Saturday, 31 October 2015

Amazing uses of banana peels

  •  Did you play pranks with banana peels? Launching the "missile" for the intended victim to fall. Well...i guessed we all behaved ourselves and put the peel where it belonged-the bin.
  • Do you know this much overlooked " food waste" is a delicacy in places like India and the Caribbean? Next time you buy a bunch of bananas , do not throw away the peels because they have amazing benefits as follows:
  •  Banana peels are good teeth whiteners.  Just take time to apply the banana peel everyday on your teeth for a week and watch how your teeth become whiter.

  •  Banana peels leaves the skin hydrated. They are effective for curing wrinkles. Mix egg yolk with mashed banana peel and then apply to the skin. Leave it for 5minutes then wash off. This saves you money from buying expensive creams. Go the natural way.

  •   Banana peels  heals mosquito bites. Growing up in the tropics, mosquito is a force to contend with. Just apply the banana peel to the affected area and watch it heal.

  •  Banana peels serve as good UV protection from the sun rays. Ensure you leave the banana peel in the sun for some time before applying to your eyes, It is also a known cure for cataracts.

  •  Banana peels bring out the shimmer in your shoes, leather and silver articles. Have you run out of polish then opt for the a banana peel!

  •  Banana peel are good pain relievers. Apply the banana peel to the affected area and leave  for about 30 minutes till the pain is gone. A mixture of banana peel and vegetable oil would also come in handy  when you want to be relieved of pains.

  •  Banana peels can be eaten. Like I said earlier on, it is a meal for the Indians and Caribbeans. It is also used to make chicken meat soft.

  •  Now the big one, banana peels help in weight loss. Just toss them into a morning smoothie and you are good to go. Banana peels are packed with nutrients like vitamin A, lutein, and other antioxidants, including B vitamins, which your body needs to keep its metabolism in check. They have tons of soluble and insoluble fibre, even more than the fruit itself — both can slow digestion, boost feelings of fullness, and even work to lower cholesterol. 

  • Preferably, choose the green peels, which are better for cooking, and you’ll also get a big dose of probiotics, which increasing research shows are essential to balancing the body’s internal flora for weight loss.

  •  Greenpeels are also rich in resistant starch, the “calorie-free carb” that our bodies can’t digest and triggers fat-burning in animal studies. Plus, while bananas are famous for their potassium, which can turn a regular workout into a phenomenal, calorie-busting one.

  •  The yellow peels have fewer micronutrients, they have anti-cancer qualities not found in green skins. Although the internet has greatly exaggerated the disease-fighting benefits of bananas — and somehow neglected to point out that most of these benefits are in the peel — overripe skins can still help with the production of white-blood cells.So both green and yellow banana peels are very useful.

  • So rather than joining the click on Lekki pedestrian bridge  for the regular morning exercise, add banana peels to your diet and loose that weight....
(This article was republished from the New york post and )

Saturday, 24 October 2015

I need a car ASAP!

Whatever happened to human rights, I really do not know. But it is democracy now so there should be freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of place of worship and the likes. No oppression of any kind, abi?May be human rights are just stated on paper?  Cos  it looks like some people are restricted.

On this fateful day, after overcoming traffic and all obstacles, the final bus stop where I was to board the popular tricycle (Keke marwa) to my destination, drama ensued.

There were options. It could have been a motor bike or bus but I chose the keke like I have always done.
Being the first passenger, I sat by the edge at the back seat. Another passenger came through the other side to join me at the backseat. Then the front seat got filled. Mind you the keke can accommodate just four passengers.

So this man sha wanted me to shift and in my mind -I was like I would soon get down so he should turn to the other side (mistake number one)

While the struggle was going on, another passenger came and filled the space at the other side.
Then and then, hell was let loose. It didn't occur to me that the man I was talking to was  an oppressor a soldier.
He was in mufti but his camouflage cap gave him away. It was too late too make adjustments. He was so authoritative then I knew I was in trouble.

