Well as it turns out, your Mom was right when she told you that milk is good for you, especially after some vigorous exercise. Based on recent nutrition and health care studies, drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout or brisk walk gives one a bunch of carbohydrates and high-quality protein… and it has a pretty good taste to it too.
Researches in three different but related studies examined the recovery benefits from a glass of chocolate milk to plain water and certain sports drinks. In testing high-endurance athletes, researchers learned:
Trained cyclists demonstrated improved performance and pedaled faster thus knocking off considerable time after chocolate milk recovery vs. sports drinks.
Adapting to aerobic fitness was multiplied by milk-drinkers over those drinking sports drinks.
More muscle growth and less body fat developed among chocolate milk drinkers at the end of a 4-5 week test experiment.
Researchers state that chocolate milk, compared to plain low-fat milk, water or sports drinks contain twice the carbohydrates and protein levels. Chocolate milk also provides the recommended 4:1 carbs to protein content, which is ideal for replenishing tired muscles. The catch is that low-fact chocolate milk with very low sugar content is essential.
Another bonus is that milk is high in water content assuring adequate hydration. Last, but not least, we see that low amounts of calcium, sodium and sugar assist the body in water retention and energy gain. So you see, chocolate milk should not be thought of as a childhood favorite.
It is very likely every mother’s worst nightmare. To wake up in the middle of the night, having heard a noise just outside the safety of the walls of your home and knowing that you are likely all of the protection you and your children have. A call to the police may work, but how long might it take for them to respond? Five minutes, ten? Even less may be just too long.
That is the nightmare that Toledo, Ohio mom, Betty Collins has had to live through not once… but twice in the last four months.
Four months ago it was a home invader who met Ms. Collins as he tried to kick in the front door of her home. At about five in the morning, 31-year old Kyle Caldwell began kicking at the front door of Ms. Collins home in an attempt to break in. Betty, who was already awake and wary thanks to a call from her boyfriend about a suspicious man down the block, was waiting with her .357 Magnum at the ready. After a few unsuccessful kicks, Betty yelled for the attacker to leave because she had a gun and it was loaded. He didn’t heed her advice. Finally, Ms. Collins opened the door herself and the intruder found himself inches from the barrel of the loaded .357.
Once he realized the danger he was in, the man did exactly as ordered. He laid down on his face and waited for police to arrive.
Just four short months later, at around 1am on Sunday morning, Ms. Collins was pushed into protecting her home again. She awoke to hear chains rattling on her front porch and knew that there was likely an uninvited guest just outside her door. She opened the front door and confronted 21-year old Thomas Lee Johnson trying to steal one of her family’s bicycles which were chained up on the porch. She told him to stop and to leave, but he continued trying to get the chain off the bike. At that point she retrieved her gun and commanded the young man to lay down on the ground.
Once the young man realized the seriousness of her command, he did what he was told. Police arrested him shortly after, and he will be brought up on misdemeanor charges.
Would either criminal have obeyed Ms. Collins had she not had a firearm at the ready? It’s doubtful. Neither obeyed until they realized that she was deadly serious about the gun she held in her hands. It was when Ms. Collins convinced them that she was prepared to use her .357 that they began to take her seriously. If not for her gun, things may have ended very differently for Betty Collins and her family.
The argument so often used by the liberal anti-gun lobby can so easily be refuted anecdotally, it baffles me that they continue to say the gun owning citizen stopping crime is a “fallacy.” The truth is that the police are not in the business of crime prevention, they are in the business of justice. They catch criminals or people who have already committed criminal acts. That’s no slight on our law enforcement; it’s the simple nature of living in a free society. The only way to prevent crime is for law abiding citizens to step in and stop them before they happen.
I began this blog with a post explaining that, “Sometimes I Buy a Lottery Ticket.” Well… I still do but no big winners yet. I often think that just suppose I did win a big jackpot–something in the millions. I’m 76 as I write this–so what on earth would I do with millions of dollars. I’m really too old to get much pleasure out of it…Right? Well perhaps not.
As time marches on so does my calendar. The day whiz by as they join together to form months. And then there’s the next step–years. I am 80 years old as I write this. Yes… I am still the old cantankerous curmudgeon. Some thing never change, me included. So maybe from time to time I will add a few comments here. Join me as I, “Relax, breathe, let go and just live.”