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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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