Inspired Leaders Create Engaged Gen X and Y’s

Do you remember the last time you were inspired?

What were you doing, what were you listening to or whom were you talking to?

The transition of leadership approach has morphed over the years and we are now in an ‘inspired leadership age’.

Zoomers (baby boomers who refuse to age) have had a hit or miss success rate with themselves having inspired leaders. In the past few decades inspired leadership was not necessarily the norm. In truth ALL of the generations want inspired leaders, it’s just that many Zoomers have given up- become apathetic and have settled to work and perhaps lead in an uninspired way.

There is a quick shift happening in the workplace and with the continued influence from Gen X and Y there is a new phenomenon, which is the demand for inspired leadership.

This phenomena will continue because after Gen Y is the millenials- the children that are under the age of 20 right now. I often say to my clients that if they are afraid of the Gen Y influence on the workplace then they should be very afraid of the millenials influence. It’s not because of their age its because technology is an inherent part of their being. Anyone in their mid thirties and younger has been greatly influenced by media, YouTube, movies and more where they see inspiring messages everywhere. Gen X and Y just don’t respond to an uninspired leader.

I have a mantra that I share with all of the leaders I work with:

“People don’t leave their jobs they leave their leaders”

This is more true than ever before as we know that the average Gen X will change jobs about 7-9 times in their careers and the Gen Y up to 20 times!

The only hope a modern day leader has today to keep employees longer than the statistics is to provide inspirational leadership.

What does it mean to be an inspired leader? Here are the traits:

• The leader has a fully developed sense of self and high self esteem

• The leader sees his or her role more than a job- it’s a mission!

• The leader gets fired up by helping others succeed and grow

• The leader sees ongoing challenges as ongoing need for creativity

• The leader inspires by who they are and what they model- eager to work to move strategy forward, life balance, interest in things outside of work, contributes to others success

• The leader sees their role as ‘sharing power’ and moving strategy forward while leveraging the talents of their team members

• The leader has a self monitoring ability to know when they are ‘pushing back’ against others ideas or when his or her ego is inhibiting progress

• The leader sees change as an opportunity not as a threat

• The leader consistently ‘fills his or her tank’ with inspiration from outside sources that fuels their commitment and energy to lead at high levels of performance

• The leader sees being a coach as vital to their role and they prioritize coaching their team members

• The leader follows through on promises made

• The leader has the difficult conversations and is able to provide development feedback in a way that inspires others to ‘grow’

• The leader brings consistent high energy to their ‘mission’

As you can see the traits of an inspired leader require ‘energy’. I believe that the leaders that succeed today and beyond have learned to heighten their ‘energetic intelligence’. Their ability to self manage their energy, tune in to others energies and inspire others to bring high energy to their jobs.

A great exercise is to rate yourself on the list of traits as an inspired leader above. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being high rank yourself on each of the above statements. Your ability to self evaluate honestly can help you to focus your self-development efforts in your leadership role.

The fact is as leaders we are all a work in progress AND if the goal is inspired leadership then we are on the path to having less stress and more joy in a role that can be often viewed as thankless and tiring.

The benefits of being an inspired leader show themselves externally as well with a happier team, a more engaged team and greater loyalty.

Nutrition for Your Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Patients

Nutrition Planning – A Little Something Extra for Your Postherpetic Neuralgia Patients

Treating the postherpetic neuropathy or shingles patient can be challenging.

They’ve already been through the pain of shingles…

The rash is gone and they expected to be normal again.

What they didn’t count on was postherpetic neuropathy.

Chances are by the time they reach your office, they’re frustrated…depressed…irritable.

The medications aren’t working and they’re looking for a solution.

Something…anything…to make their postherpetic neuropathy pain stop and give them back their lives.

As a postherpetic neuropathy specialist, you’re in a unique position to give them what they need to heal. The missing pieces of the treatment puzzle that they haven’t addressed before now.

That Little Something Extra – A Good Nutrition Plan

Your postherpetic neuropathy patient is probably accustomed to hearing the “take 2 of these and call me in the morning” approach to their neuropathy pain. That approach hasn’t worked or they wouldn’t be in your office. They need address the most basic ingredient in healing the human body – nutrition.

There are certain vitamins and minerals that have been shown to lessen the pain caused by shingles and postherpetic neuropathy. Your postherpetic neuropathy patients need to make sure they’re getting these vitamins and minerals, in healthy amounts, to give their body what it needs to heal.

