Everything We Need to Know About Class Action Settlement

The two most likely outcomes in any class action lawsuit are either the case is dismissed or the parties reach a settlement. Even though a settlement may be worth millions, we can end up with a meager share in the end. We need to consider all the several factors involved in a class action to help our company make the right decision.

 

Here are the essential aspects of class action settlement we need to understand.

 

Class Action Comes With Expectations

Anytime we want to take up a lawsuit, we must be ready to go the long haul as the lead plaintiff. Once we have identified misconduct on the other party, we have to perform our obligations for the case to proceed. One of our duties is to seek class certification of the case.

 

To obtain certification, we have to prove harm or injuries caused by the defendant. The lawsuit must be within the laws of the state. We also have to show that a class action is the best way of resolving the claims for both the plaintiffs and the defendant.

 

The class action must have the right number of class members joining the lawsuit. An ideal number in most cases is around 21 to 40. Even though the law does not restrict the number of members, all the members joining the lawsuit must have a standard set of legal interests and facts on their claims.

 

Class Action Takes Time and Effort

As mentioned earlier, as a class representative, we have a lot of responsibilities to ensure the success of our suit. These duties require time to fulfill. We have to ensure every class member’s interest is taken care of and actively participate in the lawsuit, requiring you to understand and note the progress fully.

 

We can spend less time on the case when we file it after litigation or settling with the defendant. Before we go for the settlement, we have to ensure it measures up to the damage or impact of taking up the class action. In case of inadequate compensation, we can proceed to file an individual lawsuit and invest our time to fulfill our responsibilities.

 

In the end, the time and effort employed on these cases are always rewarded. We also get paid for the courage to challenge the atrocities of the defendant. The courts determine the amount for the compensation but are not guaranteed. We need a lawyer to ensure the courts grant us this reward.

 

Avoiding Litigation Does Not Help Our Bottom Line

There are a lot of negative perceptions that come with entering a legal battle with other businesses. The truth is that by the time we consider taking a lawsuit, we have already weighed the damage and injuries the defendant has implicated through their actions. Go ahead and take the case. It is the best shot of getting the compensation the other class members, and we deserve.

 

Small Business Need to Hire Outside Counsel

Taking up a class action by a small business is tasking. Unlike big companies with in-house counsel, small companies cannot afford such luxury. To help our chances of winning a class suit, we need outside counsel to face off with the defendant’s counsel.

 

An outside lawyer has the experience of how to file suits, collect and provide evidence, and know how to go about winning a case. The only concern is how to pick the best counsel for our case. We need a firm with a record of winning similar cases. Allowing newly established litigation firms to fight out for us is a gamble that can cost us more than what we are trying to recover.

 

Now that we know the four main aspects of a class action settlement, we realize it is a worthwhile venture. Unfortunately, not many enterprises have the time or expertise to notice the need for a class action. That is why we need a competent financial and litigation firm to investigate, lodge a claim and prosecute the case until we win our class action settlement.

 

Competent firms are experts in identifying and analyzing the possible ways we might be losing out. Once they identify the potential class action, they will guide us on what is possible and how to go about the whole filing process.

 

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Tips For Building Muscle on a Keto Diet

There are two main reasons why we opt for a ketogenic or keto diet. One is to lose weight, and two, for general fitness. However, I am guessing you did not know that one can still build muscle while on keto, although the diet restricts the intake of carbs that contribute to muscle growth. I’ll show you how this works.

 

How does Keto Work?

Keto is a high fat, low carb diet. The diet works by reducing your carbs intake, which drives the body to use fats as its primary energy fuel. This is called the ketosis metabolic state. To create a ketone body, I have to reduce my carbs intake to anything lower than 50 grams daily. Since the body still needs energy, it shifts to getting it from fats or a relatively higher protein diet.

 

Keto takes at least two days for the body to adjust, but it can take some people as long as a week. While weight loss is usually our target when participating in such a diet, it is possible to still build muscle. Our bodies may have to initially drop some weight as it adjusts. However, with time muscle building starts to build up.

 

Keto Diet Plus Muscle Building

If we are going to focus on muscle rather than weight loss with keto, we have to consider a few things.

 

What’s our calorie intake?

To build more muscle while avoiding weight loss, I need to take in more calories than I burn. If, say, 15% of my calories get burned with every workout, it means I should be adding the same percentage to my meals. This also means that I keep proper records of our body’s daily calorie needs.

