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Guide to Buying Online Steaks and Meats

Jul 13 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

The Internet has become a very popular place to purchase high quality steaks, meats and other food products. The question for most online buyers of these products is “Am I getting the best product for the best price”. A number of factors should be taken into account before you purchase any food product online. In this editorial, we are going to focus primarily on steaks, but will touch on other related food products.

1) How is meat graded and why?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beef grades are most commonly known as USDA Prime, USDA Choice and USDA Select. (The following percentages represent only the produced beef within these 3 grade levels) USDA Prime grade beef accounts for the top 2%* of all produced beef in the US. Ranked for it high degree of marbling and tenderness, This highly sought after cut is usually only found in high-end restaurants and online suppliers. USDA Choice grade beef accounts for 53%* of all produced beef in the US. Ranked as number two in grading, there is a wide variation of quality within this grade. Within Choice grade are 3 categories of marbling, which contributes to the overall flavor, tenderness and juiciness of the meat.

  • a.) The first level of Choice grading is moderate marbling and accounts for 5% of USDA graded meats.
  • b.) The second level of Choice grading is modest marbling and accounts for 14% of USDA graded meats.
  • c.) The third level of Choice grading is small marbling and accounts for 34% of USDA graded meats.

USDA Select grade beef accounts for the remaining 45%*. Low in marbling, tenderness and price, this grade is most often found on supermarket shelves. This grade can very often be dry and tough. Marinating is often needed to keep these steaks moist. As with any product, the higher grade or quality almost always demands a higher price.

2) What do I look for when buying steaks online?

  • a.) Be sure to look for the words “Prime, Choice or Select” when an online supplier describes the product they are selling. If the description is void of any of these key words, you most likely will be purchasing the lowest grade of meat and usually at an elevated price. Note: Avoid steaks or meats only labeled “premium”, “Gourmet”, “aged” or other generic sounding term, if they are not labeled Prime or Choice, you are most likely getting a select grade.
  • b.) Be sure the meat is labeled USDA either within the meat category or in the product description when purchasing from an online supplier.
  • c.) It is not reasonable to expect online suppliers to advertise what level of Choice grade meat you are buying because of the constant change of meat supplies. This knowledge usually comes from purchasing experience with the company or by emailing the online retailer and asking if their Choice grade marbling is moderate, modest or small. Most reputable commercial cutters try to maintain a high level of consistency to maintain their reputation as a high-end supplier.

3) What is a fair price for Prime and Choice meats?

With any online product, prices vary greatly. Many online merchants charge exaggerated prices for what you are getting, however there are many merchants who sell an excellent product for a very fair price. Remember, when shopping for steaks online you are wanting and paying for a high-end, quality culinary experience. Anything less, you might as well go to the super market. Look for online merchants that have USDA Officials onsite at their own facility or their suppliers’ facility. Beyond that, it is best to scan many online steak retailers and compare product prices. Also take into account shipping costs. Be wary of free shipping combined with low priced steaks. Usually this means you are going to get an inferior grade of meat. Most reputable merchants will charge a fair price for the steaks and a reasonable shipping charge based on weight, (not purchase level). It is expensive for any online merchant to ship meat. Dry Ice is usually added, packed in a cooler with the steaks. We have added a list with our top 6 picks of online steak merchants and ranked them according to grade, price and shipping. We have only included merchants who clearly label their products as Prime and Choice cuts. (internet research pricing as of 07/14/2008)

Highly recommended:

Online Store Prime Filet Mignon Shipping** $42.49 lb $14.95 – 4 lb order $39.95 lb $18.07 – 4 lb order $44.50 lb $23.78 – 4 lb order $56.65 lb $27.95 – 4 lb order $59.98 lb $16.95 – 4 lb order $70.98 lb $32.95 – 4 lb order

Online Store Choice Filet Mignon Shipping** $25.95 lb $18.07 – 4 lb order $29.99 lb $18.99 – 4 lb order $29.95 lb $19.99 – 4 lb order $44.98 lb $16.95 – 4 lb order $37.25 lb $30.00 – 4 lb order $39.99 lb $33.95 – 4 lb order

4) How do I know if an online steak store is a local or family owned meat house or just a reseller from a commercial supplier and does it really make a difference?

Internet online steak merchants are made up of both. It should not be a focus of the purchaser whether your online purchases come from a butcher shop or a commercial cutter. Both types must maintain their facility according to USDA standards and must provide you product as it is represented. Many online stores do indeed provide online steaks and other products provided by a commercial facility. More often that not these facilities provide better grade meats at a more consistent level than the smaller producers. Like many industries, the buying power of larger facilities can demand this level of quality and consistency. For the consumer, concentrate on the grade of cut, the clarity of the description, the variety of products offered and most importantly, price.

