The words “fast food” have become so synonymous with unhealthy lifestyles, bad choices, and poor taste that sometimes we feel guilty even thinking about eating it. But the fact is that sometimes you just have to, because you lack either the willpower, other options, or simply just the time to do any better. However, on the days when you find yourself walking the inevitable path towards the nearest palace of speed food, don’t despair. As you’ll see, hidden in the menu among all those willpower targeting calorie missiles are a few options that won’t leave your self-esteem, or your arteries, covered in grease.
When most people think about healthy options in fast food restaurants, they often default to salads. But that would be a mistake, because while the salad might be lacking guilt inducing ingredients, the dressing isn’t—and you know you want the dressing. Also salads aren’t very filling, meaning not long after you finish that last leafy bite, you’ll be craving something else. So next time you mysteriously find yourself in Chick-fil-A, try the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. It has only 320 calories, 5 grams of fat, and a pretty satisfying 30 grams of protein to make you feel full. The sodium is a little high at 800 mg, but it’s still one of the lowest on the menu, and only just over a third of your recommended daily limit, which leaves you room to maneuver for the rest of the day. Just make sure don’t maneuver back into the Chick-fil-A for dinner.
Singer Beyoncé has cancelled her performance at the upcoming Coachella festival in April because she is pregnant. But how much work is safe during pregnancy, and what kind of work is risky?
In early January, Coachella organizers announced that Beyoncé would be one of the festival’s headline performers. But several weeks later, the singer announced she was pregnant with twins . On Thursday (Feb. 23), a joint statement from Coachella and Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment said that the singer had to pull out of the concert, citing advice from her doctor to “keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months” while pregnant, according to the Associated Press.
In general, it’s safe for women to work while they’re pregnant, said Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician/gynecologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Most women can continue to work right through the end of pregnancy,” Schaffir said.
If a woman is otherwise healthy, and isn’t at higher risk for complications during pregnancy, she typically isn’t restricted in the types of activity she can do at her job, Schaffir said. Although pregnancy isn’t the right time to start a new, vigorous work or exercise regimen, if a woman is conditioned to do a particular job, then she can most likely continue to do the activities of that job, Schaffir said.
With many poultry markets closed in the wake of China’s worst-ever bird flu outbreak, local egg producers are being forced to shell out to feed and water chickens long after they would normally have been killed and sold for meat.
That is piling pressure on producers already grappling with tanking demand from a public spooked by fears over bird flu, deepening what some farmers say is one of the biggest crises to ever hit the egg industry in China, the world’s top supplier.
“You want to sell your chickens, but you can’t. You have no choice but to keep raising them and watch losses accumulate every day,” said Zhang Dong, who has 10,000 laying hens in the central province of Hubei.
Chinese companies that churn out eggs for commercial sale typically sell hens at live poultry markets after 400 to 500 days of laying, when they begin to produce less regularly.
But regional authorities have shut poultry markets and restricted the transportation of birds as they fight the spread of the H7N9 virus that has killed around 100 people since October.
That is nearly three times more deaths than the last major bird flu outbreak in the country in 2013, worrying the public even though nearly all fatalities have been among people that have had direct contact with chickens. There is no evidence the virus can be caught from eating uncooked meat and eggs, or spread easily between humans.
Unlike many other strains of the virus, hens with H7N9 are difficult to identify as they show little or no signs of symptoms, meaning that mass cullings seen during recent bird flu outbreaks in places such as South Korea and Japan have not so far been repeated in China.
The added time that producers must spend looking after birds beyond their prime will also drag further on prices for eggs in the world’s top supplier after they hit seven-year lows this week below 4 yuan ($0.58) per kilogram, with chickens that have dodged slaughter stoking a supply glut as they keep on laying.
“The industry’s at a crossroads,” said Feng Cheng, a 31-year-old farmer in the southern province of Anhui, who has a flock of 200,000 hens.
He is paying to feed 30,000 chickens that are past their prime and losing value, while sinking egg prices have halved his income since Lunar New Year at the end of January.
China’s egg industry is dominated by small family-run businesses, with little leeway for enduring hard times.
In an assessment of current market conditions based on an egg price of 4.4 yuan per kg and feed costs of 2.3 yuan per kg, a farmer would lose 32.5 yuan over the lifetime of every hen in his or her flock, the government said this week.
“Eggs prices are falling sharply. Prices of feed materials like soymeal and corn are still rising. Life is so tough,” Feng said by phone from his farm.
