Breakthrough Students Inspire Incredible Generosity at Champions Celebration!

 Rhiannon and her family "I don’t think I would have graduated college without Breakthrough. Even more importantly, I don’t think I’d know who I was meant to be. Their unwavering kindness has helped me find my calling. This spring, I am applying to graduate programs to become an Occupational Therapist so I can give back and help others who have been devastated by disabilities and illness." - Rhiannon, Breakthrough College Graduate


Rhiannon and her family
“I don’t think I would have graduated college without Breakthrough. Even more importantly, I don’t think I’d know who I was meant to be. Their unwavering kindness has helped me find my calling. This spring, I am applying to graduate programs to become an Occupational Therapist so I can give back and help others who have been devastated by disabilities and illness.”
- Rhiannon, Breakthrough College Graduate

On the evening of Tuesday, April 10, nearly 300 Austinites gathered at Austin’s New Central Public Library for Breakthrough’s 13th Annual Champions Celebration. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for our event chairs, Karey and Chris Oddo, the outreach committee and everyone who attended, donated, and shared in our celebration of Breakthrough’s mission and our trailblazing students and families.With the help of matching gifts from long-time supporters Neil Webber and the Topfer Family Foundation, together, we raised $246,000 of our $250,000 goal to support this year’s 1,600 Breakthrough students on their path to becoming first-generation college graduates!

A special thanks to our wonderful speakers— Breakthrough college graduate, Rhiannon Aleman, and Breakthrough Board Trustee Ricky Green, for sharing their inspirational journeys of defying adversity to pursue their dreams of a college education and a better life.

 

Want to learn more about Breakthrough? Meet alumni and program leadership who are on the front line changing lives and see what makes the program tick at our upcoming Breakthrough Behind The Scenes Tour on April 27 at 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM at our East Austin headquarter.Visit www.breakthroughctx.org to learn more about Breakthrough Austin.

5 Psychological Hacks To Boost App Downloads

Written and Contributed By Codal

Remember Google Wave?

It’s okay if you don’t—in fact, we’re pretty sure Google would like to forget as well. Google Wave was a mobile app designed to make the often-complex communication process between group contacts as easy as pie. At least, that’s what it was supposed to do.

Instead, the UX design agency that crafted the Wave’s interface seemed to make sure nothing was easy about this overhyped mobile app. Why did it fail, even after having Google’s name attached to it?

Because it had Google’s name attached to it.

The mobile app was marketed on such a grand scale that everyone’s expectations were astronomically high. Besides having a poor UX, Google failed at managing expectations. Users were so unforgiving with the app’s shortcomings that it led to a shutdown of the platform.

Had Google been able to live up to even bare expectations, it could have returned to the drawing board and rework the UX. But Google failed to account for the psychological influences of their users, namely their perception of the Google brand.

Designing for small, often subtle psychological phenomena may seem pointless, but with more than 4 million apps available on both the App Store and Google Play, you have to take into consideration the psychology of it while designing the platform.

To make sure your mobile app cuts through the clutter, here are five psychological hacks to get people to download your app.

1) Tell Them What They Want To Hear

If you want people to download your mobile app, you have to indulge their biases. The psychology of selective perception states people consciously or subconsciously engage with messages that align with their beliefs.

If you want your mobile app to receive the downloads it deserves, listen to what users want from you. A staggering 14% of users will not use a mobile app that is difficult to use, hence they are biased towards comfortable navigation.

To align yourself with this belief, provide an intuitive navigation, designed in such a way that traffic flows from one page to another. If people see your app as easy to use, they will be more inclined to download your app.

Instagram, the popular social media platform, hit it off with users by coming up with an intuitive navigation. Throughout browsing, the navigation options remain in the same place. The buttons are positioned in such way that they can be used with just one hand.

Users always know how to proceed when they want to access a particular screen. This is one of the reasons why Instagram has roughly 700 million active users worldwide.

2) Embracing The Counterintuitive

Reverse psychology is a great hack for generating a specific reaction by calling for something contradictory. In simpler terms, you do the opposite of what users might expect from you. The unpredictability of it is what captures the attention.

It’s a great ‘pull’ tactic that curbs content flooding. When you stop screaming at users, you are allowing them to relax and put a lot more thought into your mobile app.

Take a cue from Little Caesars, the popular pizza chain, that used reverse psychology to build up its email list. It might not be for a mobile app, but it is an effective tactic nonetheless. This campaign worked because it was witty and made people curious.

