Here’s everything new coming to Netflix in December 2021 (and What’s Leaving).

Here’s everything new coming to Netflix in December 2021 — and what’s leaving

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Netflix Inc. has a ridiculous amount of original content coming in December, including new seasons of some of its most popular series, Oscar-contending movies and a slew of holiday specials.

The fantasy epic “The Witcher” (Dec. 17) returns for its second season, as monster-hunter Geralt (Henry Cavill) encounters assorted elves, sorceresses and royalty in his adventures; “Money Heist” (Dec. 5) concludes with the second half of Season 5, as the Professor and his ever-dwindling crew try to escape the besieged Bank of Spain with their haul of stolen gold; “Emily in Paris” (Dec. 22) is back for Season 2, promising more fun, fashion and faux pas as the all-too-American Emily (Lily Collins) tries to find her footing in Paris; “Queer Eye” (Dec. 31) is back for its sixth season, making tear-jerking transformations in Texas this time around; and Season 4 of “Cobra Kai” (Dec. 31) sees Daniel (Ralph Maccio) and Johnny (William Zabka) join forces in an attempt to win the ever-important All-Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament.

On the movie front, Netflix has a pair with serious Oscar buzz in “The Power of the Dog” (Dec. 1), a family drama directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as brothers running a Montana ranch in the 1920s; and “Don’t Look Up” (Dec. 24), Adam McKay’s star-studded (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and many more) sci-fi comedy about astronomers who discover an asteroid is going to hit Earth.

And there are plenty of seasonal offerings, like “Single All the Way” (Dec. 2), a holiday rom-com starring Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers and Luke MacFarlane; the fourth installment of “The Great British Baking Show: Holidays” (Dec. 3); and family fare such as “Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas” (Dec. 3) and “David and the Elves” (Dec. 4).

Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going, as of Nov. 23 (release dates are subject to change):

What’s coming in December 2021

Dec. 1JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean — Netflix Anime

Kayko and Kokosh — Netflix Family

Kayko and Kokosh: Season 2 — Netflix Family

Lost in Space: Season 3 — Netflix Series

The Power of the Dog — Netflix Film

Are You the One: Season 3

Blood and Bone

Body of Lies

Bordertown: Mural Murders

Chloe

Chocolat

Closer

Death at a Funeral

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

The Final Destination

Final Destination 3

Final Destination 5

Fool’s Gold

The Fourth Kind

Ink Master: Season 3

Ink Master: Season 4

Knight Rider 2000

Knight Rider: Seasons 1-4

Law Abiding Citizen

The Legend of Zorro

Life

Looper

The Mask of Zorro

Minority Report

Pet Sematary (1989)

Premonition

Sabrina (1995)

Soul Surfer

Stepmom

Stuart Little 2

Sucker Punch

Think Like a Man

Tremors

We Were Soldiers

Wild Things

Wyatt Earp

Dec. 2The Alpinist

Coyotes — Netflix Series

Single All the Way — Netflix Film

The Whole Truth — Netflix Film

Dec. 3Cobalt Blue — Netflix Film

Coming Out Colton — Netflix Series

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 4 — Netflix Family

Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 — Netflix Series

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 4 — Netflix Series

Mixtape — Netflix Film

Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin: Volume 2 — Netflix Documentary

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas — Netflix Family

Dec. 5Japan Sinks: People of Hope: Season 1 (episode 8)

Dec. 6David and the Elves — Netflix Film

Voir — Netflix Documentary

Dec. 7Centaurworld: Season 2 — Netflix Family

Go Dog Go: Season 2 — Netflix Family

Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo) — Netflix Comedy

Dec. 8Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special — Netflix Comedy

Dec. 9Asakusa Kid — Netflix Film

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Bonus Family: Season 4 — Netflix Series

The Family That Sings Together: The Camargos — Netflix Documentary

Dec. 10Anonymously Yours — Netflix Film

Aranyak — Netflix Series

Back to the Outback — Netflix Film

How to Ruin Christmas: The Funeral — Netflix Series

Twentysomethings: Austin (formerly Roaring Twenties) — Netflix Series

Saturday Morning All Star Hits! — Netflix Series

The Shack

Still Out of My League — Netflix Film

Two — Netflix Film

The Unforgivable — Netflix Film

Dec. 11Fast Color

The Hungry and the Hairy — Netflix Series

Dec. 12Japan Sinks: People of Hope: Season 1 (episode 9)

