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Death: All That Comes, Must Go.

I feel like I write a lot about religion, because religion is so near and dear to me. I pray my future kids, husband, friends, coworkers and acquaintances can feel as close to a feeling as I feel. It makes the inside of me tremble just writing it, and honestly can get my tears ducts spouting if I think about that feeling for a  few seconds more.

I love feeling connected to higher calling. That being said, lately, I have been thinking about something that we all will go through: DEATH.

Death scares me, because as close as I feel to religion and understanding it, I feel just as far from understanding “death”.   As a believer, I know where all my eggs should be when I think about death; Islam provides me with guidance. But for some reason, it sits a funny way with my soul. I cannot get my self to feel comfortable with it. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to get comfortable with it, I think it is just something I have to accept.

I have to be thankful that I fear it, and that it constantly reminds me to make the most of all of my relationships in this world. Death reminds me to spend a few extra minutes each day talking to my mom and checking in with my dad, it reminds me to hug my husband extra tight and to make sure I look into his eyes, it reminds me that I should enjoy cheesecake, and also reminds me that if I want to enjoy a few extra precious moments with my loved ones I should probably put down my favorite diet drinks (which apparently aren’t that good for you – boo).

After writing all of this, I understand why we need death. It helps you appreciate “now”, because there may not be a “later”.

Also, I wanted to thank each and everyone of my readers! I don’t have too many, but I have enough to be thankful for your love and support. Writing has always been away for me to feel connected and has always allowed me to explore the deeper meaning in any event going on in my life. I hope I can inspire you to write, and to contemplate things that are uncomfortable.

Love and light.

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Health: My Favorite Morning Drink!

Hi Friends,

A fun fact about me is that I love sipping on things more than chewing things! I’m not sure why, but I love a yummy drink: carbonated, fresh juice, teas & coffees (I really don’t discriminate).

Lately, one of my favorite morning drinks has been 100% Bolthouse Farms Pomegranate Juice and chia seeds! (I’ve been purchasing Bolthouse over Pom Wonderful due to the price point. I’m sure if the POM Wonderful price point were better – I’d use either/or.)

I bought the Chia Seeds from amazon for $11  – you can find them anywhere though. At night (preferred method) or in the morning (least preferred method) I take a tablespoon or two of the chia seeds ad them let them soak in the pomegranate juice. By the time I wake up or am done getting ready for the morning –I have an awesome health drink ready for me!

The benefits of pomegranate juice are never ending, but here are some of my favorite benefits of drinking it:

  • may help stop plaque from building up in blood vessel
  • loaded with antioxidants (antioxidants are known to help prevent and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancer)
  • A 2005 study on 45 patients with coronary heart disease demonstrated that a daily drink of 238ml (8.4oz) of pomegranate juice administered over three months resulted in improved blood flow to the heart and a lower risk of heart attack
  • I’m anemic and the iron content is high in pomegranate juice!

I’m also really loving chia seeds – I’m sure you’ve read a million articles dedicated to these inflatable black seeds that turn all jelly-like, but once again here are my favorite reasons for loving chia seeds:

  • one tablespoon of chia seeds have more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries
  • high in fiber
  • may help prevent cardiovascular, neurological and autoimmune diseases

I hope you’re inspired to try the combination tomorrow morning, because it’s something I’ll definitely be enjoying!

Stay healthy! 

The Cinnamon Tea with Honey Diet

I, like most women, am my harshest critic. I am constantly trying to keep up a diet, or trying to lose weight, while not doing the best JOB eating healthy. Although, I do make smoothies almost every morning, the rest of the day, I’m either on the right track, or far from it.

I recently learned about a diet that does not INVOLVE much dieting: the Cinnamon Tea w/ Honey Diet.

The elements of the tea are SIMPLE:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water
  2. After the water is done boiling, reduce the heat and stir in  1-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.
  3. Let it simmer and stir it occasionally over the next 10-15 mins over LOW heat.
  4. Remove it from the heat, after it has cooled, place honey in the mixture (do not place honey in the hot mixture– only when fully cooled!)
  5. Stir it vigorously
  6. Drink  a forth or  half of it before bed (last thing you drink)
  7. Wake up in the morning, stir it vigorously
  8. Drink 1/4 or half of it on an empty stomach the next morning

My opinions on how the diet works:

First off, Cinnamon is an appetite suppressant.  Naturally, after drinking the tea, I’m not that hungry. I, literally, have to remind myself to eat! Reminding myself to eat, is NOT something I do regularly. I usually have to remind myself to STOP eating, because I’m always munching on something!

Second, I felt thirsty throughout the day. I’m horrible about consuming water, but I can definitely tell when my body craves water. All through yesterday, I was craving glasses and glasses of water.

Third, I naturally ate smaller portions.  I was just full sooner, and I could not eat any more, without feeling uncomfortable. Usually, even if I feel uncomfortable, there is this mental thing where I still want to eat because everything is so yummy, and everything I ate last night was extremely yummy, but still — I just had to stop.

I’m not sure how the honey works into the tea, but if you google the recipe, you’ll see that it’s always there, so it must have some effect. I’m happy with the way things are going so I will continue this “diet.”

If you try it, let me know how it affected you? Pay attention to your mental states about food! Cannot wait to hear about your experiences!

P.S. I thought I would leave you with a little bit of information about the health benefits of Cinnamon:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
  • Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. (My mother is indian, and claims this as cinnamons most important quality!)
  • Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
  • Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Honey and Cinnamon combined have been found to relieve arthritis pain.
  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  • Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches or relieving migraines 
  • Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!

Unfortunately, I cannot back up the above with proof or scientific evidence, but I do feel like cinnamon has a plethora of great qualities.  Cinnamon is a readily available spice, which can be bought extremely cheaply, so why not try it out for yourself — you have NOTHING to lose, unless your allergic!  As you’ll see on WebMD: Cinnamon  has virtually no side effects!

The Magic Bullet

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Everyone has heard about the freshmen 15, but have you heard of the graduate school 15?!

By 15, I’m referring the 15 pounds one gains when they enter graduate school. During the first year of graduate school, you will find that you are often stressed and time is never on your side, exercise seems like a hassle, and eating healthy seems like a time commitment.

I literally gained 7 pounds  by the end of my first year of law school. I was extremely unhappy about it, so over the summer I made it a point to force myself to enjoy running, and to do it everyday after work, and to try  and cook more. I made salads, stir fry, and SMOOTHIES. 

By the end of the summer I had not only lost the weight I gained, but I lost three additional pounds! I loved my new body and I did not want to lose it during my second year of law school. So, I bought a scale to monitor my weight and when my original blender broke (a cheap Osterizer), I purchased a Magic Bullet!

I absolutely love my Magic Bullet. My neighbor recommended it to me & I am incredibly thankful. The size is perfect & it can easily go inside of my dishwasher. Hand-washing the blades is pretty standard, so there is no way around that, but I think this is an awesome product, and I wish I had known about it sooner.  

Here is a standard recipe I use for morning smoothies or lunch smoothies:

  1. 3-4 ice cubes 
  2. fill my glass with 1/3 – 1/2 fat free milk
  3. Blueberries
  4. Strawberries
  5. spinach
  6. sliced almonds
  7. honey  or chocolate syrup (just  half a spoon!)

Enjoy!