Weight-Loss Myths To Steer Clear Of

On the internet, there’s a lot of bad health advice. Sometimes you get convinced that a “detox” is all your body needs, while others will suggest that these homoeopathic pills will instantly start shrinking you. Most of us know to avoid these obviously too-good-to-be-true myths. But there are others that tend to spread through our collective consciousness that some people take them as a given. When you’re looking to lose weight, here are some of the myths you need to change your thinking on.

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Exercise is the only way

Exercise is good for you, obviously, but hitting the gym for high-intensity training five times a week isn’t exactly necessary. Nor is it the most important part in losing weight. 150 minutes a week, more for those who are overweight, are what it really takes. In general, diet is much more important than exercise. But there are some myths about that, as well.

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All weight loss is equal

Stay away from the fad diets. Stay away from the supposed weight loss superfoods. Stay away from the diet pills. Yes, some of these methods will help you see quick changes in your weight. But it’s long been found that hard dieting and fads are often a predictor of long-term weight gain, not long-term weight loss. You have to focus on healthy weight loss, supported by permanent changes to your lifestyle. One of the worst things you can do is a fasting diet, where you get so few calories you can actually sabotage your body’s ability to burn fat.

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You can burn away that bum

Speaking of burning fat, if someone tells you that spin class is going to help you slim those thighs or that push-ups are going to lose the flabby arms, they are misinforming you. Liposuction is the only guaranteed way to target specific areas of fat. However, exercising specific parts of the body builds muscle, which can help tone and define those parts. But when your body is burning fat, you have no say on where that fat is burned.

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Healthy foods are healthy

That might seem a little unintuitive. But we’re not looking at the danger of more fruits and vegetables in your diet. We’re talking about processed foods that label themselves as healthy. If they’re “low-fat”, “low-carb” processed foods, you’re rarely being told the full story. Low-fat foods might have less fat than the usual variety, but they might have more salt and more sugar instead.

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It’s expensive to eat healthily

When you’re not shopping smart, yes, buying a lot of whole foods can be expensive. But there’s nothing to stop you eating better on a tight budget, either. Plan your meals. Buy your staples, like brown rice and tinned fish, in bulk. Save money by eating cheaper protein like eggs or beans, skipping the cost of meat once a week. There are a lot of ways to slim your waistline without slimming your wallet.

Healthier eating habits, regular exercise, and realistic expectations. Those are the three keys to being happy with your weight loss. The other tricks and tips coming in are either tools to help you get there or they’re just distractions.

 

Diet Advice Made Simple

Nutrition gets more confusing with every fad diet book published, every miracle pill released, and every fruit that’s declared a superfood. Every summer we’re bombarded with so much new information that contradicts everything we supposedly learned last year about food, that no longer know how to lose weight in a healthy way. There is no secret formula to a well-balanced diet; here is some diet advice that everyone can understand.

Don’t cut out anything

No-carb diets gained a big following once pasta, bread, and other refined carbs were declared an enemy of the flat stomach. However, although you should try to cut out refined carbs from your diet, cutting out all carbs will only leave you feeling tired, grumpy, and constipated. When eaten, carbohydrates are digested and converted into glucose (fuel for your body). Every cell in your body requires glucose; it is the main source of energy for your body cells. The brain and central nervous system, for example, rely on glucose to function. You just need to know which good carbs you need to include in your meal plans.


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Vegetarian/vegan diets aren’t easy

If you want to cut out meat, eggs, and dairy from your diet for ethical reasons, that’s fine, but you need to replace the nutrients you’re losing by cutting out entire food groups. Before you make drastic dietary changes, you need to learn more about all the nutrients you’ll need to replace. Too little iron can increase a woman’s risk of postpartum depression, and meat-free diets that don’t include dairy, beans, or eggs are also low in the quality protein needed to repair the microdamage to your muscles that comes from working out.


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More fruits and vegetables

That said, a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle will certainly increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Foods from the ground are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, which have been shown to protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. However, some people do struggle with getting their recommended intake. Fortunately, people who drink smoothies on a regular basis are more likely to get a varied intake of fruits and vegetables every day. It’s better if you make the smoothies yourself so you know for certain what you’re consuming.

