Things not to do on a Plane, Flight Attendant Warns

Never Wear This One Thing on a Plane

Deciding what to wear on the airplane is a decision you’ll have to live with for hours. Finding the sweet spot between being comfortable but not looking like you’re wearing pajamas when you check in to your hotel can be a challenge. There’s also the additional conundrum of finding a way to dress appropriately for the weather at the location you’re taking off from, while also being dressed comfortably for the temperature at the place you’re flying into. But if you’ve got one last summer vacation coming up, there’s one thing you should absolutely not wear. A flight attendant recently urged passengers to avoid wearing one particular article of clothing on a plane. Read on to find out what it is.

A flight attendant warns you to never wear shorts on a plane.

In a July 27 TikTok that went viral, flight attendant Tommy Cimato detailed a handful of things people should never do on a plane, one of them being wear shorts. Don’t “wear shorts while you’re on an airplane,” warned Cimato. He pointed out that you don’t know how many people have wiped their hands on the seat or what has touched it. “You never know how clean it’s going to be, so if you have pants, you’re going to have fewer germs,” he explained.

He also says not to nap in one position.

Keeping your legs covered on the plane isn’t the only advice Cimato had for his followers. He also warned flight passengers to avoid falling asleep or leaning their heads on the window. “You’re not the only one who has done that, and you don’t know how many people have wiped their hands or other things all over the window,” Cimato said.

And there’s one part of the plane he says to never touch with your bare hands.

Cimato also doled out advice about what you should do before you board the flight and his top tip was to stay hydrated. “You want to have about 16 ounces [of water] every flight that you go on,” said Cimato.

Flying is known to dehydrate you. Family physician Matthew Goldman, MD, told Clevland Clinic that airplane cabins have very low humidity levels because about half of the air circulating is coming from outside of the plane, and at high altitudes, it’s almost completely stripped of moisture. Goldman said this could “cause your throat, nose, and skin to feel dry.”

Of course, being well hydrated means you may have to use that teeny tiny plane bathroom, but Cimato says if you do, you should never touch the flush button or lever with your bare hands. “It’s honestly just super unsanitary. It’s pretty gross,” Cimato said. “So when you flush, use a napkin or tissue.”

Article by Allie Hogan for bestlife

Source: Never Wear This One Thing on a Plane, Flight Attendant Warns (msn.com)

Eating Habits To Avoid if You Want a Lean Body

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1. Eating all your protein at dinner

If you’re waiting until nighttime to enjoy your only protein-rich meal of the day, you could be doing yourself a major disservice.

“Evenly distribute your protein intake across three to four meals to sustain muscle health and keep lean. Most Americans don’t get enough protein throughout the day and then over consume protein at dinner,” says Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD, consulting registered dietitian at Egglife Foods, who recommends consuming 25 to 30 grams of protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner instead.

2. Not controlling your portion sizes

Eyeballing those meals and snacks to determine the right portion size may mean you’re eating significantly more than you intended.

“I often tell my patients that if they choose a kids’ or small size the next time they get ice cream, I bet they will not feel deprived or wish they had ordered the larger size,” says Elle Wittneben, RD, CSOWM, LDN, manager of nutrition services at Greater Boston Urology. “Having a little extra every once in a while is not likely to cause weight gain, but if you are consistently consuming more food, those calories will add up over time,” Wittneben adds.

3. Eating right before bed

If you want to keep your body lean in the future, give yourself some time between your last meal and hitting the hay.

“Even veggies for example, though incredibly helpful, cause the body to work hard! If we are not allowing ample time for the body to digest then rest, we are not allowing our cells, hormones, and metabolism to adequately repair and restore itself. The end result? An uphill battle to lose weight,” says Kylene Bogden, MS, RDN, CSSD, CLT, IFNCP, of FWDFuel, who recommends leaving a two-to-three-hour gap between your last meal and bedtime.

4. Drinking pre-made smoothies

While homemade smoothies can be a healthy part of your diet and may even help you lose weight, drinking the bottled ones you find in your local grocery store could be having the opposite effect.

