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Everyone wants to be healthy, maintain their perfect weight, and feel good about themselves. For many it involves having to constantly watch their weight and remain vigilant at all times as far as food is concerned. Many super foods available allow you to enjoy eating great tasting food while maintaining your perfect weight and living a healthy lifestyle. If you feel as if you are doomed to be a forever dieter and never be able to eat the foods that you enjoy without feeling guilty, you are not alone. Dieters often feel they are being tortured just trying to keep calories in check. It is extremely difficult to stick to a diet if you feel hungry and this hunger leads to giving into to cravings. These cravings just add to more hunger and a feeling of failure. It is a vicious cycle, but it is one that can be broken by choosing the right foods that fill you up and keep you full for a longer period.

The Secret of High Fiber

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High-fiber foods are touted for their ability to make you feel full while you consume fewer calories. Any foods high in fiber and water content allow you to eat as much of these super foods as you want and avoid that unpleasant feeling of being deprived. Feelings of deprivation lead to giving up on eating healthy foods and thus eating the wrong foods that make you want to eat more. You never feel full and continually reach for comfort foods to satisfy cravings. Eating more fiber-filled foods can help solve this problem.

The Power of Lean Protein

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You can lose more weight and maintain that weight by balancing out your fiber intake by eating plenty of lean protein. Many lean protein foods such as eggs, fish, poultry, lean meats, and soybeans can help curb your hunger. These appetite-suppressing foods help you stay on a healthy diet by preventing that nagging hunger that causes you to fall back into that old overeating habit. Make a delicious dinner of grilled chicken and whole-wheat pasta for a satisfying meal. Combining lean meat and high-fiber foods help you shed pounds and feel satisfied at the same time.

Keep the Doctor Away and Feel Full with Apples

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All fruits make great snacks, but some provide you with extra fiber that makes you feel full. Raspberries contain a high amount of fiber and are very low in calories. Eating raspberries, helps prevent hunger. Apples have a reputation for being one of the healthiest foods you can eat. When consumed before a meal, you will feel fuller and it will take fewer calories to fill you up. The fullness produced by an apple lasts longer than many other high-fiber fruits. Apples make a great snack that helps balance blood sugar as it suppresses your appetite for other snacks. If you prefer to pair your apple with another healthy food, try spreading it with a spoonful of almond butter or eat it will a piece of low fat cheese. These tasty additions enhance the appeal of foods that make you feel full.

Love Your Greens to Feel Full

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One of the most popular salad greens today is kale. Not only is it extremely high in fiber, but it takes longer to chew which make you eat slower. This gives your body extra time to feel full. Kale also makes a salad more appealing by adding an extra crunch not found in most salad greens. Add some slices of lean meat to give your salad that extra punch of high protein that helps fill you up even faster and keeps you satisfied longer. Foods that make you feel full are a real plus for dieters.

Fill Up with Super Soups

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You can combine plenty of different kinds of vegetables to make a very healthy and hearty meal of delicious soup. Make a vegetable-based broth, and then add white beans, chicken, quinoa, and many other kinds of veggies such as spinach, leeks, and onions. Because the soup is high in water and fibrous veggies, it helps curb your appetite and makes you feel the fullness effect longer.

Nuts about Nuts

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Nuts represent one of the healthiest and purest foods available. Almonds contain monounsaturated fat and tons of fiber. It only takes eating a few to feel satisfied. These healthy nuts are not only delicious and convenient for munching, but they have been recognized for their ability to lower cholesterol and help maintain a healthy heart. They taste great in their natural state and do not require the addition of salt to enhance their flavor. Pistachios are heart-healthy nuts that contain polyunsaturated fats that also help reduce the risk of some diseases of the heart. They are one of the lowest-calorie nuts available. Eating a handful of pistachios can make you feel full and satisfied for a long time.

Enjoy Popcorn

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Unlike some other snacks such as pretzels or chips, popcorn is a very healthy food that is high in fiber. This delicious snack is great when you crave a filling snack. Just eliminate the salt and butter to enjoy a healthy snack that is low calorie that gives you a full feeling that lasts for a long time. This guilt-free, filling snack makes it easier to feel full and avoid giving in to fattening snacks.

