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Healthy Hot Beverages Water Isn’t Your Only Choice

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A lot of people feel as though the only real drink you’re supposed to consume is water. It’s no real wonder why people get that impression; it’s all the health experts seem to talk about. No one, after all tells you how many glasses of Coke you should be drinking per day. But the choice isn’t just between water and a sugary soda. In fact, you don’t necessarily need to drink something cold at all. There are several healthy hot beverages that can be a part of any successful diet plan. Here are three of them that can serve you well.

Tea
One of the best things you can drink when on a diet is green tea. While you don’t need to drink it warm to get the benefits, you may find you enjoy it in that format. The green variety not only provides you with metabolic properties that can get your weight loss moving, but also provides a number of benefits beyond that. Some studies have shown a potential link between drinking green tea and reducing your risk of cancer. If that’s not enough reason to try it, what is? Healthy hot beverages don’t get any better. Of course, green tea isn’t your only option. There are fine benefits to drinking black, oolong, and white as well.

Coffee
The majority of the population thinks of coffee as a vice instead of putting it into the category of healthy hot beverages, but is there any reason it can’t be a bit of both? Truthfully, coffee can provide several benefits to its drinkers. There is no other drink or food that approaches its level of antioxidants, which have been shown to be effective in the fight against cancer. Coffee can provide another benefit to those looking to lose weight: it is an appetite suppressant. The caffeine included in the drink could be just enough to quiet your stomach until it is time to eat again.

Hot Cocoa
If you wake up one morning and you’re not in the mood for coffee, cocoa can be a wonderful substitute. Among healthy hot beverages, it may be lagging behind coffee and tea in popularity, but studies have shown that chocolate is a very healthy substance. Dark chocolate is particularly powerful in this regard, showing benefits ranging from lower blood pressure to increased serotonin levels. Once again, the antioxidants are in effect. The flavonoids included in cocoa have been shown to reduce inflammation, which in turn can prevent heart disease. If you want to cut calories, use skim milk to make your cup.

Healthy Snacks On A Healthy Diet Plan

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Snacking can be a part of your healthy diet plan. One of the biggest battles youll face is not getting your workouts in, BUT avoiding all those cravings that sneak up on you and whittle you down till youre sitting in a drive-thru line up or hunting for vending machine change. So its important to plan ahead. You will constantly hear me talk about planning ahead as its a crucial component in reaching your goal. It’s easier to deliver from temptation when you have your snacks prepared in front of you.

You will slip up but get back on that horse and if you feel really guilty, work it off! Do the stairs in your house 10 times or 25 jumping jacks, sit ups or squats be creative!

Also, be creative in finding healthy snacks you can keep on you at all times. Stock your desk at work, your glove compartment, your bag/purse. Find snacks that you enjoy and really watch your portion control. Nuts are healthy, but not if you eat handful after handful. Pay careful attention to the nutritional breakdown and follow it. If a handful of nuts are 150 calories, dont consume 4-5 handfuls this will just pack on unnecessary calories. Mix it up as well.veggies and hummus one day, a low fat cheese and salsa quesadilla the next day. And keep a full bottle of water on you at all times. Quite often we mistake dehydration for hunger cravings.

Shopping smart is the key. Give yourself lots of times to look at what the store offers. Also, read labels and let your imagination create a healthy diet plan JUST for you. Quite often we forget about foods we like that can act as healthy snack solutions. Plain low fat yogurt and bananas are one of my favorites snacks. Its low in calories and very nutritious.

Another tip, popcorn from an air popper. It takes a second to make and its filling and tastes great. Sprinkle a little salt and a touch of butter to complete it and voila! Whole wheat tortilla chips and salsa is another goody. Of course you will have to watch how many chips you put into your bowl, but snacks are not supposed to be meals. This is just something to tide you over till you eat again. Dont forget, you dont have to eat till youre full. I often give myself 10-20 mins after a small portion of food to let myself feel satiated.

Swim Pants, Beach Mini Skirts, Womens Beach Pants, Beach Clothing

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Summer is not far and this is apparent with the sun shining, the beaches glistening and people ready to relax in the golden sands, under the umbrella and to enjoy the waters in this hottest season. However, do not get stuck indoors just because you are plus size. There is no dearth of womens plus size beach wear nowadays, in fact, you are sure to get stylish and sexy beach wear.

The plus sizes collection is vast and helps in spicing up the wardrobe helping in choosing the best swim wear online to make a sizzling summer. Shopping through the internet is fun, simple and easy, regardless of the size. The swim wear that is highly in demand are the beach skirts.

There are many choices, but each time represent looking gorgeous each time. A romantic person loving to walk on the beach can choose breezy summer dress and spent pleasant time in summer. Dresses that are not too tight or loose suit the best. However, choose monochrome or tie dye dresses that reach knee length offering a stylish appearance. Remember to choose dress designs emphasizing your waist and giving a perfect balanced appearance.

Plus size beach wear for women does not mean that they have to wear dresses that cover all the parts of their body. There are beach wear that are new trends and suit every type of body. There is nothing being plus size and it is always a fact that curves in a feminine body is an attraction. The best outfit ideas that are appropriate for plus size women on the beach are:

Capris and Tunics style pants are perfect to hide tummy and choosing printed tunics looks fabulous. Pair your Capri pants with tunic, a pair of flats offers a complete look offering a stylish appearance. A V-cut cleavage brings attention to the bust and neck area.
One-piece suits are ideal for plus size women. Look for subtle prints, vertical lines and dark colors to create a slimming effect.
Two-piece suits for bathing offer enough coverage. The tops can be halter-neck so that it offers the required support.

Beach Home Decor Inspiration from Nature

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Relaxation, peace and memories of a wonderful seaside vacation all this can become the feel of your home if you choose beach home decor. You can incorporate some beach home decor to the whole house, or choose only one room for that you will enjoy the new look of your dwelling as well as the experience of living by the seaside in the heart of an industrial city.

The most obvious way to add beach home decor to your house is to make a nautical statement. It is easy to find inexpensive boat or yacht models that you can place naturally on your shelves. A clever decorator will find small anchors or buoys to hang as art work. If you anchor these designs with wicker or white furniture, you can really bring the beach home decor together. Furniture and colors tend to be neutral in shades with many whites, beiges, tans, light blues, and yellows used as the palette.

Coast accessories are essential for your beach home decor. Shapely glass jars filled with seashells or a few bottles put together, maybe with sand or rocks in them, can actually look like art when done correctly. If you go on a beach trip, walk along the beach and pick up things along your way to bring home. Nothing will add to your beach home decor better than personal items from favorite family vacations.

The Cape Cod Beach Home Decor

Cape Cod style furniture and beach home decor is more than just the furniture itself; it is a way of life. It is about the feeling of the ocean breezes, the open air, and the clean natural emotion of relaxation that is evoked from the furniture.

Cape Cod style furniture really came about between 1930s and 1950s. People were looking for a way to slow down and enjoy life. The Cape was very popular at the time, a vacation spot that people would travel days to get to. It was a haven of serene tranquility but very creative with artists, poets, performers, and those with a passion for art. When arriving, it was like stepping into a different era. The houses and furniture had clean lines, neutral colors, simple curves, and furniture styles that we would now consider shabby chic.

Beach home decor was influenced by Cape Cod to a large extent, evoking memories of better times, and fresh and lively surroundings. This tranquility can become a part of your home, though. Let the seashore be your inspiration, take colors and lines from the sailboats, the water, the rocks, and even the seagulls there is simply no limit to imagination. If you cant live on the coast, create it yourself in your own home!

Barbecue Sauce Recipe For The Low Carb Diet

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If you think that you cannot make a Barbecue without using a lower carb barbecue sauce continue to read this barbecue recipe. This barbecue sauce recipe choice is appropriate for diabetics and people looking for a healthy recipe that is still delicious on the outdoor barbecue grill.

You can now enjoy everything that barbecuing has to offer with this low carb barbecue recipe.

The main ingredient in barbecue sauce that creates the higher carbohydrate levels is, you guessed it, sugar. So first you should look into recipes that are devoid of sugar, completely.

However, if you want to make something with more of a tomato base then this is a necessary reading. You will need to take some extra time to caramelize the unions, but it’s absolutely worth your while in the end.

Here is the low carb barbecue sauce recipe that will no doubt turn your outdoor grilling experience into a healthy eatery.

1 chopped union
1 tablespoon of water
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

Add a pinch of:
Chile powder
Cinnamon
Paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking directions:
In a non stick pan add the unions with a tablespoon of water and simmer very lightly for an hour until the onions brown. This method caramelizes the union within its own natural sugars and adds the natural, sugar free sweet taste once combined with the tomato sauce.

Now you can go out and fire up the grill.

Once the unions have simmered long enough, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a complete boil. Then simmer for about twenty five to thirty minutes. Once done you are now in business to create a low carb, sugar free barbecue meal that will not cost you in carbohydrates and is excellent in taste.

