Lose The Loose Skin


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The reasons for developing loose body skin can be numerous, but the most common culprits include:

 

  • Weight changes. Loose skin might be associated with sudden weight loss, but any significant change in weight can leave your skin struggling to catch up with the change. The result of this is often loose skin, which may have a crinkled texture in appearance.
  • Ill health. If you have been unwell or suffer from a chronic illness, then you might develop loose skin due to malnutrition. Conditions like Celiac Disease and Hypothyroidism can lead to weight changes and malnutrition, meaning you are more likely to suffer skin problems.
  • Lack of exercise. While exercise might be seen as developing your body beneath the skin level, it also has an impact on the overall appearance of skin if the muscles beneath it are not taut.

 

There’s no doubt that excess loose skin can have a serious impact on your confidence. Clothes just don’t look right and have a tendency to wrinkle and bunch, emphasizing any problem areas. As for the idea of going without clothing covering the skin – such as bare arms if you have the horribly-nicknamed “bingo wings” – is unthinkable. It’s particularly problematic if you have made the effort to lose weight and now find yourself battling with another body problem you weren’t expecting!

 

So how do you get rid of loose skin? The most obvious and immediate answer is surgery, but this is something you have to think long and hard about. It’s a nuclear option. Surgery of any kind is inherently risky – especially if you’re not in the best of health to begin with – and it’s worth exhausting all possible alternatives before going down this route.

 

So what are the other options?

 

  1. Caffeine Stimulants

 

Caffeine might be a component we are most familiar with because of coffee, but it actually has a powerful impact on stimulating skin recovery. When applied topically in the form of a cream, it can help increase elasticity and reduce the fat cells that are dragging the skin down. Definitely worth a go, but make sure you use it regularly – develop a reliable routine to see the best results.

 

  1. Muscle Building

 

Toning the muscle beneath the loose skin is a given if you are trying to deal with the problem once and for all. Pick an exercise that works hard on the area you are most concerned about, and do it every other day without fail. To increase your likelihood of success, try a muscle building primer and eat plenty of protein to aid muscle development.

 

  1. Dietary Supplements

 

A diet rich in protein and healthy fats is useful for any health complaint, but you might need to supplement your food to help with loose skin. The key components here are gelatin and collagen; they’re easy to supplement and can make a big difference to skin texture and appearance.

Three Signs of Aging Skin- And How To Combat Them

When you start noticing signs of aging, it can be difficult to deal with. Many women report feeling less attractive, a loss of confidence and a strange realization of their own mortality. After all, old age is always ten years older than you are right now- right? While we should be lucky to grow older (since it’s a luxury denied to many), there are ways you can keep hold of your youthful good looks for as long as possible. Here are five common signs of skin aging, and what you can do to combat them.


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Wrinkles

As we age, hormonal changes in the body make skin thinner, drier and therefore more prone to damage. Collagen and elastin which keep the skin supple and elastic begin to diminish, and fine lines start to appear. Eventually, these lines become more pronounced, and the skin can take on a wrinkled appearance. While there’s nothing you can do about the body’s internal aging process, factors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and other drugs can all take their toll. Therefore quitting these will hugely benefit your skin. Keeping the surface of your skin hydrated and protected from the elements will also prevent the acceleration of aging. Eating the right foods to nourish from the inside out also keeps skin at its best, and can improve the overall appearance as well as slow down the aging process. 
Age Spots

Doctors are unsure of exactly why age spots develop in some people, but from a scientific point of view, we know that it’s the result of excess melanin or skin pigment. These flat brown or black spots aren’t dangerous, but they can look unpleasant and can cause distress and a lack of confidence. Spending time in the sun is a major risk factor, so quitting the tanning beds and sunbathing while you’re still young is advisable. Always wear SPF and cover up with light, long layers where you can. Age spots can be treated with prescription medication from the doctor causing them to fade, or you could look into skin whitening products which have been shown to be effective. Medical procedures such as lasers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are other alternatives.
Loss of Volume

As well as being a cause of wrinkles, declining levels of elastin and collagen can also lead to the loss of volume in the skin. It’s suggested that we lose 1% collagen each year so is something that will get progressively worse. Anti-aging products containing magnolol, oligo peptides and hyaluronic acid are all said to help combat this effect. For more severe loss of volume- fillers, fat transfer procedures, and even cheek implants can help to restore a youthful appearance to the face. Of course, you should always carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a surgical procedure. Look into the risks and how long the treatment lasts for.
Do you take any steps to protect your skin, or reduce aging? Have you already started noticing some of these signs?

