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4 Healthy Kitchen Tips That Make It Easier To Eat Healthy
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where people gather, the place where nourishment, the anticipation of delicious meals, and the sharing of the day’s news come together. It’s good smells, family traditions, and the bustle of everyday activity. There’s a reason why guests tend to end up in the kitchen at parties. People used to gather around a fire—now, the kitchen is the place to congregate, eat, and bond.
For all those benefits, your kitchen can also affect your health in a negative way. Here’s what to look out for, plus a few easy changes you can make to avoid falling into these traps.
1. Healthy Kitchen Obstacle: Your counter is like a junk food buffet.
It is never understood how some people could have cookie jars—especially glass ones—and candy dishes on their counters. The truth is that most of us will go straight for those things if they’re lying around in the open. This goes beyond common sense—research backs it up, too. According to a 2015 study out of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and published in Health Education and Behavior, your environment plays a major role in your eating habits. Researchers found that when people only kept fruit on their countertops, they had lower BMIs than when they kept treats like candy in plain view.
“If you just came back from work and were feeling hungry, would you steal a chip or two or three from a bag of chips lying on your kitchen counter? Most people probably either would or they would spend a lot of willpower resisting the urge to eat the chips,” says study co-author Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and author of Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions For Everyday Life.
A person who will eat the chips while expending a considerable amount of energy trying to resist diving into the bag a second and third time. You may be the same, and while that’s normal, it’s not necessarily the best thing for your well being. Grabbing two or three chips or a few pieces of candy here or there doesn’t sound like a lot, but hell yeah, that stuff adds up over time!
Healthy Kitchen Tip: The power of suggestion is real. Tuck snacks and treats out of sight in a cabinet. Either keep your counters clear of food, or put a bowl of fruit out. If you find yourself going back again and again to the same unhealthy food regardless of where you put it, it’s probably time to consider how regularly you should be buying it.
2. Healthy Kitchen Obstacle: You stock your kitchen without thinking it through.
As a registered dietitian, I have plenty of clients who buy all sorts of unhealthy food “for the kids” or “because my husband likes it.” Yeah, right. They know as well as I do that a lot of that food is going to end up in their stomachs, not anyone else. I feel their pain, though, because I do the exact same thing with peppermint fudge ice cream every single Christmas.
Healthy Kitchen Tip: If you want to keep unhealthy food in the house, be mindful of the reason why you’re buying it, then ask yourself if it makes sense to have it around at all times. Are you really buying it for other people and not yourself? Can you actually indulge in moderation—a good thing in my book—instead of devouring the entire bag of chips, box of cookies, or whatever it may be? Would it make more sense to approach it as the kind of treat you have to go buy when you’re really craving it instead of keeping it in the house? Think about these questions when you’re browsing the grocery store shelves—you’ll thank me later.
3. Healthy Kitchen Obstacle: Your plates are giving you portion distortion.
Bigger isn’t always better: A 2015 paper in the British Medical Journal reports that the size of tableware can directly impact people’s weight by nudging them to eat more or less. The researchers theorize that using smaller tableware, along with other portion-awareness methods, can cause a reduction in daily energy intake of between 22 to 29 percent in American adults. In other words, this can mean the difference between you taking in 2,000 calories a day and 1,420 calories a day. Whoa.
Healthy Kitchen Tip: If you can, choose smaller plates, bowls, and cups to eat and drink out of, then do so until you’re satisfied. And while you’re at it, fill half your plate with colorful vegetables—that’s what it should look like twice a day.
4. Healthy Kitchen Obstacle: Your kitchen is distraction central.
Yes, we live in a busy world, but you shouldn’t need to watch TV, go on your computer, use your phone, or scroll through your iPad as you eat every meal. Ideally, the kitchen would be a distraction-free zone, whether you’re just portioning out your food there or eating there, too. Doing either of these when you’re not paying attention can cause you to take in more calories without realizing it, and it’s not even like you really enjoy them!
