Cultivating The Trust Factor

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In today's highly competitive economy, it is difficult to maintain a significant market advantage based on your professional skills alone. Developing a trusting relationship with your clients is key to your success. No matter what business you are in, the most powerful value-added you can contribute in any business relationship is the trust factor.

The trust level in Corporate America is at an all-time low, and suspicion of all things corporate is on the rise. Clients and prospects are in search of trust in their business relationships. Although people do business with other people they know and trust, building trust and credibility does not happen overnight.

What is trust? Trust can be defined as a firm belief in the honesty of another and the absence of suspicion regarding his motives or practices. The concept of trust in business dealings is simple: Build on an individual's confidence in you and eliminate fear as an operating principle.

To cultivate trust, take the risk of being open with clients and prospects. This enables them to perceive you as a real person-one with strengths and weaknesses that come into play as the relationship develops. When trust is reciprocal, you will find that your confidence in others is rewarded by their support and reinforcement of what you also stand for as a business entity.

Letting Go of Fear

Let go of fear, which restricts your ability to relate to others. Letting go frees you of behavioral constraints that can immobilize your emotional and professional development. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of being hurt, fear of the unknown-all these are roadblocks to developing and growing a trusting relationship with clients. Let go of your fear of losing an account or not having the right answers. Leave all your fears at the client or prospect's doorstep.

Other critical steps in cultivating trust are knowing who you are and knowing your potential value to your clients. The relationship that forms because of this can have a tremendous impact on your sales. People don't just buy from anyone. They buy from people they can trust. The rapport and credibility you can establish with the trust factor go a long way toward building a client's confidence in your ability to meet his business needs.

Trust has both an active and a passive component in a business relationship. The active feeling of trust is confidence in the leadership, veracity, and reliability of the other party, based on a track record of performance.

The passive feeling of trust is the absence of worry or suspicion. This absence is sometimes unrecognized and frequently taken for granted in our most productive relationships.

Building Trust With Care

So how do you build trust with clients? First, you need to care about them. Obviously your clients care about your knowledge, expertise, and accomplishments. However, they care even more about the level of concern you have for them. Successful trust building hinges on four actions: engaging, listening, framing, and committing. The trust factor can be realized once we understand these components of trust and incorporate them in our daily lives.

Engaging clients and prospects occurs when you show genuine concern and interest in their business and its problems. Maintain good eye contact and body posture. Good eye contact signifies openness and honesty. And your body language and other forms of nonverbal communication speak volumes about your attitude toward them. By the same token, you want to be cognizant of your client's or prospect's eye contact and body language.

Listening with understanding and empathy is possible if you think client focus first.

Let the client tell his story. Put yourself in his shoes when you listen to his business concerns, purpose, vision, and desires. Show approval or understanding by nodding your head and smiling during the conversation. Separate the process of taking in information from the process of judging it. Just suspend your judgment and focus on the client.

Framing what the client or prospect has said is the third action in trust building. Make sure you have formed an accurate understanding of his problems and concerns. Confirm what you think you heard by asking open-ended questions such as, "What do you mean by that?" or "Help me to understood the major production problems you are experiencing." After you have clarified the problems, start to frame them in order of importance. By identifying the areas in which you can help the client, you offer him clarity in his own mind and continue to build his trust.

Committing is the final action for developing the trust factor. Communicate enthusiastically your plan of action for solving the client's problems. Help the client see what it will take to achieve the end result. Presumably, what you have said up to this point has been important, but what you do now-how you commit-is even more important. Remember the old adage "Actions speak louder than words." Show you want this client's business long term. Complete assignments and projects on budget and on time. Then follow up with clients periodically to see how your partnership is faring.

In the final analysis, trust stems from keeping our word. If we say we will be there for our clients, then we should honor that commitment by being there. Trust results from putting the client's best interest before our own, from being dependable, from being open and forthcoming with relevant information. It is impossible to overestimate the power of the trust factor in our professional lives. Truly, trust is the basis of all enduring, long-term business relationships.

