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Side Effects of Skipping Coffee

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I admit that without coffee, I am not totally awake and can’t start the day.

Don’t expect conversation, smiles, anything without it.

Now, I know why, according to MensHealth.com.

 

Coffee is magic. It energizes you and improves your memory, and has been linked to a slew of health benefits like lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But miss one cup, and suddenly you feel like total crap.

The reason: Caffeine is like a drug—one you can get hooked on after just 3 consecutive days of drinking it, according to research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. And regularly consuming just 100 milligrams (mg) of caffeine—the amount in 8 ounces of weak coffee—can cause feelings of withdrawal, the study found. If your body is used to daily caffeine, skipping one cup is enough to throw your system out of whack, leading to fatigue, headache, irritability, and more annoying issues, says Laura Juliano, Ph.D., a psychology professor at American University.

However, you’re bound to miss a cup every now and again. Or maybe you want to give up the habit altogether. So we looked into the science behind your coffee addiction, and the best ways to beat it.

Caffeine and Your Body

Your body produces a chemical called adenosine when you get tired. As these new adenosine molecules bind to the adenosine receptors already in your brain, you start to feel even sleepier.

So you chug a cup of coffee to wake up. Caffeine molecules enter your system and bind to those adenosine receptors, giving you an instant energy boost, Juliano says.

As your body gets used to the amount of coffee you drink, it begins to churn out more adenosine receptors. That means you need more caffeine molecules to give you the same energizing rush as before.

But when you skip your coffee, all those extra receptors that are usually filled with caffeine are instead filled with extra adenosine. Your brain isn’t accustomed to this new ratio, Juliano says, which can lead to fatigue and withdrawal symptoms.

In addition to feeling exhausted, expect a headache, too. Caffeine causes your blood vessels to constrict, which reduces blood flow to your brain.

So when your brain expects to be flooded with the stimulant—like in the morning when you first wake up—it signals your vessels to dilate and increase blood flow before you even take a sip, Juliano says.

If you don’t drink java, however, this extra blood volume goes straight to your head, causing a throbbing headache.

Missing caffeine can also make you irritable, foggy, anxious, and even depressed, according to a review in the journal Pharmacology. That’s likely due to the same blood flow effects.

If you’re really unlucky, you might even develop muscle aches and flulike symptoms, feel nauseous, or actually puke. However, more research needs to be done to pinpoint the exact mechanisms behind these additional pains.

Usually, you’ll start to feel the effects of skipping a morning dose by mid­afternoon.

How to Survive Missing Your Morning Coffee

If you want to avoid these symptoms altogether, then just stick to your normal morning coffee habit. (You might notice, though, that you gradually need more and more ounces to get the same buzz.)

If consuming a cup coffee is out of the question for some reason, and you want to stop feeling like crap, take some Excedrin: A two­pill dose packs about as much caffeine as an 8­ ounce coffee.

Want to kick your caffeine habit for good? Quitting cold turkey is a bad idea.

Instead, gradually wean yourself off caffeine by decreasing your coffee intake over a 4­week period.

Say you normally drink 4 cups a day. After 1 week, cut back to 3 cups. After two weeks, 2 cups. After 3 weeks, 1 cup. Go caffeine­free at 4 weeks, Juliano says.

You may still experience some withdrawal symptoms. If that happens, take ibuprofen, which doesn’t contain any caffeine, Juliano says.

http://www.menshealth.com/health/skipping­daily­coffee

I am a Recovering Fat Person

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I have been writing to You for a few months now and I have to admit it, I really love it.

I don’t even know who You are, and there is a part of me that would love to know who You are and then there is a part of me that has come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter as long as You and I both are there and enjoying this ‘relationship’.

Doug and I began this journey as a healing process as well as a growth process. I call it a healing process because believe it or not, I truly believe that our past eating and activity behavior was an illness in some form.

Some call that illness laziness.

Some call it complacency.

Some call it ignorance.

But regardless what you call it.

It definitely was gluttonous.

We simply ate more than we used and therefore became fat.

Fast forward to today. WOW, what a difference. But it has been a long journey. We were not always overweight. We were, by most people’s standards, average. What most people forget is that you don’t all of a sudden become fat. You add just a little more to your plate and park just a little closer to the door. You add one extra glass of wine to the meal and you take one less trip up the stairs. You don’t look at how much is really on your plate and you spend the weekend watching movies instead of raking the leaves.

The last thing I wanted to be was a reformed fatty that spends her days critiquing other people’s eating habits or their activity level. After all it doesn’t affect me, so why would it bother me. Well, sometimes it does. I see some small steps that we should have taken sooner and recognize that in other people, but if you are not ready to make little changes you simply wont be ready for big changes.

So, why do I write,mr. and mrs. morneau and why does it help me? I am not entirely sure, except that after being on a healthier journey for four years, it is a large part of who we are. We just had our four year anniversary with our trainers. On our two year anniversary we took them out to dinner. No pictures, not critique, no rules, just relax, enjoy, eat and drink. BUT, the one thing we did do, was ask them what they truly thought about us when we started.

The truth kind of hurt. They truly were afraid to take us on as clients because we were so big. They told us that they were really concerned that we wouldn’t make it and they actually never dreamed that we would still be at it two years later. It has been two years since then and we are still pushing strong.

 

I actually love sharing the things we have learned.

Nutritionally, we had no idea how to eat.

We were completely unaware of portion size.

We did not know about where our calorie count should be for the day, or week.

We didn’t even know what should be a healthy weight or BMI.

I love researching more and more to help other people that, like us, just don’t know what we don’t know.

As the year comes to an end, do yourself a favour and have a look at yourself. Not a critical look, an honest look.

What can you do to be just a little healthier? It is really important to be honest with yourself and realize that if there is room for improvement, it may be uncomfortable and that’s ok.

Really it is!

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

CANADA VS. UNITED STATES

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We at Q4fit, are really proud of our relationship with Columbia Wear.

Over the years, we have owned a lot of their products and will continue to do so for a long time. They have a great blog on their site and I found this particular post really funny.
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This seems to me to be a very typical view of us Canadians and I can actually say that most of these points don’t apply to us. Partly because we are located on the west coast of the country and we are the only part of the country that doesn’t get the awful winters that the rest of the country gets. Also, comparing Manitoba to the rest of Canada is like comparing Florida to Minnesota. Ok, that may be a little extreme, sorry.

Canada vs United States

Travel is really good for the mind, body, and soul. You learn so much that it is hard to put into words. You learn about different food, people, culture, weather, traditions, and of course language. You don’t have to go far to notice the difference, even from one town to the next, there are differences.

Get out of your own back yard and experience something new, somewhere new. Expand your mind, you will be surprised what you will learn.


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Should You Exercise When Sick

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It’s funny how you seem to come across articles just when you need them.

We have had colds in our house this week, and we always seem to ask this question. Now, we have a great reference to use.

The biggest lesson here is to listen to your body.

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