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Be Healthy, Well, and Wise! July 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Health & Wellness.

#1 ~ Washing Hands In Cold Water Works As Well As Hot Against Germs

In handwashing experiments with 21 volunteers, Rutgers University researchers found no significant difference in cleaning power between water that was 60, 79 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

They also found that lathering hands for just 10 seconds was sufficient to remove germs.

#2 ~ Want to Lose Weight? You Should Stop Counting Calories

The quality of calories is what matters most for staying healthy, losing weight, and maintaining those results.

People who are more mindful have also been shown to experience fewer weight fluctuations over time.

Even though eating quality calories will help you crave treats less, there’s still room for the occasional indulgence. Dr. Ludwig is a fan of dark chocolate, which has heart, brain, and satiety benefits.

#3 ~ How to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Practice the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes with your screen, give your eyes a 20 second break and look 20 feet away, which will relax the focusing muscles.  Consider wearing yellow-tinged specialized computer eyewear, which takes strain off of eyes by focusing on the computer, reducing glare and filtering blue light.

And if you’re a real stickler for eye safety in the workplace, give your screen a friendly high five: that’s the distance you should keep to protect your eyes.

#4 ~ The Science of Sleep

This Guide to Sleep is a collection of links to 45 different articles on How to Fall Asleep, How to Stay Asleep, and How to Wake Up Refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

P.S.  It’s Mickey tested and approved!

#5 ~ 8 Ways to Stay Energized All Day

It’s no wonder so many of us struggle with energy issues. We go, go, go from morning to night, running on little but grit and caffeine. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  This complete guide to all-day energy is packed with proven strategies that will keep you powered up as you plow through your to-do list.

You’ll also learn about surprising energy drains (social media, we’re looking at you)—and how to keep them from stealing your mojo.

#6 ~ How to Create the Ultimate Black Bean Burger

Black bean burgers have something of a special status in the world of veggie burgers, and with good reason! Black bean burgers are packed with protein and flavor, they can be seasoned up in all kinds of ways, and they’re easy to whip up from a handful of pantry staples.

Every batch of black bean burgers the author makes starts with four base ingredients:

1 (14 ounce) can of black beans. Make sure to drain and rinse them.
1 cup of breadcrumbs or oats or oat flour.
1 small onion. Dice it.
1 to 3 cloves of garlic. Mince them.

Everything goes into the food processor and gets pulsed a few times until it’s finely chopped and well mixed. Just be careful not to overdo it.

For more tips on add-ins, spices, cooking, and serving, check out the recipe on Oh My Veggies.

#7 ~ Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

And last, but NOT least . . . Here’s Julie with 6 of her favorite natural Happiness Boosters!

Ginger + Cinnamon + Turmeric + Matcha + Cacao + Cayenne ~> S~M~I~L~E!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Val Boyko - July 3, 2017

Great resources Nancy! Thanks for sharing 💛
I’m off to get more ginger 😉

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

I’m a fan of Ginger ~> yum! I drink Lemon Ginger tea several mornings a week. And if my stomach is upset, I eat a small piece of crystallized ginger (or sip ginger ale).

2. Jill Weatherholt - July 3, 2017

Great stuff, Nancy! I take Cinnamon and Turmeric supplements. In addition, I sprinkle Cinnamon and Cayenne on everything. I’ll have to check out Matcha and Cacao. I beat the tea is great!

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

I use Turmeric in lots of rice dishes, including curry. And, like you, sprinkle Cinnamon on apples, bananas, etc.

3. Kate Crimmins - July 3, 2017

The hand washing info is interesting. I have friends who just about scald their hands.

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

I rarely wait for the water to get hot before washing my hands ~> this research pleased me.

Kate Crimmins - July 3, 2017

I’m like that too. Seems like a waste of money but of course I’d never admit it. Now I can. I do use soap!

4. L. Marie - July 3, 2017

My nephew makes the best ginger tea from scratch! Sooo good! Will be looking for some matcha tea also.
Thank you for all of these good tips, Nancy!

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

I love sharing valuable intel like this! 😀

5. Tippy Gnu - July 3, 2017

That 20-20-20 rule seems like good advice. I think I’ll try 20 seconds looking at the screen, then 20 minutes looking off into 20 light years of space.

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

You are certain to have an epiphany at some point during those 20 light years!

6. Ally Bean - July 3, 2017

I agree about #2. Nothing makes me more anxious than to count calories, so I overeat. Instead I eat a balanced diet and let the numbers on the scale fall where they may.

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

Focusing on quality food helps ~ my weight behaves well (and my mood improves) when I eat lots of “real food (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains).

When I eat junk food . . . I feel worse and weigh more.

7. colonialist - July 3, 2017

The hand washing one is a real surprise. It will mean a complete re-learn for those who have water almost too hot to bear, and then spend about three minutes scrubbing vigorously.

nrhatch - July 3, 2017

I was delighted to read the study on hand washing since I never bother to wait for the water to heat up . . . unless I feel very grimy.

8. Debra - July 8, 2017

That’s really fascinating about the hand washing! I really would have continued to assume that hot water was essential. And I love black bean burgers but have never made my own, so thank you! I’m big on the spices. I think they really do help keep my blood pressure low…even if it’s all in my head, I think that works, too! 🙂

nrhatch - July 9, 2017

The hand washing research surprised me too . . . in a good way.

The Mind-Body connection is amazing. So I expect you’re right (even if it’s all in your head). After all, psychosomatic illnesses exist . . . so why not stay healthy with psychosomatic tips and tricks!

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