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Were You Born an Entrepreneur?

Were You Born an Entrepreneur?

Everyone wants to be successful in life, but not everyone has the ambition to become an entrepreneur. While a person's goals and measure of success can be influenced by many…

Were You Born an Entrepreneur?
Common marriage struggles don’t have to lead to an affair

Common marriage struggles don’t have to lead …

Unfortunately, marital affairs are nothing new. But the recent headlines regarding the Ashley Madison scandal have been a real eye-opener as to just how prevalent they really are.

Common marriage struggles don’t have to lead …
Healthy Children, Healthy Grandchildren…It’s Your Choice

Healthy Children, Healthy Grandchildren…It’s …

It's widely known that our lifestyle choices have a direct impact on our health. But for some reason, even as adults living in developed economies, many of us have a…

Healthy Children, Healthy Grandchildren…It’s …
Food Addiction on the Road to Healthy Living

Food Addiction on the Road to Healthy Living

Some people have trouble getting started on their road to healthy living. Others have no problem sticking to a well-established plan. But there are individuals who end up sabotaging an…

Food Addiction on the Road to Healthy Living
The Medicine Cabinet in Your Kitchen

The Medicine Cabinet in Your Kitchen

Increased awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is leading many people to increase their activity levels and reevaluate the foods they eat on a daily basis.

The Medicine Cabinet in Your Kitchen
The Diet and Diabetes Dilemma

The Diet and Diabetes Dilemma

As the medical industry continues to make strides in the prevention and treatment of many diseases and conditions, it's somewhat surprising that diabetes is still on the rise in the…

The Diet and Diabetes Dilemma
Is There a Link Between Wealth and Health?

Is There a Link Between Wealth and Health?

Some ethnic groups have a natural tendency to live longer than others. While this concept makes sense due to cultural differences between various populations, what may be surprising is that…

Is There a Link Between Wealth and Health?
Break Into a Healthy Exercise Habit

Break Into a Healthy Exercise Habit

A healthy diet is an important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but regular exercise may be the key to living a long healthy life.

Break Into a Healthy Exercise Habit
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Were You Born an Entrepreneur?

Everyone wants to be successful in life, but not everyone has the ambition to become an entrepreneur. While a person’s goals and measure of success can be influenced by many factors, including their cultural surroundings and life experiences, most successful entrepreneurs exhibit traits that have been part of their identity since childhood.

Could this suggest that these individuals were perhaps born to become entrepreneurs?

Measuring success

Success means different things to different people. For some, success is graduating college, while for others, it’s finding a stable job and raising a family. While these are perfectly respectable definitions of success, they have finite criteria for measuring achievement.

This isn’t the way it works for most entrepreneurs. In fact, most don’t intentionally set out to become to become entrepreneurs. Instead, it just seems to happen as the fortunate result of their overall approach to life.

An entrepreneur from day one

From early on in life, most entrepreneurs exhibit certain behaviors that make them seem a bit different from their peers. Those that let these characteristics guide them through their life’s actions and decisions seem to be most successful.

  • Your mind is always spinning with new ideas.
  • You can’t sit still for very long
  • You can’t help seeing the weaknesses in others’ ideas.
  • You see the potential in every problem.
  • You’re always learning something new.
  • You disassemble everything to see how it works.
  • You never give up on things you believe in.
  • You love discipline and routine.
  • You like who you are as a person.
  • You inspire people.
  • You love a good challenge.
  • You’re not afraid to fail.
  • You’re not afraid to work hard.
  • You will talk to anyone you meet.
  • You’re good at persuading people.
  • You love being competitive.
  • You always make plans before taking any action.
  • You prefer logic over emotion.
  • You help people whenever you can.
  • You like telling stories.

While these traits are characteristic of many entrepreneurs, on their own they are not a guarantee of success. Truly successful business people regularly employ sound reasoning and good judgement in their day-to-day activities. They also focus on utilizing their own strengths by enlisting the help of others who are strong in areas they may not be (think team building). But most of all, they approach every aspect of their business with a genuinely positive attitude.

