Food For Thought

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.

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Fit vs. Healthy

Have you ever looked up to someone because they are Fit?  Have you ever been envious of a person because of their high level of fitness or their ability to crank out pull ups in their sleep?  Have you looked at a extremely muscular body and just though, wow I wish I was that in shape?  I’m sure most of us can answer yes to any or all of those questions.  However have you ever taken a moment to think about your health?  In fact have you ever considered the difference between being fit and being healthy?  A overly muscular person or a person that can run a marathon at a record setting pace isn’t necessarily a model of good human health. Continue reading

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Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great source of omega 3 fats and can be beneficial when used properly.  Proper use does not include cooking with it, especially above 200 degrees.  Oils have a smoke point; a smoke point is the heat a oil can tolerate before being destroyed.  When that oil is destroyed it completely wipes out the benefits of the oil because it becomes oxidized and rancid.  A oxidized oil becomes harmful to your health because they produce free radicals in your body which can lead to inflammation.  To note on a previous post; cholesterol is not bad, it is the oxidized cholesterol which is harmful.  Continue reading

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Dairy, to eat or not to eat?

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

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CSA: Local, Fresh, Organic

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

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Cardio Training Drawbacks

jogging[1]Just so we are clear, if you didn’t already know I do not recommend excessive amounts of cardiovascular training.  It is one thing if you truly enjoy running but it is a completely different matter if you are going on long runs to get in shape.  I understand that some of you love running, competing in Triathlons, and biking hours on end.   By all means continue to do these races and go jogging if and only if that is your passion.  Do not continue to partake in a long duration cardio type training if you are looking for a way to get in shape.  The fact is, excessive cardio training can be un-healthy.  If you are just trying to be healthy (more on that subject and being fit vs. being healthy in a future post) and loose weight well you will get more bang for your buck with short duration full body high intensity training (such as rock climbing on a lot of hard routes in a very short time frame).     Continue reading

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The “Dirty Dozen”

If you are visiting this site then it is likely that you invest some time and or money into taking care of yourself.  Part of that would be eating fresh produce.  Yes filling your diet with produce is a good step to great health but have you considered to find out what produce is safe to eat and what is risky in regards to pesticide exposure?  There are times when we can get away with eating conventional produce over organic and times when we should avoid imported produce.  Below you will find two lists of conventional produce tested for a myriad of toxic pesticides.  The lists are separated into highly contaminated and trace amounts or no contaminates.  Read up and use these lists as a guide to when to go organic vs. conventional if organic 100% of the time is not a option.  Continue reading

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Affirmations to Reach Goals

Life is full of misguided adventures and desires.  There are vast amounts of things that we can pursue, achieve, explore and master.  The most important thing however is what you are doing right now.  If you continuously worry and look ahead to what is coming next or what you hope to achieve in the future, well then when and if that point comes you will not enjoy it thoroughly because you will then start looking ahead to the next thing.  Yes, at times you need to be planning for your future and set long term goals but in order to achieve those goals you must take action now.  Continue reading

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