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Sugar Bears

Sometimes Bears say it best… Watch this quick video to learn more about sugary sodas from some adorable bears.

From the website:
“It wasn’t so bad when soft drinks were the occasional treat.
But now sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in the American diet.
With one third of America overweight and another third obese, it’s a wonder
anyone is still swallowing what the soda companies are selling.”

…don’t forget that juice is sugar too!

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Source: www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/5-amazing-healing-honey-facts?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.com&utm_campaign=69240d9e58-Greenmedinfo&utm_medium=email

A few months ago, my parents decided to get a pet… then they decided to get 1,000 of them. Their bees are a’buzz in their hives, diligently making my parents a bucket full of honey.

Beyond adding a delicious touch of sweetness to a frothy mug of hot cocoa or bowl of oatmeal, honey has incredible medicinal properties. Check them out!

1) Raw honey feeds your good gut bacteria: increases the number of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum counts 10-100 fold compared with sucrose.

2) Honey fights “bad” bacteria: dissolves the biofilm (barrier that bacteria hide behind) made by MRSA (a really aggressive bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics).

3) Honey Kills Dental Plaque-Causing Bacteria: Manuka honey, a special honey produced by the flowers of the manuka plant that grows in New Zealand and Australia, was shown at least as effective as the chemical chlorhexidine gluconate, often used in mouthwash, in reducing plaque formation as a mouthwash.

4) Honey Kills Herpes better than drugs:  A 2004 study published in the Medical Science Monitor, showed that topical  honey was far superior to the drug acyclovir (trade name Zovirax) in treating both labial (lip) and genital herpes lesion.

5) Honey Protects Against Gastric Damage: Honey has been shown to prevent alcohol-, indomethacin- (a NSAID pain-killer) and aspirin-induced lesions.

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Source: http://www.crunchybetty.com/activated-charcoal-for-bug-bites-and-other-itchy-situations

I recently mowed my lawn for the first time in my entire life… I was somehow able to dodge that chore as a kid and now that I’ve done it, that makes me sad because… I LOVED mowing my back yard! Check with me again after my 15th mow, but I’m pretty sure I’ll still enjoy it a lot.

The one thing I DON’T enjoy is the subsequent ITCHING! I slathered my skin with natural non-DEET bug spray and no one (human or insect) will convince me to “go chemical”. Also, I haven’t yet learned to identify poison ivy…

So, for the tenacious bugs that do slip through my herbal defenses and the poison ivy that reaches out to tickle my legs and wrists, I plan to use this solution next time.

Beware: this is very messy and the charcoal will likely stain anything it touches…

See the 3 methods on Crunch Betty’s blog (great pictures). They go from really messy to less messy as you move down the page.

*Activated charcoal is also good for whitening teeth!


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I spent Friday and most of yesterday in Washington DC. It always takes me a chunk of time to adjust to the greater density of people- Staunton’s streets are never teeming… except maybe when the Findells are playing Staunton Jams!

But once I do adjust to the big city, my first thought is “how impressive!” Such a wide variety of people living in (relative) harmony in a very small, crowded space… It’s only possible when the vast majority implicitly and automatically agrees to behave according to shared social norms.

We’ve all got our idiosyncrasies, but they’re normal to us… if they extend beyond society’s normal but not ours, we may never know it! There is certainly nothing wrong with going against the grain- in fact, I consider myself far from normal and am proud of it. 🙂

But those with mild Autism, Aspergers or ADHD may be desperately misunderstood: A machine part that is not well lubricated will scrape others and cause sparks… So it is for someone who lacks social lubrication like understanding body language & facial expressions or ease of allowing mistakes and inconsistencies or showing empathy and compassionate interest. The behavior of those with mild “afflictions”, can elicit intolerance from others, who may see them as inappropriate or rude, and even go as far as calling them names. Since all people are dear and sweet in their inner cores (at least I think so), this seems quite unfair.

Meanwhile this “different” person experiences stress because they can’t understand social cues and norms that most others take for granted. And especially in today’s society where there’s less connection and interaction, they may have no one bold enough to tell them their behavior is inappropriate. Worst of all, their friends and loved ones experience stress because they just can’t get though to them. Consequently, they miss out on one of life’s best things: relating and connecting with people!

I was motivated to write all of this because of an old episode of This American Life that I listened to on my way home from DC. Act Two featured a wife who’d stumbled upon a questionnaire that helped her diagnose her hubby as having Aspergers. It explained why the last 5 years of their marriage had contained near-intolerable strife. Realization of his condition wiped away her resentment and gave him a new lease on life. He said it was like being present at his own birth.

This man kept a journal to identify what he’d been doing to upset his wife, children, friends and coworkers. He studied it, adapted his behavior and his life improved. (He also studied how to make small talk by watching David Letterman and listening to Howard Stern!)

