Excellence


“Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible.”
Why do we so desperately pursue this intangible state? How can it be achieved? Be excellent in what and why not strive for perfection instead?
Many of us seek excellence; such a state gives guidelines to one’s behaviour, ethic, attitude, actions and personality. Excellence bear thin lines between being mediocre and the unattainable perfect. While many are quite happy in their comfort zones and look no further for self improvement (e.g.) excessively overweight person, others are expectedly stuck in the quagmire of perfection that drives us in a stress-induced state.
Mediocrity along with Perfection tends to frustrate and damage our rhythmic spirit. The spirit that seeks continuous improvement, one that stretches past or assumed best to new dimensions, one that considers something worthy of ourselves – when done excellent- and not faultless.
Seeking excellence frees the individual to soar on their own accord in areas of expertise. This is a great unique formula to follow; it takes one on a road that goes above and beyond the norm. However accepting when it’s excellent and needs no further -if not unnecessary- improvement. Care more, risk more, dream more, and expect more. How much bad can it do to your lifestyle, moreover the world? Try It!

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Robin Williams Reflection – What is happiness?


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A few weeks back, while chilling with a friend I watched one of Beyonce’s recent music video called ‘Pretty Gurls’ and while there is a surprisingly positive message in the video, I was caught by just one line. “What is your aspiration in life?” asked the man,

Queen B stood at a loss for words as she uttered “thats a great question, what is my aspiration in live? To be happy!” she replied.

It was expected of her, It was and would be her only answer! Why? Everyone in life wants to be happy, from the poverty stricken Africans to the filthy rich publicised entertainers.

Robin Williams tragically took his own life yesterday, a man renowned over the past decade for his sheer ability in bringing laughter, enlightenment and happiness to millions around the globe. A man lavished with praised from the world governing leaders. A man inexhaustible with the most luxurious lifestyle one can ever dream of , yet still, he battled with depression daily.

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that makes you feel all alone” he once declared.

So what is happiness?

An even Greater soul gave his opinion, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When our secret thinking, saying and doing have at their epicentre two elements, then harmony and happiness can never fail to result. What are those two elements upon which all of life thrives? It is so simple that many mis out. Love and Gratitude! All things thrive on love and gratitude. Don’t miss out! You can Too! #SpreadtheLove #SpreadtheHappiness

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Coconut – A Survivor


The Coconut palm is a survivor. It resists the worst of nature like no other. It bows before the power of tropical cyclones without losing its hold on the earth. And when the storm has passed, these elegant trees stand tall on our breath-taking beaches as if nothing happened. Amazingly, their fruit, the coconut is capable of riding the ocean waves for thousands of miles without losing its ability to germinate. And if you thought that was amazing, hear this, In India the coconut palm is called “the tree that provides everything necessary for life”. The coconut provides liquid for drinking and solid foo; its fiber is used from ropes to toothbrushes. Palm trunks are used for sandals, textile and houses. Nonetheless the fruit’s medical properties speak for themselves.

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Synonym: Cokernut
French: Noix de Coco
Spanish: Coco

Description: Seed of the coconut palm, a tree of the botanical family palmas that reaches 20 meters in height. In spite of its name, the fruit is botanically not a nut but a drupe that weights up to 2.5 kilos (about 5 pounds)
The coconut is formed of a rough yellow or orange exterior husk (exocarp); a fibrous intermediate layer equivalent to the fleshy part of of common fruits (mesocarp) and central core (endocarp), which contains the seed, formed of the white pulp that is the edible portion.

Properties: The composition of coconut pulp varies with its degree of ripeness. When the fruit is green (6 to 7 moths) the pulp is gelatinous, contains a great deal of water, and its nutritional content is less.
As the coconut matures, the pulp becomes firmer, with less water and its nutrients are more concentrated. At this point it contains a fair portion carbohydrates (6.23%), proteins (3.3%), and minerals salts, particularly magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
However, the most abundant nutrient in the coconut is fat, which makes up more than a third of its mature weight.
Most of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones (60%) and the muscles (26%). It contributes to bone hardness and healthy cartilage in the joints. Lack of magnesium in the muscles produces cramps and nervous excitability.
Coconut consumption (pulp or water) has a beneficial impact on the musculoskeletal system in the following cases:
Bone decalcification (loss of calcium).
Osteoporosis (demineralisation and loss of bone mass).
Musculoskeletal pain due to excess tension or lack of relaxation.
During infant teething to promote healthy formation.
In cases of Brittle hair or nails.
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Extracted from New Lifestyle, Healthy Foods

Watermelon – A gift to the Kidneys.


Tourists crave for their summer vacations in the most naturally beautiful, paradise-like islands in the Caribbean.Everyone would love to come here and sun out on our divine beaches and view our spell-binding sceneries. However, hydration is equally important and must be paid tentative attention. Watermelons are vastly superior as refreshment to bottled drinks, biting into its sweet-smelling pulp and feeling the mouth full of juice is a real hot-weather pleasure to most, having said that, watermelons also carry their fair share of natural vitamins and minals.

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Scientific synonyms: Cucurbia citrillus L.= Momordica lanata Thunb.
Synonym: Jubilee
French: Melon d’eau, pasteque;
Spanish: Sandia, melon de agua.

Description: Fruit of the watermelon plant a herbaceous creeping plant of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae, which produces from 3-5 fruits weighing 3 to 10 kilos. (It however, may weigh up to 20 kilos, 44 lobs)

Properties and Indications: The watermelon’s composition is similar to that of other melons, although it contains less vitamin C, floats, iron, and potassium and somewhat more beta-carotene (provitamin A), Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6.

