How Delicious Food can Help You Lose Weight, Balance Your Hormones, and Defeat Depression.

Eat to Reverse the Effects of Aging, Drink to Rejuvenate your Vein and Arteries, and Be Happy to keep your Brain Sharp for your Golden Year.

Blues Busters, 15 foods to lift Your Spirit.

# 3 Snack on Sardine for a clear Mind. These little Fish are loaded with Vitamin B-12 which helps your body manufacture the chemical that helps carry messages between your nerves and brain. You can suffer memory loss, depression, and other mood disorder when you don’t have enough B-12. Women with low level of B-12 are twice as likely to develop severe depression. A recent study found that one in four seriously depressed women were B-12 deficient. Just 3 or 4 ounces of sardines will more than satisfy your daily vitamin B-12 requirement. You will also get protein, Omega-3 fatty acids,calcium and vitamin D.

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#4 Boost your Brain with Baked Potato. Folate and B-12 aren’t the only B-vitamin you need to keep your mind working right. High rate of depression are also linked to a lack of vitamin B-6 and thiamine. B-6 helps balance certain brain chemicals, keeping your emotions on an even keel, and thiamine helps nerve signal travel from your brain to other parts of your body. A baked potato is an ideal way to get these important nutrients along with others like vitamin C, iron, folate, niacin and potassium. Potatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Just don’t be tempted to load up with a lot of salt and rich toppings.

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Here’s how some delicious foods can help you lose weight, balance your hormones, and defeat depression. Eat to Reverse the effects of aging; drink to rejuvenate your veins and arteries. And be happy to keep your brain sharp for your golden year!

Blue Busters, 15 Foods to lift your spirits

Today I discovered that folate pinto bean is one of the food that can uplift your spirit and prevent one from depression.

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Experts know that depression gets worse when you don’t have enough folate in your body, and your outlook is brighter when you get plenty of this important B Vitamin. A good way to keep your folate level up is to eat pinto beans, the most popular dried beans in the United states. They are among the best natural sources of folate– a cup of pinto beans has almost 75 percent of the amount of what you need every day. This folate pinto beans also contain boosters — Magnesium and Thiamine.

2 Test tasty tips of Asparagus. Gardeners know one of the first signs of spring is the tender shoots of this delicious vegetable poking through the ground, and this veggie bursts with folate as well. Scientists do not know exactly why it helps chase the blues away, but folate does help your body make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of calmness and contentment.

Folate also works closely with vitamin B 12 to help you avoid depression..

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What good is Asparagus?

1. It’s loaded with nutrients and nutritional benefits. Asparagus is a nutrient-packed vegetable. It is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.


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“What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs.” 

  • Henry Miller


As humans, we should believe in something greater, Something bigger than ourselves; something more  powerful than our own imagination. No doubt, Allah (God), the Creator of the universe and the Fashioner and Designer of the  human form, deserves all our credits for everything we see around, and within us. 

Why Believe?

One of the most important habits we can always develop is the habit of Faith. Regardless of our religious or spiritual beliefs, we can ever observe or reflect, and come to the conclusion that most great men and women are people of FAITH, to a higher degree, and that is how and why their dreams and goals come to be possible, even when mediocres think it’s impossible for them to accomplish and achieve the possibilities. Among the thousands of examples are the Prophet Mohammad( S.A.W), Gandhi, Mandela, and many other (exceptional) leaders of the past and present, who achieved  things with an existing space  (in their hearts) for trust – belief or faith in the Most High. 


The habit of FAITH simply requires that we believe there is a HIGHER POWER, above us in the universe and that THE ALMIGHTY wants the very best for us all as human being.

The more faith we have, the more confidence we will have in everything that is happening to us; believing that it is part of a plan moving us inevitably toward something better, and that is why it takes a strong faith with a true believer to see some  things tagged  impossible becoming possible. Believe it or not, the Unseen controls the Seen.

As Mahatma Gandhi once said; 

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

There is more to come, concerning the issue of BELIEF IN SOMETHING GREATER. Till then…

Peace and Love always from the GRATITUDEQUEEN



I grew up believing I was a good Listener. Although I have become a better listener than I was ten years ago. I have to admit I’m still only adequate Listener. As I became older, I realized that effective listening is more than simply avoiding my annoying cousin.

Another thing I discovered about the effective listening is the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or not allowing them to finish their sentences. The entire thought of listening to someone and waiting patiently to find the content of of someone talk is something I can not afford to understand fully or be contented with. For example, there was a day I was in a cafeteria having lunch, eavesdropping on the conversations of those around me.

