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Do you sometimes listen to people speak and wonder what the heck they are saying? Well, it’s no secret that vocabulary is always evolving, and now the Merriam-Webster dictionary is here to help. The Springfield-based dictionary is once again expanding to their list of words, this time adding 840 new terms, some of which you may have never even heard before.

New additions include:

  • GOAT – defined as the greatest of all time: the most accomplished and successful individual in the history of a particular sport or category of performance or activity"
  • Marg – an abbreviation for margarita
  • Fav – short for favorite
  • Bougie [[BOO-zhee]] – an abbreviation of bourgeois
  • Zoodles - a long, thin strip of zucchini that resembles a string or narrow ribbon of pasta
  • Mocktail - a nonalcoholic cocktail
  • Hangry - irritable or angry because of hunger
  • Tent city - a collection of many tents set up in an area to provide usually temporary shelter (as for displaced or homeless people)
  • Bingeable - having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession
  • Time suck - an activity to which one devotes a lot of time that might be better or more productively spent doing other things
  • Instagramming - to post (a picture) to the Instagram photo-sharing service
  • Gochujang - a spicy paste used in Korean cuisine that is made from red chili peppers, glutinous rice, and fermented soybeans 

Source: Merriam-Webster

We know that diet and exercise play a big part in being healthy, but it turns out strong and supportive relationships may be just as important. Just spending time with your BFFs counts as a healthy habit - how great is that? Here are some of the ways your besties boost your wellness:

  • They can soften the blow of rejection - You already know that dealing with the aftermath of a breakup is easier with your bestie and a bottle of wine and science agrees. Research shows that spending time with a friend can actually decrease the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol in response to being rejected.
  • They can help you survive the tough times - Having your BFF there to hold your hand and give you a shoulder to cry on when you’re dealing with difficult things makes all the difference in the world. According to one study, having a friend by your side during crappy times can significantly buffer the negativity of the ordeal and increase your self worth.
  • They can extend your life - Research has shown that those who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely, so stay tight with your squad. According to a 2010 review of studies, having good friends is twice as effective as exercise and quitting smoking when it comes to extending your life.
  • They can make you more productive at work - You might think it would be a distraction, but research shows that close work friendships increase job satisfaction by 50% and people who have a “work wife” are seven times more likely to fully engage in their work.
  • They can make you more fit - Several studies have found that working out with a buddy can encourage you to work harder and more often.
  • They can improve your mental health - Research has shown that those with higher-quality friendships at 15 years old have fewer symptoms of depression and a elevated sense of self worth by the time they turn 25.

Source: Women's Health

Have you ever woken up with your head aching, dehydrated as a raisin, and an uneasy feeling in your gut? Sounds a lot like a hangover, but it can happen even if you didn’t touch a drop of alcohol the night before because it turns out, there are foods that can make us feel hungover, too.

Dietitian/nutritionist Carol Aguirre explains that food hangovers are usually caused by a few common, and oh so tasty, culprits. Topping the list? Refined sugars. Sodas, candy, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and good old processed foods can leave you with that groggy, gross feeling that sticks around long after your last bite or sip of the sweet treat. And some of our other favorites - simple carbs like bagels and white pasta - can hit us with that hangover feeling, too.

"Sugar spikes our blood glucose level, which causes our pancreas to pump out insulin, which causes our blood sugar to drop,” Aguirre explains. “And before you know it, your energy, and your overall ability to feel like a functional human being, drops, too.”

But the good news is that we don’t have to cut these foods out all together to avoid a food hangover, we just have to balance out the carbs with other nutrients. So pair your pasta with some protein, like chicken, or healthy fats, like nuts, olives, or cheese. That way it takes longer to digest the food and blood sugar levels stay balanced and we keep feeling good.

Source: Elite Daily

Happy September and almost fall. Now that those pricey Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back, you’ll need extra funds in your coffee budget, so here’s you can stretch your food budget at the supermarket this month.

  • Shop for snacks in surprising places - Put your bargain hunting skills to work and you’ll score sweet deals on snacks at stores like Big Lots, T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods.
  • Pack a lunch you'll actually want to eat - Sure, it takes some prep, but bringing your lunch and actually eating it will save you money and you’ll probably eat better too.
  • Go “meatless” more often - If meat takes up a big chunk of your grocery budget, challenge yourself to make some tasty vegetarian meals and save some cash.
  • Buy a Costco rotisserie chicken - You’ll be surprised how far one $5 chicken can go.
  • Simplify unnecessarily complicated recipes - No reason to buy all the items on that absurdly long recipe list, especially if you’ll never use some of them in another dish.
  • Buy seasonally before the seasons change - Stock up on summer produce and freeze extras now so you can enjoy those tasty peaches and berries later.
  • Fill one week's shopping list exclusively with sale items - Check your grocery store flyer for the deals and sales of the week then try to fill your cart with only discounted items and plan your meals around those.
  • Ask if there's a butcher's meat special - It might not be advertised in the flyer, but the butcher may cut you a break on a cut they don’t think will sell before expiration.
  • Think before you use a coupon - It’s not really saving you money if you’re buying something you wouldn’t normally buy just so you can use a coupon.

Source: The Kitchn

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