Interesting Cooking Ideas To Make Life Easier

Interesting Cooking Ideas To Make Life Easier

INTERESTING COOKING IDEAS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

Cooking is one of those things that you have to do every day whether you want to or not. A lot of people dread this part of their day because they find it difficult or monotonous. Here are a few quick tips that will make it less stressful and even something that you will look forward to.

1. QUALITY UTENSILS

Getting a thousand-dollar toaster is probably not worth your money but investing in good-quality cooking utensils can make a huge difference. A common problem every chef has is tearing up when they are cutting onions. A good fix is to get a quality knife. This will help you cry less when you cut onions, and it will make cutting things much easier. Similarly, if you find it hard not to burn things in a pan, even a non-stick pan, get a pan that has a thicker base.

This is slightly more expensive, but it distributes heat much better, which prevents things from burning easily.

2. SUBSTITUTES

One of the worst things is when you want to cook something, but you are short on just one or two ingredients. Luckily, if you expand your cooking vocabulary, you will learn that there are many healthy substitutes in cooking that can be used for sweet and savory dishes. Moreover, if you are trying to keep the calorie count low, you can use alternatives that offer the same great taste but with far fewer calories.

This way, you don’t have to stuff your fridge and pantry with things you only use once every six months, and you save money by not having to spend on so many different ingredients.

3. SLOW COOKING

After a long day or on a lazy weekend, the last thing you want to do is go to the kitchen and cook. However, you don’t want to order food either because you are in the mood for something homemade. An easy solution is to look into some low and slow recipes for your next meal. Some of these can even be set up ten or twelve hours in advance. All you need to do is put everything in a cooking vessel and let it cook away while you attend to other things. A day or night later, you will have a meal ready to be served.

#4. DRINK MEALS

In the busy seasons of life, it can feel like a chore just to eat. A good solution is to look into healthy drinks that can replace your meals. All you need to get is some protein powder and maybe a carb source if you want something really filling. This gives you all the nutrients you need without ever having to chew anything. We don’t recommend doing this daily, but on the days when you are in a time crunch, drink meals are a valuable option.

 

Making cooking easy is all about finding solutions that meet your needs. If you enjoy rice with your meals, getting a good rice cooker will be an excellent decision. Being able to cook healthier meals more easily will save you a lot of time and will make it much easier to stay in shape throughout the year. Most times, we compromise on the quality of food for convenience. Smart cooking will help you make the right choice more often.

Why The Keto Diet is Causing You to Gain Weight

Why The Keto Diet is Causing You to Gain Weight

WHY THE KETO DIET IS CAUSING YOU TO GAIN WEIGHT

In the last few years, the keto diet has gotten a lot of positive and negative press, especially since the high-fat, low-carb method of eating has generated a slew of keto-friendly goods and online recipes. 

While the keto diet may have some benefits (some claim it reduces blood sugar levels and provides you more energy) and is needed for some individuals for medical reasons (always talk to your health care provider), it also has some drawbacks (we’re talking a lot of fat consumption) that should be considered.

Yes, the keto diet is believed to help you lose weight faster, but if you’re not careful, it can potentially cause you to gain more weight unintentionally.

UNDERSTANDING GENES:

It’s a startling phenomenon, but it’s true. Obese people have been shown to pass on their obesity to their children and grandchildren, according to research. Every body type is distinct, and each has its own metabolism. Your body’s response to the Keto diet plan may be influenced by your genetics.

There’s one more thing to consider: you should never begin a keto diet without first conducting research and consulting with a qualified professional. A nutritionist or dietician can assist you in determining your body type and the ideal diet for you.

Nutritionists frequently advise that you have your APOE gene tested. You can use the APOE gene to learn more about how your body metabolizes fat. Other genetic issues could be to blame for the unwelcome weight gain while on the ketogenic diet. Changes in eating habits and switching to a low-carb diet do not benefit a lot of people.

WHY IS THE KETO DIET REALLY MAKING YOU GAIN WEIGHT?

1. Consuming Meals With Too Much Pure Fat/Oil

It is critical to consume less amount of energy than the body requires in order to burn body fat. If you consume too much fat, your body will shed it and store extra energy it doesn’t require. As a result, your fat stores will gradually increase.

Hold off on the extra oil and butter as a quick remedy for this.

Avocados, seafood, full-fat cheese, seeds, olives, and nuts should all be prioritized over minimally processed whole foods.

2. Eating Too Many Keto Snacks With High Fat

Snacking on keto-friendly kinds of foods can help you avoid hunger in between meals. When we don’t portion our high-fat snacks properly, though, it’s surprisingly easy to overeat them.

Nut butter, full-fat cheese, and low-carb nuts are excellent examples of this. Though these kinds of snacks are healthful when consumed in moderation, an extra ounce might supply the body with enough nutrition to keep it from depleting its fat reserves.

