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Vol. 6 No. 2, February 2014 Copyright 2014 by Wolf J. Rinke

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"You have enormous untapped power that you will probably never tap, because most people never run far enough on their first wind to ever find out they have a second."
--Golda Meir

Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus, 7th Ed.,M. J. Franz, MS, RDN, LD,CDE, C249, 18 CPEUs, $154.95, or in electronic format C249E, $139.95.
This comprehensive, up-to-date manual which has been written by one of the most renowned diabetes educators in the country will show you how you can have a major impact on medical and clinical outcomes, and help patients with diabetes achieve dramatic improvements in the quality of life. More specifically you will discover how to:

  • apply strategies for attaining and maintaining blood glucose control in type 1 diabetes
  • implement strategies to achieve nutrition goals for persons with type 2 diabetes
  • recommend guidelines for carbohydrate in diabetes meal planning
  • identify long-term complications of diabetes
  • specify guidelines for fat in diabetes meal planning
  • recognize five stages of intentional behavior change as outlined by the transtheoretical model of change
  • provide follow-up and ongoing nutrition care for people with diabetes
  • plus much, much more

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Study Finds that Calcium Plus Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Reduce Risk of Hip Fracture or Colorectal Cancer
This study of 36,282 menopausal woman, 50-79 years of age, who were randomly assigned to take both calcium (1,000mg) and Vitamin D (400 IUs) supplements or a placebo, found that "after an average of 11 years, calcium and vitamin D supplementation did not decrease hip fracture or colorectal cancer incidence. Exploratory analyses found lower vertebral fracture and in situ breast cancer incidence in the supplement users. There was no effect on CVD or all-cause mortality."
ACTION STEPS: Help your patients become more knowledgeable about the benefits and disadvantages of supplements. When you enter the keyword "supplements" in the search field at you will find nine different CPE programs to help you with that.
Source: J. A. Cauley, Calcium Plus Vitamin D Supplementation and Health Outcomes Five Years After Active Intervention Ended: The Women's Health Initiative,
Journal of Women's Health. 2013, 22(11): 915-929,  

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By Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN, CSP

