Big Fat John Diet: Rules To Follow

I decided to formulate a few rules for those who decide to try the BFJ Diet. Losing weight is no fun but the results can be satisfying to those who overcome their own desires about eating and succumb to the facts of the matter which are these: Obesity is not good for your health. Obesity is not good for your appearance. Obesity is not good for your reputation. Obesity is not good for you PERIOD.

Actually, I don’t like the word obesity. It sounds like a disease. We should have known it would happen; some professionals are now saying that obesity is a disease. I say that is not so. It is a condition brought on, not by the desires of the sufferer, but by others.

Yes, by others.

It’s not your fault!

Never place the blame for being overweight on yourself.

Do you hear me?

You are overweight because:

Your mother always said, “Now clean your plate or there will be no dessert for you.”

You are overweight because:

McDonalds® built a hamburger joint next door. You don’t even have to go in the place. You just walk up to the takeout window and say, “Give me three Big Macs®, Sarah! Two are for my dogs.”

You are overweight because:

When you were a kid, Billy Brainbreak said, “You’re as fat as a pig, Mary! When you roll over in your bed at night, you shake the ground so hard that our hens won’t lay eggs and our cows won’t give milk.”

You are overweight because:

George Simpleton married Sally Druthers after saying he loved you that night under the big oak tree–just to get his way with you.

It’s not your fault!

I know that you want to lose weight. Who doesn’t in this day and age? So here are some rules that I formulated for the Big Fat John Diet:

1. Decide that you are going to lose weight come hell or high water. Not only that, set a MINIMUM GOAL WEIGHT that you CAN reach. When you reach that weight, consider it a victory. Then, if you want to lose still more weight, set a new REACHABLE goal weight. For example, I started out at 222.5 pounds in April. I set a goal weight of 187 pounds because my cardiologist in Arizona monitored me for 6 years and he said that at that weight, I had the best medical test results for my heart condition. So I had a reason for setting that weight. You MUST have a reason too. Don’t take this as a trivial step. If you do, you will fail. Go to the doctor if you want to and ask him to help you set a goal weight. Okay, ask your barber or hair dresser!

2. Set the approximate maximum calories you will intake each day. I set mine at 1100-1300 per day. You may be able to lose weight eating 1500 calories a day. It depends on your metabolism and on your daily activity. If you live here in Idaho and are putting up hay, you can probably lose weight by ingesting 2000 calories or more a day. Take a multivitamin every day.

3. Make a chart for each week you will be on your diet. I suggest that you make a minimum of 16 charts. When I started the BFJ Diet, I made a chart for every day. It gave me more space to record the type of food I ate, the amount, the calories, the fat content, and whether I liked it or not. I learned that the foods I ate daily were not all that different and that I could get the information in seven columns on a weekly chart. Then I found that I didn’t need to record what I ate after about two weeks. (If you stop recording and find yourself getting of your regimen, then IMMEDIATELY start recording again.) I jot my weight down on the chart a few times a week but not everyday. BUT ALWAYS PUT UP THE CHART. I put my chart up Sunday morning. I have a spread sheet where I record my weight at weeks end. I then can make a graph of the chart by simply selecting the data. Have a teenage family member or a friend tell you how to do this. He or she can make up your charts too. Oh, you know how to make a chart and a graph? Sorry!

4. IF you are capable of walking, start walking in the morning and in the evening. Walk at least one mile in the morning and ½ mile at night. Okay, do it all in the evening. You will sleep better. But walk! Stretch your tendons before, during, and after walking. You don’t want shin splints do you! You don’t have to jog but if you can, why not. There will come a time in your diet where you just stay at the same weight. This will occur after a couple of months. That is the time to increase the distance you walk every day. Add ½ mile at a time until you are walking 2-3 miles a day in one session. Can you walk a little faster? As you lose weight, you will find walking much easier.

