How to Interpret Nutrition FactsWhen you go shopping, do you look for the nutrition facts on the black and white label, or do you rely on statements on the front of the package, such as “low cholesterol,” or “no sugar added?” The statements in bold coloring on the front are primarily for marketing purposes, and are designed to encourage you to purchase the product. The actual nutrition facts tell you how many grams of fat, protein, and carbohydrates are in each serving size. You can use these facts to measure out serving sizes for yourself and figure out how many calories you consume, as well as what those calories consist of. Here are seven vital tips to help you use the nutrition labels to become a savvier shopper:1) Use the nutrition labels as criteria for purchasing a product, rather waiting until you get home to see what you have.2) Look at the serving size before even looking at the other information (it’s usually at the top). This can help you decide if a product is right for you: for example, note in a typical bottle of Caesar salad dressing, a serving size is 1 oz., with 180 Calories per serving. This tells you that there are 180 calories in 2 tablespoons of dressing. Use serving size as well as the requirements of your own particular diet to determine portion size. If you double the portion size, you will double all the calories, carbohydrate content, fat content of a particular food.3) Compare different brands of similar items, as some brands may have better nutritional value than others.4) See how many serving sizes there are in the item you are purchasing. For example, some snack foods like potato chips or pretzels often show that there are more than one serving contained in the package, meaning that less than the whole package should be consumed at a time. If the nutrition facts on a bag of potato chips says, “Number of servings: 2,” this means that half of the bag is one serving size, and you are given the nutrition information for half of the bag. If you eat the whole package, you have to double all the numbers-the calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, and protein.5) Percent Daily Value is another important thing that Nutrition Facts tell you. They can be found on the right side of the Nutrition Facts panel and are printed in bold. Percent Daily Value is the amount of a nutrient that your body needs through food for the entire day. For example, if a nutrition label shows that one serving of dressing has 30% of daily total fat, it means that two tablespoons of this particular dressing give you almost a third of the all the fat that your body needs for the whole day. If you would like to lose weight or maintain weight loss, choose foods with lower percentages of daily requirements in the fat and carbohydrate categories. You can use this as a guide to make sure you get enough essential nutrients without going overboard on carbohydrates and saturated fats.6) If you need to count carbohydrates, subtract the grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates to get the amount you will consume at one time. This new number constitutes the grams of active carbohydrates. When you plan a meal, you will need to add up all of the carbohydrates from each food to keep it at the recommended amount.7) To save time and money, choose the brands of the foods you consume wisely, and then keep using the same ones. For example, a slice of bread may have 5 to 30 grams of carbohydrates depending on the brand. Once you find one that you enjoy that fits into your budget and meal plan, stick with that brand.Thank you, and please feel free to connect with me on my website, if you have any questions or if I can serve you.
IS THE INTERNET LIFESTYLE NETWORK A SCAM?Before I answer the question about whether the Internet Lifestyle Network is a scam, I would like to define scam.Scam – A scam as many know is a dishonest scheme. One thing I have discovered when people ask the question if something is a scam, what they are really asking is will I be able to make money if I buy into this product. Many people have taken various entrepreneurial journeys and when they did not see the results they expected, they felt scammed and wrote negative reviews because they did not see the results they were expecting.But what about the Internet Lifestyle Network? Is it a scam and can I make money if I joined? Before I answer that I would like for you to know that I am someone that has tried several business opportunities. I did not see the results I expected and quite frankly, I was tired of hunting my family and friends down only to let them know about the latest greatest MLM opportunity that could give them financial freedom in 2 years. Now I don’t have anything against MLM but I wanted to give some background information so you would know where I’m coming from as it relates to the internet lifestyle. I am actually a part of an MLM right now and NO, I’m not going to pitch you or tell you what company it is because that’s scammy! You asked about the Internet Lifestyle Network so the Internet Lifestyle Network is what you will have.So here are the pros and cons of the network. There are people making money everyday in the Internet Lifestyle Network. The Internet Lifestyle Network is just that… A Network. It is a Network of Entrepreneurs from various backgrounds and various opportunities. The Internet Lifestyle Network provides custom done for you blog solutions. If you already have a business opportunity but you lack knowledge on Marketing and Branding yourself, Internet Lifestyle Network (ILN for short) provides 1st class training on Internet Marketing. The visionary behind ILN is Vince. Vince created a 6 figure business using a garage table and a computer and he has vowed to share everything he knows to the members