Be a Kid Again – Eat Cereal

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Cereal is not just for kids anymore. It can provide you with a healthy meal that is rich in fiber from whole grains. Most cereals are rich in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. By adding skim milk and not adding sugar, a single one-cup serving of a fiber-enriched cereal fills you up and helps you stay full longer than many other breakfast foods such as yogurt. The addition of sliced almonds helps extend the appetite-suppression benefits of cereal without addition empty calories.

 

With so many on the market during the fall season, how do you choose the best pumpkin beer? Check out the list below for some of the most unique, flavorful, and just plain enjoyable beers to drink when you want your fill of pumpkin this Autumn.

1. Boulevard Funky Pumpkin

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For a truly unique pumpkin beer experience, give this spiced sour ale a try! You can hardly taste the pumpkin at all. The strongest flavors in this beer are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, along with the tartness of the fermentation. Try this beer when you’ve had your fill of regular pumpkin ales.

2. Cambridge Brewing Company The Great Pumpkin Ale

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Whether you are a pumpkin fanatic or hesitant to try it, you are sure to love this beer! The flavor of fresh pumpkin is subtle, while your favorite autumn spices steal the show. As they do with all of their beers, this one is made with organic, sustainable, local produce, using pumpkins from nearby farms to make this delicious beer.

3. Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby

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You won’t be able to get enough of this spooky brew! They take a traditional pumpkin ale and age it in rum barrels to give it a deeper, more complex flavor. This beer features the flavors of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak, and a subtle hint of rum. This isn’t your girlfriend’s pumpkin beer!

 

4. Tröegs Master of Pumpkins

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This tasty beer uses roasted local pumpkins, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger to give you that delightful flavor of Autumn treats. The French saison yeast and hints of vanilla and honey will shake up your taste buds like no other pumpkin ale you have tasted.

5. Avery Rumpkin

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You will only need one glass of this spicy and sweet fall brew! This unique beer is a traditional pumpkin ale, but aged in rum barrels to give it hints of oak and sweet molasses. You’ll love the sweet Autumn flavors but be warned: this one is 18% ABV!

6. Captain Lawrence Autumn Blaze

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This smooth amber ale is arguably the best pumpkin beer for easy drinking. With just 5% ABV, you can enjoy it while raking leaves or having your last cookout of the year. This beeris made by adding real pumpkin right in with the mash for the perfect Fall flavor. It tastes malty with hints of allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon to warm you up.

7. Southern Tier Warlock

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Here is a pumpkin brew that isn’t for the faint of heart. This full-bodied imperial stout is pitch black in color and begs to be drunk from a goblet. The classic pumpkin pie flavor mixes with dark chocolate, coffee, and tons of malt for a strong yet sweet taste. It is surprisingly smooth, so the 10% ABV will hit you in a hurry.

8. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

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This beer has been enjoyed by beer lovers for over a decade and it is easy to see why once you taste it. It is a full-bodied brown ale that is flavored with pumpkin, brown sugar, and sweet spices. Plus the 7% ABV means it will warm you up on those cool late Autumn nights. They brew this one in limited quantities, so try some as soon as you see it in stores!

9. O Fallon Pumpkin Beer

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This brew from O’Fallon Brewery tastes like everyone’s favorite Autumn dessert: pumpkin pie! They add 120 pounds of real pumpkin to every batch for an authentic flavor. This beer features the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves along with hints of sweet malt and caramel.

10. Shipyard Pumpkin Beer (Pumpkinhead)

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This seasonal favorite is sure to become one of your favorite varieties of pumpkin spice beer. It is a golden wheat ale with the subtle flavor of fall spices. With 4.5% ABV, it is light enough to enjoy a few at a Halloween party or Autumn bonfire.

11. Jolly Pumpkin Beer

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This brewery offers a number of spicy, complex beers for you to try and enjoy. Despite the name, none of their beers actually feature a pumpkin flavor. This is perfect for guys who want to hop on the pumpkin spice bandwagon but don’t actually like the taste of the fruit. Try Fuego del Otoño (aka Autumn Fire) for a spicy sweet brew that tastes just like fall.

