Thicken That Sauce!

With most sauces and nearly all types of gravy you will need to use a thickening agent at some stage. This may be one of any number of things.

The most commonly used are starches of some kind, because they all have the quality of swelling up in any liquid to which they are introduced. But it’s important to note that they also tend to behave differently.

Arrowroot, for example, has an interesting property. It tends to clarify any liquid into which it is introduced.

This is great for fruit sauces but may not be quite so effective with a meat-based gravy. It gives it an artificial appearance in my view, although you may quite like it and if you do, use it.

Starch compounds such as arrowroot, corn starch and potato flour need to be mixed with a cold liquid before being added to anything hot. They should be added a little at a time and allowed to cook for a while after each batch.

This needs to be done at the end of the preparation, because the thickening effect doesn’t always last that well. Kept on the heat, liquids thickened by starch tended to thin out again after a time.

Using flour

Don’t worry that flour will make your gravy lumpy! Providing there is a fat present, flour will behave itself, and even if it doesn’t it will still whisk into the gravy or sauce.

The best way to use it is either as a roux, or as a beurre manié. These are basically the same thing but used in a slightly different way.

Both are a mixture of half flour and half butter (or other fat if you prefer) and both produce the same result – they thicken liquids.

To make a roux

Put an ounce of butter in a small saucepan and bring it to cooking heat, then add an ounce of plain flour and cook it while stirring. The length of cooking time will depend entirely on the color you wish to achieve.

The flour will darken with prolonged cooking, giving you a browner sauce as a result.

Once your mix is the color you wanted to be, take the pan off the heat and add half a pint of stock while whisking vigorously.

Please forget everything you have ever read about this process. The stock does not have to be cold, or hot, or added a little at a time. Just slosh it all in and whisk away. Then return the pan to the heat and bring it to the boil.

The resulting gravy will need to be cooked for at least a further two minutes, otherwise it will tend to have a raw finish, thanks to some uncooked starch. Just leave it on a low heat, but cover it to prevent a skin forming.

Even if one does form, you can usually whisk it back in and if not, strain it before serving.

Beurre Manié

Named for the chef who invented it, no one really knows how or why this works, but it does and it’s very effective if you need to thicken a large quantity of liquid, or one that already has food cooking in it.

Using the same measurements as for the roux, the trick is to slightly soften the butter and mix it with the flour. You then drop little nuggets of this mixture into the liquid to be thickened and bring it to the boil while stirring.

As the flour cooks, so it will blend into the liquid and thicken it.

Sweet sauces

Much depends on the base of your sauce in the first place and whether you intend it to be hot or cold. Fruit juices, for example, can be reduced while adding liquid glucose. This will produce a shiny sauce that is very stable when cold.

By stable, I mean that it won’t separate and it won’t move around the plate much, which is advantageous if you are trying to produce a particular effect.

Hot sauces are usually thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot. The latter will be clear while cornstarch produces a generally cloudy effect. Both need to be added with caution. Overdoing it can produce a sauce which is practically inedible.

The golden rule is to add a little at a time, and if the mixture becomes too thick add some more liquid.

Egg yolks, gelatin and even cream can all be used as thickening agents. Eggs, for example, are used as the base for all types of custard, including things like lemon meringue pie.

Once again you need to experiment and see what suits you. A sauce which is very runny when hot, may nevertheless become thick and clingy as it cools down.

Toffee sauce is a good example of this. It’s simply a reduction of sugar and water into which cream is stirred just as it starts to go brown. Left to cool it will look like, behave like, and taste a lot better than bottled caramel topping.

Vanilla sauce is somewhat similar. I make mine from three egg yolks whisked with 2 ounces of sugar, onto which I pour 250 milliliters of hot cream. This is then cooked to the required consistency, without boiling, and a few drops of vanilla essence added.

For special events I use a vanilla pod instead of the essence. A classic example of egg yolks being used as a thickening agent.

