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Dieting is a big business and most of us have tried at least one in our lifetime. The hard part is keeping it off once we shed the pounds. Now there’s a simple “rule of thumb” that can help you.

According to Suzy Wengel, author of “The Scandi Sense Diet,” to be successful, use your hand as a measuring cup! It’s simple, you only eat what fits in your hand. You cup your hands with fingers touching to make it work. And no, you don’t have to put all the foods in your hand - mashed potatoes would be gross! Just use it as a visual aid with some of the messier foods.

Wengel discovered this handy trick by struggling with weight loss herself. The author yo-yo dieted, nixed carbs, sugar - you name it. Then she tried measuring with her hand and over nine months lost 88 pounds. It’s not an exact science and the pounds shed slow, but you create a new habit that’s hard to break.

Source: New York Post

It is hard to be a parent these days. Besides more pressure on today’s kids, devices are causing a big problem. Relay, a screen free smartphone has done an extensive survey and discovered some surprising facts. The biggest is screen time is eroding the family.

Kids as young as six are asking their parents for devices and by age 12, they get them. Teens look at their screens an average of 45 hours a week while younger kids look at them for 33 hours.

The majority of parents, 76-percent, say too much tech is bad at home and most also agree it interrupts quality time. Moms and dads are also concerned that kids lack imagination and have less independence. The most troublesome side effect? Kids melting down when those devices are taken away. The trick is to find balance. Whatever that means for your family, it takes teamwork.

Source: Relay

Life is funny. We want to live it, don’t want to die, but we aren’t willing to make the sacrifices to stick around to hit 100. That’s part of the findings of a study by University of Phoenix.

By 2040 there will be a 129-percent increase in people living to 85 or older. The question is, are we willing to make the sacrifices to reach a ripe old age? Not really, so says the survey. To live that long takes planning and giving things up like bad habits, plus financial planning. Who wants to be broke when elderly?

If certain variables were met, though, Americans would go for it. Those variables, though are tough.

  • If I were guaranteed to be of sound body and mind – 85 percent
  • If my spouse, partner and/or loved ones were still alive – 79 percent
  • If I didn't physically look 100 years old – 71 percent

What wouldn’t we do to live to 100?

  • Quit smoking
  • Save money for later care
  • Maintain strong relationships
  • Have a healthy sleep schedule
  • Exercise more
  • Eat healthier

If you’re one of the few that are ready to outlive everyone else, plan ahead and eat healthy!

Source: University of Phoenix

Personal trainer Sam Wood says one of the most common questions he gets asked is how much we should work out per day. The fitness pro says the time of thinking that we have to hit the gym for an hour a day to see results is over. Wood is a big believer that the quality of the workout is more important than the quantity, so less is more, as long as you make it count.

Thankfully, he doesn’t advise trying to log as many hours as possible in the gym or doubling up on workouts to train. Wood says he’s found that consistency, variety and intensity yield better results than longer workouts. Basically, train smarter, not harder.

So what is the magic number, according to Wood? He advises trying to do something active every single day, but that doesn’t mean pushing your body to the max seven days a week. And as for how long we should exercise a day - he says the magic number is 28 minutes. Wood says that’s long enough “to get brilliant results, but short enough to genuinely train at high-intensity.” That’s less than half an hour, so we’re more likely to get it done, even on our lazy days.

Source: Women's Health

The homework struggle is real for lots of families and all the digital distractions don’t help. Want to make it easier on your kids and yourself? Sure you do, and these concentration hacks can help.

  • Set up “Work Hour” for the whole family - Remember sitting in crowded dorm room study halls back in college? Create that same energizing environment at home by having everyone sit together and quietly work independently.
  • Give your kids “complaining minutes” - When your kids are whining and need a release, give them one “complaining minute” to get it out. Set the timer and for 60 seconds they can vent about anything they want, but when time’s up, it’s back to work - no moaning allowed.
  • Change up the environment - If your kid is feeling fidgety or stuck working at their desk, let them try a out new location around the house for a change. Study coach Ana Mascara says switching environments also helps the brain realize what you’re studying is important. And a change of scenery is always nice.
  • Let your kid be Batman - No, really, literally let your child wear a superhero cape. A study finds that when four- and six-year-olds dressed as a familiar character, they stuck with a repetitive task significantly longer.
  • Try the Pencil Game - Child psychologist William Hudenko suggests the refocusing technique and it’s pretty simple. Give your child a set of two or three pencils and teach them to switch them when they’re feeling distracted. It’s not about which pencil they use, but changing them tells the brain, “Oh, I’m distracted, I need to get focused again.”
  • Put homework time immediately after play time - Study after study shows academic improvement and exercise are linked. Let your kid run around and play for half an hour, then once the wiggles are out, they’ll be more ready to hit the books.

Source: Lifehacker

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