How to Prevent Common Health Problems

A person’s health and wellness is determined by many factors –– only some of which can be influenced by smart decision making. Indeed, the harsh reality is that many common health issues have nothing to do with behavior, but are instead connected to genetics or environmental factors. However, that doesn’t mean health-conscious individuals can’t take positive steps to protect their well-being. Rather, just the opposite is true. Here, we’ll share four beneficial tips that will help you live a healthier life free from common health concerns: 

Get Educated

The first step to becoming a healthier person is learning more about fitness and wellness best practices. It’s imperative for health-conscious individuals to understand how to diet and exercise in a responsible manner. What’s more, they should speak with their doctor about their family history and seek to identify any conditions they may be predisposed to develop in particular. Finally, it’s also a wise idea to stay up to date on the latest medical news. It’s possible that a person with a back injury could learn about a viable spinal fusion alternative just by reading the right medical journal. The takeaway: never stop learning about health and medicine. 

Take Consistent Action

Building a sensible diet and exercise routine is essential to long-term health. Unfortunately, in order to reap the benefits of a good fitness plan, individuals need to stick to it for months or years at a time. Prioritizing your health for a month or two every year isn’t going to help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, or prevent certain diseases. If you want to be a healthy person, you need to make a commitment to consistent action. 

Schedule Preventative Measures

If you feel sick, then you should go to the doctor. And if you don’t feel sick, you can stay home. Simple enough, right? Well, the truth is that you should still seek out medical advice on a semi-regular basis, even if you feel “fine.” Check-ups and preventive screenings allow doctors the opportunity to find and treat potentially asymptomatic conditions before they manifest in a detrimental way. For example, some STDs can lay dormant for months or years at a time. So get tested for any infections you could conceivably contract. 

Relax

Stress, anxiety, and mental anguish can take a physical toll on even the healthiest individuals. That’s one reason why relaxation is a key aspect of protecting overall health. Indeed, getting enough sleep and knowing how to unwind after difficult days will improve your mental health, while potentially boosting your immune system at the same time. There’s no need to irrationally worry about every health problem you may encounter. Just do what you can to be a healthy person and let everything else go. You’ll be better off if you do. 

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Keto Dirty Rice

One of my favorite Asian favorites has always been rice – Though I’m able to order some of my favorites from our local Chinese restaurant, (they are great about leaving sauces off, or making it special) I always miss my rice! So this Keto Dirty Rice has been a LIFE CHANGER for me; it definitely helps with my cravings, and with the meat added it can be an entire meal!

The Keto Dirty Rice is also really good leftover as well. You can even freeze it if you want to! I will also sometimes make this without the meat, and then make my Keto Asian Chicken to go with it (absolutely delicious, and that recipe is coming soon!) or even with the copy cat Chick-fil-A chicken (thats super delish!)

INGREDIENTS NEEDED:

  • 3 tbsp bacon grease or olive oil 
  • 1 pound ground turkey or your ground meat of choice
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced bell 
  • ½ of a small diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp oregano – dried
  • ¼ tsp  thyme- dried 
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1½ tsp salt  – divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder – divided
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup water or chicken stock for added flavor
  • 12 oz frozen cauliflower rice
  • Sliced Green Onions

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using a heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon grease or oil and the ground meat.  Season with 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper and ½ tsp. garlic powder.

  2. After the meat is browned, reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, celery and bell pepper. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes until the veggies are tender and the onions are translucent. Add the minced garlic and the next four ingredients and cook for about another minute.

  3. Add the frozen cauliflower rice, chicken stock or water and season with the remaining ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. garlic powder. Combine thoroughly and use the liquid to loosen and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the cauliflower rice is soft and there is no extra liquid left in the pan. Garnish with sliced green onion and serve!

Keto Dirty Rice

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp bacon grease OR olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey or meat of your choice
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 whole diced red pepper
  • 1/2 small diced onion
  • 3 gloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp oregano dried
  • 1/4 tsp thyme dried
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken stock
  • 12 oz frozen cauliflower rice
  • sliced green onions whatever you desire

Instructions
 

  • Using a heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon grease or oil and the ground meat.  Season with 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper and ½ tsp. garlic powder.
  • After the meat is browned, reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, celery and bell pepper. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes until the veggies are tender and the onions are translucent. Add the minced garlic and the next four ingredients and cook for about another minute.
  • Add the frozen cauliflower rice, chicken stock or water and season with the remaining ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. garlic powder. Combine thoroughly and use the liquid to loosen and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the cauliflower rice is soft and there is no extra liquid left in the pan. Garnish with sliced green onion and serve!
Keyword Keto, Keto Asian, Keto Dirty Rice

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What Do Guys Think After Breaking Up With Their Girlfriends

“He doesn’t care. Look at him. He’s so over it.”

