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I Quit Sugar 2 Years Ago. Here Are 7 Ways It’s Totally Transformed My Life

I Quit Sugar 2 Years Ago. Here Are 7 Ways It’s Totally Transformed My Life

I Quit Sugar 2 Years Ago.
All week long, we shared tips, tricks, inspirational stories, and recipes to help you eliminate sugar for the week—and maybe much longer!
You can check out the rules of the challenge (and the 10 best tips for eliminating sugar), dive into whether fruit sugars are good for you, check out the no-sugar smoothie supermodels are obsessed with, hear a holistic psychiatrist’s tips for dealing with sugar withdrawal, get into the nitty gritty of sweeteners from stevia to coconut sugar, make some no-sugar desserts, or find out how to optimize your sleep to prevent sugar cravings.
I figured I’d cut back on it for a week, maybe two, and see if there was any validity to what sounded at the time like pretty extreme health claims.
My headaches went away, the cravings subsided, and I actually felt good.
Great, even, which got me thinking: if I could feel this way after two sugar-free weeks, what would I feel like after three weeks?
Turns out when I began steering clear of sugar, I also ended up avoiding most packaged goods in favor of real, whole, fibrous foods, chock-full of healthy fats.
It was actually around the end of month two when I began to notice changes.
If going through a period of extremes is necessary in order to shift to a mindset of moderation, I’m definitely still in the extremes stage.
And while sugar may not be the healthiest, neither is letting it (or any food, for that matter) dictate my relationships and distance me from the people in my life that mean so much more than any food ever could.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Ancient Earth Could Have Been Donut-Shaped ‘Synestia’ Form, Study Suggests

Ancient Earth Could Have Been Donut-Shaped ‘Synestia’ Form, Study Suggests

Ancient Earth Could Have Been Donut-Shaped ‘Synestia’ Form, Study Suggests.
A new study suggests that the Earth may have been donut-shaped or in a “synestia” form 4.5 billion years ago.
The planet could have been a hot, donut-shaped object with vaporized rock as a result of a collision of two planet-sized celestial bodies.
The donut-shaped or synestia form is proposed as a new type of planetary object.
Instead of a debris, their scenario suggested that it will result in a synestia or a weirder donut-sized object.
But the new ancient Earth theory suggested that it took the form of a donut after the impact called synestia.
Based on the paper, the donut-shaped Earth may have only stayed in that phase for about a century.
It then lost enough heat to condense back into its form as a solid circular object.
But, they are hopeful that mankind may be able to see one in the near future in alien solar systems.
The result of the study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

Healthy Living

MEPs Throw Out Tory Attempt To Prevent EU Ban On Bee Killing Pesticides

MEPs Throw Out Tory Attempt To Prevent EU Ban On Bee Killing Pesticides

Evidence But there is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that shows neonicotinoids cause significant damage to bees.
Despite this, the National Farmers Union has argued that they need to use pesticides so they can produce plentiful – affordable – food.
Speaking about research regarding pestcides and bees, The NFU’s Bee Health Specialist, Dr Chris Hartfield, has said: “This study is another interesting piece to an unsolved puzzle about how neonicotinoid seed treatments affect bees. “It does not show that neonicotinoids are causing widespread declines in pollinator populations and it certainly does not show that neonicotinoid use has caused any extinction of bees in England.
This attitude has been criticised.
Nick Mole, of the Pesticide Action Network UK, said: “How much more proof, more evidence, does the NFU need?
Legislation A 2013 partial ban on three neonicotinoids is expected to be extend this to all crops later this year by the European Commission.
Girling’s attempt to block this ban was unpopular – just eight MEPs voted in favour, with seven abstentions, and 43 voting against her proposal.
However, 43 MEPs voted against Ms Girling’s attempt to block the full ban, with just eight in favour and seven abstentions. “There is mounting scientific evidence supporting the European Commission’s proposal to extend the ban to more crops, and this should now be backed by national governments.’

