The New York Times Well blog is always a great place for me to check out. Today I found an article about sweat sweat sweat. Why do men sweat more than women? Why do some women sweat more than other women? Why do fit people sweat more than unfit people? Well this article outlines an study that really touches on all of these questions.
Fit women seem to sweat differently than unfit people of either sex, and quite differently than fit men, a fact that has implications for sports performance. It also may have some bearing on what it has meant, since prehistory, to be female.
What the researchers found was that the fit men, unsurprisingly, perspired the most, significantly more than the fit women, especially during the more intense exercise. But the athletic men weren’t using more sweat glands. The fit women had just as many glands active and pumping; they produced less sweat from each gland. Meanwhile, the unfit women, by a wide margin, perspired the least, especially during the strenuous cycling, and became physiologically hotter — their core temperatures rising notably — before they began to sweat at full capacity. These results, the scientists concluded, “revealed a sex difference in the effects of physical training on the sweating response” and, just as important, “a sex difference” in “the control of sweating rate to an increase in exercise intensity.” In other words, the women, whether fit or not, were less adept of ridding themselves of body heat by drenching themselves in sweat.
But why do some women get all drenched in sweat while they work out and others don't. The sweaty gals out there get rather disturbed by the fact they sweat a lot, even sometimes feel a little unlady like. Well I say, lady schmady. Women sweat.
“We know that fitness changes the sweating response,” said Timothy Cable, Ph.D., a professor of exercise physiology at John Moores University in Liverpool, England, who has extensively studied female athletes and how they perspire. As someone becomes more fit, his or her body begins to sweat at a lower body temperature. This is important, because “the body has a critical core temperature,” Dr. Cable said, which occurs at about 104 degrees, after which the brain simply “shuts down the motor cortex.” Unbidden, your legs stop churning and you curl up on the sidewalk until your core temperature drops (or a kind passerby calls 911). Sweating delays the onset of this critical heat buildup by dissipating the excess heat through evaporation. If you start to sweat at a lower temperature and increase your sweating rate as you get hotter during hard exercise, you’re less likely to reach the critical temperature.
I love it when I get a new unfit client who swears she never sweats, that no women in her family sweat and that don't take her lack of sweat as a sign she isn't working. I just kind of nod and laugh a bit to myself. Everyone needs to sweat when they're working hard. Those self proclaimed no sweaters soon realize they've just been taking it too easy all along.
Personally, the more I sweat during a workout the higher I'm going to feel post workout. It might not be feminine in some people's books, but I heart to sweat. Screw being a demure little lady.
I got an email today that stopped me in my tracks. Sometimes I wonder if I'm headed in the right direction, if I'm making the right choices about my work/life to ensure I'm aligned with what's most important to me. One of the women who has been a part of Urban Warrior group training for quite a while now sent me this email below. What a gift she sent my way. It was like a sign post saying "Keep going forward". Her insights are truly valuable and her ability to reflect are so evolved.
Here's what she said.
Hey Jane -
I've been meaning to tell you something. In one of our classes a couples weeks back, you were talking about your Breast Cancer survival client who came to class before her chemo treatment. You were talking about how inspiring and how dedicated they all are, and how they inspire you.
You made me think. I started thinking about how I have felt really crappy about my body over the last few years (actually for majority of my life) and how it is a struggle for me to get to the gym some days, yet I am perfectly healthy individual. Yet, these women are going through one of the most challenging and life altering events in their lifetime - the difference between life and death - and they manage to get themselves to your class. For a few minutes, I kind of felt ashamed of ever uttering one word of complaint. Then, I started thinking about it further.
I felt so strongly about that class, your comments, these women, my mom (even though her's is another form of cancer), women around me and women that I don't even know ... I thought about, for the first time in my life, my body is actually a healthy shell. I've always viewed myself as unhealthy, fat, overweight, etc. For the first time I realized something, I was one of the lucky ones to have a healthy & operating vessel. That struck me to the core ... it was a new way of looking at things.
I went into work the next day and emailed my good friends. We started a team for the Weekend To End Women's Cancer next September 10th and 11th. We are called "The Headlight Hotties". We've just started, but I'm looking forward to the challenge but most importantly, I feel like I've already won. I have a new way of thinking.
For that, I wanted to thank you.
And now my thanks go to you for your generosity in spirit for passing that along. Thanks for shining your hot headlights on my day.
She moved back to a small town outside of Montreal last winter to be closer to her large family. If I were to list the challenges, struggles and even the worst kind of tragedy that could touch one person’s life in an extremely short period of time, you wouldn’t believe me. Thing is she’s so much more than just alive, she’s living and fighting and reaching for moments of joy. From the moment she opened to door to welcome us this weekend, I was in awe.
Friday night after the kids went to bed we sat across from each other at her dining table, glass of red wine in our hands and we caught up on the last several years. She told me the story of being in labor with her second child, how the break between contractions gave her just enough time to recharge for the pain. She remembered laboring alone in the dark, meditating between the contractions and knew then that there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The struggle was taking her to a beautiful outcome.
