Saturday, April 8, 2017

SIMPLE KOREAN BBQ RECIPE

Hey guys I just wanted to make a quick post today and ease you into cooking!  Some of you don't have any experience in cooking and that's okay.  We all had to start somewhere.  As most people, I recommend you start with simple recipes.  Don't worry they these recipes can be super tasty and yummy!

If you're a fan of Korean BBQ, then you're going to love this recipe!

I don't have an official name for this recipe so let's call it...
I'M NEW TO COOKING AND THIS IS EASY BBQ

Ingredients:
1 small packet of meat (best if it's in small chunks)
1 cup soy sauce
3 table spoon white sugar ( or if you feel super fancy, two packed down table spoons of brown sugar)
2 table spoons garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
(optional) some sesame seeds about 1 teaspoon ( I leave it out since I'm lazy)
1 onion, sliced into strips
(optional) Korean chili paste/ chili paste if you can't find any (it's to how spicy you like it, start by using 1 table spoon.  You can leave it out if you don't like spicy)

Instructions:
You literally put everything into a large mixing bowl, cover it, put it in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

Cook in a pan or a wok until onions soften and meat is cooked through.
You can check if the meat has cooked through by taking one piece of meat and putting it on a clean plate and cutting it open with a knife.

Friday, March 31, 2017

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR EYES ARE KILLING YOU




So you stare at a screen for most of the day and then you stare at a screen some more.  At some point, you eyes get strained you even start waking up with stinging dry eyes.  Well my friend, just got the case of the death...and you're dying.
I'M KIDDING.  You probably googled it and Web MD told you had some sort of gland disorder or something.  Unless you have background in medical knowledge, I wouldn't.  You just end up thinking you're dying or something.
If you game frequently or you are a programmer or you work in IT.  My friend, you probably have dry eyes.  It sounds too simple.  Dry eyes seem so easy to fix.  But is it really?  You've messed up the delicate balance of your body by staring at a light for 8 hours.  During this time you blink less, therefore more of your tears evaporate and your eyes can't distribute lubrication across your eyes, irritating your eyes more.
"How do I fix this?"  Well it's not really that simple.  I struggle with dry eyes and ever since I've been on the computer more, it's gotten 100000x worse.  I think the worst my dry eyes have ever been were one day I woke up and my eye lids would not open.  They were sealed shut because there was physically not enough lubricant in my eyes for them to open.  I had to bump around in my room to find my eyes drops in which I drowned my eyes in it and eventually they opened.  It was so painful and from that day on I told myself I'd do whatever it takes to keep it from doing that.
Needless to say, I don't wear contacts anymore.  Something that you really need to make sure you do is drink enough water and get enough omega 3 in your diet.  Being dehydrated, means your eyes are also dehydrated.  We need tears to keep that area nice and comfortable.  If you didn't know this, we also have oils in our eyes.  That's to keep everything lubricated so you don't end up like me with your eye lids shut closed.
So if you need to talk to your doctor, do so before taking supplements as with all other health related changes you are unfamiliar with.  The best way is to just incorporate fish into your diet.  Like salmon is so yummy, but if you're not a fan of fish, taking fish oil might be the next best step.  Be careful, fish oil is an oil based vitamin and is all absorbed into the body.  It is possible to OD on fish oil, so follow directions (after asking your doctor).
Something I've been trying out recently is this whole caster oil thing.  I've been reading that putting a drop of castor oil in the each eye before going to bed every night helps with oil production and helps keep your eyes coated through out the next day.  I sounds weird and to be frank it still weirds me out putting an oil in my eye.
You'll need pure, cold pressed castor oil that is hexane free.  You can get it on amazon if you just type that in.  Remember you will need to find one that fits all of the criteria.  It's recommended that you can also get castor oil from the pharmacy because it's sterile and honestly that is the safer option because castor oil from the health food store, can still contain strains of bacteria.  However for me, I refrigerate my castor oil and use when needed and I have not been hit with an eye infection.  I don't want to scare you but I also want to be as open as possible.  This last piece of advice is definitely on the holistic side and is not as accepted as the other tips above.
I notice that when I put castor oil in my eyes at night, the next day, my eyes are so much more comfortable.  But it's a 3 part process and the full effect of the castor oil and the fish oils won't come into effect until at least a week in.
I'm a little nervous making a post like this, because this is the first time that I went into supplements and not just food an exercise.  I urge you to ask your doctor about products you are interested in and to not take my advice in place of a medical professional!  I just wanted to share my experience and hope to give you some inspiration and maybe shine a new light so you can have more options to cure your dry and tired eyes!
Love you guys so much!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR A BETTER GAMING EXPERIENCE



Due to popular demand!  I'm going to be listing off some of my favourite snacks to eat while I game.  Today's post is going to be strictly focusing on snacks that can be eaten very easily.
First thing's first, you want to make sure that at any given time always drink some water first.  Make sure you're actually hungry first.  Part of getting started on a healthier and happier gaming lifestyle is learning how to understand your body first.
So now that you've taken some time to drink water, your first choice of food should be protein!  Remember, you need to consume 10% - 35% of your daily foods!  Here are some good snacks that are easy and taste good!
  • Think Thin High Protein Bar in Creamy Peanut Butter - I eat this on stream all the time and is one of my favourite snacks.  It's soft and easy to chew so I can eat if quickly so I can go back to chatting and playing games.  Plus it doesn't have any sugars so it really helps out with cutting down on sugar.
  • Small portion of cheese and fruits is a really yummy finger food that is not messy at all.  Plus the combos are endless if you are cheese lover like me.  My favourite still is a soft white cheese with strawberries while the weather is more mild and when it's super hot, I like to eat watermelon with feta.
  • Edamame ( men should watch how much soy you ingest, so every now and then should be no problem!)
  •  Roasted chick peas are great for people who like crunchy things and are a great replacement for chips.  I recommend making it yourself; it's super easy.
  • Banana sliced into coins with a dollop of creamy peanut butter and two dark chocolate chips on each coin.  Tastes so good!
  • Trail Mix BUT MAKE YOUR OWN - Most likely the trail mix you buy costs you more and is actually worse quality than if you just mixed everything yourself.  Plus they dump a butt-load of salt in and that just does not make you feel good in the long run. A good mix to try is; Dark chocolate, unsweetened cranberries, unsalted almonds, peanuts
  • Plain whole greek yogurt, mix in honey to taste, top with some crushed graham crackers and sliced strawberries if you have a sweet tooth!
I hope you enjoyed my list of recommendations and I hope you'll try them.  Tweet at me pictures of the snacks you end up getting!  I want to know what you liked and what didn't work for you!  If you have any more suggestions, leave them in the comment section so I can try as well!