Getting you back to the life you want to live.
J anuary 2020
T oo F ast , T oo F urious Do you ever feel like life is coming at you just a little TOO fast and furiously? These days, hanging withmy now 9-year-old, I ambeing exposed to video games on the regular. I have never been a video game person, probably mostly because video games were slow and clunky when I was a kid, and it meant tying up our family TV. But also, I’m really not that good at them (except for Just Dance—bring it!). Now, I am being compelled to participate in various video games on the regular. I have come to learn that the “truth” that I’m really not that good at video games was just a self- limiting belief. I can be pretty good! There are a few games that I am way leveled up in and going FAST through the levels. And in true “me” fashion, I’ve spent too much time thinking about how video games are like real life. In the beginning of a video game, it’s so slow; all of the objectives and goals are so easy to meet, and it’s easy to feel good about yourself. Then you die. Again, and again, and again. It feels frustrating, difficult, and maddening, even. THEN, you adapt. You get faster, you anticipate (you’ve seen this hazard coming —“I’m ready for you, bouncing boulder!”), and you improve, survive, and make it to the next level. At every phase of our lives, there are flying hazards. Tests, work, sports, injuries, money —you name it. Sometimes, those hazards can get managed (I see you dying, car!), and sometimes, they will punch you in the face. That doesn’t feel good. But then, we add to the chaos because we can. We are READY. We are stronger, more capable, andmore adaptable than we were last year. We built our grit muscles and are ready to LEVEL UP. So we do.
ARE YOUR 'HEALTHY' NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS DOOMED TO FAIL?
Inmy own life, I am about to become a dog owner, likely a puppy owner. My sweet daughter has been asking for a pet since she was 3. Now, at 9, she’s toldme it’s time. I immediately thought of all the reasons we are still not ready AND also all the reasons
H ow to U pgrade Y our G oals for 2020
When January hits, it’s easy to tell yourself that last year’s holiday treats and days of sitting on the couch marathoning Hallmark Christmas movies are things of the past. Every time a new year arrives, a fresh start comes with it, which is probably why New Year’s resolutions are so popular, particularly in the health and fitness space. heartbreaking 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. So what are we doing wrong? Diet and exercise experts suggest it might not be the concept of making resolutions that’s faulty, but the particular resolutions we choose. To set yourself up for success in 2020, check out these smart resolution swaps below. DON'T resolve to eat less . DO resolve to eat more veggies . The goal to “eat less” is not only vague (where does one start?) but it can also lead to disordered eating when taken too far. Instead, try setting yourself That said, it’s hard to ignore the dismal statistics. According to U.S. News &World Report, a
that we need to do this, and she’s right. It’s time. She needs this dog to gain some adaptability to help her anxiety. I need a predictable pup breed that will cuddle her up and be her bestie, hence the likely puppy. This dog will needme too (and I need a new fence, so there’s that). Despite all of the reasons “why not,”the reasons why are somuchmore compelling, and with all of the daily life/ work/ kid/ homework chaos, I recognize that I am READY. I am ready to level up, do the hard things, and add to the chaos. And it feels good to know that, despite the fact that it is not going to be awesome in phase one, I am confident that I can do it successfully, though probably after a few kicks to the face. My wish for you is that you are able to push your boundaries. I hope that you find areas of your life that you’d like more in and come up with a plan to get it. Take action, even if it doesn’t feel so good at first. YOU CAN DOTHIS.
(P.S. Wishmy husband luck—he’s not so ready…)
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DON'T resolve to be more organized . DO resolve to meditate every day . Resolving to get organized without a road map to get there is setting yourself up for failure. If you’ve always been prone to clutter and procrastination, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to change your decades-long habits and become a neat freak all at once. Instead, focus on one area of your life you want to organize, like keeping your desk mess- free, or resolve to change your mindset by adding meditation to your daily routine. According to psychology professor Susan K. Whitbourne, mental and physical clutter are psychologically linked. If you can get your mind organized with a few minutes of peaceful meditation each day, it will be easier to manage the rest of your life.
year, aim to bring your body fat percentage into the “fitness” range for your gender and age group. Websites like BMI-Calories.com can help you calculate your current body fat and give you a reasonable goal to shoot for. DON'T resolve to get 8 hours of sleep . DO resolve to go to bed 15 minutes earlier . It’s hard to change a habit, which is why most people who set ambitious sleep goals are doomed to fail. If you normally go to bed at midnight but need to hit the sack at 10 p.m. in order to get your full eight hours, it will be extremely difficult to shift your routine overnight to make that happen. Instead, try resolving to go to bed just 15 minutes earlier. Such a small change to your routine should be easier to stick to, and once you have a streak going, you can move your goal back another 15 minutes until you reach the ideal amount of rest!
