Health, Living & Lifestyle

Coffee and Its Natural Benefits

Tea and coffee are the two hot beverages that feature most in our day to day lives. For some it’s a coffee to kick start the day and a nice hot cup of tea to wind down in the evening. Other people can’t start the day without a large cup of tea to accompany their breakfast and rely on the buzz of a coffee mid-afternoon to push you through to the end of the day. As we make our way through the work week, we rely on them as a pair to fulfill our hot beverage needs, even on [...]

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New Year, New Me – Do Resolutions Ever Really Work?

With the New Year upon us – 2018 – how did it arrive so fast? Of course with the beginning of a new year comes a time of reflection and, as we tear into our selection box and flick through our ‘To watch’ list on Netflix, we ask ourselves what did we achieve this past year? It’s usually at this point you consider setting your New Year’s resolution, you might be really ambitious and set two, maybe even three. This year I’ll go to the gym three times a week, I’ll quit smoking and I’ll only eat chocolate and [...]

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The Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas Day has come and gone. The turkey has been eaten, the advent calendars are empty, the fridge is bare and you’ve just finished taking down the decorations. The television schedule has returned to normal and all that’s left of the chocolates are the ones nobody wants to eat. At this point all that’s left is to look forward to the following year, the year of new beginnings where anything is possible. Yes, it’s that time of year again where we promise to become better people, where we sit in the office and try to shake the January blues by [...]

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All About Chai, the Delicious Spiced Milk Tea from India

You may have heard someone order a “chai latte” at your local coffee shop or seen a chai flavored sweet at a bakery, but what exactly is chai? The short answer is that chai is a spiced milk tea from India, but the long answer may surprise you. There are many variations of chai tea, each with their own spices and flavors, as well as many different preparations from the aforementioned latte to ice cream or even a cupcake. Let’s take a peek into the world of chai and discover a new flavor profile. Origins of Chai First of all, the [...]

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Attention Workaholics…Taking Time Off Is Good For You! Here’s Why.

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping or [...]

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5 Easy International Spice Blends for Homemade Cooking

Do you find you reach for the same spices over and over again? Maybe you see the same mix of spices posted on each recipe you save. You can pre-mix these spices and save them in airtight containers. Many people think making their own spice mixes at home is difficult, since that’s what celebrity chefs do, right? But the layperson can easily make some flavorful spice blends at home. When you use pre-blended spices, you can ensure consistent flavor in your dishes as well as shave valuable time off your food preparation. Get tasty dinner on the table faster [...]

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What Is Farm-to-Table? A Detailed Look into this Buzzword.

Farm-to-table is a new trend but it is in no way a new practice. We have our roots in personal farming; since human beings stopped being nomadic and started settling in one spot they utilized agricultural techniques to subsist. Farm-to-table was just how things were until about the end of the 1900s when the United States started to urbanize. Prior to that, “most of the food that Americans ate came from within 50 miles;” but, as we migrated toward urban centers, and shipping and storage technology advanced we got our food from further and further away. This didn’t last too long, [...]

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