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5 Sweet Treats that Won’t Make You Stupid!

June 10, 2015

We all know that too much of any kind of sugar can put us as risk for obesity and obesity related disease but did you know that it might make you stupid too? According to a study conducted at UCLA eating a diet with too much fructose may interfere with memory and learning.

“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”

Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener. The syrup is widely added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food. The average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We’re less concerned about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla, who is also a member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and Brain Injury Research Center. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”

None of us want to lose more memory as we age but sometime we just need a little something sweet.  We’ve asked Sloan Hemmer to share her favorite sweet treats. Here are her top picks to be consumed in moderation of course!

My first pick is the Think Thin Bars.  Most of them contain 0% sugar but do contain sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohol does affect blood glucose levels but not nearly as much as sugar.  The drawback is that in some people too much can cause excess gas and bloating.

Cacao Nibs are great because they are full of antioxidants and taste fabulous in yogurts and smoothies!

Remember if you are going to consume a product with dark chocolate, it needs to have 70% or more cacao in it for you to get the benefits of the antioxidants.  Dark chocolate is great because it is rich so you are much more likely to be satisfied after a smaller amount.


Green Cleaning Tips

January 21, 2015

Enjoy this advice from one of the greenest cleaners we know Debra Lynn Dadd dubbed “Queen of Green” by the New York Times, and the author of Home Safe Home. It’s her business to keep us from inhaling a lungful of the neurotoxins and carcinogens found in many household products–tetrachloroethylene, sodium sulfate and haptane, to name a few

Cleaning floors? 
DLD: I have hardwood floors and usually all I need to do is use a damp mop. We take a preventive approach with regular vacuuming, so dirt doesn’t get ground into the floors.

Cleaning polished natural stone?
DLD: Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold was recommended by one of my readers.

Cleaning a bathtub?
DLD: I use Bon Ami.

Cleaning windows?
DLD: I use vinegar and water, half and half, in a spray bottle.

Cleaning toilets?
DLD: I like to use borax or baking soda or vinegar or Bon Ami.

Drain cleaners?
DLD: It’s been so long since I’ve cleaned a drain. I have these little fine mesh strainers on my drains and they really work. It really has been years since I’ve had a clogged drain.

Have we missed any of your favorite green cleaning products?  Let us know

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Spray Tans Tips … Make it Last!

October 17, 2012

D Sharon Pruitt

Wanting to get that summer glow? Well for most of us that means either using bronzing lotions or going to a salon for spray tan. And we don’t have to remind you about the scary melanoma rates related to tanning booths, right?  On that health note, if you want instant results we suggest looking for a paraben-free spray tanning option. Katherine Goldman, founder and owner of Stript Wax Bar, with salons in Palo Alto, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Los Angeles and San Francisco, which offers these safe tanning options offers tips on how to make your next one last. 

  • Make sure to wax or shave the area a day before your spray tan. Waxing will remove the tan so always do so a day before your service.  Shaving or waxing the day of can make skin more irritated, so wait for your skin to calm down before spray tan application.
  • Exfoliate before a spray tan. Use a body scrub to exfoliate dry skin before a tan. This will help with even application of the product and ensure a flawless look.
  • Wear dark, loose fitting clothing to your appointment. Spray tans usually include a bronzer that can rub off on light colored clothing so always wear dark colors. Tight clothing can rub against the skin and create lines, so make sure to wear something that is baggy.
  • Plan not to shower for at least 6 hours. This allows the tan to develop, as water will wash away the active ingredient from the skin. Most people like to schedule their appointment in the evening so they can just go home, go to bed, and shower the next morning.
  • Use dark sheets the night of your tan. Make sure to put dark colored sheets on your bed after a spray tan appointment. The bronzer can rub off onto sheets and clothing so make sure to swap out anything white the day of your appointment.
  • Get a manicure before your spray tan appointment and then protect nails with a little Vaseline. This will help prevent darkening around the cuticle.
  • Purchase the right after care products. It is important to moisturize your skin after a spray tan as this will help it last longer.  You can also get a lotion with a small amount of DHA, the active ingredient in spray tans, to help keep the tan from fading.


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Cute Animals Boost Productivity!

October 15, 2012
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We knew it! Time spent oohing and aahhing over sleeping kittens or kitty on the prowl is time well spent! According to a study on work performance out of Japan  Looking at cute animals, say researchers at Hiroshima University, whether they’re actual kittens or cartoon characters like Pikachu, creates positive feelings that translate to increased friendliness and productivity.

Kawaii (cute things) things not only make us happier, but also affect our behavior,” wrote research team head and cognitive psychologist Hiroshi Nittono. “This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus.”

Start your week off with a boost of productivity -and share this with your friends!