Love my red cabbage

red cabbage

I hardly ever leave the markets without purchasing a head of red cabbage. At home a shred it into fine slices, add salt and a bit of apple cider vinegar and olive oil and it just gets better and better over the next few days in the fridge.

It’s my salad in between meals, my snack on top of the poached eggs, avocado and salmon stack in the morning and I feel that it gives me energy and vitality.

So I was happy when I found this article today:

Red cabbage is one of the most healthful and least expensive vegetables available today. It is rich in vitamins C, K, & B-complex and minerals such as iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. It is also high in anthocyanin polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants that contain potent anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties. Red cabbage is well known for its high percentage of phyto-chemicals such as isothiocyanates, zea-xanthin, and lutein which can help to effectively protect the body against colon, breast, stomach, lung, and prostate cancer. It has also been shown to help lower cholesterol levels by working with bile acids in the digestive process to remove cholesterol from the blood. Red cabbage is an ideal food for a healthy digestive tract as it is known to help reduce bad bacteria and promote good friendly bacteria (such as acidophilus) in the gut. Red cabbage is particularly beneficial for the nervous system and has even been shown to help reduce buildup of plaque in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. It is also an excellent food for ulcers, osteoporosis, constipation, heart disease, candida, age related macular degeneration, fibromyalgia, dementia, and weight loss. Red cabbage is also great for boosting the immune system and reducing chronic inflammation in the body. It is highly beneficial when eaten raw or juiced and can be a delicious addition to salads, wraps, nori rolls, and variety of vegetable juice recipes. If you prefer red cabbage cooked, consider eating it lightly steamed or adding it to your homemade soups or stews for more nutritional benefits. Red cabbage pairs well with apples, scallions, ginger, and/or sesame seeds. Red cabbage can be readily found at your local grocery and health food store.

Are You Valuable?

My friend Sandy is passionate about what she does. She loves to do healings and readings for people and she offers her services on her website, on facebook – and she blogs. Yet – she cannot make a living.  Being passionate and happy to work very hard at it, she attends seminars on website marketing, spends money to increase her networking base and visualizes herself getting what she wants. However, after many years, she is still where she has started of.

There is a lot of talk about doing ‘passion tests’, discovering your passion and following your dream. I’m not sure if I fully agree with that. There is a lot to be said for finding a job, working at it, adding value at your workplace – and becoming valuable. With increased knowledge, understanding and wisdom in your field it is much easier to become passionate about what you do, standing out from the rest and adding your value. Yes, it is easier to put in the hard work when you also enjoy what you do and in that sense I agree. But many people don’t realize that simply following a hobby or even several, does not make them an experts in their field,

David Kekich writes: “The best investment you will ever make is your steady increase of knowledge. Invest in yourself. Thirty minutes of study per day eventually makes you an expert in any subject – but only if you apply that knowledge. Study alone is no substitute for experience.

Go out and create your future. Build your skills. Become an expert. Be relentless on your quest to expertise. Step up. Take action. Do the work. Get better. That is what matters. Make little bets. Turn them into big steps. Go for it.

Don’t think that simply following your passion is the sure path to success.

Learn to add value. Only then will the market deem that you’re good enough, smart enough, and that enough people like you so that you will earn what you deserve.

Are you so good they can’t ignore you?

Steve MartinSteve Martin: “Born Standing Up”

I decided to post something that inspires me – and today it was Steven Martin, whose book is very insightful, not just on how to become a successful comedian, but how to be successful at anything you do. His advise may sound disappointing at first view, but then again quite inspiring too:

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

There are no tricks and games, but advice on how to be focused on one thing – the one you really enjoy doing and doing and doing – until you become the best – or at least until you stand out from the crowd of others who do the same.

How often did I change my ideas, my job, my approach – but at least I have now found what I am good at and what I really enjoy. Now I know I can drive this deeper and have fun working more at it. My idea of work has always included helping people to fulfil their own true potential. The problem was, that I tried to do that in every area of their lives – and of course you cannot help everyone at everything. My focus now is on all the visual learners, on dyslexia.

Where is yours?

Make the Best Mov(i)e Ever

“Change is a matter of choice, not calendar” – Dan Kennedy

I have found this articleBy Oliver Emberton very inspiring and hope you agree. For that reason I have also decided to design a series of five weekends at ‘HOI BY THE SEA’ over 2015 to create a forum for ‘my new Movie’, the change to achieve everything I have tried to change for many many years.

Let me know if you, too, have an area of your life you wish to actually do something about, once and for all.

Which one is it? Please share it…

thank you – and I hope to see you this year at the Entrance.

Barbarra

Here is the article:

How to Make Resolutions That Actually Work

The secret to making resolutions that actually work is also the secret to making a hit movie. So let me teach you how to make a hit movie.

At the start, our hero lives their ordinary life. We wouldn’t care to watch that for long, but fortunately all good stories push our hero through a door.

The door is something irreversible; once you walk through, you can never go back. For The Matrix, it’s Neo choosing the red pill. For Gravity, it’s having your shuttle sliced to ribbons. In Shawshank Redemption, an innocent man is sentenced to life.

The door is where the story begins. It puts our hero on a path they cannot escape, and the tension compels us to watch.

Near the end of the story, our hero must pass through a second door. Again, the door is one-way. But this door demands a resolution. To pass through it guarantees a conclusion, whatever that may be. Our hero must fight their nemesis to the death, or chase their love to the airport, or stand before disapproving parents and dance for their hopes and dreams.

It’s the formula of nearly every story ever told, because it works. Once you pass through a door, you can never go back.

Now let me tell you what isn’t a good movie.

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Our unhappy hero wakes up one late December morning and stares at the mirror. “Oh god” he sighs, at his portly reflection. “In the new year, I swear – I’m going to lose weight!”

And then he updates his Facebook status, buys a copy of Runners World, and goes to the gym three times. The End.

If you want to make a resolution – a real resolution – you’re gonna have to walk through a door. The smart, resolute part of yourself might be in control now, but you know that’s not who will stop you. The lazy, stupid, reflexive part of yourself will be in control later, when the air is cold and you feel sort-of-ill-ish-I-think, and if you haven’t got something to drag that screaming brat out of bed you will fail.

You do this already, by the way. School, for example, is a door you can’t well choose not to pass through, which is why you attended it so successfully. Your job works in the same way, as does marriage and children. Doors are irreversible and non-optional, and our society is predicated on them.

So you really want to start your own business? Try quitting your job; that’ll take care of motivation. Want to lose weight? Sign up for a marathon in 9 months in an exciting foreign country, and book the non-refundable flights now. Or if that’s more than you can handle, start a scheduled team activity where if someone misses out, it hurts the others. Guilt will carry you when willpower fails.

Don’t jump on Facebook to announce your new resolution. It gives you a short term ego buzz now (“Look at me! I’m so awesome!”) but does zip to regulate your behaviour (few friends will remember your promise, or be so crude as to call you on it). By all means involve friends, but make your pressures real.

Most of all, don’t make the mistake of thinking wishful words alone will get you there. Nearly everyone fails their new year’s resolutions, which should be about as surprising as learning that the words “avada kedavra” don’t actually kill people. Just saying words doesn’t make a thing happen. Walk through a door instead.