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A GREAT READ / A Little Cupcake

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Think That Little Cupcake Is Harmless? Read This!


Cupcakes are everywhere these days. In NY they are on every street corner. There are whole TV shows dedicated to them, and cupcake shops are popping up like mushrooms.

Please understand that I’m not against the occasional sweet treat. They are part of life; I understand! And there are plenty of Beauty Detox treats, as well as other versions of not-so-bad treats out there (coconut ice cream, dark chocolate, etc.). But let’s be real. Cupcakes are smallish and cute, but they are by no means harmless. Even one here and there, week by week does add up, and is doing far more damage to your attempts to have great skin and a beautiful body inside and out than just a few extra calories on a splurge day. Which, by the way, isn’t actually a few… the average small cupcake has 585 calories and a whopping over 770 in large one (!!).

Let’s take a look at some of the common ingredients in cupcakes:

Bleached, enriched all-purpose flour:

Refined flour has been stripped of its nutrients in the process, leaving you with the starchy endosperm to eat, but not the other nutrients found in the germ and bran. White and wheat flours include the pesticides in your cupcake to go with it. Wheat is also one of the most heavily sprayed crops, and as if that weren’t enough, the length of time it can be stored can allow mold and fungi to grow in it and contaminate it—and your cupcake. So there’s no nutritional value in the flour to begin with, and you get toxins on the side. Gluten, too, which is found in wheat products, can cause inflammation in the intestinal tract. From the beginning, that cupcake is a recipe for stealing your Beauty Energy. Coconut, brown rice and almond flours are options if you’re making your own, though you may need to experiment with the amount of liquid you use in your recipe. Coconut flour in particular is especially absorbent (so you’ll need extra liquid) and is often used in conjunction with other types of flour rather than alone.

Eggs:

Though organic eggs are the lesser of the evils when it comes to animal products, they’re still acid-forming in the body, high in saturated fat, and take a lot of energy to digest once they are cooked and move from a liquid form to a hardened form. I guarantee they ‘aint using organic eggs at the typical cupcake store (though maybe some much more rare organic stores will). They most likely are using eggs from chickens that have been fed a poor GMO-based diet laced with antibiotics, which you will then make its way into your body. If you’re making your own desserts, you
can try using the Ener-G Egg Replacer, flax seeds, or chia seeds (one tablespoon of flax or chia seeds mixed with three tablespoons of warm water take the place of one egg).

Butter:

So much dense fat! At least this fatty dairy source doesn’t have all the casein protein found in milk and milk products, but it is the combination of so much fat with so much refined carbohydrates that is part of the reason that cupcakes are so fattening. And again, the butter is in most all accounts, not organic.

White Sugar:

Sugar, especially the refined white sugar that shows up in most cupcake mixes and recipes, is quite the thief when it comes to Beauty Energy. Even organic cane sugar is…refined sugar! It’s one of the most aging products you can put into your body, and it contributes to wrinkles, dark under-eye circles, dull hair, and inflammation. Some cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat—but they won’t make you pretty! Try using stevia and/or raw coconut nectar (which is low fructose/low glycemic and contains minerals and amino acids), though you may need to adjust the amount instead of using it as a 1:1 replacement for the amount of sugar a recipe calls for.

Milk:

Dairy is a no-no. It’s not natural for humans to be consuming in the first place, and is acidic, highly mucus forming and difficult to digest. If you want to know more, check out the whole sections of my books that I dedicate to it. In place of cow’s milk, you could try almond milk, hemp milk, or rice milk. Dairy is also frequently found in the frosting, so watch out for it there, too.

Cornstarch:

Like flour, cornstarch is made from the endosperm, this time from the corn kernel (and that corn is potentially genetically modified from the start). That means it’s stripped of some of its nutrients and all you’re left with, again, is the starch. GMO ingredients have their own set of health issues. It’s a highly processed ingredient, not something you’d find in nature. It’s fairly dense in calories, but hey who’s counting now, when the average tiny cupcake is ringing in around 585 calories (and 770 for a large) anyway! In some recipes, you may be able to substitute almond flour or arrowroot powder.

Artificial coloring:

Those red velvet cupcakes may look appealing at first glance, but when you think about how that cake got to be that color, you may change your mind. Food dyes come with risks like hyperactivity in children, allergy-like symptoms, and sometimes even tumors. There are natural alternatives, like beet juice or spirulina, to make your food look pretty.