Its properties are very similar to those of other melons: hydrating, remineralising, alkalising, diuretic and laxative. Watermelon may be even more diuretic than other melons.

Watermelon is indicated for for disorders involving the kidneys and the unrinary tract (kidney failure, lithiasis, infection), and whenever a departure treatment is called for to remove toxins from the blood. Treatment with watermelon may be done by alternating the fresh fruit with its juice, which is better tolerated in the stomach. Diabetics tolerate watermelon well because of its low sugar content. Since it provides 32 kcal/100 g, and produces and immediate sensation of satiety, it is beneficial in weight-loss treatments.

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Food Tip Skip sports drinks. Unless you exercise for more than an hour, you don’t need extra electrolytes. Save yourself the sugar and sip water instead.

Skip sports drinks and sip water instead. Even though they may seem healthful — they have “sports” in their name! — electrolyte-enhanced drinks are also enhanced with sugar. On average, sports drinks and vitamin waters have 50 calories per eight-ounce serving; drink an entire 20-ounce bottle and you’re putting back 150 calories of added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 100 calories, and men no more than 150 calories, of added sugar per day. Not only does excess sugar contribute to weight gain, it can also promote tooth decay and elevated triglycerides — a type of fat in the bloodstream that raises your cholesterol. High triglycerides have been linked to heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Besides, unless you’re a hard-core athlete sweating for an hour or more at a time, you don’t need the extra electrolytes to rehydrate you — water will work just fine. If it’s flavor you’re craving, spruce up your agua with lemon, lime, orange slices, cucumber, mint or basil.

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Body Tip To strengthen your core — and take pressure off your back — try the plank instead of the crunch. It’s more effective and safer.

Still doing crunches in pursuit of six-pack abs? Trade in your crunch routine for the plank instead. Not only is it a more effective abdominal exercise, it’s also better for your back. Research suggests that crunches and sit-ups put a hefty load of pressure on the spine, which could put you at risk of a herniated disc. Start on the floor, on your knees and forearms. Clasp your hands in front of you. Your elbows should be directly below your shoulders. Extend your legs behind you and raise your body so that you’re supported by the balls of your feet, which should be hip-distance apart. The position should look like you’re doing a push up from your forearms instead of your hands. Face the floor, and maintain a straight back. Be careful not to arch your back or stick your butt in the air. Hold this position for as long as you can, eventually working up to 60 seconds as you get stronger.

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Food Tip Protect your ticker: Steer clear of low-carb diets that don’t consider the type of carbs or source of proteins. Eat unrefined, whole grains.

 
Don’t sacrifice your heart for your waistline. Women who regularly eat high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets may be putting themselves at greater risk of heart disease. Researchers found that this kind of diet boosted the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. A better way to slim down: Choose a diet with a strong emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, such as the Mediterranean diet. The researchers point out that a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet can be heart healthy if dieters cut out simple carbohydrates — like sugar and refined, white flour — and choose mainly plant-based protein, like beans, tofu and nuts. No matter how many carbs you consume, make sure they consist primarily of whole foods, such as vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains. And when reaching for meat, select fish and lean cuts of poultry.

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Body Tip Most people overestimate how much weight they can lose. Talk to your doctor to determine a happy and healthy weight for you.

When trying to shed pounds, forget unrealistic, size-two standards — even if that’s what you weighed on your wedding day. Going to extremes for weight loss can make you feel worse about yourself — and a healthy body image is key to a healthy lifestyle. Most people overestimate how much weight they can realistically lose — and get frustrated when they “fail.” Talk to your doctor about your weight, and figure out what a healthy weight-loss goal might be. If you have a lot of weight to lose, start with smaller goals, like 5 percent of your body weight. Keep in mind that losing more than two pounds a week is unrealistic and usually unhealthy. If you don’t institute changes that you can stick with, the weight will come right back as soon as your diet has ended.

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Body Tip For heart health, arteries should be supple. To keep them from getting stiff, practice high levels of physical activity.

No one wants to be an old stiff — not you, not your joints, and not your arteries. Stiffening of the arteries (also known as atherosclerosis) is a major risk factor for heart disease. It happens when cholesterol and fat build up along your arterial walls and harden into plaque. These plaques can block blood flow, weaken the walls of arteries, or even break off and cause heart attacks and strokes. That’s why you want to keep your arteries clean, smooth and supple. While age can take a toll on the flexibility of your blood vessels, exercise can combat those changes. The catch: It can’t just be a leisurely walk around the block. If that’s all you can manage right now, don’t give up. It’s a great start! But to really protect your arteries, you need to engage in exercise that will get your heart pumping — and you need to do it often. When you’re out for a bike ride, take the hilly route, or race your partner to the end of the block. Your heart will thank you for it.

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Mind Tip How to be happy and live long: Be social, and share your feelings. Holding on to emotions can increase the risk of stress and depression.

Even if your goal isn’t to live to 100, we all want our years on this earth to be happy, healthy and fulfilling. Researchers examining the personalities of those who live well into their 90s and 100s found that near-centenarians are upbeat, social and laugh easily. They share their emotions as they arise, instead of stifling them. Dwelling on things or burying your feelings can increase stress levels and lead to depression, which is linked to health issues like heart disease. Learning how to manage your stress — whether by spending time with supportive friends, doing yoga, going on long walks or bike rides, volunteering, or working on artistic endeavors — can help keep you happy, and possibly even extend your life.