Sunday, March 11, 2012

33 Fixes For An Empty Stomach

33 Fixes For An Empty Stomach
When you’re trying to lose weight, a growling tummy is like a best man’s speech: the longer it lasts, the more dangerous it gets. But hormones, not your gut, are to blame for binges, and preventing them from going haywire is the key to reining in kilojoules without feeling ravenous. So dig in – we’re giving you 33 ways to fill up.

  1. Choose surf over turf: Fish is more satisfying, per kilojoule, than beef or chicken, according to Dr Susanna Holt’s Satiety Index, a rank of different foods’ ability to satisfy hunger.
  2. Turn up the heat: The cooler a room, the more people tend to eat – which is why restaurants often keep thermostats low.
  3. Can the juice: Whole fruit contains fibre that makes you feel fuller than juice.
  4. Bulk up: [ Fibre expands in your GI tract to make you feel full, so make sure you get your RDA of 30g.
  5. Love your bread: Dodge the wonder white and go for wholemeal – it’s 5½ times more filling.
  6. Pass on diet labels: A study found that after eating full-fat muffins, subjects ate less in the next 24 hours than after a fat-free version.
  7. Hold your nose: Just smelling a fresh-baked cupcake can induce insulin secretion that makes you think you’re hungry. Bet you’re not.
  8. Munch raw carrots: Irish researchers found carrots are more filling when they’re raw. Get crunching!
  9. Down vitamins: Research suggests your body may compensate for a lack of nutrients by increasing your appetite so you’ll eat more.
  10. Be pro protein: A study found people ate 1846 less kilojoules a day on a 30 per cent protein diet versus a 15 per cent protein diet.
  11. Shape up: Wedge-shaped foods like pizza and cake make it difficult to estimate proper portions.
  12. Have some avo: Your body burns carbs in about an hour, so eat healthy fat to buy time before hunger pangs hit.
  13. Graze like a cow: Five evenly spaced, mini-meals (of around 1465kJ) a day will regulate your appetite and ward off sugar cravings.
  14. Get nutty: Nosh on pine nuts – they have the most protein of any nut or seed, and their pinolenic acid stimulates powerful hunger-suppressing hormones.
  15. Listen to Jack Johnson: Eating while listening to mellow music slows you down. Your stomach takes 20 minutes to tell your brain it’s full – that’s almost half of Sleep Through the Static.
  16. Go ambidextrous: Switch your fork to your non-dominant hand to eat slowly and give yourself time to recognise you’re full.
  17. Don’t eat by candlelight: Dim light can spark overeating, says a US study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  18. Bag dried fruit: Go for 2 cups of grapes over ¼ cup raisins – both are 420kJ, but the grapes’ water content makes them feel more filling.
  19. Slurp a smoothie: Make it with low-fat yoghurt and fruit for a satiety trifecta: protein (to decrease hunger), fibre (to fill you up without many kilojoules), and calcium (to help burn fat).
  20. Whey your options: Boost that smoothie with 1 to 2 tablespoons of whey powder. New studies suggest that in addition to a protein punch, whey may affect the hormones that make you feel full.
  21. Go fruity: Mixed fruit can curb a sweet tooth, and it has plenty of fibre, which helps regulate your blood sugar.
  22. Have a seaweed spritzer: When you mix agar-agar, a fibre-rich thickening agent derived from seaweed, with fruit juice, it soaks up the liquid, making you feel full.
  23. Go for cocoa: Participants in a study were significantly more satisfied 30 minutes after they drank low-fat chocolate milk than after a soft drink.
  24. Be antisocial: People who eat with one other person consume about 35 per cent more than when they dine alone; at a table of four, that rises to 75 per cent more; and in a party of eight you’ll almost double your intake.
  25. Go blue: Studies show blue to be an appetite suppressant. Use blue plates, napkins and placemats.
  26. Boost your bean count: High-fibre beans cause glucose to release slowly into the bloodstream, preventing sudden slumps that cause hunger spikes.
  27. Dig pop culture: It’s mostly air, so popcorn’s twice as filling as chockie, with fewer kilojoules. Try Riviana Air Popped Popping Corn (380kJ per 25g).
  28. Skip soft drinks: High-fructose corn syrup, the main sweetener in soft drink, doesn’t spur insulin production to make the body process kilojoules, or trigger leptin, which tames appetite.
  29. Start a pack-a-day habit: Chewing gum suppresses your sweet tooth. (But if you prefer chips, banish the gum – it may make salty cravings worse.)
  30. Trade your corkscrew for a stubbie holder: Participants in a study ate more while drinking wine than while drinking beer.
  31. Watch horror films: Nausea is responsible for a lack of appetite.
  32. Find berry treasure: Raspberries are one of the most fibre-rich fruits, packing 8g into a cupful – that’s more than a quarter of your RDA.
  33. Make miso: When your metabolism drags and energy dips, you crave things that give you a quick lift. New research reveals that protein-rich miso soup boosts metabolism.

