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What to lose belly fat you gained during the Thanksgiving holiday and want to lose it fast? According to Popsugar.com, there’s a delicious smoothie recipe that can do just the trick. Dubbed the Flat-Belly Smoothie, the under-300 calories beverage not only has ingredients that fight belly fat, but also help reduce bloating. The drink consist of three ounces of vanilla nonfat yogurt, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, ½ cup of blueberries, ½ cup of pineapple, 1 cup of kale and ¾ of water. The Greek Yogurt provides calcium and protein, both which aid in weight loss; blueberries help get rid of belly fat; pineapples contain enzymes that help ease digestion and bloating; the kale doesn’t do much on the taste tip but is full of fiber to prevent constipation; and water just helps flush you out.

 

Where’s the best place to be a teacher in the US? Columbus, Ohio, that’s where. According to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, which looked at 2013-2014 teacher salary data from 113 US school districts, the adjusted lifetime earning for teachers in Columbus is $2.39 million. Atlanta comes in second with $2.29, Jefferson County, Kentucky in third with $2.21 and the list goes on. The chart only includes the adjusted lifetime pay for the average public school teacher and does not take into account benefits or incentives. Another thing to consider is cost of living in each area – teachers in New York City public schools make more money up front, but Columbus has a much lower cost of living. According to the report, it takes teachers in Columbus 10 years to reach buying power, while it takes New York City teachers 30 years or more. In fact, with the average teacher earning a cost-adjusted $561,229 over 30 years, New York is, in one way, the worst place in the country to be a teacher. For a complete list of the best and worst places to be a teacher, clink on the link.

Sparked by the non-indictment of white police officers in both the Mike Brown case in Missouri and the Eric Garner case in New York, white Twitter users are confessing to crimes they’ve committed and gotten away with that Blacks are most likely to be punished for using the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite. “At 13 I stole a car with my friends & drove it 2wks before we got busted. Only one charged was black. #CrimingWhileWhite,” posted Twitter user Cecily Kellogg under the handle @CecilyK, while @classicmaterial wrote, “Exhaled blunt smoke in a cop’s face as I opened my door and then told him he couldn’t come in without a warrant. He left. #CrimingWhileWhite.” All makes sense, according to the report, because in Ferguson, Missouri, for example, black drivers were stopped seven times more than white ones last year, and were arrested twice as much. Blacks are also three times as likely to be killed by cops than whites are. And, as the article points out, the confessions prove that small violations of the law shouldn’t ruin an American Citizen’s life as long as he is white. Your thoughts?

During an interview with radio host Howard Stern, pop megastar Lady Gaga confessed to being raped when she was 19-years-old, adding it took her years of therapy to acknowledge and start to recover from the trauma. “I don’t want to be defined by it,” she said. “I’ll be dammed if somebody is going to say that every creatively intelligent thing I ever did is all boiled down to one dickhead that did that to me.” Gaga didn’t go into much detail about her aggressor, but said he was 20 years older than her and that she bumped into him in a store years later and was “paralyzed with fear.” She never reported the rape. To read more about the interview, check it out here.

 

Want to save some money this holiday season? Yahoo Shopping suggest one way to spend significantly less while holiday shopping this year is by purchasing some items at dollar stores, like Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. You probably won’t be able to buy gifts there, unless they are fun little stocking stuffers, but there are other things you can get great deals on for the holiday season, including: Christmas Cards, gift wrap and bags, holiday decorations, paper plates and napkins, serving platters, and, as mentioned before, stocking stuffers. For the full list, click on the link.

For those that tend to reach for the bottle of zinc at the sound or a sneeze or a cough, apparently there are more reasons to stay away from Zinc that most aren’t aware of. Although recent studies have found that zinc may shorten the duration of a cold, there is no proof that it will prevent one or that it will ease symptoms like a runny nose or aching head. Add to that that zinc has some side effects, too, like leaving a foul taste in your mouth and making you nauseas, and can be toxic. To read the full list of reasons why zinc is a no-no, click here.

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