May Newsletter

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:

Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

April/May, 2019

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH END-OF-SEMESTER STRESS—One of the certainties in life is that we will experience stress at times.  The late semester push of getting projects done and preparing for tests is an obvious example.  Stress is inevitable, but how you handle it is a choice. Healthy, positive ways to deal with stress is the key, and that will be different for each individual.

What will work for everyone is to focus on what you can achieve rather than having a fear of blowing it.  In other words, have a goal of success instead of avoiding failure.

Do you have a huge task or project?  Chop it up into phases. Turn a big thing into a few smaller ones. Then get started on the first one even if you dread it.  It’s amazing how just getting started on something can develop momentum. Finish the first phase, then the next and so on. At some point, reaching the end becomes an emotional reward for the effort you’ve put into the individual phases.  Working on a big project with only the end in mind will tend to make you shortchange parts of it just to finish. Focusing on smaller phases one at a time is virtually certain to make each part better.

Eat the right stuff: chicken, fish, nuts, fruit, yogurt (see our last newsletter), with red meat in moderation.  Eat fewer carbs. Avoid sugary foods and drinks and, of course, overindulgences of alcohol. All this is to help keep your mind alert and focused.

Don’t go it alone.  Find others that have the same focus on success.  You’ll get encouragement and problem solving ideas from them.  Believe it or not, helping others instead of thinking only about yourself will improve your performance.  This is true for all aspects of life.

 

ROMANS NAMED SUMMER MONTHS—Roman general Marc Antony named July after Julius Caesar.  The adopted nephew of Julius Caesar, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, held the title “Augustus” and named August after himself.  The five most popular summer vacations in the US are: (1) Beach/ocean; (2) Famous city; (3) National parks; (4) A lake; (5) A resort.

 

RETURN TO A CLEAN HOUSE—Plan to have your home-away-from-home cleaned this summer.  Talk with 4 Points Catering about us doing a thorough cleaning, including waxing floors, scrubbing bathrooms and cleaning rooms on all floors.

 

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  NOTE: We are still looking to partner with one additional house next year, so let us know if you’ve heard of one that might be interested.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See 4pointscatering.com or our Facebook page. Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.

November Newsletter

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:

Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

November, 2018

 

TRYPTOPHAN TRIVIA—It’s an essential amino acid that promotes nitrogen balance in adults and growth in infants.  It creates the B-vitamin niacin, which is essential in creating serotonin, a chemical nerve cells produce that allows them to send signals to each other.  Other reasons it is important: It is involved in reducing depression and anxiety as well as regulating mood, sleep, social behavior, appetite and sexual desire/function.  Tryptophan is often blamed for the sleepy feeling people get after eating turkey during a big Thanksgiving meal.  This is a “fowl-accy” (chicken has more of it than turkey).  When people feel the need to take a nap after a Thanksgiving meal, the most likely reason is that they ate too darn much!

 

TAKE A FOOTBALL GAME APPROACH TO EATING HEALTHY—Divide each meal into halves and quarters.  Fill half your plate with veggies and fruits.  The Center for Disease Control tells us that only 1 in 10 Americans gets enough of them.  They reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.  Add starches on one-fourth of the plate (pasta, potatoes, rice and bread).  Finish with the fourth quarter devoted to proteins (meat, fish, tofu).  To top off the pre-meal salad, pass on the heavy dressing, croutons and cheese.  Instead, run with seeds and sprouts.

 

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS ABOUT THANKSGIVING—Abe Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863, right in the middle of the Civil War.  The person credited with being the most responsible for convincing him to do that was magazine editor Sarah Hale (1788-1879).  She was also the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first to advocate day care nurseries to help working mothers (lots of widows with kids those days), and the first to advocate public playgrounds.  She wrote 24 books and hundreds of poems, including the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb.  By the way, the Roto-Rooter company says the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest service-call day of the year for plumbers.

