As we get closer to winter, you might find yourself reminiscing about the summer. I certainly am. As many of you may know, last summer I went on a world tour with my family to visit a few of the many countries that air our show. I returned seeing the world through different – and refreshed – eyes. I credit this to all the time spent in nature. All this concrete, plastic and steel serves its purpose, but it’s the great outdoors that are truly nourishing.
During the trip, I returned to Turkey, visited Italy, China, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska. But, I have to say that I experienced the most untouched, most beautiful landscapes in Alaska. We explored the wetlands, the glaciers, and everything in between. In this video, you’ll see me swimming with salmon. It’s not quite the hot tub at the log cabin – but for me, it was even better. Needless to say the water was anything but luke warm, but to be amidst such an incredible and thriving ecosystem, it was quite transcendent. My mind was clear, and I was totally present in the moment, suspended in the water, feeling life all around me. Directed and Shot by Ian Kellett
Edited by Andy Bell
Just as spending time in nature can bring peace of mind, invigorating your spirit, experiencing nature through your food can help restore balance in your body – since you’re eating in the way that was intended and that your body was optimized for. Sit down with a roasted veggie plate or sit down with a hot dog on a plain white bun – the first option brings the best out of nature; the second is Frankenstein on a dish. I wonder how that’ll sit in your stomach. Like a log.
On another day in Alaska, we let the salmon swim and went fishing instead. If people laud the taste of foods fresh from farm-to-table, imagine what it felt like to grill – and taste – our fresh catch. Now, I’m not suggesting we all go out and cast a line; I know that’s not possible. But you can eat locally sourced foods in their most natural forms and do yourself the same amount of good.
Whether it’s wild Alaskan salmon delivering pure and rich omega-3s, whole grains providing fiber and energy, or fruits and vegetables from your local farm delivering critical vitamins and potent antioxidants, you’ll see that these natural foods confer the greatest benefit. I still suggest you take a multivitamin – but there’s nothing better than the real thing.
Could you imagine making 4.6 billion calls in a month?
That's how many robocalls Americans received in February this year. And when your phone is ringing endlessly with scammers asking about your car's warranty, a free cruise, or even a scary warning about your insurance coverage, it can definitely seem like all the calls are going to you. So what do you do when you get one of these fake calls and how do you protect your personal information and money from cons? Here are the important steps to take.
1. Don't Talk to Them
Hang up the phone if you get a strange call offering a free product, asking for a payment of some kind or wanting some personal information. Do not give any information to them and do not accept anything. Even if they insist you only have a limited time to act or you may be arrested if you don't do what they say, this is not true. No legitimate business would require this of you. If you are unsure if the call is real or fake, search the business name online for any reviews or other information on them.
2. Block Future Unwanted Calls
Set up defenses so these scammers can't reach you in the first place. Here are a few options:
- Register your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. This blocks unwanted sales calls from reaching you. However, scammers may still get through.
- Download a call blocking app on your cell phone to stop scam calls. You can search online for expert reviews on the best ones, or take a look at https://www.ctia.org/, a website for the U.S. wireless communications industry. The apps let you decide what to do (such as hang up on unknown calls or only block calls from certain numbers or locations).
3. Report the Call or Scam to Authorities
If you didn't give or receive anything from the scammers and want to report the call, complete a form here to alert the Federal Trade Commission.
1. Contact the Bank or Credit Card
Immediately call your bank or credit card — or wherever the money came from — and tell them you've been scammed. They can help you stop the payment and get your money back if that's possible. They can also help you protect your money from further fraud.
2. Protect Your Identity
The FTC can also help you watch for any identity theft with your personal information. Click here to tell them what happened and get a personalized plan to protect yourself and monitor your information.
If you gave access to your computer or revealed usernames and passwords to any accounts, immediately update your computer's security system and perform a sweep for any harmful programs or data on your computer. And then change any usernames and passwords that were discussed.