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82-Year Old Man Teaches Girlfriend to Read After Serious Stroke

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Everybody gets their news from somewhere via T.V., newspaper, tablets, radio, or cell phones and maybe 50 percent of the time the news reports about the bad things happening around the U.S. However, there are times which the news can warm your heart, make you smile and make you want to hear more positive and motivation stories. I enjoy hearing heroic stories about people, animals, and anything that shows the kindness that is really out in the world, instead of the violence that has surrounded us all.

There is a picture that has made its way onto the internet that truly defines not only kindness, but also loyalty, love, and a remarkable dedication to another human being and the strong will of oneself.

Matthew Ballestero, along with his two friends, Alexandra and Stephanie were sitting in a local Starbucks in California where they usually get together for a cup of coffee and talk, but this time, Matthew noticed something he had to know more about. Matthew saw 82 year old John Allen and his 70 year old longtime girlfriend Linda Alexander sitting at a table, in which John was showing flash cards to her.

Linda lost majority of her memory five years ago due to a sudden illness that led to her stroke and severe brain damage according to NBC Today.

Since then, John Allen has been taking Linda to this local Starbucks six mornings a week for her daily reading lesson, to go along with this dedication, he also takes her to the gym three days a week to help her strengthen the right side of her body, that is still partially paralyzed, but showing good signs of recovery.

“I could not even talk for a while except to say I love you to John,” Alexander said. “I want to be able to drive, I want to be able to read, and I want to do the things I could do before.”

She also went on to mention that she is still enjoying life and that she is not sad or mad about her situation. She has certainly shown tremendous recovery, and inspiring devotion to John, and he also deserves tons of love for his outstanding determination to keep battling and supporting his long love of his life.

“My friends and I were overwhelmed by the love that these two had for each other, and I knew I wanted to let them know how much of an inspiration and a perfect example of true love they were to me,” Ballestero said.  “We could feel the love emanating off of them.”

Matthew and his friends each took turns taking pictures with the couple which has received thousands of likes and comments on facebook, along with the social media sight Reddit, millions of people have seen the picture of these lovebirds online.

This just shows you the kind of love that is still out in the world today.

Man teaches girlfriend to read after stroke

A photo showing a man trying to teach a woman the alphabet recently became an Internet sensation as hundreds of thousands of people wondered about the back story. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren talks to John Allen, who is seen in the photo teaching his girlfriend, Linda, how to read after she suffered brain damage from a stroke.

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10 Reasons To Hate About Highly Processed Food

If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve a healthier body, you should start avoiding highly processed food. And, here are ten reasons why: Click To Tweet

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Research proves that eating highly processed food can lead to over weight gain.
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Is losing weight one of the challenges you are facing now? Did you try different kinds of diet or exercise, and nothing seems to help. Are you a busy person who likes to eat at fast foods? Or, maybe, you don’t know how to cook yet, and you love to eat preserved and refined food available at the grocery? Well, my friend, this article may somehow help you.

According to a recent study at the National Institutes of Health, eating highly processed food causes overeating and unwanted weight gain. Twenty adults participated in the research conducted by the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and prove the latter can be destructive to your health.

Here’s how the nitty gritty goes: For the duration of the study, ten males and ten females are admitted at the NIH Clinical Center for one month and in random order for two weeks on specific diets of highly processed food or minimally processed food.

For reference, a highly processed meal may include a bagel with cream cheese and turkey bacon, on the other hand, a minimally processed meal may consist of oatmeal with walnuts, bananas, and skim milk. Both of the diet types had similar amounts of calories, sugars, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates, and participants can eat whatever they wanted.

As a result, when it comes to a highly processed diet, individuals ate almost five hundred calories more daily compared to unprocessed food. In average, they gained 0.9 kilograms or two pounds while on a highly processed diet and lost the equivalent amount with unprocessed diet.

The study supports the idea that unprocessed foods have a lot of benefits, but researchers take into account that highly processed food is challenging to avoid since it takes more time and money is to prepare. Eating a healthier diet may pose challenges, especially to people who are financially challenged.

As stated in Eatright.org, highly processed foods include ready to eat food (such as crackers, granola, deli-meat) and pre-made meals (such as frozen pizza and microwaveable dinners).

