Healthy Pasta

4 Healthy Pasta You Won’t Feel Guilty About Eating

Excess carbohydrate consumption can lead to weight gain, and as pasta is loaded with carbs, it’s easy to make the connection that pasta is bad for you. But is all pasta bad for you, or just some? And, can you eat pasta without worrying about weight gain?

The key to eating pasta without feeling guilty is making sure you’re aware of the nutritional content of your pasta of choice and eating it in moderation. It also helps to know there are healthier alternatives out there. We’ve included just a few of the many nutritious pasta options below.

Brown Rice Pasta
If you have a gluten intolerance or you’re looking to add more fibre and protein to your diet, brown rice pasta is a good option for you. It’s gluten-free, packed full of insoluble fibre for healthier bowel function, and offers around four grams of protein and three grams of fat per serve. What’s more, it operates similarly to your traditional white pasta.

You can add it to a salad, eat it on its own, or pair it with your favourite sauce. The best part is, it’s a far more nutritious alternative to standard wheat pasta, while not compromising on flavour or versatility.


Say no to Bridezilla: 5 Ways to Stay Calm

Even the most relaxed and logical person can become a nervous and irrational wreck in the lead up to her wedding day. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remember what you’re doing it for. Gather the girls, put on your brides and bridesmaid robes, and practice calm and rational thoughts in a fun and relaxing setting. Here are five ways to stay calm in the lead up to your big day.

Have someone to lean on
The day you marry your partner is going to be one of the happiest days of your life, but the days leading up to that special moment can be filled with episodes you’d like to forget. Stress can take over, and before you know it, you can be crying into the couch cushion wondering if you’re ever going to make it to the big day. When emotions are running high, it’s essential to have a confidante or a friend you can lean on when times get tough. You need someone who will listen to your sometimes-insane ramblings and will shake you when you need to see sense. When you’ve got that special friend, Bridezilla will often disappear.

Trust the professionals

Planning a wedding can often be a strategic game of ensuring all services you require are available on a particular date and making sure their ideas of what you want are the same as what you actually want. Booking the caterer, the photographer, the celebrant, and the venue can all seem like a big task. Then, before you know it, you’ve got the caterer in tears about lobster tails, and the photographer has cancelled.

Travel Etiquette

Balinese Travel Etiquette – What Should You Wear?

Different countries and cultures have different expectations when it comes to appropriate levels of dress, what men and women should wear, and how people should act in public (especially with respect to being intimate in public).

Most expectations stem from religion and cultural beliefs, and you can therefore have some idea of what to expect before visiting a country. Although it is a predominantly Hindu island, Bali is no different. As a visitor to Bali, the respectful thing to do would be to wear appropriate clothing and to act in an appropriate manner when in public places. Wear what you want when you are staying in your Bali villa, but be respectful at other times. Although you probably won’t be penalised for failing to do so – since Bali is a huge tourist destination – it certainly doesn’t hurt to do what you can to fit in with local culture and traditions.

What is expected of female visitors to Bali?

As it is quite a touristy place, visited by millions of people every year, clothing requirements are neither strict nor enforced. However, it is never a bad thing to understand the culture and to try and fit in, rather than standing out as an obvious foreigner.

When you are in Bali, you will notice that most local women wear sarongs, nicely tied pieces of fabric which cover most of their body. Although you won’t be required to wear one of these in most places, they are comfortable, cool, and they look great – so why wouldn’t you!

Green Tea

5 Benefits of Green Tea

For hundreds of years, green tea has been a staple component of any Asian diet. It originated in China for health benefits but is now commonplace throughout Asia, and even the world. Over 1.7 million tonnes of green tea is produced every year, and by 2023, that figure is expected to double.

While green tea features in a range of desserts and sweet treats, it’s also thirst-quenching on its own. However, did you know it has a variety of health benefits? We’ve included just five of these below.

1. Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight through a healthy diet and exercise, good for you. However, if you want to speed it up a little, add green tea to your diet. This magical potion works by increasing your metabolism, thereby altering your fat oxidation levels. You’ll be burning the kilos off in no time. What’s more, it’s a wholly natural approach to weight loss that’s both affordable and delicious.

2. Skincare
If your bathroom is packed full of night cream, day cream, and all kinds of skincare products that don’t appear to be working, it might be time to try drinking green tea. By drinking green tea regularly, you benefit from all of its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. You can reduce sun damage, slow down the signs of aging, and even reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on designer cream brands, you can spend just a few dollars on tea bags and see whether it works for you.

DJ hire

Hiring a DJ for Your Wedding Reception

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, if not the best of all.  You want everything to be perfect and for all the different components from the ceremony to the reception to go off without a hitch. DJ hire for the reception can help to accomplish this. There are many advantages to having a dj; here are some of them.

    • Variety in the music. While you may have considered having a band, the dj will have a much wider selection in music to play at your reception. No band can play everything; they mostly stick to a few selections they can play well – and maybe some they can’t – and leave it at that. Even 20 songs might be as much as they know. The dj is likely to have hundreds to choose from.
    • The dj acts as Master of Ceremonies, making the announcements that tell everyone what is about to happen. He can ensure the whole reception goes off without any awkward moments and that everything happens on time.
Tooth is Knocked Out

What Should I Do If My Tooth is Knocked Out?

One of the most popular problems for people visiting an emergency dentist is knocked out teeth. The most common cause of a knocked out tooth is a sporting accident or injury. If you are unlucky enough to lose a tooth, then you need to contact your dentist as soon as you can after the accident, otherwise you might run into avoidable problems and costs.

What should I do immediately after my tooth is knocked out?

If you have a tooth or teeth knocked out while playing sport or participating in another rough activity, then time is of the essence. If you are quick enough, your emergency dentist should be able to put the tooth back in, preventing any long-term effects.

When your tooth gets knocked out, the blood vessels and nerves associated with it can be damaged. Unfortunately, these can’t be replaced or repaired, which means that you will need to get a root canal on the damaged tooth or teeth. However, if it placed back into your mouth in time, the tooth will be able to reattach to your jaw bone, keeping your smile looking good for years to come!

History of Waist Trainers

A History of Waist Trainers

With so many celebrities taking to social media with pictures of them wearing waist trainers, such as the Kardashians, it’s easy to believe they are a relatively new phenomenon. However, the history of the waist trainer dates back several hundred years – even if the concept was slightly different than that of waist trainers today.

Waist trainers have been around in various forms since the 16th century. In fact, King Henry II’s wife Catherine de’Medici made corsets more of a popular item when she imposed a ban on “thick” waists. If you had a thick waist, which she hated immensely, you would do everything you could to rid yourself of it – which often involved wearing a corset.

The aim of the corset, which is different than that of today’s modern waist trainer, is to constrict your waist into an hourglass shape and shrink your waist size. Doctors even used them to promote better posture. They believed that if you wore a corset, you could treat scoliosis and other similar spinal conditions.