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3 Harmful Ingredients You May Not Know About

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Did you know that the same box of cereal in the US has more harmful ingredients than the same cereal in the UK?

Based on a 2017 article published on the business insider, the United States has different health regulation rules from other countries when it comes to dangerous chemicals added to the food. Many of these ingredients have been banned and deemed illegal in Europe and are still allowed in the US. Some reasons why there are chemicals in our food are for longer shelf life, more flavor, and coloring to make your food more visually appealing.

The fact is that most of the packaged foods we eat whether they’re candies, cereal or tomato sauce could be detrimental to our health. But how bad can it be? Yes, the obvious reason for many is weight gain. But what we may not always be aware of is that the list of issues is longer than just that.

Symptoms of bad chemicals in your food can range anywhere between random headaches, digestive problems, hormonal issues, and even cancer. Yes, many of the foods you might be consuming can cause cancer. Before we start dissecting labels, know that if your cereal, cookies, or any other product you have in your kitchen or snacking pantry has more than 10 ingredients then it’s not worth the try. Also, watch out for hard to pronounce ingredients. When in doubt don’t eat it. 

Before we go into dissecting ingredients, let’s talk about junk food.

Well, you must have heard the Pringle’s slogan “once you pop you can’t stop” and this slogan is not wrong. Junk food is addicting and this is no accident. This type of “food” is loaded with sodium, sugar, additives & preservatives.

Too much sodium leads to heart and blood pressure problems. Too much sugar leads to weight issues, inflammation, and behavioral problems.

Here are 3 top “no-no” ingredients in food labels to avoid:

  1. Artificial colorings: Would you ever eat Play-Doh, or chew on a Crayola? If your answer is no, then perhaps reading the words yellow #40, red #12 and so on are probably a no-no also. Know that when coloring and numbers are found in your food it translates to synthetic ingredients which can cause, skin rashes, nausea, and other unwanted side effects. 
  2. Artificial sweeteners: Such as Splenda, Sucralose, Aspartame, Nutrasweet, Truvia, and Sweet ’n Low. Chances are that all of these are still offered at your local coffee shop or they are in those, diet sodas, and  “sugar-free” cookies. Want a better sweetener option? Look for coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey. The use of artificial sweeteners has been linked to cancer, seizures, and metabolic disorders as some people may not be able to metabolize the artificial sweeteners. In some instances, it can lead to overeating and blood sugar issues.
  3. Sodium Nitrate: Used in red meats to preserve color and flavor. The chemical make- up of this product causes cancer in the stomach, other effects are headaches, vomiting, nausea, and dizziness.

Now that you have this important list, take notice of how your body reacts through the day. The best way is to make a food diary. There are times in which a weird mood or allergic reaction may be related more to the food you consume than just a seasonal allergic reaction.

Are you looking to make changes in your life? Angie Andrade has created a 7 Day Challenge to introduce you to her TotalBodyFit approach to wellness.

This program is FREE and it takes no more than 4 minutes per day to learn and practice.

Sign up here!

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Daniel Duminy Shares Tips on Making Money on Social Media

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Daniel Duminy is a Youtuber, professional go-kart racer and a musician. This Germany-South African youngster left his home in Durban, South Africa to pursue his dream as a social media influencer. In months, Dan has successfully garnered a following of over 200,000 people. We had a conversation with the 18-year-old entrepreneur to get some tips on making money on social media. 

A Social Media Influencer 

Dany started uploading videos at the age of 10 years. At the time, he did not know which niche he wanted to focus on. “My first video was a kissing prank. It did quite well. As I started growing up I wanted to inspire people. As a result, I started focusing on entertainment and inspiring stuff,” says Dan. He has shot some vlogs for famous South African rappers such as Nasty C. Tellaman and Rowlene. He also develops travel vlogs, behind the scene music shots, and photographs for his Instagram page. Presently, Dan or as his fans call him, realdanduminy, has over 33,000 fans on Instagram. The young entrepreneur’s videos on YouTube and social media posts are enjoyed by people from diverse backgrounds and ages. He has traveled around the world posting reviews to the latest products and about his life. “I’m just going where God takes me. Since I was young, I loved to inspire people daily and to make an impact on people. I admire how people like Tanner Fox, Logan Paul, and Jake Paul have to work constantly to have daily uploads. I do not want to be an Instagram influencer only but an all-rounder influencer on all platforms,” says the versatile entrepreneur. 

Making Money on Social Media 

Social media has a powerful influence on the modern world. There are over 2 billion social media users online with 90% engaging on Facebook followed by Instagram and YouTube. 90.4% of social media users are millennials, 77.5% are generation X, and 48.2% are baby boomers. The growing number of social media users makes it a great platform for brand marketing. Brand marketing is one of the ways Dan makes his money online. The young entrepreneur has worked with labels such as Custom Apparel, L’Exil lodges, and Phomolong Lodges. Daniel also creates entertaining content. “I make content that is not only fun for a 13-year old but also enjoyed by the child’s parents,” he says. 

