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Category Archives: Corporate Wellness

Corporate Wellness is Fun! And Potentially Dangerous!

Running with scissors is fun until you fall.

 

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So is corporate wellness: it sounds like a tonne of fun, with stretch breaks on the clock, healthy snacks in the break room, employer-sponsored massages, health coaching, exercise classes…

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Cream Cheeze Cutouts

I did it.  Finally, I have made vegan and gluten-free version of Cream Cheese Cutouts that tastes good, rolls properly, and bakes up soft and slightly puffy, just like I remembered.  Why the spelling differences?  Mine are Cream Cheeze Cutouts due to fake animal products; Ownie Mom’s are Cream Cheese Cutouts, since hers are traditional wheat flour, egg, and dairy, etc.

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News Round-up and Split Pea Hommos

News from the Intertubes regarding health and wellness:

Sleeplessness, the same problem that plagues teenagers, also plagues adults! To continue the analogy, school: adolescents :: work : adults. So, as with suggestions to push back school start times, some experts suggest pushing back work start times and/or operating on a flexible schedule. How revolutionary!

 

As I’ve been discussing using lower-GI sweeteners in treats as a suggestion, new studies show that lower GI diets aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Still wouldn’t hurt to avoid massive amounts of refined, high-GI foods, though.

 

There’s now hard data showing how sitting all day is killing office workers (increasing mortality). What more does one need to light a fire under one’s ass and stand periodically at work (and encourage the executive team to buy some standing desks and have walking meetings)?

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Top Five Points of Advice to Webinar Presenters

By “bad” webinars, I mean, “poor quality,” for the following reasons. These reasons are presented in a list format, like many webinars giving health and wellness tips; some representative titles: “Top 5 Must-Do’s for Small Business Wellness,” “Top 5 Cost Neutral Wellness Program Strategies,” and “14 Wellness Predictions for 2014.”

I’ve listened to a lot of webinars since entering the world of health and wellness in December 2012, listening to those first live calls with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

 Webinar Tips | Gothic Granola

Grab some stove-popped popcorn and read on. 

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Thursday Reflections | Class, Work, and Exercise

Researchers recently presented findings from analyzing the 2005-2006 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in San Francisco at the American Sociological Association. They found that college-educated workers moved more on weekends while workers with a high school diploma or less moved more during the week. The study lead author, Jarron Saint Onge, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kansas, pointed out why this is so: “work-related activity [for less-educated, working-class people] tends to be low intensity and typically involves repetitive motions that can have harmful health effects.” 
Woo, HIIT!

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The Glorification of Busy | Double Chocolate Cake

Thesis: The so-called glorification of busy in 21st-century, first world business stems from an unconscious cultural reverence of saints and mystics, and martyrs, to a lesser extent.

Bias: I studied martyrs, mystics, and saints in college and see their characteristics everywhere: self-sacrificing, obsessive, whole-soul commitment to a cause that extends (sometimes) beyond their personal aims.






Many of the workers in this article, under the front of “I’m a hard worker,” acknowledge (more like, make a guilty-sounding admission) that they feel overwhelmed at their jobs because of long hours, constant connectivity, and never truly having time off.  There’s an awareness of how one functions best at work. 

Corporate wellness programs, my specialty, hinge on that awareness. People are only going to participate in their company’s wellness program if they believe they can benefit, if they believe the program can help them solve their problems, and improve their quality of life, in and out of the workplace. Articles such as these can nudge that seed of awareness to sprout, and a wellness program tends the plant. Work in general can cause the seed to die or be choked by mangy weeds if one lets one’s stressors grow untended or loses sight of how one works.

While writing my junior paper at Princeton, I developed an awareness of my exact periods of productivity. While in school, I could generally schedule my life around when I was most able to write and do schoolwork. Of course, in the corporate and retail worlds, shit don’t work that way when you’re entry-level. The awareness became a little painful as I make more mistakes after 15:00 when my focus for the day is shot, few exceptions. 

Linda Kavelin Popov’s A Pace of Grace confirmed my ideas that my energy and focus during an 8-hour workday is going to fluctuate. For the sake of the self and of others, the most self-caring act one can do is to respect those fluctuations; otherwise, face the energy disorder consequences. I know when to do non-intense work and when I have the energy to focus hard. This awareness makes me a far more productive employee, as long as I have control over when I do most of my tasks, than if I tried to write reports after 15:00 and file in the morning–not gonna happen.




Time management cake: Whole Foods Market’s double chocolate cake. There is nothing double chocolate about the original; a piddling amount of cocoa and chocolate does not mean double chocolate! I remade it with my coconut butter-cacao nibs chocolate substitute, and it turned out a little dry and not so chocolatey. This would not meet mom-needs-chocolate standards. It can be made entirely in the blender, if you so choose. It’s “whole wheaty,” despite being gluten-free, and it would be a good proteinaceous breakfast or dessert with almond butter.


Faux Double Chocolate Cake
Modified and mocked from Whole Foods Market

3 ounces coconut butter
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 1/4 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond)
1/3 cup raisin vodka (or applesauce; I was cleaning out the fridge)
2/3 cup pitted dates
2 teaspoons espresso powder/ coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups GF oat flour (for the love of Peter Murphy, people, for the last time, OATS ARE NOT GLUTEN-FREE UNLESS THEY ARE GF CERTIFIED!! They are cross-contaminated with wheat due to processing standards in the US unless otherwise marked.)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8-inch square baking dish and set aside.

In a blender or food processor, combine the coconut butter, cacao nibs, dates, nondairy milk, vodka, coffee, and vanilla. Blitz until smooth.

Ina large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the wet to the dry and mix well (watch for dry spots). Transfer to the prepared pan and tap the sides of the pan to make it settle. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.



Parting Shots:
Why no applesauce in the chocolate cake? It all went into applesauce bread. #freezercleaning



TC is right: no matter where we go, whatever I order looks the same, with varying degrees of freshness. Tofu, veggies, and rice, this time at Rice Paper in New Eden plaza in Virginia.



Chinese takeout from somewhere near College Park, MD.



Except when TC makes it: grilled tofu, sauteed peppers and onions, served over black rice, with grilled pineapple skewers.




Whippy eats things. Like other people’s keys.



April’s Challenge Exercises. I have been doing monthly challenges for a year and this was the one with which I began last year.



I have bangs again, thanks to TC.



#throwbackthursday/#flashbackfriday to 2004 when I had bangs.




Combichrist concert last night…too many mediocre opening bands wore us out before the main act at 23:00.



Happy Third Anniversary to Gothic Granola, formerly Screwfoot Q!
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