Month: July 2014

Yoga: Why Not Stretch Your Way to a Healthier Life, Brokowski

Yoga is a wonderful exercise. Not only can it help you increase your flexibility and reduce stress levels, but it also offers additional benefits that can help improve your quality of life.

A Healthy Diet-Yoga has been proven to create a stronger connection between the mind and the body. This can help you make better decisions when it comes to what you eat. Many times people eat out of emotional need instead of a true physical need. Having a strong mind-body connection will help you determine if your body actually needs sustenance or if your emotions are the cause of the cravings.

A Good Night’s Sleep-Recently, researchers at Harvard did a study that followed patients with insomnia. Their findings showed that a daily yoga practice offered a better night’s sleep. Another study showed how cancer survivors were able to sleep better and have more energy when they practiced yoga just twice a week. The theory behind yoga and healthier sleep is that when you practice yoga, you learn how to relax. Being able to relax is essential to sleeping well.

Increased Immunity-Yoga is useful in boosting your immunity at the cellular level. It also increases your health overall. When you practice yoga, you move in ways that help your blood to circulate better and your organs to function more efficiently.

More Enjoyable Sex-Both women and men can benefit from yoga. When you practice yoga, the blood flow is increased, specifically to the genital area. This increased blood flow helps with arousal and erections. Regular practice also helps strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor and this also helps with more enjoyable sex.

Yoga can help improve your life in many ways. If you are more interested in learning how yoga can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us, brokowski.

3 Recipes for Brokowskis Who Have Special Dietary Needs

For some brokowskis, eating can be a challenge. Because not everyone can just wolf down a burger and fries for lunch, and then eat pizza and beer for dinner. In fact, there are a lot of us whose diets are one of the singular most sources of stress that we have. No matter our body type or our lifestyle.

That’s why eating right and living a healthy life are important to filling all of a brokowski’s wishes, dreams, hopes, activities, and loves (physically and metaphorically). Think for a second what life would be like without fishing, without football, without good friends, without everything.

Which brings us to dinner… 

One of the best parts about dinner is that you can experiment with what works for you, for your body, your life. If you have special eating needs, are lactose intolerant, don’t eat gluten, or have restrictive ingredient requirements, finding what works best for you is all a part of the experience of cooking a great dinner.

Here are some great dinner ideas and healthy recipes for a one-of-a-kind menu.

Are you or a family member gluten free? If so, then try one of these healthy (and very easy) alternatives.

Appetizers: Smoked almonds; walnut crackers with fig; butter-toasted hazelnuts; baked brie.

Sides: Gravy; corn and green bean casserole; cabbage salad; green beans with radicchio and caramelized onions; wild rice and mushrooms

EntreesGluten free alsatian brined roast turkey; Crock Pot maple ham; Beef tenderloin with port sauce.

Desserts: Salted caramel hot chocolate; pumpkin pie; gluten-free gingerbread cookies; or even just buy sweets from the gluten-free bakery.

Are you a calorie counter or just want to start eating healthier? Then try out this menu:

Sides: Red cabbage salad; spiced pecans; romaine and radicchio salad.

EntreeSlow-cooked provençal beef stew.

Dessert (yeah, dessert too!)Citrus ginger cake with spiced orange compote.

… and finally, the Pièce de résistance (that’s French, brokowski).

If you are lactose intolerant and want to go Italian, then try out this recipe for a dairy-free lasagna that’ll knock your socks off.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped oregano 
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 x 12 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 oz margarine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 4 oz chive soy cheese
  • 6 oz dried lasagna
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan add garlic, oregano, and onion. Add beef. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring, until beef is brown.
  2. Add tomato paste. Cook 1 minute. Add wine. Cook 2 minutes. Add tomato. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking dish. Melt margarine in a saucepan. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until bubbling. Add milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Cook, whisking, for 2 minutes, or until thick. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. Arrange 1/4 lasagna sheets over base of prepared baking dish. Spoon one-quarter beef mixture over bottom. Spoon over 1/2 cup white sauce. Repeat, finishing with remaining white sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Stand for 10 minutes. Serve.

It’s that easy, brokowski! Now get out there and make a difference.

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Recent Health Study Shows: Dogs are More Than Our Best Friend

Hey, brokowski… do you love you dog? Do you value good health? Then this post is for you. 