He commanded the keke should not go as long as I was inside. Humbly, I got down and apologize that he should take my seat then went to the next turn.

It didn't end there. He refused my plea and offer. He came to meet me at the next turn and ordered the driver to not go as long as was inside his vehicle.

I got down and begged this soldier man. My apologies fell on deaf ears. Even an elderly woman tried to plead on my behalf. Instead he increased my punishment that no vehicle should carry me be it bus or motor bike or keke.

Girlfriend decided to back off when he started creating a scene, pointing at me and telling every body or anybody that I was not to board any vehicle.

The fifty naira I could have used to enter the keke was used to buy bottled water. So I did compulsory exercise. Thankfully my destination was a trekking distance. With earphones in my ears and umbrella to shield me from the harsh rays of the sun, I used my two straight legs to walk oo.

Do you know this soldier man was monitoring me? I started running oo. "Wetin you no gree enter any vehicle so why are you following me, fa?"

Surprisingly, today of all days the distance appeared short. Got home and told my folks my encounter. I got tongue lashed. I should have just shifted and save myself all the embarrassment.

But how about  the soldier man who was just outright wicked. Shey, he is happy wherever he is now for being completely wicked? Good luck to him. Next time I would just act accordingly to avoid unnecessary scenes and trouble.

There are days that the bus stop drama makes one long for a vehicle of his/her own.  If it is not the annoying conductor, it is the snail paced driver with a rickety vehicle or one passenger that is transferring aggression.
Getting a car seems to be the way out, or what do you think?

In the meantime, I need a car! That would have saved me enough of the ordeal with the Oga soldier!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

One of life's lessons...#Finishing well


Borrowing from african rapper number one, M.I's "brother" track, he said " No be how the story start, na how the story end.."

Didn't get it at first but after much thought it made sense. One of life's lessons I learnt was finishing well.
Basically  it is about how the end justifies the means. Every thing in life  is not only about starting well, finishing is more important. Of what use is starting something only to back out towards the end or spoil all efforts.Why waste time and resources when approaching the end? Why throw away all that has been amassed in the course of ones journey when reaching the finishing line?

You know at times a person could start off anything maybe a project or task or examination but towards the end become laid back. I'm speaking from experience...

There was a training I was opportune to be among the selected few. It was organized by a popular multinational bank.The training commenced 8.00am but all participants were supposed to be in training school latest 7.30am. This required my waking up 4.30am everyday and leaving home latest 5.30 am or I would get caught up in serious morning traffic.

Everyday the training finished 6.00pm latest. Going back home, I would face traffic congestion,sometimes it was better off trekking. Getting home, I would be completely fagged out yet I had to make plans for the next day and also set alarm to wake up early.

I noticed that the momentum I started with was fizzling out towards the end of the training. On this particular day, I left home later than usual, I had become laid back. The outcome of such actions is still one of my regrets.

 Scenario Two: Cooking a meal begins with getting all the required ingredients. But you and I know that the meal can only be eaten when it has been finished. The food can not be eaten raw.There is a cooking process and resultant prepared dish to savour.

Finishing is what really matters in the long run. The building of a house requires a solid foundation but it cannot be inhabited on the foundation alone. It is the finished building that makes it habitable.

Do you see athletes, those that make effort to start well and towards the end of the race give it their best shots are the ones who come out tops.

I watched a marathon race. After an athlete had maintained a considerable
lead,he relaxed. Unknown to him, another athlete who had saved the best for the last, over took him and grabbed first position.

It is not everybody that enrolled for a programme in the university that gets to graduate. Those who fall by the way side are those who lost focus and became lazy.

As the year coming to an end, we need to retrospect and make necessary adjustments to area that we would consider to have failed so that we finish well nevertheless.

The energy at the start of a journey should be increasing and not diminishing. What is required is getting to ones destination. Like Jesus, let's hold on and stay strong so that we may boldly say "It is finished" and we finished well!