Don’t starve yourself

It is well known that in order to eliminate weight, you have to create a calorie deficit: burn more calories than the amount you eat. If this is indeed true than what could be simpler than to simply cut down the calories you consume to almost nothing? This seems like an easy and logical way to produce a enormous calorie deficit that should lead to losing weight, right?

Wrong!

Starving yourself to lose weight is the absolute wrong thing you should do in order to achieve a long term weight loss. In fact, you may be jeopardizing your health and making it very tricky for yourself to lose weight and keep it off for years to come.

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Why starving yourself to lose weight does not work?

1. Emotional – Have ever tried going without food for at least 1-2 days, or even going on hardly any of it? It is not fun. In actuality, it can quickly become quite depressing. This is precisely what you do not want to happen when you’re trying to lose weight. You want to remain motivated so you will have the ability to stick with your diet plan for the long run.

2. Cocoa Rat Removal – Just like a car can’t run without fuel, your body can not run without food. This is your fuel, what you need to put into your body in order for it to run correctly. You may be risking your health if you’re trying to starve yourself. You may experience fatigue, lack of energy, loss of muscle, baldness. Trust me, this is insecure.

3. In terms of weight loss, starving yourself might be counterproductive. It slows down your metabolism to decrease the speed in which you burn calories. This is done in order to maintain whatever calorie stores your body has. It’s trying to be certain you are going to be able to survive without food for as long as possible. It is a survival mechanism.

In addition, if you start eating normally again, your metabolism is so slow that you get started gaining the weight back!

I hope that I have convinced you not to go on a starvation diet. It’s not a smart way to try and lose weight.

Turkey Vultures

When I was a young girl, many, many years ago, my Mother and I frequently picked wild strawberries as a special summer treat for this night’s dessert. On one occasion, as I bent down to loosen a cluster of sweet little red berries from their stalks, from the corner of my eye something caught my attention. I looked past our neighbor’s house, and into the sky above’Sugar Hill’, where I had enjoyed watching so many awesomely beautiful sunsets. A large dark bird with an impressive wingspan was moving quietly and slowly, circling in the sky over the hill.

Brown and White Vultures Standing on Grass Field in Close Up Photography during Daytime

“What IS that, Mom?” My mother stopped picking berries and stood upright, shading her eyes from the bright sun. “Oh”, she said with a positive note,”that is a turkey vulture riding a thermal.”

The truth about turkey vultures:

Gentle, affectionate and dedicated parents
Do not spread any diseases at all, contrary to popular beliefs
Essential part of Nature’s cleanup crew
Perform removal of carcasses before they can become diseased
Purify environment by removing animal cadavers that are already infected
Considered sacred in some cultures for their gift of sanitizing
Enjoy soaring on high with hot thermals to lift them ever upward
Resemble wild turkeys with their red featherless head, dark body and two-tone wings
When you think of vultures, what images come to mind? Lazy, dirty, aggressive, morbid harbingers of death? Want to call Cocoa Raccoon Removal for removal? While those are clear responses, I fear they are based on images conjured up by Hollywood Westerns.

The black vultures most often seen from the west and south throughout Mexico are indeed competitive.

Common all over the United States, it is the turkey vulture that uses its highly developed ability to detect the stench of cadavers, even at great distances. These large eagle-sized birds sport distinctive two-toned wings which are dark brown, with silvery gray feathers on their wing edges.

Turkey vulture heads are small and featherless for an excellent reason. Think about it–much like workmen dress for the job, these birds do the opposite. They undress (their heads) to the job at hand. If their noggins had feathers, they would find all gummed up when they dove into carcasses. It’s not pretty, but it is true. Vultures would be spending far too much of their time preening and cleaning rather than filling their bellies. The smaller head size enables them to get into all the nooks and crannies where the meat is. In the bird world, efficiency most often translates into survival.

When the young hatch out of their camouflaged eggs, they are helpless to defend or feed themselves. Their parents are ever watchful for potential predatory attacks, and they are adept at providing loads of food for their downy chicks for the next 60 to 80 days.

