How to Get Started with the Master Cleanse

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May 6, 2016
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The Master Cleanse was invented in the 1940s by nutritionist Stanley Burroughs and popularized as a dieting method in the health-craze of the 1970s. By the late 1990s, the Master Cleanse regained popularity through an article in the New York Times and health books touting the drink as natural remedy to lose weight, gain energy, and become happier.

The Master Cleanse, which is often known as the lemon water detox has been used by models, rock stars, and celebrities, including Anne Hathaway, Oprah, Beyonce, David Blaine, and Denzel Washington.

Health Benefits

The Master Cleanse is more than a diet or weight loss plan. Through a three to ten-day fast, the Master Cleanse removes toxins and allows the body to naturally purge itself of waste and pollutants. The Master Cleanse relieves constipation and resets the gastrointestinal tract for better digestion.

Digestive problems contribute to many conditions from irritable bowel syndrome to acne. Antibiotics, poor diet, and digestive problems are several of the leading causes of imbalances in the healthy intestinal flora. Yeast imbalances in the gastrointestinal tract have been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and recurring yeast infections.

The Master Cleanse starves these organisms and creates an inhospitable environment for yeast, so the healthy bacteria can re-establish themselves. The simple lemon juice concoction is designed to stabilize the blood sugar while providing essential minerals and nutrients throughout the fast.

Key Ingredients

The Master Cleanse is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, which are diluted in water. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice is the most important ingredient in the Master Cleanse.

The low pH of citric acid makes lemon juice a natural antibacterial cleansing agent. Lemon juice also provides potassium, which is one of the most important nutrients lost during fasts. Most Master Cleanse recipes call for Grade-B maple syrup or blackstrap molasses to provide energy, minerals, and balance blood sugar.

Grade-B maple syrup is recommended for the Master Cleanse because it is less expensive and contains more nutrients. Always look for products that say pure maple syrup. Bottles labeled pancake syrup are made from artificially flavored corn syrup that is not suitable for the Master Cleanse. Cayenne is the final ingredient, which provides vitamins, promotes blood flow, and fights harmful germs and organisms.

Master Cleanse Recipe and Regimen

Generally, the Master Cleanse is completed as a three to ten day fast, but it can also be used as a meal replacement. For optimal results, most fasters complete the Master Cleanse as a seven-day regimen. The drink’s inventor recommends between six and twelve glasses daily for the duration of the program although many health practitioners have reduced this amount with good results. The Master Cleanse may also be combined with saline beverages in the morning followed by a laxative tea in the evening for complete cleansing.

For one serving combine:

  • two tablespoons lemon juice

  • one to two tablespoons of molasses or maple syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered cayenne pepper

  • one glass of filtered water

Many fasters eventually modify the original Master Cleanse recipe to suit their individual tastes. Some people find the Master Cleanse is easier to drink when warm while others prefer it at room temperature or chilled. When preparing the drink, add ingredients too taste.

Molasses or maple syrup sweetens the lemonade, however, adding too much will make the drink unpleasantly sweet. There’s no right or wrong way to drink the Master Cleanse; some prefer to chug the drink in one gulp while others prefer to take small sips over the course of an afternoon.

What to Expect

The effects of the Master Cleanse vary for everyone, however, most find the first few days are the hardest. The Master Cleanse can cause an upset stomach followed by some time visiting the bathroom. Most fasters find the body releases large amounts of waste and toxins least one day during the fast.

After three days, carb carvings and hunger subside and by fifth day fasters report increased energy, glowing skin, and brighter eyes. Although the Master Cleanse is commonly used as a fast, workouts, jogging, and vigorous exercise are fine and will increase the weight loss effects of the cleanse.

Want a New Kitchen? Where to Begin!

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May 6, 2016
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If you own your own home and have lived there a while, you may find that you’re bored with your space and need a fresh new kitchen. This can be a project that requires a lot of time, energy, and money, so no doubt you’ll want to know how to get started with your planning. In this article, we will discuss different ideas for your new space, and ensure that you effortlessly score the kitchen you’ve been dreaming of.

Firstly, consider what you want to change about your kitchen. A remodel can be as simple as changing appliances or a new color painted on the walls, or as involved as changing out cabinets and counter spaces. Create a budget, and then choose which changes you will employ that work within that budget. That way you can have a fantastic kitchen that hasn’t broken the bank!