Dec. 13Eye in the Sky

Dec. 14The Future Diary

Russell Howard: Lubricant — Netflix Comedy

StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year — Netflix Family

Dec. 15Black Ink Crew New York: Seasons 3-4

The Challenge: Season 12

The Challenge: Season 25

Elite Short Stories: Phillipe Caye Felipe — Netflix Series

The Giver

The Hand of God — Netflix Film

Masha and the Bear: Nursery Rhymes: Season 1 Part 2

Masha and the Bear: Season 5

Selling Tampa — Netflix Series

Teen Mom 2: Seasons 3-4

Dec. 16A California Christmas: City Lights — Netflix Film

A Naija Christmas — Netflix Film

Aggretsuko: Season 4 — Netflix Anime

Darkest Hour

Puff: Wonders of the Reef — Netflix Documentary

Dec. 17Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 6: Homecoming

The Witcher: Season 2

Dec. 18Bulgasi: Immortal Souls — Netflix Series

Oldboy

Dec. 19What Happened in Oslo — Netflix Series

Dec. 20Elite Short Stories: Samuel Omar — Netflix Series

Dec. 21Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster — Netflix Comedy

Grumpy Christmas — Netflix Film

Dec. 22Emily in Paris: Season 2 — Netflix Series

Dec. 23Elite Short Stories: Patrick — Netflix Series

Dec. 241000 Miles from Christmas — Netflix Film

Don’t Look Up — Netflix Film

Minnal Murali — Netflix Film

The Silent Sea — Netflix Series

Stand By Me Doraemon 2 — Netflix Film

Vicky and Her Mystery — Netflix Film

Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous

Dec. 25Single’s Inferno — Netflix Series

Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material — Netflix Comedy

Stories of a Generation – with Pope Francis — Netflix Documentary

Dec. 26Lulli — Netflix Film

Dec. 28World Party Presents: Math! — Netflix Family

Dec. 29Anxious People — Netflix Series

Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer — Netflix Documentary

Dec. 30Kitz — Netflix Series

Hilda and the Mountain King — Netflix Series

Dec. 31Cobra Kai: Season 4 — Netflix Series

The Lost Daughter — Netflix Film

Queer Eye: Season 6 — Netflix Series

Stay Close — Netflix Series

Seal Team — Netflix Film

What’s leaving in December

Dec. 3The Last O.G.: Seasons 1-2

Dec. 4The Guest

Dec. 7Before I Fall

Dec. 8It Comes at Night

Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas

Dec. 13Halt and Catch Fire: Seasons 1-4

Dec. 14Fifty: The Series: Seasons 1-2

Saint Seiya: Seasons 1-6

Dec. 15Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Maps to the Stars

The Theory of Everything

Dec. 21Jacob’s Ladder

Private Practice: Seasons 1-6

Dec. 25Captain Fantastic

Dec. 30Winchester

Dec. 31A Cinderella Story

American Gangster

Beethoven

Beethoven’s 2nd

Charlie’s Angels

Cold Mountain

Defiance

The Devil Inside

Do the Right Thing

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Double Jeopardy

Forensic Files: Collections 1-9

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Parts 1-5

Fullmetal Alchemist: Season 1

Ghost

Gladiator

The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings: Season 1

House Party

House Party 2

House Party 3

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

The Last Airbender

Like Crazy

Love Don’t Cost a Thing

Love Jones

The Lovely Bones

The Machinist

Magnolia

Memoirs of a Geisha

My Fair Lady

Mystic Pizza

Pan’s Labyrinth

Puss in Boots

Rumor Has It…

Serendipity

Spy Kids

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 3: Game Over

Stuart Little

The Strangers

Titanic

Tommy Boy

Underworld

Underworld: Awakening

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

What a Girl Wants

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

There you have it. Get ready to binge!

Article by Mike Murphy for MarketWatch©

Source: Here’s everything new coming to Netflix in December 2021 — and what’s leaving (msn.com)

5 Ways to Survive Your Next Family Gathering

Just in time for the upcoming holiday !

