PAUL'S POINT OF VIEW
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BACK TO EUROPE — FOR NOW! ANOTHER ADVENTURE IN A CITROËN 2CV
dance from New Zealand)! My other Irish memory is of rain. It rained almost every day we were on the island, and we were soaked to the bone on my motorbike many times. I felt a bit relieved when we finally stored the motorcycle again and embarked on another adventure through Europe in a Citroën 2CV, this time for two months. I wanted to experience the areas of Europe I’d missed in my previous 18-month tour, namely Portugal and Spain. Glenda and I picked up the car in Paris and traveled first through Switzerland and the south of France, soaking up sun instead of rain. Then, we criss-crossed through Spain and Portugal multiple times, staying in atmospheric little towns along the way. At one point, we left our little car in a parking lot in Valencia and took a big cruise boat to the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain. We did this on a package deal that was extremely cheap because we booked through a local Spanish travel agent. Finally, we ended our trip in the Algarve region of Portugal. The trip wasn’t without its hiccups. I can still recall one particular day when we drove on the highway and the Citroën 2CV’s top was blown clear off by a truck traveling the other direction! The impact pulverized the roof against the road. We had a true convertible while we waited for a replacement. The two months in Europe went by quickly, and Glenda and I made our way back to London. I left her at a youth hostel where I knew she could enjoy the rest of her stay, and I resumed my work first in the Midlands, then in Hastings on the south coast of England. I was enjoying the job when I heard from a colleague that physical therapy posts were available in the United States. I wanted my adventure to continue, so I called the agency (collect, of course!) and they said employers sponsor “foreign- trained” PTs. The thought of seeing America intrigued me. But before I hopped the pond, I decided to explore the rest of Europe on a late fall trip to Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt.
After my trip to Morocco and the Sahara Desert, which I told you about in my last newsletter, I spent another snowy winter in the English Midlands. I stored my motorcycle at a friend’s house during the worst of the weather. That spring, my younger sister, Glenda, arrived — and we set off on a trip I’d mapped out for her. After a week in the Midlands town of Chesterfield, we embarked on a motorbike trip through Wales and over to Ireland on a ferry! We circumnavigated the whole island, visiting the Ring of Kerry and Giant’s Causeway before arriving at our grandfather’s boyhood home in Belfast. In 1986, it was a bit dangerous around the Ireland/Northern Ireland border because the Irish Republican Army occasionally attacked British military posts and police stations in the area. Several times, Glenda and I were stopped and questioned. Fortunately, our New Zealand accents worked in our favor when we explained we were just touring around! I’ll never forget that trip to Ireland. In particular, I recall a wonderful evening at a pub in White Park Bay in the northernmost part of Northern Ireland. There, my sister and I leapt onto a table at one point to perform a haka (a Maori war
Stay tuned for more on that in the next newsletter!
–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP
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THE SCIENCE BEHIND SAD AND MAD TEARS WHY YOU SHOULD CRY
participants who cried while watching a sad movie and compared their tears to participants who cried because of a cut onion. Frey said the emotional tears were not only unique to humans but that they’re also a “unique kind of tear.” Their unique chemical makeup has both a detoxifying and stress- reducing effect. Emotional tears have higher levels of ACTH, a stress hormone released by crying. They also have higher levels of endorphins and oxytocin, which are known to reduce both stress and pain.
Ronda Rousey is tough. She was the first American woman to earn a medal in the Olympics for judo, and she was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame to commemorate her six titles. Rousey is noted for her physical and mental toughness, so it might surprise you to learn that she loves a good cry.
“I really cry all the time … Everything [makes me cry]. Especially during fight week,” she told the Huffington Post.
While crying is more often associated with weakness than strength, the science of the tears we shed when we’re emotional — including feelings of anger, sadness, and stress — shows that crying actually makes us healthier.
Crying and Your Health
The benefits of crying have been explored by everyone from ancient philosophers to modern-day scientists. While philosophers noted the cathartic effects of crying, scientists have filled in the knowledge gaps about why crying feels good and how it’s actually good for us.
More Than Just Water
Before you cry, you may feel a welling up of tears in your eyes that makes them appear watery. While tears of all types are mainly made up of water, scientists say that they are distinguished by their chemical makeup. Biochemist Dr. William H. Frey produced foundational scientific research on the science of crying. He collected tears from research
The stress-reducing benefits of crying don’t just feel good in the moment. There are several secondary benefits such as:
• Lower blood pressure, which keeps your heart healthy and helps you avoid stroke, heart failure, and dementia
• Lower manganese levels, which helps decrease anxiety, irritability, and aggression
• Decreased risk of ulcers and other digestive issues
• Decreased risk of tension headaches and migraines
Finally, crying serves an important social role. Tears elicit sympathy, signal that something is wrong, and facilitate connection during hard times. If you find yourself having chronic or uncontrollable bouts of tears, something else may be going on and you should seek professional help. But if you find yourself crying when stressed, angry, or sad, embrace your tears, knowing they’re helping make you healthier both mentally and physically.
