How the November new moon in scorpio will affect you, based on your zodiac sign

A biggie you’ll want to keep on your radar: a new moon in Scorpio on November 7. And with it, sh*t is about to get real.

Somehow, November crept up on us, bringing along some new astrological changes.

A biggie you’ll want to keep on your radar: a new moon in Scorpio on November 7. And with it, sh*t is about to get real.

What Will The New Moon In Scorpio Mean For Me?

Brace yourself: You’re going to be feeling all kinds of feels.

“What we should expect from the Scorpio new moon is the awakening of deep emotions and the ability to see what is going on underneath the surface,” says Donna Page, a professional astrologer with a graduate degree in counseling psychology.

That can mean finding deeper meaning in things people do and say, as well as seeing people for who they really are, she says.

Anything Special About This Particular New Moon?

Yes, actually! The nodes of the moon have now shifted into Cancer and Capricorn. “What this means is a stronger emphasis on finding the right balance,” Page says. So, you may notice that you’re suddenly feeling frazzled about your lack of a work-life balance, when you were okay letting it ride before.

You’ll also have some big emotional shifts around what you value most in life. “It can be with a romantic relationship, your relationship with children, or even the feelings you have around your financial circumstances,” Page says.

This new moon isn’t necessarily good or bad, but it kind of depends on how you approach it. “When one embraces the positive side of the vibration of this Scorpio new moon, it can empower the person with awareness of a deeper purpose,” Page says. “One can embrace the emotional changes and shakeup around relationships to bring more love and experience into life.”

But, you can get caught up in it when you allow yourself to feel jealous, competitive, or envious-and that can cause your relationships to become chaotic.

What Signs Will Feel This New Moon The Most?

Heads up, Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus, and Leo: You’ll feel the impact of this new moon the most.

“This is because those four signs are the fixed signs of the zodiac,” Page explains. “Therefore they can feel the tension more than the other signs.”

So…get ready for a serious shakeup.

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‘I lost 143 pounds by eating healthier versions of my favorite foods’

I realize now, food became my crutch (I was sexually assaulted at a young age, and my therapist eventually helped me connect the two things)-but at the time

I’d never been overweight as a child but all of sudden, at 15 years old, I began binge-eating…and my body started to rapidly change.

I realize now, food became my crutch (I was sexually assaulted at a young age, and my therapist eventually helped me connect the two things)-but at the time, I didn't understand why or how I would eat an entire pizza in one sitting. By the time I made it to my senior year of high school, I had gained 100 pounds.

At my heaviest (after having my son), I was 302 pounds-and I started seriously considering weight-loss surgery.

 

I’d tried so many of my own methods to lose weight-restricting calories, eating bland foods-but nothing I tried was sustainable (plain chicken with steamed, unseasoned broccoli for dinner every night was just not going to happen). So I’d quit as soon as I’d start.

At that time, I knew I wanted weight-loss surgery, but in order for it to be approved by my insurance, I had to provide proof of a failed weight-loss program. So, I tried WW (formerly Weight Watchers) totally expecting it would fail me and I’d be able to get the surgery I wanted.

To my surprise, I actually lost weight-that's when I knew the program was going to change my life.

Before Weight Watchers I had no limits when it came to food. I was eating fast food almost every day: ordering the largest burger, the largest fries, and a large soda. I didn’t really think or care about what I was putting into my body, and WW changed that. The program’s point-based system made me think about what I was eating-and it prompted a complete lifestyle change. 

In fact, to hold myself accountable (and to pay it forward), I started my Instagram account, @feliciafitnesshealth, to document my weight-loss journey. I had been so inspired by other weight-loss accounts like Lexi Reed's @fatgirlfedup, that I wanted to give others the same motivation.

 

Another lifestyle change: Not feeling guilty about eating something I thought was "bad" for me. Before, on other diets, I would let my eating habits spiral if I had a treat (I'd already "ruined" my diet that day-why bother eating healthy otherwise?). But Weight Watchers taught me that eating one cupcake is not what got me to 300 pounds and eating one now won’t halt my progress-I can enjoy treats guilt-free and then get back on track.

I'm also finding ways to make healthier versions of the meals I used to enjoy most, which means I don't get bored with my diet, and I always feel satisfied. Here's what I usually eat on WW:

  • Breakfast: Protein coffee (two shots of espresso poured over a protein shake) with fruit or a Smartcake, a gluten-free and low-carb snack cake.

