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Although honey and cinnamon cannot magically melt the fat away, as some Internet sites say, there is a small amount of evidence behind the claims, and they may help you lose a small amount of weight when combined with a healthy diet. Consult your doctor before attempting any weight-loss diet, and don’t rely on any food to be the “magic bullet” for weight loss.
*For more weight loss tips, including How to Lose Belly Fat or the 10 Best Foods to Eat to Lose Weight, scroll to the bottom of this article to learn more.
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Honey and cinnamon as an aid to weight loss is a diet trend that has circled the Internet, reports WeWomen.com. It’s a not a diet but a cleanse that consists of a beverage made with the two ingredients that you drink twice a day. Proponents of the diet say that it helps you lose weight and fat without having to starve yourself or restrict your intake.
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The cleansing drink is simply a mixture of cinnamon and honey in a 1-to-2 ratio in water. To make the drink, put your cinnamon in a cup or bowl, add boiling water and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Once the cinnamon water has cooled, mix in the honey.
Drink half the liquid on an empty stomach before bed and the rest when you wake up in the morning before you eat breakfast. Store the drink covered in the refrigerator overnight.
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WeWomen.com reports that there’s no evidence that the honey and cinnamon beverage can help you lose weight. But there is some evidence that, individually, cinnamon and honey may offer some assistance in your weight-loss efforts.
A 2008 study published in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society found an improvement in body-fat percentage and lean body mass in a group of people with metabolic syndrome who were supplementing their diet with cinnamon. Their progress was compared to a control group.
Additionally, a study published in 2008 in the Scientific World Journal found that honey also helped promote a mild loss of body weight and fat in a group of obese people supplementing their diet with honey compared to a group supplementing their diet with sugar.
While these studies provide some evidence that cinnamon and honey may assist in weight loss, more research is necessary before valid claims can be made.
In addition to weight loss, honey and cinnamon offer other health benefits. The subjects in the 2008 cinnamon study also showed an improvement in blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Cinnamon may also help improve blood lipid levels, as well as reduce inflammation, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Honey is rich in a variety of nutrients including antioxidants, which help your body’s fight against free radicals and may reduce your risk of chronic illness such as cancer. Honey also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help prevent infection. In addition, it may soothe a sore throat and help reduce a cough.
Everyone knows it’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast, but that doesn’t mean it always happens. Often, it’s little more than coffee or you wind up grabbing a calorie-packed pastry. Even with breakfast cereal, it’s easy to end up with something that’s mostly sugar and simple carbs, which will leave your stomach growling in no time. When choosing a breakfast cereal, you’ll always want to go with an option that’s balanced with a good amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, without too much fat or sugar. If cereal is your go-to meal in the morning, these are seven of the healthiest options you can eat.
1. Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Whole Wheat Biscuits
Think of Frosted Mini-Wheats, except slightly better for you. This cereal has only four ingredients: organic whole-grain wheat, organic dried cane syrup, organic cinnamon, and natural cinnamon flavor. While it does have 9 grams of sugar, it contains 2 grams less than a serving of Frosted Mini-Wheats. While the carbohydrates are relatively high (like with most cereals), this option boasts 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving. This minimally processed cereal will give you energy to start your day and keep you full for much longer than the average bowl.
If you’re mindful of your sugar intake, the original version of Barbara’s Puffins Cereal is a great option. It only has 5 grams of sugar for a ¾-cup serving that offers 90 calories, 1 gram of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and only 23 grams of carbohydrates. It’s also made with no GMOs, wheat ingredients, or dairy. Opt for this cereal if you’re craving something crunchy with just a touch of sweetness.
It’s no secret that fruit is a smart part of a healthy diet. When a snack attack hits, pay a visit to your fruit bowl. Whatever’s in there is likely to be better for you than the contents of your pantry. But is all fruit created equal? Let’s investigate which fruits are best if you’re looking to lose weight.
Apples are a common favorite. They’re the ultimate snack: filling, juicy, crunchy, and portable. Studies have even shown that eating three apples per day can help with weight loss—not surprising, considering they’re chock-full of fiber, a nutrient that’s known to boost feelings of fullness and ward off hunger pangs.