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Four years ago, the nation’s egg-laying flock shrank by 10 percent as farmers reduced their flocks after an outbreak of H7N9 flu slashed prices of eggs and chicken meat. The virus did $6.5 billion in damage to the whole agricultural sector.
It is not clear how many hens from the nation’s current flock of over 1 billion have been affected by the recent spate of market closures.
Shi Qing, an egg wholesaler in Hubei, said sales had been hit hard by the oversupply and concerns about catching bird flu.
In the month after 2016’s Lunar New Year, he sold 80,000 boxes of eggs, around 28.8 million eggs, but this year he has sold about half that.
Celebs who attended the Oscars on Sunday left with more than a few interesting experiences — especially those who stuck around for the Best Picture plot twist at the end.
But some people at the star-studded event will also receive some freebies by home shipment, thanks to Los Angeles-based marketing firm Distinctive Assets, which each year independently distributes “Everyone Wins” Gift Bags to some of the nominees, Yahoo Finance reported.
Among them? A medical-grade silicone, waterproof pelvic floor exerciser — a device that aims to strengthen women’s pelvic muscles to help improve their sex lives.
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For non-Oscar nominees, the Elvie costs $199, and comes with an app to help guide women through six level-based kegel exercises. The workout Speed, for example, helps challenge fast-twitch muscles, while Hold helps build endurance. Every 10 workouts, users can advance levels on the app.
To do the guided kegels, users simply place the device inside the vagina with the tail outside, and then connect it to the accompanying app via Bluetooth.
While the bigger freebies reportedly included a three-day visit at a private California mansion, based on Mashable’s roundup of gift bag items, it’s clear Distinctive Assets had the nominees’ wellbeing on their mind. Other freebies reportedly included a tube of ChapStick, foot cream, a personal CPR kit, energy bars, and underarm patches to prevent sweat stains.
As for pelvic floor trainers, some studies suggest kegels can be effective for better sex as well as urinary incontinence.
In total, the freebies amount to about $100,000, Mashable reported.
A Sydney couple is looking for answers after a major hospital accidentally sent their stillborn daughter to be cremated.
Padstow couple Anthony Meyers and Stella Pirko were traumatised after their daughter was wrongly sent to the funeral home for cremation before an autopsy had been done.
Ms Pirko had to be induced at 28 weeks after scans showed her daughter had an enlarged bladder.
The couple were hoping an autopsy and genetic testing would provide answers about why their daughter Krystal Rose had the condition.
But they were devastated to find out Liverpool Hospital, in Sydney’s south-west, left their stillborn daughter in the morgue for nine days before wrongly sending her to a funeral home for cremation.
“I came home, I was suffering … I was a mother without a baby and it was so hard,” Ms Pirko told Nine News.
“It has impacted our lives, in a dramatic and horrific way,” Ms Pirko said.
The couple’s paperwork went missing and a lack of funding meant there was no full-time technician responsible for the hospital mortuary.
“We trusted them to do their jobs — to find out what happened to our baby. We cannot fathom how this happened,” she said.
She also questioned how their doctor, who also handled the couple’s request for follow-up testing, authorised the cremation when he knew the post-mortem hadn’t been done.
The cremation also robbed them of answers about why their baby developed an enlarged bladder and whether they could have more problems in the future.
The hospital has said it was an isolated case and it has since improved its processes. It is also looking to hire a full-time mortuary technician.
Mallory King, a fitness blogger based in Florida, has documented her fitness journey by posting photos of herself in scant clothing on Instagram for several months. Her aim: to normalize real bodies, and inspire self-love and acceptance among her followers.
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That’s why she was surprised when Instagram recently removed a photo of her showing off her cellulite, she wrote in a post last week. The women’s advocacy group Sunday Morning View had regrammed the image, increasing its visibility and causing it to rack up more than 20,000 likes.
“This upsets me for two reasons,” King wrote in the post. “1) Why do thousands of posts go unremoved that show butts and boobs in WAY more vulgar ways than mine? Is it because my cellulite is offensive? Is it because I’m not trying to be sexy? Is it because I don’t have the body type that is continuously shared on here?
“2) Why are people so threatened by a woman unafraid of showing her body and speaking her mind?” she continued. “People used the excuse that their kid could see the photo. Don’t let your kid on social media! No, that’s not it. It’s either people feel threatened by my fierceness or people are so brainwashed by media that a perfect pair of tits or butt is fine to flash but a body that’s outside of the norm is offensive.”
