7 Nutrition Principles for Olympic Performance

The Summer Olympic games are being held for only two weeks but athletes spend years training for and mastering their sport. Becoming an Olympic athlete not only takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication but requires good nutrition to enhance workouts and maximize performance.  While most of us are not training to be Olympic athletes, we can learn from the nutrition practices these star athletes implement on a daily basis.  Continue reading

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Nantucket Recipe

To escape the Summer heat I went to one of my favorite places to walk on the beach – Nantucket, Mass.  There were a variety of shells, pepples and lots of sand to enjoy. After one of my power walks I enjoyed this salad to fortify myself .  One of the other things I love about Nantucket is the beautiful flowers, especially the Hydreaneas, so I included this photo!  Enjoy all your Summer adventures!

Hearty Summer Salad: Nantucket Style! Serves 4

1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped; 1 carrot cut in slices diagonally, 1 stalk celery sliced diagonally, 1 med. red pepper diced, 1 large tomato seeded and sliced, 1/4 cup garbanzo beans, 1 small apple cored and diced, 1/2 jicama sliced, 1 small cucumber sliced, 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup almonds or walnuts, 1/4 cup parsley chopped. Toss all together and serve with your favorite dressing.

 

 

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Creating Balance

Research indicates that many of us establish new goals or resolutions for the New Year but don’t get to starting those goals until months later (March or April). Instead of New Year’s resolutions I propose we seek balance in our lives. In creating balance we focus on feeding out bodies, mind and spirit. Read more…

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Have a Healthy Heart

The Mediterranean Diet is the perfect blend of heart healthy food full of flavor, easy to prepare, and has been prescribed as the “diet” to live a long and healthy life. For years the Mediterranean culture has been studied and the verdict is out! Not only does the Mediterranean diet contribute to a decreased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease; but the Mediterranean lifestyle also plays a major role in one’s quality of life and longevity. The lifestyle includes slowing down to enjoy and savor the food that is served , sharing meals as a family in both the preparation and while eating, and engaging in regular physical activity. Read more…

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Farmers Mkt: Rhubarb Concentrate

If you think the only thing you can do with rhubarb is add it to fruit pies…think again. This past weekend I returned from a trip to Lake Placid, NY and drove through Keene Valley (45 min south of Placid). I enjoyed stopping at a large Farmer’s Market and noticed a vendor dedicated to selling Rhubarb Concentrate. As a “foodie” I had to buy some. Adirondack Rhubarb Traditions rhubarb concentrate is make in Bloomingdale, NY which is in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Rhubarb is actually a vegetable – not a fruit and was surprised to hear about all the wonderful things you can do with the concentrate. Rhubarb, like apples, can hold moisture in recipes and the concentrate can be used to make salad dressings, sauces (fish, pork, chicken) and can be added to salads and soups.

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Herbal Gardening

Drying Shed

On a recent trip to Colorado I had the opportunity to work with my son David at Earthstar Farm (in the mountains outside of Boulder). As a recent college grad this is one of his jobs to make ends meet. Our day began with weeding out the strawberry patch and harvesting the Calendula flowers (Marigold). Read more…

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Gluten Free Concession at the Ballpark

Gluten Free Concession Stand at Ballpark

Thanks to Aramark Food Corp. I was able to enjoy gluten free foods at the Coors Stadium in Denver last week. I have been to a number of stadiums for ball games around the country and this was the first time I noticed a gluten free concenssion stand. For those of us with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance eating at the ballpark can sometimes be a challenge.

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