October Newsletter 2019

Aug/Sept 19 Newsletter


Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

August/September, 2019


WELCOME TO THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR—The staff of 4 Points Catering will be dedicated to providing you with nourishing meals and other services while you are on campus.  We are a locally-owned company that also caters weddings and other special events.  Returning house residents will see changes and upgrades from last semester.  We have several new recipes we think you’ll like using fresh instead of dried herbs.  Chefs coats will give us an appearance upgrade as well.  Check us out at 4PointsCatering.com or our Facebook page.  We always welcome comments or suggestions.  Individualized service is one of the things that make us better than other catering companies.  For additional information, contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.


POWERFUL PROTEIN—After water, 100,000 different types of proteins combine to make a group that is the second most plentiful substance in the body.  It grows, maintains and replaces tissues.  Muscle, organs and the immune system are mostly made of protein.  The word is derived from the Greek word proteios, meaning "primary" or “holding first place.”  Complete (or whole) proteins are those that contain all nine of the essential amino acids.  The best sources for complete proteins are eggs, poultry, fish, beef, milk, unpolished rice, brown rice, white rice, peanuts and peas.  Vegetarians should eat a wide variety of protein sources to insure that they get all of the needed amino acids.  Protein should be consumed somewhat equally throughout the day to help avoid fatigue.


BEWARE OF THE BINGE—Ask anyone to name things college students have a reputation for, and near the top of the list will be drinking alcohol.  Well, it’s deserved.  Studies show that 4 out of 5 residents of fraternities and sororities are binge drinkers—defined as consuming five or more drinks within two hours.  There’s probably not much harm in that on rare occasions, as long as you don’t drive or do other stupid stuff while under the influence.  Doing it regularly throughout the year is another matter.  That’s not good for any of your body’s systems, and it’s even suspected of damaging the cells that line your arteries.


“I CAN’T”, or “I DON’T”—This is a good topic in consideration of the one above.  A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research titled “I Don’t vs. I Can’t: When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior”, half of a group was trained to say “I Can’t” and the other half was trained to say “I Don’t” when offered a temptation.  The “I Don’t” group was 61 percent successful in refusing, but the “I Can’t” group was just 36 percent successful.  Saying “I Don’t” makes it a personal choice, whereas saying “I Can’t” is imbedded in the brain as an external rule.  Make an “I Don’t” list and keep it somewhere visible for added effectiveness.

May Newsletter


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


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


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.