Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dates And Walnuts: A Power Snack

Walnuts and Dates

I have discovered a power snack that I absolutely can't get enough of... Truly, I'm addicted, yet I know that I must eat them both in moderation. (Difficult thing to do...) That tasty treat is walnuts and dates. Mmmm... In combination they blend an earthy sweet taste in your mouth, that calls for you to scoop up just a few more to pop into your mouth.

I recently picked up containers of both walnuts and dates, ate them all, then went back for more. Might I add I deliberately increased both my water intake and exercise since I overindulged. While dates are as sweet as candy, I feel less guilty because of their nutritional value.

I found a study, completed waaay back in 2003 in the International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences stated that dates “may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits.” This includes at least six vitamins including a small amount of vitamin C, and vitamins B(1) thiamine, B(2) riboflavin, nicotinic acid (niacin) and vitamin A.

Here Are A Few More Reasons You Should Be Eating Dates:

  • Weight loss
  • Relieving constipation, supporting regular bowel movements
  • Promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk
  • Diarrhea
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Impotence
  • Promoting respiratory and digestive health
  • Pregnancy deliveries
  • Hemorrhoid prevention
  • Chronic conditions such as arthritis
  • Reducing colitis risk
  • Preventing colon cancer

  • Nutritional Benefits Of Walnuts:

    Walnuts are among the oldest tree foods grown by man, with nutritional value discovery dated back in 7000 B.C. Here are a few benefits:

    • reduce the risk of breast cancer
    • packed with omega-3 fatty acids
    • reduce risk of diabetes
    • contain antioxidants that boost heart health
    • help you deal with stress
    • glowing and healthy skin

    Date And Walnut Pudding Recipe:


    • 3/4 cup chopped dates
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 6 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • Dash salt
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • Whipped cream
    • Instructions:
    1. In a bowl, combine the dates, walnuts and sugar. In another bowl, beat egg, milk and vanilla. Add to date mixture; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the date mixture.
    2. Spread into a greased 1-qt. baking dish; dot with butter. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream.  2 servings.

    ***Be sure to run on a treadmill after this one!!***

    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Dead Foods Live Foods: How Foods Can Affect Your Youthfulness And Sex Life

    Dead Foods (to the left) - Live Foods (to the right)
    How many times must we read and listen to how important eating a healthy diet keeps us alive, insightful, youthful, alert, and enjoying a healthy sex life? Not enough times apparently, because it is quite evident that women in particular are still suffering from various challenges such as obesity, increase in the aging process, diabetes, heart disease, and abnormal vaginal discharges and infections because of the ever-so cheap "fast food" that is readily available to us at every corner in U.S. neighborhoods.

    Take a look below at my video where I talk briefly about staying youthful, eating properly, and how your mate's consumption of eating fast food and drinking alcohol can negatively affect your bodies (as women) after being sexually intimate. While I am no medical professional, I have a vested interest in my own health and concern for the welfare of others. Make sense? Check it out:

                           Can Fast Food Ruin Your Sex Life?


    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Goddess Isis Statement Jewelry At Khepera Adornments


    Goddess Isis Egyptian Necklace, Winged Goddess Necklace, Ancient Jewelry, Statement Necklace, Spiritual Jewelry, African Jewelry

    You have a true statement necklace here. Antiqued copper tone, 18" length, pendant 8cm*7cm, designed with chunky chain.

    Isis, the Egyptian goddess of rebirth remains one of the most familiar images of empowered and utter femininity. The goddess Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, the goddess of the Overarching Sky. Isis was born on the first day between the first years of creation, and was adored by her followers.


    Go Ahead & Click The Orange Button:

    Sunday, May 8, 2016

    The Triple Shell Drop Earrings At Khepera Adornments

    Triple Cowrie Shell Earrings, Ethnic Dangle Earrings, Sea Shell Earrings, African Earrings

    *Very Popular Item This Season!*

    Triple Cowrie Shell Dangle Earrings should definitely be in your jewelry wardrobe. This three row tier aligns perfectly well with the boldness of of gold to compliment, Approx 4.0" length, copper ear wires.

    Cowrie shells were the most popular currency within Africa. Pictures of cowrie shells adorned cave walls. The Egyptians considered them to be magical agents and also used them as currency in foreign exchange transactions. Cowries were used in many other ways. One use was as special-purpose currency: bride wealth, payments for fines, divination ("the money of Ifa"), funerals, initiation into secret societies. Another was as decoration: on clothing, drums, divining chains, headdresses, ritual masks and furniture, and in games and computation.

    No, No...No Belly Fat This Summer. Period.

    You Don't Have Much Time....You Better Work It For The Summer!

    Here's another great workout with Keaira LaShae

    I Know I Felt The Burn!

    (Towel, Water, Energy)


    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    Anyone Sick Of Their Co-Workers Yet?

