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12 Simple Daily Habits to Change Your Life

Category : Health , Life Tips , Success

Life Is A Layer Cake

Everything we do adds to everything we have already done in our life. Like adding layers to a layer cake, we accumulate the moments that have come before, to give us the present that we are living right now. Our moments of time compound themselves to give us the results we have in the different areas of our lives. We see this truth in our finances, in our professional lives, in our relationships, in our health and just about every area of our life.

Keep Up The Momentum

Achieving good results requires building consistent momentum over time. If we keep up with the good habits consistently over time, we will begin to see our finances improve, our relationships improve, our health improve and our professional life improve. However, distractions or loss of focus can easily make us lose all that we have worked hard to build. Bad habits are not hard to do; they require no effort at all and they are so easy to slip into. And bad habits also deliver bad results.

Pump The Water

Like pumping water from a pump to eventually get water, we need to persevere even when we don’t see any results right away, even when it seems like nothing good is happening. At first, no water comes out of the pump, then, as we keep pumping a little water comes and then, finally, it comes gushing out. Don’t be discouraged when at first you don’t see results or when people around you don’t notice any difference. The results will come and they will come exponentially.

Keep It Simple

There are simple things that we can do every day, which don’t take too much time. By doing these consistently, building up a habit, we can build a layer cake of moments that will produce amazing results. Try them – I mean really try them – every day for the long haul and you will see the difference they can make.

So, without further ado, here they are:

(1) Watch

Our eyes are the guardians of our mind as well as being the window to our soul. We see a lot of things and watch a lot of things, but we can choose what to feed our eyes and our mind. We can choose what media we look at and what books we read. Everything we take in is either working for us or against us.

We can also watch to see whom we can serve and who needs help. We can watch to see where we can help.

(2) Wonder

Our mind is a creative playground that we can activate and enjoy. Why not become like a child again and wonder about all the possibilities, the what ifs and the why not?  We can wonder and marvel at the world around us and take an interest in the tiny details. We can begin to wonder a few minutes each day.

(3) Walk

Let’s get outside and walk around. It doesn’t have to be a timed exercise with the goal of increasing our heart rate and building our aerobic capacity. I mean, just simply – walk for the fun of it, for the health of it. And, we actually don’t have to take our cellphone or media with us. We can just walk and think, wonder and dream.

(4) Work

Work is a satisfying activity especially when we are in control of when we do it, why we do it and how we do it. Working gives us a reason to get up and a reason to rest after. Work helps us to activate our mind and hopefully our bodies as well. Working with others is beneficial (and challenging – but challenges can be beneficial).

(5) Water

Drink water every day. Drink enough water every day. There are huge health, emotional and mental health benefits to drinking water.  Don’t neglect the water habit.

(6) Get Wisdom

We are not always right and often we are wrong.  We can learn from others and from their experience. Keeping an open mind and being willing to learn will help us to keep on track and not fall into the pitfalls of life that can be avoided.

(7) Love

Without love what is there?  Nothing good happens without love. The Greeks had three categories of love, one of which is agape or selfless other-centered love. When we love in terms of others and what we can do for them and sometimes at a cost to our own comfort or convenience, we will reap huge benefits.

(8) Listen

Everyone is looking for people to listen to them and to hear what they have to say. Everyone has a story. Why not cultivate the habit of listening to those around us?

Let’s not listen just to formulate what we are going to say. Let’s listen with no agenda other than wishing to hear the other person.

(9) Read

Reading just 30 minutes a day over time will produce amazing benefits. I hear you – “What? I don’t have 30 minutes a day to read!”  Well, quite honestly, I think we spend at least that amount of time on other activities like social media or television each day. And I would add that we really can not afford not to acquire this habit.

(10) Rest

Nap time!! Just kidding! Who has time for a nap every day?  But we do need to rest and recuperate.  Don’t ignore this important benefit. It’s not about all work and no play. There has to be some balance. In fact, regular downtime will increase our productivity and help us maintain better mental, physical and emotional health.

