Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping

Grocery stores are full of unhealthy food. Don’t think that because it’s in the store, it’s good for you. Remember, the grocery store is in business to make money. With most Americans unknowingly addicted to sugar, the grocer plays on that addiction. Your grocer loves it when you do your grocery shopping hungry. Then those sugar cravings really kick in. Most people have no idea what they’re eating. They don’t know if it’s processed, if it contains saturated fat or unsaturated fat, if it has a lot of sugar or a little sugar, etc. They buy food that they have been programmed to buy by commercials, magazine ads, and in-store displays. Good marketing works in America, and it sells a bunch of junk full of sugar, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, additives, and chemicals.

Whether you know it or not, this marketing and your addictions are slowly causing you to kill yourselves from long-term, degenerative diseases. Hopefully there will be a time when the public will stop buying the poisonous food that fills the aisles of our grocery stores. If we don’t buy it, they won’t make it.

You should have a pretty good idea of what kind of foods you should be looking for in the grocery store-natural foods that are low in sugar and saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium; foods made from whole grains; fresh fruit and vegetables; and lean meats.

Your first mistake when you go grocery shopping is not to bring a list. This means you are basically walking up and down aisles and throwing whatever strikes your fancy into your grocery cart. Stores thrive on impulse buying. Why do you think they have all of that junk-magazines, candy, chocolate, knick-knacks, etc.-by the checkout lines? They know that a certain percentage of you will pick at least one extra item from that area and throw it in your cart.

Go through your kitchen and pantry and make a list of exactly what you need. The list helps battle impulse buying. Go to the grocery store and buy exactly those things you have on your list and nothing more. The longer you are there, the more likely you are to leave with extra junk. If you bring it home, you’ll eat it. Keep your environment free of bad food. Also, try not to shop between 4 PM and 7 PM-that’s when the stores are the most crowded.

How can Americans be consuming less fat, yet become fatter than before? There is a whole new marketing craze in grocery stores now. In every aisle, you see the words “fat free.” These labels cleverly disguise this food as healthy. People blindly buy anything fat free, thinking it is okay. But because something is fat free doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts of it.

These fat-free items are simple carbohydrates (mostly sugar) that have little or no nutritional value. The fat is removed and replaced by sugar. People are gobbling down cookies, cakes, and other sugar-loaded carbs by the truckload. The simple carbs are broken down in the body and stored as fat if they are not used for energy. Most candy is fat free. Does that mean it’s healthy for you? Once again, it is simple sugar, which is stored as fat if not used by the body. Look at the amount of sugar in candy like Twizzlers and Skittles. Eat just a few, and you’ve ingested twenty to over thirty grams of sugar. Remember going to the movies and consuming half a box of candy, such as Dots, Junior Mints, or Milk Duds? You put between 50 and 100 grams of sugar in your body. Ten grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon of sugar. Do you think you could eat five to ten teaspoons of sugar?

When you see an item in the grocery store labeled fat-free, check the sugar content. If it is over six to eight grams of sugar per serving, let it stay on the grocer’s shelf. If you make a conscious effort to break the sugar habit, you’ll see and feel a whole new you. This is a scientific proven fact, not a guess.

Learn to read labels. Almost every food item sold in the grocery store has a “nutrition facts” panel on it that shows how many calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, and other nutrients are in the item. When you start checking nutrition facts of the foods that you’ve been consuming for years, you might be a bit startled. Chances are a lot of it is loaded with all the bad things we’ve been talking about. This could be the single most important health habit you could practice. Know what you are putting into your body instead of blindly trusting your grocer and the food manufacturers. Start eating healthier and exercising daily to reduce your chances of chronic disease to almost zero!

I don’t know why people, when armed with information like this, continue to sabotage their health and cut years off their lives! All I can say is I want to live the longest, healthiest life possible-don’t you?

Auto Body Shop Secrets

For many people, going to an auto body shop is a mysterious experience. The good ones take your car away and return a gleaming one to you, while the bad ones, simply do a shoddy job and then charge you anyways. If you’re tired of not knowing where your hard-earned money is actually going, you can learn a little more with these suggestions.

The basic and essential step, is based on finding a good shop and then building a relationship of trust with the owner and manager of that shop. Make sure that you’re going to an actual shop that has a history of business and satisfied customers. The good news is that most body shops stay in the family, and have years of experience behind them.

It may seem like collision repair is a high-profit job, but today, the well-managed shops are not making the same returns. However, these body shops generally rely on word-of-mouth to get customers, so if you’ve heard of one from a friend or family member whose had a good experience, then you may want to give them a try.

Once you approach a shop, ask them to give you an estimate of the repairs. Price quotes from shops tend to vary wildly because all shops may use a different one of several systems available to estimate repair jobs. The quote you receive may not mean that anything dishonest is happening, it is simply a different system is being used.

However, remember that all quotes should be in the same ballpark range. Cars today are being made with lighter and higher-strength materials like boron steel, especially in the car’s frame and suspension systems. These parts are very expensive and body shops are required to restore each car to the original standards of the manufacturers.

Be aware though that some shops will instead fix the car in a way that is convenient for them, but not up to the standards in place. These may result in your car being fixed incompletely or unsafely. This may be why you receive such huge ranges in price quotes.

