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Recognizing Your Intuition & Making it Work For You

TRUSTINGintuitionBy Susan Harper Todd

Women are very in touch with their feelings, much more so than men in general. This means that we are more likely to follow our intuition in our daily lives. A lot of the time we do it without knowing it. So when you act on a hunch, or because ‘it feels right’, if you have a gut feeling about something or you just ‘know’ that a particular course of action is the right one to take – then congratulations you’re already doing it girlfriends, you’re following your intuition!

Our intuition is our internal GPS. It is talking to us all the time, but unless we are tuned into it we don’t hear it, and often even when we do, we either just ignore it or don’t trust it and listen to our mind instead….

And our mind is a VERY different kind of voice! It never shuts up for one thing! Do you find that you have this constant commentary going on in your head about EVERYTHING? It’s so boring isn’t it? Your mind is a constant worrier. It just loves to have something to worry about. And the moment you start to feel happy about something your mind will jump in and say “Ah but it won’t last…”. Now that is something your intuition would never say.

So, if you’re not sure how to tell the difference between the voice of your intuition and that of your mind, listen up…. The voice of your intuition is soft and subtle and never pushy. It suggests and doesn’t insist. Intuitive messages come in the form of feelings and emotion as well as in the form of words in your head. Your intuitive voice is not the voice of fear and would never suggest you harm anyone. The mind on the other hand….whoa!…is loud and insistent, demanding that you listen. It is authoritative and will tell you not to listen to your intuitive feelings and hunches, because it always wants to be in charge. It wants you to think it knows all the answers, but believe me it doesn’t! It knows what it’s learnt…which may well be a lot, but it’s limited and it’s definitely not always right!

Let me give you an example, which happened to me today, of hearing my intuition loud and clear but not paying attention to it because what my mind was saying seemed more logical….duh…and I should know better!

I was in my local supermarket. I hadn’t taken a shopping list because I didn’t need many things and I thought I would remember what I needed (first mistake..). I was buying vegetables and looked at the mushrooms. And then looked away again. There was no way I needed mushrooms.

The recipe I was cooking had red peppers and courgettes, but I was pretty sure I didn’t need mushrooms. I turned away but something in me was saying mushrooms! However my logical mind was saying why do you need mushrooms? I went through the menus I was going to have over the next few days and mushrooms were not there… so I walked away. When I got home I was intrigued by what had happened, so I went straight to my recipe book and found the recipe I was wanting to cook. It’s called “Mushroom and bacon risotto” (also containing red peppers and courgettes…).. Ouch! So that means I’ve got to go back to the shop for some mushrooms! After that incident today I reminded myself to PAY ATTENTION to my gut feelings and intuition and ACT on them… It makes life so much easier – and that girlfriends is how life is meant to be… I teach this and should know better, but my mind still gets in the way. We’re just not brought up to live in that intuitive way.

I have got lots of examples of times when I did and when I didn’t follow my intuition, but really the most important time in my life when Idid follow it was when it came to climbing Mount Everest. When I decided I wanted to climb Everest I had no idea how on earth I could ever do it, as it costs so much money. My logical mind was immediately saying go home and write letters to potential sponsors, but for some reason I totally ignored it and absolutely followed my intuition, which took me out on a limb down a very scary path – scary because I was totally out of my comfort zone going in a direction I had never considered before… I will write about all this in another article… But suffice to say that this experience was onehuge lesson in how following your intuition can lead you to your dream. That is what happened for me – and I absolutely know that it can happen for you too. 

I would LOVE to hear about your intuitive experiences – the times when you followed your intuition and the times when you didn’t. Even if you think you’ve never heard the voice of your intuition let alone followed it, if you think back over your life there will definitely have been times when you acted on a gut feeling or a hunch – as well as times when you didn’t act on those feelings, and like me today, wished you had! So please share your experiences in the comments box below, we can all learn from each other. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer those too. And don’t forget to sign up for my Free Intuitive Tips, to help you live your BEST life.

 

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7 Foods for Healthier Skin

fruitsNveggiesSKINBy Mattie Kemmel

As beauty products get more high-tech, the top complexion cures still come from the most natural quarters: the aisles of your super­market. “Increasingly, studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. Here are 10 cream-of-the-crop ways to nourish your skin from the inside and out.

Get Glowing with Chocolate 
Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. “And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,” adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. “When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and the author of Feed Your Face.

Protect with Pomegranates 
They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick. When applied to skin, the fruits’ antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize,

Soften Skin with Walnuts 
“Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity,” Dr. Bank says. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture, and slough tough calluses.

Fight Crow’s-Feet with Peppers 
“Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes,” Dr. Wu says. Also, studies found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun, Dr. Bank says. Aim for about two cups of peppers daily.

