Happy Halloween Everyone!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Since I finished reading the book Born To Run which I reviewed in my last post, I have had a hankering for Mexican food!
I am fascinated by what makes the Tarahumara such amazing Super Athletes. Witness the following:
Many Americans will be killed by heart disease, stroke, and gastrointestinal cancers. Almost none of the Tarahumara will.
When it comes to the top 10 health risks facing Americans, the Tarahumara are practically immortal. Their incidence rate is at or near zero in just about every category, including diabetes, vascular disease, and colorectal cancer. Age seems to have no effect on them either. The Tarahumara runner who won the 1993 Leadville ultramarathon was 55 years old. Plus, their supernatural invulnerability isn't just limited to their bodies; the Tarahumara have mastered the secret of happiness as well, in a world free of theft, murder, suicide, and cruelty.
In reading the book, I was enthralled and salivating over their typical daily diet and decided to give it a try. And today, I'm going to share it with you. The best part about it? It's cheap!
The mainstay of the Tarahumara is corn but they also eat squash, beans and chili. Pinole, a fine powder of toasted corn is the most common food. Meat is rarely eaten but on special occasions they eat goat, mice and fish.
I went down to my local Ralph's grocery store, shopping list in hand:
Pinto Beans 1 lb: 1.29
1 onion: .74
corn tortillas: 1.59
monterey jack cheese 8 oz: 2.49
green chili sauce 8 oz. 2.99
avocado (2) 1.49 ea
hav'a corn chips: 2.19
Total = $14.27
The meal is really easy and fun to make. The pinto beans cook in a large pot with the onion and water for about 2 hours. I love the feel of having a big pot simmering on the stove. It always makes me feel cozy and warm.
The corn tortillas can either be served with the beans as is or you can fry them in some safflower oil to use for tostadas. I did both.
The avocados were mashed up with a little spike for guacamole to be served with the corn chips.
I didn't notice monterey jack cheese as a Tarahumara staple but decided to add it to the top of the tostadas anyway topped with delicious green chili sauce. You can use red chili sauce if you prefer.
I decided to forgo the goat and mice, especially since those are typically eaten only on special occasions. Plus, our black cat, Ruby, hasn't brought me any mice lately.
When I checked the nutritional content of the food, I was struck how most of the foods are off the charts high in potassium. I'm no nutritionist, but I do know that potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the human body, responsible for keeping heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissues and other important organs of the body in good condition. It's also acts as an electrolyte, very important for endurance events. I think the Tarahumara are on to something!
So, the meal comes out to about 2.37 per person if you divide it by six. There were only two of us; Surfer Boy husband and me, enjoying dinner Tarahuma style under a stunning Southern California sunset.
And for the piece' de resistance? A bottle of heart healthy, resveratrol rich, Grgich Hills Estate Grown 2005 Cabernet Sauvignaun: 54.99 with my Ralph's Club Card.
Hey, I never promised you I'd be a cheap date. Cheers!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Now I know pretty much everyone has heard about the acai berry in the recent years, but does anyone know what it really is? I do after some research!
The acai berry is an inch-long reddish purple fruit that comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. It is a relative of the blueberry, the cranberry, and other dark purple fruits. Acai has become known as the number one superfood as well as one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! One thing about acai that is so great is that it is full of antioxidants, which are essential for staying healthy. When your body needs to put up its best defense, especially true in today's environment, antioxidants are crucial to your health. This is why the acai berry is so awesome, because it has one of the highest levels of antioxidants compared to other fruits and vegetables. It actually tastes really good to! So i hope with this little bit of information i have encouraged you all to go out and try it!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
(Also see my upcoming review of Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall.)
Friday, October 2, 2009
Hey guys! As my mom was talking about in her last post one of our favorite work outs to do together is hot yoga, or other wise known as Bikram Yoga, named after it's inventor Bikram Choudhury. The way that it differs from your standard yoga class is that instead of just doing a series of poses, your doing a set series of 26 poses in a room heated around 95-100 degrees. Now I know what your thinking, that sounds crazy! But it really isn't as bad as it sounds :)
The reason that it is done in such intense heat is because when you sweat that much your releasing all the toxins from your body, as well as the heat warms your body up which in turn makes you more flexible. I don't know about you, but if I'm not sweating then I don't feel like I'm getting a good enough work out. With Bikram yoga sweating is'nt even a question, your pretty much sweating within moments of being in the room. You start with a simple breathing pose, then you move into the standing poses (which I find to be the more difficult poses in the series) and gradually move into the floor poses. So it's set up in a way that you do the more strenuous poses in the begging, so once you start to feel like you getting pretty tired the floor poses begin. Even though sometimes it feels like your not going to be able to finish, somehow your body pushes through and when your done you feel amazing!
I really encourage everyone to try hot yoga, it is hands down my favorite work out and defiantly the most effective method to stay in shape that I have ever tried. Most people don't really get it on the first class, so instructors encourage people to give it at least 10 tries before you decide if it's for you or not. That's about how long it takes for your body to really understand exactly how it works. Hope everyone tries it out sometime soon, Good Luck!