A Different Perspective On Life



Every so often someone will compare their present day troubles to their carefree days of childhood and lament: "Things were so much simpler then." But is childhood so truly simple? If you think about it, many of the concerns of children and adults are similar, perhaps only varying in degrees of magnitude. 

For example, adults work to earn money that is applied to home and auto payments. Children mow lawns and sell lemonade to pay for a new bicycle, baseball bat, or model train set. In fact, it wasn't - and still isn't - uncommon for children of terribly impoverished families to take on the financial responsibility for the entire household.

The difference between the seeming simplicity of childhood compared to the difficulties of adulthood is the exuberance and hopeful anticipation of things to come. Most children see the world through innocent eyes* whereas most adults rely on a lifetime of experiences - some of which happen to be disappointments - that gradually replace innocence with a cynicism that often clouds their judgement.

So what can you do if you ever find yourself wishing for a return to the days of your youth? Have faith. Yes, faith in a better way, in a better life. When you approach a new situation, don't rush to judgement. Instead step forward with a belief that you're being presented with an opportunity to grow as a human being.

When you cast off worry and dread, giving these things to God, negative influences will have no power over you, which means that you'll be less likely to make rash decisions that would come back to hurt you later on.

Faith; it's not so much a unique perspective on life, just a different one than you might be accustomed to.

*innocence is the absence of knowledge and judgement*


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Are Vitamin Supplements Beneficial For Your Health?

Are Vitamin Supplements Beneficial For Your Health?

Are Vitamin Supplements Beneficial For Your Health?

When it comes to all the hype about vitamins, you have probably wondered "Are vitamin supplements beneficial?" Despite the numerous nutritional studies conducted over the past few years, there is still much controversy surrounding the issue of daily vitamin supplements.

The question is not whether taking a daily multivitamin is safe - a daily regimen including a multivitamin has been proven both safe and effective. The question really boils down to whether an individual can get all of the required vitamins and minerals from their diet.

As you probably know well, today's hectic lifestyle makes it very difficult to plan, prepare, and serve a nutritionally well-balanced diet. With people spending more time at work, or shuttling the kids to their extracurricular activities, eating out has become a standard practice for most individuals and families. Therein lies a major dietary problem!

Eating fast foods, or over-sized portions from the local diner, leaves a lot to be desired from a nutritional standpoint. These foods are often prepared with artery clogging oils, saturated fats, and nutritionally deficient ingredients.

When was the last time that you felt you ate a well-balanced meal at your local fast food restaurant?

Worse yet, many people skimp on meals, or miss them altogether, as their busy schedules take precedent over supplying their bodies with needed nutrition, including vitamins and minerals.

Another common "symptom" of today's fast-paced lifestyle, stress is known to have a debilitating effect on an individual's body and reduces its ability to process food efficiently. Unfortunately, stress has become a way of life for all of us. Our busy lives, and the methods we employ to cope with the resulting stress, almost ensures us of experiencing deficiencies in many essential vitamins and minerals.

If the above example even remotely resembles the way you live, it is very likely that you would benefit from a recommended daily vitamin supplement. On the other hand, experiencing a vitamin deficiency can result in serious physical issues. Symptoms can range from fatigue and listlessness to circulatory problems and nervous system damage.

So, in answer to the question "Are vitamin supplements beneficial?", the answer is a definite YES. Both children and adults can benefit from taking vitamin and mineral supplements on a regular basis. A high quality multivitamin supplement taken daily can be viewed as a nutritional "insurance" policy.

So tell me, are you willing to take the risk of being nutritionally "un-insured"? The decision is yours!

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Brookwood Farms, Inc. Recalls Pulled Pork Products Misbranding And An Undeclared Allergen



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Brookwood Farms, Inc., an establishment in Siler City, North Carolina, is recalling approximately 126,570 pounds of pulled pork products due to undeclared allergen and misbranding. The product contains soy, a known allergen which is undeclared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class II Recall of Low Health Risk.

According to the USDA, the fully cooked, pulled pork items were produced between June 12, 2014 and Oct. 21, 2016. 

