Top 30 Life Lessons

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Here is my list of Top 30 Life Lessons coupled with some Words of Wisdom that I’ve acquired along the way.

1. Trust your instincts.

2. Don’t believe everything you read or hear.

3. Be proactive rather than reactive.

4. Forgiveness is the start towards living a happier more productive life.

5. Procrastination is a proven method for going nowhere.  Keep doing it long enough and you may even forget where you were headed.

6. Relationships may come and go but we should never lose ourselves in the process.

7. Being healthy is not necessarily being a perfect size but rather the lifestyle choices we make to live better.

8. Being happy starts with us. We have more power and control over our own happiness than we think.  Starting with the negative people in our lives.

9. Our past experiences have helped to shape who we are today but they don’t define who we are.

10. “Family” is more than just blood relative.  It is a ‘call to action’ that few non-relatives would have gained the right to be called.

11. Not all parents are parents and not all parents can parent.  In some instances, their roles were simply to get us here.

12. Self-love is called self-love for reason, it must come from within.  No amount of feedback from those around you could make you feel for yourself what you don’t believe about  yourself.

13. We believe what we hear, so we need to be mindful of the information we feed and allow to be fed to us.

14. “Mistakes” are really lessons in disguise. So open your eyes and take from them the lessons being communicated to you.

15. The true beauty of something is not always found on the surface.  Sometimes we just have to dig deeper.  If you trust only your eyes to find beauty in life, there may be many beautiful people who you miss the opportunity to meet and know.

16. Love can be expressed through words and actions that bring joy and a smile to your life and heart.  Love never physically, emotionally or intentionally hurts you.

17. Being silent  and not communicating when we’re hurting inside emotionally doesn’t help ease the pain we feel. If anything, it temporarily masks it.

18. Life can be complicated at times but it can also be really simple.  It’s all about the lens from which we choose to view it from.

19. Prayer coupled with faith and belief is the most powerful, inexpensive weapon you can own.

20. We’re all imperfect creatures and that is what makes each of us special.  As a result, the only real expectation we need to live up to is our own no one else’s.

21. The success or failure of a relationship lies in the willingness of both parties to work through the issues to move forward.

22. Music is more than a cool way to pass the time.  It is a great stress reliever and can help improve your mood.

23. Children are the future and if we want a brighter future we need to be mindful of the influence our behaviour and words have on their lives.

24. The earth is our home and if we don’t take better care of it how can we expect it to take care of us.

25. The cloud that seems to be hovering over your life is a passing cloud.  The sun will come out and you will see your way again. It happened for me and it can happen for you. 🙂

26. Laugh as much as you can. Don’t take everything so serious all of the time.

27. We can’t control everything but we can control some things. Do what you can, where you can as best as you can.

28. It’s not what we say but how we say it so think before you speak.

29. One of the most precious gifts we have in this life is time, use it wisely.

30. Lastly, we don’t have to be great at everything.

Feel free to add a life lesson below in comments. Thank you for stopping by.

Have a wonderful night.

Health and Wellness Fridays: Oranges

Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today we are going to be squeezing some of the goodness out of the fruit most of us know as an orange.

Oranges originated thousands of years ago in Asia. Today, oranges can be found in various parts of the world.  Some of the largest commercial producers of oranges include the Brazil, United States, China, India, and Mexico.

Oranges are round, pulpy flesh fruits that are orange in colour.   Oranges are rich in vitamin C.  They are also a very good source of dietary fiber. Oranges also provide a good source of vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium.

There are many different varieties of oranges.  They are however, classified into basically three categories:

  1. Sweet orange or (citrus sinensis) – some popular varieties include: Valencia, Navel,  Jaffa and Blood oranges.
  2. Bitter orange or (citrus aurantium)– some well-known varieties include: Bouquet de Fleurs, Chinotto, and Seville.
  3. Mandarin orange or (citrus reticulata) – have a more flattened look. Some popular varieties are known as tangerines and include: Clementine, Honey and Satsuma.

