The Best Cancer Fighting Veggies (Eat This, Not That!)

The Best Cancer Fighting Veggies (Eat This, Not That!)

Vegetables are great for all diets, but all veggies are not equal. Here are the best ones to eat. (Kale, yeah!)

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The best cancer-fighting veggies: Not all vegetables are created equal. Some veggies are much better than others at lowering your risk of diseases associated with aging; like cancer.

Researchers say that antioxidant compounds in dark green vegetables like spinach and "fragrant" vegetables like onions and garlic have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumor cells.

However, the bad news is that these vegetables aren't exactly popular menu items, and make up only about 1 percent of fruit and vegetable consumption in the U.S.

So, what are people eating instead?

Unfortunately, veggies with almost no cancer-preventive power, like potatoes, make up 60 percent of the vegetables in people's diets. Also, when potatoes are in "french fry" or "chip" form, (as they often are) they have even less, or no value.

Vegetables are all "good," but here's which veggies to eat more and less of:

Eat MORE of These Veggies

While all vegetables can help you lose unwanted weight, look to choose the best veggies to combat cancer like:

• Brussel sprouts
• Kale (kale, yeah!)
• Cabbage
• Garlic (Fresh)
• Spinach



Tip: Avocados are also a healthy choice, but it's hard to know how to pick a good one. If your avocado is as hard as a baseball, here's how to ripen it faster!

Eat LESS of these Veggies:

Not all vegetables are created equal. If you have healthier options, you'll want to eat fewer of these popular veggies:

• Potatoes
• Carrots
• Tomatoes
• Lettuce
• Cucumbers



All Veggies are GOOD, But Some Are GREAT

Recently going low-carb or "keto" has been all the rage, but consider that vegetables are good carbs that you should never omit from any healthy and sustainable diet. Even the top commercial diets have realized this, and now programs like WW have made them the centerpiece of their menus.

Now, I'm not saying any vegetables are "bad," but some will give you more bang for your buck. (There are worse health problems than eating too many cucumbers!)

Also, you know how the "high-protein, low-carb " keto diet is all the rage? Well, vegetables are "good" carbs, so any diet that cuts them out is unhealthy. Not only are these carbs good for your body, but recent studies indicate that they're good for your brain, too.

Try to include the ones listed above into your diet, and you'll be eating healthy while fighting off cancer!

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Please Know That EVERYBODY Struggles With Swimsuit Season, Not Just Bigger Bodies

We all have insecurities.

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Summer is upon us and many of us are faced with decisions, or lack of, that we made in the months preceding our long-awaited break from tests and studying. There are two types of people here. Those who have been hustling to get that "summer bod" and those who didn't quite make it there.

Whether you were actually busting your ass and haven't made it to your goal yet or, are like me, and spent most of the winter months camped out on the couch watching Friends reruns and eating my weight in Doritos, summer is here whether we are ready or not.

I definitely could've made better decisions, but here we are.

I both love and loathe swimsuit season. I love the warm sunshine and the break from school, but I don't love the thought of my body being exposed for everyone to see. Seriously. I just spent months wrapped in sweaters and leggings and now I have to show everything on the beach. I'm going to feel a little insecure.

Even if you are told you are skin and bones and so skinny you could disappear, if you feel self-conscious when you shed that cover up, don't be afraid to share that with someone. Your feelings are valid.

To wear a swimsuit is to expose yourself in ways that many of us are not used to and when there are that many people there to witness it, it's a jarring experience. It never fails. Every year, that moment I take off my cover-up, I am cringing from head to toe because even though no one is looking at me, it feels like there are a million eyes trained on me. It's disconcerting and uncomfortable.

Swimsuit season is not a season I enjoy 100% because I see so many people struggling with their bodies when really, they should just be enjoying the sunshine. It's a sad reality and we all live it.

Don't take away someone's feelings because they appear to have the perfect body. They have struggles too and instead of drawing lines, we should be looking for ways to feel better in our skin.

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12 Big Tax Changes for 2018

If you've watched any news this year, you'll know that sweeping tax law changes are coming. But, how will they affect you and your family?

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Big tax changes to consider for 2018: If you watch the news and keep up with current events, you will know that in recent months, the House and Senate have renegotiated and revamped many of the tax laws. After many months of back and forth, the changes are here and there are some things that you need to know. Here are the changes you can expect to see this coming tax season.

1. Tax Bracket Changes

Tax exemptions and rates are primarily based upon income and there are still 7 major tax brackets to consider. Take the time to view the below information to first see where you fall in line with these 7 income levels. Note that there is now a new lower top tax of 37%. This is, in fact, lower than previous rates proposed by the senate and house majority.

