Gary Chapman, PhD theorizes that there are five ways most people “speak” love. They are:
1. Words of Affirmation
To be verbally acknowledged
2. Quality Time
To enjoy companionship
3. Receiving Gifts
To be given tokens of love
4. Acts of Service
To have their partners do tasks for them
5. Physical Touch
To be in contact via the body
Explore more about the “5 Love Languages.”
Grilled Sweet-Potato Rounds with Chorizo.
Substitute tempeh for the chorizo to make the perfect vegetarian bite.
Makes 12 rounds
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, sliced crosswise into ½-inch-thick rounds
- 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ can refried black beans
- ¼ cup minced roasted red bell peppers
- ¼ cup minced cured Spanish chorizo
- Zest and juice of one lime
- ½ cup grated queso fresco
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and heat a cast-iron grill pan. Brush the sliced sweet potatoes with olive oil and grill about one to two minutes on each side. Heat the refried beans with the bell peppers, chorizo, and lime zest and juice until warm. Top each grilled sweet-potato slice with about 1 tablespoon of the chorizo mixture and some of the grated cheese. Arrange on a baking sheet and heat in the oven until cheese is softened.
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t’s no secret that allergies and environment go hand in hand. Dust in the air may make you sneeze. Peanuts in your trail mix could send you into anaphylactic shock. Everything we come in contact with is a possible threat — a chance for our bodies to rebel.
But increasingly, evidence shows that environmental exposure is more than just an allergy trigger: It can also help the body develop its own protective barrier.
“[Studies] highlight the importance of environment, beginning, it seems, in the womb,” writes Moises Velasquez-Manoff, a science writer and the author of “An Epidemic of Absence” in the New York Times. “Microbes are one intriguing protective factor. Certain ones seem to stimulate a mother’s immune system during pregnancy, preventing allergic disease in children.”
Other interesting tidbits from the essay:
- “Farms with the greatest array of microbes, including fungi, appear to be the most protective against asthma.”
- “In one study, they showed that an infant’s risk of eczema was inverse to the microbial load in her mother’s mattress.”
- “Children born to mothers who work with livestock while pregnant, and who lug their newborns along during chores, seem the most invulnerable to allergic disease later.”
- “[Research] suggests that farming mothers might benefit from a naturally occurring immunotherapy, one that preprograms the developing fetus against allergic disease.”
- “Some studies indicate that if you grow up in an urban environment, occasional visits to the farm may exacerbate allergic propensities.”
- “Young adults who began farming (with livestock) were less likely to develop new allergic sensitivities than rural peers who chose other professions. Existing allergies didn’t disappear. Rather, the farming environment seemed to prevent new sensitizations.”
- “In Europe, the consumption of unpasteurized milk has repeatedly correlated with protection against allergic disease.”
The average American spends 33 minutes per day on food preparation and 5 hours and 11 minutes watching television.
(Sources: USDA Economic Research Service; Nielsen Ratings)
- The martyr.
- The savior.
- The adviser.
- The people pleaser.
- The yes-person.
Do you recognize yourself in any of these common co-dependence types?
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