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The Filling
Your City's Stories: 115 S. Central Ave. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jaclyn Cancro   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 23:32

Where are you reading this right now? Home, work, at a restaurant or bar, on the john? Wherever it is, think about the building you’re in. Have you ever considered what was there before? Maybe it’s new and the answer is “a parking lot.” In this city, though, the odds are good that there was something else there before.

We’d notice if we opened our eyes, if we looked up beyond the entryway of our favorite bar or coffee shop. But who does that regularly? I know that I don’t. We look at the old buildings that house new restaurants, clothing stores and clubs, but never consider the story these building have to tell. The rich history of the concrete roads we cross, never once considering the cobblestone, or even dirt, that may have lain there once before.

Without our history, we merely exist. Without a desire to leave behind a legacy, or appreciate what our predecessors have left for us we’ll only ever be here and gone without any lasting impression. Heavy, I know, but no less true.

It’s exciting when some new establishment opens in a building that has stood vacant for years. And with Downtown and the Old City coming up the way they have in the last ten years, we see more and more of that each year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 March 2014 12:26
Clean Eating Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Johnston   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 23:36

Last month we talked about the need to eat naturally grown foods, and this month we go a bit deeper into the details.

Not only do I need to find a lifestyle that will work for me where I live but one that will work with my busy life.  I am committing to start with 7 changes in my lifestyle and diet. Here are my goals:

1. Eat whole foods - Organic whole fruits and vegetables, GMO free whole grains, local grass-fed and free-range meats, local low-fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, and seeds.

2. CSA- Since we cannot grow our own vegetables at the moment we are getting signed up for a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program where we pick up Organic Vegetable boxes weekly or bi weekly. Basically it’s a weekly surprise gift box. We don't pick what vegetables will be in our box but it’s great because we get to eat only what’s in season (like Grandma Johnston would have done) and get to try new recipes! Am I the only one stuck on broccoli, zucchini, and spinach when picking vegetables at the store? I'm ready for some new things.

3. Blending - Now I’ve never been one to get on this whole juicing trend because you can consume A LOT of sugar if all you juice is fruits. So I will be incorporating some juicing into my lifestyle. Well, actually "blending," not juicing.  I will not be skipping main meals but replacing some snacks with well-balanced drinks AKA not all fruit!!  I will juice to get all the veggies I need in a day as well as juicing to fight illness and colds by boosting my vitamin intake. I can’t wait to get my skin glowing because you know what you eat comes out of your skin, hair, and nails.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 23:54
A Special Series from Knoxville's Pink Ninja PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:23

Clean Eating with Ashley Johnston from the Biggest Loser

I have been into "clean eating," or a more natural way of living for years now, even at my heaviest and before Biggest Loser, but at that time I was also still driving through the fast food lines.

At that time, I was in my early twenties and worked for Origins, a natural skin care company. That’s when I started to sell Dr. Andrew Weil's skin care line. I went through several training sessions to get educated on the importance of his line and his belief system of integrative medicine, and what he teaches about living a healthy, natural lifestyle. That's when my interest was first sparked into educating myself on what it all meant. After working for Origins (which P.S I still love the Dr. Weil line and still use it to this day), I became an esthetician and got a job working for Natural Alternatives, an Aveda spa. Through trainings and learning about the Aveda Lifestyle I became even more interested in this natural way of living. I guess you could say I lean towards a "hippie" state of mind.

I’ve tried it all. I’ve even been Vegan for 9 months, but threw in the towel when I only lost 15lbs and couldn't get the full lifestyle down. I know now I was living on packaged soy foods and carbohydrates, which is not what I'm going for either. While filming the Biggest Loser we were only allowed clean, organic food in the kitchen and my "clean eating education" only grew.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:27
365 Challenge: In Conclusion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jaclyn Cancro   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:21

Last year, in lieu of a New Year’s Resolution, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish. The list included small, random act of kindness, trying new activities and travel. I thought instead of committing myself to a year of one challenge, I could dedicate myself to daily goals.

I grabbed the list the other day. I looked over the things I’ve checked off. I looked at what’s left. Boy, was I ambitious!

The expression “delusions of grandeur” comes to mind. In fact, it seems like a bit of an understatement. Even with all the energy drinks and all the money in the world, I would not have been able to accomplish everything I put on the list, which never did reach a full 365 items.

In the New Year, I wonder if I should feel sad or disappointed with myself for not completing the list. Did I let the list or even my readers down by not accomplishing everything on it? I think not, because, ultimately, I accomplished what the list was meant to do.

The idea was to make my world a better one. By “my world” I mean, mine, the one I live in. So, no, I’m not Mike Hamilton saving villages in Africa. I didn’t make a little boy’s dream come true by shutting down an entire city so he could feel as heroic as the Caped Crusader. I didn’t start a new dance craze by assaulting Robin Thicke on a teen awards show, which might not actually have improved any world, but you get the idea. But my individual world in which I work, play, eat and reside has seen great improvements.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:23
New Year Blog PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:53

Now, I know what you are thinking. Because you are predictable—all of you—like beer stains on a white tux, or Lindsey Lohan’s latest trip to rehab. And what you are thinking is this: It didn’t happen.

The long-promised, greatly-anticipated, and much-ballyhooed opening of Scruffy Hall failed to take place as scheduled on the night of Dec. 31, 2013. After weeks of frenzied sawing and painting and troweling and drywall finishing, when the Big Night finally came around—the clouds of fine dust and hack-inducing particulate matter languishing in the half-light, then dissipating into the chill December air—it came to pass that the Benefactors had fallen a few feet shy of cresting the mountainous obstacle set before them, the towering aggregate of planning and hard work and inspections and the acquisition of numerous and arcane licenses and permissions in such a short span of time…

So sue us. I guess you’ve never been wrong before. Hell, I was even wrong, once… No, on second thought, that was somebody else. But the point is, it happens to most of us, sooner or later. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, Jake, and from this vantage, I see a whole lot of iniquitous @#%&ers out there.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:55
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