Your Questions About Sleeping Beauty

Paul asks…

Has anybody read any of the Claiming of Sleeping Beauty series?

Anne Rice is such a racey author! Tell me what you thought about the sexy twist on the time-less classic tale of Sleeping Beauty!

P.s. Its not for everyone but it sure is a rush!
I read them when I was still a virgin and never read anything like it again(boy it was hard to concentrate at school for a few weeks! Thanks for the suggestions?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I read the first one and it is honestly one of the only books I can say I didn’t like by Anne Rice. That and The Violin. I love all the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches. Try Belinda though.. It is very good. Semi-erotica if that’s what you like. I think it was under a pen name though.

Chris asks…

What should i do for my 13th birthday party?

I am having a holiwood party… i have put together a little d.v.d of spoofs (Indiana Jane, The Incredible hulkette, legally strawberry blonde, and sleeping…. beauty?) to show at the very beginning of my party, after which, “i make my entrance” that is pretty much all i have planned, it is a sleepover, so any ideas of activities? (Keep in mind we are 13, not 8) Thank you!

Insomnia Stress answers:

I am cutting out letters to spell “Hollywood” using a whole sheet of printer paper for each letter, then taping them to my front window. Then I will place two flashlights angled at the letters for a cool Hollywood glow when geusts arrive as it begins to darken. I am going to neatly cut some movie ads out of magazines and make a wall of “Now Playing”, by taping them to a section of the wall, neatly placing them underneath a printed out sign that says, “Now In Theaters”. Next I will buy a yard or so of cheap red fabric to drape down the stairs to the living room. I will cut out silver stars of wrapping paper and place them on the walls next to the carpet, for a cool paparazzi effect. The menu will consist of bite sized hours de vours, like bagel bites, mini sandwitches with toothpicks, and ect. Later on we’ll watch a movie in the living room with popcorn already set up. I will pour some sparkling apple cider and place them on the end table next to the couch in plastic champane glasses. As each geust make their way down the red carpet to the premeire, their picture will be taken in some craft boas and funky glasses; the silver stars on the wall will sparkle in the picture if flash is on. After the movie, I will hand out awards, which the day before the party I will buy wooden stars and spraypaint gold. I will then use a sharpie to write “Best Friend Award” or “Funniest Friend Award”. It will be a sleepover so all the girls will have arrived in their “fanciest” pjs. For games, we will go out into the street and give each girl an alka seltzer and sprite. They must put the two in their mouths. The concouction will fizz and foam out (it is messy), the person whom holds the fizz in the longest, wins! And before the party, a name will be taped to the girls back of a movie charecter. Throughout the party, people must give the girl hints who she has on her back. Ex: Say a girl named Becky had “Forrest” clues could be “run Becky, run!” That is just a few helpful Hollywood hints, have fun with them!

IDEA:For my 13th birthday, I’m having a hollywood/oscar party. I’m having 14 friends to come over and I’ll have a red carpet go from the door to the end of the driveway. I’m going to have lights on the ground pointing upward like they do at a premiere. The guests are going to come inside(the front door opens up to the biggest room in the house, my den) ballons and streamers will be everywhere. SNACKS:we’re going to have chocolate covered pretzals, strawberries dipped in chocolate(we have a choc. Fondue pot)and we will have small bit size sandwhiches(ham and cheese,PBJ,and grilled cheese). For dinner we will have KFC. DRINKS:Fake wine..and Fake maragaritas,water and sweet tea. ACTIVITES: We’ll have a lot of activites to keep everyone on their feet. Here are some (1)Pin the award in the hand.. You can blow up a picture of a star holding her hand out and then blow up a picture of an oscar award. 2)We’re going to do collages and cut out picures of celebs from my magazines. 3)Blushing Hot Potato.. You pass around a jewerly box until the music stops whoever has the box opens it and pulls out a piece of paper. All the pieces of paper will embarrasing things to do/say on them, like who they like or to do tango with the person on their right.4)star guess who.. At the beginning of the party place a stars name on the back of each person throughout the party people will be giving you hints to who is on your back(remember no cheaofting!) and at the end of the party they find out you they were. 5)Movie charades.. Just like charades except you act out scences from the movie instead of the word. 6)Photoshoot..take pictures of each person indivally and then make some group shots. 7)At the end have an awards ceremony and give out awards for best dressed, best hair, biggest flirt,etc. 8)When everyone leaves it’s nice to have 3-4 BEST friends stay to spend the night.9)When it’s just you and your sleepover friends do more of what you did at the party and watch an award winning movie.

For my 13th Birthday party I had a hollywood theme. INVITATIONS:I started out by getting some pictures of my friends that were coming to my party on my computer, then, with some help from my mom, I put the head of the girl on the body of a famous star, or just a prom dress model.

We each assigned groups to make their own commercial to plan for 10 minutes, and then tape. Then, each group split up again, and made up skits, or dances to a chosen song! Whoever won each “most creative”, “funniest”, “cutest” got an award I had made on the computer. After all the “gaming”, we settled a bit down, and made our own comedy sitcom.We ate dinner, had cake, and gave each other makeovers before the world-premiere “Hoscar” (Helen’s Oscar) Party! All in our sparkling gowns, we rushed down to the television, and watched our own movie, while voting “best actress”, “funniest actress”, “best makeup”, Etc. I handed out the awards again, after the votes went through.

Sandy asks…

How do the Disney princesses portray the theological and cardinal virtues?

How do the Disney princesses portray the theological and cardinal virtues?
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Belle, etc.
I only need one. Thanks!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

They are compassionate but it is just movies…wrong board

Jenny asks…

What famous ballets would be able to be performed by children only?

I have done The Nutcracker so I know that’s possible, but what about Sleeping Beauty if there were at least a few teenagers? Any other ideas? Maybe Peter Pan?

Insomnia Stress answers:

The problem is having children talented enough to do everything that the adults would be doing.

Sharon asks…

What is the original real story to Disney fairytales?

It seems they all have some messed up story.
I know sleeping beauty was not kissed but raped by the prince and I know that in cinderella the step sisters cut off their toes to make their feet fit but I don’t what the story is to any of the farytale’s/

Insomnia Stress answers:

Read Grimm’s fairy tales, which was the first written collection of a bunch of German folk tales. It includes such gems as Red Riding Hood eating her own grandmother before stripping for the wolf. Oh and there’s no woodcutter, so, yeah. Bad end. Basically if there’s red or blood involved, you can bet it’s really about the onset of sexual maturity. Remember Sleeping Beauty pricking her finger? Yeah, that’s a period.

Or The Little Mermaid, which ends in her suicide, or… Well, anything by Hans Christian Anderson, who seems to specialise in being really, really depressing.

Or Bluebeard, who iin later versions is killed before harm comes to our inquisitive heroine, but in the original she does not leave his house alive. The moral seems to be that curiosity will kill you dead.

Actually, of course, there is no moral, these were just stories to keep kids entertained, and yes children do have pretty gross minds and are able to process hacking feet off on the context of fiction.

