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8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you’re driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it’s fun to let go a little and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat during a week at home, that’s part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we’ve had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you’re someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it’s easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you’re away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you’re taking in the best moments of your trip:

    1. Plan ahead. Often when we’re traveling, we’re out of routine and aren’t eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

      Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to “save room” for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as “mini-starvations” and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you’re out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

      If you know where you’re staying, scout out restaurants in the area of your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what’s available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

 

    1. Don’t forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You’ll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You’ll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.

 

    1. Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you’re traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don’t forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can’t get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.

 

    1. Speaking of morning smoothies… if you’re really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This might seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.

 

    1. Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.

 

    1. Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)

 

    1. Try to get your eight hours’ beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.

 

  1. Try the “one and done” rule. Let yourself have treats and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that’s happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There’s always more.
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Android Games – Tips to Get the Best of It

 

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Do you wish to kill your free time when the only company you have is your Android phone? Did you know that Android games are the most interesting and fun filled stuff to cram your phone with? Go through this article to know more about these games and their fun factors.

Android games are diversified into many categories; informational, educational, shooting games, puzzles, sports, racing, augmented reality games, location-based games and more. All these types are available for both high end and low-end Android phones.

There are low specification games for those low-end models so that you can enjoy them in your budget phones as well. This includes the lesser graphics content games that does not take much of your space. It is suitable for Android phones with low GPUs and smaller screen size as well.

Both freemium and premium games are available in the stores. Premium are paid-for games and freemium is the free games which often contain in-app purchase at certain levels. So it is advisable to monitor if someone other than you (like your kid) is using your phone; don’t click on those purchase options without knowledge.

To enjoy the best high graphics and well-designed gameplay, it is better to get a high-end model with a bigger screen and good GPU. Even you can enjoy those high-quality gaming effects by increasing the performance of your low spec, budget Android phones.

First and the simplest method to increase your low-end smartphone performance is by killing the applications that are running in the background before you start the game. You can use several task killer applications for this, as well. Most of the Android phones contain many applications that are of no use to an average user. These applications can be disabled which in turn increases the performance of your phone.

All you need to do is, go to settings, select ‘apps’, then select the applications to be disabled and click the ‘disable’ button. All these applications can be enabled in the future if you need them. Usually, the uninstalled applications or your internet browser often leaves behind junk files. These cache data often reduces your phone performance. To clear these data, go to ‘settings’ and click ‘storage option’, then select the cached data button and press okay.

Always opt for a class 10 SD card to increase your phone’s gaming performance. Using these SD cards will increase the read and write speed and hence reduces the loading time and other lags that any high graphics game would demand. Those rooted Android phones have more facilities to increase their performance. The background task killer applications work to their fullest only if they are in a rooted Android version. Seeder software can be installed in a rooted Android phone, which reduces the lag during switching between applications.

Android games can be the best option for both small screen as well as big screen users, who wish to enjoy their leisure time with their only trusted buddy, the Android device.

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8 Smart Home Gadgets That Can Make Your Life Easier

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Over the years technology has really grown and if asked almost all of us will answer that we love how much it has made our lives easier and more convenient. How? There are new home gadgets that are being invented from time-to-time and with these gadgets, one can easily accomplish various tasks within a short period of time. These gadgets can be used as appliances or with appliances, or for home and office services. Without further ado, here are some of the best home gadgets to check out and consider buying for use at home.

1. FoldiMate

One area that people hate when it comes to laundry and, I am sure a lot of people would agree with me, is the folding part. It is energy consuming and it takes a lot of time to fold your clothes and organize them in your closet. You no longer have to worry about that anymore as this magnificent gadget will do all the hard work for you. The device works like a robot and it folds your clothes and organizes them. One thing to note though is that the FoldiMate gadget does not fold some clothes like underwear, socks or even some large items like linens and bed sheets. However, this device can comfortably fold other items like – shirts, T-shirts, and trousers, among others, with ease and quite quickly too.

