Quote of the Week-Do you listen to understand or to react?

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”-Steven R. Covey

Listening is a skill.  As business leaders, parents, spouses and friends it’s easy to get stuck in our own heads and listen with the intent to reply.  If we listen with the intent to understand where a person is coming from and understand the “why’s” behind the conversation, it empowers us to be better managers, advisors, spouses and friends.

Leave a comment: do you listen to reply?  if so, how will you work towards improving your skill of listening with the intent to understand?

Happy Monday

Catherine Bares

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Make Today the Good Ole Days

I am a people watcher/observer.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “those were the good ole days”.  I find that kind of sad.

Do you live today thinking about yesterday and say to yourself “that was the time of my life?” Well pardon my French, the heck with that!! Make today the time of your life. Don’t get me wrong, yesterday is what got us here today but there is no reason yesterday has to be better than today.  Wake up and enjoy life.  Leave a comment about how you can make today a great day!

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Workout Tip-Hydration

Workout Tip-Hydration:  According to Allison Clark in an old edition of Oxygen magazine-What to eat before hitting the gym “Slurping 1 1/2 cups of Chicken Noodle Soup, prior to exercise helps maintain hydration while training, better than water or a sports drink, shows 1 study. Credit soup’s sodium content.”

There you have it. Kills 2 birds with 1 stone, gives you a small, light, pre workout meal and helps keep you hydrated. Woohoo!!

Catherine Bares

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Is your Job Dangerous to your Health Continued.

According to Shape magazine there are 4 workplace barriers.

“1st work place barrier: Lack of time: Many people feel they are too busy at work to take the time to eat. Even the busiest of professionals can carve out 5 to 10 minutes a day to eat a small nutritional lunch, even if it is a nutritional bar and a glass of water. Your body needs nutrition, without it a healthy lifestyle is impossible.”

“2nd work place barrier: Limited access to healthy food and water. With a little preparation the inconvenience of health food goes away. Your strategy here is to be proactive about access. It is up to you to make sure you have what you need to reach your goals. Purchase a re-usable water bottle and carry your own water if not available to you. Also, pack a small ice chest with your lunch and snacks for the day. The calories intake is now under your control!”

“3rd work place barrier: Limited food choices: There is probably limited access to healthy food at your job, which is exactly why you need a back up plan for those days you don’t bring your lunch and which requires some detective work on your part. What restaurants are in your area? Which ones offer a good selection of healthy food? Which ones deliver to your work place? Look at menus on line and find a couple of options that you know fit with your healthy eating plan. Create a nutrition cheat sheet so if you need to go to a business lunch or have to work late you don’t have to scramble to find food that won’t ruin your eating plan.”

“4th work place barrier:  Many people surveyed in a study in 2011 said that work was their top priority. Your health needs to come first.  If you need to lose 15 pounds, that needs to be a priority at home, at work or where ever you are.  The good thing is that putting these things first doesn’t take that much time.  If you’re prepared, the difference between eating well and eating poorly is about 10 minutes per day.  That extra 10 minutes you dedicate to your healthy eating is ultimately going to make you better at your job.  Plan to prepare your meals in the morning before you leave or the night before while cleaning up from dinner.  Healthy eating at work will no longer be an issue. Pack a lunch and 2 snacks everyday and don’t forget the water bottle.”

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Is your Job Dangerous to your Health?

According to Shape Magazine, “Your job might be the most dangerous place for your health, thanks to nearly constant sitting, office gatherings with sugar-packed, high-calorie snacks, strategically-placed bowls of candy that prevent you from taking more than five steps without facing the temptation of a snack-sized candy bar (it’s just one bite right?), and the stress of deadlines and performance that acts as Miracle Grow to these seeds of chronic disease. But don’t worry. Becoming aware that you spend 40+ hours a week in this minefield of health woes is the first step to counteracting its negative effects.”

