Posted on January 6, 2016
From HuffPost Healthy Living:
U.S. News evaluated and ranked 38 diets with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and preventing diabetes and heart disease. The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) snagged the top spot.
DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure, not as an all-purpose diet. But it certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts, who gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes and role in supporting heart health. Though obscure, it beat out a field full of better-known diets.
Overall rank: 1
Overall score: 4.1 out of 5
#2 (tie) MIND Diet
The MIND diet takes two proven diets – DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on the foods in each that specifically affect brain health. It made an impressive debut to the 2016 rankings, shooting up to second place overall, tying with the TLC diet. It’s a healthy, sensible plan with science behind it.
Overall rank: 2
Overall score: 4 out of 5
#2 (tie) TLC Diet
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, is a very solid diet plan created by the National Institutes of Health. It has no major weaknesses, and it’s particularly good at promoting cardiovascular health. One expert described it as a “very healthful, complete, safe diet.” But it requires a “do-it-yourself” approach, in contrast to the hand-holding provided by some commercial diets.
Overall rank: 2
Overall score: 4 out of 5
#4 (tie) The Fertility Diet
If you make these changes to your diet, weight and activity, you can increase ovulation and get pregnant faster – or so the claim goes. The Fertility Dietimpressed experts, receiving moderate-to-high scores across the board. It performed particularly well in the diabetes, easiness, nutrition and safety categories. Still, if getting pregnant is your aim, some skepticism is warranted. “I find it difficult to believe it can help with fertility,” one expert said.
Overall rank: 4
Overall score: 3.9 out of 5
See the full list here.
Posted on December 22, 2015
Located just minutes from Washington, D.C in Northern Virginia, McLean is one of the most exclusive and prestigious enclaves on the East coast. As a result of its proximity to our nation’s capitol, McLean is home foreign diplomats, government officials, and members of Congress. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba are just some of the many powerful people who are fortunate enough to call Mclean home.
Among the most celebrated and costly homes in McLean are those that sit on the Potomac River. With an eastern exposure and stunning views of not only the Potomac but Washington as well, homes along the river seldom sell for less than $3 million.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba https://about.me/AmbassadorYousefAlOtaiba and his wife Abeer, an engineer by training, are among those fortunate enough to live on the Potomac. The Al Otaibas share their beautifully decorated home with their two children Omar and Samia. Contemporarily styled with distinct Arab influences and breathtaking views of the Potomac, their home is among McLean’s most beautiful.
The Al Otaiba’s McLean oasis is a well-deserved one; both the Ambassador and his wife are heavily involved in DC’s philanthropic scene. In 2014 the couple, along with their friends, Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier and his wife, Amy, held one of the most successful fundraisers in DC history. Their charity gala for Children’s National Hospital raised a staggering $10.7 million. In addition to supporting a variety of causes in the DC area, the Al Otaibas aren’t strangers to lending a helping hand to other areas of the country as well. After the Joplin tornado the UAE embassy donated laptops for every high school student in the city and the embassy has been funding the creation of soccer fields throughout the country.
Given the small size of the UAE, it has made a huge impact on the lives of U.S citizens. By reinforcing the bilateral relationship between the US and the UAE through gracious acts of charity, the Al Otaibas have strengthened diplomatic ties and have improved the lives of many.
Posted on September 11, 2015
If you are not a contractor or window specialist (which most of us aren’t) you probably are not 100% confident about when your windows need replaced.
You are not alone, but a good rule of thumb is if your windows are older than 15 years old, you may want to have them inspected. Having the right windows installed in the home can make a huge difference. It will make a difference in the energy bill you get every month and it’ll also keep your home more comfortable.
This is a quick guide with a few key points on how to spot when to install replacement windows and which windows are right for your home specifically. This will not be a confusing laundry list of items and prices for you to figure out. Just some relevant and practical information about window replacement:
Knowing the Signs
This is probably the most crucial step to window replacement. If you know that it is time (instead of guessing) it can, and will, save you money. It saves money because by knowing this you will not replace them too soon. Saving you money. You will in turn not replace them too late either.
When you walk by or look out the windows do you notice any draft? Are the window and framework constantly damp or sweaty looking? Maybe you notice that they are becoming more difficult to open and drag a bit. These are common signs that it is time to replace them. Not doing so could be costly. Not only in replacement windows but any damage caused due to neglect.
Where to Get Quality Window Replacement
The foundation for a job well done (the first time) is quality and attention to detail. Without them, you will be replacing your windows (again) sooner than later. So what is there to look for?
