Life Happens

Injury comes in many forms and can encompass every aspect of your life. About two months ago, I tore my hip flexor. It has taken a surprisingly long time to heal; however, these past two months has allowed me to truly analyze the mind body spirit connection. Prior to the injury I was in a great groove, in fact, the day before I had ran a 5k in the fastest time I can ever remember. I felt like I was unstoppable until a combination of steps, oil , rain and human error came into play. It knocked me down both literally and figuratively. At first, I was convinced it would only take about a week to heal. But as I hit the second week I came to realize how serious this could be. My initial emotions were ones of frustration and anger. I felt like I was being punished, by who I’m not sure. I knew these emotions were not productive and certainly not conducive to my new lifestyle, too often in my past have I let my negative emotions of the day drive my life. I was determined to work through it and come out on top. I tried to focus on the things I could control. Diet, reflection and small amounts of training.

One thing I noticed immediately was the fact that this new way of eating was allowing me to not workout daily and still not gain weight back! An extremely positive revelation! On the other hand, I realized not having a daily workout/movement regimen made it harder for me to make positive choices in the kitchen. I began going to yoga more often which not surprisingly helped with my negative feelings. Slowly I was able to incorporate more movement: swimming, yoga, walking, hiking. Immediately, my mood started improving I still wasn’t working out at my same level but I was able to focus on truly listening to my body. And not surprisingly it didn’t have a problem telling me when I was pushing too hard. Through this event, I have learned what I already knew but always seem to forget. Life happens. It doesn’t wait for you and what you think the perfect time is to have things happen to you.

The takeaway. When bad things happen during the course of life or in the middle of a lifestyle change don’t give up. If you have a injury big or small focus on what you can do. If you eat something thats not on your “plan” don’t feel super guilty and just give up. Realize that it’s possible your body or mind needed that little change up and just keep going the next day. Visualize your goals, write them down and say them out loud daily. Love yourself for what your body and mind can do today. We have enough societal pressures without being negative to ourselves.

Cheers,

I hope everyone has a safe and injury free week!

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Munchy Mondays


Lamb Roast

4-5 lbs lamb roast

2 onions

4 large carrots

8 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of olives (kalamata)

brine from olives to taste

whole peeled plum tomatoes ( can use can as a time saver)

 

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker for at least 6 hours

enjoy!

happy monday!

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Pay the Farmer now or the Doctor later!

When eating a diet that consists of whole foods, a common side effect is the desire to know exactly where your food comes from. Afterall, you are doing this for optimal health right? As soon as a vegetable is picked it starts losing nutrients. So it would stand to reason that lettuce from 10 miles away is probably going to be more nutrient dense than lettuce that was shipped in a refrigerated truck 1500 miles away right? In fact, the only real way to know the history behind your food is to either grow it or deal with the farmer directly. We have become so removed from our food system that most children today, when asked where a hamburger comes from will respond “McDonalds’ or the “supermarket.” This is a travesty of epic proportions and probably accounts for why we are so content with eating packaged foods. Most Americans lead busy lives and can’t or don’t have the knowledge to grow their own garden or raise chickens, cows and hogs. For those people there is an answer! The CSA. CSA stand for Community Supported Agriculture. It allows residents of a local community to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by a regional farmer. When you become a member of a CSA you purchase a ‘share’ of the vegetables/fruits. CSA members pay for an entire season (May/June-Oct/November-depending on where you live) your farmer will deliver your share of the produce at a convenient location within your community. Share sizes can range from personal, 2-3 people, 4-6 people just depends on how much your family eats.  Most CSA’s have different payment plans that allow members flexibility, which comes in handy if you’re on a budget. Some even accept food stamps or have work programs. CSA’s are a great way to get to know your local farmers and support your local economy. In addition, you are in control of the quality of food you are getting and if you have children then they can learn where food actually comes from. There are also meat CSA’s that work the same way or a lot of farmers markets will have meat venders. To find out where the closest CSA is to you use localharvest.com and eatwellguide.org. eatwild.com for meat.

Cheers!

 

 

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Munchy Mondays

Kale Chips

Kale Chips are a quick and easy snack on the go. They can replace chips, popcorn and crackers so you still get that crunch when you want it.

1-2 bunches of kale

1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil

Sea salt, black pepper and garlic to taste

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Rinse kale, pat dry.

Cut the stems or pull the leaves straight from the stalk.

Chop the kale into chip size pices.

Place coconut oil and kale into a bowl and stir

Take the kale out and place on baking sheets, sprinkle the sea salt, black pepper and garlic to taste

Bake for aprox 10-15 min or until the kale is crispy. (if it gets charred you can put more coconut oil to coat the kale or turn the oven down)

Have a great Monday!

 

 

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