This is how she explained she’s made it through her last year. Every so often she gets a wave of pain and struggles with her circumstance. But she gets enough time between her pain to recharge and find gratitude for the gift of her children and the people she loves. She knows that after this immense struggle she’s going to come out a more compassionate and grateful human being.
We spent hours talking about our experiences and how they’ve molded us, about our fears and struggles and what we’ve learned. She wasn’t afraid to reach out to people she loves and share her pain and ask for help. Her family completely stepped up and has been there for her. She fights for the ability to feel gratitude and she works hard at healing herself. She’s making it through her hardship because she works hard to feel better and wants to genuinely learn and grow from her hardship. She’s also not afraid to look at her pain, let it be in the room with her and she doesn’t put on a face. She’s authentic.
I’m writing this while sitting on the train, my soon to be seven year old beside me. I know life isn’t always going to be easy for her. My weekend away reminds me that one of the most important things we should do as parents is to show our kids, through our own behaviour and language, how to deal with struggle, pain, disappointment and heart ache.
We can either teach them that pain softens us or hardens us, makes us more compassionate or more angry and outwardly focused on others’ shortcomings. Thank you to my beautiful friend. Despite thinking our visit was really about being a good friend to her, I needed to be around her fill my heart and renew my inspiration to fight for beauty in life.
Last night, I enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving meal at Victoria's and was one of the first people to sample her new Coconut Curried Pumpkin Apple soup. Yum yum. We enjoyed a lively dinner as per usual. No one she knows is boring or pedestrian to say the least. Victoria has been feeding me for years and several years ago she decided to offer her home cooked meals to the general public via victoriaskitchen.ca, a frozen meal delivery service.
She doesn't often share recipes but after last night's soup success she passed this along to post.
This is for you Anette : )
2 onions 5 cloves of garlic 4 " grated ginger 2 cans pumpkin puree (though baking your own would be better, just didn't have time or space in oven) 2-3 tbsp curry powder 1/3 cup of raw cane sugar or brown sugar 1 tbsp garam masala 2-3 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp HOT hungarian paprika 5 northern spy apples ( or any other tart juicy apple 6-8 cups of veg/chicken stock 1 can coconut milk Saute onions in olive oil/coconut oil, add garlic and ginger and spices ( make sure it doesn't burn), add the puree, stock, apples and sugar. Simmer for about 20 mins or until apples are soft and then puree with a hand blender, and add the coconut milk.
You can always sub any kind of squash or sweet potato and add more or less of the spices depending on how spicy you want it. I didn't measure, but I think that those are close to what I added. Let me know how it works out!!
Now if any of you want to enjoy this soup but don't want to make it, just visit victoriaskitchen.ca to order now or call 416.894.4498.
I really don't care if you think I'm a big cheeseball for posting this. Personally, I think living life with as much gratitude as possible makes a person more beautiful than a perfectly toned ass or any other superficially beautiful attribute for that matter. The question is are we born with a gratitude gene or is it something like exercising a muscle, something we can build with practice?
What would happen if we extended the tradition of giving thanks, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year? Such gratitude would be rewarded with better health, say researchers.
No pill? No strict diet or exercise regimen? Can just a positive emotion such as gratitude guarantee better health? It may be a dramatic departure from what we've been taught about how to get healthier, but the connection between gratitude and health actually goes back a long way.
"Thousands of years of literature talk about the benefits of cultivating gratefulness as a virtue," says University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons. Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have extolled gratitude as a virtue integral to health and well-being. Now, through a recent movement called positive psychology, mental health professionals are taking a close look at how virtues such as gratitude can benefit our health. And they're reaping some promising results.
Positive psychology emerged in the last ten years or so and has taken a serious look at the impact experiencing gratitude in day to day life has on our health.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that gratitude can have a protective effect against heart attacks. Studying people who had experienced one heart attack, the researchers found that those patients who saw benefits and gains from their heart attack, such as becoming more appreciative of life, experienced a lower risk of having another heart attack.
The research on gratitude challenges the idea of a "set point" for happiness, a belief that, just as our body has a set point for weight, each person may have a genetically-determined level of happiness. The set point concept is supported by research that shows that people return to a characteristic level of happiness a short time after both unusually good and unusually bad events. But the research on gratitude suggests that people can move their set point upward to some degree, enough to have a measurable effect on both their outlook and their health.
I know that my own ability to reach for gratitude has helped me keep my head above water many times in my life. I hope my gratitude muscles get stronger and stronger, not atrophied and lazy. I came across this little silly video on youtube and had to post it mainly because it shows some beautiful footage of my home town, Victoria BC. The 'gratidudes' who shot this clearly believe that there is a mind body connection in the pursuit of gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all and thanks to Victoria and everyone at her feast for making this thanksgiving so memorable.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by human beings who are creating change and communicate humanist ideals through their work. Cheran is a friend and a client and a renowned Tamil peace activist, writer and a phenomenal human being.