Oranges are more than just a tasty snack.  They do more for us than just provide vitamins and minerals.  Some researchers have highlighted some other potential health and beauty benefits of using oranges.  Let’s take a look.

Some potential health and beauty benefits include:
  1. Antioxidant protection
  2. Immune support
  3. Lower blood pressure
  4. Fight cancer – prostate cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer  and even colon cancer
  5. Prevent kidney stones
  6. Lower cholesterol
  7. Protect against cardiovascular disease
  8. Prevent ulcers
  9. Reduce the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  10. Aid in digestion
  11. Prevent diabetes
  12. Brain development
  13. Aid in weight loss
  14. Fight viral infections
  15. Support bone and teeth health
  16. Improve vision
  17. Mild Aphrodisiac
  18. Improve blood circulation
  19. Reduce bad breath
  20. Maintain elasticity and strengthen arteries
  21. Reduce chronic inflammation
  22. Rejuvenate the skin
  23. Treatment of acne
  24. Remove blackheads
  25. Treatment of dark spots and blemishes
  26. Skin whitening properties
  27. Anti-aging benefits
  28. Good hair conditioner
  29. Stimulate hair growth
  30. Treat dandruff

Some possible health risk include:

  1. Beta-blockers, a type of medication most commonly prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. Oranges are high in potassium and should be consumed in moderation when taking beta-blockers.
  2. Consuming too much potassium can be harmful for those whose kidneys are not fully functional. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal.
  3. Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit, however individual reactions vary.
  4. Excessive consumption of the juice can cause tooth decay or wear away tooth enamel due to its sugar and acidic content.

How to use oranges?

  1. Insecticide sprays are widely applied over most crops and orange crops are no exception unless they are organically grown. Therefore, it is recommended to wash the fruits in cold running water before use.
  2. Always juice them when they are at room temperature as they will produce more juice when warm.
  3. Rolling the orange under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also help to extract more juice.
  4. If your require orange zest for your skin or a recipe, try to use organically grown oranges since most conventionally grown fruits will have pesticide residues on their skin and may be artificially coloured.

In closing, the potential benefits to be derived from oranges are amazing. However, I recommend using it in moderation rather than in isolation.  Remember, it is our overall diet and eating patterns that will help us prevent disease and achieve optimal health.  Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend! 🙂

 

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Health and Wellness Fridays – Turmeric

Welcome back to Health and Fridays!  Thank you Lord for seeing us through another week.   Today, we’re going to be listing some of the possible health benefits of using turmeric.

 

Turmeric or  Curcuma longa comes from the turmeric plant. It is a culinary spice used to add flavour and colour to a variety of dishes.  It is also used in herbal medicine and fabric dye.  It is native to India and Southeast Asia.  In its unprocessed form the root resembles the ginger root.  On the inside however, it is yellow in colour.  Turmeric is rich in iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, copper, and potassium.

Turmeric can be obtained in many forms – some forms include natural root, ground powder form, as a supplement even as an essential oil.    According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, most of the studies done on turmeric tend to focus on its main active ingredient, curcumin.

Some of the studies done suggest the following benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Boost brain function
  • Lower the risk for brain disease such as  Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower cancer risk
  • Help with depression
  • Treatment of gastrointestinal issues such as constipation and cramping
  • Ease menstrual symptoms
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Detoxifying the liver
  • Natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent
  • Alleviate pain
  • Slow the aging process
  • Acne
  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Here are some ways to use turmeric:

  • Add it to your meals along with black pepper.  Most of the curcumin that is ingested gets metabolized before it can get absorbed.  Piperine present in black pepper is said to help make curcumin more bio-available.
  • Add fat when consuming turmeric. Turmeric is fat-soluble and thus much better absorbed when taken with fat. Use healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, etc.
  • Drink it in tea. You can use either the powder or the fresh root. Add it to boiling water and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.   I sometimes add a small piece of fresh ginger.  Strain into a cup and add a little honey to taste.
  • Apply on the skin in the form of a mask. Using some honey, yogurt or milk with a teaspoon of turmeric in a bowl. Mix ingredients in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste.  Apply to clean skin. Leave this mask on for at least 20 minutes before washing off.