Like it or not, to grandmother’s house we go! Martha Beck has some sanity-saving strategies to pull you through not-so-silent nights and days with the family.

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In the Uncle Remus story of the tar baby, Brer Rabbit picks a fight with a lifelike doll made out of tar and turpentine. The tar baby is so gluey that when the rabbit punches it, his fists get hopelessly stuck. He tries to kick his way free, trapping his feet, then finishes off with an infuriated head butt that renders him utterly helpless.

I can’t think of a more fitting metaphor for family life in the 21st century. There’s nothing in the world as sticky as a dysfunctional family. You can put half your life’s savings into therapy—good therapy, effective therapy—and, 15 minutes into a holiday reunion, you still become hopelessly enmeshed in the same old crazy dynamics. Your assertiveness training goes out the window the minute your brother begins his traditional temper tantrum. A mere sigh from your grandmother triggers an attack of codependency so severe you end up giving her your house. For many people, family get-togethers require strategies for staying out of such sticky situations. Before you head over the river and through the woods, give some thought to the following suggestions.

Strategy #1: Give Up Hope

Most of us go home for the holidays thinking (along with comedienne Abby Sher), God, grant me the ability to change the things I cannot accept. Even if we don’t consciously realize it, we want our families to cease and desist from all the things that affect us like fingernails on a chalkboard. We don’t ask much—just socially appropriate behavior, dammit, and minimal reparations for the more damaging incidents in our past. Although come to think of it, things would certainly go better if our relatives would listen openly, communicate honestly, and agree with us on all significant issues. And possibly offer money.

The hope that our families will act perfectly—or even reasonably well—sets us up to whack the tar baby, to be incapacitated by the dysfunctions we’ll almost certainly encounter. Before you meet your relatives this season, take a few moments to sit quietly and acknowledge what you wish they were like. Then prepare to accept them even if they behave as they have always done in the past. At best you may be surprised to find that they actually are changing, that some of your wishes have come true. At worst you’ll feel regrettably detached from your kinfolk as you watch them play out their usual psychoses.

Strategy #2: Set Secure Boundaries

Given that your family members will probably go on being their same old selves, you need to decide how much contact with them you really want. Are there certain relatives you simply can’t tolerate? Are there others you can handle in group settings but not one-on-one? How much time and intimacy with your family is enough? How much is too much?

It’s crucial to answer these questions before, not during, a family gathering. Prior to the event, think through various boundary options until you come up with a scenario that makes you feel comfortable. Would you be more enthusiastic about a get-together if you planned to leave after no more than four hours? Or three? Two? One? Would you breathe easier if you rented a car so that you could get away without relying on relatives for transportation? Would it help to have a friend call you on your cell phone halfway through the evening, providing an excuse for a graceful exit?

Strategy #3: Lose Control

You’re in the middle of a holiday feast, enjoying your favorite pie and eggnog, when your mother leans over and whispers, “Honey, have you tried Weight Watchers?” Those six words may wither your very soul, challenging every ounce of self-acceptance you’ve gleaned from myriad self-help books, support groups, and several enlightened friends. You might feel desperate to make Mom recognize all the hard-won truths you’ve learned about the intrinsic value and beauty of your body. You’ll want to argue, to explain, to get right in there and force your mother to approve of your appearance. You are coming perilously close to whacking the tar baby.

Remember this: Any attempt you make to control other people actually puts you under their control. If you decide you can’t be happy until your mother finally understands you, her dysfunction will rule your life. You could spend the next 20 years trying to please her so much that she’d just have to accept you—and she still might not. Or you could hold her at gunpoint and threaten her into saying the words you want to hear, but you’ll never control her real thoughts and feelings. Never.

The only way you can avoid getting stuck in other people’s craziness is to follow codependency author Melody Beattie’s counterintuitive advice: “Unhook from their systems by refusing to try to control them.” Don’t violate your own code of values and ethics, but don’t waste energy trying to make other people violate theirs. If soul-searching has shown you that your mother’s opinions are wrong for you—as are your grandfather’s bigotry, your sister’s new religion, and your cousin’s alcoholism—hold that truth in your heart, whether or not your family members validate it. Feel what you feel, know what you know, and set your relatives free to do the same.

