How to Make It
Heat a grill pan over high heat. Brush portobellos with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil. Stir together cumin and chile powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle half of cumin mixture over portobellos, pressing to adhere. Grill portobellos until lightly charred and tender, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion, bell peppers, and poblano; sprinkle with remaining cumin mixture and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring often, until lightly charred and tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
Heat tortillas according to package directions. Thinly slice portobellos; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Divide portobellos evenly among tortillas. Top evenly with onion mixture. Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce, if desired.
I’ve done a lot of strange things in the name of journalistic intrigue—run-commute for two weeks, become a morning person, brush my teeth with charcoal, put my Tinder profile in the hands of a sexologist. So when I recently announced to a table of 12 over sushi that I'd be taking a coed naked yoga class, the crowd was less than surprised that I'd sign up for something so, well, out there.
But the truth is, I didn’t sign up for naked yoga because an editor suggested it. I signed up for naked yoga because I wanted to be the type of person who signs up for naked yoga.
My dinnermates chirped about who they thought that type of person would be: “A bunch of hippy-dippy liberals with bushes!” said one friend. “Big dicks. Only dudes with big dicks would take naked yoga,” said another.
I pictured something a little less Woodstock and a little more empowering. I signed up anticipating free-spirited, bold urbanites who didn’t let anything hold them back–not their free-flying bits, not the wafting stank of crotch sweat, and definitely not a broken heart!
See, my confidence had taken a mega-hit after getting broken up with earlier this summer. While journaling and stacks on stacks on stacks of self-help books were serviceable, naked yoga seemed to promise immediate gratification. “Ready to open the door to self-kindness and healing?” the website of Naked in Motion asks. “We offer you the opportunity to shed your clothing, and along with it, judgments about your appearance, limiting personal beliefs, and critical self-talk.”
Um, hell yeah! I thought when I read the class description. Ready to embrace my inner so-over-my-ex goddess, I reserved my mat.
But in the two hours leading up to the class, excitement and self-congratulations at my own daring were replaced with fear and self-annoyance: What the F had I gotten myself into?
I messaged my gym-mates and texted my nudist-beach-loving buds.
Dude… should I have gotten a wax?
I packed turquoise underwear, is that embarrassing? Should I have packed black, instead?
WTF do you wear to arrive to a naked yoga class? I’m wearing a black dress and a jean-jacket–does that sound too try-hard?
Their responses were mostly the same: “OMG, I can’t believe you’re doing this. Let me know how it goes.” At 6:50 p.m. sharp, when the doors to class would open, I got in the elevator that led me up 11 flights with a middle-aged man in khakis.
When I got into the space, I realized my expectations had been a little off. Instead of immediately stripping when I got in the door, I gave Willow, the founder of Naked in Motion, my name, and joined my classmates who sat fully clothed and crossed-legged in neat rows facing the windows.
Instead of confident goddesses in Beyoncé-inspired flower crowns like I’d expected, there were two women and 20 or so men wearing everything from linen pants and T-shirts to workout gear to full-on business suits (like, with a tie!).
I sat on my mat and considered leaving. Around me, people made small talk while I thought about crying as I realized men in their late 40s and 50s would be seeing me naked. But I knew I’d be upset with myself if I wussed out now.
Willow (and the instructor she was training) started by telling us about the studio's boundaries and rules: no cruising, no body compliments or comments, no touching without consent, no staring. She also explained what to do if you got an erection (take child's pose) and reiterated a rule which I’d read online: Women and transgender folks had the option to keep their underwear on.
After the rules were read, we got to the naked part. I regretted wearing a dress; I'd be completely bare in a single swoop. I stalled by taking off my jewelry (which, BTW, totally unnecessary), braiding my hair, and unbuckling my sandals. I tossed aside my jean jacket and glanced around the room, realizing I was the only person still clothed. Off came the dress, then my bra. I decided to keep my underwear on, in all its turquoise glory. The whole thing was remarkably un-sexy and, truthfully, felt a bit like disrobing for a gynecological exam.
Then, we got moving. Through the slow, core-focused flow, my thoughts weren’t focused on the way my boobs hung, the slight smell of sweat, or the fact that there were two dozen dangling penises around me. Instead, I did what I do during CrossFit: I turned my attention to my muscles. I focused on activating my core, glutes, and hip flexors with each twist and bend, and I made sure to breathe.
As a retired rugby player turned CrossFit athlete, the definition of my shoulders and arms is pretty noticeable. At least twice a day a barista, a passerby, or coworker will compliment or mention how swole I am or how strong I look. I’m used to people staring at my body when I’m in clothes.
