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How to Dine Well — and Properly

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Eating at a fancy restaurant or even at home requires you to be at your level best when it comes to manners and etiquettes.

We all know some of the basic table manners such as not speaking when your mouth is full or interrupting a fellow guest’s dinner, but there is more to dining well than these, especially when you’re at a professional or social function.

But there is no one-size-fits-all kind of deal when it comes to dinner table etiquettes as different occasions demand different approaches.

In this article, we’ll go through some basic tips and bits of advice that will help you maintain your manners while at a dining table.

Prior to the dinner experience

When going to a dinner that someone else has invited you to, it’s always best to let the host know whether you will be attending or not as this will help in the planning of the dinner party, RSVP or not.

It’s also advisable to let your children know that they’ll have to be well-mannered if the dinner invitation also includes your family. If the invite doesn’t mention entertaining additional guests, it’s best not to ask if you can bring one.

While at the dinner party

After you have reached the dinner party, make sure to let the host know that you’re there. Make sure to only take a seat when the hosts take theirs.


If prayer is being told, make sure to include yourself even if it goes against your beliefs as this can signify respect to the hosts.

The necessity of gifts

If the host is a personal friend of yours or if the party is informal, it is wise to get a gift for them that is ideal and appropriate.

Use of napkins

Napkins at a dinner table can be used to signify when you’re done having your meal. But keep in mind that only the host has say when it comes to starting the meal.

When the host lifts the napkin and places it on his or her lap, you should do the same as well. This must be done as soon as you see the host unfold the napkin.

Keep the napkin in your lap at all times during the meal. If you wish to be excused from the dinner table, place the napkin on either side of the plate. After you’re done, the napkin must be placed on the left of the plate.

Passing the food

When the food is served, make sure you pass it along in a counter-clockwise flow. If anything you wish to have is across the table, ask for it to be passed to you instead of reaching out for it.

Be sure to use the serving utensils instead of your own cutlery.

How to declutter your home



Some people tend to be hoarders. They cannot help themselves. Here is our advice on how to declutter your home efficiently.

Before you start, start only one room at a time. Get five baskets or bins and mark them like this. The put-away bin for those items that should be in their storage places and need to go back. The recycle bin for unwanted plastic, paper or glass items. The garbage-bin for all the garbage you need to throw away. The mending bin for those items you still want to fix and the donation bin where you can put things into that you want to give to charity.

Bring the bin into the place you start with, or you can have these bins in a specific area while you work. Do not search for a container when you are busy. Having them before you start to declutter is a bonus.

In bathrooms, you can declutter the medicine cabinet. Discard old medicines by placing them in a container. Put this container in your car and when you have time give it to your local pharmacy to have it destroyed. You must discard old makeup and skincare products. Store the most used items at eye level. Pull everything out of the drawers and storage places and start your decluttering.


When you tackle your closets, remember to look at the type of clothing. Start with the ones you want to keep and place the ones you want to toss in the charity bin. Everything that was hanged up or put in the wrong spot need to go where they belong. Dirty laundry should go to the washroom, repairs to the tailor and the donations to charity organisations.

In the bedrooms, you can start with your nightstand. Anything that does not belong there must be placed in your put away bin. Throw away all the empty boxes and used items. Return items where they belong and pack away the ones that clutter. The same method can be applied to your kitchen as well. Empty spaces and put things back in in the order that they should be. Have specific places for your spices, your utilities, your cutlery, your pots and pans. Keep countertops clean and clutter-free by moving everything into storage places.

Entryways or foyers also need decluttering. Remember this is where your family and friends enter your home, and you must make a good impression. A decluttered home always looks neat. One must have a place for every item in the house and not have random items strewn out of order. A clean and decluttered home shows a disciplined example and promotes a stress-free environment.


How Antioxidants Can Benefit Your Health


Antioxidants are a form of a nutrient or instead substance, that benefits your health in many ways. Not only does it prevent the cause of damage to your cells, which is ultimately caused by free radicals, but it can also be described as molecules that enter the body through food, especially fruit and superfoods to protect your body against chemicals and environmental factors.

Antioxidants are the molecules that fight off free radicals that enter the body. While most people believe that antioxidants can only be found in fruits, vegetables or added supplementation, there are also other forms of it, which includes both natural and artificial sources.

Plant-based foods, for instance, are all considered phytonutrients, as well as plant-based nutrients. Artificial sources of antioxidants again, come in the form of supplements or powders, which can be consumed as apart of one’s diet, to induce the amount and absorption of antioxidants.

Apart from consuming antioxidants, which are known as exogenous antioxidants, our bodies also produce it by itself, and this is known as endogenous antioxidants.

Why You Should Be Consuming More Antioxidants for Your Health

Free radicals are waste substances, which are produced by cells when our body processes food, as well as react to environmental factors. Anything that enters our bodies, for instance, perhaps something bad with excess sugar, alcohol, or processed food, has a negative effect on our body, and eventually the cell growth and well-being within our bodies.

how antioxidants improve your health

When we consume fewer antioxidants, our bodies can’t process or remove free radicals in an effective manner, which can result in oxidative stress and in return, harm the cells, as well as the entire functioning of your body and the systems thereof.

Since the goal is to eliminate free radicals, you must eliminate specific factors that might affect it, such as pollution, inflammation caused by anything from food to not exercising enough, UV exposure, as well as smoking cigarettes, or inhale second-hand cigarette smoke.

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