The best things in life are free

We can agree that coffee never knew it will taste nice and sweet, before it met sugar and milk. We are good as individuals but become better when we socialise with the right people. The world is full of nice people, if you can’t find one, be one.

The richest wealth is health and wisdom. The strongest weapon is patience. The greatest security is faith. The Best tonic is laughter, and the greatest force is love. Surprisingly they are all free.

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Fight for what you believe in

Choose What You Fight for!

Too many unnecessary fights we get involved in eats into our Progressive time

Start succeeding by leaving small fights for small fighters.

Stop fighting those who gossiped about you

Stop fighting for attention

Stop fighting to meet up with public expectations… leave such fights for those who have nothing else to fight for

Started fighting for your own vision, your dreams, your ideas and your destiny. Start winning big”.

Give up on small fights today!

Too many fights are not worth your time. Choose what you fight for.

Be a go getter, be serious about it and be committed to succeeding today,

it’s all that matters.

Anytime you feel oppressed, provoked or intimidated, just tell yourself ; its not worth it.

Don’t regret not fighting small

Don’t regret fighting big for yourself

Don’t regret anything

Culled from Whatsapp by Ike Onwubuya

Weight Loss Involves Overcoming Interpersonal Challenges

Source: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/02/03/weight-loss-involves-overcoming-interpersonal-challenges/115969.html

New research discovers that weight loss efforts may be complicated by unexpected barriers erected by our friends and even family.

North Carolina State University investigators found that the people around you may consciously or subconsciously sabotage your efforts. The study also uncovered strategies that people use to navigate interpersonal challenges related to losing weight and keeping it off.

“Many times, when someone loses weight, that person’s efforts are undermined by friends, family, or coworkers,” says Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State and lead author of a paper describing the recent study.

The paper, “An Examination of How People Who Have Lost Weight Communicatively Negotiate Interpersonal Challenges to Weight Management,” is in press in the journal Health Communication.

“This study found that people experience a ‘lean stigma’ after losing weight, such as receiving snide remarks about healthy eating habits or having people tell them that they’re going to gain all of the weight back.”

For this study, Romo conducted 40 in-depth interviews with people who reported themselves as having been formerly overweight or obese, but considered themselves thin at the time of the interview.

Twenty-one of the study participants were women, 19 were men, and the participants reported an average weight loss of 76.9 pounds.

“All 40 of the study participants reported having people in their lives try to belittle or undermine their weight loss efforts,” Romo says.

“This negative behavior is caused by what I call lean stigma. However, the study found participants used specific communication strategies to cope with lean stigma and maintain both their weight loss and their personal relationships.”

Researchers discovered the communication strategies involved two different categories.

The first category focused on study participants helping other people “save face,” or not feel uncomfortable about the study participant’s weight loss and healthy eating habits. The second category focused on damage control: participants finding ways to mitigate discomfort people felt about an individual’s weight loss and related lifestyle changes.

Techniques used to avoid discomfort included telling other people about one’s intentions and rationale before losing weight.

Study participants also reported taking steps to conceal the scope of their lifestyle changes, such as eating smaller portions of unhealthy foods at family gatherings, accepting food from people but not eating it (e.g., taking a piece of cake at an office birthday party, but saying they’ll eat it later), or saving their “cheat day” for a night out with friends.

Meanwhile, techniques used to mitigate discomfort tended to focus on making excuses for changes in behavior.

“Study participants would go out of their way to make clear that they were not judging other people’s choices,” Romo says.

“For example, participants would stress that they had changed their eating habits for health reasons, or in order to have more energy.

“Overall, the study highlights how important relationships are to making sustainable lifestyle changes — and the importance of communication in how we navigate those relationships,” she adds.

Source: North Carolina State University

Health benefits of the moringa plant

Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Health-benefits-of-the-moringa-plant_14751124

The moringa plant is of African origin and has been touted as the miracle plant. It has been in Jamaica since 1817 and is now found growing islandwide. Still, many persons are unaware of its medicinal and nutritional benefits.

Moringa has seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times more vitamin A than carrots, four times more calcium than milk and twice as much protein as milk. It has three times more iron than almond and three times more vitamin E than spinach. It is considered in many circles to be the number one treatment for high blood pressure and diabetes, which are common to Jamaicans.

The moringa plant increases the natural defence of the body to beautify the skin, promote energy, gives a feeling of wellness, improves the body’s immunity, stabilise sugar, provides nutrients to eyes and brain, acts as an anti-oxidant, and promotes good cholesterol and normal functioning of the kidney and the liver.