Be inventive

As time goes by and you become more experienced, you will find yourself developing your own techniques.

Try to think outside the box. For example, why not thicken a sauce for lamb with red currant jelly? Or even a mixture of mint sauce and gelatin (yes, that really does work).

Remember, whatever you are trying to do only you know whether or not you have achieved it. So the consistency of the sauce you serve is exactly how it should be as far as your guests are concerned. Don’t make yourself feel a failure by apologizing for it.

If it looks good, tastes good and complements the food it is served with you have done your job brilliantly. Who cares if it’s a bit thin, or you can cut it with a knife? There will be people who like it either way and both ways.

The secret is not to let on. Cook it with flair – serve it with panache.

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Clubwear – What is It?

Clubwear is a relatively new loosely used term in fashion today. In fact, this term is thrown around so loosely, people often wonder what exactly it is. Is clubwear a style or is it actually a piece of clothing? Is the correct spelling clubwear or club wear? Is this new trend just for exotic dancers or everyday people as well? In this article we will explore this broadly used term.

The root words, ‘club’ and ‘wear’ say something about this terms origin. Clearly, the term closely relates to clubs and apparel. These two words strung together gave birth to the commonly known term clubwear. While it may seem clear enough to understand, it still leaves many questions. The word ‘club’ is used in many contexts in our language. Many varieties of clubs exist, from cigar clubs, night clubs, sporting clubs, to clubs in which women dance in an erotic manner. Thus, the term could refer to a piece of clothing one may wear when attending a cigar bar or while playing in a rugby match.

Generally, the term clubwear refers to any clothing item that is sexy, provocative or fetish in nature that is designed to be worn to a night club. This term covers a very broad spectrum of clothing. What one may think of as provocative or sexy may not be perceived as provocative to another. A search of clubwear on Google will return a vast variety of results. These results show some items are much less revealing than others, and almost all clothing categories are returned in the results.

Clubwear has become a style, and a very broad one at that. This term covers dresses, skirts, tops, pants and even footwear. As the popularity of the night club scene increased in recent years, the need to have the gear to wear to them also increased. Today, retailers will market just about any item they can as clubwear. This fashion craze exploded and the demand is higher than ever. Be careful when choosing items marketed as such and ask “does the item really fit the profile for the style, or am I purchasing because the retailer says it does?”.

Many women would not feel comfortable wearing this style in public, yet they buy items labeled as such due to its popularity. This style originated from women wearing ultra sexy clothing out at night; much sexier than most would ever dare to wear in public. Designed to be attention grabbing, many clubwear items come in shiny metallic colored fabrics that are hard to miss. These items tend to fit snug and many are made in a spandex blend to provide that provocative look. Shorter than most items on the market, some mini skirts in this style may only be 4 or 5 inches in total length. Often, an outfit in this format will be coupled with a revealing halter or triangle bra top.

When shopping for clubwear, be sure that you are comfortable with its provocative, sexy nature. If you are buying items in metallic fabrics, understand people will notice you, even in dark conditions. If you are comfortable with a form fitting, seductive style, then clubwear may be the style for you.

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Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary

There is nothing more special than celebrating the union of a happy marriage. In this day and age, divorce is so common that a couple reaching their 10th year of marriage can be considered a milestone in their lives.

A wedding anniversary is one of the most heartfelt celebration that a couple can have. One reason to celebrate a wedding anniversary is for a couple to reconnect and reflect on the promise they had on their wedding day. It is a great way to show that your love and commitment is still growing strong since the day you made your vows to each other. To make an anniversary special, you should celebrate it in the most  unique  way as possible. Here are some suggestions to plan for that perfect day.

o Start the day right by getting up before your wife. Prepare her with a special breakfast and serve this in bed. It is necessary to plan the menu beforehand and buy all the ingredients the day before your anniversary. Place a single red rose on the breakfast tray for a more romantic effect.

