Things I like about this article:
The info is a reality check that we create our own happiness
It is inspiring
Talks about the economy and how WE are the economy

Channel Your Mental Energy

You have to BE before you are able to DO – Any success starts from within you to spread around to touch your life and the world. You are the most valuable source of advancement in the world. Your realization of this fact can empower you to explore who you are based on your creation and how to BE therefore you can DO.

It is sad to observe that blame and complaint becoming an epidemic. It is becoming a form of an approved identity of individuals, and therefore of nations. It creates financial losses, human and selves’ devastation.

As an individual you are holding the key for a positive change, triumph and enduring success for yourself and the world.

Your choice of taking a positive action of realizing who you are, and the power you are holding from within it starts change in your life. You can implement your choice by simply shifting your mental energy from looking at the past and complaining about it to focus your energy on today, and know what you want for the future.
You can determine the direction of your mental energy by asking yourself “What is my intention now?”

Complaining, talking, protesting, and blaming bring more of what you are complaining about. It engulfs you into a circle of darkness, bitterness, and resentment. Taking the responsibility of asking yourself “What can I do to create a positive change?” “What am I capable of achieving?” “How can I improve to get out of the circle of misery?” “How can I lead to encourage individuals around me to implement the same change?” All will lead you to the right answer and the way to advance and make a difference. Every action you take will result in a change. It will raise yourself esteem and empower you for more success.

Economy is one of the undeniable aspects of needed positive change. You are the economy not the opposite. Everyone is blaming the economy for the global crisis. I am going to be little bit in your face and say your behavior is the economy. Change your behavior and the economy will improve. Gratitude, Giving, and Action are three powerful words to improve you and consequently the economical crisis.

Regardless, you are holding a power from within, your choice of using this power or abusing it, is what makes a difference in your life and the world.

I have put together an affordable online coaching program to guide you through self awareness to accomplish your dreams and visions. The program is a call for positive change of individuals for better life, happiness, and peace. It is motivational, empowering, non instructive, and targeted for higher advancements in life.

For more information on “Hope is Action” please go here:

Rola Jabri is a founder and president of MAOC Studio Inc. As a marketing consultant, and trainer she ventured in different venues with entrepreneurs to reach out to individuals, as they are the source of any positive change in the world.

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Think before you chew…your 30th piece of the day

By: Jennifer Wielgus
The folks at Wrigley’s and “The Biggest Loser” suggest chewing Extra sugar-free gum to combat food cravings. But like anything else, it appears that you can have too much of a good thing.
I guess we should have learned that from Violet Beauregard on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” but oh well…
I searched for possible dangers of chewing too much sugar-free gum, and I unearthed a bunch of articles on the subject. Here’s one, for example. And here’s another. And another. Apparently, research has shown that sorbitol, a common additive in Extra and other sugar-free products can cause digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome.
I chew a lot of gum, and yes, Extra is my brand of choice. I do notice that it tends to make me feel gassy, but I thought that was just from swallowing air while chewing.
Just goes to show, once again, that a happy medium in all things must be achieved for you to enjoy total health and wellness. Chewing some gum=OK. Chewing 30 pieces a day=Not.
January 14, 2009 1:01 PM


Did you know diets last on average 42 days?

Strive to not diet but to make lifestyle changes. Just as slow as pounds can add up, they can just as slowly come off. It’s not a race or a marathon for weight loss but small steps that become habitual.


Q&A: Which diet studies are worth attention?

By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

Consumers can’t be blamed if they feel confused or even frustrated by the latest diet news, doctors say.
Today, for example, two studies show that vitamins E, C and selenium don’t prevent cancer, even though earlier studies had suggested they might protect people from the disease.

RESEARCH: Vitamins get ‘F’ in cancer prevention

Researcher J. Michael Gaziano says he’s used to hearing from patients — including family members — who struggle to keep up with the latest research.

“Even my 93-year-old grandmother calls me to say, ‘One day you guys say to eat oatmeal, and the next day to say don’t bother,'” says Gaziano, who was involved in the new studies and works as a doctor at the VA Boston and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Gaziano and other researchers offered to answer questions about diet research.

Q. Why do the new studies contradict the findings of earlier research?

A. Many of those earlier studies were preliminary. That means they usually can’t prove cause and effect, Gaziano says.

Scientists are familiar with these limitations.

“Conflicting results are part and parcel of the scientific process,” Gaziano says. “It’s why we’re often reluctant to make a clinical recommendation based on a single result.”

But consumers — who pay much closer attention to diet news than to other areas of medicine — can easily get confused if they mistake these early findings for solid results, says Peter Gann of the University of Illinois at Chicago, who wrote an editorial accompanying Gaziano’s studies in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Q. So which studies should we pay attention to?

A. The strongest studies are called randomized clinical trials.

These are the best experiments for proving that one thing causes another, Gaziano says.

