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16 Aug

To understand that our country is facing a mental health crisis, you only have to look to our youngest citizens whose rates of depression and suicide are dramatically increasing. Nationally, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10-35, according to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While our idyllic location in the Rocky Mountains may make it seem we are removed from the intensity and scope of the problems we see on the nightly news, we are not immune. In fact, Eagle County lies within the “suicide belt” that stretches from Montana down the Rocky Mountains to New Mexico. Last year in Eagle County, there were 17 suicides — that’s a rate of 32+ per 100,000, higher than any rate in the nation.

A call to action

Last year, these terrifying statistics and real lives lost led me to draw a line in the sand. Enough talking, enough meetings. It was time for radical innovation and change.

At the next Eagle County Paramedic Services Board of Directors meeting, I proposed we create a fund of $100,000 to start working on the problem immediately. I suggested bringing the Hope Center into our valley and supporting them with a community paramedic from our organization to respond to people in crisis. Within six months, we had an operational program, which now responds to anyone in crisis in our community 24 hours a day, every day, by calling 911.

Since launching this program in October 2018, we have reduced ambulance transports to local emergency departments by 78%. We have saved over $250,000 in health-care charges to insurance companies or individuals for the cost of ambulance services alone, and another $920,000 in potential emergency department bills. We have done this as a team that includes every major health provider in our community. It is one important step in solving the behavioral health crisis, but there is so much more work to do.

Coming together as a community

Vail Health’s recent commitment of $60 million dollars over the next 10 years signified another monumental step. It provided true hope for transformative change and has allowed for the establishment of Eagle Valley Behavioral Health.

Next, the appointment of Chris Lindley as executive director of EVBH marks yet another critical step towards building a facility for behavioral health, hiring care providers and increasing access to affordable behavioral health care right here in our community. Chris is a trusted colleague and friend, and I have great hope for the future knowing he will lead the charge. I will do everything I can to support him.

There is no magic bullet to fix the behavioral health crisis locally or
nationally. Many people have asked if this is a new problem, if we are better
at recognizing it or if it’s a combination of the two. The answers to those
questions aren’t easy to find, but we are starting to understand how we got
here, address the underlying causes, fix existing issues and prevent future
breakdowns in behavioral health care. 

I am proud to help solve this problem in our community, as a community.
We must all support the local programs and initiatives dedicated to this
effort, and seek innovative solutions to care. There are so many organizations
that are doing great work in behavioral health care and prevention. Each of
these organizations is working toward a common goal with one purpose, to
improve the mental health of our community, one step at a time.

For more information about what we do, please visit:

Christopher A. Montera is the CEO of Eagle County Paramedic Services

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16 Aug

TODAY Home spoke with Dr. W. Christopher Winter, a leading sleep expert and author of “The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It” to find out why some people like top sheets and others hate them.

Dr. Winter believes that “our bedding plays a huge role in how we feel during our sleep.” Whether that is the material, the moisture-wicking properties or the way the bedding is positioned, it can be the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless one.

“The only thing you can say relatively definitively is that we sleep better in a cool environment,” Winter said. He added that “if two partners are fighting because one likes it hot in the bedroom and one likes it cold, I’m going to have to side with the person who wants it cold.”

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16 Aug

Yorkshire pudding is an English side dish made from a batter of eggs, flour, and milk or water—the Brits love a baked pudding. We give the classic version a serious savory upgrade with our Cheese and Chive Yorkshire Pudding. These will deflate while cooling, so they are best served still warm, right out of the oven. Uncover more muffin tin magic in our July/August 2019 issue!

Cheese and Chive Yorkshire Pudding

  • 1½ cups (360 grams) whole milk
  • 3 large eggs (150 grams)
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) plus 4 teaspoons (20 grams) unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 1½ cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ cup (50 grams) freshly grated Dubliner cheese
  • 3 tablespoons (8 grams) chopped fresh chives
  • Garnish: chopped fresh chives
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In the container of a blender, place milk, eggs, 4 teaspoons (20 grams) melted butter, flour, and salt; process just until smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, toss together cheese and chives.
  4. Place a 12-cup muffin pan in oven for 5 minutes to preheat. Remove from oven, and quickly spoon remaining ¼ cup melted butter into muffin cups (1 teaspoon [5 grams] each). Return pan to oven for 2 minutes. Remove from oven. Working quickly, spoon batter into muffin cups, dividing evenly among each. Top each with 1 tablespoon (about 4 grams) cheese mixture.
  5. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Garnish with chives, if desired. Serve immediately.



