Monday, November 30, 2015

Caffeine in Workout Supplements and the 5 Levels of Fatigue

In this presentation I will be covering the effects of caffeine when it's consumed before, during, or after a workout. I will also talk about how the Five Levels of Fatigue helps people determine which caffeine products (if any) are right for them. In essence, my Five Levels of Fatigue system helps people avoid caffeine toxicity and dependency because it teaches them tricks for matching how tired they are with how much caffeine they really need. For gym rats and athletes, knowing how to use the Five Levels of Fatigue keeps them from using caffeine after a grueling workout when what the body REALLY needs is rest (not caffeine).

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

7 Reasons why THIS BLOG is moving to

Hello friends and followers!

As you may have noticed, I maintain two blogs:, and this one. For a long time now I've been linking the two so that no matter whether you follow that blog or this one, you never missed an Energy Drink of the Month, Food Science in the News or Day in the Life of a Food Scientist post. As of December 2015, I will cease to link the two; in fact, I'll only be posting articles on

The Day in the Life of a Food Scientist series was previously posted on this blog, with only the links to the articles posted on the site. As of December 2015, all future articles in that series will be exclusively posted on the site. I will keep this (blogspot) blog up and running to allow access to past articles, but I will not be posting any new content or links to new content here.

Okay, but why?
The day I woke up and realized that a blog would help me share my food science tips and insight, Blogger was the first site I found that would make that dream a reality. Through this blogger site, I became the "Green-Eyed Guide", guiding people to see the world the way I do through these green eyes.

It was VERY user friendly and thus an easy start to what I consider my adventure to become more tech-savvy. I never would have imagined I'd come this far. Granted, I am still a novice in many aspects: I have no idea how people make those videos like "RKO outta nowhere", and I just yesterday learned how to make my very first infographic.
As Sam Seaborn once said, "...let's forget the fact that you're coming a little late to the party and embrace the fact that you showed up at all."


While I still have much to learn, I'm happy to reflect on how I went from not knowing anything about blogs, and from purposely obtaining from (even mocking) Twitter, to strategically managing the following:
  1. This blog -- for all things energy drinks and food science PLUS my "Day in the Life of a Food Scientist / Quality Professional" series
  2. My main blog, -- for all things food science and energy drinks PLUS links and references to all third-party blogs I write for (including FitGurus, Scientific Parent, Food Dive, and now even BROBIBLE!)
  3. A YouTube Channel -- for my workout demos and Green-Eyed Insight videos, such as the one below:
  4. My Tumblr account -- which allows me to follow Professor John Coupland's blog, "Chemicals in My Food", and to document my progress toward competing in my first NPC Figure competition in March 2016.
  5. My Instagram account -- which helps me stay inspired as I train for said NPC Figure Competition
  6. My beloved Twitter account. How foolish I was to mock Twitter before when now I rely on my Twitter account to engage with all my followers from all realms GreenEyedGuide, and to post links to all my content from all the sources and outlets above.
  7. My FitGurus page -- where I previously posted FULL, FREE workouts complete with rep recommendations, form corrections, and 30 second demos.
    ***NOTE - I am no longer working with FitGurus due to time constraints and a renewed focus on my writing opportunities with third-parties (see #2, above)***

All this in addition to my full-time job, where I am pleased to share that my adventures into the world of becoming more tech-savvy have helped me find a role as Quality Systems Manager (#ILoveSharePoint #OragleAgilePLM...#notsomuch)

I hope you follow me to so we can continue to discuss energy drinks and food science. Nothing personal to Blogger or to those who prefer Blogger to WordPress, I'm just cutting back some of my commitments.

Thank you all, 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Energy Drink of the Month - Nov 2015: Sugar Free Energy Drink Comparison feat. Spider Energy, Rockstar and Monster

In this post, we take a close look at the ingredients in sugar free Spider Energy in comparison to similar products from Monster Energy and Rockstar Energy. Our deep-dive comparison includes the ingredients used, their function, and whether any of these are better for people trying to avoid certain ingredients.

