Pamela Druckerman interviews Walter Mischel, a professor of psychology at Columbia, in Learning How to Exert Self-Control:
…Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.
…Adults can use similar methods of distraction and distancing, he says. Don’t eye the basket of bread; just take it off the table. In moments of emotional distress, imagine that you’re viewing yourself from outside, or consider what someone else would do in your place. When a waiter offers chocolate mousse, imagine that a cockroach has just crawled across it. “If you change how you think about it, its impact on what you feel and do changes,” Mr. Mischel writes.
…He explains that there are two warring parts of the brain: a hot part demanding immediate gratification (the limbic system), and a cool, goal-oriented part (the prefrontal cortex). The secret of self-control, he says, is to train the prefrontal cortex to kick in first.
…Self-control alone doesn’t guarantee success. People also need a “burning goal” that gives them a reason to activate these skills
Read the rest of Druckerman’s column here: Learning How to Exert Self-Control
Find Mischel’s new book at Amazon here: The Marshmellow Test: Mastering Self-Control.
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Double Chocolate Pancakes. That’s right. That’s what we’re talkin’ about.
Creator: Angie Dudley, a.k.a Bakerella, is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Cake Pops and creator of Bakerella.com. Check out her recipe here: Cocoa Nuts! Make Bakerella’s Double Chocolate Pancakes.
Lori shared this link with me yesterday from Kitchentreaty.com.
Next to more pasta, that’s all I’ve been able to think about for the last 24 hours.
It’s Sea Salt & Honey Ice Cream.
Wait. There’s more.
THERE’S NO ICE CREAM MACHINE NEEDED.
A hearty thank you to my blogger friends for baiting the circus monkey.
For recipe and more amazing pictures, hit this link at Kitchentreaty.com.
Credits: Image – Jaimejustelaphoto. Blog Title: Mikhail Gorbachev (Russian President of the Soviet Union (1985-91)
Ham & Cheese Omelette
Bagel w Cream Cheese
Cheesy scrambled eggs
Cheddar Cheese Scones
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Triple Cheese Pizza
Macaroni & Cheese
Crackers & Cheese
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Cheesy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup
Parmesan cheese on all things pasta
I need to get something to eat…
Source: Living in Maine
Drip Maple is a small Canadian Syrup company. “In the cold North, we’re born to appreciate the small things. With the short few months of summer fleeting, we have a long & cozy hibernation to enjoy the simple pleasures of Mother Nature. Maple is our choice and we have scoured the land to bring you the very best certified organic & delectably delicious maple syrup possible.”
And DON’T MISS this clip…mouth watering.
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It’s Saturday, late afternoon.
Dinner out? Or eat in?
I take inventory of the fridge. Eyes pan from the top shelf to bottom. Not feeling it here.
I take inventory: Sweat pants. Shower-less. Shave-less. Matted hair.
I grab a pencil to scribble out my wish list. I’m about to hand it off.
No chance. You’re coming.
I’m not listening to you complain that I didn’t get you what you wanted.
Oh, come on.
The K’s are in the car.
You could have put a hat on.
I could have stayed home.
BBQ Turkey Sandwich.
DK & RK Certified as deliciousness.
Made to instructions without deviation.
Killer French Toast:
Love French Toast. Check.
Love Sandwiches. Check.
Love Syrup. Check.
Love Marmalade.* Check. Check.
Love Cream Cheese. CHECK.
Love Sweet. Check.
Love Savory. Check.
Love Sweet & Savory. Check. Check.
DK Rating: 10.
Find recipe below: [Read more...]
Salivating…and if this wasn’t enough for you – check out Fabio’s Popcorn with Parmesan & Pancetta. Mouthwatering!
Rush jobs. Corners cut. One constant in 30 years, disappointment.
A handful of notables come to mind. So few, I can picture the craftsman. I can picture the chair. Here the tired and the scuffed are healed to a high gloss sheen.
It’s rare. 1%.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Kloten Airport in Zurich.
Allen Edmonds, Port Washington, Wisconsin.
And, Grand Central.
Her country of origin? My best guess. Guatemala. Age? Impossible to gauge. Hunched over. Plump. Hands tough, cracked. Brown skin is smooth, free of pock marks. Hair pulled back. Green smock. I’ll say mid-50’s. But a hard 50.
I wait for her to be done with another customer. The other shoe shiners, all men, smirk. I turn away, anger surges. Clench my fist. [Read more...]
My post this morning listed 14 SuperFoods to extend your life – – what heroic intentions. And now, we’ve reverted to this. 90 seconds of awesomeness. Now we’re talkin’…
DK Foodie Rating: 4.5 out of 5. (Discount for inability to taste and smell)
Kick off pre-game with Stuffed Cheesy Bread:
After a tough day like today, GIVE it to me.
- Regular spaghetti. Thin noodles. Angel Hair. Or a combo. Doesn’t matter.
- Fetuccini. Linguini. Tortellini. Anything with “ini” works. Not discriminating.
- Bow Tie. Corkscrew. Elbow. Lasagna. You pick it. Just be sure you have enough for 3-4 helpings.
- Red sauce. White sauce. Butter Sauce. Makes no difference. Put the pot down. Hand me the spoon.
Roll it in front of me.
Give me a stick of butter, a salt shaker and a fork.
And stand back.
I need ten minutes of quiet time…with me and my pasta.
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Source: Thank you headlikeanorange
“I talk about love, forgiveness, social justice; I rage against American materialism in the name of altruism, but have I even controlled my own heart? The overwhelming majority of time I spend thinking about myself, pleasing myself, reassuring myself, and when I am done there is nothing to spare for the needy. Six billion people live in this world, and I can only muster thoughts for one. Me.”
~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
Go without a coat; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. If you’re never tested, you’ll never define your character.
~ Henry Rollins