It seemed to me that, most of us have problem of how to communicate and listen effectively. Our attention span is becoming less and our distraction is increasing with technology. Due to that, we are are having hard time listening to one another;

Since then, I began to reflect and read more books about effective communication on how to slow down responses and become a better Listener. Believe it or not, it made me to become more peaceful person as time goes by. I also notice that it takes an enormous amount of energy, and also very stressful to be sitting in front of someone who I have no interest in listening to, but I still do it out of respect for a fellow human being.

In some ways, the way we fail to listen is symbolic to the way we live. We often treat communication as if it were a race. It’s almost like our goal is to have no time gaps between the conclusion of the sentence of of the person we are speaking with and the beginning of our own. So let us try to change our listening habit so that other people can feel comfortable opening up to us about anything that can be beneficial. By practicing good listening habit, people will feel safe in slowing down their own responses, because they won’t feel in competition with you for airtime.


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Reflecting on Reflection

Indeed a man  should reflect deeply over God’ s creation.

Even within a man physically and physiologically perfection is indeed a sign of Reflection of God constitutes without any blue print but rather from Divine Wisdom and Knowledge( Allah) All Wise, All knower of the seen and unseen .

A reflection should prompt every human being to show his / her genuine Gratitude, deep respect and real love to the One and Only Creator, ( Allah) His majesty, magnificent and Gracious Lord, who bless and create every human being in such a fashionable forms, perfect, upright and miraculous way of seeing light and knowing beauty from His inspiration.

Remember the True One ( God) and His action of management over all His creations. Reflect on His Mastership and Greatness.


So behold let a man considering his origin and what has become of him, for sure anyone who thinks and reflect develop his/ her foresight and Vision from the Creator of Heaven and Earth 🌎.


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Everyone wants more time, but not everybody knows how valuable time is until death reaches them. Time is given to all human being, but only few understand how to manage it judiciously in order to live a productive life.

Time is a gift of God to humanity, to keep us ( HUMAN BEING ) in check and balance of reality. People are born into time, live in limbo, and end up ‘biting the dust’ before they can even pray get more time.

Some people steal, commit sins, sell their bodies and souls for more time; that is even the curious part of reality. I often wonder if such people ever understand the purpose of Time Travel.

God would not prescribe for us ( human beings) something which we would not be able to do, because HE promises never to burden any soul with more than it can bear. It might seem as though finding the balance between worship and worldly pleasure is impossible, but we know in our heart of hearts that it is possible, if we are willing to use our precious TIME on this planet wisely.

Time has a great meaning than just counting days and nights, weeks and months, and the movement and rotation of the solar system and the lunar calendar respectively for our celebrations. Time Travel comes with divine purpose, so is our journey of life. So do not take time for granted, because it waits for no man .

Take your time to reasonably enjoy your share of your hard earned money. Spend your days wisely, and take advantage of moments to see loved ones, to care and share love, and respect with compassion. And no matter what happens, do not be afraid of time unless you are not preparing for it. It is a matter of fact that, at any given moment, there is always something to do, something to love, and something to look forward to. And every single thing has to do with time and energy.


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Make Services an Integral Part of Your Life

To be become a kinder, more loving individual requires action. Yet ironically, there is nothing specific you have to do; no prescription to follow, rather, most genuine acts of  kindness and generosity seem natural. They seem from a type of thinking where services and giving have integrated into the person’s  thought process.

  • Several teachers and philosophers that I have learnt from have suggested that I begin my day by asking myself this question, ‘How can I be of service?’ I have found this to be useful in reminding me of the multitude of ways that I can be helpful to others without hurting myself. when I take the time to ask this question, I find answers popping up all day long.

If one of our goals is to be of help to others, we will find the most appropriate ways to do things for others. Our chance to be of service is endless. Sometimes the best way that we could be of service is to maybe offer our home to a friend, even some ‘thoroughly screened’ strangers in need. Other time, it’s to give our seat to the elderly person on the train, help a youngster across the monkey bar, speak to a group of people , write a check to charity, or pick up litters on the road, the key, I believe, is to remember that being of service isn’t a one time efforts. it’s not doing something nice for someone and then wondering they aren’t being nice too, or doing this for us. Instead, a life of service is a lifelong process, a way of thinking about life. Ask yourself, does the trash need to be taking out? if so, go ahead and take it out even if it’s not your turn. Is someone you know being difficult? Maybe they need a hug or someone to listen to them. Are you  aware of any charity organization that needs more help, could you possibly give a little extra this month?

I learnt that the best way to be of service is often very simple, it’s those little, quite, often unnoticed act of kindness that we choose on a daily basis, like being supportive of a new endeavor by our spouse or simply taking the time and energy to listen.

