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The Dreaded Drama Triangle™

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I swear I attracted this much-needed Dreaded Drama Triangle™ information! If you haven’t read other pieces I’ve written here, I can assure you that every single piece has to do with my daily life and how I’m always on the hunt for a good article, video, or any type of inspirational material to help me out with sticky habits that I struggle with everyday. Leave it Elizabeth Gilbert to point me on the right direction, once again, by posting this amazing piece about The Dreaded Drama Triangle™, a concept invented in the 1960s by Dr. Stephan Karpman. 
Liz writes: The titles are pretty self-explanatory, but just to review...the Victim is the person who is always abused and suffering; the Persecutor is the person (or situation) who is always traumatizing the Victim; and the Rescuer is the one who (ill-advisedly) always tries to step between the Victim and the Persecutor, attempting to save the day and become the hero.
We each tend to fall into one of those three roles habitually. (Nice to m…

I’m Just Not That Girl Anymore…

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My close friend Allie sent me a text the other day, asking to change our coffee time because something had changed in her day, so she needed to adjust her schedule. I wrote back “ok” and moved on. It was such a busy day that I didn’t have a chance to look at other texts that she sent me explaining why she needed to change the time. When we met up later that day, she said that she was worried that I was upset because she changed our meeting time. I pulled back and was a little offended. I told her that I don’t always have time to be as flexible when things change, but that I wouldn’t be mad.

I wanted to know more details on why she thought that I’d get mad when she changed our plans, because I didn’t like her having that impression of me. Allie brought up the times when I’ve been disappointed when she not been able to make it to a gathering I was having, or she had to cancel, or changed plans. I was listening to her bring up all of these times when I was “mad” because things changed, …

Gina's Super Bowl Punch

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Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely

Ingredients
1 liter vodka
3 (12-ounce) bottles beer (recommended: Corona)
3 (6-ounce) containers frozen limeade, thawed
3 (1-liter) bottles club soda
3 limes, sliced into wheels
Ice, for serving
Lime wedges, for garnish

Directions
Add the vodka, beer, limeade, and club soda to a large serving container and mix well. Add lime wheels and pour into tall tumblers filled with ice. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and serve.

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Melissa d'Arabian's White Chili with Quick-Roasted Garlic

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Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian for Food Network Magazine
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min Prep: 45 min Cook: 30 min Yield: 6 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients
For the Roasted Garlic: 12 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
For the Chili: 12 shallots, chopped 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 Anaheim chile peppers 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup dry white wine 7 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 cups shredded cooked chicken 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 15 -ounce can navy beans, undrained Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 10 -ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 cup grated monterey jack cheese, for garnish
Directions Make the roasted garlic: Toss the 12 cloves garlic with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover, leaving a vent, and microwave until soft, about 90 seconds. Let cool, covered.
Prepare the chili: Preheat the broil…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Jennifer Lopez's Berry Berry Good Smoothie Recipe

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com
Start your day feeling like a star with this A-list smoothie!
Berries aren't just the perfect low-calorie snack; they're packed with antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Include these high-fiber, low-sugar fruits in your morning smoothie for a boost for your body and energy.
Ingredients 1 scoop BodyLab TastyShake vanilla or chocolate 3 cups strawberries 1 cup blueberries 1 cup raspberries 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup ice cubes
Directions Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Skinny Chocolate Cake

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Recipe by Amanda Rettke for FoodNetwork
Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup applesauce 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (you can use Greek yogurt) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups whole-wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup good-quality cocoa powder 3/4 cup milk (I prefer whole, but skim milk will work fine) 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 pint fresh strawberries 1/2 pint fresh blackberries 1/2 pint fresh blueberries 2 big bunches of green or red grapes 1 pint raspberries 1 homemade whipped cream recipe (you can decrease sugar if you prefer) Store-bought chocolate syrup or 1 chocolate sauce recipe (if using this recipe, be sure to halve it) 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, optional
Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare (spray or butter and flour) two 8-inch round cake pans.
Warm the coconut oil in microwave for up to 30 seconds; you want it softened or even melted (but not hot to the touch).
Pour coconut oil into st…

The Journey To A Healthier Body and Mind!

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It’s been a year since I started my exercise routine. And I’ve stuck with it! I’ve learned so many things about myself. For one, I’m learning to be uncomfortable. I hate it when sweat drips down my face and blinds me for a few seconds because the sweat gets in my eyes, and I don’t like the discomfort of my legs shaking because an exercise is challenging. I hate sweating profusely and I don’t like exercising, all issues I’m working to overcome. When I started this journey last year, my mind ran wild during my workout sessions, every uncomfortable situation that has happened in my life flashed before my eyes. The memories went way back, elementary school, junior high (middle school), high school, college, and first few jobs. I finally realized that I was re-living uncomfortable situations that happened to me or that I had created during those evolving times, because anything was better than feeling the discomfort of working-out. These subconscious experiences were painful; both physical…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Chicken Cacciatore

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Total Time: 40 min Prep: 5 min Cook: 35 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 4 skinless chicken breast halves on the bone, about 2 pounds Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, chopped and juice reserved 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
Directions Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a saute pan over moderately-high heat. Brown the chicken on both sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the chicken.
Reduce the heat to moderate. Add the onion and pepper, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for…

