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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Being Evergreen Everyday

I had a reader tell me the other day that he would only read my blog when I presented "meaningful" life hacking material in my posts.

My takeaway was that the "meaningless" parade of CrossFit workouts and Paleo dishes was repetitive and not applicable to improving life.

I guess there's a couple of reasons why I have so many posts about my workouts and my diet.

First, it's what I'm focusing on right now and what I've been focusing on for the last few years because I think they are 2 of the 4 Horsemen of a Healthy Lifestyle:
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Rest and Recuperation
  • Stress Management and Schedule Control to Support and Prioritize the Previous 3

It's that simple.

If you implement the above 4 items into your life, everything else will be better because you will be better.

Fill in the blank with "I want to be better at ______"  and you will be better if you are taking care of yourself.

So many people look at CrossFit type workouts and view them as some kind of radical cult type of exercise when in actuality it is the most varied, functional and reasonable type of all body exercise program that emphasizes technique and proper execution of each exercise and scaling (adapting the exercise movement and weight to each person's capabilities, limitations and overall fitness goals).  It utilizes the most effective type of training - High Intensity Interval Training - which is like sprinting and jogging, sprinting and jogging.

One of the big proponents of CrossFit type workouts is the recommendation for all athletes to follow a Paleo type eating program - which emphasizes lean proteins and good fats over simple carbs, sugars and processed foods.

Cast iron skillet grilled Ahi Tuna, zucchini and a salad rich in raw dark green veggies and fruit is the way to nourish the body without causing inflammation.

When a 54 year old man can post times for Rx workouts (recommended weights and movements) in line with the most fit 20 - 35 year olds, then you know the nutrition is backing up the exercise.

Chicken Sausage with Honey Mustard and Horse Radish with egg, tomato, pickles and jalapenos and a Nutribullet full of beets, zucchini, asaparagus, red grapes, blueberries, basil and cilantro.

Quick pre workout morning meal of boiled egg, basil, grape tomatoes and red grapes with a little Fruit Punch Creatine.

333 reps of anything is a lot and these movements - 53# Kettle Bell Swings, 24" Box Jumps, pull-ups, burpees, Thrusters with 95#, Jump Rope and Toes to Bar - will activate every part of the body.

1 meal a week I will have a non-paleo Binge meal - for me this was a beautiful club sandwich at Plaza South Side!

Part of the process is continuously learning about what you should and shouldn't be eating.

This looks like a massive amount of food and it is but notice there is no processed or sugar filled "heavy carbs" on this plate.

The protein at the bottom is grass fed ground beef with a wet mix of an egg, honey mustard, balsamic, Worcestershire, soy sauce, tabasco and sriracha with diced veggies of sweet onion, asparagus, squash, poblano - jalapeno and red bell pepper, basil and cilantro.  Much like a meat loaf mix.

Cover with a yolky egg over medium.

Nutribullet full of purple carrot, beet, zucchini, asparagus, cilantro, basil, blueberries, fuji apple with fruit punch creatine mix for the liquid and a spoonful of chocolate protein powder on top.

This sides a cast iron skillet grilled Ahi Tuna Steak (2 minutes on each side), sauted sweet onions, poblano pepper, red bell pepper and fresh basil and grape tomatoes topped with slivers of fuji apples dusted with cinnamon.

I guess Diet and Nutrition and Exercise is about as Meaningful a topic I can come up with because these elements are so important to a Happy and Healthy life.

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