Here’s the situation; you pick up your phone to find that you are invited to dinner at the island’s most prestigious hotel with a group of acquaintances. There’s one problem though – your table etiquette isn’t up to par, and you’ve already accepted the invite. So what do you do next? Keep reading to find out what you need to know about basic table etiquette. While this is not a comprehensive guide, these basic tips will help you feel more comfortable at seemingly intimidating dinner settings. It’s important to note that these norms vary slightly depending on your region.
As in many social settings, being distracted by your mobile phone can be a huge turn off to whomever you are in company with. So as a sign of respect, keep your phone tucked away while you and your dinner companions enjoy each other’s company.
Choosing Your Eating Utensils
A good rule of thumb to follow when choosing utensils to start eating is to always begin with the utensils furthest away from the plate and work your way toward those closest to the plate. If you see the host or hostess doing something different, you may follow his or her lead. The important thing is not to make yourself unduly conspicuous.
Avoid Noisy Chewing
While eating, you’d want to avoid drawing attention to yourself while being respectful by chewing with your mouth closed. Making unpleasant chewing sounds at the dinner table is a surefire way to make everyone around you uncomfortable. While it’s acceptable to have small conversations over dinner, always chew and swallow your food before responding, for obvious reasons.
Pay Attention to the Little Things
Before you dig in, remember to keep your elbows off the table, while also maintaining good posture. Secondly, it’s usually more acceptable to try a little bit of everything on your plate instead of finishing off any one thing right away. Don’t forget to politely ask someone to pass something to you, especially if it’s out of your reach.
Now that you’re acquainted with the basics of table etiquette, it’s important to remember that most ‘rules’ would vary depending on your location, so it’s wise to be informed on all fronts. Happy dining!
Guavas, also known as “sand plums”, are said to have originated from Central America. Although they are more commonly known as a key ingredient in jams and jellies, guavas have a plethora of health benefits, many unbeknownst to the average consumer. Here are just a few benefits if you include guava in your regular diet.
This delectable fruit is a rich source of Vitamin C, even more so than oranges. Being that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, regular consumption of guavas leads to a robust immune system and allows the body to recover from illness quicker. Get sick often? Well, adding guavas to your diet can be the solution.
Diabetes is a huge health issue in St. Lucia, with the country having one of the highest rates per capita of diabetes in the world. Guavas serve as a sweet solution to managing our glucose levels. The high amount of dietary fibre in guavas aids in regulating sugar levels and prevent spikes in diabetic patients.
Manages Blood Pressure
Apart from diabetes, guavas also help with blood pressure management. The dietary fibre cleans out arteries and blood vessels. This reduces the likelihood of high blood pressure as it helps regulate adequate blood flow throughout the body.
Easy on the Eyes
Guavas contain significant amounts of Vitamin A. This helps reduce vision degradation as well as prevent eye diseases such as cataracts. Guavas may not be as Vitamin A rich as carrots but they still provide enough that you should consider having them as a regular snack.
Healthy snacking between meals is critical for active weight loss. The ideal snack gives you a quick boost of energy while providing adequate nutrients. Therefore a vitamin-rich fruit like guava is the perfect snack and since it contains fibre, eating one can keep your stomach full long enough until your next meal.
So why not grab a guava today?
Brows have proven to be unanimously one of the biggest makeup trends over the years. From bold to arched to barely there, brows will always play a major role in defining your final look. Brows are the most defining features on the face. They frame the face and give it structure, which is why it’s important to give your arches some TLC every now and then. Like fashion, brow trends are ever changing , in the past few years we’ve encountered The Natural Brow, Feathered Brow, Squiggle brow and the ever so popular Instagram brow, just to name a few. How does one achieve the perfect brow? Continue reading
We know that fruits, particularly berries are those of exotic colourand memorablyfondtastes.Sowhyshould you grab a bunch of berries next time you go shopping?
Strawberries: Good for your eyes
Free radicals can cause heavy damage to theeyes including dry eyes, degeneration of the optic nerves, vision defects, and increased susceptibility toinfections.Thankfully,antioxidantslikeflavonoids andellagicacidallcomefromStrawberriesandplayahugepartinavoidingthesesituationstoalargeextent.
Blueberries: Strengthens your bones
They’re rich in iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. Each of these is a component of bone. Adequate intake blue berries contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength. Its iron and zinc content also maintains the strength and elasticity of bones and joints.
