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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself, just as I am, then I can change.” — Carl Rogers.
There’s no denying the plethora of health crazes that have popped up in trendy cities across California over the last couple of years — matcha mania, pre-packaged bone broth, avocado EVERYTHING, butter coffee…you name it.
Well 2018 is already dishing out some entertainment for us in the form of raw water.
It’s exactly what it sounds like: “unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water” and it’s becoming stupidly popular in San Francisco’s Bay Area.
If raw water’s definition sounds like you just dunked a gallon jug underneath a waterfall and took a giant swig then you’re correct: that’s exactly what it is and it retails for $36.99 for 2.5 gallons at select Bay Area grocery stores (that is if you can find it in stock.)
Companies like Live Water and Zero Mass are pioneering this movement in an effort to eliminate the worries of lead, chloramine, and fluoride that’s added to city water.
Is that safe?
That depends on who you talk to. Experts say raw water may contain minerals, but you can get the minerals you need from a healthy diet. On the other hand, raw water runs the risk of some known and not so friendly bacteria like Giardia and E. coli.
We get it. Bottled water is controversial and paleo is so in right now, but be smart people.
COFFEE BREAK CONVERSATIONS
What to tell your friend who’s New Year’s Resolution was to not make excuses…
What are you doing January 31? Wanna go for a run? You’re free! That’s awesome, cause Ragnar and REI are co-hosting the “No Buts Night Run,” a fun way to get people out of fitness hybernation, have a lotta fun and raise money for the American Hiking Society, the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. They’re donating $1 (up to $10k) for every runner who sign-ups. Grab a buddy, cause fitness is funner when you’re not a lone
What to tell your hubby who’s always bragging about being the stronger sex…
Not against the “man flu”. A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that flu sumptons in men are often more severe. Dubbed the “man flu”, the study monitored the seasonal influenza for six seasons in Hong Kong and a decade in the United States and found that men had higher rates of flu-related deaths than women. The ‘Doc’ leading the study suggested it might be because of all that extra testerone floating around, or maybe it’s cause they won’t go get a shot.
This Eggplant Cabbage Frittata is 99% vegetables for that friend who’s going vegetarian. (Recipe // Bon Apétit)
WATCH: “I Decided I’m Tired of Being Overweight”
Meet Cody Young, who weighed more than 300 pounds in high school and suffered from a lack of self esteem and self doubt. In just over a year, he shed more than 100 pounds after stepping foot in North Rim CrossFit.
Early last year, celebrity trainer Bob Harper suffered a near-fatal heart attack. He joins Girls Gone WOD Podcast and opens up about the health scare, returning to working out and his new book “The Super Carb Diet.”
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CHALK UP COMMUNITY
JUST OPENED — James Taulbee, an Iraq War veteran, just opened Fire for Effect Athletics in Philadelphia, PA. The affiliate is staffed primarily by veterans.
KIDS WELCOME— North Plains CrossFit in Minot, ND held their first CrossFit Kids class over the weekend. They have two separate classes: one for ages 3 – 6, and 6 – 12.
AN UNLIKELY SCHOLARSHIP — A twice injured high school basketball player, Ashley Hallock, found her way to CrossFit and onto an erg machine during rehab. Interest in rowing led her to a rowing camp at Jacksonville University where her performance earned her a scholarship on the rowing team. Here’s the thing: she’s never actually rowed on the water before.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS — CrossFit Bemidji in Bemidji, MN is the personal training home to three Special Olympics athletes. Head coach Eric Russell agreed to train the three powerlifters back in 2015 and travels with his team to compete across the region.
42K METERS — On New Year’s Day, teams from Arena Nevada CrossFit and Priority CrossFit gathered to row a marathon, totaling 42,195 meters for the day. The event was a fundraiser for their local Youth and Shelter Services which provides prevention, education, treatment and residential services to children, youth, and families.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Rich Froning’s pond is so frozen you can play hockey on it • Chris Hinshaw just moved to Cookeville, TN • CrossFit YAS’ Tammi Robinson hits eight deadlifts at 315 pounds • Margaux Alvarez hosted a special yoga and wine event at CrossFit Invictus • Have you tried the 30
second muscle-up yet? • Kendall Williams of CrossFit Unashamed in Maineville, OH hit a 275 pound front squat PR • Masters Athlete Mike Williams at CrossFit Brigade in Chattanooga, TN celebrates his 66th birthday with some skin the cats • Team Iceland Annie won the 2018 WOW Stronger event, and from the highlight reel, it looks like a crazy fun event •
Daniel Trejo’s doctor called him into her office three months after prescribing a triple cocktail of medicine to address issues with blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
When 47-year-old Trejo had first visited her in February 2017, his A1c levels were 9 percent, which put him in the diabetic range.
The hemoglobin A1c—glycated hemoglobin or HbA1c—test measures the percentage of red blood cells with a sugar coating. People who have more sugar in their bloodstream will have a higher percentage. Typically used for monitoring diabetics, the A1c test measures the average blood sugar for the past two to three months. A normal A1c number is between 4 and 5.6 percent.
At 5 foot 11 and 210 lb., Trejo was not obese, but his high blood sugar and cholesterol were a problem. He felt sluggish and weak. His blood pressure was normal, but doctors often prescribe blood-pressure medication to help prevent kidney disease in diabetics.