Healthy Kitchen Tip: When was the last time you sat and just ate without multitasking? If your answer is, “Uh, never?” try being mindful while you eat instead of gulping your meal down while watching your favorite show. Turn the technology off and chew slowly, enjoying every bite. You’re not going to miss anything in the 20 minutes it takes you to eat. Instead, you’ll gain a sense of contentment, peace, and fulfillment—things that happen when you eat a quiet, nourishing meal while using all of your senses to focus on the food in front of you.
Complex Alien Life in Old, Dense Star Clusters
For many years a lot of researchers and scientists are working in order to identify the existence of extra-terrestrial life in the outer space, the proceedings of the research are not leading to any fruitful results. A pair of scientists at the Tata Insitute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai has said that they might be hiding out in the unexamined star clusters.
The globular star clusters holding millions of stars in a ball that is about 100 light-years far from our solar system. In the clusters there could be a planet 10 billion year old giving the time to intelligent beings to evolve and become space-advancing. The Milky way has 150 globular clusters that are formed from the oldest known stars, most of being neglected and researchers are only able to discover that not have the features to sustain life.
Recently presented at 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the scientists are raising concern that the clusters can pose a challenge for the habitability of the planets. Having strong gravitational forces the stars in the globular clusters are close to each other, the power of the force is so much that it can rip the solar systems apart.
According to the scientists any civilization present can survive for much longer and is likely to still be around, if the civilization is destroyed then it must passed on the information or people to another planet.
Was Lord Shiva the greatest environmentalist of the world?
.A paper named Lord Shiva: The Greatest Environmentalist in the World, was presented by Indian professor in the 103rd Indian Science Congress Association. The paper states that Lord Shiva was visionary and most environment-friendly man ever to live on Eart. He used animals for transportation, protected plants and did many more things to protect environment.
The ongoing Indian Science Congress in Mysore is now getting into a controversy for a couple of papers being showcased proposing Lord Shiva as the greatest environmentalist of the world. The selected papers were prepared by Akhilesh K. Pandey with the title Lord Shiva: The Greatest Environmentalist in the World, pointing Lord Shiva and the powers possessed as Lord of Mount Kailash accessed for providing purified water to living beings.
However the papers were unable to be presented as Dr. Pandey got a last minute injury on the leg while on the staircase, leaving the attendees to hear the lecture from Rajeev Sharma, additional commissioner of Kanpur on blowing of shankh for achieving health and wellness. The selection of the paper for the segment of the environmental conversation triggered a lot of heat on social media with the accusation of sponsoring non-scientific subject to the organizers and University of Mysore.
On the subject, Pandey cleared his view and said “My absence had nothing to do with the controversy. I injured my leg and that’s why I couldn’t come, he added, “It is important that people around us understand the importance of conserving plants and animals today”. He further added that family of Lord Shiva used animals for transportation and conserved plants that protected our environment. The papers presented at the 103rdIndian Science Congress undergo intense analysis before it is passed to be presented to the attendees.
Last year Congress held at Mumbai also encountered some sharp reactions from various communities representing scientists.
Now the rise in pollution in our environment has made many people think of the means in order to restrain the casualties and threats possessed due to it. After Delhi’s Odd and Even rule for the vehicles, a lot of people in other states are seeking for methods that can help the citizens to prevent the fatalities.
Near-death experiences: what it feels like to die
Meeting with deceased loved ones is a significant feature, combined with the experience of feeling peace and love. People who have been close to death often report similar feelings. Whether they are verifiably real occurrences that can be scientifically quantified or not is, in many ways, irrelevant.
Near-death experiences (NDEs) can agitate and excite in equal measure.
Skeptics argue, often fiercely, that they result from nothing more than brain activity, or psychological constructions of a dying brain. Yet, people who have NDEs unanimously contest to the realness of the NDE. And these people are not ‘crazed’ in any way. They are regular people, who just happen to have had an extraordinary experience. NDEs are reported by men, women, and children, regardless of age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, occupation, or education level.
