Mrs. Potato Head

Just as I seek peace and fitness, I also seek good news about potatoes.  Seriously. And then I love to share the good news.  This would not be the first time I have mentioned that in my humble opinion, those little tubers have gotten a bad, bad rap from the anti-carb conspiracy.  Once again, if a person eats too many of ANY kind of calories, they will get stored as fat.  Somehow, its hard for me to swallow that the potatoes are what are making our society over-weight and unhealthy.  So, I was particularly happy to read that sweet potatoes are really good for our skin!  The beta carotene in them not only helps combat dry, scaly winter skin, but also may protect against UV damage (a double bonus for us in the south enjoying cooler weather and sunshine all at the same time.)

According to the good doctors at RealAge, beta carotene helps balance pH and encourages skin cell turnover. which can help us achieve softer and smoother skin.  Loaded with vitamin C, another great nutrient for skin, these gorgeous orange gifts from the earth can combat dryness and aging skin.  With 180 calories in a large one, and no cholesterol, (plant foods have NO cholesterol) this powerhouse provides about 7 grams of fiber, humongous amounts of vitamin A, (good for eyes, bones and the immune system) and the anti-oxidants that are so good for our skin also fight against cancer.

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I am so glad I put a couple of sweet potatoes in the black bean soup we made yesterday!  That recipe, another easy one, later in the week.  Speaking of soups, I did go back and add a couple of non-essential items to the split-pea soup recipe, that I had forgotten to put in the other day.  (Bay leaf and cumin).  If you are trying that recipe, I highly recommend the cumin, but I LOVE cumin, so I am biased.  That was an ingredient I adapted from another recipe.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are off to a productive Monday morning.  Make it a great day.  Enjoy some peace and fitness, and don’t fear the potato.  It’s definitely NOT the enemy.  As with all things, continue to make wise choices.  Much love…

Birth-days, Split-peas and Gym-time.

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Good morning and happy Saturday!  Happy Birthday (today) to Nicole.  Hope she and Kyle wake up to a beautiful day and celebrate a beautiful young ladies special day.   We love you, Nicole…and know you and the world have a lot of good things in store for one another.  Enjoy.

A slightly belated happy birthday to Carol.  YOU are an inspiration to all around you and a gift to those of us that are impacted and inspired by you.   The year ahead  looks filled with promise and I look forward to watching it unfold with you!!  Thanks for your dedication to your own personal health and fitness and thanks for all your support right here on peaceandfitness.

I promised my recipe for split-pea soup, but I combined a few recipes and didn’t write down what I did.  Here, however, is the basics…and it is one very, very easy soup to make.  My guess is you can’t really mess this one up and as I mentioned it seemed to be a big success at this week’s VFT dinner.  (Though sometimes I think those “kids” will say ANYTHING is delicious….as Pete pointed out this past week, vegans tend to be SO thankful to get a vegan meal, that they aren’t very picky.  I have to attest to that, too…so I often have to defer to Mitch, who ISN’T a vegan.  He liked the soup, too!)

SPLIT PEA SOUP

2 small onions, diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 and 1/2 cups of split peas, rinsed

2 small russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

10 cups of water (I used half water, half vegetable broth)

salt and pepper to taste

a dash (or more) of cumin (I LOVE CUMIN)

1 teaspoon or 2 of soy sauce1 bay leaf (cook with, but remove before serving)

In a medium-sized pot, saute onions, garlic, celery in oil for about 5 minutes or until slightly softened.  Add peas, potatoes  and liquid (you decide if you want to use water, veggie broth or both).  Simmer for about half an hour, stirring often to prevent sticking.  Add more liquid as needed.  I let my cook for about an hour, adding water a little at a time till it became nice and thick and creamy.  Towards the end, add the salt, pepper and soy sauce.  Stir well and ENJOY!

This recipe makes about 6 cups.  I double everything!  My pot of soup ended up to be at least 12 servings.  You can always add a little more water to make it go further.  The potatoes definitely make the soup nice and thick and creamy.  We served it with Bacos (which have, FYI, never been real bacon…Yes, Bacos are vegan.  Funny, right?)

