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My range of geekieness knows no bounds… I’ll share some nutrition tips here as well as fantastic recipes and food pron!

Do You REALLY Need Milk?

My friend Chris over at Stitches n’ Dishes shared a great info graphic he found and I though I should share it with all of you as well. Giving up milk is not easy, but I did that about 6 months ago and it has changed my life. Since I started eating paleo  I have lost about 30 pounds and I eat a richer fuller diet than I ever thought possible. I eat more fresh fruit and veggies than before and I eat a lot of fabulous things like crab legs, shrimp, steak, etc… My initial concern was that my kids need milk, but the logic in The Paleo Solution gave me the confidence I needed to give it a go. My other concern was the cost, and I discovered my grocery bill dropped about 10-15% when I stopped buying processed foods and focused my shopping on quality meat and produce. So… have a look at the info-graphic and let me know what you think. Paleo eating may not be for everyone, but it does accommodate vegetarian and vegan lifestyles and it would be hard to argue against fresh food over processed.

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So I’m curious where do you stand on the issue of milk? DO you consider it an essential part of your diet, a luxury, or have you given it up? If you gave it up how do you feel?

My 2013 Fitness Plan 14 Day Update!

A 5 pound and one pound block of fatWell here we are officially 14 days into the new year, so I thought it was time I give everyone an update on where I am and where I am going with my goals so far. The GREAT news is I have lost 11 pounds already in 2013! It’s about 1/5 of what I’m looking for for the year, but I am VERY happy with myself so far. I have been very disciplined about my eating and done a very good job sticking to my diet and the results are absolutely showing. My clothes fit better and some are even a little baggy now and I just feel 100% better. I have two of those five pound blocks and one of the one pounders off my body for good and I am VERY excited! I’m a dad, and getting this weight off is VERY important to me. I need to be here to take care of my girls and everything else I do in the world is meaningless if I’m not here for them. I think when you start looking at it that way it gets a lot easier to stick to your game plan.

I have started my push-up, sit-up, and squat challenge  but have been taking it easy while on the restricted diet. I’ll be relaxing the diet for a few weeks in a couple days though and plan to increase that activity as soon as I do. It’s been cold, so I haven’t been getting out to run yet, but I am taking the stairs at work and trying to generally increase my activity. My birthday is coming up, so I am moving into a maintenance phase on the diet (I’m realistic and still want to have fun!) and upping the physical output till February 1st, then back onto the strict diet for February with the goal of dropping another 20 pounds or so before I get focused on my running.

Anyways… I know people start off very motivated in the beginning of the year, but I know from experience that if you use this time to build momentum you can carry through with your goals for the entire year. Blogging this here keeps me involved and focused on whats important.

Over the next few weeks I’ll start building out my list of races for the year starting with a spring 5K or two leading into my summer and fall mud runs, with a possible BIG event later in the year. Who knows what that will be? Could be anything from a 10K to a 50 mile trail race… only time will tell!

How are you doing on YOUR goals so far?

Free on Amazon: Gluten Free Cookbook: Gluten Free Diet and Gluten Free Recipes for Your Good Health

Gluten freeMost people know I have been a paleo eater for a few months now and I thought I’d give a quick update and share a fantastic free resource! As of right now I am down about 25 pounds, but the more important thing is I feel awesome. The two main things Paleo cuts out are gluten (wheat) and dairy. I don’t know wich one has had the bigger effect for me, but I know I can absolutely feel a difference!  A BIG part of eating Paleo if figuring out how to cut gluten. It’s in EVERYTHING! Right now on Amazon you can get a copy of Gluten Free Cookbook: Gluten Free Diet and Gluten Free Recipes for Your Good Health free from Amazon in the Kindle addition. If you have a Kindle or any iOS device or Android tablet you can get the free Kindle app for it and take advantage of this opportunity! I just downloaded this tonight, but I will try to do a more thorough review soon!

If you download this please let me know what you think in the comments!

 

 

Delicious Paleo Pancakes!