About the Author

Robert Moment, Author and Business Coach. Author of best selling e-books, "27 Powerful Networking, Branding, and Prospecting Tactics for Your Business" and "The Truth About Winning Federal Contracts".
Robert@federalcontractsforsmallbusinesses.com
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fredgarvin 17.06.2012. 03:46

How does one make money from blogging? I'm unfamiliar with the concept of blogging for profit. If anyone has any suggestions, please share.

fredgarvin

Admin 17.06.2012. 03:46

Thousands of people start a blog every day. Most of those will get abandoned after 1-2 posts because people start one and then realize the challenges involved or they don't know how to use it to make money.

Making money from a blog is not only possible but very lucrative if you know how to do it. There are many factors that play into this type of success, however.

The best way to begin to make money from blogging is to find a popular niche that you are passionate about and blog every day. Develop a following and learn what they want in this niche.

Cultivate your blog around their interests and develop trust with your audience. from the relationships you create with your blog you will gain the insight on what your readers want to buy.

Blogging is like gardening. If you try to rush it you will end up with a vacant piece of virtual real estate. Cultivate and grow it and you will have paid visitors for a lifetime.

Admin

El Crispador 23.09.2009. 01:35

Why are the signs that crave a connection the most, struggle to open up and put up walls? cancer, scorpio and then pisces.

cancer and scorpio will put up protective barriers, which stops them from opening up and possibly making that connection.
A pisces may be too shy.

El Crispador

Admin 23.09.2009. 01:35

I read somewhere in a book; that to a scorpio moon particularly, love is a matter of "life or death", thus it takes great pains for a scorpio moon to finally let go of "fear" and experience the risk of love. I will post up an excerpt later.

my theory is, these signs invest so much in a connection; it's where they most feel vulnerable and impacted to the core of their identity and where if they fully let go, cannot protect themselves if pain hits them; and just like the analogy of making a big investment, one feels it is a big, personal* risk and therefore takes it very cautiously.

EDIT:
EXCERPT for water moons if anyone is curious enough [ I just copied this from a book long ago, which unfortunately only talked from the moon perspective :) ]

Water moon signs are ruled by their feelings and often by their moods. They are often introverted, complicated, fantasy-oriented, and absorbed by their inner world. They can also be empathetic, compassionate, and deeply sympathetic to the feelings of others. They prefer close intimate relationships in which they feel secure enough to share their soul. Because they tend to have problems finding these deep, meaningful contacts, they often suffer from any inexpressible inner loneliness. Water moon sign people hold their feelings inside until they meet the right person. Because it is often very difficult for them to open up, it can be impossible to know what they are really feeling. They also tend to be secretive and irrationally fearful about really revealing themselves. Because they have such hidden inner life, they can often seem very different on the surface then their true inner persona. Of all the moon signs, the water moon has the hardest time and can get lost in an inner battleground of moods and consuming emotions. They need a partner to whom they can profound connect in order to open up that inner world that defines the deepest part of them.

For scorpio particularly;

Control is a key issue for this moon sign that can easily feel out of control when anything strongly arouses its emotions. Therefore, a cool, unflappable façade is cultivated from a very early age, which serves as a self-preservation factor that puts them emotionally out of reach.Neither the men nor the women are easy to know, and both have deep seated trust issues that can cause them to hold back and put up walls, regardly of how superficially friendly they may appear.

Pisces moon
Highly emotional and sometimes moody, this supersensitive moon sign often experiences fluctuations of feeling that can make them feel flat one day and easily influenced when their emotions are appealed to, Moon in Pisces types can be led in a lot of different directions. When caught up in the glow of the moment, they radiate the wondrous joy of life. However, when cut off in their own alcove of melancholy, they can be cold, withdrawn, and extremely vacillating. Moon in Pisces people can be enigmatic.
A confluence of emotions, feelings, and impressions run through them in any given time period. Often, they are not even in touch with the import of all that inner activity, and are just as confused as they are confusing. They can be tender, caring and compassionate, and as sympathetic and empathetic a person as you will ever find. However, at other time they can be cold, detached, removed, even angry and completely caught up in a world of their own. Often, so much is going inside them that their mind is like psychic stew.

& unfortunately I never copied anything about cancer :)

Admin

Anonymous 17.08.2007. 08:20

What can I do to not be so easily angered/stressed/annoyed? I wouldn't be suprised if my family described me as bitchy, but I just can't help being so easily irritated, which then most of the time results me in getting really angry.

