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Stop Drinking Soda Pop!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

When somebody drinks a Coke (or DrPepper, or any other soda!!) watch what happens…

In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately (hurl) from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
*** but that's not entirely true, as other websites below have pointed out, as the problem has more to do with overeating. If a person had only eaten the number of calories in that day and had allowed in for the calories in a particular soda pop, it won't necessarily be turned into fat. But it won't necessarily yield any nutritional benefit, either!!

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week. Stick to water, real juice from fresh squeezed fruit, and tea without sweetener.
Primary Source: by Wade Meredith

This above scenario has been reprinted in gobs of places around on the Internet... and I've tweaked in with my own observations and experiences.
-to-your-body-when-you-drink-coke/ includes links on what happens when you drink sodas containing artificial sweeteners.

OOOOOKAY - and here's a news flash! (I know, I'm probably preaching to the choir for some of us...) But here's additional information as to what happens to a person who drinks a soda EVERY DAY or MOST DAYS OF THE WEEK:

* You'll be fatter
* You'll probably have diabetes
* You'll be at higher risk for heart disease
* You're probably less healthy in other ways...

I believe it. I have a good 15-20 years of DrPepper still riding around on my belly, even though I haven't drunk it every day in years (at the present, I probably average 2-4 DrPeppers a year.).

And here's a horrifying article - what happens to our kidneys when we drink Diet Coke and not water!! Many who are diabetics or hoping to lose weight are attracted to the diet pop because "it has no calories." Right. But really?

Water is balanced at pH 7.0 but Diet Coke is like 2.51 on the acid side - it's one of the most acidic foods one can eat, and can interrupt the digestion process!!

Sooo anyway, just a reminder to myself why I can't afford to drink soda - and I need to pass this info on to my son who can't understand why I'm being "mean" and not wanting him to drink soda pop!! I saw the basic info elsewhere on another Sparker's blog and wanted to repeat the message with my own input. It's too important a message and needs to get out.

Drink More Water!!!


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BMCPHEE13 10/25/2012 11:20PM

    thank you for the post very eye opening !! i drink pepsi and quite a bit ... i do not like water but i may try to add a little juice to some seltzer water or just reg water ... thank you again guess its what i needed to hear

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    Wow! Thank goodness I only like to drink water! I used to drink Diet Coke so much that it was a family joke, and now, when I taste it, I think, "How did I EVER like this stuff!?" emoticonThank you for a great informative blog! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 12/15/2011 8:18AM

    I never drank regular pop and have cut the diet to maybe once a month--like you said, it's bad for you too. With all the water and 1-2 cups of coffee, who has room for more fluid!
Thanks for the reminders

(Now I know why you picked your name!)

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SMIDGON 12/15/2011 5:40AM

    Any one else having to "Log In" before you can add a comment?

I only have a soda when I have a sore throat.

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GORIANA 12/15/2011 1:20AM

    Don't forget that the soda is not good for your teeth. I grew up on soda and that has a lot of acid that eats away at the enamel. It doesn't necessarily stain your teeth, but it makes the enamel thinner which means the yellow from the dentin shows through and people think you need to bleach your teeth, which would only mess up your teeth more.

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JANTWO 12/15/2011 12:59AM

    WOW. I like Diet Coke..... emoticon

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Superbrain Yoga - have you tried this?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

I received a link to this story on "Superbrain Yoga" from a neighbor in my community who was just thrilled to learn about Superbrain Yoga and the impacts on children with autism and other issues (even adults, from the sound of it?). It's supposed to help with concentration, memory, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties, emotional instability, clumsiness, lack of concentration, etc.

She sent me this link - which I've watched and not really understood all the words yet, but I've been finding other links to help flush out the information:
(When I look at this YouTube link in edit mode, all of this link is on one line, no other text around it - the Ss is all on one line, but in actual reading mode the way this sSP is wrapping this around for some reason, splitting it up into two lines when I go out of edit mode and back into visual mode. So just copy the entire thing KSwhpF9iJSs as part of the rest of the link. I don't know why SP does that. Maybe because they don't want to pay the referral click-thru fee?? need to see if the other links are also messed up??).

It's not clear to me if the one exercise shown in the video is the ONLY one implicated in this Superbrain connection (connecting the right brain to the pineal gland and the left gland to the pineal gland etc.)? or if the other forms of yoga demonstrated elsewhere in the video in what looks to be a standard downward dog type pose in a gym class - if those versions also work and/or have a similar way to "connect" the left and right sides together with their brain counterpart (left side of body connected to right brain and right side of body connected to left brain - something that most of us have known for a long time, if not all our lives.).

