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Spring-Cleaning With an Intermittent Fast THE NATURAL DETOX

After a long winter, I am so excited to start spring again. I look forward to being able to enjoy the sunlight and walk my dog without getting frostbite. This time of year, many people celebrate spring with a round of spring- cleaning. Personally, I will be spring-cleaning my body with a three-day fast. culture, people sometimes panic if they hear you’re “starving yourself.” Yes, going without food can be dangerous if you don’t approach it with the right mindset. But unlike pseudoscientific internet trends or baseless celebrity diets, intermittent fasting actually has scientific data to back it up. An extensive, peer-reviewed study from the University of Southern California, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, found that prolonged fasting has a “remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system.” This regeneration was the result of autophagy, a metabolic process in which, during periods of starvation, the body begins to “self-digest.” The idea of your body eating itself sounds terrifying, but realize that when fasting, your body doesn’t target muscle or healthy tissues right away. During autophagy, the body first breaks down waste materials, destroying dead, diseased or worn- out cells. Your body then uses the energy to create new, healthier cells. It takes over 48 hours for autophagy to begin, which is why a three-day fasting period is recommended. When I tell people I’m planning a fast, they always get a little worried. In our food-centric

of years through periods of scarcity. Our ancestors would go long periods of time without eating much between hunts or harvests. Going without eating for a little while became part of how the human body kept itself healthy. Being surrounded by plenty of food and having instant access to calories is a new development. We’ve lost the regular aid of autophagy as a result. After discussing intermittent fasting with one of my personal trainers, I decided to give it a try just before a new year, after spending the night after Christmas bent over the toilet, praying for the sweet release of death. (Quick aside: Baileys has a shelf life of only two years. If you have an old bottle sitting in your fridge, throw it out.) Thankfully, the next day I was back on my feet. Since I hadn’t been able to eat anything the day before, I figured that was as good a time as any to start fasting. I kept the ball rolling and drank only water and black coffee for the next two days. Fasting wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I did wake up hungry in the morning, but after drinking some water, my body Continued on page 3 ...

“When I tell

people I’m planning a fast, they always get a little worried.”

All of this makes sense when you think about how the human body evolved over millions



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How 1 Little Boy Saved Over 1,000 Dogs A Second Chance

When Roman and his mother moved to Washington state, they learned that dogs at shelters in the Pacific Northwest have a better chance of getting adopted than animals in the more densely populated shelters of Texas. Jennifer and Roman began raising money to

Each year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters across the United States. Due to overcrowding, 1.5 million of these dogs and cats are euthanized, according to estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It’s heartbreaking to think about all the pets that don’t get a chance at a second

transport dogs up north from Texas and Project Freedom Ride was born. Their first ride transported 31 dogs. Since

home, but it’s not all bad news. Many dogs doomed in kill shelters have been given a second leash on life thanks to a kind little boy and his mom’s video camera. Roman McConn adopted his first dog, Luna, when he was four years old. His mom, Jennifer, found Luna at a kill shelter near their home in Texas and when she heard about the shelter’s struggles, Jennifer began volunteering there. Many people worry whether dogs will be good with kids, so Jennifer began making videos of Roman playing with and talking about different dogs. To date, every single dog Roman has made a video with has been adopted.

2016, Project Freedom Ride has saved over 1,400 dogs and cats, rescuing them from high-kill shelters and helping them find new homes in Washington and Idaho. “I don’t think dogs should just be in the shelter,” Roman says. “They need to do things!” For his kindness, Roman was named the

ASPCA’s 2018 Kid of the Year. You can watch Roman’s videos and learn more about Project Freedom Ride at Facebook. com/pg/ProjectFreedomRide.


Having a movie or TV series marathon is another great way to pass the time. You can watch some of the classics, like “Forrest Gump” or “Singing in the Rain,” fill the day with “The Lord of the Rings” series or start a new Netflix show. If you want to involve your kids in the binge-watching, you can let them pick out one of their favorite movies too. Piece Together a Puzzle A rainy day is a great opportunity to pull out a puzzle. You can also grab your friends or family members and make the puzzle a team activity. With the whole day ahead of you, you’ll have several hours to devote to one of your favorite hobbies.

As the weather warms up, the urge to get out of the house becomes stronger. However, any plans you might have can be abruptly canceled due to rain. If you find yourself stuck inside for the day, here are a few activities to keep you occupied. Get Bakin’ A wet and chilly day is an excellent opportunity to warm yourself up with some baked goods. Bake your favorite snickerdoodle cookies or fudge brownies and pour yourself a mug full of hot chocolate or cider to get through the stormy day. Read a Book If you have a bookshelf full of novels you’ve not cracked open, a rainy day is the perfect time to jump in. Settle down on the sofa with a cuddly blanket and enjoy some uninterrupted reading. The rain smattering against your windows creates the perfect background noise to delve into the pages of a new adventure.

