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What Women Want

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

‘What Women Want’ has been an intriguing subject for movies, books and even discussion in conversations? Women are complex creatures but not as mysterious as men think them to be. They are just different.

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Food that Make You Less Anxious before Dating

Friday, February 1st, 2013

No matter how often you go on a date, one just gets anxious every time like it is the first time. That is the beauty of dating and the mind cannot comprehend nor contain the excitement of spending time with a companion.

It is always more convenient to pop a cookie or a chocolate when one is anxious. One tends to eat more when stressed or anxious. To make dating more enjoyable, it is better to unwind and de-stress with foods that help one to relax and not pile on unnecessary calories either.

Food that Make You Less Anxious before Dating

Food that Make You Less Anxious before Dating

The best drink to relax the mind is a glass of milk. Milk is known to contain Tryptophan. Ice cream is also known to have the same effect but it must be low in sugar content so as not to consume unnecessary calories.

Eggs are a great source of amino acids and tryptophan. Remember to eat it hours before you go else you will be relaxed but your date will get turned-off with the pungent odor.

Cheese is loaded with proteins and has a calming effect on the brain. Cottage cheese, cheddar, Gruyere, Swiss and Ricotta are known to contain tryptophan.

Honey in its natural form relaxes the mind and body as well. The potassium in the honey has a soothing effect on the brain and nerves which relaxes you.

Nuts and seeds are a good option to munch on before going on a date. The Vitamin B keeps you relaxed and keeps the stomach full too so it does not grumble.

Last but not the least is dark chocolate which must contain at least 70% cocoa. All these foods contain Tryptophan which induces production of serotonin (the feel good hormone) and help you relax almost instantly. The relaxing effect on the brain ultimately makes dating more exciting and fulfilling.

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Like indian food? The perfect recipe for a dinner date

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Dinner dates can be romantic when you both go to one of your favorite restaurants and taste those dishes that you both love. However, the restaurant does not always provide the sensual and warm environment of the home where you can both enjoy more of each others company.

If you are into Indian food, instead of ordering a takeout from your nearest Indian restaurant, why not prepare this simple dish that takes no more than 30 minutes to prepare. You will not only impress your date but it will save you plenty of money too. *Prices vary from location to location.

Like indian food? The perfect recipe for a dinner date

Like indian food? The perfect recipe for a dinner date

*Cost of dinner for two approx. $10
Same dish in fancy Indian Restaurant approx. $25

Shrimp Spinach Curry

Here are the key ingredients you need:

Two packs of frozen chopped spinach (Green Giant or other) $2.50
Half pound peeled and tail-off shrimp (cooked or uncooked) $4.50
Two cups rice (preferably basmati but any will do) $1.00

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Onion (1)
Vegetable Oil (3 tbsp)
Garlic (4 cloves)
Ginger (1 tsp ground)
Chilli Powder (half tsp)
Turmeric (qtr tsp)
Salt (1 half tsp)
Cilantro (optional - 5 stems with leaves off)
Thai Chillies (optional - add according to heat) $1-2

Total: <$10

Fry the chopped onion along with the vegetable oil into a medium frying pan, stir until golden brown. Add the frozen spinach to the pan, lower the heat and cover for about 10 mins. Take a separate pan and add your basmati rice, rinse a couple of times and then add 1 cup water and bring to boil and cover. Rice cooker is the best way to prepare steamed rice, pls follow instructions of your rice cooker.

Once spinach has been reconstituted and become piping hot, add the remaining ingredients, garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli and salt and Thai chillis (optional).

Cover and cook until the spinach is done (abt 5 mins)

Add shrimp and then cover (you may use frozen shrimp too, make sure to defrost first under flowing water and then pat dry) Cook further until shrimp is fully cooked (you can tell by watching the shrimp becoming opaque in color - white pinkish). Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with hot steamed rice.

There it is, a simple and easy to prepare dish that any couple can enjoy!

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Are designer labels really necessary to boost your self-image - part 4

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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The world is very materialistic and one can get pulled into spending beyond their means and bring unnecessary stress into their lives. In the area of dating, it is vital that you present a clear self-image of yourself and not of someone who is in conflict with yourself. It is very easy to woo and impress by buying your fiance or a date an expensive gift that you cannot afford. However, the truth is that you need to remain in check with your current standing in financial matters. If you do desire the luxurious brands but don’t have the means, then why not look for ways of improving your income so that you will be able to afford these items. If you are finding that you are very controlling of your finances, it is possible that you will end up with a few friends. You may also find yourself trying to scrounge money from others rather than sharing and spending it fairly. People like these are digging a hole for themselves.

Whatever categories you belong to, the idea of self-image can determine one’s personality. It would be incorrect to determine exclusively someone’s self-image based on the clothes or their material possessions. What is more important is how they view money and the balances and checks they have with respect to the money and the people they care.

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Are designer labels really necessary to boost your self-image - part 3

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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(2) You have the financial means to spend on those items, and you do so without reservation

In this category, you could end up being a playboy if you are a male. If you are a female, you may be labeled as a spoilt brat with too much money than sense. Again, both males and females can abuse their position and become too attached to the materialistic aspects of the world. To attract the right kind of partners, one has to be balanced with their spending habits just like in category (1) above. If you are sensible with your money and your desire is for the finer aesthetics in life, then you need not worry about giving off the correct self-image. If your desire is to please others then you may need to look into your yourself and analyze and question where you stand. It is often the qualities that you possess as an individual which have no bearing on what you wear or buy that determines the longevity of a good and healthy relationship.

(3) You have ample money but you don’t show it
You probably know of the story by Charles Dickens called ‘‘Scrooge’ where a rich accountant counts every penny and lives a sorry life until he finally wakes up to his mistakes. Please make sure you don’t fall into this category, since this could be one of the most disliked self-images that anyone can possess. There are so many people who are struggling to make ends meet but here is an individual who has large amounts of money but spends very little on himself or on others. The quality of relationships are based on empathy and one who is balanced with their way of spending is more likely to succeed.

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