Don’t Walk And Eat

New research suggests that eating while walking may lead people to overeat later in the day.

Walking is a powerful form of distraction which disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger. Walking can be regarded as a form of exercise which can justify overeating later on as a form of reward. When we don’t fully concentrate on the process of taking in food, we fall into a trap of mindless eating and don’t recognize the food that has just been consumed.

It takes about 20 minutes for our brain to catch up to our stomach. By slowing down we are able to recognize when we are getting full and stop before overeating.


Clean Kitchens – Cut Calories

A new study indicates that dirty, cluttered and chaotic kitchens can make you consume more unhealthy snacks.

Cluttered and chaotic environments can cause stress, which can lead us to grab more of the indulgent snacks – twice as many cookies according to this new study!

In the study conducted at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, women were asked to wait for another person in a messy kitchen – clutter everywhere, dirty dishes in the sink, and the phone ringing. There were bowls of fresh carrots and bowls of cookies sitting out.

They ate twice as many cookies compared to women in the same kitchen when it was organized and quiet. In total they ate 53 more calories from cookies in 10 minutes time. Very few of the carrots were consumed.

The scientists theorize one reason the women in the cluttered kitchen ate more calories is that a chaotic environment can make you feel you have little control over anything you do – and eating sweet, sugary treats make us feel better, even if only for a moment.

Although the study was done with women, the belief is that the findings would be the same for men.

25 Things Dads Should Teach Their Sons

Back in the day, it was common for men to spend much of their day in the company of their sons – either on the family farm or in the family business. In those settings, dads could teach their sons the practical lessons of everyday living, as well as the lessons of leadership, protection, and provision expected of manhood.

Today, society has taken on an entirely different look. The age of technology is separating us from one another. Kids have their faces buried in their phones and don’t take the time to look up and see that there is a whole world out there and that they should have a meaningful part in it.

Dads, therefore, have to be intentional about creating opportunities to teach their sons – to model manhood, to teach industry and resourcefulness. One way to do that is to compile a list of things that fathers can teach their sons all the while building confidence in their abilities as emerging men. You can, of course, modify this list any way you want, but there’s great stuff here.

1. Speak in public – public speaking is the one thing most people fear most.
2. Read good books – it sparks the imagination.
3. Play a musical instrument – especially because of the discipline required.
4. Play individual, two-person, and team sports.
5. Build a personal standard of excellence – to give 110% in anything you do.
6. Camp out – pitch the tent, cook stuff over the fire, the whole thing.
7. Be on time. Being late is controlling other people’s time and is insulting.
8. Learn a second language.
9. Learn how to fix things. There’s great pride in making something that’s broken work again.
10. Tie a knot – such as a bowline, square knot, taut-line, and figure eight, among others.
11. Use basic tools – hammer, saw, wrench, screwdriver.
12. Paint a room – trim and all.
13. Handle a gun and a knife – for safety, protection, sport, and hunting.
14. Laugh at yourself – a very valuable asset.
15. Be a gentleman – open doors, stand when a woman approaches, etc.
16. Grow stuff – especially stuff you can eat.
17. Iron a shirt – and do laundry and other work around the house.
18. Manage money – keep a balanced checkbook, show generosity, and learn basic saving and investing.
19. Shake a hand – a firm shake and look ’em in the eye.
20. Give a man hug – not that funky side thing men do today but a full arms spread eagle with bold back slaps.
21. Keep promises – a man’s word is his bond.
22. Dress like a gentleman – coordinate pants, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, socks, etc., appropriately to the occasion.
23. Tip – understand that many jobs are dependent on tips.
24. Serve others – shovel walks, help with heavy loads, etc.
25. Handle loss – loss can be a great preparation for success.

February: A time to value the significant people in our lives

The good things in life are a whole lot better when they are shared with someone special. Take the time to do something significant with the important people in your life.

We sincerely thank you for all you have done to make our business a success. You are very much appreciated!

If there is anything we can do to repay you for your past, present and future support, please call us.

If you would like to know the value of a home you own, or would like to own, please call or e-mail us for a no-cost, no-obligation professional evaluation.

Tips to finding the right babysitter

In this day and age with a lot of nut cases running around, finding someone you can trust with the most precious people in your life is not easy and should be taken very seriously. Trusting someone with your children isn’t a decision you can make lightly, so devote all the time it takes to find the right one. Here are some things to look for.

If your child is an infant or baby: The first time you get the courage to leave your baby alone can be heart-wrenching-which is why the person you select should be very experienced with infants and babies. They should be able to feed, burp and change your baby and should enjoy working with newborns. Ideally, this sitter should be trained in infant and baby CPR and first aid.

If your child is a toddler or a young child: Young children and toddlers can be rambunctious, so it’s important to find a sitter who can handle moods. In terms of personality, the sitter should be warm, competent and calm so that she can easily soothe your baby. The sitter should be fun and entertaining, but also able to set boundaries. CPR and first aid training is a plus, as is a sitter with lots of energy herself.

If your child is in elementary or middle school: As your child gets older, finding a sitter who’s a good match for your child in terms of personality becomes increasingly important. You want to find someone your child likes spending time with-and looks forward to seeing.

Where to look. The very best way to find a sitter is word of mouth. Ask your family, friends, co-workers and other moms at your child’s school if they have a great sitter they can recommend. You might even try your pediatrician. If you can’t find a sitter through a personal recommendation, try your local nursery school. Often, sitters will advertise on nursery school bulletin boards, or at other community centers frequented by parents and young children, like the local library or your church.

Do a phone interview first. First, speak with the sitter on the phone to get a sense of her experience and personality, and whether her availability meets your needs. You can also ask what they charge – there’s no sense in going through the rest of the interview if she charges more than you’re willing to pay.

Don’t cheap out. Another way to ensure you’re hiring a good babysitter is to offer good pay. You can get what you pay for in babysitting, and older, more responsible babysitters want more money than teens. Pay can start from around the minimum wage in your area for a teenage babysitter to $13 or more for an experienced babysitter with CPR certification.

Get references. Do this before the in-person interview. That will be your best insight into what kind of job they do. Feel free to ask references anything you feel necessary to learn as much as you can. And don’t just stop at one. Talk to several people the sitter has worked for. If they don’t have any references, think twice about hiring them.

Set up a meet-and-greet. If you like what you hear after speaking to references, set up a time for her to come over and meet your child. If possible, get the sitter’s parent to join them in the interview. If your kid is a baby or an infant, this is a good time to observe how the sitter handles him. If your child is older, you may want to give the two of them some unstructured playtime, so you can see how they interact.

Be clear and specific about your expectations. Now is also the time to talk about your expectations. Is it okay if your child watches TV? Is it important that your child be asleep by 8 p.m. sharp? Are you looking for a sitter to go over your child’s homework? Do you have a dog that you’ll need walked and fed? Talk through these scenarios to make sure that the potential sitter is a good fit.

Do a trial run. You can learn a lot by doing a paid trial run with you present. A good babysitter won’t blink an eye at the request for a trial run. Watch her interact with your children. Do you like her style? How about her teaching skills; her playfulness? Are you comfortable with the way she disciplines? How do the kids connect with the candidate? After all, they’re the ones who will be spending the most time with her, so seeing the child-sitter interaction first hand can be a big help when making your final decision.

Above all, trust your gut. A potential sitter may seem like the ideal candidate and have all the qualifications you’re looking for, but if there is something nagging at you and it doesn’t feel right, don’t risk leaving your child alone with that person.

Larry Cirnigliaro
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