    And in the near future…
    1. Pop a pill: Italian scientists looking to make a more absorbent nappy lining ended up creating a cellulose pill that expands in your stomach to ward off hunger for up to seven hours. Pending safety trials, it should be around from May 2008.
    2. Chew on this: London researchers found that moderate doses of the “feeling full” hormone, pancreatic polypeptide, reduces the amount of food eaten by 15 to 20 per cent. They’re working on a chewing gum, but a finished product is about five years away.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Pesky pranks
1. Spray nozzle or taped faucets- this one's kind of sentimental for me... THIS is the VERY PRANK that fueled my fire and love for this holiday! The first April we were married, my husband took a rubber band and wound it tightly around the kitchen sink's spray nozzle and left it aimed at where my face would be. When I turned on the water, it DRENCHED me! Haha! Of course he knew that meant war!!! Twelve years later, we're still going strong!
2. Fingernail polish spill- take a piece of wax paper and a bottle of fingernail polish that you don't mind ruining. Spill out contents onto paper, let dry, peel paper off, and leave on victim's clothing or an important document.

3. Blue teeth/ numb mouth- put a small drop of food coloring in center of toothbrush. Make sure to use the same color as the bristles. ALSO, you could put some oragel numbing gel deep in the base of the bristles... one of my FAVE'S!
4. Superglue shampoo lid shut. It will make them have to unscrew the lid.
off so you can't tell it's there. TRUST ME, it doesn't take much for it to work! You could also line toilet seat with thumb tacks! Dun dun duuuuuun!
5. Icy Hot/Bengay or thumbtack toilet seat- smear a small amount of Icy Hot or Bengay on toilet seat and wipe it mostly 

DISCLAIMER- Okay, so this one's only harmless if you're ABSOLUTELY SURE your victim will see the tack-lined seat BEFORE they sit. It's meant to be more of an inconvenience (as they have to remove the tacks before they sit) than a super-pokey encounter. Haha!
6. Block the remote signal with a piece of opaque tape.
7. Soap that won't lather- paint soap with clear fingernail polish and leave in the shower!