Unfortunately, there was no mention in this podcast about nutritional interventions for mental health… big miss!

Many psychological issues (Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, OCD, depression, bipolar and skitzophrenia) can be improved, if not cured, by nutrition. The two main avenues of treatment are 1) special diets to remove foods that have neurotoxic effects, and 2) adjustments in supplements to compensate for nutritional deficiencies.

#2 (nutritional deficiency) may simply result from poor diet, but it could also fall under the fascinating category of nutrigenomics. Some people have genetic flaws that prevent them from being able to utilize nutrients. The resulting nutrient deficiency can have any number of effects, including psychological. For example, a mutation in the MTHFR gene (which makes an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) will prevent a person from using folate. This can result in psychological issues as well as heart disease and miscarriage. Another common genetic flaw is called Pyroluria.

Come in for a session at BuzzNutrition and I can help you easily and relatively inexpensively test for these genetic flaws!! The good news about these two conditions is that they’re completely manageable by taking a few supplements (every day for life). This supplement regime needs to be individualized (since we’re all biochemically unique) and I can help guide you to the regimen perfect for you.

If you constantly feel “off” or confused by social norms or feel that people just don’t know how to follow life’s rules, there could be something going on! ..If there is “something going on”, it is not a disaster! And it’s so much better to know because then you can DO something about it! There are many ways to cope with mental afflictions and you can find help at BuzzNutrition.

Check out the questionnaire here: http://rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

When I took the quiz, I was a little nervous to see the results… But to the surprise of many who know me, I turned out to be “very likely neurotypical”… very likely… I say it depends on the day. 🙂

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Inspired by: http://www.yurielkaim.com/850/self-talk/

As you’re striving for more robust health, trying to recover from an illness, endeavoring to release weight or trying your best to reach your full potential as a human, you’re gonna get discouraged, mess up or want to stop. That’s the point. You’re stretching and growing, which involves rewiring your brainz.

Mistakes and setbacks are opportunities to take a look at what’s not working, where you might need to adjust your approach and that you might need help from a friend. So, in a sense, they’re good and things to be appreciated!

But unfortunately, mistakes and setbacks are often strictly challenged by the voice inside your head.

Your inner voice can be very loud, very mean, very convincing… and very wrong! Would you hang out with you if you said the things you said to you? 🙂 In other words, speak to yourself as you would to a friend.

Your inner voice can really hurt you since it’s somewhat subliminal. Moderating your inner critic can help lower stress and motivate you to continue striving towards your goals in the most positive way. As a bonus, it can also help you be more compassionate and forgiving of others. You might even see that there’s luck in some mistakes!

When your “inner voice” says these mean things, it’s often because you’ve bumped an emotional bruise. Ouch.

An emotional bruise is just like a regular bruise except instead of on your physical body, it’s on your emotional body. It’s a place where a bit of sadness, hurt or shame from a past event is stored. When memories of these feelings are stirred up, your inner self’s reaction is like a child’s: “Hey, leave that alone! Don’t look in there! Go away! Stop it!”

We all have emotional bruises. They’re inevitable. But you have the capacity to take control back from their knee-jerk, primal reactions… One way is to use your inner voice to describe things in a positive nurturing way. Give it a try because… wait, what did you say? “I’m so worth it?” Yup. You’re right!

These are the 5 things not to say to yourself:

  1. “I’m so stupid.”
  2. “I can’t do it”
  3. “I’m too _ (fat/skinny/ugly/dumb/awkward)
  4. “I’m a jerk.”
  5. “This always happens to me- it’s just how my life works.”

Let’s look at each in more detail:

1) “I’m so stupid.”

Wait. Are YOU stupid, or is it the thing you just did that’s stupid?

Did doing that thing cause your brain to spontaneously revert into a Neanderthal’s brain? Did your knuckles just get hairy and scraped up from dragging on the ground? I doubt it.

You’re smart- smart enough to recognize what you did wasn’t the ideal choice and smart enough to ponder what to do next time instead.

That thing you did was just an event that happened in a moment of time. It’s not a statement about who you are as a person. (Unless you hurt someone on purpose in which case, stupid’s the least of your worries.) You and the thing-you-did are not the same.

What to say instead?: “What I did was stupid but that’s not who I am.” (And, if necessary, “I’m sorry I threw your cell phone in a lake.”)


2) “I can’t do it.”

You’re always changing. There are things you certainly thought you never could achieve that you do with ease today (like read!)

You can potentially do it. I mean, you can’t fly without surrounding yourself with an airplane and you can’t learn Russian in 7 minutes and you can’t get a lunch date with Johnny Depp for next Saturday (…wait- can you? can i come?)

Think of the people you most admire- they likely earned your admiration because of a hurdle they overcame or a super-human feat they achieved. They’re just humans like you… but they probably see hurdles differently: instead of 25-foot walls, they probably see mere speed bumps.

