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While many fast casual restaurants have healthy options on the menu, most of them have quite a few gut busters that we know aren’t good for us, but also know will taste darn yummy. Well, a new report has come out revealing the worst of the worst out there and you may want to be aware for the next time you go out to dinner.

“Winners” of the 2018 Extreme Eating Awards were just announced by Center for Science in the Public Interest, featuring dishes from restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, Uno Pizzeria & Grill and Shake Shack.

One of the worst dishes to earn an honor is the Cheesecake Factory Breakfast Burrito, which was named the “Worst Way To Start The Day,” thanks to its 2,730 calories, 73 grams of saturated fat and 4,630 milligrams of sodium. Another Cheesecake Factory dish making the list is the Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style, a serving of angel hair Alfredo, served atop the almost 10-inch pie, that clocks in at 1,870 calories, 55 grams of saturated fat and 3,080 milligrams of sodium.

Other “winners” include:

 

  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, which has 2,320 calories, 59 grams of saturated fat, 4,530 milligrams of sodium.
  • Shake Shack's Double SmokeShack, a side of fries and a Peanut Butter Shake, with 2,240 calories, 55 grams of saturated fat, 3,170 milligrams of sodium and about 42 grams of added sugar.
  • AMC movie theaters’ Bavarian Legend Soft Pretzel, with 1,920 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat and 7,600 milligrams of sodium.
  • Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles, with 2,510 calories, 40 grams of saturated fat and 4,480 milligrams of sodium and about 105 grams of sugar.

 

Source: New York Post


When you’re in a relationship there are a lot of milestones you have to remember, like when you went on your first date, your first kiss, and your anniversary. Of course another important date to remember is your partner’s birthday, and apparently a lot of people are failing at that one.

A new survey by OnePoll and Evite finds that 35% of people have forgotten their partner’s birthday, with men twice as likely to be the forgetful one (52% vs. 24%). And we’re not just talking people who just started dating. In fact, 90% of those people were in serious relationships when they forgot. And you’d think once they did it they’d never do it again, but you’d be wrong. Partners are actually likely to forget their significant other’s birthday four times throughout their time together.

And forgetting a birthday isn’t just something to laugh off. The poll finds that 20% of folks were unable to recover from the mistake and plan something last minute, with 20% of couples having a fight over a forgotten birthday, and 12% actually breaking up.

  • So, why exactly is it such a big deal? Well, it could be because 28% of people expect something big from their partner on their birthday. And then there are the 36% of people who said they didn’t want anything, but actually expected something. 

Source: SWNS Digital


For a lot of people, infidelity is the one thing they can’t get past in a relationship, but it turns out more people are willing to forgive cheating than you may think. A new poll by the website for cheaters Ashley Madison finds that 59% of men and 51% of women say they could forgive a cheating partner and put it behind them.

But the reasons why men and women are willing to forgive are different, and in some cases surprising. For men, the biggest reason they’re willing to forgive their cheating spouse is because of the impact a breakup would have on the kids (26%), while still loving their wife is the second biggest reason (25%), followed by finances (18%).

But women seem to be looking at the more practical side of things. For gals, financial reasons is the biggest thing motivating them to forgive a cheater (30%), followed by the kids (25%) and still being in love with their partner (24%).

Source: The Sun


A poll by TD Bank finds that 34% of people are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with finances a major cause of stress for most folks. Overall, anxiety about retirement is the biggest financial stressor (18%), followed by not being able to provide for their family (14%) and not being able to pay off debt (12%).

And when it comes to relationships, money can come between partners quite easily. While 60% of those in committed relationships say they talk about money with their significant other at least once a week, one third of married couples say they actually argue about money at least once a month.

As if proof money problems can be a major problem in a relationship, 44% of divorced couples say they had money-related arguments during their marriage. On the bright side, 42% of divorcees say their financial well-being improved after their divorce, with 43% of women and 42% of men seeing an improvement.

  • Interestingly, when it comes to money and dating, it seems a lot of old fashioned rules still apply. For example, 84% of committed men say they picked up the bill on the first date, while 63% of committed men say they pay for all meals and drinks. What’s more, only 32% of couples split the bill on a regular basis. 

Source: Yahoo Finance


We’re all human, so we’ve all said things we don’t mean and end up regretting later. So to help us avoid that regret, experts warn against using certain words and phrases when talking to our partners and spouses. So try to take these words out of your relationship vocab to help keep the peace.

“Always” and “Never” - Nothing adds fuel to a fight quite like these two words. Licensed clinical professional counselor Julienne Derichs explains that always and never statements are most often used in an accusatory and argumentative way that leads to a defensive reaction in order to clarify the exaggeration. She suggests trying to explain how you feel instead.

“Should” - Telling your partner they “should” be doing, saying, or feeling something “encourages controlling and judgemental interactions,” Derichs says. It creates a negative mood, so she advises using “choose” in its place.

“Calm down” - If you really want to make things worse in an argument with your S.O., tell them to calm down. It tends to make the other person feel unheard, unjustified and totally put down, while sending the message that you’re fine, and they just need to relax. Saying something like “Can we just take a breath first and slow down,” works better.

“Why don’t you…” - This feels like a criticism of something your sweetie didn’t do, say, or feel. Derichs advises trying to make a request instead by saying something along the lines of “I really appreciate it when you put the dishes in the dishwasher when you’re done with them. Could you please do that for me more often?” This way you’re still asking for what you want, but your partner is less likely to feel defensive.

“Perfection” - It’s an impossible goal for ourselves, our partners, and our relationship, so instead of going for perfect, try to use language that focuses on people trying to do their best.

“Divorce” - Unless you’re serious, it’s never a good idea to even mention a divorce, let alone threaten one. You can’t take the word back once it’s out there.

Source: Hello Giggles


There are some people who believe you can tell a person’s age by looking at their hands, which may be why a lot of women are unhappy with how their hands look.

A new survey by Nestle Skin Health finds that 78% of women 40 and older wish they could change the way their hands look, while 60% have been so self-conscious they’ve actually done something about it and 63% women are interested in having some kind of non-surgical cosmetic procedure or treatment to improve their appearance. 

As for what specifically bothers women about their hands, 85% say they’ve seen signs of aging as they grow older, with 65% believing their hands make them look older than they actually are. Even worse, 56% of people say they’ve mistaken someone for being older because of their hands’ appearance. 

And women are so concerned about their aging hands that they do what they can to hide them. In fact,  50% say they are likely to use a filter to improve their hands’ appearance before posting a photo on social media.

Source: 4-traders.com

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