8. Glue end of tiolet paper roll onto itself so victim can't find it!
9. Glued-shut card- make a nice card for someone you owe a "thanks" to. Glue it shut so they can't open it.
10. Taped light switch- My kids LOVE this one! They seem to forget I do it every year, too! Just tape it down so they can't turn the light on.
11. Vaseline door knob- place a glob under the bottom of door know so you can't see it.
12. TP the bed- While victim is sleeping, roll TP under and over bed so when they wake up, they're stuck!
13. Place piles of confetti on top of ceiling fan blades so when it turns on, surprise! This one would be fun for someone's birthday, too! I have to say, it's much better than the big old globs of lotion I used to squeeze onto the fan blades! My mom was NOT thrilled about the mess that one made! Haha!
14. Plastic wrap shampoo/salt shaker- Unscrew lids, place a small piece of plastic wrap over opening, replace lid, and tear off the excess evidence.
15. Karo syrup towel- It's clear, so you can't tell it's on there until it's too late!
16. Hair gel hand soap- replace your liquid hand soap with the same color of hair gel.
17. Can't use-it gel/hairspray/cologne- using a temporary glue or double-stick foam, stick most frequently-used items to counter top or bathroom cupboard so they're hard to pick up!
18. Whoopi cushion on chair... you could also use bubble wrap!
19. Shoe surprise- you can stick either legos, small water balloons, or frozen coins inside victims shoes.
20. Cereal box/candy bag swap-out in original packaging
21. Bedroom doorTug of War- This prank can be pulled on two victims who have bedroom doors directly across the hall from each other (dorms usually work well for this). Use a rope to tie both door knobs to each other, with just enough slack to allow one door to open a crack. Then knock loudly on both doors at the same time. The victims will end up in a tug of war trying to get out.
22. Take a needle and thread and run it through every pair of underwear in the victim's drawer, so that they are attached in one long string. When they get dressed, they will grab one pair but end up with them all!
23. All Sewed Up- This prank has to be done to a very sound sleeper. While they are sleeping, sneak in and use a needle and thread to sew their pajamas to the bed! I did this one to my husband last year and it was HI-LAR-IOUS watching him try to get out of the bed! I, of course had to set him free. We both had a good laugh over this one!
24. Have A Cold One- If your victim wears the same hat every day, take it the night before, get it wet, and put it in the freezer. Right before the victim gets ready to leave, place the hat in the normal place. They will get a chilly surprise! You can also do this to a woman's bra!
25. Out is the New In- Turn your victim's backpack inside out. Wait until they're not around, then take everything out of their bag, turn it inside out and replace the items. Then wait for their surprised reaction! I'm soooo doing this to my kids this year!
26. Blast 'Em- Set the victim's TV to an obnoxious channel like Cartoon Network or the heavy metal channel, and turn the volume up to max volume. Now turn off the TV set. When your victim comes back and turns on the TV they will be surprised by a blast of loud programming!
27. Going Buggy- This one takes some prep time, but I think it would be cool. Take a picture of the top part of the kitchen counter. Go on the internet and search for a picture of a cockroach. Then, copy it on to the picture of the counter. Print out a few copies (cut off any extra white space), and place them on the counter. At first glance, your victim will think the kitchen is infested! This would be AWESOME if you did it to a germ-a-phobic friend!
28. The Run Around- Set this prank up ahead of time by letting the kids know you're planning on having some painting done in the house. Then, before they come home from school, put up two signs: on the front door - "Wet Paint - Use Back Door," on the back door - "Wet Paint - Use Front Door." Then see how many times they'll run around the house trying to get in.'

29. Set your friends/family up to think you've prepped a whole bunch a pranks for them... them do nothing and watch them nervously anticipate tricks that never happen all day. This is the lazy-holidayer's approach. Oh well, at least it's something!
 30. While You Were Sleeping- Carefully paint the toenails/fingernails or draw eyeliner mustaches on your victim while they are sleeping. We did this to our kids last year. It was so awesome because they had no idea (about the mustaches) until they went in the bathroom to get ready! One of them didn't discover their pretty toenails until after school that day! Haha, got ya!
31. Job/Chore Chart Switch- If you have a job/chore chart in your home, change it up! Instead of their usual jobs, have them do things like:  Bark like a dog 10 times, Pay the bills, Drive the kids to the park (great for young kids), Mow the lawn using scissors, Wash your clothes by hand, Sweep the driveway with a toothbrush, Jump on the trampoline without stopping for 20 minutes, Touch your nose with your tongue, Tickle Elmo, Count your toes, Sing an opera song--mom's choice, and more. Of course they know you're joking, you decide if you want to use things they can really do or not. My kids didn't end up doing any of them, but sure got the giggles while reading them! You can get creative and come up with whatever is funny to your family!

**This one was suggested by a viewer...
32. Have you ever heard of the Mento's and Diet Coke explosion experiment? Well, HERE'S a video showing how to turn it into a prank! So awesome! Just make sure it's done OUTSIDE! Maybe at an outdoor BBQ or something. Too funny!
(**Thanks, Emily!)


33. Set alarms & clocks ahead an hour- this one is probably the most important one! If you plan to do a bunch of time-consuming pranks, DO THIS FIRST!!! You don't have to do it to all the clocks, just the alarm or cell phone, and the bathroom/bedroom ones they see first.

15 Worst Drinks in America

the most bloating beverages in gas stations, bars, smoothie counters, and coffee shops across America and replaced them with sensible and satisfying stand-ins for a fraction of the caloric cost. 

