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12 Feb

How to Be, Like, Slower Than a Pothead

Who wants that? Not me. Consider this when you start feeling lame for not hopping on the Blackberry bandwagon.

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12 Feb

A Monday Moment

Here’s your Monday Moment:

Slow down and simplify.

Why? Consider the following and I think you’ll agree – why not?

You will get more done.

You will strengthen your soul’s ability to make the right choice (a.k.a. listening to your instincts).

You will say and do the right things. This doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes; it means you’ll make the best choice at the time. Slowing down means you are less likely to harm yourself or others. It gives you time to relax enough for the right decision to come to you.

When you force yourself to slow down and be in the moment, a wonderful thing happens: time seems to slow down. Don’t buy it? Try it. Close the email alert, unplug the phone, ignore text messages, silence all the beeps and blips. Work for an hour in either complete silence or music that inspires you, and see what happens. I guarantee at the end of the hour, you’ll feel as though time stood still. And you will have accomplished far more.

Slowing down is an indication of trust in yourself. When you trust in yourself, you naturally begin to live up to your own estimation of yourself. Others naturally begin to trust in you as well, and the result is that you let them down less. Everybody wins.

How to simplify

I read a study recently that found people who are constantly at the mercy of their PDAs, text messages, email, and phones experience IQ drops of up to 10 points. It’s especially hard on men, who do not multi-task as well as women.

Being unfocused is bad for your brain, your creativity, your productivity, and your intelligence. Organize your communication – set aside blocks of time, streamline and choose how you communicate, and simplify. There are many different ways to do this, and you’ll have to find what works for you. You don’t have to answer emails immediately; you don’t have to be available every moment. If it is urgent, pick up the phone. I’m baffled when people email me to ask if it is a good time to talk. What?

Slow down. The world won’t end, and you’ll find that if you buy into the constant communication mentality, the intensity and incessant small fires never end – they just increase without end.

The faster you go, the faster the wheel goes.

When you rush, you make bad decisions, risk hurting yourself and others (both physically and emotionally), you sacrifice your health, and you put yourself on a hamster wheel of obligation and activity. There’s a better way.

12 Feb

The Weekly Health Challenge

Yo, Apples! It’s time for a little pre-spring cleaning. This week’s challenge is to clean out the (kitchen) closet. Empty your fridge, your pantry, the cabinets, and the deep freeze out in the garage. If it’s not healthy, if it’s not recognizable, if it’s older than the Clinton administration, toss it.

Don’t save unhealthy stuff “for the kids”, either. They don’t need that junk any more than you do. If you feel it’s wasteful, donate the items to your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

One of the easiest ways to be healthy and lose weight is to avoid turning your home into a minefield of temptation. Restaurants and movie theaters aren’t going to change anytime soon, but you can control what goes on under your own roof. So from now on, fill the freezer with frozen chicken breasts and veggies. Stock the cabinets with vegetable-based soups, low-sodium broth, canned tomatoes, almond butter, and olive oil. And make sure the condiments in the fridge are low in saturated fats, salt, preservatives, and sugars. As always, ask the Bees for help if you’re unsure about a particular item.

9 Feb

Friday’s Catch

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

It’s the international edition.

1) Bird Flu Hits Brits

The first evidence of contaminated food shows up in Britain.

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2) Oh, Canada

Our favorite doc-in-the-making blogs about this myth. So, Apples, we are #1…in health care problems.

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3) Maybe It’s Really Not You…

How to Tell If You’re Dealing With a Crazy Therapist

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4) Canada Is Class Pet

Also from Canada, conclusive evidence that medicine makes you sicker in the long run.

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9 Feb

Smart Fuel

Smart Fuel for the weekend:

Berries may be class pet in the antioxidant department, but the humble artichoke is one of the most nutritious foods around.

True, you can’t spread it on toast, but this relative of the thistle contains almost as many antioxidants as berries – and loads of other benefits:

cleanses the liver, urinary tract, and kidneys

– promotes healthy bile production

– can help reduce bad cholesterol

– has therapeutic medicinal properties, especially for IBS and other digestive illnesses

– among the highest levels of flavonoids of any vegetable or fruit

– high in vitamin C, folic acid, essential fatty acids, many beneficial plant chemicals, magnesium, and fiber

The best part about the artichoke is that you can eat the entire thing and it will only set you back about 25 calories.

It takes a good amount of cooking to soften the leaves enough to snack on. Everyone loves the best part – the heart – but I don’t recommend relying on jars of soybean-oil-soaked hearts as your only source of artichoke. They can be expensive to buy fresh, but one of the Bees points out that you can now find baby fresh artichoke hearts in many stores.

Not only can you buy a dozen baby artichokes for the price of one large artichoke, they have the same nutritional value and are more tender – you can pop the entire thing in your mouth, leaves and all. Try it out this weekend – steam or broil (the latter is great with some olive oil, lemon juice and a little parmesan) and dig in!

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