The Kitchen Safe Allows You to Transition to a Raw Food Diet Effortlessly

Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil

Changing your diet takes willpower and as you transition to eating more raw, plant-based foods, you’ll find an invention like the Kitchen Safe invaluable.  A plastic container complete with a tamper-proof lock with timer built into it, the clever storage item was part of a successfully Kickstarter campaign that generated $41,991 from 779 backers in a 45 days.

The Kitchen Safe is the brainchild of David Krippendorf, Ryan Tseng, and Nick Tseng.  Krippendorf battled junk food cravings that were so severe that he needed to invent a solution to curb them.  He called upon his former MIT grad school classmate, Ryan, for assistance.  As the company grew, Tseng brought on his brother, Nick, for additional support.  The result was a wildly successful invention that can be used to avoid temptation while making lifestyle changes.

Rather than take a chance with a bag of cookies while switching to a healthier, plant-based raw food diet, you can avoid temptation by locking the snack item away for an indefinite amount of time and see if your cravings subside.  Once the lid is closed and the timer is set, the Kitchen Safe cannot be opened until the digital read out reaches zero.  Even if the batteries die, the original time set will continue to count down once the AAs have been replaced. This keeps you from binging on the foods you’re trying to steer yourself away from.

Two Styles to Choose From

The new invention comes in two styles to choose from-clear or white (for hiding items and building anticipation).  It measures 6” wide x 6” long x 6.5” tall and can hold 3.5 quarts worth of contents.  The Kitchen Safe is BPA-free making it a safe place to store food.  The timer can be set from one minute to ten days depending on needs.  It runs on two AA batteries which will last up to 6 months under normal use.

Cleaning the Kitchen Safe is Easy and Hardly Any Work at All

The Kitchen Safe is easy to clean by hand.  Just remove the lid and wash the container with mild detergent and warm, soapy water.  Refrain from putting it in the dishwasher.  It also is not freezer-safe so keep it out of there.

An Invention That Keeps You Honest

As you’re doing your best to phase out dairy and cooked foods, you’ll appreciate an invention like the Kitchen Safe for keeping you honest.  If eating healthy is your goal, you stand a better chance of succeeding when you have a cool gadget to use.

Rather than reach for high calories sweets, you’ll satisfy your cravings with something natural like Sun Gems Sunflower Crips or Living Granola.  You’ll learn how to prepare your own raw foods like Live Babaganoush and Smooth Coco Pudding.

Inventors like Krippendorf, Tseng, and Tseng identified a need and fulfilled.  Their success is a testimony to the effectiveness of a new wave of interactive health and fitness products flooding the marketplace.  In addition to raising the funds needed to fulfill orders and launch their invention, they exceeded that number because people valued the idea behind the unique storage container that they created.

The Kitchen Safe is available for purchase through the company’s website.  It retails for $39.95.  International shipping is available making the invention the perfect gift for people around the world.  The company anticipates shipping orders soon.

Edward Lakatis runs and writes for Idea Design Studio, an invention development and marketing company. He is passionate about all things related to invention, and helping other inventor’s realize their products potentials. More of Edward’s writing can be found on http://ideadesignstudio.com/

The Benefits of Drinking Water

“Drink water because it’s good for you.”  It seems like this is something we’ve all heard many times throughout our lifetimes yet many of us don’t drink near enough water as we should on a daily basis.  H2O helps with more than just hydration.  It improves your overall health.  So to help make it easier to drink more water, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of drinking at least 64 ounces of the clear stuff each day:

  • Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. (WebMD)
  • Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. (WebMD)
  • Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.  During exercise, experts recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating. (WebMD)
  • You Won’t Feel Exhausted or Fatigued.  The body uses water to flush out toxins and body waste products.  When your body is lacking water, your heart will have to work harder to get oxygen to all the cells.  Also, your other vital organs have to work harder to do the same which means your organs will be exhausted from all the work and you will, too.
  • Water is a Natural Headache Remedy.   Water helps to relieve headache and can also help relieve back pains due to dehydration. Although many factors can contribute to headache and back pain, dehydration is the leading reason.
  • You Will Feel Healthier and Less Likely to Get Sick.  If you didn’t know it already, water helps fight against many ailments such as the flu, kidney stones, and even heart attack.  Add some lemon to the water and you help fight rheumatism, arthritis, and respiratory disease.  Water helps your immune system more than you realize.

