Making Goat Cheese in 3 Easy Steps

Goat cheese is super-healthy. Among its benefits, calcium can help in the burning of fat and goat cheese is saturated in calcium.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Pure Reiki Healing Master Course Review- Dispel Solitude From Life

I lost my husband some years ago and dealt with the pangs of solitude and loneliness since then. I have no children and try to spend time with friends and neighbors. My family live in a different city and I visit them once in a while. I am now 58 years and often feel desolate because most of the times I do things alone. A compassionate neighbor understood my predicament and gave me one of the best things to happen in my life after my loving husband- Pure Reiki Healing Master Course by Owen Coleman.

As the good review claim, Pure Reiki Healing Master Course is a comprehensive resource to the Usui system of Reiki- a Japanese healing technique. Reiki means The Universal Life Force. It is not a religion or a cult. It was founded 200 years ago by Dr Mikao Usui. The technique of Reiki is very simple. It involves a hands-on method where you can heal yourself or treat others. There are three levels. The First Degree, The Second Degree and The Master Level. Reiki practitioners not only heal themselves but they can heal others with their touch and presence too. Reiki travels through space and time. It knows no past, present or future boundaries. It works on both the mental and the physical plane. Regular practice brings you mental peace, calmness and bliss.

When I discovered the Review of Pure Reiki Healing Master Course, I took it as a product that would at least, help me pass time. The more I delved into the course modules, the more I began discovering myself. I had given up hope after the death of my beloved husband and was waiting for my days to end. I never liked socializing much after his demise and became a recluse except for some dear friends and family members. My young compassionate neighbor used to drop in for tea sometimes and she was a Reiki practitioner. I never shared my innermost feelings with her but she must have realized something to give me the Pure Reiki Healing Master Course.

After writing this review, I also realized that Reiki is a daily routine in my life. I have completed the course modules and practice daily. I also send Reiki to my loved ones and any person in distress. I helped my neighbor’s cat to recover when it developed a severe infection in the leg. Pure Reiki Healing Master Course is my companion today. There are many claims in this product however I recommend you to first research before applying them. You should never substitute medication with Reiki healing. There is no scientific evidence stating Reiki can heal all diseases. Reiki works for the highest good of the person. It is not a panacea for all ills. This is why when you are using the Pure Reiki Healing Master Course does not treat acute and chronic mental/physical illnesses with it. Professional medical advice should always be taken. Reiki can be used with other healing techniques. It is a safe and natural healing universal force in your life. You can dispel loneliness and solitude. It brings you peace with its divine touch and presence!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

How Hard Water Affects Meal Preparation

In the simplest of terms hard water is water that has a high concentration of certain minerals. About 85% of the USA has hard water to some degree. Unfortunately, hard water can affect meal preparation in a negative way. The easiest way to eliminate hard water is by installing a water softener or other water treatment device used to remove the hard minerals from your water.


It’s Not All Created Equal 
To make matters more difficult hard water can be classified as either temporarily hard or permanently hard. If your water contains soluble carbonates you have water that could be called temporarily hard. However, if your water contains high concentrations of sulfates, chlorides of magnesium or calcium this water is considered permanently hard. The best way to determine what your water contains is by purchasing a home water test kit or sending a sample of your water to a laboratory that specializes in this sort of analysis.

Temporarily Hard Water 
Temporarily hard water is softened when the water is boiled the soluble carbonates are converted to an insoluble, the unwanted ions are suspended in the water and then they will form deposits on the container. These deposits are often called limescale, they can eventually clog pipes or water-using appliances and the deposits will form a buildup on your fixtures or in containers such as your tea pot. A big concern with these deposits is that they can harbor bacteria and can be rather difficult to clean and sanitize.

Permanently Hard Water 
With permanently hard water boiling cannot soften it, the sulfates and chlorides are not affected by the high heat of boiling water. If you analyze your water and find that it contains a high percentage of calcium or magnesium you need to be aware that some changes will have to be enacted when cooking certain foods and preparing certain beverages.