This is where you come in. By providing nutrition counseling services to your postherpetic neuropathy patient, you not only address their actual real-time physical symptoms, you give them vital information they need to participate in their own care and take control of their health again.

Make sure that any nutrition planyou prescribe for your postherpetic neuropathy patients includes:

– Whole grains and legumes to provide B vitaminsto promote nerve health. Whole grains promote the production of serotonin in the brain and will increase their feeling of well- being.

– Fish and eggs for additional vitamins B12 and B1.

– Green, leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, and other greens) for calciumand magnesium. Both of these nutrients are vital to healthy nerve endings and health nerve impulse transmission and, as an added bonus, give the immune system a boost.

– Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (such as squash, carrots, yellow and orange bell peppers, apricots, oranges, etc.) for vitamins A and Cto help repair skin and boost the immune system.

– Sunflower seeds (unsalted), avocados, broccoli, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts (unsalted), tomatoes and tomato products, sweet potatoes and fish for vitamin Eto promote skin health and ease the pain of postherpetic neuropathy.

– A good multivitamin and mineral supplement to fill in any gaps in their daily nutrition.

Advise them to avoid:

– Coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

– Fried foods and all other fatty foods. Fatty foods suppress the immune system and that’s the last thing they need when fighting postherpetic neuropathy.

– High protein foods like animal protein. High-protein foods elevate the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine which are both tied to high levels of anxiety and stress which will only make them more irritable.

– Alcoholic beverages. Alcohol consumption limits the ability of the liver to remove toxins from the body and can make a bad situation worse.

– Processed sugar. They don’t have to eliminate sweets completely, just control them. Keeping blood sugar levels constant will help control irritability.

– Control salt intake. Opt for a salt substitute with potassium instead of sodium and stay away from preserved foods like bacon, ham, pickles, etc. Reducing salt intake will help ease inflammation and that alone will work wonders in the healing process.

Sit down and discuss your postherpetic neuropathy patient’s lifestyle and diet as part of the initial consultation process. The information gained will help you devise a nutrition plan tailor made for your patient and help to build a rapport between you. And pay close attention to the responses you receive in that first meeting – they will give you a good idea as to whether or not you have a compliant patient.

Stress Management Strategies

Now that you’ve addressed the nutrition portion of the postherpetic neuropathy treatment program, talk to your patient about their stress level. Even with good nutrition, if they’re letting the stress of life and postherpetic neuropathy get the better of them, their body is working too hard. They’re expending energy battling stress that could be used to fight postherpetic neuropathy.

Put together a lifestyle plan for your patient utilizing patient appropriate stress management tools. Some suggestions might be:

– Exercising regularly. If they’re physically capable, a brisk 15 minute walk every day is a good place to start.

– Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga or meditation. Any of these will calm the mind and, in turn, calm the body and nerves.

– Finding a hobby that will take the mind off postherpetic neuropathy pain.

The combination of nutrition and stress management will do wonders for your postherpetic neuropathy patients. When used in concert with the other medical treatment options available to you, you may just give these patients a new lease on life and build healthy habits that will remain with them long after the pain of postherpetic neuropathy is a distant memory.

We hope this gives you some insight on nutrition counseling and diet planning for your postherpetic neuropathy patients. Offering these services can be the missing piece of the treatment puzzle that you’ve been looking for in treating this challenging patient population. The addition of these services to your treatment options can help you build a successful medical practice as well.

When you’re trained and ready to offer these services, let them know you’re there.

At Last – The Truth About Aviator Sunglasses

Search for information about aviator sunglasses on the internet and you will find a number of articles, many of which provide different versions about who first manufactured them and their association with aviation.

When most people think about aviator sunglasses they picture sunglasses with those large, tear drop shaped lenses. And when you look at celebrities, they are wearing those large, tear shaped sunglasses, either with a sliver mirror finish or that green tint.

Many of the articles on the internet credit Ray Ban, a division of Bausch & Lomb, with creating the first aviator sunglasses back in 1936. They claim that these sunglasses were an evolution from the aviator goggles which were standard issue to pilots during World War I.

It is interesting to note that Ray Ban didn’t exist in 1936! Secondly, Ray Ban did not make sunglasses popular – Foster Grant did when he mass produced oversized sunglasses cheaply and sold them through Woolworth’s on the boardwalk in New Jersey.

On the West coast sunglasses became popular as movie stars began to appear in public wearing these oversized sunglasses. It was assumed they were wearing them to disguise their identity; in truth they were simply trying to protect their eyes from the harsh lights of movie sets which left their eyes red and strained.

