The Monster That We Can’t See

There I was in my late forties when I started pumpin’ iron at the gym. Next came aerobics, then I became a fitness instructor. Aaand I ran five miles a day.

This was all done under my own steam, never once did I give a thought to energy drinks. Yeah, there was a buzz but most of us paid no attention back then.

_monster_energy_drinksThis morning a picture in my e-mail shot me right between the eyes. At first I thought it was adorable, my heart went pit-a-pat. It was my granddaughter with a “Monster” drink.

I went about my business and then something in my brain clicked, like the flash of a camera. Didn’t I read that those drinks are dangerous, especially for children?

I did some checking and this is what I found. These energy drinks contain a lotta caffeine, enough to cause real problems for our children. Like…

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sleep problems
  • Increased anxiety
  • Possible death

I’m no chicken little runnin’ around that the sky is falling, but I pay attention when it comes to my little baby doll and her health. After all, who can…

  • Zoom up a tree with the speed of a squirrel
  • Crash against buildings without gettin’ hurt
  • Wreck a bike and jump up smiling
  • Go for hours with boundless energy
  • Break a heart with the hint of a smile

I’m glad this picture caught my attention. Kids want to be like adults, do what mom and dad do. Brag to their friends about what their parents let them do. Still, when it comes to a refresher after play time … there is plenty of water in my fridge.

Oh yeah, the picture of my granddaughter? It was a joke.

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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