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Common marriage struggles don’t have to lead to an affair

Unfortunately, marital affairs are nothing new. But the recent headlines regarding the Ashley Madison scandal have been a real eye-opener as to just how prevalent they really are.

As this story continues to unfold, many married individuals are concerned. Even if they don’t suspect their spouse at the moment, they wonder if it could happen to them in the future and whether they’d ever find out.

Instead of living in fear, it may be more beneficial to focus on what leads married individuals to stray in the first place, and what can be done to prevent it.

Who would cheat?

The first thing to consider is the type of people that cheat. While society tends to paint a pretty clear picture of what most believe is “the cheating type”, the truth is that cheaters come from all walks of life. Race or religion don’t seem to matter, and neither do wealth or social status. And, while this should be obvious, it isn’t only men that cheat.

What went wrong?

Understanding that it could in fact happen to anyone, what could go so terribly wrong in a marriage that one person would risk everything to be with someone else?

Constant fighting

All couples fight at one point or another, so having a fight isn’t necessarily a red flag that your spouse is having an affair. But constant arguing can become a habit that could turn into a bigger problem.

No one likes the stress of arguing, but if your spouse is consistently on edge because they’re never sure when you’ll fly off the handle, they may seek the attention of someone with more similar views and a calmer demeanor.

If you’ve noticed an increase in level of bickering between you and your spouse, be open and honest about your concerns. But try not to bring it up in the heat of an argument.

Taking a break to cool off is a great way to avoid a fight. But be sure to resolve the disagreement once tempers have settled. It’s also important to practice forgiveness, as there will likely be days when you are the one seeking it.

Don’t compare to see who measures up
In today’s world, hectic daily schedules can leave couples feeling as though their partner doesn’t appreciate all that they do. Regardless of whether or not it’s true, feeling underappreciated could easily allow your spouse to be swayed toward cheating. The draw of someone who thinks everything they do is amazing can be overwhelming for some.

It’s important to fill each other in on your day to day, but instead of comparing, make sure you are listening. Strong couples pitch in and help each other out when things get hectic, but it’s impossible to know then this is if you’re too busy keeping score.

Ban boredom

Perhaps you have more outside interests than your partner, or maybe your work schedule means you miss dinner at least a few times each week.

If you’re always on the go, you’re not really there for your partner. Although you shouldn’t lose your own identity, make sure you carve out time for your significant other.

While it’s true that many people do have affairs, with a little bit of work the temptation can be mitigated.

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Healthy Children, Healthy Grandchildren…It’s Your Choice

It’s widely known that our lifestyle choices have a direct impact on our health. But for some reason, even as adults living in developed economies, many of us have a difficult time breaking harmful habits or adopting healthier ones.

Many people justify their behaviors by claiming that their choices only impact their own lives and therefore shouldn’t concern anyone else. But recent research may soon have these less-than-healthy holdouts changing their tune.

It’s not all up to Mom

The importance of healthy choices for expectant mothers have long been studied, and there’s plenty of published information regarding what women should or shouldn’t be eating or doing during every phase of pregnancy.

More recently, there’s been an increase in published information on what lifestyle changes women should incorporate before they even become pregnant. This includes basic health and wellness improvements such as not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, making healthy food choices and increasing certain vitamins and minerals. Of course there are also recommendations for increasing exercise and maintaining proper weight.

That’s a lot of responsibility, but most moms-to-be happily take on this challenge as they understand that the health and wellbeing of their unborn child is at stake.

But new research suggesting that the impact of lifestyle choices can be handed down from both the mother and father is about to shift some of this responsibility to the soon-to-be fathers.

Passing on genetic traits

It appears that certain traits that are thought to be influenced by lifestyle choices can be passed down directly from both the mother and father to an unborn child. Obesity is one of the most common traits in this category.

