Many people are happy to take prescription medication, but many people could be taking it when they could ease their ailments with food instead. There is so much wonderful food out there, but these days we fail to harness its power.

I know that a lot of you readers are aware that certain foods are good for you, especially as they are high in antioxidants (Well, some of them are, anyway), but you could also be using food as medication.

Food can be used as one of your many home remedies that you have come to love and trust. I’m going to give you just a few examples as to how food can help you:

Feeling low?

If you’re not feeling as bright as you could be, have a banana. Bananas are full of serotonin, which is the body’s ‘Happy’ chemical. You might also want to try eating more sesame seeds too, as these are thought to be quite high in serotonin. Perhaps you would like to consider having more bananas or sesame seeds in stock?

Suffering from diarrhoea?

If you have diarrhoea and you want it to stop, eat an apple. This is a remedy that may not work for everyone, but it certainly works for me.

Eaten something you shouldn’t have?

If you’re a bit bloated, you may wish to drink some peppermint tea, as it will help to calm and settle your stomach. Fennel seeds work in just about the same way too, and they can start working in about 10 to 20 minutes. If you don’t have any peppermint tea or fennel seeds to hand, then you may want to think about eating mint flavoured candy that contains real peppermint oil, as this can help.

Would you like to relax?

If I would like to relax before I go to bed, I often find I have no trouble with it most of the time. But every now and again, I just can’t seem to unwind. This is when I reach for the chamomile tea, and use its power to help me unwind. Within about 10 minutes of drinking the tea, my arms and legs are heavy, and I have no option to head to bed. Licorice tea can also work in just about the same way too, so why not give it a try the next time you’re finding it hard to relax?

There are so many wonderful foods out there that can be used for medicinal purposes. This is not to say that you should stop taking any prescription medication your doctor has given you. Just think about how you’re feeling, and try to find foods that will help you to feel better.


Amazingly, not a lot of people are aware that you can nourish your hair in minutes. Within a very short space of time, you can transform your hair into something different. All it takes is some shampoo, and some water, and you’ve got it. That’s right, all you need to do is wash your hair.

When you shampoo your hair, you don’t just clean it, you nourish it too. Different brands of women’s shampoo offer different types of nourishment. This is because they generally cater to a specific market. Those shampoos that are made for fine hair, will contain ingredients that give it a bit of life and lift. Shampoos that have been made for thick hair will help to tame it slightly, while also cleaning and nourishing it at the same time.

Products sold at places like the Beauty Plus Salon are absolutely ideal because they help you to get your hair looking as good as it should. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on it, but you can find that the effect is spot on.

Do I need to do anything else?

A lot of people like to add different products to their hair, so that it can look as good as possible. While there is nothing wrong with doing this, they are potentially spending money that they do not need to spend

What can you do?

So what can you do to make sure your hair looks good? The answer is relatively simple, in fact it’s simpler than you think. What you can do is make sure you wash your hair using the right shampoo for your hair type. Just as I mentioned before, those shampoos that are made for fine hair, will contain ingredients that give it a bit of life and lift. Shampoos that have been made for thick hair will help to tame it slightly, while also cleaning and nourishing it at the same time. It is vital that you use the right shampoo for your hair, as it will mean that it gets as nourished as possible.

Eat a healthy balanced diet

Not a lot of people know that eating a healthy balanced diet is the way to make sure that you have good hair. Your diet can and does affect your hair, more than you probably know. Anyone who has good hair, is likely to have a reasonably good diet. If you want to nourish your hair as much as you can, through your diet, do a spot of research, and see what foods are the right ones to eat.

Don’t wash your hair every day

I know that this may sound awful, but bear with me on this. If you wash your hair every day, you’ll be washing out some of the natural oils. These oils are good for your hair, so do yourself a favor, and wash your hair every other day, or wait a bit longer if you can. At first, your hair will look a little dirty, but the more you get used to not washing it daily, the better your hair will look.

As you can see, it’s easy to nourish your hair in minutes, so why not go ahead and try it?


There are many different diet plans out there that get you to restrict what you eat. While this can help you to lose weigh tin the short term, the weight loss isn’t likely to be sustained in the long term. This is simply because you will not be able to keep going on such a restricted diet, but the great news is there is a way that you can lose weight, without restricting what you eat.

