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Let’s Thank Our Military Veterans Year-Round

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This past Saturday our country celebrated Veteran’s Day honoring those who served to protect our rights and freedoms. This is a holiday that goes back almost a century.  At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918 the armistice agreement was signed to end the World War I between Allied Forces and Germany. The next year November 11, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making this day Armistice Day. It was changed in 1954 by President Eisenhower to Veterans Day. Americans celebrated this weekend by honoring veterans, throwing parades, and other honoring ceremonies. Many restaurants offered free meals to veterans.

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Although Americans show their appreciation on this day, we have a homeless veterans problem in our country. There are many veterans of this great nation without a place to live. I have personally seen many around the Twin Cities holding signs requesting money or food. These men and women have sacrificed their lives and they should not be forgotten. There are veteran programs in place but many veterans are still not taken care of. Many of these veterans have experienced combat and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some veterans are finding it hard to transitioning their military skills to civilian life. As a veteran myself, it hurts me to see my fellow service members struggling and staying on the streets. Many veterans are unaware of the type programs and benefits they are qualified for through the federal Department of Veteran Affairs and Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs. If you happen to know or see a homeless veteran, refer them to the both these state and federal Veterans Affairs. Let’s end veteran homelessness.

Got Water?

I love water! I drink water to quench a thirst, with meals, during work outs, and to keep busy. Yes to keep busy! It helps me stay awake during meetings. It also helps fill in those awkward moments in a conversation. Water is the purest thing you can consume daily. Best yet, water can help curve your appetite by keeping you full and not add on the unwanted calories.

Did you know that the human body is made up of approximately 60 percent water? As little as a 2 percent loss can result in dehydration! That’s why we must drink a sufficient amount of water to retain this percentage because we are losing this water through perspiration and other organ functions such as removals of toxins. Our bodies need water to perform its daily functions such as waste removal, transport of nutrients, regulating our body temperature and simply breathing. Besides these vital functions, there are many other benefits to drinking water. Water is an essential component to all living organisms.

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So what happens when you don’t drink enough water? Your body gets dehydrated. Like a grape turning into a raisin, your skin and body becomes dry. There is also increased fatigue and your muscles and joints may also become more vulnerable to cramping and sprains. Most importantly, your inner body and organs cannot function efficiently when your body is dehydrated. While 2 percent water loss can cause dehydration, 15 percent water loss can be lethal. So, bottoms up!

Water is natural and pure, but by drinking excessively more than your body needs, it can result in water intoxication. Yes, it is very possible! It’s sort of like drowning— imagine your organs being submerged in water. When you take in more water than what your body can use and eliminate at a given time, it can become a bad thing too. There have been stories of people dying from water challenges because of water intoxications. Like everything else, having too little or too much isn’t good for you. There needs to be a balance.

Since we can’t have too little, and not too much— how much water do we need? It is impossible to know the exact amount of water a person needs but the general rule of thumb recommends 8×8. That is, 8 glasses of 8 ounces a day. Or to get a more precise amount, multiply a person’s weight by 2/3 to get the amount of water (in ounces). BUT! Not everyone is the same. Due to our differences in weights, heights, and daily activities; each person may require more or less of the 8×8 equation. A person who is working out may need more to replenish the water loss from sweating versus someone who is less active or at a resting state.

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Now that you know the importance of water, drink up! If you don’t like the flavorless taste of water, you can add herbs and fruits for extra flavor or consume fruits and veggies that are high in water content such as watermelon, grapefruit, and celery.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – IN THAT ORDER

So many people get caught up in the recycle part of that old adage, which is the last part of the statement. The last part. That should tell you something.RRR

I think people get hung up on recycling for two reasons: it’s easy and it’s advertised.

The marketing campaigns and city sponsored programs made that a slam dunk. But the thing is, that is on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to actually making a difference.

We’ve all heard stories about how you separate your recycling and then when it gets to the dump or the processing plant, they just throw it all in together anyway. Or that if one little contaminate gets into the recycling that should have been there, the plant will just toss the lot into the dump because they can’t process it. I certainly hope those are just urban legends, but they are probably at least partly true.