Studies suggest that if a mother or father is obese, their children and even grandchildren could be more susceptible to obesity. What makes this even more startling is that it seems to hold true even when the children are raised with healthy eating and exercise habits.

Time for change

For those former holdouts on diet and exercise, hopefully these new findings will spur them to change. But what seems to be most important is that healthy lifestyles are put in place before a child is conceived.

This means that couples who aren’t already working to improve their overall health through diet and exercise need to incorporate an overall lifestyle change into their family planning.

Learn from the past

This is also important news for adults whose parents didn’t live very healthy lifestyles, as they may be more susceptible to certain illnesses or diseases depending on what bad habits their parents had.

However, being more susceptible isn’t necessarily a lifetime sentence to a multitude of health problems. Just as any other person can improve their health through diet and exercise, so to can the offspring of parents who didn’t make the best choices.

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Food Addiction on the Road to Healthy Living

Some people have trouble getting started on their road to healthy living. Others have no problem sticking to a well-established plan. But there are individuals who end up sabotaging an otherwise healthy diet by consuming large quantities of unhealthy foods.

Recent research has classified this non typical behavior as food addiction. Individuals who exhibit this type of behavior often have an almost insatiable craving for certain unhealthy foods.

What is it?

Food addiction is a relentless craving for typically unhealthy foods. It has only recently been recognized as a real condition. But this is somewhat surprising since the telltale signs so closely mirror behaviors associated with other more illicit forms of addiction.

Most people want to lead healthy lifestyles. But doing so isn’t always easy. For some, things like having a hectic daily schedule always seem to get in the way. But for those who suffer with food addiction, a healthy lifestyle seems impossible.

Processed foods made with refined flours and sugar are the most common culprits when it comes to food addiction.

How can you become addicted to food?

The idea of food addiction was dismissed by many who thought it was impossible to become addicted to something our bodies need anyway.

However, recent studies have helped shed light on the fact that the types of foods associated with food addiction are the fat-filled, high salt, high sugar variety, which can directly impact parts of the brain associated with reward and pleasure.

The studies also show that this impact is basically the same as it would be for someone addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Why it happens

Food addiction doesn’t seem to be more prevalent in men versus women, and it doesn’t seem to be impacted by a person’s size.

Instead, it’s more likely to develop in individuals that experienced some form of trauma during their childhood. However, this may not always be the case, as sometimes it can be triggered by factors such as not getting enough sleep or being overly stressed.

Can it be cured?

Just like addictions to other substances, there really is no cure for food addiction. However, also like other addictions, it is possible to recovery from the effects of addiction by strict avoidance of the offending foods.

The road to health

Recovering from food addiction is not an easy process. In fact, in some ways it can be more difficult than drug or alcohol recovery. This is because the ingredients in the unhealthy products we crave are readily available and wind up in many of the foods we’d normally encounter throughout the course of our day.

Just like with so many other health-related issues, a good regular exercise program can play a huge role in any recovery program. The key is to pick something you enjoy doing, so you don’t give up and go back to your addiction.

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The Medicine Cabinet in Your Kitchen

Increased awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is leading many people to increase their activity levels and reevaluate the foods they eat on a daily basis.

Many people are already enjoying the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle, as weight loss and better nutrition often lead to the disappearance of chronic illnesses and the need to take certain prescription medicines.

This is exciting news for anyone taking prescription medication on an ongoing basis. Particularly those that choose to adopt a healthy lifestyle, as they often feel conflicted when following up their home-cooked meals made from organic ingredients with a cocktail of prescription medication manufactured in a laboratory.

The success in reducing chronic conditions through good nutrition highlights the importance of carefully choosing what we put into our bodies and has opened our minds to the potential healing powers of food.

Eat to feel better

The term “comfort food” typically refers to a specific food chosen to lessen the impact of a bad day. While more recently the concept is associated with eating something that’s on the unhealthy side, the idea that foods can actually make us feel better holds true.

