Eat And Be Happy

Eat And Be Happy

Anti-Anxiety Foods to Erase the Stress From Your Holiday Season!
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The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, but unfortunately, for many it comes with a lot of stress. Not only can this anxiety ruin your holiday, but it can wreak havoc on the healthy lifestyle you’re trying to achieve. A stressed body does not perform the way it’s supposed to, and it pushes your fitness goals further away, even when you are doing everything else you’re supposed to do.

So how can you combat this? There are the usual suggestions, such as incorporating yoga and meditation into your daily routine, diffusing lavender essential oil, and taking time out of your day for self-care. But I have another suggestion: Eat for your anxiety. Yes, you can do this. There are foods that induce stress, and those that don’t. For example, foods high in Vitamin B, such as chicken, citrus fruits, and eggs, have been shown to reduce depression. Serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps you feel calm, can be stimulated by eating foods with tryptophan, such as turkey, bananas, and oats. Foods high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, have also been shown to reduce anxiety and stress.

Depressants and caffeinated foods and beverages, such as coffee and alcohol, should be avoided. Unfortunately, the buzz and happy feeling these foods provide is only temporary. Caffeine can limit serotonin levels, which leads to depression, and both of these beverages are diuretics, meaning they dehydrate your body. And when your body is dehydrated, it’s not happy.The biggest area of conflict in eating for happiness refers to how carbohydrates affect the body. For years, carbs have been known as the ultimate comfort food. I am happy to inform you that carbs can definitely be a great way to reduce stress – you just have to eat the right ones. Whole grains slowly release sugar into the bloodstream, keeping you feeling lively, while increasing serotonin levels in the brain to make you happy. High processed and sugary carbs, while providing a quick high, ultimately bring you down as the body struggles to increase insulin to remove the excess sugar from the bloodstream, which causes you to feel tired rather than happy.

So there you have it – a list of healthy foods to help

you keep this holiday season joyful. Remember to stay strong in the pursuit of your goals, but, most importantly, enjoy yourself. The holidays are a time to spend time with family and to feel like a kid again. Embrace it. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for a great first year.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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8 Really Good News Stories That Happened This Month, Because We Don't Get Enough Of Those

It's about time we focus on the good instead of the bad!

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With all the bad news we see on the news and social media, it's all too common to overlook the happy things that are happening in the world. Here are just a few to help brighten your mood for the week!

1. A 17-year-old girl took a cardboard cutout of Danny Devito to prom… and Danny Devito responded.

After taking a dressed-up cardboard cutout of Devito to prom, Allison Closs blew up on the news and social media. Soon after, Devito responded with a picture of himself with a cardboard cutout of Allison on the set of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Can't imagine a better response!

2. Scientists have found a new ‘remarkably promising’ treatment for terminal brain cancer patients.

This remarkable immunotherapy vaccine can be customized to each individual patient, which has been undergoing clinical trials. Usually, these patients would not live longer than 17 months, but the studies for this treatment have been showing exciting results as it continues through phase three of the trial. Approximately one third of the trial patients have lived an astonishing 40.5 months rather than the normal 17. And the best part? Patients have reported very few side effects!

3. After a kid lost one of his hard-earned skis, a group of strangers went on a rescue mission to find it.

The 8-year-old boy saved up his money to buy the skis he's always wanted, but ended up losing one in the heavy powder on a ski run at Targhee resort. After a couple Facebook posts, a few locals decided to go out on a mission to find the child's lost ski. A couple hours later, the mission was a success and the family was extremely grateful!

4. This 6-year-old boy’s adorable dog runs to his best friend every day after school.

This is the cutest video. The family doctor of Henrique Muraro encouraged the family to get a dog in order to keep Henrique active, as he occasionally has mobility issues that require use of a wheelchair. Their dog, Pipo, could not have been a better fit! The boy and his dog have been inseparable ever since they met.

5. Scientists have managed to print the first-ever 3D-printed human cornea.

The cornea, which is responsible for focusing vision, plays a major role in being able to see at all. With such a small number of corneas available for transplant, and with the ever-increasing amount of people who suffer from blindness because of disease and scarring, this is a major breakthrough! 3D-printed corneas could be the beginning to a treatment which could restore vision to millions of people.

6. The University of Memphis has become the first university to offer free tuition to children and spouses of fallen service members.

In the wake of Memorial Day, the University of Memphis announced that they would be offering free tuition in the near future to children and spouses of fallen service members. The university will be using the funds from their Folds of Honor scholarship fund to those who qualify for the Folds of Honor Scholarship. They have also continued to say that if the students qualify for additional scholarships, the school will help to cover textbooks and room and board.

7. Students at a high school in San Diego bought their role model and ‘lunch lady’ a new car, and her reaction is priceless.

Students of Hoover High School in San Diego, California banded together to buy Debra Davis a brand-new car as a gift for being such a wonderful person over the years. Davis doesn't only prepare food, but she pays special attention to these kids and help them in hard times, and she uses her free time to volunteer at a soup kitchen on the other side of the county. So, to help her get there, the students replaced her old 1976 Chevy Malibu with a shiny Mazda. So sweet!

8. A police officer stands in the rain protecting a critter as it tries to cross the street – and did it with a smile!

​In Greenbelt, Maryland, Officer Sharnise Hawkins-Graham was spotted standing in the middle of the road, which was surprising for Carolyn Hammett and her husband to see. Then they realized that the officer was protecting a turtle from cars as it crossed the street! After a resident called animal control (as snapping turtles are dangerous to handle without proper equipment), Officer Hawkins-Graham decided it would be best for her to stand with the turtle, serving and protecting in every sense of the term!

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