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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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8 Foods to Kickstart Your Summer Slimdown

May 20, 2016 1:27 am

Summer weather’s around the corner, and like millions of Americans, you may be focused on shedding a few pounds for the season.

Kickstart your slimdown with these eight foods, compiled by EatingWell.com, which contain few calories and lots of tummy-filling fiber.

Almonds – A two-ounce serving of almonds is a satisfying snack—and the more times you chew them, the more satisfied you’ll be. Chewing releases more healthy fat, which triggers hormones that curb hunger.

Apples – A medium apple is four grams of fiber for a mere 95 calories. Munch on slices as you work.

Chili Peppers – Consuming a little hot pepper (in tomato juice or in capsules) 30 minutes before a meal can help you feel less hungry, and eat about 10 percent less.

Eggs – Dieters who eat eggs get fewer calories and more satisfaction than those who eat a bagel for breakfast. Try them for lunch or snacks, too, in salads or simply shelled and eaten out of hand.

Mushrooms – These low-calorie filling veggies can be as satisfying as meat, recent studies report. Use them in omelets, salads, sauces and soups in place of bacon, ham or sausage.

Oatmeal – Eating a breakfast made with "slow-release" carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, three hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat, recent studies suggest.

Small Desserts – Sugar-filled desserts are hardly diet aids, but studies show that banning sugar from your diet altogether often results in binge eating. Reward yourself now and then with a sweet of 100 calories or less.

Soups – Recent studies show that people who start a meal with vegetable soup eat 20 percent less calories overall.

These slimdown secrets can be applied to virtually any meal. Be creative! Who knows? You may stumble upon a recipe that becomes a new favorite.

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Hard Water at Home? Handle It with These Tips

May 20, 2016 1:27 am

Certain areas of the U.S. contain soil replete with calcium and magnesium—two contributors to hard water, or water with a high mineral content, at home. Though hard water poses no health risks, it can damage a home’s plumbing system if not addressed.

“Homeowners and renters who do not have a home water softener or water purification system are probably very familiar with the tough, white residue left over by hard water,” says Josh Kelly of Parker & Sons, an Ariz.-based home services company. “The severity of hard water is measured in grains-per-gallon, or, as we call it in the industry, GPG.”

Severe mineral build-up can accelerate the deterioration of pipes. It can also restrict water flow, creating pressure within the home’s plumbing system.

“There are many different options when it comes to dealing with hard water,” Kelly says. “We suggest doing researching and picking out the method that is best for your home.”

One option is an ion exchange water softener, which removes calcium and magnesium ions and replaces them with sodium ions. The result is softened water with higher sodium content. It is important to note, cautions Kelly, that individuals on a doctor-prescribed low-sodium diet should ask their physician before using.

It is also wise to leave the installation to a professional, Kelly says.

“It is always a good idea to consult with a professional, especially when it comes time to install your water softening system.

“Quality of life will improve almost immediately,” Kelly adds. “Say goodbye to unsightly white deposits on your dishes and glassware, and say hello to clean, soft, delicious-tasting water.”

Source: Parker & Sons

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