3) Align With The Customer’s Self-Concept

What are the chances that you will earn a download if people say ‘this mobile app isn’t for me’?

You need to make consumers feel worthy of your app before downloading—they need to see themselves using your mobile app. That requires generating with content that is aligned with a customer’s self-perceived value or self-concept.

Before asking consumers to download your app, try to understand what their self-concept is. Then, find a way to fit your mobile app within their self-perceived value. This will help in shaping UX experience for your potential customers.

Next time, when your UX design agency is brainstorming concepts for your mobile app’s UI, consider taking these three aspects into account:

Self-image – How users see themselves in society.

Ideal self – The type of user one wants to be.

Self-esteem – How much users love themselves.

This allows your mobile app’s design to align with a customer’s self-perceived value. Thereby, enabling a positive user experience, and potentially reducing customer churn rates.

The Persuasive Power Of Color

The color is the second most important aspect of getting people to download your mobile app, after functionality. When 90% of subscription and purchase decisions are based on color alone, your mobile app cannot afford to go wrong with its color scheme.

Color doesn’t just help boost your download count, it also promotes interactions and helps recall value. Here are a few color schemes that might work for your mobile app:

Monochromatic - he simplest color scheme, a monochromatic palette involves taking each color from the same base . This color scheme is very easy on the eyes, and can produce a soothing effect. Blue and green are the more popular hues used for this scheme.

Complementary - This scheme uses colors which are opposite to each other. Due to their high contrast, they easily grab attention.

Less Is More

A successful acquisition strategy is one which takes less time to get more customers. Many UX designers tend to fall prey to the idea of providing too many choices to customers. This eventually leads to choice paralysis.

Analogous - This scheme is made from related colors that don’t stand out from each other. One of the colors is the dominant one while the others are used to enrich the scheme. The only hiccup in this scheme is deciding which vibrancy of color to use.

Calm, a meditation app, uses an analogue color scheme, with blue as the dominant color and green to enrich it. This color scheme helps making users feel relaxed and peaceful.

When provided with too many alternatives to get to the same destination (downloading your app), you end up confusing the customers.

These confusions make customers unhappy and exhausted, leading to abandonment. To avoid this mishap, limit yourself from providing too many choices. Design your app with limited alternatives so your users can arrive at clear decisions.

Human is an all-day activity tracker app. It has a clutter free interface with minimum menu options. With less number of choices to make, users find the UI extremely easy.

Wrapping Up

It’s not just the data that’s going to get you downloads—it’s about humanizing your mobile app. These psychological hacks give life to your application, resulting in a platform that’s inherently more likable and human-centric. Influencing user psyche can help you develop strong personal relationships with your users and encourage constant engagement, lasting long after the download.

 

Codal is a UX design and development agency with a focus on blending an agile process with the latest technologies. Based in the heart of Chicago, Codal has a knack for bringing out the best in every organization that they work with. With vast industry expertise, Codal has a strong team of skilled and experienced business and technical experts. Learn more at https://www.codal.com.

Sway Opens Second Location at Domain Northside on Monday, April 30

Helmed by Sway’s Corporate Executive Chef Charles Schlienger and Chef de Cuisine Stacey Jones, Sway brings its Thai menu offerings to North Austin

Photography courtesy of Travis Hallmark.

Sway, the award-winning Thai restaurant by hospitality group New Waterloo, will open its second location at Domain NORTHSIDE on April 30, 2018. Building on the success of its original location in South Austin, the new opening will pull inspiration from the commonly used Thai phrase, “Same Same but Different.” Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will not stray from its popular menu of modern Thai cuisine, and will offer the same dishes that garnered the brand’s acclaim to the diversity of guests who enjoy the upscale shopping and dining experiences offered at the Domain NORTHSIDE. Sway will initially open for dinner service, and will expand to offer lunch and brunch in summer 2018.

Tiger Cry.  Photography courtesy of Travis Hallmark.

Tiger Cry

Sway South 1st opened in December 2012 and quickly became a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Specializing in Australian-style, modern Thai cuisine served in a communal setting, the restaurant has received numerous accolades, including ‘50 Best New Restaurants in America’ by Bon Appétit Magazine in 2013.

Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will be helmed by Chef de Cuisine Stacey Jones. A graduate of Escoffier, Jones joined the Sway South 1st team as a pastry line cook in March 2014 and was promoted to sous chef in September 2015. Sway’s Corporate Executive Chef Charles Schlienger will also oversee the menu and its offerings.

