I’ve been struggeling with drinking enough water for a long time, it was already a tough task for me to drink 1l a day. But humans should drink at least 2l a day in order to stay hydrated. I always thought water is just here to stop our thirst, but it holds much more benefits, those are just some of them:

Protects our organs

Helps with our metabolism -> weight loss!

Helps our organs so absorb nutrients better

 Regulates body temperature

Increases energy

Helps build and repair muscle

I’ve started to up my intake of water, I’ve increased my intake up to 5 litres a day, and now I want to helo you to up your water intake!

So here are my tips to increase your water intake:

Start drinking tap water -  don’t ask me why but since I’ve started to drink tap water it was suddenly easier for me to drink lots water

Drink with a straw – remember your last cinema visit? You thought you could never drink those 1l cup of coca cola (just an example, I hate coca cola) in just 2 hours, but it was already gone after the half of the movie. You automatically drink faster when drinking with a straw, so you drink more

Drink a glass of water right after waking up –  I make sure I’ve finished at least ½ litre before breakfast, then I drink another big glass of water while eating breakfast, this way you’ve already finished half of your needed water intake even before leaving the house

Drink a glass of water before and during every meal – I feel like drinking water before eating helps me to control my portions, I don’t overeat anymore, if you are eating 3 meals a day this tip will help you to drink at least 3l a day

Always carry a bottle of water with you – and always sip on it, this way you will drink a lot more water than when just drinking water at home

Add fruit to your water – add some taste to your water with different fruits (watermelon, strawberry, raspberry… make sure you won’t get bored!), also try lemon water!

Use apps – there are lots of apps which help you to increase your water intake by reminding you to drink, e.g. waterlogged, plant nanny, daily water free (all of these are free!)

Eat fruits that are filled with water – cucumber, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, peaches, apricot… eating your water helps you to increase your water intale too!

Set a timer – just like the apps this will remind you to drink water

Get to know the benefits of drinking water – this definitely should motivate you to drink more water!

Drink tea – Herbal or fruit teas are essentially water with natural, non-caloric flavors

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On minimum wage, and the welfare system. Don't hate on people who use state welfare, but then try to say that minimum wage is living wage.

I’m so sick of everyone saying “You can’t have minimum wage raised, all you do is flip burgers.You can’t have minimum wage raised, there are people out there that work harder than you. You can’t have minimum wage raised, just go get a better job. You can’t have minimum wage raised, just go to college and you’ll make more money. Hurr durr durr.” 
Well, let’s think about this. Really, think about it.

Minimum wage was created to make it so that in a two parent household, where the male/powerhouse money maker could SUPPORT THEIR FAMILY ON A SINGLE INCOME. It was literally created so people could comfortably live on a single income without falling through the cracks and without having to literally survive paycheck to paycheck/on state benefits. It was created when $7.50 an hour was plenty to live on. It was a time and space where things literally costed less. Milk was not damn near four dollars, gas was not almost four dollars a gallon. Food, housing, cars, bills, fuck EVEN BIRTH was cheaper when minimum wage was created. It was literally made so “Dad can go make money to support the mother and the quaint 2.5 children who stay at home. Mom is a homemaker, dad is the money maker.” Right now, it is damn near impossible to survive on less than 10 dollars, as well as NOT use state benefits/welfare (because we all hear the battle of “get off welfare, you’re using our tax money, work harder”). Literally. Almost. IMPOSSIBLE.

Let’s put this in to perspective:

1 gallon of milk - $2.79
1 loaf of bread - $1.99
1 package of sliced cheese - $3.00
1 package of meat - average, $2.50-$3.50
= about $11

For $11 you can have about 8-10 sandwiches depending on the bread you buy. If you ONLY eat that, that would mean three sandwiches a day, per person and (about) one glass of milk a day too. If you live in a house that has three people, that means 9 sandwiches a day (also, you should factor in that if you have kids, they can probably eat about 1.5 sandwiches maybe two, and same goes for teenagers). That means it is $11 to eat THE BARE MINIMUM a day for a family of three, with probably a glass or two of milk for each person. Chances are, one parent/older person in the household will be eating maybe once or twice a day, a single sandwich, to make sure the kids get food first.

That means that someone who makes the average minimum wage has to work about one hour and forty minutes to buy something that will last about two days in a household that has three people in it. They are only eating that. Only. Sandwiches. But wait! I’m sure you’re going to sit there and say “Oh that’s not too bad. Nah! That’s easy, they can buy more than that if they work a full day!!” Well, why don’t we look in to the actual math behind supporting a very, very average three person household.

