How Eco-friendly Packaging can save the Planet

Do you know what Eco friendly packaging is? If the answer is not, do not worry few months ago I did not have idea. But the things are changing and Public consciousness about issues like climate change is influencing buying habits and consumer choices. Among the many desirable features, they choose products for their packaging. Increasingly, Eco-friendly packaging isn’t just an Earth-friendly way to sell a product; it’s how to broadcast a company’s values.

Eco-friendly packaging goes by a few other names such as sustainable packaging, green packaging and environmentally-friendly packaging. To be eco-friendly, packaging can be biodegradable (but preferably compostable), recyclable, reusable, non-toxic, made from recycled products, based in biomass or natural products or manufactured through low-impact means.

For instance, yogurt available in glass bottles is eco-friendly, while plastic containers are not. Glass meets the green packaging definition because it’s recyclable but also infinitely reusable. Unless it’s broken, glass lasts for centuries.

How do Eco-Friendly Products Help the Environment?

Consider the glass yogurt bottle. It can be reused until some butter-fingers drops it, otherwise it gets easily recycled in most of the world. But to make that glass involves someone collecting silica sand, which is facing a shortage worldwide and trucking that sand to a factory. The truck uses gasoline and emits carbon dioxide, a “greenhouse gas” contributing to climate change. Then, turning that silica into glass requires electricity as well as other fuels to heat the furnace used to melt and form the glass. It requires machines to shape the glass, plus paper and inks to print and label the bottle.

Every time someone reuses the bottle, it’s one fewer time that whole process of using natural resources occurs. And every time someone recycles a glass bottle, it may still need energy and cause carbon dioxide pollution from trucking the bottles, melting them down and reforming them, but at least sand isn’t used, and that’s a resource that experts are increasingly saying needs conservation.

Eco-friendly products and packaging can be helpful in other ways, too. They may be biodegradable or made from more sustainable, faster-replenishing natural products like bamboo. Bamboo, for instance, can be harvested for paper and other materials every two-to-three years, versus upwards of 60 years for a new tree to grow.

Advantages of Using Eco-Friendly Products

Countries around the world are realizing they must act to reduce the impact that trash is having on the planet. When trash doesn’t biodegrade or compost, it’s a long-term problem they are forced to find space for. Non-friendly packaging is an eyesore and a logistical nightmare. A collaborative report from a few departments of the U.S. government listed the time it takes for some packaging to break down in the environment. They include:

  • Glass bottle: 1 million years.
  • Plastic beverage bottles: 450 years.
  • Aluminum can: 80-to-200 years.
  • Plastic bag: 10-to-20 years.

It’s not just Australia taking a strong stance. Morocco has already entirely banned plastic bags in the country. In Kenya, one faces a possible four-year jail term or a hefty fine for the use or sale of plastic bags. China has cracked down on plastic bags, too.

The point is that laws are changing and companies that don’t lead the way by embracing eco-friendly packaging now will soon be perceived as dinosaurs. By being a part of the solution today, it doesn’t just save the planet, it demonstrates corporate responsibility and states company values loud and clear.

We have to understand that not only government and companies are responsible to reduce non environmental friendly products, is our task too. do not purchase this items because if we demand the products companies are going to keep producing it.

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How social media is ruining your life

Social media dramatically changed the way we communicate, socialize, and make and maintain friendships. While there are benefits to living in a digital world, there are also risks. Today’s youth miss out on critical social skills development when they spend the majority of their free time connected to and interacting through a screen. They can also get lost in a world of unrealistic comparisons, cyber bullying, and feeling left out.

Research shows an increase in major depressive episodes from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014 in adolescents and from 8.8% to 9.6% in young adults. The increase was larger and only statistically significant only in the age range of 12 to 20 years.1 Clearly depression is on the rise among teens, the question we need to ask ourselves is how much does technology and social media contribute to it?

It’s no big secret that connecting via texting, Instagram, and Facebook can include harsh judgments and comparisons. It’s easier to make statements on a screen that would otherwise be difficult to verbalize face to face. And disjointed shorthand conversations can easily result in misunderstandings. It doesn’t help that digital communication occurs at a rapid pace, one that is difficult to process at times.

One report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK surveyed 1500 young people, ages 14 to 24, to determine the effects of social media use on issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and body image. Their findings show that YouTube had the most positive impact, while Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and SnapChat all had negative effects on mental health.2

While these findings might make you want to delete all social media apps and ban your teen from any digital communication, avoidance isn’t the answer. Teens use social media to connect, seek friendship and support, and even ask for help at times. A better bet is to understand how and why your teen uses social media, stay connected, and know what to look for if your teen shows unexplained emotional changes.

