Food & Drink Paradise-Desserts Paradise

Preparing an Indonesian layer cake is not too difficult. Although you see many ingredients involved. When you summaries it, you should be able to make it. No problem at all!

Are you ready?

Let’s go……

Ingredients A
35g all purpose flour
1 tablespoon walnut (powdered)
1.5 teaspoon five spices powder
Combine and sift all together.

Ingredients B
150g butter
40g cane sugar
65 ml sweet milk
a. Melt the butter under room temperature.
b. Add sugar to the butter, and beat till fluffy.
c. Add milk and beat until creamy white.

Ingredients C
6 egg yolks
1/2 tablespoon rum
a. Stir egg yolks into the B mixture, one at a time.
b. Lightly mix in rum.

Ingredients D
20g sugar
3 egg whites

a. Beat egg whites, and sugar together until stiff.
b. Add this and the flour into the B mixture, and mix thoroughly.
c. Prepare 2 small square baking pan, grease them.
d. Place 2 tablespoons mixture into it, and bake in a 150°C oven, for 10 minutes.
e. Take out the baking pan, spread smoothly 1 tablespoon mixture on top of the cake.
f. Bake in 200°C upper heat oven, until browned.
g. Repeat this process till last second layer.
h. Adjust the oven to 150°C lower heat, and bake for 15 minutes.

Yes, it is ready! Please enjoy……

Note:a. You may make a bigger cake, by increasing the volume of the ingredients, when you are familiar with it. b. Some people will add cocoa powder into the ingredients, and they will have an extra aroma from it.

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Food & Drink Paradise – Olympic Excellent

Is one of your family members participating in an exciting Olympic game? Are you busy watching the interesting sports program?

Looking for some easy recipes and simple cooking ideas? How about trying some simple meals for this week-end? How about a new soup recipe?

Beef and Tomato soup

1000g beef neck
3000 ml cold water
1 onion
2 cloves
A sprig of parsley
100g cornstarch
250 ml cold water
1000g stewed tomatoes
3 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

a. Cut the beef neck into small pieces.
b. Put them into the soup pot with the cold water, and heat slowly to the boiling point.
c. Skim carefully and simmer 2 hours on low fire.
d. Add onion, parsley and cloves. Cook an hour longer.
e. While cooking, dissolve cornstarch in 250 ml cold water.
f. When the soup is done, skim off all the fats.
g. Stir the cornstarch into the soup.
h. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cook gently for 30 minutes.
i. Strain the soup and put aside.



1000g macaroni
500 ml boiling water

a. Cook the macaroni in boiling water for 20 minutes.
b. When it is done, turn it into a colander and pour over cold water.
c. Add the macaroni into the soup and cook for 20 minutes.

a. You may prepare the soup earlier, and warm it up before adding the macaroni.
b. Alternatively, you may add noodles instead of macaroni.
c. You may prepare the soup one day earlier and keep in the refrigerator, for the next day use.


Now you can enjoy your exciting Olympic sports program with these easy recipes!


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Food & Drink Paradise – Soup Explore!

Sooner or later most of us are going for our retirement. Do you have any exciting program?
What about a new investment?

Everybody grouping around in the meeting room. Your best friend,
John is waiting for your opinion over an investment idea.

He asked: “What do you have in mind for our retirement?
What are you going to do with your golden years?
Are you going to stay around and doing nothing?
Are you going to do the same old job, that you have been doing?
What about sharing your cooking experience with the new generation?”

Yes, it is a wonderful suggestion! It should be exciting!

Great! We start first with soup?

Mushroom Soup

Ingredients A
200g fresh mushrooms
10g butter
700 ml broth or stock

a. Rinse and dry the mushrooms.
b. Place them in the butter.
c. Add the broth and cook the mushrooms for about 10 minutes.

Ingredients B
25g butter
25g flour
50 ml broth

a. Melt the butter and stir in the flour.
b. Add broth and mix well.
c. Pour this mixture into the above soup.

