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Four worst foods

Knowing which foods to cut out can be a challenge. These are the ones to avoid to keep your body and your brain healthy:

1 Ultra-processed. Made with a long list of additives, highly processed foods increase the risk of salt, sugar, bad carbs and more.

2 Sugar. A culprit that’s linked to heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and depression

3 Poor quality carbohydrates. Carbs with high glycemic index (those that raise blood sugar the most) can increase risk of heart attack or stroke by up to 50 percent.

4 Salt. Too much can increase blood pressure and lead to heart disease and stroke.


Rent a friend

When in Tokyo, act like a local and rent a friend for small, unremarkable acts of ordinary friendship: Shooting the breeze over dinner. Listening on a long walk. Speaking simple kindnesses on a lonely drive to the client’s parents’ house. “Friends” will even pose as a pretend girlfriend/boyfriend to reassure worried parents. There are but two rules: no romance and no lending money. Clients vary from widowers who need someone to watch TV with, to shy guys who could use a dating coach or gals longing for a shopping companion. For others, it’s time to talk about feelings without caring what their real friends think.


Carbon impact

Just one hour of Zoom or streaming emits as much as 1,000 grams of carbon dioxide and requires up to 12 litres of water, (a gallon of gas emits about 8,887 grams). But leaving your camera off during a web call can reduce your footprint by up to 96 percent. Streaming in standard, rather than high definition, with apps like Netflix could also significantly lessen your eco-impact.

Source: Purdue University

Drinking too much?

Aiming to make tracking and goal setting around alcohol as common as counting calories or steps, Nick Allen, Co-Founder and CEO of Cutback Coach

has launched what’s called a proactive alcohol health program. After a six-month beta test, in which thousands signed up for a four-week trial, Allen saw a 29 percent reduction in weekly alcohol consumption on average. Using behavioural psychology and mindfulness strategies to support users to achieve overall health benefits, the program is delivered entirely via daily two-way text messaging and can lead to better sleep, weight loss, increased productivity and more energy.


How to fight Coronasomnia

  • The pandemic has given us plenty of reasons to feel stressed and lose precious sleep. Here are some tips to give you a better rest:
  • Keep a normal daytime and a going-to-bed routine.
  • Avoid screens before lights out and cut back on nasty news and social feeds.
  • Don’t use your bedroom, or your bed, as your office.
  • Try not to nap and try for an early dinner.

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