Wednesday, March 18, 2020

3 Tips for Staying Motivated When You’re Trying to Get a Small Business off the Ground

One of the great things about the Internet and the various digital technologies that we are surrounded by these days, is that it’s now possible – to a degree that it never really was before – for people to become entrepreneurs and to explore their passions at the drop of a hat.

If you’re not fulfilled with your current day job, you could work to start up a cooking business, a travel review company, or any number of other things.

Of course, to get any small business off the ground you need to be able to stay motivated in the face of various challenges.

Here are a few tips for staying motivated when you are trying to get a small business off the ground.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Yes, You Do Have The Time For Healthy Meals!

Woman Slicing Gourd

If you were to ask the vast majority of people, most of us would say that we would love to eat more healthily.
After all, everyone wants to be able to live the longest, happiest, healthiest life possible. However, you'd also
likely hear a whole lot of excuses for why most people just can't possibly live a more healthy lifestyle. One of the
most common excuses that people tend to make is that they just don't have the time for healthy meals all the
time. Well, it turns out that's just not true. There are plenty of ways to make sure that you're eating healthily that
are no more difficult or time-consuming than any other meal options. Here are just a few of them.

Plan ahead
There is one word that will completely revolutionise the way that a lot of people think about their eating habits:
planning. Far too often people don't think about what they want to eat until the moment they decide to start
cooking. This not only means that you're choosing what to eat while hungry but you could also be tired and busy
at that moment. Instead, why not plan what meals you're going to be eating in advance. Not only does this
prevent unhealthy impulse decisions but it also means that you're going to have the chance to do prep for any
recipes that might take a little longer to make.

Replace ingredients
People tend to assume that they have to give up the foods they love in order to live a more healthy lifestyle. This
is not true. Instead, why not look into replacing some of the ingredients in your food with better alternatives? This
could be anything from reducing the amount of salt or sugar in your recipes to choosing things like these amazing vegan breakfast recipes. That way you can keep eating the delicious food that you love but with a few simple changes, that food will be a whole lot better for you.

Make it a family activity
One of the most common reasons why a lot of people tend not to dedicate their time to their meal planning and
cooking is that they have a family to care for. After all, trying to cook is hard enough without kids running around
you. So, instead, why not get the kids involved? Assuming that they're old enough, why not make cooking and
meal planning a family activity? This not only helps to avoid the need to divide your time up between different
things but it also helps kids feel more involved which is a great way to get them more excited about food.

Now, this is not to say that there's anything wrong with eating something that's not all that healthy from time to
time. After all, even the most ardent health nut can agree that cheat days are totally justified. It's a matter of
keeping things in balance and moderation. The moment that your cheat days slip over into becoming your
normal days, that's when you've got a problem.

Friday, February 7, 2020

So, You Want To Be A Food Blogger?

So, you want to be a food blogger? If you are someone that enjoys eating, making, and talking about
food, then becoming a food blogger may well be for you. But make no mistakes, you will need to put
in a lot of time and effort to build up your blog. 

Here are some tips to help you set up your blog and make it a success. 

Find The Right Platform

The first thing that you need to do is find a platform to host your blog. Setting up a blog site is easy
with sites like Blogger, Wix, Wordpress, and Squarespace. Before you decide which to go for, think
about the functions that you will want from your blog later on down the line. Building a blog is easy,
but migrating it later when you decide that a different platform offers more for you is trickier. 

Think about whether you will want to monetize your site as well as how much control you will want
over your search engine optimization. These things may not be on your radar yet, but as you learn
and grow they will become more relevant. Paying for hosting from a service such as bluehost will
allow you to get a free domain name and access to all of the tools you will need to really push your

Create Content Often

Once your site is up and running, you will need to create content for it on a regular basis. Ideally, you
should be posting a few times a week. Think of a variety of different articles. For example, you may
want to create posts about making your own hershey kiss cookies or compare and contrast a number
of different types of diet.

Avoid posting all of your articles at once. If you end up writing your content back-to-back, use a post
scheduler so that your posts don’t go all up at once. This keeps people coming back each day, rather
than visiting once and then forgetting about you.  