  • Lunch: Eggs and turkey sausage, or a grilled cheese made with whole-grain bread and a side of cottage cheese.

  • Dinner: Two-ingredient pizza dough, made from non-fat Greek yogurt and self-rising flower, with light cheese and marinara sauce. Or sometimes, a cheesy broccoli casserole with cauliflower rice.

Once I started to lose weight, I began working on my other goal: to become more toned.

I started off at a small gym that I’d walk to with my son (my weight made me insecure about getting a membership at a bigger, busier gym). At first, my workouts consisted of light cardio on the treadmill and the elliptical for 20 to 30 minutes, followed by weight training with five-pound dumbbells.

As the weight started coming off, I switched to a different gym where I focused more on heavy lifting and incorporating high-intensity cardio into my routine. Now, six days a week, I use the StairMaster for about 20 minutes and lift for 30 minutes.

 

I won't sugarcoat things: Losing weight was tough, and I couldn't have done it without help.

Balancing life with this new lifestyle was hard, but I knew I had to do everything I could to succeed-that meant attending weekly Weight Watchers meetings. My family doesn't live nearby and my husband was often gone for training in the Marine Corps, so I had to rely on friends to watch my son while I was at the gym or at meetings.

I’m so thankful for the incredible support system I’ve had throughout this process, it means a lot to me. My loved ones were, understandably, worried about me at my heavier weight and it means everything to know that I’ve made them proud.

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Exactly how to make a protein shake that tastes amazing

And, sure, that’s one way to get a quick dose of protein on the go-but it’s not the only way, and it’s definitely not the most delicious. With a little know-how and a few simple ingredients, it’s possible to make a protein shake so delicious you’ll actually crave it.

When you think of protein shakes, you might think of gym bros downing a bottle of sludge made from powder and water.

And, sure, that’s one way to get a quick dose of protein on the go-but it’s not the only way, and it’s definitely not the most delicious. With a little know-how and a few simple ingredients, it’s possible to make a protein shake so delicious you’ll actually crave it.

How to make a protein shake

Stop thinking about protein shakes as nothing but protein powder and water, and start looking at them as high-protein smoothies. Then, it’s just a matter of mastering a simple formula, and customizing it however you want.

The simplest formula? 1 serving Greek yogurt or protein powder + 1 cup frozen fruit + enough milk or dairy-free milk to get your blender going. (This packs 20-40 grams of protein.)

“To make the perfect protein smoothie, be sure to include a carbohydrate source (think fruit or oats) and a protein (think protein powder or greek yogurt),” says Elizabeth Hurley, R.D. She adds you should aim for around 20 grams of protein for a pre- or post-workout smoothie, or even for a small meal.

For reference, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese pack around 20 grams of protein per serving, while protein powder has anywhere from 20 to 40 grams of protein in a scoop.

A cup of fruit will add filling fiber and energizing carbohydrates, while boosting the flavor. Blending with dairy milk will add another eight grams of protein per cup; non-dairy milk will only add about one gram of protein-which one you choose depends on your goals and preferences.

The amount of liquid you need depends on your other ingredients, so start by adding about a half cup to your blender, then slowly pour in additional liquid until you get the consistency you want.

Be mindful about adding fat.

If you’re drinking your shake pre-workout, Hurley suggests keeping it simple and skipping a fat source. “Our bodies digest fat a little slower, which can leave you feeling too full or uncomfortable during your workout,” she says. If you’re whipping up your shake post-workout or any other time of day, a tablespoon of nut butter or ¼ avocado will add healthy fats to keep you full for longer.

Steer clear of hidden added sugars, too.

Pre-made protein shakes often come packed with added sugars, so making your own is a great way to avoid the sugar trap. “Be mindful of sources of added sugars,” says Hurley. “Choose plain Greek yogurt over flavored, and read the label on your frozen fruit to make sure it doesn't contain any added sugars. If you’re using a dairy alternative like almond milk, choose the unsweetened kind!” If you opt for protein powder over Greek yogurt, try and find a brand without added sugar.

Need a little help learning the ropes before building your own protein shakes? These seven recipes are easy, tasty, and packed with protein.