 

Fair warning, this post contains pictures of boobs and stuff. They are made out of cake, but some are pretty realistic.

 

 

So, you’re getting hitched. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the journey to the best day of your life, hopefully filled with joy, laughter, and love between you and your honey. Quite possibly, this time will be one of the most stressful for you, as there are buckets of money to be spent, and your wife, her mother, and your mother are going to fold themselves into wedding-planning machines until they’re satisfied…which could possibly be doing the impossible.

But, what about you? You’re getting married too. Apart from all the planning, you get your final day of being a bachelor. with all of your closest friends, and that one weird second cousin your soon-to-be wife probably made you invite.

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Don’t let the goon squad take away from your bachelor party experience. It’s time to go all out and treat yourself! Go clubbing, get sloshed, do whatever you probably won’t be able to do when you get married. For starters, you could get, I dunno, a cake shaped like a massive set of boobs? How about Barbie on a stripper pole? Cupcakes shaped like beer steins? The possibilities are literally endless. Nothing is off limits when you’re coming up with an idea for a bachelor party, and I’m not exaggerating when I say nothing. If I were a baker that specialized in bachelor’s party cakes, I’d see more boobs and butts made of cake than real ones in my life, hands down. So, without further ado, here are some awesome, striking ideas for bachelor party cakes that maybe will inspire you to ask your mom to make you a cake shaped like a gigantic penis.

  1. This workout cake that will do the exact opposite to your waistline, by Amaranto’s Cakes.amaranto cakes  Check out more cakes at http://www.amarantoscakes.com.au/.
  2. This stripper cake from Cakes by Ane that looks like the real deal from a distance.
    cakes by ane   Check out more cakes at http://cakesbyane.com/.
  3. This xBox cake for the gamer that finally unlocked the most valued achievement in the game.
    centralfloridacatering Check out more cakes at http://www.cakecentral.com/forum/t/636363/cake-beginner-xbox-360-cake-fondant-s, with tips and tricks for making your own xBox cake! Save money and get loads of credit!
  4. This slot machine cake that was made at home, that looks good enough to bet your wedding bands on…okay, maybe not. But still.
    novie   Check out more cakes at http://ideas.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/2014/07/12/coolest-party-slot-machine-cake/!
  5. This delicious final resting place for all the drunken, half naked memories that will be cherished from now only in your mind…and a photo album kept private on your phone.
    Sublime Cake Design   Check out their website at http://www.sublimecakedesign.com/
  6. This homemade lumberjack cake that makes a manly man feel at his manly home with his manly friends.
    sugargeekshow See the full story at https://sugargeekshow.com/news/this-lumberjack-tree-trunk-cake-looks-cozy-on-the-inside.
  7. This super realistic set of knockers made out of pure cake that will make your mom disappointed, your wife jealous, and all of your friends super happy. Make it even more fun by taking bets as to who will call dibs on the nips.
    The Little Cupcake Kitchen   Check out The Little Cupcake Kitchen for more cakes. Pretty innocent name for a bakery making cake boobs, ammiright?
  8. This G-rated fun cake that reminds you that your freedom has ended. But your married life is beginning.
    heathers cakes and confections   Check out more of her work at http://heatherscakesandconfections.blogspot.com/. The website hasn’t been updated for a while, but if you read reviews on wedding websites, you won’t be disappointed!
  9. Last but not least, my personal favorite, this booty-ful cake. Hah. Booty.
    valentine street bakery   Check out more of their works at https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/valentine-street-bakery-surprise/434a4ddeb22892b6.html. I couldn’t find their actual website, but this does provide some contact information!

 

Hopefully this post has inspired you, made you laugh, or made you drool (quite possibly in more than just hunger). Share this post with all your soon-to-be groomsmen and show them all the possibilities. Who knows what can happen!

Learning to make the right diet choices even when it comes to really simple and subtle stuff can be a great way to tweak your metabolism. This way you can help your body enjoy the benefits of all your other efforts (workouts included) without giving up on what you like or making any major changes. Even if you’re not looking to get precisely ripped but just maintain a healthy dose of activity or staying more or less in shape, by making the right diet choices you can make it all easier. Here is what you should choose whenever you have the option.

