The Real Reasons Why We Crave Sugary and Salty Foods

Cravings are a common problem for many people all over the world, and while many people think that cravings are simply the body responding to lack in certain nutrients, this isn’t the case since they are often tied to unhealthy foods that are rich in salt or sugar.

So why do we experience cravings?

There are a few reasons why these might happen aside from any underlying medical issues:

Stress

Many people tend to crave certain foods for comfort to ease stress, but this comes at the cost of one’s overall health. In fact, this habit has been linked by many studies to even more cravings and weight gain.

Lack of sleep

People who lack or don’t get enough sleep tend to reach for sugary or salty foods to get a quick energy boost, but just like stress, this can result in weight gain as well as other health problems. Many factors can lead to a lack of sleep, such as sleep disorders or busy schedules, but a health professional can offer a clear diagnosis as well as a treatment plan that can help you get the rest you need.

Excessive sweating

Sodium levels decrease when a person sweats, but while any lost fluids can be replenished, you can begin to crave salt when you lose too much sodium along with your sweat. This is the case for those who work in hot environments or exercise a lot.

Boredom

Eating because of boredom is emotional behavior much like stress eating, so it’s helpful to look for certain hunger cues: loud stomach grumbling, and a desire to eat any food that only grows stronger with time. Another way to know if you’re really hungry is to ask yourself if you would like to drink a glass of water. If yes, there’s a good chance you’re just thirsty.

So how do you really keep your body well-nourished?

Keep in mind that the next time that you have cravings due to stress or boredom, having access to healthier options rather than your favorite comfort food is a must. Foods like trail snacks or fruits can not only keep you nourished when you’re stressed or exhausted, but even improve your quality of sleep.

Staying hydrated is another way to keep your cravings at bay. Energy drinks can provide your body with much-needed electrolytes that can keep you going for longer without the crash that many junk foods or sodas often bring.

However, this may not always be the case. If you can’t find the reason for your salt or sugar cravings, it’s always best to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Six Storage Areas in Your HDB Flat You’re Probably Not Using

HDB flats are the cheap housing option in Singapore, but just because a space is a little cozy doesn’t mean you’re using the space as efficiently as you can. In fact, there’s a good chance there are still some spaces you’re missing out on.

Here are the five storage areas in your HDB flat that you’re probably not using enough:

The space above your bed

The space directly above your bed is the most under-utilized space in your entire home, and you want to make a shelf over your head for two reasons: (1) it can be a decorative space for paintings, houseplants, and decorative accessories; and (2) it can be a practical storage space (i.e. books, boxes for other stuff).

Overhead bed shelves can also work for your kids’ rooms, as long as they don’t fall over or bump their heads every time they try to reach for something.

The space under your bed

Under your bed is another useful storage area just waiting for you to use to its fullest advantage. Just because it’s dusty doesn’t mean you can’t use it for stowing stuff away – all you need is a vacuum cleaner and the right storage containers and you’re good to go!

Behind your door

The space behind your door has more utility than simply installing a coat rack. When you build a shelf in this area just the right way, you don’t need to worry about stuff getting knocked over every time it swings open.

Add a clothes rod to your floating shelves

Already have a floating shelf or two installed? Make them even more useful by bolting a clothes rod directly underneath that shelf for easy access for your clothes, including uniforms or your work attire.

Overhead space

Floating shelves and cabinets installed on the upper parts of your walls clear up much more space than a standard shelf. Instead of taking up floor space, they can be bolted to any height you want.

Unlike ordinary shelves and cabinets, floating shelves give you better options in customizing your storage space that emphasize on both aesthetics and functionality.

Consider a Self-Storage Company for Your Storage Needs

If you just don’t have enough space in your home, you have two options to manage your belongings: donate the things you don’t need, or call in the help of a self-storage company to provide a reliable storage option for your belongings.   

Self-storage comes in many different options depending on the space that you need. Some options offer the space of a walk-in closet or a child’s room, while others can be as big as a one-car garage or even a two-car garage.

You are What You Eat

6 Eating Habits That Could Make You Gain Some Weight

You’ve been exercising regularly and you’ve been steering clear from every high-calorie that you see, but you’re still not shedding those extra pounds away. We know it’s frustrating, but before you turn your anger on your weighing scale, you might want to check and re-evaluate some of your eating habits that could be causing you to gain weight.

Failing to Eat Enough Every Meal

It may come as a shocker, but not eating enough actually forces your body to go into starvation mode. This is where your metabolism slows down, making it more difficult for you to burn calories even if you’re eating healthy meals and working out regularly.

Eating Rapidly

If our body has one huge flaw, it would be this: it takes your stomach about 20 minutes to inform your brain that you already ate enough. One study found that slow eater consumed 66 fewer calories each meal, but compared to their fast-eating counterparts, they felt fuller after each meal. Well, what’s 66 calories you ask? It simply means losing more than 20 pounds a year if you eat 66 fewer calories on your meals.

