Craving Cheaper Fuel?

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With fuel petrol and diesel becoming more and more expensive, we’re all looking for cheaper ways to get around, yet we don’t want to compromise on convenience and are often reluctant to use public transport outside of major cities due to the hassle and inconvenience, but also the cost, as often the train or bus will work out a lot more expensive if there’s a group of you travelling.

Today, many people are looking into energy efficient cars, in part because they want to save the environment but also because they want to save a fortune on the exorbitant cost of fuel; others will circumvent the law by using red diesel (tax reduced diesel for the use in agricultural, maritime and construction vehicles) which is much lower due to paying significantly less tax.

Indeed, a large proportion of the amount you pay for fuel is tax, as raw fuel isn’t all that expensive, it’s the tax we pay on fuel that is the real culprit in why fuel is so expensive – that said, the cost of natural resources has increased due to political issues and the simple fact that oil is a limited commodity with declining reserves.

Unfortunately, fossil fuel is a depleting commodity due to this, which means prices will continue to rise as the supply becomes less and less.  In addition to climate change, perhaps this is why so much attention and investment is now being put into researching alternative fuels that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Here’s some interesting alternatives you might want to consider.

  1. BIODIESEL

A significant amount of old diesel cars are fueled on leftover cooking oil, particularly in the Caribbean.  This is a type of biofuel that is usually homemade.  It can offer comparable performance to regular diesel, but tends to produce fewer emissions and is a lot cheaper than traditional diesel.  In fact, it could be free.

There is a more refined version of this process that is commercially available, yet all biodiesel is manufactured from either vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled cooking grease.

  1. ELECTRICITY

The trend with regard to electric cars seems to be ever-increasing.  Electricity is the sole energy used to power all-electric vehicles that draw electricity from the main grid then store it in internal batteries whereas hybrid vehicles tend to be fueled with gasoline (or diesel) and use electricity in order to boost fuel efficiency.

  1.  PROPANE (LPG)

LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas.  This fuel has been used for a couple of decades, throughout the world, and costs significantly less per gallon than gasoline yet provides a comparable driving experience to conventional fuel.

Unfortunately, it can be harder to find as not all fuel stations have the infrastructure to provide LPG which can be in an issue when going on long distance trips, but from an environmental perspective whilst electric cars are the clear winners, LPG vehicles produce much lower emissions that petrol and diesel.

In summary, if you’re looking for cheaper fuel then you might need to consider choosing a car that doesn’t rely on fossil fuel and instead uses more renewable energy sources – perhaps one day, we will all be driving around in solar power cars?

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Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip

Modern cars are much less likely to break down, and if you look after yours well and have it serviced regularly, a breakdown is something that you may only very rarely have to deal with. In many ways, this is great. Cars are expensive after all, and we all want them to be reliable and not put us in danger on the road. On the other hand, however, it means that many drivers are completely clueless when it does happen.

Even when driving on quiet local roads that you know well it can be terrifying when your car starts to break down. It might be a slow decline, with warning signs that give you a chance to find a garage or drive home safely. Or it can be a very sudden halt to a standstill at a busy junction. Either way, it can cause panic. You can feel your heart racing as you try to pull in safely without damaging your car further or causing a serious incident on the road.

Worse than this, however, is breaking down miles from home. Your car failing you while you are on a long journey. Coming to a halt when you are meant to be enjoying yourself, miles from home and in an unfamiliar location can be terrifying. You won’t know where to pull in or who to contact, and you’ll be stuck. Perhaps even miles from civilisation. It’s scary. So, it’s always a good idea to try and avoid such a situation. You can do this by checking your car, packing the right equipment and knowing what to look for. Here are some tips to help you.

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Safety Checks

Before you start any long journey it’s a good idea to perform some safety checks. Even if your car has had a recent service or MOT, it’s a good idea to perform these checks a week or so before you are due to leave, so that you’ve got time to make any repairs that are needed. Write these down and tick them off as you check:

  •    Check oil levels
  •    Check brake fluid, coolant and screen wash levels
  •    Clean your car, inside and out
  •    Check tire pressure and tread depth, not forgetting the spare
  •    Check lights
  •    Check seat belts
  •    Check all engine lights
  •    Adjust and clean mirrors
  •    Clean wiper blades
  •    Flush radiator
  •    Test brakes and use a car brake bleeding kit if needed
  •    Check horn

Packing Essentials

It’s also important to pack a few essentials just in case anything happens. These include:

  •    Blankets and warm clothes
  •    A torch and emergency light
  •    Hazard warning sign
  •    Car owner’s manual
  •    Water
  •    Toolkit
  •    Chargers
  •    Towing rope
  •    Sun protectors for windows
  •    Spare car key
  •    A funnel in case you need to fill up water
  •    A garbage bag

Last Minute Checks

Then, just as you are about to leave make a few final checks and adjustments:

  •    Adjust your seat position so that you are upright and straight-backed
  •    Adjust mirrors to match
  •    Fill up with fuel
  •    Set heating or air conditioning
  •    A final check of fluid levels, brakes, lights, tires and engine warning lights

Then all you need to do is make sure you drive safely and sensibly to reduce risks and enjoy your trip!

