Sunday, May 01, 2011
Are you a Sugar Addict?
Second Step – Realize You are in 100% Control of Your Actions
Some people may say they can’t control their sugar cravings, but that is already admitting defeat and giving up power to some “cosmic sugar influence” out there. We can pass on dessert, we don’t need to buy a candy bar, we can drink water instead of soda, but the choice is ours to make.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Are you a Sugar Addict?
How to Break the Sugar Addiction in Five Easy Steps
First Step – Awareness of what Sugar Really Does to Your Body
Sugar increases fat storing. Sugar disrupts normal brain function. Sugar decreases your overall health and makes you age quicker.
On the reverse side by taking sugar out of our diets as much as we can (and controlling insulin), we can effectively help to do the following:
* Increase fat burning ability of the body.
* Increase the immune system and state of health.
* Slow down the destructive aging process.
* Decrease risks for most degenerative diseases.
* Have steady energy all day long (no crashes or swings).
* Have increased mental clarity, focus and concentration.
* Increase positive behaviors in children (as well as adults).
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Inexpensive and easy to find, ice cube trays are useful in so many ways! From organizing small items to freezing flavorings, our six ideas will help you recognize the true potential of your trays.
Perfectly Portioned Snacks
When serving kids snacks, place a few treats in each cube and set the tray out during a play date or sleepover. You’ll limit excessive snacking while providing a yummy mini-buffet of options.
Save Flavorings or Sauces
Line your tray with plastic wrap, then fill each cube with a flavorful mix, like pesto. When it comes time to add a dash of flavor to a dish, pop out a cube and add it to your recipe!
Fill your ice cube tray with leftover juice and place it in the freezer. Your juice cubes can be used in a recipe, to chill a glass of juice without diluting the flavor or to sweeten a glass of water.
Organize Craft Supplies
Use the compartments of your tray to sort small craft supplies. Next time you start a project, gather your supplies in a tray, using each compartment to store a different type of item.
Place your ice cube tray in a drawer and use each space to house a different piece of jewelry. It’s a great solution for storing rings, pins, earrings and more in an easy-to-access location.
Give small office supplies a spot to call home by placing an ice cube tray in a desk drawer. The small compartments are perfect for storing items like paperclips, pushpins and even USB drives.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
It is easy to modify some of your favorite recipes by using the sensational substitutions listed below--no one will even notice the difference!
Instead of... Try...
1/2 cup oil, butter or margarine 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup canola oil, butter, or margarine
1 egg 2 egg whites
Sweetened condensed milk Nonfat sweetened condensed milk
Evaporated milk Evaporated skim milk
1 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, chopped dried fruit, or chopped nuts
Frosting Sliced fresh fruit with a dusting of powdered sugar
Sour cream Nonfat sour cream, low-fat sour cream, pureed low-fat cottage cheese
Whole milk Skim milk
Cream cheese Low-fat cream cheese
Sugar Artificial sweetener for some or all (follow manufacturer's directions); 1/4 to 1/2 less sugar in the recipe
Friday, April 22, 2011
Easy Ways to "Green" Your Kitchen
Shop the outer aisle where the unprocessed foods are.
Get fresh veggies ... there are no cans to throw away.
Buy bulk items ... get your dry beans in the produce department where you weigh how much you will buy.
If you can’t find your favorite foods in the bulk section, try to select the largest size that you can reasonably use (white vinegar will last forever, and can be purchased in gallon jugs, for example), or choose the brand that is packaged in cardboard or recyclable plastic, and be sure to recycle it when you’re through.
Pack your lunch, instead of buying fast food, then use reusable containers and a reusable lunch bag.
Consider having a garden for a few of your veggies, then compost the onion peels, potato peels, etc. Completed compost can be used to fertilize vegetable or flower gardens, container gardens, and even houseplants, returning nourishment to the soil instead of clogging up the already over-crowded landfills.
Make your own household cleaners with common household items like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, and washing soda.
Buy a water filter and quit buying bottled water. Look at how much you will save and not filling the landfill with bottles.
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