Missing Nutrients That Your Body Needs

Did you know that failing to give your body enough iron, magnesium or vitamin D saps your energy? And if you’re already feeling deflated, you’ll likely end up snacking on sweet, high-carb foods to compensate for the energy that you lost – which in return, causes you gain some weight.

Drinking High-Calorie Drinks

If your diet and exercise aren’t working, then perhaps that because you’re drinking your calories. Remember, juices and sodas are often loaded with hundreds of calories per serving, which could quickly add up to your weight without you noticing.

Being Tricked By Food Labels

Not everything that’s labelled fat-free is good for you. When fat is completely removed from a food, it ends up becoming flavourless, a problem that most food manufacturer remedied by adding tons of salt and sugar to the product.

Focusing Too Much on Your Workout

Here’s a secret: hitting the gym won’t really burn that much calories. According fitness experts, a person weight 155 pounds only burns 112 calories for every 30 minutes of weightlifting exercise – which you can easily counter if you mistakenly drink a soda after working out.

Shedding off some weight isn’t just about exercising regularly, it’s also about cleaning up your eating habits. Because as they say, a well-toned body is often made in the kitchen and not in the gym.

Financial Resolutions You Should Consider Making Now

Fitness and finance are the top categories where we have the most room for improvement, and while engaging in fitness improvements can be a bit straightforward, figuring out how you can better manage your finances could come with certain complexities. The following are some of the financial resolutions that you can make so you could be financially fit in today.

Set Clear Financial Goals

One financial resolution you should do this year is to create a plan that’ll help in executing your financial goals. But for you to do so, your goals should first be clear and concise. Make sure that your financial goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T). So instead of saying “I will pay my debt,” say “I will pay my debt of $20,000 this year by paying off $840 whenever I get my pay check.”

Increase Your Savings

Paying yourself first – meaning putting money to your savings prior to paying your bills – isn’t just a great financial resolution to practise, but can also help you achieve your financial goals. This will also serve as your cushion to take care of your everyday needs in case of a financial emergency. You can start doing it by saving at least 10 percent of your income every time you get paid.

Lessen Your Debt

Reducing your debt isn’t just a great New Year’s resolution, but also a great practise to do all year round. Lessening the amount of money that you owe to other people will assure that you can weather any storm. Because when you have fewer financial obligations, you are far more likely to handle any unexpected expenses.

Engage Into a Side-Hustle

Have you been putting off your passion projects for too long? If so, then let this be the year where you make your side-hustle a reality. Today’s technology has made starting a business convenient, so ensure that you create a plan that will help and allow your passion to fully bloom.

Broaden Your Investments

Investing your money to allow it to grow is another great financial strategy. But if your investment are not diversified, then you’re likely setting yourself up for a financial disaster. To ensure that you aren’t prone to losing your investments, review them with your financial adviser and branch it out as much as possible.

Setting financial resolutions is one way of ensuring that you’ll have a healthy financial life. So be sure to add these resolutions on your list to enjoy a new and more financially successful you.

Things to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

Perhaps the most stressful part of the wedding preparation is the night before the ceremony. Most people will advise the bride and groom to get a good night’s sleep for the long day ahead, while some prefer to spend it with family and friends to commemorate the last night of being single.

Here are some productive things you can do before the big day.

Make a list of things to do – Even if you think you have prepared enough for the ceremony, it won’t hurt to do a last-minute check of everything that needs to be done before tomorrow. You might want to sit down with your wedding organizer and your assistants. This will help you remember things you might have overlooked and the items that you have missed.

Last-minute check with the vendors – Make sure everything goes well tomorrow by checking for the scheduled payments with the vendors even if you have a wedding organizer. You should have a list of all related information about the vendors, such as names and phone numbers.

Check with your photographers – Do a last-minute check with your photographers and videographers to make sure everything is working. You should also check your own phone and cameras if you plan to take a few photos yourself.

Talk to family and friends – You can do a last-minute check with your entourage to see if there are any problems, or if you’re feeling nervous or stressed, talk to family and friends to ease your worries.

Beauty prep – This is the perfect time to get last-minute finishing touches such as a spa session, but you should book an appointment with the salon or spa weeks ahead. If you think you need a facial, it should be scheduled at least a week ahead of the wedding day, because you don’t want to have a breakout when you need to look your best.

Check your personal items – Double-check all your personal items before going to bed. Don’t leave anything that can get lost or misplaced, so make sure that all your items are organized and returned after use. You should also pack a separate kit in case of emergencies that contains extra hairpins and buttons, safety pins, hair products and makeup, extra underwear and shirts, tissues, and a small sewing kit. Then assign someone to carry your personal items, emergency kit, and cash during the wedding.

Rehearse your speech or vows – Make sure you practice your speech or vows before going to bed, so you will feel more confident tomorrow. You can ask someone to listen and give advice while you recite.

Get enough sleep and rest – As much as possible, all the necessary preparations should be carried out days ahead to avoid stress. Eat a healthy meal and drink lots of water, then get plenty of relaxation and sleep and avoid any activities that will ruin your mood by turning off your phone before going to bed.

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