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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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Weight Loss Tips that Have Nothing to Do with Diet or Exercise

October 16, 2015 2:21 am

A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for losing weight. But, says fitness trainer Kate Nugent, developing certain habits outside of your diet and exercise regimen can do a lot to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Help yourself along by trying these tips:

Get some sleep – A good night’s sleep can boost your mood, improve your work performance, and even help you keep your weight down. Studies show that people who regularly make do with less than seven hours of sleep a night are more likely to be overweight.

Sit down and chew – Studies also show that people who rush through meals, eat over the sink, or gulp down food also tend toward overweight. Sitting down to a meal and chewing thoroughly results in better weight control.

Snack right before food shopping – Going to the grocery store hungry leaves you open to temptation. Eat an apple or another fruit or veggie before shopping to help you make better food choices.

Eat from a plate, not out of a bag – It’s important that you see how much of a snack you're ingesting before you dive in. Count or pour out the portion you’re allowing yourself. Don’t eat out of the bag.

Use a smaller plate – This is about visual deception. Dishing out your meal onto a small plate will make the portions seem larger.

Out of sight, out of mind – Stow snack and junk foods out of plain sight; give healthier foods prime real estate in the fridge. Then go ahead and grab what you see first.

Stop wearing sweats around the house – Wearing something loose and comfy tends to make you pay less heed to what you’re eating. Wear clothes that encourage you to pay attention to what you ingest.

Relax a little – Stress has been shown to induce over-eating. On even your busiest days, take a couple of 10-minute breathers to read, listen to music, or just take a quick lie-down.

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How to Prevent Property Damage from Critters

October 16, 2015 2:21 am

Even though human encounters with raccoons, squirrels and other foragers are uncommon, property damage and other nuisance behaviors are common, says Jim Doiron, a Terminix service manager. While keeping your yard clear from food waste, fallen tree berries and other tasty debris is a given, there are a few other preventative steps you can take, says Doiron:

1. For outdoor garbage, use a bin stored in a well-lit area that won’t tip, and add a weight or tie to the lid to stop scavengers from making a mess.

2. Around the house, make sure water hoses are completely off and try to remove all stagnant water.

3. Trimming trees and bushes back can stop critters from climbing rooftops and making nests.

4. Check the basic structural integrity of your home. Make sure you have reinforced screens, covered vents and secured soffits to keep foragers from moving in with you.

Source: Terminix

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