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What About You? Affirmation Challenge Day 4

Each day, I’ll purge all negative chatter to create space for creativity and positive vibes to thrive in me.” Jacqueline

#positiveaffirmations, #walktall, #findingyou, #be.at.peace, #findinggreaterjoy

Mental Health, Creativity, Dream, Courage, Inspire, Harmony

P.S. If you wish to join this positive affirmation challenge running for 90 days, please add your quote to the comments and each day, I’ll share everyone’s quote with their links.

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Foods For Brain Health And How To Use Them.

When it comes to nutrition, most of us think in terms of our bodies. We think about the food we can eat to relieve digestive discomfort or the meals we can plan that can help to manage our weight.

However, it’s worth spending a little time thinking about just how much the foods we eat can influence. As well as our weight and our physical health, the foods we choose to enjoy have a direct correlation with the health of our brains. When it comes to managing your mental health and overall wellbeing, adding foods that have been proven to be beneficial to brain health could be extremely beneficial.

Want to give it a try? Below, you’ll find a list of foods that have long been associated with improved brain health, as well as some helpful tips on how to incorporate these grey-matter-friendly foods into your existing diet…

#1 – Avocado

Avocados have been riding high on the list of common food trends for a few years now, but there’s a good reason for that: avocados are incredibly good for you. They are rich in essential fats and fatty acids so anyone interested in boosting their brain health will want to incorporate avocados into their diet.

If you’re new to avocados, why not give the recipe below a try? It’s a classic avocado dish — avocado on toast — but with a special twist.

#2 – Kale

As with avocados, kale has become the go-to “superfood” for the past few years. And, as with avocados, the reason for the popularity of kale is genuine. Kale is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals vital for brain health, but there’s just one downside… it’s not the most appetizing of foods, is it?

If you’ve previously shied away from kale due to dislike for its rather strong taste, perhaps these crispy kale chips could be just what you need to change your mind.

#3 – Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is chocolate that is comprised of at least 70% cocoa and, ideally, that number will be closer to 100%. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which can be hugely beneficial to brain health.

If you’re looking for a brain health boost that actually tastes good too, then the dark chocolate recipe below is sure to delight you…

It’s worth noting that for those who have previously primarily eaten milk chocolate, eating dark chocolate can be something of a shock at first. However, when you’ve adjusted, you’ll come to love the crisp, bitter taste and enhanced health that eating dark chocolate affords you.

#4 – Eggs

Eggs may just be the original superfood. They’re inexpensive to buy; rich in a wide variety of essential nutrients, and there are a thousand different ways they can be used in cooking. If you’re looking to cultivate a health-friendly diet, then eggs will certainly have their role to play. As one might expect, eggs — and particularly their high protein content — have been linked with improved brain health, so they definitely qualify for a place on this list.

Given the plethora of different ways that eggs can be cooked, finding an interesting recipe idea to include was tough… but we think this classic Spanish omelet recipe is a choice that will delight everyone. Omelets are a fantastic choice when you’re in need of a quick and healthy meal, and the extra vegetables used in this recipe help to provide an extra health and taste boost.

#5 – Coconut oil

Coconut oil has long been associated with mental and cognitive health; it has even been suggested as a potential remedy for those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Given the prevalence of dementia in society, the need for specialist nursing, and the impact the condition can have on lives, this is a tantalizing thought, but sadly, one that is without scientific proof at this point in time.

However, while the jury is out on the benefits of coconut oil for dementia specifically, coconut oil does have all the markers of being beneficial for brain health in general. Coconut oil is high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which have been linked to enhanced brain health and memory function.

If you want to give coconut oil a try, then introducing it into your diet is relatively simple. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for butter, olive oil, and even eggs in some recipes. So we’re not going to suggest a specific recipe because most recipes can easily be adapted to accommodate coconut oil— instead, we thought it might be fun to look at the possibility of making your own coconut oil:

Do you think you might be tempted to give it a try?

#6 – Beetroot

Yes, humble beetroot has a huge role to play in human health. The nutritional profile of beetroot is full of vital nutrients, with manganese, B vitamins, fibre, and potassium all found in abundance. As a result of such a stellar showing in the nutrient stakes, it should come as no surprise that beetroot has also been linked with increased brain health.

Incorporating beetroot into your diet is incredibly simple. Beetroot can be added to sandwiches, pasta dishes, omelettes, and any other dish in need of a bit of a kick. However, health-wise, arguably the best way to get its benefits is to opt for beetroot juice. You can buy this surprisingly-tasty juice in stores, but it tends to be expensive; if you have a juicer, then you should have no problem making your own.

In conclusion

The food that we eat doesn’t just impact our physical health; it has a huge role to play in our mental and cognitive health also. By incorporating the foods above into your diet, you can be sure that your eating habits are providing health benefits and support where it’s needed most.