Under The Sea!


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The sea remains a mystery to us all. Man may have walked on the moon, but we have yet to get to the depths of our very own planet. New sea life is discovered each day, and we still have no real grasp on what goes on under those choppy waters. In fact, it’s thought that 95% of the sea remains unexplored. Of course, that number could be even more. We have no real way to know. We may have developed ways to map out the seafloor, but few of us would consider that as a thorough exploration. The fact remains that most of the sea has never been seen by human eyes. What’s the betting there are some amazing sights to see?

But, instead of dwelling on what we don’t know, we’re going to focus on what we do. One thing everyone can be sure of is that the sea offers many health benefits. Mainly because of what it provides us to eat. It provides a wealth of tasty ingredients for us to sink our teeth into. Better, those ingredients are some of the healthiest foods we can eat. In fact, some of the health benefits can be hard to believe. But, the proof is in the pudding, or the main dish, as it were. People who eat a lot of seafood are a testament to how good the diet can be. There are a variety of reasons for that, and we’ll look at those later. For now, let’s talk about the types of things you should be eating.

It’s important to state that battered fish is not going to help you. It may come from the sea, but the coating of saturated fat surrounding it can ruin the health benefits. Instead, you want to be eating fresh, pan cooked seafood. You don’t have to stick to fish here. There’s a wealth of seafood for you to try. Visit Citarella for more information about what’s available, or head down to your local store and see what they offer. Fresh is best, so buying local is a sure way to get top quality ingredients. Though, your options may be a little more limited that way. If you want to try something different, you might have to look further afield.


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Believe it or not, it’s not only seafood that can bring health benefits. Ever heard of a little thing called sea salt? The benefits you find in fish are also often in this little gem. The best thing about sea salt is that it’s natural. Unlike iodized salt, sea salt still has all its natural benefits. In short, that means it’s tastier. But, it also has health benefits galore. There’s no denying that it will cost you a little more, but it’s a price worth paying. This will give your meals a better taste, and help your health.

And, it’s important not to forget seaweed. This seemingly exotic ingredient is well worth getting your head around. It provides all the benefits that seafood, and sea salt offer. Plus, it has the advantage of being a versatile ingredient which you can use in many dishes. Seaweed is often used in Japanese dishes like sushi, yet many of us still curl our noses at the idea. It’s time to get our heads around seaweed as a diet staple. As well as being good for our bodies, it has significant benefits in the beauty department. You can get anything from seaweed face masks to shampoo with seaweed on the ingredients list. Seaweed is durable and has an astounding ability to regenerate.Therefore, it makes sense that it will have regenerative benefits for skin and hair.

 

So, that’s what you should be eating/applying to your face! But, why? You’re probably dying to know about those astounding health benefits we’ve been talking about. Well, you’re in for a treat. The first thing worth mentioning is heart health. Just about anything you can find in the sea seems to be good for your heart. Seafood, salt, and weeds, all have this in common. Where seafood is concerned, this is thanks to omega-3 fatty acids. We all try to avoid fats, but don’t let the fatty part of omega-3’s name put you off. Fat doesn’t get healthier than this. There are various reasons why omega-3 can help your heart. It has been proven to reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate. Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health states, “People who consume more fish have a lower risk of dying from heart disease.”

Sea salt can help your heart, too. Salt water can contribute to reducing high cholesterol and regulate irregular heartbeats. There’s less evidence of the heart health benefits of seaweed. Even so, animal studies have shown that it, too, makes a difference. Brown seaweed, especially, seems to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke!

But, what about the less likely health benefits? The main one worth mentioning is the fact that these foods can help stave off, and even treat, depression. This is a new revelation, but it’s now believed that omega-3 can help with general outlook and mental health. Sea salt can also help here. It’s thought to preserve serotonin and melatonin – two hormones linked to stress and wellbeing. Seaweed also has an effect on hormones but in a different way. It contains lignans, which can help to block estrogen chemicals linked to cancer.

And, the one we’ve all been waiting for – weight loss. There’s no magic link that means fish will help you lose weight. But, there’s no denying that individual choices have definite weight loss benefits. Halibut, salmon, and scallops are some to look out for. But, this is by no means a comprehensive list. It may also surprise you to find that sea salt has weight loss abilities of its own. This is because it can help your digestive system, and keep things clear. Which, in turn, reduces bloating and weight gain!

