The air outside is getting crisp. Area farmers are bringing in the last of their bounty. It’s the time of year that I absolutely adore for a couple of reasons. First, the fall harvest represents some of the most delicious ingredients grown by our friends at Angelic Organics and Hazzard Free Farms. Second, it’s cool enough to move my cooking back inside from the summer spent cooking everything on the grill and smoker. There’s nothing like filling your home with the smell of a home-cooked meal, mixed with fresh air and the sounds of rustling leaves coming through the open windows. It just makes it feel like fall for me.
Resistance bands offer versatility and can function as a great supplement to strength training with free weights and weight machines. If you are intimidated by the prospect of beginning strength training within the confines of your local health club, resistance band training offers many of the same benefits and can give you a base of confidence to get started with free weights. And even if you are a free weight aficionado, strength training with resistance bands gets more difficult as you increase the tension, which means your muscles are working harder at the end of the movement compared to free weights.
Both men stood in hesitation, blood dripping and bruises forming as thousands of spectators held their breath. The event was UFC 65 on November 18, 2006. The up-and-coming Canadian star Georges St-Pierre—“GSP,” his adoring fans call him—was the top contender set to take the welterweight title from mixed martial arts champion Matt Hughes. Hughes had lost only once throughout his previous 19 bouts. He was the first to bring in more than $20 million from one fight, and he is still considered to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport. Some commentators thought the belt could never be taken from him. GSP had the right to be nervous, but he was more determined than ever to become the new welterweight champion of the world.
Forty seconds into the first game of the soccer season, I took a hit and landed on the field. When I heard the snap, I knew it wasn’t good. An MRI confirmed my worst fear: a torn anterior cruciate ligament, better known in the sports world as a torn ACL. My soccer season was over before it had even started.
It turns out that your grandmother was right when she told you that oatmeal keeps you fuller for a longer time than cereal. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that individuals who had oatmeal for breakfast were fuller for a longer period of time than people who had the same number of calories of ready-to-eat cereal. They also found that when lunchtime came around, the people who had oatmeal for breakfast ate less calories than those who had the ready-to-eat cereal.
School is back in session which for a lot of moms means that the constant feeling of being on the run taking the kids to and from their summer activities has (hopefully) abated somewhat. Even if life has not slowed down per se, that block of time from the morning to late afternoon that the kids are in school is at least a bit more structured than periodic summer activities. This means that it’s a great time to reflect on making sure that you are taking time for yourself and for your health. Remember, your health not only affects you, it affects your family, too!
The weather sirens blare as I rush home to grab my rain gear, stopping at every powerless traffic light, staring impatiently at the clock wondering if I’ll make it across town by the 10 p.m. newscast. I rush upstairs, grabbing a pair of heavy boots and a station-labeled hat and coat. I reach for my keys and a bruised banana on the counter knowing that it’s going to be a long night. The clock is ticking as I rush out the door frantically. I quickly go through a mental checklist before I bolt back into my room to grab a tube of red lipstick. As I stare in disbelief at the MAC label in my hands, the clock stops ticking.