2. Sony VPLVW365ES Native 4K Home Theater Projector

If you want to transform your TV viewing so that you can get the best and brightest viewing then this is the right gadget for you. The projector gives a full 4K resolution thus guaranteeing you the best display and it also consists of various viewing modes including the cinema mode. The contrast rationing of the projector is high and it comes in different sizes. The device’s lamp life lasts for a long time and it is compatible with HDMI 2.

3. Teco Laundry Drying Hanger

If your home does not have a hanging line, or does not have any large space to install one then you don’t need to worry as the Teco laundry drying hanger is the right choice for you. The hangers work magic in eliminating water from your clothes and the fact that it hangs a bunch of clothes at once makes it convenient and easy to use. Note that this gadget is made to use with a particular weight of clothes and therefore, you need to make sure that you hang the right amount of clothes for better drying. Also, it may take a longer time to dry heavier clothes

4. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

This is the best hair drier on the market today since it can be used for any kind of hair. It is designed with an air measuring temperature gauge which is essential for reducing the amount of heat used on your hair to prevent extreme temperatures that harm the hair. This ensures that you dry your hair without damaging its natural oils. The other magnificent feature that makes this kind of dryer stand out is its fast functioning ability. We all want a gadget that will make our lives easy and help us accomplish our tasks with ease. And this hair dryer is designed in a way that makes your work fast and easy. It has four heat settings which you have to select depending on the texture of your hair and the kind of service you want to accomplish. The hair drier has a long cord which allows you to reach out to a distant corner of the house with ease.

5. IKEA Heat Harvest

This is a unique invention that is made to be used in the form of furniture. Basically, it involves the use of heat harvested from the gadgets placed on a tabletop and then using the heat to empower other gadgets. Meaning, if you are using a laptop on top of a desk, the heat emitted by the laptop can be used for charging the phone. One thing to keep in mind though is that these heating furniture are not made using normal materials since they require the use of a material that is a good conductor of heat and at the same time a good resistant to heat to allow the thermostatic process to take place.

6. Sony AROMASTIC

We all need something that can awaken our senses when we feel down or we cannot concentrate. And Sony Aromastic is the right gadget to use. It designed in a small size so that you can easily slip it into your bag or a pocket. How does it work? This technology allows you to carry your favorite scent with you wherever you are going. The Aromastic is made for personal use since it does not diffuse in an area that is beyond your surroundings. Therefore, whether you are on a bus, or in a meeting, you can quickly grab your scent and smell it for sense arousal.

7. Amir 3-in-1 Camera Lens Kit

If you are prone to taking random pictures on the streets then this is the right smart device to buy. It works magically by taking pictures just like a real camera plus the best part is that it is compatible with a Smartphone for better capturing of images. The lens kit is packed with two different lenses which allow you to take small or even larger pictures. All you need to do is clip it on your smart device and you will be good to go.

8. Motion Detector

This is a great gadget for the safety of your home. It is designed in a way that it can easily detect and identify a trespasser who enters your house or apartment. It immediately notifies you when it detects there is someone unfamiliar in your house or compound.

Conclusion

Make your life easy and more comfortable by using the above home gadgets. They are easy to use plus can be used in various areas of your work or home. Make your search for these items and more at the side of this page from Amazon.

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Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies

Roasted garlic-parmesan veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up!

 

Healthy garlic parmesan roasted veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up! GREAT MEAL PREP IDEA. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

 

Thinking about easy dinner recipes this is one of them.  Tons of veggies & sausage mixed with herbs and olive oil and then all tossed together on one foil or parchment-lined pan = ridiculously fast prep, insanely quick clean-up (like none really), and so much delicious flavor. This is a one pan healthy dinner that you are going to love!

 

Make one huge tray of these veggies + sausage and a big batch of quinoa (or rice) and voila: easy and healthy lunches for an entire week long.

 

Healthy garlic parmesan roasted veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up! GREAT MEAL PREP IDEA. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

 

 

This sheet pan dinner is ridiculously easy, healthy, and tastes great even by the end of the week!

