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7 Life Hacks To Make Switching To A Healthy Lifestyle Easier

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We know: Monday is the best day to start your diet. But if you’re going to do it this time, try a healthy start for the week. Here are some tips to help you do things right and keep at it, until you’re satisfied.

Starting a diet is very tough. Because there’s a fine line between being up to the challenge and simply putting so much pressure on yourself that you’re going to burst and head straight for deep-fried food central. To prevent this breaking down and subsequent binging on unhealthy, fatty, sugary food, it’s best to take it slow and have a healthy start to a diet. Just go with baby steps!

When you set a smaller goal and then achieve it, the satisfaction you feel is precious and it motivates you to go one step further. Loftier goals tend to up the stakes so much you’re looking at the skies and can’t even see them anymore. So, try to be more measured and work little by little. This is how you can avoid disappointing yourself.

8 tips for a healthy start on your diet

1. Just add (more) water

Here is a simple and easy goal to keep: try and have more hydration in your life. There are plenty of free apps out there that remind you to drink more water during the day. Simple, accessible H2O keeps you full and energized. And hydration is good for weight loss. It’s a win-win situation.

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If you forget to drink water daily, don’t worry. There are plenty of apps to help you with that.

2. Cook most meals at home

Yes, it’s a huge time investment on your part, but it’s an investment in you, and you deserve it, I assure you. Cooking can be super relaxing and fun. Invite a few friends and make a day out of it during the weekend. Make as many foods as you can, with their help, and then eat those for the rest of the week.

The food you make doesn’t have to be extremely complicated. For instance, I like to cook a large batch of chicken thighs, and then mix and match them with simple sides, turn them into sandwiches with sauces, or chop them up and add them to salads, with other fresh, tasty ingredients. What you do is up to you. But there are also plenty of recipes you can make in under 30 minutes, right here on this website.

So plan your meals for the entire week, calorie-wise and shopping-wise. This leads us to…

3. Prep your food in advance

Maybe cooking wouldn’t seem like such a chore if your ingredients were to simply prep themselves. But alas, they can’t. You can help them a little, though, by prepping them in advance. Over the weekend. You can pre-cook grains, make dressings, and also do all of the chopping, dicing, and chiffonading you want. Then store everything in the refrigerator, in individual containers. Also, try to choose recipes with a tiny number of ingredients, three to five, so that you don’t have a lot of prepping (or shopping) to do.

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Preparing your food in advance for a large part of the week saves you a lot of time.

4. Change your mind about snacks

Don’t go for the bag of chips or the loaded with sugar chocolate. There are crunchy, salty, and even sweet things you can snack on without a problem because they’re much healthier than those processed items we all (guiltily) love so much. Make your own granola bars or pick and choose your own nuts and dried fruit to add to a trail mix. When in doubt, apple slices always do the trick!

5. Streamline the smoothie process

You can prep your nutritious smoothie drinks just as well as you do with other meals. Just cut the fruit and veggies in advance, keep them in ziploc freezer bags and when the time is right, in the morning you need the smoothie, just add everything and blend. This means a bit more time for you to wake up, every day!

6. Just add veggies

You can add so many veggies to your smoothies. Like spinach, kale, and beets. You can also make cauliflower dough for pizza; did you know that? Cauliflower also works mashed, in biscuits, or you can add it as an ingredient in muffins. The latter part works well with zucchini, too.

It’s time to try and make a cauliflower pizza. This is a great recipe!

7. Exercise at your desk

I know, I know. You work so much at your desk and have no time to exercise. But if you’re trying to make a healthy start, how about you combine the two then? Try exercising while at your desk. There are plenty of ideas out there that will get you in better shape while you’re working. And remember: never take the elevator! The stairs are always the healthier option.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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The Best Way To Organize Your Fridge To Keep Food Fresh

If you just stack anything wherever it fits, you’re probably not fully utilizing your fridge’s potential for freshness, as there’s actually fridge organization tips that will keep your food fresher, longer.

Everyone has their own methods, but these tips seem to make the most sense for most US fridges.

Some of these you probably already know — like obviously the veggie drawer — but others might not have thought of  keeping cooked food in the middle of the fridge.

Check out the tips and organize accordingly to keep your food ultra fresh. Or don’t. Live your life:

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Top Shelf

Milk and other dairy products should be stored on the top shelf, in the back where the fridge temperature is most consistent. Same goes for salad dressings and jams.

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Top Door

With the door being opened and closed a lot, it can be one of the warmest parts of the fridge. Butter and soft cheeses like brie, or goat cheese can go on the top of the door without going bad.
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Middle Shelf

If you’re refrigerating leftovers, or any cooked food, it’s best to keep them in the middle shelf. This also goes for any open canned food. You could probably sneak in your eggs in the middle shelf here.