Dan works hard to ensure he has a constant flow of content on social media. He engages his audience by reading their comments and working on their concerns. The teenager does his best to respond to every comment from his loyal fans. As a result, his vlogs are always trending and attracting a new fan base. Dan also earns his income from the work he does for artists, his YouTube channel and doing paid advertisements for local and international brands. The young man’s rise to fame has led him to rub shoulders with the creme de la creme of the entertainment industry such as Justin Bieber and Skillex. Still, the greatest highlight of his career has been getting recognized by his fans. 

Some of the tips that Dan advises on making money on social media include professionalism, originality, and relevant, quality content. He advises those who want to become Instagram influencers to build on their portfolio. “You have to first build in your bio with the right information. This includes your contact information, what you post about and where you are from. Add in some keywords and even a couple of hashtags to ensure you’re easily findable by the right kind of followers. Post regularly to grow numbers. Take great photographs and use relevant hashtags to get your images seen. Finally, make time every single day to engage with your followers or anyone involved in your industry by commenting on and liking images,” says Dan. 

Dany’s Vision 

The Social Blade statistics of the young entrepreneur revealed that he has a fast-growing success on social media. The growing fan base will make the young star an A-List influencer within the realdanduminy market. This lifestyle and travel blogger’s parting shot is, “have faith in whatever you’re doing because that goes along way. Also, stay true to yourself be humble and make good decisions. Don’t ever care what people say about you just keep moving.”

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The Power of Podcasting and Where It’s Headed: Interview with Ejay Cruz

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The Parables Podcast Host: Ejay Cruz.

Ejay Cruz is a registered nurse turned entrepreneur from Eastvale, California who decided to take up a new venture in podcasting. What started as a passion project quickly evolved into an impactful platform, reaching over 43+ countries and ranking Top 100 podcasts on iTunes in its category within only one year of launching. With a global reach and unceasing audience growth, he realized there is a much bigger purpose now with the impact his podcast “The Parables” (@theparablespodcast on IG) is making.

Podcasting is an adaptation of blogging and still in its infancy. Previously known as “audio blogging,” it began to catch hold in 2004 and since has seen exponential growth. Yet, the platform still doesn’t match up to other media channels. Currently, there are an estimated 500 million blogs out there, as well as an estimated 500 million YouTube channels. With only an estimated 1 million podcasts however, the media platform shows it is still in its pre-mature stages and is popularizing at a fast rate.

Why Ejay Encourages you to start your own Podcast?

Ejay encourages all entrepreneurs, businesses, and brands to start their own podcast as soon as possible. As the new kid on the block in broadcast media, podcasting is an innovative platform to gain exposure and stay relevant in today’s competitive market.

It is also a great networking vehicle, allowing you to reach, access, and collaborate with other high profile individuals. Being a podcast host establishes you as an authoritative figure, a sense of importance and immediate access to get in touch with other people, similar to a speaker or an author.  

Recording podcast content can also be beneficial in terms of content creation. Recordings can be multi-purposed as not only audio content but video content (videocasting or video podcasting) as well. Perhaps the most powerful asset is the leveraging of audiences. If your podcasts include guest features, you can leverage your guests’ audience whether it is a high profile entrepreneur or maybe just a starter in the game, you can never go wrong with more exposure and awareness.

His Opinion on the Importance of Collaborations:

Collaborations are vital in any market and podcasting is a great incubator to create them. Let it be genuine. Be selective with who you feature on your show. You should want to only collaborate with others that add value and contribute to your show, audience and boost listenership.

Pay attention, everyone is starting one! From major brands to top talent influencers and celebrities, they are all flooding the space because they understand how lucrative it can be for their personal brand or business. Now is the perfect time to start one yourself and not get left behind.

What is the Future of Podcasting?

Podcasting is still under-monetized compared to other forms of media, but that is changing really fast. As a digital marketing content hub, there is a rise in innovative methods to monetize including ad market places, sponsorships, premium content, and affiliate marketing to name a few.

“People always ask me if podcasting is paying for the time invested in it. I tell everyone YES, but not in the form of cash (yet). Instead, in the form of exposure, relevancy, relationships, networking, and experience,” Ejay stated.

As podcasting continues to popularize and grow its listener base, big companies and venture capitalists will continue to put a lot of money towards this space as the industry continues to reach new heights.

Hopefully not anytime soon or anything major, but the platform will begin to see attempts of regulation in some shape or form similar to other media distribution platforms like the internet, radio, and TV. But because the platform is so innovative and multi-versed, I don’t see it making a significant impact on the creator. 

