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Vol. 7 No. 11, November 2015 Copyright 2015 by Wolf J. Rinke

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"Your self-talk controls your life."
-- Wolf J. Rinke, Make it a Winning Life perpetual desk calendar. Get it FREE below.

For my popular book Make It a Winning Life I had the privilege to interview Dr. Carson. (See the article in paragraph #4 for a preview.) So if you want to get an insight into his thinking before he became really famous, read Chapter 6 of my book. BTW: The book, and the perpetual desk calendar ($12.95 value) which you can get absolutely FREE with this special offer, will make wonderful holiday presents for someone who wants to succeed faster. So just click here and get some of your holiday shopping done early.

Chronic Kidney Disease and the Nutrition Care Process, Pocket Guide by M.P. McCarthy, MPH, RD, CSR, LD; J.M. Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD; A. Aoun, MS, RD, CSR, LD; Study Guide by S.B. March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, C267, 14 CPEUs, $129.95.
(Pocket guide, 149 pgs and study guide, 24 pgs.) This CPE program compiles the latest evidence-based guidelines and recommendations from the most authoritative sources on medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is organized according to the steps of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP), uses the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT) standardized language, and case studies illustrate progression through the NCP. This on-the-go reference is essential for RDNs who provide MNT for patients with CKD stages 3 to 5D. Upon completion of this CPE program you will be better able to:
--Apply the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines (EBNPG) for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) when evaluating patients/clients for screening and referral for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT);
--Write a Nutrition Diagnosis, as described in the Nutrition Care Process and Model (NCPM), and apply the appropriate International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT);
--Assess supplements that can interact/impact a patient/client's renal function;
--Evaluate patient's intake and recommend use of Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition (IDPN);
--Develop a nutrition prescription appropriate to the patient/client's stage of CKD.
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Increasing Calcium Intake Does Not Appear to Decrease Bone Fractures
Many people take calcium supplements to keep their bones strong and ward of bone fractures. This meta-anlysis of 72 studies involving nearly a million people age 50 and older who attempted to improve their bone health from increasing their dietary intake of calcium or taking supplements concluded that "increasing calcium intake from dietary sources or by taking calcium supplements produces small non-progressive increases in BMD [bone mineral density], which are unlikely to lead to a clinically significant reduction in risk of fracture."
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Source: V Tai, et al., Calcium Intake and Bone Mineral Density: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, BMJ 2015;351:h4183;

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by Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN, CSP

