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Does This Smell Okay to You?

Does This Smell Okay to You?
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    I recently did a series which compared the usefulness of tools. Since I’m rather linear in my mental processes, that got me thinking about the usefulness of certain foods. So I took a walk to the refrigerator for inspiration.

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    Do you have disgusting things in your refrigerator? I think some of the things in my refrigerator may once have been classified as disgusting. But now they gone beyond that level and entered into the realm of being unidentifiable.

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    For me, the span of time between fresh and toxic is a blurred and wavering line. So, I began a diligent search of the internet to find the definitive identifier separating fresh from frightening.

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    I did find some extremely useful information. But, mostly I found some darn funny anecdotes.

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    Here is a collection of both on how to tell if your food is spoiled.

    1. Eggs: If something is trying to peck its way out of the shell, the egg is not fresh.
    2. Milk: Milk is spoiled when it looks like yogurt.
    3. Yogurt: Yogurt is spoiled when it looks like cottage cheese.
    4. Cottage Cheese: Cottage Cheese is spoiled when it looks like regular cheese.
    5. Regular Cheese: Regular cheese is basically spoiled milk so really doesn’t spoil. But when your regular cheese begins to look like blue cheese get rid of it anyway.
    6. Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise is spoiled when you have to have your stomach pumped because you became violently ill after eating it.
    7. Meat: If cats gather at your back door whenever you open your meat drawer, the meat is spoiled.
    8. Bread: Bread is spoiled when it attains the ability to cure an infection.
    9. Flour: Flour is spoiled when it has moving rice in it and you didn’t put any rice in it.
    10. Canned Goods: Canned goods are spoiled when they begin to resemble a rugby ball.
    11. Carrots: Carrots are spoiled when they take on the characteristics of a wet rope.
    12. Potatoes: Potatoes are spoiled when they have more eyes than your graduating class. Nor should they have a deep leafy underbrush.
    13. Chip Dip: Dip is spoiled when it doesn’t stay in the same place you put it in the refrigerator.
    14. Wine: Wine is spoiled when it becomes an acceptable base for a salad dressing.
    15. Lettuce: Lettuce is spoiled when its color and consistency can be mistaken for green jello.
    16. Raisins: Raisins are spoiled when they can be mistaken for bituminous coal.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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