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.

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.

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.

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.

Variety is the Spice of Life When Eating Healthy

The most common New Year’s resolutions are based on healthy living, diet, and getting fit. I have a great plan to help you achieve your goals. Become Vegan or try a new diet of raw foods as a simple solution if you are ready to try something new. You can change all of your meals or simply add a few dishes for a great way to increase your intake of nuts and vegetables. Plus, we have snacks and deserts that you and your family will love.

Our site gives you unique recipes to help you construct delicious raw food and vegan dishes. You don’t have to give up foods you enjoy on your new diet. Check out our recipes and enjoy guilt free Coco pudding, Quick and Easy Nut Cheese, Babaganoush, and Linguini.

We also give you a selection of premade vegan and raw food pies and cakes to choose from. You can eat cheesecake and pecan pie with no guilt.  Your 3 o’clock hunger pains can be staved off with our delicious snacks. Almond Fudge, Beyond Brittle, Nori Nosh, Sun Gems Lemon Crunch, and Living Granola are some of the treats you won’t mind sharing with your kids.

You may want to increase your knowledge base of preparing vegan and raw foods and take cooking lessons with us or arrange a private consultation. We will help you get started and answer your questions on raw and vegan foods.

Once you have started you may want to send a friend or family member one of our gift baskets. You will be giving more than a sweet gift, you’ll be introducing them to a healthier lifestyle.   Make certain you check back with us to read our future blogs on Vegan and Raw Foods where you’ll find support on your new diet.

Twenty of the Best Quotes About Health

When it comes to good health, there’s been a lot said about the subject.  Here are twenty of the best quotes we could find.  We hope that you get as much inspiration from them as we have:

  1. To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha
  2. The groundwork of all happiness is health. – James Leigh Hunt
  3. Health and intellect are the two blessings of life. – Menander
  4. He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. - Arabian Proverb
  5. A healthy family is sacred territory. – Anonymous
  6. The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil
  7. Prevention is better than cure. – Desiderius Erasmus
  8. People who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh. Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter. – James J. Walsh
  9. The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy. – Kenneth H. Cooper
  10. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. -Benjamin Franklin
  11. You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well. – Wayne Dyer
  12.  Health is worth more than learning. -Thomas Jefferson
  13. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. - Jim Rohn
  14. The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. – François Voltaire
  15. Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it. - Unknown
  16. To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. - William Londen
  17. A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement. – Jess C. Scott
  18. When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. - Herophilus
  19. Eat healthily, sleep well, breathe deeply, move harmoniously.Jean-Pierre Barral
  20. Respect your body. Eat well. Dance forever.Eliza Gaynor Minden