What to keep and what to toss in the event of a power outage or other natural disaster.
Have a craving for sweets even though you ate just an hour ago? Imagine sitting down to a large, sizzling steak instead. “If you’re truly hungry, the steak will sound good, and you should eat,” says Richard Feinman, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. “If it doesn’t sound good, your brain is playing tricks on you.”
His advice: Change your environment, which can be as easy as stretching at your desk or turning your attention to a different task.
I am bookmarking this b/c this gal did a detox in order to pinpoint her digestive troubles. It is a good read if you have trouble with bloating.
Caramel coloring is often an ingredient, and sounds innocent enough. But do yourself a favor and read on:
FYI: I noticed on Wednesday at the grocery store that caramel coloring is present in most beef-based canned soup. I think I’ll buy the organic kinds instead…Also, the bad kind of caramel coloring shows up in beer and soy sauce quite often.
The only food rules you’ll ever need!! Read this!!
I particularly liked these:
Eat Rye instead of Wheat: Swedish researchers found that rye eaters were more full 8 hours after breakfast than wheat-bread eaters, thanks to rye’s high fiber content and minimal effect on blood sugar. As a result you’ll want to snack less and eat less for lunch.
Workout before a meal: Doing so will make the meals you eat right afterward more filling, according to British researchers—meaning you’ll eat fewer calories throughout the day.
Treat a hangover with asparagus: When South Korean researchers exposed a group of human liver cells to asparagus extract, it suppressed free radicals and more than doubled the activity of two enzymes that metabolize alcohol. That means you’ll feel like yourself again twice as quickly. (I wonder if you could prevent one with asparagus…)
Note: this is not meant to be a diet. It’s a list of things to avoid if, say, you have a night out in a sexy dress coming up and you want to look fantastic in it. The site recommends eating this way for 4 days beforehand. But as a general rule, I avoid sodas, most fried foods, sugar substitutes and chewing gum on a daily basis anyway.
I’ve spent years of my life fumbling around in grocery stores, guessing at which fruit or vegetable is in season, and being repeatedly disappointed at the taste of what I brought home. This has prompted me to do some research into which items are at their peak taste in each month of the year. Bonus: items that are in season are usually cheaper, due to their abundance; but price and availability will always vary due do things such as the distance items have to be shipped, how the weather has affected crops, etc.
If you want to know what is in season locally, Field to Plate has this handy guide that will tell you what is fresh in your state. Unfortunately for people who live in, say, Iowa, your local chart may only have about five different types of produce available in the winter months. Lucky for me, most stores ship produce in from other states. This guide to winter vegetables is a really helpful way to make sure you are getting a variety in your diet during the colder months.
Thankfully, your local farmers market will always have a variety of vegetables to choose from during the summer, so you may only need a guide to fruits then (only a small selection of fruits are grown in my state). I’ll update this as I find more information.
These are just a few:
Variety - Variety is the spice of life and fitness. You have to mix it up all the time. Stay curious, creative, and stick with the kinds of workouts that you enjoy. A variety of exercises, workouts, and sports will allow you to avoid injuries, plateaus, and boredom.
Consistency - Improvement and change occur when you do things often. Stopping and starting all the time will kill any momentum you need to succeed. Moderate forms of exercise, done consistently, provide far better results than the occasional full-body pummeling.
Intensity – Do the extra rep or two, increase your range of motion, and increase resistance as you get stronger. Intensity goes hand in hand with Variety and Consistency. The combination of the three work together as a triad that creates a platform for success.
The Plan – SCHEDULE ALL WORKOUTS IN ADVANCE. This creates accountability. Plan an entire month ahead of time. Try to schedule as many workouts as possible with friends who have similar goals.
Flexibility – Flexibility is the fountain of youth. Flexible people are much less prone to injury. Yoga and stretching allow you to bring more intensity to your workouts.
Food and Supplements - You are what you eat! Food and supplements are your fuel. The right fuel supplies proper energy and recovery through balanced brain chemistry. The right supplements simply fill in gaps in your diet.
The study of more than 12,000 children nationwide found that the more milk they drank, the more weight they gained: Those consuming more than three servings each day were about 35 percent more likely to become overweight than those who drank one or two.
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