Getting you back to the life you want to live.
J uly 2019
W atering your G arden
In my continual camping adventures (and when I camp, I mean pull a bed along with me to sleep in the woods), I have been taking my daughter to participate in Junior Ranger programs at state and national parks. One of the things I love about participating with her is I always learn something! In our most recent campout, we learned about bones, teeth structure and function, and pelts. We were accompanied in the talk by a group of Girl Scouts. One of the young girls shared a mnemonic she already knew about the eyes, something I had never heard: “Forward facing eyes, ready to surprise; side facing eyes, looking to hide.” In terms of predator versus prey, I found this new nugget fascinating. It made me think about an even broader application. There is a time and a purpose for both types of eyes as humans. Forward attention keeps us focused on goals and movement toward something. For a predator, that’s a tasty meal. For us, that’s a life goal, a weekend, or even just lunch. But looking to the side helps us dodge pain, inconveniences, struggles, consequences, or others’ bad behavior. This can serve us, too. Coming back to my camping environment, I also thought about flashlights. We are able to focus on what we shine a light on. Far too much of what is important in our lives is taken for granted. If we know what’s in the dark, we’re not worried about it, but we’re also not focused on it. Paying attention to things that are comfortable and known isn’t often a path we choose because we’re too worried about dodging bullets and speeding projectiles in our daily lives. Focusing some of that valuable attention on the things that really matter is where the proverbial garden flourishes. The chase and self- preservation pale in comparison to achieving tranquility as we distill the true valuables from our lives. My wish for you is you use your “hiding eyes” to hide from the static, unimportant, and nearly irrelevant but ever-constant barrage in our lives, and use your “chasing eyes” to chase dreams, love, and peace. You’ll find the everyday garden has been a great venture.
F itness C ulture in A merica FROM NICHE INTEREST TO NATIONAL PASTIME
America is a nation obsessed with fitness. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, over 60 million Americans are members of a gym or health club. Athleisure apparel, clothes designed for both the gym and everyday wear, is a multibillion-dollar industry, and a significant percentage of magazines you’ll find at the airport are devoted to, you guessed it, health and fitness. With the popularity of fitness culture at an all-time high, it’s easy to forget that working out is a relatively new national pastime. The history of fitness is a fascinating one that includes both the ColdWar and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In honor of Independence Day, let’s take a moment to explore this phenomenon. “Thinking of exercise as a foregone conclusion would be a mistake,” writes Shelly McKenzie in “Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America.”“The acceptance of exercise was a gradual process, and one that was met with tremendous opposition.”That may be hard to believe today, but you have to remember that in 1960, nearly 50% of American adults regularly smoked. Our idea of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle has transformed radically since then. Physical Fitness as a Form of National Pride Athletics has always been a way for Americans to prove their mettle against competitors from around the world. Think of Jesse Owens winning a gold medal in front of Adolf Hitler or Joe Louis’ defeat of Max Schmeling. This concept was never more apparent than during the Cold War. The Soviet Union invested immense resources into developing
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I nsomniacs U nite 3 F ree A pps to H elp Y ou C atch T hose Z' s national sporting and fitness programs in an effort to demonstrate superiority. During this long-simmering conflict, the Olympics evolved into more than just a venue for individual excellence; they became a referendum on cultural supremacy. Watching the rise of Soviet athletes, leaders at home rushed to create programs that prioritized physical fitness. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body,” President John F. Kennedy told the nation. “It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” The trajectory of fitness culture has continually trended upward since JFK uttered those words. Educating the Public A Vox article, wonderfully titled “When Running for Exercise Was for Weirdos,” notes the existence of a 1968 Chicago Tribune piece detailing a new phenomenon: jogging. Seeing runners dot the roads is a regular occurrence for most of us, but it used to be reserved for boxers and other professional athletes. There are even stories
of regular folks being tailed by the cops simply because they went for a run.
epic proportions. You couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing an ad for a program designed to make you look and feel great. Exercise Science Grows Up As getting fit became a bigger concern for the general population, figuring out how to get fit became a preoccupation in academia. In 2016, more than 25,000 undergraduates received a degree in kinesiology, aka exercise science. These folks and their professors research the safest and most effective ways to approach fitness. The days of Hulk Hogan appearing as a beacon of wellness and telling us to “say our prayers and eat our vitamins” have long since passed. For many, the gym is their “third place,” the spot where they are most likely to be aside from home and work. That’s easy to take for granted in 2019, but it’s important to remember that exercise in America, like America itself, didn’t come from nowhere.
