Spotted Soigneur



I lost my little buddy this week. For the last 13 years, he has been my shadow. Wherever I went in the house, he was with right there with me. In the winter months, I would ride the trainer and he would sit close by and watch me, never getting much further away than a couple feet. He was a quirky little guy, never overly affectionate, but loving in his own way.

I snapped this picture a couple years ago, and titled it “Spotted Soigneur” when I posted it online. In the true sense of the word “soigneur” he took care of me.

People may say I rescued him, but the truth is that he rescued me. That little face helped me through some tough times over the years.

Rest in peace Fred. You have left a hole in my heart and an emptiness next to me.

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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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