It was not until the late 1930s that real aviator sunglasses came into existence for pilots. Initially aviator goggles were worn by early pilots for a very practical reason. Early aircraft often had engines that consumed engine oil, and excess engine oil would blow back on the pilot’s face during flight. Combined with the effect of wind in the open cockpits, goggles were a good solution to the oil and wind problems.

The famous white scarves that blew back over the pilot’s shoulder were not a fashion statement; rather, they were used to wipe the oil off of the aviator goggles while flying their aircraft.

In the 1920’s the U.S. Army Air Corps issued a request for anti-glare goggles as aircraft and pilots began to fly at ever higher altitudes. In response Bausch & Lomb proposed anti-glare aviator sunglasses with metal frames and large, tear-drop shaped lenses with a green tint. Bausch & Lomb rebranded the Anti-Glares as Ray-Ban sunglasses (so-called because they banish rays) in 1937 and started selling them to the general public.

Ray Ban aviator sunglasses received a real boost in popularity when Douglas MacArthur was photographed wearing a pair during his return to the Philippines during World War 2.

But the U.S. military does not normally award a contract to just one supplier for items like aviator sunglasses, so it turns out there were initially two companies supplying aviator sunglasses to the military: Ray Ban and American Optical.

During the early 1930s American Optical was supplying the Army Air Corps with U.S.A.C. Goggle Type B-7. During the Second World War American Optical and Ray Ban provided aviator sunglasses for the military.

In 1958 American Optical introduced the Flight Goggle 58, now known as Original Pilot Sunglasses, and produced them for U.S. military pilots providing maximum protection, comfort and optical performance.

Randolph Engineering, Inc. was formed in 1972, and by 1982 was the prime contractor for aviator sunglasses for the U.S. Department of Defense. Today Randolph sunglasses appeal not only to military pilots but also to all pilots who appreciate the Randolph quality.

In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban to the Italian luxury group Luxoticca, and who, in addition to the Ray Ban sunglasses, manufacture the popular Wayfarer sunglasses.

Hispanic & Latinos – Meet Generation Equis

Meet Generation Equis

Whether you are a gringo (not of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin) or of any heritage – it is really unimportant. Our intent is not to use this term in a negative manner. We wanted to capture the attention of those that are not of Hispanic or Spanish origin as they stand to benefit the most by fully understanding Generation Equis and the potential of this untapped market.

Our non-gringo, Generation Equis friends, will certainly also benefit from this article by marketing to Generation Equis. You may not be aware that Generation Equis is perhaps one of the most rapidly growing population groups seen in the last century. They represent an incredible opportunity for any business or individual that learns how to effectively market, service and sell to them.

Who Is Generation Equis?

Generation Equis is a label given to the generation of individuals that are of Hispanic or Spanish language background that were born after 1960. The majority of this rapidly growing group lives in America but they also reside in other countries throughout the world. You may be asking yourself, “Why is this group so important?” You are about to find out.

To understand future opportunity, it is often useful to take a brief look at history. Let’s define the historically well known Generation X term. It is common, though many do not understand what it truly represents. Then we will go into greater detail about the Hispanic equivalent – Generation Equis.

Generation X Definition

During the twentieth century, American historians and social commentators placed labels on various generations to quantify or label them for reference purposes. Today, Generation X is most commonly referred to as the nearly 80 million people born during the 1960s and 1970s. If you focus on the historic accomplishments represented by this group, you could refer to them as:

  • Ambitious
  • Determined
  • Creative
  • Self Taught and Independent
  • Diversified

Generation X was once thought to be lazy or unfocused. Though, as we look at their accomplishments, this will prove to be a misleading negative concept introduced by the media early on. Quite the opposite seems to be true today.

Generation X, through their accomplishments, is now viewed by most as one of the most entrepreneurial and technology friendly generations in American history. Why? Just look at how they have driven a majority of technological advancements enabling America to undergo rapid and significant advances. The most substantial include the personal computer paired with the Internet’s astonishing growth and popularity. Many billion dollar companies such as Microsoft, Dell, MySpace and YouTube, to name a few, were founded by people belonging to the Generation X demographic.

Generation Equis Definition

Generation Equis is very similar to Generation X in many ways. The primary difference is that Generation Equis represents those of Hispanic or Spanish speaking country origin only. This defines a diverse yet similar group that shares many traits:

  • Solid culture bonds them to their respective country of origin.
  • Strong family values and unity are the norm.
  • Being community minded – they choose to support their community.
  • A determined work ethic is typical.
  • Desire to do what it takes to earn and live the American Dream.
  • Pride in ownership, education and entrepreneurialism.
  • Their origin is from over twenty countries, unified by a common Spanish language foundation, including Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain.
  • They speak Spanish, English, or both.

