There is nothing more eerily interesting to the common man as the mind of a serial killer. True crime continues to be the source of fascination for many, due to just how out of ordinary the crimes people commit can be, by people who could be next door neighbors or friends.
Nothing brings people together like food, and knowing that serial killers have a taste for something other than blood is as interesting as it is humanizing. Let’s explore the last meals of these convicted killers, before paying the ultimate price for their federal crimes: (more…)
It is a known fact that the right food helps keep the body healthy. For people who work a lot however, a mid-day snack is extremely important to keep your body in proper working condition. Simply having breakfast or lunch is not enough.
Most business owners work long grueling days, which require more energy than most. It’s very easy to eat poorly when in a rush, as fast food or a candy bar are very convenient, yet also very unhealthy. While at the office, you don’t have time to cook, so a quick snack is best.
The majority of offices do not have vending machines stocked with healthy options. It’s typically the complete opposite. While something like a candy bar or a soda might be quick and present you with an initial burst of energy, they all eventually lead to a major crash, which can leave you struggling to finish out the day. You need to be operating at optimal energy levels at all times — no business owner has time for an energy crash during his or her busy days. Here are five healthy snacks to reach for mid-day that will help power you throughout the day.
We all know that yogurt is a good healthy choice, and it is also a great energy source. There are several different flavors to pick from, and you can also purchase plain Greek yogurt and add on your own toppings to keep it from being too boring. Fruit or nuts make good toppings and it keeps it healthy.
“You need to make sure you look at the nutritional labels, as there are many flavors and brands that are packed with sugars. Just because it says yogurt on the container doesn’t automatically make it healthy,” advises Darryl Howard of NuWays MD, providers of stem cell therapy in Boca Raton. Some Greek yogurt contains more sugar than a candy bar, so select wisely or better yet stick to plain yogurt and add fresh fruit yourself.
Almond Butter Packets
Next on the list of healthy mid-day snacks that are ideal for busy business owners is almond butter packets. It is no secret that almond does provides the body with strength and energy – and in butter form, it just tastes better.
Almonds also provide the body with protein, which is an essential ingredient to keep your body healthy and fit, as well as fueled with energy. If you don’t like it in butter form, a handful of raw almonds is a healthy alternate to consider. They are very simple to pack as well as store in your desk.
“Protein bars are so easy to pack and break out when you need energy, and today you can find complete meal replacement bars that are low in fat and have no sugar. This helps to keep you powering throughout the day without crashing,” says Luqman Khan, founder of Wireloo, a company that reviews the best water purifying dispenser.
If you have a sweet tooth, consider a protein flavor that mimics a candy bar in flavor, just not ingredients. There are companies that have been known to make healthy bars which are rich in protein, iron etc. Typically, if they taste just like a candy bar they are packed with sugars and are essentially the same. You will have to be willing to give up a bit on the flavor side in order to keep them healthy. Protein bars provide the body with extra energy to keep you going strong all day.
Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits available, and they give you a great boost of energy while also giving you the fiber that your body requires, yet many people don’t get enough of.
While many health experts recommend bananas as a healthy snack option, you need to realize that they do contain a lot of sugar. “People often forget that most fruits are high in sugar, so eating fruits as a snack every single day isn’t always the best option. Bananas are good to mix in a few days a week. Just be aware that they generally contain about 14 grams of sugar,” explains Jake Braun of ChopperExchange, where you can find out what your Harley is worth.
Last but not the least are nuts. Nuts are known to possess protein which is essential for any working body and they help to keep blood sugar levels stable. Nuts also have vitamin E in them which is essential for the body as well, along with magnesium.
“Nuts are a great snack, but remember to just have a small handful, as their fat content is extremely high,” explains Dana VanDeCar, COO of Optimally Organic. While that is very true, you need to also understand that the fats found in raw nuts are healthy fat our bodies need in order to survive. You just don’t want to eat an entire can of nuts in one sitting.
Heath and diet fads come around about as often as a day ends in “-y” sometimes.
There are diets and health regimens in such numbers that it boggles the mind. There are plans that incorporate various types of foods (and excludes others), while there are others that focus more on exercise. Then of course, there are those that incorporate both because of the belief that exercise and certain foods will lead to better weight control, more energy, and other benefits.