(11) Thank

We have so much to be thankful for.  The very fact that we are breathing is enough to be thankful.  We actually have so much more than we think we have.  And being thankful, having an “attitude of gratitude”, to borrow a cliché, helps us to take our mind off our problems.

(12) Associate

We need people and we need people who will help us grow (and challenge our mental and emotional capacities!).  Encouraging friends are so important to our well – being. Some might prefer to be a “hermit” and not be around people. I guess that’s ok too. But encouraging people do help us to have confidence and challenging people can help us build our skills.

Conclusion:

Live simple. Cultivate good habits and go for the long haul. Enjoy, laugh and have fun.  Give life your very best shot.

Have a great day!

Read Also

Seeds of Possibility

Be Flexible and Win at Life

You Can Make a New Start

The Power of Our Words Part II

Overcoming Fear and Leaving the Comfort Zone

The 10 “Must Do” Things For Success

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5 Ways We Block Our Success

Category : Success

The Seeds of Greatness

We were all born with the potential to do amazing things. No one was born lucky with all the skills in place to be better than another. We each have the seeds of greatness in us..  As little children, we imagine amazing dreams for our lives – all the things we will do and the places we will go. Our childlike imaginations are endless and fearless. We knew we could be whatever we wanted to be.

Somewhere along the path of growing up, we lose this sense of wonder and possibility. Often we allow the circumstances and responsibilities of life to take away our sense of wide-eyed wonder of what could be.  It reminds me of  The Logical Song by the musical band Super Tramp. This song describes how a child goes from being creative and imaginative (before being sent off to school) to learning how to be “logical”, “practical” and  “cynical” at school.

The Potential

What if I told you that the potential is still there? What if I told you that the only thing holding you back is your thinking?  What if I told you that just changing certain patterns would make a world of difference and you could begin to start doing what you have always wanted to do?

5 Things That Hold Us Back From Our Potential

1. Anticipating Failure

We are so accustomed (from we were little children) to being told “no”. People around us are quick to tell us that something we want to do is not possible, too hard or shouldn’t be done. Discouraging remarks are plentiful. All our lives we hear this negativity and we start to create a pessimistic attitude. We even pass this on to our children under the guise that we are protecting them. We tell them what not to do so much more than we tell them what they can do.

We are conditioned to actually believe that we can not succeed, so we just don’t even try. We think success is just for the “lucky ones”. “They can do it”, we tell ourselves, “but I can’t.” The reality is that you can if you will. It is all a matter of perspective and attitude.

2. Blaming Others

We all like to blame the government, the economy, the boss, our past and our parents, don’t we? It seems easier and more satisfying to shift the responsibility somewhere else. Then we can say that our failures don’t really belong to us, that they are not really our fault.  But, the minute we shift the responsibility (and blame) onto someone or something else for our lack of success or opportunity, we lose our own power to do something about it. We end up feeling powerless in this situation.

Taking responsibility means grabbing back the power to change our situation. We can become an asset to ourselves.

3. Letting Fear Control Us

Fear holds a lot of people back. They want to do things – start a new business, travel, start a family or go back to school, but, because of fear, they don’t even try. The fact is, most of the things we fear do not even materialize. Fear is really F.E.A. R – False Evidence Appearing Real. More is feared than actually happens. Our response to ongoing fear is worry.  As a society, we worry about everything.  It is an epidemic. We actually worry much more than we think.

Fear is the most destructive force in the world today and the cause of many of our world’s problems.  The opposite of fear is FAITH – the belief that all things are possible. So, we have a choice; we can allow our lives to be controlled by fear or we can step out in faith and tear it up!

4. Not Having Goals

If we don’t have any goals, we will certainly reach them.  We won’t go anywhere or do anything of any significance. Goals are what keep us alive and dreaming. They are what we strive for. Not having any goals makes each day pointless to wake up to. Without goals, people become angry, frustrated, apathetic and depressed.

