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Did You Know #48: When Was The First Use Of Fire Amongst Humans?

It is not known for sure when fire was first controlled by humans. Evidence for the use of fire by Homo erectus by about 400,000 years ago has wide scholarly support. Claims for the earliest definitive evidence of control of fire by a member of Homo range from 0.2 to 1.7 million years ago (mya).

How To Manage Your Money In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Managing your money can sound intimidating and stressful, we all know that.. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, taking a few simple steps now will help you gain control and, most importantly, peace of mind.

Here are some tips to help you manage your finances this year:

Keep an emergency fund. Unexpected things happen in life and it’s good to be prepared. Emergency funds are a crucial part of a healthy personal finance plan. In most cases, it’s not a good idea to touch or take money out of the fund, rather, let it sit there earning interest. If you lose your job or an unfortunate or unexpected expense arises—such as your car breaking down or a health issue arises —this is when you should use your emergency fund.

Use a tool, a personal finance app. Your finances are likely already complicated, now let’s uncomplicate them. How? Maybe you could begin by getting with the times, put away your Casio calculator. There are new and free tools available that will show you ways to manage money as well as do all the hard budgeting and computational work. Many tools such as Quicken for Windows or the free MoneyStrands app will allow you to safely consolidate, manage and control your money all in one place.

Save 10 to 15 percent for retirement. I know it’s far off, but if you want to be in a comfortable and free place during your retirement, the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better off you will be in your later years.

Slash unnecessary expenses. Are you a big fan of Starbucks? If you are buying a Caffe Latte every day that’s around $4 out of your wallet. Multiply that out and you could be spending about $1,400 a year just on that. Make your own blend at home to save money. Paying for a gym membership but are you doing yoga in your backyard? Cancel it. Think long and hard of other memberships, subscriptions, accounts that you are paying for but could really live without.

Consolidate your debt. Debt, the dreaded word. No one likes debt. No one. And most people that need help managing money actually need help getting out of debt. If you are like the majority of Americans (~80%), then you most likely have debt. Firstly, to get it under control and work on getting rid of it, if you have credit card debts, student loans, and other debts; look to consolidate them and try to get the lowest interest rate possible.

Understand your income. This is the difference between income and expenses, most people know their full monthly income but have less knowledge of their full monthly expenses. Work out your total expenses and subtract that from your total income for the month in question and create your budget.

Understand your expenses. Ask someone off the top of their mind to tell you how much they spend a month and they might not be able to do so.. Many people actually don’t know the total amount of expenses they have on a monthly basis. Here is a solution for you: for one month, keep a log of all your expenses. Take all your receipts (food, rent, utilities, etc.) and look at your bank statements and add up all of your expenses. Remember to keep track of expenses paid by cash as well as credit cards.

Create a budget. Creating and sticking to a budget aids us in seeing with clarity and full transparency our financial situation and this is of most importance for better managing your money.

“When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.” – Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Let us know how you manage your money, maybe we will learn something new…

Nutrition Tips For 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

The objective of this post is to empower you to get well, prevent disease and fill your body with energy. We are working as hard we can to be your resource, the light in the midst of the storm and hoping to cut through the clutter and provide you all with tips and information that will really make you maintain calmness and develop a strategy as we enter the new year 2021.

So what are the key nutrition takeaways as people look to prevent illness, disease specifically Covid -19 in 2021?

Immune boosters – We are all beginning to see these immune boosters all over the internet. Honestly, there is no such thing like an immune booster that comes in a can, pill or a package. Immune boosters go back to gut health, nutrition and getting enough sleep and controlling your stress.

Avoid Sugar – Sugar is detrimental to overall health. Sugar is really inflammatory specially in the form of white processed sugar. Processed sugar drives up that insulin and drives up that glucose and eventually causes repeated hikes resulting in something called insulin resistance. Having sugar in small amounts like in the form of fruit or whole foods is normal and physiological.

