How much sugar do you consume in a day?
Statistics show that despite all the focus on healthy eating and nutrition, our sugar consumption remains at around 60gm, or 14 teaspoons per day. The World Health Organisation recommends no more than 25gm, or 6 teaspoons per day. Teenagers show the highest consumption habits, reaching up to 92gm, or 18 teaspoons per day!
In an evolutionary sense, we love sugars and fats because they *theoretically* are full of the calories that we need for survival. Today however, sugar is just empty calories but it still stimulates our brain's reward centres, driving us to eat more and more. The magical combination of sugar and fat (which doesn't exist in nature) sends our brain into a reward frenzy!
It's really fashionable to hate on sugar at the moment, and while I don't think it's the one and only enemy, it's a classic example of how we have refined and adulterated our food so much that our body no longer recognises nor can get the nutrition we need from it.
Your body is an incredible machine, designed and refined to keep you well and healthy. Make sure you're giving it the food, and the nutrition it deserves!
October 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It is an easy way not only to clean out your medicine cabinets of unused and expired medications, but to help fight the opioid epidemic in your community. ❤
My family is one of countless families across the country who have been impacted by addiction. We live in a prominent area in a nice house. We drive a nice car. You see us at gymnastics, band and the science fair. Sharing our strength, experience and hope has been powerful. ❤
The current opioid epidemic kills 197 Americans everyday from an overdose. The number of parents, spouses, children, family and friends who are impacted is immense. Addiction doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care about male or female, young or old, rich or poor. It grabs ahold of anyone it can and holds on with a vengence. The face of addiction is blurred because people are afraid. But recovery is possible. You are not alone.
So let's put a face to addiction. This is Dustin. He's my best friend. Keeper of my secrets. The MaCGyver of contraptions. A great chef. Master of useless knowledge. Great music playlist maker. He's the hardest worker. The most compassionate man with the biggest heart. And most of all...hands down, without a doubt, the best father. He's also a recovering addict. He chairs meetings, sponsors people in the recovery rooms, shares his story and spreads hope. He makes sure everyone knows they are valued, worthy of good things and that they are more than their addiction. I am beyond proud of him and so happy to stand by his side on this journey we call life. ❤
To find a prescription drop off location near you and read more of our story on the blog. Clickable link in the profile or copy and paste ➡ http://itsafabulouslife.com/recovery-is-possible-an-easy-way-you-can-help-fight-the-opioid-epidemic/ .
The final few steps of the 12 step program have to do with making amends. You need to make amends with yourself, and with the people you hurt along the way. It’s not easy to accept your mistakes and adequately apologise to others. It’s harder to forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made in your life. But forgiveness is crucial for a new beginning.
DO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU?
Seriously... who are you spending your time with?
Same ol’ people because it’s convenient?
CHECK YOUR CIRCLE
I SURROUND MYSELF WITH THE LIGHT BRINGERS
I SURROUND MYSELF WITH PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT MY SOBRIETY
If you are hanging with people that do not support your growth and desire to live a badass life...
STOP WASTING YOUR TIME
When you find your tribe- LOVE THEM HARD
I LOVE MY TRIBE HARD
The next few steps in the 12 step program is looking at yourself and mending yourself. As I said earlier, addiction stems from an underlying sense of loneliness or trauma. Dealing with addiction also means seeking help for any other mental health issues that might be affecting you. Reflection definitely helps with that.
This song was written in 2014, when i was lost in substance addiction in Kentucky and worried I'd die, like 12 of my friends did that year. I used to be sure I wouldnt see 30. Now I'm 31, and I realize my job is to witness these losses, to feel them, and to give those feelings a name and a voice, for my friends and strangers who don't know how to process losing a friend to addiction.
This is part of what I'm calling my "Legacy Releases", a promotional event to lead up to my first full length in a couple of years, and my first self titled album, "DRUG". Basically, I have about 2 EP's and 1 LP worth of material that I never released to the public, and I'm going to release those albums for free on bandcamp, and showcase the best tracks on here, before I release my new album, which i honestly think is the best thing I've ever done.
Produced by Keith Price
“Therapists are never done with growth; they are simply people who should be dedicated to learning as much about themselves and others as they possibly can. The best therapists are fully human and engage in the struggles of life. Our own failures help us to remain open to the struggles of others; our personal victories give us the optimism and courage to inspire those struggling with their loves.” -Louis Cozolino
This beautiful quote is a daily reminder that therapists [coaches/social workers/ educators] are all humans with their own struggles. Our personal struggles help us to empathize with our clients. Our personal triumphs help us to inspire and uplift our clients. Our growth never stops. 💗
SELF-IMAGE! We hold two images of ourselves, one is our outer image and the other is the image we have in our mind. These pics were taken when I was clearly struggling with both my outer and inner self-image!
Self image is one of the reasons you’re not where you want to be. It’s pretty vital for people who grow rapidly in wealth, for example. Let’s just say, you earn $70,000 a year. Well, this is the barometer of where your self-image is at.
If, for example, you inherited a house worth $1,000,000 but you haven’t worked on elevating your inner self-image to one of a millionaire, your ‘ego’ or default settings will find a way to bring you back down to your “$70,000 per year self-image”. So, you might get a massive tax bill or the money will flit away faster than you can blink your eyes. Maybe your investments in property will crash. Maybe you’ll have to pay massive college fees for your kids. Something will happen (or many things will happen) to bring you back to where your self-image is set.
Self-image elevation (or upgrading) is so hugely important. You have to reprogram your subconscious mind to feel worthy of sustaining life as a millionaire. You have to become and think like a millionaire and make decisions from that space.
If you remain in your mind as a “person who earns $70,000 who just happened to inherit a million”, then you will not maintain the abundance.
Hard to get your head around? Just look at the people who win big on the lotto but are back to where they started financially, or gamblers who win big and then lose everything or people who inherit money and yet it all dwindles.
If you need to update your self-image settings, get in touch and we can work on achieving, and more importantly, maintaining financial freedom.
A study in cocaine-addicted rats reports long-lasting increases in the number of neurons that produce orexin -- a chemical messenger important for sleep and appetite -- that may be at the root of the addiction.
The study, performed by researchers at Rutgers University, New Jersey, was published in Biological Psychiatry.
Restoring the number of orexin neurons to normal, or blocking orexin signaling in the brain, made the rats no longer addicted, suggesting the increased orexin neurons to be essential brain changes that cause the addicted state.
Photo by Foter Idaho National Laboratory.jpg #addiction#addictionrecovery#addictionrehab#addictionhelp#ct#nh
I went and saw Bradley Cooper’s first “new but old” film, he has ever directed, “A Star is Born” and experienced a film in a way I never have before. Being a recovering alcoholic myself and knowing people in recovery made it really difficult for me to watch this film without crying every ten seconds. It’s hard to love someone with an addiction and it’s hard to be someone who is addicted. I highly recommend this film...the music is amazing, Lady Gaga’s voice will give you goosebumps and Bradley Cooper isn’t a bad singer himself. #mentalhealthawareness#addiction#alcoholicsanonymous#ladygaga#bradleycooper#astarisbornmovie#writersofinstagram#blogger#bloggerlife#cried check out my blog post about it at www.wewillmakethebestofwhatsaround.com