Lose Weight, Not Your Sanity: The Golden Rules Of Healthy Dieting

Have you tried every diet in the book? Are you sick of surviving days of juicing or eating green soup to find that you gain as much weight as you lost a few days later? Do you crave food, but feel unhappy or anxious when you look in the mirror? If you’re keen to embrace healthy eating, here are some golden rules to help you lose weight, not your sanity.

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In its most basic form, weight loss is an equation. If you can solve this conundrum, you can lose weight without sacrificing the foods you love or overhauling your lifestyle completely. If you consume more calories than you use, you’ll gain weight. If you burn more calories than you take in, you’ll lose weight. If you’re not one to read food labels or you have no idea how many calories you consume on an average day, it’s a good idea to do a little research on nutrition and to get an idea of which foods are most beneficial for you and which to avoid. You can read books or blogs, ask your doctor for healthy eating plans or arrange to see a nutritionist. If you’re trying to lose weight, the best way to go about it is controlling the number of calories you take in and increasing the amount of work your body does. A combination of healthy eating and exercise will lead to sustainable results. It will also improve your health and mental wellbeing. If you’re unfamiliar with counting calories, it doesn’t have to be a chore. You can use apps to keep track of your average daily consumption.

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Detox

It’s a really good idea to start a new healthy living program with a detox. Detoxing is all about removing toxins from the body, but it can also help to focus your mind and get you in the right mindset to take on your dieting challenge. If you’re interested in detoxing products and solutions, check out sites like PassYourTest. Alternatively, you can commit to eating clean, drinking water and avoiding drinking and smoking for a period of time. After your initial detox, you should hopefully feel motivated and full of energy and enthusiasm.

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Change the way you diet

The word diet has such negative connotations. If somebody says they’re on a diet, you automatically assume that they’re living on leaves or weird and wonderful juices that resemble algae. The truth is that dieting doesn’t have to be hard work. Rather than following a fad diet, focus on healthy eating. Don’t cut out entire food groups and allow yourself the odd treat. If you’ve stuck to a balanced plan all week, there’s nothing wrong with having a cupcake or a slice of pizza on a Saturday. If you deprive yourself, you’re more likely to give in to cravings. Choose foods that have nutritional value, and try and vary your meals so that you don’t get bored. If you’re not a brilliant cook, you can find hundreds of simple, quick, healthy recipes online.

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If you’re sick of dieting and never getting results, it’s time to change the way you try and lose weight. Being on a diet doesn’t have to mean giving up everything you love and surviving on salads and water. Hopefully, these simple rules will help you lose weight, improve your health and enjoy long-term results.

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The 3 Biggest Lies You’ve Been Told About Healthy Eating!

Ask any medical professional what they key to staying healthy is, and they’ll tell you it starts with a good diet. Healthy eating is an essential part of life, and the sooner you get into the swing of things, the better your health will be.

It sounds easy, right? All you have to do is eat healthy foods, and that will be that! However, a healthy diet is made a lot harder by all the lies and myths surrounding the food industry. Loads of people will claim they know ‘super diets’ that help you lose weight fast or get super healthy. There are foods that people say you should/shouldn’t eat, and it all gets very confusing. As a result, people end up eating things they think are good for them but really aren’t.

Bearing that in mind, I thought I’d clear things up by showing you the big lies you’ve been told about healthy eating.

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It’s Bad To Eat Foods High In Fat

Fat always has bad connotations, doesn’t it? We always think of it as a bad thing that should be avoided. As such, many people tell you to avoid eating things that are high in fat. So, you have a look at the label on some food products, and almost have a heart attack when you see the fat content. You avoid them, thinking you’re doing your body a load of good when really, you’re depriving it of an essential thing.

You see, the mistake is that people put fat into one category as though it’s one thing. But, there are good fats and bad fats. Things like avocado, cooking oils, and nuts are all high in unsaturated fats. These are great for your body as they contain essential fatty acids and things like omega-3, which help lower cholesterol and bring good things to your internal system. The bad fats are saturated fats which lead to heart disease and all sorts of things. It’s bad to eat them, but not bad to eat unsaturated fats. In fact, many people don’t get enough of the good fats, which is why there are brands like KetoMCT that offer supplements you can take freely. Personally, I think supplements are a good idea if you’re one of the people that struggles to eat the recommended daily intake of good fats. You might not like foods that contain good fats, so a supplement helps you out. Otherwise, just alter your diet and eat more unsaturated fats!