So, with only six benefits of water listed here, you can already start to see how the simple act of drinking enough water daily can change your life significantly.  If you don’t like water, look for ways to make it taste better.  Fruit slices like strawberry and lemon as well as sliced cucumber flavor water well.  Keep some on hand at all times so you’ll be sure to keep drinking H2O each day.

Ten More Fitness Apps You’ll Want to Look Into

So you want to be healthier in 2013?  That’s great and with smartphones its easier than ever to get in shape these days.  In this article, we list ten more of the best apps that keep you on track to becoming a better, healthier you.

Lose It – iPhone and AndroidCost: Free

Consolidate your workout journal and food diary into one (or start keeping them for the first time) with this handy tracker.  Add in your daily exercises including the intensity and hours spent and it calculates how many calories you ate, how many you burned, and how much more you can eat throughout the day.

iTreadmill – iPhone Cost: $1.99

Turn on this app, put it in your pocket, and go about your day as it accurately tracks your steps, distance, and average speed.  The counter automatically pauses when you stop and restarts when you move again.

Nike Training Club – Android and iPhone Cost: Free

Sign up to Nike Training Club to get your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, toned, and strong with more than 100 custom-built workouts. Take your goal further with the all-new NikeFuel and calorie data.

Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal – Android Cost: Free

With this app, it not only helps you lose weight and workout, but it also has a very large database of foods which it will use to help you keep track of how many calories you consume.  This is a great way to stay on top of your fitness goals.

Runtastic PRO – Android Cost: $4.99

Your personal tracking app for running, biking, and other sports activities! It tracks your workout progress to help you reach training goals.

Sports Tracker by Sports Tracking Technologies Ltd – iphone and Android Cost: Free

A fun app that lets you share your results on Facebook and Twitter, Sports Tracker makes weight loss and fitness goals something to celebrate with family and friends.  It has maps, time and distance calculators and if you go overseas, it has routes you can take to keep on working out.  You can use this one for walking, running, swimming, and cycling.

Water my Body – iPhone Cost: $0.99

With this app, you can track your daily water consumption as it is designed for the user in mind. With the research done by health care professionals, this app it shows you just how critical it is to maximize your water intake.

iFitness – iPhone Cost: $1.99

This app offers more than 230 exercises sorted by regions or muscle groups and also has instructional videos.  You can also add and edit custom exercises of your own.  When you are done with a workout, you can send it to your email to keep track.

Zombies, Run! – Android Cost: $3.99

This is a one that you will never want to see in real life, but if it happened you’d be prepared.  Take your headphones and then start running.  Within 100 yards, you will hear the sounds of zombies on your tail.  What better way to motivate you to keep running than the thought of being run down by zombies?

Cyclemeter – iPhone Cost: $4.99

This app is great for cycling and tracks everything and tells you what you have biked and how many calories you’ve burned.  But it’s not just for bicycling.  You can also use this app for track workouts, runs, and other activities.

This list contains 10 great apps that you can use to become a better and healthier you.  It’s easier now than ever to get in shape.  Go have fun outdoors.  Your body and mind will thank you for taking such great care of them.

Foods That Hurt or Heal the Body

The foods you eat can play a major factor in your health.  Heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, food allergies, gall stones, kidney stones, ulcers, plus a host of other conditions can be traced, in part, to what you eat.  Despite the negative rep, your diet can also help you fight and even defeat some diseases.  It’s all about choices.

