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The Science of Eating- Part 2

#4: The Mindless Margin

Wansink explains something called “the mindless margin,” which is a span of about 200 calories that can make the difference between gaining 10 pounds in a year (by eating 100 calories more a day) or losing 10 pounds in a year (by eating 100 calories less a day). The reason he calls it mindless is because your brain and body won’t even notice that the 100 calories are missing. In fact, he says 20 percent is the magic number. Our brains and stomach don’t notice if things are 20 percent smaller or 20 percent different — 30 percent is too much and 10 percent doesn’t cut enough for you to see a difference in weight.

#5: Out of Sight, Out of Stomach

Wansink found that when secretaries sit near clear dishes filled with Hershey’s Kisses, they ate 71 percent more — or 77 cal...

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Living a Healthy Life – 3 Food Lessons from Japan Healthy Lifestyles

Keys to a Long Life & Healthy Lifestyles

Living a Healthy Life - 3 Food Lessons from JapanIn Japan, people tend to live long, healthy lives. Cultural values certainly play a role – the Japanese emphasis on healthy lifestyles, moderation extends to meal times, where the widely followed cultural maxim instructs you to stop eating when you feel 80% full. But the food itself plays an even bigger part to living a healthy life: the Japanese diet is incredibly rich in seafood and vegetables prepared in ways that make for healthy eating.

But, you don’t have to be a Japanese-style cook to take advantage of the key ingredients that make Japanese food healthy for seniors, or to prepare delicious recipes like the three included here.

Perhaps the simplest way to evaluate the healthiness of a given culture’s diet is to measure the life expectanc...

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Pomegranate Berry Smoothie

pomegrane-berryThis berry smoothie is made with pomegranate juice and packs lots of satisfaction from banana and cottage cheese.

About 3 1/2 cups for 2, 1 3/4-cup servings | Active Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup water

Preparation

  1. Combine mixed berries, pomegranate juice, banana, cottage cheese and water in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Per serving : 206 Calories; 1 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 3 mg Cholesterol; 49 g Carbohydrates; 6 g Protein; 6 g Fiber; 133 mg Sodium; 625 mg Potassium

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 fruit, 1/2 nonfat milk

Article courtesy of www.eatingwell.com

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5 ways to fuel your brain

The brain is incredibly dynamic and has the potential and the ability to change at any point throughout our entire life. You have the power to enhance your brain function, protect your brain from damage and counteract the effects of aging! It all comes down to your everyday decisions.

Here are 5 small changes you can make in your life that can mean big differences in your cognitive abilities:

CONSUME MORE (HEALTHY) FAT

5ways-1Omega-3 fatty acids — which are found in foods like salmon, flaxseed and walnuts — offer a number of health benefits, such as improving cognitive performance and warding off mental and mood disorders...

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Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Emotions

M&M emotion game

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Many people even report experiencing profound personal growth after difficult periods in their lives. But this period of growth only occurs when the negative emotions are dealt with in a healthy way.
Rather than getting caught up in the suffering (“I can’t stop going over what I did wrong”) or trying to mask the feelings (“I just try to push it out of my mind”), a responsible and productive way to deal with negative emotions is to accept them as a natural human response to pain.
When you find yourself struggling with a difficult emotion, try one of these strategies:

  • Drop the thoughts you are telling yourself about the situation and turn your awareness toward your body...
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8 Steps For Dealing With The Impossible People In Your Life

Finally! A practical way to keep from losing control with out-of-control friends, bosses and family members.  From the author of Talking to Crazy. Mark Goulston, MD Oprah.com

Confrontations with irrational people typically follow a predictable script. Unfortunately, it’s a bad script. Here’s how it goes: You decide that it’s time to confront the person. You gather your courage. And you start talking. But a few words into the conversation, the person starts seething silently or tossing grenades like these:

  • “Maybe I’ll just kill myself and make you happy.”
  • “I know you’ve always hated me. Thanks for proving it.”
  • “F#@& you.”
  • “You’re wrong.”
  • “You’ve always disappointed me.”
  • “I never want to see you again.”
Man Holding Distress Flare In Forest

Man Holding Distress Flare In Forest; Johannes Hulsch/EyeEm/Getty Images

As the per...

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The Power of Dreams

We all know about the vivid adventures experienced while dreaming, but why is it all happening?

This Video is courtesy of http://shows.huffingtonpost.com


Laughter is the best medicine

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