I know that I have a long way to go towards my goal of becoming a more selfless person. However, I also know that as I have attempted to integrate services into my life , I have felt better, and better about the way I choose to live.

There is an ancient saying that goes thus,” Giving has  its own reward.” it’s really true, when you give, you also receive. In fact, what you receive might be totally different compared to what you give.   As you give more freely of yourself in your own ways, you will experience more feelings of peace than you ever thought possible. And at the end, everyone wins.

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The Hunted life – 2

“… death Is the only celebrity everyone is dying to meet… “

Lukmon Idris (Kiteshikiari)

In the game of Life, everyone is just trying his or her best possible to survive.

Everyday, (more than) eight billion people walk around, without a care in the world. They do not know, what await them after their long rides home. When walking on the street, or when alone in the shower, and even while being asleep, we live every second, minute and hour everyday trying to cheat death, as if death was the only option for those who chose it. We refuse to contemplate and reflect on the INEVITABLE and the CERTAINTY OF DEATH.

The Offenders play Checkers. They live their lives day to day, jumping over one another, trying to reach the top of the ladder of success. while we are too busy chasing the materialism and catching up with an entertainment.

The reality of the situation is, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, death is always around the corner and it is a matter of divine decree. Death will creep upon you like the flu. Death is patiently awaiting you….. Death will see you soon!

Sorry people, as much as we all want to talk about exciting things like fashion shows, games and celebrate our favorite club, DEATH is also a part of life process that every human will go through. It’s just like the way everyone was born. So, be prepared for you never

Peace, Love, Hope and Gratitude always from the #GratitudeQueen.

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All throughout our life, we follow rules and often fall in line, as we try to walk the straight edge of a razor all without falling off.

We are all consumers in our lives. We try to follow meaningless trend in slang, fashion, technology, gossip, and even food. For some people, it’s trying to keep up with the latest trends. It can break the largest bank, and even cause a Psychiatrist to re-analyze his life.

Remember, when you shop for groceries, or sales or deals, ask yourself, are you the hunter, or the prey (?)


Labels are everywhere. And they are on everything. They are hung over us; on our shoes, stitched to our clothings, and even fashionable enough, to be tattooed on our skin. But… why are they there?

When told to read behind, or in between them, you will find nothing. Nothing but emptiness. And if you let yourself be defined by stereotypical, or even racial label, then what are you?

We are all a creation of (One) God. We should not allow possession and labels define our humanity as a whole.

Kindly anticipate the part two of this topic. To be out soon! Till then…


Relaxing Through The Divine Senses.

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Some experiences promote feelings of wonder, gratitude, happiness, accomplishment and calmness. These kind of feelings simply cannot be identified with just one of the five senses. In fact, perhaps it is best said that these experiences cannot even be put into words. Many at times these special moments; these ‘mysteries’ happen when we  tap into all our bodies; I am referring to the deeper power  of the greatness of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell  which  are all part of the ‘Divine Gift senses’ that we use and feel everyday of our life.


Stress is often defined as a perceived disconnection from our divine sources. Although, we never are truly disconnected or separated from from God, but moments of chaos and catastrophies may make it seem as if we are. But for every stressful moment in which we mistakenly believe that we have been divinely abandoned, there are multitudes of moment that remind us that we are never alone. Psychologist Abraham Maslow called these  sensations Peak Experiences, where we know (if) only for some brief moments that we are truly with God. I actually prefer the term Holy Moments to the  powerful mystical experiences in which we use our Divine senses to know that however insignificant we may seem in the ever expanding universe, we are an essential part of it all.

How can the Divine Sense be best explained? As the amazing poet Maya Angelou says in her book, “Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now. I believe that  God is one and we are all connected to God by the spirit of our soul, everywhere we are or go. The Spirit never leaves us, but something our ignorance makes us think God is not there, but for real if we look at our surroundings, we can see the signs of God in our present when we return to our senses.” The Divine Gifts of our senses are to connect and help us with the  recognition that we are always in the presence of GOD, however we conceive it to be.

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 The smile on the face of a young child.

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In addition to realizing our five connections, these senses help us transcend the roadblock that stress puts in front of us. It is interesting to note that when I ask my students this question, What divine experience bring  peace? The answer seems to fall into two categories. Either being  completely alone with God, usually in Nature, or in the company of friends, with the underlying assumptions that the face of God can be found on every single human face.

Coming to a sense of calmness through the Divine senses is very personal undertaking; It is fair to say that no two of these experiences are alike. Reflect for a moment on what you would include to remind yourself  and to cultivate your own personal senses of the Divine in your everyday life. 

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Please let us practice Gratitude and Gratefulness and don’t forget to smile; like, comment, share and follow, for the best is yet to come.