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Weight Loss & Diet Plans – Find Healthy Diet Plans and Helpful

A healthy diet plan takes a variety of forms depending on what your goal is. If you’re in one for the purpose of losing weight then you should reduce your fatty food consumption. The key to a successful healthy diet plan involves a simple equation: You eat fewer calories than what your body burn, you lose unwanted fats; you eat calories more than what your body can burn, you gain more weight.

The best healthy diet program is the one that you know you can stick to and not the one that is the most popular. Your diet program should not make you feel deprived such as the type that totally cuts out a whole food group like fats and carbohydrates. Not only is it unhealthy but it will also create a nutritional imbalance. A true healthy diet plan should only limit your carb and fat consumption, not totally eliminating it. There are good carbs and good fats and that’s what your diet plan needs to include in your everyday meals.

Once you have the correct set of meals, it is imperative that you tune in to what you are eating. Do not eat on the run, or while atyour office desk, or when in front of the television. If we eat while being distracted, tendency is we will not realize it if we already ate too much. It takes a maximum of 15 minutes for our brain to receive a signal from our digestive system that it’s already full. This is why a lot of diet experts would suggest that we should stop eating when we feel we already are 80% full. But how can one tell when they are almost full if the person is too busy focusing on what she’s watching on TV than what her tummy is feeling? You can even listen to ketogenic podcasts. For example, the Keto Diet Podcast is a good listen for keto’ers.

I have mentioned earlier that to lose weight, one should eat fewer calories than what the body burns. But this doesn’t mean you have to eat less food. You can have a plate full of food without consuming too many calories. The trick is to have a list of all foods and their calorie.

content. When you have one, you’ll notice that there are a lot of them with so little calories but high in fiber content – a very good combination to infuse in your healthy diet plan. If you want to feel satisfied for longer periods of time, you would want to include a huge amount of fiber in your diet. You can find a lot of these in your fruits, vegetables, greens, beans, and whole grains.

In order to maintain eating healthy, it is always important not to dwell on what you’re missing in terms of the kind of foods you can eat. Instead, think more on the benefits (i.e. a clean bill of health) and perks (i.e. being able to fit on all those gorgeous clothes you’ve been dying to add in your wardrobe) you’ll reap when you keep the pace and stay on the program faithfully.…

Dispensaries in Up-state New York – Where Should I Go?

As we continue to see more legalization of cannabis in more states, we find an increase in the number of dispensaries across the states. Cannabis dispensaries in the United States or marijuana dispensaries are a local government regulated physical location, typically inside a retail storefront or office building, in which a person can purchase cannabis and cannabis related items for medical or recreational use.

First modeled in Amsterdam in the late 1970s where they were innocently called coffee shops, it would take the Americans more than a generation to successfully duplicate the idea of a retail cannabis storefront. Unlike the Dutch coffee shops, today dispensary customers are prevented from consuming cannabis on the site of a regulated dispensary in all known markets.

In a traditional Medical cannabis dispensary store, a patient receives cannabis medication as allowed per the patient’s doctor’s recommendation. These dispensaries sell cannabis products that have not been approved by the FDA and are not legally registered with the federal government.

As of 2016, there are state-regulated marijuana dispensaries in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C.

State-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries are currently open to all registered patients in the state of New York. The amount of registered medical marijuana patients in the state of New York is climbing, evidencing a thriving market. Patients may purchase up to a 30-day supply of state-mandated cannabis products.

In the details below, we seek to make navigating your way to the nearest dispensary to you much easier.

New York Marijuana Dispensaries

1. Albany

Pharma Cannis
10 Executive Park Dr
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 216-0140

Vireo Health
38 Fuller Rd
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 282-5300

2. Amherst

25 N Pointe Pkwy Ste 30
Amherst, NY 14228
(716) 210-9496

3. Bardonia

Remedy Dispensary – Hudson Valley
345 NY-304
Bardonia, NY 10956
(845) 259-1686

4. Bronx

405 Hunts Point Ave
Bronx, NY 10474
(917) 398-5340

5. Brooklyn

202 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(212) 257-3145

6. Buffalo

52 S Union Rd Ste 102
Buffalo, NY 14221
(716) 954-8276

The Botanist
192 Seneca St
Buffalo, NY 14204
(716) 322-4411

7. Carle Place

Curaleaf – Carle Place
255 Glen Cove Rd
Carle Place, NY 11514
(516) 534-2872

8. Farmingdale

The Botanist – Farmingdale
2365 Broadhollow Rd
Farmingdale, NY 11737
(516) 888-3344

