Getting Into the Groove 4/12/12

I did two sets of calisthenics (and have the sore muscles to prove it).  My goal is to work back up to four sets.

I walked for 30 minutes.

TMOTH (The Man of the House), TBB (The Beach Babe) and I hiked for 52 minutes.

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The Seasonal Joy of a Locavore

I have been trying to eat only locally grown sustainable foods since last Autumn.  I am not quite ready to go on the 100 Mile Diet yet because I am still using a few things that aren’t local, like canned tomato products.  Once tomato season starts, I’ll put some up and there will be no looking back.

One of the things that goes along with being a locavore is the seasonality of the fruits and vegetable in one’s diet.  We roll into Spring after a winter filled with greens and root vegetables.  Two weeks ago at the Farmer’s Market Bernier Farms had some offering that heralded the arrival of Spring, particularly the asparagus.


Oh how I have missed asparagus!  Before committing to eating local, sustainably grown foods, asparagus was on my table once or twice a week.  I have almost heeded the siren call of the Mexican asparagus at Trader Joe’s more than once.

The asparagus from Bernier Farms was fresh, tender and delicious.  We have had some for the past two weeks.  I am eagerly anticipating getting some tomorrow at the Farmer’s market.  We’ll be eating asparagus at least once a week until the season ends.

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A Teenage Locavore

There are some inconveniences associated with eating a diet comprised of whole foods grown locally and sustainably.  These can be overcome with a bit of planning.  🙂


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Getting Into the Groove 4/11/12

I walked for 30 minutes.

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Getting Into the Groove: 4/10/12

I walked for 30 minutes.

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My Quest to Get My Groove Back

I have been out of the exercise groove since mid-December.  This has happened to me from time to time in the past.  It’s especially frustrating because of my past life as an Exercise Physiologist.  I’m fully apprised of all the benefits of exercise.  I have taken all sorts of classes and had all sorts of discussions regarding exercise compliance and how to motivate people to exercise.  Right now I am finding myself in the 90% who do not follow an adequate program of physical activity.

I have given some thought to how I got off course with my exercise.  There were multiple factors.  My office moved to a new location and I had extra holiday related activities going on.  My routine was disrupted.

My normal exercise routine last year was to do body weight strength exercises at home before work on Tuesday and Thursday.  I would change at work and go to the Y to do something on the way home most evenings.

The change in work location affected my routine in two ways.  The bathroom where I changed at the old office was used only by my co-workers.  The new bathroom is shared by everyone in the building.  Because of this, some people are disgusting pigs do not take responsibility for cleaning up after themselves.  I feel sorry for the gentleman that has to clean that bathroom each day.  I use the state of the bathroom as an excuse not to change.  The other factor is the changed route to get to the Y.  It’s easier to continue on to home instead of heading over a few blocks to the Y.

My planned (and former) exercise routine is this:

  • Monday PM:  20 minute H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) on the elliptical at the Y
  • Tuesday AM:  4 sets (20 minutes) of body weight calisthenics at home
  • Tuesday PM:  30 minutes of low intensity activity (either hike or at the Y)
  • Wednesday PM:  30 minutes of low intensity activity
  • Thursday AM:  4 sets (20 minutes) of body weight calisthenics at home
  • Thursday PM:  30 minutes of low intensity activity (either hike or at the Y)
  • Friday PM:  30 minutes of low intensity activity
  • Weekend:  Hike for several hours

I have taken some steps to get back into the habit.  I am doing fairly well at getting the low level activity in.  When weather permits, I walk briskly for a half hour at lunch.  I have a standing date with my friend, The Beach Babe (TBB) to hike at our local State Park Tuesday and Thursday after work for 30-60 minutes.  I have a bike on back order with a local shop.  When it comes in I plan to ride to work on Wednesday and Friday.  That’s a 10 mile round trip.  I’ll also work in some hikes on the weekend with TBB, TMOUTH and/or my hiking club.

Getting back into the groove with the low level activity is not difficult for me.  These are all activities that I enjoy.  It’s the activities that I don’t particularly like (H.I.I.T and strength work) that create the greater challenge.  Intellectually I know that I need to do them for my health.  It’s still tough to do it.

I have decided to try to motivate myself to get back into the exercise groove by being accountable to you, my loyal readers (all 14 of you).  I will post a quick update each day to report on my exercise for the previous day.  My goal is to meet the schedule outlined above.

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Look What the Easter Bunny Brought!



I love the combination of the salt with the sweetness of the dark chocolate.  This should pair nicely with my Cabernet.

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Look What the Easter Bunny Brought!



I love the combination of the salt with the sweetness of the dark chocolate.  This should pair nicely with my Cabernet.