Drink more water

Most dietary experts say that people snack so much because they confuse hunger with thirst. Despite knowing this, most of us still go to raid the fridge instead of keeping a bottle of water nearby. This might be because they think water is boring and would much rather drink juice or iced tea to stay hydrated; this is also a mistake because these drinks are often loaded with sugar. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious and refreshing infused water recipes to convert even the most stubborn juice-lovers.

Moderation

Healthy eating is just as much about how much you eat as it is about what you’re putting into your body. Making your portions smaller will significantly contribute to your weight loss goals.


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Go-To Gifts For The Foodie In Your Life


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It’s hard enough to buy a great gift for any loved one, but when they’re a foodie it’s even harder. When a friend or relative is always picking apart and analyzing every food or drink that’s put in front of them, there’s a natural worry that you’re going to buy something that’s a little sub-par. To make the whole task easier for you, here’s a few go-to gift ideas for the foodie in your life.

Chili Selection

If the foodie you’re buying for has a taste for blisteringly hot stuff, then why not put their palate to the test? There’s a huge range of chili peppers on the market, ranging from the mildest twinge of sweet seasoning to ones that will blow the average person’s head off! Most of us sane people stick to the lower end of the Scoville scale, but the foodie in your life might be a different story! You can buy a wide range of chili powders, blends and whole peppers on sites like Spices Inc. Get a selection for your foodie, and they’ll have months of fun seeing how hot they can go!

Tagine Cooking Pot

You may have never heard of Tagine cooking pots, but there’s a fair chance the foodie you’ve got in mind has. With their delightful decoration and distinctive shape, cooking tagines will let the foodie in your life prepare Moroccan cuisine the authentic way. Before you buy one of these pots, you need to check a couple of things. Obviously, you’ll need to have a snoop around their kitchen to make sure they don’t have one. Furthermore, because these pots were made for rustic cooking, your foodie will probably need a heat diffuser in order to use a Tagine on the hob.

An Exotic Pairing

Ask any foodie, and they’ll tell you a great dish just isn’t complete without a good pairing. If you’re stuck for any outside-the-box ideas, then there’s countless wines and spirits from around the world which your foodie might adore. Forget about the different names of countries hanging over aisles at your local liquor store. Go online, and find a truly exotic pairing which your foodie can use to complement their meals. You don’t really need to splash out in order to get a pairing your foodie will appreciate. This Kikori whiskey price, for example, is very reasonable. You know what your foodie likes to drink better than us though, so shop around!

Bacon Smoking Kit

For many foodies, there’s nothing better than the satisfaction of making their food completely from scratch. If this sounds like the one you’re buying for, then this bacon kit could be the perfect gift for them. Aside from the curing and seasoning materials included in the kit, all your foodie will need is a pork belly, and somewhere to cook. Following an easy process, (or easy for them, anyway) they’ll have 5lbs of delicious bacon ready for use in other dishes. The fact that they’ve made it themselves will make the pork taste even better!

 

Are You Ready To Confront Your Eating Habits?

We’ve all done it – we’ve all planned to be good with food only before eating an XL pizza with a stuffed crust all to ourselves. It’s far too easy! Bad food tastes great, doesn’t it? Every once in a while, indulgence in terrible food – ice cream, french fries, cakes, fried chicken is great and can do a lot for our mental health, but when these foods start to become a staple of a diet, things can head downhill fast. So when the fries become more of a habit than a treat, it might be time to start having a conversation with yourself – even then, the next time you weigh yourself you might be in for a shock.

 

When eating and indulging in bad foods becomes a long term habit (remember how quickly an average person can build a habit – it takes just under a week of repeated activity to build a habit) we can seriously suffer. A week of comfort eating can lead to years of bodily neglect. Now – there’s a lot to be said for bad foods. They taste great, they do make us feel good (even though it’s short term) and there is an abundance of it – plus it’s cheap. However, we owe it to ourselves to eat good food. Why? Because bad food can take its toll. We can gain weight, bad foods can lead to neurological issues. We can get heart disease and even cancer from eating bad foods. In small doses, bad foods are fun – in large ones, they can present all manner of issues.