Climate Change & Global Warming

The North Atlantic Seesaw

The North Atlantic Seesaw

Now, people often discuss procedures like “removing the effects of the El Nino from the global temperature record”.
This is to note that although there are areas of the surface which show a good positive correlation to global temperatures, there are also areas that show a good negative correlation to global temperatures.
It displays how well the temperatures in each gridcell agree or disagree with the global average temperature variations shown in Figure 1.
Setting those questions aside, the overall pattern in the Pacific is clearly related to the heat which is moved by the El Nino / La Nina pump.
The results of this pumping action can be seen in Figure 2 as the green areas in the western Pacific heading towards the north and south polar regions.
Note that both the Western Pacific and the North Atlantic move in opposition to the NINO3.4 area.
When enough heat has accumulated in the eastern Pacific, the El Nino / La Nina pump pushes warm water first westward, then poleward.
Note that the North Atlantic is included among the areas with a strong negative correlation to the NINO3.4 area.
Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris President Trump has rejected and exited the Paris climate treaty – walked America away from the Mad Hatter tea party that was the entire multi-decade, often hysterical and always computer model-driven UN climate process.
Our resident cartoonist, Josh, noticed and replied: inspiring, now all bad weather can be blamed on @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ZlKZj56mUS — Josh (@Cartoonsbyjosh) June 2, 2017 Hi, Justthefacts…… ….. for the Earth’s orbit section and all astronomical background…..some time is needed to understand the real Earth’s trajectory….. Any questions to me always welcome…… Following background: There is good data and analysis done at NASA JPL Pasadena… I can quote literature….. but the IPCC/AGW “hijacked” the orbit topic by not using American data….and the IPCC orbit analysis went to Belgium, to the University of Louvain, a center of entrenched AGW-proponents….

Climate Change & Global Warming

One Response to “What to Bring to Summer Camp”

One Response to “What to Bring to Summer Camp”

Over the years we’ve created an ongoing list of personal care products that my kids like AND use at camp.
It comes in a flexible container which makes it easier to pack for summer camp.
They also have a hand sanitizer made with organic ingredients that we’ll be sending along.
Seeing the MADE SAFE certification on the bug repellent was reassuring.
They certify that products are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health.
Even at summer camp.
Everything that goes to camp has to be labeled or it won’t make it home (sometimes it still doesn’t make it home!).
I’ve been using Mabel’s Labels for labeling clothing for many years.
Do you have any summer camp favorites to add to the list?
Here are a few summer camp favorites from years past:

Healthy Living

One Response to “What to Bring to Summer Camp”

One Response to “What to Bring to Summer Camp”

Over the years we’ve created an ongoing list of personal care products that my kids like AND use at camp.
It comes in a flexible container which makes it easier to pack for summer camp.
They also have a hand sanitizer made with organic ingredients that we’ll be sending along.
Seeing the MADE SAFE certification on the bug repellent was reassuring.
They certify that products are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health.
Even at summer camp.
Everything that goes to camp has to be labeled or it won’t make it home (sometimes it still doesn’t make it home!).
I’ve been using Mabel’s Labels for labeling clothing for many years.
Do you have any summer camp favorites to add to the list?
Here are a few summer camp favorites from years past:

Energy

In the heated fracking world, a Boulder company’s new chemistry may help cool the waters

In the heated fracking world, a Boulder company’s new chemistry may help cool the waters

In the heated fracking world, a Boulder company’s new chemistry may help cool the waters.
Clean Chemistry is among a handful of companies nationwide working on technologies to make fracking less environmentally damaging.
In addition to the environmental benefits of the new compounds, Clean Chemistry has developed an on-site process that is faster and less expensive than traditional oil field water recycling, Waters said.
Before, recycling frack water cost $1 to $2 per barrel.
Safety is another component in Clean Chemistry’s approach. “Accidents and safety are so critical in the oil field.
Laura Belanger, water resources and environmental engineer for Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates said oil companies that are able to recycle their water are helping protect the environment.
When oil and gas companies reuse water for hydraulic fracturing, “That really is the most appropriate use.
PeroxyMAX treats and eliminates various contaminants in frack water so that it is clean enough to reuse.
As Clean Chemistry continues to grow, it is targeting other markets for its compounds, including the utility industry.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Biking to Work Could Reduce Stress Levels, Improve Work Performance