“Chef de Cuisine Stacey Jones has continuously raised the bar at Sway,” says Chef Schlienger. “Evolving Sway’s menu and shaping South Austin’s fine dining landscape with her at the original location has been a great honor, and we’re excited to have Chef Jones take the lead in bringing the concept to life in North Austin.”

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai

Sway Domain NORTHSIDE’s menu will feature signature dishes such as the son in law, tiger cry, prawn miange, and more. Special to the North Austin location will be à la carte moo sway, a Thai-style pork shoulder that serves 2-3 guests.

Sway’s recently launched cocktail program will also be available at the new location, including specialty cocktails such as the monk water, made with vodka, lime, cucumber and seasonal fruit; an extensive beer, wine and sake list; plus housemade drinking vinegars and sodas.

The new Sway dining room will feature the same communal tables and basket-like light fixtures as its original location, as well as an open kitchen and window ledge with bar seating. At the forefront of the restaurant is a 20-seat bar, plus high top tables for group happy hours and tastings. Patio dining is also available, with seating surrounded by custom planters and foliage to create an oasis alongside the bustling Rock Rose Avenue.

“The design of Sway Domain NORTHSIDE carries a lot over from the original location, with elements like the mahogany tables and warm colors that exemplify the brand,” says Melanie Raines, New Waterloo’s Director of Design. “It’s a much bigger space, giving us room to do more and take things to the next level. For example, the knitted beam at the South 1st location was translated into an 18-foot textile art piece that will go into the new dining room. It’s same same but different.”

Like its counterpart, the NORTHSIDE location was designed by Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and is marked with a neon lotus flower sign. Endeavor Real Estate Group developed and manages Domain NORTHSIDE, the third and final phase of the Domain. Sway will be located at 11501 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758.

Beginning Monday, April 30th, Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will be open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. For more information, please visit Sway’s website, www.swaythai.com, or follow the restaurant on Facebook (/swaythai) and Instagram (@swaythai).

Snack Bars Take the Tahini Craze to Health, Delicious New Heights

New! Absolutely Gluten Free TahiniBar super seed energy bars in three flavors, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Pistachio.

New! Absolutely Gluten Free TahiniBar super seed energy bars in three flavors, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Pistachio.

Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

Health Benefits - Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.  Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.

Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide.  Follow them on FB and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.

Dads Want Steak

Give your dad the best for Father’s Day

Dads typically love steak, so this Father’s Day and any day to make special, go ahead and shower him with some love straight off the grill. You can make the day even more memorable by sharing the grilling experience together.

In fact, it may be the perfect chance to teach your old man a thing or two with these tips from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Grant Hon.

Choose Your Protein

Selecting quality protein is the starting place for an exceptional grilled meal. For example, the ribeye is the most well-marbled steak, meaning it’s super juicy, rich with beefy flavor and excellent on the grill.

Prepare the Grill

Always start with clean grill grates. Heat your gas grill to high or start your charcoal 10-15 minutes before you grill. Dip a paper towel in oil using tongs and oil your grill grates before adding steaks for a great sear.

Prepare the Meat

Pat steaks dry with a clean paper towel and season them before they hit the grill. You can’t go wrong with simple sea salt and cracked pepper, but creative recipes like this Dukkah Rub can add a special twist.

Sear and Crust

Cook steaks directly over your heat source to get a tasty, crunchy sear on the outside of the steak. This is where the best flavor comes from, and it offers a delicious contrast to the rich, juicy inside of the cut.

Control Your Cook

Keep the grill cover closed as much as possible to maintain a temperature of around 450 F. This helps lock in flavor and prevent flare-ups. Remember the marbling on a ribeye means more fat, which melts during cooking. This is a good thing, but you may experience more dripping or flare-ups if you’re used to grilling leaner steaks.

To minimize the need to open the grill cover, determine the amount of time you’ll need to reach your desired doneness then use the 60-40 grilling method. Grill 60 percent on the first side then 40 percent after you turn the steak over for an even cook.

Let it Rest

A resting time of at least 5 minutes allows steak juices to redistribute for the best eating experience. A foil tent can help regulate temperature during the resting period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garnish and Flavor

Whether you’re grilling vegetables, sauteing onions or adding a dif­ferent kind of sweet or savory topping, just before you serve is the right time to garnish your steak.

