Wellness

Reading Your Future: A Psychic Reading Like No Other

This past week, The Life Chest Team decided to do something new and exciting. We all took a trip to see a psychic. You may be thinking this idea is off the wall or a little bit strange. While this may be true, this experience truly changed all of our lives! The amount of detail the psychic was able to go in on our life and past experiences was staggering.

The information she was able to provide us about our futures was unbelievable. She described life events in detail. These events ranged from anything to love life, career success, education, and much more. For example, I was told that one day I was going to own my own business! The psychic also knew a lot of information about my family, both past and present.

The name of our psychic was Angela. In case you are ever interested in getting a psychic reading yourself, she is located at 37 E Maple Road in Troy, MI. You can reach her at the phone number (586) 689-9200. What an amazing experience this was. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. If ever given the opportunity to meet with a psychic, I recommend you take advantage of it!

Sources:

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - What You Need to Know

Fighting for our country is one of the most honorable things anyone can do. After being involved in warfare, travel, conditioning and a multitude of extraordinary experiences, soldiers go through so much by the end of their service. It can become strenuous to overlook the obstacles our veterans have overcome, and  upon their return, even day to day tasks can be trying.

Certain wars seem to have had more of an impact on the human brain than others. For example, a study was conducted on veterans of The Gulf War. In this study, it was found that high stress related experiences from a veteran's past greatly increased the chance of experiencing some sort of PTSD. In addition to PTSD, some veterans have experienced CFS (Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome) as a result of the warfare.

What exactly is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder"PTSD is diagnosed after a person experiences symptoms for at least one month following a traumatic event. However, symptoms may not appear for several months or even years later." PTSD is something that should be taken very seriously as it could potentially change a life forever.

In a study where veterans and non-veterans were tested for reactions to sounds of warfare and mental arithmetic, it was clear that the veterans responded differently. As the sound of the warfare audio was increased, the veterans showed higher blood pressure and a faster heartbeat. These responses are no coincidence. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be a serious problem in the health of our veterans.

You may know someone that is suffering from PTSD.

These are the symptoms:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollection of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.

  • Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.

  • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angry.

Any of the above items may mean that an individual is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So if we know the symptoms, how do we help cope with and treat PTSD?

There is no right or wrong answer. Some experts think that exercise can work wonders for people dealing with PTSD. It is also important to regulate yourself through mindful breathing which can quickly calm you down. Connecting with others by volunteering to assist someone in need can also relieve an individual of PTSD symptoms. 

Make sure that if you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, you take into consideration the following guidelines. It can make a world of difference.

  • Take time to relax

  • Avoid alcohol and drugs

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Get enough sleep

Also remember that it is very important not to force someone you know to talk about his or her PTSD. Keep in mind that is very difficult for people who have PTSD to talk about the negative experiences they have had. Let them lead and discuss it when they are ready, if ever.

For any veterans currently seeking disability claims, we recommend you follow this link to Hill & Ponton Disability Attorneys. There you will find that they have recovered $250 million for clients over 30 years. You can also check out their blog page for more articles on PTSD, disability claims, and more!

 

Sources:

paradigmmalibu.com

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/157/2/141.short

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01064817

https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/symptoms

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/post-traumatic-stress-disorder.htm

Give Your Taste Buds a Present!

When summer time comes around, everyone is looking for the appetizer at the party that is going to make the crowd go, "Wow!" We may have just found the perfect solution for you. Below is the recipe for the crispy, flavor-quenched, baked zucchini chips! 

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized zucchinis, cut into 1/4 inch slices

  • 1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 egg whites

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

  • In one small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Place the egg whites in a separate bowl. Dip zucchini slices into the egg whites, then coat the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a greased baking sheet.

  • Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn over and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until browned and crispy.

Voila! Your delicious zucchini chips are now ready to munch on!

Source:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/89452/baked-zucchini-chips/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringId=17231&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=cardslot%2026

Tips to Studying

An upcoming exam for a student can lead to massive stress and anxiety. It is something that every student has to face at one point or another during their time in school. The following are tips that can help you to study for that oh so crucial exam!

