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SHADES OF THOUGHT

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Color can boost brain-power, but the most helpful hue depends on the task at hand, according to University of British Columbia researchers Juliet Zhu and Ravi Mehta. The two tracked more than 600 volunteers performing jobs that involved either detailed thinking or creativity. They found that for rote work, a red screen background improved performance by as much as 31% over blue. But for taskes such as brainstorming, blue inspired twice as many innovations. Zhu attributes the phenomenon to our cultural conditioning from stop signs, fire engines and the like. She believes that red sparks a subconscious reaction that keeps the brain alert. On the other hand, blue’s association with sky and water sends a free-floating message conducive to creativity. So the next time a task requires accuracy, try working in a red room or using a red computer background. And when it’s time to dream up something new, switch to blue.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/7/2010 5:54PM

    Wow that is very intersting. Will have to pass this one on to my daughter who struggles when it comes to alot of memorization. Thanks.

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SVELTINGTON 3/7/2010 1:13PM

    Wow! emoticon

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PJSTIME 3/7/2010 9:04AM

    Very interesting. PJ

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DECODING CRAVINGS

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Utter the word “chocolate” and most women start to salivate. But, what exactly causes cravings, and why do they seem more prevalent in women than men?

According to Kathleen Zelman, WebMD’s director of nutrition, some studies suggest that changes in hormones can trigger cravings for certain foods. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and serotonin-thought to be mood boosters and mild sexual stimulants-so when your hormones are making you feel less happy, eating chocolate can have a comforting effect.

But a new study conducted by California Institute of Technology indicates that your brain may also be to blame for uncontrollable cravings. During the study, volunteers’ responses to food were traced with MRI scanners. The result: There was a significant difference in brain activity between those who were able to exercise self-control when choosing food and those who were not. In those with self-control, the area of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex became active, allowing them to weigh health considerations in addition to taste.

So what can you do if your brain and hormones are working against you? “Eat meals every 3-4 hours to help stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings,” says Zelman. If you do decide to satisfy a yen for simple carbs (pretzels or a candy bar, for example), make sure to eat something good for you as well. “It’s better to combine carbs with lean protein and healthy fats, which slows the carbs’ absorption, normalizes your blood sugar, and helps you to be more satisfied and less prone to cravings.”

  
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SVELTINGTON 3/6/2010 4:03PM

    I agree. Eating extra chicken breast and b6 always got me through. One of the good things I've experienced since being post menopause, no more chocolate cravings!

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5 TIPS FOR TOP HEALTH

Friday, March 05, 2010

Even if you don’t have time to schedule a fitness retreat, there are easy ways to improve your well-being right at home.

1. Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water (8 ozs. ea.) per day to support high performance metabolism.

2. Eat 2/3 of your daily calories before dinner-and try to get some exercise after dinner-to avoid turning extra evening calories into fat.

3. Mix fruit with a bit of protein (nuts & berries are great for this) as midmorning and midafternoon snacks to help maintain an even blood-sugar level and prevent hunger spikes.

4. Eat a “lean/clean” lunch: ¾ of your meal should be mixed vegetables, salad or soup, and ¼ should consist of lean protein (such as poached or broiled meat, tofu, or beans).

5. Follow the American Medical Association’s “10,000 Steps a Day” minimum exercise regimen (try taking a ½ hour walk at lunch and opting for stairs whenever possible) and set a reminder for 2 1-minute breaks during the day. During the breaks, look out a window at the sky and take deep, slow breaths. These breaks will help lower the stress hormone cortisol.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/5/2010 8:42PM

    I agree with SVELTINGTON. Great, simple rules to live by.


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SVELTINGTON 3/5/2010 9:18AM

    We should print this, laminate it and put it on tent cards around the house and office.

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USING ONLY ONE WORD

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
Purse

Spouse
Cliff

Your hair?
Silvery

Your mother?
Deceased

Your father?
Gentlemanly

Your favorite thing?
Books

Your dream last night?
None

Favorite drink?
Tea

What room are you in?
Kitchen

Your hobby?
Reading

Your fear?
Spiders

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Retired

Where were you last night?
Home

Something that you aren't?
Creative

Muffins?
Corn

Wish list item?
Alaska

Last thing you did?
Computer

What are you wearing?
Nightgown

Your pets?
Ferrets

Friends?
Numerous

Your life?
Content

Your mood?
Peaceful

Missing someone?
Mommy

Drinking?
Water

Your car?
Caravan

Something you're not wearing?
Earrings

Your favorite store
Walgreen’s

Your favorite color?
Blue

When is the last time you cried?
Week


Where do you go over and over?
Library

Five people who email me regularly?
Yes

Favorite place to eat?
Al’s

Favorite place I'd like to be right now
Alaska

  
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DAISES2 3/4/2010 12:56PM

    if i knew how to copy and paste i would

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SVELTINGTON 3/4/2010 10:30AM

    Maybe everyone on this site will use this blog format! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUIZ: HOW MANY TWINKIES?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Keep calorie-conscious when dining out
Created by Beth LaCoste, R.D., L.D.

