Satisfying my children’s growing appetites using modern kitchenware

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My family’s eating appetite is growing bigger, this is because my kids are growing bigger. They are now entering their teens. My first born son is now fifteen, my second born, my daughter is thirteen, and she is followed closely by my second born son who is just turning twelve. My last born daughter is nine years old.

With my kids growing up, I have realized a major change in their eating habits. All the kids apart from my last born daughter have recently developed a huge appetite. Any food that I cook is summarily cleared unlike in the past when there would be lots of left overs. Nowadays, the fridge is repeatedly raided and I can hardly keep up with the demand.

Having been raised by a mum who was strict on feeding us on healthy foods, I am also quite particular on what my children eat. Unlike many parents, I do not load my fridge or pantry with loads of snacks that the children can have whenever they are hungry. I believe in having healthy foods. As such, whenever hunger strikes between meals, I like my children having light foods such as smoothies, yoghurt, whole meal bread, fruits, or fruit juice.

Having a steady supply of these healthy options is however not easy, and I understand why many parents succumb to allowing their children to feed on junk. Since I am determined not to follow this trend, I decided to take on another strategy.

Since I cannot keep up with my children’s ravenous appetite by always having these healthy snacks, I decided to instead be cooking lots of food for meal time. This would ensure that the kids would be well filled in one sitting. With a big meal, there would also be left over food that can be stored in the fridge and whenever one was hungry, it would be easy to warm the food and eat.

To do this, I have to invest in larger cooking appliances. My old pressure cooker has a limited capacity.

Shopping has never been one of my strong points and I am always lost whenever I am presented with many options to choose from when shopping. Luckily there are many online reviews for kitchen appliances where I can read and effectively choose the best pressure cooker for me.

Apart from getting a larger pressure cooker, I am thinking that some of my electrical appliances are too outdated. From what I see in online reviews for kitchen appliances, there are some more modern appliances that provide many advantages as compared to the older models such as the ones in my kitchen.

For example, instead of sticking to my old cooking pans, maybe I could invest in an electric skillet. An electric skillet would provide the advantages of cooking faster and saving energy. An electric skillet also has the advantage of enabling one to cook in a precise manner. One can automatically control the heat and the time duration for cooking. It is easier to cook using an electric skillet and even my children would find it easy to use and they can prepare meals by themselves.

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Challenges faced by any successful fitness trainer

 

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As a fitness trainer, I have to lead my trainees by example. I have to be extremely fit to be able to coach my classes. My work is done by practically demonstrating and taking my trainees through various work out routines. This is my full time job. In a day, I might have up to four sessions and in each session I have to give my best. As such, in very simple terms, I have to be four times as fit as my students to be able to effectively coach during the four sessions in a day.

Since acquiring a good physique is one of the top priorities for most people who come to my gym, I have to maintain my body in top shape. This has been one of my biggest challenges in this job.

I had always been fit and acrobatic since my childhood days. I had decided to have a career related to this advantages that I was naturally endowed with. When I was finally training to be a fitness specialist, I had been hit with the realization that to be a good fitness coach, a fit, well-built physique was important. Unfortunately I was quite slender.

My teacher had advised me that I would need to build more mass. This meant building up more muscle. To do this, I had to do lots of weight lifting.

I remember that I had to intensively lift weights to work out different muscles in my body for four straight months before I was finally satisfied with the results. And I must say the results were astonishing. Every time I would meet someone whom I had not met for some time, they would be amazed at the changes in my body.

To achieve this rapid increase in muscle, I had to pay great attention to my diet. I had to eat healthy carbohydrates that would give me lots of energy and I had to make sure that these carbohydrates did not have bad calories that could get me fat. I also ensured that my diet consisted of a lot of protein which was essential for the building of muscle. It is during this time that I started taking whey protein powders.

At first I had not liked them very much due to the taste but I had later been introduced by a friend to some sweetened whey protein powders that were much more pleasant and manageable.

Even after acquiring the muscled physique, I have still continued with the weight lifting workouts and eating healthy. In my gym, I have a small kitchenette where I prepare most of my food. I rarely buy readymade food. Most of the eateries, especially fast food outlets have food made to be tasty but food that is not necessarily healthy.

