23 Feb Talk of The Town
New Asian dining on the westside
In Japan, “ajii” means taste, flavor, charm, style or experience. In Bend, Ajii means a new Asian restaurant on Bend’s westside. Joe Kim, who is also chef and owner of 5 Fusion in downtown Bend, now presents this fast, casual Asian kitchen, focusing on delicious traditional and health-conscious Asian house cooking. The venture allows the award-winning chef to bring simpler, more affordable food to Central Oregon. The menu includes delicious dishes like spicy glass noodles, papaya salad, ramen and rice bowls, and is available for dine-in or take-out.
320 SW Century Dr., Suite 410
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The beloved classic story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe takes brothers and sisters, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy through a mysterious wardrobe and into a world worthy of imagination. There they find talking creatures, a world trapped in perpetual winter, and the possibility that they may have a long and regal future ahead of them. This tale by C.S. Lewis has been clutched in the hands of children (and adults) ever since its publication. Brought to the stage with all the love of true readers by BEAT Children’s Theatre, this story will bring your favorite characters to life.
Staying healthy in winter
Up your vitamin D. Wintertime means producing less vitamin D from the sun, even in sunny Central Oregon. Many studies indicate an average adult needs a minimum of 2000 IUs of vitamin D daily. Naturally increase your vitamin D levels through foods such as oily fish, mushrooms, egg yolks and cod liver oil.
Hydrate. It’s dry in the high desert! An average adult should consume at least half of their body weight in ounces of water a day (an adult weighing 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water a day).
Reduce stress. Studies have linked high stress levels to susceptibility to colds and flu. Minimize your stress by exercising regularly, spending more time with family and friends, meditating or even treating yourself to a relaxing massage.
Eat well. Keep your body healthy by eating a diet full of vegetables, with minimal amounts of organic lean meats and fish, and few to no types of sugar and processed foods. Limit breads, pastas and rice, as your body will still convert these foods to sugar.
Sleep. Proper sleep (eight hours a night for an adult) can help keep the body’s immune system healthy and able to fight off colds. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine can help improve the quality of your sleep.
Exercise. Even in the winter, it is important to exercise at least 20 minutes a day. In Central Oregon, don’t let the weather stop you—try snowshoeing, cross country skiing or simply hit the gym to stay active.
Protect your skin. Even though we need vitamin D, we still need to protect our skin. Both UVA and UVB light can damage skin. UVB light penetrates superficial layers of the skin, causing sunburns, and can also lead to skin cancer over time. UVB light is blocked by window glass from your home and car and is less intense in winter. UVA light, on the other hand, penetrates the top and deeper layers of the skin, causing cell damage that can lead to cancer. UVA light is hard to avoid as it does pass through window glass and stays the same strength all year long, so keep up your sunscreen routine in the wintertime.
Despite your best efforts, you may still catch a cold or the flu. To recover quickly:
» Eliminate all dairy, alcohol and grain products from your diet.
» Boost your vitamin C and zinc intake.
» Get more rest than usual and increase your water intake even more.
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