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What’s so special about fidget spinner?,17 Jul 2017 in NEWS

What’s so special about fidget spinner? Attractive and mesmerizing. Definitely the fashion of the moment between children and adults: the

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The Cessation of Indigenous Cultural Practices That Duress the Esteem of Women in Africa,05 Jul 2017 in Sin categoría

Women play very vibrant roles in the development of families and societies in Africa. Their great and unequivocal sacrifices they

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8 Clear Signs You’re Not Sleeping Deeply Enough,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

You know if you haven’t gotten enough sleep—but quality matters, too



12 Lovely Flower Quotes to Fill Your Soul With Calm,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

Stop and smell the roses. You’ll never regret it.



How to Perfectly Write a Thank You Note for a Job Interview,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

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Interviewers are often inundated with faces and information, so standing out as a qualified and thoughtful candidate can make all the difference when it comes to getting the job. Writing a meaningful thank-you note after an interview can help you make an impression and show your commitment to the position. Here’s how to write the ideal follow up letter:

1. Choose your method. Whether you send a handwritten thank-you or an email depends largely on the company culture. A more traditional company, such as a law firm, may appreciate a handwritten note. However, a fast-paced tech company may be more impressed by the efficiency of an email. Plus, if you send an email you can ensure that the interviewer received your message. Either way keep it concise; two to three brief paragraphs is sufficient.

2. Start simply: Thank them for meeting with you. Remember to be specific about why they met with you; they may be interviewing candidates for multiple positions at the same time. (“Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the staff writer position at Daily News.”)

3. Reiterate your qualifications you mentioned in the interview. (“After our conversation, I am confident my research and writing skills make me a great fit for this position.”) If applicable, you can add that you demonstrated these qualifications in previous jobs. (“It was helpful to understand how your staff writer duties are similar to the tasks I fulfilled during my time at News Magazine.”)

4. Mention a moment in the interview in which you and the interviewer connected. Or note something the interviewer said that piqued your interest. (“I enjoyed hearing about the team-oriented culture of the office, and what you told me about Daily News’ commitment to keeping the public informed really resonated with me.”)

5. Repeat your thanks and interest in the opportunity. (“Again, I appreciate the opportunity to interview with Daily News, and I remain extremely interested in the position.”)

6. Ask if there is any additional material the company needs, and invite the interviewer to contact you again. (“If you need any other information at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”)

7. Close the thank-you letter by looking toward the future. (“I look forward to hearing from you soon.”)

8. Proof it! Make sure the letter is free of any grammar or spelling mistakes, as typos can ruin a good impression. Re-read to ensure that the tone is professional and fits in with the office culture.

9. Don’t procrastinate. Send the letter no later than one business day after the interview. If you’re sending a handwritten note, send it immediately so the interviewer receives it as promptly as possible. If you met with multiple people, make sure each interviewer receives a personalized thank-you note for their time.

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“I Was Grateful Just to Be Hungry”: One Man’s Stirring Tale of Overcoming Cancer,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

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I’ve never been on death row, but I’ve thought about my last meal. When you do the last-meal thought exercise, you go back in time to all your happiest culinary moments. You gather them together—a spectrum of your tastes—for the epic finale. It’s like your life flashing before your tongue.

I’d have shrimp tempura and jerk chicken. I’d have my mom’s sweet-and-sour meatballs, my favorite memory. Then I’d have my own macaroni and cheese, which is the best.

After six weeks of chemo, I dropped from 168 pounds to 152. It’s not that extreme given the circumstances. But I’d always calculate how far I was from my previous health when I would walk to the corner store and not feel like I just got off a treadmill.

I was so tired; I had aches and grogginess. I was always hungry, and I thought I wanted to eat, but my body didn’t. Eating was like trying to swallow sand.

All I wanted was a cheeseburger and not even to actually eat it. I just wanted to want a cheeseburger, to feel my body processing that hunger, to thrive and not just shuffle off quietly.

I wanted to remember what it felt like to salivate over something.

When the oncologist called, the lilt in his voice hinted at good news. The tumor had shrunk to an operable size. I had the surgery, and I began to be weaned off the treatments. I could start eating again. Soups, bananas, and then I could eat a real meal again.

My closest friends said they would take me anywhere I wanted to eat. I didn’t have shrimp tempura or jerk chicken. I ended up getting comfort food—Thai, Americanized and sugary.

