A short post about Coconut Oil

Nature has blessed mankind with a lot of gifts. One of the greatest blessings of nature is oils. There are a lot of different oils having different benefits. One such oil is coconut oil also known as copra oil. Coconut oil is one of the most widely used oils because it has a wide variety of health benefits. People have been using this oil for multiple purposes for thousands of years. Since this oil is so full of good benefits, people use it for cooking as well as for skin and hair.

Coconut oil is being widely used for hair treatments and homemade hair products. You can use it as a hair mask or just warm it up a bit and apply to your scalp; this may stimulate hair growth and add shine to your hair. If you want to moisturize your skin naturally, then this oil is for you to use as your moisturizer. Coconut oil also finds its usage in cooking because it is packed with nutrition and people use this oil to cook with.

Coconut oil also helps to boost the metabolism rate and which can dramatically helps to reduce the extra weight on the body. In fact, it boosts the metabolism which helps to reduce the calories in a human body.  According to the studies coconut oil helps to control the weight and as well as boosting the body’s metabolism.

Coconut oil is a natural gift which nature has blessed us. It has a lot of benefits and one of the best oil in the world for hair and skin care.

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Some Things Are Hard to Get Over

I’ve been through some painful breakups that still hurt to this day. I try not to think about them, but it’s hard for me not to. There were a few that I still talked to but realized we were truly not compatible. One of them showed promise, but he was always working and never had time for me. Due to certain circumstances out of my control, we broke up. I tried to get back together with him in 2017, but it was doomed from the start. Now he doesn’t talk to me at all. I realize it’s better this way; to leave him alone so he can pursue his career without me.

In a way he still loves me…but he loves his career even more than he loves me. I wonder if certain situations didn’t happen from 2003-2006, would we have gotten married and had children? Most likely yes. I normally don’t post personal things like this, but it’s been on my mind since the fall of 2006 when we first broke up. I’ve matured a lot since my mid-20’s. Do I miss him? I miss the person he used to be and the good times we had. Now I don’t recognize this person I used to know.

He’s a shadow of his former self. I hope he finds someone loving and caring, and someone who will love him deeply. That person could’ve been me 11 years ago, but it wasn’t meant to be. My ex may not like this, but it’s how I felt about my last ex. I love my current ex but he’ll never be like “J”. He was in a league of his own and taught me things that I’ll carry for the rest of my life. It was hard to get over the breakup, but I did and I’ve matured since that time. Even though the breakup was painful, I don’t wish him any hard or ill will. I just hope he finds someone that he’ll grow old with and who will love him just as much as I did.

 

 

My Poem from my writing portfolio

This is one of my poems that is from my Writing.Com portfolio. It’s called Sinful and hot above the land:

So evil above the air
You smear tiny gems on the sea
The Queen is vanishing
Sinful and luminous under the bright lights
I hobnob with green ghouls near the tomb
The insanity has vanished
Sinful and hot above the land
We stone big flames over the mud
Repent! The fun is over
alone nameless
where the light comes from
an old passport
In whose heart
the traveler
takes another road
not knowing why

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Food Addiction and Weight Loss

Many struggle with food addiction everyday, myself included. What bothers me is when people say to me, “Just stop eating.” It’s not that simple. You can’t tell an addict to “just” stop doing anything. We need help and being negative about things won’t help, and will only make the situation worse. Despite having surgery, I still have issues with overeating. Surgery fixed my stomach…not my head. Thankfully I’m working on getting into therapy for my food addiction issues and mental health issues overall.

When one mentions weight loss to me, I say: “All I hear is, “lose weight, lose weight”. The emphasis is ALWAYS on losing weight. Let’s talk more about how to keep it off”.  Not every approach works for everyone. For me, diet and exercise alone didn’t work and my weight yo-yo’ed up and down. I would lose a noticeable amount of weight, gain it right back (and then some). I’ve had people tell me that I didn’t need surgery, that I could do it all on my own. Unfortunately my willpower wasn’t strong enough to sustain weight loss on my own. I needed help and weight loss surgery was my last option..and my only option. I weighed out the pros and cons of WLS and made the decision that surgery was the best course for me.

I had naysayers that tried to convince me not to have surgery, but I didn’t budge. I was going to do it no matter what anyone else said. I did it to get healthy and that’s my main goal. I walk whenever I can and do stretching exercises at home. Next month I plan on joining a gym.

As I said before, I still have issues with food addiction. I admit that I eat the wrong foods, but that is my responsibility. I’m working with my doctor to make better and healthier food choices…and it’s working. My issue also was not eating enough because I was eating very little 3 times a day and that’s not good. My doctor said I needed to eat 6 small meals throughout the day and I thought that was too much. I need to keep a food diary to hold myself accountable, to keep track of my calories/carbs/fat content I eat each day. With diligence, therapy and willpower I’ll be able to sustain my weight loss for the rest of my life (and not regain).

I went to one of Overeaters Anonymous’ meetings and didn’t like it…but will be going back to one sometime soon. For me, talking with others that are struggling with food addiction really helps me to put things into perspective. Here is their link for those who are struggling with food addiction:

Overeaters Anonymous

 

Did You Know? Weird But True Facts

I’m always on the lookout for interesting facts, especially ones that I’ve never knew existed. The Internet is chock full of interesting and weird facts. Here are some of them (and original sources are cited, check the bottom of each post for links):

According to Buzzfeed, The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days. and that the world’s deepest postbox is in Susami Bay in Japan. It’s 10 metres underwater. Did you also know that in 2007, an American man named Corey Taylor tried to fake his own death in order to get out of his cell phone contract without paying a fee. It didn’t work. The one I found most…interesting was: Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.