9. Forest Hills

Curaleaf – Forest Hills
107-18 70th Rd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(646) 968-2872

10. Halfmoon

FP Wellness – Halfmoon
1675 U.S. 9
Halfmoon, NY 12065
(518) 383-0225

11. Johnson City

Vireo Health
589 Harry L Dr
Johnson City, NY 13790
(844) 484-7366

12. Kingston

Etain Health
445 NY-28
Kingston, NY 12401
(914) 437-7898

13. Lake Success

2001 Marcus Ave Ste W75
Lake Success, NY 11042
(516) 882-1934

14. Liverpool

642 Old Liverpool Rd
Liverpool, NY 13088
(315) 666-1185

15. New Hartford

Remedy Dispensary – Mohawk Valley
4776 Commercial Dr
New Hartford, NY 13413
(518) 500-2539

16. New York

Columbia Care Dispensary – Manhattan
212 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 453-7178

Etain Health
142 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016
(914) 437-7898

Fp Wellness – Manhattan
2 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-8676

433 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
(646) 846-5551

17. Newburgh

Curaleaf – Newburgh
8 N Plank Rd
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 762-0110

18. Plattsburgh

Curaleaf – Plattsburgh
345 Cornelia St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 930-4340

19. Queens

The Botanist – Queens
138-72 Queens Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11435
(917) 810-4540

Vireo Health
89-55 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11373
(844) 484-7366

20. Riverhead

Columbia Care Dispensary – Riverhead
1333 E Main St
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 861-4114

21. Rochester

Columbia Care Dispensary – Rochester
200 W Ridge Rd
Rochester, NY 14615
(585) 678-8390

FP Wellness – Rochester
1150 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 325-3145

22. Syracuse

Etain Health
2140 Erie Blvd E
Syracuse, NY 13224
(914) 437-7898

1304 Buckley Rd Ste 106
Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 802-5379

23. Wallkill

The Botanist
247 Dunning Rd
Wallkill, NY 10940
(845) 243-2940

24. Wappingers Falls

Citiva – Hudson Valley
1147 U.S. 9
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(212) 257-3145

25. White Plains

Vireo Health
221-223 E Post Rd
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 222-5258

26. Yonkers

Etain Health
55 Main St
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 437-7898…

London- One of the most visited cities in the world

What’s the Allure?

London has proudly earned the distinction of being one of the most visited cities in the world.

The diversity is evident in popular activities; visitors can indulge in the centuries-old stories as told by guides at the iconic landmarks, or discover modern art at top museums.

They can elect to chat with friendly locals at a pub or watch the latest in experimental theatre. Indeed, with its fascinating history, classic architecture and dynamic culture, this exciting capital city offers a little something for everyone.

Points of Interest

For a city so rich in history and popular culture, it is quite refreshing that London offers both a steady stream of memorable districts and iconic structures as well as dozens of open-air “green” locations.

Visitors can easily explore atmospheric areas such as Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, followed by a respite at beautiful green zones including Hyde Park and Hempstead Heath.

London’s multitude of diverse nationalities makes it one of the world’s most famous culinary melting pots. On any given day, sample authentic dishes from the likes of India, Italy, China, Japan and Africa…to name but a few. Of course if you prefer to try traditional English cooking, there are plenty of options available; from hearty shepherd’s pie to tasty fish and chips or even avant-garde Michelin-starred creations – it’s all on offer at this cosmopolitan metropolis.


A major pastime in a city as dynamic as London is sightseeing. Popular sites include the Queen’s residence at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and the ultra-modern London Eye.


For art lovers, the excellent selection of galleries and museums are sure to entertain. Outstanding options include the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern.

After dark, the city comes alive with a curious mix of classic British etiquette at the upscale West End areas (such as Mayfair and Notting Hill) and the grittier, underground vibe of the East End club scene. Whatever your mood or preference, London aims to provide a memorable source of entertainment.

Why We Love it

London is an exciting city that continually strives to improve its offerings.

This dedication to innovation is arguably one of the main reasons why it was selected to host the Summer Olympic Games for the third time running…and we can’t wait to see how they plan on making it a most welcoming and memorable affair once again.…

Creamy Chicken Curry

I made the brown rice in my InstantPot (equal parts water and rice, manual for 23 minutes – perfection!) and then made the Curry on my stovetop. SO SO SO simple and yet delicious!


  • 1 package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 containers/jars of your favorite salsa
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. curry powder
  • Diced onions

If cooking on the stovetop, brown your chicken, cooking through and caramelize onions. Add all of the salsa and curry powder, bringing to a low simmer.