On a lighter note, the glass slipper is likely a mistranslation from the German, and was probably originally a squirrel fur slipper. Because seriously, who would wear a shoe made of glass? So that’s at least a shade less ridiculous.

Oh, a very good resource for fairy tales is The Classic Fairy Tales, a Norton Critical Edition, edited my Maria Tatar, ISBN number 0-393-97277-1. It’s brilliant because it contains extensive commentary and several versions of each fairy tale showing how it evolved as society and standards changed.

Edit: @Beba yeah, the toes thing is pretty horrible, but it is in the original telling of the tale. If it makes you feel any better Snow White ends with the stepmother being tied into red hot iron shoes and being made to dance to death. So the ugly sisters got off light, all things considered.

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Your Questions About Insomnia Symptoms

Helen asks…

what will doctors do to help exteme insomnia?

i’ve had horrible insomnia for years. but now its to the point where i cannot take it anymore. i went to the doctors acouple years ago an told them i was having difficulty sleeping and they gave me lunesta. i slept okay for acouple nights an after that it stopped working. i’ve tried natural things like meletonin and kava kava, i’ve also tried over the counter sleep aids and benedryll, i’ve tried almost 15 different sleep aids and nothing puts me to sleep, no matter what i take i am wide awake every single night an my mind wont stop racing.
what will the doctors do if i tell them this?

Insomnia Stress answers:

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James asks…

How can I ease the horrible withdrawals of kratom?

I have been doing it for a year now, daily, but whenever I try to stop I get the horrible w/ds’, such as insomia, restless leg syndrome, sweating, shaky, flu like symptoms. Is there anythig I can take to ease the withdrawals until they are completely gone? I REALLY want to quit the kratom more than anything, I am just terrified of the wd’s. I do have a script for clonapin, would that help? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Taking klonopin as needed may very well ease some of the withdrawal symptoms, especially the RLS, insomnia, and shakiness. Because klonopin is in a different class of drug than kratom, however, it will not alleviate all the side effects – you will probably still have some flu-like symptoms and sweatiness.

A doctor knowledgeable about opioid addiction and who is familiar with kratom might prescribe a small quantity of a weak opioid, which would help more than klonopin would. It will be rather difficult to find such a doctor in the United States though; kratom isn’t a widely known substance.

Of all the opioids you could become dependent on, kratom has a pretty benign withdrawal profile. Be glad you’re not dependent on oxycodone.

Best of luck to you, and use the klonopin only as needed. It can be habituating as well, so be careful with it.

Joseph asks…

In what ways do meds help depression and anxiety?

Do they reverse the symptoms of these conditions? Also, are there negative side effects to taking medication?

I would appreciate first hand experience.

Insomnia Stress answers:

I can only comment about depression. Anti-depressants don’t “reverse” the symptoms in my experience: they only dampen down the intensity of the emotions and make them more manageable. They haven’t made any difference to my other symptoms, such as insomnia, lack of appetite, and lack of motivation. They make me better able to cope with stress.

All medications have some negative effects, which depend on the person taking them. Different people respond differently to the same drug, so some experimentation is often required. Also a drug usually loses its effectiveness over a period of years and must be replaced with something else. This must always be done under medical supervision.

Steven asks…

What is a long term medication that works like lorazepam?

My symptoms are ADD, anxiety, a general underlying fear based aura, tense muscles, aches and pains, trouble focusing, easily frustrated, and excessive sweating. In fact I didn’t realize how intense the symptoms were until I got a lorazepam from the dentist and took it. Suddenly I am totally relaxed and focused, no pain, muscles relaxed, sweating greatly reduced, no anxiety or fear in any form at all. However I know this is not a medicine you can take long term. Does anyone know of one that would have similar effects on my brain?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Ativan (lorazepam) can be taken long term. I am not sure exactly where you heard that is can only be taken short term but that simply is not factual, it is opinion.

Don’t misunderstand me, using lorazepam long term is not ideal and it is generally avoided but many people have used it long term with few, if any, ill effects. For example the official Canadian Psychiatric Association/L’Association des psychiatres du Canada treatment guidelines for anxiety list lorazepam as a second-line treatment although it can be used at any time for short term use.

Lorazepam is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Other benzodiazepines include
Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Rivotril, Klonopin (clonazepam), Tranxene (clorazepate),
Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Lectopam (bromazepam), and Serax (oxazepam).

Lorazepam is used for many medical problems although it is most commonly used for anxiety, acute epileptic convulsions including status epilepticus, sedation, nausea/vomiting caused by chemotherapy, insomnia, alcohol detox, muscle spasms, and many more.

Lorazepam acts on a neurotransmitter called GABA, the principal inhibitory neurotransmitter. Using lorazepam makes it more difficult for a neuronal action potential to occur resulting in less neuronal firing. Many other substances act on GABA including alcohol.

You were likely given a large dose of lorazepam for sedation. If a person takes lorazepam or a related drug often they develop selective tolerance. That simply means that the body adapts to SOME of the effects of lorazepam particularly the sedation and any euphoria. Tolerance to the anticonvulsant effects also occurs more slowly and contrary to common belief there appears to be no formation of tolerance to the anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. Thus it can be used long term and countless studies, including some for 2 years or more have shown lorazepam to be effective.

There are two primary reasons why lorazepam is typically thought to only be effective shot term:

1) Many people (including doctors) think it is only effective short term and have only read about studies using lorazepam for 1-4 weeks. It is very expensive to have a good long term study of a drug and it often takes a long time before the studies actually come out. Actually almost every medication used long term has not been tested for long term use.

2) 1/3- 1/2 of long term users (ie 2+ years) develop significant PHYSICAL dependence. This is NOT the same as addiction (although many people wrongly think it is addiction). That just means the body has physically adapted and for proper functioning the body needs the medication. It is a normal response. It is not a problem as long as the drug is stopped slowly. There is a small risk of actual addiction (addiction is PSYCHOLOGICAL dependence- where people have no control over using and will not stop even if using causes major consequences). Unless you have a personal history of substance abuse then your risk is almost zero and if you have no family history of abuse then it is almost unheard of. Most people who abuse drugs like lorazepam are addicted to other drugs.

The best thing to do is see a doctor (ideally a psychiatrist) and talk about your ADHD and anxiety (most of your other symptoms are symptoms of anxiety). Tell the doctor that you took lorazepam and it was very helpful. The doctor may want to try some alternative medicines to see if they help before using lorazepam. Or he may give you lorazepam and something else with the hope you can stop the lorazepam if the other medication works. Or he may write you a script for lorazepam, monitor how you do, how well it works, and any side effects.

The key to determining if continued use of any medication is appropriate is based on efficacy and side effects/complications. If you have good results with minimal issues then long term use is perfectly fine.

I absolutely recommend you get some help for the ADHD and anxiety, especially since it sounds like they cause many symptoms and are impacting your life significantly. Don’t just keep being miserable, especially since lorazepam may be something that can really help you.

And other GABAnergic drugs that have similar actions to lorazepam have the same risks of physical dependency, most have HIGHER risks of abuse, but in general everything that works in a way like lorazepam is more/less the same. Drugs like Ambien, barbiturates, chloral hydrate, Miltown, and alcohol are some of the best known drugs with actions like lorazepam.

