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Chocolate: Good or Bad

Author: LaV | 29-09-2011, 05:51
Views: 175

Chocolate: Good or Bad

Chocolate is actually a very ancient food source, used in the tropical rainforests of the American continents as a hot beverage derived from the seeds of the cacao tree. Both the Maya and the Aztecs of Central America were some of the earliest civilizations to make note of their chocolate consumption. Rather than going for the sweet treat that is loved and embraced by the modern world, these ancient peoples would mix ground up cacao seeds with spicy seasonings to make a frothy, warm drink. The story of how chocolate went from this random beginning to being the monumental sweet of today is a long one, but its multiple uses and presence all over the world is far more interesting. Lately people having been trying to figure out if this sinful treat is good or bad for you in a health sense. The truth is that it is probably a little of both, but many individuals like to take sides on the debate to start their own pro-chocolate or anti-chocolate factions. The choice is ultimately up to you!

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Negative Health Effects of Chocolate

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What’s so bad about chocolate? Well, like most foods it is not exactly the chocolate itself that causes the problems but the source of the chocolate and of course its quantities. Theobromine is the bitter yet intense alkaloid that is found in the cacao plant (and a few others such as the cola nut) which is similar in its effects to that of caffeine. While humans can process theobromine, we know that some animals do not have sufficient capacity to metabolize it, making chocolate quite toxic to these select creatures. This should be cue enough for mankind to note that perhaps chocolate might not be “all that.”

Whistle While You Work: How to Be Content in Your Job

Author: LaV | 31-08-2011, 05:37
Views: 124

Whistle While You Work: How to Be Content in Your Job

Jobs are a sad fact of life in our world. People have to work in order to earn money that they use to live and buy things which in turn helps other people make their own money to live their lives. It is a viscous cycle, but every adult or even fiscally minded teenager knows the necessity of jobs to attain financial independence or at least a sense of that type of security. However, the world is full of jobs that people do not want to do but must be done in order to have the world be the way we want it. Also, some jobs are just not the ideal choice for certain people if they do not fit their skills, personal preferences, or any other million reasons why someone would not want a job. What happens though when you need the money of a job but are not too fond of the work, workplace, or coworkers? There are a few techniques though that you can utilize which can ease the symptoms of job discontentment until you find your dream job—whatever occupation or calling that ultimate goal might be.

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It Is YOUR Choice!

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It sounds cliché but the fact remains firm that it is true. A huge portion of attitude (particularly when pertaining to happiness) is influenced by your own approach to the situation. Basically, feelings about a certain thing or situation act as self fulfilling prophecies for the majority of people. However, to add another cliché to the mix—it is the simplest things that are the hardest. It is difficult to focus on being happy when the things that make you happy are few and far between at your job. All you have to do though is keep your eyes on the prize—the mental prize. Find a single thing about your job that you do enjoy and try to specialize in it. Make sure to do that aspect of your job everyday and try to become perfect at it so that when others need that particular job done they come to you, allowing you to spend more of your workday doing something that does not make you want to jump off the building.