Bananas are full of surprises. For example, did you know that, botanically speaking, a banana is a berry? Bananas are also low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and B6. In fact, one banana contains about one-quarter of your daily requirements of B6.
Bananas are also a great snack choice on the go. They are one of the original “fast foods” since they already come pre-packaged in their own containers. At about 100 calories, they also make a healthy and creamy base for your favorite smoothie combinations.
Bananas may also help prevent high blood pressure. Multiple studies have shown that those who ate diets higher in potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, had a much lower risk of stroke. Bananas are also considered a very low-fat food with less than four percent of their calories coming from fat. They also contain sterols that look similar to cholesterol but can actually block bad cholester...
Many people take time to think about the year just passed and the new one arriving; some of these memories are not necessarily happy or positive ones, but many also show amazing growth and achievements of ourselves and those we love.
Last year, I was probably sitting in this same chair in an internet café in Tanzania as I am today, taking a brief break from the insufferable temperatures, my active volunteer work with natives and my photo-journalism. Last year, I was in incredible pain much of the time (compliments of OA of course) as my right knee continued to completely disintegrate. I am forever grateful for my incredible orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. (as well as my healer in Africa) who have made radical changes in my life. The healer suggested I change my diet to help my body heal better (a small change that excluded spicy foods). My surgeon was astounded, when four weeks after a total knee replacement including a patella, he observed that my incision was completely he...
Are you the type of person who
recognizes a need, say for new casual shoes, and then spend hours upon
hours shopping for just the right pair? Do you obsess over finding the best
shoes at a great price that fit perfectly and look stylish? Then,
after making a choice do you worry that you could have gotten a
better pair or a cheaper price and thus don't ever truly enjoy the shoes.
Or, do you run into the store and find the first pair that fit your criteria
and happily leave with your purchase?
I've been reading a book, The
Paradox of Choice that outlines the difference between maximizers and
satisficers. Maximizers are illustrated by the first
scenario. These individuals have a difficult time in modern society
because they insist on only choosing the "best" option from the many
hundreds they face each day. Satisficers, on the other hand, recognize
that "good enough" is good enough and quickly make choices regarding
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