Embrace the Cold

Today I am starting a new “Adventure Calls You Challenge,” inspired from an article I read from my January/February issue of Men’s Journal.  The article, “The Cold Cure,” extols the benefits of being cold.  I’ve already experimented with taking cold showers, and now I am taking it a step further by purposely being cold at certain times during the day.

Our region has experienced a cold snap over the last week, with temperatures hovering around freezing.  So today I took my first step into embracing the cold, but walking outside in my short-sleeve shirt to and from my students’ work experience.  I was cold, but not as cold as I thought I would be.  Two things helped me:  1) the mindset that this ‘cold’ was only temporary and 2) walking straight and upright to take the cold head on.

So for the next few weeks I will continue to embrace the cold, with my goal that this will be a regular thing that I will just adopt as part of my lifestyle.  To help me get through this, I will follow the guidelines as provided by the suggestions of the article.  Read on and join me!

How to Embrace The Cold: A Daily Routine to Hack Your Body

Adventure Calls My Personal Challenges: Eggplant

Never a big fan of eggplant, I try to avoid it whenever it is presented to me as a food choice.  My household growing up featured eggplant at least once a week, usually in some soup or as a main ingredient to some of our main dishes.  And I never really grew accustomed to the taste and the texture.  However, as part of my 30 “day” adventure challenge, I am trying eggplant one more time.

Fortunately on our cruise last month, I had the chance to try it not once but twice — once as an appetizer, and the second time encrusted in Parmesan as a main dish…

Verdict:  not as bad as I remember.  It helped a lot that the other food ingredients overpowered the eggplant, but overall one its own it doesn’t really have too much of a bad taste for me and the texture is bearable.  Though I will not be rushing out to the local grocery store to stock up on eggplant, at least I am okay enough to not be scared the next time I have it.  And I likely will eat it the next time I have the opportunity to do so — well, as long as I’m not paying too much for it!



Adventure Calls You Challenges: My 30 “Day” Challenge

Getting out of my comfort zone — not something I’m really good at, but I try.  There are things in this world that I don’t like to do, or maybe I haven’t tried because I don’t think I’ll like it.  Well, I have decided to create a 30 “day” list of things that I am going to challenge myself to do.  Most will probably be food challenges, but I know that I will be able to come up with more.  So this particular post will be one that is on-going as I add and complete my list — once I attempt one of the challenges listed below, I will devote an entire post to that experience!  It might not say much, might even say “Hated it!”  But at least I can keep honest with myself and meet the challenge as it presents itself.  I have no timeline, it will happen when it will happen.  So I challenge you to do the same — make your own 30 “day” challenge and give it a try!


My 30-Day Challenge List

  1. Try kombucha
  2. Meditate for ten minutes a day for at least 21 days straight
  3. Try sake
  4. Eat eggplant
  5. Eat mushrooms, and not just as some small pizza topping

Adventure Calling, #1

Adventure Calling topics are challenges we present to you, our audience, to attempt.  Some will be easy, others a little more difficult.  The whole idea is that adventures can happen every day with just the right mindset.  Are you up for this first challenge?

Our close friend recently lost his father and shared with his friends the following thoughts (edited for brevity):

“My Dad died a couple of hours ago…

The reason I’m posting a picture of pancakes with peanut butter on them is because that was his thing. It wasn’t until my late teens or early twenties that anyone else told me they had tried that.  My Dad took great joy in exposing all of my friends and anyone else to the joys of an alternative to plain old butter. 

I have perpetuated the peanut butter crusade, exposing my friends to the joy it causes. Some sneer at the idea but most try it and no one has said it wasn’t fantastic. One person not long ago, a full-fledged adult, took a bite, slowly turned to me with their eyes widening and said, “It’s like candy!” as they turned into a five-year old.

It such an automatic ritual that my basketball buddies will often finish my order for me when we have breakfast out. “He wants peanut butter with his pancakes, lots of it.” 

So I ask a small favor, if you haven’t tried peanut butter on your pancakes, I ask you to try it, it is amazing, unless you have a peanut allergy, that would be terrible. And if you do indulge in this delicacy, please tag me, I would greatly appreciate it. Whenever my next meal is, that will be it.

Note: Use warm syrup for best results”

So in honor of our friend’s father,  we took up our friend’s request this morning at the local Denny’s.  They were delicious.

Now it is your turn.