5 Tips To Make Your Weight Loss Diet More Flavorful

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For most people, strict diet control is the most preferred way to manage and reduce weight.  However, many of these diets may result in people eating less flavorful foods. And for someone who likes to enjoy their meal fully, this can be quite off-putting. To help you deal with it, we list below five tips that can help you make your weight loss diet more flavorful.

Spices

The easiest way to increase the flavor of foods is to add spices and other herbs into the mix. These can be added either during the cooking time, or you can mix them in after preparing the food. And if you are not accustomed to using much spice in your foods, then it is recommended that you do start trying out the various spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and so on. In addition to adding flavor, certain spices are also known to aid in weight loss, which is an added bonus. For example, these 5 spices can help you cut down weight when you are on your HCG diet or any other weight loss diet programs.

Cooking Techniques

You can also try to change the cooking techniques in order to bring out the various flavors in the foods. So, if you have only been cooking the meat by boiling it in water and reducing the gravy, try grilling the meat instead so as to infuse the flavors of charcoal and add a new texture to it. In the same way, you can also try pan searing it. Just heat up some oil and let the meat get crisp on the outside from the hot oil. When you taste it, you will see that its flavors will differ vastly from your normal cooking method.

Slow Cook

Want to intensify the flavors of your food. Then the easiest way to do so will be to slow cook it. This is especially true in case the food in question is meat. When you slow cook a food, all its flavors get enough time to come out and mingle with the rest of the items in the pot. This increases the complexity of taste and will result in a meal that is far superior in flavors when compared to something that was just cooked for a few minutes.  

Low-Fat Cream And Mayonnaise

A strict diet will require you to give up cream, mayonnaise, and other such fatty food items. However, you don’t have to avoid them completely. Instead, look out for low-fat versions of cream and mayonnaise, and use them in your meals in small quantities. By doing so, you can enjoy the taste of these items while also ensuring that you don’t pack in high amounts of fat.

Caramelize

Another tip to get your food rich in flavors is to try caramelizing it. This essentially requires you to brown the food while cooking it in oil. The process will bring out all the juices and flavors of the food, making it tastier to the palette.  

 

New Year’s make overs

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Post Christmas indulgence, many of us are looking to start the new year on the right foot. Read below for our tips to make 2018 your healthiest year yet!

Declutter your life

Whether you’re a Marie Kondo or The Minimalists fan, taking the time to sort through the clutter that has accumulated over the years is quite cathartic! Not only will you gain more control over your living or working space, most likely this will assist you to be more mindful with your purchasing in the future, great news for your bank balance! Aside from a de-stash in your work space and home, consider ways to organise your life and commitments to limit the frantic, last minute chaos of forgotten presents or paying of bills. Whether it be automatic reminders or blocking our time in the diary to address all the personal admin, planning this will mean you spend a lot less time overall on these activities.

Tweak your output

On the topic of diaries, making a commitment to exercise more or to simply be ‘more healthy,’ will typically not result in the formation of a new habit in the long term. Instead schedule time in to actually complete that daily walk or to get to the gym. Of course you can be flexible, but if your workout time scheduled at the same time that dinner needs preparing, chances are you won’t make it! Being realistic with goal setting is also useful, gym sessions 4 times a week are difficult to sustain if previously you were at zero. Start with a smart goal that describes when, how and for how long you will commit to certain activities. Then review after it expires and see whether you can set a new challenge or will continue on your new path. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, why not consider completing a fitness course online? This can help save costs on personal trainers as you’ll be able to apply the knowledge gained through the course to your own workouts.

Goal setting for financial objectives

On the topic of achievements, it’s also good to have some longer term goals in mind and plan ahead for those. Rather than taking out a personal loan, make changes in your budget to set aside extra cash for that indulgence whether it be a new car or holiday. Investing in yourself also counts, so if you are needing to cover the cost of a labiaplasty procedure in Melbourne or want to learn how to speak Spanish, saving up will also give you more time to determine how important the purchase is to you. Impulse buying can be costly, especially if in 6 months time your little splurge is not so meaningful to you anymore. Many people can save cash buy opening up a fee free, high interest savings account specifically devoted to their goal. Putting regular money aside that is not easily accessible is the best way to go.

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The Top 5 Gifts to get your Dad for Christmas

Dads can at times be overlooked when it comes to scouring for a Christmas gift. Whether it’s dull socks, dodgy slippers or another mug, Dad’s tend to the raw end of the festal stick. But should they always be treated as second best?

There is a wealth of mint pressies made especially for dads out there – ranging from futuristic tech devices like Bluetooth speakers to the unorthodox foodie subscriptions if he considers himself to be a dab hand in matters kitchen.

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If you still have no idea of what to get the old man, keep reading. This article is meant to guide you on how to find the perfect Christmas gift for that special man in your life.

1. Golf Gear

Your dad could be a golf enthusiast, or he could just be learning the ropes of the game, either way, buying him golf gear to get him started would be an excellent way to show appreciation for your father.

The new and modern golf gear, would set him apart from his golfing friends and may give him an edge over his peers. We all know how competitive men tend to be, and when he beats his friends, he will undoubtedly want to share the bragging rights with you.

