What does being fit mean to you? What does being healthy mean to you? If you read my last post, Fit vs. Healthy, you could probably answer those questions with confidence. I hope you have started to develop a sense of those terms and have worked them into your life in a way that makes sense for your self. There is no secret equation to balancing the two nor is there a definitive correct answer. The closest thing to being correct is doing what you truly believe in and love with the full awareness of how one decision is affecting the other. For example, in order to be fit enough to have every muscle in your body bulge out you may be sacrificing your health by spending to much time in the gym and not enough time enjoying life. The point is, be aware of the disconnect between health and fitness but at the same time be fully confident and educated on what you are doing. If you bring a passion and awareness towards your physical goals, then happiness will add to your health.
The consumption of dairy products have been one of those iffy topics for myself as of the last few years. I can agree that there are nutritional benefits of consuming dairy but on the same hand I can agree that we do not need these types of foods. I am not praising dairy and its consumption and I am not patronizing it and saying you should absolutely not eat it ever. I am just looking at it from both sides of the spectrum, just like I do with any other food. Continue reading
Before we get into things I want to make it clear that the best thing you can do for your health is to eat fresh food as often as possible. However we all know the reality of things. We live in a fast paced hectic world and convenience prevails over fresh a lot of the time. So in order to escape the trap of eating a entire bag of potato chips, because you were hungry and that is what was there, stock your pantry up on better healthier options. Continue reading
In past blogs I have wrote about eating meat. More specifically I outlined the importance, in regards to your health, as to where you are getting your meat from. Knowing the source of your meat (organic, grass-fed, pastured, etc.) also happens to benefit more than your personal health. The over consumption of commercial or CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) meat is also detrimental to the environment. Continue reading
The end of April is rapidly approaching, which provoked me to post this before all the CSA shares are bought up. A CSA is a wonderful way to conveniently eat local and organic. For those of you not familiar with a CSA you still have time to get in on the action. Community Shared Agriculture is a program in which you buy into a farm. Basically you pay a lump sum upfront and in return you receive a basket of produce from a local farm of your choice. At a predetermined pick up location you receive a basket of assorted produce from the farm week to week. Each farm is different and there are other options available from the standard weekly option (pick up at farm, basket trades, bi monthly, ½ shares, payment plans, etc). These shares are not just limited to produce. Meat, cheese, and coffee are other options I have discovered. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
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