“Typically, these ready to drink smoothies lack protein and fiber and just have you drinking lots of fruit and some veggies. Dietary fiber and protein should be included at every meal to help maintain your weight as both keep you full for longer and more satiated,” explains Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

5. Eating small meals throughout the day

Though eating multiple small meals throughout the day has long been touted as a recipe for weight loss, sticking to this habit may mean you’re accidentally eating more than you intended.

“A lot of diets or fad trends are telling people to eat six small meals a day, but what if you’re not even hungry to eat that often? It’s always best to listen to your body’s internal cues, eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you feel full,” explains Ehsani.

6. Waiting until you’re ravenous to eat

Listening to your body’s hunger cues is essential, but waiting until you’re famished to eat could be sabotaging your weight loss or maintenance efforts.

“When people wait until they feel ravenous to eat, this sets them up for eating quickly, overeating, and ending up feeling uncomfortably full. Waiting to eat until feeling ravenous can trigger binge eating or loss-of-control eating,” says Sarah Williams, MS, RD, owner and founder of Sweet Balance Nutrition.

7. Eating too quickly

Everyone finds themselves in a hurry to eat occasionally but eating too quickly on a regular basis could make it harder to stay lean in the long run.

“Fast eating often results in eating more than we need to feel comfortably full and satisfied. Stomach receptors need about 20 minutes to communicate fullness; eating quickly and not giving your body time to communicate fullness can lead to overeating and weight gain,” says Williams.

8. Eating while distracted

Turning off the TV while you’re eating could make it easier to maintain your weight in the long term.

“When you aren’t paying attention to what you are eating, or how much, you can miss the cues that you are full and overeat. Even if you don’t think you have time, take 10 to 15 minutes to stop and pay attention to what you are eating,” says Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN, a Pittsburgh-based culinary nutritionist. “Your mind can use the break and your body will thank you.”

9. Eating processed foods

While they may be convenient, eating processed foods can quickly sabotage your weight loss efforts.

“Processed foods, such as chips, cereals, and fast food, often contain lots of added sugars and unhealthy fats to enhance their taste. This packs in a lot of calories, resulting in weight gain,” says Kristin Gillespie, MS, RD, LD, nutrition advisor for Exercise With Style.

Article by Sarah Crow for eatthis,notthat.com

Source: Eating Habits To Avoid if You Want a Lean Body, Say Dietitians (msn.com)

In These States, the Delta Surge Could Be Ending Soon

AN EXPERT PREDICTS THAT THE SPIKES IN THESE STATES COULD END IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

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The Delta variant is largely responsible for the current massive surge in COVID cases across the U.S. And while it may seem like there’s no end in sight, experts predict the Delta surge will slow in some states sooner than others. After examining the trajectory of the variant in other countries that are further down the road than we are, infectious disease specialists are predicting what’s to come and there’s good news for one section of the U.S.

Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, PhD, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN that the next few months are hard to predict, but when it comes to the short term, he has a hypothesis. “[If] the Delta variant follows this pattern that it’s taken in other countries, we can expect to see, particularly the Southern Sun Belt states that are getting hit so hard right now … a really rapid decline in cases probably in two to three weeks,” said Osterholm.

The states traditionally considered to be part of the Sun Belt include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, roughly two-thirds of California, and some parts of North Carolina, Nevada, and Utah. According to data from NPR, all of these states are currently in the red zone, meaning they’re at the highest COVID risk level and are seeing more than 25 daily new cases per 100,000 people. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida are all seeing more than 100 new cases per capita each day.

Osterholm’s prediction is likely partly based on the trajectory of the Delta surge in the U.K., which began to fall off in late July. The Boston Globe reports that COVID cases in the Netherlands and India also experienced similar declines following a Delta variant-induced spike.

While experts aren’t positive what the drop-offs can be attributed to, many cite herd immunity, which is when enough people in a population are protected from a virus, either due to natural infection or vaccination, and as a result, it can no longer spread so quickly.

“If you have a combination of natural immunity induced by infection with Delta, and then you have fairly high levels of vaccine coverage, you’re going to get to a level of herd immunity that will drive down transmission and potentially lead it to stop or at least slow down to much lower levels,” David Hamer, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Medical Center, told The Boston Globe. Hammer said he’s currently “cautiously optimistic” about the trends he’s seeing abroad.

