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What’s for lunch? Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

Lentils

Lentils are a high-protein pulse that is dried and then soaked and cooked before eating. There are 6 major benefits to eating lentils including the benefit of healthy hair. Benefit number one is promoting a healthy heart. “Studies have found that people who eat high fiber legumes like lentils have a much reduced risk of heart disease. The high levels of folate and magnesium in lentils also go a long way in protecting the heart.”  Lentils can stabilize blood sugar. “Due to their high fiber content, lentils help in regulating blood sugar by providing steady, slow-burning energy and balancing blood sugar levels.” Lentils are also high in iron. “Lentils are loaded with iron and are a great way to replenish the body’s iron stores, especially for people who don’t eat red meat like vegans and vegetarians.”  Lentils are a great source of B vitamins, most notably folate and niacin (B3). The last two things great benefits of lentils are that it lowers cholesterol and packed with protein.

Lentils falls into our top 10 list because legumes like kidney beans and lentils provide plentiful protein, iron, zinc, and biotin to help promote hair growth. It is recommended that we eat three or more cups of lentils or beans each week. Although it’s rarely heard of, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair and we all want soft manageable hair.  I put together for those who just do not like the chewing part of beans and prefer something a little smoother, this little recipe. Keep in mind that I am a straight country girl, so we like meat with our beans as a base!

1 smoked turkey part (your choice)

1 bag lentils

1 cup chicken stock

Salt and pepper to taste

I boil about 3 cups of water with a turkey wing for about 30 minutes. I then add the lentils, cup of stock, and seasoning and continue to simmer until tender. This normally runs around 45 minutes. For those that opt out the salt, using the chicken stock will add enough flavors to the beans. I decided to take it to the blender and smooth it out. This worked out great for me because I was able to consume it easier without thinking in my head that I was eating a bowl full of beans. This also cuts down on the eating time allowing you to get the right amount of beans for the week!

Try this and let me know what you think. Leave a comment and subscribe!

 

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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Confessions Tuesday!

I have recently been on a struggle to stop smoking. I had no idea it would be this hard! I had never smoked in the past. It all started with some friends from my husbands ship. We used to go bowling every Thursday on base in Norfolk, VA. The men smoked “blacks”  the women smoked cigarettes, and I smoked nothing. That alley wreaked of cigarette smoke and alcohol. Eventually I got curious and wanted to see why the men smoked the blacks. I’d rather try that than the cigarettes at that time. I soon became dependent on smoking them to help regulate my bowel movements. If I smoked one every morning, I would go to the bathroom like clockwork! I then realized I did not want to smoke them anymore, so I quit. It was fairly easy really. I had half a pack and threw them in the trash and never looked back. I was doing fine until my best friend came home one day and asked me to have a smoke with her. She was also in the military, fresh from Spain and not a smoker. I could tell she was bothered about something, and as close as we were, we were like sisters. I got suckered into picking up that glossy green box with the white stripes as a comforter, and it all went downhill from there!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Looking at ads even back then made it seem cool to smoke these things. Truth is, I was never the type of person to get influenced very easily. Those images meant nothing to me. It was the spark I got when I first lit it up and put it to my mouth. I got a rush! Listening to her bitch about work and some no good man and me feeling a little down did the trick. She was there for me and I was there for her. The ironic thing is….she never got addicted the way I did. This was nothing like the blacks. I had a hard time putting these down. I started back in 2002 and here we are 9 years later still praying for the strength to stop. That’s right! I started praying because I know this is not going to be smooth sailing. I am flawed just like any other Cristian. My weakness just happens to be Newport’s! 

I told my brother-n-law that I was desperately trying to stop this horrible habit and he looked at me and said,”You don’t need to stop because you will get fat if you do.”  Is this a fear the average smoker has? Because I have seen smokers of all sizes. They say if you stop you replace it with food, but I think the ultimate goal here is to learn how to control your own self thought whether it be smoking or food. I have attempted several times to stop but fall weak to stress. Last night I wanted one so bad that I had an anxiety attack. I had to get a grip on reality. Yes, it can be that serious for some people. I tried to make the quitting experience about my children, but truth is, it has to be about me. The horrible part about the whole thing is, they don’t show you these images…….   

  Instead you are left with images like these to make it look like it’s the coolest thing in the world. They don’t tell you how it eventually eats away at your throat to the point where you cannot breath. They don’ t tell you how your chest feels like it’s going to cave in. I was offered help a few years back and what happened, I could not go on the medication they were going to start me on because I had gotten into a car accident that weekend. It was not to be taken with some of the highly dosed pills they had me on. It seems that something always came up.

 

I am on a mission for this month though! I am going to the doctor and I am going to quit smoking! I can no longer deal with the guilt I feel every time I light one up. I no longer care that this may be one of the things I can do on my own. If I need assistance with the aid of pills, so be it! If you are a smoker I advise you to take this challenge with me to live smoke free by the end of this month!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Introduction!

     Being a mother of five children and a military wife for over 14 years, I have learned how to do certain things on my own. For years I had to fix it, clean it, cut it. You know, the things men are usually supposed to do. I of course, have no problem doing these things. They have made me feel somewhat independent on no one but myself. Since I rarely worked because of the children, doing things on my own was my way of showing myself how useful I could be. By trade I am simply a mother, but my hidden talent is being able to do almost anything I put my mind to. People think it is as easy done than said but it is much harder than one may think.

My past has led me to modeling, and teaching at a YMCA. My passion is photography! I went from being in front of the camera to loving to being behind it. There is something about taking a photo and capturing it on a lens. My other passion is food. Food was my number one until I picked a camera up. I am a food network fanatic as well as an HGTV nerd. This leads me to tell you about my third passion which is gardening. I am an outdoors person who loves to get dirty. In fact, love is an understatement! My final hobby is decorating. I would paint all day to make a house look like a home if I had to. I never stop a project until it’s complete when it comes to designing and decorating.

I recently cut all my hair off and decided to go natural. I am one month away from ending my 6 month Kim Cole’s Grow Out Challenge on naturallycurly.com. Sites like those have provided a stable place to really become family with the women you meet. I have also made it a mission to take the best care of my daughter’s hair now that I know how to properly take care of it. Mine as well as hers have grown so much over the months past. YouTube has allowed me the opportunity to learn how to braid (corn row), to wash, and care for our hair in it’s natural state.

With all of these things being said, my site is for people who dedicate themselves to knowing more and sometimes attempting to do it all. This place will be about food, hair, homes, children, marriage, and just life in general. I will have interviews of some well respected people in my area that are doing their best to fulfill their dreams as a strong woman. I will also interview men and chat with them to see where their heads are. Just plain and simple…..make yourself at home here. Enjoy drinking your coffee or tea in the mornings and catching up on what’s going on with the average woman. You may walk away with more than you came with!  

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Uncategorized