Eating Well Without Guilt

For most of my life, I have been dieting in some sort of way. I believe that I have tried just about every fad diet and have lost hundreds of pounds over the years. One of the most difficult types for me is the ones that completely eliminate a class of food. When I was not allowed to have things like bread, then I was just setting myself up for failure.


We hear and read a lot of conflicting stories in the media. I remember when eggs were demonized by health gurus because of their cholesterol. Many of us stuck with boring egg whites or eliminated eggs altogether. Now, nutritionists tell us what a healthy source of protein eggs are, and to have them in moderation. That is a good thing, because I like eggs.


I found an interesting article on recently. It discussed 10 of the top foods that are surprisingly good for you. Some of them, I already knew; however, there were some that I would never have guessed would be on the list.


The one that shocked me the most was burritos. I do not think that I have been on any diet that touted burritos as being healthy. Of course, it all depends on how it is made. If I load it down with sour cream and cheese, it is no longer good for me. The article says that lean beef or chicken, low-fat cheese, and plenty of fresh salsa are healthy options. It is like having the food groups rolled into a delicious treat.


Spaghetti and meatballs were another shocker on the list. One of my biggest downfalls is breads and pasta. Today, there are many whole-wheat pasta options. The article suggests keeping the portions to three ounces of lean meatballs with a cup of pasta. The tomato sauce has beneficial lycopene. So, pasta was never the enemy. It was the portions that were weighing me down.


Other formerly “banned” foods were mentioned on the list. I never did stop eating bananas. Like the article explains, they are a wonderful source of potassium. The list included potatoes, avocados, peanut butter and the venerable egg. The article was sure to mention that portion control was imperative when it comes to any food.


This article reminded me that fad diets just do not work. If we completely eliminate the foods we love, we will end up failing. Modest portions of everything help us create healthy, life-long eating habits.

Food Hacks To Change Your Life

Hacks are all the rage these days, and there are hacks for every part of life. If you are like the rest of us, you are looking for some quick tips for food and eating, and I’ve got some great ones for you.

Bagels make great sandwiches for lunch, but they slide around and fall apart. Use an old CD spindle to anchor your bagel and you’re lunch will be perfect when you are ready to eat.

Like drinking wine but hate that it gets warm so quickly? Freeze grapes and use them as ice cubes to keep you wine chilled without watering it down.

Love picking up dinner but hate that it’s cold by the time you get home? Turn on your seat warmer in the passenger seat and place your take out dinner there. When you arrive home it will still be nice and warm.

I love trying new recipes but I hate the way the cookbooks are always trying to close while I’m doing something, and they lay flat on the counter way out of view. That can be fixed, use a plastic pants hanger from the store, the kind with the clips on the ends of the hanger. Use each clip to hold one side of the book then hang from one of the knobs on your cabinet so it’s at eye level.

If you are having a BBQ try this simple serving tip to cut down on dishes and make things easier. Pull out your muffin tin and fill each cup with a condiment like mustard, pickles, onions, mayonnaise and ketchup.

One of my personal favorite tips is pretty simple and pretty genius. If you love Oreos dipped in milk but don’t want milky fingers or dry cookie, here’s a simple solution. Slide the Oreo on a fork, smash it together to make sure it’s locked on the fork and dunk for a perfectly milk soaked bite every time.

These tips can help you out in little ways that will make your eating experiences so much better. If you like these and are looking for more, check out this great Buzzfeed article full of a few more tips and pictures.

JustFab: Small History To Huge Expansion

One of the best pieces of advice for moving forward is to start small. This is what Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg have done with JustFab. They have started out as just selling footwear for women. They were selling it online. One of the favorite pieces of fashion for women are footwear. Women love different forms of footwear. Therefore, they like to take the time to find footwear that stands out. JustFab has proven to be a success when it comes to selling footwear. Then Don Ressler has decided that the company can expand to other pieces of clothing and accessories.

JustFab has soon started selling handbag and jewelry. This gave women a lot more options when it comes to clothing that they could look good in. Of course Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg have made sure that the products that they present to the women are high quality and stylish. After all, they know that women love to feel unique and stylish. They want to feel beautiful because of what they have accomplished, not because of something they have no control over. Fashion is one of the best ways for them to bring out the type of beauty that they can control.

JustFab has eventually went to ready to wear apparel with the success that they have been getting with all of the products that they have been offering. Therefore, Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg have been looking for different areas that they could expand to. The day came when Don Ressler and his wife were shopping for more athletic apparel. They both have discovered that there was a gap in the market for stylish clothes in the athletic apparel sections and the athletic stores. Don Ressler has decided that he wants to take on that gap and bring something new to the table for women.

