Traveling Abroad With Kids? It Can Be Done

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

momkidsrunSometimes we hear from parents that, with children, hopes for international travel are an impossibility, or are at least put on hold indefinitely. This doesn’t have to be the case. Kids can travel. In fact, it’s one of the most interesting and helpful things you can offer for their personal education and development. Kids who travel learn; you may not be teaching them a specific curriculum, but you will be pouring a lot of information into their young minds. For parents who want to teach their kids a second language, or who want to give them a hands-on appreciation of history or world culture, travel is the best possible means to the end. But to get it, you’ll have to understand some of the practicalities of this kind of travel, and make sure that your kids can work within those bounds. It’s doable, but it will take some planning.

Find Flights With Child Discounts. Not every airline offers child discounts, but some do. This is a bit of moving target, so it’s important to research current offers and policies, as these tend to change monthly or yearly. Some airlines will let small children sit on your lap for free (second carry-on?). Others won’t. Some will offer discounted seating to older children as a perk to traveling parents, others won’t. In all cases. It’s important to look for deals well in advance of your travel date, as this is the most important factor in locking in airline deals of any kind. If you book your flight well enough in advance, you may not have to worry about child-specific deals at all – you may find savings the old fashioned way.

Prepare For Communication. If your kids are old enough to do their own thing while you’re overseas, you want to make absolutely certain that they have multiple ways of contacting you. NobelCom is a company that makes phone communication easy, within nations all around the world. You’ll be able to phone home or just get in touch with Junior when you haven’t seen him in an hour or so. NobelCom calling cards are a great gift for other travelers, or just something to provide peace of mind when you’re on your excursion.

Make Sure Your Kids Understand Various Things. If you’re traveling abroad, getting around may not be at all like what you’re used to back home. Your kids likely won’t take this for granted, and will need specific direction for the place you are traveling. This could include social and cultural awareness training, safety conversations, behavior requirements for places as diverse as restaurants and airports. Help your kids prepare for their trip with these sorts of helpful rules, and they’ll be a lot more successful when you arrive.

There are tons of ways to make travel with kids possible – even travel overseas. Savings can be had, kids can be well behaved, and communication can make the whole things safe and smooth. Prepare well in advance, and you’ll have this trip well planned, and (mostly) stress free.

Five Best Fruit Juices For Kids

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By Mauricio Prinzlau

fruitswhiteIt is certainly no child’s play persuading your children to finish their food, especially when it looks dull and unappealing. And as a parent you must be well aware of the trials and tribulations involved in getting your kid to eat his fruits and veggies. Fresh fruits are full of nutrients necessary for your child’s growth, and a smart way to persuade your kids to consume it is by juicing them! Yes a glass of organic fruit juice that looks vibrant enough to tempt the child but is high on nutrition as well. Mentioned below are some healthy and scrumptious juicing recipes for kids:

How are fruit juices beneficial?

A pretty convenient and quick breakfast fix, fruit juices keep your child energised all day long. It contains all the vitamins and minerals to fulfil the nutritional need of their developing bodies. But before we move on to the recipes, let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of juicing.

• Babies should solely depend on the other’s milk for nutrition. Avoid giving them fruit juices

• For children aged 2 to 12 years, it is recommended that you dilute the juice (with water) and give it to them in limited quantities

• Start out slow and then gradually increase their nutrient intake, don’t worry though, fruits juices are absolutely safe

• It is best that you get a Juicer and prepare the juice yourself rather than get store bough juice boxes laden with artificial colours and preservatives,

• Incorporate green veggies such as spinach, kale, beets into the juice but in very small proportions. Such strong juices are better suited for adults

• Don’t stick to just one particular fruit introduce your child to a variety of fruit juices.

The recipes

Juicing is a great way to get your child to eat his fruits and veggies. Given below are some juicing recipes especially designed for kids and approved by kids.