In part 1 we discussed "The Paradox Of 'Time Management' and identified "The Four Sources Of Energy." Let's now explore high-impact strategies that will enable you to manage your energy.
Identify Your Strengths
If you want to get more done and have fun you first must determine what you are good at. Like it or not, there are no perfect human beings. Every human being is a composite of strengths and weaknesses. Most of us spend a lot of time focusing on our weaknesses, focusing on the things we do not want to be, and wishing we were more like someone else. Don't squander your valuable mental energies with such nonsense because there are several people who wish they were more like you. Instead take one of your days off, say next Sunday, and do the following:
1.   Get a blank sheet of paper.
2.   Divide the paper in half.
3.   Label the left side "Strengths," the right side "Weaknesses."
4.   Put on some classical music. (No heavy metal, please, even if you like heavy metal. Research has demonstrated that classical music can enhance your creative thinking ability, but "hard" music will diminish it.)
5.   Get yourself a cup of your favorite brew.
6.   Make yourself comfortable and think of all the things of which you are proud. What do you do very well? What gives you lots of joy and satisfaction? What is it that comes easily to you? Do not give up until you have filled up the entire column labeled "Strengths."
7.   Do the same thing for the other side—your weaknesses. Be honest and tough. Think of all the things you wish were different about you, what you would like to do better, or what you wish you could change about yourself.
Now, let's get to work and find out what you can do with this valuable information.
Build On Your Strengths
First look at the side of the sheet that lists your strengths. If you are currently in a profession, ask yourself whether your current job or your anticipated career capitalizes on your strengths. Will the things that you've identified as strengths help you excel in clinical dietetics? (This assumes that clinical dietetics is your chosen career track.) Are these the skills and attributes of others who have succeeded in clinical dietetics? Do you look up to the dietitians who have made it to the top in clinical dietetics? Will it give you the freedom you want at age 45? Will it provide you with the income you want at age 60? Will it provide you with internal satisfaction for the rest of your career? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, you have a high probability of having picked the right career. And three things are very likely: (1) you love your career, (2) you have a lot of fun and get a lot done, and (3) you will be successful in it!
What if you do not have a job or a career track? In other words, what if you don't know what you want to be when you grow up? Don't let that bother you. In today's rapidly changing world, people make several career changes in their lifetime. Take a look at your strengths and list all the careers, jobs, or positions that you can think of that will provide you with an opportunity to build on your strengths. You should be able to come up with at least a dozen. If you can't, show your list of strengths (not weaknesses) to your mentor, parent, close personal friend, coach, or anyone else who is interested in helping you succeed. Ask your mentor to help you generate a list of possible careers that would allow you to build on your strengths. If you know very little about a particular career, meet several individuals who have succeeded in that career. Find out what has helped them become successful. Match that list to your strengths. If you have a close overlap, you have probably identified a powerful career for you. You can narrow it down even further by working or volunteering in a field temporarily so that you can see if your "dream" job or career is really right for you. (If you like help with this read What Color is Your Parachute?)
Quit Your Job
If there a significant mismatch between your strengths and what your current job demands, you probably do not particularly care for your job, which means it's time to look for another one because if you dislike what you do, you will never be excellent at it; no matter how long you work at it or how much energy you devote to it. I recommend to my personal development funshop participants that if they do not love their job or career, which I define as looking forward to work four out of five days, they should get out of it as soon as possible. (If they hate their job, they should get out of it right now!) Why 80 percent of the time? Because jobs or careers are just like people—there are no perfect jobs. Every job has some aspects you will not care for. For example, I love professional speaking. At times I have so much fun I wonder why I am being paid so well for it. It almost seems that I should be paying the audience. (Please let that be our secret.) However, there are downsides to professional speaking; including air travel, which has become worse than cattle herding since 9/11, and being away from my Superwoman. So, for me, traveling is the other 20 percent; the price I pay to do what I love to do.
Why is all this important? Because only people who love what they do, most of the time, become truly successful. The ultimate goal is to find work that seems like play to you. Finding a career that lets you "play" will allow you to function at full throttle, and have lots of fun, and get lots done. Over the long term, you will become very successful and be compensated handsomely, because people who love their work make more money than those in the same job who dislike or hate it.
Throw Away Your Weaknesses
What about the weaknesses you've identified? Were you told, as I was, to transform them into strengths? If so, let me assure you that that is the worst advice I have ever received. Instead, I'm going to recommend that you throw them away! All of them? No, not quite. Throw away all, except those that interfere with you being able to attain your lifetime goals, and excel in your chosen profession. They may be the same. For these you should establish an action plan to get them to a minimally acceptable level.
If, on the other hand, you are your own worst enemy because you are constantly "building yourself down", commit to becoming your own best friend by catching yourself doing things right and rewarding yourself every time you do. If you have a fear of failure, set yourself up for success by breaking complex tasks into small, incremental steps so that you can catch yourself succeeding. If you do not believe in yourself, prepare an action plan to invest in yourself by becoming a voracious life-long learner so you become such a valuable commodity that you have no choice, but to believe in yourself. (The How to Maximize Professional Potential CPE program is an invaluable resource for this,
Now, what about weaknesses that will not affect the attainment of your lifetime goals and being able to excel in your chosen profession? Throw them away! Yes, throw them away. One of my clients had such difficulty with this that he recorded his weaknesses on an audio-tape. (Those were the "old" days when we still had audio tapes.) Then he took a hammer and smashed the tape into smithereens. This physical act helped him get rid of his weaknesses once and for all. (You're right, this did not actually get rid of the weaknesses, but it did help him to forgive himself for not being perfect and allowed him to make peace with an imperfect self.) Getting rid of your weaknesses will make you more serene and comfortable with who you are instead of who you think you ought to be. Remember, there are no perfect people and if you can forgive yourself for your weaknesses you will be more at peace with yourself. This in turn will allow you to "get off your case" and let you be your own best friend.
In summary, there is absolutely nothing more energizing than pursuing your dreams and doing what you love to do! If that is not what you're doing now, identify your lifetime goals, establish an action plan, and begin to chase your dreams. Doing what you love to do, will enable you to achieve a natural high and never ever have to go to "work" again.
Source: Excerpted from W. J. Rinke, Manage Your Energy: Get More Done and Have More Fun, (C248), 6 CPEUs,

"Winning Management: Taking Team Performance to the Next Level."
Feb. 25, 14. Cleveland, OH. Chairperson: Don Gorning,
Sep. 24, 14. Philadelphia, PA. Chairperson: Joe DeBenedetto,
This full day seminar may be open to you if your company is a member of the Institute of Management Studies (IMS). Contact the chairperson for specifics.
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.

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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 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.
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