Balancing the Books

Many of us were warned about gaining the formidable “freshman fifteen”—those added pounds packed on at the beginning of our college careers. But the remaining years that lie ahead can be just as daunting when it comes to keeping weight off and staying in shape. With midterms, countless social lures, and late-night junk food runs, it comes as no surprise that the college lifestyle does not always facilitate fitness.

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Ask the Expert – Erin Holt – September


Q: I have been hearing a lot of buzz about chia seeds lately. Can you tell me what the hype is all about?

A: Chia is one of the most powerful and nutrient dense superfoods in the world. Chia seeds were a mainstay in Mayan and Aztec diets and are emerging again due to their incredible health benefits. Below are a few reasons why chia seeds are a staple of my own diet and active lifestyle.

Nutritional facts about chia seeds:


  • The chia seed is an exceptionally nutritious food packed with high levels of bioavailable (easily digested) omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and much more.
  • Chia seeds are slimming! The unique gelling action of their mucilaginous fiber keeps you pleasantly full for hours while the fiber keeps the digestive tract functioning at an optimal level. With proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, we sleep better, shed unnecessary weight, and feel physically and emotionally lighter, partly because we are not weighed down by undigested food in the colon.
  • Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants that help prevent infections and boost immunity.
  • Chia seeds have a very mild flavor so they can be paired with tastes your palate enjoys, whether smoothies, salads, sauces, etc.
  • Each seed soaks up to ten times its weight, so when inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer and retain electrolytes.
  • Also known as the “Indian running food,” chia seeds enhance endurance and have been used by indigenous cultures for centuries.
  • They’re regenerating!Due to the ease in digestion and assimilation, their nutrients travel very quickly to our cells to help replenish and repair them.

More than just hype, these seemingly simple seeds are the real deal and can be purchased prepacked or in bulk at local health and nutrition stores such as Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, and Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins.

A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and TPI fitness professional,Erin Desharnaisalso holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of New Hampshire.

More than a runner’s high; it’s a runner’s therapy

You may already have noticed that you feel calmer and less anxious after a run. Studies show that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and beta-endorphin. These neurotransmitters can elevate your mood and help reduce depression. Madhukar Trivedi, M.D.’s research shows that therapeutic benefits of exercise increases with intensity. Running at a moderate to high intensity for 30 to 35 minutes, three or four times a week, is most effective for getting rid of your blues and irritability.

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You Can Do 26.2—Part II

The Marathon distance was originally instituted in commemoration of the fabled soldier Pheidippides. Legend has it that right after the Greek soldier was done fighting in the battle of Marathon, he set off running from the battlefield to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated. It is said that he ran the entire distance (26.2 miles) without stopping, burst into the assembly and exclaimed, “we have won,” before collapsing and dying!

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Need for Speed

Fastpacking’s Rapid Rise

A toothbrush weighs 0.4 ounces. If you break that toothbrush in half, it weighs 0.3 ounces. How do I know this? I’ve done it. Why? Because I needed to carry said toothbrush 2,184 miles along the Appalachian Trail, and on a journey like that, every 0.1 ounce counts. While these minimalist measures may seem a bit obsessive to most, it’s what fuels a growing number of folks who fastpack.

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Santa Barbara Rock Gym brings the Mountain to Downtown SB

Grand Opening event on August 24th with a raffle benefiting the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA August 5, 2012 – Santa Barbara Rock Gym, Santa Barbara’s first and only indoor rock climbing gym, will be holding their grand opening event on August 24th from 6pm-9pm at their brand new 8500 square foot location at 322 State Street. Santa Barbara Rock Gym will be raffling off prizes from Sterling Ropes, Evolve Shoes, and other vendors to benefit the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Foundation. The event will provide a great opportunity for owner Will Russ to showcase his brand new location and contribute to a worthy cause.

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