And the end of our life, when we look back, what will we say?  What will we wish we had done? Not too many people will say “Oh if only I had spent more hours at the office.” Probably not. But they will wish they had spent more time doing what is important and what can make a difference.

Goals need to be written down. they need to be specific with a date (time frame). Not writing down our goals leaves them in the “someday” category and we all know that “someday” is not a day in the calendar.

What goals (health, family,  personal or other) can you begin setting today?

5. Not Working With A Team

As the saying goes “No man is an island.” We need the support and encouragement of others to succeed. We need teachers and mentors who have traveled the road before us. We need cheerleaders along the way to protect us against the negativity around us. A supportive “team” helps us to become more confident and believe that we can do it!

A team can help us set goals and move towards them. A team can hold us accountable to what we say we wanted to do. When we surround ourselves with people who are pursuing and chasing dreams and goals, we begin to do the same. Every successful person (athlete, artist, business owner etc. ) has a team around them. They draw strength from the supportive people around them.

A team also includes the books we read. We can learn from the experience of those who have gone before us. Reading books to help us grow is a terrific way to leverage time and a team.

Conclusion:

Your success is really up to you. You have the power to decide what you will think, what you will believe and what actions you will take.  Your life is really in your hands and your future is in what you think today. Don’t let fear of failure, negative influences, and worry stop you from becoming all that you were meant to be.

Have a great day!!!

Read Also

Change It Up – Do Something Different

The Fight of Our Life

You Can Make A New Start

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Personality Plus: Book Review

Category : Life Tips

Book Review:  Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

Synopsis

Personality Plus is a book that presents four different personalities: The Melancholic, the Sanguine, the Choleric and the Phlegmatic. It begins with a fun personality quiz to discover your personality profile (and maybe.. hehe.. that of your significant other as well!)

Following the personality test, the book  highlights the strengths of each type of personality in a section entitled Personality Potential. Then, in the next section, the weaknesses of each personality are discussed. In the final section, the book ties this all together with a discussion of how knowledge of the different personalities can impact our relationships and how we can integrate this knowledge to improve them.

Review

I loved doing the personality quiz at the beginning. I have a choleric personality, so, of course I like to get right to the point.  I dislike  beating around the bush and wasting time with details. For all the melancholics out there, I am sure you will love the list: it gives you things to check off. Sanguines, you will have fun too – it can be a game.  And to the dear phlegmatics, I am sure you will find a friendly tidbit for everyone.  Here is a breakdown of the book and what I thought as I read through the sections.

Personality Strengths

Naturally, when I began reading it, I went straight to the section on chlolerics (why waste time learning about the other personalities, right?) .  I went  to see what my strengths were, bypassing the sections on sanguines and melancholics. Then I read on the melancholics – there are a number of these types in my family, and I realized why I may have been stepping on some toes and causing  hurt feelings. When you read about these two personalities (Choleric and melancholic), you will understand what I mean.

Personality Weaknesses

Against my natural inclination, I had to read the section dealing with weaknesses. Do cholerics have weaknesses? Yes, in fact they do – sorry cholerics!  This was a humbling experience. The phlegmatics were looking very good at this point and I, as a choleric, was  enjoying some humble pie (maybe from misunderstanding the melancholics).  You sunny sanguines are not off the hook – why can you never find your keys? Phlegmatics – gotta love the phlegmatics, but .. please.. make a decision!

The Tie In

Finally, I liked that the book ties everything into why it is important to be aware of the different personalities.  Relationships, both personal and professional, can benefit enormously. I believe this is the most important point of the book – learning how this knowledge can build (and repair) relationships. If we only focus on what our personality type is and use it for better or for worse, we are missing half of the picture.

It Was Hard At First

My biggest problem with the book (and it is a really good book) has to mostly with the fact that I couldn’t bring myself to read it all the way through for a while. That has a lot to do with my personality. I figured that once I had done the test and learned about my personality, I was pretty much done. After several attempts and many excuses, I decided to get down to the business of finishing this book and I am glad I did.  I learned a lot!

