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Passion changes everything

As a health and wellness consultant I have had the honor to work with thousands of people over the years. Many of them are leading incredibly busy lives juggling a family while working one or two jobs, taking care of a home, pets and if there is time at the end of the day, taking care of themselves.

After getting to know personalities, seeing negative work environments, noticing extremely hectic schedules, and even witnessing tears (much more often than you would think), I conclude many aren’t overwhelmingly happy. In fact they are downright stressed, which leads to unhappiness.

When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, most people focus on diet and exercise, but rarely take into account the destructive forces of stress and unhappiness.

“Be aware when you are doing something you love. It is biochemically impossible to be stressed and feel grateful at the same time.” Dr. Libby Weaver, PhD.

I am eternally grateful for my career and the opportunities that I have been given. I truly LOVE what I do for a living, which is to educate, inspire, and empower people to lead a healthy lifestyle. It rarely feels like “work.” It’s incredibly rewarding to help people help themselves, one baby step or one giant step at a time. Lives transform before me. For that, I am grateful everyday. It makes me a better mother, wife and person.

But, it wasn’t always this way. I remember crying in the shower on the rock bottom day of my previous career. That day, my sadness was very real physical pain. I paused and asked myself “Why are you doing this to yourself? STOP!” The pain and stress to compensation ratio was not worth it. Then I asked myself, “What am I passionate about?” Answer: Living a healthy lifestyle.

That changed everything.

My passion is my “Why.” It is the driving force behind all that I do. It fuels my fire. I don’t wish hitting “rock bottom” on anyone but sometimes it is a necessary wake up call. Tough love.

Are you passionate about what you do? Does if feel more like work or fun? Does it keep you up at night? If not, maybe it’s time for positive change in a new direction. Your health just may depend on it.

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EU: Everything on track for positive top fruit season

EU: Everything on track for positive top fruit season

The European top fruit market has been short of product to the end of June. “This was caused by the overall shortage of northern hemisphere fruit and good demand fuelled by the abnormally cold spring weather,” explains Keith Butterworth from Worldwide Fruit.

In addition to this the Summer fruit was late, leaving less options for the consumer. At the beginning of July sales dropped as the weather heated up and Summer fruit came on line.

“The market at the moment remains good for southern hemisphere imports with fruit anticipated to clear on time.”

“Looking forward to the European season whilst it is still early, growers are on track for a better season with normal volumes although there has been some crop damage from frost in Holland and Belgium and hail in Spain and Italy.”

With all the hot weather in Europe at the moment the big threat is thunderstorms and hail, the fruit is on the trees with little protection until harvest time. “There has already been some damage in Northern Spain and Holland and Belgium saw some frost damage in the Spring. It is all very weather dependent, as always.”

“Worldwide fruit are expecting the first Spanish pears in the second week of August with the first apples following a week later.”

Publication date: 7/26/2013
Author: Nichola Watson

Government Brings Out Everything It Has on Former PCA Executives

The federal government has sealed some recent proceedings involving defendant Mary Wilkerson in the criminal case against four former Peanut Corporation of America.

The former quality control manger for the PCA peanut processing plant at Blakely, GA was charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice, the smallest slice of the government’s 76-count federal felony indictment against all four defendants.  The other three are brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell and plant manager Samuel Lightsey.

The criminal case against the four is being heard in the federal trial court for the Middle District of Georgia, not far from the Blakely plant that in 2008-09 shipped peanut butter and peanut paste that was contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium. The poisoned peanut butter killed nine people and sickened another 700 in a nationwide outbreak.

Judge W. Louis Sands scheduled a June 25 ex parte hearing with Wilkerson, her attorney, and government prosecutors, but that meeting was apparently cancelled. Still, sealed records now raise the question of whether Wilkerson might go from defendant to witness for the government before the trial begins.

Government and defense attorneys have also differed in their views on all the documents being produced as part of pre-trial discovery. Sands granted the government extra time to do its document dump of everything the enforcement agencies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has on PCA.

The information amounts to 80 gigabytes, or 93,000 documents, including many that were seized by the FBI when it executed search warrants during the outbreak. Some were recovered using “forensic hard drives,” which mirror documents and emails found on confiscated devices.

While the government asked for more discovery time, it opposed giving the defendants the same break by extending their deadline for pre-trial motions by two weeks to July 29. Attorneys for Stewart Parnell, the former chief executive officer of the defunct peanut company, said they needed more time because the two-and-half to three million documents they’ve already received are in an unsearchable format.

The government said the defense should not need more time because except for 14 additional CDs provided on June 17, all the other documents were provided to the defendants when they were charged last February.

In other pre-trial action, defense attorneys notified the court that John James Farmer III, a former science official for U.S. Public Health, would be called as an expert witness. Also, attorneys for Parnell said PCA’s food safety manual and insurance policies would be introduced at trial.

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