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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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How to Buy the Best Solar Panels

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The shift to using solar energy is becoming a new phenomenon that is catching on very quickly. The installation of a solar energy generation system allows for the energy of the sun being turned into usable electricity that can further be stored. Given all of this, it can be argued that the most important part of the system is the solar panel. It is through that the energy conversion is made possible and ultimately, the level of independence that is available to consumers of solar energy is made available. Hence, it is important to choose the best quality solar panels for your needs.

What is the cost of a solar panel?

To determine the cost of various factors have to be taken into consideration. Of course, the price is also greatly influenced by the kind of subsidiaries set in place for use of renewable energy by the government for the promotion of alternative energy sources. There is generally priced based on how much capacity it generates (measured in Watts), the physical size of each panel, the durability or warranty period offered, the quality of materials used in it as well as the types of certifications that the panels have. The price may also vary depending on how many panels are being purchased as part of the package – the general rule showing the price decreasing with an increase in a number of panels in the package.

However, it is to be kept in mind that price is never the primary factor to take into account when purchasing a solar panel. The panel will have to fit the purpose perfectly in order to give its maximum performance.

Factors to Look Out for When Purchasing Solar Panels

It is always a good idea to look for the best place to buy solar panels before making a purchase. This would generally ensure that all the factors that add up to give an efficient and high-performance product are taken care of. One of the main things to ensure is that the temperature coefficient has a low percentage per degree Celsius. Given that the conversion efficiency is a measure of how much solar energy a panel can convert into electricity, you should look for a panel with a high conversion efficiency. A good solar panel will also have very little potential induced degradation (PID).

Along with all of these, it is also a good idea to analyze the warranty period granted by the company as it reflects the confidence the company shows in the panels. Keep in mind the fact that the light-induced degradation (LID) of a good solar panel is also little to none because an increased LID means that the amount of power produced by the panel is less. While it is mostly considered as an environmental cost, looking at the embodied cost of the panel is also generally a good idea for a person since it is a measure of how quickly the investment on the panels will be paid back through its energy production intensity.

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Computer Problems? No Problem!

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If you are a compute owner, you would know that everything doesn’t continuously run perfectly. There are times that you will have to fix your computer, because every system runs into some sort of technical difficulties. These technical difficulties can consist of hardware and software malfunctions. Some of these problems will give you more headaches that others, and some of them will be an easy fix. Regardless, you need to be aware of some of the more frequent things that happen with the computers so that you will be able to fix the problem in a shortest amount of time, because we all know that the time we have is precious.

Easiest way to solve a problem with the computer is by just attempting to restart it. It is crazy how many little problems will be solved by just restarting the computer. After you restart your computer, make sure your operating system is up-to-date, and all your major software that you might be trying to use. Many of the problems occur when a person does not update the necessary files, with the update, and in return the computer does not run well, because the programs do not work well together when the files are too uncommon. This can be avoided by simply having the automatic Windows update on, or turning on the auto update option on any specific operating system that you own. This is how you fix the basic computer problems that might arise.

One of major problems that computer users run into is slow computer. Users need to be aware that when you are trying to use the internet, and the process is slow, then the computer is more than likely has nothing to do with that sort of problem. Instead, the network might have something to do with it, and thus you need to consider your specific provider for assistance. Computer being slow is something that occurs after you have owned your computer for a while. The first thing you need to do so fix this problem is to check how many programs are running in the background. Too many people open a lot of stuff at the same time, so the processor is overwhelmed with the number of things it needs to do. You will need to close out all the programs that you don’t want to run in the background. If you also noticed that your computer takes a while to start up, you might want to disable certain programs to start in the process of your computer starting up. The way you can shut down the current programs that are running, and disable any programs from starting up when the computer first turns on, is by following these steps.

#1 Click start, and in the search box type “msconfig”

#2 Program will pop up and you will have to click on the Startup tab.

#3 Select all the programs that has nothing to do with your operating system, and click disable all. The programs that you should be looking for are the things that you use on the daily basis, but you don’t need them to be running, unless you want them to run.

If you did everything correctly, you should be able to feel the difference in the processing power of the computer after the computer restarts.

