Lifestyle

New Study Finds That Teenage Girls Are The Unhappier Sex

For those of you who have pondered the question of happiness, let us fill you in on a little secret: boys are happier than girls. According to the latest WHO report titled, “Growing Up Unequal”, it seems that teenage boys are the happier sex. The study on gender differences was conducted via survey on 200,000 pre-teens and teens. The ages of the boys and girls included in the survey were 11, 13, 15, and included 44 different countries through Europe and North America. The survey was conducted between September 2013 and ended around June 2014. The findings from the survey were not positive for many girls in the puberty bound age group.

It seems that girls reported lower well-being in comparison to boys in the same age groups. The countries with girls recording lower health and well-being levels happened to be Britain, France, and Poland. It seems that these countries harbor girls with poor health and a highly dissatisfactory idea of their bodies. The study also discovered that being a female was a better predictor at a poor body image when compared to people with a higher BMI and family weight issues – not a positive prospect for our females. The authors of the study concluded that the poor body image found among females was a result of the weight gained during puberty. While many boys are becoming more muscular and taller, females are gaining the necessary weight for their bodies to hit and go through puberty.

It seems that we as a society need to do more to help the self-esteem of our females in the world.

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Lifestyle

Researchers Have Found Fault With The American Diet Once Again

It seems as though the American diet has once again fallen short under the scrutiny of researchers. A recent study conducted by Tufts University and the University of São Paulo has released important information concerning the American diet. It seems that the average American is getting 58% of their energy from “ultra processed” foods. If you’re not familiar with what constitutes an “ultra processed” food, the study goes on to explain that these are “substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular, flavours, colours, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and other additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations or to disguise undesirable qualities of the final product.”

Some of the biggest culprits are sodas, flavored milk drinks, breakfast cereals, and many of our favorite snack options. In order to gather their information, researchers kept tabs on over 9,000 people who were chosen to represent the average American’s diet. The researchers asked for each person to recall and record their diets over the last day or so. With the information given from the sample, researchers were able to pinpoint where most of the sugar in everyone’s diet was coming from. The end results seemed to find that more than half of Americans are getting most of their calories outside of the recommended 10% sugar intake.

“The high consumption of added sugars in the U.S.A. is most likely contributing to excess obesity, Type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and coronary heart disease,” the study read.

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Stress Management

NYC Public High Schools Are Making A Great Change For Females

It seems that women have a great reason to be cheerful this March. According to recent developments, the state of New York has decided to finally end its tax on tampons. While this news is great on its own, it happens to be made even better when coupled with the recent decision to provide 25 public schools with free tampons as well. According to the New York Daily News, the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx will be the first to engage in the new program.

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland is to thank for the recent change after she had a tampon and pad dispenser installed at the High School for Arts and Business in Queens. The councilwoman only heard positive news after the installment and realized that a change had to be made throughout schools in all of the boroughs. The schools chosen to engage in the program first were determined by a needs basis, as the councilwoman stated, “Girls in these districts face the greatest financial hardships.”

Ferreras-Copeland has stated that many of the girls have felt less self-conscious about having their periods during school time and also miss class less often due to the convenience.

One high schooler spoke out to the Daily News about the dispensers, claiming that, “you feel more confident and don’t feel as nervous.”

If the program happens to be successful, talk of an expansion throughout more schools in NYC is a real possibility. We could all be moving to a female friendlier world in the upcoming months!

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Lifestyle

Are Emojis Sexist Toward Females?

A recent video has been circulating the Internet, causing big waves for women everywhere. With the obviously phone obsessed generation being practically glued to their devices, it would begin to peak our interests a bit as to what exactly goes on in this new era of communicating. One of the biggest communication apps available to just about everybody is emojis, cute little character stickers that most teenagers use more than words. However, a recent video dubbed ‘Always #LikeAGirl – Girl Emojis’, many females are growing annoyed at the lack of diversity amongst female emojis.

“There’s no girls in the professions emojis,” says one teenager says in the video, created by Always. “Unless you count being a bride a profession.”

The male emojis all range from cops, firemen, skiers, EMTS, and pretty much every career available. While, on the other hand, the female emojis all range from bride, pink bloused female who gets her hair cut and does a few hand gestures, and also a princess and dancer. It may seem silly to focus on a recreational apps lack of diversity for women, however, many young girls are using this app on a daily basis. Little girls growing up shouldn’t have to see a lack of options available to choose from.

“Girls love emojis, but there’s not enough emojis to say what girls do,” says one girl. “That’s just how things are.”

The emoji app has around 45 million users, so maybe including more diversity amongst the female characters is more necessary than not.

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Stress Management

The Truth Behind Your Morning Hangover Revealed

How many of us have gone through great lengths to avoid getting a hangover after a fun night out of drinking? It may be safe to assume that nearly all of us have tried various techniques, only to wake up the next day with a grueling headache. So what exactly is up with hangovers and is there any real way to avoid them? Well, a new video from Brit Lab cuts has gone through the effort of dropping bountiful knowledge on all of us about what causes hangovers and what prevents them.

If you’ve ever abided by the old saying, “beer before liquor never been sicker, liquor before beer you’re in the clear” trope, then you’ll be unhappy to know that it doesn’t make a difference. In fact, the video stresses that it’s not about what order you ingest your drinks, but how many you actually end up having. So what exactly is a hangover then? Well, according to researchers, even though 77% of people get hangovers they’re still no clear indication of what causes them. The consensus is currently left at the way our bodies absorb and process alcohol.

