Korean Picnic Salad & BBQ Shrimp from Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre

Korean Picnic Salad & BBQ Shrimp from Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre

“Making everyday meals memorable is something that excites me, so at Green Acre being able to provide elevated farm-focused breakfast, lunch, and happy hour options provides our guests to have delicious, simple food. The menu makes it easy to come back each day for the favorite dishes they trust and love. We utilize ingredients from our onsite organic garden at the Campus Pointe location to create fresh, local food.”

Chef Brian Malarkey

Brian Malarkey's Green Acre

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Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre (Campus Pointe) is located at the following location:

Brian Malarkey's Green Acre

Distance to closest LA Fitness: 6.5 miles to 4984 Shawline St., SD, CA 92111 LA Fitness

Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre Campus Pointe is located at 10300 Campus Point Drive SD, CA 92121. Open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm. For the menu and additional details, please visit greenacresd.com/campus-pointe/.

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Korean Picnic Salad & BBQ Shrimp from Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 Large Head of Napa Cabbage – Sliced Thin
  • 1 Large Handful Bean Sprouts
  • 1 Each Pineapple – Diced
  • 1 Each Fresno Chili – Sliced Thin and Rinsed
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro – Rough Chopped
  • 1/2 Bunch Mint – Leaves Picked and Rough Chopped
  • 1/2 Bunch Thai Basil or Regular Basil – Leaves Picked and Rough Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Cashews – Toasted – Salted – Rough Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons – Furikake – Japanese Sesame/ Nori Seasoning

For the Dressing

  • ¼ Cup GoChuJang – Korean Chili Condiment
  • 2 Tablespoons – Lime Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons – Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger – Peeled and Chopped

For the BBQ Shrimp

  • 4 Wooden Skewers – Soaked in water for a few hours
  • 16 Shrimp (16/20) 4 on each Skewer
  • 2 Tablespoons – GoChuJang
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Method

Step 1:

For the Shrimp

  • Rub the Skewered Shrimp with the GoChuJang
  • Grill until the shrimp are cooked all the way through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Step 2: Toss in salad mixture and enjoy!


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How to Train Like an Elite Athlete – Podcast Ep. 12

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Welcome to the twelfth episode of the Living Healthy podcast, presented by LA Fitness.

On this episode of Living Healthy, we speak with Matt Harrison, LA Fitness member and elite athlete, who shares how you too can become an elite athlete with just a few changes made to your lifestyle. 

Hey there! Is there something you’re interested in hearing about? Do you have a fitness topic of interest? How about nutrition? Or maybe you have a fitness success story (or know someone else who does) and want to share it with us? Tweet, message or email us your thoughts and opinions. We love hearing from our listeners and thank you for being a member of the Living Healthy Podcast community!

Let us know how we’re doing by sending us an email at blog@fitnessintl.com.

This podcast should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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Intro 

Begins at 0:01 

Elite Athlete, Matt Harrison, joins the show 

Begins at 0:23 

What Does Elite Athlete Even Mean? 

0:28 

Have You Always Been an Athlete? 

0:56 

What is the Foundation Someone Needs Before Becoming an Elite Athlete? 

1:18 

What Changed Your Mindset? 

2:18 

What Sparked the Change? 

3:09 

How Do You Find the Time to Train and Balance Life? 

4:40 

The 3 Personal Commitments 

5:50 

On Living More in the Moment 

6:53 

What Are the Causalities of Having Laser Focus? 

8:36 

On His First Ever Spartan Race 

9:34 

Nutritional Component of an Elite Athlete 

12:11 

On Getting Cravings 

14:20 

Snapshot of Daily Nutrition 

15:50 

On His Workout Regiment  

17:45 

What Does a Rest Day for You Look Like? And Cutting-Edge Technology 

19:36 

What Was the Hardest Adjustment to Make? 

21:15 

On Setting Goals 

22:08 

Actionable Advice  

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On Saturday, September 29th, 2018, LA Fitness participated with NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and attended their walk at Angel Stadium in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). What started off as a small idea turned in to a larger campaign which hoped to bring focus and attention to an often-unspoken topic: mental illness.

The fitness industry does an outstanding job of promoting the benefits of physical activity for a healthier body, but exercise provides many additional benefits for a healthier mind.

Health and wellness can be thought of as the trifecta of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A balanced life of healthy eating, sleeping, exercise and time spent doing the things you love with those you love can all lead to a happier self – and who doesn’t want to be happy?