The second major problem that the computer users can run into, and I’ve already mentioned it in a way while I was talking about the first problem, is the slow internet connect. Internet allows us to connect to many different services that are offered online. If you have a bad internet connection, you might not be able to complete your daily tasks. Many different services are being moved online, so it is vital for you to have a stable internet connection.

The first thing you need to do is check with your provider at how fast your internet needs to be. After you have figured this out, you need to make sure for yourself. You can do so by going to one of the most popular websites that allows you to check your internet download and upload speeds. This website is called speedtest.net. Your internet speed always needs to be at least fifty percent of what the internet provider says it needs to be. You should be getting your money worth, and if that’s not happening, then you know the problem is not with your hardware, but with your provider. If after conducting the test on speedtest.net you think your internet speed is where it needs to be, then there might be some programs that are hogging your internet, and you are not able to do other things that you want. You can check if there are any programs that are running, by doing what you did to check why the computer was running slow. You also need to make sure that all your network drivers are update to the recent version of the software. There are not many things to do to fix the slow internet problem, but you can stay on top of this by updating the software and hardware.

These two are the most common problems that a computer user might run into, and to be honest, they are not that hard to fix. In the computer world, there might be other issues such as computer continuously restarting. Sometimes it gets annoying to have all the updates installing by themselves, but remember, it gives you an advantage of staying on top of the updating all the hardware for computer not acting slow. Sometimes computer will install so many new updates, so you might see your computer continuously restarting to install those updates. If you ever want to change this and stop this from happening, just turn off the automatic updates on the computer and you should be able to do just that.

In the end, many of the computer problems can be fixed by staying on top of things, and you’d be surprised if you get them at all if you do so. You will not always be able to know how to fix a problem, but there are others that have ran into a problem before, so if you just look for the information on the internet, you should be able to find the necessary information to accomplish the task.

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Using Salt Around the House

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Salt was surely the first food seasoning. Prehistoric people got all the salt they needed from the meat that made up a large portion of their diet. When people began turning to agriculture as a more reliable food source, they discovered that salt-most likely from the sea-gave vegetables that salty taste they craved. As the millennia passed, salt gradually made life more comfortable and certain as people learned to use it to preserve food, cure hides and heal wounds. Salt is an indispensable ingredient when you are cooking. Food is inedible without salt. But salt has many more purposes. You will be surprised at the following tips using salt.

You can run out of elbow grease trying to scrub burnt-on stains off enamel pans. Skip the sweat. Soak the pan overnight in salt water. The stains should lift right off.

Make short work of the clean-up after you’ve rolled out dough or kneaded breads. Sprinkle your floury benchtop with salt. Now you can neatly wipe away everything with a sponge. No more sticky lumps.

Tea and coffee leave stains on cups and in pots. You can easily scrub away these unattractive rings by sprinkling salt unto a sponge and rubbing in little circles across the ring. If the stain persists, mix white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with a sponge.

Water marks on tables will disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste unto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone. Restore the lustre of your wood with furniture polish.

If ants are bearing a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.

Keep fleas from infesting your pet’s home by washing down the interior walls and floor every few weeks with a solution of salt water.

Do you need to prepare leafy salad in advance of a dinner party? Lightly salt the salad immediately after you prepare it and it will remain crisp for several hours. For fruit salad you’ll want to make sure your freshly cut fruit looks appetising when you serve the dish. To ensure that cut apples and pears retain their colour, soak them briefly in a bowl of lightly salted water.

Apples need a facelift? Soak them in mildly salted water to make the skin smooth again.

Cheese is much to expensive to throw away because it has become mouldy. Prevent the mould by wrapping the cheese in a serviette soaked in salt water before storing it in the refrigerator.

Not only can you test eggs for freshness by adding salt in a cup of water and gently placing the egg in the cup (fresh egg will sink) but if you ever dropped an uncooked egg, you know what a mess it is to clean up. Cover the spill with salt. It will draw the egg together and you can easily wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.

Life made easier with a little salt… don’t you agree?

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Why You Should Never Drink Cold Water

While a glass of ice water can sound incredibly refreshing, it turns out that there are a number of reasons why drinking cold water can be harmful and warm water is far more beneficial.