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16 Aug

“We have a built environment that we would probably never do today in the density that’s here,” said David Noren, a Sebastopol resident and a longtime member of the North Coast water board, which is based in Santa Rosa. “And so we’re looking at trying to retrofit, through a program of implementation here, to retrofit and make better a wastewater collection and treatment system, whether it be collectively or individually. And that’s a tall order, no doubt about it.”

With its headwaters in Mendocino County, the Russian River supplies drinking water to over 600,000 people, while bolstering irrigation supplies for farms, sustaining wildlife, and serving as a popular destination for generations of visitors, from fishermen to paddlers and sunbathers.

But the water body has suffered under the pressures of urban and rural development, dam building and the heavier-handed legacies of logging, mining and farming that take a toll to this day.

It remains impaired in the eyes of water quality regulators because of problems not only with bacterial contamination, but also excessive sediment loads and high water temperatures. The new regulations were needed, officials said, to address the bacteria issue and comply with state and federal laws governing water standards for recreational use.

The Sonoma County Health Department monitors the 10 most popular public river beaches to ensure fecal bacteria levels remain below acceptable thresholds, so the river remains safe for swimming and other recreation, officials said.

Hopkins made that point to applause on Wednesday.

“I would take my 6-month old son to vacation and have fun and swim in the Russian River,” she said. “Please know that it’s open for business.”

But the regional board has an obligation to ensure the watershed can consistently meet water quality objectives and does not decline. It has sought to address bacterial sources through a variety of means, including a follow-up discussion on Thursday focused on dairies, but the issue of septic systems has consistently garnered the greatest public interest.

“I’m here out of grave concern for my neighbors in Hacienda, and all up and down the Russian River,” said Phil Grosse, who emerged Wednesday from a crowd of local residents opposed to the new regulations

Grosse read words and phrases culled from written comments submitted by the public: “Overly expansive, unreasonable, inequitable, unsupported, overkill, unaffordable, unconscionable, impossible and potentially catastrophic.”

“This will be a disaster for the lower Russian River,” he said. “People will lose their homes.”

The final plan targets parcels that are within at least 600 feet of certain areas of the Russian River and specific tributaries. Less extensive zones were drawn around seasonal streams.

Many of the program details are not yet worked out, though water board staff members promised robust public outreach in the months and years ahead.

The first step will be for property owners notified by the water board to report back with whatever they know about their waste treatment system: what it includes, how it works, when it was installed, for example.

The water board staff expects this assessment to take about five years and provide information that will help guide how they proceed with the rest of the program.

After that, affected property owners will need to start having their waste systems inspected every five years and make appropriate repairs or upgrades where required, including replacing cesspools, which will no longer be allowed in the county, and, in many cases, adding enhanced treatment components, like ultraviolet radiation, to ensure all waste is fully treated.

The regional board also anticipates that some neighborhoods will come together to work on a collective treatment approach, particularly where the landscape is not hospitable to a septic system.

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16 Aug

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16 Aug

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 15, 2019.

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President Donald Trump says the U.S. should begin building more mental health institutions to combat the nation’s ongoing gun violence.

Speaking to reporters before a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday evening, Trump said many other Republican leaders and the public don’t want “insane people, dangerous people, bad people” owning guns.

“Mental illness is something nobody wants to talk about,” Trump said, responding to a question about gun control. “These people are mentally ill, and nobody talks about that. … I think we have to start building institutions again because, you know, if you look at the ’60s and ’70s, so many of these institutions were closed.”

Trump would later double down on those remarks at the New Hampshire rally, saying the U.S. will need to “build new facilities for those in need.”

