When Will the Marlins Dethrone The Nationals?

LNE Consulting has waited patiently for the Marlins to start making the playoffs for years. But as of right now, the Nationals won’t allow that to happen.

The Washington Nationals have replaced the New York Mets as the powerhouse in the NL East. Bryce Harper and co. have gotten exponentially better over the last three seasons making it difficult for any other team in the division to clinch a playoff spot. The real question LNE Consulting has is when will the Marlins takeover?

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Well, the Marlins have a long way to go but they’re certainly moving in the right direction. Last year they finished a few games below .500 which is better than 20 games under like they finished in 2015.

The unfortunate part is that the Marlins don’t have a specific strength. They are the middle of the pack in hitting and are in the bottom half of the league in the major pitching statistics. The good news is there’s hope.

The Marlins have been using the last few drafts to beef up their pitching rotation. While most of these pitchers will spend some time in the minor leagues or finishing their collegiate careers, the Marlins will soon have a deep pitching rotation. Not to mention their most recent first round draft pick, Trevor Rogers. This kid can really sling it and he’s only 19. That’s called setting yourself up for your future.

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Let’s not forget a few of the other good things the Marlins have going for them.

Marcell Ozuna might be the most slept on player in the league right now. He’s led the entire team in home runs, batting average, hits, and RBI’s for most of the year. Most of the team has a decent batting average but Ozuna has separated himself from the rest. He’s in his mid 20’s and has a bright future ahead of him if he ends up staying with the Marlins.

The pieces will start coming together in due time but the Marlins can’t panic. Their core is strong, they just have to keep building one year at a time. Who knows, the Marlins could be a few years away from a World Series. You can bet LNE Consulting will be rooting for them.

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6 Unexpected Health Benefits of Coffee

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Many of us here at LNE Consulting have been known to enjoy one or two three or four cups of coffee throughout the day. And if you’re like us, you may even have gotten some flack over your impending addiction from your friends, family, or coworkers. But coffee lovers, rejoiceit turns out that indulging in a reasonable amount of coffee each day is actually pretty good for you! Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up a list of 6 of coffee’s best health benefits.

1. Increases your energy levels

You may have already noticed the little jolt of energy that comes when you drink a cup of coffee. This effect is because caffeine boosts your levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, providing you with that burst of energy.

2. Improves physical performance

Not only does caffeine increase your adrenaline levels, but it also causes fat tissue to release fatty acids, fueling your body and improving your physical performance—making it the perfect pre-workout beverage!

3. Contains important nutrients

One cup of coffee contains Vitamins B2 and B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. If that one cup turns into four, coffee can supply a surprising amount of your recommended daily nutrient intake.

4. Source of fiber

A cup of brewed coffee can contain up to 1.8 grams of fiber, approximately 6% of the 30 grams daily recommended for the average adult. Fiber helps normalize bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, and can even help you achieve a healthy weight.

5. Full of antioxidants

Coffee contains large amounts of several important antioxidants, including hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, coffee can fulfill a substantial portion of your daily antioxidant needs!

6. Lowers the risk of several diseases

Multiple studies have shown that people who regularly drink coffee have a much lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

So don’t be afraid to pour that second cup, just be sure to limit yourself to the recommended daily amount: about 4 cups of coffee for the average adult.

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5 Outdoor Activities That Will Keep Summer Going in September

September is here, and with school starting again it may not feel like summer anymore. At LNE Consulting, we have found other ways to keep the summer fun alive despite the coming fall. So before the September responsibilities set in for good, try and get out to try a few of these fun activities.

  1. Bike Riding! To be fair, this can be done in any weather – especially here in Florida where we’ve got sunshine year round. With the summer heat subsiding, September is a great time to pick this hobby up again. If you are able, pack a picnic and bike somewhere remote with friends. Enjoy the beautiful weather with a beautiful ride!
  2. Jet skiing! Check out the local jet skiing options available on Hollywood Beach or some of the other beaches nearby. Get out on the water and make some memories.
  3. Go on a boating excursion. Check out some of the available rental places near us in Hollywood, FL or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip out to the Florida Keys and check out some of the wildlife out there! It will still feel like summer from the bow of your boat.
  4. Try canoeing in West Lake Park, not far from LNE Consulting’s office in Hollywood, FL. There is a wonderful waterfront site for canoeing and picnics, make a day out of it and plan some time before things get busy this fall. Just don’t tip the canoe!
  5. Head on over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center, where there are beautiful hiking trails, an observation tower, an aquarium and even mangroves that you can paddle through in Kayaks! With so many options, this center is definitely worth a day trip.

So, even though it’s September, it doesn’t have to feel like fall yet. While we enjoy beautiful weather all year long in Hollywood, FL, it can still get busier once fall hits and responsibilities begin again. So find some time to keep the freedom and fun of summer alive, and from all of us at LNE Consulting, we hope you make some wonderful memories!

5 Podcasts That Will Get You Excited For Your Morning Commute [LIST]

At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we know how unpredictable traffic can be, especially if you have a long commute to work. The radio can be repetitive and frustrating at times, especially when you’re aiming to prepare your brain for a productive day of work. Podcasts are revolutionizing the daily commute – offering compelling stories and hours of intelligent and informative entertainment. The best part? They are free and available right on your smartphone!

Here are 5 captivating podcasts recommended by LNE Consulting that will make your drive to work more enjoyable!