Attracting The Visitors

Great content is what visitors are looking for. But if they don’t know that you exist, then nobody will
come. Make sure that you are getting out there and sharing your posts on social media. Using your
own profile is great, but you may also want to think about creating pages on all of the major social
media sites so that you can build up a following a share your posts along with other relevant posts
your readers may like. 

Search engine optimization is also important. This involves putting relevant keywords in your posts so
that you appear in searches on Google. You should also get your site linked to other sites as much as
possible. One great way of doing this is by providing guest posts on established blogs. 

It may take time to start building up your page views, but once you start achieving good numbers you
can introduce adverts and use affiliate links to start earning money from your site.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Which Eating Pattern Should You Adopt? Hint: Not Low-Carb

It’s the start of the year, and many people are on diets in the hope that they can lose weight and
transform their bodies. Furthermore, there’s no shortage of “diet gurus” out there promising the world
and telling people they can lose weight without counting calories, tracking food consumption, or even

While most people know that many of these diets are gimmicks, they can still fall foul of them anyway,
if they believe that there’s a good reason behind them. Take low carb diets, for instance, such as keto
or “paleo.” The general idea here is that carbohydrates disrupt our metabolism, making it much more
likely that we will develop diabetes and obesity. 

The problem with this thesis is that it just isn’t true. It is not carbs in general that the problem, but the
fact that most people eat them in the refined form alongside a diet chock full of meat and fat. It’s this
deadly combination that creates the problem - not brown rice or whole rolled oats.

If you’re not sure what to eat, make sure you check out the following infographic. It defines what a fad
diet is, how it is dangerous, and what you should eat instead. In general, it’s a good idea to stick to
tried-and-tested eating patterns that have served people well over the generations. The traditional
Meditteranean diet, for instance, is widely considered one of the best in the world, given the health
and longevity of people living on various Meditteranean islands in the past. Read on to find out more. 

Infographic by USC

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Is Running Part Of Your New Year's Resolutions? The Tips To Make It Happen

Running can be quite liberating and a lot of fun. Sure it’s exercise and a cardio workout. But there is a real sense of freedom when going out for a run. Many people would say that they find running clears their mind. Allows them to unwind even from the day ahead. Perhaps set them up for the day if running in the morning. There is no denying that when you start anything it’s difficult to keep the momentum going. Especially when it comes to exercise. This is the time of year that many take on new challenges like running, especially when you start to think about lifestyle changes. So if running is something you would like to start and want to stick with then these tips should help you out.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Creating Your Very Own Food Blog

If you are someone that is passionate about making and eating food, then creating a food blog may be something that you may be interested in doing. You could start a blog as a hobby, for your own amusement. Or, you could build a business around your blog. It is entirely possible that with the right amount of effort, you could create your very own food blog that you can earn enough money to live off. 

Where To Start

The first thing that you will need to do is to choose your website and the name for the blog that you will use. You can buy your domain name for your blog and this will help to give it a professional edge. 

Next up, you will need to create a name. Once you have that, you can get to work on starting to create a website. If you are any good at graphic design or know someone who can help; create a logo for the top of your blog. Make it look professional, neat, and eyecatching in order to draw in the attention of potential readers. 

Pick a website that you will use. Commonly used blog sites that you create professional level pages including Wordpress and Wix. Both of these sites have templates that you can easily set up yourself to make them look great. 

Honing Your Niche

Before you create posts for your site such as this strawberry cake recipe, you will need to practice and get your apron on and make as many items as possible that you will photograph and list the recipes for. You will need to always have a steady stream of posts, so be sure and stagger your posts so that they are not all hitting your site all at once. You will hopefully get lots of readers, and as much as they will enjoy your content, you don’t want to overwhelm anyone by posting too much. You do need to try and post daily though as this helps to maintain momentum as you build up your followers. It is also good for your website’s search engine rankings as the search engines will look more favorable knowing that it is a sit that is used and is continually being developed. 

