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Tips for Budgeting and Saving Money

May 30, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Goals, Organization No Comments →

In this day and age, just about everyone is looking for tips for budgeting and saving money. Many people aren’t aware of all the ways money slips through their fingers, and they’re not sure why they never seem to have enough. Paying attention to your spending habits and making some changes where necessary is a great tips for budgeting and saving money every month.

Follow these tips for budgeting and saving money and you will be able to get your finances in order:

1) Brown Bag it. – The amount of money you can save by making your own lunches and taking them to work each day is staggering. When you take in your own lunches every day–made from leftovers or sandwich fixings, you will be spending much less than you would at even the least expensive restaurants and diners. Healthy eating is easier as well when you make your own lunches since most take out has extra calories and lots of fat and salt. Eating out also takes up a lot of time which can be a problem for those with tight schedules. Making lunch for yourself is an easy way to to start budgeting and saving money.

2) Plan your shopping – Learn to shop methodically and not on a whim. The absolute worst time to buy holiday gifts, for example, is just before the holidays. You should wait for the holidays to be over when you wait for things to go on sale.

Not only is this a great budgeting and saving money tip but it’s a lot less stressful to shop like this because you’ll avoid all of the crowds and that feeling that you have to buy something right away. Similarly, winter and summer clothing is most expensive right before those seasons have started. Plan ahead and buy things both as gifts and for yourself when they are the cheapest. Stores typically charge more for products when everybody wants to buy them so if you do some advance planning, you’ll get the same items for much less.

3) Buy more now, to save more now and later. – The price of food is always going up, even faster than most peoples’ incomes. If you want to respect your budget, you need to figure out how to save money at the store.

Most of the time people shop for groceries when they need them and that means that they end up paying money depending on what the store wants to charge. Buying lots of groceries when they go on sale is a great way to save money at the store. You obviously can’t do this with items that perish like dairy, meat and fresh produce but you can do it with everything else like canned goods, frozen foods, etc. Look for clearance sales and similar specials to help you stock your pantry and you will quickly see that you are spending much less on groceries than you used to.

When you start to think creatively, you will see lots of ways that you can start budgeting and saving money. For the most part, people spend a lot more than they absolutely have to on things like food, entertainment and shopping because they don’t take the time to search out more reasonably priced alternatives. In addition to helping you save money, the tips in this article will help you train your brain to be more frugal as well.

Follow any or all of the above tips for budgeting and saving money and watch your savings slowly increase.

Additional Resources

Living Within Your Means – The Easy Way – Learn Realistic Ways To Find $100, $300, $500 or More a Month In Your Paycheck You Can Use To Pay Your Bills and Quickly Eliminate Your Debt Or For Any Purpose You Choose”

Budget Living – Discover How to Live on a Budget & Save More Money Than You Ever Thought Possible – Without Giving Up All the Things That You Love

Natural Cosmetic products

May 27, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Pamper Yourself No Comments →

Horror stories in the media about the toxic ingredients contained in many of our beauty products may lead you to want to stop buying cosmetics altogether! However, if you put a little effort into becoming more aware of what you’re buying, you can help to protect your health with natural cosmetic products.

Unfortunately it can be hard to know just what is and what isn’t good for you, but try to bear these simple steps in mind and you will be well on the way.

Never Trust Claims on the Packaging: Unfortunately packaging can be very deceptive, which is why you should do your best never to trust claims such as ‘natural’, ‘organic’ (unless it comes with the organic seal) or ‘dermatologist tested’. True, in some cases these might mean something and they really will be natural cosmetic products, but in most cases they are there just to get you to buy and don’t truly represent the ingredients.

Always Check the Ingredients: Checking the ingredients is the only real way to know what’s in the product. This can be difficult at first, as the chances are that you won’t have heard of many of the substances listed, but you’ll slowly learn with time. Look out for any poison symbols and warnings, as these are a very good sign that chemicals are involved!

Minimize the Use of Fragrances: The word ‘fragrance’ is found on so much packaging, but what does this really mean? Fragrances are often made of toxic chemicals, but the problem is that we don’t know exactly which chemicals they will include. There are more than 5,000 different fragrances used in beauty and cosmetic products, and not all of the chemicals will be listed on the label. Since fragrances are massive culprits for allergic reactions, and may also contain other harmful ingredients known as Phthalates, it’s best to go for fragrance-free products wherever possible.