Check it out and let me know how it comes out!  Keep sending your recipes for your favorite soups.  I am soup intensive this winter.  They are inexpensive and easy to make, feed a lot of people and are just perfect on a cool (or downright cold) evening.

Enjoy your day everyone.  It’s GYM time!  Let’s get busy.

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(Split) Peas and Fitness

Nice, nice VFT aka Family Dinner Night (FDN).  With the usual suspects and some new guests of honor, the table was full.  It’s really nice to hear “We need another chair,” after setting the table for 6, as Mitch usually does.  While it’s bitter cold and most of the US is blanketed in snow, (and more snow) we in South Florida are just enjoying the change of season.  Yesterday was a gorgeous day followed by a beautifully cool night.  With the fire-pit for ambiance, it’s always more enjoyable prepping for the event.  The fire-pit, in fact, is one of my favorite things about winter.

With Derek here first, we enjoyed watching Cee Lo Green’s performances from this past week’s Saturday Night Live as we waited for the rest of the gang to arrive.  Cee Lo has a great voice and we loved his “all girl’s” band.  Mitch, particularly was impressed with the woman who played base guitar.

Mitch and I made split pea soup over the weekend and I froze about 10 cups worth.  Taking it back out yesterday, the meal started with soup and salad.  The soup was a hit (my favorite so far) and very easy to make.  (Recipe to follow in the next few days).  The next course was a (soy) “Franks and Beans” casserole, topped with sauerkraut.  Easy and inexpensive to prepare (5 minutes prep time– then I cook it for about 45 minutes) its my favorite way to eat soy dogs, feeds a lot of people and is a comfort food in winter (or any time!).  Mitch also grilled up some Hebrew National hot-dogs and buns for those that indulge in the real thing.  With a side of mini-assorted colored potatoes drizzled with olive oil and kosher salt and cooked in a tin on the grill and just baked cornbread there was more than enough food, even with the unexpected new guests.  Dessert was simple.  Blackberries, honeydew and the dried, candied apricots from Aunt Arl and Uncle Ron. Derek went home with leftovers for today and I have some for myself, as well.  Another successful VFT/FDN.  Only thing missing…Kyle and Nicole.  We are definitely going to see them SOON.

To my readers, friends and family in the Northeast US and other parts of the snow-covered country, I wish you safety, warmth and comfort as you deal with Mother Nature.  Not too warm, though.  I JUST heard on this morning’s news that too much heat might be helping people put on weight.  Since a calorie is a measure of heat, it makes some sense that having to warm yourself up, would require more calories than simply being toasty from the heater.  How about turning down the heat, turning up some music and getting on that treadmill that’s been sitting and collecting clothes…Just saying! Wishing you warmth…(split) peas and fitness.  TGIF!

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Thanks, Alicia

Being vegan helped me realize I can say and do what I believe is right. That’s powerful. Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.
~ Alicia Silverstone (actress, author, animal activist and vegan)

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Good Weeks, Bad Weeks

I don’t know, is it possible that everything I love about Biggest Loser is about the weighing in?  I don’t really think so, but last night’s episode, which was only an hour to allow for the President’s (wonderful) address to the nation, fell flat, in my opinion.  With zero interest in the Dan/Don story, because obviously something are really bigger than “The Ranch,” and Dan did NEED to go home.  Obviously he did OK at home, losing a total of 70 pounds, when we saw him at the end of last week’s episode.  While the Biggest Loser is an absolutely guaranteed way for many contestants to lose weight, it is not the ONLY way.  So enough about him.  As for his brother, Don, we’ll see.

The temptation challenge was kindof boring.  I never like those.  It’s like putting a drug addict in a room with drugs, like locking an alcoholic in a liquor store, or asking a child molester to watch kids…just for a few minutes.  While I understand that they will have temptation when they go home, I am always offended by these temptation challenges.  Everyone was incredibly strong.  Maybe 3 minutes isn’t really enough to lose one’s guard.  It actually worked out ok for Arthur who at one piece of chicken (150 calories), the only one to eat ANYTHING.  This won him the right to pick which team would be sent off to train (and who knows what else?) with the “unknowns,” for the week.  He picks green team’s Jay and Jen, since they are strong.  Dad and daughter are NOT happy being chosen.

