Questions About Stress Factory

Robert asks…

We are sending units back into Iraq without a year off at home. Is this progress?

When I served with the Marine Corps we were through after 12 months. It was carved in stone. There were some problems with the plan( you tend to get more cautious when you are on the short side), but you knew you would not be called back unless you reenlisted. Our troops are being stretched too thin. It is time to pull the plug on this blood for oil war. Forty years later and I still don’t know why we were in Vietnam. Vietnam now has factories that make shoes for Nike’. Capitalism wins in areas where bullets can’t.
Jessica: Yes, chicks on bikes is progress. Where do I sign?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I am glad that someone on here is actually asking this question. I think that a lot of Americans are too distant to this war to not have to think about the details of things like re-deployments and subsequent tours of duty (up to 4 that I have read)… On the two large residential blocks around me I know absolutely no one who is serving in our military. In my neighborhood (which is in a large metropolitan city in MidWest America) I see no signs of soldiers and/or the struggle or sacrafice of a full-fledged war that we are in… No recruiting offices, no cans in store fronts to assist a veteran, nothing. I rarely even hear neighbors discussing the war… If I did not watch the news I would have no idea that a war is happening.

I don’t see this as progress, I see it as delaying the consequences of war at the expense of our soldiers. I think that the president, the Pentagon and the Congress is just sweeping the dirt under the rug… Its still there and we will have to address it later. People will not imagine the stress that this takes on a soldier… Repeated visits to a hostile environment… Most of the people who disregard this are either ignorant or have not served in a war zone. It is so hard to not be cynical today.

I can’t believe that this question is NOT asked daily… We have seen domestic violence, substance abuse and suicides with Vietnam vets, we are now seeing a high rate of suicides with veterans of this war. We need to come back to reality and brace ourselves when these veterans come back to our society and we need to start considering how we can make it easier to make them assimilate… Repeated tours shows that we are not worrying about the price.

Donna asks…

Why Do I Get Depressed Over Little Things?

Like my mom just took my jelly beans without asking and gave it to my aunt and her boyfriend and I got super depressed and started crying and I’m really sad now. (They were limited edition and I can’t get them anywhere but the jelly bean factory which is 8 hours away.)

Insomnia Stress answers:

I'm the same way. Lol we're just teenagers. (well i'm assuming you are one.) we all overreact about the stupidest things that we won't even care about in 5 years… I wouldn't stress about it.
In fact I think this is a good thing that you and i get dramatic over these things. It prepares us for the bigger things to come….

Mary asks…

Finals are over but I still feel stressed?

During finals I started biting my nails again and I got super stressed out. Finals have been over for a week and I still feel super stressed out all the time, I bite my nails to the very core, and I always feel like I should be doing something or I’m forgetting something really important. How can I stop feeling this way and return back to normal?

Insomnia Stress answers:

It happens. If you want to stop feeling this way and return back to your original mental state, please join Yoga and Meditation classes and learn all the relevant techniques. Wish you success in all your noble endeavors. Reject all negative, poor, weak, bad, wrong, incorrect or evil thoughts, habits, traits and behaviors. It will keep away some bad feelings or ideas.

Moreover, never keep your mind idle. Idle mind may start thinking about inaugurating a workshop or factory. In order to overcome these things, keep your mind busy and try to build 3 different kind of factories in your life.
1) First build an ice factory in brain to remain always cool.
2) Second build a sugar factory in your tongue in order to speak sweet languages.
3) Third build a love factory in your heart, so that – the whole life will be “satisFACTORY”.

Laura asks…

can you shoot slugs out of a factory barrel?

i am looking to do a science porject with my 20 gauge and .243 to see which one makes a bigger whole or what destroys sontthing better than the other…… can you shoot deer slugs (2 3/4) out of a rem 870 youth 20 gauge factory barrel with a full choke or modified?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Either with lead slugs, but go for the mod as it is a little less restrictive, meaning a little less stress on the choke.

