Who Knew–The U.S. Postal Museum

Several of my daughter's friends had said the US Postal museum as a lot of fun, so we made it one of our first stops.  We all enjoyed it. My grandchildren loved driving the semi, especially the toddler, who thought she was Queen of the Road.             Next they climbed into a stage coach.         They wrote postcards to their friends, created their own digital stamp and stamp collection.   They learned about the Inspection Service (USPIS), the postal crime fighting division.  The boys studied finger prints and saw a tommy gun. They read about Ownley, the dog that adopted the Albany, NY post office, road the rails across the US guarding the mail and become the unofficial US postal mascot.    This is actually him.  When he died, the postal workers had him preserved.       We easily spent three hours there and will go back again.    

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Warning: Sugar Ahead

Sugar & Depression High glycemic (HG) diets containing processed sugars such as white bread and rice, pop and many cereals, could cause or increase symptoms of depression according to   Dr. David Sack.  He reports that sugar suppresses the hormone BDNF which is already "low in individuals with depression and schizophrenia." James Gangwisch,  professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, also found HG foods effect hormones causing blood sugar to drop, which can lead to anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and a change in mood which are all symptoms of depression. In addition both studies found that high GI diets are also associated with chronic inflammation which effects the brain, the immune and cardiovascular systems as well. Another study  The Whitehall II  again“confirms the adverse effect of HG diets of sweet food and drinks on long-term psychological health and suggests that lower intake of sugar may be associated with better psychological health.” To further implicate sugar, there is a correlation between countries with high sugar intake and high depress.        

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How much sugar should we eat daily?

How much sugar should we eat daily? Sugar has many aliases and disguises, which makes it hard to calculate how much of it we eat daily. For example, its 7:30 in the morning and I just drank a 12 oz bottle of ginger beer that had 33 grams of sugar which is 7 grams over my recommended daily limit. So I am already starting off my day over the recommended daily limit. The American Heart Association (AHA), recommends the maximum amount of added sugars men should eat daily are 150 calories  (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) and women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons). The World Health Organization recommends the maximum amount of sugar for children, ages 4-6, is 19 grams or 5 teaspoons, ages 7-10, 24 grams or 6 teaspoons and ages 11 and older 30 grams or 7 teaspoons.

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