Brighten Up with Sunflower Seeds 
Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels, when topically applied. 

Zap Zits with Kidney Beans
 

They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels, Dr. Wu explains. “That may be because of zinc’s healing properties.” Have a four-ounce serving of kidney beans to help you stay in the clear. In addition, studies show topical zinc to be as effective against acne as antibiotics are. Body lotions with zinc.

Look Younger with Oatmeal 
Steel-cut oatmeal is less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. “Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable,” Dr. Wu says. “This is important because studies found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body’s level of androgens, hormones that can contribute to wrinkles.” Oats are also exceptionally skin healing.

 

 

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10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and Food

1. We won’t ask you to set aside your Saturday nights for coupon clipping, but most major supermarket chains will list their weekly sales online, so log on before you do your food shopping. Tweak your menu and shopping list according to what’s on sale, or compare the sales at a few different stores, if you have more than one nearby to choose from. 

2. Ordering takeout? If you’re ordering from a major chain like Domino’s, look up promo and coupon codes. Sites like RetailMeNot.com even sort coupon codes by their success rate, as reported by customers on the site.  

3. Replace meat with an extra serving of greens to save some green – go vegetarian for a few meals every week. Stock up on your favorite veggies, and experiment with different recipes and seasonings. 

4. A slow cooker can be the most useful kitchen tool for those short on money and time. Throw in ingredients in the morning, and by the time you come home for dinner, you’ll have meal ready to eat plus extra portions to freeze for days you don’t feel like cooking and can’t afford to eat out. 

5. Trim your waistline while you pad your wallet – order an appetizer as your main course when you go out to eat. The portion will still likely be more than enough to satisfy, and once you get in the habit, the calories and cash you’ll save will really add up. 

6. For meals you have every day, like your breakfast yogurt and granola or favorite sandwich for lunch, don’t buy prepackaged meals. Make it yourself. Nutrition expert and Registered Dietitian Sharon Richter suggests making sure you buy foods that are in season – they’re less expensive and taste better. 

7. Sign up for your grocery store’s savings card. In some stores, discount prices and sales are only offered to cardholders, so don’t lose out – sign up for a savings card and you could be saving a lot of money each time you shop. 

8. Buy in bulk – but choose carefully so you don’t up throwing away money. Sales are a great time to stock up on basics like pasta and cereal, but rein in the impulse to buy ten cartons of yogurt just because they’re buy-one-get-one-free. 

9. Save cash and change up your routine by going out for lunch instead of dinner once in a while. Lunch special prices are cheaper than dinner prices, so meet up with your guy for a midday catch-up, or call your friends for a late lunch on the weekend instead of meeting for dinner. 

10. If you make frequent small trips to the store to stock up on things like bread and break in between your bigger shopping days, resist the urge to buy more than you can chew by substituting a basket for a grocery cart. You’ll be forced to pick and choose what you really need and put down impulse buys. 

 

 

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Seven Amazing Medicinal Properties of the Banana Plant

By Sayer Ji from Wake Up World

There is much more than meets the eye with the banana. A household favorite, a lost-leader at the grocery store, a metaphor for psychiatric problems, a mainstay of comic slap stick, the banana has woven itself deeply into human affairs, on both gut and mental levels. And this relationship is at least 10,000 years old, as far as conscious human cultivation of the species goes.

But, many do not realize that the banana is more than just an exceptionally starch-rich fruit, but has a complex biochemistry, with pharmacologically active properties. Bananas actually contain the catecholamines dopamine[i] and norepinephrine,the very same adrenal hormones released in the human body when it undergoes the typical “fight-or-flight” response. It is believed that the banana plant uses the biosynthetic pathway for catecholamines when under the stress of attack to fight off infectious pathogens such as in crown rot disease. Some varieties excrete a form of serotonin in their sap,  and there is even mention in the biomedical literature of the discovery of the NSAID drug naproxen (trade name Aleve) within the banana cultivar Musa acuminate. Sound crazy? Well, that’s to be expected from a fruit we commonly associate with a state of unbridled madness.

But the banana has a secret second life. It has been observed slyly practicing medicine without a license, and indeed, seems readily equipped with the following nutritional “super powers”….

1. Green Banana Is Anti-Diarrhea

Before a banana is ripened, while it is in its green state, it contains starches which are resistant to digestion, but have been studied in combination with pectin to significantly reduce intestinal permeability and fluid loss in those suffering with bouts of diarrhea.  Even when used without pectin, green banana has been found to hasten recovery of acute and prolonged childhood diarrhea when managed at home in rural Bangladesh.

