Never, in the history of ever, has telling someone to calm down actually helped them to calm down.
As I started writing this my auto-rotating background was a lioness staring the camera down with her intense yellow eyes. I decided to name her Augusta. How fitting a photo to pop up for an article about dealing with overwhelm.
Can you imagine being the photographer? Starring through your hopefully long magnifying camera lens and knowing if Augusta decided to charge you nothing under the sun would save your life. At the same time you’re having a precious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture this image and to be in the presence of a truly amazing creature.
All of that in and of itself creates a balance of tension. There is a definitive con, being mauled to death by a lioness, and definite pro, an amazing experience. But what happens when the scales are out of balance?
The seafood counter can be intimidating. Most people scan the case, looking over different filets and shellfish, wondering how they taste, how fresh they are, and of course, the best way to prepare them. Ironically, most seafood is very easy to prepare, especially on the grill. If the tropical temperatures are inspiring you to throw a filet on the grill for your next cook-out, here are some things to keep in mind as you select your favorite fish at the store and fire up the grill.
Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. The International Coffee Organization estimates that in 2016 over 151.3 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed globally. That’s well over 9 billion pounds of coffee beans!
We Americans super love our coffee ranking as one of the top coffee consumers in the world. Annually we import $4 billion in coffee beans and that’s the cost before it’s turned into coffee, espresso or some other variation of coffee. On any given day over 150 million Americans drink coffee and the average American coffee consumer has 3.1 cups of Joe a day. That’s over 465 million cups of coffee consumed, on average, every day in America. But with the math and onto the real question - is all that coffee good for us?
Bookmark this article - you’re going to come back to it a lot.
Detoxing is all the rage. Everywhere you turn there is a new and improved detox diet, supplement, recipe or hack. What’s missing from all that, beside often legitimacy and safety, is the part where you reduce your exposure to toxins in the first place. Why is that? Probably because it’s not good for business. Also because the task of reducing toxins seems daunting when they are bombarding us from every direction.
As my favorite quarterback says, R-E-L-A-X.
Honestly you can’t completely eliminate all the toxins that you’re exposed to in this world, but you can significantly reduce them. It’s that whole adulting thing where we change what we can and accept the things we cannot change.
Other good news, reducing toxic exposure can save you money and also you have a fabulous liver whose primary job is detoxing our body. Drinking plenty of water, choosing organic foods, spending time in the great outdoors and getting plenty of sleep are other ways to reduce toxins in the body.
Some overlooked toxic culprits include beauty products, chemically scented candles, scented laundry detergents, fabric softener and, gasp, household cleaners. The very products we purchase to rid our homes of grit and grime can have seriously awful effects on our body.
When it comes to the beauty products and laundry detergent, we’re predominantly worried about toxins coming in through our largest organ, our skin. But our eyes and lips as other pathways for the toxins to enter. When it comes to scented products and cleaners, toxins can enter through our respiratory tract every time we breathe.
Stepping into the kitchen, the very cleaners we use to wipe down our counter tops, wash our dishes and wash our hands before we eat can end up in our food. Once a toxin is ingested, it’s going to be in your system for a long time until the body can get it out through your skin, urine or feces. In the meantime, it’s going to take a ride through your blood.
When have you checked a kitchen cleaning product to see if it’s food safe? No one does. We assume that if it’s meant to be used in the kitchen that it must be safe.
Set worry aside and save some money at the same time by making your own kitchen cleaners with the recipes below. Each of these recipes come in around $1 or less per solution. That’s crazy cheap for non-toxic soaps and cleaners that actually work. No store brand can beat the price, quality and safety of that!
Everyone genuinely likes to look and feel their best. It’s hard to be fully in the moment when you have a painful and obvious breakout. Giving a big presentation at work with a giant zit in the middle of your forehead distracts you and leaves an impression on your audience. And nothing kills a romantic vibe like trying to keep your clothes on and the lights off to hide deep, painful cystic blemishes.
Beauty is skin deep, however skin health is a big deal. Your skin is your largest organ and makes for a huge surface area for your body to rid itself of toxins. The health of your skin on the outside is a good indicator of your health on the inside.
If you’re at your absolute wits end with your skin, tie a knot and hold on a little longer. There’s a lot healthy life choices, especially nutrition can do for you.
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