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Team Eminent SEO’s Favorite Fall Traditions

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The weather is starting to cool off, nights become brisk and the food gets warm and savory.

Do you feel a sense of belonging, hanging onto a memory from “home” or a timeless way of celebrating your heritage?

Favorite Fall Traditions

The word “tradition” itself came from the Latin traderee, which means to handover, to give for safekeeping, and to treasure. Looking at the meaning of “tradition” we can understand that traditions can come from many years or even generations ago. These traditions and customs instill values and beliefs. When we share these times we are inviting into a personal place that we often hold dear.

As we are now into the fall season, we wanted to ask you: what are the traditions that you enjoy? We asked the team here at Eminent SEO to share a few pieces of our traditions.

Enjoying Change

Enjoying Change

Pumpkin Patch, carving pumpkins, roasting the pumpkin seeds, and hayrides are common celebrations Amanda and for the rest of Team ESEO, as well.

Here in Arizona, fall is different than most places. The weather gets cooler and we can enjoy the outdoors all day. A few of the outdoor events that are enjoyed this time of year are:

Zach – sweatshirt shopping, and going to Verde Valley.
Valery – camping, and campfires and s’mores!
Chris W. – spending quality time with the kids outside and enjoying seasonal coffees.
Cherry – going to the Arizona State Fair – Especially the concerts.
Renee – football, carving pumpkins and decorating.
Tatiana – lives in the Rocky Mountain region. She likes to drive to the Snowy Mountains to enjoy the scenery and take family photos.

Who Loves Halloween? 

Halloween

As you can tell, we share some similarities for celebrating the fall. Halloween traditions have evolved over time, in common, Halloween was the nights the spirits were out. Filled with mischief, fear and pranks, see what pranks and mischief we are up to this fall:

Jenny – I love decorating for fall/Halloween… it’s my favorite time of year with the changing leaves, crisp cool air, hot cider and fires in the fire place.

We usually have a big Halloween party with lots of festive food and drinks. We love to dress up and decorate the front yard and inside of the house.

DiAne – We REALLY enjoy the Halloween and harvesting season. We decorate for Halloween as soon as the summer storms are over. Scary movies, scary stories, skeletons, witches and pumpkins.

We enjoy the weather as a family and are grateful for all we have.

Let’s Not Forget a Celebration has Food

What is it about pumpkin spice and cinnamon apple?

Cinnamon Apples

Lacey adds a special touch to her traditions with food and alcohol (apple pie flavored).

Kirstin enjoys the harvest with hot apple cider and apple pie –and salted caramel mochas.

Speaking of spices, Chris B. also enjoys making lots of soups with his family. As does Valery and Kirstin. Soup is a fall staple using spices and a variety of in season vegetables; it’s the perfect dinner to keep your tummy warm.

 

Food Family and FunYou see, no matter where you are from, or what you do it usually comes down to food, family and fun. We hope you take time to recognize and enjoy the retiring nature and how in season it will grow again. In all, this season is a time for reflection as one year passes and another one unfolds. Celebrate life, new beginnings and human connections.

 

Did we mention your favorite fall traditions? Share with us, how do you celebrate fall?

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Eminent SEO is Celebrating 4 Years – A Personal Journey

Eminent SEO is Celebrating 4 Years

How I Got Into Marketing

Roughly 9 years ago I was a young single mom with 2 little kids. I was tired of working the long hours required of a restaurant manager… and I found myself at a career crossroad. Do I continue pursuing the restaurant management path I was on, which, although it was tiring and stressful, offered security – or, do I take a leap of faith and start over in a totally different field?

I made the tough decision to leave restaurants altogether and humbly accepted an entry level position at a young internet marketing firm as a billing assistant. Uneducated, but hungry, I was eager to learn and excited to work in this new space.

Initially I was not required to understand marketing or even the products we offered- I was in billing, so I was to perform basic billing tasks.  I spent several months perfecting my basic daily tasks and found myself questioning processes which lead to many questions and a lot of time researching on my own. I found the idea of organic website marketing fascinating and my desire to learn more continued to grow.

