The Psychological State of an Egg


hbfchicken-farmmichael-george-4I am fascinated with the idea behind cage free eggs. Just to explain a little further, it’s not the egg that is supposed to be cage free because obviously it is caged within its own shell, but we’re talking about the chicken that was roaming freely in the farm or whatever amount of space that does not constitute a cage. The importance of this process is for the chicken to be in a healthy state of mind when it lays an egg which in turn will be in a healthy state of mind.

They say you are what you eat, so you want to make sure that the egg you’re about to devour or subject to boiling or frying, perhaps scramble altogether, or maybe mix it with  other ingredients that would change and erase any traces of its existence,  is a healthy egg with no psychological issues.

— Raghid Khalil 

 

Working Out During Pregnancy: Keeping Your Routine Safe and Effective Throughout Each Trimester


Here is another great and informative article from Healthline. Please read, share and enjoy 🙂


Working Out During Pregnancy: Keeping Your Routine Safe and Effective Throughout Each Trimester

by Kristeen Cherney

Pregnancy marks a time when you need to make tweaks to your lifestyle for the sake of your baby. This includes getting rid of alcohol and junk food, as well as smoking if you have not done so already. However, exercise is definitely not something you should neglect at this time of your life. It’s not safe to play contact sports or do balancing workouts, such as bike riding, but you should not stop exercising altogether. Aside from the benefits of working out, safe exercise alone does not cause miscarriage. The key is to learn the safest and most effective workouts during each stage of your pregnancy and to modify your routine accordingly.

First Trimester: Keep Up Your Current Routine

Ideally, you should have established a workout routine before pregnancy. If this is the case, then your doctor will likely give you the go-ahead to keep up normal activities throughout the first trimester. Runners can still run, and gym-goers can still lift weights and use most machines. The key difference during this transition has to do with the method you lift weights: ideally, you should not lift them above your head so you don’t strain your neck or abdomen. As long as your doctor gives the OK, you may still perform exercises laying down, including sit-ups. Many women take advantage of this small window of time during the first trimester to strengthen their abdominal muscles while they can. You certainly can—and you should—do weight-training for your abs for toning and strength.

If you failed to exercise before pregnancy, this doesn’t mean you need to wait 9+ months to start routine. Begin by walking as much as you can, working up to at least 30 minutes per day. Walking and swimming are both ideal if you’re battling morning sickness. Add some strength-training to the mix to help build muscles you’ll need during pregnancy, delivery, and beyond.

Second Trimester: Start Making Modifications

As you progress away from the days of morning sickness, you’re likely entering your second trimester. You can still exercise to stay in shape at this point, but this is also the time to start modifying your routine. Any workout that includes jumping or lying on your back is off-limits because such movements strain your abdomen and increase the risk for miscarriage. Raul Artal, OB-GYN, explains to Baby Center that between 6 and 10 percent of women rapidly lose blood pressure when lying down, which can harm a developing fetus. Walking and swimming are still preferred because they are safe while still providing resistance and cardiovascular benefits. However, you can also try prenatal yoga and workouts on the treadmill, elliptical machine, and stationary bike. To maintain and strengthen ab muscles, make sure you sit up straight with your chest forward.

Third Trimester: Walking is Your Best Bet

The third trimester may be the most unappealing stage to work out due to an aching back, swelling legs, and fatigue. You should not give up at this point: not only does exercise benefit both you and the baby throughout the latter stages of pregnancy, but exercising can also ward off excess weight gain during this home-stretch. In fact, most of the weight gained during pregnancy occurs in the last trimester because the baby is growing at a more rapid weight and you’re building more fluids in preparation for delivery.

When to Talk to Your Doctor

For the sake of you and your baby, it’s important to maintain a safe and consistent exercise routine throughout pregnancy. Still, there are times when it’s definitely acceptable to stop working out. You should not keep exercising if you:

  • feel faint
  • become breathless
  • experience vaginal discharge
  • feel feverish
  • experience any pain
  • start feeling contractions

You should see a doctor ASAP if you experience any of these symptoms. Also, talk to him or her if you’re new to exercise or are unsure about how to modify your current routine. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll likely need to take extra precautions during exercise as outlined by your physician.

