Just thought you should know…Sobering information on Drunk Driving: Think before you drink.

With COVID, I’m not sure just how many people will be going to a party. However, if you are planning on ringing in the new year, please have a plan!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!


This is a repost of a previous article. Here’s the original article.

Have you ever done this? You’re sitting with a group of friends at a bar, drinking. Then, when it’s time to go home and there was no designated driver, you decide who’s had the least to drink, and “probably will be okay” to drive. You volunteer and say…”I’m fine, I’ve only had a few. I’ll drive…”

buzzed-driving_breathalyzer_mainstory1.jpg

One night almost 26 years ago, on St. Patrick’s day, on a highway in Colorado, my best friend from childhood, Bobbie Pfeiffer, was killed in a drunk driving accident, a head on collision, along with her fiancee and their 2 dogs (and the drunk driver). So, the issue of drunk driving is an important one for me. I decided to put together an article, highlighting some drunk driving statistics, as well as some things you can do, along with designated driver information.

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Here are some drunk driving statistics. (3, and MADD)

  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year
  • Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year
  • Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
  • Every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
  • Males were more likely than females (15.1% vs. 7.9%) to drive drunk
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes, one every 53 minutes.
  • Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
  • Alcohol levels above the legal limit were found in 21% of such drivers.
  • Each day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 2800 are arrested
  • About one in seven teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks.
  • Over 40% of all 10th graders drink alcohol.
  • Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29 year olds (20.7 percent).

Drunk-Driving-infographic-762x2016.jpg

Here is some information courtesy of drinkinganddriving.org.

  • If you’re arrested for drinking and driving, it will cost you anywhere from $4500 to $18,000 just for fines, insurance increases and legal fees. This does not include crashes and hospital bills. For more information, follow this link.
  • Most of the planet is in agreement that driving with a BAC of .08 is too dangerous to allow.
  • A common guideline is that after each typical drink, you must wait 45 minutes before attempting to drive.
  •  You’ve had a drink and must wait 45 minutes before driving. A quarter hour later, you have another drink. Now you must wait 45 minutes PLUS the 30 minutes left over from the first drink. That’s one and a quarter hours before you should drive. Got time for another? For more information, follow this link.
  • Cold showers, coffee or getting some fresh air have absolutely no effect on getting sober. How about eating a large meal before drinking to “soak up” the extra alcohol? NOT! Maybe you will gain a few pounds but otherwise this only DELAYS the alcohol being absorbed. For more information and other myths, follow this link.

What you can do: (For the pamphlet, follow this link)

  • Know where and why you are going out to party. What’s the setting? After you drink, will there be an opportunity to wait for alcohol to wear off before driving home? Can you spend the night where you are going? Should you be extra cautious about how much you drink?
  • Know how much you are drinking and how it affects you.
  • Get a second opinion. You are NOT a good judge of how drunk you are!
  • Know when to stop drinking. If you must drive, leave enough time for the alcohol to wear off. Realize this can take at least 45 minutes per drink.
  • Wait as long as possible before driving.
  • Do not wait in your car. It is possible to be arrested for DUI even if you are sleeping it off in the back seat.
  • Remember the contact in your phone for the taxi.
  • If necessary, get a room. Hopefully you checked out what was available before partying.
  • Put a contact in your cell phone for the local taxi. Make the first character of the contact name a SPACE “ “ so it will appear first in your contact list.
  • It costs around a buck, but dialing #TAXI from your cellphone will get you connected to the nearest taxi anywhere in America and Canada.
  • Write your address down on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket to give to your Taxi driver. Have cash ready to pay for your ride.

If you’re the designated driver: (For the pamphlet, follow this link)

  • Make the decision on who will be the Designated Driver before going out, and then stick to the plan
  • Designated Driver swears off alcohol for the event and promises to get everyone home safely
  • Designated Driver cannot just be whoever is the least drunk
  • one drink could be ‘one too many’
  • The Designated Driver gets possession of the car keys first, before going out.
  • Take turns being the Designated Driver on different occasions, so it is not always one person who is responsible.

If you’re having a party: (For the pamphlet, follow this link.)

  • Remember your potential liability if anyone leaves and crashes on their way home.
  • Have taxi phone numbers handy.
  • Make sure you know who the designated drivers are, that they don’t drink and that they have the keys.
  • Don’t let anyone leave without your knowledge.
  • Ask your designated drivers to call you after they drop everyone off just so you know everyone made it OK.
  • Offer to help reunite any guests with their cars the next day if necessary.

