We do our utmost to maintain good levels of hygiene in the home. One of our key priorities is the kitchen where food is stored and prepared. When we dine out, we hope the food outlets are taking our wellbeing seriously and ensuring they have good hygiene practices in place. Of course, a restaurant kitchen is bigger and more complex so everything has to be spot on including refrigeration.

In a restaurant, deliveries of food arrive probably at different times depending on the supplier and the season. The foods will arrive with or without packaging and packaging can vary a lot too. It is vital to health that these are stored in the right way. There will be different temperature and humidity requirements and the restaurant staff should know these. Some foods will need to be blast chilled or frozen.

A restaurant is a business so will be interested in making energy savings where it can do so. For example, air conditioning and refrigeration can be integrated to ensure investments are made well and energy is saved.

Start-up restaurants neglect proper commercial refrigeration at their peril. No matter how beautiful the furniture or décor, if someone gets food poisoning because you did not store foods safely, your business is likely to be finished just as it is starting up. This is especially the case these days when customers are happily posting negative reviews online about their experiences as well as perhaps contacting their local traditional media such as the newspaper for your area. Having the most amazing menu does not impress if your customer’s health is at risk.

Restaurant owners need to think carefully about what sort of model of refrigeration they need for their individual circumstances. They will need to consider how much space they have available for refrigeration. They may want to showcase their offerings to customers so that the customers sees before they buy. If there are high storage needs, consideration should be given to blast chillers and walk-in freezers.

It is not at all simple so it is always best to consult an expert.

Ways to take care of your skin are highlighted in advertisements in magazines and on the television all the time. Sometimes they seem to make grandiose promises of everlasting youthful looks and often they come with a high price tag. You may be considering cosmetic treatments to sort your skin out. Today I am looking at 5 ways to take care of your skin many of which will not break the bank and might even save you money.

Alcohol

My husband has recently stopped drinking as much alcohol as he was. I am amazed at how better he is looking facially. He really does look that much younger. I guess that makes sense as drinking dehydrates your skin and body generally. If you want to look older and tired, keep drinking alcohol! Doing so will almost guarantee that you will find yourself looking at dry skin treatments. If you cannot face cutting alcohol out completely, ensure you are drinking plenty of water. When you are having a tipple, ensure that you have a glass of water or a soft drink in between your alcoholic ones. Check out government guidelines on safe levels of drinking for men and women.

Sun

Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays which can damage our skin in terms of ageing but also lead to cancer. It is relatively simple to be more sun savvy. Spend more time in shady environments between 11am and 3pm. Cover up your skin with clothes and don’t forget that hats and sunglasses are helpful too. Make sure to use sunscreen with a high protection value.

Smoking

My husband is a long-term and heavy smoker. I have never smoked. I think my husband looks older than his years. I always get complimented on my good skin. I accept I am blessed with good genes when it comes to my skin but I also feel not smoking has helped keep my skin looking good. Apparently, smoking reduces the skin’s natural elasticity breaking down collagen and stopping its production too. This is interesting as I understand collagen in under threat in the menopause and I notice my skin is drier these days. Smoking is actively reducing the blood flow to smokers’ skin so their skin gets less nutrients and oxygen. That can’t be a good thing! There are charities that can help you quit smoking and the NHS has tools available to you too.

Skin care products

It is ironic but some of the very products you are using on your skin could be damaging it. It is far better to use mild things on your skin. Harsh chemicals are not going to do your body any good and that’s no real surprise. You need to know your skin type and choose products that work best for your type. For example, alcohol-based things are not going to do your dry skin any favours. In a similar fashion, oil-based things won’t be your friend if you have oily skin.

Confessions of a New Mummy

Email marketing is vital for most businesses these days. Do you know many people who don’t have an email address? Of course not so email marketing is a very effective way to communicate with existing and potential customers. The issue is that most businesses and that includes bloggers are becoming aware of the power of email marketing. That means you have to be able to stand out in the inbox. It’s time to get personal and relevant. Remember you are competing with emails from friends, family, small and large businesses, educational establishments and faith groups.