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100 Ways To Improve Your Health

Health and happiness go hand-in-hand! We should all try to live a happier and healthier existence, and here are 100 ways you can do so.

  1. Set yourself small and manageable goals. We often fail when we give yourselves a mountain to climb.
  2. Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t.
  3. Take a bath. Baths can soothe dry skin while also helping you to relax so that you get a better night’s sleep.

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  1. Start the day with protein.
  2. Sit up straight. This can increase serotonin and lower your stress hormones, as well as ensuring you do not suffer from any posture-related problems.
  3. Go on holiday – and make sure it is a relaxing one! We all need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life now and again.
  4. Eat whole grains.
  5. Ban all electronics in bed.
  6. Practice deep breathing.
  7. Stop eating in front of the television. You will eat more if you have distractions because you are not focused on what you are consuming.
  8. Find a workout you enjoy. There are so many different ways you can work out, from dancing and cycling to cross-training and playing a competitive sport. Find something you love and you will be more likely to stick to it.
  9. Go to the dentist once every six months.
  10. Learn how to read food labels properly. Just because something says ‘low fat’ does not mean it is good for you.
  11. Don’t eat after 9 p.m.
  12. Make your own salad dressing.
  13. Stop judging others and you will be less judgmental of yourself.
  14. Discover your stress triggers (so you can avoid them!)
  15. Stop frowning. It makes your skin age!
  16. Try yoga. You do not need to be flexible in order to do yoga. Give it a try – you might be surprised to find that you enjoy it.
  17. Learn your family medical history.
  18. Stop being afraid to ask for help.
  19. Reduce your sugar intake.
  20. View every difficulty as an opportunity. If you have made a mistake, find out where you have gone wrong, and learn from it.
  21. Don’t be afraid to have a good cry. You will feel much better once you have let it all out.
  22. Bulk out pasta dishes with greens to make sure you don’t eat too much of it.

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  1. Find time to socialize.
  2. Schedule in your workouts to ensure that you have time to do them.
  3. Create a budget. This will help you to understand what you have coming in and going out every month so that you do not live beyond your means.
  4. Stop over-planning.
  5. Make time every day to relax. It doesn’t matter whether you simply chill out for five minutes or have a long bath; you need to have some you time.
  6. Try acupuncture.
  7. Post motivational quotes around the house.
  8. Start listening to your body more. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you need it.
  9. Try meditation.
  10. Figure ways to work smarter, not harder. To achieve more, you do not need to put more hours in. You need to look at your current processes and find ways to improve them.
  11. Choose quality over quantity when you are indulging. A good quality chocolate bar comes with more nutrients, more flavor, and more antioxidant power.
  12. Follow your heart. You only get one life, so start doing the things that you really want to do.
  13. Smile more.
  14. Learn something new. This can be anything from learning a new language to learning how to change a tire.
  15. Cut out the negative people in your life. If you have ‘friends’ that aren’t supportive and always try to bring you down, are they really friends?
  16. Follow healthy living blogs.
  17. Change “I can’t” to “I can’t do that YET.”
  18. Play more brain games.
  19. Acknowledge bad thoughts, deal with them, and let them pass.
  20. Stop drinking your calories with sugary drinks and creamy coffees.
  21. Organise a date night with your partner. It is important to make your relationship a priority and schedule precious time together.

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  1. Be realistic.
  2. Watch a funny movie.
  3. Wear sunscreen daily – yes, even when it is cold outside.
  4. Try interval training.
  5. Get more vegetables into your diet by blending them into sauces and soups.
  6. Create to-do lists to stay organized.
  7. Take a first aid training course. Head to cprheartcenter.com for more information on this.
  8. Stop being so harsh on yourself. This is something we are all guilty of. You need to cut yourself some slack. We are all human!
  9. Say yes more…
  10. … but also learn how to say no.
  11. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week.
  12. Support a good cause. Find a cause that appeals to you. Whether you want to support an endangered species or a charity that deals with bullying is your choice.
  13. Let someone else do the legwork for once.
  14. Be proud of your achievements.
  15. Track what you eat. This doesn’t mean you need to calorie count, but it will help you to get a better understanding of what you are consuming so you can avoid overeating.
  16. Take a multi-vitamin.
  17. Cut out meat one day per week.
  18. Use your slow cooker more.
  19. Remember that you are unique and that is your power.
  20. Clear your credit card debt. Debt creates a lot of stress and worry. If you owe money to credit card companies, make a plan so you can start paying it off today.
  21. Grow indoor plants. Not only do plants look beautiful and, therefore, enhance your living environment, but they also increase airflow within the home, providing a more comfortable place to live.

