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.