Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Friday 5 + Primally Pure Giveaway

Hi, friends!

Happy (almost) Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you have some fun adventures planned for the long weekend! 🙂

The Hauperts are BUSY with all sorts of events and activities, including 3 birthday parties, 2 BBQs, and 1 brunch with friends. Woohoo! Let the summer fun begin! This time of year is always jam-packed for us. It’s like we hibernate all winter and, as soon as the weather turns nice, everyone wants to make plans and hang out. Every week and weekend is scheduled from now until September!

Anyway… it’s Friday, and I wanted to share some of my favorites from the week with this edition of The Friday 5. I hope you enjoy it and have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!

1. Fullstar Cutter-Veggie Spiralizer + Vegetable Pro-Food Chopper and Dicer – I shared this new-to-me kitchen tool on Instagram Stories last weekend while I was doing my food prep for the week, and I must have gotten two dozen questions about it. It’s a chopper, dicer, and spiralizer, and it’s a GAME-CHANGER for food prep. GAME. CHANGER. I chopped 2.5 pounds of potatoes in like 2 minutes and chopped all of my veggies for the week in like 5! I definitely didn’t think I needed another kitchen “thing” in my life, but this tool is amaaaazing! It makes food prep 100x quicker!

2. Beautycounter Memorial Day Sale – To celebrate Memorial Day, Beautycounter is offering a FREE Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist AND Lotion ($35 value) with every purchase over $125 US ($150 CAD you will receive a Mist and a Hydrate Body Lotion)! The offer is good through Tuesday, May 28th. Quantities are limited, so please don’t wait to take advantage of this deal!! Guys, you get TWO products for free!!! SHOP NOW

3. Stomp Rocket – Quinn gets invited to quite a lot of birthday parties. One of the gifts we recently gave to the birthday kid was the Stomp Rocket. It was a huge hit, so we bought 2 more just this week for upcoming birthdays, and I think we probably need one for ourselves! 🙂 Also, purchased from Amazon this week: Pokemon cards + case and a prism for Quinn’s birthday! 🙂

4. J.Crew 40% off sale – Helloooo! You definitely don’t want to miss this one! I’m stocking up on some new clothes for summer! 🙂 Just use code SHOP40! Neiman Marcus also has 40% off, ASOS is 25% off everything, and Backcountry is up to 50% off. Happy shopping! 🙂

5. Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant – I received such a great response to my recent blog post – Tips For Transitioning To Natural Deodorant – I wanted to host a giveaway to win a FREE deodorant of your choice from Primally Pure! That’s right, just leave a comment below, and I’ll randomly pick a winner to chose the deodorant of their choice. If you haven’t made the switch yet to natural deodorant, here’s an article of interest: The Ugly Truth Behind Drugstore Deodorant and What You Should Use Instead. Don’t forget: You can save 10% on your order at Primally Pure with code carrotsncake!

To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what posts you ALWAYS read on CNC and what posts you SKIP OVER. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Tuesday morning. Good luck!

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Clean Eating Barbecued Bell Pepper Recipe

This bell pepper recipe is perfect for summer grilling!

If you end up with a ton of bell peppers from the garden this year (or even just find a good sale on them at the store!), you have to give this recipe a try. It’s easy summer grilling and the flavor makes a great side dish for just about any main course.

A white plate holds some red and yellow bell peppers with garlic cloves sitting on top from this Clean Eating Barbecued Bell Pepper Recipe.

I’ve been doing a lot of barbecue recipes lately, and for good reason. No oven can compete with the flavor that a barbecue gives vegetables. It’s absolutely unparalleled in my world.

So I barbecue often in the summer months and even long into fall. That’s one of the many blessings of California weather. Many, many months for using the grill. And the more I use it, the better I get at using it. Funny how that works, but I’m not arguing. Plus, I can always count on Mini Chef eating his veggies when they’ve been cooked on the grill. So it’s a win-win.

These peppers are sweet and flavorful, so if you’re trying to get your own kids to eat more veggies, this may be a good one to try. But if you are cooking them specifically for children, then I would back off of the cumin just slightly. Use 2 tsp. instead of 1 tbsp. It’s a little milder for their little taste buds.


If you have some peppers that are a little past their prime, the first thing to do is check them for mold. If there is no mold, but their skin is a little wrinkly, then they are still safe to eat.

  • Moldy pepper = garbage.
  • Wrinkly pepper – barbecue.