This website seems to indicate that it's only just the one exercise initially demonstrated in the above video -


I've looked at some other websites too and am thinking of getting the book...
Supposedly it's been scientifically proven.

OHHHH here's a website that answers a question I posed earlier today to the lady who originally started me looking at this... I asked her if the metal in my earrings would "short circuit" if I tried to do the arm positions connecting with the ear, since the technique involves grasping the right ear lobe with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand first, and then wrapping right arm over left arm to grasp the left earlobe with thumb and forefinger. I'll have to pass that one along.

it specifically says as first instruction - to remove all jewelry!

I'm going to put just SOME of this site here:

=======================(Partial Quote of Article)===========================

How to Practice Super Brain Yoga: Step-by-Step Instructions

Ideally, this exercise should be done in the morning. Follow these seven steps:

1. Remove all jewelry and stand up straight.

2. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth right behind your teeth (as if you were about to say “La”). Leave it there throughout the exercise.

3. Take your left hand and grab hold of your right earlobe. Make sure that the thumb is in front.

4. Now take your right hand and grab hold of your left earlobe. Again, make sure that the thumb is in front. At this point you’re pressing both earlobes simultaneously. Make sure your left arm is close to your chest and inside your right arm.

5. Inhale through your nose and slowly squat down to the ground.

6. Hold your breath and do not exhale until you start making your way back up to a standing position.

7. Repeat this squatting action between 15 and 21 times.Remember to keep a hold of your earlobes and to keep your tongue touching the roof of your mouth throughout the entire exercise.

You can watch how this is done in the video below (and if you want more information you can get the “SuperBrain Yoga” book). Please note that the woman in the video makes a mistake when she says when to breathe in and when to breathe out. As the text instructions above explain, you breathe in on the way down and you breathe out on the way up:
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Kinda hard for me to do with short fat arms, but I'm gonna be doing it anyway. For awhile.

Another article site:
and it mentions that one must face "the right direction" but doesn't elaborate? are we talking compass direction? or are we talking straight ahead, bent towards the floor, or are they somehow confusing "direction" with " the right sequence " ie left hand on right ear, right hand over left arm on left ear etc? I'm not sure. Guess I'll have to break down and obtain a copy of the book.

Several websites, including this one immediately above this paragraph, say to "Exhale as you squat, inhale as you stand" but then one websites I mentioned earlier says that the lady in a video describing it has it backward, and it should be inhale as you squat and exhale as you come back up.

Would the practice of Superbrain Yoga help some of us with visualization issues? with mindful eating? with Positive outlook on life?

Have YOU tried Superbrain Yoga? Any helpful information you can share??

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(the reason I was having problems with the links above is because I hadn't looked ABOVE the Blog Entry form and noticed that there is a nice, handy dandy "add link" button to click on, and it adds the HTML code needed to keep it all together as a cool link. I'm such a dunce!!!! Duuuuh!!

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JANNEPERRY 12/8/2011 8:01AM

    Thanks for sharing-it sounds interesting. I'll have to check out the link. emoticon

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JSPEED4 12/8/2011 4:28AM

    I saw this video about a year ago and had about forgotten about it! Thanks for the re-introduction.

I think these types of methods work very well. There was a whole book, at a local grocery store in a small city, all about using touch-points to overcome minimal brain damage. These touch points are used as-needed, not as remedial effort like this Superbrain Yoga is. I didn't have the funds to get that book before I never saw it again!

We are marvelously made; so many good ways to deal with any problems that come along. I know that I feel better when I do some of this Superbrain Yoga and some rebounding--I use tree limbs and bounce from my arms clinging to a tree branch--I need to get back to these.

The EFT (Emotinal Freedom Tapping) SparkTeam uses touch points and language to help organize thoughts.

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Extreme Fitness yields Extreme Sports...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

So I went to bed an hour or two ago, but woke up about half hour ago with a sinus fit. Thought I'd sit up a bit and let stuff settle down, and while doing so, check some email...

One friend sent this video link - its not the usual suicidal stupid sport tricks. This is pure AWESOMENESS!!

Check it out!

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RIVER331 12/9/2011 1:24PM

    Great Julia, thanks for sharing ~ makes me want to get out there and do something! emoticon

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 12/6/2011 11:35PM

    Simply Amazing!

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    Thanks for sharing - good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals. All the best Mark

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Study On Social Networks & Friendships on new health habits etc. (ps - I lied!)

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Just reading this Health article on SparkPeople:

And my immediate reactions?
First, did the study use SparkPeople participants?
And secondly, the theme song for this research should be "Lean On Me" by Ben E King, I believe - "I just might have a problem,
That you'd understand...
We all need
SOME body
To lean on..."

So on and so forth...(I don't remember all the lyrics and am whacking this out on my iPhone while trying to go to sleep....)...