Because the company was small and young, there was a lack of internal process and training, so I took it upon myself to study at home and teach myself as much as I could about Google’s algorithms, keyword research, link building, customer service and strategic marketing.

After a few months of studying and learning, I requested to be considered for an opening as a sales assistant. My boss was surprised at my request and felt I was not equipped for the position. I explained that I had been studying and asking questions and felt prepared. He decided to give me a shot – but I sensed he was hesitant.

I was excited for the chance, but I quickly learned as the only female in the sales room, I was in for some serious testing. I was not only going to have to prove myself as a competent sales assistant, I was going to have to prove that a girl was just as capable as the boys.

You know how the saying goes… what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? I would happily share the nitty gritty details of how I was treated and the shocking things I discovered… but for now I will leave it at this: Never underestimate a young single mother with multiple mouths to feed.

That year I was top sales person. That year I became the first ever female sales manager. That year I discovered my passion for marketing. That year I found my true career path. That year changed me forever.

Eminent SEO Was Born

Several years later in October of 2009, after many changes, learning experiences and new opportunities, I found myself at a crossroads yet again.

I had a choice to make. Do I leave this space and start over yet again? Or, do I persevere and continue doing what I love, knowing I would have to sacrifice a lot?

What happened next was a blur… two of my best friends and I started working, not knowing then that what we had actually set in motion was the beginning of our own company – what was later to become Eminent SEO.

I like to joke that we started the company with a Hotmail account and a spreadsheet. We literally had nothing. Days ran into nights and for months and months we worked around the clock trying to satisfy the client demands while still learning how to set up systems, structures and build a team.

I thank God every day for my dear friends who stuck by me and worked their asses off to make this happen (a special shout out to Tatiana and Chris). Our team of 3 turned into 4, then 5, 6, 7… then the referrals kept coming in and we were expanding our services and before we knew it, our small group turned into a large team and Eminent SEO is now supporting a full time staff, several dedicated partners, dozens of resellers and hundreds of client websites.

When we started, we didn’t do it for the money. We did it for the people. The client’s that came to us were desperate for help. They had been burned and found themselves at a dead end and needed to find people who they could trust. Chris, my partner, and I knew that in order to find success and also contentment with who we are, we had to build our business on doing the right thing. Sure, it’s easy to make a quick buck doing SEO – but we were in this for more. At the end of the day you have to be able to look at your staff, your clients… your kids… and say, no matter what we always tried to do the right thing.

Eminent SEO has been in business now for 4 years this month. We celebrate client successes regularly in the office and find it extremely rewarding that we are able to put forth products and services that help our clients reach their own business and website goals. Our team is made up of an eclectic group of hard working people who are committed to doing the very best job they can do.

A Big Thank You

I wake up every day feeling blessed for this continued opportunity and I just want to end this blog post with a huge thank you. Thank you to the team for sticking with us and choosing to be part of this exciting journey with us. And, thank you to our partners and our clients. You gave us a chance, some of you even when we were just getting started, and we grew together in the process. Now, as we all continue to grow, I look forward to many more years of continued successes in our business and personal lives.

I love marketing. I love helping others grow. And, most of all, I love knowing that I am investing into something that I can always be proud of.

Wishing you the same.

Cheers,

Jenny Stradling

Eminent SEO, CEO

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Chris Weatherall and Jenny Stradling – Owners of Eminent SEO

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Owner and CEO at Eminent SEO in Mesa, Arizona. I started doing SEO and marketing work in 2005. I'm a {very} busy mom of 4 and I owe my sanity to my partner in work and life, Chris Weatherall. I love sharing and engaging in business and marketing conversations, and I'm heavy into social media and blogging on these topics. I love coffee, wine, food and other people who enjoy the adventure of seeking out the best places to eat and drink. In my free time (what's that?) you'll most likely find me studying philosophy and spirituality, cooking for my family or relaxing with a nice glass of wine, a funny movie and the people I love.

