Upbeat Living: The Proverb is Wrong– Sometimes There Is Something New

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A frequently –quoted proverb says, “Nothing is new under the sun.”  There is a similar Bible quote that means something rather different, and we’ll discuss that in a future article.  For now, let’s think of all the people we’ve heard say there’s nothing new, nothing more for humans to learn, and no more silver bullets to be discovered.  Ha!

The people who say those things have been sitting at their desks too long, going around in circles in their personal worlds, and they are bored.  There is a commercial where a Victorian-looking man asks, “Remember when I said I wanted to invent the telephone? And what did you say?”  A voice answers, “I said you were crazy”. The telephone was new in its time and is constantly being re-invented as a hand-held computer.  I call mine my “smart box”.  I can look up anything on my smart box. No more going to my parents’ living room and digging through the encyclopedias.  The smart box is always new, always offers to refresh our minds.

A fresh news item this week is the re-invention of the blimp.  This one is called “The Flying Bum” Airship because it looks much like a human behind, from behind.  It’s filled with helium, and the Brits are optimistic they can make it viable and serviceable.  Meanwhile, its appearance is great for a chuckle in any country.

There are at least 2 series of books that can help you know that you don’t know what can be known, and that some of what you know isn’t what you could know correctly about that at all.  Got that?  That is, not all of what people think is true is actually true at all. The first is the Useless Information series.  This started with a British team, the Useless Information Society, which brought forth a few books, and then it became US-centric but continued the brand for a few more books.  I read a few pages of one of these books every evening, to clear my mind before going to sleep.  Topics range from science to sports to entertainment to geography to events: every topic there is.   The second book series starts with The Book of General Ignorance.  That series has one-page articles based on questions you never thought to ask.

Here’s a favorite factoid from The Incredible Book of Useless Information:  “Humans are the only species that shed emotional tears.  The smell of a woman’s emotional tears has been shown to lower testosterone levels in men, thereby reducing aggression and sexual arousal.”  This biotruth may not be new in the Universe, but it was new and surprising to me.  And I love being surprised with fun factoids.

Now here’s a new factoid in my world this week:  there is an iron that has little feet on the soleplate.  The little feet descend to your fabric, with a tiny hum, when you pause over a spot on the item you’re ironing.  The feet prevent scorching, and they make me smile. Who thinks of these things?  Well, now I have one, and I enjoy the smiling.   There’s something new under the sun in my home.

How about you?  What’s new in your world this week?  Refresh your mind and you’ll stay firmly and delightfully in Upbeat Livingsm.

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Upbeat Living: Freshen Your Brain— and Smile— With Paraprosdokians!

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This form of humor was my favorite, before I knew it had a name: the paraprosdokian Yes, that’s a real term, from the Greek, paraprosdokian (I know, same word), meaning “beyond expectations”.  This is a statement that seems to be going in one direction and then goes in another direction, surprising the listener or reader.  It’s the surprise I love.  In Upbeat Livingsm, we know that not only is humor fun, but it literally feels good and is good for you.

These one-liners will usually make people smile.  And smiling literally puts you in a good mood, because, as research shows, your facial expression can determine your mood.  If one of these paraprosdokians really cracks you up, and you chuckle, or even laugh, then you get great health benefits:  production of endorphins and the master hormone, DHEA.  These compounds will make your body run better and feel better, plus they put you in a good mood.  And then you are smiling again, in a self-renewing circuit of wonderfulness.  Plus, people will wonder why you’re smiling, and they will ask you.  So there’s some social benefit as well.

Some paraprosdokians are very familiar, such as:

He who laughs last…thinks slowest.

I could agree with you…but then we’d both be wrong.

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool…So I gave him a glass of water.

Here are more you may enjoy.  And feel free to smile!

Take my advice…I’m not using it.

I’m great at multi-tasking…I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

I was going to give him a nasty look…but he already had one.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit…Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn’t find it.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Artificial intelligence is no match… for natural stupidity.

Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home…when you wish they were.

Ever stop to think…and forget to start again?

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright …until you hear them speak.

Evening news is when they start, “Good evening!”… and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

You’re never too old…to learn something stupid.

So keep your eye out for these refreshing one-liners and let them recharge your brain, your sense of humor, and your metabolism.  Who knows, maybe you’ll write some of your own and use them at cocktail parties.  And that’s Upbeat Living!

