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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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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Chef Kubi

We mostly associate the kitchen as a place in which our food is prepared   However growing up I have always viewed the kitchen as much more.  To my family the kitchen has been the social hub of the home.  It is rare to be at the Kubiesa residence for a party and to not find yourself hanging out in the Kitchen.  When I arrive home where do I hang out and socialize with my family?  In the kitchen. 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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How I Coach

For the past couple of years I have had to privilege to work with a few extraordinary people within the realm of coaching.  Each one of them has brought a unique skill set to the climbing team in which not only the kids, but my self has benefited from.  I have learned many attributes that are not “teachable” from my fellow coaches.  Their presence is a joy to be around and it is inspiring to  observe the12087697_10205185106539438_4558443363855421555_o[1]ir approach to coaching since it is vastly different from my own.  When we asked Sam to work with the climbing team he was a bit skeptical and unsure since he did not have prior climbing coaching experience.  However myself and my fellow coaches knew he would be a perfect fit for the kids based on his ability to see the positive in all situations.  If you don’t know who Sam is, well then next time you are at boulders just look for the high energy, fun loving hairy guy that has more patience for kids than the mall Santa Claus.

Below you will read the account of coach Sam Carlson who works with all three levels of the climbing team.

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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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