*Source USDA and 2000 National Beef Quality Audit

**Based on 100 mile distance from shipping origin.

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Key Ingredients For Proper Vegan Skin Care

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These days, many people are familiar with the growing number of people who call themselves vegan. For those that might be unfamiliar with the term, a vegan is someone who does not just refrain from eating meat, but they also abstain from all animal products.

They do not partake in things like dairy products and they would avoid any other food or food products that contain animal fat. But most people do not realise that true vegans also avoid animal related products in their daily life, including washing and skin care. No horse hair brushes, no animal extracts in makeup, and most importantly, no animal related products in cleaners or moisturizers.

For decades, this market was all but ignored by those working in mainstream skin care product labs. They would say that the group simply is not large enough for them to start issuing certified vegan products. But thanks to the advent of the Internet, these products have begun to show up in a few different places.

Most mainstream skin care companies still do not bother with a certified vegan line of products, however, most certified organic products are, in fact, vegan too. As long as all of the ingredients come from fruits, veggies or from other non-animal sources, organic and vegan are one in the same.

Let us take a look at some of the most popular ingredients in the skin care industry that show up in both vegan and organic skin care products.

One popular natural ingredient that is showing up more and more in moisturisers and creams is kukui nut oil. This special and somewhat rare ingredient is derived from the kukui nut and it does wonders for the look of your skin when added to creams and moisturisers.

The extract of the kukui nut is extremely rich in vitamins, like A, F and E. These vitamins help your skin stay hydrated and they also help your skin stay more elastic and flexible. Kukui Nut oil has been used for generations as a skin restorer in many places outside of the Western world. It has fantastic regenerative properties and when combined with other amazing skin restorers like aloe, it can help in healing.

Finally, kukui nut oil can also act as a natural sunscreen to help keep the harmful rays of the sun away from your skin. As anyone who is serious about skin care knows, your skin and sun are natural born enemies.

Another popular organic and vegan skin care choice is actually something that we all know has regenerative healing powers: the apple! That is right, apple extract has been a common ingredient in skin care products for generations because of its amazing ability to keep skin looking young, tight and silky smooth. Not to mention it smells pretty nice too!

But do you know why apple extract is so good for your skin? It is those alpha hydroxy acids that we hear so much about! The average apple is full of these helpful acids and when it is reduced to an extract, it becomes a concentrated source of these skin builders. Apple extract also helps to keep the skin very moisturised, and in turn, young looking. There is a reason why your doctors always tell you to use moisturisers, nothing helps keep your skin looking better, and moisturisers with apple extract are that much better!

Finally, people have known for years that the extract of some of the most popular nuts in the world are good for your skin. The kukui nut has shown that even nuts we have never heard of can help us! But macadamia nut extract and even walnut extract are fantastic ingredients to look for in your organic and vegan skin care products. They usually are not as expensive as some of the most exotic extracts and can help your skin just as much. You can treat your skin in a proper vegan and organic way, without breaking the bank.

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Tonsil Stones and Chinese Remedy

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Many did not know about tonsil stones as enough researches were not conducted on them and hence many medical professionals too do not know how best they could treat them. They often prescribe antibiotics which do not offer any remedy and hence suggested to go for surgery to totally get rid of the problem. But, as a matter of fact surgery is not required a tonsils are structures which play a great role preventing the body from bacteria and viruses. The most amazing and unknown fact is that disease can be easily cured using alternative medicines like Chinese, Ayurveda and Homeopathy more efficiently and effectively.

Chinese remedy and medicines deal with diseases in a very distinct manner. According to them, diseases and other complications of the tonsils happen because of poor digestion quality and toxins present in the body. Hence Chinese remedy suggests the diseases sufferers to avoid foods that are rich in acids and toxins such as red meats, white flours and related products, white sugar, more salt, ghee, butter and fried foods. Chinese remedy also suggests including certain food items that are antioxidants rich such as pomegranate, blueberries, cabbage, turnips, raspberries and carrots. Carrot along with ginger juice is normally used for body detoxification and also for getting rid of tonsil diseases, diseases and infections.

Chinese remedy and herbs such as guy a and mu xiang or brown rice in the sprouted form could be used to regulate the digestion process and to make the presence of toxins in minimum quantities. They help the food to move through the body in a faster rate without making them stagnate and making them to become toxins. Other Chinese herbs and remedies which are used in the detoxification process includes ban lan gen, she gan, bai hua she she cao and herbs in Chinese medicines to clear mucous such as chen pi, bai fu zi and ban xia. Certain health enthusiasts and Chinese doctors might not recommend some natural, cool foods and herbs such as chlorophyll or spirulina as they can deplete the energies that aid in digestion and can also lead to food stagnation or high toxicity.

Normal oral and mouth hygiene regimen like brushing and flossing teeth after each meal, rising from bed and before going to bed is also recommended. Tonsil stones and the related infections can be got rid using apple cider vinegar or lemon juice as they kill the bacteria to the maximum. Natural remedies like Chinese remedies are not only used for their ease but also for the fact that they are cost effective and performance effective.