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Kristeen CherneyAuthor Bio: Kristeen Cherney is a freelance health and lifestyle writer who also has a certificate in nutrition. Her work has been published on numerous health-related websites since 2009. Previously, she worked as a communications and marketing professional and officially changed careers after the birth of her son. Kristeen holds a BA in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University, and is currently pursuing an MA in English with a concentration in rhetoric and cultural studies. When she’s not writing or studying, she enjoys walking, kick-boxing, yoga, and traveling.

A Lebanese Political Screw


I feel for our Lebanese politicians. They have needs just like the rest of us. They have urges too. After all they’re human beings born from the same fabric into the same society of which we breathe into and exhale.

To the spouses of the politicians, I address you in particular and I say this unto you: “Our politicians need a good screw. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is the most humane thing you can do.

Please just get a good long sturdy nail & hammer and screw them onto a wall at home, and make sure they never make it to the parliament.”

The way I see it, it’s either the few get screwed one time or an entire population gets screwed possibly forever.

Of course my suggestion is with utmost respect to all.

Raghid Khalil 

Six Great Ideas For Quick and Easy Weeknight Salmon Dinners


2Fish is one of the most versatile and easiest foods that can be prepared and cooked. While it may take a while to learn how to cook salmon if it is not boneless, other fish species, including de-boned salmon, are relatively hassle-free to whip up. Besides being the more heart health-conscious alternative to red meat, cold-water fish species have high content of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, those compounds necessary to keep cholesterol levels down and inflammation at bay.

Two servings of 150 grams each of fish per week are sufficient to maintain cardiovascular health, as well as obtain the other nutritive values of fish. Below are some great ideas on quick and easy-to-prepare fish recipes for weeknight dinners. Whether cooking for a family, for two or one’s self, these “fishy” ideas can turn into delicious and highly nutritious meals.

Salmon: King of Fishdom

Turmeric, sweet green and red bell peppers, grated ginger and honey-mustard sink deep into salmon fillets as a marinade that turns them tender, moist, and fragrantly caramelised when broiled. Try this simple, appetising Spicy Salmon in Mustard Sauce with kale in hoisin sauce, spinach made with red onions and sliced cabbage in vinaigrette or sautéed chard in garlic with fresh ground pepper and a dash of lemon juice.

If you would rather have salmon pan-seared, rub the fillets first with a cayenne pepper, sea salt and brown sugar rub. Pan-searing salmon fillets on high temperature will brown them like Cajun-style “blackening.” Serve them with jalapeño-pineapple-mint relish with a dash of lime juice and a teaspoon of chopped cilantro. This relish can even be an accompaniment to tortilla or sweet potato chips.

Dependable Tuna

Sandwiches are not the only result from tuna. There are also tuna steaks. A dash of low-sodium soy sauce, freshly ground pepper, and some sesame oil give grilled Sesame Tuna and Spicy Coleslaw a strong Asian flavour that’s surprisingly delectable. Remember that fresh tuna should be cooked medium-rare to bring out its sweet, natural flavour. As for the coleslaw, make it Asian as well by combining shredded cabbage with pungent Thai fish sauce, a dash of fiery sriracha and apple cider vinegar. This is one fish dinner that’s high in protein but low in fat and calories.

While you’re on Asian cuisine mode, go Japanese with Tuna Steak Glazed with Ginger and Wasabi. A 5-minute marinade of grated ginger, a pinch of wasabi, some brown sugar, a dash of low-sodium soy sauce, and minced garlic and another 5 minutes to pan-sear the tuna steaks and you have fish with an unbelievable texture that can only be described as “melt-in-your-mouth.” Serve this with soba noodles, some sake, and those finger-licking good mochi balls for dessert.

