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TBT: (614) Magazine celebrates 10 years

Mike Thomas

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Where were you ten years ago? If you’re anything like me, looking back that far gives you a serious case of the cringes. I’ll spare you the details, but if I had to do it all over again, there’s more than one thing I’d do differently (no, former me. I don’t care how hungover you are, Four Loko is not an acceptable breakfast beverage).

While most of us are subject to the follies of youth, that’s simply not the case for (614) Magazine, which turns 10 as of this year’s April issue (on newsracks now!).

Since the beginning, (614) has strived (striven?) to showcase the best that our fair city has to offer. It’s a mission that continues to this day, a decade later, and it’s something that we tackle with the same sense of wonder and optimism that has carried this publication from the beginning.

OK, so maybe there have been some growing pains. We’ve fiddled with the format and bid fond farewells to an editor or two. But, that’s nothing compared to the changes this city has experienced since 2009.

For this week’s edition of TBT, we’ll take a look back at the first issue of the magazine that you graciously embraced as part of the fabric of the city a full decade ago.

Events

Our events calendar remains the go-to spot to keep up to date with what’s hip and happening in the city. The first-ever event in the first-ever issue screams “2009” louder than a Black Eyed Peas playlist blaring from an I-Phone 3G:

Democrats in office? Stimulus package? The promise of booze on the statehouse lawn? This event somehow makes us long for the time of one of the worst recessions in US history. (We could take or leave The Crash Test Dummies, though. Talk about a blast from the past!)

For a time, (614) rocked a separate calendar featuring upcoming concerts. Looking back on this first edition suggests that while much has changed since 2009, when it comes to our collective musical tastes, much remains the same.

The likes of Morrissey and The Black Keys are still actively touring in 2019, and Dr. Dog and The Spikedrivers continue to delight the local scene. If it came right down to it, this calendar might not look out of place in a 2019 issue of the mag. One thing’s for sure, if Diplo came to town today, he’d probably have to upgrade to a larger venue than Skully’s.

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Our approach to restaurant previews hasn’t changed all that much since the beginning. We’ve always tried to give you the scoop on the latest and greatest eateries from across central Ohio. Columbus food and drink is a constantly morphing landscape, and nothing highlights that more than a quick glance at our food section. The past ten years have seen some great concepts open in our city, and we’ve said goodbye to some favorites as well (RIP Barrio).

It’s all fun and games until somebody fills in that crossword puzzle you were saving for your lunch break. The puzzles section is one recurring feature that’s fallen by the wayside in the years since 2009. Would you like to see it resurrected?

The People

Like the city itself, we’ve seen many faces come and go over the years at (614). However, many of the contributors who were with us for this first issue are still part of the team to this day! Talk about commitment.

More than anything, we want to take the time to thank you, our dear readers, on the occasion of the magazine’s tenth anniversary. What we do would not be possible without you! We may not be perfect, but we’ve come a long way in the past ten years. Thanks for taking this journey with us—here’s to the next ten!

What are some of your favorite memories of Columbus and (614) Magazine from the past decade? Any old features you would like to see revived? Let us know in the comments!

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Truth or Trend: Do lemons help with digestion?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Lemons have been used for years in cooking to add acidity to foods, but is there actually a health benefit to using lemons in your food regularly? According to this social media post below, yes. The post alleges that lemons are a key to improving digestion due to their pH.

But, let’s stop there and explore whether or not there's any truth to this claim.

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First of all, yes, lemons are acidic and have a low pH, and our gastric fluids or stomach acid is also acidic with a normal pH range being 1.5-3.5. So, lemons and our gastric juices do have similar pHs, and the acidity of stomach acid is vital for correct digestion processes. Thus, one might think lemons would be great to eat every day to keep our stomach acidic and digestion flowing,

However, it’s not common for stomach acid to get out of normal range. Our bodies have a strong capability to maintain homeostasis, meaning if things get outside “normal” levels, our bodies will try to correct it from within. If your stomach acid is not in the normal range, that could be indicative of other health conditions that lemons may not be able to cure.

Take-Away: Continue to use lemons in your foods for acidity, flavor, and color, or if you really enjoy eating them—they do count as a serving of fruit! But, there is no need to force yourself to add more lemons to your diet for digestive purposes. Our bodies work hard to keep us stable, and if your gastric juices are out of range, visiting your doctor is the only thing that will help.

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Truth or Trend: Pregnancy Fit Tea

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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We don’t have to be a woman to know that pregnancy can be difficult time, so a tea that helps with the nausea and discomfort seems like a great idea, right?

Wrong.

While many herbal teas are safe for the general public and pregnant women, there are some concerns.

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First, some of the "beneficial" ingredients in the Flat Tummy tea above are not supported by any real evidence, let alone by information stating that they are safe to consume while pregnant. One of those ingredients is Rooibos (asparlathus linearis), which is touted as a "digestive aid" for pregnant women. However, this claim is not corroborated by a single study on The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database.

Ginger is yet another ingredient present in the tea that has not been proven undeniably healthy for pregnant woman.

"Although several studies have found no evidence of harm from taking ginger during pregnancy, it’s uncertain whether ginger is always safe for pregnant women," according to the National Institutes of Health.

Not only is ginger a questionable ingredient for a child-bearing woman to consume, the Flat Tummy tea fails to specify exactly how much ginger was used to make it.

Take Away: Please do not fall for the schemes of these “Fit Teas.” If you are pregnant, please be cautious of all ingredients you put in your body and discuss with your healthcare provider before starting any supplementations.

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Truth or Trend: The “fat” foods

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Waist trainers, crash diets, colon cleanses—all things touted as the next miracle solution for weight loss. With the help of our new Registered Dietitian columnist, we'll sort out the truth from the trash when it comes to health trends on your social media feeds, and provide healthy, sustainable alternatives for those to-good-to-be-true fixes. Welcome to Truth or Trend.

Diet culture strikes again with the lists of "fattening" foods you see floating around your feeds. These lists often include things like soda, pizza, ice cream, and French fries. As a Dietitian, it's unlikely that I'll encourage clients to start drinking soda, but it's also unlikely that I'll tell them they can never have soda again and must only eat "clean" in order to lose weight.

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Our diet culture has vilified high fat and high carbohydrate foods, while marketing teams continue to do an excellent job of portraying their products as alternative options that are “healthier.” However, all foods have the ability to make us lose or gain weight; it’s about total caloric intake and overall nutrition pattern. An organic “healthy” green juice could have just as many calories as a regular soda, while a sandwich from a fast food restaurant could actually be a good source of protein.

Take Away: Instead of putting foods into only “good” and “bad” categories, try increasing nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables while also allowing yourself to indulge in treats like fries to create a healthy and sustainable dietary pattern.

Becca is an Ohio native and University of Cincinnati graduate who works as a traveling consultant dietitian, currently living in Juneau, Alaska. She owns Centum Cento Fitness LLC, a company dedicated to using evidenced-based practice to help empower clients to build sustainable and healthy lifestyles through nutrition and fitness. Follow Becca on Instagram!

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