Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 2:31 am
As far as things go with books, it can be difficult to find books that you are certain you will enjoy – especially if you are not the sort of person who reads all the time, and who therefore knows the specific writers you will like. But the good thing – especially with summer upon us, when you will likely be looking for new books to read – is the fact that there are a few specific places you can look in order to find good books, and when you know what to look for, you will be able to ensure that these “good books” are also book that fit your specific tastes.
The first thing for you to do is to look at the reviews on Amazon; usually, when a book is reviewed on Amazon, people will give detailed responses as to what they liked about a book and what they disliked about a book, which will go a long way in assisting you as you try to figure out whether you will like a particular work of literature.
Joining a site such as Goodreads is also helpful; when you join Goodreads and rate the books that you have read before, you will be able to find other readers who have given similar ratings to these same books, and will then be able to determine (based off of their reviews of other books) what books you might want to check out in addition to the ones you have read already.
You should also make sure you recognize the fact that nearly no one spends more time around books than librarians, and they generally have a very good idea of what different readers will enjoy; take a trip to your local library, tell the librarian what books you have enjoyed in the past, and see what they suggest for you in the future!
You will probably be looking for new books to read now that summer is here – and when you follow these steps, you will have no problem finding books that you can not only read, but that you can also be likely to enjoy!
Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 10:06 pm
You might have noticed that there are plenty of places that sell gluten-free snacks and even meals, and you may have wondered why this is. Of course, before you can even understand why people would need gluten-free meals, you need to know what gluten is in the first place!
Gluten gives dough its elasticity and gives baked bread its structure, and it is a sort of protein substance that is usually found in grains, especially in wheat. While gluten occurs naturally, it can also be added to some foods as a thickening agent or as a flavoring additive.
Understanding some of the symptoms of gluten allergies will help you understand why anyone would want to have gluten-free diet. If you have a gluten allergy, you may experience symptoms ranging from bloated stomach to dermatological side-effects to neurological side-effects. In fact, you might be allergic to gluten and not even know it, especially if you have long experienced dermatological or neurological problems.
If you experience the symptoms of a gluten allergy, you should consider cutting it out of your diet for a bit and then seeing if these symptoms disappear. And while it might seem like it will be difficult or a huge hassle to cut gluten out of your diet, you will be surprised just how easy it is to find gluten-free varieties of your favorite foods! Those with gluten allergies continue to become more and more accommodated as people become more and more aware of gluten allergies. You will especially have an easy time finding gluten-free varieties of your favorite foods if you visit such stores as Akin’s and Whole Foods.
The Gluten Free Bible
It is also important to remember that, as you cut certain elements from your diet, you lose certain things that your body is used to. Make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body requires, whether you do this by adding other items that give you the same nutrients, or by taking multivitamins and other health-related supplements.
You might not feel like making the effort to change up your diet, but consider the benefits of being rid of those pesky symptoms at last, and you will realize that the slight change in eating habits will all be worth it!