Drunk Driving Sources:

Here’s some other information & things you can do:

Take the DRIVE SOBER pledge HERE

$20 off coupon code: DADO with UBER

National Directory of

Designated Driver Services HERE

Responsibility.org – Virtual Bar

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The Virtual Bar

“The Virtual Bar uses the latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors affect your blood-alcohol concentration – or BAC – on an individual level, but also can help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink throughout the night, and other important variables.”

With the Virtual Bar, you enter in your gender, age, height, weight, what you’ve had to drink, what you’ve eaten and time since you’ve had the drink.  It then gives you an estimate of your BAC, and how long until your BAC is back to zero (it even tells you how you should be feeling). For smart phone apps, follow these links: IPHONE and GOOGLE PLAY. I have also placed a link to the Virtual Bar on my left side panel.

Here’s how it looks:

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Fair warning,

the following videos

are not for the faint of heart.

Viewer discretion is advised.

Drunk Driving Awareness Video (2:18)

Choices: The Dangers of Drunk Driving (2:52)

Drunk Driving- Car Crash Compilation (21:04) – this one is long. You don’t have to watch the whole thing to get the idea.

Closing thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to look through this important article. I hope it gave you something to think about the next time you are out having fun and drinking with your friends and family. Remember, choose a designated driver…THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!

Think-Before-You-Drink.jpg

Sources:

  1. http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/tools/?gclid=CjwKCAjw-NXPBRB4EiwAVNRLKv3g7Q9WWsKrBieLahy-AuhLWJwz8aGQWxABDpHbUfnDQey_U_j1WhoCB_8QAvD_BwE
  2. https://www.responsibility.org/get-the-facts/research/statistics/drunk-driving-fatalities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvuDPBRDnARIsAGhuAmZTJuis7fRtgHQUl7ryYp786JNNMyWEu2NWFkuY64F93P29foqkkBgaAlNvEALw_wcB’
  3. https://www.intoxalock.com/ignition-interlock-devices/statistics/

 

Lunch by the lake~ Ecotherapy: The Health Benefits of Going Outside

The forest…that’s what I love. There is just something special about being in the forest. I really can’t explain it. Being in the forest calms me, and fills me with positive, healing energy. I try to walk outside in the forests around my home for 20 to 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. It it really energizing. So when they talk about the healing energy in the following article, I completely understand what they mean.

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However, Dr. Mercola, in the link below, discusses a new “malady” affecting society, called Nature Deficit Disorder. It sounds made up, I know. I rolled my eyes when I first saw it as well. But bare with me. According to his article and an article by The Atlantic, there is a new field of therapy emerging called EcoTherapy. This is a form of therapy which uses:  “methods of cultivating the health benefits of being in nature.” Basically, you are given a “prescription” to spend more time in nature, to reap the positive benefits of being outdoors. Rough I know! 🙂 😉

Some of these benefits include:

Decrease anxiety and depression

Improve self-esteem

Improve social connections

Decrease fatigue in cancer patients

Improve blood pressure

Here are a few videos which explain things a bit more:

This is a  video series called “If Our Bodies Could Talk”, sponsored by Aetna. In this episode, they discuss Eco-therapy and the health benefits of going outside.

In this video from the Mayo Clinic, they discuss the health benefits of gardening:

What I’m doing…

Today, my better half and I took a much needed break away from the house to a lake, walking distance from our home, for a picnic. MANY other people were out as well, walking the lake’s extensive trail network. Despite being a Monday, the lake was just as busy as if it were a weekend. It was so nice to sit by the lake and just relax, in the sunshine and fresh air. We even had a local lake resident stop by for a visit.

Now might be a good time to tackle some of those outdoor odd jobs that have been on your to-do list. Maybe, it could be as simple as going outside-in bare feet-and sitting in your back yard or garden.

This is what we did with our “outside time” since the crisis started:

Closing thoughts

So, since most of us are working from home, under quarantine, or self-isolating, now is the perfect time to go outside. We are currently under very stressful times. The government is urging all of us to stay home. However, unless you’re sick, running a fever or showing other symptoms, there’s no reason to stay inside all day. Go outside for at least 30 minutes every day.