The growth potential of Generation Equis is equal or greater than that of their Generation X counterpart. We will expand on this in the sections that follow. In essence, they represent the same fundamentals and work values that enabled America to have unprecedented growth over the last one hundred years. Keep this in mind as you also realize their population group is consistently growing at a faster rate than Generation X or any other similar group in America.

The Demographic of Generation Equis

It is important to understand the people that make up Generation Equis, their culture, as well as the growth trend of this population both in number and in their use of the Internet. Generation Equis includes Spanish Speaking Immigrants, Temporary Hispanic Workers, and Chicanos (second & third generation born to Hispanic Immigrants).

As we pointed out in our definition of Generation Equis – their culture is ironically very similar in many ways to the culture that formed the foundation for America. A hard working spirit combined with strong family values and a solid sense of community. These are the very fundamentals that enabled America to grow substantially over the past one hundred years. The population growth trend of Generation Equis in America does not require much discussion. It is rapid and continued growth.

In an early 2010 speech made by the President of the United States; Barack Obama, estimated that there are eighteen million Hispanics that may have entered the country by not following appropriate immigration guidelines; this statement infers that these “illegal immigrants” are not being counted in the Census. Thus in reality, the Hispanic population, or Generation Equis is much greater than the actual Census numbers indicate.

One in six living in America is in fact of Hispanic origin and this number could soon be one in five or less if you consider the current growth trend where the Hispanic population nearly doubles every ten years. It will be very interesting, but not surprising, to see the results of the 2010 Census as the full Census is only taken every ten years and the 2010 Census data was not available at the time of publication of this article. It is unlikely that the current trend will change any time soon.

So when you ask yourself who is Generation Equis? Just look around – they are the people all around you. They are a significant and rapidly growing part of America and the world. They are the successor or counterpart to Generation X. As history repeats itself – patterns of ethnic, cultural and market changes do also. We have seen this with civilizations around the world. This article focuses on the next emerging market, a repeat of Generation X, but focused on the next Generation X, the Hispanic population, appropriately and similarly named, Generation Equis. “Equis” being the letter X in Spanish.

It is not to say that Generation Equis will be identical to Generation X, but they represent a new generation which is rapidly growing and should be treated with respect for their growing contributions as well as their potential to play a significant and expanding role in the United States and global marketplace.

This article focuses on how to benefit from this emerging market in America and around the world while enabling them to contribute and benefit as well; much as their predecessor, Generation X, did.

Their Buying Power

The Hispanic population in America alone represents incredible buying power – and that power is increasing daily – even during times of recession. Why? It is a combination of their population growth and determination to create a better life. Sound like a familiar pattern? It should. This similar type of activity enabled America to become the great nation it is. Generation Equis (Hispanic) buying power will exceed one trillion dollars in 2010. This is nearly five times what it was in 1990 based on an estimate by the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

Quite simply, Generation Equis has buying power that exceeds all other minority groups. We will not go into detail on the buying power of Generation Equis in this article. If you need convincing – feel free to use your favorite web search engine and look for “Hispanic US buying power”. You can find a wealth of supporting information to include their buying power and the significant growth expected over the next ten to twenty years.

Our focus for this article is on how to capitalize on this market. So let’s continue with that in mind.

Who Is Benefiting Today

Of course many businesses today are benefiting from Generation Equis as a byproduct of their traditional business model. In many cases these companies do not realize what a large piece of their market share, revenues and recruiting base that this group truly represents.

The real question is which businesses are able to gain incremental revenues, dedicated employees and customer loyalty by targeting Gthis powerful demographic as well as which companies will be impacted when their competition steps up to the plate and reaches out to this group.

Some companies are finally taking notice. According to, advertisers are now spending billions to market to Hispanics. This trend has continued upward with increased spending of over five percent per year for the past 5 years. Some of the major Fortune 500 companies, as well as small to mid range companies, have been a little hesitant to invest a large amount of capital or resources in targeting this group as they are making their business decision based on the outdated 2000 Census data.

Instead of waiting for the 2010 Census data to show the unprecedented Hispanic population and buying power increases that have been projected, other forward thinking companies, and executives, are using estimates, surveys and common sense to understand the potential of this untapped market and beat their competitors to market with a solid Generation Equis business strategy today. A few businesses that are already actively targeting, and enjoying the benefits of serving Generation Equis include; Geico Insurance, Bank of America, and IBM to name a few.

