Mexican Fan Palms All about Mexican fan palms Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 High School Wrestling: Diet and Weight Loss Options Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:30:25 +0000 As wrestling season draws near, wrestlers begin to contemplate the weight class in which they may wrestle. Wrestlers often believe that they will be more competitive at the lowest weight they can reach without sacrificing their strength and endurance. This isn’t always the case. Too often, wrestlers end up dehydrated. They end up starving themselves and their performance suffers greatly.

If you’re looking for an article on cutting weight, this isn’t it. If you’re the kind of wrestler who can lose ten pounds in wrestling practice, this article may not interest you either. I could never sweat off a lot of weight, so I was always more interested in manipulating my diet to lose weight. There are, of course, a myriad of diets to choose from. I simply want to discuss ten diets of which I am familiar. Maybe one of them will interest you and you can research it further. Let’s explore.

1. Low Carb/High Protein Diet

The Atkins Diet is probably the most famous low carb diet. So, what exactly is a low carb diet? A low carb diet limits carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, cereals, grains, potatoes and other starchy vegetables, fruit, and sometimes even milk.

The theory is that carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels which in turn raise insulin levels. Spiking insulin levels is considered bad because the idea is that insulin tells the body to store carbohydrates as body fat and prevents the body from accessing body fat as a fuel source. Supposedly, if you follow a low carb diet plan you can lose excess body fat without having to drastically limit your food intake.

Some low carb diets focus on limiting carbohydrates while increasing one’s intake of fat and protein.

Some low carb diets focus more on the glycemic index. The glycemic index essentially measures how much a given food raises one’s blood sugar levels. For instance, white rice may have a glycemic index of 58 while broccoli may only have a glycemic index of 15. White bread may have a glycemic index as high as 71. The idea is that a diet composed of low glycemic foods will lead to lower insulin levels which in turn may help one lose weight.

Patrick Holford takes the glycemic index one step further and uses a concept called the glycemic load. The glycemic load takes into account the glycemic index as well as the total carbs in a given amount of food. For instance, a bowl of steel-cut oats (1 oz.) has 2 GL while a bowl of corn flakes has 21 GL. In addition, half an apple has 3 GL while a banana has 12 GL. That is quite a difference. Holford is a big fan of oats. He claims in his book The Holford Low GL Diet, “There are specific foods and food combinations that cause rapid weight loss.” He claims that you will never feel hungry on his diet. You limit the number of GLs you eat in a day and you combine carbs and protein at each meal.

Tim Ferriss champions a diet he refers to as the Slow-Carb Diet. On this regimen one avoids carbohydrates like bread, pasta, cereals, grains, potatoes, etc. Then simply choose one protein, one legume, and one vegetable for each meal. For example, breakfast might be scrambled eggs, black beans, and mixed vegetables. Lunch might be beef, pinto beans, and mixed vegetables. And, dinner might be chicken breast, lentils, and asparagus. Eat as much as you want at each meal and eat up to six times a day. But, always avoid carbs and dairy products and always include a protein, legume, and vegetable.

Some low carb diet books include Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, Protein Power, The Zone Diet, The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Greenwich Diet, The No-Grain Diet, and Sugar Busters.

I suppose the main attraction of low carb diets is that one can burn fat and spare muscle while not having to restrict the amount one eats drastically. On the other hand, low carb diets can make one fatigued and irritable until one gets used to the low carb regimen. Keep in mind that there are several different versions of low carb diets.

2. Paleolithic Diet (Paleo Diet)

The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet seeks to replicate what humans ate during the Paleolithic Era. This diet may also be referred to as the Stone Age Diet, Cave Man Diet, or Hunter-Gatherer Diet. The Paleo diet is purported to promote weight loss as well as provide high fiber, protein, and omega-3 fats.

Foods You Can Eat:

  • Lean Meat (skinless chicken breast, turkey, cuts of lean beef like sirloin and extra-lean hamburger, cuts of lean pork, seafood)
  • Eggs
  • Fruits including berries
  • Vegetables including root vegetables like carrots
  • Nuts such as walnuts, macadamia, almonds, pecans, and pistachios
  • Seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds
  • Olive oil, flaxseed oil, nut oils, fish oil, canola oil, and avocado

Foods To Avoid:

  • Grains
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Cereals
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Beans
  • Dairy Products

The Paleo diet may seem similar to the low carb diet and it is in some ways. For instance, it doesn’t allow grain products. However, the Paleo Diet does allow fruits. In addition, it makes a distinction between lean meat and fatty meat which I think is beneficial. Moreover, cheese can be eaten on a low carb diet but dairy is not allowed on the Paleo Diet because it would not have been a food consumed during the Paleolithic era.

I like the Paleo Diet because it provides fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

3. Anabolic Diet

The Anabolic Diet was developed by Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale. He developed this diet primarily for bodybuilders looking for an alternative to steroids and other drugs. He states, “The Anabolic Diet maximizes the production and utilization of the Big 3 growth producers – testosterone, growth hormone, and insulin – and does it naturally. It also shifts the body’s metabolism from that of a sugar burning, fat producing machine to that of a fat burning machine.” The Anabolic Diet is a high fat/high protein/low carb diet with a twist. The Anabolic Diet employs a method called carb cycling. For example, you eat a high fat/high protein/low carb diet for five days followed by a high carb diet for two days.

A more generic term for this diet would be cyclic ketogenic diet or simply carb cycling. The idea is that you must eat fat to burn fat. You can find specific guidelines about what to eat on low carb versus high carb days online.

