Monthly Archives: August 2016

Focus on the Solution not the Problem

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It seems to me that more effort is put into focusing on the problem these days and not enough effort into the solution.

Couples, friends and family argue over what happened instead of discussing how they are going to overcome it.  So much energy is wasted on anger.  It doesn’t get us anywhere and anger leads us to say and do things that add to the situation.

Whenever I get in a situation that can turn into an argument, I always ask myself,  “am I focusing on the solution?”  It is good to know the root of the problem, but to move forward the focus has to lye in solution.

May your week be filled with solutions.

Catherine Bares

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#Reasons Why Swimming is a Smart Choice

According to the August 2016 edition of Louisiana Health and Fitness Magazine, “10 Reasons Spending More Time in the Water is a Seriously Smart Choice.”

  1. Total Body Workout
  2. Easy on the joints and improves posture
  3. Increase lung capacity
  4. Burn serious calories
  5. Perfect cross-training workout for any activity
  6. Great for all ages and abilities
  7. Workout while traveling
  8. As social or solitary as you like
  9. Water is calming
  10. Opens up the door to other activities

Click on the link to bring you to the digital edition for the entire article.

Catherine Bares

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#Branch off and Smile!

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I love to Smile!  That is just me.  Not only do I like to smile, I like to see others smile.  When hiking and spending time outdoors I sometimes come across Nature smiling, I like to think its because I left my mark.

Catherine Bares

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Sugar Shocker-How much sugar is in that?

My son came over the other day with one of his favorite soft drinks.  (Jolly Rancher soda)  I was curious so, I picked up the bottle to review the sugar content.

  • 25g sugar-per serving
  • 2.5 servings
  • 62.5g sugar-total intake

My reaction:  Oh My Goooooodness! Are you kidding me?

How does 62.5 grams of sugar equate into teaspoons?  I did some research online and found this equation:

  • One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.
  • 62.5 grams of sugar = 15.62 teaspoons of sugar.  Wow! in one bottle of soda
  • Sugar Shockers click here to read “Sugar Shockers: Foods surprisingly high in sugar” from WebMD archive.

Names for added sugars on labels include:

  • Brown sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt sugar
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sugar
  • Sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose)
  • Syrup

Pay attention to sugar content.  Do some research, look at the rapidly increasing diabetes statistics and how it is affecting the youth and their health.  Don’t just assume that it is okay to consume because the packaging contains misleading information.

Catherine Bares

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