May 2019 Hot Flashes

Organize for Weight Loss

According to a new Ohio State University study, we are more likely to choose the food items that have been in our line of sight for the longest time. For example, if a bowl of strawberries has been sitting on the kitchen counter and chips are tucked away in the pantry – science says we will reach for the strawberries! That’s why it’s a good idea to organize your surroundings where the good-for-you choices are most visible. Here’s how to make sure healthy foods aren’t out of sight and out of mind:

  • Take down the take out: Instead of posting take-out menus and coupons on the fridge, replace them with your meal plan for the week and a list of your favorite recipes.
  • Store pre-prepped proteins and veggies front and center: Keep super-quick meal assembly at hand by stocking your fridge with hard-boiled eggs, rotisserie chicken, chopped greens, cooked grains, and veggie noodles.
  • Pack snacks: fill up resealable bags with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, or keep some fresh fruit on hand ready for easy snacking.


The green pigment that gives plants their color and helps them absorb energy from light is now sprouting up in skincare products like creams and masks. It’s said to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and even wound-healing properties, one study found. Also aiding in reducing blemish size and redness with regular use. And the hue does more than look pretty. A green tint instantly neutralizes red tones in the skin and makes makeup go on smoother.

Benefits of Cumin

Cumin has many evidence-based health benefits. Some of these have been known since ancient times, while others are only just being discovered. The most delicious way to consume cumin is in cooking. Many dishes use cumin, especially foods from its native regions of the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia. But, did you know few foods are as iron-dense as cumin? This makes it a good iron source, even when used in small amounts as a seasoning.

Cumin seeds are naturally rich in iron. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies, affecting up to 20% of the world’s population and up to 10 in 1,000 people in the wealthiest nations. One teaspoon of ground cumin contains 1.4 mg of iron or 17.5% of the recommended daily intake for adults. So, load up your favorite Mexican and Mediterranean dishes with cumin to boost your iron intake.