Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

November, 2019

4-POINTS SELECTED AS COLUMBIA’S BEST!!—Thanks to our on-campus and off-campus customers, we have been notified that our company was selected as Columbia’s Best Caterer.  We are humbled because your support is what made this possible.   4-Points will continue to provide you with the high-quality food selections and service that allowed us to receive this honor.  At the same time, we are committed to continually upgrading and improving everything we do to satisfy our clients.  Tell us what you think of the new video on our Facebook page.

SOME FOOD PRODUCTS IN SHORT SUPPLY—One of our suppliers has notified us that some produce growers have been hammered by harsh weather conditions.  High temperatures this summer on the West Coast affected broccoli, cauliflower, peas, melons and lettuce.  Early freezing temperatures hit Idaho recently, which may reduce the potato crop by 20-30%.  This also mean higher prices and lower quality as growers struggle to meet food supply demands.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET—One-fourth of the bones in the body are located in your feet, which are a complex network of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and skin.  Sore, blistered feet make every block walked seem like a mile.  To avoid this, alternate footwear a couple of times a week.  Toenail and skin care are two of the most important parts of foot care.  Proper fit is critical, so people that use their feet a lot should get professional help when selecting footwear.  Sore feet will change your walking stride, which can lead to knee and/or hip problems.  All this is especially important for people who engage in sports or fitness activities.  Doing research on foot care and footwear selection is worth the effort.

THE BIG RESET—It was conceived as a way to save energy, but that hasn’t happened according to some studies.  We habitually call it Daylight Savings Time, but it’s more correct to say “Saving”.  The clock adjustment occurs at an odd time—2:00 a.m.  Know why?  It was selected as the least most disruptive hour, when most people are asleep and most bars/restaurants are closed.  DST traditionally ended the last Sunday in October, but the candy industry lobbied hard to have it moved back.  They were successful 2007, so it was moved to the first Sunday in November.  Parents can now feel less anxious about giving Halloween trick or treaters additional time to fill their bags since daylight lasts longer in the evening.

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.   We also cater weddings and other special events.  See or our Facebook page.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.  Your comments are always welcome—just put them in our suggestion box.

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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 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.

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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 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 ( 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.