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  1. Start each day with a green smoothie so you can get lots of vitamins into your body before you leave the house.
  2. Pack a first aid kit.
  3. Do nice things for people. Little acts of kindness are great for your well-being.
  4. Focus on how far you have come.
  5. Give up smoking.
  6. Switch to natural beauty products.
  7. Do a mini workout whenever there is a TV advert on. After all, these are regular three-minute intervals of our lives that are usually wasted.
  8. Carry hand sanitizer with you.
  9. Create. Creativity triggers happy chemicals in the brain.
  10. Stop putting things off.
  11. Enter a race.
  12. Take regular breaks throughout the day so you can re-energize and refresh.
  13. Drink one less cup of coffee per day.  
  14. Watch the news – it stimulates your mind.
  15. Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
  16. Throw away your microwave.
  17. Find out the recommended serving size before cooking.
  18. Stop buying processed foods.
  19. Get a pet.
  20. Set yourself challenges, for example, see how long you can hold a plank or how many squats you can do in a minute, and try to break it.
  21. Embrace your faith.
  22. Make sure you have healthy snacks available at all times.
  23. Talk to yourself. It helps you to become more self-aware.
  24. Snack on nuts. There are many reasons why nuts make a great snack. Not only are they a great source of many nutrients, but also they are filled with antioxidants, can help you lose weight, lower triglycerides and cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and they are high in fiber.

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  1. Hang around people that make you feel better about yourself.
  2. Make a list of the things that make you happy.
  3. Write grocery shopping lists.
  4. Use lavender oil, especially if you struggle to get a good night’s sleep.
  5. Express your feelings more.
  6. Drink more water. Add fruit to bring some flavor. Hollandandbarrett.com have some great tips on how to make water more exciting.
  7. Make a list of your goals so that you can be more focused.
  8. Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts at the end of every day can help you to get them off your chest so that you feel revitalized and less stress the following day.
  9. Laugh often. The best piece of advice saved until last!

So there you have it: 100 ways you can start living a happier and healthier life. Follow some of the suggestions that have been provided and you will notice a significant difference in your mind, body, and soul. Let’s all start being happier and healthier today!

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Changing The Way You Feel: Some Of The Obvious Changes To Make

Life can be one of those things that we can sail on through when it’s going well. We can be happy in our careers, be successful and fulfilled, married or settled with someone, having a family or having positive goals for the future, and just knowing and feeling like life is good. However, in an instant, things can change once more where life can feel tough. A job may be lost, we may not feel physically well or even things like relationships failing or struggling with finances. Men notoriously find it difficult to talk about things when it gets too much, and so the stress of the situation can take over and then things like anxiety and depression can set in before we even realize it. However, there are changes you can make to make yourself feel so much better. I thought I would share with you some of the changes you could make.

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Change your diet

One of the obvious things to do would be to change your diet. It may sound crazy, but what you put into your body, be that food or drink, can have a serious effect on what you get out of it. In hard times, we can be more likely to turn to things like junk and convenience food and wash it down with alcohol as a way of masking the problem and in attempt to make ourselves feel better. The truth is, it has an opposite effect. Which is why things like a well-balanced diet and even attempting to cut out the alcohol could be a wise move to make. Men’s Sober Living is easier to achieve when you have support, and eating well can actually help to increase your energy levels and help you to feel better about things.

Start exercising more

It is important to ensure that you start exercising and moving your body more. This can be a great way to naturally rid yourself of bad demons and feelings you have in the way of stress, anxiety and depression but they talk hold. I understand that exercising isn’t for everyone, especially if you are the type of person that doesn’t do it. But you can really improve the way you feel just by being more active and making that promise to yourself.

Make positive decisions for the future

You might also want to consider what you have in terms of goals for the future. It may sound silly, but often men can struggle with moving forward if they don’t feel like they have a direction or path to take. It might be that your career is getting you down, your home life isn’t so great, or you feel like you haven’t done much in the way of your life. But it doesn’t mean that it is over, and making positive changes and goals for the future can be just the motivation you need to take steps in the right direction.

Sometimes it is difficult to overcome things, but a lot fo the time it is in the mindset and how you feel. I hope that implementing some of the above changes can help you change the way you feel right now and for your future.

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