Vultures are an elegant part of Nature’s cleanup crew. In some cultures they’re revered as cleansers and sprays. Buddhists believe they have the ability to release the soul and take it to Heaven. So it is a routine practice to offer their deceased to vultures for’cleansing’ and delivery to the firmament, also known as’sky burials’.

Their scientific name, Cathartes aura, actually translates to either’purifying breeze’ or’gold purifier’. Either of those interpretations is more accurate than the word’vulture’, which means to tear.

Turkey Vultures are gentle creatures, despite their ghoulish reputations. They’ll take turns, as opposed to fight over bits and pieces of flesh. Other birds, such as the smaller black vultures and hawks, find it easy to push them away out of their own finds.

Possessing excellent immune systems prevents them from contracting any nasty diseases from the dead animals they ingest. When roosting on the ground or atop a dead tree stump, they spread their wings outward with their backs to the sun to help rid them of parasites contracted from their food resources.

If they feel afraid or threatened they regurgitate (frequently at the direction of the perceived threat). This offensive action repels, and takes their attacker by surprise, with the sight and odor that is horrible. Plus, it serves to lighten the load for a faster get away!

The unfounded fears that turkey vultures spread disease often prompts intentional shootings and unkind poisonings and trappings. However, these birds keep the surroundings clean and disease free, rather than the reverse.

All living things have a role on this Earth. The much maligned Turkey Vulture serves a noble purpose. We will need to look past the superficial idea of attractiveness, and give the Turkey Vulture that the reverence it’s earned and deserves.

All about Gopher turtles

Where exactly do you get a title at? The Lion is the King of the Jungle right? If I had one it probably wouldn’t be so flattering, alright now keep the wise cracks to itself! Knowing my friends I can guarantee it would be less than flattering. This brings me to an animal that has been given a title with some authority. The Gopher Tortoise, Nature’s Landlord or maybe the Landlord of the Sand hills, either way it’s definitely better than the moniker I would probably end up with. Its’ claws are wide and flat with little protective scales extending up the tortoises shovel like front legs.

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus Polyphemus Turtle

Their burrows can be up to 40 feet long and 10 feet deep, descending at a 30 degree angle. The width of the burrow is usually the length of tortoise, allowing for it to turn around in any section of the burrow. The male Gopher Tortoise can get a mean of 17 burrows while the female preserves an average of 9, but it is common to have more than 1 tortoise sharing the same burrow. Fellow tortoises are not the only species that share the burrows, actually not even close. The title Nature’s Landlord comes in the fact up to 360 different animal species seek refuge from the tortoises burrow. Cocoa Wildlife Removal.

The list includes the gopher frog, the Florida mouse, opossum, indigo snake, pine snake, armadillo, burrowing owl, gopher cricket, scarab beetles, the Florida Scrub-jay and many others. The Gopher Tortoise is cold blooded averaging 10 inches long and up to 9lbs, its’ life span ranges from 40- 60 years but in captivity can live over 100 years. This specific tortoise belongs to a group of land tortoises that originated in North America nearly 60 million years ago and from the almost 23 species known to have existed on this continent as little as 4 species remain today. Once a year the female tortoise will lay an average of 6 eggs depending on their body size and it takes about 100 days for the eggs to incubate.

The gopher tortoises have temperature dependent sex determination, if the temperature of the sand is above 30 degrees the hatchlings will be female and under 30 degrees they’ll be male. The man tortoise has a concaved plastron (bottom shell) with a protruding plastron under the tortoises chin while the female’s bottom shell is perfectly flat.

When the tortoises head and neck are completely retracted into the shell, the tortoise is generally protected from most predators. Although the tortoise has some natural dangers like climate and disease, humans are the primary cause for the decline of the species. In a list which range from street mortalities to habitat destruction human interaction has played a major part in bringing this gentle herbivore closer to extinction. Florida gets the gopher tortoise present in all 67 counties which has it on the list as a species of special concern.

And Alabama have them listed as a threatened species but South Carolina and Mississippi have the tortoise on the endangered species list. The Gopher tortoise is an important part of the ecosystem and a few of the species that share its burrows couldn’t exist without them. Raising awareness and enforcing the protective laws is the only hope to keep Nature’s Landlord from being evicted