 

RETURN TO A CLEAN HOUSE AFTER SEMESTER BREAK—It’s not too early to make plans to have your home-away-from-home cleaned between semesters.  4 Points Catering management and staff likes to stay busy.  Talk with us about providing a thorough cleaning, including waxing floors, scrubbing bathrooms and cleaning individual rooms on all floors.

 

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  In addition to frat houses, our clients include the MU athletic and pathology departments.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See our website (4pointscatering.com) or check our reviews on Facebook.  Our website is fairly new, so your comments or suggestions are welcome.  If you have heard about a house that is receiving inadequate food service, talk to us about our referral incentive.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.

March Newsletter

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:

Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

March, 2019

 

BE AWARE OF E-CIG RISKS—E-cigarettes now exceed all other health-risk substances used by teens in the U.S.  They are also widely used by young adults.  An argument can be made that the potential harm from e-cigs is less than that posed by the other substances, not to mention the products are legal for anyone 18 or older.   However, e-cigs typically contain a high amount of nicotine and most users minimize its addiction potential.  Nicotine can also affect learning, memory and attention in young brains, and there’s been virtually no research on how the vapor affects lungs (which do not fully mature until the 20s).  Any addiction can be tough to kick, so caution is advised if you use these products.

 

TRY TO FIND A PLACE THAT DOESN’T CELBRATE ST. PAT’S DAY—It’s March 17 and a holiday that is celebrated in more countries than any other.  U.S. News and World Report listed the 10 best places in America to join the festivities, which included New York, Boston, and Chicago.  A sleeper on the list was North Kansas City, Missouri, which starts off with a Snake Saturday Parade.  Many Americans have a special dinner on St. Pat’s, and the traditional main course is corned beef.  Corned beef is brisket (a tough cut of meat) that is made tender by curing with “corns” of salt (rock salt) and a brine.  It is then slow cooked.  While a good source of protein and vitamin B12, it is high in calories, fat, salt and cholesterol.

 

YOGURT IS GOOD STUFF—It is produced by bacterial fermentation of the lactose in milk. Lactose is milk’s natural sugar.  This fermentation creates lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and flavor.  Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which are gut-friendly bacteria that promotes a healthy digestive tract, boosts the immune system and provides other health benefits.  Look for “live active cultures” on the label.  Also look at the label to determine the percent of calories from added sugar—it ranges from the mid-40s to 70 depending on the brand and additives.  Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove most of the liquid, so it has a thicker consistency and stronger flavor.  It has more protein, but less calcium.

 

KNOCKERBALL MAKES ANY EVENT FUN—We’ve had the pleasure of participating in fairs, festivals and group functions all across Missouri.  Consider booking us for any social function, a rush/brotherhood activity, or alumni/dad’s weekend.  Another idea is a knockerball soccer tourney for charity fundraising.  Ask 4 Points Catering for details.

 

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  NOTE: We are still looking to partner with one additional house next year, so let us know if you’ve heard of one that might be interested.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See 4pointscatering.com or our Facebook page.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.

Febuary Newsletter

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:

Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

February, 2019

 

WHICH WATER RECOMMENDATION IS BEST?—We all know you should drink “enough” water.  One of the Mizzou women’s basketball team members is now on a radio ad promoting adequate hydration.  It is essential for everything related to the body operating smoothly.  There have been various recommendations over the years.  One said eight 8-ounce glasses a day.  Another said a gallon (128 ounces) a day.  Yet another says men should drink 15 ½ cups (8 ounces per cup) and day and women should drink 11 ½ a day (figured out down to the half cup—really?).  How much is “enough?  One recommendation that seems to make sense is to drink one-half to one ounce daily for every pound of body weight.  Reasons to be on the higher end (or more) are exercising, being outside a lot in hot weather, and when you are sick.  Dehydration is often a cause of muscle cramps, so that’s a warning sign.  Observe your urine: It should be colorless or pale yellow, while darker yellow indicates the need for more water intake.