Biking to Work Could Reduce Stress Levels, Improve Work Performance

Biking to Work Could Reduce Stress Levels, Improve Work Performance.
Their discovery, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Environment, showed that people who rode their bike on the way to work experience significantly lower level of stress, than those who travelled by car or public transports. “Our study was an attempt to address that gap.”
The participants were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their mood, perceived commuting stress and mode of travel.
The researchers only accepted the response of the participants who completed the questionnaires within 45 minutes of arriving at work.
They did this in order to get more of an “in-moment” assessment of the stress and mood of the employees.
Lower level of stress in the morning could indicate better work performance throughout the day. “They can shape how subsequent events are perceived, interpreted and acted upon for the rest of the day.”
Riding the bike to work will not only make you physically fit, but can also help in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
With the result of the study, the researchers hope that more people will be encourage to ride their bike, instead of taking public commute or driving a car.

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10 Ways to Save Pollinators and Protect Our Food Supply

10 Ways to Save Pollinators and Protect Our Food Supply

Plant Natives Native plants co-evolved with the native wildlife of your region.
Gives Bees Nesting Places There are 4,000 bee species native to North America (the honey bee is a European import) and most of those don’t form hives.
Avoid Pesticides Bees are our most important pollinators, and they are insects.
So are butterflies like the monarch.
Herbicides will kill important native plants such as milkweed that pollinators rely upon as a food source and a place to raise young.
Adopt a Monarch You can symbolically adopt a monarch butterfly and directly support NWF’s work to save this declining pollinator.
Protect Grasslands America’s native grasslands are critically important for pollinators such as bees and monarch butterflies.
Our grasslands are filled with native plants that offer nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and a wide variety of pollinators.
Post a Yard Sign When you create a pollinator garden and certify it with National Wildlife Federation, you become part of the exclusive group of people who can post a Certified Wildlife Habitat sign.
When you certify your yard or garden you can post the exclusive Certified Wildlife Habitat sign to share your accomplishment and help spread the wildlife gardening message.

Conservation & Sustainability

10 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans From Plastic

10 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans From Plastic

Marine life is currently under attack from all sides by plastic.
Let’s discuss a few simple ways we can drastically cut our contribution of plastic pollution to our oceans and be superheroes to whales and fish everywhere!
If you buy a cup of coffee every weekday, that’s hundreds of plastic lids and stirrers wasted every year!
Maybe you’re eating somewhere you can use a reusable cup, or you can ask for the cup minus the lid and straw.
With the world using an estimated 500 billion plastic bags every single year, the ocean could certainly stand to benefit from us cutting out the stuff and replacing them with reusable shopping bags.
You can avoid contributing to Styrofoam pollution by planning ahead and taking your own reusable containers with you when eating out.
Buy fruits and veggies that don’t come packaged in plastic bags or shrink-wrap.
Plastic packaging for food is actually the largest form of municipal waste in America, resulting in 80 million tons of waste every year!
They do, however, represent some of the most common ways that plastics can be mismanaged and end up in marine ecosystems, and thus some of the more effective ways we can begin to address marine plastic pollution.
Why not start making choices today that save our oceans from plastic waste?