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Upbeat Living: Lighten Up With Forgiveness

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In Upbeat Livingsm, we take the heaviness out of life and accentuate ways to move forward with a light heart.  That gives us the most energy, optimism, and vitality, for living the life we want.  The secret?  The top tool for lightening up is forgiveness.

Why forgive?  Think of the people who deliberately hurt you.  Feel your body tighten up?  Now think of the people who ripped you off or treated you unfairly, from whatever period of your life.  Feel yourself becoming tight and dense, even heavy?  Now think of your ex or of people you dated who behaved outrageously.  Perhaps they embarrassed you, were mean or unfair.  Got the picture?  Holding onto hurt feels bad!  And the more committed you are to holding onto hurt and resentment, the more deeply that will embody and turn into illness and other physical ills.

So the reason to forgive is to release those feelings—for yourself!  Yes, YOU are the reason to forgive.   An old expression says, “Forgive and forget!”  But that’s half the picture.  It’s important not to forget that some people are dedicated takers and some are dedicated to hurting whoever they can.   However, while forgiveness doesn’t change the past, it changes the future!

Do your best now to remember the facts but release the feelings. You deserve to live the best life you can.  Lighten up with forgiveness! And now you’re in Upbeat Living.

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Upbeat Living: Chocolate for Your Health!

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© 2016 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved. stress, chocolate, Upbeat Living, epicatechin, Kebba Buckley Button In Upbeat Livingsm, we emphasize the positive in all possible ways; today, we celebrate the health benefits of chocolate!  Yes, it’s true.  When you think of chocolate, you can think of it—dark chocolate, anyway—as a health food.  Remember, the Inca Indians discovered it and drank it hot, without sweetening, hundreds of years ago.

A number of medical studies have shown that modern people can use it for health.  Without being too technical, here are some of the great ways dark chocolate serves the body:

  • Provides antioxidant power, which fights free radicals, thus reducing risk of heart disease. Note that milk may interfere with the absorption of the antioxidants.
  • Lowers mild high blood pressure.
  • Is associated with drastically lower occurrence of major diseases, when consumed as natural hot cocoa. These diseases include: stroke, heart failure, cancer, and diabetes.  Natural cocoa has a very high level of epicatchin, a type of antioxidant that some believe should be classified as a vitamin.  Epicatachin is also found in some teas, wine, and some fruits and vegetables.
  • Can strengthen tissue and help build muscle, due to the epicatachin.

You people who love white chocolate or milk chocolate can keep eating it as a treat.  Dark chocolate lovers, this is your time!  Snack on dark chocolate bars and put dark chocolate chips in those cookies.  Stir natural cocoa powder into your smoothies, and make your own low-fat snack bars.  Enjoy your increased vitality!  Are you feeling energized now?  That feeling is part of  Upbeat Living!

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Upbeat Living:  Gratitude for a Writing Challenge

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In Upbeat Livingsm, gratitude is a major dimension of living, creating, and getting the life you want.  As it happens, today, I am completing a 31-day writing challenge, the Ultimate Blog Challenge, and I am feeling overwhelming gratitude.  Here is some of what I’m experiencing gratitude for.

  • The organizers of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, Paul Taubman and Danni Ackerman, for setting it up again and running it every 3 months, for a full month each time.
  • The discipline of assembling the components of an article every day: theme, photo or 2, poster, quotes, text, format, publishing, sharing. I can see that time and structure translating to my next project:  getting my new website done.  That seems much easier now.  Bite off, chew, bite off, chew.
  • The core participants, who teamed along most steadily and supported each other throughout. I will miss interacting with them, but I’ll keep up with some who have become friends.  I am grateful to have gotten to know them better, and to count on their values and sensibilities.  A few of these are Ken Weliever, Jeanine Byers, Vicki Maheu, Cindy Browning O’Donnell, Martha DeMeo, Tammy Rome, Karen Lee Banks, Alice Gerard, Maria Silvo, Nick Roseblade, Alana Mautone, Nicole Bianchi, and Paul Taubman.
  • An odd feeling of being motivated by my success in systematically completing this Challenge. So often we think motivation breeds success.  But I’m very present, just now, to the opposite effect:  success breeds motivation.
  • A new cheery comfort with using only closed-top mugs in my office. It may sound minor, but it eliminates a possible repeat of the Great Hot Chocolate Incident of 2011.  It’s saving massive future time and money.
  • A refreshed collection of articles on my blog. Blog visitors will generally start from the most recent article, and even if they read through 31 articles, they will be seeing my freshest and best work.  I expect to continue blogging weekly, midweek, with my spiritual email still going out on Sunday evenings.
  • Google listings! Google has picked up some of my articles and a number of my images!  It’s the articles with the most comments that it shows.  So those comments, friends, are literally very valuable.  Huge thanks to anyone who read and commented on my articles this month, and always.

