Garbage in equals garbage out started off as a computer term back in the day but later has been used as a reference to our bodies. What we put in our bodies determines the quality of our health, plain and simple. Want better health? Eat the right stuff and avoid the junk.
Skip fatty foods because they may increase your HDL (bad kind) cholesterol, resulting in clogged blood flow to the brain, which increases your dementia risk. Besides impacting our brain, fatty foods often deprive us of the feel-good chemical dopamine, setting us up for depression. Limit sugary crap that we know contributes to diabetes but may also up your Alzheimer’s risk by slowing insulin flow to the brain. Sugary foods are addictive, causing you to crave them and function poorly without them.
Something good to add to your diet is tart cherry juice. It not only fights inflammation, but it relieves arthritis pain. You just might sleep better, too. I’ve been eating more kale and love the texture and flavor it brings to my salads. When we eat a rainbow of natural foods, we can’t go wrong. We are what we eat!
I recently re-read a journal my mother wrote for me about her life. In it, she shared some tough and tender moments we shared along with some hilarious times where we laughed so hard we cried. I am so grateful I was not tempted or distracted by the technology of today. We actually sat at a table to eat our meals and talked to one another. We worked on household projects together and enjoyed family gatherings where we were fully engaged and present.
Anymore people seem to be what a friend of mine calls, PIBO’s: present in body only. Their attention is not on the present but on what is happening somewhere else. They are anticipating the future and what might be so much that they miss the present. Many are so fascinated with their own “selfie” that they don’t see anyone else. They are missing their own life.
Both my parents are gone, and I can tell you that I don’t look back and treasure the moments I spent on a typewriter or playing a video game. No, I will forever remember playing card games together, singing along to Mitch Miller, and just being together. Technology is a great tool, but don’t get lost in it and miss out on the important moments with those you love. Before you know it, they may be gone.
One of my recent interviews had live call ins where one gentleman wanted to know how to handle a demanding boss. A client sought help with an emotional boss. In a perfect world, our leaders would be the example for excellent communication, but unfortunately, many times the burden is upon our shoulders to adjust our communication style to meet theirs.
First and foremost, you need to understand your style. You are either a Commander, Coach, Counselor, or Conductor. My book, Leveraging Your Communication Style, available at https://www.lorrainebosse-smith.com/store/ will give you insights into your strengths and communication preferences. Once you determine your style, identify your boss’s. Often times, those who are most challenging for us to communicate with are those who are our opposites. If they are Commanders, be assertive and to the point. If they are Coaches, be animated and engaging. If they are Counselors, be an attentive listener. And, if they are Conductors, be very accurate in your presentation.
When you take the initiative to adjust your style to meet theirs, conversations will go smoother. They may not know why, but they will appreciate it and you!
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