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Do you feel like you’re always on a diet? And by any chance, is this diet getting old and boring? It’s time for you to try something new. Get a hold of the latest nutrition trends of 2018 that actually don’t feel like your common routine diet.
Slow down your cooking. Or shall we say, stop coking at all? The raw food diet it’s what’s in and cooking is out. Cooking your meals apparently gets rids of all types of nutrients. And who wants to miss out on those nutrients? Try some uncooked vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes and mix these up with unpasteurized milk and cheese, raw fish and meat. Deliciously raw!
The lowest of the low – carbs style
Going to the lowest point hasn’t felt this good since…well, never. The so-called Ketogenic Diet averages only about 5 percent of calories from carbs. That’s close to, nothing. This diet calls for tons of meats, poultry, fish, eggs, higher-fat dairy (like butter, cheese, and cream), healthy fats (such as oils, nuts, seeds and avocados), plus vegetables that are low in carbs. Avoid anything starchy!
30 Days of Clean Eating
There’s a new trend in town and it takes 30 days of your time. The Whole30 diet consists of you consuming whole, unprocessed foods for one month. You must also quit all added sugars, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, grains, most legumes and peas, soy products, dairy plus processed foods with certain additives. What can you eat? All sorts of veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds (including nut milks and nut butters), eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and a few types of oils and fats. Clean eating can also taste good!
After a hard day’s work, it’s important – and shall I say vital – to unwind and recharge your batteries as much as possible. Granted, it’s very likely that you have to head back to the office (or whatever your workspace is) the very next day.
Here are some ways to prevent exhaustion and de-stress after a long day at work:
Well, maybe not necessarily your full pajama attire. But if you want to tell your brain that “work hours are over”, you better change out of your work clothes and slip into something more comfortable. A clean t-shirt and a pair of comfy pants should do the trick!
Say bye-bye to electronics
For at least an hour or two, unplugging from your laptop or mobile device, should help you get back to your “normal self”. Leave your phone in another room while you’re cooking dinner or doing something that relaxes you. Let’s face it; you’ve probably checked your social media feeds all day long. Time to let go!
Meditation, yoga, reading a book
Ok, so now you’re in your jammies (or comfy clothes) and you’re away from your phone. How about sitting on the floor for five minutes and doing absolutely nothing? Focus on your breathing and make it a habit to take just a few minutes and not think about anything in particular. You can also try yoga; just a few stretches here and there can really make a difference in your well-being. And don’t forget about that book you’ve wanted to read for so long. Curl up on the couch and read on!
Are you looking for a unique experience this fall? Our correspondent Kathleen Saron has traveled far and wide, always glad to share tips for memorable experiences. We present 5 top-rated festivals or events taking place within September and November this year.
#1 Austin City Limits Music Festival
This festival has been running since 2002 and is designed to accommodate nearly 100,000 visitors in two consecutive long weekends. This year the music festival will be held between September 30th and October 2nd, and the second part is held between the 7th and 9th of October. The Texan capital is renowned for hosting some of highest-rated bands and often is called the music capital of the world. The biggest names in rock, indie, folk, R&B, country and hip hop music are playing every year at this festival. It is not only about music; food lovers get to taste signature dishes from hand-picked restaurants and venues from the city of Austin. Families are welcome to enjoy fun activities for children (karaoke, fake tattoos, rock star hairdos) and art markets during the day.
This is probably Germany’s most famous festivity with its origin over 100 years ago. It offers endless liters of beer and a wide variety of local cuisine to its visitors. It is held in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Local customs, such as men’s lederhosen and women’s dirndls, are proudly worn by natives and tourists alike that flock this festival by the millions. This year it will be held in the second half of September. If you can’t afford a trip to Germany, replicas are held worldwide. Notable Oktoberfest celebrations include Columbus Oktoberfest in Ohio, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati held in Cincinnati, and Oktoberfest Brisbane, in Australia.
#3 Harvest festivals
It is an age-old tradition to celebrate the time of harvesting. Many towns and cities hold fun festivities during the fall season when their produce is ripe for harvest. Here are my top picks for 2016:
For wine lovers:
Sonoma County Harvest Fair (Santa Rosa, California)
Date: September 30th - October 2nd
Circleville Pumpkin Show (Circleville, Ohio)
Date: October 19th - 22nd
Autumn at the Arboretum (Dallas, Texas)
Date: Mid-September to mid-November
Cranberry Harvest Fest (Wareham, Massachusetts)
Date: October 8th - 9th
Fruits and Vegetables:
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest (Hood River, Oregon)
Date: October 14th - 16th
#4 Tivoli Gardens
Set in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest amusement park in the world. It receives over 4.5 million visitors every year. During the fall, the park is charmingly decorated for Halloween and Christmas. The gardens do not only have roller coasters rides for all ages, but also quality restaurants, theaters, concert venues and a casino. Every Saturday night, visitors can experience an impressive display of fireworks accompanied by music
#5 The Adirondack Balloon Festival
Experience the magical sight of 100 hot air balloons lift into the air in Glens Falls, NY. Running from September 22th through 25th, this non-profit festival is celebrating in 2016 its 40th anniversary. Entrance to the grounds is free of cost. Adventurous people can make arrangements with local pilots for rides on the balloons. There are food stands and a craft fair in support of charity. The overall experience is very rewarding, especially since the balloons have very intricate and imaginative designs.