Alternative quick-fix remedies

Minor illnesses and ailments happen to everyone, but unfortunately we’ve grown accustomed to reaching for over-the-counter medications at the first signs of trouble.

Whether it’s an upset stomach, an annoying cough, or a minor ache or pain, you just might find an alternative quick-fix remedy in your kitchen.

Stomach trouble

Sometimes our stomachs can be extra sensitive to something we ate or to increases in stress. The next time if happens to you, try treating the minor pains or rumblings with tea made from peppermint oil, ginger or basil.

Calming your cough

Whether it’s caused by a cold or allergies, coughing can be very annoying. If a dry, irritating cough is keeping you up at night, try taking a teaspoon of honey in place of traditional cough medicine.

Pain stoppers

Turmeric is a popular spice used in curry dishes. But when consumed in soups or teas or applied directly to the skin, it also has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

As all of our nutritional needs must be met by the foods we eat, it isn’t all that surprising that many foods pack powerful healing qualities. To make the most of these qualities as you experiment with food-based remedies for treating minor ailments, be sure to choose only the highest quality organic ingredients when possible.

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The Diet and Diabetes Dilemma

As the medical industry continues to make strides in the prevention and treatment of many diseases and conditions, it’s somewhat surprising that diabetes is still on the rise in the U.S. One of the most concerning aspects is that some forms of diabetes may actually be preventable and can often be attributed to the foods we eat.

While changing guidelines can make it difficult to know what foods we should or shouldn’t be eating, it’s important to stay informed as we continue to learn more about the importance of food and overall health.

What we don’t know can hurt us

Ongoing studies have prompted changes in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is published every five years. The changes are intended to improve our overall eating habits, limit the onset of diseases and support a healthy lifestyle.

However, most Americans only receive this information as it trickles down through advice from doctors or the latest health and fitness programs or magazines. This can cause confusion, as some of the information may be taken out of context.

All fats are not created equal

Whether or not we should eliminate fat from our diets is a good example of how data can be misinterpreted. There has been a lot of discussion on the importance of reducing fat intake to improve health, but many consumers are confused as to what this actually means.

There are fats that should definitely be eliminated from our diets, such as trans fats, which can raise cholesterol. There are also fats we should carefully consider, such as saturated fat. But there are also healthy fats, such as monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, which can actually lower bad cholesterol and prevent clogged arteries.

For consumers that choose to oversimplify this concept by eliminating all fats, the concern is what foods they are eating instead.

More carbs isn’t the answer

Consumers seeking ways to reduce fat intake may unknowingly do more harm than good when it comes to increasing their risk of diabetes.

For example, cutting out high-fat processed meats is a good idea. But if those foods are being replaced by starchy breads and pastas made from refined white flours that have little nutritional value, you’re really only trading one problem for another.

A better option would be to substitute with more fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Balance is key

While genetics and other factors may play a role in the risk for certain diseases such as diabetes, a healthy diet may help reduce this risk. The key is to eat a balance of fresh, natural foods that are high in nutrients and to limit the intake of refined grains, trans fats and foods that contain added sugar.

It’s also important to check in with your doctor regularly, particularly if diabetes runs in your family, and to seek nutritional advice tailored to your personal situation.

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Is There a Link Between Wealth and Health?

Some ethnic groups have a natural tendency to live longer than others. While this concept makes sense due to cultural differences between various populations, what may be surprising is that wealth may have very little to do with increased health and longevity.

Not that kind of green

Many people associate affluence with good health. After all, the costs of maintaining a gym membership, hiring a personal trainer and signing up for the latest workout classes can really add up.

However, in today’s quest for living a healthy lifestyle, we may be focusing on the wrong kind of green. While exercise is certainly a key component to good health, our diets may play an equal, if not more important, role in increasing our health and longevity.

Western diet paves the road to poor health
The typical Western diet often consists of highly processed foods that can be packed full of genetically modified ingredients, trans fats, sugar and various chemicals.