5. Do not eat sweets on a daily basis or any other basis. Don’t drink more than one glass of juice everyday. Drink ½ glass of milk at a time or just put it on your cereal. If you must have a sweet snack, make it a graham cracker with less than a teaspoon of peanut butter. When you go out for dinner, stay away from desserts. To do this, eat a lot of salad and protein so that you are not hungry for dessert. I eat only one meal each day. I don’t eat in the evening unless I’m dying for something. That’s when I eat the graham cracker. Yum! Yum! Remember that Marlene Dietrich ate only one meal every three days. She was a snake! I can go all day without eating. That comes from not eating. However, there will come a time when your body will say, EAT SOMETHING OR YOU WILL DIE! It’s best to eat at that time. Do you like pickled herring, and such? It makes a great snack. Easy on the crackers!

6. Eat out and pig out at least once a week, but no sweets. Okay, a one-inch square of a brownie is okay–but can you stop from taking another piece of brownie. I say, STAY AWAY FROM SWEETS! When you go out to dinner, start at the salad bar. Easy on the dressing! You don’t need that much. Eat fruit. Then go for the meat! Stay away from bread and starchy vegetables. However, you can eat vegetables. Just take a small amount of each. Now, that was easy, wasn’t it? I hope that is water or a diet drink you have in your hand.

7. TELL EVERYBODY IN SIGHT that you are on a diet, the BFJ Diet, and that you have lost BLANK pounds. Tell them often. This is called by my wife, an expert in dieting, being gauche. Incidentally, my wife had a horrible weight problem when she was young. She became an instructor at weight watchers and on our 20th wedding anniversary she put on her wedding dress and we had a family picture taken. IF you look at what she does everyday to keep her weight down, you would swear that she is on the BFJ Diet! Well, the fact of the matter is that she taught me a few things about losing weight.

8. Say these words often, I know I can Can My Can! I know I can Can My Can! I know I can Can My Can!

9. As you lose weight, your clothes will no longer fit properly. See if you can get some of those old clothes on. If you can, a thrill will come up on you saying, “GOOD GIRL!” If you are not a girl it will say, “GOOD BOY!” Be hesitant about buying new clothing too soon. Lose clothes will make it obvious that you are losing weight. When someone says, “Are you losing weight, Mary?” say, “Don’t be gauche!”

10. When you get up in the morning and when you go to bed say this over and over again, I know that Taylor Jones, the hack writer, loves me! This is a great thing to say while you are walking, staring at the dessert bar, or eyeing that candy bar at the supper market.

Wedding Musts!

Weddings are such a fun time in life. Choosing the colors, the food, the flowers, the cake, the centerpieces, the venue, the setting and mood, the music, your dress, and the decorations is such a thrill and is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. Planning for such a big event can be taxing, however, it is exciting as well. As you are planning a party for so many people there are many things to keep in mind.

What is the season where my wedding will be held? Answering just this one little questions will help you in so many ways as in what colors to use in the wedding, what food is appropriate, etc. For instance, a summer wedding in Arizona would call for lighter colors. Light sage green, with some silvers, gold’s, and accented with dark purples. The food would typically call for lighter food. If doing appetizers fresh fruits, meat rolls, vegetables, and crepes, are most commonly used. If doing a full dinner then salads and fresh fish.

However if doing a winter wedding in a cooler area, such as Utah or New York the colors would call for rich deep colors; blacks, dark purples, deep reds accenting with silvers & gold’s. The food would typically call for heavier foods such as Pasta Dinners, Rolls, Steaks, etc. So make sure when planning, you make sure the décor, food, colors, etc. make sense with the surrounding and weather. It will make the even much more enjoyable for you and your guests.

Now once you have planned the wedding with the colors, the food, the flowers, the cake, the centerpieces, the venue, the setting and mood, the music, your dress, the entertainment and the decorations and once you’ve really gotten most of it figured out you need to make your next priority in making sure that your wedding is documented correctly.

