I wrote in to someone else’s blog that is discussing a 30 day challenge of clean eating. This is what I enjoy about blogging is all the learning you get out of it. During the 30 day challenge one of the big no-no’s is sugar. I mentioned that I have coffee w/ agave and a little cream. Another person replied to me w/ loads of info. Her blog is http://mslouc.wordpress.com/ and she informed me of how bad agave is for you. I started to do my own research and unfortunately she was bang on! I switched to agave in December b/c I kept hearing about how much better this is for you than sugar. I use to use sweeteners (Splenda), but those aren’t the best either. Agave is from a cactus, but now I realize that it is not natural like they claim. It has more fructose than high fructose corn syrup. Yikes and Yuk! Check out this website–it seems to have all the info you should read http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/. Needless to say, I have had trouble getting my weight down to where I want it to be since January. I am getting rid of my agave & going back to all natural sugar.
In staying on the topic of coffee, here’s a fabulous article that tells us how coffee is good. Not considered a vice! Hallelujah! I love coffee and to think that it is taken off the naughty list makes me elated. Check it out http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/05/guiltless-coffee-the-drink-may-actually-make-us-healthier/239028/. Of course, I still think everything in moderation, but it is nice to know that for now it is not bad for you! Aaaahhh, this pic brings back phenomenal memories. We are at an outdoor cafe in Canazei, Italy (where we lived for 5 mos). We went every day (at least once a day w/ the dogs) to get a cappuccino. It was freezing out (you can see all the snow in the background), but the glass walls and the sun kept you warm enough to sit w/o a jacket. Italy–we love you and all you have to offer.
One late night that I was having trouble sleeping, I saw a show about curing cancer and other diseases naturally. The guest was discussing how the sun is actually not to blame for skin cancer. He was talking about how Arizona (very hot, loads of sun) has the least amount of skin cancer. Strange? A state that is loaded w/ sun year round has less skin cancer than a cold place, where you are bundled up for 6mos of the year? He indicated that sunscreen is actually the culprit of cancers. It blocks us from soaking up Vitamin D, which is a cancer preventer. Plus, the chemicals are hazardous to our bodies. Read for yourself http://www.naturalnews.com/021903.html. Now, I’ve been raised to wear sunscreen, not to get burned, so I find it difficult to go w/o it. I am still on the fence about this b/c it seems no matter what you are talking about…there is a study that shows benefits and later a study that shows the opposite. I’m not sold 100%, but I definitely feel this is something to think about.
My last tidbit is from my dentist. My teeth are in good shape, not many problems. Where I have issues are my gums. I have sensitivity in several of my teeth (really cold hurts). I was mentioning this at my last dentist appointment and yes, my gums are more receded than they should be for someone my age. Again, I was taught at a young age to brush w/ toothpaste, brush often and w/ a little force. Well, this was my downfall. My receding gums are partly inherited, but mostly caused by what I perceived as keeping my mouth clean. Words to think about–only use soft bristle brushes, don’t brush w/ force (pressing hard) and don’t use much if any toothpaste. I know, I know no toothpaste!? That’s right. It is proven (actually Colgate admitted it) that toothpaste is like sand. It gets down under the gums and wears them down. A good way to brush is to use cold water and after brushing put a tiny bit of toothpaste on and brush your tongue, roof of your mouth and cheeks. Or dip your toothbrush in clear, only clear scope and brush. Only use soft bristles, anything else is way too rough on your gums and you don’t need that stiff of a toothbrush. Also, brush using only your thumb and index finger and brush in circles. This way you don’t brush too hard and by using circles you get the junk out from between your teeth (sord of what flossing does).
Well, I am not a genius in any of these areas and I advise that you all make up your own minds to each of these tidbits. I’m just here to add some food for thought and share some really interesting things I have learned. I would love to hear from anyone who has something to add or has any questions. I am open to whatever and I enjoy hearing other’s opinions. This is how we all learn, so speak up and share.
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