Apple and orange juice

When it comes to kids, apples and oranges are among the traditional favourites. The naturally sweet tastes of the apples combined with the slightly tangy oranges are a hit among children! Apples are rich in antioxidants that flush out the toxic wastes, while oranges are replete with vitamin C that boosts immunity and strengthens the body. You would need:

• 2 apples (or carrots)

• 2 oranges

Juice the apples in an electric juicer then mix some hand squeezed orange juice with it. You can even add 2 carrots in place of the apples to add a little variety.

Carrot pear and orange juice

Naturally vibrant and slightly sweet, carrots are among the best loved vegetables among kids. And the fact that it is packed with nutrients makes it a hit among parents as well! Rich in vitamin A and other minerals, carrots are good for the eyes and immunity. Also pears and oranges contain many minerals necessary for growth. You would need:

• 2 carrots

• 1 pear

• 1 orange

Juice the carrots and pear in an electric juicer and orange in a hand one, as most conventional juicers don’t support citrus fruits. Mix the two and serve it fresh.

Mango pineapple and kale juice

Mango is one fruit that every kid loves! Rich in glucose and carbohydrates, mango pulp is a great ingredient for smoothies and fruit juices. Also pineapple only enhances the nutritional value and taste of the juice. Balance this sweetness by adding a bit of kale into the mixture. Full of vitamins A, C and K, kale takes care of the health factor. You would need:

• 1 mango

• A cup of fresh chopped pineapple

• A cup of freshly chopped kale leaves (approx. 3 to 4)

Juice the pineapple pieces and chopped kale leaves in a juicer then add mango pulp to it, ensure that you juice the kale first.

fruitcupTomato carrot and apple juice

Once your child is accustomed to juices, gradually start increasing the health quotient of the juice. The trick is to add some vegetables and balance it with the sweetness of the fruit. Tomato and carrot are well loved veggies among kids; add to that some apples and you’ve got yourself a winner! But to keep things healthy, you can also mix a bit of spinach to the mixture. Rich in vitamins and minerals, spinach purifies the blood and strengthens muscles. You would need:

• 2 carrots

• 1 apple

• 1 tomato

• A cup of freshly chopped spinach leaves

Juice all the ingredients, starting with the spinach, mix it all up and serve fresh. Your kid will love it!

Beet apple spinach juice

Easy on the eyes, the vibrant red of the beet combined with the sweetness of the apple and health of spinach gives you a wholesome energy drink. You would need:

• 1 apple

• 1 medium size peeled

• A cup of chopped spinach

Juice all the ingredients, mix it and serve fresh!

Snoring Problem In Kids And Effective Steps To Overcome Them

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By Dan Reid

kidsIs your kid a noisy sleeper? Snoring is a pretty common problem that can happen to anyone- young or old, usually caused by blockages in the nasal passage. But oftentimes the seemingly harmless light snores can lead to some serious medical consequences. So if your child is suffering from any such sleeping disorder, it is time you consult a doctor.

Good food and a good night’s sleep is the secret to a happy and healthy life. And proper rest is all the more necessary for kids to regain their energy after a hectic day full of activity. Persistent snoring in children might be a symptom of sleep apnoea or worse. Mentioned below are some simple remedies you can try at home to curb your child’s snores:

Why do kids snore?

Listed below are some common reasons behind snoring in kids:

• Common cold, allergies and nose blockages

• Swollen tonsils or adenoids

• A crooked septum (i.e. the tissue and cartilage present in between the nostrils)

• Obesity (the throat muscles and tongue close down upon the air passage)

• Down Syndrome (i.e. the slopping chin might result in blockage)

The threats of sleep apnoea:

Occasional light snoring is pretty common among children but if the problem persists then it might be something serious. Some symptoms and threats presented by sleeping disorders are:

• Risk of strokes and heart attacks

• Morning crankiness and lack of concentration

• Swollen puffy eyes, headaches

• Restricted body growth

Snoring solutions:

Constant headaches, dark circles and daytime fatigue are among the most common symptoms of sleeping disorders. If your child shows any such signs such as irritable behaviour, hyperactivity or has trouble concentrating consult his paediatrician. You can even try out these simple solutions to help your child sleep better:

Nasal spray and strips:

A major cause behind those restless nights is troubled breathing, allergies, common cold or other infections often result in mucous accumulation in the inner linings of the nasal passage, leading to blockages. Nasal sprays and vaporizers are among the easiest options to overcome this problem. Available in almost every medical store, nasal sprays contain medicated liquid that clears the mucous linings in the nose. Spraying a cool misty vapour inside the nose opens up the air way helping your child rest better. Also nasal strips that look pretty much like a bandage enhance breathing as the miniscule plastic protruding clears the nose.