Here is a great infographic that will improve your marketing efforts via email.

Advantages of email marketing

There are so many benefits to using email to engage with your customers. Only people who have some interest will sign up to receive your emails so you are not wasting time on people who will never be your customers. You can work out the interests of different customers and use segmentation to get the content they want most to their inboxes. Emails are easily shared with your recipient’s contacts meaning potential new customers for you. Email marketing is less harsh than telephone marketing as the customer can decide if and when to read your communication. It is also affordable and environmentally friendly as nothing is printed.

Next steps

If you really want to get to grips with email marketing, you are advised to check out https://myemma.com/resources and https://www.campaignmonitor.com/resources/.

When you hear “body image” and “eating disorder,” the first image that pops into your mind is usually that of a teenager or young woman in her 20’s struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, bingeing, or bulimarexia. However, younger women are not the only ones who are subject to negative body image and low self-esteem. Although there is limited research on middle-aged and older women with regard to body dissatisfaction, aging and disordered eating (Hofmeier, Runfola, Sala, Gagne, Brownley & Bulik, 2017), the prevalence of obesity and growing concern with eating disorders for older women (Hofmeier et al., 2017) should draw our attention to our loved ones who may possibly struggle with substance abuse and body image issues behind closed doors.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) presents some disturbing statistics about today’s adult women facing negative body image:

• Body image dissatisfaction in midlife has jumped from 25% in 1972 to 56% in 1997
• Studies have found comparable levels of dieting and eating disorders across age groups
• About 90% of adult women worry about their weight; large percentages (up to 40% to 50%) are restrained eaters, overeaters, and others whose eating is “devoid of pleasure”

Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Women!

Women are notorious for comparing themselves to other women, and the media is no help at all when it comes to making them feel better about their body weight. Research shows that those who regularly compare themselves to others and to the thin-ideal size as portrayed by the media are at greater risk for body dissatisfaction. In a study published in the Journal of Women and Aging (2013), 1,789 women (age 50 and older) participated in a survey about their body image and body size satisfaction. Only 12.2% reported satisfaction with their body image.

Looking at Factors Beyond Fashion Mags and Media

Societal expectations of what women ought to look like at age 25, 35, 45 and above change with age. Body image issues for older women are more complex than those for younger women (Kilpela, Becker, Wesley & Stewart, 2015). Influential factors that tip the scales in favor of desire for control through eating disorders and substance abuse may include the following:

✓ Face weight/shape changes associated with changing health conditions and medication
✓ Shift of body fat distribution towards the torso
✓ Changes in hair appearance (e.g., thinning, graying, texture, etc.)
✓ Changing in skin coloration, elasticity and firmness
✓ Fertility or infertility
✓ Competition with younger women
✓ Life’s stressors (divorce, elder care, work-life balance, grief over loss, etc.)

The Need for Control

Born out of the desire to control one’s weight in order to augment one’s sense of self-esteem, women resort to controlling one’s diet, but when the reward for exertion of control (i.e., the ideal body weight and image) dominates one’s existence, that’s when it becomes pathological, according to an article published in Psychology Today.

The media messages that women receive today only feed the monstrous need for perfection in order to feel desirable, worthy, and valued. Grieving the loss of one’s youth, older women turn to cosmetic surgery in addition to drug and alcohol abuse to try to turn back the hands of time. Depression, anxiety and other affective disorders either contribute to or result from poor dieting, which further complicates the problem of prescription drug abuse and alcoholism.

Common Eating Disorders Associated with Substance Abuse

Adult women and older adults do not readily admit that they may have an eating disorder, since this is typically associated with younger adults, but when clients come in to seek treatment for a substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder, addiction treatment professionals almost always discover an eating disorder associated with their clients’ substance abuse addiction. Psychology Today cites the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), reporting that up to one-half of those with eating disorders also have a substance abuse addiction, compared to 9% of the general population.