The products subject to recall are:

  • 5-lb. plastic bags containing “COOKED PULLED PORK CARNITA STYLE.”

The recalled pork products were distributed for institutional use nationwide; they bear establishment number “EST. 1740” inside the USDA mark of inspection and code 15006 on the label.

The USDA said the problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during routine labeling activities.

According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of illness or injury resulting from eating the recalled products. They suggest that anyone with concerned about illness or injury should contact a healthcare provider.

The USDA said that people who bought the recalled pork products should not eat them, instead they are recommended to throw away the products or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Craig Wood, Vice President, at (919) 663-3612 ext.226.


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Get Cooking - Tips and Recipes For Fast Weeknight Meals

Get Cooking - Tips and Recipes For Fast Weeknight Meals

Submitted by: Lorraine Matthews Antosiewicz

Let’s Get Cooking! Here are a few cooking tips and tricks to help you get a tasty meal on the table in no time and feel good about what everyone is eating.

1. Plan Ahead

You’ll be more efficient and prepare healthier meals by planning ahead. Pick a day when you can take 20 minutes or so to inventory your fridge/pantry and use this template to plan out your meals for the week http://njnutritionist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/7-day-meal-planner.pdf. Prepare an organized grocery list and make a trip to the grocery store. Having a weekly meal plan will allow you to identify small do-ahead steps that you can knock out in advance; for example, making a marinade the night before for chicken cutlets or prepping several days of salad greens at once. No matter when you fit it in, planning ahead will set you up for fast (stress-free) healthy meals all week long.

2. Slow Cooker (aka crock pot)

Slow cookers prepare your meal for you while you are away so you can come home to a kitchen smelling like a yummy home-cooked meal. Slow-cooked dishes are ideal for making ahead and reheating for lunch or dinner tomorrow, or freezing for a quick meal next week.

Slow Cooker Buying Guide http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/slow-cookers/buying-guide.htm

Slow Cooker Recipe http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/crock-pot-santa-fe-chicken-425-pts.html

3. Freezer Favorites

Stock your freezer with a few dishes that freeze and defrost easily so that all you have to do on those hectic weeknights is reheat. For example, bake a large tray of lasagna or a big pot of chili on the weekend, divide into 2 or 3 smaller meal-size portions, and freeze for easy reheating during the week.

Glass Food Storage Containers http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0116IVIBO/ref=s9_hps_bw_g79_i6

Guide to Freezing Food Safely http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/freezing-and-food-safety/ct_index

Freezer-Friendly Recipe http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-veggie-loaded-chili-freezer-friendly/

4. Re-fresh Leftovers

Zapping leftovers in the microwave can definitely leave something to be desired. But when leftovers are transformed completely into another dish, it’s a whole different (delicious) story. Using leftover chicken as a filling for tacos or combining it with cooked rice and veggies to make a stir-fry is genius and easy.

Leftover Chicken Recipes http://funcheaporfree.com/2015/05/3-easy-recipes-using-the-same-chicken-taco-leftovers-taco-twosday/

5. One-Pot (or pan) Meals Make Clean-Up a Snap

A quick and easy route to a healthy quick dinner is to make it in one pot or on one baking sheet. Not only does this save you the time of preparing a main dish and two sides, you have far fewer dishes to wash at the end.

Easy One-Pan Salmon Recipe http://www.popsugar.com/food/Easy-Salmon-Crispy-Cabbage-Kale-36794299/

Easy One-Pan Chicken Recipe http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-One-Pot-Recipes-26937863#photo-37524680

Easy One-Pan Pasta Recipe http://www.marthastewart.com/1083334/martha-stewarts-one-pot-pasta-recipe

6. Invest in a Pressure Cooke

Pressure cookers are amazingly useful tools with the ability to quickly tenderize meat and vegetables, and extract their delicious flavors. These simple pots trap steam, which in turn builds pressure, creating higher cooking temperatures and reducing cooking time. Today's models are nearly foolproof. A pressure cooker will put a hot meal on the table in less than 20 minutes. You can use them for almost any recipe that's based on moist heat like braised meat, beans, or a stew.