Opinions, please?
Also, I have a really high sex drive...

Could that play into anything?

Anonymous

Admin 17.08.2007. 08:20

because you are used to it - being out of control and losing tempered. It was hard to change because it may due to several factors.

First - identifiy the source of anger, maybe is lack of sleep which to easily tire out, communication break down which unable to express yourself clearly, medication lead to easily anger, environment etc.and tackle that.

2nd - Learn and cultivate patience and tolerance. It was tough in the beginning (what doesnt?) but it can be cultivated into habit. when you learned patience, u see thing in a different way and you be happier. Patience is virtue, patience lead to prosperity and good character while anger lead to destruction. (i always remind myself this when i am stressed out and angry over minor thing, always!) make it a habit!

3rd - Exercise. it was crucial. because it relaxes and increase endorphin which increase your happy self and calmness.. highly recommended. Skip roping 15 min a day will do. trust me.

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John F 15.11.2010. 03:00

What value is there in believing? Why should any system value belief intrinsically (meaning that it's valuable completely on its own)? I'll define belief as assumption of truth when there is not enough clear evidence to know.

Now, why would any system put value in this trait, regardless of its truth? Is there literally any other case where belief is valued solely for belief, and not for an alternate reason (like "believing" that your spouse is faithful. It may not be fully evidenced, but belief is valuable because it leads to trust and a stronger relationship).

John F

Admin 15.11.2010. 03:00

Man developed religion in order to satisfy his desire to understand the life within him and the world outside him. The earliest religions had animistic origins, and they arose out of man's fear of the unknown and his desire to placate the forces which he thought inhabited inanimate objects. Over time these religions underwent changes, being shaped by the geographical, historical, socio-economic, political and intellectual environment existing at that time.

Many of these religions have become organized and are flourishing to this day, backed by a strong following of devotees. Many people are drawn to organized religions because of the pomp and ceremony, while there are some who prefer to practice their own personal religion, inwardly venerating their religious teachers and applying moral principles in their daily life. Because of the importance of practice, every religion claims to be a way of life, not merely a faith. In view of their various origins and paths of development which religions undergo, it is hardly surprising that the religions of man should differ in their approach, the understanding and interpretation of their followers, their goal and how it can be achieved, and their concept of reward and punishment for deeds performed.

In terms of approach, religious practices may be based on faith, fear, rationality or harmlessness: Faith forms the basis of many religious practices which were developed to overcome man's fear and to meet his needs. A religion of miraculous or mystical powers exploits that fear which arises from ignorance and makes promises of material gain based on greed. A religion of devotion is based on emotion and the fear of the supernatural which, it is so believed, can be appeased through rites and rituals. A religion of faith is based on the desire for gaining confidence in the face of the uncertainty of human life and destiny.

Some religious practices grew as a result of the development of man's knowledge, experience and wisdom. The rational approach to religion had been adopted in this case, incorporating the principles of human value and natural or universal laws. It is based on humanism and concentrates on the cultivation of humane qualities. A religion of cause and effect or karma is based on the principle of self-help and assumes that the individual alone is responsible for his own happiness and suffering as well as salvation. A religion of wisdom is based on the application of reason and seeks to understand life and the reality of worldly conditions through analytical knowledge.

Harmlessness and goodwill are common elements found in religion. A religion of peace is based on the principle of causing no harm to oneself as well as others, and its followers are to cultivate a harmonious, liberal and peaceful life. A religion of goodwill or loving-kindness is based on the sacrifice and service for the welfare and happiness of others.

Religions differ according to the understanding capacity of their followers and the interpretation which religious authorities give to the religious doctrines and practices. In some religions, codes, while in others they only provide advice on the need and the way to follow these codes. Every religion will offer reasons to explain the existing human problems and inequalities and the way to remedy the situation. By way of explanation, some religions claim that man has to face these problems because he is on trial in this world. When such an explanation is given, another may ask, 'For what purpose? How can a man be judged on the basis of just one life when human beings generally differ in their experiences of physical, intellectual, social, economic and environmental factors and conditions?'