If you have a ton of bell peppers and need to use them up, here are all my recipes with bell peppers in them!



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Clean Eating Barbecued Bell Pepper Recipe

A delicious way to use up your bell pepper harvest this summer!

  • 6 medium bell peppers ((red, yellow and orange))
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 whole garlic cloves
  1. Place all ingredients in a large, food-safe bag and shake to coat the peppers well.

  2. Cook in a bbq pan or foil packet on the grill until cooked to your liking.

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 7/6/12.

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Does Sleep Quality Really Decline With Age? (Plus, What I Do & a Giveaway)

One of the most common complaints people have as they age is poor quality sleep. They get less sleep than younger people, and, despite what you may have heard, their sleep requirements do not decline with age. A 70-year-old should still be getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. The problem is that, for many different reasons, older people usually have issues getting the amount of sleep they need.

The popular approach is to accept poor sleep as an inevitable part of aging and find workarounds, ideally workarounds that require a lifelong prescription to a name-brand pharmaceutical. That’s not my way. I accept that the conventional approach may be warranted in certain cases, but it should be a last resort. A person should exhaust the diet, lifestyle, and exercise options before turning to the prescription pad.

What about that central position of the conventional wisdom: Declining sleep quality is a necessary function of age. Is that actually true?

Why Do We Equate Getting Older With Sleeping Poorly?

Age is a predictor of poor quality sleep, but it’s not a foregone conclusion. Not every older adult suffers from poor sleep, which means the passage of time alone cannot explain the loss of sleep quality. In fact, when you drill down deeper, you find that there are many health and lifestyle-related predictors of poor quality sleep among older adults.

Such as:

  • In older Taiwanese adults living in a retirement community, 42% reported sleep disturbances. The best predictors for low quality sleep were being sedentary, suffering from nighttime urination, using anti-hypertensive drugs, and having poor mental health.
  • In older Korean adults, 60% reported sleep issues. The best predictors for low quality sleep in this group were depression, pain, and poor self-rated health scores.
  • In older women, menopause can make getting good sleep harder. The night sweats and body temperature fluctuations (the body tends to drop its temperature in preparation for sleep, and heat flashes can interfere with this) are notorious sleep disruptors.

These are all modifiable risk factors. Even menopause. Menopause will happen, but the symptoms can be addressed and mitigated (though admittedly not easily). I actually wrote a post about this.

There is one specific cluster of neurons called the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus that acts as a “sleep switch”—releasing GABA and other inhibitory neurotransmitters that inhibit wakefulness. The ventrolateral preoptic nucleus has been shown to degrade with age, actually getting smaller over time; further research shows that the size of a person’s VPN correlates closely with their sleep quality. But there’s no indication that this is an inevitable consequence of aging. After all, the rate of VPN decline varies between individuals. Maybe some of that rate variation is genetic. Maybe some is environmental—based on how you live and eat and exercise. We do know that light and sun exposure during the day boosts serotonin levels, and serotonin is one of the precursors for VPN sleep activity. What if a lifetime of inadequate sun and daylight exposure causes the VPN to “atrophy”? There are many unanswered questions, but even if the VPN turns out to follow a strictly chronological decline, there are improvements to be made.

Other “inevitabilities” of aging are often a function of accruing compound interest on one’s failure to lead a healthy lifestyle. If we’ve neglected our health and wellness for our entire lives—often because we were following bad advice from the “experts” who were supposed to know better—that’s going to come to a head the older we get. The older we are, the worse our body will work. The more negative interest we’ll have accrued.

Okay, Sisson, that’s all well and good, but what if I’m already an older adult, I’ve already accrued a lifetime of suboptimal health, and my sleep is bad? What can I do?

5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Sleep (At ANY Age)

You can start addressing the issues right now, right today.

1. You can lift heavy things.

Resistance training has been shown to improve sleep quality in older adults. Three times a week, older adults lifted weights for 30 minutes in the morning and saw their sleep quality improve by 38%. It also works in older adults with poor sleep and depression.

2. You can walk.

A three-time weekly walking program for four weeks helped older Nepalese adults improve their sleep quality.

3. You can reduce your alcohol intake.

A few years ago, I noticed that my nightly glass or two of wine was messing with my sleep, so I gave it up and my sleep improved immediately. I’ve since re-introduced Dry Farm natural wine—lower in alcohol and sulfites, higher in antioxidants and complexity—and have no issues. If you drink on a regular basis and have trouble with sleep, try giving up alcohol for a month. It’s a potentially very easy fix.