I’ll never have a last meal. I’d like to think that my death will be less predictable. But as I was sitting there with all my closest friends, looking down at the menu like it was a list of wishes, I was grateful just to be hungry.

All that mattered was the chance to have a first meal, a meal I could point to and say, “That’s when I came back to life.”

*Told live at a Moth show at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL



“With the Help of LCHF, I Am Winning My Battles”,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

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Before and after

Cassie Davey had tried all diets and failed. She was “every weight-loss program’s dream customer”, as she kept regaining the lost weight and coming back.

Then she decided to try LCHF, and quickly realized why she’d been failing before.

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Switching to a LCHF lifestyle has by far been the best decision I have ever made for my health and wellbeing. There is absolutely zero exaggeration when I say it has changed my life.

2015 was perhaps the most difficult year of my life. My depression and anxiety was at an all time peak, my relationship with my fiancé was close to crumbling, I had lost the friendships of some very dear friends, and I constantly felt tired and unwell. I was obese, and filled with self loathing. I ‘ate my feelings’ and would binge, which led to weight-gain, which led to even more self loathing… wash, rinse, repeat. Something had to give.

I knew deep down that I needed to do something to get back in control of my spiraling weight. Over the years I had tried everything I could think of to lose the weight… expensive food and exercise programs (four separate attempts), meal delivery programs (three separate attempts), shake diets, weight-loss coaching services (five separate attempts). You name it, I had given it a go.

I was every weight-loss program’s dream customer.

Sure, I lost weight. I lost weight well, but piled it all back on, and then some when I fell off the wagon in spectacular fashion. I was every weight-loss program’s dream customer. A sucker who kept on coming back for more, and failing every single time.

After a bit of soul searching, I realised that what I had was a full blown food addiction… more specifically, an addiction to sugars and carbs. I had friends who had switched to a LCHF lifestyle, and could see the fantastic changes it had made to their life.

Although the thought of giving up pasta, mashed potatoes, lollies and cakes gave me mini anxiety episodes, I bit the bullet and decided to make the switch. I threw myself into researching all things LCHF. I read books, watched documentaries, trawled websites, joined Facebook groups/pages/communities, and in general, surrounded myself with lots of supportive and knowledgeable people who would help me in my journey. On the 26th of January, 2016, I started my new life.

In the roughly 4.5 months that I have been following this lifestyle, I have lost a little over 44 lbs (20 kilos). I have gone from a size 18 to 20, to a size 12 to 14 (Australian sizing), and am now in the healthy weight range.

My depression and anxiety are a thing of the past, and I have been able to ditch my anti-depressants. My relationship with my fiancé is stronger than ever, because I am a much happier, more confident and more energetic partner, friend and mother. MY LIBIDO HAS RETURNED! My snoring and psoriasis have both improved dramatically, I have clearer skin, and my resting heart rate and blood pressure are now normal.

For perhaps the first time in my life, I have a healthy relationship with food.

For perhaps the first time in my life, I have a healthy relationship with food. Food and hunger do not rule my life. I no longer binge eat. My food addiction no longer controls me. With the help of LCHF, I am winning my battles, and I every day I am thankful for taking the plunge and saying goodbye to my old ways. I do not miss them one little bit!

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Fourth of July: 20 Fun Party Games,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

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This Independence Day invite your friends over for a picnic filled with patriotic games. Here are a few traditional favorites and new ways to enjoy this summertime holiday.

1. Red, white, and blue tag

Give each competitor one token of each color. When the whistle blows, the game starts! Challenge players to be the first to gather one red, one white, and one blue token by tagging other players.  This game is perfect outdoor fun for young kids.


2. Patriotic balloon pop

Put a “You win!” note inside deflated red, white, and blue balloons, then blow them up and and place them around the party area. Have party guests pop the balloons to find out if they win a prize.


3. Fourth of July bingo

Perfect for indoor or outdoor fun, print out free patriotic Bingo cards online or design your own using construction paper and stickers. Give away small prizes to winners for extra fun. Check out free printables here.


4. Independence Day costume contest

Ask guests to come dressed in their favorite patriotic attire (Hamilton, anyone?) for a costume contest. Give top prizes for patriotism and creativity.

 

5. Uncle Sam hat competition

Set up a card table with safety scissors, glue, star cutouts, construction paper, cotton balls, glitter and tape and have guest create their own Uncle Sam hat.  After everyone is done, have a parade of Uncle Sam hats and let the party decide on the winner. Instagram bonus: Partygoers in their newly-made hats will make the perfect photo-op.