Mandy asks…

How serious can the symptoms of tinnitus get, and when should I start to worry?

I’ve suffered from tinnitus for more than ten years now, but in the last few years symptoms have really started to take a turn for the worse and now the condition has become quite painful physically. I experience constant earaches, headaches, soreness/tingling, and occasional vertigo (though no insomnia). Anyone know of any alternative remedies (e.g. acupuncture, herbal medicines, etc.,) that may help?
Let me elaborate a bit….I know what caused my tinnitus: it was my years and years of constant headphone use (something which has made me feel like a bit of a spokesperson for people who use I-pods).

There’s no question about that because I’ve never had any tumors and I don’t suffer Meniere’s Disease.

I think the original symptoms (while somewhat alarming) didn’t really bother me. Only since the physical pain started has this really started to make life difficult.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Tinnitus can be due to a lot of things: certain medications like aspirin, diuretics etc; hearing loss; meniere’s disease or even a tumor. Sometimes, the cause is unknown, too. Usually, you would be referred to an otolaryngologist and they will check your ears and order a hearing test. Depending on the results, they will either prescribe meds, hearing aids or ask for further work ups to be done (MRI/CT scan – if they suspect a tumor). So please see your doctor first before going for alternative therapy.

After reading your additional details: maybe it would help to get a new hearing test and see if it has changed … Your diagnosis may change too since it seems like its been years since you have last been seen by your doctor … If there is nothing worse than a hearing loss (or even none) then hearing aids may help – just to dampen the sound of the tinnitus – you may also try turning on the radio/TV at a low level at night – again, to mask the tinnitus (usually tinnitus is worse at night). Hope this helps!

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Your Questions About Healthy Snacks

Lizzie asks…

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

I’m a bit of a snacker and I’m trying to lose weight. I was hoping you guys could suggest some healthier snacks that will be better options for me.

Insomnia Stress answers:

The MOST important thing is to eat naturally..without medicines, chemicals, “starving” your self etc.

First, it would be best for you to eat as healthy as possible..this will also help you considerably to lose weight gradually and naturally..

Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, drink plenty of WATER..avoid all cokes, caffeines, smoking, alchohol etc. As these also add weight as well as they contain chemicals which disturb your natural bio rythmns as well as brain chemistry. Try not to eat too much meat, and the meat you should eat should be “lean meat” such as steamed chicken and rice, or steamed fish with rice..and vegetables,, this should be your staple diet rice and vegetables with fruits..AVOID “JUNK FOOD” and “Fast Food” as this type of food is very unhealthy, lacking in vitamins really and has plenty of fattening molecules which make one gain weight and is not good .

If you snack,, try fruits with yogurt or fruit yogurt and nuts.. Nuts are very healthy for your body .and contain proteins.

Go for walks every evening or morning or whenever you get time each day for 1 hour or 2 hours..make this somewhere you enjoy walking even if you have to drive a bit to there..and make this a daily will enjoy it once you get into it ..and it makes you feel great after..just walking for 1 hour or 2 hours.

If you do this..every day for one month should lose around 10 pounds (.714 stone) per month until you get to your natural healthy weight.. Look up on the internet for an idea of what your weight for your height should be ..and when you get to this weight,,your body will look very nice and you will feel very good.

10 pounds (.714 stone ) each month in 3 months you should lose 30 pounds (2 stones, 2 pounds)..for sure…but no junk food and dont drink alcohol or smoke, dont eat junk..just healthy food with vitamins and walking 1 hour or 2 hours every day..and drink plenty of water..this is guaranteed way to lose weight naturally and for good, if you stick to this, which you should,,as it makes you feel so much more positive due to the vitamins and lack of chemicals making you feel depressed…

Btw, forgot to mention,,just in case you dont know how to really make healthy a “food steamer” at your local deparment store..they are very cheap and work very well as buy a “rice cooker” which is also very cheap..eating rice is a great way to get your necessary carbs “healthy carbs” to lose weight and has lots of natural energy inside. You can buy asian rice at most large supermarkets or if you have a local oriental market..they sale quality asian rice.. Thai or indian rice is good “jasmine rice”.. Buy corn or canola oil to sprinkle on vegetables or rice before steaming to add to taste as well as you can buy several nice spices like “cumin” or “Curry powders”, etc.just sprinkle on the vegetables before steaming to give nice taste.

Drink “Green Tea” as this is very healthy and helps burn extra fat faster…you can buy quality green tea at most oriental shops or large supermarkets as well

Nancy asks…

What are some super healthy snack mixes from around the world?

The reason I put in “around the world” is because I know America isn’t that healthy and we don’t have many naturally healthy snacking items. Everyday I’m eating a lot of fruit and nuts because basically they’re the only raw and healthy foods our family has. I’d like to try anything with oats, dried fruits, any kind of seed/nut, vegetables; anything. Does anybody know any different snacks from around the world that contain simple, natural ingredients?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Trail mix is a good healthy snack

Carol asks…

Can you give me ideas of healthy snacks and lunch for my six year old?

My son has morning snack (which should be a healthy snack per his teacher) and I also pack him a lunch three days out of the week. The problem is he’s eating the same thing all the time and he’s getting tired of it. Any ideas!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Celery w/ cream cheese or peanut butter
Apple slices
Wheat Thin Crackers
Goldfish Crackers
Small bag of unflavored chex mix
String Cheese

Small subs on Kaiser rolls
cold taco salad (cheese, lettuce, and tortilla chips or doritos or Frito’s)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Roll Ups (PB&J On a taco shell)
tuna chicken or egg salad sand which

Betty asks…

What are healthy snacks that feel your tummy?

what are some healthy snacks that actually fill you up with low fat salt and all that junk. I am looking for snacks with lots of nutrients,calicum,protein and vitamins.

I already eat unsalted almonds peanuts, yogurt,fruits and cheese strings as a snack. What else can i eat?

THX guys

Insomnia Stress answers:

Cereal with fiber: frosted mini wheats, or chocolate ones. And fruits!

Mandy asks…

Are there any healthy snacks I can eat before bed?

Are there any healthy snacks I can eat before bed? I usually go to bed between 10-12am. I work out in the evening around 8-9pm for at least an hour. I go to bed feeling very hungry and at times it’ll keep me up at night. I don’t want to eat a meal, just snacks that will hold me over until breakfast and help me sleep comfortably. I don’t want snacks that will sabotage all the hard work I did earlier in the day.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Here is a list of healthy snacks which you can have when you are
hungry. You still want to watch how much of these healthy snacks you
eat. This is a snack, not a meal. If you do not control your portions,
you will end overeating on healthy snacks, and even gaining weight.
Fruit cup
Mixed nuts
Chicken noodle soup

Green or red peppers
Peanut butter crackers
Whole wheat cereal with skim milk
Trail mix
Whole wheat bagel or toast
Pure bran muffins
Fruit smoothie
Sweet potato
Broth-based vegetable soup
Skim and low-fat milk
Bean soup

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Your Questions About Fatigue Technology

Mandy asks…

Do the Shocks on my Car need Replacement?