Susan asks…

How do i put my HP laptop back to factory settings?

I have had a hp laptop for 6 months now and it is amazing but i have too much stuff on it ie: programs documents ect. I want to make i go back to the settings where i first got it where i went through the hp setup thing. is it best for me to just phone hp or is there a easier way to do it.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Almost all HP laptops nowadays come with a segmented portion of their hard drive, known as the recovery drive. This is basically all the files that could make your laptop how it was when it just came.
In order to install this, restart your computer, and keep pressing f11. Then follow the in-screen instructions. I cannot stress this enough, make sure ALL your important files are backed up. Once the recovery starts, there is NO chance you can get them back.

If your computer doesn’t have the recovery drive, check all your CDs that came with the laptop, and if it’s not there, just call HP, but I doubt this will be a problem.

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Your Questions About Sleep Paralysis

Donald asks…

Can cats and dogs get sleep paralysis?

I’m just curious because I get sleep paralysis, so it is obvious to me that humans do, and was wondering if cats and dogs can experience it, too. Thanks for answers :)

Insomnia Stress answers:

I would imagine they could. They have the same mechanism to prevent sleep walking which, when activated too early, causes sleep paralysis.

George asks…

Do you guys have experienced sleep paralysis frequently or sometimes?

Sleep paralysis is when you wake up and suddenly you can’t open your eyes, move your body, sometimes still hearing or feeling things and can’t breathing, even though your conscious and awake?
This is sort of a frequent thing for me, believe it or not.

Insomnia Stress answers:

I did once and it was the most frightening experience in my entire life. I woke up from a dream and I felt like there was a body lying on top of me, keeping me down and preventing me from moving. I could barely see anything because it was very dark. I was very scared, I felt like I was in danger, so I tried to scream, but no sound came out. I remember forming the words “MOM!”, in my head, but I couldn’t make a sound. Then a hand moved over my mouth, and I felt like I was being suffocated. My next thought was to throw myself off the bed, anything to be out from under the thing that was crushing my body. I don’t remember what happened next because I fell asleep. I did not sleep at all the next night, but it has never happened again.

Helen asks…

Can sleep paralysis be associated with a heart problem in any way?

I am currently seeing a doctor for possible PVST (Paroxysmal Supraventricle Tachycarida) and it’s wearing out my energy. When I take naps in the afternoon I experience sleep paralysis, and occasionally at night.

Insomnia Stress answers:

They are two different conditions. The PVST involves a rapid beating of the heart due to an affectation of the AV node, which is treatable. Actually, this could provoque the whole opposite effect, such as an anxiety state.
The sleep paralysis is something I know first hand, and I know how it feels, they are two different conditions. That could be a secondary effect of the fatigue your other condition gives you. I get it (the paralysis) when i am really tired too.

You will be OK, just do what the doc says. Wish you the best!

Betty asks…

What do i do when im in sleep paralysis?

I’m trying to lucid dream but once I’m in sleep paralysis I get stuck. I don’t know what to do at that point. I’m doing wild. How long do I have to stay still to reach sleep paralysis? And last how can I get in the dream world with consciousness. Please help.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Ahhh, I used to get those all the time, before I had to keep my light on to prevent sleep paralysis. I usually just moved my pinky (it was the only thing I seemed to be able to move) and I woke up immediately. Keep your eyes closed though. Scary stuff can happen if you get too used to it.

Joseph asks…

Why did my lucid dream turn into sleep paralysis?

Well, the other night, i realized i was dreaming and started having a lucid dream. Then randomly seconds after, i just snapped into sleep paralysis, anyone know why? Also, is it normal to hear banging on the wall next to you while this is happening?

Insomnia Stress answers:

What you experienced is called a hypnagogic hallucination. This is a state in which you seem to be awake but you are dreaming, so you experience a type of hallucination. This can happen to people who are under great stress, who are exhausted, who are narcoleptic, or who are having disrupted sleep.

