Decoding cravings: Why your body craves junk food

first_imgWe all experience food cravings from time to time. Some of these cravings are triggered when we are tired, underfed or under–watered, but usually the root cause of our cravings is more complicated.Though food cravings were once thought to be the result of vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, new research indicates that environmental and psychological factors are more likely culprits. Otherwise, our bodies would be screaming for spinach, apples and whole grains when we’re running low on important nutrients.Instead, researchers are finding that chronic stress, fatigue and dieting cause us to crave foods that stimulate reward circuits in the brain or foods linked to happy memories. Many of these foods are too sweet, too salty or too high in calories. (Think comfort food.)Caving in to cravings for processed foods and high–calorie snacks can sabotage an otherwise healthy diet and cause creeping weight gain. However, figuring out what’s behind your cravings can help you better control them.Junk food catalystsWhile the research is inconclusive about whether iron deficiency drives people to eat red meat or if a lack of magnesium leads to chocolate cravings, experts have found that something as common as too little sleep can make you more likely to indulge in junk food.Using MRIs, researchers at the University of California Berkeley measured activity in the brains of healthy adults both after a good night’s rest and after a sleepless night. They found that participants who did not sleep well were more likely to reach for high–calorie junk foods than healthy greens and whole grains the next day.Chronic stress also causes many people to reach for fatty foods and sweets. Scientists believe these cravings are triggered when the body produces too much cortisol—a stress hormone.Restrictive diets also can set up cravings for off–limits food. If you’re on a very low–calorie diet or have banished certain foods from your plate, you’re more likely to overeat high–calorie or banned foods when you stop dieting, according to studies by the University of Toronto and Tufts University.Kick hankerings to the curbControlling food binges and urges to eat a jumbo bag of M&Ms or a cheese–slathered entrée is possible, but you’ll need a little willpower and several go–to tactics. Some examples include:Drink water and then wait 30 minutes before giving into a craving. Many times, we mistake thirst or mild dehydration for hunger pangs.Exercise early. A 45–minute morning workout can reduce your motivation to eat throughout the day, according to scientists at Brigham Young University.Get your stress in hand. Deep breathing, meditation and adequate sleep can ease everyday stressors.Go ahead and indulge … a little bit. Avoiding a “bad” food actually can fuel your cravings. Having a small, planned serving of your favorite ice cream once in a while can prevent you from eating half a carton when your willpower crumbles.Eat a balanced diet. Consuming high–fiber proteins like beans and legumes along with complex carbs like whole grains will keep your blood sugar stable and your tummy full.Should I be worried?In most cases, having food cravings is completely normal and can be addressed with some of the simple lifestyle changes outlined above. There are some cases, however, when a food craving could indicate a more serious health problem. For example, a sudden, insatiable craving for salt could indicate that your adrenal gland is out of whack. If you crunch on ice all day long, ask your doctor whether you should be tested for anemia. And if you find yourself eating things like clay, sand or other nonfoods, talk with your doctor about pica, an eating disorder that is more common in children, but can affect pregnant women and other adults.No matter what type of cravings you may be experiencing, it’s important to listen to your body and not ignore its signals. Talk to your doctor about your questions and concerns. They can help you identify possible causes of your cravings and recommend lifestyle changes and/or treatment options to help you feel your best. Experts have found that something as common as too little sleep can make you more likely to indulge in junk food, as well as chronic stress and too restrictive dietsFocus on HealthFrom HCA North Florida Division Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCravingsDietHCA North Florida DivisionhealthJunk FoodOverly RestrictiveSleepStressTriggers Previous articleFirst round of COVID-19 vaccine doses expected in Florida next weekNext articleFlorida gas prices rise on vaccine and stimulus optimism Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Ever feel like you just have to have a bag of potato chips right now? Or do you occasionally get an overwhelming urge to eat chocolate? 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Ag Forecast 2013

