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It's not a question of if, but when!
As we continue the slow crawl to summer, the urge to fire up the grill only grows stronger. But this year instead of buying expensive steaks and unexciting chicken to christen your grill for the season, try learning how to grill pork chops. Though this cut sometimes has a reputation for being...
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Fresh Acqusitions LLC, the parent company of six restaurant chains with locations across 27 states, has just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While the filing will save two of its brands, most of them will likely close up shop for good.According to court documents reviewed by Restaurant Business, the company entered the pandemic with as many as 90 restaurants under the brands Ryan's, Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, and Furr's, all of which are buffet chains, and Tahoe Joe's, a steakhouse chain in California. All but six locations of Tahoe Joe's are currently operational.RELATED: This Once Fast-Growing Burger Chain Is Close to DisappearingThrough the bankruptcy process, the company plans to preserve two of its brands—Tahoe Joe's and a newer, redesigned version of Furr's, which was unveiled last year. It also plans a sale of Furr's intellectual property."We are looking forward to emerging from bankruptcy as a stronger operator with a focus on the Tahoe Joe's and Furr's AYCE Marketplace banners," Jason Kemp, CEO of VitaNova, a restaurant operator which is providing financing to Fresh Acquisitions to get it through the process, said in a statement. "These great brands serving great food will create a platform for future growth."However, the future of its remaining four buffet-style chains is uncertain. One likely scenario is that they simply won't reopen any of the locations, and their fate further illustrates the pandemic struggles of buffet-type operators, in particular. Golden Corral's second-largest franchisee recently filed for bankruptcy, while the beloved healthy buffet Souplantation closed up shop only two months into the pandemic.For more, check out America's Largest Fast-Food Chain Is on a Downward Spiral, Reports Say. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get all of the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
Everyone experiences the occasional body aches or pain. However, new research from Boston Medical Center has found a link between women—but not men—with a specific type of pain and elevated mortality risk. According to the study, a systematic literature review published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine analyzing 11 studies with 81,337 middle-aged and older adults, women with severe back pain, the leading cause of disability worldwide, are at an elevated mortality risk compared to those without it. And, interestingly enough, the same relationship was not identified with men, leading researchers to believe that long-term consequences of back pain may differ by sex. The relationship between back pain and mortality was identified by researchers in a variety of ways including limitations in activities of daily living, and reduced physical activity that may lead to weight gain, the development or worsening of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, and leading to poor balance and falls, which can result in fragility fractures that in turn, can be associated with increased mortality. The researchers found that age did not appear to have an effect on the association between back pain and mortality, "an unexpected result considering past research showing the impact of back pain on disability increases with age," they explained in a press release accompanying the study. "The highest risk of mortality associated with back pain was observed in studies that only included women, and those that identified adults with more severe back pain." "I hope this study will lead to a better understanding of the long-term impacts of activity-limiting back pain on overall health and research to improve back pain treatment over the course of patients' lives," Eric Roseen, DC, MSc, director of the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center and an assistant professor of family medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, explained in an email statement. "Proper management of back pain is important, especially as the opioid epidemic has been exacerbated and the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people seeking medical care, stress-levels and the environments in which many Americans are working right now."The researchers note that future studies should focus on "the complex relationship between back pain, back pain treatment, mental health, disability, and mortality." Contact your doctor if you have back pain, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.