Ingredients C
1/2 egg yolk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine
2 tablespoons cream

a. Put the egg yolk in the hot soup.
b. Add in the lemon juice, wine, and cream.
c. Mix thoroughly and serve hot.


Is this an exciting retirement program? It is a super investment, right?
Sharing your hobby with the new generation. What an amazing idea!

See you next week, in our second lesson!


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Summer Food Poisoning Cures

Food poisoning is a common illness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 6 people in the US get sick from bad food or drink. In 2001, they reported about 48 million illnesses, resulting in 128,000 Americans hospitalized, and over 3,000 deaths each year from food poisoning. Food poisoning is also common in the summer because of picnic foods being left out too long in the sun. Before looking at food poisoning cures, we should become familiar with symptoms and causes.


Infectious Agents- viruses, bacteria, and parasites are the most common of these agents
Toxic Agents- poisonous mushrooms, improperly prepared exotic foods (for example, barracuda), pesticides on fruits and vegetables, also poor sanitation in food preparation or improperly packaged or food stored at wrong temperatures can promote contamination.

Salmonella is the most common type of food poisoning. It is seldom fatal; however, it is contagious, easily leading to multiple cases (outbreak).

Typical symptoms of food poisoning are:

Abdominal pain and cramping
Diarrhea quickly developing within 48 hours of eating or drinking the contaminated food or drink.

If food poisoning is not treated early, further complications can become very serious and life-threatening:

Bloody Stools
Nervous system damage

You should seek immediate medical help if any of the following situations occur:

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for longer than 2 days
If the ill person is a child under the age of three
If the ill person is pregnant or nursing
If abdominal symptoms are accompanied by a low-grade fever
If the symptoms appear after foreign travel
If other family members or friends who ate the same thing as you are also sick
If you cannot keep any liquids down
If you are drinking lots of fluids, but your condition has not improved in 2 days
If the ill person has a condition that weakens the body’s immune system
If you can’t take your regular prescription medications due to vomiting
If the ill person shows symptoms of nervous system disturbance, such as slurred speech, double vision, muscle weakness, or difficulty swallowing
If the ill person passes out, is dizzy, or has vision problems
If a fever is greater than 101 degrees and includes abdominal symptoms
Sharp or cramping pain lasting longer than 10 – 15 minutes
If the stomach or abdomen is swollen
If the eyes or skin appear yellow (jaundice)
Bloody stool or vomiting blood
Decreased or no urination, or dark-colored urine
Problems breathing, swallowing, or speaking
Joints swell or a skin rash appears

Often, minor food poisoning will pass within a few days, and there may be relief from many of the symptoms by doing some of the following:

Clear liquid only diet. Avoid food for a few days, and also avoid sugary liquids, as they will make diarrhea worse. Some of the children’s electrolyte-replacement fluids, such as Pedialyte, are good for this. Most of the sport drinks are too sugary.

Antibiotics, in some cases, will make it worse; sometimes complicating the illness.

With toxic agent poisoning, often medical treatment is required: IV fluids, emergency intervention for life-threatening situations (such as stomach pumping), and antidotes, like activated charcoal

Stop eating all solid foods. Drink plenty of purified water.

Take one or more of the following:

Natural Cellular Deference (NCD)- Zeolites: this is a diuretic/detoxification liquid. Put 3-5 drops in juice.

Drink plenty of these very acidic juices:

Apple cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons on an empty stomach

Lemon juice- drink the juice from 4 lemons straight

Camu camu- ½ Tablespoon in ½ cup of purified water.

You must rinse your teeth with baking soda immediately after drinking any of these juices, as they will damage tooth enamel.