Correct sleeping position:

How your child is sleeping also determines the quality of sleep he gets. Sleeping in uncomfortable positions not only results in painful sprains but might also cause a stuffy nose. Sleeping on the back can trigger snoring as the throat muscles close down restricting the air flow. Try rolling your kid gently to his side at night, if that doesn’t work you can even add extra pillows under his head, elevating his head a bit higher assists in breathing. A bit of an inclination opens up the nasal passage thus reducing snoring.

groupkidswbgAir purifiers and dehumidifiers:

Oftentimes allergies are triggered by the invisible dust particles hovering about the house that stick in the air and tickle the nostrils. But no matter how vigorously you clean, these miniscule particles remain. Installing air purifiers in the central air conditioning system is a smart way to overcome this issue. Air purifiers and filters suck out the microscopic bacteria and dust particles leaving the air pure and fresh. Also consider installing dehumidifiers in your house if you are living in a hot and dry climatic zone. It balances the moisture content in the air helping you sleep better at night.

Some lifestyle changes:

A major cause behind sleeping disorders can be the irregular lifestyle and obesity. As a parent ensure that your kid goes to bed early and lives a routine life. Fixed sleeping hours help mould the body clock accordingly leaving you refreshed the next morning. Also monitor your child’s diet and daily activity. Obesity is a major problem among kids that if ignores can grow into something even serious. Add fresh fruits and veggies to his meals and try limiting the junk food intake. The fat accumulation in the throat restricts the breathing passage and

Comfortable and peaceful surroundings:

Some other small but significant changes that can be made are:

• Paint the kid’s bedroom in light soothing colours
• Keep the windows open at night to allow fresh air
• Ensure that the mattress and pillows are soft and comfortable
• Dust the bedroom regularly
• Regular clinical check-ups and visits to the doctor

The bottom line

Watching your child suffer is perhaps the worst thing you’d have to endure as a parent. Spare your children from the discomfort of restless nights follow these above mentioned tips to curb snoring problems in your kid.

Benefits Of Toys And Brain Development In Toddlers

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

brainBrain development in toddlers is a reflection of how they understand the world around them. A great portion of this understanding is inherently developed during the first year of life where they learn to trust their senses. By the time they reach 18 months, they will already be supplementing their sensory experiences with other activities that are brought about by their interactions with the toys that we give them as well as their social interactions with other people. For the most part, toys have a great influence in their cognitive development. Here are some of the benefits of toys on the brain and cognitive development of toddlers.

1. Stimulates Curiosity

Toddlers are deemed natural explorers. Because of their improved motor skills and renewed confidence, they tend to explore a lot of things which would help them make sense of the world around them. Find toys that stimulate their sense of exploration and allow them to discover new things around them. By the time they reach 3 years old, they will already be bombarding you with a lot of “why” questions. It may be annoying sometimes because there is no end to their questions. But this is exactly how toddlers learn. Toys help them become naturally curious about certain things in their surroundings.

2. Helps Understand Cause-Effect Relationships

By age 18 months old, toddlers will already be able to understand simple causal relationships. They will already have an idea that a particular action will lead to a certain reaction. This can provide the basis for their ability to predict outcomes as well as identify potential consequences of any given action. Toys that help facilitate this understanding are thus, beneficial for brain development in toddlers. This can help them in the development of their creativity and imagination as they now have an idea of what will happen if they create or do something.