 

A DAY FOR CANDY, CARDS AND FLOWERS—There are a couple of legends about the inspiration for Valentine’s Day, both of them dating back to the Roman Empire.  However, it took until 1868 for Richard Cadbury to create the first heart-shaped candy box that is such a popular gift today.  It takes all year for the Necco company to make the 8 billion little candy hearts that say “Hug Me”, “True Love”, etc. (there’s about 45 different messages) that are sold for every Valentine’s Day.  It’s the second largest card-giving day, just behind Christmas, and more than half are bought by procrastinators the six days just before Valentine’s Day.  The only day bigger for flower sales is Mother’s Day.  The average male spends $130 for Valentine’s Day, while the average female spends just $70.  And in the category of things that make you go “Hmm”, more at-home pregnancy tests are sold in the month of March than any other month.

 

WHICH DIET IS BEST?—The holiday season and eating Valentine’s Day candy may have you, along with many others, thinking about losing weight.  There are many diet plans.  Avoid fads and those requiring extreme measures.  Before starting one, research it thoroughly to make sure it supplies the necessary nutrients for overall health.  4 POINTS CATERING will provide you with individually customized meals to help you stay on your plan.  That is one of the things that make us better than our competitors.  If you’ve heard about a house that is receiving inadequate food service, talk to us about our referral incentive.

 

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  In addition to frat houses, our clients include the MU athletic and pathology departments.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See our website (4pointscatering.com) or check our reviews on Facebook.  Our website is fairly new, so your comments or suggestions are welcome.    Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.

October Newsletter

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:

Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

October, 2018

 

THE BENEFITS OF INFUSED BEVERAGES—Infused (formerly called detox) drinks in the form of smoothies, teas, flavored water and other beverages are getting a lot of attention.  Are the claimed benefits real?  Health and nutrition experts say drinking beverages infused with fruits, veggies and herbs is OK (especially if they replace high-sugar drinks).  The proven benefit is additional hydration, and the extra ingredients are likely to have nutritional value.  Are there detox effects?  A 2009 investigation of ten companies marketing detox concoctions found they couldn’t name the “toxins” targeted by their 15 products—let alone show any credible evidence their products actually work.  Maybe that’s why detox claims faded into history.  Sure, there are toxins everywhere in our modern environment.  If the exposure isn’t abnormally high, your body’s immune system, gastrointestinal system, liver and kidneys have an amazing ability to neutralize and/or filter out the bad stuff.  Good nutrition from meals, healthy snacks and adequate hydration are the most important.  Infused drinks are a plus.

 

SNOOP DOGG COOKBOOK—No way, you say.  Well, he has been co-hosting with Marta Stewart on “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” on VH1 for a couple of years.  “From Crook to Cook” will be published October 23 and feature 50 of his favorite recipes.  As Snoop puts it, they are “platinum recipes from boss dog’s kitchen.”  He also plans to release a line of cannabis-themed books, so it’s no surprise that his cookbook will have a “munchies” section.

 

ICE IS NICE—College and pro athletes take ice baths after periods of high-level physical exertion, but why?  Take a cold shower to get a sense of how unpleasant it must be, but it speeds up the body’s recovery time.  A recent study shows athletes who do this are more quickly able to match their high-level of exertion intensity.  The magic numbers are 10 minutes in the bath (longer doesn’t help much) and within 2 hours of the activity.

 

HAVE COMMENTS ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER?—We’ll give $5.00 cash to the first person at each house to provide feedback of any kind.

 

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  In addition to frat houses, our clients include the MU athletic and pathology departments.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See our website (4pointscatering.com) after it is operational in early October or check our reviews on Facebook.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.  By the way, are your vending machines well stocked and are you getting a fair percentage of the profits?  We have recently expanded to meet those needs, and the first machine is already on location.  You will get the same level of commitment and service you are accustomed to with 4 Points Catering.