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Are You Expecting Me to Just Sit Here?

When someone betrays me or lies to me, I never try to get even. I just change their role in my life.

When you feel you have been wronged, how can you tell when you are being called upon to be patient and when you are being called upon to take action? There will be those situations when you will be absolutely torn and very confused about what to do. Should you be patient, seemingly passive, or should you defend your rights, your space, or your “Self?” Your heart may say you are being tested while your ego is screaming. “You can’t do that to me!” How can you determine what is the right thing to do? Most of us may have discovered that you won’t know until you get still.

In all situations you must stop before you move. Not until you stop, look, and listen will you receive divine guidance. Stop worrying, stop blaming, stop being angry and outraged. Look at the situation from all angles and sides. Look for your lesson and share your responsibility. Then, you must turn within and listen for the Spiritual guidance.

If your lesson is to be still or patient, out of no where you will find the strength to let go and know that God’s way is always the perfect way. If it is God’s will that you should act or speak, something inside your being will stand up, move your feet, and point you in the right direction. When you are patient enough to stop, look, and listen, and asking what to do, you will always be shown how to do it.

The lesson is to Stop! Look! Listen before you act!

 

 

It All Began…

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As we start to make progress in our lives, we may want to erase the memory of our beginnings. Could it be perhaps we despise the slow southern town in which we grew up, the suburbs which offered nothing but boredom, or the overcrowded and ran down housing project that endangered us and made us feel there was no escape route? Yes, we may never want to return to those places, yet those are the places that molded us into who we are today.

We can come to grant that place some respect, then, when we give recognition that is spawned us, our hopes and ambitions unchecked. And with time we will come to the realization that there were a lot of people there doing the best they could. We also can see that narrow minds and low expectations are not natural to just any one location. Neither are hope, or effort and greatness.

It is time to think back to our beginnings and reflect on the growth since that time.

 

 

 

 

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Motivational Monday!

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6 Surprising Ways Peanut Butter Can Make You Healthier

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Peanut butter is not just for kids. Adults, too, can reap health benefits from adding it to their diet. Granted, it’s not exactly low in calories, but we’re only talking about a few tablespoonfuls in exchange for a pile of nutrients: protein, heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, fiber, bone-building magnesium, and potassium, a mineral important for blood pressure and heart function. For the healthiest choice, pick peanut butter without added sugar, salt or hydrogenated oil.

Control Your Cravings

Eating 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (or 1½ ounces of peanuts) at breakfast helped overweight women feel fuller and have fewer hunger cravings, a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed. Not only did the women report feeling satiated eight to 12 hours after breakfast, but the peanut butter helped keep their blood sugar levels steady in the afternoon.

Protect Your Heart

Numerous studies have shown that people who regularly include nuts or peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes compared to those who rarely eat nuts, says Walter Willett, professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. PB also is a good source of potassium — a mineral crucial to heart function.

Good for Your Glucose

Two ounces of nuts (or peanut butter) a day improved both glucose levels and blood fats in those with type 2 diabetes, researchers at the University of Toronto found. Aim for natural peanut butter, which has less sugar. Some PB spreads, including reduced-fat versions, have high amounts of added sugar.

Build Your Muscles

We lose muscle mass as we age, which is why older adults need to be sure they get enough muscle-building protein in their diets. In 2015, researchers found that while animal protein helps maintain lean muscle mass throughout the body, those who ate the most plant protein — like that found in peanut butter and nuts — had the strongest thigh muscles, which are important for balance.

Help You Live Longer

Eating more peanuts or peanut butter — roughly 2 tablespoons of either daily — is linked with 20 percent fewer early deaths from all causes, according to a 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that looked at the diets of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. and China. Researchers think it may be because peanuts are rich in heart-healthy nutrients.

Great for Your Granddaughters

Girls ages 9 to 15 who ate peanut butter and nuts twice a week were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease — lumps, cysts and tender spots — by the age of 30, according to a recent study from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School. More importantly, girls with a family history of breast cancer had a significantly lower risk if they consumed these foods, researchers said. Benign breast disease, although noncancerous, increases the risk of breast cancer later in life.

Here’s How to Add It to Your Diet

  1. Swirl a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter into your morning oatmeal.
  2. Make a peanut butter smoothie with PB, bananas, milk or yogurt, a little honey and ice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pack a midmorning snack of apple slices and peanut butter.
  4. Try a slice of whole-grain bread slathered with peanut butter.

 

 

 

Ooh, la la!

5 Reasons the French Live Longer

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What can we learn from the French about living longer?

Paradox or not, the French are doing something right. Consider this: French women have just nabbed the secondspot in a new global study of life spans in 35 industrialized countries, with French men ranking not too far behind. Women born in France in the year 2030 will live to an average age of 88.6 years — and men will live to 81.7. The U.S., on the other hand, will fare much worse by 2030, when men and women are projected to live to 80 and 83, respectively. As a result, American women will slump to 27th out of 35 countries, from their current 25th spot, while men will fall from 23rd to 26th.