 

What cold water does to your body:

Cold water can interfere with a number of healthy bodily processes and actually be detrimental to your well-being in the following ways:

  • Cold water robs you of nutrients: The body’s natural temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When you drink something that is very cold, your body has to spend an exorbitant amount of energy to regulate your core temperature. This takes away from energy that is needed to digest food and absorb nutrients.
  • It may cause a sore throat: Extremely cold water may cause respiratory mucosa to build up, resulting in increased chance of infection causing a sore throat.
  • It can increase your risk of headache: According to a 2001 study, women who had experienced a migraine in the last year were twice as likely to trigger a headache by drinking cold water.

On the flipside, here are some of the amazing health benefits of drinking warm water:

Warm water provides pain relief:

 

Drinking warm or hot water has a soothing effect on the muscles of the abdomen. It can provide relief from menstrual and abdominal cramping, as well as muscle spasms.

Boosts your weight loss:

Instead of cold water, drink warm water to help boost your weight loss.
Instead of cold water, drink warm water to help boost your weight loss.

By drinking a cup of hot water first thing in the morning, you can jump-start your metabolism. Warm water increases body temperature and increases the rate at which your metabolism burns calories.

Prevents premature aging:

 

Drinking warm water helps to flush compounds from the body that can accelerate aging. It also improves skin elasticity by aiding in cellular repair.

Clears nasal and throat congestion:

Hot water is a wonderful natural treatment for colds. It can naturally dissolve phlegm and clear your airways. It not only clears out nasal congestion, but it also soothes sore throat symptoms as well.

Prevents constipation:

Forget cold water, drinking warm water can help prevent constipation.
Forget cold water, drinking warm water can help prevent constipation.

Hot water can help you to maintain bowel movement regularity. Dehydration is a frequent cause of recurring constipation problems. Not to mention that the movement of the bowel slows down as it fills up. The hot water can finish breaking down food remnants and flush them through the intestines.

 

Aids your digestive process:

 

It is believed that drinking cold water during a meal might promote hardening of oils in the food and lead to a fat deposit in the intestine. As mentioned previously, warm water boosts metabolism and aids the digestive process.

 

Detoxifies your body:

The act of drinking hot water naturally raises the temperature of the body. As the body temperature rises it activates the process of sweating, which flushes toxins out of the body through the pores of the skin. The extra hydration also helps the function of the kidneys to flush waste material out of the body, along with toxins.

 

Improves your outlook:

According to Dr. Michael Wald, the director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition in Mount Kisco, New York, consuming hot water activates receptors found in the stomach, esophagus, intestines and mouth. This stimulates pleasure regions of the brain.

 

Maintains balance in the body:

 

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine believe that drinking warm water that is similar to the temperature of the body maintains balance. They believe that extremes of either hot or cold throw off the body’s yin and yang. Imbalances are believed to be responsible for symptoms like chills, depression, thirst, “foggy” thinking, sleepiness, bloating and more.

 

Enhances blood circulation: 

Drinking warm water breaks down fat deposits that are present in the body and blood stream. The warmth increases the flow of blood circulation and promotes the removal of toxins. The increased circulation induces muscle relaxation, which can reduce pain.

 

Try warm lemon water

Rather than cold water, drink warm water with lemon.
Rather than cold water, drink warm water with lemon.

Another way to drink warm water is by adding a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice. This is especially beneficial first thing in the morning. Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection. They also help to lower the activity of free radicals and increase the breaking down of body fat, also known as adipose tissue

So, drink warm water for a more overall healthy lifestyle.

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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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Stopping a cut from bleeding

Stop a cut from bleeding with chili pepper powder.

Have you ever cut yourself with a knife or something else sharp? And then the blood starts coming out and you would think about going to a sink with running water on it right? Well, I have another solution for that and it’s not the running water trick. Sure, It can clean the blood off and wound but there is a better way to clean the cut and that is to sprinkle chili pepper powder on the cut. No, it won’t sting and hurt from the powder like you think it would but, it will stop the bleeding. So, what you would do afterwards is wait about half an hour and then clean with a cloth and apply liquid bandage or a band aid. Try it the next time you have a cut!

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