As these ingredients are increasingly linked to obesity and other diseases, it may be time to rethink our definition of food and look to other cultures for clues to how to eat better and live longer.

Start from scratch

Looking beyond the modern Western world, many ethnic groups rely on whole, unprocessed foods as the staple ingredients in their diets. Ongoing research on the food habits in various cultures continues to show the link between the foods we eat and our general health.

For example, Hispanics living in their native areas cook mainly from scratch, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. This population also tends to have a longer average lifespan compared to other populations in the Western world.

As this group is generally less affluent than their Western counterparts, it’s not likely that the latest fitness craze or high-end running shoe is contributing to their general wellbeing.

Given these facts, consumers in the Western world need to shift their focus to the foods they’re eating on a regular basis if they want to improve their health.

Drive by the drive-thru

Increasingly hectic lifestyles may be partly to blame for modernized populations’ obsession with processed foods. But we are only fooling ourselves if we think that stopping at the drive-thru is a good solution to getting to the gym on time.

Instead, consumers need to learn to make better choices and plan meals ahead. Cooking from scratch needs to be reintroduced in our society, with a focus on fresh, natural and organic ingredients, a variety of in-season fruits and vegetables, and hormone and antibiotic-free animal proteins.

While time-strapped consumers often claim that cooking at home would be impossible to fit into their schedules, perhaps the time they recoup from fewer doctors’ appointments, trips to the pharmacy and days lost due to illness could help convince them otherwise.

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Break Into a Healthy Exercise Habit

A healthy diet is an important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but regular exercise may be the key to living a long healthy life.

Everyone knows that exercise is important. But many people struggle with consistently fitting it into their daily routine. Starting and stopping a workout program is not going to cut it when it comes to improving your overall health. You must make a commitment to exercise regularly throughout your life. It should be part of your daily routine that just naturally becomes a habit (think brushing your teeth).

Forming a new habit

A habit (good or bad) is something you do without thinking. It’s definitely not something you squeeze in when you have the time or something you come up with excuses to skip now and then. You probably won’t ever hear someone say they were going to bite their nails this morning, but they overslept.

Most habits are pick up unconsciously as we go about our daily lives, but it’s possible to consciously form a new habit through repetition and routine.

Do it again and again

We get up when out alarm goes off, take a shower, eat breakfast, brush our teeth and leave for work. We repeat these small tasks day after day, and for most people, there’s not a whole lot of thought or planning to it. That’s because after years of repetition, these things have become small habits that are part of our daily routine.

To make exercise one of those habits, we need to treat it just like any other task that we consider critical to our daily routine.

When can you realistically workout?

The first thing to do is decide on a time of day for exercising, as this could impact where you are able to exercise and what type of exercise you’ll be able to do.

For example, if you know you’ll have more time in the morning but need to be home to get the kids up for school, going to the gym wouldn’t be a good option. Instead, opt for an hour of yoga at home, or invest in a treadmill or other home equipment so you can check your workout off your to-do list first thing in the morning.

Where’s the best location?

If you’re able to schedule your workout for a time of day that allows you to be out of the house, it’s still important to consider where your workout will take place. Try to make it a convenient location, such as near your work or home. That way you’ll limit the amount of excuses you make for not getting there.

What’s your preferred workout?

Choosing the type of activity you’ll do for your daily workout is one of the most critical components to creating a habit. If you try something new and don’t like it, give it a week or two before giving up. But if you still dread it, move on to something else.

Don’t be discouraged if this happens a few times. Eventually you’ll find what works for you, and once you do, you’ll know it right away.

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Live your life without inflammation

Improvements in medical care and increased knowledge of the importance of diet and exercise have many individuals seeking ways to live a longer and healthier life. While this is good news, there also seems to be an increase in previously uncommon health conditions, such as chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is most widely associated with common injuries, such as a sprained ankle or a broken finger. But it seems that many adults are suffering from chronic inflammation, often without even being aware.

This type of inflammation occurs internally and, although the connection is not always made, can potentially lead to major diseases and other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more.