So, it’s not as strict as a low carb diet because you can carb up for a day or two. You still need to watch the total amount of calories that you consume because you’re not a bodybuilder trying to gain weight, you’re a wrestler trying to stay lean or even lose weight.

I’ve never tried this diet before and have no idea how it would work for a wrestler. I suppose, in theory, that one could eat low carb during the week and carb up on Saturday when tournaments are usually held. On the other hand, eating a lot of fat seems like a strange idea to most of us. If this diet interests you, I would suggest doing an internet search for anabolic diet or cyclic ketogenic diet to learn more.

4. Intermittent Fasting (IF)

This is a way of eating of that involves cycling periods of fasting (i.e. not eating) and eating. You can fast for 24 hours once or twice a week. The idea is that fasting twice a week reduces the total number of calories one takes in during any given week. For instance, you may have dinner at 6:00 pm one evening and not eat again until 6:00 pm the following evening. If you normally consume three meals a day, then you would simply skip breakfast and lunch two days a week but still have dinner on those days. Sure you might get a bit hungry, but it’s only 24 hours and you’ll only do it about twice a week. You never technically have to go a day without eating. If you eat at 6:00 pm on Monday, you can still eat on Tuesday; you just have to wait until 6:00 pm again. A good book on the subject of IF is Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon.

A somewhat similar fasting routine is called The Warrior Diet created by Ori Hofmekler. On this regimen, you eat one main meal at night and you have the option of eating a small amount of food during the day. You follow this routine every day. You can eat some fruits and vegetables during the day. You can also eat small amounts of lean meats and eggs or a low-carb protein shake. You eat no grains or starches during the day. At your main evening meal, you can consume essentially anything you want but in a certain order. You eat vegetables first, then protein, and then if you’re still hungry you can eat some carbohydrates.

While using the intermittent fasting method, you still want to eat healthy. While you can basically eat what you want when not fasting, you still want to eat fruits and vegetables and healthy sources of protein and carbohydrates. You can eat other foods too (e.g. a dessert) but don’t use your non-fasting period as an excuse to binge on junk food.

5. Body for Life

Bodybuilder and entrepreneur Bill Phillips was the founder of Muscle Media 2000 magazine and later acquired the ESA supplement company. He is perhaps most known for authoring the book Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength. In this book he outlines a workout strategy and dietary strategy to transform one’s body.

The dietary strategy involves eating six small meals a day which is believed to promote stable blood sugar and insulin levels. Small meals are also believed to be easier to digest and assimilate than three larger meals.

What can you eat for each small meal? You can eat a portion of protein and a portion of carbohydrate. You are also encouraged to eat a serving of vegetables with some meals. A portion is about the size of the palm of your hand or your clenched fist. A potato the size of your clenched fist is a portion as is an apple. Two slices of whole wheat bread is a portion. A skinless chicken breast the size of your palm is a portion. You can also use MRP (meal replacement products) shakes and nutrition bars like Myoplex, Met-Rx, Meso-Tech, Muscle Meals, etc. that provide protein, carbs, and other nutrients all in one bar or shake.

Possible Meal Ideas:

  • One omelet and two slices of whole-wheat toast
  • Egg whites and oatmeal
  • Pancakes made with egg whites, oatmeal, protein powder, and fat-free yogurt
  • Combine one portion of low-fat cottage cheese and one portion of fat-free, sugar-free yogurt
  • One serving of chocolate MRP shake
  • Turkey burger on a whole-wheat bun
  • Chicken breast, steamed brown rice, and broccoli
  • Grilled sirloin steak, potato, mixed vegetables
  • One MRP nutrition bar

You are also encouraged to drink 10 glasses of water a day. You can consume one tablespoon of healthy fat a day such as olive, safflower, canola, sunflower, or flax seed oil. You can also consume small amounts of natural peanut butter and avocado.

You are encouraged to take one day off a week and eat whatever you want.

This plan is nice because you don’t have to count calories and you probably won’t get hungry eating six small meals a day. It may be hard to follow if you have a busy schedule.

6. Fit for Life

When Harvey Diamond co-authored Fit for Life, he helped bring the concept of natural hygiene into the mainstream. This way of eating isn’t just about how much you eat but also when and how you eat it. This regimen is based on the principle of proper food combining. The idea is that different foods are broken down differently by the body and therefore should be eaten separately. Harvey Diamond makes a distinction between live foods (high-water-content food like fresh fruits and vegetables) and dead food (e.g. processed foods).

The Guidelines:

  • Fruit is always eaten alone at least two to three hours away from any other food.
  • Never eat more than one concentrated food (i.e. protein or starch) per meal.
  • Never combine starches and proteins (e.g. cereal and milk, bread and cheese, pasta and ground beef, fish and rice).
  • You can combine protein with vegetables or starches and vegetables.
  • Fat (e.g. butter, olive oil) is considered neutral. However, don’t combine fat with protein.
  • Eggs and dairy products are discouraged.
  • Meat is discouraged but should be eaten alone or with vegetables if consumed.

Meal Ideas:

  • Breakfast – Fruit is encouraged because it is the food with the highest water content and is considered to be the best food to consume. So, you could eat two or more oranges or two apples or two bananas or other fruits and fruit combinations. However, if you don’t like fruit you could have scrambled eggs with tomato and broccoli (i.e. protein and vegetables) or toast with butter (i.e. starch and fat). But, do not have eggs and toast or cereal and milk.
  • Lunch – You could have a large vegetable salad with some olive oil and lemon. You could skip the olive oil on your salad and put some pieces of grilled chicken on it. You could have a vegetable salad and some bread sticks. You could have vegetable soup and some bread sticks. Alternatively, you could have avocado slices and other vegetables (e.g. tomatoes) between two slices of whole-grain bread. You could have a large baked potato with butter and vegetables (just be sure to steer clear of bacon bits, cheese, and chili).
  • Dinner – You could have fish (or chicken or beef), vegetables, and a vegetable salad. Or, you could have rice (or couscous or pasta) with vegetables, and a vegetable salad. Or, if you like potatoes, then you could have a big baked potato with butter and vegetables.
  • If you want milk, yogurt, or ice cream then eat it alone at least two or three hours away from other food.
  • If you want fruit for a bedtime snack, then eat it alone at least two or three hours after dinner.

The motivational speaker and self-help guru Tony Robbins is an advocate of food combining. I’ve never tried it before. The good thing is that it focuses a lot on fruit and vegetables. In addition, your calories may be limited (helping with weight loss) when you can’t combine starches and proteins, but at least you can still consume them if you choose.

7. High Carb/Low Fat Diet

Some doctors and nutritionists recommend a high card/low fat diet to lose weight and stay healthy – the exact opposite of the low carb advocates. Some names associated with low fat diets include Walter Kempner, Nathan Pritikin, Dean Ornish, and John McDougall. According to Dr. McDougall, his diet is “a diet of plant foods, including whole grains and whole grain products (such as pasta, tortillas, and whole-grain bread), a wide assortment of vegetables, and fruit.”

The advocates of these diets claim that a person can enjoy unlimited quantities of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains without feeling hungry. These diets contain less fat and more fiber than other diets.

According to Dr. McDougall, “Carbohydrate is the body’s preferred fuel for daily activities and high-intensity exercise performance. Following a low-carbohydrate regime will impair performance.”

A baked potato is only about 160 calories and essentially fat free. An apple is only about 100 calories and also essentially fat free. A slice of whole wheat bread is only about 75 calories and essentially fat free. A bowl of oatmeal is about 165 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber.

In contrast, a 3 oz. patty of 85% lean ground beef (broiled) is about 213 calories and 13 grams of fat. And, a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese is about 510 calories and 26 grams of fat. Moreover, a Snicker’s Bar is about 270 calories and 14 grams of fat.

I’m not sure why everyone is so worried about cereals, potatoes, fruits, and breads. You can eat a lot of those foods for few calories if you don’t add condiments.

Martin Katahn, author of The T-Factor Diet, believes that it is mainly fat in your diet that determines your body fat. He contends that protein and carbohydrate calories don’t really matter that much. So, his approach is to count the fat grams in the food one eats and to keep the number low. He does, however, warn people to steer clear of highly processed fat-free desserts and snacks. Get your carbohydrates from fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. In addition, eat lean meat, chicken, and fish.

8. Satiety Index

The Satiety Index (developed by Susanna Holt, PhD.) measures the extent to which certain foods provide satiety (i.e. fill you up and satisfy your hunger). Certain foods are simply better at filling you up than others.

For the most part, foods that are high in protein, water, and fiber provide the most satiety.

Carbohydrates are also better at producing satiety than fatty foods.

All foods on the index are compared with white bread which is given the rank of 100.

Some Satiety Food Rankings:

  • Croissant – 47%
  • Doughnuts – 68%
  • Yogurt – 88%
  • Corn Flakes – 118%
  • White Rice – 138%
  • Cheese – 146%
  • Eggs – 150%
  • Whole Meal Bread – 157%
  • Beef – 176%
  • Popcorn – 154%
  • Apples – 197%
  • Oranges – 202%
  • Oatmeal – 209%
  • Potatoes, Boiled – 323%

As you can see, potatoes provide a much higher level of satiety than a croissant. Similarly, oatmeal is more satisfying than a doughnut. In addition, eggs are more satisfying than yogurt. Seemingly, a sandwich made with whole meal bread with some lean beef or tuna along with an apple could make a satisfying and filling lunch.

A concept related to satiety is caloric density or energy density. Caloric density is the number of calories in a specific amount of food. Foods high in fat have the highest energy density while foods high in water content have the lowest energy density.

For instance, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, oranges, and apples are very low in caloric density. Some other low caloric density foods include oatmeal, grapes, low-fat cottage cheese, peas, corn on the cob, potatoes, rice, and pasta.

In contrast, foods such as French fries, chocolate cake, pretzels, croissants, doughnuts, onion rings, chocolate chip cookies, bacon, milk chocolate bars, potato chips, and peanuts are much higher in caloric density. Even though pretzels are essentially fat free, they are high in energy density because they lack water and fiber.

Fresh corn (e.g. steamed corn or corn on the cob) has a caloric density of 0.92. However, a corn muffin has a caloric density of 4.14 and corn bread has a caloric density of 4.27. So, choose a big bowl of steamed corn if you’re hungry.

Some low-fat cottage cheese and grapes could make a satisfying and filling meal.

9. Food Exchange System

The food exchange system is a dietary regimen most commonly associated with diabetic individuals. However, the food exchange system can be used by any individual as a guide to help them lose weight. Following this regimen can help one to plan balanced and nutritious meals.

The foods in this system are divided up into categories: starches (e.g. bread, cereals and grains, starchy vegetables, beans and peas), fruits, milk and yogurt, meat and meat substitutes, vegetables, and fats.

