Bald, Bearded, and Brave: Using the Remington Shortcut Pro for a Zero Guard Buzz Cut from a Full Head of Hair

I have this ritual: Every year and a half, I shave my head with the Remington Shortcut Pro. I keep it that way for a couple of months, then I grow my hair back out. I have been routinely doing this since I was 21 years old.

Typically the response I get from people who have never seen me without hair is this: “Whoa! What did you do to your hair?… Actually, though… You can pull it off. It looks good on you.”

However, I know the secret:

The moment you shave off all your hair is the moment you have what it takes; that’s the moment you can pull it off.

It’s less how about a man looks with his hair shaved off and more about the idea it conveys:

“I am a man who is brave enough to base my identity completely apart from my hair.”

In other words, it’s announcing to the world that my hair is not part of my confidence. I say it’s silly and juvenile for a man to base any of his confidence in his hair, knowing that most men experience male pattern baldness at some point in their life.

And then once you had a beard to the equation, it sends that much more of a subliminal message of confidence out to the masses.

A man who rocks the bald head and the full beard is the man who broadcasts his masculinity.

As Mario Joyner pointed out in a recent episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the beard is the one last thing that men still exclusively have.

There has never been a better time for men to shave off all their hair and grow their beards.

It takes a confident man, even a brave man, to shave off his hair.

So if you’re considering making that leap of masculinity, I highly recommend the Remington Shortcut Pro, as demonstrating in the video at the top of this article.

You can also check out the product on Amazon with this link: Remington Shortcut Pro

Lastly, I invite you to check out my YouTube channel, which is ultimately a celebration of the masculine identity and mindset.

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3 Versions of Reality: How We Perceive Ourselves, How We Think Others Perceive Us, and How Others Actually Perceive Us

After a year of careful consideration and research, I finally purchased a Funko Pop vinyl figure for my cubicle in the office.

But before I made my official decision, I sought my 3 year-old daughter’s confirmation. I presented her with the character figure of J.J. Abrams; the producer of Lost and the new Star Wars movies.

I asked her, “Holly, who is this?”

She immediately smiled and responded: “It’s Daddy!”

In that moment, I received confirmation that my own perception of myself truly matched not only how I perceived how others perceive me, but also, how others actually perceive me.  And sure enough, once I debuted my avatar at work this week, all of my co-workers agreed that the Funko Pop vinyl figure of J.J. Abrams does indeed look like me.

A few of my co-workers actually assumed had the figure custom-made!

However, this is somewhat of a rare occurrence:

That my perception of myself matched how I perceive how others perceive me, as well as how others actually perceive me.

One of my life’s revelations this year, after turning 38, is this:

By default, we spend a lot of our time hoping to change things about ourselves that wouldn’t actually make others like us or respect us anymore than they already do. Instead, we remain unaware of the things we could change about ourselves that would actually make us more likable.

We tend to incorrectly assume that others give as high of a value (if any!) to the same traits we place in the category of “If I Only I Was More…”

The irony is that perhaps if we actually obtained the self-assigned “improvements” we wished upon ourselves, others may not even notice at all!

Therefore, we spend much of our time hoping, wishing, and trying to make changes about ourselves that wouldn’t actually improve other people’s perceptions of ourselves; most ideally, improving our relationships with those people.

I’ll be a bit vulnerable here and give you a personal example.

All summer, I have been receiving “What You Were Doing 5 Years Ago” notifications and photos through Facebook.

That was the summer I had recently become a vegan. I was never in my life more perfectly thin and fit. I had finally reached my ideal body weight and clothing size.

I enjoyed that for about a year, before my body found a way to overwrite the shock of no longer consuming cholesterol through my diet. Within a couple of years, I was back to my original weight; despite still being vegan.

I have consistently ran, worked out, and altered my diet to include some animal protein again, but I’m still nowhere near that initial weight from 5 years ago.

But now, I have come to the realization that even if I was able to get back down to my perceived ideal weight of less than 160 pounds, it wouldn’t make anything better in my life… beyond the thoughts in my head.

And actually, back when I was my perceived ideal level of physical fitness 5 years ago, I believe I was less likable of a person back then anyway!

Before the age of 35, I was still giving power over my emotions to other people; still giving the free world free reign regarding the ability to offend me, hurt my feelings, and disrespect me.

I also was still to some degree attempting to prove my views and opinions were superior. I made a fool of myself on Facebook, mocking the concept of human beings consuming eggs and dairy from other species.

Because at that point, I had not reached the level of emotional intelligence I now live in.

It took that experience to help get me where I am today.