But in class, not once did I feel sexualized by the men (or women) around me, not once did I catch a stranger glancing at my nipple piercing, peering at my rear, or taking inventory of my muscular physique. And I freaking loved it. When your very presence and body has the tendency to garner attention, getting none felt pretty damn incredible. Here, I wasn’t the CrossFitting writer or the bulky girl who orders iced coffee. I was just another body doing yoga.
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During warrior pose, I screwed my heels into the floor, opened my chest, and felt like a bold badass. During forward fold, I felt the stretch in my hamstrings and closed my eyes, oblivious to the rows of exposed assholes in front of me. During pigeon pose (which truthfully was the pose that made me thankful I’d kept my bottoms on), I leaned into the stretch, feeling uniquely one with this (male-dominant) group of uninhibited strangers around me.
After we said Namaste, some stayed nude and chatted, some opted for just their briefs, while others (like me) got dressed quickly. But the buzz was the same. All around me folks said how free they felt, how unembarrassed.
Sure, from a practical standpoint it’s easier to move without clothes; that’s why my CrossFit uniform is booty shorts and a sports bra, after all. But that’s not really what Naked in Motion is about. In some ways, naked yoga is exactly what it sounds like: a 100% in-the-buff yoga experience. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s this super-empowering mix of power and vulnerability, fear and courage.
Am I permanently more confident and less heartbroken than I was before the class? No. But taking a coed naked yoga class isn’t something I would have done a few months ago. I’m proud of myself for getting so far outside my comfort zone. Nine out of 10 times, I’d probably choose sushi dinner with friends over naked yoga, but the next time I start to miss that “just another body in a room” feeling, you can bet I’ll be back on the mat.
A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday.
“The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current infrastructure leading to contamination of the Vaal River system,” committee chairperson Mlungisi Johnson said in a statement.
“The committee visited the municipality and the Sebokeng Waste Water Treatment Plant and found that some of the units were not functional, leading to overloading of the remaining units.”
He said maintenance was needed or else consequences like spillage into the rivers would ensue.
“While the committee supports the building of new units, it has emphasised that the old units must be maintained to ensure optimal utilisation of the entire plant.”
It also called on government to use technological developments in the sector to find ways to reduce infrastructure development.
Furthermore, the committee expressed concern over delays in implementing the Sebokeng Regional Sewer Scheme.
“Besides the obvious cost overruns associated with increasing building cost of materials, the other negative consequence is to small medium enterprises that would have benefitted from the contract.”
In addition, costs for purifying contaminated water were now added to the municipality’s bills.
“The committee has resolved that it will get monthly reports on interventions by all spheres of government in resolving the problem.”
In case you missed it:
The interview by @bonglez on @Radio702 with SAVE’s vice-chairman @stewart_maureen
The Pollution of the Vaal River has reached crisis proportions https://t.co/OtstC3jiEU#SaveTheVaal #Pollution #sewage pic.twitter.com/nFPlho2Z7H
— Save (@SaveTheVaal) August 14, 2018
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Manchester – Jose Mourinho accused Manchester City of lacking class in a scathing response to his own appearances in a documentary series about the Premier League champions.
The eight-part series, ‘All or Nothing’ was released by streaming service Amazon last week amid much fanfare.
The fly-on-the-wall episodes focus on Pep Guardiola’s magnificent efforts in winning last season’s English title, with the producers boasting of their unprecedented access to the champions over the season.
But the Manchester United manager was surprised, and clearly angered, by the number of times he appears, or is the subject of comments, in the series.
“I haven’t seen it but I know a few things about the movie,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash at Brighton.
“You don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie.
“My reaction is if you are a rich club you can buy top players, you cannot buy class. That is my first reaction.
“The second reaction is because I am in the movie I could ask for some royalties.
“But if they send me one of the shirts they had in the tunnel when we played there, the shirts that were saying ‘We did it on derby day.’ If they send me one of these shirts, I give up about the royalties.”
The last comment referred to the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in April when City had printed souvenirs in expectation of clinching the title against Mourinho’s men, only for United to come from behind to win 3-2, delaying the title celebrations by two weeks.
The champions have claimed this week that they had no editorial control over Amazon, but a number of reviews have commented on how heavily Mourinho and United figure.
The footage features the Old Trafford derby, won impressively by City in December, and has the narrator, Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley commenting: “It is Guardiola versus Mourinho once more. Possession versus defence; attacking football versus park-the-bus.”