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Making the Most of Communication Technology

Making the Most of Communication Technology

Text messaging, online interaction and mobile media have already transformed the ways we communicate. The Pew Research Center reports that 56% of Americans now own smartphones. On an average day, 36.6 billion messages are sent via SMS-text message or chat apps like iMessage and WhatsApp. By 2014, that number is expected to surpass 50 billion messages. An increasing number of us spend most of our days using some form of electronic communication to manage workplace and personal relationships.

At the same time, few things can ruin a relationship faster than a miss-timed text or a message taken out of context. A report from Forbes, candidly entitled “Don’t Include Me On a Group Text Message Unless You’re Trying to Punish Me,” reminds us that the rules for proper e-communication etiquette are changing almost as quickly as the technology itself. Because communication technology holds such a prominent place in our daily lives, it’s more important than ever to consider how text messaging, email, and other mobile media are also changing how we build and maintain relationships.

The Upside

When it comes to the upside of communication technology, some of the most promising aspects involve improving collaboration and strengthening existing relationships. Initially, consumers are making good on professional and educational technologies that allow for increased collaboration. Three of the biggest providers of Cloud technology – Dropbox, iCloud, and SkyDrive – report a combined 675 million users. Google’s new(ish) Drive provides not only online storage, but also a platform for synchronous document editing across remote locations.

These types of technologies in addition to text messaging, instant messaging, and video-conferencing have created increased opportunities for convenient collaboration across time and space. In doing so, human communication experts argue that workplace relationships are strengthened in several key ways:

  • Co-workers develop close relationships that some describe are as comfortable as friendships. Text messaging, instant messaging and social networking at work allow employees convenience and efficiency in their communication, so these relationships develop rather quickly.
  • Employees also enjoy increased task interdependence, in that they can use communication technology to manage each other’s availability. When individuals are collaborating on a project, sometimes a quick text message or Google chat is appropriate to answer technical questions, without getting bogged down with the small talk that sometimes accompanies a face-to-face interaction.
  • Finally, employees often create a sense of community around their online collaborations. Communication technology simply brings more people to the table, allowing individuals to grow their social networks and online communities in ways previously limited by time and space. Such features are important in an expanding global marketplace.

These benefits of communication technologies are also evident in personal relationships. In an increasingly competitive and unpredictable economy, more families are living apart for employment purposes. This rise includes not only extended families, but also spouses and their children. As such, text messaging, videoconferencing, and mobile media are often vital technologies that families need to keep in touch. Additional benefits include:

  • A strengthening of existing relationships. Whereas text messaging is not always the most effective way to initiate and form a relationship, mobile communication devices help existing bonds stick together.
  • Combatting loneliness. One of the biggest risks that long-distance relationships face is loneliness, and videoconferencing, in particular, helps to alleviate the burdens of maintaining relationships across great distances.

The Downside

As more and more devices, programs, and platforms are developed, it is important to take a practical and somewhat cautiously optimistic approach to this topic – especially because of the downsides of our growing reliance on communication technologies. The drawbacks also focus on workplace and interpersonal relationship maintenance.

As workplaces become more connected and collaborative, there is a growing concern among organizational scholars that we’re becoming too plugged in. Employees are expected to do more with fewer resources, a phenomenon that Communication scholar Sharon Kleinman called the “culture of efficiency.” Communication technologies are a part of this culture, because they are believed to help speed up several of our workplace interactions. However, there are consequences for this emphasis on efficiency. Colleagues have grown to expect immediate responses to a text message. Employees are expected to respond to emails and text messages after work hours. These changes in communication practices also place significant burdens on workplace relationships.