Guide to choosing a pressure cooker http://www.healthyarea.org/best-pressure-cooker-ratings-consumer-report/

Pressure Cooker Risotto Recipe http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/12/pressure-cooker-mushroom-risotto-recipe.html

Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup http://www.food.com/recipe/pressure-cooker-lentil-soup-187652

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/7538-pressure-cooker-easy-chicken-and-rice

7. Have a few go-to meals.

Always have healthy ingredients on hand for a couple quick go-to meals you can make on any given day. Keep these meals as simple as possible. Here are five ideas for healthy dinners you can have on the table in 20 minutes or less:

• Grilled cheese or tuna melt with sliced tomato; cup of lentil soup; tossed green salad; and fruit

• Pizza prepared on a toasted whole wheat English muffin or whole grain tortillas, topped with tomato sauce, chopped veggies, shredded cheese; tossed green salad; and fruit

• Veggie omelet made with cheese and leftover veggies, whole wheat toast, and fruit

• Stir-fry shrimp and veggies served with brown rice; tossed green salad and fruit

• Microwaved sweet potato topped with black beans, salsa, and grated cheese; tossed green salad and fruit.

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Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company Recalls Select Products Containing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pieces Purchased From Outside Supplier Aspen Hills Because Of Possible Listeria Contamination



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc. has announced that it is recalling select ice cream products, because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by Aspen Hills, Inc., which has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The company said the ice cream products were distributed to various ice cream shops around the country, online outlets and limited grocery stores.

The ice cream products were distributed to the following state:

  • CO
  • CT
  • IA
  • IL
  • WA
  • MN
  • PA
  • WI
  • OH
  • AL
  • AZ
  • FL
  • GA
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MO
  • ND
  • NE
  • OK
  • SC
  • TX
  • WV

According to Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc.,  4,183 3 Gallon Cartons and 5,296 Pints are affected by this recall. The company said includes the following products with code dates provided:

  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. 3 Gallon Cartons
  • Cookie Dough Ice Cream 12/29/17, 12/19/17, 12/13/17, 12/6/17, 11/26/17 & 11/15/17
  • Heaps of Love Ice Cream 12/29/17, 11/24/17 & 11/8/17
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 12/1/17 & 11/18/17
  • Sticks & Stones 12/27/17, 12/2/17 & 11/10/17
  • Yippee Skippee 12/1/17
  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. Pints
  • Cookie Dough Ice Cream 12/13/17, 12/9/17 & 11/26/17
  • The Baked Bear brand 3 Gallon Cartons
  • Cookie Dough 12/6/17, 11/26/17 & 11/15/17

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc. said the affected product can be identified by the code date listed on the bottom right hand corner of the product label on 3 gallon cartons and by the code date listed on the bottom of each pint.

Listeria monocytogenes is potentially lethal bacteria which can cause serious or life-threatening illness in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, frail persons and young children. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Health people who become infected with listeria may suffer the following symptoms:

  • severe headache
  • high fever
  • stiffness
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain

The company said that to date there were illness reported that they were aware of.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc. urged customers to throw away the affected products. "Full credit will be offered for a full refund of the products in question", the company posted on the FDA website.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc. said that customers can contact them at 800-466-8043 or via email at info@chocolateshoppeicecream.com.

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What Are The 3 Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors?

Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors

What Are The 3 Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors?

By: Jeremy Markum

The 'Rule Of 3' Meets Pareto's '80/20' And You Get Fit Faster As A Result!

Everybody likes simple lists.

Everybody likes Rules Of Thumb.

And as far as I can tell, everyone wants tighter abs and more energy.

So, naturally, we all look for the "best" diets and the "best" training routines to bring us closer to that six-pack...ideally, in the least amount of time possible.

...Oh yeah--and we don't want to think too hard either!

The Old Way:
Counting calories? Fuh-ged-a-bow-dit!

Getting a bodyfat measurement each week? No way!

Calculating our new "estimated 1-rep max" for 27 different exercises? Puh-leeze.