According to Active.com’s Jennifer Fox, these are the reasons why you should hate and ditch highly processed food as much as you can:

First, they are mostly composed of sugars. Having too much sugar can lead to a list of health problems and harmful effects on metabolism. Second, they lacked fiber (which slows down carbohydrate absorption and helps us feel full with lesser calories). When eating highly processed food, we need to eat more of it, so that we will feel complete.

Third, they are designed to be addictive. The primary reason why it’s challenging to stop eating unhealthy and processed food is that it’s chemically modified to be addictive. When eaten, dopamine or the feel-good hormone is released. That’s why we sometimes feel good after eating a ton of processed food. 

Fourth, they can cause mood swings. A study conducted by the UC San Diego team found out that trans fats (found in processed food) can make people more irritable and more aggressive. Fifth, their labels seem like contents from a chemistry book. Most ingredients listed on the Ingredients section of processed food are not only hard to pronounce, but they are added to improve its taste and texture and to make its shelf life longer.

Sixth, they increase your sodium levels higher than the recommended levels. Too much salt can lead to higher risks of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Seven, they can cause sleeping problems. When we intake a high dose of processed carbohydrates, our body struggles to adjust with the unanticipated spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. That’s why you can have a difficult time trying to fall asleep if you ate processed food before bedtime.

Eight, they are low in nutrients. Nine, They can lead to overeating. As discussed earlier, we need to eat more processed food to feel full, compared when eating whole and unprocessed food. Ten, they are composed of processed oils and trans fats, which are harmful to the body.

All of us have different types of food that we love to eat, but then again, we need to keep in mind, that to achieve more things in life, one should make healthy choices on what food she/he should eat.

Life is too short to worry about carbohydrates and what other people think. But then again my friend, I would like to leave you with straightforward advice. Just like what they say, remember that too much love can kill you and so does too much highly processed food.

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‘Tinder’ Launches Lighter And More Accessible Version

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Once Tinder launches the lighter version of the famous online match-making application, there could be more people on the platform swiping left and right, but you might not get as affected.

In the modern age of 2019, it’s uncommon to find people you know relying on the internet to find their soul mates. Truly, the Internet has offered a whole new path towards looking for ‘the one,’ which quite honestly has been widely accepted. In retrospect, it increases your scope, opens more possibilities to getting introduced to a more diverse set of people, and getting to avoid the anxiety that comes with getting to know people face-to-face, all the while having the convenience of doing it from the comfort of your home.

Tinder was a revolutionary dating application because it introduced the idea of imposing a mutual understanding between two people before they can start interacting with each other. In simple words, people need to like each other, by swiping right, before a conversation on the application can be made. That idea boosted their popularity among younger consumers, rapidly overtaking all other dating applications in the market.

From a perspective, people from the United States are Tinder’s most active users in the planet with an estimate of over 22.8 million users, a pretty large number of people who’s actively out looking for the love of their life. Globally, the BBC estimates that the online dating application has over 57 million active monthly users and 4.7 million of which are paid subscribers in Q1 of 2017.

What Tinder’s numbers tell us is that the dating application is doing extremely well even with it coming late into the competition and it is predicted that Tinder revenue for 2018 will reach $800 million. However, with more and more dating applications emerge such as Bumble, Match.com, and Happn, which also adapts Tinder’s like-first system, the company’s next step is to obviously adapt more innovations to keep up with the competition.

One solution that Tinder parent company, Match Group thought of was developing the idea that Tinder should be accessed by more people Earlier this week, they announced that they will be launching Tinder Lite.

The idea of Tinder Lite follows other numerous applications like Google’s -Go applications: Google Go, Gmail Go, Files Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go and Google Assistant Go. There’s also Facebook Lite, Instagram Lite, Messenger Lite, Twitter Lite, Uber Lite, Spotify Lite, and even TikTok Lite, to name a few others.

The idea behind ‘Lite’ applications is to mainly offer a version of the application that takes up much less of your phone’s memory space and, in effect, less consume less data. If you haven’t noticed Google’s applications range from hundreds of megabytes, which is why a -Go version would be more reasonable to download if you’re not really on the application as much.

However, Tinder Lite isn’t meant for U.S. consumption, although it might benefit some. Particularly, memory space isn’t much of a problem for first world countries where its citizens jump on a brand new model every few months offering more memory space. The Apple iPhone, the country’s most popular smartphone offers their latest model with at least 64GB up to 256GB.

