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Thursday, July 18 , 2013

Best Way to Thaw Frozen Fish

That fishing trip (or your trip to the sale at the fish counter) was fun and productive, but now what do you do with all that fresh fish? Freeze it! Separate fillets with wax paper, and then wrap tightly (and we mean get rid of all the air) with plastic wrap...then wrap again with foil and place in a freezer bag. Fatty fishes such as salmon and swordfish should be thawed and eaten within two months. To thaw your beautiful frozen fish, place the fillets in milk or in one cup of nonfat dry milk mixed with three cups of water. This will remove any freezer taste, and the fish will cook up as though it was just reeled in. Note: Some very oily fishes, such as bluefish, herring and sardines, do not freeze well at all unless you use a vacuum sealer.

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Wednesday, July 17 , 2013

A Spoonful of This Will Help You Shape Up

Do you need to kick-start that diet? Here's a trick that's easy to try: First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, take one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil…any brand, from any country. This will rev up your metabolism and help curb your appetite.

Olive oil is 85% oleic acid. During digestion, oleic acid converts into OEA (oleoylethanolamine—a naturally occurring element that helps regulate appetite) and stimulates nerve cells, signaling the brain that you're full. But this doesn't mean you should skip breakfast. You'll just feel like eating less.

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Tuesday, July 16 , 2013

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Checklist

You probably know it's a good idea to make a checklist of what to pack for a vacation (or a business trip). Even better: Take your packing checklist with you on the trip, and when the trip is coming to an end and you are packing to go home, use it again—and you'll never forget to bring something back home. (No more did-I-forget-something panic on the plane!)

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Monday, July 15 , 2013

The Foot Massage for Back Pain

Is your back out of whack? If your pain seems due to stress (and most back pain is caused by stress), trigger the reflexology point that connects to your spine. It's located in the soles of your feet. Starting with your left foot, use your thumbs to apply firm pressure along the inner sole from the big toe to the heel. Massage for a good five minutes. Then do the same with your right foot. If relief isn't instant, repeat the procedure again or until the pain eases.

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Friday, July 12 , 2013

Aloe Vera Heals Acne

Do the harsh medicines made to cure blemishes do a number on your skin? Try the soothing natural alternative aloe vera juice (available at health-food stores) to help heal acne. With a cotton ball, dab it on first thing in the morning and last thing at night (after washing your face is best). If possible, apply it throughout the day. Again, we urge you to be consistent and use it every day for at least three weeks, unless the acne clears up sooner. Once your face clears, use the aloe vera periodically (once or twice a week) to help keep your skin acne-free.

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Thursday, July 11 , 2013

Give Your Melons a Lift

Here's something nice you can do for those beautiful balls of fruit slowly appearing in your garden. Put melons on a pedestal while they’re growing, and they'll happily ripen early. Your "pedestal" can simply be an empty coffee can that has been turned upside down and pressed into the soil. The metal attracts and holds onto heat from the sun, which speeds up ripening.

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Wednesday, July 10 , 2013

Make Your Own Mouthwash

Have you seen the price of mouthwash lately? Jeez! Here's a healthful alternative: Buy some dried mint, dried rosemary and fennel seeds (all available at grocery and health-food stores), and make your own mouthwash. For a weekly supply, use one-third teaspoon each of the three dried herbs. Pour one cup of just-boiled water over the mint, rosemary and fennel seeds, cover the cup, and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes. Then strain it. After you strain it, it should be cool enough for you to rinse with it. You might also want to swallow a little if you have a touch of heartburn—this herbal combination also can help with indigestion. Refrigerate leftovers (which, covered, will hold the breath-freshening power for about a week).

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Tuesday, July 09 , 2013

Kick Up Your Hair’s Natural Shine and Bounce

Shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, dyes…and sun exposure—no wonder our hair gets worn out and flat-looking! Here's a simple kitchen-cabinet remedy to give your locks a lift: Add one tablespoon of baking soda to your regular portion of shampoo. Blend well, and massage into your scalp and hair as you normally would. Rinse well with tepid water, and skip the conditioner. Do this once or twice a week, and your hair will have a natural-looking shine and bounce.

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Monday, July 08 , 2013

Quick, Healthy Tonic to Lift Your Spirits

If you're feeling a little down and you have a juicer, whip up half a glass of watercress (about one cup) with half a glass of fresh spinach. Throw in two small fresh carrots to sweeten the mix. Then, bottoms up and spirits up! The phytonutrients in this tonic can really give you a lift.

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Friday, July 05 , 2013

Moisturizing Cleanser for Chapped, Overworked Hands

This remedy for rough, chapped and soiled hands is a favorite among farmers. In a bowl, combine about one-half cup of cornmeal, one tablespoon of water and enough apple cider vinegar to make the mixture the consistency of a loose paste. Rub this mildly abrasive mixture all over your hands, massaging it in for a good five to 10 minutes or until the rough spots have been adequately buffed. Rinse with tepid water, and pat dry. This treatment not only removes the dirt, it also helps soften, soothe and heal the hands.

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