Why soups are king

Soups come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and they can contain a wide range of ingredients. They can be made to your taste (If you cook them from scratch), or they can be purchased in almost every grocery store in the country. Soups can also be an incredibly healthy alternative to other meals, and they can be very tasty too.

hy thicker is better than thinner

Thicker, or chunky soups are so much better than thinner ones, and here’s why: Thinner soups are digested by your body very quickly. This means that although they may be quiet satisfying, they may not be as satisfying in the long run. The thicker or chunkier the soup is, the longer it will takeyour body to digest. This means that if you start to eat thick or chunky soups, you’re more likely to lose weight as they’ll leave you feeling fuller for longer.

You’ll save money eating chunky soups

I save roughly $20-30 a month eating chunky soups, and last month I treated myself to some foam martial arts sparring gear, but this month I’m going to save the cash. You end up saving money when you eat chunky soups, simply because they leave you feeling fuller for a bit longer, which means you will inevitably eat less. This is a side of weight loss/dieting that not a lot of people think about or even realize.

Learn to make soups from scratch

If you learn to make soups from scratch, I guarantee that you will enjoy them more. I know you may be a bit anxious about doing this but trust me, it’s the way to go. Last night I made a sweetcorn and mushroom soup. I put some water in a pan, added the ingredients and cooked them that way. I also added some herbs and spices too so it tasted too. Ok, so this soup wasn’t a particularly chunky one, but it did the job quite nicely.

Soups will keep you regular

Soups can be crammed full of fiber, which means they will help to keep you regular. This is a good thing as it means you’re less likely to get bowel cancer. Regular movements will also ensure you feel less sluggish, you’;re more likely to lose weight, and you’ll generally feel better in yourself too.

There are many great reasons as to why eating soups is the key to losing weight. You don’t have to eat soup every day unless you really want to, but the more often you do, the more weight you’re likely to lose.

Many people insist on throwing out food that has gone passed its sell by date. The trouble with doing this is that it can result in you throwing away perfectly good food, that is ok to eat.

So what do you do? Do you then go about eating every single bit of food that is out of date? Or do you stick to those foods that you know are ok, and throw out the rest? Here’s what you do:

Check the dates of the food that you have in stock

The food that you already have in stock needs to be of priority. If you can get that food eaten up before it’s out of date, then you have nothing to worry about. I am talking about food in your home here, not those that businesses such as cafés and restaurants have. If you run a business, you will have to make sure that you only have in date food in stock. If anything is out of date, then you’ll have to dispose of it as per your commercial waste management plan.

Dried foods are usually ok

I have a packet or two of seasoning and some dried sauces that are out of date. A few weeks ago my partner and I ate a sauce that was a year out of date. If the package is not compromised, and the contents are dried, then there’s absolutely no reason why you should not eat it.

Tinned products should be fine

If you have a lot of tinned products in stock, you may be pleased to know that they will be just fine. Tinned products have been made to last a long time, which means that they will have a least a few years worth of life in them. If you happen to have tinned goods that are out of date, then check the integrity of the tin. If there is no damage to the tin, then all should be well.

Sugary foods are ok

Sugary foods are absolutely ok as they are full of sugar! They are less unlikely to go off as the sugar will help to keep everything just as it should be. The same can be said for salty or salted foods too, and as long as the packaging is ok, these types of foods should be ok too.

eats, meat products and cheeses

Don’t eat any out of date foods that fall into these categories. This is because they may not be good for you once they are passed this date. Avoid eating them all together as they could make you ill.

Pregnant mothers, young children and the elderly

Although out of date foods should pretty much be ok, you should avaoid giving them to pregnant mothers, young children and the elderly. This group of people have a compromised or lowered immune system, and need to be careful. Out of date food for the most part is ok, so stop throwing away so much, and enjoy what you have in stock.


I think it’s so important that you should get out and try some local cuisine. A lot of people fail to do this, and therefore they fail to get a taste of their local community, and what’s on offer.