Food as Medicine

Many foods can help you fight disease. Others do nothing for you, despite what you have heard.  Some foods can really harm you.  Here is a list of a few food facts and myths:

  • Honey –Although many people swear that locally produced honey will help fight seasonal allergies due to the pollens in it, they are pollens that most people are not allergic to. Another myth: if you are diabetic and have switched to Agave Nectar, it is up to 90% concentrated fructose and is not much healthier for you than sugar, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, or any other sweetener.
  • Fruits – Eat fresh whole fruits as often as possible, plus you can eat fruits packed in their own juices. Stay away from fruits canned in heavy or light syrup and miss out on the extra sugar.  Is fruit really good for you? Yes, but eat it sensibly. While it can add vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your diet, it is also high in fructose and excess fructose is stored away as fat!
  • Vegetables – If you love fruit, remember tomatoes are a fruit! And so is zucchini!
  • Proteins – 50% of your proteins should be in the form of vegetables. Spinach and kale smoothies mixed with your favorite fruits make a nutritious breakfast. And nuts, seeds, and beans will help you maintain a healthier body weight plus add a variety of health benefits including helping to avoid or fight cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, and kidney stones.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Found in fish (salmon being one of the best), flax seed, and walnuts can lower cholesterol and help lower your risk of heart disease. Eat tuna no more than once a month or avoid it and its high levels of mercury all together. Wild salmon is healthier and contains less of the harmful toxins found in farm raised salmon. (Store bought salmon should be marked either way.)
  • Vinegar, Cranberry Juice, Lemons, and Beer vs. Bladder Infections – Urinary Tract Infections can be treated to an extent with apple cider vinegar (two teaspoons to a glass of water), cranberry juice, lemonade, and to a smaller amount, beer. Cranberry juice is often recommended to help fight bladder infections. However, cranberry juice is high in oxalate, which can promote some types of kidney stones. If you have kidney stones, drink lemonade and cranberry juice if you don’t.

Five Places to Find Raw Food Recipes

Are you new to the raw food revolution?  Do you need help finding recipes that your whole family will eat?  Well, don’t fret.  There are plenty of places to find delicious, raw recipes and we’ve decided to list a few of the most popular here.

Five places that offer new recipes to try include:

  1. BakingforHealth.com. In addition to the different raw foods we sell, we offer a number of recipes for you to read about and try.  Devour Live Babaganoush, Quick and Easy Nut Cheese or Smooth Coco Pudding.
  2. NouveauRaw.com.  Learn how to prepare a dozen or more types of Kale Chips.  Can we say Maple Pumpkin Kale Chips and Sweet Miso Kale Chips?
  3. AllRecipes.comThe popular website has plenty of options for you to choose from.  Create raw appetizers, raw entrees, and even raw desserts.  With summer fast approaching, there are plenty of recipes that use ingredients like fresh melons, ripe tomatoes, and aromatic herbs like cilantro.
  4. 4.    Rawmazing.comChoose from a variety of categories.  Want to whip up breakfast for your kids?  Try Raw Doughnuts with Orange Ginger Glaze or a Cinnamon and Fruit Chia Pudding.
  5. TheRawtarian.comRaw recipes in every category for you to try.  If you want a cookie, cake or bar to try, there are plenty for you to choose from.  There’s also soups, smoothies, sauces and condiment recipes by the dozen.

The more recipes you try the more skilled you will become at creating your own raw food dishes.  If you’re looking for snacks, let Baking for Health assist you.  We offer a wide variety of sweet and savory treats to tickle your taste buds.  Visit http://www.bakingforhealth.com for more information about our wide assortment of gluten-free, raw vegan snacks.

Five of the Best Apps for Getting Into Shape

You don’t need to join a gym or hire a personal trainer to stay in shape.  With today’s technology, you can download apps and track your progress on your own.  If you have a smartphone and an armband to put it in, you can utilize any of the following applications.

