Coffee Reads of the Week – less is more


Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

health & fitness: five natural ways to beat the winter blues by Michelle Schoffo Cook
Get outside. Change your bulbs. Take off the sunglasses. Exercise regularly. Eat your vitamins.

finance: downsize your personal stuff, spending habits by Lilia Borlongan-Alvarez
If there’s any “downsizing” or “rightsizing” needed in these hard times, it is not in the workplace, but in people’s lifestyles, and their consumption habits. Consider, for example, how some people have managed to stuff their homes with things they can do without and have bought unnecessary things with money they don’t have, that is, via credit card. Much of a country’s economy is fueled by consumer spending, but American-style consumerism has deluded people into believing that acquisition of material goods brings happiness.

personal: 30 smart time management tips and tricks by Karen Burns
Yes, yes, yes, you are very busy. That’s why you meet deadlines at the last minute. Or after. That’s why you cruise into meetings 15 minutes late. It’s why you forget details or schedule two tasks for the same time or have 500 unanswered emails in your inbox. It’s why you can never take a vacation, or even a full weekend off. Or is it? Maybe poor time management is simply a bad habit. Maybe you can learn to organize and control your time better. Because let’s face it, time management is really self management.

finance: but will it make you happy? by Stephanie Rosenbloom
Current research suggests that, unlike consumption of material goods, spending on leisure and services typically strengthens social bonds, which in turn helps amplify happiness.

health & fitness: how to burn fat with the foods you eat by Andrew Bennett
Eating the right foods at the right time to match your exercise habits and weight-management goals is the most effective way to burn fat. Some foods have potent, natural fat-burning effects on the body, whereas others decrease fat burning and promote body-fat storage. Learning how to time your nutrition with fat-burning foods can help you get lean fast and maintain a healthy percentage of body fat.

health & fitness: how to stop drinking coffee and lose weight by Rachel Nelson
You rely on your morning coffee drink in order to feel alert and ready to face the day. However, some coffees–such as a vanilla bean frappucino with whipped cream–can contain 500 calories, according to Natural News. These coffee drinks come with an unintended consequence–extra pounds gained. Trying to quit drinking coffee cold turkey may be difficult because caffeine can be addictive. In order to reduce your caffeine addiction and lose weight at the same time, take steps to reduce your caffeine consumption until you have given up caffeine entirely.

health & fitness: 5 simple tricks to looking younger by Liz Brody
Age can be so annoying. If birthdays were recyclable, we’d all be environmentalists. But is it worth going under the knife to fake away a few years? (The recent uptick in celebs on plastic-surgery benders is a little unnerving.) Don’t worry: These six switches will make you look younger without a lot of drama.

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