When I moved to New Jersey from Chicago a few years ago, I was quick to get out and about and see what was on offer. I know that different dishes are available in different parts of the country, and I was eager to try them. You may be surprised to find some hidden gems, and you’ll want to enjoy them again and again.

This is one of the great things about getting out and trying some local cuisine. When I was in the process of moving home, I asked one of the guys from to recommend a place, and he did. Let me tell you, I was in for a real treat, and I’m so glad I asked around.

Different combinations of food

When you get out and you try foods that are local to the area, you get to try something new. There may be different combinations of food on offer, or there could be some brand new foods available that you’ve never tried before. Let me give you an example of this: I was recently in a New Jersey restaurant, and I came across a menu that offered fried food, that I’d never even considered eating before. I thought that I would give it a try, and it was just divine. This is the real beauty of eating foods locally, you never know what you might find.

Supporting local eateries

Even if you don’t always find something different to try, it’s always good to get out and support local eateries. You are giving them the business, and spending your money somewhere new. What’s more is as I said earlier, you could come across a little gem of a place that you love. I recently found a place that serves British style food. I took my parents there when they came to visit, and they loved it. It was a great little place that wasn’t very expensive, but it was just the job. I love supporting places like this, and I hope more and more people do.

Trying something new

You don’t end up eating the same things all the time when you get out and try new places. You can get too used to eating the same old stuff, but it’s not good for anyone. Getting out and trying local cuisine will help you to put a bit of variety back into your diet, and that can only be a good thing. Plus, you’ll probably enjoy something really tasty too.

Get out and enjoy local cuisine, see what’s on offer in your local area, and make sure that you enjoy yourself. Local cuisine can be different, it can be elaborate, and it can be incredibly tasty. Don’t miss out, enjoy local cuisine from time to time, and support local businesses.

Whenever I hold an event, I always have a buffet at the ready for my guests to enjoy. People will no doubt want and almost expect something to eat, and I really don’t want to let them down. This is why I choose to put on a buffet every single time, because I know for sure that it will be enjoyed.

When I got married last year, I looked for a Sacramento wedding caterer who would ensure my guests got a good buffet. You would be surprised at how many caterers refuse to do a buffet, and instead choose to put on a ‘Proper’ meal. The fact is that you really can get some lovely buffets, that are completely and utterly superb, and not at all like those that you would expect at a children’s birthday party or an informal occasion

‘Help yourself’

When you put on a buffet, you’re telling the guests to help themselves, and that’s never a bad thing. People like to be able to choose what they eat and how much of it to eat. What’s more is you’ll not find that a lot of food is wasted, because if someone doesn’t like carrot sticks for example, they’re highly unlikely to put them on their plate. I have personally always enjoyed a buffet, and I look forward to one whenever I hear that there’s going to be one available. There is often a wide range of food to choose from, and it’s just so much nicer than trying to eat what you’ve been given, even if you don’t really want it.

Making the buffet your own

A few years ago I attended a wedding (My cousin’s), and the buffet was lovely and completely unexpected. We arrived expecting quite a nice buffet, with elaborate finger food, some vegetables on the side and some posh ham to choose from. What we got (And it was welcome, I might add), was burgers, pizza, ribs, chips and all sorts of food that you would normally associate with a night in front of the television. This buffet was great, and the bride and groom had obviously put a lot of thought into it, and catered for their guests, while also sticking to food that they loved.

We were on the right track

The fact that my cousin had a buffet at her wedding, confirmed to me and my other half that we were on the right track. Most people loved the buffet at the wedding, so when we got married, we knew it would go down just as well. Plus, we didn’t want a very formal ceremony either, and although there’s nothing wrong with that, we wanted to enjoy the day, and a buffet allowed us to do that.

No matter what type of food you love, how much you want to eat, and whether you want party-related nibbles, or something a little more refined, you can pretty much get that if you opt for a buffet. Stop ordering those sit down meals that contains food people don’t like, have a buffet, let them help themselves and enjoy the day.

TV dinners are just no good for you, they are usually full of a lot sugar, salt and fat. I know that they may be really convenient, and some may even taste pretty good, but you’re missing out. You’re also paying far too much money than you really need to. So what can you do? It’s simple, you can cook your meals from scratch!