Raise the heat a bit, break up the cream cheese and add. Stir and simmer together for about 12 minutes. Serve over your favorite rice. Feel free to adapt to fit whatever cooking method you plan to use. Had I finished the rice earlier, I would have done both during the day for reheating for dinner.

THAT IS IT! I mean, does deliciousness get any easier than that?! This will DEFINITELY be joining our rotation in the future and it was SO flavorful without all the mess!

Hope you enjoy!

Looking for a deal on the Instant Pot? I regularly update this Instant Pot Deals page with the latest sales and discounts! (Note that if you buy an Instant Pot through one of my Amazon links, I’ll receive a small commission—but without costing you an extra cent!)…

Cruisin’ with LuLaRoe

How do you capture eleven months in one blog post? And how do you share experiences from a week long trip on a boat in just a few words?

By now, you’ve learned that my sister-in-law and I are part of the Sisterhood of the Patterned Pants and since last March, have worked our patterned tails off to build a business that we call family. This Community of Confidence is not something that has happened over night, but it’s one that we find great connection with and it is a calling we have like no other.

So what have the past eleven months looked liked? 

  • Long hours
  • Sleepless nights
  • Partying like rockstars (jk, but parties ALL THE TIME)
  • The first four months were INSANITY.
  • The first TWO WEEKS WERE CRAY.
  • Lots of coffee
  • Mug life
  • Hearing stories from all sorts of people
  • So much hugging
  • Countless outfits
  • Thousands of photographs
  • Stresses with changes in our business
  • Ups and downs, sometimes more downs than ups (HELLO, JUNE)
  • Daily affirmations with our favorites
  • Working to build a team and figure out what all that means!
  • Making Trainer in six months

It’s also meant the opportunity to Cruise with LuLaRoe for seven days. Hearing from the founders that they are ALL IN, 100% dedicated and devoted, and hearing their hearts and raw honesty. It’s meant LOTS of time together. And if you’re asking, nope, we’re not sick of each other. Yet.…

Surviving Social Media Mean Girls

In this day and age of technology, everyone has something to say about everything and because of the protection of a screen, we have little hesitation to say just what we are thinking and saying it to whomever we want.

We cling to the fact that we can just “delete” bad commentary, unfollow those we find unsavory, and come back with a well-placed retort every time we get a notification that someone responded.

But oftentimes, this brash and bold behavior has consequences unlike any other and our Facebook accounts become weapons rather than an opportunity for true conversation. We use our log-ins as swords and are positive that “if only they understood” what I was trying to say, I might somehow change their mind.

Developing strategies for your own social media presence as well as combating the woes of social media mean girls is a lifelong learning process and one that I find evolves over time.

Here are just a few of the ways that you can “fight back,” but in all reality, just survive those social media mean girls:

1. Resist the urge to be passive aggressive.

And yes, I realize the irony. No, I am not being passive aggressive myself because there are too many to count (hardy har har), so yes, I am unable to call anyone out specifically. When you’re passive aggressive on social media, you really aren’t fooling anyone. The majority of time, the person you are intending to call out knows it OR everyone else in your life suddenly believes it is them and you have caused conflict to arise that did not actually exist. Does this mean you need to now start tagging people in statuses? No. But consider what posting those “vaguebooking” statuses do to stir up unnecessary drama and strife just because you “had to” put this out there. (And don’t lie, we’ve all done it. Let’s do better.)

2. Choose kind.

This one is actually not super difficult. If you feel the urge to respond to someone who is being nasty, do it in kindness with the best of intentions. They may not understand your approach and they may still think you are attacking them, but choose your words wisely. The delete button will only be able to take you so far.

3. Choose others as you would want to be treated.

This one’s pretty simple. Just do it. #kthxbai


If I could put this on a billboard, I would. Speaking from experience, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO BE. I PROMISE. It can also be the most difficult to avoid, but you MUST. And each day, you must do your very best to avoid it!

Anti-mean girls defuse drama. They work hard to avoid it, not create it, and not find themselves in the middle of it. It is EASY to share a clickbait article, encourage discord, and stir up unnecessary negativity. It is much more difficult to continually choose positive conversation and connection time after time.

5. Survive social media mean girls by not being one.

It’s easy to consider all the ways everyone else is failing you, but learning to start with yourself is the first step.

Make every day an opportunity to be inclusive, accepting, and loving to other girls. Lift up, edify, and encourage – it is THE way to be. The more we create a community of love, acceptance, and “you can sit with us” girls, the more successful we are in “defeating” the mean ones.

We may wear pink on Wednesdays, but we choose kindness every day.

What are your favorite tips for surviving mean girls of social media?…