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Middle Door

Let’s not forget this part of the door, as the middle should belong to your condiments and pickles.
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Meat Drawer


Deli meats. Period.
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Bottom Shelf


The bottom shelf is reserved for uncooked meats, such as seafood and poultry. Wrap it up in plastic, or foil and make sure nothing’s dripping out.

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Crisper Drawers


You probably already knew this one, as most of the drawers have pictures of fruit and veggies, letting you know that, duh, you use it for fruits and veggies. The drawers allow air to flow around the food, and keep them fresh.

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Bottom Door

Last and not least, bottled products go on the bottom door compartment. Considering the way it’s built, you probably instinctively did that anyway, because that’s where they fit best.

picthx @getfixwithkristyn

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10 DIY Food Hacks That Will Make You Look Like A Boss

Unless you’re a famous chef like Gordon Ramsay or Bobby Flay, you probably have yet to master the culinary skills needed to reach chef superstardom.

In that case, HouseHold Hacker, a YouTube channel dedicated to posting, “quick & simple” do-it-yourself life hacks has you covered. HouseHold Hacker recently posted a 10-item crash course on simple food hacks that will help you work your way into the culinary hall of fame — if such a thing existed. Check out the video below.

We think these guys are onto something. These hacks are insanely easy and will leave you thinking, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Not only will some of these hacks save your food, but it will keep you from forkin’ out mad dough at the grocery store when your lettuce and basil go bad. Additionally, HouseHold Hacker shows us some really clever ways to use frozen butter and how to make homemade “frozen yogurt.” Where you at, Yougurtland?

Currently, Household Hacker’s channel has more than 3 million subscribers, so it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones taking notes.

Happy hacking!

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This Onion Cutting Hack Will Save A Lot Of Tears

If you don’t know the proper technique to cut an onion, one of a couple things could happen. You could either have uneven pieces that look pretty wack, or you can have an eyeful of tears.

DavHax found a quick way to get that onion chopped as easily as possible. All you need is a hair pick and a sharp knife to chop your onions with.

Carefully stick the hair pick into the onion. Cut along the slits so that the onion is held together. Then, once you have even slices, rotate the pick 90 degrees and give your onions a finer chop.

Your fingers will be nowhere near the blade.

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14 Thanksgiving Kitchen Tricks to Get You to the Table Faster

Whether this is your first Thanksgiving dinner or your 30th, we dug up some sweet tips to help you in the kitchen this Thursday.

Have a wine glass handy to calm your nerves use as a dough-cutter for biscuits.

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No one likes a dry turkey. Keep your feathered friend edible by cooling it with ice packs before you cook it.

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Make your mashed potatoes as fluffy as fresh snow with by adding a little baking powder to them.

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Using a lot of potatoes this year? Wash them off in your dishwasher (just don’t actually use soap).

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Swirl some scrunched-up aluminum foil to get a roasting rack in seconds.

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Use just about any (sanitary) item to spruce up your pie crust designs.

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Put your lemons in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to get more juice out of them. This works best if you’ve refrigerated them first.

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If you ditched the expensive ham this year, try wrapping your turkey in cheap bacon.

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Blend your gravy to ensure it’s lump-free.

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Prep your vegetables and spices at least a day in advance.

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Grate cold or frozen butter for easier pie and biscuit baking.

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Make stuffing hors d’oeuvres in a muffin pan.

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Free up your cooktop and nuke your potatoes in the microwave before you mash.

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It’s cold outside! Let your potted dishes stay warm in a crockpot on its lowest setting.

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H/t to ViralNova

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How to Cut 11 Cherry Tomatoes at the Same Damn Time [Hack]

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This trick has been floating around the Internet for a while, but we decided to resurrect it for those of you missing out. If you’ve ever wanted to know how you can cut multiple petite food items in half without tediously cutting them one at a time, pay attention to the video below.

It ‘s simple. All you have to do is put a handful of cherry tomatoes on one plate or lid, put another plate or lid on top, and then slide your knife between the middle opening between the two lids. And voila – this cuts all your tomatoes at once.

The only problem is that if you’re really lazy, you now have to wash a knife AND two plates, which will probably take you the same amount of time as cutting each tomato individually. Curses.

H/T That’sNerdalicious

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Two Bowls. One Microwave.

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Life hack alert.

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This Hoodie Popcorn Holder is for Lazy, Innovative People

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Another entry from the world of WTF Life Hacks, here’s the most efficient, environmentally friendly, hygienically-questionable method of snacking on popcorn while at the computer, knitting, reading, or anything else that involves too much work with your hands to waste time with a bowl. Simple reverse your hoodie, hope it’s clean (wash your hair, kids!), empty a bag of popcorn into the hood itself, and duck your head whenever you need a midday pick-me-up.

You guys. It’s only 2013. If we keep going, we can make dishes and plates a complete thing of the past. Viva la Revolución!

H/T + PicThx CollegeHumor