Finding the time

Some people just don’t think that they have the time to cook their own meals. I’m not suggesting that you stand in front of your cooker for hours every day. All you need to do is spend a few hours just once a month, cooking and then freezing your meals.

“I don’t know how to cook”

This is something that I hear quite a lot. I originally heard it from my old flatmate who would only eat the value range meals, along with a slice of white bread. She said “It’s only food, I don’t mind”. The fact is that it turned out that she didn’t know how to cook. When I’d shown her a few tips and tricks, and she was feeling more confident, she realized that actually she was an alright cook.

By the time I had moved out, my flatmate was confident enough to make her own pasta dishes. This just goes to show that with a bit of practice, anyone can cook a good meal.

Home cooked meals are cheaper

I know this from my own experience. I can save a lot more money on food than anyone who eats TV dinners all the time. With this months’ extra cash I’m ordering my karate supplies here. Next month I may just save the $50 I would have spent if I’d have bought TV dinners.

Home cooked meals are healthier

This is because you know exactly what goes into them. The manufacturers of a lot of TV dinners often add fat, and other unsavory products to bulk the food out and make it taste nice. You can never know for sure that is in a prepared meal, but you will know what’s in a home cooked meal.

If you’re not confident

If you’re not yet confident enough to cook your meals from scratch, do not worry. I’m not going to suggest that you start by cooking something elaborate. I’m going to suggest that you grab some pasta, and a jar of pasta sauce. Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the package, add the sauce as instructed on the jar or package, and see what you think. You could always add a bit of cheese, some chopped up hot dogs, herbs, or even some tomatoes. This way of cooking is better than you going out and buying a pre-made meal, plus you’ll have leftovers too, which can be frozen or enjoyed the next day.

As you can see, it’s entirely possible for you to cook a meal from scratch, or thereabouts. Even the worlds’ top chefs had to start somewhere, which means you can too. Start off slowly but surely, and you’ll soon find that you no longer want to buy or eat those nasty TV dinners.


We all throw away far too much food, when we could just eat it up. The trouble is that we tend to forget what we have in our refrigerator, and freezer. Plus, when you take into account all the food that you have in your cupboards, it’s easy to see why we end up forgetting how much we have in stock.

Expiration dates

A lot of people worry about the expiration dates that are placed on food. Fresh chicken, pork, pate, soft cheeses are some of the foods that shouldn’t really eaten past their expiration date. You can eat fruit and vegetables, packet and canned goods past the expiration date, as long as the packaging is in tact. 99% of the time, these foods will be absolutely fine to eat, simply because they contain no moisture. Sugary foods are likely to be ok too.

In my home, we don’t pay attention to these dates, as we’ve learned that most foods are ok. Yesterday I used a jar of curry sauce that was a year past its expiration date, and it was absolutely fine. The date on the package is merely a guideline, but the fact of the matter is that (As I mentioned before) 99% of the time, the contents will be absolutely ok.

Use your freezer

I know that if I were to buy a loaf of bread, it would start to go off before we eat it. This is why I place the bread in portion sizes into a bag and freeze it. This means that when I want to eat some bread, all I have to do is get it out the freezer. You can freeze just about anything, including milk. Just make sure that once it’s defrosted, you don’t freeze it again.

Eat up everything you have

Right now in my household, we are having an ‘Eat up’. This means we are trying to work our way through all of the food we have in stock. We’re not going to buy anything else (Except the essentials) until our freezer is almost empty. This is something my mother did when I was a child, and it worked!

Eat up those meals and ingredients you have in the fridge, freezer and your cupboards. Not only will less food go to waste, but you’ll save yourself cash too. I plan on spending the money on a Kayak after reading the best inflatable kayak reviews 2016. What will you spend the money on?

Don’t buy more than you need

This is something that we all do, it’s so easily done. When you go out and do a grocery shop, take a list with you and stick to it. I know how hard it can be to do this, but it will work in your favor. It means that you won’t come home with a load of food that you have no room for.

You can realistically stop throwing away so much food. Check the quality of the food, the expiration dates, and freeze food should you need to. There is far too much food wasted, and we can all do our bit by throwing away a lot less


Many people know what they like to drink, when it comes to the cup of the good stuff. My partner loves a good cup of coffee, whereas I would prefer a cup of tea.

