Care for Your Knives
The Culinary Institute of America

Assembling a personal collection of knives is one of the first steps in becoming a professional. Just as an artist or craftsperson gathers together the tools necessary for painting, sculpting, or drawing, you will need to select knives that allow you to do your work in the safest and most efficient way. The knives you choose will become as important to you as your own fingers— quite literally an extension of your own hands.

1. Handle knives with respect.Knives can be damaged if they are handled carelessly. Even though good-quality knives are manufactured to last a lifetime, they are still prone to damage if not properly taken care of.

2. Keep knives sharp. Learn the proper techniques for both sharpening and honing knives. A sharp knife not only performs better, but is safer to use because less effort is required to cut through the food. There are many ways to sharpen knives. Use a stone periodically, a sharpening machine, or send them to a professional cutlery sharpener.

3. Keep knives clean. Clean knives thoroughly, immediately after using them. Sanitize the entire knife, including the handle, bolster, and blade, as necessary, so that the

Top 6 Food And Body Benefits to Eat Locally

There’s a new movement brewing – eat locally. But what’s the importance of eating food grown and produced locally? There are plenty of great reasons to eating local – from conserving energy to supporting local economies. But the best benefit lies in developing a new, authentic, and richly rewarding relationship between your body and food.

Your body knows exactly what to eat and when to eat it. It’s not based on rules, science, good foods or bad foods, a strict eating regimen, or any “right” diet. Instead, it’s based on listening to the spontaneity and wisdom of what your body needs today, right now, for health, vitality, life, and a joyful experience.

Chances are, if you struggle with food cravings, weight issues, or even a full-fledged eating disorder, you do not trust yourself to listen to your body’s true needs and wants. Instead, we’re easily lured into the seductive promise of the temporary comfort of sugary foods, or heavy, overly processed foods. While those types of foods have their place, they are more like the spice of life than the foundation of life. Eating a diet loaded with sugary or processed food does not allow room for a vibrant connection with life.


Healthy Foods to Pack for Camping and Hiking

Do you have hiking or camping on your agenda? Mapping out your wilderness nutrition needs is important: There’s plenty to consider besides simply grabbing an energy bar or a bottle of water. Follow these tips to ensure you have a nourishing and safe food experience on your next outdoor adventure.


5 Food Tips :

  1. Have a plan. Your food and water needs are generally higher than usual on activity-based excursions. Pay extra special attention to packing plenty of fluids for hot weather adventures. Some other key considerations before your hiking or camping trip include:
    • Length of the trip
    • What foods and beverages you’ll carry
    • How you’ll eat and drink
    • If bringing a cooler is an option
    • What food-related tools you’ll need
  2. Pack easy-to-carry foods for a hike — or a day trip. You can actually pack perishable foods, such as sandwiches, just be sure you have a cold source (such as an ice pack) to keep foods properly chilled. The more you stash in a backpack, the harder it is to hike, so opt mainly for non-perishable foods that are relatively lightweight and nutrient dense. These include:
    • Trail mix
    • Nuts, seeds, nut-based bars or nut butter packs
    • Dried or freeze-dried fruits and veggies
    • Energy
Five Efficient Way To Help You Restore and Maintain Your Good Health

abcBacteria in your gut might sound like a bad thing but, actually, your gut uses bacteria to process food into energy. We call these helpful bacteriaprobiotics. Most people have heard the term in yogurt ads, but that’s about it. What are probiotics and what do they mean to your body?

It all starts in your gut, the system in your body responsible for digestion. Proper digestion is essential to your health and probiotics are essential to your gut. When bacteria are out of balance, it can cause problems such as:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes[7]
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • B12 deficiency

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to get your gut health back on track. Here are five awesome tips for promoting your gut health and well-being.

1. Take a Quality Probiotic

In 1907, Nobel Laureate, Elie Metchnikoff introduced the concept of probiotics. He published a groundbreaking study that linked longevity with consuming fermented milk that contained Lactobacilli, a bacterial strain that produces lactic acid and helps maintain healthy intestinal microflora. Today, probiotics supplements are available at health food, grocery, and online stores. When choosing a probiotic, look