In these tests, researchers randomly assign one group of people to do one thing, such as take a vitamin, but assign a comparison group to do something else, such as take a placebo pill, he says. In a “double-blind trial” — the most rigorous kind — neither patients nor their immediate doctors know which pills they’re taking. Only the researchers running the trial know who’s in which group. An outside panel oversees the study to make sure that patients aren’t harmed and may stop the study early if problems surface.

Q. Are all diet studies randomized trials?

A. No. There are many other kinds of studies, Gaziano says.

•Observational studies: In these studies, doctors observe different groups, such as people who choose to take vitamins and those that don’t. They follow both groups for many years, then note how each group fares. They might measure which people develop cancer, for example.

This kind of study can find associations, such as the fact that people who take vitamins are less likely to get cancer, Gaziano says. But an observational study can’t prove that vitamins actually prevent cancer. That’s because there could be something different about people who choose to take vitamins compared to others. For example, people who take vitamins might be more likely to exercise and get regular checkups.

•Subgroup analyses: Doctors sometimes look through their data to see if there are other interesting trends, Gaziano says. These findings also can be misleading, though, because each subgroup may be so small that any trends could be caused by chance.

•Laboratory studies: Studies in animals or cells are interesting, but doctors don’t usually base their advice to patients on these tests, Gaziano says. Instead, scientists use these tests to decide whether to do more definitive studies.
Q. What’s the best way to research a health study?

A. Because all drugs — including vitamins and herbs — have side effects, it’s worth taking the time to do some research putting them in your body, Gaziano says.
Gaziano suggests that consumers read news stories carefully to assess how doctors got their results. If a story isn’t clear, patients should consider looking up the original article in a medical journal or asking their doctors.

Patients can also consult the websites of major medical organizations, such as the American Cancer Society,the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Cancer Institute. These groups sift through scientific evidence when making recommendations about diet, screening tests and other health issues.

Q. Why is there so much confusion about diet news?

A. Everyone likes good news, Gaziano says. So it’s tempting for everyone — from researchers who want to further their careers to journalists looking for a scoop — to overplay preliminary results. Consumers are often quick to put too much faith in the latest “advance” out of wishful thinking. Lots of people, for example, would rather take a pill than go through the hard work of diet and exercise.

Most Children With Type 1 Need More Vitamin D

If you’re like most people who keep an eye on the health news you’ve noticed a lot of talk in recent months about vitamin D. It used to be assumed that if you drank milk and got regular exposure to sunlight you were getting enough of this important vitamin. That assumption now seems to be wrong. In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center found that three-quarters of children with type 1 have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

The findings were even more alarming for teens. Eighty-five percent of teens in the study were found to be deficient in vitamin D, which is an essential nutrient that helps in the absorption of calcium. Working together, vitamin D and calcium build strong bones.

What does this mean for kids with type 1 diabetes? Previous studies have shown that having diabetes alone modestly decreases bone density with age and increases risk fracture by middle age. If a child with diabetes is significantly deficient in vitamin D by the time he is a young adult, it could potentially affect bone health later in life. But, adequate amounts of vitamin D now could help prevent brittle bones later in life.

Want to make sure your kids are getting enough vitamin D? You can start by having them drink vitamin D fortified milk, eat cereals fortified with vitamin D and perhaps take a vitamin D supplement. But, always check with your doctor first before you start with any supplementation.

Finally, make this the year you become a student of diabetes. The more you know, the more motivated you will be to practice healthy self-care. A good way to start is to sign up for my weekly newsletter that will introduce you to new topics to help you stay on track. Another avenue for knowledge and support is the type 1 diabetes forum where you can talk with and support others walking the same path.

Countdown to better health

10 trends will dominate 2009’s nutrition landscape

By Janet Helm Special to the Tribune
January 7, 2009

Our troubling economy, concerns about the environment and the desire to prevent age-related ailments are behind many of the top 10 food and nutrition trends that will shape supermarket shelves and restaurant menus in 2009.

1. Recession-proof eating: The economic crisis has made frugal the new black, and has brought comfort food, nostalgic brands and at-home cooking back in style. Expect to see a continued focus on value, especially the concept of maximizing nutrition on a budget.

2. Stress reducers: In these uncertain times, look for new foods and beverages to help you de-stress, such as Dasani Plus Calm + Relax water, Arizona Rx Stress tea and Blue Cow relaxation drink. Chill-out claims will likely increase as companies spike products with purported calming ingredients, including botanicals (kava-kava and chamomile) and amino acids such as GABA, L-theanine and tryptophan.

3. Snooze foods: The ultimate relaxers are foods that promise a better night’s sleep. Nearly 30 foods and beverages were launched last year as natural sleep remedies, according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database. These include a hot cocoa drink and chocolate “pillow” with melatonin created by Dreamerz Foods (dreamerz.com).

4. Planetary health: Eating green will transition from niche to mainstream, as more Americans embrace the concept of sustainability. Look for more environment-related information on labels, including where ingredients come from and how they are packaged. Placement of the word “eco” on products doubled in the last two years, according to Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analytics.

