Many people like to use the excuse that they are too busy to eat a healthy diet and maintain their good nutrition. The real truth is that healthy choices are even more important when you have a lot to do. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to eat the right foods when you use some of the recommendations in the article below.

Decrease your red meat intake. Opting for fish instead of red meat gives you some of the same nutrients, but also adds in healthy fish oils that your body would not otherwise have. You will also consume much less unhealthy fat. You can also opt for white meats if you dislike fish.

An excellent way to maintain good nutrition and keep from getting sick, is to eat garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It is delicious as a seasoning to a huge variety of dishes. It can also be roasted in the oven and eaten on its own with some toast.

Have a muffin or scone with your morning coffee instead of adding cream and sugar. The balance of the bitter coffee with a sweet pastry can be delicious and a real calorie reducer. Remember to try different roasts, light, dark or espresso to find the one that is right for you.

Slow down. Eating quickly can make you feel less full than you really are. Proper nutrition is gained by eating good foods in proper amounts, so you should make sure you are not eating too fast. Slowing down and savoring can even help you reduce any craving you may have had otherwise.

When your nutrition is poor, you will find that you have less energy than you need to cope with the demands of your busy day. When your nutrition is good, you will find that you have the energy you need to accomplish even more than you thought you could. Stop making excuses and get your nutrition back on track with these practical tips.

Cancer is much in the news. If you haven’t had a run-in with it yourself, you know someone who has. Knowledge of how to prevent it, how to deal with it if you get it, and how to recover is relevant to all of us. Here are some tips that may help you.

There are many different ways that people cope with cancer. Some of them good and some of them bad. Find a good way to cope with cancer. Some good coping methods include relaxation techniques, such as meditation, doing leisure activities or writing your feelings down in a journal.

Prepare for the possible physical changes you may go through when receiving cancer treatment. Your doctor will be able to tell you what effects treatment and drugs may have. You may need to buy a wig if you lose hair or wear makeup if your complexion becomes very pale and it makes you uncomfortable.

Keep up a healthy, active lifestyle. Eat healthy, nutritious foods and exercise when possible. Keeping active can help you cope better with treatment and lead to a longer life. Also be sure to get enough sleep, which will help alleviate some of the stress of cancer treatment and fend off fatigue.

Pay close attention to your temperature. You are extremely susceptible to infections 7-12 days after your chemo treatment. If you notice any signs of a fever, get to your doctor as quickly as possible. Be sure to wash your hands regularly and avoid contact with anyone who may be ill.

The dreaded disease is less ominous once you know more about it. Knowledge is a shield. These tips have increased your knowledge and may help you fend off cancer. Or they may help you cope with it if you or a loved one has it.

A dirty word, called diabetes in some places, is often talked about as an issue amongst obese individuals. Guidance and counseling to proper diabetic living is absolutely necessary and useful, as diabetes directly affects a person’s nutrition and even biological well-being. It’s not a simple thing to admit weakness, but for diabetes, it’s absolutely vital.

Keep all of your appointments and take your medications just as they are directed. If you miss an appointment for one reason or another, be sure to schedule your next appointment when you are cancelling the one you are going to miss. Keep up with your medications exactly as your doctor has prescribed to prevent diabetic spells.

If you find that you are frequently unable to keep your blood glucose levels under control, consider asking your primary care physician about whether an insulin pump may be a good choice for you. You may find that a pump can help you reach your targets, but it requires diligence and willingness to monitor insulin frequently.

Exercise is very important in diabetes prevention. Exercise gets your blood flowing, keeps off the extra pounds and it helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Studies show that exercise significantly reduces risk of diabetes by up to 50 percent. It is a good idea to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

You should watch what you eat. Your diet makes a huge difference in how your diabetes is managed. Cut out sugary drinks like soda and anything with refined carbs like junk foods and candy. You should try to eat more vegetables and fruits. Also choose healthy foods that contain fat.

It’s easy to refuse help when you don’t understand the severity of a disease. Diabetes is a real disease and presents real dangers. Fainting, injuries and other possible dangers are only compounded, when dealing with a diabetic patient. Having the proper knowledge and aids for a diabetic, can be life-saving, some of which is advised in this article.

Ready to begin with your own fitness routine? No? What’s the matter, you don’t know what to do or where to start with the activity known as fitness? No worries, this article has your back. Below are some tips and tricks that can get you started with the basics of fitness.

You shouldn’t train with a weight belt. Not only has it been proven that over time the use of a weight belt decreases the strength of your abdominal and back muscles, but it has not been proven to decrease the rate of injury for those that use them. There is no reason for a belt.

Increase the speed of your strides, not the distance. When you shorten your stride but up the speed, you will have better form and increase your endurance. You can always move back to longer strides later, but to reap the benefits of a better run, speed up and take smaller steps.

