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Having arthritis does not mean that you have to live your life in a cocoon. Millions of people who suffer from degenerative osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis are reluctant to visit friends and relatives because traveling for long periods can make their joints stiff.

While carrying luggage, transfers and cramped seating can contribute to pain and fatigue, here are some handy tips that you can use to minimize the stress on your joints whether you are traveling by plane, train, bus, car or even on a cruise ship.

Traveling by plane – Try to book a nonstop, direct flight to eliminate transfers and avoid traveling during peak times as it is less stressful. Ask for a seat in the exit row or bulkhead as these have more legroom. Check your large luggage in so you do not end up carrying it.

Once on the plane, inform the flight attendants that you have arthritis and that you may need to get up periodically to stretch during the flight. Use the airline pillows to support your back and neck throughout the flight. Carry medications with you in case your luggage gets lost or delayed. Also carry copies of your medical prescriptions and your doctor’s telephone number to minimize hassles and delays when going through customs and security.

Traveling by train – Be sure to pack lightly if you think you might be unable to get any assistance getting your baggage on and off the train. Enquire whether porters will be available to help you with boarding and exiting the train. Amtrak has a special service desk where you can make requests for help. It is best to reserve an aisle seat near the restroom so you can do stretch whenever you feel that your joints are coming stiff. Pack a light lunch or take some snacks so you do not need to walk to the dining car to get something to eat.

Traveling by bus – Consider scheduling your trips during weekdays, when fewer people travel and buses are less crowded. Try to book your trip with as few transfers as possible. Bring a pillow or cervical collar with you to make naps more comfortable. Take along snacks or small meals in case it is difficult to get off the bus at food stops. Try simple stretching exercises throughout your journey to avoid stiffness.

Traveling by car – Traveling by car offers you the most freedom, as you can set your own schedule and stop whenever you like. When renting a car, ask about special features like power-steering, cruise control and lift-up door handles. These will all make your journey less stressful and place less pressure on your joints. To prevent this, stop every hour and a half and do some light stretching exercises.

Taking a cruise – Before booking a cruise, ask about the ship’s design and accessibility. Some cruise ships offer gentle exercise classes, which can help minimize joint stiffness. If disembarking at stops is difficult, be selective when you choose to go ashore. It is important to rest and not overdo it, so use your time while the ship is sailing to regain your strength and energy. Take massages whenever they are available.
Keep an eye on your diet – Whenever you are traveling it is important to keep a close eye on your diet. You will become tired and stiff and this can lead to joint pain. One of the best things to take with you is omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil supplements. Omega 3 is an excellent anti-inflammatory that can help reduce stiffness in your limbs and control the pain. You can find more information about the preventative benefits of omega 3 fish oil on my website and see why it is always one of the first things I pack when I travel.

One of the WORST things you can do to yourself and your body is skipping meals if your goal is to lose weight. Whether its a couple pounds or 100, you HAVE to eat food in order to lose weight. Let me explain.

Everyone has a metabolism. Some have one that is quicker and others have one that is slower. The slower metabolism people tend to be overweight or if they are in good shape, its because they work extremely hard to keep it that way. Well, there are ways to keep your metabolism performing optimally, and to do so you have to eat.

Think of it this way. When you eat breakfast, your body begins to absorb those nutrients to keep it moving almost immediately. This includes keeping the organs functioning, your brain working, giving you energy, and such. Typically, what you eat gives your body those nutrients for a few hours. A lot of people will eat about 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Sometimes its less then that with people skipping breakfast altogether (big mistake).

So between breakfast and lunch, there might be a time gap of 4-5 hours. What happens is the first 2-3 hours your body utilizes the nutrition you gave it, and the metabolism is kicked into high gear to burn off those calories you just gave it. The next 2 hours, however, your metabolism slows down because most of the energy from the food is wearing off. You can equate this with getting tired and hungry when too much time has passed between meals.

When you repeat this cycle several times a day, and multiple it over weeks or years, you are training your body and mind to behave a particular way with food. Typically, the less food you give your body, the more of “survival mode” it goes into, which is essentially to hold onto fat, slows down how the organs work, slows bloodflow, and more. This makes the ability to lose weight much more difficult!

If you were given 10 crackers to live off of for 5 days, you would do your absolutely best to make those crackers last the entire 5 days versus downing them in a matter of minutes. Your body is doing the same thing, making sure your body can function properly with the resources it is given.

To enhance your metabolism and to Lose Weight, you have to EAT.

As mentioned before, eating 3 large meals a day will only get you so far. Instead, you should be focused on trimming those meals to 5-8 smaller ones, spread out every couple of hours. So instead of a large 600+ calorie meal every 4-5 hours, try to get a 200-300 calorie smaller meal/snack every 2-3 hours. What this does is keeps your metabolism in “active” mode on a constant basis.

Imagine a wheel spinning in a circle. The more it turns, the more optimal the result is. Well, imagine if that wheel spins quickly…then slows down to almost stopping…then picks back up quickly…then slows down to almost stopping. That is what you do to your body when you only feed it a few times a day. You want that wheel to be in a constant spin.

Obviously it matters what kinds of foods your putting into your body, but if you keep them relatively healthy and spread out every 2-3 hours in smaller quantities, you will begin to see weight loss results within weeks.
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The 7 day diet is based on the fat burning food cabbage. The 7 day diet can be very rigid and hard to stick to, but promises up to 10 pounds a week weight loss. Basically, the 7 day diet plan with cabbage soup consists of this:

On day one you can eat all fruits except bananas, as well as cabbage soup. The only drinks you are allowed is water and unsweetened tea. The cabbage soup is created by using a head of cabbage, an onion, green peppers, onion soup mix, garlic cloves, 2 vegetable bouillon cubes, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato juice, and additional spices to suit your tastes. Simply chop or dice all vegetables together into a large pot. Add water to cover all the ingredients and place on the stove on high heat. Allow this to come to a rolling boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes until all vegetables are tender.

Day 2 of the 7 day diet allows for a person to eat all the raw or cooked vegetables they choose along with the soup outlined above. There are no fruits allowed on this day, but for a dinner a dieter can include a baked potato with a small pat of butter. For day 3 of the 7 day diet, a dieter can eat all of the soup outlined above as they choose, along with fruits and vegetables without the potato for dinner. Drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day is required.

Day 4 of the 7 day diet requires that you eat bananas and skim milk, up to 8 bananas this day alone along with as much soup as a person wishes to eat. There should again be 8 glasses of water taken in on this day. Day 5 consists of eating 20 ounces of beef and 6 fresh tomatoes as well as 10 glasses of water. The soup should be eaten once this day at least, but the dieter can also eat skinless chicken instead of the beef.

Day 6 allows for eating as much vegetables and beef or chicken as a person wishes along with the soup. It is also recommended that 8 large glasses of water be taken in on this day. Day 7 of the 7 day diet allows that brown rice and unsweetened fruit juice as well as vegetables be eaten. The soup should be eaten twice this day along with 8 glasses of water.

For the 7day diet to work, it is recommended that the water be drank with each meal as well as between meals with snacks. Water allows for the stomach to feel as though it is fuller, thus lessening the amount of food that is eaten. It is also recommended that daily vitamins be taken to help keep the body nourished, as the foods that are prescribed in the diet are not able to wholly nourish the body with the required amounts of daily vitamins.