Mike’s Food

Chef Mike is constantly experimenting in the kitchen to find the next best dish that not only looks great, tastes great, but is also healthy.  These seasonal dishes are full of wonderful, nutritious ingredients that pack a flavorful punch.  No hidden junky oils or un-healthy fillers/additives.  Only full of premium health boosting goodness.  If you are interested in re creating any of these dishes leave a comment.  The one which peaks the most interested will be later posted with a full recipe. Continue reading

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Coffee follow up

A few weeks back I wrote a post in regards to the benefits of drinking coffee.  In that post I referenced “Bullet Proof” coffee.  I then followed up on that post  with a full blog entry on the delicious hot drink.  Now to complete the coffee hat trick, I present to you a few new options to add to your coffee.  Staying away from the excess sugar and creamers full of not real ingredients, the options below will offer your palate a pleasant change as well as some performance enhancing qualities.

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Figure out “YOU” before figuring out your workout

 

I have witnessed many people (myself included during my uneducated rambunctious teenage years) train with the philosophy of going 100% all the time.  If you are not working out every chance you get and at a high intensity all the time, then you are missing an opportunity to get stronger.  WRONG.  You are gaining an opportunity to decrease achievements over time or worse, get hurt and hence lose out on a lot more. Continue reading

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You need Cholesterol

As I have stated before and will state again, I am not a doctor.  The ideas I write about on this blog are my beliefs based on the reading and research that I have come across.  I am simply putting the information out there for you to begin to make your own thoughtful decisions about your own health.  With that being said, we always hear that cholesterol is bad but is it really all that bad?  And if so do you really know why it is bad?  I have compiled a list of interesting facts in regards to the benefits of cholesterol in which your primary doctor has failed to mention to you prior to prescribing statin drugs.  Continue reading

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Cheat days & Guilt Free Treats

There is no such thing as eating perfectly.  I suspect most americans have cravings and temptations to grab a candy bar or sip on a soda every so often.  I am not going to be a drill sergeant and say you absolutely cannot touch that stuff.  However I will recommend that you ask yourself before indulging; is this the best option and what will I gain from consuming this?

Since living a life time of eating not so healthy food, it is going to be tough to completely give up all the potato chips, cake and gummy bears that we have grown to love.  That craving will always exist in some form (there is no escaping them either, unless you move to a place free from ads and checkout aisles full of candy). This is where cheat days come into action with your new healthy lifestyle.  On a Friday or Saturday night I will enjoy my favorite ice cream, pizza, beer or whatever it is that I didn’t eat during the week.  However I will keep the two questions from above in mind before consuming my favorite snack. Continue reading

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Sourdough, a community loaf

I don’t always eat bread, but when I do it is usually sourdough.  There are a few reasons for having a bias towards consuming sourdough over any other type of bread;

1) Real sourdough bread starts with a live culture.  So just like yogurt or kombucha or any fermented food, it contains good bacteria which is good for your gut flora.

2) It is really tasty.

3) The owner (Drew) of Madison Sourdough is generous, and to let me into the kitchen to show me the process of caring for a sourdough culture and how to make the actual bread. So…it would be just bad manners to not favor sourdough over others. Continue reading

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Fats? Should I eat them?

Fat does not make you fat.  There are certain types of fats that should be avoided at all costs, but just so we are clear, Fat does not make you fat.  Next time you are in the grocery store pick up a box of so called “Healthy zero fat or low fat” cereal and take a look at the ingredients and/or sugar content.  How is that healthy?  let me ask you this, have you ever seen a fat Lion?  What do lions eat?  Meat; red meat, lean meat, and the entire animal.  Which brings us to one source of good fat, saturated fat.   Continue reading

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Bullet Proof Coffee

In a recent post on the topic of coffee, I mentioned a further detailed post on the additives I occasionally put in my coffee (organic butter, organic coconut oil, upgraded mct oil).   Basically if you have not heard of this concept, it is called Bullet Proof Coffee.  Bullet Proof coffee was introduced to us by a bio hacker and founder of The Bullet Proof Executive by the name of Dave Asprey.  This gentlemen has become extremely successful in finding ways to Hack our human performance by means of diet (published a book), supplements (sources his own), brain training, etc .  I have adopted his coffee drinking technique and use it some days as meals, some days as extra calories to fuel a intense workout.  I just increase or decrease the combos or ratios of all the ingredients. Continue reading

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Coffee, to drink or not to drink?

Growing up I never got in coffee for one main reason:  I was misguided into thinking that it was an unhealthy substance to be polluting your body with.  Sure I tried it here and there to see what all the rage was about, but decided it was not good enough to out weight the “negative” health effects.  (That’s what ice cream and stouts are for).  I’m sure you would be surprised to look in my pantry today,  you would find various coffee beans, grinders, and makers.  What gives you ask? Continue reading

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What is “Good” sourced meat?

In todays health world there are a lot theories and philosophies about what you should be eating.  My theory is that you should be eating real food, eat what works for YOU and moderation.  I am not saying a vegetarian diet is better than a Paleo diet or that being gluten free is the only way to eat.  What I am saying, is whatever eating lifestyle you choose to follow make sure it is the best choice for your body.  Continue reading

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