Vegetable oil:

People tend to get too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-6s are found in vegetable oil. An off-balance combination of omega-3s and omega-6s can contribute to heart disease and other health and beauty issues. Many cupcakes contain large amounts of vegetable oil! In some recipes, you can use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

Corn syrup:

High-fructose corn syrup is ubiquitous when it comes to processed foods, and those cupcake kits and tubs of frosting generally contain it. Scientists at Princeton University conducted an experiment that involved feeding rats high-fructose corn syrup and monitoring their weight, triglycerides, and body fat levels. What they found is that the rats that consumed the high-fructose corn syrup showed even more negative effects than the rats that were fed table sugar. The rats “showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly.” Those effects could lead to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. You won’t usually find high-fructose corn syrup in grocery stores (though it’s still an ingredient in some of those packaged mixes and frostings–and far too many other things to count), but some recipes call for corn syrup, which you can get almost anywhere. In some cases, you may be able to substitute honey or maple syrup.

It’s Not Just the Ingredients—Cupcakes Don’t Combine Foods Properly

When it comes to Beauty Food Pairing, cupcakes are a digestive disaster. They combine protein from eggs and dairy with refined starches from the flour and cornstarch, and through a ton of dense from from oil or butter, or both on top of all of that. So in one “harmless” (not!) little cupcake, your energy is being sucked up, as it creates skin-damaging inflammation in your body, and toxicity that continues to amass, due to really poor ingredients. Ever wonder why you feel tired and bloated after eating one? Or if you are a regular eater- why your skin looks patchy, dull or blemished? There isn’t anything good about them…cupcakes should be avoided.

What If You Need a Sweet?

There are ways around some of the hazardous cupcake ingredients if you’re making them yourself, especially if you feel comfortable whipping up treats in the kitchen and bake frequently. However, getting a cupcake recipe you love right using the potential substitutions could be a long, frustrating, and expensive trial-and-error process, especially if you’re trying to make completely “clean” cupcakes rather than substituting for an ingredient or two. If you’re just experiencing a craving for something sweet, you can make a dessert that contains Beauty Foods that will boost—not drain—your Beauty Energy, like:

  
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IMEMINE1 12/10/2013 7:19AM

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SEAJESS 9/22/2013 6:28PM

    Wow, I had not realized this about cupcakes! Thanks for a very informative blog. emoticon emoticon

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HU4TO2SC 7/15/2013 12:19AM

    I appreciate the wisdom you share with us! Helps to see things more clearly.

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MNJONES2 5/20/2013 1:28PM

    Always making me think!

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L*I*T*A* 5/19/2013 12:07PM

    very interesting!!
thanks for sharing and giving us food for thought!!!
blessings and hugs...............lita

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NOW2DAY 5/19/2013 10:52AM

    Very interesting. Can you please include the article or book this was taken from? Thanks

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SHARJOPAUL 5/19/2013 8:48AM

    Yikes!
As my sister once put it on the flour
You take a nice wholesome grain of wheat, remove the bran which contains most of the fiber, remove the germ which contains most of the protein, bleach the hell out of it, add a bunch of manmade chemicals and call it enriched!

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BUTEAFULL 5/19/2013 1:22AM

    I usually steer clear of cakes and cookies now I have even more reason to, knowing what all that does to the body makes them unappetizing

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DEEO12 5/18/2013 11:44PM

    High-fructose corn syrup: I am finding it easier to stay away from this once i started making healthy home cooked meals.

Great way to look at junk food. Break it down and then you may not want to put that into your body.

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JUNEAU2010 5/18/2013 10:48PM

    I never would've thought to analyze the ingredients the way you did. Thanks for a great perspective.

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Lies

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The main thing the food industry doesn’t want you to know is that they don’t care about you. They care about their bottom line- not your health. Period. They will omit details and use buzzwords to draw consumers in. Labels saying “more protein’ or “reduced fat’ can still have increased amounts of refined flour and sugar, more preservatives, etc.

  
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IMEMINE1 12/10/2013 7:19AM

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DEEO12 5/6/2013 9:52AM

    So true don't be fooled!

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MJLUVSANIMALS 5/3/2013 7:50PM

    Yep, we gotta read them labels!

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KCLARK89 5/3/2013 11:23AM

    So true!! And yet America buys into it without thinking about what they're putting in their bodies!

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L*I*T*A* 5/3/2013 11:10AM

    so soo true!!!

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BUTEAFULL 5/2/2013 9:31PM

    yep corporate greed

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SPEEDY143 5/2/2013 9:13PM

    It's alllllllllllllllllllll about the money emoticon

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LINDA! 5/2/2013 9:05PM

    emoticon You are so right!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 5/2/2013 8:45PM

    So true. The more informed I become, the less processed foods I've been eating.