Conclusion

Personality Plus is a book that is well worth reading. It gives a detailed look into each of the four personalities : their strengths and their weaknesses. The final section zeroes in on the importance of being aware of the personalities and how this knowledge is applicable in pour personal and professional lives.

 

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The Power of Our Words

 

Let’s be real for a minute. How many times do we say something to someone and then immediately want to swallow what we said? But, oops! It’s already out there and we can’t take it back.

What’s in a Word (Or Two)?

Like the rudder on a big ship, steering this great vehicle in any direction, the tongue (our capacity to speak) can steer our life in any direction, good or bad. With our words, we can be so encouraging and helpful or we can be discouraging and oftentimes so hurtful. It has been said that a tiny spark can ignite a forest fire. However, unlike the forest, which can and does grow back, often times our (harmful) words can cause irreparable damage.

It’s a Problem

More than likely we have all had our fair share of misusing our words. To be honest, most of the time, we just don’t take the time to think about what we are saying and, of course, our pesky emotions get in the way and often take over. Like wild horses, our words just spill out and run all over the place before we can lasso them back into order. And, our words are the result of what we are thinking, so, maybe, that is the place to start.

Let’s Talk to Ourselves

What? Talk to myself? That’s crazy!  Quite honestly, we do this all the time. We tell ourselves all kinds of negative things. And, we can decide what voice we want to listen to. In the book The Magic of Thinking Big, author David J. Schwartz talks about Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat. So who will we decide to listen to? Usually, we listen to the one that speaks the loudest. But who is the adult here?  Why don’t we tell Mr. Defeat who is in charge and who is running the ship? We can choose how we speak.

We Can Choose Our Words

Everyone is looking to be listened to, understood and affirmed. Encouraging and helping others are the best uses of our words. It has been said that a dog wags his tail more than he barks (usually) and dogs get along with most folks too. Dogs are great listeners and offer (in their own way) encouragement.

So, Let’s Begin

Tell someone that they ” can do it.” Offer them up a word of encouragement.  Tell them how much you appreciate them or how they inspire you. We may never know the full impact of our words on others. The power of encouraging words can “move mountains.” Lives can be completely changed for the better because of our encouraging words.

It only takes a spark…….

 

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5 Essential Factors For Success

Category : Success

 

We are all looking to be a success on some level. We all want to say that our time and effort were worthwhile. Sometimes, however,  success seems unclear, elusive or unattainable. The truth is that success can be for everyone.

“You will only achieve that which you believe you can achieve.”

These words are so true. Belief is everything when it comes to success. All things begin with a thought which turns in to belief and action.

 Let’s Talk Success

Success  is not for the faint of heart and it is not about money.  Neither is it for the lucky few. Success is a mindset; it comes with its own rules of conduct – what is fair and what is not. It is the result of how we think and the decisions we make.

What Does It Take?

Hard Work (No surprise there!)

Well that certainly is no surprise. Quire simply, without hard work, what we set out to do won’t get done. But, interestingly enough, hard work is rare.  Many people think they work hard, they say  they work hard, but actually, hard work is really not all that common. What does hard work look like? We can compare it to speeding up a down escalator trying to get to the top. That is what hard work is like – going against the obstacles.

Belief (Without it, forget about success!)

Belief comes from working hard and steadily at something and then finally beginning to see some results (even small results).  Each time we take a step in the right direction or try our hardest, we send  a message to our brain that we are serious about our goals. Suddenly (or gradually), we start to believe in ourselves, that we can do it. The more we do this, the harder it will be to give up since we have invested so much time and work.

Results (Our Motivation)

The hard work will eventually produce results and our conviction will push for results. That is the way it is. It is a learning process. We begin to see our strengths and weakness and learn to minimize our weakness while leveraging our strengths.

