Wow january has finally come to an end. Just like yesterday we all shared all the happy new years and all the celebrations and of course not forgetting all the "New Year Resolutions".
Hmmmm Resolutions!Resolutions!Resolutions! And how are we getting on with those decisions/plans/changes we have decided to make this year, be it our exercise and fitness plans, our eating habits/dieting requirements, that job change/role change, changes to our attitudes/habits/relationships or even if you have got social plans in place like myself lol! Yea trust me those social plans are really necessary. There should be a balance to life. But like I mentioned in my first write up for the year, take baby steps as well as daily changes and you will definitely have a significant change in the long run. That is why I deemed it necessary to review the month and not wait for the end of the year to do that. Matter of fact, if we wait for the end of the year, that means 12 months would have virtually passed by and we cant change what is past, but if we have monthly reviews then there is more opportunity of making the subsequent months better.
However having a positive mindset is one of the keys to achieving our dreams this year, the bible says "all things are possible to him that believes".You may not have hit the ground running in january, but dont beat yourself so much, a lot can happen in a year like a friend always said to me.
And this year, lets all believe great things are going to happen, but for great things to happen, there is great work to be done. Yes!
So cultivate the right attitude, Martin Luther says "there is so much to be done, that I spend so much time praying". Taking directives from the one who knows tomorrow, will save us from the heartache of trials and errors.
Work hard! yes hardwork dosent kill, like my dad fondly says. Most times we expend our energy, criticising or reading gossip columns about individuals who have/are working hard. We look at some musicians and say things like "Beyonce belongs to a weird sect bla bla bla", the truth is that I dont really care so much what they belong to, if anyone makes a choice, they live with it, easy peasy. But I see how hard they work and I am inspired by this. Even in pregnancy, post natal trainings/ auditions its just amazing. I think we should take cue from this lets work really hard, have outlined schedules, make a list of short/medium/long term goals and have clear and simplified plans of achieving our dreams, and above all lets not forget that the plans belong to man, but God decides what prevails.
"The race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, but time and chance happen to them all".
In all, wisdom is the principal thing, and the ability to prioritise what should be at the top of our scale of preference to what should be least, is the key to self fulfillment.
I strongly believe its only God who blesses all that we do, and as we continue in the months ahead, may we enjoy His blessings, even as we make conscious efforts to do His will.
You may have heard that shrimp is not a healthy food because of its high cholesterol levels. The good news for shrimp lovers is that while shrimp does have a high level of cholesterol, its many health benefits offset the disadvantages of the cholesterol, according to Michael Mogadam, author of "Every Heart Attack Is Preventable."
Cholesterol in Shrimp
Four ounces of shrimp contain 1 g of fat and 165 g of cholesterol, which is 55 percent of the recommended daily allowance of cholesterol for an adult. However, shrimp are low in saturated fat, according to Dr. Mogadam. Saturated fat is the main culprit for raising LDL, or "bad" cholesterol in the bloodstream. As a result, the high level of dietary cholesterol in shrimp may not be dangerous, because it does not raise the blood cholesterol level as significantly as saturated fat.
Nutritional Benefits of Shrimp
In addition to raising the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, shrimp is also low in saturated fat, and it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which raise HDL, or "good" cholesterol levels. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Shrimp are also a good source of selenium, iodine, iron, zinc, copper and protein. As a result, shrimp's many health benefits more than offset the cholesterol.
How Often to Eat Shrimp
The American Heart Association recommends eating foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week, but shrimp may not be a good choice for those servings if you are watching your cholesterol. However, if your cholesterol levels are normal, you can eat shrimp on a weekly basis without affecting your LDL levels enough for concern, states Aggie Casey, author of "Mind Your Heart."