The U.S. began shutting down mental institutions in the 1950s to mid-1960s and transitioned to more community-based care in part to improve treatment for people with mental illness.

In response, the National Alliance on Mental Illness said the president “should be talking about better care and earlier access to intensive treatment, not revisiting the shameful institutions of our past.”

“Words matter, Mr. President. ‘These people’ are our friends, neighbors, children, spouses. They’re not ‘monsters,’ ‘the mentally ill’ or ‘crazy people’ — they’re us,” acting CEO Angela Kimball said in a statement.

Mental Health America also condemned Trump’s remarks, saying in part that “hate is not a mental illness” and “people who hate should never be allowed to hide behind people with mental illnesses.”

Trump’s comments follow back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month that killed at least 31 people.

Democrats are calling for the imposition of universal background checks for gun buyers as well as a ban on military-style assault weapons. Instead, Trump says, lawmakers should reform the nation’s mental health laws, arguing “mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”

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16 Aug

How you fall asleep at night may correlate with how outgoing you are, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Leesa Sleep, examined the sleeping positions and personality traits of 2,000 Americans and found nearly half of Americans polled prefer to sleep on their sides.

There may be something to that preference, as side sleepers also get the most amount of sleep a night — at six hours on average. Side sleepers, however, take the most amount of time to fall asleep (24 minutes).

Side sleepers are also most likely to identify as night owls (33%) and extroverts (28%). Being a night owl may also be related to side sleepers’ movie genre preferences; four in 10 side sleepers reach for a horror movie.

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16 Aug

Imagine going from newlyweds to newly homeless. That’s what happened to Mostafa Yousri and his wife 16 months after they tied the knot. The house they shared in Egypt literally collapsed. Yousri stayed with friends while his wife stayed with her family until they could rent an apartment three months later.

“For about 90 percent of my life, I had poor eating habits. And this incident only made it worse,” Yousri says.

He succumbed to comforting himself with food. Years went by, and it didn’t become evident to him how much he was hurting his health until he couldn’t run even a short distance without totally crumpling and gasping for air. He realized that something needed to change.

Over the course of two years, Yousri completed multiple challenges to get to where he is now. He became a sponge, soaking up all the information he could find about nutrition and fitness, slowly but surely figuring out ways to make progress and keep the weight off better than before. The 2019 All Access Challenge Series gave him the chance to buckle down even harder.

“I was honored by winning the weekly challenge in this year’s Challenge Series four times in a row,” he says. “From that point on, I took a pledge to never go back to my old way of life again.”

This is his story.

Snapshot: Mostafa Yousri

  • Height: 5′ 9″
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Occupation: Architect
  • Location: Alexandria, Egypt

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Age: 31, Height: 5’9″, Weight: 240 lbs, Body Fat: 26%

Mostafa Yousri AfterMostafa Yousri After

Age: 33, Height: 5’9″, Weight: 165 lbs, Body Fat: 8%

What did life look like for you before this transformation?

Life became really harsh after I basically lost all my possessions when my house collapsed only 16 months after my marriage. I was homeless for three months. I would stay at a friend’s or a relative’s house, not knowing when the nightmare would end. My family and friends were trying hard to save the situation, and it was decided that my wife and I would rent an apartment. Forgetting what had happened was not easy, though.

I became obsessed with food and smoking. It was obvious that I had gained a lot of weight after visiting most of the restaurants in my city to try different dishes. Moreover, I learned how to cook in order to satisfy my unquenchable desire for food. I was even on the verge of quitting my job as an architect in order to work in a nearby restaurant to satisfy that increasing desire for more new dishes. I would devour one dish after the other, but I would never feel full, and I had already stopped enjoying the taste of food.

What made you decide to make such a huge change?

The shock came one day in 2017. I was late for a very important meeting and had to run 100 meters to catch the metro. When I finally managed to hop on, I was totally out of breath and barely able to move. For the rest of the day, my exhaustion was very obvious to everybody.

