22 Things Happy People Do Differently



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English: A bunch of carrots (Daucus carota), washed and placed on a wooden cutting board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 .
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a food processor, combine dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar and oil.
  4. Add mixture from food processor to dry mixture in the large bowl and combine thoroughly.
  5. Fold in carrots and nuts.
  6. Spoon mixture into paper lined muffin tins.
  7. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.

Almond Butter Pumpkin Puree Paleo Bread Recipe


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Almond Butter Pumpkin Puree Paleo Bread Recipe


* 1 cup of almond nut butter
* 3 large eggs
* ½ cup pumpkin puree
* ¼ cup raw honey
* 4 tbsp butter
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tbsp cinnamon
* ½ tsp nutmeg
* ½ tsp ground ginger
* 2/3 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
* Coconut oil for loaf pan

* Prep time: 15 minutes
* Cook time: 60 minutes
* Servings: 8 servings
* Difficulty: medium

Directions Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using a hand mixer, combine all ingredients at room temperature in a large mixing bowl. Stir in pumpkin seeds.
Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan.
Bake for 50 minutes. Turn off oven and let bread sit in cooling oven for 10 more minutes. The bread is done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out dry.
Let bread sit to cool. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator.

Plasweld's Blog

Recently we appointed a new workshop manger. He is a young fellow with lots of energy and enthusiasm. The picture opposite shows him reclining in his office chair discussing what constitutes a good walk; he believes that jumping into every puddle he comes across as the right and proper way to go about things! He may be right, but it leads to a lot of wet clothes that her in doors is starting to complain about having to wash.

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Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

Dan Barber is a chef and a scholar — relentlessly pursuing the stories and reasons behind the foods we grow and eat.

Why you should listen to him:

Dan Barber is the chef at New York’s Blue Hill restaurant, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester, where he practices a kind of close-to-the-land cooking married to agriculture and stewardship of the earth. As described on Chez Pim: “Stone Barns is only 45 minutes from Manhattan, but it might as well be a whole different universe. A model of self-sufficiency and environmental responsibility, Stone Barns is a working farm, ranch, and a three-Michelin-star-worthy restaurant.” It’s a vision of a new kind of food chain.

Barber’s philosophy of food focuses on pleasure and thoughtful conservation — on knowing where the food on your plate comes from and the unseen forces that drive what we eat. He’s written on US agricultural policies, asking for a new vision that does not throw the food chain out of balance by subsidizing certain crops at the expense of more appropriate ones.

In 2009, Barber received the James Beard award for America’s Outstanding Chef, and was named one of the world’s most influential people in Time’s annual “Time 100” list.

“Dan Barber is increasingly becoming known as a chef-thinker, popularizing simple ideas that upend the way people think about the food we eat.”

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Quotes by Dan Barber

  • “I said, ‘Don, what’s sustainable about feeding chicken to fish?’”Watch this talk »
  • “For the past 50 years, we’ve been fishing the seas like we clear-cut forests. It’s hard to overstate the destruction. Ninety percent of large fish, the ones we love — the tunas, the halibuts, the salmons, swordfish — they’ve collapsed.”Watch this talk »
  • “It takes fifteen pounds of wild fish to get you one pound of farm tuna. Not very sustainable. It doesn’t taste very good either.”

Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

Why you should listen to him:

Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father’s pub-restaurant. He showed not only a precocious culinary talent but also a passion for creating (and talking about) fresh, honest, delicious food. In the past decade, the shaggy-haired “Naked Chef” of late-’90s BBC2 has built a worldwide media conglomerate of TV shows, books, cookware and magazines, all based on a formula of simple, unpretentious food that invites everyone to get busy in the kitchen. And as much as his cooking is generous, so is his business model — his Fifteen Foundation, for instance, trains young chefs from challenged backgrounds to run four of his restaurants.

Now, Oliver is using his fame and charm to bring attention to the changes that Brits and Americans need to make in their lifestyles and diet. Campaigns such as Jamie’s School Dinner, Ministry of Food and Food Revolution USA combine Oliver’s culinary tools, cookbooks and television, with serious activism and community organizing — to create change on both the individual and governmental level.

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Quotes by Jamie Oliver

  • “Your child will live a life ten years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them.”

Why Pistachios Are Good for Your Gut from “Real Age”

What's the Best Nut for Your Gut?

A pistachio is like Jack Nicholson’s character Randle McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”: a nut with a hard shell covering a center of genuine goodness.

An interesting study reveals the amount of healthful bacteria in the poop of people who ate pistachios compared to that of people who ate other nuts or none at all. Pistachios came out the winner for promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive tract. Almonds ranked No. 2 (no pun intended).

What’s so special about this little green seed? It’s packed with dietary fiber and nutrients such as B6, thiamin, manganese, and copper. Bacteria in our guts — necessary for a healthy digestive and immune system — dine happily on that mixture.

Aaaa-choo! Learn how probiotics can help your allergies, too.

Gut bacteria are a hungry lot. Five hundred to 1,000 species of bacteria live in our intestines (the total count of bacteria inside you is in the trillions). This community can make up 3 to 5 pounds of your body weight and about 60% of the solid matter in your feces. That’s why you need to constantly replenish and nurture your intestinal flora (such a pretty-sounding word for the bacteria that lives inside us).

So, have a handful of pistachios (1 ounce is 160 calories) in place of a nutrient-empty snack, such as chips or soda, and you’ll crack the secret to better digestive health. (By the way, eating a handful of walnuts 30 minutes before a meal can help you lose weight.)


Article taken  from “Real Age” http://www.realage.com/food/health-benefits-of-pistachios?eid=1010659482&memberid=31064407

L-Jay Health

Hi everyone! Monday, July 23, 2012 starts the first day of LJAY HEALTH 30 days of eating no refined sugar challenge.  The challenge will end on Friday, August 24, 2012. If you are looking to see increased fitness results or just an improvement of overall health you should join the challenge. This challenge will also test your mental strength as well!

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You can also find the Facebook link on the left side of this screen and click the Like button. The Facebook page will consist of other people who are also doing the challenge. Share ideas, stay motivated, share results all on the page!!

Things to know about Refined Sugar

Refined sugars consist of foods such as cakes, cookies, candy, table sugar, foods with high fructose corn syrup (donuts. chocolate…

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These two stories will jerk at your heart strings! Get the tissues ready!


An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hardwork. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden because your mother always loved planting time. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.

Shortly, the old man received this telegram: ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI…

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Writing Your Destiny

For some time during this summer of 2012, I’d like to share some ideas on what it means to discover and create the Enchanted Oasis within ourselves.

This theme and the following poem is in part inspired by the sweltering heat enfolding much of the United States and in part by the beautiful poetry of awakening by the Sufi Mystic Rumi.

I begin with a poem of invitation from my Enchanted Oasis to yours:

The Enchanted Oasis

Come to a place

You Know is Waiting for You

A place where you choose

the questions of your life,

guarding those diamonds,

bright as guiding stars,

in the dark night of the crimson desert

of your own making.


You may be parched,

slaked with thirst,

Dying for a drop of refreshment,

from a Long Journey.


You may be overburdened,

carrying a load too great and mighty,

for your delicate gentle shoulders

to Endure a Moment longer.


You may…

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