My Free Wallpaper Series: Number 3 !

 

My free wallpaper series number three. Download it to your phone or desktop and enjoy! 

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Weekend blogging is the best! Too bad it is Monday ūüėČ

Happy Sunday,

Harlem

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The Waves of Life…

Every time I think I have a plan, life throws me a big wave to ride out. As intuitive and instinctive as I think I am, I somehow sometimes miss the approaching hidden or major waves of life. If I am honest, I really get hit by these waves of life, when I put all my trust in others ability to be ethical, honest and moral by showing the innate quality of simply being human by looking beyond themselves and their needs…

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This last wave lead me to face many personal turns and relationship spins. What I have learned from all of them is that people or life can only bring in the madness, if I let it in. For example, today I had a phone call from a person that always seems to pour drama into my life and often finds a way to leave me intentionally or unintentionally drained. Drained meaning, a headache, feeling emotionally spent in seconds and wanting to buy the first pieces of junk food I can get my hands in an effort to find some kind of quick fix comfort.

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However, I decided that when I am faced with such waves and negative energy to just put my hand up, wave the white piece flag and walk the far away from the situation or person, because nothing is worth allowing myself to be drained. So, in this phone conversation when the person started. I stopped them and told them the problem for me and that I was not going to let them take me to a negative head or energy space. I got off the phone!

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Of course, I failed from the moment that I began to let them engage me in their negative behaviors, conniving guilt trips, blame everyone but themselves for their problems and lies upon lies. Of course, we are all guilty of this, especially those who always feel we need to come to the rescue of others. More specifically, that one person that you have been saving their whole life and inturn enabling to behave in this dysfunctional way in your life without any consequence.

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It is funny, because it is so difficult for the drained to see how much they are being milked by the drainer, but as soon as we tell one person -word for word- the details of the event that has now claimed all of our energy, ability to focus to complete our planned tasks and has now riddled us with guilt or uncertainty. What if this time they are telling the truth?What if this time they are really in trouble? Was I just too harsh? Were their accusations about my behavior, words or tone towards them true? No! No! No! Stop it!

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In life you have two kinds of people, those that are happy or seeking happiness with intention and those how are unhappy and want to share it with the world as they fail to address the real problems in their lives, fear any change in life, want you to be as sad as them, think you don’t deserve your happiness or are just jealous of your happiness!¬†My recommendation¬†is walk away now, tell them the door is open when they are willing to seek happiness and refocus yourself back on those that add happiness to your life (that includes yourself as your happiness start first with you)!

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Weekend blogging is the best! Too bad its Monday ūüėČ

Happy Monday,

Harlem

 

 

My 1st article in the Minimalist Life Mag!

I got my first Minimalist article published a few seconds ago, so I thought I would share. It was published by The Minimalist in their Minimalist Life Magazine. 

https://minimalism.life/minimizing-is-easy-a-minimalist-lifestyle-is-hard/

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For the podcast, I hit my 2000th download, so thats also really cool and exciting. Here is the last Episode I put out last Sunday: 

 

Finally, got a hang on my topic for my Human Spaces podcast, started Fresh!

 

Just in case you missed it, here is my second wallpaper. Download and enjoy! 

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I know its not Sunday, but I was too excited to wait to share my good news! 

Happy Wednesday,

Harlem 

Avocado Seed: Eaten it! Drink it! Love it!

So, I am sure everyone looking at this seed is wondering what it is! Is it an almond? Some newly discovered super nut? Nope!  It is an avocado seed. An old superfood or better yet, super seed! I know most of us (me included -for a long time-) just bought that green hard-shell pear-shaped fruit for its greenish-yellow creamy fat-filled goodness, but we were all missing out. Sure the internal flesh of an avocado has undeniable health benefits, but so does its internal seed. So, stop throwing that super seed away, thinking that it is the part that weights the most and has no nutritional or consumption value. It is a superfood and we should take advantage of its blessings for your mind, body and energy!

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So, of course the next question. Is how much fat and calories does this super seed cost us. I visited my favorite food app to find out, MyFitnessPal.com. It says it is about 100 calories, but you will find the average avocado seed is really large, so it would be better to use it over a few servings or to share the benefits with friends and family from one seed. I figure it works out to be about 25-50 calories per person, but that depends on your seed and your sharing. The other thing that you notice is that it is high in fiber, low in sugar, low in fat and about average in carbs for a fruit. That said, like with most superfoods, the benefits are not in the nutritional charts. The magic is in how it helps our body and mind perform! 