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JACKIE542 5/2/2013 8:40PM

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CHANGINGHORSES 5/2/2013 8:22PM

    Right On Brother! Read the whole label!

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BLUEROSE73 5/2/2013 8:07PM

    Yep. It's so easy to forget that.

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HEYNOW22 5/2/2013 8:03PM

    It is so hard to trust anything other than the ingredient list and even then I wonder sometimes!!

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Empowering Quotes to Help You Get Things Done.

Friday, March 01, 2013



Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed or if you’ve been beaten. All that matters is that you learn something, get back up, and try again. Because winning is a good feeling, but winning when nobody else thought you could is an awesome feeling.
Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.
‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
Don’t think too much, or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.
If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.
Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice.
Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.
You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great.
Sitting on the right track is equivalent to racing down the wrong track.
Procrastinators who say, “There’s always tomorrow!” deny the reality that one day, they will be wrong.
Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
It’s easier to take a small action now instead of a big action ’some day.’
What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done.
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
The best way to prepare for the future is to take care of the present.

  
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DEEO12 5/6/2013 9:57AM

    "There's always tomorrow" Doesn't apply to me anymore. If there's a slip up that doesn't mean slip the whole day get right back to it! emoticon . You are right we are a "work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once". The point is to emoticon and we will get there. Congrats on your weightloss!!!!! I will be joining you soon as i am moving forward and changes are always being made. One step at a time. No over night miracles but i will get there! emoticon

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Thank you for posting this.

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JADOMB 3/3/2013 12:20AM

    Great quotes.

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ANGELA76H 3/1/2013 11:07PM

    Thanks!

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The best is yet to come

Wednesday, February 20, 2013



"Keep your fork....The best is yet to come".

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.

So as she was getting her things "in order", she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?"came the pastor's reply.

"This is very important," the woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.

The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!"

"So, I just want people to see me there in the casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, "What's with the fork?"

Then, I want you to tell them:

"Keep your fork....The best is yet to come".

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye.

He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.

She KNEW that something better was coming. At the funeral people were walking by the woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite Bible and the fork placed in her right hand.

Over and over, the pastor heard the question,
"What's with the fork?"

And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died.

He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you oh so gently, that the best is yet to come.

  
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DEEO12 4/11/2013 10:27AM

    Thanks for sharing the story!

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JADOMB 2/21/2013 12:28PM

    So true and such a heartwarming story.

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    Thank you for sharing!

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BLUEROSE73 2/20/2013 7:01PM

    That's so beautiful. Thank you

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Fitbit

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I am so happy with the fitbit one. I am definitely not in good shape so when I blog I am just happy with the exercise I am able to do. The fitbit sends little messages as prompts to get moving if I have been static for too long. It isn't like a coach yelling to get moving, but more a reminder of where I am at in today's regime. Nothing negative about that. The goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day. Not going to happen just yet, but I got an email congratulating me for walking 4966 steps the other day. I log this in separately on spark. To log the fitbit, I just push sync on the Spark fitness page and it transfers the information to that page.

I am very encouraged by the passive assist I get from this device.

join me public url: http://www.fitbit.com/user/24XHPF

  
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JGRIFF148 2/22/2013 9:43PM

    Thanks every one Join Me at Fitbit public url: http://www.fitbit.com/user/24XHPF

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/22/2013 5:05PM

    Good for you. You need to keep up the good work!

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BABYSOX 2/20/2013 2:45PM

    I also love my fitbit and find myself wanting to get in a few more steps everyday. You compete with yourself! Enjoy!

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NEVERORNOW 2/20/2013 12:17PM

    I have the Fitbit Ultra and have found it to be very motivating. Glad you are enjoying yours, too!

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BLUEROSE73 2/20/2013 11:31AM

    I have a bodymedia, and I love it. I need to check into it more during the day, and use it to help motivate me to reach for my goals. It's taking time, but I love these small tools. They seem to help. I'm glad you love yours too.

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JACKIE542 2/20/2013 10:00AM

    Glad you like it.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/20/2013 8:07AM

    I love my Fitbit too! I am encouraged to take more steps at the end of the day if I haven't met my goal. Great job!!!

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CYND59 2/20/2013 7:42AM

    I love my Fitbit also. It is nice that you get encouragement and it sends the info to Sparkpeople.
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AZURELITE 2/20/2013 7:38AM

    Glad it's working for you!

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TWEETYKC00 2/20/2013 5:00AM

    Sounds great, keep on moving!

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LESSISMORE2010 2/19/2013 11:26PM

    Nice! I was curious about the fitbit. I've heard a lot of good things about it!

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