Obviously, your kitchen space should reflect the lifestyle that you have. How do you use your kitchen? What do you need out of your kitchen space, and what needs to be available for your needs on a daily basis? Knowing these things can help you decide what changes you will make.

design your kitchenIf you’re unsure of where to begin when it comes to choice and design, take a walk through your local home improvement store for some inspiration. Stores like Lowes and The Home Depot have many options and samples to look through, and employees you can consult with who will help you make the best decisions for your needs. Don’t allow yourself to be too taken in by all the bells and whistles, however. Be aware of price, and be sure to stick closely to the budget that you have allowed for yourself.

If you want a subtle change to your kitchen space or as much change as you can without spending an arm and a leg, you have several options. If you are relatively DIY savvy, you can take a day to repaint your kitchen walls an amazing new color. Sometimes even just a simple paint job can liven up space more than you would have ever imagined. If you have windows in your kitchen space, consider adding curtains, or changing the curtains you currently have. Lay down cabinet liners inside your cabinets with a trendy design you can look at every time you grab a glass or a plate. If you’re tired of the old color of the cabinets you have, you can repaint these as well!

Have an old microwave or stove? Maybe it’s time to upgrade! New appliances can satisfy your craving for something new in your kitchen space without the cost of a whole new remodel. If you are used to washing your dishes by hand for some time, why not install a dishwasher to save you some time and work?

When it comes to decorating, you can also change some visual items around for a new look. Why not add new hangings in your kitchen or a fresh vase of flowers?

With some homeowners, however, it’s time for a whole new remodel. If this is the path you want to take, be sure to familiarize yourself with different products and materials that fit the goals you have for your remodel. Be especially aware of what these cost. And not only do you need to think about money, but be aware that remodels take time. Set realistic timing goals so that you have your dream kitchen when you want to!

So if you’re planning a new kitchen space, it doesn’t have to be a big and scary event. Be sure to know what you want, what’s available, and what it will cost you, and you’ll have the kitchen of a lifetime before you know it!

Tips On How To Write and Promote a Recipe Ebook

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April 9, 2016

Whether you are a great cook that simply wants to share your recipes or you are wanting to generate revenue from your knowledge, if you want to write a recipe Ebook, you are going to want to arm yourself with a good amount of tips on how to do so effectively. In this article, we will be going over some of the top tips on how to write and promote a recipe Ebook successfully.

Tips On How To Write And Promote A Recipe Ebook:

Writing The Book:

1. Recipes.

The first thing that you are going to need to do is figure out what kind of recipes that you are going to want to include in the book. You want to think about all of the recipes that other people have told you are phenomenal.

2. Concept.

Once you have a list of the recipes that you want to include in the Ebook, you are going to want to try to come up with some kind of concept for the book. You want to have a concept so that you can niche down your book to a point where people will know exactly what they are getting and so that it is not completely generalized. Unfortunately, if your recipe book is too general, you are not going to be able to effectively make it stand out from the competition and it is very likely that your sales are going to suffer as a direct result.

3. Formatting.

You want to make sure that you focus on the right kind of formatting. You will be wanting to publish your book on the Amazon Kindle marketplace. Therefore, you are going to want to follow all of their guidelines.

Promoting The Book:

1. Amazon.

When it comes to promoting the book, you are going to want to make sure that you put it on the Amazon marketplace. The fact is, this is going to be your best bet at generating a good amount of traffic and sales to your book without really having to invest any kind of money into promoting your book. This is a good option for those that are working on a limited budget. However, just about everyone that is releasing an Ebook should be publishing it on the Amazon marketplace due to the amount of consumers on there. You might even consider offering it for free for the first however many customers so that you can build up your review score.

2. Affiliate Marketing.

If you are going to be trying to promote your Ebook, you will want to try affiliate marketing. You will essentially be paying other people to promote your Ebook to their audience. Therefore, you are going to want to find people that have a well-targeted audience full of your target customers. This should yield you some good results.

3. AdWords.

If you really want to drive direct traffic and sales to your Ebook, you are going to want to try out AdWords. Google’s AdWords is a great way to advertise just about anything. But you will be able to target your ideal customer easily with this kind of advertising. Essentially, you will be able to target your advertisements to people that meet your specified criteria and it is going to make it much more likely that you achieve good sales with it than with other forms of promotion and advertising.

