Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reach for these items next time you're feeling under pressure, under the weather, or just too close to that breaking point. Munching on these stress-free foods will help pull you back into the game.

A German study in Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is also well known for boosting your immune system.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be particularly stress-reducing because they can satisfy the urge you get for carbohydrates and sweets when you are under a great deal of stress. They are packed full of beta-carotene and other vitamins, and the fiber helps your body to process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.

Dried Apricots
Apricots are rich in magnesium, which is a stress-buster and a natural muscle relaxant as well.

Almonds, Pistachios, and Walnuts
Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help lower blood pressure.

Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feel-good brain chemical. This is the reason why many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or even tired, after eating it. L-tryptophan has a documented calming effect.

A deficiency in magnesium can cause migraine headaches and a feeling of fatigue. One cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily needs for magnesium.

Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease. A study from Diabetes & Metabolism found that omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking.

The monounsaturated fats and potassium in avocados help lower blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that one of the best ways to lower blood pressure is to consume enough potassium (avocados have more than bananas).

Green Vegetables
Broccoli, kale, and other dark green vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress.

More Stress-Busting Tips:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Drink an energy shake for breakfast.
  • Eat small meals throughout the day, which will keep your blood sugar stable (when blood sugar is low, mental, physical, and emotional energy decreases, and stress increases).

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sabbath \Sab"bath\, n. [OE. sabat, sabbat, F. sabbat, L. sabbatum, Gr. sa`bbaton, fr. Heb. shabb[=a]th, fr. sh[=a]bath to rest from labor. Cf. Sabbat.]

Definitions of Sabbath:

1. A season or day of rest; one day in seven appointed for rest or worship, the observance of which was enjoined upon the Jews in the Decalogue, and has been continued by the Christian church with a transference of the day observed from the last to the first day of the week, which is called also Lord's Day. (

2. The seventh year, observed among the Israelites as one of rest and festival. --Lev. xxv. 4. (

3. The Biblical seventh day of the week, observed as a day of rest in Judaism, Seventh-day Adventism, or Seventh Day Baptism, starting at sundown on Friday till sundown on Saturday; Sunday, observed throughout the majority of Christianity as a day of rest. ... (

4. A day of rest and worship: Sunday for most Christians; Saturday for the Jews and a few Christians; Friday for Muslims(hypernym) rest day, day of rest (

5. According to the first chapter of Genesis, God created the world in six days and on the seventh he rested. Therefore, Judaism holds that the seventh day is a holy day, and on it no profane work should be done. The sabbath starts at sundown Friday evening and lasts to sundown on Saturday. In the synagogue, this is usually a day for a worship service­sometimes two, one Friday evening and another Saturday morning. These services include prayers, music, sermons, and reading the Torah (i.e., the Pentateuch). In Orthodox households, the prohibition against work is taken quite seriously. People do not drive on the Sabbath but instead walk; they will not cook and so prepare their meals ahead of time; they can read, but they will not write. (Official Judaism Glossary)

6. (shabbath), "a day of rest," from shabath "to cease to do to," "to rest"). The name is applied to divers great festivals, but principally and usually to the seventh day of the week, the strict observance of which is enforced not merely in the general Mosaic code, but in the Decalogue itself. The consecration of the Sabbath was coeval with the creation. The first scriptural notice of it, though it is not mentioned by name, is to be found in (Genesis 2:3) at the close of the record of the six-days creation. (Smith's Bible Dictionary)

Monday, June 1, 2009

I am one of the few people who got some dilemma on tying a necktie. So I thought of posting one in my blog to keep it handy for me and for others who needed the same help. Lawschool blogger is a big help with the steps below.

Goodluck with that tie.

How to tie a Half Windsor
1. Situate the tie so that the end "A" is longer than end "B" and cross "A" over "B".
2. Bring "A" up around and behind "B".
3. Bring "A" up.
4. Pull "A" up and through the loop.
5. Bring "A" around front, over "B" from left to right.
6. Again bring "A" up and through the loop.
7. Bring "A" down through the knot infront.
8. Using bothe hands, tighten the knot and draw up to collar.

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A friend buzzed me at my yahoo messenger and asked me if I know about the very hot issue of the famous Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho's sex scandal. I replied coldly that I don't waste time on gossips and I have better things to do than mind other people's business.

Oh well, if you are a public personality like actors, actresses and politicians to name a few, your life does not only belong to you but to the public eyes as well. This makes me thankful that I'm living a simple and peaceful life.

We live with people around us and I believe we are responsible with our every conduct. Our life is like an open book that people read and peek into our private lives. I feel sad about the famous celebrities whose lives have become a public consumption for talks, gossips etc. No wonder some of them go crazy, commit suicide and just lost hope to ever have peace in their lives or even just a chance to start again.

Give them a break. The world has enough troubles on its own.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

1. Do a second honeymoon.
2. Cook together and prepare a romantic meal.
3. Visit that place that your sweetheart has been wanting to.
4. Exchange gifts.
5. Don't forget the flowers, anniversary card, or the cake.
6. Call in sick and spend the day together.
7. A romantic camping trip.
8. Perfect picnic.

You guys can add up the list and share your idea of how to spend an anniversary.


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