Disappear into These Top 5 Best Summer Books 
Looking for good nonfiction books to read this summer? Check out these great   5 recommendations to  have an escape from the summer heat!  
 
Rachel Slade's  Into the Raging Sea  ($28, Ecco) also involves  a mysterious true story . In October 2015, the American cargo ship  El Faro  sailed straight into a hurricane on a routine run between Florida and Puerto Rico. It sank with 33 people aboard, America's worst maritime disaster in decades. The Coast Guard spent months-and millions-trying to figure out what went wrong. Slade pieces together the final voyage, interspersed with stories of the ship's merchant mariners. Thanks to an audio recorder on  El Faro' s bridge, she's able to take us inside the doomed vessel in its final hours. The result is intimate, eerie, and gripping.  
 
From skate dads we turn to climber moms. In  End of the Rope  ($26, Counterpoint),  Jan Redford navigates life as a young climber, as a girlfriend of climbers, and, eventually, as a wife and mother who still wants to get out and send it when she can. The wall scenes made my palms sweat. The funerals of loved ones lost to the mountains made me cry.  
 
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13 of the Best Foods You Can Eat t o  Feel Great  
Eating a healthy diet is fundamental, see which 13 foods you should eat more of! 
 
    
Green Tea 
Kristin said that drinking just a couple cups of green tea every day can boost both your metabolism and energy. Green tea also contains catechin, which is a disease-fighting antioxidant. "It's a practical choice: swap a simple green tea over other sugary beverages, and you can reduce your calorie and sugar intake," she said. 
 
    
Berries 
Berries really hit every criterion: they're low in sugar and high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Fiber-rich diets have been associated with increased weight loss, decreased cholesterol, and improved digestion. Additionally, blueberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which is  linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes 
Summer Garden Pasta Recipe  
Looking to create   an  easy and  deliciou s  meal   for your summer? Check out this amazingly healthy  garden pasta recipe to enjoy!  
 
What You Need  
  • 4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • Good olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves) 
  • 18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus extra for serving 
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • Kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1-pound dried angel hair pasta 
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving 
Directions  
Combine the cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl. Cover with plastic  wrap  and  set aside at room temperature for about 4 hours.  

Just before you're ready to serve, bring a large pot of water with a splash of olive oil and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil and add the pasta. Cook al dente according to the directions on the package (be careful - it only takes 2 to 3 minutes!). Drain the pasta well and add to the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese and some extra fresh basil leaves and toss well. Serve in big bowls with extra cheese on each serving.  
 


20 Natural Anxiety Remedies  


Healing anxiety naturally means figuring out why you have the symptoms in the first place and addressing the underlying cause. But anxiety is more than just unpleasant; it can and does interfere with our lives. Using these strategies, you can manage your anxiety naturally, balance your hormones, and improve your overall health. If you're looking for additional dietary and hormone strategies to reclaim your mood, then I invite you to 
grab my free guide to just that. I believe in offering patients symptom relief and tools to manage their anxiety while we investigate further. Here's a list of the top anxiety relief tools my patients have reported success with: 
 
1. Meditate 
Mindfulness meditation  has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and panic. And even better, it helps maintain the reduction of symptoms. Aim for five minutes per day, and leverage some of the other recommendations to help you get into a state of calm a little bit quicker. 
 
2. Get to know L-theanine 
L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea and  has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and the physiological signs of stress, like high blood pressure. Aim for 200 milligrams once to twice daily for the most benefit. 
 
3. Try lemon balm for anxious thoughts 
Lemon balm is a nervine (a  plant remedy that has a beneficial effect upon the nervous system in some way) herb that can be consumed as a tea, taken as a tincture, or in a combination herbal supplement. A special bonus? It smells heavenly. 
 
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Outdoor Yoga


Interested in finding peace and relaxation for little to no price? Check out these morning and evening yoga events, hosted by Michelle Lee L.  
 
SunRISE  Yoga at the VA War Memorial:  This class consists of fun and creative sequences that will get us moving and breathing together. Poses are connected through breath-building heat, flexibility, strength, and balance. 
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Yoga in the Loft w/ live DJ: Join Michelle Lee Landon of One Drop Yoga for an all levels vinyasa flow practice, weekly at the Hofheimer Building. Rhythmic vibes provided by VooDoo's Organic Beats.
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How to 'Design Your Summer' So You Get a Major Happiness Boost for the Entire Season 

While the colorful blooms of spring call to mind new beginnings and productive projects, summer is like a long sigh of relief: three months of long, hot days in which everything feels just a little different.  
 
Well, that's what it was like when we were kids taking a break from the grind that was school for a full season. But as an adult, summer is a little trickier: What makes this season different from the others, really, when you have a 9-to-5 job and a whole lot of work on your plate? For this reason, happiness expert  Gretchen Rubin  suggests "designing your own summer."  What really makes me happy; what could I have more of in the summer? For me that's family, friends, reading, and writing.   
 
So how can you design a summer that truly rejuvenates  you  and isn't just the "thing to do"? Here's what the experts suggest.  
 
Consider the rejuvenating experience of summertime at home.  
Of course, if your ideal summer involves traveling every weekend or taking a few weeks off to go on a long trip, go for it. But a summer at home can be just as-if not more-rejuvenating. "Summertime at home can be incredibly rejuvenating and nurturing," says neurologist  Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D.  "The extra daylight hours and the sun offer more time to get outdoors, soak up vitamin D, and move our bodies. We can rest in our own homes with our own comfort items."  

She adds that little tweaks go a long way, like raising your blinds first thing in the morning or practicing grounding or earthing in your own backyard. "Take your sandals off and walk barefoot through the grass, the beach, the earth. This connection to the ground beneath us enhances our sense of well-being and improves our health by decreasing anxiety, increasing energy, and lowering inflammatory response," she explains. "The bounty of fruits and vegetables the summer offers us allows for improved nutritional choices to decrease inflammation, feed our bodies, and get us ready for the fall."  
 
Create summertime rituals.  
Ruhoy  suggests finding rituals that fill you with joy and repeating them on a regular basis, all summer long. "Some of my favorite things to do are going grounding or earthing at dusk a few times a week, inviting friends over for an outdoor fresh lemonade gathering each week (you can have fun with different lemonade recipes!), dance at an outdoor concert a few times a month, journal in the park a few times a week, or simply marvel at the sunset."  
Another thing to keep in mind? The "best summer ever" looks different for everyone, so Stone recommends taking stock of your priorities. "Maybe your priority is being more active or catching up on a book you've been meaning to read. Use that as a guide to summer planning," she explains. "Once you've figured that out, budget yourself wisely and try to pick one weekend per month, or even one evening per week, that is just for you, and use it to recharge and relax and do that thing that's really important to you."  
At the end of the day, she explains, you  must  choose the ritual that suits your soul-so choose wisely.  
 
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Active RVA 

 
This is Active VA 
For over twenty years, Sports Backers has supported  Richmonders  to adopt an active lifestyle. The impact has been transformational, as tens of thousands of participants in Sports Backers' events and training teams have made physical activity a priority in their lives. Sports Backers launched Active RVA in 2012 to build on this momentum and make active living a regional priority. In partnership with dozens of other organizations, we're working through policy, programming, and physical projects to improve quality of life for all  Richmonders  through active living.  
 
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