4. Youtube

It might seem a little strange to promote a book on Youtube, but in fact Youtube is the second largest search engine in the internet these days. Hundreds of thousands of people search for things on there, and don’t forget, many people search for ‘how to’ videos for recipes here. You can create a video very easily, here’s on that was made just using the video service Animoto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCZjXiSUiTU And here’s another one that is a short video on how to write and sell ebooks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q60Q9IaB-Tk  As you will see when you browse Youtube, there are hundreds of different ways you can use a video to promote your work.

As you can see, there are plenty of different ways in which you will be able to promote your Ebook. While you do not have to put it on the Amazon marketplace, you are going to want to because of the potential that is there.

The Main Benefits Of Having An Online Cooking Blog

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April 9, 2016

Blogging is a great way to really be able to share your own perspective on all kinds of topics that you might enjoy talking about. It is also a great way to share your experiences and/or expertise. If you are someone that enjoys cooking and/or you are someone with a lot to share on the subject, you might want to consider starting an online cooking blog. There are many benefits associated with doing so. In this article, we will be going over some of the main benefits of starting an online cooking blog.

Benefits Of Starting An Online Cooking Blog:

1. Business Opportunities.

Starting and maintaining a blog about cooking online can create a lot of different business opportunities that you may have never been able to get if you didn’t have one. If you start an online cooking blog, you are going to end up getting in touch with and connecting with various people in the industry. Therefore, you might even be able to turn your passion into a legitimate business opportunity or job offer if that interests you.

2. Make Money.

Another benefit of starting any kind of blog but especially an online cooking blog is the ability to make a good amount of money. Because a lot of people love to cook and/or are looking for more information and tips on how to cook better, you are going to be able to effectively capitalize off of that by either offering advertising, selling cooking equipment, or simply referring your visitors to other websites to purchase stuff via affiliate marketing. Regardless, this is a good opportunity to turn your passion into a business or at the very least as a side income.

3. Something To Look Back On.

Another benefit that you are going to get is more intrinsic in value. You are going to essentially be creating something that you can really look back on and be proud of. While this might not give you money or anything like that, it is something that is going to matter to you as you get older. You will be able to effectively document all of your recipes and everything for the next generation to carry on.

4. More Education.

By having a blog on cooking is going to force you to learn more about it and continue to learn as you go on. This is going to allow you to really become a better cook and better at the things that you are writing about. There is a whole world of cooking to learn about.

5. It Is Fun.

Another benefit that you are going to get is the fact that it can be a blast creating a blog. If it is something that you enjoy, there is no reason not to start one right now. If you enjoy cooking and writing, there is no better way to do both than to start a blog about it.

6. Test Out New Equipment/Appliances.

If you are someone that really loves to test out new cooking equipment and appliances, starting a blog is a great way to do so. Not only are you going to need them, but you might be able to get them at a reduced price or even for free due to having a blog presence. Having a prominent blog can be a great way to find out what your top kitchen gadgets are!

As you can see, there are a lot of different unique benefits that you are going to get from starting an online cooking blog. The fact is, the benefits are going to be subjective. It depends on whether or not you want to build a business, make money, build a brand, have fun, document your recipes, or all of the above. You are going to end up being able to make out of it what you want.

Finally, once you have your online blog all set up you can start to get it known. the more known your blog is, the more people will visit it and the more moeny you could potentially make! For example through adwords or even selling your own recipe ebook! There are a lot of ways you can do this. You can build social accounts like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And also create listings in your local directories such as Brown Book or Yudu. You can also set up your Google Plus page and add your business to it! There are numerous ways to get your blog out there… I think I’ll write another post about this in a bit.

3 Kitchen Tech Gadgets You Absolutely Need To Get

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April 9, 2016

Regardless of whether you are the next Top Chef or you hate using the kitchen, there are some kitchen tech gadgets that you absolutely need to have in your repertoire. Adding these gadgets will not only make your life much easier, but it will keep you from having to constantly use your microwave. In this article, we will be going over 3 of the most essential gadgets.