So I’m whelmed with joy and overwhelmed with gratitude.  Thank you!  I look forward to our further adventures.  Will you keep me posted on your journey?  And in gratitude, that’s Upbeat Living!

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Upbeat Living:  Happy National Cheesecake Day!

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In recent years, health pundits would not have called cheesecake a “health food”; but today is National Cheesecake Day!  So relax and take a time-out from worrying about fats, and celebrate the pure pleasure of this family of deserts.  In fact, cream cheese is loaded with Vitamin A and fatty acids that help our health.  And a key dimension of Upbeat Living is enjoying your life!

Want to make your own cheesecake? Here is my own recipe for an Irish Cream Cheesecake, no technical skills required.

KEBBA’S IRISH CREAM CHEESECAKE

For filling:

3 x 8-oz. bricks of cream cheese, room temperature
½ c Irish Cream liqueur (Kebba’s favorite: Carolan’s, available at Trader Joe’s)
½ c heavy cream
3 eggs
3 T flour (GF if you like, rice flour or oat flour if you like)
1 c organic sugar
1 t vanilla or almond extract
1/8 t sea salt

For crust:

1 ¼ c graham crumbs + 3 T butter + 3 T organic sugar + 1/8 t sea salt
OR use 1 2/3 c honey corn chex crumbs + ¼ c butter + ¼ c organic sugar
OR use 2 frozen GF pie crusts, following package directions

If making your own crust, blend the ingredients with a fork and press into an 8” springform pan, pressing up sides.  The Chex formula can fit a 9” springform pan. (Ever try to buy an 8” springform pan?)  This may sound dumb, but wrap the bottom of the springform pan firmly with foil, as the melted butter may leak.  Now put the cheesecake on a cookie sheet.

Blend the filling ingredients.  In springform pan or pie crusts, bake at 425 for 25 minutes.  Take it out for 10 minutes and finish baking at 350 for 15 more minutes. In the pie crusts, test for firmness after 5 more minutes. Of course, note variations needed with your stove.

Chill the cake/s before serving, for 2 hours or even overnight.  Dust lightly with cocoa powder and drizzle with favorite fudge sauce, just before serving.  Next time, make 2 and freeze some.

Now sit down with your cheesecake and enjoy every bite slowly.  Savoring causes a food to fill us up sooner.  And relaxing with a pleasure is also stress-dissolving.

So Happy National Cheesecake Day, my friends!  Enjoy, and let me know how you like this cheesecake!  And that’s Upbeat Living.

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Upbeat Living:  Rudeness Stress and How to Handle It

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Rudeness Stress is all too prevalent now, as more people are stressed out than ever before, and it seems “reasonable” to them to be rude, nasty, and profane to you.  Of course you feel stressed by someone being rude, but you’ve come to the right place.  This column is committed to helping you live with the most joy and satisfaction you can.  Science and reason come together here, to give you the best ways to have the best life you can: best relationships, improved health and less aging.  We call this Upbeat Livingsm.

So when you inevitably get rude and nasty behavior aimed at you, know this:

  • Difficult people are a very common source of stress. They can totally suck your energy and leave you exhausted and frustrated– if you let them.
  • And that is what they want! Some are insecure and trying to bring others down to their level.
  • Some see your light shining and are jealous, so they want to dim your light, if they can.
  • Some simply enjoy others’ pain, and they hope to hurt you, especially in front of others.
  • Your best response is usually no response. And others will give YOU credit.
  • And you are always at choice about how you respond.

An unknown writer said,

Be thankful for the difficult people.  They have shown you exactly who you don’t want to be. 

 

Famous motivational pastor, Joel Osteen, said,

Sometimes, God uses difficult people, like sandpaper, to rub the rough edges off of us. 