Conservation & Sustainability

Everything From Road Salt to Lawn Fertilizer is Killing Our Lakes and Marine Life – Here’s What You Can Do

Everything From Road Salt to Lawn Fertilizer is Killing Our Lakes and Marine Life – Here’s What You Can Do

Everything From Road Salt to Lawn Fertilizer is Killing Our Lakes and Marine Life – Here’s What You Can Do.
Pollution from plastic and other solid waste is part of the problem, but chemicals from household products, fertilizer, and even road salt are also contaminating our lakes, causing high levels of bacteria and nutrients, depleting oxygen levels, and posing a threat to aquatic species, wildlife and even humans.
Fertilizer, Pesticides and Other Chemical Waste Around 75 million pounds of pesticides and 22 million tons of fertilizer are being used in the U.S. annually.
When nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizer enters lakes, it stimulates the growth of algae and aquatic plants, which can eventually suffocate lakes and result in “dead zones” where aquatic life is unable to thrive due to a lack of oxygen in the water.
Only about 50 percent of fertilizers are actually taken up by the crops themselves.
Between 70 and 80 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on home lawns, trees, and shrubs per year in the United States.
Even if you don’t use these chemicals on your lawn, the run-off from neighboring lawns can also pose a threat.
Cleaning supplies, personal care products, and prescription medications, which are unable to be filtered by water treatment plants, also have a harmful impact on lakes.
Usually, these chemicals are diluted and spread throughout a body of water, so marine animals aren’t typically exposed to high levels of chemicals – but the catch is, many will bioaccumulate in animals’ tissues.
Making your own toothpaste, hand soap and other personal care products from natural sources helps protect our environment as well as your health by limiting exposure to chemicals.

Conservation & Sustainability

The Trash Incinerator Industry Is Trying To Tank A Massive Renewable-Energy Effort

The Trash Incinerator Industry Is Trying To Tank A Massive Renewable-Energy Effort

Advocates for the trash-incineration industry are trying to sink an effort to get nearly 1,500 cities behind 100 percent renewable energy, according to an email obtained by HuffPost.
On Friday, the Energy Recovery Council ― a trade group representing companies that operate most of the country’s 77 power plants that burn solid waste ― asked its members to send letters to the committee’s 13 members and urge them to block the motion because it doesn’t include burning garbage as a source of renewable energy.
The email, sent by association President Ted Michaels to the roughly two dozen cities with trash-incineration plants, included a prewritten letter.
“ERC is sending a letter to the USCM Energy Committee expressing opposition to the proposed resolution,” Michaels wrote in the email.
“It would be extremely helpful if ERC Municipal Members would also communicate opposition to the proposed policy by emailing the Energy Committee.
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Electricity from trash incineration makes up only a tiny fraction of the U.S. output.
In 2015, waste-to-energy plants produced roughly 14 billion kilowatt-hours burning about 29 million tons of garbage, according to data from the Energy Information Association.
At the same time, incinerators do help reduce the waste pileup.
Still, incinerators are by far the most expensive source of electricity, with a projected capital cost of $8,232 per kilowatt-hour for new waste incinerator facilities, according to the EIA’s 2010 annual energy outlook report.

Conservation & Sustainability

The fact is: Facts don’t matter to climate deniers

The fact is: Facts don’t matter to climate deniers

The fact is: Facts don’t matter to climate deniers.
And we’ve reached the point where debating denial is a waste of time.
The main problem I saw in the meteorologists’ letter (and, in general, with the current state of the climate debate) was its assumption that somehow climate deniers only need more information to see the light.
What will it take for scientists to realize that this denial is a choice?
In red states across the country, renewable energy is booming, and it’s not because people there necessarily “believe” in climate change.
Other red states are producing a rapidly growing amount of wind power; in fact, most of the country’s wind-rich states are in the heartland.
Of the 14 states that now produce more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind, eight are red states.
The Texas wind boom came into being partly because Perry stayed out of the way and let investment dollars flow to the cheapest sources of power generation.
People in red states are already feeling the effects of climate change and acting to mitigate it.
If some Republicans want to embarrass themselves by ignoring climate science, that’s their choice, and history will judge them harshly for it.