Think Simpler: Once you start to learn more about the ingredients contained in cosmetic products it’ll probably become a lot easier to simplify your beauty regime. You may have many different products that all claim to do similar things – why not cut down? Once you start getting used to natural cosmetic products and beauty practices, you’ll also find that simple household ingredients can do a great job, and you may even feel as though you can go without some of your beauty products altogether.

Regulations to Protect Our Health: Some authorities are starting to clamp down on the ingredients cosmetic manufacturers can or cannot use. Whilst you can never rely on regulations to protect you completely, it is useful to know how they are coming into place. Check the laws and regulations in your country, or on your local government website, for more information.

It isn’t easy when you’re first getting started with natural cosmetic products, and there is a lot to learn. Just take it one step at a time and learn about new ingredients as you come across them. You’ll soon remember which products to avoid, and which won’t harm your health.

Fun Summer Activities to Do With Kids

May 25, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Just for Fun No Comments →

A lot of people feel that the summertime is all about going on vacations, tanning and spending lazy days swimming. While these things are great summer activities, there is much more that can be done during the months of summer. This is especially true for those of us with children. Below is a list of small summer activities that you can do with your children. Often times people feel that summer activities have to take up a large portion of the day, but this isn’t true. You can have a lot of fun and make great memories doing the little things below.

Plant Flowers: It’s true that planting flowers may get done quicker if you just do it yourself, but if you have young children it’s much more rewarding to take the time and let them help. Even if you dig the hole and place the flower in it and just let them pack in the dirt around it – they’ll love it. When you’re all done, the satisfaction you’ll see on their faces will make the extra time letting them help worth it. Additionally, because they helped plant the flowers, they’ll more than likely want to help water them throughout the summer, as well.

Make Homemade Ice Cream: One of the best treats enjoyed by all children during the summer is ice cream. So, why not make it a fun family tradition to make your own ice cream? Your children will enjoy and learn a lot as they help with the ice cream making process.

Plant a Garden: It’s important that children learn where their foods come from. So, one of the best ways to help them learn this is to show them. Take them to the store in late winter/early spring and pick out some packets of vegetable/fruit seeds. Then, when the weather is right, have them help you plant the seeds. They will enjoy watching the “fruits of their labor” begin to grow…and eventually get to eat them!

Take a Walk: Summer evenings are too good to let pass by while being indoors. So, take advantage of the great weather and take the entire family on a walk around the neighborhood. If your children don’t want to walk, let them ride their bikes or pull them in a wagon. The activity is very simple, but a lot of fun for everyone!

Above are just a few of the many simple summer activities you can do with your children that are not only fun, but create great memories. Just remember that children are much easier to please than adults. Things like homemade ice cream, going to the park and water gun fights are just as much fun for them as big family vacations. Therefore, look for little things you can do together this summer and have fun!

Taking Time Out For Yourself

May 23, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Pamper Yourself, Stress Management No Comments →

For many different reasons, when some women become mothers they feel as if they don’t have any time to themselves. Let me ask you a question…. Do you have a problem taking time out for yourself?

Not only do they feel like they don’t have any time to themselves, they also feel like they don’t have the right to ask for this time because they are a mother. However, what these women fail to see is that not only do they have the right to have “me time,” but that this time extremely important. Perhaps you are one of these women that find it hard when it comes to taking time out for yourself, if so, keep reading. You’ll learn why you need to set aside your own “me time.”

The first reason that every mother needs her own “me time” is because none of us are Super Woman. It is impossible for us to deal with all of the daily demands placed on us as a wife, mother and woman without giving somewhere. After doing this day in and day out, it’s only natural that we begin to feel burned out. This is generally when we get a little “cranky.” I know you all know what I’m talking about. Therefore, it’s important that you start taking time out for yourself and give yourself at least 6 hours every WEEK of “me time.” It will keep you sane.

