A Beginner’s Guide To Healthy Meal Prep

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An overwhelming majority of Americans say they prefer to prepare meals at home, but that might seem surprising when you see the long lines in fast food drive-thru lanes. More often than not, the issue isn’t that Americans would rather eat a mass-produced hamburger than a meal they made themselves using fresh ingredients.

The issue is time and the fact that Americans seemingly have less of it than ever before makes cooking at home a real challenge. Our jobs are demanding, our kids’ schedules are packed with activities, and we spend a lot of time simply trying to fight traffic to get anywhere. It’s no wonder many of us are too tired to prepare a meal from scratch when we get home from work.

What’s more, the convenience of eating out is a siren song that’s difficult to ignore most of the time. The problem is, eating out all the time can be extremely costly to our wallets as well as our waistlines.

The Healthy Meal Prep Guide For Beginners

Although the idea of cooking a fresh, well-balanced meal from scratch using healthy ingredients might seem like a pipe dream in today’s world, it isn’t. It just requires a fresh perspective on the traditional meal preparation process. Rather than start from square one the moment you come home in the evening, a meal-prep routine can involve preparing batches of ingredients all at once over the weekend or in one night. Then these ingredients can be used to assemble meals quickly throughout the week.

By doing much of the preparation and even some of the cooking ahead of time, you can save yourself the temptation of stopping for a drive-thru meal on the way home from work or school. Once you get into the habit of making meal prep a weekly routine, it’s easy to feed yourself and your family healthy meals that will save you time and money in the long run.

Just because our lives have become increasingly hectic and over-scheduled doesn’t mean we have to abandon the ideal of a freshly prepared, well-balanced meal made at home. The following guide details how you can master the art of meal prep at home for you and your family. That way, you can save the drive-thru for the nights you want it, not because you feel like you have no other choice.

To Sum Up

Prepping healthy ingredients ahead of time can help you to always have nutritious, easy meals on hand. Meal prepping can also help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals because you’re not as tempted to grab something unhealthy when you’re hungry. And if something important comes up around dinner time there is no need to stress because you already have the healthy foods ready to eat.

Author bio: Molly Clancy is Key Account Representative at Tail Activewear and has worked with clients to outfit them in the best fit, fabric and fashion in the activewear world. 


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Living Alone And Poor Nutrition: What You Need To Know

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You may live alone and enjoy your independence. But it can be easy to let your health go if you’re not fully aware of your needs. The infographic below, from Lakeshore Convention Centre, shows you how to stay on top of your diet if you live alone.

Living Alone And Poor Nutrition

The first thing you need to do is understand the type of person you really are. If you’re okay with eating the same thing every day, you can consider making one big dish that will last you an entire week. However, if you’re someone who absolutely needs variety, be aware of this as you do your shopping.

Other things to keep in mind are if you like eating in or eating out. For instance, some people absolutely love to order a sandwich from the local deli at lunchtime and if this is you then there’s no need to stock up on bread at home.

Check out the full infographic now to get an idea of what to keep in mind when you’re shopping for one.

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Infographic courtesy Lakeshore Convention Centre

To Sum Up

As you can see, if you live by yourself it’s vital that you work to prevent poor eating habits which can impact your health negatively. This purpose of this guide is to help you keep your health and vitality by making healthy choices and taking care of yourself.

Of course, some of the ideas, such as selecting a variety of healthy foods in specific quantities, can apply to anyone if you simply adjust the amounts.

Also, if you know someone who lives alone you might consider inviting them to your house for a meal, taking them a meal or asking them out to dinner at a restaurant.


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The Ultimate Gift Guide For People With Chronic Illness

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We’ve all been there before. You’re on a (mind-boggling) quest to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. It can be a bit frustrating, right? Or, maybe you’re shopping for one of the 133 million Americans who is dealing with a chronic illness and you don’t have a clue what they would like.

To help us better understand the unique needs of this group of people here is a quick review of different chronic diseases and conditions:

  • chronic Lyme disease
  • cancer
  • multiple sclerosis
  • migraines
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • hypertension
  • bipolar mood disorder
  • depression
  • hypothyroidism
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • asthma
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Crohn’s
  • epilepsy
  • schizophrenia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

…and others

If you are chronically ill yourself you likely have some excellent ideas for what your friend or family member might need or want.

The gift guide below has ideas that will show your loved ones just how much you care. They range from the practical to the funny and everything in between. And, best of all, getting them something that they really want or need will show them your support them and empathize with what they are going through.

