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America's Five Most Reputable Retailers

Friday, Jul, 24 2015

From Daily, earlier this month, the Reputation Institute put our its annual survey of the most reputable companies in the U.S., after interviewing more than 50,000 consumers to determine the companies that have the most trustworthy brands.  They are:

2.  Publis (Has 1,100 supermarkets across the Southeast)
3.  Whole Foods Market
4.  Tiffany
5.  Costco Wholesale

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10 Uses for Mayonnaise

Thursday, Jul, 23 2015

Mayo is a delicious addition to many dishes, but it can also tackle household problems that don't include two pieces of bread.  Who knew that our favored BLT condiment was so versatile around the house? In a pinch, use it to help you tackle these everyday tasks

1. Remove Tree Sap
Coat still-tacky tree sap with mayo and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe away the softened sap with a clean rag.

2. Slide a Ring off a Swollen Finger
Rub a generous amount of mayo around the ring. After a few minutes, you should be able to slip it off easily.

3. Erase Crayon from Walls
Coat doodles on surfaces covered with scrubbable paint. After a few minutes, wipe off the mayo and crayon marks with a damp cloth.

4. Make Plant Leaves Shine
Bring luster to dusty houseplants by adding a dab of mayo to each leaf. Buff with a paper towel or a soft rag.

5. Banish Fingerprints from Stainless Steel
Cover messy prints with a thin coat of mayo, and use a clean, dry cloth to wipe them away.

6. Silence a Squeaky Hinge
Place a dab of mayo on a clean rag and rub it onto a noisy hinge. Open and close the door a few times to work it in, and wipe away any excess.

7. Kill Head Lice
Before bedtime, comb mayo through hair and cover with a shower cap overnight. In the morning, comb out hair, then shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Repeat as necessary.

8. Get Rid of Tar
Use mayo to coat tar that’s stuck to your shoes or car. Let sit for several minutes, then wipe off.

9. Rub out Water Rings
Cover water rings on wood furniture with mayo. Let sit for a minute or two. Wipe off and buff with a soft, clean cloth.

10. Remove Sticker Residue
Dab mayo on stubborn price tags and the like, let sit for a few minutes, then rub off. The oil dissolves adhesives.

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Do You Have Enough Money to Retire?

Wednesday, Jul, 22 2015

 If you're worried about having enough money to retire, you are not alone. A staggering 74 percent of working Americans worry they won't have enough money to retire -- ever. That's the word from the Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,286 U.S. adults who are not yet retired, and found that the vast majority wonder if they will ever slip on that gold watch and put up the "Gone Fishing" sign. Here are our top retirement worries, according to the Harris Poll:

    70 percent worry they will not be able to pay for basic health care costs when they do retire, and 67 percent are concerned about paying for unexpected or catastrophic health care costs after they stop working.

    69 percent of Americans say they are currently putting some money in savings. Of those who are saving even a little, the money is being put aside for unexpected costs (65 percent), retirement (52 percent) and vacations (31 percent).

    46 percent of unretired adults say they live paycheck to paycheck and can't afford to put money in savings.

    35 percent have no faith that Social Security will be there when they retire.

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8 Filling Foods for Weight Loss

Tuesday, Jul, 21 2015

To lose those remaining stubborn pounds, many of us just need to tweak our diets and cut our portion sizes. One secret is to incorporate low fat, low calories foods, like these, into your diet. The following eight filling foods deliver the goods as far as dietary fiber, powerful protein, and essential nutrients so you get more bang for your bite…

1. Apples
How do you like dem apples—especially since they rank number one on our list of satiating foods. Apples contain a secret-weapon when it comes to slowing digestion and creating that full feeling for longer—it’s called pectin.
According to nutritionists at Tufts University, pectin in a whole apple is more filling than the equivalent amount of fruit in juice. After all it takes effort to devour an apple so your brain and body have adequate time to register a feeling of hunger satisfaction.

2. Eggs
You don’t have to be shy when cracking eggs to eat. According to dietary research from Saint Louis University, people who consume eggs for breakfast, eat roughly 330 fewer calories daily compared to those who eat cereal, toast, or bagels for their morning meal.
Food scientists dub eggs the “complete protein,” which refers to the nine essential amino acids contained within a single egg. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, claims this collection of amino acids is what suppresses the appetite and tells your brain and body that you’ve reached food capacity.

3. Oats
A belly full of oats is a happy belly.  Oats stall mid-morning snack attacks because they absorb liquid (i.e., water, milk, almond milk) like a sponge—meaning you’ll eat less calories, but feel full until lunchtime.
The secret of slow digesting oats is that they take much longer to work their way through the digestive system, which compared to the quick fix you’ll get with most breakfast cereals, quells hunger pangs and regulates blood sugar so you’re satisfied for much longer.