And Eyes And Ears And Mouth And Nose…

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Your senses are something that you should take very seriously. Taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing are things that can go at the drop of a hat – especially if you are not taking care of them properly. Getting regular check ups can be the difference between you being able to pinpoint problems and get them sorted in their early stages and letting them get out of control – often meaning that it’s too late to do anything about them. So what are the things that we need to be doing in order to keep on track with our health?

Eyes

Generally speaking, it’s not a regular trip that you need to your optician. The recommended time between appointments is two years, so it’s not like you have to really put yourself out often. Not only do your eyes give you sight, but they can be indicators of other problems too. Your ophthalmologist will be able to detect more serious problems such as brain tumours, so it’s always good to mention any headaches or dizziness that you may be feeling to them. Your eyes are one of the most important senses that you have; they account for how you react to situations and can handle them, as well as giving you basic needs like balance and spacial awareness. The more you can look after them, the better – especially as you move into old age.

Ears

Many people all over the world get by with a loss of hearing, but that doesn’t mean that you should be complacent with the idea of it happening. If you have noticed that you’re not catching on to words as easily as you used to, that you’re having to turn your music or television up louder to hear it or are hearing noises despite nothing producing a sound around you, you may have to see a hearing specialist.

They will be able to give you a cause for why you may be feeling this way. When you visit the opticians, there may be a hearing specialist there who will be able to see you should you have any cause for concern. It could be that you need your ears unblocking, that you need a hearing aid or even a problem with your ear drum; there is so much to take into consideration when dealing with your ears that it’s best to leave the care of it up to an expert. Don’t think that you can solve the problem by sticking anything in your ear; this can do a lot more harm than good. You shouldn’t even be poking around with a cotton bud.

Mouth

A trip to the dentists should be undertaken every six months at least, if not more under recommendation. Our mouths serve for a lot; not just to be able to eat with, but to speak, laugh, sing and so much more. Good dental hygiene routines are so important to incorporate into your daily regime, and it’s not just the brushing that you need to focus on – flossing in between each tooth is also essential to ensure that you are fully getting rid of any debris that may have made its way there. Ask your dentist for what they recommend that you use.

Not only are dentists great for keeping on top of the health of your teeth, but they can also help with the cosmetics. If your teeth aren’t as white as you would like, booking in with a hygienist and ensuring that you follow procedure to get them up to the shade that you desire is a possibility. It’s always recommended that you go to a qualified dentist for this rather than doing it yourself, as there are sensitivity issues and allergic reactions that may arise as a result, which they are trained to deal with.

Nose

Unless you suffer from Anosmia, you shouldn’t not have a sense of smell. Your sense of smell is directly related to your sense, so a loss of one indicates a problem with the other – they go hand in hand. It could be an indicator of something as common as a cold of the flu, but keeping on top of your senses and knowing your body well enough to realise when one of them is out of kilter is one of the most important things that you can do for your body. The further ahead you can keep with treating your body with the respect it reserves in relation to its wellbeing, the better it will treat you in return.

My Message to You Today…

Single rose

Your love can neither be bought
nor can it be sold

Your love for yourself
is the root of your love for others

Learn to embrace your imperfections
and hug your genuineness

Love yourself fully as you are
because you are enough

Share the gift of who you are with others
from your full cup of love.

Happy Valentine

Love & Light

© Jacqueline

Every inch of love that you have for others stems from the love that you have for yourself.

Get Pampered – Everyday beautiful people 83

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A little bit of pampering and grooming goes a long way to boost our sense of well-being as well as  therapy for relaxing stressed nerves.

You need not spend a  fortune to obtain such little pleasures. Find out what works for you and indulge yourself 😊

Have a great weekend, folks.


Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

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Wonderful, evocative poetry by a talented writer. Left me hungry for more. Jacqueline can write! Linda Bethea

Out of the silent breath

If you enjoy my works and would like to do so, you can fuel my creativity with a slice of cake or coffee😉

Wispy clouds of perfection…

 

May we not strive for perfection,
for we shall break our backs

In pursuit of such elusive dreams,
we simply break our hearts

for perfection can never be caught,
no matter how hard it is sought

for like fine wisps of cloud,
they melt or move beyond our sights

leaving yawns of dissatisfaction behind,
or sending us on endless quests in our mind.

May we strive for greater purpose,
for contentment is awesome

for satisfaction is a comfortable bed to lay on,
with peace a priceless joy to know.

Perfection

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

 

I absolutely love this book of poems. My favorites are “Love Rations” (for those who love to give the silent treatment) and “Beggars Supper” (which definitely pulls at the heart strings). Two thumbs up!!

Out of the silent breath