first_imgGeorgia is already one of the world’s top exporters of poultry, timber and nuts, like pecans and peanuts. As Georgia farmers move into the international market, global demand, supply and weather patterns have more of an effect on the way they do business. “We are becoming the bread basket of the world,” said University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean J. Scott Angle. “But to be the breadbasket of world we have to be able to get the food out of Georgia to the people who want to buy it.” “This is the right thing to do, to feed a hungry world — to feed people who need what we can produce. It is certainly a humanitarian effort, and it’s something that we have a moral obligation to do, but it’s also an economic opportunity.” As more of the world begins to earn a middle class wage, the worldwide market for Georgia’s poultry, beef and highly sought after snacks — like pecans — is growing. Economists discussed Georgia’s growing export strength at a series of Georgia agricultural forecast meetings held over the past week in locations across the state. They believe tapping these new markets is the key to growing Georgia agriculture, which is already the largest industry in the state and in two-thirds of Georgia’s 159 counties. Georgia’s agricultural exports have grown from $1.15 billion in 2006 to close $3 billion in 2012. Right now 39 percent of the freight being shipped out of the Port of Savannah is agricultural and wood products.One in three acres planted in the U.S. is grown for the international market. The relatively weak dollar will also help fuel exports throughout 2013. While agriculture’s long-term future may be dictated by growing global markets, the 2013 growing season in Georgia depends on whether the Midwest breaks free from the drought that ravaged its croplands last year. “You don’t need an economist this year to tell you what will happen. You just need someone who can tell you whether or not it’s going to rain,” said Curt Lacy, a CAES Extension economist. GrainsWith grain stocks dwindling because of the 2012 drought, prices for corn, wheat and soybeans are up. While Georgia farmers aren’t known as large grain producers, they will be taking advantage of these prices. Rising prices for poultry and beef should ease the increase in feed prices for animal producers, while row crop producers should benefit directly from increased grain prices. Georgia farmers saw record corn and soybean yields in 2012 and are expected to plant more acres of wheat, corn and soybeans this year. Corn acreage is expected to reach 450,000 acres in 2013, up from 300,000 acres in 2010. Soybeans are expected to reach 400,000 acres, up from 270,000 acres in 2010. Wheat is expected to reach 350,000 acres, up from 170 acres in 2010. PeanutsMost farmers will shift land production away from peanuts. Farmers planted near record acres of peanuts in 2012 and experienced record yields, producing a glut of peanuts that will drive down the price until the market can absorb the surplus. Farmers are expected to plant about 470,000 acres of peanuts this year, down from 730,000 in 2012. Peanut exports are expected to rise by 50 percent because of the surplus and the weak dollar, making them affordable for the rest of the world. Cotton Cotton prices will be dictated by world cotton stocks, and whether Chinese cotton traders decide to retain or sell their large stockpile of cotton. If they hold on to their cotton, prices will remain stable at between 75 to 85 cents a pound. If they sell stocks, prices could sink to between 65 and 75 cents per pound. Georgia farmers will likely plant about 15 percent fewer acres of cotton in 2013. Cotton acreage rose to 1.6 million acres in 2011, following a $2 a pound price spike in 2010. With prices decreasing, acreage fell to 1.29 million acres in 2012. Planted acreage for 2013 is predicted to be 1.2 million acres.CattleWith grain prices high and hay in short supply last year, ranchers in the Midwest and parts of Georgia sold off parts of their cattle herds. Therefore, the number of cattle is expected to stay low in 2013. Despite expanding international demand for beef and relatively short supplies, beef prices should stay fairly stable in 2013, but expect a sharp rise in 2014.Milk prices will stay at 2012 levels or rise slightly, depending on the price of grain throughout the year. PoultryPoultry companies are expected to place slightly more broiler chicks in production in 2013, but supplies will be kept stable enough to maintain slightly higher prices. Broilers should go for between 90 and 96 cents a pound this year, up from about 86 cents a pound. For more details about the agricultural outlook for Georgia in 2013 visit georgiaagforecast.com.last_img read more

