No matter what your religious practice the 40 days leading up to Easter (known as lent) can provide great physiological benefits to us all. Traditionally, this is a time when we fast by eliminating meat, sweets and alcohol from our diet for 40 days. Although this is meant to bring us spiritually closer to God through reflection and prayer, there is a detoxification that goes on within the body, by eliminating these foods. Coincidentally, or maybe not, most of the foods that are available to us, this time of year also serve to cleanse, detoxify and provide major power to our immune system. If you have seen the documentary Forks Over Knives, or have tried any major diet then you know that we ingest way too much meat, sweets and alcohol. Eliminating or cutting back on these things for 40 days will do your body and immune system wonders for the year to come. Try a new meat-free recipe: Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna
Clean out your fridge and get your pocket books ready! The Piedmont Park Conservancy's Green Market begins this Saturday, March 2. I am so excited to get my fresh eggs, vegetables and local honey. This year's market will also include monthly Love You Healthy Wellness Workshops!
March 23-Seasonal Eating: How to eat in-season. and why it is important. Because peaches in February are just wrong(if you live in GA). :-) Also check out Atlanta Locally Grown to place an order for pick-up at the Green Market (I am getting REAL MILK- I can't wait)! Place your order before 5pm on Wednesday: http://atlanta.locallygrown.net/ I love this site, where else can you get a half of hog? Hope to see you in class and at the Market!
Saidah and Anita after a killer PT session! Over 400 calories burned
Hi everyone! In my quest to become more social media savvy, I am turning to Facebook for the 4th time in my training career. Hopefully this time it will last. So check out FB for latest postings, news, and pics. Also, feel free to let me know if you don't want your pic taken or on FB. Thanks
Green Market is testing a new start date. In celebration of our 10th year we will open 2 months early! March 2 through mid- December. 9-1am. Local produce, meats, cheese, eggs and a lot of fun. Mark your calendar and hope to see you then!
Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are
- Chinese Proverb.
People are disturbed not by a thing, but by their perception of a thing. - Epictetus
The word stress has over seven definitions in the Webster Desk Dictionary. Physical, mental or emotional tension is what most of us experience on a daily basis. This could be from your workout, which can serve as a positive form of stress to work-related expectations, which can lead to negative forms of stress. The top ten physical things to manage stress are: breathe, relax, take inventory, stretch, listen, focus, meditate, visualize, show gratitude, and move. However, I came across a few quotes that made me think that managing stress can take a different approach.
There are definitely physical things that we can do manage our stress but it really begins with how you think about what is happening in your life and the expectations that you hold within yourself. I am constantly pushing myself to become a better trainer, mother, friend, social media guru :-) , but when I increase my expectations I tend to become stressed out. Focus and chose a new way to think about
Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William Jame
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/quote/William-James-Quote-Our-Greatest-Weapon-Against-Stress#ixzz2KhIFiq82
There will be NO CLASS THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9!
I have a huge weekend full of family obligations and continuing education credits. So look forward to my anti-obesity rant on Monday!
Did you know? The NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four will be in Atlanta and they need volunteers. If you would like to get involved, you will receive a jersey, t-shirt and hat. There are plenty of shifts to pick from. I think it will be fun! Anyone in with me? If so, let's link up so that we can do a shift together. They are also looking for courtesy car drivers (you get to drive the coaches around) how cool! You will need your own car. Here's the link : click here
_Here is to Christy, Otis and Courtney for not only enduring Saturday's 18 station circuit, but also their volunteer efforts at Back on My Feet. They all aid in the mission of Changing Lives One Mile, Job and House at a Time.
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. These three help lead the running group in Atlanta and inspire me to find ways to become more involved. For more information or to get involved: www.backonmyfeet.org
SWISS CHARD, KALE, COLLARD
I feel it is so important to eat foods that are in-season. They provide exactly what your body needs for that time of the year. Greens are in right now so load up and be creative in how you cook them. Here's a post from the vegetable matter blog spot with an amazing flat bread recipe with greens:
Leafy greens provide amazing colors, textures and shapes in the garden. They are now reaching their peak before giving in to our hot, humid weather. These three greens in particular, Swiss chard, lacinato kale, and collards, are not only beautiful but also among the most nutritious vegetables around. Swiss chard, a member of the beet family, is loaded with folate, vitamins C, E and K, iron and calcium. Kale and collards, both members of the brassica family, provide protein and iron in addition to fiber, folate, calcium and several important vitamins. For more including recipe: vegetableblog