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How to survive Christmas without getting fat

By now, many of us already have a business cocktail, a department meal and a dinner with friends. And that Christmas has not started yet. Ahead, we have two weeks of intense social life and lots of food. Not getting fat seems an impossible mission, and for many it is. According to experts, people normally earn between 2 and 4 kilos during these holidays.

If you also want to avoid this outcome, these are the tips you should take into account.

Do not deprive yourself on the indicated days. “Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve dinner, New Year’s dinner , if there is no pathology, it is totally forbidden to diet”. Those days we must enjoy the delicacies that have historically been cooked in the cuisine of our family, but always in moderation. Even people who follow a diet (of thinning) should not do it on the dates indicated; “There is a psychological part that you have to take care of and it can not be that on Christmas Eve you have a grilled steak”.

Not the fast. “It is counterproductive to compensate the Christmas meal with not having dinner that day or directly to fast the next day or just to drink liquids”. It is always necessary to eat food since fasting could have a rebound effect and cause the alteration of energy and hormonal processes. If you want to compensate these meals, it is recommended to eat fewer calories the rest of the day but never eliminate solid foods: “On Christmas Eve we can eat a salad and two pieces of fruit and at Christmas, have two yogurts and an apple”.

Routine the rest of the week. The days indicated are to enjoy the food and the rest of days to recover the routine. Between event and event, it is advisable to “eat what we usually eat during the week”. That way we will not ingest more calories than normal.

Prohibited leftovers. They are the biggest enemy of the scale during the holidays. it is only finds two possible endings for these foods: “Let the children eat them or freeze them and organize a meal with them for the whole family at the end of the month”. Not following these tips would take us to eat party menu (much more caloric) during all the holidays. Also the Christmas leftovers are tempting between food and food.

Keep the sweets in a closed place. They are not forbidden but you have to think that they are the dessert of the parties, that is why “we only have to take them out on the indicated days or if we have a visit”. The rest of the week sweets must be under lock and key. If we have them in sight, it is easy to fall into the temptation to bite at any time.

Fruit, vegetables and whole products. “It is highly recommended to increase your consumption during these dates and even incorporate it in the dinners and festive meals”. Vegetables barely contribute calories while in turn produce satiety during and after meals. In addition, being rich in vegetable fiber are absorbed more slowly so that hunger takes time to appear.

Drink a lot of water. Because if you drink water there will be other caloric fluids that you stop drinking. These would be sugary sodas or alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer. In addition, water provides a feeling of fullness and contributes to less hunger. For this it is advisable to drink two glasses just before starting a main meal.

Walk. If you play sports normally, chances are you will not leave at parties. But if your life is more sedentary you should leave this routine aside at least during these two weeks. It is best to go for a walk every day for at least 35 minutes. As incredible as it may seem, walking at a speed near 7.5 kilometers per hour burns more calories than running at 10 kilometers per hour. The reason is that when walking, more muscles are involved.

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Delicious Healthy Christmas Desserts

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Almost everyone that I know like desserts and Christmas is the perfect season to have to much of it. that does not mean to get fat because of it. Just follow these simple recipes and enjoy

Merry Christmas! 

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Amazing Benefits of Chai tea

The benefits of Chai Tea are many, both those who contribute their ingredients separately, and the union of all of them. And this is the result of mixing a series of spices and tea, with great properties for health. It is native to India and is considered a revitalizing, soothing beverage with the ability to provide mental clarity.

For all these factors it is considered an ideal drink for the modern lifestyle. And it is that, at present, we live under a frenetic rhythm and leave little time to calm the mind. So, resorting to Chai Tea to reduce tensions, is a success.

What is the Chai Tea made up of?
Generally, this tea is the result of mixing the following ingredients:

Black Tea
Loaded with antioxidants, it helps to strengthen the immune system and delay the aging of the skin. In addition, it promotes cardiovascular health, helping to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.

Ginger
A powerful natural anti-inflammatory and strengthening of the immune system. It also adds to the Black Tea in terms of its contribution in antioxidants, so important to protect the body and prevent many diseases.