If you’ve been deeply wounded by your family, you can stop trying to control them by accepting full responsibility for your healing. I’m not suggesting you shoulder all the blame, but rather that you acknowledge that you and only you have the ability to respond to injury by seeking cures instead of furthering pain. Whatever the situation, accepting that you can control only your own thoughts and actions will help you mend more quickly and thoroughly.

Strategy #4: Become a Participant Observer

Some social scientists use a technique called participant observation, meaning that they join groups of people in order to watch and report on whatever those people do. Back when I was training to become a sociologist, I loved participant observation. People I might normally have avoided—criminals, fundamentalists, PTA presidents—became absolutely fascinating when I was participant-observing them. Almost any group activity is interesting when you’re planning to describe it later to someone who’s on your wavelength. Here are some approaches to help you become a participant observer of your own family.

Queen for a Day
This little game is based on the old TV show in which four women competed to see who had the most miserable life. The contestant judged most pathetic got, among other things, a washing machine in which to cleanse her tear-stained clothing. My version goes like this: Prior to a family function, arrange to meet with at least two friends—more, if possible—after the holidays. You’ll each tell the stories of your respective family get-togethers, then vote to see whose experience was most horrendous. That person will then be crowned queen, and the others will buy her lunch.

Comedy Club
In this exercise, you look to your family not for love and understanding but for comedy material. Watch closely. The more atrocious your family’s behavior is, the funnier it can be in the retelling. Watch stand-up comics to see the enormous fun they can have describing appalling marriages, ghastly parenting, or poisonous family secrets. When you’re back among friends, telling your own wild stories, you may find that you no longer suffer from your family’s brand of insanity; you’ve actually started to enjoy it.

Dysfunctional Family Bingo
This is one of my favorite games, though it involves considerable preparation. A few weeks before the holidays, gather with friends and provide each person with a bingo card, like the one on page 93, only blank. Each player fills in her bingo squares with dysfunctional phrases or actions that are likely to surface at her particular family party. For example, if you dread the inevitable “So when are you going to get married?” that question goes in one square of your bingo card. If your brother typically shows up crocked to the gills, put “Al is drunk” in another square, and so on.

Take your finished cards to your respective family gatherings. Whenever you observe something that appears on your bingo card, mark off that square. The first person to get bingo must sneak off to the nearest telephone, call the other players, and announce her victory. If no one has a full bingo, the person who has the largest number of filled-out squares wins the game. The winner shall be determined at the postholiday meeting, where she will be granted the ever gratifying free lunch.

Strategy #5: Debrief

Even if you don’t play any participant observation games, it’s crucial to follow up on family events by debriefing with someone you love. If your brother really “gets” you, call him after a family dinner you’ve both survived. If you don’t trust anyone who shares a shred of your DNA, report to a friend or therapist. Generally speaking, you can schedule a debriefing session for a few weeks after the holidays, when everybody’s schedule is back to normal. However, you should exchange phone calls with your debriefing partners within a day or so of the family encounter, just to reconnect with the outside world and head off any annoying little problems, such as ill-considered suicide.

All of these strategies, from relinquishing hope of transformation to mimicking your relatives in riotous conversations with your friends, are designed to help you love your family unconditionally, in whatever way works best for you. They help you greet the tar baby with genuine affection, then walk away clear and happy. And that, in the end, may be the best holiday present you’ll ever give to the people you cherish most.

Article by Martha Beck.

Source: Dealing with a Dysfunctional Family During the Holidays (oprah.com)

THANKSGIVING APPETIZERS AND CHEESE PLATTER

Thanksgiving is all about the feast, but during the afternoon, I like to serve some appetizers to snack on. This Thanksgiving appetizer and cheese platter is perfect for guests to graze while cooking the traditional turkey feast!

Believe it or not, dinner isn’t my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I actually love gathering the family in the morning, watching the Thanksgiving parade, playing football outside, cooking, drinking wine, all while family members and guests graze on delicious Thanksgiving appetizers.

Easy Thanksgiving appetizers with meat, fruit, crackers, cheese and grapes.

