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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Birthday Challenges

The traditional birthday challenge, a wonderful physical exhausting event (or series of events) to celebrate your new age.  Age is just a number, a number which plays a vital role in what exactly I am doing every year come June 9th.  This last week my number happened to roll over to 28.  For the last five years I have been creating my own birthday challenges.  They have ranged from one single thing (2600 mountain climbers) to a day filled with various activities including eating, socializing, climbing and everything in between.  However, whatever the challenge may be it will always revolve around the age you are turning.  This year was a change of pace from the norm, as my friend and fellow coach, Sam, was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to come up with and complete a birthday challenge for my 28th.  For those of you that know Sam, he is a very energetic, creative and fun loving dude.  Once he jumped on board and took my birthday challenge by the reins I knew I was in for some good old fashion child like fun.  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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A look in My Pantry

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

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Effects of Meat Consumption

cattle_at_pasture_usda_large[1]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

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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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