Cater to your mind as you cater to your stomach today in San Diego – Learn about these 3 authors who understood the world

Folks, the Presidential Elections are finally over and with it -depending on your feelings about these last two years of rallies, polls, speeches and what not- the end of a headache, or the beginning of one.
But have you ever thought if anyone has warned us about some of the short comings of today’s modern world? If there were transcendentalists that metaphorically saw through the veil of time and mentioned in their writings these certain aspects, ideals, and personalities that we should be wary and watch out for?
‘History Repeats Itself’, some may say, but others would argue that the only reason it repeats is because history is simply studied and not understood.
It’s the same difference as when you’re studying for an exam; if you simply memorize the answers instead of understanding the question, you’ll score well on the exam but after utilizing those memorize answers, they will begin to fade from memory.
Today we are going to talk about some authors that did not just memorize, these individuals understood the world and the happenings in it from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans.

  1. Aldous Huxley (July 26th, 1894 – November 22nd, 1963)

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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, novelist, and philosopher. Most prominently known for his novels, such as Brave New World; a work of literary art that holds up even until today. A story set in a dystopian London where the citizens are too busy with their entertainment to perceive the unfair reality they live in. He’s also written non-fictional books, such as The Doors of Perceptions, a personal experience of Mr. Huxley whilst under the effects of a psychedelic drug, and a wide array of essays. Mr. Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.

2.  Henry David Thoreau (July 12th, 1817 – May 6th, 1862)

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Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. Let me just say that this man accomplished a whole damn lot in his life. He is best known as a notable figure in the transcendentalist movement, and for his authorship of Walden, the book details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, close to Concord, Massachusetts, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. The book chronicles his thoughts during those two years and his reflections of simple, sustainable living in natural surroundings. But the book is oh so more than just that, as even over a hundred years after its publishing, Thoreau’s words of society and the social norms that we have grown accustomed to still ring out true today as they did back then, and it was Thoreau’s philosophy of civil disobedience that influenced future leaders and revolutionists in their political thoughts and actions, such as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.

3.   Jack Kerouac (March 12nd, 1922 – October 21st, 1969)

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This is a man I definitely would have been honored to meet at some healthy breakfast foods diner in San Diego. Jack probably would have been in the middle of another one of his adventures on the road.

Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet, a pioneer of the Beat Generation, a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post-World War II era.

His literary work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He was an underground celebrity, and one of the men that ultimately influenced the hippie movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s

He is best known for his book “On the Road”, a book based on Kerouac’s travels across America with his friends, some of whom are the other members of the Beat Generation.

 

What do you think of these individuals and their influences on the world, and even their understanding of the world? Let us know in the comments below.

The Importance of Self Defense

Our friendly neighbor Mr. Rogers taught us the importance of looking for helpers in scary and hurtful situations; those that maybe putting themselves in the line of danger to help others, and keep them safe.

But it’s also important to remember that we are not helpless, and that we can take steps to prevent harm from coming our way.

No one wants to get mugged on their way to a restaurant in San Diego, nor would anyone want that to happen to loved ones.

We live in a time where everything that happens in the world is known to us thanks to the internet, and a side effect of this is we have seen what tragedies occur, seemingly so frequent, that there is never any escape.

But no matter how bleak it may seem, there is good in this world, and there is sensibility in protecting yourself from potential harm.

Here at SolCal, we want to make sure everyone is safe and capable of taking care of themselves, that’s why we’re going to take a look at some of the best reasons why everyone should consider Self-Defense lessons.

  1. Perception and Awareness out in Public

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Your awareness is the difference between safety and hazard. When targeted for assault, an attacker will try to look for a window of opportunity where you’re unaware, making it easier to fall victim to their scheme. Being capable of spotting your potential attacker and making note of them in case they try something is a massive point for your security.

2. It has a positive influence on your life

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Almost everyone knows how physical activity is vital for the body and even for our mood. Self-Defense creates a calmer, focused demeanor, with a great likely hood for a better body image and overall general happiness. Having at least one activity for ourselves that gets us out of our head and into our body is therapeutic; it allows for catharsis from anxiety and depression.

But be smart with how you begin such an activity; do your research, find a form of self-defense that you thing would fit you, and check your potential instructor to see if their style of teaching would be suitable for your way of learning. You can even take it a bit further and try to find a gym or dojo that’s near to somewhere that has healthy breakfast food restaurants to make getting the necessary sustenance easy!

3. It builds confidence

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Building on the previous point, another added benefit of self-defense is the increased confidence boost in almost all aspects of life.

You’ll find yourself happier with yourself, the potential of intruding, dark thoughts will lessen, and even if you find yourself walking through a dangerous neighborhood, you’ll be calmer and more assured that you can take care of most dangerous situations, though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious in such a scenario.

4. It helps develop discipline and handling high pressure situations

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None of us wish to deal with a situation that has our very lives at stake, but training and discipline are key to survival in such worst-case scenarios. Remember that self-defense is meant as preparation to potentially save you or others from dangerous situations, and the mental conditioning from self-defense is the difference between panicking and staying calm.

What do you think about self-defense? Do you think you should take it? Let us know in the comments below.

Breakfast in the San Diego heat – Add these cooling foods to your meal

The seasons of the weather; some have a natural affinity to the colder seasons, and some to the warmer, and others are just awesome enough to enjoy both without pause.

Though we all know a winter person won’t enjoy the summer heat as much as a summer person and vice-versa, it’s very important that for everyone to know how to properly take care of themselves in different weather conditions, especially the ones we don’t like.

So today we’re going to talk about some healthy foods to keep cool in the summer heat.

  • Watermelon

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Planning some fun in the sand and sun? Cut up one of these bad boys up, put the pieces in a Tupperware container, and place that in your cooler to take with you for a wonderful, healthy, cooling desert to go with your beach dinner in San Diego.

You’re also doing your body a favor as watermelon contains citrulline which your body converts to ammonia to keep stomach acid at healthy levels.

Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon are also great alternatives/additives

  • Cucumber

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There’s a reason we have the saying ‘cool as a cucumber’, and that’s really because they are a great food to keep you hydrated on those really sunny days. You can even make a very useful detox drink by mixing mint, lemon, and cucumber together; a combination that will help cleanse your body, and keep your cool. They’re also a great snack for diabetics due to having no sugar content.

  • Grapes

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This is one of my personal favorites as a kid; just sitting in front of the TV on a hot summer day, a bowl of cold grapes between my brother and I as we watch Toonami on Cartoon Network, good times.

These little numerous round fruits not only make the delicious wine you can have along with your dinner in San Diego, but also are a great way to keep you hydrated, and if you’re someone who loves to constantly snack like I do, there’s plenty of worse choices than grapes.

  • Radishes

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Probably the most underrated and least known of the ‘summer cool foods’

With a very high water content, and an awesome source of vitamin C that translates to them being abundant in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory capabilities.

The tasty, crispy, white interior goes great on almost any salad.

  • Mint

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Anyone who’s had a mint or peppermint candy knows the cooling effect of menthol, which is why we had to add mint to this list of awesome stuff to keep you cool during the summer heat.

With a scent that can help invigorate you, especially if you’re feeling particularly lethargic due to the heat, and known for their ability to cool down and relax your body and mind, it makes sense that mint has been used for generations by herbalists to create basic medicine such as ointments to combat inflammation, and teas to soothe indigestion.

What do you think about these ways to keep cool? If you know any others, let us know in the comments down below.