You need to know what constitutes a serving size. For instance, a serving of starch could be ¾ cup of ready-to-eat unsweetened cereal, 1 slice of bread, or ½ a bagel. A serving of fruit may be one small apple, banana, or orange. A serving of milk may be 1 cup of fat-free skim milk. A serving of meat may be 1 ounce of meat, poultry, fish, or cheese. A serving of vegetables may be ½ cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of raw vegetables. A serving of fats may be 1 tsp. of butter or 1 tsp. of olive oil. These are just a few of the examples. There are also free foods like 1 tbsp. of fat-free mayonnaise or ¼ cup of salsa. In addition, there are ways of determining exchanges for sweets and combination foods (e.g. casseroles, pizza, and soups).

For a 1,200 Calorie Meal Plan You May Eat:

  • 5 Starches
  • 2 Fruits
  • 2 Milks
  • 5 Meats
  • 3 Vegetables
  • 4 Fats

So, you might have a breakfast that contains 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1 milk, and 1 fat. Then you would divide the remainder of your exchanges amongst lunch, dinner, and possibly snacks. Some people find this easier than counting calories.

A somewhat similar regimen may involve using the original USDA Food Pyramid as a guide for eating. According to Jane Kirby (a registered dietitian) and the American Dietetic Association, one can use the food pyramid to plan a weight-loss diet.

A Possible 1,200 Calorie Meal Plan:

  • 5 Bread group servings
  • 3 Vegetable group servings
  • 2 Fruit group servings
  • 2 Milk group servings
  • 5 ounces total for a day for Meat group (divide up into 2 or 3 servings if you want from lean meats or eggs)

10. Counting Calories

Calorie counting is nothing new.

A Los Angeles physician named Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters published a book entitled Diet and Health, With a Key to the Calories in 1918. She recommended consuming no more than 1,200 calories per day, with somewhat more allowed after one’s goal weight was reached.

Calories in Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat:

  • Carbohydrate = 4 calories per gram
  • Protein = 4 calories per gram
  • Fat = 9 calories per gram

Keep in mind that 3,500 calories = 1 pound of fat. Therefore if you cut 500 calories a day from your diet, you’ll lose approximately one pound a week (7 days x 500 calories = 3,500 calories).

A simple formula for losing weight is to take your current bodyweight times 10 and eat that number of calories daily to lose weight. For example, a wrestler who weighs 150 pounds would eat 1,500 calories daily (150 x 10 = 1,500). To maintain your weight, take your bodyweight times 15. A 125 pound wrestler wishing to maintain his weight would eat 1,875 calories daily (125 x 15 = 1,875).

Calorie counting is becoming popular again. For example, you may have noticed packages of 100-calorie snacks in the supermarket.

You can still find books listing calorie counts for common foods as well as restaurant foods. And, almost every food at the supermarket contains nutrition information including calories.

Calorie counting can be inconvenient. Individuals sometimes get hungry on a calorie-controlled diet. Nonetheless, calorie counting works for many people.

Final Words

The best advice I have to give is to simply wrestle at your natural weight. But, I know that many of will choose not to because you think you’ll be more competitive at a lower weight. Some of you may have to cut weight to reach a certain body weight in order to make the team.

I used to eat a lot of oatmeal and other cereals, whole wheat bread, rice cakes, potatoes, apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, green beans, milk, yogurt, cheese, and lean meat during my high school wrestling career. I counted every calorie and limited my fat intake because that’s what worked for me.

It’s interesting to look back at what I ate. I ate a lot of oatmeal which is low on the glycemic load, low in caloric density (when cooked with water), relatively low in fat, and high on the satiety index. I didn’t know all of that back when I was wrestling. I just knew that oatmeal was low in calories and provided a filling breakfast.

I also ate a lot of apples and green beans. These foods are low in calories and fat, but are high in water content and fiber. In addition, I ate a lot of potatoes which are very high on the satiety index.

You may be different.

Perhaps you’re one of those guys that can lose 5 to 10 pounds of water weight in a practice. Or, perhaps you like meat and, therefore, a low carb diet would suit you better.

Even some of the greatest wrestlers can become disheartened with dieting and cutting weight. Three- time NCAA wrestling champion and Olympic silver medalist Barry Davis cracked once when faced with the strain of cutting weight. He almost missed the Big Ten Tournament in 1982 because of the pressure of cutting weight. Many other great wrestlers have had tough experiences cutting weight as well.

On the other hand, John Smith (two-time Olympic gold medalist and winner of multiple world championships) took a different approach to weight control. He disciplined himself to maintain year-round weight control (according to Wrestling Tough by Mike Chapman). Smith kept near his competition weight throughout the year.

Other wrestlers have had success by working hard and wrestling near their natural body weight and sometimes cutting no weight whatsoever.

If you decide to cut weight for wrestling, please don’t starve and dehydrate yourself. It’s unhealthy, dangerous, and will most likely hurt your performance. Try always to eat balanced and nutritious meals. If you decide to lose weight, figure out what works best for you.

Source by Tharin Schwinefus

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Stunning Resort-Inspired Developments In The Philippines Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:34:58 +0000 We understand that because of the impressive number of real estate developments flourishing in today’s market, finding the right home and investment may be overwhelming especially for those who are new in the business. Now, if you are one of those people who usually has the itch to run off to the beach or constantly needs a vacation, then you are in the right place. Today, we’ve rounded up 5 noteworthy projects that will surely satisfy your wanderlust without the need to leave the city.

