Safest Cookware – Three Important Must Have Qualities

With so many toxic cookware in the market, it’s usual to choose an unhealthy cookware. Here’s a simple guide to help you choose the safest cookware for your family.The safest cookware should have the following three qualities:

It should be free from toxins

It should keep the nutritional value of food intact

It should be environment-friendly
The Toxins in CookwareMetals and ceramics are the most commonly used materials for making cookware these days. Ceramics are laden with so many poisonous chemicals, coatings, glazes, and enamels. These chemicals contain metal oxides. Metals have a tendency to react with every chemical substance they come in contact with, especially at high temperature, if not at room temperature. Food is a biochemical entity and when it cooks in metal cookware, the metal ions leach and react with nutrients present in food to form toxins. These contaminants are ingested with food and start accumulating in tissues, organs, and blood over time. This results in health problems and a compromised immune system.

The safest cookware would be completely free from any kind of metal or chemical toxins. The only such cookware in the market is pure clay cookware. While clay pot cooking is thousands of years old, lack of awareness caused people to switch to metals in past few decades. But as people are becoming more health conscious, they are slowly turning towards pure clay cooking again.Pure clay is the purest form of primary clay that is naturally non-reactive and free from any toxins.How Cookware Affects NutrientsThe heat from metals and ceramics is near infrared – it’s harsh heat that destroys delicate nutrients (like complex carbs) and makes food deficient in certain nutrients. The water-soluble nutrients that the body needs on a daily basis escape as steam while cooking in conventional pots. When you keep eating such food, your body stays deficient in complex carbs, water-soluble nutrients, and other essential nutrients.The food-friendly heat from pure clay pots keeps nutrients intact. They are ergonomically designed so that steam is well-managed – it stays within the pot and settles on the food after cooking instead of escaping. This makes sure the food you cook has a balanced proportion of all types of nutrients and your body gets them all.Effect on The EnvironmentDid you ever sit back and think how these shiny and colorful pots and pans affect our environment? The mining of metals calls for cutting forests on a large scale. The processing of metals and the manufacturing of cookware using chemicals, glazes, and enamels releases toxic by-products that poison the nearby water resources and wildlife. The people who work in these mines and manufacturing plants face serious health hazards. What happens to the air and land in nearby areas due to such industries is not a secret anymore. Disposing off such cookware without polluting the environment is another challenge.

On the other hand, making pots and pans from pure clay doesn’t harm the environment or the potters/makers at any stage. The clay is harvested (not mined) from the earth’s surface and its processing doesn’t involve chemicals or other toxins. And how can clay harm the environment when this is the same earth that grows food. This gift of nature only nourishes food while growing and cooking with oxygen and nutrients naturally present in it. At the end of their long lifecycle, they can be disposed off harmlessly – they go back to the same earth where they came from further nourishing it.With so many health benefits to both humans and the environment, pure clay cookware is undoubtedly the safest cookware available on the market today. It’s time we ditch toxic cookware and choose this gift of nature for cooking healthy food.

Tips And Strategies For Staying Focused While Working From Home

A good example of a distraction. So right now, I am working at my kitchen table which is my home office at the moment. My Son comes down and decides that he will make himself a bite to eat while I am right in the middle of trying to write this article. How would you handle the situation? Generally, we are on the same schedule and do have lunch together every day around the same time but today happened to be different because of his schedule. I tried to make him see that by entering the kitchen and making his lunch in the same space where I was working was a distraction. This just annoyed him and he left saying under his breath that I should not be working in the kitchen. He is right of course and this takes me to the next topic of the dedicated work area.

Dedicated work area. This is definitely a luxury in most homes and especially small apartments but you should make the effort to find and make a dedicated work space. If there is someone in the house with you all day as is the case with my Son they need to be made to understand that while you are in this space it should be respected as a work area. I will be practicing what I am preaching as soon as possible so my Son can have his freedom back in the kitchen. Providing yourself a delineation between home and work space will help make it clear that only work activities should happen in the dedicated work area. It is important to have boundaries and expectations when it comes to your work area. Now that you have your dedicated work area it is a good idea to establish your work hours.

Establishing your work hours. It is your work day, so instead of working haphazardly through the day set up your work hours. I generally start my day somewhere in the area of 10:00 am as I am involved with other matters in the home until then. I generally break for lunch around noon or 1:00 pm and take an hour for lunch. After lunch I generally work until 4:00 – 5:00 pm. So, I would say, I work from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with an hour for lunch. There will be days that I will start earlier or finish later but at least deciding on a quitting time is helpful. Once you have your time set the day becomes more structured around what you are trying to accomplish.

Dressing for success. Get out of your PJ’s and sweat pants! Wearing these types of clothes make you feel like you are not really working and this will make you prone to distractions. Make it a point to get dressed every day as what you wear in your office has a direct impact on your work performance and productivity.

Work at another location. Besides the distractions of working from a home-based office it can sometimes get a little lonely. I know that when I started working from home I left the hustle and bustle of running an office of 60 people to being home alone. It was a little disconcerting at first. My local coffee shop became a second office and without the distractions of home and family, I found myself more motivated. It was also easier to focus on the task at hand and I definitely got more accomplished. It was also nice being around other people and not feeling so isolated.

Act as if you are going to work. This is a fun tip given to me by a friend. He told me that in order to fight off the distractions of working from home he fooled himself into thinking that he actually went to work somewhere else. He established a routine just like the one he had when he worked in an office. He would get up every day at the same time and perform his personal grooming and get dressed for work. He would actually leave his apartment, get in his car and drive somewhere. He would arrive back at his apartment and begin his work day as if he had gone to work. He did this until he became disciplined enough to work in his home office.

Conclusions and observations. Working from home is not for everyone. You have to be a disciplined person who is able to tune out the distractions while being motivated, focused and able to be productive. You also need to be a good communicator and let your family, friends and neighbors know your goals and expectations about your work day. Don’t forget to reward yourself for all of your efforts. Doesn’t a cookie sound good right about now?