Managing the new normal: Actively help your family weather the pandemic

When the pandemic first began earlier this year, it seemed like if we could just hunker down until perhaps summer, things would get better and we’d be able to get back to life as usual (or at least something similar to life as usual). We were in survival mode: we cut corners and made do, broke some parenting rules, and otherwise made choices we would never usually make. Because that’s what you do when you are in survival mode.

It’s now very clear that the pandemic is here for at least this school year, and survival mode is taking on a whole new meaning. It’s time to make new habits and routines specifically for the pandemic. It’s time to make better and more durable choices that can help keep us healthier — and happier.

Some things obviously aren’t about choices. If you have lost loved ones, are struggling financially, are … Read more

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Watch of the Week: Breitling’s Chronomat Celebrates the Legacy of Mechanical Watches

In the 1970s and 1980s, things weren’t looking so great for the tried-and-true mechanical watch. Compact, highly accurate quartz watches had flooded the market, and more and more people were taking a pass on the intricate craftsmanship of mechanical watches and opting for battery-powered options. But Swiss watchmaker Breitling wasn’t content to let the mechanical timepiece fall by the wayside. To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1984, the brand launched the Chronomat, a mechanical watch that demonstrated a strong commitment to spring-powered watches, and it soon became an icon. Now the watchmaker has released the Chronomat B01 42, and it references everything we love about the original: It’s highly functional, offers refined styling, and brings some interesting history to your wrist.

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The Chronomat name actually goes back even further than 1984. According to a press release, Breitling first attached the label to some of its watches in … Read more

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My Big Secret

My Big Secret

I kept a huge embarrassing secret: I was FAILING big time at my business a few years ago. From the outside you would have never know that but from the inside, I worked for even less than free for 2.5 years. Yup, It COST me (a lot) of time and money to run my business, I wasn’t making a dime of profit.

I was spending way more than I was earning on the WRONG people, the wrong help and it would crush me. Anyone that questioned my program fees at that time I’d want to scream at them “do you work for free?” Most people don’t. I was operating from stress and scarcity and it wasn’t working.

Why am I sharing this? Because at that time, from the outside my business was crushing it. I had the customers, the audience, but, I was not even close to … Read more

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Lifestyle medicine for all: Healthy food comes first

“Lifestyle medicine is only for rich people, right?” a colleague asked me several years ago, questioning my involvement in this relatively new field of medicine that guides people toward healthy habits. This has been a common misperception, for sure.

But across the US, a revitalized brand of health activism is intent on bringing lifestyle medicine to a broader range of people. This is backed by a new effort from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to engage communities most affected by chronic disease.

The first pillar of healthy lifestyle: Food is medicine

Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based practice of helping people adopt and sustain healthy behaviors like improving diet, increasing activity, managing stress, sleeping well, moderating alcohol consumption, and quitting tobacco. Large studies show such habits can extend our lives by well over a decade. What’s more, these habits can even keep these extra years free of diseases like diabetes, … Read more

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Maker’s Mark’s Latest Release Is a Dessert in a Glass

Outside of notes like pepper and baking spice, vanilla and caramel are two of the more common flavors associated with bourbons across the board. So how difficult could it be to craft a bourbon whiskey that pays homage to these two flavors in particular?

Simply nosing the latest special release bourbon from Maker’s Mark’s Wood Finishing Series one might not immediately surmise that dialing in the very well-integrated dollops of sugary caramel and round vanilla was a complex task. But glimpsing the launch code-like name on the bottle of the 2020 Limited Release—officially designated “SE4 X PR5”—you start to get the idea that this whiskey is more complicated than these two top notes suggest.

The 50 Best Whiskeys in the World

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Serious fans of Maker’s Mark know the Loretto, KY-based distillery long resisted the whiskey industry’s trend toward limited edition bottlings and … Read more

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You Are Not Too Old

You Are Not Too Old

YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD and It does NOT have to be “harder” as you age. Not Fat Loss, making more more money, starting a new business, finding that soul mate, ANY goal you are after. Stop saying “I am too old.”

Here is what IS happening and why your goals feel “harder” and like it’s “too late”

1. You stopped progressing. Yup. You stopped. For example with fat loss, you do the same workout you did 20 years ago and wonder why they aren’t working anymore. You HAVE to “progress” and change it up! Challenge yourself! It doesn’t have to be a long workout either! With your careeer or business advancement it’s the same thing! You STOPPED PROGRESSING. You got set in your ways and decided you don’t want to learn that new skill set or new “platform” because it feels like work.

2. … Read more

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CBD for chronic pain: The science doesn’t match the marketing

If you ask health care providers about the most challenging condition to treat, chronic pain is mentioned frequently. By its nature, chronic pain is a complex and multidimensional experience. Pain perception is affected by our unique biology, our mood, our social environment, and past experiences. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, you already know the heavy burden.