Cooking Fruits and Vegetables in Hard Water
There’s a fine line between having sort of hard water and very hard water. When cooking fruits and vegetables you may notice if you have low to medium amounts of calcium in your water that your fruits and vegetables maintain their firmness, this is caused by the calcium ions forming calcium pectates which are insoluble salts. Unfortunately if you have a high amount of calcium ions in your water you may notice that your fruits and vegetables become extremely tough when cooked. In fact, some people have experienced dried beans or peas that will never rehydrate no matter how long they are soaked or cooked. Benefits and

Disadvantages of Chemically Softened Water
If you decide to install a water softener to chemically soften your hard water you will probably notice a decreased time required to cook your fruits and vegetables. While this may be a benefit you also need to be aware of some disadvantages to cooking with softened water. Traditional water softeners use sodium chloride to soften the water there will be sodium remaining in the softened water that you need to be aware of. The amount of sodium is not a very significant however you may notice that the amount that remains in the water influences the flavor of the foods cooked. You may have to adjust how much salt you add to your meals.

Coffee Lovers Beware 
Another disadvantage to using chemically softened water is that it is said that soft water remains in contact with ground coffee longer which can increase the bitterness and caffeine content of your brewed coffee. If you drink a lot of coffee and bring it on a daily basis you may wish to use tap water that has not been softened or water that has been re-mineralized through the reverse osmosis process.

By combining a water softener with a reverse osmosis filtration system you can get softened water running through your pipes to eliminate limescale buildup and you can get pure, filtered, mineral water through a reverse osmosis tap that you can use for cooking, it really is the best of both worlds.


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Make Luxury Camp Meals with a Portable Water Heater

Most people think of camp cooking as a tedious endeavor. You can avoid this issue and create spectacular camp meals using a portable water heater. These efficient on-demand heaters are just like tankless water heaters that are made for your home only they are rated just for outdoor use. These handy units are great not only for camp cooking but also for getting a wonderfully hot shower in the great outdoors. No longer will you have to be concerned about producing an unsatisfying meal that involves undercooked foods from your camp stove or worse, burned foods from a hot campfire.


You can enjoy instant hot water anywhere. Portable tankless water heaters operate via a standard propane tank, like the kind you use with a gas powered grill. These propane tanks are easy to pick up at any big box retailer or even at gas stations for about $20. These small water heaters can generate about a gallon of hot water each minute. These compact water heaters can produce instantly heated water from about 80 degrees to about 150 degrees. Think of all the advantages to having a demand hot water heating unit: piping hot coffee or hot chocolate, hot water for meal preparation, a hot shower after a hike, the possibilities are endless!

Portable demand water heaters come with everything you need to operate them at a campground, state park, or cabin, including the adapters you will need to connect your propane tank and garden hose and many come with a shower head attachment. They are lightweight, usually under 15 pounds, and the battery-operated ignition is a plus where electricity is not available. Most of these instant hot water units are priced right around $100 so the investment is small compared to the benefits. They also usually come with the great safety feature of having an automatic shut-off after about 20 minutes. Since the hot water heater is ignited by battery this is a great item to have in your home to use in case you have a power outage.

The next time you load up the kids for a weekend camping trip be sure you have a portable tankless water heater to take with you. You will be smiling as you lounge in your camp chair, fresh from a hot shower, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in your hands and a bowl of delicious soup rehydrating by your side.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Free Recipe Book Body by Vi™ Vi-Shape Shakes & Where to Buy Visalus Shakes

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Whole House Water Filters-Do You Need One?

When you buy a new home or are looking to improve your current home, a whole house water filtration is an investment worth considering. Depending on the source of your water, you could have many common chemicals at high levels. If you live in an area where fracking occurs, you may even be at risk of exposure to some serious chemicals. Either way, a whole house water filter is worth considering if you want to protect organic and non-organic compounds from your water.