They are not new phenomena. NDEs are evident across cultures and throughout history, with some of the earliest known accounts being recorded by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. In fact, NDEs are quite common. They occur daily, under a wide variety of circumstances, in virtually every country around the world. Around 20% of cardiac arrest survivors and 4-9% of the general population are estimated to have had an NDE. But, they are believed to be under-reported, so the actual number of people who have one is probably much higher. They are typically described by those who have had a close brush with death, or have died and been resuscitated. Although, not all people who have a close brush with death or who are resuscitated have an NDE.
Recent research indicates NDEs occur when physical functioning is severely compromised or non-existent. Which is interesting, because conventional wisdom suggests severe physical injury and/or physical death results in diminished perceptual abilities. Yet, reports of NDEs indicate the exact opposite. Paradoxically, NDEs seem to suggest that conscious abilities may continue in the absence of detectable physiological functioning.
Those reporting NDEs often describe a profound psychological event that is mystical, transcendental, or even spiritual in nature; where the boundaries between space, time, and normal perceptual awareness become blurred. One of the most intriguing examples of this is the apparent existence of disembodied consciousness. That is, many have described perceiving events as if they were positioned outside of their own body.
Some of the most popular accounts include the witnessing of resuscitation efforts by medical personnel, perceiving others in distant locations, and viewing objects in unusual locations. One well-known case describes how a comatose man viewed his own resuscitation, and the attending nurse removing his dentures and placing them in a ‘crash cart’. More than a week later, the patient was able to identify the nurse and describe the location of his missing dentures.
Other commonly reported features of an NDE include movement through a tunnel often at great speed, seeing beautiful otherworldly scenes, a life review, and coming to a border of no return. These features are often combined with the experience of overwhelmingly positive emotions, including peace, unconditional love, and joy. Disappointment upon returning to one’s physical body is often felt. Meeting with deceased loved ones is a particularly significant feature of some NDEs. Many have described meeting and conversing with deceased parents, children, spouses, and even pets.
Especially intriguing are cases where the person having the NDE did not know a loved one had died, yet meets them during their NDE. Some only find out upon regaining consciousness that the loved one had in fact died, at a distant location, just moments before the NDE.
Perhaps even more interesting are those cases where a deceased other is met during an NDE, but the person is not aware of the identity of the other. It is only after the NDE – sometimes decades after – the person eventually finds out the person they ‘met’ during their NDE was their biological parent, sibling, or grandparent. A final feature of an NDE that is especially prominent is seeing a bright light. Often described as ‘brighter than bright’, yet ‘not blinding’, the light is supernatural. It is warm, loving, and accepting. It is unlike any other light people have seen before, or since, their NDE.
It is probably because of these extraordinary features and the proximity to physical death that NDEs agitate and enlighten in equal measure. The NDE raises many perplexing questions about death – and indeed conscious abilities – some of which are difficult to answer according to established scientific empiricism.
A recent large-scale study has provided credible findings to suggest NDEs may actually be real phenomena. But, whether they are verifiably real occurrences that can be scientifically quantified or not is, in many ways, irrelevant. What is certain is that people who have NDEs believe in the authenticity of the experience. And, the experience, they say, is extraordinary.
Is self discipline the key to success?
Self-discipline is one of the most important and useful skills everyone should possess. This skill is essential in every area of life, and though most people acknowledge its importance, very few do something to strengthen it.
Contrary to common belief, self-discipline does not mean being harsh toward yourself, or living a limited, restrictive lifestyle. Self discipline means self control, which is a sign of inner strength and control of yourself, your actions, and your reactions.
Self discipline gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through, without changing your mind, and is therefore, one of the important requirements for achieving goals.
The possession of this skill enables you to persevere with your decisions and plans until you accomplish them. It also manifests as inner strength, helping you to overcome addictions, procrastination and laziness, and to follow through with whatever you do.