 

While at it, I should not add anything more than 0.5% of our weekly weight to keep me within the same minimum weight limit. The secret here is to strike a balance between too many calories that cause weight gain or fat accumulation and too few calories, which leads to substantial weight loss.

 

Maximizing on a Protein Diet

If I want to have healthier and well-built muscles, I should be thinking about the types of food that will contribute to my desired results. What better food choice if not proteins?

 

Proteins are traditionally known as bodybuilding foods, and this is why we need more of them when focusing on good muscle growth. Adding at least 0.7 to 0.9 grams of proteins daily for every body pound is the perfect score for muscle building. But what about gluconeogenesis?

 

When the body turns proteins into amino acids that lead to high sugar production, a process called gluconeogenesis is created. This can prevent the body from developing ketones. While this is a valid concern, restricting our protein intake to a gram per body pound will keep our bodies in their ketosis states.

 

Increasing Fat intake

Besides paying attention to protein intake, we also need to monitor our fat levels for this diet to work while building our muscles. Fats account for about 9 grams of calories after accounting for proteins and carbs. This means we can get our daily fat requirement by dividing our calorie count by nine after subtracting carbs and protein needs.

 

Whatever math anyone chooses to account for calories needed daily, it should always round back to fats that amount to at least 70% of the diet.

 

What of Carbs?

Now that we are reducing our carbs count, it does not mean we neglect our carb intake entirely. The body still needs a limited amount of the same. However, ketosis demands that we do not go past 50 grams of carbs daily. Better so, we can consume the needed carbs count around our workout time, creating a targeted keto diet.

 

Other Considerations

While what I eat highly contributes to the results I seek, I also need to pay attention to other underlying factors such as the exercise level I participate in. One of the best ways to build and strengthen muscles is through resistance training, which includes: pushups, squats, pullups, and bench presses. Doing a full muscle workout and resistance training twice a week will work the magic.

 

Supplements might help, but they should not be our primary source of needed nutrients. We should also watch out for hidden carbs in the foods we eat and track our daily progress. With all these tips, building muscles while doing keto is achievable.

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Simple Tips on How to Lose Weight While Sitting Down

Weight loss is a problem for many people. It comes with a lot of hard work and sacrifices. Just like you, I did not know this interesting fact that I can lose weight by just sitting. I have read many studies that do not advocate for spending a lot of time sitting. I will not disagree with science since the facts are correct. However, today I will show you scientific tips on how you can lose weight just by sitting down.

 

Turn Down the Heat

Since the human body uses energy to keep warm, I decided to always turn down the thermostat, which forced my body to shiver as a means of producing heat. In the process of trying to keep warm, my body burns more calories and attacks my belly fat stores.

 

Replacing My Chair

Investing in a stability chair is one of the most effective tricks for anyone looking to shed some weight and tone up. Instead of the ordinary desk chair, I began using the stability chair, which strengthened my back, legs, core and helped me shed some calories. Studies have shown that replacing the regular chair with sports balls can help you lose as much as 100 calories daily, which translates to 8.5 pounds for people that work 300 days annually.

 

Drinking Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is not a new concept in weight loss. I chose to adopt this habit after reading a study that showed that a person can lose up to 10 pounds by just drinking the recommended amount of water each day. This is why I always make sure to place a water bottle on my desk when I am working so that I do not have to leave my workstation to find water. This has helped me drink more water over the years.

 

Water is an essential part of human metabolism. Another study also showed that taking two cups of water increased the metabolic rate of the human body by about 30%. This increased metabolism leads to burning more calories.

 

Apart from boosting metabolism, water also enhances weight loss by decreasing my food consumption. In one study, obese people who drank two glasses of water before their meals consumed up to 90% fewer calories than they would have done otherwise. The water fills up most of the space meant to be occupied by food. Sitting for long hours is unavoidable due to my job demands, which is one of the reasons I made water a crucial aspect of my day to help me lose some weight.

 

Setting Healthy Reminders

My weight loss habits have also been motivated by weekly text reminders and motivational emails that remind me of the weekly calorie budget, healthy meals, and snacks that I should follow. These reminders have increased my intake of healthy foods and helped me avoid fast foods because they keep me accountable and remind me of weight loss goals. I also incorporated some congratulatory messages to keep me motivated as I eat healthy.