Smart work (Hard work is not enough)

Smart work is the multiplication factor to turn hard work into a powerhouse of results. We need to be ready and willing to learn and change. We need to get ourselves out of the familiar zone (comfort zone) and step into the uncomfortable zone, the one that will require us to change and grow as we learn. Of course we shouldn’t go outside this zone into the panic zone where we may freak out and not know what are are doing.

Time (The key factor)

There is one more variable for success: time. We need to “stick with it” long enough to see the results we set out to achieve. Time is the compounding factor (like the penny doubled each day over 3o days).  We need to be in for the long haul, working, improving, growing changing on a daily basis. Working hard and smart consistently over time will bring the result we want.

 

So What Is the Takeaway?

We can if we will.  If we don’t buy our own excuses, if we don’t stay in our comfort zone, if we stay “in our lane”  the learning and growing zone, if we stay out of the panic zone and if we work hard, work smart and consistently over time, we will achieve what we set out to achieve.

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Be Flexible and Win at Life

 

Let’s start with a few questions. Honestly, I need to ask myself these questions more often too.

  • How do you handle adversity?
  • Do people consider you easy to work with?
  • Are you open to other (different and opposing) opinions?
  • Do others consider you to be flexible and adaptable?
  • Are you approachable?
  • Do others consider you to be open-minded?

Phew!! Now that that is over, let’s talk about being flexible.

By definition, being flexible means being able to bend without breaking. In our relationships, that is certainly true; if we don’t “bend” a little, something will break, usually the relationship.

So, why is being flexible so important and how can it help us?

There are a number of positive outcomes from being an “adaptable/flexible” person:

  • It increases the trust that others have in us.
  • We may receive more personal and professional recognition for our flexibility.
  • It helps us to adapt to the ups and downs of change more easily.
  • It gives an opportunity for growth ( we learn from adapting).
  • We become better at taking the initiative
  • We develop a great capacity for creativity.
  • We develop more confidence in ourselves and our abilities.

Being flexible really comes down to asking three important questions:

  1. Who is important?
  2. What is important?
  3. What is the ultimate goal?

The Who

Who is involved and important?  Are we looking at the person or the situation? Who is directly or indirectly involved with our choices, attitudes, behavior etc.? In every situation, who is being served: family members, customers, colleagues? Weighing in on who will be impacted helps us to have perspective.

The What

What is the real situation?  Is it urgent or important or both? Setting priorities can help us decide when to put our foot down and when to let it go. Are there creative options that can involve others and help them feel that they have a say?  Evaluate the situation and decide what is important.

The Goal

So what are we aiming for the long term? What are we looking to preserve, strengthen, improve or grow?  When we put anything or anyone into a long-term perspective, it becomes easier to be less concerned with holding our position or hanging onto routine or tradition. We can let go and flow.

Can We Be Too Flexible?

We can certainly be overly flexible and this can have a negative impact around us. Simply put, when there is too much flexibility, things don’t get done, expectations don’t get met, people lose trust and confidence and direction are lost. Ultimately, people get annoyed, frustrated and even hurt by too much adapting and compromising. Flexibility is a fine line.  When do we flex and when do we hold the line? We need to set limits, have boundaries and some semblance of structure and direction. Then, once these are in place, we can use our judgment as to when to bend and when to hold tight.

Conclusion:  

Be flexible and willing to adapt; there are so many benefits.  Remember it is a fine line – not too much, but just enough to keep you balanced.

See Also

The 5 Surprising Things That Cause Conflict

What’s Going On in Your Canoe?

