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Coffee Reduces Health Risks from Alcohol Use

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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. Read below to learn about coffee health!

Drinking two cups of coffee ‘reduces health risks linked to alcohol’

Kayleigh Lewis | February 19, 2016

Links have been found between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of liver damage caused by overindulging.

Drinking two or more cups of coffee a day could significantly reduce health risks associated with drinking too much alcohol.

An analysis of previous studies found drinking coffee could diminish the likelihood of developing liver cirrhosis, a disease which kills thousands of people in the UK every year and more than a million people worldwide.

The nine studies involved a total of 430,000 participants of which 1,990 had cirrhosis. Eight of the studies found the more coffee a person drank, the lower their risk in developing the disease.

Risk was reduced by 22 per cent with one cup of coffee, 43 per cent with two cups, 57 per cent with three cups and 65 per cent with four cups, compared to drinking no coffee at all.

The findings, published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, found stronger links between filter coffee and reduced cirrhosis risk than with boiled coffee – but the reason is not clear.

“Coffee is a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver,” said lead study author Dr Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University.

Although the studies accounted for alcohol consumption, other cirrhosis risk factors – such as obesity and diabetes – were not considered in all of them, the study’s authors noted.

“Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such,” explained Dr Kennedy.

Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Langone Medical Center, warned against adopting an unhealthy lifestyle and attempting to compensate with coffee.

She said: “Unfortunately, although coffee contains compounds that have antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties, drinking a few cups of coffee a day cannot undo the systematic damage that is the result of being overweight or obese, sedentary, excessive alcohol consumption or drastically mitigate an unhealthy diet.”

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6 Unusual Habits of Exceptionally Creative People

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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. INC has collected 6 unusual habits of exceptionally creative people, see below:

6 Unusual Habits of Exceptionally Creative People

I expend a huge amount of my time and energy writing books and articles and working to keep my company innovative. I’ve developed an obsession with some of history’s most creative minds in the hope that I might learn some tricks to expand my creative productivity.

Some of the things I’ve learned are more useful than others, and some are simply too weird to try.

Steve Jobs, for example, routinely sat on toilets, and would dangle his bare feet in the water, while he came up with new ideas, and Yoshiro Nakamatsu (inventor of the floppy disk) would dive deep underwater until his brain was deprived of oxygen, and then write his ideas on an underwater sticky pad.

Weird ideas aside, I’ve developed a pretty good understanding of the habits of some of history’s most creative minds. There’s enough commonality between different people that I’ve distilled their habits into strategies that anyone can follow.

Six of these strategies stand out because they have the power to change the way you think about creativity. Give them a try, and you’ll reach new levels of creative productivity.

1. Wake Up Early

Not all creative minds are morning people. Franz Kafka routinely stayed up all night writing, and William Styron (author of Sophie’s Choice, among other bestsellers) woke up at noon every day and considered his “morning” routine to be staying in bed for another hour to think.

However, early risers make up the clear majority of creative thinkers. The list of creative early risers ranges from Benjamin Franklin to Howard Schultz to Ernest Hemingway, though they didn’t all wake up early for the same reasons. Franklin woke up early to plan out his day, while Schultz uses the time to send motivational emails to his employees. For many creative people, waking up early is a way to avoid distractions. Hemingway woke up at 5 a.m. every day to begin writing. He said, “There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool and cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.”

The trick to making getting up early stick is to do it every day and avoid naps–no matter how tired you feel. Eventually, you will start going to bed earlier to make up for the lost sleep. This can make for a couple of groggy days at first, but you’ll adjust quickly, and before you know it, you’ll join the ranks of creative early risers.

2. Exercise Frequently

There’s plenty of evidence pointing to the benefits of exercise for creativity. Feeling good physically gets you in the right mood to focus and be productive. Exercise also forces you to have disconnected time (it’s tough to text or email while working out), and this allows you to reflect on whatever it is you’re working on. In a Stanford study, 90 percent of people were more creative after they exercised.

It’s no surprise that so many creative and successful people built exercise into their daily routines. Kurt Vonnegut took walks into the nearby town, swam laps, and did pushups and sit-ups, Richard Branson runs every morning, and composers Beethoven and Tchaikovsky both walked daily.

3. Stick to a Strict Schedule

It’s a common misconception that in order to be creative, one must live life on a whim with no structure and no sense of need to do anything, but the habits of highly successful and creative people suggest otherwise. In fact, most creative minds schedule their days rigorously. Psychologist William James described the impact of a schedule on creativity, saying that only by having a schedule can we “free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action.”