Here are five of the best apps for getting into shape:

  1. GymPactIf you can’t get yourself motivated, why not put a wager on your workouts?  With GymPact, you can do just that.  Plan how many days a week you want to be physically active.  Set a dollar amount for each day.  If you don’t work out and track it through the app or RunKeeper, you’re required to pay.  A few missed workouts later, you’ll be making sure you keep your promise.
  2. Couch-to-5KIn just 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week for 9 weeks, you can get in the best shape of your life.  Go from the couch to being able to running 5 miles with ease.  An interactive coach helps you stay on track.
  3. Workout TrainerChoose a workout in the following categories: Pro, Community Created, Abs & Core, Weight Loss, Pro Audio, Weightlifting, Cardio, Full Body, Running, Yoga, Fitness Tests, Arms, and more.  Change things up to keep from getting bored.  Your body will thank you for it!
  4. NexerciseEarn rewards for getting in shape.  Play with your friends, get in shape, and improve your physical and mental well-being.  This app comes highly recommended because it’s fun and effective.
  5. StrivvDownloading the app is free but buying the high-tech pedometer will cost you nearly $100.  Use your iPhone to run the app and save money.  The features are identical.  Track the number of steps you’ve taken, miles walked, calories burned, and stairs climbed in any given day.  Accept challenges and earn points that can be applied to different charities.  For example, walking can help you provide clean drinking water for a community or save part of the rainforest from destruction.

Take advantage of these free apps.  You’ll feel better than you ever have before because you took the initiative to get active.  Aerobic exercise is great for the heart, a way to reduce stress, and the most effective way to prevent disease.  Paired with a low-calorie, nutrient rich diet, regular physical activity will change your life.

Twenty-Five of the Happiest Quotes We’ve Read

Happiness is contagious.  Think about the last time you saw someone smile.  Chances are you found yourself smiling too.  There’s just something about happy people that is admirable.  Despite the stresses of everyday life, they manage to see the silver lining in every cloud.

Here are twenty-five of the happiest quotes we’ve read in the past year:

  1. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  2. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker
  4. “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  5. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
  6. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  7. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer
  8. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and      harmony.” – Thomas Merton
  9. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” – Napoleon Hill
  10.  “Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.” – Oscar Levant
  11.  “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg
  12.  “There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.” – Frederick Delius
  13. “See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.” – James Freeman Clarke
  14. “Happiness is only real when shared.” – Christopher McCandless
  15. “Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.” – Bernard Meltzer
  16. “Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” – Alice Meynell
  17.  “There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.” – John Buchan
  18.  “Happiness is when you love who you are and you are able to accept yourself and others.” – Bar Refaeli
  19.  “The groundwork of all happiness is health.” – Leigh Hunt
  20.  “Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.” – Marguerite Gardiner
  21. “I always had a larger view. I’m interested in real life – my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.” – Amy Adams
  22. “To me, flowers are happiness.” – Stefano Gabbana
  23.  “I have a talent for happiness. I look with the eyes of a painter, and I see beauty.” – Sylvia Kristel
  24. “Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.” – William Burroughs
  25. “The greatest happiness is to transform one’s feelings into action.” – Madame de Stael

Ten of the Best Quotes About Mothers

Mothers are special people.  With that being said, Baking for Health wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for the women that play such an important role in our lives.  Happy Mother’s Day!  The world is clearly a better place because of you!

Here are ten of our favorite quotes about mothers:

  1. “The phrase “working mother” is redundant.” – Jane Sellman
  2. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” – W. R. Wallace
  3. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey
  4. There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill
  5. “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller
  6. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.”  - Mildred B. Vermont
  7. “A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.” -Helen Rice
  8. “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” -Ferrell Sims
  9. “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” -Erma Bombeck
  10.  “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” -George Eliot

Warm sentiments about mothers have been shared from one generation to the next.  You’re likely to have your own thoughts about being a mother.  We’d love to hear what you have to say about the subject.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is nurturing the relationships you have with others.  How do you care for the ones you love most?  Do you encourage them to be physically active and to eat a nutritious diet of raw foods?

If this sounds like you, you’d benefit from one of our sampler packs.  There are several different options for you to choose from.  Select the Sun Gem, Savory, Sweet and Savory, Just Granola, Assorted Sweets or the Very Happy Family Sampler.  Imagine the time you’ll save by having healthy, raw, vegan snacks on hand in their own individual packages.  Visit http://www.bakingforhealth.com for more information.