Gluten and milk free palio pancakes

My kids LOVE these!

I haven’t had a chance to blog about it, but most of my friends know I have tried many different eating strategies and while I like most of them in the long-term it always seems extreme and I never get to eat the things I really like. I’ve juiced, gone vegetarian, raw vegan (that didn’t last long), and numerous other “plans”. My personal opinion is they just don’t work well for me for a couple of reasons. First I don’t enjoy it, and second I feel trapped. I don’t really have time today to go into why I enjoy paleo eating or how much better I feel on a paleo diet, but I did want to share this awesome gluten and milk free paleo pancake recipe because it was fantastic and my kids LOVED it!

Here is the recipe for them:

Start with 1 package gluten-free all-purpose pancake mix (cravings place)
8 eggs
2 scoops protein powder ( We use vanilla egg protein nothing with milk or soy)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup grape seed oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 package enjoy life mini chocolate chips.

put everything in a mixing bowl and thoroughly mix everything together, then brown on a lightly oiled griddle.

This makes a HUGE batch of pancakes. We eat all we can then freeze the rest. They are great tossed in the toaster oven and re-warmed. I like them with a little organic maple syrup but this morning I at three of them plain in the car on my way to work. They taste great and the chocolate adds just the right amount of sweetness.

 

Let me know how you like these! If you have another recipe you enjoy please share in the comments!

Delicious homemade frozen yogurt in the Vita-Mix!

 

My wife Krisy made the BEST frozen yogurt in our Vita-Mix blender tonight. It had 1 pound frozen strawberries, 1 cup vanilla yogurt, and 1/8 cup splenda. All you do is put everything in the vita-mix and blend until it is smooth. The strawberries freeze the yogurt and it makes a delicious sweet creamy mixture. We are planning to make this with frozen pineapple and coconut soon! This is an awesome healthy recipe the entire family LOVED! High in protein and fresh fruit makes it a great way to cap off the day! I know the Vita-Mix is expensive, but this alone made it all worth it!

Free Juice recipe book from the Juice Master Jason Vale

Apple juice with two apples

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Anyone who knows me knows I live a healthy juicy lifestyle! My friend Shane from running on Juice turned me on to juicing a while back and I have been hooked ever since. I think people are curious about juicing, but are afraid to try it out, and I think thats just silly. You have not lived until you have had a glass of fresh apple juice with NOTHING in it but pure apple goodness! Thats all it took for me. The best news is thats is just the beginning. I have regularly made juices with 7-10 ingredients and when you start doing that you can get some truly amazing flavors, and to be honest about the same prep time as it would take to make toast and cereal.

If you don’t know I am a HUGE fan of Jason Vales 7 Pounds in 7 days and lost 10 pounds in a week drinking nothing but fresh fruit and veggie juice and I felt GREAT the entire time. In fact I still drink 2-3 juices or smoothies every day as part of my diet plan.

Lots of people worry about being overly hungry on this kind of plan and I can assure you I was never hungry. In fact, on many days I failed to drink all of the juices in my plan because I was completely full. It was a bit of a cultural adjustment getting used to eating so much produce, but the change was totally worth it. So, I am writing this quick post because I wanted to share a free e-book from Jason Vale that has  17 amazing juice recipes in it. To get it you will have to sign up for his news letter, but its totally worth it and you can always unsubscribe.

I yesterday made “Spring is in the Air”  and it was amazing! This juice has 2 apples, 1  orange (peeled), and 1/2 a pink grapefruit (peeled) and juiced together, then blended with 8 strawberries, a banana, and a handful of ice.  I thought it was delicious, but a bit tart, so I made it again with a 3rd apple and it was even better. Thats the wonderful thing about juicing is it is so easy to change a recipe so you always get something you will enjoy.  Anyways, I could go on and on about the benefits of juicing and I probably will at some point… But for today I just wanted to make sure people knew about the free e-book and had a chance to get a copy because the recipes I have tried so far were awesome!

-Brad

Day 10 – Recovery run and a Smoothie Recipe!