  • Managers and supervisors now assume that their employees are “always on.” This can lead to work-family spillover, where individuals take time away from their personal relationships to deal with their workplace relationships – often without compensation.
  • The assumption of “always on” also increases the likelihood for employee burnout or other productivity problems – especially when individuals spend more and more of their days answering text messages and emails than doing the work that they’ve been hired to do.
  • Finally, if communication technologies have made workplace relationships more like friendships, then missing a text or failing to respond to an email immediately can prompt a much harsher reaction from our co-workers.

The workplace is not the only space where communication technologies often make our relationships more challenging. On an interpersonal level, text messaging, email, and videoconferencing do keep us more connected; however, they are not a magical fix for all relationship maintenance problems. Psychology Professor Mark Becker from Michigan State has argued that media multi-tasking, or using multiple communication technologies at once, is directly linked to increases in anxiety and depression. Communication scholar Lisa Stafford outlines some additional downsides that we might encounter when it comes to communication technology and personal relationships:

  • A loss of privacy and control. Individuals have little control over the texts or emails that they send, pictures that they post, or other communications that they put on the Internet. Those messages can be forwarded by well-meaning friends or family members in ways that the original sender never intended.
  • Paradox of constant connection. Text messaging can help romantic partners stay close even when they are apart; however, some partners get annoyed when their significant other interrupts them during work or time with their friends.

Developing Your Tech Etiquette

When it comes to managing the upsides and downsides of communication technology, there is no lack of tips for text messaging or rules for relationships. The most important lesson, however, is to develop your own tech etiquette. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Be mindful with your messages. In other words, think before you text. Think about how and when the person on the other end will receive your message, as well as any follow-up messages (e.g., be wary of tech features like group messaging, because they often lead to unnecessary disruptions in the receiver’s day).
  • Take safety seriously. No matter how good your privacy settings are, if you don’t want something public, then don’t post it to the Internet. Additionally, be careful mixing your work and home texts. The Supreme Court has ruled that your employer has the right to view any text messages sent from a work phone – no matter how private you think they are.
  • Formality is ok. LOL, SMH, and other abbreviated text-speak are not for everyone – there is nothing more awkward than a well-meaning grandmother who thinks LOL means lots of love. Chat apps like iMessage and WhatsApp have taken over the market from SMS text messaging, meaning that text messengers can now squeeze in many more characters in a single text. And it’s ok – preferred even, when it comes to business and professional settings – to ditch the text-speak and start using full sentences and proper grammar.
  • Turn it off. Give your brain, your anxiety levels, and your ego a break and turn off the technology every once in a while. The world will go on if you miss a text message. Some industry professionals even suggest declaring “email bankruptcy,” (e.g., kicking up your out-of-office notification to tell senders to re-send their message next week, because you’re not reading anything this week). It’s more important for you to pay attention to other relationship maintenance practices that get lost when we rely on too much technology. Balancing our use of technology with other forms of communication – like a good old face-to-face conversation – is an important part of managing healthy relationships.

How do you think communication technology has changed your relationships?

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This Article was written by Marianne LeGreco, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on organizational and health communication, and she has published research on using communication technology to assist with community-based initiatives.

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Labor Day: The History of the Holiday and Unique Ways to Celebrate

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Did you know that at 1,790 hours per year, Americans work the 11th most hours of all developed nations in the world? This data comes from 2012 and is according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. If you’re a stats freak, you can check out the full table here.

By the way, if you want to work less, move to the Netherlands or Germany – people work less than 1,400 hours per year in each of those countries!

You know how busy life gets. It seems like one week you’re sure you’re going to finally finish that big project… and then six months later it finally happens. Labor Day presents you with the opportunity to take a bit of break and stop being so busy! But,  do you know why Labor Day is actually a holiday in the first place? No? Keep reading….

Where Does Labor Day Come From?

Interestingly, even though our nation industrialized heavily in the early 1900’s and became a leading economic powerhouse during those years; Labor Day came about in the late 1800’s.  Even before our nation became famous for our work habits and material success, we already had a proud tradition of celebrating the contributions workers make to our country.

