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Lack of Self-Compassion Is The Icky Thorn On My Side!

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I was listening to Oprah & Deepak’s 30-day Meditation about finding total balance and the words seemed to be blending into each other! I couldn’t figure out what was going on with my brain and why it was so hard to understand what was being said, so I sat down to write down what Deepak Chopra was saying in the meditation and these are his words: The real problem isn’t ignorance -- it’s non-compliance. Our massive tendency not to do what we know is good for us. The way around non-compliance isn’t to force yourself to be good; it doesn’t work, because the urges you push down will always return. The best motivation is inspiration, here, the most basic inspiration you can offer is self-compassion. The kindest thing you can do for yourself is to nurture your personal growth. Total balance is achievable only when your awareness expands enough to show you who you really are. We call this place, your true self. Your true self has a wonderful trait, it feels completely fulfilled simply by …

Philly CheeseSteaks

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Recipe courtesy of Sandra LeeTotal Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 45 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 pound top round London broil
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 medium onions, sliced
2 green peppers, cut into strips
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk, warm
1 cup shredded provolone
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Four 5-inch sub rolls, split

Directions
Wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap and put it into the freezer for 45 minutes. It should be firm but not completely frozen.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet or a griddle over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onions and peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook until they are soft and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

In a medium pot over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook until it just starts to bubble and thicken, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and whisk i…

8 Tricks to Stay Healthy While Traveling

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Article courtesy of doctoroz.com
Do you know the dirtiest places in hotels, planes, and other public travel spaces? Find out the small things that you can do to avoid catching the cold, flu, or an infection while traveling. Use these tips to arm yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself and your family.

Get Enough Sleep Before You Go Lack of sleep can weaken your body and make it a magnet for germs, bacteria, and viruses. Being well-rested is always important, but traveling well-rested is more important to protect your health--especially during busy travel times when there are more people around you.

Hydrate and Use Nasal Spray Your nose and throat tend to dry out easier on airplanes because of the air. Dry passageways make your body more susceptible to catching bacteria. Moisten up your system by using nasal spray before you step on a plane and drinking water before, during, and after your flight.

Wear Socks Any floors in a public space are breeding grounds for all kinds of germs. …

Life Is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Believing...Beyond Discomfort and Fear

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Trust is not about being comfortable. It is about being willing to move beyond your comfort zone when there is absolutely no evidence you will be supported. Think of it this way. Trust is based on your ability to stand your ground and rely on your own abilities, knowing that no matter what happens, you will be better off than you were in the beginning.Iyanla Vanzant

There are very few circumstances or stages in life that I’ve consider comfortable. So why am I still so uncomfortable with discomfort? In the past, I avoided entering discomfort zones at all costs. I stopped trusting myself and blindly trusted other people so I didn't have to be held responsible when things didn't work out. While it all sounds like a stupid idea, that's the only way I knew how to go through life, and to make it all even more brain-numbing, I'd skip through the process of qualifying the people I chose to trust. I didn't want to know that they weren't up to par, not by their own fau…

Baked Halibut

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com
Yield: 2 Servings
Calories: 290

Enjoy a relaxing dinner with this baked halibut recipe. Serve along with your favorite starch and vegetable for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Ingredients
8 oz fresh halibut fillets
2 oz cherry tomatoes
2 oz mixed bell peppers, diced
2 oz artichokes, blanched and sautéed
2 tbsp spring onions, diced
2 tbsp thyme and basil, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon and zest

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. Section all ingredients into four equal portions. Arrange each portion on an individual piece of parchment paper: fold the sides up to prevent juices from dripping.

3. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange parchment paper parcels on the sheet. Place in the middle oven rack to prevent for burning.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When ready, open cautiously to prevent burn from the steam. Serve with steamed rice or baked potatoes.

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Strawberries and Cream Cake

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Recipe courtesy of myrecipes.com
We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.