The list of early adopters is growing rapidly. There will be many to follow and those that do not act will be less competitive and could lose substantial market share for their business.

How You Too Can Benefit

The best way to benefit is to get started. Work on your plan and read on…Those that do not target this market are missing out. It is estimated, based on census data and independent research that over 10 percent of the buying power in the UNITED STATES is by Hispanics – Generation Equis. As the population group grows at 50 percent annually, and their income levels increase, this percentage will continue to grow at an astounding rate.It is just like investing in a stock; when the cashier at the local grocery store is telling you to buy a stock, it is time to sell.

Timing is everything when considering tapping this ripe market. It is imperative that you be an industry leader and not a follower, to create and implement a successful Generation Equis business strategy that will make you stand out as a pioneer in your industry.

The time is now to target Generation Equis. Are you and your business ready to benefit?

Powerful Presentations

Powerful Presentations are not reserved for just listing and buyer appointments. Presentation skills should be utilized in any conversation you are having with consumers.

Today’s consumer has a new sophistication level and expects their real estate professional to be as forward thinking and savvy as they think they are. Presentations to the consumer must be powerful and straightforward without misrepresentations and your message clearly communicated. The consumer of today wants convenience combined with a new level of service for less, in addition to a number of other components that drive the bid to win customer care.

If you feel you are losing potential listings or buyers, then it’s time to make some alterations to your approach. Since we only get one chance to make a first impression, it’s important to avoid blowing it. Many agents deliver a communication style they feel is effective when it actually isn’t. Some agents feel they are showcasing an enhanced level of professionalism that should give the potential client confidence to work with them only to discover someone else has just listed their house. If this sounds familiar, then it’s probably time to work on your ability to actively listen and effectively communicate.

Meeting the needs of the consumer by providing the information they think they desire to understand the home buying and selling process can be tricky. Many consumers are not really sure what they want. So, when making your presentation, it becomes a platform for highlighting your value in a way the consumer is interested in building a relationship with you. Many potential clients want to know you care and showcasing your concern by sharing the information they really need to know is the best way to get there.

The consumer can typically see a phony baloney from a mile away. One of the best ways to build confidence is by being yourself and providing them with the facts of what lies ahead. Don’t hold back… tell them the truth and help them sort through it. If they want to list their house at an unreasonable price, discuss strategies to minimize the risk of hurting their marketability and ultimately themselves. Suggest they secure an appraisal so they get an expert opinion. Telling them the truth while leaving room open for alternate opinions is a great way for you to lead them while they maintain the control they need.

Let’s go through 8 key business boosting elements in preparing for a memorable presentation:

1. Have a Story and a Mission Statement. Letting others know why you do what you do as well as the Stories to illustrate your experiences in business and life brings your prospective client closer to you more quickly. It’s all about building that strong lifelong relationship. If you need help with ideas for your Story line, visit or Craig Worthmann’s video on “What’s Your Story”. Get them wired to listen to stories. Be contagious!

2. The Simile. Clear communication comes from a variety of skills. One of those skills in better understanding between you and your prospective client by using Simile’s. This helps others see what you are saying more clearly. For example… Q: How did you like the painting contractor selected to get your house ready for sale? A: He was like the Leonardo Da Vinci of Painters for his gifted quality and style. Similes help people understand what you do when using the words “like” or “as”.

3. Layout. People respond to color. When you make your decision on a PowerPoint or Google Slides or whatever means you select, be sure to use researched color. My favorite is always blue because research has shown it tends to be a good trust color. Some agents opt for an outline or checklist. Whatever keeps you on track and keeps the consumer engaged is great. You just want to make sure it’s your style and not someone else’s.

4. Questions. Asking questions and listening to the responses is a fabulous way to build that rapport. Too many agents are preparing their comeback instead of actively listening. Start asking questions from the time the interview is booked. You will learn a lot about how to craft your presentation so it is a home run.

5. Motivation. Find out what is motivating them to buy or sell. Do they really want to move, are they being forced because of their job, and specifically where their emotional state is on the topic. This knowledge will help you achieve better results through better understanding and handling of their emotions while securing their trust and confidence. You don’t want to walk in for a listing appointment with a happy face thinking about that big commission assuming they are happy when they are miserable about moving the kids again.

