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World Health Organisation Warns, Eating Kale Leads To Arrogance

World Health Organisation Warns, Eating Kale Leads To Arrogance

As the consumption of kale grows across the world, some people are worried about the plant’s potential toxicity and its ability to cause hypothyroidism.

But perhaps the most distressing result of kale consumption is that it has led to a continued rise in food purists who think that they know everything and anything about food even while they choose to avoid several aspects of the diet many of us enjoy. That appears to be the concern of the very serious website The Unaustralian, which claims that kale consumption may have turned our traditional holier than thou vegan into something much more confrontational and nasty.

So has kale gone too far? Let us take a look at the facts and understand both the benefits and potential personality drawbacks.

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Plenty of social downsides

Let us face it: no one becomes a vegan because it’s fun.

Vegans have a pretty tough lot. They have to go out of their way picking up a weird selection of foods that are more difficult to get than normal food. They have a difficult time finding their proper foods at social gatherings. And they are always joked about.

So it is not exactly surprising that in order to compensate for being the butt of jokes, they have to puff up their own ego in order to feel better.

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Now, one of their key vegetables has received mainstream acceptance as a health food. President Obama had a kale salad last Thanksgiving, Hollywood celebrities are promoting its health benefits, and its sales have skyrocketed over the past few years. One can thus be hardly surprised that such a victory would only serve to prop up vegans’ egos and confidence that one day there will be no more meat or eggs or cheese for consumption.

Health benefits

But while ego inflation is undoubtedly a dangerous thing, the health benefits of kale are a real thing.

As Time describes it, kale does pack a lot of nutrients and vitamins in a small package. A cup of kale is a rich source of Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6 and also provides iron, calcium, folate, and manganese. It also possesses antioxidants which counteract body processes which can lead to aging and cancer.

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In addition to providing plenty of essential nutrients and minerals, kale is a bulky leafy green which makes people feel full faster while not providing a lot of calories. This makes it a valuable vegetable to use for those who are trying to lose weight.

And perhaps best of all, kale is very easy to use from a culinary perspective. While boiling it does leech off those valuable minerals and vitamins, kale can also be eaten raw, baked, and used as a strong flavoring in many dishes. Even boiled kale can provide some nutrients like Vitamin K.

Kale may have health risks

All of the nutrients which come with kale may make someone believe that it is the perfect, healthy vegetable. But while kale certainly has its nutritional value, there could be some problems with this so-called miracle vegetable.

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Kale is as nutritious as it is because the kale plant sucks up a great deal of minerals and nutrients from the soil, making it as medicinal as codeine phosphate. But what this also means is that the plant sucks up a whole lot of other things which may not be so good for your body. One of these things is called thallium. Thallium is a toxic heavy metal which can cause fatigue, hair loss, stomach pain, and neurological issues. As Mother Jones reported last July, scientists have discovered that kale is particularly good at sucking up thallium.

However, it’s important to note that this health critique of kale has also been countered. See this article for further detailed information about criticisms of the science behind these claims.

Final verdict?

So, what is there to say about kale? Is it a vegetable trumped by vegans as a sign of their imminent victory? Is it a wonder health vegetable which can help people lose weight while supplying them with key nutrients? Or is it an overrated vegetable with potentially toxic side effects?

That is up to you to decide. Perhaps if there is a recommendation, it is not to go overboard with kale should you choose to start regularly consuming it. Moderation is a virtue in all things, even for a purported wonder vegetable.

Featured photo credit: Dwight Sipler via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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