The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do For A Stranger.

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The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do For A Stranger.

by  Niles Holsinger

kindness for a stranger

With the prediction of serious winter storms in Dallas, I headed to Walmart (with apparently every other person in town) to stock up on a few essentials before the storm hit.

As I was waiting in line to check out, the woman in front of me was having her groceries bagged. While the customer ahead of me was waiting, she asked Sherry, the woman working the register, how her night was going. Sherry looked over the register and said, very sadly, that her day was not going very well. She was working the overnight shift, and on her way to work her drivers side window broke and would not roll up. She had secured a plastic grocery bag over the open window, but now she was afraid that the ice storm was going to break…

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Alkaline Eats – Vegetable and Tofu Hot Pot

A friend of mine told me about the Alkaline diet a couple of months ago, I started reading up on it as soon as I got home and have been trying to incorporate as many alkaline foods into our diet each day.

Alkaline food is easier than acidic food on the digestive system since it matches the pH of the blood. And it’s believed that cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment, so the more fresh veggies and fruits you’re eating, the better. Of course, it’s all about balance. Acidic foods, like beans, nuts, and wine, have health benefits too. But it’s all about the balance.

Here is a great recipe I found great way to try tofu for the first time :D

Vegetable and Tofu Hot Pot
adapted from Eating the Alkaline Way, by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson

alkaline food

1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil or ghee
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 carrots, in rounds
2-4 new potatoes, in small cubes
1 cup diced butternut squash (or more depending)
1 cup diced red peppers
3 2/3 cups vegetable broth
2 sprigs thyme
4 ounces cubed tofu
miso to taste

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and sauté onions until translucent. Add rest of vegetables and sauté for a minute or two. Then add broth and thyme and bring to a boil. Then turn heat to low, cover pot and let simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add tofu and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Dissolve desired miso in some warm water. Serve soup into bowls, and then add miso to bowls.

Don’t add the miso when it’s too hot or it will destroy the digestive properties.

Enjoy!

alkaline way

Focused on balancing the body’s pH content, Eating the Alkaline Way is both a cookbook and a lifestyle guide that promotes healthy living. Written by organic gourmet vegetarian cook Natasha Corrett and leading nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson, it’s packed with recipes, tips, and tricks for tracking daily alkaline and acid intake. They clearly explain the principles and benefits of keeping a balanced diet, the role played by vitamins, carbs, and protein; how to identify alkalizing and acid-forming food; and how an alkaline diet nourishes the body without stressing the digestive system. Flavorful recipes cover everything from a morning smoothie to salads, entrees, and even a good-night snack!

Blanket Forts and Caterpillars

I’m not having a very good day today…..

blanket fort

So

 I have made a decision,  I no longer want to be an adult and if anyone needs me I’ll be in my blanket fort coloring!!

Today I really need to try and remember that
When the caterpillar thought the world was over
it became a butterfly.
:D :D :D

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According to Scientists, This is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

This eight minute song is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines and thus helps to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress. The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.

A study was conducted on 40 women, who were connected to sensors and had been given challenging puzzles to complete against the clock in order to induce a level of stress. Different songs were then played, to test their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity.

The results showed that the song Weightless was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even caused drowsiness among women in the lab. 

It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates. 

Moreover, sound therapies have been used for thousands of years to help people relax and improve health and well-being. Among indigenous cultures, music has been the heart of healing and worship. The song, weightless is ideal for unwinding and putting an end to a stressful day.

According to Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International, which conducted the research, this song induced the greatest relaxation, higher than any other music tested till date. In accordance to the Brain imaging studies, music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions. The song Weightless can make one drowsy and hence should not be heard while driving.

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