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1. Worst Drink in America

Cold Stone Creamery PB&C Shake Gotta Have It Size

1,750 calories
118 g fat (64 g saturated, 2 g trans)
140 g sugars
The PB&C is intended to denote peanut butter and chocolate, but the more accurate translation might be potbellies and cardiovascular disease. After all, this one drink does pack more calories than a dozen ice cream sandwiches and more saturated fat than nearly 20 large orders of McDonald's French fries. And what's even more depressing is that no shake on Cold Stone's menu, not even the small sizes, falls below 900 calories. Choose a small ice cream and use the 1,380 calories for something with at least a trace of nutritional value.

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Peanut Butter Ice Cream Like It Size

370 calories
24 g fat (13 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
28 g sugars

2. Worst Smoothie

Smoothie King's The Hulk, Strawberry (40 ounces)

2,070 calories
64 g fat (26 g saturated)
250 g sugars
To be fair, this smoothie is designed to help people gain weight—and for that reason alone, it isn’t our Worst Drink in America. The problem is that we live in a nation in which two-thirds of us are overweight, and the number of professional body builders doesn't constitute a significant demographic. Plus, if you really want to put on some pounds, just eat 9 Odwalla Super Protein bars. That's how many it would take to match this caloric load.

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The Shredder, Strawberry (20 ounces)

356 calories
1 g fat
41 g sugars

3. Worst Float

Baskin-Robbins Large Ice Cream Soda with Vanilla Ice Cream Float (32 ounces)

960 calories
40 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
136 g sugars
If you're going to have a float, it's best to limit yourself to one small scoop of ice cream and a reasonable pour of soda, yet Baskin-Robbins' smallest portion is 32 ounces! Unfortunately, if the ice cream mogul doesn't begin offering smaller sizes, your options are limited. Either split a small float or cut the soda out of the equation.

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Vanilla Ice Cream Scoop (4 ounces)

260 calories
16 g fat (10 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
26 g sugars

4. Worst Cocktail

Red Lobster Traditional Lobsterita

890 calories
0 g fat
183 g carbohydrates
Lobsterita means a lobster tank-size glass filled with booze and high-fructose corn syrup. You'd have to drink 4 regular on-the-rocks margaritas to outdo the massive calorie load. Pair that with a dinner and you might be pushing a full day's calories in one meal. If you want to get drunk, take a shot. If you want to enjoy a cocktail, make sure it doesn't start with a bottle of mix-your body and your taste buds will thank you.

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Malibu Hurricane

200 calories
0 g fat
35 g carbohydrates

5. Worst Holiday Coffee Drink

Starbucks Venti 2% Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (20 ounces)

640 calories
21 g fat (13 g saturated)
94 g sugars
Between the candies and the casseroles, we already have plenty of temptations to deal with during the holidays. We certainly don't need Starbucks' surreptitious sugar overload thrown into the mix. The name implies indulgence, sure, but the fact that this cup holds more sugar than 9 Krispy Kreme doughnuts is pretty appalling. Settle for a candy cane in your coffee or find a different drink.

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Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte (16 ounces)

120 calories
0 g fat
16 g sugars

6. Worst Hot Chocolate

Starbucks Venti 2% White Hot Chocolate (20 ounces)

600 calories
23 g fat (14 g saturated)
78 g sugars
360 mg sodium
Thanks to Starbucks' monstrous creation, this classic winter comfort beverage is now sullied with more than a full day's worth of saturated fat and as much sugar as nearly 4 Hershey's chocolate bars.

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Grande Nonfat Vanilla Crème (16 ounces)

270 calories
7 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
38 g sugars

7. Worst Slush

Sonic Route Large Lemon-Berry Cream Slush (20 ounces)

600 calories
24 g fat (17 g saturated)
88 g sugars
To be fair, this belly blaster is more of a shake-slush hybrid: half sugar-saturated ice and half high-fat ice cream. Think it sounds tasty alongside a Sonic Cheeseburger and fries? Maybe so, but that's a meal that will cost you more than 1,500 calories.