Labor Day actually has an interesting, and controversial, origin. Some argue Matthew Maguire, a machinist, proposed the holiday while he served as secretary of New York’s Central Labor Union in 1882.  Others say Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor founded it in May of 1982.  No concrete evidence has been found to make one or the other the official founder.

Following these proposals, Oregon was the first state to pass Labor Day into law on February 21, 1887.  Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York followed suit later that year.  By 1894, a total of 31 states had made the day official through legislative acts.

Despite the obvious national support for such a holiday, the Federal government still hadn’t made Labor Day an official national holiday. But, the Pullman Strike helped light a fire under federal officials. The American Railway Union, frustrated with wage reductions and layoffs, organized a strike against the Pullman company, most other main railroad companies, and the federal government.

Eugene Debs led the strike, which at its peak involved 250,000 workers in 27 different states.  The federal government secured an injunction ordering Debs and the workers back to work, but they refused. Violence broke out nationwide, killing 30 strikers and wounding 57. President Grover Cleveland ordered 12,000 United States Army troops to restore peace across the nation.

To make a long story short, President Cleveland signed Labor Day into national law just 6 days after the strike ended in 1894.

How People Celebrate Labor Day

Whew – glad all of that is behind us! If you’re like most, you probably think of barbeques, beer, and parades on Labor Day. You are certainly welcome to celebrate however you want, but we thought it’d be interesting to take a look at some unique ways Labor Day is celebrated across the nation:

  • Minnesota State Fair – Minnesotans don’t mess around. They celebrate Labor Day with their 12-day state fair, which is attended by 1.8 million people, making it the largest 12-day event in North America.
  • Georgia – Georgians hold the Sky High Hot Air Balloon festival. This fantastic show kicks off with the Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues the entire weekend.
  • Arizona – In our very own Arizona, there’s a ton of ways to celebrate.  Highlights include the Rendezvous of the Gunfighters in Tombstone (runs from 9/1 – 9/3) and the Labor Day Rodeo in Williams (9/1-9/2).
  • Los Angeles – If it’s unique you want, it’s unique you’ll get if you’re in the LA area.  There’s the Los Angeles County Fair, Long Beach Greek Festival, the Annual Art Deco Festival on the Queen Mary, and the Queen Mary Delicious Chili and Brew Fest, among many others.

Keep It Light and Fun This Labor Day Weekend

At Eminent SEO, we like to keep things light and fun in all our daily endeavors, and we’d like you to do the same. If you’ve been working long, hard hours for a few months, give yourself permission to kick back and relax this Labor Day weekend – your body, mind and family will thank you for it!

What are your Labor Day plans?

Jenny Stradling

Owner and CEO at Eminent SEO in Mesa, Arizona. I started doing SEO and marketing work in 2005. I'm a {very} busy mom of 4 and I owe my sanity to my partner in work and life, Chris Weatherall. I love sharing and engaging in business and marketing conversations, and I'm heavy into social media and blogging on these topics. I love coffee, wine, food and other people who enjoy the adventure of seeking out the best places to eat and drink. In my free time (what's that?) you'll most likely find me studying philosophy and spirituality, cooking for my family or relaxing with a nice glass of wine, a funny movie and the people I love.

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4 Ways To Celebrate The Fourth of July

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Who’s ready for some sun, good ol’ barbecue and sparkler action this 4th of July?! If you’re stumped on how you can celebrate we’ve come up with 4 ways to make this the best 4th of July yet!

4th of July Pinterest Recipes

Who’s ready to Grub?

Pinterest.com – So many awesome and creative recipe ideas ranging from appetizers to full course meals submitted by peers.

Tastespotting.com – Recipes scraped from a variety of sites with vibrant imagery.

Epicurious.com – Offers food recipes with an interesting twist like, “Red, White & Blue Potato and Beet Chips.

Foodnetwork.com – Food network has created a “grillin’-and-chillin’, flag-waving feast” of ideas just for the occasion.

Fireworks: Sparklers

Sparklers, Roman candles, and history oh my!