In his quest to put together something that women will enjoy from the athletic section, he has met with Kate Hudson who has also seen a gap in the athletic wear section on Therefore, she has helped with the promotion of a relatively new style in athletic apparel called ‘athleisure’. This consisted of clothing that look good enough to wear to special occasions as well as go on a workout in.

Seattle Genetics Expands their Drug Pipeline to 12 More Drugs and Increases their Workforce

Clay Siegall co-founded Seattle Genetics in 1998. He serves as the President, CEO, and the Chairman of the Board at the company. Before starting his business, he worked with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute in 1991 to 1997. He also served at the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health in 1988-1991.

Siegall holds 15 patents and is an author of over 70 publications. Additionally, Dr. Siegall is on the Board of Directors for the Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Mirna Therapeutics, and the Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Siegall holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Genetics from George Washington University.

Seattle Genetics operates on three principles including drug development, research, and scientific innovation. The company has a qualified team of professionals who understand the antibody technologies, and they developed the antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for the treatment of cancer. Through Dr. Siegall’s leadership, the company has generated over $330 million through financing by the private and public institutions including the public offering in 2001.

Additionally, the company has teamed up with Genentech for the SGN-40 and signed a collaboration agreement valued at $860 million. Since 2001, they have also made various partnerships with different companies including Genentech, CuraGen, Bayer, Progenics, and MedImmune, which generated over $65 million revenue.

Seattle Genetics seeks to expand its drug pipeline to include 12 more drugs. Currently, the Adcetris, their first ADC has received more than 70 trials testing against various types of lymphomas. The drug is in the advanced clinical trials for the treatment of newly diagnosed and previously untreated Hodgkin lymphoma. In 2015, the Adcetris sales went up to $226 million in the United States and Canada and the company expects a range of $255-275 in the drug sales in 2016.

They have also introduced the 33A drug for the treatment of the acute myeloid leukemia, which is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials. They also have a drug for the treatment of breast cancer and two for the bladder cancer. They also want to hire 100 more employees in U.S. and 20 more in their offices in Switzerland to join their 800 teams of workers in the company.

Eating Fish Could Help Save Your Life

Eating fish, instead of red meat, a couple of days per week, is very good for heart health. This applies to everyone, not just those diagnosed with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol or heart disease. As it turns out, when you eat fish for lunch or dinner, twice a week, it’s high in vital nutrients. These nutrients have been shown to help with metabolic fat burning and increased energy levels.

Back in the day, all the focus was on oily fish. Now, we know that any type of fish or seafood, at least two days per week, goes a long way towards increasing longevity. This isn’t some absurd diet tip or some random fact. It’s based on sound research. Researchers discovered that eating fish regularly, actually decreases the probability of death from obesity related health problems. So, should you consume fish even if you aren’t overweight or currently dieting? The answer is yes, absolutely. Fish is high in protein and low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

According to the Food and Drug Administration pregnant women or those who are breast feeding, should avoid certain types of fish. This is due to high levels of methyl mercury, found in fish such as shark, swordfish, tilefish, and kingfish. The FDA also recommends that women in the aforementioned categories, limit the amount of tuna in their diets.

In initial research studies the emphasis was just on oily fish, due to the high value of omega-3 fatty acids. But, it was discover that if at least eight ounces of any type of fish or seafood is consumed, two days per week, provides the same benefits. Fish is a lean protein and an excellent source of A, B, and D vitamins. Along with the presence of essential fatty acids (EFAs), and vitamins, fish is also high in minerals. These minerals include iron, zinc, selenium and iodine.

The findings about fish and lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity are based on a 2006 study published in the Harvard Review. The study concluded that at least 250 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day will yield the greatest health benefits. This would equal to at least eight ounces of tuna or salmon, weekly.

Stephen Murray Was Successful in Private Equity

The late CCMP Capital president and CEO Stephen Murray will not soon be forgotten. He succumbed to an illness at the age of 52. He became very successful in a career spent working almost entirely in the private equity industry. He was one of the co-founders of CCMP Capital. He helped to build the company into one of the largest firms of its kind in the world. CCMP Capital controlled $3.6 billion in assets at the time that Stephen stepped down as CEO because of health concerns. He was very private about his illness. He only let a few close associates at the firm know he was sick.