Home Remedies for Curing Tonsil Stones

Tonsillectomy not only can lead to various health problems later but also does not come at a cheaper price. The surgery can also hinder day to day activities for some time. Hence, it is avoided most often. In fact, there are natural and scientifically proven ways to get rid of tonsil stones so they never return. It’s absolutely not necessary to go for a long, drawn out surgery or wasting your money on expensive nasal sprays and tablets. Follow a step-by-step program that will show you exactly how to get rid of your tonsil stones naturally and ensure they never come back!

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Learn to Avoid Foods That Trigger Lupus Flares – With an Easy, at Home Food Allergy Testing Strategy

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A food allergy is an immune response to a particular food or beverage, similar to the immune response against the body itself in a lupus patient. Don’t confuse food allergies with food intolerances; they are different. When you experience food intolerance, it is not caused by the immune system, and is simply an adverse response by your body to a particular food (like lactose intolerance).

You’ve got to take care of yourself; having lupus or any auto-immune disease makes you especially susceptible to food allergies and these allergic reactions can instigate flares.

There are many ways to determine food allergies and the symptoms they produce. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, you should watch for the following 7 symptoms up to two hours of eating.

Food allergy symptoms to watch out for:

o Tingling sensation in the mouth

o Swelling of the tongue and the throat

o Difficulty breathing

o Hives

o Vomiting, abdominal cramps, or diarrhea

o Sudden drop in blood pressure

o Loss of consciousness

If you suspect you have a food allergy, it is important to work with a health professional, because while simply cutting that food out of your diet may alleviate your symptoms, it won’t address the potential allergy itself.

Allergy testing is easier than it sounds. You might be afraid of needles, but in most cases you don’t even have to see them!

Common allergy testing methods:

Pin Prick allergy testing

In the pin prick skin test the doctor places a small drop of the substance (in this case food) that you may be allergic to on your skin and then pricks you with a tiny needle. He or she will then wait for a few minutes to see if you develop a reaction, which is usually localized in the form of redness and swelling.

RAST Allergy Test

The RAST test is another allergy test that requires a blood sample sent to a lab, where specialized tests are done to determine your allergies.

The At-Home Allergy Pulse Test

Another easy way to get an indication of a food allergy is by using the at-home allergy pulse test. This is done by checking your pulse rate before and after eating. When you maintain a close watch over your pulse rate while you challenge different foods, you can often determine possible food reactions. However, it is important that you do not use or rely on this test if you have a history of strong allergic reactions, especially anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reason which results in swelling of the throat).

To perform the pulse test on yourself, simply take your pulse before eating a meal to establish your base (or control) pulse rate.

It’s best to eat a single food, and then re-check your pulse rate at 15, 30 and 60 minutes afterwards. If you see an increase in elevation of more than 10 beats faster than your base pulse, it means you are likely allergic to that food.

An obvious problem is that you may want to eat more than one food at a time. Go ahead and eat that meal, and again do your pulse test before, and after your meal as above. In this way you’ll be able to determine if the foods don’t have any effect, or if there are foods creating a reaction with an elevated pulse rate.

To start testing your food reactions, a simple natural diet is the way to go. Stick with meals that don’t require a lot of work and include just a few simple ingredients.

If you do find an increased pulse, it’s a good idea to test each food separately in order to narrow down which food ingredient is the culprit from that meal.

Be sure to keep a diary with you at all times, so you can keep a proper record and learn to identify which foods, if any, are triggering a flare. Be cautioned though, food triggers and their reactions can change, therefore be tricky to catch. However, this test is a great start to taking control of unnecessary flares that result from food allergies.

It is best to work with an experienced wellness specialist to help you maintain your health program and get further support to answer your health questions when necessary.

90% of all food allergies are caused by only eight foods!

Yes, it’s true. Only 8 common foods are the culprit for most food allergies. These are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, cashews, and pistachios), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. You should also avoid spicy foods, processed foods (such as American cheese), alcohol, chocolate, and caffeine if you have Lupus. I know this sounds like no fun at all, but all of these have the potential to mess with your immune system and have unexpected effects on your body. That’s the last thing you need to worry about with lupus!

One way to recall these foods is by remembering the term ‘DONGS’, which stands for:

Dairy: Cow’s milk and related products, goats’ milk and related products, eggs

Ocean: Fish, shellfish

Nuts: Peanuts, tree nuts

Grains: Soy, wheat, wheat, rye, oats, barley, anything referred to as “gluten”

Spices: Paprika, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, cola, liquorice, mustard, oregano, peppers, poppy seeds, and sage

Now that I’ve told you all the no-no’s… we can go over some of the foods you can eat and enjoy without fear of stimulating your immune system. Foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and veggies can make up delicious dishes full of energy and carbs to keep you going through the day. For a refreshing drink, why not reach for some fresh fruits or veggies and make a nice juiced smoothie or drink that will support your immune system and energy as well (just avoid asparagus, eggplant, onion, zucchini, raw olives, and peppers).