1. Kasara Urban Resort Residences

Nestled between the roaring streets of Pasig City is a serene sanctuary in the making. Kasara Urban Resort Residences will soon be launching its mid and high-rise towers which feature resort-inspired amenities. Residents can immerse themselves in the sparkling water of the lake-inspired swimming pool, clear their minds with the sound of the waterfalls crashing, and enjoy a glass of their favorite drink in the bar area. Aside from promoting a vacation-like lifestyle, Kasara also provides its residents with easy access to the city. Being just a short walk away from C-5 Road, Tiendesitas, and multiple central business districts, dwellers will have everything they need within reach.

2. One Oasis Ortigas

Bearing 4-hectares of mid-rise residential towers, lavish open spaces, and luxurious amenities, One Oasis Ortigas offers an easy escape from the busy city. Its amenities include everything from adult and kiddie pools, lap pool, entertainment hub, fitness gym to a flowing water feature that will surely catch its visitors’ eyes. With its impressive lineup of facilities, residents will surely hurry to return home after a long day in the office.

3. Rochester

This resort-type condominium in Pasig boasts of a 3-hectare terrain packed with lush recreational facilities including jogging trails, tennis court, and a glistening pool that is indicative of one’s favorite lodge. Apart from the posh amenities, the Rochester also features 10 mid and high-rise towers that is meticulously crafted with earth-toned exteriors and modern Asian architecture. Because of this real estate property’s lavish design, this stylish development has also been featured in the hit Filipino movie, ‘Beauty in a bottle’ starring Tom Rodriguez and Angeline Quinto.

4. Royal Palm Residences

A healthy balance between productivity and recreation is what Royal Palm Residences offer. This gated community in the bustling city of Taguig got its inspiration from Thai resort villas thus they devoted 1 out of 4 hectares solely to its amenities. This includes a sauna, a sky lounge, a game room, and three different types of pools: a lap pool for swimmers, a leisure pool for laid-back wading, and an interactive pool for those looking for a little fun under the sun. Not only that, this elegant residential property also provides its residents with instant access to the business districts of Makati and Bonifacio Global City.

5. The Beacon

This residential complex consisting of three towers in Makati is the perfect place to get one’s dose of well-deserved R & R. With podium and roof deck level teeming with top-of-the-line amenities including a 450-square meter lap pool, landscaped gardens, a sky lounge, and a mini-theatre, residents already have access to their daily essentials in the comfort of their own home.

Source by Olivia Coore

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Adult Theme Party Ideas – Top 10 Most Popular Themes Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:39:23 +0000 Who said theme parties are just for kids?

I’ve picked out the most popular party themes for adults, sure to bring out the “kid” in you. If you are looking to host a party that is sure to go over well, check out the tried-and-true party ideas below.

Hawaiian Luau Party

Welcome each guest with an “aloha” and a kiss on the cheek. Hand a lei to all guests, and a silk flower for the women to put in their hair. Think balmy and exotic! Bright and colorful is sure to set a tropical ambiance.

The best drinks include Margaritas, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, Bahama Mamas, and Frozen Daiquiris. Be sure to have Hawaiian punch on hand for the non-alcoholic set as well as water for all. Be sure to have a limbo contest to see “how low can you go” and a hula contest for great fun.

Wine Tasting Party

A wine tasting party doesn’t have to be reserved for the well-versed wine connoisseur. Get your friends together for an informal potluck party, with each guest bringing his/her favorite wine. Food should be simple appetizers as well as cheese and bread. Provide index cards for guests to rate their favorites.

Bunco Party Theme

Bunco is a great game is rapidly taking over in our living rooms. It’s not your grandmother’s canasta game! Bunco allows for regular get-togethers with family, friends, and neighbors as you can meet on a monthly basis, while rotating hosts. It’s fast paced and gets you mixing with all players (usually 12) as you rotate from table to table.

Fortune Telling Theme

I see a fun theme party in your future…

A gypsy type garb is perfect for a fortune telling party. Complete your outfit with scarves, lots of bangle type bracelets, and hoop earrings. Have a least one table with a crystal ball. If you can’t find one, you can always use a large snow globe of some kind.

Other great games include a Ouija board and Magic Eight ball.

Mexican Fiesta

Go “South of the border” for a festive theme party. Great decorations include inflatable cactus, chili peppers, boots, and sombreros. The signature drinks for a fiesta party are margaritas and Corona beer. Be sure to play plenty of fiesta music as you shake your maracas!

Casino/Las Vegas Night

The central theme is friendly gambling- either for prizes or just for fun. The most popular games tend to be blackjack and poker. For the non-gambling type, include simple games like bingo and other popular card games.

Give each guest poker chips, play money, and dice when they arrive. Great decorations include hanging fuzzy dice and lots of black and red balloons. For a Las Vegas style nightlife effect, add plenty of glow products.

Decade Party (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s)

Decade theme parties are extremely popular and can be also be used for themed birthday parties as well. Guests have lots of fun dressing in outfits from their high school and college days.

Flowered pants, peace signs, and John Lennon glasses are great for a 60’s theme.

Bell-bottom Levi’s or Wranglers are great for that 70’s party- or go all out with your leisure suit.

Punk wigs, mezpahs, and jelly bracelets are great for a retro 80’s look.

Dinner Party

There are many options for putting together a great dinner party. Depending on your own style, the dinner party can range from casual and entertaining, to gourmet and polished. The three most popular types of dinner parties tend to be dessert, cocktail, or international food themed.

For a more casual party, use a potluck style. Guest can bring along a dish of their choice. This can be a full course American meal or international cuisine. You can choose to be dessert or cocktail party specific.

Magic Theme Party

Planning a magic party doesn’t have to be “tricky” after all. Go all out with your black top hat and magic wand as you get your guests to learn simple card tricks. Tricks can range from easy to more special effects.