Not only will “me time” keep you sane, it will also give you time to do whatever it is you enjoy doing. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy reading romance novels, shopping, getting your nails done, going to the movies, cooking, etc. “Me time” is the time you give to yourself every week to do anything you want to do. Why is this important? So many women live life to the fullest before they get married and have kids. They know what things they enjoy doing the most – and they do them. However, when these women get married and have children they don’t have the time to do these things, and eventually, they forget all about the things they used to enjoy and, in a sense, they forget who they were. Giving yourself six hours a week will give you the ability to continue to enjoy all the things in life you enjoyed before kids.

Finally, taking time out for yourself isn’t just for your own benefit, but it’s also for your family’s benefit as well. Once you begin to carve out a little time for yourself every week, you’ll find that you’re in a better mood and less irritable. Your family will enjoy this too. In addition, whether or not you want to admit it, your children, and maybe your husband too, need to learn how to handle things on their own –without you around. Whether you decide to give yourself “me time” an hour every day or 6 hours one day a week, this time away will teach your family how to survive on their own – even if it is just for a little while.

Taking time out for yourself does not make you selfish or a bad mother. Don’t ever let this idea take root in your brain. You need time to yourself so that you can become a better mother. You’ll be more patient and loving as a result. You’ll also be healthier as you won’t be nearly as stressed out. So, do yourself a favor and start taking some “me time!”

Being a mom is certainly one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but when you add all the other roles you play on a daily basis (career woman, wife, cook, chauffeur, teacher and the list goes on and on…), things can become a bit overwhelming.

The good news is that you’re not alone and help is here for you. Through our collection of Real Life Guides, you can find many of the answers you need to help you with all the bumps in the road.

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Time Management is Not About Working Harder

May 20, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Effective time management is not about working harder. It’s not about adding more tasks to your to do list, staying up later at night to complete your lists, or constantly multi- tasking.

You can become a master of your time simply by working smarter. Once you know the secrets, you’ll actually work less, but get more done. You’ll also have all the time you need for the people you love and the things you want to do.

There was so much interest in this particular subject, that I took the ‘time’ to write a brand new book called, ’501 Tips and Ideas for Finding More Time for the Things You Love.’

This book is designed to help you save countless hours in your day AND help you build the time you need to do whatever it is you desire.  Stop By Get Organized Now – and browse through all of the resources. 

Super Foods for Kids

May 18, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Healthy Living No Comments →

When you hear the words “super foods,” many people assume that kids won’t like whatever the super food is.   There are many super foods for kids that they will love.  We tend to think of super foods as unpleasant tasting, or the sort of thing you have to eat to be healthy. But really, almost any healthy food can be a super food, and they can be made appealing to children. However, there are some super foods that may really help children’s health.

Here are some of these super foods for kids with a tip on how to serve them:

1. Berries

With their high antioxidant and vitamin content, berries are considered super foods. Blueberries in particular are touted as healthy for kids – they’re said to improve immunity and brain function, and to promote eye health. If your kids are not fond of blueberries out of hand, try freezing them. Here are some other ideas:

* Blend blueberries with a little water or natural apple juice and freeze them into popsicles or in ice cube trays. You can use the cubes in smoothies.

* Blend them with yogurt.

* Make a mixed-berry smoothie that includes blueberries. Frozen berries do well in smoothies. Add yogurt, milk, or whatever else you’d like to the smoothie (you can freeze smoothies into popsicles, too).

2. Turkey

Turkey is another Super food for kids. With its lean protein, B vitamins, zinc, and potassium, turkey is considered a healthy food for kids. Whole, cooked turkey is best; turkey that’s been processed into lunchmeat or other items contains a lot of things besides turkey – and some of them may not be so healthy. Serve turkey to kids:

* As meatloaf or meatballs (ground turkey is available in grocery stores)
* In a turkey salad
* Sliced as a sandwich
* Rolled in breadcrumbs and baked into turkey nuggets

3. Leafy Greens

Broccoli, spinach, kale, and so forth are not foods associated with children! If your kids turn up their noses at these vegetables cooked, try broccoli raw with dip. For spinach, kale, and other greens, here are some things to try.

* Mince greens and use as a pizza topping, or add them to meatloaf or meatballs.

