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    • Intuitive Eating Tips to Say No to Dieting This Year

      6 May 2021

      With a new year comes new goals. It is also the time of year that gyms, fad diet programs and magic weight-loss elixirs come out to advertise. If you are hoping to say yes to health this year and still say no to dieting, intuitive eating may be the route for you. Explore nutritious and delicious eating with these eating tips. 

      Understanding the Basics
      The term intuitive eating was coined by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, two dietitians in their 1995 book on the topic. They define intuitive eating as a weight-inclusive self-care eating framework with 10 main principles. These principles encourage former dieters to reject the idea that a diet will work and instead honor natural hunger and fullness cues. 

      Practice Non-Restrictive and Mindful Eating
      Eating while on the go, reading a book or watching television may seem like a way to get more out of your day, but intuitive eating requires being mindful of your food and fullness. Instead, promote health by setting aside time to eat and be fully engaged in the process. This can help you slow down and allow for easier detection of fullness. Similarly, non-restrictive eating and avoiding labels of “good” vs. “bad” food prevents feelings of scarcity and once again allows you to fully attune to hunger cues.

      Exercise and Practice Gentle Nutrition
      Intuitive eating extends beyond simple dietary intake and encourages a holistic approach to health. Practice gentle nutrition by remembering that one meal or snack isn’t going to make-or-break your health, it is the long-term that matters most. Adding in appetizing fruits and vegetables to your regular dishes is an easy and gentle way to start.

      In conjunction with your nutritious intake, exercising can benefit your health long-term. However, intuitive eaters don’t believe in militant workout programs. Instead, encourage yourself to find exercise that you enjoy and that leaves you feeling energized, strong and lively. This year, take time to find what your body needs and gently steer yourself toward nutrition and movement for the long run.

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    • Should You Install Recessed Lighting in Your Home?

      6 May 2021

      Recessed lights are installed in holes in the ceiling, unlike traditional light fixtures that are mounted on the ceiling and hang down. Recessed lights can use either incandescent or LED light bulbs. Lights that are powered by LED bulbs may cost more upfront, but they can save money in the long run. A recessed light fixture can be adjusted to illuminate a specific area. Recessed lights generally require little maintenance and can last for many years. 

      Where is Recessed Lighting a Good Choice?
      Since recessed lights are installed in holes in the ceiling, you may want to consider this option in an area with a low ceiling, such as a basement or attic, or a place where a hanging light fixture would be impractical or could make the space feel small. For example, you don’t want a light fixture hanging down in the shower, where it could get wet or you could bump your head on it, so a recessed light would make more sense. In a hallway, a hanging light fixture could make the space feel even narrower. One or more recessed lights would work better.

      Recessed lighting is also a smart choice for places where you need concentrated light. If you have artwork that you would like to draw people’s attention to, you can position recessed lights to shine directly on it. In the kitchen, recessed lighting can give you plenty of illumination in areas where you cook, and you won’t have to worry about bumping your head on a light fixture. You may also want to consider recessed lighting for areas where you work or read. 

      What are the Drawbacks of Recessed Lighting?
      A recessed light can only illuminate a relatively small area. That can leave other parts of a room in shadows and can give the space a cave-like feeling, unless you install several recessed lights. That can get expensive.

      Installing recessed lighting may make your home less energy efficient. Cutting holes in the ceiling to install lights can make those areas susceptible to air leakage if contractors don’t seal the openings correctly. If air can leak through holes in the ceiling, that can result in high heating and cooling bills.

      Recessed lights that use incandescent bulbs can generate a lot of heat. In the summer, that can heat up a room and force the air conditioner to work harder to keep it cool, which can lead to high energy bills.

      Is Recessed Lighting Right for Your Home?
      Recessed lighting can be both practical and stylish, but it’s not appropriate for all areas. If you’re not sure if you should install recessed lights, consider the design of the space and how you use it. You may want to seek advice from an interior designer or contractor.

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    • Infuse Living Spaces With Color

      6 May 2021

      (Family Features) From experiences to surroundings, the past year has brought a renewed focus on feeding the soul. In an era of overstimulation and information overload, many are finding a new appreciation for living life minimally but with maximum experiences.

      That mentality is increasingly evident in all aspects of life, especially with home design and decor. After all, spending more time at home means more time to discover what truly evokes happiness.

      At the same time, as the focus on physical and mental wellness heightens, design experts see those trends reflected in a more considered approach to design inspired by color therapy, which makes it possible to create beautiful spaces filled with healing color. 

      With an expertly coordinated color palette, like the Color Collections from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, colors work in perfect harmony in any combination. Thoughtful use of color is among the most effective design tools for reveal-worthy style in your home. 

      Appliances
      In the past, appliances were meant to blend into the decor to be less obvious, albeit essential, elements of a kitchen. A more contemporary approach: vibrant appliances that get noticed. You can find major appliances in a wide range of colors, but if you’re not sure about going that big and bold, many smaller countertop appliances, such as stand mixers and toasters, come in a range of colorful options, too.

      Architecture
      When contemplating where and how to apply color to a space, avoid boxing in your options. Think beyond traditional wall space when planning ways to change the color in a space; be thoughtful with color and highlight architectural details to elevate the interest and charm in your home. Take a 360-degree immersive color approach, painting the same shade from floor to ceiling and all around to create a mood-boosting lift to a room.  
      To infuse more color and boldness into your space, consider a timeless and elegant shade of red, like HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Color of the Year. This paint color, “Passionate,” is a deeply saturated hue that is daringly rich and invigorates the senses. This bold and empowering red is steeped in history, merging modern design with traditional charm.