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Carbs Are The Enemy

If you’ve ever been on a fad diet, then the chances are you probably stopped consuming carbs. For years, people were told carbs were bad for you, and the cause of weight gain. If you eat carbs, you’ll get fat – that’s what we all believed! Well, it turns out, this isn’t strictly true. Again, there’s a difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs come in the form of things like vegetables, whole grains, and things full of fiber. Bad cards are things like white bread, white rice, crisps, and sugary products.

Why do we need good carbs? Because they provide us with energy and keep us feeling fuller for longer. If you have a nice breakfast packed full of good carbs, then you have less need to eat between meals, which prevents you from consuming too many calories every day. The problem most people have is they eat bad carbs, which provides them with an energy spike, but doesn’t satisfy their appetite. So, they eat more and more, packing on the calories, which ultimately leads to weight gain. Not to mention that good carbs also often contain good nutrients like fiber, which help maintain a healthy digestive system. If you’ve been told to avoid carbs, then ignore whoever told you this! Carbs are a key part of your healthy diet, but only in their good form!

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You Have To Eat Salads Every Day

When you think about it, why don’t more people eat healthily? Why do we have such a big problem with obesity and people eating badly? It’s because everyone thinks eating healthy foods is boring. They think you have to eat plain salads every day or just eat things you don’t like. This is easily the biggest lie you’ve been told about healthy eating. In fact, I seriously question the brain power of whoever told you this!

The fact is, salads are healthy because they contain lots of veg and good things. But, eating salads alone won’t help you live a healthy life. The key is balance. You need to eat a balanced diet that provides you with enough protein, carbs, good fats, vitamins, and sugar. While at the same time, it shouldn’t give you too much sugar, salt, or unsaturated fats. This means you can still eat things like chicken, beef, pasta; and a lot more of your favorite foods too. In fact, you can even eat classic fast food things like burgers and pizza. The key is making them yourself, so you know the nutritional value of them, and can make them healthier! For example, make the burgers out of low-fat, high-quality, beef mince. Grill them instead of frying them in loads of oil, and put them in a wholemeal bun. There’s nothing unhealthy about a meal like this! So, if you believe eating healthy is boring and means a life full of salads, then you’re wrong!

Obviously, there are other lies out there about healthy eating. However, in my experience, these are the biggest and most common ones. I guess you can say that there’s a main theme with most healthy eating lies; there are good and bad versions of almost everything. Fats as a whole aren’t bad because you have good, unsaturated ones. The same goes for carbs; you have to ensure you’re eating the good versions and avoiding the bad ones. Lastly, as I touched upon in the last lie; balance is key. Too much of a good thing will make it a bad thing! Always make sure you eat within the guideline daily amounts, and you’ll have a healthy diet on your hands.

Leopard Print Lindsay’s Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

I was going to refer to these as “lactation” cookies, but felt that some would be deterred by that description. These cookies are great for anyone, and just happen to be excellent for nursing mothers!

They are packed with, well, obviously oats, but other great ingredients that help boost energy and help as well with hydration thanks to all the fiber. (Breastfeeding Moms: These could help you with your milk supply! I know they help with mine!)

The almonds and peanuts in them also help give added protein, which can help give us more energy and feel fuller longer, but these also help support milk supply.

The chocolate, well, let’s be honest, it’s for sanity. Who wants a cookie without chocolate chips? Um, not me.

I created these after looking at the Quaker Oatmeal Cookie recipe that comes on the container, and making my own changes/additions. I personally feel they are quite tasty and hope you enjoy them as well!

Please note, this recipe is already doubled as I freeze the batter to be able to bake them a few at a time. You can do the same, as I will explain below, or make them all; which is especially great for a big group. You may cut it in half as well, for less cookies…but really who wants less cookies?

