Breakfast Delight

Since my goal to focus on adopting a healthier life style: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually I have been working hard on staying on track. There are so many temptations but staying focus is the best I can do. If I do happen to fall I simply get back up, dust myself off and continue running this race. Since our bodies are the temple of the Living God I certainly believe that we should treat it right and that also includes what we eat and how much we eat.

For my breakfast I decided to  change it up a bit from the past; bread and a cup of tea, to now a healthy smoothie. I must admit that being in between jobs can be a bit challenging in an effort to eat healthier here in my country because the healthier foods are truly expensive. However, I have learned to be grateful for what the Lord provides and I use what’s in my hands to improve my eating habits and develop and maintain a healthier life style. I would also pray about what I desire and the Lord seriously provides the healthy foods. So I simply Commit the desires to Him, Trust that He will provide and Receive it; just as we have been encouraged in His word; “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, Trust in Him and He will do it (Proverbs 16:3).  Commit – Trust – Receive

I usually make smoothies with fruits and vegetables based on what’s in season at the moment since they will be a bit cheaper then.

Main ingredients for my Banana and Mango Oatmeal Smoothie

  • Frozen Banana (1/2) and mango slices
  • Quick Oats (1/2 cup)
  • Cinnamon (a dash)
  • Milk (table spoon)  ( I do not at the moment have protein powder)
  • Cubes of ice
  • Water (about a cup to 1/2 cup)
Banana and Mango

 

This was the final product:

 

 

This Smoothie was rather filling and of course delicious. Eating healthier doesn’t mean your food or drinks have to become distasteful. Use your creative hands to add an interesting spin on your meals. Make it something you would love to eat that is healthy everyday for the rest of your life.

Commit – Trust – Receive

P.S

It did keep me full till lunch. That’s the awesome thing about eating right, you wont necessarily have to snack.

 

 

 

Healthy Hair Growth

Simple tips for healthy hair growth

It has been said many times that black girls’ hair doesn’t have the capability to grow long. I just want to say that this is a myth and in fact can be proven to be completely false. It may be true that some natural black women hair grow slower than other types of hair but this doesn’t mean it’s incapable of growing just as long as others.

To stimulate healthy growth here are a few steps to follow:

Trim Your Hair 

Trimming your split ends isn’t actually a way to grow hair, but it is a good strategy to stimulate healthy continual hair growth. If you do not get rid of those split ends they will cause extreme damage. When the hair is damaged at the ends it usually creates split ends, if they are not trimmed they will begin to split and travel up along the shaft of the hair. In an attempt to grow healthy hair this isn’t what you really want at all. It is then important to ensure that the ends are controlled and treated with care. Trimming should be done at least every 6-8 weeks and only about ¼ or ½ of an inch should be removed. You don’t want to cut off new growth you just want to trim the dead ends of your hair.

It is also best to trim your hair only with a sharp scissors made for cutting/trimming hair. This is because using a random all purpose scissors to trim the ends of your hair could actually cause more damage than good.

Use of Protective Styling

One of the weaknesses of natural hair is that it dries out too quickly leaving the hair dull and brittle vulnerable to frequent breakages.  The use of protective styling is one of the simplest method to adopt to combat hair damage while promoting growth and locking in moisture. It must be mentioned that the hair loves moisture to thrive. This method also helps protect the oldest part of the hair; the ends, from rubbing against your clothes, car seat, pillow case and any other item it may come in contact with. It also applies to night time routine; the simple adaptation of placing the hair in a loose pineapple and shielding it with the use of a silk/satin sleeping cap and silk pillow cases will protect it from getting damaged.

Some simple protective styling includes; twist, Bantu knots, loose up-dos are just a few.

Water Water Water

Before I was pregnant it seemed almost impossible for me to consume 8 glasses of water and it was a task even during my pregnancy. I literally used to struggle to drink these 8 glasses and sometimes used to cheat my way through it. I would have taken up to an hour to drink a 6 inches glass of water. However, as time progressed and I adopted this lifestyle even after the birth it became easier every single time. Now I can drink this 6” glass under a minute. This is to say that everything takes time and if you want healthy hair growth you have to put in the extra effort of adopting something you are not used to. As mentioned earlier natural hair gets dry really fast, but it thrives in moisture. What you put in is what you will receive on the outside. The water also helps in the process of flushing out any toxins in the body thus benefiting the hair by strengthening it.