The closer I get to age 40 (I’m now just a year and a half way), the clearer my perspective becomes about how the world actually works… especially when it comes to human interaction.

The reality is that most of the time, the things we think will make us be better perceived by others actually have zero value to others.

Instead, most people notice and appreciate a person who is confident yet humble, who knows how to make others feel better about themselves, and invests their time, energy, skills, talents, and/or to help others.

That is what actually makes us liked and respected by people.

So yes, there are 3 different version of reality:

How we perceive ourselves, how we think others perceive us, and how others actually perceive us.

We get to decide for ourselves which version to accept.

7 Astonishing Benefits Of Aromatherapy 

1. Relaxation And Sleep

Essential oils have different applications, which includes help people to relax and unwind after a tough day. While the most common option in the use of these soothing oils is a direct application to the body for them to work their magic and help the body to relax, they can also be used in another way. You can use a diffuser to ensure that you take full advantage of the oils even when you are in the office. With a portable diffuser, you will be set to enjoy your essential oils of choice a the press of a button. You can partake in the same thing when at home in the evening. Place the diffuser on the bedside table and take in the scent of the essential oils as you drift into slumberland.

2. Mood Elevating

Aside from helping you to destress, a diffuser can also be an excellent answer when you want to energize your moods, especially when you are in low spirits or depressed. The diffuser can uplift your feelings by creating a positive atmosphere. As such, you can have these gadgets running in your home. It can also prove useful in social gatherings or business meetings. You also can use the diffuser to create the perfect romantic moods for the special date night with that special someone. Visit this website to find out more on the mood elevating benefits of essential oils.

3. Ward Off Illness

Are you tired of have the flu, cold or other nasty illnesses and are trying the best you can to keep them at bay in your home or office? You can use aromatherapy to achieve your goal. You will need a diffuser and an array of recommended essential oils made for such a purpose. They have powerful anti-microbial elements that are released into the air that will combat the airborne pathogens that you inhale and invade your body triggering such illnesses. The oils can also be used to enhance your immunity. Moreover, the diffuser can also be used as a humidifier.

4. Helps You Breathe Easier

The use of essential oils in aromatherapy can be useful in reducing congestion and inflammation of airways so that you can breathe with ease. Diffusing the oils when in your bedroom ready to sleep is recommendable if you are prone to airborne allergens that trigger breathing disorders. Take note that your sinuses will open and this may necessitate having a box of tissue or a few clean handkerchiefs at hand to clear your running nose.

5. Pain Relief

In as much as some people will suggest the direct application of the essential oils on the aching part of the body, you can bolster the effects of doing this by using a diffuser to extend the gains of using the essential oil. As such, the aromatherapy can be useful in combating persistent pain such as sore joints, aching muscles, back pain, and headaches.

6. Improve Cognitive Function

Research shows that the quality of the air we breath can impact the health and functions of your brain. You can super-charge your brain cells by inhaling fumes of essential oils. The effects of this work on multiple levels. Most of the essential oils are adaptogenic, that means they can have a soothing effect and able to boost your moods when you are feeling down or stressed. You will get the diffuser running with your preferred oils, and the fumes released into the air will help uplift your moods and enhance your focus. Some of these oils can also be used to balance hormones in the body. Furthermore, researchers have also discovered that the use of some essential oils can help deal with various things that hamper cognitive function.

7. Safer Alternative To Candles And Incense

If you have small kids and pets, then burning incense and candles in your home poses significant risk. But you can avoid such hazardous practices by switching to the use of essential oil diffusers. You will manage to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy but without the risk of wax spills, fires, burns, or other incidents and accidents.

When Can Kids Start Drinking Coffee?

Whenever you need a quick energy boost, a hot cup of coffee will do the trick. While most adults enjoy drinking a cup or two of coffee every day, it also prompts a question — when can kids, aged 12 and below, start drinking coffee?

Drinking coffee can give you health benefits, such as lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and protection against liver cirrhosis. If you’re amazed by the benefits of coffee to your health, try visiting Home Grounds for more coffee-related information.

However, the question still remains, is it safe for your young ones?

Why Do Kids Suddenly Want Coffee?

Sometimes, it makes sense that teenagers consume coffee to get up early or stay up late to study for exams. But, nowadays, why do young kids suddenly want to drink coffee?

If your kid had been rushing you with the question of whether he or she is old enough to drink coffee, it might be because of the booming trend of coffee. This trend includes:

  • Coffee being added in sweet drinks, such as caramel macchiato floats, cotton candy coffee, and pumpkin spice frappuccino.
  • The prominence of coffee shops and cafes.
  • The abundance of social media influence.

