Archive for December, 2016

ADHD and Depression: What’s the Connection?

ADHD conjures up thoughts of hyperactivity and energy, but depression can also be a symptom. Find out how depression and ADHD are linked.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 29, 2016 at 10:22

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Slight Turbulence

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Unspeakably gross Slight Turbulence is Healthy Travel Blog’s cartoon series, provided by Terry LaBan, illustrator for the popular strip, Edge City.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 21, 2016 at 23:58

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Slight Turbulence

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cartoon-bullfight Slight Turbulence is Healthy Travel Blog’s cartoon series, provided by Terry LaBan, illustrator for the popular strip, Edge City.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder -  at 22:30

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Forget the Beach: The Top 5 European Winter Sports Destinations

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Some of us dream of a tropical getaway when the thermometer dips into the freezing zone. However, for the winter sports lovers among us, nothing beats packing up your gear and heading to the slopes for some downhill fun. Across Europe you’ll find resorts and mountains catering to your ski or snowboarding bug, but choosing the perfect destination for your winter vacation can be a challenge. Each resort has its own unique flavor and highlights. Which one is right for you?

courcheval-apres-ski_telegraphEnjoy the Apres Ski Scene: Courchevel, France
Courchevel is a ski resort in the French Alps and is part of Les Trois Vallee, the largest ski area in the world. Courchevel consists of four towns, each named for the height of their tallest peak in meters: Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, and Courchevel 1850. The highest resort, also known as the St. Tropez of winter sports, is the place to go to rub elbows with the rich, famous, and royal at the resorts nightclubs and apres ski venues. If you go, be forewarned that Courchevel is not a budget-friendly destination.

levi-northern-lightsSee the Northern Lights: Levi, Finland
Levi is located in Finnish Lapland and is a great spot for beginner and intermediate skiers. What it lacks in expert ski runs it more than makes up for with its location. Since it’s above the Arctic Circle, the ski season is exceptionally long, typically running from October through May. You’ll also have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you venture outside of the city and resort areas. Tour companies can help you find the best viewing spots via snowmobile, snowshoe, or a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

cresta-run_daily-mailRide the 80 mph Toboggan Run: St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz sits on the southern slope of the Albula Alps overlooking a picturesque lake. The resort boasts five-star luxury hotels and high-end retail shops perfect for the international jetsetter. St. Moritz is perhaps best known for the Cresta Run, a toboggan run where expert riders can approach speeds of 80 mph traveling headfirst down the track. Beginners can start slower with a training course hosted by the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club.

Bansko

Ski on a Budget: Bansko, Bulgaria
Winter sports, especially skiing, are sometimes known as a “rich man’s sport.” However, at Bansko in Bulgaria you can have all the fun and enjoy most of the same amenities you’ll find at the higher end resorts. You can find a five-day package, including hotel and ski passes, for as little as $ 300 U.S. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants called mehana, where you can sample Bulgarian cuisine and culture while you sip on a traditional fruit brandy cocktail called rakia.

avoriaz_snowboardingTake a Snowboarding Adventure: Avoriaz, France
Avoriaz was one of the first ski resorts in Europe to have a snowboarders-only section. For that reason, it’s known as the “snowboarding capital of Europe.” You won’t be disappointed by its three snowboard parks: Chapelle, which is perfect for novices; Bleue du Lac, for experts with tabletops, spines, hips and a variety of rails; and The Stash, a meandering course designed in 2008 by Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards.

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Courchevel Apres Ski, courtesy of The Telegraph
Levi Northern Lights, courtesy of Levi Tourism Board 
Cresta Run, courtesy of The Daily Mail
Bansko, courtesy of Snow-Forecast.com
Snowboarding in Avoriaz, courtesy of ActiveAzure.com 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder -  at 20:17

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Christmas Holidays in Germany

Christmas in Germany is unlike anywhere else in the world. If you visit during the four weeks leading up to December 25th, you’ll find yourself immersed in festivities awash in lights, great food and beverages, and good cheer. These traditions have deep roots in German history, but each city, town and region has added its own local flavor to how they’re celebrated. No matter where you travel in Germany during Christmas, you’re sure to find something to put you in the holiday spirit. Here are five of our favorites.

Visit a Christmas Market

Virtually every city and town in German has a Christmas market. The markets are usually open during the Advent season, running from late November until December 23rd (a few are open after Christmas and as late as New Year’s Eve). The Christmas markets are quaint and traditional, far from the mass-produced, commercial malls you’ll find in the United States. You’ll be treated to the smells of roasting chestnuts, gingerbread, and grilled sausages as you browse stalls filled with homemade artwork and crafts.
Sample the Christmas Stollen

Stollen is a fruit bread and one of Germany’s favorite sweet treats at Christmas. The stollen tradition dates back to the 14th century, when it was baked to honor princes and church dignitaries. Legend has it that the lumps in stollen represent the humps of the camels that carried the three wise men on the first Christmas. You’ll find regional variations that include different types of fruits, nuts and seeds – everyone has their favorite.

Wash It Down with Gluhwein

Gluhwein roughly translates as glow wine for the hot irons once used for mulling. You’ll also glow yourself if you have the version mit Schuss, or with a shot of rum or other liquor. During the holidays you’ll find gluhwein stalls set up in public places and Christmas markets. This wine is sweetened and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, then served hot. It’s the perfect winter warmer for the cold December days in Germany.

Don’t forget the Kaffee and Kuche

Another popular tradition during the Christmas holidays and on Sunday afternoons in Germany is kaffee and kuche, or coffee and cake. Germans while away the hours at home or in cozy cafes enjoying this afternoon treat between lunch and dinner. It’s a social event as much as it is a meal, so bring your gift for gab as well as your appetite.

Relax with Family

One of the most cherished traditions in Germany around
Christmas is enjoying a little “down time.” The hustle and bustle leading up to holidays ends like clockwork the day before Christmas and continues through the day after. Markets and shops will close as people prepare to spend time with their families. The majority of commerce stops during these official holiday days, so don’t expect to do much sight-seeing, shipping, or other tourism activities. Stores and shops will open again on December 27, so plan your trip accordingly.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 15, 2016 at 21:38

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The World’s Greatest Outdoor Ice Rinks

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Ice Skating, one of winter’s most popular outdoor activities, is a great workout! According to Fitness for Weight Loss, you can burn 250-670 calories while gliding across the ice. And if you are traveling for the holidays, you can get out and enjoy the local culture and sights by visiting a local rink. Thank you to Fairmont to providing us with this helpful guide to rinks around the world.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder -  at 18:20

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Healthy Recipe: Persian Grain Salad

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persian grain saladThis Persian influenced grain salad packs a healthy punch with fiber rich whole grains, and vitamin powerhouse butternut squash. Squash contains immune boosting vitamin C, as well as eye protecting beta-carotene to keep your vision sharp. Pomegranate seeds lend a kick of bright flavor and color, as well as a dose of antioxidants that’s three times more potent than green tea or red wine! Serve this salad alongside grilled salmon or chicken for a well-rounded and delicious meal.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 small/medium size butternut squashed, peeled, seeded, and cut into bitesize cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup wild rice, cooked per package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup pistachios, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a sheet pan, toss together the squash, olive oil, cumin, cardamom, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until tender and slightly caramelized.
  2. While the squash roasts, cook the rice per package instructions. When cooked, stir in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste, then set aside to cool.
  3. Put the pistachios on a sheet pan, and toast in the oven for 4-6 minutes, until warm and fragrant.
  4. When the squash is cooked, arrange it over the rice on a large plate. Top with the chopped herbs, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds. Serve while still warm. Enjoy!

 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 13, 2016 at 20:24

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Why does time fly when you’re having fun? Study sheds light

Researchers in Portugal have begun to understand why we perceive time differently. Their study on mice identifies neurons that control time perception.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 9, 2016 at 10:21

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Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly understood.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 8, 2016 at 16:30

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Naturally Healthy Travel in Iceland

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Besides being a blast, traveling in Iceland is actually pretty healthy – whether you try to or not! When my friends and I jetted off to Reykjavik for a quick five-day vacation, we never expected to come home feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated. Below are some ways that traveling in Iceland is a healthy endeavor, naturally.

Outside of the city, you’re surrounded by nature

With only one major city, the rest of the country calls for hiking, swimming, mountaineering, and much more. No sooner did we hop off the plane than we were on our way to Blue Lagoon. There we relaxed and swam in the milky blue, silica-laden waters. It was the perfect way to revitalize after our journey.

On our second day, my friends and I embarked on a two and a half hour guided hike through Sólheimajökull Glacier. Not only was the scenery absolutely breathtaking, but we got quite a workout as well. It’s not an easy task getting used to your ice crampons and pickaxe, but once you do, you’re in for a thrilling and heart-pumping adventure. Later in the evening, we did a nighttime trek behind a gorgeous waterfall. Needless to say, by day three we were exhausted but feeling great.

Water is fresh, free, and available everywhere

Unlike our aversion to tap water here in the United States, Icelanders prefer their water from the faucet. In fact, it was only when tourism started booming in the country that they began producing bottled water. Tap water in Iceland is safe, delicious and perfectly fine to drink from any sink you find. Many restaurants and stores have a self-serve station for you to fill up as you please, so remember to bring your reusable bottles.

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Efficient and stress-free

Iceland is by far one of the easiest countries I’ve ever traveled to when it comes to getting around. From the airport to the roads, everything is quick, straightforward and hassle-free. For example, when going through security at the Reykjavik airport the bins are on motion sensors, meaning, no more trying to throw your stuff on the belt while simultaneously taking off your shoes and running alongside it.  There are also estimated wait times posted all around, so you never have to worry about having enough time to hit the restroom or duty-free shop without missing your flight.

It is also extremely easy to find your way around in Iceland. In addition to a convenient bus that is available for transportation straight from the airport to the city, it is also intuitive to get around on foot or by rental car. Signs are clearly marked, and the country is so small that it is impossible to get lost on their very few roads. Not to mention, there is always a friendly Icelander nearby to point you in the right direction. If you’re an anxious traveler like me, this will take a huge weight off your mind when figuring out how to get from point A to point B.

Food is fresh and filling

Despite the hefty price tag due to a strong currency, most foods available in Iceland are both natural and organic. However, if you are eating on a budget, skip the continental breakfast and grab yourself a container of skyr. Skyr is a dairy product similar to yogurt that has been eaten in Iceland since the time of the Vikings. It’s naturally fat-free and packed with protein. Just a small package in the morning kept us easily full and energized through lunch. It’s also delicious! We’re predicting skyr to be the next big health food trend here in the U.S., just you wait.

There are dozens more ways that Iceland is the perfect healthy destination. Between the environment, food and hassle-free travel, you’re sure to arrive home feeling clean and serene instead of bloated and ready to hit the gym. The only disappointing feeling you’ll have is the strong urge to go back as soon as possible!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 7, 2016 at 20:17

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