Eating for Successful Work

April 7th, 2012 by Kelly Spangler No comments »

We start our day with a cup of coffee and a breakfast bar. We refill our coffee cups once or twice during the morning. Chances are there are donuts or left over birthday cake that can serve as a quick snack. We rush to lunch and grab a burger and fries as we eat in front of our laptops. A stash of cookies keeps the hunger pains away in the late afternoon and once again, we have consumed more worthless calories that we could imagine just getting through the work day. Does this sound familiar? This is a shared dilemma many of us face daily. Some of us work nights and this offers up a whole new set of challenges.

www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/healthyeating.html is a great site to gain insight into this problem. This site is Canadian but the concepts are easily applied globally. The basic premise is listed below:
• Eat the recommended types and amounts of food each day.
• Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
• Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
• Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.
• Drink skim, 1% or 2% milk each day.
• Have meat alternatives such as beans, lentils, and tofu often.
• Eat at least two Food Guide servings of fish each week.
• Include a small amount of unsaturated fat each day.
• Be active every day.
• Satisfy your thirst with water.
For night owls working the late shift or the night shift, the following site is helpful:
www.livestrong.com/…healthy-eating-habits-for-people-who-work-nights
The main element in successful eating habits is planning ahead. Stocking up on healthy snacks is a must. Fruit, yogurt, nuts, and energy bars are great options. If you need a break once a week, plan on cheating for one day only. This gives you a physical and mental break from the constraints of a healthy diet.

Many experts argue that eating small quantities every two hours supplies one with the best nutritional boost for a successful work day. Regardless of the plan you follow, make sure it meets your needs and it is a plan you can successfully maintain.

Eating healthy is only part of what you should be doing on a daily basis. When you have a free moment at home you should definitely consider doing some cardio exercises or a simple fitness workout DVD. Exercise helps increase your metabolism even if you are planning on 30 minutes per day. I hope these helpful healthy tips can improve your life!

My Office is Going to The Birds

February 7th, 2012 by Kelly Spangler No comments »

Because I am self-employed, I have the freedom of decorating my office any way I prefer. I have found that a few key additions can make a drab office much more conducive to spending long hours in front of the computer or on the phone. I have a small fish aquarium with a waterfall which gives me a peaceful atmosphere. I keep a few small tropical fish and a Betta which adds color.

I also have a small desktop container I purchased at Sharper Image with two Dwarf African Frogs which add a little more flavor to my desk with a very minimum of upkeep. A few pellets added twice a week is all they require and so far they are both doing fine. One frog is over 3 years old and one is slightly younger.

However, my true love is my birds. I have a large cage- they call it a flight cage- with a number of singing finches and one large orange/yellow male canary. I listen to classical music during the day and the birds love to sign along with the violins. I travel extensively throughout the world, and I thought it would be interesting to have some finches from around the globe as well. I have a matched pair of Lady Gouldian finches that are multicolored and quite expressive. I have a Peter’s Twit finch from Africa with red markings and large white dots on his body. I have a Blue nested finch which has a very distinctive call. I also have a Parrot finch from Australia which is deep green with a red underbelly. This particular bird is an escape artist. Each time I open the cage door, the Parrot finch does its best to escape and fly around my office. I usually wait until it gets tired before catching it harmlessly in my net and returning it to the cage. Lastly, I have an orange beeked waxbill finch that is simply the fattest bird in the cage.

I feed them a varied diet of Canary and Finch seed mix, broccoli and apples, prepared egg food, and sprays of millet. For a special treat I go to the pet store and buy refrigerated meal worms. By refrigerating these worms it retards their activity. As soon as I put them into a bird tray, the warmth makes them more active and this attracts the finches. Meal worms to finches are like filet mignon to us.

I also like to include a package of Timothy hay for the birds. They do not eat this hay, but they love to make nests and simply play with it for hours on end. While this can be a little messy, the enjoyment for the birds is an easy trade-off.

Supplying plenty of water for baths is absolutely necessary. There is nothing these finches enjoy more than a splashy, messy bath and they take every opportunity to enjoy this activity.

The birds add a unique dimension, sound, and a great deal of pleasure to my office and I hope you try similar ways to enhance your own working atmosphere.

The Anything Blog

November 21st, 2011 by Kelly Spangler No comments »

Yes this is “The Anything Blog”. I don’t have one specific topic that I am going to write about. I will just write about ANYTHING that comes to mind. It may be what I am doing today or maybe about a website that i have visited. You will have to visit my website every now and then to find out. I will do my best to keep this blog interesting. I am fairly new at this but I will get better over time I am sure. Thank you for visiting my website!