SKOW

Name: Skow

HP: 1

Atk: 1

Def 1

Description: A loyal subject of Demon Lord Bullseye. These undead enemies can regenerate once their health reaches zero if given a few turns, so make sure to plan your attacks efficiently! They have a very dry sense of humor.

Another enemy type for Paper Arthur! These guys will basically be the dry-bones of the universe. I decided to make them a soft baby blue instead of white to make them a tad more appealing.

Practice Makes Perfect - Part 8

The Some Kind of Wonderful AU I’ve been dragged into semi-reluctantly.

Previous parts and their authors:

Continuation of the Some Kind of Wonderful Verse.

Part 1 by jaybear1701

Part 2 by tatarrific

Part 3 by twig-height

Part 4 by soundreason-truereligion

Part 5 by thecirclesquare

Part 6 by @trylonandperisphere

Part 7 by cophinaphile

Part 8:

Cosima strained her neck, turning so that she could see out into the parking lot from the partially fenced in patio. She was beginning to wish that they could just go to the party thing Shay was insisting they go to after dinner. A few beers might help with the nerves.  And getting decked would be a relief at this point, they seem to have run out of topics of conversation.

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Benefits Of Lemon Water

Ok, it took me a while to get on board with the lemon water thing. I was a hater and thought it was total BS, but then I actually tried it and I’m a convert. 

Here are some benefits of lemon water (from Life Hack), the photo is my own. 


Why lemons?

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)


Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.

Reduces inflammation

If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.


Aids digestion

Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.


Helps you lose weight

Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

Cleanses your system

It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.


Keeps your skin blemish-free

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.


Gives your immune system a boost

Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.


Excellent source of potassium

As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.


Freshens your breath

It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.


Gives you an energy boost

Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)


Helps to cut out caffeine

I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.

Helps fight viral infections

Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.


How much?

For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

Setting Yourself Up For Success

I have been talking to my girls a lot this week about the little things that you can do to stay on track. A lot of the girls (as well as myself) often struggle with urges to eat crap, being influenced by family or friends around us eating food we know we shouldn’t have, working late and then wanting to eat bad food, etc. 

So how can we combat this? I think it all comes down to being CONSCIOUS of your choices. For example, how often do we say, “screw it, I’m eating crap”? And that’s it, we just do it. I think it’s important to stop in that moment and think, “How am I going to feel about myself after I eat this? Am I going to feel sluggish and bloated? Is it really worth it?”

Be conscious! And WRITE IT DOWN. Being conscious of the choices you are making, even if they are poor choices is everything. Write down what you are eating, even if it’s bad. Write down every time you ate bad and why. I promise you, after seeing a few days of your habits in black and white, it is easier to change them. 

Also, PLAN AHEAD. My grocery list is work. I sit down, decide what I’m eating for the week, and then make the list. I don’t leave my food intake to chance.

Then, MEAL PREP. DO NOT WAIT for yourself to be hungry, if you start looking for food when you are already ravenous, you’ve set yourself up for failure.

I also pack tons of snacks. ALWAYS PACK EXTRA SNACKS. I promise, you will get stuck at school, work, a doctor’s appointment. Be prepared

We also often confuse hunger and thirst. So cross that off of your list. HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE.

And to reiterate my last post: Be consistent! And don’t think of your end goal, it’s too overwhelming. Think of what you can do today, the here and now. 

It is POSSIBLE.

As always if you ever need help, you can email me at Fitwithsami@gmail.com.

I love you all! XO.

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Ancient Greek Computer!

The Antikythera Mechanism (Wikipedia) (today’s Google Doodle!) proves that computers were invented thousands of years earlier than we once thought.

It’s an ancient Greek geared device, constructed around the end of the second century BCE. It calculated and displayed celestial information, particularly the phases of the moon, eclipses, and a luni-solar calendar. Calendars were important to ancient societies for timing agricultural activity and fixing festivals. People have always been interested in eclipses and planetary motion, and the calm regularity of the astronomical cycles must have been philosophically attractive in an uncertain and violent world.

Named after its place of discovery in 1901 in a Roman shipwreck, the Antikythera Mechanism is technically more complex than any known device for at least a millennium afterward. Its specific functions have remained controversial because its gears and the inscriptions upon its faces are only fragmentary.

The images and reconstructions here skow surface imaging and high-resolution X-ray tomography of the surviving fragments, enabling scientists to reconstruct the gear function and decipher the inscriptions. The mechanism predicted lunar and solar eclipses on the basis of Babylonian arithmetic-progression cycles. The inscriptions, now lost, suggest mechanical display of planetary positions.

In the second century BC, Hipparchos developed a theory to explain the irregularities of the Moon’s motion across the sky caused by its elliptic orbit. This device is a mechanical realization of this theory, revealing an unexpected degree of technical sophistication for the period.

