I love the way
that you look at me;
like I’m a sinful portion
of caramelized crème brulée,
and you are the dessert spoon.
© 2019 Jacqueline
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Thoughts and Tales…A Lifestyle Blog with a Zing.
© 2019 Jacqueline
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Everyone wants to be healthy and happy, but many people go about it the wrong way. Instead of focusing on making health into a natural and effortless part of their every-day lifestyle, they try to use sheer willpower to force themselves through different, painful practices that they’ll sooner or later be tempted to quit.
But people are driven more by habit than by incredible efforts of will. Here’s a look at how to introduce some good, healthy habits into your life starting today.
Setting yourself the goal of spending an hour in the gym every day may work for a while, but there’ll be the inevitable day when you find yourself too busy, too tired, or just too distracted to follow through.
Instead of setting yourself a specific exercise goal, set yourself the goal of being physically active every day. This can mean anything from taking a short walk to jogging on the spot to going to the gym for 3 hours or running a marathon — though if you’re running a lot, you might want to click here for some good anti-blister supplies.
The key is that it’s an easy habit to stick with every day, even when you don’t feel like it. Being physically active in one way will also make you feel motivated to be more physically active in general.
People argue a lot about different diet styles, and which one might be the best. One thing that all experts and scientists agree on, though, is that processed food is by and large terribly unhealthy, filled with potentially harmful additives, and at the heart of many modern health problems.
An excellent health-habit is to cut out all processed foods — anything you buy “ready-made” — and to prepare all your own food from scratch. That way you’ll know whether or not there’s a teaspoon of sugar in your dish, instead of being tricked into eating large amounts of toxic high-fructose corn syrup.
Energy is one of the most important things for good overall health, because the more energetic we feel, the more active we’re likely to be, physically and mentally, and the happier as well.
If you find that you’re always falling asleep right after each meal, this not only means that you probably struggle to be productive and positive each day, but it also means that your food is too heavy on your body and is taking a lot of energy to digest.
Save the heavy meals for special occasions, and try to eat foods that leave you feeling energetic on a daily basis, instead of ones that seem to drain your energy.
The mind is just as important as the body when it comes to health, and like the body, the mind is affected by the kind of “fuel” we give it.
While the body is fuelled by food and drink, the mind is fuelled by the things you read, say, watch, and hear.
If you want to promote healthy, positive and happy thoughts, it’s essential that you give your mind something positive to reflect on every day. A great place to start is by reading something uplifting every day. This could be an upbeat fable or a real-life story of someone succeeding against the odds.
I can barely find the words to express how touched and happy I felt when my ten-year-old son offered to take care of me and make me something to eat last night as an effort to ease my stress.
Several packs of tagliatelle, cheese, carrots, tomatoes, ketchup, fish-fingers, all my spices and a messy kitchen, the young man whipped up a candle-lit dinner.
The food tasted better than any that I’d had in ages. It could have done with a little more simmering to soften the tagliatelle, but it was just perfect.
There was oodles of love, a dash of care and sprinkles of appreciation washed down with a cold glass of orange juice 🙂
Instead of oooohing and aaaahing, it was more like hmming and more hmming last night when I submitted my back to my daughter for some home therapy and massage.
She kneeded my bunched up expansive back and neck muscles with eucalyptus oil and that sent me to sleep.
Then the deep ooooh’s and aaaah’s was emitted over today’s decadent breakfast of hash browns, pancakes, omelette, bacon and a hot cup of Karak Chai. Life is sweet with food 😉
I shamelessly indulged in every single calorie-laden bite with gratitude to God.
Truly, the best things in life that make us ooooh and aaaah are simple pleasures and a lot of times they are homemade.
Thank you to Dan our moderator and weekend host for the interesting prompt ‘Ooooh aaaah,’ for today’s SoCS.
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In recent weeks echoes around my neighbourhood have been on the calm and reflective sided.
From my children receiving their Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation, to The Ramadan season, it’s been a time of spiritual inflections. It has been a time of expressions of love, kindness, and generosity that cuts across boundaries of faith or ethnicity. I see people of all works of life come together in ways that make my heart full and appreciative of humanity.
Interestingly, my personal life hasn’t gotten any slower though the tempo around the region is slower and the blazing heat is intense.
I went visiting home – Naija several days ago. It was a trip of mixed feelings. I was happy to see home and family but not too happy with the slow progression of things back home. The government just hasn’t served its people well.
Well, all is well that ends well. It was a good trip and I traveled back to base in Dubai, jumping right back into the bus(y)ness of life.
Lady Lee’s all set off to the Philippines – another country on my list. I know she’ll bring back loads to see 🙂
If you would like to show us your neighbourhood, the challenge is quite simple and you can find out more about it through this link.
It feels so strange to get back to my blog after four days of been away from it. The longest ever that I’ve been missing in action.
I’ve been on the move around the Middle East, Bahrain-Qatar, and connecting was giving me so much stress that I decided to chill and let it be. I’ve missed the banter and you guys, that it felt like aeons to me.
I love this community of friends and as I catch my connecting flight back to DXB, I will quickly add some snips and snaps of my walkabout.
Stay blessed and talk to you tomorrow.
I went to buy a bit of ground cinnamon and found myself buying a few curious blend of spices that I’ve never tried before.
I also bought some Chickpeas that I’ll use to prepare Hummus and I’ll share the recipe with you later 🙂