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Top ten worst foods of 2009

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 14, 2009

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From an astonishing amount of calories to several days’ worth of fat in one meal to over the top levels of sodium, this is one place you don’t want to see any of your favorite foods. Every year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) comes up with its list of the Top Ten Worst Foods and I always look forward to it. Once in awhile I find out I’ve enjoyed one of the “worsts” (and stop immediately!). But this year, I’m happy to report I have not indulged in anything on CSPI’s list for 2009.

1. Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie – There are 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat in this baby. Oh wait – that’s just for half a pie. The whole thing has 1020 calories and 18 grams of saturated fat.

2. Romano’s Macaroni Grill Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce
– This dish will set you back a staggering 2,430 calories and nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat (57 grams) plus 5,290 milligrams of sodium – more calories and saturated fat than two Macaroni Grill Tuscan Rib-Eye steak dinners.

3. Progresso Traditional, Vegetable Classics, and Rich & Hearty soups – Half a can averages more than half of a person’s daily quota of salt. Instead, CSPI says try Progresso’s Health Favorites reduced-sodium soups with up to 50 percent less salt. Also, see: Hidden sodium in foods you wouldn’t think to check.

4. Dove Ice Cream – A half cup has about 300 calories and an average of 11 grams of saturated fat – that’s half-a-day’s worth of the bad stuff. You may be better off with these 5 frozen treats under 100 calories.

5. The Cheesecake Factory Chris’ Outrageous Chocolate Cake – It’s layers of chocolate cake, brownie, toasted coconut pecan filling, and chocolate chip coconut cheesecake. CSPI found each five-inch-high slice weighs three-fourths of a pound and has 1,380 calories, 32 teaspoons of sugar, 33 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of trans fat. Yikes!

6. Smoothie King’s Grape Expectations II – It’s one of Smoothie King’s “Snack Rights” with 550 calories in the 20-ounce size and 1,100 calories in the 40-ouncer. Proof that not all smoothies are good for you (but these are).

7. Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Snack Size Bags – Just one snack-size bag has 11 grams of bad fat, 7 of which are trans fats. Instead, CSPI says choose Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop or Smart Balance Smart ’N Healthy – both are made with no partially hydrogenated oils. Also, see this review of microwave popcorns from Consumer Reports.

8. The Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) Caffè Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream has 450 calories and 13 grams of bad fat – more like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a cup. But you can lose all the bad fat and all but 170 calories if you order a tall (12 oz.) with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.

9. Chipotle Chicken Burrito – With rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and salsa, you get 1,040 calories and 16-1/2 grams of saturated fat – the same as three Subway Steak and Cheese 6-inch Subs. Plus the burrito comes with 2,500 milligrams of sodium! Ordering it without cheese or sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 3-1/2 grams, but you still end up with 810 calories and 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Ay Caramba! Here’s another burrito that will shock you.

10. Cold Stone Creamery’s Gotta Have It Founder’s Favorite – 12-ounces of ice cream, pecans, brownie pieces, fudge, and caramel adds up to a whopping 1,600 calories and 42 grams of saturated fat. That’s about the same as five single-scoop ice cream cones. And watch out before you have this frozen concoction.

Any surprises? And tell me… have you had any of these

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IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 12, 2009

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.  Mary Martin

Your mind is your mental workshop.
You can build anything you want in it.
 
Visualize what you want in your mind.
See it. Feel it. Taste it. Believe in it.
Make your mental blue print
and then begin to build.
 
First, think about
what you want out of life.
The beginning always takes place
in your imagination.
Then organize your thoughts
into definitive plans.
Next, it’s time to transform
your thoughts into reality
by taking some positive action.
 
Visualize then actualize your success.

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BEING SUCCESSFUL IS WITHIN YOU

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 10, 2009

Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how to handle the worst. Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.  The Zurich Axioms

How things look on the outside of you always depends
on how things are on the inside of you.
 
Your thoughts have brought you to where you are today.
Your actions always mirror your thoughts.
Take a good look at where you are and what you’re doing,
and you can understand what you’ve been thinking.
Your mind is your true essence.
 
Your behavior is the perpetual revealing of yourself.
What you do, tells everyone who and what you are.
 
Change your thoughts and you can change your position in life.
You can start this process at anytime.
Why not start today?

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CHANGE CAN BE A POSITIVE PART OF LIFE

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 9, 2009

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You must avoid breaking
when things don’t go your way.
You’ll always be secure
to the degree that you accept change.
True security comes from being able
to bend your insecurities.

Recognize and accept that change
will inevitably take place.
You’ll become secure,
not by standing still, but by growing,
moving, and staying energized.
Be secure in the knowledge
that you can deal with anything
that happens to you.

Have the courage to bet on your ideas.
Take some calculated risks
and act on your dreams.
There is no permanent security
on this earth,
there is only opportunity.

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Funny Joke: To Be 6 Again

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 4, 2009

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A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror.  Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her Birthday.

‘I’d like to be six again,’ she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park What a day!

He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear,
the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M& M’s. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, well Dear, what was it like being six again?

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you dumb ass!’

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he’s gonna get it wrong.

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