However, the video does give us some small hints here and there about how we might avoid a hangover. It seems that darker colored alcoholic drinks contain higher levels of chemicals that can irritate the blood vessels in our brain. Bubbly drinks are also to be avoided if you want to escape a morning hangover.

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Exercise

Tone That Tummy With This Plank To Pushup Variation

Attention ladies and gents, summer will be approaching sooner than we’ve expected, is your body beach ready yet? If the answer is no, don’t worry, because we’ve got an amazing workout that can help you get started. If you’re into fitness at all, then you’ve probably heard of planking. Planking is such a great move that not only engages your abs, but also helps to workout your entire body. While planks may be a pain to perform, the benefits are too good to resist. In order to help you guys out, we’ve decide to show you guys an awesome new variation on the plank.

The movement is a simple plank to pushup variation and we can bet that after this move you’ll start to feel those muscles forming. To start, place yourself in a pushup position, but bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms. Your body should be creating a straight line from your shoulders all the way down to your ankles. Contract your abs in order to keep your core engaged. Bring your body up into a pushup position by going up one arm at a time. Pause for a second and then return yourself back to the starting position on your elbows. That entire movement counts as one rep.

In order to really get the results you’d want, be sure to repeat the move for at least ten to fifteen reps of two to three sets. Hello summer body!

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Food

A Quick 10-Minute Tuna Stuffed Avocado Recipe For The Busy Chef

Feeding yourself and your family can be a huge daily task, especially if you’ve got your own career. Finding the time to come up with different and original meals that are also healthy can drain just about the last bits of energy out of you. Since we know how difficult it can be managing lunchtime or dinnertime, we’ve decided to include a delicious recipe that takes only 10 minutes to make. That’s right, this healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado recipe will blow your mind by its sheer simplicity to prepare while being filled with flavor. You and your family will absolutely fall in love with this flavorful dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados, halved and pitted
  • 3 (4.5 oz) cans tuna, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Scoop out some of the avocado from the pitted area to widen the “bowl” area. Take the scooped out pieces and place them into a medium-size mixing bowl. Mash the scooped up avocado pieces with a fork.
  2. Add the tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro to the mixing bowl. Pour lime juice over everything in the mixing bowl. Stir everything together in order to mix up all the ingredients.
  3. Scoop the tuna mixture into the avocado bowls. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe courtesy of: thestayathomechef.com

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Prepare For Blueberry Obsession With This Delicious Snack Recipe

Have you been on the lookout for a deliciously sweet and healthy snack that you could munch on anytime throughout the day? If you’ve been trying your best to stick to healthier choices, then you’ll absolutely adore this Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars recipe. The recipe is incredibly easy to follow and the bars are outstandingly delicious, perfect for when you’ve got the ultimate sweet tooth nagging at you. Whether you munch of these babies as a midday snack, a morning bite, or a dessert after dinner, you’ll be glad you discovered this amazing snack.

Ingredients For Crust and Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste

Ingredients For Blueberry Layer:

  • 12 ounces (2 cups) blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power. Add the flour, oats, sugars, optional salt, and stir to combine. Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
  3. Place the remaining mixture into the prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust, then set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl (same one used for crust and crumble is okay), add all ingredients and toss to combine. Evenly distribute blueberry mixture over the crust. Finish off by evenly sprinkling the reserved heaping 1-cup crumble topping mixture.
  5. Bake for about 55 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set.

recipe courtesy of: averiecooks.com

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Achieve A Perfectly Sculpted Abdominal Section With This Engaging Workout

Toning and sculpting our bodies can be real tough, especially if our end goal is to walk away with perfectly sculpted abdominals. Abs are one of the hardest areas to workout, since so much our midsection is affected by not only exercise, but diet as well. If you haven’t been seeing the results that you know you deserve, then it may be time to start up a new workout routine. Here are some fabulous ab workouts that will really work your body into gear.

The first move is called the matrix. For this move, you’re going to need a five- to ten-pound medicine ball. Place yourself on the floor in a kneeling position, holding the ball up at your abs. Slowly begin to lean back with your body as far as you can while keeping your knees locked in place. Hold the position for about 3 seconds and then lift yourself back up to start. Repeat the move for 15 reps.

The next move is called the nose-to-knee crunch. For this move you’re going to need to use a Swiss ball to balance yourself against. Place yourself into a plank position, hands shoulder-width apart on the Swiss ball. Bring your right knee up toward your chest. Hold the position for one second, then lower you right knee back to start. Repeat the movement on your left leg. Perform the movement for 10 reps on each leg to see phenomenal results.

So don’t be afraid to don that teeny tiny bikini this summer after using these workout moves as inspiration!

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Spice Up Dinnertime With This Flavorful Vegetarian Dish

Have you been growing bored of all of your recent vegetarian dinner options? After eating the same dinner night after night, your taste buds can begin to start crying out for something new. Lucky for all of us, we recently discovered a delicious recipe that is perfect for dinnertime. This Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe is not only loaded with flavor but is also beautifully constructed, making it a great dinner recipe for when company comes over. The recipe is super easy to follow and the results will leave you daydreaming nonstop about this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 bell peppers, tops cut, stemmed and seeded

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Grab a large bowl and place the quinoa, green chiles, corn, beans, tomatoes, cheeses, cilantro, cumin, garlic, onion and chili powder, salt and pepper, to taste all together. Combine all of the ingredients together.
  4. Taking the empty bell peppers, spoon in the combined ingredients. Place each bell pepper onto the parchment paper with the filling side up.
  5. Bake for around 25-30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of: damndelicious.net

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