CONNECTING TO MY ROOTS THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TRIP TO IRELAND
Like many other Americans, I come from a combination of multiple heritages and backgrounds. However, my Irish heritage is one of the strongest ancestral ties I have. My Irish ancestors on my father’s side first landed in the continental United States in the 1600s, which has always been a pretty cool piece of my family history. The sacrifices they made in order to live a new life in a world that was seemingly unknown to them has always been fascinating, and I’m proud to come from that lineage. Nearly 20 years ago, I was given an opportunity visit my then-future wife, Angela, in Europe. As readers will remember from our February edition of the newsletter, this was long before we had kids, when Angela worked in Switzerland for a short stint in the early 2000s. Angela and I decided to spend a week exploring the beautiful, lush, green landscape of Ireland and visiting the many towns, castles,
and landmarks lining the roadways. It was truly amazing to be driving around in this foreign country, taking in everything from the big cities, like Dublin, to the small towns along the outskirts. We even visited Trinity College Dublin and toured the Guinness Factory (of course). The trip was a great memory for Angela and me, even when we just spent time in small pubs chatting with the locals. One of the more unique parts of the trip, however, was the connection I was able to make with my family. While we were in Ireland, we visited the region of the country where my family originated from. Driving around the little town, I would look up and see my last name scattered on shop signs and along buildings. Thousands of miles away from my home and hundreds of years since anyone in my ancestral line had called Ireland home, the Nowlin family still had a presence. It was a surreal experience to be in the same place as some of the people I have in
my family tree. I’ll never forget being able to connect back to my roots.
As our kids grow older, my wife and I want to show them where they come from and teach them more about the cultures in their family line. Before they take off for college or whatever adventures they have planned for when they grow up, we’d love to travel more with them and form new memories and bonds, much like the ones their mom and I made more than 15 years ago in Ireland. Like my ancestors before me, Ireland gave me some tremendous memories and great stories to tell others. I hope someday you’ll make your own pilgrimage back to the countries your family comes from and foster a connection that has been hundreds of years in the making.
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HAS YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE REACHED A PLATEAU? TRY THESE 3 SUPPLEMENTS Diet, exercise, and sleep are all essential to
endurance throughout your time at the gym. These often contain caffeine, so anyone with sensitivity should take a delicate approach when using this supplement. While there are regulatory entities in this industry, many products are not subjected to their oversight. The FDA does not control pre- workout supplements, so users should be aware of potentially dangerous side effects, such as vomiting, jitters, cramps, headaches, and tingling extremities. MULTIVITAMINS Vitamins aren’t just for kids and the elderly. Many of our diets lack the nutrients necessary for muscle development and good health. A well-rounded multivitamin will add these nutrients into your body, giving you benefits at the gym and beyond. Supplementation isn’t just for gym rats. It can help anyone get closer to their goals and live a healthier life, and these three products are just the tip of the iceberg. While doing your own research is a great place to start, it’s also important to consult a fitness professional when looking for the right balance of supplements. There are many options available, and deciding the best regimen can be daunting, but once you have the proper routine, you can expect results.
achieving your fitness goals, but you’re inevitably going to reach a plateau. Maybe it starts with noticing you’re not getting the gains you wanted, or you’re feeling sluggish on a daily basis. This is common when going through an exercise program, and one factor hindering your progress could be a lack of nutrients. The following supplements may be able to help you reach peak physical fitness. PROTEIN Getting enough protein is vital for muscle-building and overall health. But when you consider all the options, choosing the right protein can be overwhelming. Soy? Whey? Plant-based? A fast-release protein, like whey or soy, is best to consume directly after your workouts, and a slow- release protein, like casein, works well if taken before bed. The fast release helps with muscle growth, and the slow release prevents muscle deterioration and speeds up recovery. PRE-WORKOUT Sometimes you just need that extra push of focus and energy. An excellent pre-workout product delivers vital nutrients to your muscles and increases
4 RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES ENJOY YOURSELF!
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’
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. Don’t let the rain keep you down! Instead, take advantage of the weather and enjoy a cozy day at home.
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. CREATE YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL 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
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
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FIRE & ICE WHEN DO YOU APPLY HEAT OR ICE TO AN INJURY?
