Know the Basics of Nutrition and Calories Present in Fast Foods

Fast food is one of the most common food choices for an average busy individual. This will hardly come as a shock to anyone, that fast food calories are perhaps the biggest health offenders. It is easy to blame fast food for many of our miseries as most of them are high in calories, fat, carbs and sodium. There was a consumer survey recently which showed that most people considerably miscalculated the fast food calories, especially in restaurant foods.

When nutrition information is available it has an influence on the consumer’s food choices. After going through the nutrition facts of fast food you may be able to order foods which do not have too many calories. The problem of fast food calories has gained a lot of importance nowadays. The era of fast food has distorted our tastes resulting in poor health and weight gain. There are an ever increasing number of overweight individuals and thousands of people are suffering from other conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart problems. People have a longer life span today but they aren’t necessarily living healthier.

Nutrition is a multifaceted and fast developing science which deals with the different aspects of food and its composition. In fact nutrition plays a very important part in every family’s health. It guides us in the food we consume as well as supplements for health, development growth and energy. It is true that fast food calories are harmful but that does not mean depriving yourself of the foods you love. You can eat all you like if the calories consumed balances the calories eaten. The question is how does one know the nutrition and calories present in the foods we eat.

There are several devices which help in calculating the amount of calorie and nutrition present in the food and drinks we consume. CalorieSmart Mini is a handy nutrition calculator which will allow you to know the nutritional value of the food you plan to eat immediately. It helps make better choices and you may even be able to have some of your favorite fast food calories! CalorieSmart Mini is a tiny nutrition calculator aiding you to achieve your health by knowing the nutrition details.

It is also ideal for monitoring diabetes as well as weight loss. It is possible to get calorie details anytime, anywhere and you won’t have to guess the facts with CalorieSmart Mini. There are nutrition details of more than 50,000 foods. You can personalize it by adding up to 500 of your favorite food items. It has an LCD screen for viewing convenience. The best part it, it is easy to carry and can fit in your purse or pocket.

Healthy eating is all about feeling good, having more energy, and staying healthy. You can achieve all this by getting to know the basics of nutrition and integrating it in your diet. Select the foods which better your health and stay away from empty fast food calories. Take the help of nutrition calculators to create a satisfying and healthy diet.

Monica Kosann is an expert author on health and fitness related topics and currently working for Coheso, Inc. Coheso makes handheld devices and diaries for diabetes management and weight loss. Track3 is a small customizable handheld carb and calorie counter that helps individuals self-manage their diabetes. CalorieSmart is a handheld calorie counter that helps people tailor their weight loss plan.

Power Questions That Every Sales Negotiator Must Ask

We all know that power is an important part of any sales negotiation – who ever has the most power is in the best position to get more of what they want out of the negotiations. However, do you know how to check your power before you enter into a negotiation? I know the questions that you need to ask yourself before you start and I’m going to tell you what they are…

Can We Talk About Rules?
Nobody enters into a negotiation without having some rules (or regulations) that restrict what they can or cannot do. This impacts both sides of the table and it means that you have two pieces of homework that you need to be before starting a negotiation.

The first thing that you have to find out is what rules you will be operating under. You might think that you know what your restrictions are, but it’s always a good idea to check with the folks that you’ll be negotiating for and make sure that you know all of rules.

Secondly, you’ll want to spend some time and try to find out just exactly what the rules that the other side of the table will have to live with. There are always some restrictions on what they can and cannot do. If you can uncover what these are simply by doing some homework, then you’ll start the negotiations with more power than the other side has.

What Is Your Level Of Commitment?
There is a fable about a pig and a chicken and their various levels of involvement in creating a breakfast meal: the chicken is partially committed (egg); however, the pig is fully committed (bacon). The same question needs to be asked about the two sides of a negotiation: just how committed are you?

Ultimately the answer to this question often comes down to how much of an impact the outcome of the negotiation is going to have on you. If you are going to lose your job if you don’t get a good deal, then you will be fully committed to making the negotiations successful. However, if this deal is just a “nice to have” deal for your company, then you’re not going to be all that motivated to reach a deal.

Risky Business
Making commitments and compromises as a part of a sales negotiation involves taking on some level of risk. This can be a big deal for both sides of the table.

Before you start a negotiation, you need to determine just exactly what your level of risk tolerance is going to be. Put another way, how much are you willing to lose?

The same question needs to be asked about the other side of the table. What is their current situation? Just how far are they going to be willing to go in order to make a deal happen?

What All Of This Means For You
The source of a good outcome in a sales negotiation is making sure that you have enough power on your side when you enter into the negotiation. In order to do that, you’ve got some questions that need to be answered.

Finding out what rules are governing both side of the table will be key to understanding how the negotiation is going to turn out. Doing some homework and finding out levels of commitment and risk tolerance will also provide you with more power.

Take the time to check on your sources of power before you start your next sales negotiation and you’ll ensure that you don’t run out of power half-way through the negotiation…!

Paralysis by Presentation

Have you ever been hypnotised? You may not know it yet, but even if you think you’ve never been hypnotised it possibly happened whilst you were at work.

You may find this story of a coincidence enlightening.

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a group hypnosis session. It turns out I’m not particularly susceptible to hypnosis but after 20 minutes we were given a suggestion that we couldn’t move our arms. I wanted to prove I wasn’t hypnotised; I knew I could move if I really wanted to, but, somehow just didn’t drum up the energy to move – it was far too comfortable lying there without moving and I was effectively paralysed. This is apparently quite a normal experience of hypnosis.

Last week I found myself behaving in the same way but this time I hadn’t willingly or knowingly been hypnotised – and it wasn’t the intention of the ‘hypnotist’ either. At an economic forum update the room was comfortably warm, the seats were deep, the lights were dimmed for the slides and the speaker was familiar with his material.

After about 30 minutes he asked for questions. Nobody volunteered, so the facilitator asked some questions of the ‘expert panel’. One of them made a very interesting point with which I agreed wholeheartedly and wanted to voice my agreement, but I couldn’t rouse myself to say or do anything; I felt paralysed. And then I realised it was exactly the same physical and mental state as when I’d been hypnotised.

The conditions for this, and many presentations, are similar to those deliberately chosen for the hypnosis session; muted lighting, comfortable warm surroundings, lots of other people being still, and a voice talking to us.

And, on reflection, how often do speakers experience difficulty in getting the audience to actively participate or ask questions at the end of a presentation – are we regularly in a state of light hypnosis?

In a hypnotic state we absorb information quite effectively so this is one way way to present information to people. But a key feature of hypnosis is that the critical faculties are turned off – they stop evaluating what they see, hear or feel.

So if you need people to actively absorb information you present, and particularly if you want them to consider it, challenge it or engage with it, presenting it through the power of hypnosis is not the most effective way of doing it.

But that’s exactly what many, many presentations do.

Do you ever find that people said they were interested in your ideas before your presentation but then it’s really hard to get them to respond once you’ve got started; or you’ve told a group that you’d really like this to be interactive and they are to ask questions and then feel frustrated when nobody asks any. Even more frustrating is the experience when you’ve asked for a decision and then find people seem to be going against it when they are back in the office?

Then perhaps you may want to consider what state they are in when you present the information to them. Perhaps they are literally in no fit state to critically evaluate the information they’ve been given and respond. They can only do that when they’ve been reawakened by walking back to the office – by which time it may be too late.

So have you ever been hypnotised? Have you ever been a hypnotist yourself?