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7 Cheap but Powerful Products That Can Help Your Waste Less Food and Save Money

7 Cheap but Powerful Products That Can Help Your Waste Less Food and Save Money

Most people do not even realize the amount of food that they waste everyday, from getting rid of spoiled produce to throwing away uneaten leftovers. Although most people do not deliberately set out to waste food, there are some great habits that can help to keep food wastage to a minimum.

The easiest way to avoid food wastage, however, is by storing your produce in high-quality containers so as to preserve their freshness. Here are some tools that can help reduce food wastage at home:

Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done

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    This book provides the perfect hacks to allow you to deal with kitchen tasks that cost you money and time with the hope of improving the general outcome. This useful collection of kitchen hacks will allow you to face and tackle both big and small kitchen challenges such as food wastage.

    Prepworks by Progressive Bread ProKeeper

      The progressive bread keeper allows you to store your bread under the best conditions so that your bread stays fresher for longer. The bread keeper is perfectly sized to accommodate machine loaves when expanded and it has a Variety of sizes to store baked goods of different sizes.

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      Casabella Guac-Lock Container

        The Casabella container eliminates and presses all the air from the storage container so that browning does not occur and your guacamole can stay fresh for longer. It is also made from durable material that is shatter-proof and order free.

        Knock Knock What to Eat Pad

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          Because of the modern world, planning, tracking and executing household means is a little more difficult than it was back in the day. The What To Eat Pad makes planning easier by allowing you to schedule your meals so that you do not have to waste any.

          Premium Washable BahrEco Mesh Bags for Grocery Shopping 

            This set of reusable produce bags are washable, foldable and easy to carry around when you need to. The bags are also color coded which will allow you to perfectly organize all your produce.

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            FoodSaver FM2435-ECR Vacuum Sealing System

              This vacuum sealer is a must have if you live in a large household and you have to freeze your produce. The vacuum sealer also comes with a pouch rolls that allow you to prep easy to serve meals for the entire week.

              Joseph Joseph Nest Storage Plastic Food Storage Container

                This container comes with snap together lids that are color-coded for easier use. The container can be used easily in a microwave and a dishwasher.

                It is easy to overbuy products but with the right tools, you can store your fruits and veggies to preserve their freshness. They will not only last longer but you will make significant savings in the end by wasting less food.

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                Published on September 25, 2020

                The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

                The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

                We’ve all experienced the effects of stress in one form or another. Feeling stressed out sucks, especially when it becomes chronic.

                Stress affects everything from your digestion, immune function, cognition, and mood. In simplest terms, stress is your body’s response to changes that take place in your environment that are deemed ‘unsafe.’

                The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect environment for a full-blown stress meltdown. It is normal to feel stressed right now. The world feels like it’s upside down—literally.

                On top of that, the uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding COVID-19 have led to a surge in mental health issues. A study found that 70% of the U.S. population have identified as moderately to severely distressed since the onset of the pandemic.[1] Can you relate?

                It has never been more important to master our emotional health. The pandemic has shown us that, while we can’t control the external world, we always have control over how we respond to it.

                Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone deals with it in the same way. The good news is that you have the power to effectively manage your stress so that your world doesn’t feel like it’s falling apart every time you’re hit with a challenge.

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                Before you can do that, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection works.

                The Mind-Body Connection and Stress

                Despite popular opinion, the mind and the body are not two separate entities. Your physical body impacts your emotions and visa versa. As you can imagine, if there is disharmony in the body, there will also be disharmony in the mind, which in turn will influence your stress levels.

                One study found that the type of energy patterns that are carried by certain words and intentions can cause physical changes in DNA structure which become the building blocks of your body.[2]

                Have you ever felt a nauseous feeling in your stomach when you’re anxious about something? If so, you’ve experienced the mind-body connection at play.

                The next time you find yourself saying something negative, remember that your thoughts determine how your body behaves. Negative emotions contribute to dis-ease in the body. Be mindful of the words you speak because your body is always listening to you. What you think, you become.

                The Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body

                Life is a rollercoaster ride which means that stress will happen. You cannot hide from it. The best thing that you can do is take preventative measures to ensure that stress doesn’t wreak havoc on your mind and body over the long-term. Here are 3 lesser-known effects of stress.

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                1. Weakened Immune System

                Your health is your wealth. Without you, you have nothing. If you don’t have a strong immune system, your body won’t be able to fight off disease and/or viruses.

                COVID-19 has taught us how important it is to take care of our immune systems. If you want to maintain a strong immune system get a good night’s sleep, do regular exercise, eat healthy foods, take immune-boosting supplements, and commit to relaxation practices.[3] This is how you will train your immune system to work for you instead of against you.

                2. Gut Problems

                There is a strong correlation between digestive health and stress. The gut and the brain are constantly communicating and sending signals to one another.

                Have you ever felt like you were punched in the gut after receiving awful news? Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous about something? These reactions happen for a reason.

                An imbalanced intestine can send signals to the brain, just as an imbalanced brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach pains can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.[4]

                So, the next time you have an unexplained stomach ache, your stress levels could be the culprit. Avoid foods that can irritate your stomach and aggravate the symptoms of stress, like refined sugars and fried foods. I like to take acidophilus regularly which helps to increase healthy bacteria in the gut.

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                Lastly, I encourage you to create a daily Kundalini yoga practice. Kundalini yoga is great for stimulating the flow of energy in the body. There are specific Kundalini exercises that support healthy digestion, some of which include Breath of Fire, Stretch Pose, and Sat Kriya.

                3. Depression

                Stress is a normal response to positive and negative life experiences. However, if you have trouble coping with stress over the long-term, you can put yourself at risk for developing depression. Sustained or chronic stress leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine.[5]

                When you experience heightened levels of stress, you are more likely to experience a low mood. Unfortunately, a low mood will make you more prone to not engaging in healthy activities, like exercising and eating well. As a result, your mood will suffer even more.

                This toxic spiraling effect is what causes a lot of people to experience symptoms of depression, like fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite, or in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.

                COVID-19 has put a lot of people at risk for depression. With everything that is currently going on in the world, people are more susceptible to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness which can precipitate the onset of depression.

                One of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling into a spiral of sadness is to seek professional help. A psychologist or a coach can help you navigate through the difficult times and give you tools for reducing stress and anxiety.

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                Secondly, create a daily mindfulness-based practice and make it a non-negotiable. Mindfulness can be in the form of meditation, yoga, dancing, tai chi, or breathwork.

                Practicing mindfulness helps you reprogram negative thoughts and reassess difficult experiences with a more calm mind.

                Don’t Allow Stress to Take Over Your Life

                You have two choices—you can either let stressors suffocate your health and well-being, or you can transform your wounds into wisdom and rewrite a new story.

                If you’re scared, it’s okay. You’re human. Allow yourself to feel everything, but don’t lose yourself in the mess. Take a deep breath and trust that your strength is greater than any struggle.

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