I grew up on sugar. The best part of our family meals were desserts. Everyone looked forward to cakes, cookies, and pies. Then as children we would go to the dentist and get our cavities filled and be rewarded with candy. Life has changed since then. It now has become known that sugar is toxic and highly addictive.
Research indicates that sugar is linked to diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer. What appears to be safe and a treat, is actually dangerous to our health if consumed in large quantities.
Office parties, kids birthday’s and holidays are often filled with sugar. Our lives seems to revolve around the tempting sweet stuff. Like caffeine our bodies crave the fix, but the fix is temporary and often times makes us feel worse. In my private practice as a counselor, I have heard personal stories of sugar causing depression, low energy and poor sleep which results in a higher sugar intake to feel energized. Then the cycle is repeated and can last years or even a lifetime.
Low sugar intake is recommended for any diet and there are lots of natural sugars to use as a replacement including honey, molasses, coconut sugar, maple syrup and stevia.
The next time you reach for a candy bar or piece of cake, pay attention to how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally both before and after you it it. If your body is intolerant of sugar you will notice low energy, depression and brain fog among other symptoms. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms take steps to reduce or eliminate sugar from your daily intake. This may be difficult at first, but your body and mind will thank you. Also ask yourself why you are eating sugar.
Being a cinnamon lover and valuing the nutritional and medicinal properties of the spice, I was delighted recently when I found Horchata in my local grocery store. I had never had the drink before but love rice milk, cinnamon and vanilla, so knew I had to try it.
The drink tastes great on its own but I added in herbal coffee for a twist. You can make your own Horchata from scratch, but I cheated and used the box mix (below):
Add 8-16 ounces of Rice Dream Brand Horchata
I cup crushed or chopped ice
Lightly mix or blend in a blender
Pour 1-3 shots of coffee or Herbal coffee over the top
The pandemic has stopped all of my travel plans, so I have been forced to armchair travel. It may sound boring, but it gives me a taste of which countries I want to travel to in the future.
So far I have visited the Congo, Afghanistan, Zanskar, Tajikistan, India, Iran, Benin and Bhutan. Through YouTube documentaries I have cooked in remote villages in India with colorful spices and have driven through dangerous steep mountain roads in the the Hindu Kush.
Armchair travel has been fun, and I’m learning a lot about new places as I add them to my bucket list of places to travel.
The pandemic has lasted much longer than expected, and appears to not be going away, so for me, its about how can I continue to do the things that I love in a safe way that inspire and motivates me to get through the hard times.
Wherever you are, even if it is sitting on your own couch, you can still travel if your passion is to experience other cultures, other countries, or worlds other than your own. Travel is a way of enriching your life, your knowledge, and your understanding of what life is like elsewhere.
Below is a link to one of my books about my own travel experiences. Travel has always renewed my spirit and provided me with a sense of adventure. In Nomadic Tales of a Traveling Counselor, I explore my own fears through solo and group experience to some of the most beautiful remote places on earth.
Feckle Head and his cat Lucky Feister have anger problems and together they find annoying each other fun until one day Feckle Head discovers that it feels better to be happy. A humorous story about an angry man and his feisty cat who make the decision to be happy.
A transformational metaphysical journey to becoming a leader and warrior within.
Embark on one of the most rewarding and challenging adventures that you have ever taken. As a warrior, your journey is a solo one in which you will commit to a new path, one of personal strength and power that will ultimately lead to a new life.
A new path, the warriors path is about to begin if you are ready this moment offers you a new journey, one that will change your life forever.
Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle
Through the use of storytelling and humor, Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic is about a cat that had adjusted to his nutty human parents being home with him every day. But now he has to adjust to his parents going back to work and life resuming as it was before the pandemic. This story is about how Pinkerton the cat copes with anxiety as life changes and moves forward again.
Available at Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle
I just released my latest book in honor and in memory of a close friend.
There are many different ways to die, by accident, illness, and unknown causes. Then there is death so unspeakable and horrid that one rarely talks about it, death that ends with decapitation, dismemberment and serial killing. This is the story about the ongoing search for Anthony Sears, one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victims, and the thirty-year aftermath of his death.
Available on Amazon, Tomorrow River Publishing and Kindle.
I’m excited to share the second book in my Pinkerton series for children!
Stinker Pinkerton’s Smelly Pandemic was written to help children deal with fear and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which resulted in global change and transition.
Pinkerton the cat starts to overeat in response to the pandemic, causing him to have horrible smelly farts. He eventually realizes that overeating does not help him feel better, so he returns to eating ordinary cat food and learns that everything is going to be ok. Life is still good.
This book is the second in a series of stories about Pinkerton the cat and his nutty human parents who manage to cope during the pandemic.
Available on Amazon, Kindle and Tomorrow River Publishing