Beloved reggae rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead will hit the road this summer for a sensational Soulrocker tour, spanning through the months of June and August. The group will kick things off on June 2nd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, traveling across the country, only to wrap up on August 25th at Avila Beach Resort in San Luis Obispo, CA.In a statement, Michael Franti said, “This summer’s tour will be an opportunity for us all to come together, to celebrate life, each other and what it truly feels like to be alive.”Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and can be found via Franti’s website. The full tour schedule can be seen below:[Photo via Paul Citone]
Food & DiningLifestyle What’s the Deal with Our Unhealthy Food Fascination? by: – December 13, 2011 Tweet Share Mac and CheeseLast year, Twitter started a tradition of publishing a “Year in Review,” a look at the hottest tweets, topics, retweets, and stories of the year, including a category on food.And of the top seven “hot food topics” this year, none were healthy. In the number one spot was McDonald’s McLobster, a menu item not currently available nationwide. The second: fried Kool-Aid, enough said. Coming in third: Starbuck’s Trenta, the chain’s new mega-sized 31-ounce option. The fourth and fifth spots both belong to beer (Devassa and Guinness); at number six, three simple letters: BBQ; and rounding out the bunch: good old mac and cheese. So why is it that unhealthy food gets so much buzz? Why aren’t the hot topics things like exotic fruits, ancient grains and ethnic spices? Here’s my take on why we’re so taken with unhealthy fare:It represents reckless abandonIn my private practice work, some of my clients are able to make the connection that the draw toward super unhealthy foods is really about the desire to throw caution to the wind and feel completely carefree . Most of us deal with so much responsibility in our day-to-day lives, including circumstances we can’t change. It’s human nature to look for an outlet, and let’s face it, fantasizing about (or actually eating) decadent foods has become a prime way to escape reality.It’s part of pop cultureEvery era has its trends in fashion, music, and food. If you’re not old enough to remember Crystal Pepsi (a.k.a clear Pepsi), check out this commercial on YouTube and the Saturday Night Live parody. Keeping up with what’s new is amusing, and as much as I cringe at things like fried Kool-Aid, it’s fun to be “in the know.”It makes us feel good by comparisonFinding out that a drink size is larger in volume than the capacity of an adult’s bladder can make you think, “I am not the worst eater in the world.” Unfortunately, the more egregious the trend, the healthier you may feel, even if you’re not! On that note, here’s a link to one more of my favorite skits that pokes fun at our over the top tendencies: SNL’s Taco Town.What do you guys think? Why are we so interested in everything unhealthy? By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living Share 63 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring!