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  • 10 great super foods!

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    10 Superfoods For A Long Healthy Life from health.com

    Broccoli, grapes and salad We'll start with the scientific consensus: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, high in nutrients and low in calories, is your best bet for a long life.

    Berries These bite-sized fruit favorites are check full of antioxidants, known to boost immunity and stave off life-threatening disease. They'll help you age gracefully as well. A 2012 study from Harvard University found that at least one serving of blueberries or two servings of strawberries each week may reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.

    Garlic Studies have found that phytochemicals in garlic can halt the formation of carcinogenic chemicals in the body, and that women who eat more garlic have lower risk of certain colon cancers.

    Olive oil As delicious as it is healthy, this monounsaturated "good fat" is well known for its heart-health and longevity benefits. Studies also show that olive oil may also be linked to brain health and cancer prevention. Aim for two tablespoons a day.

    Bok choy Studies suggests that cruciferous vegetables like this one contain nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin C, and folate, that can help you cheat death. And that's likely the case even if you've already had a close call: A study from Vanderbilt University found that breast cancer survivors in Shanghai who ate more cruciferae—specifically of the turnip, cabbage, and bok choy variety popular in China—had lower risks of death or cancer recurrence during the study period.

    Avocado How to prevent heart disease, the largest killer in the United States, according to the latest report from the National Center of Health Statistics? Eat more foods that help keep your heart healthy, like avocados and others already on this list, and improve your odds of a long life.

    Tomatoes Lycopene is also an important nutrient in the fight against cancer—the second leading cause of death in the United States. And there's no better source than rosy red tomatoes. Eating them cooked, in pasta sauce, tomato soup, or chutney, actually increases the amount of carcinogen-fighting carotenoids your body is able to absorb.

    Beans Beans, beans, are good for your…life? In a 2004 study conducted on elderly people in Australia, Japan, Sweden, and Greece, researchers found that participants had a 7% to 8% reduction in death for every 20 grams of legumes they consumed daily. A diet rich in beans and legumes increases levels of the fatty acid butyrate, which can protect against cancer growth, according to a study from Michigan State University.

    Grains and seeds Getting more fiber—specifically by switching from refined bread and pasta to whole grains—can reduce your risk of death from any cause by 22%, according to a 2011 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Experts say that fiber can protect against diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and obesity, and can reduce cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

    Booze, in moderation Several studies have suggested that small amounts of alcohol—no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women—can have heart-health benefits, and that moderate drinkers tend to live longer than heavier imbibers or teetotalers. A 2012 Harvard Medical School study also found that moderate drinking may also reduce men's risk of death in the two decades following a heart attack.

  • Superhero vs Politician

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    AT A GLANCE

    • Superhero costumes out-rank politicians this Halloween

    • For adults and kids alike, the top-selling costumes are Spider-Man, Batman and The Avengers, including characters such as Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Black Widow

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    Iron Man is more likely to knock on your door this Halloween than President Obama.

    Presidential Halloween costumers are popular every election year, but during this race, neither Obama nor Romney are coming close to movie characters and superheroes.

    For adults and kids alike, the top-selling costumes are Spider-Man, Batman and The Avengers, including characters such as Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Black Widow.

    "Each year, there are several stand-out requests often based on a popular TV show, movie or current event," says Marilynn Wick, CEO of Costume World. "This year is an election year, so political masks, elephants, donkeys and other red-white-and-blue costumes are asked for. We remember in past years Clinton with a cigar, Nixon in a convict suit – so far nothing like that has come to pass this year, but who knows."

    Political masks may not be the top-selling costume, but Spirit Halloween's CEO Steven Silverstein says they are still a pretty big deal.

    "Our mask sales have accurately predicted each presidential election since the mid-'90s," Silverstein says.

    As of Monday's sales, Obama makes up 63% of mask sales and Romney has the other 37%.

    First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton each have inspired masks.

    It's not just the candidates making political statements this Halloween.

    Big Bird left the other Sesame Street characters in the dust when he flew off the shelves after Mitt Romney's comment about cutting subsidies to PBS. Now those costumes are out-of-stock and big, yellow wannabes are going the do-it-yourself route.

    Sara Gaugl, a spokeswoman at the Bellevue, Wash., headquarters for the large thrift store chain Savers and Value Village, said managers of the nearly 300 second-hand stores across the United States and Canada were busy helping customers put together DIY Big Birds.