Some Tips Ejay would Like to Share with You:

  1. If you’re thinking about launching your own podcast, stop thinking and get to it right away. Now is the time!
  2. Establish what you want your podcast to be about and who your target audience is.
  3. Utilize its power: network and use it as a content hub.
  4. This may not make sense but… it’s not easy yet it’s not hard either. It takes time and consistency but can also be simplified and systemized.
  5.  Do it right the first time. This is your brand, your business. I invested in good mics and it has rewarded me post production-wise. Remember, if you put out poor quality content, what does that say about your efforts? Your brand? Your business? 

If you would like more information you can contact Ejay at [email protected] or @itsejaycruz on Instagram. 

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WHY #PAY TAMPA BAY

Florida is home to the third-largest cluster of insurance and banking companies in the U.S., making it an ideal location to launch and support a fintech venture.

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#PAY TAMPA BAY | 02.20.2020 | EMBARC COLLECTIVE
#PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

On my recent trip to Las Vegas for the Money 20/20 event, I received a lot of questions about #PAY TAMPA BAY. I’m writing this blog to share my vision for this unique event.

First and foremost our technology corridor is experiencing tremendous growth with startup incubators and accelerators in all three major cities, Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater. Huge investments from business leaders and local government cooperation is expediting growth.

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner, Jeff Vinik is collaborating with Bill Gate’s Cascade Partners to revitalize the downtown business district with a new innovation hub as a keystone in the project.

Strategic Property Partner’s $3 Billion dollar Water Street Project will catalyze the city and it’s technology oriented growth for 2020 and beyond. Water Street Project Website

As a native of Tampa Bay this is exciting news to me and it provided an opportunity to showcase this growth to the financial services industry. We want to attract attention and investment to the area to aid in growth and prosperity.

Embarc Collective is a 33,000 square foot, $12 million dollar, state-of-the-art innovation hub opening in 2020. #PAY TAMPA BAY is the first official event following the grand opening. The hub will have private workspaces, a public cafe, outdoor lounge and lending library. 

“We’ve created an urban porch for this historic, brick warehouse,” Jan Barna, president of Kreher/Barna Design Studio, said in a release. “And designed an interior that reflects a microcosm of our urban environment.”

To make the massive space a little more close-knit, it will be split up to “mini-neighborhoods” which are intended to have the tenants create close connections with their neighbors.

“You have different companies in private offices that have a small shared area, so it’s a community inside of a community,” she said. “These companies get to know each other, cheer each other on, but in a much smaller community.”

As important as this infrastructure is, it’s the people and their passion that make the difference. We have found that Tampa Bay is full of passionate leaders that are highly involved in fintech.

Two of those people are Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins, Founders of BlockSpaces. We have partnered with this blockchain innovation studio that is focused on creating value-added solutions to organizations looking to leverage emerging technology to organize and present this upcoming event at this brand new, downtown innovation hub.

There is a number of other local passionate leaders in the fintech realm here in “the other Bay Area”. Numerous financial services giants are opening their doors in the corridor to leverage our burgeoning fintech industry and perks of a warmer climate.

Today, Florida is home to the third-largest cluster of insurance and banking companies in the U.S., making it an ideal location to launch and support a fintech venture. We’re reaching out to the fintech industry in many different ways to attract attention and investment to the area.

Recently a cohort representing St. Pete’s financial services leaders joined the Greater St. Petersburg Area EDC in Times Square on October 25 during the Finovate Fall event to talk to New York-based companies about the business opportunity in the Sunshine City.

Greater St. Pete EDC President, J.P. Dubuque was joined by Intrinio, Presence, Raymond James, Dynasty Financial Partners, and the City of St. Petersburg, who shared their Florida Fintech story with the Finovate Fall delegates and members of the media.

“St. Pete is young and vibrant, it’s a happening place. It’s one of the most up-and-coming cities in the Southeast”

Shirl Penny, President & CEO, Dynasty Financial Partners.

“Financial services companies don’t need to be in New York, they can be in St. Pete, thrive, succeed and be much happier” said St. Pete EDC President.

“I think we need to pump our chest out and be proud of who and what we are, and even more so about what we’re becoming” said Tash Elwyn, President and CEO of Raymond James, Private Clients Group.

“We need to continue to do more of this, we need to tell the story, work together and we need to make sure everybody knows how special St. Pete is”.

I personally find a great challenge in this and am joining the ranks of those already working to attract attention and investment to the area. I have committed my company to organizing this event with the intention of helping to build progress, talent density and take part in the growth and transformation of this thriving technology corridor.

#PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters. We want to challenge companies in the financial services space to get involved and participate in this special one day event designed to bring fintech leaders to the Tampa Bay area.

If you want to support innovation and gain insight to what Tampa Bay has to offer please contact us. We’re happy to discuss your organization’s participation in this unique and inspiring event.

The Mandalay Group Inc. www.paysymposium.com | [email protected]

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