Melissa Doyle on ageing: ‘We spend so much time worrying about wrinkles when that’s only 0.05% of it’After 25 years in front of the camera at Seven, the TV presenter has spent the last year out of view working on a ‘very personal’ project Former Sunrise host Melissa Doyle, 51, has created a podcast titled Age Against the Machine, about cultural attitudes towards women and ageing. Photograph: Supplied
How do I tell my moody 19-year-old niece she has to help out around the house?. Your niece is probably counting down the seconds until she’s independent, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith. So try treating her like an adult
The easiest hack for losing weight and belly fat would be one that's so effortless and so enjoyable that you don't even have to think about doing it. But healthy living rarely accommodates such hedonistic fantasies. To lose requires loss, giving up or at least replacing that which causes gain, namely calorie-dense food and drink.But the best way to lose weight isn't to think about dieting in terms of replacement but rather addition. According to Andrea Ovard, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports dietetics for idealfit.com, the easiest hack for weight loss is to eat two servings of vegetables a day."Eat at least 2 cups of vegetables every day," Ovard says. Do it until it becomes a habit, like brushing your teeth.The number one reason why adding or making sure you eat two servings of vegetables a day is that these foods are typically low in calories and high in fiber—two characteristics that help you to feel fuller for longer and help you eat fewer calorie-dense foods."Vegetables are nutrient-dense but usually very low in calories, which means you can eat A LOT of veggies to help you feel full while consuming very few calories. They also contain a lot of fiber, which is important in helping keep you full longer."Related: The Best Low-Carb Vegetables for Weight LossWhen you fill up on fiber-rich vegetables first during a meal, you won't overeat the calorie-dense part of dinner, and you won't have room for a sugary and fatty dessert, she says. "That strategy aids in weight loss."It may not come as a surprise, but eating fewer calorie-dense foods is a key tenet of losing weight. Consider what Harvard School of Public Health researchers found in a study of more than 120,000 healthy men and women reported in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2011.The study analyzed changes in diet and lifestyle and weight gain every four years for 20 years. The average weight gain among participants was 3.35 pounds during each 4-year period, which amounts to a gain of 16.8-pounds over the course of the study. Researchers found that participants' weight gain was most strongly associated with calorie-dense foods that are higher in starches, refined grains, fats, and sugars.The number one food linked to weight gain was potato chips, followed by potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meats (both processed and unprocessed). The study also found that certain foods were associated with less weight gain when participants ate more of them. You can guess what they are. (Hint: many of them are the foods Ovard recommends you eat to lose weight). In order of least weight gain was vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt. So as you can see, vegetables were the food group that helped participants stave off the most weight over the course of two decades.The bottom line, the researchers suggested, is that focusing on high-quality foods and beverages and limiting poor quality (cheap, processed) foods is the most useful way to consume fewer calories and managing your weight.Easy hacks for getting your veggie quotaOK, so what's the easiest practical hack for eating more high-quality, lower-calorie foods so that they elbow the poor-quality stuff off your plate? Ovard has some tips:If you don't like the taste of some raw vegetables, try new ways of cooking them. "Try them roasted; it's a totally different experience as they're so good," says Ovard.Dip them in hummus. Dunking raw vegetables into dips isn't a bad thing. It can add extra flavor and you're still getting a lot of healthy nutrients and fiber from the produce. Choose healthier dips like hummus that are high in protein.Hide them. "Mix spinach and cauliflower into a smoothie, casseroles, and mac 'n' cheese; you won't even taste them," says Ovard. "Load up your fajitas, tacos, burgers and pizza with a ton of vegetables."Find the fiberOvard likes to focus on vegetables that provide the most fiber and nutrients, like carrots (3.6 grams of fiber per cup), spinach (4 grams per cup), broccoli (2.5 g) and artichokes (7 g).The benefits of these foods extend beyond their fiber counts. Carrots are high in vitamin A for good vision, spinach is a great source of magnesium, which is important for energy metabolism, and artichokes are rich in disease-fighting folate, vitamin C and vitamin K.Build a harvest bowlPlanning ahead can make it even easier to boost your vegetable eating. Ovard recommends trying her Harvest Bowl, which makes four servings so you can pack the extras for lunches or snacks. One serving of this delicious meal hits your two-cups-of-veggies quota.Ingredients (makes 4 servings)2 cups brown rice, uncooked2 large chicken breasts1 medium-large sweet potato1 tomato1.5 cups Brussels sprouts1 yellow bell pepper2 cups chickpeas1/4 red, onionCilantroRanch dressingOlive oilGarlic saltPepperDirectionsCook rice on the stove, until fully softened/cooked.Cook and shred chicken.Preheat oven to 400 F.Chop the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, and onion, and spread on a baking sheet, along with the chickpeas.Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil, garlic salt and pepper and bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until starting to crisp and brown.Serve by placing a serving of rice in a bowl, topping it with chicken and the roasted veggies. Finally, top with some cilantro and ranch dressing.While you're filling up on sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, stay clear of these 20 Foods Ruining Your Weight Loss Goals.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