 

So, for example, if someone has just made you the butt of a joke in front of others, keep smiling.  They gave you a gag award for talking too much?  Here’s your strategy.  With a cheerful smile on your face, and possibly a little laugh, say, “Isn’t it wonderful we all have such a great sense of humor!”  Then quietly, peacefully, walk away.  No rolling your eyes. Portray pleasant happiness.  Smile as you walk away.  If you think they were trying to humiliate you, they were.  If you can pretend you found the humiliating circumstance funny, do that, laugh, and again, walk away, because you are very busy and need to get to your next meeting/deadline/appointment. If it was at a company party, never go again.  You are so busy, you can’t think what your calendar holds for that day, when they ask you to the next company party.  A lot of people never go to company parties, and now you are one of them.

Are there experiences you have had with rude and/or nasty people?  How did you deal with it?  What now seems like the most effective way to deal with it?

A fractured Latin phrase advises us:  Nil Illegitimi Carborundum, or “Don’t let the bastards wear you down”.  Again, don’t give them energy.  You have a right to lead a healthy and happy life. When you encounter Rudeness Stress next time, be brief in dealing with anything negative. Soon, you will notice your stamina rising and your happiness taking over.  And that’s Upbeat Living!

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UpBeat Living: Heaven’s Thoughts on Landscaping

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What does Heaven think of the way we use our gifts?  What are Heaven’s Thoughts on how we use the incredible array of resources we have been blessed with? Here’s a light look at how the conversation might go, if God and a couple of saints were talking about it.   And you don’t have to be a person of faith to enjoy it.  I found this piece circulating the Internet, Author Unknown.  Enjoy!

GOD (to St. Francis of Assisi):
Frank, you know all about gardens and  nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I  started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

ST.  FRANCIS:
It’s  the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers ‘weeds’ and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD:
Grass? But, it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It’s sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST.  FRANCIS:
Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the  lawn.

GOD:
The  spring rains and warm weather probably make  grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST.  FRANCIS:
Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it– sometimes twice a week.

GOD:
They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

ST.  FRANCIS:
Not  exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD:
They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST.  FRANCIS:
No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD:
Now,  let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST.  FRANCIS:   Yes, Sir.

GOD:
These Suburbanites must be relieved in the  summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up  the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

FRANCIS:You  aren’t going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD:
What  nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees.  That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It’s a natural cycle of life.

ST.  FRANCIS:
You  better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD:
No!?  What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST.  FRANCIS:
After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch.  They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD:
And where do they get this mulch?

ST.  FRANCIS:
They cut down trees and grind them up to make the  mulch.

GOD:
Enough! I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

CATHERINE:

‘Dumb and Dumber’, Lord.  It’s a story about….

GOD:
Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

So: how are you using your gifts and resources?  Could you be doing more?  Recycling?  Growing veggies? Wrapping gifts with reuseable bags?  The list goes on, and so can you, in helping the Planet.  And that’s Upbeat Living!

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Upbeat Living: 25 Ways to Use Chopsticks

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Part of the Upbeat Livingsm philosophy is that we need to use our creativity to keep our thinking and our lifestyles fresh; for example, how many ways can you repurpose the simple, disposable chopsticks from an Asian eatery?  I have found chopsticks are terrific tools, without even painting them glossy or trimming them to use as dowels.  I was awakened to the incredible versatility of these humble devices, when one day, I looked at my water crock (held a 3-gallon bottle) and suddenly saw it needed…something.

My crock had a blue line but no other decoration.  I pulled out a box with about 30 craft paint bottles in it, and I stared at the crock.  It was glossy.  A brush wouldn’t work.  So I reached for a chopstick, dipped the large end in paint, and began making colorful lines of dots, parallel to the blue line.  When I was done, there were about 6 lines of dots, and both the look and the energy of the crock were completely different.   Since that fateful day, I have seen chopsticks turn into tools for all kinds of jobs.  And no guilt:  you were going to throw them away anyway, weren’t you?  Here is a list of 25 of my favorite uses for chopsticks.  See if this list inspires you.  stress, chopsticks, Upbeat Living, Kebba Buckley Button, creativity