If the paralysis episodes happen at a minimum of once a week for at least six months, you can use medication to treat them, but trying to realize what is going on and relaxing, not fighting the sensation, will be likely to make the paralysis cease quickly.

As far as the hypnagogic hallucinations go, they are often associated with sleep paralysis. It is not something to be concerned about. Many people can experience both or one or the other, even if they do not suffer from disrupted sleep, exhaustion, or any other problems.

It is not abnormal to experience this on occasion, however, as I said earlier, if you are experiencing them every week and they are bothering you you can see your doctor about them.

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Your Questions About Insomnia

Robert asks…

Is there a way to overcome insomnia without medication?

I have very bad insomnia, I rarely ever sleep.
I have extremely dark circles under my eyes,
and I am also very pale, so it makes me look
like a drug addict. I always feel dizzy and I am
constantly yawning. Is there anyway to overcome
this without medication. I am already on a
medication and I can’t take many other medications
with it, I get very bad side effects if I do.

Thank you in advance for any advice.

Insomnia Stress answers:

What are you eating in a normal day. Everything your body goes through has somthing to do with what you put into it. Try cutting out as much sugar and obviously caffeine as you can. And try to not eat after a certain time… Most people say 8 PM. Try hot tea like camamile ( I think I spelled that wrong) or green tea with no caffeine.

Paul asks…

What is sleep insomnia what can I do to stop it?

I’am 22 and I have serious sleeping problems when I close my eyes for about 5 minutes all of a sudden I get up and start shaking and feeling confused and I start having breathing problems it’s like some sort of sleep panic or something i start feeling like their is something on my chest resting is their anybody who can tell me what I’m dealing with i am scared been like this for a year now is this insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Thats not insomnia. Insomnia is not being able to fall asleep for hours and hours, if at all.

You sound like you might have sleep apnea. You should talk to a doctor about it.

David asks…

Zodiac insomnia poll and stuff: What do you do when you have insomnia ?

BQ: Sign that tends to have insomnia the most?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I have insomnia since I was 5 years old but I have as much energy as people with my age.
I usually try not to think or concentrate in my breath… But my brain won’t just shut down.
Sometimes I listen to music or read a book, but it doesn’t work as much as I want to sleep.

I haven’t been sleeping well for a long time – 10 years.
And in no way I’m going to take some drugs to sleep.

Not sleeping well or sleeping less than normal is a possible trait of the gifted people, which I am x)

Michael asks…

how long does it take for the effects of insomnia to kick in?

my little sis suffers from insomnia, but she doesn’t seem to be showing any symptoms yet, thats why we cant contact the doctor, in case he/she thinks were putting it on. does the effects of the sleeping problem take long, or what? please- we need help.

Insomnia Stress answers:

What do you mean the effects of the sleeping problem, the problem is not being able to fall asleep even though your body is tired. I can have as little as two hours sleep one night and still not be able to fall asleep the next night. Another thing is your sleeping pattern gets fkd up and you sleep in the day rather than the night. So if your sister is not showing any symptoms eg. She is sleeping regularly and normal hours then how does she have insomnia?

Helen asks…

Why do humans experience insomnia much more frequently unlike other animals?

Sometimes, humans can be trouble falling asleep when we want to sleep. Whenever humans feel that we need to be asleep, sometimes we have trouble falling asleep.

While insomnia is extremely common in humans, there isn’t much news about dogs, cats or other mammals with trouble falling asleep.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Humans abuse themselves so much more. Look at the crap we eat, look at the lack of exercise we get, look at all of the unhealthy levels of stress we undergo. Animals have a very simple mission: Eat, reproduce, run away from predators, and sleep. If life were that easy for us, we’d all be getting our 8 hours just fine.

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Your Questions About Healthy Breakfast

Steven asks…

What should I eat tomorrow for a healthy breakfast?