When Jay and Jen arrive, the “unknowns,” are doing what else?…boxing, of course.  We are yet to really have a clue if Cara and Brett are truly trainer material, or are just good in the ring.  We’ll see.  Fitness Ridge is an entirely different experience than the Ranch, which is weird.  Meals are prepared with calorie counts, they are cleaned up after and they workout in a very rustic gym, “The Red Barn.”  I find all this a big disadvantage as these contestants will have to make a big adjustment next week when everyone is on the Ranch.

The final challenge pinned Jay and Jen against the ranch teams, in a combo guessing/physical challenge.  Guessing the EXACT calories in the 9 decadently fattening food items, would be a guessing game for absolutely anyone.  Then they had to hoist their number choices up 70 feet in the air, until they got the correct 4 digit combination.  Sort of like the Price is Right on steroids.  The winning “side” would get letters from home.  Jillian and Bob’s  group wins and the letters pour down and Dan reads one from his son, (who has basically disowned his father) written on a little tiny piece of paper and very short on words, but does manage to say he is proud of his dad.  The show then ends very abruptly with the words “to be continued.”

Next week should be very interesting with the 4 trainers and all the contestants finally together on the ranch.  Apparently, someone gains 6 pounds.  Though this season, the trainers are working hard to get into the contestants heads, there is a lot of work to still do.  18 pounds gained last week…6 next…hmmmmmm

Now, enough about OTHER people working out and getting fit.  Time to get moving.  Me and hopefully you, too!  Have a wonderful Wednesday (ummm…thanks, Carol, for keeping my days straight!!!!)

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Tuesday Tidbits

Good morning.  Just sharing some tidbits that have caught my eye in the newspaper over the past few days.  Firstly, good news for those in or thinking about joining the wonderful field of health and fitness.  Apparently, the US Department of Labor estimates that employment in this industry will increase faster than average until 2014.  Not only are aging Baby Boomers becoming more invested in their own health and fitness, but there is also an increase in membership of children and adolescents at health clubs and gyms.  According to a survey done by the IDEA Health and Association, fitness industry personnel, such as personal trainers and group fitness instructors, a high level of job satisfaction is reported.  I can attest to the truth in that statement!  30 years into this business and I still love what I do.   Honestly.

I found a blurb about a water bottle that does double-duty as a carrier for a key, money and/or gym membership card.  The Contigo Kangaroo is ideal for anyone who needs to carry their ID, a locker key, or a couple of bucks with them while working out.  It is stainless steal and is virtually (I always am a skeptic when I see that word) spill-proof.  Sounds like it would be great for the beach, too.  Though the downside is that it is “a bit wide and not terribly easy to carry.”  For $12.99 I might have to try one.  Available from gocontigo.com.

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Did you know an onion a day will also help keep the doctor away.  (Yikes, it might keep EVERYONE away…)  Onions, rich in sulfur compounds, protect against tumor growth, especially in the stomach, lowering the risk for stomach cancer.  They also improve breathing, fight bacteria and improve cholesterol levels.  They thin and halt the growth of dangerous pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli.  In fact, in Georgia, where Vidalia onions are grown, the mortality rates from stomach cancer are about half the national average.  Onions are great for people with asthma, coughs, colds, or any other breathing problems.  They break down certain cancer-causing compounds, reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol, fight fungus and provide relief from gas and flatulence.  Rich in flavonoids, they also help guard against heart disease.  So get some onions in daily, just keep in mind the stronger the flavor, the better for you, so DO keep breath mints on hand!

Biggest Loser airs for just one hour tonight as the President makes his State of the Union address tonight at 9.  I love you Mr. President, but can’t you possibly pick ANY other night that a Tuesday?

Get in your daily dose of peace, fitness and some onions!  I’ll meet you back here, tomorrow.

