How Food Can Keep You And Your Spouse Happy Together

The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so the cliche goes. But the other way around is also very true. So if you’re a couple who loves food and tasting new food outside your home, you can use it as an effective way of strengthening your relationship.

Whether you’re the one who is fond of cooking food for your loved ones or one who has a partner who is a good cook, you are very lucky. Having great cooking skills is a blessing as it gives you the opportunity to share wonderful dishes with your family and experiment with new recipes that even be your very own. On the other hand, if you don’t have those skills but has a partner who’s great in cooking, you should appreciate the effort your spouse does and the love he or she is sharing with you through his cooking.

Did you know that couples who share a love for food can actually end up together for a long time or even a lifetime? Their common denominator here is food and they can do many things together that will center on this.

Cooking at home is just one of the ways you can enjoy each other’s company. People who are inspired normally come up with delicious food particularly if it’s meant for their partner. The thought of you spending a romantic dinner at home can motivate you to do your best in preparing delectable food that will delight your other half. In this instance, you’re not only sharing your love but even good food as well and you can be sure that this dining experience will become memorable.

Outside the home, you and your spouse can schedule a dinner date once every week or twice a month. It’s up to you to decide where to eat out but remember to think variety. Don’t just stick to your favorite restaurant because with the numerous dining places around today, you have a wide choice. You may also want to give each other the chance to decide on a particular place every now and then so there’s a little surprise involved.

Dining out once in a while is a great opportunity for you and your partner to be alone and spend a romantic and quiet dinner together. This is also your chance to try on other types of food and talk about your personal plans for your family.

Another option is to host lunch, brunch or dinner at home for your common friends. You can do it on weekends when everyone is free. A barbecue party will be fun and you can do it at your own backyard. This can encourage your guests to help out in the grilling.

Finally, don’t forget to surprise your loved one by buying his favorite food every now and then. It doesn’t have to be many as long as you know it will make him or her happy.

So remember that food can be the one that can keep you and your spouse together. Enjoy it as much as you can to spice up your life.

Honor Your Loved One’s Memory With a Favorite Foods Dinner

My father-in-law died on February 25, 2007. He had been in failing health and had memory disease. When family members learned he had been admitted to the hospital we knew the end was near. Dad stayed in the hospital for a week and was finally returned to his apartment in assisted living for end-of-life care.

A few days later — two days after my daughter was killed in a car crash — he succumbed to pneumonia. Two deaths on one weekend sent shock waves through the family. Though family members were overcome with grief, we could only grieve for one person at a time. Of course we cried for dad, but most of our tears were for a young mother who died too soon. Family members decided to have a memorial in honor of dad at a later date.

How could we honor his life?

Nothing brought dad more pleasure than having dinner with his family. He often took us out to dinner at his favorite restaurant. The staff of the family-owned restaurant knew dad and looked after him well. Dad was profoundly hard of hearing so they seated us at a corner table when possible. The servers also accommodated to dad’s unusual orders.

One server asked dad what he would like and he replied, “Tissues.” She returned with a mound of tissues on a tray. Dad used to enjoy thick soups and chowders, but towards the end of his life he wanted broth. Since he had forgotten the word broth dad ordered “soup without the chow,” a phrase we had to translate. Minutes later, the server would return with a steaming bowl of broth and salty crackers.

Family members thought a Favorite Foods Dinner would be a fitting way to honor dad’s life. We had three requirements for the dinner. First, the food preparation and clean-up had to be easy. Second, we had to include some fun. Last, the dinner had to be meaningful. Six months after dad’s death we held the dinner at my sister and brother-in-law’s home.

A large photo of dad greeted family members when they walked in the door. For easy clean-up we used paper plates, napkins, ad cups. As for dinner, there was hardly a healthy calorie in sight. The menu: Kentucky Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, smoked oysters on crackers, cheese puffs, fresh fruit (for a few vitamins), chocolate marshmallow cookies and ice cream.

I typed a list of dad’s sayings and gave one to each person. Though dad was no longer with us his sayings revealed his personality, ethics, and humor. Some of them:

* After age 40 you should back up your car as little as possible.

* Take credit for what you do.

* This is going to be the best trip ever!

* Money spent on education is never wasted.

* I don’t want to be neatenized.

