How Effective is The Marie Kondo Method 2019

If it doesn’t spark joy, be gone with it. That’s the Marie Kondo method a now universal technique where the Japanese organization expert teaches people around the world to rid their homes of clutter and thus, rid themselves of the burdens of excess.

Kondo’s best selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (published in 2014), motivated people around the world to live more thoughtful, mindful lives by means of purging their homes of the things that do not spark joy.

She introduces the KonMari Method, which focuses on organizing your home by the categories of items as opposed to by specific rooms. The categories are: clothing, books, paper documents, sentimental items, and “Komono,” (miscellaneous). Kondo may be the first ever decluttering celebrity, and she has mainstreamed her method even further with her new Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. 

There are six basic rules to get started:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
  4. Tidy by category, not location.
  5. Follow the right order.
  6. Ask yourself it it sparks joy.

And five categories to tackle:

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
  5. Sentimental Items

While many people associate her method with tidying, it’s really about discarding items that lack value. To determine what makes the cut, Kondo has you start by removing everything out of your closets and drawers (category one), all the books off your shelves (category two), all the paperwork out of your desk and bins (you get the idea).

Once you have a big pile, you’re to go item by item and consider if it sparks joy. While Kondo admits that this can feel awkward or unnatural at first, she assures readers and viewers that you’ll get better at recognizing what sparks joy as you go. Once you’ve tossed items in every category, you should have a much smaller set of remaining items that you can return to various closets, drawers, shelves, and boxes. Note that you’re to finish one category before moving onto the next one.

Because you’re actively choosing items that spark joy, and discarding what doesn’t, the intention of the KonMari method is to end up with a clutter-free home that is better able to bring more joy and prosperity to your life. While tidying, she encourages you to visualize the life you want to live to be less stressed, for example and what you need to get there. Anything that won’t help on that journey isn’t deserving of your space or you, she says.

What are the highs?

Sees the value in checking in with yourself as you work through your space. Holding each item in your hands and asking yourself if you need it by tuning into the feeling in your heart is a definite pro.

The simple questioning technique makes a lot of sense. “By simplifying the exercise of decluttering from a series of difficult questions (i.e. Do I need it? Do I use it? Was it expensive?, Is it worth anything?) into one core question: Does it spark joy? Kondo immediately gives you permission to let go of clutter with less guilt and more clarity.

The biggest pro of this method is that it only leaves the good stuff behind, allowing you to live an uncluttered life in which your possessions and surroundings are beautiful, functional, and make you happy. And who wouldn’t want that?

What are the lows?

Though Kondo’s prompt provides a great jumping it probably won’t apply to every item in your space and that’s totally OK. We all have things in our homes that don’t bring us joy but are necessary. For example, my first aid kit. It’s not beautiful, and it’s not joyous, but it’s necessary. If you go too far in the uncluttering, you might do yourself a disservice.

Her method also calls on people to declutter their entire space in one session, which is probably unrealistic for most people. I don’t believe organizing a home can be done in one big swoop for most people. When chronic disorganization and ADD are involved, this can be a very ambitious project, especially done alone.

Most of all, I wish Marie Kondo would just say stop! Stop buying all this stuff. The only solution to our waste crisis is to halt the consumerism clogging our landfills, polluting our oceans and overcrowding our homes. Because what would really spark joy would be a world that isn’t overflowing with garbage

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How Eco-friendly Packaging can save the Planet

Do you know what Eco friendly packaging is? If the answer is not, do not worry few months ago I did not have idea. But the things are changing and Public consciousness about issues like climate change is influencing buying habits and consumer choices. Among the many desirable features, they choose products for their packaging. Increasingly, Eco-friendly packaging isn’t just an Earth-friendly way to sell a product; it’s how to broadcast a company’s values.

Eco-friendly packaging goes by a few other names such as sustainable packaging, green packaging and environmentally-friendly packaging. To be eco-friendly, packaging can be biodegradable (but preferably compostable), recyclable, reusable, non-toxic, made from recycled products, based in biomass or natural products or manufactured through low-impact means.