This is where the just recently talked about Videography comes in. Videography is a wonderful way to document your beautiful wedding day. As with Photography you get still shots of the wedding day. However, with wedding Videography you get just a bit more than a still shot or a shot of the wedding day, you get voice, movement, and music. It’s a much more emotional and memorable way to document your picturesque wedding day.

With Videography you get to hear those special toasts and speeches with all the emotional felt behind those beautiful words. You get to watch you and your new spouse dance that first dance with all the twirling and sweet tears. You can watch you dance with your parent, cutting the cake and getting messy with the cake accompanied by all the laughter and songs.

The ceremony is particularly important to catch on video to you can record all those wonderful words spoken by the preacher and by your spouse, words that you will want to remember for a lifetime. So many little things happen at weddings that you will be so happy that was captured on film so that you always remember them and share with generations to come. So when planning your wedding, don’t forget to find that perfect Videographer that can help you in your own style, document the most wonderful day of your life.

Which Country Is Better for a Permanent Residency Visa – Australia Vs Canada

Both Australia and Canada are beautiful countries; both have high living standards and quality education to offer. Both have common elements including British heritage among other things. Both these countries are popular among the immigrants who are thinking to migrate. People often approach us looking for Visa Immigration Services but most of them are always confused between Australia and Canada. So, here are some comparisons made out.

Australia the smallest continent in the world but is the largest island with warm weather, typical climates are temperate, subtropical or Mediterranean. Canada has mostly the continental type of climate it’s very cold here, during winters. The northern part of Canada mostly covered with snow for around 6 months. When comes to unemployment, Canada has the higher unemployment rate which is 7.1% whereas Australia has an unemployment rate of 6.0% also immigration to Canada is easier and less stringent. The cost of living including housing, rent, groceries are a little high in Australia than in Canada. Healthcare system is slightly better in Australia. People of Canada are friendlier towards the immigrants than in Australia. It would be bad and judgemental if it’s said Australia is a racist country which is not anymore, even though few cases of racism are found but then those don’t make the headlines. Canada is ethnically diverse and multicultural nation which is a product of large scale immigration from many parts of the world.

For permanent residency, both countries follow a point based system, the processing is around 3-4 months in Australia where as in Canada it’s around 5-6 months.

Permanent Residency in Canada

To become a permanent resident, a foreign national must make an application to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizens of Canada). There are various ways in which one can the fastest being The Express entry system. The express entry is considered the fastest in Canada it has 2 stages first, apply for PR invitation and get selected from a pool of candidates based on total point score (based on age, language, work experience, studies etc.). Secondly, on receiving an invitation, the visa application form has to be to the immigration office. Then it is processed by the IRCC within 6 months from the receipt of application. The PR in Canada sub categorised as federal PR and PNP (Provincial nominee program), the former is applicable all over the country. PR expires after every 5 years and has to be renewed after 5 years. The benefits being a permanent resident holds same rights as Canadian citizens, they also may obtain other social as well as Canadian pension plan benefits.

Permanent Residency in Australia

The processing time is around 3-4 months for key permanent residency visas. There are the skilled independent visas and the skilled nominated visas. To apply for PR one needs to follow the point based immigration system firstly there has to be an online submission of an application that is EOI (Expression of interest) in Skill select online system which is an online form which asks a series of questions about your skills depending upon the visa subclass you select. The score is calculated based on education, skills, experience etc. And if you are selected you will get the ITA for the visa.

Also, there’s another factor that affects your visa which is the rules and regulations, considering the immigration rules and policies of both the countries Canada has easier and flexible immigration rules.

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What Is Olympics Cupping Therapy?

Through Olympics cupping, designed for athletes you cannot only enhance your blood flow but at the same time reduce muscle tension and promote the cell repair. It is even beneficial for connective tissues and aids in the formation of new blood vessels present within them. Athletes make use of cupping services by sports physiotherapy centre to heal a host of conditions and aliments.