Remove Fluoride from Your Water
Fluoride has recently come under fire for its potentially dangerous side effects. Did you know that a clear link has been established between fluoride consumption and an increased risk of some types of cancer? Many city water systems have fluoride added to it; remove it with a whole house water filter. The most common filter type used for this is reverse osmosis type.

In addition to fluoride, you will find several other types of non-organic volatile compounds in your water depending upon where you live. To find out the exact contaminants you need to reduce, you can get a copy of your water quality report from your city. If you use well water you will need to order a testing kit or have it tested for you. Some of the most common non-organic compounds found in city water include:

  • Methane
  • Ethane
  • Acetone
  • Sulfur
  • Methyl Acetate
Regardless of the name, there are not any of these that I want in my body and I bet you feel the same.

Eliminate Volatile Organic Compounds
Fluoride is an inorganic compound as opposed to octane, which is an organic volatile compound. If you are looking to remove these types of contaminants from your water supply, you need to use a VOC approved filter system. One of the most common types of systems used to remove VOCs is the activated carbon system. Many people also combine activated carbon and reverse osmosis filters for maximum reduction of chemicals. Here are some common VOCs found in city water:
  • Benzene
  • Bromobenzene
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Chloroform
  • Dichloroethene
Again, I am not chomping at the bit to fill my family full of those compounds and I am sure you feel the same. In order to get the best water filtration system for your needs, you should get a copy of your water report and then consult with a water filtration expert. Maybe you will need a whole house filter and maybe you will only need an under-sink setup, research is the only way to know for sure.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

St. Patrick's Day Desserts

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to figure out what you’ll make for this year’s party. Thankfully, we have a few dessert recipes that are sure to delight your friends and family.

1.) Irish Sugar Cookies

To create the perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat, simply use a shamrock cookie cutter and frost the cooled cookies with green frosting. However, don’t be surprised if your family and friends will love these moist, soft sugar cookies so much that they want you to make them year round!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Instructions:
  • 1.) In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond and vanilla extracts, and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour until well blended. Chill the dough for 8 hours, or overnight.
  • 2.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • 3.) On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/3 at a time to 1/8 inch thickness, refrigerating remaining dough until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 4.) Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light and golden brown. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

2.) Chocolate Lime Dessert

This chocolate lime dessert is the perfect finish to a St. Patrick’s Day meal. The light, airy, mousse-like mixture accents the rich chocolate crust perfectly. Originally published in my favorite cooking magazine, the recipe is now a well-loved family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups crushed chocolate wafers
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Instructions:
  • 1.) In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Refrigerate until partially set, about 1-1/2 hours. In a bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter; press into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Set aside.
  • 2.) Beat gelatin with an electric mixer until foamy. Add the lime and lemon juices. Gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved. While beating, slowly add the milk; mix well. Pour over prepared crust. Refrigerate until set.

3.) Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

These fluffy cheesecake bars are a fun variation of key lime pie. The recipe serves 9, so there will be plenty to go around. If you prefer to make the traditional pie instead, here's a great recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 honey graham crackers, finely crushed (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (4-ounce) package lime-flavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 (16-ounce) container cottage cheese (or 1-3/4 cups)
  • 1 (8-ounce) container cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Fresh key limes or limes, cut in wedges (optional)

 Instructions:

  • 1.) In small bowl combine graham crackers, margarine, and sugar. Press crumb mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart square baking dish. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  •  2.) In large bowl combine gelatin and water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside.
  •  3.) In blender or food processor combine cottage cheese and cream cheese. Cover and blend or process until smooth, stopping several times to scrape down sides. Whisk 1/2 cup of the cottage cheese mixture into the gelatin mixture. Whisk in remaining cottage cheese mixture until smooth. Fold in whipped dessert topping. Spoon filling over chilled crumb mixture.
  •  4.) Cover and refrigerate 8 to 24 hours or until filling is firm. To serve, cut in squares. Top with lime wedges.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Are Health Warning Labels Effective?