Great decorations include hanging black top hats and lots of black and red balloons. For a magical effect, add plenty of glow products.

Western Theme Party

Think rustic and hearty!

Old lanterns, jugs, and bales of hay make great decorations. You can also use kerosene lamps and washtubs as accents. A game of horseshoes next to a roaring bonfire is a great activity for socializing. Sing-along western songs can liven up the bunch, and karaoke takes cowboy tunes to a new dimension. Games to play can include competitions in roping, or using a lasso to catch an object.

I hope these ideas helped spark some ideas for your upcoming theme party. Have a sensational celebration!

Source by Dee Schrock

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Should You Choose a Vauxhall Corsa? Of Course! Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:43:29 +0000 Getting from A to B shouldn't be such a hassle, but sadly there's an abundance of obstacles to the free and easy driving that we all yearn for. Traffic, people parking wherever their whimsy directs, unexpected diversions and the dreaded complete road closure, all of these add up to a truly dreadful journey if encountered in combination.

Whilst there's no way to avoid some of the above perils, there is a way to make such encounters more bearable. There's a trend towards small cars that can nip about with ease on roads clogged with stationary vehicles, and frankly unless you have a huge family or frequently need to shift large loads there's no reason not to check out the charms of a supermini.

The Vauxhall Corsa is by far the most popular pupil in the compact car class, and it really does beat off the competition quite soundly. The diminutive profile is quite misleading, because inside you'll find an astonishing amount of space that will have you questioning whether Vauxhall haven't managed to bend the laws of physics.

Whether you're a city slicker or a frequent commuter, the Vauxhall Corsa is a choice that will help you reap the rewards of an economical and versatile little vehicle. Despite it diminutive size the handling of the Corsa is delightfully responsive, and with a range of engine options available there's something for everyone, whether you're after a punchy little petrol model or a more deliberate diesel.

When you've had enough of the rat race and want to relax, the Corsa will effortlessly transform into your passport to luxury leisure. Getting away from it all couldn't be easier, and when you get to your destination you won't be tearing your hair out looking for a place to park. If you're ready to put the pizzazz back into your driving career, it's time to check out a Vauxhall Corsa .

Source by L Riley

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A Tourist Guide for Cancun, Mexico Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:15:41 +0000 Imagine yourself being transported to a wondrous land brimming with lush green valleys, spectacular sandy beaches, awe-inspiring historical edifices, enticing islands and a sprightly nightlife all rolled into one. If you think this can only happen in dreams, Cancun, Mexico will overwhelm and enthrall you with its mélange of breathtaking sites and exhilarating activities.

From a small fisherman's niche to being applauded and recognized by the UNWTO World Tourism Organization, Cancun has developed in leaps and bounds to become what it is today a top-notch tourist spot and Mexico's most bewitching hot spot.

Adventure buffs and water-sport aficionados can get the thrill of their life and satisfy their thirst for yachting, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the midst of the beautiful Caribbean Sea and its amazing coral reefs.

Discover the Caribbean's treasure troves, teeming with a kaleidoscopic arena of fish and marine animals in the mesmerizing underwater cache of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, with Cancun's wonderful snorkeling and scuba diving activities. Aquaworld is a perfect place for water-sports enthusiasts. Whether you are a newbie or a connoisseur of this genre, Aquaworld has been providing tourists with some of the most memorable experiences ever.

Thinking about honey-mooning in Cancun? The exotic white sand-kissed beaches and captivating cruises along the sea offer just the perfect ambience. Woo your lady-love or extol those glorious years of wedded life by visiting the picturesque Mexican Islands of Isla Mujeres, Holbox and Isla Contoy. Rekindle the amour by snuggling in each other's arms while watching the dolphins at play at Holbox and Isla Mujeres. Do some bird-watching at the gorgeous Isla Contoy Islands. The luscious dense jungle of the Isla Mujeres, the melodious music of the tropics, and the exhilarating Caribbean shows are true paragons of Mexican abundance to behold.

Savor the Mexican bonhomie at Cancun's Centro, bubbling with the energy of its inhabitants and oozing with the charisma of the local shops and gourmet joints. You can shop for anything that your heart desires at prices that are unimaginably low while you fill-up on local authentic Mexican dishes.

On your trip to this charming Mexican city, if you get weary of the blue waters and sandy beaches and wish to dig into something else, drop in at the Museo de Arte Popular. It's a fascinating world of exhibits and artifacts, reflecting the very essence of Mexico's vibrant tradition. From masks and toys to paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the museum is an outstanding cornucopia of fine artistic contributions by some of the greatest masters in this field.

Source by Belle Kay

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Tips for Navigating Difficult Roads on a Motorcycle to Prevent Serious Injuries Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:19:38 +0000 Motorcycles are a fun and exciting hobby for men and women alike. The feel of the wind on your face as you cruise the open road is unlike any other feeling. Riding on or driving a motorcycle is a great sport, but can be dangerous as well. Novice bikers are encouraged to stay on well-paved roads that provide ample space and long straight-a-ways. Veteran bikers have years of experience and can navigate most road-types, however, even they can come across trouble on more dangerous or hazardous roads. Twisty turns, narrow roads, gravel, and more are all obstacles that can cause even the most practiced biker to crash or hurt themselves. Continue reading for more information about how to navigate dangerous roads and driving conditions on a motorcycle.