5. Condition marketing: Expect to see even more foods and beverages with ingredients that promise condition-specific benefits, predicted Chicago dietitian and nutrition consultant David Feder. Beyond targeting specific parts of the body—from your brain to your bones—marketers will be touting multitasking products that promise to deliver against multiple conditions—for example, fiber-rich foods that boast digestive-health, cholesterol-lowering and appetite-curbing benefits.

6. Pure and simple: Quality will be redefined to mean few and familiar ingredients, according to Jarrett Paschel, an analyst with The Hartman Group, a market research firm in Bellevue, Wash. Instead of “medicalized eating styles,” he predicts a return to foods that are naturally rich in nutrients. As consumers look for more authentic and real foods, manufacturers will focus on ingredient labels that herald the products as “clean” and artificial-free.

7. Vitality boosters: The idea of “energy”—both physical and mental—will greatly influence food product development, according to Marcia Mogelonsky, a senior analyst with the Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. It’s no longer simply about caffeine (which is being added to everything from water to candy and potato chips); herbal ingredients like ginseng and guarana, and amino acids, such as taurine and L-carnitine, are now migrating from energy drinks to foods.

8. Defensive foods: A desire to avoid a trip to the doctor is driving the trend of immunity-enhancing foods, according to Mogelonsky. The number of foods and beverages claiming to strengthen the immune system has tripled in the last year, according to Mintel, citing a growth in probiotics and products rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

9. Allergy-friendly: The number of people who claim to suffer from food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities continues to grow, creating a lucrative market for new products, said California-based trend expert Elizabeth Sloan. Even though the allergy enthusiasts may be disproportionate to the actual medical incidence, the increased concern has driven companies like Allergy Friendly Foods, LLC (allergaroo.com) to create a line of products for kids that is free of the eight major food allergens.

10. Inflammation fighters: The concept of inflammation may finally achieve mainstream status, predicts Monica Reinagel, author of “The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan.” Researchers have long linked inflammation to a wide array of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and even obesity. Now it may reach a tipping point with consumers, she said. Evaluating foods based on their anti-inflammatory potential may be the next big thing, which is something you can do at nutritiondata.com.[email protected]

Resolutions for 2009

A New Year and a fresh NEW start on bettering myself! Last year I did not stick to my vague resolutions, so this year, I made them more specific and have posted them so it’s publicized if I fail! Eeek!

Try a new sport/physical activity
Drink a liter of water a day
Eat every 4 hours
Workout consistently and participate in races (5k, 10K and half marathons throughout the year)
Eat slower

Maintain desirable glucose readings
Strive for 8 hours of sleep
Continuously read throughout the year (read at least 6 books)
Stop salting my food

What are your resolutions?

Feeding and Hosting for the Family — Diabetic Friendly, Heart Healthy and Weight Watcher’s Appropriate!!

What a task at hand and I have two older brothers and a dad to impress in providing food “with substance.” If you have to provide meals/snacks for your family and friends this holiday that are health cautious, perhaps my ideas can be suitable for you and/or inspiring. Enjoy!

Per serving: serves 1
French Toast Nuggets
1 Weight Watchers bagel (the fiber content is incredible!)
1/3 cup of egg substitute 2 packets of Equal 2 teaspoons of Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients except the bagel in a small bowl and stir with a utensil. Rip the bagel in bite-size pieces and place as many as possible that will fit in the bowl with the mixture. Let the bites soak up the ingredients and then place in a frying pan on the stove. Cook over medium heat and depending on type of pan you may need to spray the pan. I often use spray butter (it adds a little bit of a salty taste).
Cook the bagel bites until they appear a little crispy. If you want to impress guest with the meal presentation, add a dollop of fat free Cool Whip on the side and have sugar-free syrup available. Yum!

Per serving: serves 1
Wrapped Delight
Option 1:
Large tortilla wrap
2% shredded mozzarella cheese
Diced green peppers
Slices of mushrooms
Crushed red pepper flakes
PepperTurkey pepperoni (Has 70% less fat than regular)
(Optional) Lean ham (deli style)
Diced tomatoes

Option 2:
Large tortilla wrap
Fresh mozzarella
Diced cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil

Place all ingredients on half of the tortilla and broil in the oven until the edges begin to appear crisp. Once the tortilla and cheese is cooked and melted, take out of the oven and fold in half. Slice in triangles and serve with baked chips and salsa.

Per serving: serves 4
Melt In Your Mouth Pasta
8 ounces of pasta – mixture of both penne and spiral pasta
3 eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes1 cup of broccoli
4 chicken breasts (cooked then sliced into strips)
1/2 cup of fresh mozzarella

Boil water and put in 1 lb of pasta. Cook until the noodles are slightly still hard. Drain. Put all ingredients except the cheese in a glass, oven stable, dish and bake at 450 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes. Right after removing from the oven sprinkle over the mozzarella cheese. Serve with whole grain rolls and nice bright green salad.