o This next suggestion takes a little more time and effort. Compile pictures and videos from your wedding. This task will be much easier if a good wedding videography was done on your wedding day. Make a slideshow of these videos and pictures and let her watch this while the two of you are cozy in bed.

o Present your wife a bouquet of her favorite flowers. Nothing makes a woman feel more special than her husband give her flowers. Order these a day in advance and have them delivered to your doorstep. You will definitely get a nice kiss for this one.

o If you both love music, see and arrange for tickets for a great concert happening on your anniversary day. If there is none, going to a musical or a play is also a good option.

o Explore new places together. Use your wedding anniversary as an excuse to go to a much needed vacation. Have you and your wife been dreaming of going to Paris? Or were you planning to visit the exotic islands of the Philippines? If this is indeed an option you want to pursue, plan ahead of time to save up on that dream anniversary destination.

o Renew your marriage vows. A lot of planning is involved to make this happen. Plan the event a few months in advance to make sure everything will work out smoothly as possible. Remember to hire a good company that offers the best wedding videography to have an everlasting memory of this memorable event.

o Another way to spend the day is to go to a day spa together. Resorts and day spas usually offer a variety of holistic and romantic experiences. They focus on rejuvenation and physical pampering. You are both stressed from work and a day in the spa will help you relax a little.

o Do not forget the wedding gifts. Instead of the usual watches and jewelry set why not surprise each other with activities that you have been both meaning to do. Let your spouse’s wish or dream come true. If your husband has been planning to take a hot air balloon ride, arrange this surprise for the both of you.

It does not really matter how you celebrate your wedding anniversary. The important thing is that you relive the day by spending time with each other.

The Mobile Game Trend

Recently, mobile gaming has been gaining a rather large share in terms of revenue. Gaming consoles/platforms and online gaming giants have dominated the game industry for the last decades, but with the enormous mobile gaming insurgents, change is definitely coming and change is welcome especially for avid gamers and enthusiasts.

Mobile games revenue forecast is predicted to increase up to $45 billion by 2018. Asia has been the leader in the industry since 2013, and is predicted to dominate the industry by up to 50% total revenue. Industry Analyst Vincent van Deelen stated, “This is simply not the case. We are also emphasizing that the recent results of individual high profile companies such as Rovio, King, DeNA and GREE are not necessarily indicative of the state of the mobile market as a whole. It is not in our interest to inflate market figures, but the hard facts have forced us to adjust our estimates upward. We have maintained our year-on-year growth rates toward 2017, ultimately leading to a $40Bn+ market share.”

In this regard, mobile game players have successfully gained large share in the market like most gaming console and online gaming companies. Indeed, this is good news for game development companies and their shareholders to put more focus and emphasis on this growing trend. Android games are also expected to be predictably higher in the coming years. Though, it is still a proven fact that iOS rakes in more revenue than Google Play despite the latter having massive download for freemium model type of games. But in a global perspective, Chinese app stores and android game downloads and revenue far exceeded iOS last 2014. North America, Europe and other Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea have also ventured in the global trend. Reports show that mobile games now account for nearly 40% of the country’s total digital games revenue. With increased competition, smaller companies are also getting creative with the introduction of e-sports, multi-screen gaming and HTML5 mobile gaming, and the final trend is the rising popularity of downloading Android games for TV-based gaming. The top 7 companies  in the mobile gaming industry compete for the release of quality games to dominate further and not to get left behind in the scene. These are some of the most downloaded game apps:

