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Posted by John Boey on 9/29/2019

The modern human doesnít always follow the natural order of things. For example, we often eat by the clock. We eat in the morning before work or school whether we are hungry or not. We snack at our morning coffee break. Then our lunchtime schedule again must coincide with our workplace or school day schedule. In the evenings, however, it seems we have more control over our appetite. Sometimes, though, even our evening meals donít follow the plan we intend. We have after school or after work activities, homework, projects, social times. All sorts of things dictate our meal times. But the thing we rarely pay attention to is our natural rhythm.

Circadian rhythm: eating with the day

According to recent research, healthy eating may be less about what is on our plate as it is about when itís on our plate. In fact, the latest science reveals that when we eat may be a more significant factor than what we eat. The truth is that our three-square meals may not jive with the rhythm of our metabolism.

Your metabolism is your bodyís energy usage. Your circadian rhythm is your bodyís internal clock that tells your body what it needs when it needs it. And a more natural way to align your bodyís internal clock is not with your smartwatch. Itís with the sun.

So, if your job dictates that you rise before the sun is up most of the year, forcing your body to digest food that early might be preventing you from losing weight. The research shows that eating outside your bodyís circadian rhythm might increase being overweight, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and even up your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Aligning your eating times with your natural daily cycle improves weight loss, increase energy, and improve your general health. How do you do it?

- Follow the sun. Donít eat before the sun rises in the morning. But once the sun is up, break your fast with something. Morning calories seem to burn more quickly than calories consumed later in the day since your body is replenishing what is used up overnight.

- Stop eating in the afternoon. The studies showed that eating past mid-afternoon (about 3 PM) hindered weight loss in the study participants; while those that stopped eating by the middle of the afternoon tended to lose more weight than their cohorts. 

- Additionally, better results came from eating the highest caloric meal at breakfast with a smaller lunch and even smaller dinner.

- Keep your eating inside an eight-hour window. That means starting your first meal and ending your last meal within the window and not eating or fasting for the remaining 16 hours of the evening and overnight.

Consider trying this eating cycle for 30 days and enlist family members to join you. You may just love youíre your new rhythm of life.





Posted by John Boey on 9/15/2019

A farmer's market is a meeting point where farmers sell foods or freshly produced cheeses or meats for human consumption which may be located indoors or outdoors to make customers comfortable. There are bountiful reasons to shop at the farmers' market due to the availability of fresh vegetables and fruits. At a farmersí market, youíll even find prepared foods such as salsa, jellies, candies, and even jerky.

Shopping at a farmersí market is essential because it helps in creating income for the local farmers. There are a lot of ways to shop at a farmer's market. Choose from the freshly produced vegetables to the treated milk products, fruits, and nuts.

Benefits of shopping at a farmerís market

Produce is seasonal: One of the primary reasons for buying in a farmersí market because you already know you're getting fresh fruits and vegetables each market day. It also helps in decision-making for your weekly meals when visiting each stall in the farmers market. Anything out of season will not be available fresh from a farmers' market although you might find dried, canned, or prepared versions. True farmers' markets require fresh, in-season items.

Products are ripe and nutritious: Shopping from a farmersí market is advantageous compared to shopping at a store because a farmerís produce is fresh, ripe, and beautiful which will make your food delicious. Since their products are seasonal, a farmer knows what is nutritious by looking at it in their farms which will also make their spinach, cucumber, cheese, yams, watermelons, apples, etc. fresh and nutritious.

It's inexpensive: The farmersí market products offer affordable, seasonal produce. When you consume fresh vegetables and fruits every day, it adds a lot of benefits to your health and saves hospital bills.

Farmers markets sell different vegetables and fruits: A farmers' market is always full of varieties of local fruits and vegetablesónot only the popular ones. You can always ask the farmer about a fruit or vegetable unfamiliar to you. Most vendors offer recipes or instructions for exotic produce.

It improves the local farmers' economy: When you buy anything from a farmersí market, it helps the family business, which allows them to continue producing fresh food for your table. It also helps in the local economy because the vendors spend what they make from their products in local shops.