Our Thanksgiving cheese and appetizer board is full of our favorite fall flavors! If you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving appetizers, this is perfect to serve! It’s also great to bring for a Friendsgiving and requires just a small amount of roasting.

A Thanksgiving appetizer that has all of the traditional Thanksgiving flavors. So easy to make and even better to eat!

HOW TO MAKE A THANKSGIVING APPETIZER PLATTER

SUPPLIES

INGREDIENTS

  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Roasted Greenbeans
  • Cranberry Sauce (or jam)
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Olives
  • Charcutier
  • Cheese (soft, medium and hard)
  • Crackers
  • Walnuts
  • Persimmons

CHOOSING CHEESE FOR YOUR BOARD

When making a cheese platter it’s important to have different textures and flavors. Choose a soft cheese, medium cheese, and hard cheese to put on the board.

SOFT CHEESE

Types of soft cheese:

  • Brie
  • Mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola
  • Feta
  • Goat
  • Ricotta
  • Blue Cheese
  • Camembert

MEDIUM CHEESE

Types of semi-soft cheese:

  • Gouda
  • Edam
  • Jarlsberg
  • Cheddar

HARD CHEESE

Types of hard cheese:

  • Parmigiano
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Manchego
  • Provolone
  • Jack
  • Cheddar
  • Monterey Jack

ASSEMBLING

Roast the green beans and brussels sprouts on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil and a pinch of salt, in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Start assembling the Charcutier on a large round board.

Arrange the different cheeses on the board. Try to select a soft cheese like goat or brie, medium cheddar cheese and a harder cheese like aged gouda.

Also, use different shapes of cheese too. You can also slice it differently so each variety stands out on the appetizer platter.

Next, add small bowls of olives and cranberry sauce with small serving spoons.

Place the brussels sprout and green beans on the board.

Fill in the empty spaces with grapes, sliced fruit, and crackers.

You can assemble the board the day before Thanksgiving. It’s best to wait for the fruit since it can turn brown, so right before serving slice the pears and figs.

Assembling the perfect charcuterie board with fruits, meats and a variety of cheese is not always easy but when it’s done right it’s one of our favorite appetizers or even dinners!

Article written by Eden of Sugar and Charm™

Source: Thanksgiving Appetizers and Cheese Platter – Sugar and Charm

Never Eat Microwaved Food Without Doing This First

When you want a meal and you want it fast, you probably head straight for your microwave oven. But experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn that all too often, you may be skipping a crucial step in your meal-making process—and one that ensures your safety. Their experts say that you should never eat a microwaved meal without doing this one thing first and you could be putting your health at risk if you skip this step. Read on to find out if you’ve been making this risky move and how to keep yourself safe.

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Don’t eat microwaved food without checking its temperature first.

Thermometer in Kobe Sirloin indicates 162 degrees, which is considered medium to medium well. On Rustic Cutting Board with grilling tongs.

According to the CDC you should never eat microwaved food without first checking its temperature with a food thermometer—especially if you’re heating meat. “When you think your food is done, place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food, making sure not to touch bone, fat, or gristle,” the health authority advises. Checking more than one part of your food will help alert you to a microwave that cooks unevenly.

CDC experts say that your thermometer should in most cases reach a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, “a temperature hot enough to kill germs.”

Reheating food below this temperature could be a serious health hazard.

Failing to microwave your food to a safe temperature can put you at increased risk of food poisoning. Experts say this holds true regardless of whether you’re cooking pre-packaged microwavable meals or yesterday’s leftovers—both of which have been linked to Salmonella and Listeria outbreaks.

“Thorough cooking in the microwave is especially important because, contrary to popular belief, microwaves don’t cook food from the inside out,” warns Consumer Reports. “The microwaves only penetrate food to a depth of about one to one and a half inches. At the center, thicker foods cook by conduction, as the heat moves from the outside in,” their experts explain.

Of all foods, poultry is perhaps the most likely to make you sick when improperly microwaved. “In our tests for bacteria in fresh chicken published in 2007, we found that 83 percent of the birds harbored campylobacter or Salmonella, a stunning increase from 2003, when 49 percent of the birds tested harbored one or both pathogens,” says Consumer Reports.

