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LOOK: Can You Guess How Many Calories Are On Your Thanksgiving Plate?

Exactly no one sits down at the Thanksgiving table expecting a light meal. But between drinks, dinner, seconds and a slice of pecan pie, you might unwittingly be downing more calories than most adults should in an entire day.

Think you can eyeball how much is really on your plate? We asked Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., author of The Flexitarian Diet, to estimate how many calories were on a variety of different Thanksgiving plates. Test your skills below by guessing how many calories each photo has, then click on the text below for the answer. (And remember that these counts are estimates, not exact calculations.)

1,144 calories

"Keep stuffing portions under one cup (the size of a baseball)," Blatner says. "Traditional recipes contain a stick or two of butter."


Sugary drinks tied to cancer in women

It's known that soda can contribute to obesity and diabetes, but according to a new study, women who drink large amounts of sweetened beverages have a much higher risk of one type of cancer too.

Danger that's increased by 80 percent



Common fall food can fight inflammation

This item will likely make an appearance at your Thanksgiving dinner table, and if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you'll want to dig in -- it's rich in potassium, iron and antioxidants that can relieve your symptoms.

Savoring the flavors of fall superfoods can do more than delight your taste buds. Many of these seasonal favorites contain nutrients that can potentially lessen the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Incorporating these seven RA superfoods into your diet can also make it easier to keep your weight under control. And maintaining a healthy weight prevents additional stress on the joints, which is an important part of managing rheumatoid arthritis, said Eric L. Matteson, MD, MPH, chairman of rheumatology and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.



Мэнни Пакьяо уверенно победил Брендона Риоса

Только что в китайском Макао завершился мейн ивент всего шоу Мэнни Пакьяо – Брендон Риос. Скептики предполагали, что Мэнни не сумеет восстановиться после поражения нокаутом, которое он потерпел в декабре минувшего года в 4-й схватке с Хуаном Мануэлем Маркесом. Но судя по действиям Пакьяо, та неудача никак не отразилась на нём. Первые два раунда филиппинец уверенно взял за счёт своей фирменной скорости. На фоне его Риос смотрелся слишком уж статичным боксёром. Однако 3-й раунд Брендон положил в свою копилку, ни единожды зацепив Пакьяо своими панчами. Но в дальнейшем успехи американца носили исключительно локальный характер. Под занавес поединка, казалось, что Риос то ли не знает, как действовать, то и не хочет даже пытаться зацепиться за победу. Понимая, что в этот вечер победа по очкам ему не светит, Риос пассивно проводит заключительную часть этого 12-раундового противостояния. Судейские записки зафиксировали победу Пакьяо: 119-109, 120-108 и 118-110.


Regular Cleaning is Good for Your Heart and Soul

A clean house isn't just "nice to have," it's actually a necessity for good mental and physical health. According to a study published in Time, the Indiana University department of Physical Activity, led by associate professor Nicole Keith, discovered a correlation between clean houses and healthy people.

Researchers tracked the physical health of 998 African Americans between the ages of 49 and 65 -- a demographic with a high-risk for heart disease - by comparing their levels of physical activity with the cleanliness of their homes. Those people with the cleanest homes were also the healthiest and most active, according to the study results. In fact, the findings also suggested that encouraging people to maintain their home's cleanliness may be even more important to their overall health than the walkability of the neighborhood they live in.

"At the end of the day, the interior condition of their house seemed to be the only thing affecting their physical activity," said Keith. "It was not at all what we expected."

It's clear by Keith's statement that their discovery surprised even the researchers, but are these findings really so shocking? Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, famously quoted, "The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists."

Even the Environmental Protection Agency admits that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the outdoors. If the average person spends up to 90 percent of their time indoors, we are breathing in dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, bug skeletons, and toxins from such innocuous sources as conventional cleaning products and even chemicals emitted from our own clothing and bedding. These toxins manifest themselves as symptoms most people attribute to allergies such as itchy eyes, runny nose, and wheezing, but which should actually be blamed on an unclean house.

And the germy culprits aren't always where you think they are. Elizabeth Scott, PhD, co-director of the Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community at Simmons College in Boston, found staphylococcus bacteria, a common cause of serious skin infections, in 26 percent of the tubs she tested, compared with just 6 percent of garbage cans.

Yes, these statistics provide scientific proof that the mental and health benefits of a clean environment are very real; but, we also look to the renewed energy and happiness our clients describe to us after one of our visits. When we hear our clients use words such as "therapeutic," "relaxing," and "motivating" to describe their newly cleaned homes and offices we are reminded that a clean home is truly the embodiment of the science and soul holistic cleaning philosophy we maintain at GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning.


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