Archive for August, 2013

7 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Protein tends to be misunderstood. At times, it’s flying high on a fad-diet craze, when it seems that half of our population is shunning carbs in favor of a high-protein diet. At other times, protein is forgotten completely, as people order salads with low-fat dressing in an effort to fit into their skinny jeans. While a high-protein, low-carb diet is overkill, there is good evidence that a moderate-protein diet may be the way to go.
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One reason is that we need enough protein, in combination with exercise, to build muscle or even hold onto what muscle we have. We tend to lose muscle mass as we age, and this makes our metabolism go down. In fact, one of the biggest culprits of middle-aged weight creep is due to loss of muscle mass. Muscles also become critical for quality of life as we age — once an elderly person loses enough muscle mass, things like balance or the ability to get up out of a chair are compromised. In fact, studies have shown that many elderly people do not consume enough protein, and when this is combined with being bedridden or sedentary, their ability to be independent can decline very rapidly due to losing muscle mass.

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Skateboarding Mice: Shane Willmott Trains Rodents To Ride (PHOTOS)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

You read that right: Willmott, 42, has trained his crew of “radical rodents” to ride skateboards and even get “air.”
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“They love it,” he said, according to Today.com. “Mice are built to surf and skate because their center of gravity is so low. When they do fall off, they want to get straight back on board.”

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Dolphin escapes and finds her pod

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Sampal, a dolphin who was illegally captured, sold, and put into captivity, has escaped and found her way home.

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The Story Of Eve And Dillon, Two Disabled Dogs Who Found A Home In Each Other (VIDEO)

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

“As soon as Dillon ran into her–that’s literally what happened– they became best friends,” Skow wrote. Though their rescuers expected their disabilities to drive them apart, Eve and Dillon formed a special bond in which each made up for what the other lacked.

The team wrote in a July Facebook post:

Dillon and Eve are the perfect compliment for one another, and essentially watch/lookout for each other.. Each has never been more at ease than when they are together. We walk off leash and she leads him. His acute hearing helps her feel more comfortable about her inability to hear. Yin and Yang they are!

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Melchior, my co-therapist dog working miracles with disturbed rescue Afghan Hound Skyy

Monday, August 19th, 2013

We’ve experienced a bit of a miracle with Sky. I’ve been waiting to make sure it’s lasting. So far, so good. I’m able to let him off the leash over on the fenced in peninsula so he and Melkie can run around and explore together. Sky hesitates for a bit but then takes off. Previously he refused to do anything but wait at the gate wanting to go home to safety.

At first he didn’t want to follow me and Melkie back to the gate once he got going, but Melkie started fetching him and getting him to follow. Now he even stays with Melki and follows me back, though a football field behind.

Whew.

And, Sky willingly goes to the door for our night walk now. For some time he resisted, not wanting to go outside after dark.

Melkie seems to be taking up his role as co-therapist for disturbed dogs now too.

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Meet Tommy Tucker, The 1940s Squirrel Who Used To Dress Up Like A Human (PHOTOS)

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Tommy was adopted by Zaidee Bullis “before his eyes were open, when his mother died and left him in a tree,” according to the magazine. He toured the country, signing autographs and modeling more than 30 custom outfits that included a nurses uniform, a wedding gown and a silk dress, for parties of course.

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Baby Porcupine Makes Cute Noises

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

A rescued baby porcupine enjoys a banana while making cute sounds at the Animal Wonders zoo in Montana

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Jiff The Pomeranian Dog Does Amazing Pet Tricks (VIDEO)

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

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Carol Dweck, Stanford University Professor, On Why Telling Your Children They’re Smart Is Actually Bad For Them (VIDEO)

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, spoke with Shihab-Eldin at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.

Dweck’s research shows that people break down into two basic psychological mindsets: fixed and growth. Those with fixed mindsets tend to think that basic abilities and talents are fixed traits. They are less curious, less interested in learning, and more reluctant to do anything where they might make a mistake.

Those with growth mindsets, on the other hand, are more willing to “stretch themselves to learn new things.” “They take on challenges, they stick to them; and they bounce back from failures,” Dweck said.

Telling kids how smart they are places undue emphasis on intelligence and inherent, fixed traits. By focusing on the process of acquiring knowledge and the ability to overcome challenges, however, parents can foster a growth mindset. “I tell parents, ‘Sit around the dinner table and say, ‘Who had a fabulous struggle today?'” Dweck said. “You’re creating a new value system around struggle and persistence and resilience, not around being naturally smart.”

Dweck and her colleagues are applying this concept to many other fields, including willpower, relationships, bullying, and even the Middle East. For one project, they conducted three separate studies with Israeli Jews, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and Palestinians in the West Bank. The results were impressive.

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I can tell you of seeing the same sorts of results as a professor. When you gush over everything a student does, they don’t work that hard to improve. Because many profs and teachers are doing so nowadays, and have for some time, especially the popular ones, most students expect nothing less than a B-, even though they should be assigned Ds. I say something good wherever I can. But I always push on them, even my A and B students (and of course there are some), to do better, excel more, work always toward wonderful work. It’s unrealistic and harmful to say that everyone is outstanding. It just isn’t so. Never has been. Never will be.

Animals who are third wheels videos

Monday, August 5th, 2013

11 Animals Who Can Relate To Being The Awkward Third Wheel

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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