4. You can avoid artificial light after dark.

This doesn’t just work in younger people. There is strong evidence that exposure to artificial light after dark is linked to insomnia in older adults. Wearing blue-blocking goggles or simply not using electronic devices after dark are easy fixes.

5. You can get more natural light in the morning and daytime.

In older adults, getting more natural light in the daytime hours has a direct effect of improving sleep quality.

Hey, it’s almost like everything in our lives is connected. Some people find this overwhelming and depressing—”how can I possibly fix everything?” I find it empowering. It fills me with optimism because addressing one piece of the chain can get everything else moving in the right direction. Just look at the study with depressed older adults who had trouble sleeping. All they had to do was start lifting heavy things a few times a week and all their major issues began resolving, or at least improving. That’s powerful.

Now imagine if you tried everything. Imagine if you started lifting weights, walking, reduced your alcohol intake. Imagine the changes you could see. Now imagine if you did this from early adulthood and never stopped. Imagine how you’d sleep. Oh, and don’t neglect the power of a consistent routine.

What I Do (and One Thing That’s Made the Biggest Difference)

Last year, I released a video of my nighttime routine. Now that I’m in Miami, the setup has changed but I still do the same basic stuff.

I live in a condo now that has a great spa. I do “fire and ice” before dinner almost every night”—usually 7-10 minutes sauna, 3-4 minutes cold plunge at 50 degrees, repeat a few times. So, no longer right before bed. But it has the effect of making me relaxed and sleep-ready a few hours after a light dinner.

But there’s one tool I began using a couple years ago that has probably made the most difference of any particular strategy: controlling the temperature of my bed.

Ambient temperature matters for sleep quality. My chiliPAD has become indispensable. (Disclosure: I became such a fan that I eventually invested in the company.) Carrie uses one, too. We have different ideal temperature ranges. Mine cools to 65 at bedtime, but with the app I can set it to rise to 68 at 3:00 A.M. (otherwise I get a little too much heat loss), 70 at 5:00 A.M. and then 75 at 6:45 to help me wake up.  It makes a huge difference and has real evolutionary antecedence; humans spent many millennia sleeping on a cold surface (the ground) covered with animal skins. It’s what our genes still expect from us.

How’s your sleep, older (or not) readers? What’s worked, what hasn’t? If you have any questions about sleep, drop them down below and I’ll follow up!

Now For the Giveaway…

Whenever I find a product I truly love, I want to share it. Today it’s for two lucky winners.

The great folks at ChiliTechnology have offered two of their cooling systems for MDA readers (the two Carrie and I use): a chiliPAD system and their new OOLER system. Both offer the same fully programmable cooling technology to help you manufacture your best night’s sleep. Plus, I’m throwing in a Primal Essentials Kit (Damage Control, Primal Omegas, Primal Sun, Primal Probiotics and Adaptogenic Calm) because good health and great sleep go hand-in-hand.

One winner will nab the chiliPAD, plus Primal supplements package.

The second winner will enjoy the OOLER system, plus Primal supplements package.

To enter to win:

1. Follow @marksdailyapple + @chilisleep + @primalblueprint
2. Tag two friends

Open to US only. The winner will be announced and contacted via Instagram direct message on Thursday, May 30th.

Good luck, everybody!



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Ferris LT, Williams JS, Shen CL, O’keefe KA, Hale KB. Resistance training improves sleep quality in older adults a pilot study. J Sports Sci Med. 2005;4(3):354-60.

Singh NA, Clements KM, Fiatarone MA. A randomized controlled trial of the effect of exercise on sleep. Sleep. 1997;20(2):95-101.

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Home Neat Home: Toy Storage

I asked Instagram a few weeks ago if there were any Home Neat Home topics you guys would like me to write about. Almost all of the responses had to do with organizing toys! (Also I don’t think I have ever shared a tour of this kitchen, so I will plan to do that soon.)

Tip 1: Designate Certain Rooms As Toy Zones

If you walk into my front door at any given moment, you will not see toys everywhere. We do have a doorway bouncer for Birch in the kitchen, but otherwise toys are designated to certain areas and within those areas, certain containers. The only toys that are in the living room are Birch’s quilt and baby toys which tuck neatly into a nice basket. I get out his quilt and toys several times a day and clean them up when we’re done for the time being.

