3 Simple Tips for Reducing Sugar Without Feeling Deprived


Did you know that on average 40% of calories consumed come from a cup or a bottle?  From healthy-sounding fruit drinks to refreshing iced teas and fun flavored coffees, excess sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are usually lurking behind the scenes.   The problem is, these devilish drinks, however delicious, have no nutritional value and don’t fill you up, so those excess calories don’t give you a whole lot of value for your sip. Even the vitamin-enriched versions provide little to no more benefit than regular water, often adding calories and even sodium where it’s not really necessary, especially when you […]

Art in the Interactive: What is the Nature of “Our” Space?

Marc Bamuthi Joseph speaks at TEDGlobal 2017 - Builders, Truth Tellers, Catalysts - August 27-30, 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA—and newly-appointed Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—will use his wisdom and words as Moderator of the ‘re:home’ For Freedoms Town Hall, Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm, to explore the question “How do creatives show up as humanitarians within the context of democracy?”   Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, Sanctuary City Project’s mobile tricycle silk screen cart.     Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, Sanctuary City Project’s billboards and banners, San Francisco. […]

First Class May Kill You! (Or, How To Eat Well While You Travel)

Airport travel food tips

  I was upgraded to the first class cabin on a morning flight last year and was excited to learn I had two choices for breakfast, a scrambled egg burrito or oatmeal and fresh fruit. Oatmeal sounds like the healthier choice, right? Yup, I thought so, too, and that’s the one I picked. (Also, I’m allergic to gluten so didn’t have much of a choice.) Then, when my tray arrived, my jaw dropped and I quickly started doing the math. Rather, I put everything into MyFitnessPal and watched the sugar count climb. It added up to 80g of sugar! United […]

[MVP] Sophia Asghar: Performance Mentality

Pregame MVP Sophia Asghar

Sophia Asghar has the personal mission of improving lives through fitness, nutrition and mindfulness and building businesses to help ensure this mission is achieved. She has 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, nutrition coach and founder of series of health oriented businesses. Her current company, Wellness Consolidated, is dedicated to getting companies and employees healthier through fitness, food, and fun. Sophia earned a B.S in Physics and spent over ten years in the corporate world in sales, business development and operations. She has brought together her training as a scientist with experience in a high performance corporate environment to […]

Past Present Podcast: Mother Teresa, the Alt-Right, and Taco Trucks

Mother Teresa

In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the canonization of Mother Teresa, the rise of the alt-right, and the menace of taco trucks.   Mother Teresa Mother Teresa has been declared St. Teresa by Pope Francis. Natalia noted the controversy that has swirled around Mother Teresa, including Christopher Hitchens calling her a “fanatic, fundamentalist, and a fraud.” Niki detailed how Pope John Paul II changed the canonization process to benefit Mother Teresa. Neil discussed Mother Teresa’s political significance to the pro-life movement, including her anti-abortion speeches at her 1979 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance and at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast. Rise of the Alt-Right The alt-right […]

Past Present Podcast: Khizr & Ghazala Khan, Roger Ailes, and Juicing


On this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the Khans and the politics of grief, Roger Ailes and sexual harassment at Fox News, and the history of juicing. Khizr & Ghazala Khan Khizr and Ghazala Khan’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention was only one among many speeches at both political conventions by parents who had lost their children. Neil argued that these speeches were effective because people felt sympathetic towards grieving parents no matter one’s politics. Niki pointed to the example of Emmett Till’s mother as a good use of the personal becoming political, and Neil cited the organization Mothers Against Drunk […]

Past Present Podcast: Tubman Twenties, Adult Toys, and Whole Foods Politics

Whole Foods

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Harriet Tubman’s replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the regulation of adult toys, and Whole Foods. Harriet Tubman The Treasury Department announced Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Neil noted this has been largely an uncontroversial decision, although Donald Trump called the move “pure political correctness.” Natalia and Niki cited the historian David Greenberg’s defense of Andrew Jackson as one of the architects of the American political system as a reason for keeping him on our […]

The Immutable Truths of Aging

wisdom of aging

I’m still learning. After nearly 50 revolutions of the sun, 30 of which have been spent squeezing as much fitness and adventure out of my body as possible, I’m still learning and relearning lessons that can make me a better athlete and human. Many of the lessons I’ve been taught have come through mistakes. Bad choices, letting my ego get in the way, and stubbornness have all played their role on the stage known as my life. Other lessons have come via sheer survival… sticking around long enough to weather enough storms to know that no matter the calamity, the […]

Past Present Podcast: Apple v. US, Michael Pollan, and Guantanamo Bay

michael pollan cooked fact check

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Apple vs. the US, Michael Pollan’s “Cooked,” and Guantanamo Bay. Apple vs U.S. The federal government has sued Apple to develop technology that will allow it to access the locked iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorists. Neil noted the government has used the All Writs Act of 1789 to issue its order because the 1992 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act has not been updated to cover technological innovations like the iPhone. Food Rules? Michael Pollan’s Netflix documentary, “Cooked,” explores how the history of cooking […]

Taking Back My Body

liegend am Hügel am See - Marielis Seyler

I write about my history with my body with the same edge that ex-lovers reluctantly speak about each other in hushed voices over strong drinks. My body and I, yeah, we have a history. It is not an obvious history in the sense that I have a history of living and breathing and waking up everyday. That’s true, but it’s more than that. My history with my body is adversarial, existing on a spectrum marked by my birth, near death, and the fact that I lived to write about how I’m still alive. At the time of this writing, it is […]