Stay Tuned for 4 universal workplace barriers and some tips on how to overcome them.

Catherine Bares

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Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

  • If it feels wrong, its wrong.
  • Your gut feelings about people and situations are strong but, true.  Trust your gut feelings.
  • Your parents really do know what is best for you.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t lie for any reason.
  • Stop running from your mistakes and face them.
  • You are beautiful 🙂
  • Smile more, cry less.
  • Stay out of the tanning beds and limit sun exposure. Your skin will thank you.
  • Things that seemed so important, won’t be later in life.
  • Don’t make decisions out of desperation.  There will be tough times ahead but, some of those decisions will carry heavy regret later.
  • Frank is “the one”-you got that one right!  🙂

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Indoor Air Quality Sources

Who in your home has allergies?  It is quite common these days for someone within a family to suffer from allergies.  Rather than treat the symptoms of the ailment, why not investigate what triggers allergies and be proactive in reducing the exposure?

I pull this information from www.airadvice.com

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

“There are many factors that can cause indoor air pollution:”

  • The typical home generates approximately 40 pounds of dust a year per every 1500 square feet.
  • There are over 4,000 compounds in tobacco smoke, many of which are strong irritants.
  • Just one ounce of dust contains about 40,000 dust mites, which aggravate allergies.
  • Carpets, furniture, bathrooms, damp basements, and other seemingly benign household items can contribute to indoor air pollution.
  • Tobacco smoke and wood smoke are a common cause of indoor air pollution.
  • Flowers and trees are both sources of pollen, but surprisingly trees affect allergy sufferers more. Trees like alder, pine and birch do not rely on insects to distribute pollen. They rely on wind, and this means their pollen can regularly enter your home.
  • Common activities such as cooking, cleaning, and remodeling cause the spread of indoor contaminants.
  • Perfume, paint, air fresheners and hairspray cause indoor air pollution.

“What is causing indoor air pollution in your home? Get an indoor air pollution test to find out. The results could be surprising. Significantly lowering indoor air pollution is normally not that difficult, but you have to know what you are dealing with.”

I am heavily ingrained in the Air Conditioning and Heating Industry.  There are many companies out there that can provide you with an indoor air quality test.  The results can give you a course of action to improve the indoor air quality within your home.

Catherine Bares

 

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Did you Know? Avocados

According to Mark Ettinger, M.D., of BioTrust Nutrition: “Avocados are one of the best flab-fighting fats, but it’s unlikely that you’ll eat an entire avocado in one sitting.  So how do you keep that leftover avocado from turning brown?”

“Well, first let’s talk about why avocados turn brown.  Like apples or potatoes, they oxidize when exposed to air.  Once you cut into an avocado, you’ll never be able to completely stop the oxidation process, but you can dramatically slow it with a few quick tips and tricks:”

1. “Cut the avocado with a ceramic or plastic knife.  Metal actually accelerates the oxidation process.”

2. “Try lemon or lime juice. Citric acid is a powerful antioxidant; rub a little juice around the exposed flesh and you’ll significantly delay the browning effect.”

3. “No lemon or lime? Use oil. Oil is another great buffer to oxygen. Use in place of lemon or lime juice when you don’t have any handy.”

4. “Store as air-tight as possible. Again, avocados turn brown due to oxidation and exposure to air, so storing in an air-tight container only makes sense.”

5. “Water. Huh? That’s right! This one works exceptionally well for guacamole. Place your leftover guac in a plastic container and press down to remove any air pockets. Add a half inch of water on top and seal with an air-tight lid. The water creates a barrier between the avocado and the air, keeping your guacamole fresh and 100% green for 24 hours or more!  When ready to eat some more, just drain the excess water and enjoy.  Works like a charm!”

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Natural Sources of Omega 3

Did you know that there are other food sources besides fish that contain Omega 3’s?

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Some Leafy Green (Fresh Spinach)
  • Egg Yolks
  • Some Vegetable oils

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