There are plenty of ways to get your daily dose of apple: Chow down on a whole Fuji (apples are such a packable snack!), add pieces to your oatmeal, throw slices into a salad, bake some with your chicken, or cook up a low-cal dessert.
1 medium apple: 95 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 25g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 19g sugars, 0.5g protein
Watermelon is a double whammy: It’s low in calories with a high water content. This means you can eat two entire cups of watermelon for less than 100 calories and your stomach will feel like you’ve eaten more because the fruit is more than 90 percent water. Staying hydrated helps you feel full!
If you’re looking to lower your daily calorie intake, incorporating watermelon into your diet is a smart move. Munch on it whenever you feel the urge to snack. This way, you’ll avoid higher-calorie foods and satisfy your sweet tooth.
1 cup diced watermelon: 46 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 1g protein
Raspberries are small but mighty! These babies are low in calories, and even lower when you consider that they’re high in insoluble (indigestible) fiber. When you eat a 64-calorie cup of raspberries, you’re really only digesting about 32 calories. Put that together with the fact that raspberries have the highest fiber content of any fruit (1 cup = 8g fiber), and we’ve got ourselves a weight-loss winner. If you want to get creative with your berry intake, make this Creamy Coconut Raspberry Smoothie!
1 cup raspberries: 64 calories, 0.5g fat, 1mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 1.5g protein
There are a number of things you can resolve to do in order to turn back your biological clock and live longer, whether you’re in your 20s or 30s, all the way to your 60s, 70s, and beyond. In fact, research has shown it’s never too late to start healthy habits.
But what about the things you might stop doing—in the name of your longevity.
One of the major dietary changes that’s taken place in many countries over the last 30 years has been a shift to consuming more processed foods. Along with processing comes an increase in added sodium, more saturated fat, more sugar, and less fiber. The result? More cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes.
For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends consuming no more than 2,300 mg (less than 2.4g) of sodium each day—less for many seniors and other people with certain health conditions, like high blood pressure. Still, in a survey of more than 7,000 Americans, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found people consume an average of 3,300 mg of sodium per day. Most of the salt comes from restaurant and convenience foods, like baked goods, cured meats and soup.
Do your body a favor, and try to eat “clean” more often, including foods high in fiber (which are linked to greater longevity) and other ingredients you purchase and prepare yourself. If you’re short on time (and who isn’t?), cook ahead in big batches, or splurge on ready-made salads and other fresh or frozen vegetables, while watching the sodium and sugar contents on the label.
If you’re a smoker, you know how hard quitting can be, but here’s some inspiration: The NIH says tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of death. Some estimates suggest smoking can rob you of a decade of life.
Whether you quit cold-turkey or phase out your habit, your body is surprisingly forgiving; blood pressure and circulation improve soon after quitting, and your risk of getting cancer decreases every year thereafter. Keep in mind that your family members will also benefit from your staying tobacco-free because they’ll no longer be exposed to dangerous second-hand smoke. You’ll look younger, too.
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If you don’t feel you have time to exercise, consider this: You may not need to hit theglobal minimum recommendations of 30 minutes a day, five or more times per week, to extend your life. A study published in 2011 in The Lancet, examining the activity habits of more than 416,000 men and women in Taiwan, found that gettingjust 15 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day helped subjects live three extra years. The longevity boost went up to four years of longer life for people achieving the threshold of 30 minutes a day. The results held true even for those with health problems like cardiovascular disease—and for overweight people who didn’t lose any pounds through their activity.
Brisk walking was one of the “moderate intensity” exercises cited in the Taiwanese research. You might have to make a conscious effort to work it into your daily routine, but 15 minutes of activity for an extra three years of life sounds like a longevity bargain.
When anxiety hits, it’s easy to point fingers at what might have triggered it: too many hours at work. A nasty breakup. Family pressures.
But what if the cause was a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck?
Your thyroid is responsible for sending out hormones that dictate your metabolism and growth, explains Dr. Amy Myers, the Austin, Texas-based author of “The Thyroid Connection” (Little, Brown and Company, out now). When it’s functioning normally, it keeps your body ticking along.