I mean, there’s nothing like this sheet pan dinner straight out of the oven, but, it also makes for pretty good meal prep.

You can basically use whatever veggies you have on hand or need to use up as this dish is pretty forgiving. The one vegetable that has precise instructions are the red potatoes — you want them chopped pretty little if they are going to bake in the same time as everything else.

You can use whatever sausage you like best. And last but not least, if you are enjoying this straight out of the oven, try some freshly grated Parmesan because that is out-of-this-world. It takes the roasted veggies to a whole new level!

 

Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings4 if served with rice/quinoa
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (~1 small) red potato
  • 3/4ths pound green beans
  • 1 large head of broccoli (~ 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers 2 large or 6-7 mini sweet bell peppers
  • 9 ounces smoked sausage, not ground sausage
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Serve with: fresh parsley, quinoa/rice, lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Prep the veggies: chop the red potatoes (pretty small pieces here so they will be tender in time), trim the green beans and halve, chop the broccoli, chop the peppers into thick squares, and cut the sausage in thick slices.
  4. Place all the veggies and sausage on a sheet pan. Pour the olive oil and all the spices on top. Toss to evenly coat all the veggies and meat.
  5. Bake 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip/stir all the veggies around. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender and sausage is browned.
  6. If desired, sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the veggies and sausage as soon as they come out of the oven.
  7. Enjoy with rice or quinoa and fresh parsley if desired.
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23 Cheap Things To Treat Yourself To Right Now

Adorable PJs, geeky mugs, a precious planter, and more under-$25 goodies you definitely deserve to own RIGHT NOW.

 

1. A hydrating cleansing mask that bubbles when applied to wet skin so you can see and feel it working.

Promising review: “This works well to get a nice, deep clean. I love the tingling feeling, which makes my skin feel refreshed. I have very oily and sensitive skin, but after a month of using this I’ve had fewer breakouts and no issues with sensitivity. ” —Idaho

Get it from Amazon for $10.90 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

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2. A friendly fox oven mitt here to protect your paws in the kitchen.

Get one from ModCloth for $15 or a set of two from Amazon for $24.99.

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Get one from ModCloth for $15 or a set of two from Amazon for $24.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

3. A delicate cat necklace that’s happy to ~hang~ out and be the purrfect finishing touch to your everyday outfits.

Get it from Amazon for $9.79+ (available in two colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

4. Quirky PJs so adorable, you may have to host a good old fashioned slumber party just so you can show them off.

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Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 28 designs). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

 

5. A LOL-worthy spoon that’ll put you in the ranks of infamous cereal criminals like Norman Flakes and the Headless Horsebran.

Get it from Amazon for $18.

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Get it from Amazon for $18. (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

6. An unbelievably affordable 2-in-1 eyeliner, which (*extremely Stefon voice*) has got everything: a pencil and liquid eyeliner brush, over 1,000 positive reviews, and most importantly, a fun leopard bottle.

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Promising review: “I have been wing challenged forever. I love the look of a nice black cat eye, but the technique has always escaped me. This tool is amazing. The tip is firm so you have lots of control, and the actual liner is a nice intense black that dries down matte. I quickly stocked up on more of these because I’m thinking it might be the holy grail. The picture I included is my first use with just one pass.” —Tiarra Reyes

Get it from Amazon for $1.46 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

7. An aww-worthy bunny planter who’s ear to give your succulents adorable accommodations and bring some joy to your desk.

Promising review: “It’s super adorable! Though this is a very tiny planter pot, it’s the perfect size for a desktop or window sill, for a succulent or other low-water plant. It comes with a saucer, which is separate, so it can be removed when you water it.” —Sprout

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

8. Mismatch astrological sign ankle socks I recommend letting peek out from your shoes so everyone else can horoscope them out.

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $12 or two for $20 (available in 12 signs).

