10 Naughty Things To Do For A Happier Life

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By Lorilei Alexander


Usually people associate the word naughty with an action that is either mischievous or indecent and that could get you into trouble. Well here is a list of ten things that are currently considered naughty but are actually really good for you. Over time, I bet others will make this naughty list a part of their normal routine and perhaps even add a few new items of their own.

1. Have make-up sex every time. You should be getting busy at least a couple of times a week anyway. Sex boosts your immunity, lowers your blood pressure, reduces anxiety and the best part is that it counts as exercise. So why not head to the bedroom after a little lover’s quarrel? You’ll get all of the above benefits, plus it will make you feel emotionally closer to your mate in short order.

2. Eat the thing that you crave most. Stop denying that voice in your head that is yearning for cookies or other prohibited treats. Depriving yourself will only make you irritable, lead to more cravings and eventually cause you to break your strict diet for good because you are miserable. Occasional ‘cheating’ on your diet can actually positively stimulate your thyroid and rev up your metabolism. Feel free to indulge in your favorite treat once in a while, particularly when that cookie monster inside is getting more earnest. Take a cue from these artists who clearly stay fit but have no compunctions about hitting fast food row

3. Drink every day. This should not be read as ‘get drunk every day’. The alcohol in beer and wine helps stimulate liver antioxidant production, protects against heart disease and lowers the risk of hypertension. Of all alcoholic beverages, red wine is the megastar. It contains antioxidants such as resveratrol that have been shown to lengthen life span and reduce bad cholesterol. So go ahead, kick back and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day with your meal.

4. Have a real talk with someone, not just chit chat. Find someone you have been meaning to spend some time with or would like to get to know better. Have a real heart-to-heart conversation with them in which you really get to know them (i.e. no topic is off limits). It is better to do it over a drink. If you said something too offensive, you could always blame it on the liquor later.

5. Clean out your closet and afterwards, reward yourself with a shopping trip. It feels good to let go of things that you don’t use anymore. Ask your siblings if they would want your old clothes or donate them. Treat yourself to one new purchase for every five pieces you give away. You deserve it.

6. Walk around the house scantily clad (or naked) and whenever you pass your reflection gasp and say, ‘You’re hot!’It is time to banish the negative self-talk. In most cases, such talk is simply not true but if you repeat it long enough, you may start to believe it. So tell yourself that you are amazing, brilliant and sexy every day. Read the full article at:


The Quest For The Ultimate Barbecue

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By Matheu Cardoso


Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who died to protect our freedom and way of life. And what better way to honor that sacrifice than by spending the holiday with family and friends, having a barbecue and enjoying a sumptuous feast. Now, as you ponder the possible menu options that you will prepare for your guests, you may want to think about the last barbecue you attended. Did you leave the barbecue feeling like you gained five pounds in just one sitting? Did your thoughts then turn to the next time you would visit the gym or how you might otherwise offset those extra calories? Good eating from the grill does not necessarily translate to hot dogs and hamburgers with chips on the side. That kind of eating will only create a house filled with guilty, overfed guests.

Countries from all around the world have grilled meat as part of their cuisine. Brazilians have churrascarias, Middle Eastern countries have kofta and the Far East has Korean and Japanese barbecue. The difference between these countries and traditional American barbecue is that they complement the grilled meat with an astonishing array of healthy side dishes. In fact, it would appear that the meat was one of the side dishes in a well-balanced cornicopeia of food. To put this in perspective, there are two types of expressions that Brazilians use to describe how they feel just after a meal. ‘Estou cheio’, which means ‘I’m stuffed’, has a negative connotation. ‘Estou satisfeito’ means ‘I’m satisfied’ and reflects a positive feeling. You want your guests to finish their meal feeling satisfied and not stuffed.

Because you have a three day weekend, it’s the perfect amount of time to get the groceries, marinate the meat and prepare the side dishes to please every guest and create a memorable Memorial’s Day. Here is a sample menu that may give you some ideas on how to create your barbecue banquet.

Soy Honey Ginger Marinated Chicken

Notes: Use chicken breast, thighs and legs. Clean the chicken by removing the skin, rubbing salt and lemon on each piece and rinsing with cold water. Pat dry with paper towel. For the marinade, use low sodium soy sauce, honey, freshly grated ginger, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Coat evenly and marinate overnight. In the morning, stir the marinated chicken to recoat the top pieces. Remove from refrigerator a few minutes prior to placing it on the grill.

Grilled Steak with Bordelaise Sauce

Notes: Filet Mignon, New York Strip, T-Bone, Ribeye orSirloin steak are all amazing coming straight off the grill. Choose one or more cuts for your event. Generously coat each side of the steak with salt and pepper. It is best to make each steak ‘made to order’ since it is best served hot and cooked to individual preferences. To up the ‘culinary ante’, prepare a Bordelaise sauce with red wine, shallots and fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary. Heat and occasionally stir the sauce until it forms a demi-glace. Remove from the heat and stir in some fresh parsley. Sprinkle fresh thyme on the cooked steak and drizzle a spoonful of the rich Bordelaise on top.

Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken

Notes: Place spinach leaves, grape tomatoes, and thinly sliced red bell peppers and carrots in a large mixing bowl. Add the grilled chicken cut in slices from above. Just before guests arrive, mix in a small amount of dressing made with good virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (so the salad is not left soggy after an hour). Leave more dressing on the table for guests to help themselves. For a sweeter twist, add chunks of just-ripened mango to the salad and add a little honey to the dressing.

Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Asparagus

Notes: Choose vibrant colored vegetables at the store. Cut eggplant and zucchini lengthwise. Lightly brush the vegetables with olive oil mixed with salt and grill to desired doneness. In addition to the eggplant, zucchini and asparagus, you could also pick up red ripe bell peppers and tomatoes. When the tomatoes are soft and look like they are about to burst, take them off the grill and cut in half or quarters. When the bell peppers are charred on all sides, place in a bowl for ten minutes. Remove stem, seeds and outer skin and cut lengthwise. Add a few minced garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper for a delicious side.  Read the full article at: