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Things You Don’t Know About Beer

Things You Don’t Know About Beer

From the steins of Germany to Japan’s world-class Sapporo, humanity loves its beer. We’ve been making it for millennia — so long ago that we’re not exactly sure which culture came up with it first (or if there was a “first”). The Chinese were brewing the stuff 9,000 years ago out of rice, honey, and fruit, while the barley variety cropped up in the Middle East at least 5,000 years ago. Then we got to the Middle Ages, and that whole “hops” thing really took off.

If you’re a connoisseur yourself, you know your favorite brands and whether you prefer light or dark, but do you know the details of beer’s fascinating history? A beverage this significant can’t have it’s frothy history forgotten. Let’s start with this infographic featured on the Huffington Post:

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    Now you’ve had your history lesson, plus a few extra tidbits about beer’s beneficial properties. There’re a lot more good things about beer that that infographic left unsaid, so here’s another one from TheFutureOfHealthNow.com so you can tell your nagging partner/family member/friend that you’re totally just taking your medicine, man!

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      Maybe you’re only a casual beer drinker, and while these history and health facts are interesting, you want to know more about the innumerable varieties of beer. Don’t worry, the varieties are actually quite numerable! Betty Crocker even made this handy guide so you can explore beers for your own taste without knowing much about their differences. And you thought that company was just good for cakes…

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        Alright, you’ve got your beer(s) of choice, now what do you put them in? Certain glass designs are actually better for specific things like maintaining beer’s temperature or keeping all that delicious foam contained. Or you might just want to try some different glasses for fun, I won’t judge. Your comprehensive guide to beer glasses has arrived, thanks to Central Restaurant Products:

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          Last, but certainly not least, is the all-important question of what food goes best with your beer. You don’t have to be a foodie to know or care about this stuff, it’s practically essential knowledge for any beer-drinker. With this food pairing infographic from TheSavory.com, you’ll always have the best chow to compliment your brew. Bottoms up!

          How to Pair Beer with Food

            Featured photo credit: Four Beers/Phil Dragash via flic.kr

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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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