I have an espresso machine that I use to make my coffee and thus I avoid all commercial soft drinks and beverages. I also have a blender which I use to make smoothies that are a good source of vitamins and beverages. I also have a small electric skillet which I occasionally use to make vegetable stews and to sometimes boil rice.

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Finally I decided to take action and manage my weight

weight lossEver since I was a teenager, I have struggled with a weight problem. I was not very fat but I hated my protruding belly and my love handles. I wanted to be as shapely as some of the other girls in school. Not that there weren’t other bigger girls, but as you know with girls, we always want to be the best.

My appetite did not help my desire for a slim physique. Ever since I was a kid I had however had a healthy appetite and so I did not understand why suddenly my waistline was bulging out of control. I however had a clue. When I was younger, I had been under the strict care of my parents who were very much against eating unhealthy foods. So no matter how much food we ate as youngsters it was not unhealthy food and most of it would be used up by the body or it would harmlessly pass through the body without accumulating as fat.

As a teenager however, I had more freedom to indulge in junk foods, I especially loved burgers, pizzas, French fries, cakes and chocolates. Whenever I needed a drink, sodas were my number one choice. These foods were quite instrumental to my bulging waistline.

Not that I was not physically active. In fact, the bulge would have been much more pronounced had I not been such an active basketball player. I was a reserve in our college team.

The bulge however quickly intensified when I left college and I stopped being physically active. My eating habits did not however change.

My rapidly increasing body weight worried me a great deal and I decided to put a halt to it. First I decided that I would put a check to eating chunk foods. I studied about healthy eating and adopted the lifestyle of eating foods that helped in weight control such as hummus. I also started eating foods which would help me in suppressing my appetite. This included foods such as apple cider vinegar.

Maintaining this lifestyle of eating a healthy diet that most of the time included bland vegetables was quite boring. The only times I enjoyed was when I ate fruits that would at least satisfy my sweet tooth.

Due to my craving for fatty or sugary foods, I often found myself reverting to them especially when I was in the company of friends, such as in the office. As such, I decided that to fight my weight I would need to do more.

I decided to start working out. Since I could no longer go back to basketball due to lack of time, I decided to enroll in a gym. In the gym I would do all kinds of cardio vascular exercises to burn up my extra calories. I also bought the best shoes for weightlifting to help me in the weight lifting routines. I had learnt that muscles help in burning calories faster. A little muscle would also go a long way in improving my physical appearance

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Domino effect activities brought about by motherhood

new motherWhen I was about to become a mother for the first time, I realized that my life was suddenly going to change a big deal. I realized that I would undergo a non-reversible change in my life. The changes were in almost all aspects of my life. From my body, my thinking, and the way I did things. What I had not really anticipated for so much were the changes that would occur in my house.

I had been married to my husband for two years and we had lived all along in the apartment we had moved into once we got married. It was a two bedroomed apartment that we had liked for its spacious rooms and kitchen. I had also liked the way light streamed into the bedroom and into the living room.

When I was pregnant with my son, I however realized that I had not carefully thought about children when choosing the house. Luckily, the house did not have any hazards that could affect small children. My only problem was with the furniture arrangements. I had to make major changes to our bedroom to accommodate my newborn’s cot.

When it came to the kitchen, I realized that I had bought much of the kitchenware with only my husband and myself in mind. I had not considered the needs of an infant child.

For example, little kiddies do not eat solid food, they have to have special liquid food made for them. This requires a blender. I did not have a single blender in the house. My husband and I were not very enthusiastic about blended foods such as smoothies so I had not had any reason to think of a blender before. Now I had to get one.

Since I did not know anything about blenders, I went into the internet and started reading articles on how to make food for an infant child. I realized that a smoothie maker would be ideal to make the baby’s food. I read several smoothie maker reviews and finally found one that I believed would be ideal for me.

Since by then I was quite pregnant, my husband decided to do the shopping for me. I told him the name of the exact smoothie maker I wanted and told him of some of the outlets where he could find it.

