Category Archives: Food for Thought

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Pick Up a Book

A wise woman once told me, “If you are struggling with something, just pick up a book regarding the issue and you will soon find the answer.” That is a piece of advice that I have carried with me for quite some time now, and I continue to use. In an effort to keep my positive momentum flowing, this weekend I did just that. I picked up the Law of Attraction by Michael J. Losier from the library. If you are not already familiar with the book, it is about “The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t.” Other books that I have read to help motivate and boost my spirits are The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. These books are great motivators so add them to your reading list.

All three books are based off of the same concept; changing your attitude will help you achieve more success. There are skeptics out there that say these types of books are a load of crap, but I can say from my personal experience they have helped me a great deal. Having a thought and making it magically come into existence is the biggest misconception of those that have not read either of these books. Basically, you are what you think you are and a negative attitude will attract negative results. That is what these books are trying to teach you.

Lately I have been digging down deep to remember some of the things I learned from my first two reads, so here are some tips and the results of following them:

  1. Surround yourself with the right people- I have joined two entrepreneurial meet ups in my local area to surround myself with like-minded people. Utilize all of your resources to get to where you want to be. Networking is one of the best resources you can take advantage off. Meetup.com is a cool site to visit if you are looking to meet new people with similar interest.
  2. Think positive thoughts- I have found by thinking positively it has not only reduced my stress level, but I just feel much happier as a person. Thinking positively results in my household being happier as well. Remember you are only in control of 10% of what happens to you so constantly worry about the 90% that you can’t do anything about will eat you alive. Sometimes you just have to take the lemons that life gives you and make lemonade or lemon cake. Be a problem solver and not a victim of life.
  3. Help others along the way- I have officially signed up to be a mentor for a teen aging out of the foster care system. I think I may have found my future mentee after attending a match up event. Now I am waiting to hear back from the mentor coordinator. What’s the point in reaching success if you can’t help others get there as well? Be a positive influence to others.
  4. It’s ok to take risks- After going back and forth on whether or not I should temporarily hold off on paying my federal student loan; I made the decision to go into forbearance for a year. They told me I couldn’t defer my loan because I made too much. That’s in their opinion not mind. Now I’m not sure if it was the best move, but the decision was made so I can put bigger chunks towards the pain in the butt Sallie Mae and build my emergency savings back up. I have already seen a difference in my loan balance which feels like a huge burden has been lifted.

As you can see the decision to just be happier is paying off. I am enjoying life much more which is rubbing off on my son and boyfriend. Remove any negativity from your life and if it’s not something that you can do immediately; start making the transition. You deserve it to yourself and your family. So it doesn’t matter what you are struggling with; just pick up a book or read some articles to motivate yourself.

This is a follow up post to “Are You Making Yourself Unhappy.”

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Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Removes Yellow No. 5 From Macaroni & Cheese

 

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

I grew up on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese as well as the home made good stuff, but as an adult I can honestly say I do not purchase it. I know Kraft Macaroni & Cheese has a lot of unnecessary ingredients that could  be easily changed for nutritional reasons and apparently so do a lot of other parents. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, concerned parents have won the battle for getting Kraft to remove Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 from some of its U.S. product lines. These dyes will be removed from the products with the cool shapes that they push to children like the Sponge Bob version. The removal of these dyes apparently has nothing to do with the well loved taste of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, but it does change that signature yellow color that we have grown to identify. They will now use spices instead for added color.

So what is the big deal anyway with Yellow No. 5? According to The article written on CNN.com, “Yellow No. 5 has been linked to hyperactivity, asthma, some skin conditions and cancer, but larger scientific studies have proved inconclusive.” Either way there is something not right with these dyes since Kraft has removed it from its European products. Europe requires products to have warning labels for these type of additives. CNN.com also reports that, “Instead of adding this label on its products, Kraft chose to remove the artificial dyes from its European line, and uses paprika and beta-carotene to add color. The company has not [made] the same change in the United States.”

Sounds kind of fishy to me wouldn’t you say?

So the real question is if they had the ability to do this all along, why does it take a petition to make the change.  I’m pretty sure it has to do with corporate greed. Let me know what your thoughts are on Kraft making this change. I will admit writing this post made me think back to eating this as a kid.

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honey

Add Just A Spoon Full of Honey

honeyHoney!! That sweet yummy goodness that bees work so hard to make has many health benefits.  It has been used for centuries for its healing properties throughout many cultures. Here are 4 reasons why you should add just a spoon full of honey if not more.

  1. Improve your immunity system- Honey has beneficial antioxidants that help fight diseases and promote tissue growth.
  2. It’s a natural energy booster- If you are a physically active person or just looking for a boost of energy, try adding a spoon full of honey to your routine.  The body is known to absorb the glucose in honey very rapidly giving you that instant dose of energy.  In addition, your body will absorb the fructose at a much slower rate resulting in a more sustainable energy source compared to energy drinks.  Most energy drinks make your body crash once you reach your energy high. 
  3. Treat a sore throat- Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties so it will help ease your sore throat.
  4. Helps with seasonal allergies- I have seen mixed results on this and since I do not have allergies I cannot share my personal experience.  Some experts say if you use local honey it will help with your immunity to the pollen in your area.  If you have experience with honey getting rid of your allergies please share. 

Honey can easily be incorporated into your diet to help improve your health.  It can be used as a substitute for sugar in your food or drinks or simply swallow a spoon full of honey of course.  If you have experienced health improvements by using a honey regime please share.  I am not a doctor and this post is based off of personal experience and research.  I highly suggest you  also do your own research.  

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