As Americans grew more interested in fitness, they sought out ways to effectively work out. Before the internet, that meant scouring libraries for books and relying on word of mouth. The science itself was also in its infancy. Nobody had studied different exercise types or how much exercise we needed. Unsurprisingly, an approach that favored heavyweights and big muscles was one of the first trends to emerge. Released in 1977, the documentary “Pumping Iron” explored the world of bodybuilding and introduced Americans to a muscle-bound Austrian named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not long after its debut, an increasing number of people — usually young men — began showing up to places like Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach looking to get jacked. Five years later, Jane Fonda released the first of her many aerobics videos, providing fitness instruction to a much wider audience. As the ‘80s progressed, America’s appetite for exercise grew to
Everyone with a smartphone has heard time and time again that looking at your phone before bed is a bad idea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle” primarily because of the blue light emitted from the screen. While most scientific data pertaining to sleep recommends you place your phone in another room overnight, those who toss and turn regardless of phone location might benefit from using technology rather than tucking it away. Here are three FREE sleep apps that might help you get to dreamland faster. Pzizz
app records through the night to detect any snoring sounds and then provides the user with an overview of the previous night’s recording, including an index to determine snore intensity. Using this app might not help you fall asleep faster, but it could offer helpful information about why you aren’t able to stay asleep. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock Instead of setting an alarm to jolt you out of sleep at a specific time, choose a window of time to wake up with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. The app will sense your sleep movements and ring an alarm when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep. This way, you’ll wake at the optimal time, feeling refreshed rather than groggy.
While there are many apps that claim to help people fall asleep quicker, very few are programmed to prevent sleepers from growing bored of the same monotonous soundtracks. Pzizz combines music, sound effects, and binaural beats, and an embedded algorithm generates a slightly different track each time you use it. Snore Report
Many troubled sleepers who are able to fall asleep are jolted awake shortly afterward. The inability to stay asleep throughout the night can stem from a multitude of factors, but snoring tends to be the most common. The Snore Report
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F ood for a C lear M ind W hat W e C an L earn F rom C ooking W ithout A lliums
Can you imagine cooking without alliums, aka garlic, onions, chives, or leeks? In Buddhist temples in Korea, avoiding alliums is something that has been practiced for hundreds of years. Days are filled with prayer, meditation, and meals centered on vegetables and fermented foods — no meat, fish, or alliums. Monks and nuns who live in these temples cook with intention, to keep a clear mind and a healthy body. As one nun explains, “The food creates the entire human being.” A typical temple meal might include rice, mushroom fritters, fried potatoes, kimchi, fermented radishes, marinated tofu, and crispy greens. Despite missing the ingredients so many of us rely on for flavor, anyone who’s tried temple food attests to how aromatic and delicious it is. How is this achieved? With fermented foods, carefully aged sauces, and fresh ingredients picked straight from the source. Many temples grow their own food and use what’s in season, preserving vegetables and fruits at the end of summer to sustain them through the winter. Soy sauce is traditionally fermented in large jars throughout the year and can be aged for 50 years or more to elicit the deep umami flavor that makes temple cuisine so flavorful. Each meal is intended to be fulfilling and nourishing so residents can focus on their meditation and prayers.
because the pungent properties in them are believed to distract the mind. Those following a low-FODMAP diet (a diet restricting foods not well absorbed by the small
intestine) and those suffering from IBS also opt to cut alliums from their diet to improve digestion.
It may be worth avoiding alliums for a day or two and noting how you feel. Maybe, like the nuns and monks in Korea, you’ll find yourself graced with a clear mind and a happy belly.
W atermelon C ucumber S kewers
Several different cultures and religions, including Buddhism and Ayurvedic medicine, have traditionally avoided alliums
Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.
T ake A B reak !
• 1 medium-sized
• 1 block feta cheese, cut into small cubes • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves • Salt, to taste
watermelon, cubed • 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4- inch rounds
Equipment • 1 packet of bamboo skewers Directions 1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.
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Watering Your Garden A Brief History of Working Out Page 1 3 Free Apps to Help You Catch Those Z's Page 2 I nside T his I ssue
Food for a Clear Mind Watermelon Cucumber Skewers Page 3 Finding the Best Route for Pain Management Page 4
P hysical T herapy vs . C hiropractic F inding the B est R oute for P ain M anagement
In the modern medical world, there’s no shortage of ways to treat your pain. Still, some rehabilitation systems work best for certain types of ailments, and understanding which recovery methods are available is invaluable. Two important options for any type of pain management are physical therapists and chiropractors. Depending on a number of factors, one may be more helpful than the other, but if they’re used together, you’ll have a much better chance of eliminating your pain. Let’s take a look at how each option can help you. Chiropractor A chiropractor is a physician who treats issues involving the musculoskeletal system, which can have an impact on your body’s general function. By manipulating certain areas, their treatment will help free up your muscles and tendons to alleviate pain and improve your mobility. This normally means stretching or resetting your problem areas. In addition to helping with the pain from certain types of persistent issues like soreness, chronic discomfort, or lack of mobility, chiropractors can also work to alleviate symptoms of certain types of infections and even asthma! Their treatments help you to avoid relying on dangerous pain medication or surgeries.
Physical Therapist If you’re looking to recover from an injury or surgery, you may want to consider physical therapy. While there’s no end-all treatment for any type of pain, physical therapists work with you to strengthen your muscles and restore your range of motion. By fixing these underlying problems, you can get back to the things you love. While physical therapy is very different from chiropractic on paper, combining the two to treat your pain can generally be very helpful. Depending on what you’re suffering from, physical therapists may use new age technologies like deep-tissue lasers or hydrotherapy to get you back on your feet again. Whatever you’re looking for, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Consulting a medical professional will allow you to understand the best option for your specific case.
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