Crestfallen Life

Today, I release another post that I worked on recently. Sometimes, letting go is not about acceptance, it is about giving up the resistance.

Hope you enjoy the reading! 🙂

Crestfallen Life

Morning sunrise, you called upon my name

“What have you done?”, but I cannot take the blame

 

We both fell deeper, giving out our ways

You banged on the walls of my mind, hating all my days

 

I reached the breaking point, had to break your heart of stone

Cracking down these castles of despair, Heavens cannot be alone

 

Take my hand, and let all of this pain fade away

As you played with my mind, skies turned to gray

 

If only I had a compass, for you to find your name

The enchantress, crestfallen life, bowing down in shame

 

Let the young child in me, see the beauty of this world

Make him dream, what life outside this shell can be

 

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The 10 Most Filling Foods For Weight Loss

If you were to describe The Perfect Food, it might go something like this: healthful, delicious, bigger than a morsel and filling enough to fight hunger for hours. “Foods that promote satiety”—a feeling of lasting fullness—”do exist,” insists Dr. David Katz, founder of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. What makes some grub extra satisfying? “Fiber and protein can help,” says Barbara Rolls, author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. Getting more bang for your bite matters, too: Low-energy-density foods, which yield big portions for few calories, “allow you to eat more without gaining weight,” Rolls says. Want some of that? Make room for these secret-weapon picks.

Baked potato

The potato has been unfairly demonized—it’s actually a potent hunger tamer. In a study that measured the satiating index of 38 foods, including brown rice and whole-wheat bread, people ranked boiled potatoes highest, reporting that they felt fuller and ate less two hours after consuming them. Though potatoes are often shunned because they’re considered high in carbohydrates, they shouldn’t be. Whether baked or boiled, they’re loaded with vitamins, fiber and other nutrients. Result? You get steady energy and lasting fullness after noshing on them.

Feel even fuller: Eat baked and boiled tubers skin-on to get more fiber for just 160 calories a pop.

Eggs

A study from Saint Louis University found that folks who ate eggs for breakfast consumed 330 fewer calories throughout the day than those who had a bagel. “Eggs are one of the few foods that are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t make itself,” says Joy Dubost, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Once digested, those amino acids trigger the release of hormones in your gut that suppress appetite.”

Feel even fuller: Don’t discard the yolks—about half an egg’s protein lives in those yellow parts. Adding vegetables to a scramble boosts its volume and fiber content for few extra calories (an egg has 78, and a cup of spinach just 7).

Bean soup

“Soups have a high water content, which means they fill your stomach for very few calories,” says Rolls. Broth-based bean soups, in particular, contain a hefty dose of fiber and resistant starch—a good carb that slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream—to make that full feeling really stick. “Once in the stomach, fiber and water activate stretch receptors that signal that you aren’t hungry anymore,” Rolls says. All this for a measly 150 calories per cup.

Feel even fuller: Resist the cracker pack on the side in favor of a bigger soup helping. Beans are starchy, satisfying and caloric enough on their own, Rolls says. Hate soup? Throw lentils, black-eyed peas or kidney or navy beans into a vinegar-based salad.

Greek yogurt

Harvard researchers examined the eating habits of 120,000 people for 20 years and found that yogurt was the single best food for shedding pounds: Over time, people who downed more of the protein-packed stuff lost pounds without trying. Meanwhile, a NestlĂ© Nutrition Institute study review found that consuming dairy proteins increases satiety, reduces food intake and keeps blood sugar steady. “Greek yogurt, which is strained to remove liquid whey, contains double the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt,” Dubost says.

Feel even fuller: Top yogurt with fibrous foods like raspberries (4 grams of fiber per half cup) or a cereal such as Kashi Go Lean Crisp Cinnamon Crumble (9 grams per three quarters of a cup).