Yield: 12 servings
Total time: 22 Hours, 10 Minutes

Ingredients
2 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4 large egg yolks
8 large egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Strawberry Jam FillingServe any extra filling along with the cake, or refrigerate up to 1 week and enjoy homemade jam for breakfast!

Yield: Makes about 4 cups
Total time: 9 Hours, 50 Minutes

Ingredients
4 cups mashed fresh strawberries
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 (3-oz.) package strawberry-flavored gelatin

Preparation
1. Stir together strawberries and sugar in a large saucepan; let stand 30 minutes.
2. Bring strawberry mixture to a boil over medium heat; boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in ge…

Migraine Milkshake

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com
Yield: 2 servings
Calories: 104

Riboflavin is a helpful vitamin that reduces the chances of getting your annual winter migraines by 50 percent. Milk is a great source of riboflavin and strawberries help keep you hydrated--blended together these two power ingredients can help heal you this season.

Ingredients
1 cup milk
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup non-fat yogurt

Directions
Blend ingredients together until smooth.

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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quick Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen Prepared biscuit dough is the base for this pull-apart loaf, which is formed by rolling the dough in olive oil and herbs before piling in a bundt pan, which helps turn the loaf crispy and golden brown. Our tasters called them the Southern version of pizza-shop garlic knots.

Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive: 10 min
Cook: 50 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Cooking spray
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 packages prepared biscuits (about 16 biscuits), each biscuit cut in half
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

DirectionsSpecial equipment: a Bundt or tube pan

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a bundt or tube pan lightly with cooking spray.

Toss the Parmesan, oregano, garlic, rosemary and thyme in a small bowl until well mixed. Roll each biscuit half into a ball. Put 8 of the balls in a med…

Save A Spot For Fear

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My son recently got elbowed in the face while playing basketball at school and he went down right on his head and was out for a few seconds. The school nurse brought the wheelchair over to where my son was now sitting down but he refused to get in it, and instead walked to the office to be looked at. He was pretty banged up and very scared. When I got the call, my heart sank to my knees and I rushed over to the school. I walked into the nurses’ office and he looked very sad and upset because his head hurt a lot. I signed him out and walked him to the car where he sat quietly as we drove away. I asked what happened and he said that another boy elbowed him in the face while playing basketball at lunch and he hit the floor. His voice was shaky and he looked like he wanted to cry. I asked him why he was upset and he said that he didn’t know. I asked him if it was fear that kept him from telling me what why he was upset. He didn’t answer.

We rode in the car in silence until we got home. I s…

Parmesan Chicken

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Total Time: 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients
4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 extra-large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
Unsalted butter
Good olive oil
Salad greens for 6, washed and spun dry
1 recipe Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4-inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate. On a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour mixture, then dip both sid…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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St. Patrick's Day Lime Poke Cake

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We make this beloved dessert with not-too-sweet buttermilk cake and very lightly sweetened whipped cream. The cake tastes best just lightly chilled, so let it warm up a bit while you whip the cream for the topping.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens
Total Time: 3 hr 10 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive: 2 hr 30 min
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 15 slices
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Cake:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, well shaken
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
One 3-ounce box lime gelatin

Topping:
2 cups heavy cream, cold
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Green sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions
Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch pan.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and s…

The Beauty of Running Alongside Authenticity and Empathy!

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Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a great piece about The Achilles Runners in Australia, whose mission statement on their website reads, “to enable people who have a disability to enjoy the health giving benefits of walking and running with volunteers in a supportive social environment.  This partnership creates opportunities to set and achieve life-changing goals.”  Elizabeth Gilbert writes:
You already know that she [Brené Brown] possesses a lapidary mind, a giant heart, and the stubborn backbone of a natural-born Texan.

What you may not know is that she is exactly the same wonderful person in private as she appears to be in public.


We have a word for that. It's called AUTHENTIC.


