Archive for November, 2019
November 12, 2019
Anti-Inflammatory Coconut and Sweet Potato Muffins with Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon, and Maple Syrup
The idea that delicious baked goods can also be a healthy snack is extremely satisfying.
Try to avoid the traditional inflammatory ingredients like processed grains, refined sugars, vegetable oils, and trans fat.
If you’re able to replace them with anti-inflammatory ingredients that are rich in nutrients, you will end up with a healthy and tasty snack.
The recipe below contains a large amount of sweet potatoes or yams, which are very nutritious and a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
According to the San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores:
“Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, are high in carotenoids.
Plus, they’re fat-free, relatively low in sodium and have fewer calories than white potatoes — although they do have more sugar.”
Also, “due to the color-pigmented vitamins, sweet potatoes are high in anti-inflammatory benefits.
“Sweet potatoes — unlike other starchy foods that elevate blood sugar rapidly after [they’re consumed] due to their metabolism into sugar — will help steady the levels of blood sugar.”
On the other hand, coconut flour is a healthy substitute for regular flour that regulates cholesterol, while turmeric and ginger fight inflammation, lower cancer risk, fight bacteria, and prevent viruses.
Coconut milk contains healthy medium-chain fatty acids that can increase metabolism and support weight loss.
It is also abundant in vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C, E, and B-complex, iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
- 1 small organic sweet potato, roasted
- ¾ cup organic coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. organic olive oil
- 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed in ½ cup of water
- 1 cup organic brown rice flour
- ¼ cup organic coconut flour
- ½ cup pure maple syrup or unpasteurized honey
- 1 tbsp. aluminum-free baking powder
- ½ tsp. Himalayan salt
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tbsp. Ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 400F. Make several holes in the skin of the sweet potato using a skewer, and place it on a baking tray.
Cook for an hour. When cool, cut the sweet potato in half, scoop out the insides, and put them in a large bowl.
Add flaxseed, coconut milk, olive oil, and maple syrup. Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl, and add them to the previous mixture.
Grease a muffin tray with coconut oil, pour the batter evenly, and cook for about half an hour.
Next step, enjoy!
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November 10, 2019
I never wanted a perfect relationship. I just want someone to try as hard as I do.
Time and time again, it’s the same old story. People say that I expect too much, that I can’t reasonably expect to find perfection, that I have to learn to settle for someone who is just ‘good enough’.
But what those people don’t seem to understand is that it’s not about perfection. It never has been. I don’t need perfection. I don’t need someone to be perfect for them to be enough for me.
All I’m asking for – all I’ve ever asked for – is for someone who will love me as much as I love them. Someone who brings the same commitment, the same enthusiasm, the same energy to the relationship that I bring.
I don’t care about presents, candlelit dinners, or big grand gestures. I don’t need any of that. I’ve never cared about finding someone who will ‘tick’ all of the right boxes, or someone who will make a big show of things, or put me up on a pedestal, or worship me. That doesn’t appeal to me at all.
All I need is someone who I have a deep and genuine connection with. Someone who’s willing to put as much effort in to making things work as I am. Someone who will listen to me like I will listen to them, someone who cares as much about me as I do about them.
I want to be able to trust the person I’m with completely. I want to know that they have my back, and that they always will. I want them to trust me. I want someone whose arms I can fall asleep at night, safe and sound, knowing that they’ll be there in the morning, that they’ll love me just as much, that they’ll laugh at my terrible jokes and at the goofy faces I pull.
I want real love; I want a real, genuine bond. I want to be with someone for whom I’m their first choice, not second best. I want someone who loves me for me, who shows me they care.
I know that perfection isn’t possible. I know that every relationship gets rocky from time to time. That’s why I want someone who is as willing to make things work, as ready to go the distance as I am. I want someone who I can depend on, who knuckles down when things get tough, rather than running away. I want someone with whom I can talk honestly and maturely about the problems we face. I want someone who knows what it takes to make it work.
Because I don’t want a perfect relationship. I just want something real. I want someone who loves me as much as I love them.
Written by Maverick, Staff writer at Lessons Learned In Life Inc. ©
November 9, 2019
We’re Living In An Age Where People Have Forgotten The Importance Of Physical Touch.
In this day and age, when the people we love and care about most are only ever a FaceTime away, it can be easy to forget just how important it is to our happiness and wellbeing to be touched. Often, we overlook this; for many of us, physical touch is something that we take totally for granted, especially if we’re involved in intimate and romantic relationships. For a lot of people, however, physical touch is something that is received far less frequently than they need to feel happy and secure in the close interpersonal relationships that they have.
Increasingly, physical touch is a less and less frequent occurrence in many people’s lives, despite it being vital for a person’s emotional wellbeing. Without regular physical contact with the people that we’re close to, our mental health can begin to suffer. A lack of physical touch can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and isolation.
The human touch is vital, and yet millions of people all across the world don’t get enough of it. The saddest part is that it doesn’t need to be much, either – a simple gentle pat or touch on the shoulder or arm is enough for most people to feel socially included, and yet this is a less and less common occurrence today.
The reasons for the decrease in physical touch in the modern era are numerous and complicated. For one thing, the changing attitude of society as to what is and isn’t acceptable to do with regards to intruding on a person’s personal space, particularly in the case of strangers or people that you don’t know well, has resulted in many people feeling hesitant to touch others unless they have their express permission. While this is far from unreasonable to expect from people that aren’t well acquainted, this can spill over into the closer relationships of people’s lives, therefore having a knock-on effect that can affect various aspects of our interpersonal relationships.