FireworksSafety.org – National Council on Fireworks Safety with a plethora of safety tips to be cognoscente of this holiday.

FactMonster.com – Little rusty on the history of Independence Day? Maybe it’s time to brush up on some facts and the meaning behind the fourth.

Ourdocuments.gov – Why not check out the official, signed Declaration of Independence.

MuseumLink.com – While everyone is roasting their bodies and food, you can enjoy the air conditioning and learn something in the process at your local museum.

Get in touch with Nature and go camping

Get in touch with nature

Worldwildlife.org – Celebrate the 4th by taking a bald eagle under your wing via the Adopt an Eagle program.

NPS.gov – What better way to get in touch with nature then camping. What a park lacks in fireworks, will be made up for in uninterrupted views of the stars and the crackle of a camp-fire.

GetMyBoat.com – Don’t own a boat? No problem. You can check out boats that are available for rent. Or if boating isn’t your thing don’t forget there are other water-bound activities like tubing, rafting, etc.

AmericanTrails.org – For our fitness lovers, picking an early hike for the 4th while it’s cool may be just the right way to celebrate. Be sure to hydrate!

Keep Cool inside with activities for kids

Hide Out at Home

Imdb.com – Pick from this list of 4th of July themed list of movies to watch on Netflix or rent online.

GrubHub.com – Don’t worry about heating up the house or standing outside to bbq. That’s what delivery is for. Enter your address and food type and voila- you’re in action.

MarthaStewart.com – Martha still has a thing or two of that sleeve of hers when it comes to DIY activities for the kids to do indoors and keep cool.

Have another fun idea or family tradition for the 4th? Please share with us in the comments below!

No matter how you decide to celebrate, please be safe. Happy 4th from Team Eminent SEO!

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The Diet Food Misinformation Age

Hello ESEO Fans!

You know that we taDried fruit is badke care of you in every way that we can and with this post we want to highlight a major concern most of you planted at a desk daily deal with…….

“HOW DO I SIT ALL DAY AT WORK AND NOT GAIN WEIGHT?”

Well the answer is simple if you can find the time and discipline to exercise and eat right in your daily routine. Yes, I know that is VERY easy to say (type) and not so easy to do (de-butter). While you may not be able to find the time to do what you would like for yourself, you can avoid certain foods. That’s ideally the best place to start because you can’t exercise your way out of poor nutrition. Yes you know to avoid Cheetos (mmmmm) and soda, so we are going to take some time to tell you about a few foods you probably didn’t know to avoid.

Juice From Concentrate

There was a time when we were informed that orange juice was good for you and we all need a glass every morning. Nowadays things have changed quite a bit and we have gone past the information age and into the age of MISINFORMATION. Concentrated fruit juice has been filtered and extracted to make its form easier to store and ship while greatly extending the shelf life. During the filtration process chemicals and byproducts are added and subtracted to get the condensed version. This new “juice” has lost many of the vitamins and nutrients that made it the healthy choice it was before and worse yet been given additives to maintain the desired color and taste. What’s left is a glass of concentrated sugar water and food coloring that goes straight to your belly. Get natural juices, not from concentrate, which won’t spike your blood sugar to unnatural levels fooling your body in to thinking it needs to increase fat storage.

Soy Products

It has been touted for years that soy is nearly the perfect health food, again proving that MISINFORMATION is the norm. Over 90% of the soy beans from the United States are genetically modified and can cause a host of issues. Malnutrition, immune system breakdown, infertility, heart disease …… the list goes on and on. Everyone knows that genetically tampered foods are bad but even organically grown soy is full of anti-nutrients. The anti-nutrients in soymilk are soyatoxin, phytates, saponin, trypsin inhibitors, phytoestrogens and goitrogens. These all have adverse effects in the long term but there is also an immediate response your body has by releasing the “Hunger Hormone” Ghrelin. When you’re body needs nourishment it releases this hormone which affects the pleasure seeking region of the brain making you crave high calorie foods. Naturally Ghrelin levels fall when food hits your intestines and your body releases Leptin which in turn decreases your appetite and promotes calorie burning. The unfermented soy we consume increases Ghrelin levels making you feel the urge to eat even when you’re full while also diminishing your ability to burn calories.