6. Active Listening. Understanding how the consumer thinks is a key ingredient to a successful presentation. You can find out how to communicate with your client just by listening to them. People want to be heard and most salespeople are on send rather than receive.

7. Less is more. One of the biggest issues with presentations is the overkill. Trying to cover too much ground or include things like graphs and technology that the consumer has no understanding or real interest in can be a deal killer. Plan your presentation by framing it properly and focus on your delivery.

8. In their shoes. In order to connect with different types of clients, real estate agents need to understand the different generations of people today to remain relevant. From Gen X to Millennials to Baby Boomers, you have to know who they are so adjustments can be made in your approach. The younger client uses tech devices to communicate. Many only want to receive texts or emails. In order to remain current and compliant, we need to learn new methods to understand how to work with everyone.

Get out there and practice your Powerful Presentations!

Recipe To Make Natural Homemade Sexual Lubricant

Sexual lubricants are used in order to reduce the friction and add moisture between the two moving objects such as human reproductive organs or sex toys. While sexual lubricants are commonly available in drug stores, adult book stores, and novelty shops and even in some departmental stores, it becomes quite hard for people to choose the right sexual lubricant for them at times. For this purpose, it is refreshing news that sexual lubricants or lubes can be prepared at home by day to day accessories and ingredients. Preparation methods for these lubricants are easy and not very complex. They do not take a lot of time and should be stored in clean and sterilised containers in order to avoid the growth of any bacteria which might cause diseases and infections.

Preparation method

In order to prepare sexual lubricants at home one must follow certain fixed recipes. A mixture of four teaspoons of cornstarch or potato starch and a cup full of water should be taken in a bowl. If you are planning on replicating flavoured lubricants which are available in the market then you can add flavoured extracts from certain products according to your own tastes. A few drops of flavoured extracts should suffice for adding flavour to your lubricants. Following this, take the mixture in a pot and boil it for a few minutes before pulling down the heat and allowing it to simmer. Stir the mixture in order to remove lumps and make it smooth. The process is completed once the mixture cools down and is smooth.


In order to store the home made lubricants you can use boxes, jars or containers with lids. Even bowls which have tight lids can be used in order to store the mixtures. Transfer the sexual lubricant into your storage medium and put the lid on tightly. While there are some home made lubricant recipes which need to be stored in refrigerators, this particular recipe must not be stored in a refrigerator since it is susceptible to forming a skin like layer on top which is unfavourable to your needs. If you are lacking a lid then you can use a plastic wrap as a cover and store the prepared lubricant at room temperature. Make sure that the container, bowl or jar you use is properly cleaned and sterilised before storing the lubricant in it so as to avoid any bacteria which might cause infections and diseases.

Understanding Butch Lesbian Personals

There are two sides of lesbian personality, butch and femme. Both are equally important in lesbian dating scene since both sides are dating each other to form a nice and enjoyable relationship among the two. In this article, we are going to discuss butch lesbian personals and how you can understand them better.

With more women seeking women for serious relationship or casual dating, the role of lesbian personality becomes more prominent. Just like the general population commented on how gay men dress nicely, butch lesbian personals are receiving comments about their masculine — rather manly — appearances. Butch is the ‘male’ side in a lesbian relationship, and it is only natural to see these lesbian personals acting more manly than femmes.

You can also meet a stone masculine lesbian during your exploration in the world of same-sex relationship. The difference between butch and stone lesbians is that stone lesbians don’t really like to be touched sexually; they are there to satisfy their partner only. In fact, stone butch lesbians actually get their sense of satisfaction by satisfying their partner sexually.

The general misconception about the more masculine lesbian is that they want to be men. Although there are several cases where this concept is actually true, it is actually incorrect in the more common lesbian dating scene. “Men” lesbians don’t really want to become men; it is not a matter of sexuality at all. It is simply an inborn trait, and most of them are showing signs of being manly long before they get in touch with the lesbian dating scene.

On the inside, these lesbians are women. They have the same caring and gentle heart; the only difference is that they assume a role that allows them to act manly and enjoy manly things. For instance, it is only natural that butches love to deal with cars or to fix things, and femmes can pretty much love the same things as well. They are simply women who feel comfortable expressing and showing their masculine side, no matter what they do or when they do it.

The Mystery Of Polish Sausage – What Is Kielbasa?