Ingredients:

2 Sticks Imperial Butter, softened

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar

1 cup White Sugar

4 Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

2 tsp Baking Soda

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

6 cups Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats

2/3 cup Unsalted Peanuts

2/3 cup Slivered Almonds

2/3 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet (or multiples of you are baking them all and skipping the freezing step) with parchment paper.

In your stand mixer (using the mixing paddle is best), or large mixing bowl, blend together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, and baking soda until well blended. Slowly add in the flour, blend thoroughly, scraping the sides as needed.

Add in the oats a little at a time, about half way, add in the peanuts, almonds, and chocolate chip.

Your mixer will get full, but it can handle it. Finish adding in the oats and let your mixer do as much as it can. I usually have to take a large rubber spatula and fold it all together a little at the end.

Using a cookie scoop (I actually think mine is technically an ice cream scoop, but it has the scraper that helps release the dough best) and place place at least an inch or two apart on your cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees 12-15 min.

Once cooled enough, enjoy!

Yes, these cookies do come out large, there’s nothing wrong about that!

Store in a ziplock bag or other container that helps to keep them fresh!

For the nursing moms out there, I eat at least one a day, sometimes two if I feel my milk supply is low. I’d love to hear how these work for you!

Freezing the Batter:

Take about a 1ft square piece of wax paper and divide it in two. Place 4 scoops of cookie dough on one piece and place the other on top, flatten slightly. Place in a freezer bag, and continue until the bag is full. Cookies can be placed on top of one another, and be sure to squeeze out some of the air when sealing. When ready, take out one pack at a time (at least that’s what I do), let thaw slightly, and bake according to directions above.

Restore, Revitalise and Relax: How To Feel Fabulous With Food and Fitness

You stare into the mirror each morning and you aren’t happy with what is standing in front of you. Everyday you inspect your curvy hips, wobbly thighs and squishy cheeks. Overcoming these insecurities will never be easy. We all have hang-ups when it comes to our bodies, but often we don’t realise that they are what make us fabulous. You should never what to change who you are, but it is important to be healthy. I bet you didn’t know that most of the things you don’t like about yourself can be tweaked and tightened up in a flash. No surgery or drastic diets needed, all you need to do is adjust your lifestyle little by little. The beauty will shine out from within and you will feel goodinstantly. Start today and use food and fitness to live a brighter life.

Glamourous and Glowing

You’re skin look dull, tired and full of blemishes. You can’t remember a time you woke up and felt flawless and free of make-up. Did you know that food can influence the way your skin looks and feels? It doesn’t matter if you’ve invested your savings into the most expensive, premium skincare brand on the market; if you aren’t feeding your body the correct nutrients your skin will suffer.

Make sure you incorporate skin-plumping foods into your diet, such as avocados and fresh salmon. The rich, good fats in these foods will feed your skin from the inside and give you a glow in no time. If you’re suffering from inflamed zits or skin blemishes try starting your day with a hot mug of water with a slice of fresh lemon. Lemon contains antioxidants that will instantly relieve your skin of bacteria causing blemishes. Blueberries are another amazing antioxidants so try and get these into at least one of your meals each day. Make sure you’re drinking enough water too to keep your skin hydrated and your body functioning well.

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Fuel Your Fitness Regime

You might have started a new exercise plan which promises quick and easy results, but you’re just not seeing on yourself. You’ve been sticking to it religiously and your body just doesn’t seem to be responding. No matter how hard you’re working in the gym, you need to complement that hard work with the correct nutrients. You need to feed your body the correct products at the correct times in order to see those results in the gym.

Before you head to the gym try and make sure you’ve had some form of complex carbohydrates, this will fuel your body with the energy it needs to work hard in that spin class. You could have organic porridge, wholemeal toast with peanut butter or even some Greek yogurt with homemade granola sprinkled on top. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs, they are you friend if you’re going to the gym! After a hard workout your body will need adequate supplements to repair its muscles. You’re going to need high protein foods such as eggs, lean meats and green veggies after you hit the gym. If you’re opting for a smoothie try adding a supplement of protein powder for an extra boost of muscle repairing formula. If you are consuming protein powder and building muscle you’re more likely to feel leaner and more energized. So if you’re looking to lose fat and gain muscle this would be a great idea for you.