Make sure that you keep your workouts under an hour. After about 60 minutes, your body starts to products more of the stress hormone called Cortisol, which can cause you to waste away your muscles. Make sure that you maximize your workout and do not waste your time with excessive workouts.

Chances are that you might be sore following a workout, but that doesn’t mean that you should automatically pop a Tylenol or Advil. Studies have indicated that these and other over-the-counter pain medications do not provide noticeable pain relief for post-workout muscle aches. What’s more, they may actually hinder muscle growth when taken immediately following a workout session.

With the previous tips floating through your thoughts, you ought to be ready to create your own personal fitness routine! It does take some research and some work, but if you keep at it, it is indeed achievable. So, go out there, enjoy yourself, and achieve all of your fitness goals!

Photography can be a very relaxing and renewing hobby for you to take part in. This kind of art is not rocket science, but it does require some knowledge so that you don’t end up missing shots of something special or just taking poor photos. This list of tips should help you become a successful photographer.

A great photography tip is to bring your camera with you wherever you go. You never know when an awesome opportunity might present itself. If you don’t have your camera during these moments you’ll definitely regret it later. Always try to bring your camera wherever you go.

Learn how to snap a picture quickly. Do not wait for your subject to take a certain pause, this might not happen. Take several pictures if you need to. By taking pictures quickly, you will get natural expressions and pauses. If you wait too long, your subject will probably have a rather rigid and artificial expression.

A great photography tip is to try and find your own voice through photography. You want to set yourself apart from all the other photographers in the world. You can do this by figuring out how you like to capture things, and by figuring out which emotions you want to feature. Find and express an individual style.

Understand and get to know your camera. Although this sounds simple, many people have never even read the instructions on how to operate their camera. Get to know and understand the various menus and functions of every button on it so that when you need to use a certain function, you know where to find it and that the camera can accomplish it.

As you can see, there is a lot more to photography than most people think. It requires a lot of research and a lot of practice, but it will be worth it in the end to help you take better pictures. By following the above tips, you can become a better photographer.

Golf looks like a simple game because people just look like they walk around hitting balls with clubs, but anyone who has ever played knows just how intricate the sport is. If you are thinking about taking up this past-time or just want to improve your game, this article has helpful hints for you to incorporate.

Be sure that you have the proper footwear for playing a game of golf. You want to have shoes that have grips on the bottom so that your feet are planted in place. By wearing regular shoes, you could trip and fall or move a certain way that causes the ball to go off its intended course.

You must have complete control over your club and club head. This requires a firm yet docile grip. If you do not have complete control over the club, you will either miss the ball or hit it off to the right or left. Keep the club straight and have complete control over it.

The best thing you can do to improve your golf game is to practice, stay positive and playful and have a great attitude. You may not be the best golfer, but there’s always room for improvement, and the great thing about golf is that the more you play, the better you’ll get!

A helpful tip when it comes to golf is to make sure that you do what you do in practice on the course. This is critical because good practice will result in good play an vice versa. If you fool around during practice then you will only hurt your form.

Golf is a relatively straightforward, though not necessarily simple, game enjoyed by millions. With the application of the advice in this article, you can simplify your game considerably and quickly. Keep what you have learned here in mind the next time you are on a course or driving range.

I have been spending a lot of time trying to find out how a technical person can get business. Basically, once we technologists start talking technology, it puts most people to sleep. And trying to pitch business to sleeping people somehow doesn’t work :-) .

I have been busy organising Glasgow Business Network and Glasgow Technology Network. In addition, I am now working on many projects.

In my next article I am planning to talk about JSP, Spring and Hibernate. Why am I moving away from JBoss Seam? Well, I am going for quiet a few interviews at the moment and most companies are interested in JSP/JSF, Spring and Hibernate.

And best way to learn is by actually doing a small project. In addition to doing the project, I also intend to put all the steps, explanation and source code here on my blog.

Why? Just so that I can refer back to it myself later on :-) .

One aspect of websites has been getting a lot of attention recently. And that is how to get to the top of the search engine listings. Of course, you can pay for targetted advertisements. But these can be very expensive. So the better option is to optimise your website for Search Engine Optimisation or SEO as it is called.

It is important to be on the first page of Google or other Search Engines like Yahoo or Bing as 80% people don’t go beyond the first page.

When people talk about what works and what doesn’t work, people listen to it as if thats the first time they have heard it. For example, if I was to advise my client to think about a domain name with a generic names and not proper names because, when searching, we search by generic names – we search for the word loan and not loan by abc co., that does stike as it I have told them something new. But if only they thought about their own search habbits, they would realise that its nothing more than common-sense.

So think about how you search for services on search engines. And they will give you a good idea of where to start.

After domain name, the next important things are page titles, meta tags like keywords and description and relevance of the actual page content to the domain name and title.

After things like titles, keywords, description and relevant and fresh content, you need to give it time. Search Engines do pick up fresh content and give you higher ranking for that. But it still takes them time to index your site.