This is what women probably think whenever they see their exes’ status updates on social media showing them hanging out with the bros. Well, girls, to say we don’t care at all is an overstatement. In fact, it’s false. Men feel things too. We’re just not too vocal about it (read more).

It’s not as if we can, right?

I’m not trying to make a one-size-fits-all statement here but the reason why most guys act so indifferent after a break up is that they’re trying to play it off cool. If women are stereotyped, so are men. The world always tells us that we’re the type who’s practical and “thinking.” We don’t let our emotions get the best of us and we are always in control.

Growing up being told that you need to be as hard and unfeeling as a rock really affects the way you grow up. It’s as if you internalize what is being said to you and accept it as a part of yourself, even when initially it wasn’t. So girls, if we do look like we don’t care, it’s probably us trying to act like we don’t care. Otherwise, people will be talking, you know.

But even if we do give you the cold shoulder, it doesn’t mean to say that we don’t value the time we spent together. At least this rings true for me. Now as for the other guys, I can only take a good guess at what’s running through their heads. Here are a couple of things guys most often think after breaking up with their partner:

“I Got To Play It Cool.”

Men want to act tough so much that it hurts. According to this link https://herway.net/relationship/why-do-guys-go-cold/, after the breakup, a guy might act cold towards you; maybe even pretend you don’t exist on the face of the earth. After all, he’s got to play it cool. Otherwise, what would all his “cool” friends say if they find out he’s so affected over some girl? If you see your ex walking around like he could care less about your existence, it’s not like he’s gotten over you instantly. He might just be compelled to act the part.

Then again, he may just be a shallow buffoon. But who knows?

“It Will Be For The Best If I Don’t Run Into Her.”

Some guys are a bit more sensitive though. So sensitive, in fact, that they’d try to avoid you as much as they can. But before you think about the worst reasons why they’re avoiding you, it’s probably because they just respect you and want to give you some space. How would you feel if you keep bumping into the same guy that broke up with you? Some guys really value their ex enough to give them some space post-breakup.

“I Should Probably Take A Break From Social Media”

Face it, girls. The first thing that you probably do is stalk your ex after you called it quits with them (or they called it quits on you). You probably check their social media channels for an update or two after the breakup. If your ex has fun with his friends just after breaking up with you, he’s a shallow cheater who never took your relationship seriously. If he’s very sensitive and emotional with his updates, he’s a wuss and pathetic for being sad.

This is why you can’t blame guys behavior after breakup all the time. Most guys are likely to think it’s better to keep off social media after breaking it off with their girlfriends. Or, they may just hide their posts from you and all your friends, specifically.

“Wait, Does Her Family Know Already?”

If things were really serious between you and your ex back when you were in a relationship, he’s also probably worried about what your family thinks of him now. After all, a guy can only imagine what you’ve been ranting about after you went your separate ways. Of course, that is not to say that you’re sure to say negative things about him to your friends and family but one can’t help but think about the possibility of it.

So if your ex is trying to cut off communication with any or all of your friends and family members, this may be the reason why.

“To Become Friends Or Not?”

Also, the thought of becoming friends post-breakup is something that goes through your ex’s mind. This is especially true if you were friends before you became lovers. I mean, who would want to ruin a good friendship just because you can’t reconcile your differences in a romantic relationship. The fact that you went steady for a while also means that you have a lot in common and that’s why you may be better off as platonic friends.

Or not. It may not happen right away but the possibility of becoming friends after you’ve both moved forward is still there.

Penny For Thoughts 

If the reason you’re reading this is that you’re still clinging into the small bit of hope that you and your ex can get back together, only time can tell. I have friends who have loved girls like crazy that even after they broke up, they’d still think about them. Still, just thinking about them doesn’t mean that they want to get back together. There are other factors involved and most times, feelings just aren’t enough to keep two people glued together.

If you’re holding out on that teeny-tiny bit of hope, all I can say is that it’s not impossible. Every relationship has a chance of being rekindled; some just have higher chances than others (read more). If the feelings were true, then the love is there. Now, it all depends on how things will play out.

But before you go trying to patch things up, ask yourself:

Is getting back together really what you want?

 

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Keto Coffee Cake

As we know the biggest thing that I miss when it comes to Keto is my sweets! Saturday mornings relaxing with a sweet breakfast treat is literally the best thing ever. Coffee cake is one of my favorites because you can have it for breakfast – or dessert!

Here’s what you need to make this scrumptious keto coffee cake!

INGREDIENTS:

Keto Coffee Cake Portion:

  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/3 cup Erythritol or sugar-free crystal sweetener of choice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs  (room temperature, not cold)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or you can also choose coconut oil if you would like dairy free
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (room temperature, not cold)

Streusel Topping Portion:

  • 1 cup Almond flour
  • 1/3 cup Erythritol
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted) or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts – optional

Glazing: optional  (It tastes wonderful without it! J )

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a square 9×9 baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.