      Furniture 
      Whether you’re into project pieces you can transform into something new or simply shopping for furnishings that complement your space, be sure to consider how the furniture fits into the overall color scheme. Selecting furniture that fits with the design brings a more cohesive and stylized feel to the room. For example, a desk and bookshelves in pale natural hues can lend warmth to an office with walls painted a cool dynamic blue.

      Cabinets
      Painted cabinets are on-trend, and if you’re bored with basic whites and grays, you’re not alone. Designers are going bold in the kitchen and using cabinetry as a showpiece. These color palettes create inspiring spaces that invite you to get busy baking or simply pull up a chair and linger over a cup of coffee. 

      If you’re concerned about how to bring a color palette together, consider using a collection that has been intentionally curated to mix and match shades for a perfect look no matter which hues you choose. You can easily achieve a new look with an option like the Delightfully Daring Color Collection from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. With earthy tones inspired by nature and a dose of vibrancy, the shades are simultaneously energizing and calming. The palette makes it easy to introduce statement colors in unexpected ways so you can feel confident in your selections.

      Get inspired to bring healing design elements into your own home at hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com.

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    • 3 Shows to Stream to Get Inspired to Organize Your Home

      5 May 2021

      Studies have shown that a cluttered home can lead to more stress and may be detrimental to mental health. No matter what life is throwing your way, decluttering and organizing your home can create a haven of calm. If you’re ready to get inspired, look no further than these three shows.

      Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
      Marie Kondo, author of the cult favorite book: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” leaves Japan to travel to the states and help American households tackle their clutter in this show. If you were struck by the elegant minimalism that her book makes sound so simple, but you’re unsure where you can start in a home brimming with clutter, this is the show for you. Marie Kondo helps typical American families purge and find joy in their homes—and proves you can too.

      Stream it on: Netflix

      Kim’s Rude Awakening
      Similar to “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” “Kim’s Rude Awakening” is a show all about helping regular families tackle their clutter for good. However, the similarities end there. A far juxtaposition from the calm and demure experience with Kondo, viewers should expect some bold energy in this comedic and exuberant show. Hosts Kim Woodburn and Mike Chalut aren’t afraid to show tough love as they visit Canadian households and inspire change through challenges and megaphone announcements.

      Stream it on: Amazon Prime

      The Home Edit
      Professional organizers Clea and Joanna became Instagram hits after sharing their unique organizing method that encourages function while emphasizing aesthetics. Their favorite organizing tool is the rainbow, and their Instagram features stunning images with beautifully ordered pops of color. From pantries to bookshelves and beyond, The Home Edit is all about color-coordination for ease of access and instant style. Their Netflix show will give you inspiration, and a glimpse into the lives of your favorite stars, as Clea and Joanna organize average middle-class homes alongside some big-name celebrity abodes.

      Stream it on: Netflix

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    • 5 Tips to Promote Health During Spring

      5 May 2021

      (Family Features) As seasons change, there’s often a great deal of shuffling and movement, including common allergy triggers like trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander along with pesky sinus pressure. Combined with changes in barometric pressure and weather patterns bouncing up and down, spring can be one big pain – literally.

      “This is the time of year when most of us are excited to see the change of seasons, but millions of allergy and sinus sufferers welcome spring with trepidation,” Dr. Ian Smith, M.D., said. “Common triggers such as trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander can wreak havoc for many. Having a trusted multi-symptom reliever of upper respiratory allergies like Mucinex Sinus-Max is absolutely key in making the season more enjoyable for all suffering from sinus and congestion issues. With a reliable multi-symptom product stashed in your medicine cabinet, and the combination of simple modifications like being mindful of your indoor climate, eating more fruits and veggies, and staying hydrated, can help limit sinus discomfort this season.” 

      Take steps this spring to ease the impact of sinus and allergy problems and focus on your overall wellness for a smooth transition with these tips:

      Control your allergy and sinus triggers. Knowing what flares your allergic reactions can help prevent discomfort. For many people, monitoring pollen counts and limiting time outdoors on high-pollen days can help reduce reactions. You might also avoid hanging laundry outside, as pollen can stick to clothes and sheets as they dry, and ask for help with yardwork to limit your exposure.

      Find some pressure release. When nasal congestion or sinus pressure build, it can feel like a ton of bricks have landed on your head. However, you can find relief with products designed to help clear up your stuffy nose, relieve headaches and thin and loosen excess mucus. Often, if you’re experiencing sinus problems, you’re dealing with multiple symptoms. From congestion to headaches and sinus pressure, an over-the-counter medicine like Mucinex Sinus-Max can break up your sinus symptoms with just one dose or your money back. 

      Manage your indoor climate. Even when you start spending more time outdoors, it’s important to keep close tabs on the quality of the air inside your home. If you’re prone to allergy flare-ups or sinus infections, manage the humidity level by using a humidifier or dehumidifier. If outdoor allergens are a concern, avoid opening windows and doors, and instead rely on air conditioning on warmer days. Also be sure to change filters regularly and use an air purifier for added protection.

      Keep fluids flowing. More time outdoors in warmer weather can quickly lead to dehydration, especially if you’re working up a sweat. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated and keep your body operating in top shape. Staying hydrated can also help keep mucus moving, allowing you to ease through allergy or sinus problems.

      Update your medicine cabinet. A seasonal change is a good time to take stock of your medical supplies and medications to ensure you have what you need for the months ahead. Discard any expired prescriptions or over the counter medicines and be sure restock common spring and summer essentials like bug bite ointments, sunburn spray and multi-symptom products like Mucinex Sinus-Max to help temporarily relieve sinus and congestion symptoms in one dose. Also be sure to replenish your first aid kit with plenty of bandages and wound care supplies.

      For more information, visit Mucinex.com.

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