Too Hot To Handle!

Spicy Peppers

I love spicy food – but sometimes I venture to bite into a chilli pepper that is just too hot for me – and then all hell breaks loose. I guess, I never learn.

However, according to latest reports, it’s smart to eat hot peppers!

Capsaicin, the alkaloid responsible for the spicy flavor in hot peppers, may offer benefits in the treatment of some diseases, according to an article published in 2011 in the journal “Molecules.” Peppers that contain capsaicin include jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne, serrano, cherry peppers and even bell peppers. Eating peppers in the capsaicin family can benefit you because they play a role in digestive health, cardiovascular health and in long-term cancer prevention.~

Capsaicin reportedly:

1. Can increase metabolism and so help with weight loss. Of course, it’s no substitute for exercise and a healthy diet.

2. Might have an effect on the growth of cancer cells

3. Might help with heartburn and stomach ailmentsΒ by reducing levels of certain bacteria or by simulating protective stomach juices.

4. Reduces pain of osteoarthritis and psoriasis.

Too Hot To Handle?

But this is really not about chilli peppers. It’s about me taking on more than I can manage! Β This month I decided that I liked writing and blogging so much that I’d venture to undertake the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo together. They were just too hot to handle. All hell broke loose – in my head, at least. I just couldn’t keep up. What’s more, I’m seriously behind in answering your lovely comments. (What else is new?)

So I decided to opt out and I feel so much better for it. I’m back to blogging and writing for the joy of it – no pressure.

Thanks for being such wonderfully supportive readers!



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56 thoughts on “Too Hot To Handle!

  1. I cannot add one more thing to my life. Especially writing stuff.

    I’m still not sure about what this Nano thing is.

    Is this process to get people to finish their books? Xx

    1. I guess I thought I had it all together, Kim. Yes, the NaNo thingie is where you are encouraged to write 50k words in one month towards your novel! Crazy, no? πŸ™‚

  2. Everyday blogging can be very stressful. You did it last month too. Guess, doing it consecutively for 2 months is a bit too much. Blog at your own pace. Looking forward to some wonderful inspiring and spicy posts from you! πŸ™‚

    1. Two months in a row and 50k words on top of that was being inhuman to myself, don’t you think, Shilpa? Yes, I’m taking it easy now and getting other folks to write on my blog. πŸ˜‰

  3. Hahah….glad you are doing what you like by enjoying it and not by force πŸ™‚ I can never keep up with competitions..may be I am not so high spirited πŸ™‚

  4. I can totally relate to this. I actually signed up and paid for an online writing class and I am now so far behind I actually avoid reading the emails because it just makes me feel worse. I probably should be reading it and writing up something for it now…

    1. Lynne, I’ve been there and done that too with an online course. For now I’ll focus on doing what I love – blogging and reviewing. Which reminds me that I have an excellent book to review – soon! πŸ˜‰

  5. I thought of undertaking the Novel writing this month but just couldn’t find time! And I have exams coming up so really didn’t want to commit now! But I am so happy for you ! Good Luck writing! πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Corinne,

    It’s my first time at your blog and it’s great to be here!

    I like spicy food too! However, I usually end up regretting eating food, which is too hot!

    I’m looking forward to more of your blog posts.

    Thank you.

  7. Ever since my childhood I have always hated force. A big reason why I stay away from competitions; I don’t say there won’t be disadvantages of the situation but that is what it is. I deeply believe there is something seriously amiss about both the ideas.

    1. I understand your aversion to competitions, Umashankar. I avoid them too. I thought I’d enter these events to push myself to write more, but in the process I felt too much of pressure and decided to give up.

  8. Great choice, keeping your sanity is always the way to go I say…Love to you, Jan

  9. I understand the frustration of ‘having’ to have something written. Blogging starts to ‘loose’ the fun in writing to share your thoughts. I feel bad when I decline an invitation to be involved in some events, but I know how I am and how I get. I don’t like to feel like I ‘have’ to write something. It removes the genuine and authentic aspect of my writing and I don’t want that. It sounds sort of like you found yourself in that same situation.
    Hope that you have a wonderful weekend Corinne!

  10. I think we all sometimes get into things that are too hot to handle , Corinne. I lag behind so much in reading blogs and replying. Sometimes life tends tends to overwhelm you and even though I may not have done anything much constructive, I feel I have no time. I wonder if you go through that sometimes, my friend.
    Talking of hot chili pepper, you should try the world’s hottest one that is grown only in Assam. “Jolokia” is the Assamese word for chilli pepper. And this dynamite is called “bhoot Jolokia”. If and when I visit Mumbai next time I will get some for you. Love

    1. Rimly – Talking about reading blogs and replying to comments – I’m so way behind it’s not funny! And yes, there are days when we feel overwhelmed doing nothing!
      Now, I know we’re friends, so let’s stay that way – you keep your Assamese chillies to yourself, please :). I’ve read too much about them to even venture to try one! πŸ™‚

    1. I’m all for writing for the joy of it, Uma. I stay away from competitions – but this one was against myself – and I thought I’d give it a shot. Didn’t work out and I’m happy! πŸ™‚

  11. You are so amazing! I can’t even think about doing one of those. I break out in hives every year at the end of October every time I even think of doing one.

    I’m glad you’re back and hopefully your brain will be back in order now ;-).

  12. Hi Corinne ! very well expressed, I have always admired how you managed. I am glad that you took away the pressure, I like the way you deal with your self. There is so much to learn from you. Thanks for being an inspiration !

  13. Glad that you chose to free yourself from the pressure. Sometimes the mind loves the challenge at the outset but later the same mind gets fatigued and burns out. Life goes on. Breathe in Breathe out πŸ™‚ Smiles.

    Joy always,

  14. Good, feeling pressured is not a good feeling. And, I am eagerly awaiting your reply to all my comments ;-).

    1. Sometimes pressure is good for me, Rachna – but this was over the top! I’m taking the hint and answering all your comments – make place in your inbox, please! πŸ˜‰

  15. perfect analogy… I have been known to bite into a pepper too hot for me to handle, too and you are so right, all hell brakes loose.

  16. I am glad you took this step Corinne!

    When I learnt that you had entered yet another one – I was quite surprised and amazed at your stamina to go from one to another! I know I wouldn’t have been able to cope up and somewhere down the line, something or the other suffers.

    Thanks for sharing, and welcome back to blogging and writing for the joy of writing. πŸ™‚

  17. try a little of this…a little of that…a little spicey hot pressure…then, cool it down for a breather…i admire you for going through your process(es) and changing course when appropriate for you! love, love, LOVE!

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