Without a doubt the word Kielbasa has worldwide recognition, yet it is also often misunderstood. Kielbasa is the general Polish name for sausage. You cannot walk into a Polish store and say: please give me a pound of kielbasa. The sales lady, surrounded by 50 different kinds of kielbasa, will inevitably reply: yes, but which one? There are well over 100 types of kielbasa, and the word itself is meaningless unless followed up with the proper name: Kielbasa Rzeszowska, Kielbasa Krakowska, Kielbasa Tuchowska, Kielbasa Mysliwska, etc. It is like going into a deli and asking for some cheese. Sure, but which one: American, Provolone, Swiss, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Muenster – you have to provide some details. There is no specific sausage called kielbasa but there are many sausages that carry the word kielbasa as part of the name.

We know of only one sausage that carries the word “Polish” in its name and that is the Polish Smoked Sausage (Polska Kielbasa Wedzona). This is probably what the first immigrants brought with them to America. The problem we face here is that you can find Polish Smoked Sausage in almost every supermarket in the US, and no two are made the same way. Yet Polish Smoked Sausage has been well defined for centuries and everybody in Poland knows what goes inside. We do not intend to become judges in this matter, but instead rely on Polish Government Standards for Polish Smoked Sausage. These rules have remained unchanged for the last 60 years.

Before we anger many people who have been making Polish Smoked Sausage in their own way for years, let’s clarify something further. It’s perfectly fine to add an ingredient that you or your children like into your sausage. You still have the full right to say that you made a better sausage than the famous Polish Smoked Sausage. You may say that your grandfather who came from Poland made the best Polish sausage in the world and we honor that. Maybe he used chicken stock instead of water or maybe he added something else. What we are trying to say is that he was making his own version of the known classic or some other Polish sausage and it could have tasted better for you and your family. We do not dispute that fact. You can of course add anything you like to your sausage, but it will no longer be the original Polish Smoked Sausage (Polska Kielbasa Wedzona) or any other brand named sausage. Once you start changing ingredients, you create your own recipe and you may as well come up with your own name.

1. For centuries Polish Smoked Sausage was made of pork, salt, pepper, garlic and marjoram (optional). Then in 1964 the Polish Government introduced a second version of the sausage that was made of 80% pork and 20% beef. All other ingredients: salt, pepper, sugar, garlic, and marjoram remain the same in both recipes. The marjoram is optional but the garlic is a must.

2. The meat is cured before it is mixed with spices. In the US Cure #1 (sodium nitrite plus salt) is used, in Europe Peklosol (sodium nitrite plus salt) is common.

3. The sausage is stuffed into a large hog casing: 36 – 38 mm and formed into 12″ (35 cm) links.

4. The traditional way was to cold smoke it for 1 to 1.5 days (it had to last for long time).

5. In most cases it is hot smoked today

A little test was performed to see how large American manufacturers make Polish Sausage. Four sausages called Polish Kielbasa or Polish Sausage were bought at the local supermarket in Florida and each of them was produced by a large and well known meat plant. The number of ingredients and chemicals used varied from 10 to 20 and different combinations of meats were used: pork-beef-turkey, beef only, pork-beef. Except the name, none of the sausages had anything to do with the original.

It seems that for the manufacturers any sausage that is smoked (or have liquid smoke added) and stuffed into a 36 mm one foot long casing can be called Polish Smoked Sausage or Polish Kielbasa. It becomes quite clear that manufacturers put any ingredients they like inside of the casing and the name Polish Kielbasa is used just for credibility and to gain the trust of the consumer.

The problem is further magnified by various sites on the Internet that provide countless recipes for making Polish sausages. Yet the mysterious Polish Smoked Sausage is embarrassingly simple to make and all it needs is pork, salt, pepper and garlic.

How to Lose 10 Pounds in a Weekend

If you want to lose 10 pounds and have just 1 weekend to do it, then this article is for you. But before you get excited, you need to realize that this isn’t such an easy thing to accomplish and that it is going to take a lot out of you, so be ready for a challenging Friday to Sunday.

In essence, you’ve got 3 days to lose 10 pounds. Physical exercise is probably not going to get this accomplished since you’re going to need a massive amount of workouts to burn so much weight off. A regular diet plan is also not going to work since you won’t be able to lose so much weight as fast with just any diet. Forget about pills because most of them are scams.

You’re left with only one option I know to lose 10 pounds in 3 days: a detox diet.

What a detox diet does is help you flush you body clean of undigested food and pollutants which has accumulated inside of you due to bad digestion, bad food, and environmental factors. You’re going to purify your body from within which can actually have additional benefit besides inducing a fast weight loss.