But while some states may see a decline in cases as soon as two to three weeks, others will remain in the thick of it for longer. Osterholm said parts of the country that are just now seeing COVID cases spike—like those in the Midwest and some areas of the Northeast—may soon succumb to a similar fate as the Sun Belt states, which could prolong the surge. “The real challenge is what’s going to happen with all the other states where we’re seeing increases,” Osterholm told CNN. “If they too light up, then this surge could actually go on well into mid-September or later.”

The Washington Post hypothesizes that contact tracing, summer break from school, and widespread vaccination may be part of the reason that the U.K.’s cases have dropped.

Now, experts in the U.S. are urging people to use the same tools to suppress the Delta surge.

“Things are tough right now with Delta because we’ve heard how transmissible it is and how people who are vaccinated can carry high loads of virus in their noses,” Linsey Marr, PhD, an expert in the transmission of infectious diseases via aerosols, told CNN. “But I think we can be reassured that the vaccines still provide excellent protection against hospitalization, serious cases of illness.”

Marr emphasized that with a more transmissible variant, we need to be even more vigilant. “We know what works and, [even] with a more transmissible virus, those things still work: the masks, the distancing, ventilation, filtration, and avoiding crowds,” she said.

Article By ALLIE HOGAN

Source: If You Live in These States, the Delta Surge Could Be Ending Soon (bestlifeonline.com)

Popular Foods That Make You Look Older

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Popular Foods That Make You Look Older

Believe it or not, when it comes to maintaining a youthful appearance, what you eat can have a significant impact. Nutrients, after all, influence our whole system and our skin is the largest organ in our body.

In other words, what you chow down literally shows up on your face. New York City-based dermatologist Gary Goldenberg, MD told Byrdie that the biggest offenders trigger inflammation, which can compound existing skin issues. Also, foods that contain antibiotics can mess with your microbiome (is there anything that isn’t connected to gut health?), which can impact your skin.

Because a youthful appearance is characterized by clear, taut, and supple healthy skin, it stands to reason that anything that mars it—puffiness, acne, rosacea, and loss of elasticity— ages you visually.

1. White bread

Whether you know it or not, most store-bought bread contains refined sugar. That’s right, making a sandwich with bread that contains added sugar (the worst kind) is like slapping some sliced turkey between two pies of cake.

And sugar is a well-known enemy when it comes to preserving a youthful look. In the program Sugar-Free Three, a plan to eliminate added sugar to lose weight and improve health, dermatologist Whitney Bowe. M.D. reveals that when you have too much glucose and fructose in your diet, your skin becomes less elastic and appears to age more rapidly. The not-so-cute nickname for that effect: “sugar sag.”

2. Cheese

One of the worst offenders for healthy skin? Cheese. Dairy products increase oil production in your skin, which can end up blocking your pores—sometimes even leading to adult acne! This may be in part because dairy cows are given artificial hormones, which end up in their milk and, in turn, the dairy products we consume. And according to research, those artificial hormones can mess up your delicate hormonal balance when you consume dairy products.

That doesn’t mean you have to cut out cheese entirely—just skip the cheese-laden products like pizza or mac and cheese. And when you do buy cheese, opt for one that’s made from organic, grass-fed dairy.

3. Ice cream

This summertime staple packs a one-two punch: It contains both sugar and dairy, so you’re getting two potential inflammatory ingredients in every spoonful. If you can’t part with the frozen treats, at least consider switching to a dairy-free version.

4. Whey protein

Whey protein is a staple in protein bars and powders, but it may be time to trade it out for a vegan alternative, considering its negative relationship to your skin. Whey protein increases the production of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) causing the skin to produce more sebum.

Whey protein also disrupts your body’s blood sugar, creating inflammation in the body which can end up appearing as skin issues, explains Dr. Bowe.

5. Artificial sweeteners

Okay, so artificial sweeteners are not food, but you sprinkle them on food and in beverages—and that can cause all sorts of skin issues. Dr. Bowe explains how artificial sweeteners mess with your microbiome, which in turn messes with your skin in this info-packed video.

