Hello friends (if I may say so), today I am pleased to announce that I will turn your lives upside down. Indeed, before your amazed eyes, I will answer the real existential questions about our daily lives. These questions, they’ve probably already been in your head (I know, it’s not said), and it’s time you knew the answers. This sudden access to Knowledge will make you demigods, no more and no less.
1. We have to change the sheets every how long?
A British survey revealed information as surprising as filthy: half of single men say they keep their sheets for 4 months in a row before washing them. Shocking. All the more shocking when you know that you actually have to wash your sheets every 7 days, or possibly every 15 if you shower at night. Beyond this period, the sheets become big nests of very sticky bacteria that smell bad and damage your skin (in addition to scaring away your conquests). Now you know.
2. Should you shower in the evening or in the morning?
Well know that the answer is not completely established and that everything depends on your priorities in life since each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Showering in the morning allows you to wake up better, wake up the muscles and avoid falling asleep with wet hair (yeah, it’s not phew). Showering in the evening allows you to relax before sleeping, to have clean sheets for longer, and to rid the body of the pollens that have accumulated there during the day (that’s for allergy sufferers). In short, neither is better than the other, so just pick your side.
3. How many cups of coffee can I drink per day?
If you drink coffee 24/7 and wonder if you’re just going to die of it one day, here are the official recommendations. We advise not to exceed 400 mg of caffeine per day, or even 200 mg for pregnant women. And since talking about milligrams doesn’t tell you much, know that 400 mg of caffeine is about 4-5 cups of coffee. Beyond 5 cups daily, the risk of cardiovascular disorders is increased, which, you will agree, is not very appreciable.
4. What can I eat after the expiry date?
We’ll start with the things you shouldn’t mess with: for meat, raw fish and charcuterie, you don’t go past the expiry date. It’s a little too risky.
Afterwards, for the eggs, if the expiry date has passed by a few days, you just have to do a test: you put them in water, and if they stay at the bottom, it’s good. If they come to the surface, they’re screwed. But even if they stay at the bottom, avoid eating them raw or semi-cooked if they have passed their expiry date.
For everything that is yoghurt, cheese, fresh cream or pasteurized milk, you can go up to two weeks after the expiry date without problem. Just smell before if it doesn’t smell bad. Except for the cheese, which smells bad to begin with.
And finally, all dry foods such as pasta, rice, sugar, flour, pulses etc., you have time since they hardly expire. Same for honey and tin cans, you’re safe.
Well, there’s not everything, but it’s already a good basis for everyday life. We move on.
5. Is breaking your sleep rhythm that serious?
It all depends on what you mean by “serious”, but not sleeping at a fixed time does indeed affect the quality of sleep. It is better to go to bed late but always at the same time than to change the pace every day. This will allow the body to better diffuse the sleep hormone and, therefore, to sleep better. A good thing, since the effects of lack of sleep are more heart risks, less memory and less emotional control. In short, it’s bad.
6. How many times should you exercise per week?
The WHO and the Ministry of Sports recommend doing at least 150 minutes of sport per week, or 20-25 minutes per day. These are official figures to give a general idea, but in reality it depends on each person, the type of sport practiced and your lifestyle (if you are sedentary or not, if you eat badly or not). For once, there is no universal answer, so if the question really bothers you, ask your doctor or a qualified coach, they can do it on a case-by-case basis.
7. How many times should meat be eaten per week?
Good, already, it is not obligatory to eat meat, that now one knows it. But we will assume that you eat it and that you ask yourself the question. Well in this case, we will base ourselves on the words of nutritionists that we often find: red meat is twice a week max, and then we can consume an animal product a day (eggs included) by trying to eat fish once or twice a week.
BUT once again, it’s case by case, it depends on a lot of things: the quality of the meat, the cuts chosen, the cooking method, the consumer’s lifestyle, his sports practice, his metabolism, etc., etc. It is better to discuss it with a nutritionist directly rather than reading bullshit that you find on sites like “Topito” (no, you have seen, I give you good advice anyway).
8. Do you have to wet your toothbrush before putting on toothpaste?
Well that doesn’t change much. Some believe that wetting the bristles of the toothbrush weakens them and therefore reduces the effectiveness of brushing, but not all dentists share this view. The real rule is therefore to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes, that’s the most important thing.
9. Should the eggs be chilled?
Eggs can be stored very well without being in the fridge, as long as the ambient temperature is not too high (less than 22°C, that’s fine) and they are protected from light. The important thing is that salmonella does not develop too much. The fridge can lengthen their storage time, but the downside is that an egg that is too cold can mix less well with other ingredients in recipes. It’s up to you to choose what you prefer, but, above all, NEVER wash the eggs (it removes the bacteria from the shell and spreads them). That is the most important.
10. Should the butter be refrigerated?
The ideal way to store butter is in the fridge, but it’s true that it sucks to make toast when the butter is hard as concrete. Fortunately, you can keep the butter for a few days in a classic butter dish, and even longer in a water butter dish. Yes yes, a water butter dish: basically, the butter is kept in contact with water, which protects it from the air. And no, water doesn’t dissolve butter, don’t worry (I had wondered that too).
11. Does pressing the crosswalk button really do anything?
At one time, BFM had carried out the investigation and a traffic light manager had explained to them that the button to turn the pedestrian crossing to green only worked at night, so as not to disturb traffic too much. So, avoid dirtying your fingers unnecessarily during the day. Anyway, the buttons are gradually replaced by sensors that detect the presence of pedestrians, which is a little more practical. And hygienic.
12. Is breakfast really the most important meal?
No, it’s a received idea that has been particularly spread by food lobbies. In reality, we are not at all obliged to make 3 meals a day, everyone is free. Those who tend to die at 11 a.m. if they haven’t eaten anything in the morning will have breakfast, and the others will do without it more easily. The really important thing is to eat a balanced diet and to vary the foods, it’s not to have 2 or 3 meals a day.