Different Types of Cupping
In the ancient era, cupping was performed with the help of animal horns. Later different cups made up of ceramic and bamboo evolved. Effective suction through these cups was possible with the use of heat, the cups were first heated in fire and then applied. Once they were cooled, they drew the skin due to pressure difference.

Modern cupping utilize cups that are crafted from glass and are rounded like balls. The two main types of cupping include:

• Wet Cupping
• Dry Cupping

In wet cupping a combination of medicines and suction is used to treat the patient, while for dry cupping only the suction method is implemented. Your preferences, present condition and the problems that you are going through help you choose the appropriate one.

What To Expect From Olympics Cupping Treatment
During the treatment, a specialized cup is placed on the skin and the vacuum sucks the muscle upwards. This creates a pressure onto the vessels, allowing the muscle to relax and relieves tension. The cups are usually allowed to settle for a period of 5 – 10 minutes after which they are removed and placed at another part of the skin. The process continues until a particular segment of the body has been rejuvenated by the cupping session.

To help athletes make the most of it, practitioners combine the power of cupping along with acupuncture to treat skin issues, digestions and other associated problems.

Cupping is able to cure a wide range of conditions that athletes often suffer at some point or the other and these include
• Facial Paralysis
• Lumbar disc herniation
• Herpes Zoster
• Cervical spondylosis

The best part about this therapy is that it has zero side-effects or risks, allowing you to attain a perfect body without any complications.

But, before you begin with your cupping session do make sure that you consult with qualified practitioners about your conditions, past medical records and your expectations from the treatment. Because this ancient integrative medicine requires the support of both practitioners and patients in order to achieve successful results.

Effective Tips to Hiring Vintage Wedding Cars

Choosing a vintage wedding car is not something that should be taken lightly. In fact you want the car to work with your theme and you want to ensure it blends in with your overall wedding experience, making an impact as you arrive at the ceremony and get out of the car in your beautiful gown to marry the person of your dreams.

The first step to finding the best vintage wedding cars for hire is to go online. These days the majority of companies advertise online, this can save you valuable time and energy. Bear in mind that when you set your wedding date, your list of things to do grows exponentially and for many, it is one of the most stressful times of their lives. You will want to make this an easy process and with online websites, you can find companies, views their fleet and make a selection without having to leave your home, giving you the time you need to concentrate on the other aspects of your special day.

Before you choose a company, it’s advisable to choose three reputable companies that you can review in detail. Take your time and go through each company’s website to learn as much as you can about them, including how long they have been operating and the areas that they provide their services to. From here to the independent review sites, never rely on the reviews you find on the company website alone, get honest feedback from past and current clients that you can use to steer you in the right direction and help you create a short list of vintage wedding cars specialists that you feel you can use on your wedding day.

With all this information at your fingertips, you can now compare the companies against the other to find the one you feel the most comfortable with. Take their years of experience, their vehicles and their reviews into consideration. Never let price determine your decision, but rather focus on the quality of the vehicles, whether they are clean, maintained and services and if they are available on your chosen date.

Next look at the selection available. Some car hire companies these days only specialist in one or two types of car, you want an extensive selection. Look for companies that provide a full range of vintage wedding cars, along with matching vehicles, so you and your fiancé can both arrive at the ceremony in the same car, being united before you actually tie the knot. This can make such a beautiful impact to see both parties arriving in the same car.

Pricing must pay a role, as you are working to a tight wedding budget, but it shouldn’t be your devising factor. Ideally the companies you are considering are willing to enable you to do a search online where you can add your collections and delivery post codes and your chosen date to get a quote. This can ensure you know exactly what you are expected to pay and the price should always include an experienced and qualified driver.

Remember that not all companies are created equal and there are those that specialize only in wedding cars, they will have an extensive fleet in your local area, which can save you so much time and energy when it comes to choosing your vintage wedding cars, so you know that your day will go according to plan and that your theme and dream wedding will fall into place with ease.

What Are the 10 Best Day Outing Resorts in Bangalore for a Perfect Weekend?

