“A soul mate isn’t necessarily the person you love most. It’s the person who sincerely challenges you in the aspects of life that everyone else can’t. Soul mates fight. But god damn they love, too.”—(via featherandarrow)
“Get Some Perspective
The 20-something brain is still developing its frontal lobe, says Jay, which is in charge of overriding emotion with reason. This, coupled with less on-the-job experience, means 20-somethings are more sensitive to surprise and criticism. They are more likely to take feedback personally, and magnify events to enormous proportions in their minds. Step back and get some perspective, advises Jay. You’re not going to be fired because your boss is angry. Hear the criticism and learn from it.”—http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fijj45emk/get-some-perspective/
hi carla, did you enroll at surfcuit? was it really worth it? thanks :)
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Ask the Diet Doctor: The Real Deal on Detox and Cleanse Diets By Mike Roussell, PhD
Q: "What’s the real deal with detox and cleanse diets—good or bad?” —Toxic in Tennessee
A:Detox and cleanse diets are bad for a number of reasons: They waste your time and, depending on the duration and the level of restriction, they may do more harm to your health than good. One of the problems with ‘detoxes’ is that they are very vague—What toxins are being removed? From where? And how? These questions are rarely answered, because most detox plans lack any real scientific basis. In fact, I recently challenged a room of 90+ fitness professionals to show me any evidence in humans (not mice or in test tubes) that lemon detoxifies your liver, and no one could come up with anything.
When a client comes to me to detoxify or cleanse their system, it tells me that they’re not feeling good physically and maybe emotionally. To help them start feeling better, I work with them to reset three key areas of their body: focus, metabolism, and digestion. Here is what to do to optimize these three areas and why it matters:
1. Digestion Your digestive track is a powerful system in your body that actually has its own nervous system. Alleviating digestive problems is one of the fastest ways to start feeling better.
What to do: Start removing potential allergenic foods from your diet such as wheat, dairy, and soy, while also taking a daily probiotic supplement. Focus on eating ample fruits and vegetables in addition to proteins (beans, eggs, meat, fish, etc) and a variety of oils. After 2-3 weeks, slowly add back gluten-, soy-, and dairy-containing foods one at a time; one new food type every 4-5 days is as fast as you want to go. Monitor how you feel as you add each of these foods back into your diet. If you start to have bloating or other gastrointestinal issues, this is a red flag that you might have an allergy or intolerance to one of these food types so keep it out of your diet moving forward.
2. Metabolism Your body can store environmental toxins and metals in your fat cells. This is the only area that I think we can truly detoxify ( actually remove toxins from your system). By burning the fat stored in fat cells, you cause the fat cells to shrink. As a result the fat-soluble toxins are released.
What to do: When resetting your metabolism, don’t focus on restricting your calories, as we don’t want to depress your thyroid function. Instead focus on eating the nutrient-dense foods mentioned above and exercising at least 5 hours per week. The majority of that exercise should be high-intensity metabolic training (a few intense exercises repeated in a circuit with little to no rest to push the body to its absolute limit).
3. Focus It’s not uncommon for me to find clients running around with empty energy stores, using caffeinated beverages to help them surge through meetings and long work days. Here’s why that’s bad: Relying too much on stimulants like caffeine wreaks havoc on your focus, sleep quality, and ability to optimize stress hormones.
What to do: Stop drinking caffeinated beverages altogether. This will cause headaches for the first couple days, but it passes. When you’re no longer hopped up on caffeine, it will become clear that you need to start getting better sleepat night. Make a deal with yourself to get 8 hours of sleep each night. This will also help with resetting your metabolism, as quality sleep is essential for optimizing weight-loss hormones like growth hormone and leptin.
Practicing mindfullness meditation is also important for resetting your focus. Research shows that people who regularly practice mindfullness meditation have a greater ability to focus on tasks and avoid distraction. You don’t need to go out and buy a meditation pillow so you can sit in the lotus position for hours each day. Just start with a simple 5-minute meditation. Sit and count your breaths, one to ten, repeat, and try to focus only on your breathing and not what’s on your to-do list. You’ll find that even 5 minutes is enough to make your feel rejuvenated. Make a goal of working up to 20 minutes 3 times per week.
A final note: Please don’t go on any crazy detox or cleanse plans. Try following these simple steps instead to reset your metabolism, focus, and digestive track for 3-4 weeks, and you’ll feel great, improve your health, and lose weight as a bonus!
I compiled this list a few months ago and sent it out to all of my dog-loving friends…. When I started looking at the foods while doing research I realized how ‘naughty’ my dogs and I have been. Since I’ve reviewed this list, however, I now eliminate or severely limit their intakes on these foods….
Why — Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.
