My Favorite Self-Improvement Videos of 2018

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The confessional may be the best place for self-improvement. Priests don’t necessarily give extraordinary advice, but the ritual of confession provides something for which we ache.

I can’t quite put my finger on it right now, but there is something very freeing to the human being about examination of self, exposing one’s flaws to another, and being completely forgiven, but also being given a penance. I’m not quite sure of its exact essence, but I experience its beauty every time I participate in the act of confession.

While confession is one of the best ways to improve oneself, it doesn’t hurt to seek additional help elsewhere. This year, among massive piles of videos offering garbage advice and useless amusement, I found a few gems. These videos truly helped me to become a better person in 2018.

Best Self-Improvement Videos of 2018

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Switching to Cold-Weather Lunches (Salads to soups)

When the weather gets cold, I rejoice. Finally, a season that matches my cold, dead heart. Kidding! But seriously, I don’t mind the cold. I enjoy the changing of seasons. It keeps life exciting, and it’s a good reason to change up my cooking and eating. During the cold winter months, I prefer to swap out my lunch salad for a warm lunch soup or stew.

If you’re getting sick of eating a salad every day for lunch, or if you are getting sick as in sore throat and runny nose, switching to soup is the way to go. You can still load up on healthy veggies, but instead of a cool, crispy pile of greens, you get a warm, steamy bowl of hearty vegetables.

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Tips for easy and delicious soups

If that sounds good, and you want to make the transition easy and delicious, then you came to the right place. Here are some tips for throwing together delicious soups and stews.

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Review of Dr. Greger’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Dr. Michael Greger, creator NutritionFacts.org and whole food plant based diet advocate, posted a whole food plant based pumpkin pie recipe on the NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel a few years ago. The recipe is very easy to make, and it only contains pumpkin, dates, tofu, and spices.

Last week, in the mood for fall, I followed Dr. Greger’s recipe. I made his pumpkin pie and shared it with my family. Here’s the consensus… Continue reading

Pudding Made from Beans?

If nutritional science is right, this pudding, while sweet and scrumptious, is super healthy. Dr Michael Greger suggests, with solid nutritional research to back him up, eating three servings of beans per day. This pudding makes getting those servings easy and delicious.

I eat this pudding almost every day for lunch. It is satisfying, only takes two minutes to make, and doesn’t cause that after lunch sleepy feeling like regular pudding does.

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Why Should Catholics Eat Healthy and Exercise?

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If my goal is heaven, oneness in love with God, then why does it matter if my body is healthy?

As Catholics, it is easy to understand why we need to pray and give. Christ clearly tells us to do those things. But when it comes to caring for our bodies, things aren’t so clear.

The Old Testament lays out dietary laws and some of the commandments give direction on how we should act with our bodies, but the dietary laws were essentially made obsolete by Christ and none of the commandments clearly tell us that we should exercise or practice healthy eating habits.

We should eat healthy and exercise though. We should take care of our bodies. Christ cared about our bodies by healing many who were ill. We have all heard that our bodies are temples of God. But what does that mean? Continue reading