There are also scenes of City supporters chanting “Park the bus” during the derby, as well as Mourinho’s post-match press briefing at Old Trafford in which he claims, unconvincingly, that his team had not just been outplayed by Guardiola’s.
City’s player-of-the-year Kevin De Bruyne, allowed to leave Chelsea by Mourinho when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge, is also central to the documentary.
Mourinho is shown at a Champions League press conference in the autumn of 2013 being grilled about De Bruyne’s absence and storming out after explaining that the Belgian had trained poorly and played badly in a League Cup tie with Swindon.
Asked whether that clip, in particular, had annoyed him, Mourinho joked: “You know, a movie without me doesn’t sell much. I needed to be there.”
Coincidentally, the documentary was premiered on the day that De Bruyne was injured in training, a knee ligament problem that will sideline him for three months.
Mourinho, however, does not expect the defending champions to suffer much due to the Belgian’s absence.
“I think they have a fantastic squad,” he said.
“De Bruyne is a fantastic player, but for him to be out a few weeks, I don’t think it’s a drama for them.
“They won the Community Shield and at the Emirates without De Bruyne. They are a fantastic team and it’s not a drama for them to lose a player for a few weeks.”
A search for Dawn Basdeo, wife of former Durban police officer Prem Emmanuel Basdeo, at the Zwartkops raceway in Centurion proved unsuccessful over the weekend.
Dawn, 57, was last seen on June 8 at her home in Brooklyn, Pretoria.
Her husband was arrested weeks after the sudden disappearance, and was charged with murder, defeating the ends of justice and perjury. It was alleged that he was not truthful in his initial statement when he reported his wife missing.
Over the weekend, the search organisers said that they had chosen to search at the Zwartkops raceway as it was in the “vicinity in which Prem first took the police to point out her body”.
‘This is not over’
“[On Saturday] as a group of approximately 100 people – family, friends and volunteers – came together to #SearchforDawn, congregating at 06:00 and finally dispersing after 17:00,” a post on the Facebook page “Justice for Dawn” read.
“We covered major ground.”
The organisers said that they were “truly humbled” by the support shown, although they remained “saddened not to have been able to give the family Dawn back”.
Yet, the organisers asserted: “This is not over. We are determined to get #JusticeforDawn.”
Previously, the family was granted permission by the police to conduct their own search for her body.
Earlier this week, police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said there were no new leads or information from the investigation that led to the search initiative of the family.
We all secretly love sore muscles. It’s proof you put in serious work at the gym, and your body is feeling it. But some muscle soreness isn’t simply due to lactic acid buildup – it’s a sign you straight-up sent your muscles into shock.
“The significant muscle soreness that typically occurs hours after activity, usually 24 to 48 hours after activity, is referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS,” Christopher Hogrefe, orthopaedic surgeon at Northwestern Medicine, told MensHealth.com.
“This condition has little, if anything, to do with lactic acidosis. Instead, it appears to be the result of small tears in muscle fibre that combine with an inflammatory process to result in pain.”
You’ll notice this type of soreness after more challenging or unfamiliar exercise. “Activities that involve muscle and tendon lengthening while a person simultaneously tries to contract the muscle, squats and running downhill, are examples of such exercises,” says Dr Hogrefe.
So what are the symptoms of DOMS? “Muscle soreness, lack of strength, decrease in the speed of muscle contractibility, and muscle stiffness are all symptoms of DOMS,” says Katie Lawton, an exercise physiologist in Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic. “DOMS can decrease the speed of muscle contractibility by 5-8% and change joint mobility.”
If your body needs a little more help with recovery, try one of these tips to get rid of sore muscles
1. Eat more mushrooms
“Numerous sources have identified mushrooms as possessing anti-inflammatory properties that may be effective in reducing some muscle soreness,” says Dr Hogrefe. Mushrooms’ anti-inflammatory compounds called polysaccharides work to reduce the inflammation-causing cytokine compounds.
2. Do an active cooldown
Spending some time cooling down makes your muscles recovery-ready. A 2018 study on active recovery found that runners who spent time at a 50% decrease in activity at the end of their workout (instead of resting completely) were able to go three times longer the second time they ran. The researchers believe it had to do with better blood flow, which reduced blood lactate (the metabolic byproduct that makes your muscles sore).
Plus, a 2012 study found that those who did 20 minutes of low- or moderate-intensity cycling immediately following their strength workout reported reduced muscle pain.