Goodbye to the Godfather

When I was a little girl there were 2 TV shows I could NOT interrupt my mother during.  One was General Hospital (and oh, how she loved when Richard Simmons was in the cast) and the other was the Jack LaLanne Show.  Along with my German shepherd, King, mom would turn his show on, downstairs in the basement, and exercise along with Jack, his wife Elaine and their German shepherd, Happy.  His show aired from the 1950’s to the 70’s and Happy’s job was to encourage kids to wake their moms up and drag them to the television where he would demonstrate exercises using only a chair or a towel.  My mom never needed to be dragged.  Much like Mr. LaLanne himself, my mom was way ahead of the diet and exercise curve.  Looking back, there certainly couldn’t have been better role models for me…Jack, Elaine and my mom, Ruth.

Can you imagine how progressive and passionate about fitness this man was to open a women’s health studio that included weight-training in 1936?!?!  There are still, to this day, people that haven’t gotten the importance of this almost a full century later.  His theories on “inactivity being a killer” and it “never being too late to start,” were way ahead of the times, and female athletes would often have to sneak in to use his facility in his home town of Oakland, California for it was “absolutely forbidden in those days for athletes (and women) to use weights.

LaLanne’s own fitness routine consisted of 2 hours of weight training and and hour in the swimming pool.  It’s not so far off from the routine I would choose for myself, if I could.  About 25 years ago,  I found myself teaching at one of his clubs.  Though the club has changed names, we at Tamarac Fitness Center still live by his philosophies.  Exercise…”It’s a lifestyle.  It’s something you do for the rest of your life.  How long are going to keep breathing?  You just do it.”

I would like to say REST in peace, but somehow asking Jack LaLanne to rest anywhere, just doesn’t seem right.  After all, I am pretty sure my mom has different plans for you.  I will simply say thank you for the huge contribution you made on this earth in your 96 years of great health!  You and your legacy will forever inspire people to get moving.  You are not only an icon, and the Godfather of Fitness, but to me, a mentor extraordinaire.  My commitment to you is to keep spreading the word on exercise and how it really is THE magic bullet.

And on that note, I am off to start spreading.

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You Can Do This, or You Can Do That…or You Can Do it ALL!

What a great workout with Jane yesterday morning.  Honestly, in my humble opinion, there is NOTHING better than “a little of this, and a little of that.”  We walked, ran, did some fast cardio in the house, slowed it down and added ONE weight for some strength training (with a beat) and ended with some yoga postures.  Walking gave us time to talk and breathe some fresh air, running kicked up the metabolism, singing and dancing inside was great for burning calories and firing up the endorphins, slowing it down and adding the weights, allowed us to keep singing and work some big muscles, and finally, yoga allowed us to stretch out everything we worked while connecting our bodies with our minds and souls.  Thanks, Jane, for wanting to work hard and always putting in 110%.  For those of you who are reading this, expect a little of this and a little of that, this morning at the gym. (NOTE:  YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ALL OF IT!)

Since I mentioned the new CrossFit gyms/workouts, they are popping up absolutely everywhere.  While again, they are not for me, they might be for you!  If you are looking for an extreme workout in an environment with others looking for the same, check them out!

What seems to be the biggest trend in fitness right now, is the mind-body disciplines.  In this challenging economy, (will it ever end?) with so much stress in people’s lives, it makes sense that working out the body and at the same time connecting the brain and nurturing the soul, makes great sense.  Those of you that have been requesting more yoga on Tuesday nights,  you got it!

With so many choices to get in our daily dose of exercise, I can’t help but hear my favorite jingle running through my mind….”you can do this, or you can do that…”  It’s the commercial for the new Kia Soul.  It’s song by a band called Black Sheep — I can’t say for sure if its called “This and That,” or “The Choice is Yours,” (I have found both) but it is one of the catchiest songs and just makes me smile whenever I hear it.  Maybe it will you, too…  Here’s one version.  ENJOY!  (If  the link doesn’t work, just copy and paste in your browser)

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Before I close and get ready for the gym, I must extend my heartfelt sympathy to several of you that have had great losses this week.  There are not words to console when people leave this earth so prematurely.  These sad and untimely deaths remind us that we much live each day to it’s fullest.  Warm hugs and much love.