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Is Dieting Enough for Me to Lose Weight?

While some diet programs claim that, when it comes to losing weight, what you eat is more important than what you do, the truth is that losing weight is a two-fold commitment. Exercise is an important part of health and wellness --and losing weight-- that can't be overlooked.Everybody has different weight loss preferences and methods. I, for example, am the type of person who prefers to exercise rather than follow a restrictive diet. During a time when I wasn't careful about nutrition, but stuck with a good exercise routine, I was still able to continue losing inches. I had tons of energy and I felt great. But although I was buying smaller sized clothing, there was no evidence of real weight loss on the scale.Through much trial and error, I've found that I can lose a small amount of weight by watching my diet carefully or exercising, but it is only when I combine both methods together that I see faster and longer-lasting results. Dieting alone is not enough for me to lose weight... and depending on your body...


A Seasonal Look At Cooking With Essential Oils

Now that summer is officially here, our home gardens are in their heyday. Spring's greens have already sprouted and given us the first gifts of the season, like bitter dandelion leaves, soft lettuces and nutrient-rich spinach. Now it's peas and squash, strawberries and raspberries. Last season you risked it and planted watermelon (and oh, what a harvest you had!). This summer you're branching out to cooking herbs and thinking of buying a backyard composting bin for all of your fertile scraps. No matter what you're growing in your garden or on your deck, the abundance of summer makes us want to eat healthy and pay attention to the earth, the real root of our nourishment.For much of the year, our produce is trucked in from far-flung farmlands. Once summer arrives, though, everyone gets the opportunity to claim their birthright as gardeners and cultivators of their own food. What's best, local summer harvests allow us to experiment with simple, nutritious meals. With very little effort, a meal of fresh vegetable...


How To Prepare Shrimp - Seafood Special

Shrimps , the white or pinkish fleshy seafood is a favorite with most people. Seafood that is tasty and simple to cook is one trait about shrimps probably that make it a popular choice. How to prepare shrimps can be an easy or tough job depending on whether you know how to do it or not. If you know how to prepare shrimps there couldn't be an easier task in the world(although a bit time consuming). However, on the other hand, if you have to cook shrimps and don't have any idea of how to go about it, it could be the worst nightmare for you. Here's help for the novice cook who would love to cook a dish of shrimps. 1-The first step in the how to prepare shrimp guide would be to thaw the shrimps. Put them out in water (keeping them in cold water is advised to keep them fresh. Shrimps can be a tasty treat however, on the other hand if you do not know how to prepare shrimps and cook them right they can cause tummy trouble and play a total spoilsport. 2-Wash well and pat dry. For de-shelling the shrimps, if you know ...


Your Best Day Ever: Get Incredible Energy With Raw Foods

When it comes to health, the real common denominator is energy. And we know to get this energy we need a balance of proper nutrition, exercise and rest. Exercise is fairly straightforward -- there's a way to do it that suits everyone. Rest is simple too, if we can make the time, and reduce our stimulant intake so that we can actually sleep at night. But nutrition seems to continue to be a puzzle. Many diets can help one condition or another, but very few offer a complete picture: a lifelong path to high energy and vibrant health. Ready to make a real change? It's time to have a look at the raw and living foods diet.Right away we get a little scared hearing "raw food"..."You mean like, carrot and celery sticks all day?" One first needs to understand what the raw food diet is really all about. It's about the highest level of nutrition AND gourmet eating imaginable. Browse some of the newest raw food "cookbooks" in your local bookstore and check out the pictures...mmmm! You could really even live on the deserts ...


What Is Wok Cooking?

I love Chinese cuisine. Now I guess that explains my fascination for wok cooking. I have a good collection of woks in different sizes for my cooking and love what wok cooking can do to food -the taste and flavor. With all the Thai cooking recipes and videos I have been watching the last few days, I think the woks are soon going to witness the taste of a whole new cuisine. Wok cooking is one that uses a high degree of heat and requires the cook to be both careful and also alert. This is both in terms of personal safety and also getting the food cooked right. Wok cooking has come to be a popular choice across the globe. Ask me, initially it was takeaways from my favorite Chinese restaurant and then my friend introduced me to the world of Chinese cooking. Ever since I have been hooked to it. I find it a healthier option to cook at home and definitely cheaper (especially during these tough times a great way to delicious home cooking).Tips to great wok cooking:1-Wok cooking is fun, healthy and tasty. Cooking in a ...


Kitchen Knives for Your Cooking Hobby

Kitchen knives are a must have for anyone who considers themselves a cooking hobbyist. Using them properly is also a must to ensure that no one gets hurt, for they are sharp and can be dangerous. Stay Safe in the Kitchen -Choosing the right knife for the correct job is the first step in staying safe in the kitchen with a kitchen knife. Using the highest quality knife you can afford will make any kitchen chore a breeze and keep your hands and body safe during use. Storing and cleaning your knives are also important parts to knife maintenance and remaining safe in the kitchen. A Knife Everyone Should Have -A chef's knife is the largest in the collection of kitchen knives and is the one used most often for chopping, dicing, slicing and mincing vegetables, fruits and meats. Make sure to choose one that has a tang the full length of the blade, which means the blade goes through the handle. This insures stability in your knife. These knives can be very expensive to reasonably priced and most chefs recommend at lea...


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