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How you can put those leftover pumpkin seeds to good use

The autumn season is always the turn of the year when I shift from wanting be out and about to choosing to stay in. This is mostly because it starts to get colder outside and afternoon brunch turns into crafting and cooking at home with girlfriends. One seasonal staple in my home has been pumpkins. They were decorative for Halloween, then as they get older they transition into impromptu ingredients for chili or waffles. I even rivaled my mother’s pumpkin bread recipe, a knockoff of one she got from her college bakery. After some yummy dishes, one thing was left: pumpkin seeds. Of course you can save them! Here are a few ways to get the most out of the leftovers. Toast them for a healthy snack Roasted pumpkins seeds are a seasonal snack in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Save yours and enjoy them all year. Also known as Pepitas, you…

How to live every single day with unshakeable purpose

Every mentor I’ve ever had has made one thing clear to me if not anything: Success demands singleness in purpose. Forever I had been applying that anecdote to every academic and career goal I wrote down in my journal. Fast forward to starting two companies, and I found myself somehow still unsatisfied with things in life outside of what I could contribute to my LinkedIn profile. I had not figured out how to streamline my steps to align to a single purpose. I had one over here, which was to excel at my job, which eventually turned into me being the boss. After that, what else was there. Years of creating a work-life I can be happy with, I’d missed the part about life-balance.\r\n\r\nThat’s when I made the decision to give my personal life more purpose. Starting with these five points, I’ve built my foundation for unwavering faith and purpose…

Healthy eating: Get more Vitamin B12 out of your diet

\r\n \r\n\r\nAs women sometimes we count on one another for health tips, especially as age changes the way our body uses and produces energy. One thing you may have gone to your mother or best girl friend to find out is which vitamins you need to take. There’s plenty of variety in the supplement department. One general vitamin that we can’t get enough of is vitamin B12. It keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy for the most part, and critical in many body processes. The older you get, the harder it can be to absorb vitamin B12 in the body. Strict vegetarians, drinkers, smokers, pregnant women, and the elderly are usually at high risk for B12 deficiency. Sure, you can take a daily supplement, but this is one complex vitamin that can be found in food sources you use every day. A few benefits of vitamin B12 include more energy…

How to avoid over-thinking in 5 easy steps

Ever get caught in a rabbit hole of your own thoughts? I am a serial over-thinker. Throughout the day I struggle with losing my focus to tomorrow’s issues, or better yet problems I cannot solve. You could be thinking of the worse case scenario or the hundreds of different possible outcomes of a situation. Over-thinking can lead to anxiety, and it doesn’t promote productivity. The best general treatment advice to keep yourself from spacing out is to immediately distract yourself with something else – anything else. Here are a few ways to help to clear your mind.\r\nPut yourself on a time limit\r\nCall this your “thinking time”. Don’t complain or stress about your situation a minute more than you’ve dedicated. If you just shift your thoughts for a few moments, this could turn into a form of meditation, also great for countering the anxious feelings over-thinking can bring.\r\n\r\n\r\nGet some exercise\r\nDoing something physical…

5 natural ways to conquer bloating

\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen you feel out of nowhere you’ve gained 10 pounds in less than a week, bloating may be to blame. 1 in 10 Americans suffer from bloating or some sort of abdominal pain on a regular basis. Any one of those people will tell you that it is all about what and how you eat that is the cause. There are a number of remedies to reduce gas and stomach discomfort. If you want to nip it in the bud long-term, slow down at the dinner table and cut fatty foods from your diet. You will see a change in the way your stomach feels after meals in no time!\r\n\r\nEating lots of fiber after or with your breakfast will keep your bowels regular therefore reducing the potential gas and bloating you get after eating. Things like carbonated drinks or really salty foods have to go. When cooking at home, replace salt or…

You’ll fall in love with watermelon water when you see this

There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing slice of watermelon in the summer. It’s a tasty way to stay hydrated. Watermelon is 92% water. Although it’s not a substitute for drinking water, the benefits watermelon juice can have on your body are extensive.\r\nIt’s a great gym buddy\r\nWatermelon juice is very rich in flavonoids, carotenoids like lycopene and beta-carotene and other compounds that fight inflammation called triterpenoids. This combination has an anti-inflammatory effect when you drink it before a heavy workout. The liquid blocks fat storage while keeping you hydrated, which is another combo that reduces muscle soreness.\r\nYou’ll have better blood flow\r\nIf watermelon juice just happens to become your new favorite drink it will have a positive effect on your heart and blood flow. The amino acid found in it, citrulline, gets converted to arginine which relaxes blood vessels.\r\nIt’s a cleanser\r\nThe natural diuretic effect heals bladder and kidney problems. It flushes out ammonia…

5 daily mantras to remind yourself how great you’re doing

Is this you? You’re having a good day until a series of negative thoughts or events come at you out of nowhere from co-workers, friends, or family. Now all that positive energy you were storing for the day has been pushed back by bad news. Remember, focusing on the positive things you have going on is the best way to pull yourself out of a mid-day rut. Here a five ways to start to redirect your days energy to positivity that will make you feel like you can take on anything.\r\n\r\n \r\nI am happy and healthy.\r\n\r\n \r\nI am getting better every day.\r\n\r\n \r\nI am good enough.\r\n\r\n \r\nI am fearless with my creativity.\r\n\r\n \r\nI am in control of my destiny.\r\n\r\n

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