All of the other toys (the big boy toys are 1,000 x what the little boy toys are!) are in Mazen’s room and our downstairs playroom. Obviously Mazen is allowed to take his toys wherever he wants in the house to play with them, but they can only stay out through the end of that activity period or day and he has to put them away before bath/dinner/bed. I have always modeled good tidying and cleaning up, so he is pretty good about not dragging toys all over the house. When he does bring more than a few toys out, he will ask for my help cleaning them up and I help him rather than digging my heels in and making him do it all by himself. Again: modeling the tidying.

Tip 2: Have One Spot For “Games In Progress”

Ideally behind closed doors! Mazen does not have to clean up his playroom and can leave his Legos out all over the floor if he wants to keep playing the next day. This playroom is new-ish to us (used to be an office and guest room), and the inspo for changing it to toy room was 100% so that he could leave things out longer term and out of his little brother’s reach (eventually). If you don’t have a separate playroom, I would designate a certain area of their bedroom room as a “leave out longer term” area, like on a train table. And I would not make the leave-out place your main living room!

Our basement toy zone on a normal day

Tip 3: In The Designated Areas, Have Good Storage Bins

Mazen keeps his room fairly tidy because everything has a place. Occasionally his desk gets messy with clutter / small items, but overall his floor is clean. It’s very easy for him to toss his animals in the bins after playing or put a game / bat cave / cash register / marble run / etc. back into his closet.

The black and white storage bins from Amazon are great!! I have at least four of these in my house, two for laundry and two for toys. If Grammie keeps giving Mazen stuffed animals, I’m going to have to buy a third! They are so inexpensive ($11 each) and come in a million really cute patterns. I love the look of black and white. So far they are holding up very well. Mazen has two for his stuffed animal collection. We also have a book crate out in his room, and then he has a cube organizer in his closet. We TRY to keep like toys with like, so bins for play-doh, kitchen toys, dress-up costumes, etc.

We also try to play with like toys together so as not to mix them up.

So if Mazen is playing a creative game with his play food and then decides he wants to switch to the marble run, we put away the food first. Sorting toys back by category takes SO long. This is really only a problem sometimes when Mazen has playmates over and they take toys out without cleaning up the first group. So occasionally we do have to re-sort, but not that often, as Mazen is also good at showing playmates how we clean up one zone before moving to another. Sure, sometimes I have to remind him/them when they get excited and on longer play dates we have more to tidy up at the end after the playmate leaves, but day-to-day it’s not a problem.

Lest you think I am a toy sergeant, sometimes it does get really messy over here. And when I notice that happening I just chip in and help out myself so the kids can move on faster to their next activity.

Tip 4: Have A Few Catch All Areas

Mazen has a treasure box where I toss all small toys that he brings home from birthday parties or buys on his own, etc. It’s a quick way to corral all of his little treasures into one spot. Nothing goes together, but they are all in the “small but favorites” category.

Birch has a little catch-all basket up in our room for when he plays on the floor up there. Bins + baskets FTW.

Tip 5: Occasionally Sort + Donate

And finally, the number one secret to organizing is to minimize, so about once a quarter I go through and donate/toss anything that is broken, dried out, used up, or otherwise no longer an active toy. Sometimes I donate toys that are still good but I rarely see him playing with. If you have the space (say in your garage or just in your trunk for a few weeks) don’t donate anything right away in case they notice and ask for it! Sometimes I’ve been surprised by what Mazen has and hasn’t asked about. “Where’s my red rubber band with a paper clip on it?!”

Worst case scenario you can go buy another one :mrgreen:

Our most played with toys over 6.5 years:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Dress up costumes
  • Legos
  • Figurines
  • Trucks/trains/things with wheels

= all the stuff that involves imaginative play. The more specific toys are the ones that are most likely to get forgotten.

What are your best toy storage tips!?

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How Long Does It Take For Entyvio to Work?

One of the most common questions I receive from IBD patients is how long does it take for Entyvio to work? And, really, it depends on the person and their disease. Obviously, I’m not a doctor, but I’m more than happy to share my experience with Entyvio and ulcerative colitis.

I started Entyvio after I failed Remicade. Actually, it never really worked for me. I went to the hospital every 8 weeks for Remicade infusions for about over a year with little improvement. My symptoms were better, but I was never in remission. Then, it completely stopped working, and I started to get swollen lymph nodes on my head and neck, so it was time to try Entyvio.