Precautions and warnings:

  • If consumed in large quantities turmeric can have the following side effects on the body such as nausea, dizziness and diarrhea.
  • Turmeric might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk as such it is suggested that it not be used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy.
  • Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.
  • Turmeric might slow blood clotting and might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
  • The Curcumin might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Use with caution and moderation. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar.
  • Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people. It might make stomach problems such as GERD worse. Avoid turmeric if it worsens symptoms of GERD.
  • Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.
  • Taking high amounts of turmeric might prevent the absorption of iron. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency.
  • Turmeric might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

As always remember, moderation is key and always consult your doctor. I can’t stress that enough.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!  😉

Sources:

  • https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/
  • https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric.html
  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78#healthbenefits
  • https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6873/25-Reasons-Why-Turmeric-Can-Heal-You.html
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662

 

What is real beauty?

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What is real beauty?  It seems everywhere we turn we’re bombarded with images and perceptions about what signifies or identifies as ‘beauty’ and this is largely based on how someone or something looks.

However, over time I have come to realise that real beauty is sometimes deeper than just the physical attributes of someone as well as it can be based on personal preferences of the person doing the assessment that is to say, what might be beautiful to me may not be beautiful to you and vice versa.  Hence the popular saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

How many couples have you looked at and thought, “What an interesting combo?” or “How did he or she end up with him or her?”   How many people have you met that did not meet up to your standards of beauty or attractiveness that turned out to be great people who you now have beautiful friendships or relationships with?  Or rather how many people have you not allowed yourself the opportunity to interact with because they did not meet your standards based on their appearance?

If we limit ourselves to just what our eyes can see then we can potentially be missing out on many beautiful things and people out there in the world around us. 

I am not advocating that we stop admiring or complimenting people based on their appearance. What I am suggesting however, is that we not limit or avoid interactions with others because of their outward characteristics because sometimes “what you see is not necessarily what you get” and this can prevent us sometimes from learning and experiencing someone or something truly special.

I for one have met and interacted with all types of people and there have been times when I met people who I deemed beautiful or attractive in their outward appearance and later found out that they lacked inward beauty – that is, their character, personality or values did not match up with their outward beauty and I suddenly did not find them as beautiful after that.

As children through stories like “The Ugly Duckling” and “Beauty and the Beast” we’re taught “you should not judge a book by the cover.”  We all know the stories so  ask yourself this, who really loses in scenarios where we make assumptions or judgements about others based on their appearances – the person being judged or the person making the judgement?

A diamond is a diamond whether we think it is beautiful or not.  Our like or dislike for it does not change what it is.  This is how we must see ourselves and others as well.  We are all beautiful and special and this is how we need to see our differences because whether people like us or not would not change or take away from what makes each and every one of us special, unique and beautiful.

Real beauty to me is not limited to just the physical attributes of someone or something but the non-physical attributes that compliment that person or thing.  It is what makes it truly special and beautiful giving those that come into contact with it a sense of joy, happiness and pleasure to be around.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

 

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Cucumbers

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Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the cucumber or cucumis sativus.  A cucumber is actually a fruit  which until recently I always considered a vegetable.

It can be light to dark green in colour.  The skin of the cucumber is mostly smooth  sometimes however, they have tiny bumps on the surface of the skin but they are still good to eat. The flesh inside is pale green with tiny edible seeds. It is generally watery in taste.  Cucumbers are low in calories and contain roughly 95% water.  I understand they can be cooked but I usually eat it raw.

Cucumbers are filled with many nutrients. They are rich in vitamin K and vitamin B5. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and vitamin B1 just to name a few. 

Below are some of the benefits of adding cucumbers to your diet and lifestyle.