I went to the store today and bought a bunch of food that I think is healthy for breakfast..which one is healthiest? I have a choice between…

~A Banana

~An Apple

~Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal

~Corn Flakes Cereal

~100 calorie granola bar

~100 calorie blueberry muffin

Which one should I eat tomorrow?

Insomnia Stress answers:

The Banana AND anything other then the apple. From here out, get protein in your breakfast, and oatmeal is a great breakfast, keeps you feeling full all day, keeps blood sugar stabilized, which helps you feel better ” the natural prozac”. Make sure your eating enough to keep your brain and muscles fed decently, the whole thing will go easier, if not, the reverse.

Thomas asks…

What are some recipes for a healthy weight loss smoothie or shake?

I am looking for a couple of recipes for a healthy breakfast smoothie or shake. I am looking to lose weight. I love fruit smoothies or anything that has a coffee flavor or chocolate flavor. Please send me your recipes.

Insomnia Stress answers:

More and more spend hundred and even thousands of dollars yearly on weight loss supplements in the hope of speeding up their metabolism. The main desire is to be attractive and accepted but it is becoming a more difficult goal to achieve. The fitness industry is booming but still a lot of people are unable to cut those fat in spite of all the exercise and diet efforts. In America, more than sixty per cent of adults are overweight and thirty per cent are considered obese. This is because: one, a lot of weight loss products promises unrealistic goals; two, dietary supplement manufacturers rely on the overweight person’s failure to survive; and three, the information about the supplements in the market are just written by themselves just to make a sell.


Nancy asks…

Is eating two healthy meals a day enough to keep me in relatively good health?

I want to be healthy but it’s hard for me because I don’t want to miss out on my favorite junk foods… so I was thinking maybe I could just have a healthy breakfast and lunch and then I can still enjoy the foods I love for dinner… is this enough to keep me in relatively good health? I don’t need to be perfect health or anything, I love food so it’s worth it to me to get a little sick every now.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Small frequent meals is better.. Keeps your metabolism going and helps you be more active.

Donald asks…

What are some healthy meals i can eat to help me lose weight?

What are some healthy breakfast sishes, lunch dishes and snacks that can help me lose weight? What are some healthy meat dishes for the following meats:

Chicken, Fish, Pork, Shrimp and maybe beef if it is good to eat when trying to lose weight and what kind of meals can i use ground turkey?

thank you i am desperatley trying to lose some weight and i do excersize at least an hour a day
is pretzels and popcorn a good snack when trying to lose weight?

Insomnia Stress answers:

For breakfast I usually eat Cheerio’s or Chex Mix with Skim Milk or Vanilla Soy Milk with a banana


Strawberry & Banana Milk Shake (serves 2)
1 Banana (frozen is best)
1 1/2 cup Skim Milk (or Soy Milk)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 tbsp cold pressed organic flax seed oil
Assemble blender and ensure glass base is secure. Add 1 cup of milk, banana, strawberries, and oil. Cover securely and blend on high 45 seconds.

For Dinner

I bake chicken breasts with sliced potatoes and carrots wrapped in tin foil for an hour at 350. I season it with pre-made chicken seasoning spices without msg. I add pepper and paprika.

I cook broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave with olive oil and Mrs Dash. It’s good and healthy!

Good cookbooks>>> Eat This Not That and Deceptively Delicious

Here’s what I am living by…

*I’m not a doctor or an expert but this is what I learned in a nutrition class. Always consult your doctor for your specific needs!

For overall good health

Do not smoke

Beware of saturated fats like red meat. Eat more chicken and fish.

Don’t eat hydrogenated fats like margarine

Eat monounsaturated fats as it lowers your LDL cholesterol and raises HDL (good) cholesterol
Eat olive oil, nuts, olives, avocado, dark chocolate

Eat polyunsaturated fats
Eat fish, soybeans, whole grain wheat, bananas, canola oil. Freshwater fish are not as healthy. Wild caught usually are healthier.

