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What’s in your daily coffee, and what does your cup say about you?

Britain might have a well-deserved reputation as a nation of tea-drinkers but we are increasingly addicted to our daily cup of coffee.

Market research from Mintel predicts that by 2015 our habit will be worth £1bn a year – and will include an increasingly bewildering number of obscure varieties.

But no matter how overcomplicated they get, nearly all coffees can trace their lineage back to the simple espresso.

Live looks at some descendants of the espresso that could soon become the new must-have drink – along with a few old favourites – and what they say about you.

Perhaps a schiumato is the key to tomorrow morning’s commute…

[dailymail.co.uk]


Pizza fit for a King… if that King was Elvis: Pizza Hut unveil Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza, the ultimate in hybrid fast food

Every slice comes with added cheeseburger. Fans of the free salad cart need not even tuck their bibs in

Calorie counters, look away now… Though the fact you’ve clicked on an article about pizza in the first place probably means you should stop torturing yourself by surfing for food porn anyway…

Just weeks after serving up the first batch of pizzas with hot dogs stuffed in the crusts here in the UK, Pizza Hut advanced the snack cause even further with the debut of the “Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza.”

Exclusive to the Middle East, the fast food innovation is described as the “most royal” pizza ever.

Pizza fit for a King: A King with a huge supply of indigestion tablets

Pizza fit for a King: A King with a huge supply of indigestion tablets

Whatever angle you observe it from, this is still a darned large pizza

Whatever angle you observe it from, this is still a darned large pizza

Larger, admittedly, from this angle. But still very, very large

Larger, admittedly, from this angle. But still very, very large

Presumably, that refers to the royal diet of Elvis ‘the King’ Presley rather than that of the Queen.

Certainly, it seems hard to visualise Liz Windsor plumping for a large 14 incher over cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, even on a Friday night after the pubs have closed.

Pizza lovers in the Middle East, be prepared to get a bigger middle if you're planning on chowing down on this monster on a regular basis

Pizza lovers in the Middle East, be prepared to get a bigger middle if you're planning on chowing down on this monster on a regular basis

Quite the feat of culinary design, the fact that these pizzas have not been released in the American chain’s homeland could fuel conspiracy theories that the US is looking to spread a little of its status as the most unhealthy nation in the developed world – by making everyone else as chunky.

A moderately lighter pizza option is also available, featuring BBQ sauce-covered chicken fillets.

The Hut must want a pizza of all the fast food action

The Hut must want a pizza of all the fast food action

But in what directions can hybrid junk food diversify into next?

Freezer supermarket Iceland have long stocked the doner kebab pizza. Could Pizza Hut go that one step further and ram some mysteriously-sourced meat inside their grub’s crusts for an even bigger indulgent experience?

Anyone still hungry?

Pizza Hut look to be tackling first world hunger one slice at a time

Pizza Hut look to be tackling first world hunger one slice at a time

[mirror.co.uk]


The Montanara Pizza, With a Deep-Fried Crust, Comes to New York – NYTimes.com

From Europe, Lessons on Frying Pizza

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Roberto Caporuscio and his daughter Giorgia at Don Antonio by Starita. More Photos »

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Roberto Caporuscio and his daughter Giorgia at Don Antonio by Starita. More Photos »

The Montanara Pizza, With a Deep-Fried Crust, Comes to New York – NYTimes.com.


ROYGBIV: The Color of Health

By Patty James

Why is it important to eat lots of different colored fruits and vegetables? Because each colored vegetable and fruit has unique properties and there is strong evidence that there are interactions between the colors that are beneficial to your health. ‘Eating by the Rainbow’ is vitally important to your well-being.

Here are the colors:

Red foods contain lycopene that helps rid the body of damaging free radicals, protects against prostate cancer, as well as heart and lung disease. The red foods are loaded with antioxidants thought to protect against heart disease by preventing blood clots and may also delay the aging of cells in the body.

Tomatoes
Beets
Radishes
Red cabbage
Cherries
Cranberries
Pink grapefruit
Red grapes
Red peppers
Pomegranates
Red potatoes
Watermelon
Raspberries
Red apples
Rhubarb
Strawberries

Orange and Yellow foods contain alpha carotene, which protects against cancer, but also contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A protecting the skin against free-radical damage. Beta-carotene is also good for night vision.

Yams and sweet potatoes
Carrots
Yellow apples
Apricots
Butternut squash
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Grapefruit
Lemons
Mangoes
Nectarines
Oranges and Tangerines
Papayas
Peaches
Pears
Yellow peppers
Persimmons
Pineapple
Pumpkin
Yellow summer or winter squash
Sweet corn
Yellow tomatoes

Green foods contain the chemicals that help ward off cancer by inhibiting carcinogens. Chlorophyll is the component that makes plant green, and is purifying in the body. Many green foods also contain calcium and minerals.

Kale, spinach and other leafy greens
Green apples
Artichokes
Sea vegetables
Asparagus
Avocados
Green beans
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Green cabbage
Cucumbers
Green grapes
Kiwi
Lettuce
Limes
Green onions
Peas
Zucchini

Blue, Indigo and Violet foods contain the compound anthocyanins that not only give food their color but also have been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and increasing heart health.

Blueberries
Blackberries
Purple grapes
Figs
Raisins
Plums, fresh and dried
Eggplant

White, though not part of the color of the rainbow, foods contain properties that have anti-tumor qualities, such as allicin in onions as well as other health-improving antioxidants such as the flavanoids. The white foods, bananas and potatoes, contain potassium as well.

Bananas
Onions
Cauliflower
Garlic
Ginger
Jicama
Mushrooms
Potatoes
Parsnips
Turnips

So how do you do incorporate these fruits and vegetables into your daily eating habits?

