300

I don’t know what percentage of KABOOMERs are ancient history buffs. Without date-checking, I’d guess that my title line is about twenty-five centuries-old; a “300” from the Greco-Persian wars and specifically citing King Leonidas of Sparta’s city-state.

A rather violent, yet epic, movie was released 15 years ago about Spartan studliness (in both genders) and the Battle of Thermopylae.  Three hundred (300) Spartans – at least according to legend – defended a Grecian mountain pass for days despite daunting odds in the form of Xerxes’ Persian armies. A lone survivor escaped and told of the loss of 299 Spartans who were snuffed out in their youth.

Yet they were stoic examples of motion as medicine and resistance training and mind-body alignment for the same 4-Fs which are in our modern makeup.  Spartans knew their odds of survival in ancient life. Now, we have a fairly good sense of our survival without hand-to-hand combat. Yet mortality factors of environmental pollution, pandemics, and poor lifestyles adversely impact our fighting odds.

  • Then, overwhelming numbers challenged Spartans. Persian “storm” troopers took down Leonidas and his men.
  • Today, CoVid challenges Americans to fight tiny microbes with the best immunity factors we can muster.
    • Get daily sunlight, restorative sleep, exercise, chill rather than stress. Eat clean and laugh.

A quarter-million Americans have lost their battles. Vaccines, as technological advances may help stem this SARS invader tide. Until miracle vaccines get to us to recede the tides – we should rely on our Respect and Honor as Leonidas’ Spartans did.

Respect prudent practices, such as hand-washing and mask-wearing, and avoiding Darwinian follies for gathered masses.

Honor leaders’ rules, regardless of their temporary personal weight. Despite Covid “battle” fatigue, DO NOT:

eat emotionally, have just one more nightcap, or let down your guard.

With respect and honor,

Koach Dave

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MOVEMBER and Diabetes Awareness Month

The time she flies, even in lockdown Pandemic periods like this.
But first - think about those Millions of Military Veterans - 
past, present and future, who help make America what it is ->
 The Land of the Free guarded by our BRAVE!

November is a fine month for Health Awareness and personal action steps.
 Here are three salient topics for your awareness and actions:

1. MOVEMBER. Did you know that 60 (SIXTY!) men commit Suicide every hour in our zany world?
Or - how about our Prostate Health?


2. ALZHEIMER's DISEASES and 

3. a HIGH PRIORITY focus for us Medicare-aged folks - National DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH.

I chose DIABETES and PRE-DIABETES as the Physical Banking Note for KABOOMER this month.
What?

Why?
 The cost and suffering of TENS of MILLIONS of Adult Americans with pre-diabetes 
(often un-diagnosed) or Type 2 Diabetes.
Do read my November Note - if you please.  
A one-minute Quiz may change your outlook, and your Life!
Why your Koach's big Push?
Here's the Ratio Why:

1 in 3 US adults has prediabetes

 and is at high risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

How about you?

Join the KABOOMER Movement to learn more about averting and/or managing DIABETES.

Be Well and safe, these days and every day - VACCINE or NOT
please!

Koach Dave

Relish Roller-coaster Rides

Okay, that title may not be your amusement park thrill – at first blush.  Bear with me as I encourage you to strap in, tighten your core, and experience natural “Gs” rather than political gravity.

Wait, wait, for some entertaining Highs and Lows on this wild ride. Those are a classic Lirty Dies parody from the Capitol Steps,

“We’ve seen the lies, we’ve seen the hoes.

We’ve always said, butt could be wetter?”

What Could be Better?

If you are like me, you’ve already seen, heard, and read about de-stressing and chilling hacks to get through uncertain times like these.  Without being flippant, I start my Roller Coaster amusement ride with an acknowledgment that little besides gravity, mortality, and taxes are inevitable.  Taxes may rise in 2021, yet we’ll evitably dodge mortality with consistent habitual actions that boost our physical bank accounts. And earthly gravity keeps all but astronauts grounded!

Let’s review habitual hacks to resurrect kid-like delight over pleasures like a blue sky or crimson twilight. Perhaps walking in bare feet in the long, cool grass. Now, that’s a fine way to get grounded, literally. Or spinning around until you get dizzy, or drawing a silly cartoon or face painting.  And definitely try to chuckle till you buckle, even when skies are grey for the communal betterment of compadres and you too…

How? Here are some exemplars of how to enjoy those cyclical lies and hoes:

  1. When Snoopy wasn’t winning his dogfight with the Red Baron, he was victoriously laughing in the face of adversity:

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2. Ricky Gervais tweeted a similar theme in 2018,

“If you can laugh in the face of adversity, you’re bullet-proof. Have a great day.”

And 3. A young Lion King offered a similar stance when he faced Disneyan adversity. Simba wasn’t quite ready to expertly gain control, yet you gotta like his moxie!

laugh in face of danger

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Plus, Simba had compadres who offered him Hakuna Mutata* – as a Swahili phrase of relevance!

