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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 July 10, 2020

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                  We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                  So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                  Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                  What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                  Boundaries are limits

                  —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                  Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                  Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                  Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                  Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                  How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                  Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                  1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                  Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                  You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                  To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                  You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                  • When do you feel disrespected?
                  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                  • When do you want to be alone?
                  • How much space do you need?

                  You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                  2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                  Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                  Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                  3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                  Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                  That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                  Sample language:

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                  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                  Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                  4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                  Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                  Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                  Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                  We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                  It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                  It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                  Final Thoughts

                  Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                  Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                  Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                  The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                  Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                  Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                  They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                  Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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