Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kale and Pear Salad

Are you in a salad rut?  I get that way, but this one will cure that problem....in fact it is so simple and refreshing you just my want to make it everyday...which is what I have been doing anyways. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bison and Parsnip Chili

I had to make a pretty quick dinner tonight because we were out all day in town so luckily the day before I stocked up on a ton of wonderful food options at Costco, and I am incredibly thankful to be able to shop there as they really have some great choices.  I will come up with another post to list some great items to stock up on if you shop there, this can really help you to navigate away from the less than desirable foods they sell in bulk, I mean unless you enjoy a box of 100+ Twix candy bars calling out your name from the pantry all day long.  Costco can be an awesome place to shop for whole food options...you just have to know what to look for and "think outside the box" ;)  Tonight I just wanted to whip up a meal in one pot so we had less dishes to do and I could spend more time blogging and working on some upgrading of the blog!  I am super excited for the current project I am working on and will share in time when I get things up and running, for now just know that I plan to be a ton more active on here, pushing out new content far more frequently. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Adrenal Fatigue

I keep coming across this phrase Adrenal Fatigue in various articles, pod-casts and such and I feel like I have been beaten over the head with it lately.  So I decided to explore this further and found out a ton of information that has changed my life.  Not to sound dramatic, but seriously I can't possibly ignore the facts.

 So what on earth is Adrenal Fatigue?  In a nut shell I will attempt to explain a somewhat technical system.  The Adrenal Glands which are two triangle-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys, their function is to secrete various hormones that regulate stress, sex hormones, sleep, etc.  Pretty much a big deal those little glands.  Cortisol is one of the main hormones that when the body is put under systemic stress, it is released.  The main functions of Cortisol are to increase blood-sugar levels through gluconeogenesis, suppress the immune system and aid in digestion of macro-nutrients.

The system of communication called the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis is essentially a messenger system.


Here is a little diagram that helps to show in more detail what goes on:  Basically when there is stress (physical, mental, emotional, etc)  the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis responds by sending chemical messengers that transmit signals from the neurons to the target cells across synapses.  Its confusing to wrap your head around, but this diagram really helps to see the connection.  Eventually the cycle continues and unfortunately in most people stress is far more abundant than it should be, therefore homeostasis (the ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes...aka balance) is very difficult to reach. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Pre-race jitters

I can not believe that the half marathon is tomorrow.  Have I mentioned how much I hate running?  Ironic I know, I am fairly certain that once this bucket list bullet is checked off I will not be doing any distance running for a very long time...and let me just clarify anything over 5 miles is "distance" running in my opinion, so while I won't be running those I don't mind short spurts like 5ks every now and again, in fact I am thinking that I am built more for those to begin with.  After all of this training, and lets be real I didn't even fully do the "training" every week. I skipped an 8 miler a few weeks ago due to horrible winds and my reluctance to run on the treadmill that far, I am ready to get my body out of "fight or flight" mode.  I definitely feel a lot more exhausted after putting my body through the ringer, I prefer weight training and HIIT workouts far more than this!  The injury associated with these runs has been ridiculous, I have fallen and skinned my knees 3 time (yes my knees look like the knees of a careless 5 year old boy), and I strained my left foot on the last mile of the 10 miler last Sunday, so that means I had to "take it easy" all week, and I do not "take it easy" very easily I hate sitting still!  Sorry about the rant, and if you are a distance runner well I am impressed with your stamina, but it is not for me. 


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Outside the Box: SnickerDoodle Cookies...In appreciation for all th...

Outside the Box: SnickerDoodle Cookies...In appreciation for all th...: So this week is teacher appreciation week and I had yet to show my appreciation for all the hard work my kids' teachers do day in and ...

SnickerDoodle Cookies...In appreciation for all the wonderful teachers out there!

So this week is teacher appreciation week and I had yet to show my appreciation for all the hard work my kids' teachers do day in and day out.  A thankless job really, but an ever so important one.  I have been blessed to have both of my older children in the classrooms of some pretty amazing teachers.  At any rate I needed to find a way to show appreciation, and well the way I show love and appreciation is through cooking and baking so I might as well do something with that right?  So at 9:30 tonight as I was scrolling down my Facebook feed I was reminded of the fact that tomorrow is in fact Friday and I had yet to do any sort of appreciation, I did what I always do when I procrastinate, I decided what a perfect night to try and create my own recipe?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

4 ingredient fudge

Velvety yummy fudge the best end to a long day.  Today I finally got done with all the laundry that was behind for the past week, I also managed to hire a sitter and get my butt to the big girl gym for an awesome workout filled with bench pressing, tricep dipping as well as a lap around the sand trail...oh yeah and the stair-master, which let me tell you is so not cool after hitting legs hard the day before.  I also managed to get back to working on the blog, took kids to karate, cook up some chicken thighs and other various tasks along the way.  Oh and I am watching How I Met your Mother Season 2 woo hoo can we say successful day?  At any rate I will keep this post short and sweet because I need to go get my beauty sleep, but I simply had to share this and I cant take credit for it as I found it on one of my other favorite blogs:  The Paleo Mom:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/04/recipe-chocolate-walnut-freezer-fudge.html

Check out the recipe here and Enjoy!