For more information and the complete article from Dr. Mercola, follow this link: Most Americans Suffer From Nature Deficiency Syndrome

For more information on the health benefits of nature and the effects of Grounding, with a free guide book- follow this link: Meditation Monday: Grounding

Until next time, Namaste my friends

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK: Sobering information on Drunk Driving.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day TOMORROW!

Be careful!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!


This is a repost of a previous article. I post this every year, on or around the anniversary of the death of my best friend. If you are going out this year, be careful. Many of you may not due to covid-19. Anyway, here’s the original article.

Have you ever done this? You’re sitting with a group of friends at a bar, drinking. Then, when it’s time to go home and there was no designated driver, you decide who’s had the least to drink, and “probably will be okay” to drive. You volunteer and say…”I’m fine, I’ve only had a few. I’ll drive…”

buzzed-driving_breathalyzer_mainstory1.jpg

One night almost 28 years ago, on St. Patrick’s day, on a highway in Colorado, my best friend from childhood, Bobbie Pfeiffer, was killed in a drunk driving accident, a head on collision, along with her fiancee and their 2 dogs (and the drunk driver). So, the issue of drunk driving is an important one for me. I decided to put together an article, highlighting some drunk driving statistics, as well as some things you can do, along with designated driver information.

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Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 2.28.55 PM.png

Here are some drunk driving statistics. (3, and MADD)

  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year
  • Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year
  • Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
  • Every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
  • Males were more likely than females (15.1% vs. 7.9%) to drive drunk
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes, one every 53 minutes.
  • Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
  • Alcohol levels above the legal limit were found in 21% of such drivers.
  • Each day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 2800 are arrested
  • About one in seven teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks.
  • Over 40% of all 10th graders drink alcohol.
  • Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29 year olds (20.7 percent).
Drunk-Driving-infographic-762x2016.jpg

Here is some information courtesy of drinkinganddriving.org.

  • If you’re arrested for drinking and driving, it will cost you anywhere from $4500 to $18,000 just for fines, insurance increases and legal fees. This does not include crashes and hospital bills. For more information, follow this link.
  • Most of the planet is in agreement that driving with a BAC of .08 is too dangerous to allow.
  • A common guideline is that after each typical drink, you must wait 45 minutes before attempting to drive.
  •  You’ve had a drink and must wait 45 minutes before driving. A quarter hour later, you have another drink. Now you must wait 45 minutes PLUS the 30 minutes left over from the first drink. That’s one and a quarter hours before you should drive. Got time for another? For more information, follow this link.
  • Cold showers, coffee or getting some fresh air have absolutely no effect on getting sober. How about eating a large meal before drinking to “soak up” the extra alcohol? NOT! Maybe you will gain a few pounds but otherwise this only DELAYS the alcohol being absorbed. For more information and other myths, follow this link.

What you can do: (For the pamphlet, follow this link)

  • Know where and why you are going out to party. What’s the setting? After you drink, will there be an opportunity to wait for alcohol to wear off before driving home? Can you spend the night where you are going? Should you be extra cautious about how much you drink?
  • Know how much you are drinking and how it affects you.
  • Get a second opinion. You are NOT a good judge of how drunk you are!
  • Know when to stop drinking. If you must drive, leave enough time for the alcohol to wear off. Realize this can take at least 45 minutes per drink.
  • Wait as long as possible before driving.
  • Do not wait in your car. It is possible to be arrested for DUI even if you are sleeping it off in the back seat.
  • Remember the contact in your phone for the taxi.
  • If necessary, get a room. Hopefully you checked out what was available before partying.
  • Put a contact in your cell phone for the local taxi. Make the first character of the contact name a SPACE “ “ so it will appear first in your contact list.
  • It costs around a buck, but dialing #TAXI from your cellphone will get you connected to the nearest taxi anywhere in America and Canada.
  • Write your address down on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket to give to your Taxi driver. Have cash ready to pay for your ride.

If you’re the designated driver: (For the pamphlet, follow this link)

  • Make the decision on who will be the Designated Driver before going out, and then stick to the plan
  • Designated Driver swears off alcohol for the event and promises to get everyone home safely
  • Designated Driver cannot just be whoever is the least drunk
  • one drink could be ‘one too many’
  • The Designated Driver gets possession of the car keys first, before going out.
  • Take turns being the Designated Driver on different occasions, so it is not always one person who is responsible.

If you’re having a party: (For the pamphlet, follow this link.)

  • Remember your potential liability if anyone leaves and crashes on their way home.
  • Have taxi phone numbers handy.
  • Make sure you know who the designated drivers are, that they don’t drink and that they have the keys.
  • Don’t let anyone leave without your knowledge.
  • Ask your designated drivers to call you after they drop everyone off just so you know everyone made it OK.
  • Offer to help reunite any guests with their cars the next day if necessary.

Drunk Driving Sources:

Here’s some other information & things you can do:

Take the DRIVE SOBER pledge HERE

National Directory of

Designated Driver Services HERE

Responsibility.org – Virtual Bar

“The Virtual Bar uses the latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors affect your blood-alcohol concentration – or BAC – on an individual level, but also can help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink throughout the night, and other important variables.”

With the Virtual Bar, you enter in your gender, age, height, weight, what you’ve had to drink, what you’ve eaten and time since you’ve had the drink.  It then gives you an estimate of your BAC, and how long until your BAC is back to zero (it even tells you how you should be feeling). For smart phone apps, follow these links: IPHONE and GOOGLE PLAY. I have also placed a link to the Virtual Bar on my left side panel.

Here’s how it looks:

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 9.31.08 AM.png

Fair warning,

the following videos

are not for the faint of heart.

Viewer discretion is advised.

Drunk Driving Awareness Video (2:18)

Choices: The Dangers of Drunk Driving (2:52)

Drunk Driving- Car Crash Compilation (21:04) – this one is long. You don’t have to watch the whole thing to get the idea.

Closing thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to look through this important article. I hope it gave you something to think about the next time you are out having fun and drinking with your friends and family. Remember, choose a designated driver…THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!

Think-Before-You-Drink.jpg

Sources:

  1. http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/tools/?gclid=CjwKCAjw-NXPBRB4EiwAVNRLKv3g7Q9WWsKrBieLahy-AuhLWJwz8aGQWxABDpHbUfnDQey_U_j1WhoCB_8QAvD_BwE
  2. https://www.responsibility.org/get-the-facts/research/statistics/drunk-driving-fatalities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvuDPBRDnARIsAGhuAmZTJuis7fRtgHQUl7ryYp786JNNMyWEu2NWFkuY64F93P29foqkkBgaAlNvEALw_wcB’
  3. https://www.intoxalock.com/ignition-interlock-devices/statistics/

Just thought you should know…Sobering information on Drunk Driving: Think before you drink.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!

Be careful!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!


This is a repost of a previous article. Here’s the original article.

Have you ever done this? You’re sitting with a group of friends at a bar, drinking. Then, when it’s time to go home and there was no designated driver, you decide who’s had the least to drink, and “probably will be okay” to drive. You volunteer and say…”I’m fine, I’ve only had a few. I’ll drive…”

buzzed-driving_breathalyzer_mainstory1.jpg

One night almost 27 years ago, on St. Patrick’s day, on a highway in Colorado, my best friend from childhood, Bobbie Pfeiffer, was killed in a drunk driving accident, a head on collision, along with her fiancee and their 2 dogs (and the drunk driver). So, the issue of drunk driving is an important one for me. I decided to put together an article, highlighting some drunk driving statistics, as well as some things you can do, along with designated driver information.

maxresdefault

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 2.28.55 PM.png

Here are some drunk driving statistics. (3, and MADD)

  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year
  • Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year
  • Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
  • Every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
  • Males were more likely than females (15.1% vs. 7.9%) to drive drunk
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes, one every 53 minutes.
  • Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
  • Alcohol levels above the legal limit were found in 21% of such drivers.
  • Each day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 2800 are arrested
  • About one in seven teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks.
  • Over 40% of all 10th graders drink alcohol.
  • Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29 year olds (20.7 percent).

Drunk-Driving-infographic-762x2016.jpg

Here is some information courtesy of drinkinganddriving.org.