One of its main characteristics is the ability to reject instant gratification and pleasure, in favor of some greater gain, which requires spending effort and time to get it.
Self discipline is one of the important ingredients of success. It expresses itself in a variety of ways:
- The ability not to give up, despite failure and setbacks.
- self control.
- The ability to resist distractions or temptations.
- Trying over and again, until you accomplish what you set out to do.
Life puts challenges and problems on the path to success and achievement, and in order to rise above them, you have to act with perseverance and persistence, and this of course, requires self-discipline.
The possession of this skill leads to self-confidence and self esteem, and consequently, to happiness and satisfaction.
On the other hand, lack of self discipline leads to failure, loss, health and relationships’ problems, obesity, and to other problems.
This skill is also useful for overcoming eating disorders, addictions, smoking, drinking and negative habits. You also need it to make yourself sit and study, exercise your body, develop new skills, and for self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation.
As said earlier, most people acknowledge the importance and benefits of self discipline, but very few take real steps to develop and strengthen it. However, you can strengthen this ability like any other skill. This is done through training and exercises, which can find at this website.
Music as medicine:Can music be used to treat specific health problems?
New research published on Bottom Line Health by Suzanne B. Hanser (Berklee College of Music) confirms that it helps fight high blood pressure, insomnia and pain.
A growing body of research suggests that music can affect key areas of the brain that help stabilize specific physiological functions necessary to maintain a state of healthy operation. Exactly which type of music to use is down to subjective tastes but the medical conditions can be improved by listening to suitable music
High blood pressure
The hypothalamus controls the autonomic nervous system, which stabilizes our breathing and our heartbeat. It also is linked to emotional activity.
How music helps: The appropriate music can activate happy past memories or images – the hypothalamus then helps slow the heart and respiration rate and subsequently lowers blood pressure.
Scientific evidence: The British Journal of Health Psychology published results from a study in which 75 adults performed a taxing three-minute math problem. Afterward they were made to listen to silence, classical, jazz, or pop music. Those who heard classical music had substantially lower systolic (top number) blood pressure levels than those who heard no music at all. Blood pressure did not significantly improve in people who listened to the music from the other genres.
The average time it takes for a healthy adult to fall asleep is 30 minutes, adults aged 50 and older often have more trouble falling, and staying asleep.
How music helps: Tranquil, relaxing music reduces the amount of the stress-related neurotransmitter noradrenalin that circulates in the bloodstream, having a sedative effect.
Scientific evidence: A study was conducted at Tzu-Chi General Hospital in Taiwan with sixty people aged 60 to 83 that all suffered sleeping difficulties. The study lasted three weeks and researchers reported a 35% improvement in length of sleep, sleep quality, sleep disturbances, and daytime dysfunction in those subjects who listened to soft, slow piano music at night. Piano versions of popular “oldies,” New Age, harp, classical and slow jazz proved to be the most effective types of music used in the study.
How music helps: While music can not eradicate pain it can help alleviate it by creating a secondary stimulus that diverts attention away from the discomfort.
Scientific evidence: The Journal of Advanced Nursing published results from a 14 day study in which 66 older adults with osteoarthritis pain sat quietly for 20 minutes daily, while another group listened to music. Those who listened to music reported a significant decrease in pain.
How does music mend a broken heart?
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research showed that people prefer certain music based on recent experiences. For example, a person who just had a frustrating exchange with someone was more likely to choose angry music. Likewise, those with a broken heart chose sad music. And, according to the research, in some cases the brokenhearted say they would prefer to hear a weepy breakup tune rather than cry on the shoulder of an empathetic friend.
New research suggest an aesthetic experience that reflects a person’s mood can help calm emotional turmoil. Thus, sad music or books may help someone get through heartbreak.
The sadness and grief following a broken relationship is part of the human condition — a time when we look for a surrogate to replace the lost personal bond.