Despite a diet filled with artery-clogging cheese and butter, the obesity rate in France is only 15.3 percent, according to the New York Times. In America, where many gorge on diet soda and frozen dinners, the rate is 36.5 percent. So how does a population that loves steak frites and shies away from the gym manage to stay so healthy and live so long?

Simply put, they’re doing a lot of things right. Here are just five tips the French can give us about living longer and healthier lives

The French know that what you consume is extremely important

Compared with the United States, the obesity rate in France is low — and yet it’s been creeping up in recent years. In order to combat the trend, the government decided earlier this year to ban free refills of sugary beverages. The law took place immediately and applies to restaurants, fast-food chains, schools and camps. The French have taken other steps as well, such as eliminating vending machines from schools in 2005 and placing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in 2012. Furthermore, healthy habits are ingrained in the French culture from a young age. The French generally eat smaller portions than Americans, and they usually enjoy only one large meal a day — lunch — whereas Americans often enjoy three. In addition, snacking is rarely encouraged. Even children are taught to take small bites and chew slowly.

They know that sex should continue to be a key part of life as you age.

Studies reveal that 90 percent of Frenchwomen older than 50 remain sexually active, compared with only 60 percent of American women. Not only are all these rolls in the hay fun, but they also have the potential to help you live a longer life. Sex gives you a quick cardiovascular boost because it gets your heart rate up, and it has also been shown to help bring down blood pressure. And sex can ward off stress by flooding your brain with endorphins. It also helps you sleep. All we can say is ooh la la!

They know walking is the best exercise.

The French often look askance at Americans who talk incessantly about working out at the gym. Instead of sweating it up in spin class, the French tend to incorporate walking into their daily routines. They take the long way home when walking the dog and opt for stairs in lieu of elevators. According to some studies, the average French citizen walks significantly more than the average American. Brisk walking not only bestows cardiovascular benefits, but it also gives you a nice workout without damaging your joints.

 They know that a little wine can be good for you.

It’s true that the French appear to be drinking less wine than they used to. Research has found that more than half of adults were consuming wine on a near-daily basis in 1980. Today that number has fallen to below 17 percent. And yet there’s no doubt many in France still enjoy wine with their meals — but without overdoing it. Multiple studies have shown that consuming a moderate amount of alcohol not only benefits your cardiovascular health, but it also may reduce your risk of dementia. Moderate drinkers also may be at less risk for type 2 diabetes and gallstones. Of course, drinking too much alcohol is never a good idea.

And they know that a slower pace of life is the way to go.

When Americans talk about getting a coffee, they usually mean dashing into a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts and grabbing a takeaway latte. When the French talk about getting a coffee, more often than not they mean actually traveling to a cafe, sitting down at a table and sipping a coffee that’s not in a paper cup — usually with a friend. Dining is a time to relax, savor a varied diet and talk about the day. Americans often rush through mealtime while checking their email every few seconds. Talk about raising your stress level! And what about time off? Americans are used to getting two weeks of vacation a year, while in France, workers generally get at least 30 paid days off — if not more.

 

Here’s The Tea on Tea

Green or black tea may cut dementia risk

 

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This article really resonated with me due to my mom suffered from dementia.  Every time I forget where I placed something, or forget what I was going into a particular room in my home for, or have a slight brain fart. No lie I get a tad nervous.  So now, I wonder if I had made my mom drink more tea even though the dementia was not the cause of her death, it did have an affect on her life, which I can’t help but wonder if the tea may have helped to somewhat prolonged her life. Many of us are dealing with these same experiences with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer or dementia hopefully this information can be of some assistance and maybe a form of preventive measure.

People who drank at least a cup of tea a day received the most benefits in terms of brain health.

On any given day, more than 158 million Americans are drinking tea, and if that’s your daily habit, you could be helping your brain.

Regularly drinking a cup (or three) of tea — green or black — may cut the risk of dementia among older adults by 50 percent, new research by the National University of Singapore suggests.

Findings from the new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, also show that for those who are genetically at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, regular tea consumption may cut their risk by 86 percent.

Earlier research, including studies in Norway, China, and the United States, has linked drinking tea with better cognitive performance and a lower risk of cognitive decline. The Singapore study looked at both green and black tea consumption, as well as tea’s effect on people with the APOE e4 gene, a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

The research team studied the tea-drinking habits of 957 healthy Chinese adults age 55 and older from 2003 to 2005 and then tested their cognitive function every two years until 2010.

What they found is that regular tea drinkers (those who drank at least a cup, and up to three or more cups, a day) had the most benefits in terms of brain health. The benefits were especially strong in those with the APOE e4 gene, according to the study.

Both green and black tea were protective, but they need to be brewed from tea leaves, either loose or in tea bags, lead author Feng Lei, assistant professor at the university’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, said in an email. The results don’t apply to fruit or herbal teas.

Tea leaves contain flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potentials that may protect the brain from vascular damage. Ready-to-drink teas made from powder, on the other hand, have only a minuscule amount of the flavonoids of brewed tea, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Even though the study was conducted on older Chinese adults, the results could apply to other ethnic groups, as well, Feng said. He called it “a simple and inexpensive lifestyle measure” that might pay off big in later life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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