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5 Easy Ways to Create More Time for a Healthier You

5 Easy Ways to Create More Time for a Healthier You

You define what is important by how you dedicate your time and for many of us, our health is high up on our priority lists. Even the busiest of people can find ways to reclaim their time and make their health a top priority and here's how: 

How to Create More Time For Your Health

Tip No. 1 -- Write it down and organize your thoughts

Make a list and check it twice or better yet, strike it off. Creating lists helps to put those tasks on paper and have a visual reminder of what needs to be done, which will help you to prioritize and better manage your time. Lists also have a wonderful, positive psychological impact by helping to de-clutter your thoughts, while giving you a feeling of control and filling you with sense of accomplishment as you take care of your business.  

There are many apps available to keep track of your task list, or go old school and use a pen and paper! 

Tip No. 2 -- Get more sleep and function better 

This seems like a no-brainer, but your body functions better on an adequate amount of sleep. When you're tired, the more difficult it becomes to stick to your healthy habits, whether that's eating loads of healthy foods, following your workout routine or simply managing your stress levels. 

Try disconnecting from distractions 30-60 minutes before bedtime and allow yourself to decompress. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night to ensure you're running at peak performance. 

Tip No. 3 -- Online shopping saves time

Online shopping is incredibly convenient for people on the go. From kitchen appliances to groceries to exercise equipment, you'll always find what you're looking for online and you'll have access to better discounts, infinite choice and no pressure sales. 

If you're like most households, you tend to purchase a lot of the same grocery items on a regular basis and nowadays online shoppers can maximize their time by saving a personalized online shopping list to place repeat orders, stay focused and avoid impulse buys. 

Tip No. 4 -- Turn off technology and increase your self-awareness

With technology creeping into all aspects of our lives, we should all strive to live in the moment. In truth, often times our phones leave us more stressed, jealous, annoyed and sad as a result of the over consumption of information and social media overload. Unsurprisingly, more people are opting for screen time over the company of others, which means more of their down time is spent online rather than with their significant other.

We experience amazing health benefits when we disconnect from our phones, including reduced anxiety and depression, improved attention, increased happiness, greater self-awareness. 

Tip No. 5 -- Schedule your exercise and stick to your routine

Make an appointment with yourself to exercise and don't cancel. It seems simple, but you're more likely to stick to your fitness routine when you make a point of scheduling time for it. 

The Essentials of Freeze Drying - 3 How-To's

The Essentials of Freeze Drying - 3 How-To's

The convenience of freeze dried food is unparalleled. Enjoying fresh food weeks, months, or years later without compromising on nutrition, flavour, colour or texture is made possible using a freeze dryer. 

Before you get started, you'll want to know the essentials.  

How-to #1: Fruits and Veggies

Everybody will appreciate the convenience of being able to reach into their pantries and have a variety of delicious fruits and vegetables at their finger tips, especially in the dead of winter when fresh local fruits and vegetables are practically non-existent. Also, freeze drying your fruits and vegetables at home means you can buy in bulk and eliminate unnecessary waste, which translates into savings, a lot of savings. 

TIP: Blanching your veggies before freeze drying them will help bring them back to that perfect texture when rehydrated.

 

How-to #2: Dairy or dairy alternatives

Did you know you can turn yogurt, milk or even eggs into powder? You won't ever have to worry about having to make an emergency run to the grocery store. All of these staples will be neatly tucked away in your pantry, ready to be used. All you need to do is to add water to reconstitute. 

TIP: Freeze dried (n)ice cream is highly addictive with its crispy, airy texture! 

 

How-to #3: Meat or meat alternatives (soy, tempeh)

Meat can be freeze dried either cooked or in raw form, and can easily last up to 25 years if it's well packaged. That means it'll retain its same fresh taste, nutritional values and original look. Once you are ready to  use the freeze dried meat, simply re-hydrate using hot water (for cooked meat or soy products) or using cold water (for raw meat). 

TIP: Handle raw freeze dried meat as you would fresh raw meat 

Which food would you freeze dry?

Learn How a Freeze Dryer Can Help You Plan for an Emergency

Learn How a Freeze Dryer Can Help You Plan for an Emergency

Have you ever wondered how you and your family would survive in an emergency situation where access to food was limited or worse, non-existent?

Freeze Dryers Are Lifesavers   

Emergency preparedness is not a situation we want to imagine, but it's a reality that we cannot ignore. Preparing for a disaster by ensuring you have an adequate amount of food stored at home can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that disasters can cause.

Keeping a three-month or more food supply at home is a major benefit as it will:

  • Prepare you for the unexpected should disaster strike;
  • Save you money in the event that food prices sky rocket;
  • Ensure you maintain an adequate food supply should access to food be limited;
  • Fuel your body with nutritious and balanced meals so you can maintain your energy stores; and
  • Allow you to focus your time and attention on more pressing matters in an emergency situation.

