Gluten Free Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 18 cookies

Gluten free recipes are no longer hard to come by – but a delicious gluten free recipe? A little harder. These gluten free healthy oatmeal cookies are absolutely delish, and each cookie is only 2 Weight Watcher points!

Ingredients:

1 cup gluten free rolled oats

¼ cup gluten free flour

¼ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

6 tablespoons natural peanut butter

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, gluten free flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk to mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spoon cookies onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten each cookie with a fork.
  1. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Free Senior Dating Websites

Dating is not only for teenagers, but it is also for seniors too. There are people who are looking for romantic relationships on their 60s or 70s. If you are one of them, you might be a divorced senior or someone who is still single even after a lot of years have passed. If this is your situation, then you might find the one with the help of the internet. Know more about dating here.

Technology can help you a lot when you are looking for friends and potential mates. You just have to go to the internet, find the right dating site that suits you, and establish an online profile. But there are a lot of dating sites to choose from so you have to find the one that can cater to your needs.

Here are some of the tips that you may find useful if you want to find the right dating site:

An In-Depth Questionnaire

When you first register on a website, a lot of questions will be asked regarding your hobbies, age, what you’re looking for, etc. Make sure that you don’t enter your credit card details, social security number, address, and other identifiable information about you. Other than these, the right site will ask you some questions about your preferences, location, favorite food, and a lot more to help narrow down your matches. Answer them truthfully.

Local Matches

The best dating sites for seniors will find matches that are just in your area. You might get lucky if it’s just your next door neighbor. Regardless if you find your neighbor attractive or not, you should not have to fly to Africa just to meet your potential mate. When you want to say hi to your new found friend, he or she should just be a drive away. There are also sites that offer long-distance meet-ups. They organize events for singles on the area in order for singles to meet their potential matches easily.

A Large Network

There’s no rule when it comes to dating. There are seniors who are looking to date someone younger than them. There are others who want to find someone their age so that they can have a lot to talk about. Regardless of the preference, a great site should have a large network where users can choose anyone they want. There should also be a good pool of seniors over 50 or 60 who are single, widowed, or divorced that are available to chat anytime.

Tips for Online Dating

Don’t expect too much. Have real assumptions and expectations. It is natural to feel nervous when you are out of the dating game for a number of years already. You might need some refresher on how to casually meet someone or how to keep conversations going while on a date. Read more about conversations here: https://www.elitedaily.com/dating/keep-conversation-flowing-first-date/1833011. If possible, talk to your date on the phone before meeting them. This will give you an idea of how they are going to treat you or the kind of person they are. More about tips on online dating here:

A Cinderella-themed love story does not happen at once. Love takes time to develop especially if you loved someone too much previously. Keep everything casual at first. You should not expect to feel the love at first sight or to feel head over heels when you meet someone for a date. There are also times when you might not want to have a second date with someone you met online. This is perfectly fine as long as you tell them in a nice way. Although this might make them feel bad, you can also try ghosting on them or simply stop communicating with them after the date.

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Create Your Own Custom Photo Canvas at a Great Price

This is a sponsored post with Canvas Discount and BraVoMark. All opinions are mine

I love to take photos, and I have tons of framed prints across my home, on the fireplace, the tv stand, book shelves, heck even in the kitchen! But recently I started to get more into taking my photos and putting them on a canvas to hang on the wall (or above the fireplace) and they look AMAZING! Not only are they great for home decor, but they make really awesome gifts as well.

My most recent purchase was a photo from Christmas that my Dad actually took. Very rarely anymore do I get all 3 of my kids in a photo , all smiling and not dressed in sweats and a tshirt =) I was super excited to get a canvas made for the living room, and it turned out great. Canvasdiscount.com had a great deal going on, and I got this fabulous print for less than $50 shipped!

The great thing is you can customize your photo , just upload and pick your framing, etc. I use Canva and PicMoney quite a bit with my blog, so we played around in the past and added a Bible verse and names, and bought this canvas as a gift for my parents, my Grandma, and of course, one for ourselves. Everyone always comments on how adorable it is, and it just pops!

If you aren’t a big fan of canvas like me, CanvasDiscount also offers some amazing options for framed photo prints which not only look amazing, but are surprisingly affordable. (In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be more cost efficient for me to start ordering my prints and frames from them, verses finding my own frame!)

