Whether your goal is to look good in a swimsuit or a business suit, this is the time of year when most of us want to stay in shape. At an intellectual level we all know that our bodies function better when we take good care of ourselves, but it's easy to take our health for granted, especially when we work a lot and take care of others.
Taking good care of yourself is not a form of self-indulgence. Self-care includes exercising regularly, eating a lot of fruits and veggies, getting enough sleep, and knowing how to relax and let go.
As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, I'm easing into a plant-based diet. Each morning, I start my day with a green drink consisting of kale, one cucumber, one or two apples, and a lemon. It's delicious!
If you like juicing, or would like to start juicing, I recommend Kris Carr's new e-guide, Crazy Sexy Juices & Succulent Smoothies.
A lot of fruits are in season right now and I especially love Florida mangoes. I'm grateful for my neighbor, Jack, who picks a couple of gorgeous mangoes from his tree and drops them off on my doorstep each week. (I love neighbors who share food!) Sipping a sweet mango smoothie is a perfect way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
In the evenings before dinner, I like to have a little drinkee-poo, and since watermelon is also in season, I've learned to make a yummy watermelon martini! Click here for my recipe.
So my friends, in order to be as competitive, poised, and successful as possible in today's world don't forget to take time for yourself and practice self-care. I also hope you'll find tasty ways to stay cool (and healthy) this summer!
To your success,
|Tech Etiquette Rules for Commuters and Travelers|
(Mashable.com) As an old proverb goes, politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax - it softens us. Being respectful to fellow travelers can make trips more pleasant for everyone. And in the case of tech etiquette, a little can make a big difference.
Most commuters know it's rude to gawk or blare music. But there are lesser-known etiquette rules that are often broken. For example, many travelers don't think twice about pulling an iPad out on a crowded train or plane. Etiquette experts say that's a no-no. Riders should always turn down screen brightness in close quarters and consider who's around before using devices with giant screens.
Texting in the middle of pedestrian traffic and checking phones while traveling in the company others should also be avoided for safety as well as politeness. Here are few pointers. Read more.
|July Is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
Have you ever answered a call or a text while out on a date? According to 86% of singles polled by the online dating site Zoosk, the worst cell-phone related behavior during a date is "constantly glancing at a cell phone." This offense outranks texting or taking a call. Unfortunately, rude cell phone behavior happens in business settings, too.
July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, an event I founded in 2002 with the intent to encourage others to be more respectful of their surroundings while using their cell phone. Want to improve your cell phone savvy? Here are eight tips. Read more
|Enhance Your Mood -- Get Your Beauty Sleep
My mother always told me that we need less sleep as we get older. I hope this isn't true because I love to sleep. On average, I get about nine hours of sleep every night and, frankly, I don't function well on less. It's important to feel good every day and when I get enough sleep, I'm always in a good mood. On the other hand, when I'm cranky, I know that I'm either hungry or sleepy, or both.
Have you noticed that when you don't get enough sleep, you're generally more impatient, less productive, moody, and less focused? And if that weren't enough, sleep deprivation impairs memory, weakens the immune system, slows metabolism, and, as some recent studies suggest, makes you appear less healthy and less attractive. (In my opinion, this is reason enough to go to bed earlier.) Sleep is the body's natural beauty treatment and it's less expensive than any other treatment or medical procedure you can buy. Read more
|You Really Can Judge People By Their Shoes, Study Finds
Long ago, footwear was an indicator of one's prosperity level. People who could afford to regularly repair or reheel their shoes were considered "well-heeled." Even today, good-looking shoes can help you step up and stand out, so don't hesitate to buy the best shoes you can afford. (Yes, this may be the best news you'll hear all day.)
We may be able to tell a lot about a person by the shoes he or she wears, but now, a new study reveals that we can correctly guess a person's age and income from their footwear -- plus, incredibly, whether they're more likely to be an overly-attached girlfriend or boyfriend. Read more
|Southern-Style Lady Peas Recipe |When I was growing up, I was taught the value of hospitality, particularly "southern" hospitality. When I think back to my childhood roots, many summertime images come to mind - sweet tea, front porches, Sunday dinners with friends and family, a meticulous table setting, orange blossoms, a train whistle blowing in the distance, and lady peas.
Lady peas, (also known as conch peas) are my all-time favorite peas and you can only get them in the South during the summer. They're smaller, sweeter, and creamier than most peas.
While visiting my home town of Haines City, Florida recently, a friend surprised me with a large bag of these tasty little morsels. I was so thrilled because I haven't eaten any in about 25 years.
It's funny how certain smells can trigger nostalgia. While cooking the peas today, I remembered how my mother used to buy them at the local flea market and cook them for our family. My kitchen smelled just like hers...simply delicious!
Bon appétit ya'll:
* 4 cups fresh lady peas
* 6 cups water
* Thick slice of salt pork or hog jowl (optional)
* Half cup diced Vidalia or sweet onion
* 1 clove garlic, finely diced
* 1 bay leaf
* Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse peas in fresh water and drain. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until tender. Serve over rice and sprinkle with hot pepper vinegar or hot sauce. And don't forget the cornbread!
|Inspiring Video of the Month |
|Mister Rogers Remixed |
When I was a little girl, I used to to watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood every afternoon. This fun Mister Rogers remix will bring back memories and put a smile on your face. (I especially love the retro cassette player opening!)
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