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Food Combinations You Never Thought Would Taste So Good

Food Combinations You Never Thought Would Taste So Good

Ever since I was a kid, something seemed off when it came to eating habits. However, what can you expect from a child who grew up at a family dinner table where it was absolutely normal to dip a cube of sugar into their soup? How was it possible to stay conservative when it came to food, when the whole family just loved to mix salted cabbage with sugar and olive oil. I had no idea that it was more suitable to eat meat and potatoes pie with ketchup until I was nine years old. I was enjoying my meat and potatoes pie with jam or condensed milk.

Over the years my food preferences have changed quite a lot, but one thing stays consistent: I still enjoy my potatoes with jam or condensed milk. I’m sure you might come to a snap judgement about mixing meat and jam, but you really should give it a try. You might be amazed at how tasty it is. Below are my top five favorite food combinations that others have thought strange. I encourage you to give them a chance.

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French fries with vanilla ice cream

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      This food combination is my guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, I cannot make any healthy remarks about mixing fries with ice cream. However, it has saved me from quite a few gloomy and snowy days we have here in Russia during the winter season. You will be surprised how good it tastes. I have many friends who have also fallen in love with this food combination.

      Watermelon with brown bread

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          I am not sure about how this combination came to be but I have a feeling that it relates a little bit to the Russian culture. Growing up in, we developed a mentality where even the most delicious dish has to be filling, and in no time we created a way of how to do it. I can tell you now that when I eat my watermelon without brown bread on the side, it feels that something significant is missing.

          Pasta with yogurt and chocolate

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                This might seem weird at first, but you would be surprised at how tasty the combination can be. There was a day when I came home from work to an almost empty fridge. All I had was pasta, yogurt, chocolate pasta, and some olive oil. You can probably assume what I did next. I boiled the pasta and then mixed in the yogurt, chocolate pasta and olive oil.  Since I don’t let myself eat chocolate often, this one is considered another guilty pleasure. When I do indulge, I enjoy and appreciate every bite of it.

                Brown bread with sour cream, avocado and honey

                When I was a child I would use a generous amount of sugar, and I didn’t know about avocados. Now I’ve become very conscious about what I eat and I try to do it the right way. Hence, I excluded sugar and substituted it with a healthier source of sugar–honey–and added avocado. My friends call this a “pity parody of a sandwich,” but I am confident in saying that this sandwich is an awesome and time-saving snack.

                Buckwheat and yogurt

                This one is my favorite. I literally cannot imagine my life without this food combination. During an interview I was asked, ”What are the three things you cannot live without?” This dish was on that list. I love the taste, but even more I love the fact that it is healthy. It’s also very simple to make: mix one cup of buckwheat with two cups of boiled water and let it set for an hour. Another way is to boil the buckwheat for 15-20 minutes. Add some plain yogurt on top, salt, and enjoy.

                What are some food combinations you love, but that others might think sound strange?

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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