But if it’s thrown out of whack, either into overproduction (hyperthyroidism) or underproduction (hypothyroidism), it can leave you wracked with anxiety.
“If you have anxiety, checking your thyroid should be a routine part [of treatment],” Myers tells The Post. “The thyroid in and of itself can cause mood disturbances, particularly if you have an overactive thyroid.”
She says stress and anxiety can also trigger a thyroid disorder by creating a high-cortisol state. “It’s a Catch-22,” Myers says.
Luckily, blood tests offer a tangible way to diagnose and treat the hard-to-manage illness.
“There’s not one blood test that says, ‘You have anxiety!’ ” Myers says. “[But] there are very concrete tests … to find out if you have thyroid dysfunction.”
She suggests asking your doctor for a full thyroid work-up, which includes testing for antibodies. There are other symptoms you can ask your doctor about, including elevated temperature and high blood pressure.
“You know your body better than anyone else,” Myers says. “If you intuitively feel like this is more than anxiety, or if it’s just come out of the blue, you need to get it checked out.”
To prevent thyroid irregularities, Myers suggests incorporating stress-relieving activities into your daily routine. Start with taking long, deep breaths. “It’s very hard to be anxious if you take five counts in and five counts out,” she says. From there, try adding a hot bath or meditation.
You could also try restorative workouts, like yoga. Just be wary of over-exercising, which Myers says can worsen a thyroid condition — and anxiety.
“I see CrossFit people coming into my clinic and their adrenal [glands] and thyroids are burnt out,” she says. “Some people are built to handle it, but many of us are not.”
Donald Trump is threatening to dredge up former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities in his next debate with Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee has also accused Hillary Clinton of being unfaithful to her husband, The Washington Post reported.
“I don’t even think she’s loyal to Bill, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said at a rally in Pennsylvania on Oct. 1, according to The Washington Post.
Defending Trump’s comments, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that “everybody” has their own infidelities.
But does everybody actually cheat?
No, it’s “not true” that everybody cheats, said Nicholas Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah.
Rather, research from the past two decades shows that between 20 and 25 percent of married men cheat and between 10 and 15 percent of married women cheat, Wolfinger told Live Science. And those numbers have stayed pretty consistent over that time period, he added.
Kassia Wosick, a research affiliate at New Mexico State University and an assistant professor of sociology at El Camino College in Torrance, California, agreed that the majority of scientific studies show that the rates of cheating hover around 20 percent.
In one of Wosick’s studies, she found that 26 percent of men reported that they had cheated on their current partner and 19 percent of women reported that they had cheated on their current partner.
Overall, surveys have shown that rates of cheating haven’t changed too much in the past few decades, Wosick told Live Science. She noted, however, that there will be an occasional study that suggests that rates are higher, perhaps around 40 percent.
But what does appear to have changed is people’s attitudes toward cheating.
People disapprove of infidelity more now than they did several decades ago, Wolfinger said.
Part of this reason for this change is that people’s views about marriage have also changed.
Marriage means something different today than it did several decades ago, said Christin Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut.
In surveys from the 1970s, it was much more common for people to accept that their spouse cheated, Munsch told Live Science. They weren’t looking for their partner to be their best friend, their confidante and also an amazing lover like people do today, she said.
But people today expect to get everything from a relationship with a spouse, and they have really strong opinions about cheating, Munsch added. These days, people get “more incensed” at the idea of affairs, Munsch said.
Nestle USA has recalled select Nestle Drumsticks for possible contamination of listeria monocytogenes, which can lead to serious illness and birth defects.
The recall affects the Drumstick Club 16 Count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack, which were made at the company’s Bakersfield, California, ice cream production facility. The cones are 4.6 fluid ounces each.
In a news release, Nestle announced that investigators found listeria monocytogenes on equipment contact surfaces from a location on the production line at the Bakersfield facility. The Drumstick cones themselves have not tested positive for listeria monocytogenes.
The two recalled packs have the UPC codes 72554-11096 (Club) and 72554-00160 (24 count). The Club pack has a “best before” date range between June 2 and June 15, 2017, while the 24-count pack has a “best before” date range between June 16 and June 19, 2017.