Dog’s have been man’s best friend for tens of thousands of years. Going all the way back to when they were wolves, hunting and ravaging the countryside. Some would even argue that they evolved over time in order to better assist us with everyday tasks. Meaning that we are symbiotic like a clownfish and a sea anemone, or like football and beer. Or as some experts have said, “We didn’t domesticate dogs. They domesticated us.” 

Plus, they are good for our health.

In a recent study on men’s health, prostate cancer, and dogs, our best friend is perpetuating the long-lived husbandry that has punctuated our relationship, and is continuing to domesticate us by helping us sniff out and treat prostate cancer. 

According to the American Urological Association in Florida, dogs have detected cancerous cells in the urine of men with prostate cancer 98% of the time, in what they are calling a “reproducible, low-cost, and non-invasive” procedure.

“Using dogs to recognize prostate cancer might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies and better pinpoint patients at high risk for the disease,” said Dr. Gianluigi Taverna on Milan.

Astounding findings. But not the first.

In the early twenty-first century (and one rogue study in 1989 with no write up), dogs began their journey into smelling cancer in humans. First, officially, in 2004, then in 2006. The peer-reviewed studies claimed that dogs could smell lung cancer with an impeccable 99% accuracy because of aromatic compounds produced by tumors.

The proposed benefits?

Some argue (as Dr. Taverna did above) that using dogs to detect cancer in patients is inexpensive and time-saving. Citing that it is similar to bomb detection or locating lost people in that the more a dog does it, the better they get at it. Which would lead to earlier detection, among other things.

Others have argued that because tumors produce a very low amount of alkanes, some modern machines may not detect them, and that dog’s noses work better. 

No matter how you see it, however, it is a simply amazing fact. Or as Dr. Brian Stork of West Shore Urology in Muskegon, Michigan said, “The possibility of using dogs identifying cancer is something most would never have considered possible a decade or two ago. It’s an interesting concept that ‘man’s best friend’ could help save your life.”

For a comprehensive look, the full study can be found here.

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My Best Friend and on a New Adventure

As many young college students do, my best friend and I found ourselves pondering life’s many journeys and found that our world possessed many facets. (Duh, I know, I know.) This, inevitably, led to us deciding on a road trip. 

We think this trip will help us discover something. Something books, assignments, papers and all those other things college students procrastinate on have yet to reveal to us. Will we be successful? Well, my gut tells me we will (and my gut normally speaks the truth), but we will have to just wait and see.

This sounds like something from one of those chick-flick television shows or movies, does it not? Well you better believe it is going to be! Why not? It is an adventure worth going on. It may not be to a place far, far away, but it is just far enough that we can learn something about ourselves. In fact, I think we will learn something about our friendship as well. You see, my best friend and I, we are a lot alike, and when comparing our differences, her’s compliment mine and vice versus. But you can stick two peas in a pod inside a moving car for hours and find that one gets tired of another being so close.

But in the end, what fun this experience will be. And if it does end up badly, no one will ever know because my best friend and I will stick together and create the most hilarious, fun-filled and inspiring story!

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Ministry for the Poor: Helping Out with Poverty

In a world filled with sad news, whether on TV or in everyday life, its always nice to hear wonderful stories of people who are helping out the poor on a regular basis. Take for example this team that just finished being on outreach in Costa Rica and Panama for a missionary school called YWAM (Youth with a Mission). 

Here in this blog post, one of the staff members, Sara Jean, shares a bit about her and her team’s trip so far while they were in Costa Rica. She says that they, “brought coffee and bread and cookies to people in a really bad area in the city. We got out of the van and homeless people were swarming us even women with children, it was really sad. Even the little kids like ages 3,4,5 were drinking coffee because they were so cold. While we were handing it out to them we were all praying, you could feel the heaviness of the spiritual atmosphere.”

YWAM LA (The Los Angeles branch of YWAM) is a place that offers schools where people study topics such as human trafficking and missions. Not only do they study these topics, but they put them into practice for a period of 5-6 months per school. Everyone on the base spends time helping each other out by doing things like: cooking meals, cleaning rooms, and gardening.

Overall, the students and staff continuously learn how to treat their friends, neighbors, and even the people that are against them with an approach of love compassion and forgiveness that our world would be blessed to see more and more of everyday.

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