Monthly Archives: December 2017

Get Rid of Bad Foods and Drinks

Being overweight is truly disturbing, especially if we are highly preoccupied with the way we look. It can stop us from fitting into the clothes we like, and make us feel bad and unattractive. Even worse, having more weight than we normally should have can affect our health. That is why, for the sake of our looks and health, we should take care of our eating and drinking habits and change our life style. We will notice the difference after a while and realize all the effort is worth it.

I say effort because it is never easy to follow a diet, work out every day, and stick to the plan. Probably the hardest part of all it is giving up all the food and beverage we are used to. The problem is that some of the food and drinks we really like are harmful to us. Junk food is on top of most people’s preferences, but it is also responsible of them gaining a lot of weight in a short time, that is why, it is the first thing we need to give up when we start a diet. It will be hard to walk on the street and notice people eating a burger when we know we are not allowed to, but we must remember that a strong motivation is the key to success. Along with the harmful food there are the harmful drinks that enlarge our stomach and help the fat deposit in our body. Soda is the first beverage we need to eliminate from our daily routine. Not only it is completely unnatural, but it also contains a lot of sugar and most of the times it has more calories than a healthy meal. It is a well-known fact that soda enlarges our stomach, which is another thing to be concerned about.

Scientist have proven through several studies made on human organism that it is better to replace soda with water, which is easier to eliminate and it won’t be responsible for enlarging stomach either. That is why, in order to take care of both our health and looks, it is best we get rid of soda.

Food and Drink

Food and drink have become a major part of most people’s lives, in particular their social lives. In fact the phrase ‘food and drink’ produces over 89 million hits on the Google website. Excessiveness in either is of course unhealthy, but perhaps this is one of the reasons why people see good food or good wine as something special, something to treat themselves with.

Guides to good food, wine and restaurants have become big business. Egon Ronay’s ‘Guide to the Best Restaurants and Gastropubs in the UK’ which provides detailed reviews of over 500 restaurants and gastropubs has sold over 2 million copies. Its simple to compare style of awarding up to three stars to each restaurant is clearly a hit with readers.

‘The Good Food Guide’ edited by Elizabeth Carter sells itself as Britain’s leading restaurant guide and is currently in it 56th edition, detailing over 1,500 eateries from gastropubs to high end dining.

Fine wine guides are also a big seller, with books such as Clarke’s ‘Fine Wine Guide: A Connoisseur’s Bible’ and Johnson-Bell’s ‘Good Food, Fine Wine: A Practical Guide to Finding the Perfect Match’ both readily available on the internet it is clear that there is a high demand for such guides.

This is not surprising as the United Kingdom is the second largest importer of wine in the world. Wine sales in the UK increased 25% between 2001 and 2005. In 2004 the estimated wine consumption was 1.2 billion litres. In particular there has been an increase in the consumption of so-called New World wines, for example those from Australia or the USA instead of traditional producers such as France. California now produces 2 billion litres of wine every year, making it the fourth biggest producer behind Italy, France and Spain. In 2004, New World wines accounted for over 55% of total consumption in the UK.

Exports of Australian wines have more than quadrupled in the last decade to reach nearly 800 million litres in 2006, 22% of which went onto the UK market, approximately 176 million litres.

Exports of New Zealand wines to the UK alone have increased from 8.1 million litres in 1997 to 21.9 million litres in 2006.

One factor in the explanation of this is an increase in the availability of fine wine in many supermarkets. Some figures place two-thirds of UK wines sales in supermarkets. Increased demand and competition between large chain supermarkets have increased the variety of wines and producers and made them more accessible to the general public.

A recent report by Vinexpo has predicted that the UK will become Europe’s biggest market for wine by 2010. The report which examined the worlds wine producers and consumers also predicted that by 2010 the UK wine sales would be worth £5.5 billion, despite the fact that the UK paid the highest average price per bottle (£3.11), which is equivalent to 28.5 litres per capita compared to an average of 27 litres between 2001 and 2005.

The report also showed that between 2001 and 2005 Australia had overtaken France as the UK’s biggest supplier with imports rising 51%. Imports from countries such as the USA and South Africa have also risen during this period which highlights the trend toward New World wines.

