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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Health & Safety SOS! Living On A Building Site

Are you doing work on your house? Are you in the midst of major renovation work? Or are you starting from scratch and building your own home? If so, it’s incredibly important to bear some health and safety tips in mind. The last thing you want is an injury to set your plans back. If you’re living on a building site, here are some tips to keep you safe.

Know when to call in the professionals
You may have a keen interest in DIY. You probably want to save time and money on your build. But sometimes, you can’t do everything yourself. There are many jobs, which require professional skills and expertise. If there is a high risk of injuries and accidents, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. As a guide, you should never attempt structural work, complex plumbing or electrical jobs. If you attempt these tasks, you may do more harm than good, as well as putting your safety at risk.

Undertake training
Are you overseeing your home build? Are you eager to get involved? If you’ve got equipment on site or want to help out with interior jobs, consider undertaking training. You could take classes in bricklaying or plastering, for example. If you’re looking into tractor or scissor lift hire, learn how to use machinery safely to get the best out of it.

Keep out of restricted areas
Are there parts of your home cordoned off at the moment? Are there areas of the site plastered with ‘no entry’ signs? If so, use your common sense, follow the guidelines, and steer clear. If you stray into restricted areas, you run the risk of injury. If you are entering the site, for example, to check progress with your contractor, wear a hard hat.

Move away from the action
If you’re building a new home, it’s a good idea to keep away from the action. Many people choose to set up a caravan or a mobile home on the plot while the building work is underway. This enables you to use the land you’ve bought without having to actually move into the home while work is ongoing. Setting up away from the site will be safer and quieter. As your home nears its completion date, you can decide when you want to move in. You may wish to move and finish the minor jobs once you’re in and settled. Or you could wait until everything is finished and then relocate.

Living with forklifts, tractors, and cranes can be noisy and there’s also a risk of accidents. If you’re renovating an old house or building a new one, it’s wise to be wary of health and safety risks. Make sure the site is secured and properly managed. Keep away from cordoned off areas, and use safety equipment. If you’ve hired machinery, or you’re keen to help out, ensure you know exactly what you’re doing. Ask for guidance or leave it to the experts if you’re not sure.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Having Faith Can Be Good For Your Health


Why are we so invested in the future rather than thinking about right now? Not just the future of our lives but what happens when our time has passed. What makes people head to church on Sunday morning or down to the mosque? Where is the reason behind people reading horoscopes or having their fortunes told? Why do we place so much faith in powers unknown?

Psychologists have studied this part of society for some time and they believe they know the answer. This type of faith is important to your health. We spend so much time thinking about the health of our bodies that we often forget about the health of your minds. Reassuring ourselves that the future is bright, even after death does play a part here. Before we get into why, let’s take a trip through history.

Psychics and readings have been a part of society since the dark ages. They have always existed and still do to this day, if you seek them out. Now they are seen as nothing more than parlour tricks. Whether that’s true isn’t the point. By gaining knowledge of the meaning behind your life, it can help you lay out a positive path. Many people approach going to see a psychic the wrong way. They get a reading and then change their life based on the message. Instead, they should allow life to take it’s natural course. But no matter what choice they take, the reading has still had a positive effect. It gives them a sense of purpose.

While psychics may have fallen in numbers, horoscopes are just as popular as ever. Horoscope readings are based on the time you were born and the position of the planets. You can claim that this doesn’t have an impact on events in your life. But again, that would be missing the point. Getting a free horoscope could provide you comfort when your current outlook on life is quite bleak. It can show you things are going to get better.

Another example would be a chinese fortune cookie. There’s no evidence to suggest that fortune cookies are anything more than random message. But the message can still be exactly what you need. The mere possibility that a higher power is guiding your path could be enough to give you hope.

If we look at the controversial topic of religion, the situation is the same. Why do people pray? They pray because they believe a higher power hears them and helps. In a world where tragedy and horrors are all too apparent believing a higher power can help is something that get’s people through. In this way, it too, can be beneficial to the health. Again, the truth behind the actions are of little consequence. Belief as we have seen through history is powerful in both positive and negative ways. If you believe your prayers are answered there will be a positive effect on your mental health.

It’s the same reason that people care what happens to their bodies after they die. Even atheists want their ashes scattered or their bodies buried. They want this because they have to believe that what happens, matters. All of us are bound by the same tides of life and faith. Without faith in something, anything, life becomes meaningless. That is why it is of profound importance to your health. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

4 Ways To Test A Food Business Idea

Fancy yourself as a god/goddess of the kitchen? If so, why not put your money where your mouth is and try and turn your love into a genuine business? It’s easier said than done, of course.

There’s a vast difference between cooking an excellent meal for three or four friends and cooking on any scale. And, it’s a big gamble. But, if you feel like your food has potential, there are a few things you can do before making your culinary business dreams come true.

We’ve pulled together some ideas for you to explore - so check them out and give them a go. If you find you are successful, then you can have a more serious think about going into the food business full time.

Tasting sessions with friends

The first idea is an obvious one, but it’s a good indication of how well your food will go down in a busier environment. Hold a food tasting session at home - or rent a hall and use their facilities.

Invite everyone you know, and get an idea of the numbers that are willing to come. It will give you an idea of the effort you will need to go to for cooking on a large scale. And, it will also tell you if you have the skills to cook consistently.

Make sure that you give everyone tasting sheets, and get their thoughts on your efforts. If there are any major problems, you can make adjustments to your ingredients or cooking times.

Food stall at community event

The next step is to cook for strangers. It can be tough to get a pitch at a big event when you are just getting started, so look at community events instead. School fetes, for example, might be a perfect opportunity.

Keep your menu as simple as possible, and try and get some feedback from as many people as you can.

Festivals and markets

Once you have some experience under your belt, you can try your luck with the festival and food market circuits. Now, these pitches can be expensive, so you will need to have a refined menu and know exactly what you’re doing.

It’s also important to know your market. Street food works perfectly at a music festival, for example, while a cake stall isn’t going to do much business.

Popup restaurant

Once you have tested your food out on the wider public, think about running a series of pop-up restaurants. They are an excellent way of getting your name out there and aren’t as risky as opening a restaurant straight from the off.

Appearance is still important - even with popups. So, invest in some high-quality materials for serving your food. These linen table cloths by Richard Haworth might be good for traditional fare, for example.

At this point, you should be looking at hiring all the expensive gear you need, such as a commercial oven and tables. If you are a success in the popup world, then those are investments you could make before opening your first, genuine restaurant.

By this stage, you should be aware of your food business has any longevity. And, of course, if you have the stamina to make it happen! Good luck - and feel free to let us know about your plans.

Lemon Veggie Rice

Do you love rice but worries about the high calorie content of rice? 1 cup of cooked white rice averages 200 calories. If you eat rice three times a day like I do, that would make it already 600 calories, already about a third of our calorie requirement in a day ( or a half of the calorie requirements for some ). Now, what are some strategies of eating rice with lower calories so that you can enjoy eating a lot more other foods?

Here is one of my strategies. I add veggies to rice. I am glad to note that it does not make me feel like I am eating veggies, instead, I really feel like I am eating rice! I get the satisfaction of eating rice still three times a day! 

Though the picture above may look like it is fried rice, but this is actually not stir fried at all. 

Here is my recipe for veggie rice:

Ingredients: rice, mixed veggies ( you can have 3/4 veggies, 1/4 rice, and still have that rice-meal satisfaction ), turmeric powder, lemon