Sunday, October 17, 2010
This is a reprint from one of the daily inspirational emails I get. Author unknown.
"One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty.
Immediately, the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.
Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Here are the two solutions from two different approaches:
Solution A: The engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. They worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a large amount of money to do so.
Solution B: When a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.
Always look for simple solutions! Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem, and learn to focus on the solution itself and not the problem."
We all need to apply the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) to our weightloss journey here on Spark People. We all know what we need to do. Drink more water, eat more fruits and veggies, stay away from white flour, white sugar, and white carbs ( pasta, rice,potatoes, breads, etc), add exercise to our daily routines.
Spark People is such a wonderful tool available to all that wish to participate. It's free and doesn't deplete our bank accounts. We do not need to spend money on pre-portioned foods, buy crazy gadgets that promise to whittle away the inches, or buy all of these diet aides that tell us we can lose weight without dieting or exercising. Ya right!
We have been given such a marvelous site to all come together and support one another. We can ask for help or advise or we can share our knowledge. You make Spark people what you want it to be.
Keep it simple, but know that you are the key to what will be success or not. The more you Spark the better you will do. It costs you nothing but your time and mindset. We are not re-inventing the wheel here people.
Monday, September 27, 2010
The common name for Job's tears comes from their teardrop shape.. Job's tears are the grains of a tropical Asian grass. These grains have a multiple uses, they are used as a source of food or to make ornaments.. Many Asian markets sell Job's tears in their grain sections for cooking. Beaders and craftspeople also use Job's tears, and they may be found at beading and craft stores for this purpose. They are sold in a polished white form and in an unhulled brown form. Unhulled Job's tears are more readily available in Japan, where they are called juzudama.
Job’s tears are rich in protein, iron, calcium, fatty acids, and dietary fiber. The most common way to eat Job's Tears is as a side-dish or in soups but it can also be used to make breads, pastas, and porridge. East Asian countries also use it for making drinks similar to coffee and tea.
Job's Tears are often mislabeled as Chinese Pearled Barley in Asian markets. It does look similar to barley but it is not even in the same family of grains. If you're not sure what you are buying then check the price. They are about five times the price of Barley. Second, check the size of the grains. If they are much larger and rounder than Barley - they are not Barley.
Great for hair, skin and nails
“Job's tears contains chemicals that might interfere with cancer cell growth. Other chemicals might also have antioxidant effects and also decrease growth of bacteria and parasites. But most research on Job's tears is in animals and test tubes. There isn't enough information to know if Job's tears has this activity in people. Fiber contained in Job's tears might also decrease how much fat and cholesterol the body absorbs.”
How to prepare: Combine 2 parts grain to 1 part liquid. Bring to a boil then simmer, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until water has evaporated. Fluff with fork and let stand 5 minutes.
***Any recipe you have to cook barley you can use to cook Job's Tears****
Brown Rice Pulao: Also known as Hato Mugi
1 cup brown basmati rice
1 cup Job's tears, or 1 more cup brown rice
3 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil, or a mixture
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups water
2 cups frozen vegetable medley (corn, carrots, peas), not thawed
1/4-1/2 cup raisins
Pinch of salt (optional)
Additional ghee (optional)
1. Wash rice and Job's tears in a strainer; set aside.
2. Heat ghee or oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add spices. Stir a few minutes, being careful not to burn spices. Add rice and Job's tears, and stir about 8 minutes.
3. Carefully add water to rice mix (it will pop and splash). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 45-55 minutes.
4. Add frozen vegetables to rice and stir on medium-low heat. Stir in raisins and add a bit of salt and ghee, if desired. Remove large spices before serving.
Job's Tears Chicken Stew - Chinese Herbal Recipes
To find Job's Tears in a health food store, ask for "Hatomugi or look for it online.
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