Monday, July 23, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Should Eat Them

Lemons may not seem as snack-friendly as other types of fruit, but they should definitely find their way into your diet.
Like many kinds of citrus fruits, lemons are incredibly nutritious. Loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants, lemons may also deliver some powerful health benefits, too.
The humble lemon
Lemon trees are native to Asia, but they are grown in many parts of the world today. India is the world's leading producer of lemons, but Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, and Spain also produce immense quantities of this distinctive fruit. Known for their acidity and sour taste, lemons have many culinary as well as non-culinary uses. Their fruit, juice, and even rind are used in various types of cuisine and beverages. They have also been used medicinally for centuries.
Healing benefits of lemons
Of course, lemons are not just for sailors suffering from bouts of scurvy. Lemons, with their nutritional content, can treat a myriad of illnesses. Ancient Romans revered lemons and believed they could cure poisonings. Modern research has shown that lemons have anti-cancer properties; their flavonoids have the ability to halt the cell division of certain types of cancer.
With their rich vitamin C content, lemons have great power to combat free radicals. Free radicals interfere with normal cells, which may damage healthy tissue and cause inflammation and pain. Since the presence of free radicals can cause cholesterol to pool in arterial walls, vitamin C can help prevent this dangerous condition and help guard against cardiovascular disease. Moreover, vitamin C can also protect the body from infections.
Lemons may also help:
  • treat gallstones
  • dissolve kidney stones
  • reduce fevers
  • support immunity
  • and help eliminate toxins in the body.
Lemons are high in dietary fiber and help support digestive health. Lemons are a natural antiseptic and have even been used to treat eczema and acne. Lemon juice has the ability to cleanse the liver and relieve sore throats.
Lemons are, indeed, rich in healthful properties. They can be added to a wide variety of meals and beverages. With their rich nutrient content, lemons can simply be squeezed over meals to add health benefits. Drinking water flavored with lemon is also a convenient way to obtain their healing properties. Many recipes call for lemon, lemon juice, or lemon zest. As a super food, lemons should be a staple in every kitchen. Avoid buying lemons with bruising or signs of mold; when ripe, lemons are bright yellow and are oval in shape.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Weirdest Sales Tip EVER

In the world of selling and relationships with clients there are many logical steps, strategies and processes to increase your bottom line.
However, I bet I have one that you have NEVER heard of.
As someone who considers herself a gourmet chef ( amateur gourmet chef!) I absolutely lovvvvvvvvvvvvve cooking for people.
In my spare moments - you'll find me with my nose buried in an ancient and musty Joy of Cooking recipe book or one of the latest from the bookstore. (I am a HUGE fan of Nigella Lawson!)
There is something about whipping eggs, chopping carrots and creating a masterpiece that relaxes me (or is it the red wine?) Ha.
I take great pride in having a table set that is a feast for your eyes as well as your palate.
So What Does Cooking Have To Do With Selling - Ms. Martha Diva?
Well I have a personal rule when I accept a client.
In my mind they have to pass a very important FILTER before I will work with them.
What is it?
Whether I invite them or not - in my mind they have to be worthy of a...
"Meal Prepared By Kim"
Now I have hundreds of clients so it isn't physically possible to invite everyone! However, I still run them through my "Mental Guest List" to see if they would be Pavlova worthy.
The 6 Qualities Of A Perfect Diva Dinner Guest:
1. Fakes Need Not Apply. I am a BAN the PLASTIC MARGARINE and go for the BUTTER kind of girl! So if someone comes across as a fake to me - then sorry. You're not invited.
2. Lots of ZEST. I lovvvvve lemon and when a potential client has loads of zest and passion for their business then consider yourself a firm candidate for a potential Diva Dinner.
3. No McShortcuts. If a potential client wants the MAGIC PILL without doing the work then I know they won't pass the Mental Guest List!
4. Fresh Ideas Abound. I love working with people who are excited about their business and all of the aspects that are involved. Stale bread doesn't interest me unless it's a breadcrumb.
5. Loves Trying New Things. Oh boy - this is a BIG ONE. As I am an experimental "chef" in sales and in life - you had better be prepared for trying new things. If that scares you then stick with Kraft Dinner.
6. Appreciation. Just as a the best guest is someone who comes with an appetite, loves to eat really good food and moans with joy through-out the meal - I only work with clients who absolutely savor the experience with me and who want more!