Lifestyle

What Are MRE’s And There Alternative

Many people have no clue about MRE’s  / Meals Ready to Eat. MRE’s are specially prepared meals that the military have been using for years and was introduced to the general public several years ago.  Each meal is developed to provide all the nutrients needed to survive but also be easy to transport while on the move. This is why the military still use these meals today for the military personal that out away on maneuvers.

MRE for backpacking or for survival food

MRE’s or other prepackaged meals come pretty much ready to eat, this makes very easy and ideal for many different uses. My family and I use these meals while we are out camping or backpacking out in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. These meals can be eaten cold right out of the package or they can be warmed over a camp fire or be heated by the MRE heater.

I was really introduced the MRE’s about ten plus years ago when Florida was hit with several hurricanes back to back and we had lost electric for over a two weeks. With the different varieties of meal options that MRE’s have one does not get sick of eating the same thing over and over again.

History of MRE’s

A little history on the MRE meals.  In 1963 the Department of Defense (DOD) knew that they needed to come out with a meal for soldiers that was better packaged and had more nutritional value then what the soldiers were carrying during World War II. So this was the beginning phases of experimenting with MRE’s. Then in 1966 the DOD came out with a dehydrated meal plan called LRP or Long Range Patrol Meals, this did not work out to well. In 1975 more work went into developing a dehydrated meal that was stored in plastic retort pouches which went into standard use in 1986 for the military.

Backpacking Meals

Now for me being an outdoor enthusiast I spend many days in the wilderness in the Boundary Water Canoe Area every year. I love the serenity of the outdoors

These options for food are great for backpacking and hiking expeditions.

and love being out in nature. I have found that the ready-made backpacking meals give me the nutrition and energy I need to make it through the days. Being that the food is

dehydrated the packets weigh very little and there is no cooking involved. Just heat some water on the campfire until it is boiling and add the water to the open packet. The meals that I prefer and all natural and contain no MSG Mono Sodium Glutamate which is a preservative that many people are allergic too.

 

Ideas For Food That Are Not Pre-Packaged

A lot of people that I come across while backpacking purchase food from the grocery store that is less expensive and can be lightweight and compact. Here are a few ideas of foods that are lightweight and compact that you may be interested in.

  • Instant oatmeal, comes in many varieties and just need to add hot water and mix to get a great tasting breakfast meal that can be ate at any time of the day.
  • Rice, can be a little heavy but it is easy to make and tasty
  • Pancakes, another meal that just needs hot water and cook over an open fire or camp stove.
  • Pasta, again just need boiling water. Instant spaghetti sauce is easy to make and taste great.
  • Dry soup mixes, a lot of varieties to choose from and just add hot boiling water.
  • Granola bars are easy to carry and gives you the protein to make it through the day on the trail.
  • Coffee packets, must have for the morning. Boil water and add coffee packet for a delicious morning pick me up.
  • Flavored water packets, when you are tired of drinking lake or river water these little packets come in handy for adding a little change in taste.

These are some ideas of food that you can store for when we run into a food shortage or for when a major storm hits and you cannot make it to the grocery store for a week or two. For my family we have about a months worth of food stored. Living in Florida you never know when mother nature may strike and we lose electricity or the roads are blocked and we cannot make it to the store. It has happened to me more than once and ‘I do not like being unprepared.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle, Off The Grid, Urban Homesteader, 0 comments
How To Decide What To Blog About

How To Decide What To Blog About

What to blog about when you have multiple things you love?

Many of us are passionate about many things, it can be hard to pinpoint a few ideas to write about. And it can be worse even if you have not even started a blog yet. You will be beating your head against the desk trying to figure out where to start.

Have no fear, we are going to go through some ideas and look at some topics that you will love to write about.

How to pick a blog topic you can profit from?

Many of us have hobbies and interest that we all love to do, some of us we have to many hobbies. If you are like most beginning bloggers you want to write about them all. I am sure that you have read how important it is to choose a niche at stick to it in order to monetize your blog and start making money.

