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  1. Often, when you tell people that you are vegetarian, they look at you as if you’ve grown two heads - it’s as if people can’t understand why you would choose to give up meat. The most common question that vegetarians get asked is whether or not they miss meat, followed by a question about whether meals are bland without it. The answer, of course, is that no, meals aren’t bland due to a lack of meat. So if you are new to being vegetarian, don’t get put off by these types of questions because believe it or not, vegetarian food can be just as packed full of flavour as food which contains meat or fish.

    Want to know how to make vegetarian food taste amazing? Then keep reading below for all the best tips and ideas.

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    Invest in the right tools

    This isn’t necessarily just a tip for vegetarian cooking, but for all home cooking - invest in the right tools. If you want to be able to make foods that are tasty and nutritious, you need the right tools. If your pots and pans are old and in bad condition, for instance, this could cause you to burn your food, spoiling the taste. Old pots and pans can also be dangerous, especially if their coating starts to rub off and ends up in your food. So once your pots and pans have gone past their best, it’s best to consider replacing them with the safest and healthiest cookware for your kitchen. If you like to cook quickly - or need to do so - then a food processor is a must. Food processors can chop, dice, and crush ingredients, making cooking healthy, homemade meals much easier.

    Pack lots of flavours into your meals

    If you just cook with vegetables alone and nothing else, your food will be bland. However, if you pack your meals with herbs, spices, stocks, and other flavours, you can ensure that your vegetarian meals are delicious. Any food, regardless of whether it contains meat or fish, can be bland. What makes food taste good are the ingredients that are added to it. For veggie cooking inspiration, take a look online - there are plenty of recipes to choose from. From soups and risottos to pasta dishes and curries, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes that you can try. If you miss having meat to bulk meals out, perhaps Quorn or another meat-alternative could be worth trying, but limit the amount of processed alternatives you eat as you would with meat.  Lentils are a natural way to bulk out food and highly nutritious.

    Experiment

    Cooking is all about experimenting, so be brave and try out some new ideas in the kitchen. If you think that certain ingredients would go together, give it a try and see what the dish comes out like. Sometimes your experiments will end in disaster, other times they’ll be a success. Be brave and take the time to experiment with new dishes, because you may just come up with a recipe that you love.

    So there you have it, the best tips and advice for making vegetarian cooking easier and more delicious.

     

  2. What are workout supplements and why do people take them In collaboration with Origym on the Lylia Rose UK lifestyle blog
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    What are workout supplements and why do people take them?

    When I hear the phrase ‘workout supplements’ I instantly imagine a huge bulging body builder guzzling a protein shake!  But you may be surprised to hear that supplements have become big news in recent years with the regular gym goer jumping on board and reaping their benefits both pre and post workout.  They’ve even hit our supermarket shelves and are no longer exclusive to health food stores, making it all the more easier to pick up these mysterious powders and tabs whilst grabbing your normal weekly essentials.  Even many smoothie shaker bottles now have screw on compartments to easily carry supplement powders or tablets to the gym.  The supplement market is massive and you may be wondering why on earth people take them.  In this article I will explain what workout supplements are and why people take them.

    Supplements are exactly that – they are to supplement your diet and exercise, never to replace it.  Proper supplementation can enhance your physical and mental performance by increasing the nutrients you need during a workout.  Thus improving stamina and allowing you to perform at your absolute best.  Taken post workout, supplements can replace vital lost nutrients to ensure your muscles recover quickly and reduce soreness.  It’s not just protein supplements which can benefit a workout; there are many other supplements available too. 

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    Though the first supplement I think of for improving physique and building muscle mass when working out is protein, there are actually many other beneficial fitness supplements available.  Perhaps you are not looking to build muscle, but reduce how quickly fatigue sets in or help the body to deal with the metabolic stress caused by strenuous activity quicker and more effectively.  Caffeine and vitamin C supplements can help with either of these.  To reduce inflammation, tart cherry juice is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory with almost immediate effects.  As you can begin to see, there are many different types of supplements which can complement many different types of exercise regimes and concerns.

    Unfortunately supplements are not regulated, so companies can make many false claims.  They are classed as a food and not a drug, so are deemed safe until proven otherwise.  This makes it difficult for the average gym enthusiast to know whether they are taking something legit or if they are just throwing money down the drain!  It can also be a danger to a person’s health to take incorrect quantities of the wrong supplements, so proper advice should always be sought.  It is highly recommended to consult a professional personal trainer for expert advice before taking a supplement.  As a trained specialist in their field they will be able to advise which supplements are worth taking to take in order to give the most effective and desired results. 

     

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  3. The Benefits of a Detox Tea with teatox Twist on the lylia rose uk lifestyl

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    The Benefits of a Detox Tea

    If you haven’t heard of a ‘teatox’ then I’m not quite sure where you have been the past few years!  Teatoxes have been big news in recent times and new brands popping up all over the place.  You may not be feeling like giving yourself a detox as we enter the festivities of the next couple of weeks, but many of us will be running for the detox tea on 1st January! 

    Teatox Twist is a new brand of detox tea full of body loving (and body detoxing) ingredients.  Here I’ll share the ingredients with you and a snippet of their many benefits.  Not sure what a detox tea can do for you?  Read on to discover the great cleansing health benefits in this teatox.

    Oolong Tea
    This funny named tea is full of essential vitamins and minerals as well as important antioxidants.  Oolong tea can improve mental performance, aid a good metabolism, promote healthy skin and even prevent tooth decay.  It is high is caffeine, so be warned!