But I forgot one of dad’s most famous sayings, “When are we going to have fat and salt?” My husband and I had dad for dinner many times and I cooked nutritious, low-fat meals — a fact that did not escape his notice. Dad never complained about dinner, but his question was really his complaint. Our Favorite Foods Dinner ended with a slide show and the photos of dad with his family sparked tears and laughter.

Have you lost a loved one? Consider honoring him or her with a Favorite Foods Dinner. Family members will be glad to help you with the arrangements and menu. You may even indulge in fat and salt. Then sit around the table and tell stores of the person you knew and loved so much.

Copyright 2007 by Harriet Hodgson

Free Weight Loss Meal Plan – Power Foods You Need For Fast Fat Loss

By now, most of you should know that to lose weight as quickly as possible, you need a combination of exercising and dieting. Types of exercises can range from walking to sports like tennis etc to mountain climbing. You should choose an exercise program that suits your physical conditions. As you go through your exercise regime, you need to boost your body’s energy level and maintain your nutrition by eating proper food; Foods that will keep you healthy as well as help you to lose weight.

When planning your weight loss meals, be sure to include the following list of foods. They provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fibre and essential amino acids etc. They are grouped into starches, fruits, vegetables, proteins and fats.

Sources of starches include: yams, oats, quinoa and amaranth.

Recommended fruits and vegetables are: tomatoes, spinach, oranges, apples, onions, bananas, melons, pumpkins, beans broccoli, blueberries.

Essential fats can come from: walnuts, pecans nuts, almond nuts, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, flaxseed oil.

Sources of proteins are: lean red meat, salmon, cottage cheese, lean poultry, omega-3 eggs, milk protein powder.

Other healthy foods that you can include in your weight meal plan are garlic, cinnamon, green tea and hot peppers.

Here is an example of a simple weight loss meal plan you can easily adopt.

Breakfast

Fruits Whole Grain Lunch Vegetables (salad), add walnuts and pour extra virgin olive oil as dressing Lean red meat or salmon (or any of the protein foods)

Dinner

Lean Meat or salmon (or any of the protein foods) Vegetables and fruits

Snacks (whenever you feel hungry)

Yam or oats (or any other starchy foods) Vegetables and fruits

So, the next time you go grocery shopping, remember to include the above foods. Also remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. I am very sure you will achieve your goal of losing weight sooner than you think.

Facts About Fast Food

In this day and age, convenience has become our friend. With busy lives and careers that take up a good chunk of our days, fast food restaurants are seen as an easy way to get dinner on the table.

Most people work at least 8 hours a day and then there’s the commute home; who wants to cook dinner after all that? It’s very tempting to just stop and pick something up; a readymade meal to just set on the table and dig in. However, it may be fast and easy, but it’s not always good for you. Here I will explain some of the facts about those easy, fast food dinners you bring home to your family.

Let’s first discuss McDonald’s: a value menu hamburger with fries has approximately 60 grams of fat; not to mention the 1,100 of calories. Add in what you drink with it you’ve consumed over half of what your daily calorie allowance is in just one meal, if your diet calls for two thousand calories a day.

Another favorite fast food restaurant is KFC. A lot of people think because it is chicken, it is healthier for you. But there are 21 grams of fat and over 300 calories in one chicken breast cooked in the original recipe. Most people won’t eat just one piece of chicken, so you can do the math; that’s a lot of calories and fat, not to mention the side orders that go along with it. Doesn’t look so healthy after all, does it?

Pick up the phone, order a pizza from Pizza Hut and have them deliver a large pepperoni pan pizza to your door, along with 14 grams of fat and 270 calories a slice. It’s easy and tastes so good, but not a healthy choice.

Like most people, you will likely eat at least two pieces of pizza which will then total 28 grams of fat and over 500 calories, and that’s just for one topping. Add extra cheese and the total fat content rises dramatically. If this is going to be your mode of easy and fast dinners, be prepared to buy new clothes a size or two larger.

If you are thinking that Subway is a healthy choice, you might want to think again. Most regular item subs (excluding those on the low cal/low fat menu) can add up to 500 calories and 18 grams of fat per six inch sandwich. Sure, Jarred lost weight on this plan, but he chose healthy choices from the specialty menu. The regular menu items are still very high in calories and fat content.

It’s best to steer clear of fast food eateries, but if you’re forced to go to one for convenience, try to scout out the menu ahead of time on the Internet to find out what menu options they have that won’t blow your diet plan for the entire day.