Among common eating disorders like bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is more prevalent among adults and is associated with higher risk for obesity (Grilo, Sinha & O’Malley, 2002). Characterized by frequent and recurrent episodes of binge eating (excessive consumption of food in a very short amount of time) over a six-month period, BED exists in 3% of the adult population and 8% of obese persons. There is a strong correlation between BED and the feeling of loss of control (Grilo et al., 2002).

Kill Two Birds with One Stone

The comorbidity of substance use disorders and eating disorders is the reason why we need dual diagnosis treatment. New Method Wellness, one of the nation’s best treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction, specializes in dual diagnosis treatment associated with substance abuse. Integrating evidence-based clinical care with a wide array of holistic treatment modalities, New Method Wellness delivers high quality client-centered care. Their unique 2:1 staff-to client ratio ensures great success rates, as evidenced by client testimonials and recognition by public figures like Dr. Phil.

References
(1) Grilo, C., Sinha, R., O’Malley, S. (2002). Eating Disorders and Alcohol Use Disorders. National Institute on Alcohol and Abuse and Alcoholism. Retrieved from https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh26-2/151-160.htm

(2) Hofmeier, S. M., Runfola, C. D., Sala, M., Gagne, D. A., Brownley, K. A., & Bulik, C. M. (2017). Body Image, Aging, and Identity in Women Over 50: The Gender and Body Image (GABI) Study. Journal of Women & Aging, 29(1), 3–14. http://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2015.1065140

(3) Kilpela, L. S., Becker, C. B., Wesley, N., & Stewart, T. (2015). Body Image in Adult Women: Moving Beyond the Younger Years. Advances in Eating Disorders (Abingdon, England), 3(2), 144–164. http://doi.org/10.1080/21662630.2015.1012728

I am not feeling particularly upbeat today but I know from experience that that is the very best time to focus on my weekly positives. There is nothing particularly wrong. I am having to watch the pennies really closely which is never fun. My daughter is not well. Unusually, I have also found a number of bloggers less than pleasant this week. It is rotten when you are doing your best to please people and you just get grief. Right, let’s focus on the good stuff.

1. Although my daughter has had a couple of health issues this week, she is improving aided by various medication and lots of rest. She is currently snuggled up on the sofa with a duvet watching a soap opera. Nothing wrong with that!

2. My oldest son is getting very proactive about his future. He made a list of what he thinks he needs to do. Some of this involves getting involved in blogging and social media which was a surprise but something I can help him with. His diet has also improved again with him taking charge and doing a better job of making sure he eats healthy food.

4. My youngest son just gets on with things in his usual way with good humour. He is my ally when it comes to meal planning.

5. Reading is going well so I did a review of a book of feminist fairy tales and am currently reading a book about adoption and trauma.

6. I sorted my bedroom out which was long overdue. It is looking good and I found some more books to read in a laundry basket of all places. I have also sorted out the room we use as a wardrobe.

7.Strange happenings apply this week. I came downstairs the other day to find my husband steam cleaning the floor. My youngest son said he thinks he might use some of his time cleaning and my oldest son said he would clean the oven if I showed him how to do it. There was even one morning where the two lights that it is impossible for anyone to switch off me were actually switched off by the time I got up.

8. I am still sleeping well and getting in my regular walks on the private road near us and when it is not too boggy on our favourite forest path.

9. I found two cheap bins for the house which were nice and spacious. Isn’t it funny how storage and bins become so thrilling when we are mums?

10. We went to a car boot sale type thing and my daughter picked up a super expensive toy in its box for less than a fiver.

11. I am enjoying lighter evenings and slightly milder temperatures. It is not perfect but it suggests Spring is at least considering showing up soon.

12. I should also report that my husband is a great grand father for the second time with a new baby girl on the planet. Yes, he is way older than myself!

As ever, this summary of the cheerier stuff has lightened my mood. It is so important to keep counting our blessings.


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