I just bought a 1989 Camry and I’ve noticed that whenever I drive over bumps w/ the front two tires, it would make a very loud thump when the tires land, the back tires don’t make this thump though.
My questions are:
1) Are the front shocks the problem here? or is it something else? How can I know for sure? Are there any tests I can do to check?

2) If the shocks need to be replaced, should I just go ahead & replace all 4 of the shocks? or just the 2 front ones?

3) Could anyone give me an estimate of how much it would cost? (I was quoted a total of $250 for replacing two front shocks)
plan to keep this car for @ least 5 more years

Insomnia Stress answers:

Being as how shock/strut technology has advanced immensely in the last 20 or so years, the “bounce” test is no longer an accurate check on your suspension jounce and rebound dampening systems.

In plain English, the bounce test is not a valid test.

If your vehicle is bottoming out in the compression (jounce) stage, your problem is most likely to be the front springs. Shocks/struts do not limit travel length in jounce/rebound, they just keep the vehicle’s springs from excessively oscillating (a.k.a. Porpoising),thereby keeping the tire in contact with the road.

The actual “shock absorber” in any vehicle is the spring. Shocks/struts just keep you from going “boingy-boingy-boingy” down the road.

Struts have the same function as shocks. The difference is, in most vehicles, that struts are load-bearing (hence the name).

Re: Q 2: in a 1989 vehicle your shocks/struts have gone through several million ride contol actions. This, for the dampening system , is extremely fatiguing. Replace all four.

Re: Q 3: Markets vary, but expect to shell out about 4 benjies, including alignment.

Get your springs checked first, however. An easy check is to compare the vehicle’s ride height against MFG spec. If it is lower by 1/4″ or more, replace the springs.

Jenny asks…

What is Argonomics in computer technology?

Insomnia Stress answers:

You should mean ergonomics.
By definition, The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort

The better keyboard and mouse would be examples. Voice to text and text to voice also. I had a monitor that the camera read your distance from the screen and suggested where to sit. Any factor of a computer that helps in reducing fatigue.

Higher resolution monitors would be another example. In a computer case, putting the power button on top of a tower as a simple example also.

Sandra asks…

what are the advantages and the drawbacks of advancing miliitary technology?

give your answers based on effects towards mankind

Insomnia Stress answers:

The Advantage of advancing military technology is simply this to give an advantage where the life of our soldiers and sailors can be saved and the possible harm to them minimized. By creating lighter weight weapons we give the soldier the ability to do more before fatigue sets in. By making the weapons more powerful we can do more with less. By making the weapons and armor technology better we decrease the loss of life of our soldiers and sailors. The more that we can save the better. War is inevitable no matter what country you live in, its only a matter of time before someone wants what you have and are willing to kill you to get it. Personally I cannot see a disadvantage in advancing military technology, anyone that thinks that advancing military technology is not a good thing is either naive or a complete pacifist with delusions that we can talk our way out of conflicts.

Susan asks…

how has road surface technology increase the safety on the roads?

Insomnia Stress answers:

In many states they have cut grooves in the concrete on the freeway to channel water off of the roadway. But the best way to increase safety on the roads is better education in regards to speed, alcohol, weather, fatigue, and vehicle maintenance.

James asks…

Does anyone get tired sometimes of being a slave to technology?

I feel like I always get sucked into all these different websites (ie: facebook, youtube etc) and I just don’t think its healthy. And then cell phones are another example with all the texting going on nowadays. I feel like the world will become more and more socially inept. Not only that, but things get misinterpreted sometimes, since with typing or texting, you cannot hear the person’s tone of voice. Sometimes, I just want to get away from it all, but its hard. Esp since everyone else will do it whether or not you do. I want to be more social and make more friends, but its so much easier to just add someone on facebook and send them a message or text them, then to actually talk/ hang out…ugh. Anyone else feeling like this?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I totally agree with what you are saying. Trust me, there are plenty of us out there who feel as you do and are “Facebook fatigued.” But my choice is to just avoid using anything that saps up too much of my time and/or makes my life more complicated rather than simpler and more peaceful. Facebook is a good example. I don’t find it useful at all, and to be honest, I don’t really want to be in touch with so many people at once. It’s overwhelming. I’d rather spend time cultivating close, personal relationships (meeting in person, speaking on the phone, etc.) with a small group of friends than connected with a large group of people who I’m not even that familiar with.

You don’t have to be a slave to technology. There’s no law that says you have to use all these gadgets and apps. I know I don’t. Just use whatever suits you. For instance, I enjoy checking out this forum on occasion because it doesn’t require so much time and effort, and it lets me vent my feelings on different topics and maybe help some other people (or get help from others) in the process. However, if I find that something is drawing my time and energy away from the more important things in my life, I just ditch it.

Good luck!

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Your Questions About Stress Fracture Foot

Carol asks…

Do I have stress fractures in my foot?

I’m a dancer and last week I was doing single stags repeatedly and during one of the times I landed hard on the ball of my foot, and since then it hurts to put any weight on it, and I occasionally get sharp pains when I move it throught the day. At first I thought I had just popped blood vessels (I do that a lot) since the pain in the ball of my foot felt like that, but popped blood vessels usually heal by the next day, and this pain just keeps getting worse. I’ve never had a stress fracture before, so I’m not sure what they feel like. But I need to know if I should give dance a break for a week or so and let it heal or if the pain is just from landing on it too hard once.

Insomnia Stress answers:

It sounds like you might have a fracture. You should see a physician ASAP. In the mean time rest, ice (once and hour for 15-20 several times a day) and elevate your foot and no weight bearing activities. (give dance a rest) You can also take anti-inflammatory medication like Advil. If not a fracture, you may have Plantar Fasciitis. That is an overuse injury affecting the sole of the foot. The tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes becomes inflamed and painful. Most often people will experience pain first thing in the morning when they step out of bed. Dancers will often experience an increase in pain after class, or following lengthy weight bearing activities. Plantar fascia pain can also be influenced by tightness in the calf or the Achilles tendon, or dancing on a hard surface or a non-sprung floor. If it is plantar fasciitis then you would also treat it with rest, ice and Advil. As this condition can end up becoming chronic, you need to see a doctor ASAP for diagnosis. That would be followed up by physical therapy.

Sandy asks…

Does surgery for a stress fracture hurt?

I might need surgery for a stress fracture in my foot that hasnt healed and it has been almost 5-6 months. They said it would be a pin to pull it together…is it real painful?

Insomnia Stress answers:

No, surgery will tickle

Sandra asks…

Do i have a stress fracture in ball of foot?

I have been experiencing pain in the ball of my foot just below my big toe, The pain grows when I flex my big toe back and I experience pain when I walk. I’m also limping a bit. The pain is there but not constant sometimes gets easier to walk when ive been walking for a while, but sometimes can get worse when i am just sat, I’m also a dancer and was wondering if this was the cause of the stress fracture?
And the main question is do I actual have a stress fracture, should I go to the doctors?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Actually I doubt stress fracture as stress fractures are very rare of the big toe. It sounds like your problem is within the joint. Because dancers walk on their toes a lot they are prone to early onset arthritis changes and cartilage damage within the big toe joint. It would probably be a good idea to see a Podiatrist

Ken asks…

What happens when you foot cracks a lot and your metatarsal bone hurts?

