HOW THE RIGHT DIET CAN IMPROVE YOUR WORK PRODUCTIVITY
If you struggle to keep up with work deadlines, meetings, and endless e-mails, your diet may be to blame, at least in part. And it may play a larger role than you realize.
The foods you eat – and don’t eat – have a direct impact on how productive you are.
According to a 2012 study conducted with nearly 20,000 employees who worked at three large U.S. companies, those who ate an unhealthy diet were 66 percent more likely to report productivity loss compared with their co-workers who ate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
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THE REAL REASON THE DAIRY INDUSTRY ADDS VITAMIN D TO YOUR MILK
Chances are, there's more than just milk in your carton. If you take a look at the ingredients on your milk jug, you'll likely see Vitamin D listed amongst the ingredients, even if the milk doesn't advertise that it's been fortified with Vitamin D. The reason goes all the way back to the early 1900s.
At the turn of the century, rickets -- a childhood bone disorder that often leads to weak and soft bones along with deformities and stunted growth was rampant. Over 80 percent of children in Boston alone suffered from rickets. The cause was determined to be a deficiency in Vitamin D or Calcium. Vitamin D is synthesized in our bodies when our skin takes in the sun, and our bodies require Vitamin D to absorb the calcium.
"Rickets became an epidemic as you had in the Industrial Revolution and with it, childhood labor," according to Patsy Brannon fo the division of nutritional sciences at Cornell University. Brannon said children were simply not exposed to enough sun. Since Vitamin D does not naturally occur in most foods, deficiencies were widespread.
The few foods that contain Vitamin D are salmon, swordfish, cod liver, and fatty fish like tuna. But even eating the recommended amounts of fish a week --- which is seven ounces --- would not provide your body with enough Vitamin D. That's the reason milk became fortified with Vitamin D and still continues 80+ years later despite it being an entirely voluntary addition from dairy companies.
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE A SALMON?
One of my standard jokes when I see someone walking against the flow of traffic at an event or similar situations is to say to them as we pass: “Now you know how a salmon feels.”
Most smile and move on. Some have no clue. I know, kind of corny but I like to have a bit of fun with people.
Think about this from the point of view of your company. If you’re the leader, do you feel like a salmon…you want to go one direction, but everyone on the team seems to be heading in the opposite way? Or, are you someone a bit farther down in the organization and you see other people not supporting the vision and mission of the company…you seem to be the only one trying to meet the goals of the organization?
Some years ago, my team was tasked with accomplishing a major project that required significant input and help from other teams. I happened to have an excellent project manager who was my lead on the project. She was great at having conversations with all levels within the company.
I was struggling to get one of the teams to do the things that were required of them for this project to be successful. My PM happened to be traveling with the VP of the other team, so I asked her to find out what she could. I was stunned when she came back and told me of their conversation. The VP told her that she had informed her team to attend the meetings we called, agree to the goals, but to not do any work on that project.
In other words, one of us was the salmon; either I was because I was the only one working towards the project’s success or she was because she was not doing what was supposedly a company priority. As I investigated more, I soon found out that I was the salmon. The top leaders were giving lip service to this project, but really didn’t care about it.
TAKE AN ONLINE TRIP WITH A REAL-LIVE SALMON NAVIGATING THE PERILS OF PUGET SOUND, AND PICK WHICH ONE WILL MAKE IT OUT TO THE SEA FIRST
Salmon — whether being tossed between Pike Place Market fish mongers or wending their way through the locks in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood — are one the most iconic images of the Pacific Northwest.
They’re also one of the most threatened.
Since at least the 1980s, steelhead and certain salmon populations have been tanking in Puget Sound. Local steelhead alone have plummeted to less than 10 percent of their historic population size. But many people are unaware that the area’s beloved fish are in such dire straits.
Survive the Sound is a new interactive game that hopes to both educate the public about the salmons’ plight and help save the fish by raising money for essential research and environmental restoration.
“Without salmon, there is no Northwest, there is no Puget Sound and there is no home,” said Michael Schmidt, deputy director of Long Live the Kings, a nonprofit working to protect chinook or “king” salmon, and related fish. The group created Survive the Sound in partnership with Paul Allen’s Vulcan.
The game has participants sponsor an actual steelhead that has been tagged with a tracking device and is trying to make the roughly 140-mile journey from a local river through Puget Sound to the ocean. Steelhead are a close cousin to other salmon species, sharing the same genus in the fish family tree.
EAT THESE 6 FOODS TO ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE
You are what you eat, no doubt about it.
An article in the upcoming issue of Consumer Reports on Health says that eating six foods can add both life to your years and years to your life.
How? By decreasing inflammation, improving gut bacteria and altering the free-radical damage that alters cell functioning. What's more, the right food can affect some serious conditions that often worsen with age, such as stroke, hypertension, heart disease, cognitive decline and type 2 diabetes.
And don't think you have to give up certain faves to live to a ripe old age. Salmon is on the list of the six anti-aging powerhouses.
AARON RODGERS SOUNDS IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY TOM BRADY TAKES CARE OF HIS BODY
If Tom Brady’s cookbook happens to show up at the Packers’ practice facility this offseason, there’s a viable explanation: Aaron Rodgers likes how the Patriots quarterback is taking care of himself.
Last offseason, the 33-year-old Rodgers started to evaluate the way he’s taking care of his body -- remember, he gave up eating cheese -- and it seems that he’s figured out the best way to do it is to emulate Brady.
During an interview this week on The Sidelines podcast with Evan Daniels, Rodgers admitted that Brady was the “model” for where he wants to be when he turns 39.
“You look at the Super Bowl, and I’ve been a huge fan of Tom Brady for a long time and consider him one of the greatest if not the greatest quarterback of all time, and he’s doing it at 39,” Rodgers said. “The way that he takes care of his body is really a model for all quarterbacks: Young quarterbacks and quarterbacks kind of in the middle, the second half of their career, like myself, who would love to be 38, 39, 40 and be playing at a high level and be healthy and have their body where they want it at that age.”
Rodgers also added that Brady is basically “the standard and the model for what I want to be.”
For one, Brady has a bizarre diet.
According to Brady’s chef , the Patriots quarterback diet consists of “80 percent” vegetables and 20 percent other things like “brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans.” The Patriots quarterbacks is also allowed to eat lean meats like grass-fed organic steak, duck, chicken and wild salmon.