Building Up Your Views

There are many ways that you can generate readers for your blog. Firstly, you can take to social media and share your posts. If you already have a reasonable following, you can try and get them to read your content. Otherwise, start social media accounts to go with your new blog and start to build up followings on thereby promoting yourself through any food and drinks groups, 

You will need to consistently work at creating a relationship with your social media following. That may mean posting and chatting with them in the comments sections. Not only does this help to get your page seen, it helps you to get some valuable feedback on the types of posts that people want to see. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Avoiding the Panic Of Not Having the Proper Ingredients

If you’ve ever cooked anything before (and let’s assume you have), you’ll know how quickly the panic can set in the moment you realise you don’t have all of the ingredients you need. For both novice and experienced chefs, this can throw you off your game entirely, and it’s easy to allow the panic to soak in and cling on almost immediately. 

There are few things worse than the realisation that you don’t have the ingredients, but it doesn’t need to be the end of the world. While it’s not ideal that you’re missing this spice or that vegetable, there are ways to overcome it without having a breakdown in the middle of your kitchen. 

If you’re someone who regularly forgets key ingredients no matter how much of a culinary pro your family might believe you to be, here are some easy ways to get your recipe back on track with your dinner guests being none the wiser. 

Find an Alternative

In most cases, switching up one ingredient for another is unlikely to change much of the flavour so if you realise you’re low of thyme, marjoram, or garam masala, look for something close to it that could be hiding at the back of your cupboard. 

The more significant problems come if you live somewhere the main ingredients are not native to. Lemon chicken, for example, is difficult to make correctly in Thailand due to the ready availability of lemons (unless you’re willing to spend a fortune). While there are fruits with similar tastes, it’s just not the same. 

It might also be that you’ve been a little lax with your preparation this year. So, if you’ve decided to make a pumpkin pie but everywhere is sold out, not surprising considering the time of year, then you should still be able to get your hands on a can of pumpkin pie filling that will be just as effective. 

Get Creative

If you can’t find a decent alternative in your kitchen cupboards, then it’s time to get creative. In fact, one thing that all chefs both professional and casual love is the opportunity to get creative, even if it’s for nobody else but themselves. 

Let’s say you’re hoping to roast up a rotisserie chicken, but you don’t have the proper premade rub from the supermarket. For less ambitious chefs, this could cause them to give up altogether, cancel the plans, and hide away in their room until they’re next inspired to make something. But doing this lets down everyone who was eagerly waiting for their chicken dinner.

Instead of giving up, consider what type of flavours make up your desired seasoning or rub and then have a look around the house to see how close you can get to that flavour. Things like garlic, onion, and cumin are all common spices, and the combinations with others can be endless. 

Often, it’s this creativity that can transform a dish from something traditional that you’ve always made into something that tastes like nothing you’ve ever had before, in the best way possible, of course. 

Taking Stock

Of course, the best way to prevent having the wrong ingredients is to keep the fridge and cupboards fully stocked all year-round. This allows you to dip in and pick out whatever you like without ever worrying about being low on supplies. The easiest way to do this is through wholesale purchases, which work out cheaper and last longer than regular supermarket trips. 

If wholesales aren’t possible, then create a list of items you know you always need. This allows you to pick them up every time you’re at the store and ensures you’ll never be left wishing you had a specific ingredient again. If you’re trying a new recipe, make sure you know everything you need before stepping out the door. 

Accept Defeat

While there are some ways to overcome your forgetfulness, sometimes it’s just not worth it, and in these moments, it’s better to accept defeat than to stress yourself out. This may come as a disappointment for most, you included, but it’s better than serving up something that isn’t to your high cooking standards. 

Just because you’ve given up doesn’t mean the food should go to waste. If there is anything salvageable, then consider packing it into recyclable or reusable containers and donating it to local charities and shelters. 

Becoming a Better Cook

Home cooking is always about learning, and there’s no such thing as becoming the perfect chef. With every meal, you learn something different, you get to try out new things, and you get to explore your creative side. In some cases, not having the right ingredients can have their benefits, and it could be the best mistake you’ve ever made.