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The Healthy Life Series: Coconut Oil

16 Sep

I’ve started a new reoccurring series on my blog focusing on healthy lifestyle tips.  Check back for alternative ways to eat healthier, stay fit and live a good, full life. First up- coconut oil.

My eating has become healthier in the second half of my life as more is learned about what makes our bodies work. Some of these foods were considered bad for us or fattening in the past. For instance, many people used to avoid eggs, but free range local eggs are about the healthiest thing you can eat. Once, a nutritionist told me to only eat a quarter of an avocado in my salad. Now I often eat a whole one in one day. An onion a day is great for you, too. Raw nuts, especially if you can find some that are not pasteurized. They are not only healthy, but they taste great, too. These foods must move over. Coconut oil is my new staple and it should be one of yours.

It is one of the suggested preventions for several diseases that you do NOT want to have. “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength.” – OrganicFacts.net.

Coconut on Beach

Many people are taking another look at coconut oil. You may wonder when to use such a strange product. Buy organic brands. Read all you can about it. You will discover that it is not only tasty, but healthy. You may also find that it helps shed pounds. It has been working well for me and that makes me find even more creative uses.

Here are some ways to use it:

1. To fry an egg

2. Heat up leftovers

3. Drizzled over salad (must be liquefied first)

4. Cooking meat in a black iron skillet

5. Greasing a pan for baking

6. As a substitute for butter in a recipe

7. Instead of olive oil, put a dollop in boiling water to help separate pasta.

8. Put it in anything that will heat up, and you will sense rather than actually taste the fresh cleanness of it.

You may add as much of it as you can to your daily food. Stir fry with it, add some to soups or stews or almost anything you cook, even salad dressing. Though that can be tricky because it is generally a solid oil which you may take out of the jar in spoonfuls. In summer it may stay liquid if you keep it away from the coolness of a refrigerator.

You can cook everything with coconut oil. It is such a clean tasting oil. And it heats up well. The best part is that it has all sorts of health benefits. For more information click here read the whole article.

Do you have a favorite food in the healthy category? Please leave a comment and tell us about it.

Happy in a Hurry: 7 Steps to Happiness

10 Sep

Happiness starts out as an image. Just like everything else it is controlled by the Law of Attraction. It is up to each of us to make our own happiness. It is a lot like love, it cannot be forced, but it can sneak up on you.

First you can simply move your lips into the shape of a smile. You will find that just doing that makes you feel better. If you want to laugh, I suggest watching funny Youtube videos of animals. I can almost guarantee that you will find yourself laughing out loud. Try this one.

Some of these are so funny I still laugh each time I see them, even though some of them are a bit more serious than funny. They make me laugh anyway. And when you laugh, you just cannot help yourself, you will feel better.

Here are some steps for improving your happiness level in just 7 steps:

1. Smile!  Even if you don’t think you can, make the face of a smile.

2. Play music!  Of course I mean music that makes you feel uplifted.

3. Take a bath/shower! Imagine washing away all negative thoughts.

4. Ask someone for a favor. This makes them immediately focus on you.

5. Help someone who needs you. Nothing makes you feel better faster.

6. Make a list of things to feel grateful for! Make sure you cover most of a page

7. Meditate or Pray! Whatever you believe call on it now. You are never alone.

Make instant happiness a habit. So practice, practice, practice and you will rarely be sad. What are some things you do to lift your spirits? I’d love to see your comments.

11 Rules for Children from Bill Gates… Sort of

8 Sep

I wish that Bill Gates had said these 11 rules children should know about life, because it sort of “fits” what many of us feel about him.  However it was actually originally written in a longer article by Charles J. Sykes author of Dumbing Down Our Kids, why American children feel good about themselves but can’t read, write or add.

It is here for your edification and enjoyment. It seems to me that it should be passed around until someone starts to take it seriously. Will you help?

Rule 1: Life is not fair — get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping — they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

It seems that most people are complaisant about what is happening to our children. I am not. And anything I can do to make people wake up and take some action, is a good thing.