of ILN.What I love most about ILN is the transparency amongst the members. Another benefit of ILN is that you don’t have to be a part of the community or network if you choose not to. If you only want a custom professionally designed blog, then you can get that and be on your merry way. But if you love your blog and you would like to tell other people how they can have an amazing blog just like yours, you will have an opportunity to become an affiliate and make 50% commissions for everyone that gets a blog through you. But it doesn’t stop there. ILN also offers webhosting for only 14.95/month. If you refer someone to ILN and they use ILN for webhosting, you would receive half of 14.95 every month. Webhosting is more than just webhosting. If you have questions, you will be able to post your questions on the private community’s group page and in my personal experience, my questions have been answered and issues resolved within the same hour.There are three levels in which you could join ILN and each level determines the level of information you would have access to as it relates marketing training, coaching, and the amount of commissions you can receive. The three levels are Apprentice, Presidential, and Executive.The Apprentice level includes the webhosting and a few training videos and that is 14.95 month. So for anyone you bring in as an apprentice, you will receive a 50% commission for them buying a blog through you as well as 50% of 14.95 per month for every month your apprentice is with the Internet Lifestyle Network.The 2nd level is Executive. The Executive level is only $97.00 a month and you will have more time to be personally coached by Internet Marketing Coach Vince, who is consistently making 50k month and the beauty of it is he is only 27 years old. Now here is the thing. You can only get a 50% commission on the executive level if you yourself have an executive level membership or higher. Again you only get paid on executive IF YOU ARE EXECUTIVE. So for every month the person you refer has an executive level membership, you will receive 50% of $97.Obviously if you come on at the Executive level, there will still be a certain amount of information you don’t have access to because that information is reserved for the presidential level. That is one of the downsides to the company but I know that’s what most companies are doing these days. And the fact that you have to pay $97 a month could potentially prevent people from joining due to their financial situation. However, once you learn a few marketing tricks and learn your way around the internet, you could potentially have a nice return on your investment with just one sale. Because with ILN, if one person decides to get a blog through you and become a part of the network, you are looking at upwards of $250 for just one sale. That’s not counting the residual income you would receive monthly for the ones that decide to become a member. So depending on how much work you are willing to put in to get good results, $97 per month can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. That’s really the only cons I see with ILN.The 3rd level is Presidential. The Presidential level is $197 a month and you will have access to EVERYTHING Vince knows. If you have a presidential membership and you refer someone who wants to purchase a presidential membership, you will receive a$100 commission a month for everyone you refer to the network. So if you referred 50 people to the network, that’s an extra $60,000 a year. This is truly a social network you can profit from. Imagine if some of your friends on facebook wanted to be innovative, go into business for themselves, or expand their own branding with their current business opportunity. That’s residual income for you. That’s just one of the perks of being a part of the Internet Lifestyle Network. We haven’t even scratched the surface regarding the marketing training and how you can make 20-50k per month.If you want to learn more about ILN, visit the link below and you will see various blog designs as well as a video that explains how you can earn commissions through purchasing a professionally designed and done for you blog.Http://KennethHendersonJr.com
When it comes to getting your finances in order, it is a good idea to understand a little about all the tools that you have at your disposal. Here are a few reminders of the several different ways you can gather support and information to help you manage your finances.No matter what our goals happen to be, most of us find ourselves in need of good sound finance advice from time to time. We can find all sorts of qualified finance advisers around us. Our local bank is usually willing to help us understand the workings of saving and investing, and without charging anything for going over the basics. Many communities have non-profit organizations that help with preparing budgets and providing counseling when persons are in need of a few tips on breaking bad financial habits.Counseling is also available to help you meet long term financial goals as well. As an example, if one of your goals is to finance college tuition for your children, a qualified counselor can help you set up a savings program that will allow you to set aside an equitable amount on a regular basis in some sort of interest bearing account. By using a finance calculator to layout your monthly budget, and make sure your budget is realistic, you can begin to make headway toward building that college fund.Of course, it may be that you need some guidance in seeking a finance loans to purchase a home or start a business. You will want to speak with more than one finance lender, so that you can do some comparison shopping on finance rates, monthly repayment terms, and how much of your monthly payment