The question still is how do I pick that one niche market to blog about that will make me a profit?

It can feel impossible, you can do research, study other blogs, read books on writing, and talk to friends or family but the jest of it is you just need to start writing. Just Do It!!!! When I started this blog, I first started to write about budgeting and finances and it did not take long before I realized that my focus was more on small business ownership and marketing. Now if I did not start writing and blogging then I would not have narrowed down my niche. The time and effort that I had already put in on my previous post was not a waste of time. Every business needs to start somewhere and there is no better way to learn than by doing.

I feel that the time I spent working and creating by blogs was time well spent. It takes time to figure out the in’s and out’s and techy stuff to set-up a blog. A large majority of blogs use WordPress as their base, creating and crafting WordPress is not something you learn over-night. WordPress has many variable called plugins and it takes time and practice to design and create a professional looking blog.

I am not a computer or blogging nerd. I have been involved with computers since the key punch card days of COBOL programming but I am not a nerd. Over the years I have written several blogs, some self-hosted and others on Google Blogger, these were my learning blogs.

How to decide which topic will fit your blog?

First find a relevant topic to talk about. Google some phrases and topics and see if they are relevant today. Then the key is to write your blog post that are related to the topic that you choose.

For Example.

Let’s pick cooking for an example. You can post about recipes, cookware, kitchen gadgets, food groups, slow cooker recipes, bar-b-que ideas or recipes, dieting, kitchen organization and anything else that has to do with cooking. As you can see this all has to do with cooking. Then you monetarize your blog with cooking advertisements.

Do not make the cardinal sin of picking a topic that you cannot write about daily.

You need to have a topic that you can come up with 500 to 1000 words every couple of day that is relevant to the main topic of your blog. Usually you will have a passion for your main topic so coming up with articles to write about should not be a problem. For me it is business and an entrepreneurial mind. One of my current blogs is about computers and computer repair. Computers change every day, so there is always fresh new content that I can write about daily. I have had that blog up and running for about 3 years now.

When you are deciding what to write a blog about, you need to think about long term. When I was contemplating about writing about computer repair I knew that this would be one subject that I could write about for many years.

Please keep this in mind when you are asking yourself if this is really what I want to do or what I have a passion for.

Posted by Tom in Business, Lifestyle, 0 comments
Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eating healthy for your brain

Is it true that Alzheimer’s and dementia could be linked to what we eat? If it is true then I am in serious trouble as I put a piece of pizza in my mouth. As I am approaching the age of being in my mid 50’s I am becoming more aware of what I eat and how much stress I am under. You see my father and uncle both had early onset Alzheimer’s when I was only 15 years old and they were in their mid-fifties when they were diagnosed. Back then there was not much known about the disease so we had nothing really to contribute to why my father and his brother came down with this terrible disease.

While doing some research on another article I came across several articles about this new fad diet called “The MIND diet”. Seeing these articles peaked my interest since I am constantly thinking about what are my chances of getting Alzheimer’s since it can be passed down through the jeans. Research has shown that dieting, exercise, keeping the mind active, getting plenty of rest, and stop smoking or using anything with nicotine in it will help significantly reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer’s or other dementia diseases.  As I was reading these articles I found that the one diet they all talked about was “The Mediterranean Diet” or a combination of this diet along with “The Dash Diet”. The combination diet called “The Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” diet or (MIND) diet relies on banning five unhealthy food groups; red meat, butter or margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and of course everyone’s favorite food which is fried and fast food.

This past week some new research was released during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference which took place in London that older adults that followed a eating plan of plant based diet like the Mediterranean or MIND diet lowered the risk of dementia by a third.

What is the MIND or Mediterranean diet?

First off the Mediterranean diet is not a typical traditional form of Western eating. Say goodbye to red meat, pork, butter, refined sugar, flour and fats. The true diet is very simple, the majority of the meal is fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil.