 

What are bad foods? Well – anything fried, processed, cured, salted is usually quite bad for us. Overindulgence with any type of food can turn it into a ‘bad food’ – candies and boiled sweets full of sugar serve less benefits to us than chocolate (which is still bad in excess). Alcohols and overconsumption of beers, lagers, spirits and wines are unhealthy and just as bad as sugary soft drinks.


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How do we confront our bad eating habits though? Well – it can be hard. In the first instance, realizing that you’re eating terrible can be tough, you might not know. You simply need to start eating mindfully and thinking about everything going into your mouth. Question it – what benefit does it serve, is this giving you nutrition? When we start to realize the heavy impacts of bad food, we can change for the better and treat bad food as a treat. The way it should always be.


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Others choose to confront their eating habits via diets and eating plans. Diets like hcgdiet.com are great as they give you a plan to stick to. If you can’t discipline yourself, you can certainly learn how to through a diet.   Treating food like finance and budgeting yourself with calories is a good way to control your intake of food and also a path onto mindfulness – if you can take the time to realize what is in your food, it might benefit you more!

 

Treat your body well and confront your bad eating habits before the bad effects emerge.

 

Glowing With Health

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were glowing with health all of the time? Then we’d always feel and look our best no matter what life threw at us. Unfortunately, unless you are a superhero this probably isn’t going to happen, and you are occasionally going to get sick. But you can still improve how you look and feel for most of the time by doing the following things.

 

Eat well

 

This one is so simple, but so hard at the same time. We live in a society filled full of delicious but unhealthy food; designed to tempt us off of the wagon.

 

There are those yummy pastries at the coffee stand in the morning on the way to work. Then the packet of biscuits that Tina from accounts brought to the meeting. Then there is always the temptation to get a little treat from the vending machine to help the afternoon go that little bit quicker, and so on.

 

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But eating well is probably one of the most important ways that we can improve both how we feel and look. In particular, clean eating, where you only eat natural and unprocessed foods, as well as staying away from refined sugar is said to make you feel more energetic. As well as helping your skin look great by detoxing all of that rubbish out of your body.

 

Move that body

 

Now, most of us know that to look and feel our best we need to have some kind of regular exercise built into our schedule. But too many people think that unless they are wearing neon pink lycra at the gym, they just aren’t exercising properly.

 

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But what they are failing to realize is that just small changes in their day can make all of the difference. Things like going for a walk at lunch instead of sitting at their desk. Or doing half an hour of slow yoga before bed to relax and unwind from the day.

 

Remember exercise isn’t all about pushing yourself as hard as you can go. Any type can actually help you improve your circulation, get some fresh air, and chill out. Even if it’s not the most intense workout you have ever done.

 

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Look after your teeth

 

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but if you ask me the smile is pretty telling of how you feel as well.

 

For one thing, if you’re not smiling much you could actually be limiting your opportunity to feel good. You can read more about this at https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive.

 

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But what if you aren’t smiling because you don’t like your teeth? Then this is something that needs to be sorted.

 

Pop to your local dentist office and see what they can do for you. You may be surprised at how high-tech ring have got as they are now using digital interoral compares like the ones available at https://www.prodentshop.com/pages/6-incredible-benefits-of-intraoral-cameras-for-dentists-and-patients. As well as thing like invisible braces to straighten teeth, while maintaining your look.

 

Build up your immunity

 

Everybody gets sick, but some folks get sicker than others. This can be for different reasons, one of which is low immunity.

 

Immunity if your bodies ability to resist infection and heal itself, and if yours is low is can certainly result in looking and feeling awful.

 

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It also means that every time anyone in a 5-mile radius gets a sniffle, you almost just need to get it as well. Only it’ll take you longer to get rid of it. That is why it’s a great idea to boost your immunity whenever possible.

