Simple healthful cooking techniques!

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Thanks to Whole Foods, not only do you have great stores* around the country to stock up on lots of local, sustainable selections but also they’re making it so easy to learn to cook it all up in the best way possible! Check out this link to learn some options for clean, nutrient-preserving food prep.

*I actually do NOT live near a Whole Foods 🙁 so I count on stores like Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Organic Roots and even Costco to find sustainable, organic and greenhouse-grown fruits, veggies and grains to fill my plate.

Thank you for helping us all to keep kickin butt and performing better, Whole Foods!

Amgen Tour of CA 2013 Mechanics

Amgen Tour of CA 2013 Mechanics

Behind every great athlete on two wheels is an even greater mechanic. Behold our team keeping the Carmichael Training Systems athletes upright and blazing fast at this year’s bucket list event, the Tour of CA Race Experience.

Super Salad!

 

 

SuperSalad

Oh YES, that’s what I’m talkin’ about – super duper dinner goodness and here’s what it’s boasting: quinoa, nutritional yeast, cranberries, blueberries, peaches, chia seeds, white mushrooms, garlic, squash, dijon mustard, kale, avocado, sweet potato, black pepper and red hot chili peppers.

I think I’m in love…so good…

Superbrain Yoga

“If you need to find some way to relax and improve your concentration but don’t have time for a full yoga class, you might want to consider Superbrain Yoga, a trademark name for a technique said to revitalize the brain.” – excerpt from ehow.com contributor Alan Donohue

I’m going to start doing this tomorrow morning…I’ll let you know it goes in two weeks!

Moderation

I love the theme of the holidays: “Eat, Drink, Be Merry!” Please, do all three, IN MODERATION! Enjoy some delicious foods, make better choices when presented with a buffet spread, and eat more of the healthier choices. Bring a delicious, nutritious appetizer and main dish that you know is a great option for you and other guests at parties. If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure to drink a glass of water before and after any moderate pour of that adult bevy. And if you stray from your normal workout schedule, make a promise to yourself to get in a nice brisk walk, if nothing else, with a few of the relatives each day. Be safe, laugh often, and spread the goodwill today and always 🙂

Eat your veggies EARLY!

A cup of veggies before 10 a.m. daily = you less hungry later! Veggies contain satiating fiber, antioxidants and vitamins that reduce inflammation (interferes with leptin and appetite control.) – from http://www.womenshealthmag.com

Cuppa Veg with that Cuppa Joe?!?
Cuppa Veg with that Cuppa Joe?!?

Bring it on!

One of my favorite Facebook discoveries this holiday season was how many people were pledging to their friends and family that they were going to eat a plant-based diet for at least the first 30 days of 2011.

Awesome!

Here are some of my favorite sites for DELICIOUS recipes, animal-friendly couture and other inspirations for making the switch or even flirting with moving toward a more compassionate way of life.  Enjoy!

http://www.vegweb.com
http://happycookingco.com/healthy-recipes.cfm
http://www.oprah.com/style/Vegan-Fashion-Myths-About-Compassionate-Couture/3
http://www.barnivore.com/wine/g-l
http://www.nomeatathlete.com/
http://www.kindgreenplanet.org/programs/veganatheart/welcome/
http://www.cestlavegan.com/
http://www.chefchloe.com/
http://www.thekindlife.com/ (Alicia Silverstone’s amazing creation!)

Happy Holidays!

I don’t get why so many people overeat (as much as up to 600 calories EXTRA) per day between Thanksgiving and New Years!  All I have to say is if you choose to stick with me, you will be eating delicious food with incredible nutritional value that helps you keep your girlish (or boyish) figure intact!