If you’re trying to get good-quality work, find a body shop that’s willing to explain their process to you. The staff should be knowledgeable and explain the estimate in detail to ensure you have a good idea of what is happening. You should be wary of a price quote that is too low. Also, be aware that some shops will write an extremely low estimate just to get your business.

After the car has been dismantled, the shop owner may contact you to explain about additional charges that are due to new damage that’s just been discovered. This is a concrete sign that a shop is dishonest. You can avoid this common ploy, by choosing to go to a well-reviewed body shop in the first place. Make sure that the initial estimate covers the majority of the work done and walk away from any shop that has not been established or has poor reviews. If you don’t, chances are, you’ll be unhappy with your service and end result.

What Is An Auto Body Shop?

What exactly is an auto body shop? That is actually a good question. An auto body shop is a business that specializes in repairing autos that have been damaged in an accident.

This type of shop is different from a car repair shop. The latter shop just repairs mechanical problems. When the damage to your auto has been caused by an accident, a natural disaster, or some other catastrophic event, you will need to visit a shop that will be able to do these repairs without question.

Although the major reason for seeking out the services of an auto body shop is due to a car accident, a car or truck may also need these type of services if it has been neglected for a long time. For example, if a car has sat for a long time without running, there may be damage to the body of the car. In some cases, wildlife may have damaged wires or even parts of the auto body.

It is also possible that parts of the car will have begun to rust and show wear and tear. These issues must be fixed in order for the car to be safe to drive. In other cases, your car may have been dinged, dented, or scratched in a parking lot. If the damage is significant, you may need to take your car to body shop.The services offered by each shop will vary depending upon a variety of factors.

Some shops specialize in repairing a specific make of vehicle, while others will repair any vehicle that has been brought to them. Some shops only work with certain types of insurance companies while others may only take certain warranty programs. Because of this, it is best to call around before you take your vehicle to a particular shop.

In addition, the cost of the work may vary significantly. If you have been in an accident and need to have your car repaired, you may not want to shop around and compare prices. However, you may be able to save thousands of dollars by taking the time to do just that.

A good auto body shop will be able to replace any broken or cracked glass, mend the dents and broken pieces of the car body, and also fix any mechanical damage. Finally, the shop should be able to repaint the car or paint the part that has been mended to match the rest of the vehicle.

An reputable shop should also have staff which are able to submit insurance claims in order to cover the damage. The staff should also understand insurance deductibles and have a working relationship with local insurance agents. If you do not have insurance, or if your insurance does not cover collisions, a good shop should be able to help you with this situation as well.

The important thing to do is to get an itemized quote which details the cost of the repair. Carefully read over this quote before agreeing to any repairs. Remember, you can always go to another shop to get your car fixed.In some cases, a body shop may even have a loaner car. This means that you will still be able to get to work and run errands while your vehicle is being repaired.

Fashion Tips and Advice – How to Pick Clothes That Flatter Your Particular Body Type

One of the most common mistakes women make when shopping is not purchasing clothes that flatter their particular body shapes. There are four basic female body shapes:

1) Pear shape – upper body is noticeably thinner than lower body. Weight gain tends to accumulate around hips and thighs.
2) Hourglass shape – very curvy body with clearly defined waist.
3) Apple shape – upper body is noticeably larger than lower body. Weight gain tends to accumulate around waistline.
4) Rectangle shape – figure appears “straight up and down”, and curves are not very well-defined.

Pear shaped figures are flattered by clothes that enhance and draw attention to the upper body while emphasizing the waist. Wrap shirts and off-the-shoulder or V-necked tops are very flattering. Jackets with nipped-in waists and pockets and enhancements around the bust work well with this figure. Pants or jeans should be cut to where they fall straight down from the widest part of your hip with a mid-rise waist. Boot cut and slightly flared pants are ideal, but stay away from tapered legs.

Hourglass shapes are flattered by clothes that are proportional on both the top and the bottom, and attention should be drawn to the waist. Wrap tops and shirts that are gathered around the waist look great on this body type, but stay away from boxy styles. Pants and jeans that fall away from the widest part of your hip look best. Fitted, straight, or flared jeans work well as long as the flare does not exceed the width of your hips.

Apple shaped figures are flatted by light, layered fabrics. Proper layering around the midsection can make you look shapely verses thick. Monochromatic themes work best on this body type, as wearing the same colors on the top and bottom will create clean, straight lines. Tops and shirts should never be tight or clingy, and should always be long enough to at least hit the hip area. V-necks and wrap tops are very flattering, while chunky styles and long, thick jackets should be avoided. Bootcut jeans and pants that fall below the ankle are a great choice. A little stretch in the jeans goes a long way to pull in the midsection and emphasize the right curves.

Rectangle, or “straight shaped” figures are flattered by more form-fitting clothes with mixed and matched tops and bottoms to create the image of curves. Wide belts are recommended around the waistline. Tops and jackets with nipped and flared waists are ideal, and the bottoms should not extend beyond the hipbones. Off the shoulder, wide necked, or V-necked tops are very flattering. Pants or slacks with wide waist bands and full or flared legs that fit low on the hips are ideal.

Remember, all body shapes are beautiful, and there is no “ideal shape”. Relax and have a blast while shopping for funky, fun clothes, and enhance the beauty that Mother Nature provided!