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Simple And Easy Tips for Complete Lower Back Pain Relief

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Simple And Easy Tips for Complete Lower Back Pain Relief

With over 65 million Americans suffering from back pain. It’s the second most common reason for medical visits. For 20 long years, I suffered from back pain. My experimental life changes have improved my body’s core. With trial and error, I managed to reduce my lower back pain by 80%. Here are simple, easy steps I took for lower back pain relief.

Exercise

I started doing 10 minutes of stretching every morning Even though it hurt when I first started it was well worth it.

I started to become more active in my daily life, so I joined the gym and in the process, I lost 65 pounds. What I realized was that my legs weren’t strong enough to hold my upper body causing back pain. Now my legs and core are strong enough to take the daily punishment of normal life activity. Get out of the comfort zone of your routine and start taking action.

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Stress

Stress is one the major contributors to body pain. You need to start taking inventory of your surroundings. Try to remove anything associated with stress. Making positive changes in your life is not easy in the beginning but well worth it in the end. Here are a few examples of changes I made to eliminate stress.

Gratitude helps release stress. There are people that have it worse off than you right now. Be grateful you have the health to read this. Be happy for the little things in life.

  • I focused more on my health than material things, money, etc.
  • I had to change jobs. (Less pay but less stress)
  • I surrounded myself with positive people. (I had to eliminate 20-year-old negative relationships to do this).

Bad Habits

I used to drink alcohol and smoke an occasional cigarette once in a while. Drinking and smoking while trying to reduce back pain simultaneously is not a good idea. The feeling of no lower back pain is wonderful. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to feel good. Not only did my lower back feel better but I got rid of a morning cough I had too.

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Eating Smarter

I started eating smarter and healthier for the long-term. It has to be a lifestyle change to be effective and not a quick easy fix. There are no shortcuts to success. Don’t do the diet pills or the ‘lose 30 pounds in 30 days’ gimmicks. Start making smarter choices when you eat. Here are a few changes I made that made a huge impact in my life.

I substituted soda/diet soda for water. By making this little change, I lost 7 pounds in 30 days. I kept my regular diet the same. Little changes add up to wonderful results. You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight.

I still eat hamburgers, but I substitute the fries for a small salad. Little changes add up to wonderful results. By the way, don’t get too crazy with the ranch dressing.

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I used to eat out 70% of the time. Now I eat home-cooked meals 70% of the time. Little changes add up to wonderful results. By going to the gym, you create more energy to cook.

I started carrying snacks with me everywhere I went. This way when it’s time for lunch you’re not starving and wanting to eat everything in sight. Here is a list of snacks I eat:

  • A bag of cashews, nuts, and dried fruit.
  • Take a protein bar everywhere you go. It kills the appetite for a short period.
  • Eat an apple. You’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away right?

Remember it took me 20 years of experimenting to find pain relief. Everything good takes time so be patient and have faith. It’s never too late start. Start keeping an inventory of your surroundings and eating habits. Feeling uncomfortable while changing your habits means you’re on the right track. Uncomfortable = PROGRESS. You are stronger than you think. YOU GOT THIS.

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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