    Let's face it. America loves violence. So whether you are wearing some sort of gang symbols and a doo-rag, or when Becky and Jane disrupt the office with their compulsive emotional rants; Abuse is the key to many solutions in the U.S. The fight for control, money and power is prevalent.

    The ego seems to get the best of people particularly at the workplace. People get rather territorial and seek recognition when successful projects are developed. Everyone wants to be the one who came up with an idea, brought the money into the company, or if nothing else, fights to be seen as a leader.

    It is always helpful to be grounded and know who you are before you even enter the workplace. Often times people need the job to define them, resulting in an identity crisis, when the validation they seek from their supervisors and colleagues has failed them. The ego is shattered, resulting in the development of riffs with co-workers turned rivals.

    While organizations provide a wealth of training(s) in leadership and team building, there are very few companies who develop education which builds the individuality and uniqueness of its employees. This would be because many organizations have mastered the art (if that's what you wish to call it) of psychologically prepping their employees to become submissive clones who rely on one set of "leaders" who make full decisions in every facet of the organization.

    Thereafter, setting a tone in the organization which pits one against the other in a competitive match, with the reward perhaps being a 2% increase in salary. Oh boy! Someone walks away happy that week!

    Watch Out For "Groupthink"

    Groupthink, a term developed by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment”.  Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups.  A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making.

    Janis, Irving L.  (1972).  Victims of Groupthink.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.
    Janis, Irving L.  (1982).  Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes.  Second Edition.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.

    Based on Irving's analysis, he has documented eight symptoms of groupthink.

    1. Illusion of invulnerability –Creates excessive optimism that encourages taking extreme risks.
    2. Collective rationalization – Members discount warnings and do not reconsider their assumptions.
    3. Belief in inherent morality – Members believe in the rightness of their cause and therefore ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions.
    4. Stereotyped views of out-groups – Negative views of “enemy” make effective responses to conflict seem unnecessary.
    5. Direct pressure on dissenters – Members are under pressure not to express arguments against any of the group’s views.
    6. Self-censorship – Doubts and deviations from the perceived group consensus are not expressed.
    7. Illusion of unanimity – The majority view and judgments are assumed to be unanimous.
    8. Self-appointed ‘mindguards’ – Members protect the group and the leader from information that is problematic or contradictory to the group’s cohesiveness, view, and/or decisions.

    Be Mindful...

    There are a host of other problematic concerns in the workforce that causes dissension among employees. Often times the distorted perspectives and ideology within organizations is endless. Be mindful of the dynamics described. One can very easily get caught up in the trap of confusion, if time is not taken to build confidence within one's own self and abilities. Most importantly, do not allow your place of employment to define you. When you initially walked into the doors of the organization, you were a unique and talented individual. Stay true to yourself and beware of those colleagues who believe that they will gain at the expense of your demise.

    Finally: Leave any toxic environment that aims to stunt your growth on an on-going basis. You are worth more than your bi-weekly paycheck...with a lot of "taxes" snatched from it.

    Go Ahead & Enjoy The Video: SKELETONS
    (Stevie Wonder)


    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Forecast For the Month of May 2016: Give Back To The Universe

    Abeni Bamidele

    Well, it is May 1st and I am overjoyed. The greenery and sunlight brings forth new life and energy to me, and I hope that a similar experience resonates with you as well.

    This is a time for reflection and action. They must work hand in hand. We are up against a spiritual battle and you need to be prepared for the challenges ahead. My recommendation is to first begin with powering up your body by drinking plenty of water, and if you have not already started (which you should have...) get into a routine of strength training of your body. You will need the build-up of muscle to fight off any sudden sickness.

    You see...we tend to take this beautiful season for granted, as if it were owed to us. But the reality is, beautiful scenery, sunlight, growth of foliage, and the chirping of birds are all the signs that indicate that we too as humans have a responsibility in making life beautiful for others.

    The trees aren't selfish. They provide us with the much needed foliage which helps us breathe better. They do so, whether we ask for them to execute or not. Can we give of ourselves so easily?

    We should be able to.

    Yet we are living in a world of selfishness, arrogance, hatred and sociopathic ideology. And many of us will do whatever we can to take control of other people's lives and circumstances. And after all the damage is done...we smile and say, "job well done" as we then reward ourselves with a brisk jog in the park, with the expectation that nature will then reward us with the rejuvenating energy required to push forward.

    Can you imagine if the trees were punishing? They should collapse before our very eyes, as they were not designed to reward evil...yet they give to us so willingly...anyway.

    Take time this month to stay focused. Bring forth to the universe, positive energy. That is our responsibility. And let us not take for granted that those things that create solace for us will remain. We are expected to reciprocate the gesture.

    Enjoy your month of May.

    You Are Uniquely And Brilliantly Adorned.

    Sounds Of Nature: Click The Orange Button