I always say to myself, “I believe I deserve the best,” which is a nice saying, but I realized that rather than repeating it, I should be worthy of it. I couldn’t accept not being able to run 100 meters without it affecting me so badly. At that time, my wife advised me to subscribe to and follow the diet she was following as well as workout programs and read articles on diet.

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How did you accomplish your goals?

After reading several articles about nutrition and building muscle, I realized how fatal the mistakes I made in the kitchen were. I stopped preparing unhealthy meals and used all the cooking experience I had gained to prepare high-quality meals that met the macronutrient criteria suitable for my weight at that time. It was not easy, but whenever I thought about what had happened to me, I would become more patient and more determined to walk my path to the end.

Seeing the first progress picture after taking those steps left me more motivated, and that only grew with each passing week of the 250K Challenge in 2017. I trained hard for 4-5 days every week. Not only did healthy food taste better and better, but just breathing felt easier and more satisfying.

I took part in the 2017 “Still in It” competition a few months later as a means of developing my physical abilities. That experience influenced me greatly, and I learned a lot from it. Moreover, I took part in the 250K Challenge again in 2018, hoping to be a source of motivation to others.

Then, January 2019 marked a true turning point in my life. I took part in the All Access Challenge Series, and I decided to dedicate my time and exert my utmost effort, supported by my experience and faith, to finish with flying colors. I wanted to be a source of motivation to my son, family, and everybody around me.

One step I learned that can help people reach their goal fast is organizing their priorities. Write down all the steps that can help you accomplish your mission successfully, like your training schedule, what you need to buy for food preparation, and your supplement schedule. In addition, I found that mental training is as important as physical training. Concentrate while targeting a certain muscle! It makes a difference in effectiveness and overall quality of your workouts.

What supplements helped you through your journey?

What did your nutrition plan look like throughout your journey?

I used the following carb-cycling diet plan:

  • Training days: 50% carbs, 30% protein, 20% fat
  • Rest days and active rest days: 30% carbs, 50% protein, 20% fat

My carb sources were typically potatoes, sweet potatoes, white or brown rice, beans, and oats. For protein, I ate whole eggs, chicken, fish, and some dairy, and my fats mostly consisted of peanut butter, avocado, nuts, and olive oil. I avoided fried or fast foods, drank three liters of water a day, and had a free meal every 10 days.

Here’s an example of what a day of eating looked like:


150 g


1 whole

Green Salad

1 cup

Olive Oil

1 tsp


150 g

Green Salad

1 cup

Avocado Oil

1 tsp

White Rice

200 g


100 g


1 cup



Peanut Butter

2 tsp

Dried Fruit

1 small handful

Sweet Potato

100 g


200 g



1 cup

Cottage Cheese

(with lettuce)

1 cup

What did your training and cardio regimen look like?

Day 1: Legs, Abs, and Cardio

Day 2: Upper Body and Cardio


Leverage Decline Chest Press

4 sets, 8 reps



4 sets, 8 reps (plus dropset)




3 min. low intensity, 1 min. high intensity for 15 min. total

1 set, 15 mins



3 min. low intensity, 1 min. high intensity for 30 min. total

1 set, 30 mins

Day 4: Upper Body, Abs, and Cardio

Day 5: Upper Body and Cardio



4 sets, 8 reps (per side)




Hyperextensions (Back Extensions)


4 sets, 10 reps


Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdown

4 sets, 8 reps



3 min. low intensity, 1 min. high intensity for 15 min. total

1 set, 15 mins



3 min. low intensity, 1 min. high intensity for 30 min. total

1 set, 30 mins

What was the most challenging aspect of your journey?

Time. I work for 60 hours per week, which leaves very little time for learning and application. To achieve my goal, I needed time for reading, learning, preparing healthy meals, training five times a week, and having some time to rest. And after a while, something new appeared on the horizon—we were blessed with a baby boy who brightened up our life like no other thing.

One thing I learned is that you shouldn’t work endlessly. Work shouldn’t be your whole life, just part of it. When you have a goal, you should do your best to achieve it and save time for what’s important to you, regardless of how busy you are.

