Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cuban Special Cocktail

Just what is it that makes the Cuban Special so special? It is hard to put a finger on exactly what it is, but for me at least, the fresh pineapple juice is what I am the most fond of in this recipe. This wonderfully tropical, exotic, and incredibly flavorful cocktail is perfect for one of those hot summer afternoons when the world is still and the heat is at its peak. There is nothing quite like a fruity cocktail to tone down the sweltering sunlight!

The Cuban Special is similar to a Cuban Sidecar, the difference between the two being the pineapple juice and the garnish of a pineapple wedge. The drink combines rum, fresh lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, and triple sec to create a lime-y, pineapple-y, orange-y concoction that is sure to drive drinkers wild with joy! 

These are also fantastic to enjoy at a pool party, particularly when it starts heading into the muggy nighttime hours. It will refresh you and get you geared up to continue the festivities in no time!

CUBAN SPECIAL COCKTAIL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 measures rum
1 measure fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh pineapple juice
1 teaspoon triple sec
Pineapple wedge, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1.  Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice cubes and cold water. Set it aside while you prepare the cocktail.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour in the rum, fresh lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, and triple sec. Shake the mixture vigorously until it is well frosted. 

3. Empty the ice cubes and cold water from the cocktail glass.

4. Strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker into the chilled cocktail glass.

5. Decorate the drink by garnishing it with a wedge of fresh pineapple, then serve and enjoy!

The Reverse Diet

In recent years, Trisha Cunningham authored a book and a diet plan known as the “reverse diet.” She claims that if you have had that “moment” when you realized that you were overweight, that you needed to lose weight, no matter what it may have been, you can use her diet to fulfill the need. She calls her approach a “reverse moment.”

Cunningham originally weighed in at 292 pounds. She had dealt with obesity for her whole life, and it was only in her 20’s that she decided to finally do something about it. She did not try to blame this on genes, but rather on family habits. For years and generations, she came from a family who had participated in unhealthy eating habits generation after generation and passing these habits on through each.

So at her moment, she took everything she knew about eating at that time and turned it around. Essentially speaking, instead of eating a big dinner, she turned that sizable meal into breakfast, and instead of eating a small breakfast, she turned what used to be her dinner into her breakfast portions. As for lunch, she made it a small and sensible meal plan. She only participated in light walking type exercise, and over time with this plan, she claims to have lost a total of 170 pounds.

In this diet plan, you are essentially eating the same amount of calories, unless of course two of your meals were sizable. Then you may be cutting some calories. But the idea behind it is not the calories, but rather the order. When you eat your calories early, you give your body the whole day to burn them off instead of giving your body only a few hours right before bedtime. Also, if you eat more of certain types of calories early in the day, you give yourself another benefit. You start your metabolism off right, filling your body and therefore reducing your appetite later in the day. So in truth, though you are eating more at first, you do stave off your appetite and actually consume fewer calories.

The biggest part of Cunningham’s success is not however the meal size or meal plan, but the fact that she plans ahead. She doesn’t leave it until the last minute only to turn to fast food or otherwise in a panic. Instead, she maps out her meals the day before, planning the exact sizes and plans. She makes sure that she gets a breakfast, and she makes sure that all her meals are sensible. By this, she avoids sabotaging herself.

How Coffee Helps Reduce Stress

Coffee lovers everywhere know how awesome it is, but do they know that there are actual health benefits from drinking it? The jury is still out on exactly how extensive the benefits of drinking coffee are, however new studies are coming up with some positively exciting news. One of these bits of news is coffee’s role in reducing stress. Read on to learn how this may be possible.

Caffeine

In moderation, coffee acts as a stimulant, which can help calm a person’s nerves. It is important to note here that people who drink coffee regularly, high blood pressure caused by stress, is actually lowered slightly. In people who do not drink coffee regularly, the caffeine can actually make stress seem worse because they are not used to the caffeine content in their system. What this seems to mean is that if you are not a coffee drinker, sitting down and having a cup will not magically reduce your stress. In people who regularly drink up to six cups of coffee a day, stress has been shown to be lower.

Aromatherapy

For some people, just the smell of freshly brewed coffee can bring about feelings of peace and this can help lower stress levels. Whether it is scientifically proven or not, the aroma of coffee is very calming for a lot of coffee drinkers. There is just something about sitting with your favorite mug filled with a freshly brewed coffee that is calming. Some can sit and inhale that rich aroma and start feeling the stress melt away.

Comforting

For some people, sitting with a cup of coffee reminds them of happier times such as childhood memories. These fond associations can be instrumental in reducing stress levels. While brewing the coffee, they can start thinking about the pleasant memories and by the time they finish that first cup, they are already feeling better. 

It is important to note that the studies being performed are on black coffee, with no additives. The other thing to remember is that while coffee is a wonderful beverage and deserves as much respect as possible, it is not a miracle cure. You cannot expect to drink a cup of coffee and have make your stress completely disappear. What you can expect, however is that sitting and relaxing with a cup can help you calm yourself and think a little more clearly. To sum it all up, coffee drinkers everywhere already know what they are doing, so enjoy that cup of coffee with your head held high!