That’s something to put anyone in a good mood!
I lost a friend recently.
I lost her because I set a boundary, and I wrote about it here.
She asked me what to talk about in counselling, and I gave her a suggestion.
This is my second suggestion:
Talk about emotional regulation.
People who have experienced trauma need to learn how to feel emotions safely.
Our brains get changed after severe trauma in ways that make them harder to manage.
There’s a lot of invitations in our society to feel outrage, fear, drama, anger, etc without anyone holding our hand and telling us how to do that safely.
I’ve got a lot of help in feeling my emotions.
I’ve done 10 years of daily meditation (stopped in 2021, but retained some of the skills).
There’s also help for me to lie on the bed and feel the emotions safely.
When you see people go from 0 to 100 on the emotional regulation scale in 30 seconds, you know they’ve probably experienced a lot of trauma.
My friend is the victim of a real, real of a lot of trauma. She’s had a tough, tough time.
I pray to God that this woman finds the strength to face the issues she’s going through.
I pray for her warm heart, her intelligence, and her future.
I pray for her to develop a vision of her future that has something, anything, good in it.
And not good as in ‘Ooo I get to hurt so and so, that’ll be “good”’.
Good as in ‘Ooo, my heart is full of wonder and joy, and I’m so excited and happy to do such and such that will make my life better and help lift everyone in our society’.
That’s what I’m praying for her. That she’s actually going to have a good life.
It won’t happen unless she gets help with emotional regulation though.
That’s the second thing I think she should work on in counselling.
“Urges are like bubbles in a lemonade glass. If you leave the lemonade glass on the counter and go back to it the next day, [there are] not so many urges, not so many bubbles.”Professor Mike Kyrios, a clinical psychologist from Flinders University
Loved this article from the ABC news about how to buy less stuff online. This is good advice, and also a good article.
Things we eat every day can be extremely healthy.
I learned about the benefits of cinnamon from World’s Healthiest Foods, which is an amazing website by a guy called George Mateljan.
I started taking it in capsule form 3 days per week around 2017.
Next time the Doctor (GP) checked my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, they were noticeably lower.
Why is this?
- Cinnamon contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22007625/ says that cinnamon has “anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-tumour, blood pressure-lowering, cholesterol and lipid-lowering and gastro-protective properties”.
- According to this article https://badgut.org/information-centre/health-nutrition/cinnamon/ from the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, Ceylon cinnamon can sometimes help balance blood sugars because it improves insulin sensitivity, slows the rate that your stomach empties, and improves glycogen synthesis in the liver.
- This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30799194/ found that taking cinnamon decreased body weight by an average of 1kg over 12 weeks or more.
- This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30935562/ found that taking cinnamon reduced fasting blood sugar by 19 mg/dL.
- This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28887086/ found that triglycerides reduced by an average of 23 mg/dL when taking cinnamon and total cholesterol reduced by an average of 13mg/dL. This effect got bigger the longer cinnamon was taken over 16 weeks.
- This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27618575/ found that four research groups and gotten type 2 diabetics to less than 7.2 fasting blood sugar results using cinnamon supplementation.
For me, supplements are a way to love my body into health. They’re something I can do to make my body healthier and make my mood better.
I only take Ceylon Cinnamon because it has the least amount of coumarin which can be harmful for my liver. I also take cinnamon in small doses and not every day.
Hope you enjoyed this article, and absolutely live your best life supplements or no.
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I have been taking Curcumin for over 12 years.
I started when I got the news that I was pre-diabetic.
At that time I weighed around 150kg, (330 pounds).
I made a lot of changes to my supplements, and some changes to my diet.
I haven’t managed to maintain any of the weightloss, in-fact I’ve put weight on.
However, 6 months later, I was no longer pre-diabetic, and I’ve had good blood sugar results since then (written in September 2022).
I buy my curcumin from: https://www.turmeric-curcumin.com/ (not an affiliate– I get no material benefit for sharing this link).
That website is basically a single product shop with a long list of quotes from scientific studies that have shown that Curcumin in small doses is beneficial to humans for disease prevention, disease management, and good health. The company ships internationally, and there are steep discounts for bulk buys.
The FDA has classified curcumin as generally safe in small doses.
The reason I take curcumin is here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/
The authors state that benefits of curcumin could include:
- Benefit to inflammatory conditions
- Benefit to metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, hypergylycemia, high blood pressure, etc)
- Could help in the management of degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration
- Might have benefit to kidneys
- Antioxident (improves systemic markers of oxidative stress)
- Benefits to arthritis
- Could reduce markers of brain aging and liver injury in healthy people