 

Apart from having the text reminders, I also involved my colleagues in my weight loss journey, and we walked this journey together. They also encourage me to eat healthy when we go out for lunch or dinner.

 

Avoid High Calorie Drinks

It is so tempting to guzzle down that soda, especially on a hot afternoon. The reason why I chose to keep these diet soda temptations at bay was based on a study that showed that adults who drank a soda a day had a 70% increase in weight compared to those that did not drink. Some of the alternatives that I run to anytime I feel the urge for diet soda include black coffee, green tea, and anything else that contains antioxidants that boost fat oxidation.

 

Squeezing in Tiny Tone-Ups

I have also realized along my weight loss journey that even though I spend a lot of time sitting, I do not have to adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, I take some light stretches during the day, which is crucial for relaxing my muscles and burning a few extra calories.

 

If you are the kind of person that spends a lot of time sitting, then I hope the above tips will help you remain healthy as much as they have helped me.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Bank Loans

Bank loans are made to help us in times of financial struggle. It aids us to get through by allowing us to borrow enough money to settle our problems. In business, bank loans are available to be used in purchasing equipment, inventory and to obtain the funds and operation capital of our business expansions. Also, bank loans are regarded as reliable and honored methods to finance our business, either big or small. However, it can’t be gained that easily. Bank loans can be available only if we can guarantee the bank with finance firms with a long track record and substantial collateral. Aside from that, some banks are strict when it comes to their bank loan offers.

Given that, as citizens and probably business owners, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of having bank loans must be well-thought of. In this way, regrets can be avoided in the end, and more success can be met. Below are only some of the top advantages and disadvantages of bank loans in our life both as citizens and business owners. So, let’s start!

Advantages of Bank Loans

 

More Control in the Business

The first advantage of bank loans is that it can give us more control in the business. With bank loans, we can borrow an amount that we can use to improve our business, as well as its capability to provide more services or products to the valued customers. Now, as we already borrowed an amount from a bank, we can control the operation of our business, its plan, and its goals in the future. As we hold the money for these things to happen, we can properly dwell with our business and ensure that it’ll reach success.

Moreover, unlike equity finance, banks do not take business ownership positions. Bank personnel also aren’t allowed to be involved in the business operation, whatever it takes. Thus, the control of the business is still left to us as the owners.

It is only temporary

Next, if we borrowed an amount from a bank through a loan and we finished paying it on time and contract, it’ll literally come to an end. So, bank accounts are temporarily depending on the amount we borrowed, as well as the agreed amount of dividend payments in a certain period. Once we have finished paying our loan, we’ll no longer be obliged to be involved with the bank lenders and the bank itself. With this, we can enjoy running our business more while we earn.

Tax-Deductible Interest 

Lastly, bank loans have tax-deductible interests. Additionally, this is best with fixed-rate loans wherein interest rates are not changing during the loan course. With that, loan service payments will remain the same throughout the loan’s entire effectiveness. Also, with these, it can be easier for us to plan and budget our monthly loan payments. With the additional help from a spreadsheet for computing our future payments in the business, our business life can be managed easily and effectively.

Enough with the advantages, let us now proceed to the disadvantages of bank loans.

Disadvantages of Bank Loans

 

Tough to Qualify

The top and greatest disadvantage that we can possibly encounter with bank loans are that it is tough to qualify. Here, it will be hard for us and our business unless there is a valuable collateral or a substantial track record such as real estate. This is because banks are being careful when it comes to their clients. They see to it that the clients have the capability to pay loans and to ensure that there will be no losses or defaults. Moreover, business borrowers will be required to provide personal guarantees wherein assets are seized when failure or being unable to pay the loans came to happen.

High-Interest Rates

When it comes to businesses, there can be an increase in terms of the interest rates as well as insufficient bank funding. Often, businesses face this kind of concern, and it isn’t wise to just grab it. High-interest rates in bank loans will never be helpful to fund our business. Instead, it will only make it more difficult for us when paying the loan. So, we better be wise when choosing the bank offering bank loans with interest rates.

