Summer is fast approaching, and that means fun in the sun. Protect your family from pool hazards, grill your favorite foods safely, get your best bikini body and more!
Safe Grilling Tips
Do you love backyard BBQs? Learn essential tips for safe grilling.
1. Don't Char Meats
Grilling meats at a high heat can cause carcinogenic chemicals known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) to develop. Studies have shown that people who eat well-done or charred beef are three-times more likely to develop cancer than those who eat it rare or medium-rare. But, OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson warns that pregnant women should never eat meats that are rare or medium rare, and they must make sure the meat they eat is cooked all the way through.
Dr. Travis adds that studies show that marinating meats before grilling them can reduce toxic compounds by 90 percent.
Guide to Cooking Meat
• Cook beef steaks, fish and lamb at 145 degrees Fahrenheit
• Cook pork and ground meat at 160 degrees Fahrenheit
• Cook chicken breast at 170 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Don't Cross-Contaminate Your Tools
To avoid transferring bacteria from raw to cooked foods, use one set of utensils and plates for uncooked meats and another set for vegetables and cooked foods.
3. Use Chemicals Sparingly
To avoid contaminating your food with harmful chemicals, don't use lighter fluid, or only use a small amount. If your grill uses briquettes, look for all-natural versions, because many contain additives.
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Summer Slim-Down Tips
Follow these simple tips to slim down and look your best in a bathing suit!
• Minimize alcohol consumption
• Maximize water intake
• Avoid sodium, which can cause bloating
• Increase fiber intake
• Cut down on starches such as rice, potatoes and pasta
• Eat fruits, vegetables and proteins such as egg whites, skinless poultry and fish
• Eat four to six smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three large ones
• For the ladies, try out Spanx Slimming Swimsuits!
• Trying to get in shape for summer? Join the 17 Day Diet Challenge!
Traveling with Kids
Are you going on a family vacation this summer? Flying with fussy young children can be a frustrating and embarrassing experience.
"People on a plane, if there's a child who's unruly, I think they at least want to see the parent making some effort," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Dr. Jim recommends setting expectations and outlining rules for children 3 years of age and older. "[Say to them], 'You're going to keep to your own space. Your not going to kick the guy in front of you, because he'll get really mad,'" he says.
For long flights, Dr. Jim also suggests bringing a few small, new toys that have been wrapped as presents, and every hour or so, give one to your child to open. "Just unwrapping it is a prize in itself," he says. "Then they get to play with that toy, and once they get unruly an hour later, a new present comes out."