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A Complete Cooking Cheat Sheet Everyone Should Have!

A Complete Cooking Cheat Sheet Everyone Should Have!

We live in an amazing time where getting a meal is as easy as going to a drive-thru, and having somebody hand you food without you ever having to get out of your vehicle. Better yet, we can call a restaurant and have them bring us food right to our door.

This convenience has made it too easy for people not to bother with learning how to cook a proper meal for themselves, or their family. If you are one of these people mentioned, and you are just starting to learn how to make a good home-cooked meal, you no longer need to feel too intimidated! Even if you are a moderate (or experienced cook), there is still quite a bit to remember in the kitchen. It can really get confusing, especially if you have a lot going on.

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Thanks to Krisgo from Do It And How, you can have the ultimate kitchen cheat sheet! This cheat sheet has literally everything you need to know about preparing almost anything. With so many different foods that you can make, and even more ways you can prepare them, this cheat sheet is even handy for the experienced home chef.

One of the biggest and most important perks of having this list around has to be food safety. If you are a new cook, or are finding your self cooking a new kind of meat, you want to be very careful that you cook it properly, or else you can make yourself, and others very sick.

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This list helps you to remember what temperature all kinds of meats should be, and how long to cook them so they are safe to eat. It will also tell you how long you should cook all different kinds of vegetables, based on how you plan on cooking them. If you are anything like me, it teaches you that there are more than one way to cook vegetables!

This list is also really helpful for measurement conversions. I could not tell you how many times I have stopped what I was doing, and ran to my computer (or cell phone) to look up different measurement conversions because the recipe I was following put the measurements into ounces, while I was trying to measure by cups!

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Another neat thing this list features is how long you can store things in the freezer, before they go bad. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have thrown food away because freezer-burn got the best of me. This list also has a pretty cool illustration on food storage in the fridge as well!

There is so much more featured on this cheat sheet. It is really well organized and easy to follow along. With so much to remember when it comes to preparing and storing your food, it would be crazy not to have this in your kitchen at home. Even if you are an excellent cook and have a lot of experience, you can still benefit from this handy little sheet.

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This cheat sheet really does take a lot of the stress out of cooking, especially if you are a novice. It also makes cooking a meal a lot more enjoyable experience for you. You can say so long to the old days of take-out (or TV dinners) and have confidence in yourself the next time you are making a meal!

For more information about this helpful cheat sheet (or to get a copy of your own), visit Krisgo’s website Do It And How, where you can even print it off! Make sure that you leave a comment on her blog and say “Thanks!”

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Last Updated on May 21, 2020

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

1. The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

2. Whole30

The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

During the month you are eliminating:

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  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • legumes
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy

Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

Finding Out How Food Impacts You

Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

3. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes & nuts
  • Replacing butter with olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Moderate amounts of red wine

Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

4. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

The Big Takeaway:

Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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