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Vol. 3 No. 7, July 2011 Copyright 2011 by Wolf J. Rinke

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"Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying."
-Martin E. P. Seligman


The Complete Vegetarian: The Essential Guide to Good Health edited by Peggy Carlson, MD, C218, 30 CPEUs, $189.95
This book plus study guide will assist you in counseling clients and patients who have chosen a low carbohydrate way of eating, and to provide a wealth of practical information and support for you and your clients. Upon completion of this accredited, self-directed learning program you will be able to:

  • Create meal plans appropriate for lacto-ovo vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Discuss how to reference the Vegetarian Food Guide Pyramid for planning food and portions to supply the necessary nutrients
  • Explain the dietary components in a vegetarian diet that protect against disease
  • State the rationale for vegetarian diets in preventing or helping to treat coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Identify the components of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet that help to lower blood pressure
  • Calculate the amount of protein recommended at different ages and activity levels
  • Explain the relationship between adequate blood glucose control and changes in LDL cholesterol and triglyceride level for diabetics
  • Calculate the percentage of calories from protein, fat, saturated fat, and carbohydrate in a given diet and contrast these with the recommendation from the American Diabetes Association

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Worldwide the prevalence of diabetes in men older than 25 rose from 8.3 percent in 1980 to 9.8 percent in 2008, and for woman of the same age during the same period it elevated from 7.5 percent to 9.2 percent. That means that globally just about 1 in 10 adults have diabetes. These dramatic global increases are according to the researchers primarily attributable to an increase in obesity and inactivity. These enormous increases have significant implications for many nutrition professionals.
ACTION STEP: Get up to date on how you can help your clients manage and/or prevent diabetes. When you enter the keywords "Diabetes and Obesity" in the search field at you will find nine different CPE programs to assist you with that: C206, C200, C203, C212, C192, C 205, C211, C179, and C207.
Source: G. Danaei, et al.; "National, regional, and global trends in fasting plasma glucose and diabetes prevalence since 1980: systematic analysis of health examination surveys and epidemiological studies with 370 country-years and 2·7 million participants," The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 25 June 2011, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60679-X,


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By Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RD, CSP

Economy sputtering; house in foreclosure; lots of changes at work, and you want me to be happy? You're kidding right? Actually not! Because no matter how bad things seem to be, it's important to remind ourselves that Abraham Lincoln was absolutely right when he said: "Most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be." Happy people are not happy because they are endowed with the happiness gene-although researchers tell us that accounts for about half of one's potential for happiness-happy people are happy because they realize that happiness is something they control by doing certain things every day. (And no, worrying is not one of them.) So here are nine things you can do that will make you happier:

1. Make other people happy
A shortcut to happiness is making other people feel happy. Why? Because life is like a mirror-whatever you give-is what you get. Make people happy and you will be happier. Hate people and you will live in a hateful world. Love people the way they are, and you will experience more love. You catch my drift. Why did I put this first? Because according to rigorous scientific studies conducted by Professor Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania "doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well being of any exercise we have tested." (For more read his latest book Flourish or go to Actually you already knew that, that's why you are much more anxious to give a gift than get one. Happiness certainly does not come from things. Otherwise the happiest people on earth would be lottery winners. They are not. In fact they often become discouraged and depressed because they become obsessed with "stuff," to the point that most lottery winners are broke three years after they have won the jackpot. Superwoman, that's my life partner of 43 years, and I have come to the realization that less is more. That is to say, the more stuff we have the more problems and stress we have. That's why we evaluate every new opportunity by asking ourselves whether taking advantage of the new opportunity will add to the quality of our lives. If the answer is yes, we go for it, if the answer is no, we don't.

2. Love what you do
I find it ironic that many people deny themselves the joy of their work. Somehow they assume that work is a dirty four letter word and that they must escape it as soon and as fast as possible so that they can get home and plop down in front of the TV. (Which by the way is a great way to become more unhappy and depressed.) I suspect it is because they have not found what they love to do. The key word here is love-not like-because once you find what you love to do you will not ever have to "work" another day in your life. (By the way it took me 36 years to find what I love to do, so don't give up your search, because when you find your passion, the quality of your life will improve dramatically.) If you like help with this read my How to Maximize Professional Potential & Increase Your Earning Power in Nutrition & Dietetics, 3rd Edition, CPE program, available at

