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Healthy Holiday Foods

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We love the holidays but it can tear your willpower and diet to shreds. Temptation is everywhere and calories can add up causing you to gain weight during the holiday season. But, don’t let the potential weight gain curb merriment. There are actually healthy foods hiding behind those calorie bombs. Here are some foods that are good for you and foods you will want to avoid during this holiday season.

Eat: Sweet Potatoes

They taste like French fries but without the fat. The sweet in the potato comes from an enzyme that converts the starch into sugar as it matures. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. We love sweet potatoes because aside from being healthy they also taste like dessert since it gets sweeter the longer it is stored or when it is cooked. Sweet potatoes are a good addition to your holiday meal. Cut into fries and bake in the oven for a healthy version of French Fries. You can also search the web for healthy recipes for sweet potato casserole.

Avoid: Eggnog

Did you know that an 8 ounce serving of eggnog has over 250 calories and 5g of saturated fat? Instead of eggnog, sip a glass of red wine.

Eat: Cranberries

According to legend, Native Americans shared cranberries with Pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving. There is evidence that the Native Americans were aware of the health benefits of eating cranberries, and they are right. They are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and potassium. As a bonus, they also contain unique compounds and antibacterial properties that can help prevent urinary tract infection.

Avoid: Dips

Dips are delicious but double as calorie bombs. Some dips like spinach dip sounds healthy, but some recipes call for massive amounts of cheese. Aside from being calorie-rich, dips also contain saturated fat and sodium. Choose salsa and hummus in lieu of dip.

Eat: Cocoa

Chocoholics rejoice! Cocoa in moderation is a healthy treat. Studies show that eating a small amount of chocolate (around 30g) can help lower systolic blood pressure which in turn can lower your risk of stroke and heart disease. Choose dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids. These contain the higher levels of antioxidants and flavonoids that are responsible for health benefits.

Avoid: Creamy Soup

Soup that use heavy milk or whole cream as a base are artery clogging and rich in saturated fat. Stick to broth-based soup instead.

Eat: Turkey

Turkey contains high quality protein that triggers satiety. The earlier you feel full, the less food you are going to eat. Turkey – white or dark meat – is one of the lowest calorie holiday foods you can eat. A 3 ounce serving of skinless turkey breast is around 120 calories and 1 gram fat. Make sure to trim off the skin before eating because that’s where the fat is lurking.

Avoid: Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes in their natural state are rich in vitamin c, potassium and other nutrients. However, when you add butter, milk, and salt, mashed potatoes becomes an unhealthy calorie bomb. If you really want mashed potatoes, make a light version that uses a small amount of a buttery cream cheese.

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How The Technology of 23andMe Benefits You

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Tracing down our ancestry is a difficult but possible task thanks to 23andMe. Ancestry research is an obsessive hobby that is provoked by curiosity. You can discover historical events, trace medical conditions, find birth parents, and understand yourself through DNA testing. With 23andMe, people can now discover the truth about their genes. Through extensive DNA analysis, 23andMe can interpret your biological roots from a simple saliva sample.

More than 500,000 consumers have bought a test from 23andMe. For it to work, consumers have to spit into a tube and ship it to the company. To retrieve your results, you must first create an account on the 23andMe website and log in within six-to-eight weeks to view your data.

The massive biotech company employs scientific researchers to study customer data for research on inherited disorders. The team is filled with quality workers and a pool of professional partners in fields like pharmaceutical and biotechnology. 23andMe hopes to provide consumers who wanted to know about their DNA information on any potential genetic disorders or diseases. For the first time ever, the genetics company offers direct to consumer genetic tests on breast cancer. Anyone who is curious about their future health risk, 23andMe is the ideal service to get answers from.

In tracing back your genetic roots to compare you to a total of 150 regions, people can now discover their DNA background. 23andMe have united many disconnected families from their service. The option to publicize your results to rekindle with other family members have proved to serve a great purpose to users.

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The precision of 23andMe is impressive. The results are not vague responses. The scores show percentages and specific breakdowns on your ancestry. With a total of 150 regions, 23andMe ensures an informative report to fulfill your curiosity. The ancestry discovery has given people an identity and the chance to reconnect with their culture. Customers have the opportunity to share their results for research purposes, so most have consented while others chose to remain anonymous.