Don’t let the rain keep you down! Instead, take advantage of the weather and enjoy a cozy day at home.

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CHECK YOUR LIST We all know it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. One puppy in your office is a delight, but 1,000 puppies is a big problem. Our bodies are the same way. Something that should be good for us can put our health at risk if not used in moderation. Inflammation is one example of this. While inflammation is a natural part of your immune system, a defense mechanism against damage, chronic inflammation can be very dangerous. An article published by Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Women’s Health Watch noted that chronic inflammation has been connected to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.

Fighting Inflammation Starts at the Grocery Store

● Fruits — apples, cherries, raspberries, oranges ● Dark leafy vegetables ● Whole grains ● Beans ● Dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa)

Try Something Fishy Find foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as these: ● Oily fish — salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies

● Walnuts ● Flaxseed ● Omega-3-fortified eggs

_____________________________ Write your name here and fax the completed puzzle to 860-533-0585, send it via empty delivery box or bring it to the shop and receive 10 percent off your next order . Limit one per customer. Expires March 31, 2019. Add Antioxidants Foods that are high in antioxidants can greatly help reduce inflammation. Great sources of antioxidants include the following: The good news is that combating inflammation might be as easy as changing what’s on your grocery list. There’s plenty of research to suggest that certain foods can decrease the inflammation in your body, leading to better health. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that women over the age of 70 with high levels of diet-related inflammation also showed higher levels of heart disease- related death. If you’re worried about inflammation, here some are things to keep in mind.

Foods to Avoid There are also many foods that can increase the inflammation in your body, such as these common culprits: ● Fried foods ● Sugary beverages ● Trans fats ● Processed meats ● Dairy products An anti-inflammatory diet won’t magically cure all that ails you, but it can help reduce chronic inflammation in your body and give your overall health a much-needed boost. adjusted and I went about my day with no problem. This all-or-nothing discipline really pays off. When you go back to eating, you don’t want to blow all your hard work from the last three days. After a fast, it’s easy to change your diet, cut out bad habits and start eating better. I’m not suggesting everyone should start fasting right this second. If you have a health condition like diabetes, going without food for so long can be dangerous. Check with your doctor before starting a fast. But for me, committing to the fast was a great experience. I felt energized, slept better and my focus became sharper. Plus, my 30th high school reunion happened to fall on the Saturday after Christmas. Thanks to the fast, I dropped 10 pounds and walked into my reunion looking and feeling great. After my first fast back in December, I set an event in my Google calendar to do a three-day fast once every 90 days. I’m coming up on my next three-day fast and I’m honestly looking forward to it. It’s a good way to spring-clean your body. Many people turn to detoxes or juice cleanses, but fasting is the original and most effective form of detox. It’s a powerful tool and necessary for good health. ... Continued from cover







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Age Is Only a Level Number

The rise in popularity of game-streaming platforms like Twitch — a service seemingly only used by snarky teens playing under quirky aliases — has paved the way for a whole new generation of video game enthusiasts. They just might not be the type you had in mind. Clips and articles are popping up online showcasing how older generations of tech aficionados have taken to gaming en masse. Long gone are the days of grandparents calling grandsons in frustration to ask how to send an email. The current generation of seniors bucks the stereotypical ignorance of technology, embracing hand- held controllers and battle cries as they take on their decades-younger counterparts in the digital arena. One team in particular has stolen the spotlight of late: The Silver Snipers, bringers of destruction in “Counter- Strike” leagues around the world. The team from Stockholm, Sweden, took their talents to the stage of Dreamhack 2017, an esports tournament, where they battled it out against some of the world’s most skilled esports players. Their mission was simple: to show the GAME-FULLY EMPLOYED Turning to Video Games After Retirement

world that gaming is for people of all ages. Each member picked up the game for different reasons; some played as a way to connect to their grandkids, while others did it to pass the time. One thing’s for certain: This alliance has turned into a hellscape for their opponents. With every team member being over the age of 60, the combination of BirDie, Windy, Knitting Knight, Teen Slayer, and Berra Bang — all gaming aliases — has proved to be a first-of-its-kind powerhouse in the growing circle of older gamers. As one member explained, the game is not just for having fun. Gaming has given the team a chance to connect and be a part of a massive worldwide community. The gameplay also allows for mental exercise. It offers teamwork challenges and improves cognitive function, multitasking skills, and reflexes.

If The Silver Snipers are

passing along one message, it’s that you’re never too young for an old- fashioned digital beat down.

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