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9. A sweet cropped sweater with a lace-up back that’s sure to become close knit pals with all the high-waisted items in your wardrobe.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS/S-XL and in 16 colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

10. A cream-scented, slow-rising peach squishy that’ll give you a satisfying, stress-relieving squish, no butts about it.

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Promising review: “It’s sooooo soft OMG, I can’t even! It’s so cute too! It’s super slow rising — it takes about 20 seconds to rise!” —Panda

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

11. A set of four hanging storage caddies you can stack and arrange however you want, and that’ll do a meow-volous job of holding your knickknacks.

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Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

12. A pretty feather trinket dish for a practical touch to your dresser sure to ~tickle~ your fancy.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in two colors).

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13. Cards Against Humanity’s bloody hilarious period-themed expansion pack to pad the fan-favorite raunchy card game with time-of-the-month jokes that’ll have you LOLing menstru-all night long.

Promising review: “Listen up, I don’t write many reviews, but this bad boy is fricking Buzz Lightyear — it went so far above and beyond. Not only were the cards hilarious, but the damn pack comes wrapped inside a pad with a little heart-shaped chocolate. I was laughing for five minutes at the packaging alone.” —Kessa Rigali

Get it from Amazon for $7. (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

14. A clever food decorating pencil sure to be the icing on the cake of your next creative culinary session (besides the literal icing you put in it, of course).

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Just use the “eraser” tip to fill the syringe with sauce, melted chocolate, gel icing, or whatever, then squeeze the sides to write. When you’re done, it’s dishwasher safe, so cleaning couldn’t be easier. Basically, there’s no reason to graphite how much you want this.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

15. A heart-shaped old-school alarm clock you’re sure to love, and that’s saying something — your alarm clock is usually your worst enemy.

Get it from Cotton On for $5.

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16. A box of truly inspirational Bob Ross adhesive bandages to help heal the side effects of your somewhat-less-happy accidents.

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17. A gloriously geeky mug featuring a favorite anime character that ani-may make you squeal with fangirl joy every time you use it.

 

18. A unicorn nail fan to dry your mani so fast it’ll be magical.

Get it from Asos for $16.
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19. A super chic bag that looks like Chanel without the Chanel price tag.

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Plus, you can double up the strap to carry it as a hand or shoulder bag.

Check out more of the best purses on Amazon.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

20. A critter-motif enamel pin (be it a pile of kitties or a merry manatee) to make any bag or jacket all the more zoo-tiful.

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Get the “meowtain” or the manatee from Amazon for $9.95 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

21. A Niffler coin bank who wants nothing more than to safely store your gold. Listen, he’s much cuter and more accessible than a Gringotts vault.

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22. An 11-function Pac Man multitool to help you solve minor everyday problems that don’t involve being chased by colorful ghosts.

It's got a bottle opener, a wire stripper, four different size allen wrenches, a ruler, a saw blade, a pry tool, a screwdriver, and a letter opener, and is slim enough to pac in your wallet.Get it from Firebox for $13.19.

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23. A succulent-inspired soy wax candle that’s whimsical, pretty, relaxing, all-around awesome, you get the point.

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The Way This Japanese Pet Groomer Transforms Dogs Is Going Viral

Dogs do some of their own grooming but every once in a while they need a little help. Yoriko Hamachiyo, however, has taken it a step further. She owns a pet salon called Yorikokoro, and has mastered the craft of transforming adorable pups into perfect fluff balls.

We’ve collected some before-and-after pictures of Yoriko’s four-legged clients and it’s hard to believe they show the same dogs. Sometimes, the groomer spices up their photoshoots with a few accessories, too. Bow ties seem to be her favorite! Scroll down to check out the pawesome makeovers she gave to the lovely pooches.

Japanese dog groomer Yoriko Hamachiyo has taken the craft to another level

Hamachiyo owns a pet salon called Yorikokoro, and has mastered transforming adorable pups into perfect fluff balls

After she’s worked her magic, Yoriko’s clients look nothing like before

Sometimes, the groomer spices up their photoshoots with a few accessories

Bow ties seem to be her favorite!

 

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