Every religion has its own concept of what is regarded to be the goal of spiritual life. For some religions, eternal life in heaven or paradise with the Lord is the final goal. For some the ultimate aim in life is the union of universal consciousness, because it is believed that life is a unit of consciousness and it must return to the same original consciousness. Some religions believe that the ending of suffering or repeated birth and death is the final goal. For others, even heavenly bliss or union with Brahma (creator) is secondary to the uncertainty of existence, no matter, whatever form it takes. And there are even some who believe that the present life itself is more than enough to experience the aim of life.

To attain the desired goal, every religion offers a method. Some religions ask their followers to surrender to God or depend on God for everything. Others call for stringent asceticism as the means of purging oneself of all evil through self mortification. Some others recommend the performance of animal sacrifices and many kinds of rites and rituals as well as the recital of mantras for their purification to gain the final goal. There is yet another which upholds diverse methods and devotions, intellectual realization of truth, and concentration of the mind through meditation.

Each religion has a different concept of punishment for evil deeds. According to some religions, man is doomed forever by God for his transgressions in this one life. Some others say that action and reaction(cause and effect)operate due to natural laws and the effect of a deed will only be experienced for a certain period. Some religions maintain that this life is only one of so many, and a person will always have chance to reform himself in stages until he finally evolves to attain the goal of Supreme Bliss.

Given such a wide variety of approaches, interpretations and goals of different religions adopted by mankind, it is useful for people not to hold dogmatic views about their religion but to be open to and tolerant of other religious views.

The Buddha said: 'One must not accept my teachings from reverence, but first try them as gold is tried by fire.'

After emphasizing the importance of maintaining an open mind towards religious doctrines, it is useful to remember that a religion should be practiced for the welfare , freedom and happiness of all living beings. That is, religious principles should be used positively to improve the quality of life of all beings. Yet today, humankind is corrupted and has gone astray from basic religious principles. Immoral and evil practices have become common among many people, and religious-minded people experience difficulties trying to maintain certain religious principles in modern life. At the same time, the standard of basic religious principles is also lowered to pander to the demands of polluted and selfish minds. Man should not violate universal moral codes to suit his own greed or indulgence; rather man should try to adjust himself according to these codes taught by religion. Religious precepts have been introduced by enlightened religious teachers who have realized the noble way of life which leads to peace and happiness. Those who violate these precepts transgress the universal laws, which, according to Buddhism will bring bad effects through the working of moral causation.

This does not mean, on the other hand, that a person should slavishly follow what is found in his religion, regardless of its applicability to modern times. Religious laws and precepts should enable people to lead a meaningful life, and are not to be used to bind them to archaic practices and superstitious rituals and beliefs. A person who upholds the basic religious principles should give credit to human intelligence and live respectably with human dignity. There must be some changes in our religious activities to correspond to our education and the nature of our changing society, without at the same time sacrificing the noble universal principles. But it is recognized that making changes to any religious practices is always difficult because many conservative people are opposed to changes, even if they are for the better. Such conservative views are like a stagnant pool of water, while fresh ideas are like the waterfall where the water is constantly being renewed and is, therefore, usable.

Distortion of Religion

Despite the value of religion in moral upliftment, it is also true to say that religion is a fertile soil for the development of superstitions and devotional hypocrisy, wrapped under the cloak of religiosity. Many people use religion to escape from the realities of life and put on the garb of religion and religious symbols. They may even pray very often in places of worship, yet they are not sincerely religious minded and have not understood what religion stands for. When a religion has been debased by ignorance, greed for power and selfishness, people quickly point an accusing finger and say that religion is irrational. But 'Religion'(the ritualistic external practice of any teaching)must be distinguished from the teaching itself. Before one criticizes, one must study the original teachings of the founder and see it there is anything intrinsically wrong with it.

Religion advise people to do good and be good, but they are not interested in acting thus. Instead they prefer to cling to the other practices which have no real religious values. Had they tried to culture their minds by eradicating jealousy, pride, cruelty and selfishness, at least they would have found the correct way to practice a religion. Unfortunately, they develop jealousy, pride, cruelty and selfishness instead of eradicating them. Many people pretend to be religious, but commit the greatest atrocities in the name of religion. They fight, discriminate and create unrest for the sake of religion, losing sight of its lofty purpose. From the increase in the performance of various so-called religious activities, we may get the impression that religion is progressing, but the opposite is really the case since very little mental purity and understanding are actually being practiced.

