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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

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Kale is Here to Save the Day!

Green leafy vegetables are not the most exciting foods around. It’s no wonder most of us still don’t eat our vegetables, like we were told as children. Let’s face it, they’re green plants without much flavor. Yes, that’s true. But there are so many creative options to boost the flavor meter on vegetables!

Let’s review the most power packing of the green vegetables, kale. It can be tough to chew and quite bitter to taste, but take a look at what this veggie is packing!

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  1. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits include a tremendous level of vitamin k, which aids in lowering the risk of  inflammation and other health related issues.
  2. Cancer Preventative Benefits are present because of the four different types of glucosinolates found in kale. The preventative properties in kale may reduce the occurrence of such cancers like: prostate, breast, ovarian and colon; when eaten on a regular basis.
  3. Antioxidants are highly concentrated in kale because of flavonoids and carotenoids. If you’re fairly familiar with the benefits of antioxidants, then you know it’s not a bad thing!

The recipe options are endless for kale. This blog features a kale chip recipe. One of my favorite recipes, aka green smoothie, consists of kale. I blogged not too long ago about the green smoothie. Also, I’ve tried sautéed kale with olive oil, a little bit of red pepper, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. See picture below.

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If you’re interested in learning more in-depth detail about kale’s nutrients, check out the site below:

References: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

Remember to wash kale as best as you can due to pesticides before cooking any of the following recipes:

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/kale-recipes-00412000074204/

The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

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Writing in a journal may not be for everyone, or is it? Some people say a journal is another way of referring to a diary. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “diary” I think of a little girl up in her room writing about seeing her secret crush at school. No…but really, a journal can serve many purposes to either help identify concerns, track progress, or to simply express yourself. Whatever the purpose maybe, journaling can be very beneficial as long as the commitment and effort are present.

Journals are inexpensive and can be bought at most retailers that sell books. I received my first journal as a gift for Christmas four years ago. Initially, I sat it somewhere and forgot about it for close to a year, until I decided to record my progress on a few personal goals I set for myself. So I searched for it and I found it! The next thing I knew, I had a gratitude journal and another for goal tracking and spiritual purposes. All of them have been a great way to keep track and even reflect on progress made over time!

Keeping a journal can be very rewarding. If you’re interested, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Weight goals can be tracked by keeping a food or excercise journal.
  2. Personal goal setting is always a great idea and writing a plan is an excellent way to get started!
  3. Gratitude is always in season! Find a way to increase happiness, by appreciating what you have on a daily basis.
  4. Relationships are vital in life. Are you interested in improvement? What steps are you taking? What are your thoughts on the outcome? Create time for reflection.

That’s just a few ideas. Do you have a journal? How is it working for you?