Month: August 2014

Coffee in a Cardboard Cup #coffee #coffeevstea #coffeeaddiction #benefitsofcoffee #perilsofcoffee

Every morning, without fail, my first action is to put on the water for my 5 sips of instant, International coffee. I cannot drink any more than 5 sips, without feeling jittery. But, nonetheless, I’m completely hooked. If I don’t start the day with the most delicious of drinks, I get an immediate headache. Got to have it! Want it! Need it! My day will be different without it. What does that sound like? This sounds like I’m dealing with a substance addiction, right? Yet, we all just laugh at the possibility. Well, I did a little digging. If you’re drinking upwards of two cups of coffee a day, you have some rethinking to do, Lucy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, if you are drinking more than 500 mg of caffeine a day (that’s 2.5 Starbucks Tall, 1.5 Venti’s, and 2 Grandes) you are likely to see signs of:  Insomnia, Nervousness, Restlessness, Irritability, Stomach Upset, Fast Heartbeat, and Muscle Tremors. Other finding, include in that list with just 400 mg of caffeine a day: hallucinations, cardiac arrest, the inability to think straight, heart problems, excessive urination, acid reflux, dehydration, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and addiction. (And we thought those prescription medicine commercials on television shared a lot of side effects in 5 seconds!)

Tea vs. Coffee

An average cup of tea has approximately half of the caffeine as a cup of coffee. If you are drinking large glasses of iced tea a day, though, you may consider the ramifications from above. A 16-ouce glass of iced tea could have the same amount of caffeine as a large cup of coffee. So, drinking two large glasses should be the most you drink in a day.

Benefits vs. Dangers

Many recent studies have, also, shown that a modicum amount of caffeine can be very beneficial for your health. The problem with our culture is, and has always been, that we don’t know what “enough” is. Let’s just say for your health’s sake, use the parameters from above to tell you what is too much. But, the best way to know if you’ve had too much of anything, is to listen to your body.

If you start having tremors, heart palpitations, and can’t sleep at night: YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH! How loud does your body have to scream for you to hear it? If you use caffeine to wake you up, pick you up, and keep you up, you are probably using this product as a crutch, and have to use some kind of sleep aid at night to get a good night’s rest. (Of course, this goes for all caffeine drinks, not just coffee.)

Here are the benefits (he says with trepidation): Coffee makes you more alert, can burn fat, is a great anti-oxidant, can help Type II Diabetes, may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and lower the risks of Parkinson’s Disease, can fight depression and make you happier, may lower risks of some types of cancer, may lower the risks of stroke, and may help you live longer! Notice, though, that a great many of those benefits say “may” before them, which usually means, “if you don’t abuse caffeine and drink too much.”

Just be cautious in your caffeine usage. Again, listening to your body is the most important fact here. When people come into my office and tell me about sleep problems and anxiety, most clients haven’t even considered that they may be drinking too many cokes, too much coffee or tea, or simply are amped up on sugar all day. What we put in our bodies matters significantly when you try to live an authentic, peaceful life.

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My Mind Is Made Up: Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts #liberal #conservative #independentthinkers #change #narcissism

I know of an old curmudgeon who will say in response to something interesting and different: “My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.” I believe he is half-joking, but a modicum of truth exists here, for him, and for all of us. Unfortunately, for much of the world, the facts are muddled. We listen to a speech from a politician. The next half hour a fact-checking newscast airs. I’m happy about these political fact-finders, because, God knows, I would never go through an entire speech and decide if Al Gore really did invent the Internet. I’m liable to believe one side of the congressional and political arena, and scoff at the other. I don’t bother gathering the facts, because my mind is already made up, especially during an election.

I’m a card-carrying Democrat, left-winged man, burgeoning quicker the more radical the right wing gets about profiling the anti-gay agenda. A lovely doctor friend of mine said it best: most right-winged people will swear they believe in Jesus and tote their bible with one hand and in the other hand carry a machine gun to battle anyone who believes in gun control.

I realized one very important thing, when arguing or complaining about political agendas: both sides, very much, don’t want to be confused with the facts. We all would rather just have two candidates with no agendas and no hateful television commercials, and choose one because of what side of the political arena he/she stands. This is very apparent in the “undecided” voters near the day of the election. Are these people not registered as Republican or Democrat? Perhaps, this makes all the difference in being rational. If you’re not decided when you listen, then you actually give both people a chance to win you over. If we didn’t go into a political race or into a conversation, having already placed ourselves on one side or the other, and simply call ourselves Independent Thinkers, we might have a chance to grow past our own prejudices. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone without four of my own fingers pointing directly at me.

I had a conversation recently with an old friend. During the dialogue, she shared with me her beliefs about gay people being sinners. Without hesitation—without allowing her the freedom of an opinion—I shut her down like a robber tying someone’s hand behind his back and taping her mouth shut. I told her, our friendship was over and that I had no desire to swim to her side of the ocean to be her friend.

Call it what you will, but I have prejudice for people who consider themselves loving, but sentence you to Dante’s burning fires of hell at the same time. Excuse me, I am already in the arms of God. I don’t need your help to love or honor myself. I have done the hating game. This kind of impetuous thinking only places people in chronic depression and causes suicide. Perhaps, that is what this kind of narrow-mindedness wants—mass genocide of the gays. What would the right wing fight about, but gun control. So, if I’m not willing to allow someone else a religious opinion, what does that make me? You’re right—narrow-minded.

Listen, we all have reasons for our beliefs. I get that. My belief about being judged comes from a long line of hatefulness that always ends with a fight about what another person believes about God or Christianity or Muslimism. I don’t want to fight, anymore. But, I will always keep careful and steadfast boundaries around myself for people who will continue to judge who I am—not by my actions, but by my sexuality. I don’t have any more precious time to keep people such as this in my life. And, neither do you. We have a right to bear the armor that protects us from hatefulness.

The truth about any political or religious debate is actually what our friend said at the beginning: we don’t have time for the facts, because our minds are already made up!

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[Take the time to look at Bo’s bookshelf of self-help books, novels, healing downloads, and yoga DVD. All of Bo’s books helps people such as you, make SIGNIFICANT CHANGE with habits, find your SOULMATE, your PASSION, reach YOUR DREAMS, and dictate your own FUTURE. Chosen to show his new hypnotherapeutic techniques on The Learning Channel (TLC) and also given the opportunity to teach at the world conference for Learning, and received the award of excellence for Helping Overcome Obesity in Nashville, Bo Sebastian is the writer and director of Finding Authentic You and Uncommon Gay Spiritual Warrior. Go directly to Amazon/Amazon Kindle: ]

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