People that follow the MIND do not reject everything that the people reject in the Mediterranean diet but they stay pretty close to Mediterranean diet but add in a few other key ingredients. The MIND diet consist of six servings a week of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards broccoli and other green vegetables that are packed with vitamins A and C. This along with other forms of vegetables made a difference in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. The MIND diet also recommends at least five servings a week of whole grains and nuts is a must. Nuts contain healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants which help to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Along with this they add in at least three servings of beans, two servings of berries, two servings of chicken or turkey and at least one serving of fish per week. Too top things off the MIND diet also includes one glass of wine per day. Wine is considered part of the top 10 brain healthy food groups that works in conjunction with the foods above to help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.

With the MIND diet you do not cut out all red meat but they limit the consumption to no more than four servings per week. Butter and stick margarine is limited to only a tablespoon per day and use extra virgin olive oil in place of butter. When it comes to cheese, if you want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s than only eat cheese once a week. Sweets and pastries not only are  bad for the waistline but they are terrible for the brain. The MIND diet says to limit your consumption to no more than five treats per week.

Conclusion

It has been noted and published that people that consistently eat by the MIND diet will be healthier and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you slip up on the diet once in a while researchers still say it can still be beneficial to you and will continue to reduce your risk of developing this terrible disease.

Three great articles about dieting and dementia:

The MIND diet

CNN – Mediterranean style diet to prevent dementia

Dementia News


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Keep Striving For Financial Independence and Freedom

Keep Striving For Financial Independence and Freedom

Financial Independence Is A Achievable Goal

Dare to achieve financial independence. Cross the threshold to personal freedom. Make the commitment for your financial success. Remember, the secret to achieving financial independence and real wealth is to establish the mindset of wealth.

In order to earn more money, improve your marketable skills in an area of demand. Focus on personal development to increase your value in the market by becoming better at what you do or by doing something that is more in demand. Look for opportunities to do what you love most in a way that provides service to others on a massive scale.

Pay yourself part of everything you earn. Saving leads to wealth.

Learn to invest your money wisely. It’s true that a fool and his money are soon parted but a wise person and his money will enjoy constantly increasing levels of abundance. Get expert help in your investments, but make your own decisions.

Focus on achieving the levels of wealth in their order of importance. First comes protection, followed by independence. If your investment income covers your essential needs without having to work, you are already financially independent. If not, make this your first major objective after you have a protection fund in place. And once you have achieved financial independence, you opened the door to ultimate freedom. Whatever you want can be yours.

Achieving more wealth will empower you to expand your service to others and, in the process, become more than you get.

Keep money in perspective. It is only a means to an end and not an end in itself. Do not let money control your life. Be the master of your money, not its servant.

Be grateful for what you have, always count your blessings even when you do not think you have any. Gratitude will open the doors to abundance for you.

Follow these exercises to achieve your goal of financial independence.

  • Accept the dare: Resolve to become financially independent.
  • Determine how much income-producing wealth you need to accumulate in order to live in reasonable comfort without having to work the rest of your life.
  • Implement a strategy for wealth-building:
  • Increase your earning power. Determine how you can increase your value in the marketplace and initiate a step-by-step program to do so.
  • Reduce or otherwise control expenses.
  • Pay yourself first. Save part of everything you earn.
  • Establish a Financial Protection Fund: Build a reserve of funds sufficient to live on for one or two years.
  • Start an investment program. Study and practice to become an intelligent investor. Capitalize on the benefits of compounding earnings and “value investing.”
  • List five ways you can contribute to a better world when you become financially independent.

Last but not least, share what you have. Nothing builds character more than helping others. Whatever you do to help others will be returned to you tenfold and more. Achieving financial independence can easily be more than just a dream, you have everything you need to reach your goals right now.

  • Move forward and achieve the level of wealth you desire.
  • You can do it. Try it.
  • I dare you!



 

 

Posted by Tom in Budgeting, Lifestyle
Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

We all have been taught from an early age to be grateful for what you have in life. Most of us go from day to day surviving and we do not take the time to be grateful. Even I find myself not appreciating the things in life that God has allowed me to have. As I am around people I find that not many people have a gracious and warm heart anymore. It seems like we are always in a hurry, we have to work more hours to earn more money, we expect more out of our children, and we don’t relax anymore.

