Eating the right foods and eating a balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight or help you lose a few pounds, but eating the right amount of those foods is just as important. According to a recent study conducted by the Baylor College of Medicine, excess calorie intake or consuming a high-fat diet can cause the body to stop responding to leptin signals, which is a hormone responsible for letting us when we are full and when to stop eating. Researchers found that eating a balanced diet not excessive in calories could help keep leptin under control. Here are five tips to help you with portion control, according to bodyandsoul.com:

- Aim for 1/3 less: Portion aside 1/3 of your meal or snack into another container. After eating, wait at least 20 minutes and then ask yourself if you are hungry. Only eat the extra third if you are truly hungry instead of eating because of boredom or stress.

- Balance: In general your plates should consist of 1/2 plate of a low starch vegetable, 1/4 plate of lean protein, 1/4 plate of complex carbohydrates and one tablespoon of healthy fats.

- Avoid eating straight from a packet: Instead of eating straight out of the packet, portion out a serving of food and place it on a plate or in a small bowl for snacks.

- Mindful eating: Eat away from distractions and listen to your body’s hunger cues.

- Kitchenware: Try serving dinner on smaller plates or take smaller storage containers to work for lunch.

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All-Season Peach Cobbler

Serves: 4 to 6


Pie dough 

2 cans of peaches in syrup (13 ounces each)

1 whole stick of unsalted butter

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon corn starch

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt


Pre heat over to 375 degrees.

In a heavy bottom pot combine canned peaches with their syrup and one stick of butter. Cook over medium heat until peaches begin to gently boil, about 7 minutes.

Add in both sugars, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice vanilla extract and corn starch. Continue cooking until mixture thickens. About 10 minutes.

Separately, prepare pie dough and roll out two separate sheets. Place one sheet on the bottom of a deep baking dish generously coated in non-stick spray. 

Remove peaches and juices from heat and pour into baking dish. Top with remaining layer of pie dough. 

Bake for 45 minutes until crust is golden brown. 

- SouthernKitchen.com


Children should stay away from energy drinks, study says

Excessive intake of energy drinks could have negative effects on the intellectual development of children, according to a recent study by the John Tung Foundation. In a survey, researchers found that about 60% of respondents ages 13 to 22 have tried energy drinks, but 65% of them said they did not check the ingredients. Because of the amount of caffeine in energy drinks, long-term intake can affect intellectual development, reduce sleep quality, cause heart palpitations and anxiety in children and teens.

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Thanks to farmers

According to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, each American farmer produces food and fiber for 165 people annually.

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