Tasty Toppers

Once you pull a juicy steak away from the flame, there’s only one way to make it better: toppings that create a true taste explosion. When they’re prepared with fresh, premium ingredients, your friends and family may not be able to get enough of these sweet and savory additions. Simply mix them up while your meat is on the grill, or skip a step and rely on Omaha Steaks Toppers to capture the same delicious flavors without the prep work.

Crispy Onions and Jalapenos: Savor a one-two punch of crispy onions combined with spicy jalapenos for some crunch with a kick.

Dijon Mustard Aioli: Blend Dijon and whole-grain mustard with creamy Greek yogurt, garlic, tarragon and white pepper for a rich, tangy topping.

Mushrooms and Blue Cheese: Mix hearty mushrooms and full-flavored blue cheese with your favorite savory spices and a splash of sherry wine.

Smoky Bacon Jam: Start with the finest cuts of bacon browned to crispy perfection then add caramelized onion and an accent like brown sugar or balsamic vinegar.

Sweet Bourbon Onions: Warm things up with a medley of natural honey, bourbon whiskey and sherry wine offset by zesty red onions and balsamic vinegar.

Tomato Jam: Experiment with your favorite varieties to find the perfect balance of crushed tomatoes, sweet gherkins and seasonings.

Find more expert tips for summer grilling and the perfect Father’s Day gift at OmahaSteaks.com.

Dukkah Rub

Prep time: 5 minutes

Active time: 5 minutes

Serves: 12

  • 1/3       cup sliced almonds, roasted with no salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2          tablespoons Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub
  • 2          teaspoons sesame seeds
  1. On cutting board, chop almonds to rough texture and add fennel seeds, chopping until mixture is fine. Place almond and fennel mix in bowl and add rub and sesame seeds. (Family Features)

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Introducing Hummus Republic

The Hummus Republic Story

Hummus Republic was established in 2013 by a group of friends who wanted to bring the flavors of their families authentic Mediterranean cooking to a casual, modern setting for people with an on the go and busy lifestyle. Our mission is to bring flavorful, convenient, and primarily plant based meals to the masses; to create accessibility to healthy, real food for more people, and to raise the standard of fast food.

Ethos

Hummus Republic is for the people who celebrate life, and know a healthy lifestyle can also be a delicious one. For those full of life- with a purpose, passion, and youthful spirit.

About its guests Hummus Republic says, “You inspire us, and for that we invite you over with warm welcomes and giving hearts. We are grateful, honored, and so excited to share with you. Our food is made with simple yet unique ingredients, made fresh and served quickly. Here to serve you fresh, flavorful food, inspired by the taste of old traditions and your innovative imaginations, we are truly thrilled to help craft your craving”.

Their vision came from their desire to provide people with an on-the-go, busy lifestyle healthy food that not only satisfies one’s appetite but also one’s soul.

Hummus Republic believes what we eat all comes back to who we are. Healthy food for happy people.

Everything Hummus Republic is found at https://www.thehummusrepublic.com.

Jaime’s Makes Salsa the Way It’s Meant to Be

Review Provided By Arnie and Kristen Steege, Austin, Texas for InFluential Magazine

March 2018

Jaime's Red Hot Salsa

Jaime’s Red Hot Salsa

Jaime’s Hot Red Salsa uses the finest freshest ingredients to create an authentic salsa with ingredients like tomatoes, jalapeño, garlic, and salt. The ingredients are not only fresh, but also simple; essentially nothing more than what you’d use to make delicious salsa at home.

What my family enjoyed most about Jaime’s is it pairs deliciously with a variety of dishes, adding the right amount of spice and heat. We’ve particularly enjoyed it as a complement to baked chicken dish. It would also be an excellent topping for eggs any style as well as burgers, roast beef or meatloaf. We can’t wait to try it as a replacement for tomato sauce for homemade pizza.

With the amount of fresh ingredients, we feel good knowing we’re getting a healthy serving of vegetables.

When stored properly, the salsa maintains its freshness and flavor for several weeks.

Jaime’s definitely makes salsa the way it’s meant to be. We wouldn’t hesitate to enjoy another jar.

