#255 Try a New Food

New foods shake up our taste buds and make meals more interesting. Trying something out of the ordinary addresses our sense of adventure and may meet part of our need for variety.

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#255

Try a new food

Is there a type of food that you’ve never tried? Have you had Thai food? Vietnamese? Lebanese? Sushi? Beef Tongue? Tripe? Escargot? Liver? Eggplant?

There’s a good chance that a few of you already incorporate one, two, or more of these into your regular diet and there’s a better chance that most of you have yet to try at least one or two of these edibles. As a child, I never developed a taste for Eggplant no matter how much tomato sauce smothered it and yet as an adult I was blown away by a Ratatouille recipe I found last summer and thoroughly enjoyed some fried eggplant my daughter made after we brought home a box full from our farm share.

My grandfather raised Black Angus cattle and tried to entice us with beef tongue a time or two… honestly – as children we were completely disgusted with the concept but one of my favorite Mexican restaurants serves tongue tacos and they are amazing!

I’ve ventured into Sushi in recent years and can’t quite get to the Shishimi level but most other parts of the menu – the cooked items – are new favorites and really – anything with Wasabi… Yum. (Try mixing a little into ranch dressing for a new kick).

Lots of foods that we turned our noses up to in our younger years may have a new lease in your diet but you have to give them another chance. I flat out refused to eat Asparagus as a teenager but it is a staple on my grocery list these days.

New foods shake up our taste buds and make meals more interesting. Trying something out of the ordinary addresses our sense of adventure and may meet part of our need for variety. If you’re going to go out to dinner – go someplace new. If nothing else, go someplace that is offering something you won’t eat at home (making Escargot may be more involved than a typical weeknight allows for).

Even if you can’t get motivated to change this dramatically and find yourself at your neighborhood Applebee’s for the second time this week… at least order something different from the menu!! The point is to shake it up a bit and …

Try a new food.

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#256 Spend a Day Nude

I’m not suggesting that you join a nudist colony but you may find a week’s vacation on a nude beach gives you the experience and benefits we’re talking about here.

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#256

Spend a day nude

The more modest of you may cringe at this idea and yet I am confident that most of you will find it liberating.

There are benefits to living some of your life (or occasionally part of your day at least) in the buff.

Better Skin

This suggestion is especially important for those of you who have skin problems. Clothing can exacerbate many of those issues because fabric can be abrasive and tight enough to compromise circulation. Air freely circulates when we don’t cover our bodies and perspiration evaporates more effectively.

Better Sex

Connecting skin to skin promotes the release of oxytocin – a chemical in our brain that helps us feel good. It’s the love hormone. Just the act of being naked for a prolonged period will entice you to want sex; you’ll feel sexier. Your libido will increase.

Reduce Shame

The more comfortable you become with your body, the better your self-esteem and the more quickly any accumulated / taught shame you may have been taught about your body, will dissipate.

Higher Vitamin D Levels

When you allow ALL your skin to capture sunlight, there is a vast increase in vitamin D absorption. Of course, that’s a happy vitamin. Higher levels of Vitamin D will contribute to higher feels of well-being.

Better Sleep

We all sleep better when we are cooler and so instead of lowering the air temp in your house by cranking up the AC… ditch the jammies and you’ll reduce your body temperature naturally.

These are just a few of the benefits of stripping down to your birthday suit for a bit of time. I’m not suggesting that you join a nudist colony but you may find a week’s vacation on a nude beach gives you the experience and benefits we’re talking about here.

Just one warning… on my first experience at a nude beach I lathered all exposed areas heavily with sunscreen with focus on those places that were not acquainted with sunshine. In all the preparations – I forgot my ears! Blistered earlobes are not any more comfortable than burned butt cheeks so lather freely with a high level sunscreen!

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#257 Activate for a day

What do you care about? What cause or group of people stimulate your values or moral beliefs? What are you outraged about? What breaks your heart?

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#257

Activate for a day

How do you find purpose in life? One sure fire way is to become involved in a cause. Working to save the planet, animals, clean water, personal freedoms, borders, etc., will surely boost your sense of purpose. Thousands of animals are saved and replaced each year because of the love and support of people working to save them. Millions of gallons of clean water are provided to people in need because someone is dedicated to that initiative. Millions upon millions of people have marched over the years in support of a cause that they felt loyal toward.

It’s possible that activism is more prevalent today than at any other time since the Vietnam War. In part because of our current political climate but also because the need for sustainable support is significant around the globe.

What does it mean to be an activist? By definition, it is a “person who campaigns to bring about political or social change” and it can be accomplished in a myriad of ways.

  • Make a poster and walk with it; stand on a busy street corner with it; post it in your window or yard.
  • Spend a day calling the ‘powers that be’ – the president of a company, or your elected officials.
  • Engage in a letter writing campaign.
  • Find out what type of supplies your ‘cause’ uses and shop for /donate them in person.
  • Take to social media for a day and post articles and/or memes that demonstrate the needs or points of view of your ‘cause’.
  • Start a petition.
  • Start a blog about your ‘cause’.
  • Join a group invested in your ‘cause’.

These are but a few methods of involving yourself in an activity that serves something you care about and they are starting points. An argument I hear a lot is ‘one person can’t make a difference’ but truly… it only takes ONE person’s idea or love of something to get a ball rolling. In fact, most radical change is accomplished when a MINORITY of people get on the same bandwagon and make noise. What do you care about? What cause or group of people stimulate your values or moral beliefs? What are you outraged about? What breaks your heart?

Think what might change if every single one of us got up and became committed to ACT on a ‘cause’ close to our hearts. If you are not currently contributing any time or talent on behalf of someone other than yourself, I encourage you to…

Activate for a day.