 Freeze-dried Fast Facts

  • You can freeze dry individual food items (veggies, fruits, dairy, meat) or an entire dish (lasagna, casserole, desserts, pie).
  • Freeze-dried foods can be re-hydrated back to their original look, texture, flavour and colour using hot or cold water.
  • Making freeze-dried food at home means you can accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.
  • The quality of home freeze-dried food vs. store-bought is far superior. You can control your food source and adjust the flavour of your dishes.
  • Freeze drying at home will result in savings in the bank! Purchase your food in bulk, avoid food waste, freeze dry large quantities of food at a time and compared to commercially prepared freeze dried meals, home freeze drying is a fraction of the cost.  

 

If you're curious to learn how freeze drying works, then you'll love this quick video on freeze drying meals. Yum! 

 

 

Have you tried freeze-dried foods? Comment below! 

Top 5 Reasons Why Home Freeze Dried Pet Food Is Better

Top 5 Reasons Why Home Freeze Dried Pet Food Is Better

We love our pets and it's no wonder, they bring us a lot of joy and provide us with companionship. That explains why Canadians are constantly in search of better ways to care for and pamper their furry friends.

Make pet nutrition a priority 

Most pet owners are looking for ways to keep their pets in tip top shape, which includes a healthy balanced diet and plenty of exercise. 

Unfortunately, commercially prepared dog and cat food often contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics found in store-bought prepared foods for humans. On top of that, the meat that goes into commercially prepared pet foods is often unfit for human consumption.    

A guaranteed way to gain control over your pet's diet is to prepare your own pet food at home, with ingredients from sources that you trust.

Freeze dried pet food is better

Many pet owners are using a freeze dryer to make their own pet food. There are numerous reasons why home freeze-dried pet food and snacks are better than store-bought; they're healthier, easier for your pet to digest, and tastier, plus you not only reduce your food waste at home, your pet has the benefit of better nutrition, improved health and higher energy levels. 

Top 5 reasons why you should make freeze dried pet food 

  1. Freeze dried foods have a long shelf-life (up to 25 years), so you can prepare large batches and store the food without any worry that it'll spoil or that the nutrition will be compromised. 
  2. Freeze-dried foods are free of additives and preservatives. You also have the ability to customize your pet food, while considering any allergies or sensitivities your pet may have. You can easily reduce your pet's exposure to the offending ingredients when you make the food at home.  
  3. Most people are surprised to learn that freeze drying does not affect the flavour, colour or shape of their food, which means the food is recognizable and tastes as it should. 
  4. Did you know that the freeze drying process does not use any heat, so the loss of any nutrition in the food is minimal. That means freeze-dried foods are just as healthy for your pet as the day on which they were preserved and all of those wonderful vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes remain intact.
  5. The time it takes to prepare your food for freeze drying is minimal, and the freeze drying process itself takes around 24 to 36 hours from start to finish for about 16 pounds of food. 

 

If you're curious to learn more about freeze drying, check out our freeze dryer introduction.

 

 Fast Fact: 

Each year Canadians spend over $4 billion on their pets and of that amount, a whopping $2 billion goes toward pet food alone. 

 

 

Make Camping & Hiking More Fun with Your Own Freeze Dried Food

Make Camping & Hiking More Fun with Your Own Freeze Dried Food

Today's guest blogger is Wendy Busse, a registered dietitian who has helped hundreds of people lose weight and eat healthier. According to her, a major key to success is having nourishing meals that can be quickly and easily prepared at home, or just as readily on the go. The easiest way to do this is with your own home freeze dryer.

Summer is finally upon us and with that lots of great hiking and camping opportunities. In this video, Wendy shares with you how freeze-dried meals and snacks can make your camping trips and long hikes a lot easier.

With a home freeze dryer, Wendy tells us, she can pack most of the food her family needs for an entire trip in a big Rubbermaid container. But the biggest advantage, she says, is being able to make meals with very little prep time or dishes to wash. Now, who doesn't like the sound of that?

Comments? Suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below after you watch the video.

 

About the Author: Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian from Alberta, Canada with a passion for helping people embrace delicious dining through mindful meal planning and eating. She can be reached at www.wendybusse.com

Discover Freeze Drying For Healthy Meal & Snack Planning

Discover Freeze Drying For Healthy Meal & Snack Planning

Today's guest video blogger is Wendy Busse, a registered dietitian who has helped hundreds of people lose weight and eat healthier. According to her, a major key to success is having nourishing meals that can be quickly prepared at home. The easiest way to do this is with a home freeze dryer

In this video, Wendy explains why having her own freeze dryer has been such a blessing. Soups are one of the easiest meals to prepare with freeze dried ingredients. She's written a pamphlet Hearty Soups with your Freeze Dryer - that has tips on freeze drying 15 different foods that you can combine into a variety of nutritious, tasty soups. You can download the free handout from the link below this video.

Comments? Suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below.

Hearty Soups with Your Freeze Dryer - Download Your Free Guide »

 

About the Author: Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian from Alberta, Canada with a passion for helping people embrace delicious dining through mindful meal planning and eating. She can be reached at www.wendybusse.com