  • If you’re arrested for drinking and driving, it will cost you anywhere from $4500 to $18,000 just for fines, insurance increases and legal fees. This does not include crashes and hospital bills. For more information, follow this link.
  • Most of the planet is in agreement that driving with a BAC of .08 is too dangerous to allow.
  • A common guideline is that after each typical drink, you must wait 45 minutes before attempting to drive.
  •  You’ve had a drink and must wait 45 minutes before driving. A quarter hour later, you have another drink. Now you must wait 45 minutes PLUS the 30 minutes left over from the first drink. That’s one and a quarter hours before you should drive. Got time for another? For more information, follow this link.
  • Cold showers, coffee or getting some fresh air have absolutely no effect on getting sober. How about eating a large meal before drinking to “soak up” the extra alcohol? NOT! Maybe you will gain a few pounds but otherwise this only DELAYS the alcohol being absorbed. For more information and other myths, follow this link.

What you can do: (For the pamphlet, follow this link)

  • Know where and why you are going out to party. What’s the setting? After you drink, will there be an opportunity to wait for alcohol to wear off before driving home? Can you spend the night where you are going? Should you be extra cautious about how much you drink?
  • Know how much you are drinking and how it affects you.
  • Get a second opinion. You are NOT a good judge of how drunk you are!
  • Know when to stop drinking. If you must drive, leave enough time for the alcohol to wear off. Realize this can take at least 45 minutes per drink.
  • Wait as long as possible before driving.
  • Do not wait in your car. It is possible to be arrested for DUI even if you are sleeping it off in the back seat.
  • Remember the contact in your phone for the taxi.
  • If necessary, get a room. Hopefully you checked out what was available before partying.
  • Put a contact in your cell phone for the local taxi. Make the first character of the contact name a SPACE “ “ so it will appear first in your contact list.
  • It costs around a buck, but dialing #TAXI from your cellphone will get you connected to the nearest taxi anywhere in America and Canada.
  • Write your address down on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket to give to your Taxi driver. Have cash ready to pay for your ride.

If you’re the designated driver: (For the pamphlet, follow this link)

  • Make the decision on who will be the Designated Driver before going out, and then stick to the plan
  • Designated Driver swears off alcohol for the event and promises to get everyone home safely
  • Designated Driver cannot just be whoever is the least drunk
  • one drink could be ‘one too many’
  • The Designated Driver gets possession of the car keys first, before going out.
  • Take turns being the Designated Driver on different occasions, so it is not always one person who is responsible.

If you’re having a party: (For the pamphlet, follow this link.)

  • Remember your potential liability if anyone leaves and crashes on their way home.
  • Have taxi phone numbers handy.
  • Make sure you know who the designated drivers are, that they don’t drink and that they have the keys.
  • Don’t let anyone leave without your knowledge.
  • Ask your designated drivers to call you after they drop everyone off just so you know everyone made it OK.
  • Offer to help reunite any guests with their cars the next day if necessary.

Drunk Driving Sources:

Here’s some other information & things you can do:

Take the DRIVE SOBER pledge HERE

$20 off coupon code: DADO with UBER

National Directory of

Designated Driver Services HERE

Responsibility.org – Virtual Bar

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 9.30.03 AM.png
The Virtual Bar

“The Virtual Bar uses the latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors affect your blood-alcohol concentration – or BAC – on an individual level, but also can help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink throughout the night, and other important variables.”

With the Virtual Bar, you enter in your gender, age, height, weight, what you’ve had to drink, what you’ve eaten and time since you’ve had the drink.  It then gives you an estimate of your BAC, and how long until your BAC is back to zero (it even tells you how you should be feeling). For smart phone apps, follow these links: IPHONE and GOOGLE PLAY. I have also placed a link to the Virtual Bar on my left side panel.

Here’s how it looks:

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 9.31.08 AM.png

Fair warning,

the following videos

are not for the faint of heart.

Viewer discretion is advised.

Drunk Driving Awareness Video (2:18)

Choices: The Dangers of Drunk Driving (2:52)

Drunk Driving- Car Crash Compilation (21:04) – this one is long. You don’t have to watch the whole thing to get the idea.

Closing thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to look through this important article. I hope it gave you something to think about the next time you are out having fun and drinking with your friends and family. Remember, choose a designated driver…THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!