If you could say one thing to someone aspiring to take on a major transformation of their own, what would it be?

Don’t listen to any negative comments. Some people are simply “energy vampires”; they do nothing except give destructive criticism. Set your goal, work hard to achieve it, learn, seek advice from experienced people, and exert great effort. Dust yourself off when you fall. You deserve the best! And be patient. Good things take time.

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” –Ovid

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What are your future plans or goals in fitness?

My first goal is to become certified in personal training and sports nutrition so that I can pass on what I have learned to others. From there I would love to develop my own sports program and nutrition program in the light of my experience and spread them widely in order to motivate beginners from all over the globe. For my personal fitness journey, the next steps include running a marathon and completing the Ripped Remix program.

How did help you reach your goals? was my go-to source for workouts, articles, and supplementation. I tracked all of my workouts, including the 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer and 4Weeks2Shred by Kris Gethin. The videos included in these programs helped me really learn as I was going. Plus, I could track my weights during workouts. BodySpace is another great tool where I kept track of my weight and body fat percentage to easily see the progress I was making. also has an awesome YouTube channel with motivational and workout videos, and their social media channels are a great way to watch motivational videos presented by athletes. Joining a fit family helps you feel successful and forget about any old failures.

Any cool or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

Not only did I develop myself physically, but I also learned photography and playing the piano, and I became sure that sports are the beginning of all positive things. I’ve formed a running team and have taken part in several marathons in my city. Today, I feel I deserve to dream high, and I hope to be a source of positive energy to everyone.

Interested in embarking on your own transformation journey? Check out All Access to find the perfect plan to help you get started.

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16 Aug

The aroma of homemade sourdough wafting through your home is one of life’s simple pleasures. Yet, keeping a sourdough starter can be intimidating and time-consuming. It may sound impossible, but we found a way to have fresh-baked sourdough, no homemade starter required! Our Shortcut Sourdough Boule has all the tanginess of sourdough—not to mention a chewy, open crumb and crunchy crust—but instead of building your own starter, the recipe calls for Platinum®Instant Sourdough Yeast from Red Star®. Made with dried sourdough starter, commercial yeast, and dough strengtheners, this revolutionary product guarantees rich sourdough flavor while letting you skip the starter. It’s sourdough made simple.

Shortcut Sourdough Boule

  • 4½ cups (572 grams) bread flour
  • 1 (0.63-ounce) package (18 grams) Platinum® Instant Sourdough Yeast from Red Star®
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • 1¾ cups (420 grams) warm water (105°F/41°C to 110°F/43°C)
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, instant sourdough, and salt. Add 1¾ cups (420 grams) warm water, and beat at medium-low speed until a sticky dough forms, about 30 seconds. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 2 hours. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and generously dust with bread flour.
  3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Gently stretch and fold bottom third over to center. Stretch right side out, and fold right third over to center; repeat with left side. Finish by folding top third over previous folds. Roll loaf away from you, and using both hands, cup dough and pull it toward you to seal. Turn dough 180 degrees, and pull again until a tight, smooth, oval boule forms. (To shape dough into a round boule for a round Dutch oven, see Shaping Boule on page 37.) Place dough seam side down on prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 1 hour. (Alternatively, place dough on prepared pan; cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, remove dough from refrigerator, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place [75°F/24°C] for 1 hour.)
  4. When dough has 30 minutes left to rise, place a 5- to 7-quart oval enamel-coated Dutch oven and lid in cold oven. Preheat oven to 500°F (260°C)
  5. Using a lame or razor blade score top of loaf Carefully remove hot Dutch oven from oven; remove lid and place dough still on parchment in Dutch oven Cover with lid and place back in oven
  6. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 425°F (220°C) Bake for 30 minutes Remove lid and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 205°F (96°C) 10 to 15 minutes more Immediately remove loaf from Dutch oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

SHEET PAN METHOD: Although we prefer the Dutch oven method, this recipe can be baked on a sheet pan. To bake on a sheet pan, cover loaf with foil and tightly seal foil around rim of pan. Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 205°F (96°C), 10 to 15 minutes more.



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