These Cocktails Will Make You Even Healthier

Now that Dry January is over, it can be difficult to ease your way back into having a drink every once in a while. It’s often accompanied with guilt of the calories or the sugar that you know you probably shouldn’t have so much of so frequently. Ideally, you’d be able to cut back anytime you wanted and drink as often as you’d want, but we don’t function that way. Luckily enough, there are ways to go around this.

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Weight-Loss Tips That Work Year Round

By Shaunna Redman

Losing weight can seem like an impossible challenge, especially if you have a busy schedule. However, losing weight isn’t impossible even if you’re busy. By following these few simple tips that are relevant year round, you can comfortably start your weight loss journey.

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Stand up

If you have a job that requires you to sit, think about getting a desk you can stand at to do your work. According to BBC News Magazine, you can burn up to 50 calories per hour while standing. Not only does standing burn calories, it also promotes healthy blood flow as sitting for long periods of time restricts proper blood flow for your legs.

Make simple, yet smart, ingredient exchanges

Cooking oils such as canola, vegetable and peanut have a multitude of fats that can be hard to burn off if you don’t have the time to hit the gym often. Some great alternatives to use would be extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil as they don’t contain as many fats and are also considered heart healthy. Additionally, using fresh spinach or kale instead of lettuce gives your body more fiber, vitamins, and nutrients that are essential for to a healthy lifestyle.

Drink water

You have probably heard multiple times to stay hydrated or drink plenty of water. It can be difficult to drink water if you don’t like the taste, get too busy to remember to drink, or want something carbonated. For me, I found it easiest to drink sparkling water, then slowly start exchanging it out for regular water. If the taste of water is what bothers you, try a flavored sparkling water or a water mix in. If you find yourself being unable to remember to drink water, try downloading a water reminder app. Coffee and soda are not substitutes for water.

Don’t skip out on multiple meals

Skipping multiple meals can make your body think it needs to go into “starvation mode”. When your body enters this mode, you will find it harder to lose weight as your body tries to retain as many calories as possible to try to protect itself. The best thing to do is try to plan your meals out ahead of time with each meal containing all your necessary nutrients. This ensures you don’t skip any meals while also giving you the comfort of knowing what your meal contains and comes into contact with, so if you have any food allergies, you’re safe.

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How to Prevent a Cold Before it Begins

By Emily Bach

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The seasons are beginning to change, the leaves beginning to brown, and colds are on a steadily increasing rise. Here are a few of the best tips for preventing one before it begins.

Sleep, like Actually Sleep

We know it’s easy to forget about sleeping in the midst of stress, especially as the end of year deadlines come around. But, it’s important to remember to prioritize personal health, especially when you feel a cold coming on. When you’re tired, your body doesn’t fight infections as well, making them infinitely harder to combat.

Go back on that diet you always procrastinate

Need an excuse to push yourself on that impossible diet? Use this - your body fights infections better when it has a well-built immune system. Eating healthier foods, from fruits to proteins, helps your body fight infections before they become an issue.

Disinfect and sanitize

It’s easy to remember to sanitize your hands, but it’s far more difficult to remember to clean the spaces around you. Desks, computer keyboards and purses are hotspots for germs but don’t forget about smaller spaces, from doorknobs to sink handles.

Sing a song while you wash your hands

We’re all far too familiar with the common tip for washing your hands, but it’s significantly more difficult to remember to actually wash them well. Using soap and water is one thing, but studies have proven singing 30-second songs, like “Happy Birthday”, can drastically decrease your chances of catching the flu.

Suck it up and get the shot

Duh. This one’s easy, simple, and yes, we admit relatively annoying but necessary. Don’t skimp out on this step.

Keep breathing

The number one way flu is transmitted is through person-to-person contact. If you notice someone coughing or sneezing, holding your breath for so much as 6 to 10 feet could save you weeks of annoyance.

Gargle salt water

Combine a tablespoon of water with a cup of warm water and gargle for around a minute. The rinse flushes out bacteria and germs, helping you to prevent a cold before it happens, and get rid of a scratchy throat at the same time.