So you thought that was healthy.


(teaspoons of sugar per serving)

Rockstar punched energy and guava, 500ml.jpg

Rockstar punched energy and guava, 500ml.jpg

Some of these we all know are super bad. (I must admit to reacting to a can of coke in the same way many would react to being offered weed killer lol) But some are surprising (especially for those that don’t check labels). How many kids I see with ribena or capri-sun in their otherwise healthy lunch boxes. It also explains a lot about obesity.

They don’t mention though about the toxic chemical cocktails in the “sugar free” varieties. The only “safe ” path is to make your drinks at home – juices, smoothies, and even plain old water with a hint of lemon juice are delicious!

The problem is sugar is as addictive as cocaine and hits exactly the same pleasure centers in the brain.(hence why manufacturers put it in everything – they want your money!)  The good news is it only takes total abstention from sugar for a week to break the physical addiction – then you only need to break the mental one which is much harder – maybe total abstention from advertising lol! What did it for me was the knowledge that these big corporations were lining their pockets at the expense of ours and even more so our children’s heath. That made me angry enough to totally kick the habit. OK rant over! LOL!

31 day challenge day 7


Your Pet Hates.

Ah this one is easy! After many years as a teacher and parent I’ve got these tagged!

Selfishness, unloving behavior and lying.

My kids would tell you that from the frequency, and intensity of their lectures on these subjects LOL! (That’s why they turned out such saints!) I have zero (internal) tolerance for these things and “friends” exhibiting these qualifies to any extent tend to get dropped rather rapidly.

Selfishness tends to be rather tolerated (even promoted by greedy advertisers) these days, but I’m from a different post war generation and learnt young to share and look out for each other. This mind set still exists in many nations, I’m sad that in my beloved England it seems to be fast vanishing in this generation.

A lack of love and concern goes along with the selfishness. I’d consider my grandson a very caring little chap but even with him I often need to point out when he is being unkind or mean to others. It doesn’t seem to be as obvious to him as my kids found it. I blame the media a lot for this – heroes and role models in my day were usually kind and compassionate with good manners.

Lying? A lot stems from my Yorkshire father.

For those who are unacquainted with the famed qualities of Yorkshire-men, among other things (quiet strength, strong independent natures, loyalty etc.) they are known to be almost offensively honest (no “white lies” permitted). If you want the truth ask a Yorkshire-man! (At least that’s how it was back when I was growing up). I hugely loved and respected him so emulated this.