It’s important to keep your strength up so you can fight the lupus all day, not just after eating, so try and have several smaller meals throughout the day versus 2 or 3 heavy meals that will rob you of precious energy you don’t have to waste.

To learn more about the essentials of a healthy Lupus diet, plus holistic approaches to reducing Lupus symptoms visit for a free mini course.

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Pet Food Market – Trends, Industry Competitiveness and Future Outlook

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The pet food market was valued at USD 74.9 billion in 2016. North America accounted for the largest share of over 35% of the global market in 2016. The second largest market is Europe, followed by Asia-Pacific with around 20% of the market share, thus, accelerating the trend of pet owners across the globe. In North America, the United States holds the major market share of pets and pet owners, which is expected to register a high CAGR, during 2017-2022 (the forecast period).


Flavors and textures are becoming bolder, more complex, authentic, and specific. The correlation of pet food and the modern formats blending freeze-dried bits, with kibble or treats, for texture variations, is making pet owners choose from a range of variety of shapes, textures, and flavors. Moreover, clean labeling continues to grow. Health conscious consumers look for permissible indulgences, like the smaller portion sizes of treats or candies with healthier ingredients like chia seeds or yogurt. Pet treats are developing, in terms of ingredients with functional or other nutritional benefits, which is allowing pet owners to indulge their pets free from guilt. New dog food products comprised of 80% of the global launches in 2015. The launches from September 2015 to September 2016, are keeping the health-related trend intact in new products by category. The share for cat food was around 68% globally. This trend of health and wellness has made good sales for the manufacturers. A few instances in this context are Hill’s Ideal Balance, a new range of dog and cat food that combines natural ingredients with Hill’s perfectly balanced nutrition, is now available in South Africa. CORE® RawRev, a new high-protein grain-free product, is launched by Wellness CORE®, a family of grain-free, natural animal nutrition company.


The high internet connectivity available in the major countries is boosting the use on e-commerce sites as an effective distribution channel. The notions of convenience, affluence or exclusivity, safety, and market awareness play a very crucial role in the developing nations. The unreliability of local goods, as indicated by the recent scandals, is also making people rely on foreign goods. These are made easily available through the e-commerce, further making the sales high. Owing to the industry’s two pet superstores, PetSmart and Petco, the e-commerce channel is exploding with the pet product sales. The late embrace of the market connectivity in the minor markets of small economies, such as Vietnam, Thailand etc., is a cause of infrastructure lag and almost negligible product awareness. These stores offer the nascent market advantages of low regulations and competition. The companies, as the e-commerce is strengthening, are negotiating the ever-changing internet landscape with the factors such as dealing with giants like Amazon that is deciding to sell through similar e-commerce websites and mergers & acquisitions. For instance, in April 2017, PetSmart announced that it will acquire, which heightened the consternation in the independent pet retailers. In response, Tuffy’s Pet Food, a manufacturer to independent and family-owned businesses, announced pulling out its products from Chewy, as it would be owned by the largest US pet store chain. Though Tuffy’s reports a very positive response, not every company detaches itself easily from any large e-commerce sites.


Though the consumers today are part-time vegetarians, they seem to do the opposite when it comes to pet food. The pet owners look for diet options, which focus on the carnivorous nature of dogs and cats, thus, driving the number of products with high and fresh meat claims. Despite the demand for carnivorous diets, veggies are still going mainstream and the producers are innovating their existing products. Free from” for all-the free from trend has been growing, since the past few years and has now hit the mainstream. Pet foods are being formulated with respect to the concerns of humans that include organic and non-GMO ingredients. These ingredients are used in low-carb recipes and have gluten-free claims on new cereal products that increased from one in 15 in 2011 to one in five in 2016. New product launches, with organic or GMO-free ingredients, are witnessing growth in the market. Organic and natural food sales are expected to increase 14.6%, annually, in next two years. For Petco and PetSmart, organic pet foods are bought at a 7.1% and 5.6% rate, respectively, with organic purchases at veterinary clinics at 5.3%. Brands communicate more about the production processes, due to the rising consumer interest in natural plus authenticity and transparency. This is true for the buyers, too, especially, for the ones seeking products in non-traditional formats such as raw, freeze-dried, frozen and baked. Balchem Corp., a global health, and nutrition company, introduced a new line of specialty nutrients and unique processing additives. The Omega Plus range was launched in the South Island in September 2016, after the two years of continuous R&D. In addition, Bob Martin launched Simply+, a range of products marketed as “nutritionally advanced food that provides dogs with all the essentials of a healthy diet”.