Then there is “moderation in all forms.”
Among all of the diet and weight-loss fads, there are occasionally some trends that merge and become part of the new Western society. Vegetarianism and veganism have sprouted (pun intended) to the forefront, as have regimens like yoga and CrossFit. One of the recent Western “discoveries” in healthy food lately has been soybeans.
Soybeans were not necessarily part of Western culinary, though Virginia and several other American states grow and produce them. They have become prevalent in the last three decades, and that staying power seems to suggest that soybeans may not be just another “superfood” fad, but it may well be a trend that sticks around for a while. Why? Here are a few reasons:
- Better metabolism. Whether you are on a vegetarian diet or not, soybeans are valuable for the protein they offer. These proteins help restore and repair cells in the body, and when your body metabolizes more reliably because of enough protein, you feel and are healthier.
- Weight control. Soybeans can be good in any eating regimen. They are versatile in that they can suppress appetite to prevent overeating and unhealthy weight gain, amd they can also be eaten in large quantities to help provide healthy weight gain if you are a bit underweight. These seemingly contradictory qualities can help you maintain a healthy weight and be an ally in your maintenance plan once you have lost or gained the weight you needed.
- Helps the heart. Soybeans have low cholesterol and can prevent cholesterol buildup in the blood vessels, which helps the heart run more efficiently and improves circulation through the body.
- Boning up the bones. Soybeans have high levels of calcium and other vitamins and minerals which promote good bone health, and can contribute to growth of new bones and/or healing of injured bones. Eating soybeans, by extension, can prevent common aging ailments like osteoporosis, or brittle bones.
- Cancer/diabetes. What may make soybeans a “superfood” in some circles is that they can prevent cancer and/or the onset of diabetes. First, most cancers develop from free radicals which are released through metabolism – soybeans have what is needed to harness these free radicals before they infect healthy cells. And with diabetes, soybeans can grow the number of insulin receptors in the body, which can mitigate diabetes or prevent it altogether.
The latter point is perhaps the most compelling argument for including soybeans in your regular food-consumption routine as early in life in possible. With so many possible benefits of eating soybeans, it’s no wonder it has become a food trend – and it makes us wonder what took us so long to adopt them.
The days of waiting six months, for the next season to descend upon us, for the new trends to arrive is long gone.
Health and Beauty trends now move at a fast pace, even more so now with the creation and evolution of social media, fast-fashion and the constant want for what is new and fresh.
With the ever increasing fast pace of life, there is the counter-reaction of thinking, “What can we do to ensure our mind, body, and soul thrive plus be enriched?”
Well, the top 18 trends of 2018 are here! And they have proven to be spot-on. At the top of our list is Moringa. Native to India, Moringa is a plant which its leaves, fruit, and seeds are edible. Moringa is a trendy vegetable in Asian cuisine Moringa is the 2018 improved version of Turmeric, by being labeled as an even more powerful anti-inflammatory.
Moringa has two times the amount of protein as Spinach. Mark’s Fitness Blog has the reason for the importance of protein for your muscles as well, and three times as much iron filled with calcium, potassium, and vitamin A.
Another health and beauty trend to follow that is growing at a rapid pace is clean color cosmetics. As women move to more natural living and healthier lifestyles, they are seeking non-toxic makeup. However, in the past, non-toxic makeup was known for very little pigmentation. With new brands becoming more creative with their development, women are able to switch to non-toxic makeup while keeping their bold color choices and full coverage options. Therefore, we will continue to see a surge in beauty companies that offer natural or organic ingredients and they are anticipating the companies to have long-lasting staying power.
We are hoping this next trend goes from being considered a trend to a permanent and complete lifestyle change, what we all love to call Self-Care. By definition self-care is an extremely simple concept; care for oneself.
Easy, right? Caring for oneself should be effortlessly done without a question; yet, the thought of self-care used to sound selfish or a luxury that only wealthy women could afford to do. Now healthcare experts are pushing to educate women that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity.
How can one be an engaged mother, a productive career girl or a caring partner if we do not take the time for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate in this challenging world? Self-care can be as simple as taking a bath every Sunday night, going to bed every night at 9 p.m. or eating a balanced breakfast every morning. All-in-all, the whole point of self-care is to keep your mind and body energized.
In a society that thrives off the next and new exciting trend, it is important to remind oneself of not taking these trends too seriously. Whether it is the latest health trend like the benefits of Moringa or the latest beauty trend that we see with clean color cosmetics, what is important is that we exercise self-care and implement the trends that can be for the long-term, beneficial improvement of our lifestyles.
Dealing with menopause can be a daunting task for many women. Many of the bodily and hormonal changes can have a tremendous effect on one’s health and how one relates to other people.
Knowing exactly how to take care of your body during menopause, and especially providing it with all the essential nutrients can, however, help reduce any effects of perimenopause and its symptoms.
Knowing what foods to eat, and which to avoid is mandatory to help maintain your body’s balance. Outlined below are the top 3 foods you ought to avoid during menopause.
Foods That Can Contribute to Menopause Symptoms
- Caffeine and Booze
- Processed Foods
Sugar is one of the leading cause of weight gain and fatigue among women at menopause. According to research, sugars from processed foods can wreak havoc on your digestive system and send your hormones in disarray.
For this reason, most women start gaining weight as the body stores more of these sugars. It’s stored in the form of fats, which again increases the chances of having hot flashes.
While you should try to avoid foods loaded with processed sugars, it wouldn’t be advisable to go cold turkey. Replacing processed sugars with natural sweeteners such as honey, bananas, or coconut sugar should do the trick.
Caffeine and Booze
While everyone loves their cup of coffee, this could be the reason why you have had numerous hot flashes lately. Coffee is unusually high in caffeine, a stimulant that causes sleeplessness, insomnia, and stress to women over age 45.
Sleeplessness and stress can have a devastating effect on your body causing you to feel fatigued all day long. Reducing your intake of caffeine or caffeinated drinks can however help alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause.
Focusing on foods that help boost moods can help fight off caffeine already in the system. These foods include chicken, fish, fresh fruits, and dark chocolate among others. Peppermint and ginger tea is however recommended for women in during menopause.
Alcohol has an almost similar effect on women, with many of them experiencing severe hot flashes when consuming alcohol. If you have to drink (on special occasions), make sure it doesn’t exceed two bottles.
Not all foods that come in a nice packaging or container are healthy for you. For instance, candy bars, potato chips, and other processed foods are high in preservatives, processed sugars, and sodium, compounds that only make the condition worse.
Sodium in processed foods causes water retention, which in most instances leads to bloating. These foods also increase the chance of you gaining weight or even becoming obese, as well as trigger hormonal imbalance.
Avoiding foods that cause your body to be stressed, or destabilize hormone balance may be the key to dealing with menopause symptoms.
Other foods you ought to stay away from include fast foods, spicy foods, refined carbohydrates, and fatty meat cuts among several others. Just to be safe, consider switching to a healthy lifestyle by going for organic foods, supplements with natural ingredients, exercising, and most importantly, avoid stress.
Having the foods discussed above only makes the condition and its symptoms worse. Diet and lifestyle can have a huge effect on your overall health especially during the period of your life. It’s important to know what you are putting into your body and how to set it up for success.
Although many people believe that residents in Miami are mostly Cuban, there is actually a huge Nicaraguan population. Nicaragua, located in Central America, has their culinary roots from pre-Columbian times but as settlers came over their cuisine is now a mesh between two different cultures. Like other Latin American countries, the main ingredient that is heavily featured and used in a variety of ways is none other than corn.
However you choose to eat, snacking between meals is inevitable.
Rather than snatching for some fat-laden crisps after lunch or a whole tub of ice cream with a movie, it’s worth making just a little effort so you can get the taste sensation without blowing your weight loss goals.
Along with the Pink Heals diet, here are 5 great fun snacks to keep those hunger pangs at bay.
1) BBQ Sausage and Pepper Pizza Slices
If you have a party coming up and you fancy a few plates of pizza from the snack table but don’t want the usual overload of fat and carbs, how about making your own instead? It’s not hard at all and you can customize the toppings to taste. Ready in half an hour, this pizza is a superb treat that won’t cost you 2 hours in the gym.
