3 tips for living a healthier lifestyle



My best friend is going to be married in August of this year. She’s always struggled with her weight problems, just like I did in the past. While in my case, the situation is somewhat different because I lost a lot of weight following a breakup, she didn’t go through the same thing. Over the years, she’s gained over 45 pounds.

While the matter doesn’t seem to bother her per se, the fact that she will have to get a wedding dress does. Nothing fits and she is terribly frustrated about all of this. She’s tried a lot of diets over the years, none of which have really worked, and the worst thing about it is that she’s always gotten back to eating loads of candy, pizza, and heaps and heaps of chips and fizzy drinks.

Her low self-esteem is what bothers me the most. I’ve tried telling her that the secret to losing weight and generally leading a healthier lifestyle is to eat a lot of veggies and fruit and give up nasty things like pastry and virtually anything that has no significant nutritional value. These things can make you feel full and satisfied, but they hardly do anything in terms of health. Actually, such carbohydrates can even have a bad effect on your cardiovascular system as they are usually linked to fat deposits on great vessels such as the aorta.

Of course, I’m not the perfect person to nag her about this as I used to weigh around 220 pounds. In somebody else’s books, this might not be a lot, but it definitely was for me. Now every year, when I start feeling a bit cold, I begin to consume a lot of cooked food like chili, mashed potatoes, and other concoctions of this sort. I know they aren’t healthy, but if I’m cold, I can’t help myself.

However, once the warm season returns, I get back to my regular lifestyle and start eating salads like crazy. That’s why every year, in the course of about six months, I lose about 17 to 18 pounds without really making an effort. The secret is to fill your stomach with as many veggies as possible so that you never get the feeling that you are starving.

I know that one of the greatest challenges of people who are overweight or obese is working out. Not only are they not in the mood to do this because there are other individuals who are fitter at the gym and they might feel bad about it, but they also can’t do a lot of exercise because of their current condition.

In my opinion, walking is the best simple exercise you can do. Working in the garden, going shopping, taking the kids to school, doing chores around the house; all of these activities can help you lose weight. You just have to do them on a regular basis and maintain a positive mindset about everything. If you believe you’re not capable of losing weight, it will never happen.



3 appliances you need whenever you move into a new home


Getting housewares and other items of this sort nowadays is quite complicated given that there’s so many to choose from. If you’ve recently moved into a new home, I believe I can give you several tips that can assist you in finding the right appliances you actually need. I used to live in rent and move from one place to the next rather regularly, so I’m kind of an expert in this field.

Some things I bought and took with me everywhere. And I’ll talk about them in the following paragraphs. So, if you’re having trouble determining which things are crucial and which ones you can buy later, I’m here to give you a hand. Check out the list I made of three basic appliances you actually need the services of.



Convection oven

If there isn’t a kitchen in the place you’re moving into, or you don’t have the freedom to use too many appliances, the best bet would be to get a convection oven. My advice is to buy a large one that comes with one rack so that you can prepare two pizzas at the same time. Basically, you can use a convection oven for a variety of things. You can make toast, heat up croissants and sandwiches, make pizza, and bake any treat.

My point here is that it’s a better idea to invest in a high-quality appliance that pretty much does the trick under most circumstances. Actually, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the creative things you can do with such an oven. Plus, it relies on electricity, so you won’t even need to bother with gas, although it is much cheaper than electricity.


Washer and dryer

Obviously, if you have enough space in your home or you live in an area where it’s always summer, you probably don’t need a dryer as you’ll hang your clothes outside, under the sun. However, for those who live in small apartments or share homes with others and as such, don’t benefit from enough room for that, getting the best washer and dryer is a good idea.

Even if you were to start prospecting the market for a combo, you would probably reach the conclusion that it’s hard to get the right model. On the one hand, this type of machine is way more expensive than a simple washer. Some models have two components mounted on top of the other. Others have settings for washing and drying although they look just like a washing machine. The latter are space savers.


Refrigerator with freezer capacity

Again, this is a space saver as you won’t have to get a fridge and a freezer. If you don’t have a big family, this is the perfect choice for you. If you do have three kids, it might be a problem. For a small family or just one that’s starting out, however, it’s a great alternative. Also, there’s nothing stopping you from selling it later on.

I love my new robotic vacuum



There’s nothing in this life I hate more than cleaning the house. Sometimes, the kids can get so messy that I can’t even take it anymore and I occasionally take them to their grandparents’ place so that I have some time to tidy up. It’s a busy schedule with everyone at work, taking them to school every morning, and just dealing with this whole mess called life.

Something that I have managed to do over time is get rid of most of my carpets. We live in San Diego, so there’s no reason to keep them around as my feet won’t get cold too soon. I own an upright vacuum cleaner for quite some time now and have been using it rather efficiently for the past three years. It’s convenient because it’s equipped with a battery that enables it to work for as many as thirty minutes per cleaning session.

Recently, however, I’ve been looking into getting a robotic vacuum because I just can’t seem to get the time to clean up the house. Now that the kids are somewhat older, I can tell them to do this and that, but there’s a certain limit to everything, and I won’t treat my children like slaves. In my opinion, this time is the best one for them to have fun, so I won’t spoil it.

Other than washing the dishes and taking out the trash, I can’t tell them to do too many things around the house. I am a great lover of hardwood floors and tile because they are particularly easy to clean. While there’s tile in my kitchen and bathrooms, I don’t have it in our living room, for example.

The thing that I found most bothersome about such a vacuum is that it costs a lot of money compared to traditional units. Some Bissell models, for example, can cost about seventy bucks but most of the robotic alternatives I came across are usually priced around over one hundred.

I started by prospecting the market by looking at the most expensive models out there. Some of those that come to mind are the Samsung VR9300K, the Dyson 360 Eye, the Neato Botvac, and the Hoover Robo.com. Pretty much all of these were off-putting for me and my budget. On the other hand, the Vileda was too cheap to consider, so I was rather wary about getting it. Nonetheless, after having looked through some of the reviews it had gathered, I quickly came to the conclusion that this unit was the perfect one for me.

Many of those who have bought it say that it struggles when it comes to cleaning large rugs, but the fact is I have zero such carpets in my house. I’m rather impressed with the way it performs on hardwood and tile, so I really have no complaints at all.