Each point has a link associated with it on how to follow through with that recommendation.

These are just some examples of great ways to prepare you for that upcoming test!

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Backyard BBQ's

One of the best parts of the 4th of July holiday is the food! Depending on the type of person you are, you may go for the steak, chicken, burgers, or all of the above! And who doesn't love the sides such as potato salad. coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, and much, much more! 

If you're looking for a great recipe for coney dogs, search no further! You have come to the right place:

Flint Sauce

The most important thing to remember while grilling up your favorite foods is spending time with your family. After all, isn't that what the holidays are all about?

Keep in mind that when cooking, safety always comes first. Be careful that the grill flames don't get too high or out of control. 

Enjoy your favorite foods and lets hope for great weather across the nation this Independence Day! With food, fireworks, and liberty comes great joy!

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Vegan Banana French Toast

VEGAN BANANA FRENCH TOAST

 

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  10 mins

Total time:  15 mins

Serves: 2

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Pieces of Bread (I used a dense but small rye)

  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk

  • 1 Banana

  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1 teaspon Maple Syrup 

  • Canola Oil, Grape Seed Oil, or  Coconut Oil for frying your toast

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor or blender, mix your almond milk, banana, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup. Should look like a smoothie!

  2. Heat your pan to medium and add your oil of choice.

  3. Pour the batter into a shallow bowl, dip your bread and soak until your pan is heated.

  4. Fry up your soaked bread to your favorite toast level.

  5. Enjoy with some maple syrup and/or fruit.

Wellness Wednesday Vegan Coconut Blueberry Pancakes

It’s been quite some time since we enjoyed a good stack of pancakes, they aren’t usually a breakfast department go-to in our household but with some vegan visitors over for brunch this week we decided to try something different.

Vegan Coconut Blueberry Pancakes

Why Coconuts?

coconut with green leaves

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

A 100ml serving of canned coconut milk has:
154 calories   1.4g protein  15g fat
(13.2g saturates)        3.4g carbohydrate

Coconut milk is derived from the flesh of the coconut. The thick, creamy white flesh is what is made into the milk and while coconut milk is high in saturated fat, it is much healthier than other saturated fat products. The fat in coconut milk is easily metabolized by the body and also offers some health benefits as it is anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

Vegan Coconut Blueberry Pancakes

I hope you enjoy this pancake recipe, if you don’t tell your diner I bet they won’t even guess they are vegan!. These delicious treats explode with blueberry flavor in every bite and are perfect for boosting your energy naturally! I enjoyed my pancakes with a smoothie but they would go great with a cup of coffee or a glass of almond milk.

** These pancakes taste great cold or reheated and you can even freeze them and pop them in the toaster for a quick treat! Here’s Henry enjoying a toaster pancake the next day!

Henry and a Vegan Coconut Blueberry Pancake

Wellness Wednesday: Garden Carrot Rhubarb Soup

It’s that time of the year, rhubarb is ready to be enjoyed and whether its from your own garden or the grocery store, now is the time to try this healthy and nutritious soup.

Carrot Rhubarb Soup - turmeric and carrot

Garden Carrot and Rhubarb Soup

4 – 6 bowls

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs carrots – peeled and chopped – Roughly 7 cups or 10-14 carrots

1 cup rhubarb stalk – diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 L low sodium vegetable or chicken stock

a few fresh cilantro sprigs, to garnish

Chili hot sauce of choice

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.

2. In a large mixing bowl stir the carrots, rhubarb, olive oil, black pepper, and cloves together and then spread them out in a baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from oven and transfer its contents into a large pot.

2. Add the ground turmeric and stock of choice to the carrot – rhubarb blend and bring it all to a boil. Remove the pot off the stove and blend all the ingredients together until completely smooth by either using an immersion blender or in a blender in batches. Return the pot to the stove and cook for another 15 minutes on a medium-low heat. Adjust salt to taste.

3. Serve your soup with a sprig of cilantro on top and a serving of hot sauce on the side. (Also tastes great with basil lime leaves.)

Carrot and Rhubarb Soup