The health and wellness report will analyze your genetic risk for up to 10 diseases. This information is intended for people who are concern about their future health. The data comments on your potential variants to lactose intolerance, saturated fat and weight, alcohol flush reaction, genetic weight, deep sleep, muscle composition, sleep movement and more.

The more serious analysis are the findings of potential late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, AAT Deficiency (a lung and liver disease), Celiac Disease, Hereditary Hemochromatosis (iron-related) and Hereditary Thrombophilia (blood clots), and others. Users do not have to oblige and see the results, you can choose to keep the answer hidden.

Although the company have experienced issues with the FDA in the past, since last April, the FDA agreed to allow 23andMe to sell direct-to-consumer genetic predisposition tests for 10 diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Celiac disease. This innovative business idea is benefiting many consumers. 23andMe’s technology have reconnected families, provide useful knowledge, and give health warnings.

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The innovative biotech company proves just how rapidly technology is advancing. DNA testing will only improve from this point on. 23andMe have benefited many customers with their technology. As they continue to grow and improve, a 23andMe spokesperson shares how the technology of 23andMe benefits you:

How does 23andMe work?

“You can read about the process on our website here. You choose from our two products – the  Ancestry Service and Health + Ancestry Service. You can either buy the kits from one of our retailers (Target, Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, etc.) or from our website. Your kit will take 3-5 days to arrive, you follow the kit instructions to spit in the tube provided, register your kit with the 14-digit barcode associated with your kit, and mail the tube back in the prepaid package.

In approximately 6-8 weeks, we’ll send you an email letting you know your reports are ready in your online account!”

What inspired 23andMe?

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“Our company’s founders believe that everyone has the right to access their personal genetic information. We believe in the power of genetics to transform health and empower people, and that your genetic information is the most valuable thing you can contribute to help accelerate research”.

How will people benefit from 23andMe?

“23andMe customers will benefit in three ways:

  • Access Revolutionary Science
    • The only crowdsourced data set for genotypic and phenotypic big data analysis.
    • Health and ancestry reports driven by top-tier scientific rigor
    • Data-driven drug development by accomplished scientists
  • Discover Evolving Insights
    • Explore your unique health, ancestry, wellness and personal trait data
    • Engage with family members or connect with new ones
    • Learn more as new reports are released
  • Improve Healthcare
    • Easily participate in disease-fighting research
    • Drug development based on human genetics
    • Stay informed about the impact you’re making”

Are the analysts completely accurate?

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“We proved through the FDA review process our ability to accurately call, or find, these variants with 99.9% accuracy when compared to Sanger sequencing results, the gold standard for accuracy.

23andMe uses an Illumina genotyping chip, widely used in academic and medical research, to capture genetic information and samples are processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory, the gold standard for laboratory testing, that also adheres to CAP (College of American Pathologists) standards. These are the same standards applied to doctor-ordered tests. We also have a variety of proprietary validation processes and quality controls that are applied to data before information is ever returned to a customer”.

How does 23andMe stand out to other competitors?

“We offer the only FDA-authorized genetic health reports directly to consumers, without a prescription. We also have a unique Research division, in which our customers can consent to participate in research (over 80% of them do consent) and answer questions that we can then use for research. Our customers have contributed to over 100 studies/published papers to date!”

How does the company overcome setbacks?

“Our CEO has said she doesn’t shy away from conflict. If you put your head down, do the work you need to do, and don’t give up, persistence will pay off. In 2013, when we received the letter from FDA warning us to stop marketing the Ancestry + Health Service, we didn’t give up. We believe people have a right to their genetic information without going through a doctor, and we are committed to providing it in the most responsible way possible. We will continue to work with the FDA to get more genetic information out to the public”.

Are you looking to improve? If so, how?

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“Yes, we are constantly looking to improving and working to provide additional information to our customers. Prior to November 2013 had more reports than we currently offer. As an FDA regulated company we’re working with the agency to provide health-related reports to our customers, beginning with carrier status, authorized by the FDA in February 2015, and genetic health risk reports, authorized by the FDA in April 2017. In fact, we just announced the FDA clearance of our BRCA 1/2 (Selected Variant) report, that is the first FDA authorized genetic test for cancer risk, and also expanded our Ancestry Composition product to over 150 populations around the world. We also just launched our Conditions pages, where customers can rate various treatments for common health conditions they suffer from, including asthma and depression”.

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How to Eat Healthy, Lose Belly Fat, and Feel Spectacular

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Business owners and entrepreneurs are hard workers and that often time leads to late hours at the office, staying up late, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits.  Let’s start the new year with a positive change that will have an immediate effect on your work life balance.