will be applied to your principle. You also want to know if there are any penalties for paying off the loan early, or if there are any incentives that would make it worth your while to retire the debt earlier than planned.Finance equity can also be a topic where you would want to seek some expert advice before making a move. Understanding just exactly how much equity you current have in your property can make all the difference in evaluating your overall financial health. This is especially true if you are considering the sale of a portion of your properties. Without a reasonable amount of equity accrued, you may find it advantageous to hold on to the properties for a little while longer.If you want to learn to handle more of your finances on your own, there are probably several avenues in your community where you can take a finance course or two. Your local community college may have courses that can be taken in the evenings or on weekends. Credit associations often have short term courses that are geared toward particular areas of financial management. Check in the phone book and with your local chamber of commerce to find out what opportunities are coming up.Record keeping is also important to your fiscal health. If you have a home computer, you can avail yourself of finance software. Some computers come with basic finance tracking packages already loaded into the hard drive. If you need something a little more robust, there are a number of different software programs on the market today. Often, you can download a trial version of any finance software you are interested in and see if the package will do everything you need it to do.With so many tools at your command, you can arrange your finances and begin to set goals that will make life much easier for you in the years to come.
You have three options when you decide to learn digital photography. The first is to find a formal, college or training institution and pay a lot of money. The second is to find a mentor or tutor and pay reasonable amounts for one on one, and the last is create your own self-study programme.The decision here is to be able to make the decision as to what kind of study you will do. What is your financial budget and how does it constrain you and how disciplined are you with self-study? Two important questions you need to answer before you can do anything in order to learn digital photography. I would suggest a simple approach that is far more cost effective.1. Investigate self-study and see if it works for youWith the internet there is just so much you can find in order to learn digital photography through self-study. The only problem you’d have here is finding a way to filter what you discover in order to choose a route that will work for you. Of course your knowledge of photography is going to limit you when trying to ascertain what is good and what isn’t. I have accumulated a large amount of internet sourced material. There is lots of it and of great quality. I would suggest two ways to get around the problem of deciding what is good. The first, become a member on photography forums and ask a lot of questions and secondly, search for photography blogs that provide information to beginners. One I would suggest is called Digital Photography School. Do a Google search and it comes out on the first page. Great material! Don’t forget paper. Books and magazines are great resources but they are a bit pricey. Libraries are a great source of photography books and magazines so check them out first before buying.2. Find a mentorThis is one of the most effective ways you can find to learn digital photography. It’s number two on my list because it is a step up from self-study. If you can find someone who is a friend all the better for you. You will either get the info for free or you’ll be able to get it a low price. What is important here is that you’ll be able to ask questions about issues that aren’t clear in books and articles. Sometimes a few words of clarification can save hours of working through something alone. With a mentor you can set up a structured learning process that will allow you to work through key principles and practical exercises. Many photographers who teach photography teach one on one, so ask around.3. Formal photography coursesThis is divided into two methods, online and offline. Off line is more expensive due to the logistics and usually is made up of several people to a class meeting at specific times. You get a manual, have regular classes and get to do assignments and go on field trips. The different types are too many to discuss here. Online courses have taken the world of photography by storm and can be really profitable as well as exciting. With this type of learning you are sent your notes and are given assignments which are then critiqued by your lecturer or teacher. What’s interesting about this type of online course is that you are able to work at your own pace and there is no pressure. There are usually deadlines for assignments but all classes are given through online material and course notes. Some courses have classes where all students participate through private class forums and you are able to interact with each other. Two sites I would recommend are Better Photo and Perfect Picture School of Photography.If you are serious and really want to learn digital photography then start with something that you can try out before spending a lot of money. Check whether you are suited to your own self-study and if not, try a mentor before doing anything formal. If budgets are not an issue and you like a class situation try either an online or offline course. Whatever you do, make sure that as you learn digital photography you do so in a structured way so as to maximise you photographic journey. Happy shooting!