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8 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Actually Help You Eat Healthier

8 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Actually Help You Eat Healthier

You only get one body, and it’s no surprise that as more health research comes out, more and more of us want to eat healthy foods. We went from a society dominated by fast foods and prepackaged meals to one in which making healthier choices is the norm.

You may be among the number of people interested in improving their diet and learning to cook. We always hear that diet and exercise are the keys to staying in shape. What you eat, and how much you eat has a greater impact on your overall health than your physical activity.[1]

Burning calories can be time-consuming, but replacing calorie-dense foods with healthy alternatives is quicker and easier to implement.[2]

Here at Lifehack, we’ve hand-picked our 8 favorite kitchen gadgets to help you kick-start healthy eating habits.

1.PhilipsAvance Digital TurboStarAirfryer

    Fried food is delicious, but it’s no secret that it’s terrible for you. The Philips Avance Airfryer allows you to enjoy fried food with 75% less fat. You can make French fries with less than a tablespoon of oil. Turbostar technology provides instant heat, which means that you never have to waste time preheating the airfryer.

    Avance Airfryer with Digital TurboStar by Philips $249.95

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    2. Prepara Oil Mister

      Adding oil to your food in moderation can improve the flavor and make it easier for your body to access fat-soluble nutrients. Sometimes when you try to get oil straight from the bottle, you end up with way more than you need. The Prepara Oil Mister allows you to control how much oil you add to your dish.

      Oil Mister by Prepara $16.99

      3. Food Huggers

        About one third of food produced for human consumption worldwide ends up in the trash.((Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Key facts on food loss and waste you should know!)) Food Huggers allow you to preserve half-used fruits and vegetables. Your grocery budget and the environment will thank you for getting these.

        Set of Five Food Huggers by Food Huggers $12.95

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        4. George Foreman 2-Serving Basic Plate Grill

          Drain unwanted fat and grease from your meals using the George Foreman Grill. Grease cooks off your food and runs into the tray at the bottom for easy disposal. You can store this model vertically, which will help you save room for all your other handy kitchen gadgets.

          2-Serving Basic Plate Grill With Vertical Storage by George Foreman $29.99

          5. Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Portions Nutritional Facts Display

            The Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale not only helps you determine portion size, but it also allows you to view the complete details of your food’s nutritional value. Now you can tell exactly what you’re eating–even if you’ve bought fresh or bulk items that don’t come with a nutrition label.

            Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Portions Nutritional Facts Display by Greater Goods $39.99

            6. Magic Bullet Blender

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              Smoothies and juices can be a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, but sometimes blending these items can be inconvenient. This blender by Magic Bullet allows you to chop, mix, and blend fruits and veggies to your heart’s content.

              You can have a smoothie ready to go in ten seconds, and the blending container doubles as a cup. Take your smoothie with you on the go without all the hassle of a regular food processor.

              Blender by Magic Bullet $39.88

              7. Kitchen Active Spiralizer

                Eating more vegetables can help you lose weight and get healthy. Replace regular carb-loaded noodles with spiralized vegetables. This spiralizer from Kitchen Active makes it easy to turn you favorite vegetables into veggie noodles.

                Spiralizer by Kitchen Active $6.97

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                8. Dash Greek Yogurt Maker

                  Greek yogurt is full of probiotics, which makes it great for gut health. You can also use yogurt as a binding agent or the base of a parfait or smoothie. Enjoying this nutritious snack doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make your own with Dash’s Greek Yogurt Maker.

                  Greek Yogurt Maker by Dash $23.99

                  We hope these kitchen gadgets set you up for success. Here’s to good health!

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                  Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                  7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                  7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                  Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                  Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                  This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                  One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                  Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                  Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                  1. Gratitude

                  Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                  The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                  Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                  So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                    write down goals

                      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                      6. Rise Earlier

                      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                      Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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