Category — Fitness
All this talk about metabolism and my new paradigm has lead more than a few of you to ask, “so . . . what ARE you eating, anyway?” Short answer is: a lot of lean protein and non-starchy vegetables. Like at most every meal. [Read more →]
March 18, 2013 4 Comments
I have been what most would describe a super-healthy eater for a while now. Cancer’ll do that to a girl. I have been all about fruits, green leafies, whole grains, lean meats, fiber fiber fiber for over a decade. I have cooked most of our food, eaten little processed food and cut out almost all alcohol.
March 11, 2013 9 Comments
Happy Friday, everyone! Here’s a roundup of my most popular pins this week.
This Pina Colada fruit salad recipe would be a great addition to a summer brunch:
Avocado & lime & cantaloupe salad? YES!
I have 5,000 lbs. of CSA tomatoes on my counter – this Southeast Asian tomato salad would be a tasty & creative way to showcase them:
What about carrots? I have a ton of those, too, from my CSA. This duo of shredded carrot salads (one sweet, one savory) is a treat for the eyes, as well as for the palate!
The addition of corn is an interesting twist on the classic Caprese salad:
I’d add a can of rinsed & drained pinto beans to this Mexicali raw corn salad with beans & lime to create a light, vegetarian lunchbox item:
August 24, 2012 1 Comment
I got crazy today and made a lil’ video for you – check it out, and leave your thoughts in the comments!
April 23, 2012 9 Comments
I often find that March is when I can get more serious about taking off the few winter pounds I’ve taken on, and that I’m more incentivized to take my workout to a new level now too . . . spring is in the air, even if Mother Nature is a fickle old bird. The holidays are over, Girl Scout cookies are gone, and we’ve gotten our winter vacation out of the way. I have a 3-4 month span of nicer weather with few holidays and temptations to help me get where I want to be for summertime.
March 13, 2012 No Comments
In today’s guest post, Daniel Max reminds us that we can take the emphasis off food by finding something that really engages us . . . .
Do you remember being a child and getting so wrapped up in creative play that you didn’t want to stop when it was time to eat or left your meal half-finished to get back to your game? Children innately understand that food is secondary to what is most nutritious and primary in life: fun and play.
As adults we seem to have lost our instinct to prioritize play. In our busy world, with its emphasis on work and responsibility, in order to be healthy and balanced we must work on more than just our bodies; we must feed our hearts, minds and spirits.
When our body, mind and spirit are engaged in a creative project or happy relationships, our reliance on food may appear to decrease. Likewise, when unsatisfied with relationships, job or other areas of our life, we often depend on food to cheer, soothe or numb us. When our life is out of balance, no amount of food can feed us where we truly need nourishment. The food that we eat is very important for health and balance, but what really feeds us-a full and fulfilling life-doesn’t come on a plate.
Putting things that excite us on hold for the sake of responsibilities may at times be good logic yet we often make these decisions from a place of fear rather than good sense. “If I’ll lose weight, then I’ll start swimming/ buy new clothes/ start yoga….” Let’s do the things we want to do NOW. Any statement containing “if I achieve__then I’d be happy” never holds truth and brings nothing but dissatisfaction. While our future goals are a motivation to better ourselves, they do not hold back our happiness. Finding a peaceful pleasure in our current state of being will motivate us to progress from a sense of ease. We stop working away from what we don’t want and work towards moving towards what we do want.
Create a positive attitude and wonderful environment around you and enjoy the process of becoming healthier and happier every step of the way!
Have fun. If going to the gym is a “chore” then try a yoga or dance class instead. Find a way to play while moving your body. If by deciding to eat healthy you are mostly focused on what to restrict, shift your focus to all the new foods and flavors you get to incorporate and explore.
What is fun for you? What makes you light up and excites you? Make time for it this week. Even if you don’t have much time for fun, try approaching a “serious” activity with an attitude of play. This can greatly reduce stress and anxiety and bring more pleasure to your day. Take your focus off food, try adding more fun into your life and watch the magic unfold.
Daniel Max is a Nutrition and Health Counselor, Life & Wellness Coach, Massage Therapist specializing in Shiatsu, and a Yoga Instructor. Providing an integrative approach to naturally reclaim control of your health, Daniel offers an initial hour-long consultation. Gaining a greater perspective on your health, this session includes a full discussion of your health history and health goals, a chance to get your questions answered and establish your first steps in creating a personalized health program, completely catered toward your lifestyle and needs. Consultations are available either by phone or in person. To Learn more about Daniel and his services, visit www.MaxSenseOfSelf.com.