CanvasDiscount is offering all All in a Days Work readers an additional discount on top of their already low prices!
All you have to do is go to the website, upload your photo and select your format and enter code ALLDAYCANVA during checkout for an extra 15% OFF!

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Low Carb Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

If you have joined the low carb or keto train, this low carb cauliflower ‘potato’ salad will hit the spot this spring/summer at your backyard cookout! Check it out below – taste great, and easy to make!

Yields: 6 servings

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes | Total: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower

½ cup sweet onion, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

4 boiled eggs, chopped small

¼ cup dill pickle relish

½ cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Himalayan pink salt and pepper

Paprika for garnish

Chop cauliflower into small bite-size pieces. Place an inch of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for 8-10 minutes. Turn off heat. Drain cauliflower and return to pot. Sprinkle the cooked cauliflower with pink salt, then add the chopped egg, onion and celery.

In a small bowl, combine dill pickle relish, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the cauliflower and toss to completely coat.

Pour the cauliflower salad into serving bowl and garnish with paprika if desired.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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3 Rumors About CBD and Cannabis

Along with 100 years of prohibition came strong propaganda, so much so that it requires a complete public re-education to undo some of the ideas implanted by the anti-cannabis political stance of the past. Until the last decade, even scientific research with respect to cannabis was limited because of strict policies against testing. This left a huge gap in the scientific understanding of cannabis, how it actually affects humans and whether or not it has a valid medical application.

It has been a colossal task of the cannabis industry to address this public miseducation, and cannabis legalization around the world has led to a monumental amount of scientific research. The growing understanding is slowly chipping away at rumors that have been developed over a century. Even education at a base level, such as in medical school, needs to change to accommodate everything we are now learning about cannabinoids.

Let’s have a look at 3 rumors about Cannabidiol and cannabis and whether or not we can bust those myths.

  1. Cannabis makes a person stupid or crazy

It is almost entertaining these days to hear the rumor that cannabis makes a person stupid or crazy. In fact, some of the world’s best entrepreneurs, athletes, celebrities and thinkers have admitted to using cannabis at some point (Carl Sagan being a prime example). At the same time, a huge part of cannabis propaganda was that it made a person stupid, lazy, unable to maintain relationships, prone to impulsive behavior and maybe even psychotic.

The case of cannabis and psychosis is sensitive, as it has been generally accepted in the past that there is a direct causal relationship between THC and psychosis. But modern science does not accept this hypothesis, nor has it ever been proven. Rather, there is an association between THC and psychosis, and it may be bidirectional. That’s to say, those who are prone to psychosis are possibly more likely to self-medicate with cannabis. On top of that, in places where cannabis has been legalized and its use has increased, there has been no noted increase in psychosis cases.

It is also important to add that cannabis contains much more than THC. One of the most prevalent cannabinoids in cannabis is actually anti-psychotic, it mediates the effects of THC, and it is sometimes even recommended as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia. It is CBD, and is one of the most commonly used cannabinoids in the USA, especially by medicinal cannabis users.

It’s a mystery, in fact, that so many people came to accept stupidity, laziness, and psychosis as side effects of cannabis use. There has never been any evidence to support these claims, and the widespread acceptance of these claims is a testament to the power of propaganda. Chronic use may have an effect on cognition, memory, and productivity in the long term, but there is no evidence to suggest that these effects are imminent even for infrequent users. Plus, there is no evidence that states these negative effects as irreversible even after cessation. 

2. CBD is a hoax or a scam

Another rumor prevailing American media at the moment is that CBD is a hoax, a fad, or simply a marketing gimmick. Even Forbes published an article about why CBD water is a scam and might even be dangerous. Other well-frequented blog websites such as Muscle For Life also go so far as to say that “CBD oil is basically a scam”. 

There are two ways to tackle this rumor; the first is by discussing some of the therapeutic benefits of CBD that have been scientifically proven. The second is to address the marketing tactics at play for this unregulated industry and to demonstrate that they do not devalue the therapeutic qualities of CBD.

Firstly, countless studies have been conducted on CBD’s ability to treat symptoms of epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, depression, PTSD, Crohn’s disease and many, many others. Perhaps the most pertinent one to discuss is CBD’s analgesic effects because more and more Americans are choosing cannabinoids over opioids for the treatment of chronic pain.