Be Kind To Yourself

Stop beating yourself up for skipping a gym class or indulging in a slice of cake at your friend’s birthday. We all have a life and we should be allowed to live it to the fullest without consequences. Life is about balance and as long as you are having healthy meals and exercising often, you should never feel bad about giving yourself a treat. We all have goals we want to reach, but try and make them tangible. Stop looking at numbers on a scale or measuring tape for a start. Try and set goals such as, fitting into a new pair of skinny jeans, rather than reaching a certain weight. You will never truly know your weight as it fluctuates so much throughout one day. Do yourself a favour and throw away the scales, they are not your friend!

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Mindful Movement

Stop snoozing your alarm in the morning and start your day peacefully. Forget the rushing around and barely brushing your hair before you leave for work or college. Start your day with a relaxed mindset and your body will feel happier straight away. Practice yoga and meditations for a few minutes each day to allow your mind to escape to a world of calm serenity. If you’re unsure where to start, there are tonnes of awesome apps which can help you to start up a routine of meditation and yoga. Deep breathing techniques and calming poses will help your body to reset. You will see a noticeable difference if you suffer from anxiety and you will feel stress free as soon as the day begins. Give it a go and try it with a friend if you need a little helping hand.

Revel In Relaxation

Always allow yourself time to relax and recuperate after a stressful situation. Maybe you have a crazy deadline to meet at work or you’ve been staying up late working on a project. If you have a long, hard stint of work today make sure you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Reward yourself and you will feel more motivated to get to the end.

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Try Something New

It’s always fun to take up a new hobby or pursuit. Whether it’s a new sport or healthy recipe, it’s a great idea to keep you occupied and get your body into gear. The chances are you’ll make a new friend or even start up a hobby that develops into a career. Don’t be afraid to give anything a go and get the moral support you need from your friends and family.

Don’t delay in starting your health and fitness journey today. Your body will feel the love it deserves and as long as you’re living a fulfilled and happy lifestyle you’re definitely on the right track.

Feeding Your Fitness: The Definitive Way To Eat For Physical Performance

Reaching the peak of your physical fitness takes much dedication and hard work, and good choices on what to fuel your body with. After all, you wouldn’t expect the best performance from your car if you put the cheapest gas in it now, would you? So why should you think anything different to about your body? Of course, this depends on you already knowing what is best for your body regarding food for when you are trying to reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, with health and diet foods being an industry in itself, it can be pretty tough to decipher what is good for you when you are training and what is not. Luckily, for all you searchers you will find some info on this very subject below. So keep reading to find out the definitive answer on how to feed your fitness.

Balanced diet

First of all, going back to basics to achieve peak physical fitness you have to have a balanced diet. That means it should include all of the four main food groups as described in this video at Youtube.com. These include vegetables, carbs, dairy, and protein. All of these are needed in different amounts to create a healthy and fit body, and although your calorie consumption may go up a bit if you are training hard every day, working out is certainly not an excuse to eat whatever you want.

 

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Instead, you should be aiming for a healthy diet that consists of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables, two portions of protein, three to five portions of carbohydrates, complex ones made from whole grains, and two to three portions of dairy including things like egg, cheese, and milk.  

Of course, you can decide for yourself how to arrange these through the day and what meals to create from them. However, hitting these basic amounts is pretty important if you want to work at the peak of your physical fitness.

Supplements

In addition to the basic nutritional load, some folks when working out choose to use supplements to enhance their fitness and performance. In particular, protein seems to be the watchword in fitness right now, with a protein shake being one of the trendiest gym accessories to take with you for your workout. Checkout out the post at greatist.com for some more information on this product.

 

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Supplements tend to fall under one of three two categories. The first is the pre-workout, designed to improve performance and give you a boost. The second is the post-workout often designed to help you recover faster from your efforts. The third type are anytime supplements. These are designed to add to your healthy balanced diet and supply you with more of the nutrients you need to maintain your progress.

 

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Such supplements can be bought in regular supermarkets, pharmacists, and even online, although many that would argue that they are unnecessary because you can get the same benefits from eating real, natural food that hasn’t been processed into powders or shakes. This is especially relevant about protein, and you can learn more at Mobilityguardian.com about which foods are great to eat if you want to avoid the whole supplement trend completely. Something that could not only save you money but may actually be healthier for you and your body in the long run.