What Can Happen – A dog can become excited and hyperactive. The stimulant in chocolate acts as a diuretic and your pet may pass large volumes of urine and may beunusually thirsty. Vomiting and diarrhea are also common. The effect of the stimulant on the heart is the most dangerous effect – it will either increase the dog’s heart rate or may cause the heart to beat irregularly. Death is quite possible, especially with exercise.
Why –The cause is infection by a rickettsial organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. The rickettsial organism does not directly infect the dog but is carried instead by a parasite (a flatworm or fluke) called Nanophyteus salmincola through two intermediate hosts - freshwater snails and salmonid fish.
What Can Happen – A sudden onset of symptoms occur 5-7 days after ingestion of fish. Initial symptoms include lethargy and anorexia. Peaking of temperature between 104-107 in the first two days and then slowly returns to normal. Persistent vomiting by the fourth day. There is bloody diarrhea within a few days of vomiting onset. The diarrhea is often bright yellow color. There are enlarged lymph nodes.
In the acute stages, gastrointestinal symptoms are quite similar to canine parvovirus. Nasal and ocular symptoms can resemble canine distemper. If left untreated, SPD has a mortality rate of up to 90%.SPD can be diagnosed with a fecal sample and is treatable if caught in time. Treatment may include supportive hydration, an antibiotic to kill the rickettsial organism, and a “wormer” to kill the parasite. Improvement may be seen in as little as two days.
Pear Pips, the Kernels of Plums, Peaches and Apricots, Cherry, Apple & Peach Core Pips
Why – Contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning
What Can Happen – Ingestion can lead to injury, disorientation, sickness, urination problems or even coma or deathfrom alcohol poisoning. Some dogs may be attracted to alcoholic drinks so don’t leave one setting where a dog can reach it.
Why – caffeine (like soda, tea, coffee) acts as a stimulant and can accelerate your pet’s heartbeat to a dangerous level.
What Can Happen — Pets ingesting caffeine have been known to have seizures, some fatal.
Why — Sugarless candy containing xylitol has been recognized by the National Animal Poison Control Center to be a risk to pets.
What Can Happen – This compound can cause liver damage and death in some dogs. This information is recent and some vets may not be familiar with xylitol poisoning. If your dog has eaten sugarless candy you can contact the NAPCC by telephone, 1-888-426-4435 for more information
Why – The corn cob caused a partial or complete intestinal obstruction.
What Can Happen – Many dogs have suffered and, in some cases, died after eating corn-on-the-cob, Never allow your dog access to corn cobs.
Raisins and grapes
Why – Although the minimum lethal dosage is not known, grapes and raisins can be toxic to dogs when ingested in large quantities.
What Can Happen – The symptoms are gastrointestinal signs including vomiting and diarrhea, and then signs of kidney failurewith an onset of severe kidney signs starting about 24 hours after ingestion. Due to the severity of the signs and thepotential for death, the veterinarians at the National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) advocate aggressive treatment for any dog believed to have ingested excessive amounts of grapes or raisins, including inducing vomiting, stomach pumping and administration of activated charcoal, followed by intravenous fluid therapy for at least 48 hours or as indicated based on the results of blood tests for kidney damage
Why –If the liver intake in dog treats, dog food, and human food is too high it can cause nutritional problems because liver has a high content of vitamin A. Consumption of this vitamin in large amounts can lead to vitamin A toxicity, or hyper-vitaminosis A.
What Can Happen – If your dog eats raw liver or consumes three servings of cooked liver a week it could lead to bone problems. Feeding liver to a dog taking Vitimin A supplements can lead to an overdose of Vitamin A. Symptoms of hyper-vitaminosis A are deformed bones, excessive bone growth on the elbows and spine, weight loss and anorexia. If left unchecked, hyper-vitaminosis A has in some cases caused death.
Why – It is reported to be a hallucinogenic when ingested in large doses.
What Can Happen – Nutmeg has been known to cause tremors, seizures and in some cases, death.
Why – Iodized salt and salty foods can cause stomach ailments and pancreatitis.
What Can Happen – Some dogs, especially large breeds, have been known to gulp too much water after eating salty foods and developed a life threatening condition called bloat during which the stomach fills with gas and twists, leading to a painful death unless emergency treatment is received immediately
Onion / Garlic:
Why – Onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Onions are more of a danger.
What Can Happen – At first, pets affected by onion poisoning show gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhea. They will show no interest in food and will be dull and weak. Pet owners often report that their pets are breathless and have blood in their urine.
Why –The toxic compound is unknown but the affect of macadamia nuts is to cause locomotory difficulties.
What Can Happen – Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, and weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters. Affected dogs are often unable to rise and are distressed, usually panting. Some affected dogs have swollen limbs and show pain when the limbs are manipulated. Luckily, the muscle weakness, while painful, seems to be of short duration.
Nuts (any variety)
Why / What Can Happen – Nuts in general are not good for dogs as their high phosphorus content may lead to bladder stones.
Why – When bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. As alcohol is produced during the rising process, the dough expands.