To find a farmersí market near you, ask a neighbor, at the library, or search online. Your nearby property professional is an excellent resource for local markets too, so be sure to reach out.





Posted by John Boey on 5/26/2019

Have you ever tried making potato chips? Those delicious fried thin slices of potatoes. According to research on snack food folklore, potato chip was invented by Chef George Crum at Moon's Lakehouse Restaurant in Saratoga Spring, New York. Homemade crunchy potato chips are healthier when compared to their store-bought counterparts because they have less cholesterol. Below are some steps on how to make quick and easy homemade potato chips. The shared secret in making potato chips is the thinner your slice, the more beautiful it becomes. The best tool used in achieving a better cut is a mandoline.

Ingredients for making healthy potato chips:

- 3 large russet potatoes

- 2 tablespoon olive oil

- Salt

- Pepper

Procedure:

- Slice your potatoes into thin slices using a mandoline or a spiralizer to get desirable shapes

- Soak your sliced potatoes in clean cold water for 30 minutes

- Rinse thoroughly, and pat dry entirely using a clean paper towel or cotton towel

- Preheat the oven to 350F

- Line a large baking pan with baking paper

- Arrange potato slices in a single layer on the baking pan evenly without overlapping or touching each other

- Use a pastry brush to coat potato slices with olive oil on both sides lightly and then sprinkle with salt and pepper

- Bake for 7-10 minutes then turn potato slices and bake for additional 8-10 minutes or when the chips are light golden color or until crispy. Make sure potato does not overcook

- Allow chips to cool down for a few minutes before serving. You can serve with sprinkles of herbs or any other dressing of your choice

Benefits of eating healthy potato chips:

- It controls the blood pressure

- It aids in digestion

- It keeps the skin healthy

- It boosts the immune system

- It keeps the brain active

- It relieves stress

So, instead of avoiding potato chips in general due to the unhealthy side effects of processed store-bought options, go ahead and make your own!




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Posted by John Boey on 3/31/2019

Let's face it Ė the process of packing up your belongings and moving them to a new home can be exhausting. However, if you prepare plenty of healthy, delicious snacks, you and your moving day team will be better equipped than ever before to conquer any challenges that come your way.

Ultimately, preparing snacks before moving day is essential. Yet determining which snacks to offer sometimes can be difficult, particularly for those who have large groups of family members and friends ready to provide moving day assistance.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you plan ahead so that you can provide your entire moving day team with outstanding snacks.

Now, let's take a look at five tips for preparing moving day snacks.

1. Get a Headcount

You know that family members and friends are happy to help you move, and you should get a headcount to understand just how much food that you'll need to keep your loved ones happy and healthy on moving day.

Remember, when it comes to moving day snacks, it usually is better to err on the side of caution. And if you end up with extra snacks after moving day concludes, you can always give these treats to family members and friends. Or, you can celebrate the completion of a successful move by enjoying your extra snacks on your own.

2. Ask People What Types of Snacks They Like

Learn what types of snacks that your family members and friends like. If you ask these loved ones about their preferred snacks several days or weeks prior to moving day, you'll have plenty of time to get snacks ready that your entire moving day team can enjoy.

3. Identify Any Dietary Restrictions

Ask friends and family members about any dietary restrictions that they may have. By doing so, you can avoid the risk of preparing snacks that certain members of your moving day team won't be able to eat.

4. Don't Forget About Drinks

Providing water and sports drinks on moving day usually is a good idea. Offering various beverages will make it easy for your family members and friends to stay hydrated while they move large, heavy boxes into your new house.

5. Be Ready to Call for Takeout

Even a well-planned morning or afternoon move can stretch late into the evening. As such, if you run out of snacks, you should be ready to call for takeout.

Make a list of takeout restaurants near your new home before moving day Ė you'll be glad you did. With this list, you'll be ready to call for takeout if moving day runs long and you need extra food.

Lastly, if you need additional assistance as you get ready for your move, it often pays to collaborate with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy or sell a home, this housing market professional can offer expert moving day tips.

Get snacks ready for moving day Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble providing your moving day team with delectable treats.




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