I’m leavin’ on a jet plane!

I wish I could say I don’t know when I’ll be back again because that would imply that I’m independently wealthy and can be gone for as long as I like (soon, soon!). But alas, I do have a return flight scheduled.

Anyway, the manfriend and I are off to Mexico! Yes, yes, I know. We’ll try to avoid getting shot or kidnapped. And at least we’re on the pacific side, so that nasty oil spill shouldn’t be too much of a bother.

I am so PUMPED to go on vacation. It’s been a long, long time, my friends. See, to me a vacation involves NO obligations whatsoever. Therefore trips that have been taken to see friends or family don’t count. While those trips have been great (don’t get your knickers in a twist – there’s no offense intended), I need a beach, warm water, and pina coladas. The last time a trip like that happened was 11 years ago. No, I’m not kidding.

Therefore, I will be off the grid for a while folks. Below are some links to recent posts so you can catch up on anything you might have missed recently here on Perpetual Ramblings. See you on the flip side!

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Oh, the things you can do with honey!

I try desperately to stay away from refined sugar. I’m not always successful. Not by a long shot. Just ask my co-worker who’s candy jar I pillage on a regular basis. But when I’m at home, where we don’t have refined sugar at all, I leave it to honey or agave to sweet my tea or baked goods, which we don’t eat all that often either. The baked goods, that is, not the tea. I LOVE tea.

Anyway, I recently came across this interesting article on all of the amazing uses for honey on lifehackery.com, which is a wonderful, informative site. I recently managed to talk the manfriend into using honey instead of Neosporin on a nasty cut and it worked great! I’ve also used honey to soothe a sore throat and it seems to give a nice, sweet coating to a tender throat. But to know that ingesting helps the immune system, the digestive track, anxiousness and stress, energy levels, and blood flow while preventing parasites, cancer, and heart disease makes me feel even less guilty about using it.

Heck, maybe we should start an apiary in the backyard! Throw in the chickens we’ve been contemplating, the unintentional new pet, the intentional new pet (pending), a large garden, various other wildlife and it’ll be a regular zoo/farm back there. Ah, hippidom here we come!

Put the lime in the coconut…

coconutjuice400I drink about a gallon of water a day.  Because I’m a pretty small person, most people look at me like I’m crazy when I say that.  But, I’m an active person and Colorado is a dry climate.  I feel and look much better when I’m well hydrated.  I get less headaches, things (ahem) move easier, my workouts are more effective, I’m better at portion control (did you know that a significant amount of hunger can actually be chalked-up to thirst?), and so on. There are times when plain old water just can’t quench my thirst or properly hydrate me (think hard work out or a hangover due to too much wine).  That’s where coconut water comes into play.  NOT coconut milk – let’s be clear. According to this article, or this site,  coconut water has a whole host of amazing benefits, such as:

  • Re-hydration
  • Raising the metabolism
  • Controlling diabetes
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Cleansing the digestive tract
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Hang-over cure

Heck, the stuff can even be used in place of blood during transfusions in emergency situations because it’s that akin to our own plasma.  The bottom line is that there is no other substance that is as hydrating as coconut water.  Not Gatorade (watch for further posts regarding a slander lawsuit.  Aw, who am I kidding?  I’m small potatoes), not Pedialyte, nothing!

Now, I’ll be honest, this stuff can taste kind of odd.  It’s an acquired taste. Kind of like beer when you’re just starting out.  When I first started drinking it I would cut it with some Gatorade or juice.  But I’ve come to like the flavor.  There are many different brands but my personal favorite is Amy and Brian’s with lime.  I know that here in the Boulder, CO area you can buy this stuff at pretty much any store.  It’s also widely available online.

I’m so convinced this stuff is amazing that I find myself stopping people in the store who are reaching for the Gatorade and tell them about coconut water and how much better it is.  Yes, I am that woman. Sorry.

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