Apr 09

Healthy Diet for the Heart

Making dietary changes is one of the most important things that you can do to reclaim your body after getting sick. Here’s a simple tip that you can use to help you regain your health.

Skip the fat. Of the eight controllable risk factors for heart diseases, including elevated cholesterol and excessive weight, five have been linked to high-fat eating. Dietary fat may also have a role in 60 percent of cancers that affect women. To keep your body healthy, start by limiting your fat consumption to no more than 25 percent of your total caloric intake. The easiest way to control fat consumption is to count grams because that’s how fats are measured on nutrition labels. So if you eat 1,500 calories a day, for instance, and want to keep your fat intake below 25 percent, multiply 1,500 by 25 percent. Then, divide that by 9, which is the number of fat calories in 1 gram of fat. Rounding off, you get 42, the number of grams, from all the foods that you eat in one day that you can allocate for fat.

Anyhow Omega 3 fatty acids help improves the cardiovascular risk profile, but it should be in modest doses. If you are looking for omega 3 foods, you can find it online or click the link that I have provided.

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Apr 03

Finding a Reliable Contractor for Home Repairs

The process of working with contractors has a bad reputation and legitimately so. However, if you educate yourself, use certain screening steps, trust your instincts, and include specific expectations and checkpoints in your contract, you will be fine. Not that the job will go as expected, there are always unforeseen circumstances.

Home Repairs

The important thing to remember is that contractors who get through your screening process want the job go to as smoothly and quickly as you do. Happy customers are their most valuable means of getting work in the future, from you and your friends.

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Apr 01

Plants for Shade

Factors to consider when choosing trees and plants include height, growth rate, branch spread and shape. Then think about placement. Experts recommend planting trees between directions. For example, plant a tree on the northeast side of your home, instead of on the north or east side. When selecting a planting site, notice the size and direction of shadows at the site, especially during summer.

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Mar 29

Off Doesn’t Always Mean Off

Many appliances continue to draw electricity even when turned off. Electric appliances usually go into standby mode, waiting to respond to a remote control or recharging a battery.

Result: Up to 5% to 7% of a household’s annual electric bill comes from turned-off appliances.

Self-defense: Except for appliances that need to stay plugged in, such as clocks, use power strips to completely shut off an appliance when you are not using something.

Here are some reminders of how you can save energy all year round.

Set your thermostat at 68” F in winter and 55” at night and your air conditioner at 78” in summer.

Set refrigerator temperature to 37” and freezer to 3”. Check gaskets around doors, they should be clean and seal tightly.

Clean permanent appliance filters at least once a year. Replace nonpermanent filters every month or two of use.

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Mar 25

Pretty Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Trees, shrubs and vines all provide valuable shade to cut down on the heat entering your home in the summer. Plants create a cool climate that can dramatically reduce the temperature in their surrounding area.

Deciduous trees (ones that lose their leaves in winter) offer one of the best ways to cut home cooling costs. When selectively placed around your home, they shade the roof, walls and windows from the sun. Plus, when the leaves drop in autumn, they permit the winter sunlight to reach and warm your house.

Shrubbery planted a few feet away from the house will provide extra shade without obstructing air currents.

Vines grown on trellises can shade windows or a whole side of a home. Set trellises away from the wall to allow air to circulate.

Try planting trees or shrubs to shade the outside portion of window air conditioners and increase their efficiency. Be careful not to obstruct the air flow around the unit.

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Mar 21

Save Money All Around the House

Here are suggestions on cutting your energy bills without compromising your family’s comfort. They cover heating, cooling, appliances and lighting.

Heating/Cooling
It is a good idea to use a programmable thermostat to maintain the temperature in your home. It automatically adjust the heat or central air-conditioning which is much easier than trying to fine-tune it manually every night before bed or every time you leave the house.

Lighting
Switch to Compact Flourescent Bulbs. They are 80% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to seven years. Compact Flourescent Bulbs have shaken their reputation for poor-quality light and limited fit in home fixtures. Now they are readily adaptable to any fixtures and are made by reputable manufacturers.

Floor Lamps
Replace old floor lamps with floor lamps that are made for compact fluorescents.

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Mar 17

Some Faces Of Stains

Before you take a stained garment to the dry cleaner or throw it in the trash, make sure you can’t remove the stain yourself using products you have around the house.

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Here are some insider tips on how to remove the most frequently occurring stains:

Grass Stains: Wash the item in hot water with chlorine bleach. If the stain remains, try sponging the spot with alcohol. Warning: Use bleach only on bleachable fabrics or you may increase the damage. If you are worried about damaging the color of an item, dilute the alcohol with two parts water.

Bloodstains: Soak the stain in cold water and then rub the fabric with detergent and rinse. You can also use unflavored meat tenderizer to break up fresh bloodstains by applying it to dampened spots. If the stain does not come out of cotton, polyesters, rayons and linens, try applying a drop of household ammonia and rinse. Bloodstains in wool and silk are best treated by the dry cleaner.

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Mar 13

Kitchen Counter Cost Cutters

Instead of buying cooking spray, save your butter wrappers and use them to grease your cooking pans.

Use oven racks as a cheap alternative to cooling racks. Simply place the racks on bricks, cups or anything that works as a prop, and wait for your cookies to cool.

Use toothpaste instead of silver polish. It is less expensive, but just as effective.
Stick your sponges in the dishwasher every time you run it. They will last up to a month longer, and you will kill germs too.

Divide batter into smaller or shallower pans to reduce baking time and save money on gas or electricity.

Dough bakes faster in glass than in metal. When using glss cookware, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

Happy weekend everyone!!

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Mar 09

Follow This Reusable Check List

Reuse materials by taking small steps that can be incorporated into your life a little at a time. Here are a few for starters:

  1. Reuse totes and bags. When going to the grocery store or the mall, take along your own bags.
  2. Make a charitable donation. If you know of an organization in your area that’s looking for household items, clothes, or even cell phones, consider making a donation.
  3. Be creative. Printer paper has two sides and can be reused as scrap paper. Packaging materials can be used for arts and crafts projects. Sunday comics make colorful wrapping paper.

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Mar 06

Glassware and Glass-fiber fabrics

Glassware
It is best to wash crystal glassware by hand; there is a possibility of chipping and breakage if you wash such items in a machine. Some glassware can become etched as a result of a chemical reaction of water, glassware, and detergent in a dishwasher. This phenomenon is especially prevalent in soft or softened water. Etching is irreversible. To minimize it, use a small amount of detergent and do not exceed 104 F water temperatures. Underload the dishwasher to permit proper rinsing and draining and dry without heat.

Glass-fiber fabrics
This material is resistant to soiling and can be very decorative. It is fragile and should be carefully hand-laundered and line dried.

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