Well, the math seems to add up that if someone works six days out of the week, eight hours of the day, and don’t get their paycheck until the end of two weeks that means about $720, MINUS state/federal taxes, now this is a ballpark figure but they’ll probably withhold about $100-$150. 
So now, we’re down to $570 every two weeks. Alright, stick with me here, this math might actually shock you guys. 
Say you drive to your six day a week, eight hour a day job, and it’s about 4 miles there. So, that’s 8 miles a day. 8 times 6 is 48 times two weeks that’s 96 miles, per two weeks (between pay periods). If you drive a cheap car (chances are, if you live on minimum wage, you’re driving a clunker) that get’s at the most probably about 12mi/per gal. 12 mi/per gal divided by 96 miles is 8. 8 gallons of gas costs (today) $3.84 x 8 = $30.72. That means out of your $570 paycheck, you ALWAYS take out $30.72. Well, let’s not forget, that is going literally to work and back. Not the grocery store, not your kids school, not the Dr’s office; To work - and back. So, let’s throw in a few extra gallons of gas to make sure if an emergency happens, or you go shopping that you actually can make it there. So, bump is up to about $46. That’s $570 - $46 = $524

Okay. $524 every two weeks. In one month, you’ll be making $1,048. Not bad. Alright.

So let’s look at bills now. 
(remember, we’re basing this off of a three person household of two adults and one child) 
(Source: http://livingwage.mit.edu/places/0402557380
http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=United+States&city=Prescott%2C+AZ )

Rent - $890
Food - $553
Electricity/water/heating - $166.35
= $ -561

That’s right. If you live in an average house, with your husband and you work at minimum wage, six days a week, four weeks a month you will end up in the negative. After gas for your vehicle to get to work, and an average household bills (mind you there’s no internet, or phone bills; something most people these days consider a necessity) you do not have any money left over, in fact, you don’t have money. Period. 
So hey, let’s say both you and your husband work; Both drive cars, both have the same expenses. So, $1,048 * 2 = $2,096 of a monthly income.

$2,0960 
Rent - $890
Food - $553
Electricity/water/heating - $166.35
= $486

Alright, not bad. Once more, we’re no longer in the negatives in the bank account (also, let’s remember: minimum wage was made so that a household could have ONE income to happily survive)

Food! Ahh, the wonderful thing that we all love munching.
Food for an average 3 person household = ……. *drumroll* …….

$500

Literally, that’s what the average cost of daily (relatively?) healthy food. 
So, no more money. Now, most people can manage to really, really cut down the cost of food. So let’s say, about $250 for food. That leaves you with $250 left over at the end of the month. What happens if you need insurance? After all, that job you both have isn’t considered full time so you don’t get benefits. It’s probably a good idea to have insurance for your child at the very least, after all kids are accident prone and have to get vaccines, dr checkups, dental visits, etc. So, for insurance for one kid (mind you, I’m making sure no one is using state benefits here, because well, lets face it, we hear a lot of people gripe about the use of welfare) is about $100 or so a month. That’s down to $150 a month. Let’s also look at phones. Most people have to have some sort of communication to call work/school/dr’s etc. Phones cost about $125 per month for two phones. That’s $25 a month left over….. Now, we pray to god an accident doesn’t happen, the car doesn’t break down, the kids don’t get sick and no one has to take a day off work….

Now answer me this, do you still really think minimum wage should stay at $7.50??

I hope not, because I can tell you firsthand minimum wage is NOT a LIVING wage. But hey, bitch about people who use the welfare system and then insist that minimum wage is living wage……

What does poverty look like to you?

Many Americans are still struggling to keep food on the table after the Great Recession. Right now, 1 in 7 Americans are “food insecure” and approximately 47.4 million are surviving on food stamps, referred to as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That means there’s a strong chance you may know someone living on SNAP or close to needing food assistance. Are your friends wearing dirty clothes, begging for scraps on the street? I am going to make the assumption they are not. There’s still a heavy stigma attached to the poor and what being in need is supposed to look like. We live in a society that shames poverty and implies that you brought it upon yourself. The Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, recently typified this notion, saying: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.” One of the world’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, put it more bluntly in a magazine column: “If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socializing, and more time working.”

But one does not simply come out of poverty so easily. According to the Economic Policy Institute, half the jobs in the nation pay under than $34,000 a year. There are many contributing factors that can cause people to be poor. Problems start early with bad nutrition, inequitable public schools, lack of mentors, etc. Regardless of any individual circumstance, no one should feel bad for reaching out for help when in need.