3. Grapefruit seed extract- a few drops in one of the above juices

4. Garlic- cut up 1 clove and swallow with lots of water

5. Coloidal silver- This is a natural antibiotic. Take as directed.

6. Goldenseal Root- 1-2 capsules and 3 more an hour later. Drink lots of water. This is also a diuretic.

7. Charcoal- If you don’t have any around, toast some bread dark, and eat dry slowly with a lot of water.

In general, food poisoning cure-alls involve plenty of hydration and electrolyte replenishment, rest, and a clear liquid diet for a few days. When beginning to eat food again, go slowly at first, and with mild, bland foods.

A Guide to French Food and Eating in France

France is famous for its cuisine with the French known worldwide for their passionate love of food. Meals can be as basic as traditional baguette with cheese and ham up to elaborate dinners involving dozens of courses with a different wine for each course.

French Cooking Styles

Each region of France has its own unique traditions in how food is prepared and what ingredients are used.

There are four general approaches to French cooking;

Cuisine Bourgeoise – also know as Classical French. These are rich and filling dishes which are often cream based. The recipes were once seen as regional but are now seen all over France.
Haute Cuisine – classic French food at its most sophisticated. Generally the food is elegant, elaborate and rich and is characterised by an emphasis on presentation, the large portions and the heavy use of cream.
Cuisine Nouvelle – this developed in the 1970s in a movement against the classical style. These dishes have an emphasis on local ingredients and simplicity with smaller portions and lighter flavours.
Cuisine du Terroir – regional speciality dishes with a focus of local produce and traditions. This style of cooking is currently the most popular in France.

French Meals – What to Eat and When

Le petit dejeuner (breakfast) often consists of ‘Tartines’ (slices) of bread, Baguette or Croissants with jam and chocolate spread or slices of ham, cheese and boiled egg. Alternatively popular pastries to eat at Breakfast include Pain au Chocolat (filled with chocolate) or Pain au Raison (filled with raisins and custard). Adults tend to drink coffee or tea whilst children often drink Hot Chocolate in bowls. Cereals are mostly eaten by children and tend not to be favoured by adults.

Le dejeuner (lunch) is an institution in its own right in France and occurs between the hours of 12pm and 2pm when the majority of people will stop for a full two hour break. Restaurants will normally open at 12pm and close at 2.30pm. In larger companies and in schools lunch is eaten in a cafeteria which serves complete meals. In most schools children are provided with a 3 course meal and are not given an option but eat from a set weekly menu. Many workers in France, such as lorry drivers, are provided with lunch vouchers which can be used in many restaurants and supermarkets.

Le diner (dinner) is usually a family affair in France with most children having a snack after school at 4.30pm and then eating with their families later in the evening. Dinner normally consists of three courses starting with the ‘Hors d’oeuvre’ which is often soup followed by the ‘Plat Principal’, the main course. The meal is finished with a cheese course or dessert which may be something simple such as a piece of fruit or a Yogurt. Restaurants mainly open at 7pm and will stop taking orders between 10pm and 11pm. Many restaurants are closed on Sunday evenings.

Drinking in France

France produces and consumes the most amount of wine per person every year in the world behind Italy. However, wine consumption has decreased by 50% since the 1960s with beer and cider becoming more popular. Other popular drinks include ‘Pastis’ an aniseed flavoured drink. However, wine and water is normally served with both lunch and dinner.

Please note that since March 2009 the legal drinking age has increased from 16 to 18.

Where to Eat in France

There are a wealth of places to eat and drink in France.

Restaurants are open only around mealtimes and are often closed one day of the week. You can choose food from a printed menu which, by law, has to include a prix-fixe menu (a set menu). Very few restaurants offer vegetarian options.

Bistros are smaller than restaurants and you will find the menu us given to you verbally from the waiter or using a chalk board. They tend to feature regional cuisine. Bistrot a Vin are similar to Tavernes offering inexpensive alcohol drinks. They may provide food like a bistro or alternatively just offer simple snacks such as cheese and sausage.

Brasseries were set up in the 1870s by refugees from Alsace Lorraine and serve beers and wines from the Alsace region along with regional foods such as Sauerkraut. Most Brasseries are open all day along with local Bars which also serve cocktails, pastis, beer and wine.