On the day of the event, thousands of people showed up from various organizations to show their support for a great cause. The air was filled with an electric sense of positivity and hope that absolutely radiated in smiles and kind words of fellow walkers.

And for animal lovers out there, there was also a pet costume contest that took place before the walk, meaning there was no shortage of cute dogs to pet and ogle at during the event.

Participants held up signs with various sayings such as “Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others!” and “We walk, so people will talk”, promoting NAMI’s campaign slogan #CureStigma.

In honor of MIAW, the LA Fitness Living Healthy Podcast published a special episode which featured Neel Doshi, DO, a psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente Orange County. He helped us better understand the impact exercise can have when added to a treatment plan. If you’re one of the many who deal with anxiety or depression symptoms, you may want to give the episode a listen.

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Whatever you may be going through may feel overwhelming, but with the proper support group, your journey can feel a lot less lonely.

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It’s been such a positive experience to hear from many different people about their relatable struggles with mental illness. It really means a lot to talk about it and remove some of the stigma.

Penny S.

I really enjoyed sharing the walk with my wife and son. It was a great event and the turn out proved that we are chipping away at the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Andrew G.

To see so many people come out to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness was both touching and inspiring. I was so proud to rally behind such a strong force and share such empowerment with my son.

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There is About a 12.5% Chance You’ll Develop This Disease

There is About a 12.5% Chance You’ll Develop This Disease

Facts About Breast Cancer 

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.1 That equates to about a 12.5% chance that this issue will personally affect your life and an even greater chance that you will know someone diagnosed with this terrible disease. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide2 – but men aren’t immune to it. In fact, about 1 in every 1,000 men will develop breast cancer sometime over the course of their life.3  

One of the terrifying factors about this disease is that “about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer”4, which is why it’s super important to schedule preventative screenings to help catch the disease early on.  

Risk factors increase with age, which is why it’s recommended that women begin getting mammograms done annually starting at age 40.5 

If caught early enough, there is an 80-90% survival rate, which falls drastically to 24% when diagnosed at a more advanced stage.6  

Exercise and Breast Cancer 

Regular exercise has been linked to a 10-20% lowered breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.7  

And the great thing about exercise is that about 2.5 hours per week can lower your overall cancer risk.8 It doesn’t even have to be intense exercise, in fact, something as seemingly simple as a 30-minute walk a day “may lower risk by about 3 percent.”9 

According to an article posted on BreastCancer.org, “more and more research is showing that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence) if you’ve been diagnosed.”10 So, not only does exercise help pre-diagnosis, but it can help post-diagnosis as well.  

Check out an interview we did with LA Fitness group fitness instructor Ilke E.W., two-time breast cancer survivor, who shared with us what her battle with breast cancer was like and what you should know about the disease here 

Exercise and Breast Cancer 

Regular exercise has been linked to a 10-20% lowered breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.7  

And the great thing about exercise is that about 2.5 hours per week can lower your overall cancer risk.8 It doesn’t even have to be intense exercise, in fact, something as seemingly simple as a 30-minute walk a day “may lower risk by about 3 percent.”9 

According to an article posted on BreastCancer.org, “more and more research is showing that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence) if you’ve been diagnosed.”10 So, not only does exercise help pre-diagnosis, but it can help post-diagnosis as well.  

Check out an interview we did with LA Fitness group fitness instructor Ilke E.W., two-time breast cancer survivor, who shared with us what her battle with breast cancer was like and what you should know about the disease here 

Interview with Iryna D.* (Teaches Zumba®, Mat Pilates, and Yoga at LA Fitness)  

Q: How did fitness play a role in your life when going through treatment? Post-treatment?  

In order to cure my stage 2 Breast cancer, I had to go through 5 months of chemotherapy followed by double mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries. Before treatment, I was very physically active teaching 5-7 Zumba® and Yoga classes per week and swimming almost every day, but because of my low energy levels and other side effects of the chemo, I had to almost completely give up exercise during the treatment. I have two small children that I had to take care of, and I was saving my energy, so I could take my two-year-old son to the park every day and doing other chores (grocery shopping, etc.)My exercise got limited to taking short walks a few times a week and doing some yoga. I’ve regained my energy after my treatment was completed, and I started swimming again, taking long walks, doing Pilates, Yoga and weight training. That helped me to regain my strength and to get even more energy. The best part was coming back to teaching my beloved Zumba® classes and I can’t even explain how much joy I felt when I could teach my classes again. 

