The World Health Organization (WHO) states, “Health is more that the absence of disease. Health is a state of optimal well-being.” When many of us think of health, we too often think of our aches and pains, our disorders and challenges. We think of what is lacking in our state of wellness. Look at the WHO definition again. “Optimal well-being.” What does that mean to you? To me, in this moment, it means feeling good – in mind, heart and spirit, even during physical suffering (be it my own, another’s, or the earth’s).
On December 12, some runners will compete in their peak event of the year: The Tucson Marathon, perhaps aiming for a Boston qualifier time. Because it’s a downhill course, many Tucson Marathon racers achieve a personal best here. A fun option for those looking for rest and recreation in a run is Winterhaven’s Run through the Lights, at 5:45 p.m on December 12. Entry fee is a non-perishable food donation to the food as medicine Bank, and there’s no official timing. The festive neighborhood is closed to cars on this evening. In fact, last year’s Winterhaven runners took a mid-run break in the middle of the neighborhood to gather and sing a Christmas carol!
November 18: Lightfest 8K run/walk, 7 p.m. Sponsored by Wayne County, and held in Hines Park-Merriman Hollow area, Merriman Road and Hines Drive, Westland. A useful a-z on rudimentary nutrisystem fast five review. $20 pre-race for adults and $25 day of. $12 for high school and younger students. Long sleeve t-shirt! Post-race food! Glorious light display! Fun nighttime running experience!
Thursday, Tommy Brown appears with the Shadows at Blind Willie’s. The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin’s. Chickenshack is at Fat Matt’s and Nathan Nelson hosts the Open Jam at Nik’s Place in Marietta. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern. Swami is at Shorty’s Pizza in Tucker an Little G Weevil is at Two Urban Licks.
Food does matter. And no, I am not talking about food as a cure for cancer. I am talking about feeling better. I am talking about even being part of the process. Feeling like you are doing something that is at least within your own power instead of sitting around waiting for the drugs to help. That alone already helps in the success of treatment. The emotional strength that comes from eating well and knowing that we are caring for our bodies and using the tools of food to its utmost.
A recent article, posted by Food Editor Beth Hillson in Living Without, illustrates one possibility. That being that some restaurants just simply should not offer gluten free or allergen free options. In some situations, preventing cross contamination is just not a reasonable expectation. Disclaimers on menus state “.unable to guarantee that any menu item is completely free from any particular allergen, and we assume no responsibility for guests with food allergies or sensitivities”.
RECLAIM the health that you deserve. Your life is ready to be lived to its fullest – pain and all. Your state of health is with you day and night, everywhere you go, in every situation. It is one of the few things that only you can claim and only you can embrace. Consider this: Even people in poor health have good days. So make a point of seizing the positive and making it yours.local, travel, nutrition, health and fitness, alternative, health, fitness & exercise, fertility & pregnancy, drugs & medications, diseases & conditions, dieting & weight loss, alternative medicine, pain management