So what's the solution?
Well, if you don't mind limiting our example to exercise for the moment, I think I have a few things that can help you in your endless search for the most efficient use of your fitness time.

(which is like, what? about 45 minutes a day 3-4 times a week if you're lucky?) ...It's OK--you're human! I do this stuff for a living, and I don't spend much more time than that myself.

Introducing: "The Rule Of 3-80/20 (Principle)"

Any activity of importance (like exercise) can be broken down into three, and only three Critical Success Factors. Furthermore, one of these critical success factors should account for 80% of your efforts. And the other two, on average, just 10% of your time, energy, and effort (that is, of course, if you actually want to get anything done).

Thus sayeth The Fitness Sage (that's me).

And you should listen to me when it comes to getting things done, because I have a Masters Degree *and* ADD (attention deficit disorder). Without principles like the above, I would be hocking blackmarket Pi-Tae-Boga-Lates tapes to out-of-work actors in LA.

Yeah, so I'm ripping off the Pareto Principle and the Rule Of 3, but you'll forgive me real quick when you see how this applies to your exercise routine.

Now that I've circumnavigated my point a few times, here it is real simple, in 3 (surprise, surprise) easy steps:

The Three Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors
1. Consistent Progression: Needs 80% of your time and attention.
2. Sufficient Intensity: Needs 15% of your time and attention.
3. Intelligent Evolution: Needs 5% of your time and attention.

Simple huh?

But maybe you need some clarification, so here goes.

Consistent Progression Explained:
There are really just 3-4 workout parameters that even matter to the average Jane or Joe who wants a good body and excellent health: Rest Period, Load, Reps-Per-Set, and Total Number Of Sets.

So your job is to simply pick one of these, hold all the rest constant, and improve your chosen workout parameter from week-to-week, workout-to-workout until you can no longer do so (just remember to hold everything else constant! especially total workout duration).

When you can't improve on your chosen parameter, pick a different one and repeat.

That's it. It really is that simple. Tools needed: 1 pocket-sized notebook and a stopwatch.

Of course, you might want some proven, superior methods to "improve on your chosen parameter." At the bottom of this article, you'll get your wish! But first...

Sufficient Intensity Explained:
Make sure you're doing resistance training folks. Not aerobics. Not LSD (long slow distance cardio). Or any other fitness fad that makes your lungs burn more than your muscles. If you're consistently getting 20+ reps on all your exercises, then you need to choose more difficult exercises. Period.

Cardio and aerobics have health benefits no doubt, but if you're really looking for "bang-for-your-fitness-buck", and you're short on time, then stick with resistance training. It's the only kind of exercise that builds muscle and boosts your metabolism permanently--not just during your workout.

Shoot for exercises that are so difficult, you can only perform between 1 and 15 reps. This could be weightlifting (if you lack the creativity and sophistication of a "Tao Of Functional Fitness" devotee who relies solely on portable exercise equipment--like Fitness Bands--and their own bodyweight), but it doesn't have to be. If you know how to manipulate leverage, even bodyweight only exercises can be made difficult enough.

Why just 15% of your time worrying about this? Because all you have to do is make sure most of your exercise (excluding a proper warmup of course) falls within this rep range. Not exactly rocket-science. Nuff said.

Intelligent Evolution:
This is just another term for "periodization" or "cyclic training." Basically it means that you need a strategy for changing your exercise routine over the long haul as you get stronger and closer to realizing your goals. Most of the time the Consistent Progression rule takes care of this, hence the paltry 5% of your noggin that's required to intelligently evolve.

But over the long haul, you sometimes need to dramatically change your workout protocol. There's not space here to explore all the ins-and-outs of doing this, but a simplified recommendation would be to cycle between phases where you focus on increasing the Average Load you handle during your workouts, and phases where you're more concerned with the Amount Of Work Per Unit Time you perform (i.e. "Strength" vs. "Density").

Consistent Progression (80%) + Sufficient Intensity (15%) + Intelligent Evolution (5%).

Find an exercise routine that gives you that, and you're on to something!