 

Of course, eating a nutritious diet and exercising can help, but many folks also take supplements to assist in this area. Popular ones include Echinacea which is a natural antibiotic and anti- inflammatory, as well as Colloidal Silver.

 

Breathe

 

Now, you may be thinking, why is this article telling me to breathe? I do this all of the time anyway! Obviously! Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here!

 

But there is a difference in the types of breathing that we do. For example, when you are stressed you often shallow breath which means that the body is getting lots of oxygen ready to go into flight or flight mode.

 

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Of course, that means the brain is getting a lot of oxygen too, which further trigger the stress response.

 

To combat this is can be really helpful to practice some slow and mindful breathing techniques. Which will not only make you feel a lot better but will also ensure you look a lot calmer and together too.

 

Losing Weight And Enjoying It

Each year in America, 45 million people spend $33 billion trying to lose weight. If you were to consider this statistic in isolation, you might think that it sounds unbelievable. However, research conducted by the Boston Medical Centre found that such an overwhelming number of people are in search of a slimmer, healthier them. Remarkably, those numbers may sound quite modest when you consider that an estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. To be more specific, nearly 75% of men and 60% of women are so classified. This is dangerous because carrying a little too much weight can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a higher risk of a heart attack and cancer. It is also a problem because about 30% children are overweight, a marked increase on the 19% of 1980. If this is a self-perpetuating problem and each generation is going to suffer with it to a greater and greater degree, then the only recourse left is to try to become healthier.

 

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The only problem is that no one enjoys dieting. It may be that your favourite food is quite indulgent and any sensible diet would not allow it. Living every day not eating something that you know will bring you happiness requires a great strength of will. That is before you mention any of the weight loss products that promise so much and yet deliver so little. And then there is the exercising. Going to the gym is always pretty miserable, especially if you feel self-conscious. However, it does not need to be a gruelling, miserable exercise in restraint and self-discipline. It can be fun and here are a few things that prove it:

 

Firstly, diets are simple. An excess of fat is caused by a person taking on more calories than they burn off. The way to lose that weight is to burn more calories than you take in. This may mean cutting down on particularly high-calorie items, but that does not mean that you cannot have them at all, it just means that you should have them once in awhile. When you do indulge yourself (and everybody should every now and then), it just means that you have to work out a little harder that day. Besides, there are lots of foods that are good for you and that taste good too. For instance, if you are looking for some recipes for a diet, why not try some fresh fruit? You can take it with you when you do some exercise and have something to look forward to when you’re done.

 

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It is not just food that you can enjoy though. Working out, as a stereotype, can sometimes seem rather ridiculous. The image of someone lifting weights while they admire themselves in the mirror is rather embarrassing. That is why you do not need to go to the gym at all. Why not join a walking group in your area, or set up your own jogging group with your friends? You could also take up a sport like softball. It is a great way to have fun, lose weight and meet new people at the same time.  

 

Be Body Beautiful


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It’s more important to be beautiful on the inside than the outside, but there is also nothing wrong with doing what you can to make your body as beautiful as it can be. After all, a healthy body is an indicator that you live a healthy lifestyle and that you take pride in yourself.

 

If you’re in search of the body beautiful, here are some simple tips for creating the look you desire:

 

Eat a Healthy Diet


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If you want to be a healthy weight, have beautiful flawless skin and thick, luxurious hair, you need to be careful about what you put into your body. Eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats will ensure that you get all the nutrients you need to feel good on the inside and look great on the outside.

 

Use Coconut Oil


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No matter what other beauty skin care products you use to get the body beautiful, you simply must add a jar of coconut oil to your bathroom shelf. This simple substance can be used for everything from cleansing and moisturizing the skin to removing makeup and conditioning your hair. It is also a healthy fat, which when eaten will work on your skin, hair, and nails from the inside out.

 

Exercise


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There’s no way around it – if you want to be body beautiful, you are going to have to do some exercise. Engaging in regular activity will help to control your weight, tone up problem areas and give you the kind of confidence that can make any body appear infinitely more beautiful. It will also help you to stay healthy and disease free on the inside too.