3. Nourish an attitude of gratitude
According to Seligman's latest book Flourish "gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying." A difficulty for many successful people is that they perpetually look up the mountain, never down. To feel a sense of gratitude you must have goals-look up the mountain-but also take the time to reflect on all that you have already achieved and accumulated-look down the mountain. If you need a bit of help with this, visit a third world country. For example, when I worked in the Pacific Rim, my sense of gratitude was renewed on every trip. Typically the client would book me in a five star hotel, which makes any of our five star hotels pale in comparison. One of the hotels in Jakarta even had a marble driveway. Not concrete, not flagstones-marble. When I looked out the window of my super luxurious room on the 29th floor I saw many other extravagant high-rise buildings. I also saw a garbage dump several blocks away swarming with people-people who were living on the dump in cardboard "houses" and foraging for food. Stop right now, and be grateful for all the abundance that surrounds you.

I start this process, which I describe in detail in my CPE program Beat the Blues: How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life ( every morning shortly after I get up while I sit on the "throne." Let me ask you what do you do while sitting on the throne? On second thought, let's not go there. (I'm hoping that you are smiling.) Here is what I do that enables me to start every day with an attitude of gratitude. I focus on three things that I can be thankful for:

First, I'm thankful that I'm married to Marcela my Superwoman. I'm often asked why I call her my Superwoman. One reason is that she is responsible for 85% of my success. Without her I would never have gotten to where I am today because she has always loved me unconditionally. Another is that she is a CPA, and my business partner who keeps me straight financially.

Typically the second thing I'm thankful for is the privilege of being a father to two wonderful daughters Jeselle, age 39, who works with us in our CPE business; and Nicole, age 35, an environmental lawyer who has just accepted a teaching position at Harvard. And then of course there are my two granddaughters, Kylie (4 years) and Aliana (8 months) who bring me incredible joy.

Thirdly I'm grateful for the privilege of being able to impact you in a positive way. (You are reading this aren't you?) After all, there is nothing more gratifying than being in the business of helping other people succeed faster-that's why it is one of the keys to happiness.
That's how I start every day with an attitude of gratitude. You may wish to supplement this exercise with Seligman's "What-Went-Well Exercise" which asks you to every night write down three things that went well today and why they went well. According to his random-assignment, placebo controlled studies, detailed in Flourish; this exercise will make you happier and less depressed.

4. Love someone deeply
Barbara Streisand was absolutely right, "people who love people are the luckiest people in the world." When Christopher Peterson, one of the founders of Positive Psychology was asked what Positive Psychology is about he replied "other people." (Seligman considers "Positive Relationships" as one of the five elements that are necessary to achieve well being-the others are: Positive Emotion; Engagement; Meaning; and Accomplishment.) So develop lots of positive relationships with other people and if at all possible develop a strong bond and lifetime relationship with a significant other. Having been happily married to my Superwoman for 43 years I can attest that she by far is my biggest source of joy and happiness. If you don't have such a relationship make it one of your top three fire-in-the belly goals, because such a partner becomes increasingly more important as you enter the later passages of your life. Extend that same love to your family and your close friends. The greater your circle of loving relationships, the greater your happiness-it's that simple.
In the next issue of this eNewsletter I will share five other strategies you can apply immediately to help you live a happier, healthier and wealthier life.


Aug 3, 2011, 1:30-3:00 "Positive Attitude: The Key to Wellness and Peak Performance," American Assoc. of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting, Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Ctr., Lagoon ABGH, Las Vegas, NV. To register or for more info:

Recommend me to the meeting planner of your upcoming state or local dietetic association and I will help make your next meeting a "howling success." As a way of giving back, I speak to ADA groups at significantly reduced rates.


From the Pickles cartoon:
Earl, have you ever heard of the most powerful 2-letter words?
Nope, it doesn't ring a bell.
It goes like this: "If it is to be, it is up to me."
That's very profound. I like it … and while you're up will you bring me a soda?


Dr. Wolf J. Rinke, RD, CSP is the president of Wolf Rinke Associates--an accredited provider of easy to use CPE home study programs for nutrition professionals since 1990 available at He is also a highly effective management consultant and executive coach who specializes in building peak performance organizations, teams and individuals, and an author of numerous CPE home study courses, audio/video programs as well as several best selling management, leadership and self-development books including Make it a Winning Life--Success Strategies for Life, Love and Business. In addition he is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and seminar leader who delivers customized presentations that combine story telling, humor and motivation with specific "how to" action strategies that participants can apply immediately to improve their personal and professional lives. Preview a demo at or call 800-828-9653. If you have questions, or would like him to address a specific issue or topic please e-mail him at


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