If over-snacking is a problem for you on a keto diet, try switching to higher-protein and/or lower-calorie snacks. These are more filling and lower in calories, allowing you to get through for hours without feeling hungry.

3.Eating Too Few Nutrient-Dense Foods

Consuming nutrient-rich whole foods is the main key to healthy, long-term weight loss, regardless of which diet plan you follow. Low-carb veggies, full-fat dairy products, salmon, pastured fatty meats/poultry, olives, avocado, seeds, and low-carb nuts are all examples.

We supply the body with lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins when we eat these keto foods. As a result, we tend to be more energized and satiated throughout the day, and we don’t feel we have to get snacks.

4. Underestimating Your Food Consumption

A lot of us have a natural tendency to underestimate the quantity of food we consume. In fact, this happens to be a common source of what is undoubtedly the most irritating aspect of dieting: stepping on the scale after days of eating the appropriate foods only to notice weight rise.

To avoid this, you need to get a better understanding of what quantity of food is too much for your body.

FINAL THOUGHTS

These are some of the elements that influence how you enter ketosis. It’s crucial to remember that optimal health necessitates moderation. When every detail is in exact amounts, you can get to a point where you can lose weight.

It is more vital to improve your health than to lose weight. The keto diet focuses on better managing your additional macronutrients. However, if your sole motivation is to lose weight, you must avoid these blunders in order to achieve your goal.

Turkey Day Do's & Don'ts

Turkey Day Do's & Don'ts

Thanksgiving is the time for friends, family…and a lot of delicious food! Of course, it’s tricky to strike that balance between enjoying your holiday meal and overeating to the point of serious discomfort. Don’t worry – we’re here to give you some simple tips to help you avoid getting stuffed this Thanksgiving!

We’ve all been there: you sit down at the table for Thanksgiving dinner, load up your plate with your favorite holiday dishes…and then 20 minutes later, you’re barely able to move. So what exactly can you do to avoid that dreaded stuffed feeling?

Don’t get us wrong – we aren’t saying you shouldn’t indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving feast! It’s the holiday season, after all. Live it up a little! That said, there are a few things you can do to feel your best while still enjoying your favorite dishes. Here are a few simple tricks for how to avoid getting stuffed this Thanksgiving!

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Before you even begin to fill up your plate, spend a moment looking over the spread. Take a look at what’s there and see all the dishes you’re working with. Once you have a clear idea of what’s available, you can make a mental note of what you actually plan to put on your plate. This will prevent you from over-serving any of the first dishes that come your way – you’ll know to save room on your plate for the other good stuff to come!

 

Start with Smaller Serving Sizes

Speaking of over-serving, it’s better to start with smaller serving sizes of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. We’re all guilty of having eyes that are bigger than our stomachs, especially when it comes to holiday meals! If there is more food on your plate than you’re actually hungry for, you’ll probably still end up eating it. Start with smaller servings, and chances are you’ll have plenty of food. Of course, if you’re still hungry, you can always go back for seconds!

Take a Break Before Reaching for Seconds

It’s easy to want to immediately go for seconds once your plate is empty. This is especially true when the food is so delicious! However, if you want to avoid overeating, it’s best to give your body a bit of time to rest and digest before you decide if you want to go in for round two. After a few minutes, you may realize that you don’t even need seconds! 

Put a pause on eating and just enjoy being with friends and family. After all, spending time with your loved ones is the real point of Thanksgiving!

For more health and wellness advice for the holidays and beyond, you can take a look at our blog.

Accountability

Accountability

accountability

Holding ourselves accountable is one of the most challenging tasks. Why? Because we can talk ourselves out of anything. For example, if you have a goal to be more active but you get home from work on a Friday night and you’re just one episode away from finding out what happens next on your favorite TV show, it’s very easy to give yourself plenty of reasons why you must stay in and binge watch Netflix vs. go to the gym as you planned ahead of time. Right? Right.

 

This is precisely why having an accountability buddy is going to be one of the best buddies you ever had!

 

So what is accountability anyways? Really, it can be whatever you want it to be. The general idea is that it’s another person in your life who shares a common goal or interest who will be there to help support and motivate you toward your own personal goal. The best part is, it can be for any goal! They can help you stay focused and on track with personal, professional, and spiritual goals.

 

Having accountability that is also your friend makes it that much more fun to check in with them! Do you have a friend who is trying to accomplish a goal that is really important to them? Sending a check-in text or asking them how it’s going over coffee can go a long way, and even help them be more successful. These people are important in your life because it gives you someone to listen to you, and it gives someone else a person to listen to them. Think of it like shamelessly getting to talk to someone about your goals and aspirations, because you know you are doing the same for them.