For more info, check out this article, “Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism: Investigation of an Ancient Astronomical Calculator,” from Nature, Volume 444: X

I seriously can’t believe it’s already September!! I mean seriously, what happened?! Time is flying!!

I have enjoyed the summer, but to be honest, I’m pretty excited for fall. I love pumpkin pie anything, cider, scarves, blazers, etc. And then when NYC gears up for Christmas, it’s truly magical. 

I wanted to make a breakfast recipe that was not only low carb, but also one where I could incorporate some cinnamon or pumpkin pie flavor. I’m ready!!

I decided to make some almond flour pancakes. Seriously so freaking good! Make them, make them now! And I even had extra and they reheated so well! 

1 ¾ cup Blanched Almond Flour
2 Pastured Eggs, whisked
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract ½ tsp ground Cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg (I used pumpkin pie spice instead)
2/3 cup Water
1 Tbsp Salted Butter, for frying

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk two eggs.
  2. Pour almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add vanilla extract, and eggs to the bowl.
  4. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  5. Add water, and continue to stir.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of grass fed butter or coconut oil in a large non stick skillet.
  7. Using 1/8 cup, scoop batter into the frying pan, leaving enough space in between pancakes to flip.
  8. Cook 2 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for a remaining 1-2 minutes. Add additional cooking fat as needed. (It helps to flip pancakes back and forth a bit to ensure they are cooked through.)
  9. Top with your choice of grass fed butter or coconut oil, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and serve.

Enjoy this one guys! It’s delish!

XOXO, Sami

Let’s talk periods. Yes, periods. My girls ask me questions via text or video chat, on our private group…but why can’t we talk about it?? 

Obviously we are all different. Some of us have crazy cravings during PMS, some during our periods, some don’t have any cravings at all (I hate you!!). And cravings range from chocolate to bagels to pickles. But how do we deal?!?!?

I’m no expert, but I know what works for me. 

  • To level out my blood sugar and combat those chocolate cravings, I eat fiber-rich whole grains. I also try to actually incorporate chocolate in my diet. I have quality dark chocolate a few days a week (even when I don’t have my period) so that I never CRAVE it. 
  • I eat fat! I know, you’re all like, “huh?!” But high-quality fat is GOOD for you. Fat is actually what makes us feel satiated (full and satisfied). Nut butters, olive oil, coconut oil… good choices!
  • I’ve read a few studies that say that women often have low calcium levels during their period which could lead to you craving things like ice cream. I incorporate yogurt (full fat) and eat calcium rich veggies like broccoli and kale. 
  • I also usually have an extra serving of red meat during my period (I know, I know). But often we crave it because of low iron levels. 
  • To go back to my first point…actually incorporate what you are craving! If you think, “I can’t have that EVER!!” Well guess what? You just set yourself up for a binge you’ll regret. Incorporate the healthiest version of what you crave and in moderation. It does wonders! I have popcorn with a tablespoon of coconut oil, himalayan sea salt, and some quality dark chocolate chips (there shouldn’t be many ingredients beyond cocoa). I aim for 80% cocoa or above. It’s so rich that just a bit satisfies my sweet tooth!!


No more period shame!!

Thanks for all of the love on here guys! It’s so great that there is such a supportive online community for those on journeys to living healthier lives. 

Make sure to follow me on instagram, twitter, like me on facebook, and email me with any questions!

Also, if you are interested in a challenge group, there is still time to email me. 

You guys are the best! Spread love, not hate.

XOXO, Sami

So full confession: I have always been obsessed with mashed potatoes. No, but really. I have many memories of going to my dad’s office when I was little and he would pick me up a container of mashed potatoes from this place I loved and I would sit at his desk and eat it. Weird I know.

My older brother also says that when we had dinner at home and there was mashed potatoes, I had a tendency to grab some with my hands…and then shove it down my pants. Gross!!!

The point of these stories is that my love for mashed potatoes runs deep. The struggle is real. 

Now that I’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle, I try not to eat mashed potatoes as often (but I totally still have it..and I love sweet potatoes too!). When someone told me you can make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and that it was actually delicious….I thought: EW……I figured there was NO way that it could even remotely compare. But then, I went home and made it. Why the hell not? I’m trying to live a healthier lifestyle after all. 

And holy shit, it’s actually delicious!!! I now make it ALL the freaking time!!! It’s a great healthy substitute, and MUCH lower in carbs. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled (I just used my minced garlic)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Snipped fresh chives for garnish (I used scallions)

DIRECTIONS:

  • I’m a cheater and I used frozen cauliflower that you can microwave. If you want to save time, you can do that too!
  • Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add almond milk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.

So so good!!! I’m always looking for swaps like that. I really could eat this all the time. And by cheating and using frozen cauliflower, I have more time (I KNOW I should be using fresh cauliflower).  I made the cauliflower mashed potatoes after a workout so I wanted to cut corners so I didn’t eat dinner too late.

Try this guys!

XOXO, Sami