3. Develops Ability to Plan

Toddlers by age 2 years will already begin choosing and planning for their own playtime activities. This is because of the continuing maturity of their executive control systems, meaning, they are now able to take full control of their body movements particularly control of their limbs. This allows them to think of how best to use those movements to accomplish a certain task. Make-believe and pretend play toys can help toddlers make rough plans on how they need to carry out the game.

cutekids4. Learns Object Permanence

Young kids have this idea that an object that cannot be seen is an object that is not existent. That is why they love very much playing with peek-a-boo simply because of the magic of the disappearing face. However, by the time they reach 2 years of age, toddlers already begin to understand object permanence. This simply means that toddlers are getting more efficient at playing hide and seek. This also means that they can now play with toys that allow them to search for clues and other objects. Puzzles and sorters will fit this bill perfectly.

5. Improves Concentration and Focus

While the attention span of a toddler is a measly 6 minutes, giving the right kind of toy can drastically improve this by keeping him interested and focused on the toy itself. This is where high quality toys can be differentiated from mediocre ones as the former can sustain a toddler’s interest for prolonged periods of time. This can help improve their focus and concentration which can also help improve their overall cognitive development.

There are other benefits of toys on toddlers’ brain development. Suffice it to say that toys are the instruments upon which a child’s growth and development are formed and enhanced.

How To Get Beach Body Ready For Your Vacation

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By Connor Christopher

BikingGetting beach body ready is important when you’re going on vacation, as you always want to look your best when you’re away. Whether you’re losing weight or you just want to tone up a little bit, getting your body beach-ready is going to be hard work. Whether you need the best workouts, treatments or diet plans, we’ll give you the best tips on how to get beach body ready for your vacation. If you’re heading to America for your vacation, you’re going to be surrounded by stick-thin women and toned-up men when you’re at the beach, and as well as enrolling on the visa waiver program to enter the country, you’re also going to want a beach body.

Diet

Focusing on your diet is extremely important when it comes to getting a beach body. If you can’t train or you don’t have the motivation to hit the gym, looking at your diet is extremely important. Losing body fat and weight is easy if you’re eating the right food. Eating lots of fish for the good natural oils that are perfect for brain food as well as boosting protein levels, and cutting out the sugar is all important. Sauces such as tomato sauce, soy productions, barbecue sauce, honey mustard and more are a huge culprit when it comes to piling on the calories. Adding healthy fruits and vegetables, and packing on the protein are all important to getting beach body ready.

Mentality

Your mentality is exceptionally important to help you get beach body ready. Picturing the end result and how you want to look is a sure fire way to help you when it comes to trying to get beach body ready. If you have old pictures of yourself if you were a shape that you desire to be now, stick them on the fridge as a reminder of what you can be. Alternatively, get a picture in your mind about how you want to look and keep it there. That way, nothing will come between you and your end goal.

Exercise

saladplateLosing weight isn’t the only way to get beach body ready. You also want to get yourself into a training regime in order to effectively tone up, giving you that ideal beach body. If you are trying to be in the best shape possible, you should do cardio every day. Weights for women are also a good way to train your body weight. Exercise is inevitable if you want to get beach body ready, and although it may seem like a chore at first, you will be surprised how quickly you will get into the swing of things, particularly if you really want to reach that beach-body goals.

Keep Training

Even when you’re on vacation, it’s important to try and keep training no matter what. All-inclusive buffets and relaxation can put you off, but if you suddenly stop, you may find that the beach-body you built up will slowly disappear, leaving you without that lovely body throughout the rest of your vacation. Maintaining that with healthy eating while you’re away or having an occasional jog on the beach in the morning is the perfect way to maintain your beach body throughout your vacation, so you don’t quickly fall back into bad habits. Keep training, and you’ll get to where you want to be.

How To Get Health Insurance When Traveling To Europe

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By Connor Christopher

healthyheartbpWhether your reasons for traveling to Europe are for business or for pleasure, you want your trip to run as smoothly as possible. Hopefully you won’t get ill or sick during your European adventures, but in the off chance you do, it’s best to be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Make sure you renew your European Health Insurance Card today, because it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Provided you’re a citizen of the European Union, you are entitled to an EHIC which entitles you to free or discounted medical treatment whenever you visit an EU country. The card entitles you to the same rights as the locals of that country, so if their medical care is free, then so is yours. Over 5 million EHIC’s are set to expire over the coming year, so if you already have one, make sure to check the expiry date before you set off on your travels.