A detox diet is a very low calorie diet so you shouldn’t do it for more than a few days at a time. In fact, most of the calorie consumption comes in the forms of special juices and teas which help with the detoxification process. However, as you only plan on doing this for 3 days or so, it is very possible.

With a detox diet you may lose up to 10 pounds in a weekend. However, it needs to be said that the real challenge begins after you return to regular eating. Unless to watch what you eat and workout regularly, you can easily gain all this weight back again, so make sure to lead a healthy lifestyle from now on.

The Amazing Meal Replacement Plan That’s BETTER & CHEAPER Than Jenny Craig, MediFast Or Nutrisystem!

Summer is fast approaching and you want a body you’ll be proud to display at the beach. It’s time to start now so you’ll be ready in 3 months. But what if you’re not a cook or you’re just too busy to cook. Many people are looking at the meal replacement plans of Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem or Medifast to do the cooking for them. The problems: these plans are VERY expensive (around $300-$700 per month), some of the food isn’t very good, and you’re also paying expensive shipping charges. How would you like to accomplish the same thing but do it better? You’ll eat tastier food with much more variety, spend up to 50% less, and totally erase all shipping charges.

Let’s look at what you’re getting right now when you order from Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem or Medifast. Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig give you 3 regular food meals and 2 snacks. With Medifast, you eat 5 smaller meals of shakes, energy bars, soups or puddings, then you prepare 1 regular meal of 600-900 calories for dinner. Most of them want you to supplement with fresh vegetables and salads from your local grocery store.

You might ask, which helps you lose the most pounds, a plan with a regular breakfast, lunch & dinner or a plan with a shake for breakfast & lunch (and some snacks) and regular food for dinner? In multi-year studies, both here and in the U.K., the shakes plus one regular meal far surpassed the all regular food meals. With the first 2 regular food plans, you lose 1-2 pounds per week, with Medifast, up to 20 pounds that first month. But with Medifast, as the name implies, you are fasting (only 1300 calories per day).

So, let’s talk about a new plan. While you’re supplementing with fresh vegetables & salads at your local store, don’t stop there. The secret is — you can find a better, cheaper version of ALL the elements of those brand name diets right there at your local grocery store. You’ll have to shop a little more to find the right combination for you. The following are 4 ways to duplicate every item in the top 3 meal replacement plans right there in your local supermarket. You’ll get better quality and pay much less.

1. Shakes or Energy Bars for the 1st two meals & snacks

Many people have complained that the brand name diet plans have shakes that don’t taste very good. The same thing goes for the energy bars. What’s the best one? A survey in Good Housekeeping magazine ranked Walmart’s $18 per week EQUATE CHOCOLATE SHAKES (pre-mixed, not the mix) to have by far the BEST TASTE! I’ve tried them and they are YUMMY, like a cold, melted Wendy’s chocolate Frosty. These shakes have many added nutrients and 5 grams of fiber! For energy bars, Fiber One has a variety of bars that are also inexpensive and great-tasting. Check the calorie count before you purchase.

2. The Real Food Dinner Meal

Have you looked at the frozen TV dinner section of your supermarket lately? There are new meals coming out almost every month. Lean Cuisine and several other brands offer tasty diet meals that are better than what a delivery service will give you. What’s more, there are so many diet meal choices, you can pick your favorites. Some are larger with more food. Some have desserts, some don’t. Obviously, men need more calories than women. Adjust the total day’s calorie count by how fast or slow you want to lose the weight.

3. Snacks

Many of the brand name diet plans actually give you 6 meals, including snacks. You have to be careful here. Some snacks are a lot healthier than others. Fresh apples and oranges from the store are much healthier & more satisfying than energy bars.

4. Drinks

Don’t drink diet sodas. The artificial sweetener in diet sodas, which is many times sweeter than sugar, will make you crave more sugar. Try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily which will help get rid of the fats. I use light lemonade packets by Crystal Light (or Equate) to give it flavor. With the slightly tart taste, I don’t notice the small amount of Aspartame in it.

So, the main benefits of the brand name meal replacement plans, namely the portion control & the calorie counting can be done just as easily in your local supermarket. Sure, you’ll have to spend more time at first, looking & comparing which TV dinners sound good to you & making sure they fit the low calorie, low sodium prerequisites. When I started this, I only bought 2 weeks worth of TV dinners so I could buy more of the ones I liked later on. Another tip, don’t forget to exercise…you do lose weight faster. After you’ve successfully reached your weight goals, devise a healthful meal plan you can live with for the rest of your life. In conclusion, I recommend you try this & become your own meal replacement service…you’ll love the control & the savings!