To The Beat of Your Own Drum: Pump Up Playlists for Your Next Five-Mile Run

No one can deny the immense power of music. When that nostalgic tune from your childhood fills your ears, do you find yourself day dreaming about your past?  When your favorite song comes on the radio on your way to work, do you get a boost of energy?  Music is a form of expression unlike any other that I have encountered in this lifetime, and it can instill such strong emotions in its listeners, no matter what the genre.  Music is so influential, in fact, that it can increase your energy

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Local non-profit encourages kids to Sprout Up

In today’s age of technology, its likely that a child in elementary school would be more concerned with the preservation of their Angry Birds score on their mother’s iPhone than the preservation of real birds in their community. In fact, the concepts of preservation and sustainability rarely cross the minds of modern children, except perhaps in a few lessons about the environment and recycling during their science units. Fortunately, Sprout Up – a local non-profit organization – is bringing environmental education to our young ones, and giving them the credit that they deserve.

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Ask the Expert—Dr. Izzy Lira

Q: I’m thinking of supplementing my diet with protein drinks. Can you provide some insight into the different types?

A: The types of protein used in protein powders can be divided into two categories: protein from animals and protein from vegetables. Animal proteins include milk protein derivatives like whey and casein, goat’s milk, and egg white protein. Vegetable proteins include soy, rice, pea, and hemp proteins.

Nutritionally and taste-wise, animal proteins are superior to vegetable proteins and far more popular, especially whey protein. Before whey gained popularity, egg white protein was the favored form of protein supplement because

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Ask the Expert—Erin Holt

Q:Do you have any tips for having a positive body image? I have struggled with it for years and I’m exhausted.

A: Self-Acceptance is an ACTION.

Imagine you’re standing in front of a full-length mirror. Naked. You have been asked to gaze at yourself for two minutes.

Now take a quick inventory of the feelings that were aroused by this suggestion. Did you feel curious or afraid? Interested or hesitant? Willing or unwilling? Or did you reject the whole idea as something you would absolutely never do? Imagining the experience gives you an indication of your level of self-acceptance. Actually doing it will tell you even more.

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Food for Mood

A recent survey found that rude behavior is more common now than it was 30 years ago. Another study found 16 million Americans admitting to having occasional explosive outbursts of rage. Although there are inherent mental disorders that are not caused by diet, there are studies that point to the food-mood connection.

Sociologists and nutritionists blame two factors: the mounting stresses of modern life and the deterioration in eating habits. Unfortunately, the more stressed we get (and who doesn’t experience stress in their life), the more our eating habits slide. We skip meals or delay them until our hunger is so strong that the nearest fast food find seems like the easiest and quickest response.

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Caffeine: A Blessing or a Curse?

There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning and many of us will be the first to admit that we need our daily dose of caffeine to get our day started. Given that about 68% of Americans in 2006 claimed to be addicted to coffee, according to the National Coffee Association, an important question we should all ask is, “How is caffeine affecting our health?” The truth is, there are many pros and cons to which each person should weigh in determining their own answer to this question. In honor of the widespread love for the cup o’ Joe we are so fond of, let us begin with the positive effects that caffeine has on our health.

Benefits of Caffeine

Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. In addition to giving us an energy kick and a decrease in fatigue, it temporarily increases our mental processes. As a result, it can help boost our short-term memory and reduce the risk for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other memory loss related health problems. Many caffeinated drinks such as green tea also contain anti-oxidants that reduce inflammation throughout our bodies and may reduce the risks for cancer and heart disease. Additionally, nutritionist Rania Batayneh attests that caffeine releases the neurotransmitter Dopamine, which increases productivity and alertness.

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Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

Paragon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Founder
Head Instructor, Santa Barbara, CA & Ventura, CA

Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller has being teaching and competing for the last 15 years with many titles in regional, national and international competitions. With his black belt, Ricardo set for himself challenges extending beyond Brazil. In 1996 he came to the United States to compete and to teach. He proved to be successful at both. With American partner Mike Florimbi, the Paragon Academy of Martial Arts was founded in 1998 in Santa Barbara.

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Fighting Fit

The sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become increasingly popular overthe past decade, with dedicated gyms once hard to find, now all over the globe.

This gain in mainstream appeal is largely due to the martial art’s dominating success in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). The roots of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can

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Gauchos Gallop Back to UCSB Campus for All Gaucho Reunion

On the morning of Saturday, April 27, the 6th annual Gaucho Gallop will take place on the UC Santa Barbara campus, in conjunction with the 7th annual All Gaucho Reunion. The day includes many exciting events including the Diogi Dog Dash, 5K and 10K runs, the Gaucho Challenge, and a Kids’ Dash. Although there are discounted fees for UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff, these events are open to all members of the Santa Barbara and Goleta communities.

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