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5 Things To Change In Your Kitchen To Help You Loose Weight

Your environment is key to making the change you wish to see, and when it comes to loosing weight, your kitchen is your main environment to focus on. Considering the kitchen has a major influence on what meals you prep, how you prep them and possibly the amount you consume, take notes from the following on how to arrange your kitchen for the perfect environment for loosing weight:

1)Clear your countertops

Easily visible food provides a constant reminder of its availability, and is therefore likely to be eaten first. So make sure snack foods don’t have a prominent place.

“The last thing you want is a clear cookie jar on the counter.”

2)Get a fruit bowl

That isn’t to say nothing should be on your countertops.

“We know that if the food — the fresh fruit — is out and visible on the counter…that’s an area we know can actually work well,” Story said.

Schwartz said it’s important to make sure the visible fruits and vegetables are ones that require little prep, such as apples, oranges, bananas and grapes, as opposed to pineapples and mangoes.

3)Get some clear containers

A basic principle of snacking is to follow the school lunch program recommendations, which limit calorie-dense foods such as complex starches, fats and proteins but make fruits and vegetables “completely available in whatever quantity people want,” Schwartz said.

Some fruits and vegetables need advance prep and cutting, but once they go into the refrigerator, they should be in clear containers, to remind you of what to grab when you’re hungry between meals.

4)Store meals in single-serving containers

When putting away leftovers, it’s best to put them away in meal-size portions, whether for future lunches or dinners.

At times, calorie-dense dinner leftovers might make for a more appealing snack than baby carrots, but you may be less likely to dig in if you know it will leave you hungry at lunch the next day.

Choosing freezer-safe containers will give you even more storage options.

5)Use your freezer

If you don’t have a definite plan for your leftovers, don’t simply toss them in the refrigerator, Schwartz said.

“[I’m] a big fan of the freezer,” she said, because it allows you to put away food for future use rather than snacking down on leftover chicken or lasagna instead of eating an apple.

It also allows for better meal planning.

“If you have the little single-serving containers and you put them in…you only defrost as much as you’re going to need,” Schwartz said.


4 Ways Your Home Could Be Hazardous to Your Health…

Living Your Ultimate Life means there’s no time for being sick in bed! As we often see our home as a safe ground, you might want to think otherwise… Below are a few ways we can ensure that our homes are not the ones making us sick and we can put all the blame on that grimy gas pump or stuffy doctor waiting room…

 

Check and Change Your Filters

The filters in your home’s air-conditioning and heating units require annual inspection and—depending on where you live—regular changing. When neglected, they can release (rather than trap) harmful pathogens.

 

Don’t Be a Speedy Sucker

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Home cleaning is important. But when it comes to vacuuming, the slower the better. Rapid vacuuming raises, rather than eliminates, dust. When the bag is full, take it out outside to empty it. “When you empty the bag, it may release a big cloud of E. coli and salmonella into the air,” says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona.

Turn on the Fan

Running your bathroom fan while showering helps prevent steam and moisture from building up and turning into mold. This sneaky substance may be causing your family’s runny nose, chest tightness, and itchy eyes. Mold is particularly dangerous for asthma and allergy sufferers, as it can activate attacks.

Sanitize Your Fridge Seal

To protect your family and food from mold, make sure to clean the seal on the inside of your fridge. A University of Arizona survey of 160 homes found 83 percent had mold growing on this fridge seal. To keep your refrigerator door germ-free, wipe the fridge seal with a diluted bleach solution or disinfectant once a week.

 

Original Source:

http://www.prevention.com/health/prevent-getting-sick-home