Many of the items below are things that have helped me throughout my battle with chronic Lyme disease.

So, here we go…

The Ultimate Gift Guide For People With Chronic Illness

1. Radiant Saunas Rejuvenator Portable FAR Infrared Sauna

This is the one I have and I absolutely love it. When I’m cold it makes my pain worse. This sauna is perfect for warming up and detoxing.

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2. Pay them a visit.

Having someone visit you when you’re home-bound can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That is…if you keep some things in mind.

Always call ahead; never drop by unannounced because when you have a chronic illness some days you feel better than others. And dropping by to see someone when they aren’t up for a visit isn’t helpful or considerate.

Also, keep the visit short. Some people are so chronically tired and in pain from fighting their health battles that a visit, even from someone they dearly love, can be exhausting.

3. Chocolate Superfoods Detox Organics

This is not your average superfood powder. Why? Because it is 100% organic and it actually tastes delicious…like chocolate milk!

Use the code healthylife to get 15% off Detox Organics.

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4. Essential Oil Set

 

 

 

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5. Essential Oil Diffuser

This works great with the essential oils above.

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6. Offer to drive them to doctor’s appointments or treatments.

7. Warming Neck and Shoulder Wrap

This is awesome for warming the body and relieving pain.

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8. Shiatsu Pillow Massager With Heat For Back, Neck And Shoulders

Who doesn’t love a great massage?

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9. Take them a meal.

Our family always appreciated when friends or family brought us a meal because for several months I was bed-bound and unable to cook. And when you have 4 teenagers living under your roof and a husband with many commitments at work this can be extremely challenging.

Again, remember to call ahead. Ask when it would be the best day and time to bring the meal. Also, be sure to ask if there are any allergies or special diets you should be aware of. Many people with chronic illness have to eat specific foods and avoid others.

10. Color Me Calm Coloring Book

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11. All Natural Calm Supplement

This high-quality supplement helps you relax, eases muscle aches and helps you sleep better.

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12. Get them out of the house.

If your loved one is able to get away, even for a short time, it often helps raise their spirits by having a change of scenery. If the weather is nice you could sit with them outside in the sunshine. Or you might take them on a drive, to the movies, a concert or sporting event.

13. The Prescription Coffee Mug

Give them something to laugh about with this quirky mug.

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 14. Offer to babysit or take their kids to activities.

Managing a family from bed it quite difficult. I don’t know what I would have done without David when I was at my lowest point health-wise. He picked up the slack so many times when I was in no shape to drive our kids to all of their practices, lessons and activities.

Babysitting or playing chauffeur is a huge blessing to anyone with a chronic illness.

15.  Netflix Gift Card

Enough said.

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16. Compression Socks

These help with circulation and are great for keeping warm (not to mention all the great colors and designs).

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17. Calming Guitar Music With Nature Sounds CD

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18. Migraine & Headache Pain Relief Magnesium Essential Oil Spray

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19. Super Soft Sherpa Blanket

Comfy, cozy and warm!

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20. Amazon.com Gift Card In A Greeting Card

As you probably know, gift cards are great because people can use them to buy whatever they want or need, such as comfy p.j.’s, books or healthy snacks.

Also consider purchasing gift cards to their favorite local restaurants that offer carry-out or delivery services.

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21. Gratitude Journal

Journaling helps you focus on all the good in your life and takes your mind off your illness. Being grateful can actually make you a happier person!

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So there you have it…this ultimate gift guide for people with chronic illness is chock full of ideas to help you make your loved ones feel super special and loved.

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The Truth About Food Labels: What Does It All Mean?

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The supermarket can be a confusing place. Often we go there with intending to buy healthy food but sometimes we’re not sure what’s healthy and what’s not. The infographic below from HappyCleans takes you through what some of the most common labels really mean.

The Truth About Food Labels

Natural is a very common label on food but the truth is it means very little. The FDA has no official guidelines on its meaning and it’s only a healthy sounding term more than anything else as any guidelines for natural foods are only recommended.

Organic is really what you should be looking for as foods with this label must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients.

Another very difficult area is bread. Some of us will try to stay off bread completely and when we do buy it, we will try to avoid white bread. However, the differences between multigrain, wholemeal and 100% whole grain are a bit more confusing.

Remember that multigrain is generally to be avoided because all it means is that the bread contains more than one grain – not that it is more nutritional. What you should buy is 100% whole grain as this means all nutrients in the grain are accounted for in the bread.

Find out more about a wide range of food labels in the infographic below!

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What food labels really mean – Infographic courtesy Happy Cleans

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