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Beware the C.A.T. May 11, 2011


A double dose is an overdose. Do you suffer any of these?

The list of symptoms goes on and on. If you haven’t guessed, C. stands for caffeine. Caffeine is considered a psychoactive stimulant not a food. Cut back today. Skip the grande and grab a tea. Watch the serving sizes. More than one serving a day can and most likely will have adverse effects. If those aren’t enough to stop you, maybe vanity will. Caffeine dilates your blood vessels causing redness in the face and making blemishes more apparent.

Drink responsibly does not mean don’t get caught.

In the past 3 years I have known 5 people affected or killed by alcohol use and 3 who just felt the need to join AA. A. is for alcohol and I have cut back my drinking to almost sober due to these events which are very common. Chances are you know someone who has had one of these things happen. None of these people were considered full-out alcoholics by their friends and family. And none of these people thought they had a real problem:

    • An underage adult who lost their license. It hurts when you can’t get to your job.
    • A twenty something who had to seek medical attention for blood sugar and blood pressure.
    • A diabetic who passes out regularly due to “moderate”  intake of wine at dinner.
    • A relative who died of liver failure.
    • A YOUNG in-law who died of a brain aneurysm.

Just because you’ve never been caught doesn’t make you a responsible drinker. Its time for us to stop acting like stupid sheep at the party. There is no reason to have more than one serving size (not a giant serving) of alcohol to  “liven up.” If it takes you more than one, you’re already drinking too much. And please stop the “one for the road” nonsense. You don’t need to be loose on the road. Alcohol directly kills more than 23,000 Americans per year. I also don’t care if red wine has resveratrol or not, one 6 oz SERVING twice a week is what doctors consider moderate. No more than that. And if you have blood sugar problems, just don’t.

I shouldn’t even have to say this.

T. is for tobacco. Tobacco directly kills more than 435,000 Americans every year! IT IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. It yellows and browns your teeth and skin. It causes blood pressure and circulation issues. It’s the dumbest waste of money, I’ve ever seen. You know the facts on tobacco. I am soooo sorely disappointed every time I see someone my age, who I know knows what they are doing, pick up a cigarette. Stop it. Just stop it. You’re killing yourself, poisoning others and polluting the earth. Is the short-term jolt really worth feeling run down the rest of the time and destroying your immune system? Is it worth the ugliness? Is it worth a month’s groceries every year? There is no such thing as moderate smoking. You have to give it up. For resources on quitting, please visit Smokefree.gov.

I know this will be an unpopular post with many of the people I know. And if you’re angry or off put by it, you probably need it most. I’ll take your scathing remarks because if it makes one person think twice, its worth it.

Live well and Be well.


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2 Responses to “Beware the C.A.T.”

  1. Tara S Says:

    You’ll be happy to know that I quit smoking, TODAY.Although I am still all about some coffee, this is MAJOR progress for me. It’s the small, yet profound, victories.

    • njr711 Says:

      That makes me so happy friend. You have my full support!
      It is such a good decision for your baby too. You’re a lovely woman and a great mommy!
      Glad to see you doing something so good for yourself 🙂


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