Gratitude is found in our hearts, gratitude does not come naturally. We must make a conscience decision to have a grateful heart and we must practice showing acts of kindness. What does gratitude do for us? Gratitude will help us to be less anxious, have a calmer spirit, reduce our blood pressure, make us happier, and if we practice daily being grateful it will cause us to be more confident in ourselves.

There are many ways to bring happiness into our lives, we just need to make a conscience decision to have a grateful heart and start ignoring the negative that attempts to invade our lives.

Arise every morning thanking God for breath of life, this should be the first thing we do each and every morning. Many of us wake dragging ourselves out of bed and the first thought that enters our head is usually something negative. We need to wake being thankful that we have another day on this earth to be a positive example to someone that down and out.  We need to set our minds to be thankful and positive throughout the day, even when our co-workers and others around us are focusing on being negative.

How can we stay positive and bring a life of gratitude to others?

When negativity starts to bring us down, we need to stop and take a deep breath and focus on the blessings that we have been given. This can be difficult but the more you practice it the easier it will become a habit. Showing acts of kindness to co-workers, strangers and your spouse are some good habits to show gratitude to others. I practice opening the car door for my wife whenever we are together, she appreciates each and every time.

Practice starting each day with a grateful heart. Gratitude does change everything.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Helpful Ideas To Find Your Passion

Helpful Ideas To Find Your Passion

Do you know what your passion is?

We all have dreams and desires, we want everything perfect. We want the perfect house, the perfect job, the perfect children, and the perfect lifestyle. Many of us that in reality we are just living from day to day to make ends meet and do not have any close to a perfect life or living to fulfill our passion in life. Most of us have the Sunday blues because we start dreading about going back to work on Monday. Many of us are forced to work six days a week now in order to try and live a lifestyle that we dream of having one day, but to be truthful we are just becoming workaholics. Then one day reality sets in and you wake up and you are in your middle 50’s, you realize that you have wasted 50 plus years of your life and you have accomplished nothing meaningful.

How can we change and find our passion?

Each and every one of us need to dig deep into our soul and find out what our passion’s are. Many of us a need to put some hard thought into this, we may need to figure out what we really want out of our time here on earth. Let’s take a look at some ideas that may help us figure out what our passion really is.

Make a visionary board

First purchase a large bulletin board, not a marker board but a large cork board to hang pictures on. Thumb through magazines, print off pictures from Google, go through vacation pictures, take all the pictures that bring a twinkle to your eye and hang them on the bulletin board. This is a tacit that sales professionals use to motivate them to go out and sell.

Keep motivated.

Hang encouraging thoughts, sayings, and pictures around the house to help motivate you to find your passion. Motivation is what will keep you searching for your passion.

Make a Pinterest account.

I love Pinterest for making boards of all my favorite things in life. I also have a board for making my bucket list ideas and for ideas that make me happy. I can reflect on these pins and boards to find out what my true passions are.

Reflect back on history.

I love to look back on history and look at old pictures from when I was a child growing up. My two passions from when I was young was to fish and hunt in Wisconsin. Then as I got older things changed in my life, but my dreams and thoughts still go back to the days in Wisconsin growing up as a kid. Then as I grew older my likes changed some and I loved to work on cars. I still have thoughts today about working on old cars and restoring them.

Journal your dreams.

For some of us our dreams while we sleep can speak to us. Dreams are sometimes thoughts and feelings that are in our sub-conscience. For a few people dreams can be scary, but for me and probably many of you our dreams are movies that come from good and positive memory’s of the past. A good activity is to write your dreams out the next morning so you do not forget what your dreams are, record them on paper for future review.

Another activity that you can work on is to list happy fun time’s that you can remember from the past that you loved to do as a child and then later when you were a teenager and then as a young adult. Here are a couple helpful ideas to get you started. 

  • What do you like doing in your free time?
  • What excites you?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you want to accomplish?
  • What are you talents in life?