Think-Before-You-Drink.jpg

Sources:

  1. http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/tools/?gclid=CjwKCAjw-NXPBRB4EiwAVNRLKv3g7Q9WWsKrBieLahy-AuhLWJwz8aGQWxABDpHbUfnDQey_U_j1WhoCB_8QAvD_BwE
  2. https://www.responsibility.org/get-the-facts/research/statistics/drunk-driving-fatalities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvuDPBRDnARIsAGhuAmZTJuis7fRtgHQUl7ryYp786JNNMyWEu2NWFkuY64F93P29foqkkBgaAlNvEALw_wcB’
  3. https://www.intoxalock.com/ignition-interlock-devices/statistics/

Just thought you should know- The Incredible Shrinking Fat Cell: What Really Happens When Body Fat is Burned?

I was doing some research this morning on fat, fat cells and what exactly happens to fat cells when we lose weight. I was pondering some questions, some of which I know from school, but wanted more info, such as:

  • What exactly are fat cells?
  • Why do we have fat cells?
  • How many fat cells do we have?
  • Do we have a set amount of fat cells?
  • Do we gain fat cells?
  • Can we get rid of fat cells? (That was the big one for me)

The simplest answers to all of these question? Basically, fat cells store energy for our body when food is scarce. A healthy adult has between 35-30 billion fat cells. An overweight person has approximately 75 billion fat cells. In extreme cases of severe obesity, the numbers can go as high as 250-300 billion fat cells.

As it turns out, we DO NOT have a set amount. Yes, WE CAN GAIN fat cells…however…(and this is the depressing part) we NEVER LOSE fat cells. As it turns out, they shrink, but, once we gain a fat cell, we’re stuck with it…it never goes away. You see, fat cells die at a rate of about 10% per year, however, they are replaced by an equal number of fat cells, so the number remains constant. If we gain weight, and fat cells are too full, the body creates more. When we lose weight, they shrink, and tell the body they’re empty, which creates cravings for food, causing us to eat and fill them back up. which is why it’s so hard to lose weight and keep it off, once we’ve put it on!

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This was a VERY brief explanation. If you’d like a more in depth explanation, and the exact process of fat burning in the body (including the hormones, enzymes and chemicals involved), see the great article by Tom Venuto, a natural bodybuilder, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a certified personal trainer (CPT).

What Really Happens When Body Fat is Burned?

Follow this link for the main article: The Incredible Shrinking Fat Cell: What Really Happens When Body Fat is Burned?

4 Keys To Overcoming Negative Thinking For Good – Melli O’Brien

What prompted me to post this morning? Well, here’s my story ….

My sons and I are huge fans of the Artemis Fowl book series. This series follows Artemis Fowl, a 12 year old genius and criminal mastermind, as he delves into the world of fairies and magic. My eldest son fell in love with reading because of these books. My youngest son and I spent hours reading the entire series together.

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Find the entire 8  book series HERE

The first book came out 17 years ago. Most fans of the series have waited 17 years for a movie to come out. Over the years, we understood that the author, Eoin Colfer, was in “dispute” with the studios over how the movie would be made. It seems he, quite rightly, wanted to make sure it was made properly, as so many books are destroyed by bad movies. He finally came to an agreement with Disney Studios and the movie, based on the first book, began filming 5 years ago and will be released in August, 2019! The trailer was released this past week:

Well, I was so excited  and happy about this, and  decided to post the trailer on my personal Facebook page. I read the comments under the trailer clip, posted on the iMDb Facebook page, only to be devastated by the extreme negativity about the trailer and the prospect of the book series being made into a movie, most specifically by Disney. People were saying that the movie would be a complete flop, based entirely on the brief and cryptic trailer above. Almost every comment was negative. These people have already decided that the movie will be bad and it hasn’t even come out.

This is just one example of the negativity which bombards us on a daily basis. We can’t go a day without some aspect of our society being bashed, or someone negative about something or other.  How can we, as a society, survive on such negativity? I don’t normally make comments of this nature on this blog, but, quite frankly, I just can’t stand it anymore.

SO, I set out to find an article on how to overcome negative thinking and came across this article by Melli O’Brien. Ms. O’Brien lists 4 brilliant ways to overcome negative thinking. I hope you enjoy her article and, as always, I invite your comments!

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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YOU WILL FIND THE LINK TO THE MAIN ARTICLE BELOW:

Do you ever struggle with negative thinking? Here are the four key to turn things around, cultivate inner peace, and live a rich, meaningful and fulfilling life.

LINK: 4 Keys To Overcoming Negative Thinking For Good – Melli O’Brien

 

7 Unhealthy Foods That Taste Incredible

An incredible article, with great information about foods to avoid or consume in moderation. As I always say…Just eat whole food!

