"There is no love sincerer than the love of food" - George Bernard Shaw
To me a salad is about the easiest thing in the world to prepare. Perhaps next to boiling an egg. I mastered that one a few years back. (There is an art to not getting the gray around the yolk.) Go to any supermarket now and you'll find a melange of pre-washed, pre-packaged, lettuce varieties ready for your favorite serving bowl. In some countries salads are served after the entree, a custom I like to do from time to time.
Just about anything can go into a salad. When I ran the cafe I got in the habit of putting just about anything and everything on them. Partly out of necessity as I didn't want to waste ingredients used for other things, like the "Omelette of the Day". I learned to get very creative.
Salads are not about the dressings although I do make a mean balsamic. They are about the freshness of the ingredients. Crunchy greens, ripe produce, a real flavor punch.
Peasant Salad The weather is changing and one of my all time seasonal favorites is the Greek Salad. Also known as a "village salad" it is traditionally made with tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, olives, and oil and vinegar, however there are a number of variations to mix it up. The one I ate above has chick peas for protein as well as marinated artichoke hearts. For the finicky diner or person with a restricted diet salads are a perfect way to eat what you want in it's freshest possible state. Raw foods as we know are loaded with nutrients. The very nutrients our bodies need to help us shine. Part II GETTING CREATIVE
Just as there is dynamic stretching and sets to get you warmed up, I use music to help get me psyched as well. Once I leave the outside world behind my focus is on the task at hand. My workout. It then becomes all about me and the iron. Period. Gym's are communities and there are all kinds of people to make friends with. It does take a village after all. But this post isn't about why I workout or how to make friends. It's about how to get and stay in the zone.
I love a good remix and it seems every song out there has been done at least twice. Here is an old school by none other than Thunderpuss for Tamia's Stranger In my house.
I usually play this as I leave the locker room and come down the stairs workout journal and water bottle in hand ready to do my THANG.
Spring has sprung, (March 20th to be exact) and it's April. It seems like yesterday we were making New Year Resolutions. Now it's spring break, bathing suits, sun, surf & sand. A different motivation to workout perhaps but valid none the less. No shame in wanting to look good while we enjoy life.
Quote for the Week "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" - "Walt Disney The fact is, no matter what season or time of the year we need to always incorporate activity into our daily lives. Sometimes it can be the difference between taking the stairs at the office instead of the elevator. Or walking to the store instead of driving. (You buy less and save $$ too by the way). Or simply taking advantage of that gym membership and really throwing around some iron.
You really cannot get more simpler than this one. So quit talkin'.
We look for motivation from all areas. It's one thing to read a quote. It's another to hear a workout buddy or personal trainer stand over you and push you to your 10. Sometimes you just need to plug in your buds and get pumped up! TUNES _____________________________________________________________ Starting this month I'm going to share with you songs that blow up my workouts and help get me in the mood to W-O-R-K I-T O-U-T! My musical tastes are ecclectic and run the gamut. Variety is the spice of life so the saying goes and when I workout I tune the world out and my jams up! It IS all about you and YOUR fitness goals. So plug it in, turn it up, and DO IT! Btw, "Music mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel"
"It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable" -Socrates Ladies too. As we move into the new year and our resolutions I think it important to keep this in mind. Is it vain to try and become as strong and in shape as we can possibly be? I think not.
_________________________________________________________________________________ The Greeks, whom I have discussed in great detail on this blog believed that a strong body equaled a strong mind. They were nothing short of obsessed with strengthening both. I absolutely agree with Socrates. It is a shame for people to not fully explore the potential of their physical capabilities. Or experience the benefits of doing so. It takes work and dedication but it can be done.
Yes at times life can be exhausting. Between jobs, personal lives, and everything in between sometimes we just want to zone out. I personally use my workout times for just that. "Me time" as I call it. Health clubs and gyms are communities and there are folks there to: