Revered God, my true salvation, ashamed I admit that I have sinned. I’m so sorry, I cursed with your name in a moment of sorrow. Relieve me of my sins, heal me of these self inflicted wounds. I accept your chosen verdict so I may relish in your eternal grace once more.
Pushing the limits.
The comfort of your home.
One step at a time.
Designed for you.
Bring it on.
Why am I not surprised. IMHO, I thought if not the B.R.I.C. leaders atleast Trump/. Putin / Modi/ Xi WILL make the Grade – even as a Bribe by Nobel to regain lost credibility, integrity and moral ground by giving it to utter Nincompoops, LW, Commies and most undeserving.
Infinite Father, my keeper and guardian, I lost your light and stepped into darkness. My mind was weak, I took what isn’t mine. Forgive me for my flaws, relieve me of my demons. Discipline me as you see fit so I may delight in your will.
It’s our business.
More than just a taste.
We’re here for you.
A slice of heaven.
Better care, better life.
Hold the power.
Love of life.
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1-Sentence-Summary: Suggestible You helps you understand and utilize the power of your mind-body connection by explaining the effect that your thoughts have on your body, including pain, illness, and memory and how to take advantage of it.
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You already know your brain is incredible. But did you know that just on its own it has the ability to relieve pain, heal you from sickness, or even trick itself? The key to unlocking this potential is suggestion.
Your brain runs on expectations. And it doesn’t like to be let down. Rather than facing reality and changing beliefs, it sometimes would instead change reality. Through suggestion, you can tap into this power and your mind can do amazing things.
In Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal, Erik Vance delves into the fascinating world of expectation and suggestion.
From the placebo effect to hypnotism, you will be impressed by the incredible ways your brain can trick itself. And most importantly, Vance will help you harness this power and use it to improve your own life.
Here are just 3 of the many fascinating lessons I got out of this book:
- Placebos work by the power of suggestion.
- Suggestions can affect the very decisions we make and we don’t even realize it.
- You can use this power of expectation to better your life.
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Lesson 1: The placebo effect is very real and it is a product of the power of suggestion.
When we take a drug for pain, we sometimes feel relief almost immediately. But in truth, most medications take about 15 or more minutes to kick in. This is like the placebo effect, the phenomenon when you experience benefits from a drug or treatment that doesn’t actually have any. In other words, your brain creates a benefit based on expectation.
It’s a well-documented effect that many people believe has a lot of untapped potential. The author says it’s likely the reason for successes in homeopathic medicine. It also could be the key to helping baffling cases chronic pain.
How can this be? Your brain actually already has the chemical arsenal it needs to treat pain, in the same way opioids do-by releasing endorphins.
And it doesn’t stop there. Our brains produce endocannabinoids, which are found in Marijuana and help with pain, as well as dopamine and serotonin, which have to do with mood.
All of these chemicals are particularly sensitive to the placebo effect. So your brain has all the resources it needs to help itself with ailments such as pain, anxiety, nausea, depression, or addiction.
However, studies show some people are more suggestible than others. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you will experience more benefits from the placebo effect.
Lesson 2: We often make decisions based on suggestions and we don’t even realize it.
Suggestibility affects many of the choices we make every day. Companies know this, and use it to make their products taste better to you. And no, I don’t mean that they just make them seem to taste better, they know that suggestion can make them actually taste better.
Packaging and presentation create an expectation, and your mind will happily want to meet that expectation by making something taste better.
Don’t believe it? In a study investigating this power of expectation, a researcher told participants that she was comparing two milkshakes, one diet shake and another full-calorie one. She packaged the low-calorie shake with a no-frills and sensible label and gave the full-fat one a luxurious label.
Unbeknownst to the participants, both actually contained the same amount of calories. Not only did they report the full-fat version tasted better, but when the researcher measured the participant’s hormone levels, she found those who drank the diet milkshake produced more ghrelin-the hormone tells us we’re hungry. Just thinking that they weren’t going to consume as many calories is enough to make them feel hungry.
Expectation also plays a role in addiction where people get caught in an unfortunate loop. A drug gives pleasurable sensations, and the brain, overwhelmed by this, reduces dopamine production to restore balance. The less dopamine you have, the less pleasure you feel. Soon, you will need more and more of the drug to achieve the same pleasurable effect.
Lesson 3: If you want to improve your life, you can start taking advantage of the power of expectation.
By now, we understand the power of expectation and its ability to do some crazy things. Throughout history, ritualistic and faith healings have shown it can work. While some of their claims may be questionable, there is a way you can bring this power into your own life.
First, you need to know and understand yourself. Because much of it relies on the power of storytelling, ask yourself what types of stories you find engaging or inspiring. While some people might trust in ancient wisdom, many people don’t believe anything that isn’t established by scientific evidence.
Additionally, some people need meditation and solitude while others do best in a group setting. Find what captures your individual imagination to discover a specific approach that works for you.
Additionally, because we all have different levels of suggestibility, get to know what yours is. Experimenting with hypnosis is one way to find out how suggestible you are.
The author gives some rules of thumb for discovering how you can use this power in a smart way. The first is to make sure that you don’t place yourself in any kind of danger. This means being careful with unregulated supplements or substances that people say can help you. Always read the label.
The next rule is to not give up on traditional medicine. Alternative therapies can help but use these along with needed medical treatments to ensure you don’t harm yourself.
Next, make sure you don’t bankrupt yourself in a search for placebos. If someone is asking for hundreds of dollars for a supplement they probably are trying to take advantage of you.
Suggestible You Review
Suggestible You has such fresh and intriguing ideas. What if the key to our health and happiness lies within our own brains? You will be amazed at what your mind does without you even realizing it. The book is full of captivating scientific facts and stories, I just wish it had a little more actionable advice.
Who would I recommend the Suggestible You summary to?
The 26-year-old who has seen people be miraculously cured but has no explanation for it, the 49-year-old that is curious about why the body is so good at healing itself sometimes, and anyone that wants to know how their mind and body work.
King and queen.
Comfort in our hands.
The sky’s not the limit.
For the good times.
Beauty of simplicity.
Dearest Father, bringer of all that’s good, I need to relieve my heart of darkness. I don’t know what come over me, I slept through a sermon after a sleepless night. Liberate me of my sins, allow me to prove myself once more. Show me mercy so I may delight in your will.
We have your back.
On the front line.
Work hard. Play harder.
For those who care.
We promise the best.
Become your best.
It’s our pleasure.
Where are you headed? The choices you’re making, the effort, the sacrifices—where is the destination?
We make choices every day about our destination. And because of those choices, we go on a journey.
Along that journey, we take risks but we also experience an internal narrative about those risks.
And so, destinations, risks (perceived and actual) and journeys define our lives.
It’s possible you’ve come to the conclusion that the destination you’ve chosen isn’t for you. That being a pop star, a successful VP of accounting or a receptionist with a secure position isn’t a life you’d like to lead.
But don’t confuse that with the journey. Maybe you’d be happy with the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, but it’s entirely possible you don’t want to suffer the discomfort and indignities and effort it will take to get to that destination, that you’d like an easier path. You’ll happily take the destination but the truth is, the journey is too arduous.
And don’t confuse that with your imagining of the risks along the way. It might be that you want the destination, that you are willing to put up with (or even delight in) the journey but your narrative of the risks and dangers are just too much to handle.
When we conflate the destination with the journey with the narrative of the risks, we have no hope of improving any of the three. Instead, we often pushed to throw out all three at once or embrace them all. But it’s possible, with effort and planning, to make the journey more palatable or the risks feel more tolerable.
The destination isn’t the journey. And our narrative of the actual risks is up to us.
Did you know…
… that today is Beatles LIFE Cover Day? The Beatles appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine on this day in 1964. The article inside, There Stood the Beatles as the Battle Smoke Lifted, chronicled their arrival at San Francisco’s airport and the Beatlemania that ensued. It was followed by The Cool Brain Behind the Bonfire, featuring their manager, Brian Epstein. Good reading!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
— Lou Holtz
Advice for new entrepreneurs: There’s nothing better than advice from someone who has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. In this cool article we pull together quotes and top tips for budding ‘wantrepreneurs’ from our previous interviews. Check out what these founders and VCs have to say.
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How did you make your first money? From delivering newspapers, to classroom business, many of Europe’s top founders began their entrepreneurial journey with making their first pocket money. Here is what they learnt, and how this often inspired the direction of their success today. What about yourself?
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It’s an e-scooter summer: While e-scooters were officially illegal for use in public areas in the UK due to safety concerns, this summer the UK Government brought in new regulations for socially-distanced urban transport, including e-scooter trials. Now the race is on! 🙂 Check out our latest updates about Dublin-based Zipp Mobility, Berlin-based TIER, Stockholm-based Voi, and UK’s Beryl. Soon we’ll be running another ‘startup battle’ to compare the leaders in the European e-scooter race – stay tuned. 🙂
Short update from our side: Behind the scenes we’re working hard on the launch of CLUB – the EU-Startups Membership program. We’re busy putting together some interesting packages for you, and are excited to finally launch this by September 7!
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Celestial Father, redeemer of souls, temptation took hold of me in a moment of weakness. Have mercy on me, I did not love others as you do. Liberate me of my darkness, allow me to prove myself once more. I put my fate in your hands so I may delight in your will.
Be the leader.
Art of perfection.
Push the boundaries.
We believe in you.
It’s our business.
Raising the bar.
Road to success.
What Is Millet? Nutrition, Benefits, and More
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Millet is a cereal grain that belongs to the Poaceae family, commonly known as the grass family (1).
It’s widely consumed in developing countries throughout Africa and Asia. While it may look like a seed, millet’s nutritional profile is similar to that of sorghum and other cereals (2Trusted Source).
Millet has gained popularity in the West because it’s gluten-free and boasts high protein, fiber, and antioxidant contents (3Trusted Source).
This article reviews everything you need to know about millet, including its nutrients, benefits, and downsides.
Millet is a small, round whole grain grown in India, Nigeria, and other Asian and African countries. Considered an ancient grain, it’s used both for human consumption and livestock and bird feed (4, 5Trusted Source).
It has multiple advantages over other crops, including drought and pest resistance. It’s also able to survive in harsh environments and less fertile soil. These benefits stem from its genetic composition and physical structure — for example, its small size and hardness (4, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).
Although all millet varieties belong to the Poaceae family, they differ in color, appearance, and species.
This crop is also divided into two categories — major and minor millets, with major millets being the most popular or commonly cultivated varieties (4).
Major millets include:
- proso (or white)
- finger (or ragi)
Minor millets include:
- adlay (or Job’s tears)
Pearl millet is the most widely produced variety intended for human consumption. Still, all types are renowned for their high nutritional value and health benefits.
SUMMARYMillet is a small cereal grain that belongs to the grass family. Resilient in harsh environments, it’s commonly cultivated in Asian and African countries.
Like most cereals, millet is a starchy grain — meaning that it’s rich in carbs. Notably, it also packs several vitamins and minerals (4).
One cup (174 grams) of cooked millet packs (7Trusted Source):
- Calories: 207
- Carbs: 41 grams
- Fiber: 2.2 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 1.7 grams
- Phosphorus: 25% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Magnesium: 19% of the DV
- Folate: 8% of the DV
- Iron: 6% of the DV
Calcium is necessary to ensure bone health, blood vessel and muscular contractions, and proper nerve function (12Trusted Source).
SUMMARYMillet is a starchy, protein-rich grain. It provides plenty of phosphorus and magnesium — and finger millet packs more calcium than any other cereal.
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Millet is rich in nutrients and plant compounds. Therefore, it may offer multiple health benefits.
Rich in antioxidants
Millet is rich in phenolic compounds, especially ferulic acid and catechins. These molecules act as antioxidants to protect your body from harmful oxidative stress (10Trusted Source, 13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source, 15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).
May help control blood sugar levels
Thus, millets are considered an ideal grain for people with diabetes.
For instance, a study in 105 people with type 2 diabetes determined that replacing a rice-based breakfast with a millet-based one lowered blood sugar levels after the meal (21Trusted Source).
A 12-week study in 64 people with prediabetes gave similar results. After eating 1/3 cup (50 grams) of foxtail millet per day, they experienced a slight reduction in fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels, as well as a decrease in insulin resistance (22Trusted Source).
Insulin resistance is a marker for type 2 diabetes. It occurs when your body stops responding to the hormone insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar (23Trusted Source).
What’s more, in a 6-week study in rats with diabetes, a diet containing 20% finger millet led to lower fasting blood sugar levels and a drop in triglyceride and cholesterol levels (24Trusted Source).
May help lower cholesterol
Millet contains soluble fiber, which produces a viscous substance in your gut. In turn, this traps fats and helps reduce cholesterol levels (10Trusted Source).
Additionally, millet protein may help lower cholesterol.
A study in mice with type 2 diabetes fed them a high fat diet with millet protein concentrate. This led to a decrease in triglyceride levels and significant increase in adiponectin and HDL (good) cholesterol levels, compared with the control group (26Trusted Source).
Adiponectin is a hormone with an anti-inflammatory effect that supports heart health and stimulates fatty acid oxidation. Its levels are usually lower in people with obesity and type 2 diabetes (27Trusted Source, 28Trusted Source).
Fits a gluten-free diet
Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. People with celiac disease or gluten intolerance must avoid it because it triggers harmful digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea and nutrient malabsorption (29Trusted Source).
When shopping for millet, you should still look for a label that certifies it gluten-free to ensure it hasn’t been contaminated with any gluten-containing ingredients.
SUMMARYMillet is a gluten-free grain that’s rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and protein. In particular, it may lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Despite millet’s multiple health benefits, it also contains antinutrients — compounds that block or reduce your body’s absorption of other nutrients and may lead to deficiencies (31Trusted Source).
One of these compounds — phytic acid — interferes with potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium uptake. However, a person with a balanced diet isn’t likely to experience adverse effects.
Other antinutrients called goitrogenic polyphenols may impair thyroid function, causing goiter — an enlargement of your thyroid gland that results in neck swelling.
Nevertheless, this effect is associated only with excess polyphenol intake.
For example, one study determined that goiter was significantly more prevalent when millet provided 74% of a person’s daily calories, compared with only 37% of their daily calories (31Trusted Source, 32Trusted Source).
Furthermore, you can lower millet’s antinutrient content significantly by soaking it overnight at room temperature, then draining and rinsing it before cooking (4).
Plus, sprouting reduces antinutrient content. Certain health food stores sell sprouted millet, though you can also germinate it on your own. To do so, place soaked millet in a glass jar and cover it with a cloth that’s secured with a rubber band.
Turn the jar upside down, rinsing and draining the millet every 8–12 hours. You’ll notice small sprouts beginning to form after 2–3 days. Drain the sprouts and enjoy them right away.
SUMMARYAntinutrients in millet block your body’s absorption of certain minerals, though this is unlikely to affect you if you consume a balanced diet. Soaking and sprouting may reduce this grain’s antinutrient levels.
Millet is a versatile ingredient that makes a good rice replacement when cooked whole.
To prepare it, just add 2 cups (480 mL) of water or broth per 1 cup (174 grams) of raw millet. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it for 20 minutes.
Remember to soak it overnight before cooking to lower its antinutrient content. You may also toast it in a pan before cooking to enhance its nutty taste.
Millet is also sold as a flour.
In fact, research suggests that making baked goods with millet flour significantly enhances their nutritional profile by increasing their antioxidant content (33Trusted Source).
Additionally, this grain is processed to make snacks, pasta, and nondairy probiotic beverages. In fact, fermented millet acts as a natural probiotic by providing live microorganisms that benefit your health (4, 8Trusted Source, 34Trusted Source).
You can enjoy millet as a breakfast porridge, side dish, salad add-in, or cookie or cake ingredient.
SUMMARYMillet is not only available as a whole grain but also a flour. You can use it in a variety of dishes, including porridge, salad, and cookies.
Millet is a whole grain that’s packed with protein, antioxidants, and nutrients.
It may have numerous health benefits, such as helping lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for people who have celiac disease or follow a gluten-free diet.
Its nutty taste and versatility make it well worth trying.