How was your christmas?

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year.

Probably because when I was a kid, we used to go to my grandparents house and all my relatives would be there.

Coming from a large family is great especially during celebrations and I can remember how much fun I used to have.

But as I grew older I only saw Christmas day as an opportunity to indulge in good food and sleep in.

I usually spend Christmas day in my pajamas watching reruns and laughing at cliched jokes.

So while it might have been fun as a kid, as an adult not so much.

So my question is, what does Christmas mean to you?

Is it an opportunity to enjoy food and great company?

Relax and be lazy?

Or just be glad you are alive?

Regardless of your answer, one thing is true of all 3 options.

Christmas is a beautiful time and I still love it.

So I hope you had a great Christmas and look forward to having a wonderful and blessed 2017.

Photo by jannoon028. Published on 28 November 2011
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Foods that give you beautiful hair

I have always dreamt of having long luxurious locks of hair.

Enviable hair that looks effortless but is always gorgeous.

For years I struggled to make my hair grow out and the chemical treatments I applied didn’t help either.

But are there some foods that I can eat that would encourage hair growth?

There are some foods that can help you achieve the hair you see in shampoo commercials.

Proteins: Hair is made up of proteins that are produced by the proteins we consume. Eating healthy would make you look wonderful and also have great hair.

So make sure you eat lots of healthy proteins such as fish, chicken, lentils and beans.

Vitamins: Foods rich in vitamins A, B and C can help restore hair that has been damaged and leave you with a beautiful head of hair. These foods include citrus fruits, milk, cheese, grains, vegetables and yoghurt.

Minerals: The consumption of foods rich is zinc has been linked to great hair. Foods which are rich in this mineral include sea foods, grains and green vegetables.

Fats: Though fats have a bad reputation we need them in our body. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help nourish the scalp and keep it hydrated. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include oily fish, eggs, beans, avocado and nuts.

So eating well improves all parts of the body, so as I have some scrambled eggs I day dream of my Rapunzel like curls.

Photo by nenetus. Published on 18 September 2015
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What is clean eating?

On this weight loss band wagon, I have tried a whole lot of diets.

From counting calories to eating only protein, I have tried them all.

One thing I have learnt on this journey is how much I enjoy my food.

I enjoy the smell of good food, the taste and the satisfied feeling I get when I have had a good meal.

So while I want to lose weight and look good, I also want to have a great quality of life.

So how do I have my cake and eat it?

I have decided to try eating clean.

What is clean eating?

Clean eating involves whole foods or unprocessed foods.

Whole foods are foods that have not been packaged or canned such as fruits, vegetables and fresh produce.

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The wonders of Tiger nuts

Tiger nuts are small tubers with a high energy content. They contain starch, fats, sugars and proteins and are also rich in vitamins and minerals.

The minerals in tiger nuts are:

  1. Phosphorous: this mineral strengthens bones and teeth, it also helps improve brain functions and is a source of energy.
  2. Potassium: This mineral is important for the behavior of cells and ensures that enzymes function properly.
  3. Magnesium: Tiger nuts are a rich source of magnesium which helps with numerous biochemical reactions in the body.
  4. Potassium: Tiger nuts have a higher potassium content than bananas. Potassium helps with cellular functions and aids in digestion.

The vitamins in tiger nuts are:

  1. Vitamin C: This vitamin acts as an antioxidant and ensures the proper absorption of iron. It also strengthens bones and teeth.
  2. Vitamin E: This vitamin helps with the production of the red blood cells, muscles and tissues in the body.
  3. Amino acid: These nuts contains amino acids which help dilate blood vessels and maintains normal blood pressure.

In addition to these minerals and vitamins tiger nut are a rich source of energy and fiber.

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Celebrating Mediocrity

We live in an unfair world and it is  never more apparent than when you work in a functional organization.

How  many times have you been passed up for a promotion you deserve or ignored when awards are being given for doing a great job ?