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Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. Recalls Yoma Myanmar Tea Salad Snack Due To Undeclared Peanuts



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. of Allston, Massachusetts has announced that it is voluntarily recalling the Yoma Myanmar brand “Tea Salad Snack” in Regular and Spicy, 7 oz., because the products might contain undeclared peanuts. 

People who are allergic to peanuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products.

The “Tea Salad Snacks" comes in a 7 ounce, clear plastic package marked with an expiration date of 6/15/2018 stamped on the bottom.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and via mail orders.

The company said the error was discovered during routine sampling by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Food Safety and Inspection.

Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. said the recall was initiated "after it was discovered that the peanut-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes."

Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. said production of the product has been suspended until they and the FDA are certain the problem has been corrected.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall.

The company urged consumers who bought the recalled 7 ounce packages of “Tea Salad Snack” in regular and spicy to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. at 617-412-6799.


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History of Perfume and Fragrance

History of Perfume and Fragrance

History of Perfume and Fragrance

Perfume is one of those products that may influence our emotions. People`s sense of smell influences behavior and sets different moods. It may even bring up memories of the past. As a marketing tool, perfume is also present in our everyday lives and it can be found in lots of consumer products. Besides the fact that perfume is so popular, have you ever wandered how it came into being what it is today? What`s the history of perfume?

Some anthropologists say that perfume was used by primitive man thru the burning of gums and resins for incense. Eventually from 7000 to 4000 bc, richly scented plants, animal and fatty oils of olive and sesame are thought to have been combined with fragrant plants to create original ointments.

Three thousand years ago in ancient Egypt, historians believe that perfume was first used in rituals, as part of their religious ceremonies, creating a pleasant smell. These scents came from gums, resin trees, oil and from a variety of plants resulting in a perfume unguent that was rubbed into the skin. Hundreds of years later, women of Egypt were using perfume for their cosmetic qualities. It is believed that Egytptian queen Cleopatra had her own exclusive balms and scents used as cosmetics and aphrodisiac, which helped her to conquer Julius Caesar and later Mark Anthony. Also from this same era, it is believed that perfume was used in Mesopotamia for ritual ceremonies. And farther east, in China, aromatic herbs were used for medicine purposes.

Later on as trade routes expanded, perfume became very popular and demand for scent products increased trade among different civilizations. Africa and India started to supply Middle Eastern civilization with spikenard and ginger. Syrians sold fragrant goods to Arabia. Mediterranean civilization began buying cymbopogon and ginger from South Arabia. And so the trade of scent goods kept on, and as it continued to swell, fragrance perfume was eventually introduced thru time to several civilizations such as Hindus, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans and finally reintroduced hundreds of years later in Italy and France.

By the 13th century Italy was doing major trades of spices and perfumes with Eastern civilizations. Portugal and Spain were also trying to establish important trades of spices by having exclusive routes to the East. That`s how the new world of America got to be discovered.

As Italian perfume influence swept over neighboring countries, France began expanding the use of perfume by first offering perfumed gloves, which were most often perfumed with neroli or animal scents such as ambergris and civet. From then on, French perfume has become famous worldwide and today sets the standard for excellence.

Also France played a major role in reestablishing the use of perfume for therapeutic purposes in the western world. It has been reported that during Word War II, therapeutic perfume had been used in the treatment of wounds and burns, and later in the treatment of psychiatric problems.

Perfume has brought different people together in the past thru the trade of aromatic scents. It also played a major deal, since its trade meant economical power for the nations. And so the history of modern man has been greatly influenced by this special product, enabling new worlds to be discovered. On a personal level, perfume is capable of influencing people`s behavior and that by itself sets perfume in class by itself. Perhaps that`s what makes it so desirable by all of us.

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What Sugar and Fat Have in Common - And Why You Should Care

What Sugar and Fat Have in Common - And Why You Should Care

Submitted by: Lorraine Matthews Antosiewicz

Holiday indulgences can result in more than gaining a few extra pounds. Fatty sweet cookies, pies, and candy as well as excess calories and alcohol can lead to a spike in your triglycerides. Why should this concern you? It may be putting you at risk for heart disease. Read on and learn how to avoid it.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat that come from food, and your body also makes them. They are the most common type of fat found in the body. Triglycerides are continually circulating in the blood ready to be metabolized to provide a source of energy when needed, but their main function is to store energy for later use. When you consume more calories than your body can use, it converts the excess into triglyceride and stores it in fat cells. Fat cells hold the triglyceride molecules until your body needs energy between meals. Hormones signal the fat cells to release the triglycerides for your body to use.