The present dialogue around boundaries and consent is important, but for many people it’s doing far more harm than good. It’s gotten to the point where common sense and practicality is ignored because we’re afraid of overstepping the mark and being called out for it on social media. When we can’t show each other compassion, kindness, and caring in a physical way, we suffer because of it.
The internet is filled with stories of this nature. Teachers who are afraid to help children who have fallen because they don’t want to be accused of overstepping a line. Foster parents who are advised not to show their foster kids much physical affection. Strangers who feel awkward about going in for a handshake or a hug, basic human gestures of greeting, when they’re introduced to someone new.
We’re an extremely social species. We thrive off of interaction with each other, and even the most quiet and introverted among us can’t go long without it. The lack of physical touch that many of us experience is something of a crisis. In a world that seems to be getting crazier every day, we need more than ever to learn that it is okay to touch each other; we need to feel connected once more, to feel a genuine bond with our fellow humans.
We need to remember the importance of physical touch.
Written by Maverick, Staff writer at Lessons Learned In Life Inc. ©
November 8, 2019
Before You Cheat On Her Know This.
So, you’re thinking about cheating on her, or you’ve already made your decision and you’re just trying to put up an acceptable argument to yourself about it so that if everything goes wrong you can turn around and say it wasn’t what you really wanted.
Why are you with her in the first place? If you want someone else that badly, then why not just break up with her first? Why do you have to betray her?
Let me tell you something about what will happen if you cheat on her.
You will tear her heart in two. You will burn everything she thinks she knows about life and love to the ground, and leave her kneeling, heartbroken and distraught amongst the ashes. You won’t just hurt her; you will break her. You will leave her with a deep and horrible wound, one that will take years of self-exploration and positive personal growth to even begin to fully heal. Is that really what you want to do? Does sex with someone else really matter enough to you to do that to another human being, someone you supposedly love?
You see, you won’t just break the trust she has in you. You will break her trust for everyone who will ever love her again. Because if someone she loves as much as you, someone who loves her as much as she thinks you do can hurt her like that, then who’s to say that another person won’t? How is she supposed to be able to trust anyone ever again?
She won’t sleep. She won’t eat for days. She won’t be able to crack a genuine smile or laugh until it hurts for months. Every night she lies awake, your betrayal, your absence will be on her mind. Every bite she tries to eat will be tainted by the memories she has of eating with you, of what you meant to her, of what you still mean to her, of what you did, of how she wasn’t enough for you.
But she still won’t hate you for what you did to her. She will place that blame on herself instead. She will wonder endlessly and obsessively why she wasn’t enough for you. She will compare herself to every other woman she meets, wondering what she could have done different, what she could have done to save the relationship she had with you.
She’ll ask herself why she couldn’t make you love her like she loves you. She’ll wonder whether she could have done more, if she could have paid you more attention, if she could have loved you better. She’ll cry quietly in the moments she gets by herself to be alone with her thoughts, wishing that you were still the person she’d thought you were all along.
Everything you’ve ever said to her will become null and void. All of the promises, all of the times you called her beautiful, incredible, and amazing – all of those memories will crumble to ash. She won’t believe them anymore, because obviously you didn’t mean it. If you’d meant it when you called her all of those things, when you flattered her with your words, then you wouldn’t have cheated on her.
It will take her years to believe that someone is telling the truth when they tell her that they think she’s beautiful, that she’s inspiring, that they love her. Because you won’t just destroy the relationship you have with her, you will destroy her self-worth. You’ll destroy her ability to love, her ability to trust, her ability to open herself up to another person.
When you love someone, you make yourself vulnerable to them. You let your guard down, you let them in close where they can hurt you. You give them the power to destroy you, to rip your heart out, and you simply have to trust that they love you and wouldn’t do anything to hurt you. When the person you let yourself be vulnerable with turns around and betrays you, it’s hard to imagine ever being that vulnerable again. What’s the point? You’ll only get hurt once more. And so you seal yourself off, you put up more walls and barriers, and remove yourself from being close to others. That’s the legacy you stand to leave from cheating. That’s what will happen to her.
So, why are you planning to cheat on her, anyway? What do you stand to gain from betraying the person that you’re supposed to love?
If you don’t love her anymore, or if you never did, then why cheat? Why cause her the heartbreak of having to find out that you weren’t who she thought you were? Do the right thing, and leave her. At least have the balls to confront the reality of breaking up with her if you don’t want her.
If you think you’ll get away with it and you want a bit of fun on the side while staying with her, ask yourself how you’d feel if you knew that she’d cheated on you. Put yourself in her shoes, and ask yourself how much you really love her if you’re willing to throw everything your relationship stands for under the bus for the chance to sleep with someone else.
Putting all that aside, you won’t be able to keep it a secret forever. No matter how little you may feel it will bother you right now, just wait until the months roll by and she keeps telling you how much she loves you, how much you mean to her, how proud she is to call you hers. You’ll feel the guilt gnawing at your gut. You’ll dream about her finding out. You’ll wake up in cold sweats, wishing you could take it all back. Is that what you really want?
If you’re lucky enough to have an amazing woman by your side who loves you with all her heart and would do anything for you, why would you throw it all away? Do you even understand how lucky you really are?
If you don’t really love her, let her go. She deserves far more than you. And if you’re genuinely thinking of cheating on her, you don’t really love her.
Not like she loves you.
Written by Maverick, Staff writer at Lessons Learned In Life Inc. ©
November 4, 2019
With the right person, you don’t have to work so hard to be happy, it just happens.
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