 

 

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Signs We’re On Our Way to Becoming Millionaires

Millionaire! Yes, it is a big, mouth-watering word. Who doesn’t want to become one! None, I guessed it right. I have met many people in this world – businessmen, businesswomen, music artists, and athletes – and none of them says no to cash, not even the clergy. That is because money seems to be everything in the world we live in: factual! Now that all of us want to become millionaires, what signs should we watch out for? Of course, not all of us can be millionaires; it is simply not possible. For those of us who are “called and chosen” (join me in being a Christian here) to be millionaires, here are the signs that we are on the right track to making this big dream come true.

 

We Have a Sixth Sense: the Power of Saving

All of us know that we cannot become millionaires without the power of saving; I mean saving money. Dreaming to become one without saving to achieve the goal is akin to chasing a mirage. It doesn’t matter the amount of income we get, whether it is mega or meager, saving a part of it is essential to building a bankroll, which will eventually see us become millionaires. Knowing how much we should save from our income to get to the mark we want is vital here, and it may just be a matter of countdown before we acquire that  huge status. Setting a monthly budget is an excellent way to go about this. From the budget, you can be able to know our recurrent expenditures and see how much we are left with that should go into our savings kitty.

 

We Always Aim Higher

Allow me to call this shooting for the moon. That means we will land among the stars even if we missed the target. To put it simply, if we are aiming to save $100 a month, then we should aim $150, for instance, so that even if we don’t achieve that, we will still land on the minimum mark. Aiming higher motivates us to get down to work.

 

We Start Investing While We Are Still Young

Life is short, and we can’t just afford to wait. Forget  about wanting to start a business at 30; the earlier we start interacting with the business world, the better. If we are diving into investments in our teens, then that is a sign that we are destined to become millionaires. We should not wait until we have started raising families. Remember, a family comes with greater responsibilities, and we may be ”pushed” to start investing instead of being ”pulled”. The former simply means that our financial problems are the driving factor. In such circumstances, we are likely to spend everything we earn, and this is a very bad sign.

 

We Thrive Even in Difficult Circumstances

It doesn’t matter what we are going through, we always see opportunities to make money. During the Covid- 19 pandemic, for instance, there are people who made fortunes out of this situation. I call them Covid millionaires. Guys in my hometown were making masks like nobody’s business, and they were really making a kill out of it. Yes, I mean the ability to see a business opportunity where there seems to be none.

 

We Are Always Creative and Innovative

Are we able to come up with something new that people will like? What about improving on what already exists with an aim of diverting the attention of customers to our business? That is what creativity and innovation mean. If we have these abilities, then nothing should really stand in our way of becoming millionaires.

 

We Know the Difference Between Essentials and Non-essentials

This is where many people make mistakes. Must I eat chicken every other day in my home? Must I drive a car at this point in time? Knowing what is essential and what is not is something that those of us who are destined to become millionaires will want to consider. With a clear plan of where we are heading to in our mind, we should be able to tell the things we need now and those that can wait. Call this delaying gratifications.

 

We’re Risk Takers

We can’t become millionaires if we are not ready to take risks, in terms of investment. In fact, the ability to take risks could be the main difference between a successful entrepreneur and an average business-minded person, who lives from hand to mouth.

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Effective Measures to Reverse Tooth Decay and Prevent Dental Cavity

When I was growing up, my parents would insist, “brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly.” But I never asked why. Today, I understand the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene. At some point, I had to contend with a toothache and I never wish to experience such pain again. Yes, the dentist helped to finally alleviate the pain, which was a wonderful thing. But, whilst I laud the work of people at clinics like svdc.com.au, I would prefer to not go through that again. Allow me to share vital information on the two most common dental issues and how to keep them at bay.

 

About Tooth Decay and Dental Cavities

Tooth decay is an infectious oral disease, caused by certain bacteria that feed on sugars and secrete acids. Eventually, these acids wipe out the enamel, hence creating a cavity. Our mouths harbor hundreds of bacteria, some of which are beneficial. However, particular strains are harmful and responsible for the tooth decay process. When we take oral health for granted, we leave saliva and fluoride at the mercy of bacteria and sugars. A mixture of food debris and acids that have been deposited by bacteria is known as plaque, a sticky and colorless film. Saliva and good minerals from water and toothpaste help to maintain the integrity of a tooth. Contrarily, the plaque attacks the outer surface or the enamel. So, every day, there is a tug of war between restorative minerals in saliva and destructive bacteria. Minerals are constantly being lost and regained.