Cardamom
It brings great benefits to the circulatory system of our body and prevents and treats respiratory diseases. It is ideal when we have digestive problems.
Cinnamon
As in the case of cardamom, it benefits digestive health and also helps control blood sugar levels. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Fennel
Rich in vitamin C that helps strengthen the defenses of our body. In addition, it has a high fiber content, so it helps regulate intestinal transit.

Nail
It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and favors the digestive process.

Black pepper
It helps reduce the storage of fats in the body, so it is very indicated to lose weight.

It is a powerful blend in which strong flavors abound. The important thing is to achieve the fusion of all of them, preventing a flavor from exceeding the rest. Today is a mixture very easy to find in any tea shop. It is ideal for those thinking of replacing or reducing coffee consumption, since its caffeine content is much lower.

Benefits of Chai Tea
As a whole, all these ingredients with powerful properties to take care of health, present many benefits:

Combat free radicals, responsible for producing a variety of diseases, thanks to its antioxidant power.
Improves the digestive system by promoting the process of digestion of food.
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, thanks to the properties of some of its ingredients, being able to significantly reduce the pain of some parts of our body.
Accelerates metabolism being very suitable in weight loss plans.
It provides energy thanks to its effect as a natural stimulant. Therefore it serves as a substitute for other sugary drinks or coffee.

How to make Chai Latte

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3 healthy dinner recipes under 500 calories

Hello Everyone

Today I want to talk about 3 Delicious, healthy and under 500 calories recipes, can we asking for something else.

  1. Wrapped lettuce with turkey and ginger
    285 calories

Based on a popular Asian dim sum (or appetizer), you can rediscover fun with food by rolling these delicious wraps of lettuce with turkey and ginger. Serve with rice or bean salad for a dinner.

Recipe:

Boil water in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of instant whole-grain rice, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Heat 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet.

Cook 1 pound of 93% lean ground turkey, 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint) and 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger for 6 minutes.

Add 1 chopped bell pepper, 1 grated carrot, 1 can of chestnuts in water, 1/2 cup chicken broth with a low sodium content, 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce, five spices powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 1 minute.

To serve, separate the leaves of 2 Boston lettuces on the plates, add a spoon of the turkey mixture and roll up the wrapped ones.

2. Asian vegetable stir fry
175 calories

This recipe is just a vegetarian variation of the traditional Asian stir-fry. Also, if you chop the vegetables, you can drastically reduce the cooking time. Turn it into a full 500-calorie dinner when serving over brown rice or whole wheat tortillas and add extra spicy sauce or hoisin sauce to taste.

Recipe:

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Beat 4 large eggs. Cook, remove and set aside.

Add 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 2 teaspoons chopped ginger and 2 cloves of chopped garlic and cook until everything is smooth.

Add 12 ounces of broccoli, 2 cups of bean sprouts, 2 shallots in julienne strips, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar; stir and cook until tender.

Add the eggs and 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce. Remove when cooking to mix the vegetables well.

Serve over brown rice or warm whole wheat tortillas

3. Chicken with red wine and couscous
480 calories

Red wine and rosemary make an elegant reduction for a non-fat chicken breast – especially when served with sautéed spinach and over a well-seasoned couscous.

Recipe:

Place 4 fat-free chicken breasts boned in a refractory and bake until browned.

Put the chicken on a plate and cover to keep the heat.

Pour 3/4 cup of red wine and 2 sliced ​​shallots in a pan, cook until reduced a little and the shallots are transparent.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of thick black pepper and 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary.

Add the mixture to the chicken and stir until it is cooked and covered.

Add 4 handfuls of spinach steamed on chicken for 2 minutes.

Serve over whole grain couscous.

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Childhood Obesity

Unfortunately there is no magic pill or spell to curing obesity but the good news is that we do have the tools to take a small but important step by getting rid of our judgement and bias towards children with obesity.

Dr Anita Vreugdenhil, Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Maastricht University Medical Centre, is the founder of the Maastricht programme COACH which encompasses an ‘all-inclusive’ approach to improve the lifestyle of overweight and obese children in the South of the Netherlands. Overweight, a condition in which a person’s weight is 10%-20% higher than what is considered as “normal”, and obesity, when a person’s weight is more than 20% higher than normal, are rapidly becoming a national health threat in the Netherlands, especially among children. The latest figures indicate that 500.000 children in the Netherlands are overweight or obese. But many parents don’t realise that their child is overweight and are not aware of the severe consequences. Even when they become aware of the problem, they still don’t know how to correct and change their ingrained behaviour. That’s where Anita and her team can help.

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