The European Health Insurance Card is completely free, you just need to fill out a simple, online application or calling the NHS on 0300 330 1350, and it will be process and sent to you within days. The card is then valid for five years at a time but only covers one individual person, so if you have a child under 16, include them on your application and you’ll receive an EHIC for each of you.

While in Europe, the EHIC will cover treatment for chronic and per-existing medical conditions throughout the duration of your trip. Your EHIC must be presented when you require treatment, so make sure you carry it on your person at all times. The best way is to put the card in your bag or wallet as soon as you get it and then forget about it until you need it.

The EHIC is currently accepted by EU states Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Southern Cyprus, Czeck Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, as well as non-EU countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Bear in mind that while the European Health Insurance Card provides valuable protection, it is not a replacement for travel insurance. It is highly recommended that ensure you have both in order to reduce the large medical bills, delays in treatment and not to mention saving yourself a large deal of stress in the event of a medical emergency.

You will pay the exact same as an existing resident of the country you a visiting, so if they are expected to pay for their medical treatment, then you will be too.

If you’ve registered for you EHIC but the card doesn’t arrive before you’re set to leave on your European trip, then be sure to call the NHS Overseas Healthcare tea, and they’ll advise you what you need to do.

Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Workout

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By Annie Driscoll

joggersIn 2014, Americans visited the gym more than 5 billion times. Our appetite for fitness, and new ways to stay fit, just continues to grow more and more each year. The athletic apparel industry is booming. We’re living in a time where there are more workout options than ever before. But, in this sea of options, it can be difficult to figure out which one works best for you on an individual level. Long story short, your workout is about YOU. It’s all about what works best for your body, your mind, and even your wallet. Here are some ideas for how to make your workout work for you.

1. Figure out what you like to do.

Whether it’s running, hiking, swimming, paddling, or weightlifting—find a workout that doesn’t feel like a chore. This could easily involve getting outside. Lots of people hate the feeling of being holed up in a gym. Being outside makes all the difference in your attitude towards getting fit. If you live near a body of water, go for a rough-water swim. If not, try a trail run or a good hike. Whatever you choose, try to make it something you genuinely enjoy doing.

2. Stay safe, and keep your peace of mind intact.

Ladies especially, bring along a whistle or some pepper spray. There’s this cool company called Booby Trap Bras that makes sports bras and sleeves that hold a blade for self defense, equipped with a slash-proof pocket for safekeeping. Invest some time in learning self defense. If you’re working out outside, knowing how to properly defend yourself in the event of an incident will give you some much needed peace of mind. Also, you’ll have one less thing to try to focus on if you don’t have to be as worried about your personal safety. Guys, feeling safe is important for you too. Know how to protect yourself!

3. Bring a friend along.

This ties into the safety thing as well. Working out is way more fun (and safe) with a buddy. Hit the gym with a partner (you’ll have someone to chat with and to spot you while you’re lifting) or catch up outside on the trails. Dogs also make fantastic training partners—the adventure will be great for you.

4. Wear clothes that make you feel good.

Whether it’s bright colors, bold patterns, or new technology, clothes can be a great motivator. You’re more likely to feel your best if you look your best, and wanting to show off your new gear can be a great way to get yourself to the gym. Look for clothes that are long-lasting, sun protective (usually labelled with a UPF rating), and functional both on land and in water. Invest in yourself!

5. Be happy.

Be happy with what you’ve accomplished, but never content. In other words, know that you’ve given it all you’ve got, but strive to always better yourself. No matter where you start, all that matters is that you’re willing to go the distance to get a little better. Happy working out!

– Annie Driscoll grew up in San Diego as a competitive swimmer and I am now a collegiate athlete living in New York City. In my free time I like to hike, go to the beach, and watch The Bachelorette with my mom. She currently writes and helps the team out at Graced By Grit.

