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If you check the ingredients list of the food you buy, it's likely you'll have heard of palm oil, but yo probably know little about it or the serious environmental damage it is causing to orangutans and their habitat.   About Palm Oil Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil made from the fruits of certain palm trees, which are pressed to extract the oil. Demand is soaring and Greenpeace say that by 2050, demand for palm oil will be triple the levels seen in 2000. The substance is commonly used in food (over 70% of palm oil is thought to end up in food), including many commo... more ...
While our personal health may seem to relate mostly to personal choices and everyday activities, it is also greatly affected by our living environment, available clinical care and state health policies. The US spends the most on health care, but this does not translate into better care for everyone. The US still has one of the highest inequalities in health compared to other developed countries.   While the huge increase in obesity rates over the last two decades has grabbed all the news headlines, the overall health of Americans might be turning a corner. America's Health Rankings ... more ...
As the New Year approaches, it's traditional to make resolutions. It's also somewhat of a tradition for many people to break their resolutions early in the year. However, if you are truly sincere in your desire to make a change, we want to encourage you to try your best. If you've been having trouble adhering to your plans in previous years, try these six easy ways to keep your New Year's resolutions.     Set Realistic Goals First, it's important that you set realistic goals for yourself. If it's been years since you've gotten off the couch and done an... more ...
In your fifties or sixties, you will clearly feel a lack of enthusiasm, which can happen for various reasons. For some, it is loneliness; and for others, it could be related to health concerns. However, you need not stop enjoying yourself. For several people, life starts in their fifties; all you need to do is change your outlook towards situations. Here are the top 10 things you should do every day to improve your life:   1. Feel the Nature After years of working and dedicating your time to kids and their well-being, it is time for you to relax now. Go for a morning walk in the park ... more ...
Making a new start? If you want to turn your resolution into reality it is helpful to consider some factors influencing attraction. The advice from relationship experts is to look for friends rather than partners. If you are over 50 it is likely that you have a wealth of experiences and interests. Why not use some of these to guide your search for new friends?     We like familiar faces Psychologists studying attraction have consistently found that we are drawn to people we interact with frequently. The more often interact, the more likely is the development of strong positive f... more ...
That time of year has arrived again during which it seems almost impossible to not pack on the pounds. Starting with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's Eve, you will be constantly tempted to overeat and drink in celebration of the festive season. This eventually leads to a New Year's resolution to shed the weight, which you never stick to in the end. Instead of allowing yourself to gain weight during the holiday and then struggle to take it off in the New Year, try avoiding the purge and nipping the weight gain in the bud right off the bat. Here are seven easy tips to follow that... more ...
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also quite stressful! If you're hosting a party on the run up to Christmas, the last thing you need is to swamp yourself with complicated recipes. However, you can still impress your guests with some clever cooking cheats.   Spicy Candied Nuts Popular with our American cousins, the combination of sweet, salt and spice makes this the perfect accompaniment to a festive tipple. Also makes a great gift. Take 500g shelled mixed unsalted nuts, bake for ten minutes at 300 degrees centigrade, cool, then add to a saucepan. In a b... more ...
The holiday season is filled with memories and joy. It's a time for gathering with family and enjoying the season. For widows and widowers, however, it can be a nearly impossible time. The grief that strikes around the holidays can be unbearable, but there are ways to handle this challenge and survive this difficult time.   Accept that it's Going to be Hard The first step to surviving the first holidays without your loved one is to understand that it's going to be difficult. There will be fresh feelings of grief, and new feelings that are uniquely tied to the holidays. You ... more ...
As we age, taking care of ourselves becomes more important. The last thing any retiree wants is to be sick and unable to enjoy their free time, so it's important to make sure everything is fine. The best way to do this is by taking advantage of the many health screenings available, from colon cancer to heart disease to osteoporosis and more. Many of these can be free of charge, so they allow people to save their money while also saving their lives.     Cardiovascular and cholesterol screening One of the most important screenings seniors can get is a cardiovascular and cholest... more ...
When people retire, the general idea is they stop working and rest on their laurels. However, times today are changing by the minute, and with Social Security and employer pensions no longer the guaranteed source of income they once were, many seniors are looking for additional sources of income. One of the most popular avenues being explored by seniors today is starting their own business before retiring or after retirement.   Once a person decides to start a business, the next question is deciding what business to start. This is a very personal decision, and is usually based upon a pe... more ...