Even aside from the idea that just because you put something in the recycle bin at home, doesn’t mean it goes where you want it to, we still have to consider the process of breaking that product down and creating a whole new product. It’s expensive and energy consuming.

Let’s compare recycle to the two, often overlooked, other components of the adage.

Recycle: buy a new product, throw it (or the package) into a recycling bin, and then buy a new product. Lather, rinse, repeat for eternity.

Not only are you spending money on a new item over and over, but the factories keep burning energy churning out new products and the recycling plants keep processing all the waste.

Reduce: buy less and use less.

Saves you money, saves energy from lower production and processing time, saves space in landfills.

Reuse: buy one thing and then use it again and again.

Saves you money, saves energy from lower production and processing time, saves space in landfills.

Hopefully, you can see the advantages of the reduce and reuse part of the equation: it saves you money.

If you’re still wondering how this saves you money, think about just the packaging. Every time you buy a new product you pay for the packaging, again.

Let’s consider bottled water – this is an item that blows my mind when I think about it too hard. Every 20-ounce bottle of water comes in its own package (the plastic bottle) with a lid and label to show the brand. So you’re paying for the water in the bottle (which you could get free elsewhere), you’re paying for the plastic to hold the bottle (which you will proudly recycle so that it can be destroyed and made into a new plastic bottle or widget), and you are paying for the brand name (because water needs a brand?).

A gallon of water is 128 liquid ounces, so roughly six and a half bottles. If you pay even a single dollar for that bottle of water you are paying $6.50 per gallon of water … How much is gas these days? And that’s a cheap bottle of water! Most people are probably paying double what they would for milk or gas for something they can get FOR FREE!!!

Seriously, my brain hurts!

If you want to learn more about the true cost of bottled water, here is a great video by the Story of Stuff team

There are all kinds of products available that you can put free water in over and over and over again. If you’re worried about purity, you can buy a bottle with a filter that can be reused 300 times for under $10. THINK OF THE SAVINGS!What are your Earth, and money, saving tips? Post below, I can’t wait to see all the ideas!

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Game of Thrones Putt

With season 7 of Game of Thrones coming to an end this upcoming Sunday, I thought that this would be an excellent topic to talk about for my first blog. Game of Thrones has been such a big hit since season 1. It’s definitely hard to go on any social media site and not see something about the show.

Women have been victimized in a lot of television shows, making them seem like they are weaker compared to men. A lot of the time, men are the main characters (Mad Men, and Dexter for example) and are made to seem like they are the one and only heroes. Women’s rights and equality have always been an issue in the world, and more recently throughout the years I feel like women have been taking action and fighting more and more for equality. We have done rallies and marches to get our voices heard. The video that is linked shows a group of women who all came together from different states at a women’s march and performed a beautiful song that went viral. Not gonna lie, this video definitely brought some tears to my eyes. It’s amazing to see so many women come together for one cause.

In Game of Thrones, women are definitely the ones in power.

They have gone through so many hardships. Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame is definitely one of the scenes that has stuck with me the most. She was forced to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing while people throw food and garbage at her. Even though it’s very difficult to feel any sort of sadness for Cersei, this scene is so well done that you can see the pain and embarrassment in her face. Multiple characters have been raped by the men they were forced to marry and were emotionally, mentally and physically abused. But they have all conquered and made an incredible comeback.

Personally, Daenery’s Targaryen is my favorite character in this show. Not only that, but she’s definitely the most powerful. She has shown over and over how a real leader should act. She is kind, and she does whatever is best for her people.  She’s the type of leader that you want to follow because she is smart and you know that she knows what she’s doing. And of course, she has dragons so I wouldn’t really want to fight against them either.


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The other character that has challenged those traditional gender roles and has shown real change in the show is Arya Stark. She was never like her sister or the other girls in the village. She wanted to fight and be treated like all the other boys were treated. She was even better than her brother at fighting and it was clear. Throughout the show she has shown how hard she has worked in order to get revenge for what was done to her family and it all paying off.

Hope you guys are as excited about the upcoming episode as me!