Mistakes People Make In The Gym

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By Cody Bollerman

exerciseballIf you have just recently started hitting the gym more regularly, it is natural to feel more experienced than you actually are. However, you cannot afford to be as nonchalant as the folks that have established muscle memory and the familiarity that comes with years of hard work. Therefore, let’s talk about some of the most common, but also most obvious mistakes made by new fitness buffs.

Drinking Little to No Water

Although most people know the importance of regular hydration, CBS reports that over 75% of the population in the United States consumes less than the 6 daily cups prescribed by the Institute of Medicine. This basically means that more than three quarters of Americans are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration. Seeing how even mild dehydration influences both mental and physical performance, this statistic is quite shocking. Realistically, most physically active people need to drink at least twice the amount. In addition, if you are a heavy sweater, you need a drink with some electrolytes to help you replenish and retain all the fluid you lose during a workout.

Neglecting Warm Ups

For some reason, most people walk into a gym, do a couple of arm circles, hit the bench and start lifting weights. A proper warm up session will increase your circulation, heart rate and the neural drive to working muscles. In a recent Journal of Strength and Conditioning study, researchers sought to determine what the best warm up really is, and how it might affect your strength. Of the two groups tested, the one which did not do warm ups (while the other had 5-minute warm ups) did not see any performance boost. Conversely, the group that had 15-minute long, low intensity warm ups gained the benefits of increased body temperature without any unnecessary fatigue. Furthermore, certain workout clothes may help you manage your body temperature, allow for a full range of motion, and prevents inflammation and muscle soreness. Luckily, you can easily find affordable gym clothes that will do just that. I’ve been using them for years myself, and I have yet to completely ruin a piece.

Neglecting Diet

Within an hour of completing your workout, your body needs to load your muscles with fuel and energy. The intake of the right nutrients stimulates protein synthesis (muscle growth) and the renewal of muscle glycogen. If you neglect this time window, your body may end up in a state of catabolism. Just this year, researchers from the McMaster University uncovered significant new evidence in the quest for the elusive goal of simultaneously losing fat and gaining muscle. The scientist studied two groups of young men that underwent a month-long regime of hard exercise. Both groups went on a low calorie diet, but one had lower levels of protein than the other did. The high-protein group experienced sufficient muscle gain, while the low protein group did not gain muscle mass.

Spending Too Much Time in the Gym

While it may seem ironic, this is a concept you should take into account for the sake of your schedule, and more importantly, your body. One of the biggest misconceptions most average gym-goers have is that you need to spend a couple of hours a day lifting weights in order to produce a fit and toned body. According to a study of over 300 men and women, published in the Journal of Current Biology, people who hit the gym twice a week burn about 200 calories more than your average person does. Furthermore, the study explains that over time, your body adapts to higher activity levels, and it changes your metabolism so that fewer calories are burned.

Staying Focused

According to the figures provided by Statistic Brain, almost 70% of gym-membership owners never use their membership cards at all. Just going to the gym on a regular basis is a task by itself, but once you arrive there, you have to make the most out of the time you have on hand. With a wide range of machines and workout regimes available, it is easy to get confused. You have to know what you want to do and how long you want it to take; and if you focus on one workout that targets a few areas, you will start to see progress after just a couple of weeks.

Must Have Foods To Get Your Body Ready For Summer Vacation

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By Connor Christopher

fruitswhiteNow is the time where everyone is jetting off with summer plans, and that means squeezing into bikinis and swimsuits. If you have booked a city break in Berlin or even a lovely warm summer holidays in Greece as well as getting into shape you will need a valid passport and to renew your E111 card. If getting into that bikini sounds worrying then get your body ready by eating the foods that will help you to stay healthy and fit. Choosing fat-blasting foods is only one part of staying fit and healthy, you will need regular exercise routines to stay in fighting shape as well.

Apples

Apples are great as they are filled with fiber and rich in pectin, a substance that stops cells from absorbing fat, this super-food is one of the easiest health foods that you can fit into your day too. It can be a part of your breakfast in the morning or just a snack on its own or even blend it into a smoothie.