Whole Wheat Breads

On your next trip to the grocery store look and notice that if wheat is added to any random item it’s highlighted and labeled as a healthy “Whole Wheat” MISINFORMATION product. Before you get those Whole Wheat Nutter Butters let’s think about how these could possibly be healthier. The gluten we get from modern wheat is completely different in structure due to decades of hybridization and selective breeding. The Glycemic Index (GI), which compares our blood sugar effects of carbohydrates, tells us that whole wheat will increase blood glucose more than pure sugar. So eating two slices of wheat bread isn’t so different than having a Snickers bar when you consider the sugar spikes. To add to that wheat is high in amylopectin A and gliadin which is converted to glucose faster than any other carbs and is also an appetite stimulant that can cause prolonged hunger feelings. When people quit eating whole wheat they typically eat 400 fewer calories a day because of the reduced exposure.

Fat Free Flavored Yogurt

Don’t fall for this major MISINFORMATION campaign. Fat free food isn’t health food because fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar makes you fat. Those convenient little yogurt packs contain 15 grams of sugar and it’s usually High Fructose Corn Syrup sweetener. So eating these puts food in your body that 95% of it you can’t do anything with except convert to fat and nearly all the rest is waste. Toss these out and replace them with plain Greek yogurt and add your own fresh fruits and/or honey. Even the flavored yogurts with fruit chunks in them are packed with preservatives and sweeteners to extend the shelf life that in turn extend your waistline. Don’t let the bad information steer you away from real organic full-fat plain yogurt which is packed with positive affects when consumed in its healthier form.

Let’s Get Started on not Getting Incorrectly Started

So we just scratched the surface on some of the foods you should avoid and there are likely many, many others you may not know of. Margarine, dried fruit, trail mix, reduced fat peanut butter, veggie omelets, granola bars, sushi rolls and “Organic” snack foods are all out there and these foods are just some more examples of food that we are given MISINFORMATION on routinely. If you spend some time researching online before you make diet changes you won’t have to ask yourself “Why am I still gaining weight after switching to eating the healthy stuff?”.

P.S. If you want to read more on healthy living, check out our Eminent Healthy Living blog.

Halfway to Thanksgiving

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May 16th is the halfway point to Thanksgiving and I want everyone to take time and reflect on something to be thankful for. Sure the weather is warm and sunny, resembling little to nothing like it will in 6 months, but that’s no reason to not get in the spirit. Health, family, love, peace and cashews! Yes that’s my cookie cutter list to “thank-bomb” on but the list below is full of those other things that spring up and put a smile on my face during the months with no major holidays.

In no particular order …

1.      George Takei

I won’t forget how awesome he was as Mr. Sulu – helming the Enterprise through life and death Klingon jerk situations in weekly reruns throughout my entire childhood. Nowadays he is awesome on his Facebook Fan Page (Facebook.com/georgehtakei) rehashing his deep voiced coin phrase “Ohh My” and posting hilarious pics while fighting for equal rights and maintaining the same haircut since 1966. Seriously I get 2 LOL’s per day minimum and endless “Ohh My” shenanigans every trip in front of a mirror. Thank Him.

George Takei in uniform

2.       Suck UK Punching Bag Laundry Bag

The dark ages ended one thousand years ago, yet they still claim it was impossible to carry laundry in a masculine way – until this bag. Every guy who owns one of these should give thanks for feeling like they’re filming an 3. Old Spice Commercial while doing laundry. There has to be macho cupcake bakery on the horizon soon, I can feel it, but hey… this post is about giving thanks…

Suck UK Punching Bag Laundry Bag 2 Suck UK Punching Bag Laundry Bag 1

 4.       The Cloud

There was a time when everything I purchased was real… those times are over.