The domestic market is growing at an annual rate of above 30% in China and is poised to accelerate at the same rate by 2022, reaching CNY 150 billion and further, making it the third-largest market, worldwide. Moreover, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province inaugurated the first cross-border pet industry experimental zone in the city’s Jianggan District. The experimental zone will pilot the reforms on the regulation and approval of cross-border imports. It will explore the introduction of national standards in the industry and promote the exportation of domestically made products. Moreover, more than 35 enterprises, including the cross-border e-commerce sites like Tmall, Kaola Beibei, and related logistics & warehousing companies, have been established in the experimental zone. The zone, basically, enables one-stop services and aims to enroll open, transparent, and smart pet food import channels and regulatory policies. Similar efforts are being taken by the countries to focus on the growing pet population and trends. The market players are taking complete advantage of this situation and investing in R&D for innovative product launches.


1. Nestlé Purina launched a new production hall at its facility in Bük, in Hungary’s northwest, making the plant the largest production center in Europe and opened the USD 86 million factories in Brazil. This step is expected to boost the Nestlé Purina for more growth than the domestic market.

2. Carna4: Formulas Inspired by Health Food Trends. This manufacturer takes inspiration from the human health food sector to formulate innovative and whole-food recipes for dogs and cats.

3. PetLife Supersedes Expectations for the Acquisition of Dr. Geoff’s Real Food for Pets. PetLife Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a developer of a new generation of high potency veterinary cancer medications and nutraceuticals for pets, announced that it is acquiring Dr. Geoff’s Real Food for Pets™ and expansion plans for a national rollout.

4. German Company Entering Thailand. Interquell, a German-based dog, and cat food company, entered the Thai industry by forming a joint venture, named Happy Pet (Thailand) Co Ltd, with partner Technic Pet Holding, reported Pets International. Interquell holds 49% of the joint venture. Interquell owns the Happy Dog and Happy Cat premium brands.


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Gluten free foods, GMO foods making their mark in the pet food industry.

Edible insects creeping into pet food popularity.

Humanization and premiumisation on peaks in the pet industry.

Will the US and China continue their dominance in the pet food market? What are the emerging markets?

Will growing market connectivity in Asian countries of Vietnam, Thailand etc. boost the Asia-Pacific pet food market?

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Nutrition and How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

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Nutrition is basically the science of food and the amount of nutrients and calories each of the food item contains. It is regardless to say what importance food has in the existence of an individual. It is needed for the very survival of not only human beings, but every living organism on the face of earth.

Nutrients are the substances needed for the proper functioning of the body. These nutrients consist of proteins, vitamins and minerals, fats, carbohydrate, roughage and water. And it is required by every individual to have food which consists of all of them in the right amount.

Most of the times we tend to ignore or rather refuse to eat the vegetables and indulge more in fat-related products, primarily because of the taste. But we have to understand that vegetables and fruits are as much an important part of the diet as chicken and cheese.

But why should we let taste come in the way of our health. Here are some of the dishes that are a fantastic combination of good taste and healthy eating.


As the name suggests, it is an easy-to-make dish. It is a noodle dish filled with the goodness of vegetables, adding to the proteins, vitamins and minerals. The flavor makes it a tempting preparation and what’s more, it looks so colorful. This dish is a healthy go-to dish and is ideal for lunch and dinner.


Nowadays, most people tend to choose ‘gluten-free’ food products, some because of its allergic reactions and some just for the sake of the diet. This dish is ideal for all those people. Again, it is an easy to make tasty, healthy dish with the richness of nutrients. It is full of flavorsome ingredients that are a delight to the food palate.


The one salad we all love. A perfect combination of protein and vitamins, this chicken plus vegetable dish is a favorite among the junk food eaters as well as the health conscious gym-freak. It is a great and easy-to-make dish that is perfectly ideal for brunch and dinner, and can be spread out throughout the week.


Again, a healthy, yummy and easy to prepare rice dish. Sometimes making a rice dish can be a hectic process in itself, but not this one. It’s a perfect blend of flavor and nutrients. It is the ideal side dish for Mexican food.


No meal is complete without a dessert and what better way to end it with a Cherry Pineapple and Peach Dump Cake. Whereas on one hand, the cheery, pineapple and peach provides the goodness of nutrients, the whipped cream makes it all so-more delicious. It does take time to make but then it is all worth it in the end.


It is extremely important for us to know, which food is good and which is harmful. It is not always possible to count the calories of each and every food we eat, but we can balance it all out through a balanced diet containing of all that is good, healthy and delicious at the same time.

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What Is the Paleo Diet?