You will find a Cafe in virtually every place in France no matter how small. Tables and chairs are often set outside where customers can enjoy hot, cold and alcoholic drinks as well as snacks such as croque-monsieur and moules frites. Cafes usually open early in the morning and shut around 9pm. Salon de Thes are similar to cafes found in the rest of the world and do not serve alcohol. They open for lunch until late afternoon and serve hot drinks, cakes and snacks.

How Food Companies Gamble With Your Life: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself

I think it was Brian Tracy who once said that humans are fundamentally greedy, impulsive, and pleasure seeking.

Seems true for most of us most of the time.

The massive marketing machines that drive the food companies (particularly those in the junk food industry) use those fundamental human traits against you every single day.

And, they’re gambling with your life when they do.

They’re betting you’ll fall for their marketing hype, buy their unhealthy foods, and make them rich.

The Evidence

There’s plenty of evidence that we’re greedy, impulsive, and pleasure seeking.

For example, some people run up so much credit card and other debt they end up in bankruptcy. They are so focused on short term enjoyment, excitement, and comfort that they fail to consider saving or investing for the future.

We all do many things on impulse – pure emotion – without a moment’s thought for the longer term consequences.

And when it comes to food, drink, and our health, we’re all aware that as a nation we’re overeating ourselves into unnecessary illness, disease, and early death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 70% of us are overweight or obese. That increases our risk of:

Coronary heart disease
Type 2 diabetes
Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon in particular)
High blood pressure
Lipid disorders (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
Liver and gallbladder disease
Sleep apnea
Respiratory problems
Gynecological problems (abnormal periods, infertility)

And, that’s not to mention premature death.

You’ve probably heard all of this a million times before.

So why am I pointing it out again?

I’m pointing it out to ask you what’s wrong?

In the hope that you’ll think about what’s wrong.

Because something is terribly wrong.

For example, we Americans eat over 4.3 Billion a pounds of snack food a year. According to a High Beam Business Report – Industry Snapshot, the “salty snack” industry racked up nearly $25 Billion in sales in 2005.

Except for people living under rocks, everyone knows that none of those salty snacks are good for you and all of them can go a long way towards making you fat and lead to the debilitating diseases listed above.

Are we, as a nation of individuals, simply weak willed?

Are we really so susceptible to the insidious marketing of the food companies that we simply allow them to gamble with our health without even giving it a moment’s thought?

Are we so greedy for instant gratification from so many harmful foods that it blinds us to the adverse consequences?

Are we so gullible that we’re willing to damage our future looks, health, and longevity for a few chips, a couple of beers, a dish of ice cream, and a piece of pie?

When it comes to planning for our long-term sexy bodies, good health, and a long fruitful life, we’re like a little children who live only for the moment.

Most of us are capable of long-term vision and effort. In much of our lives we plan and deal with the present while being able to keep an eye out for the future consequences of today’s choices and actions.

For example, you might readily work at the same job or in the same career for 20 or 30 years in the hope of being able to enjoy your older age and retirement goals.

Or, you might create new businesses, learn new skills, develop relationships, raise children, and raise and keep a family in intact over a lifetime.

We’ve experienced success after success now and into the future in so many ways that we know we can do it if we want to.

And yet, about 70% of us fail miserably at doing the simplest thing we can do no…eat and drink in ways that will maintain our good looks and good health in the long run.

We’re inundated with ads from food companies for unhealthy foods…and we seem to inexplicably fall for them time after time at considerable risk to our futures.

They’re gambling with your health and betting you’ll fall for their hype.

You’re gambling with your looks, health, and longevity every time you do.

How To Protect Yourself

1. Be Aware.

There are two things to be highly aware of and sensitive to.

First, accept that the food companies are going to aggressively keep trying to convince you to eat tons of foods and drink gallons of drinks that are unhealthy for you and will make you fat.

You know how there’s a warning on every cigarette pack that reminds everyone that smoking is dangerous to your health?

They should have to put the same type of warning on bags of chips and other unhealthy food and on sodas and beers and other unhealthy drinks.

Second, just be aware, on a meal-by-meal and snack-by-snack basis of what you’re doing either for or against your long term health.

Look, one bag of chips now and again isn’t going to kill you. Some ice cream and a piece of cake on your birthday won’t kill you.

But a bag of chips and ice cream and cake every day for years just might.

2. It’s cumulative.

One of the main problems we face is that the consequences of our eating and drinking actions are not immediate.

Think about it like this. Let’s say if you ate a bag of chips you would then immediately have a heart attack as soon as you finished in the last chip in the bag. If that’s how it worked, it’s unlikely you (or anyone else) would be eating chips.

But when the effect isn’t immediate – in fact when it takes many years of accumulation to rear its ugly head – you, we, and all of us tend to bury our heads in a sand pile of denial.

3. You Are Not Invincible.

“Oh,” you say to yourself, “I know chips aren’t exactly a health food. But I don’t eat that many, I feel fine, and I’ll be OK.”

Don’t fall for your own marketing hype or self-delusion. You’re not immune to the cumulative effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. And you are not invincible.

4. You Have No Natural Right To Good Health. It’s Not Automatic.

Many of us seem to assume we have a natural right to good health and are automatically entitled to it. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

Good health is a do-it-yourself project and you are in charge of it. You’re well advised to be actively in charge of it every day.

Those who look their best, feel their best, and live with vitality typically have clear goals about their health and want to accomplish those goals so strongly that nothing will stop them – especially not a few six packs of anything or a couple of bags of chips.

5. Be True To Yourself.

You were born with a built in personality, temperament, and set of behavioral preferences…your “natural tendencies.”

When you’re aware of your natural tendencies, in tune with them, and doing things in ways that are consistent with them, then whatever you’re doing seems natural and easy to you. And you’re likely to like it and be good at it.

When you’re fighting your natural tendencies or doing things in ways that are inconsistent with them, then whatever you’re doing is uncomfortable for you, feels unnatural, and is more difficult than it needs to be. And you’re likely to not like doing it and won’t be as good at it as you could be.

While losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight, whether you do it by just being sensible about eating, by devising a homemade diet, or going on a respectable and legitimate commercial diet program, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to stick with it long enough to meet your goals.

The problem is that it’s impossible to stick with it if you try to implement your diet and stick with it in ways that are contrary to your natural tendencies.

That’s like fighting against nature. And you can’t ever win a fight against nature.

If you use your natural tendencies as you go about losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight, it will be easier for you in both the short term and in the long run.

It’s just a matter of being true to yourself.

Bottom Line

In this day and age your food choices in America are boundless. Variety is endless.

There’s no reason to fall for the marketing mania the food companies use against you nor to eat and drink anything that is detrimental to your health. You don’t have to be a fanatic about it, but beware the fancy marketing hype and the human tendency to be greedy, impulsive, and pleasure seeking when it comes to eating and drinking.

The food companies are going to continue making food and drinks that are bad for your health. They’re going to continue aggressively trying to get you to buy it.

As they do those things they are literally gambling with your life.

Please don’t gamble with your own life, too.

You can give yourself the edge by following the 5 ways to protect yourself listed above.

Who’s going to win this gamble?

The food companies?

Or you?

Dexter Godbey is the Founder of Dieting Laws. For over a decade he has worked with individuals, businesses, athletes, and sports teams in the effective recognition and use of the power of personalities to achieve goals and get what you want in simple, easy, effective, and successful ways.

Cocktail Party Planning – Using Drinks As a Social Mixer

Planning a cocktail party can be a challenge. It has the all same key elements as other parties-venue, guests, food, drinks, music, etc.-but the drinks typically are center stage. They actually can serve a useful purpose in helping create an atmosphere that enables guests to relax and be comfortable in meeting new people. Though cocktail parties are typically only for an hour or two, the cocktail party planning tips here mentioned can help make it last much longer in the memory of your guests.

A cocktail party is an event designed for socialization, which is why it is also referred to as “social mixer.” Guests are often invited from a variety of backgrounds and may not even know each other. The goal is for them to get to know a variety of new people in a relaxed setting, thus cocktail parties are used for a variety of occasions. They are used in business, such as by corporations to introduce new products, a corporate seminar, a self-help seminar, a book launch, a fund-raiser, etc., but also by individuals, perhaps to show friends their new home or to introduce themselves into a new neighborhood. They are an excellent alternative for an open house or reception, whether for business or personal purposes. Whatever the occasion, the serving of drinks can help provide a relaxed environment that will enable your guests to feel at ease in meeting new people.

Cocktail parties typically serve a variety of light snacks along with wine, beer and mixed drinks. There is no need to prepare heavy meals. Rather, serve a variety of finger foods, hors d’ouvres, cheese, crackers, cold cuts, nuts, dips, raw veggies, etc. to be munched on while sipping cocktails. The primary focus is the drinks along with good conversation. For this reason often there is not a lot of concern to have tables and seating for everyone, as the setting is more commonly designed for people to mill around as they munch and drink.

Since the intent of the cocktail party is to invite a diverse mix of people, plan to have on hand diverse drinks options as well. Professional cocktail party planners suggest to prepare plenty of wine and beer for they are often more popular than mixed drinks. Red wines like Merlots and Cabernets, and white wine like Chardonnays and Pinot Grigios are popular options. In addition a basic bar will include whiskey and vodka, while a fully stocked bar would include vermouth, bourbon, rum, tequila, and triple sec. For a fancier cocktail party, consider serving champagne. Do not forget the mixers! Popular mixers include cola, orange juice, tonic water, margarita mix, lemons, and limes. Also remember that not all guests drink so prepare non-alcoholic beverages as well. You can offer soda, juice, tea and coffee.

Serving a variety of drinks also means having the right drinking glasses for each type of drink to serve. Depending on the cocktails you serve, you may need wine glasses, tumblers, martini glasses, high balls, or margarita glasses.

A very important consideration is whether or not to hire a bartender. If you don’t want to spend your entire time mixing drinks, then give it serious thought. You could also arrange for a trusted family member or friend to handle this assignment, thereby allowing you as host or hostess to be free to mingle with and get better acquainted with your guests. Some hosts set up a bar area and just let guests serve themselves, but that is fraught with the danger of not being able to control your guests alcohol consumption. So in many cases if the budget permits, hiring a bartender is a good option. While you are busy with your host or hostess duties, the bartender/s can monitor your guests’ alcohol consumption and their ability to drive home safely.

A successful cocktail party often features an exciting mix of people enjoying great drinks, food, conversation, music, and the night. If you are organized and have planned well, hosting a cocktail party can be a lot of fun! But it can be more than that. By using “drinks” as a “social mixer”, it can provide the ideal environment to make new friends or to get to know acquaintances better, not just for you, but for all your guests.

Detox Diets – What Are The Best Detox Diets Foods And Drinks

There’s a reason for you feeling so awful. Alcohol, amongst other foods and drinks, actually poison our bodies, and saturate them full of harmful toxins and other nastiness.

Processed foods for example, are usually packed full of saturated fat, salt, sugar, and artificial flavourings, colourings, and preservatives, making them about as nutritious as a piece of cardboard.

In fact, truth be told, eating a piece of cardboard would probably be healthier for you than eating a lot of the processed junk foods out there. These foods can:

Make us gain weight
Rot our teeth in the case of sugary sodas
Can make us ill
Make us lack energy and feel awful

These foods can even increase our risks of diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes. Because of this, many people decide to rid their bodies of harmful toxins, and follow a detoxification diet of some sort, as a way of helping them to lose weight, and to feel better in the process.

We’ll be giving you a few examples of key ingredients from detox diets.

These are some of the most beneficial foods, drinks, and supplements which will detox your body.

Water – Water is simply vital for the healthy function of our bodies. As humans, we can go for weeks without food, yet we’d be lucky to survive more than 48 hours without water. That’s how important it is for us. The human body is made up of almost 80% water, and it is crucial for our vital organs. In order to flush harmful toxins from our bodies, we need to drink plenty of water in order to make this happen. The clue is in the word “flush” toxins from the body. In order to complete an effective detox, plenty of water must be consumed.

Olive Oil – Olive oil is low in saturated fat, and high in essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are extremely healthy for our bodies. It also has a whole host of other healthy properties, including being high in a number of antioxidants, and minerals. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are all so, so healthy for our bodies, and help to keep our organs working at full capacity, and our immune system in tip-top shape. Our immune system is what helps us to fight off illness, disease, and infection.

Broccoli – Broccoli is another food which is packed full of vitamins and minerals. It’s considered a “super-food” and there’s no wonder when you realise that it’s one of the most effective anti-cancer foods that you could possibly hope for. Broccoli contains enzymes which actually help your liver to convert harmful toxins into something which can be eliminated by your body, and flush toxins out of your system extremely easily. Be sure to avoid microwaving it, as the radiation can destroy some of the natural goodness that it contains.

Meal replacement and weight loss supplements – If you’re looking to detox your body completely and rid it of dangerous toxins, then you need something that contains a little bit of everything that you need.

Yes the foods we listed above do work well at helping to detox your body, but what about combining all of their detoxification properties together, plus much, much more, to create a meal replacement supplement that detox’s your body, provides it with heaps of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and helps you to lose weight in the process?

The best detox diets are designed to be nutritious and complement weight loss with the natural supplements. They should be full of natural ingredients providing healthy goodness.

Reduce Blood Pressure by Not Drinking Soda

New research finds that avoiding drinking soda and other sugary drinks may help reduce blood pressure. Earlier studies had linked sugary drinks to lots of troublesome conditions – obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (a cluster of risk factors that up the risk for heart disease and diabetes), but until now, no research had found that drinking too many sweetened drinks can bring up blood pressure readings.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk for heart disease and dangerous, debilitating stroke.

The latest work included 810 adults (25-79 years old) who had prehypertension (120-139 for the systolic number, or 80-89 for the diastolic number) or early stage 1 hypertension (140-159 for the systolic number, or 90-99 for the diastolic reading) who were taking part in an 18 month long trial intended to bring down blood pressure by losing weight, eating right and exercising.

The systolic number is the reading (the top number) that represents the heart at work, while the diastolic number (the bottom number) is the heart at rest. An ideal reading is now considered anything below 120/80.

Most of the subjects in the study drank an average of 10.5 fluid ounces of sugar or high fructose corn syrup containing drinks each day. The drinks included regular soda, fruit drinks, lemonade and fruit punch. When the subjects halved their soda intake, a 1.5 point reduction in the systolic pressure, and a 1.1 drop in the diastolic number were the result. This stood up even after controlling for other risk factors known to be involved with hypertension. Hard to argue with that.

Americans down almost 28 ounces (in 2.3 servings) of sugared drinks every day, making it a very popular choice, and according to the American Heart Association, one in three adults in the U.S. has been diagnosed with hypertension.

Just imagine the impact of cutting the sugar-laden drinks on those numbers if more people got the message that these drinks are hurting their heart and blood pressure.

To put these findings in perspective, data cited in the report suggests that a three-point drop in systolic blood pressure could cut the risk of dying after a stroke by 8%; heart disease death by 5%.