The Gift Of Goodbye

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“When people can walk away from you, let them walk” "Their part in your story is over." "Stop begging people to stay. Let them go" – Bishop T.D. Jakes
Over the years, I’ve had friendships that have ended badly due to resentment bubbling over and exploding over small things that bothered either one of us. Every time a friendship has ended, I felt responsible for not keeping those friendships together. Then, earlier this week, Elizabeth Gilbert posted a video of Bishop T.D. Jakes talking about opening up to the idea that people’s roles in your life end, and you must let people walk away or walk away from them. I felt validated at the end of the video! I’m not a bad person, I’m just someone who just like others, evolves and certain friendships are not a fit anymore.
Most of us know that it’s not easy to walk away from a friendship. I think that unless there was betrayal involved, friendships should continue until who knows when, and in my mind that when was never define…

4 Ways to Flush Fat from Your Body

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Article courtesy of doctoroz.com Did you know that certain foods can actually work to naturally fight body fat? Learn how to really make your diet work for you.
You don’t always have to subtract foods from your diet to achieve results. In fact, by adding these foods to your meals, you’ll help your body blast fat so you can shed stubborn pounds.
Chia Seeds Chia seeds are super high in soluble fiber which, in addition to filling you up, has cholesterol-lowering properties and prevents the absorption of fat.  For a hydrating metabolism-boosting beverage, try a chia seed cocktail. Add chia seeds, a slice of lemon and a dash of agave to distilled water.
Pepitas Pepitas is the Spanish word for pumpkin or squash seeds. These seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease the body’s ability to store fat.  They’re also high in protein and magnesium which helps curb cravings and strengthen muscles. Try eating 1 cup of seeds a few times a week either by roasting them or sprin…

Molten Lava Cakes

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Recipe courtesy The Neelys' for Food Network Magazine
Total Time: 50 min Prep: 35 min Cook: 15 min Yield: 8 cakes Level: Easy

Ingredients 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins 4 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of nutmeg 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting (optional) 6 large eggs plus 6 egg yolks 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter eight 6-ounce ramekins and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar.

Combine the butter, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk the flour, confectioners' sugar, eggs and yolks, vanilla extract and almond extract in a bowl until creamy. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Divide among the prepared ramekins.

Bake the cakes until the tops ar…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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A Gift For Your Future-Self

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Most days, I draw inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook posts, but today, inspiration was just the beginning!Today I felt a shift in my awareness and being. The shift helped me open up more than most days, enough to receive her message deeply and more consciously. Liz wrote about being kind to your future self! My future-self? I can barely keep my present-self together, how could I worry about future-me? And that’s when I received just a little more enlightenment! I’ve been exercising at least 5-days a week for the past year! That’s something that my past-self gifted my present and future-self. I eat healthier foods because of my evolving and healthier lifestyle. I sleep better because of the decision my past-self made a year ago to start a healthier way of living.
There are so many decisions that I can make now so my future-self can enjoy, but the thought of embarking on more life-changing decisions intimidates, overwhelms, and scares present-me. But, that’s the beauty of it, …

How to Beat Your Winter Allergies

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Article courtesy of Dr. Oz
Know Your Triggers The cause of spring allergies is often easy to identify, but the cause of indoor allergies is more difficult. That’s because there are many possible sources in your home and they’re all things you see on a day to day basis. The key here is to be observant. Try to notice patterns to your symptoms. Think about the time of day, setting, temperature, humidity and presence or absence of people and animals. These environmental factors, among many others, can give you key insights into your seasonal suffering.
Trigger #1: Heat The air tends to dry out in a major way during the winter, but many don’t know that the heat adds to that drying effect. The hot air dries out your nose, throat and eyes making them more sensitive to irritation.
Heat Tip: Humidify Humidifying can solve your heat problems by adding needed moisture back into the air. While many people think a humidifier is the only way to do this, a metal or ceramic bowl filled with water can als…

Grateful vs. Ungrateful

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As happy as I am to have made it through the holidays without having a nervous breakdown, I’m just as happy to have my regular schedule back without kids asking when lunch will be served, after just finishing breakfast!Without my husband asking where everything is or goes (yes, he had time off too!) The house is mine to hose down from being occupied by 4 people and 2 pets for almost 2 full weeks…not! The roofers are now here, fixing a very leaky roof that any person who has walked into our house this past month, has regrettably experienced. We just can’t afford to fix the bad roof, I’ve justified to myself for the past 8 years, turning a blind-eye to leaks around the house whenever it rained. Fortunately for us, unfortunately for California, we’ve been on a drought these past 3 years, so the rain has been light or non-existent for a long time, that is until this past month when it rained steadily and enough for our roof problem to turn into a big nightmare!
And now, the constant bangin…

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

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Total Time: 35 min Prep: 20 min Cook: 15 min Yield: 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each) Level: Easy
Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup) 2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup) 1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried) 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes 2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
Directions In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occ…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Coco-Cashew Shake

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Protein-packed and full of flavor, this shake is a perfect breakfast option.
Ingredients 1 serving chocolate protein shake mix 1 serving fiber blend 1 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed 1 tbsp cashew butter 8-10 oz unsweetened coconut milk 5-6 ice cubes
Directions Combine ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. Thin with additional cold water if desired.
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Hummus

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Total Time: 18 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 8 min Yield: about 4 to 6 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 4 whole-wheat pita pockets, cut into triangles Cooking spray Garlic salt 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained 1 cup sauteed red peppers 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste) 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 to 4 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and ground black pepper 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place pita triangles on a large baking sheet and spray the surface with cooking spray. Season the tops with garlic salt. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
Meanwhile, rinse and drain 1 can of the chickpeas. Place drained chickpeas in a blender and add red peppers, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin. Process until smooth. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with parsley.
Serve hummus with toasted pita triangles arranged alongside.
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