Here are some sample menus for you to get you started:

Breakfast:
– An orange. Sauté 1/2 red pepper, ∏ onion, 2 shitake mushrooms, 2 cloves garlic. Add 3 cups leafy greens (spinach leaves are fine) and 3 eggs. Cook until eggs are done and serve.

– Strawberries. Oatmeal made with cubed butternut squash or pureed pumpkin, topped with raw walnut pieces and raw pumpkin seeds.

Lunch:

– Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with sprouts, lettuce, tomato slices, avocado and grated carrots. Serve with a 2-cup salad made with romaine lettuce and raw cauliflower, broccoli and garbanzo beans.

– Spinach salad topped with black olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, and cauliflower. Add beans or chicken if you like. Toss with fresh lemon juice and either olive oil or flax oil or a combination of the two. Sprinkle fresh parsley, chopped, on top.

Dinner:

– Grilled fish or chicken breast or black beans and brown rice (protein). Coleslaw made with green and red cabbage with red onions and grated carrots. Baked yam.

– Pasta primavera made with spinach fettuccini, sautéed red peppers, onions, garlic, zucchini, carrots, and whatever else is in season.

Snack:

– 1 cup blueberries and cantaloupe

– Jicama slices with salsa and Celery with hummus or peanut or almond butter

– Pineapple chunks and banana slices

– Raw veggies with your favorite dip. Hummus is a good choice.

– Tangerine slices with herb tea

Remember that you need 5-9 cups of vegetables and fruits a day for good health. Make sure at least half of your veggies are raw. Don’t forget that juicing can incorporate many colored fruits and veggies easily and may be a good choice for those who may not be able to chew raw fruits and veggies.

Patty is a Certified Natural Chef with a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition and was founder and director of the Patty James Cooking School and Nutrition Center, the first certified organic cooking school and nutrition center in the country. She created the Patty James Health Guide, a guide to life-long healthy eating and lifestyle. Patty is a frequent guest speaker in public and private schools around the US, the Clinton Foundation in New York, as well as to health practitioners and organizations. Patty runs Shine the Light On America’s Kids, an organization whose mission is to shine the light on all aspects of kids health in America. She is the author of More Vegetables, Please! which can be purchased from http://www.amazon.com and through any major bookseller

http://www.PattyJames.com and http://www.ShineTheLightOnKids.org

[mademan.com]


He’s coming home, he’s coming home… Miracle man Muamba leaves hospital less than a month after his collapse

Midfielder Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the first half of Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur, with the game being abandoned.

All smiles: Fabrice Muamba shakes hands with lifesaving doctors as he is released from hospital

All smiles: Fabrice Muamba shakes hands with lifesaving doctors as he is released from hospital

Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game, was today discharged from hospital.

Midfielder Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the first half of Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on March 17, with the game being abandoned.

The former England Under-21 international received treatment on the field before being taken to the London Chest Hospital.

It later emerged that it took 78 minutes for his heart to start working unassisted.

Muamba was discharged from hospital today and paid tribute to staff who cared for him.

He said: “I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care.

“Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support.

“Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family.”

Happy: Muamba pictured in his hospital bed during his recovery

Happy: Muamba pictured in his hospital bed during his recovery

Collapse: Medical staff run to Muamba's aid at White Hart Lane

Collapse: Medical staff run to Muamba's aid at White Hart Lane

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “Barts Health can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has now been discharged following several weeks of treatment.

“All our staff wish him the very best in his ongoing recovery.”

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle said: “It is absolutely fantastic news that Fabrice has been discharged from hospital and everyone at the club is delighted.

“We would also like to add our thanks to the staff at The London Chest Hospital for their care and treatment of Fabrice, which has been outstanding.

“It is important that Fabrice and his family are now given time and space to be together, and we would ask the media to continue to respect their privacy.”

mirror.co.uk


So You’re Dating a Narcissist… ©

YOUR SPECIAL MAN OR LADY IS MORE IN LOVE WITH THE (WO)MAN IN THE MIRROR THAN THEY ARE WITH YOU…IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR THIS BAD ROMANCE?

By KANEISHA GRAYSON

We all know these people: ​they have a treasure trove of entertaining stories about their fabulous, adventurous lives. They often have larger-than-life personalities coupled with baffling displays of deep insecurity. They have extremely high demands of the people close to them, yet they often fail to keep their own promises or live up to adult responsibilities. They don’t think the rules everyone else abides by apply to them, and they feel that their “specialness” can only truly be understood by other exceptional people.
The official definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” from our friends at the Mayo Clinic is the following [emphasis added]:
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
Being colleagues or close friends with a narcissist is hard enough. But what about if you’re actually in love with a narcissist? I myself have narcissistic tendencies, and can definitely point to at least one relationship where I was dating a toxic narcissist. In our “look at me, fan me, follow me” culture, it seems like everyone has a place in the spectrum of self-absorbed behavior that is narcissism. However, there’s an important difference between having narcissistic tendencies and being a toxic narcissist, someone’s whose behavior is so wildly destructive, oblivious of consequences, and inconsiderate of others’ feelings that it’s nearly impossible for them to be in an authentic relationship built on love, trust, and support.
In their book Help! I’m in Love with a Narcissist, authors Steven Carter and Julia Sokol gave ample examples of relationships featuring toxic narcissists and their clueless counterparts. To help those of you who might be reluctant to come to terms with the fact that you are in love with a narcissist, here is a checklist of what dating a narcissist feels like:

• You’ll feel like you’re doing most of the “work” in the relationship.
• Your partner will do things to sabotage the relationship from moving forward—but doesn’t want to completely let you go either.
• Your partner may have a long history of troubled relationships and addictions of all kinds.
• Your partner may have recurring episodes of infidelity—which he or she somehow makes your fault.

Source : ebony.com


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