 

Use Sunscreen


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If you don’t want to be covered in wrinkles, blemishes and dark spots by the time you’re 50, you need to take good care of your skin by protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun. Whether the sun is shining down on your face, or it seems to be obscured by the clouds, always wear a sunscreen on your face, neck and any other parts that are exposed.

 

Take Grooming Seriously


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You will never look your best if you don’t get serious about your personal hygiene and grooming. So, cut your hair every six weeks, manicure your nails regularly, take care of any unwanted body hair and most importantly, wash daily. If you do only these things, you will look much better than you would otherwise.

 

Exfoliate

 

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Eating your fruits and veggies and moisturizing will help to give your skin a glow, but that will be overshadowed if you allow your dead skin cells to build up. To ensure your skin always looks fresh and radiant, dry brush with a boar-haired body brush every day and exfoliate your face at least three times a week. This will remove dead skin, allowing fresh new cells to show you at your best.

 

Fake It


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If you do all these things and you still have a few problem areas that spoil your look, there is nothing wrong with using a bit of concealer, fake tan or skin whitener to reach perfection.

 

What are your tips for getting the body beautiful?

Drop a Dress Size in a Week


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Crash diets don’t work long-term. They make you miserable, and you end up gaining back, even more, weight than you lost in the first place! Eating clean and squeezing in the occasional treat is a much healthier and effective way to lose weight, guaranteed. That being said, we all have those big events, like dinner parties and weddings, that we need to attend. We want to look our best, and we only have a week or two to lose weight, which means that we have to crash diet, right? Well, no – not really. There are several things you can do to fit into that size ten dress even though you’re a twelve, which don’t involve crash dieting. Check out this list of (mostly) simple ways to drop a dress size in around seven days:

 

Stay Hydrated


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If you can’t fit into that slinky little number not because you’ve gained too much weight, but because you’re really bloated, you need to start drinking more water. The better hydrated you are, the better able your body will be to purge itself of excess salt reserves and toxins that are causing your stomach to blow up like a balloon.

 

Eat Your Vegetables


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Starving yourself to lose weight isn’t going to work. It’s just going to make you feel sick. On average, it is impossible to lose more than two pounds of real fat in a week, so you’re onto a losing streak if you think the cabbage soup diet will sort you out. That being said, making vegetables the bulk of your meal will help you to lose a couple of pounds and eliminate bloat-causing toxins, which could be enough to get you into that special outfit in time.

 

Start Sweating


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Sweating will get rid of excess water that makes your body swell up and look bigger than it really is. It also releases toxins and helps the body to burn excess fat. So, get running or take as many trips to the sauna as you can in the week before your important event.

 

Liposuction

 

If you have the money and the inclination, vaser liposuction is a simple procedure, which can get rid of excess fat in a pinch, giving you’re the silhouette you really want very quickly.

 

Cut Down on Carbs


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If you are retaining water, you can puff up and appear bigger than your weight would suggest. By cutting down on carbs, you can encourage your body to release water more quickly, which will slim you down somewhat. A low-carb diet can also help you to burn fat more quickly, but you generally have to cut down to a very low carb intake for that to happen, and that is something which isn’t very sustainable in most cases.

 

Exercise


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I’ll be honest, exercise can only do so much in the space of a week, but if you do an hour a day, combined with a healthy diet you could lose 2-3 pounds in seven days. Just stick to cardio and exercise as intensely as you can safely manage for the best results.

 

Once you’ve hit your goal, don’t fall back into bad habits. Keep eating more fruits and vegetables and take regular exercise and you’ll always be at your ideal weight in the future!

 

Lettuce Turnip The Beet In Your Kitchen

 

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Ok, maybe we have gone one pun too far here, but stick with it.

Getting creative in the kitchen is definitely in fashion.  Whether you cook from the heart or get all scientific with your style, the world is enjoying more and more time in their kitchens and less time in restaurants.

 

Soul food is a real passionate and loving cuisine which comes from Africa.  Although the western world has now adopted the phrase and created their own versions. For us it evokes a feeling of warmth and love.  Regardless of what country you are from, it is almost certain your culture will have it’s own version of food made from the heart, for the heart.  Neo soul food is the latest to the party.  With diabetics, the health-conscious and traditional all being catered for.  