  • Pick up food to eat
  • Pick up noodles, from pot or bowl
  • Style hair
  • Build into art projects
  • Small end- clean pesto from threads of rocket blender
  • Large end- stir pesto through noodles, tube pasta, or fusilli
  • Either end- paint impressionist art one dot at a time
  • Small end- pierce foil seal of yogurt when seal refuses to politely roll off when tab is pulled
  • Small end- break vacuum seal on pound jar of nuts so you can pull pieces of the seal away
  • Lift hot teabag out of a tall mug or teapot
  • Large end- Stir/whip protein powder into moo in tall glass for protein shake
  • Large end- stir powdered Vitamin C drink-  [dissolves better due to square end]
  • Large end, or 2 chopsticks held together with large ends 1/4” apart- briskly beat one or 2 eggs
  • Large end- reach, snag, and pull watch or glasses which are otherwise out of reach on your desk
  • Large end- make hole in center of beef patty to broil evenly
  • Small end on its side- crimp edges of pie crust before baking
  • Pop bubble when frittata or omelette forms one.
  • Small end stuck in soil, fasten plant that needs support
  • Separate spaghetti or fettuccine while cooking
  • Adjust food presentation on plate by tiny distances, to perfect the look for photography or Mom
  • Small end covered by dust cloth, run along inner edges of picture frames or smartphone/smart pad screens to get that last dust out of there
  • Small end- apply single drops of glue or cement to repair torn leather
  • Small end- make 1-3 punctures in top of banana to help snap stem end off
  • Mix tiny amounts of craft paints to get perfect match for furniture touch-ups
  • [What else can you think of?]

In what other ways have you ever used chopsticks?  May I add those to my collection?  Do you have a picture?  Has this piece “about chopsticks” made any other kinds of creativity or repurposing ideas flow into your mind?  Yes, that’s Upbeat Living!  And I hope you have a joyful day!

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Upbeat Living: Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners

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Do you sometimes wonder about the benefits and health costs of sugar vs. artificial sweeteners?  Have you ever had the idea that you should cut back on sugar?  Was it your dentist who suggested it, saying sugar could cause cavities?  Or was it someone telling you that sugar makes you gain weight?  Then, if you cut back on sugar, what are your sweet alternatives?  In the US, various ideas about sugar being Bad For You caused a great increase in the development of artificial sweeteners, and in the 1960’s, the war of the sweeteners was on.

Cyclamates were big in Europe, and those compounds tasted much like sugar.  They were banned in the US after a study showed they caused cancer in lab rats.  Saccharin took over the sweetener market, and diet sodas began showing up everywhere.  There were even store-brand sodas made with saccharin. The same group that said cyclamates were Bad For You now said saccharin was Bad For You, and aspartame (“Nutrasweet” and several other names) hit the market.  Many tried it and liked it; many got headaches and kidney pain. For years, respected sources have been saying Nutrasweet is actually dangerously Bad For You.  One detailed resource on this is Dr. Joseph Mercola’s webpage:  http://aspartame.mercola.com/ .  Are you sensing a pattern here?

The next artificial sweetener to come out was Splenda (sucralose).  But this year it has been proven to cause cancer.  And many had digestive distress from it.  Now are you seeing a pattern here, about trying to avoid sugar by trying artificial sweeteners?  Some other unpleasant findings about artificial sweeteners:

  • Caused lab monkeys to lose their sense of food volume, resulting in a huge increase in how much they ate
  • Are associated with decreased sweet-sensing in normal sweet foods and a decrease in palatability of non-sweet foods like vegetables.  Sugared sweets tasted less satisfying and vegetables became yukky.
  • Are associated with metabolic syndrome and weight gain in humans
  • May be addictive.  Rats preferred saccharin to cocaine in one study.  Look out, humans!

Plus, in Chinese medicine, it’s not the calories in sugar that swell your waistline. It’s the quality of yin (the expanding forces of the Universe) in a food or drink.  So anything you consume that is sweet for any reason—will cause your belly to get bigger.

This brings us around to the natural sweetener, stevia.  It is FDA approved, available in many health food stores and even in sodas.  But if you’re adding it to foods and drinks to “lose weight”, i.e., be thinner, stevia is still yin and could cause your waistline to swell.  Time to add ab lifts to your workout.

Sugars have been condemned for rotting teeth and leading us to diabetes.  But those studies are done with refined sugars, including high fructose corn syrup.  Until studies are done on the effects of unrefined sugars, consider sticking to small amounts of raw honey, maple syrup, and dried cane syrup.  Also, cinnamon sprinkled on top of foods or beaten into your scrambled eggs will enhance sweetness. Your best bet with desserts is to skip the highly sweetened ones and switch to fruit.  Fruit contains much more nutrition than conventional cake and ice cream, and it will fill and satisfy you in many fewer calories.

The moral of this story is: switch what you swallow, and you’ll feel better and look better.  And that’s Upbeat Living!

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert.  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. 
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: bookings@kebba.com .
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