On a Thursday night in early June 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights were defeated in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals by the Washington Capitals after Lars Eller of the Capitals scored the game-winning goal with 7:37 minutes left to play. While many across the nation celebrated Washington's first Stanley Cup win, others sat back and admired the grit, determination, spirit and never-give-up attitude of the Golden Knights.
On a Tuesday night, late in April 2019, the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights played one of the most memorable Game 7s in sporting history. A chippy and aggressive series, the first round of playoffs for the 2019 season already had plenty of talking points. There were two players who lost teeth during the best-of-seven series and numerous players were taken back to the locker rooms during the games for various injuries. The hits were strong and plentiful; the embodiment of hockey. There was a goal scored that was quickly waived off due to goalie interference, changing the game's momentum. But it's all part of the game. Athletes put their bodies on the line every day, for an ultimate goal. Usually, these goals are personal, maybe the athletes want to create a good and stable life for their family, or they want to prove someone wrong, or win the biggest game, or create ever-lasting fame. But sometimes, playing for a teammate can be the most powerful and motivating goal.
Eating disorders and disordered eating are widespread problems in our modern-day society. While it can be important to know that what we eat directly affects our bodies, it can also lead to negative thoughts including guilt, and guilt can be one of the most damaging emotions a person can have. We hear about guilt "eating away" at someone, which can be a metaphor, but can also become very literal. As a nutritionist and someone working in the fitness industry, I do my very best to eliminate the negatives around our health and focus on the positive.
The sun isn't yet up and the air has a fall chill to it as you breathe in the day. The rest of the household is still asleep, but out the door you go, into the violet-skied morning. A quick workout, maybe a stretching session if you have time before morning practice starts. The day is filled with workouts, practice, school, more practice, some sort of appointment or meeting. You find yourself stumbling to your room after the sun has set. An hour of homework and shoving some food into your body before you crawl into bed, setting your alarm for another early morning. Day after day, week after week.
The sports world has always been dominated by men. As far back as the 11th century, and likely before, sports like jousting were used as tools for men to show off their strength, courage, and overall masculinity for women. This ancient idea has continued to influence the sporting world and it's getting a little old. Toxic masculinity is the adherence to traditional male gender roles, which can put men in a box, limiting the acceptance of them expressing themselves in ways that are seen as opposite to the alpha male ideal. The difference between toxic masculinity and masculinity is that with toxic masculinity, men are shamed for behaviors seen as feminine or for not meeting the masculine ideal. In a society where we are starting to call out racism and sexism on the daily, it's time to address the elephant in the locker room that is toxic masculinity.
I never thought that my strange and dark obsession was shared by so many other people in the world. I thought my interest in death and crime was something to be celebrated quietly, by myself—and by celebrated I mean purchasing true crime books left and right and freaking out alone in my room when a new documentary is released on Netflix. But in recent years, the fascination with true crime is being shared around the world. Podcasts and TV series tell horrifying true stories. People travel to the home of Lizzie Borden for a vacation and in looking up things for this very article, I found a link for a H. H. Holmes Murder Castle Jigsaw Puzzle.