Eat Healthy When Eating Out

When you are one of those very busy types with travel, projects, and meetings, it’s often difficult for you to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner for yourself. The only option is to eat out in the office cafeteria or restaurants. Eating out can be fun and enjoyable when you know how to order a healthful meal. If you are worried about not eating a balanced diet, below are tips on how to eat a healthy dinner outside the comfort of home.

Tips on how to eat healthfully when eating out:

Order your meal how you like it: You can order your food the way you want it by changing the menu to your taste. Ask your server about healthful exchanges such as extra vegetables instead of the starch. You can also eat healthily at a restaurant by telling them the way you want your food prepared.

For example, if the menu says the side is French fries, you can request a salad, and instead of fried or breaded entrees, let the chef know you want your meat grilled or baked. 

Always take water before, during and after eating: Drink water throughout the entire meal. It slows you down, helps you enjoy the food more, and lets the message get to your brain that you’re full—before your plate is empty. Taking water at intervals makes your system work better especially during eating. When you take water while eating, it helps you taste your meal and enjoy it more. Taking water also satisfies your hunger sooner than food alone.

Be careful of the drink you take: You can merely take water, tea, or a fruit juice to complement your food after eating. If you want an alcoholic beverage, request wine or a clear liquor and avoid cocktails that have extra calories.

Select a plate of mixed fruit as your dessert: With fruit, you are sure of eating healthy food. Fruit aid in digestion and add beneficial nutrients.

Before eating check for the calories and the fat: Many states now require calorie-counts and nutritional values on the menu. You can ask the server about how they prepare meals: is it fried with butter or a partially-hydrogenated oil? Breaded? When you do this, you will be able to decide what is best for your health.

If you’re concerned about the healthfulness of a local restaurant, ask about restaurant ratings in your area.

Map out a 5k Run in Your New Town

Outside exercise like running a certain distance can be a great way to workout, be physically fit, and even reduce weight. You don’t need any gear or pay an excessive fee just to be a member of a gym.

Running is the perfect outdoor exercise. Running not only makes you physically fit but also gives you a chance to have an expanded view of your new city. Running new routes allows you to be more familiar with your new town.The only tricky problem attached to running in a new town is finding safe, secure, less crowded, and enjoyable running paths.

Below are tips that will help you in mapping out a safe 5k run in a new town:

  1. Have a chat with a local: Make friends with the people who have been living in that town for a while. Ask them about the safe routes in the city suitable for a 5k run. The locals already know their town inside out. Make sure you ask them if there’s a popular running path that is totally safe and not too crowded.
  2. Use a mobile app: With the technology advancements, you gain access to almost any information needed. There are lots of mobile applications to help you map safe 5k routes. For example, check out All trails, Realbuzz, Strava’s global heat map, iSmoothRun, Endomondo, MapMyRun, Runkeeper, Runstatic, or Couch to 5K.
  3. Check online for recommendations: You can research online for a specific trail you want to map out for a safe 5k run. People’s reviews and testimonies go a long way in helping you. Try using Yelp to searching for “running trails.” Local runners use the site to post their recommendations.
  4. Find a running friend or a running group: You can run with a friend or a group to be able to check the environment personally to know if it is indeed safe or less crowded. Local athletic shoe stores often know of running trails and groups to join. Check at work, the local library, or Meetup to see if they keep a list.
  5. Do adequate research on the route: If the path you’ve chosen leads through public parks, neighborhoods, or trails, take time to locate any posted rules. Certain courses may have hour restrictions, and some locales may have regulations about running on school property during school hours. Introduce yourself to the school office or stop by the city’s parks and recreation department. You’ll meet new friends while finding the information you need.