An estimated 20.4% of the American population is dealing with chronic pain, leading many to seek relief from opioids. At the same time, the opioid crisis has caused a dire need for alternative treatments and plenty of Americans have turned to CBD. At least 6% of Americans have turned to cannabinoids for treatment of chronic pain. 

Walker and Huang, in this study, point out some of the key antinociceptive qualities of cannabinoids in cases of acute and persistent pain. The role of the endocannabinoid system in the treatment of pain has also been implicated as in this study, where it was concluded that stimulation of the CB1 receptor reduces inflammation and hyperalgesia. This may be more appropriate to the discussion of THC, as it is THC that stimulates the CB1 receptor. Nonetheless, it is relevant to this topic.

In fact, three studies have just been cited about the effects of cannabinoids for pain, and there are hundreds more. Next, to chronic pain, epilepsy is probably the next most investigated disease in the context of cannabinoid treatment. GW Pharmaceuticals has even manufactured a pharmaceutical-grade, cannabis-derived product for the treatment of epilepsy. It is called Sativex and contains a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio. There is class 1 evidence that adjunctive use of CBD improves seizure control in certain kinds of epilepsy.

CBD is certainly not a hoax, a scam or a marketing gimmick of the cannabis industry. It holds real and important value in the medical world, especially for treatment-resistant conditions. Furthermore, it should not be dismissed as a hoax purely on the basis of propaganda. 

That’s not to say that there are not CBD companies out there taking advantage of marketing techniques in order to acquire sales. Just as with any industry, including the pharmaceutical industry (which is allowed to advertise pharmaceutical medications on television), consumers should be diligent and discerning. In fact, the cannabis industry remains more or less unregulated because it is a newer industry still in its development. Regulations are slowly being implemented, such as in California, where analyses of cannabinoids and contaminants must be provided. However, consumers should still exercise caution and refrain from purchasing products that don’t meet industry standards or are manufactured in substandard facilities.

CBD is absolutely not a scam, but there are “scam products” in the cannabis market that are labeled with “CBD”. Certain manufacturers put labels on CBD oil that do not indicate the true amount of CBD present, and this is misleading for customers. This should by no means deter people from CBD and its therapeutic potential.

3. Legalizing cannabis will lead to increased drug use, dependence and crime

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for the cannabis legalization movement to overcome has been the hypothesis that cannabis legalization will lead to increased drug use and marijuana dependence. At first, it is believable because even as a society, we have been led to believe that criminalization of drug use should lead to decreased drug use and crime. But when we really break this down, legal access does not mean increased drug use. 

Colorado, which legalized cannabis for recreational and medical use in 2014, has watched the number of young cannabis users (aged 12-17) has continued to decrease since legalization. In fact, it is the lowest it has been since 2007/08. Adolescent use of cannabis also dropped in Washington after legalization.

Interestingly, FBI data from Colorado and Washington report greater police productivity after legalization. With less time spent on cannabis arrests, crime clearance rates (how long police spend trying to solve a crime) for violent and property crimes increased in these states. Police have literally become more productive, not having to waste crime-solving time on petty cannabis crimes.

It’s also worth pointing out Portugal’s drug legislation, which decriminalized personal drug possession almost 20 years ago. This essentially means that drug users are no longer considered criminals. Rather, in the event of, a person is offered treatment on demand or is simply left alone. Drug use is no longer considered a criminal matter but a medical one. The Portuguese policy does not decriminalize the sale of drugs, as distribution and manufacturing is still illegal activity. 

One of the most notable impacts of decriminalization in Portugal is a drug-induced death rate over five times lower than the rest of Europe. Addressing the rate of opioid-induced death was one of the biggest incentives for Portugal’s leap of faith, and it demonstrates that criminalization actually fuels the war on drugs rather than overcoming it.

This rumor is completely and utterly exposed. Even the belief that criminalization is a way to manage the drug problem is deeply fallacious. It is not based on any real evidence that criminalization decreases crime. Now, thanks to decriminalization and legalization, we are able to observe the trends and the impacts of legalization.

The cannabis industry faces a lot of rumors, and we are coming out of a proverbial dark age of cannabis education. An incredible amount of misinformation occurred in the American population during prohibition, and it’s an immense task to undo these rumors. As the legalization movement continues, so too should re-education of the public.

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