Stephen was educated an Boston College and the Columbia University School of Business where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA. He began his career at the bottom and quickly ascended thanks to a strong work ethic and the ability to quickly pick things up. He impressed all of his superiors and received regular promotions on Fortune. It was no surprise that Stephen was one of the very few employees to survive several ownership changes while he was working for the MH Equity Corporation, Chemical Bank and the Chase Manhattan Corporation. He found that these companies were great places for him to learn the ropes of the investing industry. He was given a great deal of responsibility with a minimal amount of oversight. He loved the fact that the people he worked for trusted him so much.

Stephen always wondered what it would be like to be in charge of his own private equity firm, CCMP Capital. He thought that he would never find out because of the enormous amount of money that is takes to get a large private equity firm off the ground. He did have former clients who would invest with him if he asked them. However, this amount of capital would not be as much as he needed.

Stephen had made many friends at JP Morgan Chase. It is always very good to have friends in high places. They agreed to give Stephen the startup capital he had been inquiring about. This enabled Stephen to start CCMP Capital. He and a few of his associates were involved with the company when it first started. It was not long before Stephen was appointed to the position of CEO. He did very well and took CCMP Capital to heights that few could have dreamed of.

Newest Food Trend Brings Together Coffee And Cones In A Delightful Way

This is the year of trends, and foods are no exception. With social media giving everyone the power to share food, recipes, and food tips, it’s no wonder food and the interesting new food discoveries are becoming top trends. One that seems to be growing and is undoubtedly going to become a new trend is coffee in a cone.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this new craze that is taking over Instagram, check out the pics found here.
It is, for the most part, exactly what you would expect. A waffle cone full of coffee. It sounds so simple yet so enticing it’s a wonder this fad took so long to find it’s way to our hearts. It originated in Johannesburg, South Africa at The Grind Coffee Company. It features a waffle cone that has been coated on the inside with chocolate. After the chocolate is set the cone is filled with a latte. So simple, so easy, and so convenient when you realize not only are you getting the treat of some amazing coffee, but you can munch on the “cup” when you are done.
The hashtag #coffeeinacup is from barista Dayne Levingrad. After working abroad as a coffee consultant and in the digital marketing industry he returned home to South Africa where he created the hashtag to bring the internet’s love for coffee and social media together. The hashtag now has well over 1,500 post of the coffee in a cone trend and it’s still growing. This popular fad has been popping up around the world and recently in the United States where it’s seen taking on new trends. Cones have turned into waffle cups and they are not only dipped in chocolate but often have other fun toppings around the rims like nuts or cocoa nibs. Often, as is popular in the US, they are topped with generous doses of sweet and frothy whipped cream and sometimes even sprinkles.
This trend is surely something most people can get behind and it’s only a matter of time before we see scoops of ice cream floating in them or better yet, slices of banana for the ideal coffee in a cone banana split! For more information and photos of some of the interesting creations that have been found check out this article from the Huffington Post.

All You Need To Know About Magnises and Billy McFarland

Magnises is a new platform that is very popular among the young people. The private club was founded by a young businessman, According to Dujour, Billy McFarland and in just five months, it has changed the way people see credit card rewards. Members of the club have a special black card.

 Billy came up with the idea one day after dinner with his friends. His friends were discussing the benefits of American Express, and how it has transformed the business and marketing world. However, he realized that the card used by American Express is irrelevant to people who are below thirty-five years. He discovered that these people did not have a community or network, and that’s why he decided to start one.

According to the young entrepreneur, Magnises is more about networking people less about credit cards. Individuals who are looking for a networking community in New York City have the best experience when using the private club. Most of the members are in the finance, fashion and technology industry, and the platform can connect them through a card that is relevant to their daily lives.

Magnises has several members at the moment, and it was officially launched recently. Here are some important facts about the platform that everyone needs to know.

At the moment, it only for people in New York

Some of the cardholders are globally based, but the Magnises card is currently focusing on the New Yorkers. According to the founder, the members in New York can make the most out of their precious time. The services will be extended to other cities later.

 It is not a credit card

The black card for the members works by taking debit or credit card that the member uses already and activating it to the Magnises card through a magnetic strip. Everyone should understand that it is just a payment tool with several benefits.

 Members are aged 21-35

At the moment, the platform is made for young individuals in the fashion, technology and finance industries. However, people from other industries are being encouraged to join and bring more value to the team.

 Registration fees is 250 dollars

At the moment, young people are invited to apply through the Magnises website. A phone interview is conducted after the application, and the annual registration fee is paid.