However, the safe minimum temperature may vary depending on what you’re cooking.

The CDC notes that some meats require higher minimum temperatures than others. Their experts say that all poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, while ground beef, lamb, and pork must reach a minimum of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Fish can be lower still, at 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat other cuts of beef, pork, and lamb, such as veal chops, roasts, and steaks to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit, then let them stand for three minutes before serving. Doing so enables the food to continue cooking after the microwave turns off and gives food a more consistent temperature throughout, the CDC explains.

Adjust your cooking time depending on your microwave’s wattage.

The CDC recommends looking up your microwave’s wattage, either in the owner’s manual, the manufacturer’s website, or inside the oven’s door. If your microwave has a lower wattage—typically meaning between 600 and 900 watts—it means your food may require a longer cooking time.

When in doubt, a food thermometer will take the guesswork out of whether or not your meal is safe and ready to eat.

Article by Lauren Gray  for Best Life©

Source: Never Eat Microwaved Food Without Doing This First, CDC Says (msn.com)

This is the dog breed that’s attacked the most people

Got kids? Careful with this particular dog breed.

Slide 23 of 23: Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 5,994 (166.5 per year) Deaths (1982-2018): 421  Pit bulls have a fearsome reputation, but they’re not natural fighters like some people think. "Pit bull” refers to a variety of breeds, which inevitably means these dogs are regularly misidentified by shelters and news outlets. Statistics around their dangerousness are therefore almost impossible to compare with those for more universally defined breeds. Some pit bulls may be aggressive due to genetics and training, but these dogs are generally intelligent, gentle, and extremely loving dogs when owned by those who know how to handle their rambunctious nature.
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#1. Pit bull

Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 5,994 (166.5 per year)
Deaths (1982-2018): 421

Pit bulls have a fearsome reputation, but they’re not natural fighters like some people think. “Pit bull” refers to a variety of breeds, which inevitably means these dogs are regularly misidentified by shelters and news outlets. Statistics around their dangerousness are therefore almost impossible to compare with those for more universally defined breeds. Some pit bulls may be aggressive due to genetics and training, but these dogs are generally intelligent, gentle, and extremely loving dogs when owned by those who know how to handle their rambunctious nature.

Enough said. Compare it to one of the safest breeds:

Slide 5 of 23: Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 15 (less than 1 per year) Deaths (1982-2018): 3 Golden retrievers are even-tempered, energetic, friendly with everyone, and easy to train, making them a perfect family pet. They’ve been one of the most popular dog breeds in America since they were introduced around the early 1900s, but they didn’t really take off until Gerald Ford’s golden retriever Liberty occupied the White House in the 1970s.

#19. Golden retriever

Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 15 (less than 1 per year)
Deaths (1982-2018): 3

Golden retrievers are even-tempered, energetic, friendly with everyone, and easy to train, making them a perfect family pet. They’ve been one of the most popular dog breeds in America since they were introduced around the early 1900s, but they didn’t really take off until Gerald Ford’s golden retriever Liberty occupied the White House in the 1970s.

When my hometown media reports of a death due to a dog attack, I expect that breed to be a Pit Bull. Yet, some people swear by them. Go figure.

Source: Isabel Sepulveda  for Stacker.com

Top 5 Reasons Why You’re Single —​ And Will Remain That Way

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If you’re wondering why you’re single, you might want to take a look at the reasons below.

Then, you can use them to stop doubting yourself and start searching for a stable relationship.

1. You’re too much of a perfectionist.

Sometimes, people are too perfectionistic when they are looking for a mate. They reject anyone who has even a small flaw or who doesn’t perfectly match their list of what they are looking for in a future spouse.

This single person needs to realize that nobody is perfect, and we rarely find anyone who meets all of our requirements. 

They just need to try out different types of people with a more open mind. This person might also benefit from some self-analysis and reflection to learn what his or her imperfections are.

2. You have low self-esteem.

This kind of perpetually single person does not feel good about him/herself and therefore won’t open him/herself up to the kind of soulful sharing that is necessary for a spouse. This person needs therapy to learn how to feel good about him/herself and to figure out how to trust their own feelings.

