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Quick and Healthy School Lunch Ideas

School is back in session and it’s time to think about school lunches again. It’s not always easy coming up with quick, and yet healthy, ways to keep the kids fed during the school day. Here is a great video with some suggestions that should help you get started for the year ahead.

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Late Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups

Do you hit a slump in the afternoon and feel like crawling into bed? Many of us do, and it’s not hard to get over that period and into the evening, especially if these are hours when you’re still working. Here are four ways to try to manage the afternoon.

*Take a Break: Get away from your screen for a few minutes and get some exercise. Even if you just go outside for five minutes or do stretches by your desk, you’ll give yourself energy.






*Get Rid of Sugar: Sugar can actually make you feel worse, even though you think you’re using it as an energy boost. The fast boost is often followed by a slump as your blood sugar levels plummet in response to the hormone insulin that is released when you eat sugar. So stay away from the sweet stuff in the afternoon.

*Avoid Heavy Lunches: A heavy lunch will definitely make you want to put your head on the desk afterwards. So eat a light lunch with some protein and vegetables to keep you alert through the afternoon.

*Enjoy a Bit of Caffeine: While caffeine, like any other substance, can be used too much, in moderation it can be a helpful energy boost. Having one cup of coffee after lunch (if you haven’t already had too much during the day) can be helpful for many people. Don’t drink it too late, however, as it may make it hard for you to fall asleep at night.cappuccino-593256_640

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Study Finds New Dads Pack On the Pounds

baby-22194_640New dads – watch out. When that baby arrives you just might find yourself putting on the pounds. Experts who tracked 10,000 men for two decades from their teens through their early thirties found that dads were more likely to put on weight in the years after their first child arrived. Men who had no children, in contrast, actually lost weight over the period.

The researchers, who published their work in the American Journal of Men’s Health, said that fathers who put on weight were at higher risk for health problems. The study leader from Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Craig Garfield, said, “The more weight the fathers gain and the higher their body mass index, the greater risk they have for developing heart disease as well as diabetes and cancer.”

Ironically, the researchers found that even fathers who didn’t live with their children put on this weight, although they didn’t do so as quickly as did live-in dads.

They found, overall, for a six foot tall man, that those who had a first child put on 4.4 pounds, those who had a child but didn’t live with their children put on 3.3 pounds and men who didn’t have children lost 1.4 pounds.
Dr. Garfield emphasized that the study should teach general practitioners to speak with their patients about their health. As he said, “New dads are coming into the health care system as a paediatric chaperone.This is an opportunity to talk about things that are important for dads’ health and the child’s health and to offer dads nutritional counselling and mental health education.We now realise the transition to fatherhood is an important developmental life stage for men’s health.It’s a magical moment where so many things change in a man’s life. Now the medical field needs to think about how can we help these men of child-rearing age who often don’t come to the doctor’s office for themselves.”

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Fat Fighting Foods: The Top 10 List

flax-seeds-157190429A recent article on DailyMail revealed 30 of the top foods to eat to try to lose weight. Working with nutritionist and author Fiona Kirk and with nutritionist Sharon Morey, they created this list. Here are the top ten that they presented. Read the full article to see the rest.

  1. Peanut Butter: providing long-lasting energy and a reduction in sugar cravings.
  2. Apples: contain a chemical called pectin which limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb.
  3. Red wine: drink once in a while as grape seeds contain substances that have an inhibiting effect on weight gain.
  4. Flax seeds: metabolism boosting high quality protein and fibre.
  5. Green Tea: can boost metabolism and may aid weight loss.
  6. Grapefruit: the unique chemical properties help reduce insulin levels
  7. Broccoli: study after study links calcium and weight loss
  8. Soybeans: contain lecithin, which will stop your cells from accumulating fat
  9. Quinoa: a great source of complete protein
  10. Oats: cholesterol-fighting, fat-soluble fibre
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Could You Be Colorblind?

crayons-428283_640Have you ever wondered if you’re colorblind? Do people point out to you that you are dressed a bit funny, with colors that others wouldn’t choose? Or do you hear people discussing the vibrancy of flowers, or the lovely color of the sunset, and you just don’t see what they are talking about? With this easy test, you can see if you might have one of the three types of colorblindness.

Learn more about the types of colorblindness that people have – and find out if you are one of them!

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Nancy Glass: Making It Work from Philadelphia

While most of us assume that all production companies are based in Los Angeles or New York – Nancy Glass of Nancy Glass Productions is proof that this is not always the case. In an interesting article just published, Glass shows her out-of-the-box thinking and location – and why they are working for her.

As Glass said to her employees, “We do great incredible television in Philadelphia.” Glass has managed, from her Philadelphia headquarters, to become one of the top reality-TV producers in the country. Her portfolio is quite diverse, including 50 cable specials, 24 series and three documentaries.

As Brent Montgomery, chief executive officer of Leftfield Entertainment in New York said, “Very few companies outside of New York and Los Angeles have found real success, and Nancy is one who has.”

Nancy Glass Productions currently has a staff of 50-85 employees depending on the time of year and the filming schedule. She also brought two partners into her business this year, Rearrange Media and Argle Bargle Films.

Certainly, Philadelphia has downsides as a place for a TV production company. She does have to travel a great deal to sell her “sizzle reels” which are three to four minute clips of ideas for cable series. The upsides, however, include lower overhead costs in real estate and taxes and a stable workforce. As she concluded, “You take a risk on things you like. That’s what you do. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Summer Travel Just Got That Much Better

If you’re traveling this summer, you won’t want to be without this product. The ShelfPack is a revolutionary roller suitcase that has….drawers in it when you unpack!

It is designed by California-based McKaba Luggage and is priced at $349.

Check the product out and enjoy your summer travels.

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One Man’s Crusade Against Sugary Drinks

coca-cola-473780_640Here is an interesting way to take a stand. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has declared that he’s putting a “sugar tax” on all sweet drinks that are served at his restaurants. And he is doing so as a protest to the government’s refusal to introduce such a measure. He plans to charge 10p for every sugary drink bought at his stores, and the money will go towards better education about healthy eating.

As he told the Sunday Times: “I was born into the restaurant industry and I truly believe that by joining together on this issue we not only send a powerful and strong message to government but we also have the potential to make a long lasting legacy that could ripple across the world. I’ve seen first-hand the heartbreaking effects that poor diet and too much sugar is having on our children’s health and futures. Young children are needing multiple teeth pulled out under general anaesthetic and one in three kids [is] now leaving primary school overweight or obese. Soft drinks are the biggest single source of sugar among school-age kids and teenagers and so we have to start here.’

All money from the levy will go into the fund for the charity Sustain, which advocates for better food and farming policies and practices to support children to eat more healthy foods. The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group plans to kick off the efforts by donating £25,000 and they expect to raise about £80,000 in the first year from the tax.

Recently, when urged to impose such a tax, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Cameron did not “believe that the right approach here is to put sugar taxes on hard-working people to increase the weight and cost of their shopping baskets.”

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