Today, as Brene and I walked together along the Sydney Harbor, we kept seeing this amazing sight — people jogging together in pairs, each person holding onto the other with a short tether. "Why are they holding onto each other like that?" we kept wondering aloud. After all, it seems a bit awkward to exercis…

Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Cream

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Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian
Total Time: 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 25 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Nonstick spray, for coating the ramekins
3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Salt
6 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo, chopped, or breakfast sausage
4 eggs
1/2 cup shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
Toast or baguette, for serving
Special equipment: Four 6-ounce ramekins

Directions
Position the oven rack about 8 inches from the top and preheat to 325 degrees F. Spray the ramekins with nonstick spray.

Place 2 to 3 tablespoons water and the spinach, butter and a pinch salt in a microwaveable bowl. Cover the bowl and microwave on high until the spinach softens, 1 to 2 minutes. Gently mix the butter into the spinach and spoon the spinach into the ramekins, leaving any excess water behind.

Cook the chorizo in a small skillet over medium heat until it starts to brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Spoon the chorizo into the ramekins. Create a well in the center of each ram…

Banana Crunch Muffins

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Total Time: 45 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 25 min
Yield: 18 large muffins
Level: Easy

Ingredients3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 extra-large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (1 banana)
1 cup small-diced walnuts
1 cup granola
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut, optional

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Don't over mix.

Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola, and coconut into the b…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Being Courageous Small Steps At A Time

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The images I have in mind of someone being courageous are those of a person making a full swoop, extraordinary decision to change a difficult or fearsome situation. I never picture that person taking small steps every minute, day, or month to change something difficult, that’s why I never really considered myself to be a courageous person. So, when my daughter got a bad headache ten days ago, I made sure she was drinking enough water, took the right dosages of headache medicine, and got enough rest. Each day, as she struggled to deal with her headache, I struggled to figure out if I should take her to the doctor. Then, one morning my daughter stated that she needed to see a doctor and I agreed. I took my teenager to her pediatrician who she has seen since she was born, and he gave us medicine to help ease the pain. Then the pain got worse, and I drove her to the doctor again, and he asked the she’d see a neurologist, because even though teens get headaches, they are not normal when th…

Healthy Chocolate Brown Bag Popcorn

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com
Yield: 2 Servings
Calories: 43
Theme: Low-Calorie

Craving a chocolate bar? Want to munch on popcorn? Get the best of both worlds with this popcorn recipe that's sure to satisfy both your sweet tooth and your salty craving.

Ingredients
5-6 cups air-popped popcorn
Coconut oil cooking spray
2 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 pinch sea salt

Directions
1. In a brown paper bag, add 1/4 cup unpopped kernels and fold over 2-3 times. Cook in the microwave for 2.5-3 minutes or until the kernels stop popping every second. Remove and set aside.

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Dutch-processed cocoa, coconut sugar and sea salt and mix well.

3. In a large paper bag or mixing bowl, add the popcorn and lightly spray with the coconut oil. Add the cocoa mixture over it and shake well until fully combined. Serve and enjoy!

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

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Recipe courtesy ofRee Drummond
Total Time: 1 hr
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 45 min
Yield: 16 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Cake:

5 tablespoons salted butter, softened, plus more for greasing the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole milk
2 cups fresh blueberries

Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sugar, for sprinkling
Softened butter, for serving

Directions
For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with butter.
Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the egg and mix until combined. Mix in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately and mix until totally incorporated. Do not over-beat. Stir in the blueberries…

Guinness and Onion Soup with Irish Cheddar Crouton

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Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello
Total Time: 1 hr
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 40 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 cloves minced garlic
8 cups thinly sliced onions
Gray salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 1/2 cups dark beer (recommended: Guinness)
6 cups beef stock
6 slices country bread cut 1/2-inch thick, toasted
1/2 pound Irish Cheddar, sliced thin

Directions
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic and cook briefly to release aroma. Add onions, season with salt and cook for about 5 minutes stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are golden brown.

Add the thyme, vinegar, and beer. Reduce beer by half and add the beef stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 more minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Transfer soup to an ovenproof serving dish or individual ovenproof soup bowls. Top with toasted bread slices and sliced Cheddar.…