Last year we talked about the power of a New Year’s resolution to serve as a reset button – a chance to focus on what’s important. So what became of our resolutions? Great question! Let’s look back at 2013 and forward to 2014. Continue reading
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Tagged 2014, baby, happy new year, new year, new year's resolutions, postpartum fitness, pregnancy, resolutions
It is with great pleasure that we introduce Muffin Pig Valency! He was born on September 23, 2013 at 3:14 AM. He weighed in at 6 lb. 3 oz. and was 20.5 in. long. He is our pride and joy. Continue reading
‘Tis the season for eating and entertaining! On Friday night, Craig and I went to a paleo potluck dinner party. I was on appetizer duty. Of course, the first thought that popped into my head was, “Bacon wrapped whatever!” Then I realized I wanted to make something that was less paleotypical. Paleo food has a reputation for being bacon-centric, but there are other foods out there. I wanted to step outside the box and try something new. (Of course, I still ended up using bacon.) Stuffed mushrooms! Yum. Continue reading
Christa Crawford, MA
As you know by now, I’ve dealt with endometriosis since I was a kid. While I’m not exactly sure what causes it, I’ve got plenty of personal experience with both effective and ineffective treatments. With endometriosis, it seems that some treatments work for some women but not for others. There are other remedies that, despite continued publicity, don’t seem to work much for anyone. Other options seem extreme but can actually be incredibly effective. I’d like to share my experiences with these different treatment options, in case it helps a few women find their own relief.
I’m not a doctor. This is not medical advice, so don’t try to sue me if you overdose on anything or use it irresponsibly. Always consult your physician before beginning any medical treatment of any kind. I’m just sharing my own experiences.
By Craig Valency, CSCS
Variety is the spice of life! But when it comes to strength training, there are a few key movements that deserve a special place in the exercise pantheon. There are three basic exercises that everyone should do in some form or another. When it comes to real-world strength, these are the ones you MUST be doing. Of course, if you want nice biceps for beach season, go to town on the preacher curls after you have prioritized these top 3.
To make the cut, each exercise had to meet the following criteria:
- Functional: Functional carryover to real-world activities
- High Metabolic Cost: Compound movements utilizing multiple joints; Involves the whole body
- Strength Carryover: Improves overall strength for other exercises and in general
- Corrective: Addresses the most common weak areas and patterns of movement
Has anyone else been eating as much tree candy as I have lately? I’ve had a little more than my fair share of nectarines, peaches, and plums. Perhaps my favorite summer fruit is the fig.
Too bad figs are total sugar bombs. They are delicious and seasonal. They only come once a year, so I say go for it. Using figs in a salad alongside a simple piece of salmon is unexpected. It’s perfect for a casual summer dinner.
Christa Crawford, MA
When I posted my story about living with endometriosis, I had no idea it would garner such a huge response. I have been overwhelmed by the support, curiosity, and pain that my readers have shared with me. Several of you have emailed me and asked questions about what causes endometriosis. More importantly, you want to know what to do to manage it. Yes, you can find information online, but it can be hard to sift through what works and what’s just out there to make money (*ahem* Midol). I’m not a medical doctor, and I haven’t done any formal, academic research. What I am, however, is a long-time survivor of endometriosis and an avid learner. I’m going to share everything I know, based on personal experience and years of learning. Continue reading
The farmers’ market is bursting with delicious fruits and veggies this time of year. Last weekend, we picked up a few baskets of zucchini and a couple bunches of carrots. While they may not have had the picture-perfect visages of supermarket produce, those veggies sure were tasty.
Ratatouille is one of my faves because it requires only one pot. There are no fancy cooking techniques involved, and it complements whatever protein is on hand. A traditional ratatouille includes eggplant and excludes carrots, but I say you should use whatever veggies are in your kitchen. This recipe makes six to eight servings. Continue reading
Craig Valency, CSCS
I was on expectant father cooking duty last night. According to the mom-to-be, I hit this one out of the park. And I would have to agree! We used to love the salmon stuffed with spinach and feta from Trader Joe’s, but I thought I could do better by making my own version. Of course, being from the more is better school of thought, I figured I’d add fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, the kitchen sink… STOP THE TRAIN, because Christa is about to jump off! She saved me from myself and explained the genius of less is more and the importance of letting the ingredients shine. Well they did. Enjoy!
By Chris Gonaver
“I finally began to feel that I was in control of my weight, and what I ate, and I didn’t need to be running 40 miles a week.”
Until the mid-1990’s, I was a dedicated marathoner and triathlete. My training focus and intensity changed with continuing knee discomfort. While my training level and frequency declined, my diet and calorie consumption did not. Running 40 plus miles a week allowed me to eat anything. Without that level of effort, I beefed up to a high of 225 pounds about 6 years ago and developed unfavorable changes to some blood chemistries.
My father passed away at 52 from a massive heart attack. One of the many things I inherited from him is mild hypertension. I found out 5 years ago that I had elevated blood glucose levels classifying me as pre-diabetic, which got my attention. For the first time I realized that my weight was leading me on an unhealthy path and that it was my fault for being unfocused and letting that happen.
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Tagged blood chemistry, blood glucose, lifestyle change, marathon, paleo diet, plan, triathlete, weight loss