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Record tourist results in Vukovar-Srijem County

first_imgJanuary – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Germans /% TOTAL27.49256.50810023.23343.785100118,33129,06 2012.42265792 TOTAL93.034151.41910071.469111.146100130,17136,23 Njemacka Domestic tourists1.3052.88059,918032.20059,46162,52130,91 Foreign tourists20.55732.83021,6917.07431.34228,20120,40104,75 2011.22357                41767 Slovenia20008,83%3539%111312,12%20715,50%22415,47%510,82% 2013.9 21718 665 Overnight stays were realized in a total of 99 accommodation facilities and 2203 beds.The most visited months are May, followed by September and April.The most common age groups are 12-17 years, followed by 35-44 and 45-54 years.In the total number of arrivals, 88,43% of them were realized individually, and 11,57% agency. The increase in the number of individual arrivals compared to 2016 is 31,83%, while the increase in agency arrivals was 18,74%. 2009.117158 Local tourist board: Vukovar (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Switzerland19718,71%1844,69%5255,72%1249,28%946,40% Local tourist board: Germans (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 Njemacka545924,12%101025,77%233825,47%33925,39%29019,76%131521,19% Foreign tourists3.2866.3799,032.9306.31513,29112,15101,01 Markets with over 1000 nights: by number of nights from highest to lowest 2015.60.570110.513 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Local tourist board: Vinkovci (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 Domestic tourists21.17143.33076,6817.14429.45267,27123,49147,12 2013.64917815 Local tourist board: Županja (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 90418011971 TOTAL47.84970.62110034.91747.504100137,04148,66 394840025459 Foreign tourists1.0101.92740,097311.50040,54138,17128,47 2016.1 5343 700 2013.4599                   6991 Županja /% From the beginning of January to the end of December, 30,17 percent more arrivals and 36,23 percent more overnight stays were realized in the Vukovar-Srijem County compared to 2016, which certainly makes it a record tourist year.Arrivals and overnight stays from the domestic and foreign markets grew, so out of a total of 93.034 arrivals, domestic guests realized 72.477, which is 33,24 percent more, and foreign guests 20.557 or 20,40 percent more. Out of a total of 151.419 overnight stays, 118.589 were domestic – which is an increase of as much as 48,60 percent, and 32.830 foreign or 4,75 percent more than in 2016. Most overnight stays – 70.621 (46,63 percent) were realized in Vukovar, followed by Vinkovci with 56.508 (37,31 percent), Germans with 8.906 (5,88 percent), Ilok with 8.251 (5,44 percent) and Zupanja with 4.807 (3,17 percent). The largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market, followed by tourists from Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, France, Turkey and Macedonia. “Candidates for tenders intended for the system of tourist boards in 2018 will work on completing the overall tourist offer, the implementation of key promotional documents and projects that will include all participants in tourism development and link them with already started projects of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board. We believe that, despite the non-tourist circumstances that we cannot influence, the attractiveness and quality of our tourist products and incentive programs to support the development of continental tourism in Croatia, will contribute to a stronger increase in organized tourist traffic to our county”, Said Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board at a press conference held at the Kunjevci Hunting Lodge in Vinkovci, where tourist results and projects were presented.Tourist identity based on culture, gastronomy and naturePhoto: Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist BoardAt the Kunjevci Hunting Lodge, representatives of local tourist boards from Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Županja and Germany were presented with tablets within the ViCTour project – Virtual and Cultural Tourism. The project worth 924.327 euros is funded by the Cross-border Cooperation Program Interreg IPA CBC Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020, and aims to develop an attractive, dynamic and competitive tourism promotion using IT tools such as holograms, augmented reality, interactive totems, multimedia audio guides and electronic workbooks.That last year was extremely successful for Vukovar-Srijem County is confirmed by the fact that the destination Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok was declared the national winner of EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) on the topic of cultural tourism, Bušuć – Srpak points out and adds that they were realized and noticed. appearances at foreign and domestic tourism fairs, organized a Tourist Forum with the topic “Gastronomy as a tourist product of Croatia”, printed two promotional brochures – “Gastro art of Srijem and Slavonia” and “Life colored by nature”, the website of the Tourist Board VSŽ was translated into additional four languages, and the application Visit Vukovar Srijem was realized.Special project: ViCTour – Virtual and Cultural TourismVukovar-Srijem County is implementing the project ViCTour – Virtual and Cultural Tourism which is funded by the Cross-Border Cooperation Program INTERREG IPA CBC CROATIA-SERBIA 2014-2020 Total values 924 327,00 € . Along with the Vukovar-Srijem County, the project partners are the Tourist Board of VSC, the Tourist Organization of Vojvodina, the University of Novi Sad, the Faculty of Economics in Subotica, the Fund “European Affairs” of AP Vojvodina. The project procures IT equipment with the aim of developing attractive, dynamic and competitive tourism promotion which will result in increasing the attractiveness of cross-border regions using IT tools (holograms, augmented reality, interactive totems, multimedia audio guide and electronic workbook). One of the first purchases made by VSŽ was the purchase of 5 tablets. The tablets are needed and are related to the procurement activity Augmented Reality (Augmented Reality), and the project is intended for tourist boards in the Vukovar-Srijem County: Vukovar Tourist Board, Vinkovci Tourist Board, Ilok Tourist Board, Županja Tourist Board, VSŽ Tourist Board.DATA ON TOURIST TRAFFIC FOR 2017 Number of tourist arrivals / nights in Ilok: Francuska11264,97%1343,41%2382,59%826,14%342,31%62510,07% EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Francuska January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights 2012.8561511 Macedonia10554,66%1012,57%1611,75%312,32%1218,24%63310,20% EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Domestic tourists2.2214.95396,761.6954.13895,86131,03119,70 2009.34 40680 109 2011.13643406 103016,59% YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights School excursions37.18550.824141,1026.35530.714165,47 2015.58956643 Number of tourist arrivals / nights for Germans: JanuaryVeljačaOžujakTravanjMayLipanjJulyAugustSeptemberListopadNovemberprosinac 2009.                        2193250941 Domestic tourists4.5126.23375,543.4965.11878,22129,06121,79 102110481126 Total number of nights in VSC from the ground EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Domestic tourists72.477118.58978,3154.39579.80471,80133,24148,60 County Tourist Board: Vukovar-SrijemPeriod January – December 2017 Italija2794 ·         Data by tourist boards in 2017: Foreign tourists601663,24651794,1492,3192,74 Austrija 2008.18482303 Bosnia and Herzegovina1864 Number of tourist arrivals / nights in Vinkovci: 2014.7 01611 913 2012.6 35310 301 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Austrija19228,49%2977,57%107911,75%18413,78%16211,04%1552,49% Foreign tourists8.1298.55596,066.0236.86093,20134,97124,71 2012.1959438623 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights 2015.2991962930 27082458 Turska11074,89%180,45%1051,14%20,14%291,97%95315,35% 2015.17 87728 215 2008.13682606 Local tourist board: Vukovar (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 Arrivals5.0436.9737.8908.34810.1716.5225.0875.82610.43910.50410.2975.934 2011.6 1079 512 2010.2676847010 2009.19762640 TOTAL8.4098.9061006.3317.361100132,82120,99 2014.3112858420 Foreign tourists1.4952.01824,461.0171.42521,78147,00141,61 Total number of nights in VSC from the country – 2015Total number of nights in VSC from the country – 2016Total number of nights in VSC from the country – 2017 Local tourist board: Ilok (Vukovar-Srijem) – no traffic selectedPeriod January – December 2017 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Markets with over 1000 overnight stays, trends 2015 – 2017center_img Local tourist board: Germans (Vukovar-Srijem) – no traffic selectedPeriod January – December 2017 Switzerland 2010.12421988         2017.                       47 849                70 621 Number of tourist arrivals / nights for the city of Zupanja: 2011.                          5537                   6959 2014.14208026 2015.1 2743 811         2016.                       23 233                43 785 2008.                        2273849859 Foreign tourists2974090,801833371,10162,30121,36 Data by tourist boards in 2017: Participants in school package arrangements approved by the school institution         2016.                        