- Pizza dough (1 lb)
- Flour (dusting)
- Olive oil (2 tsp)
- Peppers (1 red, 1 orange)
- Mozzarella (4 oz)
- Sweet sausages (8 oz)
- Red onion (1/2, thinly sliced
- Pepperoncini peppers (3)
- Pre-heat your grill to medium-high
- Dust your baking sheet with some flour
- Shape your dough into a 14-inch round then brush with half your olive oil
- Grill sliced sausages and peppers for 3 minutes
- Flip the food over and grill covered for 2 minutes more
- Grill the dough for 2 minutes then coat the top of the dough with the remaining oil
- Turn the dough and sprinkle the mozzarella and onion over the top
- Add the peppers, sausage and pepperoncini peppers
- Drizzle over the rest of the cheese
- Grill covered for 3 minutes then serve piping hot or reserve for cold snacks later
2) Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon
If you’re looking for finger food with a kick, you can’t go wrong with the classic jalapeño poppers. The fiery chili is balanced beautifully by the cooling cream cheese so you won’t go into meltdown from the heat. Swap out the bacon for turkey rashers if you want a leaner popper.
- Cream cheese (4 oz)
- Jalapeños (2, halved and seeded)
- Bacon (4 slices)
- Chives (2 tsp, chopped)
- Toothpicks (12)
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a baking tray with foil
- Soak your toothpicks in warm water to prevent them burning
- Mix up the cream cheese and chives in a bowl. Ladle this evenly into the chili halves
- Cut the bacon slices into 3 crosswise. Wrap a piece around each stuffed chili and spear with the toothpick to secure
- Arrange on baking tray and bake for 25 minutes
3) Almond Butter Banana Ingredients
Sometimes the key to a fun, nutritious snack is its very simplicity. Things don’t get much easier than these almond butter bananas, ready to wolf down in just 15 minutes and perfect for that sweet fix without too much damaging sugar.
- Banana (1 medium)
- Almond butter (1 tsp)
- Cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Cut a deep slit into the banana
- Pour in the almond butter then sprinkle with cinnamon
- Wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes
- Remove, cool and serve
4) Blueberries Covered With Frozen Vanilla Yoghurt
Whatever eating plan you’re following, blueberries are not going to be off-limits. The deep, fruity flavor contrasts wonderfully with vanilla, you can get a burst of berry ideal for any hot summer’s day slathered in some low-fat yogurt.
- Fresh blueberries (6 oz)
- Vanilla Greek yogurt (6 oz)
- Wash your blueberries thoroughly
- Line a baking sheet with some wax paper
- Stab each blueberry with a toothpick and dip in yogurt until nicely coated
- Arrange the blueberries on the baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour
5) 60 Second Cookie Dough and Greek Yoghurt
If you miss the comforting taste of cookie dough but you don’t want to drop 1000 calories on a giant tub of gourmet ice cream, why not get a low-fat fix instead? This decadent snack couldn’t be quicker or easier to make and you’d struggle to believe it’s a fairly low-fat option.
- Low-fat Greek yogurt (6 oz)
- Honey (1tbsp) or Stevia (1 tsp)
- Peanut flour (2 tbsp)
- Vanilla extract (1/2 tsp)
- Almond extract (1/2 tsp)
- Chocolate chips (2 tsp)
- Grab a large bowl and whisk up the first 5 ingredients
- Refrigerate then serve topped with chocolate chips
Organic or ecological farming has, as a principal objective, the cultivation in a manner that maintains a live and healthy atmosphere by using organic waste and obtaining nutrients from such waste for the farming process. The idea is to reuse as many materials as possible and improve production in a sustainable and ecologically-friendly manner free of contamination. Organic standards generally prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms, animal cloning, synthetic plagues, synthetic fertilizers, sewage, synthetic drugs, processed ingredients, and other non-natural elements.
Certified farms should not use products or prohibited practices for at least three years before an organic harvest. Cattle should be raised organically and fed using foods that are 100% natural. Canadian regulations, for example, include principles and best practices that include:
- The protection of the environment and minimizing the degeneration of soil and farmland. Reduction of erosion, diminishment of contamination, and the optimization of biological productivity.
- Maintaining long-term fertile soil optimized by the biological activity within the soil.
- Recycling the maximum amount of materials and resources.