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Anonymous 28.10.2008. 16:07

If a novel is already well-written, how much does an editor change? Array

Anonymous

Admin 28.10.2008. 16:07

It depends on many factors. If the work is well written, it is likely that nothing will change. Editors look not only for basics (grammar, punctuation. spelling, syntax) but also look at structure, continuity, etc.

Most editors will not make changes without discussing it first with the writer. Most writers cultivate solid relationships with their editors and trust them implicitly.

But again, it depends much depends on the goals of the writer as well as the goals of the author. Communication is critical.

Email if you have other questions.

Admin

Sun is Shining ? 19.06.2012. 05:26

Do you think men or women are more likely to take back an unfaithful spouse/partner? Array

Sun is Shining ?

Admin 19.06.2012. 05:26

The restoration of togetherness and the revival of love between two estranged partners depend on many crucial factors. The ability to forgive and forget by one party is one matrimonial asset after a spouse has strayed. The other party should make amends and adopt a new path to cultivate love and trust.

The successful reconciliation is not dependent on whether a man or a woman is more capable to accept an unfaithful partner. It is an individual response, viewpoint and responsibility. No statistics have been compiled to show which spouse is more forgiving and any conclusion will be biased and unsubstantiated.

Many consideration come to mind when a spouse contemplates over the next course of action -- a divorce or a reunion. The extent of the damage, the welfare of their children, the remorse and reform of an adulterous partner, the compassionate nature of a hurt spouse and the couple's future plans are weighed up before reaching a decision.

It is a new journey to chart the course of the future. Whether they will reach the final destination with exciting prospects will hinge on factors such as whether the couple can regain mutual trust and how they will transform or revitalise their marriage. It is not a one-party endeavour; joint efforts are required.

It is not men or women are "more likely" but more ready to face fresh challenges and make serious attempts to make their marriages work. All in all, it takes two to strive for a common goal and achieve satisfactory results.

Admin

KNOWNS & UNKNOWNS 19.05.2012. 16:36

Who do you think is the Christians role model and do they need to worship idols? http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A2KJkId.yrdPXzkAfmSJzbkF?p=pagan+christian+idols&fr=ush-ans&ei=utf-8&n=30&x=wrt&y=Search
IDOLS OR ROLE MODELS?

KNOWNS & UNKNOWNS

Admin 19.05.2012. 16:36

1 Peter 2:21 says: "In fact, to this [course] YOU were called, because even Christ suffered for YOU, leaving YOU a model for YOU to follow his steps closely."

Knowing the mind of Christ helps us to ?follow his steps closely.? (1 Peter 2:21) Following Jesus is not simply a matter of repeating his words and copying his deeds. Since speech and actions are influenced by thoughts and feelings, following Christ requires that we cultivate the same ?mental attitude? that he had. (Philippians 2:5)

In other words, if we are truly to act like Christ, we must first learn to think and feel like him, that is, to the best of our ability as imperfect humans. Let us, then, with the help of the Gospel writers, peer into the mind of Christ. We will first discuss factors that influenced the way Jesus thought and felt.

Psalm 135:15-18 says: "The idols of the nations are silver and gold, The work of the hands of earthling man.
16 A mouth they have, but they can speak nothing; Eyes they have, but they can see nothing;
17 Ears they have, but they can give ear to nothing. Also there exists no spirit in their mouth.
18 Those making them will become just like them, Everyone who is trusting in them."

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Humble 28.05.2006. 07:36

For the OLIVE OIL experts and FOOD makers!? What is the best kind of olive oil, where it is made in, What is the name of it, how do you use it?

Humble

Admin 28.05.2006. 07:36

What is the best olive oil? Where does it come from?
More than 97 per cent of the world's olive oil is produced in the Mediterranean region. Here people have been enjoying the flavours and fragrances of this oil since 6000 B.C., when the first olive tree was cultivated.

To say which particular olive oil is "best" is really a matter of taste. Like wines, the flavours, colours and aromas of extra virgin olive oils vary according to a number of factors: variety of olives, climate, soil conditions, harvesting and storage.