About Jaime’s

Jaime’s opened in 1931 as just “Spanish Village” and when it closed was the oldest restaurant in Austin – in continuous operation. Jaime Tames, an ex bull-fighter from San Luis Potosi, Mexico took over the establishment 40 years later, bringing with him his famous Jaime’s Margarita’s and charismatic personality. The name Jaime’s Spanish Village invokes strong nostalgia and memories of those that visited the restaurant either as a college student, repeat tourist, or local regular with his spirit and tradition living on through our salsas and queso. From the family’s humble beginnings, to the opening of the restaurant and the organic launch of the salsa itself, this has been a true family business from the start.

Jaime’s award-winning brand of traditional, hand crafted and gourmet salsas are the #1 seller in Whole Foods and Central Market with a variety of flavors winning or placing in several hot sauce competitions, including the Austin Chronicle’s annual contest. Jaime’s Spanish Village famous salsas and queso are available for purchase at various locations of Whole Foods Market (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Arkansas), Central Market & other fine retailers and available online for purchase at http://jaimessalsas.com.

Effortless Spring Entertaining

Spring brings plenty of reasons to celebrate, from holidays to weddings to baby showers. Even a just-because al fresco brunch is a great way to share time with family and friends while taking advantage of a beautiful day.

Make hosting your next spring gathering a breeze with these entertaining tips for organizing an effortless event:

Set the stage for a beautiful table. Dress up the table with a dainty lace tablecloth for a sweet, traditional spring look. If your approach is more modern, try using a simple runner in a complementary color. Then turn your attention to the style of the rest of the table. Special touches like flowers, place cards and linens with napkin ring holders can add a touch of elegance in an instant.

Blend function with style. Appearance aside, each table provides an essential function to your event. Incorporate details like salt and pepper shakers and condiment dishes within easy reach. When it comes to the tableware, you can add a touch of functional style with Chinet Cut Crystal plates, cups, cutlery and wineglasses. As a fully coordinated line of disposable tableware, the products match nearly any decor, allowing you to create the perfect tablespace. Remember to carefully consider each aspect of your menu to ensure the proper tableware is provided.

Work ahead to ease the weight. One failsafe way to cut stress and ensure you get to actually enjoy the party: plan ahead. Do as much food prep as you can the day before and set up tables and other decorations ahead of time. Finish your housework well before the event date so all that’s left is quick touch-ups. Remember details like serving spoons and other tableware; setting these out the night before can trim precious minutes when guests are on their way, and using disposable options can help save time during cleanup.

Borrow inspiration from nature.  The vivid greens and vibrant hues of fresh flowers during spring can help provide a fresh, inviting look. Depending on your seating arrangements, it may be appropriate to use a single large vase or a series of smaller vessels scattered around the room. Using basic, clear glass, or an option like Chinet Cut Crystal wineglasses as vases for smaller buds, lets the focus stay on the flowers, but you can also bring your theme to the table with vases in coordinated colors, textures and styles. If you’ll serve from a buffet or offer a dessert table, try adding a bouquet to that table, as well.

Add a signature touch. Make it easy for guests to leave your event with a lasting impression. Individually wrapped desserts or other small edible favors are always a hit. Or simply offer small bud vases and invite guests to take a piece of the party decor home.

Find more ideas for easy entertaining this spring at MyChinet.com. (Family Features)

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Chinet

4 Ways Parents, Teachers and Students Can Reduce Standardized-Test Stress

 Written and Contributed By Dr. Raj Gupta

Dr. Raj Gupta

Dr. Raj Gupta

Standardized testing has drawn its share of criticism from teachers, students and parents. One of the most common complaints is the stress that all three groups feel – from preparation through performance.

From a young age, students take these timed tests that measure academic competency and, ultimately, whether they’re college material. Countless articles on standardized testing in the U.S. point out the pressure on students to score well; that teachers are often evaluated by how their students fare on the tests; and that parents get anxiety hoping their children score high.

Amid all this stress comes the basic but difficult-to-answer question: How to deal with it?

“There is a tremendous amount of controversy about standardized testing, and no matter which side of the argument you are on, teachers have no choice,” says Dr. Raj Gupta (www.drrajgupta.com), founder of Soul Focus Wellness Center and author of Wellness Center Solution: How Physicians Can Transform Their Practices, Their Income and Their Lives.

“So teachers, students and parents must deal with it the best way they can. And finding consistently healthy habits to counter these stress inducers is so important. In fact, taking the stress out of the test process can carry over to every aspect of their life. The scores aren’t as important as the quality of life they give themselves in what is a results-oriented world, often to a fault.”

