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3 things you can do with coconut oil

I have three jars of coconut oil in my house.

One sits in the bathroom.
One sits next to the oven.
One sits next to the fridge.

Continue reading: 3 ways I use coconut oil



On a flight

I am learning. It’s not always easy to eat clean. As I am going through this change in lifestyle I have come up with one golden rule:

If in doubt, read the list of ingredients.

This rule works. Really!
Right now I am sitting on a plane that is taking me to Austin, TX where I will run half marathon #22.
The flight attend just brought my coffee and a snack. As I am playing with the thought of eating the snack I turn it around to the list of ingredients which includes high fructose corn syrup and other not-so-great ingredients that I just don’t want to put into my body.

The thought comes into my head as I am contemplating how easy we accept what’s in our food today:
When will we get to the point that we will stand up for our bodies and stop tolerating chemicals in our foods?


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Week 1 of eating cleaner

I am not going to say it has been perfect, but I am making progress slowly one day at a time.


sweet potatoes in coconut oil

I have been eating mostly organic foods at home, the ones I bought at the farmer’s market last weekend. Now, if you would have seen me this week in my kitchen, you would have thought I’d never cooked here before. LOL. Well, I have, but I have never used the oven since I moved in. Today, as I was hoping to make some sweet potato chips, I turned on the oven (and it only took me 5 minutes to figure out how it works… ahem..) and the glass fogged up and out came some weird cleaning product smell. You bet, I abandoned the oven and cooked my sweet potatoes in coconut oil in a pan. It was delicious.

I usually buy my lunch at work. We have 2 cafeterias available with some decent food and a salad bar that sources its veggies from local farms. It may not be organic, but since its sourced locally, my hope is that the food is not in too bad of a condition.

The Wellness Warrior book Make Peace with your Plate keeps me highly motivated exploring where my food comes from and what I put into my body. She makes some great points on the importance of keeping our body well nourished (it kind of is the only body we got, right?). She also has me contemplating whether to do a 2-day cleanse.

Yesterday was my ‘cheat’-day. Not that I should have had or needed one, but I took one. No apologies. I ran 5.5 miles with my team and we ended up having breakfast at a local place and I can tell you my California omelet (with all its trimmings) was delicious. The chocolate in my pantry is also now all gone and there won’t be any more eating chocolate out of the pantry. 🙂

I actually feel good about my choices this week (even the bad ones) and I am so happy that I found my path back to eating better and cleaner!

Now I am going to read the chapter on the cleanse.

Have you done a healthy cleanse before? If so, how did it go?



The dirty dozen

As I am reading more and more (again) about healthy living and eating, I am surprised and shocked how much of our leaf2food is contaminated by all kinds of pesticides, preservatives and other chemical processes.

No wonder our bodies don’t know what to do anymore with the foods we are eating. In my readings i came across the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 list that is being published every year by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) and lists produce that are most and least contaminated with pesticides.

Here is the 2013 list as published by EWG: EWG’S SHOPPERS GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE

Dirty Dozen:


Clean 15:


Print out the EWG’S SHOPPERS GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE before your next trip to the store or market!

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Turning over a leaf

Well, it’s not a really a ‘new’ leaf, hence an incomplete idiom. 🙂

It’s been 11 months since I moved to California and a healthy lifestyle was something that I surely expected from a life in sunny Cali. But it wasn’t quite so.

I spent my last 11 months settling into a new place, getting to know a new job, new colleagues and making new friends and I had a great time. I reconnected with my favorite charitable running organization, Team in Training, and made great new awesome friends.


The healthy lifestyle stopped at regular exercise.

With a new year and my ‘honeymoon’ period over I am ready to get back to focusing on a healthier lifestyle. I have been following Jess Ainscough, The Wellness Warrior, for some time now. And finally I bought her newly published book Make Peace with Your Plate this week.

So the first thing I did today is run to the local Farmer’s Market and get some organic goodies.

My first goal: Get rid of the pesticides in my pantry and fridge!

I was successful:


My second goal will be: Learn to get some of the great nutrients as a juice.

I will need to buy a juicer. So something to research this week. In the meantime I started small with my blender. Just some apples, bananas and kiwis:

20140126-192740.jpgIt tasted YUMMY!!

Healthy food is cooking right now. I’d better go and check on it.

Happy and Healthy Eating everyone.
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Stretch ‘n strength

stretch-n-strength-bandI am missing my team workout today. Work took a little longer today, but I was so happily working on my project that I managed to miss time… Oops.

Of course, I know what this means: back to my strength and stretch band and the exercises that my PT has prescribed. Fun times tonight. I usually complain to him about these exercises, but truthfully I can really feel the difference in my foot mobility each time I do my work out. Therefore I don’t mind at all and am actually looking forward to it (ok, maybe that’s a little exaggerated…LOL).

I was trying to find some more exercises online that I can add to my strength band work out, but I couldn’t find any that used the same exercise band that I was using. Very interesting. So if you have any great ideas on what additional exercises (other than foot and ankle) I could do with my strength band, I’d appreciate your suggestions!

So, off I go to the torture treatment room. 🙂


And then there is pool time…

It’s June already. Time flies.

Finally getting back on the horse – or rather into the running shoe – has been one of the fun things about time flying by way too quickly. Since training started last week with Team in Training, I am feeling much happier. So there is a happy place for runners: in our running shoes. 🙂

pool timeTaking it easy of course. Today I went out for the traditional Saturday “long run”, which was 2 miles for me (hence the quotation marks…). Before my injury you wouldn’t have seen me on a 2-mile team run. Way too short to get out of bed early for. But injury provides a new perspective and I am classifying myself now as a beginner runner (for my endurance and speed). And you know what? A 2-mile run with a team is still fun!

May turned out to be a fairly active month after all. I logged over 41 miles (most of them walking), which was more than I did in my most recent active month of November last year. I gave myself a pat on the back! LOL. And then I took off for some well deserved pool time.

Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror.  It’s passing, yet I’m the one who’s doing all the moving. 

~Martin Amis, Money