Some have speculated the image was removed because King is shown giving the finger, but, as Cosmopolitan.com pointed out, thousands of #MiddleFinger posts appear on Instagram, so that likely wasn’t the reason for its removal.
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Instagram does prohibit “close-ups of fully-nude buttocks,” “content that contains credible threats or hate speech,” and “serious threats of harm to public and personal safety,” but King’s post also doesn’t appear to violate those rules, Cosmopolitan.com reported.
Whatever the reason, King isn’t letting Instagram stop her, she suggested on Instagram.
“Y’all can report my photos as much as you want, I’m gonna keep sharing them because the world needs more women unashamed of their bodies and unafraid to share their voice,” she wrote.
South Korea is extending a scheme to subsidize up to half the cost of importing eggs by sea for another two months until the end of April, as it grapples with a shortfall in local supply in the wake of its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.
The country has culled over 33 million farm birds since the first case of the latest outbreak of the virus was found in November last year, decimating domestic supply of eggs and pushing prices higher.
The country’s agriculture ministry originally planned to cover half the air and sea-borne shipment costs for imported eggs through the end of February.
But it said in a statement on Monday that it would extend that until the end of April for cargoes sent by sea, although not for eggs transported by air. It said that most eggs had been imported by boat following the Lunar New Year holiday in late January.
South Korea had by Feb. 23 spent 645 million won ($570,000) of the 900 million won earmarked for egg import subsidies, the ministry said in the statement.
Since egg imports started in January, Asia’s fourth-largest economy has brought in nearly 805 tonnes of fresh eggs and almost 837 tonnes of egg products, according to the ministry.
The average retail price for 30 local eggs stood at 7,490 won ($6.62) on Monday, dropping over 20 percent from 9,543 won on Jan. 12, which was the highest since the bird flu outbreak began.
Although the spread of the H5N8 virus is abating, three cases were reported at poultry farms last week, the ministry said.
Spain has appointed its first Minister of Sex whose job will be to get people busy between the sheets.
The government hopes to boost Spain’s falling birth rate, which is one of the lowest in the developed world.
Prime minister Mariano Rajoy appointed Edelmira Barreira as the country’s sex tsar to get Spaniards to produce more babies.
The country is faced with a population crisis, with fewer births than deaths recorded for the first time last year.
Experts say long working hours and a culture of eating late at night and going to bed after midnight are partly to blame for the nation’s sex famine.
Rafael Puyol, of the IE Business School in Madrid, said: “They do not help with making a family. Then when a child arrives it is even worse.”
Since 2008 the number of births in Spain has plunged by 18 per cent.
And the number of childless couples has nearly tripled from 1.5million in 1977 to 4.4million in 2015.
Most Spanish women say they would like two or more children but in 2015 those aged 18 to 49 had an average of 1.3 children – well below the EU figure of 1.58.
Stress is an unavoidable part of all our lives, and chances are, you know when you’re feeling the pressure. You know the signs, the ones that start right before a big presentation at work or in the moments before you’re going to be getting news that’s either incredibly good or incredibly bad. But what happens when that stress builds and builds, until we don’t get to step away? What happens when we find ourselves caught in a vicious cycle, with stress becoming such a part of everyday life that it starts to get almost unbearable?
There are a number of signs that your stress levels are just going out of control, and some of them are things that you might not even connect to stress.
It’s called bruxism, and most people who do it, do it in their sleep. According to a study financed by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH and the National Institute on Aging, the likelihood of someone grinding their teeth is directly related to things like emotional stability and stress. Surprisingly, it’s not just a human correlation, either, and the same findings have been confirmed in rats.
In the study, 470 women completed both a dental history survey (with 385 of them going through a full dental exam), along with a personality assessment. They found that those volunteers who scored high on scales for either objectivity, sociability, or emotional stability were much, much less likely to also grind their teeth. According to the Mayo Clinic, bruxism isn’t exactly understood, but they also link it to things like emotional stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, or a highly competitive nature. They also say that for some, it’s a coping strategy that helps focus attention into an outlet that, in the end, can be damaging not only to your teeth, but to your jaw.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re grinding your teeth at night, the NHS says that some people might develop complications they notice when they’re awake. That includes things like persistent headaches and earaches, along with jaw pain. Those that are prone to grinding their teeth at night might also find themselves clenching their teeth regularly throughout the day, although it’s more rare to actually grind your teeth during the day. (Only about 20 percent of reported cases do.) They also say as much as 70 percent of cases are directly related to stress.