Archive | October, 2012

Really Great Article on How to be a Better Person (It’s Charisma)

25 Oct

Kofi Annan has got charisma.

You know how you can tell someone something and they’ll say, “oh hmm I didn’t know that,” but you know that you’ve already told them (and maybe more than once?).  Well, here’s a guide to NOT being that kind of person.

10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People

1. They listen way more than they talk.

2. They don’t practice selective hearing.

3. They put their stuff away.

click here to read the rest.

I’ve been reading it once a week.

My best friend Brehon Garcia-Dale has got charisma.

Know someone who’s got charisma?


Superfood Number Two: Goji Berries (wolf berries, lycium)

20 Oct

Goji berries (wolf berries, lycium) are magical.  They taste great and  health food advocates swear by their benefits (especially for their anti-aging properties!).  I searched for evidence from Western medicine sources and the closest I could come is this entry from “Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.”

Regardless, I’ve been to Tibet where Goji berries naturally grow in abundance and seen how beautiful and young Tibetans look.  And we all know how Western medicine can be the last one to the natural healing party (acupuncture anyone?).

Liran Hirschkorn, a superfoods advocate and teacher with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, provides the benefits of incorporating Goji berries into your diet below.  If there are any studies or reliable Western medical sources to back up the claims I have added links to the right.


  • 18 different amino all 8 essential  (click here for more information on amino acids from the National Institutes of Health)
  • 21 trace minerals  (NIH minerals info)
  • vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E   (great information here on B vitamin benefits from Whole Living, and Vitamin E from NIH)
  • 13% protein
  • more iron than spinach
  • antioxidant Zeaxanthin good for eyes (study from Harvard on benefits for eyes)
  • 500% higher levels of vitamin C than oranges
  • 2-4x the antioxidant content than blueberries
  • #1 for anti-aging (naturally stimulates human growth hormone which wanes as we age, read more about human growth hormone from the Mayo Clinic)

Here’s a recipe for Goji Power Bars from Elena’s Pantry.  They’re yummy and gluten free.

I’d love to look like either one of these Tibetan beauties.  Goji berries here I come!

Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder: My review

11 Oct

I came across Kimberly Snyder’s book Beauty Detox Solution by way of recommendation.  Before buying it I googled it and there really wasn’t that much information besides her website available so here’s my quick intro.

  1. She’s legit.  Her advice is well-researched.  Most of it falls into the world of holistic health so it’s obviously not all backed by NIH studies, but she explains the source of all of her advice.
  2. It’s well organized.  I really like the format of the book. It’s easy to read and follow.
  3. It’s not a diet book or even really a detox book.   It’s a lifestyle book.  I like that because diets suck and detoxes sound painful.
  4. She’s gorgeous. I know the photo below was taken by a professional, but if I can look half that happy and healthy I’ll follow her advice STAT.

I’ll be posting as my life changes with following her advice!

Update November 6th:  This book is awesome for general tips on how to feed my body better, but the recipes have too many expensive ingredients and it’s too hard… I’ll keep trying!

Hens, Chickens in the Heat– 5 tips

10 Oct

My recommendation:

If it’s over 85 get a fan in your coop.  This past summer we got hit by a nasty heat wave.  I researched on the internet and picked up these tips

  • put a kiddie pool in their outdoor area
  • put ice in their drinking water
  • feed them watermelon
  • dunk them in cold water
  • keep at least one fan blowing at all times

I lost one chicken during the heat wave because she was broody and when they get broody their temperature goes up.  If you have a broody hen in the summer KEEP HER OUT OF THE COOP!!!

It’s so sad to lose a chicken.

Two advil before bed, good or bad idea?

8 Oct

I take two advil almost every night before bed.  This handy chart from Harvard says it’s not a bad idea. 



Conference Savvy- If you have to go, make the most of it.

5 Oct


Are conferences really worth it?  I can’t always tell.  But I did pick up some tips on how to make the best of a conference if you’ve committed to going. 

  1. Can’t afford the admission fee? Barter! Volunteer or offer free PR through blogging and leveraging your social media platforms. 
  2. Schedule meetings with other attendees beforehand.  Most conferences will provide confirmed attendees on their websites, so be sure to make connections with people you want to meet beforehand
  3. Hang out outside! Being on the outside can make you an insider- How do you think lobbying became a profession? Many of the big connections/conversations take place outside of the meeting room, so definitely take advantage of the coffee breaks and cocktail hours even if you cant attend the whole event
  4. Focus on making just a few key connections. Focus on quality, not quantity.  Trying to meet every influencer at an event will wear you down and probably feel like a failure even if you’re not.  Set a realistic goal of meeting a few people and everyone over that is a bonus!
  5.  Get everyone’s Twitter handle before the event.  You don’t want to spend the session searching for the panelist’s handle instead of tweeting juicy quotes!
  6.  Stand out of the crowd. Wear a brightly colored scarf or a funky tie.  In a sea of grey and black bright colors really pop.
  7. Use Tweetchat. Tweetchat is a virtual space where everyone is talking about the same thing.  Also, anytime you tweet from Tweetchat it automatically adds the hashtag (time saver alert!). 

And then sometimes your conference is at a place like this and you are pumped for everything 🙂



Water Pills= Bad Idea

3 Oct


You know how your gut tells you something is bad?  Well, my gut definitely told me something about water pills is bad.

Reasons I don’t trust “water pills”

  1. Why would I want to flush my water out? I’m constantly drinking water to stay healthy and hydrated.  Ridding it just sound counter-intuitive.
  2. Whole Foods doesn’t sell them.  Vapid I know, but they’ve got a lot at stake so if they aren’t selling something there MUST be a reason.
  3. No reliable research. I really can not find anything reliable to support the claims that I will be less bloated and not endanger my health.

Yeah. That’s what I think about this.