Sugar Free Energy Drink Comparison: Spider Energy, Rockstar Energy, and Monster Energy

What We're Comparing
  • Ingredient Line Deep Dive
    • Which ingredients are used and why?
    • How similar are the ingredients?
  • Bottom Line and Biggest Differences
    • Are any of them better or worse for people trying to avoid certain ingredients?
Ingredient Line Deep Dive includes:
  • Ingredient Order
  • Caffeine Content
  • Vitamin Dosage
  • Other Actives (ginseng, guarana, carnitine, etc.)
  • Sweetness Profile
  • Other Ingredients (colors, thickeners, preservatives, etc.)

Thank you all!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Kids and Energy Drinks -- Green-Eyed Guide on The Scientific Parent

How concerned do parents need to be about the use of energy drinks in kids and teens? In the Green-Eyed Guide guest blog on The Scientific Parent, we review the three major details often left out of these conversations on caffeine, and how these details can dramatically boost our efforts to keep ourselves and our kids healthy and safe.


Monday, November 2, 2015

What you should know about food scientists who burn toast -- Green-Eyed Guide on ScienceMeetsFood

When people hear the term "Food Scientist", they may imagine the product developers, but not all food scientists are naturals in the kitchen. On ScienceMeetsFood, we pay tribute to food scientists who choose an alternate path.
Read Green-Eyed Guide's article on

Friday, October 30, 2015

Why I'm Carrageenan Girl for Halloween

This year I dressed up as the food additive, carrageenan. This unusual (and extremely food-science-nerd-y) decision is my response to the rampant use of fear in food marketing and reformulations.

Carrageenan Girl
Have you recently been told to be afraid of a certain food additive?
Related Posts:

Fooducate Caught being Anti-chemical AND Anti-chemophobia – A Plea from a Food Scientist

 Excerpt: "I'm tired of being told to be afraid of chemicals...

This week alone, I have been told by a fast-casual burrito company to be afraid of Silicon Dioxide; I’ve been told by a face wash company not to put “chemicals” on my face (unless those “chemicals” are vitamins, natural sugars, and/or plant extracts); and I’ve had to ask my former-favorite juice company in the world to PLEASE use some alternative sweeteners instead of my whole day’s allowance of sugar in one bottle."

Food Additive Deep Dive (pun intended) for Carrageenan 

Excerpt: "

Like rumors in high school, ingredient stigmas make me wonder, how did this claim get started? Is it personal or just a misunderstanding? How did this rumor spread so fast? Is there a grain of truth behind it, and how can the subject of the rumor possibly clarify or dispel the rumor?

Do You Diet out of Fear?
"When fear is used to motivate diet decisions there are three major outcomes to consider."

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Do You Diet Out of Fear? Green-Eyed Guide on Health Blog

Have you ever changed your eating habits based on alarming headlines or infographics? In this Green-Eyed Guide guest blog, we examine the three outcomes that may occur when fear is used to shape food choices.

Read Green-Eyed Guide's article featured on Health Blog: Do You Diet Out of Fear?


Monday, October 26, 2015

Processed Meat and Cancer -- Food Science in the News

Compound Interest has jumped on the big news of the day, that processed meat are as carcinogenic as smoking. This article is a quick, easy read and will answer all your questions, including (but not limited to):
  • If meat is as bad as smoking, HOW MUCH meat? 1 piece of bacon = 1 pack of cigarettes? 
  • How high is the risk of cancer for those who eat meat?
  • Why do people disagree on these findings -- how solid is the WHO's proof?

A snippet from the article at:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Everything Wrong with the BroBible Article on Energy Drinks

BroBible may be have expert insights on some matters, but their article on energy drinks proves biology and food science isn't in their wheelhouse. Here's the point-counterpoint to all the misleading statements in their article:

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