Prior research has reported that individuals in a negative mood prefer pleasant, positive aesthetic experiences (cheerful music, or comedies) to counter their negative feelings.
Researchers discovered a preference for sad music was significantly higher when an individual had experienced an interpersonal loss (losing a personal relationship) versus an impersonal loss (losing a competition).
Investigators say the study shows that interpersonal relationships influence a preference for aesthetic experiences.
That is, individuals seek and experience emotional companionship with music, films, novels, and the fine arts as a substitute for lost and troubled relationships.
Emotional Maturity and the Characteristics You Need to Achieve It
Emotional maturity is a quality worth working towards if you aren’t already there. What “getting there” means can be different for everyone, since we can’t just change our personalities overnight. Plus, it’s a tough trait to upkeep, especially since it isn’t just one singular trait, but a collection of characteristics that all support and inform each other. And even if you reach a satisfying level of emotional maturity, one that you can feel comfortable in, it still takes a continuous effort to maintain. So what are the traits that make up emotional maturity, and how can you work towards them for the betterment of yourself? We’ll find out in this guide.
What is Emotional Maturity?
When we call someone “mature,” we’re saying that they have the qualities of an adult. In a way, this has become a word that means the opposite of “childish.” To be mature is to have knowledge and experience about the way the world works, and to have adapted accordingly. Mature people don’t cry when they don’t get something they want, or hit someone they disagree with, as an immature child might.
To have emotional maturity, then, is to have a specific control over one’s emotions. An emotionally mature person has experienced the spectrum of emotions, understands the consequences of each, and knows the benefits of being in control of them. Most importantly, an emotionally mature person knows what kinds of things sets of different emotions in them, and they know how to identify each emotion, clearly. They don’t fall into a panic trying to determine what they feel, and how they should react. They know, and they manage themselves accordingly.
One of the things that stands in most people’s way from reaching emotional maturity is learning how to deal with stress. This stress management training course lays down some handy guidelines, and this course will teach you how to identify and reduce stress that you can’t avoid.
Characteristics of Emotional Maturity
To have emotional maturity means to have developed, to some extent, the characteristics listed below.
It isn’t enough to be able to identify your own emotions. You also need to be able to identify, and relate to, the emotions of others. When you have empathy for other people, only good things can come: understanding, compromise, and a greater emotional intelligence all around. Having empathy for others is also a form of respect and it makes you more approachable, both important traits that make up an emotionally mature person.
Part of being emotionally mature means being able to admit when you’re wrong, and face the consequences for your own mistakes with understanding and dignity. Think about people who don’t take accountability for things that they’ve done. Often, they’ll be in denial of any wrongdoing, and sometimes even try to place the blame on somebody else. Part of being accountable means being responsible. You can’t have emotional maturity without both. Learn the basics of accountability in this course on management.
Self-awareness is one of the foundations of emotional maturity. When you’re self-aware, it means being able to identify your emotional states, see your thoughts and actions from all angles, and judge yourself based on the same standards that you judge others. People who are self-aware tend to be better at taking criticism, which is another supporting trait of emotional maturity. This is because they are often more critical of themselves to begin with, being more perceptive of their own actions and emotions. Check out this course on how to harness a strong sense of self-awareness.
Flexibility means understanding that not everything is going to go your way, and that’s just a fact of life. Being able to make compromises, especially when it involves other people, is a sure sign of emotional maturity. Developing a sense of flexibility requires a few different traits: patience, for one. If you can’t keep your cool during times of change or when spontaneous issues arrive, you won’t be able to make calm and informed decisions.
5. A Healthy Amount of Confidence
Confidence is one of the elements that makes up emotional maturity, but it has to be a healthy amount. Too much confidence can border into arrogance. Not enough confidence can fall into low self-esteem. You need a balance of confidence and self-awareness to trust in your own decisions, but take the criticism necessary if you’ve made the wrong choice. Check out this course on boosting your self-confidence.