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6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be a Foodie

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be a Foodie

It’s no surprise to anyone that the word “Foodie” and the people it refers to have a bad rep. It seems that now a days, anyone who enjoys food trends, cooking, kale, or restaurant culture is the butt of a millennial themed joke made by someone who considers chain restaurants to be the top of culinary food chain. No disrespect to chain restaurants, but there truly is a whole world of food out. And everyone should be a part of this world of new flavors, cuisines, and dining experiences. Here’s why. Here are the 6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be a Foodie.

1. Helps you out of your comfort zone

That hot new restaurant that Eater’s been talking about presents the perfect opportunity for you to introduce your tastebuds to a new world and hopefully introduce you to a new side of town. It’s so easy to get into a food rut – after all as human beings, we are creatures of habit. However, that’s no excuse to eat at the same three places every week. Switch it up! Add some new places to the roster. Becoming a foodie allows you to literally spice up your life.

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2. Contribute to your local economy

It’s hard not to scoff at a question like “Is this locally grown?” But contributing to your local economy is no laughing matter. Spending money at your local farmer’s market or artisan sandwich shop is more beneficial to your community than throwing money at your mall’s Jamba Juice. When you invest in local business, they are more likely to stick around and make your community a better place to live in for everyone.

3. Make new friends

There’s a reason why you always see a group of well-dressed people, tapping away at their smartphones sitting at the same table, and that’s because foodies stick together. Foodies, now officially a classified subculture according to Ken Gedler, author of the book Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice, tend to seek out others who share their love of food. Foodie forums, events, and MeetUp groups allow food enthusiasts to forge friendships online and in their favorite restaurants and bars. If meeting friends online is not your speed, there’s always the old fashion way. Strike up conversations with nearby tables and the wait staff.

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4. Learn new things

Foodies throw the best dinner parties. That’s not an opinion, it’s a tried and true fact. But even if you have no interest in wowing a crowd with quinoa salad, adopting a foodie outlook to cooking can be beneficial. Pinterest accounts, food blogs, and magazines like Bon Appetit and Savuer can teach you new things or help you spice up some old favorites.

5. Understand the food you’re eating

Food engineering has changed the way that we as Americans eat and interact with food. We expect strawberries during the winter and perfectly blood red tomatoes all year around. Beyond the unrealistic beauty standards that are placed on our food, these aesthetic touches are riddled with chemicals and eliminate natural flavors. The foodie lifestyle allows you to interact with in season produce, organic meals, and healthier options.

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6. Expand your (Flavor) horizons

Experiencing new flavors here in the comfort of your own neighborhood isn’t just delicious, it can help you plan your next big adventure. Familiarizing yourself with a culture’s cuisine before arriving can help you avoid the disappointing fate of ordering a subpar hamburger in Spain or wasting money in tourist trap restaurants in France. When you find your new favorite dishes, narrowing down the places that you want to travel will be no problem. After all there’s nothing better than experiencing fresh cacio e pepe pasta in Florence or spanakopita in Greece.

Featured photo credit: Wall Food by Michael Stern via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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