Friday, August 28, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 10

Learn How to Cook at Least a Few Truly Delicious Healthy Dishes
Recent research shows that, if you enjoy the food you're taking in, it's so much easier to stick with a healthy-eating plan—whether it's designed for weight loss or just overall wellness. So get cooking! Next up are seven easy tips to boost your kitchen confidence.
Tip No 1
Invest in the Right Tools
Sometimes, when you mess up a dish, it's not you—it's your cookware: "There's nothing worse than trying to make a basic rice dish in a really sad aluminum pot you got in college from a big box store and then burning it," says Nixon. "If you had the proper pan, that rice would have turned out perfectly." You don't have to spend a ton of money, but it's worth it to invest in a few high-quality basics, like a chef's knife and a cast-iron skillet.

Tip No 2
Start with a Dish You Love
Rather than making a kale salad or some other healthy dish because you feel like you should, start with a recipe for one of your absolute favorite foods, whether it's lasagna or cheesecake. "It might sound like a silly trick," says Nixon, "but it gets you in the kitchen and motivated to make something. And then when you make it and enjoy it because you already love this food, that satisfaction you get is the best thing you can do to start developing your confidence."

Tip No 3
Read the Entire Recipe Before You Start Cooking Anything
If you get halfway through a recipe and realize you don't have the amount of flour or vinegar that it calls for, then of course it's not going to turn out like it's supposed to. Read the whole recipe before you start, and make sure you have all of the ingredients (and sufficient amounts of each) on-hand. And try to follow the recipe to the letter the first couple of times you make it (this is particularly important if it's a baking recipe, where precision is key). Then, after you've mastered the basic version of the recipe, you can move on to trying out some variations if you'd like, says Nixon.

Tip No 4
Taste and Season Your Food Before You Serve It
Don't even think about setting everything out on the table until you've sampled the dish, says Nixon. If it tastes a little bland, add some salt and/or pepper. It may sound like a simple trick, but it works: "Having the confidence to say, 'It needs a little bit more of this or that'—that's where you go from being a good cook to being a great cook," says Nixon.

Tip No 5
Always Have the Ingredients for at Least One Meal On-Hand
You know the panicked feeling of wondering what you're going to do about dinner? Making sure you always have something in your pantry that you can whip up—even if it's just dried pasta and jarred marinara sauce—will help eliminate a lot of that anxiety. "I've got a coupe of pantry recipes I always have the ingredients for, and when I make that emergency recipe, I buy those ingredients the very next time I go to the store," says Nixon. "It really helps for those Wednesday nights when I get home and have no idea what I want to make."

Tip No 6
When Grocery Shopping, Start in the Protein Section
If you start by picking up chicken thighs or ground turkey, then you'll have a much better sense of what you'll be making for dinner and which other ingredients you should buy, says Nixon. "It's so much better than going up and down the aisles and spending $100, only to realize you don't even have the ingredients to make one dinner," she says.

Tip No 7
When Cooking for Others, Stick with What You Know
"It can be so exciting to want to try a new recipe for an event, but I can't stress enough: Do what you do best," says Nixon, who encourages her fans to come up with a signature recipe. "Finding that good thing you're really good at making definitely builds confidence," she says. Because whowouldn't feel awesome about her cooking skills after receiving requests for "those amazing brownies you make" or "your delicious stuffed mushrooms"? 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 9

Schedule Regular Friend Dates
Not only will it help you de-stress (which is important for mental and heart health), but at least one animal study also suggests that it may result in your body burning more calories. So even when things get crazy-busy, make some time to catch up with your girls—your health will thank you!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 8

Love Your Body
Notice we didn’t say, "when you reach your goal weight" or "if you've got a great rack." The truth is, your body does a ton for you, even if you're not thrilled with every single aspect of it. Learn how to appreciate your body now, and you'll be so much happier and healthier for it. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 7

Get Health Insurance especially if you live in the USA!!!
Regardless of what you think about INSURANCES the fact remains that you need health insurance. Whether you get into an accident, develop a disease, or get pregnant, you will appreciate having coverage at some point. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 6

Drink Only in Moderation

If you're anything like most Americans, you're probably not that concerned about blowing this one off sometimes (see: birthdays, post-breakups, the holidays, regular happy hours, etc.). But here's why you shouldn't exceed the U.S. dietary health guidelines to consume no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three in one day: Regularly throwing back more than that can lead to both minor health issues like low energy and blotchy skin and major problems like strokes and certain cancers.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 5

Find the Best Birth Control for You (if Any)

Yes, there are very legitimate reasons to decide not to use birth control—but the fact is that it's important to make a conscious decision on the subject one way or the other, rather than leaving yourself open to an unplanned pregnancy. And if you choose to use some form of contraception, you'll want to pick the best one for you by learning about all of your birth control options first.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

HEALTHY CHOICES WOMEN NEED TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES NO 4

Stand More

An increasing amount of research shows that the more time you log planted in a chair, the higher your risk of suffering from from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (which is why some people have started warning about the danger of "sitting disease"). Even scarier, this holds true whether you work out regularly or not. Add more movement to your day with these tips on how to avoid a sedentary life.