The summary, from Dr. Bowe: “Artificial sweeteners have the power to disrupt the gut’s microbial inhabitants so much that they negatively affect metabolism and blood sugar balance…those diet foods and beverages not only increase the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes, but also skin disorders like acne and rosacea through the domino effects of increased inflammation. High insulin levels are a primary cause of hormonal imbalances and skin disorders… Since artificial sweeteners throw your blood sugar balance off, they too are capable of triggering skin issues.”

6. Processed meats

Processed meats—like bacon, hotdogs, deli meats—are full of nitrates which can “damage the skin by causing inflammation and wrinkles,” Dr. Howard Sobel, founder of Sobel Skin and attending dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told Eat This, Not That!. They are also often high in sodium, which can “weaken collagen production”—not a good thing, considering collagen is essential for healthy skin, hair, nails, and bones.

Article by Michele Promaulayko for EatThis,NotThat.com

Source: Popular Foods That Make You Look Older (msn.com)

Back to School Word Search

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Back to school word search puzzles are a great activity to have students do on the first few days back to school. It’s an easy activity that can get them use to classroom procedures without having to provide any new instruction.

Answer Sheet:

Source: 22 Back to School Word Search Puzzles for All Ages (thoughtco.com)

Labor Day in America

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Labor Day began as a way to celebrate the American working class and their contributions to society.

On Tuesday, September 5, 1882, the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City. It was followed by picnics all around the city and fireworks at night. In 1884, the holiday was again observed, this time on the first Monday in September. That is when it is still celebrated today.

By 1885, the idea had begun to spread through labor unions. It was celebrated in many industrial centers throughout the country. Soon, all states started celebrating Labor Day. In 1894, Congress voted to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday.

There is some discrepancy surrounding who the actual founder of Labor Day is. Many sources give credit to Peter McGuire, a carpenter and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Other sources say it was Matthew Macguire, a machinist and secretary for the Central Labor Union in New York.

Regardless of who its founder was, American workers still enjoy celebrating Labor Day each September. Most Americans consider it the unofficial end of summer, and the holiday finds beaches and other popular resort areas packed with people enjoying one last three-day weekend.

Source: Labor Day Wordsearch, Crossword Puzzle, and More (thoughtco.com)

10 Career Habits to Master in Your 20s

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Developing your professional skills is something that never stops, and continues to happen throughout the entirety of your career. There’s always more to learn and skills to start to master, and there’s no better time to get a start on it than in your 20s.

The sooner you start, the sooner you’re great at something. From getting our finances under control to forming foundations for professional success, getting solid career habits under your belt is the key to long-term success. Looking to make strides in your career this year? Getting in these 10 habits early on in your career will set you up for continued growth in your work world.

1. Step out of your comfort zone

Get comfortable now doing the things that make you uncomfortable. While it might seem counterintuitive, the early stages of your career are the best times to take a risk. Everything is about learning, and you have so much space to make mistakes and get right back up and start over.

A comfort zone busting habit can be something small but should be routine. Think about pushing yourself to do one “stretch thing” a week and jot a reminder in your calendar to keep yourself accountable. This can be any number of things whether you ask you the new girl out to lunch or raise your ideas in a meeting you’re normally silent at.

2. Make the most of your Sundays

Mondays get a lot of air time as the day we need to command, but how you habitually tackle your Sunday also sets you up for a week of success. If Sundays have always still felt like 100 percent “weekend” time, start committing to carving out just an hour or two in the late afternoon to do things that tee you up for productive work week. This can be scheduling workouts or meal prepping lunches to help ensure you’ve got your wellness goals mapped out to be your best productive employee.

When you’ve mastered that, tack on another hour to invest in some professional development goals. Read industry journals that you normally haven’t, take an online class to beef up your technical skills or tackle a new podcast series. Getting in the habit of seeing at least a little of Sunday as part of your work week sets you up to ease into a great Monday.