What NOT to eat

Often times it’s not what food you SHOULD eat to stay healthy, but it’s the food you SHOULDN’T eat.

Sugar: Sugar is highly addictive, fattening, and often leads to obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases.

Grains: Anything white or made from flour should be avoided.  If your aim is to lose weight, avoiding Grain is a must!

Seeds/Vegetable Oil: These are made from processed fat containing high amounts of Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Omega-6 Fatty Acids are good for you as it promotes tissue repair, however too much is bad for you)

Trans Fat: Very common in processed food.  Any fat that’s been altered or chemically modified is automatically bad for your body.  Don’t eat it! (Trans fat are created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to solidify them)

Artificial Sweetener: Despite the fact that they’re supposedly better for you than sugar, there are direct links between artificial sugar and obesity in recent studies. (If you must use artificial sweetener, use Stevia instead).

Any “Diets” or “Low-fat” products: A lot of these food claims to be healthy, and they’re anything but healthy.  Some even claim to use Agave Syrup instead of sugar, strangely enough, Agave Syrup is just as bad as sugar.  In short, Diet/Low-fat products tend to be more loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners that are just as bad for you, if not worse in many cases.

Highly Processed Foods: These foods are an obvious one to stay away from.  They often are low in nutritional content and high in unnatural and artificial chemicals that shouldn’t be in your body.

 

For the year and exciting year, try to stay from any products that fit the list above and you’ll find yourself eating much healthier with renewed energy.

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Things You Should Never Say During A Presentation

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Many people have cold feet when they are asked to present something in front of a live audience. A sales presentation is a make or break situation for the companies. An excellent presentation can bring in a lot of new prospects for the company. Similarly, a bad presentation can also sour the relationship with an eager prospect. Public speaking is intimidating, but you can avoid the common mistakes and make a mark as a public speaker. You should be calm, confident and organized during the presentation. Here are some points you should remember during a presentation

“Hello! Can everyone hear me?”

You can feel very nervous before your presentation, but do not begin with this question. It is your responsibility to check the audio, but try to arrive early to check everything. When you are speaking at a large conference hall, the chances are high that someone has already checked the audio-visual facilities. Take a deep breath and smile at the audience. Begin with full confidence.

“I’ve got a lot of information to cover, so let me get started.”

This statement can make your audience lose all interest in your presentation. People believe that longer presentations are boring. Starting with this statement assumes that it’s going to be a long boring lecture instead of a captivating presentation. If your presentation happens to be long, do the work to shorten it in advanced, and come prepared to give a more condensed presentation without losing the overall message. 

“I’ll keep it short”

This is a promise no one keeps. You should not use this statement before the presentation. Your audience comes to hear something promising and get inspired. It does not matter if your speech is long or short. When you say “I’ll keep it short”, you’re also underselling your ability to maintain your audience’s attention. 

“I did not have much time to prepare”

You should not begin your speech with an excuse. People in the audience look forward that the presentation will be a well-prepared one. They invest their time and money to be prepared for your presentation. It’s only fair that you should be prepared to present. 

Fillers

Never use the words like “Umm”, “you know” or “like” in your presentation. Your audience will assume that you are not confident about what you are saying. The fillers in your speech can distract them from the main point of the presentation. If you need to think about something, you can take a short pause in between.

“In Future, we plan to…”

Never reveal anything about the products that is still under production. Make public announcements of your new products and offers. Your audience expects detailed information of your new and ready products. If you have something exciting on the way, wait for it to actually be ready to start talking about it. 

“Avoid reading through the pages”

Do not just read aloud the pages or slides. This can turn the session dull for your audience. Try to present your points in an interesting way. You can begin with a small story or show some examples.

“I’ll get back to that later”

The audience is always eager to interact with you. They can ask many questions after your presentation. Do not avoid their questions. It leaves a bad impression on your audience. Try to answer their questions politely.

“I guess that’s it”

You should not end your presentation with this statement. Prepare your speech in such a way that it becomes obvious it is the end. Your transition to your next point should come naturally.

Make your speech fit in the given time-slot. Do not come underprepared and prolong your speech. You should not completely depend on the prepared write-ups or slides. Try to conclude it with some interesting information. Keep some time to interact with the audience, but do not get stuck with irrelevant points or questions.

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