Now I gotta an earworm to go to sleep on!

"Say goodnight, Gracie!"


"Good night, Irene, good night...
Good night, Irene, good night,
Good night, Irene. Irene, good night...
I'll see you in my dreams!"

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PS: I lied. It turns out Bill Withers sang the "Lean On Me" song, at least on the version of the song I actually have on my old iPhone (which is now serving as my "faux iPod Touch 3g"). I have no idea if Ben E. King ever sang "Lean On Me" or wished that he did, nor am I really even sure why I thought of his name last night and wrote it without even looking at the soundtracks on my "iPod" now called "Ichabod iPod". Must be a manifestation of sleep deprivation. Or just discombobulation ?

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/4/2011 10:50PM

    Arrrrgh I did NOT know I had saved like five copies of this silly blog! That's what I get for uploading from the iPhone!

I remember at the time I was typing it last night, something strange was going on (I forget now what it was), and I had a bad feeling that I was making duplicates. Then I guess I forgot this morning and only now got around to looking at it again from the PC - I'm watching the Team Huddles Blogs, Photos and Announcements rolling by, thinking how strange it was that my blog was listed on and on and on and on!! I know I sometimes suffer from ddoouubbllee vviissiioonn but this was entirely ridiculous!

Got them all deleted, before everyone could scatter their comments around on the extra copies!!

emoticon (I'm hoping this is the "whew!" emoticon!).


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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 12/4/2011 6:21PM

    THANKS Julia! I would have missed this article had it not been for your blog.

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AWESOMECAROL55 12/4/2011 12:48PM

    Great blog..i've done a lot of "leanin" lately and haven't fallen! Thank you all!


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JANNEPERRY 12/4/2011 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JSPEED4 12/4/2011 7:49AM

    emoticon I, too, love studies like that.

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Kiwi...ooops Kiwifruit!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today I ate a Kiwi fruit..

Usually I peel it. Or just cut it in half around the "equator" and then spoon the yumminess out. But I have eaten it skin on before ... seems like I had read somewhere that it could be eaten skin on, just like a strawberry or apple (washed it first, of course.). It was sort of odd, and the areas around the "poles" are a bit tough, so I'd just throw those away.

Today when I ate it, the skin seemed tougher than usual, although the fruit inside was fine. And the skin scraped off some skin from my lip! I'm hoping it won't be all sore tomorrow, so I think it was just a little scrape.

So I did some web searching to see how others eat their kiwi's. Kiwies? Kiwis? What is the plural of Kiwi Fruit, other than Kiwi Fruits. Never mind the English language....


She also cuts it in half and scoops it out with a spoon.

Diet & Nutrition Forum:

This is really funny... and several do mention eating the fuzz. Apparently, I was supposed to scrape off some of the fuzz before it scraped me!! And I learned that "Down Under" it's called Kiwifruit - so I should have been talking about how to eat "my kiwifruits", not "my kiwi's" "my kiwies" all of that nonsense.

In the "Calling all Vegetarians (and Vegans)!" Forum - more of the same. Just different people commenting.

Here's an article about Buying Organic Foods on a Budget -
ion_articles.asp?id=740 and basically, Kiwi is one of the "Clean" foods that we can buy as is, no need to hunt for "organic".

Sooo anyway, this isn't the be all and the end all of everything there is to know about Kiwifruits. But it was interesting to learn a bit more and to realize that I'm not entirely crazy.

I have one more Kiwifruit left to eat.....

(and why doesn't SparkPeople have any Kiwifruit emoticons?)

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BESEVEN 12/2/2011 12:53PM

    I love kiwifruits. I think you get more fiber by eating them skin on, although I'm not crazy about the skin. Did you know that they are actually Chinese Gooseberries?

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JANNEPERRY 12/2/2011 10:09AM

    I do need to continue to expand my horizons-I haven't eaten Kiwi in a long time-you've inspired me to try it again, without the fuzz! BTW as a north Wichita person, have you been to the new Natural Grocer on N Rock? I'm going to visit this weekend

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TURTLETALK 12/1/2011 12:38PM

    I cut mine around "the equator" and eat it with a spoon. I love them but can't imagine eating the fuzzies. Maybe you could through the kiwi skin and all into a green smoothie!

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 11/30/2011 11:03PM

    Julia! You crack me up with your musings about so many topics! emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 11/30/2011 10:28PM

    I just finished eating my lunch and the last item WAS a kiwifruit. I cut it into quarters, lengthwise and just eat each 1/4 and the skin goes into my compost bin.
Down Under we call that fruit "Kiwifruit" because we call New Zealanders "Kiwis". We call ourselves "Aussies".

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