The company that does the installation is of paramount importance here. You want to research them a bit and know for sure that you are dealing with a reputable and established company. No fly by night contractors. This type of business will have no problems producing proof of Bonding, Licensing, or insurance. They will be happy to do so even.
When it comes to efficiency Vinyl beats out the competition of wood or metal. The vinyl simply isn’t affected by weather. This means less maintenance. Saving you money.
Updated on September 11, 2015
For millions of Americans, a home will be the biggest investment of their lives. So, when it’s time to sell, it’s smart to take steps to optimize the return on that investment.
With the real estate market on a steady climb back to solid ground, more people are feeling comfortable enough to explore the option of selling. If you’re flirting with the idea of listing your home, it’s important to outshine the competition.
Here are eight home improvement investments that offer sellers the highest return, with all figures coming from a 2015 Remodeling magazine survey:
A coat of paint gives you a lot of bang for your home-improvement buck. Painting a room is economical, and it is a project most folks can handle without hiring a contractor.
If you’re selling, focus on rich neutral colors inside the home. It’s OK to push beyond the standard colors of builder’s beige and off-white. With a little experimentation and a keen eye, browns, greens and grays can become part of a contemporary neutral color scheme that will highlight the best features of your home and impress potential buyers.
Read more here.
Updated on September 11, 2015
The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement.
This fall promises to be particularly popular for home projects. Lower gas prices are boosting people’s discretionary income and Metrostudy’s latest Residential Remodeling Index points to a continued rise in activity.
Like many trends, there isn’t one particular reason fall has emerged as a popular time for home improvement, several factors play a role.
Energy efficiency is top of mind
With colder weather on the horizon, homeowners shudder at the thought of higher heating costs. They upgrade windows, layer in more insulation, service or replace old furnaces and, in some cases, do all of the above.
The weather is nice
Home improvement projects can be hard and even grueling work, particularly for DIYers. Lower temperatures and humidity create a much more comfortable environment for getting things done (and rhetorically keeping your cool when obstacles inevitably arrive).
The holiday entertaining wow factor
Everyone wants their home to sparkle when they welcome family and friends during the holidays. Completing a home improvement project during the fall sets up a big reveal when the holidays roll around.
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Posted on May 13, 2015
Each society is made up of the people that inhabit the region and everyone is responsible for the overall stability and comfort in the area. Whether you are interested in devoting your time to a cause, you are bored and looking for a hobby, or you want to help improve your community, use these suggestions for learning how to do your part in society.
Join a Neighborhood Association
Find out if the area you live in has a neighborhood association. These groups are often take it upon themselves to better their community through various activities. This can include planting flowers or trees in distressed areas, cleaning up uncared for locations, and organizing a neighborhood watch to cut down on crime in the area. Most neighborhood associations are loosely organized groups that meet once or twice a month and come up with a variety of activities to help cleanup the neighborhood.
Join a Local Community Group
If your neighborhood does not have their own association, then another way to help society is to join a local community group. There are many community groups that provide outreach and perform some of the same activities as neighborhood associations; however, community groups may receive funding from the local government and have more opportunities to carry out larger outreach and cleanup programs.
Join a Charity
In keeping with the theme of joining a group, there should be plenty of charities to choose from. In addition to donating your time to a charity, you could also donate money. Also, unlike community groups, charities tend to be focused on one cause. This allows you to find a cause that has meaning to you. Take your time and research a handful of charities before choosing one or more to join or donate money to.
Run for Office
If you really think you could make a difference, you could consider running for local office. You could try to join your city council or other local government. This can be difficult without experience; though, it is not impossible. If you have a good platform to run on and have noticed a lot of concerns in your local community and society that you would like addressed then taking office could provide you the opportunity to actually do something about these concerns.
Donate Blood and Sell Plasma
Hospitals are always in need of blood and plasma. In most areas, healthy adults are allowed to donate blood and sell their plasma. Donating means that you will not be compensated for your time, but with plasma you will generally receive some sort of payment. Before donating blood or selling plasma, you will require a quick examination and will have to fill out a form to ensure you are fit for selling and donating. There a limits placed on how often you can do this, so check with your hospital to find out when you can come back.
Donate Used Items
Instead of having a garage sale or throwing out old clothes and household goods you could always donate them to a local goodwill organization or other group that sells or distributes items to those that are less fortunate. You can donate just about any non-consumable item, including clothing, furniture, cooking appliances and utensils, books, tools, electronics, blankets, and other items that you no longer have use for.
It does not take much to do something to better society. Just start by donating your time and energy some sort of cause or local group. Most people find a great sense of satisfaction from helping out society. Give it a try, you may be surprised to learn how rewarding it can be. If you want more tips on society or anything related to culture please send us a message or leave a comment.