 

You don’t need a kitchen full of technology and gadgets to produce a meal to warm the soul.  Simplistic cooking is the order of the day and as a result the utensils required are fairly basic in nature.  A good quality set of knives are every budding chef’s best friend.  Weight and size will depend on you and everyone’s idea of the best tool for the job is different.  Check out this fantastic read for advice on purchasing the most important object in your kitchen.  Then grab yourself a chopping board and you are already on the way to becoming a culinary king.  Check out our earlier post on how to eat amazing food too.

 

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Deep, rich flavours are key.  Imagine the cooking of your grandparents or your mum.  It should be as much about smell as it is about taste.  It is the kind of meal that you eat propped up in the kitchen whilst talking to friends, or that you make yourself on a cold winter’s night as you sit watching an old film under a blanket.  For the original soul don’t think health kick here.  Starch, fat, cholesterol and calories are the unfortunate additions to most of these dishes but don’t let that put you off.  A little bit of bad can be good, right?  If you don’t agree then the Neo soul food recipes see coconut oil and turkey used over the more traditional butter, steak and pork.  Also you can tweak the cooking methods of most recipes.  Trying to cut portion size will also help but sometimes you just have to let yourself have a blow out and when food is this delicious? It’s hard not to keep going.

 

For some exciting recipes check out this link then get cooking.  Most importantly remember that this is a textual experience too.  Soul food isn’t for plates.  It needs to sit in a bowl which you can cup in your hands and treasure the warmth.

 

Soul is something with a beat, with a passion and with a purpose.  So turn up the beat in your kitchen and serve a little love in up to the people you treasure.

 

How To Eat Amazing Meals Even When You’re Busy

We all love good food – there’s no argument about that. Who doesn’t love to feast on some amazing meals and stuff themselves silly with great tasting treats? The problem is, unless you can afford to constantly eat out at fancy restaurants and cute bistros that supply the desired goods, you’re the person in charge of feeding yourself.

 

Then it’s a completely different ball game.  Whilst we all want to eat great food, there’s not many of us that want to come home after a long day at work to slog it out in the kitchen for a good hour or two, especially when your meal is gobbled up in less than fifteen minutes!

 

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But don’t worry. There are ways to have great tasting food that fills the soul without needing to dedicate your life to being in the kitchen. Enjoy great food whilst also having a great social life by following these top tips on how to get the job done quickly AND to a high standard.

 

  1. Get yourself a blender

 

One of the most boring things to do in the kitchen is spending half an hour chopping up vegetables for your favourite dish. Chop, slice and dice your way to food heaven by using one of these great time savers. They aren’t just great for cutting up your veggies for you either. You can use any decent blender to make some great creamy soups for cold winter nights and you can impress your friends with some amazingly fruity cocktails. Check out Blender Friend for advice on the best models out there.

 

  1. Navigate your way around the spice cabinet

 

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Learning how to correctly use spices and herbs is one of the best things you’ll ever do as a cook. They can make or break a dish and learning how to add them to the right things will bring your dishes alive. You can turn even the most boring chicken dish into a sensation to your taste buds if you know what you’re doing. If you have no idea what to do when it comes to adding extras to your food, check out this guide on how to use herbs and spices in cooking.

 

  1. Consider weekly food prep

 

If you’re stupidly busy during the week but find you have quiet Sunday evenings after your mad weekends then it’s definitely a good idea to prepare your meals at the beginning of each week. You can cook enough to have numerous meals per batch and it means you’ll only have one load of washing up to do for the entire week. You can get home after a hectic day and bung it in the microwave and sit down to eat a delicious meal.

 

  1. Acid can be your best friend

 

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When it comes to sprucing up any meal, there’s more to be done than just adding salt. If you find yourself being severely underwhelmed with a dish then try adding a splash of acid (the safe type, such as white vinegar and lemon by the way) – it will sharpen up all the flavours in your dish in seconds!