Ultimately, the "best" olive oil is the one that is most pleasing to you in terms of taste and price. Conduct informal tastings with family and friends; encourage retailers to sample different oils. Most importantly, trust your taste preferences. You may decide that it's best to keep several varieties on hand for different culinary needs.
What is the difference among the different grades of olive oil?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the top grade of olive oil and is the most natural and flavourful of all oils. It is a virgin, or unporcessed, oil which must have an acidity level of not more than 0.8 per cent. The oil must also have perfect aroma, flavour and colour and free from defects. The lower the acidity of the olive oil, the higher the quality and the more distinctive the flavours and aromas.

Extra virgin olive oil is more expensive than olive oil because it is produced in smaller quantities from select olives, and offers the widest range of tastes. In extra virgin olive oil, as in wine, flavour and aroma depend on a number of variables: the variety of olive, growing conditions, the time and method of harvest, and finally the care with which the olives are turned into the finished product, bottled and stored.

Olive Oil is the product of blended oils which have been refined to balance acidity, aroma, and taste. Refining makes the oil colourless, odourless and flavourless. Virgin olive oil is then added in small quantities (typically 5 to 25 per cent) to give the oil some character. Olive oil must have an acidity of less than 1.5 per cent. While less flavourful and aromatic than extra virgin olive oil, olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat and remains a healthy choice of cooking oil.

Olive-Pomace Oil is extracted from the "pomace" (the remaining portion of the olive after pressing) through the use of solvents. The resulting oil is refined to produce a colourless, odourless and flavourless oil
What do first pressing and cold pressing mean?
These terms are interchangeable and were used in the past when initial pressure applied by hand powered presses produced only a limited amount of olive oil from the olive paste. To extract more oil, hot water was applied to the olive paste to improve the flow of oil - that's how the term cold pressing and frist pressing came about.

Today, some producers use these terms on their labeling to reaffirm that extra virgin olive oil is an unrefined, natural product that has undergone very little processing and will retain it's nutritive value.
What accounts for the wide range in pricing of extra virgin olive oil?
Olive oil, like wine, is produced by small estate producers and by large commercial companies. Smaller "estate" production is generally characterized by more ideal growing, harvesting and production conditions. While not better in terms of healthful qualities, these estate oils do offer consumers a wider choice of complex flavours and aromas.

Larger producers enjoy economies of scale which permit them to offer an excellent product at a more affordable price.
Do all olive oils taste the same?
Not at all. While we define extra virgin olive oil as having perfect aroma, flavour and colour, there is an enormous range of tastes and flavours depending on the type of olive(s) in the oil, what region of the Mediterreanean the olives were grown and the growing conditions.

Styles vary from the very sweet fruity oils to very bitter and pungent oils with fiery pepper.
Is price a guide to selection?
Not always. Like wines, olive oils are available in a wide range of prices and offer flavours to suit every taste. Expect the smaller "estate-produced" olive oils to be more expensive than oils from large commercial producers. But let taste be your guide: choose an olive oil with the quality and price that best suits your pocketbook.
Should olive oil be stored in the refrigerator with other oils?
No. Refrigeration isn't harmful to olive oil, but it will make it thick and cloudy. If this happens, just let the olive oil return to room temperature. The best way to store olive oil is in an airtight container in a dry cupboard, away from extremes of heat and light. Stored this way, olive oil will keep for up to two years. After that time, the oil will have passed its prime and should be used as quickly as possible. For everyday use, keep a small container of olive oil on the kitchen counter or dining table where it will be within easy reach.
Should the more expensive olive oils be saved for "special occasion" cooking?
Some people prefer to keep more than one olive oil on hand. An "everyday" olive oil is perfect for sautéeing onions and garlic, while a "special" olive oil is superb in dishes where its fine flavour will be appreciated. A favourite olive oil might also be used as a "condiment" for brushing on vegetables or grilled meats; drizzling on top of bread, soup or salad; topping a dish just before serving.