The following production codes for affected products can be found on the back of the packages for the Club pack: 6244580212, 6245580212, 6246580212, 6247580212, 6248580212, 6249580212, 6250580212, 6251580212, 6252580212, 6253580212, 6254580212, 6255580212, 6256580212, 6257580212. The following production codes can be found on the back of the individually marked vanilla cones from the 24 pack: 6258580212, 6259580212, 6260580212, 6261580212.
The company advised consumers to avoid consuming the product and to return it to the place of purchase or contact Nestlé Consumer Services.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals can experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache and diarrhea. Pregnant women may suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.
A woman who took her 6-year-old daughter backpacking around the world says it’s been a “wonderful bonding experience.”
Evie Farrell, 43, a single mother of one from Sydney, Australia, decided to pack up and leave her 9-to-5 life with youngster Emmie after a close friend died of cancer.
The pair set off in February with about $22,800 in savings, and they have seen a whole host of far-flung places including: the Philippines to Taiwan, Malaysian Borneo, Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, London, Paris and China.
Evie, a public relations consultant, asked Emmie’s dad for permission before they jetted off and says he is “happy for us to travel together.”
UP ON THE BLOG: This is Emmie snorkelling on Lady Elliot Island at four years old. It’s on Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef and in a protected green zone. It’s the most amazing island – one side is a lagoon where turtles swim around and play, and black and white tipped reef sharks zoom past The other side is deep water for diving and snorkel safaris – on our last trip Emmie and I saw hundreds of manta rays up so close as they swam past us, feeding on a tidal line of plankton. Turtles nest here, and we’ve seen the babies hatching. It’s the most amazing place, we’ve stayed three times and Emmie started snorkelling here at four years old. A lot of the staff are young women studying marine biology and they are such great role models for children. Kids are so capable. Lady Elliot is remains one of our most favourite places and I would love you to experience it too, so try and get there if you can you can read more about it on our blog – link in profile above!
A packaging error has led Turkey Hill Dairy to voluntarily recall certain 48-ounce containers of its Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream because the containers may contain Rocky Road Premium Ice Cream, which contains the common allergens almonds and eggs, the Conestoga, Pennsylvania, company announced on its website Friday. As of Friday, Turkey Hill had not received any reports of illness.
The recalled items were sold after Sept. 8, 2016 in various stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Missouri, Alabama, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Illinois and Tennessee.
Affected products have a UPC code of 20735-42095 and a sell-by date of May 23, 2017, which is printed on the bottom of the package.
In a news release, the company advised customers who purchased the product to return it to its place of purchase for a full refund, or to contact Turkey Hill at 1-800-693-2479 for a replacement or refund.
“We apologize for this breakdown in our commitment to producing quality, wholesome products,” the company said in the release. “We know you expect and deserve more from our brand. We will use this incident as an opportunity to re-evaluate and refine our processes.”
Customers who do not have a nut or egg allergy are not at risk of harm if they consume the recalled products, according to Turkey Hill.
Is it dangerous to believe in miracles? Yes, when it comes to matters of health, the Washington Post reports. A new study found that people who put their fate in the hands of God were less likely to seek treatment or pursue healthy options that could forestall illness, such as quitting smoking.
Yet scientists writing in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine also found that “belief in miracles was related to greater life satisfaction.” That is because activities such as praying and reading the Bible help by “reducing the stress associated with chronic health problems and providing a sense of hope and optimism for the future.” More than 4 in 5 Americans believes in miracles, with half saying they have experienced one, per the Post.
Previous research has shown that evangelicals and religious African-Americans are more likely to cede control to God. In one study, 61 percent of black participants said God was in control of their cancer as opposed to 29 percent of whites.
But University of Michigan researchers who studied 2,948 people found that unless a patient is dying and beyond medical help, letting God decide a course of treatment is not likely to end well.
“Greater divine health deferral was associated with poorer symptoms of physical health,” the authors write. They recommend finding a balance between divine and personal control, and encouraging religious leaders to promote the benefits of healthy choices.
They also say teaching that the body is God’s gift may encourage people “to be more active in maintaining their own health because it is seen as a sacred duty.”