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vitaminsUp for a cup of tea?

I am sitting enjoying a cup of green tea chatting or rather debating with my brother on whether or not we really need vitamins.  He hasn’t taken them in years, but I still do and hence decided to do some research to make an informed decision.

As another great year starts, we make all those resolutions, one is often to take better care of ourselves and that includes taking vitamins.  Well, have you given thought to all the chatter around whether vitamins work?   I am an avid vitamin taker but recently stopped as I wanted to do some research to make sure that the ones I am taking actually have the vitamins they say they do.  The vitamin market is a billion dollar business but not all vitamins are created equal.  I recently read an article that sited dangerous levels of chemicals found in some brands of vitamins which can be detrimental to us. This gave me a reason to pause.  First, am I able to get the vitamins I need from food?  Do I really need supplements?   Some of us periodically may turn to  extra vitamin C when fighting a cold.

Supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as food, not as drugs.    The primary issue with vitamins is that while it is regulated by the FDA,  we are reliant on the manufacturer to list the ingredients in the container.  This is where the problem lies.  In random testing, it has been discovered that other dangerous substances have also been found mixed in with the listed ingredients.   There is no formal testing process by the FDA to guarantee what the manufacturers lists is accurate.

Do your research and make sure that you are taking supplements from a reputable source.  The most expensive does not guarantee the best.   Check in with your physician , especially if you are taking prescribed medications, it could save your life.  All things in moderation.  First,  plan on getting your vitamins from your food source and then truly supplement with vitamins if really needed.

Some of the sources are listed below.

Vitamin            Support Function                                                      Sample Food Sources
A Vision, Immune System & Reproduction Fish (Salmon), Green Leafy Vegetables, Yellow Fruits e.g apricots, Cantaloup
Calcium Supports Bone Health Dairy (Milk, Yoghurt, Cheese) , Leafy Vegetables, Sardines
D Helps the body absorb Calcium / Muscle movement Fatty fish, Fish oils
C & E Protects cells from damage caused by Free Radicals Vegetable oils – wheat germ , sunflower, soybean / Nuts
Folic Acid Supports Cell Growth and the Nervous System Beans, lentils, oranges, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach.
B12 Health of Nerve and Blood Cells Clams, Beef Liver.  Fish, meat, poultry, milk and dairy.  Fortified breakfast cereals



It’s a new year and I plan to ensure that my vitamins come from my food choices.



Thanksgiving    Up for a cup of tea?

I am sitting with my daughter and we are enjoying a cup of peppermint tea, chatting about Thanksgiving.

Gabrielle and I are talking about the history of Thanksgiving and what it means.  We often get caught up in the festivities of the holiday.  We give thanks for family and friends, but more importantly we ought to give thanks to God for the blessings of this life.  If I had to put things in order, it would be God, Family/Friends, and Job.   As we embark on the joy of the holidays and the end of the year, it is a good time to recommit to what putting God first really means.  For me, I commit to enhancing my spiritual study in addition to going to church.

The dictionary describes Thanksgiving as the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of the benefits especially to God.

Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 with the first celebration in the colonies with the sharing of a harvest feast between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians.  This tradition continued, however it wasn’t until 1863, during Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day.  It is held on the 4th Thursday in November.  In  1941, Congress made Thanksgiving Day official.  The traditional meal of the day is Turkey.

Turkey          Happy Thanksgiving!


Job Change?

9464706-background-concept-wordcloud-illustration-of-job-satisfaction  Up for a cup of tea?

I am sitting here chatting with my friends enjoying a cup of peppermint tea.  Karen, Lisa and I are chatting about new beginnings and remaining energized in the jobs we have.

When do you decide to leave the job you are in? What are the signs?  Quite frankly, are you excited to get up and go to work everyday? or is it just about bringing home the bacon?   A lot of us are so busy and overwhelmed that we don’t find the time to actually enjoy what we do.

More often than not,  when I am asked, “how are you?”  The response is always the same..”busy” or sometimes “stressed”  Take a moment,  ask yourself, are you that busy?  Are you productive?  The answer will be NO, especially if you are not motivated.   Laura Stack, productivity expert wrote an  article on “busy work” that you might find interesting. In the meantime, take some time to think about your situation by starting here.

Self assessment tips on job satisfaction:

  1. Evaluate what you like and don’t like.  Write it down.  Make the decision on  whether the things you dislike can change, and if not, can you live with it?
  2. Do you like the people you work with?  This is tough as most of us spend more time at work than home so it’s important  to like the environment we work in.  Does it have a positive effect on you?
  3. Strange phenomenon,  sometimes management won’t address when things are broken. How can you be a leader and effect change?   
  4. Do you have JOY?  Maybe it is impacting your home life and you are miserable to be around.
  5. Sometimes we can stay with the same company but may need a job/department change, not a company change.
  6. Money should never be the primary driver for moving jobs.  If you like what you do, the money will follow. However, if you have a family to support you may not always have the luxury of this kind of time.

My personal limit is 4 years in the same job and then I need change.  Everyone has their own time frame.  Some of us are just too comfortable,  afraid of change,  enjoying the routine of sameness.  Jobs and careers are not the same but to some are interchangeable.   The main difference depends on how much you enjoy the work, which then leads you to work harder, creating opportunity, leading to a career and a future.  We should all aspire to do more and find ways to bring freshness to our current role or decide to make a change.

It starts with you today.

shutterstock_55400329   Take the leap!



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Theodore Roosevelt