Community Episode

Carmel explores the power of Community as she cooks an Italian feast for 125 guests at an annual charity event to raise money for local college scholarships. Along the way she teaches us how to prepare Turkey meatballs and “Gravy” (i.e. tomato sauce), a classic lasagna, and a delicious tiramisu – all in her home kitchen with the help of her adorable Italian mother. Finally, she gives her mom and friend a lesson in pool aerobics, and then takes off for her own lesson in the amazing world of Aerial Yoga.

Aerial Yoga

I am a big fan of yoga. I love it’s meditative qualities combined with the possibilities of stretching your limbs in a way other exercises cannot offer. I often feel renewed and refreshed after an hour of yoga, a session I look forward to on a regular basis. I take my downward dog very seriously!

On my series Living Well With Carmel, I introduce a twist to the traditional yoga by taking a class in aerial yoga. This out of the box form of the ancient exercise is actually an excellent alternative for women over 55 and especially those who suffer from back and joint problems. It’s an upside down Zen experience that almost defies gravity by the use of silk hammocks that takes the pressure off your body while allowing you to extend your arms, legs and back in various yoga positions. The health benefits are many including strength building, calorie burning, zero impact on the body not to mention the blissful peace of mind that you will attain from floating in a silk hanging cocoon.

If you’ve always wanted to feel like a Cirque du Soleil performer, aerial yoga is something you need to try. For more information click the links below:

http://www.shape.com/fitness/trends/benefits-of-aerial-yoga

http://bocanewspaper.com/check-aerial-silk-yoga-21704

The Healing Power of Community

According to Forbes, Boomers are responsible for 34 percent of all charitable donations, which amounts to nearly $61.9 billion every year.

During all periods of our life, the importance of engaging in community is paramount to staying vibrant and connected. The reason? When one is socially active and engaged in giving back to the community you are more apt to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. In fact, its widely known that people who keep involved with strong social networks are more active, happier and more supported. Apparently from the Forbes findings above, Baby Boomers are reaping the benefits from being charitable.

There is something to be said about giving back to the community. Whether it be your town, an organization or charity, giving time, help or funds to a worthy cause will bring fulfillment to your life. In fact a study on Volunteering commissioned by UnitedHealth Group found that the overwhelming majority of participants reported feeling mentally and physically healthier after a volunteer experience.

  • 76 percent of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier
  • 94 percent of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood
  • 78 percent of them said that volunteering lowered their stress levels
  • 96 percent reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
  • 80 percent of them feel like they have control over their health
  • About a quarter of them reported that their volunteer work has helped them manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off of their own problems
  • Volunteers have better personal scores than non-volunteers on nine well-established measures of emotional wellbeing including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships and overall satisfaction with life.
  • Volunteering also improved their mood and self-esteem

So why not get interested, involved and invested in helping others, while helping yourself. It’s a win, win!

http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/enhancing-your-life.aspx

https://www.ncoa.org/news/press-releases/connections-with-community/

Turkey Meatballs and Gravy

Meatballs and gravy in a square bowl

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Mama Bucci’s Pick Me Up (Tiramisu)

A slice of tiramisu on a long white rectangular plate

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Carmel’s Lasagna
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lasagna

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