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1. Low Fat Yogurt vs. Full Fat Yogurt (and Milk or Cheese)

Don’t join the bandwagon of people who think low fat is the better version when it comes to dairy products; the assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. In order to make those products taste decent with so much of their natural fat removed from them, producers usually load them up with sugar and artificial additives which are way worse for your diet and health. Anyway, when trying to achieve a leaner form, fats (especially good, natural fats) are not the problem, carbs are, so staying away from sugar but not from fat is one of the smartest diet choices around.

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2. Whole Grains vs. Regular Grains

This is probably a dilemma with an easier to guess answer. Whole grains are obviously one of the ‘good’ diet choices every health news source reports on, and we’re happy to confirm siding with them too. Whenever you can, whether we’re talking about breads or pasta or rice or anything else up that alley, go for whole grains. They have the same amount of calories as their refined counterparts, but their energy (carbs) gets absorbed into your system much slower, reducing the sudden spikes in your blood sugar and keeping you satiated for longer.

3. Muffins vs. Cake

Muffins can be only a fake better option than any other form of cake, especially if bought from a store or bakery that loads them with sugar, trans fats and a glaze and so on. But if you read the ingredient list carefully and make sure you choose something not loaded with such hidden ingredients, muffins can indeed be a healthy snack option. Go for ones containing natural fruit and, if possible, whole grains.

4. Red Meat vs. White Meat

Meat is part of many dudes’ diets and we’re not about to advocate renouncing it. But there are better and worse diet choices in the meat department as well. You may hear that white meat is always preferable to red meat; while it’s true that red meat can hurt your health more, some diet choices involving red meat can be ok. Go for lean meats and from high quality sources, no matter if the meat is red or white; the protein intake will give you a nice metabolism boost. Still, if you consume both types (colors) of meat regularly, try to keep the red one at a 25% level and go for white in the rest of the time.

5. Fruit Juice vs. Soda

This last one doesn’t actually belong in the diet choices you should have and make, it’s more like a trick question. Whenever wondering what to choose between fruit juices and sodas, your answer should be none of the above. Yes, fruit juices (especially cold-pressed, natural ones) are widely regarded as a super-healthy option in any good diet, but the part often overlooked is how much sugar they actually contain. The human body isn’t meant to take on that much fruit sugar all at once, because you usually eat the entire fruit, with its fiber and everything else. Our advice is to just stay away from juices altogether (and no, diet soda is definitely not a better option) and just stick with plain water and unsweetened tea or coffee. It’s one of the best diet choices you can tweak.

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The world of fancy home brewed beers has never seemed more appealing. If home beer brewing was a tradition pretty much abandoned when the beer industry took over, people are starting to appreciate the unique, individual flavors of home-brewed beers once more. Not just a hipster trend, brewing your beers at home can be not just tastier, but also healthier than buying a pre-fabricated alternative. Unless you drink commercial home brewed beer every time (like the one sold by Belgian monks), which we doubt it, you should definitely consider home beer brewing. It’s easier than you think.

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A home brewing starter kit for beginners.

 

How to Prepare for the Home Brewing Experience

First of all, don’t be scared of the process; people usually don’t even consider home beer brewing because they dismiss it as messy and complicated. With a good guide (as we strive to be), you’ll see that it doesn’t have to be so, and obtaining your own beer can actually be quite simple. In 5 easy steps, the beer will be brewing away in some barrels or bottles (no need for fancy equipment), and you’ll be ready to enjoy it in no time.

So, the first thing you need for home beer brewing is some patience and calm. Then, with minimal equipment and supplies, we’ll show you exactly how it’s done.

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What You’ll Need

Since this post is meant for beginners (as we were as well, up to a few months back), we’ll recommend some starter kits first of all. You can go for the basic version or you can go for the fancier super-cool version. You can do without such starter kits, so they’re not absolutely mandatory, but it will be slightly easier to craft beer with them, not to mention that the bottles will look better (and you can re-use them for as long as you’d like, or gift them to your buddies and so on).