3 Kitchen Tech Gadgets That You Need:

1. Sous Vide Precision Cooker.

This is one of the kitchen tech gadgets that every man (and woman) must own. This particular gadget effectively allows you to cook all kinds of meat (and other food) at the perfect temperature as to avoid over and undercooking the food. In essence, it is going to get you the meat that you want to eat at exactly the right texture and look that you want it. For instance, if you likely your steak medium rare, you will be able to effectively cook your steak medium rare every single time effortlessly with this gadget.

2. Oilless Air Fryer.

Not only is this gadget one of the most fun and enjoyable to work with, it is one of the best ways to help you stay in as good of shape as possible. This particular gadget is going to allow you to continue making and eating your favorite fried foods without actually having to use any oil. You will be able to manually adjust the time and the temperature. You will be able to continue to eat all of your favorite fried foods and snacks without having to consume all of the oil that comes with it.

3. Vitamix Blender.

This is an absolute must have for anyone. This particular blender is the top of the line offering for consumers. The fact is, this blender can literally blend anything that you throw at it. It is not going to have a problem blending anything at all and you are going to get all of the nutrients effectively including the fiber. In fact, this particular gadget is so versatile that you can make smoothies, ice cream, sorbet, or even soup. That is right, this blender can actually heat the liquid in your container up enough that you can effectively serve soup right out of it. Another good thing about this particular gadget is that it is an absolute breeze to clean. All you need to do is take soap and water and turn the blender on high. It essentially cleans itself for you so you do not have to worry about a large clean up process. Also, this particular brand comes backed with a 5 to 10-year warranty which should alleviate any concerns you have about plopping down a large amount of money for a blender. Here is a great video on the Vitamix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_lkBRfIHjA

As you can see, there are 3 must have gadgets that anyone with a kitchen must own. Not only are these gadgets going to make your life easier in terms of being able to cook and make the things that you love, but all of them are also going to keep you healthier as well. This is because all of them are designed to get you more nutrients in your body and fewer bacteria. The Sous Vide precision cooker is going to allow you to make meat perfectly, the Oilless Air Fryer is going to allow you to make and eat your favorite fried foods without all of the oil, and the Vitamix blender is going to allow you to blend just about anything that you could possibly want to.

The Internet Offers Us A World Of Food Experience

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April 9, 2016

The modern world is full of a great deal of strange oddities and amazing wonders that would scarcely be imaginable a mere century ago. Mass transportation and mass communication have brought the human race closer together than ever; indeed, even a small event in one remote part of the world can quickly make an impact across the rest of the planet. The cultures of distant lands are now accessible to people very far away, and in less time than it takes to order a pizza. And one unquestionable element of any culture is their food. Indeed, modern mass communication has allowed people across the world to try to the foods of their distant global village neighbors in ways that were unfathomable even half a century ago.

How the internet helps us experience food from all over the world is something of a complex question. With the sheer amount of information about other cultures that is now easily available in no time at all, as well as the complexities of mass shipping across the world, the internet actually allows people to experience new kinds of food from across the planet in multiple ways. Still, what it boils down to is information and shopping.

Information about other cultures is more readily available than ever before. What would once be an hour’s worth of research in books and encyclopedias is one a matter of five minutes unless an answer is incredibly obscure, and even then the answers tend to come quickly. Recipe e-books are growing in popularity and you can easily find one on the type of world food you are interested in.

Among this information is knowledge about a culture’s food. Indeed, information about foreign foods is all over the internet. From the domestication of maize that formed the backbone of ancient Mexican cuisine to the nutritional content of Vegemite, it’s easy to learn all kinds of things about a foreign culture’s food with next to no actual effort.

This includes the history of food. Some history of food is pure speculation, such as when cattle were domesticated to allow for the regular production of beef or the exact origins of all American chop suey. Other times the information is quite concise, if occasionally unclear, such as the origins of Egyptian ful medamas or Japanese instant noodles. Sometimes it can be quite fascinating to learn about the social, technological and cultural situations that lead to the development of a specific meal. Romanian mamaliga could never have become a dietary staple without maize being introduced to Europeans by Mexican traders, while speculations about the developments of the art of distillery being a motivating factor behind the development of agriculture can be a good way to fill dead time while learning.

