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Vol. 2 No. 5, May 2010 Copyright 2010 by Wolf J. Rinke

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Misery has enough company. Dare to be happy.
--VW ad


Drinking may not add to obesity
Finally some good news for those of us who enjoy a glass or two of "happy juice" a day. According to a 13 year study of 19,220 healthy normal-weight woman ages 39 and older found that woman who did not drink at all put on more weight (8 lbs) than woman who drank one to two alcoholic beverages per day (5.5 lbs), while those who consumed two or more glasses a day added 3.4 lbs during the study. About 41% of all subjects became overweight or obese during the 13 year study, but those who consumed two drinks per day were 30% less likely to become overweight or obese compared to teetotalers. These findings were true even after controlling for diet, life-style and other factors which impact weight gain.
ACTION STEP: To help your clients/patients to lose weight healthfully, and maintain their weight permanently read our new CPE course Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally. For details go to
Source: Lu Wang; I-Min Lee; JoAnn E. Manson; Julie E. Buring; Howard D. Sesso, Alcohol Consumption, Weight Gain, and Risk of Becoming Overweight in Middle-aged and Older Women, Arch Intern Med, Mar 2010; 170: 453 - 461, and, accessed 4/26/10.

By Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RD, CSP

In the previous eNewsletter (see I described the following stress-busting strategies:
1. Hang Out With Positive People
2. Recognize That You Are Not Your Job
3. Get Your Life in Balance
4. Cut the Electronic Umbilical Cord
5. Reduce Your Commuting Time
6. Find A Boss Who Knows How To MBA--Manage By Appreciation
7. Move Your Body

Here are eight more strategies to help you kiss stress goodbye:

8. Exercise
Do approximately 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every other day such as jogging, biking or fast walking. Alternate that with resistance exercise like lifting weights, or using a "gym" machine. And be sure to start every exercise session with light warm-ups and end with a comprehensive stretch routine.

9. Take Breaks
You'll be surprised how refreshed you feel just by taking brief stretch breaks throughout the day. Simple actions such as taking three very deep breath and exhaling slowly; going for a short walk or just standing up and stretching at your desk is a powerful way to alleviate stress and boost productivity. (This is great advice--I just did that myself, and yes I feel much better.)

10. Get Eight Hours of Sleep a Day
If you find you don't have eight hours, reduce TV viewing by one hour per day. (Good advice even if you get enough sleep.) That will give you--are you ready for this--15 extra days per year. Just think how much fun stuff you could do if you had 15 extra days.

11. Manage Priorities
You can't manage time. We all get the same 24 hours every day. But you can manage priorities. (Have you ever noticed that all of us make time for all the important things in our lives?) So each day figure out what your high pay-off items are and do them when you are at your best. And don't forget to make vacation and play time a priority. (If you'd like help with this read our recently updated "Time Management" C198 CPE program--

12. Get Rid Of Conflict
If you're having problems with a family member or a particular individual at work, arrange to meet with him or her to discuss the situation. By opening the lines of communication, you'll set the stage for a fair resolution. You may even find out that what seemed like a major and stressful conflict was actually a misunderstanding. And remember to liberally use the most powerful conflict and stress reduction phrase in the world: "You are right about that."

13. Celebrate More Often Than You Think Is Wise
Set attainable and measurable goals for each of your projects may they be at home or at work. Then celebrate each accomplishment with small rewards, such as taking time to go out to lunch with your spouse or colleagues. It will keep you motivated and increase your productivity.

14. Reduce Information
Most of us suffer from TMI--too much information. So when you need to make a decision, avoid what's referred to as "decision optimization" in systems language. (Former ADA president Anita Owen refers to it as contemplating your navel.) Instead, go for decisions that are minimally acceptable. It's faster and leads to better decision outcomes in the long term. I truly believe that most of us need lots more reminding and less information. In other words, I believe most of us know how to do right--we just forget what we already know. If you could use help with this I have just the right tool for you. It is my Make It a Winning Life: Success Strategies for Life, Love and Business perpetual calendar. Every day it provides you with a motivational message--a reminder of what you probably already know. However, then it takes you to the next level by providing you a specific action step. An action step that helps you implement what you already know in a dramatically new and different way. When you get to the end of the year, the calendar starts all over again. Why not order several for you and your friends right now at 800-828-9653 or

15. Ask For Help
If you still have stress after all this it's time to ask for help. (Remember asking for help is a sign of strength-not weakness.) While sometimes it may seem like it's you against the world, keep in mind that this is rarely the case. Often the help you need is available simply by asking. Reach out to family members, colleagues or your boss, by letting them know of your challenges. You can avoid being perceived as a complainer by objectively outlining how others can help. If that still does not do the trick, talk with your mentor or coach (you do have one don't you?) or a professional counselor. Because they are removed from the situation they are more likely to provide you with a fresh perspective which may enable you to develop new strategies for dealing with stress.

Source: W. J. Rinke, Beat the Blues--How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life, (CPE Home Study Course approved for 28 CPEUs), Wolf Rinke Associates, Clarksville, MD,


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May 13, 2010. San Francisco, CA. "Winning Management: Building a High Performance Workplace." Contact: Ginny Von der Schmidt,

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Chinese doctor (Q) answering questions for his patient (A)-Part 1:

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that's it. Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speed up heart not make live longer; that like say you can extend life of car by driving faster. Want live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. What are these? Vegetables. So, steak nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop can give 100% recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine. That means they take water out of fruity bit; get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

I hope this has cleared up some of the misconceptions you may have had about food, diets and life-style. More to come in future issues of this eNewsletter. (I'm aware it's not PC. It's humor, so please lighten up, and laugh already. It's good for you!)


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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