These days, many products contain health warning labels, including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and food and drinks. Over time, the number of warning labels we are exposed to continues to increase, as legislators call for more warnings and often turn these calls into laws, often over the protest of industry groups that are expected to implement the warnings on their products. But are these warning labels effective? Should the government continue to implement these warnings, or do they represent a waste of money and resources?

What Is the Purpose of Warning Labels?

Whether you think warning labels are effective or not depends on your perception of their purpose. Essentially, warning labels can have two potential purposes: either to inform decisionmaking or to alter behavior.

Informing decisionmaking is a justification for labeling products that attempts to protect consumers within the context of the free market. The goal is to avoid the promotion or sale of products that are inherently dangerous without informing consumers about the risks. Once informed, consumers are able to make better decisions in the context of the marketplace.

Altering behavior is a justification for labeling products that attempts to protect people from their own bad decisions, and protect society from the aggregate cost of poor decisions among the populace.
As we shall see, whether a particular warning label is effective or not depends on which you think is the proper purpose of warning labels.

Case Study: Alcohol Warning Labels in the US

About two-dozen countries in the world require that alcoholic beverages have a warning label on the container. Of these countries, the largest both in terms of size and in terms of research, is the US. The US introduced warning labels on alcohol in 1989. The warning label is a single standard message:
GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon general, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.
The font type and size of the label is specified, but there is no restriction about the color or location of the label.

In 2006, Health Canada commissioned a summary of research on the effectiveness of US labeling. The majority of research performed on the effectiveness of the labeling has been conducted by industry groups for alcohol manufacturers, and it largely found that there was no effect of the warning labels. Indeed, some supporters of the labels have also come to similar conclusions, although they are more likely to say that the labels were designed to fail.
However, one large study deserves discussion, and it shows that perhaps the campaign was not completely ineffective.

In a multiyear survey of drinkers in the US (which had warning labels) and Canada (which did not), it was found that people in the US were more likely to be aware of the risks of alcohol listed on the labels and to talk about them. There was even some evidence that people were somewhat more likely to take precautions to avoid risky behaviors.
If you believe the goal of warning labels is to inform consumers about risks, but leave them with the ability to decide to engage in risky behaviors, then the type of labels used on alcohol are effective. If you think warning labels should reduce risky behaviors, then this type of label is not effective.

Case Study: Cigarette Labels in Canada

In contrast to alcohol labels, cigarettes and other tobacco products carry health labels in most countries. However, in Canada, these labels are much different from those found in other countries, including the US.
Canadian cigarette labels are known for their graphic images, including the deformed corpse of a baby in an ashtray, cancer sufferers in bed, and a mouth with missing teeth. These labels are designed not just to inform, but to shock, disturb, and affect the decisionmaking of smokers.
And it turns out these labels are highly effective. According to a new study, since they were introduced in 2000, the graphic warning labels have reduced the smoking rate by nearly 20%.
Thus, if the goal is to control behaviors, it seems that graphic warning labels are the right way to go. These labels, by counteracting the lifestyle image that cigarettes and their own labels attempt to portray, can greatly influence decisionmaking among people who adopt products as part of a lifestyle.

Designing New Labels for Effectiveness

If regulators really want to influence consumer behavior, they should learn from these lessons and design warning labels accordingly. For example, the State of California is considering a mandatory warning label for sugary drinks in order to prevent obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay, (though tooth decay is really a secondary concern). However, the current design is very much like the design used in the US for both alcohol and cigarette labels, which have been shown to be relatively ineffective.
If legislators are really serious about reducing obesity due to sugary drinks, they need to consider putting graphic labels on them that will make drink bottles less cool in the hands of kids, teens, and adults who consume them habitually partly as social symbols.

Dr. Matthew B. Candelaria (PhD, U of Kansas 2006) is a freelance writer primarily concerned with health, medicine, and fitness issues. He is also an avid consumer of craft beers, loves their labels, and hopes the US never adopts graphic warnings for alcoholic beverages.