After the initial loading doses of Entyvio, I saw an improvement in my symptoms. Prior to that, I was using the bathroom 8-10 times a day, experiencing all sorts of cramping and seeing blood every time. After the loading doses of Entyvio, the frequency dropped to 3-4 times per day with less cramping and blood. I wasn’t 100%, but I was definitely better overall.

Entyvio can take up to 6 months or more to fully work. It just depends on how your body reacts and how bad your disease is at the time. While I was waiting for Entyvio to kick in and do its magic, my doctor prescribed me Uceris. Unfortunately, Uceris didn’t do anything for my symptoms, but I just continued to take it and hoped that Entyvio would work.

Slowly, but surely, I started to see my symptoms disappear. For me, it took about 5 months before I experienced (*knock on wood*) remission with Entyvio. That was 3.5 years ago, and I’m still doing well on Entyvio, going every 8-9 weeks for an infusion.

I know everyone is different, but if you’re just starting on Entyvio, please keep the faith that it will work for you. It’s worth the wait!

Read more about my experience with Entyvio

Read more about my experience with ulcerative colitis

Tips for your first infusion

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Archetypal Resting Positions: How Sitting Like Your Ancestors Could Save Your Health

Tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, osteoarthritis, and other connective tissue injuries are on the rise. Athletes have always gotten them, but it’s only in the past few decades that regular folks are getting them too. For some connective tissue injuries, non-athletes outnumber athletes. That shouldn’t happen if the conventional wisdom—injuries to tendons, ligaments, and cartilage occur only because of overuse or overloading during intense physical activity—were true.

Now, of course the way we train affects the health and function of our connective tissue. Acute injuries absolutely occur. Overuse injuries absolutely develop. But that’s to be expected. Athletes put their bodies through a lot, and there is going to be fallout from that. Where those injuries shouldn’t be happening is in regular, everyday folks who don’t train for a living or engage in intense physical competition on a regular basis. And yet that’s exactly how it’s going down in the world today. In one recent study, the majority of patients with Achilles tendon injuries couldn’t attribute their condition to working out or playing sports. In other words, they just got it.

Part of the problem is our nutrition. We eat too many of the inflammatory foods which contribute to connective tissue degradation and deconditioning, like grains and refined seed oils and sugar, and too few of the nutritive building blocks our bodies use to buttress and repair damaged connective tissue, like collagen. For over a decade, I’ve sought to address these deficiencies in the modern diet by laying out the Primal eating plan and creating non-inflammatory versions of existing products (like mayo and salad dressings) and products that replace some of the foods we’ve been missing. This is why I started selling collagen powder—because it’s the greatest source of gelatin, provides the necessary building blocks for collagen construction and repair, and provides the glycine that balances out the methionine in our meat-heavy diets and makes them less inflammatory.

This is all standard stuff at this point. It’s no surprise to most of you. Eat healthy, exercise, sleep, and most other things fall into place, including the health of your connective tissues. But it can’t explain everything. There’s more to it.

I’ve been suspicious of stretching in the past, especially static stretching. You don’t see Hadza tribes people doing the downward dog, hitting the couch stretch, or doing toe touches every morning. They simply move around a lot and avoid sitting in chairs for ten hours a day, and it’s enough. Right?

But over the past few months, I’ve become acquainted with Matt Wallden, the Global Head of Education for the Chek Institute. Like me, he’s obsessed with taking lessons from human evolution and applying them to humans living today to help them thrive. We really hit it off, so much that we collaborated on a pair of papers that appear in the April edition of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies that discuss the power of “Archetypal resting positions” and the crisis (and solution) of “Modern disintegration and primal connectivity.”

In the papers, we posit that it’s not just our tendency to sit in chairs way too much that’s destroying our health, movement quality, and tissue quality. We’re also failing to utilize the archetypal resting positions that humans have been using for hundreds of thousands of years. Sitting in chairs isn’t ideal, but far worse is our neglect of the dozen or so permutations of ancestral floor positions.

