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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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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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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Stretching, Recovery & Mobility Work

When we think of training or working out we usually associate that with high intensity movements in the gym.  However your workout routine should include some mobility work.  This is just as important if not more important that your high intensity training.  Mobility work can include various techniques used to allow and/or get certain joints in your body to move properly.  Mobility work can be more important than your workout because if you cant move properly you are; limiting yourself, more prone to injury and compensating for the lack of mobility by using other muscles.  For every 60 minutes you spend training, you should set aside 15 minutes for mobility work.  As I stated before there are a lot of techniques we can use to mobilize various parts of our body, one of which you may be familiar with is foam rolling.  For a more complete list of techniques I would recommend checking out the book “Becoming a Supple Leopard” by Dr. Kelly Starett.  This book is the complete head to toe manual on the subject.  However if you don’t want to shell out 30 bucks for the book or the library doesn’t have a copy for you to check out that’s ok, because I got you covered on the basics. Continue reading

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Earn your Rewards

eliIt feels great to wake up to the sun and not to the nagging buzz of the alarm, pure energy.  Getting on a good sleep schedule is a motivating way to start your day with the energy to move.  Working out and having the energy to climb right away will set a great tone for the rest of the day.  It may be the missing link to reaching higher limits and breaking through plateaus.

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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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Wellness is a journey

Go out and experience the world from your own perspective.  If you want to find your true calling in this life, then do just that, go out and FIND it.  Fear is just our perception of the unknown.  Love fear, it gives you something to challenge in order to discover that unknown.  Self-discovery is kick ass.  The only real fear is to fear not discovering the unknown.  So go out, take some risks, discover the unknown, travel the world and risk living a vagabond life in order to see what life is all about.  Experiences are well worth the fear and they are all part of bettering your well being.

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