For instance, yogurt available in glass bottles is eco-friendly, while plastic containers are not. Glass meets the green packaging definition because it’s recyclable but also infinitely reusable. Unless it’s broken, glass lasts for centuries.

How do Eco-Friendly Products Help the Environment?

Consider the glass yogurt bottle. It can be reused until some butter-fingers drops it, otherwise it gets easily recycled in most of the world. But to make that glass involves someone collecting silica sand, which is facing a shortage worldwide and trucking that sand to a factory. The truck uses gasoline and emits carbon dioxide, a “greenhouse gas” contributing to climate change. Then, turning that silica into glass requires electricity as well as other fuels to heat the furnace used to melt and form the glass. It requires machines to shape the glass, plus paper and inks to print and label the bottle.

Every time someone reuses the bottle, it’s one fewer time that whole process of using natural resources occurs. And every time someone recycles a glass bottle, it may still need energy and cause carbon dioxide pollution from trucking the bottles, melting them down and reforming them, but at least sand isn’t used, and that’s a resource that experts are increasingly saying needs conservation.

Eco-friendly products and packaging can be helpful in other ways, too. They may be biodegradable or made from more sustainable, faster-replenishing natural products like bamboo. Bamboo, for instance, can be harvested for paper and other materials every two-to-three years, versus upwards of 60 years for a new tree to grow.

Advantages of Using Eco-Friendly Products

Countries around the world are realizing they must act to reduce the impact that trash is having on the planet. When trash doesn’t biodegrade or compost, it’s a long-term problem they are forced to find space for. Non-friendly packaging is an eyesore and a logistical nightmare. A collaborative report from a few departments of the U.S. government listed the time it takes for some packaging to break down in the environment. They include:

  • Glass bottle: 1 million years.
  • Plastic beverage bottles: 450 years.
  • Aluminum can: 80-to-200 years.
  • Plastic bag: 10-to-20 years.

It’s not just Australia taking a strong stance. Morocco has already entirely banned plastic bags in the country. In Kenya, one faces a possible four-year jail term or a hefty fine for the use or sale of plastic bags. China has cracked down on plastic bags, too.

The point is that laws are changing and companies that don’t lead the way by embracing eco-friendly packaging now will soon be perceived as dinosaurs. By being a part of the solution today, it doesn’t just save the planet, it demonstrates corporate responsibility and states company values loud and clear.

We have to understand that not only government and companies are responsible to reduce non environmental friendly products, is our task too. do not purchase this items because if we demand the products companies are going to keep producing it.

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How to survive Christmas without getting fat

By now, many of us already have a business cocktail, a department meal and a dinner with friends. And that Christmas has not started yet. Ahead, we have two weeks of intense social life and lots of food. Not getting fat seems an impossible mission, and for many it is. According to experts, people normally earn between 2 and 4 kilos during these holidays.

If you also want to avoid this outcome, these are the tips you should take into account.

Do not deprive yourself on the indicated days. “Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve dinner, New Year’s dinner , if there is no pathology, it is totally forbidden to diet”. Those days we must enjoy the delicacies that have historically been cooked in the cuisine of our family, but always in moderation. Even people who follow a diet (of thinning) should not do it on the dates indicated; “There is a psychological part that you have to take care of and it can not be that on Christmas Eve you have a grilled steak”.

Not the fast. “It is counterproductive to compensate the Christmas meal with not having dinner that day or directly to fast the next day or just to drink liquids”. It is always necessary to eat food since fasting could have a rebound effect and cause the alteration of energy and hormonal processes. If you want to compensate these meals, it is recommended to eat fewer calories the rest of the day but never eliminate solid foods: “On Christmas Eve we can eat a salad and two pieces of fruit and at Christmas, have two yogurts and an apple”.

Routine the rest of the week. The days indicated are to enjoy the food and the rest of days to recover the routine. Between event and event, it is advisable to “eat what we usually eat during the week”. That way we will not ingest more calories than normal.