 

 

Re-Finding Your Smile

If you’re unhappy with your smile and with your teeth, in particular, then it can hang over you like a dark cloud every single day. It can have you second guessing yourself and checking yourself in every social interaction. It makes genuinely enjoying yourself a lot more difficult. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to do something about it.

 

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Drill a routine in your head

For a lot of people, bad oral hygiene can be nailed down as one of the greatest causes they’ve lost confidence in their smile. There’s more to it than brushing. For instance, you know you should avoid too many sugary foods, but too much grain in your diet can also result in a build-up of more plaque than there should be. Everyone should also ensure that flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are a part of their rituals. In fact, different rinsing routines work best for different kinds of people. If you smoke, if you’re an older adult, if you have braces, you need to switch up the routine.

Bite the bullet

Many people who aren’t confident in their teeth can be apprehensive about going to see the dentists. They’re worried that the case might be worse than they expect or that they’re going to get nothing but negative feedback. But services like SDG Dental Care are professionals and they’re there to help first and foremost. Not only can they tell you what’s wrong but they could enlighten you as to the many options available to improve your smile. From whitening to cosmetic dentistry, there are a lot of options to help you regain your smile.

Don’t be shy about getting work done

Not all dental work can be done in a single session. If you have the need for some orthodontic treatment, you might have to wear braces for quite a lot time. To some, that might seem like another cause for embarrassment. But more and more people are getting braces as adults now, some even for the second time. There’s no stigma about it, no schoolyard teasing. If anything, the people you know will be excited to see all the work pay off.

Confidence is more than physical

The psychological impact of having a smile you’re unhappy with can last longer than the physical issues themselves. Besides tackling the problem head on, you need to take the time to nurse your self-esteem back to health. You have to get used to feeling good about yourself once again to make sure you don’t move on to the next flaw you find in yourself. Take stock of the good you’ve done and the real improvements you’ve made. Believe people when they compliment you and take pride that you made it happen.

It can take a lot of time but getting into the right habits is a necessity. But if you can get the treatment you want, there’s nothing stopping you from winning your smile back once more. When you do that, it feels like a real load has been taken off your shoulders.

 

Exercises Guaranteed To Boost Your Self-Esteem

When your self-esteem is a little low, it can be easy to try and cheer yourself up by investing in a new wardrobe and freshening up your look. Although the self confidence brought on by a new pair of killer heels should not be sneered at, this boost can be short-lived. If you’d like to make this change permanent, exercise is one of the simplest and yet most difficult ways to achieve that. But the results are definitely worth the hard work you put into it. Here are just a few exercises to do by yourself, every day, that will set you on the path to becoming a new and more confident you.

Diet and physical exercise


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Before you start with exercises specifically for self-esteem, make sure you’re not underestimating the effect a healthy lifestyle will have on your self esteem. Doing a physical activity on a regular basis will release adrenaline and endorphins, which are natural, mood-enhancing, hormones. Have you ever noticed that you feel tired, sluggish, and moody after consuming too much junk food? Eating well and staying hydrated will make you feel happier and more energized, especially if you do this over a long period of time.

Take Care Of Your Appearance

We’ve all had days when we look in the mirror and hate the reflection staring back at us. It’s bad enough when your hair’s a mess, your skin is breaking out, or your eyes look dull and tired, but when all three happen at once, you just want to call in sick and crawl back into bed. Taking care of your hygiene and personal appearance will go a long way to curing you of your fear of mirrors. Make sure the products you’re using daily are right for your skin type. Sites like www.beautyambition.com can recommend a number of products for acne prone skin. Remember, a daily beauty routine is not about how others will perceive you. It’s about being able to strut out the front door with confidence because you feel absolutely fantastic.

Meditate


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Meditation encourages you to shut off the outside world and address how you’re feeling. Too often we bury our emotions for the sake of completing a group project, or not wanting to hurt anyone else’s feelings. It’s admirable to put others first, but not at the cost of your own mental well-being. Through meditation, you can take the time to feel your emotions, address the cause, and banish any negative thoughts. One of the biggest reasons people lack confidence, is because their negative thoughts hold them back from putting in their best effort. With regular practise, you can use meditation to cultivate a positive outlook on life, and keep your worries and anxieties under control. This should build a strong foundation for boosting your self-esteem.

Live In The Moment

The best way to build self-confidence is to live in the moment. Ground yourself in the present, and focus on what’s good in your life right now.

How To Trick Your Body Into Losing Weight

 

Most people don’t know it, but their bodies are actually pretty dumb. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that they would be. After all, they’re just a bunch of cells going about their business and responding to their environment mindlessly.

