Early and Often The Best Way to Crush a Craving‏

Got a craving? If you’re going to indulge, do it as early in the day as you can. Why? Because the later you do it, the more you’ll probably need to eat to feel satisfied..

Better Early Than Late.

Yep, timing is everything when it comes to feeding a yen. Research shows that our capacity to feel satisfaction from our food is stronger in the morning and grows progressively weaker throughout the day.

In other words, you may have to really chow down at night to satisfy a craving. Researchers believe that circadian and diurnal rhythms — the body’s natural daily patterns — determine this effect.

 Bottom line: Don’t undereat during the first part of your day.. You’ll likely just make up the calories — and then some — later on.

Did You Know?

If you’re looking to lose a few extra pounds (or just hold steady), a recent study suggests it may be best to eat your largest meal in the morning, followed by a midsize lunch and a small dinner..

In fact, loading up at breakfast, especially with lots of healthy protein and carbs, may help reduce your cravings later in the day.

Try these additional tips to help you quell cravings and curb calories:

· Eat eggs. Adding eggs to your breakfast menu can help you feel fuller longer, and the bad cholesterol rap on eggs can be minimized if you eat them in moderation (no more than one a day).

· Never skip. Especially breakfast. Make it a daily habit to eat a morning meal within an hour of waking up.

· Get a grip. Emotional eating can make you feel better in the short term but can add inches to your waist long term. Instead of grabbing a snack, chew a piece of gum, drink a glass of water, or go for a quick walk.

· Outsmart your appetite.. If you have to snack, make it soup. If it’s late, sleep on it instead. And put your most tempting foods in the back of the pantry so you can’t easily reach or see them.

· Don’t starve. Keep your portion size the same, but eat fresh and light food instead of heavy and fried.

RealAge Benefit: Maintaining a constant desirable weight can make your RealAge 6 years younger.

Short forms in Business Communications

Below are some frequently used short forms in business communication like e-mails, faxes and letters:

a.k.a. – also known as

On Monday morning, Kay El, a.k.a. The Boss, walked in happily and greeted her assistant, Pee Jay.

approx. – approximately

Checking her e-mail, Pee Jay read, “Today is the boss’s birthday. Can everyone please slip off quietly to the cafeteria in approx. 15 minutes?”

ASAP – as soon as possible

Pee Jay opened up her daily planner and scribbled ASAP next to some of the urgent items on her to-do list.

Attn. – for the attention of

Leafing through the stack of mail to be sent out, Pee Jay asked her boss, “To whom should I address the cheque for the annual report?”

Her boss replied, “Just write ‘Attn: Ms. Christine Jalleh’. She’ll know what to do with it.”

Bcc. – blind carbon copy or blind copy to. In this case, the carbon copy is sent to an e-mail recipient whose e-mail address is not visible to the cc or other bcc recipients.

“By the way, I think it’s better if you bcc me in your e-mail to Brown. We wouldn’t want him thinking that I’m supervising you for this project.”

Cc. – carbon copy, or copy to

“But I would like to be cc-ed on the e-mail to Mr Green as I have not yet introduced the both of you to each other.”

c/o – in care of, used when sending a document to A who will receive it on B’s behalf because B is away from the office.

“Boss, I think Christine is back in China this week. Would it be all right if I sent the cheque in care of her assistant? I’ll still write her name on top with c/o Ah Sis Tern below.”

 COD – cash on delivery, where a person makes payment for an item purchase after it has been delivered.

 I’m also sending out the cheque for the set of Business English reference books we bought COD on eBay.”

 e.g. – exempli gratia (for example)

 Pee Jay replied to the e-mail, “Hi everyone. Please remember that the boss doesn’t like surprises, e.g. everyone shouting ‘Surprise!’ in the cafeteria.”

 et al. – et alii (and others). Usually used to list co-authors after the lead author in a bibliography, this form is now popularly used to address the other people other than the recipient in e-mails.