Over time it becomes frustrating and you start to believe that those books that you read as a kid, talking about the rewards for diligence were just fairy tales.

You start becoming angry, resentful and moody.

But this is when you have to look inwards and believe in a higher purpose.

Yes, we do live in an unfair world which seems to reward mediocrity.

But that is not an excuse to give up.

Because success is never nearer than when things get tough.

Just hang in there because we all have a purpose in life.

Some people seem to have it easier than others but we all have a story to tell.

Your struggles might  be preparing you for something greater in life, so learn from your experience, believe in a higher calling and do your best.

I always strive to be the best in all I do and no matter how small it is I  always try to have fun.

Photo by watiporn. Published on 18 December 2013
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Why do some women have facial hair?

I just met a lovely young woman she was engaging and warm, but I couldn’t help but notice that she had a lot of facial hair .

While she did not appear to be  self conscious about it, I couldn’t help but wonder what causes this phenomenon in women.

Excessive hair on a woman’s body is known as hirsutism, this condition is characterized but an unusual amount of body hair that is coarser in texture and darker in color than the hair on other parts of the woman’s body.

So what causes this condition?

This condition is usually caused by higher than normal levels of the male hormone androgens which also includes testosterone. All women have low levels of androgens present in their body but when these levels become higher than normal they can lead to hirsutism.

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Coffee or Coke, which is worse?

There are a lot of people who cannot function without caffeine. They consider themselves awake only after they have taken a sip of their morning coffee while other people are soda junkies. They crave the sugary sweetness of their soda drinks and can’t go a single day without a bottle of the sweet beverage.

My question is who has the worst addiction?

I have previously written about the perils of both coffee and soda drinks. If you believe everything you read in the media soda drinks have the same level of health risks as smoking cigarettes while coffee leads to heart related diseases.

But I personally think these are just exaggeration of data, drinking coffee within reason has been linked to numerous health benefits such as a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

But no health benefits have been linked to the consumption of soda drinks.

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Can exercise and diet reverse the effects of smoking?

A few of my friends are smokers, if we ever get into the discussion on the dangers of smoking cigarettes they nod their heads and continue puffing away.

I can understand the draw of a bad habit and how difficult it might be to break it but what I can’t understand is why they think they are healthier than me.

So these friends of mine are gym rats, they slave away at the gym on a daily basis and most of them even practice clean eating.

Clean eating is when you eat only healthy unprocessed meals, it includes not eating packaged foods, added sugars and even gluten.

So here I am enjoying my turkey burger while my chain smoking friend munches away on a Greek salad then for dessert has a cigarette.

Can exercise and diet reverse the effects of smoking?  

We all know the dangers of smoking which increases your mortality rate from smoking related ailments such as cancers, strokes and heart attacks but, is it possible that exercise and diet reverse the effects of smoking?

This is a myth, yes eating healthy and exercising regularly can help make smokers feel by improving their breathing and make them feel stronger.

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I twirl on my haters!

I am a proud card carrying member of the Beyhive.

No, I don’t think she is a goddess and the best thing since sliced bread but, I do think she is so relatable.

Her songs are usually about the emotional struggles we all go through in life, especially as women.

Right from her days in Destiny’s child I have followed her career, from dangerously in love to Lemonade I have watched her grow both as a person and in her career.

So on days when I am extremely pissed off, I twirl on my haters.

Some people are just made to bring out the worst in others, both at work and in my personal life.

Because that is life but, today I am going to twirl on my haters.

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How to handle negative people

I know a thoroughly distasteful person named Sam.

Sam is the most cantankerous and negative person you could ever meet.

When there is a problem, Sam would compound it by stating reasons why no solution would ever work.

He would go on about how life is tough and how things would always end up wrong.

He reads up on the chaos in the world and this strengthens his beliefs that everything sucks.

He is a sponge that sucks up the happiness from every occasion and the worst part is I have to work with him.

I tend to avoid Sam because he is like a virus that infects everything he touches.

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