4. Figs
Not only are they naturally sweet if you’ve decided to cut out refined sugars in favor of natural sweetness, figs are thick and fleshy for a satiating bite. On top of a caloric cut, figs are great source of dense, filling fiber. For instance, one fig clocks about 37-calories and 1 gram of fiber to stall the release of sugar into the blood steam and prevent hunger cravings from spiking shortly following meals.

5. Potatoes
Potatoes have a bad rap. However, it’s all in how you prepare the vegetable. Sure, potatoes are a starchy bunch, but a healthy boiled, baked, or grilled potato (not fried) will satisfy hunger for quite some time.
In fact, potatoes squelch hunger for about the same duration as brown rice or whole wheat bread—at far less carbohydrates than both. But don’t shun a grilled, baked, or boiled potato from your plate. If you do, you’ll be missing out on a ton of nutritious fiber and vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, niacin, and phosphorus.

6. Greek Yogurt
During a study that monitored the weight and dietary habits of 120,000 people over a 20 year period, Greek yogurt was found to balance blood sugar (and curb cravings) and satisfy hungry tummies for longer.
In fact, the same study found that those who opted for protein-packed Greek yogurt, shed unwanted, extra pounds without changing any other habits (i.e., diet or exercise). Keep in mind that Greek yogurt contains double the protein, no whey, and a sliver of the sugar compared to any other type of yogurt.

7. Wheat Berries
Have you tried wheat berries? The whole-wheat kernels do get a lot of notice as a super food, and similar to quinoa (another super food), wheat berries are super rich in both protein and fiber compared to most other grains.
To give you an idea, a serving of wheat berries contains roughly 6-grams of protein and 6-grams of fiber—meaning twelve times the appetite satiating power. Foods like wheat berries and quinoa trigger the release of ghrelin, a hormone that indicates to the brain that we’re full.

8. Beans
Beans, beans might be good for your heart, but they’re also ideal for whittling your waistline. Beans fill you up because they absorb a lot of water during the cooking process—for example when incorporated into stews, soups, and sauces.
On top of that, beans are also high in fiber that fill you up quick and tell the brain that you’re full. Beans also provide resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that delays the release of sugar into the bloodstream to provide feelings of satiation.

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Top Foods to Avoid with High Blood Pressure

Monday, Jul, 20 2015

With high blood pressure you want to have a diet low in sodium and fat, so here are the top foods you should really avoid.

Pickles are low calorie, which is great, but they are loaded with sodium. One medium pickle (about 5 inches long) can have around 570 mg of sodium. That's over 1/3 of your sodium limit (2300 mg) for the day!

Canned Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is often considered a comfort food, but it is not so comforting to know that there can be up to 880 mg of sodium in a one cup serving.

It's low calorie and a great way to add vegetables to a bratwurst, right? Nope. A half cup may only have about 13 calories, but it also has over 460 mg of sodium.

Fast Food French Fries
While many fast food chains are now frying their fries in trans fat free oil, not all of them are. Regardless, French fries still provide a large dose of fat and sodium. A medium serving of fries has about 19 grams of fat and 270 mg of sodium.

Bacon is mostly fat. Three slices have 4.5 grams of fat and about 270 mg of sodium. Opt for lower sodium varieties and try turkey bacon instead of pork. Even with these switches bacon should remain a "special treat", not an everyday indulgence.

Whole Milk
Dairy is a great source of calcium, but high fat dairy sources, like whole milk, provide more fat than you need. A one cup serving of whole milk provides 8 grams of fat, 5 of which are saturated. Saturated fats are worse for you than other types and has been linked to heart disease. Try using 2% milk, or even better - 1% or skim.

Frozen Pot Pies
A single pot pie equals a serving of about 1300-1400 mg of sodium PLUS about 35 g of fat! Keep in mind that this is over 50% of your daily recommended values for both. The fat also includes trans fat, which you want to eliminate from your diet completely, and an unhealthy dose of saturated fat.

Donuts may be popular, but they sure aren't very good for your health and body. Just one donut packs in 200 calories with 12 grams of fat.

Ramen Noodles
Ramen noodles are popular among college students, but they are not a healthy meal. One package of Ramen noodles adds 14 grams of fat to your day AND 1580 MG of sodium! Interestingly, it is actually the flavor packet that contains most of that sodium.

Margarine is not necessarily bad, you just have to make sure to pick the kind with no trans fats. Read the label closely. It is important for your health to avoid trans fats all together.

Foods with extra calories and full of sugar cause you to gain weight. Obesity is a significant determinant for high blood pressure. The extra weight puts surplus strain on the heart and slows down the blood flow.

Alcohol consumption actively causes the blood pressure to elevate.  It also damages the walls of the blood vessels, while simultaneously increases risks of further complications.

Red Meat
A healthy eating plan should include only a small amount (if any) of saturated or trans-fats.  Fatty foods are bad for both the heart and blood vessels.  Avoid red meat and fast food along with other fats that include hydrogenated oils.

Table Salt
Too much sodium does direct damage to the heart and arteries and raises blood pressure significantly.

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