 She received a new e-mail, which read, “Dear Pee Jay et al., I was reminded that the boss does NOT like surprises …”

 etc. – et cetera (and so on OR and so forth)

 This means that we will not be able to collectively surprise her by springing out of the cafeteria doors as we had planned, etc.

 exc. – except

 “Can everyone, exc. Pee Jay, be at the cafeteria in 5 minutes? We need to figure out a surprise without the surprise element. Thanks!”

 FYI – for your information

Her boss’s voice brought the young assistant back to the present, “Pee Jay, I’m forwarding you all these e-mails FYI, okay?”

 FYA – for your action

“Note that some of these e-mails are FYA …”

 i.e. – id est (that is)

 After acknowledging her supervisor, Pee Jay decided to help her colleagues out and typed, “She’s in a good mood today, i.e. we won a new account and completed a major project.”

 K – thousand, e.g. 450K = 450,000

 “Just to give you an idea of her mood, it’s a 450K retainer for the first quarter …”

 PA – personal assistant

 The immediate reply to Pee Jay’s e-mail read, “Thanks for the info, Pee Jay – you’re the best PA!”

 p.a. – per annum (per year)

 Pee Jay smiled and responded, “Haha, there is a reason why I’m paid RM65K p.a.”

 p.p. – per pro (used when signing a document on someone’s behalf)

 Looking back at her paperwork, Pee Jay signed some invoices on her boss’s behalf, inserting p.p. just before her signature.

 Pto. – please turn over, used at the end of a page to indicate that there is a continuity to the text.

“By the way, please remember to type Pto. on the first page of the proposal you’re sending. The last time we sent it to him, he forgot to read the subsequent pages,” chimed in Kay El.

 viz. – videlicet, namely

 She got up and left a note on Pee Jay’s work station before leaving. Scribbled on it was, “Can I pass you my slice of birthday cake after I cut it? I really don’t need a lot of carbo, viz. refined flour, at my age.” The note ended with a wink.

Do you deserve the title of a MAN?

“The state of knowledge is a state in which man has freed himself from his past, which is self-consciousness. However paradoxical it may seem at first, such a state is the only one which is natural to man, really worthy of that NAME.”

                                                                                       – J Krishnamurti

“Man does not deserve the title of man so long as the physical condition does not assume the shape of moral qualities, for the natural desires are common to man and the lower animals and there is nothing to mark the distinction between him and them.”

                                                                                        – Mirza Gulam Ahmad

            Have you ever questioned yourself, “Do I deserve the title of a Man?” Have you ever tried to know, “What is the point of discrimination between a Man and an Animal?”

            Unfortunately, we have become so materialistic that we have almost lost our spiritual identity. It is true that man has almost lost his own identity. Our approach to life has become more animalistic than humanistic.  We, in the race of money and religion, liquidated the humanity.

            Our approach has become so materialistic and limited that we discriminate man from animal based on mere material or physical attributes, which does not give right definition of a man. We must discriminate a man based on his moral qualities. What I exactly mean to say is, looking human is different and being human is different. The one who just looks as a human in his physical form and does not posses the necessary moral qualities is in no way superior to a lower human [animal]; he is better called a lower human [animal] rather a human. The human who is human both by appearance and by virtue is the real human, the one who perfectly deserve the title of that name. Now, let us look into the different stages of a Man:

            Freud, the father of psychoanalytic theory, proposed that every individual’s personality is the product of a struggle among three interacting forces – the id, the ego, and the superego. The id is the source of strong inborn drives and urges, it does not recognize the difference between good and bad, and it operates on the pleasure principle. Through learning and experience, the ego develops the individual’s capabilities of realistic thinking and ability to deal appropriately with his environment, to overcome the limitations of id; it operates on the reality principle. The superego consists of the moral part of the individual’s psychic structure through internalizing the values of society. It influences the individual to strive for perfection.

            The Holy Quran observes the threefold condition of a man: 1. Nafs-i-ammara: signifies the uncontrollable spirit or the spirit prone to evil. 2. Nafs-i-lawwama: Lawwama literally means one who reproves severally, and the Nafs-i-lawwama or the self-accusing soul, has been so called because it upbraid a man for the doing of an evil deed and strongly hates unrestrained passions and bestial appetites. And 3. Nafs-i-mutmainnah: The third or the last stage in the onward movement of the soul is reached on attaining to the source of all spiritual qualities. At this stage the soul is freed from all weakness and frailties.