  • Win with Humor.
  • Be Bullet-proof.
  • Sidestep Troubles mindfully.

“*There are No Troubles”

Writer Jason Zwieg addressed control, doubt, and troubled decision-making in today’s Wall Street Journal:

“You should also ask yourself whether some of your own certainties about investing might be just as wrong… Impetuous decisions won’t give you control.”

Zwieg wasn’t describing KABOOMER life choices directly.

Yet circumstantially his offering has merit to us who thrive and strive in bad times and good.

Let’s check our own “certainties” about our physical bank account investments.

Are we certain that Stress isn’t Stealing?

And let’s revisit the interesting adjective “impetuous” that Zwieg used…

  • acting or done quickly and without thought or care
  • moving forcefully or rapidly.

Noting that impetuous is not impulsive, I really like the secondary meaning of forceful and rapid movement – just like a roller coaster ride!

There are surely things we can’t control – in election weeks or on roller coasters.  Yet… there is still plenty we can address and control!

Takeaways?

Self-check your certainties – might they be off the mark?

Seek out your Compadres and sing Swahili.

Generate forceful Motion as Medicine.

Be kid-like and scream, P R N (as necessary).

Do not let Stress Steal from your hard-earned physical bank!

As Ricky Gervais tweeted, have a great day!

Stay well past forty,

Koach Dave

How ‘Bout them Apples?

We just returned from an Apple Hill visit with bags of “local” organic apples. I found a new snacking favorite – the Arkansas Black treat!

Them Apples 😊 got me thinking and blogging about the health and wellness benefits of these symbolic and tasty fruits.

Sure, you might have an occasional “bad apple”,

or tried to make sense of “Apples and Oranges”, but

You likely remember from your yesterdays, a rhyme like this:

    “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

As a wellness coach, I resonate with both that rhyme and this JAMA research finding:

“The small fraction of US adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications.”

Woot! As you may have read in KABOOMER, I advocate natural alternatives to POLYPHARMACY [which is taking of two or more medicines over time] when possible.

I hope that you might be as alarmed as I am, IF AARP studies are valid which suggests that most Medicare-aged folks are polypharmacy users.

“over 80 percent take at least two prescription drugs and over 50 percent take four or more.

African American and low-income individuals tend to take more medications.” 

How ‘Bout them Apples?

I contend that even a few percent higher Avoidance of Service makes an out-sized difference in Medicare bills, as suggested by this JAMA graph:

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Credit: JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May 1; 175(5): 777–783.

  • Who doesn’t want to keep a doctor away- unless you’re romantically linked to one?
  • Who doesn’t want to skip a trip to the pharmacy for prescription medications?

One might wonder why only 1 in 10 Americans eat apples. I am sure that the American Apple Association does!

I know that the AARP health lobby does too!

My own wonderment is founded on the bounteous Health Benefits of Apples as shared here:

 It is sad yet true that higher “GI” variants like Applesauce and Apple juice have higher usage among Americans.

  • Can we spell Insulin insensitivities? Or Diabetes?

Sure, Adam and Eve had a little issue over one garden’s forbidden fruit.
Credit: Giphy

And Sleeping Beauty fell victim (temporarily) to that evil Witch’s forbidden fruit.

And, if you ate way too many apple cores with their seeds, you might consume too much cyanide.

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Let’s shift over to the much more interesting and modern plusses of An Apple a Day:

A medium-sized apple of almost any variety is:

  1. Low calorie
  2. Fairly cheap (~$2.00 per pound)
  3. Low glycemic index (GI),
  4. Good source for healthy soluble fiber,
  5. Wonderful source of micro-nutrients and phytonutrients/antioxidants like Vitamin C /polyphenols, and
  6. 75 percent of your 2-cup minimum daily requirement for fruit.

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Ergo, depending on the individual – an apple eater “may” be very good for one’s:

√ Weight Loss

√ Heart Health and Bone Density (Antioxidants and polyphenol effects)

√ Insulin Sensitivity

√ Lower blood pressure – possibly negating the prescription for statins

  • Apples vs. Statins?

√ Prebiotic effects for Gut Health (don’t forget time-tested merits of organic Apple Cider Vinegar)

√ Reduced Stroke Risk

√ Lowered Risk for some Cancers

√ Lowered risks for age-related mental decline.
What if rodent results correlated to human results? “Researchers who fed elderly rats whole apples found that a marker of the rats’ memory was restored to the level of younger rats.”

Fall for This!

Autumn is a fine season for crisp, whole fruit apple consumption.

That is a shout-out to the MINORITY of Adults who chase brain and body immortality (and/or love) with apples yet without serpents or witches present.

As a safety closer, even organic apples may have collected pesticides on their skin.  As Apple Skins have a goodly percentage of the apple’s fiber and phytonutrients,

=> Please soak your apples in a baking soda-water mix, as just rubbing, or washing ‘em in water doesn’t dispatch those pesticides.

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Be well, and munch away!

Koach Dave