Until this person even likes him or herself, there is no way that they are going to find someone to love them or to trust that they can fully love the other.

3. You’re afraid of what commitment will mean.

They enjoy dating and enjoy the almost endless variety of people they can meet.

Deep down, they are probably afraid of giving up the next good person that they might meet. Even when they find someone who might make a fantastic mate, they may think, “But what about the next person I meet?”

This forever-single needs to learn that there probably is not one perfect true love for anyone; that each of us probably has multiple great spouses out there. We just need to find one of them and commit to receiving the almost unending benefits that a good marriage can bring you.

4. You think changing yourself will help you fit in.

This method simply doesn’t have merit and is one of the top reasons why you’re single. There is no way that a person who is completely faking it to seem like they are just like their potential mate can keep up that charade.

And, even if they manage to for long enough to become engaged or even married, it is highly unlikely that this will form the basis for a long, satisfying marriage. Instead, this fake persona will likely lead to a relatively rapid divorce.

5. You’re simply too uninteresting.

They don’t have hobbies. They don’t have interests. They don’t have things about which they feel passionate. Oddly enough, of the five different types discussed here, this is the easiest to fix. Get out! Enjoy life. Try different things.

Find something you love doing. Odds are, while you are doing that thing you now love, you will find someone else also doing the same thing, and soon, maybe you can begin loving doing that thing together.

David J. Glass is a former therapist and now a family law attorney. He has been a frequent guest on various radio programs including KABC in L.A. and Starcom Radio.

This article originally appeared on YourTango

Adele Shares Exactly How She Lost 100 Pounds

How Hitting the Gym Helped Her Mental Health

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Adele, 33, managed to keep her year-plus long health journey under wraps. But now, she’s finally opening up about her 100-pound weight loss, and how it all stemmed from a newfound focus on mental health.

During her “Adele, One Night Only” TV special with Oprah, the musician gave rare insight into her battle with anxiety following her divorce from Simon Konecki and the COVID-19 pandemic. Adele says she turned to exercise for relief, which led to her weight loss. “It really contributed towards me getting my mind right,” she told Oprah.

In an October interview with British Vogue, the “Hello” singer shed even more light on the changes she made to her health—and why she chose to keep her “100-pound” weight loss to herself.

Now, Adele—who was hurt most by the “brutal conversations” other women had about her body, she told Vogue—is pushing back against the reaction to her weight loss. “It’s not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies,” the “Easy on Me” singer told Oprah. “I feel bad if anyone feels horrible about themselves, but that’s not my job. I’m trying to sort my own life out. I can’t have another worry.”

“People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey.’ They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand,” she said in the British Vogue interview. “I couldn’t give a flying f**k. I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”

Despite her changed appearance, Adele assures that she hasn’t changed on the inside. “My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now,” she told Vogue in a separate interview last month. “I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person.”

“You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive. You can be any shape or size,” she continued in British Vogue, and reiterated in her recent interview with Oprah.

Here’s how Adele lost 100 pounds over the past few years to feel her best today, according to the singer herself.

She’s intensified her workouts

Adele told British Vogue she’d become “quite addicted” to working out, because it made her feel good. “I work out two or three times a day,” she said. The singer opts for strength training in the morning, and then in the afternoon she’ll hike or box. At night, she gets her cardio in. “I was basically unemployed when I was doing it. And I do it with trainers,” she said, admitting that this routine is “not very doable for a lot of people.”

Following two slipped discs and a C-section, Adele wanted to focus on feeling stronger—physically and mentally. “She got really turned on to movement, and especially strength training. So turned on that she started doing double sessions,” the singer’s trainer, Gregg Miele, told Vogue. (Adele said she’s probably spent more time with Miele than anyone else over the past three years.)

Adele’s weight loss journey started a few years earlier, though. In a 2016 interview with Vogue, the singer said that she was working out to stay in shape for her performances, which resulted in weight loss. “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour, so I lost a bit of weight. Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes—which is a really big problem for me!” she shared.

“I’m actually an athlete—I’m not even boasting,” she told Oprah this month. “I’m also a very good boxer. I’ve got a left hook that could kill you. If only at school I hadn’t discovered boys and someone had told me to go and do a bit more PE.”