I felt a dull pressure on the top of my foot when walking or running about 2 weeks ago. Now, the top of my foot keeps cracking, especially when I make circular motions with my ankle. The pressure seems to be gone, when I press on my 2nd metatarsal bones, it hurts slightly. It doesn’t hurt when I run or walk, however. I considered stress fractures to be a possibility, but my foot doesn’t hurt when running or walking. What injury could this be?
My foot is being really weird. When I run or walk I don’t feel anything, but when I press on my bone near the base of the metatarsal where it connects to the rest of my foot, it hurts. I don’t want to press to hard, so I don’t know the extent of the pain. Could a bone bruise be a possibility? In addition, could shoes that are too tight and/or apply pressure to the top of the foot be a reason for the pain?

I’ve looked at the stress fracture symptoms, but my foot isn’t swelling, bruising, or hurting. It only hurts in a particular area when I press on the bone. I’m a cross country runner and I really hope that this isn’t a stress fracture. Are there any other possibilities?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Nothing realy!
Rest for two days and try to forget it.

Lizzie asks…

How can I lower my body fat percentage?

I am female, 21 years old, 5ft, 97 lbs (44 kilos) and my current body fat percentage is 17.5 (8 kilos). I know it’s not exactly high at the moment but I want it low enough so that my abs can be seen and so that I really looked toned. I used to go to the gym 5 times a week doing a mix of cardio (particularly running as I enjoy it most), weight training and pilates but I recently got a stress fracture to my right foot so I’m struggling to walk let alone run. Can still do pilates, weight training and exercise bike/cross trainer though but am going to the gym no where near as much. I try to eat healthily eating lots of fruits and veg, 3 meals a day, 2 snacks, though occasionally I do splurge. Don’t really know what else I can do, any advice?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I think you want to build muscle more than lose fat (don’t worry, you’ll lose fat too in the process). At 97 lbs, you really don’t want to lower your body weight any. And you’ll need that 17% body fat rate to support muscle development, so that’s actually good! The best thing you can do is get a professionally developed routine. Amateurs like you and me often get something out of a magazine or something and then wonder why they don’t see results after breaking their backs at the gym for months (I know I did!). Go eBay, Craigslist, or Yahoo! Auctions and get a cheap P90X DVD set. I recommend it highly. There are other good programs out there, but P90X worked amazingly for me. Just get the fat rate down to about 14%, and you’ll start to see abs clearly. 12% will be rock hard!

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Your Questions About Sleeping With Sirens

Michael asks…

Where can I find band decals for my car?

I’m looking for band decals for my car, mostly Paramore and Sleeping with Sirens ones. Any idea where I can get them?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Check and ebay

Chris asks…

What are some good pop punk, punk rock, or metalcore bands?

I want to listen to more bands that fall under those categories. I listen to All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Panic! At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy, and I want to listen to bands similar to them.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Click each link and you will find 17 pages of 15 bands per page for each band you listed. That gives you 255 bands for each link and since there are 5 links you will have 1275 new bands to investigate. Their degrees of similarity will be measured as well.

Charles asks…

Can I bring a camera to the best buy theater?

I’m going to see Pierce The Veil with Sleeping With Sirens.. Am I allowed to take pictures during the concert, I also bought VIP.. So will i be able to take pictures with them and what not.. It’ gonna be my last concert in NY so I want to bring something to the new states with me.

Insomnia Stress answers:

There will be thousands of people taking theirs in so go for it! The worst thing that can happen is a meteor slams into the parking lot before you park and destroys the entire venue. Or,…..the gate keepers might take you phone/camera.


Betty asks…

How old do you have to be to go to a concert on your own?

Bands like Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, Asking Alexandria, A Day To Remember. etc, ?

Insomnia Stress answers:

You can go at alone at any age as long as your parents are alright with it

Donna asks…

What are some good alternative/screamo/punk bands?

I wanna listen to new bands but ones that arent that famous but still good. Some bands like Sleeping With Sirens, A Skylit Drive, Breathe Carolina, The Devil Wears Prada, ect. I want some bands that not that many people know about because i already listen to most of the popular ones. Thanks :)

Insomnia Stress answers:

August Burns Red, As I lay Dying, Alexisonfire, Parkway Drive, Evergreen terrace, Escape the fate?, The Daughters of Mara, Sleeping giant, atreyu, underoath

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Your Questions About Insomnia Cures

Donna asks…

How can I treat/cure my Social Anxiety and Chronic fatigue?

Suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. Taking 30mg of Lexapro daily. Is there anything else that I can do? And how about to cure my excessive fatigue? Coffee? Thanks!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

There are several natural supplements on the market that are being studied for their potential to treat anxiety. The top 10 supplements for anxiety are:

1. Vitamin B. Good old vitamin supplements like Vitamin B are among the best anxiety busters. Many of the B vitamins including B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (Thiamine), and B3 (Niacinamide) are excellent vitamin supplements for anxiety. Known for their positive effects on the nervous system, vitamin supplements for anxiety stabilize the body’s lactate levels which are responsible for various anxiety attacks.

2. Vitamin C. Another effective vitamin supplement for anxiety is vitamin C. It plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of brain chemistry and adrenal glands. With large doses of this vitamin supplement, a tranquilizing effect is brought about that decreases anxiety.

3. Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a vital vitamin supplement for anxiety as it helps in transport of oxygen to the brain.

4. Trace minerals. Some of the best supplements for anxiety happen to be trace elements such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and selenium. An abundance of magnesium and calcium prevent nervous tension. Calcium happens to be a natural tranquilizer while magnesium’s role is renowned in the relief of muscle spasms and nervousness. Zinc on the other hand is a diet supplement for anxiety that generally calms the nervous system. Potassium, much like Vitamin C, is effective in the proper functioning of adrenal glands while selenium is a powerful antioxidant that has proved to have anti-anxiety results.

5. GABA. GABA is an amino acid that acts as one of the best supplements for anxiety. It is found in some fish like mackerel, GABA tea, nuts (especially almonds), other seafoods, bananas and wheat bran.

6. Valerian. It is one of the best supplements for anxiety. Extracted from the roots of the herb, Valerian is an excellent diet supplement for anxiety because it increases the availability of GABA in the brain. Valerian also helps with insomnia and is known to have very few side effects.

7. Kava. Kava is a natural supplement for anxiety extracted from the herb Piper Methysticum. It has been used as a supplement for anxiety treatment after being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, kava may have adverse effects on the liver.

8. Passionflower or Passiflora incarnate is perhaps one of the oldest natural anxiety treatments and supplements. It’s an ancient folk remedy. Passionflower has mild adverse effects that include nausea, rapid heartbeat and drowsiness.

9. Essential oils. Essential oils of some plants are used as anxiety busters. Oils of rose, nerolis, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, bergamot, geranium, jasmine and lavender are good for this. Lavender is the best and most common.