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

 

Chocolate protein powder and powdered peanut butter give this smoothie a whopping 39 grams of protein.

Per serving: 347 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 30 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 147 mg sodium, 39 g protein

2. Strawberry Chia Seed Protein Shake 

 

Another powder-based smoothie, this one has a dose of healthy fats and fiber from chia seeds.

Per serving: 195 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated), 19 g carbs, 9.5 g sugar, 179 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 22.5 g protein

3. Protein-Packed Blackberry Smoothie

 

This smoothie gets its protein power from a container of plain Greek yogurt. If you don’t have blackberries, substitute whatever kind of frozen berry you’d prefer.

Per serving: 178 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 22 g carbs, 16 g sugar, 196 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 18 g protein

4. Banana Protein Shake

 

With a combination of Greek yogurt and protein powder, this simple smoothie packs a serious punch.

per serving: 362 calories, 10.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 32.5 g carbs, 19 g sugar, 209 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 38 g protein

5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

 

If you want peanut butter flavor without the fat, you can blend powdered PB or plain peanut flour into smoothies. This one is nostalgia in a jar, and gets protein from Greek yogurt.

Per serving: 260 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 29 g carbs, 22 g sugar, 85 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 29 g protein

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You can finally buy keto-friendly fat snax cookies in person

That's where Fat Snax comes into play-a Brooklyn-based keto-centric company that sells low-carb keto cookies.

Let's be real for a minute: The keto diet is full of super-tasty things: cheese, bacon, cheese, avocado, cheese…but there's one food mainstay it kind of fails at: dessert. (Sorry guys, Greek yogurt and berries don't count.)

That's where Fat Snax comes into play-a Brooklyn-based keto-centric company that sells low-carb keto cookies. The company used to only sell their snacks (cookies and Fat Tea, a take on bulletproof coffee) online-until now.

The fairly new keto brand (they have only been around for 18 months) has partnered with The Vitamin Shoppe to offer their best-selling keto cookies, which are now in 740 stores, nationwide.

“Making a large retail launch like this is an exciting step,” Fat Snax CEO Jeffrey Frese said in a news release via email. “While we’ve had great success so far online, we’re ready to reach customers in person and The Vitamin Shoppe has been a great launch partner.”

Frese himself is a keto dieter-he actually started Fat Snax after adopting a keto lifestyle and finding he was frustrated with the next-to-zilch available snack options (same, bro).

The cookies are currently available in Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Lemony Lemon (though other flavors are on the way in the coming months). Each cookie has 1 to 2 net carbs, no sugar, and eight to nine grams of fat. They are also free of grains, gluten, and preservatives…and honestly, if you see them, they look like legit, fresh-baked, gluten-full cookies.

Oh, and good news if you're a loyal follower: Fans of the cookies include none other than Jenna Jameson herself…so yeah, looks like you need to try these out if you haven't yet (or stock up, if you have).

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Halle Berry says she fasts every morning until 2 P.M

That's why it's important that you drop everything right now and tune in to Halle's latest Instagram story because she and trainer Peter Lee Thomas are hosting their #PHITtalks series.

ICYMI Halle Berry is seriously fit. (As if anyone could miss the 51-year-old's undeniably killer bod.)

That's why it's important that you drop everything right now and tune in to Halle's latest Instagram story because she and trainer Peter Lee Thomas are hosting their #PHITtalks series. This time around, the duo talked all things snacking-and why they believe in a dinner curfew. 

 

 

For starters, Halle was asked to comment on her favorite snack between meals and she was quick to answer with an solution we can all relate to: protein bars.

"I am a snacker and I need to have snacks, a little bit of food throughout the day," Halle said in the video, adding that she considers them a top choice when traveling or in her car going back and forth between sets. "Protein bars really work well for me to keep my energy up throughout the day."

Halle held up two of her favorites. The first: Designs for Health, a bar that she said she gets from her doctor, but you can find on Amazon in various flavors. She added: "They're low in sugar and low in calories." She said her second choice is Bulletproof bars, namely the Vanilla Shortbread flavor, which she said is "money."

The two also took on a question about whether or not they have a curfew for their eating habits. Thomas said he practices 16: 8 intermittent fasting, where he has "a window of eight hours that I eat which means I'm fasting for 16 hours." He said that means he typically starts eating between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and cuts off his trips to the refrigerator between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Halle said she also fasts in the morning, sitting down for her first meal around 2 p.m. She added: "Not that I don't get nutrients and vitamins and minerals [during that time]…I just don't sit down and have a meal." 

The two also touched on another burning Q: Do they eat pasta? Thomas noted that he loves opting for healthier pasta alternatives like zucchini noodles, or pasta made from brown rice or buckwheat.

Halle said she feeds her kids zuchinni pasta all the time, and they don't really know the difference. That said, "there are times when you just need to have a little bit of pasta," said Halle. "Go for it-I mean, I do."

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Oshiomhole says Peter Obi is not accepted in the South East

Oshiomhole says Peter Obi is not accepted in the South East

Oshiomhole also told State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari on Friday that there is disharmony in the PDP camp

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice-Presidential candidate, Peter Obi is not accepted in the South-East.

The presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar nominated Obi as his running mate in October 2018, and it did not go down well with some leaders of the party from the South-east region.

According to reports, the leaders felt that Atiku did not carry out proper consultation before picking Obi, a former Governor of Anambra state.

Oshiomhole also told State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari on Friday, November 16, 2018, that there is disharmony in the PDP camp, Daily Post reports.

He said “It is also not secret that the running mate of PDP’s candidate, his home base is disputing his suitability for that position, and this dispute is not being done in the bedrooms. It’s being done in village squares.

ALSO READ: Ohanaeze’s endorsement of Atiku all chaff, no substance – President Buhari

“And they are giving reasons that where they were hoping for gold, they have been given bronze that will postpone their access to the gold side.

“You think those guys are going to be fooled?”

Meanwhile, Igbo leaders, at a summit in Enugu state, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, have endorsed Atiku Abubakar for President.

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Borno govt to pay parents for enrolling their children in school

Gov Shettima visits murdered aid worker, Hauwa Limna’s family

This was made known by the Borno state Commissioner for Education, Mr Inuwa Kubo on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The Borno state government has finalised plans to pay parents who enrol their children in school.

According to the government, the aim is to revive education in the state

Vanguard reports that this was made known by the Borno state Commissioner for Education, Mr Inuwa Kubo on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

He said “Any parent, especially those in remote parts of the state, who willingly enroll their children in school, would be paid a certain amount of money as an incentive.

“Also, parents that enrolled a girl-child in school will get higher payment than those who enroll boys.

“The state government has taken full responsibility for the education of the orphans.

“If we fail to care and educate them, they will certainly become the dreaded Frankenstein monster that will rise tomorrow to consume us all – it could even be worse than Boko Haram.”

ALSO READ: Boko Haram threatens to execute Leah Sharibu

Boko Haram

The commissioner also explained that Boko Haram destroyed several schools in the state, adding that it set the state back in the area of education.

Kubo also revealed that the state government has embarked on the reconstruction of schools in safe locations as well as mega schools to cater for orphans.

Borno state has experienced several attacks by the dreaded terror group, Boko Haram since its inception.

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Yellow Fever: Plateau Govt sets Nov. 21 for preventive mass vaccination

A Congolese child is vaccinated during an emergency campaign of vaccination against yellow fever in Kisenso district, of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

Mrs Joy Jereshak, the State Programme Coordinator of Yellow Fever, Primary Health Care Board, announced this on Friday in Jos during a Sensitisation Programme on the 10 days exercise scheduled for Nov. 22 to Dec. 1.

The Plateau Government says it will flag-off the preventive mass vaccination campaign against Yellow Fever at Quaán Pan Local Government Area of the state on Nov. 21.

Mrs Joy Jereshak, the State Programme Coordinator of Yellow Fever, Primary Health Care Board, announced this on Friday in Jos during a Sensitisation Programme on the 10 days exercise scheduled for Nov. 22 to Dec. 1.

Jereshak said that UNICEF and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) are targeting 18.6 million people to be vaccinated against yellow fever disease in five states and the FCT.

According to her, the states include Borno, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kogi, Niger and Plateau, as well as the FCT.

The coordinator, who described yellow fever as “dreaded disease’’ which needs to be prevented before any havoc, said that over 3 million people are being targeted to be vaccinated in Plateau.

She said that the forthcoming vaccination exercise is the second phase in the state.

“The targeted age group is from nine months to 44 years; the vaccination will be free, safe and effective,” she said.

She however warned that pregnant women and children who are below the age of nine months should to not take the vaccination as it will be injurious to them.

According to her, those who have jaundice, HIV, sickle cell anemia or are allergic to egg should also not take the yellow fever vaccination.

The health expert said: “It is good that people who eventually take the vaccine be carefully observed for any reaction to the vaccine before they leave the venues.

“This is to avoid any complication that may arise thereafter.

“Worthy of note is that, once a person has been vaccinated against yellow fever, that person doesn’t need any again, because once one has been vaccinated against yellow fever, it is forever; you don’t need it again,’’ she said.

She said that the PHC would soon meet with all the chairmen of the 17 local government councils of the state and called on all the health directors in the councils to intensify sensitisation campaigns on vaccination.

Jereshak also called on all traditional rulers and religious leaders to use their Churches and Mosques to create public awareness on the exercise, so that no child or adult within the target group misses it.

According to her, everybody must take the yellow fever vaccination campaign very serious because records showed that 60,000 people die annually from the disease in Africa.

She also said that 16,000 cases of yellow fever have been reported with 600 deaths in Nigeria.

“This, however, calls for seriousness on the part of government and the people of Plateau to ensure that we are all safe from the deadly disease called yellow fever,’’ she said.

She commended UNICEF as well as the federal and state governments for their efforts to ensure that the vaccination was successful.

According to her, that way, lives will be saved and the environment will be safe for everyone. 

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APC Primaries: Nasarawa stakeholders demand justice

APC to conduct Niger Senatorial primaries on October 5

Alhaji Ahmadu Ogotoyi, the spokesman of the group, made the appeal at a news conference on Friday in Keffi.

Some Stakeholders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kokona West constituency of Nasarawa State have called for justice and fairness in resolving disputes arising from the conduct of its nationwide primaries.

Alhaji Ahmadu Ogotoyi, the spokesman of the group, made the appeal at a news conference on Friday in Keffi.

Ogotoyi alleged that there was no primary election in their constituency.

He also alleged that the party just filed the name of one Mr Umar Osu as the APC candidate for the state House of Assembly seat for the constituency.

“We are protesting against what we described as kangaroo primary election carried out by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which will not stand the test of time.

“Name of an aspirant was just written and submitted to the party without primary election conducted,” he alleged.

According to him, Mr Abubakar Kana, the incumbent member is the preferred person that the stakeholders and the people of our constituency want but the party do otherwise.

He threatened that the aggrieved constituents would move or defect to other political parties if the national leadership of the party failed to address their grievance soonest.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kana (APC-Kokona West), the incumbent member at the state House of Assembly, lost out during the party’s primary election to Osu.

NAN also learnt that Kana has petitioned the national leadership of the party over non-conduct of the primary election in his constituency.

However, the lawmaker said his complaint was yet to be addressed.

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Ohanaeze’s endorsement of Atiku all chaff, no substance – President Buhari

Atiku Abubakar shares a hug with Professor Ben Nwabueze, an elder statesman in the southeast region

Buhari said he was told that the action by the Ndigbo apex group was all gas, lacking substance.

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that many well-meaning Igbo leaders asked him to ignore the so-called endorsement by Ohanaeze Ndigbo of the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari said he was told that the action by the Ndigbo apex group was all gas, lacking substance.

The President made the revelation on Friday at the Presidential Villa, when he hosted a group of Igbo leaders in Abuja, who pledged to mobilize votes for him in next year’s election.

President Buhari said, based on assurances by Igbo leaders, he was not surprised about the split within the Ohanaeze Igbo socio-cultural group after the so-called Atiku endorsement.

President Buhari said that the moment the so-called resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.

“From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was,’’ he added.

The President said that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.

He said: “We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more. Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now.

“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP. We earned money, which we didn’t use.

“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power. They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did.

“We will report them to Nigerians. Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP. They were so reckless with the resources of the country.’’

“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have. We must stay here and salvage it together.”

The leaders of the delegation, Engineer Emeka Ekwuosa and the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, informed President Buhari that the Igbos and South-easterners generally understand the good things he is doing for Nigeria which they said, had unfortunately been misunderstood.

They promised to mobilise support for him in the south-east, saying that his re-election will be a national consensus.

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