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.56.28 AM1. S-Town is an enthralling 7 part series that focuses on the life of an antique clock restorer named John B. Macklemore. Sounds boring, right? Well, he turns out to be one of the most intriguing and intelligent people on the planet — with secrets, conflict, and twists galore.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.01.40 PM2. For those who are intrigued by the supernatural, The Black Tapes is the best thing going! An open-minded reporter, Alex Reagan, investigates ghosts, apparitions, and spirits while exploring the evidence of hauntings around the world. The Co-star, Dr. Richard Strand, is a nonbeliever who relies solely on science and tangible, proven evidence – almost always dismissing supernatural experiences as a hoax. Unlike S-Town, The Black Tapes is fictional; however, that opens up a lot of room for a gripping and tremendously spooky story. This podcast will make traffic breeze by, whether you’re on your way to LNE Consulting or running errands!

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3. Crimetown takes you to 70’s and 80’s Providence, Rhode Island, where crime and corruption were all the norm in the political system. The studio is planning on working on a new area, new crime, and new story every season – but so far, season one is the only collection that has been published. Season one is a fascinating look into the political career of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the mayor of Providence from 1974-1984. The story documents his infamous political career, as well as his connection to the mafia, with real interviews from ex-mob members and people in Buddy’s circle.
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4. The Nerdist Podcast, hosted by the geeky, charming, and well-spoken Chris Hardwick, is a wonderful way to hear the thoughts and opinions of famous and successful people in an informal setting. Essentially, each episode is an hour or so long interview with a stirring guest. However, like most interviews, it does not sound like a press release. The guests are completely open and engaged, answering brilliant, yet casual questions from Chris. It’s like sitting in on a conversation between two buddies! His guests have included Jake Gyllenhaal, J.J. Abrams, Keanu Reeves, and even Bill Gates!
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5. History buffs unite! Check out Hardcore History. Hey, even if you have no prior knowledge of ancient civilizations and traditional academic history, you will love this podcast if you are looking to learn – and we sure do love to learn here at LNE Consulting. Dan Carlin has an unorthodox way of making history enjoyable while blending journalism and drama to create a stimulating learning experience. It is a great podcast to wake your brain up and provide you with some new information to share with your coworkers!

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3 Quotes From Football Stars to Pump You Up

The wait is over! Pre-season is finally here. All of us at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) are thrilled to have our beloved Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays back. Football is for friends, family, food, and entertainment — perfect for decompressing after work and right before Monday. In honor of football’s long-awaited return, here are 3 quotes from some well-known, hard-working, and successful football stars.
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“I don’t care about three years ago… I don’t care about two years ago. I don’t care about last year. The only things I care about is this week.” – Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the 5 Time Superbowl Champion, lives, breathes and plays with an urgent sense of hard work. He maintains an immaculate diet, practices as much as possible, and has shattered records throughout his career. Champions do not dwell on the past – it is a powerful mindset that is a prerequisite for success and one that we promote here at LNE Consulting.
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“You know, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.’ It’s always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport” – Jerry Rice

The NFL Hall of Famer holds multiple records in the NFL while being selected for the Pro Bowl 13 times and named All-Pro 12 times. Rice’s 20 years in the NFL were impressive ones; however one of the reasons that he was so successful was because he was attentive and in the moment. It is not intelligent to dwell on the past, but it also important to remember to stay in the moment and not worry about the future. Always give 100% in the moment and the future will be taken care of.

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 “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased – and rent is due every day.” – JJ Watt

JJ Watt, who is a defensive weapon for the Houston Texans, is a powerhouse player who has set NFL records and played through injuries to prove doubters wrong. He understands that success is not a one-time deal that is over and done with – that’s why you need to stay consistent and work hard every single day. We operate on that belief daily here at LNE Consulting.

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Food for Thought, Literally: 7 Foods that Boost Brainpower

As we power through the summertime and fight through the Florida heat, LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) has got you covered with a list of 7 foods that are proven to help keep you focused!

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You’ve probably heard of this one before. You may have even popped a handful of blueberries in your mouth on your way to take a big test back in school. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which boost the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, which improves concentration and memory.

2) Beets

These red root vegetables are another great source of antioxidants. Beets also contain natural nitrates, which similarly increase blood flow to your brain, giving you a rush of energy and improving your mental performance.

3) Broccoli

Broccoli contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and choline, three nutrients that are key for supporting energy and brain function. Turns out your mom was right, you really should eat your broccoli!

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We’re as thrilled as you are to have another excuse to eat more chocolate. Dark chocolate with contains 70 percent or higher cocoa is packed with flavonols, which provide your body with antioxidants, helping blood flow to the brain and heart and even lowering your blood pressure.

5) Nuts and Seeds

Both are a fantastic source of Vitamin E, which helps maintain your cognitive function as you age. They’re also full of essential oils and amino acids which can give you a concentration boost.

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Avocados are always praised as a great source of healthy fatty acids, but did you know they can also help out your brain? They’re known to aid blood flow to the brain, which yes, you guessed it, improves your focus and concentration.

7) Fatty Fish

Especially oily fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, and kipper, have been proven to enhance your mental performance and mood due to their high levels of omega-3  fatty acids.

Try incorporating even just two or three of these superfoods into your daily diet, you’ll notice a difference!

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