Go ahead. Fire up the grill and feast to your heart’s content on your favorite barbecue fare. Just use these prep-and-cook methods to healthy up things first.
Rethink your marinade: Rather than drown meats in spices and high-fat oils, make fruit juice, vinegar, or wine the focus of your marinades. Going light on the oil but heavy on the spices and acids will add plenty of moist flavor to your grilled meats without all the extra calories. Plus, marinated meats produce far fewer carcinogenic by-products during high-heat cooking. (Related: Try this EatingWell recipe for tangy Lemon-Pepper Marinade.)
Make over your burgers: Might sound strange, but tart cherries make for juicier, tastier, more healthful burgers. Just mix one-third cup of chopped tart cherries into a pound of ground turkey or beef before forming your patties for the grill. Your burgers will not only have less fat but also produce 90 percent fewer heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs) – carcinogenic by-products that form during high-heat cooking. (Related: Here’s a spice that cuts back on those same by-products too.)
Turn down the grill: Here’s a more direct method for cutting down on those unhealthy grilling by-products: Turn down the heat. And cook the low-and-slow way. This helps curb the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), troublesome little compounds that can age you faster and shorten your lifespan. Use a thermometer to make sure you’ve cooked your meat to a safe internal temperature. (Related: Try these 10 tips for fighting aging.)
Ready to fire up the grill? Check out EatingWell‘s collection of healthy barbecue sauce, marinade, and spice rub recipes.
Let’s face it, unexpected serious illness is the greatest risk to your family, your business and your legacy. Most family members and business owners understand the importance of critical illness and key man insurance. When the CEO of a business, or a member of his or her family is suffering from a serious illness or health problem, it affects everyone in the company and the family, and the negative effect is multiplied many times over.
While critical illness and key man insurance provide a substantial payout in the event of serious illness, they don’t provide what you need to get back on your feet again, nor do they do anything to prevent the illness and loss from happening in the first place.
A health security strategy—one that includes building relationships with trusted health advisors and assuring access to the preventative health care, testing and specialists you, your family, or the key leader of your business require—should be an important part of your risk management strategy.
Doing the toss-and-turn samba in bed lately? Nix these 7 sleep-stealing habits to help you snooze peacefully instead.
- Avoid caffeine after lunch. Caffeine lingers in your system for up to 12 hours, so that after-lunch coffee can leave you wide-eyed at bedtime. Switch to decaf after midmorning, and try chamomile tea or warm milk in the evening. Both will help you get your ZZZs.
- Downsize those big dinners. Large dinners take hours to digest, making it hard to fall asleep. Make lunch your main meal of the day, and limit dinner to fewer than 500 calories. While you’re at it, skip spicy foods and MSG for less heartburn, indigestion, and too-vivid dreams. Try these 6 smart snacks to help you sleep better.
- Work out early. Regular workouts can help you sleep better, but exercising within 3 to 4 hours of bedtime can actually mess with sleep. Shoot for morning, afternoon, or early evening workouts.Walk during the day, sleep better at night. Read more
Takeovers, mergers and layoffs have become a way of life, and many of us will experience an unexpected job loss at least once in our careers. Loss of employment can be a traumatic experience and is often accompanied by concerns for the future. Here are some tips to help you get through this difficult period:
1. Don’t panic
Focus on your next position rather than the reasons for losing the last one. Don’t burn your bridges. Stay polite and focus on making sure your employer meets their obligations. Make the most of your contacts. The more people in your professional life that you tell about your separation, the wider your network, and the sooner you’ll be re-employed. Above all, remember to stay positive.
2. Know your rights
If you’re dismissed without cause, you are entitled to notice or compensation. The amount of reasonable notice (or payment) depends on age, length of service, degree of responsibility, position and ease of finding similar employment.