My movies, music, pictures and games were on memory cards and discs. This would have lasted forever except for the fact that children wish they could fly. Since children can’t take to the skies themselves they make sure that your discs do… amazingly well. Most of the huge entertainment monopolies are getting their act together and more than just music is available in the cloud. Now I find myself passing on purchases if the content isn’t available for download. Forget about the disc I just want the digital copy. Recently my Android tablet took to the skies and even though the device was broken, all of my content, pics, settings and apps are available to me (through the cloud) when I replace it. All of my video games are now on the Steam digital delivery service and available on any computer that has internet. Toss That Kiddos!!!!!!! Oh Damn 🙁

Chris Weatherall - Games The Cloud Zaviah Rae

 5.       Hovertrax Is Going Into Production Soon

This invention is amazing to me. You can roll around looking at other people walking with their own feet like a sucker while not feeling like a tool because this doesn’t have handle bars or wheelchair tires. I can balance, who da man?

Look at you using your feet. SUCKER!

 6.        Internet Food

Right now internet bandwidth isn’t at the point where we can download a 12 inch sub sandwich and that’s sad. You can, however, get ideas and recipes that you could never have imagined on your own. The resources have literally reached one billion. Pictures, recipes, tutorials, (epic) videos, forums, blog feeds…  All of the information is there for you and every angle is covered from healthy food to goodies that can double as transportation. I asked my mom why we never had certain things growing up and her reply was that she didn’t know or have access and that was valid. Now I’m thankful that excuse is gone and in my house all I have to say is “I’m lazy, cook these things for me.”

Sexy Food

Every work day at Eminent SEO is an opportunity for me to be creative and work on tons of various ideas. That is something that I’m thankful for this Half Thanksgiving BIG TIME!

What are you thankful for? Share in the comments.

Google’s Auto Complete Reflects Fears [Video]

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Google Suggest Tool

While we may find entertainment and humor in Google’s suggest auto complete tool,  it also reflects, “fears, inquiries, preoccupations, obsessions and fixations of the human being at a certain age and our evolution through life,” says Marius B.

Reality is, we all are searching for similar, if not the same answers as Google clearly reveals.  Who knows how many times Google has seen these searches before? Hundreds? Thousands?

 

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Camp Grounded | The Digital Detox Summer Camp For Adults

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Camp Grounded Summer Camp for Adults

Notice how that phone almost never leaves your hand or pocket and how every meal or sunset looks like an Instagram photo opportunity? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those, you may be due for a digital detox.

An awesome new summer camp aims to help “grown-ups unplug, getaway and be kids again.” Camp Grounded, is a retreat organized by The Digital Detox,  in Anderson Valley, California, June 14th-17th .

This four day all inclusive  “grown up summer camp”  incorporates a nostalgic 1970’s boy scouts camp atmosphere for 200 campers in a drug-and alcohol-free environment, who have a few basic rules to follow: no technology usage, and no work talk .

There is a strict disclaimer on the site, stressing that this is a summer camp and not a conference or networking event to “meet up or make contacts that further your career”, so don’t try and cheat the system!

If you’re not able to make the date for Camp Grounded, The Digital Detox has other regular monthly technology-free retreats, you can check out on their ‘Upcoming Retreats‘ page.

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Geeks Unite: Feel The Burn In 10 Minutes

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geek girlSo if any of you follow me on a personal side, you might take notice that I’m a bit of a fitness and health obsessed chick these days. I figured I’d share a fun infographic that I’m sure most of my friends who are constricted to a desk job can benefit from.

How many times have you found yourself zoned out on a project on the computer and have forgotten to take a break, or even eat? The infographic, “Feel the burn…in 10 minutes” by QuidCorner, has taken a fun and flexible approach to implementing  fitness activities into your day without going to the gym.

So get up from your chair and get active my computer geek friends!

Feel The Burn In 10 Minutes

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