There’s Something Special About Swordfish

Fish also has “special occasion” moments when species such as swordfish is served. Somehow, it manages to impress guests and family alike. Swordfish ala Siciliana is reminiscent of the traditional home cooking of Sicilian homemakers with its wonderful blend of sweet and savoury sauce made from stewed tomatoes, black and green olives, chopped almonds, raisins, and fresh orange juice. You simply grill swordfish steaks and serve them with the sauce, which could also be delicious served with porkchops, grilled steaks or roast chicken.

Swordfish is an excellent choice for the grill because of its firm flesh. Marinate chopped swordfish pieces in low-sodium soy sauce, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, and minced onions for 30 minutes and then grill them on skewers alternately with sweet green bell peppers, pearl onions, and cherry tomatoes. All you need for this weeknight dinner are a bottle of Chardonnay and some fruit compote as a reward for a hard day’s work.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog community.

Spying on us U.S.?


So they’re spying … big deal!

ImageLately, that’s all we hear about on the news, how the US is spying on almost everyone on earth, even its closest allies. Well to reassure everyone, the USA just like any other country is also spying on its own people. In other words, they are employing the “equal spying opportunity” and that is something anyone spied on should feel proud of and should take advantage of.

But I am still not happy about that for one main reason. A few days ago I got the flu, and I was shivering in my bed with a high fever. I couldn’t even make it to the kitchen to prepare myself a soup or even get my own medication. Did they check up on me? No. Did they send me any medication? No. Did they at least send me a “get well soon, card”. No, Nothing. I got nothing from anyone. Yet we both know that they know I was sick.

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That same night, my one year old son started crying in the middle of the night, in his own crib. I felt helpless towards him. I wanted to go pick him up, but I couldn’t for two reasons, I was extremely sick, and I didn’t want to spread my virus or whatever I had on to my son; but I expected uncle Sam who spends sleepless nights watching us and over us to at least send in a Nanny to soothe my child back into sleep. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen either.

Now tell me, am I asking for too much here? Isn’t that why they are spying on us? Isn’t it to provide us care when we need it the most?

I am a bit disappointed to be honest with you, but I will keep on giving them another chance since I have no other option. With that being said, I could really use a hand with the laundry. If only someone was listening closely …

 

Raghid Khalil 

 

Having a Baby… Juice Juice Juice


It has been such a long time since I last posted on the blog.

I gave birth to a healthy handsome baby boy. Throughout my pregnancy I juiced every single day. Green juice, apple juice, carrot juice, and different combinations of juice all ran through my veins and replenished my system and that of my baby. He was born and could hold his head up and I still do believe that his strength is directly related to the juices I have been consuming. I focused on fetal development and requirements and juiced ingredients that would help boost my health and that of my growing baby in me.

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My Baby Boy

I want to share some juice recipes that would help those who are planning to get pregnant, and those who are already going through their journey at being pregnant.

To Those Who are Trying to Get Pregnant

First thing I want to share with you is a detox. It took me a while to get pregnant and I read somewhere that a cleanse can help reboot my system. I did a four day juice fast (read my blog post about it here). A month after the cleanse and healthy eating I got pregnant. All you got to do is try to eliminate sugars in your diet. Eat healthy food and if you have the will to go vegan for a few weeks then go ahead and do that. As for me all I did is I went on a juice fast for 4 days. I eliminated caffeine from my system and all sugars. I ate a lot of greens. I exercised daily and drank lots of water and fluid.

Here are a few juice recipes that help with fertility.

Natural Fertility

This juice has a ton of vitamins and minerals. It is high in iron, calcium and is alkalizing. Drink this blend to nourish the reproductive system and enrich your cells, boosting your fertility and chances of getting pregnant (Natural Fertility Info).

5 Fertility RecipesTo Those who are Pregnant

During the first trimester, the embryo becomes a fetus with all organs fully formed. Taking these dramatic changes and developments in your womb many things are also happening to your body to be able to accommodate the needs of the baby. One of the well known physical side effects is nausea. Here are a few juice recipes to help you through the first trimester.