 

It’s this mindlessness that can get the body into trouble. Our bodies think that they have to hold on to energy in the form of fat because, thanks to evolution, they’re never certain that the next hunting season will work out okay. They are programmed to store fat just in case the rains don’t come, or the hunt fails. They don’t realize that food can be purchased from the grocery story whenever we want and that there’s more food around that anybody could possibly ever eat.

 

But that the same dumbness can be used to your advantage. In other words, your body can be tricked into losing weight if you send the right hormonal signals. Here’s how to do it.

 

Pick Up Hormone-Boosting Foods

 

According to an article by Fitness To Go, human growth hormone is one of the most potent muscle building and fat-destroying agents in the body. People with high levels of growth hormone are more athletic and look younger than those with less. The cool thing about growth hormone is that you can supercharge the levels of it in your body by buying the right foods. Blueberries, low-fat soft cheese, Greek yogurt, and walnuts have all been shown to have a remarkable effect on hormone levels, helping to restore your body to its healthy state.

 

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According to Natasha Turner, the author of The Hormone Boost, recent studies have shown that obese people who drink blueberry smoothies once per day experience a 22 percent improvement in their insulin sensitivity. Better insulin sensitivity leads to better fat metabolism which leads to lower weight.

 

Listen To Your Body

 

So long as it is functioning properly, your body is very good at knowing precisely the kinds of foods that it needs, be it protein, fat or carbs. Often you’ll find yourself getting cravings for certain foods if your diet isn’t complete and well balanced. For instance, if you’re craving sweet food and can never seem to eat enough, this might be because you’re not getting enough protein. Protein is an essential building block in the body and is required to repair your muscle tissue after a workout.

 

Craving sweet food can be the result of other factors, however. For instance, people crave sugary foods when they are stressed, haven’t had enough sleep or haven’t eaten enough carbs. Trick your body into losing weight by eating the healthiest carbs, like beans, whole grains, and vegetables.

 

Fill Your Plate With Fiber

 

People who eat diets that are full of fiber are also those that lose the most weight. One of the reasons for this is that the fiber in the food feed bacteria in the gut which produce helpful, weight loss chemicals that help the body. Those on a high-fiber diet experience more sustained weight loss because the ecosystem in their guts is healthier. 

 

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?

Fitness is My Medicine

Fitness means a lot of different things to different people. It can mean having great abs and being able to go on long runs. But fitness is also about keeping our minds sharp, connecting with other people, and motivating ourselves. For a growing number of people, fitness is a way to cure diseases, get back on their feet, and take control of their lives. Here’s how fitness is rehabilitating and curing a whole range of people.

 

Fitness for Rehabilitation

 

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Fitness is a great way to make our bodies strong again. The types of people who use fitness as rehabilitation include sporting stars who’ve have to take long absences from exercise due to illness. Fitness can help to strengthen muscles, improve technique, and help to sharpen athletes focus again. But fitness rehabilitation is also being used to treat those who have or are recovering from, addiction.

 

For those who have spend a lifetime neglecting, or treating their bodies poorly, fitness is a great way to start respecting your body again. Exercising it and giving it the love and dedication it deserves, stops some people from harming it again. This newfound respect comes from important exercise therapy classes which use our bodies as a tool on the road to recovery. Drugs rehabilitation programs have recognized the importance of asking addicts to report their energy levels, sleeping patterns, and food consumption. This is a good way to make people accountable for themselves, and invested in taking care of themselves.

 

Exercises like yoga, martial arts, and pilates, also help addicts to become disciplines and focussed. These type of exercises are great de-stressors and help those who would rather work through a particular grievance physically rather than vocally. The natural high one gets after a workout is also a contributing factor to the success of fitness as rehabilitation.

 

Fitness as a Cure

 

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Exercise is a hugely effective preventative and healing treatment for chronic illnesses. For those with alzheimer’s, exercise is said to improve memory and concentration. It can also help with sleep disorder and heart problems. It’s especially good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It has even been suggested that regular exercise can be a deterrent for colon and breast cancer. Hand exercises and movement can even help with the discomfort of arthritis. https://www.canadapharmacyonline.com, has some information about other causes of arthritis too. If more people took up exercises instead of medicine, it would save the health industry a huge amount of money. Exercise is free and safe to do, and the results are huge.

 

Exercise won’t cure all illnesses, especially genetic ones. The fact that exercise helps to cure chronic illness, mental health issues, and even rehabilitates addicts, is enough incentive for anyone to become more active.

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!

 

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!