Exercise helps fight visceral fat and so does eating olive oil. This type of fat can cause disease and is around your organs. (this is very dangerous belly fat)

Fiber should be 25-50g per day

Soy Protein 25-35g per day

Cholesterol should be less than 300mg per day
(one egg yolk contains 230mg)

Sodium less than 3000mg per day

Fruits and Veggies 5-9 colorful servings. Usually the more color the healthier

Inflammation is caused by sugar, white flour, saturated fats, and hydrogenated fats. Keep your heart safe and eat healthy.

Keep a food diary to calculate fat, cholesterol, etc.

I believe pretzels are good but watch your salt intake. Popcorn is healthy but get without the butter.

Daniel asks…

Is a smoothie a healthy breakfast option?

This is my favourite smoothie recipe:
– 200ml orange juice
– 1/3 cup frozen berries
– 1/2 frozen banana
– Handful spinach
– 1/4 cup fat free greek yogurt

Is this a healthy breakfast smoothie?

If not can you suggest a healthy breakfast that will keep me fuelled for the day and that is healthy?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yes that’s very healthy! But eat something like porridge with it. Porridge will release energy slowly and stop you snacking throughout the day :)

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Your Questions About Fatigue During Pregnancy

Lisa asks…

What are some common signs of pregnancy?

Don’t worry I’m not the one pregnant. I’m just wondering about my sister. What are the common, or uncommon, signs of pregnancy during the first 2 months?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Fatigue, sore breasts, frequent urination (having to get up in the middle of the night to pee), irritation, sensitivity to different smells and increase of appetite.

That’s all I can think of right now

Donald asks…

Is it normal for morning sickness to return during the third trimester?

I am 32 weeks. For the past few days I have been feeling what I can only describe as morning sickness, similar to the beginning of pregnancy. I’m really sick for awhile, then up and doing things later. Some of the things that helped during the first trimester aren’t helping now, so any suggestions? This is my second pregnancy, and I didn’t experience any sort of sickness the first time around so this is new to me!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Wow you sound just like I did!!!!

I’m 36 weeks along and I had the same feeling the other day and at my dr apt jI asked her about it and she said that it happens when your having braxton hicks, sometimes you can’t even feel them. But she said it is perfectly normal!!!!

Also expect some dizziness and fatigue to come soon too

Nancy asks…

Who here noticed an increase in CM during the first few months of pregnancy?

Or anything else you noticed that was not typical….everyone knows about the sore breasts, bloating, and fatigue! Lets hear about the weird preggo symptoms! Thanks and Baby Dust to everyone TTC!!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Not preg and when i was it only lasted 8 weeks, but in ttc i have heard alot of girls talk about increased cm, good luck and baby dust to all of us

Helen asks…

When will the fatigue let up from early pregnancy?

I’m soo tired all the time now! I’m about 5 weeks 5 days pregnant according to the online calculators and I’m exhausted all the time! All I can think about is sleeping or laying down during the day. And I work full time!
Does anyone know how long this usually lasts? I’m usually very active and energetic, but now I feel like a zombie all day!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Mine passed around the 16 week mark, then it comes back at the end. I think the last 6-8 weeks I was exhausted!

Michael asks…

anyone know how to deal with extreme sleepiness during late pregnancy?

I am 29 weeks pregnant and the whole time I have been so tired, I hate waking up, cleaning the house is a chore, I have a 4 year old and a one year old and its hard for me to play with them, then I make dinner for my husband and want to go right to bed. I’m only 23 years old I should have more energy even during pregnancy! Any suggestions? (also In college full time, but that on-line so its not to bad)

Insomnia Stress answers:

I’m 32 weeks and experiencing the same fatigue. I don’t think it has anything to go with how old you are, its just a part of pregnancy. Try to take power naps whenever you get a chance and eat regularly throughout the day. That might help. As far as chores, I just work on one thing at a time and when I get tired I rest. Like, last night I did laundry and cleaned out the bathroom closet and that’s it. Do whatever you can and get your husband to pitch in with the kids and other chores.

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