What accounts for the effect of sweet beverages on blood pressure isn’t understood, but there are theories. Some believe these drinks, often loaded up with sodium, can up your blood pressure. The sugar raises levels of hormones known as catecholamines that actually cause blood pressure to go up.

There is also the belief that uric acid could be a factor. That high fructose corn syrup brings up uric acid levels, and this has been found to increase blood pressure. Not sure how much of this you’re taking in? Start reading labels, and work to cut what you’re consuming by half and you’ll see some benefit.

For now there are 20 cities and states that are thinking about taxing sugar sweetened beverages, but no legislation has passed yet. This latest study is one of a incredibly long list that show the negative impact of drinking these beverages on the body, fueling more calls for taxing them.

In a written reply, the American Beverage Association maintains the focus on losing weight, cutting calories from all foods (and drinks) and burning more calories as the best way to bring those blood pressure numbers down. Specific food choices aren’t thought to factor into things at all, while weight loss clearly does have an impact. Also fair to note, this study is a secondary analysis of another that was looking at the impact of weight loss (not cutting foods/drinks) to reduce blood pressure.

Before you place all the blame on drinking sodas… condiments like ketchup and sauces also bring their share of trouble. And just think of the amounts of these toppings you’re using… we’re all taking in more calories than we think, in more places than we realize.

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Wedding Food, Drink and Catering Options

After the exchange of wedding vows, guests and the newly married couple are ready to let loose at the reception where satisfying food and drink await. When it comes to planning the meals and refreshments for the wedding reception, a bride and groom usually chooses between “American” service, buffet-style, family-style, or food stations. Below, you will find an explanation of some of the ways to offer food and drinks to wedding guests:

American Style

The seated or sit-down menu seen at many weddings is referred to as an “American-style” catering arrangement. It is one of the most commonly selected services in catering because it permits many guests to receive their food quickly and with the least amount of servers. The dinner is prepared in a kitchen and then served to guests with the use of banquet trays.


Since guests are serving themselves with a buffet-style wedding reception meal, it takes more time for all participants to receive their food. Usually, numbered tables are called in order to avoid congestion in smaller wedding settings or larger venues allow guests to form orderly lines. A guest may feel more satisfied with a buffet-style arrangement, as they can choose the types of food they will consume – spanning a variety of vegetables, meats, and desserts displayed on large tables.


With this type of food arrangement, guests are seated at designated tables, as they are able to pick and choose from a platter placed at the table. Attendees pass the food to other guests at the table, which is sometimes seen as a rather costly choice. This is because portion-control is impossible and guests are allowed to eat as much food as they want with the caterer keeping all of the platters full.

Food Stations

Choosing food stations for the wedding reception is a similar selection to the buffet-style arrangement. Food choices, such as pasta, stir-fry, kebobs, assorted appetizers, and sweets are prepared at the request of the couple and served to guests at buffet tables. A plus is that the guests are kept entertained as chefs prepare their food in front of their faces.

Don’t Forget the Drinks

Alcohol and other beverages becomes a significant feature at the reception, as there are plenty of ways to approach this wedding factor. Couples can choose to present their guests with an open bar or well bar, cocktail hour, dry bar, or limited bar.

Open Bar (or Well Bar)

The most expensive option to provide drinks for guests is to offer an open bar, where guests are allowed to order any drink they desire with the married couple picking up the tab. At the end of the reception, the bartender counts the amount of liquor consumed (by the bottle) and charges according to the final tally. A well bar helps cut costs by limiting the kinds of alcohol selected, such as substituting top brands for “house” liquors.

Cocktail Hour

Couples looking to cut more costs may offer a cocktail hour that operates as an open bar for a specified time period, where it then turns into a cash bar for the rest of the reception.

Limited Bar

A limited bar serves a selection of pre-chosen wines, beers, or mixed drinks during the reception, where additional selections are offered for a price.

Dry Bar

Sparkling water, soda, and non-alcoholic mixed drinks accommodate the wedding couple that doesn’t wish to incorporate alcohol into their reception.