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3. Angry Birds

4. Angry Birds Rio

5. Angry Birds Seasons

6. Angry Birds Space

7. Angry Birds Star Wars

8. Angry Birds Star Wars 2

9. Angry Birds Go!

10. Angry Birds 2

11. Ant Smasher: Best Free Game

12. Archery Master 3D

13. Asphalt 8: Airborne

14. Bad Piggies

15. Bad Piggies HD

16. Banana Kong

17. Basketball Stars

18. Blossom Blast Saga

19. Boom Beach

20. Brave Frontier

21. Bubble Witch Saga

22. Bubble Witch 2 Saga

23. Candy Crush Saga

24. Candy Crush Soda Saga

25. Cars: Fast as Lightning

26. Castle Clash: Age of Legends

27. Clash of Clans

28. Clash of Kings

29. Clash Royale

30. Color Switch

31. Criminal Case

32. Crossy Road

33. CSR Racing

34. Deer Hunter

35. Despicable Me

36. Diamond Dash

37. Diamond Digger Saga

38. Don’t Tap The White Tile

39. Dragon City

40. Drag Racing Classic

41. Dream League

42. Dumb Ways to Die

43. Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

44. Extreme Car Driving Simulator

45. Fast Racing 3D

46. Frozen Freefall

47. Geometry Dash

48. Geometry Dash Lite

49. Farm Heroes Saga

50. FIFA 15 Ultimate

51. Flow Free

52. Fruit Ninja Free

53. Glow Hockey

54. Hay Day

55. Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

56. Hill Climb Racing

57. Hungry Shark

58. Jetpack Joyride

59. Jewels Saga

60. Magic Rush: Heroes

61. Minecraft: Pocket Edition


63. My Talking Angela

64. My Talking Tom

65. Pou

66. 8 Ball Pool

67. Pet Rescue Saga

68. Piano Tiles 2 (Don’t Tap…2)

69. Plants vs. Zombies

70. Plants vs. Zombies 2

71. Real Racing 3

72. Score! Hero

73. Shadow Fight 2

74. SimCity BuildIt

75. Skater Boy


77. Smash Hit

78. Smurfs’ Village

79. Solitaire

80. Sonic Dash

81. Spider-man Unlimited

82. Stack

83. Star Girl

84. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

85. Subway Surfers

86. Summoners War

87. Talking Tom Bubble Shooter

88. Temple Run

89. Temple Run 2

90. Texas Holdem Poker Deluxe

91. The Simpsons: Tapped Out

92. Throne Rush

93. Traffic Racer

94. Traffic Rider

95. Trivia Crack

96. Vector

97. Zombie Tsunami

98. Z War

99. 2048

100. 2048 Number

This is a clear indicator that mobile gaming market share is expected to grow in the coming years.

The Blessing of Being Unique

Someone asked me one day do I believe whether I’m a follower or a leader? Well, my first instinct was to say, I’m most definitely a leader. But, before I blurted out my answer I had to place things in proper perspective. First, how must I define the word follower? Does it mean I follow everybody, never considering my own values and morals in the process; or does it mean if I’m a leader I don’t follow? But we all should understand you must be able to follow before you can lead. After considering the question, it caused me to think about those who will lead, but lead only in manipulation; and those that will follow; following, only to be accepted.

Today I am aware of what the wrong type of leading and following can do. But it doesn’t stop me from thinking about those who have and still do. Sometimes I ask myself, how come so many of us allow others to dictate our behavior, and/or our actions? Well, I can sit here all-day and think of a number of reasons behind why this occurs. But instead, I would rather discuss how we can get away from people like this.

I read an article some time ago that discussed the 20 people we don’t need in our life, but I’m not going to go into all of them. Instead I would rather provide some assistance to help understand whether or not you have anyone like this in your life currently. First, ask yourself, those that are in your life at this very minute; are they helping you to be better? Have you become a better person since these individuals have been in your life? Or, do you feel you have to conform just for their acknowledgment in order to have some form of friendship or in order to be accepted? When considering these questions how does it make you feel looking at it from this perspective? When I asked myself these questions, I quickly realized that I have been doing this for a very long time, but I believe it is only because I learned at a very early age how people can truly be; even those that you believe to be great friends.