 

Too much exposure to acids is the main cause of tooth decay. Repeated cycles of attack chip off the enamel and a white spot can form to signify early decay. The good news is that this process can be reversed through enamel repair. Alternatively, we can restore our enamels with proper diets and the use of fluoride toothpaste. Otherwise, when too many minerals are lost, the enamel weakens and forms a cavity. This is permanent damage that requires immediate repair with a filling. If we leave it untreated, it goes on to destroy the next tooth. It gets worse when roots are exposed, and the gum starts to suffer recession.

 

How to protect Teeth from Decay and Cavities

While there are no fail-safe methods to stop tooth decay and cavities, the following practices can reverse their effects and stop cavities from growing deeper.

 

Eating for Dental Health

Regular brushing and flossing are good. But what we eat is more critical to oral hygiene. We should consider teeth-friendly foods e.g. citrus fruits, carrots, fresh vegetables, and fish. Chewing sugar-free treats helps to maintain saliva in our mouth which is needed to flush out the plaque. Let’s avoid sugary cereals, soft drinks, cakes, and chocolates. Sweetened beverages expose our mouths to lesions and dental caries.

 

Fluoride for Teeth

Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are highly recommended to prevent tooth decay and dental fluorosis. We don’t need to wash immediately after meals. Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste aims at restoring the enamel hence reversing the early stages of tooth decay. Often, we rinse our mouths after meals with plain water. We could try a better regimen using fluoride mouthwash and allow it to settle before taking another meal or drinking some fluids.

 

Dental Sealing

It is never too late to save eroded enamel. This is where dental sealants come to the rescue. A predisposed tooth can cause throbbing pain and it requires a qualified dentist to shield it from external elements. Dental sealing entails coating the exposed tooth with a thin film of plastic or other materials. It is especially done to premolars and molars.

 

Ditching Tobacco

Chewing and smoking tobacco-based products predispose our teeth to decay and periodontal diseases. Tobacco is notorious for creating plaque and tartar which interferes with the distribution of saliva throughout the mouth. Cigarettes can irritate our gums and denature them around our teeth. The point of weakness is where bacteria find their way into connective tissues. Moreover, smoking compromises the immune system so the body struggles to fight gum infections.

 

Most cavities start small and take a while to develop. We must not delay treatment because these problems don’t just disappear. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning are fundamental to reversing tooth decay.

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Ways To Be More Sustainable With Fashion

While we often think about flying, eating meat, and using disposables as some of the biggest offenders of climate damage, the fashion industry is actually one of the biggest contributors. Your fashion has a pretty substantial carbon footprint, believe it or not, so here are some of my top tips for staying fashionable but remaining sustainable.

Avoid fast fashion

Paying a proper price for your fashion items, be it by choosing to skip the cheap wristwear and buying an expensive watch, or other fashion items, means it more likely came from an ethical source. “Fast fashion” is clothing that is made very very cheaply, from low-quality materials, by people who are underpaid and overworked. It is sold quickly and in great quantities to keep up with the latest trends on the catwalk. Although it may seem like buying a dress for $10 is a good deal, it is very harmful to the environment, not to mention the people working in the sweatshops to produce it. Though it can be difficult to avoid fast fashion if money is tight and you are looking to save money. You could look into websites like Raise which can find discounts for better clothing and help you avoid fast fashion.

Take care of your clothes

It’s not just about buying fewer or more responsibly sourced clothes, but taking care of them too. Follow the washing instructions so that you can get the best possible wear out of them.

Wash the eco-friendly way

As well as taking care of your clothes, you can do it in an eco-friendly way. Wash on 30, 40, or cold as much as you can. You can also buy a bag to put everything in that catches the microfibers and plastics that come off your clothes and would otherwise go straight into the ocean. You can then remove them from the bag and put them in the trash. Once it’s done, hang it up to dry on an outside line or an indoor drying rack. Skipping the dryer can also extend the life of your clothes, saves on your energy bills, and reduces your carbon footprint.

Does it spark joy?

Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and go through your wardrobe. With each item, hold it in your hands, really look at it, and ask yourself “does it spark joy?”. In this way, you can be more minimalistic, which is better for the planet. Only buy clothes that you need and will wear often.

Repair

Sometimes you get holes in clothes, it happens. It’s no reason to throw them out. Grab a needle and thread and sew them, or take them to a tailor who can mend them professionally for a more complicated tear. You may think it’s not worth the money, but is it worth adding to landfill otherwise?