We all know that Twinkies are not the world’s healthiest food. So, when you look at a plate full of Twinkies, you know you shouldn’t eat them all at once. What you may not realize is that many restaurant meals have as many calories as a plate piled high with these little cakes. It is important for us to know how many calories are in our meals when we eat out so we don’t end up consuming an entire day’s worth in one meal.

A wonderful tool: Many restaurant websites contain the nutrition content of their meals. Look them over in advance so you’ll be well-informed and prepared to make sensible selections.

A “Twinkie” activity:

Guess the number of Twinkies you would have to consume to match the calories in the restaurant items below using the answer numbers below:

POSSIBLE ANSWERS
Number of Twinkies: (use each number only once)

3.7 5.7 6 6.5 6.8 6.9 7.7 8.1 8.3 8.4 8.5 9.3 9.6 9.7 11 13.5 15.1

Baskin Robbins
1. Large Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Shake(1,690 calories, 72g fat, 46g saturated fat)=_____ Twinkies
2. Large Oreo ‘n Cookies Cappuccino Blast(1,030 calories, 39g fat, 18g saturated fat)= _____ Twinkies
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae(1,250 calories, 81g fat, 32g saturated fat)=_____ Twinkies

Burger King
4. Triple Whopper Sandwich with Cheese, large fries, large Coke(2,020 calories, 110g fat, 38g saturated fat)=_____ Twinkies

P.F.Chang’s
5. Lo Mein with Pork(1,400 calories, 54g fat, 17g saturated fat)=_____ Twinkies
6. The Great Wall of Chocolate(1,440 calories, 61g fat, 20g saturated fat)=_____ Twinkies

Starbucks
7. Venti Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee(560 calories, 16g fat, 10g saturated fat)=_____ Twinkies

Ruby Tuesday
8. Chicken and Broccoli Pasta(1,151 calories, 54g fat)=_____Twinkies
9. Colossal Burger and side of fries(2,266 calories, 163g fat)=_____Twinkies

Culver’s
10. Cheddar Burger with Bacon, Triple(981 calories, 63g fat, 29g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies
11. Turle Concrete, Tall(1,460 calories, 86g fat, 43g saturated fat)=____Twinkies

McDonald’s
12. Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips(5-piece_ with Creamy Ranch Sauce(860 calories, 62g fat, 9.5g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies

Chipotle
13. Chicken Burrito with black beans, rice, cheese, corn salsa, cheese, sour cream(1,030 calories, 39g fat, 17.5g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies

Pizza Hut
14. 6” Personal Pan Pizza, Meat Lover’s(900 calories, 50g fat, 19g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies

Dairy Queen
15. Heath Blizzard, large(1,260 calories, 56g fat, 35g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies
16. Hot Fudge Shake, large(1,220 calories, 43g fat, 31g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies

On The Border
17. Grande Taco Salad with Spicy Chicken(1,280 calories, 89g fat, 31g saturated fat)=_____Twinkies

*Note: Restaurant nutritional information is evaluated often. For the most current nutritional information, please visit the restaurant’s website.

I will post the answers for you tomorrow!!
ANSWERS TO QUIZ: HOW MANY TWINKIES?

1. = 11
2. = 6.8
3. = 8.3
4. = 13.5
5. = 9.3
6. = 9.6
7. = 3.7
8. = 7.7
9. = 15.1
10. = 6.5
11. = 9.7
12. = 5.7
13. = 6.9
14. = 6
15. = 8.4
16. = 8.1
17. = 8.5

So, how did you do?

  
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SVELTINGTON 3/3/2010 1:06PM

    Of the 17: I got 5 correct and was really close on 8. On #11 and #12 I was way off. I do not eat out very often and most of the names of the foods seemed oblivious that they would have loads of fat and calories. What really amazed me was a drink (#7) with 16g fat and 560 cal.
(All I can think of is melted chicken fat (care for a sip??)

I drink water, plain seltzer (no salt) black coffee or herbal tea. I want to chew my sweet when I have it.


Great blog!



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PJSTIME 3/3/2010 11:15AM

    I don't care for twinkies and we don't eat out very much and when we do I try and be really careful and when possible go online first to check out the menus.

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DAISES2 3/3/2010 9:27AM

    to much for my tiny mind lol

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