A pastor once said to me, “Knowing who you are divides you from the rest and creates the right type of leader, because leaders have unique abilities.” But then thought, sometimes your uniqueness may cause troubling times and a limited number of friendships and relationships. However, I would rather be true to myself rather than be with a crowd just to be accepted; where does your character lie? Remember this, character has five crucial areas: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring and fairness; the areas that will help an individual to determine their response regardless of the situation.

There was a time I worked with an individual who constantly spoke of the female anatomy in what I believed to be deplorable and immature. However, other women around didn’t take offense to his behavior. I believed that many of these women enjoyed it because they thought it was flattering; it was disgusting and upsetting, which is the reason why I made a complaint. I thought for sure others would want to as well; no one was willing though. Once I made the complaint, it somewhat backfired and pretty much everyone stopped talking to me. It bothered me initially, but then again I’m pretty resilient and if I had to, I would file another complaint and keep filing until the appropriate actions took place. A couple months had gone by and I found myself filing another complaint against him, but again, nothing was being done, until finally I took my complaint higher and requested a transfer. At that moment I was very proud of myself for not being a coward like the others.

The reason why I tell this story is because it is a great example of being unique and the characteristics that make for a good leader. Although nothing happened initially in my complaint and others stopped talking to me, my complaint was the factoring reason why others received the disciplinary action they did.

Being different or unique isn’t always easy, and it shouldn’t be. But, there is something special among those who aren’t afraid to be different. Friendships/relationships are very important as well, and of course there will be times we need to follow as previously stated above, but never let it be so important it compromises the true you and take away the blessing of being unique, something that separates you from the rest.

Back Pain – Is Bowling Out of the Question?

When you suffer from back pain there are certain sports that you may want to take part in that can increase the risk of aggravating the problem. Certain risky sports you would consider as high intensity sports are football and gymnastics. These types involve a lot of intense twisting and bending that puts extreme pressure on the spine.

Bowling is a not a high intensity sport therefore, you would consider it to be a low risk sport. However, certain bowling techniques can put a lot of stress on your spinal area. That is why bowling is considered a medium risk sport when back pain is involved.

Certain techniques in bowling have the affect of twisting your spine when you are rolling the ball forward. At the same time of rolling the ball both your upper body and your lower body turn in opposite directions. There is also a risk in how you carry the ball. Bowling balls are quite heavy and when you hold it with your arm fully extended this also puts pressure on your back.

If you wish to continue with bowling and you understand the risks involved then you can follow these guidelines that may help you avoid further problems with your back.

• As they say it is all in the technique and when it comes to bowling your technique is very important. Speak to a professional bowler who will have the experience and knowledge to advise you on developing a better throwing technique.

• Bowling balls can be very heavy and with a weakened back it is important that you do not use a ball that is too heavy for you. It is also important that you hold the ball correctly with your fingers positioned securely in the holes so that you can release the ball in one smooth movement.

• It is a good idea to do strength training exercises that will build strength into your upper and lower body. When your back muscles are weak they cannot support and protect the spine effectively. This makes your spine more prone to injury because it is less able to cope with the pressure and stress that is put onto it.

• After a back injury you may want to consider wearing extra support for your back. This can come in the form of a corset. This can provide extra support to your spine and back muscles. It also has the added advantage that it reminds you why you are wearing it. This will make you more aware and careful when you are bowling.

Always seek a doctor’s advice if you have a medical condition before doing any form of new exercise.

Twitter Revolution – Book Review

I just finished reading “Twitter Revolution : How Social Media and Mobile marketing is Changing the way we do Business and Market Online” by Warren Whitlock. As a professional blogger who uses Twitter daily, I was excited to read this new book. I was blown away at the quality and depth of this resource.

As the title suggests, this book dives into how Twitter is changing the way we do business and market. The title is a bit long and actually misleading. There was not information about business or marketing at all. In fact, this was a beginners guide that explained what it is all about and we should we care about tweeting and followers and all the rest of it. In that regard, this is a crowning achievement as it is the most comprehensive and easy to understand book on this topic that I have read so far. The coolest part of the book is the way the authors actually utilized their followers to create the book. The followers and actual users of this dynamic resource are as much responsible for the content then Mr. Whitlock is.