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Small Lemonberry Real Fruit Slush (14 ounces)

190 calories
0 g fat
50 g sugars

8. Worst Juice Imposter

Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5-ounce can)

360 calories
0 g fat
84 g sugars
If kiwi and strawberry are both fruits (and they are, we fact-checked it), then why does this can contain only 5 percent juice? Because it's made from watered-down high-fructose corn syrup-enough of it, in fact, to give this drink the sugar equivalent of 7 bowls of Froot Loops cereal. The most disturbing part of this beverage is that it normally costs just $.99, making it the cheapest source of empty calories we've ever uncovered.

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Diet Snapple Noni Berry Juice (17.5-ounce bottle)

33 calories
0 g fat
2 g sugars

9. Worst Soda

Sunkist (20-ounce bottle)

320 calories
84 g sugars
All full-sugar sodas are evil, but they weren't all created equal. A 12-ounce can of Coke-the tooth-rotting standard-contains 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar. That same size can from Sunkist packs 190 calories and a staggering 52 grams of sugar. Tack on the extra 8 ounces in this orange monster and you begin to understand why soft drinks are often cited as one of the top contributors to obesity and diabetes in this country.

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Honest Ade Orange Mango (16.9-ounce bottle)

100 calories
24 g sugars

10. Worst Bottled Beverage

Sobe Liz Blizz (20-ounce bottle)

310 calories
1 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
77 g sugars
Don't be fooled by the natural motifs that adorn Sobe's bottles. Spin this one around and you'll see that it's made from water, sugar, skim milk, and cream. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Don't buy products with cartoon animals on the front. This repugnant reptile will shatter your weight loss dreams. In fact, this one bottle contains more sugar than 11 Rainbow Popsicles.

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Sobe Cherimoya Punch Lean Machine Lifewater (20-ounce bottle)

0 calories
0 g fat
0 g sugars

11. Worst Beer

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale (12-ounce bottle)

304 calories
32 g carbohydrates
9.6% alcohol
You know a beer is in trouble when it needs to invoke the image of an oversize mythical beast just to describe itself. Perhaps a better name would have been Jabba the Hut Ale. Beer gets most of its calories from the booze itself, and with nearly 10 percent alcohol in each bottle, this brew is likely to create a beer belly nearly as quickly as it creates a buzz.

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Guinness Draught (12-ounce bottle)

126 calories
10 g carbohydrates
4% alcohol

12. Worst Energy Drink

Rockstar Original (16-ounce can)

280 calories
0 g fat
62 g sugars
Americans spent $4.2 billion on high-octane elixirs in 2008. Even with dozens of brands found in the cooler, Rockstar stands out as the most sugar-loaded of the various and sundry energy drinks. Compared with its closest competitor, it has 20 extra calories, which is just enough to make it the worst possible choice for instant energy. And with research on the long-term effects of taurine and guarana still cloudy, you're better off getting your buzz from coffee, a proven source of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. But if you must grab a can, you can't get better than the low-carb concoction below.

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Monster Lo-Carb Energy (16-ounce can)

20 calories
0 g fat
6 g sugars

13. Worst Lemonade

Minute Maid Lemonade (20-ounce bottle)

250 calories
67 g sugars
This classic lemonade favorite has the sugar equivalent of 5 Good Humor Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches, and you’d need to do a full hour of vigorous housecleaning to burn off all the calories. Switch to the much-less-caloric (and equally refreshing) Crystal Light option.

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Crystal Light Pink Lemonade On-the-Go Packet (16 ounces prepared)

10 calories
0 g sugars

14. Worst Bottled Coffee

Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino (9.5-ounce bottle)

200 calories
3 g fat (N/A g saturated)
31 g sugars
Most people don't associate coffee with milk shake-like loads of sugar, but that's exactly what's happening inside this bottle. Add one of these to your diet every morning and you'll add about 21 pounds of flab to your body in a year.

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Java Monster Vanilla Light Coffee + Energy (15-ounce can)

100 calories
3 g fat (2 g saturated)
10 g sugars

15. Worst Light Beer

Sam Adams Light

124 calories
9.7 g carbs
Light beers generally range from 95 to 110 calories, but the Sam Adams Light contains 124. Kind of defeats the purpose of a light beer, especially when you can choose a regular Guinness Draught for just one more calorie. Choose a true light beer: Beck's contains 60 fewer calories than the Sam Adams (that's almost as little as one-half the caloric impact!).

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Beck's Light

64 calories
3.9 g carbs
3.8% alcohol by volume