* Make a green smoothie with leafy greens, chunked apple, and natural apple juice. You can make green popsicles with this mixture too.

* Use a blender to puree raw greens into spaghetti, pasta, or pizza sauces.

4. Chia

Chia seeds are not only nutritious, but are reputed to help stabilize blood sugar, which can be very helpful for growing little ones. Chia seeds are a a great super food for kids and they have almost no taste and are very tiny and tender, so they can be sneaked into lots of foods. Here are some ideas.

* Stir chia seeds into applesauce.
* Add a tablespoon of chia seeds to a smoothie before blending.
* Add chia to pancake mixes or bread dough.

5. Cocoa

This is one super food for kids that they may easily get on board with eating.  When cocoa is not mixed with lots of fat and sugar, cocoa is considered a healthy food known for its antioxidant properties. To get it into your kids’ diets without a lot of “bad stuff,” try some of these ideas.

* Make a cocoa smoothie by adding a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder to a smoothie made from sweet fruits, such as bananas and/or strawberries.

* Mix cocoa into chili or Mexican sauces.

* Stir a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder into a bowl of oatmeal and top with raw honey and milk.

As you can see by the list above, there are many super foods for kids that are both delicious and good for you.  Try serving up some of these super foods today.

Easy and Fast Dinner Ideas

May 16, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Organization No Comments →

With many experts telling us that family dinners are more important than ever, what’s a busy family to do? One thing that may help is having an arsenal of easy and fast dinner ideas at your disposal. There are other things you can do, too – here are some ideas.

1. Double it

When you make dinner, double the portion. It doesn’t take any more time to boil three cups of pasta as it does six, for example. This allows you to freeze the extra and have a healthy dinner available for busy nights.

2. Slow cookers and pressure cookers

Many people over look using the Crock Pot when they want easy and fast dinner ideas.  These special pieces of kitchen equipment can be invaluable for the hurried cook. Ironically, the slow cooker can help those who need dinner to be ready quickly. You throw the ingredients in, and the food cooks itself during the day or overnight.

Pressure cookers can also be a life-saver. If you get held up and can’t get home in time to start a roast or assemble a soup or stew, a pressure cooker can cook even frozen foods in less than half the time of conventional cooking. Even beef or chicken stock can be made in less than 45 minutes. Pressure cookers are also helpful for those who want to incorporate whole grains and beans into their diets. These foods take a long time on the stovetop, but are ready quickly in a pressure cooker.

3. Plan ahead

Take some time each week to plan your meals. Check your grocery store’s flyer for specials or look online, and make up a shopping list and meal plan for the week. This can help prevent you getting caught off guard.

4. Frozen meats
 
Keeping a bag of fish fillets in the freezer can be a life-saver on busy nights. Fish dishes are easy and fast dinner ideas because fish cooks quickly whether it’s been thawed or not, and it’s a versatile food that goes well with many flavors. Frozen chicken tenders are helpful, too – they cook up a lot faster than full chicken breasts.

5. Eat raw and cold foods

One way to cut down on cooking time is not to cook! Break out the dips (which you can keep on hand) like hummus, salsa, or even just ranch dressing, and put out a plate of raw vegetables, cheeses, pita wedges, corn tortillas, and fruits. Roll up deli meats with cheese and apples, or make hors d’oeuvres with crackers, cream cheese, and sliced veggies. 

By using many of the easy and fast dinner ideas above you will be sure to get a healthy dinner on the table quickly.

Road Trip Preparation

May 13, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living, Organization No Comments →

Summer is here aand one of the great things about summer vacation is the trip in the family car. Are you ready for a road trip? Here are some tips to help you to organize your road trip preparation and make your you trip memorable.

Road trips can be fun for adults and kids. Most think about the drawbacks of being cooped up in the car for long periods of time. But, there is an upside to this scenario. The trip can be fun and hazard free.

With that said, here are some tips for good road trip preparation:

* Get the car serviced – No one wants to end up sweating in the heat in a car that has a flat tire or an engine that has run out of anti-freeze. Have your car checked out to be sure that all parts and pieces are working properly.

* Carry a car care kit – Just in case something untoward happens, be ready. Stock your trunk with jumper cables, a gallon of water, flags, flares, a jack and a flashlight. Don’t forget to renew your AAA membership to handle any roadside emergency.