Five Ways to Make Yourself a “Morning Person”

Are you more of a “night owl” than a “morning person”?  Want to put a spring in your step and get the most out of your daytime hours?  Here are five ways to change your perspective about getting out of bed in the morning:

  • Make one hour all about you.  Keep in mind that in order for something to become a habit, you’ll need to do it for thirty days.  Start out by setting your alarm clock one hour earlier than you usually get up and use that time to do something nice for yourself.  Read a book, write in your journal or create a recipe for your family to try using ingredients you have in your kitchen.  You’ll learn to look forward to and cherish the time you’ve set aside for yourself each morning.
  • Get a good workout in.  Getting your heart rate up early in the day helps jump start your metabolism.  Regular exercise prevents deadly disease and boosts your mood naturally.  If you want to start the day off on the right foot so to speak, take a brisk walk around the neighborhood and see how motivated you feel afterwards.
  • Create a morning ritual that fuels the soul.  Don’t ever fall into the trap of “I don’t have anything to do.”  Create a ritual that you can get lost in.  This can be brewing a pot of coffee and reading the newspaper before going to work, writing a to-do list in colored pens to keep you organized and on task or doing some research online before tackling a big project.  It’s amazing how a few minutes in the morning can determine the course of your day.
  • Use affirmations to get the day started.  Affirmations are short, powerful statements that help motivate you.  They affirm the positive thoughts produced by your subconscious mind.  Affirmations are tools used by some of the most successful people in the world.  If you want to make your morning amazing, start out with an affirmation like, “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and see what transpires.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.  Your body needs good, healthful food for energy.  Don’t skip breakfast.  It is the most important meal of the day.  This is especially true if you started your morning out by exercising.  You’ll need to replace the calories you burned.  Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, and whole grains for nutrient-rich, low calorie meal options.  You can find plenty of inspiration through recipe websites and www.bakingforhealth.com.

There are plenty of reasons to be happy about with each passing day.  Even if you’re reluctant to change, do so anyway.  Small adjustments to your schedule often lead to bigger and better things.  Before you know it, you’ll be bounding from bed with newfound energy.

Ten Things Highly Successful People Do Each Morning

Successful people cultivate good habits throughout their lifetimes.  That’s why it’s important for us to take an interest in them and their routines.  Successful people find it refreshing to start out the day on a positive note.  That’s why they do the following each morning.

1. Accept the blessings and challenges of a new day.

Successful people start by facing every new day as an opportunity to rethink their directions and a chance to reassess disappointments with courage and turn them into challenges they can face in a new and exciting way.

2.  Think about ways to make life better for other people.

When your outflow of positive action and attitude becomes contagious, the people who surround you will become as motivated as you are and the results can change your life. Your family will become happier. Your workmates will become more productive. Your friends will become more positive. Successful people are surrounded by the people who are affected by the drive and constructive personality he presents each day in a positive way.

3.  Use time advantageously.

Ask a successful person how much time he puts into each task. He will tell you that he puts time into things that help him perform and help him succeed not spending all of his time

4.  Channel energy appropriately.

Successful people find ways to reach maximum efficiency every day. And then they repeat them, again and again.

5.  Stick to what they believe in.

If you have an idea, make a plan. Once you have a plan, you can change it as you need to in order to reach you goals. However, remember the idea. The idea is the key, stick to it.

6.  Have faith.

You will reach your goals if you are positive and work constructively towards them. Successful people have faith in their ideas, in their goals, and in themselves.

7.  Know what moves them.

Follow this winning formula to achieve your own success. Find out what things and what people inspire you to reach your goals.

8.  Cultivate a winning mentality.

The only one who can defeat you, is yourself.

9.  Never stop learning.

Learning isn’t just for children. Learn something new every day. You’ll find projects in what you learn.  You’ll find solutions in what you learn.

10. Take risks.

Sometimes it takes a crazy plan to make a success out of your ideas. Playing it safe all of the time, will help you avoid pitfalls but will leave you traveling on a longer path that may not end where you need to be and it will be harder to start over if a great deal of time has passed since you came up with the goal.

Successful people practice a daily formula to achieve and maintain success.  Apply some of the techniques mentioned here to create a happier, more promising lifestyle each and every day.