I moved to Columbus, Ohio a little over 15 years ago. It was then that I had heard of this event called the Arnold Classic. Started in 1989, The Arnold Classic was a simply a bodybuilding contest. It has become the most coveted contest second only to Mr. Olympia. Bobybuilding is something that I will never understand. Even as I have gotten into weighlifting and now have an appreciation for strength, it is still something I can understand. Many people in the city of Columbus were super excited every year for the Ahhnold. I always ran in the other direction. Continue reading
Here’s a line-up of the past week’s heath and fitness articles that caught my eye. Enjoy!
- This Ingredient Is as Important as Garlic (Life is better with lemon and garlic and cheese and peanut butter!)
- How Do You Like These Apples?
- Amid the Triumphs, an Argument for Tolerance
- 10 Facts About Food Regulation The Government Hopes You Won’t Notice (Don’t be a slacker; read this.)
- 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Gatorade (Is sweated a word?)
- Insects In Peanut Butter, And More Food Facts That We Refuse To Believe (Just make sure those insect parts are WELL blended. Thanks.)
- Bit by bit, a more fit workplace
- With Some Selfies, the Uglier the Better
What did you read this week? What is your most favorite food you can’t live without? How do you feel about insect parts in your peanut butter?
Doing a Whole30 requires A LOT of cooking. It also required A LOT of planning. Quite frankly, If you don’t plan out your meals while on Whole30, you WILL fail. It’s possible to do things on the fly here and there but overall you need to know what you are eating and when. If you follow me on Instagram you saw lots of the good things I was whipping up. I wasn’t great about taking pictures of all of my meals but I got plenty to give you an idea of what it’s like to do Whole30. I was seriously lacking in breakfast pics. It’s first thing in the morning and I just want to eat, not fussing with silly picture taking! Most of the time, I was eating my spinach bacon casserole. So here’s the round-up of Whole30 food goodness:
Food Prepping was serious business. I dedicated several hours on Sunday exclusively to preparing my meals for the week.
The Good! I didn’t realize I ate so much seafood until I started to review my picks. I guess I LOVE seafood. I thought I would get sick of sweet potatoes but I didn’t. I think I did a good job of mixing in squash and other things to keep that from happening. Here are two of my favorite new discoveries of the past month:
- Paleo Turkey Goulash (I made this with both turkey and beef. Love them both and a perfect lunch. The instructions on the blog seems to leave a few things out but it’s so dirt easy you can figure it out.)
- Apple Coconut Pudding ( Oh. My. God. This was the biggest surprise of yummy goodness. So simple. I don’t care if you eat paleo or not, you should give this a try)
The Bad! I also had a few Whole30 fails. Here are a couple other things I tried that failed miserably. Maybe it’s because I’m a bad cook. You can give it a try and see for yourself if you so desire.
- Crockpot Greek Chicken (I may have screwed this recipe up but it just wasn’t good. I don’t think I like parsnips but I’m going to have to try them in a different dish. I substituted the red potatoes with sweet potatoes)
- Creamy Paleo Avocado Pesto (I should have loved this but I didn’t. This website does have some good paleo recipes.)
And the Ugly!
Next week, I’ll recap my thoughts on the whole process and update you on how things are going adding back some of the foods eliminated during the whole30.
Did I make you hungry with all these pics?
Have you done a Whole30?
Which meal above do you think looks the yummiest?
Is yummiest a word?
I dare you to Pin the burnt sweet potatoes : )
Changed the title of this weekly post…may do it again. We will see.
Here’s some health and fitness news I recommend reading:
- A Big Bet on Gluten-Free
- Olympics You Don’t See: Part Deux (Very interesting read on the people behind the athletes)
- For those with orthorexia, diet can never be ‘pure’ enough
- Scientists query health risk of food package chemicals (I love reading British news articles. I imagine their accent as I’m reading it.)
- We should look to this country for ways to fight growing child obesity (This is coming from a Canadian perspective as I’m sure Americans would be all up in arms at the suggestion the government “meddle” in our lives let alone mimic the French but it’s good food for thought.)
- The Lies That Doctors and Patients Tell
- What Happened When Strangers Saw A Little Boy Shivering Outside Without A Coat (nothing to do with health and fitness but pretty freaking awesome)
I totally slacked on blogging last week but will recap my Whole30 experience. I promise!
What were you reading this week?
Do you ever wonder how those Olympic athletes take care of their equipment?
Have you heard of orthorexia?
Would you give your coat to a little boy shivering at the bus stop on a cold day?
The past week’s round up of health and fitness news. Enjoy!
- Why Nutrition Is So Confusing (This!)
- FDA reconsiders heart safety of common pain pills
- Kraft removes artificial preservative from some American slices (First Subway notwKraft. Big companies might be starting to listen to consumers. We don’t want fake crap in our food. This is still processed crap but hey it’s something.)
- American skier Torin Yater-Wallace really, really likes McDonald’s (Every time there is an Olympics there is an article about some athlete scarfing down the free McDonalds. It’s such a bad image. When you are an athlete and 18, you can get away with eating whatever you want. Check back in with this guy at age 35 and see how he feels about McDonalds.)
- Think you’re eating properly? Put your body to the beet test (I’m totally doing this! Except I want to see if things are going too fast.)
- Disappointed ski ballet isn’t at Sochi? We aren’t (Whoa. Do you remember ski ballet in the Olympics?)
- These 11 Charts Show Everything That’s Wrong With The Modern Diet (Who doesn’t love charts, graphs, and statistics? #nerd)
- Who Owns Organic Now? New Info Graphic Tracks the Corporate Takeover of Organics…
What have you been reading this week? Please share! What do you think of Olympians promoting the free Mcdonalds they eat? Have you ever seen ski ballet? Who’s doing the beet test?