10. Green tea. L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, is among the best anti-anxiety supplements.

Eating the right amount of protein helps to balance blood sugar, which in turn avoids energy fluctuations. Optimal sources of protein are those that are lower in saturated fat, such as low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, low-fat cheese), chicken, fish, turkey, soy and egg whites. On average, men need approximately 5 to 7 ounces of protein per meal while women need approximately 4 to 6 ounces of protein per meal. For an approximate measurement technique, the palm of your hand (without fingers or thumb) is equivalent to 3 ounces of protein.

Foods such as white bread, white pasta, white potatoes and rice are rated high on the glycemic index. When these types of food are eaten in abundance and often, they tend to elicit a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include fatigue, moodiness and mental fogginess. Selecting lower glycemic index grains such as whole grains that have not been refined (e.g., kamut, spelt or 100 per cent whole wheat), sweet potatoes and brown rice will help to keep your energy up and weight down. As a general rule, check the nutrition facts label — a good bread will contain 2 to 3 grams of fibre per slice.

Daniel asks…

What is the best sleep/insomnia remedy?

I’m having trouble falling asleep and want to know what other people do to cure their insomnia. Warm milk? White noise machines? Pills? Light Therapy devices?

Insomnia Stress answers:


Paul asks…

How do I know if I have insomnia? And how is it cured?

I’m a teenager, and usually I can’t get to sleep until 2 or later.
So I usually get 2-4.5 hours of sleep.
My friend who has it says I probably have it, and she says to take medication to sleep.
I don’t want to get medication( addicted to things VERY easily), but no sleep makes me insane.
So is there any other way besides medication to cure insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

No caffeine 2 hours before bed.Go for a walk or exercise earlier in the day .If you watch TV put something on that you don’t normal watch.So then you get Bord with the TV a go to sleep. And you only need 6 to 8 hours of sleep a day to stay healthy.Good Luck

Betty asks…

To all moms that have a hard time sleeping sometimes?

I think I have insomnia or something lately, I have been getting very little sleep, and yes stress is one thing that is keeping me up.

Do you take anything to help you sleep? If so what is it and where did you get it?

or what helps you sleep without making you groggy?

I need something for me to be alert enough to hear my daughter if she needs me But only 5 hours of sleep the past 4 days total I am loosing ground.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Have you tried taking Melatonin? It’s what your body produces naturally to make you sleepy. You can get it pretty much anywhere, ie. Walmart, grocery stores, etc.


I have taken it before, I battled insomnia for many years. You can also try drinking some chamomile tea, or they even make “sleepytime” teas…I know Celestial Seasonings does.

Also, get some Lavender essential oil. You can put a dab under your nose and on your wrists (if you sleep with your hands close to your face like I do). Lavender has a natural calming effect. You can also inhale it or put a few drops in your night time bath. Oh and you can also rub it on your feet. I wouldn’t suggest doing all of these at once lol…but maybe pick two and try them

William asks…

What could make a person, even tired, unable to fall asleep for a certain amount of time?

My heart goes out to my girlfriend with this issue.. I like to think I’m like the average, who once I head to bed, I’m asleep in a few minutes. But my girlfriend says even since she was a kid, she averages being stuck wide awake in bed for an average of 90 minutes before falling asleep. She’s getting early shifts at her job lately and it’s really wearing down at her.. she tried to sleep early a few nights ago and it took almost 3 hours to sleep she said. Today she had to be up at 6, was -very- tired when she crashed after midnight, and it still took the usual hour+.

Since it’s always been like this, but she does still sleep peacefully in time, I hesitate to call it insomnia or to say it’s been induced by anything in her life lately. Is the only option those sleep-aids I see commercials for, or could there be another option or root-cause for this? She just thought it was common up until now, but I’ve confirmed with family/friends that it’s abnormal.

Insomnia Stress answers:

I think all is inside your head.
Try to find how to relax, and don’t think, just sleep.
Check this site, I hope this will help you:

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Your Questions About Health Net

Joseph asks…

why do people say Obama’s health plan will take the USA down the road to socialism?

This statement is actually very harmful. It implies that the current health debacle America is in is due to free market capitalism.

But that is false, the USA has had socialized medicine for decades. That is the reason the health care system is in a mess.

Medicare and Medicaid have expanded and government intervention has increased in the past few decades.

If the system had little to no government intervention, it would be much better.
The only way to fix this system is to get the government out.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Right, you are!

Judging by the difference in my gross pay and net pay…….I’d say we are already in Socialism.

Ken asks…

What do you know about pesticides that are currently used? Is there any long-term danger to our health?

Some pesticides, such as DDT, are no longer widely used due, in large part, to Rachel Carson’s novel Silent Spring. What do you know about pesticides that are currently used? Is there any long-term danger to our health? Do the benefits outweigh the dangers? How so?

Insomnia Stress answers:

There are a number of glyphosphate formulations sold. A familiar one is Roundup.

“However, while glyphosate alone has low toxicity, the formulation of glyphosate with the surfactant polyoxyethylene amine (POEA), which is widely used, is significantly more toxic.”

“Some soil invertebrates including springtails, mites and isopods are also adversely affected by glyphosate. Of nine herbicides tested for their toxicity to soil microorganisms, glyphosate was found to be the second most toxic to a range of bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes and yeasts”
This explains why it inhibits nitrogen fixation in soil following up on long term use if it reduces the numbers of diazotrophic bacteria. The implication is that some is rapidly destroyed by UV but some is bound to soil particles so can remain intact and may be released from soil and taken up by plants or soil dwelling organisms.


Glyphosate MSDS
Safety evaluation and risk assessment of the herbicide Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, for humans.

Mark asks…

What kind of job can you get with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health?

I am very interested in health and I love to do research so this is the perfect major for me. What kinds of jobs can you get in public health with a Bachelor’s degree? I would love to hear from someone who has a Bachelor’s degree in public health but any input will help.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Here are a couple of websites to check out:

Association of Schools of Public Health:

and you could do some job searches at Public Health Jobs… Http:// to get an idea of potential job titles, where jobs are and what kind of salary they pay based on education.

If you go to the search bar and don’t fill anything out, just leave it with all jobs you will find 350+ that you can read about.

Karen Girard, CCDP, CEIP
Career coach

Sandra asks…

Is it possible to get Kaiser HMO through REALTORS Core Health Insurance?

I live in So. Calif and am planning to be a real estate agent. I understand through the National Association of Realtors (NAR), you can get health insurance through them as an agent. I have Kaiser HMO right now and I’d like to continue with them. Is it possible to get Kaiser HMO through REALTORS Core Health Insurance?

Insomnia Stress answers:

“Core Health Insurance” is a specific brand of insurance just as “Kaiser HMO” is a different brand name. The two are different and mutually exclusive. In other words, the way your question is asked would be similar to saying “Can I get a Honda Civic through a Ford Mustang?” So obviously this wording doesn’t make sense.

You might have meant to ask whether the REALTORS association has a selling agreement with Kaiser. The answer is no; and there would likely be no business reason for either the association, Kaiser or the members for doing so. The REALTOR association, like most other professional associations, focuses on member benefits that provide revenue to the association while making an attractive offering to the individual members.