Gupta offers four tips that teachers, students and parents can use to better deal with test-related stress:

•    Diet. Poor eating habits contribute to stress. “I see this every day with my three girls,” Gupta says. “Grandma will feed them tons of sugar, and then I come home to find the girls either bouncing off the walls or miserably cranky after crashing from their sugar high. Good wholesome foods that are not processed or refined and are free from trans fats prevent our energy levels from peaking and crashing throughout the day.”

•    Rest. Getting enough sleep helps keep your body and mind in top shape, making you better equipped to deal with any negative stressors. “Most of your healing and repair takes place when you are sleeping,” Dr. Gupta says. “This is when the body recharges the battery. If you continue to deprive your body of sleep, your immune system breaks down and you get sick.”

•    Exercise. A study conducted by California State University found that a 10-minute walk is enough to increase energy, alter mood, and provide a positive outlook for up to two hours. Exercise also assists in quality sleep. “Exercise is the greatest stress buster,” Gupta says. “Regular exercise can change your life.”

•    Mental attitude. “Stress is like a snowball: If you let it roll, it will gain speed, momentum and weight, and you are over-reacting, making even small difficulties seem like major crises,” Gupta says. He suggests countering a stressful situation with a calming action. Example: when rush-hour traffic is irritating, listen to a self-improvement audio. “Some things we can’t control, but we can control our response to them,” Gupta says.

“Stress can cause all sorts of health problems,” Gupta says. “It affects all ages, as seen with the implementation of standardized testing. But it can be dealt with on a daily basis, and by doing so consistently, it can help us pass any and all stress tests in the future..”

About Dr. Raj Gupta

Dr. Raj Gupta (www.drrajgupta.com), who has more than 20 years experience as a chiropractor, is the founder of Soul Focus Wellness Center. He also is author of Wellness Center Solution: How Physicians Can Transform Their Practices, Their Income and Their Lives. He has been featured in US News and World Report Health, Woman’s World Magazine and New York Daily News. He has a doctorate in chiropractic from Life University.

Do You Love Whole Milk?

New research suggests you can follow your heart

New research suggests “good” fat may be good for your cholesterol. Whole milk may help raise “good” cholesterol and could be considered part of a healthy diet that’s also good for your heart, according to a new study from the“European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”¹

When adults drank two cups of whole milk every day for three weeks, they had higher levels of good cholesterol that promotes heart health (HDL) and similar levels of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar (risk factors for heart disease) as when they drank the same amount of fat free milk for the same period of time. Based on these findings, researchers concluded whole milk can be part of a heart-healthy diet as long as calories are taken into account.

This study adds to a growing body of research that suggests whole milk can fit within a healthy diet, and some studies suggest it may have additional benefits for both adults and kids – including maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough vitamin D. Researchers followed more than 18,000 healthy-weight women for nearly a decade and found those who consumed more whole milk and full-fat milk products (1.3 servings every day) were less likely to become overweight or obese compared to women who didn’t consume any full-fat dairy at all, according to a study from the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”²

Whole milk may also give kids a vitamin D advantage, according to another study from the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Kids who drank whole milk had higher blood levels of vitamin D than their peers who drank low-fat milk, even when the total amount of milk they drank was the same.³ Researchers believe this might be because milk fat helps kids’ bodies absorb vitamin D more efficiently.

Experts agree milk plays an important role in a nutritious, balanced diet, and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three servings of low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products each day. Many people are surprised to learn whole milk has the same essential nutrients as low-fat and fat-free milk, so no matter which type of milk you choose to pour in your cereal bowl, use in your smoothie or fill up your glass, you can rest assured that all dairy milk – from fat-free to whole – is simple, wholesome and naturally nutrient-rich. (Family Features)


¹Engel S, Elhauge M, Tholstrup T. Effect of whole milk compared with skimmed milk on fasting blood lipids in healthy adults: a 3-week randomized-crossover study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2018,72:249-254.

²Rautiainen S, Wang L, Lee I, Manson J, Buring J, Sesso H. Dairy consumption in association with weight change and risk of becoming overweight or obese in middle-aged and older women: a prospective cohort study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016;103:979-988.

³Vanderhout SM, Birken CS, Parkin PC, Lebovic G, Chen Y, O’Connor DL, Maguire JL, TARGet Kids! Collaboration. Relation between milk-fat percentage, vitamin D, and BMI z score in early childhood. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016;104:1657-1664.

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MilkPEP