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Avocado seeds is packed with antioxidants, burn fat and boost the metabolism, relieves muscle and joint pain, gives your body an energy boost, fights mood changes and depression, helps us to age gracefully and much more. Here is a link to a website that breaks down how you can use it, eat it, cook it, drink it and even, turn it into a body scrub. Thanks Step-to-Health.com! I even found a quick video that talks about the many blessings of the avocado seed. Thanks Dailymail.uk! Here is the video: 

So, try it out and let me know if you notice any differences in your body, energy or general mood? If you like the taste? Did you already know the benefits of this super seed? I wish I knew, because at one point in my life. I ate about an avocado or two a day and threw out the seed without even thinking about it.

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Here is quick smoothie recipe you can try: 1 seed, 1 or 2 cup of fat-free plain yogurt, 1 cucumber, 1 peach, 1 banana, a little water to get it to your preferred texture or thickness and a table-spoon of chia seeds (if you have some lying around). This should serve about 4 to 6 people. Feel free to add honey, if you prefer your drink a little sweeter. Enjoy!

Weekend blogging is the best!

Happy Sunday,

Harlem

 

 

 

 

Carrot Smoothie Recipe

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables and probably one of the reasons why I still have 20/20 vision coming from a family where almost everyone wears glasses.

Calories: This recipe makes around 3-5 servings and is between 50-100 calories depending on the pour or cup size.

Ingredients: 2 large carrots, 1 large yellow pepper, 5 large seedless unsweetened dried prunes, 3-4 cups of spinach, 5 thin slices of ginger and 2 to 3 cups of water. All raw foods! 

Blending: Just throw everything in the blender.  I would start with 2 cups of water and decide after you blend, if you want to add more water. Once you see that all the big junks are gone, it is up to you to decided how smooth of texture you want. 

Drinking: Normally when you juice you should consume the smoothie immediately. I do not recommend letting your smoothie sit for hours without consumption. Try to organize it that you can finish it before lunch or at lunch. If you find you need it to be a little sweeter, you can add organic honey. Remember, honey is about 20 grams of sugar per serving.

If you like the recipe, let me know. If you add something different that might be good for me to try too, I would love to hear about it. 

Weekend blogging is the best!

Happy Sunday,

Harlem

Why I became a Vegetarian?

Why Vegetarianism: This is a question people ask me all the time. At first, I could not understand what was the big deal and why people felt so intrigued by my decision. Ok if I am really honest with myself, I still do not understand why people continue to ask me about my transition, but I definitely understand why I choose to become a vegetarian.

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It was not an easy task or life transition for me for sure coming from a Jamaican, Dominican and American family. Meat was in every meal. There was meat broth that was used to make the rice. Meat fat that was used as a base to make the gravy. ¬†Meat, bones and animal marrow was used as the main flavor source in every soup. Meat was ¬†everywhere and remains a basic core ingredient in all my family’s dishes.¬†

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There was an evolution process¬†to my decision to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle….

The First: was on vacation in the Dominican Republic in 2007. I met a couple that had lost between 150 to 250 pounds in 2 years after becoming vegetarians. They championed all the health benefits and how their lives had improved, their love had grown stronger and their bodies fitter. The glowed of happiness and content at the mere discussion of being vegetarians and the impact it had on their lives and now on their children’s’ lives.¬†

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The Second:  once I began to travel the world more frequently, the burden of carrying meat around was too much. I had to worry about the temperature being to hot in Africa, the travel time to having a fridge being 20 hours too long in South America, what the animal was allowed to eat in Asia or how it was allowed to live before it arrived on my plate in North America or Europe. It was just too much! 

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The Third: with vegetables, they are used to growing in hot climates and do not require the love and attention that meat does. I do not have to worry about what my vegetable ate..lol? Who cut it up? How it was stored? If it will make me sick? Vegetables, fruits and dairy are very transparent. If the milk is bad, you will taste it. If the apple is rotten, you will see it. If the carrot is going bad, you will feel it!

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Becoming a vegetarian simplified my life: I love being a vegetarian, but I am also in love with people choosing for themselves what works best for their life and body. I think that our bodies are really complex and applying blanket ways of life or health approaches is a recipe for disaster, depression and anxiety. So, I can only say how becoming a vegetarian and remaining one has benefited my life. Today, I am 40 pounds lighter (from my maximum weight), definitely fitter and happily one with my body! 

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Weekend blogging is the best! 

Happy Sunday,

Harlem