Intermittent Fasting – Our bodies have cells which have a clock in it and needtime for cleanup. Especially in the time of Covid, people are stressed so they are constantly eating and going into unhealthy habits to cope with their stress leaving no time for the body to rest and deep cleanse its cells. The best thing you can do for your immune system is optimise your body by increasing your nutrition and staying on your 16-8 fasting program. If you are not used to fasting, don’t try to push yourself beyond normal fasting limits because you’re just creating more stress in your body. So stick to a protocol you’re familiar with and keep doing it.
Vitamin Supplements – Vitamin D3 works as a hormone in your body and helps the immune cells fight off the viruses and bacteria. Check your Vitamin levels before trying on any supplements only if you are on the lower side. It is more common in women and people who spend a lot of time indoors.

Elderberry – There is a lot of confusion & controversy about elderberry and its effect on Covid -19. Do your research before you decide to take it. Elderberry is long known to be a great natural supplement for boosting your immune system. Elderberry works by increasing the cytokines in our bodies. So when we are sick, the cytokines get released and that’s why you get a fever etc. Now, Covid -19 works by causing a cytokine tornado and damaging our organs. If you want to take an elderberry, it is entirely up to you.

Hope this was helpful. Take Care.

How To Protect Your Mental Health In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

At this moment in time, things seem uncertain. Our mental health is the foundation, the garden, from which our flowers grow.. Many of us are living in lockdowns which have been shown in many studies to affect our mental health in a negative way.

Here are some tips on protecting your mental health in 2021:

Support Network. People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends to talk over the phone, or seek out activities you can do together such as having a deep conversation and collaborating on a project.

Taking care of yourself physically. Looking after your body can improve your mental health since both are intertwined. Be sure to: Eat nutritious meals, avoid smoking and vaping, drink plenty of water and exercise (which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods).

Spend some time with an animal friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter if you can.

Practice forgiveness. Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.

Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students and increases anxiety, food cravings and reduces your productivity.

Humour. Laughter is one of the best medicines. Getting through these times involves finding the humour in situations rather than seeing something as a curse. Change your perspective and see the blessing. Put some funny videos on, talk to a friend and laugh, increasing your immune system strength and lowering pain levels.

Discover Spirituality. Look into different spiritual concepts. Do you know what spirituality is? Awakening the spirit within you will help your mental health by learning you are an eternal spirit that never dies.

Manage your news and social media intake. Try to find a source of news that you can trust during these difficult times to keep you informed. But take a break from it all and check the news every once in a while. Try to also limit your intake of news and social media, which can help you manage your feelings if you find yourself worried or if you are finding news updates upsetting.

Are you feeling claustrophobic or trapped? Open the windows to let in fresh air or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one. Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space and regularly change the rooms you spend time in.

Take in as much sun and fresh air as you can. Being outside, particularly surrounded by nature and greenery, can benefit your mental wellbeing. If you are able to leave your home under current government restrictions, try to seek out walks or areas to exercise that are nearby but also allow you to be surrounded by nature. If you are unable to be outside, try opening your window and spending time in rooms which get a lot of natural light. You could also try garden planters on your window sills or placing house plants around your home.

Find things you love doing. Do you write? Do you love to cook? Do you enjoy painting? Do you love to learn new things? Focus on these and boost your mood.

Work on the self. This is a time to go within and discover yourself. Who are you? What values do you live by? Who is that voice in your head? Get to know yourself and ask yourself questions, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued by what you find.

Talking about your feelings. Talking can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your well being and doing what you can to stay healthy. Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

Clean your outer environment. Having an ordered and clean surrounding will make you feel more in control, calmer and relaxed. When your outer world is ordered, you will be inspired to keep your inner world ordered.

Establish a routine and schedule. Bringing structure to your day can give you a better sense of control and can make a difference to your mental health. Work out how you will spend your time each day, write it down and check-in with your schedule regularly.

Nutritious foods. Choose foods that will nourish your mind and body. A plant based diet that is rich in diversity has been proven to boost good mental health and take years off your life. Cherries, avocados, grapes, nuts, legumes and greens will brighten your mind.