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It has been over a year since life as we know it was dramatically altered due to the COVID-19 virus. Now that millions of Americans are getting vaccinated daily, many people are anxious to return their pre-pandemic lives. On Wednesday, during an interview with Now This, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed when we can go back to doing all of our favorite activities. Read on to find out when you can travel, attend entertainment events, and start shaking hands again—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated. 1 When Can You Travel Again? Dr. Fauci has stated on multiple occasions that he still isn't traveling, but he hopes he will be able to soon. He mentioned the CDC's guidelines "about what vaccinated people can do" and "the more and more people get vaccinated, the more and more you're going to see an opening up of the flexibility of travel, both domestic and international," he pointed out. "Right now, the CDC has said if you're vaccinated, the risk of getting infected from traveling is very, very low. In fact, traveling on airplanes, particularly with the filtering they have, even without vaccination, it's low. But you want to get vaccinated so you could make it very low and you can get back to traveling either for business or for pleasure, which I believe is going to be one of the positive consequences of more and more people getting vaccinated." 2 When Can You Go to the Movies and Sports Events? When asked when we can attend "baseball games, concerts, theater, entertainment that often involves mass gatherings," he revealed that "there are a lot of conflating factors that going to modify the timeline." However, "if all goes well and people seriously take into consideration the importance of public health measures and just don't throw them to the wind as it were and more and more people get vaccinated" he believes that "by the time we get into the late spring, early summer and through the summer, you're going to start seeing a lot more people at ballgames. You're going to see people in movie theaters. You're going to see people in entertainment forums. I will almost be certain of that." 3 When Can You Shake Someone's Hand? Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci isn't confident that hand shaking will be a common practice in the future. "I think handshaking is gonna have a new connotation in place in society and future years," he said. "I know I'm not going to be that excited about shaking people's hands, unless I was able to wash my hands every time I did it." Instead, he believes a "elbow bump, fist bump, or just say 'hello, nice to see you'" is a "better" option. RELATED: Most COVID Patients Did This Before Getting Sick 4 Keep Doing Your Part to End the Pandemic So keep following Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Despite increased vaccination efforts, the country is currently in the midst of yet another COVID surge. During an interview with Now This, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, issued a warning to Americans. Read on for 7 key takeaways from Dr. Fauci—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated. 1 "If Left to Its Own Devices" the Virus "Will Continue to Spread," Warns Fauci Dr. Fauci revealed that "one of the real frustrations" is that the virus is continuing to surge despite vaccination efforts. "It really is a race between getting as many people vaccinated as we possibly can," he revealed. "And the virus, which if left to its own devices will continue to spread if you give it the opportunity to spread." 2 The Country Is Reopening Too Soon, Warns Fauci While Fauci understands why people have "COVID-19 fatigue" he is worried that premature reopening is making the pandemic worse than it has to be. "You see certain states and cities pulling back on the guidelines and the mandates saying, 'let's open the bars, open the restaurants, let's walk around without masks,' now is not the time to prematurely declare victory," he stated. 3 "Hang On Just a Little Bit Longer," Fauci Says Dr. Fauci points out that we are close to the finish line—if everyone does their part. "Everybody wants to get back to normal. Everybody wants to get back to the normal life. But if we can hang on just a bit longer, until we get more and more people vaccinated—we're averaging between three and 4 million people who have vaccinated every day. So every single day, we get three to 4 million people closer to getting the majority of the population vaccinated. When we do, you're going to start to see that level of infection go down." He added that "it's kind of like a tension between people wanting to get out there and be normal and not wait for the vaccine to be the ally of keeping things under control. It's an understandable urge, but it is ill-advised to just lay caution to the wind right now, we need to hang in there a bit longer." 4 Michigan Needs to Shut Down "A Bit More" When asked about the situation in Michigan—cases are rising bigtime—and whether he agreed with Dr. Rochelle Walensky's suggestion that the state should think about pulling back on reopening, Dr. Fauci maintained that he agrees to an extent. "I think that Michigan is doing it as best as they possibly can. It should be a combination of shutting down a bit more at the same time, as you make sure that the vaccines that you have are expeditiously administered to people and you don't have vaccines that are hanging around," he said. "In other words, if there are vaccines there that are not going into people's arms, get them into people's arms as quickly as you possibly can at the same time." 5 "Shut Down" Doesn't Mean What It Did in 2020 Dr. Fauci also emphasized that "shut down" isn't as drastic as it was last year and is much more temporary. "When people hear the word shut down, what they think about is the year long or deal that we've had, where the economy has gotten into a lot of trouble where people have not been allowed to do the things they want to do," he said. "We're not talking about that now because we have something now that we didn't have last spring and last summer. We have a highly effective vaccine that every single day that goes by, we get more and more people protected. That's a big difference between now and last spring." RELATED: Most COVID Patients Did This Before Getting Sick 6 Another Virus is Inevitable, Says Fauci According to Dr. Fauci, "we've gotta be prepared for the next pandemic outbreak." He explains that while he can't predict when it will happen, "I will guarantee you that we will have another emergence of a brand new infectious disease, very likely jumping species from an animal reservoir to a human. It's happened multiple times, usually of no great consequence. But people ask me all the time, 'Prior to COVID-19, what is your worst nightmare, Dr. Fauci?'" He revealed that COVID-19 is basically it, a virus that "is highly adaptable and transmissible from human to human," and "has the capability of a high degree of morbidity and mortality." 7 Keep Doing Your Part to End the Pandemic So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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