I read where your weight is 210 pounds and that you are diabetic. It is time to do something about your weight and diabetes and moringa can be part of this programme.

In the case of your diabetes, vitamin A found in high quantities in the moringa, acts as an antioxidant to convert beta-carotene, which thereby reduces the risk of blindness.

Vitamin C, which is in abundance in moringa, is very important for regulating effectively the production of insulin. It has been shown that insufficient vitamin C affects the capacity of the pancreas to secrete insulin. Vitamin B12, which is also found in the moringa leaf, is used to treat neuropathic diabetes. In addition to this, vitamin D which is found in large proportions in the moringa plant also reduces the chances of children developing type one diabetes.

Apart from using the moringa plant in the treatment of diabetes, there are also some other things which you can do to help with your treatment. You will definitely need to exercise. You may need to work out at least 45 minutes to one hour per day.

Try to eliminate bread, pasta, white flour and rice as much as you can from your diet and incorporate raw and steamed vegetables in your daily meal plan instead. Don’t forget to have your vegetables and a fair amount of fruits.

Moringa, especially the leaves, are also helpful in weight loss. Persons wanting to lose weight can benefit greatly from ingesting the moringa leaf, which can be cooked like a vegetable, eaten raw, or added to juices or tea. These leaves are low in fat and carbohydrates, but are extremely high in protein, vitamins and minerals.

The moringa leaf can be taken as a nutritional supplement because of its high nutritional content. It is also able to convert food to energy quickly and can reduce the possible storage of fat.

Best Foods for Black Men

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men should eat between 2 to 2.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 to 4 cups of vegetables every day. This depends on age and physical activity of course. But it’s long been accepted that people who eat generous amounts of fruits and vegetables are more likely to have a lower risk of chronic diseases than people who eat smaller amounts.

Given the endemic levels of hypertension, obesity, heart disease, and other health issues facing black males we’ve assembled a brief dietary guide to help you make informed food decisions. As always, check with your physician or nutritionist before making any drastic dietary changes. Here’s to healthy eating. 

Get Into Seafood

Seafood is high in protein and zinc. Zinc is important for immune function and (once again) prostate health. Research shows that if a man lives long enough, chances are he will develop prostate cancer. No list of super foods would be complete without the healthy fat, omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, etc. are great ources of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that everyone eat fish twice weekly.

More Broccoli Brothers!

Vegetables like broccoli are helpful in the prevention of heart disease and cancer because its got lots of  vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane, which may have anticancer (prostate and colon) properties. If your really not a fan of broccoli, try these options: cabbage, bok choy, shredded broccoli slaw, cabbage, or cauliflower.

Get Some Garlic

According to a study in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, deodorized garlic capsules help bring down blood cholesterol levels of men. The guys’ cholesterol levels dropped 7 percent over 5 months, but remained unchanged in men downing placebos. But instead of swallowing pills, why not eat garlic in the food you love.

Fiber

Most men get enough carbs, we tend to get the wrong kind, experts say. A diet rich in whole grains provides fiber, vitamins, minerals – all the co-factors for heart health, building muscles, and keeping fat off the waistline. Try whole grain pasta or quinoa, a trendy, not-so-whole-grain-tasting grain that’s rich in lutein for prostate health. And don’t forget oatmeal and barley, both are rich in soluble fiber.

Go Nuts!

Eaten raw, nuts are a great source of vitamin E and adequate vitamin E helps with heart health. Nuts are also satisfying.  Brazil nuts are a good bet.


Water

Too many American drink sugary and caffeinated drinks to excess. We need to consume more water period. And don’t justify beer contain water. As many as three out of four of Americans are dehydrated! Water has no nutrition, but it is considered a nutrient because of the powerful effect it has on the body and bodily function. Drink more water please.

Berries…Not Halle Berry!

The deep dark violets, blues, and red colors in all kinds of berries and cherries are responsible for the healthy properties of these fruits. They are full of the health-protecting flavonoid, anthocyanin. In fact, berries contain over 4,000 different compounds that have antioxidant properties beyond vitamin C. Berries may even help slow the decline in brain function that can occur with aging. Now can Halle do that?

Source: http://healthyblackmen.org/2013/02/24/7-foods-black-men/

 

 

When things divide

“This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find … themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. … they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated.
Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal.
Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? … Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?”
Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.”
~Fitzgerald

Sustaining the Black Community with Holistic Health

“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process, heal our own.” -Wangari Maathai The Black body has endured more than the growth-halting grip of former […]

http://afromadu.com/2014/12/04/sustaining-the-black-community-with-holistic-health/