Heading to the farm!

I’m so excited that you’re going to get a two-part post because I can’t wait until tonight. I’m off to Devon Acres farm to purchase a share in their CSA. Lovely farm fresh, organically grown veggies for the rest of the summer! Hoping the kids will grow to love them more when the see how vegetables are supposed to taste!

I’ll be back to update with more details and maybe even pictures before long!

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Breakfast of a Wannabe Champion

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This is how I’m starting my morning (well after my hot water and lemon) how about you? Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. For me it also sets the tone for my day. If I have started off well with a hearty nutritious breakfast than I, personally, am more likely to be successful. If I start the morning with a muffin or Danish, even a bowl of cereal, I’m heading for a horrible day. Mood wise, energy wise and I know that most of my choices to follow will be crappy as well.

I hear some people complain they can’t eat first thing in the morning. Breakfast literally means to “break the fast”  if you aren’t hungry within an hour of waking, odds are you’ve eaten too close to bed time. Sometimes I will push past that hour. It will usually be in regards to a scheduled workout time but that’s a personal choice and I know how my body reacts to different foods around different types of exercise. I’ll be touching on that later this week.

For now, here’s a bit of advice. Start your day with a big glass of water and/or a hot water with lemon. Your body has been working hard while you sleep to detoxify so let’s help it out by flushing the system. The lemon and hot water are a great way to support your liver function. Give yourself an hour before hitting the caffeine, and try to go black! There is evidence leaning towards black coffee helping boost metabolism and athletic performance. If you don’t drink coffee-don’t start! But if you do, try to ditch the sugar and dairy.

Here’s hoping you all find a way to Get Movin today!

Gluten Free? So what!!

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Ok…I’m about to go on a tangent…

A “Gluten free” label DOES NOT mean OK, Gluten free DOES NOT mean safe to consume, Gluten Free DOES NOT mean healthy.

Is there a place for a gluten free diet? Absolutely!! If you have Celiac’s, gluten is the equivalent of sugar to a diabetic. It can and will cause permanent and possibly, irreversible damage. If you have a gluten sensitivity, absolutely! Avoid it, to avoid inflammation in your gut, in your skin, in your organs, wherever the symptoms present. We want to avoid inflammation within our bodies, and if you know the source than by all means follow through on avoidance (This is obviously a little more involved, if you are cutting items out of your diet, ensure that it is with the guidance of someone who has training in how to support your nutritional needs.) That being said a gluten free product does not guarantee a healthy product.

Companies know how to market their product. They spend billions on it. Gluten free is one of the hot catch phrases right now and it’s getting lots of media attention so you can bet if a product is “gluten free” it will be getting that tag slapped on it, and if it can be reformulated to be made gluten free it will be. Is it nice to be able to have a brownie once and awhile? Sure! But I would hazard a guess, from the evidence I have seen and people I have talked to, that many assume that if it is a gluten free brownie this somehow makes it “healthier”. It’s still a brownie. And, these are still Cocoa Pebbles. Now – it may be obvious to some, that cocoa pebbles  are not really a “healthy” choice, but there are some people that willingly trust the marketing companies, and looking at the nutrition label vs the ingredient list, they think that this is a healthier choice then say, oatmeal.  Cocoa pebbles are still loaded with an unhealthy amount of sugar, and no real vitamins and minerals except for those with which it has been “enriched” (another word to look out for, but I’ll save that tangent for another day!). It’s not “food” – it’s a “food-product”. Be aware of labels and catch phrases. Don’t get suckered in to thinking something is healthier because of a what is on the package or the store where it is purchased (cough cough Whole Foods cough cough).

Off my soapbox now! Enjoy your Sunday breakfast! My kids are eating Vector I’m sure – not a healthy choice necessarily – the difference is – I’m aware of it. My choices aren’t always the best, but the key is I am making a conscious and knowledgeable choice. I have to deal with the outcome, don’t let others control the choices you make (not even me!). Become knowledgeable, so that every decision you make, is made consciously and with an awareness on what the outcomes may be. Eat your Cocoa Pebbles if you choose to, not because marketing told you it was a good choice.

Why You Need to Read Food Labels

If your not an ingredient list reader I challenge you to give yourself an extra 30 minutes on your next grocery store visit to spend some time reading labels. I can promise you, you will find some surprises. In fact, take a look in your fridge. Just the other day this is what I found in mine:

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This is my minced garlic. I like convenience as much as the next person, I don’t know how I didn’t realize what was in this. I knew there was oil, didn’t think about what kind, but I was surprised and disappointed by the other ingredients. Then again, I should know better!! It’s a reminder to me to always check.

Here’s one more for you, see if you can guess what this label is on:

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Lemons anyone?!? Remember, read your labels so you can make concious food choices. Don’t let someone else (and that includes me) dictate what you put into your mouth. Become a proactive consumer. And remember, scrub your produce! Happy shopping.