  • Paint your home orange and green to pay off your mortgage!

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    “Brilliant.  If they rolled this out across the country, it could fix the economy.”  - FOX NEWS

    The paintjob above may look like the work of a madman, but the color combo packs a big punch.

    If you let us turn your house into a billboard we’ll pay your mortgage. When we’re done we’ll repaint your home back to any colors you choose. Oh yeah ... the repaint is on us. 

    Looking better?

    Why are we doing this? Because somebody has to do something!!!!

    The housing market is a mess. Every three months, 250,000 families lose their homes to foreclosure. Foreclosure stinks!!!  It lowers property values in the entire neighborhood. It increases crime, homelessness, and unemployment.  It causes divorce and suicide. 

    Government programs aren’t bailing out homeowners fast enough so rather than sit back and watch, we decided to do something about it.

    Introducing the "Billboard Home" Rescue Plan.

    We painted our first home a few months ago.  We saved a family from ruin and a neighborhood from depreciating home values. Now were’ ready to help 3000 more families and 3000 more neighborhoods. The $925,000 we’re raising will help us achieve our goal. 

    A contribution of $34 from you right now will keep a family in their home for an extra day.  $238 will keep a family in their home for a week.  $1061 will provide relief for a family for a month.  More importantly, the money you provide will help a family save money so they can get back on their feet. Whatever you can contribute please contribute today.

  • Staying happy at work

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    7 Tips For Staying Happy At Work from msn.com

    1. Keep Personal Problems Personal
    When you're preoccupied with personal issues, it's difficult to concentrate or be happy at work. By all means, make sure you have your kids covered in the event of an emergency, but realize that nobody's personal life is ever going to be completely problem-free. Just as you need to let go of work to enjoy your time at home, it's important to leave personal worries at home so you can focus and be productive at work.

    2. Create an Office Nest
    You are at your job for at least eight hours a day, which is more time than you probably spend in your bed. Make your space your own, decorate your area as much as your company policy permits, and make yourself as comfortable and relaxed as you can be in your office.

    3. Develop an Office Support System
    Gathering a circle of colleagues who share similar backgrounds or lifestyles can take a lot of pressure off you at work. When you are able to voice your feelings to people who understand, it can really help minimize stress.

    4. Eat Healthy and Drink Lots of Water
    Maintaining a good diet and keeping yourself properly hydrated throughout your workday can really make a big difference in your energy level and attitude. And if you can manage to maintain a diet of whole foods, as opposed to refined foods such as sugar and bread, then you'll really be ahead of the game.

    5. Be Organized
    Create a manageable schedule to handle your workload. A sense of empowerment stems from accomplishment. When you feel overwhelmed, it tends to intensify dissatisfaction. By being proactive and taking control, employees can feel a sense of satisfaction, enhanced confidence and motivation.

    6. Move Around
    Working in an office can be a very sedentary job, so it's especially important to your overall sense of health and happiness to take a few minutes during your workday to get up and move a little.

    7. Don't Try to Change Your Coworkers
    You can't change anyone; you can only change the way you react to them. Don't let other people's actions affect you. Just figure out a way to resolve conflicts and avert uncomfortable situations."

  • Weighing in on breakfast

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    4 Weight-Loss Rules For Your Morning Meal from fitsugar.com

    Eat Breakfast Within One Hour of Waking We know that regular breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight, but the timing of your first meal is important, too. It's best to eat breakfast within an hour of waking. An early breakfast helps maintain your circadian rhythm and boosts your metabolism early.

    Go For Protein, Not Sugar While pancakes and raspberry danishes sound scrumptious for a Sunday brunch, those sweets aren't something you should devour regularly for breakfast. High-protein choices, like eggs, yogurt, and whole grains, are not only lower in calories but also provide energy that lasts all morning and help curb midmorning cravings for sugary pick-me-ups.

    Eat at Least 8 Grams of Fiber The key to losing weight is to eat foods that make you feel full, so hunger pains don't drive you to eat high-calorie foods. For the first meal of the day, go for tons of fiber — at least eight grams.

    Don't Go Overboard on Calories Depending on your weight, your weight-loss goals, and what you eat for the rest of the day, it's important to keep your breakfast calorie count between 300 and 600. That means you probably don't want to splurge on a 688-calorie pecan sticky bun. Choose low-calorie options like Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and whole wheat toast. A bowl of cereal is another great option.