Quick Tips for Wellness

Posted 11/21/2014 | By HealthCorps

Frozen meals often have directions that include a “standing time” interval, after you microwave or heat them. It’s important to follow those additional instructions since they help to limit food poisoning risk. That extra standing time allows the meal to finish cooking completely.

Eating a big first meal of the day can help with weight loss.  A three month study of more than 1400 women showed that those who consumed most of their calories during breakfast, on average lost 17.9 pounds. Those in the group who consumed most of the calories at dinnertime lost, on average, 7.3 pounds. Participants who ate a bigger breakfast also showed better glucose control and lower triglyceride levels.

Touching a plant may help to reduce stress. Men who touched plant leaves for about two minutes felt calmer and had less cerebral blood flow to areas of the brain associated with stress, compared to men who touched metal or other surfaces. The study, conducted at Chiba University in Japan, offers an easy way to reduce stress in the workplace and at home.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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