Conservation & Sustainability

Living With Grizzlies

Living With Grizzlies

Defenders is helping communities become bear aware by promoting coexistence as grizzly bear populations disperse in the Northern Rockies.
Defenders has a long and successful history of field conservation work through our on-the-ground coexistence efforts, preventing bear-human conflicts, and promoting social tolerance for bears on the landscape.
As grizzly populations slowly expand, people are encountering them in areas for the first time in decades.
Many of these areas are vital connectivity corridors that are critical to the long-term success of grizzly recovery and connectivity in the Lower 48 states.
Reaching out to local communities in these areas to prevent conflicts with grizzlies is a key component to a future where bears continue to expand into new territories and ultimately reconnect what are now isolated populations.
This step-by-step instructional video details how to build a simple electric fence to secure well-known bear attractants and has had over 1,700 hits since it launched last year.
Our electric fence program is just one example of our multi-faceted grizzly bear program.
However, there is still a great deal of work to be done, especially in areas with small grizzly bear populations like the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak areas, and areas with very few or no bears remaining like the North Cascades and Bitterroot.
Along with our coexistence work, Defenders continues to advocate for sound and lasting management strategies that ensure long-term recovery and success by holding the state wildlife management agencies accountable if ESA protections are removed.
We remain committed to helping create a healthy and prosperous future for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies and North Cascades and ensuring that communities can live in harmony alongside them.

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Ancient Earth Could Have Been Donut-Shaped ‘Synestia’ Form, Study Suggests

Ancient Earth Could Have Been Donut-Shaped ‘Synestia’ Form, Study Suggests

Ancient Earth Could Have Been Donut-Shaped ‘Synestia’ Form, Study Suggests.
A new study suggests that the Earth may have been donut-shaped or in a “synestia” form 4.5 billion years ago.
The planet could have been a hot, donut-shaped object with vaporized rock as a result of a collision of two planet-sized celestial bodies.
The donut-shaped or synestia form is proposed as a new type of planetary object.
Instead of a debris, their scenario suggested that it will result in a synestia or a weirder donut-sized object.
But the new ancient Earth theory suggested that it took the form of a donut after the impact called synestia.
Based on the paper, the donut-shaped Earth may have only stayed in that phase for about a century.
It then lost enough heat to condense back into its form as a solid circular object.
But, they are hopeful that mankind may be able to see one in the near future in alien solar systems.
The result of the study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

Climate Change & Global Warming

The North Atlantic Seesaw

The North Atlantic Seesaw

Now, people often discuss procedures like “removing the effects of the El Nino from the global temperature record”.
This is to note that although there are areas of the surface which show a good positive correlation to global temperatures, there are also areas that show a good negative correlation to global temperatures.
It displays how well the temperatures in each gridcell agree or disagree with the global average temperature variations shown in Figure 1.
Setting those questions aside, the overall pattern in the Pacific is clearly related to the heat which is moved by the El Nino / La Nina pump.
The results of this pumping action can be seen in Figure 2 as the green areas in the western Pacific heading towards the north and south polar regions.
Note that both the Western Pacific and the North Atlantic move in opposition to the NINO3.4 area.
When enough heat has accumulated in the eastern Pacific, the El Nino / La Nina pump pushes warm water first westward, then poleward.
Note that the North Atlantic is included among the areas with a strong negative correlation to the NINO3.4 area.
Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris President Trump has rejected and exited the Paris climate treaty – walked America away from the Mad Hatter tea party that was the entire multi-decade, often hysterical and always computer model-driven UN climate process.
Our resident cartoonist, Josh, noticed and replied: inspiring, now all bad weather can be blamed on @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ZlKZj56mUS — Josh (@Cartoonsbyjosh) June 2, 2017 Hi, Justthefacts…… ….. for the Earth’s orbit section and all astronomical background…..some time is needed to understand the real Earth’s trajectory….. Any questions to me always welcome…… Following background: There is good data and analysis done at NASA JPL Pasadena… I can quote literature….. but the IPCC/AGW “hijacked” the orbit topic by not using American data….and the IPCC orbit analysis went to Belgium, to the University of Louvain, a center of entrenched AGW-proponents….