Visit our website to see the various kinds of gear you can buy ranging from pin golf, clubs, putters, drivers and much more.

2. David Bowie: A Life

Perhaps your dad is a music fanatic and an avid reader. The Dylan Jones biography could just make this Christmas his best. This biography is an anthology of opinions and interviews with people that knew him best. The book also covers snippets from David Bowie himself.

Nothing would mean more to your Dad this Christmas than adding a book covering the life and times of a treasured musical icon.

3. Ali: A Life

Perhaps the most extensive and conclusive biography of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, ever published. Regarded as the best boxer of all time, this book is guaranteed to have your Dad glued to his desk. Based on over 500 interviews with people that knew him the most, it charters his career and life. Ali was one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century and one of the most famous. He had a blend of speed and power never seen before his time. Also, a preacher, an actor, a draft resister, fighter for racial pride and a comedian, the book captures just about everything on Ali. Your Dad won’t want to put it down.   

4. Personalized pint glass

Get your father something he’ll cherish forever; a personalized pint glass to add to his collection of favourite glasses. You may add a special message or date to give it a sentimental and unique touch.   

5. Twickenham Stadium Tour

Is your Dad a rugby fan? Send him on a tour of England’s home of rugby. A ticket to Twickenham Stadium tour would undoubtedly make this holiday unforgettable. The tour is a 75-minute stroll around the renowned grounds as well as entry to the World Rugby Museum accompanied by a gift pack.  

 

How to beat dental anxiety

The anxiety that comes with a dental appointment is often worse than anything that actually happens during the procedure. From a simple check-up to the infamous root canal, all kinds of dental procedures can make us all very nervous. But most of our fears are created in our own minds, and can be overcome with a few simple tips.

 

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Know What’s Going On

Anxiety can be rooted in the fear of the unknown, or it can develop because your expectations aren’t based in reality. Just because you think something is going to be painful doesn’t mean it will be. Take the time to have a frank discussion with your dentist about what will be going on during your procedure.

 

And while you’re getting the details on your appointment, explain that you are still anxious about the procedure. The dentist can’t know how you’re feeling unless you tell them. Having an stronger dose of numbing agent, additional sedative or even just taking the process slower than usual can all help you get through the appointment with less anxiety.

 

Keep Distracted

Taking your mind off your mouth can be tough during a dental appointment, but being able to choose your favorite music can be a potent distraction. Just make arrangements before your appointment so that your dentist knows what’s happening. Wearing your own headphones may be out because they can get tangled in the equipment so be prepared to have a mobile device with speakers you can just set up on the counter. Make up a playlist of your favorites, and concentrate on your tunes instead of the dentist.

 

If music doesn’t hold your attention, you can convince a friend to come along and just have a chat with you. Granted, the conversation will be a little one-sided since there will be hands or equipment in your mouth for most of the time.

 

Hypnosis

Don’t laugh, hypnosis is an excellent way to deal with all kinds of anxiety, including those nervous trips to the dentist. You can try self-hypnosis products, or even a session or two with a therapist. Once the suggestion is set in your sub-conscious, you can find yourself far less anxious about going to the dentist.

 

Practice Good Dental Care

If you are anxious about the dentist, the best thing you can do is to take such great care of your teeth that nothing causes you problems. This includes the usual tips on regular brushing with a good toothbrush at least twice a day, as well as flossing. Even with this great daily maintenance, you need to have at least one check-up each year. Finding a problem while it is still small means you won’t have serious dental surgery later on. More frequent (and less invasive) appointments will help create a more positive experience in your mind too.

 

The Consequences

It is only fair to mention the inevitable consequences of letting your anxiety get the best of you. If you choose to ignore dental health and simply avoid the dentist altogether, you run the risk of very serious health complications. A simple sore tooth can develop a more serious infection that can (and will) spread through your gums and deeper into the jaw bone.

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Weight Like a Celebrity

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So, you’re looking to lose 20 pounds quick and you aren’t really sure as to how you’re going to be able to take care of all of it. How can you find solutions that make sense? Some celebrities do a lot of work in order to try and lose weight effectively, and so how do they do it? Let’s take a look at the top 10 ways in which this happens.

1 – It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

You don’t need to lose 10 pounds in a week. You want to be patient with your body and make sure that, no matter what, you are going to lose weight. Take your time and you’re more likely to get the weight off and keep it off for good as well.

2 – Don’t Try to Measure Out Everything

So many people sit there with scales and whatever else when they are trying to drop weight. Just eat what you think is right and watch your portions to get the best results that you can get.

3 – Snack on Fruit

Fruit is one of the best ways for you to get what you need out of a snack while still working toward your weight loss goals. Grab a piece of fruit instead of a bag of chips and you’ll be good to go.

4 – Be Gentle With Your Body

Working your body out too much causes stress and makes it hard for you to lose weight.

5 – It’s All About Balance

Balancing out everything in your life, including what you eat and how you function can be a pretty big deal. By finding balance and take your time finding what you need when it comes to living a good, healthy, balanced life.