    Liquorice
    Liquorice root has been used for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and impressive respiratory cleansing uses.  It’s also great for boosting the immune system and is even a natural anti-depressant.

    Ginger
    Oh, how I love ginger - the warming taste instantly feels like it’s doing me good!  It’s high in a substance called gingerol which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may even help to prevent cancer.

    Fennel
    Fennel is high in antioxidants and immune system loving vitamin C.  Fennel may also protect the liver from toxic damage.  As the liver detoxifies the body it’s a good idea to keep it in check.

    Schisandra Berries
    This is the first time I’ve heard of this berry so it’s been interesting to scour the web searching for its benefits and what exactly it is.  It’s a bright red berry which is great for detoxing as it helps protect the liver from harmful toxins, reduces stress and has anti-inflammatory properties.

    Peppermint
    Soothing and delicious peppermint aids digestion by boosting liver function.  It may also prevent damage to the liver from harmful toxins.

    Lemon Grass
    Regularly consuming lemongrass tea can help to cleanse and detox the body thanks to its diuretic and purifying effects.

    Dandelion leaves
    I remember when I was a child being told ‘dandelions make you pee’ and it’s actually true as they are a diuretic!  Regular urination cleanses the kidneys and rids the body of unwanted toxins.  It’s regularly used to treat digestive problems and can act as a laxative.

    Wondering where you can get a pack to give this teatox thing a go? You can buy Teatox Twist on Amazon and start enjoying its many benefits ASAP!

  4. How to Safely Remove Your Embarrassing Tattoos Laser tattoo removal in lond

    How to Safely Remove Your Embarrassing Tattoos!

    When I had my tattoos I thought they were for life.  That’s why getting a tattoo is such a big decision – it’s there every day.  You cannot choose to take it off or wipe it away should you change your mind.  It’s a big decision and one you don’t want to regret at a later stage in your life. However, many of us do take the plunge as soon as we are 18 and legally old enough to consent to a tattoo, and what we like when we are 18 years old, we may not quite like so much when age 30 or so.

    Luckily there are now several options to remove embarrassing or unwanted tattoos, so fear not!  One of the most effective ways to rid yourself of that unwanted ink is by laser tattoo removal in London.  Pulse Light Clinic uses the latest laser technology to safely break down the ink in the tattoo so it can be easily absorbed by the body.  Much better than other crazy methods used such as cutting the tattoo out (seriously?!) or using acid to burn it away (again- really?!). 

    Lasers have of course been around for a while, but the older laser treatments can be really painful and take up to 20 sessions to successfully remove a tattoo; super costly, super painful and super inconvenient.  The new Picosure and PicoWay lasers can remove a tattoo in as few as 3-8 treatments costing from only £70 a go.  Not too bad at all if that tattoo has become the bane of your life.

    Is it painful?  Probably the most important and most asked question for those considering tattoo removal I’m sure.  On their website they say patients say it’s like being pinged with an elastic band!  Ouch, but no pain no gain!  Everyone’s pain threshold is different.  I have a friend who says she’s rather give birth than get a tattoo again, yet for me I’d choose a tattoo over labour any day!

    Do you have a tattoo you’d rather not have?

    To request a free consultation visit http://www.pulselightclinic.co.uk/free-consultation

     

     

     

  5. No one likes to talk about life after you are gone, but sometimes it is a vital conversation to have with your closest family members. The thing is, there is much to discuss in regards to financial assets, insurance policies, funeral wishes and of course honouring your memory. In fairness, having this conversation now or ahead of time should make things much easier to handle when the time comes for your family. So I thought I would share with you some of the ways you could help your family when you are not around.

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    Make sure you have an up to date will

    A will is an important document that you put together that outlines your financials and also your assets. This document will highlight how you want things to be divided and is your opportunity to ensure that you have your wishes heard. However, so many people do a will and then never update it, so when it comes to the time of hearing it none of it makes any sense. Worse still people can often forget to do something like this, and it could cause problems when it comes to dividing your estate and assets. It’s never nice to think about money or your things and allocate them to people, but this is your only opportunity to do it, and it makes things easier for the family going forward.

    Consider your funeral wishes and make a note of them

    It’s never nice to plan a family member's funeral, especially if it is someone you are close to and love dearly. So when it's your time you might be wondering how you can take that burden away from your family. This is where you could outline a few things as a guide to help your family at what will obviously be a difficult time. It doesn’t have to be anything too official, just make a note of a few wishes you have and keep it in a safe place.

    Keep your finances in order

    It’s important to keep your finances in order as this will make things easier for your family when you are not around. It’s a good idea to keep passwords and reference or account numbers in one book. Letting the family know about this would help them know what to do when it is needed.

    Discuss ways you could honour your memory

    Your family may want to honour your memory in some way so it might be worth having the conversation about being buried or cremated. Again it’s never a nice conversation to have but makes the decision palatable when the time comes. If you decide to get cremated there are many things the family could do with your ashes, perhaps scatter them in a special place or even turn them into a diamond. There is more information on websites like dna2diamonds.com.

    Create a bucket list the whole family can get involved in

    Finally, if you are all about making the memories then why not consider creating a bucket list the whole family can get involved in? It could enable you to spend more time in your later years together, and also might give your family a sense of purpose for completing it in your honour, if you are unable to yourself.