Celebrating the Olympics With Chinese Tea, Chinese Food

The summer 2008 Olympics are quickly drawing near. The events are scheduled to take place in Beijing, China, and begin on August 8, 2008 (08-08-08). The preparations in China have been underway for at least the last six years; the hopes before they clinched the bid in 2001 going back even further. Now that the time is almost here, people all over the world are gearing up for the spectacular. The Chinese national drink, tea is at the center of preparations.

With the recent Sichuan earthquake occurring less than three months before the start of the Opening Ceremonies, many are wondering how it will impact the games. For starters, Beijing is approximately 960 miles northeast of Sichuan, the province where the epicenter of the May 12 quake occurred. Though tremors were felt in Beijing, there was no structural impact that will affect the games. The emotional impact is certain to make its presence known, but there’s also a good chance of this being a healing event.

With final Beijing preparations occurring still, China’s Vice President Xi Jinping recently reassured his nation, as well as the world, that equal attention will be paid to both the Sichuan earthquake relief and finishing everything in time for 8-8-08. The world will be converging on China at a time when it will need its support emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

Even if you cannot attend the games in person, there are numerous ways to keep the spirit of the games alive in your own home. Watching the Olympic Games on television is a traditional event for many families, with network coverage showing the most-desired events during primetime viewing hours. Taking from the official theme of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, “One World, One Dream”, there are great ideas for keeping interest and excitement alive in your home clear through until the closing ceremonies on August 24, 2008.

Food and drink concessions are popular complements to any sporting event- baseball games with hotdogs and beer, football games with nachos and beer, Super Bowl parties with, well, everything. Hosting a big party for family friends might be appropriate for the Opening of Closing Ceremonies of the 29th Olympics, but chances are you aren’t going to be able to sustain that level of celebration and gluttony every night! Instead, consider highlighting a different snack, beverage, or food course each night or even once a week. A good place to start is with the national beverage of China, tea!

Worldwide, tea is the second-most consumed drink, behind water. Along with India, China is the world’s greatest producer of tea. While there are four main types of tea–black, green, white, and oolong-oolong is a great tea for everyone in your family. The caffeine in tea is less than half that of coffee, it is said to aid in digestion, and is full of healthful antioxidants. Oolong tea is the smoothest tasting of the four types of tea, lacking the slight bitter of black tea or the grassy taste of green tea. There’s even a slightly fruit-infused flavor that is sure to appeal to people of all ages. For more on tea’s healthful benefits, see the numerous articles listed here: Tea health benefits

Another night, you could focus on a menu of red foods. Red is considered to be a very lucky color in Chinese culture, seen in artwork, traditional clothing, and anywhere luck and fortune are desired or being celebrated. Try incorporating foods with red beans, radishes, seasonal red fruits, or red meats such as spare ribs. In China, there is a strong emphasis on fresh foods. Chinese people rarely use canned or frozen foods when preparing their meals, but that’s not to say you cannot take some short cuts! Check out this link for an online Chinese Microwave Cookbook: Chinese Microwave Cookbook. It may even be fun to get the family involved in planning the menu and preparing the red food feast.

Another way to incorporate Chinese cuisine into your Olympic activities is to focus on a different Chinese region each night. There are said to be eight main regional cuisines: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang. These are sometimes referred to as the Eight Great Traditions. Other times, two additional types of cuisine are included-Beijing and Shanghai-known then as the Ten Great Traditions. Follow this link to a page full of links that go in greater detail on the types of cuisine: Chinese Cuisine.

Even if you have no interest in exploring the different types of Chinese cuisine, recipes, or traditions, there are simple things you can do to bring the spirit of the Beijing Olympics to your family’s meals and snacks. One fun idea that the kids will undoubtedly love is to make all of your food into finger foods! Chinese people once thought using forks and knives at the table were barbaric, so foods were cut into bite-size, ready-to-eat pieces. Another reason for the small portions of foods was that fuel was once very hard to come by. By cutting food into small pieces, the individual pieces were able to cook more quickly, using less cooking fuel or using smaller cooking fires. Another idea is to serve fresh fruit for dessert or for a snack. Again, the emphasis on Chinese culture is to use fresh foods, so pick what is in season. Strawberries, for example, are both red and in-season!

