Let’s all Go Bananas!

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You will never look at a banana in the same way again, after reading this!

Bananas contain three natural sugars – fructose, sucrose and glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Bananas are best stored at room temperature.  So it is best not to put your bananas in the refrigerator. They should also be separated from other fruits if you do not want them to ripen too fast, as close proximity can cause bananas to ripen faster.

Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (UK) school were helped through their exams, by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Hangovers: One of the quickest
ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Jack the positive donkey

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Have you ever heard the story of Jack, the positive donkey? If not I think you will enjoy reading this…

One day, a farmer’s donkey, called Jack, fell into a well.
Panicking, Jack cried out loud from the well begging for the farmer to save its life.

The farmer thought hard of ways that he could rescue Jack, he decided to ask his neighbours to help.

They tried to use rope, a net, a stick and all kinds of tools trying to pull him up. But they just couldn’t get Jack out of the well.

At the end of the day, exhausted, the farmer decided to give up…

However, as he could not bear thinking about a slow death happening to Jack, he decided to bury Jack to put him out of his misery. So he invited all his neighbours to come over again and began to shovel dirt into well.

At first, Jack realised what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone´s amazement, he quietened down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, Jack was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer´s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the poor donkey, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as Jack stepped up over the edge of the well, shook himself down and trotted off.

Life is going to shovel dirt on all of us, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the situation (in this case the well), is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

If life is throwing you dirt, then just shake it off and just step up!

I don’t know about you, but I have been thrown tons of dirt throughout my life. I learnt long ago to just pick myself up, dust myself down and start all over again.

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

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A group of people, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savour the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

 

THE PARABLE OF THE PENCIL

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One day, the pencil maker was talking to his pencils before putting them into the box. He said to each one of them, “There are five things you need to know before I
send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and 
you will become the best pencil you can be.

 

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow 
yourself to be held in someone’s hand.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but 
you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No 
matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencils understood their purpose and promised to remember their maker’s words, and got into the box.

We are like a pencil. The Creator made us for a purpose.
The question is, have we understood our purpose in life?

Like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you.

The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

I love this short video that puts the days that we have on this earth into perspective…

So Make The Most of Your Days!

I pretty much have a good idea, how I plan to use the rest of my ‘Beans’ Do You?

Stay Healthy & Live life to the full…

Trev