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13 Health Benefits of My New Obsession – Cinnamon

I discovered a new obsession:

Cinnamon!

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Two weeks ago, a friend and I shared coffee at Folklore, a coffee shop in Elizabethtown, PA. I decided to try the regular brew but added a little cinnamon and milk. Amazing!

I’m not sure what it is about cinnamon, but I can’t get enough. Every morning, I wake up craving my cinnamon coffee, and I want a cup before bed, too.

While researching online today, I discovered that my obsession isn’t all bad. Cinnamon actually has several health benefits!

  1. Delay cell decay or damage with antioxidant properties.
  2. Reduces inflammation.
  3. Fights infections.
  4. Boosts immunity.
  5. Repairs tissue damage.
  6. Lowers cholesterol and heart disease risk.
  7. Regulates insulin, which affects metabolism and energy.
  8. Lowers blood sugar with a dose as small as 1/2 to 2 teaspoons.
  9. Improves Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease potentially.
  10. May protect against cancer.
  11. Treats respiratory tract infections.
  12. Inhibits certain bacterial growth, including Listeria and Salmonella.
  13. Prevents tooth decay and reduces bad breath thanks to its microbial properties.

With so many health benefits, it’s easy to see why I can’t get enough cinnamon. But you don’t have to like cinnamon coffee to get the benefits of this wonder spice.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon on your fruit, ice cream or yogurt.
  • Add cinnamon to soups.
  • Cover meat with cinnamon before you roast or grill it.
  • Toast almonds in cinnamon for a quick snack.

How will you enjoy cinnamon today? If you want, come on over and join me for a cup of cinnamon coffee! : )

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Happy New Year!

Welcome 2017!

How are you celebrating? I’ll be watching movies with my family and enjoying traditional pork and saurkraut with homemade mashed potatoes and biscuits, a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition.

It’s also a day often set aside for making resolutions. I doubt I’ll do that because I usually end up falling off the wagon by the third day, but I did think it would be fun to learn something new today.

So what will I learn? How about how to say “Happy New Year” in 165 languages. Want to join me? Check out the list compiled by my freelance colleague Daisy Mariposa at http://hubpages.com/education/Saying-Happy-New-Year-in-165-Languages

Shana Tova!
2017
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Are We Really So Different?

As a business owner and copywriter, I follow several business bloggers. Seth Godin is one of the people whose writings often teach me something new. Today, he blogged about differences. His words hit a chord, and God used them to remind me to change my perspective.

Are we really so different?

What would life be like if we looked for commonalities?

Read the article here and let me know what you think.

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Hugs: Because You are Not Alone

Erica Firment (Flickr)

Erica Firment (Flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

When was the last time you were hugged?

Ben+Sam (Flickr)

Ben+Sam (Flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think about it.

Petras Gagilas (Flickr)

Petras Gagilas (Flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not talking about a casual hug where your bodies barely touch and you can’t wait to escape. I also don’t mean a sexual hug. Instead, think about the last big, heartfelt hug you received. They’re the type when you cling to, connect with and share your energy with someone.

Tania Cataldo (Flickr)

Tania Cataldo (Flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

For most of us, those types of hugs are few and far between.

Kevin Dooley (Flickr)

Kevin Dooley (Flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son’s camp counselor is a hugger. I see her almost every day and sometimes twice a day. She hugs me every time she sees me.

I’m not a hugger by nature, but I sure have come to appreciate her touch. In fact, I look forward to it. It’s a gentle reminder that someone cares, that I’m important and that I’m loved.

Are you a hugger? If so, thank you. The world needs more people who value and share human touch.

If you’re not a hugger, how do you feel when others approach you and expect a hug? It’s a wonderful way to connect to others.

Whether you are a hugger or not, will you join me in giving someone an affirmative, loving and accepting hug today?

 

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One Little Compliment Can Change a Life

Have you ever received a compliment that changed your life? I did.

My Jerusalem University College classmates and I were waiting in line during a field trip to see a significant historical site. One of my friends happened to glance down and saw my toes peeking out from my sandals. “Oh,” she exclaimed. “Your toes look so cute!”

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I have to admit I was shocked. I had never received a compliment on my toes before.

So, what did I do? I tried to show off my toes as often as possible! And to this day, I wear revealing shoes that show off my painted toes and fun toe rings. (In case you were wondering: the ring on my left foot is from Israel and features feet that remind me to walk in love. On my right foot, I wear poppies, my birth month flower.)

I doubt my friend remembers saying that to me, but she changed my life. Every time I look at my toes, I think of that compliment, feel better about myself and look for someone to compliment in return. After all, I can’t keep all that love I felt from that one compliment so many years ago to myself!

As I painted my toes Tangerine this week, I remembered that day. It made me wonder what would happen if we all chose to look for the good in others more often. Instead of focusing on the bad, annoying or frustrating aspects of the people in our lives, we could compliment them and spread cheer as we help others feel better about themselves.

What do you think?

Whether you have cute toes or not, will you join me in changing lives one compliment at a time?

If so, let me know in the comments, and please share a compliment you received yesterday or decades ago that still affects you today.

Together, we can spread kindness and encourage our friends, loved ones and even strangers simply by pointing out something we like or appreciate about them.

 

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