Reduce The Use Of Blow Driers

Blow driers and/or hair dries generate a lot of heat which is very damaging to the hair when used too often. The less you use the blow drier, the less hair damage and split ends you will receive and the healthy your hair will grow. Alternative method = Air Dry!!!!

Deep Conditioning

This is as important as drinking water and keeping the hair hydrated. Once it is possible you should deep condition your hair at least once a week or twice a month. Basically, all you do is apply a generous amount to the hair ensuring that the hair is well moisturized with the conditioner and leave it in for at least 10 to 60 minutes. You may choose to steam it under a hair drier (with a steaming cap) or use a hot towel to wrap the hair up. The steam allows the conditioner to easily penetrate into the hair ensuring the best intake of nutrients. This will literally make the hair, silkier, healthier and stronger over time.

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Living a Healthy Life

Hello Dearie!!!

I purposefully decided to seriously start living a healthy life; that is eating and drinking foods/drinks which will benefit my body. I am reminded that my body is the temple of the living God so I should treat it right!!

I have also decided to not be so hard on myself; if at first I don’t succeed I dust myself off and try again. I focus on making my meals interesting and exciting, you know, something I would Love to eat any day, any time. I also ensure to include my son in this journey. For the exercise, I also don’t go too crazy like in the past. I am learning Ballet, Yeah!!!! So I try to focus on body strength, yoga, ballet barre, Pilates kinda exercises.

Here’s a quick peek at a few healthier choices of food:

I am also focusing on incorporating anything into my life which will help develop my mind, soul, body and spirit to live with purpose. With this being said I am much more careful about what I watch, read, what I do, people I associate with etc… I am just being more mindful about my life in general. This will in fact bring about a positive change to my aspirations. One important thing which was shared with me from a leader of a foundation I decided to volunteer for was this; how far we get in this life will depend upon who we choose to associate with”. If there was one thing I remembered from first meeting was this simple statement. This statement is so true. We ought to learn to align ourselves for our blessings. Yes, Christ promised to bless us but we can’t just sit around at home and expect the blessing to fall unto our lap, we must get up and do something. Faith without works is dead! We have to take the first step and then we will see God manifest Himself in our situation. God is usually waiting for us to make the first step of faith, and then once we step into the ocean He opens up the waters for us to cross through. His provisions are already along this path He is calling us out unto. But if we never step out or hold out our rod like Moses did how can we expect to see the wonders of the Lord????

  !!! Please!!!! It just doesn’t work like this.

Another important thing; there might be some people in your life who just need to leave. Or maybe I should put it this way; you need to leave them, her or him alone and say goodbye! They may just be preventing you from moving into your blessing. If the people in your circle aren’t smarter than you, aren’t more experienced than you, aren’t wiser than you, aren’t persuading you to push towards this goal that you truly desire, then they are the wrong persons in your life at this moment. You should not spend too much hours associating yourself with them anymore. I get it, there have been there, you love them and you never want to depart. I know how that feels, but if you want to excel, sometimes you need to cut certain persons off who are not helping you produce much fruit. Everything including people in our lives is for a season. Sometimes we choose to keep them around longer than they were meant to stay. Some persons have already reached their expiration date and we are still holding unto them, and we wonder why we are not progressing. It might just be that you are adopting their attitude and being comfortable! We can’t expect life to happen if we are just Comfortable! Life is not for those who sit there and watch it pass by but for those who get up and make things happen for themselves.

If there are persons, unhealthy food habits, activities, relationships, organizations or any other thing in your life which should no longer be a part of it, it’s time to let it go and leave it behind. I believe if we aren’t where we desire to be it’s usually because we prevent ourselves from moving forward. Rather, we choose to hold unto too many weights which aren’t going to benefit us in this new chapter God is calling us to. All we need to do is decide to turn the page with courage and faith and trust that in this new chapter God has an amazing plan for us. It may involve a lot of new people, new and healthier food decisions, new challenges, new and great opportunities, maybe a new house, a new country, a new organization, a new book, a new and healthy relationship and many other New! NEW BLESSINGS!!

Quit holding yourself back, stop biting your nails, get up from underneath that sheet and turn that page!! Everything will actually be Great! Just Trust that where ever God is leading you to is perfect and the timing is on point!!

Life is waiting for you to choose to walk in it with Faith!

P.S

Please remember Dearie, the only one holding you back from starting this new chapter, whatever this may be is YOU! YES YOU!! You can be your own worst enemy or your most powerful motivator! Choose Life today and decide to live life on Purpose.