- Maintaining a biologically diverse ecosystem.
- Providing herds with a high level of attention that creates good health and satisfaction.
- Preparing organic products, emphasizing the meticulous processes and manipulation methods with the objective of maintaining organic integrity and vital product quality in all phases of production.
The use of fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides has a negative effect on the environment where soil and land are contaminated. Therefore, the avoidance of these chemicals allows for an ecosystem to circumvent alteration and maintain biodiversity. As an example of the high and negative impact that chemicals have on the environment and the ecosystem, one simply needs to look at the high mortality rate of bees. The impact is significant as bees are natural pollinators and have a direct influence on crops. Additionally, within the practices of maintaining fertile soil and lands is the rotation of crops, which is important to avoid damaging the land and losing vital nutrients. Organic production also positively influences the reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases as the process helps retain carbon dioxide in the soil.
However, the production of organic foods is more expensive and has a lower yield. First, the selection of seeds is slower than using transgenic versions. This part is of vital importance because the seed is the central element in farming. Farmers can obtain seeds from reputable distributors, such as commercial seed suppliers in Australia, that guarantee a high-quality product. Another reason that organic farming is more expensive is that crops are more vulnerable to plagues and weeds. The vulnerability causes a reduction in yield. The non-use of preservatives or additives in organic crops also makes the crop more vulnerable to environmental contamination. Furthermore, demand is lower, overall production costs are higher, the post-harvest costs are higher, and the marketing and distribution chain is more inefficient because of lower quantities.
Regardless of higher costs, all types of products and crops that use this type of process are seen worldwide. Such products include cereals, meats, fruits, vegetables, flowers, baby food, soups, sauces, corn, wool, and cosmetics, among many others. Over 170 countries possess processes for this type of agriculture. In 2016, over 43 million hectares of land were cultivated for organic products worldwide. However, many differences exist within the development and treatment of the lands and production standards for organic farming between continents and countries. The regions with the most land designated for organic farming are Oceania, with 27.3 million hectares, and Europe, with 13.5 million hectares. Latin America has 7.1 million hectares, followed by Asia with 4.9. Lastly, North America and Africa come in with 3.1 million and 1.8 million hectares respectively.
Such hectares will increase as more individuals begin creating organic gardens in their properties. This movement has gained traction in the last decade as individuals want to know the origins of what they put in their bodies. People are beginning to move to places with larger spaces to perform this type of activity.Regardless of the geographical location, anyone can join the organic movement by demanding organic products or harvesting their own ingredients. Even the smallest garden will positively influence the environment.
Once people realize that they are designed to become progressively better and brighter in all areas of life, it’s time for them to develop strategies that will keep them on track to becoming more productive and positive. Below you’ll find just three of many strategies that you can implement to realize this objective:
1. Cultivate More Self-Knowledge Through Meditation.
One of the best ways to become a better, brighter person is by cultivating more self-knowledge. This approach is effective because it increases the individual’s awareness of her or his faults, strengths, primary sources of irritation, normative cognitive states, etc. Through the cultivation and development of a strong meditation process, you can become more aware of all these things while simultaneously training your mind to think in positive, creative ways that are conducive to personal growth. Note that many people have discovered that some if not most of what goes on in their thought life is really not conducive to their identity, personal values, goals, etc. If you attain this understanding by sitting alone in silence, you can begin to turn your mental life around by practicing a form of meditation called the mantra. The mantra will involve you silently repeating phrases or words that affirm you in some substantive, significant way. Examples would include “Love and light” or “I’m alive.” The meditation process will help you discover who you are so that you will become more proficient with the work of implementing changes that cause you to become a better person.
2. Commit To Exercise.
In addition to cultivating more self-knowledge through meditation, make sure that you develop a deep commitment to exercising regularly. Regular exercise is immensely important if you are working on becoming a better person because the physical activity boosts immunity, enhances self-esteem, and improves self-efficacy with the completion of activities such as picking objects off the floor, lifting heavy bags of groceries, and walking for an extended period of time. Exercise is also known to enhance concentration, and this factor can help you operate more productively in the professional world. There are many ways that you can get the process of exercising consistently off to a great start. One of them is by finding a local gym that offers a wide range of fitness classes that you find exciting, rewarding, or appealing in some significant way that would cause you to do them regularly.