The final piece of the jigsaw, beyond optimising your website for search engines and driving tonnes of traffic to it, is having a website that keeps the customers captured and coming back.

Are you providing a good service? Are you providing fantastic value for money? Is your website easy to navigate? Can your customers find your contact details? And can they buy your services easily from your website?

It is important to consider all such questions.

And once you have all these things in place, talk about your website everywhere. Use Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Bebo, etc. all channels and talk your website up. But not just that. Just like you would soon get bored of someone talking just about themselves all the time, listen to people who can be your potential customers. Listen for any problems they may be facing with your competitors. And then, without giving them a hard-sell, talk about what you can do to help.

Your business only starts with building a fantastic website. You need all the above in place if you want to run an online business.

I have been getting a lot of requests from freshers to guide them about their career. So I have decided to dedicate an article for that.

Pre-Fresher

I would describe someone who is in the last stages of finishing their formal education as Pre-Fresher. At this stage of your life, you need to be aware of industry trends, job market and salaries. Websites such as Tiobe Index should give you an idea of what is in demand. However, remember that what is in demand today may not remain in demand by the time you finish your degree. So its still a bit of a gamble. But if you have a broad skill set and good design and analytical skills, you can’t go wrong.

Don’t close yourself off. You may not be master of all skills. But as long as you are good at a few and know about a few others, you should be fine.

Industry experience is vital and would set you apart when you finish your education from your collegues. So I would suggest that at this stage you go for it even if you don’t get paid.

Skills worth looking at are: Java/J2EE stack, C/C++, VB, PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and Linux.

Fresher

At this stage, you have finished your formal education and are ready to take on the world. You have to remember that humility, honesty and hard-work are the important attributes at this stage.

You don’t know everything. So don’t pretend you do. Don’t put things on your CV that you cannot justify. And if you don’t have a job, nothing is stopping you from downloading the latest JDK or Hibernate or JBoss Seam distribution and having a play around with it.

It is possible that you may not have access to a computer or internet. Be resourceful. I used to hire computers on an hourly basis to practice C Language.

Take any job. And once your contracted hours are over, with your manager’s permission you can spend time in some self-teaching. I am sure your manager would be more than happy to let you do that.

By this time, you should have a good idea about what skills attract you. So you can start concentrating on sharpening those skills. For example, if it is Java based Web Applications that interest you, make sure you have a look at JSF, RichFaces, JBoss Seam, JPA, Hibernate and JBoss.

There were no free databases when I had started my career. But today you are spoilt for choice. I would recommend PostgreSQL. Again, for operating systems, go for something with wide acceptance such as Fedora Linux. Have a look at distrowatch.com for other popular linux distributions.

Again, as far as an IDE is concerned, you are spoilt for choice. I would recommend Eclipse as that has a great set of available plug-ins.

Other things that you need to be aware of are Apache WebServer and Subversion (SVN) version management software.

A skillset such as that is going to give you a good start in your professional life.

One thing my teacher Dr. Mrs. Shirwaikar said to us which I follow to this day is “Your books don’t teach you everything”. And no matter how much you know, remember, you don’t know everything.

Another thing worth remembering is you may do everything correctly. But the outcome may not be what you expected. That doesn’t mean there is something wrong with what you did. Its just life – taken from Star Trek.

Recession or Credit Crunch time imposes heavy restrictions on a company’s spending. Generally where a company can hire 10 developers, they are forced to reduce this to 5 or less developers.

Not just that, each individual is required to pick up the work of 2 or more individuals and also, wear multiple hats such as analysis, development, mentoring, project management, deployment, testing and user training. This means that a smaller development team is required to develop the same size and quality of a project as a larger team did before.

A lot of time in the project is taken up for design. However, once the database design is in place, a team is required to develop a series of screens that allow the end users to quickly get a feel for the project and be able to do Create, Retrieve, Update and Delete operations on the underlying database.

Add to this, requirements such as search, filtration, pagination, etc. The requirements and expectations don’t stop there. You will have the higher management asking for Rich Internet Experience and Google-like search.

In the recent past, I have been involved in many projects where the requirements have been similar to what I have described above for some small to medium sized business clients.

So what tools and frameworks really work in such situations you may ask. I have been using the following:

  • Java / J2EE
  • JSF
  • RichFaces
  • JBoss Seam
  • Java Persistence API (JPA) driven by Hibernate
  • PostgreSQL database
  • JBoss Application Server
  • Linux

The above stack is not only fantastic for developer productivity, it also provides fantastic TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Depending upon the kind of support requirements, the stack can cost anything from Free to GBP 100,000 a year apart from the hardware costs. As the above stack offers a high developer productivity, the cost of development goes down significantly as well. And so does the time. Of course, these two depend largely upon the complexity of the project.

Interesting isn’t it? Especially when you consider that many organizations spend a few Hundred Thousand Pounds on just keeping their applications running!!! Of course, for larger organisations and banks, this cost alone can run into Millions of Pounds.