  • Start by preparing the streusel topping. Combine all the streusel ingredients together until it forms a crumble. Set aside while you make the cake batter.
  • Next prepare the cake batter by gathering a large mixing bowl, add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, erythritol and salt. Stir dry ingredeints until well combined.
  • Add to the dry ingredients, eggs, melted butter (Not hot or it will cook the eggs) almond milk and vanilla.

Combine until it forms a consistent batter with no lumps.

Assemble the cake:

  • Start by spreading evenly half of the coffee cake batter into the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle half of the streusel on top of the cake batter then spread the remaining coffee cake batter on top of the streusel. The cake batter will mix some of the streusel and that’s just fine.
  • Finish the top by sprinkling the rest of cinnamon streusel all over the top.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until the cake is golden and a knife or skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  • Allow the coffee cake to cool for about 10 minutes in the cake pan then pull the pieces of parchment paper to easily lift out the cake from the pan and transfer onto a cooling rack until it reaches room temperature.
  • Once it’s cool feel free to mix the glaze topping and drizzle over the top. It’s delicious with or without the topping.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

Keto Coffee Cake

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Keto Coffee Cake Portion

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup Erythritol orsugar-free crystal sweetener of choice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs warm temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted butter OR coconut oil if you are dairy free
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

Streusel Topping Portion

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup Erythritol
  • 1/3 cup butter melted OR coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts OPTIONAL

Glazing (Optional)

  • 1 cup sugarfree powdered sweetener
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a square 9x9baking pan by lining it with parchment paper. 
  • Start by preparing the streusel topping.  Combine all the streusel ingredients together until it forms a crumble. Set aside while you make the cake batter.
  • Next prepare the cake batter by gathering alarge mixing bowl,  add in almond flour,coconut flour, baking powder, erythritol and salt. Stir dry ingredients untilwell combined. 
  • Add to the dry ingredients, eggs, melted butter(Not hot or it will cook the eggs) almond milk and vanilla.
    Combine until it forms a consistent batter with no lumps.

Cake Assembly

  • Start by spreading evenly half of the coffee cake batter into the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle half of the streusel on top of the cake batter then spread the remaining coffee cake batter on top of the streusel. The cake batter will mix some of the streusel and that’s just fine.
  • Finish the top by sprinkling the rest of cinnamon streusel all over the top.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until the cake is golden and a knife or skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the coffeecake to cool for about 10 minutes in the cake pan then pull the pieces of parchment paper to easily lift out the cake from the pan and transfer onto a cooling rack until it reaches room temperature.
  • Once it’s cool feel free to mix the glaze topping and drizzle over the top.  It’s delicious with or without the topping.
Keyword Coffee Cake, Keto, Keto Dessert
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Will my Face Shape Suit Rectangle Glasses?

The moment you mention to friends and family that you are in the market for a snazzy new pair of eyeglasses, you will be met with tips and advice over style and shape as if everyone all of a sudden is a designer fresh from the catwalks of Milan. They mean well. The fact is that when you’re looking for a new pair of glasses, you’re probably researching shapes and sizes and materials and colours in every spare minute you can find. Glasses sit on your face. All day, for some of us. They become part of your persona. They become part of the way that the outside world interprets you. In short, no matter how much your friend Steve tells you that you would suit heart shaped turtle shell rims with bright purple arms, there’s only one person you’re going to be taking style tips from – and that’s you. That being said, here’s some food for thought…

The common rectangular frame

There’s a reason rectangular frames are so common – which you can also read as ‘popular’. Want to know why? They literally go with everything. From your work look to your social life (and even more sporty activities and outdoors pursuits), rectangular glasses won’t appear out of place. What’s more is that you can highlight your natural facial features with rectangle frames in most cases. The only possible exception to facial features that will not always work with rectangular frames is a rounded face. We’ll get into that next.

Square face, round face, diamond face…

Ever been told you have a heart shaped face? This doesn’t mean your face is literally shaped like a heart, more so that your jawline thins and comes to a point. This jawline-as-a-feature is in strict contradiction to oval face shapes that feature a rounded jaw. This is important. Where your face shape plays into a more angular or softer category, glasses should be chosen to add what’s missing. What does that mean? Simple. If you have gentle contours with smoothed cheekbones and an uninteresting forehead space, you will suit rectangular glasses – they will help to add some much-needed lines to your face. Highlighting chiselled features with rectangular glasses also works, although rounded frames can help to soften your look if you prefer. However, if your visage is perfectly rounded, we would always recommend large square glasses to help add balance and fill space.

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