Exclusion diets

Next, let’s take a look at exclusion diets. These include programs such as Paleo, Atkins and the like. The idea of these plans is that you eliminate a particular food group, carbohydrates in this case and this triggers weight loss, something that many people often try to achieve alongside their physical fitness goals.

The problem is that these elimination diets can negatively affect your fitness levels because they do not contain all of the energy that you need to complete a regular effective workout. This is typically the case with ones that cut out all form of carbohydrates as they can leave you sluggish and tired, ultimately comprising your physical performance goals. Something that makes them a bad idea if fitness is a top priority.

 

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When to eat

Lastly, it’s not just what we eat that can affect our physical performance but also but when we eat. Food is fuel, and as such should be consumed in small amounts throughout the day to keep your energy steady.

 

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That means great big heavy meals are out of the picture, especially if you do your fitness regime in the evening, as no one can effectively workout on top of this. So instead split your allowances down into 5-6 small meals, evenly spaced out through the day, as the post at wsj.com suggests. Perhaps with an unrefined carbohydrate 30 mins before your workout, such as a banana, as this should help you feed your fitness session and over time achieve peak physical performance while maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.

Winter Cooking Tips To Help Warm Your Cockles

The clocks have just gone back an hour, and that means that the dark nights are now here to stay. Sure, that might be quite a depressing thing to think about but at least it means that we are now well and truly in comfort food season!

Are you ready to take your winter cooking to the next level so that you can make the most of these wintry nights? Here are some awesome cooking tips!

 

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Super Soup

Is there a better comfort food than soup? Creamy chicken soup will help you keep the cold at bay, and decadent soups like broccoli and Stilton or cream of tomato will go down really well with a crusty slice of bread. A large bowl of these flavors will definitely warm your cockles! For an extra healthy soup, try making your own so that you can control the sugar and salt levels. If you have a slow cooker, you can add all of your ingredients in the morning, go off to work, and can then return to a steaming bowl of tastiness!

Add An Adult Twist To Desserts

If you don’t cook with spirits and wine already, you really should. Red wine can add an extra depth to tomato sauces, and frying in rum can help you flambe sweet dishes. But adding a little touch of alcohol, such as a dash of Baileys or Jim Bean liquor, can really help you make your desserts feel a lot more adult and sophisticated. Plus, it can help to brighten up these dark and dingy nights!

 

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Go To Asia

It’s a good idea to visit Asia when you cook and make some dishes that are popular with the likes of China, Thailand, and Vietnam. These countries love their spicy countries, and a bit of extra spice to your food can help raise your temperature. Not only that, though, but they also cook with a lot of fresh veggies. Cooking with plenty of vegetables will ensure that you get all the necessary nutrients to stay fit and healthy through the colder months. Plus, lots of Asian countries love their soups, so you get the best of both worlds: super soups and a spicy kick!

Add More Leafy Greens

When you aren’t cooking Asian-inspired cuisine, indulgent desserts, or comforting soups, you should try to add as many leafy greens to your meals as possible. These can help to bulk out your meals so you don’t have to eat so many carbs and fatty foods, and that way, you don’t have to worry about your waistline this winter. But there’s also another reason why you should try and eat as many leafy greens this winter – it’s because they are incredibly healthy! They are full of lots of vitamins and minerals that can help you stay as fit as a fiddle through the season.

So, there you have it. Winter cooking doesn’t have to be tricky, and it certainly doesn’t mean you need to be a slave in the kitchen!

3 Reasons To Ditch Coffee House Drinks


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The smell from a coffee house — is there anything quite so aromatic and delicious in the world? Even if you just popped out to run a few errands, you can smell the coffee from blocks away, tempting you closer, to buy, to sample. That’s why so many of us do; the morning coffee from the local coffee house is a ritual that millions of people indulge every single day.

There’s nothing wrong with coffee houses, per se. If you visit irregularly, then you probably don’t have much to worry about. However, if a visit to pick up a coffee is a regular fixture in your diary, then you might want to think about cutting back — if not quitting altogether.

If you’re wondering why this might be the case, it’s worth taking the time to read through these points and consider the implications of your coffee house habit.