7 Unhealthy Foods That Taste Incredible

https://tastesofhealth.eu/7-unhealthy-foods-that-taste-incredible/
— Read on tastesofhealth.eu/7-unhealthy-foods-that-taste-incredible/

30 Second Videos: What’s your plan? Think before you drink.

Since today is Halloween, many of you may be planning on going to a party. I’m here to remind you to have a plan for getting home, if you drink any alcohol.

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!


HERE’S THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Drunk Driving is a serious issue,

near and dear to my heart.

By best friend was killed by a drunk driver,

so I take this issue very seriously.

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For more information on drunk driving see my article:

Sobering information on drunk driving –

think before you drink.

There is an app on my left side panel called:

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The Virtual Bar will help you know when it’s safe to drive, after you’ve been drinking.

One final thought, here’s a  great reminder to always have a plan,

whenever you are drinking.

Please be safe and think before you drink.

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7 Scientific Benefits of Helping Others | Mental Floss

Many of you may wonder why my blog, with a focus on nutrition and whole body health and wellness, focuses so strongly on helping others. When I think of “whole body health”, I don’t just think of the physical body. My motto is “Food for the body, mind, and soul.” Therefore, my blog focuses on three aspects of health.

  • Physical health – Whole food nutrition/recipes, nutrients, avoid processed food/toxins, yoga, fitness
  • Mental health – Stress relief,  inspiration, motivation, joy, laughter
  • Spiritual health – meditation, mindfulness, prayer

This may be considered a broad scope for a blog, however, for an individual to be truly healthy, attention should be paid to all three. Thus, my blog covers all three, in an effort to bring these important issues to your attention. What affects one, affects the others. For example, some of the things on the list above, fall into multiple categories:  stress relief, also falls under physical health; meditation falls under all three, as does laughter and mindfulness. Poor nutrition and toxic foods can also affect our mental health to a strong degree. I consider all three areas intertwined. You cannot separate them. For a body to be healthy and balanced, you need all three.

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So, where does helping others fall on this list? What if I told you it falls into all three? An article, published on Mental Floss, discusses 7 scientific benefits of helping others. These include:

  1. Helps you live longer – People who volunteer/help others have shown an increased ability to manage stress, fend off disease and have reduced rates of depression.
  2. It’s contagious – Research has found that people are more likely to express generosity, after seeing others perform similar tasks
  3. Makes us happy – Some scientists tracked 2000 people for 5 years. They found that people who described themselves as “very happy” volunteered an average of 5.8 hours per month.
  4. Reduces chronic pain – One study revealed that chronic pain was relieved in people who became peer volunteers.
  5. Lowers blood pressure – Scientists studied a group of older individuals who volunteered 200 hours  per year. They found these individuals decreased their risk of high blood pressure by 40%.
  6. Promotes positive behavior in teens – One researcher found that teens who volunteer have a positive self-image and improved grades.
  7. Gives us a sense of purpose – Studies show this is particularly true with “empty nesters,” and “retirees”.

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So, the next time you see me posting inspiring articles about non-profits, or amazing individuals who help others, keep these 7 things in mind. When you help others, you not only help them, but you help yourself and all of society.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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For the complete article from Mental Floss, follow the link below.

Source: 7 Scientific Benefits of Helping Others | Mental Floss

Just thought you should know…How to prepare carrot greens! (and why you should!)

As you may know, I belong to a vegetable coop called Seasonal Roots. Each week, I receive a shipment of locally grown fruit and veggies. I automatically get a regular box, which they decide the contents, but you can add items to the box. This week, I added in 2 bunches of carrots, which came with these gorgeous greens still attached! They wouldn’t  fit in my fridge that way, so I chopped them off the carrots. Now, I don’t normally eat the tops of carrots, mainly because the carrots I buy at the store don’t have tops. Anyway, I couldn’t just throw them away, but I wasn’t even sure if I could eat them! So, it was off to GOOGLE for me!

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As it turns out, carrot greens are edible, and extremely nutritious. Anything you’ve heard about them being poisonous is false, a myth. They are quite bitter, and bitter is often associated with poison, which is where this myth may have originated.