Motorcycle Safety

Every motorcycle owner or enthusiast should know the basic rules for bike safety. The most important safety precaution for motorcycle riding is wearing a helmet. Helmets protect the skull, which protects the brain, which is a very important part of our bodies. It is common sense and self-responsibility to always wear a helmet when riding on a moving motorcycle. Additional basic safety knowledge includes obeying all traffic signals and rules of the road, and so on. As far as driving on hazardous road conditions, it requires some pre-thought so to always be prepared if ever faced with such driving conditions.

When facing twisting and bending roads that seem to go on and on, it is important to learn good timing and judgment when on a motorcycle. Be sure to slow your speed down, and let your hand off the throttle to safely navigate the turns. Do this by approaching the turn on the outer edge of the road, then once you reach the turn, lean through it and follow it at its widest angle. Right before you reach the apex, increase your speed and return to an upright position to finish the turn. This is a safe maneuver to use for twisty roads.

For gravel roads, be sure to have your helmet face down because small rocks and pebbles can fly up from the tires and hit you in the eyes and face. You cannot drive fast on gravel. For this reason, slow your speed down to accurately navigate through gravely roads. Driving too fast or recklessly on gravel can flatten tires. Maintain a slow to moderate speed, keep a firm grip on the handlebars, and keep a safe distance from other drivers on the road ahead. This is the trick to driving on rocky roads. The same goes for wet and slippery pavements, and driving in the rain.

Motorcycle accidents happen every day, and most result in serious injuries or death. This is why motorcycle safety is so vital for all drivers and pedestrians. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact an Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney for a case assessment. You and your family may be entitled to compensation.

Source by Sarahbeth Kluzinski

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Las Vegas Deals Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:51:30 +0000 Las Vegas used to be a city for night-time fun and adult entertainment only. But in the recent years, the city has renovated its look and branded it as a destination to be enjoyed by the whole family. Families from all around the country and the world visit Las Vegas for hotels, restaurants, casinos, and production shows and much much more. And all of those you will discover amidst the thousand year old landscape of the great canyon. There's no experience quite like it. No wonder that every year, millions of tourist visit this city.

Las Vegas hotels provide exciting and spectacular themes and staying in one of them is already an experience. Hotels like Mandalay bay hotel, Venetian, Belagio Hotel, Paris are some of the top hotels in the whole world. You can choose 5 star hotels, 3 star hotels and for those tight on budget, there are also the lodges and motels. You'll find cheap hotel deals in many of these places.

Las Vegas will fulfill your gastronomic desires because it offer almost all kinds of food and almost all kinds of food services from breakfast buffets to dinner / show packages to cheap food court meals. Craving of Italian food? Mexican food? Indian food? Chinese food? You can find all of these and more in more than a thousand food establishments.

Casino and night production shows will always be mainstays at Las Vegas. Popular shows such as Cirque de Soleis, Blue Man Group and Zumanity don't fail to attract hordes of spectators every night. Of course, casinos are what makes Las Vegas the place to be, especially during its first few years.

Deals like Las Vegas hotel coupons, dining coupons, casino coupons and production coupons are great way to enjoy your vacation at this bright city.

Source by Sharon February

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Driving School Business? Driving School Insurance is a Must Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:54:52 +0000 You are planning to start a new business-A driving school. The vehicles have already been purchased, the instructors are ready and the location is the ideal place you were looking for. But have you got Driving School Insurance? If not, do it. For a thriving driving school business, driving insurance is a must.

Driving school insurance is aimed at the instructor who would have to reel under the stress of minor accidents all the time. Driving instructor insurance adds value and saves money in the long run. How? The insurance covers – all parts of the car, the entire fleet of vehicles, damages from fire or in the event of theft, damages to the parts of the car, and even legal protection. Some insurance companies also offer no-claim bonuses, and cover the instructor in a pupil’s car at the time of the accident.

One day test cover insurance comes in handy during mock tests or drive, or on lesson days. They are very important and instructors usually go for 1 day test cover during test drives. These types of insurance are immediate and extend from a single day to 28 days. One day test cover insurance also works well for a new car, temporary or hired vehicle.

The precautions while going for driving school insurance include:

o Check out the premium costs. Higher premiums can eat into the profit of the company.

o Read all the instructions carefully, even the ones in small print, as they may have hidden costs and charges.

o Do a lot of research on the different companies offering insurance. Check their websites.

o Talk to other driving school instructors

o If you don’t understand the technical clauses, ask for an explanation

o See if there is complete cover for loss of the vehicle

o Check to see if the insurance covers non-fault accidents (accidents that happen through no fault of

the instructor. This was introduced to prevent insurance companies evade paying the insurance cover when the vehicle is relatively undamaged, though the instructor is).

o Talk to the experts in the insurance company you are interested in.

Some of the insurance companies also calculate the insurance premium individually for the instructors. This may work out well for small driving schools, as the cost of the premiums would be less. However, bigger driving schools should go for a comprehensive complete cover for all the instructors. This would help escape the paperwork and save time. It may also be better to go for providers with many insurance companies under their belt. This would help in comparing the offers and premiums instantly. The experts would also be available at hand, and help select a policy and company perfect for you.

Also check to see if the information furnished by you is accurate and clear. Inform the insurance company of any previous accidents or claims. As only registered drivers are admitted in the insurance, get yourself registered before you apply for driving instructor insurance. Do not carry goods or passengers in vehicles meant for training.