As he was shopping, my husband stumbled across an ice-cream maker. My husband and I are both quite fond of ice-cream. We had however never thought about homemade ice cream. My husband thought that since I would be spending a lot of time at home, I could as well be making some homemade ice-cream. Since he had no clue about the type of ice-cream maker to buy, he decided not to buy one immediately. He asked me to first go over some of the ice cream maker reviews on the net and see which ice cream maker would be ideal for us. Since I love ice cream so much, that evening I was ready with an answer.

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Joblessness drove me to open my own diner

When I had stayed for seven months without getting a job after college, I became quite desperate. I was heartbroken since I had not quickly gotten a job as I had imagined. Many of my colleagues who we had graduated together with had already started working in one capacity or the other.

I had sent several applications requesting for a working position as a chef. This is the only profession that I loved and it is what I had studied for in college. It was a profession that I had a lot of passion for. I had built the passion for cooking ever since I was a little girl. My mother, who loved me dearly as her only child, always wanted to be with me. She would strive to spend every minute she could with me whenever she was not at work.

As such, she would always encourage me to stay with her when she was cooking in the kitchen. When I grew older and she started giving small cooking tasks, I had immediately fallen in love with the art.

My mother did not have to encourage me to come to the kitchen any more. Instead she now had to restrain me from spending too much time in the kitchen.

In school I was a great cookery student and I passed highly. This was one of the reasons I could not really understand why I was not being called up for any of the places I applied for a position. I however secretly new that I had been too choosy in my job applications. I had only sent applications to big hotels and restaurants that were around our locality. I did not want to work far from home where I would be far from my mother. Maybe the hotels and restaurants around simply did not have any vacancies.

Since there was no small eatery around our home area, I thought about renting a premise and starting my own diner that would keep me occupied until there was a vacancy for me. The idea sounded very good to me and my mom was also quite excited about it. With her help I opened a small homely diner.

I started by making all the common dishes that I knew most of the people were likely to prefer. I especially made food that students in the music college nearby would want. Within a few days after opening the diner, I started receiving some customers. I realized that most of the orders were for rice. I had to get a faster rice cooker. From a cuckoo rice cooker review on the internet, I saw that this would be the ideal rice cooker for me.

The flow of customers promised to increase and I saw that my small dinner with its handful of seats would be insufficient. Since there was some space at the front lawn of the premise, I decided to pitch an umbrella tent where I put extra tables and chairs. Since I also realized that the workload would increase, I decided to invest in a programmable pressure cooker that would make it easier to cook with as I tended to other duties such as dish washing.

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Be it shoes or kitchenware basic; things to remember when shopping

Family carrying shopping bags in mall

Shopping is an art that needs a lot of patience. Shopping is not simply going into a shop and picking an item and walking out. Proper shopping involves carefully choosing an item by comparing it to various other similar items.

For example, when you want to buy a shoe, there are several things you need to consider. First of all the obvious thing to look for is for shoes that can fit you, shoes your size. The next thing you look at could be they type of shoe you want. There are many types of shoes ranging from flip flops, running shoes, high heels, and many other kinds. After this, you might need to consider the color of the shoe. This is usually in reference to what clothes you want to wear the shoe with. Another thing you might want to look at is how comfortable the shoe is for you. Finally you need to consider the price. Is the shoe within your budget?

Many times when shopping for an item in a big store where they have enough varieties, you might be able to carry out all the above steps under one roof. However, many times you have to do the comparing by visiting several different shops. This is where patience and determination is called upon. It is especially important to shop through several shops if you want to get the best bargain in terms of price.

Common items that need thorough shopping skills are kitchen appliances. If you want to buy a kitchen appliance you first need to know what you want to use it for. It is usually best if the person shopping for kitchenware is someone who is well acquainted with the kitchen. Do not send your husband to go buy kitchen ware for you; that is unless of course he is well acquainted with what goes on in the kitchen.

The person buying the kitchen ware needs to be aware of the uses for the item he/ she is buying. For example, if you need a rice cooker, you need to be aware of what type of rice cooker you want since there are several in the market. For instance, do you want an electric rice maker or one that is heated externally? You also need to consider the capacity of food you need the cooker to cook at a go. It would be unfortunate if you will have to use your cooker twice to get enough for your family.