 #1 – They’re Costing You A Fortune

When you buy a coffee at a coffee house, it doesn’t seem like a lot of money. It’s the kind of change you could lose down the back of the couch without realizing it was gone. It’s a treat, too — an inexpensive treat, so what’s the harm?

That inexpensive treat can, over the course of a year, become an extremely expensive treat. Maybe that’s still worth it to you, but if you’re not sure, then just consider the math. If you spend $5 on coffee twice a week, then your coffee habit is costing you $520 per year. So is your coffee really worth that much to you?

#2 – You Can Make Your Own — And Customize Them However You Want

If you love coffee but don’t want to spend $500 to get your fix from a coffee house, then there is an alternative: buy a machine, brew it yourself, then carry it with you in a thermal cup.

One of the beauties of investing in a good coffee machine or the best latte machine you can find is that you’re completely in control. You control the ingredients, the quantity, and — as we’ll soon see is particularly important — the calories. This level of control means you’ll always know exactly what you’re drinking, which is useful because…

#3 – Coffee Shop Beverages Contain More Calories Than You Think They Do

At this time of year, thousands of people flock to try a pumpkin spice latte — but did you ever take the time to check how many calories are in this so-called fall essential? It’s a lot: 380 to be precise, and then you might add sugar in on top.

 Experimenting with your own recipes for coffee ensures you’ll never unwittingly be consuming extra calories. So if you’re having a bad day and need to indulge, you can increase your syrup. On days when you need to cut back, you can opt for skim milk and no sugar. These adjustments are far easier to make at home, for yourself, then having to explain your order changes to a confused barista!

So while an occasional trip to a coffee house is harmless, for your everyday Joe, you could save a fortune (and your waistline!) by choosing to brew at home.

4 Ingredients To Host The Best Brunch Party


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In a world where almost combination of words get turned into a hybrid (Brangelina, hangry, floordrobe, glamping and regretro), the greatest of them all is still Brunch. Not because it is a particularly clever play on words but because it is one of the greatest inventions ever. A ways to celebrate a Sunday, to get over a hangover, kick start a lazy day in the best way possible and just have an excuse to see your friends outside the usual Friday or Saturday night.

What’s more, Brunch is also one of the best meals to host too. There is more flexibility, fewer rules and, a lot of the time, they won’t drag on longer than needed because you and your guests will probably have other plans for later on.

With that in mind, here are some of our top tips to make your brunch party the best brunch party of all time:

Cook. Prepare. In Advance.

Trying to entertain your guests and deal with the delicate procedures involved in cooking a brunch tends to spell out disaster. That is why you need to keep your kitchen running smoothly and stick to the rule of only choosing one dish to cook on the day (such as scrambled eggs or hash browns), one dish to prepare the day before (such as a wicked tasty salad or sandwiches) and one that can be done in advance (cakes and bread). Stick to this and you’ll breeze through this whole thing.

Know Your Breakfast Meats.

This is your chance to play around with some of the fan favourites, such as bacon and sausages, as well as bring out the kind of meats you would get in a hotel’s continental breakfast, such as salami and cured meats. As a little tip, cook your bacon and sausages in the oven because the less you use your hobs the easier it will be to entertain.

Booze Is Acceptable.

The thing that makes Brunch so awesome is the fact you can get away with having certain boozy drinks for what is essentially breakfast. The winner is always a good Bloody mary, so long as you have the right Bloody Mary seasoning. However, if you want to put on a selection, then we recommend you make some Mimosas and Bellinis too. You could even go with an Irish Coffee. Of course, this can get a little expensive, so have your guests bring some ingredients with them. That way they can also help make the drinks while you do the food.

Little Extras To Include.

There are certain little extras that everyone will love but not everyone will expect and that is exactly how you can make your Brunch party an absolute hit. We’re talking about a selection of pancakes that will invoke nostalgia. We’re talking about French Toast and some vibrant fruits to stop your servings from being so monochromatic. Donuts and fresh bread are also winners because every person loves tasty carbs, especially if there is booze that could need some soaking up.

Yup, your next Brunch party is going to see you become known as the hostess with the mostess. We promise.

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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