10 Calorie-Cutting Shortcuts

Dieting and counting calories for weight loss doesn’t have to feel like an exercise in advanced physics. Instead, take the approach of making smart food substitutions that could help you shave up to 100 calories, and in some cases much more, from the meals and snacks you already eat. No starvation, no calculations – just simple and satisfying food!

By Kate Geagan, MS, RD

(Trail) Mix It Up!


Instead of calorie- and sugar-packed energy bars which could have up to 300 calories, make your own energy trail mix. Combine 1/3 cup nuts with a few pieces of dried fruit and dark chocolate chips for about 200 calories.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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