Many of us switch the kind of caffeinated drink that we have through-out the day. My other half will start off with a few cups of coffee, before moving onto tea the rest of the day. I start off with a nice cup of caffeinated tea, and then I’ll move onto the decaffeinated stuff until 4pm. At 4pm when my other half gets home, we both enjoy a pot of caffeinated tea, and then it’s back to the decaf for the rest of the day.

This is what we do, and this is what we have done for years. My aunt however, likes to drink decaff coffee all day, whereas others would prefer a cup of the strong stuff.

The good thing about this type of drink, is that you can get many different blends, and many different flavours. So no matter what you prefer, whether it’s tea or coffee, you are sure to be able to find something you like.

Loose leaf tea for me, please!

I like to think of myself as being a bit of a tea snob, or a tea connoisseur if you will. I will only drink really good quality tea that comes in tea bags, but I much prefer loose leaf tea. This type of tea is often hard to get hold of, (Unless you want to put up with the minuscule range supermarkets have) but I have to admit it tastes so much better.

I like the fact that loose leaf tea doesn’t come in bleached tea bags, the leaves are often bigger, and you can use as much or as little as you like. The bottom line is, that loose leaf tea is nicer, and it can often be cheaper too.

Posh coffee for my better half, please!

When I think about the coffee that my better half drinks, I think about the search that she’s made to find the Best bean to cup coffee machine, and of course, the coffee beans to use in it. Regular coffee granules just won’t do, unless they’re very posh (And expensive!), coffee brewed from a bean, is admittedly nicer, fresher and it has a certain kick to it, and I guess I can understand the need to enjoy a good cup.

Why is a good cup so important?

A good cup of tea, or coffee is important, because we rely on it to wake us up in the morning, quench our thirst and it is one of life’s little luxuries. If you’ve ever tried going without tea or coffee, whether it’s decaff, or not, you’ll know how hard it is. Nothing else will do, which is why a cup of the good stuff is important.

Myself and my other half take pride in finding something good to drink, and we often take time finding something we know is going to taste nice. You may think we make a lot of fuss, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Not everyone is a great baker, some people are unable to bake cakes, cookies and other delicious things, without something going wrong. When I bake, the goods usually come out of the oven ok, sometimes a little burnt, but otherwise alright. I’ve been baking for a good number of years now, and I can safely say I’ve had a lot of practice.

Now I would like to give yo a few tips as to how you can improve your baking skills. Please bear in mind that these tips are simply things I have picked up along the way, and you may find that baking in a different way, or using different methods works for you.

Always follow the instructions

This is one of the best things that you can do when you’re just starting out. The instructions are there to help you get things right. Assume that the person who wrote the instructions knows what they are talking about, and make sure you follow them carefully

Don’t substitute ingredients unless you know they’re ok

Don’t make the mistake of just assuming that it’s ok to substitute one ingredient for another, it may not be. If you don’t have the ingredients you need, go out and buy them, or look online and see what can be used. If it looks like you cannot use anything else, or you don’t have a suitable replacement, then look for something else to cook.

Get a kitchen timer that you can hear

It’s so easy for you to walk away from what you have in the oven, assuming that in 10 minutes you’ll have a look and see how things are getting on. If you’re one to get distracted, then please make sure you set a kitchen timer for 10 minutes, and that you place it somewhere in your house, where it can be heard. Doing this will help to make sure that you don’t end up burning something you’ve taken a lot of time to bake.

Get advice from other people

Find out what other people do to ensure their baked good turn out ok. Give people a taste of what you have baked, and welcome feedback. Give some to your friend, give them to Lawyer Lodi, CA, your favorite grocer, or whoever. Get advice from them about your baked goods, and see what techniques they use.


No-one is going to become a great baker overnight. Even the worlds’ most famous bakers have to practice. Bake when you know you have the time, and note what went wrong, and what worked. Practice baking a wide variety of things, and make sure that you get advice should you need any. The more baking you do, the better you will get.

Baking can be a lot of fun, so please make sure that you enjoy it, and you find some delicious recipes that you can spoil yourself, your family, and your friends with.