3. Give and take constructive feedback

Taking constructive feedback gracefully demonstrates maturity and the ability to grow professionally. You’ll also be practicing your own leadership skills if you work on how you deliver feedback to colleagues. The best employees are those that make a team’s success their responsibility and take it upon themselves to shape the output of a group with constructive feedback.

Did a colleague knock it out of the park on a presentation? Let her know if you hear the client say something impressive about her. Struggling to get along with a colleague over a deadline? Being able to articulate and resolve challenging relationships in a team environment is one of the best skills you can develop early in your career.

4. Negotiate like a boss

We hear a lot about negotiations attached to our salary, but in reality, it’s a skill that you’ll need to apply throughout myriad work situations. For example, when your team is given a big project, you’ll often be negotiating who is taking what work, or what reasonable timelines are. You can learn how to negotiate, and be sure you’re applying this skill to your entire compensation at a job, not just your salary!

5. Network with an executive mindset

Networking with an executive mindset means that you are connecting with people with the intent of a long-term relationship. Early in our careers, networking is touted as the essential way to learn the ropes and get exposed to great job opportunities. While true, you start developing a whole different level of networking sophistication when you can thoughtfully maintain a network as well as think about how you can pay it forward. Get in the habit of keeping in touch with connections by flagging articles you think they may find interesting or catching up over coffee, especially when you don’t have a particular career need in mind.

6. Manage your social media

There really is no better time to learn that the internet is forever. Whatever your social media footprint, be savvy about your privacy settings and know that even at their best, leaks happen. Think about the professional version of you 10 years from now. Will that girl be proud of what’s going up on Instagram today?

On the plus side, don’t underestimate the power of starting to build your professional brand now. Little bits of content, presence, and social media effort really add up over time. Consider starting a professional site with a landing page that gives prospective employers a look at your accomplishments and background. At the very least, be sure you have a LinkedIn page, as it remains relevant for professional connections in most industries.

7. Update your resume(s)

Especially in the early stages of our career, there are always a number of different paths where our job interests could take us. Consider spending some time creating several different versions of your resume tailored to the major categories of work you might find yourself pursuing. They certainly may overlap a little, but you’ll start to see that it can be extremely valuable to emphasize different skill sets, responsibilities, and talents depending on the next role you’re looking at.

Even if you only have one go-to resume, take the time to make it up to date just in case any opportunities arise.

8. Keep a rolling brag sheet

Brag sheets are a little different than your official performance review or public resume. Think of them as a running list of talking points that have a greater level of detail about all the awesome things you are doing at the office. Did a colleague or mentor give you some great feedback on how your contributions really sealed the deal on a project? Do you have stats about how your content creation pulled in new eyeballs or clients? While some of these are resume relevant, often this granular level of detail is best left for conversations. Keep one going, and look at it before you have an interview or a performance review to gain talking points.

9. Dressing for the next job

This isn’t news, but it is critical to your early career success and it is the cornerstone of beginning to build your executive presence. In your 20s, you’re constantly making career first impressions, meaning you have both prolific opportunities to impress (and to not get it quite right).

One of the best habits you can get into in this category is remembering to always treat work events just like that: as work events. Happy Hour with the crew? Good times! But you’re still a work event, so it means that on the dress code scale you want to land somewhere between what you’d be wearing at the 9-5 and what you’d be wearing in a friends-only crew on Saturday night.

10. Compete against yourself

One of the best habits you can sustain for career development is comparing yourself to your own potential and goals. Especially at the early parts of our career, it can be easy to look sideways at what everyone else is doing, how much money people are making, or even what cool new company they get to work for.

The earlier in our careers that we can reaffirm that we’re only competing against ourselves, the more joy we’ll be able to find along the way. Treating every opportunity as a way to grow from the person you were yesterday ends up making the journey so much more fulfilling.

Article written by ELLE HARIKLEIA 

Source: 10 Professional Skills to Master in Your 20s | The Everygirl

Hazy, Lazy, (Dog Days) of Summer Word Search

Here for your late summer enjoyment is a summer word search. Back in the day, Labor Day was the unofficial end of summer. It was back to school then. Now, some kids are back already, and more next week. Let’s enjoy what’s remaining by searching for summer words. Add a comment if you find one that speaks to you. Good luck !

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