Some beauty benefits of cucumbers:

  • Revitalize and Rejuvenate the skin – (use the juice from the cucumber mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and apply to the skin  and leave for a few minutes then rinse and pat dry)
  • Reduce dark circles, puffiness and under eye bags – (use cold slices of cucumber on the eyes)
  • Helps soothe sunburn 
  • Reduce hair loss – ( consume cucumber juice or eat the cucumber)
  • Promotes silky and shiny hair – (use the juice from the cucumber as a rinse) 

Some health benefits of cucumbers

  • Destroys intestinal worms – tapeworms
  • Promotes bone and joint health
  • Anti-Inflammatory properties
  • Anti-Cancer properties
  • Supports heart health
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Relieves Constipation
  • Fights bad breath – (put a slice of cucumber on the roof of your mouth and hold it there for about 90 seconds and then throw it away) 
  • Antioxidant
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Aids in digestion
  • Supports brain health – ( improving memory and protecting nerve cells from age-related decline)
  • Detoxification
  • Hydration

Possible Side Effects:

Although cucumbers can add great benefits when added to your diet you must be very cautious and not over indulge. Here are some possible side effects of eating too many cucumbers.

  • Toxins – cucumbers get their bitter taste from the cucurbitacins and tetracyclic triterpenoids toxins that can be potentially life threatening to mammals if eaten excessively according to a study published on Pharmacognosy Review.   The researchers also stressed that we not let these findings overshadow the anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour properties present.
  • Hyperkalemia is a medical condition that is caused by the over consumption of potassium which may cause fatigue, numbness, nausea, breathing problems, or heart palpitations.
  • Allergic Reactions – some people who are allergic to ragweed might suffer from allergic reactions such as swelling or hives if they eat bananas, melon, cucumbers and zucchini warn the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.This phenomenon is known as cross-reactivity.

All in all dear friends, like any good thing I suggest you use moderation.   I personally eat my cucumbers raw with and without the skin, seeds included but I am sure to wash them thoroughly. Organically grown cucumbers are recommended but if you can’t easily source them I would suggest peeling the skin before consuming.

Additionally, not all cucumbers are bitter so if and when I do encounter a cucumber that is extremely bitter (which is few and far in between) I personally don’t continue eating it.

There are so many natural foods out there that we sometimes underestimate in value that can provide us with so many health and beauty benefits – so do your research.  Be sure to consult your doctor on your findings before starting anything.

I will continue doing my research as well and would continue to bring what I find to your attention.

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

How you see yourself is ALL that matters

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What do you see when you look in the mirror – someone who is strong, handsome, beautiful, sexy, confident and well-rounded or do you only see imperfection after imperfection?

“Maybe if I wasn’t fat; maybe if I wasn’t so thin; maybe if I wasn’t so short or tall; maybe if I didn’t have this acne on my skin I would be so much more appealing. People would probably find me good looking or attractive.”  For each of us the “maybe if…” would be different and sometimes it may have common elements.

Let’s face the facts, “nobody is perfect.”   However, that does not make our insecurities about ourselves go away.  If anything, I think sometimes it could make us feel even more messed up because when the shoe is on your foot and it’s tight you’re the one feeling the squeeze.

We all have bad days.   Those days when you’re not looking or feeling your best.   Sometimes it is self-inflicted other times it could be from external factors.  Maybe you’re struggling with something and you feel very self-conscious about it and the people in your life are giving you a hard time.

I know what that is like and I know how discouraging it can be when you are not happy or satisfied with how you look.  Beating yourself up about it is not going to make you feel or look any better.  So, what do you do? I suggest taking action.   Staying inside and avoiding people is not the answer.  I know you wish it were that simple.  🙂

Ask yourself,  what am I willing to do to improve and feel better?

  1. If you have acne prone skin, look for healthy and safe ways to improve it. I know there are a lot of products out there on the market so it can be overwhelming.  You may have to adjust your diet, maybe create a daily skin care routine, maybe go back to basics and use all natural items like aloe vera, apple cider and honey just to name a few until you find something that works for you. Don’t give up!
  2. If you want to lose some weight you’re going to have to put in some work.   A change in your diet maybe necessary and even some form of exercise.  Is that really so bad?  If we really want to be our best selves shouldn’t we do what is necessary to get our health and bodies in better shape.
  3. Don’t let you mood keep you from being happy.  There are days when I just don’t feel like putting that much effort into how I look.  I’ve realised that doing the exact opposite actually helps improve my mood.  So I would put on a little makeup and style my hair and this simple act changes my mood and my attitude. If you’re not into all of that maybe you could wear a really nice dress, or a cute pair of shoes or a suit.