6. American history competition

Challenge guests to a little bit of history trivia. Compile facts about U.S. history and divide guests into four teams. The winners get to be the first to the dessert table! Consider including these fascinating facts about the America flag!


7. Patriotic scavenger hunt

Set up and plan your very own Americana-packed scavenger hunt. Give guests clues to search for mini versions of a Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, soldiers, flags, and more!


8. Fourth of July jar

Fill a large fishbowl or jar with red, white, and blue candies and challenge guests to guess how many candies are in the bowl. Put a pen, paper, and an empty basket beside the bowl and have guests place their names and guesses in the basket. The winner gets to take home the whole container of goodies.


9. Bike decorating competition

Perfect for block party fun, have kids and families decorate their bikes with an Independence Day theme: think streamers, flags, bike spoke beads, and more. Winners get year-round bragging rights!


10. Baseball game

Start up the fun with America’s favorite pastime! Get the whole crowd involved by serving hot dogs and peanuts to spectators.


11. Red, white, and blue concentration

Have everyone sit in a circle. The first person names something red, the next names something white, and the next something blue. Each time someone repeats or can’t think of anything, they’re out!


12. Capture the American flag

In this classic game, one team must capture the other team’s flag and bring it back to their territory to win. If a player is tagged by an opposing team member, you have to go to jail (a patch of the field you’re playing on). Players can only get out of jail if their own team-member tags them. Make it patriotic by making one flag blue and the other red!

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13. Rocket flyer launch

Make rockets by rolling up an 8 by 12 piece of paper and then make a cone out of colored construction paper and tape it to the top. Decorate with red, white, and blue crepe paper and see who can launch theirs the farthest!


14. Water balloon dodge ball

Divide up the group into two teams and fill up some red, white, and blue water balloons. If you get hit, you’re out. The last one standing wins!


15. Pin the hat on Uncle Sam

While blindfolded, each person must try to pin the hat on Uncle Sam in this Fourth of July rendition of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.


16. Giant lawn matching game

Get 16 12×12 cork tiles and cut out different patriotic stencils. Make two identical images for each stencil and lay them all out randomly on the lawn. Have fun finding each pair of pictures


17. Patriotic ping pong

Make a ping pong table by painting the American flag onto a piece of plywood. Have fun playing a spirited game of ping pong!


18. Sponge fireworks

Gathe strips of red, white, and blue strips of sponge and tie them in the middle with a piece of string. These can act as reusable water balloons for any of water game or relay race, and they look like fireworks!


19. Cup race

Take a blue plastic cup, cut a hole in it and string it onto a piece of string or rope. Hang the rope taut between two trees or poles. Then, repeat with a red plastic cup and hang it onto a different string parallel to the first one. Use a water gun to propel each plastic cup down the string. First one to the other side wins.


20. Patriotic Pictionary or charades

Put a patriotic spin on these classic games by using your own index cards and writing famous American heroes and places.


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12 Simple Ways to Add Color to Your Outdoor Space,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

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Injecting color into the landscape doesn’t have to be difficult or a budget-buster—and color can come from a variety of sources. In furniture, garden art, paint, pots, tile and, of course, plants, the impact color has on the landscape cannot be understated. Here are 12 simple ways that you can add refreshing hues outside.

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1. Select colorful outdoor furniture. Sitting areas and tables often serve as focal points in the landscape, which makes them great places to add color. As a less expensive option, trade in tan and brown cushions for new ones in eye-catching colors or add pillows to your existing seat cushion.

2. Bring in colorful pots. One of the easiest ways to create a more colorful garden is to incorporate containers in shades of blue, magenta, orange, purple or even red. This is an opportunity to create a striking color variation. Pairing colorful containers with plants prized for their foliage, such as herbs, hostas, and succulents, is another easy way to create vibrant interest in the landscape. Planters can also provide badly needed color in a shady front entry where flowers won’t grow but a nice green shade-loving plant will.

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3. Add an outdoor rug to your deck or patio. Don’t overlook the opportunity to add interest at ground level by bringing in a rug with a pleasing design in shades that will enhance your outdoor dining or seating areas.