Today was a short run only 1.33 miles… but I got to run with Sophia today and we had a LOT of fun. at about 1 mile Sophia stopped in a big field and picked a big bouquet of wild flowers for Krisy. I am really happy with how excited Sophia is to run with me most days. I hope that it will turn into a life long love of exercise (Or college scholarship!). The time we spend together is priceless and I am sure I will look back on it fondly when she is a teenager and too cool for me. :)

My left leg was a bit tight today, so we took it really easy from and speed and distance perspective. Nutritionally, I had a GREAT day. I had one of Krisy’s Banana Smoothies for breakfast:

Krisy’s Banana Smoothie Recipe

Lunch was leftover stir fry I made Saturday night followed by a fresh Juice made with apple, pineapple, carrot, celery, and cucumber with a handful of peanuts and Macadamia nuts. Dinner was a Morningstar Prime Griller and some leftover mac n’ cheese. Finally for desert I had a small glass of fat-free milk and a Kashi oatmeal raisin flax cookie. Over all a GREAT eating day! I feel fantastic 10 days into this, but I need to make sure I take it easy and not to push to hard. A simple injury could kill the dream of running every day for a year.

Anyways, here are the details of todays run:

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Day 8 – Another workout with Sophia!

Today was a good day… After a very busy week today I got some good rest! The day started with breakfast with some friends at The Buzz Inn Steak House. I had eggs benidict that fore some reason I was able to tolerate quite well. I got home, played some games for a bit and did a little reading. The the entire family went shopping for dinner and some new running shorts. I had a bean burrito for lunch, and a few hours later went for a nice fast walk run with Sophia through the hills in the neighborhood. We had an awesome time and spent most of the time talking and goofing off. Its nice to enjoy time with my children and still get a good calorie burn, and I was excited to hear sophia wants to run track. At 6 this is a ways off, but she knows what training is, and seems to be taking her new goal quite seriusly!

For dinner I made an awesome stir-fry with chicken, tofu, red cabbage, spinich, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. Krisy had hers chicken free, but the girls and I ate the meat version. Awesome stuff and lots of good nutrition in there! :)

Here are todays run results:

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Day 6 – Better nutrition and a bit of rest!

Better nutrition today and a better run as a result. I kept it short and tryed to get a little rest after 6 days of running I was starting to feel a little ache in my hips and knees. This was very late at night. I swar I may have to shange this blog to running in the middle of the night! Still I am very happt with today. I ate good and I kept up with my goal of running every day no matter what! No excuses is the motto of 2011!

I have some plans to share a bit about my nutrition plan, juicing, and smoothies, but things have been crazy at work. I’ll get to it I promise!

-Brad

Day 5 – Nutrition is a BIG deal!

I learned a lot today… I was all excited about yesterdays 10 minute mile. I was confident and feeling awesome. So today was student appreciation at work today. I spent the day grilling hundreds of hotdogs for the students, but to provide a healthy option for staff I bought chicken italian sausage and caesar salad. At 100 calories less per link I thought this was a much healthier option. what I learned is while it may be a bit better it still wasn’t good. Krisy and I have been juicing and making smoothies for a couple of months now and I had been eating about 75% raw and vegetarian for a while now. I felt good, and really don’t give much thought to what I eat. We focus on having healthy things in the house and I attempt to make good decisions, but it’s not the focus of my life, and I am not really vegetarian, vegan, or a raw foodie, though I borrow from all of their play books. Anyways, I had a chicken sausage, caesar salad, a coke and a small bag of Doritos at lunch. This was a POWERFUL lesson in nutrition. Last night when I ran it was all I could do to keep moving, I was short of breath, my legs were heavy, and I felt like I was going to vomit the entire time. I toughed it out and got a run in, but I was regretting my eating choices all afternoon and the evening run really drove those feelings home. Lesson here: Eat better and run faster. I’m not sure how or why the impact was so sever, but I really felt terrible. Tomorrow will be a better day nutritionally.

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