January 26, 2010 No Comments
Did you notice? No post at 9 a.m. today? I’d drafted a post about my newfound love, chia seeds, but somehow WordPress had other ideas and deleted all but three lines . . . discovered this at 9 p.m. last night and was just too beat (L. up at 5 a.m., thank you time-change!) to regroup and redraft. Lesson learned.
So this’ll have to be quick – I’ve got PT soon and a bunch of errands on tap today – I promise I’ll get back with a better thought-out post tomorrow!
I was p*ssed off this morning about the post, and had scheduled myself to ride the bike at the gym today (pool was closed, double grrr) . . . so what did I do? I took out my anger on the bike (D. & L. will thank me later). I have to say, it was one of the best rides I’ve had in a while, and that’s saying something since I ride the bike a lot.
To what do I attribute my success this morning? Two things – first, I got a great night’s sleep last night, so I was rested and strong. Second, I decided to switch up my music today and cycle to a Podrunner mix. You may remember this post on workout music, I mention the Podrunner mixes there.
Today’s mix was called “Upgrade*,” and it is a 140-170 BPM mix. You can look it up in the archives that are right on the Podrunner home page. This mix gradually increases in tempo as you get further through the hour. It helped me go faster and longer today – I’ve figured out, finally, where to set my bike so that I can spin fast, with lower resistance, and still keep my heart rate in the zone . . . in the “old days,” before foot issues, I used to cycle with a lot more resistance, but at a slower RPM. So actually now, the Podrunner mixes are even better for me than they were before!
I urge you to check ‘em out – you don’t need an iPod, just a MP3 player. You can subscribe on the site and be up-to-date on the latest mixes (now bi-weekly due to budget issues), or if you do have an iPod, you can just subscribe and you’ll be scheduled to download new mixes as they become available.
And if you like what you hear, do us all a favor and donate to Podrunner . . . they’re remarkably well-thought-out mixes for a fraction of what you’d pay to download and create your own playlist.
*P.S. Another one of my favorites is a 140 BPM mix called “Progressive.”
November 2, 2009 2 Comments
Many of you know I’ve been dealing with some pesky orthopedic issues that are keeping me from weight-bearing exercise. After 8+ months of this garbage, I’m getting a little nutso . . . watching my fitness level and body tone decline and just feeling bored and out-of-sorts about the whole deal. So lately, I’ve been getting aggressive about seeking out new ways to regain my strength and conditioning.
One Saturday, I was complaining to my Pilates instructor that my right hip was sore and bound-up (as it has been for months). She whipped out a foam roller and showed me some self-myofascial release techniques (really a fancy phrase for self-massage) that have given me more mobility and comfort in my hip and IT band than I’ve had in years. Seriously, I am not exaggerating. I bought one from her at the end of my session, brought it home, and began to explore workouts using the roller. I can’t believe that in 20 years of being an avid exerciser and PT-regular, I’ve never used one of these. I’m a convert.
You can use a foam roller in myriad ways – to stretch and massage sore spots, but also to do some challenging balance and strength moves. A foam roller costs about $25 and it’s easy to store – a perfect addition to your home-exercise studio (or living room, as is the case in our house!). Some days, I do moves on my roller while I watch t.v. at night, others I’ll bike at the gym, swing home, and do another 1/2 hour of stretching and strengthening on the roller.
I have a 36″ full round roller (they also come in 1/2 round, if you need more stability to start with). Most gyms have them, so if you want to try one out for “free,” check one out there. If you want your own, you can order a foam roller from Amazon, and read up on all the variations. Power Systems has them too, for less money, and I’ve ordered from them before with good results. Or, you can call around to sporting-goods places and/or medical supply outlets in your area to see if they carry these.
Here are just a few of the great resources I’ve found on the ‘net for foam roller workouts:
This guide from the About.com Sports Medicine area gives good background on what myofascial release is, how it works, and includes tips for self-release techniques for common hot spots. Includes pictures.
This detailed guide shows you, with photos, how to get at some of your rough spots, and then goes through some good balance and core strengthening exercises. Some of their exercises require 2 rollers for extra stabilization work.
This total body routine from Paige Waehner at About.com incorporates pushups, extensions, stretching and more. It also includes pictures and recommendations for beginners, intermediate and advanced exercisers.
This set of 6 Pilates-based moves provide a nice combination of balance, strength and stretch, and also includes pictures.
I would never say that the roller replaces the good work of a manual therapist (our PT is absolutely amazing, if you need a recommendation, email me), but it’s a great way to work out kinks on your own, in between sessions, and/or to keep up the good work you’re doing elsewhere. Give one a try!
October 21, 2009 No Comments