I thought that was very clever and it gives the book a   unique  quality. The most useful part of the book was the chapter that explains the top 10 ten steps to getting more followers. I actually learned a lot form this and will be trying out several techniques later today. After all, if nobody is there to read what you are tweeting, what’s the point?

Top 10 Best Pen and Paper RPG Games

Here is a list of the ten best pen and paper roleplaying games of all-time. Although there is no scientific way to prove the ‘best RPG games‘ ever, this list takes into account the overall popularity of pen and paper roleplaying games since the industry was first created.

10 – Gamma World – It’s a post-apocalyptic game, but not in the style of Mad Max. This game fit more into the style of a science fantasy game. You could play all sorts of random mutant creatures, in addition to playing people that were mostly normal.

9 – Vampire the Masquerade – Some may argue which is the best World of Darkness product. But Vampire the Masquerade was the game that put White Wolf on the map. Vampire the Masquerade has also become the number Live Action Roleplaying Game in the world. Go LARP’ers!

8 – RuneQuest – This game was considered as one of the ‘Big Three’ at some point. The big three being D&D, Traveller, and RuneQuest. It provided a different setting and system than other fantasy roleplaying games at the time.

7 – Champions – Although it may no longer be the most popular comic-themed roleplaying game ever, this game has been around a long time since it was first published in 1981. The game set the stage for many other comic book and super hero related roleplaying games.

6 – Tunnels & Trolls – Right after D&D was T&T. Tunnels & Trolls was the second roleplaying game ever created. The game was created as an alternate, and hopefully easier to play, version of Dungeons & Dragons.

5 – GURPs – The Generic Universal RolePlaying System is able to adapt itself to any game environment. Any setting you can think of has been created for the system. Its creator, Steve Jackson, is one of the most well-known game designers in the industry because of this game.

4 – Star Wars – Based on the movies carrying the same name, the Star Wars Roleplaying Game was first created by West End Games using the d6 system. Eventually it moved on to other companies and saw some play time under the d20 system, and then finally the Saga Edition. It is the premiere sci-fi, or space opera, themed roleplaying game due to George Lucas dominating the minds of nerds all over the world.

3 – Traveller – Not as famous as its other space opera buddy, Star Wars. This game, however, did come out as a roleplaying system before George Lucas’s creation did. Traveller was first created in 1977 and has been going strong ever since. The game is definitely considered one of the ‘original’ RPGs.

2 – Call of Cthulhu – A unique entry into this list. This horror-based roleplaying game is based off of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. There really isn’t a popular, comparable game out on the market now. Instead, different gaming companies have chosen to create Call of Cthulhu in a variety of different systems under a variety of different publishers.

1 – Dungeons & Dragons – The most famous pen and paper roleplaying game of all time. This fantasy game still dominates the market with all of its various incarnations, from the original D&D to 4th Edition. D&D creators Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are legends in the industry, just as the game itself is.

Some people may disagree with the overall placement of some of these games. Others may ask why certain games are even on here. Why haven’t other games been included, like Shadowrun, Robotech, Palladium Fantasy, Rifts, or many newer games? Well, they weren’t. This list was created by veteran gamers and apparently they had a little nostalgia in them. So what do you think of the list of best RPG games ever?

Pewter Jewelry – An Ancient Metal For Beautiful Designs

Pewter jewelry has gained in popularity as the price of silver jewelry has gone up. They do have a slightly similar look at first glance.

Pewter is mostly tin, a soft metal. It is alloyed in jewelry making and other uses with antimony or bismuth, hard and brittle metals. Earlier pewter making used lead as one of the alloys, but thankfully this practice is becoming rare, at least in the USA.