Why do triglycerides matter?

When present in excess, triglycerides can be stored as fat which may lead to obesity and related health conditions over time. Research suggests that high levels of triglycerides in the blood may increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. According to the American Heart Association, young people with high triglyceride levels have a four times greater risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke than young people with normal triglyceride levels.

How are triglycerides measured?

Triglyceride levels in the blood are measured by a simple blood test. Your doctor will usually check for high triglycerides as part of a routine cholesterol screening called a lipid panel or lipid profile. Fasting for nine to 12 hours is required before blood is drawn for an accurate triglyceride measurement.

What is considered a normal triglyceride level?

The American Heart Association guidelines for triglyceride levels are as follows:

• healthy: below 100 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL)

• borderline high: 150 to 199 mg/dL

• high: 200 to 499 mg/dL

• very high: 500 mg/dL and above.

What causes high triglycerides?

Some people have a genetic predisposition to manufacture excessive amounts of triglycerides. Triglycerides can become elevated as a result of having diabetes, hypothyroidism, or kidney disease. Being overweight and inactive can also contribute to abnormal triglycerides. Dietary factors play a role as well.

How does diet affect triglycerides?

Eating too much of the wrong kinds of fats - saturated and trans fats - can raise your blood triglycerides. Triglyceride levels can also rise after drinking alcohol or eating foods that are high in carbohydrates especially sugary and refined carbs. This includes sugar, honey, agave and other sweeteners, soda and other sugary drinks, candy, baked goods, and anything made with white (refined) flour including white bread, cereals, pastries, white pasta, and white rice. Dried fruit and fruit juice contain high amounts of fructose which has a strong impact on raising triglyceride levels.

What is the recommended intake for sugar?

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons per day (25 grams) of added sugar for adult women and 9 teaspoons (37.5 grams) for men. While all individuals should limit sugar intake, it is especially important for those with increased triglyceride levels. Consumption of sugary low-quality refined carbs causes a sudden rise in insulin, which may lead to a spike in triglycerides.

About the Author: Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, MS RD, is a food and nutrition expert specializing in weight management and digestive health. She is committed to empowering people through education, support, and inspiration to make real changes that lead to optimal health and lasting weight loss. Take her Free Self-Assessment and learn how you can lose 20 lb. - or more. Jump Start your weight loss today! http://njnutritionist.com/freeassessment. This article was originally published at http://njnutritionist.com/what-sugar-and-fat-have-in-common-and-why-you-should-care and has been syndicated with permission.

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National Breast Cancer Rates Are Decreasing, CDC Reports



The results of a recent US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study show that medical science is making headway in lowering breast cancer mortality rates among women in the US. Although, breast cancer remains the leading cancer among women, this is good news for everyone hoping to put an end to this disease.

The findings which were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) show that during 2010 - 2014, the US underwent a significant decrease in breast cancer mortality rates among white women and while, rates of breast cancer among black women was not shown to be declining as quickly, the disease was taking fewer black lives.

The most noticeable decline is among younger women. In fact, the pace of decreasing breast cancer rates for black and white women under age 50 was the same. Comparing women ≥50 years of age, breast cancer rates declined more rapidly among white women.

Unfortunately, there is a higher incidence of breast cancer among women aged 60 - 79 years of age.

Study author Lisa C. Richardson and her colleagues aren't quite certain about the cause for the increased incidence among older black women, but they believe increased use of mammography may hold part of the answer. Also, there is a relationship between obesity and cancer. Black women tend to be overweight or obese - and people generally store more body fat as they age - all of which could account for the higher incidence.

The authors credit education as playing a very important role in the improving numbers.