You also need to consider where you are going to store the item. Does your kitchen have enough room for use and storage of the appliance? It is also important to consider the ease of use. Do not buy an appliance that you will always struggle to use or you will always have to refer to the manual when using. You also need to consider how easy the appliance is to wash. Kitchen ware needs constant cleaning and the easier the item is to clean the better.

You also need to consider the price of the appliance. You need to shop for an item that is within your budget. While looking at the price you also need to consider the durability of the appliance and the warranty conditions, if any.

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Nursing Schools worth Going for

LPNNursing school may be tough but in the end it will be worth it for you and your family. You will be able to provide for your family and build a future for them. You will spend long hours in school and long hours at work. But if you are truly devoted to your craft you will focus on keeping it going strong. Even though nursing school can be a struggle for some, many excel in it. Keep reading to learn more about nursing school and the opportunities that await you.

Benefits of Nursing School & Becoming a Nurse

LPN’s are able to enter into professional careers much faster than people who choose many other job paths. Many facilities offer tuition reimbursement for LPN’s who want to further their careers. A good salary may be earned while obtaining more education.

Many health care employers offer well rounded, substantial, benefit packages which LPN’s may take advantage of. Most facilities and agencies offer health, and life insurance. Some offer short and long term disability packages. Paid sick leave, vacation time, and personal leave is offered by most health care employers. Some employers offer discounted gym and day care facility opportunities. Employers may offer discounts for community services, uniforms, and retirement plans. The dollar amount of a benefit package may add thousands of dollars to a compensation plan for LPN’s.

LPN’s are able to choose work schedules which meet their needs. When my children were little, I worked the night shift so that I could be home and available when the children got home from school. Few careers offer the flexibility to work part time and per diem. Nursing is one of the few professions which consistently offer benefits packages to part time employees.

Being nurses, we may choose to work in a great variety of settings. Some of us provide home health care. Others work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, or extended care facilities. We work with people of all ages. Our tasks vary greatly as well. We may focus on disease prevention and health care promotion, or rehabilitation. We are fortunate to have so many career options. If we tire of one type of nursing, we have the opportunity to choose vastly different opportunities to explore.

Conclusion

The benefits of nursing are much more than the personal, strictly job related career benefits. We are privileged people who have the opportunity to comfort people; whether their distress is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. As nurses, we share humanity’s most intimate moments. It may be in the form of assisting young parents to care with a child with special health needs, or participating in a bedside vigil with the family of a dying patient.

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The Time and Cost of a Rewarding Career

nursing (2)If you want to become a nurse practitioner you are going to have to work long hours for your degree and for your career. While the cost may seem overwhelming, there is a lot of financial aid available for students who are interested in nursing. Pursuing a career is never easy, especially with a career such as nursing. That is why you need to be aware of ahead of time of the challenges and perks that lie ahead. Learn more about how to become a nurse practitioner.

Nurse Practitioner

In order to become a nurse practitioner you must first obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Students on a path to becoming a nurse practitioner will need to earn a bachelor’s degree to qualify for necessary graduate study. Completion of a bachelor’s degree program prepares students to meet state requirements for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Common areas studied in undergraduate nursing programs include pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, pediatric nursing and community health. In the clinical experience part of the program, students will have the opportunity to practice skills learned in the classroom under the guidance of their instructor.

You must then become a registered nurse. Every state requires a practicing nurse to first pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Additional licensing and registration requirements, which typically include background checks and fingerprinting may be required at the state level. Before candidates can pursue a graduate degree or advanced nursing licensure, an RN license is required.

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in becoming nurse practitioners can qualify for the position by earning a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Many nurse practitioners specialize in a specific area of medicine, such as pediatrics or family medicine during their graduate study. These programs typically take 2 to 3 years to complete and require students to take courses, seminars and lectures in addition to completing a clinical residency. Common courses may include healthcare management, pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology.

Most states require additional licensure to work as an advanced practice nurse. Advanced practice nurses operate in one of four roles: nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife or clinical nurse specialist. Licensing is regulated by individual states, and requirements vary. However, all NPs must first be licensed RNs with a master’s degree in one of the four advanced practice specialties. Some states mandate extra exams and professional experience. Many states require continuing education classes or maintenance of a national certification to renew a license.

