Facebook down? Oh no! How will you ever waste time – er, spend time with friends now? It doesn’t happen often, but when facebook is down for maintenance, regular users need some alternatives. There is no comparable facebook alternative, but here’s some alternative ways to occupy your time. Being upset or stressed or bored isn’t going to make it come back up faster than it already would have. So you may as well have fun instead of complaining.
Make sure you have plenty of fresh herbs on hand. Items like parsley, thyme, oregano and cilantro can spice up your meals without adding fat or sugar to your diet. We recommend using a clear herb keeper placed on the top shelf of the frig. so you can pinch off a few leaves for that whole wheat pasta dinner dish you are making.
So many stars in a row and I’d get a toy. It was then that I began counting the number of swallows that I kept down. Apparently, the compulsive counting of food swallows has faded away over 45+ years, but this is not so with liquids.
Most things, of course, are common sense. Washing hands, disinfecting household surfaces, and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing. Using caution while working with raw meat during Meal Prep on a budget is another common sense rule. But even these common proactive behaviors can be examined a bit closer, as can other preventative measures.
Suppose you need to get work done, but you’re in a funk. First, rate the level of your bad mood on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being “minor,” 10 being “can hardly stand it”). Then ask, “What specifically led to this mood?” Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, or you argued with your boss this morning. Pinpoint the facts of what happened. Then figure out if you’re making up anything about the incident that has very little to do with the facts. For example, “My boss doesn’t like me.” Then ask yourself, “What’s a more rational way of thinking about this?” Now rate your mood again. The number will probably be lower. Then get moving–work your way further out of the funk.
Use the same approach for items in your food cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer. Now it’s time to put everything away in its new designated area. Remember the function of each section of the kitchen, and place the items used ordinarily within them close-by. The things that work together need to be placed in logical places. As an example, store pots, pans, ladles, spatulas and other cookware near the stove while cutting boards, kitchen utensils, carrot peelers and cheese graters should be in the food preparation section. Keep anything potentially hazardous out of reach of small kids while not being used. Things you do not use often can be kept on high shelves.
A rice cooker, food processor, vegetable chopper, hand blender, pressure cooker, and crock pot are all kitchen appliances that make your job easier, and reduce cooking time. Consider investing in one or more of these appliances to aid your meal prep.