For best value, you might decide to keep one "multipurpose" olive oil on hand and guarantee a great beginning to all meals. Whatever the olive oil: once you have opened a bottle, use it up. Olive oil is at its best within two years of production.
Can olive oil be used as a substitute for other cooking oils?
Yes. For flavour and health benefits, substitute olive oil for regular cooking oil in all your favourite foods from soups and salads, to stews, meat dishes and barbeque specialties.
Can you fry with olive oil?
Yes. But take your cue from some of the best chefs in the Mediterranean: use extra virgin olive oil for sautéeing or stir frying; olive oil,with its relatively high smoke point, can be used for deep fat frying.
If a recipe calls for "olive oil" what type should be used?
It depends on the desired end result of the dish. Extra virgin olive oils range in taste from fruity, sweet, herbal, peppery, or nutty. Trust your taste preferences: a more delicate dish might call for a lighter-tasting olive oil, while more robust meals often benefit from an oil with assertive flavours.

Extra virgin olive oil adds flavour to foods. Alternatively, olive oil is mild-tasting and, apart from being a healthy cooking oil, will not add any flavour to the dish.
What is the nutritional composition of olive oil?
Olive oil is made up of 9 percent polyunsaturates, 76 percent monounsaturates, and 15 percent saturates.

In a 2 tsp (10 mL) serving, olive oil contains:
80 calories, 9.0 g fat, 1.2 g saturates, 6.6 g monounsaturates,0.6 g polunsaturates, no trace of cholesterol, 1.1 mg vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).

I use various brands. Go to you local Italian Market or try Whole Foods! We even use olive oil for frying our eggs!

Admin

~gail from Long Island 24.06.2007. 15:13

Is any tea grown in the United States? Array

~gail from Long Island

Admin 24.06.2007. 15:13

From Wikipedia, this is a little long, but looks like South Carolina and Hawaii.

Tea production in United States

Although Camellia sinensis can grow in Hawaii and along the eastern coast of the United States (where it is typically grown as an ornamental plant and for personal use), currently the US only has one commercial tea plantation, in Charleston South Carolina, and a collective of roughly 40 small growers in Hawaii [1].

As of 2006, both South Carolina and Hawaii Teas are available through mail order and online purchases.

Commercial tea cultivation in the United States has been attempted since 1744 when tea seeds were sent to the Trust Garden in Savannah. The first recorded successful cultivation of the tea plant in the United States is recorded as growing on Skidaway Island near Savannah in 1772. Junius Smith succeeded in growing tea commercially in Greenville, South Carolina, from 1848 until his death in 1853. Dr. Alexis Forster oversaw the next short-lived attempt in Georgetown, South Carolina, from 1874 until his death in 1879. In 1863, the New York Times reported the discovery of tea plants growing natively in Western Maryland and Pennsylvania [2].

The New York Times report of natively growing tea plants sparked an interest in cultivating the plants commercially. The US Government planted an experimental farm outside Summerville, South Carolina. They ran the program from 1884 until 1888. They concluded that South Carolina climate was too unstable to sustain the tea crop. The Department of Agriculture issued a report in 1897 that "estimates the minimum cost about eight times as much to pick one pound of tea in South Carolina as that paid for the same service in Asia."

In 1888 Dr. Charles Shepard established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation close to the government's farm. Dr. Shepard secured laborers for the fields by opening a school and making tea-picking part of its curriculum, essentially ensuring a force of child labor while providing them with an education they might not otherwise obtain. Pinehurst produced award winning teas until Dr. Shepard's death in 1915. The plantation closed after Shepard's death and Pinehurst lay unattended until 1963.

In 1963, The Lipton Tea Company, worried about the instability of the third world countries that produce tea, paid to have the surviving tea plants at Pinehurst moved to a former potato farm on Wadmalaw Island [3]. Lipton operated an experimental tea farm until it was sold to Mack Fleming and Bill Hall in 1987 who converted the experimental farm into a working tea plantation. The Charleston Tea Plantation utilized a converted Tobacco harvester to mechanically harvest the tea [4]. The Charleston Tea Plantation sold tea mail order known as American Classic Tea and also produced Sam's Choice Instant Tea, sold through Sam's Clubs. American Classic Tea has been the official tea of the White House since 1987 [5]. In 2003, Bigelow Tea Corporation purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation and temporarily closed the plantation in order to renovate it, the plantation reopened in January of 2006 [6].

Tea was introduced in Hawaii in 1887 and was commercially grown until 1892. While it is not clear why the tea was eventually discontinued, historians believe higher wages compared to other prime tea growing areas in Asia and Africa were among the deciding factors. Lower production costs of tea's main rival, coffee, also helped prevent it from establishing a foothold [7].