 The founder is a startup specialist

Billy McFarland is a famous businessman who has started several tech companies in the countries. He studied computer engineering at the University, and he is recognized as one of the youngest people in the country to launch a successful online company.

Some of the Top Wine Vintners in UK

To a wine collector or a wine enthusiast, it is important to know the wine vintners who supply some one’s favourite wines. Such information is important in letting one know more about the wine he or she is buying. Here are the top ten UK wine vintners.
1. Liberty Wines
Liberty Wines imports different brands of wines from over 18 countries. The firm is recognized as a top UK vintner to principle restaurants and retailers in United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2016, Liberty Wines was honoured as Educator of The Year by the International Wine Challenge.
Liberty Wines has also won other awards like Trade Merchant of the Year, On-Trade Supplier of the Year and Best Distributor.
2. Majestic Wine
Majestic Wine is a UK vintner that specializes in brands that are rarely found at most retailers around the UK markets. The wines are sold at a relatively low price. On top of the common brands, Majestic Wines goes a step ahead to introduce new brands in the market.
3. Alliance Wine
Alliance Wine has existed in the wine industry for more than three decades. At alliance wine, one has a chance to taste quality wine manufactured locally and internationally.
4. Bibendum Wine
The Bibendum wine was started in 1982. The company is recognized as a top wine retailer selling more than 5 million cases of wine annually to leading restaurants in United Kingdom. Bibendum Wine has been awarded various honours like Drinks Company of the year and Best Value Merchant.
5. The Guildford Wine Company
Guildford’s wine business has existed in the industry for more than two decades selling a wide range of wines and champagnes. The company provides quality wine brands that have the best taste and at a pocket-friendly price. Unlike most wine companies, Guildford Wine Company gives expert advice to its customers alongside hosting a wine tasting event.
6. Laithwaites Wine
For almost five decades, Laithwaites Wines has been supplying different brands of wine in UK. The company was started by Tony Laithwaite who used to work as a casual in Bordeaux. Despite the humble beginning, the company has grown to become a leading home delivery wine merchant in United Kingdom.
7. Oxford Wine Company
Oxford Wine Company’s parent organization was established in 1840. The company supplies most restaurants in the South of England with over 1500 wine brands. They also run a store where one can purchase a single bottle of wine or more.
8. Bordeaux Vintners
Bordeaux Vintners is UK’s fine wine specialists, specializing in wines from around the world. You can find wines from New Zealand, Italy, and Australia.
9. The Maidenhead Wine Company
For over twenty years, The Maidenhead Wine Company has been supplying wine in the South of England. The company specializes in selling international wine brands acquired from countries like South Africa, Morocco, and New Zealand.
10. Highbury Vintners
Highbury Vintners is an online wine vintner based in the UK. Over 800 wines are sold through the company’s online platform and through mail order service. You can contact Highbury Vintners here.

What Sets the Brown Modeling Agency Apart

The Brown Modeling Agency sets itself apart by educating the public about what it takes to be a model in the 21st century. They were also perhaps one of the first agencies to give everyone an equal opportunity to be a model. The Brown Modeling Agency is named for the agency’s founder, Justin Brown, who developed a talent and passion for modeling during his college years. He started out by actually working with his models to act like professionals.

The Brown Modeling Agency is not without its criteria. For example, potential models have to be at least five feet tall but not too gigantic; not too skinny but not obese, either. However, the Brown Modeling Agency does have a kids’ department to help campaign for commercial purposes. They also take teenagers for their development section in fashion. They also have to be photogenic and have a natural talent for striking poses for the camera. If the individuals possess all of the above, the modeling agency is more than glad to provide the necessary training before releasing their models into the professional world.

The Brown Modeling Agency has proudly seen their models make it into various avenues from billboard advertising to magazine covers. The former graces highways in the Austin and other areas of the state of Texas. Some have assisted in campaigning for major brands from Loreal to Toyota. In order to build their fan base, their models can also be followed on Instagram.

According to FashionNet, a model is not something that anyone can “become”. Rather, it’s one of those avenues in which the talent is either present or it isn’t. Presentation as well as appearance counts and most clients are more impressed by the take-it-or-leave-it attitude rather than by someone who is obviously desperate to have the job. Most clients also want the appearance to look as natural as possible and as a result, models usually start out not wearing very many cosmetics at all. Or if they do, it’s made so that their appearance looks more luminous rather than porcelain. This is the sort of training that the Brown Modeling Agency is only too happy to provide.