You can check out more of these interesting facts via Buzzfeed at:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/42-incredibly-weird-facts-youll-want-to-tell-people-down-the?utm_term=.psw5rGaMQ#.upLgkoeJd

I came across the #Fact Site and discovered some facts that were downright weird. I never knew any of these and I think you’ll find then quite interesting (and surprising):

  • Donkey Kong got his name because his creator believed ‘donkey’ meant ‘stupid’ in English and wanted to convey the impression that the character was a “Stupid Ape”.
  • The medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft”.
  • People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow. They try to live their life as a cow.
  • The name for the shape of Pringles is called a ‘Hyperbolic Paraboloid’.
  • There is a McDonalds in every continent except Antartica.
  • Mr Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.
  • A duel between three people is actually called a truel.
  • The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip”.
  • The two tiny holes drilled in every BIC pen is to ensure that the air pressure is the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.
  • In South Korea there is an emergency number (113) to report spies.
  • There are no bridges over the Amazon River.
  • The process by which bread toasts is called the ‘Maillard Reaction’.
  • Snails have 14000 teeth and some can even kill you!

https://www.thefactsite.com/2016/06/100-strange-but-true-facts.html

I checked out all of these facts on Lifebuzz and they were true. I was truly surprised and honestly thought they were false (and sounded outlandish). Some had my head shaking, because I never knew the history behind certain things. As they say, nothing is as it seems. If you don’t believe me, Google them like I did:

#1. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.

#2. Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.

#3. France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars: A New Hope hit theatres.

#4. Nintendo was originally a trading card company.

#5. If the sun were the size of a white blood cell then the Milky Way Galaxy would be the size of the United States.

#6. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

#7. For every human on Earth there are 1.6 million ants.

#8. The total weight of all those ants, however, is about the same as all the humans.

#9. On Jupiter and Saturn it rains diamonds.

http://www.lifebuzz.com/crazy-facts/

And finally:

My commentary:

Food has a rich and storied history. Food has been celebrated for thousands of years. However, not everyone knows about the history of certain foods that they consume. Via Cracked.com, I read some very interesting and weird facts about the foods that we consume. The history behind your favorite foods will surprise you, as it did me. I will provide the link to it:

http://www.cracked.com/pictofacts-697-17-surprising-backstories-to-food-you-eat/

My Writing.Com Pieces

I wrote these several months (and several years back). Originally published to my Writing.Com portfolio.

Looking Through the Glass Darkly

Looking through the glass darkly
Never knowing which way to go
It’s like the Abyss, with seemingly no end in sight
Misery and pain are my best friends

The Death Knell Has Sounded

What once was..will never be.

I put my whole being into this relationship.

I gave my heart, body and soul to you.

All I got was emptiness, lies and broken promises

Why did I put my faith into you?
Why did you hurt me so bad?

I tried to make it work, tried to love you the way you wanted me to..but alas, my heart fell short.

Will I ever find true love?

Most importantly, am I even capable of loving anyone else?

We can never be together.

We can never be one.

What once was…what could’ve been…will never be.

The Death Knell has sounded, we are no longer one
The Death Knell has sounded, we are no more

a Tale of Two Lost Lovers: The Parting

This is only part of a short story I’m writing. It’s a work in progress.

He stood there in the doorway, tears rolling down his handsome face, him pleading for me not to go but I didn’t want to hear him. We had been together for 7 years and had 4 children together: Kara, 2 years old and Beryl who is 6 months old. We also had twin boys (Grayson and Harrold) on the way, due in 7 months. Devon DeShazer and I had been together for 5 years, meeting at a dating meetup group that a mutual friend of ours runs once a week. We were friends for a year before he asked me to be his girlfriend.

I was a bit surprised that he asked and told him I’d think about it, but got back to him the next say and told him yes. Devon DeShazer is an Italian business man living on the South Shore of Nassau County, in Oyster Bay and we live together…or USED TO. I thought our relationship was pretty dandy! Thomas and I had lots in common, we hardly ever argued and he loved me and our kids to pieces.

7 months ago, we hired a nanny named Ella from Italy to take care of our children, so we could have some alone time and when I needed some time to myself. I had no clue what they were doing behind my back and had no reason to suspect anything. 7 months into her employment, I get a knock on my door late at night, around 2am.

Only myself was home. Devon was out of town for work, my kids were with their grandmother for the weekend and the nanny was off for the weekend. But when I finally got to the door, no one was there…but a large manila envelope sitting on the top step. I nervously looked around, picked up the envelope and hurried inside, locking the door behind me. I sat down on the sofa and carefully opened the envelope…and cried out in anger! There my fiancé was…having sexual relations with our nanny! At the hospital with their newborn son. Leading a double life behind my back.

I knew what I had to do. I immediately called my grandmother and told her what had happened. She told me, “Take the kids, confront him and then leave town, head to Uncle Harrold’s in Durham, North Carolina until you can get yourself together. Your family comes first, not Devon anymore. HE made his bed, let him and his whore lie in it.”

And now it all comes to a head…to this very moment. We both standing across from one another, for perhaps the final time. I threw him the photos, he looked at them and asked, “Who sent you these?!?!”
“Does it matter? You’re busted.” I turned to leave and “Baby don’t go! It was a mist…” I whipped around and said, “I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT! YOU CHOSE TO CHEAT! YOU MADE YOUR BED, NOW YOU MUST LIE IN IT AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES! GOOD LUCK IN TRYING TO GET CUSTODY BECAUSE I’LL MAKE SURE YOU NEVER DO!”

Thankfully the kids were in the truck asleep (unbeknownst to Devon). He came up to me but I slapped him before he could touch me and ran to my car, locking myself inside. I revved the engine and sped away, not looking back behind me.