Apples

Apples are one of the few fruits that contain pectin, which naturally slows digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness, according to a study in Gastroenterology. In fact, people who ate an apple as part of a meal felt more satiated and ate less than those who consumed a calorically equivalent amount of juice and applesauce. “Whole apples take a long time to eat for very few calories,” says Susan Roberts, professor of nutrition at Tufts University. Your body has more time to tell your brain that you’re no longer hungry. That means you can eat lots of this low-energy-density, high-satiety fruit and avoid feeling deprived while losing weight, adds Roberts.

Feel even fuller: Add apple chunks to oatmeal or salad, or slices to a turkey-on-whole-wheat sandwich.

Popcorn

This movie-night fave is a low-energy-density food—for 90 calories, you could eat 3 cups of air-popped corn but just a quarter cup of potato chips. “Popcorn takes up more room in your stomach, and seeing a big bowl of it in front of you tricks you into thinking that you’re eating more calories and that you’ll feel full when you’re finished,” Rolls says.

Feel even fuller: Sprinkle on some red pepper. In a recent Purdue University study, people who added a half teaspoon of the spice to a meal felt less hungry.

Figs

A great natural cure for a sweet tooth, fresh figs have a dense consistency and sweet flesh that’s high in fiber (each 37-calorie fig packs about a gram), which slows the release of sugar into the blood, preventing the erratic high caused by cookies or cake.

Feel even fuller: Halve and add protein, like a teaspoon of goat cheese and a walnut.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal’s filling force comes from its high fiber content and its uncanny ability to soak up liquid like a sponge. When cooked with water or skim milk, the oats thicken and take more time to pass through your digestive system, meaning you’ll go longer between hunger pangs.

Feel even fuller: Sprinkle almonds on top of your bowl. “The nuts pack protein and fiber and contain unsaturated fats that can help stabilize insulin levels,” regulating blood sugar, Katz says.

Wheat berries

Move over, quinoa. Wheat berries, which are whole-wheat kernels, contain one of the highest amounts of protein and fiberĂź per serving of any grain—6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. “Protein triggers the hormone ghrelin to tell our brain that we are satisfied,” Roberts explains, “and fiber activates appetite-suppressing gut hormones.”

Feel even fuller: Do what celeb chef Ellie Krieger, does: Toss wheat berries with apples, nuts and other diet-friendly foods to make a super tasty salad (that’s her recipe at right).

Smoothies

While most beverages don’t satisfy hunger very well, drinks blended full of air are an exception: They cause people to feel satiated and eat less at their next meal, according to a Penn State University study. Just be sure you’re not whipping your smoothie full of sugary, caloric ingredients like fruit juices or flavored syrups, which will negate the health benefits.

Feel even fuller: Put ice and fat-free milk or yogurt in a blender, add in fruit and give it a whirl. Try strawberries, which are extremely low in energy density—they’re 92 percent water!—and bananas, which are loaded with resistant starch.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

How Rewards Make You an Idiot

Attention.

This is all what our lives spin around from the first moment of birth till after our deaths.

People are obsessed with being rewarded for there achievements more than they care about the achievement itself. This is not limited only to politics or science or music.  I’m not gonna waste time talking about good and bad fame,  nor on the overly used topics of fame.

What I have noticed after I have met a lot of people in my life is that recognition is the bedrock on which they build their lives,  dreams,  jobs,  and ambitions.
They date people they don’t like,  just to get their friends talking about them. They spend sleepless nights working on projects or assignments to reach the highest ranks in their work fields.

Honestly,  I don’t blame them.  This is the way they were raised. From their birth,  parents feed thier kids the spirits of competition. They instruct them to work hard in order to get the recognition they desire.  Does anyone care about enjoying the work done? Do these kids enjoy school instead of working their assess off to get the recognition their parents want? Consequently,  no more creativity prevails amongst today’s kids.

Our minds are busy with the rewards, Nobel prizes, dinners,  lights,  and newspaper articles. Did we leave any space for joy or creativity? Some great people of our age rejected Nobel prizes because they considered them as insults. People are respecting or honoring them because of the Nobel prize,  and not the work or achievement itself.

Work and enjoy the work you are doing.  Fame might come to you,  and it may not.