Another place where we can appreciate food over the internet is through recipes. Whatever one wishes to cook, be it an all-American Philly cheesesteak or an elaborate French filet mignon, there are likely hundreds of recipes for it, all freely available on the internet. Brave home chefs with the right ingredients can print out these recipes and attempt to cook them for a new culinary sensation in their homes. While results can, of course, be mixed, the fact is that the information to cook anything from pad thai to menuedo can be found easily and freely, a situation that has quite frankly never existed before.

Getting the ingredients, however, can be something of a hassle. While supermarkets are getting more and more international with each passing decade, some ingredients are harder to find than others. Through the internet, however, one can easily find a place to buy specific ingredients, such as halal meats or pickled ginger. It may be a long trip, but for some truly dedicated connoisseurs, it is more than worth it.

What Are Some Of The Healthiest Food Trends Of The 21st Century?

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April 5, 2016

The healthiest food trends of the 21st century are quite myriad in form and function. As medical science advances ever quicker due to improvements in mass communication, statistical methodologies and the means by which to measure biological factors, more and more is being learned about what is and isn’t good for the human body. While some allowances must be made for individual bodies, some things are statistically more likely to help people live longer, healthier lives. The modern age is full of new trends that are showing us newer and better ways to eat healthier to improve the quality of our lives.

One particular food trend is the acknowledgment of food allergies and new manufacturing methods that allow people to get the vital nutrients they need without triggering any allergies. Gluten freegrapes-690230_640 products, intended to help people with allergies to gluten proteins found in many grain products, are now infused with the same amount of protein and fiber as other forms of grain. While many will deny that gluten free food tastes the same, the development of new forms of food from grains that do not contain gluten, such as tapioca bread, has proven to be a boon to people with allergies to that protein.

Other allergies, such as allergies to tree nuts or dairy, are also being investigated. While being vegan is a choice, few people choose to be lactose intolerant. And yet, with modern technology, the means by which to create purely plant-based substitutes for dairy products now exist, from almond milk to vegan sour cream. Other substitute products allow people to get the protein and fiber they would get from nuts and nut based products without triggering their allergies. Finally, for those who do choose, for whatever reason, to avoid products such as meat and dairy, the modern age’s diversity of foods has brought in a dizzying array of alternatives that are often just as easy to get as any other item on the menu or in the store.

Another healthy food trend of the modern age is that more food manufacturers are finding that people want to eat nutritious food and are taking measures to increase the nutritional content of their products. Oatmeal infused with extra protein and fruit juices infused with extra vitamins are among the new products that have found their way onto supermarket shelves in recent years, and with food chemistry and agricultural sciences developing as quickly as any other branches of scientific study, this is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Keeping an eye out for these products when grocery shopping can be a bit more involved than a quick trip to the supermarket, but they are growing in number and seem to be the wave of the future.

One trend in particular of note is the move towards increasing the amount of fiber people get in their diets. While for some years most people had a hard time avoiding fiber, the proliferation of refined grain and rapidly dropping prices of meat and dairy has created a bit of a problem wherein many people are not getting enough fiber. While the simplest way to handle the problem is to eat more fruits and vegetables, some products, ranging from granola bars focused on fiber content to bread infused with extra fiber, seem intent on mending the problem without taking drugs or supplements like Metamucil. As the benefits of eating more roughage become more widely available, this is another trend that seems to be on the grow, particularly since many food manufacturers have made this an option that is every bit as tasty as doing it another way.

The Lowdown on Let’s Get Cookin’

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April 3, 2016

Let’s Get Cookin’ is cooking up a few plans (excuse the pun!). We’ll be back real soon with plenty of good articles and posts about our adventures in the kitchen.

Time has moved on, and there are just so many different kitchen implements, tools, machinery and accessories… this is why our blog is not just about recipes and cooking ideas. It’s about cooking in the real world. Every one is so busy these days, it’s as if we jsut don’t have the time to cook anymore. And that’s such a shame – but, you know, it’s life. So we’ll hopdfully be bringing you some great tips on how you can fit in good food to a busy lifestyle.

We’ll also be discussing all the best ways to get hold of recipes, and even how to start your own cooking blog. Because these days there are so many more options for anyone who loves cooking and we suggest sharing your talents with the world!

So what else, as we say, we’re cooking up some great plans and we’ll be back soon to get them all rolling. So bear with us, and we’ll be updating soon.