Saturday, 9 April 2016

5 Most Common Ways The Supermarkets Trick You Into Buying More

Have you ever found yourself in the situation of going to the grocery store for one or two things and getting home with a truck load of groceries? It is not just you, trust me. And you are not the one to blame (not entirely anyway).

Here are 5 most common ways the supermarkets trick you into buying more

1. Fresh Good Near The Entrance

They look good. And the smell... The vibrant colours of the fresh fruits and vegetables and the aroma of "just out of the oven" bagels make your mouth water and tummy growl. The apples weren't in the grocery list, but hey, they are healthy and that bread smelled so nice, so you just couldn't resist...

2. Essentials are hidden at the very back of the store

You are looking for the dozen eggs you initially came to the store for? Too bad for you. You have to go through half the supermarket passing those tasty looking colourful shelves and bargain deals until you get to what you're looking for. And pass the other half of tempting goodness on your way out. Good luck sticking to "only eggs" now.

3. Most expensive items and brands at eye level

Bending or stretching up is too much of an effort. Especially when you have all your need at arm's lenght, right. But a glance up or down the shelves will reveal to you one of the supermarkets' sneaky tricks. Similar items with lower prices and not so attractive packaging are placed out of your eyesight. Because buying the expensive brand is what the store wants you to.

4. Two for One Deal! How can you resist..

The 12 pack is 23 cents cheaper than 2 six-packs? Win! 12 rolls of kitchen paper on the price of 10? It's my lucky day! However have you notices that buying more has you consuming more? Just think about it... Having that extra jar of peanut butter makes it easier on your soul to spread a little more on your sandwich, doesn't it?

5. Checkout line traps

After filling up your cart with all those products you weren't aware you needed (remember, you came to the store just for eggs, right?) now you have to patiently wait for your turn at the checkout line. And what do we have here? More colourful shelves with candy bars, mints, chewing gum and other small items costing not more than a buck. You'll get your handful of sugary items without even noticing.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

5 Benefits Of Your Daily Cup Of Coffee

If you cannot imagine your day without the morning cup of coffee I have some good news for you.

Aside from coffee's undeniable ability to help you crawl out of your PJs and take over the world it turns out the heavenly drink is not only tasty, but healthy too. Coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants in the your diet. And while having lots of it isn't recommended (too much of anything isn't) it can well be concidered as the superfood of the century. Here are just a couple of the reasons to start your day with a hot cup of coffee.

Lowering the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Have you heard of human islet amyloid polypeptide? Probably not.  That substance in the body plays a role in the development of diabetes. A 2012 study has found that a compound in our beloved coffee actually helps to block that substance thus lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Keeps your mind sharp

According to a 2009 study if you drink coffee you are less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's later in life. Another study found that just the smell of your morning cup of coffee helps reduce the stress associated with loss of sleep (I bet you feel the proof of that every morning).

Helps you loose that extra pound

Caffeine has actually been proven to aid fat burning. That is one of the reasons mst the commercial fat burning supplements contain caffein. It can help boost the metabolic rate by up to 10%.
Those studies show that caffeine actually increases the burning of fat.

Coffee Protecs The Liver

According to that same study people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day lower the risk of developing a condition called cirrhosis by 80%. Cirrhosis is the one in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue. Ouch!

Coffee keeps you happy

Depression is a serious mental disorder. Currently about 4% of US's population meets the criteria for clinical depression. According to a 2011 study 4 or more cups of coffee per day have a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. Another study have found that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee per day makes you 53% less likely to try and commit suiside.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Zumba - The Dance Workout

Do you know how Zumba originated? Alberto "Beto" Perez from Colombia was teaching an aerobics class back in 1986. One day he had forgotten his usual music so he had to improvise. He grabbed a mix of salsa and meringue he personally liked to dance to.

And guess what?

"Everybody loved it."

 says Perez, 37, who was also a dance instructor. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Nowadays Zumba is not only Latin but international dance themes like hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, belly dancing, and mambo fused with rhythmic music to create a dynamic and effective fitness workout. Zumba is guaranteed to get you moving. Even though the web is full of Zumba workout videos that you can enjoy at home, I strongly recommend attending a class. The atmosphere itself is addictively energising. A good Zumba instructor will make you sweat like you've never sweat before. You're whole body will be pulsating. Every inch of you will feel the burn. And you will love every second of it.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The 20 Minute Rule

Have you heard about the "20 minute rule" and how much you can achieve in just under half an hour? Spend 20 minutes a day reading a book, playing chess, writing an article, learning a language or a new skill, exercising or just relaxing by yourself with your own thoughts and dreams. In a couple of weeks you will have read a good book (something some of us haven't done in awhile ;) ), learned a new skill and rid yourself of that few extra pounds.

I read about this "rule" in an article a couple of days ago and it really got to me. I have piles of books I have been meaning to read but never "got to it". I have these little DIY projects I constantly find on the web that I really like but never even start. I want to get in shape too but who has the time, right? 

Well not anymore. I am starting a 20 minute challenge. I am challenging myself that I will spend 20 minutes each day improving myself. I will not set goals, this is not a "resolution". It's just 20 minutes.