When it comes to relieving pain, everyone has an opinion. Your mom might suggest taking pills and a nap, while your neighbor swears it’s best to walk it off. Meanwhile, yearly advancements offer more options — and opinions — for patients seeking relief. Among the plethora of available treatments, two remain constant — heat and ice. However, many people don’t know which to use, and unfortunately, the wrong decision can make your pain or injury worse. If you are unsure which method is best for you, here’s the answer to your heating or icing dilemma. HEAT: These treatments can come in several forms, such as creams, pads, and wraps. Many medical professionals
suggest using heat treatment for 30 minutes to four hours, depending on what is needed to fully relax the muscle. Heat often works best for chronic pain because it supports blood flow and loosens your muscles. Heat treatments can also be used to relieve stress and tension, but you should never use heat on an open wound or fresh injury. ICE: Cooling treatments can also be found in cream or wrap form, but a bag of peas or ice from your freezer will work just as well. Ice should be used for short periods throughout the day. Icing treatments are best for bruised wounds and minor injuries because the cold can reduce the swelling in your blood vessels — the cause of bruising — and expedite your healing process. However, icing your
chronic pain can be detrimental due to the stiffening reaction that decreases swelling. This is the opposite of the muscle relaxation you need for chronic pain relief. Eventually, heating treatments can be worked into a healing plan, but ice is a quick solution to a small problem. As with most treatments, what works for one person may not work for another. If icing an injury feels best for you and you see improvement, continue icing away your pain. Additionally, some patients find relief while rotating between cooling and heating. Regardless of your preferred method, it’s best to seek professional guidance in order to find a viable long- term solution.
BEET, MINT, AND RICOTTA HUMMUS
TAKE A BREAK!
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
• 1 6-ounce beet (about the size of an adult fist), scrubbed • 1 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4. Once beet is cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove beet skin. Trim root end and cut into small pieces. Add to blender or food processor, and blend until entire mixture is smooth. Add additional salt if desired. 5. Transfer to a shallow bowl, top with garnishes, and serve. • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander • Mint leaves, poppy seeds, and olive oil, for garnish • 1 garlic clove, grated • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
• 1/3 cup tahini, well-mixed • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Wrap beet tightly in foil. On a foil- lined baking sheet, roast wrapped beet until fork tender, about 60–70 minutes. 3. While beet is roasting, blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper, and coriander until smooth.
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1. OUR TRIP TO IRELAND INSIDE THIS ISSUE
3 SUPPLEMENTS EVERYONE NEEDS DON’T LET THE RAIN DAMPEN YOUR SPIRITS WHEN SHOULD YOU HEAT OR ICE AN INJURY? HOW TO MAKE YOUR SAILING DREAMS COME TRUE
SET SAIL FOR VACATION TAKE YOUR NEXT TRIP OFFSHORE
If you’re lucky enough to have been aboard a ship under full sail, chances are you know the thrill and serenity sailing can give you. If you’ve never been but have always wanted to know what it’s like to get out on the wind and waves, there are many great options available for beginners. Here are some ideas to inspire your next waterside vacation. START SMALL you the ropes. The great thing about sailing is that whether you’re in a 12-foot
For those who dream of becoming a skipper one day, a great way to start is by sailing dinghies. These one-sail, beach-launch boats fit 1–2 people and can be rented at most water sports shops. If you want to make it a family experience, shops usually have 16-foot catamarans for rent as well. Catamarans have two hulls rather than one, making for a smoother, more spacious ride. If you’ve never sailed before, inquire about lessons. Most rental operations have instructors on hand who can show
dinghy or a 60-foot sloop, the same basic principles, rules, and skills apply. TAKE A DAY SAIL Many day-sail charters exist for those who want to go out a little farther than a dinghy would permit. If you’ve captained a boat and are familiar with the waters, you can apply for a bareboat charter. However, if you are inexperienced or simply don’t want a local guide at the helm, signing up for a day trip with a skipper and crew is a great option.
DO A FULL CHARTER Short of owning your own vessel, chartering a boat for multiple nights is the closest you can get to living out your nautical dreams. Some of the most beautiful destinations on earth — from the Caribbean Sea to the Mediterranean — are best experienced from the deck of a sailboat. Letting the sea guide you to amazing snorkeling destinations, remote cays, and bustling harbors is the stuff of real adventure.
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