Upcycle your clothes

Okay, so sometimes clothes really are past their best. I know I had several pairs of pajamas and leggings that almost turned to dust after I sewed them up three times in the same place. My favorite use for them is as rags or produce bags. Pajamas with a drawstring waist make for the perfect produce bags, and the rest can be cut up and used as cleaning rags. I also like to cut old cotton clothing into squares and hem the edges to make handkerchiefs, or even re-usable ‘un’paper towels. Alternatively you can look at buying upcycled apparel if your sewing capabilities aren’t quite up to scratch!

Buy second hand

One of my environmental resolutions was to buy all my clothing second hand (okay, maybe not underwear). You’d be surprised at the things you can find in thrift stores online and offline. The Salvation Army, Good Will, Vinted, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, ThredUp, Craigslist, and good ole local consignment stores and church thrift stores. There are some real goodies among the racks, and for such bargain prices!

Buy ethically

Sometimes buying secondhand isn’t always viable, or maybe you just can’t find what you want. There are lots of ethical stores online, although the clothing here is much more expensive, and not accessible to everyone. Hopefully in time, the more people that buy ethically, the more the price will come down! These items are often made from recycled materials like plastic, or from responsibly sourced materials made by workers that are properly paid.

Sell and donate

Instead of letting your closet fill up with stuff you don’t wear or has gone out of fashion, regularly go through Marie Kondo style. Anything you don’t need anymore, sell online on places such as Vinted or ThredUp, or simply donate to a charity store like Goodwill.

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Ways on How Our Diet Affects Skin

Maintaining glowing and spotless skin takes more than proper hydration and regular visit to dermatologists. While some skin conditions like acne may occur due to health complications, most skin disorders can be prevented through diet change. What we take affects how our skin looks. Embarking on a healthy diet will nourish our skin, prevent common skin cancers, and make it look clear.

This article details different roles that proper diet plays on our skins and the best foods for skin nourishment.

Breakouts and Pimples

Adolescents and a few adults are affected by acne and pimples as a result of hormonal changes, and many of these people have decided that shopping for lotion that can help with acne and pimples is in their best interest. With that being said, different foods such as French fries, chocolate, and pizza are believed to be major contributors to pimples. Diets with a large percentage of carbohydrates promote chronic and mild inflammations in our bodies. Therefore, it’s vital to minimize the intake of foods that fall in this category.

Wrinkles, Sun Damage, and Fine Lines

The elastin, proteins, and collagen available on our skin surface determine its elasticity and texture. Any damage occurring to the skin proteins causes the development of wrinkles and fine lines that make us look older even at our young age. Exposing our skins to ultraviolet rays from the sun promotes the formation of reactive molecules known as free radicals. These elements significantly damage the skin elastin and collagen.

How do we prevent these radicals from damaging our skin, yet we spend some hours under direct exposure to the sun? Antioxidant compounds present in fruits and fresh vegetables are useful in safeguarding the skin against UV rays. Low antioxidant levels lead to rough-textured skin, whereas plenty of antioxidants leads to smoother skins. For those struggling with fine lines, squalane oil from Indie Lee (learn here) could be useful in easing these lines. Perhaps it’s worth doing some research into that product to see if it could help you.

Moisturized Skin

Skin loses moisture in different ways, and it needs regular replenishing. Average water intake in a day will enhance our skin texture, keeping it smooth. Moreover, moisturized skin makes us look younger than people of our age look. Take at least three glasses of water each day.

Foods That Promotes Healthy Skins

Here is a breakdown of common food substances that can help us develop healthier skin.

Fatty Fish

Fish contains high protein levels essential for building elastin and collagens. It also has high deposits of Omega 3, crucial fatty acids that reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin. Although all fish types have high omega 3, eating trout and salmon will help us get the fatty acids in abundance. Including fish in our meals at least twice a week will enrich our skins with these essential fatty acids.

The Right Carbohydrate Sources

Carbohydrates are present in various food substances available in our homes. However, not all carbohydrates are good for our skin. Sugar and white carbohydrates should be minimized if we want to maintain glowing skin. We can revert to using carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index.