Does It Stunt Your Child’s Growth?

There’s a common claim that allowing your children to drink coffee can stunt their growth, as it’s claimed that the beverage affects the children’s calcium absorption. However, the truth is, coffee does not have that effect on kids.

For example, In Scandinavian countries, children start to drink coffee at a rather young age compared to the United States. However, when you compare the average heights in both countries, the growth stunt claim may seem not to correlate at all.

In Sweden, the average height of adult males is 5’10,” and adult females average at 5’6”. While in the United States where it’s commonly claimed, the average height of males is 5’9” and adult females average at 5’3”.

What Are Its Effects?

Although coffee doesn’t really affect a child’s growth, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s without effects. Most people drink coffee because of its caffeine content — a natural stimulant that blocks adenosine receptors in your brain.

Adenosine is a chemical created in the brain that binds to the adenosine receptors. This binding slows down the body’s nerve cell activity and causes drowsiness. However, when you drink coffee, caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors instead of adenosine. As a result, your nerve cell no longer identifies adenosine, as caffeine already took up all the receptors.

However, for a child that’s already awake and active, this can lead to caffeine-induced hyperactivity or insomnia. Children that drink too much coffee can also develop irritability, anxiety, nausea, muscle tremors, irregular heartbeat, and increased nervousness. In general, excessive caffeine intake can make a child jumpier or prone to tantrums.

Thus, it’s essential to know how much caffeine is enough for your child. However, there are no studies that talk about caffeine intake in children. Instead, most of these studies focus on adult caffeine consumption.

he recommended caffeine consumption for adults is about 200 to 300 mg (milligrams) per day. For example, the average-sized coffee cup can hold about 8 ounces of fluid and can contain around 95mg of caffeine. It’s also essential to know that espresso will have more caffeine content at 64mg of caffeine per ounce than a regular cup of coffee.

When Should They Start?

Now that you know a thing or two about coffee and caffeine’s effect on children, you might be wondering when should you allow your kids to start drinking coffee. However, there really is no perfect time to allow your children.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to wait until your kid is about 12 years old. The only important thing to do is to watch your child’s coffee consumption. Remember, there’s a significant difference between allowing sweet treats and a daily cup of coffee.

Additionally, you should also be aware that caffeine is an addictive substance. If your child becomes caffeine dependent, you should notice withdrawal symptoms within 24 hours, such as headaches or sluggishness. However, it’s essential to note that the addiction is caused by caffeine, which is a substance not only found in coffee but also sodas and energy drinks.

Closing Thoughts

When it comes to coffee consumption, moderation is the key. Keep in mind that coffee isn’t the only source of caffeine in your child’s diet. Also, always make sure that he or she is not having too much of any.

In addition, you should also avoid giving your child any beverage with too much sugar and caffeine less than 5 hours before bedtime. Keep your kids happy and healthy by teaching them how to be responsible coffee drinkers.

Benefits of Juicing Fresh Fruit For Your Family

It’s a good idea to try a new smoothie and juice recipes involving your whole family while enjoying tons of health benefits. While there are commercially available fresh juices, you can save more by making homemade juices, plus having the assurance of a freshly prepared and chemically-free fruit juices for you and your family.

Check out the benefits of juicing fresh fruits by reading below:

Save Money While Drinking Healthy

You can make 1.5 liters of healthy orange-carrot-apple juice for less than $10, which is good for the whole family. The average price of a single juice bottle available for sale by local vendors is around $7.99, so making your healthy juice will considerably save you much money and still have something left for the next serving.

Here’s how to make a healthy orange-carrot-apple juice:

  • Prepare the following ingredients: 5 pounds bag of apples, 3 pounds bag of oranges, and 10 pounds bag or carrots.
  • Use a high-quality juicer, like one from https://www.goodnature.com/, to help you make a fresh orange-carrot-apple juice.
  • You can add about a cup of water to the orange-carrot-apple juice to make the consistency a little bit thinner.
  • Serve the healthy orange-carrot-apple juice chilled or by adding ice. 

Easy Way to Let Your Child Consume Fruits and Veggies

Are your children selective when eating fruits and vegetables? Well, with juicing and a little creativity in preparation, you’ll be surprised how kids love drinking juice made from fresh fruits, vegetables, and even spices, including tomatoes, beets, ginger, celery, cucumber, kale, and spinach. Indeed, fresh juices are perfect, most especially during summer.

Because it’s a difficult task for parents to feed children with cuts of fruits and veggies, nutritionists advise parents to be creative. One way is to introduce juicing, which is an excellent alternative to serving whole fruits and vegetables.

