You aren’t going to get along with everyone, or every culture, and you aren’t going to avoid stress – this is part of life, of course. But when you’re working, you want to be around people that are fair-minded and complimentary, and who want to work together to build something great, something that you want to learn about and believe will make a positive impact. In this post I outline the signs that your work is not working, for you, or the world....

People face struggles of all kinds, but the one that almost everyone faces is being trapped by the sustainability paradox - a predatory system of jobs, people, and ultimately the profit motive - forcing us to do all sorts of uncomfortable things to survive. But in most cases there is a way out. I dive into my personal experiences about the subject here....

Are you meant to work on one thing, one industry, and one direction, or are you a multitude of things? Why can't we take natural abilities, refined skills, experiences, and interests of several different types and create work that best merges them together, making us truly unique, as we are, making us inherently indispensable, especially to those that appreciate this mindset? ...

Focusing on the big picture - how the world works, good and bad - was a huge door and mind opener for me, and inspired me like never before to break out of all chains and fight for my freedom. And from this, I've grown into a person who is aiming at helping in the best way I can, finding the place where my talents and interests match up best with where help is needed. I don't think I would be able to say this if I hadn't first started thinking about the big picture....

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Their executive summary: "The Atlanta Local Food Initiative envisions a transformed food system in which every Atlantan has access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food grown by a thriving network of sustainable farms and gardens. A greener Metro Atlanta that embraces a sustainable, local food system will enhance human health, promote environmental renewal, foster local economies, and link rural and urban communities. Our city faces health and environmental challenges, including the obesity and diabetes epidemics and the contamination of soil, water, and air. Consumers are calling for clean food, grown without pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones. A local food system can meet this demand and rebuild Southern foodways in harmony with the land. Shortening the distance from farm to fork can reduce petroleum use, enhance safety through traceability, and provide fresher, healthier products. Also, a local system can address existing “food deserts,” areas where there is little or no fresh food available in under-served neighborhoods. Municipal food initiatives that encourage sustainably grown food improve urban livability, health, and wealth. Local food systems encompass activities such as: regional food distribution systems, community gardens, farmers’ markets, farm-to-school programs, urban agriculture, and green roof designs where food is grown on building rooftops. Developing a strong, local food system is an exciting opportunity for Metro Atlanta that has the potential to deliver a multitude of benefits: • Promote healthy eating • Reduce petroleum consumption • Preserve greenspace and farmland • Reduce harmful environmental impacts • Minimize pesticide exposure • Build local economies • Create new jobs • Strengthen the social fabric • Celebrate our food heritage" Visit Atlanta Local Food Initiative...

Melatonin is a natural hormone released in the human brain by the pineal gland.  It can also be ingested as a supplement or with certain foods. The levels of melatonin in the body vary throughout the day, and higher levels of melatonin are associated with the onset of sleep.  Human sleep is regulated in part by exposure to light which stimulates signals sent from the eye's retina to the brain.  This area of the brain is responsible for maintaining sleep cycle by controlling functions of the body involved in feeling awake or sleepy. One of these functions is to delay the release of melatonin upon exposure to light early in the day.  Then when darkness arrives melatonin is actively secreted throughout the night. Rather than functioning as a typical "sleeping pill", more evidence supports the ability of melatonin supplementation to help reset the body's internal clock.  That means improved sleep when using melatonin for jet lag or shift work.  On a weekly basis, supplementation may be beneficial for resetting your bedtime earlier on Sunday night after staying up late Friday and Saturday nights. Melatonin also functions as an antioxidant protecting cells in the body.  As oxygen is metabolized, reactive oxygen species are produced which have harmful effects on cells.  Antioxidants such as melatonin remove these intermediates and inhibit some of the harmful reactions.  Given these effects, antioxidant supplementation has been under investigation for it's role in preventing diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease, and cognitive decline.  Not all data has shown clear benefits, but certain subgroups of participants showed promising results. If you are considering taking over the counter melatonin pills, keep in mind that higher doses are not necessarily better.  In fact, some studies suggest decreased benefits at higher doses, and effective doses in the range of 0.3 - 1.0 mg.  Pills sold at stores like CVS can be 3 or 5 mg in strength.  Save your money and go with the smaller dose, or even split pills....

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