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This diet plan originated millions of years ago and it is referred to as the “Cavemen”, “Stone Age” or the “Hunter Gatherer” diet. This diet is known as our ancestors’ way of eating. Thousands of years ago, people were taller, more slender, athletic, healthier and more versatile. This is because people from the Paleo generation have a healthier immune system due to the naturally fresh food they eat and the kind of work they do in search for survival. During this era, people ate fresh meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and other natural foods. Their foods are packed with all the natural vitamins and nutrition that their bodies need. They ate foods which have more calories, but less fat needed for energy each day. Their regular diet helps them get the prescribed controlled weight and it contributed to maintain their natural strength, mind power and endurance.

Today, a lot of people are overweight, high in cholesterol, stressed, suffering from depression, listlessness, and dying from diseases that can actually be prevented. Several reasons behind these situations depend on the quality of food eaten and the quantity of daily food intake. The immune system simply protects threats against various diseases and in how to overcome them will depend upon proper diet.

The Paleo diet helps with the avoidance of different diseases and chronic illnesses of our times. It helps with the prevention of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, intestinal problems, autoimmune illnesses, and depression. It also acts as an acne treatment for people with skin problems.

Here is a list of foods included in the Paleo diet plan:

1. Fresh fruits: apple, avocado, banana, blueberry, guava, mango and other seasonal fruits which are high in fiber.

2. Fresh green leafy vegetables

3. Nuts: almonds and hazelnuts

4. Grass fed animals: cows, goats, and other livestock

5. Feathered animals: chicken, duck, and turkey

6. Seafoods: tuna, salmon, cod, flatfish and other shellfish varieties.

7. Fats: coconut, olive oil, grape juice and other healthy fats

Here is a list of foods which should be avoided:

1. Dairy products: milk, cheese, cream, butter, ice cream, and other related products

2. Prepared foods: baked goods, sugar, candies, chocolates and other sweet condiments

3. Cereal grains: whole wheat, rice, pasta, crackers, cookies, white and wild rice.

4. Legumes: black and red beans, lima beans, lentils, peas, soya beans, and peanuts

5. Starchy vegetables: potatoes and sweet potatoes

6. Processed food: canned meat and fish, bacon, hotdogs, dried and smoked fish and meat

7. Carbonated drinks: canned, bottled, and sugary drinks

People should be aware of the changes in our society which affects our dietary needs. Basic food needs have generally been different since agriculture such as farming and processed foods have been introduced. Chemical, nitrogen and other unnatural fertilizers affected our farm products; thus, affects the health of the populace. Hence, people should be conscious of the right kinds of food for a healthy lifestyle.

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Wilton – American Dream

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If you decorate cakes or have ever shopped for cake making supplies, then chances are you are familiar with the Wilton brand. It’s hard to miss their products since Wilton has led sales in baking and cake decorating products for over half a century. Based in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, Illinois, Wilton has grown enormously from its beginnings as a family cake decorating business during the United States’ Great Depression.

Today Wilton Industries sells over 2,000 different bake ware and food-related products, from instructional manuals and cake pans to pastry bags and food colorings. Wilton’s products aren’t just sold in the United States either. Major retailers in over 150 countries carry Wilton products. And business continues to grow with approximately 400 new consumer products being developed annually.

It all started in 1929 when Dewey McKinley Wilton, with the help of his wife, began a small cake decorating business in Chicago. Then came the stock market crash and the nation’s Great Depression. Surrounded by high unemployment rates and bread lines, Wilton carved out a prosperous niche by creating wedding cakes for Chicago’s famous hotels and clubs. The Wilton family business grew throughout the 1930’s.

Decorating cakes for the rich and famous gave the Wiltons’ reputation a nice boost. So when they opened a cake decorating and candy-making school for caterers and chefs, they had no problem with enrollment.

By 1947, the “Wilton Method” had become a household word among cake decorators, and a leading department store chain, JC Penney, was now promoting and selling Wilton products.

Before long the Wilton brand name become synonymous with cake decorating supplies and schools. All of this publicity laid the foundation for the Wilton’s decorating empire that continues to influence wedding cake trends.

Then in 1977, under the leadership of Wilton CEO Vince Naccarato, three diverse companies were united as Wilton Industries: Wilton Enterprises, Copco and the Weston Gallery.

Today, each division is a recognized leader in its market. Wilton Enterprises is the number one preferred brand name in baking and cake decorating products, Copco is the premier designer and marketer of teakettles and quality kitchenware, and the Weston Gallery is a leader in upscale picture frame design and marketing.

Under the continued leadership of Naccarato, the company enjoys strong sales growth and national distribution, which are largely credited to “category management,” that is basing marketing on tracked trends, and through “supply chain management,” which helps retailers lower costs of merchandising.

According to Austin Chronicle report, the Wilton Method was the unquestionable ruler of cake decorating until the 1980’s when Martha Stewart’s methods gained popularity. Her made-from-scratch cakes and stance that taste is just as important as the decorating challenged Wilton’s use of cake mixes and vegetable shortening.

