I’m ALIVE!!! Thank you everyone for your patience with this blogging slacker…
The last 6 weeks with my leg have been a bit of a ride, and my mobility in the kitchen with crutches, juggling boiling water or a hot pan hasn’t been easy.
So I’ve been making simple easy dishes. Strangely, my appetite has really not been all that great. I’ve for sure lost a bunch of muscle in my left leg, as well as generally for the whole body, especially my chest, shoulders and biceps. The latest research about “sitting kills” is most likely spot on.
I’ve spent marvelous days just sitting around though, speculating, reading, thinking, meditating, comparing, recalling, calculating, planning, and the list goes on. I’ve been able to spend time kind of digesting mountains of information I’ve been accumulating for the last 8 years about exercise and nutrition.
It’s been nice. All this thinking (and re-reading of so many quality posts, studies and articles) has allowed me to even further the direction of my “OWN” path. It is so VERY important for our well being, that we find “our own way”. It’s no different, from all the great guitarists….they found their OWN way. They all have a unique sound that’s just them. For the vast majority of them, they ALL started the same way. With the BASICS. They internalized those basics, and formed their own way. Exercise and Nutrition work the same. Stick to the basics long enough so that the basics are a part of you…then you can start fine tuning and making your own way. The majority does not make their own way. You know why? Because they don’t have the metal to stick to the basics long enough. The boring stuff, the basics, are just too hard. i.e: they want move on quickly and play “all along the watchtower”, but they haven’t quite mastered putting chords together and can’t quite yet play “mary had a little lamb”.
I just posted a list of basics in a comment recently on Chris Highcock’s Site. Here’s what I listed:
1. Be happy
2. Love family & friends & neighbors like crazy
3. Eat REAL food, go hungry sometimes
4.Walk EVERY day
5. Exercise in line with what excites you and it will never be exercise to you. Do this 3 times a week
6. Lift heavy things 2 x a week
7. Stay curious
8. Stay vain, remember at some point in your youth you thought you were the shit, dont ever let go of that feeling, as you age you will realize we are ALL the shit, knowing it and holding on to it will, will give you confidence.
9. STAY sexually active. It’s part of our make up. Millions of married couples in the U.S.A dont even sleep in the same bed anymore. Human touch, cuddling is one of the major requirement for our well being.
10.Realize that in the END everything will be alright, if it’s not alright than it’s not yet the end.
Simple right? Once you truly “own”, a basics list like this, can you expect to start really “hacking” yourself. And just as a thought….that’s not for everyone you know. Most are fine with just the basics and don’t want to spend their life agonizing if they really need to take extra calcium together with their Vit. D supplement.
But the basics are easy enough for us ALL to pick up on at least, and this is what’s so amazing for me over the last 8 years…. THE BASICS ARE ALL YOU NEED TO SEE HUGE IMPROVEMENTS IN OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL BEING.
Dinner last night was pretty easy, straight forward and delicious. For strict paleo, or if you don’t handle dairy, just skip the little cheese sprinkle at the end of the recipe.
These little stuffed zucchinis are simply YUM
1 pound of ground pork or pork sausage
4 green onion stalks
2-3 large hand fulls of fresh spinach (hand size taken into consideration 🙂 )
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
1/4 of a hot pepper (jalapeno, serano, chilli) optional or toss in the whole pepper if you like it spicy
1 tsp butter
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
Saute your onion and garlic in the butter. When translucent, add your pork and your garlic powder. (of course you can use ground beef or ground lamb too) While the meat cooks, (make sure you break it up in little pieces), cut your zucchinis in half LENGTHWISE. Take a spoon and empty out the inside of the zucchini pieces. (discard the flesh, a lot of recipes have you use the flesh back in with the meat, but from my experience this makes it too wet.)
Next dice up your tomato and scallion/green onion stalks. Preheat your oven to 350.
When the meat is done add in your spinach and combine well so spinach wilts. Scoop your little zucchini boats full of your meat mixture. Next top with some tomato and scallion. In the oven they go for about 15 minutes. The zucchini needs to cook, but you want to make sure you still have a little “snap”/”crunch” in your zucchini. This really adds to the flavor and consistency of the dish. Mushy zucchini is on par for me with boiled brussell sprouts. When it’s almost done sprinkle a bit of shredded or diced cheese of your choice. I used a bit of sharp cheddar but feta works well as does parmesan or pecorino. When the cheese is melted sprinkle a bit more of your chopped scallion on top and voila.
One more thing…
I really want you to closely read this a few times and give it some thought:
“Metabolism is vibrational response to your moment in time. Metabolism is the way the Energy is moving through your body. And so, everything is in response to the way you feel — everything is. Everything is mind over matter. Every disease is mental first. Everything is about thought. Everything is about vibration. Everything is about the way you feel. Practice scenarios that feel good—and never mind reality. Reality is only a brief moment in time that you keep repeating.” A\
Check # 1 on my top ten list…
What do you think?