These are just a few to give you an idea of what to think about when writing down your thoughts and ideas.

Now let’s put the puzzle together.

Now that we have put together a visionary board, started a Pinterest account and have boards and pin’s saved, reflected back to what makes you happy and made a list of what you like to do. Take a look at the visionary board, what type of pictures did you hang on your board? Log into your Pinterest account and see what types of pins are you finding yourself saving, do they resemble the pictures that you have on your visionary board? Re-read your list of activities that you like to participate in, do they reflect anything that you have on your visionary board or pins on Pinterest?

From this you should be starting to see things coming together. Now it is time to take all these pieces and sit down and put together the puzzle of your life together. When the puzzle is done this is what your passion is.

Conclusion

For me my passion is to help others. One way I do this is by my writings and post that I share on this blog. I have a very diverse background and I have accomplished many things that are on my bucket list. I use my writing ability to share what I have done in life and offer advice on many different topics. By being able to do what I have a passion for this gives me ability to enjoy some of my other passions that I have such as fishing, enjoying the great outdoors, and etc.

These activities will not give you all the answers in life, this should help get you started on finding out what you really do desire and get you on the road to finding your true passion. For many of us this is not easy and it will take some hard work, don’t give up in the end it will be well worth the hard work.


 

 

 

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Live Your Life The Danish Hygge Way!

Live Your Life The Danish Hygge Way!

How To Live All The Time Experiencing A Life Of Hygge!

The new word that is being used around many circles of people is called “hygge”. The word is not knew and it derives from a 16 century Norwegian term “to create well being”. In 2016 the word “hygge” was on “The Oxford Dictionaries” word of the year shortlist. The word is pronounced as “hoo-ga” or “hoo-guh” and is a Danish term which is translated to a single meaning of feeling cozy or comfortable. This could be the reason why Denmark is named the “happiest place on earth”.

According to Wikipdeia Hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning well being and it refers to a form of everyday togetherness. Many of us here in America never have the opportunity to experience hygge in our lives. We are constantly struggling to outdo each other or live in a world of (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where we are caught in a cycle of obsession and compulsion which trigger negative reaction, depression and selfishness.

How can we bring hygge into our lives?

We all need to bring some hygge into our lives. When most people start talking about this term or researching the term the first thought that enters a person’s mind is the coziness of being wrapped up with your soulmate in a cozy blanket in front of a warm fireplace, sipping a glass of red wine on a cold winter night. Many of the Scandinavian countries are considered where a good portion of the year is considered winter. Maybe this is why we associate this Danish term to winter and warm fireplaces.

The noun “hygge” means being nice, cozy, safe and it refers to a psychological state and the antonym translates to being “scared”. We need to find ways for us to be content with what we have and change our lifestyle to be more like the Danes in Denmark and take on the culture of having a cozy simplistic lifestyle. With summer being here now how do we bring contentment and coziness to our own homes and keep this lifestyle running in our blood all year around?

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere.

Turn off the television, put down the cell phone and turn off the games and invite friends over for dinner and an old fashioned card game or board game. A sense of togetherness is a part of being hygge.

  • Food is comfort.

What speaks to the soul more than homemade food? Twenty years ago potlucks were a big hit for families, potlucks bring togetherness. Today many of us don’t get together for family birthdays or the holidays anymore. What happen to the days of the whole family sitting around the dining room table enjoying Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Nothing speaks more about hygge than comfort food, family, and friends on a Saturday evening sitting around a bonfire even in the middle of summer.

  • Go outdoors and enjoy nature.

Hygge is not strictly about winter, the Dames practice hygge all year long. God gave us nature for a reason and we need to take advantage of what God has given us and enjoy it. Taking a walk, having a picnic, kayaking or boating, fishing, backyard parties, pool parties, nature photography, these are all relaxing things that bring togetherness.

  • Create an inviting atmosphere.