Here are some tips when preparing fresh juices to kids:

  • Give toddlers apple or orange juice and meet their daily requirements of vitamin C. Children who drink healthy fresh juice can get more potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 than those who don’t.
  • Serve juices with their favorite snacks, like baked potatoes or sandwiches.
  • Always follow up with water after drinking juices to clear the throat from fruit fibers and satisfy thirst and satiety.

Easy Way to Prepare Nutritious Drink for the Family

You’ll be happy to see your little ones guzzle apple, blackberry, beet, and carrot juice. Just make sure that you choose the right juice extractor.

Here are the following best features and benefits of a juice extractor or juicer:

  • Enough power to easily juice carrots, cucumbers, beets, and bulky vegetables by choosing a juicer with a powerful motor.
  • Simple to use and clean up juicer with a cleaning tool, sweeping the strainer in a single easy motion.
  • Eliminate pre-cutting by buying one with a large chute.
  • Create foam-free juice by shopping a juice extractor with a froth separator.
  • One great feature is a speed toggle switch for maximum juice yield.
  • It’s a good idea to choose one with a large pulp bin, which is perfect for continuous juicing.
  • A good juicer produces a large number of fresh juices in a short time, with a chute and motor that could manage loads of fruits and veggies. 

Provide and Meet Your Daily Nutrient Needs

Parents should take the utmost care when feeding children, providing all the necessary nutrients for a healthy body and mind. However, kids are fussy eaters and don’t like to eat fruits and vegetables, which are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

Here are the health benefits of juicing to the family:

  • Juices are an excellent source of energy required for the proper development of the body.
  • Carrot juice provides vitamin A, orange juice contains vitamin c, and the juice of leafy vegetables provides B-vitamins and roughage, making a perfect drink for growing children.
  • Juicing helps hydrate the body while providing essential nutrients.
  • Help your family develop healthy eating habits with juicing instead of consuming soda or soft drinks, which are very high in sugar and may lead to diabetes.
  • Provide expecting mothers or pregnant women the needed amount of folate, iron, and vitamins obtained from fruits and vegetables for a healthy pregnancy. 

Conclusion

Juicing is delicious, healthy, and fun. Also, it’s a cost-effective way to let your children consume fresh fruits and veggies without forcing them to do so. You can experiment with different fruits and vegetables or check online tutorials from the best chefs or seasoned juicers out there.

More Than 1 in 4 Americans Don’t Know How to Cook: Americans Spend More on Eating Out Than Buying Groceries

The art of cooking has fallen by the wayside in the age of convenience. As parents, we’re supposed to be teaching our kids how to take care of themselves once they fly the nest. Unfortunately many of us have lifestyles that are too busy for cooking on a daily basis; so we hit the drive thru on the way home or we order takeout or we go sit in a restaurant- because who wants to do all those dishes anyway?

On the surface this isn’t a completely terrible thing – our kids still have food to eat, and it is totally possible to make healthy choices at a restaurant. It’s a budget-buster – go ahead and tally up how much money you spend on restaurants each month. You’ll be shocked.

The biggest problem here is that we aren’t always taking the time to teach our kids how to cook, and as a result, more than a quarter of American adults don’t know how to cook at all. Everyone needs to know the basics of cooking, even if you aren’t planning to become a television chef – it’s a matter of survival.

Learn more about the apps and tech out there to help you learn to cook – and cook safely – from the infographic below.

This infographic brought to you by KitchenByte

What is the Secret to Living to 100+? The Blue Zone

What if you could live to 100 and beyond? It’s not as far-fetched as it may seem. The number of supercentenarians is growing worldwide — in 2015 there were 451,000 worldwide, and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more than 3.7 million. Healthcare is getting better worldwide as is access to clean water and food. We also know more about how to treat our bodies well, with ample rest and exercise. But clearly this isn’t enough. How can we live to 100 and beyond?

Genetics plays an important role in how long you live, but it’s not the deciding factor. Some scientists estimate your genetics only accounts for about 15% of your chances of living to 100 and beyond. Other factors include things like your diet, getting regular exercise, and cultivating a sense of purpose and community.

There are some places around the world known as ‘Blue Zones’ where people routinely live longer and healthier lives. In places like Loma Linda, California, where the average inhabitant lives 10 years longer than the national average, it is thought the diet and emphasis on religion and community play a major role.

Learn more about Blue Zones from the infographic below. Maybe you will live a lot longer than you think!

Secrets to Living Longer
Source: Best Health Care Degrees