up for a healthy long-term diet by eating more of a nutrient-dense food group. Your vitamin intake will go up, and you’ll be too full to eat that second slice of cake. “We’re big fans of goals that start with ‘eat more,’” Lauren Slayton, the director of the nutrition counseling service Foodtrainers, told TheHealthy.com. If you already have plenty of vegetables in your diet but are still struggling to eat healthily, try resolving to eat more fruit and probiotic foods, or drink more water. DON'T resolve to lose weight . DO resolve to reach a healthy body fat percentage . As the body-positivity movement is constantly reminding us, there is no one- size-fits-all number on the scale that we should strive for. Depending on factors like age, gender, and height, one person’s healthy, ideal weight can be another person’s underweight or overweight. Instead of resolving to lose a set number of pounds this
H istory ' s S weetest T heft T he G reat C anadian M aple S yrup H eist
At the FPAQ facility, syrup was stored in unmarked metal barrels and only inspected once a year. The heist, led by a man named Richard Vallières, involved transporting the barrels to a remote sugar shack in the Canadian wilderness, where they siphoned off the maple syrup, refilled the barrels with water, and returned the barrels to the facility. The stolen syrup was then trucked east to New Brunswick and south across the border into Vermont. Wisely, the thieves sold their ill-gotten goods in small batches, avoiding suspicion from legitimate syrup distributors. In what is now known as the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist, thieves made off with 10,000 barrels of maple syrup valued at $18.7 million. This remains one of the most costly heists in Canadian history. Vallières himself became a millionaire and took his family on three tropical vacations in one year. Unfortunately, the thieves got sloppy and stopped refilling the barrels with water. When an FPAQ inspector visited the targeted facility in the fall of 2012, he accidentally knocked over one of the empty barrels. The inspector alerted the police, who would go on to arrest 17 men in connection to the theft, including Vallières himself. Police were then able to recover hundreds of barrels of the stolen syrup, but most of it was never recovered — likely lost to pancake breakfasts far away.
Maple syrup holds a proud place in the history and culture of Quebec, Canada. It’s also a big part of Quebec’s economy, with 72% of the world’s maple syrup produced
in Quebec alone. Due to tactics employed by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ), the NPR-backed podcast
“The Indicator” estimates that maple syrup is valued at approximately $1,300 per barrel — over 20 times more than
crude oil. The FPAQ controls the available syrup supply, never releasing enough maple syrup to meet demand, which increases the price. As a result, most of the world’s maple syrup is stored in various reserves. Between 2011 and 2012, a group of thieves decided to liberate the syrup from an FPAQ facility in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec. Stealing syrup from Canada doesn’t sound as glamorous as stealing cash from a Vegas casino, but their plan could rival the plot of “Ocean’s Eleven.”
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M eet the W orld ' s F irst A irport T herapy P ig H ow L ilou and A nimals L ike H er C alm S tressed -O ut T ravelers
few weeks or months. These days, regular travelers have fallen hard for their local therapy animals, many of whom even have their own Instagram accounts and hashtags.
Imagine you’re navigating a vast airport on a busy Saturday, shouldering your way through crowds and struggling to hear the PA system over the clatter of 1,000 wheeled suitcases. Suddenly, you see a pig wearing a hot pink sweater waddling toward you on a leash. Do you stop in your tracks? Does your stress level drop? Do you laugh out loud when you see its pink nail polish? If you answered“yes”to any of the above, then you can sympathize with the passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and staff at the San Francisco International Airport. They get to enjoy visits from Lilou, the world’s first airport therapy pig, on a regular basis! As part of theWag Brigade, the airport’s cadre of (mostly canine) therapy animals, Lilou wanders the airport with her humans, bringing joy, peace, and calm to everyone she meets. Lilou may be the only pig of her kind, but airport therapy animals have been a growing trend for the last few years. According to NPR, as of 2017, more than 30 airports across the U.S. employed therapy dogs, and these days, estimates land closer to 60. The San Jose and Denver airports have therapy cats, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport even offers passengers the chance to play with miniature horses before boarding their flights.
So, the next time you’re traveling, keep an eye out for a friendly pup, cat, pig, or horse to pet. A bit of love from an animal just might improve your trip!
H oppin ' J ohn A traditional New Year’s favorite in the South, Hoppin’ John includes black-eyed peas that are said to
Therapy dogs started appearing in U.S. airports after the 9/11 terror attacks, which changed American attitudes about flying.
They did so well at helping passengers calm down that airports began implementing permanent programs. Some have pets on hand 24/7 to assist passengers, while others host animal visits every
represent coins, a sign of prosperity for the coming year. It’s usually served alongside collard greens, which represent cash.
• 1 smoked ham hock • 1 medium onion, diced • 1 cup long-grain white rice
• 1 cup dried black-eyed peas • 5–6 cups water • 1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options) Directions 1. Wash and sort peas. 2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock,
should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining. 4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.
and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you
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was until I got a whole bunch of it,”Dani says. “What was really impressive was the fact that I was getting independent again, and I could see this progress.” Through an opportunity to heal at Sharp Memorial Rehab and a community reentry program, Dani began to reclaim her life. “There were ups and downs,”Dani says of the process. Still, she stuck with it, and she not only healed but also began to thrive. She turned to surfing, a completely new sport that allowed her to explore her new reality. “It drastically improved my strength, endurance, and balance,”Dani says. “It gave me a tremendous amount of confidence and trust in my prosthetic leg.”
What do you do when life feels insurmountable? For Dani Burt, it wasn’t easy, but the answer was simple: Find a way to heal. Dani Burt is a surfing champion. This isn’t exceptional until you know Dani was in a serious motorcycle accident 15 years ago that left her in a medically induced coma for 45 days. To save her life, doctors had to remove her right leg below the knee. As you can imagine, waking up to find out her leg was gone was devastating for Dani. The rest of her injuries were also extensive: She could barely move in bed and couldn’t go to the bathroom by herself. She struggled to deal with the pain without medication. Fortunately, she found physical therapy, and it gave her a new lease on life. “Before my accident, I had no idea what physical therapy
find the healing that PT gave her. “The reality is, we’re all healthier and happier when we move,” she says. “If you want to do something, you need to figure out a way to do it,” she advises. Physical therapy is often a safer, more effective, and more affordable option than surgery or medication. Like Dani, those who go into the profession are caring, knowledgeable individuals who want to help their patients get back to living their best life. For anyone experiencing pain or going through the recovery process after an injury, physical therapy can help.
Inspired by her experiences, Dani became a physical therapist and now helps others
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