However your family decides to enjoy the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures. Television and cable network coverage will no doubt highlight some of the traditions and experiences of the Chinese people, as well as what visitors are experiencing. Chances are, you’ll see that while Beijing seems worlds away, the Olympic spirit resides in each and every one of us, wherever we may reside.

Good Foods and Drinks When Trying to Conceive – Part 1

Trust me I know…the last thing you want is another diet right now, but what you do want to know what are the good foods and drinks when trying to conceive. It is a very important matter that most women and couples miss out on in their ttc efforts, and it’s one that could have a drastic effect on your natural fertility and ability to easily conceive…or at all for that matter.

This article is only part one of a many part series so please do make sure to look through my other articles and read part 2, as there is much to discuss regarding food and drink during this time, and it can’t all be done in one article.

Let’s start with the most basic and important nutrient of all….

WATER!

Need I say more about the need to drink LOTS of water every day? The startling fact is that most people go around slightly dehydrated much of the time. I thought it was very strange that I had to keep reminding my husband to take a drink of water when we were on long trips…otherwise, he just didn’t think about it! The one good thing about the bottled water craze is that it’s got most of us thinking about putting more water into our bodies. Since evidence has recently come to light that the clear, disposable water bottles have toxic substances that may affect the water inside, just carry an opaque sports bottle with iced water inside. Make sure your loved ones have one, too. Think about it…the inside of our bodies is filled with moving parts that all require water to work well. And what woman isn’t aware of the effect of lack of moisture on the skin?

During pregnancy and lactation, you will need to drink 8 to 12 eight-ounce glasses of liquids every day. Here are a few reasons why water is so very important to us – it provides for transmission of nutrients to cells, balancing acids, holding salts and cushioning the body’s organs. Water contributes 55 – 65% of our adult body weight. The fetus also requires an abundant supply of fluids to develop properly in its prenatal environment.

The amount of water required by the body can vary greatly from person to person, and environment to environment. Pregnancy and lactation, exercise, heat, dry climates and high fiber diets are all factors that increase the body’s hydration requirement. Inadequate water consumption can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, and decreased mental alertness in pregnant women. For the fetus, it can mean inadequate transportation of nutrients, ineffective removal of waste matter, an overly-warm uterine environment, and insufficient fluid in the amniotic sac. As you can see, the effects of dehydration can jeopardize fetal growth and development. In some severely-dehydrated women, premature labor and delivery can occur. So…even though water bottles are being banned in some communities now, the national thirst for bottled water has made us all aware of the need for hydration.

Making the Most of PR in the Food and Drink

The food and drink sector is especially competitive, and an effective PR strategy can give you and your product the edge.

Below are some tips on getting started.

Before you begin…

In order for your consumer PR to have any effect at all, you first need to ensure that your product is in the stores and available for customers to buy – consumer titles won’t even consider promoting your product if it isn’t widely available. Likewise, the more stores you can get your product in to, the more likely you are to get press coverage.

Trade titles

If you have a new product that you want to shout about, this is the place to do it. When your press release is ready, call your chosen magazine. Explain briefly who you are, why you’re calling and what the press release is about, then ask who the best person to send it through to via email would be.

Once you’ve established these contacts, by sure to check in with the journalists regularly – building a relationship can be extremely beneficial as it is more likely to lead to repeat coverage.

Consumer titles

While many consumer titles incorporate some food and drink coverage, opportunities are minimal and highly sought after.

Identify which titles are being read by your target market and focus your attention on these; it’s better to have a considered, targeted campaign applied where it matters than a blanket campaign that ends up being nothing more than a blip on journalists’ radar.

There’s little point in targeting recipe pages as the vast majority of these are written in house; you best bet is ‘Tried and Tested’ and ‘New in store’ slots.
Try and establish a point of contact at each title so that they become familiar with you and your products – you’re more likely to get positive feedback this way.

It’s also worth considering running competitions with consumer titles; guaranteed exposure for a small outlay (i.e. the cost of the prize) shouldn’t be undervalued.

Always be sure you have a plentiful supply of samples that you’re willing to send to journalists so they can review your products; it’s not a good idea to keep them waiting as it could reflect negatively on your business.