Q: What role does nutrition play when going through treatment? 

I had to follow a special diet after every chemotherapy session. My appetite was down, and I was eating less than I did before the treatment. Good thing was that I did not have to completely restrict myself to any of the foods. My main focus was to maintain a balanced diet full of healthy proteins, vegetable, and fruit. I tried to limit sugar and alcohol as much as possible. 

Q: Does breast cancer run in your family?  

Even though my breast cancer was caused by BRCA-2 gene mutation, it does not run in my family. 

Q: How did you handle the news? 

Getting diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 34 came to me as a complete shock. This does not run in my family and I never knew I had BRCA-2 gene mutation. I’ve always been healthy and physically active. It was very hard to face and to accept the diagnosis; I felt like my whole world turned upside down. The worst part was that for the first 2 weeks after the diagnosis, I was not even sure what stage my cancer was at and how far it had spread. The doctors knew it was at least stage 2 since the cancer had already spread to the lymph node under my right arm. I was praying for it to be just stage 2, and not 4. My son was 1 year old at that time and I was still breastfeeding him when this happened. Saying I was overwhelmed with the diagnosis would be an understatement. Meeting with my oncologist for the first time and learning that my cancer had not spread further than stage 2 helped to lift my spirits up and provided a big relief. I was able to put my negative emotions aside and felt fortunate to have discovered my cancer early enough. I was very optimistic when starting chemotherapy. 

Q: What advice would you give to those who are currently going through breast cancer treatment? Advice for the friends and family of someone struggling with the disease?  

My advice for anyone going through this – try to stay positive and optimistic – no matter what stage you are at and no matter what your diagnosis is. I know it is not easy to be optimistic and positive during this difficult time – but you should still try. Do not let yourself ever feel defeated by the disease. Believe in yourself – and the day will come when you will be healthy and happy again. If you ever feel like you are the only one going through this – go online and find a forum or a blog or seek assistance through your medical provider and join the group at the medical center. Talking to others who are or were going through the same thing helps tremendously. I was lucky that my friends had given me phone numbers of two other ladies who have gone through this and was successfully treated. If you even need to talk – my email is irynadjomins@gmail.com.  

Do not let yourself get depressed. Take a walk outside, meditate, talk to your friend or family members, try to do things you like as much as you can even if you don’t feel like it – do anything you can to bring positivity into your life. Make peace with the fact that your life might be different from what you’ve expected and continue doing things that you love. If you don’t feel well physically and can no longer enjoy exercise – find other things to do – like reading spiritual books or watching movies. Yoga and meditation helps a lot with improving mood and relieving anxiety. Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends, family and your doctor about your fears and concerns. It’s okay to be afraid and it is okay to talk about it.  

Try to focus on your life one day at the time and not to think about the future or the final outcome. Family and friends played such an important role in my life during the treatment – I am grateful that my husband, my two children and my family and friends were there for me during that difficult time. Their presence and support helped me so much to stay positive. If your friend or a family member is currently fighting the disease – do your best to be there for them as much as you can. You can help significantly just by listening, talking, sending a note, or simply by asking them how they feel and letting them know that you are thinking about them during this difficult time… You can also offer to help with chores and/or with taking care of children – so they have more time to rest or to do things they like. I know it is not easy to see your friend or family member going through this, and you can feel helpless at times – but you can still help just by being there for them and letting them know that they can always count on you.  

Sources:

  1. “U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics.” org, www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics.
  2. “Breast Cancer Statistics.” World Cancer Research Fund International, wcrf.org/int/cancer-facts-figures/data-specific-cancers/breast-cancer-statistics.
  3. “U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics.” org, www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
  4. Ibid
  5. “Cancer Screening Guidelines | Detecting Cancer Early.” American Cancer Society, cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer.html.
  6. “Breast Cancer Statistics.” World Cancer Research Fund International, wcrf.org/int/cancer-facts-figures/data-specific-cancers/breast-cancer-statistics.
  7. “Exercise.” Susan G. Komen®, ww5.komen.org/Breastcancer/Lackofexercise.html.
  8. Ibid
  9. Ibid
  10. “Exercise.” org, www.breastcancer.org/tips/exercise.

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