How would you like 7 more hours in your day?

October 27th, 2010

Minutes easily add up to hours for a busy adult’s schedule. Check out this great article by Kathryn Matthews for Oprah Magazine; http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Make-More-Time-for-Yourself-Time-Saving-Techniques. Our favorites:

Be decisive and move on. Every minute spent waffling can slow down your ability to take action…rather than spending six hours researching the best round-trip airfare deal—only to save $25 in the end—give yourself 45 minutes to comparison price shop, then make a decision.

Write it down. Constantly cycling through a to-do list in your mind hinders productivity and creativity…Carry a pad or BlackBerry and jot down what’s got to get done, clearing your mind so you can come up with work solutions and new ideas more quickly.

Turn off technology during your high-energy time. Pinpoint the time of day when you are at your freshest, and remove all distractions…For example, route all calls to voice mail and avoid your e-mail in-box. You’ll be much more productive.

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Confusing and misleading food labels

October 26th, 2010

Is it any wonder we’re totally confused about what to eat and what to feed our families?  Food companies spend billions (yes, I said billions) marketing their foods to us each year.  They’ve also devised clever, though completely misleading, nutrition claims for use on packaging:

  • Froot Loops has the “Smart Choices” check even though it’s 41% sugar by weight. (And what exactly is “froot,” anyway?)
  • Hormel Chili label says “Less Sodium,” but just one cup provides 710mg, or a whopping 30% of the daily recommended value.
  • Trix is “Whole Grain Guaranteed,” yet contains ONE gram of fiber — and it’s from corn!
  • Knorr’s Chicken Broccoli Fettuccine Noodles contain more salt than dried broccoli.
  • “Snyder’s Eat Smart Veggie Crisps claim to be ‘A bountiful blend of potato, spinach, and tomato chips,’ even though there is more potassium chloride than spinach, and virtually none of the vitamins and minerals found in spinach and tomatoes.”
  • Some seals of approval are even “made up by the food companies themselves, and they may pay for other seals…The end result is very misleading for consumers.”

Don’t be fooled!  Read labels to ensure the actual value of the food you’re eating as well as the ingredients, and limit (or eliminate) processed foods.  Here are some steps to get you started:

Sources:
Supermarket Sleuth, www.salon.com/life/feature/2006/06/12/marion_nestle
Most Misleading Food Labels, www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/20/9-most-misleading-food-la_n_538868.html
Confusing Food Labels,
www.consumerreports.org/cro/video-hub/food/diet–health/confusing-food-labels/16817885001/54212443001/

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