Find new healing methods. Look into alternative healing to find other ways of clearing the past from your mind and body. Sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers for your health. Have you looked into aromatherapy? Acupuncture? Reflexology?

The future of communication will be cyberspace. With the way things are going, the world is turning to the internet for support and connection. Start a blog, find online support groups or groups with similar interests to you. You may find new friends and different forks in the road may open up for you!

We’ll catch you next time, before you go, here is some food for thought:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein. Try something outside of your comfort zone.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou. If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery find a way of sharing it with others. Check out what other people are saying on different cyberspace sites such as WordPress.

We hope this post helped aid you in protecting your mental health this year with some ideas to add to your tool kit. Let us know below how you choose to protect your mental health!

Did You Know #32: How Much Food Gets Wasted Per Year?

Each year, 1.6bn tonnes of food worth approximately $1.2tn, goes to waste – about one third of the food produced globally. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 815 million of the 7.6 billion people in the world (10.7%), were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016.

Several Trends Related To The IoS (Internet of Senses) That Are Expected To Become A Reality By 2030

It is expected and predicted that by 2030, we will all experience The Internet of Senses (IoS), enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 5G, and automation. The Internet of Senses relies on connected technology interacting with our senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch by way of the brain as the user interface. As journalist Susan Fourtane elucidates:

“Many predict that by 2030, the lines between thinking and doing will blur. Fifty-nine percent of consumers believe that we will be able to see map routes on VR glasses by simply thinking of a destination… By 2030, technology is set to respond to our thoughts, and even share them with others… Using the brain as an interface could mean the end of keyboards, mice, game controllers, and ultimately user interfaces for any digital device. The user needs to only think about the commands, and they will just happen. Smartphones could even function without touch screens.

In other words, the IoS will rely on technology being able to access and act on your thoughts.

Fourtane outlines several trends related to the IoS that are expected to become a reality by 2030:

1: Thoughts become action: using the brain as the interface, for example, users will be able to see map routes on VR glasses by simply thinking of a destination.

2: Sounds will become an extension of the devised virtual reality: users could mimic anyone’s voice realistically enough to fool even family members.

3: Real food will become secondary to imagined tastes. A sensory device for your mouth could digitally enhance anything you eat, so that any food can taste like your favorite treat.

4: Smells will become a projection of this virtual reality so that virtual visits, to forests or the countryside for instance, would include experiencing all the natural smells of those places.

5: Total touch: Smartphones with screens will convey the shape and texture of the digital icons and buttons they are pressing.

6: Merged reality: VR game worlds will become indistinguishable from physical reality by 2030.”

Unfortunately, in our race to the future, we have failed to take into account what such dependence on technology might mean for our humanity, not to mention our freedoms.

We Are All Addicts

Don’t worry, we are all addicts. It can be conscious or subconscious addiction. It may be in your awareness, it may not be.

Whether it be phone addiction, app addiction, talking addiction, a person addiction, a drug addiction, an addiction to food or gardening or life itself, it’s all an addiction.

We are all addicts. Don’t worry. You aren’t alone.

Olives

“Olives are small fruits that grow on olive trees (Olea europaea).

They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits, and are related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds, and pistachios.

Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer.

The healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce olive oil, one of the key components of the incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet.

Olives are often enjoyed in salads, sandwiches, and tapenades. The average olive weighs about 3–5 grams (1Trusted Source).

Some immature olives are green and turn black when they ripen. Others remain green even when fully ripe.

In the Mediterranean region, 90% of olives are used to make olive oil (2Trusted Source).” – Healthline.com

The Food You Eat Can Have A Dramatic Effect On Your Nervous System

“Did you know the food you eat can have a dramatic effect on the function and balance of your nervous system?

Diets high in sugar, artificial chemicals, and stimulants—including caffeine, soda, and many chemicals found in processed foods—can activate your sympathetic nervous system and trigger the release of stress hormones.

Conversely, a nutrient-dense diet rich in organic vegetables, ethically sourced protein, and healthy fats can help support the parasympathetic nervous system and calm the sympathetic nervous system.” – Email From Dr. Christine Northrup