Bangalore is the best place to come across the lovely resorts and spa to get indulged in the most memorable holidays. If you have been looking for the best resort then you have landed at the right place. Here, we are going to cite the name of the prominent 10 best day outing resorts for you.

The 10 best Day outing Resorts in Bangalore:

1. Country Club – This is one of the Day Outing Resorts in Bangalore and known for serving the world class facilities at the best prices. Whether it is halls or rooms, they both have been designed in a great way to fetch your attention. The well-established gym is also here to welcome you if you are a GYM freak.

2. Park field Resort – It is a great amalgamation of resort and hotel both at the same time. The standard and heart touching services of this one of the Day Outing Resorts In Bangalore will make you fall in love with it. The enchanting greenery is waiting for you outside the balconies. To get relaxed, spa treatment is here.

3. Mango Mist Resort – According to its name, this resort is also amazing. The mango trees are here all set to give you a sweet welcome. If you step into the place, a number of memories will get evoked.

4. Guhantara Resort – It is truly a gem for the fun and adventure lovers. It is incredible as it is India’s first underground resort hold a different theme all over. It is a best choice to choose since it is all set to you enthrals you in a great manner. The great thing is that staff is quite friendly. To make you feel great, it has a number of activities to make you get indulged with the great fun right from rain-dance, tunnel trekking and various indoor as well as outdoor games.

5. Golden Palms Resort – It is next to the list since it is high in demand among the fun lovers. If you are looking for the place where you can swim then it is right place. This beautiful resort holds the biggest swimming pool in the country. And you must not skip it. Apart from swimming, there are a number of things to enjoy like tennis court, squash courts, conference halls for office trips and so on

6. Urban Valley – It is just 45 minutes away and would not take that much time to reach here. To get the great view of pine trees and red flowers, you must head here. For the adventure enthusiasts, it is the best place to head.

7. Ramanashree California Club And Resort – To get a break from hectic life, you must go here. As you can go for enjoying here a wide array of games like biking sports, paintball, squash basketball, wall climbing and many different indoor games as well.

8. Olde Bangalore Resort -To enjoy the top notch facilities, beautiful nature views and luxurious designs, it is a best option to choose.

9. The Windflower Prakruthi – To increase the productivity, you must head here as a wide array of team building activities, halls zorbing, outdoor sports and banquets are organized here.

10. Clarks Exotica Resort And Spa – To enjoy a wide array of outdoor games like cycling, cricket, basketball and so on. Apart from it, pools with slides for kids and squash also available.

15 Things Not to Do in Japan

If you have plans to visit Japan, there are some things you need to know. Familiarizing yourself with some basic Japanese cultural practices will go a long way in making your trip there enjoyable. Also, you are not likely to get into trouble. Here are things you should not do based on Japan culture.

1. Don’t enter a house wearing your shoes

Are you used to walking around in your house in your shoes? Well, you might get yourself in trouble if you do that in Japan. There is a special place where you should keep your shoes before entering the house. Also, there are slippers for guests when entering a room.

2. Don’t shout on the train

Trains are very common in Japan. However, people don’t make noise while in trains. They are always silent. If you have to speak to someone, do it in a low tone. Use your earphones if you have to listen to some music.

3. Don’t use your phone on trains

As indicated earlier, Japanese don’t like any noise in the trains. You will rarely find someone using his phone to make a call in the train. If you have to use your phone, send a message or talk in a low tone so as not to distract other people.

4. Don’t eat on trains

Japanese do not eat when traveling on commuter trains. Drinking is okay unless the train is too crowded. However, in long distance trains, eating and drinking are allowed. Food and beverages are also sold in such trains.

5. Don’t forget to remove toilet slippers

Once you get to Japan, you will notice that there are slippers only used when going to the toilet. These slippers are easily noticeable since they have particular words or pictures. Always remember to remove them when entering your house or walking on the streets.