However, Wilton continues to enjoy great success and to lead the industry. According to Hoover’s November, 2006 business report, Wilton Industries employed 650 people and reported $325 million in sales for the 2005 fiscal year, a 7.8 percent increase from the previous year.

For three quarters of a century, Wilton has offered cake decorating classes throughout the United States and Canada, including the Wilton School of Cake Decorating in northern Illinois. Wilton is partially credited for bringing the intricate, European cake decorating method to the United States and Canada.

In fact, Wilton’s cake decorating classes enroll nearly 200,000 students every year and from all around the world.

While many cake decorators enjoy the Wilton classroom experience, others like the customer below, prefer learning at their own pace at home with video instruction, such as the “Cake Decorating Made Easy” series.

Another ingredient in Wilton’s recipe for success is its annual “Your Take on Cake” contest, which attracts thousands of talented cake decorators from across the United States and Canada who compete for $5,000 in cash and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend The Wilton School’s two-week Master Course for Cake Decorating in Darien, Illinois.

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What Are the Current Options for Recycling Plastic?

Jul 13 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

As most people know, plastic is a non-biodegradable product, and just disposing of it into landfills is extremely harmful to the environment.

Recycling plastic also has huge energy savings with one ton of plastic saving up to 5,774 kWh of energy, 98,000,000 btus of energy, 1,000-2,000 gallons of gasoline, 685 gallons of oil, 30 cubic yards of landfill space, 48,000 gallons of water.

What are the options for other companies, or you as a consumer? Each type of plastic has different recycling processes, and the end product has different uses.

PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate).

This is the plastic typically found in drinks bottles and other food related products. This needs to be washed, and it is then flaked and dried.

This can then be melted and reformed into food-contact-approved recycled PET (RPET).

A growing market for RPET is also synthetic fabrics for the clothing industry.


High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is often used for milk and juice jugs, as well as cleaning product bottles. It is typically downcycled into plastic lumber, tables, roadside curbs, benches, truck cargo liners, trash receptacles, stationery (e.g. rulers) and other durable plastic products and is usually in demand.

V (Vinyl) or PVC

Often used for windows and plastic piping, this can be broken down in a similar manor to HDPE and used to create building materials.

LDPE (low-density polyethylene)

This is the type of plastic that is used in shopping bags. LDPE plastic is the most common type of plastic used by UK manufacturers at 19.3%.

LDPE can be recycled into black bin bags.

PP (polypropylene)

PP is often used in straws, ketchup bottles and pill bott5le.s It is then flaked in a similar manner as PET and can be turned into rakes, brooms and even used in batteries.

PS (polystyrene)

Unfortunately, a lot of polystyrene products are not recycled due to a lack of incentive to invest in the compactors and logistical systems required.

When it is recycled, it can be used to produce expanded polystyrene (EPS) which can be added to insulation sheets used in construction.

Foam scrap can also be used to make clothes.

While it is possible to recycle all the above plastics, in the UK one of the major concerns we face with plastic recycling is the lack of consumer awareness of what can and cannot be recycled. In the past four years in England, the amount of waste rejected by recycling facilities has risen by 84%. The rejected waste then gets incinerated or dumped in a landfill.

A big example in the consumer sector is people placing food items in the plastic bin that have not been washed properly. This will often lead to the plastic product being rejected.

So, one of the most important factors in the future of recycling is raising consumer and commercial awareness about what can be recycled.

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Understanding Velata: Can You Really Make Money With Velata?

Jul 13 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

Founded in 2012, Velata offers easy to make and delicious food products as well as a business or income opportunity for those interested in marketing their company or products to make an income stream. Products from Velata are currently sold in Puerto Rico, Guam, Canada, and the United States. They currently have over 1,000 employees and is a brand associated with Scentsy Inc. in which I have also done a third-party unbiased review over.

The Thing:

As mentioned before, Velata offers a wide variety of food related products that are easy to make or bake. Not only does Velata offer food, they also offer cooking tools and utensils.

Some of the products offered by Velata are No Bake Cheesecake, Syrups, Cheese Dips, Tongs, Spatulas, Knife Blocks, Ceramic Cutlery, and several more! I will give a brief explanation of a few of the products offered by the company.

  1. Premium Chocolate – Sweet, smooth, and creamy milk chocolate with high quality. It is suggested to heat the chocolate in a microwave and then add it to their Velata Fondue Warmer for a satisfying dessert.
  2. No Bake Cheesecake – I just like the way this sounds. It’s almost effortless to prepare, hence the “no baking” aspect. The cheesecake also comes in 3 different flavors including Classic, Key Lime, and Caramel Apple.
  3. Raclette Tongs – Although not a food product, it is a food related product. I’m giving a brief explanation only to point out that Velata does, in fact, offer cooking utensils and tools. The description of these tongs should be self-explanatory. They’re beautiful tongs that are easy to use and grip. Pretty simple stuff.