Vegetables and Colorful Fruits

Carotenoids, essential compounds, are largely found in fruits that are deeply colored. Such fruits have high contents of vitamin A, vital for skin cell reproduction. Considering that our bodies shed between 30,000 and 40,000 daily, vitamin A and C intake is a must. Vitamin C manufactures collagen and can be found in fruits. Both vitamin C and carotenoids form antioxidants useful for fighting free radicals that cause skin damage.

Walnuts and Sunflower Seeds

Individuals who are naturally vegetarians can still get fatty acids from walnuts or sunflower seeds. They provide omega-3 fatty acids that are unsaturated. However, omega-6 fatty acids in these nuts need the user to minimize the intake since excessive consumption of the nuts can enhance inflammation in skins that have certain conditions. Vitamin and zinc available in sunflower seeds are also useful in the protection of the skin cells.

Green Tea

Taken as an energizing drink, green tea produces different compounds that enhance skin health. It produces an antioxidant called catechins, important in bolstering blood flow in our skins. With increased blood flow, our skin cells receive nutrients and fresh oxygen in abundance. Regular intake of tea contributes to the following:

  • Less scaling
  • Great elasticity
  • Reduced roughness
  • Sufficient healthful water in our skin
  • Better skin density

Our skin appearance can boost or degrade our morale. With an affected skin, we lack confidence and feel unappreciated by our peers. We don’t need to visit a dermatologist to maintain shiny and soft skins. We can eat the stated food products, drink enough water, and avoid basking for long periods to have young and glowing skin.

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Four Great Pasta Recipes

Some say Italians eat pasta every single day. Is that true or just a false myth? I’ve been living in Italy for many years now, and I can confirm that, basically, it is true: pasta is an essential partner of the Mediterranean diet. And, yes, it is bought and consumed in large quantities. There are at least three reasons behind this: pasta is delicious, easy to cook, and healthy.

 

Today, I’d like to share with you my favorite (and easiest) Italian pasta recipes. I’ll include the basic ingredients and preparation method. As for quantities, take into account that 500 grams of pasta serve about 5 people (4 if an “encore is wanted,” which is very likely!).

 

Amatriciana

One of my favorites, indeed. It’s a recipe that comes from the center of Italy. Tradition says that it was first served in a town called Amatrice, therefore the name. When this town was struck by a terrible earthquake in summer 2016, the beautiful Medieval city center was completely destroyed, and the surrounding areas were devastated. In an attempt to give some relief to the population, restaurants around the world launched a fundraising campaign. If a portion of Amatriciana pasta was ordered, a part of the profit was shared with the charity associations of the Amatrice region.

 

Ingredients: Bucatini (long and thick spaghetti-like pasta that has a hole in the middle), tomato sauce, bacon, olive oil and finely chopped onions, carrots, and celery.

 

Preparation: Fry the finely chopped onions, celery, and onions in olive oil. Then add finely chopped bacon (or pork cheek, if you manage to find it) and the tomato sauce. Add some salt and a pinch of sugar to get rid of the natural sourness of the tomatoes.

 

Cook your pasta al dente, pour it in a large pan, and then add the sauce. Put it back on the stove and stir it until the sauce is well blended with the bucatini. Serve hot.

 

Fried Spaghetti

Did your friends come over to your place after the movies, and you don’t have anything ready to feed them a quick meal? No need to call for a pizza or a Chinese takeaway. Here’s a recipe that’s quick and delicious. I’ve discovered this recipe in an old book of recipes written by stage actors. This one in particular was, apparently, prepared by one famous Italian comedian (Sandra Mondaini) for her friends and crew after the show.

 

Ingredients: Spaghetti, breadcrumbs, olive oil, and garlic.

 

Preparation: Fry some slices of garlic in hot olive oil. Then cook the pasta al dente, drain it well and then pour it into the pan with the oil and the garlic. Turn the stove back on and stir gently while adding generous pinches of breadcrumbs to the spaghetti. The aim is to create some sort of “golden crust” on the spaghetti. Once the pasta starts to thicken, turn the stove off and serve straight away – better with a glass of sparkling wine, to add a touch of party-like atmosphere.

 

Butter Pasta

This recipe is one of my kids favorite. Plus, it is extremely fast and easy to prepare. I always cook butter pasta when I didn’t have time to prepare anything else, and it’s still a success!

 

Ingredients: Short pasta (penne or rigatoni), butter, nutmeg, Parmesan cheese.