More significantly, Tinder Lite is addressed to target other markets such as the South East Asian region as TechCrunch reports. Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg said that internet penetration had grown by nearly 15% in the region over the past five years, which Tinder Lite could come in beneficial because the Lite version would require much fewer internet data.

“This area has more than a dozen high-density cities with over a million people, and more young people are moving to large cities. These are really important factors that make the need for our app high,” she explained. “…We are excited about the Tinder Lite app that will be coming soon. It’s a big step forward addressing the needs of consumers there. Tinder Lite will be a smaller app to download. It will take less space on your phone, making Tinder more effective, even in more remote areas or regions. And keep in mind, these are regions where data usage still comes at a premium.” Ginsberg said.

So overall, Tinder may have a lot more users in the years to come with penetrating Asian countries but it wouldn’t affect the United States as much, after all, it’s a location-specific application, too. But one thing’s for sure, Tinder is making a great investment and will certainly make a good buck.

Tinder Lite doesn’t have a specific date yet but Ginsberg says that it will be available soon.

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You May Have Been Playing UNO The Wrong Way And Here’s Why

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UNO clarified the rule that disallows stacking +4 and +2 cards.

Admit it or not, you have forged so many friendships, created so many enemies, and made so many memories while playing the game of UNO. However, the company that built the game and officially sells the trademarked UNO cards recently said that players have been playing the game wrong.

In a post from the company’s official Twitter account, the world famous card game manufacturer said that players have been making an illegal move in the game sneakily and clarified the ambiguous rules of the game. According to the official post, a player cannot stack a +4 or +2 card after another.

“We know you’ve tried it,” teased UNO’s tweet. Stacking a +4 or a +2 card has become a common strategy for UNO players around the world to get around the consequence of being thrown with a +4 or a +2 card. In the most common rule, when the player before you put down a +4 or a +2 card, you have to pick four or two more cards from the deck and skip a turn unless you have a +4 or a +2 car to transfer the consequence to the player after you.

But UNO clarified that this is the wrong way to play the game and to use the said special cards. “If someone puts down a +4 card, you must draw 4, and your turn is skipped. You can’t put down a +2 to make the next person Draw 6,” they explained in the tweet. This means that when the player before you put down a +4 or +2 card, you have no choice but to draw four or two cards from the deck and skip your turn, even if you have in your hand a +4 or +2 card.

The game, UNO, was initially developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins in Reading, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati and has become part of the Mattel brand since 1992. In the unpopular buy official rules of the game, the player will only win the entire game by being the first to come up with 500 points, usually earned throughout different rounds of the game. The total score can be achieved by being the first to play all of one’s cards and scoring points for the cards still held by the other players.

According to the game’s website, the deck consists of 108 cards with “four each of “Wild” and “Wild Draw Four,” and 25 each of four different colors (red, yellow, green, blue). Each color consists of one zero, two each of 1 through 9, and two each of “Skip,” “Draw Two,” and “Reverse.” These last three types are known as “action cards.”

The game becomes so popular that the brand has sold billions of decks worldwide and has remained to be one of the best selling card games of all time. There are also videos, movies, and shows that feature the game as well as a game show based on playing UNO. A slot machine has also been based on the game.

While there is no clear rationale behind the sudden clarification of the rules made by the brand, the tweet which was posted two days ago and has already garnered thousands of reactions and comments, have solicited violent and shocking opinions from fans around the world.

“My deck, my rules…someone’s eating this +24,” asserted by one Twitter user who seems to be shocked and angered by the clarification made by UNO. Another Twitter user said that the rule cleanup ‘completely ruins the game.

Following the downpour of reactions from players on Twitter, UNO decided to post another tweet saying that the rule can also be used as a strategy.

“This is a completely valid move and the only sure way to assert your dominance at the table. See Also: House Rules, “ UNO wrote.

But players seem to be unfazed by the assertion of the dominance of the brand to the rules of their own game. As a response, a Twitter user bluntly exclaimed “your (UNO) rule sucks! “

Many responses to the tweet saying that no matter what UNO says, it’s the house rule that applies and that they will be playing the way that they want. Besides, “it’s not an Olympic sports.”

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