Ok, let's meet the tax brackets:

• 10% Tax $9,525 individuals; $19,050 for married couples and those filing jointly
• 12% Tax between $9,525 and $38,700, individuals; $19,050 to $77,400 filing jointly
• 22% Tax between $38,700 and $82,500, individuals; $77,400 to $165,000 jointly
• 24% Tax between $82,500 and $157,500, individuals; $165,000 to $315,000 jointly
• 32% Tax between $157,500 and $200,000, individuals; $315,000 to $400,000 jointly
• 35% Tax between $200,000 and $500,000, individuals; $400,000 to $600,000 jointly
• 37% Tax over $500,000 individuals; over $600,000 jointly





2. Deductions

This year, filers have the ability to deduct lower than their taxable income. This is due to the double standard deduction policy. Single filers can utilize between $6,350 to $12,000 and those filing jointly can file between $12,700 and $24,000 deductions. These higher figures are the result of eliminating many of the traditional deductions allowed to tax payers. It is likely that more tax payers will choose this avenue as opposed to itemizing deductions. If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is below $66k, you might even be able to file simple taxes for free.

3. Personal Exemptions Scrapped

This year, filers have the ability to deduct lower than their taxable income. This is due to the double standard deduction policy. Single filers can utilize between $6,350 to $12,000 and those filing jointly can file between $12,700 and $24,000 deductions. These higher figures are the result of eliminating many of the traditional deductions allowed to tax payers. It is likely that more tax payers will choose this avenue as opposed to itemizing deductions.

4. Higher Medical Expense Deductions

Medical expenses could previously be deducted for up to 10% of your gross adjusted income. The figure has been lowered to 7.5% for this season and beginning in 2019, there is no longer a penalty in place for not having medical insurance.

5. Fewer Taxpayers Hit AMT

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is placed on those claiming higher income as a separate tax. The new exemption amount for the AMT is up to $109,400 for those married and filing jointly and to $70,300 for those filing as single. Exemptions phase out at $1 million for married filers and $500,000 for single filers. This means that fewer people will reach the AMT threshold.

6. What About Family Exemptions?

As stated above, the $4,050 that was the standard for filing dependents has been eliminated. Those will larger families will be affected most as they will no longer be able to take advantage of that sometimes large tax break.

7. Higher Child Tax Credit

The above deduction being taken away might seem like a let down to some families, but luckily, the government has made up for it. They have chosen to increase the child tax credit from $1,000 per child to $2,000. This tax credit is for single parents with a reflective income of up to $200,000 and married couples and those filing jointly for up to $400,000. There is also a new $500 credit for adult dependents.

8. 529 Plans Used Outside of College Expenses

Private school kids are getting a bit of an upgrade with 529 plans coming available for use in grades K-12. Up to $10,000 per year can be used from the college savings program for primary private school education. These funds, however, do not cover homeschooling expenses. The top tax software actually offers special codes just for students.

9. Lower Mortgage Interest

Homeowners get a break with the ability to deduct interest on their current home up to $1 million, but those looking to purchase a home will have to contend with a cap of $750,000 for deducted interest.

10. State, Local, and Property Tax

The debate lingers as to which states allow for state and local tax deductions, but it is still available for taxpayers to deduct their property tax, and either sales tax or income, but only up to $10,000. So, can you get out of that state tax bill? Um, no. Haven't you heard that quote about death and taxes?

11. Corporate Tax Rate Drop

Corporate taxes were on the table this year and those taxes have been reduced drastically from 35% to 21%. This is currently the largest drop in history and as of 2026, the change will become permanent. This tax cut has certainly given a short-term boost to Wall Street, but the jury is out on the long-term benefit to Main Street.

12. Pass Through Business Lower Tax Rates

Partnerships, S Corporations, and Sole Proprietorships are known as pass through businesses. These businesses have historically been saddled with high self employment taxes while larger businesses benefit, but these companies are now allowed a bit of a break. Pass through business owners are now allowed to deduct up to 20% of their total annual income instead of resorting to itemization as in years past.

In conclusion: Taxes evolve with time and this year has certainly been a doozy of change for the 2018 tax season. If you have yet to brush up on the new laws and see where you stand, it is time to take advantage of the space between now and filing day and find out which laws you are subject to following and which ones you may be exempt from. As always, file your taxes responsibly to ensure that you never have to hear the most frightening word of all, "AUDIT." Happy (almost!) Tax Season!

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