She does not follow the Sirtfood diet

In January 2020, People reported that Adele has been following a “strict” diet. Other outlets, including Prevention, picked up the story that the star was following the Sirtfood diet, but the singer shut this down to British Vogue. “No. Ain’t done that,” she said.

The star also said she didn’t try intermittent fasting—or any particular diet, for that matter. “If anything I eat more than I used to because I work out so hard,” she said. “That whole thing of like, ‘Gets Revenge Body’ … It’s ridiculous. I think it’s that people love to portray a divorced woman as spinning out of control.”

In fact, Adele isn’t fussy about what she eats; she told Oprah that she loves to eat Chinese food and stopped by McDonald’s the night before their interview. Her favorite order is chicken nuggets, a Big Mac, and fries. “That’s my three-course,” she told British Vogue. “I eat it at least once a week.”

She focuses on being healthy and happy

While some may speculate that Adele’s recent weight loss is due to her breakup, Adele says it’s more to do with being the best mom she can be to son Angelo. “When I was 30, my entire life fell apart and I had no warning of it,” she told British Vogue of her divorce to Konecki.

“I was just going through the motions and I wasn’t happy,” she continued in Vogue. “I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It’s really important to me.” She says she and Konecki were broken up for some time before they told people. “I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since,” she said.

When Adele celebrated her 31st birthday, she hinted that she was going through a big period of growth. “I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay. Thirty-one is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time.

“For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself, people, we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity,” she continued. “Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough.”

Article by NICOL NATALE Associate Editor for Prevention Magazine©

Source: Exactly How Adele Lost 100 Pounds – Adele Weight Loss 2021 (prevention.com)

It’s Not the Turkey That’s Making You Tired

(Blame It on the Trimmings)

You know the drill: Greet relatives, eat turkey, pass out on the couch. But is turkey really to blame for the post-sup stupor? We got to the bottom of this persistent Thanksgiving myth.

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Just as traditional as the Thanksgiving turkey is the overstuffed and satisfied sleepiness that follows. And although society has historically pointed a finger at turkey, it turns out that it’s not the main cause of this overwhelming fatigue.

Yes, turkey does contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is a component of the feel-good chemical serotonin as well as a precursor to the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. But tryptophan can be found in all kinds of foods, ranging from dairy products and nuts to meats and tofu. And not only that, but turkey doesn’t have higher levels of tryptophan than any other common meat, reported the New York Times. In fact, gram for gram, even cheddar cheese contains greater amounts of tryptophan than turkey, says livescience.com. So if the tryptophan in turkey really did cause our post-Thanksgiving drowsiness, we’d experience the same strong, lethargic sensation every time we ate chicken, beef, cheese, or nuts. And, as we know, this obviously isn’t the case.

But if the tryptophan in turkey isn’t to blame for our sleepiness on Thanksgiving, what is?

It’s actually a combination of factors, starting with the high fat content of most Thanksgiving dinners. The average festive meal contains 229 grams of fat and 3,000 calories, reported MSNBC; that’s more than most men and women eat in an entire day! Digesting fat requires a lot of energy, so the body sends more blood to your digestive system to manage the load. Reduced blood flow throughout your body means reduced energy.

Alcohol is another reason your eyelids may grow heavy. On Thanksgiving, many adults drink beer, wine, or cocktails throughout the day and with their meals without realizing that alcohol is a central nervous system depressant with fast-acting sedative effects.

Finally, on Thanksgiving, even low-carb dieters allow themselves to indulge in carbohydrate-rich foods such as mashed potatoes, pies, stuffing, cornbread, yams covered in marshmallows, and more—all in one sitting. But eating such a ridiculous amount of carbohydrates at once triggers the release of insulin, and digesting it all is a lot of work for your body, which can leave you feeling pretty comatose.

If you swear that you feel particularly sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal, it’s true—you’re not imagining it. But don’t blame the poor turkey. If don’t want to snore on the floor after you’ve cleared your plate, cut back on the fat, carbs, and booze! 

Article by Aubrey Almanza for The Healthy.com©

Source: Does Turkey Really Make You Tired? | The Healthy