I stumbled onto this question because I am writing a “Core Health Insurance Revisited” article for the Freedom Benefits health insurance exchange following changes introduced during this period of health insurance reform. These other resources are available on the Web site.

William asks…

how much does health insurance cost to a small buisness owner with only 2 employees?

a friend owns a business and has asked me to join her operation. she doesn’t currently have health insurance or offer it either. i want to propose it as terms of my employment, but would like to have information as to costs she will bear in relation to my salary. any suggestions would be helpful. thanks!

Insomnia Stress answers:

It can vary quite a bit depending on the collective helath history of the group. It might be good to start by going to and filling out the quote form there. A local agent will contact you and discuss both of your medical histories and help give you different options. They should be able to give you a price range of where the final prices will fall (the group has to be medically underwritten most likely).

I hope that helps.

Jared Balis

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Your Questions About Fatigue After Eating

Donald asks…

What to eat before 12 minute run for school?

Its a 12 minute run and we get graded on it, what should i eat and drink before the class?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Right before class, you may not want to eat anything. Many people get pains or fatigued more easily if they eat right before they run. Instead, I would suggest eating a carbohydrate rich meal for the last meal before that class (such as bread, pasta, cereal, etc). The carbohydrates will provide you with longer sustained energy if they’re put into your body a while before the run. If you absolutely must eat right before the class, I would suggest a light fruit. Bananas work really well because they have good nutrients (mainly potassium), are light (easy on your stomach), and most importantly, they digest easily. Bananas will give you some extra energy while having one of the least likely chances of giving you side pain (or something of that nature). You could practice and see what works for you by trying the run a few times, preparing differently each time. This would give you practice as well as an insight as to how your body responds to different foods during activity. After all, everyone’s body is different.

I would also recommend staying hydrated from the day before, up to about half an hour before the run (so you don’t have to use the bathroom during the run). Just keep a water bottle with you during he school day so you can drink it as you get hungry and refill it throughout the day. Make sure you use the bathroom before you start so you don’t have to worry about it during the race.

Lastly, make sure you get a good night’s rest the night before. Best wishes and good lick on you run! I know you can do well!

Paul asks…

Is it okay to eat peanut butter on toast before you run?

I am going to start running more and I want to know if that’s okay to eat. If not are there any other things?

Insomnia Stress answers:

You shwould not eat food for at least an hour and a half before excersize as this cause blood reformation (or blood shunting) this is where the blood is taking away from the working muscles to help brake down the food causing you to become more fatigue at a faster rate… Before excesize you should eat food high in crabs as this helps.give you more energy and then after excersize you should eat for high in protein to help repair and help develop muscle tissue hope this helps

William asks…

What illnesses are there that stop you from absorbing the nutrients in food you eat?

I wanted to know what illnesses there are which stop your body from absorbing / taking in properly the nutrients you get from the food you eat ?

I came across Celiacs but what other illnesses are there that dont ivolve pain, like you get with celiacs?

What are the specific blood tests used to find out if you have these illnesses?
- ideally replies from the UK please, unless its referred to as the same worldwide


Insomnia Stress answers:

Crohn’s Disease can but you’d be likely to have other symptoms.

It sounds like it could be Celiac Disease. Many people have no symptoms. When I was diagnosed my only symptoms were fatigue and vitamin B12 and foliate deficiencies. I did not have any of the other, more recognisable symptoms.

Yes, doctors can order blood tests to see if you have Celiac Disease or inflammation, which would be suggestive of an inflammatory bowel disease.

What makes you say you are not absorbing the nutrients from your food? Have you have blood tests to confirm this? If so, it’s likely that your doctors would have already ordered the Celiac Disease blood tests. It’s a common condition, about 1 in 100-133 people have Celiac Disease and it’s a routine test now for people who have vitamin deficiencies.

Good luck.


Donna asks…

What would happen if i ate too much garlic?

If i ate 2 heads of garlic a day not single little ones but the bunch of garlic
would i get sick would could happen?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Most likely you will be fine – aside from smelling pretty bad. As pointed out earlier garlic is a natural cleanser (it just doesn’t smell like it). The one thing however that I would be careful of is anemia. Raw garlic generally is a better cleanser and antioxidant than cooked garlic; however, raw garlic is also more likely to cause anemia in large amounts. The specific type of anemia caused by eating a lot of raw garlic is called Heinz-body Hemolytic Anemia and is caused by the thiosulfate in the garlic denaturing the hemoglobin in your blood. Actually raw onions will cause this even faster than raw garlic because onions contain more thiosulfate. Some people are a lot more sensitive to the effects of thiosulfate than others, so I suggest you start with a little and work your way up. The symptoms of HBH Anemia are shortness of breath, fatigue, pain in the chest, sore tongue, and possibly blisters or pain in other parts of the mouth.

As an aside, never feed raw onions or garlic to dogs, cats, or other primates (i.e. Monkeys) for that matter, as they are all much more sensitive to thiosulfate than humans and often die from exposure to it.

If you want to eat raw garlic without the thiosulfate, try fermented garlic – garlic that has aged in whey or raw vinegar for awhile. It’s delicious and is an Italian and small farm delicacy that greatly reduces thiosulfate in the garlic.

If you have an interest, the myth of vampires being allergic to garlic actually stems from this disease. In the past people thought to be “vampires” were simply anemic and garlic made their anemia much worse. It is also thought that people who tend to eat mostly meat may be more sensitive to garlic.

Hope this helps and doesn’t scare you away from garlic.

George asks…

How many calories should i eat on the atkins diet?

I calculated my RMR and it says i burn around 1300 calories every single day. I dont do much exercise, just the usual clean around the house and walking while shopping.. I do alot of that. Should i eat 1300 calories? should i bump it up or down if im doing the atkins diet?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Females need appx. 2000 calories a day & males 2500 calories. BMR is based on a sleep state.

1300 calories would be considered a semi starvation diet & would shut down your metabolism. Low carb does not work properly with low calories or low fat. You may still lose “weight” but it will be mostly water & the body’s own lean tissues.

When you lower carbs, you must fuel your body with dietary fats – 65% of total calories, otherwise the body will stay in glycolysis (burning sugar/glucose for fuel) & convert protein to glucose which will force the body to catabolize it’s own lean tissues (including vital organs, like the heart) for nutrition.

The body will not release fat stores unless there is more than adequate fuel calories & nutrition. When the body shuts down the metabolism, it protects fat stores & releases lean tissues which due to their high caloric needs become a burden to the system. Late stage anorexics are 50% fat & bones, life ceases when there is no lean tissues left or the heart muscle is so ravaged that it can no longer function.

You closed out other question before I got to submit my answer on – how to start the program -

I *highly* recommend starting Atkins program on a Friday (if you work Mon-Fri). The first day is fine but the second & third day is rough – work is not the best place to be – better on your days off. By the fourth day you’ll be feeling much better.