  • The full squat, with heels down.
  • The high kneel.
  • The low kneel.
  • The side sit.
  • The long sit.
  • The cross-legged sit.
  • In each of these positions, some tissues are lengthened (stretched) while others are compressed.
  • The squat stretches the back, glutes, quads, and calves.
  • The high kneel stretches the quads, Achilles’ tendon, and foot fascia.
  • The low kneel stretches the feet and quads.
  • The long sit stretches the hamstrings and wrist flexors.
  • The cross-legged sit stretches the hip adductors and rotators.
  • The side sit stretches the external and internal rotators of the hip.

If you alternate between all the positions, every limb will receive the stretch/compression treatment that has been shown to improve tissue healing and maintain tissue viability and function.

Many of these positions also restrict blood flow to specific areas of the body, a practice that has been shown to enhance connective tissue healing. You restrict the blood flow and then restore it, and the tissue gets a “rebound” effect.

Now imagine doing this all the time, whenever you’re at rest. Imagine not having any chairs at all. Imagine how you’d feel—and move, and perform, and recover—if instead of spending 10 hours a day hunched over in a chair you spent 2 hours a day exposing your body to these archetypal stretch/compression positions.

Not only that, but sitting in these archetypal resting positions may even improve glucose tolerance.

We cite research showing that a gentle passive stretching program (10 different stretching positions, 4 30-second “reps” each for a total of 20 minutes) lowers blood sugar in diabetics. That’s a possibility, but I’ve always found dedicated stretching or mobility routines to be the hardest to maintain. And I’m not alone—pretty much everyone hates stretching. A more evolutionarily-congruent method would be to integrate these resting positions into your daily life.

Hanging around at home or at the park or beach? Sure, getting down into these positions on the floor is cinch. You could easily make that work. But what about at work? What if you work in front of a computer? I’m picturing a floor-based workstation that enables the archetypal resting position as you work, sort of a low-lying modular “desk” that can be manipulated into various shapes to adhere to your particular resting position. That would be very cool and very interesting. We haven’t done the research on the cognitive effects of chair sitting vs archetypal resting positioning, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they offered some performance-enhancing effects for knowledge workers.

In the next couple weeks, Matt and I will be releasing a podcast discussing the archetypal resting positions and other topics in full.

For now, why don’t you make it a point to spend the next month doing at least one hour of archetypal floor sitting every day? See if you notice any improvements to your tissue function, and report back. I’d love to hear your results.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Take care!



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Wallden M, Sisson M. Modern disintegration and primal connectivity. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2019;23(2):359-365.

Wallden M, Sisson M. Biomechanical attractors – A paleolithic prescription for tendinopathy & glycemic control. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2019;23(2):366-371.

Taheri N, Mohammadi HK, Ardakani GJ, Heshmatipour M. The effects of passive stretching on the blood glucose levels of patients with type 2 diabetes. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2019;23(2):394-398.

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Belle Of The Town

Sung to the tune of the Beauty and the Beast song “Something There”

There’s something sweet. And read the sign –

There is coffee, beer and tea and even wine!

The menu dear, there’s so much more.

You’ll wonder why you didn’t see it there before.

Belmont has a new coffee shop (in the old La Taza spot) that serves breakfast and lunch everyday from 7a-3p and happy hour bites Thurs – Sat from 3a-8p. I met my friend Caroline for lunch last week and we had lunch on the patio. The food was great!!

We shared a sandwich and kale salad, and both exceeded expectations. Our club sandwich had real chopped chicken on homemade focaccia that was incredibly buttery (and I believe made in house). And the cheese – whatever it was it did not say – was anything but boring. I think it may have been a relative of brie.

Forever my salad literally on the side of my sandwich. It was filled with kale, creamy avocado, feta, sunflower seeds, radishes and everything spices. SO good!

My only comment was that the menu was a little short on additional green salady items, but the one salad was so good I would definitely get it again! Next time I need to get either coffee or wine 🙂

After lunch we took the boys for a walk. Don’t they sort of look like twins? Especially in their matching strollers. Birch is three weeks older!

Throw Some Shade

We’ve been spending so much time on the front porch. I think the fact that it’s covered from the sun makes is that much more livable than the back deck. We have seriously considered putting a roof on our back deck, especially since Thomas knows how to do complicated projects like that himself, but it would still be quite expensive and a big project and would we lose light or view!? So we probably won’t do it. But maybe. I miss my old covered back porch so much!

Free Beautycounter Travel Sunscreens!

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The Beast

True that he’s no prince charming, but there’s something in him that I simply didn’t see. That love-able beast Gus. How handsome is he!?

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