Most people choose to lose. This article will provide you with powerful, proven success principles which will show you how you can win in a highly competitive and rapidly changing world. Before we get started let me define what I mean by winning, so we can both "sing from the same sheet of music." To me winning means: Getting everything in life you want, without taking anything away from anyone else.
My study of successful people, detailed in my book, Make It a Winning Life - Success Strategies for Life, Love and Business, has demonstrated that success is a choice not a coincidence. Every person who has made it to the top of their chosen field, sometime in his/her life made a conscious decision to win. Having made that decision, they then commit to pay the "price" of success by relentlessly practicing the PEP2 Principles. PEP2 refers to Positive self-esteem, Purpose, Energy, Education, Positive attitude, and Perseverance. Let's briefly review these so that you too can begin to transform your life and succeed in life, love and business.
Positive self-esteem
Building your positive self-esteem represents the foundation for success. One of the ways you can build positive self-esteem is to catch yourself and others doing things right. Most of us spend too much of our abundant mental energies on what the late Zig Ziglar referred to as "stinking thinking." To avoid negativisms, give yourself a "check up from the neck up" and get off your case. No matter what your parents, teachers, bosses, or significant others have said to you in the past, you must respect yourself, like yourself, and yes, even love yourself, just the way you are, not the way you ought to be. Why? Because you can't give away, what you haven't got!
This one realization has transformed me from an eternal pessimist to an eternal optimist. It also has significantly impacted the way I manage others, and provides the foundation for a management paradigm which I refer to as "Winning Management." (For details read my "Winning Management: 6 Fail-Safe Strategies for Building High-Performance Organizations" book.) To help you get off your case, and forgive yourself for your imperfections, I suggest that you take a note pad, draw a line down the middle. Label one column Strengths, the other Weaknesses. Then list all the things that you can possibly come up with in each category. Now look at your weaknesses. Identify those that interfere with you attaining your life time goals, and set up an action plan to fix them. What about the rest? Throw them away! One of my clients had a hard time accomplishing this. So he recorded his weaknesses into a cassette player. (That's when we still had those.) Took out the cassette. Got the largest hammer he could find and smashed the cassette. Once and for all getting rid of his weaknesses. 
Another critical key to success is to know what apparently only about 3% of the U.S. population knows. That is to having clarity on where you want to go and what you want to accomplish during your brief journey on this planet earth. To find that out, write down your three "fire-in-the-belly" life time goals. Prioritize these and then put them on two 3x5 cards, Post-it notes, or better yet as a screen saver on your PC or other electronic device that governs your schedule. The idea is to put your three fire-in-the-belly goals somewhere so that you automatically see them at least two times every day. Now get busy internalizing and visualizing them. (If they are running inside your head like a perpetual movie loop, you've got it). Then set up a step by step action plan that will establish the "baby steps" to help you get there. Now get ready, get set, and work that plan.
How do you get, and maintain the energy, the internal motivation, it takes to succeed. You do it by finding something you love to do. Yes, I do mean love! One role model who demonstrates this principle is Betty White, who, at age 93 (born 1922), still maintains an entertainment schedule that many a 20 year old would have trouble keeping up with. Why? Because she has to? I think you would agree that Ms. White does it because she wants to! (How much money could she possibly still need?) If you want to get the same energy as Betty White, find something you love to do! That means that on average you look forward to your job about 80% of the time. Why not 100%. Because there are no perfect jobs! So don't waste your energies trying to find what does not exist! On the other hand, if you hate what you do, I strongly recommend that you get out of your present job or even career, now. The reason, you'll never be excellent at a job that you hate. Conversely, if your job seems almost like play to you, there is an extremely high probability that you'll be outstanding at it, provided you adhere to the other components of the PEP2 formula.
Someone wise once said that "real learning occurs after you know it all." No one skill will likely make a greater difference between winning and losing in this highly competitive global economy than to engage yourself in education and self-directed life-long learning. But how? After all, if your life is like mine there is barely enough time to take care of the basic necessities, let alone reading. Here is my secret. I invest in myself by listening to motivational and educational audio-programs in my car. They make drive time productive time. They also provide me with cutting edge information, give me a constant stream of new ideas for all kinds of entrepreneurial ventures, and help me stay motivated, even on those rare days when I experience a temporary slump. Since I drive an average of 20,000 miles per year, listen to audio-programs about half the time, I get the equivalence of about 15 graduate credits per year, or a new master's degree every three years. (Now that's what I call a significant return on investment). The other benefit is that it appears to cut my driving time in half. Of course if you don't spend much time commuting you can always complete any of our CPE programs at your own leisure and convenience, available at
Positive Attitude
Attitudes are like the common cold, they are catching. The trouble is that negative attitudes are caught just as readily as positive attitudes. My study of people has confirmed that negative people outnumber positive people by about three to one. I also have found that the one characteristic virtually all people with PEP2 have in common, is a positive attitude. Contrary to what most of us believe, a positive attitude is created. It is a state of your subconscious, which is under your control.
In these tough and rapidly changing times, maintaining a consistently positive attitude is tough to do. What has helped me is to take advantage of the fact that many people want to know how you are doing when they meet you. They do, don't they? Why else would they say: How are you? (Are you chuckling, or are you taking me too seriously?) You're right, that's merely a figure of speech. What's more important, is how you respond to that greeting. Are you like many people who answer this question with an auto-pilot response such as: Fine? Or worse do you respond with a negative response, such as: Not too bad; It could be worse; I'm Okay, after all it is TGIF day.
Instead of answering with an auto-pilot or negative response, make it a habit to answer that question in a purposeful positive fashion such as GREAT!, or on days when you don't feel quite as positive: Great, and I'm getting better! This strategy will provide you with several super positive results. First of all, people will notice you. (The people with negative thinking will mutter something like: "Wonder what's preventing her elevator to go to the top?") That's okay. They are not the real important people anyway. The winners will recognize what you're doing, admire you for it, and return the positive energy, with an equally positive message. Most importantly, you have taken the opportunity to send a positive affirmation to your subconscious. Since it accepts everything you send it as if it were true, you are creating your own positive self-fulfilling prophecy. I have found that this strategy turns most of my days into super days, and even my worst days, into good days.
Positive Self-esteem, Purpose, Energy, Education, and Positive attitude are all essential if you want to succeed! But all are worthless, unless you execute the last principle: Perseverance. Many of the people I have studied have been exposed to the importance of feeling good about themselves, having dreams and goals, keeping themselves motivated, and maintaining a positive mental attitude. Many have done it all. But they soon become discouraged, because nothing magical seems to happen. The reason, they don't recognize that you have to pay the price.
Study after study has demonstrated that there simply is no short cut to success. For example Brian Tracy in his study of self-made millionaires found that most worked from 10 - 14 hours a day. He also noted "...that in our society you work eight hours a day for survival.... Everything over eight hours is an investment in your success." In other words, "at the counter of success there are no discounts, you always have to pay full price, and you 'always' have to pay in advance." True success, success that you will be proud of when it is featured on the front page of your local newspaper, is almost always proportionate to the amount of time and effort that was expended to achieve it.
Here you have it. Six powerful principles which will help you MAKE it a WINNING Life. Now all you have to do is "just do it!"
Excerpted from MAKE It a WINNING Life—Success Strategies for Life, Love and Business. To get this popular book at dramatic savings click here.

A well-to-do gentleman, let's call him Bill, was going through a very serious midlife crisis. To fix things, he decided to have himself made over. First, he had a complete medical checkup. Then he had a facelift, a tummy tuck, and a hair transplant. Bill was really serious. He also stopped smoking, cut down on fats and junk food in his diet, and initiated an aerobic exercise program three times a week. To complete the makeover Bill bought a new Porsche and found a mistress 20 years his junior. Did it work? Well, let's just say Bill felt like a million dollars. In fact, he was reflecting on just how great he felt while crossing the street. Unfortunately, at that very moment, Bill was hit by a 5 ton truck, with devastating, or should I say deadly, results. When he arrived at the pearly gates, Bill cried out in anguish, "Why me, God?" God took one look at Bill, clasped his hand over his mouth, and said, "Oops. I didn't recognize you!"

Dr. Wolf J. Rinke, RDN, CSP is the president of Wolf Rinke Associates--an accredited provider of easy to use CPE self-study programs for nutrition professionals since 1990 available at
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