Salmon

Wild-caught fresh salmon spurs the body’s production of leptin which naturally suppresses the appetite so you will be less likely to indulge. It is naturally low in calories, saturated fat, and sodium as well as being a great source of protein. Salmon with wilted spinach and olives is an incredibly healthy dinner dish as well as being delicious and packed with nutrition.

Leafy Greens

By simply swapping out iceberg lettuce to spinach in your salads will add volume and nutrients into your diet. Leafy greens are naturally filling and include vitamins A, C, K , folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Add mustard greens, collards, or even a side of sautéed kale to ensure you are full at dinner times.

Avocados

Fresh avocados sliced are not only one of the tastiest foods but fat-burning too. They deliver hunger-busting fiber and a serving of monounsaturated fatty acids, which contribute to belly fat burn.

Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and all berries are loaded with nutrition. All berries are packed with antioxidants and fiber which will help you stay fuller for longer. The antioxidants will also help with your workouts by improving blood flow to your muscles. Especially raspberries as they offer ketones, compounds that help the body break up fat more effectively. Berries taste delicious and can give you that fix if you fancy something sweet.

Lentils& Quinoa

Pulses, beans and lentils are low in calorie, but incredibly high in protein. They are also very filling which makes them the ideal for food when you want to stay in shape. Quinoa also offers the perfect healthy replacement to rice and pasts, it’s a super-food packed with protein.

Raw Nuts

Steer clear from the flavored and salted kind as they are high in salt and fat. However raw nuts are high in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating raw almonds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts regularly has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and possibly prevent breast cancer.

4 Hacks For Making Your Life With Diabetes Easier

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By Steven Walker

diabeteswordAccording to statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million Americans have diabetes. As debilitating as the disease can be, modern technology has made it easier than ever to manage diabetes while living a rather normal life.

In addition to the positive impact that modern medical technology has had on the lives of diabetics, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can follow to make your life with diabetes easier. Here is a look at what they are.

Exercise Before Injecting Insulin

One of the challenges for many individuals with diabetes is that insulin, when injected, can take quite some time to take full effect. Participating in light exercise can reduce blood glucose levels and helps your body become more sensitive to the effects caused by insulin, which results a shorter impact time.

The great thing about this hack is that you don’t have to go out and run a mile or weight lift for an hour for it to work. Even a few jumping jacks or a short walk can do the trick.

Create a System for Disposing of Syringes

As a diabetic, it doesn’t take long for you get used to having to buy and use syringes on a regular basis. But what about disposing of them? For many, creating a system for disposing syringes can be a huge time saver.

When disposing of your syringes, it is essential that you utilize a sharps container. Your local community will likely have information about steps you can take to dispose of a full sharps container.

If you’re looking for something more convenient, some private companies will allow you to schedule a pickup service or enter into a mail back program. No matter what option you decide to go with, it is imperative that the proper safety precautions are taken for disposal.

Put Supplies in a Clear Bag When Traveling

As if getting yourself through airport security wasn’t difficult enough, it can be even more of a hassle when you’re traveling with your diabetes supplies. In most cases, you can avoid excessive delays while going through checkpoints by putting all of your supplies in a clear bag.

A large Ziplock bag should do just fine here. You’ll also want to make sure you have your Medical Necessity Letter on hand. This hack also helps with organization, as you certainly don’t want to be scrambling around for your supplies when it’s needed.

Put a Key Finder On Your Glucose Monitor

For diabetics, your glucose monitor is your lifeline. When you can’t find it, the situation can cause quite a bit of panic. To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, use a key finder and attach it to your glucose monitor or, even better, put in your supplies bag.

There are plenty of key finders out there that even come with apps that will display exactly where your supplies are. This can be a life saver when you’re scrambling around searching for your supplies.

While managing a life with diabetes is certainly not easy, it can be much easier by utilizing the life hacks above. Give a few of them a try and experience the convenience that they can provide.