Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 22, 2011
November 22, 2011
That Thanksgiving feast could actually be good for you, depending on what food --and how much-- you eat: Holiday superfoods, from Ladies' Home Journal:
--Turkey: low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and overall fat, and it provides nearly 50 percent of the RDA for folic acid --which helps protect against birth defects, various forms of cancer, and heart disease.
--Cranberries: excellent source of free-radical scavenging antioxidants like vitamins C and E, the berries may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease. May prevent urinary tract infections.
--Pumpkin: chock-full of beta-carotene (which is good for the eyes and may help prevent some types of cancer and atherosclerosis) and serves up vitamin C and potassium (the latter can help counteract the effects of sodium if you have high blood pressure).
--Whole Wheat Diner Rolls: 100 percent whole wheat breads have more fiber than white bread or other breads made with wheat flour. Fiber can decrease the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer and it helps you maintain regular bowel movements.
--Peas: ample source of fiber (both insoluble and soluble).
--Sweet Potatoes: excellent source of beta-carotene, antioxidants, and fiber.
Five holiday tips from Dr Phil:
Dr PHIL McGRAW shares some holiday advice on how not to only survive the holiday season, but enjoy it as well.
1. Are your expectations realistic? What gets people upset is not what actually happens, but having their expectancies violated. If you want everything to be perfect, from dinner starting on time to all the kids behaving, you're probably setting yourself up for disappointment. Based on results, are your expectancies realistic? Lower them so you're not frustrated year after year.
2. Remember what the holidays are really about --family togetherness, spiritual enlightenment and camaraderie with friends often times get lost. It's easy to get caught up in all the details of shopping, cooking and entertaining, but what's really important is being with the ones you love.
3. Lighten up and go with the flow. Take a step back and relax. When your family gets on your nerves, laugh it off.
4. Remember that the Thanksgiving meal is not a problem-solving session. Deal with your family issues another time.
5. If the holidays make you feel empty, give to others who are less fortunate --the best way to get is to give.
Filling a need:
You've got a ringtone? Congrats. You're part of a $2.1 billion-dollar business.
Yeah, ringtones, the unintelligible (is that Beyoncé?) sound coming from someone who didn't get the "your phone should always on vibrate" memo.
By 2015, digital music revenue will generate $7.7 billion annually, and ringtones, a business that peaked around 2005, will still factor into that with analysts predicting it'll still be a billion-dollar business. (Maiman)
The Chicago Tribune reports candy maker Tootsie Roll Industries is suing a small footwear company selling the Footzyrolls rollable ballet slippers. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois claims Rollashoe is infringing on the Tootsie Roll brand name. Tootsie Roll alleges Footzyrolls confuse and "deceive" consumers into thinking that the shoes are associated with Tootsie Roll's portfolio of products. (Kaye)
PRINCE HARRY loves a bargain. People magazine reports the young royal headed to Sin City last weekend and got a kick out of the fact that casinos serve free drinks if you're gambling! The good-time guy then dropped 300 bucks at the blackjack tables, popped in to see "O" at the Bellagio and danced 'til 4 am at the XS Nightclub. (Lee)
PRINCE CHARLES has a new name. According to In Touch magazine, the heir to the British throne was named "he who the cows love" by a tribe in Tanzania.
Editor's note: that explains wife CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES (Myers)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
A stage musical based on the original 1976 movie, "Rocky," will premiere next November in Hamburg, Germany. SYLVESTER STALLONE is heavily involved with the project and will give boxing lessons to the cast. No one has been hired yet. The New York Times says if the musical works in Germany, it will be headed to Broadway. (Marino)
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