Asylum Theatre Group will present the play Not By Our Tears at the Robert Gill Theatre in Toronto on 13 November 2010 in two shows at 4:30PM and 8:00PM. Written by Toronto based poet and playwright R. Cheran, directed by Dushy Gnanapragasam, and designed by Eugine Vincent, the play was originally produced in November 2009 and had its premiere in Toronto. After spending a year touring various North American cities, the play is returning to its original venue.
Thirty years of war in Sri Lanka had an enormous impact on Tamil literature and theatre. The war came to an end in May 2009. The last phase of the war - described as a "War without Witnesses"- cost more than 40,000 Tamil civilian lives and the internment of more than 300,000 Tamils in various military-run camps in the Northern Sri Lanka. Not By Our Tears is the voice of thousands of voiceless people that were interned. While chronicling the story of internment, loss and trauma, the play skillfully articulates a poetic vision of mourning and hope.
Not by our Tears belongs to a special genre in the tradition of Tamil drama, commonly known as “verse play” (paa naadakam) or “play in poetry”. The objective of such performances is to offer a visual and oral representation of poetry. Traditionally, some of the most important plays in Tamil have been verse plays. In more recent years, this tradition of theatre merged with the practice of performing poetry orally for groups of interested listeners. The confluence of the two has given to this genre a particular resonance. A verse play is both contemporary and ancient; it combines the immediacy of oral poetry with the aesthetic distance of theatrical performance. Based on the English translation of contemporary Tamil resistance poetry by three major Tamil poets, namely, R. Cheran, V.I.S. Jayapalan and Puthuvai Ratnathurai, Not by our Tears skillfully weaves memory, history and narrative to evoke a haunting and heart-wrenching image of internment, loss, nostalgia, and resistance.
Event: R. Cheran’s verse play Not By Our Tears
Date: Saturday 13 November 2010; 4:30PM and 8:00PM
Venue: Robert Gill Theatre (inside University of Toronto’s Koffler Centre, 3rd floor)
214 College Street at St George Street (enter through St. George Street)
Tickets: $20 @ Box office: 416-978-7986
Info: Asylum Theatre Group: www.asylumtheatre.ca
Robert Gill Theatre: http://www.graddrama.utoronto.ca/theatres.html
Anyone been hearing as much about Stop Community Food Centre?
This is what they are about taken right off their website.
The Stop Community Food Centre strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality.
What We Do
The Stop has two locations: at our main office at 1884 Davenport Road we provide frontline services to our community, including a drop-in, food bank, perinatal program, civic engagement, bake ovens and markets, community cooking, community advocacy, sustainable food systems education and urban agriculture. The Stop’s Green Barn, located at 601 Christie Street, is a sustainable food production and education centre which houses a greenhouse, food systems education programs, a sheltered garden, community bake oven and compost demonstration centre.
We believe that healthy food is a basic human right. We recognize that the ability to access healthy food is often related to multiple issues and not just a result of low income. At The Stop, we’ve taken a holistic approach to achieve real change in our community’s access to healthy food.
We strive to meet basic food needs and, at the same time, foster opportunities for community members to build mutual support networks, connect to resources and find their voices on the underlying causes of hunger and poverty.
A key tenet of The Stop's approach is that community members must be involved in making decisions about how our organization operates. When program participants are involved -- as front-line volunteers, program advisory committee members, gardeners or cooks -- the stigma associated with receiving free food is often diminished or erased. While our food access programming helps confront the issue of hunger, it also creates opportunities for community members to forge their own responses to hunger. We believe this approach will end the way charity divides us as a society -- the powerful and the powerless, the self-sufficient and the shamed. At The Stop, we are creating a new model to fight poverty and hunger: a community food centre.
I checked out their events calendar to see if there was a way for me to go get involved and get a first hand taste for what they are all about. In their October calendar they listed this amazing event I would love to check out.
FROM THE GROUND UP LECTURE & SUNDAY SUPPER (WITH RAJ PATEL & JAMIE KENNEDY), OCT 17
The Gardiner Museum's annual lecture features this year the award-winning writer, activist and academic, Raj Patel. Best known for his New York Times bestseller, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel has worked for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, and is now an outspoken critic of all three.
Recent arguments suggest that local food, with its reliance on small-truck transport from producer to market, produces more carbon dioxide emissions than much of the food shipped huge distances. For the 2010 From the Ground Up lecture presented by Robert Rose Inc., Mr. Patel will offer a passionate defense that local food is the preferable alternative. Once the true (and often hidden) costs of global food production are accounted for, it becomes clear that local food has far fewer economic, social and environmental negative impacts.
Following the lecture, Raj Patel will welcome guests to Sunday Supper at the Gardiner. Chef Jamie Kennedy will offer a delicious three-course meal that celebrates the fall harvest and pays tribute to the tradition of Sunday supper, the comforting ritual that brings family and friends together to celebrate connections around delicious home-cooked food.
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park When: Sunday, October 17, 2:30 pm (lecture); 5 pm (Sunday Supper) How much: Lecture only $10 ($8.50 for students); Lecture and Sunday Supper $200 (or $150 each for 3 or more). To purchase tickets, please visit the Gardiner Museum website
BTW Raj Patel has a blog you can check out as well. This guy seems like someone really worth listening to.