Climate Change & Global Warming

One Response to “What to Bring to Summer Camp”

One Response to “What to Bring to Summer Camp”

Over the years we’ve created an ongoing list of personal care products that my kids like AND use at camp.
It comes in a flexible container which makes it easier to pack for summer camp.
They also have a hand sanitizer made with organic ingredients that we’ll be sending along.
Seeing the MADE SAFE certification on the bug repellent was reassuring.
They certify that products are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health.
Even at summer camp.
Everything that goes to camp has to be labeled or it won’t make it home (sometimes it still doesn’t make it home!).
I’ve been using Mabel’s Labels for labeling clothing for many years.
Do you have any summer camp favorites to add to the list?
Here are a few summer camp favorites from years past:

Climate Change & Global Warming

Biking to Work Could Reduce Stress Levels, Improve Work Performance

Biking to Work Could Reduce Stress Levels, Improve Work Performance

Biking to Work Could Reduce Stress Levels, Improve Work Performance.
Their discovery, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Environment, showed that people who rode their bike on the way to work experience significantly lower level of stress, than those who travelled by car or public transports. “Our study was an attempt to address that gap.”
The participants were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their mood, perceived commuting stress and mode of travel.
The researchers only accepted the response of the participants who completed the questionnaires within 45 minutes of arriving at work.
They did this in order to get more of an “in-moment” assessment of the stress and mood of the employees.
Lower level of stress in the morning could indicate better work performance throughout the day. “They can shape how subsequent events are perceived, interpreted and acted upon for the rest of the day.”
Riding the bike to work will not only make you physically fit, but can also help in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
With the result of the study, the researchers hope that more people will be encourage to ride their bike, instead of taking public commute or driving a car.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Trees Communicate Via a Vast Underground Network of Fungi

Trees Communicate Via a Vast Underground Network of Fungi

Trees Communicate Via a Vast Underground Network of Fungi.
She is a forest ecology professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences in Vancouver.
Recently in TED talk, Simard discussed a new way of thinking about plant communities, a new vision of the forest.
Simard’s views are hard-won, and she came upon them not by looking above ground in the forest but below.
It is a hypha, a branching strand of nucleated cells, largely invisible to the unaided eye.
These mycelia form undergrown networks of vast complexity — networks that can link on tree to another.
When fungal mycelia connect with tree roots, they often a form a mutually beneficial structure called a mycorrhizum, root plus fungus.
In fact, the fungus allows for chemical communication between the trees.
They are part of a complex, interconnected communication network, passing chemicals from one to another, communicating and even helping.
How do we change our logging and forestry practices now that we know that each individual tree communicates with its neighbors?

Climate Change & Global Warming

The World’s Largest Waterfall is Under the Sea, and a Barometer for the Planet’s Health

The World’s Largest Waterfall is Under the Sea, and a Barometer for the Planet’s Health

The largest waterfall in the world, a cascade of cold, dense water, lies deep under the surface of the ocean.
The water doesn’t fall over an escarpment or cliff, but it’s a waterfall just the same: As cold water hits warm water, it plunges in a cataclysm deep into the abyss.
The cascade flows along the length of the boundary at an astonishing rate of 175 million cubic feet a second, almost 200 times greater than Inga Falls on the Congo River.
It’s happening as you read these words.
The downwelling of cold water and the upwelling of warm is the basis for deep sea current, which has gone on for billions of years.
Billions of marine organisms live out their life cycles in rhythm with the vertical currents like the Denmark Cascade.
These cascades can also occur in warmer waters.
A team from Barcelona studied one in the Mediterranean in 2008.
They took data from the Gulf of Leon off the southern coast of France.
What they found was worrisome.

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