Prohibited leftovers. They are the biggest enemy of the scale during the holidays. it is only finds two possible endings for these foods: “Let the children eat them or freeze them and organize a meal with them for the whole family at the end of the month”. Not following these tips would take us to eat party menu (much more caloric) during all the holidays. Also the Christmas leftovers are tempting between food and food.

Keep the sweets in a closed place. They are not forbidden but you have to think that they are the dessert of the parties, that is why “we only have to take them out on the indicated days or if we have a visit”. The rest of the week sweets must be under lock and key. If we have them in sight, it is easy to fall into the temptation to bite at any time.

Fruit, vegetables and whole products. “It is highly recommended to increase your consumption during these dates and even incorporate it in the dinners and festive meals”. Vegetables barely contribute calories while in turn produce satiety during and after meals. In addition, being rich in vegetable fiber are absorbed more slowly so that hunger takes time to appear.

Drink a lot of water. Because if you drink water there will be other caloric fluids that you stop drinking. These would be sugary sodas or alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer. In addition, water provides a feeling of fullness and contributes to less hunger. For this it is advisable to drink two glasses just before starting a main meal.

Walk. If you play sports normally, chances are you will not leave at parties. But if your life is more sedentary you should leave this routine aside at least during these two weeks. It is best to go for a walk every day for at least 35 minutes. As incredible as it may seem, walking at a speed near 7.5 kilometers per hour burns more calories than running at 10 kilometers per hour. The reason is that when walking, more muscles are involved.

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Delicious Healthy Christmas Desserts

Hello Everyone

Almost everyone that I know like desserts and Christmas is the perfect season to have to much of it. that does not mean to get fat because of it. Just follow these simple recipes and enjoy

Merry Christmas! 

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Amazing Benefits of Chai tea

The benefits of Chai Tea are many, both those who contribute their ingredients separately, and the union of all of them. And this is the result of mixing a series of spices and tea, with great properties for health. It is native to India and is considered a revitalizing, soothing beverage with the ability to provide mental clarity.

For all these factors it is considered an ideal drink for the modern lifestyle. And it is that, at present, we live under a frenetic rhythm and leave little time to calm the mind. So, resorting to Chai Tea to reduce tensions, is a success.

What is the Chai Tea made up of?
Generally, this tea is the result of mixing the following ingredients:

Black Tea
Loaded with antioxidants, it helps to strengthen the immune system and delay the aging of the skin. In addition, it promotes cardiovascular health, helping to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.

Ginger
A powerful natural anti-inflammatory and strengthening of the immune system. It also adds to the Black Tea in terms of its contribution in antioxidants, so important to protect the body and prevent many diseases.

Cardamom
It brings great benefits to the circulatory system of our body and prevents and treats respiratory diseases. It is ideal when we have digestive problems.
Cinnamon
As in the case of cardamom, it benefits digestive health and also helps control blood sugar levels. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Fennel
Rich in vitamin C that helps strengthen the defenses of our body. In addition, it has a high fiber content, so it helps regulate intestinal transit.

Nail
It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and favors the digestive process.

Black pepper
It helps reduce the storage of fats in the body, so it is very indicated to lose weight.

It is a powerful blend in which strong flavors abound. The important thing is to achieve the fusion of all of them, preventing a flavor from exceeding the rest. Today is a mixture very easy to find in any tea shop. It is ideal for those thinking of replacing or reducing coffee consumption, since its caffeine content is much lower.

Benefits of Chai Tea
As a whole, all these ingredients with powerful properties to take care of health, present many benefits:

Combat free radicals, responsible for producing a variety of diseases, thanks to its antioxidant power.
Improves the digestive system by promoting the process of digestion of food.
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, thanks to the properties of some of its ingredients, being able to significantly reduce the pain of some parts of our body.
Accelerates metabolism being very suitable in weight loss plans.
It provides energy thanks to its effect as a natural stimulant. Therefore it serves as a substitute for other sugary drinks or coffee.

