Make it Movember!

Everyone expects a proliferation of pink come October. Everything from product packaging to the Green Bay Packers wear the color as a visual call for breast cancer awareness and fight for the cure. To keep momentum moving, November now carries on the crusade against cancer with a style all it’s own—but it’s a look that definitely has to grow on you.

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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

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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:

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  • 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.

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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Taking on Tunnel

Hike of the Month: Tunnel Trail 

Length of the Trail: 10.5 miles round trip

Elevation: Approximately 3,000 feet

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

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