What to say instead?: “It’s likely that I can do this- I’m gonna at least try.”


3) “I’m too fat/skinny/ugly/dumb/awkward.”

A lot of our perceptions of ourselves are built on how society and the media say we should look/act. They discount that the truest happiness, the stuff that bubbles up from deep inside us into a huge grin, comes from being ourselves. And unless we live inside the Stepford Wives movie, or in BarbieWorld, they’re wrong. I mean, they don’t really care… they just want our cash money. Forget them and give yourself permission to be yourself!

Now. Say there’s something about you that is holding you back from being your best self- say you’ve got some weight to release, or you’re not excelling the way you want to be… go ahead and challenge yourself to change. But please do it with compassion and love… use your inner voice to support yourself like you would support a close friend.


4) “I’m a jerk.”

You’re not a jerk. You probably just bumped an emotional bruise, felt some hurt/shame/anger that originated long ago and reacted in a mean way. It’s okay. You can either apologize to the person you were jerky to or just try again next time!

The most basic primal instinct your body has is to defend itself. Whether it’s a cougar or a hurtful memory, your body wants to keep things exactly the same. It thinks that this strategy is both safer and easier… but is it either? In the short term, maybe. But in the long term, it’s better to say:

What to say instead?: “I’m not a jerk… I just had a knee-jerk reaction because that thing that happened hurt/made me feel shame/made me angry. I think I’ll do it differently next time.”


5) “This always happens to me- it’s just how my life works.”

If negative things always happen to you, stop inviting them into your life. The more you convince yourself that bad things happen to you, the more you anticipate terrible things to happen. And they will happen more often because of it… you’re subconsciously paving the way for more frustration to come your way. It’s what they call it self-sabotage.

If good things happen, who do you “blame”? Do you take credit for achievements? Then how can you not take some credit for the bad things? External factors are involved, like bad luck and randomness, but good luck and fortuitous coincidences are there too.

A victim succumbs to the whims of the external environment. But it takes a leader to create what s/he wants in life. Not everything will work out but if you partner with your inner voice to focus on the positive, the “bad” things will slide off you like water from a duck and become much less significant.

I put “bad” in quotes because things that seem bad in the moment often add up to good fortune in the big picture. Plus, “bad” things are just opportunities to see how our approach is not working and what we need to do to shift so life gets awesome again.


What to do?

  1. Talk back to yourself like a gentle Grandma. “You’re wrong.” “NO, that’s not true.” “Be quiet, dear, I’m doing the best I can.”
  2. Imagine you’re talking to a friend who just did what you did. What would you say to them?
  3. Pay as much attention to all the positive, marvelous things you do as the little mistakes/setbacks.
  4. Say we’re in a boat on the river of life… instead of putting up a sail and forcing the direction, drop the sail, chuck the oars and let the current take you.

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Sports Hydration

Whether you’re running, cycling or boxing, keep these hydration tips in mind:

  • Very important to hydrate pre-race/trip
  • As a body exercises, blood shifts from the digestive tract to muscles changing its ability to absorb nutrients.
  • Begin exercise by drinking water.
    • Drink 6 ounces over 10-15 mins (varies with amount of sweating (more sweat = drink more))
    • This will send a signal to the body that it needs to keep blood in the digestive tract (aka. maintains gastric volume and increases emptying rate)
    • Important to keep things moving because you can’t access energy-giving nutrients until they leave the stomach (emptying rate must be maintained).
    • Gastric emptying is delayed by intense exercise, dehydration excess stuff (glucose, fiber, fat, protein).
    • Gastric emptying is increased by volume (that’s why you want to take consistent sips to keep reminding stomach not to shut down).
  • Move to your sports drink of choice (homemade?!) when you need to replenish energy/electrolytes.
    • Don’t chug!
    • Take in 6 ounces over every 10-15 mins, but less before a high intensity push! Ex. cycling up a big hill- have to know the route in order to anticipate.
    • How much glucose? Need to find own personal sweet spot between amount needed in stomach to increase rate of emptying so nutrients available to body & water available to hydrate/make sweat
    • Some say a concentration of 6-10% glucose is good
  • If doing a long bike ride, keep in mind that decreased blood flow to belly can cause tissue damage (hypoxia)
    • Ride hands free for a while (hands stretched up in the air with a straight back)
    • Eat some coconut oil (contains antioxidant & absorbed in the stomach)
  • Be aware of “Runner’s Trots”
    • Diarrhea caused by shifts in neurotransmitters in gut, ie. serotonin spikes from exercise will relax intestines, extreme case = simulation of a water park.
    • Can also be caused by too much fructose or artificial sweeteners.
  • Also consider these fuel replenishing gels.

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