How to make Chai Latte

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3 healthy dinner recipes under 500 calories

Hello Everyone

Today I want to talk about 3 Delicious, healthy and under 500 calories recipes, can we asking for something else.

  1. Wrapped lettuce with turkey and ginger
    285 calories

Based on a popular Asian dim sum (or appetizer), you can rediscover fun with food by rolling these delicious wraps of lettuce with turkey and ginger. Serve with rice or bean salad for a dinner.

Recipe:

Boil water in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of instant whole-grain rice, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Heat 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet.

Cook 1 pound of 93% lean ground turkey, 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint) and 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger for 6 minutes.

Add 1 chopped bell pepper, 1 grated carrot, 1 can of chestnuts in water, 1/2 cup chicken broth with a low sodium content, 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce, five spices powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 1 minute.

To serve, separate the leaves of 2 Boston lettuces on the plates, add a spoon of the turkey mixture and roll up the wrapped ones.

2. Asian vegetable stir fry
175 calories

This recipe is just a vegetarian variation of the traditional Asian stir-fry. Also, if you chop the vegetables, you can drastically reduce the cooking time. Turn it into a full 500-calorie dinner when serving over brown rice or whole wheat tortillas and add extra spicy sauce or hoisin sauce to taste.

Recipe:

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Beat 4 large eggs. Cook, remove and set aside.

Add 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 2 teaspoons chopped ginger and 2 cloves of chopped garlic and cook until everything is smooth.

Add 12 ounces of broccoli, 2 cups of bean sprouts, 2 shallots in julienne strips, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar; stir and cook until tender.

Add the eggs and 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce. Remove when cooking to mix the vegetables well.

Serve over brown rice or warm whole wheat tortillas

3. Chicken with red wine and couscous
480 calories

Red wine and rosemary make an elegant reduction for a non-fat chicken breast – especially when served with sautéed spinach and over a well-seasoned couscous.

Recipe:

Place 4 fat-free chicken breasts boned in a refractory and bake until browned.

Put the chicken on a plate and cover to keep the heat.

Pour 3/4 cup of red wine and 2 sliced ​​shallots in a pan, cook until reduced a little and the shallots are transparent.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of thick black pepper and 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary.

Add the mixture to the chicken and stir until it is cooked and covered.

Add 4 handfuls of spinach steamed on chicken for 2 minutes.

Serve over whole grain couscous.

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Childhood Obesity

Unfortunately there is no magic pill or spell to curing obesity but the good news is that we do have the tools to take a small but important step by getting rid of our judgement and bias towards children with obesity.

Dr Anita Vreugdenhil, Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Maastricht University Medical Centre, is the founder of the Maastricht programme COACH which encompasses an ‘all-inclusive’ approach to improve the lifestyle of overweight and obese children in the South of the Netherlands. Overweight, a condition in which a person’s weight is 10%-20% higher than what is considered as “normal”, and obesity, when a person’s weight is more than 20% higher than normal, are rapidly becoming a national health threat in the Netherlands, especially among children. The latest figures indicate that 500.000 children in the Netherlands are overweight or obese. But many parents don’t realise that their child is overweight and are not aware of the severe consequences. Even when they become aware of the problem, they still don’t know how to correct and change their ingrained behaviour. That’s where Anita and her team can help.

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5 vital reasons to become a vegetarian


In the vegetarian diet is excluded, as the name says, any product of animal origin and that implies his death. Instead we can eat milk and dairy products, eggs and honey. They are products of animal origin but they have not meant their death to obtain them.

Of course, the vegetarian person does not just stay in that aspect. It will also seek, as far as possible, that these foods are produced in a respectful way (for example, eggs of free chickens and that they eat healthy food) with them and with the environment. That the vegetables are organic and, if possible, of small farmers in nearby areas will be another priority.

Within the vegetarian “family” we will find people who do not take eggs or milk or honey. They are Vegans and do not take anything that comes directly or indirectly from any animal.

