Macronutrients and Micronutrients: What You Need to Know

macronutrients and micronutrientsWell, they’ve been saying it for ages, but the more we study food, the more we realize: you are what you eat. With our modern diets causing a number of debilitating diseases, there’s no better time to learn the ins and outs of basic nutrition, as you can with this nutrition for beginners course.

If you’ve got kids, it’s even more important for you to set them up for a lifetime of nutritional success, so get some great tips with this course. For a basic rundown of macronutrients and micronutrients, stick around.

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Green Supply Chain Management: Strategies for Success

green supply chain managementEveryone’s talking about going green these days. No matter what industry you’re in, new legislation and consumer awareness will demand that your business takes action to improve its environmental footprint, and one of the best place do that is within your supply chain. Of course, not all businesses can employ identical models. But one thing’s for sure: you’ll need an agile marketing strategy and a sound communication platform to start.

If you’re starting your supply chain model from the ground up, get some tips for how to create a successful model with this course. While you’re doing that, keep in mind these tips for how to be more green in your supply chain operations.

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Sensation vs Perception

sensation vs perceptionSensation and perception are two similar but distinct processes. When we smell a rose, we get a sensation. How we interpret that sensation (i.e. that smells like grandma) is the perception. Sensations bombard our bodies often without our active control; they bring information about our environment to our brain. Processing that information is the domain of perception. If someone grabs our arm, the feeling of the touch may be the same, but we may interpret it differently based upon who is touching us, when and where. If you want to be a master of touch, you could always look into a course on massage. If you sensed that that was a cheap promotional trick, your perception was correct.

Thresholds and Differences

If you’re taking a basic psych course, they’ll discuss sensations in terms of ‘thresholds.’ In this case, absolute threshold refers to the point at which something becomes a verifiable sensation. We don’t hear or smell as well as dogs because our absolute thresholds are higher. At the same time, an effect that you might normally feel can be mitigated if you’re already feeling that effect. For instance, if you’re holding a heavy weight, you’re not likely to notice the addition of a few ounces. If you’re holding a light weight, you would notice that difference. When you do notice weight is being added, that’s called the just noticeable difference. Weber’s law states that the size of the just noticeable difference is proportional to the intensity of the stimulus. It demonstrates that even our sensory awareness varies based on context. Sensory adaptation defines the process of our body adapting to a stimulus (like when you first feel the shock of jumping into a cold pool, but then you get used to it.)

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Sensory Imagery: Writing That Sells

sensory imagerySensory imagery draws on our senses of touch, taste, smell sight and sound to create a vivid and evocative picture in the mind of the reader. It is the hallmark of successful writers and poets, and it has been for centuries. If you can master these techniques, your writing will stand out from the rest of the slush pile. If you’re looking to take your writing to the next level, consider this Novel Writing Workshop. In the meantime, learn the ins and outs of using sensory imagery to make your manuscript the best it can be. [Read more…]

Rejection Sensitivity: Heal Yourself

rejection sensitivityThere’s no doubt that we all experience rejection differently. Some of us seem to sail through life unencumbered with self-doubt and uncertainty while others of us get bogged down by rejection, however slight it may be. The question is: how can we learn to be resilient in the face of rejection? It’s not as hard as it seems. But we all need help sometimes. If you could use a helping hand to keep your chin up, check out this course on boosting up your confidence.


Rejection sensitivity is a seriously condition which often goes hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, or mood disorders. Ultimately, rejection sensitivity can result in an inability to regulate emotions or self-control. This sort of outlook makes it nearly impossible to overcome any unpredictable events that are part and parcel of daily life. It creates undue frustration in the subject as they perceive negative events to be personally targeted at them. If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “don’t take it personally,” you know that a many people internalize rejection in different ways. For folks with rejection sensitivity, they are unable not to take it personally. Everything becomes a slight. If that sounds like you, you owe it to yourself to take charge of your condition. Start by turning your self doubt into confidence.

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Dealing with Rejection: Strategies for Success

dealing with rejectionEveryone handles rejection differently. Some laugh it off. Some cry it out. Some turn to chocolate… If you’re feeling particularly hard hit after rejection, take heart.

The basis for overcoming rejection is the resilience that comes from knowing you are unique on this earth. If you want to turn your self doubt into confidence, check out this five star course on how to turn it all around.

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Conversation Skills Booster

conversationskillsSo you’re looking to maximize your conversation skills? Good news: you don’t have to be born with charisma to become a superstar conversationalist. Like all things worth doing, it takes practice. If you want to join the ranks of the few, the proud the cool communicators, check out this course on How Communication Works. [Read more…]

Conversation Questions

conversation questionsIf you’re looking for better ways to break the ice, learning some skillful conversation questions is where to start. Everybody loves to talk about themselves, and the more you can keep them talking, the less you have to worry about putting your foot in your mouth. If you want to become the one with the mojo when it comes to conversation, check out this course on How Communication Works. Whether you want to nab a date, impress the in-laws, or persuade the boss, being a conversational guru is where it’s at when it comes to getting ahead.

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Metabolic Age

Your metabolic age is simply a comparison of your Basal Metabolic Rate with other folks in your age group. The trick of course is calculating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which usually requires twelve hours of fasting and a trip to the doc. Your BMR is supposed to measure just the amount of energy it takes your body to keep your essential organs functioning properly. If you want to know your true BMR, you’ll need to undergo a specific test with the help of a doctor. Approximations of your BMR using a formula that takes into account weight, age, sex and height won’t help you determine your metabolic age, since it’s an approximation based on age averages. So while we can’t help you know your true BMR, at least we can help improve your overall health with courses like this.

If you want the equation to estimate your BMR, here is the most commonly used Miffin/St Jeor equation:

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) – ( 4.7 x age in years )
Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) – ( 6.8 x age in year )

As we mentioned earlier, this won’t help you understand your metabolic age, because it uses age averages to deliver the approximation. Generally speaking, metabolism slows down as we age for a number of reasons not least of which that we have more fat relative to muscle. Muscles require more energy to maintain than fat, so you need more calories if you have a lower percentage of body fat. Once you pass twenty, your metabolism starts to slow down. How much depends on you, but for each decade over twenty, you need about one hundred fewer calories per day than you used in your prime. If you want to be the fittest you’ve ever been, check out Fit For Life.

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Swayback Posture and How to Fix It

sway back postureYour posture says a lot about you. It’s one of the trademarks of body language and speaks volumes about your power and authority. New research now shows that your posture even influences how confident you are in your own thoughts. That’s right—your brain interprets what your body is saying whether you realize it or not. Pretty nuts, huh? Physiologically, your posture can be a symptom of ill health; it can influence your decision-making; or put you on the road to long term pain and joint strain. If you’ve been stepping out too often in high heels and your spine is showing it, check out this course on Posture to Prevent Pain.

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