* Keep the kids entertained – Many people forget about keeping the kids occupied when they start their road trip preparation.  For the road trip, try to think outside the box. If you bring the same toys and games that kids play in the house, they will get bored really quickly. Try something that will peak their interest and provide hours of fun.

Don’t forget the music CDs and DVDs that they haven’t watched before. Create a survival pack for smaller kids. Display it in a hanging pocket that can be suspended from the front seats so they can grab what they want without you having to constantly turn around.

* Bring supplies – When people eat in the car, it can get messy. Don’t forget plastic trash bags, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, tissues and toilet paper. You never know when you might need it. For drinks, have sippy cups for toddlers. Plastic cups and straws can get messy for someone learning to drink from a cup.

* Extra sleeping gear – Sleeping in a car can get uncomfortable.  Another great road trip preparation tips is to prepare to make the care more pleasant with travel pillows, neck pillows for kids in car seats, blankets and comfortable shoes when you want to take your hard shoes off.

* Odds and ends – Thee are the essentials that we often don’t think of until we need them. This includes cell phone and DVD chargers, video camera and extra batteries, navigation system, first aid kit, sunglasses, cooler with ice and snacks, bags for dirty clothing and window shades to keep out the sun.

By using many of the road trip preparation tips above, you will be prepared to have a joyful time in the car.

10 Tips To Get Organized

May 11, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Organization No Comments →

Do you wonder if it is ever possible to get organized and stay organized? Believe it or not, it is possible. It really is as simple as forming and keeping good habits. Once these simple habits are part of your daily routine, it will be much easier to get organized and stay organized. It only takes 21 days to form a new habit. Join along as we being forming habits that can make a big difference.

1. Get rid of the evidence. The easiest habit to form is one that will make a very big difference: getting rid of the evidence. For example, let’s say you’ve just made yourself a sandwich. Simply put everything away that you used to make your sandwich. Get the bread back to the breadbox, perishables back to the fridge, flatware to the dishwasher, and so on. When you have finished eating your sandwich, bring your plate to dishwasher and napkin to the trash (or washer if you use cloth). No evidence remains that you had a sandwich. This practice will help eliminate a lot of messes around the house!

2. Pick it up and put it away. Don’t sit something down to deal with later. Later usually doesn’t show up very soon. When you have something in your hands, go ahead and deal with it then and there. Put it where it belongs. In truth, it may be simpler at the moment to set something down and deal with it later. Get in the habit now of picking it up (whatever it may be) and putting it away the second you’re done with it.

3. Nightly pickup. Let’s face it. After working a full day, coming home and cleaning the whole house just isn’t the most attractive option we can come up with. However, we can do something that will make a big difference. Get in the habit of spending 15 minutes before bed each night picking up and straightening up. It will make a huge difference in your outlook in the morning when you don’t have a mess staring you in the face. If you do this every night, even your weekly cleaning activities will be less demanding, because you haven’t left a week’s worth of messes to deal with on the weekend.

4. Involve the family. The reality is that every member of the family plays an important role in maintaining an organized home. Hold a family meeting to decide as a family which chores will be done by each family member. If the members of your family have a say in chore division, they are much more likely to take ownership and do a good job, especially if they know going in that the division of chores can be re-negotiated at future family meetings. Make it a habit to hold a weekly family meeting. They’re a great habit to get into, ensure communication, and can make a big difference.

5. One In-One Out. Have you finally gotten to the point of being decluttered and having what you love and use organized? The easiest way to keep the level of stuff you have to maintain minimal is to make sure that for every one thing you bring into your home, one thing goes out–either to donations, trash or recycle. By getting into this habit, and faithfully following through on it, you are much less likely to be overwhelmed by the level of stuff in the future.

6. Medications and supplement inventory: Keep a list of all medications and supplements that each member of your family is taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements. Keeping track of these in a spreadsheet on the computer is an easy way to keep it updated. Once you have this list compiled, make sure that your doctor and pharmacist each get a copy of the list. Keep it updated so that they always have the most current listing. This will help your doctor and your pharmacist be aware of any possible drug interactions, keeping you safer.