While research on the topic continues, it is largely believed that healthy lifestyle changes, including avoiding stress, eating healthy and staying active, can help combat this type of inflammation.

Learn to let it go

Stress is known to contribute to a long list of health issues, but it is possible that increased inflammation brought about by stress could be a contributing factor. There is no denying that today’s society is under a lot of stress. Even those who feel their lives are pretty well in order must still deal with the pressures of balancing family and work, and doing this on a daily basis over a period of several years or more can certainly lead to stress.

Weighing in on food and exercise

Being overweight causes undue stress on every part of your body. But the excess inflammation that goes along with even a few excess pounds could lead to health problems such as diabetes. Fortunately, we seem to be making great strides in understanding just how important diet and exercise are to our overall well-being. But when it comes to fighting inflammation with food, it seems what we eat is as important as what we don’t eat.

In with the good

Whether its tuna, salmon or sardines, be sure to up your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by consuming oily fish as your source of protein at least a few times a week. When choosing vegetables, go for the dark leafy greens-think broccoli, kale and spinach-as they are high in vitamin E. To spice up your dishes, add in fresh onions and garlic, which are known for their high anti-inflammatory chemical content, and be sure to use heart-healthy olive oil when preparing your foods. Lastly, when you crave something sweet, go for a big bowl of fresh berries that are full of antioxidants.

Out with the bad

Processed foods are almost never a good option, but if you must use them, read labels carefully and strictly avoid processed vegetable oils, and limit refined sugars and grains.

Standup for exercise

Anyone who’s up on the latest health and fitness topics has probably heard about recent research that links sitting to a shortened lifespan. While that alone is a good enough reason to get moving, regular exercise is also known to reduce inflammation. As an added bonus, keeping active can also help with stress and weight gain, which are known contributors to chronic inflammation.

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The Diet and Diabetes Dilemma

As the medical industry continues to make strides in the prevention and treatment of many diseases and conditions, it’s somewhat surprising that diabetes is still on the rise in the U.S. One of the most concerning aspects is that some forms of diabetes may actually be preventable and can often be attributed to the foods we eat.

While changing guidelines can make it difficult to know what foods we should or shouldn’t be eating, it’s important to stay informed as we continue to learn more about the importance of food and overall health.

What we don’t know can hurt us

Ongoing studies have prompted changes in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is published every five years. The changes are intended to improve our overall eating habits, limit the onset of diseases and support a healthy lifestyle.

However, most Americans only receive this information as it trickles down through advice from doctors or the latest health and fitness programs or magazines. This can cause confusion, as some of the information may be taken out of context.

All fats are not created equal

Whether or not we should eliminate fat from our diets is a good example of how data can be misinterpreted. There has been a lot of discussion on the importance of reducing fat intake to improve health, but many consumers are confused as to what this actually means.

There are fats that should definitely be eliminated from our diets, such as trans fats, which can raise cholesterol. There are also fats we should carefully consider, such as saturated fat. But there are also healthy fats, such as monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, which can actually lower bad cholesterol and prevent clogged arteries.

For consumers that choose to oversimplify this concept by eliminating all fats, the concern is what foods they are eating instead.

More carbs isn’t the answer

Consumers seeking ways to reduce fat intake may unknowingly do more harm than good when it comes to increasing their risk of diabetes.

For example, cutting out high-fat processed meats is a good idea. But if those foods are being replaced by starchy breads and pastas made from refined white flours that have little nutritional value, you’re really only trading one problem for another.

A better option would be to substitute with more fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Balance is key

While genetics and other factors may play a role in the risk for certain diseases such as diabetes, a healthy diet may help reduce this risk. The key is to eat a balance of fresh, natural foods that are high in nutrients and to limit the intake of refined grains, trans fats and foods that contain added sugar.

It’s also important to check in with your doctor regularly, particularly if diabetes runs in your family, and to seek nutritional advice tailored to your personal situation.

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