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Friday, September 28, 2012

Completely Caffeinated

While working on a story, I became distracted, surfed the net, and learned way too much about coffee. Do you know how many interesting, completely random and weird facts about coffee are you there? No? Well, good thing I wrote these down to share with you!

  • At one point, Brazil had such a coffee surplus that they tried to find other uses for it, including using it to make plastic.
  • The world record for most coffee consumption is 82 cups of coffee in 7 hours. I love coffee, but that might even be too much for me.
  • In Staten Island, there’s a restaurant owner that drinks fifty cups of coffee a day. Again, I love coffee, but not that much.
  • During World War II there was a coffee drinking competition between the branches of the military. The Marines claimed to drink the most – twenty cups a day.
  • Coffee was so scarce in Germany that during WWII “coffee bombs” or bags of coffee were dropped from planes to turn the people against their government.
  • Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets got his start doing coffee ads.
  • The actress who played the Wicked Witch Of The West in the Wizard Of Oz was promoting Maxwell House in the 1970′s.
  • There’s a tourist agency for people wanting to take coffee vacations called Cafe Away. Personally, I think it’s the greatest idea ever.
  • Norway drinks the most coffee per person. The United States is ranked number 12. C’mon people, we can do better than that!
  • The only place where coffee is grown in the United States is Hawaii. I'm thinking of relocating.

Do you know any other interesting, random or weird coffee facts?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Diets: Myth vs. Truth- Part 2

Here is a Part 2 to the simple guide to help you rule out all the myths and get straight to the facts so you can get started with a new and healthier diet.  Yes, you are welcome.

Myth: Sit-ups will help you have a smaller stomach.
Truth: Simply put--sit-ups are a type of exercise. Exercise helps muscles get bigger. Therefore, your stomach will get bigger. Only do sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Myth: Chocolate is unhealthy.
Truth: Seriously? Chocolate is made from cocoa beans—another vegetable! You get it by now, right?

Myth: Swimming is good for your figure.
Truth: If this is true, then explain whales.

Myth: Getting in shape is very important.
Truth: Um, round is a shape isn’t it?

Myth: It’s very hard to count calories and keep track of what you eat all day.
Truth: Simple rule to remember-if no one see’s you eating, the calories don’t count.

Myth: Candy is not healthy.
Truth: My dr. once said a good way to eat healthy is to fill your plate with colorful food. Greens, yellows, reds..etc. So don’t skittles and M&M’s fall into that category?

STRESSED spelled backwards = DESSERTS. The word DIET contains the word DIE. You make the choice.

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What other Myth vs. Truth have you heard?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Diets: Myth vs. Truth-Part 1

There are so many different versions of health advice out there, it’s hard to really know which are facts and which are myths. Is candy really bad for you? Should you eat more veggies and less meat? Here is a simple guide to help you rule out all the myths and get straight to the facts so you can get started with a new and healthier diet. And I because I love you all so much, I made sure to extensively research each of these so you won't have to.

Myth: Exercise and Cardiovascular activity can prolong your life.
Truth: Your heart is only good for so many beats. Eventually, like all things, it will wear out. Don’t waste it on exercise. Prolong your life and take a nap!

Myth: It’s healthier to eat more fruits and veggies and less meat.
Truth: When you eat beef, you’re eating cow. And what do cows eat? Hay and corn (veggies) and field grass (leafy greens). So really, when you eat a big juicy steak, you’re getting all the nutrition you need from vegetables. Eat chicken if you need more grains in your diet. 

Myth: You should limit your alcohol intake.
Truth: Again, let’s look at what alcohol really is. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine. And beer is made out of grain. Drink up!

Myth: Calculating your body/fat ratio can be very complicated. And confusing.
Truth: Nope, not confusing or complicated at all. If you have a body and you have body fat, the ratio is one to one. If you have to bodies, the ratio is two to one, etc.

Myth: Fried foods are unhealthy.
Truth: Fried foods are not bad for you at all. Most are fried in vegetable oil. Why would more vegetables be bad for you?

Part 2 will be posted tomorrow!

Whats diet myths have you heard lately?