In earlier times pewter utensils were what people ate with. Plates and mugs in the Middle Ages all the way up to the 18th and 19th centuries were primarily pewter, before porcelain came into its own. I imagine this early pewter was full of lead- but I haven’t heard much about difficulties due to that.

Was pewter jewelry made in earlier times? I believe it was, but due to the softness of the metal, and the ease with which it could be melted and put to other uses, not as much of it has survived. It’s possible the Celtic people made their famous knot designs in pewter.

But what about modern Pewter jewelry, and what would be its advantages over silver? Well, here are a few:

o    It is less costly than sterling silver

o    It has less likelihood of tarnishing (especially the pewter which is cast lead free)

o    It has a warm, hand crafted look

These are all good reasons. I would add to that the fact that pewter can be every bit as detailed as the finest silver jewelry, and when properly cast and finished, is almost indistinguishable from it. That is, unless you take a really good look. But if you’re just going for the general silvery look, and you aren’t a jewelry snob, why not own and wear some pewter jewelry too?

Some people may have a difficult time getting over the upset recently broadcast via newspaper and internet over the pewter containing a high lead content that was shipped to us by suppliers in China. I agree that is something to pay attention to when purchasing pewter jewelry. You must make sure the pewter comes from a reputable source and was cast lead free. Such jewelry is available, and I would venture to guess that most jewelers dealing with pewter jewelry are very careful about the lead content these days. Children especially are vulnerable, since they tend to stick things in their mouths without thinking.

But despite the fact that pewter jewelry has a questionable reputation in some circles, it seems to have mostly bounced back in popularity. I’m glad, because not every one can afford sterling silver jewelry, and this can be a wonderful substitute for many of us.

Look Hot This Summer

There are so many ways for you to look hot at the beach this summer. Having tried so hard to slim down for the beach over the past few weeks or months, when you finally arrive at your destination, you can let your hair down and undo your belts and proudly show the world your rights to be proud of yourself.

With summer fast approaching, people are jumping on their scales and, apparently, not liking what they see. The intake of proper nutrients can aid in optimizing your health during these hot summer days. Summer may be a time for fun and games; however, it also holds risks such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, skin cancer, food poisoning and even tetanus. For those salad lovers out there, this is a good time to enjoy a light refreshing summer vegetable or fruit salad.

It’s pretty much a given that most of us want to get slim for summer, so what we need of course is a summer diet. Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight, it requires a disciplined diet of the proper foods, and a consistent exercise routine. Try to set clear goals when starting this type of diet and allow yourself to indulge on something that will curb your cravings. If you manage to stay on the summer diet for three weeks, you’ll be well on your way to building the habits that go towards creating a healthier lifestyle.

We all know that dieting is not the easiest thing in the world to stick with, so here’s a few tips to make it easier and to keep you going. Well, if it’s as hot where you are as it is here, you’ll have already broken out the barbecue and you’ll be looking for some tasty recipes that keep you eating healthy and won’t jeopardize your weight loss program or diet. The balanced, healthy daily diet will be something like this: 5-6 servings (75-90 grams) of breads/grains (preferably high fiber), 5-6 servings of milk/cheese/lean meats, 3-4 servings of fresh vegetables (preferably high fiber), 1-3 servings of fresh fruit, 7-14, 8 oz glasses of water.

Exercise is an effective strategy to lose weight, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower levels of stress hormones. Getting fit and losing weight requires a lifestyle change that involves making healthy decisions about good food choices as well as a regular exercise routine. Start an exercise program and build up to 30 minutes most days of the week. The best results are achieved using refined techniques, functional exercises, cardio, proper nutrition, awareness, variety, consistency, supplementation and motivation over time.

Diet supplements assist recipients to meet costs associated with an unusually expensive therapeutic diet that is required as a result of a specific medical condition or a special dietary need. The Amazon Diet is formulated with Cha de Burge, a small tree that is native to Brazil. Although new to the United States, The Amazon Diet is taking the nation by storm.