Health Highlight

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Comedic Moment of the Week

In honor of Mother's Day on Sunday and the many breakfasts in bed you served your mother, a note on bacon.
Jim Gaffigan - Bacon - KING BABY

Fitness Focus

Dietary fiber - found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes - helps maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Unlike other food components like fats, proteins or carbohydrates which your body breaks down and absorbs, fiber isn't digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your system.

Benefits of fiber:

  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Helps control blood sugar levels
  • Aids in achieving healthy weight
  • Helps normalize bowel movements

Best Sources of Fiber:

  • whole-grain products
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • beans, peas and other legumes
  • nuts and seeds

Refined or processed foods are very low in fiber, as the grain refining process removes the bran from the grain lowering the fiber content. You should consume 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories per day. Also, drink plenty of water as fiber works best when it absorbs water. If eating this much fiber doesn't help, talk to your doctor about taking a fiber supplement made from psyllium husks or seeds.

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Money Matters

Probably because I spent many summers working at the Jittery Joe's Roaster without air conditioning, summertime meant drinking a good cup of coffee and reading on the front porch desperately hoping for a breeze to pass by. As the weather gets warm to unbearably hot, I still feel the pull to sit down with a good book but I don't want to feel the pull on my wallet. Solution? Free and inexpensive books!

Paper Back Swap has over 4 million paperback copies of books to lend and Athens, being the great town it is, has its own book swap! And Nook offers free books as-well-as Kindle, which offers many free classic reads. BookBub is a free subscriber service that alerts you to limited-time free & discounted ebooks matching your interests. Additionally, for inexpensive books you could use or for your more obscure picks you could try Abe Books.

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DIY Spotlight

Love plants but have difficulty keeping them alive? Try indoor hydroponics. Hydroponics is growing plants in water instead of soil. It requires less water and is easier to control its nutrients. Because they are grown indoors, there is no need for pesticides, the plant produces much higher yields per square foot and it grows without attracting insects.
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On behalf of Mother's Day, here's one for the Moms!
An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President
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