HELP­FUL HINTS

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - [email protected] Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

DEAR HELOISE: My vet­eri­nar­ian has di­ag­nosed my dog as over­weight. She says, as it is with peo­ple, ex­tra pounds usu­ally ap­pear as a re­sult of the an­i­mal eat­ing too much food and not get­ting enough ex­er­cise.

There are other con­di­tions that can con­trib­ute to your dog be­ing over­weight: hor­mone im­bal­ance, the an­i­mal’s breed and tem­per­a­ment, and dis­eases.

Be­ing over­weight can be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor for dis­eases like di­a­betes, pan­cre­ati­tis, heart and liver dis­ease, and arthri­tis.

The cure for over­weight? It’s a slow and steady process, ac­cord­ing to the doc­tor, with small por­tions of a nu­tri­tion­ally sound diet and no snack­ing. Up the ex­er­cise.

Make sure the whole fam­ily knows the dog is on a diet.

— El­iz­abeth A. in Ohio DEAR READER: Read­ers, check with your vet­eri­nar­i­ans for their ex­per­tise.

DEAR HELOISE: I use bak­ing soda for un­der­arm de­odor­ant.

— Don­ald B., via email DEAR READER: Bak­ing soda also can keep foot odors at bay, and it’s cheap, safe and read­ily avail­able.

No time to sham­poo? Sprin­kle a tiny amount of bak­ing soda down the part in your hair and brush. The bak­ing soda will ab­sorb ex­cess oils.

DEAR HELOISE: Can I store clothes in plas­tic con­tain­ers in the at­tic?

— Ali­cia J., via email DEAR READER: Clothes need to “breathe” and be ex­posed to cir­cu­lat­ing air. Stor­ing clothes in plas­tic bins doesn’t al­low for this. Also, mold and mildew can ac­cu­mu­late. If you live in an area of high hu­mid­ity, hang clothes, and cover with a cloth gar­ment bag or cot­ton sheet.

P.S. A cedar chest is OK.

DEAR HELOISE: This is what I did to lose weight: My rule is just to eat one help­ing of each thing. I rarely eat bread or po­ta­toes. No eat­ing be­tween meals. No count­ing calo­ries.

When at a buf­fet or large fam­ily meal, I take only one scoop of each item — no sec­ond help­ings. If I’m hun­gry for sweets, I eat a small piece of candy (I keep mini candy bars on hand).

I ex­er­cise two hours a week at a health club. I’ve pain­lessly lost 30 pounds, and I look and feel bet­ter af­ter do­ing this for seven months.

— An­nie in Ne­braska DEAR READER: Solid ad­vice for the new year.

HELOISE

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