 

Preparation: Cook the pasta al dente and then drain it, saving some of the cooking water in a cup. Add about 50 grams of butter for each 400 grams of pasta and stir vigorously until the butter is completely melted. Add 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, pour some of the cooking water directly on the cheese, and keep stirring. Serve hot, adding more grated Parmesan cheese on top and a pinch of ground nutmeg for added flavor and spice.

 

Risotto-Style Pasta with Chicken Broth

I’ve learned this recipe from a friend of mine, and it’s soon become one of my family’s favorites. It’s perfect for warming you up during cold winter days, and it’s so delicious. Plus, it is an unusual way to cook the pasta, with the same technique used for the risotto recipes.

 

Ingredients: Pasta (large penne rigate are best for this recipe), chicken broth, butter, and Parmesan cheese.

 

Preparation: In a large pan, pour some olive oil and the raw pasta straight from the bag. Add the chicken broth until the pasta is completely covered. Turn on the stove and stir occasionally. Wait until the pasta is cooked and the broth has thickened into a sauce-like texture. Add some butter and keep on stirring for a couple of minutes. Serve hot, adding grated Parmesan cheese on top.

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The Hardest Recipes to Try Out

When most people read my cookery pieces, they think I’m perfect at it. Some of the readers I have interacted with think I could go toe to toe with the world’s best chefs. But I’m just a normal person who loves cooking and trying out new recipes. I have previously tried out some recipes, and I ended up either failing spectacularly or hating them completely. I have vowed never to try any of these recipes ever again, but some I will definitely try until I’m completely perfect. The following are some of the main recipes that I have tried, and I got miserably frustrated. Some of these I have also heard other reviewers complaining about.

 

Croissants

They might seem simple to make like any other pastry-like biscuits or bread made with dough, but they are not. Croissants are made with laminated dough, which basically involves kneading yeasted dough. After kneading the dough, I left the dough to rest and rise for an hour as per the instructions. After an hour, I rolled it out and rolled it over some butter that I had previously beaten and chilled. I ensured to chill and roll over and over about three times as instructed on the recipe until the dough was ready.

 

After the dough was ready, I cut and shaped it in a crescent shape, mostly the shape of croissants. This whole process really tested my patience, and it consumed a lot of my time during the whole preparation. After I baked it in the oven, the results were really disappointing. At first glance, the crescent shape I had carefully tried to form did not even hold up, everything got smudged, and the croissant looked like a big bug. However, the taste was somewhere near a croissant but not completely. I will definitely try the recipe again because it was not a total loss; I only need to hack the shape.

 

A Whole Roasted Duck

The recipe for this was so easy, but the results were annoyingly terrible. I know it would take longer even before I started, but I was determined anyway. I started by marinating the bird fully and leaving it to marinate in the refrigerator. That was the easy part. The cooking part was not a hot mess. After placing it in the oven, the duck was to roast slowly for several hours, and I’m used to it.

 

However, the issue came in when I was supposed to continuously monitor the duck and remove excess fat from the bottom pan, which would often accumulate. I also had to turn the duck to ensure it cooks evenly and continuously. After all this process, I was still supposed to carve the duck and serve it only to find out the meat turned out to be overly tough and stringy. I later learned it was from overcooking. This is one of the recipes that really disappointed me, and I vowed not to try it ever again.

 

Jam

Preserving fruits in the form of jam is a great idea, right? I washed my fruits, diced them, and crushed some of them as instructed on the recipes I found online. I later put the fruits in a cooking pan and simmered them after adding sugar for a few minutes. I continuously added pectin until they formed a thick nice jell as the recipe instructed. I had previously prepared the storage containers and thoroughly sterilized them according to the instructions on the recipe.

 

After the jell cooled and I was ready to can the jam, I was so disappointed. The jelly had become a slimy runny mess, and I had to pour everything out. I don’t know what happened or where I went wrong, but I don’t think I will waste more of my fruits trying to make jam again.

 

The many recipes I have given a try have taught me a lot, and I would also like to hear from you. You can try to hack the above recipes that I have tried and failed, then let me know your experiences and the lessons you will draw from trying them out. You can also share ideas and the secrets you used that helped you succeed in the attempts we made on the recipes. Give us the substitute you used, and if you have tried the recipes previously, please share your experiences.

 

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