Adulting

When Do You Know it’s Time to Get Help?


Everyone does it, right? Everyone gets so drunk sometimes that they can’t remember where they put their keys the next day. Or their car, for that matter… Maybe. But how do you know when it’s gone too far? How do you know when it’s gone from Friday night fun to something more serious, like alcohol abuse or addiction? How do you know when it’s time to get help? Read below to begin understanding alcohol treatment with Amethyst

Let’s Get Serious

Before going to far, you should understand that at times, alcohol consumption can become a life threatening situation. If you begin noticing these symptoms in someone, you should immediately call 911:

vomiting
seizures
slow breathing
irregular breathing
blue tinged or pale skin
low body temperature
unconsciousness

You can find more information for alcohol poisoning at this link

Do I have a “problem?”

No one wants to ask that question. But it’s an important question to ask. And honestly, you’re pretty awesome if your putting in the will power and courage to ask that question of yourself. Seriously. This is important stuff we’re talking about here. As seen above, alcohol consumption can become a life threatening situation. Alcohol poisoning can seem extreme. But there are long term health risks too:

high blood pressure
stroke
cancer
mental health problems

Just to name a few. Check out a more complete list here

Signs and Symptoms

There are some tell tale signs that fun Friday night drinking has morphed into alcohol abuse. Such as when the following occurs:

Consumption interferes with work/school
memory loss
accidents

While the above are symptoms of alcohol abuse, symptoms for alcohol addiction include:

person can no longer control how much or when he/her drinks
the need to take in more alcohol to get the same buzz
withdrawal symptoms occur when drinking stops
drinking becomes the main focus of life

You can check out a more complete list for both alcohol abuse and addiction by following this link

It’s Time

If you notice the symptoms for alcohol abuse or addiction in yourself or another person, it’s time to seek out help. It’s a difficult process. Where do you star? An article from the South Florida Reporter offers the following suggestions:

Ask more to know more
Have an open mind
Connect with others
Accept and Commit

Follow this link in order to read the article for yourself.

Strong You

Kicking addiction is hard. But you’re stronger than the addiction. It takes great strength to take the steps that you have already taken in order to seek out information about alcohol abuse and addiction. You CAN do this.

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Environment

Easy Ways to be More Environmentally Friendly in 2019

Many more of us are now looking to lead a much more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whether this be going green altogether, or to simply save some money. Here we cover some of the easiest ways to live more eco-friendly this year.

Saving energy

One of the most simple ways to living more environmentally friendly, but also the most effective. This being energy conservation, so turning your electricals off once you have used them is the key factor. This will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also could save you a lot of money over a long period. This could include turning your refrigerator down, using energy efficient light bulbs and only using your dishwasher or washing machine when these are full.

Reusable packaging

For businesses this is a growing factor, but should also be taken into account for individuals when packaging their everyday items. You should look at using reusable packaging such as at PPS, for when moving house, which is something many of us will have to do on multiple occasions throughout our lives. This means that far less waste is being produced.

Go paperless

Another very effective way that both individuals and businesses can move to. This is going paperless. Letter boxes are continually full with flyers and bills, so simply changing to paperless can make a big impact to reducing the amount of paper that is used. This means contacting banks to request to only be contacted via email and opting for only paperless billing. The same for other bills such as phone, gas and electric. You should also look at unsubscribing from the different unnecessary catalogues that you may be part of.

Food shopping online

Yes food shopping online has many benefits to the environment. This is something many people are moving to due to living such busy lives. You may feel lazy in doing so or want to select things yourself, but this can do wonders for the environment. This is eliminating car trips, which is of course associated with carbon emissions. You can also request no bagging to even further the eco-friendly experience.

Adulting

A Country Girl’s Guide To The London Underground

You don’t need us to tell you that our capital city is about the best place for staycations. It has enough to keep anyone occupied. If you can’t afford to go overseas, then, a trip here may well be the ideal compromise. The trouble being, of course, that any trip to London involves the underground. While London locals are like ducks to water when it comes to getting around, outsiders often end up more like drowned fish. Though the systems are easy enough once you know how, a country girl in a big city can soon feel overwhelmed about which train to get.

