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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 ailments 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!  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!




  1. […] and was able to meet old friends after the service. 2. For good food – especially all the Andhra pickles I am enjoying! 3. For our garden that’s beginning to take shape – starting small but […]

  2. melissa melissa December 28, 2012

    I think it’s good that you experiment on many things then you get to see which suits you best 😉

  3. Roshni Roshni November 30, 2012

    Nice analogy!! Glad you quit when you realized that it was too stressful!

  4. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick November 27, 2012

    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

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 28, 2012

      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? 🙂

  5. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg November 27, 2012

    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! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      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. 😉

  6. Latha Latha November 27, 2012

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

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      Competitions I avoid like the plague, Latha! 🙂 I thought these events would push me to write more – they did the opposite! 🙂

  7. Lynne Watts Lynne Watts November 26, 2012

    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…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      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! 😉

  8. Hajra Hajra November 25, 2012

    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! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      Thanks for coming by, Hajra. The fact is that I’ve opted out since I found the novel writing too hot to handle! Good luck with your exams.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      Yes, I did try, Anne. But two months in a row of blogging everyday took its toll. No regrets.
      Thank you so very much for the award. ♥

  9. Hiten Hiten November 25, 2012

    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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      Thanks so much for visiting here, Hiten. What’s your spicy ‘poison’ of choice, generally? 🙂
      Will be popping in to have a look at your blog soon.

      • Hiten Hiten November 27, 2012

        Hi Corinne,

        I love Chilli Paneer! Thanks for asking the question! 🙂

        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 28, 2012

          Chilli Paneer – that’s a new one – never had it. I must try it out. My spicy treat is good Andhra pickle! 🙂

  10. umashankar umashankar November 24, 2012

    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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      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.

  11. Daisy Inthewind Daisy Inthewind November 24, 2012

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

  12. Mary Hudak-Collins Mary Hudak-Collins November 24, 2012

    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!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 27, 2012

      Yes, the pressure of ‘have-to-write’ was getting to me, Mary. I decided I could do without it. You understood me perfectly! 🙂

  13. rimly rimly November 23, 2012

    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

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      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! 🙂

  14. UmaS UmaS November 23, 2012

    Oh yeah…I agree on the writing for the joy of it 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      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! 🙂

  15. Heal Now and Forever Heal Now and Forever November 22, 2012

    I honor you. And it was a good decision, make with self love!

  16. privytrifles privytrifles November 22, 2012


    Glad to hear that…it is always a pleasure reading you Corinne – be it your posts / comments / replies to our comments!!

  17. Jas Jas November 22, 2012

    There is nothing wrong in taking a breather.. 🙂

  18. Sili Sili November 22, 2012

    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 ;-).

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      I don’t have a little Frog Princess to keep me on my toes, Sili. Couldn’t make it even then! 🙂

  19. G Angela G Angela November 22, 2012

    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 !

  20. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah November 22, 2012

    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 🙂 Smiles.

    Joy always,

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      Oh yes, breathing in and out I am, Susan – but your conversation on IB takes my breath away! 😉

  21. Rachna Rachna November 22, 2012

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

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      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! 😉

  22. Amy Amy November 22, 2012

    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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      Thanks, Amy. Thankfully, I pulled the plug before all hell broke! 😉

  23. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando November 22, 2012

    We all need a breather from time to time. Good for you, Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      Oh yes, we do, Martha. I can’t believe you wrote everyday for so long! 🙂

  24. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh November 21, 2012

    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. 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 23, 2012

      Yes, Harleena. I bit off more than I can chew, but I was glad to be able to call it quits without any regret. Thanks for your support – always!

  25. Dangerous Linda Dangerous Linda November 21, 2012

    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!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 22, 2012

      You just love me too much, Linda! 😉 But thank you, I’m enjoying being free!

  26. janu janu November 21, 2012

    Nice…..take it easy.

  27. adrianairis adrianairis November 21, 2012

    I tried I can’t keep up. I just don’t have the time I need for everything I want to do. At least you tried.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 22, 2012

      Thanks, Adriana. Yes, the good thing was the feeling of freedom when I gave up! 🙂

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