If you are rewarded by idiots,  then you are more idiotic than them. If you wait for others to give you the good feelings about yourself,  then are doomed,  dead,  not alive.

How to Lead a Stress-Free Life

Well, it seems like it has been ages since I have posted anything on my blog :/
Actually I miss blogging, but I have been very busy lately. A lot of things to finish in a short period of time, and living in stress all the time. Consequently, I decided to blog today about living a stress-free life where you can throw away all worries and clutters.
I will present to you some strategies and techniques that will help you get over each source of stress you have in your daily life.  As they say, it is all in our hands, so that’s why I am telling you that no spas or relaxation centres can help you relieve your stress as much as you can help yourself when you decide to. Follow these quick and easy steps to lead a life full of happiness, without any stress or worries.

Do One Thing Only: Multitasking is what people describe their daily life without thinking about it for a second. The term “multitasking” was used commonly after the technological revolution that the world is witnessing, and what humans did is incorporating this term into their lives without considering the differences between them and machines. Thus, the first step to relieve stress is to do one thing at a time. Do it happily. Enjoy every second while you are doing it, and when you are done, move on to the second task. Multitasking results in loss of focus, improper quality of work, and physical and mental fatigue.  
Remove Competition Stress: Every day, we compete with all people surrounding us to make sure we are the smarter, richer, or sexier. We compete with colleagues at work to get promotions, we compete with our siblings to be our parents’ favourites, and we compete with our partners so that they stay hanged on and don’t leave us behind. This is all because of fear. Fear of insecurity, failure, being left behind, future, etc. So why do you want to create all this mess in your life. Just stay calm and take control of everything you do. This way you’ll stand your ground and shine in your work and society.  

Do Necessary Activities Only: We love to jam our schedules with unnecessary activities and programs that will consume our time without benefits or being finished. Limit your activities to all that give you pleasure and happiness, and forget about the rest. Don’t overbook yourself. Just take all the tasks that make you feel better and joyful.  

Affection in your relationships: Affection and intimacy are the key ingredients of a successful relationship. So do you want to spend your life away from your partner? Go back home early today, invite them out, and bring them presents. A gentle kiss, a nice hug will erase all the times of stress and worries. Believe me, affection can bring you closer to your partner more than words can do.  

Never be Embarrassed of Failing: Unfortunately, we spend our lives trying to be successful in everything we do. So my advice for you is: don’t take failure personally. Look at all the successful people in the world, do you know how many times they failed before reaching the peak? Take all these stories as examples for what you might have to pass through to achieve your dreams.  

I hope these few strategies may help you reduce the stress you live in every day at work and home. I will try to have a sequel for this post with new strategies and techniques.

Until then, enjoy every moment in your life and feel the happiness and gratitude.  

Blessed Be )O(

The No. 1 Leadership Trait You Really Need to be Successful

Most workplace disputes and disasters can be traced back to one thing: a lack of leadership.

So, what’s the absolute No. 1 most important leadership trait in the history of the universe?

After more than 300 votes, here’s how you responded:

Communication skills (78 percent);
Humility (15 percent);
Charisma (6 percent);
Intelligence (2 percent);
Height (1 percent);
Smooth Dance Moves (1 percent).

Believe it or not, it’s all about humility

While as a ridiculously over-tall person I believe that “Height” is a much-overlooked and critically important leadership trait, the correct answer is … humility.

That may seem 100 percent counter-intuitive when you picture today’s stereotypical CEO. But according to various workplace gurus (including Jim Collins and the research team behind the landmark business book Good to Great, as well as recent studies published in the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science), it’s true.

Leaders who are truly (1) servant-hearted; (2) able to put others and the organization first ; and, (3) willing to listen with humility to other points of view are the ones that people will follow.Thus, if you want to win in today’s hyper-competitive world of work you should (1) hire, promote and retain people who fit that description; and, (2) strive to fit it yourself.

So, I humbly suggest that you ask yourself this question today: Do others see humility in me?If you want to be a truly great leader, the answer should be a resounding “YES.”

This was originally published on Manpower Group’s Employment Blawg.