Conclusion

Becoming a nurse practitioner will not be easy and you have many steps to take to get there. Take your time so you do not stumble along the way.

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Finding the Best Nursing Shoes

Nursing Shoes 2If you want to find a comfortable pair of shoes then you are not alone. Most nurses are on their feet more than 90% of the day and have aching backs by the time they go home at the end of a shift. If you want to find a really good pair of shoes then you need to keep in mind some of the factors that make a great shoe. Running shoes are a great option for nurses as they provide support and comfort even while they are on the go. There are a number of reasons why it is important for nurses to have good shoes.

Benefits of Good Shoes

Tripping and slip hazards are an unfortunate part of the health care workplace. Bathrooms, kitchens, sinks and patient related accidents can create hazardous conditions for the unwary. What does this have to do with comfort? A good nursing shoe can leave you confident and comfortable when these potentially dangerous situations arise. Innovations like rubber inserts and slip-resistant rubber bottoms mean that, whilst it’s good to always be cautious, you have extra protection from slipping or tripping. It’s vital that a nurse feels comfortable with her level of safety as she moves about her workplace.

Be Comfortable at Work

One aspect of being comfortable at work is how you look and feel within yourself. The right nurse shoes can make you look the part, match in with your uniform or scrubs and increase your confidence as a professional. Although a more superficial aspect of comfort, feeling comfortable in shoes where appearance can put that extra little skip in your step.

Find a Good Pair of Shoes

As a nurse it is important to be aware of your comfort. The old saying, “you can only help others, if you are ok yourself”, applies in this industry. When dealing with people with special needs the last thing you need is to be distracted by the discomfort and pain resulting from bad footwear. The solution? Find a shoe that is right for you. Make an investment in your health and wellbeing by selecting the appropriate footwear for yourself and your job.

Conclusion

Comfortable nursing footwear can be a large contributing factor in the well-being of such health care workers. It is important that nurses grasp the full importance of a good nursing shoe. We would like to present to you some crucial factors to consider regarding comfortable footwear. If you are going to be a nurse, it is absolutely essential you have a good pair.

No one should have to stand on their feet all day with no relief. Invest in a good pair of shoes for your job and your body and mind will thank you for it later. Think of it as an investment for your health.

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Exploring the N-Factor

Nursing_banIt can be very stressful when you first start nursing school or when you first decide to become a nurse. If you are looking to become a nurse you already know how much it can cost. Depending on the school or program you plan to pursue, it could cost a pretty penny. The good news is that not all programs are expensive and the ones that are typically have in-depth financial aid and scholarship options for all of their students. It may take a lot of time and hard work but once you are able to become a licensed practical nurse then you will be able to pay back those student loans with no problem.

Licensed Practical Nursing

If you want to become a licensed practical nurse then you must first finish a program which is approved by your state and takes about 12-18 months to finish. Licensed Practical Nurses are typically referred to as LPNS and provide basic nursing care for their patients. They typically work under doctors and registered nurses.

LPNs are currently in high demand and are only supposed to be more so in the next ten years or more. An LPN’s salary is typically around $41,000 a year based upon experience. As the field continues to grow, many people are jumping to obtain their degree to get their feet in the door in the nursing field.

If you want to become an LPN it only takes about a year but if you want to pursue other degrees it could take much longer. If you plan on becoming a registered nurse at some point in your career then that will take about four years to complete. Most nurses’ make becoming an LPN their official starting point before they become nurses. This is a great way for students to get their feet wet and experience what it is like to work in hospitals and clinics.

Licensed practical nurses typically work in nursing care facilities, home health care services, medical or surgical hospitals, and in doctor’s offices. 25% of the nation’s LPNs currently work in hospitals while 28% work in nursing care facilities. In the next ten years the need for licensed practical nurses is expected to grow by at least 21%. This is due to the increase in the elderly population which creates the consistent need for high quality LPNs.

Conclusion

Regardless of what you have to pay for school, if you become a nurse, it is worth it in the long run. You will have the opportunity to help others and become highly skilled and trained so you can then move on to bigger and better career opportunities. You have the potential to make a great income while also healing people back to health.

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