7. First aid kits. Do you have easily accessible first aid kits, or do you scramble to find even a simple band aid? First aid kits are inexpensive, well-stocked and available at drug stores, warehouse stores, and department stores. Buy one for your home, one for each of your vehicles and keep a purse-sized one in your purse or briefcase for easy access. You will be prepared for almost any emergency.

8. Accurate record keeping. We’ve all faced different times when we’ve scrambled to find all of the paperwork we might need for something, whether it’s disputing a refused claim with our health insurance, providing insurance copies, and even the dreaded tax audit. By keeping accurate and detailed records you will confidently be able to provide what is needed, no matter the situation. For your own peace of mind it pays to get into the habit of keeping accurate and detailed records.

9. Regular family fire drills. Does your family have an escape plan that everyone knows in case of an emergency? It could be the one thing that makes the biggest difference to your family’s safety. Make an escape plan that everyone in your family can understand–even the youngest member of your family who can understand pictures. But don’t stop with just having a plan. Hold regular fire drills to make certain that everyone knows exactly what to do in case of a real emergency.

10. Keep a tool box handy: Keep a toolbox in a place where everyone knows not only where to go to get a tool, but where to go to put it back when they are finished with it. By keeping a toolbox handy, you’ll have the correct tool for the job. After all, it’s much easier to pound a nail with a hammer than a shoe, or screw in a screw with a screwdriver rather than a butter knife. Just get into the habit of putting the tools back in the tool box as soon as you finish with them.

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Tips for Curbing Food Cravings

May 09, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living No Comments →

(ARA) – Everyone reaches for comfort foods and junk food when stressed out. You know you shouldn’t, but you probably feel you need something to help you during that intense period of time when stress is king.

“In moments of stress, people tend to reach for foods they know, sometimes even favorite foods from childhood. It is certainly not a time when we choose to experiment,” says Chef Odette Smith-Ransom, chef instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

If traveling, you may often search for a familiar restaurant or fast food place. It’s easier to reach for food that you know provides a level of comfort to balance out the uncomfortable moments of stress, Smith-Ransom says.

It all comes down to food choices where stress and food are concerned. When stressed, you are more likely to make a quick, bad choice. “The vicious cycle of guilt regarding our eating habits steps in and worsens the current stress situation,” Smith-Ransome says. “Add guilt to the situation, and the stress levels increase – compounding the problem.”

Chef Smith-Ransom warns that when stressed, one should stay away from caffeine and sugar. It’s easy to grab an energy drink or a candy bar because they’re accessible and in every convenience and drug store in America.

Once the rush is gone from sugary, caffeine-packed foods, you’re facing a crash unless you continue to eat and drink to keep your body in the high. Continuing to eat and drink these products will compound the situation even more because you then become sleep-deprived, which raises the levels of anxiety and slows you down.

The best way to attack bad eating choices during a moment of stress is to maintain your body and mind at equilibrium. Before an important interview, presentation or exam, try eating whole foods and complete meals, and forget about the bag of cookies. While these satiate the appetite at the moment, it certainly won’t keep your blood-sugar levels stable, making it difficult to cope with your initial problem: high stress.

“Eat dark, leafy greens, high fiber foods and lean cuts of protein as a complete meal,” says nutritionist and public health expert, Nicole Dowsett, a nutrition instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charlotte. She recommends staying away from heavily seasoned foods and eating four to six small meals a day. “Take time to eat and avoid grabbing something on the go to just stuff your face.”

It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to communicate with your mind that you are full. Making time to eat is very important. If you can, share meals with friends or loved ones, Dowsett says. Sharing meals helps you to take your time and deters you from making bad choices, or even worse yet, hiding your unhealthy food choices – which can lead to an eating disorder.

“High stress mixed with bad food choices can cause and increase behavioral issues, sleep deprivation, problems focusing, over-thinking tasks without developing a clear focus, inability to prioritize, reduced cognitive skills, heightened sensitivity and heightened emotions,” Dowsett says.

By making informed, careful food choices during times of stress, you can help ensure what you eat doesn’t add extra calories, fat and poor nutrition to your worries.

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