(Reposted due to issue with graphic)

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My Adventures with Fermented Cod Liver/Butter Oil

Over the past few months I have seen a lot of recommendations to take Fermented Cod Liver/Butter oil.  This combination is a very bioavailable source of fat soluble vitamins A, D and K2The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends that Cod liver/Butter Oil be taken daily.  Many people around the Paleosphere, such as Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe of Balanced Bites and Chris Kresser extol the benefits of taking Fermented Cod Liver/Butter Oil on their podcasts.

Since I am on a quest to optimize my health, I decided to give it a try.  The product that is most often recommended is Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver/Butter Oil blend.  I Googled it and was confronted with a plethora of choices.  I was overwhelmed.  Many of them sounded ghastly.  I couldn’t imagine taking Cinnamon or Chocolate flavored Butter/Cod liver Oil.  I am not a fan of artificial flavors, and combining them with Cod Liver Oil seemed unwise.  Since the dose recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation is one teaspoon a day, I opted to purchase a gel form rather than capsules.  I figured it would be easier to get the proper dose.  The product I ended up purchasing was the non-flavored gel.

On one of the podcasts I listened to, I heard someone mention that he took his Cod Liver Oil in a bit of water.  This seemed like a reasonable thing to do.  A teaspoon of cod liver oil diluted in a glass of water should be fairly benign, right?  WRONG!  The gelatinous cod liver/butter oil did not mix into the water.  It stayed in globs.  As I drank the water, the globs clumped back together.  I had a fail the first day and was unable to swallow the stuff.

I analyzed my options for trying to make this stuff palatable enough for me to ingest (it was pretty pricey and I didn’t want to just give up).  The Mary Poppins method was out, since a spoonful of sugar is not Paleo.  I came up with the theory that the reason I couldn’t get the cod liver oil to mix into the water was the temperature.  The water was cold, so the cod liver oil stayed solid.  I decided to try mixing it in with my first cup of coffee.

The next morning I plopped a teaspoon of the cod liver/butter oil gel into my coffee and stirred it with a spoon.  It stayed pretty blobby and didn’t really mix in.  I had heard some talk about Bulletproof Coffee and decided to use that method.  I got out my immersion blender and whipped the cod liver/butter oil into my coffee.  I got a few sips down.  It was pretty foul.  I tried mixing in some coconut milk.  That didn’t help.  Finally I decided to just chug the stuff down and get it over with.  I proceeded to do so and barely managed to keep from projectile vomiting.

The following morning I could not face another attempt.  I have one of those stomachs that is slow to wake up.  I have a hard time eating delicious food in the morning.  I just could not face the cod liver/butter oil.  I decided to try after work which is a time when I can stomach more things.

That evening I decided to try the hold your nose, swallow and swig something good method.  I put ½ teaspoon of the cod liver oil in my moth while holding my nose.  I took a swig of my kombucha and swallowed it.  The tart flavor of the kombucha actually masked the nasty aftertaste of the cod liver oil.  I have since been able to get the entire teaspoon down in one swig.

Given my experience with taking a cod liver/butter oil supplement, my mind was boggled the other day while listening to a Balanced Bites podcast.  Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe were talking about Paleo FX and their experiences there.  One of them mentioned staying with a group of people and having two bottles of the Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver/Butter Oil Blend in the refrigerator.  She said that everyone was taking spoonfuls of it, like it was no big deal.  Am I the only one who has a problem taking it?

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Reinforcing my Commitment to be a Locavore.

This opinion piece came out in the New York Times this week

It discusses several studies that were conducted by analyzing chicken feathers (like human hair analysis) for drugs and heavy metals.  The findings were quite disturbing.  They strengthened my stance to source my meats locally from farmers or ranchers  who raise their animals in a biologically appropriate manner.

I don’t have to worry about getting a dose of Cipro or Prozac when I eat my chicken from Tara Firma Farms.  I have visited the farm and seen their husbandry practices.  I know that the chicken I am fueling my body with was not given antibiotics, or other drugs.  I know it was not given feed contaminated with heavy metals.  The chicken I eat was raised on hillside pastures out in the sun, scratching for bugs.  This is a humane and biologically appropriate life for a chicken.

Buying directly from the farmer can be slightly more expensive than purchasing the mass produced, stressed out chickens (or other meats) that are sold in the mega stores.  It’s worth it to me.  I know that the food that my family eats will nourish us, not poison us.  I know the animals were treated humanely and appropriately.

We need to vote with our dollars if we want to continue to have this type of wholesome, nourishing food available to us.  Learn about your local farmers, and support them by purchasing their products.

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