People are looking for novel, nonaddictive ways to treat pain

Given the ongoing challenges of chronic pain management coupled with the consequences of the opioid epidemic, pain management practitioners and their patients are searching for effective and safer alternatives to opioids to alleviate pain. With the legalization of marijuana in many states and resulting cultural acceptance of this drug for recreational and medical use, there has been an increased interest in using cannabis for a myriad of medical problems, including pain.

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Stranahan’s 10-Year-Old ‘Mountain Angel’ Is a Testament to Great American Single Malt

One of the primary things that draws people to barrel-aged spirits like whiskey is the fact that you can’t create a whiskey in the moment. A marketing agency can feasibly dream up and bring to market a wholly new rosé expression or unaged tequila in less than a year. An industrious entrepreneur with enough money and know-how can launch a brand new gin, complete with celebrity backer and social media marketing campaign in a matter of months.

But with aged spirits there’s simply no substitute for the passage of time. A 15-year-old whiskey reflects decisions made 15 years before it was bottled, and while many decisions were made along the way—blending, for instance, has a heavy influence on the final product—whiskey is by its nature not of-the-moment. In this sense, all whiskeys are managed experiments that evolve over time, each with an expected outcome but also subject to unexpected results.… Read more

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Why It’s So Hard To Make Goals A Reality

Why It’s So Hard To Make Goals A Reality

Why is it dang so hard to bring your “goals” into fruition?

I am hoping this will help you! I’ve seen and shifted over and over again with clients…

DECISION. You may not have fully DECIDED it’s happening. You may be trying it on, thinking about it, wishing for it, dreaming about it, but DECIDING means it’s happening and you are level 10 committed.

You aren’t clear on WHY you want what you want. Getting clear on that driving core motivator as to why you want the goal gives you CLARITY and clarity is what helps you focus on creating it and making it a reality. Knowing your why outsmarts distractions and willpower.

False assumed truths , the wrong beliefs and especially FEAR. It’s real. It holds us back. It’s in the way. It keeps us from getting hurt, it protects … Read more

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Cough and cold season is arriving: Choose medicines safely

With the summer winding down and fall moving in, colder weather will arrive soon — along with cold and flu season. Millions of Americans get the common cold each year, often more than once. To counter coughs and runny noses, many will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medications available for relief without a prescription.

Heading to the pharmacy for some relief? Read this first

While OTC medicines do not cure or shorten the common cold or flu, they can ease some symptoms. Finding a product that fits your needs, however, may not be so straightforward. A recent study evaluated brand-name OTC medications marketed as cold, allergy, sinus, and nasal remedies. It found that 14 common brand names, such as Mucinex, Tylenol, Robitussin, Benadryl, and Theraflu, accounted for 211 unique products, yet all of these products contained only eight active ingredients, alone or in combination.

Half of those ingredients turned up in … Read more

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How John McEnroe Is Breaking Racial, Economic, and Social Barriers to Success Through Tennis

Some guys of my generation dreamed of marrying actress Bo Derek or forming a famous rock band. Not me. As a high school tennis coach and passionate club player during tennis legend John McEnroe’s glory days, I often mused over what it must be like to play on the same court with someone of his renowned stature. I wondered if being near that level of excellence had a tactical feeling—if being close to him would raise the hair on my arm like static electricity radiating off an old CRT television screen. I had witnessed his artistry on the court from the nosebleed section at the US Open, but now I was about to bare witness up close and personal.

American Tennis Shows It Still Has Fight

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All sorts of questions swirled through my head as I made the two-hour drive to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at … Read more

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Discrimination, high blood pressure, and health disparities in African Americans

Over the past few months, we have all seen the results of significant disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high levels of unemployment, and civil unrest driven by chronic racial injustice. These overlapping waves of societal insult have begun to bring necessary attention to the importance of health care disparities in the United States.

Direct links between stress, discrimination, racial injustice, and health outcomes occurring over one’s lifespan have not been well studied. But a recently published article in the journal Hypertension has looked at the connection between discrimination and increased risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) in African Americans.

Study links discrimination and hypertension in African Americans

It has been well established that African Americans have a higher risk of hypertension compared with other racial or ethnic groups in the United States. The authors of the Hypertension study hypothesized that a possible explanation for this disparity … Read more

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The Best Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes to Make ASAP 

Cooking up a nice dinner? Sure. These days, even cooking up a fancy lunch for those of us still working from home seems like a nice excuse to step away from the computer for a few (hours). But for whatever reason, few of us invest nearly as much thought and effort into making something special for breakfast. But if you own an Instant Pot, you can make an impressive breakfast that takes little effort and rewards you (and anyone lucky enough to quarantine with you) with delightful, nuanced flavors. Below, we’ve rounded up some favorite Instant Pot breakfast recipes—some sweet, some savory—all proof that breakfast really is the most wonderful, and important, meal of the day.

(For more easy Instant Pot recipes, check out 5 Instant Pot Dinner Recipes We’ll Be Making All Year Long.)

Britt Berlin’s (The Banana Diaries) Instant Pot Vegan Protein Zucchini Bread

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