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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Skip Those Leafy Greens Today

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Skip Those Leafy Greens Today

When you hear the term “leafy greens,” what comes to mind? You probably think of a healthy salad full of lettuce and other vegetables. However, lettuce is far from the healthiest leafy green available and isn't just for dieters; there's also spinach, kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and mustard greens.

Leafy greens are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy plant-based compounds. Because of this, eating one half-cup each day can help to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as reduce your risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. So, if you couldn't find a good reason to eat greens like spinach, collards and kale before, maybe you will now.

The guide below shows you how to prepare and store these healthy greens, and also tells you about their nutritional value. For instance kale, a personal favorite of mine, can help prevent and even combat bladder, breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer. It also contains a whopping 1,328% of the daily value for vitamin K. Turnip Greens, on the other hand, are full of calcium and folate. Plus, since they're great for sauteing, they can easily be used in a lot of side dishes and stews.

Field Guide to Leafy Greens

    Now that you know the benefits of leafy greens, hopefully you'll eat more of them at lunch and dinner.

    Guide to Leafy Greens | One Medical Group

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    Last Updated on April 8, 2020

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

    Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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    Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

    However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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    The leap happens when we realize two things:

    1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
    2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

    Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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    Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

    My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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    In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

    “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

    Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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