Saturday, April 28, 2007

Renee Zellweger Is Grounded - the Good Way!

I didn't expect to come across such interesting content in a BJ's
Journal, but there it was, in the February, 2007 issue: an interview
with actress Renee Zellweger.
A couple of her answers were particularly thoughtful:

Q. What are some goals you've set for yourself?
A. My goals are pretty simple, and I've known them from an early age:
to be able to take care of myself and to be a person I can respect. Also, as I get older I hope that no one has a worse day for having encountered me. I'd like to always try to find a way to make a contribution to the world.

Q. Your field is so competitive, with new actors breaking through every day. How would you like fans to remember you?
A. I think being remembered is about hoping the people who love you
recognize what's good about you. That's the most you can really hope for, isn't it?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Today Show and Martha Stewart Show Offer Lessons on Laughter

It's been confirmed:
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Two shows covered this topic recently:
Check out the giggles on the Today Show.
(Brief commercial precedes segment)
Not only will real laughter generate the release
of endorphins, the "feel good" hormone, but they say
simulating laughter will get the same beneficial results.
On the Martha Stewart Show, they got it down to basics
by showing how to practice smiling. Martha's
guest, Linda Kaplan Thaler, co-author of The Power of Nice,
demonstrated how holding a pencil horizontally in the
mouth creates a happy look.
A friend mentioned to me he was a bit nervous before
taking a test. He took a moment to put a smile on his face,
and it helped him relax. I tried this, and it works!
So, laugh all you can!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

These Are Four Star Foods!

Here are the four criteria for making this list:
* food is nutritious (benefits exceed deficits by wholesome margin)
* food is inexpensive (no need to trade health gain for wallet pain)
* food needs little/no prep time (no kitchen fatigue)
* food is portable (not too heavy to carry, before or after you eat it)

Here they are:
- banana
- clementine
- apple
- yogurt
- kirby cucumber
- grape tomatoes
- baby carrots
- snow peas
- yams (see earlier post)
- hard boiled egg
- applesauce (in ready cups)

Most of these items are readily available year round.
Hard boiled eggs can stay up to a week in the frig.
A small (8 oz) plastic bottle of water frozen can provide
extension of quality. (Allow room for ice expansion).
What other four star foods can you add to the list?