The Opportunity:

Can you really make money with Velata’s business or income opportunity? In order to answer this, we must look at their compensation plan. Velata has their payout system set up by rank. You will begin as a certain rank and make a certain amount of income, the more you grow in rank the more your income grows.

The ranks included in Velata’s business opportunity are Escential Consultant, Certified Consultant, Lead Consultant, Star Consultant, SuperStar Consultant, Director, Star Director, and SuperStar Director. Before moving on, a term I will use frequently is Team Wholesale Volume (TMV) which means your entire teams’ amount of purchases or sales.

  1. Escential Consultant – This is the first rank to achieve and begin immediately after you join the company. You will get paid commission on 20% of your Personal Retail Volume. Therefore, if you sell enough products to generate $100, you will get paid 20% of that amount. Easy enough math, but you’ll get paid $20.
  2. SuperStar Consultant – This rank is about half-way through the entire ranking spectrum and includes several types of payouts. However, in order to remain at this rank, you must remain active with a few things.

Things you must do and keep active: You must have 500 Personal Retail Volume, 6,000 Group Wholesale Volume, and 3 Active Frontline Consultants every month.

Payouts included are: 25% Commission on Personal Retail Volume, 7% Bonus from Personal Wholesale Volume, 7% Frontline Escential or Certified Consultant TWV Bonus, 5% Frontline Lead Consultant TMV Bonus, and 3% Frontline Star Consultant TWV Bonus.

  1. SuperStar Director – This is the highest ranking rank in which you can achieve in Velata. Of course, there are the most payouts with this rank but there are also the most required monthly measures you must achieve.

Things You must do and keep active: You must have 500 Personal Retail Volume, 80,000 Group Wholesale Volume, 10,000 Team Wholesale Volume, 3 Active Frontline Consultants, and 4 First Generation Directors.

Payouts included are: 25% Commission on Personal Retail Volume, 9% Bonus from Personal Wholesale Volume, 9% Frontline Escential or Certified Consultant TWV Bonus, 7% Frontline Lead Consultant TWV Bonus, 5% Frontline Star Consultant TWV, 2% Frontline SuperStar Consultant TWV, 3% Frontline Director TWV, 3% First Generation Director TWV Bonus, 4% Second Generation Director TMW Bonus, and 5% Third Generation Director TMV Bonus.

To Conclude, Yes, You Can Make Money With Velata’s Business Opportunity!

The Cost:

For some, this is the most important question that has to be answered before even considering joining this company. Understand, if you become involved with Velata’s opportunity you are starting your own business. All businesses require some type of start-up cost. I apologize if I am the one to bring this to your attention, but I provide accurate information and facts, it’s just what I do. However, generally speaking, joining a company like this tends to have a much lower start-up cost then would a traditional business such as a Construction Business in which could range from $5,000 to $10,000.

So, if you are interested in getting involved with this company there are 3 ways to do that. You must purchase one of the three kits offered by Velata to get started. All 3 kits offered by Velata come with some catalogs, order forms, invitations, and marketing brochures.

  1. Fondue Starter Kit – $99.00. This kit comes with a Fondue Warmer and a Fondue Sampling Dish, two Belgian Chocolates, two Cheese Dips, and two Meltables.
  2. Crepe Starter Kit – $129.00. The Crepe kit includes a Crepe Maker, Classique Crepe Mix, two Handcrafted Syrups, A Cheese Dip, and one Meltable.
  3. Rachlette Starter Kit – 219.00. The Rachlette kit is the most expensive kit offered by Velata and includes a Raclette Tabletop Grill and three Artisan Rubs.

They also include a personal website which is free for the first 3 months! However, you must pay $10 a month, after the 3 months, in order to keep it active. You can also have another active website by paying an additional $5 a month.

Final Thoughts:

Velata has a wide variety of food related products and hasn’t been in business that long which is nice. That shows that as a company, they are motivated and committed to constant expansion.

The opportunity offered by Velata may seem complex but it honestly is not! It’s very simple and once you actually do it, it will make much more sense. You simply make money from all different types of team members ranks including your own. You are certainly able to make money with their company but to be honest; their percentages are kind of low to begin with. Once you have achieved the highest rank available you are able to make a substantial amount of income, however, the first rank doesn’t offer much income to be made. Additionally, the monthly requirements to get these payouts is annoying and frustrating to keep up with.

The cost to get started is both inexpensive and expensive, depending on how you look at it. All 3 kits offered include different things other than the catalogs, order forms, invitations, and marketing brochures. It really all depends on what exactly you have a passion to offer. I do like the fact that they have 3 kits; it makes it more interesting to be able to choose your path to success.

Overall, I would give this company a B+. Please note, they began in 2012 so they have grown at a very substantial rate. I expect Velata to be a top-notch and well-known company after a few more years.

*Dustin Hale is NOT affiliated with Velata or their business/income opportunity

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