Whether you’re hitting London solo or travelling with friends, the tube itself has the ability to ruin your trip. At least, it does if you don’t have a few navigation tricks up your sleeve. Lucky for you, we have some pointers which could see you gliding smoothly through the underground sea.

Get your bearings before you go

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No matter the reason for your London visit, the chances are that you know roughly where you need to go. It may be that you’re planning excursions to specific landmarks. You may even have bought London theatre tickets in advance which mean you need to be in a set place by a certain time. Either way, these are the clues which can help you solve the underground maze. All you need to do is get your bearings before you go. When you know where you need to be, then, you should head online to look at the many underground maps available. While this is no replica for the real thing, it ensures you at least get a feel for which line you need. All without the pressure you’d feel if you were working it out in the moment. That alone could save you.

Buy a day ticket

One of the best things you can do is buy an all-day ticket. If you plan to hit different destinations, this could save you a fortune anyway at just over £12. It can also ease a great deal of pressure. With a day ticket to hand, you can rest easy that hopping on the wrong underground isn’t the end of the world. No guard can fine you for your mistakes if you’ve paid for the privilege of riding any underground train that day. As such, you’ll be able to stay calm, get off at the next stop, and try again.

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Give yourself plenty of time

If you need to be somewhere fast, you’re more liable to hop on the first train which comes along. And, most often, that’ll get you lost. Even your day ticket won’t be able to save you from missing your prior engagement if this happens. Don’t let it. Instead, buy yourself plenty of time. Get the tube at least an hour before you think you need to. That way, you won’t rush onto the wrong train and end up getting totally off track for the duration of your trip.

Cooking and Recipes · Keto

3 Keto Baking Recipes the Family Will Love

Keto Chocolate Cookies
Keto Chocolate Cookies

The key to the keto diet is to get as close to eliminating all carbs as possible. As such, traditional pastas, breads, and baked goods are a no-no. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a sandwich or even indulge in some cookies, but you will need a modified version of these staples. Try out a few new recipes and you will learn which ingredients need to be swapped. No matter what recipes you use, baking will remain enjoyable for you and your loved ones. Check out these three keto baking recipes that will teach you that eating a keto friendly diet doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to delicious baked goods.

Keto Chocolate Chip Lover’s Moist Cookies

The key to a good chocolate chip cookie is combining the perfect amount of chocolate chips with a rich and decadent dough. In order to make this cookie keto diet approved, you have to substitute regular flour for something else. You can use ground flaxseeds, coconut or almond flour, or even psyllium husk. You can’t use regular sugar either so you will have to get a sugar substitute like stevia, monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. Some of these items can be picked up at the grocery store but other items may need to be purchased at a health food store or ordered off the web. The good news is that the baking process is fast and simple, so you will be able to enjoy your Keto Chocolate Chip Lover’s Moist Cookies in just minutes.

To make these cookies you will need the following; 1 cup of standard flour substitute, 1/3 cup butter, ½ cup of sugar substitute, ½ cup sugar free chocolate chips, 1 egg, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, and a sprinkle of salt. First, mix up all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. The butter should then be heated on the stove or in a microwave until it is melted. Next, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

After the butter has melted, you want to add in the egg and vanilla extract to it. After it is well blended, pour it over the dry ingredients and mix gently. Use a tablespoon to make evenly sized dough balls, then flatten them as you place each one on a cookie sheet. Your cookies will need to bake for 10 to 12 minutes before they are golden brown and moist.

Low Carb Sandwich Bread

Bread can be a major point of contention for those trying to eat a low carb diet of any kind. There are plenty of pre-packaged varieties, but there is nothing like making something delicious from scratch. You might want to make a keto friendly specialty bread like challah that contains cheese and tomatoes so you can make it a meal. Make modifications to existing recipes so that you can enjoy biscuits, flatbreads, and even dinner rolls while on the keto diet plan.