Raspberries:Helps with weight loss
Knowntobehighindietaryfiberandmanganese.Fiber aids in slowing down thedigestiveprocess,makingyoufeelfullerforlonger.Thetracemineral manganese keeps your metabolic rate high, and therefore burns fat. Plus they work like magic for wrinklesboththroughintakeandasfacialmasks.
Cranberries: Protects against cancer
Researchers continue to identify more and more ways that cranberries are beneficial in slowing tumor growth, and have shown positive effects against certain types of cancer, including prostate, lung, breast, and colon cancer.
There is no disputing the epidemic proportions and outcomes of fatherlessness in this generation. Whether it be the physical absence of a father or a father’s presence minus the emotional attachment – both have detrimental effects on our communities.
With an increase in sexual promiscuity and single- parent homes, and a corresponding decrease in committed marriages, active fathers and the recognition of the importance of masculinity in society this generation is not only being dubbed the lawless generation but also the fatherless generation. The repercussions of this pervade our culture and are even re-defining the family structure.
What is my hair type? This is a question that plagues many naturals, considering that it is one of the determining factors in finding the right hair products, hair routines and even styles to suite your hair.
You are either born with naturally curly or naturally straight hair. This is due to the linking of a disulfide bond between hair proteins in the hair shaft. Hence, the amount of curl or wave in the hair would be dependent on the number of links. A person with greater links would have a kinkier pattern and someone with fewer links would have straighter hair.
To put in layman terms, there are two main hair typing systems; The Texture Typing System modelled after celebrity hair stylist Andre Walker and the LOIS Hair Typing System. We shall focus on the Texture Typing System. Continue reading
Running is one of the few things that we do, both as kids -during playtime- and in our adult lives, for various reasons. It is a very accessible form of exercise for most people. However, to really feel the benefits, it’s imperative to keep in good form and pace yourself, as with any other sport.
Some of these benefits derived from running include
Improves Heart Health
A study in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2014 found runners had a 45 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease when compared to people who didn’t run. In addition, running strengthens heart muscles and gives the heart a better resting rate to ensure that you have a better night’s sleep. Continue reading
Every woman should develop healthy habits, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, stress management and routine health screening to detect potential health problems early.
On March 8, we observed International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change.’ I would like to encourage all women to take that bold step in taking better care of ‘You.’
Women often neglect themselves to care for family, friends and coworkers, among others. You may have adopted healthy practices but when last have you had a physical examination and the necessary tests to ensure you’re on the right track? Sometimes we adopt the notion that if it’s not broken don’t fix it, or I feel well so why go to the doctor. As you transition from one decade to another, many changes occur in your body. These changes could be so subtle you may not realise them until something goes wrong. Make it a habit of visiting your doctor annually. Continue reading
When you think of the word ‘diet’ what comes to mind?
First off, it is important to note that diet refers to the food and drink that a person (or animal) regularly consumes and this can be altered to suit an individual’s specific needs, such as the desire to lose weight or manage an illness.
The food that we eat is responsible for nourishing our bodies. However, all too often we pay very little attention to what we consume and the benefits or consequences of adding or eliminating certain foods from our diet. Unfortunately, it is usually only when we become ill that we pay greater heed to certain foods, hoping that we can use them to ease our pain and discomfort or to simply improve our health.
We, in the Caribbean, are known to have a fondness for bush medicines and the various concoctions that we use when illness strikes. However, how many of us seriously consider the potential risks of certain foods that we eat regularly? Continue reading
It’s 2017 and many of us have made resolutions for the New Year. Many will decide on lifestyle changes, including healthy diets, weight loss, exercise programmes and the cessation of smoking and alcohol, among many others.
Over recent years, our society has adopted a number of healthy habits and many of us have gone on a smoothie craze. Some have the perception that once I drink smoothies I will lose weight and I’ll be healthier. I’ve seen the look of disbelief on many faces when they’re told you’re overweight, your blood sugar or cholesterol is abnormal. Then I hear the expression, “but I don’t understand, I’m drinking smoothies everyday.”
When we subsequently go through their diet, including the ingredients of these ‘healthy smoothies,’ we discover the large amount of calories being packed into their systems first thing in the morning or after a nice, long workout. Continue reading