Note that consistently eating nutrient-packed foods will play a key role in helping you get and remain healthy. There are now numerous websites featuring delicious, nutritious recipes that you can use to ensure that you have the energy necessary to exercise effectively. Companies such as FreshJaz also offer a grilling spices gift set and other products that can enhance your cooking/eating experiences!
3. Read Regularly.
If you’re serious about becoming a better, brighter person, make sure that you become a regular reader. There are so many incredible benefits to reading that not committing to this practice seems insane. In addition to enhancing your critical thinking capacities and expanding your vocabulary, reading regularly will empower you to move beyond your lens of interpreting the world by ensuring that you’re constantly acquiring new information about all types of things. Note that there’s no “wrong” or “right” way to get your reading journey off to a great start. Some people find it fun and advantageous to be a part of a book club that enables them to discuss the literature they’re reading. Other individuals gravitate towards reading extensively in one specific subject area (self-help, psychology, business, etc.) so that they feel they’ve attained a somewhat exhaustive understanding of that field.
Three techniques that you can implement to become a better, brighter person include cultivating more self-knowledge through meditation, committing to exercise, and reading regularly. Utilize one, two, or all three of these techniques to remain on track to making your life an increasingly progressive, positive, and productive entity!
There are a lot of good reasons to visit a state like North Carolina. For one thing, the weather in a Southern state like North Carolina is typically warm and sunny. Winters can get cold, sure, but there’s very little snow. In Charlotte, the state’s biggest city, the average annual snowfall is less than 4 inches. There are Northern states that can easily beat that total in a couple of hours. North Carolina also has plenty of great, relaxing beaches to visit. But even if you don’t like beaches and don’t mind snow, there’s one other big reason to visit North Carolina, and that’s the exquisite Southern cuisine found all over the state.
Meats, Sweets, and More
The Tar Heel State has foods that can satisfy both your sweet and savory taste buds. Dunkin’ Donuts dominates the Northeast corridor, and the West Coast loves Starbucks, but in the South, Krispy Kreme donuts are the first and best option. Krispy Kreme opened its first location in Old Salem, North Carolina, so visitors shouldn’t have any trouble finding fresh-glazed donuts when they’re traveling through the state. Just make sure to get there early, since there’s often a line, and there’s nothing quite like donuts that are hot off the conveyor belt. If you’d prefer something with a little less sugar, you can go for some grits, but know that grits work best when they’re absolutely slathered with butter. Southern food is delicious, but it’s rarely mistaken for health food.
Once you’ve got breakfast out of the way, it’s time to consider having barbecue for lunch or dinner (or both). The kind of barbecue you can get will depend in large part on what part of North Carolina you’re in. There are two major types of North Carolina barbecue: Lexington-style and Eastern-style. Eastern-style barbecue is more common in the, well, eastern part of the state. The barbecue sauce is made with vinegar, and the meat can come from several parts of the pig. Lexington-style is sometimes referred to as Western-style barbecue because it’s more common in Western North Carolina. It has vinegar in the sauce, but it also includes ketchup or tomatoes. It’s got a sweeter taste than the vinegar-only stuff, and it’s also typically made only with pork shoulder. There are some definite differences, but experts say the two sauce styles have more in common than, for example, the sauces in Kansas City or Memphis. So if you’re not sure which style to pick, why not try both? It may require a bit more travel, but your mouth will thank you later. Whatever you pick, make sure to wash it down with a big glass of sweet tea.
North Carolina On a Diet
Of course, not everyone who visits the South can afford to go crazy every meal. Some people can chug Cheerwine and inhale barbecue until they step on their return flight, but other people have dietary restrictions. If you’re allergic to tomatoes, you need to make absolutely sure that you aren’t going to eat barbecue sauce with any kind of tomato product in it. If you’re trying to lose weight and get in shape, you may want to splurge a little without feeling like have to start from scratch once you return home.
This is where your smartphone will be a lifesaver. You can use your phone to look up restaurants and, in many cases, find detailed menus online. If you can’t find the information you need, then give the restaurant a call and ask because texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina. Using hands-free adapters, which can be found at multiple AT&T Stores in North Carolina, can also be helpful.