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Millennials & Diet Mentality

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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. An article from Food Business News suggests that Millennials are more likely to ditch a diet mentality than previous generations:

Millennials more likely to ditch diet mentality

Monica Watrous

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from Food Business News
Millennials are less concerned about calories and fat than the general population.

WASHINGTON — In matters of health and wellness, millennials are less concerned about calories and fat than the general population, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC)’s 2015 Food and Health Survey. Millennial consumers also are more likely to use technology to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

“Millennials are a unique generation, and their approach to health and fitness is no exception,” said Sarah Romotsky, R.D., director of health and wellness for the IFIC Foundation. “This research gave us an inside look at how millennials are optimistic about the future of food, they look to their friends and family for support, they use technology as a tool to reach their health goals, and they have shifting attitudes about the value of certain nutrients.”

Like the general population, millennial consumers agree moderate sugar intake may be part of a healthy diet and that there are differences in the healthfulness of naturally occurring sugars compared with other types of sweeteners. However, millennial perceptions of fat and protein differ from those of the general population. Fewer millennials (54% vs. 61% of the general population) claim to have reduced consumption of solid fats, and one in three millennials recently have changed his or her opinion on the healthfulness of saturated fat, with millennial men more likely to view it more favorably. Additionally, one in five millennials say higher-protein foods may have many unhealthful components, compared to one in seven of the general population.

Moreover, millennials are less likely to count or limit calories than other age groups, and 20% of millennials claim all sources of calories have an equal effect on weight gain, compared to 27% of the general population.

More than a third (36%) of millennials track daily food and beverage intake using an app or other means, compared with 22% of the population, and 12% of  millennials use an on-line support group or community to pursue wellness goals, compared with 6%. Millennials also are more optimistic than other age groups about future food innovations and inventions that may support healthful living.

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More than a third (36%) of millennials track daily food and beverage intake using an app or other means. from Food Business News.

Millennials also are more likely to trust a health or nutrition blogger for accurate food information (33% vs. 24% of the general population) and rely on support of family and friends to improve eating behaviors (45% vs. 32%).

“It’s encouraging to see that millennials are interested in learning more about eating well,” said Kris Sollid, R.D., director of nutrient communications for the IFIC Foundation. “Developing a positive relationship with food is one of the most important things young people can do for their health.”

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Summer Roadtrip Snack Packs

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Summer road trip coming up? No better way to prepare than with healthy snack packs! Check out these awesome ideas from It’s Always Autumn below:

20 best ideas, activities, and resources for road trips with kids
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links to the best activities, snacks, and tips for road trips with kids!
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It’s Always Autumn

March means spring break is coming up, and spring break means road trip, right? Honestly, I used to think people who packed up a bunch of kids and drove for fifteen hours and called that fun were completely, certifiably insane. There are times when fifteenminutes in the car with kids who won’t stop bugging each other is almost more than I can handle. However, I’ve realized that with the right preparation, a road trip with kids can be rather less miserable than expected – maybe even fun. All sorts of smart people have posted their favorite tips for road trips with kids online, and I’ve sorted through to find the best ones (and thrown in a few of my own). From preparing the car and organizing your supplies to packing snacks and prepping activities, this post has you covered. You’ll find links to hundreds of ideas to make your road trip with kids a little less horrible and a lot more fun.

8. This post by Toni Spilsbury is actually about organizing snacks at home, but her “fridge snacks” example would be perfect for putting in the cooler for healthy road trip snacks. She also includes a price breakdown showing how much you can save by packing your own snacks instead of buying at the gas station or drive through.

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It’s Always Autumn

9. Babble has rounded up 25 great ideas for road trip snacks for kids, including easy ways to transport veggies and dips, homemade versions of classics like fruit leather, fruits snacks and cheez-its, and this munchable necklace that will keep little ones busy for a while (originally from And this is how the story goes):

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from
It’s Always Autumn

10. Kids are sure to love these tackle boxes turned mega snack packs, from Inner Child Crochet. I like the idea of giving one to each child and letting them control when and what they snack on, so I don’t have to rummage through the snack container every fifteen minutes to find someone more food. I’d be a little nervous about one getting tipped over, however, so I might look for a divided container that has separated lids so you can open just one compartment at a time (maybe in the jewelry making section).