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#258 Repurpose Something

After an hour or so of evoking your creative potential you’ll be ready to hit a yard sale or resale shop to find the pieces you’ll reinvent.

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#258

Repurpose something

Have you caught on to the repurpose craze? Are you a DIY’er that would rather spend $10 and ten hours of your time to create something new-to-you versus buying something brand new from a store?  Repurposing isn’t a new idea, or even something that was emphasized when HGTV made it mainstream.

Most of our grandmothers were queens at repurposing. I don’t think mine ever threw out a plastic bread bag – those were her baggies. She definitely never trashed a Styrofoam tray once butchers began using them – they were her paint trays. Necessity made repurposing a household habit perhaps as many years ago as there have been people on the planet. And yet, the concept has taken on new life and now, it’s not just practicality that serves the idea of repurposing – it’s imagination and art.

Thousands of blogs share creative ideas and tutorials. Pinterest is overflowing with photos of possibilities. Resale shops like ReStore run contests to promote the sale and rehabilitation of donated items. Goodwill sells dresser donations as quickly as they are donated.

Yard sale buyers aren’t antique and flea market dealers any more. A stroll through craft fairs and art shows demonstrates all kinds of people who have taken repurposing to an entirely new level.

This is one of the great uses of sites like Pinterest; gathering ideas and inspiration for projects that you’d like to entertain. After an hour or so of evoking your creative potential you’ll be ready to hit a yard sale or resale shop to find the pieces you’ll reinvent.  Whether it is a piece of art, a conversation piece, or something more practical like shelving or under-the-bed storage… you’ll for sure, experience tremendous satisfaction once you…

Repurpose something.

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#259 Replace Your Pillows

If I’ve totally grossed you out now that you are thinking about how old most of the pillows are in your house, the fix is simple…

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#259

Replace your pillows

Do you have a plan to replace old, worn out pillows? If you’re like me, I think about it when I am changing the linens and then I forget or put them at the bottom of my priority list – you know, below pedicures and sushi nights. Admittedly, there have been times in my life when I was forced to double case a pillow to hide the dried drool stains and evidence of age if I was in a pinch. At those moments, new pillows became a priority.

Let’s face it, one-third of each day is spent in bed with our heads on a pillow; having the right one is a necessity for a good night’s sleep and potentially, for our health. According to some experts, the basic poly-fill pillow needs replaced every six months (what??). The more expensive memory foam pillows can last as long as 36 months (double what??). I’m embarrassed to admit that mine are much older.

Indeed, my primary – my favorite – pillow is perhaps 8 years old at this point and I’ve kept it because I can’t seem to find one that I like as much. There are so many different pillow options these days and if money isn’t a concern three are plenty to consider. We must choose between content; feathers, down, memory foam, microbead, water, gel or buckwheat. Then there are the different body parts that pillows support; neck, body, and shoulders. There are pillows for health; sleep apnea, allergies, back pain, and migraines.  And, not the least of which is important is the degree of firmness – several options in that arena are also available.

The best time to buy pillows is in January when most of the major merchandisers have annual white sales but I for one, am usually not shopping that time of year… more like recovering from December’s blown budget. It makes good sense to bite the bullet and search sales for new pillows on those beds that get used daily at least annually… (yes, I’m inclined to buy the cheaper ones).

If I’ve totally grossed you out now that you are thinking about how old most of the pillows are in your house, the fix is simple… for a mere $12 or so (each) this weekend at Macys you can …

Replace your pillows.

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#260 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

The only problem with this concept is that style and interest changes as time goes by. After a few years, that significant investment represents a dated design.

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#260

Change your curtains

I’ve talked a lot about little things around the house that create a big impact on our mental health and sense of well-being. When our daily environment is in order, we feel more in control. When our personal space is tidy and tailored to our taste, we experience a deeper sense of comfort and belonging – both important elements of true happiness.

One of the little things that can change the entire feel of a room is to change the curtains. Window dressings can be art, contributing to the overall decor in a majestic way.

They can be simple and elegant.

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They can be creative and a deeply personal expression of you.

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They can be eclectic and colorful.

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Some people invest a lot of money in window treatments and feel compelled to keep them for a long time. The only problem with this concept is that style and interest changes as time goes by. After a few years, that significant investment represents a dated design.

If you’re not feeling particularly creative, use Pinterest to collect images of things you might like, things you may want to consider as you contemplate a change. As you consider modifications, remember to step out of your comfort zone and take a bit of a risk. Without that, nothing can be different. What would your choice be if you were to …

Change your curtains.

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#261 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

We all have countless recollections of mishaps and momentary errors in judgment that are retrospectively funny or immensely satisfying. Sometimes…

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#261

Remember when…

This recommendation might sound a bit like the idea of savoring that I presented earlier but it’s a bit different in its goal. The idea here is to recall random shared memories of minor debacles when you are with another person with whom you have some history. Ideally, you’re thinking of a time that you can laugh about now. A time when you had solved a problem, survived a hazard, or preserved through a challenge.

The goal is laughter or at the very least, an appreciation for the lesson learned. It’s an opportunity to review a moment in time from another perspective and share a sense of satisfaction of a previous experience.

‘Remember when we got that flat tire and…’

‘Remember when I left the cake in the oven for an hour…’

‘Remember when we took the wrong bus…’

We all have countless recollections of mishaps and momentary errors in judgment that are retrospectively funny or immensely satisfying. Sometimes, just recalling the collection of awkward moments we shared with another strengthens our appreciation of their role in our life. It’s another type of walk down memory lane that can have you rolling on the floor laughing or being grateful that it is over now.

Pick up the phone today and share a blast from the past with an old friend or randomly bring it up at the dinner table tonight… “Hey honey…”

Remember when…

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