71.469                 111.146 Arrivals 2017Nights 2017Index of arrivalsArrivals 2016Nights 2016Overnight index 2011.39 14566 090 2011.32923693 2013.46 03982 517 Foreign tourists6.32113.17823,326.08914.33332,73103,8191,94 2014.59086904 2008.61206575 2016.63317361 Macedonia7771055 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Vukovar /% 26542665 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 2012.59147495 Local tourist board: Županja (Vukovar-Srijem) – no selected tourist trafficPeriod January – December 2017 Local tourist board: Vinkovci (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 2008.9 04824 948 2009.15433434 Foreign tourists2372430,531181580,60200,85153,80 25112000 2015.50207794 Of the total all nights realized in 2017 amounting to 151 419, of them 56 508 or 37, 31% were realized in Vinkovci8 or 906% in Germans70 or 621% in Vukovar8 or 251% in Ilok4807 or 3,17% in Županja 2017.84098906 TOTAL34.90445.70510024.50726.309100142,42173,72 2010.42235196 18972862 2017.60078251 Of the total foreign nights realized in 2017 amounting to 32 830, of them 13 or 178% were realized in Vinkovci8 555 or 26,05% in Germans6 or 379% in Vukovar2 or 018% in Ilok1 927 or 5,86% in ŽupanjaOf the total domestic overnight stays realized in 2017 amounting to 118 589, of them 43 or 330% were realized in Vinkovci351 and 0,29% in Germans, respectively64 or 242% in Vukovar6 or 233% in Ilok2 or 880% in Županja Italija266511,78%74719,06%134914,69%644,79%815,52%4136,65% TOTAL6.0078.2511004.5136.543100133,10126,10         2016.                       34 917                47 504 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights Bosnia and Herzegovina245810,86%75619,29%122013,29%15511,61%25217,17%310,49% Turska10248981107 2010.7 49017 813 Local tourist board: Ilok (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017        2016.                         4 513                  6 543 Ilok /% Slovenia1896 Other nights55.849100.595123,7945.11480.432125,06 2014.44486068 2010.40 45973 005 2017.23154807 146118781922 2012.37 61165 859 Total VSŽ(domestic and foreign)93.034151.419130,1771.469111.146136,23 2014.50 69093 702 2013.2470346447 2010.84114 Vinkovci /% YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights Domestic tourists34.66745.46299,4724.38926.15199,40142,14173,84 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016         2017.27.49256.508 Serbia286212,64%3198,13%105011,44%14711,01%18012,26%99916,09% Domestic tourists36.88850.41599,2026.17230.37798,90140,94165,96 UK1181508 nights7.0319.86912.95916.00218.75811.8478.6279.95716.24115.54115.8148.773 2009.8 18721 961 Number of tourist arrivals / nights for the city of Vukovar: Domestic tourists44.56364.24290,9731.98741.18986,71139,32155,97 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights 2017.                          93.034                 151.419 2008.41 68887 369 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 TOTAL2.2815.1191001.7604.317100129,60118,58 TOTAL2.3154.8071001.5343.700100150,92129,92 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Serbia1810 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights TOTAL37.18550.82410026.35530.714100141,09165,48 2013.6501621 Domestic tourists2803513,943085016,8090,9170,06 Realized arrivals and overnight stays by months in 2017: 601 County Tourist 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There are limited blocks left in the new Fraser Cove estate

first_imgRenders of the villas at Tweed Heads South’s new Fraser Cove estate.“They have been largely bought by local people south of Robina,” Mr Holland said.He said the estate’s proximity to surrounding schools, shops, cafes and restaurants and Coolangatta beaches made it attractive to prospective buyers.Gold Coast-based Urban Edge Projects is developing the site. Mr Holland said the remaining blocks ranged from 480sq m to 1200sq m and were priced from $325,000.“We’ve got 40 homes under construction now,” Mr Holland said. “We’re expecting that most of the houses in the estate will be finished by the end of this year.” Renders of the villas at Tweed Heads South’s new Fraser Cove estate.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Renders of the villas at Tweed Heads South’s new Fraser Cove estate. Fraser Cove at Tweed Heads South.The villas ranged between 124sq m and 152sq m internally and were priced from $395,000.“With the villas, they are just starting construction – they’ve got 27 under contract and 17 remaining,” Mr Holland said.“Completion of (the villas) will be in May 2019.” Renders of the villas at Tweed Heads South’s new Fraser Cove estate.THERE are eight blocks of land and 17 villas left on the market in Tweed Heads South’s new Fraser Cove development.The riverside estate will be made up of 83 lots and 45 villas.McGrath agent Tony Holland, who is marketing the development, said it was attracting a range of buyers, including first homeowners and downsizers.last_img read more

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