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6 Steps to Reset Your Diet After Thanksgiving

6 Steps to Reset Your Diet After Thanksgiving

Health
If, despite every intention of balance and moderation you completely overindulged on Thanksgiving, don't panic. While a gluttonous yesterday may leave you feeling sluggish and heavy today, the truth is that a handful of simple strategies can help you undo the damage and get back on track fast. Here are six tried and true steps to help you lighten up, and get those uncomfortably tight jeans feeling loose again.RELATED: Best and Worst Foods for Bloating Step 1: Get back to your normal eating schedule I know you may be tempted to just not eat, but skipping meals only forces your body to shift into conservation mode and burn fewer calories. Skipping can also make you more likel...
Hand-washing is like hitting a reset button in the brain

Hand-washing is like hitting a reset button in the brain

Science
June 12 (UPI) -- Hand-washing has surprising effects on the human brain. According to a series of experiments conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, the act of hand-washing leads to more flexible thinking.Researchers found the intellectual priorities of study participants who had disinfected their hands with cleansing wipes were more malleable. In other words, a person's goals were more easily reoriented after hand-washing.To begin the experiment, researchers at Toronto's Rotman School of Management primed participants for a specific goal or behavioral outcome using word games or surveys. Participants were then asked to either evaluate a cleansing hand wipe or use one.Participants who used a hand wipe proved to be less influenced by their priming. They were less likely to a...