I recommend dissolving half teaspoon each of UNrefined salt, potassium & ascorbic acid (vit.C) in 6-8 oz of water & drink every morning to replenish electrolytes. This should alleviate fatigue, headaches, dizziness or constipation caused by dehydration. Make sure you drink lots of water.

Refined salt may not be healthy, but UNrefined salt is vital to good health.

Salt and water work together to do important work in your body, including stimulating your metabolism, helping you detoxify, and making sure your nerves, hormones and immune system function properly.

Unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals. Natural (unrefined) Salt is 85 % Sodium Chloride and Processed (refined) Salt is 98 % Sodium Chloride. The refining process ensures that salt won’t go rancid, but eliminates all of salt’s life-sustaining properties.

“Carbing up” is not a great idea, but if you want to get in some of your fav carbs (PIZZA) before starting, that’s cool too. You can have pizza after a couple of weeks on Atkins program but it’s different & you have to make it yourself but it’s real easy.

Thin and Crispy Pizza -

Ketosis takes 3 days to start & 6 weeks to complete. Athletes studied did not speed up the process. It takes 2-3 weeks to become fat adapted enough to perform athletically at same levels. “Carb cycling” during this period will cause the body to shut down the metabolism to await a return to carbs.

The first 2 weeks when foods are limited you still eat a high fiber diet – just these 4 foods which should be eaten daily during induction, gives you 33.5grams of dietery fiber – well over the RDA of 25g & much higher than the Standard American Diet. After 2 weeks, you are allowed almost all nonstarchy vegs (less than 25g net carbs in week 3)

21g total carbs – 13g fiber – 8g net carbs – Lettuce, Romaine- 1 head
12g total carbs – 8g fiber – 4g net carbs – Celery – 4 cups chopped
6g total carbs – 4.5g fiber – 1.5g net carbs – half an avocado
8g total carbs – 8g fiber – .5g net carbs – Flaxseed 1 ounce 4T
47g total carbs – 33.5g fiber – 14g net carbs

* Dietary fiber RDA (recommended daily allowance) values are based on 25 grams of dietary fiber per day. It is generally recommended that adults eat 25 – 30 grams of dietary fiber per day.

Every day you should be eating these 2 items. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy – coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb.

Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. To absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter – add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

It takes about 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

Carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice, beans) trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want “something” – have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese – pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad – steaks – a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.

As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

I am adamantly opposed to low calorie dieting because most people lose a good portion of lean tissue (including vital organs like the heart) along with fat stores. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

There is no reason to ever go off a low carb way of eating, you slowly re introduce carbs to your way of eating & as long as you don't exceed 9grams of carbs an hour (144 carbs a day) you won't trigger insulin (the fat storage hormone) no matter the calories. Most of us do low carb most of the time & if we cheat & slip back into low carb the next day. I still cheat with sugar occasionally. It's just not a regular part of my life (as it was preAtkins, 6 years ago, when I felt it controlled me & I had no control)

The rungs to reintroduction of carbs in 5 gram units – all available to very active people in as little as 11 weeks. Make sure you do them in order & you can skip a rung if you do not intend to include it in your permanent way of eating, such as the alcohol rung.:
* (minimum week 3 – maximum 25grams day) Acceptable vegetables, larger quantities
* (minimum week 4 – maximum 30grams day) Add 5grams Fresh cheese
* (minimum week 5 – maximum 35grams day) Add 5grams Nuts and seeds
* (minimum week 6 – maximum 40grams day) Add 5grams Berries
* (minimum week 7 – maximum 45grams day) Alcohol can be added if desired
* (minimum week 8 – maximum 50grams day) Add 5grams Legume

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Your Questions About Stress

Donald asks…

What are some good ways to relieve stress?

My boyfriend and I are young parents (19 and 20) We have a lot of stress build-up and we need some ways to relieve some of it. Ive googled ways to relieve stress, and they just seem like they aren’t going to work.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Get out and take walks together and take your kids along, either in a stroller or let them walk, however old they are. Getting out even when the weather is cold is good for adults and children. Just dress your kids appropriately.

Go to a museum with the kids, go to a lake and watch the wildlife, go to an ice cream place and have ice cream. Do things that your kids will enjoy too. That way you can relieve your stress and the kids can run off some of their energy too.

Daniel asks…

How do some people with high stress cope so well?

I’m currently going through alot of stress and it’s hard to cope. I just want to eat to comfort me. When I’m not under distress I do really good and find fun things to do. I don’t know what to do? I’m tired of living under stress but looks like with the economy and two kids to feed I don’t have much choice.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Ginger, some things can’t really be handled the way we would like to, or not as quickly as we would like to. I don’t know if that is part of what is going on here, but if it is, maybe it would help for you to let some stuff “roll off your back”. I know, it is easy to say, but kinda hard to do. It takes practice. This might be useful to you so I mention it. Other than that, try looking for stress management techniques on the web that don’t require a lot of money or being away from your kids.

Mary asks…

How to handle stress and to take control of things better?

I’m the type of person who cannot handle stress that well, so I am wondering what solutions I should know about to cope with stress?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Few things you can try:

1. Controlled breathing – Sit upright, take a deep breathe in, hold for a few seconds, release it normally and effortlessly, all the while focusing only on your breathing and nothing else (this may be a bit difficult to achieve initially, but can be done by practicing a few days). Start by repeating these steps for 60 seconds, and increase it to 5, 10, 15 minutes, or however long you can manage it. The longer the duration, the better your stress relief.

2. Laughing – Find a way to laugh. Like watch a sitcom or movie you like, or a book of jokes that you know will make you laugh. Or just visit friends or hang out with some one fun. Laughter is known to reduce stress hormones released into your body.

3. Physical exercise and/or long walk/running in the park clears your head and lowers stress levels.

More techniques can be found at:

Betty asks…

How can I reduce stress on a daily basis?

I have noticed that the only time my face is completely acne free is when I am on vacation. So I related my acne to stress because other then that I do not eat junk food, drink sodas, I excise enough and get enough sleep. So how can I reduce stress without doing yoga or taking walks? How can I reduce stress while I’m in school doing homework etc.?

I do not feel stressed but I guess my body begs to differ.
Btw I am in high school.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi DeeVine,
Living a life without stress is possible.
And you don’t need yoga or walks, though they may help a lot.

The only thing you need is a tight self discipline to follow some rules. Go here for the details. It is free. Http://

For the acne consider also the food you eat. You need a lot of Vitamin C!

All the best

Steven asks…

What are some good ways to pamper yourself/relieve stress while pregnant?

I need to relieve some stress, and relax. Any suggestions of what I can do to pamper myself or relieve some stress while pregnant (I’m 21 weeks along). I’m looking for safe ways. Thank you!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hmmmmm… were my list of fav ways to relieve stress when i was pregnant.
1) foot and shoulder massage
2) facial
3) warm bath
4) movies
5) rocking in a rocking chair
6) reading stories to your belly
7) snuggle with your partner
8) Pick baby names
9) floating in the pool or at the beach
10)shopping for baby stuff/preparing for the baby
11)eating your fav. Foods
12)rubbing my tummy
13)chatting with friends
14) make a video diary
Hope this helps and congratulations!

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