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It’s Always Autumn

11. Use straws for yogurt and applesauce – genius! I love this idea. This isn’t my photo, it’s one floating around Pinterest without a good link, but we’ve done this plenty of times in the car, and even as a healthy snack at Disneyland. Cut straws in half so they’re not so long and tape on to the side of each snack in advance.

 

10 Simple Rules For A Healthy Life

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With modern day stressors, it can be hard to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Here are some great guidelines from Huffington Post on coming back to your center…and whenever chocolate is a positive suggestion, you know I am on board!

Health Tips: 10 Simple Rules For A Healthy Life
09/03/2012 9:47 am EDT

By Jené Luciani for Shape.com

These days, it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. With hectic lifestyles and bad habits like skipping sleep, excess alcohol consumption and sky-high stress levels, it’s harder than ever for most people to stay fit and healthy, much less take extra steps to reduce your risk of diseases like cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Flickr: shimelle

3. Eat Chocolate
Surprised by this rule? Believe it or not, you can enjoy the foods you like — any and all of them, in moderation.”The key to any good diet is to allow yourself a treat every once in a while. If you eat ice cream every day, it doesn’t taste nearly as good as if you eat it at the end of the week as a reward for an entire week of healthy eating!”

Reinvented 100-Calorie Snacks for Summer

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Check out these delicious re-invented summer snack ideas from Huffington Post
getting your daily fruits and veggies never seemed so SWEET!

100-Calorie Snacks: 16 Refreshing Healthy Summer Eats

Some of the best fruits and veggies are ripe for the picking in the warm weather, and yet somehow summer eating still gets a bad rap. You can blame the barbecues or theice cream trucks, or you can decide to take things into your own hands. Literally.

With a few homemade treats up your sleeve, you can guarantee refreshing, tasty summer snacks that are easy on your waistline. The 16 below require minimal ingredients and almost no time to assemble — all for under 100 calories.

1. Fruit Kebabs
Throw chunks of your favorite melon or pineapple, all the best berries and any bite-size summer fruit that tickles your fancy onto a barbecue skewer for an easy and colorful fruit kebab, suggests Angela Ginn-Meadow, RDN. At 39 calories per skewer, this recipe leaves
room for two!

Is chocolate healthy for your heart?

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I have some great news about chocolate and its relationship with heart health! Below is an article courtesy of Vending Market Watch suggesting that people who indulge in chocolate can receive many associated health benefits:

 

 

Study: Eating Chocolate Is Good For Heart Health
JUN 19, 2015

Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart.

There doesn’t seem to be any evidence for cutting out chocolate to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, conclude the researchers.

They base their findings on almost 21,000 adults taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk study, which is tracking the impact of diet on the long term health of 25,000 men and women in Norfolk, England, using food frequency and lifestyle questionnaires.

The researchers also carried out a systematic review of the available international published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular disease, involving almost 158,000 people—including the EPIC study participants.

The EPIC-Norfolk participants (9,214 men and 11,737 women) were monitored for an average of almost 12 years, during which time 3013 (14%) people experienced either an episode of fatal or non-fatal coronary heart disease or stroke.

Around one in five (20%) participants said they did not eat any chocolate, but among the others, daily consumption averaged 7 g, with some eating up to 100 g.

Higher levels of consumption were associated with younger age and lower weight (BMI), waist: hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, inflammatory proteins, diabetes and more regular physical activity…

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Ms. Choice’s Healthier Snacking Tips

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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools.

• Top off your fuel tank several times a day with snacks; you’ll feel energized and satisfied throughout the day.

• It’s unrealistic to give up sweet treats if you really enjoy them. Like anything else, eat them “smartly” and in moderation.

• Focus on fiber and protein. Choose cereal bars or granola bars with a little protein (check the Nutrition Facts) and some fiber to help keep you full longer.

• Pretzels or baked chips are a great low-fat, low-calorie way to satisfy the mid-day munchies.

• Craving cookies? Animal crackers, fig bars, ginger snaps, pop tarts or graham crackers are great tasting lower fat choices. Pair these with low-fat milk, a protein-rich food, and you’ve satisfied that craving.

For additional resources visit the following websites:

http://www.balancedforlife.net

http://www.healthiergeneration.org

http://www.smartspot.com

Use the Healthy schools Product Calculator to determine if a snack food or side item meets the Alliance’s Guidelines for Competitive Foods:

http://www.healthiergeneration.org/productcalculator/