Ever had a case of the winter blues? Seasonal affective disorder, or more commonly termed “the Winter Blues,” is a variant form of depression occurring most commonly throughout the late fall months and into the heart of winter. Estimated to affect nearly 10 million Americans annually, seasonal affective disorder may prevent you or a loved one from getting as much enjoyment out of life as you would like during the cold winter months.
Although SAD is not considered as serious of a psychological disorder as the drastic spike in chronic depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders, it is still a combatant to natural happiness in human beings that should be addressed. The jury is still out on the exact causes of this psychological mood disorder, but most trace its origins to decreased exposure to sunlight and an increase in colder temperatures. As a result, psychiatrists are recommending those who suffer from SAD to try out “light therapy” as a natural remedy to their ailments. There are numerous light therapy device options, with the most common being SAD lamps or light boxes that require you to sit in front for nearly 60 minutes, on a daily basis.
The most innovative light therapy option may in fact be Re-Timer’s new wearable light device. Emitting a UV-free green light capable of a 506 lux max setting, and a daily required use of only 30 minutes, Re-Timer offers consumers a convenient, portable solution to seasonal depression. Additionally, Re-Timer and other light therapy options provide depressed Americans with an alternative to anti-psychotic drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Xanax, which are becoming more and more commonly prescribed. Check out today’s infographic for more details on Re-Timer’s innovative new product.
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I’m a burrito fiend. Ok, I’m from Austin, so tacos come first and foremost, but burritos aren’t far behind. The mix of base ingredients used in all Mexican cooking is probably my favorite food. When combined altogether in one huge tortilla, the blend of flavor is fantastic.
If I’m not making my own burrito at home, I’m not afraid to hit up my local burrito chain. Taco Bell, you’re a disgrace to Mexican cuisine. The Quesorito is the nastiest menu item you’ve thought up, and all of your food laughs in the face of fresh, veggie-heavy dishes native to south of the border.
Okay, enough hate, more burrito love. My homemade specialty includes sliced teriyaki chicken, fresh pico, spicy salsa, peppered rice, queso fresco, black beans, roasted jalapeños, freshly chopped spinach, sautéed bell peppers & onions, and a healthy amount of avocado. All this rolled up in one huge spinach tortilla makes my mouth water, but wait – there’s more. I’m not only making myself lunch for the day; I’ll make up to a dozen of them at once and then freeze the rest for later meals. Yes, I am a genius, thank you very much.
Go get yourself a burrito today – you deserve it. [Extra’s aren’t Extra]
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Okay, hold on for just a minute and bare with me here. Yes, the statistics of this infographic are specific to Australia. However, absolutely anyone that drives a motor vehicle – even if it’s at the bottom of the ocean (alright, alright, that is a rad octopus, but keep your eyes on the road) – would benefit from this information.
Think of it as a philanthropic endeavor! All you have to do is read the facts below, and just like that you’re making the world a better place by increasing your self awareness as to what you can do to avoid a car accident. I mean, come on, you could save lives. Maybe you’re driving right now and reading this, but are reluctant to read any further because you almost just hit the F-150 with the truck nuts in front of you, and feel like maybe you should pay more attention. First of all, you’re a hypocrite for even making it this far and not finishing. Second of all, go ahead and bookmark this bad boy because it is very pertinent info!
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Sometimes, there is just no time to make yourself a healthy and delicious meal. It happens to the best of us. You’re driving home from work or school, thinking about all the stuff you have to do once you get there, and you are just not looking forward to cooking yourself something for dinner. So, you pull into Chipotle for the third time this month. Or maybe you’re the type who prefers to stop at the grocery store for a frozen lasagna. Thankfully, there are ways to make your favorite takeout and frozen foods healthier, while still being convenient for you.
A few of these suggestions include swapping the standard options for a healthier one, like substituting sweet potato fries for french fries. Others suggest going easy on certain ingredients, such as asking for light cheese on your pizza, or using less sauces for cooking or dipping. As for all you salad lovers, you might want to skip the croutons and fatty dressings on your salads, and choose oil and vinegar instead.
While some of these options sound less satisfying than smothering barbecue sauce on your chicken nuggets, or eating a hot basket of fries, they are better for your health and may cost you less at the end of the day. I mean, who do these restaurants think they are, charging people left and right for extra ranch? It’s not our fault it tastes good with everything.
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Why didn’t the skeleton go see the scary movie? Because he didn’t have the guts!! Okay, sorry… lame halloween joke. But, just like lame halloween jokes, year after year there are groups of lame homeowners who continue to give away lack-luster candy to trick-or-treaters.
Although I’ve been retired from the trick-or-treating game for a while (and I’m assuming, well hoping, that all of you have been too), I can still remember the utter confusion and sheer disappointment I felt after being handed a granola bar or a pack of Necco Wafers to drop into my pillow case on Halloween night. I mean, c’mon man, can I get a Snickers bar?! Those houses with “good” candy, though. They were a different story. Whether you had a house that gave away king-size candy bars or homemade s’mores, everyone can remember getting excited after going to that one house that gave away the most absurdly awesome Halloween treats. (We had a house that gave trick-or-treaters freshly grilled hotdogs… yes, hotdogs… it was awesome.)
Anyway, regardless of whether you choose to participate in Halloween festivities this year or not, I think we can all agree on one thing: bad candy sucks for everyone. A.) It kills the halloween spirit, and B.) What fun would it be to raid your kid’s Halloween basket only to find packets of raisins and stale Dubble Bubble chewing gum? The answer is none. Check out today’s infographic to compare the best and worst halloween candies.