Inside This Issue
The Importance Of Good Nutrition
Safety Strategies -- The Deal With Bullies
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February 1, 2012
Message of the Month
The Importance of Good Nutrition
By Renshi Enzo Aliotta and Sensei Blake Wolfskill
The human body is an amazing piece of work, capable of incredible feats of power, strength, intelligence, creation, endurance, and a magnitude of other amazing qualities. It is like a well-oiled machine. When fueled properly, you will notice everything functions with an amazing synergy. Your focus improves, your ability to perform during the most grueling workouts improves, and you recover faster, hit harder, run quicker, and think sharper.
However if something is missing, the synergistic qualities of your body’s natural systems is thrown out. Imagine getting a brand new engine in your car, but they forgot to install one of the spark plugs. Or filling up your gas tank, but leaving the antifreeze bone dry. The body is a complex system, and thus needs a wide array of nutrients in order to function efficiently.
The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.”
As Americans, we have access to the latest and greatest whiz-bang gizmos and have just about anything we could want at the push of a button or a swing through the drive in. With so much abundance around us, it’s easy to realize that many Americans are putting a lot of junk in their systems. You can eat a real healthy diet, but certain foods have the ability to clog up our systems, preventing the nutrients from reaching their destinations.
If you’re like many Americans, chances are you may have spent many years neglecting your body through unhealthy foods. So, you decide to make 2011 your year to improve your body and your life. If you think that you can go from a frozen food breakfast, drive-thru lunch and take out dinner to super strict nutrition addict overnight, you’re probably mistaken. This is one of the biggest causes of “yo-yo dieting.” People decide to give up the junk in favor of a super restricted hardcore fat loss diet. They end up feeling deprived, and can’t wait to binge on their favorites. So, they lose 20 lbs, only to gain 30 after they’re done. The simplest remedy for this is to make baby steps. Becoming healthy takes commitment. It’s not something you do
for a month, or to get ready for the summer. It’s something you do because you want to live to see your grandkids grow up, and to improve the overall quality of your life. So take small steps. Begin by choosing 1 bad food choice and replacing it with one good one. Can you switch from toast and butter with your eggs to a piece of fruit? Or how about cottage cheese after dinner instead of ice cream? Choose to do one thing at a time. When you feel comfortable with this change, then add another. This is making healthy a habit, not a fad.
Over time, you will eventually be leading a much healthier lifestyle. So make a decision, and set a goal. “In 2011, I will replace one low quality food with one high quality, nutrient dense food every month.” That gives you something small to focus on.
Will you drop 10 inches in a week? Absolutely not. Will you go from average American to fitness cover model overnight? No. But, you will teach your body to adapt healthy habits that will stick with you for the rest of your life. If you slip up and eat one too many cookies at that party, who cares? Start fresh the following day. You are much more likely to succeed if you make small changes periodically.
Safety Strategies — The Deal With Bullies
Bully Defense and Making the Right Choices
Courtesy of Warrior Personal Safety
Did you know…
Children of every age are vulnerable to the risk of bullies. Experts tell us at least one in two children will be bullied at school, on the walk home, at the park or during other outings.
In a recent survey of middle and high school students, more than 75% surveyed said they had been bullied.
More than 160,000 American students miss class every school day due to fear of physical harm.
Kids who bully others do so for many reasons. Bullying can escalate into other dangerous behaviors. Parents are encouraged to have direct and open discussions about the dangers of bullying and how to deal with it.
How should parents educate children about bullying?
Talk to your children directly about the kinds of bullying behaviors—verbal harassment, threats for money or other valuables, ethnic or racial slurs, following or stalking at school or anywhere, being bullied online, being singled or shut out of group behaviors and pushing or hitting. It is important for parents to recognize their child may not understand what bullying really means and when they should ask for help. As with any personal safety training for children, each child should know how to contact their parents or guardians at all times, how to identify and get to a safe place or zone in any situation and, how to call and provide information to 911.
Build a personal safety strategy with your child
Talk to children about the kinds of dangers that exist. Don’t be shy and beat around the bush. Teach children, above all, to trust their internal alarm. If this internal alarm rings get to a safe zone and find a trusted adult immediately. Teach your children awareness and distance are their two most important self-defense skills. Practice the skill of identifying “safe zones” in any environment. Make a game with rewards. Teach your children never to be afraid to talk to you about anything.
Teach children the practice of “self-escape”: where they could go at any time to find safety.
To be continued...
Every February we celebrate Valentine's Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, "Who is St. Valentine"? Time to brush up on your Valentine's history!
Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base.
Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death.
Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine', words still used on cards today.
Perhaps we'll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure...February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.
Another valentine gentleman you may be wondering about is Cupid (Latin cupido, "desire"). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love.
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