In the 1960's Lipton and A&B formed a joint venture to investigate the possibility of growing tea commercially in Hawaii. Both companies decided not to open plantations on the Island, but rather to open plantations in Latin and South America.

In 2000 horticulturist, Francis Zee found a strain of Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, that can flourish in the tropical climate and volcanic soil of Hawaii. A joint study of commercially growing tea in Hawaii was started by Manoa?s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Hilo?s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management with the U.S. Department of Agriculture [8].

With the decline of the Hawaii's sugar industry Tea Cultivation is seen as a possible replacement crop. In 2003 Hawaii had an estimated 5 acres of land producing tea but by 2005 that number jumped to roughly 80 acres. Tea production in Hawaii is expected to triple by 2008.

In 2004, the Hawaii Tea Society [9] was formed from about 40 members, many of who had started backyard tea farms, to promote tea grown in Hawaii.

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ElbaR 26.10.2012. 03:53

What can I do so I wont be so depressed? Array

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Admin 26.10.2012. 03:53

Depression medication may be the most advertised treatment for depression, but that doesn?t mean it is the most effective. Depression is not just about a chemical imbalance in the brain. Medication may help relieve some of the symptoms of moderate and severe depression, but it doesn?t cure the underlying problem, and it?s usually not a long-term solution. Antidepressant medications also come with side effects and safety concerns, and withdrawal can be very difficult. If you're considering whether antidepressant medication is right for you, learning all the facts can help you make an informed decision.

If you are taking medication for depression, don?t ignore other treatments. Lifestyle changes and therapy not only help speed recovery from depression, but also provide skills to help prevent a recurrence.

Exercise. Regular exercise can be as effective at treating depression as medication. Not only does exercise boost serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good brain chemicals, it triggers the growth of new brain cells and connections, just like antidepressants do. Best of all, you don?t have to train for a marathon in order to reap the benefits. Even a half-hour daily walk can make a big difference. For maximum results, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity on most days.
Nutrition. Eating well is important for both your physical and mental health. Eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day will help you keep your energy up and minimize mood swings. While you may be drawn to sugary foods for the quick boost they provide, complex carbohydrates are a better choice. They'll get you going without the all-too-soon sugar crash.
Sleep. Sleep has a strong effect on mood. When you don't get enough sleep, your depression symptoms will be worse. Sleep deprivation exacerbates irritability, moodiness, sadness, and fatigue. Make sure you're getting enough sleep each night. Very few people do well on less than 7 hours a night. Aim for somewhere between 7 to 9 hours each night.
Social support. Strong social networks reduce isolation, a key risk factor for depression. Keep in regular contact with friends and family, or consider joining a class or group. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get social support and help others while also helping yourself.
Stress reduction. Make changes in your life to help manage and reduce stress. Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression. Take the aspects of your life that stress you out, such as work overload or unsupportive relationships, and find ways to minimize their impact.
Learn as much as you can about your depression. It?s important to determine whether your depression symptoms are due to an underlying medical condition. If so, that condition will need to be treated first. The severity of your depression is also a factor. The more severe the depression, the more intensive the treatment you're likely to need.
It takes time to find the right treatment. It might take some trial and error to find the treatment and support that works best for you. For example, if you decide to pursue therapy it may take a few attempts to find a therapist that you really click with. Or you may try an antidepressant, only to find that you don't need it if you take a daily half hour walk. Be open to change and a little experimentation.
Don?t rely on medications alone. Although medication can relieve the symptoms of depression, it is not usually suitable for long-term use. Studies show that other treatments, including exercise and therapy, can be just as effective as medication, often even more so, but don't come with unwanted side effects. If you do decide to try medication, remember that medication works best when you make healthy lifestyle changes as well.
Get social support. The more you cultivate your social connections, the more protected you are from depression. If you are feeling stuck, don?t hesitate to talk to trusted family members or friends, or seek out new connections at a depression support group, for example. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
Treatment takes time and commitment. All of these depression treatments take time, and sometimes it might feel overwhelming or frustratingly slow. That is normal. Recovery usually has its ups and downs.

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