6. Don’t tip anyone

While it is common to tip anyone after an excellent service in many cultures, Japan is an exception. No matter how satisfied you are with their service, they never accept tips. In fact, someone will come running after you, returning the tip!

7. Don’t ignore someone you are speaking with

If you are talking with a Japanese person, always stay calm and attentive. You may sound impolite and rude by just failing to show that you have understood a point. Whenever speaking, show your attentiveness by talking back.

8. Don’t photograph everything

Despite Japan being a beautiful country, you are not allowed to take photos everywhere. It is advisable to always ask someone before taking photos. You must be granted permission to take pictures in museums, temples, and shrines.

9. Don’t hug anyone you meet

Hugging is common in western countries. However, in Japan, it is not. You don’t hug someone you come across in Tokyo streets. Most of the older folks don’t like the habit. If you want to hug someone, then it’s best to know their age group and whether they are comfortable with it.

10. Don’t eat or drink when walking

It is uncommon to find Japanese eating or drinking while they are walking. Even on the streets with food stalls they always find a place to sit. Now you know how to behave when you are on Japanese streets so you don’t look foreign.

11. Don’t receive a present with one hand

Whenever receiving a gift or a visiting card from a Japanese, use your two hands and bow. Then tell him thank you. On receipt of a gift, don’t open it until the person who has given it to you has left.

12. Don’t throw away trash haphazardly

Another thing you might find hard to get used to is how to handle your trash. In most cities around the world, there are a lot of trash cans however, Japanese cities are different. People are encouraged to carry their trash until they find a place to dispose of it.

13. Don’t fail to say “thank you”

The verb “thank you” is highly valued in Japan. Learn to say it after being served in a hotel or store. Familiarize yourself with how bowing is done in Japan. You must always bow and say thank you when you meet with elders.

14. Don’t write down a person’s name in red ink

In Japan, it is OK to write “goodbye” in red ink but not a person’s name. The Japanese consider it to be disobedient. Therefore, if you have to write down your Japanese friend’s name, you know which color to avoid.

15. Don’t be shy

It is common for tourists to ask for help from locals. When you get to Japan, don’t be shy or afraid of asking for anything. They are very friendly and helpful. Even when you accidentally forget something somewhere, go back as no one is going to take it away.

4 Tips for Maintaining Vinyl Siding

We all know that vinyl siding is a great choice for one’s home due to its low maintenance and longevity. But that doesn’t mean that it is totally without basic maintenance needs or steps to be taken to see that it looks its best. Some of the common issues one might deal with are cracking, puncturing or perhaps pulling away from the house.

Thankfully, these proactive measures do not take a great deal of skill or a toolbox full of special tools.

Tips for Maintaining Vinyl Siding

1. Be sure to keep any shrubbery around the home trimmed back so that the branches cannot poke or scratch the siding. Failing to do this will result in the coating on the siding being scratched, nicked or punctured thus making the siding susceptible or mildew and mold.

2. No matter what type of siding you have on your home. It is important to take time to clean it, at least once a year. With vinyl, you can do this by using a soft scrub brush, soapy water, and a water hose for rinsing. Yes, you can use a power washer but be sure to keep it at the lowest setting and take care not to use excessive force.

3. In the event that you do discover dents, punctures or scratching, replace the piece as soon as possible. Be sure in doing this, that you use a siding removal tool so you can avoid damaging the surrounding pieces of siding.

4. Make time to clean your gutters- especially during the spring and fall or after a heavy storm as this will help keep the siding clean and prevent risk of damage to the siding.

It is also worth noting that while most people opt to have vinyl siding in a color they like, it you purchase a home with siding in a color you do not like, it can be painted. It will take two coats of 100% latex paint and the paint will need to be re-applied every two years in order to always look great.