Try KetoLogic’s recipe for keto bread and you will have a recipe that can be used to make bread at any time. This recipe is great for beginners as there aren’t many steps, but the end result is still a flavorful delight. Whip up a batch, slice up the entire loaf, and you will be able to reach for a piece of bread whenever you want – without feeling guilty.

Creamy Keto Sugar Free Cheesecake

If you ever get in the mood for a really decadent dessert while on the keto diet, then you have to try out this next recipe. The really great thing about cheesecake is that it is easy to make because there are not many ingredients in it. You will need to make the crust first, then the filling, but each step is super-fast to execute. Next up, a sugar free keto friendly cheesecake to die for.

Measure approximately 2 cups of flour substitute, ½ cup of melted butter, 4 teaspoons of sugar substitute, and a teaspoon of almond extract, then blend well to make your cheesecake crust. Roll out the dough and then carefully place it on the inside of a pie shell. Press down firmly so that the crust falls into the corners.

To make the filling for your keto-friendly cheesecake you will need; 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (softened), 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. All you have to do is blend all of these ingredients well and then spoon the mixture into the pie shell. Smooth the top of the cheesecake, then bake for approximately 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

It can take effort to find the right ingredients needed to make these delicious keto-friendly recipes, but once you taste them you will be more than happy to put in the work. Enjoy keto bread so that you can make scrumptious sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies, and even a slice of cheesecake while still eating smart. These recipes can be addicting so try to enjoy them in moderation.

Television

3 TV shows that will keep you hooked

As a TV show enthusiast, I have all sorts of favourites. I am not picky on what era a show is from and if it is really good, I have found myself watching, and then re-watching TV shows later on while diving further into the story and character development. I will be patient and give a show a couple of episodes to pick up, but there have certainly been a number of shows that have had me hooked by episode 1.

Here are 3 of those TV shows that will catch your interest quickly and keep you hooked. Plus, an added bonus, all 3 are available on a new platform called Chili and are ready to be binge-watched.

The Night Of

“The Night Of” is a 2016 American crime drama miniseries with 8 episodes. It is based on the first season of BBC’s “Criminal Justice”, following the story of a New York City murder case. Riz Ahmed plays Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan, Bill Camp as Dennis Box, Payman Maadi as Salim Khan to name a couple of the main characters. After Naz, a Pakistani-American student, meets a woman and spends a night of partying with her, he wakes up to find her stabbed to death beside him. He is charged with her murder. The miniseries takes you on a psychological tour of the characters, portrays different cultures in distinct presentation and tells a story that goes beyond standard storytelling.

Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” has a strong following, and for good reason. It debuted on HBO in February 2017. “Big Little Lies” is set in Monterey, California and follows narration from the viewpoints of three women, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, portrayed by stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley respectively. Each of them are mothers of first graders, and each have their own demons they are battling in their home life while trying to keep up the face that they show the rest of the world. It being downright relatable and powerful has undoubtedly drawn an audience. “Big Little Lies” shows real problems that real people face. The plot includes heavy topics, such as domestic violence, abuse, murder and infidelity. The show demonstrates the strength gathered from these women supporting themselves and one another, something that will have you rooting for the characters along their drama-filled journey.

Sharp Objects

The TV show “Sharp Objects” is based on the novel Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, the author of the ever popular book Gone Girl. “Sharp Objects” follows Camille Preaker, a reporter in St. Louis portrayed by Amy Adams, who returns to her hometown to investigate the kidnapping and murder of two local girls. The show carries you between Camille’s internal thoughts and drifting mind to how she carries the investigation externally. Camille’s character might be monotone, but between Amy Adams’ performance and the beautiful editing of the show, you feel like you really feel what she does.

Do you have any TV show recommendations? What are some of your favourites?