Rants & Raves – 03/31/12

Oh, the webbernet! It gets me all riled up with dire news and mainstream idiocy, then blammo! it hits me with something so awesome, it must be shared. Dear friends, welcome to this week’s collection of Rants & Raves. Rants Here are the things that worked me up into a lather this week. My computer monitor has shown amazing patience and fortitude in the face of my shock and outrage. Another... read more

Ohm Ma Goodness

It’s been a while since I shared my yoga adventures. Rest assured: I’ve been getting my Satnam on with my kundalini teacher Robin every week. I continue to be completely entranced by the variety of ways she directs us to breathe. In the last few weeks, we’ve moved way, WAY beyond the standard breath of fire… – tongue out, breathe through the mouth – tongue out, breathe... read more

Strength Thursday – 03/29/12

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. Just another day under the barbell… I had no flashes of insight this morning while communing with the iron. I picked some heavy stuff up, I put it down, then I picked it up again.... read more

5 Cool Things About Running With The Zombies

Focus one point and breathe. This is a real conversation from Wednesday morning while I laced up my shoes to go run from zombies. Me: I figured if nothing’s going to work to help me lose weight right now, I may as well do what’s fun. Dave: That sentence works even better if you take off the first part. Me: … [unable to think of a smartass reply because to some degree, he was right] The... read more

Review: Lave Lake Lamb

Before I started eating clean (and prior to viewing Food, Inc.), I thought that meat was meat. I didn’t concern myself with where or how the animal lived, what it ate, or its general health. I also didn’t think much about the taste variance in meat. Sure, I knew the $60 steak at Ruth’s Chris would taste better than the $7.99/lb. slab at my local grocery store, but for everyday eating, it... read more

Paleo Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas)

I’ve probably eaten hundreds (if not thousands) of stuffed grape leaves in my life. And about 99% of them were made by my dad. We always called them “stuffed grape leaves,” never dolmas, and they were pretty straight forward: white rice, lamb, minimal seasonings, and a light coating of lemon-egg sauce. We’d soak the leaves in the sink (never in a bowl), then my dad and I would... read more

Merguez Meatballs

Merguez is a fresh sausage popular in North African cuisine. Usually made with lamb — or a mixture of lamb and beef — it’s spicy but not too hot, heady with earthy seasonings like cumin, garlic, fennel, paprika, and just a hint of cinnamon. Although it contains many of the same spices as Ras el Hanout, the flavor is completely different flavor because of the proportions of the spices. Spice... read more

I Love My Body

A few weeks ago, I promised you a post that would get real about where I am with my body image right now. This is that post. As I mentioned on Monday, I’m in a state of confusion about what to do regarding my somewhat uncooperative body. Over the last two years, I’ve slowly gained weight — and during the last two months, it’s accelerated to the point that I’m getting a little... read more

Review: Eat Like a Dinosaur (Plus Giveaway)

UPDATE 04/03/12: We have a winner! Congratulations to Karen, who wrote, “White bread and butter–my favorite cheat as a child–my grandmother’s mac-n-cheese souffle and mixing packets of Quaker instant oatmeal, like plain oatmeal and the brown sugar n maple with butter. That was a treat when we went camping.” It can be very challenging to get my adult self to follow the paleo guidelines... read more

Singin’ In The Rain

It’s the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the MGM film Singin’ in the Rain. Take a break from planning your next paleo feast or strategizing about your WOD to enjoy these clips. Guaranteed to make you smile, no stopwatch or food log required. The song “Singin’ in the Rain” performed by Gene Kelly is the classic, and there are plenty of reasons to adore it. The elegant... read more

Smupdate! March 26, 2012

Sometimes, when I’m hard at work typing and thinking and generally trying to get ahead in the world, I take a break to see what Smudge it up to. This just in: Smudge, the CEO of Smudge Publishing, LLC, would like to remind all of us that Mondays are also rough on CEOs and the only appropriate response is to take it... read more

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