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See Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Music With People He's Never Met

The end result is beautiful. :) Read more

 

Dark Chocolate, Almond Butter, and Raspberry Cups

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For times when you crave Reese peanut butter cups but don't want your health to pay the price that comes with them, you might find all the satisfaction you're looking for with the following simple recipe for chocolate, almond butter, and raspberry cups. Read more

 

The Healing Power of Empathy

Last week, I mentioned a video on how Koreans of different ages and life circumstances reacted to meeting a young Korean lady with vitiligo.

The clip below shows the older lady who was courageous enough to honestly say that she could not accept someone with such a visible issue as her daughter-in-law. I received a few messages from readers who expressed empathy for this view.

I agree that she should be respected for honestly expressing her stance - it's perfectly understandable. Read more

 

Alexis Fleming @ The Hospice for Dying Animals

From BBC Three: Read more

 

How to Strengthen Your Hips and Core

For those interested in preserving hip health and mobility, this is a compound movement that I can suggest working at - it's more challenging than basic hip swivel work, but is an excellent way of combining hip, core, and upper body conditioning. Read more

 

How Others See Us

Over the weekend, I stumbled upon this video on how Koreans of different ages and life circumstances react to meeting a fellow Korean lady who has vitiligo - for all the insight this offers into the ways in which we humans see ourselves and others, I feel it's worth viewing. Read more

 

Spicy Soft Tofu Stew

Courtesy of the late Anthony Bourdain and Korean American chef, Roy Choi, this is an inside look at the makings of one of my favourite Korean dishes - soon doo boo jji gae, or spicy soft tofu stew served with a bowl of steamed white rice.

For a look at a pictorial that my mom and I did on a vegetarian version of this dish many years ago, feel free to visit: Read more

 

How to Open Up Tight Hips

For those struggling with hip pain and stiffness, this is a simple stretch that I recommend doing daily.

This is best done with a strong resistance band - I prefer one made of a fabric-like material like this: Fabric Resistance Band Read more

 

My Favourite Cleansing and Nourishing Juice

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I've been on a tear with our juicer as of late, in search of a freshly pressed juice that delivers equal parts cleansing and nourishing power. My short list of favourites calls for more than a dozen antioxidant-rich foods, but the one concoction that rises above the rest requires just four simple ingredients: Read more

 

2 Self Care Tips

Two points that I think all of us should keep in mind as we look to take care of our health as we age:

First, if we reach a point where we feel the benefits of taking a prescription medication outweigh the potential negative effects, it's important to monitor liver and kidney health.

Why?

Because virtually everything we put into our circulation, including prescription meds, has to be processed by our liver, and the bulk of any residual waste from said meds has to be filtered out of our system by our kidneys. Read more

 

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