Know Your Food Allergies [infographic]

November 12, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  No Comments
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It seems as though food allergies have become more prevalent in the last few years. When my mother first told me she had celiac disease, I didn’t understand what she was talking about. I thought it might be something she could get rid of, but that’s not the case with most food allergies. After learning that celiac disease was basically a gluten sensitivity, I began to understand that my mom would have to make a lifestyle change if she wanted to feel better.

While food allergies are different for everyone, nearly 15 million Americans are living with them. According to the infographic, food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children, a number that has been increasing over the last 20 years. Although these numbers are significant, they don’t necessarily encompass those people who suffer from sensitivities or intolerances to certain allergy-inducing foods.

The eight most common foods that cause an allergic reaction include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. I have been lactose intolerant for as long as I can remember, but I am currently trying to determine if I am sensitive to gluten or dairy through an elimination diet. Being dairy free is especially hard, but I’ve been learning a lot about myself and how my body reacts to certain foods.

If you’re worried that you might be suffering from a food allergy or sensitivity, do your research and talk to your healthcare provider. Don’t let food allergies prevent you from enjoying your meals.

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How Much Exercise Does It Take To Burn Off Those Thanksgiving Day Calories? [infographic]

November 11, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  No Comments
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Thanksgiving Day is not that far away and thoughts loom over the turkey and all its fixings. Thanksgiving Day is also a day to give thanks, enjoy time with friends and family, and watch football. It is also a day to reach to others who are in need. In the end, everyone will eat a whole lot of calories.

There are certain exercises you can do to prevent these calories from accumulating. Exercises like the Turkey Trots make it possible to indulge to your heart’s content without adding on those extra pounds. Another is joining a gym to exercise those pounds away.

This infographic shows how much exercise you need to do to burn off those calories. A half cup of homemade stuffing is 180 calories and equals to 30 minutes of Pilates. The delicious mashed potatoes and gravy is 300 calories and equals to 60 sets of 10 Burpees. (I looked up what a burpee was, and they looked hard to do.) Lastly a roll with butter – I like them fresh from the oven – is 180 calories and equals to 18 sets of 20 pushups.

Have fun and eat to your stomach’s content, but remember how much exercise it will take to burn those calories.

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Alcohol and Weight Gain [infographic]

November 10, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  No Comments
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Oh, I miss those college days when my body seemed to be able to consume anything and not gain a gram of extra weight. What happened to those days? Why can’t we be 18 forever? Alcohol is one of the largest contributors to weight gain for adults of all ages. Why? Well it’s tasty, it’s got a habit of making the consumer want more, and finally, it’s FULL of calories.

So you’re into the craft beer scene, I see. Really love those full-bodied, hoppy, alcoholic IPAs? Those are the worst thing you could drink. You could literally eat a pie instead of drinking three Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPAs. But pies don’t get you drunk now, do they?

Here’s some advice for keeping your calorie count down when you’re out having a few. Guinness is one of the more healthy beers out there. Luckily, it’s also delicious. When it comes to wine, keep it red and not too intense. For liquor, stick with a vodka soda, or if you’re hardcore, a vodka water.

Watching my calories has been a new level to growing up I don’t seem to enjoy, but like everything else. educating myself has helped with the transition. [via]

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9 Enjoyable Ways to do Things Alone [infographic]

November 9, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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I’ve only started to enjoy alone time these last couple of years. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I always felt weird about being without friends in a social setting. Like the strangers there would judge me for being alone. Recently, I’ve thrown those thoughts out, and revel in the enjoyment of no distraction.

Although my main goal is to get into the habit of seeing movies solo, I’ve not yet done it. I have found myself eating a lot more by myself. There’s something nice about enjoying a great meal, focusing on inner thoughts of the flavor aspects in the food, and aesthetics of the eatery. The sounds from fellow patrons, the ting-ing of silverware on plates, the hum of the air conditioning, and laughter sprouting here and there. These things are lost when with company. My thoughts are with the conversation, paying attention to my friend’s body language and opinions.

Socializing is great, I truly enjoy it – but I’m glad I can enjoy myself as well. [via]

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Commonly Misspelled or Misused Words [infographic]

November 8, 2014 |  by  |  Education  |  5 Comments
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As someone in the communication profession, I read a lot of writing. And edit a lot of writing. And do a lot of writing. Sometimes, even I get confused over which words to use, especially if I’ve been editing or writing for a long period of time. It happens to everyone, and in most cases, it can be easily fixed.

If you’re unsure about grammar usage or spelling, the best thing to do is Google it. In this technology-driven, fast-paced world, you can ask a question and find an answer much sooner than you can walk to your bookshelf, pull down a dictionary, flip to the T chapter, and find ‘that.’ Not that there is anything wrong with looking up words in the dictionary. But if you’re like me and aren’t certain where you put your dictionary, you’re better off using that laptop.

Although I know a thing or two about grammar and spelling, I still find myself looking up the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’ occasionally. I know that ‘affect’ is a verb and ‘effect’ is a noun, but it’s easy to confuse the two in some sentences. Lucky for us, today’s handy infographic shows some of the more common misspelled or misused words.

The information below may affect the way you use some of these words, or at least clear up any confusion. However, if you don’t read it all the way through, it may have no effect on you at all. (See what I did there?)

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