What Can Happen – Pets who’ve eaten bread dough may experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.
Avocados / Guacamole
Why – The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as persin.
What Can Happen – The primary concern in dogs is withgastrointestinal irritation, including vomiting and diarrhea. Typically, these effects are seen in dogs who have scavenged on significant quantities of fruit or branches
Broccoli (in large amounts)
Why – The toxic ingredient in broccoli is isothiocynate.
What Can Happen — While it may cause stomach upset it probably won’t be very harmful unless the amount fed exceeds 10% of the dogs total daily diet.
Why – Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your dog of biotin, one of the B vitamins. Biotin is essential to your dog’s growth and coat health. Additionally, raw eggs are often contaminated with bacteria, such as salmonella, and you could end up giving your dog food poisoning in addition to biotin deficiency.
What Can Happen – Symptoms of biotin depletion are hair loss, weakness, growth retardation and skeleton deformity. If your dog is suffering from these symptoms the situation is urgent, and veterinary treatment is needed. Cooked eggs are high in protein and make an excellent treat. It is only the raw eggs that should not be given to your dog.
Why – Most dairy products are digested poorly by dogs who have little or none of the enzyme required to digest the lactose in milk.
What Can Happen – Just like lactose-intolerant people, lactose-intolerant dogs can develop excessiveintestinal gas (flatulence) and may have foul-smelling diarrhea. It is best to avoid most dairy products altogether, although small amounts of cheese or plain yogurt are tolerated by most dogs, since these products have less lactose than most.
Why – The common mold found growing on many foods contain toxins such as Penicillium mold toxins or tremorgenic mycotoxins.
What Can Happen – Symptoms of poisoning include severe tremors and seizures that can last for hours or even days. This is considered an emergency and medical treatment is needed to control the seizures and detoxify the dog. Spoiled foods can cause food poisoning. Symptoms of food poisoning are severe vomiting, diarrhea and shock. Prevention is the best course, don’t feed your dog moldy food left in the refrigerator and don’t allow him to raid your garbage cans or compost bin (or your neighbor’s).
Why – Mushroom poisoning can be fatal if certain species of mushrooms are eaten. The most commonly reported severely toxic species of mushroon in the US is Amanita phalloides, but other Amanita species are also toxic.
What Can Happen – They can cause severe liver disease and neurologic disorders. The recommendation is to induce vomiting when these mushrooms are ingested and to give activated charcoal, as well. Supportive treatment for liver disease may also be necessary
Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
Why – Solanum alkaloids can be found in green sprouts and green potato skins, which occurs when the tubers are exposed to sunlight during growth or after harvest.
What Can Happen — The relatively rare occurrence of actual poisoning is due to several factors: solanine is poorly absorbed; it is mostly hydrolyzed into less toxic solanidinel; and the metabolites are quickly eliminated. Cooked, mashed potatoes are fine for dogs, actually quite nutritious and digestible.
Animal fat and fried foods
Why – Rich, fatty foods can be very dangerous to dogs susceptible to attacks of pancreatitis.
What Can Happen – Often you may not know that your dog is susceptible until he is very sick with his first attack. It is often the smaller, more energetic breeds like miniature or toy poodles, cocker spaniels, miniature schauzers, and other small terrier-type dogs who seem particularly prone. However, any dog may have a problem. It is best to avoid these foods altogether. Signs of pancreatitis generally include an acute onset of vomiting (sometimes with diarrhea) and abdominal pain, which may be evidenced as a hunched posture or “splinting” of the abdomen when picked up. The dog may become very sick quickly and often needs intensive fluid and antibiotic therapy.
Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars
Why – Cigarettes and cigarette butts, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and chewing tobacco can be fatal to dogs if ingested.
What Can Happen — Signs of nicotine poisoning can appear within an hour and include hyperactivity, salivation, panting, vomiting and diarrhea. Advanced signs include muscle weakness, twitching, collapse, coma, increased heart rate and cardiac arrest.
Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)
Why – These contain atropine. The highest concentration of atropine is found in the leaves and stems of tomato plants, next is the unripe (green) tomatoes and then the ripe tomato.
What Can Happen – Ingesting tomato leaves and stems can cause dilated pupils, tremors and irregular heartbeat
Why – Stagnant water in ponds, bogs, small lakes, canals, seasonal creeks and other places where water sets still may contain harmful bacteria (Leptospira interrogans) andparasites such as giardia. Toilet water with freshner or cleaners in the tank or bowl contain toxic chemicals.
Why – Cooked bones can be very hazardous for your dog. Bones become brittle when cooked which causes them to splinter when broken. The splinters have sharp edges that have been known to become stuck in the teeth, caused choking when caught in the throat or caused a rupture or puncture of the stomach lining or intestinal tract. Especially bad bones are turkey and chicken legs, ham, pork chop and veal.