Will you help me bounce back?

July 11th, 2014

DVD_coverI recently suffered a defeat. The demand for Season One of Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark was strong in our local television market, so we made the commitment to put it on DVD. Then, I got brave and decided to approach a major retailer to ask that they the carry it in their stores nationwide. We almost made it to the final cut, but in the end, they passed. I was dejected. So I called my contact at the retailer’s headquarters and asked what we could do to be reconsidered. She invited us to submit Season Two on DVD, but recommended we build a sales basis as proof that that we have a following and that a demand for the show exists.

I accepted the challenge and now have a goal to sell 1000 copies of Season One between today and the start of Season Three.

And so, now I am asking for help.

Without a significant retail presence, the work needed to sell one DVD at a time is daunting. That said, I have personally participated in “crowdfunding” types of events and know how good it feels to help something I support to become successful. I am hoping that like me, you believe that hard work (and a few well-placed asks) will pay off. I promise you, our entire production crew has worked hard to bring you quality content and a great show. So I hope you will respond favorably when I ask you to go to www.fork-road.com/store and spend $29.95 (+ shipping) to help us reach the finish line and sell those DVDs, so we can be taken seriously in the retail world.

Thank you for listening, and for any support you can offer. I’m ready to bounce back and I know we can do this!

Also note that organizations that are interested in offering the DVD as part of an employee or customer program are eligible for quantity discounts.

 

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How to Improve Skin Quality

July 5th, 2014

7072191We blush when we’re embarrassed. Turn pale when we’re fearful. Glow when we’re delighted. The skin is our interface with the world. It is also a reflection of our health inside.

Most people want healthy, attractive skin. We feel better and more confident, better able to “face the world” when we feel good about the condition of our complexions. But the skin is a tattletale: It truly is a mirror of our overall physical condition. All of our bad habits, negative emotions and problems are mirrored in our skin. On the flip side, the skin also can reflect a healthy diet, consistent exercise and a life filled with love. Would you like to improve your skin’s appearance? Here are a few places to begin.

Feed your face. To improve skin quality, choose dark orange colored, beta-carotene rich foods such as apricots, cantaloupe, peaches, carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato. Include high-quality oils in your diet including avocado, raw (not roasted!) nuts and seeds, coconut and extra-virgin olive oil. Eat a big salad every day and include some bitter greens, cucumbers, radishes and beets. Make your own fresh salad dressing.

Go skinny-sipping. Drinking sufficient water is essential for a healthy complexion. Water helps to eliminate substances that would clog the pores. Fresh vegetable juices are fabulous for skin health and contribute to the “glow” that many healthy people have. Choose juices made from beet, carrot, celery, parsley, cucumber and spinach for extra good measure. Be aware that alcoholic and caffeine-containing beverages can dehydrate the skin and increase the appearance of wrinkles.

Do an about-face. Foods to avoid for healthier skin include fried foods, refined carbohydrates, wheat products and fats that have been heated (this includes baked goods and bottled salad dressings). Reduce or eliminate sugar, which contributes to breakouts. Finally, avoid overeating: The process of digestion diverts blood to the stomach, at the expense of the skin.

Sun safety

Excessive sun exposure has been linked to premature aging and wrinkles. Repeated tanning, and especially burning, increases the risk of cancer. Substances that can increase photo-sensitivity and the likelihood of burning include antibiotics, antidepressants, artificial sweeteners, birth control pills, carbonated beverages, certain essential oils (such as angelica, lemon, lime, neroli), hormones, Retin-A, St. John’s Wort.

The type of fats we eat can also affect how our bodies react to the sun. Consumption of refined oils such as corn, canola, soy and safflower are believed to increase skin cancer risk. Some of the chemicals in sunscreens might be a contributing factor in skin cancers, even though they give protection against burning.

If you choose to use sunscreen, visit the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website to compare brand recommendations.

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Nutrition Facts: Check the Label

June 24th, 2014

7520310The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts Label found on most food packages in the United States. Introduced 20 years ago, the label was developed to help consumers make more informed food choices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include a refreshed design and updated serving size, as well as new labeling requirements for certain package sizes. The nutrition facts label currently appears on nearly 7 billion food packages.

The FDA mandates that most packaged foods carry labels conveying information about nutritional content and a list of ingredients for the product inside. Information made available on the labels includes calorie counts, fats, carbohydrates and proteins, as well as sodium, fiber and a few essential vitamins and minerals. As informative as the labels may be, the fact is that most people tend to focus on a few specific numbers when evaluating a food choice. Instead of looking at the big picture, consumers may zone in on “How many calories?” ”Which has the least fat?” or “How many carbs is in it?” to guide purchases.

The Nutrition Facts Label only tells part of the food information story. In order to fully understand what you’re eating, you need to look at the ingredients list. The healthiest packaged foods have the fewest ingredients—five or less is a good guideline—and they should all be ingredients you know and would use in your own kitchen. Avoid sugar and all the aliases used for the sweetener (see list), as well as those you can’t pronounce. Keep an eye out for artificial additives and preservatives—these are things you don’t want in your body.

Ingredients to avoid
Just say no to:
Added sugars
Artificial colorings
Artificial flavorings
Artificial sweeteners
BHA and BHT
Monosodium glutamate
Hydrogenated oils
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Sodium nitrite and nitrate

Let’s be up front
Smart consumers also look at the front of the label. For example, manufacturers of certified organic products also have non-organic offerings in their lines, so if this is important to you take the time to look. Another tip-off about the contents of a food container is the expiration date. If the product will be shelf stable a year from now, most likely it contains preservatives and chemical enhancements!

Let’s not sugarcoat it!
It’s literally everywhere—and not just in sweet treat and confections. Sugar is hidden in condiments and foods that aren’t even sweet—like salad dressings and ketchup. If you see any of the following ingredients on a label, you’re looking at added sugar.

• Brown sugar
• Confectioner’s sugar
• Corn syrup
• Corn syrup solids
• Dextrose
• Fructose
• High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
• Honey
• Lactose
• Malt syrup
• Maltose
• Maple syrup
• Molasses
• Raw sugar
• Sucrose
• Sugar
• White granulated sugar

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