Source by Rakesh Gaikwad

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Cooking Filet Mignon Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:25:35 +0000 Filet mignon is French, of course, with filet meaning "thick slice" and mignon meaning "dainty." Filet mignon comes from the small end of the tenderloin (called the short loin) which is found on the back rib cage of the animal. This area of ​​the animal is not weight-bearing, thus the connective tissue is not toughened by exercise resulting in extremely tender meat. This also means that the meat lacks some of the flavor held by meat that has the bone attached. In order keep the flavor, you must cook filet mignon quickly. This can be done a variety of ways, including broiling and grilling.
It should never be cooked beyond medium rare, because the more done it is, the less tender and more dry it becomes and the more flavor it will lose. You should always use a dry method of cooking, even when it will be a quick method. Methods of cooking that are dry are such types as roasting, pan frying, grilling, broiling, etc. Since this cut of meat is more dry than others, you will not want to cut the meat to check to see if it is done. Instead, you should touch it. The touch-method of checking is not as hard as it may sound:

1. If the meat feels hard or firm, it is too done.

2. When the filet mignon is soft when you touch it and your finger leaves an imprint, it is rare.

3. If it is still soft, but leaves no imprint, and is slightly resilient, then it is medium rare (best for this particular type of meat).

The reason filet mignon is often wrapped in bacon (this wrapping is called barding) is because this particular cut of meat has no layer of fat around it. The bacon not only adds extra flavor to the filet mignon, it also gives it the fat necessary to keep the meat from drying out. This is a concern since the strips are so small in filet mignon and they have less fat than most cuts of beef.

What to serve with Filet Mignon

Since the flavor of filet mignon tends to be quite mild, many people prefer to serve it with sauces, either smothering the beef or as a dip. There are many different choices for the best sauce for filet mignon and most depend solely on the person's particular flavor preference. Some consumers prefer to have a certain type of steak sauce for dipping and some may prefer a marinade to add flavor during cooking. Either of these can turn out well.

Wines & Filet Mignon

There are many different types of wines that are good to serve with filet mignon, and determining which one will go best with it depends largely on the flavor of the sauce. This is especially true if the sauce is rather strong, or has a flavor that is stronger than the filet mignon itself. The best wines to match with filet mignon are dry, red wines such as Merlot. If your preference is a sweet wine, you may want to consider trying a White Zinfandel (if this is your choice, though, you will not want to use very much pepper on the filet mignon). If you are a white wine drinker, the best match for filet mignon will be a rich Chardonnay.

Tips for cooking Filet Mignon

-When selecting tenderloin or slices, choose the lighter color over dark red. This indicates more marbling which makes it more tender. This cut is so tender that it should never be cooked beyond a medium-rare stage. The longer you cook it, the less tender and more dry it becomes.

-Use a dry, high heat method such as broiling, roasting, pan-frying or grilling for this tender cut.

-Whole tenderloin is wonderful to stuff or bake en croute (in savory pastry).

-Cutting into the meat to check doneness lets precious juice escape. Use the touch method. Press the meat. If it feels soft and mushy and leaves an imprint, it is rare. -If it is soft, but slightly resilient, it is medium-rare. The minute it begins to feel firm, it is overdone.

-Since the tenderloin has no surrounding fat tissue, it is often wrapped in a layer of fat (called barding) such as suet or bacon to keep it from drying out. Likewise with filet slices. The barding also adds flavor.

-Cubed tenderloin is a popular choice for fondue hot-pots and shish-kebabs.

-To ensure even cooking when roasting the whole tenderloin, the small end should be tucked up and tied or trimmed for other use.

Source by Daniel Urmann

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How Much Do You Know About Coffee? Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:29:34 +0000 Coffee may be the beloved drink that you sip a daily basis, but how much do you know about your Java? Coffee does have some legends surrounding it, meaning that it started with energized goats in Ethiopia. The story goes that Ethiopian shepherds first began to notice the effects of caffeine on their herd when their goats became energized after eating nearby coffee berries.

Java then became more and more popular, and African tribes began to mix the beans with fat to create edible balls to be used for energy. This is pretty similar to the modern day energy bar, and they were directly eating the coffee beans to put some pep in their step before battle. From there, coffee became even more popular during the rise of Islam. This religion was not allowed to drink alcohol, but it still was acceptable to drink coffee. This became a popular alternative for this religion since coffee could be used for energy and simulation purposes without the use of alcohol.

Interestingly enough, all of the coffee all over the world is grown in a specific region, which is between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. The only state in the United States that you will be able to find coffee growing is in Hawaii due to its tropical and fertile climate. One more reason that Hawaiian coffee is so decadent is because of the volcanic soil, which creates greater nutrients for coffee growth.

Coffee did become banned over time by the King of England. In the 1600s, he banned coffeehouses because he felt that they were locations that people conspired against him. In that time, coffee houses were seen to be used for socializing and political decisions, which is quite similar to their same usages today.

Today, you will find that the majority of coffee beans that are consumed all over the world are Arabica, which are seen as the higher-quality choice. The other 30% are Robusta coffee beans, which have a lower quality and more bitter taste. However, many people still do prefer Robusta to Arabica because they have 50% more caffeine. All coffee beans are cultivated on trees, and these trees can grow up to 30 feet. However, most coffee farmers will cultivate their trees to around 10 feet tall so it is easier to hand pick and harvest the beans.

Speaking of coffee beans, they are actually bright red cherries or berries. When you break these cherries open, you will find that they often have two coffee beans inside, which will be roasted to be ground into your quality cup of Joe. Overall, coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, next to oil. This truly shows how much we value a flavorful cup of Joe!

When it comes to premium coffee drinking, there are so many options available to you. You can percolate, vacuum brew, drip brew, French Press, or even brew with a stovetop espresso maker. Regardless, just make it your priority to enjoy a delicious cup of Joe on a daily basis!

Source by Mark Ramos

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