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During the second trimester you are most energetic and happily pregnant. Now that all the major organs and systems have formed in the fetus, the following six months will be spent growing. This means that you require a lot of vitamins and nutrients to help the growing fetus in you. I drank a lot of grapefruit and green juice during that time. Here are a few recipes:

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In the third trimester heartburn kicks in. More growth happening to the fetus and lungs are developing and maturing. I started to feel heavy and easily tired during the last few weeks. To keep your energy up and to help you through what is to become of your life try these healthy recipes.

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To Those Who Gave Birth

Enjoy motherhood, stay healthy and juice on 🙂

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Rasha Nasser Khalil 

Also see my other juice recipe posts and related articles:

– Juice Recipes for Pregnancy

– Juice Recipes for Weight Loss 

– Juice Recipes to Lower High Blood Pressure

– Juice Recipes for Ailments

– Detox Juice Recipes

– Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes

– Green Juice Recipes

– Guest Blog: Craving Nutrition: Eating for Change During Pregnancy

 

Once Upon a Time… (1)


Once upon a time on a not too far galaxy from here… As a matter of fact I can take you there. Really! it’s just around the corner. If you want we can go there right now. Even better, I will give you directions.
From this location, keep going straight until you hit the second stop light, you make a left. In less than half a block you will see a grocery store, you walk into it, around the middle of the second aisle, on the third shelf from the bottom you will see the Galaxy I was referring to. Just so no one gets confused, it’s the regular plain Galaxy bar, no nuts, no caramel. Anyway, on that specific galaxy was a coupon with a discount and I bought it… The End.

— Raghid Khalil Khalil

Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

The Versatile Blogger Award


We are very honored and appreciative for being nominated  for the Versatile Blogger award. We would like to thank everyone that has passed through our blog and enjoyed our articles, left comments, shared our page and followed us.

We would like to thank FitnessLovingMom for nominating us.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 things about us:

  1. We are originally from Lebanon.
  2. I was born in Liberia, and my husband was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
  3. I love working out (cycling, boot camp, running)… My husband loves playing Call of Duty on his Xbox 360.
  4. We are Windows Phone 7 users 🙂
  5. We like to travel.
  6. We like to watch movies.
  7. We love sushi.

The 15 bloggers that we want to nominate for this award are as follow:

  1. FitnessLovingMom
  2. Bucket List Publications
  3. BermudaOnion
  4. inpursuitofmore
  5. ediliociclostile
  6. l’armoiredelana
  7. ginosblog
  8. chicquero
  9. underjuiced
  10. stay healthy with Samantha
  11. eat cake and loose weight
  12. alternate economy
  13. mary, mary
  14. creaturewiththeatombrain
  15. cut the crap movie review

Thank you again…

— Raghid & Rasha Khalil

Thank you … yup, uhu, you bet!


Aren’t there enough confusing things in life that we even find the need to complicate the way we speak? When I was growing up, the normal answer to a “thank you” was, of course you guessed it “you’re welcome”.

Even when you start your PC there is a “welcome” word on your screen. Your doormat in most cases says “welcome”. Yet people treat it as unfamiliar territory and instead say “Uhu, yup or you bet”.

When someone says uhu to me, for a second I start doubting what I uttered, do I need to continue my story or what? Because that’s how I usually use the “uhu”, to me it’s a form of telling the person who’s talking, that I am still here and listening to his/her conversation in order to carry on with what’s being said.

Now when someone says “yup” to me after I thank them, at first I get surprised because the person is now agreeing with me, and the only thing that’s missing is a nod. After all, this is a very critical matter that needs everyone to be in total agreement here.

As for the last one “you bet” , my first reaction to that would be, to answer what appears to be a change of subject by countering it with a question “do you bet?”, whether I gamble or not is nobody’s business but if you must know, I don’t.

— Raghid Khalil