Recently, a few courageous lawmakers took the food stamp challenge, living off SNAP in an attempt to show that hunger is more than just a statistic. As U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who took the challenge, wrote: “All spontaneity is out the window. Feel like buying a cup of coffee? Forget it. Those pretzels in the vending machine look tempting? Keep walking. They’re not in the budget.”  Governor Ted Strickland said “For the week [I took the challenge], I walked as much as I possibly could to avoid paying for transportation, skipped meals to save money — and I ate much smaller and less healthful meals when I did eat.”  

I didn’t need to take the challenge, I lived it. And I learned a lot from it but mainly that I should never feel ashamed for reaching out for help. I also learned that I had my own stereotype of what being poor should look like. When I had to go to the SNAP office, I admit I was expecting to see the depths of poverty exemplified. Instead, I saw people from all walks of life: young and old, clean and dirty, black and white. I am Ivy League educated, worked for years, had decent savings, and wore nice clothes before times got hard and I lost my job. Besides being a black woman, on paper I didn’t look like my idea of a typical SNAP recipient. Anyone could easily slip into poverty. 

Why do we think so poorly of the poor? 

Let’s officially kill the stereotype of what a SNAP recipient should look like: the black welfare queens, the lifetime dependents, the drug users, etc. You should not feel alone in your own bias towards the poor. Congress still has the stereotyped image of the fraudulent food stamper engrained in their minds as well. Ignore the fact that 83% who receive SNAP benefits are children, elderly, and people with disabilities. Or that there has been a decline in the number of people enrolled in SNAP. Congress still cut back SNAP benefits last year. Some members even suggested drug testing for recipients. 

A major food gap between the rich and the poor exists in our country. Though SNAP helps reduce hunger, by no means does it eliminate it and it certainly doesn’t encourage the purchase of nutritious food. 

I would be naive to assume that no one tries to game the system. But that number is estimated to be negligable: 3.4%. Plus it is very difficult to detect fraud in SNAP benefits in the first place. The mistrust of the poor and assumption that most take advantage of the system is detrimental to progress in reforming the system that supports them. As Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of Nickeled and Dimed, wisely put it: “Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation. Poverty is a shortage of money.”  We live in one of the most prosperous countries in the world; it’s a shame that we still struggle with how we treat people in need.

 

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This week, a panel in the U.S. House rejected a measure that would have extended benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses anywhere in the country. 

After the repeal of DOMA, the Obama administration announced that veterans in same-sex marriages would have equal access to spousal benefits offered to their peers. However, under Title 38 of the U.S. Code, this does not apply to veterans who live in non-marriage-equality states.

All votes cast against the amendment were by Republicans; only one Republican voted in favor.

Introducing the amendment, Rep. Dina Titus said the measure was intended to end an injustice affecting thousands of veterans who are being denied crucial benefits based on their sexual orientation and state of residence.

“This inequality for those who wore the uniform of the United States armed forces and their families is unacceptable,” Titus said. 

Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said he opposed the amendment because it would interfere with states that have enacted laws related to marriage.

“Deference to the state is not motivated by hostility, it is motivated by adherence to the Constitution,” Miller said. “As such, I believe that it is not appropriate to usurp the states’ power to democratically define marriage for their citizenry — not for personal belief, and not for bureaucratic convenience.” 

Bureaucratic convenience? This elected official is likening benefits for veterans of the armed forces to bureaucratic convenience? Are you kidding me?

Bananas are the greatest (some of my fav banana photos)

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First of all, bananas are awesome because they cure almost anything. 

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They give you energy <3 (more than Energizers)

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You can make the most delicious (and HEALTHY) pancakes with them.

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Not to mention delicious nana “ice cream” or “nice cream” as the vegans tend to call it ;-)

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Also, this is potentially the most delicious smoothie recipe out there (sub almond milk and coconut yogurt for vegan!)

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People love bananas so much their vans overflow with them.

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Or they just create massive, public, banana hoards. 

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Nanas are good for good moods because they are shaped like smilez :-)

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And they go well with any other fruit out there! <3 Like these ^^

So these are a few of the reasons why I love bananas and decided to make this post to share their greatness. Stop what you’re doing and eat a banana TODAY!  

A Colourful Mix of Blueberries, Strawberries & Goji Berries with Yoghurt & Oats for Breakfast this Morning with a Sprinkle of Chia Seeds ❤️❤️❤️
#breakfast #healthy #berries #brooklynread #antioxidants #nutrition #eatwell #livewell #clean #benefits #colourful #brightfoods #happyfoods #wellbeing #fruit #omega #protein #iron

In a somber but important move this week, Alaska’s Supreme Court ruled that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protections offered by the state workers’ compensation law.

This law states that employers must provide survivor benefits, usually through insurance, to the surviving spouse of a person who dies because of a work-related injury.

“This is a wonderful ruling for same-sex couples in Alaska who have built lives and raised families together but were at risk because they were barred access to a critical safety net created specifically to catch families at moments of crisis,” said Peter Renn, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney. “Like the avalanche of decisions we’re seeing from every corner of this country, the court recognized that loving, committed same-sex couples should have equal access to the law’s protection.”

Today’s ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of Kerry Fadely, who worked at Anchorage’s Millennium Hotel and was shot and killed in 2011 by a disgruntled former employee.

Alaska does not recognize marriage equality, so this is a crucial step for same-sex couples who rely on one another, just like anybody else. Way to go. 

✿ the benefits of going greek from A to Z! ✿

The sorority sugar blog celebrates being greek from bid day to grad day… and beyond! There are so many benefits to joining a sorority, it’s difficult to name them all. But these are some of the best reasons to give recruitment a try! 

Reasons to Join a Sorority from A to Z: 

Academics: Greeks routinely earn higher GPAs, win academic awards and excel in their fields of study on campus. High academic standards, study sessions and educational support is a part of every chapter. 

Blossoming: A new member has the opportunity to personally blossom and grow during her years at college. Sorority sisters flower into strong women who reach their full potential. 

Character Building: Sisters must work as a team, respect others and live their chapter creed. Members are expected to meet the highest standards of respectable behavior.

Dedication: Greeks commit to something bigger than themselves. They dedicate their college days to their dear sisters, their philanthropy and the founding principles of their sorority. 

Energy: If a PNM wants an action-packed college experience, then going greek is the best way to get it. Greeks are very active in their chapters, clubs, sports, fundraising, leadership, social causes and everything they do. 

Fun Times: There is no getting around the fact that sorority girls have THE best social lives on campus! Good times are mandatory. Socials, mixers, exchanges, fraternity parties, greek games, costume events, galas, formals, semi-formals, sisterhoods, retreats, trips, etc……

Greek Community: Involvement in a NPC sorority opens the doors to the entire greek community. Socializing, volunteering, partnering and competing with other sororities and fraternities expands a member’s total experience. Learning to be gracious win or loose is also a plus. 

Happiness: Having close friends to laugh, talk, dance and share rituals with ~ makes sorority girls the happiest girls on campus! Add to that; crafting, recruiting, big/little, sharing and caring. True contentment is found on greek row.

Involvement: Looking for a way to be involved in university life? Then joining a sorority is THE way to go. Amazing chapter, panhellenic and campus-wide involvement is available to all greeks. Get off the sidelines and be a part of the scene.  

Joy: Pure joy is opening your bid day envelope to see the name of your favorite sorority. Pure joy is rushing the into the arms of your new sisters. Pure joy is getting your favorite big/little at reveal. Pure joy is sharing four years together and staying involved with your sorority for life. Find your JOY ~ go greek! 

Knowledge: Learning is a big part of being in a sorority. Members learn chapter history, the greek alphabet, marketing, recruiting, chapter operations, rituals, charity facts, national policies and more.  

Loyalty: Loyalty is lacking in society today. But sisters experience it to the fullest. They pledge loyalty to their sisters and to the values of their chapter. Respecting ritual and honoring what greek letters stand for, strengthens a sister’s inner core. 

Management: By holding an office or chair position, a sister learns excellent management skills. Greek girls organize fundraisers, recruitment, special events, formals, retreats and socials ~ just to name a few activities that develop supervisory skills.  

New Friends: Making friends is a TOP motivation for joining a sorority. When away from home, connecting with a solid group of girlfriends is very important. Sisterly support, security and love means a tremendous amount to greeks. 

Opportunities: A world of networking opportunities is open to sorority members through the greek community. Sisters, alumnae, advisors, national headquarters and the panhellenic council all offer connections for careers and personal enrichment.  

Polish: When a freshman goes away to college, she may be a little rough around the edges. The sorority experience polishes a sister in areas of fashion, grooming, manners, making conversation, giving speeches, performing, relating to others and acting graciously. 

Quick Thinking: A sister must learn to think on her feet. When recruitment goes wrong, the fundraiser flops, or the sisterhood retreat is a mess, a sorority girl must act quickly to make things right. From difficult rush conversations, to dealing with the university administration, greeks learn to be sharp problem solvers. 

Responsibility: Members must be responsible for paying dues, attending meetings, volunteering, dealing with upset sisters, maintaining a big/little relationship and keeping the chapter going strong year after year. Learning how to handle responsibility is a big part being a sorority sister.