"Continued decreases involve accelerating current progress and understanding breast cancer genomics for predicting risk and promoting effective treatment through new initiatives like the Precision Medicine Initiative and Cancer Moonshot." Richardson and her colleagues published in the MMWR.

They point to advanced understanding of breast cancer subtypes has enabled health care professionals to give black women diagnosed with breast cancer appropriate treatment based on their particular subtype. Prior to this, many physicians were unaware that black women tend to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, this lack of awareness hampered effective disease treatment.

Richardson and her colleagues recommend that "Public health professionals need to work in tandem with scientists and clinical researchers to monitor the successes of these newly developed therapies by assessing disparities at a population level using trends in incidence and death rates."


Although breast cancer is a very serious disease, there are ways that women may reduce their risk.

According to the CDC, these eight tips may help lower breast cancer risk:

  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly (at least four hours a week).
  • Get a good night's sleep. Research shows that lack of nighttime sleep can be a risk factor.
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
  • Avoid exposure to cancer causing agents (carcinogens) and chemicals that interfere with the normal function of the body.

  • If you are presently taking, or have been told by your doctor to take hormone replacement therapy or oral birth control pills, ask your doctor about the risks and if its right for you.
  • If possible, breastfeed any children you may have.

The CDC also said that women with a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes maybe at higher risk, these women are advised to talk to their physician about more ways to reduce their breast cancer risk.


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Article References

Richardson LC, Henley SJ, Miller JW, Massetti G, & Thomas CC (2016). Patterns and Trends in Age-Specific Black-White Differences in Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality - United States, 1999-2014. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 65 (40), 1093-1098 PMID: 27736827

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How to Cook Your Eggs the Right Way

How to Cook Your Eggs the Right Way

Submitted by: Cedric P Loiselle

Even people who went to cooking school may make mistakes in cooking eggs. These are not terrible mistakes anyway. However, you may try a few suggestions on cooking eggs the better way.

Boiling Eggs

Boiling eggs does not only mean placing eggs in boiling water for ten minutes. You will know the eggs are boiled perfectly when you see a bright yellow yolk. When the yolk has turned pale yellow and its surface turns greenish, it is overcooked.

The best way to boil eggs, use a large pot with space big enough to hold the eggs. Ideally, eggs should not be touching each other. When you fill the pot with water, use just the right amount of water enough to cover all the eggs. To test this, pour water in the pot and place an egg and see that the top of the egg is covered in water. Remove that egg. You will add the eggs when the water boils. Add the eggs gently using a spoon. Don’t drop the eggs carelessly to avoid cracks.

Usually, 8 minutes is enough to cook the eggs right. After 8 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the eggs and place them in cold water. Peel off the shell and serve the eggs.

Your Perfect Omelet

Omelets are not difficult to cook. You can cook an omelet in a small pan. Put a small amount of butter on the surface of the pan. The heat should be moderate so as not to overcook the egg omelet. While waiting for the butter to melt in the pan, crack the eggs and mix them in a bowl with some salt and pepper. When the melted butter starts to hiss, empty the egg mix into the pan. Stir the omelet using a soft spatula and make sure no curds form. Soon the egg becomes semisolid. This time, lift the pan and move it around. Wait until the omelet dries, but do not wait until it becomes brown. Turn off the heat and fold the omelet. Serve it immediately on a platter. To make this omelet more interesting, sprinkle chives.

French Scrambled Egg

There are a few ways to scramble eggs. You might have heard of the French style and the English style and all the other styles people learn in their own kitchens. You may want to try the French scrambled egg this time. It is preferred by many people for its moist consistency.

Put about 30 grams of butter in a large pot. Turn the heat on low setting and allow the butter to melt. Mix about 2-4 eggs in a bowl with ground pepper and salt. Empty the egg mix into the pot and stir it until it thickens. You will notice curds to start appearing. These curds are the cooked parts of the egg mix. Continue to stir it gently until much of the mix turns semisolid. Then, turn off the heat and add a bit more butter and 4 tablespoons of cream. Sprinkle some salt and parsley. Serving it with hot buttered toast would be nice.

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