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4. Paint a wall in an eye-catching color. A can of paint and a couple of hours are all it takes to infuse the landscape with a rich hue. Paint an exterior or garden wall for a dramatic difference. Above, you see common sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri) and Santa Rita prickly pear (Opuntia santa-rita) planted in front of a colorful wall. When selecting a paint color, choose one that will complement the surrounding area, including outdoor furniture and plants. A color wheel can help you decide whether to go with a complementary or analogous color. While some homeowners associations don’t allow brightly colored walls on building exteriors, you may be able to paint parts of the landscape not visible from the road.

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5. Incorporate decorative tiles. Tile comes in many different colors and designs, which makes it a great material to add color to outdoor structures such as stairs, kitchen countertops, or water features, or it can be used to create a mural.

6. Use colorful outdoor decor. Garden art can handle the weather extremes of the outdoors while adding interest to the landscape. Examples include colorful stepping stones, mosaic art, and the popular Talavera pottery, to name just a few.

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7. Brighten up a bare wall with a mural. This is an especially helpful tip if space is limited, as a mural takes up no ground space and adds both color and interest to an outdoor wall. Whether you add plants to the landscape by painting them on the wall or create the illusion of a framed piece of art, a mural can be a great way to dress up the outdoors.

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8. Decorate the outdoors with colorful, flower-filled pots. Another one of the easiest and most fulfilling ways to add color to the outdoors is to incorporate flowering plants in containers. These miniature gardens not only beautify their surroundings, but they can also be moved to other locations and changed out seasonally to whatever suits you at a given time. Hanging flower baskets add color at a higher level and can be used to frame a view from a window.

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9. Add color toward an entry with flowering plants. A group of flowering plants draws the eye toward an entry — and can also increase curb appeal. You can do this by adding pots filled with flowering annuals or creating a bed filled with blooming plants in the front yard. In this garden, a raised bed has been created out of a retaining wall and filled with pink geraniums.

10. Add flowers to your vegetable beds. Plant cosmos, marigolds and nasturtiums in with your vegetables. Seasonal favorites such as sweet alyssum, lobelia, petunias, and violas also do well in vegetable gardens. They not only add lovely color but attract pollinators.

11. Look beyond flowers to plants with vibrant foliage. Colorful foliage isn’t limited to fall. Many plants provide year-round color other than green through their foliage for dramatic interest long after the flowers have faded.

12. Look for new areas to add color. Take a few minutes to walk through your garden and try to see it through a different set of eyes—you can also ask a friend to do this for you. You may discover a new area to add plants.

 

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Low-Carb Living – in Ketosis,25 Jun 2016 in Sin categoría

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How do you successfully eat low carb for life? And what’s the role of ketosis?

Dr Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, knows more about this than almost anybody. He has researched adaptation to very low-carb diets (and exercise) for a long time.

Above is a segment of Dr. Phinney’s presentation in Cape Town, where he talks about how to get the brain and body to run on ketones, freeing ourselves from relying on carbohydrates (transcript).

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This talk has been amazingly popular. Here’s what our members are saying about it:

This was amazingly helpful to me. I was wondering what Professor Phinney meant when he kept saying, “a well formulated ketogenic diet”. Then he showed a sample of what he eats in a day. I could see from that where I need to make adjustments in my diet to resume weight loss. Very informative. Great speaker. Easy to listen to and not at all boring.
– Patty

This is such an awesome video. Thank you so much for providing such informative content to help me stay motivated with LCHF. This website has been truly life-changing!
– Adam

This is essential information. I need to take more salt and more fat while still losing weight. Professor Phinney makes it very clear in this video it is a must to keep healthy.
– Dolores

Popped over to watch a couple of minutes of this video; ended up watching the whole thing. Very interesting and accessible.
– Jane

I have been following the LCHF / Ketogenic lifestyle advocated by Stephen Phinney, for the past 14 months. The weight loss has been great, the reversal of pre-diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, IBD, inflammed joints, eczema, hay fever and gum disease has been amazing. But the icing on the cake (excuse the pun:-) is not having to fight the constant, relentless hunger that ruled my life and tormented me for years – I feel truly liberated.

I feel truly liberated.

I now understand that I am no different from my northern European ancestors who evolved to survive long harsh winters. I need to eat like them if I’m to survive my modern environment now. I will be forever grateful to those people like Stephen Phinney who challenged the current dogma and went against the grain 🙂
– Maryanne

Wow..so eating saturated fat is fine as long as you are eating low-carb as the body will then burn the fat instead of it circulating in your bloodstream. This really was enlightening. Thank you.
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