At the end of the day, looking at ourselves in the mirror and being negative about what we see does not change anything.  In fact, what we are really doing is keeping ourselves stuck when we should be actively pursuing ways to improve and better ourselves for no one else other than ourselves.

So be mindful of the people in your life that you allow to influence your thoughts and feelings especially if they are constantly negative.  Take control of the messages you feed yourself – as this can create the doorway for other people’s negativity in your life.

Instead try to foster within yourself a positive and healthy perspective by using words and doing things that uplift, motivate and encourage you to be better. We live in a world where we are taught to value what other people think of us more than how we see of ourselves.

The only view that’s truly important is, how YOU view yourself.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Honey

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!!    Today, we are going to be looking at honey and some of the amazing benefits we can get from it.

My grandfather now deceased was a beekeeper. I remember how he would have to put on his white bee-suit and smoke out the bee hives to extract the honey.  I was very young then and had no idea how valuable his craft was. I never really liked the taste of honey. As an adult, I now see the value of something I had taken for granted as a child growing up.

Honey has been around since the ancient times and was seen as a precious commodity.  It was used not only as a natural sweetener but for medicinal and religious purposes as well.

What is honey? 

The simplest way to describe it,  honey  is a sweet product that is made by bees using the nectar of flowers.  Honey is rich in various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

According to the National Honey Board , “Honey color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on where the honey bees buzzed. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger.”

Some uses and benefits of honey

Let’s take a look at some of the uses and benefits of using honey.   Please note that raw or pure honey is recommended when treating any of the undermentioned.

General Health  Benefits:

  • Helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Reduces cough and throat irritation
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Boost your immune system
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Helps soothe acid reflux
  • Help boost your energy
  • Helps with cholesterol
  • Good memory booster
  • Treat yeast infections
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Promotes a better sleep
  • Helps with allergies
  • Treat herpes

 

Skin and Hair Benefits:

  • Promotes a healthy scalp
  • Heals wounds and burns
  • Helps fight acne
  • Moisturizer
  • Treat eczema
  • Shampoo and condition hair

Best type of honey to use

Raw or unprocessed honey is the best type to use because commercial honey is often heavily processed and may even be chemically refined.  Commercial honey is usually golden in colour and has a syrup-like appearance.   Additionally, you should note that once raw honey is excessively heated and processed,  the health benefits are largely depleted.  All honey is therefore not created equal so be sure to ask questions and read what you are buying.

How to use honey

Although honey is full of benefits, it is also high in fructose and must be used in moderation therefore less is best especially when consuming it.

Important – Possible Side Effects

Now I could not leave you without mentioning some possible side effects of consuming too much honey.   Some side effects can include: weight gain, cavities, nausea, weakness, vomiting, dizziness, and sweating.

Children under 12 months MUST NOT be given honey because it is a potential source for the bacteria that causes botulism.  Raw honey is however, safe for older children and adults.

If you are allergic to pollen or have any other bee-related allergies, it is recommended that you do not consume raw honey.

How I use it

  • I like to mix 1 teaspoon honey in warm water with cinnamon and the juice from 1/2 a lemon.  Drink on an empty stomach once per day. This aids in my detox and weight management.
  • I sometimes mix it with some lime or lemon juice if I have a sore throat.
  • I use 1 teaspoon of honey mixed with sugar and a few drops of lemon juice as an exfoliator on my skin once or twice per week. Rubbing the mixture in circular motion on my face and neck and I leave it for about 10 minutes before I wash it off.
  • I also like to add it to my Bar-B-Que sauce replacing brown sugar.

There are tons of recipes and combinations for using honey based on your objectives and goals.  So do your research and get yourself a bottle today.