Spring and summer bring on a chore called spring cleaning. The idea of this is to declutter your home and make it an inviting comfortable space that people will feel relaxed in. Clean out the clutter and unnecessary items that makes the room feel uninviting. You may consider repainting the room with calming colors, have dim lighting, soothing music playing in the background, and have candles burning. The Danes burn about fifteen pounds of wax per year according to Wiking. This means turn down the lighting and light candles for a more calming atmosphere.  

  • Conclusion

Hygge is more than just having a cozy room to sit in and read a good book while sipping hot chocolate. The Danes believe it is important to have a life that is simplistic, a time to wind down and slow down the pace of a person’s life. Hygge needs to start at home, this does not mean that you need to live a life of a minimalist but create a space or place that conveys a positive atmosphere. Make your home inviting, where friends and family will want to come and spend time. It is important to understand though, hygge is an experience and a lifestyle change. The tips above will only inspire hygge all the while helping you to appreciate the life you presently live.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
CDC Recommends Using Lemon Eucalyptus Oil For Biting Insects

CDC Recommends Using Lemon Eucalyptus Oil For Biting Insects

We all know that summer is here and in Florida we did not have a winter at all. Along with hot humid temperatures come mosquitoes and other biting insects. In the past, we used to cover ourselves with a chemical call DEET to help ward off biting insects but DEET does have a lot of negative press that does scare people away from using any products with DEET on the label. DEET is used to repel biting insects by making the insects unable to smell us, this is done by applying this chemical directly to our skin. DEET does not kill the insect, it just masks our odor that draws the insect to us.


In several articles that were posted not long ago the National Pesticide Information Center stated that the CDC is recommending that the use of lemon eucalyptus oil is as effective as DEET. But first the CDC does state that you must avoid mosquito bites and that by using repellents according to the label is the best way to optimize your safety. The CDC does list repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus, DEET, picaridin and IR3535 as the most effective products to use.

What is oil of lemon eucalyptus?

This product also goes by the name p-menthane 3,8-idol or PMD. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a plant based extract from the very tall lemon eucalyptus tree which is also called Corymbia Citriodora that grows about 164 feet tall in the tropical northeastern part of Australian. What is nice about the product besides being an all-natural product is that it provides very similar protection as DEET products.

The p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD) oil is a synthetic version with the pesticide properties which is used instead of the toxic DEET repellents. In 2000 the EPA did register the oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD as a bio pesticide repellent. These lotions of sprays can be applied to human skin and clothing for repelling biting insects such as mosquitoes.

Other reported benefits of lemon eucalyptus oil.

Some reports state that this oil can help with arthritis, cold sores, coughing, fever, flu, sinusitis, and poor circulation. Besides this oil helping with these conditions it is also reported that when applied to the skin it may help treating muscle spasms, toenail fungus, and other joint pain relief. When applied as a chest rub it may help with chest congestion.

The EPA has showed that PMD had no adverse effects on humans except for eye irritation. There have been some rare reports of skin irritations like with other herbal oil use. I highly suggest doing a small skin patch test first to make sure that you do not have any side effects or allergic reactions.


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
The Benefits of Vitamin B-12

The Benefits of Vitamin B-12

The benefits of Vitamin B-12

Now that my wife and I are starting to get a few years under our belt we are finding ourselves taking more vitamins to help our body make it through the day. I remember my mother when she was in her 70’s she had to start getting a vitamin B-12 shot every month, now I am finding my wife and I taking a vitamin B-12 supplement. For a while I had stopped taking it and I started to notice that I was more sluggish and tired throughout the day. I mentioned this to my wife and she asked if I had stopped taking my B-12 supplement and I had to fess up that I had stopped. She suggested to start back taking it and we would see if it made a difference and it did.

What is Vitamin B-12

So, what makes this vitamin so good for us. Vitamin B-12 is also known as being called Cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that is dissolves in water and flows through your bloodstream. Animal foods are the best source for taking in vitamin B-12, this would include grass fed meat, grass fed dairy products, eggs, wild caught fish, and organic range chicken. Like all the B vitamins, B-12 is water soluble and the body does not store cobalamin and if the body does not need it then the unwanted amounts are excreted through your urine.