You can also continue to research other sugar free low carb barbecue sauce recipes such as the Alabama white sauce by going online and looking up healthy sauce recipes for outdoor cooking. Try many different recipes until you come to what is appropriate for your taste. Your friends and family will be amazed when they discover that a sugar free barbecue sauce can actually be delicious and healthy at the same time.

There is nothing like enjoying a good BBQ with friends and family and at the same time knowing they are in good health with your special recipe. Get yourself a good jar of bbq sauce and enjoy

Tina Talks Tea Time Traditions

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British born Tina Jesson, is becoming a sought-after speaker in Indiana on the subject of the Tradition of English Tea Time. Tina moved from the Derbyshire country of Mid England in 2008 and now lives in Brownsburg Indiana. Tina has created a Tea Time speaking program which is now running through a number of Libraries, Societies and Book Clubs in the area, educating tea lovers, historians and Anglophiles on the culture, history and tradition of the Victorian English Tea Time.

Her talk “The Importance of Taking Tea – from Victorian England to the Present Day”, covers how taking afternoon tea was first started, the difference between high tea and afternoon tea and the opening of the first tea rooms in the early 1900s. She and also covers the history behind of tea time favourites such as Crumpets, Victoria Sandwich Cake and the famous English Cream Tea and brings it all up to date with the health benefits of green tea, black tea and herbal tea alternatives.

Tina is on a mission to celebrate, rediscover and share the history and food of the Victorian English Tea Time and sells a selection of English baked goods and preserves at local farmers markets using traditional Old English recipes combined with wholesome local ingredients.

Tina comes from a long line of accomplished home cooks in England and was lucky enough to learn to cook at a young age from her Great Grandmother, who was born in 1899 (when Queen Victoria was still on the thrown of England) and worked as a kitchen maid in Bradley Hall, owned at the time by Major Clues.

Her Grandmother was great at preserves, jams and chutneys and her mother was the baker of the family, making great pastry. Tina grow up in a house of 4 females spanning across 4 generations and many of the old recipes have been passed down. Tina loves making these recipes and sharing the goodies with like minded people who have a passion for from scratch wholesome local food and the history of how the recipes came in to being or how they got their names. Such as Bakewell Tart, from the town of Bakewell, only miles from where Tina was born and raised.

Tina will be speaking at Danville Library this Saturday March 17th at 2.30pm; at CENTRAL INDIANA HERB SOCIETY SPRING SYMPOSIUM SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 9am3pm and at the Brownsburg Public Library on 17th July 5pm 7pm

This winter you can find her at Traders Point Creamery Green Market every Saturday morning from 9am 12.30pm

Bird Watching at Staten Island

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Staten Island is a part of New York, but even after being a portion of world’s most magnificent city which is well known for its concrete jungle, Staten Island has more than 3000 acres of greenery spread in several parks of this area. The place provides enormous opportunities for nature lovers to come and explore the wild heritage of this place. If, people who don’t know about Staten Island come here first and see the natural beauty and its wide natural heritage, they will not believe that it is a part of New York City and situated nearby the city of skyscrapers. It’s simply unbelievable for them.

The forests and national parks at Staten Island have varied selection of wildlife. You’ll also find rare species of Birds here. The number and diversity of birds is really rare and enough to attract any bird lovers to Staten Island. There are several parks which has numerous species of birds, those includes:

Clovelakes Park – Clove Lakes Park is the prime spot for migratory birds on Staten Island. Northward bound migratory birds start coming in the park from late March. The number, and diversity of species increases along with progressing spring season. A bird lover can have glances of more than 25 different species of wood-warblers, along with other migrants such as rose-breasted grosbeak, flycatchers, cuckoos and vireos during a good sunny day in May. One can find spring migration hooded, prothonotary, and Kentucky warblers somewhere within the park boundaries every year.

South and Midland Beach Park – Midland and South Beach are among one of the longest open beach stretches in New York City. People should visit this park for waterfowl, eared grebe, harlequin duck, Barrow’s goldeneye and purple sandpiper. Red and White-winged crossbills and evening grosbeak are also found in the pines during winters.

Fort Wadsworth – Fort Wadsworth is situated just beside Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and provides a wonderful view of Lower New York Bay. Eurasian wigeon, Purple sandpipers are popular inhabitant of this place. During spring and fall migration warblers and bobolinks can also be found in the field. Even the woods around fort are good place to find common resident birds.

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