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  • midlifelove 10:43 am on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eat healthy, exercise more, how to keep new year's resolutions, , reduce debt, Save money, spend time with kids   

    New Year’s Resolutions Made Easy 

    1. If you have a resolution to eat healthy

    Plan ahead. My fiance makes a list of 7 things that she is going to cook for dinner for next 7 days. Hence we buy the groceries for those days, saving money and which motivates us to eat more dinners at home. We are tempted to go out and eat if we don’t know what to cook for dinner.

    2. If you have a resolution to exercise more

    Make smaller more frequent milestones that are tested regularly. For example make a goal for each month, like loose 1KG each month, and have an accountability partner who would ask you each month on your progress. Also have a gym buddy, who goes to gym with you or who goes on walks or jog with you.

    3. If your resolution is to reduce alcohol intake

    Avoid catching up with friends at bars; instead choose coffee shops like Starbucks where they don’t serve alcohol. Join support groups. When friends visit ask them to bring a bowl of salad or something else instead of bottle of wine.

    4. If your resolution is spending time with your kids

    Sign up to an activity they want to do together like an art class. Make it something fun not only for your kids but also for you. It is not a chore.

    5.  If your resolution is to reduce your debt

    First make a list of the all the credit cards and other monthly payments you need to pay. Second calculate how much you can earn and pay back each month for those debts. Third stick to your monthly targets. Have someone accountable who questions any unnecessary and impulse purchases.

  • midlifelove 3:00 am on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: berry, , eat healthy, loose weight, Miracle fruit, miraculin, Synsepalum dulcificum   

    Miracle Fruit – A Dieter’s Dream Come True 

    A taste-bud-teasing little red berry which makes lemons taste like candy and bitter beer taste like chocolate is catching on as the latest “miracle fruit” for people wanting to eat healthy – or those enjoying a harmless thrill at the latest cult craze, “flavor tripping parties.”

    The West African Miracle Fruit Plant (Synsepalum dulcificum) has a weird ability to rewire the way the tongue perceives flavors for up to two hours after consumption. A dieters-dream come true, it can turn bland low cal desserts into sweet sensations if diners pop a miracle fruit before eating.

    Hip trend setters are experimenting with Miracle Fruit at “flavor tripping parties” where tasters eat the strange little fruit and then consume sour and bitter foods to experience the oddity of how their tongue transforms the flavors.

    Party On

    Typically, party goers pop a berry and then graze at a table set up with citrus wedges, cheeses, Brussels sprouts, mustard, vinegars, pickles, dark beers, strawberries and cheap tequila, the last converted it is claimed to a top-shelf liquor by the miracle fruit fizz. Goat’s cheese tastes like cheesecake, and vinegar like apple juice, diners claim.

    The berry itself is lightly sweet with an unremarkable flavor, but what gives the berry its strange flavor twisting property is ‘miraculin’, a molecule that binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing anything bitter and sour that is consumed afterwards to taste sweet.


    Taste Bud Tricks

    Technically the Miracle Fruit is not a sweetener, it’s a simply a “taste-bud tricker”. Attempts have been made to create a sugar substitute from the fruit, particularly with diabetics in mind, but those attempts have ended in failure amid accusations that the FDA was catering to the sugar industry, which supposedly feared a loss in business that could potentially be caused by a drop in the need for sugar.

    Miracle Fruit is available as freeze dried granules or in tablets – this form has a longer shelf life than fresh fruit. Tablets are made from compressed freeze dried fruit which causes the texture to be clearly visible even in tablet form.

    The effect of Miracle Fruit is made possible by contact with the tongue, not through digestion. For this reason, tablets must be allowed to dissolve in the mouth. The most pronounced effect can be achieved by coating the entire tongue in a paste of Miracle Fruit for up to 30 seconds.

    Miraculin loses potency when heated, and while it changes the perception of taste, it does not change the food’s chemistry. Care should be taken in using it with acid foods like lemon juice, which may result in oral ulcers if eaten in large quantities.

    For information on other health promoting herbs, see http://www.herbalignite.com for advice on living better for longer.

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