            And finally in my words, I divide the human growth into four stages: 1. Animality [Lower/Sub- Human]: in this very stage we are driven by our in borne drives where the Freud’s id is the ruler, here man is under-control not in control 2. Humanity [Human]: in this stage man develops his necessary moral qualities to fit himself for the title. 3. Spirituality [Higher Human]: in this stage human starts inquiring. He struggles for perfection and the ultimate reality. 4. Divinity [supreme Human]: here the man uplifts himself with his supreme virtues to self-actualized soul or the enlightened.

To conclude, I request everybody to “be worthy for the title of a MAN”

Adversity is better than prosperity

Of course prosperity brings many friends, but adversity filters them, so that you can recognize the real and true friends;

Of course prosperity brings Success, but adversity fails you, so that you can recognize your own strengths and weaknesses;

Of course prosperity brings happiness, but adversity hurts, so that you can recognize the worth of real happiness;

Of course prosperity brings many opportunities, but adversity not, so that you can recognize the worth of good opportunity;

Of course prosperity makes you rich, but adversity poors you, so that you can recognize the worth of real richness.

Now see,

Many people have many friends but among all there are few lucky who recognize real and true friends;

Many people got success in many ways but among all there are few lucky who exampled the real success; 

Many people are happy for many reasons but among all there are few lucky who are enjoying the real happiness;

Many people got many opportunities but among all there are few lucky who utilized the best opportunities;

Many people become rich in many ways but among all there are few lucky who are enjoying the real richness.

Prosperity makes ‘many people’ but adversity makes ‘the few lucky’.

So, remember that

Adversity comes in life not to make you weak but to make you stronger;

Not to make you fearful but to make you courageous;

And

Adversity is not lack of good opportunities but it itself is a special kind of opportunity to learn to face the situation of lack of opportunities. 

Be optimistic forever and never give up your hope.

Learn to make best use of every thing, even the useless.

The Mother

Ever science my childhood

I use to believe that

If there is anything called

 ‘Pure Love’

It is nothing but the love that

A mother has on her child.

Because,

A mother alone makes her child

Smile at the cost of her tears;

A mother alone makes her child

Happy at the cost of her grief;

It is none but,

A mother alone makes her child

Live at the cost of her death.

 

To be precise,

A

 “Mother”

 is physical form of the

“Devine Love”

The Paradox of our Age

In these days of fast foods and slow digestions …

We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge; but less wisdom; more medicine, but less good health; we have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we have been working hard to weighten our purses; but unfortunately we let our hearts lighten;

We always have enough time and information to talk about film stars and cricketers etc. ; but we have not enough words of love and time to share with our parents, relative and friends;

We have enough time and patience to watch movies and TV serials; but not enough time and patience to listen to the lectures and few words of wisdom;

We have enough friends to chit chat with, we have enough friends to play with, we have enough friends to share our vulgar thoughts and moments with, we have enough friends to waste our time, money and energy in different ways; but we hardly have enough friends to have profitable and constructive talks; we hardly have enough friends whom we can call them as our true and best friends;

We have enough money to satisfy our own esteem needs but not enough money to serve other people’s basic needs;

We have enough knowledge to understand the most difficult theories of physics and embedded systems; but not enough knowledge to understand the most common human feelings and emotions;

We have enough words to blame each other as the one I am doing now, but not enough words to appreciate one another. 

We have developed enough science and technology to solve all kinds of technical problems, but unfortunately not enough wisdom to solve the basic human problems;

We have enough religions to hate and fight with each other; but unfortunately not enough religions to love each other;

In this material world, we read more, understand less; we eat more, digest less; we earn more, enjoy less; we seek more, share less; we lie more, love less; fight more, forgive less; we act more, think less; neglect more, care less; talk more, listen less; receive more, give less; we preach more, practice less; and   We have learned to make a living, but not a life; here,

We are just adding years to life, but not life to years.

Please, Think about this.