Organize Your Recipes Online
Jun19

Organize Your Recipes Online

For general information about organizing your paper, cookbook, and online recipes, see Organize Your Recipes [Organization #12], first published in July 2012. After reviewing the 2012 article, come back to this article for updated and software-specific information. This article is part of both the Organized Life Series and the Getting Healthy Series. In this article, you will learn how to use Pinterest, Google Drive, and Paprika to...

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Learn to Cook Like a Chef
May29

Learn to Cook Like a Chef

By learning to cook at home, you can save money by cooking restaurant-quality meals at home. You can improve your health by using high-quality and natural ingredients in your recipes. You can improve yourself by learning a new and valuable life skill. This article is part of both the Getting Healthy Series. Below is a list of some cooking schools that are available online: America’s Test Kitchen (Recommended) – ATK hosts a...

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Planning Your Meals
Jan01

Planning Your Meals

Your diet plays an integral role in your health and your weight loss goals. As part of the Getting Healthy Series, you’ve learned about the role that Calories play in weight loss, and have calculated how many calories you should eat each day. You’ve reviewed the importance of eating balanced meals. You’ve set your SMART goals and have a deadline for your tight, manageable goals for getting healthy. In this example,...

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Investigating Diet Fads
Jan01

Investigating Diet Fads

When you navigate the internet, open a magazine, or watch late-night television, you are bombarded with ads that tout the latest dieting craze. You might have tried the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, and Paleo. Before you decide on a diet that might work for you, you should research the diets and educate yourself about nutrition and health. WARNING: You should always consult a doctor before making changes to your diet, and have...

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Setting SMART Goals
Jan01

Setting SMART Goals

Setting goals is an important process for personal and professional growth. Whether you are thinking about long-term or short-term goals for any area of your life, you need to set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If your goal is just to “lose weight” you probably won’t succeed. If your goal is to “get a promotion”, you won’t get very far....

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Calories and Losing Weight
Jan01

Calories and Losing Weight

As a general rule, if you consume less calories that your body needs, you will lose weight. Your body will take what it needs from its stored fat and convert it to energy. In practice, it’s not that simple. A Calorie (food calorie or kcal) is defined as the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius. To determine the number of calories that are in a food item, you can burn the...

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Getting Healthy Series
Jan01

Getting Healthy Series

As a New Year’s resolution, in preparation for swimsuit season, or for whatever reason, you’ve decided to make some changes to implement a healthier lifestyle. As part of the Getting Healthy Series, we’ll look at the following subjects in detail: Health Basics – Learn about the basics of getting healthy, including diet and exercise essentials. Setting Goals – Determine your health goals to create and...

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Plan Your Diet & Fitness This Weekend
Jan04

Plan Your Diet & Fitness This Weekend

Like most people, you probably made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape and lose weight. You don’t need a resolution. You need a plan. This weekend, you will plan your diet and fitness goals for the new year. Track Your Data Before you begin planning your diet and fitness regimen, consider how you will keep track of your food and exercise. There are several reasons to track your data as you go though a weight loss or...

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Set Weight Loss Mini Goals
Aug04

Set Weight Loss Mini Goals

It can be difficult to stay on track with your weight loss, exercise and eating healthy plans when you have a big goal. Losing 20 pounds can seem daunting. Try making mini-goals for yourself. Remember to make SMART goals: S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Relevant T – Time-Bound You’ve probably seen that before, but it bears repeating. Health-Related Goals When deciding on healthy...

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Fitbit Calories and BMR
Aug04

Fitbit Calories and BMR

The Fitbit device is a small accelerometer that you wear all day and night to track your movements. It gathers information such as calorie burn, steps taken, stairs climbed, and the way that you sleep.   You might be wondering how your Fitbit determines your calories burned for the day or what your caloric intake should be. Let’s break it down. BMR Your BMR (Basil Metabolic Rate) is the number of calories burned when you are...

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Drink Mixes and Bottled Water
Aug04

Drink Mixes and Bottled Water

I love water. Ask yourself the following question: “If I could only have one beverage for the rest of my life, what would it be?” My answer would be hands-down, “WATER!” I probably drink 2 sodas a year. I rarely drink juice and occasionally drink Kool-Aid. However, I add a drink mix to my water every morning for breakfast. My usual breakfast consists of a Jimmy Dean D-Lites breakfast sandwich and a bottle of...

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Using the Fitbit
May28

Using the Fitbit

You did it! You bought a new Fitbit Ultra device. You got it out of the box and followed the directions to connect it to your computer and link it to your new online Fitbit account. You’re looking at your dashboard and are a bit overwhelmed. Your new Fitbit device and its associated website have a lot of functionality, so let’s go through what you’ll be able to do with it. There are tons of articles out there that...

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