Preschooler Craft Supplies on a Budget

Keeping preschool-aged children busy and engaged takes some creative thinking. Having an abundance of options on hand is a must. In addition to the blocks, pretend play, puzzles and picture books there is a place for arts and crafts. Recent studies have confirmed the importance of playing in the 0-5-year-old age range. Crafting can help not only with the development of fine and gross motor skills but also with creative problem solving and expressing and communicating their emotional health. Having some basics on hand at all times can help stave off boredom and reduce screen time during those critical first five years. 

Their Own Stuff

The crafting industry is vast and can be somewhat of a money pit for intense crafters. You may not want to share those supplies you have spent considerable money to purchase with your little one(s). In that case, you will need to stock up where you get the most for your money. For example, picking up holiday specific craft supplies when they go on clearance. Store them well marked and use them the next time that holiday comes around. Buy in bulk and split the cost with a friend. Many craft supply online stores offer bulk pricing. Host a craft supply exchange amongst other preschooler families, this can keep you supply fresh with variety. 

Just the Basics Ma’am

If you are just starting your preschoolers crafting supply, keep in mind your preschooler’s skill level. Also, keep in mind some items need extra supervision due to a choking hazard. You can start your collection at your local dollar store for a few basics.

– Construction paper

– Large glue sticks

– Washable crayons/markers

– Round-tipped scissors

– Foam shapes stickers

– Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)

– Pipe cleaners

– Modeling clay

– Paper lunch bags

– White paper plates

You can also browse your favorite thrift store for over-sized t-shirts to use as art smocks and flat sheets to use drop cloths. You can also find other items to use as craft supplies like picture frames, clay pots or skeins of yarn. 

Now What?

There are endless websites and blogs to use for inspiration and ideas for craft time with your preschooler. You can choose to go with a theme like zoo animals or camping and focus all creative projects on that for a few days. Or decide to do crafts that reflect the season of the year you are currently experiencing. Really, any time you spend being creative with your preschooler can be fun and an opportunity to learn from creative play. 

Before the next rainy day forecast gather some supplies put them in a box and plan an arts and crafts time surprise for your preschooler.

Focusing on That Fabulous French Look

From Sabrina to Amélie the French vintage-inspired interiors evoke sensual elegance and comfortable hominess at the same time. Figuring out how to pull it all off, though, takes more than purchasing the right furniture set. That je ne sais quoi (literally “I don’t know what”) that is so French isn’t so much mastered as it is effortlessly felt. Getting that feel in your home might take a more relaxed approach to design than your usual efforts.

Letting it grow

Most French homes appear complete, but typically, individual pieces enter the house over time. Each one carries a memory, event, or other unique and special attachment. Designer Annouchka Engel calls it “undecorating.” The casual collection of elements, less staged and more collected, amass over time. Designer sofas share space with flea market finds and family antiques.

Distinctives of French style

Dusky pastels grace walls and floors while mixtures of woods, patterns, and other bold objects cluster in the space. Objects appear to be “found” rather than developed. The opposite of trendiness, more a counter to modern matchy-matchy design.

Allons-y — Let’s get started

Vintage French apartments are all about the architecture. If your home does not have much in the way of architectural detail, add some. Trim out the windows, add chair-rail and crown molding, change out flat doors for raised panels, or install decorative framing on the walls. Swap out builder-grade light fixtures for small, but elegant chandeliers or pendants.

Now that you have the backdrop live in at for a while with just one or two favorite pieces. As you shop, find vintage and antique pieces that speak to you or evoke a special feeling. Bring them into the space one at a time to let each one settle before adding another.

Touches of gold here and there, and mirrors on walls or setting on mantels, and metallic frames on wall art add a warm under glow. Sheers or lace in the windows allows in soft natural light that glints off each chosen item. Adding to the warmth are glowing wood floors with thick rugs and stacks of books or clusters of stools, side tables, and plants.

To finish off your look, fill your walls with an eclectic collection of street art, vintage framed posters, and pencil drawings gathered from your forages to markets, thrift stores and charity shops, and of course, your grandmother’s attic.

To find a home with terrific bones and architectural details, let your property agent in on your style requirements.