Besides the starter kit suggestion, this is what you will need for home beer brewing. This time, we really mean it (you wouldn’t be able to brew any home beer without these):

  • Malted barley
  • Hops (for seasoning)
  • Baker’s yeast or brewer’s yeast (specialists tend to argue on which is better, we obviously recommend the brewer’s yeast)
  • A little bit of sugar (or malt syrup, for a stronger flavor)
  • Clean water
  • Bottles with tight caps (to prevent oxygen from entering and disturbing the fermentation process).

The natural ingredients above can be found in most health food shops and brew shops, but if you buy them online from specialized brewing suppliers it tends to be safer. You can find the products of such suppliers on major shopping hubs like Amazon (see the links above for examples).

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How to Do Home Beer Brewing

Now that you’re prepared, you can actually get to brewing. The basic, straight-forward process can be summed up in 5 steps. Here are the fundamental steps to home beer brewing:

  1. Soak the malted barley in hot water overnight, to release the malt sugars.
  2. Boil the malted water with added hops for seasoning.
  3. Cool the solution and add yeast to initiate fermentation.
  4. Allow the beer to ferment in a tightly closed recipient, releasing carbon dioxide and breaking down the malt sugars. This takes about 2 weeks.
  5. After the fermentation is complete, store the beer in tightly closed bottles, with a little extra added sugar (for keeping the carbonization strong for when the beer will be enjoyed). It’s ready to be consumed in another 2 weeks.

Once you master basic brews with these 5 steps, you should try to improvise a bit and see how the flavors you obtain evolve. Don’t be afraid to experiment, this is how great beers are born. Also, if you have doubts or would like to study the matter more in-depth, you can always consult and trustworthy manual on home beer brewing, to look up possible variations, learn about the advantages of using extra pieces of equipment and so on. Have fun and enjoy your brews!

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You never know what surprises may await you during your next visit to Micky D’s! We compiled a list of 10 of the craziest things that that have happened McDonalds (number 8 is almost comical, but sad!)
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Just when we thought this week couldn’t start any better, we got in touch with our friends at Essense Coffee and we have some great news to share! We are delighted to announce that Essense Coffee is starting their coffee testing program (which they are calling “Be a Taster”) for fans and aficionados, making it possible for select individuals (like you) to take part in a most exquisite coffee tasting experience and have the opportunity to give your feedback.
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As a guy, I want my food delicious, and I want it easy. Luckily, most recipes for men are all of those things. Unluckily, not a lot of cook books or websites have a “dude” section, so I thought I’d do some digging around on Dudepins and look for meals that fit the bill. Here are eight of the best, featuring lots of bacon, cheese, protein, and not much else. Click the pics in my top 10 to be taken to that recipe’s post. (Note that there is no guarantee of how healthy these recipes for men are). Continue Reading…

You’ve bought that perfect steak, you’re ready to dive in and enjoy.. but wait, you’ve still got to take the time to marinade it, make it perfect and yes, enjoy it that much more. Thanks to the folks at Food Beast, we’ve got 10 amazing ways for you to marinate that steak of yours. Check it out below, follow the guidelines and enjoy. Continue Reading…

Spring is just around the corner. That means sunshine, shorts, dresses and of course, Summertime cocktails in the sun! Here’s four perfect cocktail recipes for Spring and even Summer. Continue Reading…

Looking for a unique gift that is sure to impress any Man? Lazy and having trouble getting your monthly filling of Manly pantry food items? Well, we have found your solution. Continue Reading…

Not all cocktails can satisfy our rugged tastes. That’s why Dudepins is here to bring you the top 10 manly classic cocktails. Cocktails from across the globe battled it out for a spot on this list. Continue Reading…

How to order Wine like a pro

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Ever been in a situation where you need to Man up and select the wine for the evening? Well, we’ve got just the perfect video for you to check out today..once you’re done, you’ll be able to order wine like a pro, enjoy. Continue Reading…

There’s something about bacon that just adds a kick to any meal or snack. Its crispy yet chewy texture, and melt-in-your-mouth tendencies complements everything from burgers to cupcakes. Well, the bacon-flavored toothpaste is going a little too far (see it here). Continue Reading…

It’s Thursday, why not have a cocktail to celebrate the coming of the weekend… If not today, then here’s a sweet list of cocktails you can try making all your pals this weekend. Cheers and Enjoy! Continue Reading…