Maintaining your vinyl siding is not a full-time job, but it does need the occasional repairs or cleaning. Don’t just assume that your home’s siding is a one and done aspect of ownership. Take time throughout the year to ensure that your siding will last as long (if not longer) than you were promised at installation. If you are new to vinyl, then be sure to talk to a local siding company and find out what they recommend for your particular type and style of home siding.

Snow Formation – One of the Greatest Challenges for IQF Processors

Snow formation inside IQF freezers is strongly linked to the process of dehydration, which occurs during freezing and is represented by water loss through the product’s membrane when it meets the cold air flow inside the IQF tunnel freezer.

During the process of dehydration, the products will also suffer a loss of weight. The humidity that is transferred from the product into the air will saturate it, and at the maximum point of air humidity (100% saturated), snow is created. This phenomenon is called precipitation and it is the same as when rain or snow is created out in the atmosphere.

The major factor responsible for the occurrence of precipitation during the IQF process is the large quantity of wet and warm product that makes contact with the cold temperatures inside the IQF freezer. After precipitation, the level of saturation decreases and even more moisture can be transferred from the product to the air, leading to more weight loss for the product transported on the bedplate inside the freezer.

Therefore, if snow formation inside IQF freezers is an indicator of product loss and dehydration, how can we minimize the level of dehydration?

First of all, the process of precipitation and thus sublimation needs to be kept under a specific level, with the help of optimal aerodynamics which ensures less disruption of the air flow and better air speed.

In order to minimize dehydration you need to avoid precipitation and thus sublimation, have better aerodynamics (less disruption of the air flow) and better air speed.

Considering that temperature variations inside an IQF freezer are a common thing, snow formation cannot be completely prevented but, thanks to its advanced design features, the IQF tunnel freezer can successfully minimize snow formation, increasing the yield of the overall production.

The IQF tunnel freezer benefits of unique fans, which can be individually adjusted in order to ensure the optimal speed for the perfect air velocity and air pressure. Thanks to the good control over the aerodynamics inside the IQF tunnel freezer, the level of air humidity remains constant and the process of precipitation is significantly prevented, ensuring a level of product dehydration between 0,1% and 1%.

The fact is that the snow building up inside your freezer is product loss, and that is because an IQF freezer is a closed system and the humidity creating the precipitation doesn’t have anywhere else to come from than from the products you are freezing.

Best Trees for Indoors

Trees are great things to have in your yard. They clean the air, they give shade and privacy, they are great for climbing and they are beautiful to look at as well. While many trees are just too big to think about growing inside, there are many trees that make wonderful accents to the inside of your home. Here’s just a few:

If you are a fan of the Victorian Era you may have seen pictures or seen movies of the time with parlour palms sprucing up the, well, parlour. The adapt well to low light and humidity and they are on the list of NASA’s 50 Plants That Clean the Air. And face it, they’re breezy and fancy and who wouldn’t want one in their living room in a large ceramic pot?

If you want a touch of Christmas in your home year round, what about a Norfolk Pine? They are essentially baby Christmas trees that love bright light and moist soil. At Christmas time you can decorate them with little bows or fairy lights, but they make a great addition to any room year round.

If you like big bold statements you’ll want a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in your living room. These trees have large sculptured leaves that give the air of the tropics without being weepy or wispy. These trees love light but don’t like drafts so keep them away from windows and doors and you’re good to go.

The Ficus is perhaps the most popular indoor tree there is, heck, they even make a fake version that you just dust once in a while and forget about. The real version is actually a weeping fig tree if you want to get technical, and they come in different textures and heights so they’re perfect for any room, any where.

Love the tropics but live where there seems to be perpetual winter? Then what about adding a Majesty Palm to your home? They are fan shaped and have that tropical feel to them and best of all they are slow growing if they aren’t getting strong sunlight. Throw on the heat, watch the palm tree and pretend you’re on the beach, even if it is January and there is a blizzard waging outside.

If you like more of a desert type tree then the Yucca is for you. They have thick woody stems and pointy leaves that come in a variety of blue to blue green colors and have yellow, cream or white tones to them too.