 

One thing that we do at Basic that is super helpful from a business perspective is to set goals with one another and then check in with one another during the week about how we are doing in reaching those goals. We do this usually in meeting form, but typically it is a conversation over coffee. This can be applied to any part of your life: work, personal, spiritual when you have someone to chat with.  

 

Do you have a friend who is trying to accomplish a goal that is really important to them? Sending a check-in text or asking them how it’s going over coffee can go a long way, and even help them be more successful. We urge you to reach out to the people in your life and just say “hey, checking in on you. How is___ going?” You might really make someone’s day.

 

Have you ever had a day where you feel overwhelmed or drained and see a check-in text? It instantly helps people get back on track and process any barriers. Or even better, to get a text from a friend with the excitement that they have taken steps towards their goal? Being an outlet for someone to be excited with, you can’t help but feel inspired!

 

So now that you’re totally inspired and have decided you too need an accountability buddy, you’re probably wondering what the next steps are. Think about your goals. It doesn’t matter if they’re professional, personal, wellness/fitness, spiritual, or all the above. Then, think of people in your life who share those common goals or interests. Next, you simply ask them if they’d like to be your accountability buddy! It’s literally that easy!

Having an accountability buddy is not only going to help you stay on track, it’s also going to keep you focused, motivated, consistent, and inspired, and will deter you from giving into stressors, barriers, or good old laziness. Think about it, it’s easy to make excuses when you’re talking to yourself but when you have to tell someone else the excuse, it makes you stop and think about that choice a little more. Having an accountability buddy is going to increase the likelihood of following through and completing your goals. The more you are able to complete your goals, the more motivated you will be to keep setting and accomplishing goals. This stuff really works!

 

If you are struggling with mental health concerns, a therapist is the BEST accountability buddy to have! They are objective and can help you create action steps and goals for yourself that feel comfortable and emotionally safe. Because let’s face it, sometimes telling our friends or loved ones our more personal thoughts and feelings can be daunting, which is why a therapist can be a great support when working towards those goals!

We would LOVE to know what spoke to you in this blog post and encourage you to comment below and share!

The Grass Is Green Where You Water It

The Grass Is Green Where You Water It

This past weekend, my oldest son kicked off his fall baseball season, a precursor to the spring, a testing ground to see what development needs to take place in the “off season”. It was a one day tournament, relatively close to home (which is critical to travel sports parents….) and amazing weather.  To make it even more fun, several of our boys’ friends were also playing in the tournament in various age groups, so in between games we got to visit with them which was a great way to spend our down time.

When it was time to play, our son took the field, with a new team, a new number and a new team logo on his jersey. This was both exciting and a little heart breaking. Our new team is great, lots of good athletes, nice kids, and good parents and coaches. We are excited to get to know them and watch the boys play together over the coming months. However, when I thought of seasons past, it made me think of all the teammates that weren’t there, of all the athletes and their families that have moved in different directions for various reasons, and of all the great memories we shared with them over the years.

This isn’t a unique experience in the sport of travel baseball. From what I’ve noticed, its common place for a team to break apart after each season, leaving parents and athletes scrambling to find new teams or new teammates for the following season. I’m not sure if this is applicable to other sports but it’s certainly a trend in youth baseball, and it is endlessly exhausting to all involved. There are various reasons for this but the “grass is always greener” mentality seems to be at the heart of it. Teams want better athletes, athletes want better teams, and coaches and parents often want both. As a parent trying to navigate this continuously shifting landscape, I often wonder if the grass is every really greener. Has anyone found a better team, a better coach, a better experience… something worth all the chaos and drama, something that has staying power, season after season. And in the end, are the athletes themselves happier.

I’ve always believed that the grass is greenest where you water it. This doesn’t mean that change isn’t called for from time to time, because it is and change can be good. However, the relentless pursuit of the perfect team, an elusive ideal at best, might be the wrong pursuit. Perhaps watering the grass where you are, identifying how things can improve and being an agent of change to try to facilitate that with the clear focal point of developing the talent and athletes that surround you, is a better pursuit, that often yields better results.

Some of the most beneficial aspects of youth sports derive from learning how to build and develop strong relationships and finding a safe environment where failure is a form of growth/development both for themselves and their teammates. How can our young athletes learn about being a good teammate, a good winner and loser, and overcoming adversity if the solution to any/all problems is finding a new greener pasture? And how can our young athletes learn to believe in themselves if their coaches and teammates don’t?

Good/Great teams are developed, not curated. Curation of talent is what happens in college and in the pros, it shouldn’t be a focal point of youth sports. The challenge and triumph is in forming the raw clay that lies on the potter’s wheel into the final piece and it takes a village to support that process. So, if the goal of youth sports is to develop talent, learn critical life lessons and make some great memories, perhaps it’s time to start watering the grass we stand in, instead of looking for greener grass. Because when we water the grass we stand in, it becomes greener for everyone; and that is how we all win.