Why in the world should we eat these lovely greens? Well, they are a bitter leafy green, which is something we need to be eating every day.WHY? (1, 2)

  1. Bitter greens are full of vitamins A, C and K, and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, folate and fiber, and low in fat and sodium. Carrot greens, like other bitter greens, are jam packed with nutrients. Carrot greens contain 6 times the vitamin C as the root, and a great source of potassium and calcium.
  2. Bitter greens… Eating them activates the taste buds, which stimulates the enzyme production and bile flow, promoting digestion. At the end of the day, the better the food is digested, the more nutrients get absorbed.
  3. Bitter greens promote detoxification.
  4. Bitter greens balance the taste buds and reduce cravings
  5. Carrot greens have antiseptic qualities. (juice and use as mouthwash)
  6. They’re packed with chlorophyll,  gives plants their green color. Chlorophyll is a good source of magnesium.

Now, just what is the best way to eat this beautiful greens?

ON TO THE LIST!

Carrot Green Chimichurri

LOVE AND LEMONS

carrot green chimichurri / loveandlemons.com

  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot greens (preferably organic)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil (a good fruity one)

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Grilled Carrot + Carrot Green Pesto +

Asiago Grilled Cheese

HAPPYOLKS

Grilled Cheese with Roasted Carrots + Carrot Green Pesto from Happyolks.com

  • 1 bunch farmers carrots, greens attached
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup shaved asiago (rBST free!)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 4-6 1/2″ slices of sourdough boule
  • Butter, ghee, or olive oil for the pan/bread

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Carrot Top Tabouli Salad

OH MY VEGGIES

A light refreshing salad filled with fresh herbs, veggies, and heart healthy bulgur. Carrot top tabouli is my favorite summer lunch. Vegan, Plant Strong! |abraskitchen.com

  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped scalliongreen and white part
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot tops
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Garlicky ( Lahsuni ) Moong-Masoor Daal

with Carrot Greens

JAGRUTI’S COOKING ODYSSEY

  • 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Lentils
  • 1/2 cup Red Lentils ( Masoor )
  • 2 cup Carrot Greens washed and chopped
  • 8-10 Cloves of Garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 2 Green Chillies slit
  • 1 small Tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground coriander and cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice or Amchoor Powder
  • Pinch Hing
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 tsp. Ghee

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Garden Veggie Burgers

STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE

Garden Veggie Burgers | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Taking full advantage of the fresh summer bounty, these healthy, moist, gluten-free, vegan garden veggie burgers will have you wishing summer stayed forever..

  • 1 Can (15oz) Black-Eyed Peas (no salt-added, rinsed)
  • ⅓ Cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1 Cup Carrot Top Greens (chopped)
  • ½ Cup Fresh Dill (chopped)
  • ½ Cup Fresh Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • ⅓ Cup (about 2) Scallions (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Chopped White Mushroom
  • ½ TB Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 TB Red Wine Vinegar

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Turmeric Roasted Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Harrisa

WHAT’S COOKING GOOD LOOKING

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For the carrot top harissa:

  • 1 cup of green carrot tops, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove, sliced
  • the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • about 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

For the turmeric spiced carrots:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • a pinch of cayenne
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • about 10 carrots, trimmed
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into thick chunks
  • 5 cups of water (or a chicken or vegetable broth)
  • *If you’re using water, you will likely need additional salt, about 1/4-1/2 a teaspoon
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Beet Couscous with Balsamic Glazed Carrots

& Carrot Top Dressing

(I think this recipe could be made with quinoa, instead of couscous.)

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For the carrots:

  • 7 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into about 6cm long sticks
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

For the couscous:

  • 1 cup of couscous (I would actually use quinoa here instead)
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 medium roasted beet

For the carrot top dressing:

  • ½ cup of chopped carrot top
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped basil
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 20gr of grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Extras:

  • ¼ cup of toasted slivered almonds

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Indian Style Carrot Greens Stir Fry

SPICE OF GOOD LIFE

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  • 1 bunch Carrots greens Use the carrots and the greens
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Urad Dal (split black beans)
  • 7-8 dried red chillies
  • 1/2 cup Coconut (scrapped or shredded fresh coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • Salt as required

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Carrot Leaf Parantha

Carrot Greens Furikake

SOURCE:

  1. http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotops.html
  2. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13385/3-reasons-to-eat-bitter-greens-every-day.html