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THE SECRET SAUCE COOK WITH THE SAME INGREDIENTS WITHOUT GETTING BORED
5-Minute Honey Mustard Sauce To avoid hearing “chicken again?!” add this honey mustard sauce from PinchOfYum.com to your repertoire. Simply whisk together 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp white vinegar, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper for a delicious topper for all meats.
One upside to spending more than a year at home was that many people donned their aprons, learned new recipes and techniques, and began cooking meals regularly in their own kitchens. Even as restaurants reopen, over 70% of Americans say they'll keep their new habit of cooking at home because it's healthier and cheaper. That said, the average American can only whip up about five meals without a recipe at hand, and many people cook and eat the same types of protein and vegetables over and over. One easy way to avoid boredom is to keep your main staples but diversify your sauce routine! When in doubt, learn one creamy sauce and one herb- or citrus-based sauce. Here are a few examples that work particularly well for chicken, America’s favorite animal protein. These can be used with your other favorite meats and your favorite vegetable preparations, as well!
Simple Lemon Herb Sauce Want a lighter, healthier option? Go for an oil-and-herb sauce like FoodNetwork.com’s “Chicken With a Lemon Herb Sauce.” In a blender
or food processor, add 1 peeled clove of garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup freshly chopped herbs of your choice (they recommend a mix of parsley and mint), 1 1/2 tsp ground pepper, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, and 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Pulse all ingredients together until well mixed and the herbs and garlic are coarsely chopped. Quick Miso Maple Sauce This umami-filled sauce from Kitchn.com brings a lot of flavor with just three simple ingredients: 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and 1/4 cup miso paste. That's it! Whisk the ingredients together and pour over oven-roasted, pan- seared, or grilled chicken and serve. These three sauces are a great place to start, but if you find yourself uninspired in the kitchen, just look up “simple sauces” online and the protein or vegetable you’re preparing. The internet will come to the rescue every time!
ONE-PAN APPLE CIDER CHICKEN Inspired by WellPlated.com
TAKE A BREAK!
• 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs • 1 tsp salt, divided • 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided • 1/2 cup apple cider • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 4 tsp olive oil, divided • 3 sweet apples, cut into 1/2-inch slices • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped, plus more for garnish INGREDIENTS
1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Set aside. 2. In a small bowl, combine apple cider and mustard. Set aside. 3. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 2 tsp olive oil. When shimmering, add chicken thighs top-side down. Cook for 4 minutes, then flip and cook for 4 more minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Wipe the skillet clean. 4. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet, then add sliced apples, remaining salt and pepper, and rosemary. Cook for 5 minutes. 5. Return the chicken to the skillet and add apple cider-mustard mixture. Cook for 5 minutes, then serve sprinkled with rosemary!
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1. THE NEXT CHAPTER OF PAUL’S EPIC ADVENTURE 2. THE SCIENCE OF CRYING 3. LET SAUCES BRING NEW LIFE TO TIRED MEALS ONE-PAN APPLE CIDER CHICKEN 4. DO COUPLES SLEEP BETTER APART? INSIDE THIS ISSUE
COUPLES SLEEPING APART A NEW TREND IN SLEEP ARRANGEMENTS
• Cognitive: You focus more easily, remember better, and learn quicker when you’re well rested.
From bank accounts to emotions, couples share a lot of things in their lives. But one thing couples have long shared is being called into question: a bedroom. You may have heard about this trend of sleeping apart from a friend or from celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, who took it to an extreme by building “his and hers” wings in their home. You may not have an extra wing in your home, but if you have a spare bedroom, you might consider joining the estimated 25% of American couples who are sleeping separately in an effort to sleep better. Why sleep separately? While the stereotype holds that couples who don’t share a bed are in a fight or unhealthy relationship, more and more evidence shows that sleeping alone may simply be the best way to get a
• Mood: Insomniacs are five times more likely to develop depression. Though that’s an extreme, if you’ve ever had a poor night’s sleep, you’ve probably experienced the grumpiness or short temper that can go with it. • Heart health: Blood pressure decreases during rest, which helps keep your heart healthy. Chronically poor sleepers are more at risk of heart disease. Aren’t there negative consequences for couples? One of the most common concerns couples have about sleeping in separate rooms is that it will lead to less intimacy
in their partnership. However, sleeping apart often means sleeping more and better, and studies show that well-rested couples are more likely to share intimacy. Plus, sleeping arrangements are highly cultural and change over time. There’s nothing that says that sleeping together is a must for a happy relationship! As more couples are learning, sometimes it’s just the opposite.
good night’s rest. And as more research comes out about the importance of sleep for physical and mental health, some couples can’t figure out how to improve their sleep while sharing a bed with a snoring spouse or one who has a completely different schedule.
If you need a reminder about the myriad benefits of sleep, here are just a few:
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