2. Banana Is Anti-Ulcer Activity

Banana powder has been studied to prevent ulcer formation induced by a variety of drugs, including aspirin, indomethacin, phenylbutazone, prednisolone, cysteamine, and histamine. Researchers have found that banana powder treatment not only strengthens mucosal resistance against ulcerogens but also promotes healing by inducing cellular proliferation. One of the anti-ulcer compounds identified within unripe banana is the flavonoid known as leucocyanidin, and which is particularly effective against aspirin-induced erosion.

3. Banana Peel Suppresses Prostate Gland Growth

Banana peel has been found to suppress testosterone-induced prostate gland enlargement.

4. Banana Stem Extract suppresses Oxalate Kidney Stones

A water extract of banana stem extract has been found to suppress the formation of oxalate-associated kidney stones in the animal model, leading researchers to conclude that it “may be a useful agent in the treatment of patients with hyperoxaluric urolithiasis.”

5. Banana Consumption Protects the Skin Against UV-Light Damage

UV-B light induced skin damage may be prevented or reduced through the consumption of bananas, with a protective effect against loss of skin elasticity.

6. Banana Has Anti-Diabetic Properties  

Banana flower extract has been studied in a type 1 diabetic model, and has been found to have both antioxidant and blood sugar lowering effects. Banana root extracts have been discovered to contain blood sugar lowering properties comparable in efficacy to the drug glibenclamide (trade name Glyburide).Also, unripe banana contain starches resistant to hydrolysis and therefore beneficial to diabetics.

7. Banana Contains a Variety of Anti-Infective Compounds

Banana contains compounds with demonstrable anti-MRSA activity,  anti-HIV replicative activity, and following metabolic transformation by fungi, anti-leishmanicidal activity. The leaves of the plant are used in many centers in India during the care of patients with toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and other extensive blistering disorders which can result in deadly sepsis in the absence of treatment.

 

 

 

About the Author: Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, and Care2.com. Check out his newest project: Dr. Gourmet.

Foods That Lower Diabetes Risk

By Erin Palinski RD

November is American Diabetes Month, which brings our attention to Type 2 diabetes — a devastating disease that is rising exponentially. Even children are now being diagnosed with what was thought to be only an “adult disease”.

For those of us who want to prevent diabetes, how can we eat in a way cut the risk and also whittle our middle? What if there were just a few easy superfoods that we can incorporate each day to not only drastically reduce our risk of diabetes, but shrink our waistline in the process? The good news is these foods do exist- and they even taste great!

In my newly released book, Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, I focus on specific foods, seasonings, and spices that have been shown in recent research to target the most dangerous of all fats — belly fat. The great news is that many of these superfoods not only burn up stubborn belly fat, they can actually help decrease insulin-resistance and lower blood sugar, helping to prevent and control diabetes!

FIRST, STOCK UP ON BLUEBERRIES 

A University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study found that when rats consumed just 2% of their calories from blueberries over a 90-day period, they significantly reduced their percentage of belly fat! And this tasty fruit has also been shown to reduce food cravings. This same study also showed a significant increase in insulin sensitivity as well as a decrease in triglyceride levels. 

SECOND, BUY MORE BEANS 

Beans are another great source, especially cannellini beans, since these contain one of the highest levels of resistance-starch (a fiber that resists digestion). This means your body has to work harder, and in turn burn more calories, to digest these, helping promote weight loss. In addition, the low glycemic index of these beans means they have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. Add these into meals in replacement of higher glycemic index foods, like white rice, for better blood sugar control.

THIRD, GET NUTS

Out of all nuts, walnuts may just be the most effective at burning up belly fat and controlling diabetes. Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are not only strong anti-inflammatory nutrients, but they also help to regulate stress hormones such as cortisol. When stress hormones are elevated in your body, it causes your body to store more fat- specifically belly fat. Consuming a high level of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet can help prevent stress hormones from peaking, meaning less of these hormones are circulating in your body, and therefore you start to store less belly fat. In addition, walnuts can have a significant impact on reducing blood sugar. A recent study found that consuming nuts daily reduced A1c levels by as much as 8%. Another study found that walnuts helped to reduce fasting insulin levels. So sprinkle walnuts onto your salads, yogurt, or just snack on a handful a day for a smaller waist and improved blood sugar control. 

FOURTH, GRAB HOT PEPPERS 

If you like spicy foods, stock up on hot peppers! Rich in capsaicin, these peppers have a thermogenic effect on the body, boosting metabolism and calorie burn, helping to shed unwanted pounds, especially around the midsection. But that’s not their only benefit! A study found that consuming an increased amount of capsaicin for 10 weeks lowered obesity-induced insulin resistance in mice. So add these to everything from salads to chili. You can even use the ground or flaked form to season foods.

 

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