Everyday Self-Defense Tips

Self Defense Tips

police-line.jpgAs you may imagine, I get a lot of questions from folks about how they can be safer “right now.”  Especially these days, people are more-and-more aware of the fact THEY are responsible for THEIR safety… nobody else.  However, what can you do “right now” to help live in a safer way?  Whether you train in karate, or kickboxing, krav maga, or BJJ… these tips are across the board beneficial. Here they are, as originally adapted from the LAPD Crime Prevention Unit. 

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Lock your doors, and park in well-lit areas.
  • Look at and around your vehicle prior to entering and exiting.
  • Walk with your keys protruding from your fingers.
  • Look around as you walk, keeping your head up, and drive with awareness.
  • Avoid “road rage.”  Do not make eye contact with aggressive drivers or make gestures.
  • Leave flyers on your car until you are out of the area where you were originally parked.
  • Keep packages locked in the trunk of your vehicle, or out of plain view.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.  Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, too.
  • Do not carry a large purse, and keep wallets in your front pocket.
  • Even if you are rushed and thinking about many things, stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Be Alert!  If something doesn’t seem right, don’t ignore your feelings about it.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Notify your credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be alert at ATM’s and when entering PIN #’s at shopping stores.
  • Keep children close to you, and have a plan if separated.
  • Advise children of who “safe” people are that they can go to if help is needed.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  Criminals may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money, belongings, or causing harm

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Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

Breakfast is the most influential meal of the day. If you start your day with sugary pastries or a greasy breakfast sandwich, the rest of your food choices will follow suit.

However, when you start your morning with a wholesome and nutritious meal you’ll be more likely to continue with good choices throughout the day. Enjoy this recipe for Pumpkin & Zucchini Muffin is a nutritious start to your day.

Don’t let the rich flavor and mouthwatering moistness of these muffins fool you. You’ll have a hard time convincing anyone, but this recipe was modified to include less fat and sugar than the original.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 40

3 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup raw honey
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup coconut oil, melted
7 oz applesauce
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup shredded zucchini
¼ cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a mini muffin pan with paper baking cups, or use non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a mixing bowl combine eggs and honey. Add pumpkin, melted coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. Gradually add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in the zucchini.

4. Pour into muffin tins, sprinkle the tops with chopped walnuts. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until you can poke a toothpick in a muffin and it comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

One mini muffin equals: 92 calories, 3g fat, 15g carbohydrate, 1.5g fiber, and 2g protein.