Reasons to be a vegetarian

1- Less chronic diseases

Vegetarian diet is lower in fat and also more polyunsaturated. That implies less cholesterol and less hypertension. To eat more vegetables and fruits can help to avoid some types of cancer since it is a diet more antioxidant and that favors the elimination of toxins. When we learn to eat better we hardly need medication, aspirins, antacids and other “everyday” medicines tend to disappear from our daily lives.

2-Less malnutrition and constipation

It is very curious that except Vegans (who must supplement their diet with B12) a balanced vegetarian diet is usually richer in nutrients than normal (we all tend to always eat the same and basically refined foods).
Greater knowledge about nutrition. Vegetarians usually care a lot about food and take care that nothing is missing. They usually take supplements of algae, pollen, royal jelly, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, flax seed, sesame, etc. The fact of eating more vegetables, more fruit, less meat and more whole foods is a key aspect.


3- Vegetarian diet is Cheaper and improve life quality

 Basing your diet on vegetables, legumes, fruits and vegetable proteins is cheaper than eating meat, prepared foods, cola type drinks, pizzas, snacks, etc. Vegetarians can say that, in general, they are very involved in improving their quality of life and try to find ways to reduce their stress, improve their diet, enjoy nature more, etc.


4- Avoid animal suffering.

Behind this way of eating there is a whole philosophy of life. The planet is understood as the home of all living beings. Avoiding, if possible, your suffering is very important. We can feed on them without killing them (dairy, eggs, honey, etc.).


5-Environmental sustainability

With the food that an animal needs (or the necessary land to raise its food) we can feed 10 times more people. Every year more forests and part of the forest disappear so that animals can graze. In addition, its intensive breeding generates highly polluting residues and methane.

Conclusion
With this article we only want to show that the reasons for being a vegetarian are not only to follow a nutritional fashion but the benefits are many and diverse. Of course there are many people who are not vegetarian and that their diet is balanced and healthy, and that they seek to improve their quality of life.

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Amazing benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranate is a fruit full of antioxidants and found that the seeds have a number of health benefits, from lowering cholesterol to fight against arthritis.

 

“Pomegranates are known for their high polyphenol content,” said Marisa Moore of the Academy of Nutrition and Diet. In addition, he assured that the fruit offers a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Here we will give you more benefits of this delicious fruit:

 

The red pomegranate stimulates your immune system
Scientists recommend drinking pomegranate juice because it effectively concentrates the beneficial nutrients in pomegranate seeds. “The antioxidant activity of pomegranate juice can be three times higher than that of green tea and red wine,” explained Moore of the University of California.

Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidants: tannins (which have made healthy red wine famous), anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Antioxidants are important to keep cells in our bodies healthy and able to fight against viruses, decreasing inflammation and preventing organ damage.
 

Keep blood pressure low
Think of them as a relief from stress in edible form. Besides we already know that we are taking advantage of the power of their antioxidants, pomegranates have been shown to improve systolic blood pressure. According to a study conducted at the Research Lipid Research Laboratory in the Medical Sciences in Israel, the grenades ensure that the arteries are free of plaque.

Goodbye cholesterol!
Another study by the Lipid Research Laboratory analyzed many effects of pomegranates on cardiovascular health, which led to a decrease in cholesterol levels. Once again, we have antioxidant polyphenols to thank for this.

Fight inflammation
Antioxidants also work wonders on inflammation throughout the body, even in the most painful cases of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that pomegranate extract not only reduces inflammation, but also helps relieve pain and even fights cartilage degradation.

They inhibit cancer
Studies show that pomegranate juice inhibits the growth of cancer cells and even gives those cells an extra push to keep going and die (a process called apoptosis). A study from the University of Southern Taiwan Science and Technology, showed that pomegranate juice prevented the proliferation of a particular prostate cancer cell, while a previous study from the University of Florida Atlantic found similar results with respect to the breast cancer cells.

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