3. Drink some tart cherry juice
Tart cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. A 2010 study found that long distance runners who drank tart cherry juice for eight days reported decreased muscle pain.
“Much like mushrooms, the anti-inflammatory properties in cherries may be beneficial in decreasing muscle soreness. However, particularly in the case of tart cherry extract, one should be aware of the significant sugar content that could be present,” says Dr Hogrefe.
Read more: 6 muscle meals you can make in the microwave
4. Get a massage
It may seem obvious, but massages really do help get rid of sore muscles. A 2012 study found that a post-exercise massage significantly reduces pain by reducing the release of cytokines, compounds that cause inflammation in the body. At the same time, massage stimulated mitochondria in cells, promoting cell function and repair.
5. Use a heating pad and an ice pack
“The idea behind heating pads is that they increase blood flow because it is a vasodilator (opens up your blood vessels), and is thought that it could help flush some of the byproducts or inflammation related to muscle soreness, out of the muscles,” says Lawton.
Adding an ice pack to the mix may be the perfect combination.
“Alternating cold and heat may be most beneficial following exercise-induced muscle soreness,” says Dr Hogrefe.
A 2015 study found that using both heat and ice prevented elastic tissue damage. “Going from icing to heating reduces muscle pain after exercising. Applying ice for 20 minutes followed by heat for 20 minutes may be an effective regimen to help address muscle soreness following activity,” says Dr Hogrefe.
6. Use a foam roller
Foam rolling on sore muscles can make grown men cry, but it seriously helps repair your muscles. “It has been suggested that foam rolling may decrease oedema (or swelling in the muscles) and enhance tissue healing,” says Dr Hogrefe.
A 2015 study found that 20 minutes of foam rolling on a high-density foam roller immediately following exercise and 24 hours after may reduce muscle tenderness and decrease the impact on one’s dynamic movements.
7. Take an ice bath
A 2010 study found that ice baths reduce swelling and tissue breakdown that causes DOMS by constricting blood vessels. Participants sat in the ice bath for five to 10 minutes. And in another study from 2014, participants who took ice baths for 10 minutes after exercise reported the lowest levels of pain and muscle soreness when asked to stretch.
“Overall, some have suggested that ice baths can reduce muscle soreness by 20%,” says Dr Hogrefe.
8. Wear compression gear
It’s not just to show off all the work you’ve put in. A 2014 study found that compression gear reduced muscle soreness and made muscle recovery faster due to constricting your muscles and preventing fluid buildup post-workout while increasing blood flow. This helped remove an enzyme in your muscles called creatine kinas, which can cause ache.
This article was originally published onwww.mh.co.za
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How to Make It
Make grits: In a large pan, bring milk, 3 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add cornmeal in a steady stream, whisking, until no lumps are visible. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring and scraping pan every 10 minutes, until tender, 35 minutes. Uncover; cook 5 minutes longer, stirring.
While grits cook, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning, until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Let cool; crumble.
Add bell peppers, white parts of scallions, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet with bacon fat. Sauté until bell peppers are crisp-tender, 7 minutes. Stir in shrimp, pepper sauce and 1/2 cup water. Sauté until shrimp turn almost opaque, 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Remove grits from heat; stir in cheese. Divide among 4 bowls; top with shrimp mixture. Garnish with bacon and scallion greens.
Imran Khan has been as sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime minister after his party’s victory in last month’s election tainted by the alleged intervention by the military.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath at a ceremony in the capital, Islamabad, on Saturday where political and military leaders, former sports stars and diplomats participated.
Khan was elected as the prime minister by parliament on Friday as his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), swept the election, vowing to bring an era of accountability and prosperity to the country.
PTI won the most seats in the July 25 election but fell short of an outright majority. It allied with independents to form a coalition.
In the national assembly, Khan secured 176 votes on Friday, beating Shehbaz Sharif, president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who got 96.
“In this country, before everything else, we have to make sure there is accountability,” said Khan, in a speech after the vote in parliament.
“Those who have looted this country and indebted it, I promise this today that no one will escape.”
The long-time opposition politician takes the reins of power for the first time in his 22-year political career, having led a strenuous campaign against corruption and government mismanagement since he retired as one of Pakistan’s most popular cricketer in 1992.
The PTI’s election victory was marred by widespread allegations of irregularities in the vote counting process, and opposition parties on Friday decried the results as “unacceptable”.
In his speech, Khan welcomed any investigation into the election results, saying he would support the process. He also committed to empowering parliament, and attending at least twice a month to answer other lawmakers’ questions.