Yesterday I was thumbing through this cookbook thinking that there couldn’t be more than 50 recipes to make, but I stopped counting once I got to 50 and realized that there’s probably 120. I had yet to tackle something from the drinks portion and since I was looking for an easy recipe using things I have on hand (I haven’t been grocery shopping in about two weeks) I settled on Sgt. Slaughter’s Reveille Coffee.
First a bit about Sgt. Slaughter. In my opinion, he is the most underrated wrestler from that era and one of the greatest talkers in the business. He became one of the most hated characters ever as a result of turning his back on America during the Gulf War and aligning himself with General Adnan. Things got so bad IRL for the Sarg that he would wear a bullet proof vest and travel with security whenever out in public. I remember watching Wrestlemania VII and screaming at the television when Sgt. Slaughter came out to face Hogan. Hogan had to win FOR AMERICA. This match, as well as the Macho Man/Ultimate Warrior retirement match from the same Wrestlemania, are two of the greatest storytelling matches. We need more of that.
This recipe is simple. Just add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for every two cups of coffee you’re going to make in your Mr. Coffee. Since I rely on my single cup Keurig brewer I had to improvise a little bit. Now, this may not have been the most thought out plan since it was early morning after a hot night of biostats and I hadn’t had any coffee yet because I needed to figure out how to make my coffee.
I poked a weird hole in my Cinnabon K-Cup and just dumped as much Cinnamon in it as I could. Genius, right? Also, secrets out I love cinnamon. Well aside from getting it all over my counter and having it leak a little over the sides of the Keurig due to the sizable hole I created, it was a success. A delicious success.
Now, why on earth would you want to add Cinnamon to your coffee? Unless you’re obsessed with it, like I am, there are tons of health benefits. According to this story in Greatist:
- Replacing your sugar and cream with cinnamon will reduce your morning cup o’ joe by 70 calories.
- If you’re Type II diabetic, a teaspoon of cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels and total cholesterol levels.
- It slows digestion and boosts metabolism while supporting digestive health.
- Increases circulation, reduces joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.
- Strengthens immune system by enhancing antioxidants.
Served best with a 1991 Royal Rumble World Heavyweight title match.
Win! Guys!!! Why haven’t we been adding cinnamon to our coffee this whole time!? It’s barely noticeable, tastes like fall (and probably winter, too) and is good for your body. I’m sure there are people already touting this as a “life hack.”
This cookbook is now 2-1.
A few years ago I was given a Keurig for Christmas. Without a doubt, it still is the most convenient thing I own. I’m a pretty busy person and I love things that make my life easier and more efficient. It only requires that I turn it on, put in a k-cup and press “Brew.” Other than remembering to put a mug underneath, it’s all mostly muscle memory at this point and I don’t even really think about it. My life, and especially my mornings, are much easier because of this.
In recent conversations with people the topic of self-esteem keeps coming up. Of course I have had discussions with friends about their own struggles, but it also keeps coming up through people’s actions. In the way they talk about others and themselves. I realized something: People are consumed by how other people view them, so I should stop caring about what other people do and just focus on myself. It helps out everyone!
Adopting this, while incredibly difficult, has made my life easier.
If you have never felt insecure, man, please tell me what that’s like and then own up to lying about it. We’ve all felt insecure at some point in our lives to varying degrees. Confidence is not something you are born with. It is a learned habit and it takes some far longer to amass a healthy wealth of confidence. It starts with you though. You need to be good to yourself. Confidence and positivity are infectious.
When I would listen to people talk about their “not ready for summer bodies” I used to think “If you think that you’re not ready, what must you think of me?” Now I think “That must suck to feel that way and worry so much about what others think.” The torture that people put themselves through to wear a bathing suit is crazy to me. Ten, twenty, thirty years from now people won’t be saying “Remember when ______ looked ______ in that bathing suit?” They’re going to say “Remember when ________ [did this great/terrible thing]?” Make people remember the GREAT THING you did! Spending so much time worrying about what others think of you is exhausting and unproductive. And if they’re thinking negatively of you, it’s only because they actually feel that way about themselves. It’s not about YOU. So, enjoy your life! Spending your time spreading positive energy and not bringing yourself down is a much better use of your time. Trust me! I’VE LIVED THIS!
I chose to use the example above because it is the one that helped me to change my line of thinking, but it also helps to tie together everything that I am saying. When I was at my heaviest I had envisioned how much different my life would be when I lost the weight. I expected it to fix all my problems and my life would change dramatically for the better. While the actual physical changes have been amazing, it’s the act of taking better care of myself and treating myself well that has ultimately changed my view, increased my confidence and made me feel better. Last year I was so focused on losing as much weight as possible that I missed out on events, dinners and gatherings because I thought that shrinking myself was the best way to enact positive change. I ended up getting depressed over the lack of change in numbers on the scale and having isolated myself. It was incredibly unhealthy. If I could go back and do things differently, I absolutely would. Trust me! AGAIN, I AM LIVING THIS!
Confidence is the most important attribute you can project. Build others up without knocking yourself down and surround yourself with those that do the same. Just imagine how great and worthwhile everyone would feel if we all adapted this policy for ourselves and each other. Earn the game ball every single day.