How to Avoid Cultural Body Language Faux Pas

7 Effective Ways to Resolving Conflict

 

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Mango – Pineapple – Banana – Tumeric / Ginger Smoothie

Category : Health

The Awesome Mango-Pineapple & Banana Smoothie  with a hint of ginger and turmeric

 
Ingredients
2 fairly ripe bananas 
1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
1 /2 cup of frozen or fresh mangoes
1/2 cup of coconut milk*
1/2 teaspoon tumeric powder
1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
 

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Directions
  • Put cut up bananas, defrosted or fresh mango chunks, pineapple chunks, fresh ginger, the turmeric powder into a blender.
  • Add the coconut milk* and enough water to make a smooth mixture. pomegranate seeds into a blender. Then add water and blend until really smooth.
  • Blend until smooth and serve

Serving size: makes two full glass servings

Mangoes
Mangoes are a very good source of vitamin A which is helpful in promoting eye health and preventing macular degeneration, night blindness and eye dryness. Vitamin A, together with vitamin C. are excellent vitamins for promoting skin health as well.
Pineapples
Pineapples contain the enzyme Bromelain, which is a powerful agent against inflammation.  Brmelain is instrumental in fighting against arthritis, allergies and other inflammation-related issues.  Bromelain also helps in promoting good digestion.
Bananas
Bananas  are an excellent source of fibre, which is necessary to promote healthy digestion. The high potassium content of bananas helps to keep blood pressure levels low.  Bananas are also a good source of magnesium, which helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. Both magnesium and potassium are also important in healthy kidney function.
Tumeric
Tumeric is widely known for its many health boosting properties. Some of these are:
  • It promotes healthy brain function  and prevents against such diseases as dementia and Alzheimers disease
  • It has powerful anti cancer properties
  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It controls blood sugar levels

anti-inflammatory https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223

Alzheimers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16988474

anti-cancer https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18462866

Ginger

Like tumeric, ginger is a powerhouse for promoting health. It shares similar properties:

  • It fights against cancer  (6-gingerol)
  • It aids in reducing nausea
  • It fights against fungal infections
  • It fights against infections
  • It reduces inflammation

pregnancy related nausea https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3995184/

 

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See Also

Have You Tried Persimmon Nog?

Discover Amazing Golden Milk

Cool Green Smoothie in Easy Steps

 

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Busy Being Busy? How to Slow Down

Category : Life Tips , Lifestyle

It seems like we all have a love-hate relationship with being busy. It’s funny how we love to talk about how busy we are, while,  at the same time, we are also exhausted by this business of being busy. We run from one place to the other trying to keep up and keep sane.

As Henry David Thoreau put it:

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

With all this busyness, are we having fun?  Maybe we are,  but there are some pitfalls to think about.

Busyness Can:

1. Cause us to lose our direction in life

2. Rob us us of happiness

3. Mask brewing problems such as communication breakdown or people feeling alienated.

It is no secret that busyness adds a level of stress to our lives. but knowing why and how is key. When we get caught in the hamster wheel of being busy, we fail to see the impact of our activity on our life and those around us. We could be growing in the wrong direction. We might fail to see the red flags in our relationships, our family, our marriage and other important areas.

One lady put it this way: “Just because you have a minute, doesn’t mean you have to fill it”

In his book called Crazy Busy, author Kevin DeYoung outlines 7 diagnosis for this “busyness”

1. Are we trying to do good or look good?

Are we  people pleasers? Are we more concerned about what people will say or think about us?  Are our motives more about our reputation than about actually helping or being present?

2. Are we spending time doing what we shouldn’t be doing or doing what we don’t need to do?

We actually don’t really need to to all those things that we think we absolutely have to do. The sky is not going to fall if we say no (to ourselves or others).  We can reduce the stress in our lives by telling ourselves that we can’t (and don’t need to) do and solve everything.

3. Are we setting priorities and really living by them?

We can start by determining what really matters and put 80% of our energy towards the 20% that matters. We can’t have it all and we can’t do it all.

4. Are we over parenting our children?

Activities for kids are great and wonderful teachers. But maybe, we are worrying or doing a little too much. They don’t have to be in everything and it doesn,t  matter much if they don’t get the required amount of sleep or if they stuff themselves on sugary cake once in a while. At the end of the day, parents need to be the example of balance to their kids.

5. Are we  addicted to technology?

How many times did you check your phone today?  Caught you! Maybe all that fun technology is taking us away from time with the people who matter to us. Often the focus on our gadgets makes us oblivious to those around us and even what is happening around us.

6. Are we getting the rest we need?

Sleep!! Who doesn’t want or need more sleep? Just thinking about it makes me want to go for a nap. Actually.. go ahead (if you can). The world will be able to handle it if you check out for a bit. Seriously, though, fatigue is a prime factor in lower work productivity, relationship struggles, decision making difficulty and much more.  Let’s get the sleep we need.

7. Are we expecting there not to be a struggle?

Sometimes laziness and busyness can have the same end result.  Not much gets done. If we are just running around from place to place with nor order and no ultimate goal or reason why we will just end up at the same place but more exhausted.  Life is hard and we have to face it in full armour. If we just go through on automatic pilot, we will eventually hit a wall.

What are your thoughts on busyness? I would love your perspective

Have a great day!

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Watermelon Is the Sweet Jewel of Summer

Category : Health

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Sweet Watermelon Facts

  1. There are about 1,200 watermelon varieties worldwide
  2. The biggest watermelon (2013) weighed in at 350.5 pounds!
  3. Farmers in Japan grow them in cube shapes.
  4. Watermelons are the official state vegetable (not fruit!) of Oklahoma.
  5. People have been harvesting watermelons for around 5, 000 years.
  6. In China and Japan, watermelon is a popular hostess gift.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

1. Hydrating

The high water content of watermelon (over 90% water), together with its electrolyte content help to hydrate the body and prevent against the dangers of high heat and humidity of summer.  It contains both potassium and magnesium which work together in reducing blood pressure in the veins and arteries. The high water content of watermelon allows the body to cool down in the heat through the sweating process.

 

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2. Great food for diabetics

People with diabetes have to follow a low energy and low sugar diet which can leave them feeling hungry and unsatisfied.  Although watermelons are not high in calories,, they do contain a lot of (sweet) water and  a good amount of fibre. Eating them can help to satisfy  hunger for a while.  The potassium in watermelons improves insulin function and together with magnesium, lovers blood pressure as well.

3. Fights against cancer

Watermelons, together with tomatoes are high in lypocene content. Lypocene is a carotenoid that is increasingly being referenced in cancer prevention. Watermelons also contain vitamin C, which is widely known for its anti-cancer benefits as an antioxidant. The phytonutrient citruline, found in watermelons, helps fight against cancer by strengthening the immune system and helping the body rid itself of toxic elements such as ammonia.

4.  Muscle soreness, recovery and inflammation

Watermelon contains citruline, which converts to the amino acid arginine. Among its other benefits, arginine aids in relieving muscle soreness after extended effort and in muscle recovery and rebuilding. The choline in watermelons helps with sleep, muscle movement and reduces inflammation. The lypocene contained in watermelon also reduces inflammation.

5. Eye health

Macular degeneration leading to age-related blindness and the possibility of glaucoma and cataracts can be discouraging. Watermelon contains several phytonutrients to help with these conditions: beta-carotene, vitamin C,  lutein and zeanthin. Of course, all the water contained in this fruit helps to keep the tissues soft and malleable.

6. Heart health

Watermelon is helpful for maintaining healthy heart functions. It lowers  and regulates blood pressure ( potassium and magnesium) , protects arteries and veins (carotenoids) , relaxes blood vessels  and arteries (potassium).

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7. Skin and hair benefits

Our skin and hair are the first indicators of  health. When we are not doing so well on the inside, this will be reflected in the condition of our hair and skin first. Watermelon has a number of phytonutrients to help our skin and hair stay hydrated and strong. Vitamin A aids in the production of sebum and in tissue growth. Vitamin C helps to build and maintain college in the body. Both (sebum and collegen) give us healthy looking skin and hair.

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I hope you found this post helpful. I would love to hear what you think.

 

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You Can Make a New Start

Category : Success

Is it time for a change? Have you ever been in a place where you feel like you are stagnating? Do you find that life  doesn’t seem to be going as you had hoped it would?

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