Skills: Go greek and learn conversation skills, people skills, leadership skills, patience, forgiveness, sharing, flexibility, crafting skills, politics, public relations, performance ability and what it means to live in a house full of sisters. 

Time-Management: A sorority sister must be super smart with her time. Greeks balance many commitments in college. Members learn to prioritize, juggle their schedules and meet their obligations.

Understanding: Expressing empathy with sisters’ problems is an important part of chapter life. Being supported in your own difficult time, is a true blessing. Having sisters pick you up when you stumble is the real meaning of sisterhood. 

Vivaciousness: If you are a shy PNM, then participating in recruitment will cure you quickly. Going greek prompts girls to come out of their shell, be more outgoing, bubbly and enthusiastic. Get excited! 

Wild & Wacky: Having crazy times with your sorority sisters is the best time of all. Doing silly things, making fools of yourselves, dancing on tables and living wild & free is what it’s all about. Greek life isn’t only serious responsibilities. There are lots of goofy greek moments too. 

XOXO: Hugs and kisses between sisters are the sweetest of all. Big/Littles, GBigs, GLitties, Twiddles, and other close relationships are one-of-a-kind-only-in-a-sorority special. The love must be experienced to be understood.

Yearly Growth: Each year offers sisters new chances for being active, growing their family, creating new crafts, running for office and participating in new events. Fresh opportunities are a big part of life as an active and an alum. Sorority dynamics are always evolving.

Zealousness: Enthusiasm for greek life spills over into every area of a sister’s life. Being excited about sorority “sugar”, wearing letters, recruiting new members and improving the chapter makes a sister more fervent about the world around her. Being greek elevates everything in life!

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The fact that some of the people who help us may have no intention of doing so is irrelevant. We receive benefit from their actions, so from our point of view this is a kindness. Rather than focusing on their motivation, which we do not know anyway, we should focus on the practical benefit we receive. Everyone who contributes in any way toward our happiness and well-being deserves our gratitude and respect. If we had to give back everything that others have given us, we would have nothing left at all.
—  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”

anonymous said:

Hi! What are the benefits of a keto diet?

Hey :) there are many benefits of the keto diet, a lot of them I can account for from my own experience, and then I’m sure a lot of other lchf/keto blogs can agree too, here are the common benefits:

  • Weight loss - The main benefit of keto diets is that it increases the body’s ability to utilize fats for fuel so it’s very ideal for weight loss
  • Cancer - Sugar feeds cancer cells causing them to proliferate. Therefore, a diet which eliminates sugar and other carbohydrates may be effective in reducing or fighting cancer. The regular cells found in our bodies are able to use fat for energy, but cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat. Therefore, when cancer cells are starved of sugar they die. 
  • Pee out fat - If the body has no further use for ketones they can simply be excreted through urine as a waste product. This means that at times your body will be peeing out body fat! (that’s kinda gross)
  • Protein sparing - Ketosis has a protein sparing effect, assuming that you are consuming adequate quantities of protein and calories in the first place. Once in ketosis the body actually prefers ketones to glucose. Which means it doesn’t need to burn protein to get glucose through that process called glucoge-something that is extremely long.
  • Decrease in hunger - Due to the increased fat consumption (which are also mostly foods high in protein aswell), you can experience a decrease in appetite - I personally don’t get hungry frequently when I’m on keto and don’t have the urge to snack, which suits me perfectly because I prefer to have 3 big meals rather than lots of small ones.
  • Cholesterol - Apparently it increases levels of HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ kind) and helps to manage levels of LDL (the naughty one)
  • Disorders and conditions - It is not only used as a healthy lifestyle, it is also used for conditions such as infantile spasms, epilepsy, autism, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, depression, stroke, head trauma, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, ADHD, irritability, polycystic ovarian disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux, obesity, cardiovascular disease, acne, type 2 diabetes, tremors, respiratory failure and virtually every neurological problem but also cancer, and conditions where tissues need to recover after a loss of oxygen.
  • Energy - More energy (the brain fog/fatigue you feel at the beginning fades and then you feel super energetic)
  • Beauty - You secrete more oil via your pores on a keto diet, which makes your skin healthier, and your hair is bomb too!
  • MA LEEEEGSSS OOOOH DA PAIN - Decrease in joint pain and other aches  

Obviously this way of life is not for everyone, and it’s just important to find out what works for you and YOUR body. There is no standard way you have to eat because everyone is different and is affected differently by what they eat! I eat this way because my body does not react well to a high carb intake for a prolonged period of time. Just do you, dude.

 I hope this was helpful!

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