The benefits of B-12

According to WebMD, Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin. This means that the body requires vitamin B-12 to work properly. Vitamin B-12 can be found in foods such as meat, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory. It is often taken in combination with other B vitamins. Here is some other reasons that we should be taking B-12;

  • It helps the body regulated the nervous system which it aids in reducing stress, depression, stress, and
  • It supports heart health.
  • It converts food and carbohydrates into glucose in the body thus leading to increase in energy and decrease fatigue.
  • It assists to maintain a healthy digestive system and it improves unhealthy cholesterol and it helps with high blood pressure.
  • It can also aid in helping to protect us against breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer.
  • May help curb memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Increase concentration.
  • Increase the Immune system.

Vitamin B-12 deficiency

Many of us are low or deficient in vitamin B-12 and don’t even know it. My mother had been B-12 deficient for many years and this resulted in severe damage to her body where she had to have B-12 injections monthly. There are many signs of being deficient in B-12 and here is a list of some of those signs.

  • Constantly feeling tired and fatigued, very common sign.
  • Joint pain.
  • Muscle weakness or muscle aches.
  • Dizziness
  • Poor memory or forgetfulness.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Depression
  • Mood swings.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Heart issues.
  • Anxiety.
  • Anemia, or pernicious anemia which my mother had. This is a serious condition that causes memory loss and long-term dementia. Pernicious anemia is potentially a life-threatening disease.

Many people especially the little big older generation and people that are vegetarians or vegans are potential victims of vitamin B-12 deficiency. In doing my research on this vitamin I know for a fact that I will be taking this vitamin for the rest of my life. If you are showing any signs that I have listed above I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and get some advice, you could be one of us that are starting down the road of being vitamin B-12 deficient.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
You Can Be Successful

You Can Be Successful

Everyone Has The Ability to Be Successful

In order to be successful we must be able to take risk. Risk are frightening because we may get hurt or fail. We try to protect ourselves from getting hurt and we tend to get into a comfort zone and we get complacent because we are comfortable. But in order to be a successful person we need to break down the walls of being complacent and develop a spirit of bravery.

In my fifty plus years on this earth I have had plenty of failures and missed opportunities. But with failure I have had some of my biggest learning experiences. I could have taken the easy way in life and not have taken chances but I would not be as successful as I am today. By going out on a limb and taking risk you will learn from your failed attempts and you will gain wisdom with each failure. Keep this in mind, you will never be successful in life unless you try something new. Trust me, if you do not try then years down the road you will play the blame game and the only person that you can blame is yourself for not trying.

Face Your Issues.

Do not run from conflict, face it head on and resolve any issues that arise in your path. From family issues to conflicts at work it is best to resolve the issue if you can. If you do not resolve the issue and you run from them instead the unresolved issues will eat away at you which can lead to depression and regret. 

The Blame Game.

It is human nature to blame others when it is ourselves that we should be blaming. I hear it all the time, I cannot get ahead in life because I was not raised correctly or I did not have the same opportunities as others had, the list could go on. Most of the time we blame others for our failures in life but in reality it is our laziness or insecurity that keeps us from taking chances in order to achieve new dreams. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own life.

Just Do It.

Always keep striving forward and never look back. This is what I tell everybody that does dive in head first and takes the chance. You always know that failure is a possibility but you will never know if you will win and be successful unless you try. I can tell you from my own personal experience that your wins will outweigh your losses and the feeling of winning is a great and rewarding feeling.

Always Keep Learning.

If for some reason you do not succeed stop and put the brakes on and try and figure what went wrong and look at this as being a learning and growing experience. We all need to keep learning and some of the best life lessons are what we learn from our mistakes and failures.

Conclusion.

We all have it in us from the time we are born to keep reaching for the stars. Don’t get lazy and complacent but always keep striving for bigger and better in life. Life gives us rewards and it can also throw us failures. It is what we do when we fail is what makes us or breaks us. We need to take our failures and use them to learn by instead of looking at the failure as a negative and blame others for not being successful in life. Always take responsibility for your own actions.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle