Showing posts from April 1, 2018

These Foods Are Good for Your Eyes

Raw Red PeppersBell peppers give you the most vitamin C per calorie. That's good for the blood vessels in your eyes, and science suggests it could lower your risk of getting cataracts. It's found in many vegetables and fruits, including bok choy, cauliflower, papayas, and strawberries. Heat will break down vitamin C, so go raw when you can. Brightly colored peppers also pack eye-friendly vitamins A and E. Swipe to advance 2/10 Sunflower Seeds and NutsAn ounce of these seeds or almonds has half the amount of vitamin E the USDA recommends for adults each day. A large study found that vitamin E, together with other nutrients, can help slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from getting worse. It may also help prevent cataracts. Hazelnuts, peanuts (technically legumes), and peanut butter are also good sources of vitamin E. Swipe to advance 3/10 Dark, Leafy GreensKale, spinach, and collard greens, for example, are rich in both vitamins C and E. They also have the carotenoids lutein …

Are You Eating These Fruits and Veggies Wrong?

Biggest Bang for Your Produce BuckIf you’re trying to work more fruits and vegetables into your diet, make sure you get the most out of them. How they’re prepared can make a big difference in the nutritional punch they pack. The right type of heat can bring out the nutrients in some, but you’ll need to eat others raw to get the biggest benefit. Swipe to advance 2/12 Raw GarlicThis is one powerful plant. It’s rich in selenium, an antioxidant that may help control high blood pressure and possibly lower your chances of some cancers. You can mix it into veggie stir-fries, casseroles, or tomato sauce for pasta, but you’ll get more nutrients if you eat it raw or add it just before the dish is finished cooking. Swipe to advance 3/12 Fresh FruitThis is a healthy snack that's rich in fiber, low in fat and calories, and packed with vitamins. Some types may even make you less likely to get type 2 diabetes. The best choices are blueberries, grapes, and apples. But the same can’t be said for frui…

Foods That Give You an Energy Boost

Doesn't All Food Boost Energy?Yes, but in different ways. Sugary drinks, candy, and pastries put too much fuel (sugar) into your blood too quickly. The ensuing crash leaves you tired and hungry again. “Complex carbs,” healthy fats, and protein take longer to digest, satisfy your hunger, and provide a slow, steady stream of energy. Swipe to advance 2/15 OatmealIt’s a complex carbohydrate. That means it’s full of fiber and nutrients. Oatmeal is slower to digest and supplies energy evenly instead of all at once. A bowl in the morning will keep you going for hours. Swipe to advance 3/15 EggsA single one has just 70 calories, and yet has 6 grams of protein. That provides fuel that gets released slowly. It also has more nutrients per calorie than most other foods. That helps it satisfy hunger. As a result, you’re more likely to skip that mid-morning doughnut in the office break room that will spike your blood sugar and crash your energy. Swipe to advance 4/15 ChickenTrimmed of skin, it’s a great…

Inspirational Quote – April 07, 2018

“Don’t expect only happiness in your life. There are going to be dark times, but remember that stars need darkness to shine.”

I think most of us know that life isn’t unending happiness but a combination of happiness and unhappiness, unfortunately for some of us, in unequal measures. However, that’s life and there’s nothing we can do about it but accept and do our best to cope and move on from the unhappy times. The only good thing, if there is such a thing, is that the unhappy times should bring us the realization that the happy times need to be enjoyed and treasured. Just like the stars need darkness in order to shine, so the happy times need the unhappy times to make us value them as we should.

Scale in the Story of Interbeing

In contemporary society, bigger is better: bigger homes, bigger salaries, bigger acts, bigger influences. But what about all the small acts carried out each day by those who remain invisible to the masses? Are their intentions deemed less worthy, their outcomes less significant? In this inspiring essay, author Charles Eisenstein challenges the belief that in order to leave an imprint, our actions must be far-reaching and yield great returns. Instead, he argues, by scaling down, even the simplest encounters and undertakings can generate profound change. "For me, scaling down implies a kind of trust that it is okay to do just this, right here, right now. Letting go of controlling the macroscopic outcome, action becomes a kind of prayer, a kind of aligning oneself with the world one wants to see."

How to Feel More Alive at Work

A new book leverages neuroscience to explain why work is a slog—and how to bring back our curiosity and excitement.BY KIRA M. NEWMAN

Why do we devote so much effort to being happier in our personal lives, but accept that work sucks? Americans are stressed and disengaged. Many of us complain about Mondays; we TGIF. We drag ourselves to the office and wait for the clock to strike 5 p.m., but we think that’s all normal.  “We’ve sometimes lost our zest for our jobs and accepted working as a sort of long commute to the weekend,” writes London Business School professor Daniel M. Cable in his new book, Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do. “It’s not meaningful or exciting, but that’s why they call it work, right?” Our indifference to work is biological, Cable explains. The dopamine circuit in our brains—the “seeking system”—generates interest, curiosity, and excitement, and it’s linked to intrinsic motivation. But thanks to employers who try to motivate us wit…

Inspirational Quote – April 06, 2018

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

It doesn’t take strength to do what we do every day as normally it involves just going along with whatever we have to in order to earn a living, run a household, a social life etc. etc. We do what we know we have to because that’s what life usually entails, just getting on with it. Strength comes into play when things don’t go the way we expect or want, and we doubt ourselves in being able to cope and overcome successfully. Much easier for us to ignore or expect someone else to sort things out for us. However, finding the strength to do it ourselves this time enables us to cope better the next time, and the next………..

The Benefits of Being a Misfit

When master biographer Walter Isaacson sits down to chat with bestselling author Adam Grant, he shares secrets and insights on the inner and outer lives of great innovators like Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Leonardo da Vinci. Who was a misfit? Who was a perfectionist? Who had a notebook full of unfinished projects? What did they have in common? In this fascinating conversation, Isaacson and Grant explore the roles that curiosity, creativity, teambuilding, self-knowledge, kindness, and cruelty had in the success of these great men, and draw connections to life and work today.

How the Threat of Climate Change Makes You Biased

Faced with a challenge that requires a global response, humans cling more tightly to their clan.BY TOM JACOBS

The prospect of a dangerously warming planet inspires us to cling more tightly to our tribe. That is the discouraging finding of two newly published studies. One reports that confronting people with climate-change warnings provoked higher levels of ethnocentrism among residents of a central European nation—and decreased their intentions of acting in Earth-friendly ways. The other finds the threat of global warming increases group conformity, leading people to more tightly endorse the truisms their circle subscribe to. The results aren’t surprising, if you consider the long line of research that finds threat of any kind tends to foster this sort of solidarity. It’s just that this problem will require a globally coordinated response—not the insular, defensive crouch it apparently induces. Both papers are published in the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. For the first…