6 – Get a Good Night’s Sleep

If you aren’t sleeping well, you’re stressed, and you’re producing more stress hormones. This makes it much more difficult for you to lose weight (and more likely to gain it, instead).

7 – Get Up and Move Around

Don’t just sit at a desk all day. Find ways to get up and get moving, even if it means that you’re just going to take a short walk around the block in order to prevent monotony.

8 – Don’t Totally Restrict Your Diet

A lot of people make the mistake of claiming that certain foods are off limits. Instead of doing that, why not just limit what you’re getting and make sure that you don’t eat too much of it as time goes on?

9 – Consider Getting Help From Your Friends

Accountability is a big deal and having a little help from friends who are trying to lose weight with you can actually be a pretty big deal, no matter how much or how little that you may be trying to get rid of.

10 – Don’t Give Up

Most of all, don’t give up. You want to lose weight, and the best way to do that is to make sure that you are moving forward and not giving up on anything that you could be trying to do to feel better.

 

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Bad Habits Die Hard: Why It Is So Tough To Establish A Healthy Habit?

It in an unfortunate truth of the world that we live in that bad habits die hard. Why is It a lot easier to fall into the routine of going to bed at 2 am and getting up at midday, than it is to climb out of bed at 6.30 am? Fresh as a daisy and ready to start the day? Likewise, it seems much simpler to start eating a sweet treat after every meal than to cut out sugar altogether? Why is that? It’s because establishing healthier habits often requires some sort of sacrifice or uncomfort and as humans, we’re programmed to not like that very much. But it is possible with a little effort and a lot of smarts, to establish habits that are good for you. Read on to find out how.

Set a specific goal

bad habits die hard

The first thing you need to do if you are trying to get into a healthy habit is to have a specific goal to work to. For example being fitter is way too vague. Instead, you might say I want to give up smoking. Or, I want to be able to run for 10 minutes a day.

Having a specific goal makes it a lot easier to get into a positive habit because you know exactly what you are aiming for, and when you have reached it. Nebulous targets, where the goal posts move as soon as you get close to them, are something that definitely needs to be avoided.

 

Track your progress

Another important factor in getting into a healthy habit is that you keep track of your progress. OK, so you might have decided that you want to lose weight and eat at least two portions of fruits and vegetables with every meal. But you’ve had chips and pasta at dinner for the last two days. So you decide you are failing and just give up.

But, if you had been tracking your habits, then you would have remembered that you had your two portions for three out of five dinners, and at every breakfast and lunch. So you weren’t really failing at all! It was just a bit of a blip, and these are definitely to be expected when trying to establish a new habit.

The point is that by tracking your positive habits you can see your own success, which is very motivating. It can also show you where you need to adjust things or work a bit harder which is constructive for keeping to your new habit in the long run. You can even track your habits on your mobile device by using an app like this.

Remind yourself why you are doing it

Another important aspect of establishing a positive and healthy new habit is to remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place. Never underestimate the power of motivation. Your mind is the strongest tool you have, and if you are motivated enough you will definitely be able to reach your goal.

To help you stay motivated, it is important to stay positive. To do this, you can imagine yourself when you have established your new habit, happy and feeling better. Or you can use images or items of clothing to remind you why you want to lose weight. You can even use your kids’ drawings as a reminder as to why you are getting fit because you want to be the best parent to them that you can be.

 

Make it easy on  yourself

Another piece of the healthy habit forming puzzle is to give yourself permission to make things as easy as possible. So many people fail at forming positive habits because they make things way harder than they actually need to be.

For example, if you are looking to exercise more, don’t pick an activity you hate and don’t force yourself to go to the gym if you think it’s boring and you hate being on the show. Instead, research and buy some pieces of exercise equipment that you can use in our own home. You can look at pages like this rowing machine review to get you started.

Remember that there are reviews out there for most types of home exercise equipment you can buy. So make sure you do your research before parting with your money. As getting a good deal on having workout tools in your own home, can make it a lot easy to get into the habit of exercising.

 

Make a pact

If motivation is something that you are really struggling with another great tip in establishing a positive habit is to make a pact with someone else. This can help in all sorts of ways.

Firstly you are actually accountable to someone other than yourself, so if you’re not keeping up with you habit you will have to explain why.

Secondly having someone else around you for moral support, that is on the same journey, can be so helpful. Not only are they there to celebrate your successes but they are also able to commiserate with you when things get hard too.

 

Reward yourself

Lastly, one of the key aspects of getting into a positive health habit is acknowledging your successes and rewarding yourself for these. While it’s easy to see how well everyone else is doing, some people really struggle with giving themselves the credit that they deserve.

This can hold you back from achieving your goal of getting into a good habit because everyone needs a little positive reinforcement from time to time. So to remedy this why not write out a chart with associated rewards on. Then whenever you hit a significant step on the way to achieving your positive habit, you can treat yourself.

The rewards don’t need to be massive. They can just be little things like a night out, a book you have had your eye on, or a small item of clothing.

A word of warning, though, try to ensure that your rewards actually match up with the habit that you are trying to create. For example, if you are trying to develop the habit of healthy eating, by cutting out fried food and sugar. Don’t then reward you with a candy bar, donut or a takeaway.